Sunday, April 3, 2016

Here Comes The Sun King

On April 19, 2016 will be the third time the USA begins a major planetary period of the Sun in the 20° Cancer rising SAMVA USA chart. The chart is based on the time when the country was formed as a Perpetual Union at 17:00 LMT on February 2, 1781 in Annapolis, MD (relocated to then capital city of Philadelphia, PA with 16:59 LMT).

Following weak and divisive major periods of Ketu (1989-1996) and Venus (1996-2016), lasting for almost three decades, the Sun major period (2016-2022) promises to usher in positive changes in the national life. The Sun is a powerful and benefic planet in the Cancer rising horoscope as the lord of the second house, a sun-like house. It is placed in the productive and ambitious sign of Capricorn, and is on the most effective point (MEP) of the seventh house. The Sun thereby adds power and status to the foreign relations of the USA. As the Sun also aspects the 1st house of self, the image of the country as a powerful entity gains added prominence.

During previous Sun major periods, leadership in the national life has thus come to the forefront. Accordingly, this karma of the nation suggest that a person will be brought forth as a leader that embodies such qualities. In the prior Sun major periods, the leaders who inspired others with their stature and heart were George Washington and William McKinley. They also had the personal understanding and conviction to enact major and desired changes at the national level.

As a lead in let us recall an insightful conversation on SAMVA list many years ago with astrologer & author V. K. Choudhry on the types of power that may be distinguished through the planets. In particular, Mr. Choudhry made the distinction between the power that is felt in terms of authority and respect, which he related to the Sun, and the power that comes from the direct application of force, which is linked to Mars. The former type of power is typically embodied by the leader of the country (Sun) while the latter type of power is represented by the police and military (Mars).

Below we review the leadership episodes of these two men and consider if the leading candidates today embody such qualities and vision. 

FIRST SUN PERIOD (April 19, 1776 – April 18, 1782)
The first period began in April 1776 at a time when a full-scale revolt of the colonials against British rule was in full swing. While this was before the actual formation of the country in 1781, it is consistent with the evolving karma of the new country. Importantly, the first Sun period was prefaced by decades of social problems stemming from conflicts with the French, Indians and finally the British. Victory in the Revolutionary War was achieved with the surrender of British General Cornwallis on October 19, 1781, half a year before the period ended in April 1782.
George Washington
George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) was the military leader of the Americans in the Revolutionary War. In 1775 the Second Continental Congress commissioned him as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolution. In that command, Washington forced the British out of Boston in 1776, but was defeated and nearly captured later that year when he lost New York City. After crossing the Delaware River in the middle of winter, he defeated the British in two battles (Trenton and Princeton), retook New Jersey and restored momentum to the Patriot cause. His strategy enabled Continental forces to capture two major British armies at Saratoga in 1777 and Yorktown in 1781. Historians laud Washington for the selection and supervision of his generals, preservation and command of the army, coordination with the Congress, with state governors and their militia, and attention to supplies, logistics, and training. In battle, however, Washington was repeatedly outmaneuvered by British generals with larger armies. After victory had been finalized in 1783, Washington resigned as commander-in-chief rather than seize power, proving his opposition to dictatorship and his commitment to American republicanism.[1] 

SECOND SUN PERIOD (April 19, 1896 – April 18, 1902)
The second period began in April 1896 when the nation voted into office new energetic leadership in the person of William McKinley who began to transform the country by rejecting the ideas of the conflictual Gilded Age and introduced policies founding the economically more active and socially more harmonious Progressive Era. President Roosevelt continued with vigour such policies in the second term, after McKinley's assassination.
William McKinley
William McKinley (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States, serving from March 4, 1897, until his assassination in September 1901, six months into his second term. McKinley led the nation to victory in the Spanish–American War, raised protective tariffs to promote American industry, and maintained the nation on the gold standard in a rejection of inflationary proposals…he secured the Republican nomination for president in 1896, amid a deep economic depression. He defeated his Democratic rival, William Jennings Bryan, after a front-porch campaign in which he advocated "sound money" (the gold standard unless altered by international agreement) and promised that high tariffs would restore prosperity. McKinley hoped to persuade Spain to grant independence to rebellious Cuba without conflict, but when negotiation failed, he led the nation in the Spanish–American War of 1898; the U.S. victory was quick and decisive. As part of the peace settlement, Spain turned over to the United States its main overseas colonies of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Philippines; Cuba was promised independence, but at that time remained under the control of the U.S. Army. The United States annexed the independent Republic of Hawaii in 1898 and it became a U.S. territory.[2]

As the above makes abundantly clear, the leaders of the USA during the prior Sun major periods, embodied the power of authority and respect in their time to a pronounced degree. Of course, this positive energy is ever present concerning the US Presidency, but is much more apparent during the Sun period than at other times.

