Earthquakes Astrological Principles
Dr. Shanker Adawal (Jyotishaacharya, PHD, MBA)
At the outset it is admitted that we have very less material and research-oriented works
in this branch of Mundane Astrology which embraces all national and international
affairs. Inspire of the vast infrastructures with scientists and meteorologists they have
failed to warm about the coming earthquakes, famines, floods, widespread epidemics
As for rains, we have also some principles for 'earthquakes' to happen, when and why
they happen and the place at which they happen. It is known that in view of the
different latitude and longitude, countries and cities are ruled by different Zodiacal
signs. Without discussing the exact role of planets/ Nakshtras, standard time,
Ayanamsa, it would suffice to refer to the following basic principles – there can be little
difference of opinion between Indian Astrologers and Western astrologers:
1) Earthquakes generally follow the eclipses they happen near about the time of
eclipse. The country/place in which the eclipse occurs may not be free from danger.
2) At the time of earth-quakes, adverse connections between Mars and Saturn
(conjunction, opposition, aspect etc.) have been noted.
3) Earthy signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricom) (some refer to fixed signs i.e. Taurus,
Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) and the planets therein also matter with regard to
occurrence of earth-quakes. Saturn in a fixed sign at the distance of 45 degrees from
merdian, it is stated that the earthquake will occur in that part of the world which is at
the same distance from Green which, east or west-depending on the position of Saturn.
4) The timing of occurrence of earthquakes has been noticed between mid-day and
sunset or between midnight and sunrise.
5) A major planet has been noted to be 'Retrograde' at the time of earthquake.
6) The Ruling Nakshtra has been found to belzing to earth or air.
7) Moon and Mercury must conjunct and come in the same Nakshtra.
8) Earth-quakes generally happen when there are many planets in or near the movable
(Cardinal signs) i.e. Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricon.
9) Frequent happening of earthquakes is indicated when the planets like Uranus,
Saturn, Mars, or Jupiter occupy Taurus and Scorpio.
10) In Brihat Samhita, reference has been made to bad omens for causing earthquakes.
Other principle is that the Moon be stretched like the yoke of a carriage from the south
to the north, there would be earthquakes. Letter at page 46, the commentator has
stated that there is a popular belief that an eclipse is heralded by some usual
occurrences such as earthquake and terrific thunder. In another place (page 67), it is
stated that if after the termination of an elipse there may be an earthquake, there
would be death of a leading king. All
Varahmihira in his Brihat Samhita has mentioned that the earthquakes are caused by
the violent coalition of winds and their striking the earth in consequence. Some
J.C.Luthra ans Shri R. Santhanam) apart from Ms. Gayatru Vasudev had done some
research work in this direction. Without dwelling in details, I refer to the important
points after erecting a Chart fro Sun's entry into Aries (First point) :
1) For an earthquake to happen in the year, severe affliction of 8th house or its lord
must be indicated (8th house denotes mass deaths and mass tragedies which do
happen in earthquakes also).
2) Eclipses falling at quadrants to Jupiter, Saturn or Mars also produce earthquakes.
The area of the occurrence is generally indicated by the zodiacal sign in which the
above combination occur.
Now we refer to the following two recoded earthquakes and the planetary position :
Massive earth quake occurred in Bihar on 15th Jan, 1934. it was a New Moon day and
seventh planets were in Capricorn (Movable/Airy sign). The Sun, The Moon and Mars
were in exact conjunction in Uttarashada ruled by the Sun, lord of 8th from the Moon.
The earthquake occurred in airy sign. Five planets in 2nd house (moveable sign). New
Moon was 26th July, 1976. The Moon and Mercury have a significant role to play in
causing earthquakes. Except Jupiter and Nodes (Rahu and Ketu) all planets were
clustered within an arc of 38 degrees.
Which planets and Nakshtra are actually responsible for causing earthquakes is still b\to
be seen. We do not know whether earthquakes are caused by the gravitational force of
the Sun or the Moon but in view of the little study and experience it is certain that
grouping of planets in certain signs/Nakshtra prove forceful for such a disaster. But,
sometimes nothing happens apart from configuration of seven-eight planets in one
sign. It may be recalled that there was such configuration of 8 planets in the movable
sign Capricorn on 4th Feb 1962. See the following planetary position.
Planet Sign Degree Minute
It is stated Sun 09 25 24
That various Moon 09 22 17
Japas of Mars 09 08 15
Mantras, worshipping Mercury 09 24 47
Of all deities, Jupiter 09 25 32
Yagyas etc. Venus 09 25 42
Were performed Saturn 09 10 30
Fortunately nothing Rahu 03 24 36
Though the planetary
Position was very bad Ketu 09 24 36
1) It may not be possible to refer to various earth-quakes in India and in the World.
The earthquake of Japan in 1923 was very devastating. In recent times, reference may
be made to the following:-
2) A mild tremor rocked Calcutta on 29th May, 1994as per News, item in the Press
dated 30.05.1994. the planetary position indicated Venus in Aries (Mars Nakshtra), Sun
Moon and Mercury (R) in Taurus with Moon-Sun conjunction during the day and
combust Retrograde Mercury, Mars in Leo (Ketu Nakshtra), and Jupiter in Scorpio
(Jupiter in Retrograde motion in 8th house from Aries) with Pluto, Saturn in its Sign
Aquarius in last degree (29.45). Uranius and Neptue in 10th house (Capricorn) with
Ketu in Aries and Rahu in Libra.
3) Again, mild tremor rocked Calcutta on 05.05.1995 as News item in the Hindustan
Times 07.05.1995. The earthquake took place in Taurus Lagna (earthy) with
Retrograde Jupiter in Scorpio and Sun in Aries. Saturn aspecting Jupiter (R).
4) Quake claimed 147 lives in Algeria on 17.08.1994 as per News item in the Hindustan
times dated 19.08.1994. Mars aspecting Uranus (R), the Moon and Neptune (R), Saturn
(R), aspecting the Mercury and Sun, Saturn being Retrograde aspecting Jupiter in the
7th house with Rahu.
5) Eariler quake had triggered landslide in Talwan as per News item in the Hindustan
times dated 06.06.1994 (Sunday). Moon, Mars and Ketu were in Aries and Saturn
aspecting all and Uranus in Capricorn and Neptue in Sagittarius in their retrograde
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