Monthly Astrological Insights for August 2022

Date Posted: July 31, 2022

As we enter August, the month begins with the powerful energy of the explosive Uranus, Rahu (north lunar node) and Mars conjunction within a degree in sidereal fire sign Aries.   

While the energy of this powerful trio conjunction lasts for about a week, it will certainly be reflected in extremely tumultuous period for the United States and Briton. Rahu’s karmic energy will certainly be on display during this conjunction period.  It will certainly affect the political climate (Mars) of the United States (Uranus) in a big way as this period directly confronts with the country’s Karma (Rahu).

Furthermore, the Saturn’s return to the sidereal Capricorn on July 14, joining Pluto will certainly not let up the destructive and fearful period, war like atmosphere, future uncertainties, senseless killings and chaotic situations all around the world, especially in the United States and Ukraine.  The uncertainties and anxieties will clearly be reflected in the volatile world financial markets.

Also, the stationery Jupiter which just turned retrograde on July 29 will join the already retrograde planets Saturn, Neptune and Pluto.  These retrograde planets represent the long term (at least 3 to 4 months) slowdown of global activities, especially that of material expansion.  Combine that with Saturn-Pluto conjunction in the sidereal Capricorn (being responsible for material destruction and loss of life) with the deadly conjunction of Rahu-Uranus in the sidereal Aries, It paints a very painful and challenging next three to four months.  Some of the events reflecting this painful period include political turmoil in Great Briton, ongoing atrocities of the Ukraine-Russia war, economic slowdown, surge in Omicron sub-variant infections, political uncertainties (especially in the United States and some part of the western Europe), global warning, climate changes and violence.

However, the slow moving retrograde planets offer a tremendous opportunity for self-reflection and realization further paving the path for both the personal and collective spiritual growth.

In addition, the Pisces Jupiter and Neptune will continue to feed us with the energy needed to overcome the challenging period with the new level of understanding of the world we live in and thus the continued spiritual growth.

Rahu-Uranus-Mars conjunction in sidereal Aries (June 21 – Sept 20)

The north lunar node, Rahu has been in conjunction with Uranus in sidereal Aries within three degrees during June 21 – Sept 20, and within one degree during July 13 – Aug 9.  In addition, the presence of Mars in sidereal Aries creates one of the deadliest combinations of three major malefics coming together in the fire sign Aries. As a result, Rahu’s karmic energy will certainly be on display during this conjunction period.  It will certainly affect the political climate (Mars) of the United States (Uranus) in a big way as this period directly confronts with the country’s Karma (Rahu).

The political turmoil and social unrest in the United States (due to the overturning of the Roe vs Wade, Jan 6 hearing bringing out the facts behind the attack on the US Capitol), natural and man-made calamities around the world including west coast wild fires, climate changes, continued racial violence in the United States, senseless killings in Ukraine war etc., are likely to be more intensive during this period.  For democrats and the Democratic Party this period may continue prove to be extremely challenging one. 

However, the silver lining of this planetary event is the process of much needed transformation for the United States to come out by breaking this frustrating and agonizing cycle.

Saturn’s return to sidereal Capricorn (July 14 – April 15, 2023)

On July 14, Saturn with its retrograde motion returned to sidereal Capricorn and it will stay in Capricorn until April 15, 2023.

Capricorn being the earth and cardinal sign, Saturn’s energy has strongly been reflected in the volatility and changes in the world financial markets, especially the energy (oil) markets, economy and material expansion/contraction. Entrepreneurs, business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, philosophers, scientists, reformers and to some extent monks will shape the future of the world. Those who have Saturn in Capricorn (Saturn return) in their natal charts will be experiencing Saturn’s energy as their lives transformed to a new settings due to a drastic change (mostly) at material and psychological levels. In my opinion, despite a painful period of frustration due to unexpected drastic changes in life, it’s going to be an exciting period for those who have dominant Saturn in their birth chart and have Pisces, Aries, Leo and Scorpio as their natal ninefold (Navamansha) ascendant. 

