Wishing you a
Happy and Prosperous 2018
The transit of Mars in the sidereal
Capricorn is likely to dominate the headlines for 2018. Mars enters the
sidereal Capricorn on May 2, 2018 and it stays in Capricorn for more
than six months till November 6, 2018. During that stay in
Capricorn, Mars turns retrograde on June 27 and then it becomes direct on
is the planet of action, energy and strength, and it becomes exalted in
Capricorn. Capricorn being the earth and cardinal sign, it's the
perfect sign for Mars to explode (cardinal being the lead sign) with a
tremendous strength. And the manifestation of that energy will be
reflected in the material world (earth sign) with tremendous ups and
downs (ups during its direct motion and downs during its retrograde
motion) that will be intensely experienced by the entire world,
especially by the military personnel (Mars being the fire sign with
tremendous energy and strength), sportsmen, warriors, fighters,
commanders, leaders and people in power in almost every field
(especially in politics and business). Also, Capricorn being the earth
sign, the sign of accumulation of material wealth, the transit of Mars
through Capricorn means volatility in the financial markets.
May 2 - June 27, we are likely to enjoy the positive energy of Mars as it
begins its journey through Capricorn. But then during June 27
through August 28, we are likely to feel the negative energy of the
retrograde Mars as the ride starts becoming painful and
frustrating. Thus, during June 27-August 28, the possibility of
war, violence, destruction of material wealth due to natural as well as
man-made calamities, social and political uproars, financial markets
coming under tremendous pressure, political leaders and business
executives feeling the pains are very real. After August 28 till
November 6, we are
likely to go through a slow period of recovery for at least few weeks
before we regain the full speed of positive energy of Mars.
intensity of negative energy of Capricorn Mars will be more apparent
during its close square (with in three degrees) with Uranus (May 12-17;
July 28 - Aug 4; Sept 15-20) and
opposition with the lunar north node, Rahu (June 9-18; July 12-22; Sept
for those who have well placed Mars in their natal charts are likely to
do well during this transit of Mars, the others will feel unbearable
pain and perhaps emotional breakdowns depending on the Mars placements
in their natal charts.
important planetary stories for 2018 include the transit of Uranus in
Aries, Saturn in Sagittarius, Rahu in Cancer and Jupiter in
Uranus being the planet
of change will certainly affect the matters related to Aries in a big way. Aries
being the fire and cardinal sign, which is very suitable for
independent, ambitious, energetic and impulsive Uranus, the changes in
world political landscape are going to be
tremendously influenced by Uranus's transit in Aries. The people who are most
affected by this transit are military personnel, business and political leaders. In scientific and
technological areas expect a lot of drastic changes; and emerging new ideas will
find their way into innovations and discoveries. The
scientific and technological growth will rise at a very rapid pace. A
new wave of world political and corporation leaders with their new perspectives on
world order will certainly
transform our world in next 6 years to a new level to which we must adjust to.
back to 2017, in light of President Donald Trump's achievements and
challenges, in my opinion, he represents the symbol of the current state of the
American public sentiment. Despite all the challenges, chaos and his
defiance of the established norms, the reason he is still in power is
solely due to the strength of his tenth house Rahu-Uranus conjunction in
his natal chart representing the powerful force of entanglement of his destiny with the
country's destiny. However, I wouldn't be surprised if on one the fine
mornings during 2018 we wakeup with his tweet of quitting his job or resignation
or by legally being removed from the White House due to the
conjunction in the tenth house of his natal chart.
next important planetary transit is that of Saturn in Sagittarius. Sagittarius being the fire and
mutable sign, for the next two years, Saturn will strongly influence the world psyche and world
religions. Philosophers, pioneers, scientists and reformers will shape the future
of the world. Those who have Saturn in Sagittarius will see their
lives transformed to a new level due to a drastic change (mostly at emotional
and psychological level) in their perspectives about the world around them. In my opinion, it's going to be a very positive and
exciting two years for those who have dominant Saturn in their birth
chart and have Pisces, Aquarius, Libra, and Cancer as their natal ninefold
In the next two years,
on the world political scene, countries like India and Pakistan will make news
headlines. Religious leaders, reformers, philosophers and scientists will likely
to further transform the world with their successful, creative, pragmatic and productive
The transit of the north lunar node Rahu is in sidereal Cancer. Those who
have well placed lunar nodes in their charts and have Taurus, Aquarius or
as their ninefold (Navamansa) ascendant are likely to experience a very
Jupiter transits in sidereal
Libra until October 11, 2018. Since
Libra is a cardinal and air sign,
Jupiter's transit will likely be responsible for increased awareness of human
spirit, new emerging philosophies explaining the growth of the continued spiritual
evolution. Righteousness and compassionate activities will also be on rise.
The good news is that while some of
chaotic events dominate the news, the worldwide spiritual expansion will
continue (due to the transit of Pluto and Saturn in spiritual Sagittarius and
Neptune in spiritual Aquarius) to provide the light for transformation of humanity as a whole.
In a very subtle way the ongoing spiritual expansion is likely to eventually
transcend the world beyond the normal norms such as religion, race and perhaps
nations despite the rise of populism and protectionism.
Advances in technology and
sciences will absolutely be phenomenal due to the favorable placement of the
modern planets: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The major scientific and
technological breakthroughs in fields of medicine, biotechnology, information
technology and space science will therefore be remarkable.
