After a fairly somnolent summer, the Atlantic hurricane season has been working overtime to make up the deficit, with two powerful storms wreaking havoc up and down the east coast of North America in the last week of September. Hurricane Fiona devastated areas of the Canadian Maritimes on the 24th, while Hurricane Ian pounded central Florida on the 28th with nightmarish winds and massive flooding, traversed the Sunshine State, then refueled in the Atlantic and turned its sights on the Carolinas.
What flipped the switch appears to be a major planetary T-square, relatively long-lived, incorporating Saturn, Uranus and TNO Typhon, into which asteroid Storm intruded for September, creating a Grand Cross. The Saturn/Uranus square saw its last exact alignment in December of 2021, but is still in effect, with these contrasting planets within a degree or so of each other for much of the autumn. Saturn in mid-Aquarius promotes loss and hardship, while Uranus in mid-Taurus provides the power and electric jolt of these super-energized tropical systems. Add TNO Typhon in mid-Scorpio, named for the mythic Greek Titan storm god known for causing hurricanes and floods (and the root of our word “typhoon”), and you have a ready-made recipe for disasters originating at sea.