Video above: This is the source of the 4:30 pm time from Wikipedia. The video shows the explosion, after the fact. If you understand Japanese, would you please help out by translating the source of the time? This source is reporting 3:36 pm and the New York Times is reporting 3:40 pm. We will be going with the 3:36 pm chart, which puts Leo in the ascendant. The 3:36 pm time appears to be confirmed by a press release from the nuclear plant itself. Note, here is the latest from Karl Grossman, posted to his personal blog. A longtime scholar of nuclear power issues, he is able to explain the technical side of the situation.
News from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant has taken a turn for the worse overnight, as an explosion was reported at the plant at about 3:36 local time. The atomic reactor suffered the loss of its primary and backup cooling systems in yesterday’s earthquake, and was running on battery power as Japanese and American workers worked to install portable diesel generators to supply backup power.
The explosion at the plant, seen in the video above, obviously did damage — the question is whether the containment structure is intact. It does not look good.
Both pressure and radiation levels inside the plant were increasing through the day yesterday and overnight, with radiation being reported inside the control room of the plant at 1,000 times the normal level. Plant engineers were venting toxic steam, probably from the primary and secondary cooling loops, into the atmosphere in an attempt to keep the pressure down. Last night Rachel Maddow did a segment explaining the situation. It is worth watching if you want a clearer picture of how this type of nuclear plant works and which ways the situation could go.
But the explosion Saturday afternoon seems to indicate that their efforts failed; basically the world is left hoping that the 40-year-old nuclear device does not melt down. It is located just 240km from Tokyo, a city of more than 12 million — extremely close in terms of the potential for radiation to travel.
I just spoke briefly to Karl Grossman and he said he believes that the issue involves the use of zirconium, an explosive metal, in nuclear power plants of that era. We will continue to carry Grossman’s coverage; he is working on a new piece that he said would be done later in the morning. Here is the latest, that he posted to CounterPunch last night.
I am going to hold off interpreting the chart until I have a better sense of the time that this happened. I have an idea what’s going on but the ascendant is going to make a big difference, and between the two times most commonly given the ascendant does change between Leo and Virgo.
As for the chart. The good news is we’re not near an eclipse. It’s true that the Sun is getting ready to square the lunar nodes and there is a big Full Moon coming with the Moon and Sun square the nodes. We’re a little ahead of ourselves there but let’s remember this is a story with a fairly long arc. It’s going to be developing at full intensity for weeks and then over months and years. Remember this happened on the brink of Uranus ingressing Aries, within hours — which is as ominous as the Deepwater Horizon explosion happening within hours of Chiron ingressing Pisces last year.
As for the rest. The way the story of a chart like this is told is by looking at the Moon’s aspects in sequence as it moves through its present sign. Appropriately enough, the Moon reaches right into the Nuclear Axis (see related article from Friday), which extends from mid-Gemini to mid-Sagittarius. The Moon’s precise aspect as this happens is a trine to Venus. Remember that trines are not good — they are an opening. For example, the Sept. 11 chart was dominated by an exact trine between Mercury and Saturn.
Next, the Moon moves from the trine to Venus right into a square to Mars in Pisces. In fact, the square is to the Mars-Borasisi conjunction in Pisces (I covered Borasisi last week several places; it’s a planet about believing what makes you feel good, and for many this includes believing that nuclear power is safe). The square to Mars indicates an explosive situation that is developing — not just that has happened. This is a comment on the situation developing and also a caution about aftershocks (of which there was one at Fukushima before 9 am EST).
Next up, the Moon trines Saturn in Libra. So that makes a grand trine — Moon, Venus, Saturn in the air signs. That’s a lot of air, and actually there are three other upcoming points in Aquarius that the Moon will trine: Nessus, Cerres and finally Neptune (which is the last aspect of the story)
Here is the troubling part. The Moon is opposite Pholus in Sagittarius. This is not thrilling because Pholus is about that which is uncontainable; and it represents the the small cause with a big effect. Pholus factors prominently into the Nuclear Axis chart, as it’s the planet on the midheaven. If any planet says ‘radiation release’, it is Pholus, as it’s the ultimate thing that cannot be contained, and the small cause with the big effect.
After opposing Pholus, the Moon will trine Nessus and make a sextile to Eris; then it will trine Ceres; then it will trine Neptune and ‘come home’ to Cancer. I don’t have interpretations of those aspects yet but when I do I will add them either as comments or into the text. What matters is that the Moon is making contact with these two obviously potent archetypes. Nessus in particular has a big role in the Nuclear Axis chart, as the planet that was rising when the nuclear age began.
I checked in with our webmaster in the Ukraine this morning, Anatoly Ryzhenko. Nuclear accidents have been a long topic of conversation — the Ukraine was the host of the last really serious power plant disaster, Chernobyl in 1986. I asked him the tone of the press this morning. He said that much of it was understated, attempting to minimize the issue. One writer commented that Japan, a democratic nation, was hiding the details just like the totalitarian USSR.
But another wrote, “It is necessary to pass immediately in the light of occurring events to alternative kinds of energy. Time has just come. It is not necessary to wait. Immediately to start to dismantle ALL atomic power stations and completely to cancel peace atom. It not the peace. It is an infection from which there is no disposal. We must put our hope in the rivers and wind-driven generators.”