Commentaries are posted on a single web page for each calendar month. Each new Commentary is placed at the top. This results in Commentaries appearing in reverse order.
The primary, and really overriding, concern is the upcoming mid August to mid October Saturn/Ketu conjunction -- bringing chaos. This topic has been discussed in several Celestial Wheel Commentaries and will be analyzed further in upcoming forecasting. Because Vedic Astrology includes effective remedial measures, these will be included. Remedies both mitigate the harmful karmas and stimulate the beneficial ones. Even the most difficult planetary combinations bear nourishing fruits.
Also from its Taurus location, Mars aspects Jupiter, exhausting its wealth and harming Jupiter's optimism. This combination is good for leadership, however, suggesting progressive forces will push back harder against Bush and his neoconservatives.
Tuesday, July 31, promises to be a particularly stressful day, for Mars reaches strength in Taurus then, and Tuesday is Mars' day of the week. Confirming this karma, the Moon will be with toxic Rahu then, inflaming emotions and threatening violence. Actually, multiple violences are inevitable then -- over the globe. Wednesday is also risky, because then the U.S.'s planetary cycles (Dasas) change to Moon/Venus/Rahu/Mars -- emotional fury. Although The Celestial Wheel has rarely indicated a terrorist threat, the U.S. is vulnerable this coming Tuesday and Wednesday. G.W. Bush and Dick Cheney will also be at risk.
Because karma can be dodged, or at least reduced, The Celestial Wheel suggests you keep a low profile and avoid risks and confrontations of all kinds. Vehicles are particularly vulnerable.
Step I -- The Ship Of State Flounders
The June 3, The Bush Presidency Update, Part 1 June 3 to July 28 predicted G.W. Bush would lose stature, power, mental capabilities -- and suffer health issues, which will sooner or later culminate in a nervous breakdown and/or an associated stroke.* These have all resulted, as gamblers would say, in spades.
Thus, the ship of state flounders. The Celestial Wheel identified the dilemma in the January 2, 2003 In-depth Forecast, Face-off 2003 Bush/Hussein. Of course, this was even more prophetic considering it was written well before the Iraq invasion, which became Bush's Great Misadventure. Here's the haunting text, in the old blue of the early forecastings years,
(Note: Besides the 5 polyps removed from Bush's colon July 21, The Celestial Wheel has tracked three other recent health problems: (1) February 17, President Has 2 Moles Removed From His Face. (2) June 8, Bush sick at G8 summit, (3) the June 24 Celestial Wheel reported, Bush having problems speaking and suffering from fatigue in Alabama. For this last, the Denver Post link is dead.)
Step 2 -- Chaos
The June 11 Celestial Wheel Commentary discussed in detail the terrible Saturn/Ketu transit conjunction, specifically in regard to gasoline prices escalating once again. Also forecasted is an economic decline (brought on by real estate crashing) and the Iraq war coming to a head. Following Celestial Wheel entries predicted Iran would be attacked, and the U.S. government will go into a two month crisis.
The inimical nature of Saturn's and Ketu's energies -- made worse by their confrontation in Leo, the sign of government, ruled by their enemy the Sun -- is difficult to describe. It can perhaps be best done so by summarizing in one word, chaos.
Step 3 -- Consciousness Rising
The July 7 Celestial Wheel Commentary included a section, The Vedic Astrology For Consciousness Rising, explaining the major planetary karmas impacting the U.S. through the fall. Below, again, is the text.
To summarize, Step one (already completed) discredits and disempowers G.W. Bush and his administration. From mid August to mid October, Step 2 wrecks the country. This stimultes Step 3, a popular revolt to reclaim America from the the Gilded Age robber barons in government and business.
Comparison With The First Gilded Age
Following G.W. Bush's reelection in November 2004, The Celestial Wheel analyzed the United States' chart from independence to today to determine why he prevailed. The result was a Vedic encyclopedia of American History. Here's the first part.
This analysis unveiled the country's heretofore hidden karmic current that carried Bush to victory -- a Gilded Age that comes when U.S. runs its ten year Moon planetary cycle. Below is the full text of the first Moon cycle, the first Gilded Age.
