Annular Solar “Ring of Fire” Eclipse in Aquarius, February 26, 2017

An annular “Ring of Fire” solar eclipse will occur on Sunday, February 26, 2017, beginning at 12:10 PM UTC (7:10 AM EST), peaking at 2.58 PM UTC (9:58 AM EST) and setting at 5.35 PM UTC (12:35 EST). The eclipse will occur in the Southern Hemisphere along a very narrow path (shown in the map below) beginning over the South Pacific Ocean, crossing South America and the Southern Atlantic Ocean and ending in Africa. According to Vedic astrology, an eclipse affects the whole world, but important geopolitical events are often stirred up more in the areas where the eclipse shadow actually falls.

The “ecliptic” is the apparent path of the Sun, i.e., the Sun’s path as it’s seen from the Earth. The name is derived from ecliptik (Late Latin) ecliptica linea, literally, “line of eclipses.” Eclipses occur where the path of the Moon crosses the path of the Sun in the northern or southern direction. These crossing points where eclipses occur are known as the lunar nodes. The intersection point on the ascending path is called the North Node, Rahu, the Dragon’s Tail or Caput Draconis. The intersection point on the descending path is known as the South Node, Ketu, the Dragon’s Tail or Caudus Draconis.

The word “eclipse” is Late Middle English via Latin and the Greek “ekleiptikos” or “ekleipein” meaning “fail to appear.” A solar eclipse falls on a new Moon when the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up, and the Moon blocks the light of the Sun. In Hindi, the name for eclipse is “grahan,” so Vedic astrology calls a solar eclipse “Surya (Sun) grahan.” A lunar eclipse occurs on full Moon when the light of the Moon is blocked by the Earth’s shadow as the Earth is between the Sun and Moon. In Vedic astrology, the lunar eclipse is known as “Chandra (Moon) grahan.”

The eclipses do have to happen exactly on the new and full Moon, but because of the Moon’s tilt to the ecliptic and the Earth, an eclipse cannot happen every full or new Moon. Further, the luminaries (Sun and Moon) are not always exactly conjunct (in the same celestial longitude) as the lunar nodes. Solar and lunar eclipses occur ~every six months and follow each other within a two-week time span. Sometimes the lunar eclipse occurs before the solar, and sometimes it is the other way, and sometimes there are three eclipses in a row, but usually just two. Vedic astrology teaches that the world will have more unrest when the lunar eclipses precede the solar eclipses, as we see happening in 2017.

Astronomers and astrologers recognize various kinds of eclipses which are calculated according to the celestial latitude and longitude of the luminaries and the lunar nodes at the full or new Moon. These variations are total, partial, annular, or hybrid for solar eclipses; and total, partial, and appulse (penumbral) for lunar eclipses. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon completely covers the Sun; a partial solar eclipse happens when the Moon only partially covers the disk of the Sun.

An annular eclipse happens when the new Moon is too far away and too small to totally cover the solar disk; which occurs when the Moon is on the far side of its orbit so its umbral shadow is not long enough to reach Earth. A hybrid eclipse involves both an annular and a total eclipse. The February 26 eclipse is an annular one. Those on its path will see the annulus of bright sunlight around the dark Moon which is why it is called the “Ring of Fire” eclipse. (Image below is of annular eclipse via Wikipedia).

To understand eclipses it helps to know that, though the lunar nodes are not planets, they have the same power as planets in astrology, and are called shadow planets or chaya graha. In natal and transit charts as well as progressed cycles, Rahu and Ketu represent the karmic axis and show us much about our evolutionary journey and what in our karma needs to be stirred up to help us move forward. They traverse one rashi (sign) every 18 months and take about 18 years to traverse the whole zodiac. Eclipses occur in the signs where the lunar nodes are transiting.

One way that some astrologers look at the difference between the luminaries and the nodes in an eclipse is that the luminaries determine the timing of the eclipse (when they are exactly conjunct or opposite), whereas the lunar node marks the zodiac point of the eclipse which will be most activated. I have found that both points, the luminaries and the node, can be trigger points. In the February 26, 2017 eclipse, the mean lunar node Ketu at 9 degrees Aquarius will eclipse the Sun and Moon at 14 degrees Aquarius, all in Shatabisha nakshatra. The zodiac position of the node at maximum eclipse (near the exact full or new Moon) sometimes becomes a “critical degree” afterward. Astrologers will watch transits to these eclipse points in the future.

Rahu and Ketu block the light of the Sun and Moon in eclipses, and this often signals dynamic changes especially when the eclipse occurs within ~three degrees of a conjunction or aspect to a natal planet or angle cusp. How we express the energy of that planet or chart point will undergo a rebooting and rebirthing process both before and after the eclipse. Astrologers have access to complex techniques to determine how long going backward and forward an eclipse will resonate.

Whether the changes suggested by an eclipse are “easy or difficult” depends on the natal significations of the eclipsed planet or point, as well as aspects, yogas, and cycles, as well as the eclipse axis itself. Both solar and lunar eclipses have an influence on all areas of life including personal relationships, health, professional matters, finances, and inner growth, and these areas will be highlighted according to the planets, signs, and houses where the eclipses fall within a natal or mundane horoscope.

A solar eclipse carries more weight than a lunar eclipse. Further, an eclipse will be strongest to bring change when many planets line up in the eclipse axis; and, when the luminaries are closest to the node (as in total eclipses). Thus, the February 26 annular eclipse will not be as strong as the total eclipse in August 2017 will be. Yet, the February eclipse involves several planets: Mercury, Ketu, Sun, Moon, and Neptune. Mercury adds some auspicious energy to the mix for sure, but when it transits over the eclipse points from ~ February 28 to March 3, some noteworthy event(s) may be triggered related to communication; transportation; travel; business and commerce; news media and publishing; treaties, ambassadors, and matters of state; and armed services.

In regard to a personally significant eclipse, a Rahu eclipse (like the one next August) is often thought to be more of a positive force than a Ketu eclipse (like this one in February), especially in terms of material conditions. However, I have seen several cases in which a Ketu eclipse occurred in the days and weeks before someone received a major windfall. This can be explained by the fact that Ketu often represents past life merit and the release of karmic debts. Nonetheless, a Ketu eclipse initially feels more difficult and exhausting as it requires letting go of something or working something out in preparation for a new cycle ahead. For someone whose chart is directly affected as mentioned above, it can be very difficult for the emotional, mental, or physical health, and it can temporarily diminish confidence and clarity.

The rashi and nakshatra of the eclipse have a lot to say about possible areas of life which are more generally as well as specifically affected by eclipse. The February 26 eclipse occurs in Shatabisha nakshatra, which deals with healing, astronomy and astrology; stock exchange; fisheries and fishing; rivers, oceans, lakes, dams, reservoirs, and water supplies; prison reform; and electricity. The eclipse also falls in the middle of Aquarius, sign of the Water Bearer, which is also the sign of revolutions and rebellions; science, media, technology and invention; outer space; oil and oil wells; auto and airline industries; labor organizations; civil rights; reclaimed lands; and spirituality. The latter is also emphasized by the presence of Ketu and Neptune in the eclipse axis, which are also strong spiritual indicators.

In the Washington DC eclipse chart, the rising sign is at 27 degrees sidereal Aries in the sharp, aggressive, altruistic, creative, and transformational (fiery) Krittika nakshatra. Mars, ruler of the Aries chart, conjoins Uranus in the twelfth house in Pisces. This gives some challenging results especially as it is afflicted by Uranus. Mars in the twelfth house can point to civil unrest that could require emergency measures; enemy espionage; underground movements to subvert the government; legal issues for the President and his administration (fines, insubordinate government employees, penalties, judicial conflicts, or threats of impeachment); increased crime; infectious diseases (public health crisis); and drastic changes to all kinds of policies and laws. The exalted Venus also conjunct Mars should help to calm and cool down Mars and Uranus, offering some diplomacy to the mix.

The eclipse falls in the eleventh house which is the best house for an eclipse to fall in, where malefics like Ketu tend to give overall good results. The eleventh house also has special reference to legislators and legislation (Congress); national goals; alliances with foreign countries; national treasury and stock exchange; foreign ambassadors; the Vice President of the country; state and city governing bodies; and gains from trade. Mercury in the eclipse axis promises an active and busy time in Congress this next year, with much new legislation affecting trade, commerce, and education.

However, with Ketu and Neptune involved, we will also see more of the same trend of political drama and deception; personal recriminations; and embittered arguments and disputes among various factions of government. Hopefully Ketu in the eclipse axis and eleventh house reflects some positive changes ahead for the government. Yet, the government is a reflection of the collective consciousness of the nation, which is not in good psychological shape now as Ketu is eclipsing the Moon, which represents the mass mind.

The US Moon eclipsed by Ketu has been moving into place since last summer and points to a great deal of anger, misery, delusion, fear, projection, divisiveness, and civil unrest. The Moon will be eclipsed in the third house of the US Kelleher chart, which is also indicative of major domestic changes ahead; continuing issues related to immigration policies; ongoing mistrust of the mainstream media; and general unrest and confusion among the people.

Nonetheless, for those who follow a more enlightened path of self-realization, the Ketu Aquarius eclipse can be one of awakening. I am also hopeful that as Ketu moves back past the Moon in April, and this might start to ease up some of our current state of public unrest, and I sense that around the August 2017 eclipses, when the lunar nodes change signs, we will begin to face a different set of issues related to the economy, food and water supplies, public health, and ongoing threats to First Amendment rights.

