Insights have been slow in coming, which sometimes happens. The January 25 entry, which included a prediction-check, appears to be sufficient -- so far. Here's a recap.
the public sector is at war with itself
like an earthquake shakes a house on a weak foundation. ...serious governmental discords and gridlock returning the Congress
violences and storms
economic losses and disease
Peak Mars turbulence
the end of February and into early March... ...like an earthquake shakes a house on a weak foundation. (Note: The January 25 entry listed links to article about the debt ceiling, which comes due then. Other Mars harms can certainly result then.)
The January 15 VedicLeaks entry also discussed Mars changing signs from Virgo to Libra, during which interval he is weak for being at the sign edges, called Sandhi -- and also in that VedicLeaks, the Cujo effect. Sandhi results when a planet is within 2 degrees of sign edge. The analogy is that Sandhi makes animal Mars foam at the mouth. Here again is the Mars Path graphic. Mars went Sandhi this past Tuesday, January 28, at 28 degrees and is currently at just over 29 degrees. He'll cross into Libra February Tuesday February 4 and reach 2 degrees Libra on February 13.
Thereby, Mars behaves like Cujo for two more weeks. And then, it will be only two more weeks before Mars gets very close to Rahu, the head-of-the-dragon eclipse point. So, this part of transit Mars journey is particularly challenging.
The Mars' Cujo effects Rahu (the serpent) at the end of February into early March will be much more serious. Sandhi is only weak. Mars with toxic Rahu is virulent. Rahu, true to his serpent's nature, strikes lightning fast, in an unanticipated, and uncontrollable way. This is why specific predictions for this interval are impractical. That being said, we can watch the news for emerging trends -- even as those can delude or mislead, as is also the serpent's nature.
An Overview On The U.S. Chart
The key transit positions of Mars, and also Saturn, show some repetition of karma. Much more than anything else, they impact Aries and Libra, the first and seventh houses of the natural zodiac. Recall the natural zodiac is the background pattern, and specific charts of people, nations... are drawn in the foreground. Since Mars and Saturn are malefics, and because Rahu/Ketu (the eclipse points) are also in this axis, there's tremendous stress there. The first house is the self, the identity and the personality. The seventh house is the other, relationships and the social nature, which relates to business.
For the U.S. chart, Aries is the fifth house of investments and the mind, and Libra the eleventh house of friends, groups and goals and gains.
Thus, the natural zodiac's Aries first house of the self is the U.S. fifth house of wealth and the mind. And, the natural zodiac's Libra seventh house of the other orients to the U.S. eleventh house friends, groups, goals and gains (financial).
We can integrate these influences to suggest: the U.S. Aries is concerned with peoples' wealth and viewpoints on economic fairness; and the U.S. Libra focuses upon relationships in and among groups for financial benefits.
This certainly applies well to current national issues, resting upon the foundation of income and wealth inequality -- the grass roots minimum wage movement, and key legislation for the farm bill, immigration and the debt ceiling, even restoring the voting rights protections.
In regard to the income and wealth inequality issue, we've all seen recent articles like, U.S. Poverty: Census Finds Nearly Half Of Americans Are Poor Or Low-Income,Wealth of Richest 400 Americans Equals that of Nation’s 44 Million African Americans and the zinger, World's 85 richest have same wealth as 3.5 billion poorest.
But this January 13 article brings the issue down to a personal level in showing the economy in your home county, Half of U.S. Counties Haven’t Recovered From Recession. Go to the article to expand the map.
Popular terms pop up that often become emblematic, and this one will soon be seared into the the common consciousness, bifurcated economy.
Everyone knows this to be true, even as the media issues rosy reports, US economy growing at 3.2% in the fourth quarter, official figures show. The situation is reminiscent of the march-up to the Iraq Invasion, discussed in this January 2, 2003 In-depth Forecast, Face-off 2003 Bush/Hussein.
As was stated previously in The Celestial Wheel, Serf's Up!
