Even though the natives looked like them and spoke like them and were indeed English men and women, like them, the soldiers knew they were hostile. There they were lined up in the April dawn; a bunch of farmers armed with muskets and bravado, ready to take on the British grenadiers, the most professional army in the world. Amateurs.
A shot was fired — from which side, it seems uncertain.
It was April 19, 1775 and the American Revolution had begun in a little town called Lexington, just outside Boston.
On another April morning, the 12th, just over a century later, the new country declared war on itself at Fort Sumter in South Carolina. Three-quarters of a million soldiers died in the American Civil War. No one really knows how many civilians lost their lives.
Yesterday, April 15 was Patriots’ Day in Massachussetts, a holiday in memory of those first revolutionaries in Lexington. At least three people were killed in a bomb attack at the marathon.
April 19, 1993, 72 people died at Waco in Texas in a fight with federal agents.
April 19, 1995, Tim McVeigh detonated a bomb in Oklahoma City that killed 168 civilians. He chose the date to commemorate the Waco deaths.
April 2o, 1999, Columbine.
April 16, 2oo7, Virginia Tech.
There have been so many other mass killings of civilians in America on other dates that it would be stupid to draw too many conclusions from the coincidence of these dates. Not only that, most Aprils pass off quite peacefully. However, there is an astrological point here.
Only one heavenly body is going to be predictably at the same place in the sky on the same date every year, and that is the Sun. Every year, give or take a few minutes, from April 12 to April 2o the Sun moves from 22° Aries to 29° Aries.
That means the transiting Sun simultaneously squares the US Pluto in Capricorn and sextiles the US Moon in Aquarius during this week. These two planets are both at 27° in the Sibley chart for the US, which is the most commonly used. The exact transit takes place on the 17th. If you use other natal charts for the US, the sextile to the Moon might take place a day earlier or later, either way it is well within orb.
Pluto is among other things, the planet of cruelty and violence — and also in a mundane chart, secret societies, underground movements. That egalitarian Moon in Aquarius represents the American people, the general public, innocent bystanders. These planets in the natal chart are tentatively connected by semi-sextile, which is a weak aspect. But when the Sun aspects both of them by transit, they connect up.
Not normally a problem, except when you have more aggressive planets involved. For example, Mars, the planet of bloodshed, is currently conjuncting the Sun. Mars is more powerful than usual in Aries because its his own sign.
In the Sibley chart, transiting Mars and the Sun are in the fourth house, which rules homeland, territory, the mother country itself. Aries is about beginnings and battle, so it’s not a surprising that hostilities in both the Revolution and the Civil War kicked off in April.
The amateurs won the Revolution. Let’s hope the professionals win this battle.