Mercury Retrograde Ends Soon
Mercury's three week retrograde, familiar to everyone, will end just after midnight Tuesday, August 7. While this hasn't been a tough Merc retro, like the last one in Pisces this past winter -- it has brought the usual communications mix ups and heightened nervous system sensitivities.
As stated many times before, without confirming planetary karmas, Mercury retrograde issues tend to be just annoyances. Vedic Astrologers call this need for repetition of karmas to signal events, confluence. Personal examples are my legal adviser's business cards were printed with wrong e-mail address, and my scooter dealer in AZ sent the title to the wrong address, twice!
The lesson here is to pay attention, and certainly too, avoid starting new relationships, whether business, or personal.
Confluence did occur a few times for important world events. The notable Celestial Wheel example was the July 19 Heads-up about an impending financial or physical disaster. Just twelve hours later, the Colorado theatre shooter opened up.
Interestingly, that Heads-up also alerted to Mitt Romney having problems,
The furor over Romney not releasing past tax returns, plus his repeated gaffes during his overseas trip, confirm that prediction. Although not highlighted in the press, the best of these was praising Israel's government dominated health care, Romney praises health care in Israel, where research says ‘strong government influence’ has driven down costs.
Romney's gaffes result from Mercury retrograding over restrictive Saturn, which brings deception, even self deception. This influence will continue, for after transit Mercury goes forward August 8, it crosses Saturn again. But, Romney is so full of himself now, so self assured, he won't be able to either correct his past errors, nor stop his ongoing vacillations. I believe too that Romney has secreted a lot of money, has schemed out of taxes and is stuck in a no win choice -- reveal his taxes, and he loses support. Not reveal his taxes, and he's accused of hiding wealth. The latter strategy will fail anyway, for sooner or later, investigators will find his gold at the end of his rainbow. See, Harry Reid: Mitt Romney didn’t pay taxes for 10 years and 10 Theories About What Mitt Romney's Really Hiding in Those Tax Returns.
Another Mercury retrograde maniifestion is found in the U.S. chart, where the sign of Cancer is the eighth house of calamity. This position stimulates another peak in American's Mystical Paranoia. Here are a few bizarre media reports revealing that,
Here's a great example of karma, Chick-fil-A spokesman Don Perry dies as company battles controversy.
The Celestial Wheel editor, Pipe-smoking Yoda, who now uses his 1000 year old family name,Langslow, sent this yesterday,
This mystical paranoia rise is also pushing the Republicans even further to the right, Who is Ted Cruz and how did he pull off such a remarkable victory? Here are some thoughts as to what this will bring, Why Ted Cruz’s win isn’t all good news for Senate Republicans.
The next section discusses the July 30 Heads-up.
July 30 Heads-up
On Monday, July 30, I sent a Heads-up, Strife Tuesday Morning. (Note: this, like other emailed Heads-up, has been posted on the VedicLeaks monthly page, in this case, July, and labeled July 30.)
The prediction focused upon the U.S. self, notably wealth, suggesting a financial scandal that would result in panic selling. Well, I certainly didn't hit a bulls eye on that! Yet, there was a financial disaster the next day, Wednesday, Knight's future in balance after trading disaster and Remember What Happened Last Time Knight Capital Accidentally Caused Some Insane Trades?
However, it did appear I still hit the target for doom, as shown in this Wednesday evening breaking Washington Post article, Two planes taking off from National came dangerously close to plane trying to land. But, during Mercury retrograde, appearances can be deceiving. The newspaper report was wrong! In, Close call for three jets over Washington airport, officials clarified, LaHood and Huerta rejected any suggestion that any of the aircraft had been on a collision course. "They were on different headings at different altitudes," so they would not have collided, Huerta said. Further, Mercury retrograde caused the problem, Three U.S. Airways flights came too close to one another this week over Washington's Reagan National Airport because of "miscommunication" between the control tower and a regional hub.
The other Tuesday event was, India power cut hits millions, among world's worst outages. Two thirds of the country was blacked out, affecting 630 million people. This failure followed a smaller blackout on Monday, India blackout leaves 300 million without power. This certainly is a huge event, and I quipped to a Subscriber in India, Well at least you weren't in the dark about a Tuesday catastrophe.
