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by ( Jayasree Saranathan) (Article published in the April 2011 issue of The Astrological eMagazine)
A terrible calamity of unfathomable proportions started in Japan on March 11, 2011 when a powerful earthquake followed by a tsunami hit Japan. As a result, the nuclear reactor at Fukushima was affected. The cooling pipes at the reactors were damaged by the tsunami leading to a nuclear melt down which started emitting radiation into the atmosphere. This radiation leakage seems to be heading towards a catastrophe. There are fears whether this would spread to the other parts of the world and affect more number of people. For a huge human tragedy to happen in a large scale, there are 3 main pointers in astrology. Fortunately none of them are present now. (1)The most important one is the position of Saturn. If Saturn is in Aries in debility or is posited in any of the 7 asterisms starting from Krittika or is retrograde in these asterisms, a great calamity to human kind will occur. Fortunately Saturn is in no way connected to these signs and stars. (Brihat Samhita, Chapter 47) (2) If Saturn is in the asterism of Krittika and Jupiter traverses Vishaka, there will be a terrible calamity to the world and human race. Such a combination also is not present now. (3) If malefics like Saturn, Mars and the nodes are transiting the star Rohini (Aldebaran in Taurus) or even casting their aspect on Rohini, it signifies human suffering of catastrophic proportions. This is known as Rohini Shakata bheda. Particularly when the malefic crosses the 17th degree of Taurus and is more than 2 degrees in the south, it causes tremendous despair to mankind (Surya Siddhantha 8-13). Rohini - 3rd pada is located in the 17th degree. There have been instances of calamity connected to affliction to Rohini. At the time of Mahabharata, Saturn was afflicting Rohini according to the narration by Vyasa. King Dasaratha appeased Lord Saturn with Sani-sthuthi, requesting him not to afflict Rohini. When the nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Mars was crossing the 17th degree of Taurus in Rohini! In all major catastrophes that happened in the recorded past century, in connection with man made activities or man made structures, this affliction to Rohini had been there. In recent memory, the 2nd World war and the attack on WTC etc coincided with either Saturn or Mars crossing Rohini. Fortunately this malefic affliction to Rohini is not present now. This signals that the catastrophic proportions of the Nuclear disaster will be minimum.
However it must be noted that by the time the deadly earthquake hit off the coast of Japan, the 4th house aspect of Mars had just moved out of the 17th degree of Taurus. Mars was in 18 -46 degrees in Aquarius at that time thereby causing its affliction to Taurus from 18th degree onwards. Though the exact shakata of Rohini has been spared, the malefic aspect of Mars which is currently moving in the southern declination close to 10 degrees, was there on Rohini. Hence human suffering has occurred. Let us see a comparison with the Hiroshima bombing chart. The first atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 at 8-15 local time.
+-----------------------------------------------+ | | |Ma 16-07 |Mo Ve | | | | |Sa Ra | | | | Ura 23-24 | | | | | | | | | | | | |-----------+-----------------------+-----------| | | |Su | | | | | | | 06-08-1945 | | | | | | | | 8-15 AM | | |-----------| |-----------| | | Hiroshima |Me | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-----------+-----------------------+-----------| |Ke | | |As Ju | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | +-----------------------------------------------+
Mars was at 16-07 Taurus. The other 2 malefics namely Saturn and Rahu were transiting within the first 6 asterisms counted from Krittika. In addition, Uranus had conjoined Mars in the Martian asterism. Although we don’t take Uranus into consideration in Vedic astrology, we find that it does play a role in calamity charts. The bombings at Nagasaki occurred immediately after a few days on August 9th. Mars had just moved out of the 17th degree but continued to haunt Rohini. A similar affliction at 18th degree of Rohini was present when the Nuclear reactor at Fukushima started letting out deadly radiation. It must be noted that the Martian affliction is different in the recent crisis, in that it had cast its 4th aspect on Rohini and was not in conjunction with Rohini. It is deduced from this that the calamity is there but not in huge proportions. The nuclear radiation is not likely to spread far and wide and affect more people. The absence of the first two afflictions as mentioned above guarantee that the disaster would not spread globally.
The calamity will have localized presence.
