Date Posted: August 31, 2016
A Total Solar Eclipse (September 1)
A total solar eclipse occurs on September 1 at 9:04 GMT, and approximately it will last through 3 to 5 minutes. This eclipse will be visible in Central Africa (Gabon, Congo, Tanzania, Mozambique and Madagascar).
This eclipse is important since the Sun and Moon will be within 3 degrees from Rahu, the Northern or ascending node in the sidereal zodiac sign Leo. Consequently this eclipse, according to Vedic astrology, is likely to be unfavorable for those who have sidereal Leo rising or Leo as moon sign.
For those who have the lunar nodes in conjunction with either Sun or Moon in their natal charts should watch-out. It’s not a good day! Take extra precaution and avoid any sort of outdoor activity requiring you to get out of house during the time of eclipse.
On world scene, Central Africa may experience an undesirable happening.
Retrograde Mercury (August 31 – September 21)
On August 31, the planet Mercury becomes retrograde in sidereal Virgo. It will stay retrograde until September 21. While retrograde it will return to Leo on September 10. Typically retrograde Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays, frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Virgo means more frustrating periods for detail oriented people such as accountants, researchers, bookkeepers, also for people in agriculture and forest areas, people in small businesses and diplomats. Retrograde Mercury in Leo means more frustrating periods for politicians, diplomats, leaders in most of the fields, military personnel, etc., 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 Mercury is currently your operating planet, then you are more likely to experience the pronounced effects of retrograde Mercury during this period with respect to matters signified by the house it’s transiting in your progressive chart.
About 2016 US Presidential Election………
Based on information obtained from Astro-data Bank (Astro.Com) with Rodden rating AA, Mr. Trump’s birth details are:
Birth Date: June 14, 1946
Birth Time: 10:54 AM (EDT)
Birth Place: Jamaica, New York (40N41, 73W48)
For Secretary Clinton, no verified birth information is available. Among the two publicly available birth times (8:02 AM and 8:00 PM) , none of them seem to fit her characteristics and life events satisfactorily. Assuming the actual birth time is closer to one of these times, through the process of rectification, I have come up with 8:10 AM as her birth time as the basis for this analysis.
Birth Date: October 26, 1947
Birth Time: 8:10 AM (CST)
Birth Place: Chicago, Ill (41N51, 87W39)
The analysis is based on the sidereal zodiac system with Placidus house division, and the method of interpretation is mostly according to Vedic astrology.
Donald J Trump
Mr. Trump was fittingly born under Leo ascendant (rising sign) as a very independent minded person with heavy chips on his shoulders, with lot of fire and charismatic personality. As shown in his sidereal natal chart below, the ascendant ruler Taurus Sun occupies the tenth house, the house of profession, business, politics, fame and prestige, and thus, making him a person whose entire life revolves around the sole purpose of accumulating wealth. The tenth house cusp ruler, Cancer Venus, occupies the 11th house, potentially assuring him success in any business endeavors he might pursue.
Sidereal Natal Chart of Donald J Trump
In addition, the most striking planetary configuration in his birth chart is the placement of the lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu. Mr. Trump was born just a few hours prior to the beginning of a total lunar eclipse. If he were born during the eclipse period, the story would be entirely different and I wouldn’t be writing about him. And also, he was born during late morning hours when the Moon was not visible, minimizing the direct influence of the eclipse.
Nonetheless, he was born close to the eclipse. As a result, the first house ruler Sun conjuncts the north lunar node Rahu in the tenth house and the 12th house ruler Moon conjuncts Ketu in the fourth house. Since the materialistic Rahu loves the tenth house, Rahu in the tenth house with a very powerful Sun (being the ruler of the first house, yogakaraka planet) makes him extraordinarily egoist and a wealthy professional. Furthermore, the Taurus Uranus is with in three degrees with Rahu in the tenth house, providing him with the possibility of becoming the leader of the USA since Uranus very closely matches the characteristics of the USA.
It’s interesting note the presence of Rahu-Uranus conjunction in both President George W Bush and Barack Obama’s natal charts. Thus, Rahu-Uranus conjunction may be used as one of the litmus-tests to confirm a potential of becoming the president of the USA. Therefore, it’s not surprising (despite totally unexpected) that Mr. Donald Trump became the presidential nominee of the Republican Party in July 2016.
