Ceres’ nymphs striking land with famine
It has been a difficult summer for India. Drought and a searing heat wave have affected an astonishing 330 million people across the country. But this summer also marks the 150th anniversary of a far more terrible and catastrophic climatic event: the Orissa famine of 1866. Hardly anyone today knows about this famine. It elicits little mention in even the densest tomes on Indian history. There will be few, if any, solemn commemorations. Yet the Orissa famine killed over a million people in eastern India. June 11
A chart for the last solar eclipse drawn for London, from where the author posted the article, is shown here. The eclipse is part of a T-square that straddles the horizon axis. It is conjunct the asteroid Ceres, Memoria and Orpheus and square Saturn on the Ascendant.
In ancient Roman religion, Ceres was a goddess of agriculture, grain crops and fertility. If we put this picture of Ceres with Saturn, the ruler of scarcity and Orpheus, the asteroid associated with death we have mass deaths caused by a famine. The image above from Antonio Tempesta (Italy, Florence, 1555-1630) shows Ceres’ nymphs striking the land with famine .
Progressing the eclipse chart to June 11, the date of the news article, the entire T-square is now anchored on the progressed descendant and thereby triggered. Finally, let us remember that the eclipse is also conjunct the asteroid Memoria, linked to memories of the past so that we are talking about a famine that took place 150 years ago.