Memorial Day 2014 – the astrology of US warriors

Memorial DayIt is very ironic that as we celebrate Memorial Day today – the US holiday that honors its fallen soldiers – the Veterans Administration is being rocked by a scandal that data on admissions was falsified to hide the fact that those very fallen soldiers were left waiting for medical treatment which led to the deaths of at least 23 veterans.

The first Memorial Day on May 1 in 1865 when thousands of slaves gathered in Charleston, South Carolina to wash and dress the bodies of 257 slain Union soldiers who had been thrown into a mass grave.  These soldiers were reburied in a proper cemetery, and a parade of thousands of black Charlestonians, many of them former slaves, led a procession and dedication of the graves.  This dedication was followed by picnics and celebration.

No matter what your politics, it can’t be denied that fallen soldiers rarely receive their due unless they are killed in battle.  Then there is great fanfare and honor, but the soldiers who return from war with PTSD, psychological and physical wounds, and whose lives will never be the same, often have nowhere to turn and are forgotten.

In mundane astrology, Mars represents warfare and warriors.  In the astrological chart for the US, Mars is in the sign of Gemini, the sign of the shapeshifter and experience seeker.  Mars in Gemini does not have a great deal of power – it can become distracted and seek a wide variety of experiences.  We can see this plainly in the tendency of the United States to insert itself in wars around the globe rather than focus on one particular situation and gather strength in that location.  American soldiers are deployed in .

In addition, this Gemini Mars is squared by Neptune, the planet of high ideals, but also deception and confusion.  We have soldiers fighting today who don’t know what they are fighting for – the goal of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have changed and mutated (typically Geminian) and the lofty ideals (Neptune) which inspired young men to sacrifice their lives have all but disappeared.

I suggest that this Memorial Day we focus on the living – honoring the soldiers around the world who are fighting wars of rich men and paying the price.

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By | 2014-05-26T10:54:05+00:00 May 26th, 2014|Politics|6 Comments


  1. Claudia May 26, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Excellent article, Lynn*

  2. Greg F May 26, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Where I live there are many homeless veterans who live in the woods with their PTSD and addictions. I hope this VA shakeup actually helps them get medical care and assistance, but it probably will become just another political football for the fall elections, like gun control and the minimum wage. Lucky I’m not cynical. 🙂

    Thanks, Lynn!

  3. KaD May 26, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Gemini can also be the sign of doubletalk. We give lip service to Vets but fall far short on the delivery. Ten years ago I met a Vietnam Vet who had literally just gotten out of his near deathbed after three years. He was terribly disabled with pain that would strike him without warning, giving him muscles cramps over his entire body. When I met him he had JUST moved into his own apartment and was sleeping on a hardwood floor with only a sheet. I was horrified! I went out two days later and got him a futon and a coffee table. Over the next FIVE years as he waited for his case to go through I helped him every month with money for groceries, got him a down blanket and cover, new microwave and coffee maker when his broke, new dishes, and helped him get his son back out of the system. I don’t regret a thing.

  4. Edria V. Jeffs May 27, 2014 at 3:49 am

    God Bless you for this wonderful article on our soldiers and reminding us of their importance. All of your articles have been very important to me over time, but this really hit home for me. My father was lost in one of those wars (WWII ) and while I guess that war was important, I would rather have enjoyed his presence growing up. God bless all those who give of themselves to serve our country, and that includes firemen and policemen!

  5. Beth May 27, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Beautifully said. Thank you for this.

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