Volcanic Eruption in Iceland is no Threat
On Saturday, 20 March 2010, at 23h34m GMT, at 63°38'24" and 19°27'W the volcano started an eruption. Initially thought to be located under the Eyjafjallajökull glacier, it was finally located at Fimmvörðuháls, a popular walking and touristic region of Iceland. An evacuation of local people wasordered and completed towards 5 am. Roads were closed. A authorities will review the situation as it develops. A Google translation in Icelandic is provided here: Google Translation Iceland Volcano
The eruption started just before midnight, between Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, and increased during the night, particularly early morning between 7 and 8 am. There had been an increase in earthquake activity in the recent weeks, at a depth of 7-10 kilometers. Scientists have expressed surprise with the earthquakes that accompanied the eruption. This Eyjafjallajökull volcano has only twice before erupted in 1612 and 1821 to 1823.
All known eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull have been in connection with eruptions in the neighboring volcano Katla underneath the Mýrdalsjökull icecap. Now that Eyjafjallajökull has started to erupt, Katla might follow. UPDATE 23.03.2010 There's an impressive video of the activity at the volcano, shot today by scientists on a helicopter trip to the scene.
Initial fears were that the volcano hot lava might melt the glacier or cause a gigantic explosion with the interaction of fire and ice. Later review on Sunday by scientists showed this unlikely, unless the eruption were to spread along a fault line. A plume of ash and smoke blew W and NW due to easterly winds, and planes were diverted around the area. There are worried geophysicists however, as this volcano has not before erupted alone, but in conjunction with its neighbor. UPDATE 23.03.2010 A good source of news is the Iceland Review Online.
Astrology and Nature in Motion...
Below is the astrological analysis of the event, complete with both geocentric and heliocentric chart for the time and location of the erupting volcano, and with Iceland's geo and helio charts. Though at first glance the volcano eruption seems innocuous enough, a look at the transits of this chart on the Iceland National chart is worrying. Hoping for the best, as there are many mitigating aspects, but still, scientists had better watch that volcano pretty carefully.
Since this is a precisely timed and well located event, the orbs have been set at 1°30' because the chart is quite busy with many aspects under 3° and the chart looks cluttered.
Astrological Geocentric Chart Iceland Volcano Eruption 2010
On analysis of the geocentric astro chart, one will see Neptune and Chiron almost exactly conjoined the IC. This certainly explains the flooding fears. Although an accurate timing has been provided, one ought to bear in mind that there were plenty of earthquakes in the days before the eruption. One cannot dismiss the possibility that the causative event was Neptune exactly conjoined the IC moments earlier than the chart. Sun applies from the cusp of the IVth to Vth houses, to the opposition of Saturn. Scientists say there will be no melting of the glacier unless the eruption spreads along the faults. Very soon after the aspect, Sun also applies to both Pluto and Ceres by square. On the other hand and keeping optimistic, Mars and Uranus are relatively neutral in the chart, even if the latter is posited in the IVth.
The Moon was void of course at the time of the event. In the words of William Lilly, a VOC Moon means "Nothing will come of it". The separating parallel of declination between Moon and Mars shows some suddeness of the volcano's behavior. North Node Rahu and Vesta are in parallel and graphically describe where the fire and hearth are: along a fault (an axis).
The list of separating parallels of declinations in the preceding day also includes Mercury and Saturn, a contraparallel between Mercury and Uranus. Applying and fortunate are the Jupiter Juno contraparallel and the one between Venus and Chiron. Scientists though should beware of an applying Saturn contraparallel Uranus early in the morning of the 23rd of March 2010, although that is also followed by fairly quiet and mitigating aspects.
Astrological Heliocentric Chart Iceland Volcano Eruption 2010
The heliocentric horoscope is also peaceful apart from an applying conjunction from Earth to Saturn. The helio chart benefits from a plethora of good aspects in helio longitudes, both before and after the event. A separating yod between Pluto, Juno and Pallas, may have mostly to do with inconvenience and some financial loss. Venus is exalted and makes a perfect (separating) quincunx with Ceres showing the tranquillity and beauty of this area, where tourists go.
