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Lance Armstrong -- A Lesson And A Warning
And now, with his crimes finally revealed, Armstrong won't relent. Armstrong still believes that by sheer force of will and power, and his unequaled greatness, he can and must win-at-all-costs. Armstrong simply cannot slake the tremendous desire-driven ego. Yesterday's confession thereby didn't demonstrate humility, but rather hubris, a megalomaniac personality. Several Celestial Wheel Participants are in the medical field. They may describe him as an incurable sociopath, psychopath, delusions of grandeur... I am interested in hearing your thoughts, to then share them in a Celestial Wheel entry.
Learn From This Example
Now that the truth is out, if you are in any way inclined to dismiss or forgive Armstrong, instead crediting him for his dishonest achievements, think again. Would you do business with this guy, who will gobble you up, just as he has his competitors and others for decades? If so, I've got a great deal for you on underwater Florida lots! -- I guarantee will bring you a huge profit! Bernie Madoff has nothing on Lance Armstrong, for the latter gained both tremendous wealth and celebrity as a true American sports hero and do-gooder.
The wheels of justice always turn slowly and certainly often imperfectly. It took decades before Armstrong's crimes (and there can be no argument his actions were not criminal) were revealed. Sometimes, unfortunately, the crooks do get away with it, but if they do, it's only because we let them. Justice is metered out by government, but public action is necessary to keep the criminal justice system honest.
(Note: I will always be disgruntled that the Washington Post and other news media in which we trusted, took the bait of G.W. Bush's lies about Iraq's WMD. The media completely failed in its job as the fourth estate, and I believe that to be the underlying reason mainstream media has suffered so many losses. Yes, the internet ruined the newspaper business, the dominance of TV networks... but that resulted only because the internet provided a broad stage upon which other media could fill the void of incompetence.)
Armstrong's Vedic Chart
A web search doesn't reveal Armstrong's birth time, but many years ag,o in response to rumors about his using drugs, I did a quick rectification, arriving at approximately 3:00 PM. Nothing happened about that then. So, I set the chart aside.
Notable is the tremendous desire resulting from an exalted Mars with Rahu, the head-of-the-dragon eclipse point. As the planet of athletics, this Mars is very powerful, although the chart is not overall physically strong enough for Armstrong to have reached the top of his field without drugs. That Armstrong didn't begin to win big bicycle races until he started using drugs proves this.
(BTW, a key in my rectifying the chart to 3:00 PM was Mars and Rahu in the second house of truth and food quality -- where they stimulate lying and using drugs.)
This Mars/Rahu influence is compelling for Romney (and Armstrong) on it's own, of course. What makes it absolutely relevant and important is this is same desire-driven greed that haunts America. If you've been Participating in The Celestial Wheel for at least a few months, you'll recall that in the run-up to his fall's presidential election, I explained that Mitt Romney has a Mars/Rahu influence. This virulent combination enabled Romney's tremendous success throughout his life, until the election. I've called Romney a One-Man Goldman Sachs. But that his willingness to win-at-all-costs resulted in blow-back from the public, costing him the election.
The September 26, 2012 In-depth Celestial Wheel, Romney, stated,
For more information on Mars/Rahu, take another look at the October 10, 2012 Romney Part Two.
And here's the blowback, from the October 30, 2012 Short-subject VedicLeaks, in which, at the end, I predicted Obama would win,
A Different Kind Of Poster-boy
In closing, here's my comment in the above linked Washington Post article on Lance Armstrong, Lance Armstrong confession gets specific in Oprah Winfrey interview,
Innumerable Measurements & Techniques
Beyond this natural human limitation, as Jyotish, as the Science Of Light, can only be a search for truth -- and isn't that what spirituality is anyway? If Jyotishis knowingly, or even unknowingly, deviate from the truth, then we suffer for that -- in one way or another. This is the law of karma -- action and reaction. Accompanying this it the karma of personal responsibility. If we can assist humanity in any way, we must do that. As Jyotishis, we naturally have a unique role, for who else has a divination form and toolbox insightful techniques to predict the future with reliable accuracy? I publish The Celestial Wheel because I can do that specialized work and thereby am obligated to do my best. Keep in mind, however, that I'm not absolutely prescient -- no one can be -- and I check my predictive results and post corrections. The very worst thing a Jyotishi can do is issue statements that are not true, and thereby mislead others.
(*Vedic Astrology in India is called Jyotish, and it's practitioners, Jyotishis.)
