The Mystery of the Vanishing Airplane
Malaysian Airline Flight MH370 took off from the international airport in Kuala Lumpur at 00.41 on Saturday, March 8. Just over an hour and a half later, the plane made it’s last scheduled contact with the airline. Then some time within the next hour, it disappeared. The stories conflict of when the plane actually lost contact with radars and satellite conflict.
Now, we live in an age when no one and nothing seems able to vanish. Our planet is circled by hundreds of satellites tracking our every move — apparently. If I can have an app on my mobile phone that traces the whereabouts of all the phones belonging to my family (which I can), then how come all those armies and navies and airforces can’t find that enormous plane carrying more than 200 people?
Flight MH370 has been missing now for 10 days. This is a mystery. Not only is this whodunnit, but whydunnit, wheredunnit, howdunnit…
Here is the the chart for the departure (birth) of the flight. There is some uncertainty about the last known location of the plane, so it’s better to stick to this known time.
So, Sun in Pisces – the sign of veils, illusion and the sea. Moon in Gemini, the sign of flight and short journeys, and tall stories. Sagittarius Rising, the sign of long-distance travel. It appeared to be going on a long-haul flight to Beijing, but in fact this turned out to be a shortish flight.
Mercury, the planet of that give us wings, is in the third house of travel – but again this is short-distances, and it’s squared by Saturn from the 12th house of secrets, not especially auspicious for the start of a journey, but not totally ominous. Then (although it doesn’t show on this chart) retrograde Mars and Mercury are in an applying trine to each other. This became exact on March 14th. Even in retrograde, Mars is about violence or the threat of it.
One ominous portent is Jupiter, the chart ruler and king of the long journey, in the 8th house of death. And here’s another ominous thing, Neptune on the IC. To me this is the stand out feature of this chart. Neptune is the planet that obscures, conceals, makes mysterious, and there it is on the cusp of endings. There concisely in astrological symbolism, we have the mysterious ending.
Both Jupiter and Neptune rule Pisces, of course. This is where the Sun is in the chart, again in the house of endings. There is a strong smell of the sea here.
What’s interesting here is the Part of Fortune, something which I don’t always include in the chart but it seems to have slipped in. It is exactly opposite the Sun though and at the top of the chart. This could simply be showing that there is a lot of money involved, as there certainly is. But it could also be telling us to follow the money.
The angles of this chart are all in mutable signs, which reflects the changing nature of the story. One further thing to consider is that almost exact opposition between Venus at her most civilised and co-operative (and indeed a huge international effort to find the plane is under way) opposed by the wild one herself, Lilith. Civilised, organised Venus in Aquarius is confronted by the she-lion of nature herself. Search attempts have been hampered by the ocean’s unwillingness to co-operate. Lilith never plays by the rules.
But back again to this as a story for a our times. Here we are in the age of mass surveillance and mass communication and yet someone (accidentally or on purpose) has managed to make a whole planeload of people disappear. This is Neptune at work, and this great watery planet can bring with it a ton of tears — the families of the missing passengers are suffering. Neptune, Chiron (pain) and the Sun (what this is actually about) conjunct in the house of family.
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*Fans of Tintin will have noticed that some of the possible scenarios being touted for the mysterious disappearance of Flight MH 370 bear a striking similarity to the story line of Flight 714 For Sydney.