Being an inconsequential gnat possessing the opposite of clout, I hesitate to post everything the Chernobyl chart whispers, esp in comparison with charts of the actors of the time.
Yet I post these comments for the 1:23 am time given as the "flipped switch, then two explosions" details for the worst nuclear disaster to date--in memory of the ones who paid so heavily for governmental overconfidence at best, ruthlessness and depravity at worst--and I post for the millions of innocents who continue to suffer still.
Sun (opposite Pluto, planet of power, manipulation, and nuclear abominations) was, at this exact time/date conjunct Gorbachev's secondary progressed Sun--set for this time and date. He and Reagan signed an 'Arms Treaty' on Dec 8, 1987 in Washington, and you can be sure I'll be looking at the chart asap--they signed at 2:02 pm est.
In the disaster's chart, Pluto is nearing MC and conjunct separative South Node. Plu/SN is a signature of large social events which are beyond one's personal control. In fact, personal will is out of harmony with society to the extent that physical security is endangered (no kiddin'.)
It indicates there was a past condition where large-scale changes were initiated without consideration of its effect on others--hence the sense of being a victim of circumstances beyond one's control. (Plu/SN can also be active during war, or commonly there will be Mars/SN contacts then. Pluto brings along the atomic/nuclear influence to the destruction.) And just the building of the facility must have depressed the neighbors who probably had no input as to its location--goes without saying.
With rebellious, intensifying Uranus (Uranium) rising at 22Sag+, this gives a double emphasis on the degree--but "22Sag" and "23Sag" could apply, so let's look at them both using Dane Rudhyar's version of the Sabian Symbols:
"22Sag"> "A Chinese laundry"> Keynote: Making use of one's special racial-cultural background in order to survive and prosper in an alien environment.
SELF-CONTAINMENT...an individual finds himself separated from the people in the midst of whom he has to live. (It's 20 years and they're hoping they're successful at containment.)
"23Sag"> "A group of immigrants as they fulfill the requirements of entrance into a new country"> Keynote: Consciously accepting the ways of a new stage of experience, in readiness for the opportunites it will present.
TRANSITION...everything that will follow depends largely on how we cross this threshold, and in the spirit in which we meet unfamiliar and perhaps shocking experiences (Sabian Symbols, Dr. Marc Edmund Jones.)
And, of course, Uranus is the master of 'shock', being ruler of electricity, lightening, and of technology, esp new technology. Uranus loves to awaken and disrupt, as you know.
Also there's a compulsive-obsessive quindecile aspect (165 degr) between Mercury, "11Aries": "The ruler of a nation"> CENTRALIZATION OF POWER, and MC, aka the Aspiration/WHY Point of the chart:
Merc QD Mc = brainstorming; thoughts focused on "how do I get ahead?" without any consideration of the consequences; opportunism.
(And Chiron in Gemini knows instinctively that how one thinks determines reality.)
Mars in 1st house (rising after deceptive, veiling, and confused Neptune) is involved in a midpoint picture which seems to apply:
Mars/Plu = Saturn: leaving no stone unturned in pursuit of a particular task; the desire to overcome obstacles at all costs forcibly. (The Mars/Pluto duo = "superhuman force; brutality".)
The Symbols for Neptune ("5/6Cap") are very instructive, too, but I'll leave them for you to investigate concerning Chernobyl, a "threshold" mankind would have avoided gladly if given a choice. But there were those who knew better, were desperate to get ahead, and were willing that others pay the price.
WHY? MC: "27Libra"> "An airplane sails high in the clear sky"> Keynote: A consciousness able to transcend the conflicts and pressures of the personal life...
TRANSCENDENT REALIZATION> Through the use of his mind, backed by the efforts and struggles of past generations and the cooperation of other men, the individual can gain a new perspective on human problems and reach freedom and peace in a supernal realm of being.
Guess so, as long as Mr Supernal Realm doesn't have to be at the scene of the crime.
And so millions will continue to suffer from the Chernobyl abomination. And if mankind could learn one valuable lesson from this it is that nuclear power is impossible to control--which makes catastrophe, suffering, and death only a flipped switch away.
4.26.06 8:56 pm edt May They RIP