There are four interesting results from this event. First, Monday's first blackout occurred Monday at 2:35 AM India time, at which time Mars (machinery) was also aspecting the Moon (home.) The aspect was wide (20 degrees), however -- so not at full potency. Second, Tuesday's huge power grids failures happened at 1:02 PM, at which time the Mars to Moon aspect was very close, just 4 degrees from exact, and thereby near maximum power. The prediction timing was nearly perfect.
Third, major events like this can prove-out whether a nation chart is correct -- in this case the India Independence chart, August 15, 1947, 00:00 AM, Delhi. (As with many nations, there are several other possible birth dates/times for India.) Beyond the Mars to Moon aspect in the eighth of calamity in this chart, the transits of the Sun and Mercury were bad then. Most importantly, that chart's Dasas (planetary cycles) had changed on July 16 from fairly good Sun/Jupiter to difficult Sun/Saturn. That too fits with the power outage. Also, given just this Dasa change, one can predict India's growth will continue to slow.
Fourth, The Celestial Wheel has emphasized a basic truth of emerging economies, notably and especially China and India. These are indigenous cultures, bound by ancient traditions and cultural stratification. Yes, these countries can do a few things well -- like China's labor intensive manufacturing and English-language India in call centers and related technologies. But China and India lack the broad range of governmental and private systems and cultural values needed for a complex modern advanced capitalist system. Infrastructure is a major item, spotlighted in this power blackout. See, INDIA LEFT IN DARK BY UTILITIES LOSING $10B A YEAR
China and India also lack effective and non-corrupt government bureaucracies, judicial systems, educational systems, fair capital markets, upward mobility, pollution controls... Remember when Japan was going to take over the world in the 1980s? Their indigenous society also imposed a glass ceiling, and the country has been stagnant since 1991.
Saturn leaving Virgo
One great positive is that restrictive Saturn, the planet of misfortune and death, will finally leave Virgo, the sign of illness, strife and discord tonight. Saturn shifts into Libra, it's exalted sign, stimulating Saturn's highest values: organization, form, structure, power, government officials, selflessness, service to the masses, truth, focus stability, toughness, endurance This can be most important in personal charts. It is really vital for the U.S., because President Obama has been running his 16 year fallen (weak) Jupiter Dasa. Yes, favorable Dasa planets -- his weak Jupiter major buoyed up by his his brilliant Moon minor cycle -- enabled beating John McCain. But his foolish Jupiter made him weak, unfocused and a conciliator. Obama shifted to his truly excellent 19 year Saturn Dasa July 24. Notice how tough he's suddenly become? While this is too early for an election forecast, it seems Obama will roll right over Romney in November.
Of course, there's the upcoming Mars/Saturn collision coming up August 15, first discussed in the May 15 In-depth Forecast, Sorry, But It's Not Over Yet -- and recently in the July 22 VedicLeaks entry, but that is just a fast transit and will not change Saturn's ability to do good in Libra for the next few years. Remember, watch for hurricanes breaking the drought starting then.
Mars Crashing Into Saturn Is Nigh
I've been cautioning since February about the upcoming the August 14 and 15 conjunction of the great malefics, Mars and Saturn. That's this coming Monday and Tuesday.
While this upcoming biannual Mars/Saturn conjunction has been touched upon many times in the Short-subject VedicLeaks, two In-depth Forecasts addressed the issue in detail -- The February 20, 2012 The Economy And Oil and the May 16, 2012 In-depth Forecast, Sorry, But It's Not Over Yet.
Here are cogent passages. In The Economy And Oil,
This screen shot from the July 22 VedicLeaks gives you a clear and simple visual of Mars moving from Virgo into Libra conjoining Saturn.
As you see in the top of this screen shot, a prediction for ending the heavy drought is made. The July 22 VedicLeaks, explained, emphasis added.
I have also emphasized in this quote that after August 15, the world will continue to be beset with strife. August 15 is just the kick-off.
Mars/Saturn Hitting Individual Charts
It's pretty obvious that if the Mars/Saturn conjunction at 00:47 degrees Libra (2/3 of one degree into Libra) is close to a planet in your birth chart, it will hit your chart hard. The combination of Mars, the planet of war, with Saturn, the planet of oppression, is extremely harmful. Even if you don't have a birth chart planet close by, or no planets in Libra at all, you may still receive a kick.
