April’s association with violent attacks and the current Mars, Saturn Retrograde 2016

 There have been many theories over the years about mid-April‘s eerie association with noteworthy crimes and violent attacks.  Honestly, bad things can happen at any time but looking back on history there may be a built in red zone to the last ten days of April and even more so this year.

The historical origins of astrology show that it has a quasi-relationship with science, math, physics, and psychology. The art of prediction is  in knowing exactly how certain celestial energies interact at a given time  Astrology is not meant only to “see what will happen and how it can be avoided if it's unpleasant" but instead gives insight into the best way to navigate the challenges and opportunities that may be presented during certain planetary cycles. In a sense, when you reflect on past historical events it is possible to see certain planetary triggers as clues to how future event predictions may play out.

We are currently witnessing Mars commencement into its once-in-a-two year retrograde motion which started on 17th April 2016. Mars is an aggressive planet, full of aggression and fire. The effects of this retrograde can be very volatile and unpredictable. Just notice how people are driving.  I bet you see a lot of accidents and fender benders. Mars hangs out in this high octave energy phase for about 75 days and in addition Saturn, its arch enemy, is also retrograde in a rare combination after 32 years.

Both of these planets are currently in the sign of Sagittarius, a fire sign, tending to make developments extremely eventful over the next two and a half months. The retrograding Mars comes closest to earth making it visible for a few days  even with naked eyes. This close proximity raises tempers, frays nerves, increases crime rates (especially with the Scorpio Full Moon in effect from the 21st-23rd of April).  More than likely there will be a tendency for injuries at this time, especially cuts and burns because caution and rationality goes down during this period. 

Mars in retrograde motion is now joined up and holding hands with retrograde Saturn as they wait for the impending Mercury retrograde only a week away.  This is a Molotov planetary cocktail that brings sudden setbacks, hurdles and an extremely challenging period.  

Avoid making any sudden decisions or unnecessary aggressive actions, as the setbacks encountered during this period are totally irreversible. Rule of thumb:  Whoever fires first, attacks first, initiates an argument first during a Mars retrograde will end up the loser at the end of the day. This is also not an ideal time to take on a new lover.

The main challenge for this time of planetary backtracking is to control impulses.  Natural impulsiveness and an inability to heed advice will cause difficulties. Patience and the ability to plan are areas that need extra effort.

Sharp tempers and quick fuses are more apparent now because the Sun is in Aries, which is ruled by Mars, the planet associated with war and combat. Diplomacy and tact are usually void since the passion of Mars is on the top of the planetary food chain.

Will April 2016 be crime crazy due to the current Mars/Saturn retrograde? Looking back we can see that when the Sun is in Aries, it is actually during the third week of April where the most significant criminal events are found to occur, mostly from the 14th through 20th when the Sun is roughly 24 degrees Aries to 0 degrees Taurus.  This portion of the sky holds fixed stars that the ancient astrologers knew to portend certain qualities. The disproportionate number of incidents in this time period is thought provoking.

 Consider some examples from April’s history of violence:

          President Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theater April 14, 1865
          Titanic sinks April 15, 1912
          Boston marathon April 15. 2013
          Seung Hui Cho went on a shooting spree at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, killing 32 people April 16, 2007
          A suicide bomber drove a car bomb into the U.S. embassy in Beirut on April 18, 1983, killing 63 people
          Waco on April 19, 1993
          Oklahoma City Bombing April 19, 1995
          Battles at Lexington and Concord marked the start of open armed conflict in the U.S. Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775
          Hitler's birthday April 20, 1889
          Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold attacked Columbine High School in Colorado, April 20, 1999

Violent extremists often plan their attack to coincide with a significant date, such as an anniversary or holiday, because it can add meaning and exposure to their action but a closer look at those ominous last degrees of Aries may give us further clues to what is hardwired into the sky at that time of year. With Mars and Saturn joining the mix violence against establishments is very possible.

Below are the fixed stars associated with the last 7 violent degrees of Aries. Some of the descriptions of the nature of the stars may seem stark but consider that they are anchored into ancient, predictive astrology which was mostly for mundane or political purposes. These fixed stars influence the third week in April and are further fueled by the ever changing Moon and planets.  Some planetary combinations go Richter Scale off the charts when joined up with the below mentioned fixed stars.

Kurdah - Kings, rulers, judges; head injury, decapitation, severe wounds; cruel trials; April 14th, 24° Ari 
Al Pherg- Preparedness, steadiness, success through determination. Concerning events of the sea (Titanic April 15th) April 16th,  26° Ari 57

Vertex -Merciless, uncaring, dispenser of punishment; mercenary; hideous death when afflicted by Mars; blindness; weakness Unfortunate April 17th, 27° Ari 59

Alrisha- Unifying influence with groups (think Hitler since this star is conjunct his Sun) April 19th, 29° Ari 31

Instead of falling victim to this bad planetary hangover of retrograde heavy hitting planets we have to keep in mind that our biology is unique in that beyond skin and bones we have an undeniable electromagnetic field that resonates not only to the energy of our thoughts, beliefs, environment, and even the food that we eat but additionally this field also is influenced by cosmic waves from the stars and planets within our galaxy.

When the body is not in sync with the mental and emotional energies there is a wide path for bad judgment to come into play.  The Sun traveling through the impulsive sign of Aries may additionally influence rash behavior but you have the choice and free will to not engage in the madness.

Ancient man didn’t have computers and broadcast news reports but they did have the cosmos which they closely watched and used as their link into understanding the tempo of their day.

There is currently a lot of electricity and vibratory impulse around us. This causes the aggregation of matter and its activity within certain bounds.  Do not feed the beast of this planetary cycle.  Use your energy wisely and proactively.

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You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger. ~Buddha



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