(Please note that I only use the sidereal zodiac in my work, so the charts and predictions I share on my blog are based on the sidereal zodiac, Lahiri ayanamsa).
In most of 2019 and the beginning of 2020, Pluto and Saturn will conjoin Ketu, the Moon’s South Node, in the sign of sidereal Sagittarius. The Sun, Moon, Jupiter, Mercury, and Venus will join this Sagittarius conjunction at various times forming a significant stellium in Sagittarius (three or more planets in one sign). The eclipses, which are harbingers of change, are occurring in the Sagittarius-Gemini axis beginning in early January 2019; this pattern will continue through 2019 and the first half of 2020. General themes of this sign axis revolve around knowledge and ethics; logic and faith; integrating philosophical ideals and principles into everyday life; innovative developments in communication, technology, and currencies; the search for freedom and justice; and finding balance between unity and diversity.
This is a quadriwheel chart showing the four Sagittarius eclipses in 2019-2020: This is a triwheel chart showing the three Gemini eclipses in 2019-2020:
Pluto in Sagittarius represents a cycle of extreme polarization, conflict, and upheaval in all social, political, and economic systems. The most contemporary instances of this transit are: 2/8/2005 to 5/14/2005; 12/6/2005 to 2/24/2020; and, 6/28/2020 to 12/30/2020. Pluto takes 248 years to pass through the whole zodiac, but because of its elliptical orbit, it stays in each sign for different numbers of years (from 11 to 32). The last time that Pluto transited in Sagittarius was from 1757 to 1773, during the French and Indian War, and two years before the beginning of the American Revolutionary War during the period of tumultuous events leading up to it.
Ketu in Sagittarius points to a cycle of sudden events and reversals; moral, ethical, and ideological conflicts; and potential for violent attacks, accidents, and mishaps. In Mundane Astrology, Ketu acts like Mars when afflicted by other malefics like Saturn, Mars, or Pluto, in which case it can symbolize terrorism; assassinations; epidemics; secret intrigues; reform movements; and barriers (as in border walls). Ketu was transiting in Sagittarius during numerous extreme events of the past, including Hiroshima and Nagasaki (8/6/1945); the Kennedy assassination (11/22/1963); the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic (1981); and the 9/11 attacks. Dates for Ketu’s transit in sidereal Sagittarius are: 3/23/2019 to 9/19/2020 using True Lunar Node calculation; and, 3/6/2019 to 9/23/2020 using Mean Lunar Node calculation.
Saturn’s transit in Sagittarius (along with Pluto and Ketu and the eclipses of 2019-2020) suggests powerful tensions and revolutionary changes in areas related to the domain of Sagittarius, including banking; military matters, foreign policy; legal and judiciary matters; publishing and media; the travel industry; higher education; commerce, tariffs and international trade; culture; immigration; religion, and shared ideologies; and perhaps most importantly, justice and liberty. Saturn’s transit in Sagittarius spans from 10/16/2017 to 1/23/2020.
Pluto in conjunction with Saturn is known to be an unstable and difficult placement often associated with conflict, crisis, danger, and the toppling of existing power structures. This conjunction occurred during World War I (from 1914 to 1916, in sidereal Gemini); and again it occurred during the beginning of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and its satellite states, and the United States and its allies (from 1946 to 1948, in sidereal Cancer); and the last time it occurred was during the height of the AIDS epidemic which was also a period when there were three significant political assassinations or assassination attempts: Pope John Paul was wounded by a gunman; Anwar el-Sadat was killed by Islamic extremists; and President Reagan was also wounded by a gunman (1981 to 1983, in sidereal Virgo and Libra).
The Pluto-Saturn conjunction has been in place since December 21, 2018, using an effective orb of ten degrees. This conjunction will remain until March 2020 when Saturn separates past Pluto by about five degrees (an effective separating orb). The closest conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in sidereal Sagittarius will be during the whole month of January 2020 (and on January 12, the conjunction will be exact). After that, Pluto will transit in sidereal Capricorn (2/24/2020 to 6/28/2020, 12/30/2020 to 3/5/2039, 8/23/2039 to 1/16/2040), and Saturn will also transit in sidereal Capricorn (1/23/2020 to 4/28/2022), so they will be conjoined again within orb for much of 2020 to 2021. Jupiter will also be in and out of sidereal Sagittarius in April 2019 and again in November 2019, and will be in and out of sidereal Capricorn in 2020.
Saturn and Ketu conjunction is considered a combination for sociopolitical and religious zealotry and extremism. They will be conjunct (using an effective orb of ten degrees) from mid-February 2019 until early December 2019, and will be very closely conjunct from May through September (2019), during which time Saturn will be retrograde, which makes this conjunction even more intense (4/29/19 to 9/18/19).
Pluto and Ketu will be conjunct within about 10 degrees from March until September (2019). This period is considered a chaotic time when the world may experience political upheaval and cathartic or destructive events. Ketu supercharges the aforementioned energy in the Saturn-Pluto conjunction. Further, each one of Pluto, Saturn, and Ketu individually represents transformation, so through synergy, their conjunction creates exponential transformation.
The combined conjunction of all three of Pluto, Saturn, and Ketu in Sagittarius is very rare. After it ends in 2020, it will not happen again until the year 3992! The last time this triple conjunction occurred in Sagittarius was from 11/19/1516 to 8/4/1518, at the beginning of the European (Protestant) Reformation, which began in 1517 and lasted until 1648. The Reformation, as it’s called, was set into motion on October 31,1517 (as one story goes), when Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses or Disputation on the Power of Indulgences on the front door of the Wittenberg Castle church in Wittenberg, Germany.
First page of the 1517 Basel printing of the Theses as a pamphlet
In these writings, Luther, who was a Catholic priest, heavily criticized the Catholic Church and papacy. Luther’s call for reform was different from previous ones that had occurred, since his criticisms were not only about the corruption in the church but also went to the theological roots of the problem, which had to do with grace, redemption, and the perversion of faith. Luther’s belief was that all Christian people are equal under God, and that they could attain God’s grace and a place in Heaven based on their personal faith, worship, and free-will actions.
Woodcut of an indulgence-seller in a church from a 1521 pamphlet
The Reformation was a religious schism in the Catholic Church that eventually led to the rise of Protestantism. It set the stage for a great socio-economic and political revolt against the ruling class by the common people seeking economic justice as well as religious freedom. It comprised a significant internal uprising and a series of brutal wars culminating in the Thirty Years War during the Counter-Reformation from 1618 and 1648. In effect, the Reformation ultimately began to transform the Western world by establishing certain democratic ideals that encouraged the rise of capitalism.
The Reformation also fostered the rise of colonialism later on, as many Protestants emigrated from Europe and England in the 1600s and 1700s to escape religious persecution. Luther’s writings additionally had the benefit of inspiring a literacy movement in which ordinary people could now read the New Testament which he translated from the archaic Latin into their own spoken and written language of German, and published thanks to the Gutenberg printing press.
The Reformation was a very turbulent time in history in which families, friends, associates, neighbors, communities, and countries were torn apart over their religious, socio-economic, and political differences. These divisions had been building for some time before the Ninety-five Theses, but their publication marked a significant turning point.
Astrological conditions during the beginning period of the Reformation are very similar to those that exist in 2019-20, specifically in regard to the Pluto-Saturn-Ketu conjunction in Sagittarius. In my opinion, some of the same conditions that were in place during the Reformation reflect the same kind of culture war that’s happening in Western society now. This “war” is a schism marked by extreme polarization among various factions holding very different socio-economic, religious, and political views; morals, ideals, and beliefs; and traditions, philosophies, and values.
I predict that a turning point similar to that which occurred in 1517 is likely to begin this year. This transformation could occur within the modern Catholic and/or Protestant churches and other well-established worldwide religious organizations; but more likely, it suggests the beginning of a much larger revolution rising out of the culture war that’s underway in the West. The revolt has already started actually, in the U.K. and Europe, as with the Brexit movement, and more strikingly perhaps with the Andgilets Jaunes (Yellow Vests), a growing populist grassroots movement for economic justice that began in late November 2018 in France, which has now moved to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal.
In the U.S., we are already seeing cultural upheaval and ongoing concerns about safety, sovereignty, and security. Two “opposing movies” (to borrow Scott Adams’ term) are incessantly raging among polarized Americans over hot-button topics including uncontrolled immigration; globalism vs nationalism; 1st and 2nd amendment rights; taxation; student loan debt; racism and sexism; LGBTQ issues; abortion rights; religion; international affairs and trade; climate change; vaccinations; health care and health insurance issues; political correctness; truth in media, responsible journalism, and propaganda; and so on.
In U.S. politics, ambitious leaders in the Democratic Congress are now using the shift in cultural ideology to try and expand their power. Much of their rallying cry revolves around their criticisms of the current world order with its widening gulf of wealth inequality. Some of these leaders are offering up plans to pass new tax measures aimed at all the “Billionaire Elite Plutocrats” who control the majority of the world’s resources. Whereas Saturn is the planet of the people and democracy, Pluto represents the hidden powers that rule the world, i.e., the aforementioned “Plutocrats.”
Another view held by many people, mostly among Conservatives, Independents, and Libertarians, is that there is a “Deep State,” a secret shadow government that is part of a global cabal run by institutions and individuals who hold the real power and assert control over the Washington “Swamp” from behind the scenes and in cahoots with establishment politicians on both sides of the aisle. In this “movie,” the “Deep State” controls the mainstream media and subverts the democratic will of the people and the agenda of President Trump’s administration (because he is a renegade outsider to the “Deep State” and the Washington “Swamp”). Whichever “movie” you are watching, it seems clear that as Saturn (democracy and truth) and Pluto (“Deep State” and “Plutocrats”) conjoin in the sign of truth (Sagittarius), along with Ketu (the Destroyer), the battle between opposing extremes will be intensifying, and perhaps certain truths will be revealed.
