The Astrological Association Journal of Research in Astrology

The Gods of War Investigation of planetary alignments and the onset of war

by Tom Stedall

Inspired by Cosmos and Psyche (Tarnas, 2006), we consider the frequency of war during planetary alignments. In particular, we test the hypothesis that there is a correlation between ‘hard’ aspects to the planet Mars and the outbreak of war. Using the data of the Correlates of War project (Sarkees & Wayman, 2010) and the Astrod2 library (Stedall & Wilding, 2022) we calculate the number of wars that start in the periods of alignment of each planet (Conjunctions, Oppositions and Squares within 5° orb) between 1816 and 2007. Compared with chance expectation, the frequency for Mars is highly significant
(p < .0001; r = .12; N = 894).