Date Posted: March 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 Mercury (Apr 26 – May 20)
On April 26, the planet Mercury becomes retrograde in Aries. It will stay retrograde until May 20 in Aries. Typically retrograde Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays, frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Aries 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.
Jupiter (April 4)
Good news! After about 4 months in the doldrums of retrograde motion, Jupiter is becoming direct on April 4 in the sidereal zodiac Cancer. For those who have a well placed Jupiter in their birth charts and if Jupiter’s period is currently in operation, be ready for exciting period! Things should start picking up and gain that momentum you have been waiting for. Enjoy!
On the world scene, particularly in religious world, positive activities will start shaping up. The world economy should start picking up slowly and to reach its normal growth rate over next few months.
Pluto-Neptune ninefold trine (April 11 -30)
At a collective level, the Pluto-Neptune ninefold trine is positive 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 high technology and biotechnology fields.
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!
Uranus-Rahu (and Ketu) regular (Apr 3-23) and ninefold square(s) (Apr 10-16)
Neptune-Rahu (and Ketu) ninefold squares are going to be very unfavorable for those who have such squares in their natal charts. Depending on the positioning of these planets in those natal charts the disappointment indicated by the houses they reside in is expected. For instance, if in your natal chart such square is between the first and the tenth house then expect either sudden loss of money, power, demotions at work place or tarnished reputation in professional and social fields. Thus, 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 to be extra careful. The best thing to do is not to make any new commitment, and totally avoid taking any new business or monetary risk.
On a collective level, rising terrorism and on-going war between the Iraq and coalition forces becoming uglier are very likely. Confusion and fear is likely to dominate in the United States.