It turns out there’s another chapter to the story of Sid’s mother’s passing and the ancestral legacy she bequeathed to him at that time, not to mention the catalyst she provided for so much that has unfolded in his life since then. It involves Hurricane Katrina, which occurred 17 ½ years later. In fact, the death chart for Hurricane Katrina brings Sid’s story full circle, from his Mother’s passing, to the Randazzos of Italy, to even more distant gypsy ancestry in Benares, India, to Katrina, to Plano, Texas (where Sid lived for nine years after Katrina), and back home to New Orleans, finally and completely in June of 2014.
Shortly after Sid’s mother’s death, while still in his twenties, Sid met a woman who was to become very pivotal in his life, Denise Baudier, and it was she who introduced him to the world of psychic mediumship by inviting him to a workshop on the subject. This officially started him down the road he has been on ever since (at least where this lifetime is concerned).
Fast-forward almost two decades to August of 2005. Sid was working as a nurse at a hospital in the greater New Orleans area when Hurricane Katrina came to town. For several days, both during and immediately after the mega-storm, Sid was stuck at the hospital, where he witnessed many patients die when access to adequate medical care was catastrophically interrupted. He also assisted in the evacuation of many others, out of the hospital and away from the ravaged city, to strange places they had never been before and where they knew no one, with only their names and addresses in their pockets for identification.
It was a desperate time when people were forced to call upon inner resources they didn’t even know they had. Sid was no exception. The temperature inside the hospital was 120 degrees, and Sid and the other nurses became so depleted by the ordeal of caring for the sick virtually around the clock under extremely adverse conditions, that they eventually resorted to giving themselves IV infusions of essential nutrients just to stand upright and keep going. Finally, on the Thursday after Katrina, Sid was able to leave the hospital, pack his SUV and head for Plano, Texas, for the next chapter of his life that awaited him there.
In retrospect, all these years later, Sid recently shared with me his sense that Katrina was in some mysterious way the return of his mother (whose name happens to have been Katherine, a variation of Katrina) for one final, very dramatic wake up call. It propelled him out of his comfort zone in New Orleans and toward the suburb of Dallas he called home for nine long years; the number nine being especially significant because it represents an entire cosmic birth or karmic completion cycle.
What specifically drew Sid to Plano on a practical level, I do not know, but at the level of soul activation it seems he was drawn like a moth to a flame to one of the few cities on earth that happens to be smack dab at the midpoint between his Uranus and North Node Midheaven lines, symbolizing the call of his soul to fully embrace his destiny as a psychic medium.
The tri-wheel chart for the relationship between the New Orleans’ birth chart, Sid’s birth chart and the Hurricane Katrina death chart, indicates a profound relationship between these three events. Again, we see a Finger of Destiny, the sacred geometrical configuration that seems to be the hallmark of Astrological Mediumship readings, most likely because it is both so intensely focused and intensely karmic.
The death chart for Hurricane Katrina involves the Ascendant (moment of death) and Saturn (karma, soul responsibility), with the Sun (identity, illumination, higher Self) at the activation point, and Uranus (shocking, life-altering events, lightning flashes of intuition, the revolutionary impulse to find true freedom) at the focal point. The birth chart for New Orleans adds Pluto (descent into the watery, emotional underworld, a dark night of the soul, followed by rebirth) into the mix, conjunct the Uranus focal point. Finally, Sid’s birth chart underscores the death and resurrection theme, while also introducing the Wounded Healer archetype, with his natal Pluto conjunct the Sun activation point in the Katrina Finger of Destiny, exactly opposing his Chiron (Wounded Healer), and Pluto/Uranus at the focal point.
The keynote message of the Chiron/Pluto/Uranus focal point for the Finger of Destiny, at between 6 and 8 degrees in the watery, mystical sign of Pisces (Christ consciousness, martyred savior, Wounded Healer), is this:
Being put to the ultimate test. Concentration of values amidst the chaos of life. The fullness of life as it manifests in service to the whole. The clear light of high realization.
Hurricane Katrina was indeed the “ultimate test,” inspiring Sid to identify and concentrate on those things he truly valued amidst the chaos Katrina had left in her massive wake. On an emotional level, it was through going into the wound (Chiron) of that experience of profound dislocation and embracing it fully that I believe Sid was able to truly activate his psychic gifts.
Amazingly, by relocating to the midpoint between his Uranus and North Node Midheaven lines, I believe Sid was able to gain greater access to the spiritual resources and psychic abilities bequeathed to him through his maternal, Romani/gypsy line of descent, rooted in ancient India. This is because the midpoint between his Uranus and North Node Nadir (ancestral) lines, 180 degrees opposite the midpoint for his Midheaven (higher calling) lines in Texas, runs right through India. In other words, if Sid were to drill down from Plano, Texas, straight through the center of the earth, he would pop out the other side of the planet in India – Benares, to be exact: the site where the Buddha gave his first sermon (“The First Turning of the Wheel of the Dharma”) after attaining enlightenment!
What is especially significant about the reference to the Wheel of the Dharma is that it is the root symbol of Buddhism, representing the basic structure of the universe. Thousands of years after that first teaching by the Buddha, this symbol shows up on the flag of the gypsy/Romani people, harkening back to their ancient roots in India, as well as on the coat of arms for Sid’s Romani ancestors, the Randazzos!
Synchronistically, the keynote messages for Sid’s Uranus at 24+ degrees Leo and Node Node at 27+ degrees Leo, which blend together in Benares, India, suggesting Sid may have been present at the time of the Buddha’s first sermon in Deer Park, are:
A yogi with transcendent powers. From the East, light slowly increases. Transformative power of creative impulses as they bring ideas into concrete manifestation. Soul-power.
With Sid’s return to New Orleans after the nine-year gestation period on the midpoint between his Uranus and North Node Midheaven lines, we come full circle. All the dots are now connected. The founding of the Metaphysical Resource Center, in the neighborhood where he was raised, demonstrates, in no uncertain terms, Sid’s full-out, unconditional surrendered to his destiny. Appropriately enough, a painting of his mother, Katherine (Katrina), complete with angel wings, graces its interior space. No doubt she is pleased.
One final note: In the synastry between Sid’s birth chart and his mother’s death chart, Sid’s Ascendant (birth moment) is exactly conjunct Katherine’s Midheaven (higher calling) at 26+ Scorpio. This is perhaps the most significant karmic connection two people can have. It suggests that the catalyzing of Sid’s journey down the cosmic birth canal into a complete expression of his destiny in this life was his mother’s highest calling and deepest prayer at the time of her passing. The keynote message is:
Sharp and applied discernment connects seen and unseen worlds. Thanks to a fine x-ray diagnosis, a man’s life is saved.