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Monthly Astrological Insights for August 2019
Tomorrow (August 1) is a New Moon day (it's first day of the Indian lunar month "Shrawan") and also the planet Mercury becomes (stationary) direct. For those who were affected by retrograde Mercury during last three weeks or so (especially for those who also have been affected by Saturn-Rahu opposition) from tomorrow onwards they expect some relief. Welcome to the new lunar month, "Shrawan"!
One of the significant planetary events for August is the transit of Mercury in sidereal Cancer until August 26, (because Mercury was retrograde in Cancer, its transit in Cancer is extended till August 26) and it is likely to play a significant role, the manifestation of which will distinctly be reflected in confusion, misunderstanding, frustration not only in political matters all around the world (especially in United States, Middle East (Israel, Iran, Syria), India and Pakistan) but also at personal level in lives of those who have poor placement of Mercury in their natal charts. Mercury in water sign Cancer, being suffocated, usually have trouble expressing himself or herself.
Another significant event (which has been going on since March) continues to be the perfect conjunction of transiting Saturn and the south lunar node Ketu (and opposition of Saturn and Rahu) in sidereal Sagittarius. Sagittarius being a fire and spiritual sign ruled by Jupiter, it's about the righteousness and our judicial perception coming under attack. It will be reflected in all aspects of our lives, especially in social, political areas and the areas where power and corruption dominates.
It's a period when karmic forces are working under full force, and experiences that typically have no logical explanations resulting in "why it's happening to me?" are likely to be far more frequent at both personal and collective level. But at the same time, It's a period when after having gone through painful experiences ultimately patience and perseverance wins!
It's a period when our prejudices and conditionings are challenged and open up the possibilities to shed them through understanding of "what is" and let go of "what should be or what we would like it to be" and the potential for seeing the reality by lifting the fog of illusion around us-a process referred to as self-realization. This is a period when a potential for true transformation (a spiritual experience) happens if we are aware and conscious about our surroundings. More on this below under Saturn-Rahu opposition.
As a result, it's possible that the collective political, religious and social events all around the world, may go through a process of irreversible transformation (a recent example, a series of president Trump's recent racist appearing tweets and the debates among the democratic party's presidential nominee hopefuls) that might be required to align the forces of nature (Saturn-Ketu conjunction), as a next step of our human evolution!
Saturn-Rahu opposition and Saturn-Ketu conjunction (March 8, 2019 - September 25, 2019).......
The backward moving lunar nodes (which represent the point of intersections of earth's orbit around the Sun and the Moon's orbit around the earth) Rahu and Ketu stay in one sign for approximately 18 to 18 1/2 months, and on March 8, they changed signs (Rahu from Cancer to Gemini and Ketu from Capricorn to Sagittarius). And they remain in their respective signs till September 25, 2020.
Especially for individuals, Rahu and Ketu are considered as karmic planets. Those who have Aries, Leo, Virgo, Libra and Capricorn ninefold (Navamansa) ascendant are likely to be benefited by positive energy of these lunar nodes for next 18 months or so. While Leo and Virgo ninefold ascendant people will likely to see financial gains and professional success, Libra and Aries ascendant people will put their new ideas to work by successfully implementing them. The Capricorn ascendant people will be victorious over their rivals and overcome heavy odds to be successful in whatever they do.
During next next 2 to 3 months the lunar node Rahu will continue to be making opposition with Saturn (and simultaneously the lunar node Ketu will conjunct Saturn). This opposition and conjunction aspects will be very strong and intense.
The Saturn-Rahu opposition occurs during March 31 - October 23 (within three degrees). It usually deals with intense karmic experiences for both individuals and collectively for a society or nation as a whole.
For individuals, based on their natal charts, if they have challenging placement of these planets, they are likely to go through painful material experiences as a part of their karmic redemption process, and only through the awareness while going through these painful experiences, such individuals can transform their lives by understanding themselves, a process usually refers as a self realization.
On collective level (societies or nations), places like Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and Iran are likely to experience social or political unrest. In the United States, both the political parties, Republican and Democratic, are likely to go through unwanted painful experiences during this period.
