March 23, 2011

Pholus, Uranus and Japan

Posted in astrology tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:03 am by Sue

Another week passes and I am putting together another article about a major disaster in the world. I’m actually getting this article out a lot later than I had anticipated. This is my third attempt to publish this article, after the internet ate my last two versions.

A lot of people are talking about this being the end of the world. It isn’t, it’s just geology.

That being said, this run of disasters is going to make the human race take a long hard look at the way we treat the earth, particularly how we use it to generate power and otherwise live off the land. The disaster in Christchurch gives us an idea that, just because there hasn’t been an earthquake in a zone which is close to a fault line, don’t make the mistake of assuming there will never be one. Japan takes the level of this assumption to new heights. Japan is an old culture, and they have had to deal with the earth moving and volcanoes inconveniencing them since the dawn of time. The Japanese are extraordinarily good at controlling their environment so that earthquakes impact day to day life as little as possible. However when the big one comes, inconvenience is the best you can hope for.  This week, nature has shown Japan that they can prepare as much as they like,  but they cannot stop the forces of the earth.

The chart I’m using for Japan is 29/10/1890, Tokyo, 9 am. Pholus is playing a major part in this particular event. Natal Pholus, at 29 degrees of Pisces, was being transited by Uranus almost to the second at the time of the quake.  As the country finds itself drawn deeper and deeper into a nuclear catastrophe, the Black Moon is now settling into place on top of the natal Pholus. With Uranus focusing a bolt of light at the places where Japan is most vulnerable – areas of car production, fishing, and rice farming, the Black Moon follows that by focusing the bolt of light on the area’s production of power. The nuclear plants in Japan are older nuclear technology, and the greatest danger at the moment seems to be of what is referred to as a “China Syndrome” where the uranium fuel melts through the housing and bores into the earth. At this point, the unprecedented measure of using sea water to cool the fuel rods is being taken. This shows the level of concern about a meltdown, as the reactors will be rendered useless by the sea water.

The other interesting point in Japan’s natal chart is the North Node/South Node axis. Japan’s North Node has a wide conjunction to Pluto, and the South Node  has very tight conjunctions with Venus, Juno and Ceres, an amazing trifecta of the feminine. Transiting Pholus is sitting right on top of Japan’s South Node, and Venus, Juno and Ceres.

Pholus draws attention to the need for massive change in the areas it touches. Sitting on the South Node, Pholus is drawing calling into question all the fundamentals of Japanese society. The Japanese have done amazing things for technology, but have allowed this “superiority” of the mind to lull them (as have we all in the Western World) into a false sense of security that the power of the mind will be superior to the power of the Earth. No matter how smart we get, Mother Earth will always be able to pull out something bigger which can bring us to our knees, and we would do well to remember that. Pholus is also impacting on the health of the nation (Pholus on Ceres).  The fallout from the leakage from the nuclear plants will affect the country for many years to come, impacting on the food supply as well as the general health of  the population.

Like Christchurch, Japan will rebuild. It will be a much longer process, and hopefully the Japanese will explore less dangerous versions of electricity production. Uranus has now moved into Aries, and Mars is now slowly approaching Japan’s natal Pholus. Hopefully this isn’t going to indicate a bigger, nastier meltdown in the country’s imminent future.

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.