Raphael’s Mundane Astrology says that eclipses falling in Air signs like Aquarius signify “famine, sickness, pestilence, tempests and stormy winds hurtful to mankind.” In the second decan of Aquarius, the eclipse is said to “universally damage the seeds of the earth.” Yet, this eclipse is actually considered to be auspicious according to its Saros cycle, so I am not sure these admonitions apply.

Saros cycles are eclipse families designated by their “Saros Number.” This idea came from the ancient Babylonian astrologers who observed that eclipses occur in groups or families that link together the eclipses that happen every 18 years. These families evolve over cycles that last many centuries (10-15), comprising 80 eclipses in a series. Tracking these cycles is a very specific area of astrological research.

The February 26, 2017 eclipse is a member of Saros 140 which was born April 16, 1512. The last one in this cycle was February 16, 1999 and before that, February 4, 1981. Astrologer Bernadette Brady, in Predictive Astrology: The Eagle and the Lark, describes this eclipse as “SS 19 South: This family of eclipses brings with it the elements of the pleasant surprise…sudden happiness, a joyful event, the lucky break, the lucky win. Events [around this eclipse] can positively change the person’s life.”

With our thoughts, we make the world, and I for one will remain optimistic that events around the February 26, 2017 solar eclipse in the sign of the Water Bearer will bring healing, peace, and awakening to the world. For everyone and especially those whose natal horoscopes are closely influenced by this eclipse, I wish you a brilliant lucky break ahead!

Hail Saturn Who Forges the Diamond Soul

It’s Shanivaar again, the day of Shani or Saturn, Lord of Karma. A good color for Saturn is purple. Wearing and meditating on this color increases the highest manifestation of Saturn whose qualities are truth, spiritual awareness, patience, duty, responsibility, practicality, and effective time management and work habits.

Saturn is transiting in a weak position in the transformational gandanta (karmic knot) between Scorpio and Sagittarius for much of 2017, which I have discussed in great detail before in my blogs. Simply put, this transit epitomizes “a world in transition.” Saturn is currently transiting in the first pada of Mula nakshatra from 0 to 3 deg. 20 min. of sidereal Sagittarius in Aries navamsa. From mid-March to late April, he will move into the 2nd pada of Taurus navamsa which is generally more favorable for Saturn’s positive material, spiritual and creative results, as Taurus is ruled by Venus who is Saturn’s friend.

For now, Saturn is in the navamsa (ninth harmonic) of enemy Mars, and Vedic astrology teaches that a planet in its fallen (debilitated or neecha) navamsa acts fully debilitated no matter what its main rashi placement is. The essence of Saturn in Aries in the main sign or navamsa varga reflects ego problems like insecurity and conflict with authority. For those who seek to be more conscious, Saturn in Aries navamsa is now both individually and collectively seriously testing us on how to take responsibility for our thoughts, impulses and actions. For those less aware, Saturn in Aries points to a tendency for damaging psychological projection.

As the son of the Sun, Saturn’s nature is often expressed in the symbolic world of shadows. The late Vedic astrologer Bepin Behari wrote in his Myths and Symbols of Vedic Astrology that “Saturn spiritualizes but not by arousing an inner urge to discover the real Self. This comes as an after-effect. Saturn causes frustration with the material world. It creates sorrow first. It accentuates the nature of the ‘shadow’ and makes the veil covering the soul’s real nature more prominent through its restricting influence.” (p 91)

Astrologer Steven Arroyo wrote in Astrology, Karma and Transformation that Saturn’s heat and pressure are needed in order that we develop what Buddhists call the ‘diamond soul’ or ‘diamond body,’ which is their way of saying our fundamental innermost nature.” (p 73) In Astrology of Inner Space, Carl Payne Tobey expresses an interesting view of this innermost nature which I believe corresponds to the highest expression of Saturn, which is to reveal the illusions of the outer world:

         “I don’t feel the need to become a part of something bigger. There is more to conquer in inner space than in the outer world. It is unlimited and more interesting. It’s the source of understanding…this does not mean I am antisocial but I prefer to deal with individuals rather than groups…For many, the outer shell of inner space is contaminated and polluted by reflections from the outer world, that ‘something bigger’ with all its corruption and hypocrisy.” (pp 426-427)

I bow to Lord Shani, who removes the illusion of worldliness: Om Virodhadharabumaya Namah!
I bow to Lord Shani, who is the most senior and excellent One: Om Shresthaya Namah!
I bow to the One who speaks little: Om Mitabhasinaya Namah!
I bow to the One who destroys the root of ignorance: Om Avidyamulanasa Namah!
I bow to the One who is lowly and humble: Om Kurupinaya Namah!
I bow to the One who gives dispassion: Om Vairagyadaya Namah!
I bow to the One whose power arises from dispassion: Om Viraya Namah!
I bow to the One who is steady and reliable: Om Achanchala Namah!
I humbly bow to Lord Shani who is my own true nature. Om Sham Shanicharaya Namah!
Jai Saturn! Happy Saturn Day!

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, February 10-11, 2017

We are in the waxing Moon phase now, and light is increasing as we move toward the full Moon on February 10, 2017. This Moon will also be a very subtle lunar eclipse (penumbral or appulse).

According to “The ideal spot to watch this penumbral eclipse is from Europe, Africa, Greenland and Iceland. From there the whole eclipse can be seen, from start to finish, and it occurs at late night in a dark sky. In Asia, the eclipse will be obscured by morning twilight on February 11 and will be in eclipse at moonset (sunrise) February 11.

Although the whole eclipse, from start to finish, lasts for some four and one-third hours, the beginning and ending stages are not visible to the eye. Given a dark sky, free of twilight glare, the eclipse might be visible to the eye for an hour or two, centered on the greatest eclipse (February 11 at 00:44 UTC).  At North American time zones, that means the greatest eclipse will happen on February 10, at 8:44 p.m. AST, 7:44 p.m. EST, 6:44 p.m. CST, 5:44 p.m. MST, 4:44 p.m. PST and 3:44 p.m. AKST.”

In an appulse/penumbral lunar eclipse, the Moon moves through only the Earth’s penumbra and is only slightly dimmed. Please refer to for more information about your local eclipse times and visibility. Regarding the matter of visibility, Vedic astrology suggests not looking at an eclipse but instead, staying inside and going within, as all spiritual practices performed during any kind of eclipse are greatly enhanced no matter where it is visible on Earth.

Two weeks after this lunar eclipse on February 26, we will have a solar annular eclipse in sidereal Aquarius, and I will write more about this one at a later date. For now, I will say that solar eclipses generally tend to carry more weight than lunar eclipses, but both can be good for deepening spiritual practice and awareness. In addition, solar or lunar eclipses closely conjoining or aspecting a natal planet or chart point reflect significant changes, the nature of which will depend on the significations of that planet or point, as well as all the other aspects, yogas, and dasas in place.

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President Trump’s Inauguration Horoscope Part III

In this, my third installment about President Donald J. Trump’s Inauguration horoscope, I examine the horoscope set for January 20, 2017 at 12:00:26 in Washington, DC, United States, the moment when he swore the final words of his oath of office, “So help me God.”

SFPage1The cardinal (chara) modality is the strongest based on the Ascendant, Sun, Moon, and Midheaven occupying cardinal signs. Having the cardinal signs in the all-powerful angles (kendras) increases their power: The rising sign is in sidereal Aries; Moon is in Libra; and the Sun and Midheaven (MC/bhava madhya) are in Capricorn. In Vedic astrology, this cardinal lineup is called Rajju Yoga, which indicates a lot of initiative, quick action, and change. Though the cardinal is the strongest mode, the fixed (sthira) and mutable (dual/dwishwabhava) modes are also strong enough to balance the cardinal rajas with stable (fixed) tamas and adaptable (dual) sattva.

When the seven grahas (not including the Lunar Nodes) fall in contiguous houses as in this chart from Jupiter to Mars, the combination forms an auspicious Akriti Ardha-Chandra Yoga which suggests strong leadership, honor, and courage. When the grahas (not including the Lunar Nodes) fall in seven houses, the yoga is called Vina (Vallaki) which is one of the Sankhya yogas for prosperity. It also usually points to the buildup of a strong military.

The Moon in the seventh house is in Durudhara Yoga hemmed in by Jupiter and Saturn in the sixth and eighth houses. This is a propitious combination that supports the Moon and the seventh house and indicates prosperity and charitable action by and for the people. On first glance, there is Sakata Yoga in which Jupiter and the Moon are in a 2/12 relationship with each other. This combination often brings extreme extreme ups and downs, but it is mostly cancelled (neutralized) because the Moon is in a kendra (seventh house).

As mentioned in my previous article, the Sun is strong in the 10th house on the Midheaven (Abhijit Muhurta) and also in Abhijit nakshatra. The tenth is the most important house in the chart for a nation (which this Inauguration chart represents). The tenth and eleventh houses both indicate the Congress. The tenth also tells something about foreign trade and the overall well-being of the nation. The Sun represents the leader and his administrative office as well as the political party in power; the nation’s image, status, and honor in the world; and the country’s influence in geopolitical world affairs.

The Sun and tenth house are hemmed by benefics Venus (eleventh house) and Mercury (ninth house) which is called Ubhayachari Yoga and Shubha Kartari Yoga, combinations that reveal strength and fortune to the tenth house and the Sun. The Pars Fortuna (Part of Fortune, or Punya Saham) is well placed in the tenth house with the Sun, in exact trine to Jupiter, reflecting further protection, success, and some grace shining down on the nation.