Understanding a person's chart well requires substantial effort. Initial consultations can only address what appear to be major karmas. It's akin to hearing only a few orchestral instruments, and the other 75 silenced. Often with clients, it takes months, even years to get to the bottom of central issues. Not only are the planetary karmas complex, but free will shifts them, and peoples' reports of their experiences cannot be exact. Well, nor can my understanding of what clients say and write be precise either! Too, not everyone's ears are read to hear when the receive Jyotish information about their charts. Well, all human endeavors occur in an imperfect world.
The U.S. Nation Chart
I've had the correct U.S. chart since 2004 and have worked with it extensively since then, -- July 4, 1776 at 6:17 PM Philadelphia. This is the Declaration of Independence chart, realistically the birth of the nation. There are lots these fourth of July birth charts, each using a unique time the author believes correct. There is no general agreement as to which is the right chart, so far.
However, very few U.S. Vedic Astrologers do mundane (world) astrology as a vocation. Most do mundane as a sideline, or only for major events, like presidential elections. The results of my efforts speak for themselves in driving Celestial Wheel forecasts for nine years in multitudes of predictions. I then check these, verifying the chart, which also adding to my understanding of it. Certainly too, if 6:17 PM were wrong, many errors would have resulted, violating Jyotish's search for truth. I would then have experienced negative karmic kicks. So far, I'm still standing!
Criminality In The U.S. Chart
This suggests, however, that Armstrong's lying, his criminality, his lack of honor, exists only within the private sector. That is not true.
In the 6;17 PM Fourth of July U.S. chart, leaders, and government officials in general, also have a dose of this harmful karma. It results from Saturn (government officials) placed in the tenth house of government officials, where it is afflicted, primarily by a very selfish and aggressive win-at-all-costs Mars. (Note, as planets in charts can denote more than one influence, this Saturn all symbolizes industrial and financial leaders.)
Yes, most are good, capable and honest civil servants. They choose the work to serve the public, not get rich. If they weren't, the U.S. could not be a modern, advanced, wealthy, capitalist democracy. A Progressive Age must thereby also root out those public officials who fail in their jobs to serve and protect the people. Consider only the criminal justice system, which is a fundamental. Without an effective one, legal anarchy results, and criminality flourishes, destroying commerce, and thereby the country's well being. Prosecutors are key, for they charge, arrest and try criminals in the courts.
Has The Second Gilded Age Begun?
In fact, if the Second Progressive Age just now started, then it couldn't have been in effect in Obama's first term. Why? Then, Obama was running his fallen (weak) Jupiter planetary cycle. As Jupiter is wisdom and law, Obama failed in both areas. The previous administration under Bush committed many crimes, most egregiously lying about Iraq to invade that country. (These were the corrupt neoconservative government officials.) They also tortured people, remember? They cut back necessary regulation, allowing the real estate boom and bust orchestrated by Wall Street Banks. With all our money, banks must always be on the tightest leash. Look at any boom and bust, and bankers are there, usually front and center. But Obama did nothing about any of these issues.
Obama deferred on prosecuting Bush administration officials by claiming the country should look ahead. He didn't reform government agencies weakened and corrupted under Bush. He didn't prosecute even one of the senior Wall Street bankers who wrecked the U.S. economy. This was the incredibly foolish too big to fail concept the Wall Street bankers convinced him of. Instead, he bailed them out, protecting them. What's with that? Without the rule of law, we revert to being a nation of just men.
The neoconservatives continue to roam free, many involved with conservative think tanks, hard right political campaigns, yellow journalism talk radio and the prince of press darkness, FOX News. In fact, their past transgressions are used as qualifications for these positions. At this late date, all remain off the hook, prospering from their crimes in their media positions.
Corrupted and weakened government agencies did respond to Obama's democratic appointments, but without this being an administration priority, corruption and rot remained. Bureaucratic inertia is always the stumbling block to progress in the public section. Real change in government agencies requires a potent focus and push from the top, from the Oval Office.
Protected Wall Street bankers did stop selling their crappy mortgages but only because that market busted. The Dodd-Frank Financial Reform law began rein the banks, but only a little and very gradually. The banker's lobby watered down and delayed implementations. The banks remain free to pursue their nefarious ways: the low interest game the Federal Reserve is playing with the big banks to drive up stock prices, computerized trading programs, derivatives, gambling with your deposits, currencies manipulations, cornering precious metals and commodities markets, selling securities to clients and then betting against them. Again, to date, however, not one Wall Street senior banker has been prosecuted. Yes, there have been lots of fines and adverse financial settlements, but the Wall Street banks are so wealthy, they have just allocated a small portion of their profits to pay those off. Fines for the big banks are just part of doing business. That's so clearly criminal, anyone can understand.