Read it through. You'll be amazed at how the karma repeats. Note especially the 1886 Haymarket Square labor riot, which unfortunately failed in 1886 -- though popular revolt in 2007 doesn't need to meet the same grim fate. (Note: The Vedic view of this Second Gilded Age is described in #58b Part II The United States Through It's Planetary Cycles (12/2/04) )
The Mars/Saturn Mutual Aspect Ends July 16
Mars aspecting (glancing upon) Saturn, and Saturn aspecting Mars has been the source for roughness in the world and in your personal lives as well. This planetary conflict was described in the July 4 Celestial Wheel, below. Specifically predicted were: bad news about real estate, further weather extremes, forest fires and perhaps earth crust events. These predictions have largely been born out. If you think severe weather is limited to the U.S., however, read, today's Washington Post article, Typhoon Hits Japan; at Least 34 injured. Too, the media hasn't paid much attention to Reuters, July 13 report, Indonesia volcano ups activity, ash showers villages.
Saturn slips away from Mars by transiting into Leo late in the day tomorrow (Sunday). So, when you awake Monday morning, this stress, of unstoppable force (Mars) crashing head-on into an immovable object (Saturn), will be over. Take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy the summer, but also to prepare yourselves for the Saturn/Ketu conjunction's expected turmoil mid August to mid October. Then, gas prices will skyrocket to new heights, the economy will suffer, the U.S. government will go into crisis, Iraq will reach a culmination and Iran may be attacked.
This astrologer will put his old gas-guzzling Lincoln on the market next week and will begin searching for a less expensive home rental (rental rates are already down 25% in Sedona because the real estate market is dead). Last year, I upgraded Vedic gemstones, which are an inflation hedge and readily converted to cash. That utility costs have creeped up also encourages finding an energy efficient home. Too, energy efficiency to combat global warming is an individual responsibility -- especially since the movement hasn't yet peculated upward to the federal government. Readers may wish to consider protective actions such as: making your home more energy efficient, putting off major expenditures, setting aside savings, moving assets into precious metals and gemstones, reducing high interest credit card debt, reducing your commuting costs...
However, these actions in themselves are a type of self fulfilling prophecy for recession. Personal financial conservation now reduces spending and thereby hastens and worsens upcoming economic setbacks. Yet, truly what choice is there? This house of debt cards upon which the economy has grown cannot stand, and you aren't responsible for propping it up.
Oil Up & Gasoline Down?
The June 11 Celestial Wheel Commentary predicted gasoline prices will hit a new peak mid August to mid October. Yet, pump prices have actually dropped somewhat, in defiance of the summer gas demand increase. This graph is the same one shown on that Celestial Wheel, excepting it's updated to the July 3.
Yet, crude oil prices have been rising again. (See: July 13 The Guardian, $80 a barrel prediction as oil soars again and July 14 Chicano Tribune, Oil rises to 11-month peak: gas prices on way up.) What's up with that? It appears greedy oil companies are using psychology to move gasoline prices upward.
Notice in the graph above the first short peak to $3.00 in September 2005, followed by prices quickly dropping back to a low of $2.10 The second peak in April 2006 lasted longer, and the correction back took longer and resulted in a higher base of $2.20. This spring's third peak was high at $3.25, and the drop has been minor, to just under $3.00. The concept is to repeatedly use higher and longer peaks, interspersed with price drops to prevent protests -- training consumers to accept gasoline as an increasingly expensive commodity.
Second Gilded Age investors appear to take great joy in this inevitable up roller coaster, as the July 12, Marketwatch.com, article, Exxon's market cap erupts past $500 billion, reveals. Yet, this is a slippery slope, for oil price increases result from the U.S. invading Iraq, which has set all of the oil rich Middle East against the West.
Where Is Osama Bin Laden?
From time to time The Celestial Wheel reminds readers that Osama Bin Laden died as a result of the September 22, 2006 solar eclipse. (See the August 27, 2006, The September Eclipse Season & Osama Bin Laden)
Infrequent news articles continue to describe the fruitless hunt for Bin Laden. The most recent is the July 12, Washington Times, Bin Laden search frustrates officials.
Was Live Earth DOA?*
The July 4 Celestial Wheel, below, championed Al Gore's Live Earth as the great transformational idea needed to save us from either a quick disaster or slow ruination. It also asked, Will Live Earth work? Can it change the political landscape? Will Al Gore be propelled to run again for President for his selflessness idea-based leadership? Or will someone else emerge to carry forward his standard?
(*Dead On Arrival)
Third, as explained at the bottom of the July 7 Celestial Wheel, this great transformational idea is not yet ripe. It won't be until U.S. chart runs Moon/Venus/ Jupiter from August 6 to October 26.
Yet, this quality of consciousness rising is already being seen in government, and following Live Earth, in the most unlikely of places. (See Forbes, com, Fla. Gov Champions Environmentalism) This is obviously encouraging.
Are Investors Crazy?
U.S. Stocks reach record highs yesterday, FT.com, S&P 500 closes at record high Yet, on the very same day (well it was a Friday the thirteenth), two bombshells hit -- but bounced off Second Gilded Age investors.
