Of Philosophy, Politics & Astrology
(Spiritual Citizenship and
July 4, 2003
country is poised at a historic crossroads. The millennium belief
in a raising of consciousness, of advancing spiritually to world peace
and prosperity, have been dashed by the inevitable turning of the wheel
of karma. The illusion of ever-increasing wealth has been crushed
by greed. the democratic process is sub- verted by republican
imperialism, intolerant warfare supercedes multiculturalism and our very
culture is attacked all over a world torn anew by war, disease, hunger
Where to we go from here? How may we
harness the essential goodness of mankind to reverse-course from violent
destruction to peaceful construction?
This Commentary proposes integrating spiritual
values and the political process using the concept of the karma
of personal responsibility. It is a step-by-step logical
progression culminating in a suggestion for empathetic spiritual
citizenship. Hopefully the compact narrative will capture your
early interest to carry you through its several pages.
Yes, there's a roll here for India's Vedic
Astrology. This is, after all, the writer's profession, and as
explained below, this form of divination is integral to the Vedas'
(Hindu) pristine and timeless spiritual knowledge and awareness.
Vedic Astrology perceives truths in the events and circumstances of the
past, present and future and thereby offers insight to guide humanistic
action in an increasingly inhumane world.
is a dry and cold word, no juice in images of abstract constructs
written too long ago by dusty gray-bearded scholars. Just reading
the dictionary definition is sleep-provoking, "Pursuit of
wisdom," "a discipline comprising logic: aesthetics,
ethics, metaphysics, and epistemology," and my favorite desert-
ification of enthusiasm, "a search for truth through logical
reasoning rather than factual observation." But spirituality,
now there's a motivational word to stir the emotional mind, to stimulate
hope and joy. Spirituality even references, ecstasy
- as wet and hot as philosophy is
dry and cold.
one builds upon the other; they intertwine. Fundamentally, all
philosophy seeks to demonstrate the truth and dispel falsehoods.
Spirituality, at least the Hindu sort, instructs that the realization
of truth for the self brings the joy of detachment and union with
the cosmos (God). This is a transition from disharmony to harmony
as the fog of Maya (illusion) yields to self-realization.
Hindus believe that the ancient seers of India were divinely inspired
with spiritual knowledge (the four Vedas, epic poems), and comprised
their philosophy by deciphering the Vedas (the Bhagavad Gita, the
Upanishads...). Yes, some of this spiritual philosophy is given in
meaty chunks too heavy for the light-seeking vegetarian spiritualist.
Examples, "Solitude is the price of greatness" and "Some
pain is inevitable, suffering is optional" don't play to big
crowds, but there are plenty of more easily digestible teachings.
So, for this commentary, let's replace philosophy with spirituality,
and at least readers won't be prone to dozing off.
here's another word just laced with negative connotations. In the
West, Astrologers synthesize compelling New Age beliefs with a
multitude of techniques. Consistency and diffused
psychological descriptions are issues. Scientific minds reject
western astrology because it uses the seasonal tropical zodiac, which is
24 degrees ahead of the celestial positions. (Of course, there are
those few Western Astrologers who are adept, and there are good but
complex reasons they persevere.)
The East's lunar-based Vedic Astrology is by contrast
scientific, "knowledge attained through study and pract-
ice." Using the celestial sidereal zodiac, resting
upon Hinduism's spiritual foundation and applying extensive
technical analysis, Jyotish as it is called in India, is a
true predictive science. Indians even call their
astrologers, travelers in time. Vedic Astrology
is described as the "Eye of
the Vedas" for its unique illumination of future karmic
ebbs and flows that pro- mote spiritual growth and harmony.
However, Vedic Astrology is apparently too fate-oriented, or
controlling, for the free will loving western mind.
American colonists drove out their
English masters to gain independence and have denied outside
control, and by association fate, ever since.
Because astrological predictions must be
founded upon a fated future, it is
for Americans to believe in astrology. Yet, most read newspaper
horoscopes and many have astrology readings, done in hope of discovering
divine order in the cosmos guiding their lives. The term Vedic
predictions, in referencing the spiritually respectable Vedas and
applying American hope for an order, not chaos, in the cosmos, replaces
the term astrology in this commentary. Using Vedic
predictions, we have an acceptable tool to plan for the future that
avoids Western astrology's predictive limitations and rectifies Vedic
Astrology's objectionable fate.
has long been America's salvation and its curse. The democratic
system preserves freedom, but the accompanying political process is rife
with lies and disharmony, even as the system is self-correcting in
finding truth through debate and elections. Thus, politics is
antagonistic to spirituality's goals of truth and harmony.
