As I prepared to return to the article with this section, I found my thoughts returning to India and what makes it so alive, vibrating through my every pore. Although one friend there wondered whether I might have some Desi blood because of my having experienced no culture shock and just in case you’re wondering too, no, my blood at least in this lifetime isn’t Desi that I know of. Of course in my heart, that’s a different story.
India speaks to me as if I was born there, every sound, every beat of the temple drums, the waters throughout the land, the gentle bob of the head that amuses many and confuses many more, and even my amusement at knowing that restaurant owners tried so hard to convince my hosts I couldn’t possibly handle the spicy food. Ohh if only they knew!
So as I move back into the article with the discoveries and additional comparisons, let me share a couple more pictures with you in hopes that you might understand this love of mine that has perplexed at least some of my friends, I suppose. I doubt, however, any of those confused are Desi. They understand:
I’m going to re-post the event chart for the fire–the time it was discovered as the fireworks began to set off the chain of events that caused the fire itself to rage out of control. This way, you don’t have to keep going back and forth to continue following how all of these placements worked together to set the stage for this nightmare in Kerala.
In case you haven’t seen the story and missed the link in part 1, I wanted to draw your attention especially to Krishna’s and Kishore’s story. The siblings were among those who lost their parents in the fire.
Take very close note of the 1-minute partile conjunction of the Sun and Uranus at the time the fire went out of control. While there was a Mars-Midheaven (MC) conjunction of 1°32 and Neptune is widely conjunct the Ascendant at 9°33, the 2nd house Sun-Uranus 1-minute partile conjunction becomes a focal point of many of these dynamics as we move forward in the analysis. In fact, it was part of the reason I realized writing down each and every fine point in these basic aspects was going to be critical in my remembering to discuss each point.
Among the immediate squares (90°) I spotted, Saturn and Neptune are at a 5°14′ orb of an approaching square while Saturn’s square to the North Node (an important consideration since we often see the outer planets in hard aspect to the Nodes of the Moon especially during certain periods of major events or financial shifts) forms at 5°19′ orb. Jupiter and Saturn have a 1°38′ orb, Mars and Neptune a 2°25 orb while Uranus and Pluto hold a 2°59 orb.
And no, I’m still not done because the Sun and Pluto were squaring each other at a flat 3° orb. These present the challenges but only in part. (Professional astrologers, please forgive some of the more elementary points that seem to be written in ad nauseum format but it never hurts to refresh the student’s memory–or to help the student to immerse him/herself in these points.)
Equally compelling are the quartisextile aspects within a reasonable orb of 15°, the 24th harmonic, serving as additionally heightened sensitivity points. Especially at the equinox and solstice positions–15 Pisces/Aries; 15 Virgo/Libra; 15 Gemini/Cancer; 15 Sagittarius/Capricorn, these points create a type of chain reaction because they also trigger the antiscia: 15 Pisces to 15 Libra; 15 Aries to 15 Virgo; 15 Gemini to 15 Cancer, and 15 Sagittarius to 15 Capricorn. Setting the stage for additional configurations, additional undecaquartisextiles, Blooming Undecaquartisextiles, Undecaquartisextile Shadow Yods, and the Resonant Blooming Undecaquartisextiles can be established. (Take note here, students, I’ve just introduced you to a new aspect pattern!)
Among the quartisextiles in the chart, we have Venus and Uranus (15°15), Sun and Venus (15°16), Sun and Mercury (16°37), and Mercury and Uranus (16°38). These become highly important as well since we then start seeing configurations related to these degrees through the semisextiles of Venus and the Ascendant (33°48), the Sun and Moon (34°35), the Moon and Uranus (34°37), and–perhaps the most obvious pair–Saturn and Pluto with its tight aspect at 31°17. From this point on, the dynamics become incredibly complex but worthy of consideration: Initially, I wasn’t sure if my eyes were playing tricks on me. As a result, I actually used a blank chart wheel to attempt to clarify what I was seeing. The more involved I got, the more confusing it became. This needs to be something you’re just seeing by the maths as they come together. They’re here. If you can, write down these things as you see them coming together so you have a better feel for them. I’m grateful to my friend and colleague astrologer Robert Wilkinson of Aquarius Papers for confirming I wasn’t losing my mind, that I was seeing this additional pattern. And for his support and reassurance in this area of my work, I have named this additional pattern–the Resonant Blooming Undecaquartisextile— in honor of Robert Wilkinson.
Next, a quick refresher: An undecaquartisextile is 165°. (The name “quindecile” appears to have been mistakenly given to this degree since the “quindecile” is 24°, as noted on Philip Graves’ Introduction to Aspects which was developed out of his previously offered extensive historic footnotes on Skyscript’s Astrology Forum.)
