In the aftermath of the November 12, 2001 airplane crash in Queens, New York, there has been a flurry of astrological commentary. The question naturally arises about the possibility of another terrorist attack, and as of this writing there is no firm conclusion about that question. The black box has been recovered from the plane, but initial statements have no indication one way or the other about the cause of the crash.
So what does astrology have to offer on the subject?
The plane took off from Kennedy at 9:13 am, and the crash occurred at 9:17 am. The small time interval results in only very small changes in the charts.
The action of the events, both take-off and crash, focus on the sector of the chart that deals with group activities. This was a group activity in the sense that there were a large number of people on the plane, as well as the group interaction of pilots, crew, and airport personnel. This sector of the chart is also said to indicate circumstances beyond our control. This is the first suggestion that something happened to the plane that was outside the normally expected performance, and that neither the passengers nor the ground crew could have done anything different to change the outcome. Let us consider some of the possibilities:
- There could have been a bomb. And face it, many of us leapt to this particular conclusion. But it is not the only possibility.
- A part of the plane’s engine, in apparently good condition, could have failed.
- Some other part of the plane (electrical system, etc.) could have failed.
- A bird or other foreign object could have been sucked into the engine, causing it to fail.
- I am sure there are other possibilities that I don’t know of, as I am not an expert on aircraft function.
The Moon in the chart indicates how the action unfolds. I will look at two aspects of the Moon before the crash, and several after it occurred. Before the actual take-off, these aspects occurred:
- The Moon formed a trine (120 degree aspect) to Saturn. This suggests that the ground crew inspected the plane and found it in apparently good working order.
- The Moon formed a sextile to Pluto. Pluto has to do with power. The plane’s engines apparently powered up just the way they were supposed to.
After the take-off, the following occurred:
- The Moon formed a square (90 degree aspect) to Jupiter. This aspect is less than one degree from exact, and both the Moon and Jupiter are in sectors of the chart that indicate a short interval of time. At one minute after the take-off, the pilot and all people involved were cheerful and optimistic about the flight. This is an indicator that the trouble occurred at least one minute after take-off.
- The Moon’s next aspect is to Uranus. The Moon has to move a bit more than six degrees to reach this aspect. We could read this as six minutes, but because of the placement of Uranus in the chart, I suggest that hours or days are more likely. This aspect indicates the cause of the crash, but it will be a surprise. One example of an unexpected event about six hours after the crash is the fact that the Taliban retreated from Kabul. This occurred within hours of their statements that they would defend the city. No one expected this pull-out. While it may have nothing directly to do with the crash, it has everything to do with the mood of the world and the current state of affairs concerning airline travel.
- The Moon forms minor aspects to Saturn and to Pluto before leaving the sign of Libra. These aspects concern the intense efforts to put out the fire, identify the bodies in the wreckage, figure out what actually happened, and exercise power to prevent similar “accidents.” I put accidents in quotation marks because as of this time we don’t know if this was an accident. The power I mention is in the hands of the FAA and the US government, as well as the United Nations. All these people are under tremendous pressure to manage the accident scene, determine the causes, and to manage the potential international repercussions.
The chart for this crash indicates that action will be taken quickly, and that it will continue for a significant period of time. Even if completely accidental, this incident reminded the hearts and minds of people everywhere on the events of September 11. The conscious group mind of the planet renews its determination to solve the problems of terrorism and of safety for people everywhere. No one is forgetting the major problems we currently face, on the economic, political, and international fronts.
Goldstein-Jacobson, Ivy. Simplified Horary Astrology. Pasadena, Ivy M. Goldstein-Jacobson, 1970.
1 The Sun in the charts indicates the nature of the event. The Sun is in the sign of Scorpio in the 11th house. The 11th house relates to group activities and circumstances, as well as friends, love received, and hopes.
2 Saturn is in the 6th house of the work environment, and the trine suggests normal inspection, with normal results. The inspection work was performed as usual. I see no likelihood that the ground crew failed in any way to identify a problem. In other words, they did not find anything unusual.
3 Pluto is in the 12th house of secluded places, indicating that the power inside the engines was functioning as expected. This placement is a possible indicator that someone could have hidden a mechanism to disrupt the power as well.
4 Both the Moon and Jupiter are in cardinal signs and angular houses, indicating the shortest likely time interval. In typical events the shortest time would be measured in days. However, because a plane flight is less than a day in duration, the shortest time interval can be measured in minutes. In addition, Jupiter was at zero degrees of latitude, indicating this timing was exact.
5 When the planet Uranus is involved, the outcome is not predictable.
6 The last two aspects of the Moon, though not considered by traditional astrologers, indicate the inner tension and agitation of all the officials involved at every level. The positions of Saturn and Pluto in the chart indicate a longer time period, perhaps weeks or months. Traditional methods would even suggest years. However, if we accept the idea that the initial time period under consideration is minutes, then an intermediate time period would be hours or days, and a long time period might be weeks or months.