Can Astrology make sense of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear menace?

First of all let’s examine the Chart of the earthquake itself.  The coordinates used were given by the International Seismological Center,  and are those of the epicenter.

Here it is.

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Celestial Bodies orbiting parallel to the Earth Equator, with Saturn holding the reins

One thing is immediately apparent, as it was in the Christchurch, NZ, recent quake: many celestial bodies are at the present time orbiting parallel to the Earth’s Equator, including the Sun, Mercury, Mars, Chiron in Pisces (Sign just South of the Equator), and also Jupiter, Uranus and Saturn respectively in Aries and Libra (both Equatorial Signs).

This alignment on the mid-drift of the Earth could by itself increase the possibility of severe seismic and volcanic activity. Another one is the grouping of  many celestial bodies on one side of the sky while only Saturn stands alone on the other side.  Here is an interesting article by Australian astrologer Ed Tamplin on the astrological factors often involved in earthquakes and in particular on the role of Saturn.

The Sabian symbol for the degree occupied by Saturn (16th of Libra) reads: ‘a boat landing washed away(!!!).

To make this symbolic connection even more significant Saturn will transit  this degree between March 5 and 20, two entire weeks, due to retrogradation.

The middle degree of Libra is the starting point of the so called Via Combusta too, a section of the Zodiac, between the middle of Libra and the middle of Scorpio, that is considered unpredictable, unstable, even dangerous in the practice of  Horary Astrology.

Symbolically then Saturn seems to play an important part in this event.

The local Horizon-Meridian Axis in Fixed Signs

Not surprising to students of Astrology the four Fixed Signs were on the Horizon and Meridian of that time and place, Leo on the Ascendant, Aquarius on the Descendant, while Taurus and Scorpio are found on the Mid-Heaven and Lower-Heaven respectively. Because Leo was on the Ascendant the Sun is ruler of this Chart and is placed in the Eighth House of Death and Loss, together with Mars, Uranus and Mercury. Saturn is instead in the Second House, which in a Mundane Chart like this one represents the wealth of the nation, its financial institutions etc. Already in deep troubles before the event these were dealt a terrible blow by the enormity of this disaster.

It is a well known astrological tenet that Fixed Signs have greater propensity for earthquakes and all kinds of violent disasters, offering stronger resistance to all changes.

I cite here just a few recent examples I have personally observed:

  • The Christchurch’s (New Zealand) earthquake of February 22, 2011: Ascendant in Taurus, Descendant in Scorpio, Mid-Heaven in Aquarius, Lower-Heaven in Leo.
  • Category 5 Cyclone Yasi in North Queensland, on February 3, 2011: Ascendant in Scorpio, Descendant in Taurus, Mid-Heaven in Leo, Lower-Heaven in Aquarius.
  • New Moon on the day cyclone Yasi struck Queensland coast: Ascendant in Taurus, Descendant in Scorpio, Mid-Heaven in Aquarius, Lower-Heaven in Leo.
  • The Tibetan Earthquake of April 14 2010, which killed nearly 3.000 people : Ascendant in Taurus, Descendant in Scorpio, Mid-Heaven in Capricorn, Lower-Heaven in Cancer.
  • The massive Haiti earthquake of January 12 2010 that killed more than 200.000 people . This event was preceded by two Eclipses, a Lunar on December 31 2009 and a Solar on January 15 2010. At the times of both these Eclipses in Haiti the Horizon and Meridian were also in Fixed Signs. During the Moon Eclipse: Ascendant in Taurus, Descendant in Scorpio, Mid-Heaven in Aquarius, Lower-Heaven in Leo. And during the Sun Eclipse: Ascendant in Scorpio, Descendant in Taurus, Mid-Heaven in Leo, Lower-Heaven in Aquarius.

These would be  indeed very strange coincidences if Astrology could not explain them as it does!

