Those who have been bitten by the astrology “bug” often times find it difficult to explain the nature of their experience, or experiences, in precise language, even though they are of themselves deeply felt and beyond question or doubt. This type of knowing is clear and unambiguous, like a note struck or a light turned on, that resonates and reverberates somewhere in our being, registering a different order of intelligence. It may result from a chart reading or something picked up in a book or at a lecture that triggers this deep sense of connectedness.
These “aha” moments are most often highly personal. But every now and then astrological coincidences demonstrate on a larger, public stage, giving us pause for reflection on the relation between planetary/astrological patterns and terrestrial events. An analysis of the Uranus/Pluto cycle, covered in recent blog posts, is a good example of this mundane (meaning of the world) astrology. The 2010 Federal Election, where Julia Gillard/Labour obtained the narrowest of victories over Tony Abbott/The Coalition, also makes for an excellent study of astrological symbolism (and significance) come to life, to cite a recent example.
And if you hadn’t noticed there was a most interesting “showing” on the cusp of this New Year.
And to add spice to the symbolic mix I noted that “….Mars will be rising (that is close to the ascendant) at midnight Sydney time. The presence of the ruler of fireworks, accidents and other volatile activities, including anti- social behaviours, does add to the unpredictable energy, though hopefully he will be suitably refined and inhibited in the sign of Virgo?”
The Sydney fireworks went off without a hitch and news reports indicated that crowds were on the whole very well behaved. It appeared that Mars had indeed been well contained in his placement in Virgo and the Sydney fireworks themselves were executed with true Virgo precision.
Meanwhile in Melbourne at midnight something quite different unfolded. A major hitch with their fireworks display resulted in the spire of the iconic Melbourne Arts Centre catching fire, causing a large scale evacuation and the dispatch of 7 fire trucks. And amidst a string of accidents in the suburbs one man would subsequently die after a firework exploded in his face.
Interestingly, Melbourne is in the same time zone as Sydney. And excepting for very minor adjustments (for its more southern latitude) it demonstrates as essentially the same astrological chart as Sydney – with Mars rising (and lurking on the ascendant).
There is no suggestion that Mars ‘caused’ any fireworks accidents, or that the Uranus/Pluto and Sun/Moon alignments underpinned the unpredictability and volatility of such happenings, but it does remind us of the strange and synchronous workings of astrology.
The events in Melbourne reflected an almost perfect take, a mini prediction even, of the blog comments made based on the astrological pattern for midnight on New Year’s Eve. I’ll of course never know had I lived in Melbourne, rather than Sydney, or had some reason to cast my attention on Melbourne, whether I would have weighed in with the same comments? That’s synchronicity and part of what I and many, many others respond to about the workings of astrology.
And while the Sydney fireworks were flawless and without incident, reports from the city hospitals confirmed several days later that the emergency wards had their busiest New Year for many years.
Here's the chart