Here's the Lunar Nakshatra, or lunar house, for today's full Moon in the emotionally heavy sign of Capricorn. This suggests insight from attending full moon ceremonies.
Yesterday, the Drudge Report referenced a truly odd news report in The Boston Channel's website, http://www.thebostonchannel.com/news/3596167/detail.html Here's the lead paragraph,
I have previously predicted that George Bush will lose top advisors this summer, and Ridge's intention follows former CIA chief George Tenet's earlier resignation. That these are the two top anti-terrorism officials is noteworthy. What is truly odd, however, is Ridge's reason that he needs more money than his $175,700 government salary to put his two children through college! It makes you wonder how these neoconservatives think. It doesn't seem like a major sacrifice for such a key government official to pay for college out of his big salary when the rest of us shoulder the same burden on an average income one fifth of Ridge's.
Today begins the sensitive period when Mars and Venus are both changing signs. As both planets are just now crossing the sign borders, energy is both unstable and weak. Take it easy.
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney also have strong Moons, though theirs are not exalted. Bush's Moon is in the third house of desires, give him a thirst for power. Cheney's Moon is in the seventh house of relationship, and we can see his darkness in the Moon ruling the twelfth house of final liberation.
Wednesday evening Patricia Flores, www.MayanHealingHands.com saw John Edwards for the first time when he gave his speech at the democratic convention. She abruptly said that he, Edwards, would become president in a couple of years after the Kerry dies in office. This was surprising, of course, but it is true that Kerry's new Mercury planetary cycle is difficult for its afflictions in this chart. I have discussed previously that this Mercury planetary cycle will inevitably bring Kerry problems. (See the April 29, 2004 Forecast, #51 The Presidential Campaign.) He also does have a history of injuries in his Vietnam wounds and sports accidents, and Kerry had prostate cancer in 2002. These suggest vulnerable areas. I briefly scanned Kerry's planetary cycles and transits and identified the middle of June, 2006 as risky. At that time, John Edwards' chart is powerful for career in his planetary cycles being Saturn, ruler of his tenth house of career and his exalted Moon. This is not a prediction but rather a possibility to consider.
Mars has passed its maximum point of debilitation in Cancer at twenty eight degrees, almost ending this difficult transit that began June 14. (It's interesting that this time, when Mars is weakest, (harmful), appears to affect personal issues for people more than world events.)
As Mars circles the zodiac every two years, this unpleasant period is fortunately relatively infrequent. It is also important to know that aggressive Mars quickly exerts its influence at the beginning of its transit through a sign. So, we need to pay attention to Mars over the next few days. Below is this caution, taken from Forecast #54 The Political Conventions.
Yet, the Democratic Convention continues to be upbeat with the wisdom business combination of Jupiter and Mercury in Leo, the sign of government. John Kerry's acceptance speech tomorrow (Thursday) evening will benefit from an almost full Moon transiting his second house of speech. As Kerry has an exalted Moon in his chart, but his Venusian warmth is hidden in the twelfth house, the speech may be inspiring for its unusual emotional depth and reach.
Comments are invited on the July 26 Forecast #54 The Political Conventions
By now, everyone knows that Lance Armstrong persevered to win his sixth Tour de France. He was able to avoid further Rahu-inspired accidents and take advantage of this head of a serpent's worldly benefits. It's interesting that Lance experienced ongoing difficulties with foreigners, for Rahu also signifies these.
Following an emotional weekend with the Moon conjoining Ketu -- the mystical tail of the serpent -- take advantage of a (hopefully) calm week.
Astrocartography applies geography to the principle that planets are strongest in the four powerful angle houses of the Vedic Astrological chart – one, four, seven and ten. Plotting lines on a map where the planets were in angular positions at the time and place of your birth shows where they are powerful geographically. These Birth Lines run north to south and are thus longitudinal. Birth Lines influence 700 miles on either side of the lines in a diminishing manner (called orb).
A subsidiary Astrocartography line is Latitude Crossings. These are generated when birth lines intersect each other anywhere on the globe. The name comes from degrees of latitude, which also run east to west. Latitude Crossing lines influence around the entire world, have a small orb of about 70 miles and are about one half as powerful as birth lines.
Because Birth Lines are primary and define very large swaths of powerful planetary influence, they are applied first. Then, the subsidiary Latitude Crossings are used to fine tune planetary influences within the larger areas governed by the Birth Lines. Sometimes, just selecting one side of a city over another can dramatically change the planetary energies impacting a person.
Astrocartography is particularly potent in the Vedic Astrology mode. By adding Astrocartography’s space to Vedic Astrology’s time, your planetary karmas are illuminated multi-dimensionally.
Here is how Vedic Astrology and Astrocartography work together. When your Vedic chart with its attendant planetary cycles is interpreted, you learn how the various planets describe your karmas (experiences) and when these are activated. As your Vedic chart’s planetary cycles also turn on the Astrocartography planetary lines, these reveal how geography affects you. (This interrelationship is the reason why Astrocartography requires interpretation of the Vedic chart.)
