Sky gods implicated in aviation accidents
© Michele Finey 1985, 2008
It has been said that mutual receptions intensify the energy of the two planets involved, but is there more to it than simply a strengthening, or intensification? And how exactly do they work in a mundane context?
In trying to understand more about the nature of mutual receptions, whether natal or mundane, we should also take into account the relative strength of the planets involved as well as any aspect between them.
I first became interested in mutual receptions in their mundane context in 1985. At that time Jupiter was in Aquarius and Uranus in Sagittarius.
As I searched for an astrological explanation for these tragic accidents one of the first things I noticed was that Uranus and Jupiter were in mutual reception. In the middle of 1985 both planets were retrograde and in sextile aspect.
Since Uranus rules sudden acts and aviation, while Jupiter/Sagittarius governs travel, and both have a tendency to overlook details and rush, it seemed apparent that this was the astrological signature I was looking for.
Obviously, there is more to it than one aspect, and in the charts for these accidents, there are a number of T-squares and other stressful conditions.
Yet throughout the whole period numerous other aviation accidents occurred. From February 1985 to January 1986, the common factor was the mutual reception of Jupiter and Uranus.
The sextile suggests a harmonious relationship between these planets, yet there isn’t much in the way of harmony in here. Fire and air are compatible elements. I concluded that there must be something in the nature of the mutual reception itself which was somehow disrupting the flow of energy between Jupiter and Uranus, and I still believe this to be the case.
It was as if the two planets were having trouble functioning, they were somehow misfiring.
I have formed the opinion that mutual receptions “force” each planet to relate to the other, whether they want to or not. Mutual receptions operate a bit like a “catch 22” in the sense that in order to function at all, they must somehow work together, and co-operate, whether they are comfortable doing this or not.
Because they dispose one another, the mutual reception creates a circuit of energy or an exchange of energy which means that they are locked together for better or worse. My feeling is that mutual receptions cause the vibration of the two planets involved to be heightened, but also scattered as well, depending on the nature of the two planets involved, and whether they are similar, different, or share some common ground.
It’s like mixing the essence of each planet in a test tube and witnessing the resulting chemical reaction. That reaction will differ according to the planetary ingredients.
Because Jupiter and Uranus have a similar energy, and the sextile is an easy flowing aspect, this creates a volatile and explosive reaction.
URANUS AND JUPITER 1985-86
1985 is the second worst year on record for plane crashes. That year around 2185 people died in aviation accidents. The only year where more people perished was 1972 when 2275 people died in air accidents, that year Neptune shifted into Sagittarius, which may account for some general confusion related to travelling, or which might also be related to the fact many more people (the masses=Neptune) were travelling around the globe by air. Many of the accidents in 1972 were on Aeroflot in the former USSR which seems to have had a spike that year.
By comparison, in 1977, 1211 people lost their lives in commercial aviation accidents. This includes the 583 people who died in the Canary Islands when KLM and PanAm 747s collided in March of that year, the worst accident in aviation history.
Although there were not as many deaths as in 1972, the accidents in 1985 were truly massive and there was one six week period when over 1100 people perished in just four distasters.
Interestingly, Jupiter is presently in Aquarius again, and although not forming a mutual reception with Uranus, there have been a number of air accidents over recent months, perhaps suggesting that Jupiter behaves rashly and unpredictably in Aquarius.
AIR INDIA BOMB
On 23 June 1985 an Air India flight exploded over the Atlantic Ocean at 7.14 am GMT, just off the Irish Coast. Little evidence of the cause was found, but according to the TV series Air Crash Investigations, a bomb was responsible. The bomb came to be on board because a scanning machine had broken down at an airport in Canada, and the clerk at the desk was in a hurry and under pressure. All 329 people on board were killed. This is the sixth worst crash in aviation history.
In this chart Uranus is conjunct the Vertex in the 5th, in mutual reception with Jupiter on the cusp of the 8th. Both are retrograde. Jupiter rules the 6th, Uranus ruling the 8th. Jupiter is also in a T-Square to the Nodes, Venus and Saturn. Sun opposes Neptune and forms another T-Square with the Part of Fortune and Pallas-Athena. These two T-squares aspect one another, sitting 45 degrees apart, which creates several tri-squares (my name for a Thor’s hammer). The focal points of these tri-squares are the Part of Fortune, the North Node and Jupiter on the cusp of the 8th. The Moon is Void of course, at 29.50 Leo and the Ascendant is also at the Anaretic degree, 29.01 Cancer.
On 2 August, 1985 at 6.06 pm a Delta Airlines flight crashed on approach to Dallas, Texas during a thunderstorm. Windshear, a sudden change in wind direction and speed, was found to be the cause. There is a fixed grand cross in this chart involving the Sun and Vertex which oppose retrograde Jupiter and square the Nodal Axis. Chiron in Gemini on the cusp of the 6th opposes Uranus in the 12th. Mercury, the ruler of Chiron, is retrograde in Leo in the 8th. Neptune, which is often associated with the weather, is rising, and opposes Venus.
Just ten days after the Dallas crash came the worst single plane accident in aviation history. Only the collision between two 747s in Tenerife, Canary Islands, in 1977 resulted in a greater loss of life.
JAPAN AIRLINES CRASH
The Japan Airlines accident took place on 12 August 1985, at 6.57 pm near Ueno, Japan, and resulted in the deaths of 520 people. There were 4 survivors. Total hydraulic failure, just minutes after take off, was the cause.
This chart shows a fixed grand cross involving the Nodal axis squaring Mars and a retrograde Mercury in Leo which oppose retrograde Jupiter. Chiron and Pallas Athena are in Gemini on the I.C. and oppose Uranus on the MC. The Moon is at 0 Cancer and opposes Neptune which dissects this grand cross in half.
CHALLENGER SHUTTLE DISASTER
There were numerous aviation accidents in 1985. The 4th major accident in this 7 week period was in Uzbekistan on 10 July when 200 people died. The cause was pilot error, the plane’s was travelling too slowly and it stalled.
Earlier, in February that year, just a week after Jupiter entered Aquarius, an Iberia Air flight crashed after hitting an antenna on top to Mt Oiz, in Spain, flying in thick fog. All 148 people on board were killed.
On December 12 that year, Arrow Air flight 1285 crashed after take off in Gander Newfoundland, killing all 256 people on board.
Interestingly, the Challenger disaster took place just four days after the Voyager spacecraft made its closest approach to Uranus.
In this chart Uranus and Jupiter are now both direct. Pluto and the South Node sit on the Scorpio descendant and square the Sun, Mercury, Vesta and Venus in Aquarius, which make a T-Square to the Ascendant and North Node. The ruler of the Aquarius stellium, Uranus, is in the 8th house, which features strongly. There is a powerful tri-square that points towards a retrograde Pallas Athena in Gemini.
Many of these accidents could have been avoided. Perhaps the lesson of this particular mutual reception is to take more care. The energy associated with Jupiter and Uranus in mutual reception is so excitable and volatile, it requires careful handling.
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EXPLOSIVE ACCIDENTS – BEFORE AND AFTER
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