Right now: Moon at 1°07' Scorpio, Sun at 28°14' Gemini
SARS in China - the astrology chart of the outbreak
The astrological signature of SARS
- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
The atypical pneumonia, SARS, is the most
important infectious outbreak issue of this year.
The first case of SARS
is known to have occurred in the province of Guangdong, China, in Foshan City on
November 16, 2002.
The chart set for noon, for that day, is
very expressive - it may be considered as the astrological signature of the
Mercury is the planet that signifies the lungs -
therefore we take it as the main significator of the disease.
Mercury is in Scorpio - SARS is highly lethal illness.
Mercury is combust by the Sun - SARS is an acute infectious
and inflammatory disease (a pneumonia) that begins with fever above 38 C. This is also shown by the
Sun-Uranus square which leads to violent reactions of the body and even to a
Mercury is in very
tight applying square with Uranus, only 12
minutes orb - this is why SARS is an atypical pneumonia, a very
rapidly aggravating infectious disease.
Mercury's anticia (6 Aquarius) is a
very sensitive point whose Sabian symbol tells about the real situation of
this disease: "A MASKED FIGURE PERFORMS RITUALISTIC ACTS IN A MYSTERY PLAY.
Everything is not quite as it seems at the moment. You may find that you are
not being shown the true face of the situation." This symbol tells us what
really happened: the source country of the disease, China, denied its
existence and then its gravity and extension, trying to cover up the whole
It is interesting to note the transits
of the planets to this chart and their relationship with the evolution of the
opposition to chart's Neptune was the stimulus to the expansion of
the infectious outbreak in the world. Radix (chart's) Neptune is at 8 Aqu 24.
Jupiter went retrograde and then had its direct station at 8 Leo 04, being in
opposition to radix Neptune within 3 degrees of orb, from mid-February until
mid-May. This is
Mercury is also related to the evolution
of SARS: two days after Mercury went
retrograde (which was on Apr 26), Vietnam was the first country in
the world to announce the containing of the disease.
In the chart on the below we can see the astrological chart for China inside and
the transits to it on Nov 16, 2002 outside.
Inside: China chart (inside planets and
houses) Oct 1, 1948, 3:01:30 PM CCT, Beijing, China Outside: First SARS case chart (outside
planets) Nov 16, 2002, noon, Foshan,
It is amazing to see how tight is the
orb between the pneumonia significators: the Mercury-Sun
conjunction in Scorpio is conjunct China's MC, while partile squaring Uranus of SARS chart.
This shows how SARS brought China and
its policy in the spotlight of the media.
The target planet in China's chart is
obviously the sixth house ruler, the Moon, as
it relates to the health of the population.
Guess what: transiting Pluto is squaring the natal Moon at only 4
minutes, which, apart from releasing this atypical pneumonia outbreak, brought
up to the surface the innermost fears of the Chinese people, with the start of a
SARS phobia. It is one of the hardest transits to a natal chart with forced
radical changes in the subconscious.