Japan Airlines Flight 123

H. Shuseh Kokubu, Q.H.P.

Japan Airlines (JAL) flight 123, a domestic flight from Tokyo to Osaka, crashed into the mountains of Gunma prefecture on August 12, 1985, and it turned out to be the worlds worst accident involving a single airliner, killing 520 people onboard. Many aircraft specialists cast doubt on the report by the Accidents Investigation Commission because its reasoning contradicts the testimony of the survivors. The Commission, however, has never re-investigated the accident. So we shall consider it by means of astrology.

First of all, let us examine the departure of JAL 123.
JAL 123 Ramp-out
JAL 123 Ramp-out

Mercury, the natural significator of journey, is in bad condition: retrograde, combust, square to Saturn, and conjunction with Mars. The Moon's sign Gemini indicates the direction JAL 123 was bound for, namely the southwest, and also the damaged part which caused the accident, the rudder or stern. The Moon conjuncts Menkalinan (Beta Aur: 29.42 Gemini) implying ruinous actions, and besides it is void of course.

Retrograde Mercury and the void-of-course Moon at the beginning of a journey signify that one can never reach the destination, and it is dangerous when they are afflicted because they bring about an accident.

Twelve minutes after the takeoff, the tail assembly broke off over the Sagami Gulf, the hydraulics pressure was lost, and the plane lapsed into uncontrollable. The Moon had reached 29.58 Gemini at the moment, so the damaged part is the tail end, not the rear pressure bulkhead as the Accidents Investigation Commission concluded. The Moon should have been in earlier degree if the accident was caused by the rear pressure bulkhead where, the Commission says, Boeing's engineers made mistake when repairing.

The lunation prior to the accident was the full moon on August 1.
Full moon on August 1, 1985
Full moon on August 1, 1985

The full moon involves the 9th ruler Mars and the 8th ruler Jupiter. An air disaster can be predicted when the 9th house or the 3rd is ruled by a malefic aspecting the Sun and the Moon in a lunation chart. The ascendant ruler Mercury is in the 12th house, square to Saturn and under the sun's beams. Saturn is also involved in the full moon, being at the antiscion of the Moon and the contra-antiscion of the Sun. The Sun conjuncts Asellus Australis (Delta Cnc: 8.31 Leo) which normally produces a beneficial effect, however, its nature is of Sun/Mars and it emphasizes the conjunction of the Sun and Mars and amplifies the malice indicated in this chart.

As the ascending sign is humane and its ruler signifies journeys, it can be delineated that a passenger plane will crash (Saturn) and many people will be killed (Jupiter the 8rh ruler) between this full moon and the next.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) also had a scheduled flight to Osaka, departing Tokyo at the same time as JAL 123. This is quite possible because a plane is considered that it departed as scheduled if it leaves within 15 minutes before/after the scheduled time, and planes take off every two minutes in the rush hour in Tokyo Airport. So there is no big difference between the departure charts of JAL and ANA, except a few degrees in the ascendants and a few minutes in the Moon's positions. Nonetheless, one safely reached the destination and the other crashed. What decided the fate of JAL 123? We shall investigate the first flights of JAL and ANA - the first flight symbolizes all the flights in the future.

The first flight of JAL was one from Tokyo to Fukuoka via Osaka on October 25, 1951; according to papers, it took off Tokyo Airport at 7:43 a.m.

Inside: JAL First flight; Outside: Full moon Aug 1
Inside: JAL First flight; Outside: Full moon Aug 1

Unukalhai (Alpha Ser; 21.23 Scorpio), fixed star associated with accidents and violence, is on the ascendant; the Moon is at 22 Leo, so the 21/22 degrees of fixed signs are sensitive for JAL, and particular attention should be paid to their flights when an unusual phenomenon has hit these degrees. For instance, a lunar eclipse occurred at 21 Leo/Aquarius two months before JAL had a crash accident in April 1952, and another lunar eclipse at 22 Taurus/Scorpio four months before a crash in September 1957.

As for the flight 123, Saturn stood still - stationary - at 21.28 Scorpio a few weeks before the flight, and it remained at the ascendant of the first flight till the 123's crash. (See the 123 ramp-out chart above.) Also Mercury of the first flight (08.08 Scorpio) is involved in the full moon of August 1 (08.36 Leo/Aquarius), forming T-square. These indicate an accident of JAL.