Furthermore, the Saturn’s return to the sidereal Capricorn on July 14, joining Pluto will certainly not let up the destructive and fearful period, war like atmosphere, effect of the climate changes, future uncertainties, senseless killings and chaotic situations all around the world, especially in the United States. 

Is Russian-Ukraine war and senseless killings… going away?

In early part of June, it seemed that the war between Russia and Ukraine was significantly slowing down. That clearly was the Neptunian deception.  As we got closer to the last week of June, the war got accelerated and the bombings of civilian areas in Ukraine rose due to the manifestations of energies of Uranus-Rahu conjunction (within three degrees) in the sidereal Aries, and the same time Mar’s entry in Aries. 

Like in July, during August the momentum of Russian aggression will continue with unprecedented casualties, not only due military operation but civilian killings. Until Saturn completely returns to Aquarius (April 2023), the Ukraine war is likely to continue its course devastating and destabilizing the country.

Neptune’s Entry in Sidereal Pisces

One of the extraordinary planetary events of 2022 has been the transit of the modern planet Neptune from the sidereal zodiac sign Aquarius to the next zodiac sign Pisces. Although it is going to be in Pisces for only about 5 months in 2022, Neptune being the spiritual planets of our solar system that deal more with heart than mind, it will certainly affect the matters related to Pisces in a significant way. 

Pisces being a water and mutable sign ruled by Jupiter, some of its significant characteristics are: divine, fruitful, fertile, emotional, honest, outspoken, religious, spiritual, nonviolent, polite, modest, moody, affectionate, hermit, psychic, water, compassion, love, heart connection, non-verbal communication and introvert. These qualities complement very well with qualities of Neptune that include: spiritual, intuitive, divine, psychic, magical, highly emotional, moody, clairvoyant, inspiration, imaginative, love, compassionate and mystical. 

As a result, a subtle and slow change in our collective moral and spiritual perceptions is certainly going to be manifested in the way we never experienced before. This era (next 14 years) will be remembered as the period of spiritual inspiration and transformation. Interestingly, this era also complements well with the era of Pluto’s transit in sidereal Capricorn (a sign ruled by spiritual Saturn) that runs in parallel during the same time. The way we have been used to deal with religions will no longer be our norms.  Our moral codes will be greatly influenced by our collective spiritual experiences. And in that sense a subtle but most effective transformation of world morality during this unique era of 14 years is likely to take us to a level where the norms solely based on spiritual experiences will dictate and guide our lives with new level of world understanding.  

Pisces, being the sign for poets, musicians, singers, monks, religious leaders, spiritual leaders, nurses, nuns, social workers, caregivers, saints, psychics, actors, sailors and ship captains, these respective fields will go through significant transformations. And these transformations will be reflected in the new norms of morality and ethics, expansion of our collective psychic abilities and mystical experiences keeping in line with steady progress in our ability to directly perceive truth. Also, creativity in areas of music will likely complement our spiritual progress. 

In scientific and technological areas, a lot of drastic changes and emerging new ideas coupled with mystical experiences will find their way into innovations and discoveries.  However, it will be the first time the scientific and technological research will be more focused in areas that will bridge the gap between the science and morality. The likely areas of research will be in spiritual healing, and life-force related activities. The return to the holistic and Ayurvedic practices and alternate medicines will be significant. A new wave of philosophers and philanthropist with their new perspectives on living, in general, will certainly transform our world in next 14 years with a new level of understanding of life.

On the downside, the religious leaders and social reformers may tend to form cults and spread cult like activities, rise in organized religion scandals, deceptive activities under the disguise of promise of spiritual experiences are likely to be on rise in certain parts of the world.  The scandals of the secretive collaboration between the medical doctors and pharmaceutical industries will be exposed. The increase usage of mind altering drugs, disregard for social and to some extent moral responsibility, rise in mental disorders, and losing the touch with reality are some of the likely symptoms of the negative side of Neptune. 