About President Donald Trump and his challenges......
President Trump's operating planets (the planets that presently active for him) for August continue to be Saturn, Venus, Pluto and Ketu. While Saturn and Venus will continue to be operating planets for him for several more years, Pluto and Ketu will continue to be till August 29, 2019.
Saturn will be in the sidereal Sagittarius, in the seventh
house of his progressive chart, and in the 5th house of his ninefold progressive
chart. Venus will be in sidereal Cancer (the 2nd house of his progressive chart) till
Aug 16, and then in Leo (the 3rd house of his progressive chart)
for the rest of the month.
During August, Saturn will be in the sidereal Sagittarius, in the seventh house of his progressive chart, and in the 5th house of his ninefold progressive chart. Venus will be in sidereal Cancer (the 2nd house of his progressive chart) till Aug 16, and then in Leo (the 3rd house of his progressive chart) for the rest of the month.
From Dasa standpoint, Saturn
continues to be unfavorable, being in the seventh house of his progressive
chart, and also unfavorable, being in the 5th house of his ninefold
progressive chart. Due to being in the 7th house of his progressive
chart, Mr. Trump, as has been and will continue to face challenges in dealing with his friends and adversaries
alike. He will still be haunted by Mueller report and testimony's fallout, his
income tax returns and business litigations, and his self-created feud with
Congress men and women and others. He will even get involved in direct
confrontations with people that include with his
cabinet and family members. In addition, being in the
5th of of his ninefold progressive chart) Saturn is unfavorable for him, and
therefore, confusion and disappointment become
keywords to describe his political experiences.
From Dasa standpoint, Saturn continues to be unfavorable, being in the seventh house of his progressive chart, and also unfavorable, being in the 5th house of his ninefold progressive chart. Due to being in the 7th house of his progressive chart, Mr. Trump, as has been and will continue to face challenges in dealing with his friends and adversaries alike. He will still be haunted by Mueller report and testimony's fallout, his income tax returns and business litigations, and his self-created feud with Congress men and women and others. He will even get involved in direct confrontations with people that include with his cabinet and family members. In addition, being in the 5th of of his ninefold progressive chart) Saturn is unfavorable for him, and therefore, confusion and disappointment become keywords to describe his political experiences.
The manifestation of the 2nd house resident transiting Venus is favorable for him for financial gains and material happiness till Aug 16. And then the 3rd house resident transiting Venus will also be favorable for him from recognition, showmanship and success standpoint. Thus, it's a mixed picture when activation energies of unfavorable Saturn and favorable Venus are combined.
The 7th house resident Pluto in both the progressive and ninefold progressive charts is certainly not positive for him as he will encounter sudden, unexpected and explosive situations, and finding them extremely difficult to deal with. In addition, the transiting Pluto is going to be in quincunx with his natal Rahu, making it extraordinarily challenging from politics standpoint. Furthermore, the 7th house resident transiting Ketu, with its conjunction with the transiting Saturn will certainly add fuel to fire further making the matters worse.
Thus, during August, while the challenging transit of Saturn in his the progressive and the ninefold progressive chart presents a challenging picture, the favorable transit of Venus provides him with the opportunities to have a political success. The conjunction of explosive and operating transiting planets Saturn and Ketu in the 7th house of his progressive chart will certainly create more political and personal challenges from legality and insecurity standpoint, resulting in an yet another trying and frustrating month for him to deal with the fallout from Mueller report, investigations by House democrats into his taxes and business dealings, his feud with congress women and suspicious and insecure people around him.
However, when one looks at the close conjunction of Sun and Rahu, and Rahu and Uranus in the 10th house of his natal chart, and Moon in very close conjunction with the lunar node Ketu in the 4th house of his natal chart, it's not very surprising why he does the way he does. It seems to me, he is totally driven by the country's (USA) destiny (at least at this point in history) which is very closely tied with his own due to the Rahu-Uranus conjunction in the 10th house of his natal chart.
It's the reflection of what collectively the country (USA) as a whole is going through at this point in time. Perhaps, it's a part of painful process of transformation and discovery of the next phase of its evolution, as reflected in constant churning (and becoming aware of them) of our die hard social prejudices and inherent, deeply rooted biases.