I check some clients' charts regularly, especially if they are also Celestial Wheel Participants. I have alerted one to a Mars/Saturn direct hit on her Mars, this is made more dangerous for the planetary cycles also including these planets.
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Romney Chooses Paul Ryan For VP Slot
Last evening, I saw this article, Widening criticism, Romney looks to shift his campaign with tough talk, VP choice, convention,
I quickly checked Romney's Vedic chart to see that his transit Mercury would pass by Saturn on Tuesday, which begins clearing Saturn's blocking effect that has caused the above problems. Mercury in Romney's chart is a double significator of communications, and it also denotes kingship -- and thereby his capability to win the presidential election.
It seemed that Romney's upcoming bus tour on Tuesday could restore his reputation and popularity. Yet, I had a nagging feeling Romney could do further harm to himself with a major Mercury/Saturn gaffe before then.
Note about Sarah Palin. Palin finished her dynamic 16 year Jupiter cycle June 8, shifting into a hard-fighting but crude and low class 19 year Saturn cycle. Watch for Palin to make more, and more bizarre, Trailer Park Super Hero appearances as the election season proceeds. Perhaps she'll start wearing grizzly pelts. Extremist Tea Partiers, like Palin, will be stoked by Paul Ryan being on Romney's ticket -- boosting their mystical paranoia to a new height.
VedicLeaks Anticipated Romney's Problems
Below are VedicLeaks comments about Romney,
As always, there's mystery to how karma actualizes. And, although Ryan as VP pick was not anticipated, the Mercury/Saturn deception and self deception was. Too, Romney's tax return issue remains a ticking bomb, and he can't diffuse it.
I've emphasized many times it takes more than one planetary karma to bring an event or trend. In this case, Romney remains haunted by the eclipse and blinded mentally by Mercury/Saturn. He also has Ketu (the dissolving tail-of-the-dragon eclipse point) right on his Ascendant, which represents the self. And the transit Moon is there today, making him irrational.
One may wonder, is the approaching destructive Mars/Saturn conjunction is influencing as well? In the above August 10 entry, I displayed two charts -- the first with was August 4, which showed Mars in Virgo and Saturn in Libra. In the second, Mars and Saturn conjoined in Libra August 15. As of this morning, Mars is still in Virgo, although just barely at 28 degrees and 20 minutes in this 30 degree wide sign -- and only 2 degrees from Saturn in Libra at 00:30 degrees.
Vedic Astrologers are of two minds as to whether the sign borders are hard or soft separators. Generally, they are hard separators -- a planet remains influences only on the sign where it is placed, until it moves into the next sign. However, in a situation in like this, in which Mars is getting ready to leave Virgo and is within 2 degrees of Saturn in Libra, the sign border is soft -- permeable. This leaking barrier between signs results when the two planets involved are powerful, malefics and arch enemies -- as Mars and Saturn are. For Romney, this energetic leakage is particularly difficult because Libra is is sixth house of enemies and competitors. Picking Ryan as VP stimulates his enemies and gives them ammunition.
We can conclude Romney's picking Ryan is more unfortunate that initially appears. Mars/Saturn makes it truly destructive.
Romney's Troubles Are Not Over
There's another great harm for Romney lurking. Rahu (the head-of-the-dragon point) is in secretive and deadly Scorpio, where Romney's fallen Moon is precariously placed. Rahu is approaching the Moon. He gets very close to the Moon in early September -- and then, Rahu sits right on the Moon (motionless) for the rest of that month. Rahu on the Moon will make Romney even more out of touch with society and stimulate great fears and uncertainties. He will not be able to either effectively attack, or defend. Any debates then will be a hoot. Scorpio will also unveil Romneys secrets, like his tax returns showing very low percentages paid in taxes -- giving credence to my thought -- Romney Is A One Man Goldman Sachs.
This is not to say that Obama will have an easy time winning the election. He has challenges too, but they are minor compared with Romney's -- like stubbing a toe or breaking an ankle. The former is an ouch. the latter knocks the runner out of the race.
Oh No! Not More Bad News!
The seven year Millennium Contraction is wearing on people. This is natural, for we're close to the four year anniversary of the September 2008 stock market debacle which launched this severe and still continuing economic contraction.
