Getting Back Up To Speed
The last Celestial Wheel was a short-subject VedicLeaks entry on April 19. That was a direct email entry, but it has also been posted to the web -- to provide an unbroken string of predictions. April 19, 2015
Further, recent Celestial Wheel VedicLeaks and In-depth forecasts are listed on the home page, including synopses, current forecasting is easily accessible. Home Page
Celestial Wheel Forecasting
Much of the Celestial Wheel's forecasting, and especially the Short-subject VedicLeaks, uses transits analysis. Transits are the planets in today's skies and are literally planetary weather. To make this global, the natural zodiac beginning with Aries is applied. Transit analysis is a broad-brushed tool, lacking many specifics and certainly not applying to everyone and everywhere. But transits are what we mundane (world) astrologers have to use in mapping out valuable information global planetary weather. To gain perspective on what this actually means, compare transit analysis predictions to meteorologists' forecasts -- not always exactly correct, but overall the information is useful, actually indispensable.
Celestial Wheel forecasting also applies transits to individual charts of people, nations, organizations... Anyone born or anything created has a birth chart. These, which shows house numbers in the signs and planetary placements in the houses give further and more specific information.
Vedic Astrology additionally, and uniquely, uses planetary cycles, called Dasas. These are Vedic's primary predictive tool. Transits are secondary. (Western Astrology has only transits.) The analogy given many times over the years in Celestial Wheel forecasting is Dasas are like the river of life, down which you travel in your "lifeboat," and transits are weather events on the river. When Dasas and transits match up, events can be reliability predicted.
Lastly, because this is a U.S. based publication, the U.S.'s chart, with its attendant Dasas and house-specific transits is almost always considered, albeit implicitly, when transit analysis global planetary weather predictions are made. An example here is the above prediction for violent thunderstorms and tornados mid April to mid May. Beyond the natural zodiac transits indicating rough weather, the U.S. chart is especially afflicted by transits and tough Dasa planets. See, today's Severe Weather Continues Through Weekend; Plains Outbreak Possible Saturday (FORECAST). (Trying to explain all this is simply too complex and confuses readers.) There remains, then, another week on the severe weather clock.
April 19 was the last Celestial Wheel forecast, breaking the informal schedule of publishing something at least once weekly. This spring break occurred because, as the April 19, 2015 entry also explained,
That is, with a pretty tough/restrictive winter over, the planets signaled positive karmas which this astrologer used to advantage. Being a one man band, Celestial Wheel forecasting was set aside for a few weeks.
Transit Positions For A Very Nice Spring
The chart on the left is for April 12 was published in the VedicLeaks entry for that date. The right side chart is for today, May 7.
The benefics remain well disposed. Venus has shifted from Taurus to Gemini, a sign ruled her her friend Mercury. Mercury has moved from Aries into Taurus, a sign ruled by its friend Venus. Of further advantage is tha,t because Venus and Mercury sit in each others' signs, they support each other. Fun, creativity, charm and pleasures result.
Yes, Mars continues to afflict Mercury, making the mind go to fast and stimulating scheming and selfishness for gain without regard for ethics. As stated April 12 in the entry, Mars/Mercury is the combination for liars, lawyers, thieves and politicians. And, restrictive Saturn throws an aspect (glance) to Mercury, worsening some schemes into skullduggery. Still, Venus balances out much of these harms. So, there's a lot of communications stuff going on.
Jupiter remains in Cancer, his exalted sign, bringing forward his best traits of justice, honor and truth. He further balances out Mercury's sometimes nefarious actions -- or at least catches Mercury at it! Too, the royal Sun is exalted in Aries, stimulating his nobility -- right actions, not ignoble ones.
So, the Very Nice Spring continues. Enjoy it. Just watch out of shysters, con men, and, of course, all lawyers!
The below was a direct email entry.
