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HURRICANE GUSTAV - WHERE ITS CENTER WILL MAKE LANDFALL

by Gary Brand - written August 31, 2008
Image of Category 2 Hurricane Gustav taken on September
1, 2008, the day it made landfall in Louisiana. Image of Category 2 Hurricane Gustav taken at 9:45 a.m. CDT on September 1, 2008, shortly after it made landfall in Louisiana.  GOES or METEOSAT infrared satellite image courtesy of NOAA.

Biloxi's birth chart with transits when Hurricane
Gustav struck on September 1, 2008

New Orleans' birth chart with transits when Hurricane Gustav
struck on September 1, 2008

Morgan City's birth chart with transits when Hurricane
Gustav struck on September 1, 2008

Houma's birth chart with transits when Hurricane Gustav
struck on September 1, 2008

New Iberia's birth chart with transits when Hurricane Gustav
struck on September 1, 2008

New Iberia's birth chart with transits when Hurricane Gustav
struck on September 1, 2008
A client and friend of mine hired me on the afternoon of August 30, 2008 to determine which U.S. town or city the eye or center of Hurricane Gustav would first strike.  He did this after I informed him that I could determine the location by examining the birth charts of cities on or near the Gulf coast that would be especially vulnerable to Gustav, based upon the positions of the transiting slowest planets (where the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are in the zodiac at this time) in angular relationships (called aspects) to the positions of the planets in the birth charts of those cities.  I went roller skating that night, as is my custom on Saturday night, but when I returned home at 11:30 PM, I was too curious to wait until the next day to look at the city birth charts.  At that time, the eye of Gustav was just north of Cuba.  My client/friend had given me a short list of cities to look at in order to narrow the scope of my research and they were (from east to west):  Mobile, AL; Biloxi, MS; New Orleans, LA; Morgan City, LA; Lake Charles, LA; Beaumont, TX; and Galveston, TX.

What constitutes the birth of a city?  I use the date that a city or town was born as a free, independent, self-governing entity, much like a human birth, when we become a separate, living entity.  Usually, the birth of a city is the earliest date of incorporation.  To read the rationale for not using an "establishment" or "founding" date as the birth date of a city, click here.  To read what constitutes the birth of a city, see my commentary "When a Municipality Is Born."

The approach I used in my analysis was to approximate the time of landfall (the forecast on the NOAA Web site at 11:30 PM was that landfall of the eye would be about 2:00 AM Tuesday, September 2) and then I overlayed the positions of the planets at that time on the birth charts of each of the above cities.  Even if Gustav slows or hastens its landfall by a day or more [actual landfall was at Cocodrie - almost due south of Houma - at 9:30 AM, September 1, 2008], none of the planets (except the Moon) will be in a significantly different place than the time I used because they don't move very much in the course of a day, especially the slowest planets (Jupiter through Pluto).  In previous examinations of city birth charts at the time a city was struck by a major hurricane, I found numerous "hard" or challenging aspects from all or all but one of the five slowest or "ponderous" planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto) to the planets in the city's birth chart.

In the context of a major disaster like a hurricane, the Sun in a city's birth chart represents the city's identity, the downtown area, administration of government, the city's vitality and its growth (or decline).  Moon in a city's birth chart represents the city's people, neighborhoods, real estate, homes, restaurants, food stores, and the water supply.  Mercury in a city's birth chart represents the city's services, school system, commerce, mass transit, streets, and traffic flow.  Venus in a city's birth chart represents the city's beauty, finances, banks, revenue, tourism, and the local economy.  Mars in a city's birth chart represents the city's emergency responders, manufacturing businesses, and curfews or martial law.  Jupiter in a city's birth chart represents the city's prosperity, cost of living, revenue, restoration after destruction, commerce, good fortune, and the city's wealth.  Saturn in a city's birth chart represents the city's utilities, public buildings, potential for disasters, debt, the local economy, employers, hard times, real estate, government, the infrastructure and local recession.  Uranus in a city's birth chart represents the city's potential for disasters, crises and how they are handled, the electric grid, and disruption.  Neptune in a city's birth chart represents the port, harbor, beach, canals or waterways, hospitals, local inflation rate, and the potential for destruction from flooding or hurricanes.  Pluto in a city's birth chart represents potential for desvastation from flooding, the sewage system, death and crime rates, evacuation plans, ability of the city to rejuvinate, and groundwater contamination.