The influence of the Neptunian energy will be reflected in profound changes that are likely to occur in authoritarian countries like Russia and China in next 14 years. The authoritarianism will be challenged and people in power of authority are likely to lose their power in coming years. In addition, the organized religions will likely to be come under tremendous pressure to abandon their norms that have been the hindrances in transforming our humanity to universal love. 

On individual level for those who have water sign (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) as their ascendant in their natal ninefold (Navamansh) chart should get ready for a brand new and long lasting (14 years) cycle of change, especially a very pronounced cycle if Neptune is a dominant planet in your birth charts. The changes that might occur would be very subtle and would deal with your new or renewed interest in spirituality, openness, psychic abilities to perceive truth, divine experiences, transformed perceptions and beliefs and the way of living.

President Biden’s challenges in August

For President Biden, except for the first week, August may prove to be a month of slow recovery as both the economic conditions and political climates are likely to turn in favorable direction for him.

His current Dasa cycles are: Jupiter major, Rahu intermediate and Mars sub cycle. The planets in the Nakshatras (constellations) ruled by Jupiter are: Jupiter and Mercury; in the Nakshatras ruled by Rahu are: Mars and Ketu; and there are no planets in the Nakshatras ruled by Mars. Thus, the activation of energies of Jupiter, Mercury, Mars and Ketu are expected to be reflected in President’s activities and actions during August.

With Libra as his ninefold (Navamansh) ascendant, the neutral Jupiter will be in the 6th house of his Gochar (transit) chart and the favorable Mercury in the 11th house until Aug 20 and then in not so favorable 12th house for the rest of the month. The 7th house Mars will continue to be confrontational and stressful till Aug 10 and later for the rest of the month the energy of Mars will be reflected in delays and disappointment.

Given the ninefold transit (Gochar) chart dispositions of his active planets he will be facing more difficulties in dealing with his adversaries, a stressful period of confrontation filled with fear and worries, a setback and a bit of stress from the health standpoint.  However, the ninefold auspicious Jupiter remains favorable for him throughout the month helping him by not letting things go out of control.

On the other hand, while in the middle of chaotic surroundings, until at least August 20, due to the favorable Mercury in his transit chart, the energy of favorable Mercury will be responsible for him for unexpected success and recognition.

But more importantly, the energy of the confrontational Mars, at least until August 10, may tilt his fortune in the wrong direction if he is not careful in dealing with the current crisis and the adversaries.

In addition, the opposition of the transiting Pluto to his natal Jupiter will certainly prove to be very challenging in successfully governing the country. However, during the same time, for the long term, the steps he might take to govern the country may prove to be a blessing since the transiting Jupiter trines his natal Pluto providing an opportunity to him for extraordinary transformation.

Overall, except for the first week, August may prove to be a month of slow recovery as the economic conditions and political climate are likely to turn in favorable direction for him.

Global Insights……..

The important challenging planetary configurations for August include: Saturn-Mars (Aug 6-8) square and Pluto-Rahu/Ketu (Aug 29 – Sept 4) ninefold squares; Uranus-Rahu (July 14 – Aug 9), Uranus-Mars (July 31 – Aug 3), Rahu-Mars (July 31 – Aug 2) conjunctions; Uranus-Jupiter (July 1 – Aug 9) ninefold conjunction.

The manifestation of the Saturn-Mars (Aug 6-8) square is likely to be reflected in a short term but very intense friction between India and Pakistan. Terrorism and violence around the world, especially in Israel-Palestine area will be on rise. Outbreak of an undesirable happening and occurrences of both natural and man-made calamities are strong possibilities.

The Pluto-Rahu/Ketu (Aug 29 – Sept 4) ninefold squares may become responsible for a new wave of renewed violence in Ukraine, Israel and Palestinian region, as well as an outbreak of terrorism around the world during these days.