I sent this to Subscriber K.M. In Fort Lauderdale last week, seeking her input as a psychotherapist with a broad range of experiences -- teaching psychology, school guidance counselor and private clients. I felt she would have her finger on the pulse She's very direct, as you will see! Here's my question and following her response and last my thank you.
Mars/Saturn Conjunction Predictions Check
Mars rammed into Saturn early last week. The May 16, 2012 In-depth Forecast, Sorry, But It's Not Over Yet, explained about the Mars/Saturn conjunction, Now, it wouldn't be too bad if these two Mars transits across Saturn and Rahu were separated by some time. Unfortunately, Saturn is in Libra and Rahu next door in Scorpio. So, Mars hits Saturn and then Rahu in just six weeks. ... ferocious destruction is quickly followed by blasts coming out of nowhere.
Sorry, But It's Not Over Yet continued with a laundry list of possible harms, It's too early to predict specific events from this close sequence of truly destructive transits, excepting the above noted already made Israeli attack on Iran. There have been a number of dire warnings in the media recently, and these give warning, as well as indicate risk areas. Obviously, man-made and natural disasters both impact the economy, including real estate.
Here's the laundry list. I've inserted articles collected early last week in a best fit way.
Israel attacks Iran Israel 'prepared for 30-day war with Iran'
China government transition China’s Real Leadership Question
European economy For Europe’s Economy, a Lost Decade Looms
Solar flares Solar maximum
Japanese radioactivity leak Fukushima 'caused mutant butterflies'
Atlantic hurricanes -- would drive up oil prices Ernesto Turns Deadly in Mexico; Seven Killed Tropical Storm Helene slams Mexico; Hurricane Gordon heads for Azores Gas Prices Set Record As Summer Draws To Close
Pacific typhoons -- could cause a Japanese radioactivity leak New storm threatens flood-hit Philippines
Earth crust events -- another cause for a Japanese radioactivity leak Iran quake: Rescuers find more bodies
Keep in mind, Mars/Saturn coming together is the kick off for these and other strife -- because Mars stays with Saturn in Libra through the end September. Then, in early October, Mars rams into Rahu.
Some folks experienced Mars/Saturn strife because Mars/Saturn hit a planet in their Vedic chart. One broke her computer. Another had an infection. A lady at the coffee shop went bonkers Tuesday morning, claiming police brutality, a lawsuit..... for events that happened 30 years ago. C.A. in Los Angeles had a particularly hard hit, but I've heard nothing.
News Flash. Just in from Pipe-smoking Yoda, Thanks for the plug for my upcoming blockbuster movie, Sarah Palin as Trailer Park Super Hero in "Tits of Furry
Tropical Storms Predictions Review
This year's tropical storm activity falls into three intervals.
The April 13 VedicLeaks predicted that after Mars turns forward April 14 in fiery Leo, Destructive Mars brings storms, and from Leo in the U.S. chart, he aspects the Moon - kapha (watery) and the home. So, expect truly violent and destructive storms. These will stimulate fires and floods. ...And, as Mars continues in Leo until June 22, spring storms will continue into the early summer. (Note: Mars also aspects watery Scorpio, where Rahu, the head-of-the-dragon eclipse point is transiting.)
The May 28 VedicLeaks reported on history-making early tropical storms in May -- before the hurricane season officially began June 1.
The July 2 VedicLeaks indicated a lull in tropical storms until mid August, Mars crashing into Saturn in mid August, and then into Rahu in early October, could see major hurricanes return after being largely absent for six years.
The July 2 VedicLeaks continued,
The above August 20 VedicLeaks entry cited three current tropical storms, not including Isaac, which now threatens the Gulf of Mexico. Since mid August, there has been significant typhoon activity as well. This article further confirms, Typhoon Tembin sweeps across Taiwan.
It's vital to note that while hurricanes bruise coastal areas, they can also harm in other ways, like to gas and oil. In The May 15 In-depth Forecast, Sorry, But It's Not Over Yet, the list of laundry list of sensitive areas included, Atlantic hurricanes -- would drive up oil prices. The February 2, 2012 In-depth Forecast, The Economy & Oil, first examined this issue, looking closely as the tail-of-the-dragon eclipse point, Ketu, the indicator of gas an oil,
We all know gasoline has moved up $0.40 per galleon from $3.37 to $3.72 since early July.