There are no retrograde planets in the Inauguration chart (not counting Lunar Nodes which are retrograde). This is a rare astrological event that happens only in about eight percent of astrological charts, and it does not always happen in every year. It is actually quite common in the charts of US presidents and represents tremendous persistence, focus, and optimism.

Western astrologer Stephanie “Wave” Forest has named this cycle “APDM” (All Planets Direct Motion) and says it is a time that offers “hope for the future…[and] cosmic assistance to any endeavor created to benefit, rather than to hinder, human life on earth…wherein the whole planet can be energized by cosmic fuel rather than fossil fuels.” This year’s cycle APDM runs from January 8 to February 6, 2017. It’s interesting that former President Bill Clinton’s second term Inauguration happened during an APDM cycle; his term was marked by an economic boom but also marred by great scandal.

SFPage2The Marc Jones chart pattern in President Trump’s Inauguration chart (sidereal wheel shown below) is a Bowl, which occurs when most of the planets are on one side of the horoscope, as in this case where they predominantly occupy the southern hemisphere above the horizon. This pattern reflects passion and dedication but also disunity and contention as mirrored in the half-empty, half-full design. The Bowl chart is often on a mission to fill the empty half, seeking to balance and strengthen what appears to be lacking, which in this case is the empty half below the horizon. This area in a mundane horoscope refers in part to infrastructure and the heartland. President Trump’s plan is to rebuild the forgotten and depressed areas of America and its aging and broken infrastructure.

SFPage2The Bowl chart pattern can represent an obsessive dynamic, and with all the energy above the horizon, it suggests a significant presence on the world stage but also a need to attend to the issues at home, as with President Trump’s platform of “America First.” I feel there will be some evolution in thinking and a realization that to achieve certain goals, cooperation and partnering with the global community will be necessary, as much as President Trump said he wants to erect a wall and close some of the doors to the rest of the world. The Bowl certainly reveals this great tension and a need to achieve some middle ground in the Yin-Yang.

Yin-Yang-symbol-taoismIt’s interesting that the leading planet of the Bowl is Jupiter, placed in the sixth sign (Virgo) and the sixth house which both relate to public health matters; repealing and replacing Obamacare happens to be the first item on the President’s agenda. Jupiter leading the Bowl also gives hope and optimism, philanthropy, and divine providence. Interestingly, President Trump is in his fortunate Jupiter Return now, and his Jupiter (dharma karaka) is conjunct Saturn (karma karaka) in the US birth chart in the tenth house of leadership, uniting Donald Trump’s purpose and path with action on behalf of the nation.

SFPage4The ruler of Aries Ascendant is Mars (Lagna lord or Lagnapati). This first house ruler of a mundane chart relates to public health; the nation as a whole; the disposition of the people; all government affairs; the executive cabinet; and national objectives. Clearly, we have some affliction here, and for many astrologers analyzing it, this is one of the most disconcerting astrological placements in this horoscope as Mars is placed at the zero degree of Pisces in Cancer navamsa where it is further weakened in debilitation. It is technically considered weak (not noticeable or readily expressed) and is also unfavorable (not fully supportive to the chart).

SFPageTrump, DonaldDonald Trump Inauguration newOne factor of the Mars weakness is rashi sandhi, in which Mars is on the edge between two signs at the zero degree, and this is based on the most commonly used Lahiri ayanamsha. However, there are many variations of ayanamsha used to calculate the positions of planets in the signs. In some of them, Mars is not rashi sandhi but further along into Pisces, well past the sandhi (edge).

Yet, with Lahiri ayanamsha, Mars is in an even sign at zero degrees, so it becomes Mrit(yu) Avastha, which scores “no strength” according to the calculation known as Baal Adhi (Baaladhi) Avastha, in which the last six degrees of an even sign are considered in extremis. I asked my friend, Vedic astrologer SueAnn McKean, about this and she described this Mrit Avastha Mars quite elegantly as being a planet of war that will not need to use a show of force, i.e., by showing strength instead of force, Mars will be at ease and stay “quiet,” as if in some repose.

A zero degree planet represents “new beginnings,” changing of the guard, with a pioneering dynamic. It’s in a brand new territory, like the Fool in the Tarot’s Major Arcana, which is a symbol of infinite possibilities, but there is a caution here too as in the need of the new administration and the people fighting against it to be careful to avoid missteps. For instance, promises will be (have been) made and will be broken by the new administration; and some of the opposition aimed at the new administration will be ineffective and weakening to the nation’s overall best interests.

Within Pisces, Mars lies in the fourth pada of Purvabhadrapada nakshatra, Cancer navamsa, and signifies a divisive theme related to two faces, as with “the persecutor and the persecuted” (Prash Trivedi, The 27 Celestial Portals, p 410). This brings to mind the Trump detractors who believe that he is out of touch and diabolical, versus the Trump supporters who look to the detractors as being delusional and pretentious. Such a play! Because Mars is Lagnapati, ruler of the chart, this theme predominates at the start of the Trump presidency; because President Trump has been seen by his detractors as such a polarizing figure, this theme will probably continue, at least among some segments of society.

Purvabhadrapada nakshatra is ruled by Aja Ekapad, a devil-like character, and also Lord Rudra, God of the Storm, and is associated with the front legs of a funeral cot which all can indicate, as I have seen elsewhere in the chart, a possibility of some difficult cathartic collective karma ahead within the next four years. Yet, Mars in this nakshatra almost undoubtedly signifies enormous economic and other kinds of gains in President Trump’s term of office. Ultimately, one should remain encouraged as the shakti of Purvabhadrapada is “the power to raise the evolutionary level,” though it often does this through tumultuous events.

Transiting Mars just entered the eighth house of President Trump’s natal chart around the inauguration, and will remain there until March 1 (“first forty days”). This is quite fitting as the warrior (Mars) comes to “drain the swamp” (eighth house/Pisces). The eighth house is an effective house for Mr. Trump, and Mars is his best planet (yoga karaka, planet of power and purpose), so this transit can indicate that a lot of change will be happening fast; and support will be coming to him quickly; his mind could be full of creative vision; he may be fighting for a new kind of health insurance for Americans; and he will continue to stir up a great deal of controversy/

Mars in the twelfth sign or house is said to give malevolent results when it is afflicted, which it is in the main Inauguration chart by a square from Saturn; it is further afflicted in the navamsa chart by its conjunction with Rahu. Mundane astrologers often surmise that this can indicate danger of a major world war. However, this is not so clear to me. I looked at the Inauguration charts of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) and Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ), each of whom was inaugurated in the exact year that the US became significantly involved in major wars: the former being World War II (1941) and the latter, Vietnam in 1965.

LBJ InaugurationFDR InaugurationIn both cases, the seventh houses of the charts (indicating open enemies and wars) were hemmed by malefics in adjoining houses forming the very destructive and powerfully impacting Papakartari Yoga. In FDR’s Inauguration chart, Mars was in Scorpio in the eighth house and Rahu was in the sixth house. In LBJ’s, Mars was in the sixth house and Ketu in the eighth. This set-up is more compelling for war than Donald Trump’s Inauguration chart which has the lords of dharma and karma hemming the seventh house offering more strength and security.

Mars in the twelfth sign (and twelfth house of the rashi chart) can point to civil unrest that could require emergency measures; and it can indicate a buildup of the military. Mars here can point to enemy espionage and underground movements to subvert the government as well as legal issues for the administration (fines, insubordinate government employees, penalties, judicial conflicts, or threats of impeachment); increased crime; infectious diseases (public health crisis); and drastic changes to all kinds of policies and laws.

Mars is in the eleventh house of the bhava chart and twelfth house of the rashi chakra. In terms of houses, I read it as being in the eleventh because it is about fifty degrees back from the Ascendant (Lagna) which clearly places it further in the eleventh bhava. Mars here indicates some undesirable results such as disputes in Congress and in the ruling party; outspoken enemies; deceptive or disappointing allies; and unfavorable public approval ratings for the President, as we are already seeing.

Yet, Mars is the lord of the whole chart, the administration will develop well over time as the eleventh house is an upachaya house where planets (especially malefics like Mars) will grow to give better results as effort is applied. This could mean that there will eventually be great gains in industry; economic expansion; more bipartisan cooperation in congress; some international approval; fulfillment of many ambitious projects and plans; and enhanced foreign trade agreements.

Though I interpret Mars as in the eleventh house, Uranus is in fact in the twelfth house, a bit less than thirty degrees away from the ascendant. Uranus is in an auspicious and idealistic aspect opposite Jupiter, and this is in place from late 2016 through much of 2017 indicating major new plans and reforms. Uranus is also in a fortunate trine with Saturn (within a few degrees orb) which may suggest a grounded, sound, and methodical capacity for enacting positive reforms. Uranus opposite Jupiter in the 6/12 axis indicates that reorganization will occur in labor unions, military, prisons, health care, charitable institutions, and public assistance programs.

The upheaval already occurring between the new administration and national intelligence agencies is reflected by this Uranus placement. Underground subversive movements, violent riots, peaceful marches, and insubordination occurring at the beginning of President Trump’s new term and throughout the next four years are further related to a tension square from Pluto to Uranus (within a few degrees orb).