As the “lights” (Sun-Moon) will line up with Pluto, Saturn, and Ketu in the Sagittarius-Gemini axis in the July and December 2019 eclipses, it is possible that our modern “Ninety-five Theses” moment will start with the publication of an important manifesto or perhaps a series of manifestos sometime in 2019-2020. Another possibility that I am seriously considering is a “full disclosure” event, which refers to the undeniable truth coming out (Saturn and Ketu in Sagittarius) about the hidden extraterrestrial presence on Earth (Pluto, what is hidden), which has been repeatedly validated by thousands of individuals as well as in government documents. According to the “Deep State” theory, it is the global cabal that already has knowledge of and interaction with this extraterrestrial presence, but is hiding it from the public for nefarious reasons.
Door of the Theses in Wittenberg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany (A. Savin-Wikipedia Commons-WikiPhotoSpace)
When he nailed his Ninety-five Theses on the front door of the Wittenberg Castle church, Martin Luther initiated a process that would ultimately transform European and Western civilization. Based on my astrological analysis and the current state of extreme unrest in our world, it is my strong belief that in the coming twelve months or so, something similar will occur. As with the Ninety-five Theses, whatever is coming will mark a watershed moment that sets the stage for great revolutionary changes that will reverberate in the modern Western world for many decades to come.
Oh God, lead us from the unreal to the Real. Oh God, lead us from darkness to light. Oh God, lead us from death to immortality. Shanti, Shanti, Shanti unto all. Oh Lord God almighty, may there be peace in celestial regions. May there be peace on earth. May the waters be appeasing. May herbs be wholesome, and may trees and plants bring peace to all. May all beneficent beings bring peace to us. May thy Vedic Law propagate peace all through the world. May all things be a source of peace to us. And may thy peace itself, bestow peace on all, and may that peace come to me also.
As I write this on Thursday, January 17, the Moon is waxing in its last quarter, which means the “light” in the world is expanding. Now we are in the process of organizing, integrating, perfecting, and finishing in preparation for the full Moon which will occur early on Monday, January 21, 2019 EST and UTC, and late on Sunday, January 20 in regions west of the Eastern Time zone. The five days before, the day of, and five days after a full Moon (to a lesser extent) are a powerful time to access the illuminated spiritual energies for empowerment, healing, meditation, and prayer. This will be the first full Moon of 2019 and it will be a doozy because it is also a Supermoon and a total lunar eclipse, so in effect, get ready for a super-charged full Moon!
A Supermoon is the term first coined by astrologer Richard Nolle to define a new or full Moon closely coinciding with perigee, the Moon’s closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. In Nolle’s and other astrological research, the Supermoon is associated with a higher than normal probability of seismic and large storm events due to extreme tidal forces. The lunar effect is magnified for a few days either side of the full Supermoon, when we may have difficulty focusing or sleeping; may feel extremely emotional or at loose ends; and may have to weather some relationship conflict. The first three full moons of 2019 are Supermoons: January 20-21, February 19, and March 20. The one on 19th February is considered to be the closest, largest, and most intense. The next Supermoons of 2019 occurring after the first three Full Moons of 2019 will be the New Moons of July 31/August 1, August 30, and September 28.
A lunar eclipse occurs when the full Moon passes through the Earth’s umbra and turns completely dark. It is often called a Blood Moon because the Moon may turn a ruddy color. This will be a Rahu lunar eclipse, meaning the Moon will be conjoined and eclipsed by its North Node, which generally signifies new discoveries, insights, and events related to domestic affairs, safety and security matters, and relationships. Significant matters often come to light around full Moons and especially around lunar eclipses which complete certain unresolved matters of the past.
Often turning points are reached and new information is uncovered in the areas of life an eclipse touches. Thus, wherever the eclipse occurs in your natal chart is important to examine, as to the house where it occurs, but most importantly, as to the close aspects it may make to natal chart points (like the Ascendant and MC), and also those aspects to natal planets. I mostly look at close conjunctions and oppositions in my analysis and use a 10-degree maximum orb. Here are the eclipse charts for the U.S. (Washington) showing 1) the maximum eclipse chart, and 2) the exact lunar phase chart (which are about 4 minutes apart):You can see in the eclipse chart for Washington, DC. that there is a Grand Cross/Grand Square in cardinal “action” signs Libra-Aries and Cancer-Capricorn and aligned with the four cardinal points (Asc., Desc., IC, and MC) along with the eclipsed luminaries, Mercury, and Uranus. This rare, stressful, and intense configuration mirrors the imbroglio between the President and Congress that has contributed to the current partial government shutdown. The situation is shown here to be reaching a breaking point which seeks dialogue and compromise, but often an outside influence, either intended or accidental, will have to intervene to break such a log-jam.
The lunar eclipse occurs on the midheaven (MC) for the U.S. This makes it very significant for the U.S. and could possibly indicate a sudden but positive twist of fate and new direction for the government and especially for the President and his administration. I say “positive” because the North Node (Rahu) eclipse often represents forward motion, good luck, and a fresh start. The eclipse in Cancer relates to safety and security matters as well as to the citizens of a nation. It makes sense that the government shutdown might be resolved with some consideration for the safety and security of the citizens of the U.S. (the Moon) in regard to illegal immigration control and border security. One could interpret this as Rahu (illegal immigration) eclipsing the Moon (safety and security) reflects the border wall issue that is behind the government shutdown.
In this following biwheel chart, you can see the U.S. Kelleher birth chart on the inner ring, and the lunar eclipse chart on the outer. Note that the eclipse occurs in the eighth house of transformation and rebirth. This house also signifies legislative outcomes, national finances, and losses to foreign entities and individuals. It also activates natal Mercury by a close conjunction. Mercury in the U.S. chart is the ruler of the seventh house of alliances and agreements, and also ruler of the tenth house of the government (especially the President and his administration). This suggests some confluence in regard to my previous comment about the eclipse occurring on the MC over Washington. With Mercury being eclipsed, agreements come into focus, problems with agreements have to be confronted and resolved, and certain basic ideas need to be revised on both sides. One might assume that this means, again, that an agreement will soon be reached between Congress and the President.
Here are the North and South Indian charts for those who cannot read wheel charts:
An eclipse, whether visible or not, affects the entire world. According to Sage Varahamahira in Brihat Samhita, when Mercury aspects the eclipse, as in this case by its full 180-degree aspect with transiting Mercury (and also as it conjoins the U.S. chart’s natal Mercury), “kings would come to grief.” This may suggest in the U.S. that President Trump is having an exceptionally challenging time as he tries to negotiate a border deal with Congress. Let’s see if this stand-off starts to resolve once transiting Mercury moves past the Moon’s South Node (Ketu) on January 22. As another example of Sage Varahamahira’s Mercury eclipse adage, note that British Prime Minister Theresa May has just survived a no-confidence vote in Parliament. Though she will remain in office for now, she has lost significant power in the European Union Brexit matter.
Nevertheless, Sage Varahamahira also says that when the lunar eclipse occurs after the solar eclipse, as in this case and also in the July 2019 and December 2019-January 2020 eclipses, the people are “happy and contented.” When the solar eclipse occurs after the lunar eclipse as happened in 2018, people are “unruly and unjust in their behaviors and couples would be at loggerheads.” So that’s some improvement for 2019 and gives one some real hope for progress in our personal lives and for the world at large.
Brihat Samhita also stresses that those born “in the star” that is affected by an eclipse should do special propitiatory rituals. In this case it would be those born with the Sun, Moon, or Ascendant in Pushya nakshatra, but most importantly, the Moon is considered for this. Such measures could generally include fasting, or a yagya; and specifically for Pushya, could include reciting the bija mantra OM KAM; or chanting the mantra to the deity of Pushya: “Om Shree Pushya Nakshatra Devatayeh Namaha,” or worshiping the Divine Mother, or making special offerings to cows or priests.
It is also stated that “the period of an eclipse is a critical one when mysterious cosmic forces are released, which when properly attuned through prayers and meditations lead to extremely beneficial results.” The best time for these kinds of spiritual practices will be near the maximum eclipse time, including within a half-hour or hour before the maximum eclipse time, which will be 00:12 AM or 5:12 AM UTC on January 21, and you can convert these times to your local time with a time zone converter.
The Hopi Indians call the January full Moon the “Joyful Moon.” In the Medieval English tradition as well as some Native American traditions, January’s full Moon is known as the “Wolf Moon.” Wolves are associated with lunar power, and Wolf Medicine also signifies nourishment and generosity as well as path finding, which is quite appropriate for the first full Moon of the new year when many are still considering how to implement new intentions for the future.
The full Moon in Cancer stimulates the receptive side of the third eye or Ajna Chakra, which is behind the forehead and extends into the middle of the brain. This center is connected to our inner vision. During the lunar eclipse as well as 1-2 days on either side of it will be a great time to meditate on the Ajna Chakra. We are warned by Native Americans as well as in the spiritual teachings of India not to go out under the eclipse or look at it, as it can create mental agitation. So do this meditation inside if you are doing it during the eclipse time:
While taking slow deep breaths, imagine drawing the Moon’s light down into the third eye, and sit with this a while with eyes shut, focusing inner awareness into the third eye area. Try to envision the orb of the Moon in your inner eye. Focus the power that is granted to you into whatever you wish to see manifesting in your life and in the world—perhaps more love, more contentment, more peace, or more abundance. This is a good time for mantras, prayers, and affirmations. We can finish this practice by honoring the Divine Mother who is symbolized by the Moon and Cancer/Pushya nakshatra where this eclipse occurs. Take Her beauty into your heart and give thanks for the never-ending bounty of her love.