When I began my determination of the most likely place for landfall of the hurricane's eye, I quickly eliminated the two cities on the outer edges of the coastal range of my investigation (Galveston, TX and Mobile, AL).  In the birth chart of Mobile, there are "hard" or challenging aspects from Saturn, Uranus and Jupiter to planets in the city's chart but no hard aspects from transiting Neptune or Pluto (hard aspects from both of which symbolize flooding).  In the birth chart of Galveston, there are hard aspects from transiting Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune but no hard aspects from transiting Uranus or Pluto (hard aspects from both of which symbolize catastrophe and disruption).  So it looks to me like these cities will be spared, although they may experience some erosion or damage from high winds and water.

The picture is more ominous with respect to Biloxi, MS.  In the birth chart of Biloxi, there are hard or challenging aspects from all five of the slowest planets to planets in the city's chart.  Transiting Jupiter squares the city's Pluto and lunar nodes (the destruction will be exaggerated); transiting Saturn conjoins Biloxi's Jupiter (bad luck) and squares its Ceres (lack of food and basic supplies after the storm); transiting Uranus strongly conjoins (1 degree orb) and transiting Pluto squares the city's Venus, meaning economic/financial disruption and chaos; and Neptune strongly conjoins the city's Sun and Mars (this aspect was in the city's chart when Hurricane Katrina struck three years ago), meaning flooding and high water storm surge (on Sunday August 31, NOAA was predicting a 15 foot storm surge at Biloxi).

In the birth chart of New Orleans, transiting Neptune is conjunct the city's Sun and squares the city's Neptune (flooding, storm surge), transiting Saturn is opposite the city's Pluto and squares the city's Jupiter (loss of life and misfortune), although there are no hard aspects from transiting Uranus or Pluto to the planets in New Orlean's chart so the hurricane will not be nearly as devastating as Katrina.  So New Orleans will be better off than the other cities which I examined and the transits from the five slowest planets at the time of Gustav's landfall and much better than the city was at the time of Hurricane Katrina's landfall.

Other cities and towns in Louisiana will suffer more than New Orleans.  In fact, when I looked at the chart of Morgan City, I began to suspect that landfall of Gustav's eye would be on the Louisiana coast.  In the birth chart of Morgan City, there are hard or challenging aspects from all five of the slowest planets to planets in the city's chart.  Transiting Uranus is conjunct the city's Sun and Neptune and it strongly squares the city's Mars (disruption, chaos, destruction); transiting Pluto squares the city's Neptune (flooding, water destruction); Neptune is opposite the city's Saturn (flooding of city buildings and disfunctional government); transiting Saturn is square the city's Uranus (disruption); and transiting Jupiter is opposite the city's Jupiter and squares the city's Ceres!  To confirm my hypothesis that landfall of the eye would strike the Louisiana coast, I decided to examine the charts of several other small cities near the coast - Houma, New Iberia, and St. Martinville.

Houma is another city in which there are hard or challenging aspects from all five of the slowest planets to planets in the city's chart.  Transiting Uranus is conjunct the city's Sun, Mercury and Saturn and opposite the city's Ceres (major disruption of the city's government and supplies after the storm); transiting Pluto is square the city's Sun (destruction, erosion); transiting Neptune is conjunct the city's Venus (devastation of the economy) and opposite the city's Moon (flooding, possible pollution of the water supply); transiting Saturn strongly squares the city's Mars (slow response, emergency responders hampered) and opposite the city's Saturn (destruction, slow to rebuild); and transiting Jupiter is opposite the city's Jupiter and square the city's Uranus!  [post script - by September 10, some residents still could not return to their homes because electricity had not been restored to the area(source: NBC News).  In fact, NBC News reported on this date that more than 200,000 were still without electric power in Louisiana!].

