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9.0 earthquake, tsunami, possible nuclear meltdown, ongoing aftershocks, volcanic activity..

Can it get any worse?

Here we are all together now with shocks in every imaginable way being experienced on great swatches of this earth.

I felt very shaken and even scared for a moment as I fell asleep on Saturday night, after following the news for most of the day. Uranus moved into Aries and the earth’s axis actually did shift.

So far, I have figured out that the best thing I can do is to return to a stable ground within myself as these wildly unpredictable events continue to unfold. (Maybe my language is too mild: A nuclear expert on CNN called this an “unbelievably catastrophic event.”)

So the process in these last few days for me has been to stay informed, deeply look at what is happening, let the waves of feeling move through my mind and body, and find my way back to center with a deeper heart prayer for everyone. (Maybe other water-air types will find that a helpful idea.)

I have mentioned my friend, Norma Nakai Burton, minister of the Unity Church here in Ashland, in other blogs. In the service on Sunday she spoke of interconnection, and the one body that we are all part of. She led a meditation that was so helpful; I want to give you the basics of it.

After a few calming breaths, she gave the image of using our mind’s eye like Google maps. We scanned this whole magnificent earth. Then we dropped down in scale — she was very eloquent in taking us through this part — but the basic idea was to zoom in closer and closer and go all the way to northern Japan and focus prayers there. Any prayer or song or blessing or light that comes from your heart is good, of course. It was a very powerful visualization and I felt more settled. Using the very focused visuals that we all can see now with the internet and the TV and sending prayer quite specifically there, to that specific ground, feels like a useful idea for those of us not immediately impacted by the situation.

The astrology of these events is, naturally, like the events themselves,  great in scope and in some way breathtaking to behold.

Here are some fine blogs on the astrology of the time.

Ed Tamplin has researched earthquakes extensively. In this article, he looks at the chart for the Japan earthquake, the Fukushima reactor, Chernobyl and more. He also links to other of his very thoroughly researched articles, including Earthquakes and Astrology.

Theodore White was one of the astrologers who accurately predicted the earthquake: The Super Moons Of March And April: Large Magnitude Earthquakes and Storms Ahead.

The Japanese Nuclear Explosion by Dharmaruci discusses charts connected to the “nuclear axis” and speculates on Neptune’s April ingress into Pisces (which is accompanied by six planets in Aries).

Mark Lerner’s article at Earth Aquarius News is called Japan 8.9 Quake. He writes: “Major planets in our solar system, aligning with one another and shifting relative to our planetary home base, are the precipitating cause of what we are witnessing now in Japan and which may dramatically affect other places on Earth in the month or so ahead.” (Mark was the astrologer who originally identified the degrees of the “nuclear axis.”)

Robert Wilkinson at Aquarius Papers looks at various natal and progressed charts for Tokyo. He concludes:
“When something this big happens it affects us all, regardless of whether some know it or not. Over time events such as this one will teach us compassion, one-ness, and the clear need to overcome fear in all its forms. As John Donne once wrote in his 17th Meditation:

‘No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were. Any man’s death diminishes me because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee….’ ”

Eric Francis has essays on the Sendai quake chart, the explosion at the Fukushima power plant and the chart for the first nuclear explosion (December 2, 1942). He also has a special edition of Planet Waves Podcast: Quake Chart Overview in which he summarizes the key astrological charts, and his interview with Karl Grossman, an environmental journalist with a keen interest in the nuclear industry.

I just found Australian astrologer Paola Emma’s fine site, Living Moon Astrology. Her newest post includes a wide selection of charts and methods (i.e., declination, lunar mansions).  She looks at both the December 2010 and January 4 eclipse charts, along with the 1898 and 1952 horoscopes for Japan. She also links to her many previous posts on mundane topics.

At Stellar Insights, David Crook looks at the 1898 (i.e., ‘Meiji’) chart for Japan, and the Feb. 12, 2011 solar return of that chart in Uranus Shakes Japan. He also includes an article from EarthSky on the March 19 Full Moon.

And, speaking of the upcoming SuperMoon, read Richard Nolle’s updated article SuperMoon: What It Is, What It Means .  (He coined the term in 1979.)

Michael O’Reilly’s The Astrology of Earthquakes (posted in 2010 at Neptune Café) has his essay on the subject, as well as articles by Richard Nolle, David Crook and Celeste Teal.

Michael, in his current NewScope column, notices the asteroids in the Japan horoscope for its formal surrender after WWII, September 2, 1945.

I know there are many other excellent and informative blogs out there. Please do add your suggestions. (Serious astrology on the web is getting much too big for me to track on my own!)

Have a good week everyone. Stay in touch.