~May all living beings everywhere, on all planes of existence, known and unknown, be happy, be peaceful, be free from suffering, with love and light from Juliana
Our Sun is now transiting in the Galactic Center, an event which occurs every year in the third week of December around the solstice. The Galactic Center is known as Vishnu Nabhi in the Vedic tradition, the Navel of Lord Vishnu, which is the source of cosmic light and creative power in our Milky Way Galaxy. As our Sun, the local source for this cosmic light and power, transits through the Galactic Center, it is being recharged and rejuvenated in an energetic upgrade.
The solstice will occur on December 21, 2018 at 5:23 PM EST (10:23 PM UTC). The days before and after the solstice mark an extremely sensitive time for the Earth and her inhabitants, so it’s important to slow down and be extra mindful now. Spiritual gateways are opening and energies are shifting,and this can be a magnificent experience for those who are tuned inward, but functioning in 3D requires a bit of extra grounding and awareness now.
Astrologers employ a wide variety of horoscopes to make predictions about upcoming world affairs and events, which encompasses the branch of astrology known as “Mundane astrology.” I like to look at the astrological chart for the solstice, and particularly for the winter solstice. This chart will tell us something about the next six months of the yang/solar ascending cycle (uttarayana), which sets the stage for the entire year spanning from now until the next winter solstice. The solstice chart can be calculated for any locale to help us see what will happen there. I like to do this for all locations on the Earth where my loved ones or I (or my clients) will be traveling, in order to be on the lookout for any potentially problematic mundane events. Here are the charts and some of my findings for the winter solstice chart for the U.S., set for Washington D.C.:
The ascendant of the solstice chart is at ~14 degrees sidereal Gemini, which brings an emphasis on neighboring countries; communication/media; the automobile industry and other transportation matters; and stocks and the stock market. Gemini is the sign in the seventh house of the U.S. Kelleher chart, so it brings seventh house matters into focus, too.
This seventh house theme is further reinforced by the placement of the Sun, the most important factor to consider in the solstice chart, in the seventh house of the solstice chart. The seventh house concerns foreign countries; international affairs and disputes; and major events on the world stage. The Sun is afflicted by its conjunction with Saturn and Pluto in the seventh house, which points to the possibility of a significant international conflict (or conflicts).
The rising nakshatra is Ardra, which can signify communication breakdowns; dangerous storms; and respiratory diseases. Ardra nakshatra, known as the “Star of Sorrow,” is ruled by the “Roaring God” of storms named Lord Rudra, who is a fierce aspect of Shiva. Ardra’s higher expression shines potently through ardent feelings and deep perception, but its lower expression is revealed through stormy conditions and tumultuous events.
The Full Moon of December 22, 2018 falls at the beginning of Ardra nakshatra, which is an important synchronicity. The Full Moon will culminate at 12:48 PM EST, less than a day after the solstice. The almost-Full Moon during the solstice will supercharge the next six months through the well-known “lunar effect;” and because it falls in the twelfth house of the solstice chart, and fourth house of the lunation chart, it may indicate certain secrets coming to light and important unresolved matters coming to a close in the next six months.
Ardra nakshatra both rising in the solstice chart and with the Full Moon speaks to ongoing unsettled conditions among the U.S. populace, and also, the possibility of a public health matter, especially because the first house is afflicted by Saturn’s full aspect from the seventh house. The conjunction of Saturn with the Sun in the seventh house also suggests antagonism and a lack of cooperation in regard to the current government administration.
These same themes are mirrored by the placement of Mercury, the ruler of the Gemini-ruled chart, in a planetary war (graha yuddha) with Jupiter in the sixth house of enmity and dis-ease. This planetary war reflects the current divisions and battles in American politics and culture. The sixth house in mundane astrology also represents the working classes and military. The planetary war here suggests discontent and disorder among the working classes; the possibility of a health crisis or much tension around health care issues; and heavy expenditures in the military.
Uranus in the eleventh house of the legislature indicates turmoil in Congress, and the suggestion for further sudden unexpected developments, disorderliness, or some possible danger to its members. It could be significant that the “new” Congress will convene on January 3, and Uranus will station direct a few days later. Be prepared for the possibility of a wild ride or shocking event in the coming weeks, but it doesn’t necessarily mean something “bad,” because the Sun (the President) is in a favorable trine to Uranus in the eleventh house. This is considered a harmonious aspect that might signify some advancement in the President’s agenda.
During the solstice still point which will occur from December 21-24, Mars, the warrior planet of action and energy, will be traversing the sandhi (liminal edge or cusp) between sidereal Aquarius and Pisces. Planets in sandhi are somewhat dis-oriented, and what they symbolize within us and our world can be very sensitive, vulnerable, or erratic. In the case of Mars, we should remain cautious and mindful during these days, as the impatient, impulsive, violent, or accident-prone tendencies of Mars can become aggravated, even more so as Mars will be aspected by the Moon’s North Node Rahu.
Mars in the solstice chart falls in the often-bellicose Purva Bhadrapada nakshatra, and in the ninth house conjunct Neptune (deception, agitation, unrest), and conjunct the MC (midheaven) which represents the President and his administration. Sandhi Mars can sometimes have a dangerous warlike effect. Mars as ruler of the sixth house of conflict and eleventh house of the legislature at the 29th degree in conjunction with the MC reveals that there will be some significant disruptions and turmoil coming within and through the new Congress in 2019, and especially in relation to the President and his administration. Much of the conflict may have to do with budget, trade and commerce issues; immigration matters; personal scandals; and legal and judicial matters (related ninth house significations).
Last year’s winter solstice chart has Neptune conjoined the ascendant, which points to our national unrest; secret propaganda; distrust of media; criminality, especially related to a porous border and out-of-control illegal immigration issues; confusion around our national identity; and threats to basic freedoms. Here is the chart for the 2017 winter solstice:
In this year’s solstice chart, these same Neptunian qualities are similarly influencing the MC, representing unrest due to political polarization and the secret forces that continue to try to undermine the President and his administration. Yet, Venus is trine the ascendant, Neptune, and the MC from its strong placement in Libra in the fifth house; and Jupiter is trine the tenth house cusp, both of which offer a significant counterbalance in terms of positive energy and protection to the President and his administration specifically.
In regard to the economy as seen from this chart, which is by no means the only astrological view, it is significant that Rahu and Ketu (karmic focus) are in the 2/8 axis (economic matters) and in an exact T-Square with Uranus (high frequency, upheaval, unpredictability, and volatility). This alignment traditionally points to economic stagnation, depression of securities, extreme uneasiness in financial circles, and deepening concerns about debt. It also clearly reflects something that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin recently said about the cause of recent market volatility, which is that it is in great part due to high-frequency trading that saps liquidity in the market and inserts volatility in assets.
Really, when you read the analysis of the U.S. chart, it sounds like more of the same kind of challenges that we had in 2018. Part of this is because the nation is in a difficult Rahu mahadasha for many more years to come, a cycle in which the fabric of society is being torn apart. Yet, to put it in a much greater perspective, Swami Sri Yukteswar did indicate that the Golden Age of Humanity (Sat Yuga) will not arrive for some five thousand more years, so what’s the hurry! Seriously, never give up hope for positive societal transformation because every day progress is being made, and each one of us can and does contribute to this progress through our own evolution.
Looking at 2018 and 2019 from the more global perspective, it’s interesting to consider numerology. The year 2018 was a 2 Year (2 + 0 + 1 + 8 = 11 = 1 + 1 = 2). This is a year ruled by the Moon which brings focus on connection, caring, relationship, relationships, and peacemaking. The Moon year has also been a year of restlessness and many changes mirroring the Moon’s fickle waxing and waning nature. The year 2019 is a 3 Year (2 + 0 + 1 + 9 = 12= 1+ 2 = 3) which is ruled by Jupiter. My friend Christina Richa Devi, astrologer, yoga teacher, and Vedic numerologist at OMpalaceYogavidya shared her thoughts about the Jupiter year with me in a private communication. This is a small excerpt of her analysis:
“It will be spiritually illuminating as the laws of the cosmos will be more obvious for all to experience. Jupiter, Guru, the ultimate teacher, will indeed act as the remover of ignorance and be an active agent in bringing the ‘law’ home to the people. There will be less to hide, fewer secrets, and not as much momentum to play old paradigm power games. In this year there will be many large-scale natural disasters. Many superficial things will drop away by necessity. We will have an opportunity to recognize our falsehood and delusions, and by the forces of the divine oversoul, desire a more beneficial outcome for the collective evolution. This will only manifest if we all commit to sincere spiritual practice and mental ecology and shed our toxic habits.”
I will be writing more mundane forecasts for 2019 in the weeks and months to come, and will be looking at a variety of factors including the New Year’s major transits and eclipses; the U.S. dashas; and the Vedic New Year chart of April 5, 2019. Until then, happy Winter Solstice, and to all my friends in the southern hemisphere, happy Summer Solstice, and I wish all my readers a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2019.
Heads up for some shifting “astral weather,” and here are just a few things to be aware of in the coming days and weeks:
There could be some fiery intensity in the public (the mass mind) as Mars (conflict) will transit across the natal Moon in the U.S. birth chart on November 17. This aspect can exert an effect for several days either side of November 17, as well. The conjunction occurs in the 3rd house which could potentially indicate conflict heating up related to neighbors and borders, as well as suggesting some kind of media upset or frenzy.