The relevant articles on these events can be found via these links: New Zealand’s February Quake ~ Cyclone Yasi in North Queensland ~ Tibetan Earthquake of April 14 2010 ~ Haiti Earthquake of January 12 2010 ~

Parallels and Counter-Parallels

Studying the Earthquake Chart, apart from many traditional aspects, I have observed a number of Parallel and Counter-Parallels of Declination. These aspects are special because they are not measured in longitudinal distance but rather in declination, North or South of the Ecliptic (Earth’s orbit). Celestial Bodies occupying the same degree of declination North or South are said to be in Parallel, while those on the same degree of declination but in different hemisphere are said to be in Counter-Parallel.

These aspects are important, the Parallel acting in a similar way to conjunctions and the Counter-Parallels to oppositions.

I have found that the Sun, ruler of the Earthquake Chart, was in Parallel to Saturn (similar to a conjunction to Saturn, considered traditionally unfortunate) and Counter-Parallel to Jupiter (similar to an opposition to Jupiter, also traditionally inauspicious),  while Jupiter and Saturn were in Counter-Parallel to each other (similar to an opposition). The actual opposition between Jupiter and Saturn not that far away, becoming exact on March 31. The Counter-Parallel anticipating the opposition’s effect.

Furthermore Mercury was in Counter-parallel to Uranus (similar to an opposition), another significant connection between these two.

The Ingress of Uranus in Aries

Astrologers are rightly having a field day with the ingress of Uranus in Aries coinciding so closely to this massive earthquake and its aftermath. It is nearly too perfect to be true, especially now that we are all anxiously waiting for news of those damaged nuclear reactors, that actually contain radioactive Uranium which is dangerously heating up (Aries Fire)!

Due to the present nuclear dread in Fukushima and others nuclear plants in Japan, Uranium stocks are falling on the stock market in Australia, country that produces more than 30% of the economically exploitable Uranium in the world. This seems to be in accord with the general planetary trends pointing to another downturn period for the global economy.

In my previous post on the Japanese event I stressed the importance of Mercury as a medium for the Uranian energy, entering Aries only two days before. But there are many other angles from which we can look at this Uranus astrologically, to try to understand why, of all days in a year when huge transits occur, this one day brought about such catastrophe.

To penetrate the mystery we need to look at other aspects Uranus was forming on the day, as well as at the link with other cosmic events, like the two Eclipses that have preceded the earthquake (Lunar on December 21 2010 and Solar on January 4 2011). And also we need to place these transits in the context of Japan’s Birth Charts (1889 and 1952).

On the day of the earthquake and tsunami Uranus, on the 29th degree of Pisces, was still forming a semi-sextile to Neptune on the 29th degree of Aquarius, transit that had been exact in mid-January. Due to the slowness of these two planets the angle was separating  by less than a degree (49 minutes of arc), still very close.  Mercury in early Aries was forming the same aspect (semi-sextile) with Chiron in early Pisces. Considering the nature of this event, sudden and violent (Uranus on the cusp Pisces-Aries) and beginning under the sea (Neptune) the transit fits the bill perfectly, also considering that this was the very last day these two planets would have been in Mutual Reception (one in the Sign of the other and viceversa), relationship that began when Uranus entered Pisces in 2003. At the same time there is another active Mutual Reception between Mars in Pisces (Sign ruled by Jupiter-Neptune) and Jupiter in Aries (Sign ruled by Mars). This relationship Mars-Jupiter, between Water and Fire Signs, is also very appropriate to the nature of the event, expressing itself violently and from a sea location (Mars in Pisces), and with great and expanding power (Jupiter in Aries magnifying the fiery nature of  Mars in the watery realm of Pisces). I feel all this to be remarkable.