With the Pluto-Uranus aspect, zealots hostile to the government in power will do anything and everything to destabilize it. Secret enemies could cause tremendous harm to the nation and the people on a lot of levels. There will be much civil unrest. Uranus in the twelfth house has at times indicated strong damaging earthquakes and prison riots, as well as epidemics or attacks from foreign enemies. Immigration issues are seen from the ninth house of the chart, and this aspect of Pluto in the ninth (immigrants) in tension square with Uranus in the twelfth (foreign matters and exiled persons) points to sweeping controversial immigration reforms.

Saturn is another wild card in this chart as he is strong at the end of a sign in the 29th degree of Scorpio but weak in the eighth house of the chart. I looked at Saturn’s house placements using more than 30 different ayanamshas, which are the calculations used to determine the sidereal zodiac signs. With twenty-three of them, including the most commonly used Lahiri version, Saturn is indeed in the eighth house; but with nineteen others, Saturn moves to the ninth house. So I am reading both house placements for Saturn. I am doing this also because in the Chalit Bhava (Unequal House chart), also known as Sripati Bhava chart, Saturn actually does move into the ninth house. Saturn is not bhava sandhi, but I feel he does give some effects of both the eighth and ninth houses and this is also because he is fast moving out of Scorpio.

Some will say it is good to “lock up” the natural malefics like Mars and Saturn in the “prisons” of the dusthana/trik houses (six, eight and twelve). But in this case, Saturn is a very key planet as lord of the tenth house. We would prefer that he is in a more auspicious sign, degree, and house than this because Saturn is important as the tenth house ruler, known as Karmesha in Vedic astrology. The tenth house and the Karmesha in a mundane chart represent the leaders of the country (rulers of state, as with President Trump); the party in power; all government; foreign trade; a nation’s status and honor in the world; business and influence in world affairs; politics and politicians; national goals; and most importantly, national integrity.

The Karmesha’s placement in the eighth house can indicate that the leader has low approval ratings and is looked down upon by many, such as in the eyes of his vehement critics including a few million around the world who marched in the anti-Trump demonstrations the day after his Inauguration. Throughout his term, he will probably have to continually fight the press and his many enemies in Washington and elsewhere over accusations of unethical behavior and attempts to delegitimize him.

The tenth lord in the eighth house also signifies that the new leadership will work hard to transform the country, and may be involved in exposing various clandestine cover-ups such as the President did recently in a speech to the CIA when he subtly alluded to upending the secret shadow government (“fifth column”). Saturn in the eighth can mean that the President will have to employ emergency measures at some time during his term to enact social change or protect the health and well-being of the nation. As did JFK, whose Inauguration chart also has the Karmesha in the eighth house, President Trump may have to face a serious, perhaps even nuclear, international crisis or crises.

The Karmesha in the eighth house can sometimes indicate a very serious pandemic or other kind of crisis (like a terror event) on US soil in the next four years. It can mean that many prominent people will die in the next four years, and the death rate of people in general could escalate. Saturn here is often said to indicate that the people will suffer perils of war, epidemics, or drought.

However, the Karmesha being in the eighth house will only indicate the death of the ruler and overthrow of the administration IF the Sun is afflicted by Saturn, which it is not. JFK of course was assassinated in office. In his Inauguration chart in 1961, the Karmesha is in the eighth house BUT the Sun is also aspected by Mars, and the Sun is in a Papa Kartari Yoga hemmed by Saturn and Ketu, and the Sun is also aspected by Mars in the D9 chart. It seems safe to say that the Karmesha in the eighth house of Donald Trump’s Inauguration chart reflects the many threats made to his life by all kinds of characters.

John F. Kennedy InaugurationThe aspect from Saturn to the Sun in President Trump’s Inauguration chart is not a true aspect when we are using exact orbs (in sphuta drishti, which gains only 15 of 60 points); but the aspect from Jupiter to the Sun has 49 of 60 points which is pretty strong and protective. Saturn in the eighth can mean that the President’s Cabinet will go through several reappointments, and that there may be some conflicts to work out among the President, his Cabinet, and Congress.

Often Saturn in the eighth house of a mundane chart means that taxes will increase and social security or public assistance policies and benefits will undergo some revision; and trade policies and agreements will be transformed. Saturn does not fare well in the D10 dasamsha chart or the D3 drekkana, so I cannot spin it: the lord of karma does not promise an easy path for the President or the country, because the karmic burden of the nation as a whole is in need of purifying and rebalancing.

Donald Trump Inauguration newnewnewYet with the lack of affliction to Saturn per aspects in the main chart, and the fact that it is sandhi and moves to the ninth house using various ayanamshas and in the Sripati Bhava chart, many such negative factors can be mitigated and the administration can serve to elevate society in ways that align with certain important traditional values. Concerns will rise in matters of ethics and justice and those related to religious ideologies and higher education. The fact that Saturn is quickly changing from Scorpio to Sagittarius (on January 26, 2017) but will come back into this gandanta water-fire edge later in 2017 represents some crisis and rebirth ahead for the nation and government.

Saturn and Mars are in a close tension square, representing that the President’s new administration begins under enormous burden, conflict and acrimony, further indicated by Saturn’s conjunction with President Trump’s natal Moon in Scorpio. Clearly, the President will be making many concessions and compromises as evidenced by the Saturn and Mars square. It is not uncommon for leaders to take office when Saturn is making strong contacts to the natal chart as in his case with the natal Moon (sade-sati), since Saturn represents being under pressure and working hard.

Additionally, this signifies the aggressive powers directed at the President, his family, his administration, as well as his multitude of supporters. Yet, the higher expression of Mars square Saturn can be seen in the administration’s perseverance and hard work in spite of enmity; and formidable drive and determination regardless of massive resistance. Challenges can be met with firmness, discipline, and focus.

Finally, and most importantly, the tenth house and lord in a mundane chart represent national integrity, as in a sense of unity, which is not at all healthy right now. The country is severely divided in terms of politics, values, and ideologies, and this current state of divisiveness and turmoil could feasibly point to the eruption of some cataclysmic mass karmic event(s) in the next four years as indicated by Mars and Saturn in this chart.

The 29-degree of Saturn in Scorpio here and for much of 2017 tells me that though there is a spiritual battle taking place on the inner realms between the dark and the light, we can overcome it and will recover from any setbacks if we each do our part. I believe the 29-degree Saturn could mean that we will have to face an external enemy or enemies, and that afterward, our national integrity can recover well. I also have faith in such a recovery based on the fortunate Shubha Kartari Yoga in which benefics Moon and Mercury hem Saturn from either side (from the seventh and ninth houses).

Rahu is in the fifth house in a 6/8 inconjunct the Sun which is said to indicate the potential for political plots against the ruler (fifth house is eighth from the tenth) but this can also reflect some potential for danger to the public through chemical or biological attack as Rahu is in a few severe inconjunct aspects with Mars, Uranus, the Sun, and MC/midheaven. The greatest danger to the citizenry might be in places of entertainment, sports and recreation, and schools.

Jupiter is in the bright Chitra nakshatra in the sixth house in a trine to the tenth house, protecting all aforementioned tenth house matters and the Sun. Interestingly, Jupiter at the time of Inauguration was also transiting in a close trine to President Trump’s natal Sun in Taurus, further protecting him and his family and administration as well as the government, promising a relatively smooth transition of power. When Jupiter is in the sixth house of a mundane chart, it is said that there will be improvement for the working classes and expansion of the armed forces.

However, because Jupiter is afflicted by a strong aspect from Mars, the expenditures for the military may be heavy or excessive, and the people may suffer some health, safety, or healthcare setbacks (a recurring theme of this chart). The twelfth lord in the sixth can also reflect that President Trump will always be accused by his enemies of inappropriate behavior.

Jupiter in mundane astrology represents finances, banks, commerce and national revenue; prosperity and peace; religion and ideologies; the judiciary; politics; hospitals; the morals and traditions of the President and his administration; education; foreign relations; and huge expenditures. Having Jupiter afflicted in the sixth house of enmity, struggle, and conflict means that all these areas can be under duress.

The sixth house rules the armed forces; police and law enforcement; wars; common people; disease and health care; food supplies; labor and employment, so with Jupiter afflicted here, these are possible areas of concern, but they can also be improved in time as the sixth house is also upachaya, a growing house. Also, Jupiter as twelfth lord in the sixth, exchanging signs with Mercury, lord of the sixth, is in a doubly lucky and success-filled Vimala Viparita Raja Yoga which can indicate that good things come in time after difficulties, and losses can be regained and even turned into profits.

The strongest planet in a mundane chart is of importance as it will impress itself strongly upon the nation and the people. Venus is the strongest planet per various factors including shadbala and placement in a friend’s sign in the eleventh house (Aquarius/Saturn traditional ruler). Venus is also the day lord which makes it quite significant.

Venus is considered more unfavorable than favorable in this chart for various reasons, such as being disposited by Saturn in a dusthana and ruling two maraka houses (known as death inflicting or health disturbing). Venus is in a three-quarter strength tension square with Saturn (peace in short supply); is widely conjoined the Moon’s South Node Ketu and opposite Rahu (some struggles related to women, education, and women’s concerns); and is at the midpoint of Mars and Neptune (possibly some danger of misdirected passion or some illusion or confusion among the people).

