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The Picture of Dorian Hurricane

Another hurricane season, another record-setting storm. Spawned from a tropical wave in the Central Atlantic in late August, Hurricane Dorian quickly spiked into a strong Category 5, with winds in excess of 185 mph, skirting Puerto Rico and making landfall on Grand Bahama Island. Where it parked; for two days. Dorian now holds the record for the slowest-moving Atlantic storm ever.


The devastation in the Bahamas is apocalyptic, with vast stretches of housing obliterated, infrastructure battered and much of the island inundated with water. As of this writing (Wednesday, 4 September) Dorian continues to make its way north off the east coast of Florida, still threatening Georgia and the Carolinas as a Cat 2 storm.


Dorian was christened as it gained tropical storm status on August 24th, and a look at the skies for that day relates much of its story. With a precise opposition from Uranus to TNO (Trans-Neptunian Object) Typhon in effect, facing each other down from 6 Taurus to 6 Scorpio, we might expect volatility in the 2019 hurricane season. That was the prediction of meteorologists, which has so far been off the mark, but there are still over two months of the season remaining for further massive storms to develop. Typhon is named for a Titan storm deity, and is the root of our word “typhoon,” the name given to hurricane-type storms in the Pacific. Uranus depicts wild, uncontrolled, volatile energies, violent and destructive, so bringing these two together could yield devastating results.

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Dorian’s devastation of the Bahamas is overwhelming in its scope, after the storm parked itself on the nation for two terrifying days; asteroid Doreen opposes Saturn/Pluto and T-squares asteroid Aeolia, associated with the Greek master of the winds

The Sun at 1 Virgo for its naming is approaching asteroid Storm at 17 Virgo, which itself forms a T-Square of the current Jupiter/Neptune square, currently at 14 Sagittarius and 17 Pisces (exactly opposing Storm). Jupiter inflates what it touches, making it larger than life, while Neptune represents the sea itself and the massive flooding engendered by Dorian, taken from those oceanic waters, which allowed Dorian to dump as much as 60 inches of rain on some locales as it stalled over the Bahamas.


There is no asteroid Dorian, but there is a feminine counterpart in Doreen, which at 16 Cancer opposes the Saturn/Pluto conjunction at 14 and 20 Capricorn, giving the storm endurance, longevity and staying power (Saturn), as well as destructive fervor and massive amounts of energy (Pluto). Winds have been a huge feature of this hurricane, and this basic polarity becomes a T-Square with the addition of asteroid Aeolia at 24 Libra, named for the island home of Aeolus, the Greek deity charged as master of the winds. Doreen is also sextile to asteroid Storm at 17 Virgo and trined Neptune at 17 Pisces, bisecting their opposition.

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Particularly gruesome cover art accompanies this edition of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, Hurricane Dorian’s literary antecedent

Of course perhaps the most famous Dorian is a fictional character, the antihero of Oscar Wilde’s 1890 novel, “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” On a whim, I plugged asteroid Oscarwilde into the chart, named for the Victorian playwright, celebrity and author, and found it at 15 Aquarius, opposed Mercury, which rules the naming function and the news cycle, at 20 Leo, and in a T-Square with asteroid Nassau at 21 Scorpio, the name of the Bahamian capital (which, incidentally, is also conjoined by asteroid Gray at 19 Scorpio). Further inspection showed it to also be at the Apex of a Yod, or Finger of Destiny, with inconjunct aspects to Storm and Doreen, incorporating all the fatedness and predestination of that pattern, and suggesting that there may be some afterlife yet in the literary peacock who once told a US customs officer that he had “nothing to declare except my genius.”

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Some modern wag has reinterpreted Oscar Wilde’s classic in today’s parlance; as a registered narcissist, Wilde would doubtless approve of the technology

In closing, I can’t resist mentioning “Sharpie-gate”, the ridiculous attempt by President Trump to clean up his incorrect Tweet about Dorian threatening Alabama. Saturday morning, September 1, Trump included Alabama in a list of states under the gun from Dorian, some 96 hours after the last spaghetti plots which suggested the Yellowhammer State could be affected. This, from a man who is supposedly receiving (and presumably reading) hourly updates on the storm’s progress.

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Donald Trump proudly displays the doctored “proof” of his erroneous Tweet concerning Dorian’s threat to Alabama; note the additional black line, apparently added via Sharpie, which incorporates that state into Dorian’s path. Asteroid Sharp exactly conjoined Uranus (controversy) and exactly opposed Typhon (hurricanes).

Within twenty minutes the National Weather Service tweeted to refute Trump’s statement and reassure Alabamans that they were in no danger. Of course, Trump can never admit the slightest mistake, so he spent several days doubling down on his erroneous statement, and followed up on Wednesday the 4th from the Oval Office, where he displayed a map including Alabama in the potential cone of destruction, which had clearly been altered by someone with a Sharpie pen, Trump’s favorite writing implement.


Trump is on record multiple times extolling the virtues of the Sharpie, and even asked the company to produce a presidential version, all in black with his signature, just for his use. His self-identification with the product is reflected in asteroid Sharp, which at 23 Gemini in his nativity conjoins the 22 Gemini Sun. But more to the point, transit Sharp for Dorian’s naming is at 6 Taurus, exactly conjunct Uranus and tying to the opposition to Typhon, suggesting a controversy (Uranus) regarding the use of Sharpie (Sharp) in connection to a hurricane (Typhon). Sharp is also at station (it turned retro September 5, at the height of the controversy).

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Through the magic of the Sharpie, Trump is enabled to rectify any number of mistakes, failures or shortcomings; here he is improving his physique

Doreen’s 16 Cancer degree for Dorian’s naming exactly conjoins Trump’s natal Nemesis/Bilk: he attempted to defraud (Bilk) the nation about the hurricane (Doreen) and it bit him in the ass (Nemesis). Doreen also opposed transit Troemper, The Donald’s celestial referent, at 11 Capricorn, also at station. Troemper turned direct August 31, the day before the fatal Tweet. Natally Trump has Doreen at 2 Aries, in a Grand Cross with Mercury at 8 Cancer, Neptune at 5 Libra, and Whitehouse at 4 Capricorn. This well depicts the situation, with Trump’s lack of clarity, followed by purposeful deception (both Neptune) about his statements regarding the facts (both Mercury) concerning Dorian (Doreen), disseminated from the Oval Office (Whitehouse).

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Tiny inaugural crowds? Not anymore!

Truly, the cosmos’ eye is on the sparrow, and even the least significant incident on planet Earth has its reflection in the heavens.


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“Build that Wall!” No need any longer, assuming the Sharpie-wielding president with the natal Mercury/Neptune square is delusional enough to believe his own artwork has solved the problem




Alex Miller is a professional writer and astrologer, author of The Black Hole Book, detailing deep space points in astrological interpretation, and the forthcoming Heaven on Earth, a comprehensive study of asteroids, both mythic and personal. Alex is a frequent contributor to “The Mountain Astrologer”, “Daykeeper Journal”, and NCGR’s Journals and “Enews Commentary”; his work has also appeared in “Aspects” magazine, “Dell Horoscope”, “Planetwaves”, “Neptune Café” and “Sasstrology.” He is a past president of Philadelphia Astrological Society, and a former board member for the Philadelphia Chapter of NCGR.

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