This supplements a part-summarisation
by Steve, who covered material on pages 343 - 349 and page 363.The
entire chapter is about 40 pages long, including various charts and tables.For
an earthquake novice like me it’s great stuff and I expect the more earthquake-seasoned,
technically expert members of the group can get something out of it too.If
you only have enough time to scan this at speed, the bold type will guide
you to the main points.
her exploration of the Great Lisbon Earthquake, 1st Nov
1755 9:30am LMT, Richter possibly about 9.0, DKR discusses an eclipse
2 years and 6 days earlier.Perhaps
not many astrologers would look back that far, [but remember how the Jan
2001 Indian earthquake was in the direct path of the Aug. ’99 solar eclipse
- JS]; nevertheless, she presents a very convincing picture of the relevance
of this eclipse, which passed directly over Lisbon.The
angles in the eclipse chart were the same as the angles in the earthquake
chart. DKR’s exploration of the eclipse employs many traditional methods,
including the use of fixed stars and Arabian Parts, as well as more
She notes the following factors,
in addition to the ones already listed by Steve:
aspects to Black Holes (e.g. Saturn at the eclipse conjunct Black
Hole Sagittarius X-4, and the eclipse itself conjunct Black Hole Centaurus
points(e.g. solstice points of Mars and Uranus
at the eclipse were conjunct the Moon’s North Node and the Vertex respectively;
she sees the Vertex as potentially indicative of “fated, uncontrollable
events in the immediate environment”).
to the Aries Point (e.g. eclipse Uranus/S.Node midpoint at 0 degrees
Aries, sesquiquadrate Jupiter).
most sensitive midpoints for earthquakes, according to DKR, are Sun/Jupiter,
Mars/Saturn, Uranus/Neptune, and Admetos/Transpluto.
in the chapter, DKR says that when using charts more than 50 years
old it is important to include precession corrected positions.
Pages 348 - 349 gives a list
of traditionally supposed astrological “causes” of earthquakes quoted
in Raphael’s Mundane Astrology and in Cornell’s Encyclopedia
of Medical Astrology, but, as she observes, the list is very broad
and not at all definitive; the factors cited are neither compelling nor
comprehensive, e.g. planets transiting fixed signs, plus Virgo and Capricorn
and “violent” signs.
then raises the question of WHERE an expected earthquake will occur,
and describes the use of geodetics.This
is the idea that major events occur where suitable configurations of the
planets etc. lock into local angles calculated by treating (usually) Greenwich,
London as 0o Aries, with the longitude of any place in relation
to Greenwich becoming its Mc.For
example, Istanbul at 29 degrees east is attributed a geodetic Mc of 29
Aries (or, symmetrically, 1 Pisces).The
geodetic Mc is then the basis for calculating the other geodetic angles
and cusps, including the equatorial ascendant, vertex, and (pioneered by
Munkasey) the co-ascendant and polar Ascendant.Geodetic
angles cannot be used for events before 1884, when international time zones
were established.DKR gives examples
of earthquakes at which geodetic points were activated.
A 1989 Special Report by The
Foundation for the Study of Cycles reviewed existing studies of seismic
periodicities related to solar and lunar cycles.The
main indications it found are listed below (note the interrelation of the
first 3 points):
A link between solar cycles, the earth’s rotation rate and axis, its moment
of inertia, its gravitational constant, and earthquakes.Quakes
increase when solar activity is high.
One study noted an unusually
high incidence of quakes near eclipses.Note
that changes in the earth’s curvature, and relative extremes in the Earth’s
acceleration and rotation rate, occur near eclipses - especially at the
solstices and equinoxes.
According to some opinions, seismic activity may be linked to the expansion
of the Earth.The idea is that
because the Northern, more continental hemisphere has greater inertia than
the Southern, relatively oceanic hemisphere, expansion of the Earth makes
the North slow down more than the South and the resulting torsion manifests
in intermittent changes in the Earth’s rotation and in tidal bulges triggering
studies showed quake periodicities of 4.42 and 9.3 years, evidently
linked to the cycle which brings lunar declination and consequent tidal
bulges to North and South extremes every 18.6 years.
Seismic activity tends to increase at perigee lunations (along with
highest tidal potential) and at quarter phase apogee moons (along
with lowest tidal potential), and especially when apogee quarter phase
Moons are at maximum declination.
signatures can be specific to particular locales, e.g. some areas tend
to have quakes at particular Sun-Moon alignments and / or levels of solar
mentions some of the studies which have produced
the above findings, and others:
A major statistical study of earthquakes & planetary positions related
to geographic regions by Judith Hill and Mark Polit, published in
the winter ’86 - ’87 NGGR Journal. [See Mary Downing’s
post to Enceladus on 16th June, headed Regional factors
in earthquakes, for more details and for the URL where you can access
this report in Acrobat Reader format.Thanks,
Mary. - JS].
- A report of statistically significant periodicities in large quakes
in part of Southern California, by Knopoff & Kilston, published
in Nature, July 7 1983.
A study by Kokus & Ritter published in Cycles, March
’88.(Two thirds of their sample
of ‘quakes in the southeastern US happened at the first or last lunar quarter,
whilst other areas showed no correlation with lunar phase).
