Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Other Side of April

Around mid-month each April, as years pass, I'm reminded that, as well as April showers, April violets, April in Paris, April has often brought more than the usual ration of loss and suffering. I'll not repeat the list again, but instead link to it in my 2010 post:

This year, April has been living up to that title already. There was yesterday's news of 300 people missing after a South Korean ferry had sunk; the Kansas City shootings of the weekend; 22 injured in knife attack at a Regional High School last week; and the ongoing still fruitless search for missing Malaysian Airlines plane with its 239 occupants, lost since 8 March......

I've pondered before on whether there might be any astrological indication as to why this mid-April period so often brings tragedy, misfortune and suffering one way or another. I hadn't, until now, bothered to investigate the Fixed Stars around this mid-April/Aries area of the zodiac. There's a Fixed Star called Baten Kaitos with negative attributes, and relation to Saturn, which could be seen as a likely suspect, it's found at around 21 Aries:

 From Terry Nazon's website

This year, additionally, we have that pesky Cardinal Grand Cross involved too. Let's hope fervently that there will be no further examples to add to the list for April 2014.

Sweet April-time
O cruel April-time!
Year after year returning,
with a brow Of promise,
and red lips with longing paled,
And backward-hidden hands that clutch the joys
Of vanished springs, like flowers.
(By Dinah Maria Mulock - pseudonym Mrs. Craik.)


mike said...

Interesting topic, Twilight...I suppose it may depend on the semantics of "cruelest". I'm doubtful that there is any particular month for many "cruelest" activities, but apparently some months do statistically hold significance for some form of deviant folly. A quick search offered some conflicting information, but most agree for:

Months of most suicides in the USA are July and August on Wednesdays

Month of most deaths is January

Month of most divorces is January

And this list of "The Most Deadly 100 Natural Disasters" seems to indicate the summer months as tumultuous:

April may suffer from generalized and maligned prejudice...LOL.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I made it thru March.. I consider myself extremely fortunate at this time.
March , since I was 3 and maybe before:) has always been the dreaded month. I try to be positive cause I sure don't want to manifest any negative and have those vibes float back to me. so, in mid feb I start chanting positive affirmations morning noon and night. I write them on my pillow case so if subliminal learning is true- my mind can absorb while I sleep..
I am so sorry for all the trauma April is causing in folks lives..

Twilight said...

mike ~ I'll not argue - but the fact does remains that certain mass tragedies have clustered, in USA anyway, in mid-April. Coincidence no doubt, but it's something that stood out for me. Not that tragedies don't happen at other times - obviously, they do - I looked on this phenomenon (or non-phenomenon if you like) as a kind of sad quinky-dink.

Twilight said...

Sonny ~ Hmmm - that's interesting, as is your method of dealing with it. I'm glad this year's bad month has passed minus "the bad" for you. :-)

mike (again) said...

Another April bummer: we just lost Gabriel Garcia Marquez (3-6-1927 - 4-17-2014)

“Wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good.” From Love In The Time Of Cholera

"Freedom is often the first casualty of war." From The General In His Labyrinth

“Sex is the consolation you have when you can’t have love.” From Memories Of My Melancholy Whores

"No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing." From Love in the Time of Cholera

Twilight said...

mike (again) ~

RIP Señor Marquez. I wasn't aware of any of his works except movie: "Love in the Time of Cholera", I can't recall much of it - saw the film a long time ago, will look out for a DVD to re-watch.