March 31, 2024

As I outlined in 2024 Annual predictions, In April buckle up for a rollercoaster ride of unpredictability, especially in the political realm, with the United States taking center stage. It’s going to be a very significant and eventful month from the world instability, chaotic environment, political turmoil and full of surprises standpoint.

The month begins with Mercury turning retrograde. Mercury’s retrograde journey from April 2 to 26 sets the stage for a slew of challenges, from communication breakdowns and unexpected delays to frustrations, missed deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in daily chores. It’s wise to tread carefully when it comes to signing agreements or dealing with financial matters during this time.

The next key date is April 8th when a total solar eclipse sweeps through the skies of the entire North American continent providing a spectacular celestial display stretching from Mexico to Canada.  The totality of this eclipse can be seen over a narrow band of about 100 miles width zooming over Mexico, Dallas, Missouri, Cleveland, Buffalo, northern New England and Nova scotia skies.

This cosmic event is very strong and intense since the Sun and Moon will be within 3 to 4 degrees from Rahu, the ascending lunar node in the sidereal zodiac sign Pisces. Consequently, according to Vedic astrology, this eclipse suggests a period of turbulence and uncertainty, particularly for individuals with sidereal Pisces rising or Moon signs. The aftermath of this cosmic event may bring about a challenging phase for the American continent, lasting for the following four to six weeks.

Then comes once in about 14 year planetary event of Jupiter-Uranus conjunction in sidereal Aries. While Jupiter deals with outward and material things, Uranus’s energy results in events that are very sudden and with tremendous power and intensity. This period can be very challenging if any one of these planets are currently active in your transit chart.  However, overcoming these hurdles can lead to profound self-discovery and growth. On the world scene, world religions are likely to be challenged with earthshaking ideas that they must attend to. Leaders who embrace openness and adaptability are poised to lead the transformation, while others may fade into obscurity.

As April draws to a close, Jupiter enters Taurus, heralding a year of material expansion and prosperity. Yet, this period of growth may be short-lived, as Uranus gears up to enter Taurus in May, signaling potential economic upheaval, particularly for the United States. Stay tuned for further insights in the coming months as the cosmic dance continues with Uranus’s entry in sidereal Taurus towards the end of May.

Retrograde Mercury (April 2-26) 

On April 2, the planet Mercury becomes retrograde in sidereal Aries. It remains retrograde in Aries until April 10, and then with its continued retrograde motion it returns to the preceding sign Pisces. It stays in Pisces till it becomes direct on April 26.

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 military personnel, politicians, business leaders, and leaders in general.  On the other hand, the retrograde Mercury in Pisces means more challenging periods for nurses, hospital personnel, social reformers, priests, charity organizations, fishermen, cruises, etc. 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 active, 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 transit chart.

Total Solar Eclipse (April 8)

A total solar eclipse occurs on April 8 approximately during the hours of 16:00 – 21:00 GMT. The partial eclipse begins at 15:42 GMT; then the total eclipse begins at 16:38 GMT culminating into Greatest at about 18:18 GMT.  The longest duration of totality is about 4 ½ minutes and it occurs in Mexico.  The total eclipse will be visible in the entire North American continent from Mexico to Canada.

This eclipse is very strong and intense since the Sun and Moon will be within 3 to 4 degrees from Rahu, the ascending node in the sidereal zodiac sign Pisces. Consequently this eclipse, according to Vedic astrology, is likely to be unfavorable for those who have sidereal Pisces rising or Pisces as moon sign. 

For those who have the lunar nodes in conjunction with either Sun or Moon in their natal charts might want to be extra careful. Take extra precaution.

On world scene, the next 4 to 6 weeks following the eclipse, the continent of North America might experience very challenging period.

Uranus-Jupiter conjunction in sidereal Aries (April 15-26)

While Jupiter deals with outward and material things, Uranus’s energy results in events that are very sudden and with tremendous power and intensity.

Jupiter-Uranus conjunction occurs once (actually it can be 2-3 times with in a year’s period due to their retrograde motions) in about 14 years. If you have such conjunction in your birth chart and if you have any one of these two planets is active in your Gochar (transit) chart 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 your own self-discovery (or 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. 

Jupiter’s entry in Sidereal Taurus– a year of material expansion!

On April 30, 2024 Jupiter leaves sidereal Aries and enters the next zodiac sign, Taurus.  Jupiter’s transit from one zodiac sign to the next occurs, on average, once a year. Taurus being a fixed and earth sign ruled by Venus, Jupiter in Taurus has a tendency to enhance material prosperity of those who have well placed and connected Venus and Jupiter in their birth charts. The transit of Jupiter in the earth (material) sign Taurus is always positive from material expansion and prosperity standpoint. It must be noted that for an individual person, despite Jupiter’s positive influence on world material prosperity, effects of other planets in that individual’s birth chart should be taken into account to assess the net result or effect.

