Tragic Limo Crash in Schoharie, New York


The local news this past weekend was dominated by a horrific traffic accident in Schoharie, NY, in which 20 people died.  Eighteen of the dead were passengers in a limo who had gathered to celebrate the upcoming 30th birthday of Amy Steenburg of Chazy Lake, NY.  According to news reports, the crash took place at 1:55 pm on Saturday October 6, 2018.  Here is a chart for the accident:

Prominent features of this accident chart include Saturn and Uranus on the angles, with Pluto and Mars rising in the 1st house.  Pluto has recently turned stationary direct at 18 Cap 45 on 30 September 2018 and is very close to its own south node, which lies at 18 Capricorn 51 Rx.   Saturn had turned stationary direct on 6 September 2018 at 2 Cap 32, and Uranus had turned stationary Rx on 7 August 2018 at 2 Taurus 33 (which is conjunct the IC of the accident chart).

The group in the limo was gathered to celebrate the upcoming 30th birthday of Amy Steenburg, who was born on 10 October 1988, time unknown.  She grew up in Chazy Lake, NY, so I cast a sunrise chart for that location.  Here is her natal sunrise chart:

Is there any indication that she could be involved in such a horrible accident in her natal chart?  In the sunrise chart there are three potentially malefic planets in the 3rd house of local travel in square aspect to Mars in the 6th house of bodily injury.  Mars, a planet of great energy and high speed, square Uranus is a classic marker of accident proneness.  Mars square Saturn often indicates a powerful force confronting an solid barrier.  Mars square Neptune can signify injuries due to inattention or an altered mental state.

Comparing the accident chart with the natal chart, we see that transiting Saturn at 3 Cap 16 square natal Mars at 1 Aries 55.  In addition, transiting Pluto at 18 Cap 45 squares natal Sun at 17 Libra 21 and natal Mercury at 19 Libra 07 Rx.  Both her natal Sun and natal Mercury are square transiting Pluto’s south node and the position of the recent Pluto station.

Now let’s look at her solar returns for 2017, which was active at the time of the accident, and 2018, which would go into effect on her birthday this year.

In the 2017-2018 sunrise solar return, we see Uranus opposing the Ascendant.  Because Uranus symbolizes sudden disruptive events and the Ascendant represents one’s vitality and life force, this configuration could presage an accident.  Pluto in the 3rd of local travel squares both Sun and Mercury in the 12th house.  Saturn on the cusp of the 3rd almost exactly squares Mars in the 11th of friends.  Mars conjoins Venus, ruler of the 8th, and both are squared by Saturn from the cusp of the 3rd.

Here is the sunrise solar return for her 2018 birthday:

The most striking feature of this solar return chart is that its angles and houses match almost exactly the chart for the accident.  Saturn is on the Ascendant.  Mercury is on the MC and opposed by Uranus on the IC.  Pluto in the 1st squares the Sun.  The Moon, which was in the 8th house in the accident chart, now occupies the 10th where Luna conjoins Venus (ruler of the natal 8th house) and both square Mars in the 1st.

All in all, the symbolism is quite striking.

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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