During the 3rd week of every April, Mars Attacks!….Quite literally.
By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Concord Hymn”
Remember that nursery school one liner of a rhyme adults often say to children around this time of year to justify the heavier than usual precipitation associated with the month of April?
“April showers bring May flowers.”
Even with that being the atmospheric case, the 3rd week of the 4th calendar month has been delivering a lot more than just a heavier flow of rainfall in recent memory. The time period astrologically known as the last week of Aries has also been raining down buckets of fire and hailstorms of bullets upon our heads with yearly regularity, as well.
Over the last 25 years and throughout much of history, the most notorious news breaking events that have taken place during the 3rd week of April have all involved the following traits: Violence, Large scale fires or explosive bursts of flame, and every variation of firearm imaginable.
Events such as:
Oklahoma City Bombing, Siege of the Branch Davidians in Waco, Texas, Columbine High School Shootings, Virginia Tech Shootings, BP Explosion and Oil Spill
….And the most recent addition to that distinctly disturbing list – The Boston Marathon Massacre.
As a karmic astrologer, one of my core tenets is there are no coincidences. For those who believe otherwise, they’d be hard pressed not to notice the high frequency of flame filled events marked by violence and firearms that have taken place during the final week overseen by the sign of Aries.
Not only have these deadly happenings taken place during the 3rd week of April but astoundingly, a majority of the horrific tragedies listed above each transpired during two dates in particular – April 19th & 20th.
The Foundation of the Boston Marathon – An April 19th Anniversary of Violence
The first marathon in modern history began in Boston on April 19th, 1897. Pictured above is the first winner of the Boston Marathon, John J. McDermott, who completed the 24.5 mile running race in 2 hours 55 minutes and 10 seconds.
Since 1897, the Boston Marathon has been a yearly sporting event held within the city of Boston every 3rd Monday during the month of April, a date known throughout New England as Patriot’s Day.
Although the observance of Patriot’s Day falls on various dates during the 3rd week of April each subsequent year, the holiday commemorates a violent event in American history which occurred on the 19th of April towards the end of the 18th century. A violent event that began with, as Ralph Waldo Emerson dramatically describes in the opening stanza of his poem, Concord Hymn, “the shot heard round the world”.
The official starting date for America’s War for Independence is April 19th, 1775 with the Battles of Lexington and Concord both taking place on that fate filled day.
The American Revolution officially began on April 19th, 1775 with the onset of the Battles of Concord and Lexington, resulting in nearly 300 American Patriots and British Redcoats losing their lives on that first day of this country’s war for Independence.
Astrology’s Take on the 3rd Week of April
In order to propose any kind of esoteric theory behind the high propensity of violent events involving flames and firearms which have consistently taken place during the 3rd week of April, we must first analyze the foundation of that time period, astrologically.
The third week of April marks the final portion of the Zodiacal period of Aries, which ranges from March 20th – April 20th. Aries is the first of the Fire Signs and its planetary ruler is the heavenly body named after the Roman god of War, Mars.
The first representatives of each of astrology’s Four Elements display their element’s foundational energies in the most pure and uncomplicated of ways. With the foundation of the element of Fire being action based, the energies of its first Zodiacal representative, Aries, are associated with being in an active state of motion as often as possible. Said another way, those born beneath the sign of the Ram function best when they are busy or actively “do”ing things.
Every sign not only has a planetary ruler, each member of the Zodiac is also associated with various plants, foodstuffs, and minerals, along with specific vocations of work and particular ways of life as well.
By virtue of its association with a deity that oversaw the ways of War for an ancient culture which glorified blood and violence through such grizzly events as Gladiator fights and feeding people to wild lions, the sign of Aries deals with the following themes:
Military, War, Violence, Aggression, Testosterone
Physically, Mars rules over any/all of the body’s physical drives: how hungry we get, how warm we are, how sexually driven we can be, how competitive we become, etc.
Along with its ruling planet each sign is also affiliated with particular metals, minerals and stones. The metal assigned to Mars and its ruling sign of Aries is Iron. With that in mind, it should be no surprise that the Martian tools of War which happen to be popping up in the news rather often these days along with being so fiercely debated over by the American government at present are comprised mainly of iron – Guns or in more Arien terms, Firearms.
If we were to formulaically sum up the astrological influences predominantly associated with the Zodiacal sign that takes place during the 3rd week of April, it would look something like this:
3rd Week of April = Aries = Fire + Action + Violence + Guns
After pondering those pugilistic particulars, Part II further discusses how the April showers of recent history have had far worse repercussions besides simply being the precipitous cause behind society’s May flowers as of late.
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