Bloomberg reports on July 13, Iran Asks Japan to Pay Yen for Oil, Start Immediately. If this doesn't cause concern, consider that the U.S. dollar has long been the international currency, especially for oil. This break from the dollar reflects loss of confidence, for it is just the latest of several such moves around the globe.
Also, the AP article, Dollar Recovers From All-Time Low, while sounding a positive, is really about the dollar's weakness. The U.S. has simply borrowed too much for too long to finance imports and run federal record federal deficits that may never end. Also, the government has not financed Security and Medicare, and the middle class is saddled with high credit card and mortgage debts it can't repay. The final straw here may be the collapsing real estate market (See FT.com July 10, U.S. mortgage problem fears spark sell-off). Thus, the dollar is viewed as increasingly less valuable and more risky.
There is no good ending to this. Interest rates must continue to move higher to attract foreign money to pay our trade and government debts, and these higher lending costs will crash our economy. Alternatively, foreigners will stop buying our debt, which will make the dollar worthless, again crashing the economy. Of course, the Chinese, who now hold over a trillion dollars, could just buy up huge chunks of American assets -- companies and real estate -- and we'll end up becoming indentured workers of a communist dictatorship. After all, that's what the communist creed dictates. They've already begun doing this, of course by buying IBM's personal computer division. (See the March 8 International Herald Tribune, China to invest its foreign currency reserves.)
How Wide Spread Is The Real Estate Bubble?
The U.S. media pays some attention to the decline in real estate, but it doesn't consider the problem onerous, for our government and Wall Street keeps telling us all is okay. Too, stock investors really are crazy with their greed and thereby don't see the real estate rot in their portfolios.
However, the above referenced article, FT.com July 10, U.S. mortgage problem fears spark sell-off. gives a clue that this is not just a U.S. issue.
Here's how to find out what's happening. Google real estate bubble. If you hit search, Google will search the web. Nothing alarming there. Now, look at the top of the Google screen. You'll see several choices: images, video, news, maps... Click on news, for that will access 4,500 news sources from around the world. Read a few of the entries, and you'll see that we truly have a global economy. The real estate bubble is bursting all over -- Spain, Georgia (not the one in the U.S.), UK, China, Uganda, New Zealand, India...
Is G.W. Having His Nervous Breakdown?
The June 3, The Bush Presidency Update predicted that during June and July Bush would lose subordinates, groups would disassociate themselves from him, his approval ratings would dive and Bush's ability to think clearly and speak coherently is completely blocked, preventing him from effectively defending his positions and uttering inane, even nonsensical statements. This last relates to the prediction for his having a nervous breakdown, or a stroke. Some lose their minds slowly, others in short reality breaks.
Dan Froomkin at the Washington Post has recently emerged as a dirt digger, a real journalist who doesn't pull punches. His White House Watch column has objectively examined Bush's recent shenanigans, which smack of uttering inane, even nonsensical statements. The Scooter Libby pardon was one of these, the repeated assertions that Al Quaeda is the chief enemy in Iraq is another. But today's column about leaking Valerie Plame's CIA status beats them all, 'Move On'? Not So Fast, Mr. President. Read it.
Will Iran Be Attacked?
The Celestial Wheel has predicted Iran will be attacked -- as a result of the September 11 solar eclipse hitting it hard -- the second eclipse hit this year.
Here are some recent articles pointing in that direction: July 10 Yahoo News U.S. Navy sends carrier to Gulf but no build-up. July 10 The Jerusalem Post 'Time running out for Iran strike'. July 13 Newsmax.com, Israel 'Approved' to Strike Iran.
The June 10 Celestial Wheel Commentary deplored the state of world affairs, criticized the spiritual community's belief in consciousness rising and challenged readers to set aside their wishful thinking and take positive action.
Surprisingly, no one responded to this blatant criticism, which, after all, targets very basic and fundamental beliefs. Perhaps The Celestial Wheel is not viewed as serious, or the predictions either wrong of of little value. After all, G.W. Bush continues to wreck havoc with our lives, the country and in global affairs; and while Celestial Wheel predictions for his failures have accurately tracked that inevitable downward slide, the bastard is still there! -- the despot of The Second Gilded Age.
A more likely reason for this apathy is that people are depressed. They've lost hope. All they (we) can do now is to somehow protect ourselves from the ravages of Second Gilded Age economic inequities, war, elitism, global warming... Well, at this stage, that's an all-consuming focus. And certainly, no presidential candidate from either party has brought forward the great transformational idea needed to save us from either a quick disaster or slow ruination.
