A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Tuesday afternoon near Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti. The country, one of the poorest on Earth, shares an island, called Hispaniola, with the Dominican Republic. Port-au-Prince is 710 miles southeast of Miami. The island is situated right next to Cuba and Jamaica. In global terms, it’s a fairly large island — the 10th most populous and the 22nd largest in the world. But Haiti is crowded. Nearly 1,000 people live on a square mile. Port-au-Prince has a population of about three million people, so we’re talking about a city the size of Brooklyn, NY — where a great many Haitians live. Due to the extreme poverty of Haiti, there has been a global diaspora. Haitian communities and their Creole culture can be found in many parts of the world.
The quake took place at sundown, so it was a long night of having no real idea the extent or scope of the casualties and damage. In astrological terms, dusk puts the Sun (and the North Node, where Friday’s solar eclipse will occur) on the western angle of the chart, which puts a stress on the Earth.
Due to its location in the hurricane belt, Haiti is no stranger to disasters, but this is different. Nearly all of the infrastructure of the country has been damaged and much of it has been destroyed. This was the first major earthquake in 200 years. Haiti’s buildings are designed to withstand big storms, not the Earth shaking.
Notably, there were no reports of tsunamis. [MSNBC is reporting that the airport's runway and control tower are functional, which is very good news for getting in relief supplies. The president of the country survived the earthquake but the national palace collapsed.]
When I said in yesterday’s subscriber edition that the eclipse this week was a setup for earthquakes, it was based on one scientific fact and three observations about the chart. A few weeks ago I read an article, which I’ll need to find, that confirmed what astrologers have known for a long time: earthquakes follow planetary alignments.
Astrologers are pretty much the only people who are watching what’s happening with other planets when something happens on Earth. Astrologers know that major quakes are likelier to happen close to New Moons and Full Moons. The Banda Aceh quake on the island of Sumatra on Dec. 26, 2004 happened during the last approach to a Full Moon, for example (and there are other similarities to the Haiti quake chart).
The astrological facts included the alignment of 11 planets across Capricorn and Aquarius, some of which (such as Jupiter and the Sun) are putting enormous gravitational stress on the Earth. [This link includes the minor planets from Serennu.com.] Second fact was the eclipse itself. Eclipses are precise alignments with direct effects. The third fact was that this eclipse was in Capricorn, which I consider the sign for the Earth itself; that is, for the physical structures that make up the planet, such as the tectonic plates, mountains, caves and so on.
While you cannot assign a gravity effect to Pluto, you can assign a holographic effect: Pluto in Capricorn, taking a square from Saturn, is the image of a physical stress. Astrology can work as a direct cause and effect kind of thing (gravity) or it can have a holographic effect (such as a visual picture in the chart representing a visual picture of something in the world). And that visual is cracks in a structure — which also applies to the global banking system and (American) government structure, though that’s a subject for a different day.
A few other facts about this chart. Yesterday I looked at Friday’s eclipse in the context of the Thema Mundi, the ancient ‘chart of the world’, a chart I’ve only done one other article on. Thema Mundi has 15 degrees of Cancer rising; the chart for yesterday’s quake has the same degree rising. The implication here is that while this is a local event in the Caribbean, it is really a global event or a signifier of a global situation. The United Nations, which has a significant presence in Haiti, suffered devastating losses; its headquarters collapsed.
Emphasizing the global point, the Moon in Sagittarius is in an exact conjunction (one-half degree minute away) to the Galactic Core. Of the many precise aspects in this chart, that one is the real stand-out. The Moon is also at a very close opposition (two degrees, applying) to the Moon in the chart for the Sumatra quake of late 2004.
And, notably, retrograde Mars was in an exact opposition to the Centaur planet Nessus, which we covered in yesterday morning’s edition. To me that is just a comment on how devastating this is; Mars retrograde in the 2nd house, opposite Nessus, is a picture of the cruelty of extreme poverty.
Looking at the 8th house of this chart, there is likely to be a very high death toll: the cluster of Aquarius planets stretches right across the 8th, which is the house that covers the basic issues of death. There are no death tolls yet; there is barely communication with the island. It would seem that this event is going to transform that entire region of the world.