Politics is equally at odds with Vedic predictions, for the accuracy
therein challenges politicians' truth-twisting and exposes their selfish
actions. In Vedic spirituality, public service is pure and
thus have a love/hate relationship with democracy. We love
selfless leaders and abhor selfish politicians. Unfortunately, at
any given time, half of us disagree with the other half about who are
the leaders and who are the politicians. So, the word politics
is offensive. Citizenship, however, coheres well with
spirituality and Vedic predictions because citizenship is simply defined
as, "the quality of an individual's response to membership in a
community." Citizenship requires a spiritual approach to
politics. Good citizens follow the qualities of honesty and
morality contained within Vedic predictions.
these positively denotative and connotative terms together, we have an
essay entitled Spiritual Citizenship and Vedic Predictions.
Let's see how these concepts may be applied to the current reality of
the George W. Bush presidency.
Bhagavad Gita & the Bush Agenda
Bhagavad Gita, mentioned above, is a spiritual guide set at the
onset of a terrible internecine war for the throne. It is
the discourse on which Gandhi based his political philosophy and
activism. In the Gita, Lord Krishna explains to the
leading charioteer, Arjuna, that doing the right thing, seeing
and acting upon the truth, is the essence of living, of one's
dharma. This is the basis of spiritual life. The
timeless Gita’s context of a split family on the eve of
combat is compelling. It relates well today to our
American split family, in which the Republican imper- ial
class misuses power through well-funded charismatic
demagoguery intended to permanently impoverish and
disenfranchise the working classes - the rest of us.
The Bush administration’s lies
and accompanying misuse of power inevitably impact us all, an
alarming karmic flood that cannot be ignored without peril or
meditated away. It is increasingly difficult for
spiritual citizens to sit on the sidelines and work only
with those of a peaceful, non-confrontational bent seeking
self-realization. Spiritual citizenship requires right
action for truth in the public arena to fulfill one's dharma of
duty to self and community. The law of karma is
undeniable. Failure to perform ones dharma will
reflexively spring- board back to harmful karma, personally and
Vedic Predictions for the Bush's Downfall
predictor devotes the majority of his time to mundane (world)
forecasting, and paid Forecast Subscriptions support this work.
Fate guides the effort, understood through study of his own
Vedic chart, for forecasting flows with the karmic tide of his
dharmic duty as a spiritual citizen. This focus was
launched incidentally, even though karma governs all incidents,
by predicting on September 7, 2001, "There may also be some
religious fanaticism, aggravating the situation -Mideast stuff?
I see 9/10 to 9/14 as being really bizarre." National
recognition encouraged the addition of forecasting to
bread-and-butter chart consultations.
series of now 21 Forecasts was initiated in July 2002 alerting
the public to President Bush's: fated rise and fall, his lying,
ruthlessness and violence and his great misadventure of invading
Iraq that initiates his disgrace.
As these Forecasts anticipated the ill-fated path ahead
for our country, they have provided an opportunity for spiritual
citizens to combat and contain Bush's negative karma, to stop
the drowning flood at its source.
[Present day Iraq locates the biblical Garden Of
Eden. A karmic implication is that Bush's current cycle of
Rahu (an astronomical eclipse point and insanely greedy head of
a snake in Hindu mythology) brings him to the serpent. God
(truth) then casts Bush out of his paradise of tainted power.]
The Time For Truth Has Arrived
recent Vedic predictions maintain that Bush is already beginning
to reap the predicted karmas from manipulating the truth to
justify his invasion of Iraq.
resistant influences against US policies include: people and
terrorist groups in Arab and other Islamic countries, the people
and governments in most western democracies, rogue govern- ments
worldwide, even Russia and China.
home, there’s resurgence of spiritual citizenship protesting
the Bush imperialist flood, accompanied by gradual but
inevitable agree- ment from pundits, scholars and politicians
that Bush lied about Iraq. Although widespread spiritual
citizenship activism opposing the inva- sion of Iraq failed, and
many remain disappointed and depressed into inaction, the
movement is rapidly regrouping, for the truth will not be
citizenship is using technology in creating an effective
grass-roots democratic platform opposing Bush’s
deceptive strategic philosophy and misleading tactical policies.
Astrologically, Mars (machines), Saturn (technical) and Rahu
(science) are currently prominent in the natural zodiac.
They stimulate communications and media tech- nology - primarily
the internet, but also
expanding cable/satellite coverage, cell phones... that truly
empower spiritual citizenship.
in the mainstream media, long spoon-fed Bush’s inventions
of immanent attacks by terrorist groups and rogue governments to
justify his imperialism and divert attention from the failing
economy, is questioning Bush because of pressure from
spiritual citizenship. Reflexively,
politicians on both sides of the aisle are covering their
positions by researching whether
Bush lied about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction.
Perhaps a real leader will even emerge from this process.
