Astrology by Paul Saunders : Natural disasters
Showing posts with label Natural disasters. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Natural disasters. Show all posts

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Hurricane Isaac increasing in strength and heading for New Orleans?

New Orleans

I am keeping a very close eye on soon to be Hurricane Isaac as it heads from the Florida Keys into the Gulf of Mexico on a potential collision course with New Orleans. If it hits Louisiana on Wed 29th Aug it will be 7 years to the day since Hurricane Katrina caused huge damage there. Mars which is in intense Scorpio and Neptune will still be just one and a half degrees from an exact trine though this is luckily dissipating. Neptune of course rules water, the sea, rain & wind so Mars will be whipping the storm as it heads north. Seven years ago Hurricane Katrina featured a square aspect between the same two planets, Mars and Neptune!!! This one looks a little less destructive as Katrina had a nasty t-square and a Jupiter Venus conjunction in the mix making the whole storm huge in size, mind you we still have a Uranus Pluto square to deal with as Isaac approaches landfall, and if Pluto or Uranus are on the Midheaven as it hits the coast, there could be widespread destruction and potential flooding…

Have a look at the charts Katrina on the left and a potential scenario for Isaac for landfall late on the 28th Aug.

HurricanKatrina natal HurricaneIsaac natal

Now the paran connections for 30 degrees North, New Orleans'  latitude are not so clever. For 28th August they are as follows :-
Neptune will be setting when Alphard (Hydra) is rising bringing the possibility of "a sad, but natural disaster"
Neptune will culminate when Aculeus (Scorpio) is setting showing " A potential failed attack or weakened defences"
Neptune will be culminating when El Nath (Taurus) is rising bringing "Hopelessness and no control over unfolding circumstances; acts of nature could occur"

Please remember that these paran links are valid for all places along that coastline at 30 degrees North, not just New Orleans.  Hurricanes are dangerous things and if you are in those areas, I urge you to please stay safe...

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Sunday, 22 July 2012

China – Beijing deluged by worst floods for 60 years

rain in china

In Beijing, the Chinese capital has been experiencing the worst rainfall in 60 years causing flash floods, wide scale damage and several people have been killed. According to the BBC roof collapses, lightning strikes and electrocution from downed power lines were among the causes of the deaths. If you look at the Chinese natal chart, this situation can be clearly seen.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Japan Earthquake – New powerful 7.1 aftershock shakes Japanese East coast.

japan quake 1

Poor old Japan. Just clearing up from the last huge quake and then a large aftershock comes along. At the time of writing, there was a Tsunami expected of between 1-2 metres due to hit the East coast of Japan.

Seeing the earthquake chart, it is easy to see the tension build up in the area again. Often earthquakes hit when a major planet is close to conjunction to one of the angles on a chart. No change today as the current Saturn Jupiter opposition lay at the time of the quake conjunct the Midheaven/IC axis of the chart. Jupiter is joined by both Sun and Mercury for a powerful opposition. The Saturn/Midheaven conjunction makes a very powerful quindecile with Mars/Uranus – here is the shock factor (Mars Uranus) on the earth (Saturn). Mars Uranus is square Pluto and also square the ascendant where the North Node conjunct exactly. Pluto is in turn square to Saturn and the Midheaven, so with all the angles affected, here is the potential for some more destruction, although this earthquake was far less powerful than the last big one to hit Japan.


Interesting that the last quake has exactly the same Neptune/Moon square, the Moon having done a complete circle of the zodiac. This one hit when the Moon was at 1 degree Gemini, the last one was when the Moon was at 0 Gemini. This degree zone must be a trigger of some sort in this particular point on earth, it would be interesting to do some research into previous Japanese quakes to see if it was activated again. Last time Neptune (water) was responsible for a loss of life in the population (Moon). I trust and hope the same fate does not his the people of poor Japan for a second time in a month

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Will Fukushima be as serious as Chernobyl or Three Mile Island? A look at the astrology…


The world is currently focused on the Fukushima No 1 Nuclear Power Plant on the ravaged east coast of Japan. There has already been one explosion (probably due to a build up of hydrogen within the no 1 reactor). Now there is a problem with the cooling on reactor number three. Looking at the two previous nuclear accidents to hit the world headlines can give clues to the severity of the current crisis.


