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Saturn Retrograde 2017 starts on April 6 at 27° Sagittarius and stations direct on August 25 at 21° Sagittarius. Saturn is the Lord of Karma. Retrograde motion is a time when karma is sorted out. Therefore, Saturn retrograde is a double dose of karma.

Venus retrograde 2017 lasts from March 4 to April 15 and spans 13º Aries back to 26º Pisces. The chart for the actual station is dramatic! The sort that makes a good romantic romp. Uranus/Eris are set aflame by a swooning Jupiter in Libra opposite. There is a passionate stellium in Aries which divides Venus from her lover Mars. The most ‘dangerous’ period comes in the final 12 days.

The first full Mercury Retrograde cycle of 2017 begins with the Pre-Shadow on March 27 at 4:48 am UTC. Mercury Retrograde Station occurs at 11:14 pm UTC, on April 9, in Taurus (4° 51"). Mercury goes direct on May 3 at 4:22 pm UTC, in Aries (24° 16"). Mercury leaves the Post-Shadow on May 21 at 12:58 am UTC.

~ Christopher Newport Brackett

The most important days of April 2017 base of planetary movement

April 3rd Venus being in retrograde motion goes back into Pisces sign

April 6th Saturn goes retrograde (27˚47.7” Sagittarius). It will stay in retrograde motion until August 25th (21˚ 10” Sagittarius)

April 9th Mercury goes retrograde (4˚50.1”Taurus). It will stay in retrograde motion until May 3rd (24˚15”Aries).

April 11th there is a Full Moon at 21˚33” Libra

April 15th Venus goes direct (26˚54”). It has been retrograde since March 4th (13˚8.8” Aries)

April 20th Sun enters in Taurus sign

April 20th Pluto goes retrograde (19˚23” Capricorn). It will stay retrograde until September 28th (16˚51” Capricorn)

April 21st Mercury being in retrograde motion goes back in Aries sign

April 22nd Mars enters in Gemini sign

April 26th there is a New Moon at 6˚27” Taurus

April 29th Venus enters in Aries sign

Wishing you a wonderful April, and I hope you will enjoy the springtime.

Clues Behind 'American Horror Story' Season 5

We’re just barely into the fourth season of “American Horror Story,” but fans are eagerly trying to figure out what will happen next season.

(Spoiler alert if you don’t want to know even the mildest speculation about Season 5.)

Ryan Murphy has said in multiple interviews that clues regarding the fifth season are scattered throughout the first few episodes of “Freak Show.” In his most recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Murphy confirmed a major clue that has since set off a whole slew of theories. In Episode 4, “Edward Mordrake (Part 2),” a cop hands Emma Roberts’ Maggie a coffee cup with a top hat printed on it. “That is a big season five clue!” Murphy told EW of the top hat. “It’s an arcane clue, but it’s very purposeful, and it illuminates something that you’ll be like, ‘Oh! You dirty [bastard]’

Avid fans on Reddit have since discovered two other appearances of the same top hat this season. The first two are in Episode 2 when a close-up shows the hat on two coffee cups held by the assistant at the local toy store.

The second time the hat pops up is in the diner scene when Evan Peters’ Jimmy takes the “freaks” out to eat. The top hat can be seen on the front of the restaurant menus — it seems that all of the coffee cups are coming from what looks to be The Top Hat Diner. Let’s also not forget that Edward Mordrake wears a top hat.

Redditor ace_VXIII posted a fan theory on the series’ subreddit last week that seems to be the most convincing one yet. This one proposes that the top hat may signify Operation Top Hat, a “local field exercise” that occurred in Alabama in 1953, one year after the events of “Freak Show.” The operation involved the United States Army Chemical Corps testing biological and chemical weapons, mustard gas, and nerve gas for decontamination. However, the experiment was never submitted to the Secretary of the Army for approval and those involved in the tests were supposedly not informed of the circumstances. This sounds like creepy, secretive “AHS” material if you ask us.

The theory suggests that if the top hats do relate to the 1953 operation, Season 5 could deal with human experimentation in addition to government conspiracies and extraterrestrials, which has also been a popular fan theory. The nuclear testing suggestion has also been supported on Reddit when users noticed the mushroom clouds behind Jimmy earlier this season and connected them to Area 51 and Mercury, Nevada, where there was nuclear testing beginning in the ’50s. These theories then spurred a “Hills Have Eyes” theory about such experiments leading to mutants. Could all of these be connected in some way, and most specifically, could they relate to Pepper? Let’s not forget that Pepper was abducted by aliens in Season 2, and Murphy has said that all the seasons are connected.

Many of the fan theories related to Area 51 and aliens have used (supposed) clues from “Freak Show” to predict that Season 5 will take place in space — there’s Elsa Mars’ surname, the fact that she sang Bowie’s “Life On Mars,” and other various space-related imagery. But Murphy has outright denied those claims, saying the next season is “land-bound and takes place in the United States.” Before Murphy revealed the top hat clue, he previously said all the fan theories he’d read online were wrong.

We wonder what he thinks of the Operation Top Hat one.