Nixon’s nearly 1 1/2 year
time-line to his resignation (Nixon lied about Watergate
cover-up April 1973 and the resignation occurred in August 1974)
is comparable to Bush’s emerging time-line of lies to
disgrace. Bush began manipulating intelligence information
about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction in August 2002 and is
predicted to resign or be impeached in November of this year, 1
1/3 years. Given accelerated change enabled by expansion
and speed of communications since the early 70’s, Bush’s
time-line could be further compressed from Nixon’s.
Means Never Justify An End
heard concept is that the means never justify the end.
(It is true, however, that journalists and politicians blindly
use this justifi- cation, so patriotically authoritative
President's influence been.)
series of now 21 Forecasts began in July 2002 alerting
the public to President Bush's: fated rise and fall,
his lying, his ruthlessness and vio- lence and his
great misadventure of invading Iraq that initiates his
The July 22, 2002 Forecast August 02-July 03
cautioned, "There is one period this winter,
however, that will threaten... Beginning January 7,
2003, Saturn will retrograde back into Taur- us,
rejoining Rahu to precipitate more victimizing... ...
suggesting downfall, or at least irreparable dam- age
to his (Bush's) reputation. Bush is the wild
card here, injuring the recovery and stability through
the fall but also possibly a war with Iraq..."
The October 24, 2002 The Bush Presidency - Profile
& Prediction warned, "President Bush is
fearful, suspicious, violent and cold-hearted,
especially about foreigners, and he used moralistic
Christian beliefs to justify his actions....
This unexpect- ed elevation in Bush's life occurred
because his Saturn/Mercury cycle activated a
long dormant (Viparita) Yoga.... that grants... a
'sudden rise.' The other fated influence in
Bush's chart is his Kala Sarpa Yoga... and it
predestines the life to karmic control ...Bush's rise
to power and his misuse of that power cause an
equivalent fall... This is the unalterable fate of his
life.... Since December 2000 and until November
2003, Bush is both tremendously motivated and empow-
ered to gain power... ... and this brings out his long
The January 2, Face-off 2003 Bush/Hussein
cautioned about Bush's manipulative push to invade
Iraq, "The captain’s fair-sailing prom- ises
and favorable marine weather reports fail to dispel
the crew’s cold clamminess. In this
unfamiliar dis- connection between personal reality
and official statements, the cold penetrates right
to worried bones... In Bush's chart, his 5th house of
crea- tive intelligence is in Mars' ruled sign of
Scorpio, giving him a rash and ill-tempered nature.
That Bush's Mars is placed in the 2nd house of speech
brings lying and alcohol... ..and a shifty
January 19, The Certainty Of Invading Iraq
voiced concern, "The public and foreign
governments are increasingly convinced that without
proof of Hussein’s illegal armaments, the US must
not invade Iraq, and common sense dictates it is impos-
sible for Hussein to ‘prove a neg- ative,’ that he
doesn’t have these weapons... ...Mercury's
retrograde motion is the culprit in this logic
March 25, The Iraq War Unfolds & Comments
warned, "The continued and even escalating
protests at home and abroad build a foundation for
revolt against Bush’s new American imperialism, and
these efforts are precious to democracy, self-
determination, international relations, peace and
June 6, Comments On the May 30 Solar Eclipse
stated, "The ticking time bomb of the US failure
to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq has Tony
Blair under attack for man- ipulating intelligence
information. The US is beginning to wake up to
the absolute requirement for truth, assailing the
recent Vedic predictions maintain that Bush is
already beginning to reap the predicted karmas from
manipulating the truth to justify invading Iraq.
The May 28 Summer
2003 Major Transits described how move- ments of
Mars, Jupiter and Rahu/ Ketu (the solar and lunar
eclipse points) will bring political and religious
antagonisms, scandal and economic decay during this
last half of 2003.
June 12 A Challenging Few Days announced the
initial result of the first major summer transit,
Mars early June move into Aquar- ius, "The past
few days have seen significant violence and
disruption in the world..."
June 15 Future Chronicle - Bush’s Downfall
explained how the summer and fall planetary ener-
gies signify a widespread backlash against Bush and
also propel him to reflexive self- destructive lies
and stonewalling that culminate in his downfall by
the November lunar eclipse.
lie is a lie, just as a "rose is a rose."
Stand-ins do not
prevail. Truth, as taught in the Bhagavad Gita and many
other spiritual texts worldwide, is incontrovertible and
amount of government denial, posturing, misdirection and/or
rationalizing the good result of invading Iraq
can undo the fact that Bush used dishonest means to
justify his end. As Bush’s lying means
creates inevitable karmic harms from his Iraq
misadventure, there can be no good result, only his end.
A bulwark of spiritual citizenship can help protect the
community against the flooding karma of hate and violence that
will inundate his presidency.
