Thursday, April 16, 2009

Eventful Aries Cycle

Glancing down Wikipedia's list of events for this day in previous years, I noticed that it had been a particularly disastrous day, with high loss of lives. Three notable examples:

1945 – More than 7,000 die when the German refugee ship Goya is sunk by a Soviet submarine torpedo.

1947 – Texas City Disaster: An explosion on board a freighter in port causes the city of Texas City, Texas, to catch fire, killing almost 600

2007 – Virginia Tech massacre: The deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. The gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, shoots 32 people to death and injures 23 others before committing suicide

Searching further, I came across astrologer Jan Warren's article from last year:

I notice, too, that Jan has a more recent article on this topic:

Let us hope, and will, that 2009 will not provide any futher addition to those awful lists of events.

I dislike ending on a depressing note. There are a couple of events from today in history which reflect another side of Aries: the leader, the "firsts", these deserve a mention:

16 April 1912 – Harriet Quimby becomes the first woman to fly an airplane across the English Channel. Beautiful lady! Tragically she died in an aircraft accident on 1 July the same year.

16 April 1943 - Albert Hofmann, a Swiss scientist best known for having been, on this day, the first to synthesize, ingest and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide aka LSD. Whether this was, in general, A Good Thing, is a moot point, but it was a "first".


Miss L said...

I noticed that myself. What do you think it means? Do you think there is a reason for it? The Virginia Tech one still haunts me to today. Just so horrible.

Twilight said...

Miss L ~~~ It's not possible to be certain. Traditionally the section of the sky where astrologically the Sun is right now - ARIES - is ruled by Mars and is thought to connect to
aggression, wars etc. (on the negative side) and high energy issues, enthusiasm, initiavive and leadership on the positive side.

Perhaps, when the Sun is in this part of the sky the "atmosphere" is very suitable for outbreaks of aggression, rather in the same way that when the Moon is full research has shown that it has certain effects on some humans and some creatures.

It could also be pure coincidence, but I suspect not.

Thanks for visitng!

Wisewebwoman said...

April 16th, 1971. My mother died that day.

Twilight said...

WWW ~~~~ Oh - such a sad day!

Actually, going by the period the astrologer I quoted is talking about I have a couple of bad dates myself - my Dad died 23 April, and we lost everything we owned in a fire on 21 April (different years, thank goodness).

Shawn Carson said...

Albert Hoffman refers to LSD as his "Problem Child". His initial dose, which he thought was so small that it couldn't possibly have much efffect, was really a dose many many times beyond what would be considered normal. I can only imagine what that must have been like!

anthonynorth said...

We get days like this. As for those female flyers, strange how all the main ones met their death early, too.

Twilight said...

Shawn ~~~ Oh my! It's a wonder he survived to tell the tale!

Twilight said...

AN ~~ yes, that struck me too - Amy, Amelia, Harriet - maybe others.