Tropical Storms Update
Tropical Storm Isaac is on everyone's radar because it threatens to resume destructive Atlantic hurricane activity, especially in Florida, which has not experienced a major hurricane since the back to back deadly seasons of 2004 and 2005. Of course, too, The Republican National Convention starting Monday in Tampa is at risk. Whether Donald Trump's hair gets drenched is of no interest, however.
This large. but not yet well organized. storm remains a tropical storm and is headed for the Gulf of Mexico. Certainly offshore oil platforms and pipelines could be damaged. The U.S. chart is not particularly harmed right now -- but it will be starting in early September. This suggests more hurricanes in September through early October will further harm gas and oil production. Of course, the negative Ketu karma can actualize in more than one way, and probably will. There's the hot water on Israel's stove that increasingly threatens to boil over in an attack on Iran. As the The Economy & Oil stated, The conclusion here is that Israel will attack Iran in late summer, causing a major spike in oil prices that will turn the nascent economic recovery into a rout.
Tropical Storm Isaac Toward New Orleans
Isaac did, of course, pass by Florida bringing only high winds and rain. Here in Venice, south of Tampa, it's really blustery but little rain.
The media is making waves comparing Isaac to Katrina. They relate the two for nearly identical tracks and also hitting at the end of August. Katrina made landfall in New Orleans August 29, 2005. Here's a Forbes article on the topic, Tropical Storm Isaac Should Rival Hurricane Katrina.
Well, if a bully attacks you at the same place and on the same calender date years after an attack, that's coincidence. It certainly doesn't tell you anything about how this 2012 bully compares with 2005 one. Here's another article, this from CNN, linking these two events together, Isaac poised for Gulf landfall on Katrina anniversary.
Praying Away The Storm
It actually makes a lot more sense to believe that the Evangelical Christians prayed away the storm from the Tampa convention location. Whoa! Looks like they did it!, Christians Successfully Pray The Hurricane Away From Tampa Convention, Folks in Louisiana and Mississippi have Pastor Jesten Peters and her followers to thank for sending Tropical Storm Isaac in their direction. Isaac had threatened to disrupt the Republican National Convention in Tampa this week, but Pastor Peters stepped in... It seems, though, that messing with mother nature wasn't such a great idea -- since tropical storm Isaac hitting Tampa is minor compared with hurricane Isaac striking New Orleans. Well, it's also true that God works in mysterious ways. Now Mitt Romney is certainly happy about this, since as a Mormon, he's getting a free ride on Evangelical Christians. "This is wonderful, said Mitt. It's like a new tax shelter without expensive lobbying!"
Now, here comes another group, praying Isaac away from New Orleans! -- Tropical Storm Isaac Evacuations Move Celebrities to Call for Prayer. We all known that prayers by celebrities are worth more than prayers by simple folk -- because it's the praying that made them celebrities, right? This supercharged celebrities praying should really work! Where will they pray Isaac to, pray tell? There's only one place for Isaac to go, Mexico.
The above August 24 prediction for tropical storm Isaac is not swayed by either the media hype, nor the religious cults. There is fine-tuning though. I stated, The U.S. chart is not particularly harmed right now -- but it will be starting in early September. This suggests more hurricanes in September through early October will further harm gas and oil production. More specifically, the U.S. chart's Dasas (planetary cycles) change to Mars/Mercury/Venus/Mars August 30, not early September. It's the double destructive Mars that will cause problems. That is Thursday, after Isaac makes landfall. It suggests Isaac will cause more flooding harms after it hits land on Wednesday.
Also, Mars/Mercury/Venus/Mars last only three days, until September 2. Then, the Dasas change to Mars/Mercury/Venus/Rahu. Rahu is even more destructive in the U.S. chart. This sequence continues until September 11. Look for upcoming tropical storms to form and hit the U.S. then. Of course, with their great successes in praying away Isaac, the Evangelical Christians will not doubt be in full pious force to push away any such incoming hurricanes. I have a two-part question here. Does anyone feel sorry for the Mexicans? Aren't Mexican Christians too?
The bottom line is there are a lot stresses, losses and consequent craziness in the world now due to the Mars/Saturn conjunction. But still, just in case some of this praying stuff actually works, don't go to Mexico!