Thus, while the uncertain and painful
manifestations of the Mars's transit in Capricorn and Uranus's transit in Aries will dominate the
events, simultaneously, in a very subtle way, the year 2018 will
continue to transform the world to a new level, a necessary step as a part of
our collective spiritual growth.
Monthly Predictions for January 2018
About President Donald Trump and his challenges......
operating planets (the planets that presently influence
him most) for
January will continue to be Saturn and Venus.
the month, Saturn will be in
sidereal Sagittarius, the seventh
house of his progressive chart. And it will be in the 1st house of his ninefold
progressive chart until January 23 and then in the 2nd house of his ninefold
progressive chart for the remainder of the month. Venus will be in sidereal
Sagittarius (the seventh house of his progressive chart) till January 13 and then in
Capricorn (the 8th house of his progressive chart) for the rest of the month.
From Dasa standpoint, Saturn
is unfavorable (being in the seventh house of his progressive chart) for him and
therefore, Mr. trump will likely to continue to cause a lot stir by exhibiting immature and
senseless behavior in dealing with his friends and adversaries
alike. Until January 23, he may experience some health issues, intense
frustration in dealing with people, fear of his adversaries and perhaps a death
in family. After January 23, he might get involved in a direct
confrontations with people that include not only his adversaries but also his
Until January 13,
the manifestation of the seventh house
Venus will be reflected in several disagreements with his cabinet members and
with women. After January 23, Venus does become favorable for him in
successfully dealing with politics.
When the planetary transits with respect to his natal
chart are considered, the transiting Uranus has been in square with his natal
Saturn (Nov 15 - Feb 20). And currently Saturn being his operating planet, this
square may continue to become cause for more chaos, uncertain environment in the White
House, and drastic and destructive
changes in his administration.
during the second half of January, the favorable
transit of Venus may bestow him with some political success, the
violent square of Uranus with his natal Saturn still can become responsible for yet another extremely challenging and trying month for him to deal with
the ongoing Russia probe, suspicious and insecure people around him and in advancing
his political agenda.
important challenging planetary configurations
for January include:
The manifestation of the Pluto-Saturn (Jan
6-13) ninefold quincunx will be reflected in an outbreak of violence and terrorist activities
in Middle-East and a strong possibility of natural as well as man-made calamity,
some extent, a war-like climate in some part of the world. Tension between North
Korea and the United States will continue to persist. Some of the east-European
countries, Russia, and China may experience political as well as social turmoil.
The Saturn-Rahu (Jan 12-15)
ninefold quincunx means Russia or China may experience
social or political unrest. Also, in the United State for the Republic Party and republicans it may prove to be prudent to stay on
guard during this period.
The Uranus-Mars (Jan
15-18) quincunx may become responsible for natural and man-made calamities
are likely, especially in the United States of America.
(Dec 26 - Jan 3) squares means religions around the world will
find difficulty in carrying out their activities and in general, keeping people
happy. Loss of a well known religious figurehead is likely.
The manifestation of Rahu/Ketu-Mars
(Jan 3-5) squares may be reflected in the both natural and
man-made calamities causing destruction and loss of lives.
While the Neptune-Saturn
(Jan 3-9) ninefold square may become responsible for countries like China and Russia
facing some difficult time, the outcome of the influence of Uranus-Saturn
(Jan 29 - Feb 6) ninefold square will be reflected in social or political
turmoil in United States of America,
Russia or China as well as political tensions rising between them.
important auspicious planetary configuration
for January include:
(Dec 2 - Jan 14) ninefold trine means a welcome change in either bringing terrorism under control or even wiping out major
terrorist cells through covert operation. In addition, this ninefold trine is good for Russia
and to some extent for China. Also, on technological front, expect some positive
breakthroughs in medical, high technology and biotechnology fields.
While the manifestations of the
Pluto-Ketu (Jan 14-21) ninefold
trine may be reflected in good economic growth, significant progress in technical
fields (new innovations and discoveries) and religious reconciliation, the
Neptune-Ketu (Jan 18-25)
ninefold trine may become responsible for positive
period for Russia and China and significant
progress in technical
fields (new innovations and discoveries). Spiritual and religious activities are likely to impart positive
energy and create a very healthy atmosphere around us.
(Jan 7-25) sextile may become responsible for positive changes in religious,
academic and to
some extent in social fields. Initial
reaction to the change might appear to be a bit confusing and perhaps chaotic,
but the majority of us are going to embrace this new wave of change and are very
likely to enjoy it.
The countries that
are more likely to be affected during this month are: The United States of
America, Russia, China, North and South Korea, and the Middle East (Syria, Afghanistan and Palestine-Israel
Natural and Man-made Calamities........
The natural calamities like extreme weather conditions, wildfires, hurricanes,
heavy rains, snow storms, air crashes as well as man made accidents are more
likely to occur during Jan 3-9, 15-18 and 29-31.
prediction model III the earthquake(s) of magnitude 7 or higher, if
occur, are likely to occur on
6-9, 11, 13-15, 17-18, 20-21, 24-25, 27-29.
note that these dates refer to the Universal time (GMT). For your convenience,
the earthquake predictions for the entire year 2017 are provided at
calamities may manifest themselves in terrorism, unrest, violence, accidents,
and air crashes, the natural calamities are likely to include extreme weather
conditions such as severe cold winters, and equally intensive droughts,
hurricanes or typhoons, thunderstorms, earthquakes and fires