The Three Mile Island disaster happened at around 4am on 28th March 1979. Just by looking at the chart it is pretty easy for an astrologer to see the conditions for a nuclear leak. Normally for such an occurrence, you would expect to see relationships between Uranus (accidents) Neptune (noxious substances) and Pluto (Nuclear substances), maybe connections to Mars and Saturn as well for a build up of tension. Look at the chart and bingo – you have everything in place. We have Uranus (in Scorpio related with nuclear issues) at the midpoint of Neptune and Pluto, there is a sextile between the two outer planets. We also have a quindecile between Mars and Saturn, a huge build up of pressure between the planet of stop (Saturn) and the planet of Go (Mars). If you have read my articles before, you will no that I believe the Quindecile to be the most extreme of all the tension aspects, it causes obsession, huge drive or in this case between the two traditional malefic planets huge tension. Just for good measure we have an Aquarius ascendant and Pluto sits in it’s own 8th house of change.


The Chernobyl disaster struck in the middle of the night at 1.23am on 26th April 1986 is not so easy to see at first glance. Remember, this is an explosion rather than a nuclear leak. So we have Uranus bang on the ascendant in Sagittarius, a big (Jupiter which rules Sagittarius) explosion and accident (Uranus). Again like Three Mile Island, we have a Pluto Neptune sextile with Neptune conjunct to Mars – Pluto connecting with Mars always seems to be explosive and destructive. Pluto (in it’s own sign of Scorpio) is opposite the Sun making a wedge pattern with Neptune/Mars, this time the result of the explosion was a wide cloud of nuclear contamination. The enormity of the explosion is exemplified by Jupiter square both Uranus and Saturn. To find the real picture of Chernobyl we have to go deeper into the midpoints. Saturn is at the midpoint of Mars/Pluto, an explosion of infrastructure, Uranus at the midpoint of Saturn/Neptune explosion of a building causing a cloud, Venus at the midpoint of Uranus/Pluto, the nuclear contamination of the population.

Fukushima plant

Now how does the current situation compare? As I write, we certainly have the build up of tension, Saturn opposite Jupiter and quindecile Uranus, Pluto is square Uranus, Jupiter and Mercury so we do have the nuclear angle. On the midpoints Uranus is square the midpoint of Mars and Saturn which does suggest the possibility of an explosion of some sort (maybe that part has already happened with the first Fukushima blast) and Pluto is at the midpoint of Saturn/Uranus and square Jupiter/Uranus which is worrying. Mars is at the Uranus/Neptune midpoint and the Sun is at the Mars/Uranus midpoint, both danger indicators of a contamination or blast of some kind. The one thing we don’t have is Neptune connecting with Pluto however, Neptune is on the cusp of Aquarius/Pisces and we have seen the effect of a water (Neptune) based disaster (Uranus) in the past couple of days. A poisoning of the sea or maybe the water supply or a contamination cloud could still be on the cards. One good thing is the lack of midpoint or transitory aspects to Venus indicating the lack of a public angle except for Saturn in Libra, the people have been evacuated in the main away from the plant should anything happen. One last thing to note, on both Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto were all retrograde but this time they are not. From the evidence I see, astrologically I cannot rule out a one more incident at Fukushima happening as there are quite a few similarities especially in the midpoint pictures. It is so difficult to pinpoint an actual disaster, but the astrological  weather can give indications, which are for the next couple of days very much valid. My gut feeling if that is anything to go by looking at the charts is that this time they will dodge the bullet, just…

For the sake of all the Japanese people,  I hope any more disasters can be averted, as they have been through too much pain and suffering.

**Update 16th March 2011**

I’ve been watching and seeing the situation at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Station getting worse so I  looked even deeper to try and see what is going on. Looking at the 4th harmonic chart for the current transits at Fukushima it shows a much clearer picture. The 4th harmonic by the way shows stress, strain and struggle based around the 90 degree square aspect.

