Titanic c. April 1911.

The mighty Titanic, the largest vessel ever built to date, sank three hours after its distress call at 2:26 Newfoundland Time on April 15, 1912.  It went down quickly because of its massive heft. American Heritage Magazine, now online, has a wonderful essay on how bedecked the great ship was, complete with a solarium, swimming pools and gyms. You can read that here.

Easter had been celebrated aboard the ship a week earlier on April 7th, as the big ship was close to its New York destination, spirits were high. But at 11:40 a big black boulder in the middle of the ocean was spotted and the midshipman knew it was trouble. Clang-Clang-Clang three bells “Iceberg ahead and despite the frigid weather, it was 0 Celsius, or 32 Fahrenheit, on deck, the waters had white caps. Everyone scurried.

 Down below, the rhythm of the engines sounded faster and surer than ever. Three new boilers had been lighted that morning in preparation for Monday’s speed trials, and the ship was knifing through the sea at about 22 knots.

American Heritage Magazine, Maiden Voyage by Walter Lord, issue December 1955.

In both Titanic movies, the Bandmaster took control of the panic, alleviated the dismay with song.  He chose fittingly, Hold Me Up in Mighty Waters, ” though according to survivor Mr. Harold Bride many thought it was the ironic “Nearer My God to Thee.”  The song, is actually titled “Autumn ” and occurs in the Anglican hymn book.  It can be heard here on Youtube from the eponymous Broadway musical.  Here are the words to sing along.

God of mercy and compassion!
Look with pity on my pain;
Hear a mournful, broken spirit
Prostrate at Thy feet complain;
Many are my foes, and mighty;
Strength to conquer I have none;
Nothing can uphold my goings,.
But Thy blessed Self alone.

Savior, look on Thy beloved,
Triumph over all my foes;
Turn to heavenly joy my mourning.,
Turn to gladness all my woes;
Live or die, or work or suffer.
Let my weary soul abide,
In all changes whatsoever,
Sure and steadfast by Thy side.

When temptations fierce assault me,
When my enemies I find,
Sin and guilt, and death and Satan,
All against my soul combined;
Hold me up in mighty waters,
Keep my eyes on things above,
Righteousness, divine Atonement,
Peace, and everlasting Love.

The Final Titanic Chart

Was the bandmaster correct that music would calm the savage beast of angst?  A glimpse at the final chart suggests Yes,  as Pluto and Mars become subdued by the trio of the Sun, Mercury and Saturn.  The apex is now at Jupiter showing Courage swept the decks and the head of the Yod, see below in lilac, lays in the Fourth house of end of life.

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Thanks to the Bandleader and his belief in the power of music, things aboard the vessel transformed from mayhem, dread and fear to a more peaceful attitude.    The Ascendant at 02.58 Aquarius has the symbol of a “Deserter from the Navy,”  and the keyword of Defiance, which sounds more appropriate for the previous hours, but as we read further, comes the suggestion of “Genuine psychological courage.  “

Despite early misgivings, we are assured, that the passengers aboard the greatest embodiment of human engineering and ship-building skill to date, rose to the final challenge, reminding us of the original Titans, a race of giants, sons of Heaven and Earth, who were hurled into the abyss for daring to challenge the great god Zeus (Jupiter on the map and part of our Yod).  Like their forerunners, our Titans found themselves submerged beneath Neptune and became mythic.²

Neptune is at 22 Cancer, the mighty waters of the sea, in the Sixth House of works and labour.  From what we have seen, the works of the lax Captain caused the wreck.  Cancer’s Lord is the Moon found next to vain Venus on the Second House Cusp and opposite the South Node — that karmic herald — reminding us that he who trusts in vanity, emptiness is his reward.¹


  1. Job 15.31 Let him not trust in a worthless speech. He leads only himself astray, and emptiness will be his reward.
  2. Sepharial (Robert Cross), Cosmic Symbolism, London: William Rider & Son, Ltd. 8 Paternoster Row, c. 1912
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