The Balkans Under Water

Tuesday May 20th 2014


At least 50 people have died in the catastrophic flooding that began last week in the Balkans, including entire families swept away by the rising water. Around a million people have been displaced and millions more are without clean water.

Last May it was Central Europe that was under water. Every year now since 2005, and at least every other year since 1999, somewhere in Europe has been devastated by floods. Previous to 1999, these would have been once-in-a-lifetime events. This is climate change and it’s costing lives.

Neptune rules flooding, of course, but the progress of this planet through Aquarius and Pisces — the signs of engineering and oceans — is not explanation enough. The god of the sea went through these signs in the 1840s and 50s, when there were some floods but nothing out of the ordinary.

The trigger for these floods was an incredible amount of rain 14-16 May, that is at the Full Moon in Scorpio, another water sign. Three-months’ worth of rain fell in three days.

Today's transits

Today’s transits

Clearly, the sheer scale of this current inundation is influenced by Jupiter in watery Cancer which is currently squaring Ceres, the goddess who binds the land with the people. Both these planets are to do with abundance and excess and here we have too much water.

Ceres is currently also in Rx conjunction with Vesta, the domestic goddess, who normally protects our homes. The conjunction opposes Uranus, the planet of accidents and surprises and powerplants. This plus the square to Jupiter locks them into the Cardinal Cross. Vesta turns direct on May 27 and Ceres on June 1.

These two have also been quincunx to Chiron in Pisces — pain by water.

Another factor is Mars quincunx Neptune in Pisces. Neptune in Pisces seems to be a particularly dangerous planet to contact, and Mars has been stationing at this awkward angle, razzing Neptune all month. He moves forward today, which is kind of worrying, since the flooding has not reached its peak yet.

So we see that there is a theme of Libra and Pisces contacts here. Balance and water — or imbalance, because the planets in Libra are all retrograde.

Leonardo's Vitruvian Man

Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man

All of this current astrology is relevant, but it does not deal with the larger picture of increased flooding across Europe over the last decade and a half. We all know this is about the shift in climate.

In astrological terms one shift that has taken place which may be as large as this is the move of Regulus, the royal star from fixed Leo, where he’s been for 2000 years or so, to mutable Virgo. This is extremely significant because it is the last of the four royal stars to move from a fixed to a mutable sign. The other three moved around 500 years ago and 250 years ago, that is at the Renaissance and the Industrial Revolution. Among other things, humankind’s relationship with Mother Nature shifted at these points.

Just a thought but a move from fixed to wobbly does have implications.

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