On Friday evening 17 May 2013 I happened to be driving with some friends through Bridgeport, CT. We were on our way to a restaurant when we ran into a huge traffic jam and the police routed us away from our destination. We looked up and saw that two trains had collided very close to the area we were trying to visit. Needless to say, we never got to the restaurant.
According to news reports, the train collision occurred about 6:10 PM. The chart for the accident looks like this:
Scorpio rises, Mars rules the ASC, and a retrograde Saturn in Scorpio hugs the ASC in the 1st house. Lilly said of horary astrology questions, “If Saturn be in the Ascendant, especially retrograde, the matter of that question seldom or never comes to good.” Saturn and the ASC of this chart lie in the first decan of Scorpio which the Golden Dawn associates with the 5 of Cups, “the lord of loss in pleasure,” a card of disillusion, pain, loss and sorrow.
Saturn is not in any of its essential dignities nor is Mars, the ASC-ruler. Furthermore, Mars is debilitated in Taurus which is opposite the sign it rules. Mars is traditionally associated with iron, railways, injuries and accidents.
Saturn is quincunx Mercury, a general ruler of transportation. Mercury lies on the cusp of the unfortunate 8th house. Mars is square the Moon (ruler of the 9th of long-distance travel) and conjunct the Sun and the Moon’s South Node. In horary, Mars would be considered combust the Sun. Astrologer Sam Geppi writes that combustion is a state of hypersensitivity and that Mars is the planet most susceptible to combustion, which brings out its irritable and touchy nature. A train crash is certainly a metaphor for the angry nature of Mars.
Uranus is usually active at the time of such accidents. In this chart Uranus is linked to the MC by trine. Uranus at the cusp of the 6th (infirmity) squares Pluto at the cusp of the 3rd (transport). The trine may be reflected in the less serious nature of the accident. It had the potential to kill many passengers, and fortunately the number of serious injuries was limited.