The Floods Of 2011: Astrology & Ecology Repeat A 164 Year Old Cycle
There is a minute handful of professions in this world whose representatives will compel me to drop what I am doing and pay close heed whenever they use demonstratives to describe their current state of affairs.
This is especially the case when these statements of a most extreme nature are being uttered by an American farmer.
Just like those born under the element of earth, farmers tend to be straightforwardly short and earnest with their words. Being employed to the actual Earth itself, the daily list of chores and responsibilities of the typical farmer comes across to the average city slicker more like The Many Labors of Hercules, their job is that involved and self consuming. Because of the all encompassing nature of their work, most farmers don’t have time to waste by communicating anything that isn’t pragmatic and to the point.
Keeping that short and sweet speeched factor of the farmer in mind, it has been jarring, to say the least, to hear updates reporting the most recent unleashed floodings throughout the country over the course of the late winter and spring of this year. However, these newsflashes of perilous precipitation unto themselves is mere Singin’ in the Rain. It’s only when the latest flood information is subsequently followed by interviews with farmers from the flood hit area that it becomes much more clear just how dire the natural order of things are these days.
Across the board, the farmers being interviewed have been responding with the same demonstrative statements of stupefied shock, eerily saying either of the following phrases with a dazed sense of consistency:
“I’ve never witnessed anything like this.”
“This is the worst I’ve ever seen.”
Realizing these seriously sobering statements aren’t being wildly gesticulated by some freshman politician witnessing his first TKO on the floor of Congress, rather, they are being emitted from the mouths of those reputed for using the most unadulterated and unexaggerated language with almost all of their communications, has yielded the following reaction from your most admired of Chatty Charlie Astrologers:
Over the last few weeks, I have become quite concerned.
And that’s being as non-dramaticly understated and un-flowery as this big mouthed Gemini can get!
The previously mentioned farming statements of the most demonstrative kind refer to the freakishly unnatural floods which have devastated farmlands and their surrounding communities throughout the mid-western United States and in numerous areas of the world during the very volatile first half of 2011.
Across the globe, news reports speak of the severe measures Man has had to take in order to combat the wet wrath of Mother Nature, such as the Army Corps blasting levees with explosives last month which sent 396,000 cubic feet of water per second onto 200 square miles of fertile Missouri farmland so that the steadily rising, potentially deadly flood waters of the mighty Mississippi River would be diverted from washing away entire towns, such as nearby Cairo, Illinois. More shockingly, are amateur videos or reported sightings of things occurring as of late that one would not think possible, such as giant, predatory bull sharks swimming right past the downtown McDonald’s through the flooded streets of Ipswich, Australia.
Unless you’re hiding gills under that extra large turtleneck sweater, the current flash flood feeds are undeniably worrisome, causing many to fear that today’s seemingly endless precipitation and alarmingly rising swollen bodies of water throughout the planet could very likely transform the big blue marble we reside on into one giant, extended adult swim.
But don’t invest in your scuba gear just quite yet. The current astrological climate may provide some relief to society’s mounting watered tensions by not only explaining why The Cosmos are so thoroughly soaked these days, but more importantly, by being able to emphasize these deluged times are not indications of the ever approaching final days of The Apocalypse, rather they are a repeat of an astrological cycle that last occurred 164 years ago.
The One, The Watery – Neptune
Despite the fact the Heavens have had to deal with some major planetary gridlock in the element of fire throughout the duration of the winter and spring of 2011, the astrological and ecological formula regarding the most damaging and confrontational natural disasters at hand as of late is thoroughly soaked on either side of the equation:
Flood = Water
Does anyone know off the cuff if there is one standard application form where I can apply for each of the nominated Nobel Prizes all in one shot? Hmmmmm? ..Nobody? (MUST we who come up with such insights of genius be forever waiting for the rest of society to evenutally catch up to worshipping our mighty minds?)
So, to recap my formula of astro/eco brilliance, Water = Flood.
Behold! Dripping wet no matter which way or angle you look at it! Amazing, no?
Regardless of the planetary fact that last month had a whopping SEVEN heavenly bodies positioned not just in the element of fire, but all of them were crammed Heavenly floor to ceiling in the first of the fire signs, Aries; one month prior to that fiery traffic jam in outer space, a close encounter of the H2O kind occurred in the sky that was of the highest societal significance:
On April 5th, 2011 Neptune Entered Its Ruling Element Of Water, As Well As Its Ruling Sign, Pisces.