G. Vail in Kosmos winter ’84 - ’85 and Heliogram
’88.(Various findings, including
Saturn often at the Gauquelin angles, aspects consistent with traditional
meanings more prevalent in heliocentric than geocentric charts, more separating
and less applying h8 aspects than would be expected on a random basis (especially
involving Saturn or Mercury),90o 60o
and 30o aspects less significant than 45o and fractions
of 45o, and minor aspects significant for timing.)
next section of DKR’s article, Ancient Universes and Earthquakes,
stresses the importance of the cardinal points.Later
in the chapter she says it is vital to include antiscia in mundane charts.
section, Using the 90o Dial, extols the value of the
90o dial in “laying bare the major and minor “bones” of a chart”,
particularly using octiles and semi-octiles.She
gives some results of her own studies using dials:
41 out of 44 earthquakes measuring at least Richter 8.5 had planets,
lunar nodes or angles in hard aspect to the cardinal points (down to
semi-octiles), within 1.5o.
major mundane events, heliocentric planetary nodes are invariably
transited (hard aspects down to semi-octiles) used with both heliocentric
and geocentric planetary positions. The heliocentric planetary node
positions are listed at the end of this summary.
11 major Californian quakes, she found that 7 happened soon after or on
the day of eclipses that aspected Uranus’s Nodes in h16.
Richter Scale of
earthquake magnitude: each increment of 1.0 represents a 60-fold increase
of energy, and a ten-fold increase in the size (extent) of the seismic
wave.The Mercalli, or Modified
Mercalli (MM) scale of earthquake intensity (predating Richter) runs
from one to 12 (shown in Roman Numerals) according to structural damage
and effect on populace.XI = roughly
of the remainder of the article is presented via the following case study:
study of the 27 March 1964 Earthquake in Alaska
pm (28th March 3:36:14 UT) at the head of Prince William Sound,
61n24, 147w44 -
“the most powerful
earthquake ever recorded on the N American continent”.
lunar nodes engaged the semi-octile axis of the nodes of Uranus,
the Asc-Dsc axis of an eclipse over Alaska in July 1963, and were squared
by setting Sun and Full Moon, which semi-octiled the “death axis” - 0o
of the fixed signs. Earthquake
angles close to cardinal axis and semi-octile Saturn’s nodes.Sun
on asteroid Richter and eathquake Al Pharg.Jupiter
square 1963 eclipse degree.
geodetic angles for the quake were variously hit by a number of July
1963 eclipse factors (Saturn, Venus, Chiron, eclipse degree, eclipse
vertex), including helio Saturn on west geodetic Ic, and on axis
of geo Ur/Ne, Transpluto/Admetos. DKR believes in combining helio
& geo factors, arguing that “our universe is, apparently, a primarily
Jan 14 1964 solar eclipse similarly connected in a number of ways with
the geodetic angles of the quake area.DKR
sees enough good contacts using geodetics to warrant further research in
a study of 103 major earthquakes in California from 1769 - 1980, DKR found
an unexpectedly weak presence of traditional “hard” aspects, apart
from the predominanceof conjunctions.(The
strong showing of conjunctions may have been due to a wide orb, 10.8o,
being allowed for conjunctions).17th
and 19th harmonic aspects were the next most common, followed
by the 11th, 13th, 7th, 5th
and 23rd.Note that these
are all prime numbers.
x the 19th harmonic and 8 x the 17th harmonic coincide
at 169.4o and 170.5orespectively.This
being so, it’s easy to see instances of 17th and 19th
harmonic aspects working simultaneously between 2 factors in a predictive
chart, e.g. an eclipse or ingress chart, as one factor will be just
10o away from opposition to the other factor.DKR
gives 4 examples of these aspects at work in the astrology of the Alaskan
earthquake, and recommends further research into their role.
well worth using if available. Examples are given.
DKR has found asteroids and their helio nodes to be a promising area of
research, and considers the most useful for earthquake prediction to be:
0001 Ceres N Node 20 Gem 02, 3338 Richter N Node 5 Leo 42,
1184 Gaia N Node 25 Pis 31, 1198 Atlantis N Node 19 Sag 26,
1108 Demeter N Node 24 Sco 03, and 1866 Sisyphus N Node 3
Gem 05.Additionally, Juno
can represent helplessness, Vesta has potentially indicates danger
to a community and “for some undetermined reason, Pallas is often
very prominent in these charts.”Atlantis,
Gaea, Demeter, and the solstice point of the N. Node of Atlantis were suggestively
configured at the Alaskan earthquake.
node positions for the main planets given below are correct for 1990,
and the same is probably true for the asteroid helio node positions given
above, although in the case of the latter DKR doesn’t actually say so.
These nodes move very very slowly.
18Tau13, moves 42.66’’/yr; Venus 16Gem35, 32.39’’/yr; Mars
19Tau30, 27.75’’/yr; Jup 10Can20, 36.39’’/yr; Sat 23Can35,
31.43’’/yr; Ura 13Gem56, 18.38’’/yr; Nep 11Leo39, 39.66’’/yr;
helio node of Uranus now conjoined by T Pluto, on the forthcoming Sat-opp-Plu
axis.DKR has seen the helio
nodes of Uranus particularly prominent for Californian quakes