THIRD SUN PERIOD (April 19, 2016 – April 18, 2022)
The third time this period is dawning in April 2016, the country is in the throes of a full blown political rebellion against the party establishment, with a focus on rejecting the ideas of the past and bringing in more energetic leadership. The likely choices the USA electorate will face in November, are Donald Trump (June 14, 1946 -) and Hillary Clinton (October 26, 1947 -). The question is which candidate is more aligned with the karmic energy of the country.

It is in this context that the political platform of the leading Republican candidate for President, Donald Trump, is interesting. He has spoken of the need to Make America Great Again, and to put America First in the foreign policy domain. Recently, he spoke about what he would like to project abroad as leader of the USA. He said

Donald Trump
“Real power is through respect. Real power is, I don’t even want to use the word, fear. But you know, our military is very sadly depleted. You look at what’s going on with respect to our military and it’s depleted from all of the cuts,” Trump said, noting that he frequently sees advertisements for former U.S. military bases being available for purchase. “I don’t want people to be afraid. I want them to respect our country,” he said. “Right now, they don’t respect our country.”[3]

Hillary Clinton
It seems Trump‘s aspirations are quite well aligned with the power identified with the Sun major period and this foreseen shift in emphasis. However, some question his speaking style and propensity to say things that are not immediately appreciated. So far, he has been able to transcend such problems. The question is if his likely main rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, reflects more credibly this energy of authority and respect in her aspirations and manner? 

The American voters will soon decide.

[1] Wikipedia entry on George Washington.
[2] Wikipedia entry on William McKinley
[3] Bob Woodward interview with Donald Trump in Washington Post, April 2, 2016.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Predictions for the USA in 2016

#1: Americans crave change
The year 2016 in the USA will mark a sea change in the national life of Americans, with repercussions for the rest of the world. The sense of weaknesses and social problems since 1989 will gradually give way to a feeling of greater sense of communal purpose and international authority, not least due to a more assertive national leadership. This new trend will become visible over the next six years, as the USA reasserts its authority and might on the international stage. The developments will be reminiscent of the shift from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Despite the advances, setbacks are also seen during the course of this year.


#2: Inequality has increased
The year begins on a decidedly mixed note. On the one hand, the national life is still burdened by a sense of unresolved inequities and social weaknesses. The graph shows how income, like wealth, has become ever more unequally distributed over past decades. This situation is associated with the major period of a weak and badly placed Venus as 4th lord in the 6th house of the 20° Cancer rising SAMVA USA chart. This twenty year period ends on April 18. The sub-period of Ketu has been running since early last year. It has brought to the forefront the social problems and isolation experienced by many. For a more detailed description of these period influences, associated with Venus and Ketu, please read the predictions of recent years. On the other hand, a sense of optimism in the future is building, linked to the beginning of a powerful Sun major and minor period on April 19. For the approaching period influence of the powerful Sun period, several articles have been written which give a good indication of what to expect.

In addition to the trend influences associated with the periods, there will be a string of challenging transits during the year that are expected to produce adverse developments. Notably, the four malefic planets in the horoscope, 6th lord Jupiter, 8th lord Saturn and FM Rahu and FM Ketu will all pass through the most effective points (MEPs, +/- 5° from rising degree) of the 2nd, 5th and 8th houses this year, from where they cast malefic aspects to other houses. Fortunately, the more preferable period of the Sun replaces the adverse Ketu period in April, reducing the overall problems.

#3: Saturn in the 5th house MEP
In particular, the disturbance to the indications of the 2nd house is increased by the transit of 6th lord Jupiter and Rahu in its MEP during parts of the year, while 8th lord Saturn aspects it from the 5th house MEP. The events that come up will continue to challenge the wealth and status of the country during the year. For a list of the many indications of this and other houses please consult the authoritive article on Mundane astrology by Indian astrologer and author, V. K. Choudhry

#4: US debt is at historic highs
A joint indication of the 2nd and 6th houses is "financial solvency". As natal Saturn as 8th lord of obstacles and endings is afflicting transit Rahu and 6th lord Jupiter in the 2nd house, while transit Saturn is afflicting the 2nd house MEP, we can expect this difficult issue to come to the fore in the first part of the year. The graph shows the US public debt, which is high by historical standards. While firm and household debt has declined from its peak, it is still relatively high. The burden of debt will likely be felt more acutely during the year as the Federal Reserve continues to raise its policy interest rates.

