Mercury on the Threshold: What Happened

It is time, now that the Moon has reached third-quarter, to review the Manila charts and what happened in the period between the 12th-19th of December. Here is the Full Moon chart we looked at:

36pm GMT
Full Moon: Manila, 12 Dec. 2009, 4:36pm GMT

We originally looked for earthquake activity and then later included the development of typhoon activity. It would be too early to judge whether the list of questions used as orientation for prediction is valid. One set of charts is not enough, and then historical events need to be looked at more intensively. But we can make a few general observations of developments during this period. During this period most earthquake activity in the region was about 10 degrees latititude to the south and generally between 125-130 degrees longitude. At least three earthquakes of magnitude 4.6, 5.0 and 5.3 occured in the Moluccan Sea near the island of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Interesting also, is the path that Typhoon Ulysses took. It seemed , if you look at the track of the typhoon, as if the 130th meridian formed a barrier which prevented landfall. This will have to be explored more intensely, but it seems to me that a 1 degree conjunction, and that outside of the 4th house, is not enough to bring focal activity. Both Mercury (and Pluto, if you will) are 1 degree outside of the 4th house and to the east. Had they been tucked just within the 4th house then Manila might have been a focus. Ulysses was a violent storm, if you read the BBC weather report from the 15th of December, the correspondant says:

Earlier this morning the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGSA) issued a typhoon warning for shipping in the area. The storm is already being laid partly to blame for the capsizing of a passenger ferry, which encountered heavy seas off the northern Philippines at the weekend

I set a chart for the full Moon of Ternate, Sulawesi, Indonesia, which is the closest town to the earthquake epicentres mentioned above. This is not conclusive but the antiscia of the T-Square between Saturn, Sun and Moon fall on the angles. The antiscia of the Sun and Moon are tucked just inside the 4th/10th house axis. The 5.3 magnitude earthquake on the 18th of December also has the antiscion of the Sun tucked just within the 4th house. When looking at the charts I asked myself what role Mars might have had and asked myself on which meridian the antiscion of Mars would have been if it were placed directly on the IC. Interestingly enough an IC at 10 Capricorn 52 (the antiscion of Mars) would have 130e03 as the meridian. This is more or less the meridian position that Ulysses had when it was upgraded from a tropical storm to a Typhoon on December 15. I will be paying more attention to antiscia in my further research into this theme. So another question has to be added to the list:

“What effect, if any, do the antisica have in weather and earthquake charts?”

2 thoughts on “Mercury on the Threshold: What Happened

  1. “What effect, if any, do the antisica have in weather and earthquake charts?”

    ‘Morning Thomas!

    I am a very new student to Astrometeorology and only just getting to grips with the fundamentals. But knowing that the concept of antiscia is based on the declination of the Sun along the ecliptic (in that any two degrees equidistant from 0* Cancer and 0* Capricorn would be in the same degree of declination (North or South, depending on which way they were heading) and that the parallels and contraparallels of declinations are indeed very effective in weather prediction, it would make sense that antiscia would have an effect upon the weather, very much as declinations do.

    I would be interested to see if there are any example charts.


    P.S. When does “Ye Twelve Days of Christmas Quiz” start?

  2. ‘Morning Caroline!

    I can of course put up the charts from Ternate that I examined. But maybe It might also be a good idea to look at some significant charts and then try another prediction where the antiscia have also been given more consideration!

    Yes, thank you for pointing this out! Antiscia should have been included in the list in the first place! This has in fact been discussed in the article on “Parallel and Antiscion for the Solstice”:

    In this article I would like to acquaint you with the ‘parallel’ which essentially is the more generalised form of theantiscion and the contra-antiscion, as the opposite degree of an antiscion is sometimes called. While an antiscion is the mirror or parallel point of the longitudinal position of a planet with respect to the solstice points, the highest and lowest declination of the Sun, the parallel considers the declination of the planet itself. The declination of a planet describes its distance from the celestial equator. So two planets with the same declination on the same side of the celestial equator are parallel to each other. If they are on opposite sides of the celestial equator they are contra-parallel. Simple enough if you have an ephemeris that includes the declinations of the planets. The parallel is so to speak a conjunction by declination rather than by longitude.

    Why Ye Quizze will of course begin on the first day of Christmas. The 25th. You can begin humming the song, “On the first day of Christmas…” With Dr. Nostuabuk’s help I have been able to understand the astrological origins of this song. 😉


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