The Christmas Truce of 1914


This Christmas season marks the 100th anniversary of the famous Christmas Truce during World War I.  According to history.com:

“Starting on Christmas Eve, many German and British troops sang Christmas carols to each other across the lines, and at certain points the Allied soldiers even heard brass bands joining the Germans in their joyous singing.  At the first light of dawn on Christmas Day, some German soldiers emerged from their trenches and approached the Allied lines across no-man’s-land, calling out “Merry Christmas” in their enemies’ native tongues. At first, the Allied soldiers feared it was a trick, but seeing the Germans unarmed they climbed out of their trenches and shook hands with the enemy soldiers. The men exchanged presents of cigarettes and plum puddings and sang carols and songs. There was even a documented case of soldiers from opposing sides playing a good-natured game of soccer.”

The truce may partly have been in response to the urging of Pope Benedict XV who, on 7 Dec 1914, suggested a temporary hiatus in the war so that the soldiers could celebrate Christmas.  Politicians in the warring countries chose to ignore the Pope’s entreaty, but the soldiers in the trenches decided to declare their own unofficial truces, starting on Christmas Eve, against the wishes of their commanders who would have preferred to go on killing.

According to Wikipedia:

“The Germans placed candles on their trenches and on Christmas trees, then continued the celebration by singing Christmas carols. The British responded by singing carols of their own. The two sides continued by shouting Christmas greetings to each other. Soon thereafter, there were excursions across No Man’s Land, where small gifts were exchanged, such as food, tobacco and alcohol, and souvenirs such as buttons and hats.”

“The first truce started on Christmas Eve 1914, when German troops decorated the area around their trenches in the region of Ypres, Belgium…”

Here is the chart for sunrise on Christmas Eve of 1914 in Ypres, Belgium:

First Christmas Truce 1914, sunrise, Ypres, Belgium, Placidus Houses.

First Christmas Truce 1914, sunrise, Ypres, Belgium, Placidus Houses.

Features which stand out in this chart are:

  • A Grand Trine involving Venus – Neptune – Moon in the 11th, 7th and 3rd houses respectively.  Venus in the 11th fosters friendship.  Neptune in the 7th (open enemies) dissolves boundaries between adversaries.   Moon in the 3rd fosters emotional communication.
  • Mars almost exactly conjunct the Sun (i.e., Mars cazimi or “as if in the heart of the sun”) in Capricorn where Mars is exalted.  Planets in the heart of the sun are considered greatly fortified.  Mars in Capricorn is exalted and displays his best features as he is extremely dignified in this chart.  Mars also disposes the Moon in Aries (see next bullet point).
  • The Sun/Mars conjunction on the horizon at sunrise opposes a Saturn/Pluto conjunction in the 7th house of open enemies.  This extremely powerful opposition forms a T-square with the Moon at the beginning of Aries (ruled by Mars).  The Moon is in a sense ‘supercharged’ by its T-square to the Sun/Mars – Saturn/Pluto opposition, and this immense energy is discharged through the Moon’s Grand Trine with Venus in the 11th of friendship and Neptune in the 7th of adversaries, resulting in the Christmas Truce of 1914 in defiance of the state authorities represented by the Saturn/Pluto conjunction in the 7th.
Photo from The Illustrated London News, 9 January 1915, "British and German Soldiers Arm-in-Arm Exchanging Headgear: A Christmas Truce between Opposing Trenches"

Photo from The Illustrated London News, 9 January 1915, “British and German Soldiers Arm-in-Arm Exchanging Headgear: A Christmas Truce between Opposing Trenches”

 

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About Anthony Louis

Author of books about astrology and tarot, including TAROT PLAIN AND SIMPLE, HORARY ASTROLOGY, and THE ART OF FORECASTING WITH SOLAR RETURNS.
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