Fukushima 4th

Ok from the chart above I have taken away the Sun Moon Mercury Venus and Jupiter so that you can see the picture more clearly. Saturn is sextile to Uranus showing an accident causing a lot of hardship. Neptune representing dangerous fumes or a cloud is trine Uranus (the noxious fumes are a result from the accident). Neptune opposite Saturn in any chart always shows a risk to health and at the midpoint of Saturn and Uranus is the nuclear angle, shown by Pluto. Pluto is inconjunct (150 degrees) to Neptune showing a link between Pluto and Neptune – the cloud almost certainly is radioactive. Inconjunct aspects are rather nasty and annoying and they are associated with upsets and irritability. 

I have included Mars to show the likelihood of a major explosion. If Mars were to connect to Saturn, Pluto or Uranus then I would have serious concern, however for the moment it is not making any aspects, so I think that possibility of a big blast is not there for now. However, with these slow moving planets in this formation, this situation is not going to sort itself out very quickly, so I think the battle to contain these reactors will go on for quite a while.

**Update 18th March 11**

I have progressed the chart above onwards and Mars starts to square the Saturn Neptune opposition on 22nd March over a 4-5 day period – this in my eyes will be a very dangerous time if the technicians at the plant haven’t stabilized it by then.

I will endeavour to keep an eye on this situation and I will update this post again if I see a significant change.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Japan Tsunami Disaster – A wave of destruction triggered by Uranus

japan tsunami

The largest Japanese earthquake ever at 8.9 on the Richter scale struck at 14.46 hrs in the sea off the east coast of the country. It has caused widespread destruction as the earthquake triggered a huge 10 metre high tsunami that crashed into the Japanese coast, the city of Sendai it seems has been particularly badly hit. That Tsunami is currently making it’s way across the Pacific as I write.

If you ever wanted to see the power of the transits of the outer planets on events here on earth, here is a direct and devastating example. Today Uranus finally changes signs from nebulous Pisces to organised active Aries. Uranus energy is powerful, sudden and shocking but in Pisces all that potential is dispersed, not able to organise itself. As it was going to change signs into Aries after 7 years, all that power is finally pulled together. Aries is a galvanising sign, pro-active, headstrong, rushing in without thinking. Finally all Uranus’ destructive power was able to be concentrated in one burst, the floodgates opened, the power of water (Pisces) being concentrated and directed by force (Aries), a tsunami.

Let’s look at the earthquake chart. The immediate thing I notice is a quindecile between Uranus and Saturn. Quindecile energy is extreme, like a laser beam, very, very focused This is an tug of war between Saturn that refuses to move and Uranus which demands that it does. Normally in a battle between the outer planets where there is tension, the slower moving planet wins. Think of the tension on the tectonic plates, the earth (Saturn) being ripped apart or forced upwards by a tremendous, destructive (Uranus) force. I think this was so devastating, because the aspect between Saturn and Uranus was a quindecile, so exceptionally concentrated. Note on the chart we also have an opposition between Jupiter and Saturn so another two way pull. Square both of these battles was Pluto, so the energy released from Saturn, Uranus and Jupiter battles is transferred down to Pluto which is completely destructive. Pluto was also trine the Midheaven, so the transforming effect of Pluto changes the face of the country with ease and quickly. Pluto also controls nuclear energy – I understand a nuclear power station has been affected. Uranus enter Aires at 21.00 GMT today, 5am in Japan tomorrow, the danger is not over just yet – Uranus in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn does have nasty overtones; destruction or contamination of the earth and infrastructure – the possibility of this getting worse is still possible!! As I have written before, whenever you get the large outer planets in tension aspects, you get major change.


So why here off the coast of Japan? Locating the chart to the earthquake epicentre, Uranus is sitting in the 8th house of change, this is Pluto’s house so destruction, death and a need for reconstruction is focused here. Neptune on the cusp of Pisces was exactly square the Moon, water (Neptune) affecting the people (Moon). Looking deeper at the 4th harmonic chart which is associated with tension we can see the picture just as clearly. Saturn opposite Neptune/Moon formed into a wedge pattern by Uranus, Uranus affecting the earth (Saturn), a large focused body of water (Neptune quindecile Jupiter) and people (Moon).

