This afternoon (Monday, 15 April 2013) the news came that at least two explosions had injured and killed people at the Boston Marathon. As I write this at 5 p.m., reports are still coming in and the information about what happened is at best sketchy. Around 2:50 p.m. there were two explosions near the finish line of the marathon. At least two people are confirmed dead and 23 were injured. These figures are preliminary and the death toll may rise. The currently available information makes it sound like a terrorist attack.
I wondered what was going on the the chart of USA at the time of the explosion. Although many charts are suggested for the United States, one of my favorites is the Gemini rising chart. The one that has been most thoroughly tested by Don and Jayj Jacobs is set for 2:14:14 a.m. Here is the Jacobs chart of the USA with the Boston Marathon explosion chart around the outside. I used Regiomontanus houses because I favor that house system for mundane events.
Transiting Pluto opposes the USA sun within just over a degree of arc. This is an ongoing stressful aspect which affects the USA for an extended period in 2013. [As an aside, at the time of the Newtown massacre on 14 December 2012, transiting Pluto was quincunx the USA Uranus within 10 minutes of arc. In addition, transiting Pluto was closely sextile transiting Saturn and together they formed a yod from the USA 6th and 8th houses with the USA Uranus at the ASC as its focal point.]
There are several other striking features. Transiting Neptune is the most prominent planet. Neptune is the most elevated planet in the superimposed chart and Neptune is the only planet close to an angle in Boston at the time of the explosion (it opposes the ASC in Boston within 1.5 degrees of arc).
Mercury rules the ASC of both the USA chart and the explosion chart. Transiting Mercury at 2 Aries 29 almost exactly squares the natal USA Venus at 2 Cancer 20. Venus rules Taurus intercepted in the 12th house of secret enemies and Libra on the cusp of the 6th house of illness and injury. Venus rules the MC of the explosion chart.
The ASC of the explosion chart lies in the 3rd house of local travel (which includes running) of the USA chart. The MC of the explosion chart lies in the 12th house of the USA chart (secret enemies, misery, hospitals, etc.) In fact, the USA 12th house is the most highly populated located by the transiting planets and points at the time of the tragic event in Boston. A powerful transiting Sun/Mars conjunction in fiery Aries conjoins the USA 12th house cusp — what could be a more apt symbol for a subversive explosion?
Transiting Saturn at the time of the explosion is very closely mutually applying the Uranus at the ASC of the USA chart by quincunx, a stress aspect often associated with illness. Transiting Saturn occupies the 6th house of the USA chart. Saturn also happens to rule the USA 8th house of death and anguish of mind.
Transiting Jupiter is closely trine the USA natal Saturn. Unfortunately, Jupiter is in detriment in Gemini and rules the 8th house of death of the explosion chart. On the other hand, without this trine present there might have been a greater number of casualties.
Let me stop here. I just feel a need to post something as I’m listening to the emerging story from Boston this afternoon.
In the comments below Nate asked, “Is there a way we could do a horary and determine if this was done by a home grown attack or a foreign attack?” I read his question at 8:04 PM on 16 April 2013 and posted the response (below) that from his horary question chart, it appeared to be “home grown” terrorism. I was not confident about the answer because I have never been asked this type of question before from a horary chart and do not experience to go on. The answer turned out to be correct so I decided to post the horary chart here.
[Beth Turnage also feels the attacks were “home grown” as the horary suggests. Here is the link to her discussion: http://astrologyexplored.net/home/?p=4342
I assumed that terrorists would be represented by the 12th house of secret enemies. The ruler of the 12th is Venus, which lies in Taurus closely conjunct the 7th house cusp. Symbolically Taurus is associated with gardens and home-grown plants (here home-grown terrorists). Angular houses in horary are places that are in the home or publicly visible, thus have more to do with being “home grown” than foreign or at a distance. Venus is separating from the Sun/Mars conjunction, which could symbolize an explosion of energy or a bombing. Venus conjoining the 7th cusp could be seen as a hidden enemy (12th house) becoming an open and public enemy (7th house). Venus, covert in the cadent 6th house, at 2 Taurus 05 will conjoin the over DSC at 3 Taurus 55 in 1 degree 50 minutes (almost 2 degrees), suggesting that the terrorist(s) will become publicly known and perhaps be caught within the next two days (by April 18). In addition, Venus by transit reaches 3 Taurus 55 at 10:30 PM on Friday April 19, 2013, so perhaps all will be revealed and settled by late Friday evening.