Mercury and Venus are parallel, and both are contraparallel to Saturn and Ceres. The Saturn-Ceres connection may show destruction of crops, pasture land. Some agricultural destruction could be seen with the applying Venus-Mars contraparallel and that of Mars Ceres. The chart shows no sign of critical loss of life or huge financial damage. Pluto and Vesta, "the fires of the earth stomach" are also in a parallel of latitude, and well illustrate this eruption, fire coming out of the entrails of the earth, with Vesta being the keeper of the hearth
Astrological Geocentric Chart for the Independence of Iceland
Iceland has a rising sign in Libra at 2°38' and MC in Cancer at 4°12'. Iceland's chart shows very exactly how shaken it has been in the last two years, with heavy transits by Pluto to the vicinity of its IC, the opposition to its Venus and Sun and Saturn, the three of them in the IXth (the financial crisis came from abroad for Iceland).
With a Saturn transit through Leo and Virgo, that certainly was not helping. Now Saturn is arriving, from the XIIth, to the Ascendant and it is crushing it beneath its feet. The last movement of Saturn on the Ascendant of Iceland may give this country some more reasons to cry. Thankfully, once this is past, there's only the Pluto conjuncting the IC to contend with, together with the Uranus transit to the square of its Saturn. As a volcanic country, it should pay particular attention to such volcano disasters, earthquakes so long as Pluto transit lasts. Who knows, as Pluto has a reputation for rebirth, it may even happen to Iceland to acquire a new volcanic island as it did in 1963. All in all, another two or three years or so of difficulties, after which Iceland should fare well. Hopefully, nothing too drastic will happen in the next few days and weeks, as Iceland certainly does not need a disaster right now.
Astrological Heliocentric Chart for the Independence of Iceland
A remarkable transit by Mars to the exact conjunction of radical Jupiter (within 3 minutes of arc) in the heliocentric chart times the volcano eruption. Jupiter in transit is also applying to the opposition of radical Mars. Of note, transiting Pluto is square radical Neptune and one could think of muds caused by internal fires. The square between transiting Earth and radical Saturn was exact a few hours before the eruption, at 18h21m40s, at the same time as transiting Earth also applies to transiting Saturn.
The opposition between transiting Ceres and Uranus was also exact within a few hours. The transiting Mercury in Aries sextile Pallas in Gemini is exact just for the moment of the end of the evacuation of the people along the slopes of this volcano. This evacuation was conducted swiftly. As I have noted in other posts, one cannot be sure whether to use houses in helio charts, however, I often see some coincidence between the angles and planets in helio charts. here one can see the transiting MC of the volcano eruption making an absolutely exact sextile to Saturn at 23h32m44s, for en eruption which we are told took place at 23h34m! Certainly more research is warranted in this area.
Today's edition of the Times Online has quite a dramatic article on a possible second eruption which could cause devastation. This is based on the previous occurrences where, whenever this one volcano erupted, the one next to it also did. One may or not be convinced by the sensationalism of the article, but the facts are quite complete and it's worth a read if only for this.
More about Iceland...
Some of nature's most spectacular phenomena get the ``Eyewitness'' treatment, with the gorgeous graphics and outstanding design that characterize this series. As usual, coverage is primarily visual, with brief introductory text and informative captions. The account starts with an overall perspective showing how volcanoes and earthquakes occur, with related events like steam vents and boiling mud. Effects on humans and attempts to measure and predict these events are treated. Even volcanism on other planets (mostly their moons) is shown. The striking photographs include a shot of a Philippine town dusted by Mount Pinatubo; the people's colorful clothes clash with the ashy whitness covering all the houses and the ash-darkened sky. In another spread the ash cloud from Mount St. Helens can be seen rushing down the mountainside in three successive photos.
Lastly, if you want to dream again about travels to the centre of the Earth, why not buy (or buy again), Jules Vernes book, a classic? If not for you, then get it for your children or your nieces or nephews. Follow the trail of the professor, his nephew and the guide from an Icelandic volcano through the Earth to being thrown out by the mouth of the Stromboli in Italy.
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