Date Posted: March 31, 2012
From the planetary influence standpoint, one of the major events of early 2012 is the retrograde Mars which on average occurs once every two years. On January 24, Mars became retrograde in the sidereal zodiac sign Leo, and will stay retrograde in Leo till April 24. After becoming direct on April 14, it will stay in Leo until June 21. 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 when retrograde with incredible speed.
For those who have predominant Mars in their birth chart and if it’s influencing them through their current progressive chart, then they are very likely to experience a sudden setback in their professional as well as in other activities. They may have to repeat things over many times to get it right, or they may have to deal with unfortunate and totally unexpected circumstances, and in general, they may end up in having a very frustrating experience. In particular, politicians, social leaders, community organizers, construction workers, people who work in military, and managers are likely to be more affected by this retrograde Mars than others.
At a collective level, expect a political tension rising 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 developed nations.
The important challenging planetary configurations for April include Uranus-Mars (March 27 – April 3) quincunx, Pluto-Neptune (April 18 – May 11) ninefold quincunx, Uranus-Saturn (April 17-21) and Uranus-Rahu (April 28 – May 4) ninefold conjunctions.
While the manifestation of Uranus-Mars quincunx may be reflected in natural and man-made calamities, especially in the United States of America, The Pluto-Neptune ninefold quincunx may become responsible for outbreak of violence and terrorist activities in Middle east, especially in Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine region. Also, for the occurrences of natural as well as man-made calamities, and for turmoil in some of the east-European countries, Russia and China.
The manifestation of Uranus-Saturn ninefold conjunction may be reflected in rising political tensions between the United States and Russia, and social turmoil in Russia and China. The Uranus-Rahu ninefold conjunction that occurs towards the end of the month may become responsible for difficulties the Republic Party and the leading republican party congressmen likely to face during that period. Also, during the same period, USA and Russia and USA and China may experience a crisis like situation.
The auspicious planetary configurations for April are: Uranus-Rahu (April 21- May 9) trine, Neptune-Uranus (April 7-28), Pluto-Saturn (April 11-19), Neptune-Saturn (April 16-22) and Pluto-Uranus (April 18-29) ninefold sextiles.
The Uranus-Rahu trine, the Neptune-Uranus and the Pluto-Uranus ninefold sextiles will be responsible for extraordinary times for collective spiritual growth, technological discoveries and inventions. Expect some new important technological breakthroughs during this month. For the United States, in general, it’s going to be a remarkable and very successful period.
The manifestation of Pluto-Saturn ninefold sextile may be reflected in a fabulous period for European and Russian economy. This period is also good for progress in technical fields (new innovations and discoveries) and religious reconciliation.
The Neptune-Saturn ninefold sextile will be responsible for the expansion of religious activities with new vigor and energy. Conservatives will find ways to expand their agenda without compromising with liberals on sticky issues. Republicans will have upper hand over democrats. China and Russia are likely to experience a positive and rewarding period in handling their domestic issues as well as improving the foreign relations through better policies.
The countries that are more likely to be affected during this month are: the United Sates, Russia, China, and Middle-East (Syria, Saudi-Arabia, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Palestine-Israel region).
- United States of America:
President Obama and his administration:
President Obama’s operating planet Neptune, being in the seventh house of his progressive chart, continues to be responsible until July 3 for deceptive environment around him that he ought to be aware of. However, with Jupiter in Aries, the 9th house (11th from the eleventh) of his progressive chart, he will continue to be successful in governing the country and inch towards in meeting his goals and obligations to American people.
The Uranus-Mars quincunx may become the responsible for natural and man-made calamities during the first three days of April. The Pluto-Neptune ninefold quincunx is likely to manifest itself in a crisis like situation for the republican party and for natural and man-made calamities. The Uranus-Saturn ninefold conjunction may become responsible for intense friction between the conservatives and the liberals by making the existing divide between them more distinct. The influence of the retrograde Mars will certainly be reflected in political snafus and crisis. Also, the friction between the republicans and democrats will likely to escalate further and there will be times, at least momentarily, the country may seem paralyzed.
On a positive note, the influence of Uranus-Rahu trine, Neptune-Uranus, Pluto-Uranus ninefold sextiles will certainly be reflected in positive period for most of the technological areas, as those areas are likely to make significant progress via inventions and discoveries.
· Russia: During the third week (April 17-21) there might be en emergence of social or political crisis, but it will not last long. Otherwise the rest of April looks positive for the country.
· Europe: Pretty much the entire month looks to be positive for the continent. However, during the third week of April, the occurrences of natural calamities or man-made accidents are likely.
· China, Japan, and Pacific-rim countries: For China, the second half of April may turn out to be turbulent from political and economical stability standpoint. However, for the rest of the pacific-rim region and Japan the economical growth will be reflected in rising financial markets.
· Middle East: The Pluto-Neptune ninefold quincunx may become responsible for violence and unrest in Middle East (especially in Syria, Afghanistan, Israel and Palestine region) during the second half of the month. Also, during the same period, both the natural and man-made calamities (with violence) are likely.
· Religion: The entire month looks to be positive for the world religion and world religious leaders.
· Natural and Man-made Calamities: The natural calamities like extreme weather conditions, wildfires, hurricanes, heavy rains, air crashes as well as man made accidents are more likely to occur during April 18-30.
Earthquakes: Based on the new earthquake prediction model, the earthquake(s) of magnitude 7 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on April 2-4, 6-7, 11, 15, and 26-28.
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.