This morning's headline in nearly all media is Quake toll in Nepal reaches 19; nearly 1,000 hurt
The walls falling down in Kathmandu eerily fits the above Heads-up description: As Saturn is immobile and structure, it is like a castle wall... ...But note its position in Scorpio, a harmful house, which weakens it -- like a castle built upon swampy soil. ...Mars, the planet of war, is like artillery fired at the wall. Since Saturn is already weakened in Scorpio and by being retrograde, Mars' blasts can break the Saturn wall...
Unfortunately, this last prediction, major calamities are not predicted, failed. Still, perhaps there's a silver lining, an opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade. Only time will tell. In the meantime, pay attention today through Friday, as Saturn and Mars draw closer and finally crash together. Avoid risky situations and conflicts.
Mercury Retrograde -- Afflicted
As explained in the above May 19 entry, Mercury turns retrograde today. Actually, it reversed course late yesterday. So, if you got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, blame it on the the mental planet of calculations, communications, skill -- and physically, the skin, nervous systems and respiratory system. Mercury will will continue this confusing backward motion for it's usual three weeks, turning forward again the evening of June 11.
Mercury retrograde by itself is not a big deal, and recall the other two benefic planets (Venus and Jupiter) remain well disposed until early July. There's some mud in the karmic stream, through, because Mercury is afflicted during this retrograde by malefics Saturn, Mars and the (hot) Sun. Below is a World Transit Chart showing these harms -- the blue line is an aspect from Saturn and the Sun/Mars combination highlighted in lavender.
As usual for Mercury retrograde, use care in all communications, especially business dealings. Due to the triple afflictions to Mercury, all its significations are sensitive, as listed above, calculations, communications, skill -- and physically, the skin, nervous systems and respiratory system.
This spring's severe weather was predicted in the January 19 VedicLeaks entry. While the rain has been welcome, there's also been much destruction. Let's hope mid April to mid May period of violent thunderstorms, tornados, is over. However, with so much malefic energy now, this is not assured. Certainly the Texas biker brawl tells us the world is not calm right now -- 9 dead in Texas biker brawl. And the next section speaks to disasters issuing from the bowels of the earth. However, again, with benefics Jupiter and Venus strong now, even the most challenging events can have silver linings -- lemons into lemonade.
Earth Crust Events
The earthquakes in Nepal and upticks in earthquake activity in Hawaii and West Coast U.S. are recent earth crust events. This Mercury retrograde can stimulate more. The reason for concern is that Mercury rules Virgo, an earth sign, and is placed in Taurus, the second earth sign. Saturn rules Capricorn, the third earth sign. Saturn itself is form and structure and things under the earth. Recall the above May 17 entry which compared Saturn to a castle wall, and Mars, the planet of war, is like artillery fired at the wall. (Note: I had thought an aspect to Saturn from protective Jupiter would shield against major calamities but was wrong.)
As shown the the chart in the above May 17 entry, Saturn not only aspects Taurus, but Mars (and the Sun) aspects Saturn in Scorpio, the sign of calamity. With Saturn weak for being retrograde, well, Mercury is similarly weakened for this retrograde -- and thereby both earth signs Virgo and Taurus. Thus, all three earth signs and Saturn are afflicted, suggesting further earth crust evens over the next few weeks.
This article in Slate, No, a Planetary Alignment on May 28 Won’t Cause an Earthquake, debunks an astrology claim for a major quake May 28, as described in the video embedded in the article. I'm not subscribing to this fellow's Western Astrology and his psychic insights, but I am saying the planetary alignments can signal earth crust events. See the January 9, 2010 Short-subject Commentary (which entries are now called VedicLeaks). A rash of earthquakes and volcanos was happening then, and the Haiti earthquake hit the next day, January 10. Yet, given all this, May 28 does look sensitive. Even today may be tough.
I'll do more work on this topic and report soon.
The below is a direct email forecast to subscribers sent May 27.
The below is a direct email forecast to subscribers sent May 30.
The below is a direct email forecast to subscribers sent May 31.