One of the most important astrological events of 2018 is the upcoming transit of Mars in Capricorn. Mars is the planet which governs the fire element. It relates to logic, courage, initiative, drive, personal power, a pioneering spirit, assertiveness, aggression, conflict, economic and military matters, siblings, and war. Usually Mars passes through each astrological constellation for just around two months, but ~every two+ years, Mars has an extended transit in one sign because of its retrograde cycle. It will occur this year (2018) with Mars transiting in sidereal Capricorn from May 2 to November 5. During this period, Mars will retrograde from June 26 to August 27.
In my professional consultations with clients, I am discussing the Mars in Capricorn transit in great detail because it is extremely significant and influential when a planet like Mars stays in one sign and house for six months like this! Not only are we looking at the extended six-month transit of Mars, but we are also looking into its two-month retrograde cycle which is the most intense period.
The Mars transit cannot be assessed accurately by anyone but a skilled astrologer because every birth chart and dynamic karmic pattern for an individual is unique and complex. As an example, Mars generally is said to be most fruitful and fortunate when transiting in houses 3, 6, and 11, and is less so when transiting in houses 5, 9, and 12. However, a Vedic astrologer will study an individual chart’s ashtakavarga scores to determine the houses that are truly best and worse for Mars’ transit. These are specific for each individual horoscope taking into account all the natal chart placements, and these are often different from what is generally said to be true.
In other words, cookbook-style astrology reports about the Mars in Capricorn transit won’t be able to truly evaluate it for each individual chart because there are so many things to consider in the analysis. In general, we might say things like, the transit for an Aries ascendant or Moon chart will bring an opportunity to improve, upgrade, or transform in the professional arena (Mars transiting 10th house); or for a Capricorn ascendant or Moon chart, it may be an opportunity to strengthen confidence and self-esteem by working with a life coach or personal trainer (Mars transiting 1st house); and so on, but these kinds of generalized interpretations do not really work that effectively, in my experience.
Mars will be transiting in its highly empowered (exalted) sign of Capricorn which generally points to enormous energy and creative output; strong endurance; a positive attitude; productive working conditions; and wealth development. However, Mars in Capricorn will be in the Rahu-Ketu axis of the lunar nodes, i.e., conjoined the Moon’s South Node Ketu and opposite the Moon’s North Node Rahu. This modifies the typical essence of exalted Mars.
Further, Mars and Ketu will be squaring Uranus (~90 degree aspect) for much of their Capricorn transit. And during the retrograde period, late June to late August, Mars will tend to act more debilitated (less empowered and not as positive). However, when a benefic like Venus or Jupiter is aspecting Mars-Ketu, this can be quite helpful to ease up the malefic energy. Unfortunately, Jupiter will not be aspecting them, but Venus will for a brief time. Here I explain in more detail:
Mars and Ketu (using mean lunar node calculations) will be within a 5-degree orb (strongest energy of the conjunction) from May 27 to August 18; and again from September 1 to October 5. The exact most powerful days of the conjunction will be June 13, June 18, and September 22). Ketu acts like Mars, and Ketu magnifies Mars, so when they are conjoined like this, the hot, dry, sharp, releasing, destructive, feverish, and overall martial energy is exponentially increased.
On a positive note and if channeled well, Mars and Ketu conjunction reflects some great confidence, drive, and enterprise; an opportunity for important reorganization; social reforms; and enhanced mechanical and technical skill, development, and innovation. The less harmonious expression of this can be intense battles as in personal, legal, political, and military conflicts; a tendency for accidents or health crises (especially some potential for fevers, inflammation, infection, and high blood pressure); antisocial behavior; frustrated ambitions; impatience, mental aggravation, flaring tempers, and emotional irritation (pitta dosha to the max…it may be a very hot summer with lots of figurative and literal fires).
With all this, we are cautioned to “lie low,” and not engage in conflict; keep emotions calm and in balance; cultivate harmony in thought and deed; and be extra-mindful to avoid having an accident or getting caught up in chaos. It is important to tend to any health matters to avoid health disturbances. Don’t take risks. Get plenty of physical exercise. Eat a calming and cooling diet as needed. If you are traveling, employ the services of a professional astrologer for a travel muhurta (most auspicious travel days).
The retrograde phase of Mars is likely to be the most challenging period (June 26 to August 27). During this period, we will also have three eclipses which reflect some changes for those whose natal charts are affected, and for the mundane horoscopes affected; and often this will involve some extreme energies extending forward and backward a few months. The three eclipses include 1) a partial solar eclipse on July 12; 2) a total lunar eclipse on July 27 in which the full Moon is aligned with Mars and Ketu; and 3) a partial solar eclipse on August 11.
A retrograde planet appears to move backward from the vantage point of earth. Retrograde planets are brighter and stronger, but what they represent is turned inward, distorted, or skewed in some fashion. Mars is sometimes called “The Crooked,” and the term for retrograde in Sanskrit is “vakri”, which also means “crooked.” Thus, Mars retrograde can be especially “crooked” (twisted or corrupt, as in more “malefic” or difficult than usual). When Mars is retrograde in Capricorn, frustration can stew over time, and without a proper outlet, it can build to a breaking point where it eventually erupts explosively.
The other theme for a retrograde planet suggests a “turning back” period. In a natal or transit chart, a retrograde planet is often prodding us to go back and mend an unresolved matter of the past. Mars retrograde may be a period when we need to address a problematical situation and make decisions to think and act in a new way in order to resolve the problem(s). This will be in relation to the houses the planet rules in a natal chart and the houses it occupies natally and in transit. In addition, how it will influence each person depends on planetary periods at play (dashas) as well as aspects within and to the natal chart and within multiple alternative charts used in Vedic astrology.
Venus will be in 180-degree opposition (full aspect) to Mars-Ketu from the beginning of Mars retrograde period until July 5, so during this period, passions may be quite strong but the rule is that a benefic will also offer some calming energy to the hot planets. On the other hand, this can be a signature for flooding.
Mars-Ketu will be squaring Uranus and in close orb for much of the Mars in Capricorn transit. Traditionally this can be a difficult time for accidents due to mistakes made in haste. The result of this square can be restless, brutal, intolerant, and turbulent. The closest orb (5 degrees) for Mars will be May 3 to June 7, and July 13 to October 2, with the exact square occurring three times: May 16, August 1, and September 18.
Ketu and Rahu will square Uranus from late June until February 2019 (the square will be exact in late November and early December 2018). The dynamic of the square between Rahu-Ketu and Uranus can be much like the square between Mars and Uranus but also marks a larger cycle in which we can see revolutionary upheaval and changes in society including, on a positive note, major technological developments; but also it can be an aspect for large earthquakes.
Mars-Ketu in Capricorn with retrograde Mars occurred in 1702 during the Great Northern War, and also the War of Spanish Succession. Actually, Queen Ann’s War was the North American theater of the War of the Spanish Succession. This was the second in a series of French and Indian Wars fought between France and England in North America for control of the continent. It is interesting that both sides in the Queen Ann’s War allied with the Native American Indians, since Mars is powerful in Capricorn, and one of the positive qualities of Mars “the Warrior” is his desire and capacity to forge alliances.
The time after this when Mars was conjoined Ketu in an extended transit of Capricorn (with retrograding Mars) occurred in 1813 (April 24 to October 29). This was during the Napoleonic Wars in Europe as well as the War of 1812 in North America. The War of 1812 occurred from 1812-1815 under the shadow of the Napoleonic Wars when America became caught up in economic warfare between England and France. From 1807-1814 American exports had fallen drastically due to a trade embargo imposed by President Thomas Jefferson. The embargo was an attempt to protect the U.S. from involvement in the European wars, but the embargo caused an economic depression. At the same time, the British had the greatest Navy in the world and treated American seamen as their own citizens and forced them into military service. Because of all this, the U.S. eventually declared war on England in June 1812.
In response, England ordered a naval blockade which was carried out in several stages along America’s eastern seaboard, in essence strangling American shipping and commerce. The War of 1812 was akin to an economic trade war which was also fought to protect the rights of sailors. It is often called the “Second War for Independence.” In the end, the war had a positive outcome in that it advanced national confidence, productivity, and a new spirit of national pride, patriotism, and expansion.
Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie. Painted by T. Birch, Engraved by A. Lawson, Printed by B. Rogers, Published by Joseph Delaplaine. Line engraving, hand-colored. Irving S. Olds Collection of Naval Prints, PR 47, no. 245.
The Mars-Ketu transit occurs in the U.S. Kelleher birth chart’s second house of economic matters. Mars in this chart rules the twelfth house which signifies the ocean and Navy, as well as wars, embargoes, and blockades. Mars and Ketu are transiting in the second house which relates to national wealth, revenues, GNP, taxation, and resources of the government including armaments. This astrological alignment of Mars and the lunar nodes does seem to fit well with what happened in the War of 1812.
So the same astrological alignment of Mars and Ketu from 1813 is coming into play again. Some geopolitical analysts believe that China’s build-up in the South China Sea today paints a picture that’s analogous to events that led up to the War of 1812. Is it possible that the 2018 Mars-Ketu transit it pointing to a similar scenario with tensions escalating in the South China Sea and/or in regard to President Trump’s “trade war with China”? Only time will tell, but what is amazing either way is that this upcoming Mars Capricorn ingress occurs at the exact nodal return when Rahu and Ketu transit back to their natal positions in the eighth and second houses in the U.S. chart. This nodal return is a turning point marking a major new cycle of karmic development for the U.S.
Finally, to give you a deeper glimpse into some of the fascinating results of Ketu-Mars in Capricorn, I wanted to share five case studies of individuals with this placement:
John Rae, Scottish surgeon and explorer of Northern Canada. Mars-Ketu in Capricorn is often expressed through a fearless, adventurous, pioneering spirit. Born September 30, 1813.
Henri Matisse, the French artist. He has often been called a “wild painter.” He was a great initiator of the modern art movement. His work was permeated with energy (like Mars-Ketu in Capricorn). Born December 31, 1869.
Richard Wagner, the highly controversial and influential German composer and conductor. His life and music were extremely dramatic. He wrote “musical dramas.” He is said to have been hyper-driven, autocratic, and power-hungry. Mars-Ketu in Capricorn can sometimes be megalomaniacal as he has been described. Born May 22, 1813.
Soren Kierkegaard, the angst-ridden Danish philosopher-theologian, social critic, poet, and religious author. He was a wunderkind of the inner life, and often wrote about anxiety. He said that subjectivity is truth, and truth is subjectivity. In Capricorn, heightened by its conjunction with Ketu, Mars represents his ability to face and express his deepest fears in order to resolve his suffering. Mars gave him a great capacity for pure logic. Yet Ketu is moksha karaka, which gives tremendous insight into the truth that can only be known beyond the mind. Kierkegaard‘s teachings embodied this contradiction in that he said passion is more important than logic, and he wrote about taking a “qualitative leap” which is made in faith only. He was also a great rational thinker, so he embodied the brilliant maddening paradox that we might sometimes see when Mars and Ketu are conjoined in Capricorn. Born May 5, 1813.
Henry Ward Beecher, American Congregational clergyman, social reformer, and abolitionist. Some of his quotes are quite inspiring, representing the most positive expression of Mars-Ketu in Capricorn: “Greatness lies, not in being strong, but in the right using of strength; and strength is not used rightly when it serves only to carry a man above his fellows for his own solitary glory.” He also said, “The first hour of the morning is the rudder of the day.” Born June 24, 1813.
Caution: The following material is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, financial advice. You should consult your own financial advisors before engaging.
Satoshi Nakamoto is the pseudonym used by the mysterious person or persons who designed Bitcoin and created its original reference application and blockchain database. Nobody seems to know (or say) who Satoshi is or where he/she/they resided in October 2008 when the Bitcoin White Paper was first published. This White Paper is the authoritative systems design description giving all the necessary information along with a proposal for a “Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”, which later became widely known as Bitcoin!
“Journalists…spent years looking for Nakamoto. His identity was one of the great mysteries of the Internet, and a holy grail of investigative reporting, with writers who couldn’t dig up evidence simply growing their own.” O’Hagan, Andrew. (2017) The Secret Life (p. 120). NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
I myself have spent numerous maddening months researching in great detail any and all of the great variety of individuals, groups, or organizations suspected of being the real Satoshi Nakamoto, including Uncle Sam (the National Security Agency-NSA or the Central Intelligence Agency-CIA); Craig S. Wright and his partner Dave Kleiman; Elon Musk; Nick Szabo; Michael Clear, Donal O’Mahony, Michael Peirce, and Hitesh Tewari (Crypto Mano Group); Wei Dai; Hal Finney; Adam Back; David Chaum; Martti Malmi; Shinichi Mochizuki; Margaret Runchey; John Nash; Jed McCaleb; Tatsuaki Okamoto, Neal King, and Charles Bry; Vili Lehdonvirta ; or Samsung-ToshiIba-Nakamichi –Motorola. It could be any one of them, or several of them, or someone else we don’t know about.
