Decoding Earthquakes

Are We Due?

Could it be that the world is due for a big quake? And, if so, then where and when might one occur? These are some questions we’ll attempt to answer using astrology.

Earthquakes are caused by the action of eclipses, often when an eclipse falls in a Fixed sign, or, if there are other planets in Fixed signs at the moment of an eclipse, earthquakes often occur in those parts of the world where these planets are rising, setting, culminating, or on the nadir.

Noted in my January 2010 U.S. New Moon report was the increased risk for earthquakes based on the triple conjunction of Chiron/Neptune/Jupiter in the Solar Eclipse chart of January 15, 2010. With these planets in Aquarius, opposing Mars in Leo, Fixed signs, this propensity for earthquakes rise. Soon after, there were two major earthquakes in the world and many minor ones, including in the U.S., even in Chicago.

Earthquakes often occur soon after an eclipse, or very near the time of an eclipse. This likelihood increases if other quake indicators are in place and if it is also a Total Eclipse. This heightened activity is due to what we might call Moon Wobble effects. A Moon Wobble occurs when the Sun forms a square to the lunar North Node. The energy is similar to that associated with eclipses, when the New or Full Moon aligns closely with the nodes. The propensity for major disasters rises for a few days before and after one of these Moon Wobbles. The Moon Wobble effects of the January eclipse were strongest on January 11, 2010, one day prior to the destructive earthquake in Haiti. The other 2010 Moon Wobbles occur April 6; July 3 (between two eclipses); and September 30.

Besides being more common near eclipses, earthquake activity tends to increase near Full Moon.

One way to narrow down the location where a sizable earthquake might occur is to run an Astrolocality map of the eclipse suggesting the probability for a quake, to see where on the globe the Mars and Saturn lines run as these reveal problem spots. If there are planets in Fixed signs or important conjunctions, those planet lines should be included. We can even compare this eclipse map to an Astrolocality map of the current Ingress to see if certain areas show up as problematic in both. You can verify by relocating the charts to various areas. Watch for an emphasis of planets on the angles.

January 2010 Eclipse relocated to Port-au-Prince

January 2010 Eclipse relocated to Port-au-Prince

When the January Solar Eclipse chart is relocated to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, it shows Jupiter closely conjunct the Fourth House cusp with Neptune and Chiron close by, opposed by Mars in Fixed Leo, reflecting the potential catastrophe and devastation. The same goes for Santiago, Chile. Especially when the problem spot lies in the Ring of Fire, as Chile does, this raises suspicions.

At the time of a quake many aspects will be found between the planets at the time, however, these planets will also form a number of aspects to the previous eclipse and to the planets places at that time. So, while an eclipse may denote a coming earthquake it won’t occur until the planets form numerous aspects to one another and to the eclipse.

Haiti’s earthquake occurred during strong Moon Wobble effects as that Total Solar Eclipse featured planets on the angles in Fixed signs in Haiti, accompanied by the extremely forceful Saturn/Pluto square. That square formed difficult aspects to Haiti’s natal planets. In fact, the Ascendant of the earthquake chart opposed Haiti’s (recently eclipsed) natal Sun while transiting Mars crossed Haiti’s South Node.

The earthquake in Chile one day before a Full Moon appears also to be tied to the Lunar Eclipse of July 7, 2009. That eclipse featured Jupiter and Neptune at 26º Aquarius, in square to Mars at 26º Taurus. Chiron was also in Fixed Aquarius as was the North Node. Relocated to Chile, disruptive Uranus fell on the MC, opposing Saturn near the IC. At the time of Chile’s quake, Mercury and Neptune were transiting 26º Aquarius, tying into the eclipse pattern. Transiting Moon in Leo opposed the outer planets in Aquarius. Transiting Mars conjoined the Lunar Eclipse South Node in Leo, while the transiting North Node (Capricorn) and the Ascendant of the earthquake chart aligned closely with the Lunar Eclipse degree!

To review some steps we might take to discover where and when an earthquake might occur:

Watch for eclipses in which many planets fall in Fixed signs, especially when there are afflicting aspects involving these, and in particular if other dire aspects form at the same time. Run an Astrolocality map for this eclipse to see where problem spots lie on the globe. Be alert for a potential increase of activity near the time of an eclipse, a Moon Wobble, or a Full Moon. Watch for the transiting nodes to cross an earlier suspicious eclipse; within three degrees of the Sun/Moon. Be alert for problematic aspects at this time, especially when these form among themselves AND tie in with the particular eclipse that suggested earthquakes.

Based on that Lunar Eclipse at 15º Capricorn, a degree that will be transited by the North Node in April 2010, Chile continues to be a hot spot for quakes. The Peru-Chile Branch of the Ring of Fire as well as the Middle America Branch show potential for sizable quakes even as we move toward summer and the Lunar Eclipse of June 26 at 4º Capricorn, featuring several planets in the early degrees of Cardinals, with the transiting North Node approaching that eclipse degree. Earthquakes can also increase when many planets fall in the early degrees of Cardinal signs.