Keeping Up With Mercury And Mars
This VedicLeaks entry discusses Mercury retrograde and Mars. With Mercury retrograde and The Totality Of Transit Mars Is The Definitive Karma now, these are the planets to monitor. It's important to keep track of predictions and not lose or forget information threads. Besides, the Mercury retrograde, memory is sometimes elusive.
Some Interesting Mercury Retrograde Effects
Accidents during the Olympics were predicted in the February 7 Heads-up (inserted above). Here are three,
Accidents occur all the time, especially on the highway. But this these are classical Mercury retrograde in being confusion, combined with Mar's signification for accidents, Wrong-way car crashes in Florida and California kill 11.
Airplane accidents were also predicted in above the February 7 Heads-up. Mars' signification for accidents increases on Tuesday, the day of the week Mars rules. Today is Tuesday. Here's one, Military plane crashes in eastern Algeria, 'killing 100'. It could also be an omen for more to come, especially at the end of the month and into early March. And don't forget rockets and drones!
Mars being discord, it's natural that arguments increase. The U.S. the January 8 VedicLeaks entry stated, ...this long Mars transit through Virgo is very rough. Recalling that the tenth house of government officials and Saturn there symbolizes greedy and manipulative capitalists, the public sector will be at war with itself -- In Washington DC, the States and locally.
Following President Obama's Superbowl interview with Bill O-Reilly, the far right vitriol increased. Also, as Mars stimulates the political left. Stronger statements from MSNBC against the right pours more fuel onto the FOX fire. How Dare Chris Mathews say we are biased! Followed by, Benggazi is a massive cover up by the CIA as ordered by King Obama who should be impeached. These FOX cries fall into a familiar theme, We're being attacked!, justifying even more vicious attacks against the left. And, of course, FOX loves to endlessly recite their network is the most trusted, while they omit the negatives. Fox is also the least trusted, and these results have been found for the last five years, Fox News still most trusted, least trusted. So guess what Sean Hannity et al, you are also disliked more than any other journalists for five years in a row! Isn't that the fair and balanced news?
A Positive Result From Mars
Malefic planets obviously bring challenge brought by their nature, most notably when their energies combine. But remembering that Only through turmoil comes change, their harms always have a silver lining. Similarly, don't hurricanes often also break droughts?
A recent example of malefics bringing needed change is last summer's Special Section -- A Whirlwind Summer And Fall 2013 analyzed the intense Saturn/Rahu conjunction. In the section, Your Personal Experiences, I wrote,
As described in the above, Mars' energy for discord heightens political actions. However, as the hard right's 20% of the population hardens even further, the 20% on the left toughens in response. And the election-deciding 60% in the middle rejects both the bomb-throwing between the two and the mean-spirited nature of the right. It takes a while, but the middle also hardens -- which motivates them to vote.
After all, shouldn't the minimum wage be increased so that people can support themselves? Should food stamps be cut back in a farm bill full of corporate welfare? How are those unable to get a job quickly going to survive without extended unemployment benefits? Is Obamacare truly horrible when 9 million more people already have good health insurance, and that number grows daily? Should women's reproductive rights -- physicals, cancer screenings, contraction, abortion... be restricted by a groups of old white men in Republican run states? Are voter ID laws and other voting restrictions fair, or do they reduce minority turnout? Finally, isn't the ongoing FOX News least trusted issue a bell-weather for voters this year? The December 21, 2013 free In-depth Forecast, Happy Holidays & Winter Solstice Too, stated, Next November will be here sooner than we expect.
Looking ahead to the November 4, 2014 midterm election, below is the transit wheel for the U.S. chart, with the Dasas (planetary cycles) following.
This looks like a major upset, perhaps even huge. Not only is Rahu active in the Dasas, but he's transiting right over birth chart Saturn -- government officials. Rahu will blow many out of office. Transit Saturn is weak and thereby unstable at the house/sign edge, just barely into the twelfth house of loss. This suggests other government officials will be unable to hold onto their positions. Finally, transit Mars is in the first house of the self, and it throws three nasty aspects -- red arrows. This means hard fighting political warfare, with many casualties.
