The recent unusual snow storm in Washington state brought some surprises to an expectant mother. Delayed by a major snow and ice storm in getting to the hospital, she got stuck on an elevator for about 2 hours on the way to the birthing center at St. Joseph’s Medical Center of Tacoma, Washington. As a result, she gave birth on the elevator, which was stuck between the 12th and 14th floors (effectively she got stuck at the 13th floor of the hospital; lucky 13). According to news reports, the baby boy was born at 4:45 AM and was named Blake “the Snowflake Otis” Michael Thacker in honor of the unusual snow & ice storm and the malfunctioning Otis elevator. Her husband who was standing outside the stuck elevator could hear the baby cry when he was born in the stuck elevator. Finally, maintenance staff were able to pry the door open so that the father could jump in and cut the umbilical cord.
With a fairly reliable birth time, I decided to cast the natal chart with the question of what astrological factors were in effect that might account for such a birthing experience. My hypothesis was that Saturn (delays, hardship, cold, ice) would be prominent and also Uranus (unusual, sudden, or surprising circumstances; modern technology). Here is the chart:
The Ascendant is in the 3rd decan of Sagittarius, so Jupiter is the Asc-ruler and Saturn is the decan ruler of the ASC. In addition, Capricorn is intercepted in the Placidus 1st house, making Saturn a co-ruler of baby and his birth.
Saturn opposes Jupiter from the 10th to the 4th house. Oppositions always indicate some sort of difficulty. Saturn is dignified, being exalted in Libra, so a good outcome can be expected. Saturn in the 10th suggests publicity. Saturn opposing Jupiter indicates a delay or hardship because, as Morin says, an opposition from a malefic, regardless of its celestial state, always involves some difficulty.
Saturn is in exaltation, which Morin regards as indicating sudden notable effects of the exalted planet related to its house position and rulerships in the chart. The 4th and 10th houses represent the parents, and the opposition of Jupiter and Saturn from the 4th (father) to the 10th (mother) symbolizes the separation of the father and mother at the moment of birth. The MC and Saturn conjoin by primary direction when the boy is about 7 years old, suggesting that a similar dramatic event involving his mother is likely to occur at that time.
The Jupiter/Saturn opposition squares the Sun in Capricorn in the 1st house, forming a T-square pattern. The Sun is symbolic of the baby and the square from the rulers of the 1st house indicates the difficulties with his birth.
Uranus, the planet of the unexpected, lies in the 3rd house of travel and means of transport, and almost exactly semi-sextiles ASC-ruler Jupiter. The semi-sextile is a difficult aspect, especially when exact. The Ascendant (ruled by Jupiter) signifies the moment of birth and the semi-sextile to Jupiter from Uranus in the 3rd house suggests unusual problems with transport adversely affecting the moment of birth. Uranus is also quincunx Saturn in the 10th within an orb of 2 degrees. The 10th house represents public attention, and the baby’s birth in the elevator made national headlines.
In addition to travel and transport, modern astrologers have linked the 3rd house to our nicknames, that is, what other people call us. For example, astrologer Larisa Marjanovic writes: “the 3rd house, with all the symbolism of Gemini, tells us among other things about our name, i.e., nickname.” With Uranus, the planet of the unusual in the 3rd house, this baby has already received the name/nickname Blake “the Snowflake Otis” Michael Thacker.
Interestingly, if we pair the tarot cards with the planets, we find that Jupiter, which rules the Ascendant symbolizing the baby’s entry into the world, falls in the 1st decan of Taurus associated with the Five of Coins:
The symbolism is fairly obvious. The couple is out in the snow storm and separated from the inner sanctuary of the church by an impenetrable wall.