  JapanTsunami 4th harmonic

The last solar eclipse on 4th January relocated to Sendai, Japan shows a destructive picture with Saturn opposite the Midheaven square Mars which was conjunct the eclipse degree, so it showed the potential for an accident or forceful event.


Looking at Japan’s natal chart compared to the earthquake, it looks nasty. Transiting Pluto is trine Japan’s Sun, square Saturn, financial problems and opposite Uranus which is accident prone and destructive. Transiting Uranus is square the Moon, the people affected by a disaster and square Japan’s ascendant, another indicator of a disaster affecting the country. Transiting Jupiter is square Saturn and opposite natal Uranus, a large (Jupiter) disaster (Uranus) causing hardship (Saturn). Transiting Venus is exactly square Mars, financial hardship and suffering (Venus is in the 2nd house) caused by great force affecting the nation as a whole (Mars in 10th). As a final thought, transiting Saturn is conjunct the Midheaven where watery Neptune sits too. Almost as if hardship via the means of water was sitting there waiting to happen.

Japan biwheel

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those in Japan.

Please also see :- An astrological comparison between Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and current Fukushima alert.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand – An astrological view of why it happened.

Quake nz

Earthquakes are so frustrating for Astrologers. It is possible to see the after-effects of an earthquake on a set of astrological charts put alongside each other, but almost impossible to predict where one will hit – just simply as you need to see the astrological conditions of the day one a single point on planet earth in relation to the astrological conditions on the day and time that the eclipse happened relocated to that same point on earth. Phew, that’s complicated enough isn’t it? Sometimes you get clues as often the disaster happens under the path of the previous eclipse, but not always, as is the case with the latest quake to hit Christchurch, New Zealand.

As I have mentioned before in previous posts, the last solar eclipse took place on 4th Jan 2011 at 09.02 GMT. Relocated to Christchurch we have a late Cancer ascendant and Venus conjunct the IC at the bottom of the chart. Saturn square Mars conjunct the eclipse degree at 13:38 Capricorn.  The eclipse hit the Mars/Pluto midpoint, indicating great force, power, even violence. The interesting thing for me is that the eclipse was quindecile (165 degrees) from the ascendant (representing the point on earth in Christchurch). Quindeciles produces a force or intensity of energy – like a laser (see below the gold line). If one had seen this on 4th January, you could be sure something would happen when that ascendant at 29 Cancer or the eclipse degree was activated by a transiting planet in the next 5-6 months, releasing that Mars/Pluto energy. See also that Uranus is trine that ascendant sitting at 27 degrees Pisces. Uranus is also part of a Grand water trine made into a kite formation by the midheaven and Venus, a store of energy on this particular chart. All grand trines (or the kite in this case) need an outlet for that energy to be discharged (normally an opposition or square), but in this case the outlet is that quindecile from the ascendant out to the eclipse and the trine from the midheaven through Mars conjunct the eclipse; the energy then travels onwards through the square to Saturn where the chain stops. Uranus always is the bringer of shocks and unpredictable events. It only had to transit on 2 degrees and that trine would be exact and fully activated. Saturn traditionally represents the earth – look at the pattern. All the planets are connected up except Saturn - in this chart it is almost as if she is acting as a lightening conductor.

SolarEclipse nz

Ok, lets look at the chart for when the earthquake hit in comparison to the eclipse chart. Transiting Uranus has moved round to almost exactly trine the eclipse ascendant. At the bottom of the chart, transiting Saturn along with transiting Moon are exactly conjunct eclipse Saturn; the top and bottom of the pattern were connected up, with emotional overtones (Moon). The Sun had moved round to quincunx (150 deg) this connection indicating a change, a release, a letting go. Transiting Jupiter is squaring Pluto (destruction on a large scale),the Midheaven at the time of the quake trine the eclipse Pluto suggests a difficult time, with rebuilding needed.


At some point we may find some way of predicting catastrophic events like earthquakes, as it relatively easy for astrologers to see the effects after the event, but it probably needs people to look on a grand scale at the astrological weather and to correlate their efforts to send out accurate warnings in advance. Maybe though the internet in the future…