No astrologer predicted this particular disaster and it is always easy to be wise after the event, but as several of you have written to me asking for my opinion on this incident, I decided to look at the symbolism of the plane crash chart through the eyes of astrology to try and fathom a deeper meaning to this terrible tragedy.
The word ‘disaster’ means ‘to go against the stars’. On 17th July 2014 at 2.15 pm GMT, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH017 from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was blown out the sky by a Russian BUK ground to air missile fired from Eastern Ukraine killing all 298 people on board. The plane went down near Hrabove in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine at 5.15 pm local time. The incident has been blamed on pro-Russian fighters in Ukraine (backed by Moscow) who are thought to have mistaken it for a Ukrainian military plane.
Flight MH017 is the second Malaysia Airlines plane that has failed to reach its destination in just over four months, following the disappearance of MH370 in March this year over the Indian Ocean. As families all over the world grieve the loss of their loved ones, the most obvious question is why was any passenger plane allowed to fly into a war zone where four Ukrainian military planes have been shot down in the last couple of months?
For those who are interested, here is the horoscope of the Malaysia Airlines MH017 crash with my findings.
1) The rising sign of the chart is Sagittarius, the zodiac sign related to travel, foreign countries and international affairs. This incident has provoked a full blown diplomatic crisis between Russia and the West and affected people from all over the world. Passengers and staff on the plane hailed from Holland, Australia, South Africa, America, Britain, Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium, The Philippines and New Zealand. The incident is likely to signal the death knell of Malaysia Airlines.
2) In the plane crash chart, Mercury, the planet of travel, airlines and communication sits at 4-5° Cancer. The Sabian Symbol for this degree shows a car being hit by a train at a railroad crossing symbolising ‘the tragic results which can occur when the individual will pits itself carelessly against the power of the collective will of society.’ The key phrase for this symbol is ‘karmic readjustment’ indicating humanity’s tendency to learn hard lessons through destructive experiences.
3) On the 15th April we had a powerful full moon eclipse at 25° Libra. Eclipse degrees remain as sensitive points for several months after the actual date of the eclipse, meaning any transit to the eclipse degree can re-activate the energy. In the crash chart, Mars (the warrior planet) was at 25° Libra conjunct the karmic North Node. Mars rules accidents, anger, war and explosions and is the ruler of the Aries 4th house, the house of endings, land and territory. This was an incident prompted by a conflict over land, and one that will shape the destiny of not only Ukraine but of the wider world.
4) The chart contains an explosive T-Square between Mars and the North Node in Libra; the South Node and Uranus in Aries and the Sun and Vertex in Cancer. The objectives of war, peace, family and country are at odds. This has been borne out by the ongoing struggle to recover the bodies of the victims from the crash site.
5) The Moon at the base of the chart (on the ground) is in impulsive Aries – it appears that the pro-Russian fighters shot down a civilian plane by mistake. The Moon moved to form a T-square (stressful angle) to Mercury, planet of travel and Pluto planet of death as the aircraft took off from Amsterdam.
6) The Ascendant ruler Jupiter is intercepted in the 8th house, the house of death. The Sun and Vertex are also located in the 8th house.
7) In numerology, eight is the great karmic equaliser and there are many examples of the number eight occurring in this incident.
Flight MH17 took off from Amsterdam at 12:14 pm on 17th July 2014
. • Flight 17 adds up to 8
• 17th July is an 8 Universal Day
• 17th July 2014 is a 22/4 Universal Date
• 12:14 pm adds up to 8
• Malaysia Airlines released a statement saying it received notification from Ukrainian air traffic control that it had lost contact with flight MH017 at 2.15 pm GMT, which also adds up to 8.
Anne Applebaum of the Washington Post writes of the MH017 tragedy: “This plane crash is a result of the Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine, an operation deliberately designed to create legal, political and military chaos. Without this chaos, a surface-to-air missile would not have been fired at a passenger plane. She goes on to say: “We can’t pretend this war isn’t happening any longer, or that it doesn’t affect anyone outside of Donetsk. The Russians can’t pretend either….. The West and the world must push for Ukrainian state sovereignty to be re-established in eastern Ukraine, not for the perpetuation of another frozen conflict.”
I have struggled to find a symbolic meaning to this tragic event and keep coming back to the idea that although Applebaum may be right, we all live on the same planet and that whatever happens in one part of the world, inevitably affects those in other parts of the world. We consider it an outrage that our citizens are the innocent victims of war and rightly so, but in coming to terms with this tragedy, perhaps we in the West may also consider how our own involvement in conflicts in distant lands affects people we will never know or meet.
I recently saw a powerful piece of theatre that told the true stories of 25 Iraqi refugees (many of them doctors, lawyers, artists and teachers) forced to flee Iraq after the events of 2003. The play was based on interviews conducted by American actors who travelled to Jordan to meet these people. I learned that 2.8 million Iraqis had fled their homes – one in twelve. I was shocked and humbled. I cried when I heard about their experiences and tried to imagine what it would be like to lose my home, job, family and country through no fault of my own. I believe it’s time to put an end to the idea of ‘us’ and ‘them’ and while mourning those we have lost in the MH017 crash, take steps to create a world based on peace and cooperation, rather than conflict and hatred.
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