Date Posted: August 31, 2003
Although it’s very difficult to predict the influence of planets on a given individual without referring to his or her birth chart the following is intended only as a general guideline. For confirmation, however, you must refer to your birth chart. Based on the assessment of planetary strengths or weaknesses in your birth chart, placement of planets in your current progressive regular and ninefold charts, and the current operating planetary cycles the following may or may not be applicable.
Retrograde Mars (July 29 – Sept 27)
From the planetary influence standpoint, one of the major events of August is the retrograde Mars which on average occurs once every two years. On July 29, Mars became retrograde in the sidereal zodiac sign Aquarius, and it is going to stay retrograde till September 27. Astrologically speaking, what does the retrograde Mars mean? And what can we expect from the retrograde Mars?
In general, when a planet turns retrograde, the positive energy offered by that planet is expected to slowly diminish. In case of Mars, being a planet of total independence, high ego, and less maturity usually make things worse with incredible speed.
For those of you who have predominant Mars in their birth chart and if it’s influencing you through the current progressive chart, then you are very likely to experience a sudden setback in your professional as well as in other activities. You may have to repeat things over many times to get it right, or you may have to deal with unfortunate and totally unexpected circumstances, and in general, you may end up in having a very frustrating experience. In particular, engineers, designers, construction workers, people who work in military, leaders, managers and like are likely to be more affected than others.
At a collective level, expect a political tension building among developed nations. Destruction of wealth due to natural calamities or man made accidents are also likely. Other possibilities include a sudden rise in terrorist activities, escalation in a warlike climate between Israelis and Palestinians, and of course increased covert activities among nations.
Retrograde Mercury (Aug 29 – Sept 20)
On Aug 29, the planet Mercury becomes retrograde in Virgo. It will return to Leo on Sept 5 and will stay retrograde in Leo until Sept 20. Typically retrograde Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays, frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Virgo means unfavorable period for businessmen, white-collar workers, banking industry, diplomats and ambassadors. Retrograde Mercury in Leo means more frustrating periods for leaders, explorers, entrepreneurs, military personnel and for people with type A personality. This is the time not to start a new project or venture, but rather reflect on what’s been done so far. Also, this is the best time to cleanup that closet and do other chores that you have been postponing due to lack of time.
In addition, if you have dominating Mercury in your birth chart, and if your current planetary cycle provides the results of Mercury then you are more likely to experience the pronounced effects of retrograde Mercury during this period.
Rahu’s entry in sidereal Aries (and Ketu’s in sidereal Libra)
The lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu transit through a zodiac sign for about one and half years. Therefore, the upcoming Rahu’s entry in sidereal zodiac sign Aries and simultaneously Ketu’s entry in sidereal zodiac sign Libra on September 11 becomes an important astrological event. Generally lunar nodes dictate major events in our lives.
Depending upon their strength as evident in the birth chart their influence on individuals can be significant. Most of the famous people in all walks of life have unique placing of these lunar nodes in their birth charts or horoscopes.
For those who have Gemini, Virgo, Capricorn or Aquarius as either rising sign (ascendant) in their birth charts or in their ninefold birth charts are likely to experience a very rewarding period for the next year and half. Depending on the proximity of Rahu’s position from its house cusp results will manifest accordingly.
For those who have Pisces, Taurus, Cancer, Libra, or Scorpio, as either rising sign (ascendant) in their birth charts or in their ninefold birth charts are likely to experience difficult challenges. Of course the severity of such experiences will be proportional to the weakness of these nodes in the natal chart.
