The Chernobyl Horoscope, harbinger of change

Days before the Chernobyl disaster I had a dream…I was at Three Cliffs Bay, an area of outstanding natural beauty on the South Wales coast,  when suddenly a great wind came up which was so ferocious it was impossible to stand. Everything – including me – was swept up. It was a lucid dream… from which I fought to escape but I could not open my eyes – they were weighted down. Eventually I awoke, afraid. The dream was clearly trying to alert me of some pending danger – but what?

When it happened – Chernobyl was scary. It was scary because a nuclear accident on this scale had never happened before. If my memory serves me well it was one of the Scandinavian countries that first measured high radiation levels and alerted the world that there must be a problem with the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The Russians were initially very reluctant to release any information about what had happened. As the scale of the disaster became known, Amsterdam – where I live – suddenly seemed very close to Chernobyl – just 1078 miles. All accross Europe people were living with uncertainty as to what exactly radioactive material in the atmosphere meant and what it could do. In fact – looking back – Europe in the 1980’s was totally submersed in nuclear anxiety. First came the employment of Pershing missiles (starting in Germany in 1983) and then came Chernobyl! Many of the post-WWII trauma’s were re-awakened. Would Europe be decimated once again ? These were strange, uncertain, paranoia- tinted times.

Horoscope Chernobyl – 26 april 1986, time 01.23, Chernobyl, Ukraine

Uranus rises – suggesting a sudden event. It is in Sagittarius an expansive, mutable and fast moving fire sign – related to long distance travel. Keeping this accident a secret was never an option. Uranus is also a planet linked to new ways of doing things, it was an experiment at the Chernobyl plant that went wrong, that set the chain of events in motion. At the time – Saturn in Sagittarius – was transitting the IC of the horoscope of the USSR – suggesting old infra-structure and problems at society’s root. Saturn is particularly linked to heavy industry. Chernobyl reinforced all the post revolution, Cold War stereotypes particularly with regard to secrecy. Three years after Chernobyl and the whole of the former USSR itself was in melt-down.

The Moon in Scorpio – Mars ruled –  is a testimony to the bravery of the emergency workers who fought to stabilize the plant, knowing they were being poisoned in the process. Here we see the other side of Scorpio and Mars: honor and the willingness to lay down one’s own life to save another. This is a reflection of the true warrior mentality and explains why in the past, such importance was given to the warrior caste. The Moon in Scorpio also says something about the devastation of the lives of those who lived in the immediate vicinity, who incidentally were only informed of the accident some three days after the event !!! If we think of the officials as the Sun in Taurus – then the trine to Neptune could be interpreted as giving out mis-information. Neptune always has its own take on reality – and here in Capricorn – the party line comes first – even if peoples lives are put at risk. Further the one element missing in this horoscope is air (excepting mc). Air is particularly linked to communication, it something we all share. Chernobyl was never a Russian  disaster- it was a European/ world disaster. Old thinking Saturn – had to make way for new thinking Uranus. Uranus rising could therefore be seen as an omen – heralding the end of the old style USSR.

Returning to my dream…. reflecting on Chernobyl and thinking about what is happening in Fukushima today, Sagittarius is about higher learning , about understanding the big picture about recognizing the interconnectedness of all life. I personally am not at all convinced that we have learned the right lessons.

horoscope Chernobyl – Elizabeth Hathway, DFAStrolS, QHP

Over Liz Hathway

Liz Hathway is a British born astrologer currently based in Amsterdam. Liz studied astrology at the Kosmos in Amsterdam, at the Faculty of Astrological Studies in London and with well known horary astrology John Frawley. Liz also holds an MA (with distinction) in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology, from the University of Wales, in Lampeter, and was short-listed for the 2016 Alumni Association MA CAA Dissertation Prize.
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