The Sun is transiting in its monthly sandhi phase, on the edge of two signs, beginning today on November 15 at ~8:00 AM EST. The Sun will leave its sign of weakness/debilitation (Libra) and move into the friendly (beneficial) sign of sidereal Scorpio, on November 16 at ~8:02 AM EST. The Sun will move past the one-degree sandhi/edge by November 17 at around 8 AM EST. When the Sun is sandhi, it is a time to be extra-mindful and aware, as we can tend to lose our bearings and feel vulnerable, or miss appointments, or misplace belongings.
Generally, the Sun’s strength (our confidence and vitality) improves after it leaves sidereal Libra and moves into sidereal Scorpio, once it moves past the sandhi. But for each individual, it depends on many calculations in the natal chart as to its unique effects. Generally, leaders (“kings”) become more effective when the Sun transits in Mars-ruled Scorpio versus Venus-ruled Libra.
As Venus stations and moves forward on November 16, it may be helpful to review any lessons learned during the last 42 days, as related to Venus’ natural significations such as matters of love, relationship, self-worth, values, and resources; and also as related to the houses that Venus rules and occupies in your natal chart, and also, the house where it has been transiting. All of these will help to pinpoint where and how you will be experiencing more clarity, new developments, and forward momentum as Venus leaves its retrograde phase and starts to become very bright in the coming weeks. As a professional astrologer, this is something I am focused on in my consultations with clients now.The Universe does have an ironic sense of humor, as seen by the fact that Mercury will station retrograde soon after Venus stations direct! This will happen later on in the evening of November 16, 2018, at 8:34 PM EST. Mercury will retrograde from about 19 degrees of sidereal Scorpio back to about 3 degrees of sidereal Scorpio over the next ~3 weeks, and will station direct on December 6. For most of this cycle, Mercury will transit in the fiery Anuradha nakshatra, which relates generally to friendship and learning.
This Mercury retrograde cycle will be a good time to slow down and spend time in quiet reflection; pay special attention to your intuition and feelings, which will be heightened; meditate and focus on healing, studying, and creativity; cultivate patience and mindfulness; and reorganize, reassess, and tidy up whatever needs to be attended to and organized in preparation for the December holy days and the upcoming new year.
Some cautions for this Mercury retrograde cycle include: Avoid initiating new contracts, business plans, and new learning or teaching programs. Travel plans made at this time might become subject to revision. More specifically, an astrologer should advise you to avoid beginning anything new related to the houses that Mercury rules in your natal chart and the houses that it occupies natally and in transit.
As an example of how to work with this, for one with Scorpio ascendant, it is not a good time for applying or signing for a new loan (as Mercury rules Gemini in the 8th house of loans and lending); and it is not a good time for beginning any kind of investment or group endeavor (as Mercury rules Virgo in the 11th house of investments and group affiliations). If Mercury occupies the 6th house of the natal chart, when it is retrograde (no matter where it is retrograding in the natal chart), its retrograde cycle would not be conducive to changing something big in the workplace, or it would not be conducive to making or attending a first-time medical appointment (with a new practitioner), unless of course it’s an emergency. If Mercury is transiting in the 7th house, for instance, the retrograde cycle is not a good time for beginning a new relationship. It could, however, be good for rekindling or revisting and clearing up any misunderstandings in an old relationship.
According to mundane astrology, I have noticed that sometimes, the Venus or Mercury retrograde cycles will bring a turnaround in markets. If markets were bearish, they will become bullish in the retrograde cycle of one or both of these planets, and vice versa. This is not always true, but quite often I have seen it to be so. Around the time of the Venus retrograde station in early October 2018, markets turned down significantly. If this technique is accurate, we could possibly see some of the financial markets improving in the coming days as Mercury stations retrograde.
Thank you for being here, and I wish you all the best “as the world turns”!
O’ Mighty Mars, with loving reference I bow before you!
You glow with fiery red passion,
And you are the epitome of courage and dynamism.
You actively benefit all beings,
Homage to you, Lord Mangala!
Transiting Mars finally left sidereal Capricorn last evening on November 5, 2018, after having transited there since early May. Some of us have probably accomplished much, grown a great deal, and learned a lot about ourselves and each other through this transit. Now Mars is transiting in sidereal Aquarius until December 23, 2018.
Mars in Aquarius may have some improvements from Mars in Capricorn, for a few reasons:
1. Mars transited and retrograded in the eclipse axis with Ketu, which reflected some stormy astral weather in the past six months. Mars in Capricorn is strong as it is exalted, but being in the eclipse axis (and retrograde for two months) also brought out some of its lower nature, which can include hostility, pride, excessive ambition, and conflict. One of my early astrology teachers Isabel Hickey described Mars in Capricorn as the realm where our human soul has to go to battle with our animal soul. On the plus side, during the transit of Mars in Capricorn, many of us were able to utilize the higher expression of Mars in Capricorn too, which revolves around taking personal responsibility and cultivating self-reliance.
2. Mars in Capricorn brings together the essence of fire and earth, like the smoldering embers of a fire, or like molten lava. It is penetrating and slow moving, which is hard to take sometimes in its unrelenting nature, and it can be very destructive as it cuts deep. Mars in Aquarius brings together the essence of fire and air, which is quick acting and volatile. It can release tension and heat, but can also be dangerously incendiary, explosive, or scattered, and also overly detached in its approach.
For Capricorn ascendant, Sun, or Moon, Mars rules the fourth and eleventh houses from itself, which places Mars as a temporal malefic which can be selfish in the search for personal security and happiness. For Aquarius ascendant, Sun, or Moon, Mars rules the third and tenth houses from itself, which also places it as a temporal malefic which reflects the Aquarian’s strong, rebellious, and independent will and desire to challenge authority.
We can translate these same qualities to generally gain more understanding of the essence of Mars in Capricorn (often self-centered desire to achieve happiness and security) and Aquarius (rebellious and independent nature that may create conflict by challenging authority).
3. According to traditional and Vedic astrology, Mars in both Capricorn and Aquarius is disposited by (ruled by) Saturn, which has been transiting in sidereal Sagittarius since late 2017. We could say that Saturn is the overlord of Mars in Capricorn and Aquarius, so his natural as well as temporal relationship with Mars is important. Naturally, Mars and Saturn have some enmity, because Mars is hot and fast, and Saturn is cold and slow. So, when they are influencing each other through any variety of aspects and associations (which we call “sambhanda” in Vedic astrology), their combined lower expression can be impatient, frustrating, aggressive, and oppressive. The nature of their relationship is to test us in order to teach us how to align with our higher principles. When we can do that under any Mars-Saturn duo, the gifts of self-discipline, goal-directed energy, and passion will readily unfold.
4. The temporal nature refers to the aspect between Mars and Saturn in a natal or mundane/transit chart. Mars in Capricorn formed a semi-sextile or 2/12 with dispositor Saturn in Sagittarius. When any two planets are in a semi-sextile (2/12), this suggests a reciprocal friction and tension between alternate polarities. Now that Mars has moved to Aquarius, the temporal relationship between Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius changes to a sextile or 3/11 aspect. This is an aspect for inspiration, communication, ease, and creative cooperation between any two planets.
5. Astrologer Isabel Hickey explained that Mars in a Saturn-ruled sign attempts to check and restrain our lower “animal nature”; hence, a tension exists for Mars in Capricorn or Aquarius. However, in Aquarius, Mars is less bound by convention and hard-driving ambition than Mars in Capricorn. Yet, as with Mars in Capricorn, Mars in Aquarius can also be contentious, impatient, and rebellious when afflicted. . In its higher manifestation, Mars in Aquarius is all about independence, freedom, and tolerance. Overall, the airy influence of Aquarius expands the Mars fiery impulse into intellectual, scientific, mental, or spiritual pursuits (Aquarius). When transiting in the sign of Aquarius, the great warrior Mars assumes the position of Water Bearer who carries the power of healing, knowledge, and wisdom into the world.
Mars during its beginning transit in Aquarius forms a maddening inconjunct 6/8 (quincunx) with Neptune in the tenth house of the United States (Kelleher) chart. With Mars the fifth lord of politics transiting in the third house of media and journalism in an impossible aspect to Neptune in the tenth house of government, well, let me just say this is a perfect reflection of the media frenzy and confusion that will be whipped up around the U.S. midterm elections on November 6 (tonight, as I write this). The essence of this aspect would be best described by this phrase: “Politics as sport and entertainment.” Unfortunately, the Neptune aspect also creates potential for deception and confusion before, during, and/or after the election.
In the first week of the Mars in Aquarius transit, Mars will be in a vulnerable state (bala avastha), which can represent tendencies for an imbalanced show of force, as in hostile, inflamed, and violent events; this is even more likely as Mars will also form an inconjunct 6/8 with Rahu this first week, until around mid-November, pointing to an increase of antagonistic energies, and potential for harm through violence via fire, toxins, or weapons. This is a significant and troubling aspect since Rahu is a co-ruler of Aquarius and thus a co-dispositor of Mars in Aquarius. On November 7-8, Mars will square the debilitated Moon in Scorpio which can be an aspect of rebelliousness, irritability, and fiery, angry, impulsive, and mindless actions.
Around November 17-18 (and a few days either side), transiting Mars will conjoin the Moon in the U.S. (Kelleher) horoscope in the third house. This could indicate some event(s) that has much of the public (Moon) in a hot-tempered stance (Mars), aggressively acting out some new dramas fueled in part by the mainstream media (Aquarius and the third house).
