Date Posted: April 30, 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.
Total Lunar Eclipse (May 16, 1:00 -6:00 AM GMT)
A total lunar eclipse occurs on May 15/16 approximately during the hours of 1:00 to 60:00 AM GMT. This eclipse will be visible in continents of Europe, United States, South America, Africa, Middle-East, and Russia.
This eclipse is important since the Sun will be within 4-5 degrees from Rahu, the Northern or ascending node in the sidereal zodiac sign Taurus and Moon within 4-5 degrees from Ketu, the Southern or descending node in the sidereal zodiac sign Scorpio. Consequently this eclipse, according to Vedic astrology, is likely to be unfavorable for those who have sidereal Taurus or Scorpio rising or as moon sign.
For those who have the lunar nodes in conjunction with either Sun, Moon in their birth 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.
On world scene, the middle east (especially Israel, Palestine, Iraq, and perhaps Saudi Arabia) countries are likely to experience violence.
Partial Solar Eclipse (May 31, 3:00 – 5:00 AM GMT)
A partial and weak solar eclipse occurs on May 31 during the hours of 3:00 to 5:00 AM GMT. It will be visible in some parts of Asia, Pacific rim- countries and Australia. Since it’s a weaker type I don’t expect it to influence the world events in significantly negative way.
Retrograde Mercury (Apr 26 – May 20)
On April 26, the planet Mercury became 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.
Neptune-Jupiter opposition (May 28- June 8)
Both Jupiter and Neptune are considered as auspicious planets. While Jupiter deals with outward and material things Neptune’s influence on us is very abstract and subtle. Jupiter-Neptune opposition occurs once (actually 2-3 times with in a year’s period due to their retrograde motions) in about 13-14 years. For those who have such opposition in their birth charts, and if they have any one of these planets influencing them through the current progressive cycle are certainly going to experience a transformation (irreversible change) of their beliefs and moral values that they have been attached to. It’s time for marching ahead with a quantum step in the process of self discovery (or evolution). Embrace this period with total openness and vulnerability. It’s the time of rejuvenation with a positive force in your life. Enjoy!
On the world scene, world religions are likely to be challenged with earthshaking ideas that they must attend to. Those religious leaders, who are willing to be open minded and ready to listen and act on new and fresh ideas, are the ones that going to be responsible to transform our religious world to a new level. Others are going to fade away with time.
Neptune-Mars conjunction (May 12-15)
This short 3-4 day period may turn out to be deadly for those who have unfavorable placing of Mars with respect to Neptune in their natal charts. Expect subtle but very strong and negative forces working against you that most likely would bring you misfortune. Stay low key and avoid taking any unwanted or unnecessary risk. For those who have well placed Neptune-Mars configurations in their birth charts would likely to be rewarded with fame and good times.
On a collective level, covert activities will be at their peak. China and Russia are likely to experience some very drastic changes in the political arena in a very subtle way.
Pluto-Neptune ninefold trine (April 11 -May 4)
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!
Neptune-Rahu ninefold trine (and Neptune-Ketu ninefold sextile) (May 10-22)
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 if these planets are tied to tenth, second, or eleventh house in your birth chart. 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. It’s time to jump in and enjoy this period.
On a collective level, religious activities all around the world 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.
Uranus-Ketu ninefold trine (Uranus-Rahu ninefold sextile) (May 20-29)
Uranus-Ketu trine is going to be very favorable for those who have lunar nodes favorably placed in their natal charts with respect to Uranus. If such placing is connected to the first house, second house, ninth house, tenth house, or eleventh house then expect monetary gains, promotions, power and prestige acquisition 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. It’s time to jump in and enjoy this period.
Pluto-Uranus ninefold sextile (May 7-22)
Uranus-Pluto ninefold sextile is going to be very favorable for those who have these planets favorably placed in their natal charts. Expect sudden power gains and promotions in professional and social fields. This is very positive period to try out ideas that you always wanted to pursue but somehow could never get started….now is the time! You will distinctly notice and feel the positive changes occurring in your life during this period. Enjoy!
On a collective level, this is an extraordinary time for technological discoveries and inventions. Expect some new important technological breakthroughs during this period. For the United States, in general, May is going to be remarkable and a very successful month.
Rahu/Ketu-Jupiter ninefold squares (May 9-12)
Jupiter-Rahu (and Ketu) ninefold squares are going to be very unfavorable for those who have such squares in their natal charts. Insecure feeling, loss of direction in life, general unhappiness, difficulty in keeping the faith in God are some of the symptoms of these squares. 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 look at the things with a different attitude. The best thing to do is to stay the course of present action without making any new commitment. Remember the time when you felt the life is not fair and not worth living, very unsure to 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 and in general, keeping people happy. Loss of a well known religious figurehead is likely.
Pluto-Saturn ninefold square (May 25-28)
If in your birth chart Pluto makes a square with Saturn, and if either of these planets is currently influencing your life via your current progressive chart, then you want to consider taking extra precaution in dealing with money matters, people at work, especially with your adversaries. In general, this is the time to stay low key and not be aggressive. Be cautious and alert as much as possible. Do not trust anybody during this period.
On a collective level, Russia is likely to face with some serious challenges and perhaps sudden changes. To some extent China is also going to have a similar experience.