In the chart for the fire, take note of Chiron at 22 Pisces 40, positioned in a semisextile aspect to both the Sun and Uranus, the latter two of which form a 1-minute partile conjunction at 20 Aries 27 and 28. The midpoint of the Sun-Uranus conjunction and Chiron is 6 Aries 37 and 38, conjunct Venus. Chiron’s antiscion is 7 Libra 12, opposed to Venus; the antiscion of the Sun-Uranus conjunction falls at 9 Virgo 32/33 in opposition to Neptune, and the midpoint of Venus and Neptune falls at 23 Pisces 05–forming a 25-minute partile conjunction to Chiron.
What you don’t see in a physical sense in the chart is what can be called “the resonant point” to the midpoint of the Sun-Uranus conjunction and Chiron–6 Libra 37 in opposition to Venus as well as 165° to both Chiron and the Sun-Uranus conjunction. Here, we see the Resonant Blooming Undecaquartisextile. We don’t need to see the actual point coming to life when the components repeatedly point to the same place where the third factor should be since it creates a heightened sensitivity. The March 9, 2016 Solar Eclipse at 18 Pisces 56 and the March 23, 2016 Lunar Eclipse (seen by most on the 23rd) at 3 Libra 17 also played a role in the fire, offering a series of highly sensitive points of resonance:
In the chart for the fire, Jupiter at 14 Virgo 34 Rx fell in a 53-minute partile opposition to Venus at 13 Pisces 43 in the Lunar Eclipse. The Sun-Uranus conjunction/Chiron semisextile and resonating at 6 Libra 37/38 formed
a 28/29-minute partile quincunx (150°) to the Solar Eclipse Mercury at 6 Pisces 09. In turn, Mercury in the Solar Eclipse formed a 57-minute partile semisextile to Venus. The midpoint of the Solar Eclipse Mercury and Venus in the chart for the fire sits at 20 Pisces 41.
Venus additionally formed a 53-minute partile conjunction to the Solar Eclipse Ascendant as it fell in India at 4 Aries 19. It also established a conjunction to the Lunar Eclipse Mercury at 2 Aries 57 and the Sun at 3 Aries 17 in opposition to the Moon. Mercury in the chart for the fire also established another partile aspect, this time a sextile, to the Solar Eclipse Mercury at 6 Pisces 09.
The Sun/Uranus conjunction in the chart for the fire was positioned in a 29-minute partile semisextile to the Solar Eclipse Chiron to create a Resonant Blooming Undecaquartisextile at 5 Libra 41 in opposition to Venus at 5 Aries 12! At the same time, the Sun/Uranus conjunction also formed a semisextile to the Solar Eclipse itself in a Resonant Blooming Undecaquartisextile at 4 Libra 42, conjunct the Lunar Eclipse Moon in opposition to Venus in the chart for the fire. And finally, the South Node in the Solar Eclipse chart at 21 Pisces 47 Rx formed a perfected conjunction to the Lunar Eclipse Chiron!
“We have begun to contemplate our origins: starstuff pondering the stars; organized assemblages of ten billion billion billion atoms considering the evolution of atoms; tracing the long journey by which, here at least, consciousness arose,” Carl Sagan wrote in Cosmos. I believe this study of the Kollam temple fire was part of this process at earth level. After all, if we are all starstuff pondering the stars and tracing the long journey by which consciousness arose, I’d like to think our consciousness also rises with such studies.
Of course our identifying these various factors won’t have anything to do in preventing what’s already passed. I’d also like to see our reaching the point where we can forecast as a result of our being better informed about the power in these aspects. We see energies in the charts, and these energies will point to rising situations, tensions, forces coming at the native, the area, the region, the nation or some other kind of situation just as we can see energies being received by natives, areas, regions, nations or situations. This is the point of what many of us do and how we can see them coming together to create the timings of events. It would be ever so nice to think we may play a role in these kinds of identification taking place.
But in the aftermath of the nightmare at Kollam, Kerala, India and the fire at the temple where some 15000 people were gathered for that fireworks display this past Sunday, here is where my heart rises and mathematics begins to play a small role as we take it all in. Throughout Kerala, there are children with or without their mothers and fathers or grandparents. As I close this article, they’re sleeping; but somewhere in the morning in Kerala, there will be those who, like the children in Thiruvananthapuram–perhaps at this school which might even be the source of what I have heard through the trees in the mornings while I was there (and look forward to hearing again later this year)–the children will be meeting the new day like this: