by Robert Wilkinson
The catastrophe struck at 2:46 pm, March 11, with the epicenter about 250 miles NE of Tokyo. What are the astrological correlations?
Earthquake prediction is a confounding study, whether approached astrologically or through other means. The New Madrid fault line continues to stall its expected "big one," and after quite a few in a series moving up through northern Mexico to the California border up to the Salton Sea, the earthquake activity along the San Andreas has waned, at least for now. However, the "ring of fire" is definitely activated, so we can definitely expect more earthquakes and tsunamis all around the Pacific Rim in the future.
One key thing to remember before we begin is that though Uranus is now entering Aries, it was still at the last degree of Pisces when the earthquake and tsunami hit. That doesn't mean there won't be plenty when Uranus is actually in Aries, but this event is still a Uranus in Pisces event, which has implications regarding Tokyo's chart that I'll discuss downstream a bit.
There are many possible charts to examine for possible connections between this catastrophic event and Japan's birth chart. However, sometimes determining the "true chart" for a nation is not easy for a variety of reasons. Among possible "birth times" for Japan would be National Foundation Day (February 11, 660 BC) and the chart for the current constitution (May 3, 1947).
A brief look at the current constitution chart shows transiting Saturn went stationary retrograde exactly conjunct Japan's Moon, and the earthquake happened when the Sun triseptiled that point. Also, at the time of the earthquake/tsunami the transiting Sun is square Japan's Uranus, transiting Pluto is triseptile its natal Saturn, transiting Venus is opposed Japan's Pluto, transiting Mars is quincunx the natal Pluto, and transiting Jupiter is conjunct Japan's Venus and opposed its Neptune.
I also looked at the chart for Tokyo, since something should show up in that chart as well. I used the chart for noon, July 1, 1943, for Tokyo, since that was when Tokyo city was absorbed into the Tokyo metropolitan entity.
I examined Tokyo's natal and progressed planetary positions, and then looked at how the event transits fell in Tokyo's chart. Among the exact aspects happening at the time of the earthquake, Jupiter is opposing Tokyo's Ascendant, Pluto is opposing Tokyo's Sun, Uranus is opposing Tokyo's Neptune, Neptune is quincunx Tokyo's Neptune, and the Sun is exactly square Tokyo's Mercury conjunct Saturn in Gemini. These being exact shows a convergence of powerful forces all happening at the same time.
Another significant factor in the Tokyo chart is Tokyo's progressed Mercury exactly square its natal Sun. Therefore transiting Pluto is also almost exactly square the progressed Mercury. This makes an extremely powerful T-square with the driver Mercury.
Mercury is of extreme importance in the Tokyo chart since it's the final dispositor, and directly rules Tokyo's Moon, Mercury, Saturn, and Uranus in Gemini, as well as its Neptune in the last degree of Virgo. As the the last degree of Virgo was highly activated in several eclipses a while back, this could also play some part in this tsunami (Neptune.) There are just too many charts to compare.....
Three other factors seemed important in the progressions. The progressed Mars is conjunct the natal Uranus, transiting Mars is exactly opposition to Tokyo's progressed Sun and Venus, and the progressed Midheaven is 17 Virgo, "a volcano in eruption." All three of these indicate volatility, unexpected events erupting, polarizing tensions and upheavals.
There may be correlations between Japan's and Tokyo's charts with the March 2007 and July 2009 Solar Eclipse charts, since their shadows fell across Japan, supposedly indicating direct effects. A quick look indicated neither of those charts had any significant contacts with the chart done for the current Earthquake/Tsunami. There may be contacts between one or both eclipses with the charts for Japan or Tokyo, but due to time constraints I haven't had time to examine all the possible ways these charts could interact. Good research project, though.
Anyway, just a few things to consider. At this time, please meditate however you can to send hope to the living and love to the dead, and if you are moved to offer other types of help, I'm sure some worthy organizations will soon become evident. Any fans of the site in Japan please feel free to comment where offerings will help the most.
When something this big happens it affects us all, regardless of whether some know it or not. Over time events such as this one will teach us compassion, one-ness, and the clear need to overcome fear in all its forms. As John Donne once wrote in his 17th Meditation:
No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee....
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