Influence of planets on Individuals for January 2004

Date Posted: December 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 Jupiter (Jan 4 – May 4) 

Jupiter, which becomes retrograde on January 4, will stay retrograde until May 4, 2004 in the sidereal zodiac Leo.  For those who have a well placed Jupiter in their birth charts and if Jupiter’s period is currently in operation, such people are likely to feel the deceleration in their progress.  Remember it’s only temporary!  Need to put more energy in to whatever you do to achieve what you need to achieve.

On the world scene, particularly in the political world, “confusion” will dominate and things are likely to get worse or move at much slower rate.  The world economy may experience a slower growth.  Philanthropist, social reformers, philosophers and like are likely to find difficulty in carrying out their work.

Retrograde Mercury (December 18 – Jan 6) 

On December 18, the planet Mercury becomes retrograde in Sagittarius. It will stay retrograde until January 6 in Sagittarius. Typically retrograde Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays, frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius means more frustrating periods for religious leaders and authorities, teachers, professors, explorers, entrepreneurs. 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.  

Pluto-Uranus ninefold square (Jan 11 – Feb 8)

At a collective level, as it did in Nov/Dec, the Pluto-Uranus ninefold square could bring another change in the way the current US administration deals with other nations with respect to its war against terrorism agenda, and also with domestic matters. There will be a transformation of a political strategy that might become responsible of a change in the current political agenda, and foreign policy matters of the Bush administration as the planet Pluto with its tremendous energy has a power of irreversibly transforming the field of politics to a new level or setting with a new set of norms. Serious natural as well as manmade calamities, especially in the USA are likely. 

On an individual level, if in your birth chart Pluto makes a square with Uranus, and if either of these planets is currently influencing your life via your current progressive chart, then you are very likely to be affected by this square.  Depending on the houses these planets occupy in your birth chart, you are going to have a sudden and a totally new and a very unpleasant experience in that particular field. Be ready to face this unwanted experience. Stay alert and try not to start a new venture that requires taking risk. It’s like you are on a business trip or company assignment and you are immediately called off or caught in a situation that you find very difficult if not impossible to get out. 

Saturn-Jupiter ninefold square (Jan 8 – Feb 12)

Jupiter-Saturn ninefold square is going to be unfavorable for those who have such squares 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 the 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!

On a collective level, religions around the world will find difficulty in carrying out their activities, more controversies that test traditional moral values are likely to occur, and in general, religious authorities will have difficulty in keeping people happy.

Pluto-Rahu ninefold trine (and Pluto-Ketu sextile) (Jan 3-10)

If through your current progressive chart influence of either Pluto or lunar node is active and if Pluto is favorably positioned with respect to lunar nodes in your natal chart expect a very favorable time during January 3-10. Such positive events will be related to the affairs signified by the houses these planets occupy or aspects. For example if the seventh house is involved, expect a new and positive development in a relationship, or business partnership, or success in capturing the audience if you deal with masses. If eleventh house is involved January may financially prove to be a very rewarding month 

On a collective level, this is a good period for progress in technical fields (new innovations and discoveries) and religious reconciliation.

Neptune-Rahu ninefold trine (Jan 27 – Feb 3)

Neptune-Rahu trine is going to be very auspicious and favorable for those who have these planets favorably placed in their natal charts.  Expect monetary as well as power gains, promotions and improved prestige in professional and social fields.  The ideas that you always wanted to pursue but somehow could never get started….now is the time to follow that dream. You will distinctly notice and feel the positive energy flowing through you during this period.  Your intuitive power will be at its best. It’s time to jump in and enjoy this period.

On a collective level, religious activities all around the world, especially in Europe, are likely to expand with new vigor and energy, conservatives will have upper hand over the liberals, China and Russia are likely to see positive developments occurring in the social and economical fields.