Saturday, 24 June 2017

Pakistan oil tanker fire 'kills scores'

Oil Tanker burns

At least 100 people were on Sunday charred to death and 75 others severely injured after an oil tanker caught fire and exploded on a highway in Bahawalpur district of Pakistan's Punjab Province, according to media reports. The tanker caught fire and exploded apparently after fuel leakage from its damaged containers. At least 100 people were killed and 75 others severely injured in the blaze, local media reported. People had gathered around the tanker after it overturned to collect oil that had leaked out. June 25

Among other cosmic phenomena,  exact planetary aspects are considered important in astrology. In the week following June 25, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter and Pluto will be forming a T-square. During this period Mercury and Mars will take turns to form exact aspects to other planets in the T. Places where these aspects occupy the angles become especially vulnerable to their influence.

Shown here is the chart for the Mercury-Mars conjunction at Bahawalpur, Pakistan. Notice that the conjunction occurs exactly on the IC and the T-square straddles the meridian.  Mercury-Mars and the IC are conjunct alpha (α) Canis Major, Sirius, a binary, brilliant white and yellow star in the Greater dog. It is the brightest star in the night sky.

Sirius’reputation of being linked to fires has been known since ancient times:

"The brilliant constellation of the Dog: it barks forth flame, raves with its fire, and doubles the burning heat of the Sun. When it put its torch to the earth and discharges its rays, the earth foresees its conflagration and tastes its ultimate fate [translator's note: the ecpyrosis of the Stoics, who held that the Universe would ultimately be engulfed in conflagration and all things would return to the condition of primeval fire]." [Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 5, p.316-319].

Here Mercury, the planet associated with travel, and therefore to cars and trucks is conjunct Mars linked to rashness and carelessness and both are  trine Neptune, which is associated with oil, so that it is not surprising that an oil tanker was involved in the accident. 

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