Germanwings A320 plane crashes in French Alps

The major event in yesterday’s news was the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 which took off from Barcelona at 10:01 AM local time with a destination of Dusseldorf.  The plane reached cruising altitude over southern France at 10:45 AM and about a minute later began a rapid descent without any warnings being sent to air traffic controllers.  According to news reports, at 10.47 air traffic controllers implemented an aircraft distress alert, based on the plane’s rapid loss of altitude. At 9.53 AM, all contact was lost. The plane had crashed in the Alps close to the small town of Digne-les-Bains, France. Here is the chart for the takeoff with Placidus houses:

Germanwings flight takes off from Barcelona

Germanwings flight takes off from Barcelona

At first sight this chart does not look particularly troublesome, though there are some negative indications. Gemini rises, making Mercury the ruler of the ASC.  Mercury is debilitated in Pisces, the sign of its detriment and fall. Saturn rules the 9th house of long-distance travel. Saturn is peregrine (without essential dignity) and is traveling retrograde in the unfortunate 6th house. In addition, Saturn opposes the ASC and is involved in an approaching opposition from the Moon at the end of Taurus. The Moon, one of the general signifiers of travel, is exalted in Taurus but lies in the unfortunate 12th house (undoing) where she conjoins the problematic fixed star Caput Algol, the Head of the Medussa. According to astrologer Kenneth Johnson, “This star has the dubious distinction of being called ‘the most evil star in the sky.’ … As the decapitated head of a demoness, Caput Algol became known in medieval times as a star of evil omen, and was often interpreted quite literally in terms of losing one’s head  …” I was curious whether other techniques might be descriptive of the horrific accident and loss of life, so I checked the list of Arabic Parts, using Solar Fire.  The following contacts appeared (this is the complete list):

  • Jupiter opposite Emerson’s Point of Death* (Mars + Saturn – MC)
  • Jupiter opposite the Part of Fatality (ASC + Saturn – Sun)
  • Sun opposite the Part of Children
  • Saturn conjunct the Part of Inheritance
  • Pluto conjunct the Part of Marriage
  • ASC conjunct the Part of Danger or Peril
  • Saturn conjunct the Part of Profession
  • Mars and Saturn conjunct the Part of Work
  • Pluto conjunct the Part of Sexual Union

I highlighted the ASC contact because the ASC symbolizes the start of a matter, in this case, the actual flight. Furthermore, recasting the chart for the town of Digne-les-Bains, France, I calculated that the ASC changed from Gemini to Cancer at 10:49:29 AM in that location. This means that at approximately 10:50 AM, the ASC shifted from Gemini to Cancer, changing the rulership from Mercury to the Moon, which was in the 12th house (self-undoing) and conjunct the malefic fixed star Caput Algol (losing one’s head). Three minutes later all contact with the plane was lost.

—————– * The Death Point of Charles Emerson: I learned about this many years ago from Barbara Watters, who in turn had learned it from Charles Emerson. In her horary book on p. 173 she writes that the “death point” which she learned from Charles Emerson “is arrived at by adding the longitudes of Mars and Saturn and subtracting the longitude of the MC.” I have found Emerson’s Death Point very informative in these kinds of charts. Formula:   Death Point = Mars + Saturn – MC. 26 March 2015

Addendum: In today’s news it was reported that “the co-pilot of the Airbus A320 that crashed on Tuesday, killing 150 people, appears to have deliberately flown the plane into a mountain after locking the flight commander out of the cockpit.” In hindsight the aspects of Jupiter to Emerson’s Death Point and the Part of Fatality now make sense. The 10th house rules the pilot in charge of the flight. His ruler, Saturn, is debilitate and Rx in the 6th house.  Jupiter rules Pisces on the 11th house, which is the house of the assistant to the 10th house pilot, that is, Jupiter rules the co-pilot who is in close contact the the Death Point and the Part of Fatality in this chart. The Sun, which rules the end-of-the-matter 4th lies in the 11th of the co-pilot. PS: For more about the Part of Fatality, see this post

About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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4 Responses to Germanwings A320 plane crashes in French Alps

  1. The fixed star connections to the Sun and Saturn aspect are worth considering too. Sun conjunct the unfortunate Saturnine star Deneb Kaitos from Cetus, and Saturn (8th/9th and 10th ruler) and opposing ascendant is joined to several saturnine stars by longitude. The most significant is Graffias, head of Scorpion, which can be a particularly destructive Mars/Saturn star – I have noticed this star featured in several charts I have worked on where situations were very violent or bodies were cut in two. Saturn is also currently joined to two unfortunate stars in Ophiuchus, (which probably explains why all the silly 13th sign nonsense is raising its head again right now). Asc-ruler Mercury is joined to Achernar from Eridanus “the river of tears”.

  2. Pete C says:

    After news reports on terrible events such as this one, I wonder if a study has been done on the individual charts of the passengers. Finality would have to be evident in each and every chart. Any exception would be extremely interesting. Also the chart of any passenger who missed the departure time or cancelled.

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