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Hurricane Season Heats Up

After a fairly somnolent summer, the Atlantic hurricane season has been working overtime to make up the deficit, with two powerful storms wreaking havoc up and down the east coast of North America in the last week of September.  Hurricane Fiona devastated areas of the Canadian Maritimes on the 24th, while Hurricane Ian pounded central Florida on the 28th with nightmarish winds and massive flooding, traversed the Sunshine State, then refueled in the Atlantic and turned its sights on the Carolinas.

What flipped the switch appears to be a major planetary T-square, relatively long-lived, incorporating Saturn, Uranus and TNO Typhon, into which asteroid Storm intruded for September, creating a Grand Cross.  The Saturn/Uranus square saw its last exact alignment in December of 2021, but is still in effect, with these contrasting planets within a degree or so of each other for much of the autumn.  Saturn in mid-Aquarius promotes loss and hardship, while Uranus in mid-Taurus provides the power and electric jolt of these super-energized tropical systems.  Add TNO Typhon in mid-Scorpio, named for the mythic Greek Titan storm god known for causing hurricanes and floods (and the root of our word “typhoon”), and you have a ready-made recipe for disasters originating at sea.

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Fiona devastated the Canadian Martimes, one of the most powerful storms to reach that far north; asteroid Fionapaine conjunct Damocles and asteroid Sturm (German for “storm”) at its naming revealed the potential doom hanging overhead

But the proximate cause of this bout of devastation was asteroid Storm, which in mid-Leo spent most of the month triggering one or the other of the arms of this Grand Cross.  By September 15th, when Fiona was named, Storm was at 16 Leo, just shy of an exact triggering square to Typhon at 17 Scorpio, followed by a square to Uranus at 18 Taurus, and an opposition to Saturn at 19 Aquarius.

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Just where Fiona was headed is made plain by asteroid Scott (for Nova Scotia) conjoined Saturn (loss, hardship) and in a Grand Cross with Uranus (violent power), TNO Typhon (storms at sea) and asteroid Storm

Adding fuel to the fire was the Neptune conjunction with asteroid Nemesis, exact on September 21st, but well within orb throughout the month.  Nemesis indicates ruin or destruction, while Neptune identifies the sea as the source of that devastation.  This dynamic duo was further highlighted by the Sun’s passage in opposition, at its most intense September 15-18, but effective for weeks.  Not to be outdone, asteroid Flood in mid-Sagittarius was opposing Mars in mid-Gemini, bringing together the planet of violence, action and energy with a minor body representing the deluges to ensue.

Labrador was also under the gun from Fiona, with the Sun conjunct asteroid Labs and opposed Neptune with asteroid Nemesis, depicting a spotlight (Sun) on destruction (Nemesis) from the sea (Neptune) for Labrador (Labs)

Even at Fiona’s inception, its potential for destruction was easy to see.  When the storm, then a Tropical Depression, was named on September 15th, asteroid Fionapaine (one of two Fiona CNAs – Compound-Name Asteroids, bodies which have both first and last names strung together as one word, but which can be separated and used as a referent for either) at 28 Aquarius closely conjoined Damocles at 27 Aquarius, the impending doom hanging overhead, also conjoined asteroid Sturm (German for “storm”) at 2 Pisces. 

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Prince Edward Island saw one of the highest storm surges on record from Fiona; a special focus on this province is portrayed by asteroid Fionawood exactly conjunct asteroid Eduarda, and asteroid Flood conjoined asteroid Edoardo

With Jupiter at 5 Aries opposed Mercury retrograde at 7 Libra, it was plain that a major (Jupiter) weather event (Mercury) was brewing, and Fiona’s ultimate goal was depicted by PNAs (Personal-Named Asteroids) representing the geographic areas it would impact, more than a week later.  Nova Scotia (Latin for “New Scotland”) was among these, with asteroid Scott (for Scotia) at 17 Aquarius conjunct Saturn and joining the Grand Cross, and asteroid Scotti (also for Scotia) at 6 Cancer forming a T-Square of the Jupiter/Mercury polarity.  New Brunswick was also under the gun, with asteroid Brunszvik (an Eastern European rendering of “Brunswick”) at 20 Cancer opposing powerful, devastating and transformative (for good or ill) Pluto at 26 Capricorn, locked in another T-Square with asteroid Canada-Assandri at 23 Libra, identifying the general geographic locale.  The Sun at 22 Virgo was exactly conjoined asteroid Labs (for Labrador, another province severely affected), opposed that Neptune/Nemesis conjunction, then at 24 and 25 Pisces.

Prince Edward Island saw some of the worst conditions recorded, with a storm surge of six feet that left “unprecedented” damage to structures and claimed at least one human life.  PEI is represented celestially by asteroids Eduarda, which at 1 Scorpio is an exact match for asteroid Fionawood (the second Fiona CNA); Edoardo, which at 17 Sagittarius conjoined asteroid Storm and opposed Mars; and Prinz (German for “prince”), which at 1 Capricorn ties to the Jupiter/Mercury opposition by T-Square.

