Savage tornadoes raked the US South on Wednesday, 27 April 2011, with 165 touching down within a 24-hour period. Alabama was the hardest hit, with more than 200 dead of a total loss of life exceeding 300, the worst such storm period in 37 years.
The Sun at 7 Taurus was conjunct a Maser, a Deep Space anomaly which violently spews vast jets of matter from its core, astrologically representing volatility, violent, disruptive energy, and explosiveness, and opposed Black Hole at 7 Scorpio, indicating dramatic, sudden and sweeping change or alteration in the status quo reality. The Sun was also trine Pluto, harbinger of destruction and devastation, still at its station degree of 7 Capricorn.
Several celestial bodies related to Wind Gods were in significant aspect that day, among them asteroid Aeolia, named for the island home of Aeolus, the Greek god of winds, which at 0 Pisces was exactly conjunct Neptune, ruling dissolution and erosion.
In addition to a chief wind deity, the Greeks personified each directional wind as well, and two of these have asteroids named for them. Zephyr, the West Wind, falls at 17 Gemini, exactly conjunct asteroid Storm, and in trine to asteroid Boreas, the North Wind, at 18 Libra, which is itself conjoined Saturn at 12 Libra, with this planet ruling loss and limitation in exact trine to TNO Chaos, the formless void also representing disruption and loss of order or control. Saturn further opposes Mercury, traditional ruler of weather, at 14 Aries, in sextile to Chaos, Storm and Zephyr.
TNO Typhon, named for a Titan and the original Storm God of ancient Greece, from whom we derive the word “typhoon,” at 28 Virgo is inconjunct Neptune/Aeolia and opposed Uranus at 2 Aries, a planetary energy signaling disruption and violent upheaval. Typhon is also sextile to asteroid Njord, named for the Norse god of winds, which at 24 Cancer is exactly conjunct the USA’s natal Mercury/Agita conjunction, speaking in this case to extreme unease and agitation (Agita) evoked by weather (Mercury). Njord squares the major planetary configuration of the day, a triple conjunction of Jupiter (known to hurl a thunderbolt or two in his day) and TNO Eris (representing discord, unease and strife) at 21 Aries, with Mars (violence, death) at 20 Aries.