Doug Riemer has the Astrocartography computer program, allowing him to zero in on any part of the world clients wish and print these localized maps for clients' review.
Recent government reports sweep accountability under the rug, but intellectual Mercury's conjunction with wise Jupiter in Leo (the sign of government) brings concern, thus far unspoken in the media. We have last week's Senate intelligence committee report that intelligence on Iraq was wrong but nobody was to blame. We have this week's 9-11 Commission's final report similarly omitting any accountability. And again this week, the Army Inspector General's report on prisoner abuse claimed these were just aberrations. The public is not stupid, and sooner or later there will be wake up calls that the government is blindsiding us solely to protect itself.
It's easy to become overwhelmed with information overload. As this will likely continue until month's end, take your time in digesting information.
The other research topic is a U.S. terrorist attack, which the government keeps insisting will occur, even though there is no specific information. A recent CNN informal poll revealed that three quarters of the public don't believe the warnings, finding them politically motivated. Terrorism occurs frequently, usually in the turbulent Mideast, and those attacks are often reflected in the planetary dispositions. Note that the last predicted period for oil terrorism, from July 7 to 10, did bring a major Iraq oil pipeline attack. Whether there will be a terrorism in the U.S. is a more complex issue, especially due to the possible political motivation for warnings and the nearly three years since 9-11.
I can say now that a key violence indicator, when Mars and Ketu conjoin for seething anger, does begin again at the November 2 election. Mars/Ketu was the galvanizing force for 9-11 and also for the Space Shuttle crash of February 2, 2003.
With the new Parashara's Light astrology software, I can now calculate the U.S. chart. Perhaps this additional information will shed further light upon terrorist attack threat in the U.S.
On Saturday, a frustrated Arnold accused democrats in the budget standoff of being girlie men, betraying his terminator personality. This is not an isolated instance, as the NY Times reports today, Mr. Schwarzenegger has compared lawmakers to kindergartners who need a timeout and threatened to seek a constitutional amendment making the Legislature a part-time body. He is also appear- ing in the districts of vulnerable Democrats and promising to "terminate" those who stand in his way. http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/19/national/19arnold.html
Lance Armstrong dodged his accident risk last week, and he closed in on the lead again, for I had also stated on July 12 that, Lance actually looks pretty strong now. News reports speak to Lance's unparalleled (Rahu/Mars) drive as determinative in the race, which ends July 25. If his 3:00 PM birthtime is correct, Lance will enter a Rahu subcycle midweek, which will bring serpent surprises, for good or ill. Personally, late Wednesday I'll finish a three week Rahu subcycle, and I look forward to getting my life back!
Mercury will be changing signs the next two days, moving from being with Mars in Cancer to conjunction with Jupiter in Leo. While intellectual and business endeavors will be risky during the transit, Mercury will then benefit from Jupiter's wisdom, as compared with Mars' lying and scheming. Look for more clarity this week beginning Wednesday.
The news about a breakdown in the Palestinian Authority is regrettable, and although I don't have a chart for the organization, Israel's chart is revealing. As discussed in the June 29 Forecast, #53 Part 2 The Timeless Mideast Bottleneck -- Israel (6/29/04) Fortunately, this (violent) Sun cycle will be mitigated by a Venus subcycle beginning August 9, less than two months away.
If you wish to refer back to the July 8 Celestial Wheel Blue Moon discussion, go to the archives page http://www.vedicpredictiveastrology.com/forecasts/ log in with your username and password and select July 1to July 15. If you've misplaced your username and password, e-mail me, and I'll send it again.
It seems more than odd that while wild fires burn forests packed with fuel (resulting from the Smokey Bear era putting out all fires) and are dry-to-tinder from the drought, the Bush administration is abandoning the rule disallowing roads on 58.5 million acres of pristine national forests. Controlled burns and thinning forests are the long term policies needed to reduce the forests' fuel load buildup, aggravated by drought, that birngs huge forest fires. However, the new road policy doesn't speak to that laudable goal protecting the environment. Although no one applauds these destructive forest fires, they, and consequent blue Moons and red sunrises and sunsets, may be a vivid wake-up call to the limitations of national policies focused upon imperialism and unfettered capitalism.
The planets are relatively calm right now. The Sun has finished its transit but gives no light to today's new Moon. There are no major transits until the end of the month, when Mars shifts signs, and then again at the end of August, when Saturn begins its sign change. I suppose, then, it's a good time to attend to personal and business matters, even as we may not be motivated to do much. However, history continues to unfold, and with major planetary transits occurring during the upcoming party conventions, these will be the theater in which the political actors will present their bids to lead the U.S. out of this miasma.
The Sun is changing signs today, as it does in the middle of every month in Vedic Astrology. On July 14, I noted, ...the Sun will be changing signs today through Thursday, dampening energy, power and confidence. This suggests some emotional vulnerability to negative news reports and a temporary loss of initiative. Also, look for continued instability in Iraq, as groups both break away from supporting the interim government and fight amongst themselves.
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