OK, since someone has asked, here is my take on the astrology of Decision Day 2016.
Please note that this is not indicative of the quality of the administration that gets elected, whichever one it is. For that, we would have to look at the chart for the Inauguration. The time in between November 8 and January 20 is transitional. In the chart below, we are looking for the immediate impact of the election results.
I have cast this chart for November 8, 8:00 pm, Washington DC, right as the first polls close in Eastern states, and results start to roll in.
The first thing to notice — and what has made some people very nervous — is that all visible planets fall within one side of the Eclipse axis. Rahu the North Node is in Leo, and all other planets are within Virgo to Aquarius, until you come around to Ketu the South Node in Aquarius. The Moon is in early degrees of Aquarius, and hasn’t passed Ketu yet.
This is known as a “Kala Sarpa Yoga,” or the “snake” yoga. It is regarded as very inauspicious. When an individual is born with this, it is believed that they suffer misfortunes due to having killed or harmed a snake in a previous life!
In world events, this combination is described as “ministers will lose their positions, political equations will change.”
Well, we knew that anyway. And this receives further support by two planets — Mercury and Venus — changing signs earlier in the day. But consider how the Tea Party has appropriated the “Don’t Tread On Me” flag, giving this image a bad reputation. One could look at this as a form of “harming a snake.” (Also known as the Gadsen flag, it depicts a coiled rattlesnake poised to strike.)
Could we be seeing the death throes of the Tea Party?
Rahu, the Eclipse point of explosions and toxicity, has a big voice in this chart. Both the Ascendant and Moon are in Lunar Mansions ruled by Rahu. The Ascendant is in Ardra (part of Gemini) and the Moon is in Shatabhishak (part of Aquarius). Ketu, the other Node, is also in Shatabhishak.
I have Moon in Shatabhishak myself, and I can tell you that having a Rahu-ruled Moon gives its natives a great need to be emotionally transparent, to “live their truth.” I roll my eyes out loud. Sometimes this comes at the expense of getting along with people — although I’ve gotten better with this as I’ve gotten older. It’s part of what makes me so good in radio.
Whichever candidate wins, expect the night to be highly emotional! And since Ketu, the planet of revulsion, is conjunct the Moon, SOME people are going to be mightily disgusted.
Corroborating this, is the ruler of the chart, Mercury, joining Saturn in Scorpio. This gives a feeling of being swindled or stolen from.
(I observed this BEFORE Trump hinted that he would contest the results if he loses. For a comparison of this potential lawsuit to 2000’s Bush v. Gore, see the following article: http://abovethelaw.com/2016/10/6-facts-about-bush-v-gore-worth-remembering-before-the-trump-campaign-revises-history-to-death/ You’ll see that Gore did NOT actually bring a lawsuit. The Florida recount was automatically triggered because the results were so close.)
Speaking of Florida, as I write this report, I have just heard that a Federal judge overruled Republican Governor Rick Scott’s cutoff of voter registration, giving residents of this crucial swing state an additional 6 days to register, following Hurricane Matthew. In that time period, over 108,000 people registered — which is a very auspicious number in Hindu mythology.
This is a perfect illustration of the essential conflict of Rahu in Leo and Ketu in Aquarius, which has been active since the beginning of the year, as the first primary elections were getting underway. Leo is the sign of the “king” and government; Rahu here has exploded and exposed corruption at all levels of government. Aquarius is the sign of the people and mass social movements; Ketu here has made intellectuals and rednecks alike, fed up with being shortchanged by our government’s failed promises, and given everyone an incentive to DO something about it.
Despite the disruptive nature of these factors, there are also some very auspicious protections going on. The Moon rules the 2nd House of this chart, the house of “family stability” and values, where your basic needs get met. It lands in the 9th House, the luckiest house of generosity, civic mindedness, philanthropy. This makes it form a “Dhana Yoga,” auspicious for the “wealth of nations.”
You may have noticed that every time Trump has been ahead in the polls, the stock markets swoon; every time Clinton is ahead, the markets go up. The “smart money” doesn’t trust Trump. This chart indicates a huge sigh of relief for the markets — watch what they do on November 9th through 11th.
