In the previous days we could read about two deadly earthquakes and the tsunami which shook Indonesia in Asia and American Samoa Islands almost in the same moment, and unfortunately victims could be more than 1000.
Scientists and experts of earthquakes deny that there could be a link between the two events. But this is true for us, students of astrology? The greater part of astrologers – especially traditional ones, who are more attentive to eclipses -are running to evoke the Sun eclipse of the 22nd July 2009, and put together the two deadly earthquakes.
But it is really like that? I don’t think so – the nasty girl 🙂
Traditional astrology, in the version given by Ptolemy and spread in Renaissance by authors like Girolamo Cardano, Cyprian Leowitz, William Lilly (( William Lilly, Annus tenebrosus, or The dark yearʺ : Or astrologicall iudgements upon two lunar eclipses, and one admirable eclips of the sun, all visible in England, 1652. Together with a short method how to (London: printed for the Company of Stationers and H. Blunden at the Castle in Corn-hill, 1652).)) to give some names- on the other hand is mostly based on observation of the real sky. An eclipse is effective just when it is visible, because its effects derive from alteration of light. When there is no real alteration because the eclipse is virtual, not visible to our eyes, for these authors – and for me too – the eclipse is a little more than a New Moon.
So for a moment let’s start from the last eclipse, this is a mash up of data coming from NASA site:
So in Indonesia, which is at the southern border of the Sun path- the eclipse was hardly visible. In fact:
July eclipse had very different effects on American Samoa, where obscuration was around 80%:
Very different, true?
Without casting a chart, we just notice that the syzygy falls in the last degree of Cancer, and promises – according William Lilly
“water fouls, great inundations and overflowings of seabanks ” (( William Lilly, An easie and familiar method whereby to iudge the effects depending on eclipses, either of the sun or moon. By William Lilly student in astrologie (London: printed for the Company of Stationers and H. Blunden at the Castle in Corn-Hill, 1652).))
Now come back to Indonesia quake. If the eclipse of the 22nd July was practically invisible, not like that the eclipse of 26th January.
In this case Indonesia is clearly on the path of the Sun.
If we consider Ptolemy method for judging time of events, the next picture shows that the syzygy falls at the beginning of the 8th house, so according tradition it will give its effects after 8 months. Cardano writes in his main work, the Comment to Tetrabiblos:
Where the eclipse falls in the West, so the effect will start from the 8th month to the 12th (( Girolamo Cardano, La natività del Salvatore e l’astrologia mondiale, (Milano: Mimesis, 2002).))
And from 26th January to 30 September are exactly 8 months….
This is the biwheel with inside the eclipse of 26th January, outside the chart for the event, the earthquake of 30Sept 2009 h.5.16 pm
The nasty transiting Mars in Cancer was in partile opposition with an exalted Mars in Capricorn of the day of eclipse; Moon is again in Aquarius.
Other consideration are left to the patient readers of this blog,
Marco Fumagalli, Il terremoto del Sichuan orientale
Rosalba Signorello, Le eclissi di sole e il tempo degli eventi, «Phôs» n. 16, 6.2008.