This April 2011 article compares Wall Street banker prosectuions after the real estate collapse to those in the 1980s savings and loan crisis, In Financial Crisis, No Prosecutions of Top Figures, This stands in stark contrast to the failure of many savings and loan institutions in the late 1980s. In the wake of that debacle, special government task forces referred 1,100 cases to prosecutors, resulting in more than 800 bank officials going to jail. Jail, by the way is not the correct term. Jails hold criminals for short periods, up to a few months. Prisons lock them up the really bad guys for years and years. And did those extensive prosecutions work, stop the crime? They sure did. With the senior executives in prison, the criminal leadership was gone. Another result was shutting down that segment of the financial industry, savings and loan association industry. A poisoned well can never be trusted for pure water again. Good riddance.
Obama's Second Term As A Progressive President
Obama's inauguration speech sure sounded Progressive. He has made some noises about deep cuts in Social Security and Medicare -- for which government insurance programs we have already paid. Medicaid for the poor is at some risk, but Obamacare seems to protect that. That was a misstep, but possibly a political move he knew wouldn't be accepted. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on that one.
A huge battle remains ahead this winter/spring on further required action to cut the huge federal deficit. Tax reform -- getting rid of loopholes -- can raise a lot of revenue. Success there will continue to redress the issue of an unfair taxing system, in which the rich keep getting richer, and the rest of us keep getting poorer! The hugely bloated military budget will be the cost cutting area battleground. Let's see if Obama's hard and tough Saturn makes the case that the U.S. must prioritize taking care of the old, the sick and the poor over a military that spends 40% of the world's total on defense and never wins any wars!
We have, however, the remaining issues of prosecuting the Bushie neoconservatives, reforming government agencies and prosecuting the Wall Street bankers. As stated, the first isn't going to happen, and it will continue for many years to be a stain on the U.S., both at home and abroad. However, the extreme right press is suffering setbacks in the court of public opinion -- becoming too extreme, losing the election. Other media are taking up the baton of truth. As Bill Clinton said, MSNBC is our own FOX news, and NBCis boosting the MSNBC team with respected heavyweights -- David Gregory, Andrea Mitchell... Further, they've lowered the bombast level, focusing better on issues and facts. Too, respected main stream media are regaining respect as the broadsides launched at them by the discredited extreme right have lost punch.
So, we have a very mixed bag so far in redressing Second Gilded Age abuses. However, there's a glimmer of hope now in prosecuting Wall Street.
The Fourth Estate
The Second Gilded Age under Bush, and continuing through Obama's first term, were periods of first greed, and a then inevitable economic collapse. We are still in going through the latter. The Second Progressive Age is a gradual rebalancing society to regain shared democratic values. It will take many years before policy changes begin to help us regain lost ground with regard to the rich.
During Bush's eight years and Obama's first four years, the press did not do its job. It was variously hoodwinked, bought off and drowned out by the right wing. If the press had insisted, as it should have, government agency shortfalls and failures to prosecute the bankers would not have occurred. (Too, the Bush administration criminality would have been stopped and prosecutions there done.) It's somewhat excusable the press didn't do much during the Bush years, although there always were media voices revealing those truths. That was a high hill to climb, and an energized right wing press was on his Bush's side. The press should not, however, be let off the hook for its responsibility as the fourth estate during Obama's first term. The Fourth Estate totally failed their karma of personal responsibility. They had a friendly administration then, which could have been forced Obama to do his job of enforcing the law.
Yet, that is how history unfolded, and now, with the Second Progressive Age beginning, the press can and should get some traction on these issues. The good news is that this could already be happening.
Earlier this week, PBS's Frontline aired, The Untouchables. This was not the first revelation of how and why the U.S. Justice Department failed to prosecute even one of the Wall Street crooks who dealt the economy a nearly mortal blow. They lured local banks to sell unqualified mortgages, and then packaged them into toxic securities that eventually failed. Dozens or articles, TV programs and books have been written previously about this to no effect.
The Untouchables, however, take hold, perhaps only now because of the rapid shift in public opinion that was shown in the election, and also an emboldened Obama in his hard Saturn planetary cycle. This is also a call to action for all of us. Read again this section from the referenced above January 18 entry about Lance Armstrong,
Well, now that the inept prosecutor has fled, there's an opportunity, indeed karmic duty, for the Obama administration to put a hard-nosed, tough, street-fighter type in his place. The Banksters are truly big bad guys who won't be imprisoned easily. You don't stop a rampaging wild boar by asking please. Nor can you put him down with an arrow.