The birth chart of New Iberia is yet another example of hard or challenging aspects from all five of the slowest planets to planets in the city's chart.  Transiting Uranus is conjunct the city's Sun, Mercury and lunar north node (disruption, chaos) and opposite the city's Mars (destruction); transiting Neptune is probably conjunct the city's Moon (flooding of homes, possible pollution of the water supply), transiting Pluto is square the city's Sun, Mercury and lunar nodes (devastation, disruption of commerce and government); transiting Saturn is square the city's Saturn and opposite its Uranus (destruction, disruption, devastation); and transiting Jupiter is square the city's Venus, Jupiter and Pluto (economic disruption, local inflated prices).

The birth chart of St. Martinville is a similar picture with hard or challenging aspects from all five of the slowest planets to planets in the city's chart.  Transiting Uranus is conjunct the city's Venus and Pluto and it squares the city's Neptune (destruction, chaos, disruption, financial stress, flooding); transiting Pluto is conjunct the city's Neptune and square its Venus and Pluto (destruction, financial stress, flooding); transiting Saturn is square the city's Jupiter and Uranus (bad luck, difficulty rebuilding, disruption); transiting Neptune is conjunct the city's Saturn and Mercury (flooding disrupting commerce and government); and transiting Jupiter opposite the city's Moon (residents unable to return home).

Finally, Baton Rouge will not escape the wrath of this hurricane either.  The birth chart of that city has transiting Uranus conjunct the city's Pluto (destruction, disruption) and square the city's Mars and Neptune (flooding, chaos); transiting Neptune conjunct the city's Saturn (flooding, disruption of government); and transiting Saturn square the city's lunar nodes and Uranus (disruption).  However, a saving grace for this city is transiting Jupiter conjunct the city's Moon so many of the homes will probably sustain only minor damage and the city's ability to adapt and cope is strengthened.  [post script - by September 10, 40% of this city's households were still without electricity (source: NBC News)].

All of this leads to a conclusion that the eye or center of Hurricane Gustav will make landfall somewhere between Houma and New Iberia, Louisiana and, though it will miss New Orleans, that city will not be spared being flooded.  This prediction was made the night of August 30 as it emerged from the northern coast of Cuba, 33 hours before it made landfall in Louisiana.

The following is a verbatim e-mail from my friend Irwin Friedman, who verified that I told him of my landfall prediction the day before Gustav struck.

I am writing this to verify that Gary Brand made the following predictions of landfall for Gustav and what was going to happen to the towns that are in the path of the storm.  He told me this on Sunday at noon August 31, 2008.  Yesterday, three of us were looking at the chart of New Orleans the day Katrina hit.  It was suggested to Gary if he could look at the towns in the path of Gustav and make a prediction of landfall.  It seems that most charts of natural disasters are made after an event and only to verify what already happened.  However, it would be remarkable to be able to make a chart and prediction beforehand.  So this is what Gary came up with.  I will say that Gary made a thorough investigation of towns from Galveston to Mobile before he came up with his prediction.  So it seems that the four towns of New Iberia, St. Martinville, Morgan City and Houma are going to be severely damaged if not destroyed by the storm.  He didn't have charts for some of the other small towns interspersed between Houma and New Iberia.  Also the cities of Baton Rouge and La Fayette will sustain heavy damage.  Gary also has comments on New Orleans, Lake Charles, Beamount and others.  My name is Irwin Friedman and I am sending this message at about 2:00 pm, August 31, 2008.

Good Timing and Location are Keys to Success

Gary Brand, Traditional Astrologer
Tallahassee, Florida
850-656-5758


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