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Hurricane Idalia Swamps Northern Florida

On 30 August 2023 the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season kicked off with a bang, as Hurricane Idalia battered the northern Florida coast with 125 mph winds and a 7-foot storm surge, making landfall as a category 3 storm at Keaton Beach, in the Sunshine State’s Big Bend region, at 7:45 AM EDT.  Earlier projections had seen the storm coming ashore somewhat further south, in more populous areas, but despite the already swampy terrain and smaller communities in its path, Idalia is estimated to have caused some $9 billion+ in damage.  Thankfully, loss of life was minimal, with three traffic-related fatalities attributed to Idalia’s effects.

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Idalia’s landfall came at Keaton Beach, Florida, as seen in asteroid Keaton conjunct asteroids Nemesis (ruin or downfall) and Rainer (for “rain”) opposed asteroid Adele (closest to Idalia), embedded at station

A chart cast for landfall shows Idalia’s prominence and impact.  There are no exact asteroid matches for Idalia; asteroid Adele 812 appears to be the most useful approximation, based on its stationary status, turning direct at 11 Capricorn, trine the Sun, just four days prior, and a day before Idalia was named, as a Tropical Storm.  Other options include asteroid Odell 25234, which at 27 Aquarius conjoins Damocles 5335, the impending doom, at 29 Aquarius, and the Moon, ruling water, at 28 Aquarius; and asteroid Ida 243, which at 19 Sagittarius conjoins the 12 Sagittarius IC and is exactly squared a retrograde Mercury (ruling weather) at 19 Virgo.  All three make additional aspects which further illustrate the circumstances.

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Idalia brought a whole new meaning to the phrase “car hop”; flooding in the Big Bend region of the Sunshine State was foreshadowed by asteroid Flood conjunct asteroids Benda and Sunshine, exacerbated by a square from over-the-top Jupiter and a T-Square with TNO Typhon, named for a Titan storm god of ancient Greece

The 13 Virgo Ascendant shows both the Sun at 7 Virgo and Mercury at 19 Virgo rising, with a square to asteroid Sturm 31043 (German for “storm”) at 10 Gemini, conjunct the 12 Gemini MC, the focus of all eyes.  Conjoining Mercury is asteroid Aeolia 396 at 21 Virgo, named for the mythic island home of Aeolus, a Greek deity ruling the winds.  Aeolia’s square to Ida suggests the 125 mph winds that accompanied the landfall, while asteroid Flood 4220 at 16 Aquarius, accompanied by asteroids Benda 734 (for the Big Bend region) and Sunshine 3742 (for “the Sunshine State”, Florida’s nickname) at 12 and 18 Aquarius represents the storm surge which inundated the Florida coast, extending miles inland in some areas.  A square from expansive Jupiter at 15 Taurus didn’t help matters, with the surge coinciding with a King Tide, an abnormally high swelling of water caused by the full moon that day.  TNO Typhon 42355 at 20 Scorpio completes a T-Square, with Typhon (the source of our word “typhoon”) named for a Greek Titan deity governing massive storms at sea.

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A gas station is destroyed in Perry, Florida, one of the hardest-hit communities, as reflected in asteroid Perry’s opposition to Pluto, which can wreak total devastation, but may also be instrumental in the town’s regeneration

The Keaton Beach landfall is reflected in asteroid Keaton 2712 at 18 Cancer, where it conjoins asteroid Rainer 16802 at 14 Cancer, representing the deluge of rainfall, up to eight inches in the Big Bend, and asteroid Nemesis 128 at 16 Cancer, a point indicating ruin, downfall or destruction.  Keaton also squares asteroid Raine 221019 at 12 Libra, further reinforcing the rainfall totals, and opposes Adele at 11 Capricorn.

Speaking of destruction, among the hardest hit communities with sizable populations was Perry, Florida (with some 7000 residents), seen as asteroid Perry 5529 at 0 Leo, opposed devastation-inclined Pluto at 28 Capricorn.   Pluto also governs regeneration and rebirth, something which will be needed in plenty going forward.  Another flooded coastal community was Crystal River (population 3400), represented by the all-too-aptly named CNA (Compound-Name Asteroids, comprised of first and last names strung together as one word, which can be separated and used for either) Crystalpoole 27453, which looks much like a pool in satellite imagery taken after the event.  At 18 Gemini, Crystalpoole also conjoins the Midheaven, closely squaring Mercury at 19 Virgo and opposed Ida at 19 Sagittarius, in a wide Grand Cross with Neptune at 26 Pisces, ruling the sea and flooding.

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Satellite images of Crystal River, Florida, before and after Idalia; asteroid Crystalpoole seems to suggest the aftereffects of the now-flooded community – conjunct the MC, Crystalpoole is squared Mercury (ruling weather) with asteroid Aeolia (named for the island home of the Greek god of winds), in a Grand Cross with asteroid Ida (another referent for Idalia) and Neptune, ruling floods

In any disaster of this sort, power outages are inevitable, sometimes lasting for weeks, with roughly a quarter million residences and businesses without power in Idalia’s aftermath.  The relative isolation of the Big Bend area means that some homes may be without power for over a month, as reflected in asteroid Odell at 27 Aquarius in square to Uranus, ruling electricity, at 23 Taurus.  The Moon and Damocles involved here suggests the threat (Damocles) to the population (Moon), with many people’s health (also Moon-ruled) placed in jeopardy due to the power loss.

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Scenes of devastation like this one in Horseshoe Beach are common in the Big Bend after Idalia’s rampage; asteroid Odell (for Idalia) conjoined Damocles (looming threat) and squared Uranus (electricity) showed the potential for widespread power outages in the region due to the storm

The angular Sun opposed an angular conjunction of Saturn (hardship, deprivation, loss) and asteroid Karma 3811 (fated circumstance) at 3 and 7 Pisces indicates a predetermined (Karma) challenge with a long, hard road (Saturn) to recovery.  We can but wish them well.

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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Great work! I think we will be using weather asteroids a lot from now on! Thanks Alex!

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