In my opinion, typically, the axis along which the lunar nodes lie in a natal chart, defines the axis of the major challenges in life for that person. Thus, for Mr. Trump that axis lies through the 4th-10th house. It is clearly evident from his life experiences that most of the ups and downs that he experienced in his life dealt with the 4th house (real estate, home, house) and the 10th house (profession, business, politics, etc.,). Also, Sun (showmanship) being in Taurus ruled by Venus (celebrity) in the 10th house and the 10th house ruler Venus in the 11th house (famous) makes him a famous celebrity. However, according to Vedic astrology, if the first house ruler conjuncts Rahu, then typically person has a character flaw, and invariably this flaw eventually brings the person down. In Mr. Trump’s case the first house ruler Sun conjuncts Rahu in the 10th house with in three degrees, and therefore despite Rahu’s favorable position in the tenth house and in Taurus sign, Mr. Trump is likely to do himself in and bring himself down.
Other important planetary configurations in his chart include, the placement of Virgo (material wealth) Jupiter (5th, 8th and the 9th house ruler) in the second house making him a person born in a large, rich and well to do family, and blessed with wonderful children and lucky! The 4th house ruler, Leo Mars in the 12th house means he is stubborn and loves being confrontational.
The placement of Rahu and Sun in his ninefold natal chart (below) in the cardinal fourth house on the 4th-10th axis confirms the dominance of Sun and Rahu in his natal chart.
Mr. Trump’s Ninefold Natal Chart
In addition, Uranus occupies the third, Pluto seventh and Venus second house in his ninefold natal chart. Uranus being the unconventional planet of change occupying the adventurous and dynamic third house aptly confirms its tenth house strength in his natal chart. And since Uranus exhibits the characteristics of the USA, Trump’s chart seems to closely tied with the destiny of the USA. No wonder he could successfully tap into the psyche of this country and people.
Secretary Clinton was born under Scorpio ascendant (rising sign). Scorpio is a fixed and water sign ruled by fiery Mars. The first house ruler, Cancer Mars, resides in the 9th house making her a very independent person, who is fortunate and blessed in always having ton of opportunities. The presence of Scorpio Jupiter (the ruler of the second and the fifth house) makes her an optimist, matured, analytical, lucky and popular. She is amiable, helping and caring in nature and the same time very emotional (Cancer Mars). One of her unique challenges in her life is to having to deal with situations where she is forced to reconcile between the tendency of ambitious Mars to be very possessive and self-centered and at the same time (due to presence of Jupiter in the first house and the water (Scorpio) sign nature of being caring and helping those who desperately need help) to deal with her emotional nature. As a result, there are times she fails and is misunderstood.
Secretary Clinton’s sidereal natal chart
Due to the conjunction of the political planet Cancer Pluto with the first house ruler Mars in the ninth house of her natal chart, her destiny (Pluto) literally forces her towards politics. In addition, the presence of Cancer Saturn (another political planet), the ruler of the third (her adventurous spirit) and the fourth (life time achievements) paves her way to politics in a natural way. Due to the disposition of Cancer Saturn in the ninth house, she is intelligent, lawyer, enjoys long journeys, very emotional and fortunate.
But the most striking planetary combinations in her natal chart is the presence of lunar nodes right on the first and the seventh house cusps making her extremely powerful person. While the lunar node Rahu (north node) on the 7th house cusp reflects her material (and therefore, political) ambitions and achievements, the south node Ketu (due to the presence of Jupiter in the first house) provides her with the non-materialistic tendencies that she must accommodate in her life. These nodes reflect her perpetual challenges she faces all through her life making her feel not totally satisfied despite all her remarkable achievements.
Another important political planet, the tenth house ruler Libra Sun in the eleventh house of her natal chart practically assures her political prestige, fame, prosperity, very popular lead personality and wealth. The ninth house ruler, Aquarius Moon in the fourth house makes her intelligent, lucky, loving mother, wealthy, happy in her family life, attached to her mother and daughter, adorable and blessed.
The eighth and the eleventh house ruler, Libra Mercury, in the twelfth house certainly is responsible for challenges that creates the perception about her being as “untrustworthy”. If Mercury rules the eighth house and occupies the twelfth house, then it has a tendency to get in trouble, and if not careful and aware, can get into situations where the person may be perceived by others as untrustworthy.
The Placement of the trio of the political planets (Mars, Pluto and Rahu) in the 7th house as shown in her ninefold natal chart below conforms that Secretary Clinton becomes the presidential nominee of the Democratic Party. Also, note the favorable placement of Saturn in the 9th house and Uranus in the 4th house in her ninefold natal chart, further strengthening her natal chart from the standpoint of having potential to become the leader of the free world.