Karma Of Personal Responsibility
this context, recall that the Bhagavad Gita is most
essentially about the search for truth, for truthfulness is
the bedrock upon which spirituality must rest. It’s what
it is, Vedic Astrology clients are often told, to support
their understanding of and dealing with unpleasant events and
circumstances in their lives. Wishing these away or
trying to ignore them cannot decrease suffering.
Untreated wounds only fester
until the limb is cut away or the patient dies. Detached
perception to learn truth and responsible action to promote
truth as spiritual citizens will improve our individual
lives and thereby the plight of the country and the world as
influenced by the US. This essay, then, encourages the
spiritual citizen to engage as a spiritual warrior for truth,
to demand and deal with what it is in Bush’s
deceptions. Only then will disharmony begin yielding to
The planetary karmas steer the world
inevitably to Bush’s downfall in a very real and unrelenting
way. The wheel of karma doesn't stop rolling.
Momentum is being gained day-by-day in spiritual citizenship
efforts to restore the people’s democracy at home and begin
to undo to Bush’s ruinous actions abroad, where now nearly
everyone hates or fears an imperial US. This view,
however, may incorrectly encourage avoiding our personal duty
as described in the Gita.
Yes, one may sit idly by,
assuming others will correct Bush's unjust administration, using the
adage his means justifying his ends as an excuse.
It is also true, however, that even just one person evading his duty
retards the process of Bush’s inevitable downfall, and this inaction
increases suffering in this country and throughout the world. To
quote another adage, each of us is just a drop in the bucket,
but the bucket is filled by individual drops.
a social worker stands aside from the confrontation, and Bush remains in
power just the few seconds more needed for that person’s financially
strapped supervisor to lay him off. Another represent- ative
scenario is a retired woman failing to act, to put her drop in the
bucket, and then the consequential miniscule extension of
Bush’s power sinks the investments supporting her. The
deteriorating economic and political situation throughout the world is a
natural consequence of Bush's karma touching us all, and if we
all don't experience some loss today, then we inevitably will.
Tomorrow or the following day the karmic flood will over-wash the
country, like a hurricane over an island.
There is natural concern about how to carry out
ones karma of personal responsibility. Some people have affinity
for letter writing to media and politicians. Others attend
organized protests. Yet, many spiritual folks are unsurprisingly
reticent, hesitant to become political combatants, for they are attuned
to Venus's gentleness, sensitivity and compassion, not Mars' aggression
and confrontation. An accompanying activism barrier is the long
road to the November 2004 national elections. Dedicating ones
energies to distasteful politicking for a year and half, after just
being defeated in preventing war, is daunting. Many conclude we
must live with Bush until the elections, and even if they then act by
voting, his political machine will persevere.
view misses a vital and fundamental aspect of our technological society.
Via instant public opinion polls, Americans in reality vote daily
through polling, and all politicians both follow results and
attempt to preserve or improve their ratings to gain reelection.
In politics, personal survival is the ultimate motivator. Bush's
father suffered a precipitous decline in the polls after the first Gulf
War because of recession, and failing to reverse the business
decline, he lost the election to Clinton. Similarly, George W.
Bush will fall off the mountain of public acclaim, for although he
understands well the lesson of his father's defeat, he is powerless to
reverse the karmic consequences of his international and domestic
Bush's decline in the polls this summer and
fall will signal his defeat in the 2004 election, and his influence will
decline concurrently. Elected supporters in Congress and lower
governmental levels will quickly distance themselves from Bush, and the
democratic opposition will become emboldened to criticize Bush and his
supporters, former and remaining. Understanding the power of
the polls, the temperate spiritual citizen may naturally fulfill his
karma of personal responsibility simply by empathetically speaking his
truth to family, friends, acquaintances and coworkers. This
truly peaceful grassroots approach will inexorably accelerate the poll
shift away from Bush, render him powerless, and hopefully bring his
resignation or impeachment. After all, Congress moved to impeach
Bill Clinton for lying about oral sex; Bush lied repeatedly, about
taking the country to war and spins new falsehoods about this and
other topics daily.
divisive planetary karmas described in Summer 2003 Major Transits
are already bringing confron- tation, as described above, and their
essential nature is motivating spiritual citizens to correct the
injustice. Millennia ago, Iraq was the Garden Of Eden, and ironically,
President Bush's deceitful Iraq invasion, osten- sibly to restore the
Garden, must cause his fated downfall. Bush has bitten the snake's
apple of greed and will be cast out of the White House, including its
symbolic rose garden, for his actions.
imminent danger to the US, and literally the entire world, is not
Islamic-bred terrorism but Bush’s imperial terrorism. Since it
is always better to flow with the karma, not fight "what it
is," this commentary encourages your earliest acknowledgement of
your karma, your dharma, your spiritual citizenship to turn our country
back to seeking our Garden Of Eden in this new millennium. Just
speak your truth.