At a collective level, Jupiter’s transit in Taurus means: the influence of entrepreneurs, money keepers (banks, brokerage houses, financial institutes, etc.,) will shape the future direction of our world and human evolution through not only the material expansion, but also through philosophical and spiritual debates. So from that perspective expect some positive economic changes during this period and welcome the Jupiter’s entry in Taurus.

On an individual level, for those who have dominant Jupiter in their birth charts and have Taurus, Aries, Capricorn, Scorpio, Virgo, or Cancer as their natal ninefold (Navamansa) ascendant are likely to experience a very positive twelve months beginning May 1.

President Biden’s challenges in March

For President Biden, April provides him with a picture of mix energy. While some challenges persist, overall, the month appears reasonably favorable from a political standpoint.

From Pluto’s energy standpoint, during April his popularity is likely to rise. Success is poised to rise accompanied by recognition. His outlook remains optimistic.

As for Venus, until April 6, it presents challenges. The President may grapple with campaign-related stress and potential legal matters. It’s a period that demands resilience and strategic handling.

From the Sun’s energy point of view, until April 13, Sun’s transit remains favorable assuring political success, rise in popularity and acknowledgement. However, post- April 13, health concerns and potential friction with cabinet members may arise.

After April 6, the energies of Uranus and Neptune come into play. Uranus empowers President Biden to successfully confront challenges, fostering political achievements. Yet, Neptune’s influence introduces an element of deception and confusion, necessitating discernment.

In summary, April presents a dynamic interplay of energies. Despite the mix, the overall political landscape remains reasonably favorable for President Biden.

 

Global Insights……..

The important challenging possibilities for April include: 

April 9-11: A short-term but highly intense friction between India and Pakistan. The likelihood of rise in terrorism and violence, particularly in the Israel-Palestine area. Additionally, there is a real possibility of an undesirable event and significant occurrences of both natural and man-made calamities during this period.

April 13 – May 6: An outbreak of violence and terrorist activities in regions such as Russia, Ukraine, and the Middle East, especially in Syria, Iraq, Israel and Palestine region. A likelihood of both natural and man-made calamities. Some East-European countries, Russia, and China might also experience political and social turmoil.

April 14-17: Worldwide rise in barbaric activities. Terrorists could be successful in creating confusion and chaos. Likelihood of social turmoil in Europe and Russia. Religious activities might get stalled for no apparent reason

April 14-21: Economic turmoil in Russia and China. Covert activities around the world may gain new momentum (although Neptune’s secretive nature might keep us in the dark) concerning terrorism and other international conflicts.

April 28-30: A period of peak in covert activities. Notably, both China and Russia are likely to experience drastic changes in the political arena significantly influencing the psyche of these nations at a deeper level.

 The important auspicious possibilities for April include:

April 4-15: A positive period for religious activities worldwide. Additionally, this is an opportune time for the USA to make extraordinary progress in enhancing its image both internationally and domestically.

April 9-19: An excellent progress in technical fields (new innovations and discoveries) and religious reconciliation.

April 10-18: A better period for Russia and China. Moreover, most technological areas, especially in the medical field, are likely to make significant progress through inventions and discoveries. Spiritual and religious activities are also likely to impart positive energy, creating a very healthy atmosphere around us.

April 10 – May 7: A wonderful period for collective spiritual growth, technological discoveries, and inventions. Expect some new and important technological breakthroughs during this month. For the United States, in general, it’s going to be a remarkable and successful period.

April 15-26: World religions likely to face with unexpected challenges. Religious leaders who are open-minded and willing to listen and act on new and fresh ideas will be responsible for transforming our religious world to a new level. Others may fade away with time.

The countries that are more likely to be affected during this month are:  The United States, Ukraine, Russia, China, Middle-East and India-Pakistan region.

Natural and Man-made Calamities……..

The natural calamities like extreme weather conditions, wildfires, hurricanes, heavy rains, snow storms, air crashes as well as man-made accidents are more likely to occur -mad e accidents are more likely to occur during April 14-21.

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.

Planetary Energies for Individuals  

Mars-Saturn Conjunction ( April 9-11)

Mars-Saturn conjunction changes a perfectly normal and healthy situation in to the one with a lot of tension and friction. If you have such conjunction in your birth chart and if any one of these planets is active through your Gochar (transit) chart, then you certainly need to be on guard. Simply lay back and do nothing.  If you must involve in an unwanted situation, be extra careful and try to minimize the damage. Experiences like fire burns, rape, accidents, theft, loss of precious things, and monetary disasters are real possibilities.

Uranus-Jupiter conjunction (April 15-26)

While Jupiter deals with outward and material things, Uranus’s energy results in a very sudden and with intensity. Jupiter-Uranus conjunction occurs once (actually 2-3 times with in a year’s period due to their retrograde motions) in about 14 years. If you have such conjunction in your birth chart and if you have any one of these two planets is active in your Gochar (transit) chart 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 your own self-discovery (or evolution).   (More )