Venus is in Purvabhadrapada nakshatra (20 degrees Aquarius to 3 deg. 20 min. Pisces), moving toward a fiery conjunction with Mars, which is also in this nakshatra. Purvabhadrapada which is connected to fierce activities, stormy conditions, deception, hypocrisy, secret societies, the darker side of life, and conspiracy theories. Venus here as the strongest planet suggests some purifying energy and the significance of a movement of protesting “women” (and others) “fighting back” against the new administration now and through the next four years, led by strong outraged activists like Michael Moore and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Venus in mundane astrology rules women as well as the harmony among people in general. When it is afflicted as in this case, especially being in the eleventh house of organizations and fellowships, it represents civil action and disruption as we saw in the days around the Inauguration, including on January 21 when about 1% of Americans marched against President Trump. One can have no doubt that most of the protesters were coming from a very good place of wanting to demonstrate for positive change, and this is clearly part of the Purvabhadrapada-style purification and empowerment process that they as individuals and as a large group need to go through.

The anti-Trump protest on January 21 was even advertised as a “Women’s March” which is a reflection of the passionate and fiery Venus-Mars energy here in Purvabhadrapada nakshatra (Venus = Women and Mars = March). Much “righteous anger” was expressed among several participants including celebrities Ashley Judd and Madonna, and this anger is quite characteristic of the nakshatra which counts a sword among its various symbols. On the other hand, which we have to consider since Purvabhadrapada is symbolized by a man with two faces (as in two sides to every story), some reports such as one written by Asra Nomani  of the New York Times suggest that there was outside interference in the January 21 demonstrations and that the event was mostly funded and supported by a secret New World Order group involved in ongoing strategic and divisive identity politics.

All such controversies aside, I will predict that with Venus and Mars in Purvabhadrapada, a major theme for the next four years will be related to conspiracies, hidden agendas, plots, and secret enemies, and this is especially so as Lagnapati Mars brings this energy through. Further, though I cannot predict if there will be a great war involving America in the next four years, chances are that if there were, it would be won by America based on Venus here in the eleventh, which is yet another upachaya “growing” house where planets over time give improvements. I say this also as Venus in times of war is a planet of victory and does well for that in the eleventh house of “gains.”

Venus as the karaka of prosperity, currencies, and revenues, and also as the second money lord in the eleventh money house, forms a dhana yoga, good for the economy; Venus as seventh lord in the eleventh house can be fortunate for foreign trade and alliances, but because of the aforesaid afflictions, there are serious difficulties and complications ahead which have to be worked out, as to be expected.

The Arudha Lagna (AL) falls in the eleventh house in Aquarius, sign of humanity, and the Moon falls in the ninth from the AL. The Moon thus becomes the great protector of this chart. The Moon is in the ninth tithi (synodic lunar day) which is ruled by the Vedic goddess of transformation named Durga. This means to me that the people, each one of us, operating individually and collectively, are the most important ingredient for peace and prosperity in the coming four years, which is a message I have heard many times from the Dalai Lama.

With our thoughts and actions, we make the world. It is important to do our own individual and familial healing work and withdraw our negative and divisive projections in order to make a better world. It may be more constructive to protest for what we want more of (like peace) rather than what we are against (whatever or whoever that may be). Either way, the warrior goddess Durga gives this Inauguration chart some real “power to the people”!

It’s interesting that the Moon in Aquarius in the US chart opposes Mars and the Ascendant in Leo in President Trump’s chart. This is another point of conflict between some of the citizens of America (signified by the Moon, the people, especially women) who believe that Donald Trump is too aggressive, impulsive, and simply an anathema. I find it fascinating that the Moon’s South Node Ketu, a shadow graha, is transiting near the Moon in the US chart now and will be eclipsed by Ketu in the next solar eclipse on February 26, 2017, which can instigate outrage and confusion and cause projections of disillusionment, anger, and fear…in other words, it brings up shadows. Where are they projected? Onto the country’s new figurehead, of course, as the Moon is opposed to his Ascendant-Mars! What else is impacted? The media, as the Moon in the US chart falls in the third house of communication and media.

SFPage9President Trump also takes up the projections of the US Moon from all directions and projects it back out through his message. His chart will be directly impacted by the August 2017 Rahu solar eclipse to his Ascendant-Mars, a rare total eclipse that will cover the United States and which I believe points to a huge rebirth for America. The solar eclipse in the US chart in February will start the rebirthing process by bringing significant domestic changes.

The Moon in the seventh house opposing the Ascendant of the Inauguration chart also shows that the attention of the public and the government will be very much concerned with our relationship with other nations. With the Moon in harmonious trine to Venus, President Trump and his administration may adjust any alleged hard-line thinking and take another tack beyond isolationism toward forging important global alliances. Because the Moon trines Venus and Venus is in an upachaya growing house, I am hopeful that women and people in general can continue to find ways to empower themselves, and that many of their concerns will be heard and alleviated in the coming years.

Mercury in the ninth house according to Raphael’s Mundane Astrology “denotes activity in commercial and legal affairs, and legislation affecting these matters; it denotes activity in publishing, scientific and inventive circles. If afflicted [as it is by Rahu’s trine], disputes over trade and commerce, important legal cases, libel, forgery and the like, and much recrimination in the press.” Mercury is the ruler of the third house and sixth house which represent the administration’s ongoing conflict with the press (third is communication and sixth is conflict).

Mercury is widely conjunct Pluto and as mentioned, trine Rahu, which may refer to President Trump’s apparent concern for good “ratings” in the media alongside his tendency to deliver shocking statements at nearly every turn. Mercury could be said to be afflicted here by Rahu’s aspect, which along with the wide conjunction of Pluto represents the tumultuous relationship and death-rebirth process that the new administration will undergo with the press and mainstream media during the next four years. These aspects also speak to the extensive immigration and border reform promised by President Trump as Mercury rules the third house of neighbors and borders, occupying the ninth house of immigration, in an aspect with Rahu which is the planet of immigrants, thus placing these heated immigration and border issues at the forefront of policy change and new development in the next four years.

Pluto in the ninth house in a wide-orb square with Uranus can represent important changes in our intelligence agencies; modification of international treaties; a shifting focus related to various global conflicts; and of course the reshaping of the federal judiciary through many new appointments. Pluto here can also adversely affect the shipping, insurance, transportation, and airline industries. Mercury and Pluto in the ninth house point to the possibility of exciting new scientific discoveries and inventions and possibly some progress in matters related to education.

I hope my analysis offers some upliftment and hope. This is my intention. I wish you, my reader, love, ease, peace, and well-being in this time of great change. Thank you.

Asato Ma Sat Gamaya…Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya…Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya

From unreal, lead me to real…From darkness, lead me to light…From death, lead me to immortality.

Donald Trump’s Inauguration Horoscope Part II

Today as we all know, Donald John Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. I will be working on a little write-up this weekend on his inaugural chart set for Jan. 20, 2017 at 12:00:26 PM in Washington DC at the US Capitol. This time is when he completed the statement “So help me God” which is the birth of his presidency.

In my opinion, the inauguration horoscope is read to understand the karma of the nation for the upcoming term of the US President. It is not a chart that we read to understand the personality and character of the President. It will reflect the personality and character of his office and the collective karma (samhita) of a nation.

I was surprised to hear from friends today that some astrologers are remarking on the lagna of President Trump’s inauguration chart being Bharani nakshatra, and the Sun being in Abhijit and Uttarashadha nakshatra and Abhijit muhurta, as if these things are unique to this president’s inauguration chart. They are not!

Let me backtrack a moment for those who don’t study Vedic astrology in detail. First, Bharani nakshatra spans from 13 degrees 20 minutes to 26 degrees 40 minutes of sidereal Aries. This nakshatra is rising in the inauguration charts for most presidents starting in 1933 as it rises in Washington DC on January 20 around noon. It rises in Washington DC around noon from the 1700s and for almost 400 more years into the future. All the recent presidents except for JFK and LBJ (first term) have Bharani rising. The rulers of Bharani are Mars and Venus so where they fall in the various inauguration charts will be important to analyze for more specific information.

Re: Abhijit, there are two different Abhijits, one a nakshatra, and the other, a muhurta.

Abhijit nakshatra is an additional 28th intercalary nakshatra or lunar mansion in the zodiac (Lyrae-Vega) between Uttara Ashadha and Shravana nakshatras. Its longitude starts from 06° 40′ to 10° 54′ in sidereal Capricorn i.e. from the last quarter of Uttara Ashadha to the first 1/15th part of Shravana. Its span is approximately 4° 14′ (4.2277 degrees).

One may wonder if those who established the inauguration to be held on January 20 at 12 PM planned this for a good astrological reason, as Abhijit nakshatra and muhurta are both auspicious. The Sun rules the president and his executive office so when in a good zodiac sign as well as high in the sky in the diurnal chart like this, the timing is auspicious and gives some protection for the leader and his administration.

The Sun has been in Abhijit nakshatra on January 20 since the 20th Amendment was ratified in 1933. It will be in Abhijit nakshatra on Inauguration Day only through the year 2026. The Sun is also in Uttara Ashadha nakshatra in the inauguration chart (which runs from 26/40 Sagittarius to 10 Capricorn) and this has been true for January 20 for hundreds of years and will be until the middle of the next millennium; so in other words, this is also standard fare.

Abhijit muhurta is another matter. It is a 48-minute section of the day that occurs near midday (the exact muhurta time-span depends on location) and is also propitious and often used for electional astrology when a quick auspicious time is needed for beginning an important action. In this era, in Washington, DC, the Sun is always in Abhijit muhurta on Jan. 20 around noon, and will be until the year 2496.

Vedic astrologers are expected to maintain equipoise when studying and interpreting astrological charts. This is written in Brihat Samhita, Vol. 1, Ch. 2, “Canons for [the] Astrologer,” by Sage Varahamiha. I will approach the inauguration chart analysis with as much equipoise as I can muster because when we can do this, it is easier to “see.”