I have been passionate about finding out the real identity of Satoshi because I wanted to create an accurate astrological birth chart for Bitcoin. I don’t agree with what is widely being used by astrologers for the birth of Bitcoin on January 3, 2009 at 18:15:05 UTC when the first block in the Bitcoin blockchain was created. This is known as the Bitcoin Genesis Block. Undoubtedly, the birth of Bitcoin occurred before that, and more specifically, when Satoshi Nakamoto released his now-legendary White Paper. To cast an accurate birth chart, we need an exact date, time, and geographical location. We have the date and time for the White Paper, but the location is problematic.
According to the Cryptography Mailing List Archives, Satoshi’s email with the White Paper attachment was sent and received Friday, Oct 31, 2008 at 14:10:00 EDT in New York. However the mailing list is moderated, so the email may not have been received by everyone on the list until a day later on November 1, and the first response to the email was not sent until November 2. That said, I am using the aforesaid October 31 date and time for the birth of Bitcoin. The problem remains that we still don’t know who Satoshi Nakamoto is, and as such, we don’t know where Satoshi was when the paper was uploaded to the Cryptography Mailing List.
Part of my search took me into the intriguing world of Cypherpunks. I have come to believe that in order to understand the deeper origins and nature of Satoshi and Bitcoin, we need to look toward this group because Satoshi built on many of their existing ideas. Several of the individuals enumerated above in the list of “possible Satoshis” are part of this group. The name “Cypherpunks” was lightheartedly derived from a combination of cipher (a private or secret code) and Cyberpunks. The latter is a futuristic genre of science fiction featuring an alliance of social and political revolutionaries who are also innovators in science and technology. Cypherpunks are a group of activists who over the past several decades have been supporting the widespread use of cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies as a path to cultural transformation.
“Privacy is necessary for an open society in the electronic age. Privacy is not secrecy. A private matter is something one doesn’t want the whole world to know, but a secret matter is something one doesn’t want anybody to know. Privacy is the power to selectively reveal oneself to the world…privacy in an open society requires anonymous transaction systems. Until now, cash has been the primary such system. An anonymous transaction system is not a secret transaction system. An anonymous system empowers individuals to reveal their identity when desired and only when desired; this is the essence of privacy. Privacy in an open society also requires cryptography. If I say something, I want it heard only by those for whom I intend it. If the content of my speech is available to the world, I have no privacy. To encrypt is to indicate the desire for privacy, and to encrypt with weak cryptography is to indicate not too much desire for privacy. Furthermore, to reveal one’s identity with assurance when the default is anonymity requires the cryptographic signature.” Cypherpunk Manifesto
Satoshi Nakamoto himself has often been called the ultimate Cipher or Cypherpunk. His original Bitcoin Genesis block actually contains an embedded message from The Times which seems to be an allusion to the group’s revolutionary ideology. The message that was embedded from the newspaper states: “Chancellor on Brink of Second Bailout for Banks.” This was a timestamp to substantiate that this Genesis Block was mined at this time and no other. It was also a cryptic message suggesting that Bitcoin’s decentralized global banking platform was forged to take down the corrupt and outmoded worldwide central banking cabal.
Before Bitcoin’s debut, there was no record of Satoshi Nakamoto, and his emails and website addresses have been nearly untraceable because he apparently used anonymous e-mail servers and Tor (a software for enabling anonymous communication), and ostensibly didn’t disclose personal information online. It is also possible that he may have used Virtual Private Networks (VPS) to disguise his origin. He authored hundreds of posts in 2009 and 2010, and encouraged other software developers to work on and contribute to improving the original code. In April 2011, he sent a note to a fellow Bitcoin developer saying he’d moved onto other things, and then Satoshi pretty much disappeared.
None of the individuals, groups, or organizations suspected of being Satoshi has ever been completely verified. One of the explanations for this mystery was suggested by Craig S. Wright, one of the conceivable though as yet unconfirmed Satoshis. When Wright was posing as Satoshi a few years ago, he and his wife stated they were afraid that if he were proven to be Satoshi, he would be arrested by government authorities under the Terrorism Act, because Bitcoin had been used by terrorists to buy weapons.
Another explanation for Satoshi’s anonymity is that among those in the privacy-protection business of the Cypherpunk community, an anonymous person (“ghost”) is trusted much more than a named person. This goes along with the idea that the inventor of a decentralized program should remain unidentified so that the program then belongs to the whole community, as in the slogan that “We are all Satoshi.” There is a reference to this very idea in a short message posted on the Bitcoin developer forum at the Linux Foundation website in late 2015. This appeared after Craig Wright had been “outed” as Satoshi. It was titled “Not this again,” and was presumably posted by Satoshi though nobody knows if it was Satoshi or not. It stated, “I am not Craig Wright. We are all Satoshi.”
No matter who Satoshi is, whether an anarchist; a humble programmer or software engineer; a cryptologist; a secret agency like the NSA; a form of artificial intelligence (AI) or an ET as some far-out theories suggest; a corporate entity; a group of philanthropic researchers; an uber-wealthy inventor; the truth is that Bitcoin and the blockchain represent an amazing technology which will change the world.
As I was trying to determine the correct birth chart for Bitcoin, I cast several potential horoscopes for the Genesis Block and the Bitcoin White Paper. In an accurate horoscope, the ascendant (rising sign or lagna) of the chart needs to plainly describe the entity or individual that the chart represents. The ascendant is the macrocosm and has enormous significance in a birth chart. It is the filter through which everything else in the horoscope is expressed. It is the most personalized and essential element of the horoscope. I did my search with the intention that the ascendant for the Bitcoin chart must describe Bitcoin, so this was a pretty simple though quite time-consuming process for me.
I feel there is a strong possibility that Bitcoin originated in Van Nuys, CA. This is partly based on something I discovered on a website called https://whoissatoshi.wordpress.com/.The blogger of this site is called “Bounty Hunter” and is self-described as an “OSINT researcher and Bitcoin enthusiast.” OSINT refers to “open-source intelligence” which is part of the investigative process used when looking into online public intelligence to acquire information about an individual or entity. According to Bounty Hunter, “Communications in January 2009 between Satoshi and Hal Finney were traced and the IP address used by Satoshi was from Van Nuys, CA. This is not a TOR exit node which implies that this is the IP address used by Satoshi…”
Based on Bounty Hunter’s findings along with all my other investigations, I have a strong hunch that Satoshi is/was from Van Nuys and LA, or at least was there when Bitcoin was created. And if Satoshi was not there, at least his IP address was, which also means something. My astrological charts for Van Nuys similarly convey this theory. Here are some of the charts I examined (Please Note: all astrological charts are calculated according to the sidereal [not tropical] zodiac, and Lahiri ayanamsha):
1. Bitcoin Genesis Block January 3, 2009 at 18:15:05 UTC in London, England: This is one of the most commonly used birth charts for Bitcoin. Some use Dublin, Ireland instead which is very similar. The ascendant is sidereal Cancer which is a sign in mundane astrology that rules land, crops, food services, fishing industries, and municipal services. The nakshatra is Pushya, sign of agriculture, dairies, mines and submarines, rulers and ministers and kings, merchants and geophysical industries, and construction. It does not fit Bitcoin.
2. Bitcoin Genesis Block Jan. 3, 2009 at 1:15:05 PM EST in New York City, NY: The ascendant is sidereal Aries which relates to politics, the military, leaders, rebels, fires, accidents, surgery, and virgin lands. The nakshatra is Krittika, sign of defense departments, war materials, armed forces, police, international trade, chemical engineering and engineers, debt recovery, religion, hospitality industry, building contractors and miners, medical centers, and drama and music. It does not fit Bitcoin.
3. Bitcoin Genesis Block, January 3, 2009 at 18:15:05 UTC, in Sydney, Australia. The ascendant is ~11 degrees sidereal Sagittarius in Mula nakshatra, which is relatively close to the ascendant in the horoscope for the White Paper in Van Nuys, California. Sagittarius does in fact fit Bitcoin as you will read further on.
In regard to the previous Genesis Block chart set for Australia, I am still not convinced that Craig S. Wright of Australia is Satoshi, though I also understand that this cannot be completely ruled out. Here is the astrological chart for his announcement on May 2, 2016 at 8 AM in Sydney, Australia, when he first posted in his blog that he is Satoshi.
The chart for the time, date, and location of his announcement has the ruler of the Taurus ascendant chart, Venus, occupying the 12th house of privacy, feasibly pointing to a tenuous and nebulous state of affairs. Or, perhaps, I wondered, could this 12th house influence just reflect that he was “coming out of the closet” about being Satoshi? Yet, the Sun is also in the 12th house which reveals how perplexing and unconvincing Wright’s evidence would ultimately prove to be.
Mercury is retrograde lord of the 2nd house of speech and communications, also in the 12th house of secrecy, and at the 29th anaretic degree which reveals how the matter of Wright’s assertion would remain quite ambiguous, as he would go on to vacillate and not provide the final necessary evidence at the last hour to be able to back his claim. This confusion is all further demonstrated by the placement of Neptune conjunct the MC, pointing to Wright’s bewildering demonstration, his suspicious persona, and the way-out state of affairs that developed after his announcement.
Neptune conjunct the MC reflects how Wright’s journey to prove he was Satoshi led him and those around him into a cloud of muddled statements, paranoid behavior, untruths or half-truths, and in the end, no real final proof. All this indicates that his statement may not have been true, which seems to be the overriding conclusion of my research, though it is not definitive one way or another and we may never know.
5. Bitcoin Genesis Block in Van Nuys, CA, Jan. 3, 2009 at 10:15:05 AM. Here we have Uranus conjunct the Aquarius ascendant in Shatabisha nakshatra. Aquarius, Uranus, and Shatabisha nakshatra symbolize free thinkers and free thought; social experiments; revolutionaries; Libertarianism; science and technology; democracy and other such humanitarian groups; counterfeit or alternative currencies; and puzzles. You may recall that in my first Bitcoin article, I described how mining Bitcoin is akin to solving a puzzle. And of course, Bitcoin’s origin remains a great puzzle.
Shatabisha nakshatra reflects the idea of protection, and this matches Bitcoin which is an alternative to sovereign currency and a safeguard of global financial security. Shatabisha is also a sign of privacy, again such as what we see around the mystery of Bitcoin’s parentage and also with the nature of cryptography and the Cypherpunks. The public is slow to adopt Bitcoin, due to a suspicious lack of understanding. This also points to Shatabisha nakshatra which is ruled by the mysterious North Node of the Moon, called Rahu in Vedic astrology.
This Shatabisha ascendant horoscope for the Genesis Block could work, but the truth is, Bitcoin was born when the White Paper was released which was 2+ months before the Genesis Block was created. The Genesis Block is more like a secondary chart which we might use in addition to the main birth chart for the White Paper. We might say that the White Paper correlates to the baby landing in the world and taking its first breath, whereas the Genesis Block represents when the baby takes its first steps. I plan to study both of these charts in my ongoing research and would encourage other interested astrologers to do the same.
6. Bitcoin’s v0.1 first software release occurred on January 8, 2009. The chart for this event might be a secondary chart to use for Bitcoin forks. The v0.1 release chart for New York at 2:27:40 PM has Taurus Rising which could fit as Taurus relates to “currency and finance.” Yet, I am not convinced that Satoshi was in New York when the software was released. I believe he was in Southern California, as previously stated. The release chart for London has Leo rising which does not fit Bitcoin. The release chart for Australia has a 29-degree Sagittarius ascendant which is in Uttara Ashadha nakshatra which can relate to scientific research but does not necessarily correspond to a currency or software.
The release chart for Van Nuys, CA has Pisces ascendant in Revati nakshatra. This fits well for Bitcoin too, as Pisces represents confidential activities, puzzles, and secrets; and as the “crypto” in cryptocurrencies refers to “secrets.” “Revati” in Sanskrit refers to “wealth,” and in mundane astrology, Revati nakshatra symbolizes “currencies.”
As mentioned, the Bitcoin White Paper represents the decisive birth of Bitcoin in my opinion. Here are some of the most significant charts I studied as I was making this determination:
1. White Paper, November 1, 2008 at 4:10 AM in Sydney, Australia. Virgo is the ascendant in Uttara Phalguni nakshatra. Virgo in mundane astrology represents the armed forces; agriculture and food; civil service; labor; accounting; health, medical and pharmaceuticals; clothing; charities; and animals. Uttara Phalguni represents many of the same things as Virgo, along with shipping; wealth; stocks; astronomers; PR; engineering; education; tourism; diplomacy; and commerce. This obviously is not the best overall fit for Bitcoin.
2. White Paper, October 31, 2008 at 18:10 PM in London, England. Taurus ascendant in Rohini nakshatra. Taurus signifies banks and banking; loans; finances; currencies; trade and business. Rohini represents the same as Taurus and additionally rulers; navy; judges; agriculture; automobiles; and petrol. It could work, but is not as compelling in my opinion as the Sagittarius/Mula nakshatra chart for Van Nuys (see below).
