In mid-January, 2012, we all saw photos of the Costa Concordia which hit a reef and overturned just two hours after it set sail on a seven-day cruise. At least 25 people died. Today the Costa Allegra (which should mean happy or cheerful) suffered a fire which immobilized the vessel off the coast of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. I wondered what might be going on astrologically with the chart of this company.
Costa Cruises of Genoa, Italy, was found in 1854 (exact date unknown) as a cargo ship company. It introduced passenger services in 1947 with voyages between Italy and South America. Its first passenger ship was the Maria C, purchased on December 4th 1946 for $445,000 with a first sailing for the Costa company on 24 February 1947. I cast a chart for the Sun on the MC for the date of the first sailing as a symbolic chart for the start of their passenger services.
This chart is remarkable for Uranus stationary direct in Gemini the 12th house. I would not have elected a date with a stationary Uranus to launch a first cruise. This Uranus is trine Mars in Aquarius in the 9th. Unfortunately, Uranus is semi-square Saturn in Leo in the 2nd and square Mercury in Pisces in the 10th. Mars is square Jupiter in Scorpio in the 6th, and Mars is sesqui-square Neptune in Libra in the 5th. Accident-proneness appears to be a foregone conclusion.
In mundane events I usually look at the eclipses leading up to the event. In this case there was a solar eclipse on 25 Nov 2011 which squared the natal Sun, and there was a lunar eclipse on 10 Dec 2011 which fell directly on natal Uranus. The lunar eclipse is only 26′ of arc separated from an exact hit with the natal stationary Uranus. If a client had asked about booking with this company in 2012, I would have advised avoiding travel with Costa Cruises for at least 6 months after the lunar eclipse of 10 Dec 2011, based on the activation of a powerful natal Uranus in the 12th house of loss and undoing. Here is the chart with the two eclipses superimposed:
The stationary Uranus in Gemini is the most powerful planet in the “birth” chart of the very first cruise of Costa’s passenger business. In Italy Uranus turned stationary direct at 1:30 AM on 25 Feb 1947. Interestingly, Uranus lies in the middle decan of Gemini which the Golden Dawn associates with the Nine of Swords, often interpreted as indicating despair, suffering, and loss.