Yesterday, April 15, 2013, two explosions at the Boston Marathon killed three and wounded over 100. The tragedy took place in the midst of some intense Aries energy as the Sun approached its conjunction to Mars (named after the god of war) and amid an atmosphere of militancy and violence: at least 55 were killed in a string of coordinated bombings across Iraq on Monday; the NRA is baiting gun fanatics who ‘refuse to be a victim’; Kim Jong-Un is threatening nuclear war from the other side of the globe. All of it carries the insidious psychic/spiritual message that ‘you are not safe’.
It’s a dangerous message to buy into. Once you do, it’s a slippery slope to being controlled by that fear.
In the hours after the Boston Marathon bombing, I saw numerous friends on Facebook asserting their refusal to give in to this idea that ‘we cannot be safe’.
One who works in that part of Boston has run that famous race twice expressed his desire to do so again, with his family able to watch it at the sidelines, “without reservation and without fear.” Another intentionally walked downtown in an act of spiritual rebellion and was glad to see there were people out having dinner. And so on.
I was heartened to know that many are getting that living in a state of panic won’t help things; that being afraid to live doesn’t make living in this world any easier; that in the wake of something like this — an event designed to shock us into paralysis and emotional numbness — jumping to assumptions and scapegoats and spreading misinformation just because it popped up in your social media feed is, at best, an example of poor cyber-citizenship.
Worse, it can help fuel more fear and violence. And even worse than that: it can blind us to being able to see what’s really going on when the fog clears.
That fog, in this case, is represented by Neptune right on the 7th house cusp of the chart for the explosions in Boston. This event occurred with a Sun-Mars conjunction in Aries (exact Wednesday at 8:20 pm EDT), with Mercury conjunct Uranus in that same sign, and Eris not too far from Mars. All that Aries energy turns Neptune into ‘the fog of war’. It’s the fog of the Shock Doctrine, distracting and confusing us with chaos and pain, so that we won’t notice what comes next.
Neptune is obfuscating much about this event right now, including who did it, and why. Eric has noted it was a message of some sort: Mercury, the planet of communication, is the chart ruler (it rules the ascendant, Virgo). Mercury is conjunct Uranus in Aries (exact Saturday). It’s not clear what the specific intended message of the bomber(s) might be but broadly, symbolically, it is one of militancy.
We can’t determine causation at this point. But there are correlations with the location: the Boston Tea Party; Patriot’s Day, which commemorates the first battles of the American Revolution, fought nearby in the towns Lexington and Concord; Tax Day.
There are correlations with other famous mid-April dates. For starters, the Columbine shooting took place on April 20, 1999; the Virginia Tech massacre was on April 16, 2007. Again, this is not about ‘causation’, but about symbolism. According to The New York Times:
Some officials noted that the blasts came at the start of a week that has sometimes been seen as significant for radical American anti-government groups: it was the April 15 deadline for filing taxes, and in Massachusetts it was Patriots’ Day. It is also a week that has seen attacks in the past: April 19 is the anniversary of the deadly 1993 fire near Waco, Tex., that ended a 51-day standoff and left 80 members of a religious group called the Branch Davidians dead. April 19 is also the anniversary of the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City, which prosecutors said was conceived in part a response to the Waco raid.
Without checking out the charts for all those dates, we can say that there’s something about Aries energy that seems to be a factor. (We also know that wars have been started at all times of the year, people get shot daily, and there are terrible, violent tragedies around the globe constantly.) Aries does not always spell violence — it is also initiative, in very positive ways. But this time, the correlation couldn’t be clearer.
Keep reminding yourself and others about that fear is not living; fear is the opposite of love. When violence is perpetrated to try and convince us otherwise, we have a spiritual obligation to see the manipulation for what it is and stand our ground for something higher.
Even the current astrology is not ‘all bad’ or something to be afraid of. Before I knew about the Boston Marathon tragedy, I was planning to write a post about a more positive expression of the Sun-Mars conjunction, which happens to be sextile Nessus in Aquarius and also sextile Vesta in Gemini. The shape is a little like a big satellite dish, with the focusing point being the Sun and Mars in Aries: desire, motivation, conscious action in the world.
We could think of Nessus in Aquarius as ‘stopping the buck’ on some form of peer pressure or groupthink. If you can see that dynamic clearly, you can use it to fuel the assertion of yourself and what you want in your life in contrast.
Vesta in Gemini in the bombing chart looks like a sacrifice, possibly a sacrifice of our sense of safety. But Vesta can also represent our inner creative flame. On the personal level, that could be what Sun-Mars is fueling, in contrast to Nessus in Aquarius: devotion to your inner creative spark, that thing that makes you human and humane, in its divinity and duality:
That inner divine spark needs an outer expression. What truly feeds you feeds the world — and fear is not food.