Date Posted: January 31, 2005
On January 28 the modern planet Pluto entered the sidereal zodiac sign Sagittarius. Pluto will stay in Sagittarius till May 28, and then with its retrograde motion will return to Scorpio and stay in Scorpio till November 28. After November 28, 2005 it will remain in Sagittarius for the following 14 to15 years (till February 2020). Although it’s going to be in Sagittarius for only about 4 months before it returns to Scorpio, Pluto being the planet of transformation will certainly affect the matters related to Sagittarius in a big way. The drastic changes in our collective moral and religious perceptions are certainly going to be manifested in the way we never experienced before by Pluto’s transit in Sagittarius. This era (next 15 years) will be remembered as the period of religious revolution. The way we have been used to deal with religions will no longer be our norms. Although it’s very likely that some of the world religions will either become obsolete or transformed into other forms the religious or moral codes will be greatly influenced by our collective spiritual experiences. And in that sense a subtle but most effective transformation of world religions during this unique era of 15 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 understanding.
In scientific and technological areas a lot of drastic changes and emerging new ideas will find their way into innovations and discoveries. The scientific and technological growth rate will rise at a very rapid pace. However, it will be the first time the scientific and technological research will be more focused in areas that will attempt to bridge the gap between the science and morality or spirituality or meta-physical sciences. The likely areas of research will be in biotechnology, medicine, spiritual healing, and life-force related activities. A new wave of philosophers with their new perspectives on living, in general, will certainly transform our world in next 15 years to a new level of understanding.
The other important planetary configurations for February are: Uranus-Saturn (Feb 1-6) quincunx, Uranus-Rahu/Ketu and Neptune-Rahu/Ketu ninefold squares, and Pluto-Saturn (Feb 21- Mar 3) and Saturn-Jupiter (Feb 1-10) ninefold sextiles. While the quincunx and squares will likely to be responsible for violence, suicide bombings, terrorism, and natural and manmade calamities all around the world, especially in the United States, Russia, and the middle east region the auspicious sextiles will provide us with the much needed positive energy to counter the negative influences and help maintain law, order and peace all around the world.
The countries that are likely to make headline news are: United States, Russia, Iraq, Middle Eastern countries including Israel and Palestine.
- United States of America:
President Bush and his administration:
For president Bush, Jupiter’s transit over his natal Jupiter and Moon has been (since mid January) very positive, and as a result, he will succeed in overcoming the negative forces to accomplish his domestic and to some extent international political goals during February. And therefore, he will continue to enjoy favorable ratings from American public. However, with Uranus quincunxing his natal Neptune (Feb 15 -28) and Saturn quincunxing his natal Ketu he will have plenty of domestic challenges to deal with. Also, US foreign policy with Russia is likely to face additional challenges.
Saturn’s return to his ninefold eighth house calls for unforeseen danger to his health. However, the positive influence of Jupiter, as mentioned above, will certainly protect him from those dangers. Nonetheless it would be prudent of him to take extra precautions of his health and safety.
February 10-15 period is certainly not good for the country. The deadly ninefold squares between Uranus and the lunar nodes (Feb 10-15) are likely to manifest themselves in the form of violence, or perhaps a terrorist like act, or a man-made disaster. During the same period friction between Europe and USA and also that between USA and the middle-east countries will be reflected in their respective political as well as social events. In addition, ninefold squares between Neptune and lunar nodes may become responsible for rise in terrorism and covert activities during February 16-23 period.
During the first week of the month (Feb 1-6) a total lack of respect between republicans and democrats will be manifested in a political crisis-situation, and as a result, nothing will get done by congress. Bush will come under political pressure from democrats. However as we approach towards the end of the month these tensions are likely to diminish. The last week is good for the country.
· Russia: For Putin administration February 16 through 23 period will certainly prove to be extremely challenging as he will be faced with a new crisis, either domestic or international. The crisis maybe born out of a terrorist act or a political gamble or just maybe a plain natural calamity. Covert activities will gather their momentum. Friction with neighboring countries as well as with European countries are very likely. During the same seven day period relationship with Bush administration may reach to its lowest point.
· Europe: For European countries pretty much the first three week period is going to be filled with events that will reflect new challenges. In addition to a development characterizing a new political crisis with Bush administration Europeans are also going to face domestic economic crisis. During the same time, an act of terrorism can not be ruled out. Seems like Europe is likely to experience a very tough month.
· Religion: Uranus-Jupiter ninefold quincunx (Feb 1 – 7) will put pressure on religious authorities in the United States to defend their agendas as a result of either direct attack by their counterparts or due to an undesirable event due to their involvement.
· Natural and Man-made Calamities: The deadly ninefold squares between Uranus and the lunar nodes (Feb 10-15) as well as those between Neptune and lunar nodes (Feb 16-23) will certainly be responsible for both man-made and natural calamities during February. In addition Uranus-Saturn ninefold quincunx (Feb 1-6) will be responsible for calamities during the first week of the month. Thus, overall the first three week period of the month will prove to be a calamity-prone period.
While man-made calamities may manifest themselves in terrorism, unrest, violence, and accidents, the natural calamities are likely to include extreme weather conditions such as severe cold winters, and equally intensive droughts; and thunderstorms, earthquakes, air crashes and fires.