One of the biggest maritime disasters in history occured this month almost 100 years ago when the RMS Titanic sank in the chilly north Atlantic waters sending more than 1500 passengers and crew to their deaths. The largeness of the ship, the claims of unsinkability, the rich and the poor aboard, all have given this event a special place in books, movies, and in the minds of many over the years.

Titanic's maiden voyage was marked with disaster from the very beginning. She left Southampton, England on April 10, 1912 at noon. In this chart, our attention is immediately drawn to an old-age, thus very weak, Sun, placed in the watery sign Pisces and caught in the deadly and stationary Rahu-Ketu axis. The main period (mahadasha) is also that of the Sun with weak Mercury ruling the subperiod (bhukti).

In the D8 Ashtamsha divisional chart signifying longevity, the Sun, who is ruler, is ominously placed in the 8th house of tragedy with Rahu and Ketu. Things could not be more grim based on these initial observations.

At 11:40pm on April 14, only four and a half days after setting sail, the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank less than three hours later. April 14 was the first day of the Ketu subperiod. Ketu signifies tragic happenings and we've already seen the groundwork laid for this unfortunate event.

Posted 04/05/2008