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Yangtze river: dangerous charm

Yangtze River

Yangtze River

A cruise for tourists on the Yangtze, between Nanjing and Chongqing in a few minutes became a catastrophe that has engulfed more than 400 people. In the night of the 1st of June the ship Dongfangzhixing (Eastern Star) carrying more than 450 people, capsized during a powerful storm in Hubei province. It was 9:28 pm when the Eastern Star sank quickly after a supposedely rare tornado has occurred in the vicinity of the ship. The Yangtze River accident is possibly one of the worst tornado-related disasters in modern Chinese history and it may prove to be the worst boat accident in China since a steamship blew up in 1948.

Eastern Star Route

Eastern Star Route

The ship left the Nanjing harbour the 28th of May at 13:18 and capsized in Jianli County the 1st of June at 21:28.

As I wrote in my previous post The Dragon and the Moon the recent Moon eclipse in Libra suggested that something was going to happen in China.

In the figure I drew for Shanghai I noticed that star Canopus was setting on the western horizon:

Since the Star Canopus in the ship Argo constellation is setting on the occidental horizon the event can be a shipwreck or a tempest or a river flood or even pollution in the water and fish deaths.

Moon Eclipse in Nanjing
In the lunar eclipse chart below, drawn for Nanjing, the departure harbour, we recognize the same configurations already seen in the chart for Shanghai. The equicruria in mundo between the Moon and Saturn and also between the Sun and Saturn, which is the lord of the syzygy. On the western horizon the star Canopus with Mars which is feralis and in detriment in Taurus.

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 Nanjing
Moon Eclipse in Jianli County
The Moon’s eclipse chart for Jianli County, the place where the ship capsized. Mars is still on the occidental horizon, feralis and in detriment. The Moon is parallel in mundo with Venus which is with Canopus. Also the Sun is in parallel in mundo with Venus. The luminary actually are making two equicrure aspects in mundo with Venus. The Moon is moving from the sextile of Jupiter which is retrograde and therefore cannot help. Satun is sextile with the Moon and in antiparallel with Venus.

Lunar Eclipse April 2015 Jianli


Ship departure chart
Let’s look at the chart for the ship departure. Lilly says that the ascendant and the Moon signify the body of the ship, the lord of the ascendant those that sail in her. The ascendent receives a sextile from Venus. Venus is in equicrure aspect in mundo with Saturn though and therefore cannot soothe the other malefic signs. The Moon is in the first house moving from the sextile with Saturn to the square with the Sun, Mercury and Mars. But the worst sign is the Lord of ascendent, Mercury, combust, retrograde,conjuncted with Mars and Aldebaran and cadent from the superior angle.

Eastern Star Departure
Ship capsizing chart
When the ship capsized the star Antares of violent nature was rising at the oriental horizon. The Moon was moving from Saturn and applying to Jupiter which is in declination parallel with Mars and antiparallel with Saturn. Moreover the Moon at 12° of Libra was going to conjunct with the place of eclipse which was at 14° of Libra. Mars is with the Part of Fortune and with Canopus, the bright star in the constellation of Argo Navis.

Eastern Star Capsize

Dire Straits

1703-great-stormA ship can sink even in the harbor. Seneca

In the early morning of the 28th of December 2014 in the Adriatic See during few hours two ship accidents happened.
In the first disaster the ferry, named ‘Norman Atlantic’ serving between Greek, port of Patras and Ancona in Italy caught fire in the Adriatic in front of Albanian coast around the 4.30 am CET. The blaze is believed to have broken out on a car deck. The rescue operations begin and most of the passengers have been saved in spite of difficult weather conditions.
The ferry left the port of Patras at 4 pm EST.

