Date Posted: April 30, 2004
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 4)
A total lunar eclipse occurs on May 4 approximately during the hours of 18:30 to 23:00 GMT. This eclipse will be visible in continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and the east-coast of South America.
This eclipse is important since the Sun (with Rahu) and Moon (with Ketu) will be within 3-4 degrees from the lunar nodes. Consequently this eclipse is likely to be unfavorable for those who have sidereal Aries or Libra rising or Aries or Libra as moon sign.
For those who have in their birth charts the lunar nodes in conjunction with either Sun or Moon 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, European continent, the middle east (especially Israel, Palestine, Iraq, and perhaps Saudi Arabia), Russia, China, and southeast Asian countries are likely to experience violence, terrorism related activities, or natural disaster.
Retrograde Venus (May 18 – June 30)
On May 18, the planet Venus turns retrograde in its motion in sidereal zodiac sign Gemini. Venus becomes retrograde about once every 19 months, and stays retrograde for about six weeks. In general, a retrograde Venus means a very challenging period for women, marriages, home life, lovers, entertainment industries. Expect the divorce rates to rise, fighting between spouses to intensify, and delays, frustrations, and misunderstandings to take a center-stage in domestic matters. If you have a dominating Venus in your birth chart, and if your current planetary cycle influences your life negatively via Venus then you are more likely to experience the effects of the retrograde Venus till June 30. The entertainers such as actors, actresses, musicians, comedians, movie directors and producers may find themselves in a miserable situation during the retrograde Venus period especially if they are currently being negatively influenced by Venus through their current progressive cycles.
Mars-Saturn conjunction (May 20-23)
Mars-Saturn conjunction, for no apparent reason, changes a perfectly normal and healthy situation into the one with a lot of tension and friction. For those who have such conjunction or opposition in their birth charts, and if they have any one of these planets influencing them through the current progressive cycles certainly need to be on guard. Simply lay back and do minimum. If you must involve in an unwanted situation, be extra careful and try to minimize the damage. Experiences like fire burns, rape, accidents, loss of precious things, and monetary disasters are real possibilities.
On the world scene, a short term but very intensive friction between India and Pakistan is very likely. Terrorism and violence, especially in Israel-Palestine area will be on rise. Outbreak of an undesirable happening, and strong occurrences of both natural and man-made calamities are real possibilities.
Saturn-Ketu ninefold conjunction (Saturn-Rahu opposition) (May 15-18)
The time when Saturn-Ketu ninefold conjunction occurs is not favorable for those who have such conjunction or squares in their birth charts. In addition, if the lunar node Rahu (or Ketu), or Saturn is affecting your life via your current progressive chart, then you might want to consider taking extra precautions in areas affected by these planets as shown in your natal chart. Such people should avoid taking any risk at any cost during this period. Such conjunction can make things difficult for you and make you feel so miserable that you probably will not forget this period in your life. Staying low key is certainly the way to go. Avoid any new ventures and postpone the matters that require you to make a crucial decision till this period is passed.
On a collective level, Russia, China and to some extent Europe may experience social or political turmoil during this period. Also, for the Republic Party in the United States and for republicans including President Bush, it may prove to be prudent to stay on guard during these 4 days.
Pluto-Saturn ninefold conjunction (May 23 -27)
For those who have Pluto in conjunction with Saturn in their birth charts, watch out! If Saturn and or Pluto influencing you now through your current progressive chart your life is more likely to be shaken up, and depending on the placement and the strength of these planets in your birth chart, the severity of the outcome will vary. Although the experience that you might go through seem unbearable, this may prove to be the beginning of the next plateau of your life cycle that you are destined for.
On a collective level, the outbreak of violence and terrorism around the world is very probable. Also, natural calamities like earthquakes, severe weather conditions, natural as well as man made accidents are more likely during this period.