Friday, 8 July 2016

Indonesia traffic jam: 12 die in Java gridlock during Ramadan

At least 12 people have died of dehydration and exhaustion while sitting in traffic in Indonesia. Traffic filled up three lanes for several days on the island of Java. Crowds travelling to their home villages to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan converged around a single traffic junction, where building work forced them to wait. Most victims were elderly and died in hot cars, officials say. One toddler was poisoned to death by exhaust fumes. Daytime temperatures in the city of Brebes, where the jam occurred, have been close to 30C (86F) all week. July 8;

The Muslim holiday Eid-ul-Fitr which comes at the end of the holy month of Ramadan was celebrated on July 6 just two days after the New Moon of July 4. A chart for the New Moon at Brebes has it placed very significantly on the descendant opposite Pluto on the Ascendant and square TNP Zeus (heat) on the MC. The New Moon [12cn] is conjunct the star 61 Aurigae [12cn] in the constellation of the Charioteer and alpha (α) Canis Major, Sirius [14cn],  a brilliant star in the Greater dog. The Chariot is an ancient symbol that applies well to a modern day car.

  About Sirius, Manilius wrote:

"The brilliant constellation of the Dog: it barks forth flame, raves with its fire, and doubles the burning heat of the Sun." [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 5, p.316-319].

And Hesiod advised his country neighbors:

"When Sirius parches head and knees, and the body is dried up by reason of heat, then sit in the shade and drink."

No wonder the unfortunate victims died in “hot cars”. But what explains the traffic jam?  That is explained elegantly by the TNP Admetus which forms a semi-square to the New Moon on the descendant. A keyword for Admetus [1] is blockages or jams.

ADMETUS: Facing blockages; biding your time; encountering delays, frustrations, complications or the need for something else to happen BEFORE success or progress.

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