I also wanted to mention that in Vedic and Western astrology, when interpreting the charts of public figures, we are meant to follow an ethical code. Our interpretation is to be “confined to areas that are considered public domain due to specific achievements or notoriety as revealed in interviews, published documents, or recorded observations. When interpreting charts of public figures, astrologers refrain from making slanderous comments. Information should be presented in a manner that is respectful to the individual whose chart is being discussed.” (

Further, we astrologers are meant to offer hope and a positive message as well as remedial suggestions for any pending karmas that we might deem to be “challenging,” and this is especially because “Astrological variables can manifest in differing events of similar meaning, and astrology cannot predict with absolute certainty the outcome of future astronomical events.” This is also because we have a lot of power to create change. Reality is not all fixed. We are changing it all the time with our thoughts and actions.

In regard to ethics and a positive message, I think of the Dalai Lama, who is one of the most enlightened beings on our planet, and a wonderful role model for all of us, astrologers included. He said this when asked about Donald Trump:

1. “The president, of course, (is a) very important individual, but basically I (am) always telling (people), the world belongs to humanity…Each nation belongs to the people.” [In other words, we each make the world what it is. Divisiveness and hatred need to be rooted out within each of us.]
2. “I feel during the election, the candidate has more freedom to express.” He said that once in power, all Presidents were forced to work with “reality” and that he is not at all worried about President Trump and looks forward to meeting with him soon.

Donald Trump’s Inauguration Horoscope, Part I

On Friday Jan. 20 2017, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. In 1933, the 20th Amendment to the United State Constitution moved the date of inauguration to “noon on the 20th day of January.” Before the enactment of the 20th Amendment, the new president was not sworn in until the March following the election. This long delay caused problems described in the attached article below.

Under the 20th Amendment to the Constitution, the old president continues to hold full power through 11:59:59, and then power shifts at noon. However, the 20th Amendment, Section One, further states that the president needs to be sworn in: “Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:–“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

On first thought, one might consider that 12 PM is the time to use for calculating the “elective” event horoscope for the inauguration. However, it is the swearing-in (oath-taking) moment that is more appropriate to use, and these two times do not always exactly coincide, and even a few minutes difference can matter in a Vedic astrological chart, especially for the divisional charts. (Thanks to my friend, the brilliant Vedic astrologer Steve Stuckey, for discussing this matter with me at length and helping me determine that the oath-taking time is the correct one to use).

The Constitution also states that if the 20th January falls on a weekend, then the president will be sworn in twice, which happened to President Barack Obama in his second term: the first time (official time) was in a private ceremony at the White House on Sunday, Jan. 20 2013, and the second unofficial time was during a public ceremony on Monday the 21st. The first chart is most relevant according to astrology, but the second one will also have meaning.

Ironically, President Obama was also sworn in twice in 2009, but for a different reason. According the Reuters, this happened because “John Roberts blew it. In his debut at swearing in the next president, the Supreme Court chief justice stumbled over the oath at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony. That led Obama to mix his words up too and the historic swearing-in of the first African-American president briefly became an awkward muddle. To silence doubts that Obama’s presidency might not be legal because he failed to say the oath properly, the two men tried again the next day in the White House and went through the correct, constitutionally mandated avowal, word for word.”

As mentioned, sometimes the swearing-in time is not that close to 12 PM, as in the case of JFK who was sworn in at 12:51 PM. So before I analyze the Inaugural chart, I will wait to see the exact moment that President-elect Trump begins stating his oath, and then will cast the horoscope based on that moment and will analyze it from there. If you are curious about my analysis of Donald Trump’s Inaugural chart, look for it here sometime late Friday or during the weekend.

PS for those who might want to do some research on US inaugural charts, Astrologyweekly has compiled a useful list of the inauguration dates of all the US Presidents, but unfortunately most do not have recorded times which limits the scope of astrological research since the exact time is one of the most sensitive and important considerations in casting an astrological chart:…/us-presidential-inaugurati…

Saturn in the Gandanta

It’s Shanivaar, the day of Saturn (Shani) who requires some extra attention now as he transits in the nakshatra gandanta between sidereal Scorpio and Sagittarius for most of 2017. The gandanta (gand-knot and anta-end) refers to a karmic knot or transformational point between a water and fire sign: Pisces-Aries, Cancer-Leo and Scorpio-Sagittarius. The gandanta is also a weak juncture point between the solar and lunar zodiacs and often points to a sense of drowning, asphyxiation, loss of control (or need to let go control), and fear of death. Planets and chart points placed here reflect the eruption of many karmic problems, which on the plus side offer the potential for tremendous soul growth.

4signThe most difficult of all three gandanta zones is this one between Scorpio and Sagittarius, as it resides on the edges of the galactic equator in the galactic center of the Milky Way, a sensitive area presided over by two ancient, fierce Kali-esque goddesses named Jyestha (Dhumavati) and Niritti. It is said that here in this section is where the gods and demons go to fight their greatest battle. In other words, the war between the light and dark reaches a climax in this zodiacal section, and with Lord Saturn’s sojourn here, it looks like a violent and disruptive time ahead. Divisiveness and polarization among the people will also reach a whole new level as Shani, Lord of Truth (Sat Graha) seeks to balance karma.

450px-wat_phra_keaw_ramayana_frescoSaturn as Lord of Karma is the most dreaded of all planets. He is the planet of fated events, disease, perversity, oppression, calamity, psychological limitations, abuse, bad luck, pain, suffering and death. He is significator of the Vata dosha which governs all movement in the mind and body, including breath, blood flow, elimination of wastes, and the movement of thoughts across the mind. Saturn is the planet ruling the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. His nature is harsh, contracting, drying and limiting. Saturn’s highest purpose is to help us awaken to our eternal nature as divine beings, but sometimes his methods are less than kind. Remember that in Greek myth, Saturn (Cronus) eats his own children, indicating just how scary he can be as the shadow of our inner and outer world.

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Saturn gains strength at the end of a sign, and this strength is for good or bad depending on multiple factors we have to examine when we analyze natal and mundane horoscopes. Saturn will be in the last degree of Scorpio, which gives the highest potential to wreak havoc, from January 16-27, 2017. In this period, the days from Jan. 18-20 look to be especially challenging as Mars will square Saturn while they are also exchanging signs (this exchange has been happening for months now which is yet another aggravating factor). Saturn will be in the last degree of Scorpio again from June 20-July 5, 2017, and again (last time) from October 14-26, 2017. Additionally, Saturn will be in the difficult nakshatra gandanta – which spans from 26 degrees 40 minutes sidereal Scorpio to 3 degrees 20 minutes sidereal Sagittarius – for an inordinate amount of time:

  • December 26, 2016 to March 16, 2017.
  • April 27, 2017 to November 28, 2017.

That’s around 293 days, the majority of 2017, that Saturn will be in the nakshatra gandanta. The last time Saturn transited in the Scorpio-Sagittarius nakshatra gandanta was in 1987 into early 1988 for only about 119 days total. During Saturn’s transit here in the Scorpio-Sagittarius gandanta in 1987, there were several notable airplane crashes, as well as the worst peacetime sea disaster in history, the sinking of the passenger ferry MV Doña Paz in the Philippines, which had collided with an oil tanker leaving over 4,000 people dead. During this period, the Congressional Committees Investigating The Iran-Contra Affair published their final report, and there was a small tsunami in Alaska, and also a ferry accident in Europe and a typhoon in the Pacific. Also in this period, we saw the Queen Street Massacre in Melbourne, Australia, and the King’s Cross Fire in London.

The current Saturn transit can bring forth very difficult tragic events and experiences on the world stage, but how it affects each of us will depend on our own individual karma, which can be assessed by a well-seasoned Vedic astrologer. We would look at where the Saturn transit falls in relation to our own natal chart, and would also consider multiple other astrological conditions at play in our natal, transit and progressed charts (dasas). Charts with strong placements in Saturn-ruled Capricorn and Aquarius (especially the Ascendant, MC, Sun and Moon) may be quite challenged, as will those with significant points and planets in the Scorpio-Sagittarius nakshatra gandanta. In terms of the mundane forecast, there are horrendous events happening everywhere all the time. The world is so out of balance and “in transition” now, and evil seems to be afoot more than ever, so it is hard to know if all these violent events that are happening are escalating under this transit, or if this is just the new normal.

Image result for saturn in mythDuring difficult Saturn cycles like this one upon us in 2017, it is more important than ever to cultivate peace, equanimity and self-discipline. I would say it is also important to act, not react, as much as possible when difficult Saturnine things happen. Spiritual practices like yoga, martial arts, prayer and meditation are imperative. Yagyas/pujas and specific mantra japa, special herbs, flower remedies and gems or gem elixirs are helpful (which can be prescribed by a Vedic astrologer), especially if Saturn is afflicting your chart. Stay hydrated and well-nourished. It is beneficial to follow a constant routine and schedule as much as possible. Use frankincense, sandalwood, juniper and cedar in the form of oils and resin incense to balance Saturn energies. Any physical exercise helps, and it is especially helpful when performed out in nature. In fact, any time spent in nature, and especially in mountainous areas, can be a healing balm for all Saturn problems.

