Great Molasses Flood of 1919

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Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun May 07, 2017 11:00 pm

[Rewritten with corrections to the data 7/14/18.]

On January 15, 1919, at 12:41 PM in Boston, an event NY Times has called "a tsunami of molasses" occurred when a tank holding 2.3 million gallons of molasses ruptured, spilling molten goo into frigid winter streets. It flowed at 35 mph to the sea, killing 21 people, injuring 150 others, and levelling buildings to the ground, reducing them to rubble, collapsing an elevated train.

The tank was at 42N22'07", 71W03'21", but all of Boston was affected.

This death by stifling sweetness is one of the strangest disasters of all time. The wave of molasses was "as high as a football goalpost," according to contemporary descriptions. The substance thickened as it went, becoming tar-like, and trapping people who couldn't evade it.

When I first read about this, I was intrigued. What astrological factors would accompany such a strange disaster? Would it show as a flood, as a structural collapse? How much Venus would be involved for all that sweetness?

Indeed Venus was involved - and in a sticky, gooey way. At the time of the event itself, Venus was conjunct MC, opposite Neptune on IC.

Year: Capsolar
Mercury on Dsc 0°18'
Moon on Asc 3°31'
Jupiter on Asc 6°25'
Pluto on Asc 6°30'

Moon-Pluto conj. 1°17'
Moon-Mercury op. 2°39'
Moon-Jupiter conj. 2°54' in mundo

Bridge (none)

Month: Caplunar
(NOTE: Asc is Saturn's exaltation degree.)
Uranus on IC 1°27'
Saturn on MC 4°13'
-- Saturn-Uranus op. 2°52'
Mars sq. Asc 2°50' [op. non-ang Neptune 2°19']
Moon-Venus conj. 0°38' in mundo

Week: Arilunar (Dormant.)

Day: Capsolar Quotidian
p Asc conj. s Moon 1°29', op. s Mercury 1°10', op. t Mercury 0°01'

Day: Cansolar Quotidian & Transits
p Asc op. t Uranus 0°53'. s Uranus 1°59'; conj. t Saturn 2°03'
p EP conj. p Mercury 1°30'


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Day (Cansolar):
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Post by Jim Eshelman » Sun May 07, 2017 11:00 pm

SteveS wrote:Absolutely bizarre! That Moon-Neptune-Mars CanQ accurately describes the day event, imo.

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Post by Jim Eshelman » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:07 pm

I just discovered that Garth Allen examined this event at some point. His article, "What a Mess!", was reprinted in the May, 1975 issue of American Astrology. He gives a number of additional details that make the story even more interesting, probably from first hand reports at the time.

The main thing, though, is I screwed up the date. It should be January 15, not January 5. I need to redo all this. Off the digital ephemeris!
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Post by Jim Eshelman » Sat Jul 14, 2018 9:37 pm

An interesting (gratifying) line in the Garth Allen article, when discussing the Capricorn - gratifying because I've seen and cited the same thing myself many times.

"In mundane astrology wherever you find Mercury intertwined so closely, the locality in question is to be the source of a news story appropriate to the configuration."
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