UPDATE, JULY 22: 2015: At the bottom of this article
Four years ago today, Al Jazeera carried a news story you and many others might not have seen. Why, I really don’t know, but here’s the headline and the link:
A former nuclear industry senior vice president, Arnold Gundersen, told Al Jazeera at the time, “Fukushima is the biggest industrial catastrophe in the history of mankind.” I wonder how many heard him. Gundersen, who has nearly four decades of experience in the nuclear reactor field, said, “Fukushima has three nuclear reactors exposed and four fuel cores exposed. You probably have the equivalent of 20 nuclear reactor cores because of the fuel cores, and they are all in desperate need of being cooled, and there is no means to cool them effectively.”
His interview with Al Jazeera back then sounded very much like a Doomsday forecast. Whether or not we find his words a hard pill to swallow, it seems he was probably right. Al Jazeera ended the article with Gundersen’s having said, “With Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, and now with Fukushima, you can pinpoint the exact day and time they started.” But they never end.”
Gundersen’s words echo those of nuclear technology historian Robert Jacobs, who told RT on October 8, 2013 [Fukushima might make 2020 Tokyo Olympics impossible], “The problems of Fukushima are unprecedented, so even bringing in outside expertise all that they can do is to try to problem solve, there is no solution that other countries have that they can come in and fix the reactors or rather shut down the contamination, shut down the leaks. Even other countries coming in and bringing their expertise will hopefully bring more professionalism than TEPCO has shown in the last two and a half years, but even those experts would be at a loss at how to solve the immense problems that we’ll be facing for decades in Fukushima.”
My having revived the Fukushima conversations has nothing to do with the anniversary of the interview. On May 14 this year, The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released Director General Yukiya Amano’s 240-page report on the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant in its continuing effort to “strengthen nuclear safety worldwide.”
Perhaps the media didn’t want anyone to panic. Zerohedge carried the news on the 9th of June. I couldn’t find an earlier date of publication after the IAEA release.
The articles above didn’t catch my eye until I saw the following:
News of that delay “just happened” to have been carried in the Japan Times one day after the news about the IAEA’s report. I was curious: Why now? Why did it take all of these articles to bring me here today, now the 16th of June, 4 years to the day after that Al Jazeera interview?
I decided to cast a chart for an astrological look. I couldn’t just cast one for the article’s release, of course. The release was untimed. So I developed a noon chart for the 10th of June, when the reactor fuel news was released. For this purpose, I certainly didn’t mind using a transiting chart.
In quick recap of the March 11, 2011 quake, Uranus was in the final degree of Pisces at 29°57′, an interesting point given that the last Solar Eclipse took place on March 20 this year at 29 Pisces 27, a mere 20 minutes of partile orb to the earthquake’s Uranus placement. Can it have an impact? Of course! Perhaps we don’t always remember to look back to see what those possibilities are. In this case, it might be worth keeping this particular eclipse degree in mind over the next 5 and then 15 years to see the dynamics of new events related to Fukushima in some way–just as it’s interesting to note that the April 4, 2015 Lunar Eclipse made a tight conjunction (1°13′) to where Saturn retrograde (Rx) was at the time of the Fukushima quake. And whether astrologers are steeped in natal or mundane or any other facets of this field, watching and taking note of subsequent events lies at the heart of our work.
Sun-ruled Leo rises in the earthquake chart with earthy Taurus on the Midheaven, and a Western third quadrant above-the-horizon dominance, appearing to point not only to the quake but to the tsunami that followed. Note Neptune’s placement. Just as Uranus is anaretic in Pisces, Neptune sits at the last degree of its 7th house position in Uranus-ruled Aquarius.
I mentioned the Sun with particular interest in my 2013 analysis of the Solar Return for the quake in which the 6th house was rising and noted the Sun’s rulership of Leo in reference to “the burning–subsequent articles have talked about the burn pits, and horrifying news stories have shown survivors with horrific respiratory illnesses–and to the water from the massive tidal waves and flooding that took place.” I couldn’t help but make the correlations between the burning and the radiation or between the Neptune rulership of the Pisces Sun on March 11, 2011 and the tsunami that followed.