Is This A Turning Point?
There remains time to right this wrong, to prosecute the bankster crooks in this debacle. The clock has not run out. The Justice Department can to this. It has the power and the expertise. Remember, thousands of bankers went to prison following the savings and loan crisis in the eighties -- and that was under Reagan's direction. Reagan simply said, all crimes must be prosecuted.
Consequences Of Prosecuting Bank Executives
Would breaking up the big banks harm you? That depends in part upon whether your savings rest with those or with the nearly 8000 small commercial banks, 7500 credit unions and many other financial institutions. (Of course, burying some silver coins or bars in your back yard is safest! Those who have bought silver when its price has dipped have done very well over the past few years.) If Bank Of America goes bankrupt because its top executives are marched off to prison in handcuffs, which they should, no other bank is big enough to take them over. The FDIC will take months and months to send you a check for your account balance. If you have money with any of the big banks, loans from them, even credit cards, you are both taking unnecessary risk, and your are enabling of their crimes. They use customer deposits to fund their fraudulent activities. Your karma of personal responsibility is to pull your money from the big banks.
If the big banks are broken up, will that affect your other financial resources -- salary, commission, pension, annuity, mutual fund, insurance, rents, 401K...? Yes. But since the big bankster banks are on course to crash the economy again, income and asset losses are inevitable. It's better to stop feeding the snake and instead cut his head now off before he strikes you yet again. The bankers' greed is unlimited. The have no consciousness of guilt.
But truly, if the Wall Street bankers are marched off in handcuffs, and the big banks fail, will the economy truly crash -- as the bankers claimed? Well, Iceland alone chose that other route, letting the banks fail. They screamed. The governments of Great Britain and the Netherlands howled in protest! Now, Iceland's economy has completely recovered. Watch this, Iceland president: Let banks go bankrupt. Gee, did the bankers and governments lie to us about that too? Sure did. Little Iceland's 320,000 people outsmarted the banks and governments globally! That's some 250 countries with 7 billion people! Maybe all their beauty queens, and Iceland has a lot of them, aren't so dumb blond after all.
Are there things you can do to protect yourself? Yes. As suggested, get your money out of the big banks. Move any investments away from their clutches, including 401K, annuities, stocks, bonds.... Evaluate your employer's ability to take a major economic hit... Cut your overheads. Plant a garden. Avoid the big cities where major riots will occur when the economy crashes again. These just sample protective strategies you can take. This is an era of transformation, which means we must transform, all of us, no exceptions. If you don't transform the bankster banks will nail you again. Protect yourself, for nobody else will. And if you doubt this risk, just look back to September 2008, when the crash started, and then March 2009, when the DOW had halved to 6500.
What If The Feds Don't Criminally Prosecute Senior Bank Executives?
We could push our elected representatives to finally take action. If that doesn't work, we can become financial vigilantes by pulling our money from the big banks, forcing their closure, as suggested above. I wrote about this years ago, most notably in the February 2010, Bankers -- Economic Terrorists and and the October 2001 Bankster Shave. Remember this? (If you're old enough to remember Burma Shave, you'll appreciate humor!)
Why Is 2013 Crunch Time For The Economy?
The above January 16 entry is most current in reiterating the prediction that the U.S. economy will likely crash late summer 2013.
Some readers may be wondering how this entry began with Innumerable Measurements & Techniques, launched into a serious discussion about Lanny Breuer and ended reciting previous predictions for economic calamity.
When I saw an announcement for the The Untouchables, it resonated with the nature, quality and flow of planetary karmas in the U.S. chart, which I have studied longer and more intensely than any other, including my own! Remember, I stated in the above January 16 entry, ...any new gun control measures are passed. They are at a fever peak about all of these, which has made them even more paranoid about the upcoming Fiscal Cliff and Debt Ceiling issues coming due in in February and March. This is to be expected, for as the December 5 VedicLeaks correctly predicted, "An additional karma is the... Mars/Mercury/Mars Dasa until December 19. That will be followed by even more turbulent Mars/Mercury/Rahu until February 12.
