Graham Pemberton
3 min readJan 9, 2021


The Sinking of the Titanic and Astrology

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This article has been extracted from a longer one that I published recently on the subject of extraordinary coincidences that can seemingly only be explained through astrology. It focussed on the work of Dennis Elwell and his book The Cosmic Loom¹. I thought that the story of the Titanic would be of interest to readers who might otherwise not have noticed the first article.

In a Channel 4 Witness programme about astrology on June 18th 2000, Elwell claimed that in 1987 he saw in the charts a planetary configuration, “an eclipse contacting Jupiter and Neptune”, strongly reminiscent of the one which preceded the Titanic disaster. He went on to say: “Under the coming together of those type of planets there will be trouble on the ocean-waves”. He wrote to the company P&O asking them to try to prevent a similar disaster. Their response was predictable, saying that it was difficult to respond to such “nebulous advice”. Ten days later their ship the Herald of Free Enterprise rolled over”.

Here are some of his other observations. (Some of his material can only be understood in terms of astrological symbolism. Here I restrict myself to those patterns which can be understood as such by non-astrologers.)

A conjunction of Mercury and Saturn in the ninth house occurred at the time of the launch. There was a further conjunction of Mercury and Saturn at the time of the Oscar awards ceremony, 05:40 GMT on 24/3/98, Los Angeles, when the film The Titanic received its many awards (p 245).

At the time of the Titanic disaster, the chart revealed a pentagram (a five-pointed star) including Jupiter and Neptune as significant players. The same pentagram was the logo adopted by the White Star Line, owners of the doomed vessel. Elwell describes this as “one of those curiosities so often encountered in astrology”, and comments: “You may say, the majority of stars, on flags and logos, have five points. True, but there did not have to be star at all, and the company might have had some other name” (p249). The relationship between Jupiter and Neptune figures further in that a septile occurs between them at the birth of William McQuitty, who subsequently produced a major film about the Titanic, and who as a boy had been present at the launch.

Elwell is saying that the whole Titanic episode was imbued with meaning from the cosmic standpoint. Further evidence supporting this line of thinking is the fact that several works of literature ‘predicted’ the accident, thus suggesting that the forthcoming event was bubbling up in the collective psyche. The most detailed coincidences are to be found in Morgan Robertson’s The Wreck of the Titan or Futility, which he began to write in 1898 in response to a kind of vision. Several years before this, W. T. Stead wrote two articles in the Pall Mall Gazette, the first “about a ship as large as the Titanic which also sank in mid-Atlantic”, and the second “about a steamship colliding with an iceberg in the Atlantic”. Just a week before the disaster, Popular Mechanics carried another fictitious story about the maiden voyage of the largest ocean liner in the world, which sinks after a collision with an iceberg². And scientific sceptics will say that there is no such thing as precognition!


Thanks to Christopher Naughton for making me aware of these two links with further material:



1. Urania Trust, 1999

2.The source for this information is: Ken Anderson, Coincidences: Chance or Fate?, Blandford, 1995, pp 58–59



Graham Pemberton

I am a singer/songwriter interested in spirituality, politics, psychology, science, and their interrelationships.