Norman Atlantic Departure

The star Aldebaran, the red on in the Bull’s eye, of Mars nature was rising at the easter horizon. The horoscope in in Gemini in the bound of Mars. It’s Lord, Mercury, is in the VIII house, in aversion with the horoscope.
The nebula close to the Sting of the Scorpio is setting at western horizon. The Lot of Ananke is with it. As Lilly says concerning ships, the Ascendent and the Moon signifie the ship itself while the Lord of Ascendent are the passengers. So being the horoscope in the terms of Mars and conjunct with the violent star Aldebaran the ship is in danger. The Moon is moving from Mercury, lord of Ascendent, and applying to Venus also in the VIII house. Venus in Capricorn dignified by term and triplicity, is Lord of the XII house. So also the Moon show the weak and debilitated state of the ship.
Mercury, Lord of the Ascendent, peregrine in Capricorn the VIII house, indicates that also the passangers are alsoin danger.
Let’s note that Mars from the supernal pivot oppones Jupiter at the subterranean pivot. Jupiter is Lord of the Discendent and the XI house. Lilly says that the Discendent is signifier of the destination while the XI house of a safe port. So neither the destination nor a safe port will be reached.
But the most important element of judgement came from a passage of ‘Carmen Astrologicum’ of Dorotheus of Sidon:

If the Moon is above the earth while Saturn is not in its station but aspect the moon by trine, then it indicates a hideous matter as if they were at the edge of a rezor, but together with this fear they will be better in their condition, and no harm will reach them except fo a little when Saturn is in its station. [..] As I wrote concerning the location of Saturn in this situations, the condition will be similar if Saturn is in the ascendent even if it does not aspect the Moon.

Here the Moon is in Pisces above the earth and Saturn trine her from the VI house in Scorpio. Saturn is not in its station so the situation, though is serious, is not so harmful for the passengers.
Also Saturn is with stars Graffias, of Mars Saturn nature, and Antares, the heart of Scorpio, of Mars Jupiter nature while the Moon is with stars aqua Aquarii and Fomalhaut, the red star in the Fish eye. The aqua Aquarii is a very watery and dangerous claster of stars.

In the image below we see the ship route and the point where the ship was when it caught fire:

Norman Atlantic Route

Let’s look at the event chart for the fire beginning.

Norman Atlantic Disaster

Saturn is rising at the eastern horizon in Sagittarius, with star Graffias. Saturn also aspect the Moon with a trine. In fact the Moon is applaing to Saturn.
If we read again the passage of Dorotheus cited above we see here that the situation of the ship is even worse because of the present of Saturn at the Ascendent. The Pleiades and Hyedes are setting at the western horizon while the claster Aqua Aquarii is anticulminating.
Moreover Mars from the III place oppones Jupiter in the IX place. Jupiter is the Lord of the Ascendent and so it signifies the passenger. So te passenger are threaten by fire.
Note the involved house axis which signifies the voyage.
Mars is also with the Lot of Fortune, indicanting again danger in particolr concerning the goods which are in the ship.

Let’s look at the map below for the departure of Norman Atlantic. We see the star Aldebaran rising line and the Jupiter culmination line intersect almost exactly where the ship started to burn.

Aldebaran Jupiter Local Chart

Now let’s consider the event chart for the other ship accident occured around 8.30 CET in front of the port of Ravenna, italy. Two cargo ships carring fertilizers collided when there were terrible weather conditions: in the area the visibility was zero because of a snowstorm and a dense fog due to the temperature difference between water and air. Also the sea was very rough and wind from the northeast was up to 50 knots.

Ravenna Ship sinking

Shaula, the Aculeus Scorpionis and the nebula were rising at the horoscope in Capricorn. The nebula signifies poor visibility.
The Moon was defluxing from Mercury to Saturn. Mercury is the Lord of the VIII place and it is with the Ascendent. So the significators of the ship are in relation with Mercury, lord of the house of death and the malefic Saturn which is Lord of the horoscope.
Mars from the I house oppones Jupiter which is close to the VIII house cusp.
The Lot of Fortune is with the Cauda Draconis on the III house cusp.

In the map below we see the Shaula and the Aculeus Scorpii nebula rising line and the Cauda Draconis line meet in the Adriatic see just in front of Ravenna.Ravenna Local Map