There hasn't been enough turmoil recently to account for the amount indicated in the U.S. chart. I knew something big must be coming. That's why The Untouchables caught my attention. Lanny Breuer's quitting felt like that major event. Think about it. Just one guy blocked the entire prosecution effort, and now he's gone. I plugged that into the broader understanding of the Millennium Contraction during the U.S.'s seven year Mars cycle starting in late 2008 -- that includes a dangerous drop during the minor Mercury and then minor Ketu cycles this winter through next fall 2013. Like an inventor's eureka moment. the pieces clicked together.
The Millennium Contraction began with a housing bubble burst, making that issue fundamental in its unfolding. The lack of Banker prosecutions and big bank closings has been a problem. Without those, the economy will continue to be hobbled, and the banksters would most surely wreck havoc again this coming summer. Break up the big banks, and those 1/3 of mortgage holders who are underwater will have a chance to break to the surface, and breathe!
How this will unfold is unknown. Certainly, however, the banks' investment games manipulating huge paper profits cannot be sustained, for there is no real underling value. Banks don't create wealth. Only commerce does. Their wealth is siphoned off from productive enterprises, weakening the entire economy -- just as the Iceland President explained. Certainly too, massive deficits must be paid for by the Treasury selling bonds, which at some point can only be sold only at higher and higher interest rates, bringing inflation. That will push up mortgage rates, bringing another real estate crash.
An opportunity finally for criminal prosecutions by the Department of Justice can knock the big banks out, breaking their reign of terror. Kill the generals, and the soldiers run away. That won't stop a major hit to the U.S. economy this year. But it would mitigate the effects, and by cutting out the cancer, both stop its spreading and end it. The snake in the garden is a threat until he's dead.
Riots In The Cities May Made Worse By Gun Fanatics
If the banksters aren't punished this winter/spring, and the economy falls off the cliff next summer, I believe people throughout the country will vent their frustrations by riots in steaming hot cities -- like we last had in the early 90s. It's worse now with global warming. Angry white men armed to the hilt surround cities in their suburban enclaves. Should the inner cities riot, and the violences extend outward, the angry white men will open fire, whether they are actually threatened or not. Or, they'll get in their big SUVs and trucks and head downtown, shooting to kill. They believe in vigilante justice and are just waiting to enforce the law themselves, guns blazing.
The below pic from the Occupy protests is crude, but it reflects a legitimate emotional response. It's not an undue price for them to pay for wrecking the world with their greed. I wish they had jumped.
This last day of of the month is also the final entry on this January VedicLeaks page.
Arrest The Wall Street Bankers
The PBS Frontline expose on banker fraud, The Untouchables stimulated Arrest The Wall Street Bankers. And, during my composing it, the day after the program aired, Lanny Breuer, chief of the criminal division at the U.S. Justice Department, resigned. Obviously, the program was well done and hard hitting to bring down Breuer. It also thereby encourages further action by the press and individuals to push this issue. Clearly, now is the time.
Lastly, and this should get your attention if you're not already concerned about the economy busting again next summer, the final section of Arrest The Wall Street Bankers, Riots In The Cities May Made Worse By Gun Fanatics stated,
I admit, however, the Wall Street Banker prosecutions for fraud is likely more of a wish than a prediction. The issue seems to have died down, and perhaps that's because of all the focus on gun control legislation and the Fiscal Cliff issues. Still, major social movements and decisive government actions arise from grassroots demands. If we don't try, the banksterd will continue their rampaging. And with the U.S. chart badly afflicted with anger and fear until February 12, it's more likely the banker prosecution issue will heat up again. Only through turmoil comes change.
The Economic Recovery Ended
There was also a lot of hype about the economy recovering during this past fall's election campaigns on the Democratic Party side. While politicians may not have cooked the books, they certainly looked on the bright side. Also, with economies linked globally, the U.S. must be affected by other regions. European economic growth was grinding to a halt, and the emerging nations -- Brazil, China, India, China and South Africa -- rapid growth rates were braking. See the December 5, 2012 VedicLeaks.
Wednesday's GDP Shows Surprise Drop for US in Fourth Quarter was no surprise, except that it took the Commerce Department a long time to figure that out, and private forecasters didn't realize it either.
The year end December 30 VedicLeaks examined (again) 2013 economic prospects, which are very negative, especially late summer. I'll write more on that in later Celestial Wheels. The basic quality of upcoming economic weakness is the inevitable inflation from excessive government debt and deficits. This will cause bond prices to drop, making stocks (equities) more attractive. Equities attractiveness is enhanced because inflation stimulates profits, which then boost stock prices. Bonds and equities always go in opposite directions anyway. The market already sees this coming, Analysis - The Great Rotation: a flight to equities in 2013. Fortunately, I was an economics major in college. In upcoming forecasting, I'll try to discuss this in simple terms people can actually grasp.
