Mercury on the Horizon: Blatant Signal, Missed or Ignored

Posted by Eric Francis

Mercury is the green symbol right above the horizontal line. The line is the horizon, indicating that there was something in plain view that was ignored. But why did that happen?

Note, chart below reflects corrected time. When Amtrak’s train 188 crashed last night, the planet Mercury was looming right on the horizon. This suggests that the cause of the crash is obvious, and that it would involve some kind of disregarded signal or rule, or misinformation, rather than a mechanical failure. The crash, in Philadelphia, […]

Note, chart below reflects corrected time.

When Amtrak’s train 188 crashed last night, the planet Mercury was looming right on the horizon. This suggests that the cause of the crash is obvious, and that it would involve some kind of disregarded signal or rule, or misinformation, rather than a mechanical failure.

 Mercury is the green symbol right above the horizontal line. The line is the horizon, indicating that there was something in plain view that was ignored. But why did that happen?

Mercury in this diagram is the green symbol right above the horizontal line. The line is the horizon, indicating that there was something in plain view that was ignored. But why did that happen?

The crash, in Philadelphia, killed at least seven people and injured more than 200, many of them critically. The train was headed from Washington to New York and had about 230 passengers on board.

Mercury is the planet associated with the transmission of information, and in its position at the time of the crash, some vital bit of data did not connect. The question is why, however. Because Mercury was (and remains) square Neptune, a planet associated with intoxicants, it’s likely that there will be a factor such as the train operator under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Investigators have confirmed that the train was traveling at 106 miles per hour through a 50 mile per hour zone. While this might work in a car, trains are far less forgiving of the physics of speed. The mere act of going to faster than the speed limit in a train can result in a catastrophic incident.

It’s also possible that the train’s operator was texting or on the phone at the time of the incident, most likely with his wife or a close partner. And it may have been a combination of such factors.

Among those factors are Venus in the 8th house, indicating the involvement of a woman as the cause of the accident; Jupiter (signifying the conductor) conjunct Juno (indicating the presence of a spouse) and the Moon in Pisces in the 4th house, recently conjunct Neptune, describing communication but also the possible presence of intoxicants of some kind.

Mars, newly in Gemini, was also opposite Saturn in Sagittarius at the time of the crash. Besides the image of a collision between a fast object (Mars) and a solid object or regulation (Saturn), the opposition indicates recklessness, emphasizing the cause of the accident being some form of distraction, such as jabbering on the phone.

The New York Times
reported that the train’s operator was not cooperating with authorities. There have been no reports of any unauthorized persons in the train’s cockpit. The operator, who has not been identified, was treated for injuries and released from the hospital. [Last night Chris Hayes of MSNBC reported that the train’s operator had given a blood sample and turned over his cell phone, but had not yet been interviewed by federal authorities investigating the crash.]

Robert Sumwalt, a member of the federal agency investing the crash, said during a news conference that the train was traveling 106 m.p.h. when the brakes were applied, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The engineer, he said, put the train into “emergency braking” just seconds before the crash.

The astrology indicates that this is a situation where information will emerge in layers, seemingly to no end. It will not be easy to pin definitive blame, as there appears to be both corporate and government responsibility for the incident, as well as whatever conduct the train’s operator may have contributed.

Train accidents are surprisingly commonplace, though rarely this deadly. Here is a list from Wikipedia of train crashes worldwide during the past five years.

Note, chart below reflects corrected time.

Corrected chart for crash of Train 188 -- the actual time seems to have been 9:21 pm EDT.

Corrected chart for crash of Train 188 — the actual time seems to have been 9:21 pm EDT.

21 thoughts on “Mercury on the Horizon: Blatant Signal, Missed or Ignored

  1. Margaret MotheralMargaret Motheral

    In addition, I was sensing the oil or some kind of lubricant around breaking system that added to the event. But yeah, I hear all kinds of talking in the conductor. I did the chart for the moment they said the policeman’s eye caught Freddie’s in Baltimore. Saturn opp. Venus that day. Venus conj the Ascendant and Saturn conjunct the Descendant. Interesting chart. Really tells a story.

  2. Cowboyiam

    You know it seems like it would be pretty easy to fit trains with automatic speed limiting devices designed to override conductor controls. I mean there is a limited space for which each train is operating and if there are important points along the track where speed is an issue then why not make those dangerous areas automated. Sure the industry would have to flip for the devices placed in every engine and maybe they would even have to have access to the breaking system but I don’t think its rocket science. If Google can build driverless cars surely we can figure out how to eliminate speeding trains from our list of hazards.

  3. Len WallickLen Wallick

    Thank you for the timely report and adroit reading of the astrology, Eric. One thing on my mind is how the upcoming Mercury retrograde might not only reveal the truth (as Mercury retrogrades often do) of this particular accident, but also correlations with other transportation related incidents in recent months. From the transport of a suspect in Baltimore, to other recent train and airline incidents, for example (and as you have stated on more than one occasion in more than one way), Neptune is so pervasive so as not to be clearly seen. Also, referring to Margaret Motheral in an earlier comment here – Saturn seems to show up meaningfully (often in the 12th house) more often than probability would dictate for many recent incidents. Finally (as per the observation from “cowboyjam”) there is the question of what prevents technology already available not being brought fully to bear for the purpose of assuring public safety. This upcoming Mercury retrograde might reveal a bigger picture and wider connections than anybody could imagine right now.

  4. Len WallickLen Wallick

    And yes, Eric, thank you for including news of those mysterious projectiles. If if they are unrelated to the accident of train 188, they are part of a synchronistic whole which perhaps only astrology might ultimately suss out. Maybe after the Mercury retrograde has doe its job, your citation of reckless behavior could be the theme that connects more than we would have thought.