The third house of the horoscope also has to do with neighbors and borders, so this aspect is likely going to be a trigger for a deepening and troubling immigration crisis as the Central American migrant caravan reaches the southern U.S. border.
Not to worry though…because we can always align with the higher expression of the stars and planets, no matter what is swirling around as the lower vibrations in the world. We can “choose peace instead” as the Course in Miracles teaches us. And, during the Mars transit in Aquarius, we can each use our power and intention to become conduits for the Water of Life.
“Water of life I AM, poured forth for a thirsty world.” (Quote adapted from Theosophy/Lucistrust.org)
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.
This article was co-written by me (Juliana Swanson) and by Dr. Sisira Amarasinghe, my former student and a dear friend and colleague. Sisira is an Information Systems Engineering specialist with extensive academic and industrial experience in a range of domains covering Enterprise IT, Biomedical, Automotive, and Industrial Automation. He became interested in Vedic astrology a couple of decades ago and initially pursued his Vedic astrology studies with me prior to progressing into further studies. Sisira may be reached by email at: Sisira.Amarasinghe@VedicAstrology.PRO
This article builds on the foundation and the theme introduced and formulated in the three previous parts (One, Two, and Three) in the same series. While this article is intended to be self-contained, it is best reviewed in combination with the others. (Please note that all astrological information shared on this blog is based on Vedic astrology and the sidereal “nirayana” zodiac, not the tropical “ayana” system in use by most western and a few Vedic astrologers).
Key Planetary Indicators in the Bitcoin Chart
We analyzed the astrological patterns correlated with Bitcoin price fluctuations and found a set of distinct patterns based on the planetary transits as well as the Vimshottari dasha, a progressed Vedic astrology planetary system for tracking life cycles. As discussed in previous articles, our rectified Sagittarius-Mula ascendant horoscope for Bitcoin has a Kala Sarpa Yoga in which all the planets occupy one side of the chart hemmed between the lunar nodes (Rahu and Ketu). Since the lunar nodes are responsible for eclipses, their transits (which create eclipses) were found to be highly significant in tracking highs and lows, and especially lows. More specifically, our research shows that eclipses involving Saturn and the North or South Nodes (Rahu and Ketu) in aspect to the natal or transiting Sun, Mars, or Mercury have in the past pointed to a dip or low period in Bitcoin’s price.
Additionally, Saturn’s transit near the Ascendant and/or Pluto and the Sun and Mars has generally proved to be a trigger for declines, as well. This is because Saturn’s nature is to limit or delay, and Saturn is also Avayogi, a planet which can further indicate impediments to wealth according to the Iyer prosperity point system in Nadi Jyotisha. Pluto is a planetary giver of wealth, and Mars is ruler of the fifth house of fortune and speculative gains. According to the Iyer prosperity points, the the Sun is the Yogi, the main significator of prosperity; and Mercury is Duplicate Yogi, a secondary wealth indicator which augments the prosperity promised by the Duplicate Yogi.
Venus and Jupiter are supplementary prosperity indicators in the Bitcoin horoscope. Some of the previous prosperous transits for Bitcoin involved Mars, the Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter. When transiting unafflicted and supporting each other in the first, second, fourth, fifth, eighth, tenth, and eleventh houses of the main rashi chart and/or the Sripati Bhava chart, there have been some significant highs in Bitcoin’s value.
Astrological Interpretation of Core Characteristics and Volatility of Bitcoin
Astrology can explain and confirm the extreme high for Bitcoin from November 12, 2017 until December 18, 2017 in which the value spiked 230.24% from $5,857.32 to $19,343.04. This was followed by a significant decline from December 16, 2017 until February 5, 2018, from $19,343.04 to $6,914.26, a drop of 64.25%. After this, Bitcoin has remained relatively flat.
The eclipses nearest to this period from November 2017 into February 2018 are a key to understanding what happened. The super blue Moon total lunar eclipse of January 31, 2018 is very important. The effects of lunar eclipses like this can resonate forward and backward about a month for every hour of the total eclipse. In this case, the total lunar eclipse duration was 1 hour and 43 minutes so it had an effect going backward and forward into late December and early February.
The reason that the January 31 lunar eclipse and the partial solar eclipse that followed in February 15, 2018 were so significant is that they occurred during a transit to the rectified Bitcoin chart known as the Converse (or Inverse) Nodal Return, in which the transiting North Node (Rahu) was crossing over or near the degree of the natal South Node (Ketu), and vice versa. The exact Converse Nodal Return culminated on February 17, 2018, but was in orb (effective) for several months either side of that date. This nodal transit happens every 18.5 years and usually represents a period of confusion, karmic struggle, changes in plans, new directions, and extreme highs, lows, and turnarounds.
Bitcoin experienced tremendous growth since August 2017, which has been in some ways pulled back. However, numerous financial institutions are beginning to accept Bitcoin as a form of payment. For example, Square has already incorporated Bitcoin as mode of payment in its merchant solution system. As such, it is anticipated that Bitcoin will gain widespread recognition by early 2019 leading to recovery of most of lost potential and gaining some more.
The mean lunar nodes are transiting and eclipsing in the Capricorn/Cancer – 2/8 money axis of the Bitcoin horoscope from August 17, 2017 until March 6, 2019, which reflects a time of tremendous upheaval, growth, and transformation for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. This transit promises to keep things quite interesting though somewhat unpredictable. After this on March 6, 2019, the mean lunar nodes will move to the 1/7 axis with Rahu in Gemini/seventh house, and Ketu in Sagittarius/first house, and will remain in this section of the zodiac until September 22, 2020. This may be a period when more and more institutional investors become involved with Bitcoin, and when Bitcoin is taken much more seriously by the mainstream.
Having had remarkable upward trajectory, Bitcoin remained more-or-less flat for six months or so since February 2018. This was primarily brought upon due to constraints instituted by some governments in order to mitigate cryptocurrency instability as well as to promote some regulation.
As a general rule, a solar eclipse tends to resonate backward and forward about six months. The partial solar eclipse on February 15, 2018 triggered a six-month flat cycle for Bitcoin because, when we align this eclipse chart alongside the Bitcoin birth chart (see the triwheel chart above), not only were the nodes inverted in the money axis, as described previously, but also, fifth lord Mars was transiting in a weakened position in the twelfth house of the Bitcoin chart. In addition, the Duplicate Yogi Mercury was eclipsed by the Sun and Moon (luminaries).
During the time period of July-August 2018, Bitcoin appeared to be promising a come-back only to eventually disappoint investors eventually.
With the July 27, 2018 total lunar eclipse chart aligned alongside Bitcoin’s chart, we see that the fifth lord Mars was retrograde (held back) in the second house where it was also eclipsed by Ketu which suggests a decline in growth since Ketu often has a diminishing effect. The powers of the Sun and Mercury (Yogi and Duplicate Yogi) were disrupted in the eighth house of uncertainty. The total eclipse lasted about an hour and 45 minutes, so the effects of this eclipse resonate forward and backward almost two months.This period appears to last until October considering that transiting Mars will cross the eclipse points in late September.
Astrological Outlook for Bitcoin
Examining the August 11, 2018 partial solar eclipse relative to the Bitcoin chart, Mars is still retrograde in the second house, and the luminaries and Mercury occupy the eighth house, but they are not close to the eclipsing body of the North Node (Rahu) as the eclipse was only partial/weak, so it may be that this eclipse has a less diminishing impact on Bitcoin going forward to the next eclipses which will occur in January 2019.
In the last quarter of 2018 or early 2019 and possibly through the first months of 2019 at least, Bitcoin could see another temporary price decline or sluggish period as the partial eclipse of January 5, 2019 occurs in the first house of the Bitcoin chart with Saturn, and Ketu will conjoin the natal Part of Fortune, while Jupiter and Venus transit the twelfth house of loss and decline.
A total solar eclipse in sidereal Gemini will occur on July 2, 2019, involving the Moon’s North Node (Rahu) with the luminaries and Venus in the seventh house of the Bitcoin chart. This area of the horoscope relates to business alliances and events affecting social and economic evolution. Gemini itself in mundane astrology represents institutional investing which is what we will see expanding “to the Moon” when Bitcoin really takes off. This eclipse may set the stage for some newfound power and expansive breakthroughs for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies at various times in 2019 (this eclipse’s effects will resonate through much of 2019).
A powerful annular solar eclipse in sidereal Sagittarius will occur on December 25-26, 2019. This eclipse will involve a significant conjunction of planets eclipsed by the Moon’s South Node (Ketu) in sidereal Sagittarius, involving the transiting Sun, Moon, Mercury, Saturn, and Pluto. The eclipse will activate in the most vital first house of the Bitcoin chart, where it will also align with the natal Ascendant, Jupiter, and Pluto. Generally, solar eclipses tend to resonate for six months forward and backward. Another way of looking at it even more specifically is to calculate a month for every minute of the solar eclipse totality, which in this case will be about three and a half minutes, so it might have a have a resonance for at least three and a half months going forward and backward from the actual eclipse.
Jupiter being eclipsed in the December 2019 solar eclipse suggests the possibility of significant expansion and momentum for Bitcoin around the period mentioned. This is even more likely as Jupiter is the ruler of the Bitcoin chart. Pluto also being eclipsed suggests some kind of rebirth or resurgence for Bitcoin during this time. The South Node (Ketu) being the eclipsing shadow implies that an old paradigm of Bitcoin or cryptocurrencies will be cleared away to make room for new growth and development, and Ketu is the planet of re-organization so that would be part of this process.
