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Event Predictions &Tonight's Lunar Eclipse
As Vedic Astrology is about time, and multiple planetary afflictions signal destruction, it is sometimes possible to accurately predict very specific harmful events with amazing accuracy -- often within a day, even occasionally within an hour. Here are two documented recent examples: January 29 underseas cables break and the February 5 Tennessee tornadoes and major winter storm. A third is the February 15 Celestial Wheel (below) predicting for early tomorrow morning and Major and nearly spontaneous violences can occur -- the 3 AM February 6 Maryland street race accident killing 8. The February 16th chart in that Celestial Wheel is for 2:30 AM in Washington, DC.)
Many people will just write these off as unimportant, coincidences, or cherry picking violent events to match predictions. An example here is the underseas cables break, which, because it was a half world away and didn't inconvenience many in the West, was generally ignored. However, an Indian born subscriber in California did pick up on its importance. After all, as many as 1.5 billion people were affected.
Others see this sort of accuracy as validating Vedic Astrology. The latter most often results when the event either impacts them directly or is in their backyard -- the client/subscriber driving across the U.S. on February 5 having to reroute his trip, and several others in the Maryland area who thankfully weren't driving home from a last night party February 16.
Yet, unless the event is truly transforming, like 9-11, successfully predicting these is unimportant in the larger scheme of things. It is Vedic Astrology's unveiling of deeper and more impactive karmas that truly gives The Celestial Wheel value. The best example here is the U.S. chart analysis, finding this to be the Second Gilded Age
To that can be added the recent Through The Second Gilded Age (12/1/07, predicting an economic depression beginning around 2012
These events predictions have, rather, two meaningful benefits. First, they do convince unbelievers, or those unaware this type of predictive astrology exists. Second is that, in demonstrating that the dispositions of the planets (and stars) actually do reflect reality on earth, they prove there is order in the universe. The ramifications of this are fundamental to all religious beliefs and philosophical concepts. On a most fundamental level, this gives assurance that life on earth has meaning, is not the result of a random events
Tonight's lunar eclipse offers another opportunity to make an event-specific prediction. At 9:30 PM EST, the military will attempt to use an antimissile rocket to blow up the broken spy satellite that threatens harm when it will soon reenter the atmosphere. U.S. issues notice on downing of satellite. Since the U.S. chart remains dangerous, and its Dasas (planetary cycles) include the Moon twice, it seems unlikely the missile shot will work during the lunar eclipse. Too, they're certainly not going to launch the missile by the light of the Moon! It may happen, of course, that the attempt is merely cancelled.
Why Is Obama So Popular?
(June 19 -- Obama's birth certificate time of 7:24 has been verified, making this analysis in error. A corrected analysis of his prospects is available on the June 2, 2008 entry.)
Although Obama's birthtime is not yet solid, at least to this astrologer, using August 4, 1961 at 1:06 PM
Honolulu, Hawaii appears to fit. Below left is his ongoing Jupiter Dasa (planetary cycle) with the first level subcycle planets shown. Jupiter is the planet of luck and fortune.
As you can see, Venus is the current minor cycle planet. So, his Dasa planets are Jupiter/Venus. Obama has a truly great Venus, which in his ninth house of luck and fortune, brings his blissful and euphoric consciousness stimulating his politics of hope. Venus also makes him incredibly lucky.
Venus's most impactive signification here is that Venus, being the planet of the performing arts, sensitivity, compassion, beauty... is popularity. (Too, Obama's perceptional Moon is exalted in the eighth house of sexual power and receives an aspect from expansive Jupiter, making him incredibly charismatic. Bill Clinton also has this combination.)
The remainder of the astrology is simple and compelling. Transit Jupiter is shown (in red type) in the bottom left corner of Obama's chart -- the third house of desires. From there, Jupiter throws a wonderfully supportive aspect (glance) to Obama's Venus.
Transit Jupiter shifted into Obama's third house November 21, 2007 and after a few weeks began to give Venus supportive energy. This matches with the beginning of Obama's spectacular rise. As these Jupiter/Venus Dasas and the Jupiter transit continue into August, Obama seems certain to gain the nomination. However, don't count Hillary out, for although her chart is not as auspicious, her Baby-Boomer Yoga gives tremendous power and a ruthless tenacity.
Anyone can now understand Gore and Obama experience singular success when their main Dasa planet is strong and their popular Venus' were active in the Dasas and aspected by Jupiter. It's that simple.
The February 11 Celestial Wheel (below) offered some some solace in stating, The Worst of the Mars/Mercury/Saturn/Solar Eclipse Stress Is Over.
However, a caveat was added, Still, as shown in the timeline, Saturn and Mercury remain retrograde, and the lunar eclipse is upcoming February 21, and concluding, ..while there's light, it remains at the end of a two week tunnel.