The important challenging planetary configurations for August include:
The Saturn-Rahu (April 25 - Sept 30) opposition may become responsible for social or political unrest in places like Russia or China (Hong Kong turmoil), and also for eruptions of violence incidences at unexpected places stemming from racism and religious hate. In addition, for the Republican Party and republicans in the United States, it may prove to be prudent to stay on guard during this period.
The manifestation of Pluto-Mars (Aug 2-4) quincunx may be reflected in a sudden outbreak of undesirable happenings and possibilities of both natural and man-made calamities in places like United States of America, Iraq, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Palestine and Israel.
The cause of Rahu-Jupiter (Aug 15 - Sept 4) quincunx may result in challenges that might surface for world religious leaders in carrying out their routine activities.
The Pluto-Neptune (June 23 - Sept 21) ninefold quincunx may become responsible for: An eruption of new waves of violence in the Palestine-Israel, Iran, Syria and Afghanistan-Pakistan regions. Occurrences of natural as well as man-made calamities all around the world, and Russia, and China may experience political as well as social turmoil.
The manifestation of Neptune-Saturn (Aug 9 - Sept 23) ninefold quincunx may be reflected in rise in covert activities all around the world. Natural as well as man-made calamities are very likely during this period. Places like Russia and China are likely to experience political and social turmoil. Non-democratic countries are likely to see shift of power from one faction (or dictator) to another. Religious activities around the world will likely to appear more secretive than open.
The manifestation of Uranus-Rahu/Ketu (July 24 - Aug 2) ninefold squares are likely to be reflected in a difficult and messy situation for President Trump and his administration in dealing with foreign matters. Terrorist activities are likely to occur in the United States besides the volatile region of the Middle-East (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Israel and Palestine).
The Saturn-Jupiter (Aug 14-23) ninefold square may become responsible for more controversies that test traditional moral values in religious world, and in general, religious authorities will have difficulty in keeping people happy.
The important auspicious planetary configuration for August include:
The Neptune-Jupiter (July 16-August 24) ninefold trine may become responsible for new and positive changes in religious, academic, and social fields that people are likely to enjoy.
The manifestation of the Pluto-Saturn (Aug 15 - Oct 9) ninefold sextile may be reflected in a good period for European and Russian economy. This period is also good for progress in technical fields (new innovations and discoveries) and religious reconciliation.
The countries that are more likely to be affected during this month are: Russia, China, USA, Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Palestine-Israel regions), and Europe.
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 Aug 1-4, 9-31.
Earthquakes: Based on the Earthquake prediction model V (yet to be published) the earthquake(s) of magnitude 7 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on August 9, 13-14, 20-21, 26. Please note that these dates refer to the Universal time (GMT). For your convenience, the earthquake predictions for the entire year 2019 are provided at Earthquake Predictions 2019.While man-made 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
Neptune-Jupiter ninefold trine (July 16 - August 24)
This auspicious ninefold trine is good for all world religions as well as for people who are engaged in activities that help us expand morally, socially as well as materially. For those who have well placed Jupiter and Neptune in their birth chart (conjunction, trine, sextile, opposition) are likely to have a very positive experience during this period. People involved in the religious activities are likely experience a sudden boost in their daily activities, and religious authorities are going to be well recognized by societies.
Saturn-Jupiter ninefold square (Aug 14-23)
Jupiter-Saturn ninefold square is going to be unfavorable for those who have such square in their natal charts. Loss of motivation, insecure feeling, loss of direction in life, general unhappiness, difficulty in keeping the faith in God are some of the symptoms of this square. This is like a test period. A period that can be viewed a real positive from self discovery standpoint since it will require you to bring best out of you to deal with situations around you. If you have such a square in your birth chart, and if any one of these planets is presently influencing you through your current progressive cycle then you need to look at the things with a different attitude. The best thing to do is to stay the course of present action without making new commitment. Remember the time when you felt the life is not fair and not worth living, very unsure of yourself, and unhappy with family.. well, that's how you going to feel this time. Keep your faith strong! (More) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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