Secretary Clinton’s Ninefold Natal Chart
Interestingly, both the candidates share some important planetary combinations in their ninefold natal birth charts. Pluto, the planet of politics and transformation, is the key in determining success in a political career. Both of them have Pluto in the seventh house of their ninefold natal charts.
Before we begin the analyses of their respective progressive and ninefold progressive charts for the election day I would like to recognize few important possibilities between now and the election day.
For Mr. Trump, as I pointed out earlier (and also in my last post), the solar eclipse of September 1, 2016 might become responsible for having him to face more difficult challenges in September. Also, according to his current Dasa cycle he is running Rahu-Mars Dasa, and it will end by October 7, 2016, and then a brand new Dasa cycle of Jupiter will begin. Until October 7, he might go through the experiences which could be perceived as “self-destructive”. If he survives that period without significant and irreversible damage and still remains in the race, he is then likely to continue his campaign with lot less mischief. Thus, he has two “ifs” before October 7.
For Secretary Clinton, from now till September 8, 2016, the ride is certainly not smooth. She is likely to face unforeseen challenges. But I think she will survive them. Thereafter, I don’t see any significant issues (except perhaps about her personal life) for her in carrying out her campaign.
As a result of very uncertain and unsettling period (now through October 7) for Mr. Trump, I would like to defer my election day analysis until the next month (September 30).
Uranus enters sidereal Aries ……..
One of the important planetary events of 2016 is the transit of the modern planet Uranus from sidereal Pisces to Aries. Uranus entered sidereal Aries on June 24, and it will stay there till September 4 before it returns to Pisces due to its retrograde motion. It will station in Pisces until April 6, 2017 and then will return to Aries, and will stay in Aries for the next seven years or so.
Although it’s going to be in Aries for a short while (June 24 – Sept 4) before it returns to Aries next year, 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, impulsive and crazy Uranus, the changes in world political landscape is going to be tremendously influenced by Uranus’s transit in Aries. The people who are most affected by this transit are military personnel, business leaders 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 rate 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 6-7 years to a new level to which we must adjust to. Since the characteristics of Uranus are closely tied with that of the United States as a country, I wouldn’t be surprised if the both democratic and republican presidential nominees go through a painful process of conducting their campaign and may be faced with unwanted surprises at least until September 4.
On individual level for those who have Aries ninefold ascendant should get ready for a brand new cycle of change, especially a very pronounced cycle if Uranus is a dominant planet in their birth charts. The changes that might occur would be sudden and would deal with pretty much all aspects of life including marriage, profession, surroundings, common perceptions and beliefs, and the way of living.
Personally, I don’t put a lot of stalk in the chart of a country since before the inception time of the chart the land existed. Instead, I look at the characteristics of the zodiac signs and planets associated with that land and the planetary transits.
In my opinion, UK is very closely tied with the sign Aries, a cardinal and fiery sign ruled my mighty Mars, and where Sun gets exalted. This is clearly reflected in the way Briton dominated the world in last few centuries.
Given Mars in sidereal Scorpio with Saturn…(read below about transit of Mars in Scorpio) not a very desirable combination for UK. However, Uranus in Aries could be a spark of brilliance. Uranus being very independent and Aries (ruled by Mars) being extremely independent sign…this combination may produce very positive for UK. (read below about the Uranus transit in Aries). But Uranus being whimsical and as it constantly demands change (therefore unsteady) it would be very interesting to watch events unfolding during June 24 – September 4 in UK. Because Uranus returns to sidereal Pisces after Sept 4 and stays in Pisces till April 6, a possibility of reversal of Brexit (which may very well be short lived) exists! Let us see how Briton evolves during next few months. It will be a glimpse or indication of what to come in the following 6-7 years for UK.
About transit of Mars in Scorpio……
The planet Mars entered the sidereal zodiac sign Scorpio on February 20. While in Scorpio, it turned retrograde on April 18. With its retrograde motion it went back in Libra on June 18. It became direct in Libra on June 30 and then with it’s direct motion it re-entered Scorpio on July 11. It will remain in Scorpio until September 18. Thus, except for June 18- July 11, Mars occupies Scorpio from February 20 through September 18. Saturn, being in Scorpio all through 2016, conjuncts Mars with one degree orb during August 20-28.
Scorpio being a water and fixed sign ruled by Mars, it becomes extremely challenging for Scorpio resident Saturn when Mars is in Scorpio. Because by nature, Mars and Saturn do not complement each other, when Mars dominates (being the ruler of Scorpio) Saturn is naturally going to feel totally out of place in Scorpio. Furthermore, because Scorpio is a water (emotional) sign, Saturn in Scorpio feels suffocated, withdrawn and paralyzed. Due to the presence of Mars, Saturn is very likely to go off track and potentially become self-destructive.