Of great interest is also the fact that all the Full Moons since September 2010 have been on the 29th degree of the Signs, so that the degrees of both Uranus and Neptune have been activated by these Lunations, including the Total Eclipse of the Moon of December 21 2010, the day of the Capricorn Solstice. During this lunar eclipse the Sun and Moon were on the 29th degree of Sagittarius and Gemini therefore forming a square with the transiting Uranus and a sextile and trine with the transiting Neptune, aspects that became more exact by the time of the Japanese earthquake. Even the Lunar Nodes, eclipses’ signposts,  that were, at the time of the lunar eclipse, in early Capricorn and Cancer, reached the 28th degree of Sagittarius and Gemini at the time of the earthquake in Japan! We can definitely connect this powerful eclipse with the recent events in Japan. Mars exalted, strong in Capricorn, was separating from a conjunction to Pluto and approaching a square to Saturn in Libra at the time of the eclipse, showing the inherent dangers for the weeks and months ahead, eclipses always having an extended effect in time.

Jupiter was also close to conjunct Uranus for the last time before entering Aries in January, so Jupiter was augmenting the power of Uranus as well. At the time of the Solar Eclipse of January 4 2011 the last conjunction became exact, the solar eclipse making this transit truly powerful and far reaching, as this massive earthquake has demonstrated.

At present Jupiter, obviously another major actor in these events, is also separating from a 90 degrees angle to Pluto in Capricorn, that became exact on February 26, a potentially very destructive and deeply transforming angle, Jupiter enhancing also the power of the Underworld God. 

Read more on the December 21 Lunar Eclipse HERE. And the January 4 Solar Eclipse HERE.

Here is are two double wheel Charts. The top one has the Japan Earthquake Chart in the inner wheel and the Lunar Eclipse Chart on the outer wheel. The bottom one has the Japan Earthquake in the inner wheel and the Solar Eclipse in the outer wheel.  All Charts are calculated for the coordinates of Hoshu.

Please note the position of the Moon, transiting the Sign of Gemini during both the earthquake and lunar eclipse, the end of Gemini during the eclipse, and the beginning of Gemini at the time of the earthquake. More about the Moon in Gemini later.

The Earthquake Chart and the Total Lunar Eclipse of December 21 2010

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The Earthquake Chart and the Solar Eclipse of January 4 2011

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The earthquake’s transits become even more remarkable when we look at them over the backdrop of the two Birth Charts of Japan.

Here I consider some of the connections between these transits and the Imperial Chart of 1889.

Imperial Japan Birth Chart (1889) activated by the Earthquake’s Transits

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The Moon in Gemini

If the entrance of Uranus in Aries, plus the Sun and three planets in the Eighth House of Death weren’t enough, the transiting Moon, at the time of the quake, had just entered Gemini, a significant placement for Japan, because the Moon happened also to transit Gemini in Japan’s Imperial Chart of 1889 as well as the Modern Japan’s Chart of 1952.

Strange enough the Moon happened also to transit Gemini at the time of the magnitude 9.1 Sumatra’s earthquake and tsunami of December 26 2004, and the more recent Indonesian tsunami of October 25, 2010. As well as at the time of the first salvos on Krakatoa, on August 26 1883, and when the three big blasts of the same eruption occurred, on August 27 1883.

All this seems to show a different face of the airy and light Gemini Moon of astrological lore!

The Moon was also involved in significant transits with some of this event’s major actors, on the day disaster struck. The Moon was in fact in aspect to Mercury, catalyst of the Uranian energy; Saturn, the planet modern astrologers call the Lord of Karma and the ancients recognized as the root-cause of earth tremors, ruling as it does the Earth plane; Chiron, planet of collective suffering and healing; Uranus, planet of sudden and unexpected events; Neptune, God of the Oceans and all that happens therein; and the Lunar Nodes, the axis of destiny, connected with recent eclipses. As I will explain a bit later the Moon’s aspects to Mercury and Saturn seem particularly relevant here, due to the role of these planets in the event when compared to the Birth Charts of Japan.

Naught degree of Gemini is also the middle of the Pleiades Star Cluster in the constellation of Taurus. These stars were considered by some writers to have an evil influence, causing bereavement, mourning, sorrows and tragedies, and also abundant rains and floods, their name meaning ‘The Rainy Stars’. The Star Alcyone, most brilliant amongst the Seven Sisters, was perfectly conjunct the transiting Moon at the time. All the Pleiades were known in antiquity as the Sailor’s Stars.

