Date Posted: April 30, 2001
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 Mars (May 12 – July 20)
From the planetary influence standpoint, one of the major events of May is the retrograde Mars which on average occurs once every two years. On May 12, Mars becomes retrograde in the sidereal zodiac sign Sagittarius, via it’s retrograde motion returns to Scorpio on June 11, and stays retrograde till July 20. Astrologically speaking, what does the retrograde Mars mean? And what can we expect from the retrograde Mars?
In general, when a planet turns retrograde, the positive energy offered by that planet is expected to slowly diminish. In case of Mars, being a planet of total independence, high ego, and less maturity usually make things worse with incredible speed.
For those of you who have predominant Mars in their birth chart and if it’s influencing you through the current progressive chart, then you are very likely to experience a sudden setback in your professional as well as in other activities. You may have to repeat things over many times to get it right, or you may have to deal with unfortunate and totally unexpected circumstances, and in general, you may end up in having a very frustrating experience. In particular, engineers, designers, construction workers, people who work in military, leaders, managers and like are likely to be more affected than others.
At a collective level, expect a political tension building among developed nations. Destruction of wealth due to natural calamities or man made accidents are also very likely. Other possibilities include a sudden rise in terrorist activities, escalation in a warlike climate between Israelis and Palestinians, and of course increased covert activities among nations.
Uranus’s entry in the sidereal zodiac sign Aquarius (April 4-July 27)
One of the important planetary events of April is the transit of the modern planet Uranus from (sidereal) Capricorn to Aquarius on April 4. It stays in Aquarius till July 27, and then with its retrograde motion will return to Capricorn and will stay in Capricorn till January 24, 2002. After January 2002 it will stay in Aquarius for the following 6 to 7 years. Although it’s going to be in Aquarius for a short while before it returns to Aquarius next year, Uranus being the planet of change will certainly affect the matters related to Aquarius in a big way. The drastic changes in social perceptions about the way we live is going to be tremendously influenced by Uranus’s transit in Aquarius. In scientific and technological areas expect 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. A new wave of philosophers with their new perspectives on living, in general, will certainly transform our world in next 6-7 years to a new level of understanding.
On individual level for those who have Aquarius ninefold ascendant should get ready for a brand new cycle of change, especially a very pronounced cycle if Uranus is a dominant planet in their birth charts. The changes that might occur would be sudden and would deal with pretty much all aspects of life including marriage, profession, surroundings, common perceptions and beliefs, and the way of living.
Pluto-Jupiter Opposition (May 2-May 11)
This is an important planetary event for people who deal with religion, religious and academic institutes. This opposition could become responsible for a unique transformation in the field of religion as the planet Pluto with its tremendous energy has a power of irreversibly transforming the field of religion and academics to a new level or setting with a new set of norms.
In your birth chart if Jupiter and Pluto are either in conjunction or opposition, and if either of these planets is currently influencing your life via your current progressive chart, then you are perhaps standing on the thresh-hold of a new era that’s about to begin in your life. Depending on the houses these planets occupy in your birth chart, you are going to have a totally new and a very different experience in that particular field. Be ready to accept this new settings with new challenges as well as the rewards that come with them.
On a collective level, religious and academic and to some extent social fields are very likely to see changes coming in their respective fields. Initial reaction to the change might appear to be a bit confusing and perhaps chaotic, but the majority of us are going to embrace this new wave of change and are very likely to enjoy it.
Saturn-Uranus ninefold opposition (May 26-30)
The time when Saturn-Uranus ninefold opposition occurs is not good for those who have such opposition or square in their birth charts. In addition, if the planet Uranus 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. Such people should avoid taking any kind of risk at any cost during this period. Such opposition can make things so miserable and difficult for you that most likely you are not going to forget them in your entire life. Staying low key is certainly the way to go. Avoid any new ventures and postpone the matters that you want to begin till this period is passed.
On a collective level, the United States of America, Russia or China may experience social or political turmoil at home as well as tensions rising among them.
Pluto-Uranus ninefold square (May 1-17)
At a collective level, the Pluto-Uranus square could bring a unique change in the way the current US administration deals with other nations as well as with its domestic matters. There will be a some sort of transformation of a political strategy that might become responsible of a change in the current political agenda of the Bush administration as the planet Pluto with its tremendous energy has a power of irreversibly transforming the field politics to a new level or setting with a new set of norms.
On an individual level, if in your birth chart Pluto makes a square with Uranus, and if either of these planets is currently influencing your life via your current progressive chart, then you are very likely to be affected by this square. Depending on the houses these planets occupy in your birth chart, you are going to have a sudden and a totally new and a very unpleasant experience in that particular field. Be ready to face this unwanted experience. Stay alert and try not to start a new venture that requires taking a risk.
Saturn-Pluto ninefold square (May 22-27)
If in your birth chart Pluto makes a square with Saturn, and if either of these planets is currently influencing your life via your current progressive chart, then you want to consider taking extra precaution in dealing with money matters, people at work, especially with your adversaries. In general, this is the time to stay low key and not be aggressive. Be cautious and alert as much as possible. Do not trust anybody during this period.
On a collective level, Russia is likely to face with some serious challenges and perhaps sudden changes. To some extent China is also going to have a similar experience.
Neptune-Rahu/Ketu ninefold squares (May 5-18)
When the lunar nodes make squares with Neptune, the changes that occur in an individual’s life (assuming in that individual’s birth chart Neptune make squares with the lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu, and either Neptune or a lunar node is currently influencing the individual via his current progressive chart) are usually at a very subtle level but very profound. Typically the individual become aware of those changes at a later time in his life.
On a collective level the covert activities among the developed nations will reach at their peak, a possibility of coup in a developing country can not be ruled out. Natural calamities or man-made disasters are very likely to occur during this period.
Neptune-Jupiter ninefold square (May 4-8)
This is a very auspicious square and good for religious and social activities. People who are affected by this square may go through spiritual transformation, or have a metaphysical experience. Religious activities all around the world will be more pronounced and visible.