Noel Tyl on Japan’s Crisis

Dear Holistic Astrologer Blog Readers,
I was greatly comforted and uplifted to read the following magnificent essay from Noel Tyl, addressing the recent calamity in Japan due to earthquake, tsunami and now nuclear threat.  While this essay is due to be published in Japan’s astrological communities shortly, he graciously gave me permission to share it here.  Please read, enjoy, and discuss…

Hiroki Niizato

What’s Happening Now?

Oh, the upheaval of Nature!  Inscrutable; unpredictable.

And an embarrassment for Astrology: while it can deeply appreciate the human being in society and life-development time, it can not understand or grasp the positioning of Earthquakes, Floods, giant Fires, or plagues in the scheme of human existence.  For reasons unknown, we can not harness knowledge of natural eruption and horror upon the planet.  Perhaps the reason is because Astrology is a human, phenomenological art-science evolving out of human behavior not natural cataclysm.

It is almost as if we are not yet supposed to have such  knowledge of Nature. And perhaps that teaches us something: perhaps it is not to study the calamity but the people within it.  –Of course, pre-warning of explosion can help us lessen impact on our life, but the fact remains that the explosion will take place, regardless, and it is for the people to grow through it, for populations to  be adjusted, for nations to recover in their individualistic style.  –Throughout history, it has been so.

Horoscope of Japan [Presentation of Post WWII Constitution]

We think we know the horoscope of modern Japan [The focusing of the Constitution, November 3, 1946 at 8:30 AM in Tokyo].  The national image shown in the horoscope speaks eloquently of the noble discipline of the Japanese people living within a highly focused  idealistic sense of purpose. Above all, modern Japan needs to be helpful to the world –technologically inventive and relating it all to social progress. This is Japan’s identity.

When the massive earthquake occurred, the planet Uranus was dramatically involved with a synthesis point of the Japan Sun and Moon.  This is a simple but powerful astrological glimpse of the tragedy. It suggests enormous, sudden upheaval, much like a divorce in a marriage; on a national level, we can expect chaos.

The astrological signature also brings forward the dramatic energies of individualism, the Japanese people dealing with awesome difficulty with innovation and improvements.

So easily, people can question –or even blame– their God for the horrors of loss, the wreckage of life.  Someone or something must be behind it all for some purpose!  But this question of intent or plan is equally inscrutable with reference to the causes of the calamity.  It helps us not.

Perhaps a better view is this: through this chaos, we  see dramatic intensification of our awareness of the human condition, fragile and strong at the same time.  This is what rescues us and this is what we already see active throughout the Japanese population hard at work upon recovery.

And we see how the ever-maturing national image and new energies of resurrection in Japan are attracting the loving, empathic care of the rest of the world.  –The answer to the Why? of this terrible happening is transcended by acknowledgement, collectively and individually, of the Goodness of Spirit.  This keeps us alive.  This tells us all who we are.

Bless you, Japan!

Noel Tyl

About Hiroki Niizato

Hiroki Niizato is a professional consulting astrologer in Florida, serving clients in US and abroad. He has been practicing astrology professionally since 2001. Hiroki is a highest honor graduate of the demanding Master’s Degree Certification Course in Astrology by Noel Tyl.

You can contact Hiroki via email at: or Phone: 727-470-4056 to ask a question or schedule a consultation.


  1. Timothy Neilson says:

    Thank you for sharing this post. It is a very humbling notion to bow before an awe inspiring power even though it is so destructive. My knee jerk reaction was pained and reviling anger at such senseless loss and grief. So sudden and so swift in its flood of anguish. Noel’s essay reminds us to check our ego at the door in the face of nature’s whim and to refocus on the human element. Ah yes, and the human element elevates in times like these. 9/11. 1/11. 3/11 Race fades. Colors blend. Unity peeks through a veil of distress for what is germinating to be born on earth. Japan must certainly have a role to play. The pattern of numbers suggest that 6/11 will complete the sequence but where? A fruitless search and waste of energy perhaps. My heart goes out to all those struggling with their grief and calling on their courage to rebuild.

    Tim Neilson

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  3. Chris LaFond says:

    With all due respect, techniques that were used for hundreds of years before astrology went completely humanistic and psychological still show the when and the where of these kinds of events. However, modern astrologers aren't even aware of these techniques, and some refuse to use them. Medieval and Renaissance astrology has methods for specifically predicting earthquakes and other disasters, and looking at the correct charts (Cardinal ingress charts) and knowing how to interpret them reveal things that modern astrology has completely forgotten.

  4. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Hi Chris,

    Yes, these techniques such as the cardinal ingress chart are being discussed among mundane astrologers, and no doubt there may be a specialist in this area – if you know a good source please feel free to provide the link etc.

    The point I think Noel Tyl is making here is that, even if such predictions were possible, people will still die and the nations will have to go through the period of great anguish and recovery with the accompanying change of mindset. So then it comes back to how the people will transform as a result of this catastrophic event, which is the realm of humanistic astrology.

    Best regards,

  5. Chris LaFond says:

    Yes, Hiroki, I agree. On the humanitarian level, this is a disaster and compassion is an appropriate response. And even when *anyone* can predict a natural disaster of this scope, what can one do about it? It would be impossible to have evacuated all of northern Japan, including the staff of the nuclear facilities.
    So even when we do have the ability to foresee things, we do not always have the ability to change them (again, the role of fate).

  6. Mandi Lockley says:

    Thanks for sharing this Hiroki, it's really made me think about whether we should us astrology to make predictions. A lot of astrologers, myself included, shy away from making predictions. Perhaps a reflection of our humanistic, secular, psychological based society. It's interesting then that 'traditional' astrology, much more fatalistic in its approach, is making a big comeback

    Regarding Japan, it was such a shock that one of the most advanced nations in the world could be changed overnight in such a devastating way. Such far reaching consequences as well, as the world powers debate the nuclear issue. Like Noel and you say, once the disaster has happened (predicted or not), it becomes a very human story, one to which we can all relate to and thank our 'god' for all of us who are still safe. Like Timothy said, my heart goes out.

  7. Hiroki Niizato says:

    Thank you Mandi,

    Appreciate your thoughts for Japan…

    Although I personally don't feel much interest in learning to predict natural disasters, the work of using Mundane astrology to assess the development of collective psyche to me is meaningful and fascinating.

    I'm hoping to be able to start writing a little bit about this topic; we'll see……

    All the best,

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