Date Posted: March 31, 2018
Retrograde Mercury (March 23 – April 15)
On March 23, the planet Mercury became retrograde in sidereal Pisces. It will stay retrograde in Pisces until April 15. Typically retrograde Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays, frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Pisces means more frustrating periods for people who work in hospitals, charities, psychiatric wards, prisons, monks, spiritually inclined and people with deep emotional issues or challenges. 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.
About President Donald Trump and his challenges……
President Trump’s operating planets (the planets that presently influence him most) for April will continue to be Saturn and Venus. In addition, Sun remains operating planet until April 11 and Neptune becomes operating planet for the rest of the month..
During April, Saturn will be in sidereal Sagittarius, the seventh house of his progressive chart. And it will be in the 3rd house of his ninefold progressive chart. Venus will be in sidereal Aries (the 11th house of his progressive chart) until April 20, and then in Taurus (the 12th house of his progressive chart) for the rest of the month. Until April 11th, Sun will be in sidereal Pisces, and after April 11, the operating planet Neptune will be 9th house of his progressive chart and in the 11th house of his ninefold progressive chart.
From Dasa standpoint, Saturn is unfavorable (being in the seventh house of his progressive chart) for him, but being in the 3rd house of his ninefold progressive chart, it’s favorable for him during April. Therefore, while Mr. trump will likely to continue to cause a lot of stir by exhibiting immature and senseless behavior in dealing with his friends and adversaries alike, simultaneously he is also likely to get his way in moving his agenda forward and to some extent victorious over his adversaries. However, through the entire month he might get involved in direct confrontations with people that include not only his adversaries but also his family members.
The manifestation of the favorable eleventh house resident transiting Venus, until April 20, will be reflected in some success in dealing with politics. After April 20, as far his dealings with women are concerned, the 12th house Venus makes him more vulnerable to improper behavior.
Until April 11, due to the transiting Sun in the 10th house of his progressive chart, he may enjoy favorable period of success and prestige, but (after April 11) when the deceptive Neptune becomes active, he may be surrounded with deceptive atmosphere and will likely to face with lot of issues related to the ongoing Russia probe by the special council, while simultaneously facing intense opposition from GOP leaders.
When the planetary transits with respect to his natal chart are considered, the transiting Uranus will be in square with his natal Venus (until April 8 ). And currently Venus being his operating planet, this square will continue to become cause for more chaos, sex scandals, rude and insulting behavior towards women, uncertain environment in the White House, and drastic and destructive changes in his administration. In addition, the transiting Mars will be quincunxing his natal Uranus, Rahu and Sun during the last week of April, and the turbulent 7th house Mars in his progressive chart will pose lot of direct challenges from his adversaries and from people with in his own administration making him increasingly confrontational, frustrated and furious.
Thus, while during April, the favorable transit of ninefold Saturn may bestow him with some political success, the deceptive Neptune and turbulent Mars in his transit chart are likely to become responsible for yet another extremely challenging and trying month for him to deal with the ongoing Russia probe, women, suspicious and insecure people around him and in advancing his political agenda.
Mars-Saturn Conjunction (April 1-3)
Mars-Saturn conjunction changes a perfectly normal and healthy situation in to the one with a lot of tension and friction. For those who have such conjunction 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 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.
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.
The important challenging planetary configurations for April include Pluto-Uranus (April 1-14) and Uranus-Rahu (April 10-15) ninefold quincunxes, Rahu-Mars (April 5-8) quincunx, Uranus-Saturn (April 24-May 2) ninefold square, Pluto-Rahu (April 11-22) ninefold conjunction, and Saturn-Mars (April 1-3) and Pluto-Mars (April 23-27) conjunctions.
The manifestation of the Pluto-Uranus (April 1-14) ninefold quincunx will be reflected in change in the way the Trump administration deals with other nations with respect to its America First agenda, and also with its domestic matters. There will be a strategy transformation that might become responsible of a change in the current political agenda, and foreign policy matters of the Trump administration as the planet Pluto with its tremendous energy has a power of irreversibly transforming the field of politics to a new level or setting with a new set of norms. Expect some serious issues that the Trump administration could get tangled with.
The Uranus-Rahu (April 10-15) ninefold quincunx may become responsible a difficult and trying period for both the Trump administration and the Republican Party. Also, USA and China may go through a crisis situation during this period.
The Rahu-Mars (April 5-8) quincunx means a strong possibility of both natural and man-made calamities causing destruction and loss of lives during this period. Also, demise of an international level political leader is likely.
The Uranus-Saturn (April 24-May 2) ninefold square may become responsible for a social or political turmoil in the USA, Russia or China, as well as rising tensions between the USA and Russia, and USA and China.
While the manifestation of the Saturn-Mars (April 1-3) conjunction maybe reflected in a likelihood of a short term but very intense friction between India and Pakistan, rising terrorism and violence in Middle-East region, strong occurrences of both natural and man-made calamities, the Pluto-Mars (April 23-27) conjunction may become responsible for an escalation of terrorism and violence, especially in Israel-Palestine area.
The Pluto-Rahu (April 11-22) ninefold conjunction may become the responsible for worldwide occurrences of both the man-made and natural accidents.
The important auspicious planetary configuration for April include Neptune-Rahu (April 3-10) and Neptune-Saturn (April 17 – May 5) ninefold trines, and Pluto-Jupiter (April 13-21) sextile.
The Neptune-Rahu (April 3-10) ninefold trine means expansion of religious activities all around the world with new vigor and energy, conservatives having upper hand over the liberals, China and Russia likely to see positive developments occurring in their social and economical fields.
The Neptune-Saturn (April 17 – May 5) ninefold trine may become responsible for a significant progress in most of the technological areas via inventions and discoveries. Spiritual and religious activities are likely to impart positive energy, creating a very healthy atmosphere around us.
The manifestations of the Pluto-Jupiter (April 13-21) sextile may be reflected in distinct changes in religious, academic and to some extent in social fields. Initial reaction to these changes might appear to be a bit confusing and perhaps chaotic, but the majority of us are going to embrace this new wave of changes.
The countries that are more likely to be affected during this month are: USA, Russia, China, Europe, North and South Korea, India and Pakistan, and the Middle East (Syria, Afghanistan and Palestine-Israel regions).
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 during April 1-15, 23-30.
Earthquakes: Based on the Earthquake prediction model III the earthquake(s) of magnitude 7 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on April 1, 8, 12. 21. Please note that these dates refer to the Universal time (GMT). For your convenience, the earthquake predictions for the entire year 2017 are provided at Earthquake Predictions 2018. 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.