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As the poorest nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti could be described as “the land that time forgot,” crowded out in a world focused on exciting emerging economies and other countries such as Burma with higher profile human rights abuses.
From a planetary perspective, Haiti and Burma became independent nations when the Sun was in Saturn-ruled Capricorn. And while Haiti shares the same January 1 birthday with Britain, its history and its horoscope couldn’t be more different. As someone who is more interested in looking at the planetary influences from a financial perspective, Haiti unfortunately only becomes a news event when yet another tragedy befalls it.
Saturn rules all types of structures – from buildings and infrastructure, to government, financial, and societal structures. As I wrote in the Weekly Forecast, Saturn’s energies are particularly prominent this week as from Earth’s vantage point Saturn appears to be stationary as it turns retrograde today. With Saturn in Venus-ruled Libra for the next 2.5 years, the focus is on the need to restructure these systems that have become so out of balanced. Since Venus rules money and banking, doing this will come at tremendous financial cost because all global governments have cut corners and ignored basic building and infrastructure conditions to one degree or another.
In the chart for the moment the 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti at 4:53:09 PM EST yesterday, Saturn is conjoining the sector representing the country’s foundation and structure. With the majority of Haiti’s homes and buildings deemed to be of shoddy and unsafe construction, news reports have confirmed that the earthquake and its series of up to 30 aftershocks have destroyed a hospital, the UN’s 5-story headquarters, the World Bank’s offices in Petionville, and portions of the National Palace in Port-au-Prince.
Saturn rules the sign Capricorn. This is an earth energy, reflecting how the weather and geophysical events affect material concerns. Saturn and Capricorn represent economic contraction and hardship especially when individuals or nations sacrifice the long term for short term benefits.
“A catastrophe of major proportions” is how Fritz Longchamp, the Secretary General to the presidency of Haiti was quoted as describing the situation last night. Catastrophes and events that have a profound and transformative effect fall under the domain of Pluto. With Pluto in Capricorn, the sign ruled by Saturn and Saturn squaring Pluto from November 2009 through August 2010, the world is in a time period where economic contraction will bring about transformation of government, financial, and physical infrastructures.
With Pluto the mythological lord of the underworld in Saturn’s sign, Saturn squaring Pluto, and several planets in Capricorn right now, the pressure within the Earth increases which elevates the potential for earthquakes now and throughout 2010. According to USGS geophysicist Kristin Marano, yesterday’s 7.0 earthquake was the strongest to hit Haiti since 1770 which was the last time Pluto was in Capricorn.
Saturn in the sector of the earthquake chart representing communication and movement reflects that communications coming out of Haiti will likely be slow and delayed. This is exacerbated by the fact that Mercury rules this sector of the chart and Mercury is retrograde in Capricorn until January 15, as Mercury retrograde periods in an earth sign tend to correlate to increased geophysical instability. Mercury retrograde conjoins Pluto, reflecting that communications systems are down and it is near impossible to get around Haiti. It will take some time before the true situation in Haiti is revealed. Stories of corruption will surface.
With its Sun conjoining Mars in Capricorn and squaring Uranus in Libra, Haiti is a country that has a history of being run as a military dictatorship. Mars in Capricorn squaring Saturn in Libra and Venus in Capricorn squaring Jupiter in Scorpio reflects the struggles and hardships the Haitian people have had to endure and how the government has squandered the country’s resources to enrich its leaders.
From December 2009 through August 2010 Haiti is experiencing a Saturn return.* Saturn and Capricorn rule time. For individuals and nations, Saturn returning to its place of birth every 29.5 years marks a time of accountability to determine if the lessons of the past have been learned. If we fail to take responsibility by putting in the work necessary to build a strong physical and financial foundation, the Saturn return marks a time of upheaval and limitations in order to learn and grow from the experience. Hopefully this motivates us to make the necessary changes that can allow us to reap the rewards at the next Saturn return.
Eclipses are harbingers of major change and the period between eclipses can create an unstable environment literally and figuratively as too much energy is injected into the atmosphere. The December 31, 2009 Lunar Eclipse exactly opposed Haiti’s Sun indicating the nation could be facing an identity crisis over the next six months. At the January 7, 2010 Last Quarter Moon (representing the period January 7-15), Pluto in Capricorn was exactly conjoining Haiti’s natal Mars for the first time since the 18th century and the quarter Moon in Libra was overhead through Haiti and intersected by Pluto. This acted like a trigger, and the pressure of Saturn stationary squaring Pluto in the sky and impacting Haiti’s Mars square Saturn, proved to be too much to contain.
The January15, 2010 Solar Eclipse opposes Haiti’s progressed Mercury in Cancer and squares progressed Jupiter in Libra. The number of people who have lost their homes and entire neighborhoods will be huge. Haiti’s progressed** Mercury/Jupiter falls on the USA natal Pluto in Capricorn and Haiti’s natal Mars/Saturn falls on the USA natal Venus, among other shared planetary relationships between the two nations. Mercury turns direct, conjoining Haiti’s natal Mars. Beyond the economic aid and assistance extended to Haiti by the U.S., there will probably be a lot of news reports about the continuous corruption behind U.S.-Haiti relations.
While Saturn represents boundaries and structures, Neptune dissolves them to expose that no concrete foundation existed in the first place. Haiti’s poor infrastructure has been highlighted recently and Neptune in Aquarius exactly squaring Haiti’s Neptune in Scorpio at the January 15 eclipse reflects this known “catastrophe waiting to happen.” As the ruler of the oceans, Neptune represents flooding. The August 16, 2008 Lunar Eclipse squared Haiti’s Neptune, a year when the country experienced four hurricanes. On November 7, 2008 when transiting Mars in Scorpio squared the August 16 Lunar Eclipse and exactly conjoined Haiti’s natal Neptune, a school collapsed in Petionville, killing 93 and injuring over 150. Rev. Fortin Augustin, the owner of the church school admitted afterward the school lacked any structural steel or cement to hold its concrete blocks together.
The Moon rules food and shelter and is the ruler of the earthquake chart. Neptune can obscure our ability to see clearly and objectively and with the Moon in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius and Jupiter conjoining Neptune in the earthquake chart, reports last night of a huge cloud of dust affected visibility caused by the concrete from all the structures collapsing. Neptune running below the Earth through Haiti and the Guantanamo Bay area of Cuba at the January 15 Eclipse raises the potential for tsunami warnings as well as flooding and mudslides.
The Lunar Eclipse of June 26, 2010 conjoins Pluto in Capricorn and opposes the Sun and Mercury in Cancer, all impacting Haiti’s natal Mars in Capricorn. In addition, Jupiter conjoining Uranus in Mars-ruled Aries will square Haiti’s Mars. All of these aspects create the potential for social unrest and uprisings that seek to overthrow the government.
Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Pluto in the fire, air, and earth elements forming stressful alignments to each other during the Summer of 2010 greatly raise the potential for unexpectedly harsh and severe weather conditions throughout the world. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, and fires caused by lightning strikes are likely to be above normal. Water is the missing element among this planetary lineup, indicating that a lack of water will be an overall global problem while parts of the world could be flooded with water caused by severe weather patterns.
*The Saturn return affects individuals, countries, and corporations around ages 28-30, 58-60, 86-88, etc. The USA will experience a Saturn return in late 2010-2011.
** A mathematical calculation that moves the planets forward in time.
Haiti: January 1, 1804 time unknown Gonaives, Haiti
USA: July 4, 1776 5:10 PM Philadelphia, PA