New Moon, May 1980, Mt. St. Helens

New Moon, May 1980, Mt. St. Helens

I’m really adding to my mundane file of events. I have lots of hurricanes, earthquakes, Mt. Saint Helens, however I also like to run the New Moon chart preceding these big events to see how that chart reflected the event (New Moon cast for Washington, D.C.). For the SF earthquake in 1906, Uranus was on the cusp of the Fourth House in the NM chart preceding that quake. Uranus was opposing Neptune and both were square the NM in Aries. Prior to the Mt. Saint Helen eruption, Jupiter was with Mars on the cusp of the Fourth AND there was a fixed Grand Square between the NM, Uranus and the nodes. I’ll continue to study and share observations in my monthly U.S. Forecast & New Moon report.

View the eclipse charts in my book, Eclipses. They are included to 2012, along with general comments about each. You can see a map of the Ring of Fire at this Wikipedia page.

I hope the astrology students among you will find this helpful in your studies and research. This discussion originated in 2009, inspired by Dihanne*, a student who wanted to know more. Soon after my original post, I heard from Shel, who lives in L.A. She had read a recent post by Michael O’Riley, who had also noted an up-tick in potential earthquake activity using a different method. Michael had quite an influence on peaking my interest in mundane astrology in the first place – I recall reading his articles in the late 90’s. So, I emailed him with my findings, we chatted a bit and now he’s posted a whole page on earthquakes, with charts and photos you may enjoy. Please visit

*Dihanne never had an interest in mundane astrology until she started studying electional astrology where eclipses are also important. This led Dihanne to my eclipse book, and the Los Angeles chart. Dihanne now lives in FL but used to live near L.A. and has friends there. Check out Dihanne’s blog.

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Japan’s 9.0 Mega Quake & A Race Against Time

On March 11, 2011 Japan experienced a 9.0 mega quake at 2:46 PM. This earthquake was actually an aftershock from a quake two days earlier, also in Sendai, Japan; a 7.2.

Japan’s Moon, ruling the masses, was eclipsed in December 2010 by the Lunar Eclipse at 28° Gemini. At the time of the quake, the transiting South Node (loss and sacrifice) was precisely traveling over Japan’s eclipsed Moon. When a transiting lunar node passes over the degree of an earlier recent eclipse, it is an indicator that we are in an earthquake season, while within roughly two degrees. This is proving to be quite a reliable and stable datum. If there was one change I could make to my book, Eclipses, it would be to add the dates of nodal transits to the previous eclipses along with the planetary transits provided.



There were many other indicators for trouble in Japan’s chart. And, there still are, unfortunately. The Capricorn Solar Eclipse in January 2011 fell in Japan’s First House and on natal Chiron. The angular eclipses are most significant for major changes or developments. Chiron is associated with wounding. (Click the image to see Japan’s chart, then use your back button.)

Another indicator for critical developments shown in the Japan chart (also provided in Eclipses) is noted with progressed Midheaven in a critical degree. This indicates a critical year. To narrow down the timing, Japan’s progressed Moon conjoined with natal Pluto during the month of March 2011. Such an aspect represents changing domestic conditions, sometimes fairly drastic in nature. It was partly behind the tsunami. The progressed Moon goes on to conjoin progressed Pluto before the month is over. The aspect comes exact around midnight March 27, 2011.

To heap on the potential for the destructive mega quake on March 11, several days ahead of a Moon Wobble, which is known to be associated with earth changes and dire effects, transiting Uranus was in the degree of fixed star Scheat (associated with catastrophes) while transiting Uranus was square the transiting Lunar Nodes. This would work in a similar fashion as a Moon Wobble, however more sudden and explosive in nature. For Japan, this was extra hazardous because Uranus also squared Japan’s Moon! This contributed to the horrific tsunami and the de-stabilizing of the nuclear reactors, with explosions starting the day after the massive 9.0 quake.

Big conjunctions or oppositions contribute to earthquakes. For instance, the current opposition of Jupiter and Saturn, which is coming closer, contributes to quake activity. Japan is experiencing so many aftershocks that alarms ring every few minutes, becoming a routine part of the daily sounds. The opposition happens to be operating near angles and on planets in the Japan chart. Saturn square Pluto is another alignment that is known to produce earthquake activity. Pluto is transiting Japan’s First House.

On March 21, 2011, the transiting Sun comes to square Japan’s Moon that received the Lunar Eclipse in December 2010. This will re-stimulate the eclipse degree. On the same day, transiting Uranus will square Japan’s Ascendant. Both transiting Uranus and Japan’s Ascendant occupy a critical degree and an Aries Point degree, with transiting Uranus in 0° Aries and Japan’s Ascendant in 0° Capricorn. These 0 degrees of cardinal signs are also called world point degrees, energized by planets when history is in the making and when outsiders are required to come in to assist. One event can have a domino or ripple effect in the world.