One of the many New Year charts used in Vedic astrology is based on the New Moon in Pisces, when the Sun and Moon come together in the same celestial longitude (conjunction) in Pisces constellation in the pratipada tithi. This is called Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, the first synodic lunar day (tithi) of the waxing Moon in the Vedic month of Chaitra. It is believed that Lord Brahma created the universe on this very day. In this year of 2018, Chaitra Shukla Pratipada tithi starts right after 9:11:28 AM on Saturday March 17 for the U.S., set for the capital of Washington D.C. The horoscope for the Vedic New Year for the U.S. is calculated for this place, date, and time.
However, the New Year lord is calculated for the following day on Sun-day, March 18, which is the day on which the pratipada tithi is in place at sunrise. Each country will have a different New Year chart based on the different coordinates. The beginning of the Vedic New Year also marks Vasant Navratri, the nine-night spring festival of Mother Divine when Devi Durga comes down to bless the world and her children at the beginning of the New Year.
The samvatsara for this New Year is called Vilambi. A samvatsara is a Sanskrit term for “year.” In the Vedic system, there are 60 samvatsaras. They are described in Brihat Samhita by Sage Varahamahira in “Chapter VIII: Jupiter’s Course (Jovian years).” Each samvatsara carries a particular essence that correlates with its Sanskrit name and also is related to its group ruler.
The samvatsara for 2018-2019 is the second in a group of five years ruled by the Manes, who are of two kinds: they are the children of Lord Brahma, known as the Prajapatis, who are great rishis, progenitors, and protectors of the earth, the animal kingdom, and the human race. The Manes are also known as the “Ancestors.” They inhabit their own region between the realms of humans and gods, a place known as Pitriloka. During the current five-year cycle ruled by the Manes, I feel that ancestral propitiation and healing are extremely important for all of us, perhaps more important than usual.
Sage Varahamahira says that Vilambi will bring “scanty crops and rains.” This fits with the last Vilambi year in 1958 which saw serious droughts and famines in various parts of the world including China, Japan, and Brazil. Jataka Parijata says that those born in the Vilambi year will be prosperous and generous, described as “disinterested benevolence.” Dhundiraja in Jataka Bharanam associates those born this year with greed and restlessness. We can broadly interpret these qualities to the year 2018, as well.
The Jyotisha Vedanga names Lord Surya the ruler of this year (ruler of the second of five years in the samvatsara cycle). Surya is the Sun God who is life-giver and time-giver and who represents our capacity for vision, wisdom, and will power. He is also slightly volatile, fiery, hot, and dry, which seems to reflect a theme for this coming year, especially in July and August when Mars retrogrades in sidereal Capricorn in the eclipse axis with Ketu. This year as with the last, it will be especially important to employ a skilled muhurta/elective astrologer for timing important events since Surya the time-giver rules this year.
The last time we had a Vilambi year was 1958-59, and here are a few highlights which may mirror some trends in 2018:
A major financial recession in the U.S. with high unemployment (7%) while inflation was under 2%.
Many technological developments occurred including the invention of the microchip, computer modem, and remote control. An F-104 Starfighter set a world speed record.
NASA was created and the U.S. military predicted that satellites orbiting the Earth would make detailed maps of space.
The Peace Symbol was created in the U.K. in preparation for the world’s first anti-nuclear demonstrations.
The Soviet Union launched Sputnik 3, the largest satellite ever, which was commissioned to study the Earth’s atmosphere and cosmic rays.
The Iraq Republic was established after a military coup.
Castro’s revolutionary army began its attacks on Havana.
The Tibetan resistance movement against rule by China received support from the U.S. CIA.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal Aviation Act transferring all authority over aviation in the U.S. to the newly created Federal Aviation Agency (FAA, later renamed Federal Aviation Administration).
The first transatlantic flight of a Pan American World Airways Boeing 707.
On or around the first day of the Lunar New Year, the new calendar (panchanga) is installed in a Hindu temple ceremony in which the year’s upcoming predictions are read aloud. This is done for a particular country, usually India where this system originated, but also the forecast is sometimes given more generally for the world at large. The temple astrologers collaborate with each other and go into great detail in their predictions, looking at the lord and minister of the year and so forth.
The lord of the year is the Sun for the U.S. chart, as the first day that pratipada tithi is in place at sunrise in near the New Year is Sun-day, and this is in addition to the samvatsara lord also being the Sun/Lord Surya. The minister is based on the Solar New Year chart when the Sun enters sidereal Aries which will occur this year on April 13, 2018 which is a Friday, so the minister of the year for the U.S. will be Venus (ruler of Friday). Overall it is auspicious for the lord of the year, the Sun in this case, to be aspected by Jupiter which is also benefic ninth lord. Yet, the aspect of afflicted Mars is somewhat inauspicious, so we have a mixed bag which is also indicated by the fact that the minister of the year Venus is a maraka lord (creating difficulty or conflict) in the twelfth house of losses, and also Venus is receiving more malefic than benefic aspects per sphuta drishti.
We study the various New Year charts to understand the general overview of the nation and its collective karma in the coming year. I am limited in my time so was only able to look at the U.S. chart for now. I focus here on the rashi chakra “whole sign chart” rather than the house charts.
The lagna or rising sign (ascendant) is Bharani nakshatra in sidereal Aries. This nakshatra emphasizes creative expression but also extremism in all its forms, and both Aries and Bharani also indicate some strong potential for intense cultural upheaval, change, and volatility; fires; and a strong focus on issues with 1) law enforcement, criminal justice, and military matters; 2) the homeless and homeless encampments; 3) agriculture; and 4) the film industry.
Mars as ruler of the chart (Aries ascendant) occupies the ninth house in sidereal Sagittarius. Mars is afflicted by conjunction with Saturn, pointing to disputes in ideological and legal matters; transportation accidents and fires; political fanaticism and increasing activity of anti-patriotic movements; and trade, shipping, and international conflicts. Materialism, greed, and corrupt moral behavior among the people will be on the rise. Higher education will continue to be strained by funding cuts, rising costs, and other complex issues including declining completion rates and the growing trend of intolerance on university and college campuses.
Pluto is the most elevated planet in the New Year chart, as it is very close to a conjunction with the MC/midheaven in late Sagittarius. This reflects the possibility of ideological zealotry and a lack of acceptance for differences leading to destructive acts. In mundane astrology, Pluto aligned with the midheaven may sometimes indicate that the nation’s leaders are acting despotic, or are unfairly accused of despotism. The government may enforce strict or punitive measures in some cases which will cause a backlash. This placement of Pluto is often considered to be an indication that the well-being of the leader of a country is in danger, or that he may be removed from office, or may be threatened in some way.
Yet, Pluto conjoined the MC in mundane astrology is also a classic placement for clandestine undertakings conducted against the interests of the people and its leaders. Perhaps the auspicious sextile aspect (3/11) from the divine guru Jupiter to Pluto and the MC is enough of a positive aspect to protect and support the leadership of the country and help it put forth its national planning endeavors. As an example, Pluto is the significator of nuclear arms and energy, and this aspect from Jupiter seems to support the North Korean disarmament efforts desired by President Trump’s administration.
Jupiter is retrograde in the seventh house in late Libra. Jupiter here is lord of the ninth house which makes him a temporal benefic for the chart, so this is quite positive. He receives more positive aspects than negative according to sphuta drishti (exact astrological aspects per Vedic astrology). Jupiter should be positive for treaties and alliances with other nations, and may enhance foreign trade and status abroad. Jupiter also rules the twelfth house, so these adhipatis (“house rulerships” of 9 + 12) in the seventh house of foreign allies should generally support foreign relations and international cooperation. Foreign travel in and out of the U.S. as well as foreign investment in the U.S. should be at an all-time high, as well, due to Jupiter in the seventh exchanging signs with exalted Venus (second and seventh lord) in the twelfth. This should also prove beneficial for the recent tax reform bill.
However, because of Jupiter’s twelfth-house rulership, and the fact that Jupiter is sandhi (at the end of the sign, thus somewhat weakened), both open and hidden enemies abroad are likely to continue carrying on espionage on U.S. shores. Additionally, Jupiter and Uranus are quincunx (inconjunct or shasta-ashtakam-6/8) which is an aspect for revolutionary and dramatic cultural changes as well as many fascinating and innovative creative discoveries and inventions.
Jupiter is retrograde, which makes it more beneficial according to Vedic astrology. Mantresvara (Phaladeepika) taught that a planet becomes powerful and auspicious when retrograde. According to Sage Parasara, a planet’s benefic tendencies are greater when retrograde. Saravali, a great 10th-century commentary by Kalyana Varma, says that retrograde planets are powerful. However, they can be powerful for good or bad. Retrograde benefics confer kingship, and retrograde malefics cause misery and “aimless wandering.” In this case, Jupiter is a benefic, so is powerful and beneficial. However, a retrograde planet may bring certain delays or a sense of having to “go back” to resolve something from the past. And it could indicate the possibility of a trade war because it is retrograde lord of ninth and twelfth in the seventh.
The Moon’s South Node Ketu is in the tenth house in Capricorn, and the North Node Rahu is in the fourth house in Cancer. Rahu in the fourth can point to mining or agricultural calamities or those involving schools or public buildings. Exalted Venus trines Rahu, which suggests some possible advancement of science and real estate, property, and infrastructure development, especially because the wide conjunction of second lord Venus with fifth lord Sun aspected by ninth lord Jupiter forms a dhana yoga (wealth combination).
The executive branch and leader of a country are often in danger with these nodal placements in the fourth and tenth houses, but because exalted Venus is aspecting Rahu and Ketu by trine and sextile, I think the issue is that instead, there is much ongoing opposition to the leadership. Yet, the nodes in this axis do point to much political intrigue and the threat of further societal and political polarization and extremism, especially as the nodes widely square the ascendant in Bharani nakshatra. To further understand something about the nodes in Cancer and Capricorn, please refer to my article from September 2017.
The lunation (Sun-Moon conjunction) falls in the passionate and fiery Purva Bhadrapada nakshatra in the twelfth house, where it is afflicted by a square (fourth) aspect with Mars. This points to the possibility of conspiracy against the government and its leader; the rise of both violent and non-violent crime; more political scandals with incessant media coverage; ongoing concerns with both federal and state correctional systems as well as with illegal immigration; and the devastating plight of public health related to the opioid, mental health, and rural hospital crises. The Moon in the twelfth house also suggests the possibility of scandals in connection with health care, medical facilities, and charitable institutions.
Yet, the Sun and Moon are widely conjoined benefic Venus and Mercury in Pisces, pointing to many successful societal improvements. Additionally, the Sun and Moon are receiving a protective trine from their dispositor Jupiter; Jupiter is in a beneficial exchange of signs with Venus (parivartana yoga); and, Mercury’s debilitation in Pisces is somewhat cancelled by its conjunction with Venus. All of this may suggest some benefit to law enforcement; the welfare and health of the public and its various institutions; and, the well-being of children including school safety issues. Important changes are likely to transpire through the intervention of local, state, and federal governments into the functioning and management of these systems.
May the winds, the oceans, the herbs, and night and days, the mother earth, the father heaven, all vegetation, the sun, be all sweet to us…Let us follow the path of goodness for all times, like the sun and the moon moving eternally in the sky…Let us be charitable to one another…Let us not kill or be violent with one another…Let us know and appreciate the points of view of others…And let us unite.
Caution: The following material is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, financial advice. You should consult your own financial advisors before engaging.
Bitcoin and the blockchain are two of the most important inventions since the development of the Internet and the World Wide Web in the late 20th century, and are among the most important inventions of the 21st century so far. Until now, I’ve hesitated to do any serious astrological research on bitcoin because I’ve been so personally involved with it for many years now…or I guess I should be honest and say I’ve been obsessed with it…I am obsessed with it. This no doubt might cloud my astrological judgment. Nonetheless, the bitcoin vortex sucked me in and gave me no choice but to do this research and write about it. I have deeply studied and researched this topic and continue to delve into it daily.
My hope is that my work will be interesting and useful to astrologers and non-astrologers alike. I will be submitting a consecutive series of four articles. In this first one, I discuss bitcoin and the blockchain for novices. It’s a very technical and non-astrological article but I feel it’s important to first understand the basics of bitcoin before looking into it astrologically. In the next article, I will investigate the birth of bitcoin and make a case for why I am using a rectified horoscope which is different from what other astrologers have been using. In the third article, I will analyze the rectified chart and look at some of the planetary cycles affecting it. And, in the fourth and last of the series, I will look further into various planetary cycles which not only support my rectification of this new birth chart but also guide me in prognosticating about bitcoin’s future.
Trying to understand and describe bitcoin and the blockchain is no easy feat. Yet, many of us did not understand the Internet, computers, email and the World Wide Web when they were first introduced to us. And I doubt that few of us even today have any real grasp of the technology behind these handy tools that we use every day. That said, having a rudimentary knowledge of this developing technology will help one understand how truly radical and groundbreaking it really is. With bitcoin and the blockchain, there is always something new to learn because they are continually evolving systems.