Other stuff will be going on too. After Mars clears out of Virgo in early July, he's going to ram into both Rahu and Saturn. There will be destabilizing eclipses in October..
Despite what the pundits say about midterm elections favoring the administration's opponents and gerrymandered Republican house seats, this information indicates a rout.
Getting back to the 20% left and 60% middle in the U.S., because that chart's Dasa planets are masculine Mars major and feminine Venus minor, women, who are slower to anger than men, will turn out to vote in great numbers to protect their interests. Mom will be cleaning house.
Consequential Results From Past Predictions
Vedic Astrology is vast, and its practitioners can naturally see only some planetary karmas and integrate from these even fewer consequential results. An issue is remembering predictions, especially those made years ago.
This VedicLeaks' section section reveals consequential results from predictions, some made long ago. Remember, The Celestial Wheel was launched in 2002. These recollections happen now because Mercury, the planet of communications, is also this astrologer's the planet of writing and publishing. And, I'm currently running its Dasa -- planetary cycle. So, as retrograde turns Mercury's mental energy inward and backward, predictions pop out of the past to fit into current events -- eureka moments.
Everyone knows that drought conditions, which have harmed various parts of the U.S. now for three over years, are catastrophic California. See, California's Drought Could Be the Worst in 500 Years.
But what about Rahu Dasa? At first glance, Rahu does not indicate drought, though it certainly does bring lots of other issues. Match up the two previous Rahu Dasas in the U.S. chart with history. It was Rahu's turbulence that broke America free of its English rulers and also brought the First Progressive Age.
Here's something else that popped out. In rereading Millennium Contraction Migrations, I noted this forgotten passage, ...Vedic Astrology can offer some insight on long term trends, even as specific results may not be seen for some time. As discussed in the May 2004 The Jupiter/Saturn Conjunction -- A New Twenty Year Era, labor globalization comes from 2000 to 2020.
No citations are needed to validate that manufacturing was shifted overseas beginning at that time. Unfortunately, that process promises to continue. although it's certainly possible the U.S. will learn how to use it's labor resources more effectively, and labor abuses in third world countries will diminish.
Rahu In Libra -- Aeronautics
And here's another bit of information that popped out. Rahu circles the zodiac every 18 1/2 years. Rahu is airplanes, and Venus is vehicles. We would expect that when Rahu transits through Venus ruled Libra, advances in aeronautics would result. Checking back, the space race began with the U.S.S.R. launching Sputnik October 4, 1957. Rahu entered Libra February 25 1957 and left Libra August 28, 1958.
Rahu is in Libra now with Saturn, which brings technical quality and also victimizing. The U.S. is running its warrior Mars Dasa from late 2008 to late 2015. Rahu and Saturn are in Libra January 14, 2013 to July 6, 2014. Certainly drone warfare has advanced during this interval, but more positively, private spaceflight has taken off, Private Spaceflight.
Hmmmmmm... since Rahu is airplanes, it makes sense that manned flight began during the second Rahu Dasa -- 1899 to 1913. The Wright brothers first flew December 17, 1903, and by 1913, aviation had become common. Wouldn't we expect aeronautics will make similar giant strides during the U.S. chart's upcoming Rahu Dasa from late 2015 until 2033? Could that help the globe deal with climate change, pollution and clean energy?
Sun spot activity is unusually and unexpectedly low. In researching this topic, another pop out surfaced, Long Range Solar Forecast.
The peak sun spot years looked familiar! I checked back to the August 2013 free In-depth Forecast, Mideast Karma Peaking Again, to find the dates matched up pretty well.
October 23, 1944 to September 23, 1945 -- 1945 King Oil
November 2, 1955 to February 26, 1957 -- 1956 Suez Crisis
January 14, 1968 to May 1, 1969 -- 1968 War Of Attrition
December 2, 1978 until November 3, 1979 -- 1979 Iranian Revolution
December 15, 1990 to April 12, 1991 -- 1991 Gulf War
March 1, 2002 to July 22, 2002 -- 2001+ Afghanistan War
January 14, 2013 to July 6, 2014 -- 2013-14 Saturn/Rahu Conjunction