#5: Saturn's aspects in 2016
Rising interest rates suggest bond prices are likely to come down along with stock prices. It is also possible that the US dollar, which should benefit by the developments of the Sun major period, will feel a temporary downdraft from the adverse transits involving the 2nd house, especially when transit or natal 2nd lord Sun is weak or afflicted in transit. Transit Sun will cross the stationary nodal axis in the second week of March and first week of September. Transit 8th lord Saturn will also aspect natal Sun in November and December 2016. It will also conjunct its own natal placement in late Scorpio in December, suggesting problems for easy gains as well as obstacles and endings at that time. In both instances, Saturn will be in normal forward motion lessening the adverse influences.


#6: Jupiter indicates solvency pressures
As for the major transits, the year begins with an applying transit conjunction of Jupiter and Rahu, lasting through February. The energy of these functional malefic planets in the 20° Cancer rising SAMVA USA chart, is likely to cause several problems, the more so as the conjunction occurs under the 10th house aspect of Saturn as lord of the 8th house in the chart, ruling over obstacles and endings, as well as easy gains. Jupiter, as lord of the 6th house, rules over conflict, health and solvency issues. It is also the general indicator of banks, religion and young people. Meanwhile, Rahu rules over manipulation, intoxicants and base desires. The combination can produce crisis for the indications, involving also obstacles and endings. There could be violent natural or man-made events at this time. Along with other transit influences, the first half of the year is likely to be unkind to financial investors, especially as Saturn and Jupiter are natally placed in the 5th house of speculation. In March, as Jupiter moves in retrograde motion in Leo, it will aspect natal 4th lord Venus at 23° 50' Sagittarius and 6th house. This suggests an upset for the communal harmony, possibly linked to the "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune" in the primary battles of the two parties in the USA. The days of March 11-13, when transit Sun will pass over transit stationary Rahu at 27° 45' Aquarius and 8th house, look especially tense in this regard.


#7: Nodes show difficulty
When the slow moving planets change signs, we may expect some trend changes in the national life. On January 9, Rahu changes signs from 0° Virgo and 3rd house to 30° Leo and 2nd house while Ketu goes from 0° Pisces and 9th house to 30° Aquarius and 8th house. The transit of Rahu in the 2nd house brings with it influences suggestive of problems for wealth and status of the country while the transit of Ketu in the 8th house brings problems for easy gains, as well as obstacles and endings.

#8: Nodes go stationary twice in 2016
Moreover, Rahu and Ketu become stationary in transit twice during this year. The former station begins on January 24, 2016, when Rahu is at 28° 45‘ Leo and 2nd house of the SAMVA USA chart. On February 22, 2016, the station reaches the exact point of the stationary placement at 27° 45‘ Leo, where it will be under the close and applying 10 house aspect of natal 8th lord Saturn at 26° 46‘ in Scorpio and 5th house. On April 26, 2016, Rahu leaves the stationary placement at 26° 45‘ Leo, while under the exact aspect of natal Saturn. This station adds to the troubles that the conjunction of Rahu and Jupiter brings. 

#9: Muslim fires gun at police
The problems involving Jupiter are compounded by transit Ketu, which is the sub period lord until late April. From January 24 to April 26, Ketu becomes transit stationary at 28° 45‘ to 26° 45‘ Aquarius and the 8th house, peaking on February 22, 2016 at 27° 45‘, when transit Jupiter will be at 26° 11‘ Leo and 2nd house in retrograde motion. The transit opposition of Ketu to Jupiter will add suddenness and strangeness to the adverse events in January and February. Established religions may come under attack from materialists, atheists and religious factions that appear strange to most Americans. Problems with the servicing of debts will likely come to the forefront, which would be adverse for the banks, which are the key lenders. In April and May, transit 6th lord Jupiter will be in stationary position in the MEP of the 2nd house, where it will also be in mutual aspect with natal Rahu. This continues the problems seen at the outset of the year, although it will not be as acutely felt as the orb of affliction is around 1° and more at its peak.