According to Arab astrologers when the Moon was transiting the Mansion connected with these stars (Al Thurayya, the Many Little Ones) one could plant and sow but do not marry or travel by water.

Other amazing connections between Japan’s Imperial Birth Chart and the earthquake’s transits

  • The transiting Moon is conjunct Imperial Japan’s Neptune and Pluto. Now this is something!  Being born with a conjunction Neptune-Pluto the nation of Japan was destined to experience destructive upheavals and profound transformations involving the sea (Neptune) and the depths of the Earth (Pluto). It also shows Imperial Japan’s fascination and delusional aspirations (Neptune) for power and war (Pluto); heroic ideals that were utterly defeated in the Second World War. Hiroshima and Nagasaki come to mind, as well as the constant fear of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions with which the Japanese people have learnt to live. The fact that now Japan is also facing the prospect of melt down in some of its nuclear power plants shows the connection Moon-Pluto in action. This, together with the transits of Uranus, is proving indeed disastrous. And there is more, because the transiting Moon was also at right angle to Imperial Japan’s Mercury in early Pisces, while the transiting Neptune and Chiron are both conjunct the same Mercury and at right angle with the transiting Moon as well as Japan’s Neptune and Pluto! The Moon, in this type of Chart, is said to represent the people. So meaningfully connected with these destiny makers (conjunction Neptune-Pluto, square transiting Neptune-Chiron etc.) the Moon is a symbol here of the great loss of human lives.
  • The significant role of Mercury is confirmed by the fact that transiting Mercury (major activator of Uranus on the cups of Aries) was also approaching a sesqui-square (135 degrees) to Japan’s Saturn in Leo, while, at the same time, transiting Saturn in Libra was sesqui-square Japan’s Mercury in Pisces. This is what astrologers like to call a ‘double whammy’, the repeat of the same aspect, putting a strong accent on the power of these planets in the unfolding of this particular event. The double aspect was possible because the two Saturn (the transiting one and Japan’s) are close to a sextile aspect (60 degrees), a positive aspect, showing perhaps how early warning, strict building regulations and many other cautionary measures have saved many in the circumstances, the positive aspects of Saturn indicating caution and forethought.

Please check my next posts for more on the astrological signature of the Japan event. There are in fact many more meaningful aspects to be considered, in particular the connection with the 1952 Birth Chart of Modern Japan.

12 Responses to “Can Astrology make sense of Japan’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear menace?”

  1. niki ralis Says:

    excellent, thank you for explaining all so clearly. I imagine we all feel very attuned to how are world as we used to know it is literally shaking us up into one big push to see differently.

    • Living Moon Astrology Says:

      Hi Niki, thank you for positive feedback.
      Yes, this event and others taking place at the moment are part of the big changes we all have been talking about for ages. It is easier to discuss them rather than live through them though.
      Looking at what’s happening from an astrological perspective help me personally to deal with it, to find some sense in it.
      I am working at two more posts on the Japan’s crisis. Of particular interest is the Synastry of the earthquake’s transits and the Modern Chart of Japan (1952).
      I am also trying to finish a post I started last week on the ongoing and worsening Libyan crisis.
      Hopefully, deadlines permitting, they will be out shortly.
      Cheers, Paola Emma

  2. joan Says:


  3. Diane Says:

    I have been an astrologer for 30 years but have not done much recently spend more time on my sadhana. I do follow mundane astrology though, and I am just so impressed with your webpage. you are a very astute astrologer

    • Living Moon Astrology Says:

      Hi Diane, thank you for your kind words. The events in the last year have stimulated my interest in Mundane Astrology as nothing before.
      It is great to receive some positive comments. because it has been hard work for me, in somewhat difficult circumstances, to keep up with the big news, trying to make sense of them.
      I guess life is always history in the making, but sometimes this becomes more obvious to more people.
      The best for your sadhana, finding inner peace a priority really in our troubled world.
      Ciao for now, Paola

  4. Tony Says:

    I would like to know what you expect to happen in June/July with the solar and lunar eclipses?

