The Sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald
40 years ago, the SS Edmund Fitzgerald freighter ship sunk in a Lake Superior storm, with the loss of her entire crew of 29. The tragedy was immortalized in song by Gordon Lightfoot. Let's take a look at this sad piece of maritime history from the perspective of Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology.
The official launching of the ship occured on June 7, 1958 at 12:34pm at the Great Lakes Engineering Works in River Rouge, Michigan. This is equivalent to the birth of a human being upon which astrological predictions are made. The rising sign is the regal Leo whose ruler is strong in the 10th house giving the SS Edmund Fitzgerald a commanding presence in the public eye. Indeed, at 729 feet, the ship was the largest on North America's Great Lakes and remains the largest to have sunk there. She routinely carried over 26,000 tons of taconite ore around the Great Lakes and broke seasonal haul records six times. She was named after the chairman of The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company which commissioned the building of the ship.
When she was initially launched, however, the wheels of fate began turning immediately. At the time of birth she was running a Mars main period (mahadasha) and a Moon subperiod (bhukti). Mars, ruler of the house of fortune, is badly placed in the 8th house of obstacles and death-like experiences. The Moon, a functional malefic, is afflicted by Rahu, the ruler of sudden calamities. This certainly was not an auspicious time to launch a ship.
On November 10, 1975, the time of her sinking, she was running a Rahu main period and a Mars subperiod. We have just seen how these planets point to tragedy in the natal chart. The stationary lunar nodes of Rahu and Ketu had settled on the Most Effective Points of the chart's odd-numbered houses and the Moon, planet of losses, was transiting the 6th house MEP of accidents. The light of that strong natal Sun was debilitated in transit and simultaneously eclipsed by the lunar nodes. Ironically, Gordon Lightfoot sings in his now-legendary song, "And later that night when his lights went out of sight, came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." (See my analysis of Gordon Lightfoot's chart here).
Our hearts go out to the families and friends still affected by this tragedy and to the crew who served their ship so valiantly.