On July 19, 2016, transit Rahu becomes stationary at 19° 36‘ Leo and the Most Effective Point (MEP) of the 2nd house. In this placement, functional malefic Rahu will cast its malefic influence of confusion and manipulation on the 2nd house of wealth, 6th house of conflict, health and financial stability and 10th house of public affairs. On August 18, 2016, transit Rahu reaches the exact point of the stationary placement at 18° 36‘, where it will be under the close aspect of natal functional malefic Rahu at 17° 47‘ Aries and the MEP of the 10th house. The mutual aspect of transit and natal Rahu is likely to magnify the confusion. On October 20, 2016, Rahu leaves the stationary placement at 17° 36‘ Leo while under the exact aspect of natal Rahu at 17° 47‘ Aries and 10th house. Likewise, on July 19, 2016, Ketu becomes stationary at 19° 36‘ Aquarius and the MEP of the 8th house. On August 18, 2016, it reaches the exact point of the stationary placement at 18° 36‘ and on October 20, 2016, Ketu leaves the stationary placement at 17° 36‘ Aquarius while under the close aspect of natal Ketu at 17° 47‘ Libra and 4th house. This transit increases the likelihood for sudden and strange events that disturb the national life.


#10: Jupiter changes signs in August
On August 12, transit Jupiter moves from 30° Leo and 2nd house to 0° Virgo and 3rd house. This change of signs suggests increased likelihood of breakdowns or conflict involving communication and transportation (ruled by the 3rd house), foreign affairs (7th and 9th houses) or income (11th house). However, as Jupiter is in normal forward movement through the second half of the year, such influences are not likely to be long standing or very pronounced.


#11: Transit influences favor opposition
The challenging transits in 2016 suggest the incumbent party, the Democratic Party, will lose the election. In particular, the problems for the economy and pressures on US President Obama, will affect the nominee of his own party at election time, November 8. Transit 8th lord Saturn will then be both closely afflicting the 5th, 7th, 11th and 2nd houses, as well as in 3rd house aspect to natal 2nd lord Sun. The situation is therefore seen to be difficult for the sitting President and his party, benefiting the opposition party nominee.


#12: Trump' enters very helpful period 
The 6° 51' Leo rising horoscope of Donald Trump is interesting in this regard. It shows a man with a weak and severely afflicted 1st lord Sun at 30° Taurus and the 10th house of the horoscope, but several other highly auspicious placements. Along with the bad placement of his Venus, as 3rd lord of speech, in Cancer and his 12th house, the weak and afflicted Sun explain his propensity to say controversial things. However, the chart also shows very helpful placements. In particular, Jupiter as 5th lord of intelligence is well placed and strong in the 2nd house of wealth and status. Supporting this is the strength and good placement of Mercury as 2nd lord of wealth and status in its own sign of Gemini and the 11th house of future plans and income. Trump has enjoyed phenomenal success in building his wealth. Helping him is the placement of Mars as 9th lord in the MEP of his 1st house. This suggests luck in the life and, along with the placement of 7th lord Saturn in Cancer and 12th house, indicates both a divorce and foreign spouses. Together with his strong Jupiter, Mars offers a protecting influence for his weak and afflicted Sun. Importantly, Mr. Trump will enter the major period of his strong and well placed Jupiter in November 2016. This suggests a fortunate turn of events in his life. It is these astrological factors that led Mr. Choudhry, the propounder of the System's Approach to Interpreting Horoscopes, to predict that Donald Trump was likely to ascend to the US Presidency. Finally, Trump's message seems to resonate with the growing desire of Americans at this time for a greater sense of national purpose, fairness and authority, as seen and predicted seven years ago on the basis of the SAMVA USA chart.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

America's date with destiny

Seven years ago a long-term prediction was made on this blog. It was about a revitalisation taking place in the USA after the onset of the Sun major period in the SAMVA USA chart in April 2016. The prediction was twofold. First, the USA would experience a resurgence of power on the international stage. Second, domestic policies would be enacted that would reduce inequality and social injustices plaguing the country in recent decades. There are clear indications that this twofold development is in the early stages of being manifest in the national life.

I. The return of greatness

The first blog to comment on the coming sea change in the international position of the USA was published in early 2008.

The end of greatness

Cosmologer's blog - April 4, 2008
"In the third SUN dasa in the 3rd dasa cycle, which runs from April 9 2016 to April 10 2022, we can expect the extension of the territory, the increased authority of the USA abroad, in short, the return of the might of the country."
In another blog, published in early 2010, this prediction was reiterated. It was stated that there would be a surge in US power, similar to what took place in the late 1890s, under the the Presidency of McKinley, and later Roosevelt.

Rise of U.S. Imperial Power

Cosmologer‘s blog - March 7, 2010
"A predicted U.S. resurgence will likely take place in the coming Sun major period (2016-2022)."

Almost a whole Vimsottari dasa cycle (120 years) later, in the summer of 2015, a candidate for nomination of the Republican Party has suddenly emerged and become the most popular one based on the simple mantra MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN. While controversial, billionaire Donald Trump has proposed unconventional policies that would invigorate entrepreneurship, reduce the political privilege of the wealthy and increase well-paying jobs through fair trade policies. Having led in national polls among Republicans since the summer, his candidacy seems to have struck a cord with many Americans.