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Fiona tore through much forested territory in the Maritimes, leaving devastation in its wake and threatening the local timber industry; a penchant for such destruction is evidenced by the Sun/Labs (Labrador) conjunction also conjoined asteroid Forrestpeterson (for “forests”) and asteroid Forestmartin conjunct Storm, in the Grand Cross

Storm damage in the Maritimes is estimated at between $300 and $700 million, in infrastructure and natural resources such as timber.  The impact on that industry can be seen in the Sun/Labrador conjunction with asteroid Forrestpeterson (for “forests”) at 21 Virgo, and asteroid Forestmartin’s (ditto) inclusion in the Grand Cross, conjunct asteroid Storm from 18 Leo.  Hundreds of thousands were without power for days after Fiona’s landfall, and the cleanup could take months.

This figure pales, however, in comparison with the havoc wreaked in Florida and the US Atlantic coast by Hurricane Ian, which made landfall as a high-level Category Four storm, just a few miles per hour under the Cat Five designation.  The path of devastation across central Florida was truly surreal to see, like something out of an apocalyptic movie.  Early estimates of damage put it at upwards of $50 billon, making it one of the costliest storms in US history.  Millions of people were without power for extended periods, countless numbers of homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, and at least 100 lives have been lost.

There’s no exact match for Ian, but there are more than a dozen CNAs (Compound-Name Asteroids) that begin with that name, and several show prominently on the day Ian made its Florida landfall; asteroid Ianmclean opposed the Sun granted visibility, while asteroids Ianwong, Iankubik and Ianlyon conjoined three of the four arms of the Grand Cross, and Ianrees conjoined Mercury

Ian’s Florida landfall came at 3:05 PM EDT on 28 September 2022, at Cayo Costa, a barrier island due west of Fort Myers, and a chart set for that time shows the overwhelming impact the storm would make.  There is no exact asteroid match for Ian, but there are more than a dozen CNAs that begin with that name.  Several figure prominently in the landfall chart, which also highlights regions which would be hardest hit.

In advance of the storm, nine Florida counties were singled out as probable disaster areas, based on forecasting.  Three of these, Lee, Charlotte and Collier counties, have exact asteroid matches; two others, Pinellas and Hardee, have close referents, in asteroids Pinelli and Hardy (the four remaining – Desoto, Sarasota, Hillsborough and Manatee – have no celestial markers).  The communities of Fort Myers, Naples and Orlando, which saw some of Ian’s worst effects, are represented by asteroids Myers, Napolitania (a variation of a term meaning “resident of Naples”) and Orlandi (closest to Orlando).

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Ian came ashore due west of Fort Myers, which saw some of the worst destruction; asteroid Myers was exactly squared by Damocles and conjoined by asteroid Ianlyon

Still in effect is the Grand Cross of Saturn (19 Aquarius), Uranus (18 Taurus), TNO Typhon (now at 18 Scorpio) and asteroid Storm (now at 21 Leo) which saw such a huge bump-up in frequency and intensity of tropical storms in September.   Joining the fray are three Ian referents:  asteroid Ianwong a 23 Taurus with Uranus, asteroid Iankubik at 17 Aquarius with Saturn, and asteroid Ianlyon at 17 Scorpio with Typhon.  Talk about cosmic overkill!  Also present is the Moon at 11 Scorpio, another referent for water and the sea; and asteroids Lee at 14 Scorpio, for Lee County (which includes Fort Myers), and Myers at 26 Scorpio, for Fort Myers.  Myers is also squared exactly by Damocles at 26 Aquarius, defining where the looming threat would fall, and by asteroid Sturm at 0 Pisces.

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Fort Myers is in Lee County, represented by asteroid Lee, which joined the Grand Cross, conjunct Typhon and the Moon

Several of Ian’s other celestial emissaries find themselves in significant placement.  The Sun at 5 Libra opposes asteroid Ianmclean at 9 Aries with Jupiter (ramping up the effects) at 3 Aries, granting the name enhanced public visibility for the period.  Asteroid Ianbanks at 6 Taurus pairs with asteroid Charlotte (for Charlotte County, where flooding of the Peace River closed US 41) at 7 Taurus, both powerfully angular on the 4 Taurus IC; these also oppose the Moon, with asteroid Hardy (for Hardee County, which remained submerged, with 99% of residents still without power a day later) at 8 Leo on the fulcrum of a T-square.  Asteroid Ianwessen at 20 Sagittarius aligns with asteroid Flood at 15 Sag and asteroid Collier (for Collier County) at 14 Sag, in an all-too-apt image of the flooding there, which includes Naples.