Bitcoin is 1) a digital (data-based) currency; 2) a store of value; and 3) a payment system. Bitcoin is also known as a “cryptocurrency,” or simply “crypto,” which is a digital currency that uses “encryption techniques” that protect digital data security and regulate the units of currency and verify the transfer of funds. As a digital currency, bitcoin is not controlled by a central bank. It may be bought through an exchange or received as gift or payment and held electronically in an exchange such as Coinbase, or on a PC, or in a virtual wallet. Bitcoin is the first crypto, but there over a thousand more now which use the original design pattern of bitcoin or a close derivative of it. Some of these are valuable, but most may not amount to anything significant.
Currently while bitcoin is still in the early stages of development in terms of its actual role of being used as a currency, the clear majority of bitcoin investors hold bitcoin as a store of value which is considered a safe haven asset similar to gold. In the future when bitcoin resolves its scalability issues (the limits on the amount of transactions the bitcoin network can process), an increasing number of investors may begin to use it more as the currency. In terms of bitcoin’s function as a payment system, what is important to understand is that it includes a unique distributed ledger or database that is consensually shared, synchronized, and constantly updated across multiple nodes in the bitcoin network.
Bitcoin is transforming the very nature of money. Andreas Antonopoulos, technologist, entrepreneur, and one of the well-respected figures in bitcoin, describes it as “decentralization applied to the human communication of value.” Bitcoin is a platform of trust and the first completely open, global, borderless, and decentralized monetary system on which applications can be built. It is programmable and no central authority needs to give permission to launch an application, just as nobody needs to give permission to launch an application on the Internet. Bitcoin is a “peer-to-peer” monetary system, meaning that we can send and receive it to each other without using a banking intermediary: no more need for checks, cash, and credit cards, and no Venmo or PayPal to collect their hefty fees, and it’s virtually instantaneous, limited only by the time required for the verification of transactions.
Bitcoin represents a fundamental transformation of money, an invention that changes the oldest technology we have in civilization. That changes it radically and disruptively by changing the fundamental architecture into one where every participant is equal, where transaction has no state or context other than obeying the consensus rules of the network that no one controls, where your money is yours. You control it absolutely through the application of digital signatures, and no one can censor it, no one can seize it, no one can freeze it. No one can tell you what to do or what not to do with your money. It is a system of money that is simultaneously, absolutely transnational and borderless. We’ve never had a system of money like that. Andreas M. Antonopoulos
As no central authority regulates the monetary base of bitcoin, the currency is developed and created by the nodes of a network where it is shared between interested parties. How bitcoin is generated and at what rate this happens is defined by an algorithm, which is a set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer. If a malicious user does not follow the rules, his or her currency will be rejected by the network and thus be made worthless. The monetary policy of bitcoin has a very high trust factor. Only a small group of miners and developers can change the policy through a democratic consensus, but this is unlikely to ever happen.
Just as with the Internet, so it is with Bitcoin, in that there is an exponential explosion in innovation when you remove the requirement for permission. Governments will try to regulate it, they will never be able to keep up with the fast pace in which it continually innovates and reinvents itself…Bitcoin cannot be intercepted, seized, controlled, censored, or frozen; transactions cannot be intercepted or stopped; [transactions are made] with almost complete anonymity after downloading one app, and banking has changed forever. Andreas Antonopoulos
Bitcoin was first introduced in late 2008 after the global financial crisis which had been prompted by financial industry deregulation that allowed banks to engage in hedge fund trading with derivatives. Early adopters of bitcoin believe that bitcoin can and should replace the corrupt banking system.
Through a new breed of distributed computing and cryptography technologies, the bitcoin community created the first global public ledger that could operate in a secure and trustworthy fashion. But more than that, bitcoin had politics on its side: Libertarian-leaning advocates saw it as more than a low-cost way to send money. For them, it’s a movement, and many of them have worked tirelessly to evangelize bitcoin. Every interesting large scale technology movement has had a political component. Chris Dixon, Internet entrepreneur and Investor
Bitcoin follows a deflationary model in that the total supply of bitcoins is fixed; only 21 million bitcoins will ever be mined in total, so the supply cannot inflate. As of today, about 80% of all bitcoins have been mined, and by around 2140 all will have been mined. The 21 million cap was based on the fact that “even if the whole word’s money supply were replaced by the 21 million bitcoins, the smallest unit would still be worth a bit less than a penny, so no matter what happened — even if the entire economy of planet earth were measured in bitcoin — it would never inconvenience people by being too large a unit for convenience.” (Why 1 BTC should equal 10^8 satoshi?) One Satoshi = 0.00000001฿: one hundredth millionth of a bitcoin. This term “Satoshi” is named after the inventor of bitcoin.
You can buy and sell divisions of a bitcoin, down to the Satoshi, without having to buy a whole bitcoin. This is important as the price of one bitcoin grows. Advocates believe that the limited supply of bitcoin prevents inflationary central-bank interference to which most currencies are prone. Naysayers don’t agree with this deflationary model and fear that if bitcoin matures into a complete global currency, its very inflexibility could bring economic chaos. These arguments seem to echo the eternal debate that exists among dueling economists.
Bitcoin is often thought to be somewhat like gold, for a few reasons. First, just like gold, it has a limited quantity. The finite supply of bitcoin explains why it currently trades much more like a commodity than a fiat currency. And this limited supply also explains bitcoin’s volatility, which may change someday when it is more widely adopted as a currency. The other similarity with gold is that bitcoin also has to be “mined” through an intensive process, and in fact, it’s often called “digital gold,” though its detractors like to argue against that point.
Bitcoin mining is 1) the process by which bitcoin transactions are verified and added to the blockchain (public ledger); and 2) the means through which new bitcoin are released. Every ten minutes or so, mining computers collect a few hundred pending bitcoin transactions, known as a block, and turn them into a computational puzzle that must be solved. The miner who solves the puzzle gets a certain number of bitcoin as a reward which is collected after another 99 blocks have been added to the ledger. It’s become very expensive to mine bitcoin as the mining computers are very costly, and many of them are needed, and a great deal of electrical energy is required to run them.
It becomes harder and harder to mine bitcoin because of something built into the bitcoin code which is called “halving.” This means the rate at which bitcoin can be generated drops by half every 210,000 blocks, or approximately every four years, until all are in circulation. In the beginning days of bitcoin, a miner could earn 50 bitcoin for sealing the block on a bitcoin ledger (i.e., solving the mathematical puzzle). The halving changed that number from 50 to 25 bitcoin in late 2012, and then again in July 2016 when it halved to 12.5 bitcoins that can be earned when sealing the block on the ledger. As many small-scale developers, hobbyists, and speculators are no longer able to compete in the high-tech and super-competitive mining market, they are now getting involved in mining pools like GHash which allows them to share processing power and split rewards.
So what is the blockchain and how it that the same or different from bitcoin? Well, bitcoin transactions are stored and transferred using a distributed ledger, and the blockchain is the supporting technology that maintains this process. A blockchain is the continuously growing list of records (blocks) which are linked and secured using cryptography. Inside every block is a cryptographic hash (a function used to map data) of the previous block, including a timestamp and transaction data. The blockchain cannot be modified as the blocks are recorded in chronological order. Thus it allows participants to keep track of digital currency records without any central accounting.
The blockchain can communicate value on other kinds of platforms aside from bitcoin and other cryptos, such as with tokens and reward points. It also authenticates digital information for applications outside of cryptos. The blockchain can expedite and streamline business transactions, reducing fraud, and enhancing transparency of all kinds of verification processes. Such applications are already being explored or developed in private, industrial, and government sectors, and include areas of crowd funding; trade finance; advertising and media; real estate sales transactions; accounting and auditing; money laundering protection; insurance through smart contracts; connecting medical devices with health records; voting; supply chain management; filing taxes; energy supply transactions; identity theft protection and cyber-security; and data storage.
We don’t yet know which of the 1000+ cryptos that were developed in bitcoin’s wake will become “the one” or not. But either way, I believe bitcoin is the “killer app” for all cryptos and blockchain technology, just as email was the “killer app” for the early Internet, meaning it’s what drove adoption and strengthened the Internet: “Bitcoin drives adoption of its underlying blockchain, and its strong technical community and robust code review process make it the most secure and reliable of the various blockchains. Like email, it’s likely that some form of bitcoin will persist.” (Ito, Narula, Ali: The Blockchain Will Do to the Financial System What the Internet Did to Media)
Bitcoin evangelists believe that bitcoin is going to change the world. They believe this for many reasons, including the fact that it can level the socio-economic playing field by bringing everyone on the planet into the global economy. In this respect, the bitcoin movement represents the “democratization of money.” As of now, over two billion people in the world are currently unbanked, meaning they don’t have access to affordable financial institutions through which to make business transactions and transfers of money. But these unbanked, many of whom are in developing nations, have access to mobile phones by which they can make free and easy financial transactions via bitcoin without using the medium of a banking institution which charges them exorbitant fees and has other requirements that are difficult for them to meet. The number of these individuals using bitcoin is slated to grow by 30 percent or more over the next five years.
At the end of the day, bitcoin is a programmable version of money. When you have programmable money, the possibilities are truly endless. We can take many of the basic concepts of the current system that depend on legal contracts, and we can convert these into algorithmic contracts, into mathematical transactions that can be enforced on the bitcoin network. As I’ve said, there is no third party, there is no counterparty. If I choose to send value from one part of the network to another, it is peer-to-peer with no one in between. If I invent a new form of money, I can deploy it to the entire world and invite others to come and join me. Bitcoin is not just money for the Internet. Yes, it’s perfect money for the Internet. It’s instant, it’s safe, and it’s free. Yes, it is money for the Internet, but it’s so much more. Bitcoin is the Internet of money. Currency is only the first application. If you grasp that, you can look beyond the price, you can look beyond the volatility, you can look beyond the fad. At its core, bitcoin is a revolutionary technology that will change the world forever. Andreas M. Antonopoulos, The Internet of Money
Just when I think I understand something about bitcoin and the blockchain, I realize how little I know and have to go back to my Beginner’s Mind to understand something else that may be very basic but which I had previously overlooked or not understood correctly. It is like a black hole that keeps pulling me deeper inside. And please remember this “black hole” analogy, as I will come back to it in one of my subsequent articles, as the center of our Milly Way Galaxy which holds a large black hole literally has a significant part to play in my rectified bitcoin birth chart.
Satoshi Nakamoto is the anonymous entity who invented the bitcoin protocol. He not only formulated the exceptionally brilliant idea of the consensus algorithm which prevents a digital asset from being used in two places at once, but also came up with the initial software system that invented this digital currency. The former is known as the “double spend problem” which had been a significant roadblock to the development of digital currency up until his discovery. The nature of digital media is to create a copy of itself infinitely, which would obviously create a big problem for a currency transaction which we definitely don’t want to replicate. So who is Satoshi Nakamoto? That is the “21-million bitcoin question” which I will address in Part Two of this series.
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The New Year is starting out strong with a potent Full SuperMoon (Snow Moon) which culminates on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2018 at 9:24 PM Eastern Time (January 2 at 1:24 AM Universal Time). SuperMoons occur a few times a year when the Full or New Moon is closer to the Earth than normal (perigee). This SuperMoon on January 1 is the largest one of 2018! SuperMoons are known to create larger than typical ocean tides, and they also heighten our emotional energy, for “good or bad.” One theory behind this so-called “lunar effect” is that an enhanced release of neurohormones is triggered by the Full Moon’s electromagnetic radiation and/or gravitational pull.
The Full Moon falls in Gemini constellation, Ardra nakshatra conjunct the fixed star Alzirr which is considered to be a star of affliction and illness, especially for travelers. The higher evolutionary nature of Ardra Moon will shine potently through ardent feelings and deep perception, but the less favorable expression can be revealed through potential for literal or figurative stormy conditions and arduous events in the coming days.
On January 2 at 9:11 AM Eastern Time (1:11 PM Universal Time), Uranus will station direct at the potent Zero Point of sidereal Aries, after having been retrograde since August 3. This event along with the concurrent SuperMoon could possibly foretell of a seismic event or some stormy weather patterns ahead, including strong windstorms, heavy precipitation (snow, ice, and rain), or flooding, in the coming days or weeks.
Uranus as a higher octave of Mercury can actually act like Mercury when it retrogrades or stations, and the effects may be experienced as technological and transportation and travel snafus and a sense of restlessness and unease. We can feel the Uranus station for up to 10 days before and several days after the actual time of station. Some of us may feel a bit erratic or aggravated. We might expect some tempestuousness, grave shocks, big surprises, or miraculous epiphanies around the time that Uranus goes direct, so “hang on to your hats” now and in the coming days. On the positive side, this energy can reflect a big release and awakening.
