Mapping the Aug 14, 2003
US/Canada Power Outage

Sun square Lunar Nodes
The "Moon Wobble" Phenomena

This is technical material oriented for astrologers,
astro-cartographers, and Earthgrid researchers.

August 14, 2003

Nick Anthony Fiorenza

Copyright © 2003 Nick Anthony Fiorenza, All Rights Reserved

On August 14, 2003 several major cities from Detroit to New York in the northeastern US and parts of Canada lost power. The blackout spread across eight states and portions of Canada in about three minutes--shown in the NOAA maps below.

August 14, 2003 Blackout

Astrologers, astrocartographers, and Earthgrid researchers can't help but examine the planetary aspects in space and time occurring for that event. I would like to point out a phenomena that involves the Sun square the lunar nodes (The lunar nodes are points in the ecliptic created where the moon's orbit crosses Earth's equator)--and aspect called a "moon wobble."

Carl Payne Tobey

Mathematician and Geometrist, Carl Payne Tobey (1902-1980), famous for his astrological research and the first American astrologer to do statistical research (1935), points out that when the sun squares the lunar nodes people's judgment is notoriously poor and unstable, especially that of people under stress or in leadership positions, Carl called this a "moon wobble," although it is a missleading term, as it is not referring to the moon wobbling so much, but to human emotions. Additionally, Carl found statistically that when major fires occur during this aspect, the loss of life is far more significant. The effect becomes noticeable with an orb of 3-5 days (degrees) before and after partile. This means, from a astro-cartographic perspective, we can examine the trigger points (of that aspect on the angles of the location) that are occurring during that orb (period of time).

Providence Rhode Island fire

The last Sun square nodes occurred on Feb 22, 2003. During that time (orb of a few days) fires broke out. One example occurred in Providence Rhode Island on Feb 21, where a devastating fire started during a rock concert in a nightclub leaving about 100 people dead (due to poor judgment involving the use of pyrotechnics that ignited the old wooden building).

Another volitile incident occurred at an oil storage facility at the edge of New York’s Staten Island when a barge containing 100,000 barrels of unleaded petrol was being offloaded. One barge exploded and sank. Another barge caught fire.

Is the Sun T-Square Nodes period notoriously a volatile one regarding solar related (fire / electrical power / bombings) phenomena? Perhaps this would be a worthy study for those so inclined. We have two occurrences of this aspect annually--when the Sun separates in square from the North Node and when the sun approaches square to the North Node. (As in any cycle, the characteristic of each square is unique; i.e., the 90° square in a cycle provides external stimulus to act where as the 270° square in a cycle provides internal stimulus to change.)

In my own Earthgrid mapping work, I find a hierarchal series of triggers that define Earthgrid related events to within seconds. This hierarchy not only includes planetary triggers (which reveal a general time period), but specifically those involving the lunar phase partiles, the lunar nodes, and the POF (the latter is a mathematical harmonic relating the lunar phase partile [where we are in the lunar cycle] with the location's horizon plane --a spacetime coordinate). The lunar harmonics narrow in on the exact time of the event.

Below are two charts for the utility grid lock of Aug 14, 2003--one for Cleveland and for New York city. The time is set for 4:11 PM EDT, the climax of the cascade of power plant failures (which occurred from about 4:08 to 4:13 PM). Keep in mind that a mechanical culprit causing this event had not been identified (if there even is one), and if a single culprit existed, it may have occurred well before this time period. Wild power swings began at 4:08 pm and a series of power plant failures occurred thereafter. Primary events were seen near Cleveland Ohio, then near New York, and then in Michigan. In addition, a location of a potential culprit event is unknown (at this writing). This means that the angles and subsequent aspects of a "culprit" chart, if there is one, may shift due to a different location and a different time.

Notice in both charts below, the sun is approaching its square aspect to the nodes (in the crescendo of the aspect), with the Jupiter-Sun midpoint square the nodes. The Moon triggers the Sun-Jupiter midpoint, and the nodal configuration. In the Cleveland chart, notice the POF aspecting the Pluto-ASC (horizon plane). In the New York Chart, notice the POF aspecting the Sun-Lunar Nodes and the Moon, with the Moon on the Nadir.

Note: whether using a tropical or sidereal chart, the planetary aspects to the angles are the same--only the signs and sign cusps change. In astronomical Earthgrid mapping, the primary focus is the harmonic resonances set up to the angles of the chart. The angles of a chart are the ASC, DSC, MC, IC, which are the nodes of the great circles that define the harmonic resonance points for any given location at any given time. Also of significance in Earthgrid mapping are the Zenith, Nadir, and Equatorial Ascendant nodes.

A time line of events starting from 2 pm through 4:25 pm can be found at:

The time line material was "gathered from the affected utilities and the North American Electric Reliability Council, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission and data from Genscape, a company that monitors electric transmissions. It was assembled by the editor."

Gratis to astro-harmonic researcher Michael Heleus for biringing my attention to Carl Payne Tobey's statistics about fire casualites during the Sun T-Square Node aspect.

Cleveland Power Outage

Sidereal Chart, True Nodes

New York Power Outage

Sidereal Chart, True Nodes

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