This mirrors another important event known as the Jupiter Return, which will happen on February 16, 2020. Approximately every 12 years, Jupiter, planet of fortune and purpose, will have traveled all the way around the zodiac to meet up with natal Jupiter at the point where it is in the birth chart of a person or entity, and this is considered to be a time of fresh new inspiration, bountiful good luck, and the strong possibility of a major rebirth as new ideas and opportunities are unveiled.
The influence of transiting Jupiter is important to track because it’s lord of the Bitcoin chart, lord of the fourth house of assets, and is also the natural planet of dharma (that which upholds the path and purpose). Jupiter has been transiting in sidereal Libra in the eleventh house of gains since September 2017, and this transit will be in place until October 11, 2018. This is a strong house for the Bitcoin chart, but Jupiter was retrograde from March 9 to July 11 during a period when Bitcoin’s price was flat. The retrograde motion can sometimes hold back some of its natural abundance. Jupiter moved out of retrograde (went direct) in July 2018, but with the Saturn retrograde transit in the first house of Sagittarius and near the Ascendant, along with the 2018 eclipses, the price of Bitcoin has been restrained.
Jupiter will transit in sidereal Scorpio in the twelfth house from October 11, 2018 until November 4, 2019. Jupiter does not have a strong Bhinnashtakavarga score in Scorpio (only 2 out of 8 bindus), so it appears that much of the action in Bitcoin during this cycle will take place behind the scenes, and also in crypto-philanthropy and international development (twelfth house themes). Jupiter will actually dip in and out of Sagittarius and the first house from March 29 until April 22, 2019. After that, it will transit into sidereal Sagittarius from November 4, 2019 until November 20, 2020, dipping into Capricorn for a short period in the spring of 2019. Jupiter has a very high Bhinnashtakavarga score in Sagittarius (7 bindus out of 8), so the Jupiter transit in Sagittarius may have a very positive impact on Bitcoin’s development, price, and adoption.
As mentioned, Saturn is the Avayogi which can represent impediments to the wealth of Bitcoin. Saturn is also the second lord of the Bitcoin chart which signifies the financial growth potential of Bitcoin. When Saturn transits retrograde, it is more encumbering than when it is transiting in direct motion. In 2018, Saturn’s retrograde cycle spanned from April 17 until September 6. Saturn was also transiting relatively near to the natal Ascendant and natal Pluto in the Bitcoin chart, which suggests a slowing down or flattening effect. Based on this, I believe that Bitcoin may possibly rally in the last quarter of 2018 because Saturn will no longer be retrograde after September 6, and as it goes direct it will be moving further away from the natal Ascendant where it has been impeding Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
According to Sarvashtakavarga (SAV), the second house/Capricorn in the Bitcoin chart is very strong (30 points), whereas the first house/Sagittarius is average (25 points). According to this system, a house with a strong SAV score will manifest the most auspicious results when planets are transiting there. Accordingly, it appears that when Saturn transits in sidereal Capricorn (January 17, 2020 to January 23, 2023), the value of and support for Bitcoin could grow tremendously, especially during the times that Jupiter is transiting there concurrently in 2020-2021.
This also coincides with the next Great Mutation cycle in which Jupiter and Saturn will conjoin in sidereal Capricorn in 2020-2021. They will be exactly conjunct December 21, 2020, but both will be together in Capricorn on and off through most of 2020 and 2021. They come together in conjunction in a new sign approximately every 20 years, marking an important developmental cycle which was known to ancient astrologers as the “Great..
Venus will be in an extended transit in the sidereal zodiac sign of Libra from September 1, 2018 until January 1, 2019. During this period, Venus will retrograde from October 7 until November 17. During its retrograde period, it will move back through Swati nakshatra and Chitra nakshatra from approximately 17 degrees to 1 degree of sidereal Libra.
Usually, Venus transits through each of the twelve zodiac signs for a little less than a month. The last time Venus transited in the Libra constellation was from November 2 to November 26, 2017. Venus retrogrades for approximately 40 – 43 days every 18 months, and in these retrograde periods, Venus stays in the same sign for approximately four months. Every eight years, Venus retrogrades during its transit in Libra. The last times that this happened were:
September 1, 2010 – January 1, 2011 (retrograde October 18 – November 29)
August 31, 2002 – January 1, 2003 (retrograde October 16 – November 26)
August 31 – December 31, 1994 (retrograde October 13 – November 24)
August 31 – December 31, 1986 (retrograde October 11 – November 22)
August 31 – December 30, 1978 (retrograde October 9 – November 19)
Because Venus is the brightest planet, it is called Shukra in Vedic astrology (which means “bright”). Venus is the ruler of the water element and the minister of the planetary cabinet. The karakas (significators) for Venus will be enhanced during the Venus in Libra transit. These include:
Physical strength and virility.
Comfort, beauty, pleasure, enjoyment, contentment, and peace.
Money, jewelry, and other fixed assets including vehicles of transport.
Value and self-worth.
Practical counsel and decision making.
Relationship, love, sex, and procreation.
The arts and music.
Food (especially sweets).
Perfumes and flowers.
Compassion, diplomacy, cooperation, and humanitarian concerns.
Venus rules Libra, its moolatrikona sign (root sign), where Venus is at home and thus apt to give powerful and propitious results. Some of the karakas (indicators) for Libra include:
Business, trade, and commerce.
Music and the arts.
Politics and politicians.
Idealists, enthusiasts, and zealots.
War and peace.
Aerospace and aviation industry.
Social engagement and relationship.
Diplomacy, alliances, armistices, and treaties.
Venus in Libra reflects a constructive emphasis on:
Wise policy making.
Contracts and alliances.
Business, trade, and commerce (especially in regard to aviation/aerospace)
Brokerage, negotiation, diplomacy, and reconciliation.
Love, compassion, and humanitarianism.
Money and wealth.
The arts and music.
Comfort, pleasure, and enjoyment.
During this transit, and especially during the retrograde phase when a benefic planet like Venus becomes even more auspicious than usual, astrology suggests that we should experience a peaceful and economically fruitful period. Perhaps we will even end 2018 on some sweeter note! In times past during the Venus Libra retrograde cycles, the world has experienced peace accords and productive political, social, and economic reforms, including advances made in aviation and aerospace as well as in defense and public security.
As an example of the latter, the United States Department of Homeland Security was established on November 25, 2002. In regard to an economic reform, the “Big Bang” is an excellent example. It refers to the day the stock market was deregulated in London on October 27, 1986. The Big Bang abolished fixed commission charges and paved the way for electronic trading. This leads me to wonder if Bitcoin and some of the other cryptocurrencies which are traded and held electronically will have a promising last quarter of this year. It is especially possible since Venus will be transiting in the eleventh house of gains in my rectified Bitcoin horoscope (Sagittarius Ascendant chart).
This is not to say it will be all easy-going during this cycle. In previous Venus Libra retrograde periods, the world has also seen its share of seismic disasters, transportation mishaps, uprisings, political scandals (such as Iran Contra in 1986), and terrorist attacks too, but other contributing astrological factors were involved in those events too. In its upcoming transit, Venus will be in a wide “in-sign” conjunction with Jupiter in Libra until October 11. This conjunction will be closest in the first week of October when it may suggest a positive overall effect.
Venus will also be opposed Uranus in sidereal Aries for much of its Libra transit, with the exact aspects falling on September 12, October 31, and November 30. This can at times be unsettling and disruptive for relationships due to an impulsive urge for freedom. It’s also an aspect for ideological fanaticism, because Libra is a sign of idealists and zealots, and Uranus represents sudden shocking events and uprisings. Venus will be squaring the lunar nodes and Mars for much of this transit, which can also reflect certain frustrations and tensions in relationships or negotiations.
According to Vedic astrology, Venus is most fortunate when transiting in particular houses from the Moon, Ascendant, or the Sun. These are houses 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, and 12. For those with Moon, Ascendant, or Sun in the sidereal signs of Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Aquarius, and Pisces, Venus’s extended transit in Libra is thus considered auspicious, all other factors being equal.
The sidereal air signs are Libra, Gemini, and Aquarius, and for those with these signs in the 1/5/9 axis of the Moon chart (CL), Ascendant chart (Lagna) and/or Sun chart (SL), it may be an especially prosperous transit as Venus thrives in the trikona/trine houses 1, 5, and 9. For Libra, Venus will be in the 1st house/trine; for Gemini, in the 5th house/ trine; and for Aquarius, in the 9th house/trine. During the concurrent transit of Jupiter in Libra (until October 11), this is a doubly auspicious aspect in which two benefics are forming aspects to the sidereal air signs.
That said, multiple specific conditions and calculations in the natal birth chart must be examined in detail to determine the full impact of this transit for each sign. Now is an especially opportune time for everyone to have a Vedic astrological consultation to help learn how you can make the most of this rare Venus transit.
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.
This article was co-written by me and by Dr. Sisira Amarasinghe, my former student and a dear friend and colleague. Sisira is an Information Systems Engineering specialist with extensive academic and industrial experience in a range of domains covering Enterprise IT, Biomedical, Automotive, and Industrial Automation. He became interested in Vedic astrology a couple of decades ago and initially pursued his Vedic astrology studies with me prior to progressing into further studies. Sisira may be reached by email at: Sisira.Amarasinghe@VedicAstrology.PRO
I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to write this article with Sisira. His encouragement, support, and assistance have proven invaluable, especially related to all the formatting and graphics he provided as well as his advice about Bitcoin along with the astrological research and analysis. I’m thrilled to say that Sisira will also join me in writing the final article in this series.