As a result of this challenging combination of Saturn and Mars in Scorpio, February 20 through September 18 will be filled with undesirable activities that will affect not only the Middle-East but the entire world. Some of the manifestations of this conjunction are: terrorism, ongoing barbaric activities, senseless killings, persecutions, pain and suffering, violence, wars and intolerable and tragic situations for those who cannot defend themselves. In the United States, the Republican Party will go through a dramatic and painful experience since Saturn represents conservative principles. Financial markets, especially oil and energy-related markets will exhibit tremendous volatility. Natural calamities, including extreme weather conditions, abnormal weather patterns, earthquakes of significant magnitude, wildfires, hurricanes, snow storms etc., are likely to occur more frequently. Those who are born with the Scorpio as ascendant or with Moon in Scorpio are likely to experience difficult period filled with challenges; but the very same experience will likely to provide them with the opportunity to transform their lives in a positive way (self-discovery).
About President Obama and his challenges……
President Obama’s operating planets (the planets that presently influence him most) continue to be Mercury and Sun. In addition, Moon will remain as an operating planet for him till November 11.
During September, the retrograde Mercury remains in sidereal Virgo (the second house of his progressive chart) till September 10, then with its retrograde motion enters Leo (the first house of his progressive chart) and remains in Leo till the end of the month. While in Leo Mercury becomes direct on September 22.
Until September 10, the favorable second house Mercury will continue to provide him with the opportunity to be successful in effectively governing the country. However, after September 10, he will have difficult time in staying focused and avoiding the wrong company of people. As a result, it will be a very stressful period for him for the rest of the month.
Sun is presently transiting through the unfavorable first house of his progressive chart till September 15. And then for the remaining part of the month, through yet another unfavorable house (the second house) of his progressive chart. As a result, for the entire month, from Sun’s transit standpoint, he is likely to face with disappointment, delays, deceit, mental stress and defeat in governing the country.
As far as Moon is concerned, because it’s very favorably (exalted Moon) placed in his natal chart, despite the negative influence of Mercury and Sun, he will successfully manage his presidency and the popularity.
Thus, summing the influence of all the operating planets as explained above, overall, the first ten days of September looks to be positive, and afterwards he will still continue to have success but at the diminishing rate and with lot of frustration.
The important challenging planetary configurations for September include Neptune-Saturn (Aug 24 – Sept 21) and Rahu/Ketu-Saturn (Sept 17 – Oct 3) squares.
The Neptune-Saturn (Aug 24 – Sept 21) square may become responsible for a difficult time for China and Russia from political and social stability standpoint. Both Neptune and Saturn are very secretive and deceptive planets. As a result, covert activities will be on rise during this period. Also, upheaval and revolutionary atmosphere in Russia and China can not be ruled out.
The direct square of Saturn with the lunar nodes (Sept 17 – Oct 3) means barbaric activities all around the world are likely to increase. Terrorists are likely to be successful in creating confusion and chaos. Social turmoil in Europe and Middle East is likely. Religious activities could get stalled for no apparent reason.
The important auspicious planetary configuration for this month include Uranus-Saturn (Sept 7-15) ninefold trine and Pluto-Saturn (Sept 26 – Oct 4) ninefold sextile.
The manifestation of the Uranus-Saturn (Sept 7-15) ninefold trine maybe reflected in a good period for religious activities all around the world. Also, this is a great time for the USA to make some extraordinary progress in enhancing her image both internationally and domestically.
The Pluto-Saturn (Sept 26 – Oct 4) ninefold sextile may become responsible for a better 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, Europe, Middle East (Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan and Palestine-Israel regions) and India.
The manifestation of the Uranus-Saturn (Sept 7-15) ninefold trine will be reflected in a good period for religious activities in the United States. Also, this is a great time for the USA to make some extraordinary progress in enhancing her image both internationally and domestically.
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 likely to occur during September 15-30.
Earthquakes: Based on the Earthquake prediction model III the earthquake(s) of magnitude 7 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on September 13, 18, 20, 28. Please note that these dates refer to the Universal time (GMT). For your convenience, the earthquake predictions for the entire year 2016 is provided at Earthquake Predictions 2016. Please note that these dates refer to the Universal time (GMT). For your convenience, the earthquake predictions for the entire year 2016 is provided at Earthquake Predictions 2016.
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