February 26, 2011

Christchurch and the moving earth

Posted in astrology tagged , , , , , , , at 6:46 am by Sue

If you are not aware of the tragic circumstances currently being battled through by the people of beautiful Christchurch, you must have had your head in the sand for the last week.  My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch and the surrounding villages.  They will need our support for the months and years to come. Rebuilding Christchurch will take a long time, and the city will never be the same.

The astrology of this event points to a change of the very personality of Christchurch due to these events. The city will be forever sobered by the earthquakes and terrible loss of life. Of course, we don’t really need astrology to tell us that.

Eris is the name of the dwarf planet discovered beyond Pluto, which led to Pluto being reclassified as a dwarf planet. In mythology, Eris is the Goddess of strife and discord. She is cruel, starts wars and has no mercy. In the chart for Christchurch (March 27, 1848) Eris is conjunct Neptune at 1 degree of Pisces. This is a beautiful description of the New Zealand landscape – jagged mountains and rolling hills, created by strife within the earth, as the Pacific plate and the Australian plate grate against each other. This conjunction is currently being transited by Chiron and Mars.  Eris and Mars, by their very natures cannot be the happiest of bedfellows.

Mars and Chiron are reminding everyone of the devastating forces applied by the earth to make somewhere as beautiful as Christchurch.  While destroying the feeble buildings erected by humans, new geology is also being created. It is also a timely reminder of the power of the earth, an instruction to people to be careful about where we build our houses and make ourselves at home.  While we like to think we control the earth, the reverse is actually true, and the rug can be pulled out from under us at any time.  As Brisbane learnt during the floods, just because a natural event hasn’t happened for a while, forgetting the power of the earth is a great mistake.  Certain types of buildings should not be built in earthquake zones, and there are certain areas in earthquake zones they should not be built at all. Christchurch will learn from this, and will be rebuilt to withstand this sort of event.

Earthquakes are very Plutonic events (and Pluto is sextiling the Venus in Christchurch’s chart) with mass destruction the preliminary to the creation of something beautiful and new. As with all Pluto transits, it does take a period of mourning and loss before we can find the beautiful and new, and I don’t think we have seen the last big earthquake for this particular event. Christchurch will rebuild, it will be wiser and stronger for this series of challenges and it will not forget its fallen sons and daughters.



  1. M-A said,

    You mention buildings that should not be built in certain areas and that Christchurch will learn from this. The Cathedral, in which I had the absolute honour of performing several years ago, was built 120 years ago. Before Sept 4 last year the city had not had an earthquake. The CTV building where so many people are still missing, was built to absolute earthquake safety specifications. So where does one find the balance??

    Cantabrians are a particularly resilient bunch and this along with the amazing support coming from our small community of 4.2 million people will see them through. I have just spent the morning with two young men aged 11 and 7. They live in Christchurch and were flown up here to Auckland on Wednesday to give their parents time to consider the damage done to their home and community. The older of the two, Dean, told me how he was out at the end of Brighton Pier when the quake struck. His courage in helping get his classmates back to ground along a very long, cracked and shaking pier was evident as he told me his story. He didn’t want to leave the city. He wanted to help clean his street and work with people to bring things back to ‘normal’. His little brother Seth was almost wordless, obviously traumatised, but told me about betting under his desk at school and how he didn’t have any friends here in Auckland and wanted to be back with his Chch friends.

    The irony is that all of us in NZ expected Wellington to topple, not Christchurch. Could you check Wgton’s chart?

    I just wanted to share that with you. I love your last paragraph.

    • Sue said,

      With not building in certain areas, I was more referring to lots of houses built on the edges and at the bottoms of cliffs. I visited Christchurch myself a number of years ago now, and it breaks my heart to see such a beautiful town in ruins and to think about what they will have to go through to rebuild the city centre. I am surprised that there hasn’t been an earthquake in the area prior to last year – the entire place seems to be in such a precarious spot geologically speaking. Wellington’s chart is interesting – I will write my next post on that for you 🙂

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