This is a historical chart from Alan Leo’s “Modern Astrology: the Astrologer’s Magazine/”

           Brilliance or arrogance?

On June.22, 1893; the Royal Navy’s Mediterranean Fleet was about to anchor off Tripoli, Lebanon.  The HMS Victoria was the flagship of Admiral Tryon ordered his ships form two columns, one led by him and the other by Rear Admiral Markham in the Camperdown, named most likely after the famous Camperdown race course in Victoria, Australia.

Tryon was supposedly an expert ship commander ordered that the two ships turn inwards towards each other to arrive on a reciprocal course prior to anchoring. Would have been a pretty site, but unfortunately, the two columns were only six cables (1200 yards) apart, less than the lengths of either boat, much less the two combined.  Disaster ensued as the two collided sank in about 10 minutes.  Tryon, true to the naval code, went down with his ship, but so did more than 350 crewmen.   There are some pictures here.

The Ascendant is at 15 Scorpio and ruler of Scorpio is Mars and now also Pluto. Pluto was still an asteroid, and carries the symbol of “Carefulness” or, as E. C. Chambers says when afflicted,, as it is here in opposition, of “Carelessness.”  This is not helped by the strong inward nature of the event’s mental chemistry.  The Moon is slow, slower than average that is, and Mercury is a virgintile away from the Sun highlighting the Admiral’s showoff arrogance particularly as Mercury is also square the North Node in the sixth house at 26 Aries 38.  This aspect hints that he was not concerned with the details, but since he was an Admiral to question his orders is mutiny and so his men had to follow them to the letter or be court martialled.  There was  no one there that day who could say, “By Jove,  Admiral, do you think…?

The chart of the Victoria and Camperdown

 Wildmen and bad vision

The ascendant is  conjunct that wild man of the zodiac, Uranus,  at 07 Scorpio, associating itself with unseen actions, the unconscious and large organizations.  While Uranus is too far from both the South Node and Jupiter to have much of a relationship there, through a translation of light to the ascendant that does work, and suggests swallowing one’s pride and admitting they are wrong is the better part of valour.  It raises whether the Admiral realized his mistake and preferred the ultimate penalty instead of being made a public fool — either way that happened by in this case he did not have to live with the consequences.  The symbol for Jupiter at 21 Taurus is Fame or Notoriety (however the case maybe) and opposite the ascendant.

Pluto in the seventh house at 10 Gemini, and  square the Part of the Fortune 03 Pisces (Resignation) in the Fourth House , highlights the living conditions of the house or ship… An angle to the cusp of the Fourth House in Mundane situations often tells of inclement weather, says astrologer Celeste Teal. That does not seem to be the case here, but the Royal Naval attributed the incident to poor judgement, which maybe the same thing,  (Jupiter over estimating squared (blindsided) to the Part of Fortune in 4th House of Ships and Houses).

In Chambers’s  notes, there is something is on our Jacqueline Nourrit. He mentions her Moon is also in Pisces 03 – and so she must have been a musical prodigy. Serendipity!

The Old Gray lady aka the New York Times  reported the news. We have a copy here: camperdown.pdf


This chart was originally posted in 2018, but when it came over I noticed that the date and chart was missing.  Well, it seems I never put it up, so I am revising the post date to today as it really is a new chart essay.


The Titanic, a ship that needs no explanation, struck an iceberg at 10:25 PM on April 14, 1912.  It sent out a CQD message via the Marconi wireless at that time.  Why a CQD?  Because in 1904, the Marconi company suggested the use of “CQD” for a distress signal & established it on February 1 of that year when Marconi Company issued Circular No. 57.  A strict interpretation would be “All stations, Distress.”

Harold S. Bride in his Marconi uniform.

There were U.S. Senate hearings following the Titanic disaster, everyone eager to learn from this debacle.

