The Eighth house is the house that contains the beliefs of the masses, red tape, delays, obstructions, accidents, public works and how quickly they are implemented. It is also the house of disasters, epidemics, floods, cyclones, storms, floods and earthquakes. What then are the important matters of the 8th house and climate change?
We recognise Scorpio as the traditional 8th house, Lorded by Mars, in this instance, we look to Dhanus – Sagittarius – as the 8th House, with Taurus Lagna. Facing East, Sagittarius attends to the future (future events) (future forms of energy), it is of mutable nature, attends solar activities and is of a warming nature being of fire element and pitta dosham. Events and activities in this house would be of changing frequently and of a temporary nature indicating that afflictions, setbacks, accidents and disaster will affect solutions commenced in this sign over time. We must attend to murhurtam – the science of timing events, as the year by name Hemalambi advises us. It is the year of 6-fold disasters, so timing of events is critical if one does not wish to waste time, energy and moneys. At this time – in this Prashna – Saturn (Sani) is in the 8th house, giving indication of slowness, delay, time passing slowly.
When we come to examine the relation of astrology to Climate Change, we look to the houses of the zodiac. Sagittarius as 8th house is of kapha dosham(watery-fluid ) nature with fire element characterised by this sign. In vedanta, agni (fire) is an element of jala, water. Sagittarius – traditionally the house of dharma – right conduct, righteousness, right actions – is lorded by Jupiter, giver of higher wisdom and eternal teachings. Jupiter is also karaka of intelligence and higher learning, philosophy, understanding the nature of a subject and investigating all aspects of a topic or issue.
Human Caused Disasters and Climate Change
Strong scientific evidence links climate change with increasing heat waves, coastal flooding, and other extreme weather events. These are caused by poor farming, inappropriate disposal of toxic waste, use of greenhouse gases, continuing use of fossil fuels for energy production and lack of adequate carbon sequestration.
Other forms of severe weather are also closely linked to climate change, including a rise in extreme precipitation events in some regions and increasingly severe droughts in others.
The effect of climate change on tornadoes and hurricanes is an active area of research. Scientific confidence with observed data is currently low, though the underlying mechanisms of climate change are expected to play a role.
Effects of Saturn in 8th House
The effects of Saturn in the 8th House (the House of red tape, delays, obstructions, accidents, public works and how quickly they are implemented. It is also the house of disasters, epidemics, floods, cyclones, storms, floods and earthquakes.) are restriction, resistance to change, rigidly structured, lawful corrective methods and antidotes to climate disaster, bleak attitude of survival, rigidity, structure and waiting for authorities to enact laws which allow solutions.
The disaster impacts generated by climate change may impose a fearful, life-threatening script of punishment and restriction for man’s misdeeds. A recent example of this is the sudden rise in temperatures in the Arctic Circle, with temperatures in Greenland rising up to 38° in recent days.
An alarming heatwave in the sunless winter Arctic is causing blizzards in Europe and forcing scientists to reconsider even their most pessimistic forecasts of climate change.
Although it could yet prove to be a freak event, the primary concern is that global warming is eroding the polar vortex, the powerful winds that once insulated the frozen north.
The north pole gets no sunlight until March, but an influx of warm air has pushed temperatures in Siberia up by as much as 35C above historical averages this month. Greenland has already experienced 61 hours above freezing in 2018 – more than three times as many hours as in any previous year.
The Eighth House or Bhava rules the marital bond, mental pain, defeat, humiliation, longevity, scandals, impurities, obstacles, slaves, legacies, wills, deaths, endless calamities, accidents, mutilation of form. So much of this is waste and destruction. Modern life gives us so many doo-dads, conveniences, and time-savers. We are saving time in order that we might waste more time and energy: the time wasting involves energy generated by fossil fuels, thus harming Mother Earth further. It has been asked by the Saints and Ascended masters that we attend to the most important question: Where would we be without the Earth our Mother?
The connection to the Earth our Mother is within the human, in the spirit. The body is made up of the same elements as the Earth. It has trace elements and metals, and electricity is within the body. Stand in front of a mirror in a dark room and begin combing or brushing the hair. Sparks will rise. Simple evidence that we are of the same nature as the earth and must care for the Earth. All God’s creation is very good! As you care for yourself, your body, your clothing, your home, so also, we can be responsible to Mother Earth and follow right conduct, right behaviour, right action – dharma in a word, and take good care of our Mother Earth.