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Om Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan!
Hail to you Lord Saturn, Dark One, Beautiful One.
Seated in a restful asana, riding with the crow…
Worshiped in the Universe, Celestial firefly…
He’s a blissful One carrying a dark blue parasol,
Praised one, a brahmin, Lord Saturn, Lord of all.
Tamasic one, sober one, smeared with dark blue paste.
God who is the lord of the beasts, he is the God who flies,
He’s the lord of all creatures that travel in the sky.
Lord in the form of duty, granting wealth and peace.
He’s infallible, immovable, contemptible and cruel,
God in the form of knowledge, and of ignorance too,
Destroying the root of ignorance,
All lives he does transform…
Giving whatever is desired, a giver of dispassion,
To those whose minds absorbed in him express their great devotion.
I bow down to you, Great Lord, shadowy Sun…
Om Sri Saneeswara Bhagavan!
With all my heart and soul…
The above is based on the 108 names for Lord Sani (Shani/Saturn) and some of it is an excerpt from a delicious book I highly recommend called Driven by the Divine by Frances Kozlowski).

Happy New Year, 2017

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘it will be happier’…” – Alfred Tennyson

How wonderful the New Year feels as we hope it will be happier, and I myself am quite happy to share that 2017 will be a One Year per numerology, as 2017 = 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 10 = 1 + 0 = 1! The year 2016 was a Nine Year. A One Year indicates a brand new nine-year cycle in the collective karma of the whole world, a true new beginning; whereas the Nine Year represented a completion and culmination of the past nine-year cycle.

The new One Year relates to the number One which in Vedic astrology is usually associated with the Sun, but also with Mars and Ketu. These are the fiery grahas of Vedic astrology, so we can count on 2017 being a year of remarkable leadership, transformation, creative power and new beginnings for the world at large.

For a more specific individual or mundane numerology forecast, we would need to calculate the personal year which is calculated by adding a birth month and date to 2017. For instance, for America, we would use the date July 4 (7/4) and add that to 2017 (7 + 4 = 11 = 1 + 1 = 2 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 12 = 1 + 2 = 3. A Three Year relates to Jupiter and represents the potential for new developments founded on wisdom, optimism, cooperation, collaboration and inventiveness.

In addition to the aforementioned numerological system, another way to predict the New Year is with a Nadi astrology mini-dasa system which was shared with me a few years ago by Indian Nadi astrologer A.V. Sundaram. Using this system, the United States will be having a Rahu year in 2017, whereas the last two years were Ketu years. You can use this mini-dasa with your own natal chart to get an idea of how 2017 will transpire for you.

To do this, first find the time of sunrise in your present locale. I recommend that you refer to an online panchanga (Vedic calendar) such as the one offered on, because you need to use the Hindu sunrise time rather than the observational sunrise time. The Hindu sunrise time is based on the astronomical sunrise, which is the time of first appearance of the upper limb of the Sun. This time is added to the time taken for the Sun to rise one-half of its diameter, plus the time taken by the Sun to rise further to offset the refractive result.

Once you know the time of local sunrise on January 1, you can calculate the horoscope and determine the nakshatra in which the Moon falls. By the way, January 1 is the date used for this technique as it is the date agreed upon by most world societies as the beginning of the New Year. In other words, it is valid simply as it is based on a universal consensus. Vedic astrology also traditionally calculates other dates for the New Year: 1) New Moon in Pisces in the springtime marks the Lunar New Year; and 2) Sun’s Aries ingress (also in the springtime) marks the Solar New Year, and both are calculated using the sidereal zodiac.

Once you know the nakshatra of the transiting Moon for the sunrise chart in your locale on January 1, 2017, you need to note your own natal Moon nakshatra (janma tara or birth star). Then, you have to count in a table of nakshatras (inclusively) from your natal Moon nakshatra to the nakshatra of the Moon at sunrise on January 1.

Next, multiply that sum by seven, and then divide that amount by nine. The remainder is the number you will use to determine the year lord (starting dasa lord). Note, do not use decimals for your calculation. Also note that this mini-dasa is based on 360-day year:


1 — SUN — 18

2 — MARS — 21

3 —JUPITER — 48

4 — KETU — 21

5  — MERCURY — 51

6 — VENUS — 60

7 — SATURN — 57

8 — MOON — 30

0 — RAHU — 54


Here follows an example of this calculation using the astrological birth chart of the United States. I like to use the Kelleher chart rectified by Vedic astrologer James Kelleher for July 4, 1776 at 18:30 in Philadelphia. It reveals the placement of the US Moon’s nakshatra in Satabhisha.

kelleher-chartOnce we locate the janma tara of the chart in question (Satabhisha for the US chart example), we then locate the year star (nakshatra) which is calculated for the Moon’s nakshatra in place at sunrise. In this example, I cast a chart for January 1, 2017 in Washington, DC, capital of the US, and the time is 7:31 AM, the Hindu sunrise time. The Moon falls in Dhanistha nakshatra. Dhanistha, the “Star of Symphony,” is ruled by the eight Vasus, solar gods of light and energy, and thus denotes material well-being and charity.

new-year-2017Counting (inclusively) from the 24th Satabhisha nakshatra to the 23rd Dhanistha nakshatra, we get 27. So then, 27 X 7 = 189. Dividing 189 by 9 gives 21 with a remainder of 0, which means Rahu’s cycle will be the first of the year (see above table showing 0 — RAHU).

In my own interpretation of this technique, the starting dasa lord becomes the year lord. This is because the starting dasa lord sets the stage and lays the ground for the year ahead. As the leader of this new year journey, it conditions the mind and governs free will and all our reactions. In the case of the US chart, the year lord conditions as well as reflects the collective mind.

Once we know the year lord, we can analyze it based on its natural significations. For more advanced analysis, we have to look at temporal and progressed significations in various natal and transit charts. Just generally, I can say that the past two Ketu years in the US have been very erratic, i.e., full of surprises and mass confusion (the nature of Ketu). Additionally, Ketu as the graha of dissolution and separation has brought great socio-political upheaval. Ketu also stands for chronic dissatisfaction, violence, polarization, hypocrisy and disparity, all of which have become so prevalent in American society in recent years. Add to this list the worst drug epidemic in American history (prescription opioids and heroin abuse), and you will get the full picture of Ketu’s darkest side.

Like Mars, Ketu’s attributes are hot, dry, dark, sharp and destructive. In addition, Ketu in its less positive manifestations can indicate angry, bitter and hazardous forces. Ketu’s lower tamasic indications are contracted, alienated, negative, paranoid, willful, critical, argumentative and suspicious. We see the effects of this everywhere now, a real split down the middle in our culture, with so much animosity and fear among Americans who are at extreme odds with each other in terms of their values and beliefs.

Now here comes Rahu in 2017! He is also the Vimshottari maha-dasa lord of the US Kelleher chart from September 2015 until September 2033. I wrote about the US Rahu cycle at length in a previous article for AstroLogic Magazine and also on my blog.

One key word for Rahu in this New Year is REBIRTH. Not only is Rahu the dasa lord in this Nadi mini-dasa system as well as the Vimshottari, but he will also eclipse the Sun and Moon in August 2017 over the USA, and also will be conjoining our new President Donald Trump’s ascendant in that eclipse. As the graha of revolution, evolution and expansion, Rahu signifies tremendous new possibilities for America if we choose to step up and come together as a people and nation.

Donald Trump is a Rahu-esque character as I have stated before, because he, like Rahu, is the ultimate outsider. It is quite fitting that he will take office under these new Rahu cycles. Additionally, in the Kelleher US chart, Rahu is in the sign of the homeland (Cancer) in the 8th house of rebirth, and is the dispositor of the Moon which represents the masses. Rahu dasa is a powerful force of change in 2017 and could potentially alter politics, the economy and culture in ways we might not have imagined are possible.

In addition to understanding the year lord and main theme for the year based on that main lord, we can also use the sub-lords to chart the year ahead. As you will see above, Rahu is given 54 days, so the Rahu sub-dasa (Rahu-Rahu cycle) will last from January 1 through Feb. 23, after which the Sun minor period begins (Rahu-Sun, which lasts 18 days), and so on. An astrologer will be able to evaluate each individual sub-dasa according to standard dasa analysis techniques.

So here’s to hope in the New Year ahead!  It will be both a One and a Three Year for America, and this along with being a Rahu Rebirth year indicates the potential for great amazement, wonderful innovations and tremendous new creative ventures. All of us as individuals and as a collective are so full of immensely vast potential. All we need to do is expand, tune in, let go and let it all flow! Here’s wishing you and yours all the best in 2017, with great love and light and hope for all.


New Moon in Scorpio, November 29, 2016

The waning crescent Balsamic Moon is once again upon us. This phase covers about three-and-a-half days leading up to the New Moon, and belongs to the ancient “dark” goddess who takes us deep within ourselves for transformation and rejuvenation. Balsamic Moon is time for letting go, burning karma, and healing ourselves as we prepare for new beginnings at the culmination of New Moon, which occurs on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 7:18:09 AM Eastern Time. This is the last waning Moon of the Dakshinayana, the waning cycle of the Sun which will end on the Winter Solstice (N. Hemisphere).

sfpageThe November 29 New Moon will have the Sun-Moon conjoined at ~14 degrees Scorpio close to the fixed star Antares in the heart of the Scorpion and near the degree of the Saturn-Mars conjunction of last August 24, which fell on the heartland point of the US chart. Please refer back to my previous blog about this conjunction for more information.

antares-astropixels-fred-espenak-2-e1467228071849(Above is an image titled Red Antares, via Fred Espenak at AstroPixels)

Not only is this New Moon activating the Mars-Saturn-Antares conjunction of last August, but also the luminaries are in an exact T-square with the lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu (in the 4/10 axis of the USA chart); and the rising sign of the USA lunation chart is conjunct Antares and the Sun-Moon; and Saturn is the first planet to rise. Key expressions for all this now and through the next few weeks may include: intense emotional turmoil and trauma; political intrigue; cultural upheaval; war and terror; and other dangerous natural or man-made events.