When a planet stations, it appears to halt and then move in the direction opposite to what it was before, which triggers and stimulates the planet and also the area of the zodiac where it is located. For some, depending on how this aligns with our natal chart placements, we can expect some big change and probably some forward momentum in the areas of the natal chart that are being activated. The U.S. Kelleher chart has Mars at the zero degree of Gemini, so this station could possibly be a trigger for a terrorist event or some kind of accident or violent situation in the U.S. or elsewhere.
Full Moons are like spiritual and emotional check-points when we are meant to stop, take stock, and deeply appreciate and celebrate life. Healing and spiritual energies are at their strongest on Full Moons, so December 31 and January 1 are great days for healing and contemplative practices and spiritual rituals. Starting the New Year with a Full Moon is an auspicious sign in Vedic astrology, and represents a fortunate opportunity to begin anew with positive energy and new commitments to ourselves and others. Making these commitments on a Full Moon gives them an added boost for success.
On the night before the Full Moon (New Year’s Eve) and really for the first several days of the New Year, our “Spiritual Sun,” the fixed star Sirius, the “Sun Behind our Sun,” will be overhead at midnight, shining a very profound divine light upon all of us to activate us with truth and remind of who we really are as spiritual beings having this human experience. Even amidst the intense turmoil, changes, and losses that are always occurring in our earthly realm, we must remember we are eternal and that all is happening as it must. We are divine and there is nothing to fear!
Considering numerology, we can also glean some important information for the year ahead. The old Year 2017 which we are fast leaving behind has been a 1 Year, which means a year of many new beginnings. Year 2018 will be a rare 11 Universal Year (2 + 0 + 1 + 8 = 11). The number 11 is a Master Number, which means this can be a year of tremendous adventure, learning, growth, and development for many of us. The 11 Year is related to Aquarius and Rahu, thus indicating exciting scientific, technological, and humanitarian innovation and discoveries ahead.
Besides being an 11 Year, 2018 will also be a 2 Year (1 + 1 = 2). The 2 year is a Yin Year connected to the Moon, who teaches us to flow with change, listen within, and to honor our deepest cycles of nurturing and creativity. How amazing that we start the 2-Moon Year with a FullSuperMoon! She is calling us! The last time we had an 11 / 2 Year was 2009 when the financial markets finally began to correct themselves and President Obama took office. The time before that when we had an 11 Year was 1910 when the first public radio broadcast took place.
Mundane astrology employs several different horoscopes to track the unfolding of karma of our collective reality. One of these horoscopes is cast for the exact moment of summer or winter solstice. Solstices mark the northerly or southerly excursion of the Sun relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. In the northern hemisphere, the northern point is summer solstice, and the southern one is winter solstice. In the southern hemisphere, the northern point is winter solstice, and the southern is summer solstice. The solstices are powerful turning points that separate the solar year into two halves, and so, whatever is happening astrologically in a solstice chart reveals something about how the stage is set for the six months to follow.
In Vedic astrology, the solstices are known as ayanas. Around December 21, the northern hemisphere experiences the winter solstice which marks the beginning of uttarayana, the Sun’s waxing “yang” cycle that extends from winter to summer solstice, which is a time of increasing light, growing awareness, action, development, and fulfillment. This is the half of the year which is best for beginning all important new ventures. Summer solstice occurs around June 21 and marks the beginning of dakshinayana, the Sun’s waning “yin” half of the year which is the season of decreasing light, receptivity, purification, completion, and enjoyment of what was initiated in uttarayana. All of this is reversed in the southern hemisphere which just celebrated summer solstice and the beginning of uttarayana on December 21.
A rare conjunction of Saturn and the Sun occurred on the December 21, 2017 solstice, and this is BIG news for the coming six months. It’s important because it is rare; we haven’t had this particular conjunction in the December solstice for about 400 years. It’s also important because it’s occurring in line with the nucleus of the Milky Way Galaxy, known as the Galactic Center, which is where the Sun has been transiting on the winter solstice since the 1980s. According to Vedic tradition, the Galactic Center is known as the source all the creative intelligence that infuses our world. Known as Vishnunabhi, the navel of Lord Vishnu (the Sustainer), the Galactic Center is also the playground of Lord Brahma (the Creator).
The Galactic Center lies in early Sagittarius somewhere in the vicinity of two to six degrees of sidereal longitude. Astronomers now know that there’s a massive black hole in this area which is discharging vast amounts of infrared radiation.
Corresponding with the root center known as Mula nakshatra, the Galactic Center emanates a stream of higher consciousness that blasts us with evolutionary energies. The goddess who lives here is called Niritti, and she’s a fierce, wise, and ancient goddess akin to Kali. Her shakti is the power to break things apart, so she’s known as the goddess of intense transformation. Mula nakshatra is ruled by Ketu, the Moon’s South Node, which reflects its strong mystical nature. Mula and the Galactic Center carry a strong influence of technological innovation; spiritual inspiration; and awakening to the possibility of multiple realms, dimensions, and viewpoints in all aspects of life. In mundane astrology, Mula nakshatra emphasizes big ventures; large corporations; international trade matters; intergovernmental organizations like the U.N.; and the administrative branch of government (presidents and their cabinets). All these areas are potentially highlighted by the December 21, 2017 solstice horoscope.
As mentioned, the conjunction of Saturn with the Sun on the December solstice is quite rare. It happens annually but rarely on the solstice. In a conjunction like this, planets become aligned (conjoined) in celestial or zodiacal longitude, so that their energies merge. This particular conjunction is not always an easy marriage as Saturn and the Sun are enemies and opposites, wherein Saturn is the shadow of the Sun. Both form the individual self, in which the Sun is the ego/conscious self, and Saturn is its shadow/all that is unconscious. Their tension as enemies revolves around conflict with authority and a tendency toward unconscious psychological projection and acting out behavior.
Many astrologers speak of the Sun-Saturn conjunction as an aspect calling for service to the common good (seva), and though this is a valid interpretation, in my opinion it is too much on the surface. I say this because the One we need to serve is the Divine power within. We as the servant/Saturn must serve the king/Sun/our higher Self by examining, cleansing, and integrating all aspects of our psyche; by “offering up” all the fruits of our actions moment by moment, while at the same time not being attached to success or failure, simply being diligent and staying focused on the Self as our guiding light. This is true Karma Yoga, which is first and foremost an inside job of self-mastery.
Speaking of the “king,” in mundane astrology, the Sun represents the king, i.e., the ruler and other administrative officials of a nation, whereas Saturn stands for democracy and the people. This conjunction may serve as a reminder that those in power are there because they match the collective karma of a nation. They mirror the majority shadow consciousness, and it is best to find a way to work together. The highest spiritual teachers always remind us to pray for our leaders, no matter what. The Saturn-Sun conjunction points to the possibility for some much-needed moral and spiritual development among all of us, and this seems particularly true in the U.S. as the Saturn-Sun conjunction is front and center in the U.S. chart as I will explain next.
The U.S. Kelleher chart has Sagittarius/Mula nakshatra rising at ~9 degrees. The Saturn-Sun conjunction occurs within close orb (~3-degree range) of the U.S. ascendant, thus strongly influencing the United States karma in the first half of 2018. Lucky Venus in the solstice chart widely joins the Sun and Saturn also. In the Kelleher chart, the conjunction of Sun and Saturn form dhana yoga, a combination for wealth as Saturn is lord of the 2nd dhana house, and the Sun rules the 9th dhana house. When two dhana lords combine near the ascendant of the Kelleher chart, this is a strong synergistic influence which may indicate some expansion of the U.S. economy.
The fact that the conjunction occurs in Mula nakshatra, with the natural significator of government and business (Sun) merging with the natural significator of the economy and laboring classes (Saturn) seems a positive omen for the first half of 2018. The stock market and public speculation, big business ventures, GDP, personal income as well as international trade should continue to expand and thrive in record numbers. Looking at the solstice chart itself, Saturn, the Sun, and Venus are well-placed in the 11th house of gains; Jupiter’s trine from the 9th house to the Aquarius ascendant is also a fortunate and protective influence.
I imagine some of my dear readers are now wondering, “But Saturn is combust the Sun on the solstice! How can this possibly be a positive sign?” Yes, according to Vedic astrology they are combust. This is a term used to describe when a planet is too close to the Sun in longitude, which is said to burn up the planet’s positive qualities. For Saturn, combustion is a difficult matter which can point to low vitality and physical health issues; mental health issues including low self-esteem, deep pessimism, and a perpetual negative frame of mind; lack of self-authority; poor personal accountability; bitter life conditions; victimization; lack of self-discipline; resentments galore; and well, just any kind of heavy burden that one can imagine.
I thought at first that Saturn’s combustion on the solstice could indicate various problems and calamities ahead, including an especially bad flu season, which would be typically indicated by the combustion of Saturn in Mula nakshatra. Yet, there is something happening here which according to ancient astrology overrides combustion, known as cazimi (transliteration of the Arabic term kaṣmīmī) which means “in the heart of the Sun,” which is an exceptional situation when a planet is within 17 longitudinal minutes of the Sun, which Saturn is in the solstice chart.
Vedic astrology does not consider cazimi as a mitigation for combustion, but in other systems and schools of astrology, this special condition is thought to reverse the problem of combustion and instead, brings forth a planet’s most auspicious qualities (which in the case of Saturn are mentioned further on). Cazimi for Saturn occurs in a brief interval that happens annually and only for a short period of less than 24 hours, so it’s a very special aspect to have in the solstice chart.
That said, there are a few other less auspicious indications in the solstice chart for Washington, D.C., mainly the Moon with Ketu in the 12th house, aspected by Mars, which represents ongoing activities by secret enemies intent on destabilizing the nation’s current leadership; problems for the leading political party in power; general unrest among (some of) the people; ongoing widespread poverty (as already exists in various parts of the country, especially in Appalachia); spikes in crime and drug use; scandals in regard to charitable and medical organizations; continuing propaganda efforts by certain outlets of the mainstream media; and ongoing national and international conflicts, wars, and/or warlike threats.
It’s interesting that the controversial 1.5 trillion-dollar “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” was approved by Congress on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, the day before winter solstice. The bill was signed into law by President Trump on the day after solstice on Friday, December 22, 2017, at 10:57 AM. This was during the three-day post-solstice standstill. Both the solstice chart and the signing chart have Aquarius rising with Neptune, indicating that this bill gives modest tax cuts to 80% of taxpayers along with massive tax cuts to corporations. Advocates say these corporate tax cuts will boost financial markets, as well as jobs, wages, and benefits for workers.
Confusion and dissatisfaction among detractors of the tax bill are apparent from the placement of Neptune in the ascendant. On the other hand, Neptune per mundane astrology symbolizes large corporations and vast-scale business enterprises which the bill seems to support. The trine with Neptune and the ascendant from Jupiter in the auspicious 9th house gives some hope that there will be an overall positive effect, in time. Many astrologers taking a personal stand against the bill are suggesting that because Jupiter is squaring the nodes in the signing chart, and because (they say) Mercury is retrograde, the bill is going to be little more than a transfer of wealth and power to the very rich, and in effect, that it will be a disaster for the masses (many of whom have grown to depend on social welfare). However, I don’t agree specifically, and I generally tend to be more of an optimist.
Perhaps Jupiter squaring the lunar nodes points to the U.S. at a karmic crossroads beginning a new cycle of economic and social development. The same idea is also indicated by the current transit of Saturn in the 1st house of the Kelleher chart. And most importantly, I don’t agree that Mercury is retrograde here. It is clearly stationary, that is, it’s hardly moving as it’s getting ready to turn and go direct on the eve of Dec. 22, after having been retrograde for the past three weeks. (I calculate two days before and after the exact station for Mercury’s stationary period).
Mercury is also stationary in the solstice chart. In both solstice and signing charts, it is the ruler of the propitious 5th house (which is also the house that governs taxes) in a fortunate conjunction to the midheaven/MC in the 10th house of government. A stationary planet is auspicious because it is bright and strong. This placement of Mercury signifies that a significant change made by the government will have a powerful and long-lasting influence on the world of business, politics, economics, and social issues. But because Mercury is squaring Neptune, I fear there will be enduring political controversy over it.
Nonetheless, I will venture to say that the Saturn-Sun cazimi conjunction on the December solstice signifies an overriding theme for the next six months, and that it is auspicious for economic and social progress in the world, and especially for the U.S. I feel that certain important truths will be revealed to the world in 2018, as Saturn/Shanicharya, the Lord of Truth (Sat Graha) is phenomenally powerful in the solstice chart, as discussed. For those individuals who are willing to heed the call, the next six month period offers some tremendous potential to help us untie any self-imposed cords that bind, allowing for heart-centered manifestation and personal fulfillment through Saturn’s positive qualities which include practicality, reality checks, tenacity, focus, organization, self-discipline, productivity, hard work, compassionate action, and most important of all, humble service to the Divine.