The Democratic candidates are the most disappointing, for this is their chance, and all they do is play the political spin money game -- offering something for every interest group to win votes, which is ultimately nothing for the country, and substituting raising money for raising ideas. Leadership means guiding us out of the darkness toward the light of freedom and equality, not pandering -- cater to the lower tastes and desires of others or exploit their weaknesses -- which is how G.W. succeeded, and which ultimately will be his downfall. Even Barack Obama, the squeaky clean the outsider, uses personal charisma instead of the magnetism of a great idea.
Charter subscriber M.L. in Maryland recently emailed me her view, which I've been holding until the right time to publish.
But maybe there is an awakening of sorts ready to bloom, for today something really unusual, actually unique, happens -- Live Earth. Yes, it's been criticized as meaningless, but read these excerpts from Larry King's July 5 interview with Al Gore (emphasis added),
The obvious point is that Al Gore's crusade against global warming is real leadership -- galvanizing and rallying the public through a great transformational idea. This is markedly different from Bob Geldof's concerts, which raised money for causes. In this sense, Al Gore is more like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, who demonstrated the power of idea in the hands of the people. Geldof is more like a Second Gilded Age hero, such as monopolist Bill Gates -- throw money at it. (Note: When people rave about how wonderful Bill Gates is by being so charitable, I remind them his Microsoft monopoly in computer operating systems is the worst of all capitalist abuses -- it's a tax we all have been forced to pay. Some understand this, but others are dumb to the monopolist concept, preferring instead to view Gates as a hero, but that's just the inevitable golden idol of The Second Gilded Age.)
Will Live Earth work? Can it change the political landscape? Will Al Gore be propelled to run again for President for his selflessness idea-based leadership? Or will someone else emerge to carry forward his standard? (a flag, emblematic figure, or other object raised on a pole to indicate the rallying point of an army, fleet, etc.)
Vedic Astrology finds that only from challenge comes growth. Here's the challenge. From mid August through mid October, the Saturn/Ketu conjunction promises to cause all kinds of problems, as most recently described in the June 4 Celestial Wheel Commentary, Then, gas prices will skyrocket to new heights, the economy will suffer, the U.S. government will go into crisis, Iraq will reach a culmination and Iran may be attacked. The growth can be shock of the U.S. spiraling into failure, which must also harm our personal experiences. This can cause the public to finally and firmly reject partisan Second Gilded Age gold (which has lost its false luster and value), for there's finally a replacement -- a great transformational idea.
Again, from the Larry King interview, GORE: I think that we ought to cut taxes on employment and replace them dollar for dollar with pollution taxes, including CO2 taxes, and that would help us deal with this. As simple as this sounds, it contains solutions to all our major issues -- a uniting nonpartisan action plan to combat global warming, rebirth the economy, restore political, economic and social fairness...
This summer, the U.S. chart's Dasas (planetary cycles) are Moon/Venus/Rahu from May 7 to August 6. While the two female planets, the Moon and Venus, bring humanitarianism, Rahu (the head-of-the-dragon eclipse point) stimulates turmoil and catastrophes, which effects are all too obvious. (Note: This Rahu cycle is adding problems for Bush, Cheney, et al.) However, from August 6 to October 26, Jupiter replaces Rahu for a lineup of Moon/Venus/Jupiter. Combining the nurturing Moon with Venus' compassion and Jupiter's wisdom brings a rebirth of judgment, hope and optimism -- and the capability to overcome the most egregious obstacles.
Putting the Moon/Venus/Jupiter Dasa cycle and Saturn/Ketu transit into the context of the river of life analogy (coined by and used often in the Celestial Wheel), here's what happens. From August 6 to October 26, the Dasas promise a smoothly flowing river current advancing society. However, from mid August to mid October, the Saturn/Ketu conjunction ( a transit) brings terrible storms, finally wrecking Bush's already battered ship of state and the sinking the economic fleet. (Note: the latter is doomed to fail sooner or later anyway for being built upon debt, greed and wealth transfer to Second Gilded Age elite.
It is possible that the destruction of this Second Gilded Age government and economy will result in the public jumping that ship and clambering aboard a modern day ark, a great transformational idea that can rebuild society. As stated in the email announcing the last Celestial Wheel, Certainly, burying our heads in the sand isn't going to work much longer, not in this heat!
Some Current Roughness
On Wednesday, June 27, I sent subscribers an email notice about that evening's beautiful Moon/Jupiter conjunction in mysterious Scorpio, stating, Although there is some current roughness in the planetary dispositions, there is also an astronomical treat tonight that is also uplifting astrologically.
