As Titanic Sinks, Moon Aspects Undiscovered Pluto and Eris

By Eric Francis

Note, this is a sidebar that accompanied the lead article in Friday’s subscriber edition. Please click the “home” button at top left and take a look at the comments that are collecting below the promo post for yesterday’s issue. A reader posted a link to a film about the insurance fraud angle, something so blatant that I am surprised I did not bore into the issue, though I mention it in the article below, almost in passing. There are indeed two causes of death in that 8th house — one is Mercury retrograde (communication failures). Yet Libra is intercepted in the 8th, as if it’s locked within that hours: but Venus tells the story — there is another cause of death, represented by Venus square Uranus: profit. — efc

In the lead article on Titanic’s departure chart that I published Friday, we got a look at the chart for Titanic’s departure from Southampton, England. The more frequently studied chart is that of the vessel sinking, widely reported as 2:20 am. Now that the wreck has been found, it’s possible to have an exact chart. There is a lot we can say about this horoscope, but I want to focus on one feature: the Pluto-Eris square, and how prominent it is in the chart.

Here is the full chart for the sinking of the Titanic. The time may be two minutes earlier, though this is the widely-used time. I suggest you treat this as a chart that reveals astrology, as much as a chart that reveals what it's about. It is a world horoscope. Not shown is asteroid Atlantis, which was is in late Gemini when the ship launched, and had moved into the first degree of Cancer when the ship sank. Neptune is still square the lunar nodes. Jupiter in the 10th house in Sagittarius illustrates a kind of cosmic-scale event. Jupiter is conjunct an intergalactic point called the Great Attractor. Vesta is on the horizon, indicating a sacrifice of life.

Here is the full chart for the sinking of the Titanic. The time may be two minutes earlier, though this is the widely-used time. Treat this as a chart that reveals astrology, as much as a chart that reveals what it's about. It is a world horoscope. Not shown is asteroid Atlantis, which was is in late Gemini when the ship launched, and had moved into the first degree of Cancer when the ship sank. Neptune remains square the lunar nodes. Note Jupiter in the 10th house in Sagittarius, illustrating a kind of cosmic-scale event. Jupiter is conjunct an intergalactic point called the Great Attractor. Vesta is on the horizon, indicating a sacrifice of life.

Neither of these planets had been discovered at the time — so this chart is a study in how planets can have effects before anyone has ever known of their existence. In this chart, it’s two undiscovered planets that are in an aspect at the time of the incident: Pluto (discovered in 1930) is making a long square to Eris (discovered in 2005). The square aspect between these slow-moving points stretches from 1906 to 1911, though there is a close near miss on the night of April 13, 1912 — the day before Titanic struck the iceberg. You can review the list of events here to see for yourself.

When you consider that these planets have orbits of 251 years (in the case of Pluto) and 557 years (for Eris) that’s a suggestion that the aspect is influential in this event — and of what it portends. Not only does the aspect between the two slow-movers emphasize their presence: the fast-moving Moon is right in the mix. It is conjunct Eris, and square Pluto.

First let’s look at the Moon square Pluto, which has been interpreted by many astrologers. The Moon is in Pisces; this is an image of a vessel on water. That vessel is in an exact square to a big hunk of ice that nobody could see — Pluto, which is also an agent of death. What is interesting is that the Moon is in the same degree that Venus was occupying when the ship left the port; in that chart, Venus is square Pluto. In both charts, they indicate the profound loss of life that will come out of this event.

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