We must examine the first flight of ANA for confirmation. ANA resulted from mergers of airline companies, its nucleus is Nihon Helicopter. (That is why ANA's two-letter code is NH.) It was originally a small company consisting of 12 directors and 16 employees, and was not granted permission to transport passengers and cargoes for a while after its foundation. Its first commercial flight was to advertise Nikka Gomu, shoemaker, on February 20, 1953, which was an inconspicuous event, not worthy of note, and not reported by the media. Though I investigated its company history, the memoirs of the pilot of that flight, and the materials in Japan Aeronautic Association's library, I could not find the takeoff time. Then I had to infer it, adjusting the angles from mundane charts relating to ANA's accidents, and concluded it to be 6:55 a.m.

Inside: ANA First flight; Outside: Full moon Aug 1
Inside: ANA First flight; Outside: Full moon Aug 1

Saturn of the full moon opposites to the Moon, and Uranus squares to Mercury of the first flight, but the full moon itself has nothing to do with the planets of the first flight. In the radix chart, Mercury (14 Pisces) is sextile to Jupiter (14 Taurus), the Moon conjuncts Jupiter; even if the Moon and Mercury are afflicted by the malefics, the malice is relieved by Jupiter. Also Mercury conjuncts Achernar (Alpha Eri; 14.38 Pisces) with the nature of Jupiter. I don't think the moment was elected by an astrologer, but it is a good configuration that Jupiter supports the Moon and Mercury which are important in traffic and transportation. No accident will happen to ANA by opposition and square aspects from two planets of a lunation chart.

Jupiter is more sensitive rather than the Moon and Mercury to ANA. It is the ruler of the ascendant symbolizing the body of aircraft, and conjuncts Menkar (Alpha Cet; 13.39 Taurus) associated with traffic accidents, so ANA tends to have an accident when Jupiter is afflicted by malefics and eclipses. For instance, two total lunar eclipses occurred at 14 Taurus/Scorpio in November 1957 and May 1985, the former caused the crash in August 1958 and the latter an incident with a jet fighter at Naha Airport, which was a very small one, only slight damage on the body, in June 1985.

The latter lunar eclipse occurred three months before the JAL 123 crash. And a solar eclipse followed it on May 20. These eclipses affected the natal charts of Yasumoto Takagi, the president of JAL, and Taizo Nakamura, the president of ANA.

Mr. Takagi's birth date and place are known, so I surmised his birth time from dates of his installation of and resignation as the president of JAL and his death. His birth chart is below with two eclipse charts of May 1985.

Inside: Yasumoto Takagi natal; Middle: Lunar eclipse May 8; Outside: Solar eclipse May 20
Inside: Yasumoto Takagi natal; Middle: Lunar eclipse May 8; Outside: Solar eclipse May 20

The ascendant and the MC were adjusted without considering the eclipses, but the angles are connected with them. Especially Saturn of both eclipses opposites to Mr. Takagi's MC, threatening his position as the president. Also Mars of the lunar eclipse opposites Jupiter, the second triplicity ruler of the ascendant, which represents the native's status, and the solar eclipse occurred on Saturn in the 10th house. Taking the blame of the 123 crash, Mr. Takagi resigned in December 1985.

I also inferred the birth time of Mr. Nakamura, who was the president of ANA when JAL 123 crashed, from dates of his installation of the president of ANA and death. (Mr. Nakamura resigned as the president when he died.)

Inside: Taizo Nakamura natal; Middle: Lunar eclipse May 8; Outside: Solar eclipse May 20
Inside: Taizo Nakamura natal; Middle: Lunar eclipse May 8; Outside: Solar eclipse May 20

The ANA's incident at Naha Airport happened eight days after the solar eclipse, but the eclipse charts have no relation with Mr. Nakamura's 10th house, except Venus of the lunar eclipse opposites his MC. (Venus rules the 10th house in his birth chart.) This is probably because the jet fighter was solely responsible for the incident - it taxied to the runway before cleared - and Mr. Nakamura was not called to account. Seeing the solar eclipse opposite to his natal Moon, I thought that the 10th house is ruled or occupied by the Moon, but in such cases the the directed angles do not correspond with the date of his death.

Mr. Nakamura had an operation for pyothorax in August that year, contracted hepatitis from a blood transfusion, and was hospitalized till December. The solar eclipse occurred in his 6th house (illness), and was opposite to the Moon the ruler of the 8th (operation) in the 12th (hospital). It affected his health, he died of pneumonia two years later.

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