First, let's look at the chart for Titanic's maiden sailing.
Astrology had not quite "come out of the closet" yet, in 1912, so if an astrologer
did look at the chart, it was obviously deemed impractical to say anything against the "unsinkable" ocean-going hotel of the great "White Star Line!" (Sounds like they had already laid claim to the heavens!) However, that astrologer could not have missed all the warnings in Titanic's horoscope. The ASC (and its ruling planet) represent the vehicle in any travel chart. With Leo (Di Caprio? - destiny?) rising, trine Jupiter in Sagittarius, we are not surprised that it was proudly proclaimed to be the biggest, the best and unsinkable. Unfortunately, that is where the good news ends. The Sun (Leo's "ruler" = the ship) is in Aries in the 9th house of long distance trips: that's all Fire: in a big hurry, leaping without looking, full of oneself, "full steam ahead." The Sun is conjunct the Lunar North Node (opposite South Node), and they all square Neptune. So, the Sun (ship) and the Nodes (path of destiny) square (conflict) Neptune (loss, deception, fog, ice, water, the Sea) in Cancer (more water, including families) in the 12th house (home to Neptune & Pisces! - irrational, unknowable, irretrievable, i.e. more of the same).
Doesn't sound very good so far, does it?
The MC (midheaven) is the top of the chart and the entry point
into the 10th house, which in a journey chart represents the Destination. The Sun (always the "pilot," but in this case, the ship too) is right next to the MC, but not quite into the 10th house (it does not arrive). Horary astrologers know Spica to be the star of the most protection and blessing in the sky. When Titanic sailed it was conjunct the South Node (loss) and the IC (bottom of chart = HOME, the point of Departure). So, even the protection of Spica was "lost," and if it was anywhere, it was "at home." The people who "stayed home" were safe. Even the name "Titanic" is a mystery to us weavers of symbols, since the Titans in mythology were "earth gods," not "sea gods." No wonder the ship couldn't wait to get back to "ground."
But that is not all. Also in the 10th (destination) is Mercury retrograde!
Mercury (directions, crossroads, communications, signals) retrograde (backwards)
always means confusion, at the least, and at the Destination point, arrival is doubtful. At the end of Aries (impulsive), it had just been squared by the Moon, showing an obvious lack of attention to practicality or balance. As we now know, numerous warnings and signals were ignored. Saturn is often known to put a damper on fun, especially if the basics have not been looked after. Saturn was in Taurus (more Earth) intercepted (caught) in the 10th house! If we wanted to build the best anchor in the world, we might choose Saturn in Taurus to do so. This is not
the "destination" we want to see in an ocean voyage.
The Moon, always the primary key to chart activity, was waning
past the last quarter, at 29:45 Capricorn (as much Earth as you can get). This is
an old crone's Moon, not a maiden's. When no more aspects (exact angles) can be formed by the Moon before it changes signs, it is called "void-of-course." In other words, it is "done." While plane flights and car rides (without other dangerous aspects) may be quite peaceful with a v/c Moon, a long voyage like this one, and certainly the "maiden" voyage, had only the slimmest chance (less than 1% of Moon-time) to make it. Of course, the Moon is feminine, intuitive, receptive. This was not the fashionable "modus operandi" for the male Captain of the first "perfect" ship ever built! Once the Moon did change signs, it made a harsh quincunx (150°) to Mars (crash) and then conjoined Uranus (sudden shock, collision, break-up). The Moon in trip charts also symbolizes the passengers, and thus, they too were doomed. Even Venus, goddess of love and joy, was in Pisces (Neptune's domain, the ocean, fantasy, illusions)
exactly square Pluto (Death, and deep, dark water).
So, what about now? Uranus is nicknamed "The Awakener,"
and always comes with a sharp crack of thunder to snap us to "Attention!"
Keeping in mind the aforementioned Moon (at Titanic's sailing) at 29:45 Capricorn, and the Uranus, just three degrees later, in Aquarius, it comes as no surprise that in the spring of 1995, just as James Cameron was securing the first $3 million from Twentieth Century Fox to begin the movie project, Uranus was just entering 29° of Capricorn, for the first time since 1912! "Wake-up call!" It spent the next year traversing back and forth, as it prepared for entry into Aquarius. By the spring of 1996, it had returned for the first time, to the exact degree it held on the day Titanic sailed; just as Mr. Cameron added Paramount Studios' $65 million to the budget, and construction began on the movie. The magic of the Universe was at work!
We might not be surprised either, by the fact that a year before she sailed,
when Titanic was originally "launched" into the River Lagan, in Belfast, Ireland, May 31, 1911, Uranus itself, was retrograde at 29.Capricorn! (again, "as much earth as you can get"). Saturn, Capricorn's planet, has been making its own statement recently, just to drive home the point. Saturn "stationed" (turned retrograde) in the summer of 1997, in an exact square to Titanic's Neptune (the one that was square the Sun and the Nodes! - see above), just before the movie's world premiere, and didn't return to that point again, until "Titanic" made an historic sweep at the Academy Awards (March 1998). Saturn is indicative of the hard-learned lessons of the physical world, and squaring Neptune, it rips off the rose-coloured glasses.
Haven't we seen enough of patriarchal arrogance telling us "they know,"
and having something altogether different be the actuality?
Our biggest challenge now, is to remember that it is Neptune
we are dealing with. Our rational, patriarchal conditioning pushes us toward a response that is frighteningly akin to the problem! We tend to want to "figure it out" with more mathematics, higher engineering and modern tools, a la Virgo, rather than floating, listening, and empathizing with the pain and compassion invoked through its polar opposite, Pisces (Neptune). On the last set of eclipses (late summer 1997), in Virgo/Pisces, we lost Lady Diana (see our Tribute to Diana, via her chart) and Mother Teresa. Never before has the entire world shared in such an immense collective outpouring of compassion. Again, six months later, following the next two eclipses in Virgo/Pisces, we were thrown into a mass mourning and again, compassion, as a result of the movie "Titanic" taking the theatres, and our hearts, by storm!
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