It was the "unsinkable" ship born to fame,
To an instant recognition of its name,
But the "Titanic" sailed to its awful fate
Under the portents of the fixed star "Sheat,"*
Malefic "Sheat," dogging the "Titanic's" course,
Maritime notoriety to enforce.
The "Titanic" was launched to public acclaim,
None dreamed it would come to disastrous shame,
It was not realised, until it was too late,
What the heavenly transits would activate -
No one suspected Neptune as a source
Of what to this ship was both grief and resource.**
On what sad circumstances would later fall blame,
When once the huge loss the world would enflame?
April 10, 1912, was set as the date,
As captain and crew prepared to navigate,
Having no notion of the guilt and remorse
That was to permeate official discourse.
When the iceberg was struck, no quick rescue came,
For that fateful error, put Jack in the frame,***
For one cannot this sorrowful tale narrate,
Without the admission that Jack was irate,
And it is possible he said something coarse,
When interrupting that warning with such force.
Eventually, this lost warning became
The personal key to what left the ship lame,
And can, with the cruel, adverse stars demonstrate
What caused the "Titanic's" melancholy state:
The "Titanic" was an elegant sea horse,
Laid low by its voyage's poor timing, perforce.
*"Sheat" is a fixed star said to have the nature of Saturn ("the greater malefic"), and is especially dangerous to sea travel. During the voyage of the "Titanic" it was at various times conjunct Mars, Venus and the Moon, which in a ship's chart represents the people.
** Neptune is primarily the planetary ruler of the sea, but it also rules over glamour, music and dancing, all relevant to the "Titanic" legend. However, Neptune is also about confusion, deception, sacrifice, and poor perception. Upon the ship's departure, and at its sinking, Neptune was "square" (adverse) the Moon;s nodes, a fatalistic combination. It also squared the Sun in Aries. The Sun in a ship's chart represents the captain. Here it is "exalted," showing that Captain Smith was held in high regard, but Neptune's influence badly weakened his position.
***Jack Phillips was the head radio operator on the "Titanic." When an officer from the ship "Californian" contacted him on the night of April 14 1912,
Phillips was inundated with messages for the ship's passengers, and apparently told the officer not to bother him. Ironically, Phillips was for with his Sun in Aries, the most notoriously impatient sign of the zodiac.
Obviously, there is a great deal more to any astrological analysis of the "Titanic" tragedy, but this is a poetry site, after all!
Copyright © Beth Evans | Year Posted 2020