Freedom and liberty

Americans place great importance on freedom and liberty. Astrologically, this is explained by the placement of Mercury as 3rd lord of action and Sun as 2nd lord of status in the 7th house of others. They also have the Moon as 1st lord in the 11th house of aspirations, making them idealistic.
"I believe our flag is more than just cloth and ink. It is a universally recognized symbol that stands for liberty, and freedom. It is the history of our nation, and it's marked by the blood of those who died defending it." (John Thune, 1961-)
There is a sense of opposition to limits being placed on the freedom and liberty of Americans. This is likely rooted in their sense of self-reliance. There is also a distrust of big government, such that its encroachment into the lives of ordinary people is often considered unwelcome. While this emphasis will likely continue to dominate the political scene in coming years, a sea change is about to take place in attitudes towards large corporations and the influence of the wealthy in politics. 

Lack of competition

Up until now the large corporations have operated free of government restriction and the wealthiest Americans have enjoyed unfettered access to politicians through their lobby groups. This has resulted in laws and regulations that favour the wealthy, such that the large corporations do not face sufficient competition. In fact, they are able to buy up profitable new competitors, reducing competition further. As a result, they charge higher prices, keep wages lower and exhort their employees to work ever harder. This has resulted not only in growing inequality but also in serious economic and financial imbalances. As this is increasingly being recognised, the real change will likely come when the big behemoths are broken up and subject to more stringent rules of competition, as was the case in the Progressive Era. In other words, the country will rein in the big firms and restore true competition on the market place. As such, the emphasis in politics is slowly shifting towards policies that address long standing social injustices, such as many Americans being forced to move into lower paying service sector jobs as better paying jobs are shipped overseas.[1] Astrologically, this is due to the strong Sun in the horoscope, which gives discrimination about moral issues, the ability to know right from wrong. Moreover, the Sun is also an indicator of the national leader, hence it will likely be the President that ushers in this major change.

II. Policies that reduce inequality and social injustice

In late 2009 the following prediction was made for the USA in 2016 and later:

Cosmologer‘ blog – November 18, 2009
From the late 19th century and in the early 20th century, there was a major political shift in the USA, which is very much aligned with the planetary periods in the SAMVA USA chart (Perpetual Union). In fact, while planetary transits explain the significant events, the periods give an amazing insight into major trends in US history. The chart indicates a similar major shift will take place in US politics from around 2016, with a general improvement lasting for several decades.
We can see that the Gilded Age was replaced by a much more confident and progressive era in US national and political life. This is consistent with the major planetary periods of the time. The national life in the USA since the 1980s has been characterised by great economic progress, with notable advances in communications infrastructure. However, imbalances, financial panics and social tensions have also been there. The forthcoming periods of the Sun (April 2016 - April 2022), Moon (- April 2032) and Mars (- April 2039) indicate that the US will experience a return to considerable progress in the national life during these periods, associated with policies that lead to a reduction in tensions over inequality or injustices, consistent with earlier such periods in the national life. 

On October 13, 2015, the Democratic Party held its first televised debate. In their 2 minute introductory statement, the five Democratic candidates for President stressed inequality and social injustice in America and what they plan to do about it.
  • “As we look to the future I want to reduce income inequality and close the gap between the haves and have-nots.” (Lincoln Chaffee, 1953-) 
  • “People are disgusted how money has corrupted our political process...I have spoken about economic fairness and social justice.” (Jim Webb, 1946-) 
  • “There is a deep economic injustice in America today…our middle class is shrinking, our poor families are becoming poorer. Seventy percent of families are earning less than they were 12 years ago.” (Martin O´Malley,  1963-) 
  • “For the past 40 years, the middle class has been disappearing, millions of Americans are working longer hours for lower wages and yet almost all of the new income and wealth being created is going to the top one percent.”  (Bernie Sanders, 1941-) 
  • “I have sought to even the odds for each child to reach its God given potential.” (Hillary Clinton, 1947-)
In other words, the issue of inequality and social injustice has come to the very forefront of the public debate in America. In 2009, this was not the case. It was in the fall of 2010, when the Occupy Wall Street Protests began, that the issue of rampant inequality began to come to the attention of most people. Now the media is full of stories on it.