After having been transiting in sidereal Scorpio since early November 2014, with a brief transit into Sagittarius from January 26 – June 20, 2017, Saturn will enter sidereal Sagittarius on October 26 at 5:53:54 AM Eastern Time, and will remain here until January 2020. This is a welcome relief as Saturn in enemy Mars’ sign of Scorpio stirred up a lot of intense conflict and suffering for the world. On the other hand, Saturn and Jupiter (the lord of Sagittarius) are more neutral to each other. Whew, that means less stress ahead with this new transit, especially after late November once Saturn gets past the tumultuous beginning part (first navamsa / 3 degrees and 20 minutes) of Sagittarius. Saturn transits in a sign for about three years and takes almost 30 years to traverse the whole zodiac, so the last time Saturn was in Sagittarius before 2017 was from 1987-1990. You might want to look back and see if there were any themes playing out in your own life at that time (if you were alive then), which might then repeat themselves to a certain extent in this new cycle. In astrological consultations, I am focusing now on this new transit to predict what it might entail for my clients, as it depends where and how it is influencing one’s natal chart (etc.etc.), as to its unique individual effect.
I looked back to all the times Saturn was in Sagittarius going back in thirty-year intervals for several hundred years, and unfortunately found only one constant theme, which was war for America. This includes the American Revolutionary War; Native American Wars; War of 1812; Philippine-American War; and the Cold War (as well as Reconstruction after the American Civil War).
The theme of war makes sense for Saturn’s transit in Sagittarius as it occupies the first house of the U.S. Kelleher chart, from where it squares the tenth house of karma, and Saturn itself represents weighty karmic events. From Sagittarius, it also aspects the Moon/eighth house lord of upheaval, transformation, and war; and also aspects the seventh house of enemies, which is occupied by Mars (military action/war); Venus (lord of the sixth house of conflict and war); Jupiter (lord of America and its dharma); and the Sun (Saturn’s enemy, and also a planet of authority, as well as a lord of dharma since it rules the ninth house). Will there be a war again this time? Possibly, and especially when Pluto and Saturn conjoin in 2019-2010.
On a brighter note, Saturn in Sagittarius is usually pretty good for commerce and the economy, and is especially strong for major banking developments (Saturn relates to business and development, and the lord of Sagittarius, Jupiter, symbolizes banks and banking). Many major banking developments occurred during this transit in times past. Regarding the Great Depression, yes it did fall during the Saturn in Sagittarius transit, but other significant economic downturns in our history did not occur in this transit. There were of course many other astrological factors at play beyond simply the Saturn in Sagittarius transit during the Great Depression.
Saturn historically has been associated with religious reformation (thanks to Vedic astrologer Steve Stuckey for sharing his excellent research about this with me). In its higher manifestation, Saturn in Sagittarius is seen in the birth charts of charismatic leaders, teachers, and preachers who are passionate in their desire to bring higher teachings (Jupiter/Sagittarius) down to earth (Saturn). Saturn in Sagittarius can be quite generous, wise, and humanistic, with a strong desire to liberate others from various kinds of oppression. Desmond Tutu; Ram Dass; Bhagavan Shree Rajneesh (Osho); Martin Luther King; and Gary Snyder were all born with Saturn in Sagittarius. The following quotes by these five great souls sum up some of the more evolved expressions of this placement:
1. Desmond Tutu: “As much as the world has an instinct for evil and is a breeding ground for genocide, holocaust, slavery, racism, war, oppression, and injustice [Saturn, significator of suffering], the world has an even greater instinct for goodness, rebirth, mercy, beauty, truth, freedom and love [Jupiter].
2. Ram Dass: “Suffering [Saturn] is part of our training program for becoming wise [Jupiter/Sagittarius].”
3. Osho: “Be realistic [Saturn]: Plan for a miracle [Jupiter/Sagittarius].”
4. Dr. Martin Luther King: “We must accept finite disappointment [Saturn], but never lose infinite hope [Sagittarius, sign of infinite hope].
5. Gary Snyder: “Nature [Saturn] is orderly [Jupiter/Sagittarius]. That which appears to be chaotic in nature [Saturn] is only a complex kind of order [Jupiter].”
Dwelling mentally on the objects of sense leads to attachment to them. From attachment arises desire and from desire, anger. From anger springs forth lack of discrimination which leads to loss of memory. From loss of memory ensues the destruction of intelligence, and the destruction of intelligence results in decay. (Bhagavad-Gita II: 62-63)
Stephen Craig Paddock was an American mass murderer who committed the 2017 Las Vegas Strip shooting which began at ~10:08 PM on October 1, 2017 when “He fired modified semi-automatic weapons from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel into a crowd of approximately 22,000 concertgoers at a country music festival. He later died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The incident surpassed the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting as the deadliest mass shooting by a lone gunman in U.S. history, with 58 fatalities (excluding Paddock) and 489 injuries.” (Wikipedia)
The birth data for Stephen Paddock is rated AA (Accurate/Accurate/from birth certificate) and can be found on Astro.com:
I am a Neo-Vedic astrologer and my astrological analysis is based on the sidereal zodiac, Lahiri Ayanamsha. In this article, I focus on Paddock’s birth chart and transit and progression triggers. I have not focused my analysis on the event chart but will say at least that the fixed star alignments in this event chart reveal a tragic and evil event.
These are the charts for the shooting incident:And these are the charts for Stephen Paddock’s birth horoscope:
After studying multiple reports along with the horoscope for the event and Paddock’s astrological chart, I am inclined to believe that he had all the necessary potential to perform such an odious act, that he acted alone, and was motivated simply by the warped desire to express his evil nature. What do I mean by “his evil nature”? Psychiatrist M. Scott Peck wrote extensively on his theories of evil in People of the Lie, in which he defined evil as a “force of personal will totally lacking in compassion or spiritual perspective.” For my purposes in this article, “evil” is further defined as any immoral, destructive, and injurious action by an individual, a group of individuals, or a force of nature that causes turmoil and harm to others. It is malevolent and inhumane behavior marked by aggression; and involves taking advantage of others for one’s own benefit.
Scientists have created theories about the development of certain traits of evil/amoral or “antisocial” behavior in individuals, traditionally known as “sociopath/sociopathic” or “psychopath/psychopathic.” In the DSM 5/Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, “Antisocial Personality Disorder” (APD) is defined as a character disorder among individuals who habitually and pervasively disregard or violate the rights and considerations of others without remorse, as in “evil.” In astrology, the significations for “evil” and for severe mental illness, especially as in pathological personality disorders, are most often one and the same.
Research has shown that psychopaths (APD) are indifferent to the threat of physical pain, and show no indications of fear when threatened, which may explain their apparent disregard for the consequences of their actions, and their lack of empathy for the suffering of others. Clearly Stephen Paddock fits into this category based on his actions on October 1, 2017. Not only that, but he was known to be a cold and calculating risk taker throughout his life, which is common among those with APD. His father was a diagnosed psychopath, and it is understood that the temperamental traits that lead to this personality disorder are mostly genetic.
Paddock’s natal horoscope has many 29-degree planets or points, including 1) his ascendant/lagna (body-intelligence-soul incarnation) at 29 Gemini; 2) his Moon (feeling mind, ability to connect with others) at 29 Capricorn; 3) Mercury (intellect) at 29 degrees Aquarius; 4) and Neptune (psychic receptivity and our deepest emotions) at 29 Virgo. Adding further insult, his Moon is in a 6/8 inconjunct (quincunx/shasta-ashtakam) with the lagna, indicating chronic emotional disharmony in need of constant adjustment.
The 29th degree is often called the “death degree,” and is frequently associated with “death lust.” In Vedic astrology, planets and points at the 29th degree are often thought to be extremely weak, and when there are so many of these, confusion reigns through a repeating theme of incoherent expression and a confused sense of self and purpose. Through hundreds of interviews by those who knew him, Paddock has been portrayed as aloof and disconnected, all of which fits into the scenario of multiple 29-degree placements.
The 29th degree is anaretic (destroying form) and thus is associated with a sense of always having or being “too little, too late,” or “being at the end of one’s rope,” thus indicating great frustrations in the life. Three 29-degree planets as well as the lagna could indicate someone “living on the edge,” with a tendency to over-compensate to the point of perpetual crisis. The 29th degree is also called “fated,” meaning that one with so many of these degrees may play out an unusual destiny. The 29th degree is often connected to “blindness,” which can refer to a literal problem with eyesight, or a lack of clear vision leading to recklessness.
Jupiter, planet of wisdom, righteousness, and justice, is at the zero degree of Taurus, weakly placed in the twelfth house and debilitated in its navamsa, thus acting wholly debilitated (weak). Planets at the zero degree of even signs (like Capricorn) are called mrita avastha according to Vedic astrology, meaning “dead” and not capable of giving anything unless they are propitiated to the point where the associated issues can be brought to light and healed. Thus, the capacity for Jupiter’s grace was sorely lacking within Paddock’s character. In addition, zero degree planets and points are often found to act impetuous or immature, which is why we often see them in the astrological charts of hardened criminals.
In my data base of astrological charts, I found two other criminals born on Paddock’s birth day of April 9. The first seems very synchronous, in that it is the late Eric Harris, one of the diabolical shooters in the infamous Columbine High School Massacre (April 9, 1981). Mental health researchers have concluded that Eric had a disturbed personality with prominent antisocial, narcissistic, and sadistic traits. He also had a god-complex as he once said, “I would love to be the ultimate judge and say if a person lives or dies — be godlike.”
In an interview with an executive casino host in Las Vegas, Paddock was also described as having a “god-complex” which is another term for being an “anti-social narcissist.” We often see narcissism in charts of those with prominent Bharani nakshatra (ruled by Mars/Aries and Venus/Bharani); similarly, conjunctions of Mars and Venus when afflicted will often reflect narcissistic traits. Harris’s horoscope reveals the latter, whereas Paddock’s chart reveals both. The event chart for the shooting also has the Mars-Venus conjunction (in the sidereal sign of Leo).
Further, Harris’ and Paddock’s charts each have the lunar nodes in Cancer-Capricorn (inverted between the two horoscopes), which in either form can point to an inferiority complex. Also both have Sun in Pisces opposite Saturn. One with the Sun in Pisces must learn to develop a firm sense of identity, but Saturn’s aspect reveals roadblocks to this process, meaning there is little possibility of finding a healthy sense of self. The end result points to problems with authority.
The Sun falls in Revati nakshatra on April 9. Here, the Sun indicates a person who can be extremely sensitive with a strong tendency to overcompensate for personal insecurities. With the Sun afflicted, as with Paddock’s chart, the father would be emotionally or physically absent or abusive, setting up trust issues and a tendency to feel alienated and to have many secrets. The secrets usually come out in the end, just as Pisces and Revati are at the end of the zodiac. It is also important to note that for April 9 birthdays, the Sun in its navamsa falls in Purva Bhadrapada nakshatra, which if afflicted can be associated with immoral or criminal actions and quite a few “skeletons in the cupboard.”
The second case study I have is less well known but equally malevolent. Her name is Valerie Solanas (April 9, 1936). She called herself a radical “feminist” (I use that term lightly for her). She was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic and is perhaps best known for writing the SCUM Manifesto and attempting to murder Andy Warhol. The French poet Charles Baudelaire who was also severely mentally ill was born on April 9 (1821). I am not saying everyone born on April 9 is mentally ill or criminal, but these examples provide some curious synchronicities.
Just as another interesting “coincidence,” recently deceased Playboy founder Hugh Hefner was also born on April 9 (1926). He died three days before Paddock’s Las Vegas bloodbath occurred. This synchronicity pointed me to the fact that the Sun (April 9/same Sun placement) in both charts (Hefner and Paddock) must have been triggered for death around the end of September and early October; and it was, by exact aspects with Saturn (death) and both lunar nodes (Rahu trine, and Ketu sextile, indicating fated events). In regard to Paddock, these aspects involving the trine from transiting Rahu (north node) to transiting Saturn and to Paddock’s Sun reflect the mass catastrophe that he created.
Paddock’s ascendant (rising sign or lagna) is at 29+ degrees of sidereal Gemini conjoined the fixed star Pollux, the wicked twin brother of Castor. This “evil twin” archetype repeats itself as the chart ruler Mercury falls in the nakshatra of Purva Bhadrapada, which is known as the “two-faced man,” a Jekyll-Hyde dual persona who lives both a public and a secret life, which is exactly what has been discovered about Paddock. Pollux is Mars-like (forceful), and its lower expression can be “blind, tyrannical and brutal” (Ebertin). Paddock has been described in multiple interviews as having many interpersonal conflicts and an aggressive personality. Further, his brother named him “the king of micro-aggressions.”
Paddock consorted with prostitutes, and it is actually believed that he spent the last few days of his life with an escort. In a recent interview with one of Paddock’s prostitutes, he was characterized as having a dark and violent nature which included persistent rape fantasies. He bragged that he was “born bad,” which his brother also echoed after the massacre when he said that Stephen Paddock’s mother called him a “bad boy.” One of Paddock’s prostitutes also described him as having an obsessive, paranoid personality with a passion for conspiracy theories.