This is a tremendously harmful combination. Think of it as an unstoppable force (Mars) crashing head-on into an immovable object (Saturn). This quality is validated by this combination last occurring in the summer of 2005 (see the June 5, 2005 Mars' Summer And Fall Of Discontent.) Then, Mars/Saturn brought the hurricanes of 2005, and also the tipping over of the real estate market. The real estate fall occurred because Mars is landed property, Saturn real estate dealers and Cancer the home. However, 2005 was uniquely difficult, for Mars went retrograde, it stayed in Aries for six months, which naturally exacerbated the harms.
This year, the Mars/Saturn conflict lasts just a month, from June 16 when Mars entered Aries, to July 16, when Saturn transit out of Cancer. Expect continued bad news about real estate, further weather extremes, forest fires and perhaps earth crust events. This Mars/Saturn roughness will impact your personal experiences in accordance with your Vedic chart.
However, as the combination ends before the U.S. hurricane season heats up, Mars/Saturn does not indicate a repeat of the horrendous hurricanes of 2005. Further, the U.S. chart's Dasas (planetary cycles) this year do not signal natural disasters after August 6.
This year, it's the Saturn/Ketu conjunction in Leo (mid August through mid October) that will cause problems. (See the June 11, 2007 Celestial Wheel Commentary.) Then, gas prices will skyrocket to new heights, the economy will suffer, the U.S. government will go into crisis, Iraq will reach a culmination and Iran may be attacked.
Last March's eclipses hit several nation charts, 3 in the Mideast, which is most unusual. (Note: hit means an eclipse point is within a degree or so of a chart's planet.) The eclipse impacts relate to that planet's significations in the chart. We tend to forget that eclipse effects last for six months or so. On March 3, there was a total lunar eclipse at 19 degrees Leo, and and March 19, a partial solar eclipse occurred at 4 degrees Pisces.
Iran's Ascendant ruler Saturn (self) was hit in the lunar eclipse. Iraq's Jupiter (government) was also hit by the lunar eclipse. Saudi Arabia's Moon (wealth and government) was hit by the partial solar eclipse. Finally, China's Saturn was hit by the lunar eclipse. (See Culmination In The Mideast (2/28/07)) So far, (and there's still months left on that eclipse effects clock), Iran remains in the hot seat with regard to Iraq and nuclear technology. Iraq's government teeters. So far, there's no news about Saudi Arabia, except this intriguing article July 3 article, Saudi Arabia foiled 180 terror plots since 2003. Although China's birth time is not known, its birth date is, which gives degree positions for its planets. Since Saturn is industrial production, that lunar eclipse hit explains why China has recently suffered from tainted products.
The upcoming eclipse season will bring an August 28 total lunar eclipse at 10 degrees Aquarius and a partial solar eclipse at 24 degrees Leo on September 11. While a thorough analysis of the chart library has yet to be done, two charts stand out. First, Iraq is hit again, this time in the solar eclipse, striking Rahu. This is the reason the preceding section suggested the upcoming Saturn/Ketu conjunction results in Iran being attacked. That this eclipse occurs on 9-11 is naturally disturbing. Second, the total lunar eclipse is exactly opposite Dick Cheney's Sun (heart and body) and Ascendant point (body), which will be bracketed by malefics Saturn and Ketu. Cheney could lose blood pressure or be shamed. (Recall that eclipses both block and reveal.)
The Washington Post & G.W. Bush
On June 29, Capital Hill Blue published, Bad times in Bush land. On Monday, July 3, the Washington Post printed an amazingly revealing article about G.W. Bush, A President Besieged and Isolated, Yet at Ease. That same day, columnist Dan Froomkin (also of the Washington Post), published, Peering Inside Bush's Head. Hours later, Bush cemented these concerns by commuting Scooter Libby's prison sentence.
Here's the interesting part. On June 5, I managed a short email correspondence with Froomkin, stimulated by the caging (eliminating people from the voting lists).
When I saw the above two Washington Post articles, I emailed Froomkin again, The Post story on Bush, and your today column, prove out these predictions. Of course, Froomkin didn't reply. While alternative media has carved out a place in the U.S., The Celestial Wheel remains too far afield -- even as truly extreme and inaccurate media and pundits (like Fox News, the neoconservative websites and the doomsday evangelicals) get plenty of coverage. I would mention this to Froomkin, but I'm sure the Washington Post quoting a Vedic Astrologer remains unacceptable. However, Froomkin may remember The Celestial Wheel made predictions about Bush on June 3 that proved out by July 2 -- The Bush Presidency Update, Part 1, June 3 to July 28.