However there are other factors of concern present at the moment. • • All planets except Jupiter are in the southern declination. The planets in the South do not give benefic results. Many planets are conjoining in Pisces and are running parallel to the earth at present.. Except Saturn, all the others are moving close to the Gandanthas – the points of danger. Rahu is close to crossing the Moola- Aslesha junction. Others are close to Revathy – Aswini junction. The conjoining planets in Pisces will be combust due to close proximity to the Sun. According to Varahamihira planets in debility, in inimical sign and in combustion can not give good results in mundane affairs. The mutual aspect of Saturn, Mars and Jupiter give rise to sufferings to people and children from hunger and weapons / instruments. Mars will be moving into such a mutual aspect from 25th March onwards. The presence of earthquake and tsunami producing planetary combinations as explained in previous articles ( published in January and May 2010 issues of The Astrological eMagazine ) continue to be there until April. Uranus, forming a square relation with the nodes is another point of concern. Saturn coming into this square relationship from its location in the earthy sign of Virgo heightens the intensity of a calamity.
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In this background we can not rule out more troubles in the coming days. The Fukushima startup chart (March 26, 1971, 5-38 am) shows that it is destined for a death at the current times.
+-----------------------------------------------+ |Su Me |Sa | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-----------+-----------------------+-----------| |As Mo | |Ke | |Ve | | | | | March 26 | | | | 5-38 am | | | | | | |-----------| Fukushima |-----------| |Ra | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |-----------+-----------------------+-----------| |Ma |JuR | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | +-----------------------------------------------+
Its lagna is lord and 8th lord are in debility. The debilitated 8th lord's dasa (Mercury) is running now. The debilitated lagna lord's (Saturn) antar dsasa starts in June 2011. The plant will be closed once for all in that period (Mer-Sat) Previous nuclear plant disasters The cause of the nuclear crisis is the failure of the cooling system. So far there had happened 5 nuclear disasters including the Fukushima disaster exclusively related to failure of the cooling system. It means intense heat was created threatening life. However in all the past 4 instances the human causality and long term effects of radiation was less, thereby signaling that the damage in the current crisis would also be less. A study of these 5 instances shows a common pattern. Any two of the following 3 factors were present in all the disasters. (1) Uranus in square with the nodes (2) One of the malefics in Gandanthas especially in Moola or in Vishaka (3) Affliction to Rohini by aspect (not conjunction). A brief note on them:(1) May 24, 1958, Chalk river, Canada. Uranus in square with the nodes. Saturn in Moola (2) December 7, 1975. Greifswald, Germany. Uranus in conjunction with Rahu. Rahu in Vishaka (3) March 28, 1979 Three mile island accident, Middletown, Pennsylvania, US Uranus in Vishaka. Saturn’s 10th aspect on Rohini. (4) March 31, 1987, Delta, Pennsylvania, US. Uranus in square with nodes. Uranus in Moola. Mars and Saturn afflicting Taurus. (5) March 11, 2011 Fukushima, Japan Uranus in square with nodes. Rahu in Moola.
Will problems continue? The current movement of planets however is not giving relief. The Sun will be in square with the nodes and the Super moon while being in conjunction with sidereal Uranus on 20th March. A couple of days after that, the sun crosses Uranus. These dates are truly a cause of concern with escalation in human sufferings. However I wish to bank on the positive power of Jupiter as it will be still out of bounds of asthang (combustion) by the Sun. During that time, Indonesia comes under affliction. Other probable areas are Northeast and South west of the globe. This covers the Pacific ring of fire. The countries having Sagittarius as their mundane sign also are vulnerable. Australia comes into picture on that account. The troublesome developments are likely to reappear around 4th April when Mars squares with Uranus and the nodes. On that day Mars wins the planetary war over Uranus. Such a victory signifies explosions, fire, and destruction. Jupiter gets combust by then and therefore can not offer any solace. Again when Mercury crosses Jupiter backwards on April 12 and 13th, there will be victory of Jupiter over Mercury. According to Varahamihira, when Jupiter wins Mercury in planetary war, earthquakes are likely. (Brihat Samhita, chapter 17) Disturbances continue till the end of April. The middle of April shows a rare combination of planets with all the planets except Venus in square signs. This replicates almost 80% of the combination that occurred when Kaliyuga began. Pralaya (deluge) like conditions existed when Kaliyuga started. At that time all the planets except the nodes were together in Pisces. Now Venus is just behind the group. Saturn is not in that group but is aspecting Pisces from a retrograde position. For a severe global calamity to happen, Saturn must be moving in the 4 signs starting from Pisces. Now it is not so ensures that the scale of human sufferings will be less and manageable. However until April 13th, the human miseries and fears are not likely to subside, though they will be localized. Threat by water is not ruled out as 2 of the 3 watery signs receive malefic aspects.
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