Purva Bhadrapada nakshatra (where Paddock’s chart lord Mercury resides, and his Sun’s navamsa resides too) is ruled by a diabolical being called Aja Ekapada. In its lowest expression, this is the paramount nakshatra of “evil” as well as dark conspiracies and bizarre conspiracy theories. How appropriate that Paddock’s legacy will be defined by the multitude of conspiracy theories about him and his final motives. This fits perfectly well, in that Mercury in Purva Bhadrapada nakshatra occupies the ninth house of the horoscope, which is the section that relates to posthumous fame.
We may never really know the truth about the reason behind his rampage, but I wonder if the motive was simply to leave everyone else “holding the bag,” wondering what happened, which seems very much in tune with someone of such a sadistic nature. Author, podcaster, and Master Persuader Scott Adams recently conjectured that the motive might simply have been to show us his evil side, to finally let it all out. Perhaps Paddock’s recent Valium prescription helped reduce his inhibitions so he could “free” his dark side.
Pollux associated with the ascendant (as in this case) suggests one with a brilliant intellect, but a cruel and quarrelsome nature (Dr. Eric Morse). This fits with what has been reported about Paddock after hundreds of interviews, including one with his brother that described him as a highly intelligent and successful person who could and did accomplish anything that he wanted. He was described by another interviewee as someone who was a perfectionist who methodically studied other people with a cold and calculating eye. Clearly, he had the capacity and wherewithal to carefully mastermind and execute mayhem with maximum carnage, especially since he was such a high roller at Mandalay Bay…a totally unsuspecting figure, no doubt.
Several indications of mental illness (including psychopathy/anti-social personality disorder) exist in Paddock’s chart. We would want to see at least three of these in the birth chart of someone who would commit such evil actions, and the points in question should carry other afflictions too, as they do in this case: Moon square Mars; Mars square the lunar nodes; Mars conjoined Venus; Mars opposite Saturn; Saturn opposite Sun (indicating Paddock’s irreverence to authority); and Mars square Pluto (the latter being a combination for the Jekyll-Hyde complex).
The classic combination for megalomania also exists, which is Saturn conjunct Neptune. This is not always the case (not all with this combination have megalomania, and not all with megalomania have this conjunction). However, here it is suggested, given the full Mars aspect to Saturn and Neptune, and the fact that Saturn and Neptune are in the nakshatra of Mars known as Chitra, which sometimes paint a glorified (but false) picture of the life of the native.
Saturn is exalted and vargottama but weak in bala avastha (infant state at the early part of the odd sign of Libra) which means it only has one-fourth of its necessary strength. This was apparently enough strength for a successful real estate career (Saturn is in the fourth house of real estate in the equal bhava chart). He was also a gambler which makes sense as Saturn is conjoined Neptune; and Saturn rules the eighth and ninth houses (indicating gambling success). I have heard rumors about his possibly being involved in money laundering. This could also be true given what I see here.
Saturn in the fourth house of the equal bhava chart, and under malefic influence (aspect from Rahu and Sun), forms Kapata Yoga, a combination for a pretender, and someone who is highly capable of living a secret life and committing atrocities, a perfect description for Paddock. Saturn in the Chandra lagna (Moon) chart forms Sasa Yoga which can also sometimes be indicative of a cold-hearted person.
Neptune and Saturn form a Yod or Finger of Fate (or Finger of God) with Jupiter and Mercury, an aspect formation involving a sextile between Jupiter and Mercury, while both are in a quincunx (6/8) with Neptune/Saturn. Based on what I have already described above, and based on the nature of a Yod which points to fated circumstances, I see a strong destiny and purpose tied up with some deeply warped fixed delusions (Neptune). This Yod would have also made him feel out of control at times, yet also enjoying a sense of danger, as in “living on the edge” which is repeated in all his sandhi (29 or 0 degree) placements in the chart. This seems a volatile situation given that it occurs in a horoscope having such a dominant mutable sign signature, which can point to a highly creative, restless, and high-strung constitution.
Nearly all serial killers and mass murderers have an afflicted but strong Mars as in this case. Mars here is a temporal malefic (ruler of houses six and eleven) and a natural malefic, and thus his nature is harsh, acute, and violent. Mars being opposite Saturn and Neptune can be a signature for a confused and violent nature. Mars is in his own sign of Aries in Ruchaka Yoga (warrior combination/giving a militaristic outlook) in the fourth house from the Moon (Chandra lagna chart).
Mars falls in Bharani nakshatra which is ruled by Yama, the god of death. The most extremist of all the nakshatras, Bharani’s lower expression can be cruel, fierce, restless, arrogant, vain, impatient, and narcissistic. Yama also gives Bharani natives a strong capacity to endure a lot of suffering and carry a heavy weight in life. Mars additionally afflicts fifth lord Venus by an in-sign conjunction (fifth lord is ruler of the mind/wisdom; and Venus in Aries with Bharani Mars can be quite fanatical). Mars is combust the Sun (which can be angry). We often see Aries afflictions like this in the charts of mentally ill or sociopathic/narcissistic/sadistic criminals indicating perhaps some pathological problem in the brain and mind.
Both Jupiter and Mercury also represent the brain and mind, and both are weak and afflicted in various ways including being on the edges of their respective signs. Mercury again is in Purva Bhadrapada nakshatra, whose lower expression can be connected to some kind of malevolent quality or activity. A great number of gruesome murders including mass genocides have been committed by those with prominent and afflicted Purva Bhadrapada nakshatra, since this nakshatra relates to the “persecutor and the persecuted” (Prash Trivedi).
Neptune is sandhi (29th degree) and in a full aspect (opposition) with the Sun, which is often found in the charts of those with personality disorders and other kinds of mental illness. This aspect can signify confusion about the self, a victim complex, and/or mental imbalance related to entity possession. Neptune is additionally in a square (tension aspect) to the ascendant, which we would expect to see in the chart of a chameleon and a passive narcissistic observer with a spineless mentality, one who is/was out of touch with reality and very oddly disconnected, as it appears Paddock was. Neptune is in an exact inconjunct (6/8 quincunx) with Mercury, a classic combination for a delusional individual and/or a con-artist.
Paddock’s sandhi (29-degree) Moon is in the nakshatra of Mars in the malefic eighth house and conjoined north node Rahu while opposing Pluto, all of which reflects the shooter’s standoffish, alienated, and caustic nature. Jataka Tatva says that the Moon conjoined Rahu and aspected by Jupiter indicates a “heinous sinner” (here the Moon is aspected by Jupiter through a rashi aspect). Ketu and Pluto conjoined in Cancer, with Pluto in the poisonous Ashlesha nakshatra and in the second house, points to his cursed genetic and familial heritage. His father was diagnosed as a psychopath and had been on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list, all of which clearly impacted Paddock. There are also questions about his mother too, based on the Moon and fourth house afflictions, and also because, quite frankly, she chose to bear four children with a psychopath husband.
Pluto in Ashlesha nakshatra in its lower manifestation is unstable, elusive, crafty, manipulative, and vitriolic. Paddock was known to be verbally abusive to his girlfriend, and was often blatantly demanding and rude to others in public, according to multiple reports given by those who knew him. This line-up points to a severely mentally and emotionally imbalanced criminal mind, deceptive, and loaded with blind ambition.
Paddock had no peace, living atop a powder keg of rage and hatred. He himself told someone recently that his life was miserable. This Moon-Pluto-nodal alignment was directly triggered during the August 7, 2017 lunar eclipse, and this resonated for a few months before and after the eclipse, as well. On the night of his rampage, it was again triggered by his monthly lunar return, with the Moon returning to its natal place.
After having been retrograde since April 21, 2017, Pluto is now slowing down now for his direct station which will occur at ~23 degrees of sidereal Sagittarius on September 28, 2017. Pluto will remain in direct (forward) motion for about seven months and then will retrograde again next year, on April 23, 2018. His retrograde cycle lasts for about five months every year. (Please note, I am a Neo-Vedic astrologer which means I work with the outer planets but don’t assign them rulerships over signs. I also use the sidereal zodiac exclusively.)
So what is a retrograde planet? It is a planet that appears to be moving backward in relation to our perspective from the Earth. It doesn’t really go in reverse, but as a result of the variations of orbital speeds between the Earth and planets during certain times of the year, it appears to be moving in reverse motion. Additionally, it appears from Earth that a planet is just beginning to move slowly forward again, this is called “direct station” or a “stationary direct.” This is what will happen on September 28, but we may be feeling it now, and also for about 10 days after the direct station as well. A stationary direct planet is extremely strong (noticeable), and that would be for either “good or bad” depending on what it specifically represents in a natal or mundane horoscope.
Pluto is the Roman name of Hades, the Greek god of death and the underworld. Thus in astrology, Pluto is symbolic of death and renewal, regeneration, and transformation, and further represents what is in the unconscious, which must be made conscious. Pluto is also a higher octave of Mars, and in its more evolved expression, represents divine will and the power of transformation. Its lower manifestation reflects a more negative side of Mars—which can be extremely willful, controlling, and explosive.
Retrograde planets often bring delays in the areas they influence. For example, in the coronation chart for North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Un, Pluto has been retrograde since last April in the all-important 10th house which represents the leader and the karma of the nation. It has been retrograde in the 1st house of the U.S. Kelleher chart as well, which is the house that represents the U.S. at large. Pluto correlates directly with nuclear energy and nuclear weapons, and during the retrograde cycle, it may appear that there has been little progress in the North Korean international nuclear crisis, and in fact, the crisis seems to be getting worse over time as the U.S. and allies in the U.N. are having to go back and deal with a longstanding issue that was allowed to grow out of control in the past. Once Pluto stations direct, we may finally begin to see some new forward momentum in this nuclear crisis.
Pluto will station direct exactly opposite the Sun in the 7th house of the U.S. Kelleher chart which can be indicative of the strength of the American leadership to help to successfully resolve this conflict with North Korea. The fear many astrologers have is that the opposition (stand-off) between the U.S. Sun and the stationary-direct Pluto could indicate some exposure to grave danger as this conflict could be met through a superior show of force. The weeks and days around a Pluto station are often associated with violence, accidents, and explosive events. Things can rupture. So it’s a good time to be extra-mindful of this and work on creating peaceful vibrations, because “with our thoughts, we create the world.”
Another possible manifestation of Pluto stationing opposite the U.S. Sun is that we will be hearing more about the nefarious attempts of the Deep State to thwart the current U.S. administration. This is because the Deep State is symbolized by Pluto, planet of plutocracies, crime syndicates, hidden agendas, and secret organizations, and the Sun represents the current leadership. The opposition of Pluto and Sun can point to a battle between these two powers, and the coming to light of some very dark secrets.
On the personal level, the retrograde motion of a planet intensifies its strength but turns its energy more inward and more intensely. According to astrologer Steven Arroyo, “Pluto represents a commitment to act upon our need for transformation, to incorporate the higher levels of consciousness into our very being, knowing that all desires and attachments will have to be brought to the surface and purged and that all our true motives will have to be faced. At this level of consciousness, one is no longer satisfied with mere knowledge or infatuation; one wants to bring all one’s mental and emotional resources to bear in the transformational process (Astrology, Karma and Transformation, p 48).
During the past five months of Pluto retrograde, you may have been going through a deep process of inner examination relative to what Pluto is influencing through its transit to your natal chart. For an example, if you are Scorpio Rising with Venus in the 2nd house of Sagittarius, then the Pluto transit could have been affecting issues related to money, and such matters could have come under deep review and healing in the past five months. Now, these days around the direct station of Pluto may be pivotal ones for some kind of release and possibly new insights and understandings coming out of Pluto’s slowly turning tide.
The Pluto station is occurring with the transiting Moon (the Goddess) conjunct Pluto and in sidereal Sagittarius in Purva Ashadha nakshatra, which is ruled by an ancient Vedic and Puranic goddess named Apah who (among other things) represents the karmic churning (purification) we all must undergo in life. This process is especially intense during the festival of Navaratri/Nine Nights of Mother Divine which is happening now (September 20-29 in the U.S.). Pluto stations in the auspicious pushkara navamsa of this nakshatra, which emphasizes a cleansing that leads to the reaping of good fruits. The direct station occurs near the end of the Navaratri festival when the Divine Mother’s healing energy and transformational power reach a crescendo. Purva Ashadha’s final gift is the shakti of invigoration, and the true remembrance that in the big scheme of things, we can’t lose.
Beginning on September 11, 2017, and lasting until October 11, 2018, Jupiter will transit in the constellation of Libra, known as Tula rashi in Vedic astrology. Jupiter transits through one constellation every ~12 years, and the last time it transited through Libra was from September 2005 to October 2006. Additionally, the lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu (true node calculation) are moving into the Cancer-Capricorn axis on September 8, 2017, and this transit will last until March 2019. If we use the mean node calculation, this ingress already occurred in mid-August 2017. Either way, we are in the midst of a sea change. I will start by discussing the Jupiter Libra ingress.
