"Stop all the clocks" wrote WH Auden in the first line of his famous poem of the same - an image that became all too real at 9.13 a.m. on 21 October 1966 when a river of slurry buried a school and its pupils in the Welsh village of Aberfan. The position of the planets at that moment describes the event all too clearly and also offers an indication as to where responsibility for the tragedy lies.
When the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath first met at a party in Cambridge in 1956 sparks flew - and blood, literally, was drawn. Hughes' account of the meeting in his 1988 poem, St. Botolph's, probably contains more astrological images than had been seen together in any poem written for several hundred years. But how good was his astrological knowledge? In this article each reference is tested against the relevant charts.
When significant events occur on earth they almost always reflect a significant set of planetary conditions. This was certainly the case on 11 February 1990 when Nelson Mandela walked free after 27 years in prison. It isn't just the chart for the moment of his release which is remarkable but the way in which it links to the chart for the moment of his birth.
One of the most well known train crashes in the UK occurred in 1975 when a train drove straight into a wall at the end of Moorgate station resulting in the deaths of 43 people. Much of the subsequent discussion has focused on whether or not the driver was guilty of a deliberate suicide and mass murder which this article examines in depth. It was originally published in 2015 with predictions for the future of Transport for London and is update here with the actual events of 2015-2020.
Anyone who was alive in November 1963 will probably know exactly where they were when they heard the news that Presdient John F Kennedy had been assassinated. But who did it? Lee Harvey Oswald on his own or as part of a conspiracy? Or somebody else entirely? This article looks at the chart for the moment the shots were fired in order to find a possible answer.
The discovery of the planet Uranus in 1781 was sandwiched between the American and French Revolutions. It was also a time when there was a great rush to fly in hot air balloons. This article identifies the time when some of the most important flights were launched and the degree to which Uranus was dominant in the charts for the moments of those launches.
In a strange echo of the early balloon flights in the 18th century Uranus also makes its presence felt in the first flights of the 20th. century - from the first aeroplane in 1903 to the launch of Apollo 11 which landed on the Moon in 1969.