  5. lihirakash Says:

    Here are some of the astrological factors that I’ve found correlate with the occurrence of major earthquakes throughout the world.

    Sometimes earthquakes occur when one of the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) changes sign. One of the most notable recent examples is the earthquake that struck near Honshu, Japan on March 11, 2011, on the day when Uranus entered Aries. Earthquakes (or clusters of earthquakes) often arise within two or three days of the change in zodiac sign. For example, Jupiter entered Aries on January 22, 2011. A magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred in Pakistan on January 18, and a magnitude 6.1 earthquake in Tajikistan on January 24. The following are further examples, this time demonstrated using the entry of Neptune into Pisces (which is especially important to note because Neptune’s passage into Pisces will reoccur this year on February 4, 2012):

    April 4, 2011 – Neptune enters Pisces: earthquake on April 1 near Honshu, JAPAN [magnitude 6.0], April 1 near Dodecanese Island GREECE [6.1], April 2 in Tarapaca, CHILE [6.0], April 3 near Java INDONESIA [6.3], April 3 in Fiji Island region [6.4], April 6 near Sumatra INDONESIA [6.0], April 7 in Veracruz MEXICO [6.7], April 7 near Honshu, JAPAN [7.1].

    August 4, 2011 – Neptune enters Aquarius: earthquake on July 31 in VANUATU [magnitude 6.2], July 31 in Wewak, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, August 4 in Kuril Islands [6.1], August 7 in Israel [4.2].

    Very destructive or large magnitude earthquakes also are seen when a planet is stationary. The most noteworthy recent example of this correlation happened on January 12, 2010 when a powerful earthquake wreaked havoc in Leogane/Port-au-Prince HAITI, just one day prior to Saturn’s change from direct to retrograde motion. (Note that Saturn changes again from direct to retrograde on February 7, 2012.) Here are some other examples:

    April 9, 2011 – Pluto is stationary: earthquake on April 7 near Honshu, JAPAN [magnitude 7.1], April 7 in Veracruz MEXICO [6.7], April 11 – 13 (multiple) near Honshu JAPAN.

    June 12, 2011 – Saturn is stationary: earthquake on June 13 in Christchurch NEW ZEALAND [magnitude 6.3], June 13 in the Molucca Sea [6.3], June 16 in New Britain PAPUA NEW GUINEA [6.4]

    July 9, 2011 – Uranus is stationary: earthquake on July 6 in Kermadec Islands, NEW ZEALAND [magnitude 7.6], July 9 northeast Japan [7.1], July 11 in Negros PHILLIPINES [6.4]

    September 16, 2011 – Pluto is stationary: earthquake on September 15 in Ndoi Island, FIJI [7.3], September 18 at the India/Nepal border [6.9], September 19 in GUATEMALA [5.8]

    December 10, 2011 – Uranus is stationary: earthquake on December 10 near Iguala, MEXICO [6.5], December 14 near Lae PAPUA NEW GUINEA [7.1]

    A stellium in an astrological chart frequently accompanies earthquakes. A stellium is seen in the astrological charts of the following earthquakes:

    July 28, 1976 in Tangshan CHINA [magnitude 7.8]
    January 17, 1994 in Los Angeles USA [6.7]
    February 27, 2010 in Valparaiso CHILE [8.8]
    October 25, 2010 in Bengkulu INDONESIA [7.7]
    February 22, 2011 in Christchurch NEW ZEALAND [6.3]
    March 11, 2011 near Honshu JAPAN [9.0]
    March 24, 2011 in Lashio BURMA [6.8]

    Another common pattern noted in the event charts of earthquakes is having a planet or asteroid opposite the fixed stars Spica or Regulus . One sees this on December 26, 2004 when a 9.1-magnitude earthquake occurred near Banda Aceh INDONESIA. Uranus was opposite Regulus. Other examples include the following:

