Thursday, 26 February 2009

So recognise your age it's a teenage rampage


(Anyone who remembers Sweet will know what I mean!)

The following chart presents the approximate time for the start of the parade which appears to have degenerated into, what the media are calling, a "rampage". The parade is an annual event organised by the Students' Union at the local university to welcome new students. There is some confusion as to what actually changed this from a fun event to an expensive cleaning operation, but the chart tells its own story. According to reports eggs were thrown by or at the students in the parade, as were bucket loads of faeces and vomit. The resulting damage hasn't been costed, but local shopkeepers, businesses and politicians are calling for the parade to be banned and for the Students' Union itself to pay the costs of cleaning and repairing. Note that New Zealand generally is rated as a very civilised place to live in, that the crime rate is low and contentment high, I think anyone hearing this story would be surprised that it happened there of all places.

This link gives the full story:

http://www.odt.co.nz/on-campus/university-otago/45119/retailers-call-toga-ban

A lot of students gathered about an hour before the scheduled 7.30pm start, with the parade setting off at about 7pm.





I'm going to apply rules for a journey to this chart among other things because it does have a departure point, a middle section away from 'home, and a return to base. A sign of long ascension rises, so any small differences in the time won't change anything very much. So the very early Ascendant describes the premature departure of the parade. As this is the beginning of the journey, signified by the 1st house, the South Node there is interesting because it has been said that the trouble may have been brewing because of the students assembled so long before the official start time. It also indicates obvious scandal which certainly did ensue. Looking at the middle part, the journey or parade itself, the 10th house provides that information. It is ruled by detrimented Venus indicating that it will be a loud, fairly brutish and ill-mannered event; Venus naturally rules parties, fun activities and alchohol. This one planet shows that a fun event is going to degenerate into some fairly unpleasant, the other side of the Venus coin. Venus in the 8th is describing something 'shady'.

Mercury, naturally signifies young people and students, it is very closely conjunct Jupiter. Mercury is the strongest planet in this chart by a long way and, although Jupiter is accidentally dignified, it is peregrine and so the students behaved in an inflated and undignifed way – they went too far, 'high jinks' became 'low tricks'.

Venus applies to Mars, ruler of the 4th house of the journey's end. Venus is very slow as it moves towards its first station and so Mars is separating from it thus completion is not achieved. However, the parade does get to its destination because the Sun is in the 7th, but in a different sign to that descending, so this destination was not that originally planned, it was somewhat different. Saturn rules the 7th cusp and is retrograde and in a dual sign, so there were two destinations: the planned one and that which ended with the main shopping street being damaged. Saturn's close conjunction with the 2nd cusp describes breakages, damage and their cost. Saturn disposes the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and is in mutual reception with Mercury – for some at least, mayhem was the intention. In any case, with Saturn so much involved with a party, how much real fun could be expected?

The Moon separates from void of course and applies to square the MC which describes the very bad publicity both the university and the town have received. It then applies to conjunct the Sun after its change of sign; a New Moon. I suspect that this will be the last Toga Parade for a long time, perhaps forever.

Perhaps you can find more to say about this event chart.






1 comment:

gary said...

Also, Algol is on the MC!