Hurricane Gustav, Like Katrina, Targets Oil and New Orleans

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Yesterday Tropical Depression #7 became Tropical Storm Gustav – three years ago to the day that Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Florida before heading to Louisiana. Now Tropical Storm Gustav has become Hurricane Gustav, with a projected path heading towards the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico and on to Louisiana. This is a case where National Hurricane Center projections align with planetary patterns.

I already had cited Louisiana and New Orleans as one of my “hot spots” in my Leo Eclipse/New Moon Cycle post for the period between the August 23 Last Quarter Moon and the August 30 Virgo New Moon. Looking at the charts in preparing my post on the Virgo New Moon cycle, indicates strong potential that Gustav will affect Louisiana, New Orleans, and southwestern Mississippi. The map of the U.S. for the Virgo New Moon finds Mars and Pluto prominent; their energies intersect in the oil rig area of the Gulf of Mexico between Louisiana and Texas.

The Virgo New Moon conjoins the Sun of the chart for when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana on August 29, 2005. Both charts challenge the USA’s natal Uranus in Gemini, indicating shocks and surprises. Since Virgo and Gemini are signs ruled by Mercury, the Sun/Moon challenging the USA’s Uranus particularly relates to disruptions in movement/transportation affecting people’s daily lives. At the time Katrina struck, the Sun in Virgo was also being opposed by Uranus in Pisces, highlighting how tragically unprepared government leaders (Sun) were before and after the hurricane struck. Uranus rules thunderstorms, hurricanes and tornadoes.

The Full Moon on August 18, 2005 in Aquarius conjoined the USA’s natal Moon, indicating that an event would occur within the following two weeks that would profoundly affect the American people. In the Full Moon chart, Neptune energies were running through Louisiana indicating the possibility of heavy precipitation and flooding. Neptune rules the seas and its energy dissolves barriers and boundaries. The levees broke in New Orleans, and Pearlington Mississippi had a 30 foot storm surge. At the time of Katrina, Mars (violent storms) was challenging Neptune. Pluto, the planetary energy of extreme manmade and natural disasters, at that time was conjoining Mississippi’s natal Jupiter (big event) and Alabama’s natal Sun.

Hurricane Katrina was the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. The damage totals have yet to be completed, but it’s estimated to be around $81.2 billion. Yet a recent Associated Press story indicates the “Big Easy takes it easy.” After installing faulty drainage pumps amongst other flawed work, the Army Corps of Engineers does not expect to complete $14.8 billion in post-Katrina levee work until mid-2011. Even when the levees are finally completed, experts caution it is likely New Orleans will still face future flooding.

The problems New Orleans faced from Katrina harkens back to Hurricane Betsy, a Category 4 that made landfall on September 9, 1965. At that time, Saturn in Pisces (a sign ruled by Neptune) was opposing Uranus and Pluto in Virgo, affecting the challenging alignment between Neptune (flooding) and Pluto (intense storms) present in Louisiana’s natal chart. President Johnson promised to make New Orleans safe from hurricanes, but to quote the AP story: “By 1982, the GAO calculated the work would not get done by 2008.”

And here we are in 2008 when Saturn (structures/boundaries) is about to form a series of oppositions to Uranus beginning on Election Day that will repeat the planetary pattern of the mid-1960s. Now the signs are reversed, with Saturn in Virgo and Uranus in Pisces. The expression “what comes around, goes around,” is an apt description for this planetary energy as Saturn relates to life’s lessons. Failing to correctly deal with the issue the first time after Hurricane Betsy resulted in a far worse situation 30 years later with Hurricane Katrina. Saturn rules the government who cut corners and allowed political expediency to take precedence over people’s lives. Citing the AP story, what good is rebuilding homes that face at least a 26% chance of being flooded again over a 30-year mortgage? We need to face the fact that some areas need to be prohibited from development, and where development is feasible, strong building codes must be enforced. That is the message of this Saturn in Virgo transit.

Uranus in Pisces causes severe storms that cause power disruptions (Uranus) through flooding/water damage (Pisces). As I have previously written, Uranus in Pisces since 2003 relates to the sharp spike in oil prices. Is it really a good idea to have most of the nation’s energy production in an area so prone to hurricanes? The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the largest government-owned stockpile of crude in the world, is stored in underground salt caverns along the coastline from Texas to Mississippi. How easy is it to access the Reserves after a disaster has struck?

The August 16, 2008 Lunar Eclipse, just like the Full Moon preceding Katrina, conjoined the USA Moon. (As I pointed out in a recent post, Neptune conjoined the eclipse, affecting Florida’s natal Mars and Neptune. Tropical Storm Fay brought heavy rains and flooding to most of the state.) The August 30 Virgo New Moon conjoins Saturn. Saturn rules time, and together with transformational Pluto moving into Capricorn again in November until 2024, now is the time that America must get serious about tackling these issues. Infrastructures of all kinds are likely to take a severe beating over the next couple of years, especially in July/August 2010 when Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto form challenging aspects to one another, and the USA’s Venus (finances). And Neptune will exactly conjoin the USA Moon.

It’s interesting that Gustav is another Russian-named hurricane like Katrina, especially in light of the current tensions between the US and Russia. The oppositions between Saturn and Uranus will stress the challenging alignment between the USA’s Mars in Gemini and Neptune in Virgo. The USA Mars/Neptune describes our “addiction to oil” and our foreign policy and military maneuvers that support it.

USA: July 4, 1776 5:10 PM LMT Philadelphia, PA
Louisiana: April 30, 1812

Correction: The following was added to this post on August 27, 2008 at 1:42 PM: In writing about the August 16, 2008 Lunar Eclipse affecting Florida, the eclipse affected Florida's natal Venus (not Mars) and Neptune.

Correction: The following was added to this post on August 29, 2008 at 3:15 PM: A reader of this blog correctly pointed out that the name Gustav is not Russian, but is of German/Scandinavian origin. A Google search of name origin websites says Gustav means “staff of the Goths” but doesn’t elaborate.

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