Recently, Arkansas has been experiencing a string of small earthquakes which have been registering an average in the mid 3s on the Richter Scale, the most recent quake before this string was in 1997. While I was discussing these events on a car ride home, a horary question popped into my mind concerning the likelihood of the capital city of Little Rock (my home) experiencing an earthquake.
Initially I threw the chart out when I looked at it, not due to any issues having to do with the chart being considered readable or not, but mostly because I wasn’t quite sure what I meant by my question. Being clear in intent is very important in horary, but in this case I just didn’t know exactly what I was asking. The question that went through my head was “Will there be an earthquake in Little Rock this year?”, but I’m not sure if I was concerned about the epicenter of an earthquake being within the city limits (the quakes previous being centered about 60 miles North), or if there would be one strong enough for residents in Little Rock to experience it. A rather important distinction.
I would have thrown this out and forgotten about it, had there not been another, larger, closer quake just a couple of nights later. At 23:00:50 on the 28th there was a 4.7 quake 37 miles from Little Rock, the biggest quake Arkansas has experienced in 42 years. While I’m still not convinced that my question is really valid since I’m not fully aware of the scope I had in mind when asking, I think the chart for the question is still rather interesting.
We’ll notice that the angles are not in Fixed signs which is something I do not find comfort in. The Fourth house represents the ground and things buried beneath it. On that cusp we have the Cardinal (called moveable) Sign Aries which is aggressive and impetuous, these are not characteristics we would see with stable ground. Jupiter (lord of the first, in this case representing the people and city of Little Rock) is in the Fourth house, bestowing upon it some benevolence and calm. Jupiter is afflicted by opposition from a retrograde Saturn, hindering Jupiter’s ability to protect the city, but no matter what way you look at it, Jupiter is the most powerful planet in the chart.
Mars is significant of the Fourth house, which rules the quality of the ground and things buried beneath it. When malefics like Mars are significant of a thing, it is seen as a sign of negative things happening, which sets our tone right out of the gate. Mars is in a mutable water sign, and I find the descriptions given with these placements to be very appropriate for the land in central Arkansas. Lilly says
if Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius be at the cusp of the house, it [the land] is hilly, mountainous, dry and hard piece of ground, or a great part of it so
Mars in Pisces works as a good description of the climate, abundantly hot and wet with its share of manmade lakes and rice fields. Mars is in triplicity in Pisces, which shows that the ground is essentially strong, however it is weakened by its proximity to the Sun and its position in the cadent third house, other than that, the planet is unafflicted. I usually do not pay attention to such things, but Pluto has a tight Square with the Fourth house and Jupiter, afflicting them since it is considered a malefic planet.
No horary is complete with the testimony of the Moon. In this chart she’s recently separated a Trine from Jupiter and is applying a sextile to Saturn. This upcoming sextile probably was the signal for the recently earthquake Little Rock experienced as Saturn is the greater malefic and generally brings unpleasant things, he’s also very strong and angular, making his effects potent and far reaching.
While the chart doesn’t seem to suggest there will be any major damage to the city or its people, there is an undeniably blatant focus on the ground and its unpredictability which seems to suggest that the capital will continue to feel effects of quakes whose epicenters are removed from the city limits. Even after several weeks, the strings of small quakes to the North continue unceasingly and it seems realistic to expect there to be another larger quake sometime in the near future with effects that the capital will feel, perhaps with some minor property damage such as cracked plaster and objects falling from the walls or shelves. There is nothing to suggest that there will be something devastating, which means I don’t have to move!