The energy of Uranus-Rahu (July 14 – Aug 9) powerful conjunction in sidereal Aries will be reflected in extremely tumultuous period for the United Sates.  This is probably is the most memorable period of 2022 from the crisis standpoint for the United Sates.  A conversation of a two state possibility may take hold during this period as the division between the left and the right becomes strikingly malicious.  During the same time, the former president Donald Trump may take the center stage in the headline news.

The Uranus-Mars (July 31 – Aug 3) conjunction may become responsible for an outbreak of a new conflict affecting the United States of America.  Or it could be a man-made accident or a mishandling incident by the government. 

The manifestation of the Rahu-Mars (July 31 – Aug 2) conjunction maybe reflected in both natural and man-made calamities causing destruction and loss of lives.

The Uranus-Jupiter (July 1 – Aug 9) ninefold conjunction may become responsible for challenges that the world religions must face. The world religious leaders are likely to be challenged by earthshaking ideas that they must attend to. The open minded ones, who are willing 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 important auspicious planetary configurations for August include Neptune-Uranus (July 18 – Aug 4), Neptune-Jupiter (July 14 – Aug 22) and Neptune-Rahu (July 19 – Aug 4) ninefold trines; Uranus-Saturn (Aug 7-14), Neptune-Saturn (Aug 15-27) and Saturn-Jupiter (Aug 14-28) ninefold sextiles.

The energy of the Neptune-Uranus (July 18 – Aug 4) ninefold trine is very conducive for collective spiritual growth, technological discoveries and inventions.  Expect some new important technological breakthroughs during this month. For the United States, in general, it’s going to be a remarkable and very successful period from the spirituality standpoint.

The manifestation of the Neptune-Jupiter (July 14 – Aug 22) ninefold trine maybe reflected in positive changes occurring in religious, academic, and social fields.

The Neptune-Rahu (July 19 – Aug 4) ninefold trine may become responsible for expansion of religious activities all around the world with new vigor and energy. Conservatives will have upper hand over the liberals, and China and Russia are likely to see positive developments occurring in the social and economic fields.

The energy of the Uranus-Saturn (Aug 7-14) ninefold sextile is very favorable for expansion of religious activities all around the world with a new vigor and energy.  In the United States, the conservatives will find ways to compromise with liberals on sticky issues. Democrats and Republicans will agree on more matters than the ones they disagree.  This is a good time to get those lingering bills passed in U.S. Congress and Senate. China and Russia are likely to experience some mild setbacks in their foreign policies, especially the ones that deal with the United States.

The manifestation of the Neptune-Saturn (Aug 15-27) ninefold sextile maybe reflected in slightly favorable period for China and Russia in handling their domestic issues as well as improving the foreign relations through better policies.

The Saturn-Jupiter (Aug 14-28) ninefold sextile may become responsible for a positive environment for religious activities all around the world. People will likely to be convinced with the importance of moral values and will have no difficulty in maintaining their religious faith. 

The countries that are more likely to be affected during this month are:  Russia, Ukraine, China, United States, Europe, and the Middle Eastern countries, especially Israel and Palestine region.

Natural and Man-made Calamities……..

The natural calamities like extreme weather conditions, wildfires, hurricanes, heavy rains, snow storms, air crashes as well as manmade accidents are likely to occur during Aug 1-10, 28-31.

Earthquakes: Based on a new Earthquake prediction model (the work is still in progress), the earthquake(s) of magnitude 6.9 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on following dates and Times: Earthquake Predictions 2022.  Please note that these hourly predictions refer to the Universal time (GMT).

While man-made calamities may manifest themselves in terrorism, unrest, violence, accidents, and air crashes, the natural calamities are likely to include extreme weather conditions such as severe cold winters, and equally intensive droughts, hurricanes or typhoons, thunderstorms, earthquakes and fires