Date Posted: August 31, 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.
Retrograde Mercury (Aug 10 – Sept 3)
On August 10, the planet Mercury became retrograde in Leo. It will stay retrograde until September 3 in Leo. Typically retrograde Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays, frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Leo means more frustrating periods for leaders, politicians, entrepreneurs 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.
Saturn’s transit in the sidereal zodiac sign Cancer (September 3)
On September 3, Saturn will enter the sidereal zodiac sign Cancer, and it will remain in Cancer till January 16, 2005. It returns to Gemini on January 13 via its retrograde motion (actually becomes retrograde on November 8, 2004) and will stay in Gemini till May 22, 2005 before reentering in Cancer.
Cancer being the water and moving sign, for the next two and half years, Saturn will strongly influence the world psyche, world religions, commerce, and economy. Those who have Saturn in Cancer will see their lives transformed to a new settings due to a drastic change (mostly at emotional and psychological level). In my opinion, it’s going to be a very positive and exciting two and half years for those who have dominant Saturn in their birth chart and have Taurus, Aquarius, Libra, and Virgo as their natal ninefold ascendant.
On a collective level, in the next two and half years, on a world political scene, countries like India and Pakistan will make news headlines. Covert activities in most part of the world will be on rise. Terrorism or terrorist activities may seem to subside, but in reality terrorism will remain in the dormant state to preparing for future attacks.
Jupiter’s transit in the sidereal zodiac sign Virgo (August 26)
On August 26, Jupiter leaves (sidereal) Leo and enters the next zodiac sign, Virgo. Jupiter’s transit from one zodiac sign to the next occurs, on average, once a year. Virgo being flexible and earth sign ruled by Mercury, Jupiter in Virgo has a tendency to enhance material prosperity of those who have well placed and connected Mercury and Jupiter in their birth charts while others likely to experience their prosperity diminish. In general, transit of Jupiter in Virgo is positive. For one thing material prosperity around the worlds is likely to be expand. (It must be noted that despite Jupiter’s positive influence on world material prosperity, effects of other planets should be taken into account to assess the net result or effect). In addition, the influence of contemporary philosophers on society will shape the future direction of our social evolution through the philosophical and metaphysical debates. In general, the Virgo Jupiter is known to be responsible for world economic expansion. So from that perspective expect some positive economic changes during this period and welcome the Jupiter’s entry in Virgo.
On individual levels, for those who have dominant Jupiter in their birth charts and have Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, Pisces, or Taurus as their natal ninefold ascendant are likely to experience a very positive twelve months period beginning August 26.
Uranus-Ketu trine (Uranus-Rahu sextile) (July 14 – Oct 4)
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 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. It’s time to jump in and enjoy this period.
Pluto-Mars Square (September 8-11)
These four days in September may cause great turmoil in lives of individual who have Pluto-Mars square in their natal charts. Depending on their positions the matters related to the respective houses are likely to be affected. The severity of the manifestation would be proportional to the strength of this square in the natal chart. The sudden or drastic change in profession or work places are common results. On collective level or on world scene some sort of natural calamities or even made made calamities are likely.