Not only was this a major cosmic deal, but the previous time Neptune was positioned in its ruling sign and element was a few months after we humans were enlightened about the planet’s very existence, when 7 months after The Watery Planet was officially discovered on Earth, Neptune began its trek through the sign of Pisces in the spring of 1847.
In honor of Neptune’s completion of its first orbital around the Sun since its discovery, I conjured up not one, but two 4 Part series dedicated to The Watery Planet. In my “Neptune Returns Home – For The First Time Ever” series I discussed in great detail how Neptune’s discovery, as well as its trek through its ruling sign of Pisces affected Society in the mid-19th century, the most impressive and culturally lasting influence being The Romantic Movement.
Not too long after publishing that particular series, an event of major global significance occurred that made me realize The Lord Of The Ocean Depths’ influence on Planet Earth extends far beyond pretty pictures and sweet symphonies; and when in tangible form can move the world….quite literally.
That Which Rules Over The Intangible Comes To Life!!
…And Comes After Ours.
People, I must say how astounding it is being an astrologer. The beauty of this particular study of the Universe is that it is ever expanding. The body of knowledge I possess regarding the planet Neptune has now further extended itself – not with more philosophical theory or psychological behavior modification, but rather into the tangible plane of existence, I kiddie pool you not!
In Astrology, Neptune rules over non-reality and all that is intangible – fantasy, illusion, film, etc. The Watery Planet was the first heavenly body in our Solar System that was discovered by intangible means when both Urbaine Le Verrier and John Couch Adams first surmised by mathematical deduction that the irregular orbital path of Uranus was due to the gravitational pull of an even larger, further presence – Neptune.
Looking back, I’m not surprised that whenever anything Neptunian was presented to me, my brain went to the “Unreal/Non Reality” File folder in my mind. I had forgotten there is one teensy little thing that although colorless and shapeless, is still housed under Neptune’s domain and is very much real – Water.
From its very inception into the mind of Man when its existence was discovered, Neptune’s essence had a watery association. Amidst the sparring debate and frenzy as to the rightful discoverer of The Watery Planet in 1846, only names of a wet nature were proposed to christen the heavenly body. While Urbain Le Verrier announced that the planet shall hereby be called Neptune in France, simultaneously across the Channel, the English contender for discoverer, James Challis, proposed this newly found presence in the sky be named after the Roman demi-god of seas and rivers, Oceanus.
While writing my 2nd Neptunian series, “Living Through The Right Hemisphere of Society’s Brain”, an actual event occurred here on Earth involving the very real presence of water. On March 11th of this year, (which, cosmic coincidentally is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Neptune’s discoverer, Urbaine Le Verrier on March 11, 1811) an underwater earthquake occurred off the Honshu coast of Japan, resulting in a moving wall of water which obliterated anything in its path. In my article, “The Astrology of Deluges and Critical Mass” I was stupefied to discover how much of a mammoth role Neptune played in this earthquake/tsunami combo which moved the earth off its axis. On that very day, both Neptune and Uranus were ending an 8 year transit by both being positioned in the final karmic degrees of each other’s ruling signs, an astrological phenomenon otherwise known as “Mutual Reception”.
In that same article, the awesome power The Watery Planet has over the tangible plane was made even more substantially real when I was made to realize that the period of Mutual Reception between Neptune and Uranus didn’t just end with an earth moving bang, it began with one was well when our planet was again rocked off of its axis with the Sumatra Earthquake and Tsunami of 2004.
Which brings us back to the flood filled present.
Let’s put on our trident shaped thinking caps and recap, shall we?
Neptune’s biggest influence in the real world is through the power of water.
Significant Neptunian transits have a major influence over the force of water on this planet, as shown by The Sendai & Sumatra underwater earthquakes and their subsequent tsunamis.
The previous time Neptune was in its ruling element of water and its ruling sign of Pisces in 1847, there was a significant cultural influence over society, resulting in The Romantic Movement.
Since our world is currently being barraged with record setting floods while Neptune is once again positioned in its ruling elment and sign, based on the above, it stands to reason that Neptune would have made its wet presence well known to the residents of this planet the last time The Watery Planet entered the sign of Pisces 164 years ago.
1847 – A Year That Was All Wet
With the exception of South America, every continent that was populated during the previous period when Neptune entered its ruling sign of Pisces in 1847 recorded that year as highly significant for having extensive flooding.