Amazingly, and I really don't know why, in February 2007 I composed and published Culmination In The Mideast. I was most concerned about Saudi Arabia, and still am. It's an emerging hotspot, Sectarianism will prolong instability in Iraq: Saudi Arabia. I can track which forecasts people visit and was amazed for years this was the most popular.
Then, of course, the Arab Spring began in late December 2009. That turmoil has been ongoing and continues to spread throughout the region and now further into northern Africa.
This map from Wikipedia is current, showing that the entire region is affected, except perhaps UAE -- the United Arab Emirates. -- so far.
Future forecasts will focus upon the Arab Spring.
Four Major Trends Are Remodeling The Entire Globe
1. The U.S. real estate boom and bust, which haunts the U.S. and much of the the world still.
2. The U.S. oil and gas fracting technology, which boosts hydrocarbon production in the U.S. already and is spreading fast across the globe. This takes challenges the Mideast's global oil dominance. It also ends the need for U.S. and European military operations in that region to protect the oil.
3. The Arab Spring, liberating now 20 nations from their post colonial yokes of dictators and royal families but resurrecting the ancient feudal Muslim dominance.
4. Global warming, which is forcing the Globe away from hydrocarbons.
Some Good News Too!
The big planets, Jupiter and Saturn, embrace the solar system and protect it. Astronomically, they actually do this by catching many incoming asteroids and comets. They move slowly, making their influence through the signs more enduring. Jupiter transits a sign once each year, Saturn once every two and one half years. Rahu and Ketu, the eclipse points, also move slowly, changing signs every year and a half. Although just calculated points, they are very potent.
We look to where these planets are transiting, and their dispositions in those signs, for a general, or background, understanding of the planetary energies -- trends that last for months, even a year or so. Three of these major planets have recently greatly improved their dispositions, and the fourth will do so in mid February.
Yesterday, Jupiter ended a four month weak retrograde and began moving forward. So the great benefic, symbolizing primarily expansion, is now strong. It is also fairly well placed in Taurus, a sign ruled by Venus and signifying wealth. (Venus is also a potent benefic -- wealth, sensitivity, compassion....) Jupiter's influence can now also really help Venus. Their's is also the combination for humanitarianism. This is obviously very good and needed now. I can already today feel Jupiter's uplifting influence
Saturn, the planet of loss, restriction, humility and overall contraction, will turn retrograde February 18 and continue thus until July 7. The result is good because contraction is reduced. This retrograde is also particularly helpful because Saturn is in Libra, its exalted sign, where it's too strong, too contractive. Libra is also ruled by Venus. and this too strong Saturn has been a blanket or cloud over Venus. With Saturn retrograde, Venus can shine more brightly.
Rahu/Ketu have been in their fallen (weak) signs of Scorpio/Taurus, where they have been most harmful. Rahu in Scorpio, has been dredging Scorpio's hidden depths, bringing up all kinds of hidden and dark things, that don't like the light of day and create problems -- scandals, sexual deviances, turmoils, catastrophes... Ketu in Taurus has harmed Venus, and also that sign's wealth, knowledge and domestic harmony. Ketu has also harmed transit Jupiter in Taurus. On January 13, Rahu and Ketu shifted backwards to new signs -- Rahu into Libra and Ketu into Scorpio. These are better positions. Rahu is great in Venus (vehicles) Libra for aeronautics, for Rahu is the future and science. 1957 and 1958, when Rahu was also in Libra, the world saw its first space rockets and astronauts. The space age began! Unfortunately Saturn is also in Libra, but that may bring more technical advances in aeronautics, which can be good. It could certainly stimulate weaponized drones further. Ketu in Aries isn't so hot, for this is Mars sign. As Ketu is spiritual and Mars anger and war, this combination brings seething anger, the combination that brought 9-11 But still, Ketu is a lot better in Aries than in Taurus.
With all four of the slow moving, and therefore most influential, planets better disposed, everything is generally easier. Going to the planetary weather analogy, its like driving your car with pleasant weather, or being on the sea with sunny skies and a gentle following wind. What has been hard or a struggle becomes easier, smoother. Effort yields more and better results.
Take advantage of these favorable influences. They aren't everything, but they are a major improvement. You can thereby advance your personal transformation further, adapting in advance to continued heavy transformation all over the globe.