Date Posted: August 31, 2017
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 13 – Sept 5)
On August 13, the planet Mercury becomes retrograde in sidereal Leo. It will stay retrograde in Leo until September 5. 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 in general, and particularly for those who are in politics, military, governments, academic area and researchers. 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 Mercury is currently your operating planet, then you are more likely to experience the pronounced effects of retrograde Mercury during this period with respect to matters signified by the house it’s currently transiting through in your progressive chart.
Rahu-Jupiter sextile (Ketu-Jupiter trine) (September 2-9)
Jupiter-Rahu sextile is favorable for those who have such sextile in their natal charts. A proper balance between the optimism and conservatism will protect you from becoming over optimistic (or aggressive) as well as over protective. If you have such trine in your birth chart, and if any one of these planets is presently influencing you through the current progressive cycle then you are likely to enjoy this period with full vigor and success as it would seem to come to you naturally. So enjoy!
On a collective level, religions around the world will enjoy their activities with positive experiences. People will likely to be convinced with the importance of moral values and will have no difficulty in maintaining their religious faith.
Neptune-Rahu ninefold conjunction and Neptune-Ketu opposition (September 3-28)
If you have a poor placement of Neptune-Rahu (or Neptune-Ketu) by being connected to the sixth, eighth, and the twelfth house in your birth chart, and have current operating cycles influenced by either one of these planets, then you are likely to experience instability caused due to sudden changes in activities and surroundings around you. Such experiences might turn out to be very unfortunate and frustrating. It would certainly be wise not to commit to anything new during this period and stay low key.
On the collective level, social as well as economic turmoil in Russia and China can not be ruled out. Eastern European countries are also likely to be negatively influenced by this planetary configuration. Covert activities around the world may find a new momentum (but because of Neptune’s secretive character we may never know) with regard to terrorism and other international conflicts.
Saturn-Rahu trine (Saturn-Ketu sextile) (September 15 – October 4)
Saturn-Rahu trine is usually favorable for those who have lunar nodes favorably placed in their natal charts with respect to Saturn. 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 your desired goals 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.
Neptune-Mars opposition (September 22-24)
This short 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 (deception) working against you that surely 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, and those changes will influence the psyche of those nations at a deeper level.
Saturn-Rahu ninefold conjunction (Saturn-Ketu opposition) (September 23-29)
When Saturn-Rahu ninefold conjunction occurs, it’s not favorable period 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 the areas which are affected by these planets as shown in your natal chart. The affected people should avoid taking any kind of risk at any cost during this period. Such conjunction can make things difficult for you and make you feel miserable. 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, it may prove to be prudent to stay on guard during this period.
Uranus-Jupiter opposition (September 23-30)
While Jupiter deals with outward and material things Uranus’s influence on us is very sudden and with intensity. Jupiter-Uranus opposition occurs once (actually 2-3 times with in that year period due to their retrograde motions) in about 16 years. If you have such opposition in your birth chart, and if you have any one of these two planets influencing you through your current progressive cycle then you are certainly going to experience an extreme transformation (irreversible change) in your beliefs and moral values that you have been attached to. This period is challenging and of transformation. If you overcome the challenge, it’s time for marching ahead with a quantum step in the process of self discovery (or self evolution).
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 will fade away with time. The new age philosophers are likely to emerge as lead contemporary philosophers.
Neptune-Saturn ninefold conjunction (September 26 – October 3)
If you have a Neptune-Saturn conjunction or opposition in your birth chart, and if your current planetary operating cycle is influenced by either of these planets, then you are likely to experience a subtle but serious financial or social setback, or an unpleasant secret will be revealed to you. If you are planning to take a long distance (overseas) trip during this period, be extra careful of nasty surprises, or even being stranded in places you never dream of.
On the collective level, covert activities will be on rise. Natural as well as man-made calamities are very likely. Places like Russia and China are likely to experience political and social turmoil. Non-democratic countries are likely to see shift of power from one faction (or dictator) to another. Religious activities around the world will likely to appear more secretive than open.