Economic Inequality: It’s Far Worse Than You Think

The Scientific American - March 31, 2015
"If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets." (Chris Rock, 1965 -)
It is clear the situation is grave and the politicians know about it. However, it will not necessarily be the Democrats who bring in the change. They are more the party of taxation and expenditure, associated with big government. It is likelier that a Republican, favouring free enterprise and limited government, will be the one to address these problems, by increasing competition and restoring industrial production, consistent with the period influences seen in the SAMVA USA chart. Unrelated to this prediction, the respected Indian astrologer & author V. K. Choudhry has predicted that a Republican is likely to win the Presidential election in November 2016. 

In any event, the accurate prediction of the nature and timing of events in the USA show that SA astrology, which works so well when applied to the horoscopes of individuals, also works in the mundane sphere when it is applied to an authentic mundane horoscope like the SAMVA USA horoscope. In fact, the many other accurate predictions for the USA based on it increase the confidence that it is indeed the AUTHENTIC horoscope of the USA.


[1] Batra, Ravi (2015). End Unemployment Now. St. Martins Press. 

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Ketu's aspect to Saturn


The contracting and crystalising planet Saturn is transiting the secretive and rigid sign of Scorpio from November 2, 2014 to January 26, 2017.

From September 1 to October 15 2015, Saturn in the first decan of Scorpio will be under the close afflicting aspect of the separating and isolating planetary point, Ketu, which will be transit stationary at 7° in the mystical and generous sign of Pisces during the fall.

During this period, the general significations of Ketu, such as sudden explosive events, are likely to be visited on the general indications of Saturn, such as working people, traditional industries, structures, and things mined from the ground. As Saturn represents cold and Ketu represents extremes, there could be an unseasonal cold snap or an explosion involving extremes of hot and cold. As both planets are transiting watery signs, there could also be problems having to do with water.

The impact of this aspect, however, will be strongly influenced by the national horoscope of the countries involved, especially, where the ascending degree is around 7 or where some natal planet is at 7 degrees in the even numbered signs: Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces.

Indian astrologer & author V. K. Choudhry has analysed, based on the Systems’ Approach of house rulerships, what the influence of the transit of Saturn through Scorpio is likely to be for each of the rising signs.

In this article we focus on the likely impact of this aspect from Ketu where Saturn is also a functional malefic, as per SA. This is the case for the signs of Cancer, where Saturn becomes the 8th lord of obstacles and endings, Virgo, where it is 6th lord of conflict, and Pisces, where it becomes 12th lord of losses. In countries with these ascendants, and where the rising degree is around 7 degrees or some planet is in even signs at that degree, the problems are likely to be greater.

For Cancer ascendants, the transit of Saturn through Scorpio is expected to cause stress to the indications of the 5th, 7th, 11th and 2nd houses. The transit of Saturn in Scorpio and 5th house suggests financial setbacks, problems with young people, foreign policy and the economy. The six week aspect of Ketu in the 9th house is likely to bring a sudden setback for the credibility of the country as well as violent storms that upset people.

United States of America
In the SAMVA horoscope for the USA, which has 20° Cancer rising, the Venus-Ketu period is operating. This places an emphasis on the energy of Ketu in the horoscope, but it is conjunct the most effective point of the 4th house and aspects the 8th house, 10th house and 12th house. Hence, the natal factors are likely to be triggered by this aspect of Ketu, but also in relation to natal 6th lord Jupiter at 4°Scorpio and natal 10th lord Mars at 10° Scorpio, suggesting the problems involve the police and military but also corporate leaders in the country. The aspect of Ketu to 8th lord Saturn could involve violent events with mass casualties.

During the summer months, the conjunction of transit stationary Saturn at 5° Scorpio to natal Jupiter, is likely to cause the expansion of the US economy, ruled by Jupiter, to be halted by contracting Saturn. From mid-September to mid October, the banking system, ruled by Sun and Jupiter, could come under stress, especially on September 23, when transit Sun becomes conjunct transit stationary Rahu.

Another important aspect at that time, is the exact aspect of transit stationary Rahu at 7° Virgo and 3rd house to natal 1st lord Moon at 7° Taurus and 11th house. This aspect, which lasts from beginning August to end October, is likely to bring stress for the condition of the people and reputation of the country. There could be an expose of efforts to cover up pollution in the mining sector, such as shale oil extraction poisoning the water supply affecting large numbers of people. The problems for corporate leaders may be more prominent in early October, when transit 6th lord Jupiter comes under the exact aspect of natal Rahu in the 10th house of the SAMVA USA chart.
By comparison, the European Union, with 24° Cancer rising, will likely be less affected by this transit aspect.