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Naples, Florida was another area hard-hit by Ian; asteroid Napolitania conjoined Mercury (ruling weather generally) and the Sun (providing focus), in a Grand Trine with Pluto (devastation) and asteroid Ianwong

Mercury rules weather conditions generally, and at 25 Virgo it opposes asteroid Nemesis with Neptune, at 22 and 23 Pisces, which speaks to ruin or destruction (Nemesis) from the sea (Neptune).  Joining Mercury are asteroids Ianrees at 19 Virgo, Napolitania (for Naples) at 27 Virgo, and Pinelli at 29 Virgo (for Pinellas County); the placename asteroids here are also within orb of the 5 Libra Sun, which highlights whatever it touches, for good or ill.  Mercury also rules cars, and Ian lifted and moved an impressive number of “floaters” throughout the region, autos which the storm relocated blocks from where it encountered them, as well as tearing myriad boats and yachts from their moorings, and depositing them thousands of feet inland.

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Ian’s winds had somewhat subsided when it passed through Orlando, but 20″ of rain made parts of the city a virtual lake, as depicted by asteroid Flood opposed asteroid Orlandi conjunct Mars

After overwhelming the Fort Myers area with 155 mph winds and a storm surge up to 18 feet above ground level, Ian proceeded to cross the state, deluging Orlando enroute, creating “catastrophic flooding” from up to 20 inches of rain.  This is reflected in the chart by asteroid Orlandi, which at 17 Gemini conjoins energetic, violent Mars at 19 Gemini, and opposes asteroid Flood with Ianwessen at 15 and 20 Sagittarius.

Downgraded temporarily to a Tropical Storm, after leaving Florida Ian again strengthened into a Category One hurricane before making its second US landfall in South Carolina, where it dumped copious amounts of rain and battered the state with high winds, causing further damage and flooding.  Asteroid Carolina at 1 Libra is highlighted by the Sun and Mercury, throwing continued focus (Sun) on a weather event (Mercury).

All told, damage from Ian is likely to total between $75 and $80 billion dollars, making it one of the top five costliest hurricanes in US history.  Asteroid Storm will move out of range of the Grand Cross by mid-October, but the underlying T-Square of Saturn, Uranus and Typhon continues throughout the remainder of the Atlantic hurricane season into December, perhaps prompting more devastating encounters between nature and humanity.

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.

6 comments, add yours.


As one of your Canadian readers, I thank you, Alex, for taking the time to cover Hurricane Fiona, especially since you had to cover Hurricane Ian as well. With the t-square persisting into December, I do wonder how many more of these events you will have to cover! My thoughts are with the people of Florida who lost their lives and loved ones. Everything else can be replaced. I’ve updated my asteroid list again for some Canadian place names I didn’t have like Brunzwick (great find!). When I did so, I noticed I hadn’t checked the position of Maritima #912 on September 24th. It was at 28 Gemini, exactly conjunct Canada’s natal Moon which I thought was interesting. A great analysis, Alex, as usual. Thanks for demonstrating that asteroids work and should get more attention from astrologers.

    Alex Miller


    congrats, Laurien – somehow you always manage to find something I’ve missed! Maritima? who knew? :^) when I plug that into the Sept 15th naming chart, which is what I used for interpreting Fiona (as opposed to landfall), we find it at 26 Gemini, which creates a Grand Trine Kite pattern, trine Canada-Assandri and Fionapaine/Damocles, with the Sun/Labs conjunction at the String! just never fails, does it? :^)


      You don’t miss much, Alex! I just happen to have a collection of asteroids relating to Canada. But I’ve learned so many new asteroids from you over the years–glad I can occasionally return the favour! And you are right, the asteroids never fail to amaze. 🙂 Thanks again for a great job on these hurricanes.

Esperanza Acosta

Gracias por este artículo, estoy aprendiendo pero me falta un programa para ver las cartas con los asteroides, favor qué programa existe o si puedo utilizar alguno del internet.


Alex, I am a resident of Charlotte County, FL. It was a nightmare. The financial loss in our county is immense, people passed away in mobile home communities, due to Ian’s impact – ferocious winds and water. Most of these mobile home communities were in flood zones, which gives me the idea that there must be a connection between Scorpio and Taurus. Fields were flooded, and the roads and even non-flood zones were affected very badly. This hurricane came with the idea of “equality” – rich or poor and was affected evenly.
We stood home – we were in a non-flood zone, about 15 minutes drive from Englewood beach, and the impact is great. The prices for repairs are astronomic, this is why Scorpio-Taurus. Also, the insurance prices gonna skyrocket as well.
I love your reports, very informative.


Ah, forgot to mention: the agricultural sector got hit hard. We have a huge organic farm – it was badly affected, also a lot of chickens from different farms were blown away, or simply drowned. The fields were soaked. Thankfully it was not a salty ocean water flood, otherwise, it would be even worse.

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