As discussed in my previous Bitcoin article, I believe that the correct astrological birth chart for Bitcoin should be based on the Satoshi White Paper released on October 31, 2008, which I have rectified to Van Nuys, CA (11:10 AM). The ascendant is Mula nakshatra in sidereal Sagittarius near the Galactic Center, where the commanding game-changer Pluto also rises. Jupiter rises after Pluto, also in Sagittarius in the first house, which reflects the essence of the hypothetical and theoretical nature of the White Paper. As explained before, all this in addition to other astrological and circumstantial evidence compels my choice of this horoscope.
The current article analyzes the horoscope further to corroborate my rectification. It’s structured in such a way that the reader will be able review and understand the Bitcoin origins and life story in parallel with the astrological interpretations and justifications. The Bitcoin-specific details are primarily a reiteration of what has been presented in the two previous articles of this series.
Keep in mind that the research presented here is primarily focused on Bitcoin but speaks more broadly to the cryptocurrency revolution which was born with the Bitcoin White Paper. Also, please note that the subsequent and final article of this series will delve into some of the most significant events in the life of Bitcoin correlated with astrological transits and progressions (dashas), and from these, we will attempt to further predict about Bitcoin’s future.
The parentage of Bitcoin remains a mystery, i.e., the parent “Satoshi” is anonymous and absent, having only operated behind the scenes and eventually abandoning the baby altogether.
The Sun is karaka (significator) of father and rules the ninth house of father, and occupies a weakened position in its debilitation sign of Libra where it is hidden by the shadow of Saturn’s aspect from the ninth house. The Moon is karaka for the mother and is also in a weakened “invisible” state in secretive Scorpio in the twelfth house of hidden matters. This explains exactly why Bitcoin’s parentage is anonymous.
Bitcoin has so far demonstrated a great deal of fortune and wealth, protection from adversity, and the capacity to beat competitors and prevail in the long-run.
In the proposed chart, the next planet to rise after Pluto is Jupiter at 22 degrees of sidereal Sagittarius in Purva Ashadha nakshatra. This asterism embodies the power of invigoration, and also transmits tremendous wealth potential. In Purva Ashadha nakshatra, Jupiter has the capacity to continually revive itself after facing numerous set-backs. Purva Ashadha also has a shadow side, which is its tendency toward uncontrolled expansion. This fits perfectly with some of the extreme highs and lows we have seen with Bitcoin.
Jupiter in its own sign in the first house is a phenomenally fortunate combination known as Shubha Yoga in Vedic astrology. Because it rules an angle (first and fourth houses) and a trine (first house), Jupiter’s placement here also produces a success-making Raja Yoga. A variation of a Gaja Kesari Yoga is also generated when Jupiter is in an angle from the ascendant (here it is in the same angle as the ascendant) and aspected by a benefic (a rashi drishti or sign aspect from Mercury). All of this clearly indicates how Bitcoin has survived so far against considerable animosity, still retaining a significant amount of its value while promising long-term prosperity.
Venus conjoins the Moon in the twelfth house, producing a variation of Vipreet Raja Yoga (VRY) which occurs when the lords of two dusthana (difficult) houses (Venus-lord of sixth, and Moon-lord of eighth) conjoin in a dusthana house. The primary characteristic of this yoga is an ability to transform adverse circumstances into one’s benefit; and it can bring sudden, unanticipated, and near-miraculous or miraculous recoveries and upturns throughout life.
Bitcoin will remain pre-eminent among cryptocurrencies as its adoption continues to grow extensively.
Jupiter is its own dispositor (ruler) in a kendra/angle (first house), which constitutes an influential and highly promising Parvata Yoga (Mountain Combination). In the D-9 Navamsa chart, Jupiter is in the lucky pushkara navamsa in the sign of commerce and trade (Libra), and in the sixth house which points to a successful collective endeavor with some tremendous capacity to overcome opposition.
Government regulators around the world have begun addressing multiple concerns presented as Bitcoin and other digital currencies circumvent traditional financial institutions and laws. The disruptive technology underpinning Bitcoin and other cryptos has created a situation in which regulators, law enforcement officers, and legislators are quite challenged to keep up. However, it seems likely that governments will ultimately bow down to embrace Bitcoin and blockchain innovation as they facilitate promotion and adoption of the technology.
The Sun is a significator of the government in astrology, and as the ninth lord it also signifies laws and lawmakers. The Sun conjoins Mars, the fifth lord of government regulations including fiscal policies. The Sun and Mars form a helpful and fortune-making Trikona Raja Yoga (in which the fifth and ninth lords conjoin). The Sun as a significator of government being a little weak (debilitated) suggests that governments will ultimately bend to support Bitcoin, rather than the other way around.
Bitcoin started from nothing, emerging as if out of the ether, and continues to grow phenomenally. Bitcoin will progress slowly and gradually through a series of setbacks, but it will endure. It actually looks indefatigable in the long-run as it continues to transform traditional financial systems.
Saturn is the lord of the second house occupying the ninth house, thus forming dhana yoga, a combination for financial prosperity. This placement also points to the fact that over time, more and more institutional investors are adopting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. A “rags to riches” aspect is created as Saturn also squares Venus. Great fortune is further indicated by the harmonious sextile from Saturn to the auspicious trikona lords Mars and the Sun.
Being in the ninth house, Saturn symbolizes the restrictions and threat of restrictions placed on Bitcoin through government regulations, and further represents the power of Bitcoin to thrive because of and even in spite of these restrictions. In other words, as regulators go after fraud and market manipulation, they clean up the system and make Bitcoin ever more robust. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are part of a global revolution which will reshape the future. The Moon is in Anuradha nakshatra whose nature is wide-ranging, universal, novel, and scientific. Anuradha is associated with brilliant revolutionaries who rebel against outmoded systems. (The 27 Celestial Portals, p. 268, by Prash Trivedi) The Moon is vargottama, in the best position (in the same sign in D-1 and D-9 charts), and it’s in the third jaya (lucky) tithi of the waxing Moon, three days after New Moon, so it’s growing in light, suggesting that Bitcoin grows slowly but surely over time.
In the twelfth house, the Moon often symbolizes great hidden powers. Consider that the self-made billionaire-philanthropist Oprah Winfrey’s birth chart also has the Moon in Scorpio in the twelfth house! Here in the Bitcoin cart as well as in Ms. Winfrey’s, the Moon symbolizes a global humanitarian brand and impact.
The Moon is also powerful in conjunction with the red supergiant Antares, a fixed star in the heart of the Scorpion (in the middle of Scorpio constellation). Antares is one of fifteen Behenian Stars which were important in alchemy and medieval astrology in ancient Europe and the Arab world. Antares in particular is said to have magical applications. The Moon conjoined Antares reflects universality, technological advancement, success in business matters, and extensive influence and affluence. Yet, some of these positive assets are not always consistent when Antares conjoins the Moon, thus repeating the theme of Bitcoin’s unpredictable nature.
Bitcoin has long been described as “decentralized or digital gold” and as such it will be around a long time even though it probably won’t be the chosen blockchain for technological development.
The various classical works of Vedic astrology shastra have different opinions about what planets represent gold. Brihat Jataka says that Mars presides over gold. Satyajatakam says that Venus presides over the trade of gold, and also that the Sun and Jupiter rule gold. It’s interesting that in the Bitcoin chart and the chart’s panchanga (daily calendar), all these planets are prominent: Mars rules the nadika (half of a muhurta) and rules the tithi (third synodic lunar day/tritiya), and also rules the fifth house of good fortune and is conjunct the Sun in the house of gains; Jupiter rules the karana (half-tithi) as well as being lagnesha (ascendant ruler) in the first house; Venus rules the day (Friday) and exchanges signs with Mars; and the Sun which is a bhagya lord of good fortune also rules the “splendid” nitya yoga (Sun-Moon combination). The chart’s Kala Sarpa Yoga (see further on) serves to spin the chart’s gold into a more sublime digital version.
The chart reveals several combinations for a long lifespan (purnayas), which include: The ascendant (lagna) lord is exceedingly strong and rashi-aspected by a benefic from an angle. The fifth, eighth, and lagna lords are in their own navamsas, rashis, friendly signs, vargottama, or mutual reception. The lagna is in a dual (mutable) sign (Sagittarius) and its lord is in an angle, trine, and own sign. The eighth house is unoccupied, while the lagna is free from malefics, and Jupiter is in an angle. Saturn is in the ninth house while the Moon is in the twelfth house. Jupiter is in a quadrant from the lagna lord and no malefics are in angles. The tenth lord is exalted.
Bitcoin continually integrates and evolves through new designs.
Saturn is in a trine with Jupiter, meaning that a 120-degree aspect of harmony and success is formed between these two planets of karma and dharma/power and purpose. Vedic astrology describes this simply as Jupiter aspecting Saturn by a ninth aspect. Either way we describe it, this near-perfect trinal relationship explicates Bitcoin’s remarkable capacity to keep evolving.
Bitcoin is disruptive, visionary, and revolutionary, and it is very likely that it or another similar cryptocurrency will in time replace fiat currencies and central banks.
Saturn is in almost exact opposition to Uranus which reveals Bitcoin’s radical and revolutionary yet visionary projection into its domain of applications.
Bitcoin has so far undergone severe volatility of its value owing to a significant number of ups and downs of its status, facing numerous conflicts, unforeseen and unexpected animosity and betrayals, with “unpredictability” as the only predictable characteristic it possesses, other than its promise for reaching great heights in value.