“Is CQD in itself composed of the first letter of three words, or merely a code, ”  Senator William Smith asked Mr. Harold Bride, the surviving wireless operator.

 Mr. Harold Sydney Bride responded, “Merely a code call sir.”

Mr. Guglielmo Marconi himself then testified about the code stating  “[CQD] is a conventional signal introduced originally by my company to express a state of danger or peril of the ship that sends it.”


The now prevalent, SOS — Save our Ship — came about the Titanic as the US Senatorial Committee found Marconi guilty for delay.

First Event:  Titanic Hits Icebergtitanic + iceberg.png

As our featured image states, the Titanic issued a CQD at 10:25 on April 14th about 300 miles off the coast of Newfoundland; we are using Saint John’s for the location, though of course, that is technically wrong.   But it does give us the Ascendant of 06 Sagittarius, A Game of Cricket, that Dr. Jones writes is about man’s insatiable desire to refine and strengthen every last potentiality and his need to gain understanding.

 Wining and Dining

As an Ascendant 05.49 Sagittarius “A Game of Cricket” may seem wildly amiss for this particularly moment in time, but stopping to ponder the symbol for a bit, that may be more apropos than first realized.  Firstly, Sagittarius as a sign needs to understand the whole picture before acting, if it is playing the Cricket, the players may like being interrupted to deal with what they consider nonessentials.

So it seems to us viewing the chart and checking the relevant historical data.  Some naval historians have felt that the first CQD call made at 10:26 was late in the game, because of these comments from Bride far earlier.

At 7.30pm a fourth Iceberg  message was received.  Bride said he delivered it to the bridge. This message was from the Leyland liner Californian (call sign MWL) to the Antillian (MJL; Captain Japha) of the same line. It read:

“To Captain, Antillian, 6.30pm apparent ship’s time; lat. 42° 3’ N., long. 49° 9’ W. Three large bergs five miles to southward of us. Regards — Lord.”

Bride does not remember to what officer he delivered this message. A final ice warning was received at 9.40pm from the Mesaba of the Atlantic Transport Line (call sign MMV, Captain Clark):

“From Mesaba to Titanic and all east-bound ships. Ice report in lat. 42° N to 41° 25’ N., long. 49° to long. 50° 30’ W. Saw much heavy pack ice and great number large icebergs. Also field ice. Weather good, clear.”

Who knows what happened.  The Moon had been in the 3rd Quarter on April 9th; the new Moon was not to rise for another five days, so at 10 pm the sky was dark and Captain Smith apparently could not see what they hit,.  Perhaps he postponed issuing a call while he tended to his ship.  Maybe he thought while they may have hit an Iceberg, that it knocked about and cause some engine problem or just disbelieved that anything to could happen to her.

We think that the last possibility is what doomed the ship as the messages came in around the dinner hour & the Captain was holding sway at the “Captains Table,” socializing.  We say this  because Chiron at 9.33 in the Third House with intercepted Pisces is square the Part of Fortune at 12.36 Scorpio in the Eleventh House — that’s a lot of networking and kibbitzing.  We also think that perhaps this was his typical behaviour at the dinner hour, because the Titanic was on automatic pilot and did not need a helmsman and so like the guests on the ship, he was having a good time.


The Ascendant in a mutable house is not helped by the opposing Pluto at  28 Gemini, A man declared bankrupt.  Here we plainly see that a lot of time, dithering about how this could have happened instead of preparing for the worst was squandered.

It has been remarked that most of the Titanic’s lifeboats were unused as many felt that the ship would “be right,” and they would hold steady because the Captain did not present a clear enough picture of the seriousness or urgency of the matter at hand.  With those thoughts, and considering the RMS Carpathia helmed by Captain Arthur Henry Rostron came to the rescue just an hour after the Titanic sunk, time was of the essence.christmasbells2.jpg

The two oppositions find their outlet in a T-Square ending at Venus in Aries 04.  The symbol here is Holly and Mistletoe, but Venus is in its detriment & gets the unfortunate meaning of a “complete obsession with superficialities. ”

Venus typically is a cohesive force in the zodiac; where ever it is found it tends to like hoard and acquire more of those affairs, but in its detriment, it loses focus and goes into a panic mode tending towards denial, procrastination, and disordered thinking.