  5. Sara Victoria

    Thank you ~ If you have time, do you think you might be able to post the entire chart? Always so educational.. A very intense week, without a doubt. A strange kind of time warp – like I cannot believe it’s only Wednesday, feels like Friday…

  6. Patricia Proctor

    Cowboyiam, I like your suggestion. The newer model automobiles come with a ‘valet’ key. It limits how loud a radio can play, and how fast the car/truck can be driven. If you don’t fasten seat belts, the sound on the radio turns off. It’s annoying, but highly effective.

  7. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

    And as I pointed out in an email thread yesterday, not only is Mars in Gemini opposite Saturn and not only is Mercury about the station retrograde on the horizon in Gemini, but Gemini’s glyph basically looks like train tracks! I mean, sometimes this astrology stuff can be so literal, it’s beautiful.

    What’s not beautiful is the loss of life and how preventable it likely was.

  8. Eric Francis Post author

    Yes that’s really a brilliant observation. It’s amazing when astrology is that literal.

    Meanwhile Brandon Bostian, the train’s operating engineer — its driver — is denying any use of drugs or alcohol, and is saying he has no recollection of anything associated with the crash. Meanwhile we are all waiting for some logical reason that he was driving that train at 106 mph. The speed of a train is the one thing that its driver has to keep in mind. Any kid who has played with electric trains knows how easy it is for trains to go off the rails, but those kids would all be over the age of 50 now. The younger set has grown up on video games.

  9. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

    NYT is saying that an 8th victim has been found in the wreckage. But now all passengers are apparently accounted for.

    As for the electric trains vs video games thought… yes, but there’s no way the engineer got this job without extensive training. He knows how the train works.

    I’ll be curious to see if he suffered a head injury that might account for a legitimate gap in his memory. I’m not holding my breath for that, but I’m curious about it as a possibility — or that there might be a trauma effect here. Then again, I do not discount that possibility that he’s not owning up to something yet that will come out at some point. That square to Neptune is just so…*mutable*, if you get my drift.

  10. aWord

    Amanda, the same sort of idea crossed my mind yesterday. Media said he suffered a head injury, was treated and released. (Today update: “The lawyer says his client’s memory could likely return as the head injury subsides.”)*
    We can compound that by knowing that his window was shattered by a projectile. What we don’t know is what caused his head injury (impact by the projectile?) etc. He may have felt “fine” (or been in a memory lapse even as the train continued on its way) but his senses (aka speed they were going) were affected . The brain’s a funny animal. And as you say, we’ll no doubt here a lot of “drifting” story.
    *http://abcnews.go.com/topics/lifestyle/health/brain-injury.htm

  11. aWord

    I guess I’d be looking at a chart of the projectile crashing into the train. It’s a ‘mystery’ force in the train-crash chart, no doubt.
    As Eric points out, it only take a little something to make a train derail. No doubt the basic exploration going on here is what that “little something” was.

  12. aWord

    Forgive me, they are reporting only two other trains hit by projectiles – but don’t know if the crashed train also had a projectile break the glass of the engineer’s cabin (that was confirmed in one other train). Neptune’s making it foggy, but I see glass shattering as very watery. Sorry for the extra posts.

    1. Amanda PainterAmanda Painter

      Thank you for the clarification, aWord! For sure, a train going around a tight curve at twice the recommended speed is going to derail “easily” without any help from a projectile. Glad to know this one was not likely hit by anything (as far as we know so far).

      Where were these other trains getting hit by “projectiles”?

  13. aWord

    The other post is “awaiting moderation” —
    I’ll try this – to answer you, Amanda. Thx.

    http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Projectile-Hit-SEPTA-Train-Minutes-Before-Amtrak-Derailment-Philadelphia-303593361.html

    “The projectile hit and busted the engineer’s window on a northbound SEPTA train that was headed to Trenton on tracks that run along the Amtrak rails, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. About 80 passengers were put on buses to continue their trip.
    Less than five minutes later and approximately four miles away Amtrak train 188 shuddered and went off the tracks at the Frankford Junction in Northeast Philadelphia, killing at least 7 people and injuring more than 200.”

  14. aWord

    P.S. I’m no math-wiz, but about 5min later and about 4miles away would be around 100mph? But then, I’m in the middle of a psych-final-exam so maybe the math brain isn’t working.

  15. Barbara Koehler

    What does the chart’s ruler, Jupiter (knowledge, expansion) in the 9th house (wisdom, foreign) conjunct Juno (equality, revenge) in Leo (dramatic), and their subsequent participation in a yod ( crisis, need to act) with the sextile between Pluto (destruction) in Capricorn (government, corporation) in the 2nd house (property) and the Moon (people) in the 4th house (home) in Pisces (dissolution) suggest?

    The quincunx(es) created from Pluto and the Moon to Jupiter (and Juno) produced tension that called for adjustment. Jupiter (signifying the conductor, engineer?) was in the sign ruled by the Sun (consciousness) in the 6th house (workers, service) in Taurus (security). This chart’s Sun was sextile the conjunction of Vesta (workaholic) and Chiron (healing, wounding) in the 4th house near the IC (roots) in Pisces (illusion, spiritual sense) .

    The bodies in this 2nd sextile (Sun/Vesta/Chiron) form a yod with the U.S. Chiron in Aries who is opposite Juno in Libra who then turns it into a Boomerang pattern, and in that act provides a goal or focal point for the multiple energy sources. The U.S (Sibly chart’s) 10th house Juno (champion of the disenfranchised) is also trine the U.S. 7th house Mars (action, force) in Gemini ( communicate, short distance travel) which this Crash chart’s Vesta-Chiron conjunction (near the root source) squares.

    Is there a suggestion of disgruntled employees here or something even bigger?
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