Torrential rains drenching eastern Kentucky in late July led to massive flooding on July 28, 2022, particularly of isolated rural communities in the poorest areas of Appalachia, where rivers and creeks swelled to overflow their banks by as much as 20 feet, filling the hollows and washing away some homes and businesses, inundating others in feet of standing water. Hardest-hit areas received 8-10 inches of rainfall within 48 hours. As of this writing (July 31) 26 are dead and dozens more still missing, while continued rain forecasts imperil search efforts and threaten to exacerbate an already tragic situation. Among the dead are four young siblings from Montgomery, Kentucky: Maddison, Riley, Nevaeh and Chance Noble, aged 2 to 8, torn from their parent’s arms by the current’s grip as the family’s mobile home was swept away.
The devastation in Kentucky follows similar flooding in the St. Louis, Missouri region two days prior, where 11 inches of rain fell within 8 hours, breaking a record set by the remnants of the Galveston hurricane in 1915; two were killed. Even a small amount of water, in the wrong place at the wrong time, can lead to disaster, as desert clime Las Vegas experienced, also on July 28, when up to three-quarters of an inch of rain fell within two hours; the resultant flash flooding swamped several casinos.
A glance at the skies for the Kentucky flooding reveals the intensity and multiplicity of these events. Late July 2022 saw the stations of two bodies significant to the story – the planet Jupiter, noted for excess and increase, made its retrograde station on July 28, the very day of the Kentucky and Las Vegas floods. Jupiter, known as the “Greater Benefic” and noted for providing positive outcomes, nevertheless inflates any situation, for good or ill, blowing it up out of proportion. Stations lend themselves to a similar overemphasis of the associated energies, and the second stationary point involved was asteroid Flood, which turned direct on July 31st. Talk about literal!
Worse, at 8 Aries and 8 Sagittarius respectively, Jupiter and Flood were bound in an exact trine, increasing the likelihood of their interaction creating excessive (Jupiter) water conditions (Flood). Once the Sun joined the fray, completing a Grand Trine from 5 Leo on July 28th, the focus (Sun) became extreme flooding. And with the Sun forming a Kite pattern with its opposition to asteroid Lachesis at 9 Aquarius, named for the mythic Greek Fate who determines the span of life, the flooding turned deadly. Also bound up in the pattern was a third stationary point, asteroid Nemesis at 0 Aries, representing ruin and destruction, which turns retrograde August 3rd; the property damage from these incidents has not been fully assessed, but will doubtless run to the tens, perhaps hundreds, of millions. St. Louis’ proximity to the action is noted in asteroid Lewis at 3 Aries, conjoined Jupiter.
The theme of sudden devastation and death from flooding is reinforced by an opposition from TNO Typhon at 16 Scorpio, named for a Titan known as the god of storms, to a Mars/Uranus combination at 15 and 18 Uranus, with Mars ruling violent death and Uranus ruling surprise and sudden change, much like the flash flooding. This polarity becomes a Grand Cross when an opposition from Mercury and asteroid Rip, at 18 and 20 Leo, to Saturn at 23 Aquarius is factored into the equation. Saturn is the ancient lord of death, while Rip also functions as a death indicator, in the form of the acronym “RIP”, “Rest In Peace”, a common tombstone inscription. Mercury alludes to the loss of children or young people, at least six of whom perished in Kentucky (including the four Noble family children).
Another pointer toward a watery death comes from Neptune, planetary ruler of flooding, which at 25 Pisces opposes a pairing of asteroids Requiem and Anubis at 19 and 25 Virgo. Requiem is named for the funeral mass for the dead; Anubis is named for an ancient Egyptian deity governing funerary rites. A T-Square is formed with asteroid Montgomery at 20 Sagittarius, representing the home town of the Noble family; also at station, Montgomery is exactly sesquiquadrate the Sun, and turns direct on August 6th, already at its station degree. Asteroid Las Vegas at 27 Pisces conjoins Neptune, providing another geographic indicator of where unusual flooding would occur.
The most specific marker of deadly storms claiming the lives of youths comes from Pluto, modern lord of death, which at 27 Capricorn opposes a remarkable grouping of asteroids Child, Nobel, Storm and Osiris, at 20, 21, 24 and 27 Cancer respectively. Osiris is named for the Egyptian god of the dead, and with Nobel standing in for Noble, we have here a quite literal statement of the flooding (Storm) deaths (Osiris, Pluto) of the children (Child) in the Noble (Nobel) family.
The Kentucky River smashed an 83-year-old record for flooding, when it crested at 43.2 feet in Jackson, Kentucky on the morning after the rains. The locale may be reflected in a square from exacerbating, over-the-top Jupiter at 8 Aries to asteroid Jackson at 5 Cancer.
With Jupiter and Flood maintaining their close trine through August 18th, we may be seeing more such incidents, at least until the Sun ages out of the Grand Trine Kite on August 11th.