In the Titanic chart that detriment was lethal found in the fourth house — end of life issues.  Conjunct the Moon in the third house at 26 Pisces the combination T-Square Venus-Moon conjunction led to panic and large-scale fear.

A Translation of Fire

Mars, the traditional ruler of Aries, plays into this scenario in a translation of light, receiving back from enthusiastic, but disorganized, Jupiter via its conjunction to opportunistic Pluto in the Seventh public house.

It hints here at parlaying and bartering for equipment — life jackets which there were too few and seats on life boats which the crew forgot.  Found in watery Cancer one can see the emotional terror come to a realization as the finality of Death enters the scene.  Panic, frenzy, and disorder run amuck in this locomotive temperament type.


 Incident: Plane Crash: Aaxico Airlines Flight 1422
 Date + Place: April 23, 1965,  14:23 PM PSD Seattle, WA
ISAR is putting out this general puzzle.  This is their example.
  •  Using whole sign houses, Mars (accidents, explosions, impacts), Uranus (unexpected, all of the sudden) and Pluto (the planet of death) are conjunct the AC (identity) in the first house.
  •  The AC is the midpoint of Uranus and Pluto.  The ruler of the AC is in the 8th house of death conjunct Eris (discord). Saturn opposes the AC.  The asteroid Niobe (is the 71st asteroid to be discovered, on August 13, 1861 and suggests egregious pride), and the fixed star Zosma (unreasonable pride) are conjunct the AC.
  •    Zosma the star on the back of the Nemean Leo that was crushed by Hercules, is opposite Saturn.  According to astrologer Vivian Robson it renders one “powerless” in the face of greater strength.
  •  The moon is slow.  Jupiter (Long distance travel) is conjunct the MC (public image) but in its detriment in Gemini. The south node is ruled by the detrimental Jupiter.  Hades (an asteroid that tells us of deep dark despair) is in the Ninth House  making the whole event ghastly.
  •  This chart is the poster child of a plane crash.  This is just a ‘quick and dirty’ example and obviously not an exhaustive breakdown meant to give an idea of how the challenge works.

aaxicoMy Verdict for the Crash

I looked at the chart with the Koch house system because that’s what I use.  I did not use their asteroids either, but Arabian Parts.

My verdict is that the Aaxico plane crash was a landing on the strip with no clearance  from the Tower from faulty communications (blue arrow) because of inclement weather (black arrow to the Jupiter in the 9th).  I could see that no one came out alive:  Pluto 13.55 Virgo opposite Saturn 13.56 Pisces conjunct Chiron was not in a sympathetic mood.  The exactness of the opposition is startling; its outward express is as well:  the Part of Fortune 12.15 Gemini (two wolves devouring a carcass).
For whatever reason, I saw the Sagittarius at the fourth house with the South Node as a Landing.  I consulted no Symbols.  The Arabian Part of Commerce & Communication was  20.22 Leo in the 11th House, which suggests there were no “communications” with the Tower.  I checked that one because I was curious.

Actress Hedy Lamarr

The Part of Battle at 6.58 Aquarius (powers are hidden) is right next to the Moon 04.07 Aquarius (great promise unfulfilled) was inconjunct the Uranus 11 in Virgo  at the twelfth, that came up just yesterday in a conversation  about  “radio waves” and the gorgeous actress Hedy Lamarr.  Give a nod to serendipity.
My reason for why this happened was wrong.  Understanding that black arrow &  the planets to which it is conjunct are key in this chart.    If you do use Symbols, they add value.
When you are ready, read the FAA report here & tell us how you fared.