So far we have the makings of an escalating issue involving the nuclear reactors. In looking over previous nuclear incidents, both of the big ones followed a New Moon in Aries. Running alongside Pluto as a ruler of nuclear power, Mars is a co-ruler. We have an Aries New Moon coming up on April 3, 2011 but in this New Moon chart there is a massive six planet stellium in Aries, including Mars and Uranus in conjunction, an explosive combo, like an accident waiting to happen.

In the ACG map of this Aries New Moon, all those six planets run right through Japan. In other words, if we re-locate the New Moon chart to Tokyo, that stellium of planets falls near the cusp of the Fourth House, the area that has most to do with the land and living conditions of a nation. Saturn is in opposition. Three planets fall in 13 degrees of cardinal signs; critical world point degrees. This suggests developments on a global level, ramifications of interest to the world, especially for the U.S. and countries and entities with planets or points in or near 13 degrees of cardinal signs. Pluto is in the First House of the lunation in Japan, rarely a welcome event, with potential for destructive elements.

This absolutely appears to be a race against time. The situation is extremely unstable in Japan. Now, with a Full Moon coming at the same time as a Moon Wobble on March 18, with the Aries Ingress of March 21, 2011 along with the other factors that day, and then the Jupiter opposition to Saturn on March 28, at the same time as Sun squares Pluto, there are heightened chances for things to go wrong, for complications, for continuing quakes, etc.

The most intensity and increased number of alarming indicators fall around March 27 and 28. But when might another destructive quake strike if that’s the problem? In looking over recent earthquakes in Japan there appear to be some sensitivities around 6-9 degrees of fixed signs. Well, in fact, Japan’s Sun falls at 8° Taurus in the Fourth House. Fixed signs are often prominent in earthquake charts and this may be a main indicator for the fact that Japan has so many of them, usually prepared for the worst. On March 28, the Moon enters Aquarius, a fixed sign, and by dawn on the morning of March 29 in Japan, the Moon applies to square Japan’s Sun. Around 7:00 AM, fixed Taurus is rising, conjoining Japan’s Sun.

What if it is a meltdown that is coming? A few similarities that were found for the Three Mile Island incident and the Chernobyl incident included the prior New Moon in Aries and a few similar aspects. In each case there was a hard aspect of Mars to Neptune. There was an opposition of Sun to Pluto. Mars or Pluto was conjoined with the South Node. Mercury was in Aries. In each case, there was at least one planet in a critical world point degree. For Three Mile Island, which occurred on a Wednesday, the day ruler Mercury was at 0° Aries. For Chernobyl, occurring on a Saturday, Mars was at 13° Capricorn, disposited by Saturn.

We already have Uranus in a critical degree, in explosive Aries no less, which is behind Japan’s race against time. Even as early as March 25, 2011, transiting Mercury squares Japan’s progressed Mercury and transiting Jupiter squares progressed Uranus, which happens to fall at 13° Cancer. But, there are many more planets that will travel through critical degrees in the days leading up to and including the New Moon of April 3, 2011. Due to the alarming tone of the New Moon chart, especially when re-located to Japan, my impression is that by then, things are already quite chaotic, requiring outside assistance. The peace is disturbed and the New Moon falls within a degree of fixed star Alderamin, associated with earthquakes and events that impact large number of people.

Hopefully as many people as possible can be evacuated from the vicinity, the sooner the better. I do not know how to put a positive spin to this; only to make people aware of the danger. I hope I’m mistaken and that this is not a new incident but even if it is only the fallout from the previous quakes, tsunami and nuclear reactor problems, this appears to be the start of a humanitarian crisis in Japan that will have a lasting global impact. Celeste Teal 3/16/2011

Actual Developments: By March 23, 2011, repair work to the reactors is halted and workers evacuated as smoke belches from reactor #3. By March 24, two workers are hospitalized due to radioactive water seeping into their boots. March 25, the U.S. Navy sends a barge of 1,890 cubic meters of fresh water to top reactor water levels. By March 27, radioactive levels are high and steam rises from three reactors while the walls of reactor #4 have collapsed. By March 29, progress is limited by radioactive water around the plant. By March 30, radioactive iodine is found in milk in the USA and TEPCO admits it is unclear how to resolve the problems as radioactive water from unit# 2 is flowing into the sea. Attempts to seal the leak fail on April 3. On April 3, Japanese officials confirm the deaths of two workers and state that the plant may continue to release dangerous levels of radiation into the air for several months. By April 5, fishing is banned for certain species of fish. On April 7, a 7.1 aftershock forces the evacuation of workers. By April 8, experts recognize Fukushima to be the most complicated nuclear accident ever. With 340,000 displaced people, 4.4 million households without electricity, 1.5 million without water and other shortages, the World Bank estimates this to be the most expensive natural disaster in the world.

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