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Air France charter flight 4590 dropped from the sky in a torch-like inferno near Charles de Gaulle Airport at 4:44 pm CED on Tuesday, July 25. All souls on board perished, as did several people in a hotel struck by the plane. This was the first fatal accident for the supersonic jet, which had its initial flight on March 2, 1969 at 3:40 pm in Toulouse, France. Contacts between the crash chart and the first flight chart are striking.

Pluto, planet of death and transformation, in the long distance travel sign of Sagittarius, has been forming a challenging square to the first flight Sun since January. This marks a profound change in our perception of the previously invulnerable aircraft. The aging Concorde fleet is under scrutiny that may hasten its demise as a commercial vehicle. A close conjunction between Chiron (the wounded healer) and Pluto at the time of the crash underscored the painful fall from grace of this technological marvel.

The Concorde was born with active Mars conjunct Neptune, the planet of floating and fantasies. Slow moving Saturn, the planet of aging and endings, directly opposed Neptune only three days before the crash, ending the airplane’s image of invulnerability. This year’s Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in the sky opposes the Mars-Neptune combo of the Concorde, another indicator of the end of an era.

Faster-moving bodies usually trigger the events set up by the slower-moving planets. At the time of the crash, the Moon was separating from a hard square to Venus (pleasure and comfort) and applying to another square to Uranus  (the planet of shock, surprise and accidents), while also squaring the Concorde’s natal Moon. Uranus was also close to a conjunction with the first flight Mercury, another indicator of the unexpected events, and will oppose the natal Moon next year. The end for this elite jet may come sooner than expected. Perhaps high-tech Uranus in Aquarius, the sign of the people, will hasten the development of a new generation of supersonic aircraft that will make Concorde-like speed available to greater numbers of travelers.

 

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Jeff Jawer is a founder of StarIQ.com. He has been a professional astrologer since 1973 and is well-known as a writer, counselor and lecturer in North and South America, Europe and Australia.

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    Philip Sedgwick began his study of astrology in 1969. He is the author of Astrology of Deep Space, Astrology of Transcendence, The Sun at the Center: A Primer of Heliocentric Astrology, The Galactic Ephemeris (a compilation of over 8,300 points in deep space).

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