Unlike recent specific and correct predictions (in January Celestial Wheels) for an infrastructure break and severe weather due to similarly intense planetary dispositions, these Sun/Rahu and Moon/Mars conjunctions are not readily interpreted.
Here are some observations unveiling pieces of the planetary karmas. Rahu blocks the Sun, which signifies the ego, heart, right eye and father. Although Mars is gaining strength, it remains destructive. Mars afflicts the Moon's emotional mind, left eye, stomach and mother. Also, as the Moon is the primary planet in Vedic Astrology, it's another indicator of self.
While all of these significations of the Sun and Moon are challenged, we can do some integration by predicting that the body in general, parents and eyesight are challenged. Also, as Mars riles up the lunar emotions, and Rahu blocks the Sun's ego, there can be intense but fearful reactions. Alternatively, there may be feelings of impotent rage. Major and nearly spontaneous violences can occur.
It's best to keep a low profile -- especially tonight and tomorrow morning. As regards world affairs, less naturally occurs on weekends -- stock markets and government offices are closed and media reporting is reduced. Watch Monday's papers for reports on weekend events. Keep in mind the volatile Mideast is at least a half day ahead, which means violences there would going on already.
Lunar Eclipse Date Correction & Viewing Information
January Celestial Wheels identified February 21 as the upcoming full lunar eclipse date. For the U.S. it's actually on Wednesday, the 20th.
Here's a really cool animation that also lists viewing times for the various U.S. time zones, Shadow and Substance
Beyond the Moon's emotions and other qualities being blocked, this will be a very sensitive eclipse for being caused my mystical Ketu, the tail-of-the-dragon eclipse point. It will also have a somber, even depressing quality for the eclipse occurring in Leo conjunct restrictive Saturn.
Enjoy the eclipse, if it's not too cold or stormy where you live. It's both a beautiful astronomical event and can be inspiring -- for eclipses not only block, but they also reveal. The latter results because, when the light of the Sun or Moon is blocked, the sky darkens to reveal otherwise hidden stars and the meanings they carry. However, it's best not to travel, or be otherwise active on an eclipse, which, after all, can make people loony.
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The Worst of the Mars/Mercury/Saturn/Solar Eclipse Stress Is Over
The January 13 Celestial Wheel unveiled this sensitive interval, and certainly, there's been a crush of challenges -- both in world events and in individuals' personal experiences. Clients have been beset with all kinds of issues -- health, job, housing, legal, emotional, relationship.... Even this astrologer wasn't exempt. for just as I thought I had dodged a difficult Mars subcycle on February 3, only to wake up the next morning with the right side of my face swelled by a dental infection, and the right eye nearly shut. Well, I guess that's why there is a third eye!
This timeline from that January Celestial Wheel is reprinted here to show again the confluence (repetition) of difficult planetary influences that began mid January and peaked out at the February 6 solar eclipse.
While many are still dealing with the results of difficult experiences, the good news is that the planetary stresses are easing. Still, as shown in the timeline, Saturn and Mercury remain retrograde, and the lunar eclipse is upcoming February 21. So, while there's light, it remains at the end of a two week tunnel. It's important to relieve stress and laugh a little. Thanks subscriber B.Z. in Pennsylvania for this amusing view. Don't you kind of wonder how they did that?
Although somewhat calmed, Vishnu continues to act strangely, signaling that Mercury remains retrograde.
This behavior is a pretty potent omen that Mars has not yet finished his harms. (Riley, by the way, is a professional model, having appeared in Chico's catalogue. You can earn more about Riley at http://www.myspace.com/guardiandog)
So, if you have pets, pay attention to how they behave, for pets can give clues as to how the planet each symbolizes is behaving. Sorry, I don't know the planet for birds.
Vedic Believers, Unbelievers & Predictive Accuracy
Here's an interesting, entertaining and informative email exchange.
Yesterday, this unsolicited email came in from a person I don't know, Hi,I have come across the following article, "Is Vedic Astrology the world's oldest con?" http://www.udaypai.in/?p=15 I feel this needs a fitting reply from learned people like you. Regards Tincy.
I replied with dry humor, Sorry, but I didn't receive this on time because of the undersea cables communications break on January 29 as predicted in The Celestial Wheel. Check it out.
Tincy responded this morning, I just checked it. It is vague. I have been checking various sites related to astrology. Every other day they predict something gonna happen. After one million times, one fine morning a plane crashes. Then they would claim "see - we predicted a vehicle accident. Plane crashed. It is a vehicle, right?" What logic it has?
Here's my second reply,
Credit Card fees
This is a more serious topic, and the information is useful to anyone with a credit card. (This astrologer got rid of all of his cards.) The October 8, 2007 Celestial Wheel gave a caution about credit card fees,
Today's Washington Post article, Fed's Rate Cuts Bring No Relief For Consumers' Credit Card Bills details this reality.