Updated Dateline: August 5, July 27, July 15, and July 12, 2014 and originally posted Sunday April 6, 2014…Sometime in January-February of this year – a year that began with an exceedingly rare Capricorn New Moon conjunct secretive, mysterious Pluto on New Year’s Day (the first time this has occurred in the last 247 years) – an outbreak of the deadly virus Ebola began occurring in southeastern Guinea, a country in West Africa. As of two days ago, the confirmed cases in Guinea (and neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone) has reached approximately 151, along with about 99 deaths, revealing a nearly 2/3 fatality rate.
Unless you are a member of Doctors without Borders (a group who has physicians in the affected regions) or are one of the far-too-few, local doctors attempting to halt the progress of this nightmarish virus that has no known cure, you have probably only become familiar with Ebola through the documentary-type book entitled Ebolaby surgeon William T. Close (born June 7, 1924 and the father of actress Glenn Close) or through watching the quasi-Ebola films Outbreak (1995 and starring Dustin Hoffman, Rene Russo, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey) and the more recent Contagion (2011 and starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne and Jude Law).
What is stunning to me – as someone who has been an avid world news reader and watcher for well over 50 years – is how the current multi-media, so advertising-marketing-money driven, prefers to feed the public enormous doses of the disappearance of Malaysian Flight 370 (witness CNN’s virtually non-stop coverage of this aviation enigma that could claim 239 lives from many nations), but hardly touches the more African-based horror story of Ebola.
My goal in writing this feature is to provide you with a little background history of Ebola, a couple of charts, and the hope that someone will find a cure for this disease that is just one plane trip or boat ride away from spreading to North America (which, for the most part, has been spared the devastation so far inflicted on African nations such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Sudan, Gabon, South Africa, Uganda, and – now – Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone). [Note: There are five recognized strains of the Ebola virus. The disease comes from contact with an infected host – often a bat, ape or antelope. It is then passed along human-to-human via sweat, blood, saliva or sex. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, vomiting, diarrhea, and profound bleeding.]
Through the use of Google, Wikipedia and other online resources, I was able to track down a key date in the appearance of Ebola back in 1976 – during the initial outbreak in Zaire. The main story surrounds a 22-year-old nurse Mayinga N’Seka who was helping to treat the afflicted in the fall of that year. Unfortunately, she became a victim and died on October 20, 1976. Chart one at the end of this article is for sunrise in Kinshasa, Zaire on that day. Major aspects in that death chart include the Sun contra-parallel Pluto (within 2 minutes of arc), Venus parallel Neptune (only 8 minutes apart), Mars parallel Uranus as well as conjunct Uranus in Scorpio, Venus at 30 degrees of Scorpio opposite Jupiter at 30 degrees of Taurus, Saturn at one of the four main power degrees of the zodiac (15+ Leo), Mercury at the same place, 14+ degrees of Libra, where it would be 25 years later at the World Trade Center disaster, Mercury conjunct Pluto within 2 degrees, and the Sun opposite Chiron within 3 degrees.
It is noteworthy that just three days after Nurse Mayinga’s passing, there was a Total Solar Eclipse at 30 degrees of Libra. When I saw this I realized that a strong connection to the current outbreak has to do with the transiting Lunar Nodes which have an 18+ year cycle* and just made a return to the 30-degree Libra-Aries part of the zodiac in February-March of this year. The Lunar Nodes are considered fate-oriented and since they refer to the Moon’s orbit, these retrograding astro-zodiacal interfaces have a lot to do with the public and widespread influences on the masses of humanity.
In addition, on a hunch, I decided to check out an asteroid-type chart for Nurse Mayinga’s death and that horoscope is the second one included at the end of this story. A near-earth asteroid – named Asclepius (for the Greek god of medicine) and discovered on March 31, 1989 after a near-miss of the Earth 9 days earlier – is conjunct the Libra Sun at Mayinga N’Seka’s death within 1 degree and if she actually died later than sunrise on October 20, 1976, the Sun union with Asclepius would be closing in toward exactitude. [On January 1, 2014, Asclepius was located at 18+ degrees of Scorpio in a conjunction with Saturn at 20+ degrees of Scorpio. Their 2-degree orb of separation could represent the approximate two months before widespread cases of Ebola starting appearing in Gueckedou and Macenta, two cities in southeastern Guinea plagued by the current outbreak. Eventually, in the past few weeks, at least several people have died of Ebola in the Guinea capital of Conakry, a port city of about 2 million people, and hundreds of miles from the more rural source of the outbreak. With fears rising in the capital during the last week – as this city has poor sanitation and sewage systems – a French medical team has arrived at the airport to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus to France as well as to other places around the globe. It is ironic and yet significant to point out that Asclepius just made a conjunction with Pluto at 14 degrees of Capricorn on April 1.]
The mythology concerning Asclepius is profound – in this regard – as he was a son of Apollo who was transferred to his upbringing by Chiron, the maverick, shamanic “wounded healer” of the ancient Greeks. Eventually, Asclepius would surpass his surrogate-parent/mentor in medical skills and become a father to six daughters and three sons, and many of the daughters are goddesses (asteroids, too) who are deeply connected to the themes of health and cures for illness.
There is a chart for the independence of Guinea from France (October 1, 1958) and this horoscope might prove significant if the number of deaths in Guinea keep climbing in the months ahead.