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As of our distribution time, two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing had been identified. After a robbery last night at a Cambridge 7-Eleven and a shootout near the campus of MIT, one of the two suspects identified Thursday is dead and one remains at large, as the entire Boston metro area is under siege by the equivalent of an army — tanks, helicopters, SWAT teams and busloads of police. Meanwhile the world is watching the situation develop on live television.
One suspect — Tamerlan Tsarnaev, age 26, shown Thursday in surveillance video wearing the dark hat — was killed.
Some reports say he was shot; others say he was run over by his own brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, age 19, who may now be in a standoff with police. Who exactly is in the house that the police have surrounded is unknown. CNN was reporting that police had asked for a Russian interpreter.
Tamerlan was found to have an improvised explosive device (IED) strapped to his body. Other people have reportedly been taken into custody. [Birth dates for the brothers are available; here are their provisional charts, set for noon and relocated to Boston.]
After a night of bizarre developments, including the robbery of a convenience store, a carjacking, and a police pursuit and shootout, the scenario at this point is still extremely puzzling and does not resemble any other known terrorism scenario.
The astrology of the bombing indicated a rapidly developing situation that would get weirder as the week developed, and is not quite done. The chart actually comes to a peak on Saturday. This is described in the current Planet Waves FM.
The press is reporting that the house where the bombs were made may have been located, and there are reports of a bomb squad van in the area.
Boston Marathon Chart Looked Like Suicide
Monday, I described the chart as resembling that of a suicide. Though it was not a suicide bombing, the suspects apparently didn’t have a clear escape plan. It’s possible that neither suspect will survive this manhunt, though much is not known: the extent of the conspiracy, how they were trained and the extent to which their existence was known to authorities prior to this incident.
But the chart — with Neptune looming on the western horizon, representing the environment — also warns that very little information coming out is trustworthy. This is a chart that says slippery when wet.
In an unprecedented development, the towns of Belmont, Newton, Watertown, Allston, Brighton and Cambridge are currently under lockdown, with more than 380,000 residents being asked to stay in their homes. A door-to-door search for the surviving suspect is underway.
That search is apparently expanding. Later in the morning, the governor issued a “shelter in place” order for all of Boston, perhaps the first time that’s ever happened in a major American city.
All public transit services in the Boston area are shut down by order of the Massachusetts governor. Campuses of Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Brandeis, Emerson, Boston College, Suffolk and Northeastern are all shut down for the day, along with Boston public schools. Businesses are being asked not to open. Logan Airport is currently open but under heavy guard.
This latest development emerged Thursday night after the robbery of a 7-Eleven, a brief hostage situation and the shooting of an MIT security officer. After their photos were broadcast around the world yesterday, the two brothers wanted for the marathon bombing made a run for it, beginning with the attempted robbery of the 7-Eleven, then engaged police in an extended firefight, throwing IEDs out of the windows of their car.
This brings to a peak a week that began with the bombing of the marathon, and continued with the attempted ricin poisoning of Pres. Obama and the arrest of a suspect, Paul Kevin Curtis. Wednesday the U.S. Senate voted down every gun regulation that was proposed in the aftermath of the Newtown, Connecticut, shooting in December.
Later on Wednesday there was an explosion at a fertilizer plant in the town of West, Texas, which leveled part of the town and resulted in numerous fatalities.
Thursday afternoon, the FBI released photos of the two Boston Marathon bombing suspects, and by 10 pm the pair had made their existence known, attempting to rob the 7-Eleven, shooting the MIT security officer and engaging police in a firefight.
The astrology suggests that the story still has some strange developments in store. An aspect prominent in the chart of the Boston Marathon — Mercury conjunct Uranus — is not exact until Saturday, followed by Mercury square Pluto.
As for that Slightly Subtler Week
In last week’s edition, I suggested that this would be a slightly subtler week. However, I made a mistake reading the astrology: I didn’t account for what might develop when Mercury, which spent more than two months in Pisces as part of its retrograde process, ingressed Aries, crossing the Aries Point. The result was a large release of energy, with these developments emerging from behind the scenes.
That also means that Mercury is moving through the Uranus-Pluto square — it will be conjunct Uranus on Saturday and square Pluto on Sunday. The Uranus-Pluto square is the longstanding aspect in the background of our lives now. It’s the “2012 aspect” that actually spans from 2012-2015.
Mercury is that planet that ruled the Virgo ascendant of the Boston Marathon bombing chart. So it’s very much the star of the show at the moment, and is very much about a developing story that fits a much larger pattern of events. Mercury — illustrating a young individual — is about to lead authorities back to a larger group (Uranus) but we don’t know what happens next. That’s because Uranus always indicates something unpredictable happening.