For Virgo ascendants, the transit of Saturn in Scorpio is expected to cause stress to the indications of the 3rd, 5th, 9th and 12th houses. This transit can make Virgo rising countries more aggressive, causing problems for their financial system. In particular, the aspect of Ketu in the 7th house of others to 6th lord Saturn in the 3rd house of action and communication is likely to bring setbacks for financial obligations, communicable diseases or court cases involving transportation or communication. Germany and the United Kingdom have Virgo rising horoscopes but the influences are not seen to intimately involve these countries.

For Pisces ascendants, the transit of Saturn in Scorpio is expected to cause stress to the indications of the 9th, 11th, 3rd and 6th houses. This transit can make Pisces rising countries unlucky, involving e.g. their judicial or religious systems. In particular, the aspect of Ketu in the 1st house of self to 12th lord Saturn in the 9th house of luck is likely to bring setbacks for the judiciary or religious institutions, including old structures.
Other countries, where Saturn is a functional benefic planet, due to its Moolatrikona rulership of an auspicious house, such as India, with 7° Taurus rising and Iceland with 19° Scorpio rising, but FM planets around 7° Capricorn and Cancer, could also experience setbacks at this time.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A fortunate change for Greece

German Finance Mininster Schauble and his Greek counterpart Varoufakis
On February 27, 2012, a new horoscope for Greece was introduced on this blog and SAMVA list. Significant events in the history of the country were examined in terms of the Systems‘Approach (SA), and the events were found to be remarkably consistent with the natal, period and transit influences of the horoscope. Further, the near term development of 2012-2014 was seen to be difficult but this was expected to be followed by relief.

The prediction in 2012
“ This horoscope seems to reflect well the events of Greek national life. At the same time, it does not paint a hopeful picture for the financial or political position of Greece in the summer of 2012 when the Mercury-Mercury period is operating and difficult transits are felt. Venus, Mars and Saturn are the helpful planets in this horoscope. Their placements suggest some amount of comforts, fortune, energy and status - all of which is consistent with what we know about life in Greece. Barring challenging transits, the Venus sub-period from January 2015, promises a fortunate change of events.“

Moreover, the following was stated.
"The recession from 2006 to 2011 is associated with the Rahu and Jupiter sub-periods of the Saturn major period. Now the Mercury major period has started, the difficulties are likely to continue during the Mercury and Ketu sub-periods lasting through 2014."

Recent developments
Youth unemployment in Greece has been near 60 percent in recent years
In late December 2014, the Samaras government collapsed.[1] It had been beholden to the fiscal austerity policies for several years, which had caused much suffering in Greek society, including keeping unemployment at depression levels.
   In the election on January 25, 2015, a new government came to power. It had the single aim of ending the austerity policies. It made bold statements about the need to scupper existing agreements. 
   On February 20, 2015, this was effectively achieved, when Greece and its Euro-area partners reached a deal to give Greece up to four months to renegotiate its debt agreement with the EU, IMF and ECB.
   While this initial agreement falls short of the initial demands to immediately renegotiate the debt, the change nonetheless represents a victory for Greece in that the austerity policies are in effect being relaxed with the consent of its Euro area partners. However, Greece does not have carte blanche to change its policies or the debt burden.

Challenges to gain a consensus
The new Greek government must also show good faith efforts in coming months to continue to reform the government and management of the country. This is hard given the placement of Mercury, as 8th lord of obstacles and endings, is on the most effective point of the 11th house of incomes and future plans and in aspect to the 5th house of speculation and management. This placement, as Indian astrologer and author V. K. Choudhry has pointed out, explains why the Greek people have such a hard time reaching agreement amongst themselves. This divisive energy is focused on the future direction of the country (11th house) and its management (5th house).
   Indeed, the country has historically been rife with corruption and mismanagement. During the 1940s, 1960s and 1970s, the country was in a state of civil war or political turmoil due also to extreme factionalism. During the major period of Mercury, the problems of factionalism have been there but the major problem has been the economic hardships following the financial crisis of recent years.

Scope for improved policies
The Greek economy is now predicted to be emerging from the recession. Such a change will help usher in better conditions for the working people in Greece. Moreover, the new agreement gives increased scope for the government to quickly implement policies that begin to reduce the high unemployment levels.[2]
   Kelly (2015) emphasises the advantages of the new agreement.[3]

"Greece gets to pick its own austerity.“

Meanwhile, Evans-Pritchard (2015), a noted critic of the EU, describes the overall implications thus.[4]

“Greece has secured a four-month reprieve from eurozone creditors at a last-ditch summit in Brussels, heading off imminent default and a traumatic rupture of monetary union.  The interim accord gives Greece breathing room to flesh out its economic agenda and reform plans, and effectively scraps the draconian fiscal targets imposed by the EU-IMF Troika."

