The Black Death and National Proposal Day (R)

Okay, okay…I can get weirder combinations for 20 March, like the Great Fire of London in 1760 and the founding of the Republican Party in 1854, or Einstein publishing General Relativity in 1916 and the British liberation of Mandalay in 1945.  But, at least here, there’s theoretical conjunction.

It was said by some astrologers that the Black Death (bubonic plague) was made by the conjunction of Venus, Mars and Venus in the 40th degree of Aquarius on 20 March 1345. Modern researcher feel that the Yersina Pestis bacillus almost certainly originated in China in the fleas that infest common ground rodents like rats, marmots and gerbils.of central Asia and eastern Africa.  The plague that first swept across Europe in the 14th century probably reached Constantinople in 1347, but had reached modern Kyrgyzstan at least a decade before that, after having devastating Mongolia and China beginning as early as 1330. By the time it reached northern Scandinavia and northern Russia in 1351 it had killed millions of people, some estimates as high as 200 million across Eurasia. Plague still strikes the southeastern US from time to time, but the last outbreak was of an antibiotic-resistant strain in Madagascar in 2014.

Today, too, is the Spring Equinox in the northern hemisphere, when the Earth’s motions make the sun appear to “cross” the equator. It is also National Proposal Day (R) that John Michael O’Loughlin of Irving, Texas troubled himself to trademark so he could sell Proposal Day cards (yup, Buy your Proposal Day (R) cards here!) on a web site that has an unusual number of Emma Watson pictures.  But, if you waited until today to get your cards, you’re too late. Still, it’s a nice idea: a day to assure that special someone in a single’s life that they’re worth spending a lifetime with.  And there’s nothing wrong with that. So, if you’e unattached, think about it.  It doesn’t even have to be marriage, and you don’t even have to be single: it could be prom (for those still of that age) or a local mixer/party/celebration of any sort. Grab this opportunity to make that Special One (whoever..even your spouse) feel worthwhile today: your next chance is in September on the Autumnal Equinox.

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