Did the notorious Carrington Event of 1859 have a particular astrological signature? Yes. (If you’re keen to know but don’t want to scroll through my preamble, Eris-Persephone is the key player.) Astrology is integrated into the timing of solar flares/coronal mass ejections and the geomagnetic storms that these phenoms evoke if they’re earth directed. This is not just an “it’s all space weather” take. The Solar Minimum/Solar Maximum cycle echoes the Jupiter cycle, for instance.
But there is more. As I write, we are heading into a few days of heightened geomagnetic activity – something that occurs frequently but not necessarily with a magnetic field that is acting as weird as ours has been of late. So ideally this one passes with minimal impact, of course, but even aside from the anticipated effects on satellite communications or power grids, geomagnetic flux affects humans and animals. See the Daily Mystic for Thursday for some tips to ‘space-weather’ the storm.
Astrology and the Carrington Event
Now, the undisputed champion of solar-inspired geomagnetic fuqery is the Carrington Event of late August/early September 1859. As Chris Gebhardt, writing in NASA Spaceflight poetically puts it, the superstorm “showcased for the first time the potentially disastrous relationship between the Sun’s energetic temperament and the nascent technology of the 19th century.”
It wiped out the power across much of the world, created enough aurora light to lighten the night, gave shocks to some telegraph operators on their machine at the time, and sparked fires. A similar scenario today, while evidently unlikely, would have a huge impact, given how networked the system is. It’s all being modeled and tracked; obviously, there is a contingency plan, albeit not enough according to F.E.M.A. Personally, I’d like to see some decentralization and less networked everything. Future historians will not view the widespread privatizing of power and telecommunication of the Nineties (Neptune in Capricorn) with admiration.
Eris-Persephone Square Pluto Or Uranus Seems Implicated
Anyway, the Carrington Event has a birth chart! Richard Carrington, the amateur astronomer who it is named after noted the weirding and immediately ran inside to document it.
There was no warning with that one, these days, we get a lead time. The chart is below, for the location he observed it from but really this was global. I also included the heliocentric chart, as seen from the Sun itself as an FYI. Ignore the comet and interstellar object in there, that’s another project.
So the key astrology for the Carrington Event was Eris square Uranus and, if you’re into declinations, Neptune was parallel Uranus. Brilliantly, Richard Carrington was a Gemini, born May 26 – Uranus had just crossed his Sun, and Eris was squaring it + his Jupiter in Virgo. His in-the-moment, meticulous documentation of the phenom that stunned the world assured his scientific legacy.
A similar event occurred on March 8, 1582 – that was Eris square Uranus. Since 1859, there have been notably severe geomagnetic storms on the following dates, albeit nothing as intense as the Carrington Event. Here are the core astro-alignments for each.
May 14, 1921 – Neptune parallel Pluto and Jupiter opposite Uranus.
March 10-14 1989 – Eris square Saturn and Neptune-Uranus Parallel.
July 23, 2012 – A near miss – Eris opposite Saturn and Uranus square Pluto.
The current geomagnetic storm: Pluto square Eris. It’s also the close of three years in which the Sun was less active, letting more cosmic rays into our atmosphere.
This astro is intense so back up your data and be careful with electricity – I like to sleep with as many circuits powered off at the mains as possible. It is partly because many companies supply too high a voltage these days – yes, profit – it’s cheaper for them – and it circulates around even when switches are off. Powering it totally off where possible also makes sleep and dream recall so much more accessible.
As for why Eris would – possibly be connected with scenarios like this, more to come! Thoughts?
Image: Jiri Vsetecka