In the United States, the MidWest and MidAtlantic states were the hardest hit that year, with Old Shawneetown, Illinois, Clark County, Indiana, and Hagerstown, MD, being some of the most affected areas.
Ohio and Pennsylvania were the 2 states that recorded the most damages and deaths with flooding in 1847. In Ohio, the Ohio and Sandusky Rivers along with Crooked and Federal Creeks and their adjoining tributaries pounded through the Hocking Valley, Sandusky County, and greater Dayton area that year. One town that sits along the Ohio River called Utopia has a ghostly legend that a group of spiritualists who were convinced The Rapture was imminent that year (sound familiar?) settled right along the Ohio’s banks a few months prior to the flooding and were warned by locals they were living far too close to the River’s edge. Supposedly the Ohio’s waters rose so quickly during the first night of flooding, the entire spiritualist establishment was washed away, and local legend says their greenish ghosts can be seen at night emerging from the water, warning the living to pay heed to the deadly nature of water.
Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River, Conemaugh River, Stone Creek River and Shamokin Creek extensively flooded in 1847 with the towns of Milton, Johnstown, and Sunbury being the most affected according to their town’s records.
In 2 MidAtlantic areas in particular,the floods of 1847 were so damaging, they were bestowed official titles:
The Crooked Creek Flood of 1847 swept away every bridge connecting the town of Crooked Creek, Ohio and destroyed nearly all properties within that town’s borders that lay within the river bank’s vicinity. Total damages caused by The Crooked Creek Flood is estimated to be somewhere near $100,000, which would be around $ 2.7 million today.
During The Great Flood of 1847, the swollen waters of The Susquehanna River pummelled the town of Milton, Pennsylvania, washing away the Susquehanna Bridge and causing considerable damage to stores, residences, and streets.
Elsewhere in the world that year,significant flooding was recorded in Bocastle, England, the Rhone Delta in France, and Adelaide, Australia. 1847’s flood in Guyana was bestowed the title of The Pomeroon Flood.
One of the worst cholera epidemics ever recorded began in Russia in 1847 through 1851 with close to a million people succumbing to the “watery” disease. Many theories have been proposed as to how the illness evolved, some believe heavy flooding that year contributed to the disease spreading so quickly and affecting so many.
Lastly, the city of Guangan, in the Sichuan Province of China, recently faced its most severe flooding in July of 2010, which although Neptune had not quite yet reached the first degree of Pisces, the catastrophe was the worst recorded since the previous time The Watery Planet was in the first degrees of Pisces since 1847. As the waters of the Yangtze River continued to rise, headlines from newspapers last year read:
“Worst Flooding since 1847” & “Not Seen in 163 Years”
Preparing For The Apocaplypse Or Being Cosmicly Rest Assured
It would be mindlessly Polyanna-ish of me to conclude that the horrific flooding of 2011 is simply due to Neptune’s entrance into both an element and sign which are both of a watery nature, as evidenced by the previous time The Watery Planet was at the same point in the Heavens during the year 1847. The atmosphere of today’s world bears the burden of many ecological factors that were barely present or non-existent in the mid 1800’s such as global warming, extensive pollution, and exponential increases to the world’s population, etc. and now, more than ever these modern states of impending ecological doom need to be proactively addressed.
But in the larger scheme of the Cosmos, it may give many a modern day resident of Planet Earth some consolation that these water saturated times we are currently experiencing actually do bear a close resemblance to an earlier age when the 2nd furthest planet in the Solar System was positioned in the same area of the sky as it is currently placed today.
After obtaining a better understanding of the mighty influences The Lord of The Ocean Depths holds over our tangible world in both the not so recent past and the urgent present, I stand firm like Ulysses to resist the temptation of saying in a hushed Apocalyptic whisper that the floods of 2011 are grim indicators that “These are the final days.”, rather I am rest assured by The Universe that “This too, shall pass.”
*Update 9/20/2011 – The mirroring of 2011’s global flooding back to the earlier era when Neptune last entered the sign of its rulership, 1847, is once again being referenced in the world’s news headlines:
“…Floods in China caused by a week of heavy rain have forced more than a million from their homes. Officials said 12.3 million people were affected in Sichuan, Henan and Shaanxi provinces in the south-west, centre and north of China. The flooding in Sichuan was expected to be the worst since records began in 1847, Chinese media reported.”– BBC News