   To this we can add that the alarmists were proved wrong, Greece did not opt out of, nor was it forced to leave the eurozone. Indeed, that would have been a disastrous outcome for the country. In short, the country has not suffered an additional loss at this time. Rather, the agreement ensures that Greece continues, despite the problems and challenges, as an integral member in in the European Union and euro zone.
   In November 2014, OECD, the international think tank in Paris, noted the rapidly improving economic outlook for Greece.[5]

“Following six years of deep recession, growth is projected to be positive in 2014, and to gain additional momentum in 2015-16.“

   In short, the sequence of recent events resulting in easier policies along with the rapidly improving economic situation may aptly be described as a "fortunate change" for the Greek people "from January 2015".[6] 
   It is also of interest that the Moon-Venus period that began in June 1949, ushered in a time in Greek life when a dire situation of civil war began to be resolved. This is important in that since January 22, 2015, Greece has been in the Mercury-Venus period. Hence, the prediction made three years ago.
   We should keep in mind that the Mercury major period runs from August 2011 to August 2028. Given the affliction of Mercury in the horoscope, we may expect that the legacy of the financial problems will remain in the background during the remainder of  this 17 year period, although the current developments will reflect more the sub-period and transit influences at any time. 
   The prediction is additional evidence to the reading of the history and recent developments in terms of the horoscope. Importantly, this prediction which was made far in advance ( in February 2012) has proved correct both in terms of the nature and timing of the developments. As such, it increase our confidence that the tentative 26° Aquarius rising chart is the authentic and correct national horoscope for Greece.

Developments in the EU
The developments are also revealing concerning the EU and Germany.
   In a blog article on January 1, 2015, European Union at cross roads, the Rahu major period from February 2015 in the 24° Cancer rising horoscope for the EU was described as follows.

“The influence of Rahu can be to obscure and mislead. This placement suggests that vested interests try to  manipulate the management of the union, the scope for speculation and that crises can develop, also concerning young people and universities.“

   Further, during February to May 2015 is likely to bring a crisis to the affairs of the EU, notably the management aspect of the union.

   "There will likely be a crisis for the management of the Union, including obstacles and endings for the vested interests, such as financial creditors. There may be exposures involving manipulations in the management of the EU.“

   Indeed, it seems the leaders of the Eurogroup were united in resisting the demands of the popular Greek leaders to reduce further the debts owed by Greek government to its various creditors. Even the leaders of countries like Portugal and Ireland have taken an adamant stance insisting that Greece honor its obligations. They likley felt compelled to do so, as they were pushed into a corner to also pay their debts at great cost to their tax payers but arguably with less economic difficulty than Greece. Likely, this hard line against the long suffering Greeks will give a bad impression to most people in the EU concerning the leadership.
   The situation was examined in late 2014 in terms of the newly discovered 24° Virgo rising horoscope for Germany, with the prediction begin made for early 2015 that there will likely be 

"...conflict in the area of initiatives and communication[, which] will create problems for... communal harmony.“

   Indeed, the Greek drama has been a part of the problems facing Germany, as Chancellor Merkel and Finance Minister Schauble were at the forefront of reaching the controversial agreement with Greece on a way out for the beleagured country. 
   Finally, the following was also predicted based on the tentative 1° Gemini rising horoscope for France 

"Early 2015 does not look quite as challenging for the France as it does for Germany or the EU."

   The French leader Hollande and his government have not been in the forefront of the tough negotiations. Rather they played a supportive role, staying in the background.

A prediction was made three years ago for the economic crisis to remain through 2014 but for a fortunate change in the national affairs of Greece starting from January 2015. This prediction is seemingly now being realised. 

[1] WSWS (2014). The collapse of the Greek government. 31 December.
[2] EU Council (2015). Eurogroup statement on Greece. 20/02,  21:00.
[3] Kelly,  Lorcan Roche (2015). Scoreboard: Here's What Each Side Got in the Greece Negotiations. Bloomberg. February 20, 9:42 PM GMT.
[4] Evans-Pritchard, Ambrose (2015). Greece averts bankruptcy and softens austerity in last-ditch deal. Telegraph  20 February, 10:29PM GMT.
[5] OECD (2014). Economic outlook, analysis and forecasts for Greece. November.
[6] Kapoor, Sony (2015). The Greek Deal – A game changer or a mere name changer? February 24.–-game-changer-or-mere-name-changer?sthash.jMs0Ipjl.mjjo