Bitcoin originated with a mysterious or puzzling origin via an unknown originator, while some of the subsequent users adopted it for unlawful deeds such as tax avoidance or illegal activities. However, it is leading the entire mass of cryptocurrencies which evidently promise and vouch for an enormous disruptive technological revolution in both social and economic circles and their intersections globally. It is simply becoming a global currency across international borders.
The chart has a Kala Sarpa Yoga (Serpent of Time Combination) in which all the grahas of the Vedic chart (Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn) fall within one side of the lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu. It’s the most classic form of Kala Sarpa when the lunar nodes fall in the Cancer-Capricorn axis like this. These signs represent the status quo and security matters, which are definitely shaken up by the Serpent of Time formation. Here it is formed with Rahu in Capricorn and Ketu in Cancer. Even more remarkably, the lunar nodes occupy the 2/8 axis of finance, and all of this explains the wild ride of Bitcoin through all its outrageously nerve-wracking ups and downs and twists and turns.
A Kala Sarpa Yoga falling in a mundane chart often points to grand schemes and extraordinary events that shake up reality. Events or individuals associated with Kala Sarpa Yoga often convey a dramatic quality or embody a sensational theme, which is how we might describe Bitcoin and its true believers. Kala Sarpa Yoga often evokes conflicts, secrecies, and betrayals, all of which describe the essence and journey of Bitcoin thus far. It is so clear just how much Bitcoin is caught up in the “serpent of time” with its powerfully preordained destiny that involves changing the old paradigm of money.The Kala Sarpa Yoga in the money axis reflects all the constant and dramatic fluctuations in the value of Bitcoin. Just when you think it’s going to go to the Moon, it drops back down and dashes your hopes. Then, when you are ready to give up your coins, Bitcoin once again rises beyond all expectations. We can surely expect this volatility to continue. Knowing how this Kala Sarpa works, you can now perhaps better enjoy the ride!
Kala Sarpa Yoga often occurs in charts of people or situations concerned with privacy and secrecy; or those involved in subversive or clandestine activities; or just basically, those living outside the norm in any way. Here, the serpent tells the tale of Bitcoin’s connection to the mysterious Cypherpunks, the activists I discussed in my last article who over the past several decades have been supporting the widespread use of cryptography and privacy-enhancing technologies as a path to cultural transformation. The serpent further reveals Bitcoin’s enigmatic parentage as well as its earlier unscrupulous reputation when it was first used as the de facto currency of the Dark Web. In addition, criminals have relied on it for illegal purposes, and many have traded it without paying taxes on their gains.The Kala Sarpa is important too because it enhances the influence of the lunar nodes who are technological and socio-economic rabble rousers. They would have to be prominent like this in the money axis for the Bitcoin birth chart to be valid, since Bitcoin is one of the biggest disrupters we have ever experienced in history. Additionally, Bitcoin is in great part defined by the placement of the lunar nodes which are said to form the karmic axis. It’s a global currency that is being traded across borders, which is signified by Rahu in the second house. And, it seems to have simply manifested out of the ethers, which is indicated in part by Ketu in the eighth house.
Bitcoin has a remarkable ability to sustain and promote its prosperity and evolutionary progress over time.
The Part of Fortune, also called Pars Fortuna (or Punya Saham in Tajika Jyotish), occupies the Kala Sarpa axis in Capricorn in the second house in Uttara Shadha nakshatra, which foretells the eventual lasting success of Bitcoin. Saturn and Jupiter are the dharma-karma rulers of Uttara Shadha nakshatra (Saturn rules Capricorn and Jupiter rules Uttara Shadha nakshatra). This explains why Bitcoin is able to sustain and promote its prosperity and evolutionary progress over time in spite of its unpredictable ups and downs.
Bitcoin with its typical highs and lows promises its adopters and users significant gains that will always outweigh its losses.
Mars and Venus form a Parivartana Yoga, a mutual reception in which Mars is in Venus’s sign of Libra, and Venus is in Mars’ sign of Scorpio, and this takes place between the house of gain (Mars in the eleventh house) and the house of loss (Venus in the twelfth house). Like the Kala Sarpa Yoga, this combination also represents extreme highs and lows for Bitcoin. The good news is that the gains eventually outweigh the losses because the eleventh house is stronger than the twelfth, according to Bhava Bala and..
Neptune, planet of divine love, mysteries, secrets, idealism, lies, and deception, will station retrograde at 22 deg. 22 min. of sidereal Aquarius, on Monday, June 18, 2018, at 7:26:33 PM Eastern Time. This is an annual cycle for Neptune when it retrogrades for about five months, in this case, until November 25. Retrograde Neptune cycles are generally a period when we have to face up to some reality. Around the retrograde station itself (10 days either side), we often find ourselves embroiled in a misunderstanding that needs to be cleared up.
Neptune is transiting in sidereal Aquarius from April 24, 2008 until February 18, 2023. Generally, this ~14-year period of Neptune in Aquarius is a time of cultural and spiritual awakening, which highlights scientific and technological inspiration, innovation and discovery. It also characterizes a period of mass deception, confusion, and delusion amid political and social upheaval, all of which are echoed in many other astrological transits and progressions happening concurrently during these periods.
The period when Neptune is in Purva Bhadrapada nakshatra is perhaps the most challenging transit within Aquarius (and early Pisces), when Neptune transits from 20 degrees Aquarius to 3 deg. 20 min. Pisces, approximately from the Spring of 2017 until the Summer of 2023. This nakshatra, ruled by a devil-like creature named Aja Ekapat, has been called “diabolical” in some instances. Purva Bhadrapada and also Neptune being in this nakshatra deal with hidden agendas, conspiracies, and a struggle for power by secret forces.
Stationing Neptune forms an exact trine to the Sun (the SOUL) in sidereal Gemini in the U.S. birth chart, and also trines transiting Jupiter in sidereal Libra within a few degrees. This grand air trine is indicative of some positive vibrations and optimistic energy in the U.S. collective soul. This provides a much-appreciated counterbalance to any potential “dark energies” or “illusions” reflected by Purva Bhadrapada nakshatra, and to some of the other more challenging astrological aspects we will face this summer.
Neptune now will be going back in time to reveal some of what is TRUE. This is interesting as the Neptune station in sidereal Aquarius occurs in the U.S. chart’s third house which relates to all forms of media and communication. Neptune will pass back through the Aries navamsa of Purva Bhadrapada nakshatra, which has a purificatory energy that can be elevating if we are in integrity. When integrity is lacking, this particular Neptunian force can be fierce and destructive, and suggests the possibility of danger through addiction, escapism, unethical actions, or criminal behavior.
If you have anything afflicted in your birth chart in sidereal Aquarius around 19-23 degrees, or anything afflicted around these same degrees in sidereal Taurus, Leo, or Scorpio, then this Neptune retrograde cycle may affect you with a wake-up call related to a matter you may have been ignoring or denying. Not to worry though…just be aware that such Neptune retrograde transits can be managed well when we face up to the truth, take responsibility, and establish healthy emotional and interpersonal boundaries.
If you have auspicious combinations in the sidereal signs listed above or in Libra and Gemini, at around 19-23 degrees, Neptune’s upcoming retrograde cycle will be a time when intuition runs high, creativity is enhanced, and spiritual development is the name of the game.
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 over-heated, parched, sharp, cutting, unrestrained, depraved, dispersing, and destructive energy of Mars may be exponentially increased. This magnification is even truer as Earth and Mars will come very close to each other this summer, closer than they have been for the past 15 years. A planet coming so close to Earth is also very strong.
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 violence, accidents, self-harming behavior, and physical or mental health crises (especially some potential for fevers, inflammation, infection, and high blood pressure); antisocial and aberrant 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. Additionally, on the July 27th eclipse, Mars will be at an extreme and rare perihelic opposition to the Sun (super close to the Earth, super powerful).
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 starting around June 8 until July 5, so during this period, passions may be quite strong but the rule is that a benefic aspect 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 within a close orb from October through December 2018. The square will be exact on December 2, 2018. This dynamic of the tension 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 or terror events sometime in late October and early November and through December. In late October, transiting Mars will oppose the degree of the eclipsed luminaries in the August 11 partial solar eclipse which can also be a trigger for violence or a seismic event.
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 last time that 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 beneath the shadow of the Napoleonic Wars when America became a pawn in the economic conflict between England and France. Canada was also swept up in the War of 1812; in Upper and Lower Canada, on the Great Lakes, and on the Atlantic, several battles were waged between the U.S. and Canada.
Leading up to the War of 1812 were several factors. First and foremost, trade restrictions had been introduced by Britain to hinder American trade with Britain’s enemy 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 having the greatest Navy in the world treated American seamen as their own citizens, capturing them and (often violently) forcing them into military service. Britain was also offering military assistance to the Native Americans in their armed efforts to block the expansion of the American frontier to the Northwest. Because of all these issues, 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. Besides being rooted in an economic/trade war, the War of 1812 was fought militarily on four main theaters of action. It is called the “Second War for Independence”; and in the end, it did have a very positive outcome because it advanced national confidence, economic 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, trade, 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 warlike scenario with tensions escalating in the South China Sea and/or in regard to President Trump’s “trade war with China” and other countries including Canada?
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., and especially related to economic matters.
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.
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.
Henri Matisse, the French artist. He was a member of a group of painters known as “wild beasts (fauves)” and became the leader of their art movement called Fauvism. As a great initiator of the modern art movement, he deviated from the traditional use of color and form. His work was often permeated with bright and unusual energy (like Mars-Ketu in Capricorn). Born December 31, 1869. (Image credit below: The Sorrows of the King by Henri Matisse)