In general, the New Moon in Scorpio tends to draw out shadow themes revolving around depression, fear, aggression, death, sexuality, rebirth, money, control and personal power. When not in harmony, Scorpio can be dogmatic, fundamentalist, rigid, stubborn, or narrow-minded. With Scorpio’s emphasis here, some will have a tendency to feel stuck, tight, or heavy in body and mind.  It may be helpful at this time to focus on spirit, move our bodies, keep with a positive message, enjoy nature, and most importantly, laugh, be kind and soften our hearts.

The external world is an unstable place, seemingly more than ever lately, so keeping ourselves at peace and in balance becomes the biggest challenge. Knowing and understanding something of the astral energies at play can actually be quite supportive during such times, not as a predictor of bad things happening, but more as a reminder of where to align our attention. For instance, the current waning Moon moving into Scorpio can assist us to stand in divine light and call out the darkness of the world; and also, to go quietly within and examine what we fear the most, let go, and actively cultivate more joy, love, forgiveness, and peace.

This is even more important now as this Balsamic and New Moon phase mirrors the current waning phase of the Sun, occurring as we move toward the darkest day of the year on December 21 (Winter Solstice-N. Hemisphere), when it is natural to slow down and be more contemplative than usual. Remember, the waning Moon is fast losing its light, and the Sun is also losing light. The Sun and Moon represent our higher brain and chakra centers and all psychological, metabolic and physiological processes. So, the Sun-Moon diminishing cycles can reflect in weariness and emotional vulnerability. Therefore, introspection, awareness, and repose are of utmost importance during this period.

indexBeannacht / Blessing by John O’Donohue

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the grey window
and the ghost of loss
gets into you,
may a flock of colours,
indigo, red, green
and azure blue,
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the currach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.


Neptune Direct Station, November 19, 2016

Neptune is currently transiting with the Moon’s South Node Ketu in the middle of sidereal Aquarius, and will be stationing direct on November 19, 2016. I have written about this extended transit before as a period ripe for mass deception, confusion or delusion amid political and social upheaval. Please refer to my September 13, 2016 blog about this transit which explains a lot about what is going on in the world right now. Neptune has been retrograde since June 13, 2016, and will station direct (appear to stop and move forward) at 11:38:06 PM ET on the 19th. This is an important astrological event for some personally and for all collectively, and it is not just the day of the station that can have an effect, but it lasts for about 12 days either side of the actual station while Neptune is moving exceptionally slowly from our geocentric perspective.

neptuneFollowers of traditional Vedic astrology completely exclude the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. On the other hand, Neo-Vedic or Contemporary Vedic astrologers like myself use the outer planets in their sidereal positions (not western tropical zodiac positions), but we do not assign rulership, dignity and debility to them. In natal astrology, I usually only pay attention to them when they make close natal or transiting contacts to the traditional grahas as well as the four angle (kendra) cusps of the sripati or chalit bhava chart.

These four cusps are power points of the chart and are known as the Ascendant/janma lagna.1st house cusp; Descendant/asta lagna/7th house cusp; MC-midheaven/madhya lagna/10th house cusp and IC-imum coeli/patala lagna/4th house cusp. I also use the outer planets in element analysis, assigning each outer planet one point in its respective element. I track the outer planets in all natal and mundane forecasting and understand their powerful influence based on my lengthy experience as an astrologer.

According to P.S. Sastri in his Textbook of Scientific Hindu Astrology, there is mention of the outer planets in the Mahabharata, though there is some debate over the identification of Varuna with the planet Neptune. Astrologer Dennis Harness has recounted in Pluto: A Neo-Vedic View that the late Vedic astrologer Narendra Desai “saw an ancient Vasistha Nadi palm leaf in a museum in Madras, India, which predicted that three important grahas or planets would be discovered by the jyotishis of the Kali Yuga. The great seer Vasistha was the author of a number of hymns in the Rg Veda (dated 3000 BC) and was considered a great priest of the kings. According to the ancient palm leaf the names of the grahas or planets would be Prajapati, Varuna, and Yama. The palm leaf went on to reveal that the jyotishi’s of Kali Yuga would need to decipher the significance and meaning of these powerful grahas.”

Why the ancient seers of Vedic astrology did not use the outer planets is a mystery that might be better understood in light of certain suppositions held within contemporary Western astrology, which is that the outer planets have been “discovered” at times in history when their particular significations became more relevant to the cultural needs of the time. For instance, Neptune’s discovery in 1846 correlates with developments of that era in Neptunian fields such as chemistry, pharmaceuticals, spiritualism and mysticism.

Neptune also relates to earthquakes, liquids, the ocean and bodies of water, oil and gas, socialism, communism, left-wing political ideas, vast schemes, large business conglomerates, exaggerated hopes and dreams, crime, mass delusion and mob psychology, secrets, floods, stock markets, liquids, inflation, espionage, slavery, voting and exiled people. It is also a significator of art, idealism, fantasy, spiritual love, compassion, mystical experience, alternate realities, confusion, drug use, delusion, denial and escapism. How it acts depends on the rest of the horoscope, the house and sign it occupies and aspects it makes. The problematical characteristics of Neptune can come out more if the native is not grounded in reality. A strong Saturn is important to enhance the positive qualities of Neptune.

In its current retrograde cycle, Neptune has transited back from 17+ to 15+ degrees of sidereal Aquarius. If you have important planets and points in your natal chart near the middle of Aquarius (*sidereal* not tropical) or in close aspect to this section of the zodiac, you will be the ones to really feel this direct station, which should bring a new wave of clarity, release and forward momentum. The USA chart has an Aquarius Moon, and as the Moon represents the masses, the Neptune forward station may start to bring new revelations about hidden political motivations behind the US post-election protests, and the protests will most likely soon reach a turning point.

sfpagesfpage2 sfpage3One of my dear astrologer friends told me that “Neptune’s moving on from a planet always brings with it a very conscious feeling that you have gained compassion and more sensitivity to the suffering of the world.” I notice that this is true for me, that when it goes direct, I seem able to access a greater sense of hope and optimism. This is because Neptune rules our attunement with unconditional divine love, and also, Neptune’s nature can be very expansive like Jupiter’s.

imagesIn mundane astrology, a retrograde or direct Neptune station is quite often associated with important but often traumatic world events including damaging earthquakes and tsunamis. This time, it is of concern as Neptune will be in the fated nodal axis, squaring Mercury in Scorpio almost exactly (and widely squaring Sun-Saturn), in the same Rahu+Saturn+Uranus-ruled Shatabisha nakshatra where it stationed last November 2016, which can sometimes be associated with dramatic, violent and shocking events including such things as stock market crashes, terror threats and attacks, aeronautic disasters, and natural or man-made explosions or electrical or lightning shocks. Here are a few examples of significant events occurring around Neptune stations in recent years:
1.Last year Neptune stationed direct on November 18, 2015. A lot of Neptunian events happened this month within 12 days of the station:
  • On Nov. 8, 2015, the opposition party won a landmark national election in Myanmar, the first time in over fifty years that Myanmar voters were able to freely pick their leaders through an election.
  • On Nov. 13, 2015, three coordinated attacks by ISIS killed dozens in Paris.
  • On Nov. 20, at least 27 were killed in a Mali hotel attack by Islamist extremists.
  • On Nov. 24, a Russian warplane was shot down in Turkey.
  • On Nov. 30, the United Nations Climate Change talks began in Paris, one of the largest gatherings of world leaders in history.
2. On May 22, 2006, Neptune stationed retrograde and the next day, there was an Indian stock market crash, and some investors were so distraught that they committed suicide. Many Vedic astrologers said the crash was due to Neptune’s retrograde station on that same day, but of course this station also affected thousands of other investors whose own natal charts must have been directly catalyzed by Neptune’s transit and station. (Neptune is one indicator of the stock market).
3. On November 10, 2012, Neptune went direct at 6 degrees sidereal Aquarius very close to the USA chart Moon. President Barack Obama was declared the winner of Florida’s 29 electoral votes, ending a four-day count with a razor-thin margin (so he was in effect elected for a 2nd term). On Nov. 21, the infamous Tel Aviv Bus Bombing attack occurred.
4. On June 6, 2013 Neptune went retrograde at 11 degrees sidereal Aquarius. Two big Neptunian-style news reports came out:
  • It was announced that Verizon had been providing all communications traffic data from its business unit to the National Security Agency (NSA), pursuant to a top secret court order obtained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
  • The Washington Post broke the story that the FBI and NSA have a top secret program called PRISM that has been operating for six years and directly connecting to nine private sector company servers (including Microsoft and Yahoo) and tracking video chats, emails, documents, phone calls over the Internet, photographs, stored data, and social networking data.

Neptune stationing and moving forward will reflect some significant events and crucial turning points for the world in the days and weeks ahead. For our world in transition, the best advice I can offer is from my guru Paramahansa Yogananda who always taught that if we are to create a more peaceful world, we must change ourselves and become peaceful within. He also said that “Thought has tremendous power. From thought all action springs. Everything in this finite world results from thought. It is the most potent force in the universe, with the power to affect lives, communities, and nations. How important it is, therefore, that our thoughts be positive rather than negative.”