    December 4, 1957 – Ulaanbaatar MONGOLIA [magnitude 8.1] – Pallas opposite Spica
    March 28, 2005 near Sibolga INDONESIA [8.6] – North Node opposite Spica
    January 17, 1994 in Los Angeles USA [6.7] – Saturn opposite Regulus, Lillith opposite Spica
    June 3, 1994 in Surabaya INDONESIA [7.5] – Pallas opposite Spica


  6. lihirakash Says:

    An interesting relationship is found between earthquakes and solar and lunar eclipses. There are typically three to six eclipses a year. Any one eclipse in a particular year belongs to a family of related eclipses that span approximately 1200 to 1400 years. Consecutive eclipses belonging to a particular family (known as a Saros series) occur 18 years apart. See Eclipses and the Saros Cycle ( and The Saros Cycle – Eclipses Come In Families ( for more details. When the North Node coincides with the zodiac degree of an eclipse, an earthquake is often found to occur. Other eclipses in the same Saros series will be associated with an earthquake when the North Node coincides with their respective eclipse degrees within about six months of when those eclipses occur. For example:

    In 1994 a lunar eclipse occurred on May 25. It belongs to the lunar Saros 140 series. The eclipse occurred at 3 degrees 41 minutes of Gemini/Sagittarius. On January 17, 1994, the day of the massive Northridge earthquake, the North Node is found at 1 degree 15 minutes of Sagittarius, a difference of only 2 degrees 26 minutes from the eclipse point.

    In 1976 another eclipse of the lunar Saros 140 series took place on May 13. It happened at 23 degrees 9 minutes of Taurus/Scorpio. On November 29, 1975, when a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Kalapana HAWAII, the North Node was at 21 degrees 46 minutes of Scorpio. This is only 1 degree 23 minutes from the eclipse degree.

    In 1958 a lunar Saros 140 series eclipse occurred on May 3 at 12 degrees 35 minutes of Taurus/Scorpio. About five months previously, on December 4, 1957, a magnitude 8.1 earthquake took place in Ulaanbaatar MONGOLIA. On this day the North Node was at 10 degrees 20 minutes of Scorpio, which is only 2 degrees 15 minutes away from the 1958 eclipse degree.

    (Of note, there will be another lunar Saros 140 eclipse in 2012 on June 4. It will be at 14 degrees 11 minutes of Gemini/Sagittarius. And on February 7, 2012 the North Node will be at 11 degrees 58 minutes of Sagittarius, only 2 degrees 13 minutes from this year’s lunar Saros 140 eclipse.)

    At the time of an earthquake the corresponding astrological chart may contain an abundance of squares, inconjuncts and oppositions. Just to give one example, at the time of the Sibolga INDONESIA earthquake on March 28, 2005, Pluto was inconjunct Lillith and Saturn, Neptune was inconjunct Saturn and Varuna, and Jupiter was inconjunct Pars Fortuna. In addition, Pluto was square both the Vertex and Juno, Neptune was square Pars Fortuna, and Jupiter was square Varuna. In all, there were nine major challenging aspects.

    When we use the correlations discussed above to look for particular days this year when a significant earthquake might occur, the days February 3 – February 8 warrant some attention. As already mentioned, in this period of time an outer planet changes signs (Neptune enters Pisces on February 4), a major planet goes stationary (Saturn stations on February 7), a stellium1 is present (in Aquarius/Pisces and Pisces/Aries), and a planet is found in opposition to a fixed star that is considered one of the most fortunate (Neptune opposes Regulus). But most significantly, during these few days the North Node is only about two degrees away from the eclipse point associated with the lunar Saros 140 eclipse of 2012, an eclipse whose family history is strongly associated with major earthquakes.

    • Living Moon Astrology Says:

      Hi Lihirakash, thanks so much for your very informed contribution. I am battling low battery power at the moment due to major flooding where i live and no much sunlight. I will answer your comment as soon as I can.
      Hope other readers would like to contribute their thoughts and discoveries on the subject too. Ciao for now, Paola Emma

  7. Dean Stokes Says:

    Earthquake in Japan (near Honshu) 25 October 2013 – a synoptical Astrology Chart with the position of Comet ISON …

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