In Vedic astrology, Jupiter is the significator (karaka) of dharma, the principle of cosmic order which points to our greatest path and purpose in life. Known as Guru in Vedic astrology, Jupiter is the head priest and teacher of all the gods. Jupiter as the karaka of akash (ether) represents the concept of divine grace and the principle of expansion. As the symbol of our grandest vision, Jupiter is the planet signifying spiritual protection; wisdom; faith; confidence; and all kinds of progress. Libra, ruled by Venus, symbolizes the arts, theater, and music; the judiciary of a nation; warfare and peace; air travel; windstorms; idealism; peacekeeping; cooperation; justice; harmony; and the need to strike balance, as for example, in interpersonal relationships.
As the sign of the public marketplace, Libra is one of the main astrological indicators of societal systems like commerce; manufacturing (especially clothing and luxury items); politics; and public relations. Jupiter’s nature is to magnify the sign where it transits, so in Libra there is a strong expansion of all things Libra, including a greater thrust toward social civility; business, economic growth, and trade; international diplomacy; peace agreements; and all kinds of alliances. In regard to the latter, when Jupiter transited in Jupiter in the 90s (1/17/93 – 11/22/93), NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) passed the legislative houses in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
In an individual natal or mundane horoscope reading, the house occupied by the sign of Libra must be assessed in order to understand how this important transit will manifest its results, and what kinds of changes are likely to unfold. For a simple example, we can analyze the United States birth chart, without taking into account all the other multiple factors we need to examine when we read a chart. I use the Kelleher version (see below).
Here, Jupiter is the chart lord of the Sagittarius lagna/ascendant chart, and will be transiting in the 11th house in Libra and at the ingress, will also make a fortunate conjunction with the MC/midheaven (bhava madhya) which relates to the government. The four most favorable house placements for Jupiter’s transit are houses 2, 5, 9, and 11. In the 11th house, especially when it is the ruler of the chart as in this case, Jupiter’s transit indicates prosperity, progress, and overall success. Because Jupiter trines the 7th house stellium of planets from the 11th house, there is hope for a new level of understanding, international peace, and diplomatic negotiations with allies and enemies. One hopes that as Jupiter trines the 3rd house Moon in Aquarius, the people of the nation will thrive. With the full aspect to the 5th house, Jupiter suggests positive outcomes of educational reform.
In traditional Vedic astrology, Jupiter has some antipathy toward Venus, meaning that Jupiter considers Venus, the ruler of Libra (and Taurus), to be an enemy. If afflicted in Libra (or Taurus), Jupiter may manifest some adverse results. As an example, Jupiter in Libra (in its lowest manifestation) can point toward falsehood; sanctimony; hypocritical double standards; promising more than can be delivered; and involvement in corrupt or failed personal relationships and legal, financial, or business deals.
By the way, the aversion that Jupiter has for Venus is actually not reciprocated by Venus who is considered to be neutral toward Jupiter, and so, Venus is not considered to be poorly placed in Jupiter’s signs of Sagittarius or Pisces. It’s kind of like having someone with whom you just don’t resonate, but they don’t feel the same toward you and in fact may feel little or no charge. Additionally, in astrology every placement has a lower versus a higher expression, so these kinds of aspects, whether auspicious or inauspicious, will depend on the overall tone of the whole natal horoscope which is a reflection of the soul’s development.
To understand a little more about this enmity between Jupiter and Venus, consider that Jupiter as Deva Guru is the lord of the gods and thus, lord of all that is holy and sacred which we aspire to become. Venus as Shukracharya is the preceptor of the asuras who rule over the material world and our human nature. These two sides, the devas versus asuras, hold the balance of duality in the great lila (divine play) of our world. Jupiter signifying our highest aspirations as lord of the devas can become frustrated with the messiness of the materialistic and sensuous world which Venus oversees as lord of the asuras.
As one of my teachers used to say, when Jupiter is in Libra, it is like a priest or guru “preaching in the wind,” i.e., trying to uplift a disbelieving (and unworthy?) audience. Such “disbelievers,” including con artists, controversial gurus, criminals (and alleged criminals) are often found with afflicted Jupiter in Libra, including Charles Manson; L. Ron Hubbard; Ted Bundy; Erik Menendez; O.J. Simpson, and Bikram Choudhury. Speaking of controversial gurus, get ready for more of them to be exposed during the transit of Jupiter in Libra!
In charts of more developed souls, the conflictual tension of Venus-Jupiter is resolved and we see the beautiful marriage of love and harmony (Venus) with faith and wisdom (Jupiter). This very blueprint is expressed by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) whose natal chart has Jupiter in Libra 5th house in a harmonious grand trine with Sun in Gemini and Saturn in Aquarius. He is an extremely popular and beloved personality (the essence of the more evolved Jupiter in Libra soul). The Dalai Lama’s great wisdom teaching (Jupiter/the devas) revolves around the responsibility of cultivating compassion in everyday life (Venus/the asuras/Jupiter in Libra trine Saturn in Aquarius).
Another fascinating example of an evolved soul with Jupiter in Libra is the late Bohemian-Austrian mystical poet and novelist René Karl Wilhelm Johann Josef Maria Rilke —better known as Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926). He is described as “one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets” for whom “art” mattered the most in life. Professor Peter Rickman describes Rilke’s spiritual path on the Philosophy Now website: “Rilke’s God [Jupiter] is the spirit of creativity most highly articulated in linguistic creation…life is about creation [Jupiter is our aspiration, and Venus and Libra are all about art and creativity].”
I discovered some possible trends for other years when Jupiter transited Libra the last four times which were 1) 11/11/1969 to 12/11/1970; 2) 10/27/1981 to 11/25/1982; 3) 10/12/1993 to 11/11/1994; and 4) 9/27/2005 to 10/27/2006:
1. De-escalation of conflict/return to stability:
10/12/70 – Nixon announces the US will withdraw 40,000 troops from Vietnam before Christmas.
11/30/1981 – In Geneva, reps from the U.S. and Soviet Union begin negotiating intermediate-range nuclear weapon reductions in Europe.
1/14/94 – President Clinton and Russian President Yeltsin sign the Kremlin accords, which stop the preprogrammed aiming of nuclear missiles toward each country’s targets, and also provide for the dismantling of the nuclear arsenal in Ukraine.
3/15/94 – U.S. troops are withdrawn from Somalia.
12/23/2005 – U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld announces the first in an expected series of troop drawdowns in Iraq, following the Iraqi elections.
2. End of economic downturn/return to financial prosperity:
November 1970 – 1969/1970 recession ends.
9/3/82 – Speaker O’Neill and President Reagan settle in one of the most unforgettable deals in the U.S. History, the Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act, which would cut the ratio of spending from three-to-one and add more taxes.
November 1982 – The severe early 1980s recession ends sometime this month.
November 1982 – The unemployment rate peaks at 10.8%.
11/3/1982 – The Dow surges 43.41 points, or 4.25%, to close at 1,065.49, its first all-time high in more than 9 years. It last hit a record on January 11, 1973, when the average closed at 1,051.70. The points gain is the biggest ever up to this point.
December 1993 – The Unemployment Rate falls to 6.5%, the lowest since January 1991.
December 2005 – The Unemployment Rate falls below 5% for the first time since August 2001; it will remain below 5% until December 2007.
October 2006 – The Unemployment Rate drops to 4.4%, the lowest since May 2001.
10/3/2006 – The Dow gains 56.99 points, or 0.49 percent, with a close of 11,727.34, its first all-time high in more than 6 years after it last hit in a record high of 11,722.98 on January 20,2000.
3. Advances in aerospace/space exploration (as Libra the air sign rules air travel and it is also a creative sign):
11/14/69 – NASA launches Apollo 12, 2nd manned mission to moon.
12/2/69 – Boeing 747 jumbo jet makes its debut.
3/31/70 – NASA’s Explorer 1, first American satellite and Explorer program spacecraft, reenters Earth’s atmosphere after 12 years in orbit.
4/11/70 – Apollo 13 is launched toward the Moon.
11/12/81 – STS-2: Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off for its second mission.
12/2/1993 – STS-61: NASA launches the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to repair an optical flaw in the Hubble Space Telescope.
1/15/2006 – NASA’s Stardust mission successfully ends, the first to return dust from a comet.
1/19/2006 – NASA launches the New Horizons spacecraft in a 9-year, 3 billion mile space mission, to flyby and observe the dwarf planetary system of Pluto/Charon and possibly other Kuiper belt objects.
3/9/2006 – NASA’s Cassini-Huygens spacecraft discovers geysers of a liquid substance shooting from Saturn’s moon Enceladus, signaling a possible presence of water.
7/4/2006 – STS-121: Space Shuttle Discovery is launched to the International Space Station. It returns safely on July 17. It is the second “return to flight” mission after the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
4. Freak meteorological and seismic events (Libra rules wind storms and Jupiter is an expansive energy):
5/11/70 – Lubbock Tornado: An F5 tornado hits downtown Lubbock, Texas, the first to hit a downtown district of a major city since Topeka, Kansas in 1966; 28 are killed.
1/11/82-1/17/82 – A brutal cold snap sends temperatures to all-time record lows in dozens of cities throughout the Midwestern U.S. (caused by unusual air element patterns).
1/17/82 – Cold Sunday sweeps over the northern U.S.
4/6/82 – A blizzard storm unprecedented in size for April dumps 1-2 feet of snow on the northeastern U.S.
1/17/94 – The 6.5-6.7 magnitude Northridge earthquake shakes the Greater LA Area, leaving 57 dead and more than 8,700 injured. In this case, Jupiter was in Swati nakshatra ruled by Rahu which is an indicator of “eruptions” and of course Libra being a sign of “balance” is also a sign of “imbalance” (as in the tectonics) when it is afflicted as it was here.
1/19/94 – Record cold temperatures hit the eastern U.S. The coldest temperature ever measured in Indiana state history is recorded in New Whiteland, Indiana.
3/27/94 – The biggest tornado outbreak in 1994 occurs in the southeastern U.S., one tornado hits Goshen United Methodist Church in Piedmont, Alabama, killing 22 people.
6/30/94 – 7/10/94 – Tropical Storm Alberto causes very damaging floods, intense winds, and extensive problems directly over the SE U.S. and the Caribbean Islands; 32 directly killed by the storm, and property damage is assessed at $1 billion.
1/2/2006 – The annual Rose Parade in CA is drenched in heavy rain for the first time in 51 years.
10/12/2006 – Lake Storm Aphid: A freak snowstorm blows into Buffalo, New York leaving over 400,000 without power and killing thirteen.
Jupiter will be in opposition (full aspect) with Uranus at the Libra ingress. This will color the entire transit of Jupiter in Libra but especially during the first few weeks of the transit. The exact opposition will occur on September 28, 2017. This opposition also occurred in the spring of 2017 and the fall of 2016. Before this, it had not occurred since 2004. Because Uranus is in early Aries, this aspect can often point to a riot or rebellion, or just something quite surprising (perhaps related to a religious figure, something to do with international diplomacy, a court decision, or some trade negotiation). It reflects a restless or agitating energy and some release of intense pressures.
The lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu also changed signs in mid-August, according to mean node calculations. Using the more precise and modern true node calculation, they change signs on September 8, 2017 (Eastern Time) when Rahu and Ketu move from Leo-Aquarius to Cancer-Capricorn. They will now transit here in this section of the sky until March 2019 (using both mean and true calculations these dates in March are slightly varied). The last time they were in the Cancer-Capricorn axis was from December 1998 until August 2000, so you can look back to what was happening in your life then to see if there was an important theme.
One of the indicators of floods happening around the August 2017 eclipse is that Rahu and Ketu were sandhi (on edge) and that Rahu which rules winds was in the gandanta (drowning) section of watery Ashlesha nakshatra (indicating very treacherous storms and floods), whereas Ketu is in Capricorn (again using mean nodes, this moved into place in mid-August) and Ketu in Capricorn is associated with destruction of property and trees. The difficult fires in the western part of the U.S. are also indicated by Ketu in Capricorn and the Leo eclipse as well. In general, Ketu in Capricorn and Rahu in Cancer will point to a time when we will focus on creating and restructuring certain matters related to our inner and outer security, which is a challenge of course in a world where everything is constantly changing. With Rahu in Cancer, the evolutionary challenge is to align with the only true refuge within.
Jupiter in Libra will be in a T-square with the lunar nodes in Cancer-Capricorn which is a creative, driven, inventive, action-packed, and crisis-oriented aspect. Another time in history that we experienced this three-part aspect combination was in the fall of 1981 which marked the beginning of the fitness craze. It happened also in 1851 which was the time of the Gold Rush and also an agricultural revolution. In 1887 it also occurred during the time of the last Indian wars in America, and also when the first celluloid photographic film was invented. Jupiter in Libra and Rahu in Cancer are both associated with the water element and floods, and one of the worst floods in the world’s recorded history did in fact occur when we had this T-square with Jupiter in Libra and Rahu-Ketu in Cancer-Capricorn. This was the Chinese Yellow River (Huang He) Flood which began on September 28, 1887, and killed 900,000 people, one of the deadliest disasters ever recorded. I pray that such an event never happens again on our beautiful planet.
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu: May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all.