In the Scorpio! (created 24 Jan 2004) Orkut community (to be re-launched this summer, here on this site), I noted in the 2013 Solar Return of the Fukushima disaster, “Third house SR Uranus exactly squares (10-minute partile) natal Pluto, leading me to suspect there really is order here, if we can find our way through this maze of chaos with earthquakes and flooding and nuclear reactors. Certainly Pluto is about the nuclear reactors, and it makes me wonder if we’ll be seeing more trouble from those, as has been implied we might. Along those lines, I’m not going to pinpoint just yet about the timing because I still want to get that other chart done, but I’ll give a ballpark of the period between October 9 and November 11 to take closer looks at later this year.
“I don’t feel especially good about the reactors in that period. Not only is the Uranus-Pluto square activated both by the natal placement and the SR placement, Saturn is exactly where it shows–to the degree, and depending on which day, to the exact minute, in this SR. I’ll be looking at the Lunar Returns for this natal chart for that period and see if I can hone in closer. In the meantime, take note of all those planets below the horizon, and remember that earthquakes and even volcanoes do start from beneath the surface. It feels like the tragedy that gave birth to what we now call Fukushima is not over yet: It’s got a ‘mind’ of its own, and it seems to operate on its own.”
The timing of this most recent news seems downright uncanny to me. Take note of now transiting Saturn in the 4th house in 11-minute partile opposition to the earthquake chart’s 10th house Moon. And perhaps I’m stretching a bit. I could be, but even Saturn at 4 Sagittarius 56 on March 14, 2015, when it shifted to retrograde motion seemed to be pointing its 15-minute partile opposition to the current Mercury placement when all of this news came out last week. We’ll have to wait and see, of course, but it also bears noting that Venus will retrograde on the 25th of July at 00 Virgo 46, in 27-minute partile square to that current Saturn opposition to the Fukushima quake Moon (another 38-minute partile square).
It bears saying that while the quake chart’s Uranus conjuncts the March 2015 eclipse, the chart’s Neptune also makes a 44-minute partile conjunction to the transiting chart’s Vertex. But of course, I used noon with a nod to the untimed transiting chart, so it may be “coincidence.” What cannot be chalked up to coincidence, however, lies in the quake chart’s placement of Pluto at 7 Capricorn 07 in 5-minute partile square to the transiting, now Direct, nodes!
The 2015 Solar Return falls roughly 6° from the Quake chart’s Ascendant, in the 12th house, just far enough for me to grant the possibility of hidden things still yet to come out. I’m also struck by the 1st house rising with Jupiter in the SR first house.
Like the Quake chart itself, the SR reveals a Western 3rd quadrant above-the-horizon dominance with Jupiter playing the role of a singleton. Again, key points draw me to notice the natal Uranus perfected conjunction to the 9th house cusp while the Mars-Uranus SR conjunction opposes the 14 Libra 24 April 4 eclipse point by respective partiles of 16 and 35 minutes.)
SR Pluto also makes a 24-minute partile approaching square to the natal Saturn Rx, establishing a Cardinal T-square between the natal chart and the Solar Return, a recognizable point of energy. We seek out as timing factors. But a second T-square, this one mutable, falls in line here as well: SR Saturn in opposition to the Quake’s natal Moon in square to SR Neptune. I don’t think it’s that far-fetched to notice natal Jupiter making a 5-minute partile conjunction to the SR South Node. It’s possible that events will build to a peak from the very early days of July, perhaps a result of additional triggers leading from the week prior up to the 8th and 9th of July. I’d say, however, the 8th and 9th of July will be the actual timing for a “cluster” of events.
I don’t profess to understand all of the technicalities nuclear engineers and others associated with Fukushima would be able to explain. For that matter, some of my readers would understand far better than I. But events appearing to be related to both the tsunami and the earthquake itself also seem to be indicated for the 11 and 12th or the 19th and 20th of November. I wouldn’t speculate on what these dates can mean, only that they seem to be hotspots in the 2015 Solar Return.
Mind you, it could be related to more of these kinds of articles I noted in the beginning–the interviews, the conversations about Fukushima fears, and so on. Just keep these dates in mind. With Leo rising in this Solar Return, hopefully that isn’t going to be a point of getting even hotter again. This is one place I definitely don’t want to see the Fukushima’s prior sizzle taking another turn for the worse.
Namaste, I love you.
©2015 Michelle Young
An update to this article as of July 22, 2015: Reader Expecto Patronum sent me the following link tonight with the photo attributed to Twitter user @san_kaido. While it breaks my heart to post this, it points to the continuing tragedy of fukushima. We cannot forget how our actions affect this planet!