On June 27, at 1:37 pm PDT, a wildfire started at the Hanford Nuclear
Reservation in Washington state, about 120 miles from Seattle. Thousands
of people were evacuated, and fire scorched nearly half the 560-square-mile
site, destroying 70 homes and buildings as it crept within two miles of
some of the most lethal nuclear waste on Earth—waste dating back to the
creation of the atomic bomb.
Government sources say no radiation was released into the environment
in the Hanford blaze, though the potential for disaster was truly stunning.
And this was the third serious nuclear incident since late 1999, when
a mishap at a nuclear facility in Japan caused serious problems, followed
by the recent fire at Los Alamos National Labs. Astrologers might well
inquire whether these kinds of events follow a particular astrological
A Defining Moment
To find a pattern, we need only return to the defining moment of
the nuclear age. When the first self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction
occurred, in a makeshift laboratory on a squash court in Chicago (December
2, 1942, at 3:25 pm CWT), a rare conjunction of Saturn and Uranus in Gemini
was rising. This was closely opposed by a conjunction in Sagittarius,
including the Sun and Mercury.
Saturn represents structure; in the chain-reaction chart, it was conjunct
Uranus (the planet after which man-made Uranium was named), which represents
energy and the breaking of structure. With this stressful conjunction,
humanity experienced the irreversible breaking of matter, the release
of the nuclear force and the beginnings of a long-term relationship with
atomic energy and nuclear crisis.
The Nuclear Axis
Repeated nuclear events over the past 58 years have led some astrologers
to describe these degrees across early Gemini-Sagittarius as "the
nuclear axis," which is highly sensitive to transits. One critical
degree in this axis appears to be Saturn's location at the time of the
first chain reaction, 8 degrees 56 minutes of Gemini.
With all of the important nuclear disasters since the first chain reaction,
including Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and last year's accident at a uranium
processing facility in Tokai, Japan, the nuclear axis has been under transit by
slow-moving planets, such as Saturn, Chiron, Uranus and Pluto.
For example, when the first memorable nuclear disaster occurred on March
27, 1979 (at 3:57 am, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), transiting Saturn was
within 20 minutes of an exact square to natal Saturn in the first chain
reaction chart, at 8 degrees Virgo and 36 minutes. The Saturn square is
often a critical or defining moment within any cycle where Saturn is directly
The next time Saturn and Uranus formed their rare conjunction, it was
1986, and the world witnessed the terrifying disaster at the Chernobyl
nuclear power plant in the Ukraine (April 26, 1986, at 1:26 am). Once
again, Saturn-Uranus was rising in the east, the most prominent position
in a horoscope. Saturn was precisely, that is, within 19 arc minutes of
exact opposition to its position at the first chain reaction, located
in the Chernobyl chart at 8 degrees 57 minutes Gemini.
In events since last September, the nuclear axis has been strongly aspected
by the ongoing Chiron-Pluto conjunction in Sagittarius.
When the nuclear accident in Tokai, Japan occurred last year (September
30, 1999, at 10:35 am JST, Tokai, Japan), Pluto (the planet after which
Plutonium was named) was at 8 degrees 13 minutes Sagittarius, as well
as rising in the due east—precisely square the Saturn position in the
chain reaction chart, again, within arc minutes.
Incredibly, the Moon was at 8 degrees 35 minutes Gemini and setting, exactly
in the due west, also square Saturn in the atom split chart. Note the
exactitude of these degrees, remembering that there are 360 in the astrological
wheel, and all the planets move at very different speeds. Once again,
the nuclear axis was prominent, highlighted by the three most important
astrological indicators: planetary position, proximity to the horizon
and the angle of the Moon, all of which, in this case, were exact.
Though past its exact aspect, the Chiron-Pluto conjunction in Sagittarius
is apparently still well within orb of the nuclear axis, as serious wildfires
have threatened two of the most critical nuclear facilities in the United
States, Los Alamos National Laboratory, where nuclear bombs are designed,
and the Hanford site, where historical nuclear artifacts are disposed
During last week's fire at Hanford, the Moon crossed the nuclear axis
in Gemini, opposing Pluto and Chiron, at the peak of the blaze.
Whatever the ultimate meaning of these aspects may be, one thing is clear:
major nuclear events exist in direct relationship to the splitting of
the atom, not just because without one the other would have been impossible,
but also due to some connection on a hidden level.
Though only astrologers are in a position to see the alignments, the focus
is thrown back on the origins of the nuclear crisis, the splitting of
the atom. Will astrology ever be in a position to warn those in control
of nuclear machinery when we are approaching a danger zone along the nuclear
axis? With Saturn currently entering the sign Gemini, and approaching
the second return to its position in the chain-reaction chart, we can
only hope so.