Jupiter’s transit in the sidereal zodiac sign Leo (July 29)
On July 29, Jupiter is leaving (sidereal) Cancer and entering the next zodiac sign, Leo. Jupiter’s transit from one zodiac sign to the next occurs, on average, once a year. Leo being a fixed and fire sign ruled by Sun, Jupiter in Leo has a tendency to enhance power of those who have well placed and connected Sun and Jupiter in their birth charts while others likely to experience their power or influence on others diminished. In general, transit of Jupiter in Leo is not positive. For one thing material prosperity around the worlds is likely to be diminished. (It must be noted that despite Jupiter’s negative influence on world material prosperity, effects of other planets should be taken into account to assess the net result or effect). New crisis or challenges are likely to be awaiting in the fields of religion and academics. The influence of contemporary philosophers on society is likely to be reduced in shaping the future direction of our social evolution through the philosophical and metaphysical debates. In general, the Leo Jupiter is known to test our resiliency and faith in ourselves and bring out the best in us. So from that perspective be prepared for new challenges that would help us understand more about ourselves and welcome the Jupiter’s entry in Leo.
On individual levels, for those who have dominant Jupiter in their birth charts and have Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius, or Aries as their natal ninefold ascendant are likely to experience a very positive twelve month period beginning July 29.
Uranus-Jupiter opposition (Aug 26 – Sept 2)
Uranus being a planet of change and very unorthodox in nature, its opposition to auspicious planet Jupiter will certainly take us through an experience where our values and morality are challenged. For one thing, religious authorities (pretty much all around the world and especially in the United States) will likely to face new challenges that will force them to rethink and reposition their current stand on lot of social issues that are connected to morality. In my opinion, in a long run, this period could be viewed and proved to be one of the important periods in history of our human evolution.
Since Jupiter is a planet of expansion (both material and spiritual) and Uranus being planet of uncertainty and change, events that would be of extreme in nature (either very positive or very negative) in either material or spiritual world (or both) are likely to occur during this period of their opposition.
For those who have well placed Jupiter and Uranus in their birth chart (conjunction, trine, sextile, opposition) are likely to experience very positive period.
Mars-Rahu ninefold conjunction (Mars-Ketu opposition) (Aug 28-Sept 2)
During Aug 28-Sept 2 period Mars and Rahu make ninefold conjunction (and Mars and Ketu ninefold opposition). Typically these configurations are very unfavorable and unfortunate in general. For those who have these conjunctions or oppositions in their birth charts and if they have any one of these planets influencing them through the current progressive cycle need be careful. The best thing to do is to lay low key, not make any new commitment, and avoid taking any sort of risk.
On the world scene, both natural and man-made calamities are likely causing destruction and loss of lives during these five days.
Neptune-Saturn Quincunx (Sept 1-14)
If you have Neptune-Saturn quincunx in your birth chart, and if any one of these two planets is influencing you now through your current progressive chart, then during this period you might want to consider postponing your plans of expansion or any new venture, and just stay in a defensive mode. This quincunx has a tendency to create a lot of obstacles in a very deceptive manner, and usually there is very little you can do about it once the process begins.
On a collective level, countries like China and Russia may face severe political and (or) social challenges during this period.
Pluto-Neptune ninefold trine (Sept 8 -30)
At a collective level, the Pluto-Neptune ninefold trine is positive for 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 technology, especially in the biotechnology field.
On an individual level, if in your birth chart Pluto is in sextile with Neptune or Pluto-Neptune form a ninefold trine, and if either of these planets is currently influencing your life via your current progressive chart, then you are very likely to be positively affected by this trine. Depending on the houses these planets occupy in your birth chart, you are going to have a positive experience in that particular field. Enjoy this experience!
Saturn-Rahu (and Ketu) ninefold square(s) (Sept 27-Oct 3)
Saturn-Rahu (and Ketu) ninefold squares are going to be devastating for those who have such squares in their natal charts. Anything that you attempt will be failed or result in agonizing and frustrating experience. This is not the time to take any risk. If you have such squares in your birth chart, and if any one of these planets is presently influencing you through the current progressive cycle then you need be extra careful. The best thing to do is not to make any new commitment, and totally avoid taking any business or monetary risk.
On a collective level, barbaric activities all around the world are likely to increase. Terrorists are likely to be successful in creating confusion and chaos. Social turmoils in Europe and Russia are likely. Religious activities could get stalled for no apparent reason.