Mars precedes the Moon; this is one of the Moon Yogas. When this happens, not only do we expect a fight, we welcome it. While many people are terrified of a fight — like rioting in the streets — an equal number of people are relishing the opportunity to make Trump shut the fuck up, once and for all.
The good news is that Mars is in Capricorn, where he is Exalted. When the most impulsive planet is ruled by the most restrictive planet (Saturn rules Capricorn), Mars gets disciplined and becomes the master of strategy.
Even better, Mars is aspected by, and exchanging signs with, Saturn. Mars is in Capricorn, ruled by Saturn; Saturn is in Scorpio, ruled by Mars. When two planets are in each other’s signs, they “agree” to share the things that matter to them; they support each other.
Both of them also form “Vipareet Raja Yogas” in this chart (notated in the diagram with “VRY”), because they are rulers of the “difficult” 6th and 8th Houses, and land in each of those Houses. This helps to neutralize the difficulties of those houses, enabling the conquering of enemies.
Saturn rules the Moon in Aquarius, and along with Mercury, is also 10 Houses away from the Moon. This is another Moon Yoga, and very helpful. The Moon represents what we feel in our heart. There is a feeling here of eloquence (from Mercury) and ability to handle responsibility (Saturn). Together, Mercury and Saturn form a Raja Yoga, as Mercury rules the 1st and 4th Houses, and Saturn rules the 9th. Since Saturn always gets the “last word” about everything, and with Communicator Mercury helping, it’ll be worth it to stay awake to hear an epic victory speech.
So the Moon is getting help from three Moon Yogas. The other female planet, Venus, is also forming a Raja Yoga, as ruler of the 5th House of Creativity landing in the 7th House of Partnerships. This would seem to favor the female candidate.
And what of the sorry excuse for a male candidate? All along, I’ve been saying that his meteoric rise was fueled by the conjunction of Rahu and Jupiter in his 1st House of Leo. Throughout the primaries, Jupiter blessed him, enabling him to defeat a weak field of Republican candidates who wouldn’t grapple with him.
But as soon as Jupiter left Leo and advanced to Virgo, he lost Jupiter’s “grace.” Virgo, sign of the Virgin and the only sign symbolized by a human female, is especially offended by sexual violation. It took the revelation of Trump’s bragging about sexual assault, to finally make Republican elites abandon him in droves.
Now, the Sun, ruler of Leo, is debilitated in Libra, taking further wind out of Rahu’s sails. The Sun is helped by having benefics on either side (Jupiter in Virgo and Mercury in Libra). This gives hope to the elected leadership (Jupiter is the planet of hope), but does not add fuel to Rahu’s fire.
Saturn also aspects Rahu from 10 houses away, and Mars aspects Rahu from 8 houses away. Saturn puts pressure on Rahu to contain the latter’s damage, and Mars counters Rahu’s voracious appetite for power. When a planet is Exalted, it is very awake and aware. In this case, Exalted Mars is saying to Rahu, “strength does not mean what you think it means!”
My prediction? Trump gets trumped. Hoist by his own petard.
Mars gets further help from a one-way aspect from Jupiter, planet of hope and wisdom — one would “hope” this will give Mars the “wisdom” to pick battles wisely. Could this mean that a Clinton presidency will turn out to be not as hawkish and scandal-ridden as her detractors have long feared it might be?
Jupiter Retrograde & Rahu in Leo
“What’s the meaning of this?” OK, as promised, here’s the general themes for the planetary shifts happening today.
I mentioned earlier this week on Facebook, that Mercury Retrograde isn’t the big news. It’s in Capricorn now, and although Capricorn is a very sober sign and Mercury is anything but sober, it is also a very practical sign, as is Mercury. So Mercury Retro in Capricorn isn’t such a big deal, in fact it’s getting support by being aspected by ruler Saturn. It means: Be serious and straightforward about your communications. Jokes and sarcasm are apt to be taken the wrong way, and undercut the point you’re trying to make. Reflect on your tendency to do this, and figure out how you can say exactly what you mean, not as an accusation, but as a neutral observation.
The bigger news is Jupiter turning Retrograde too. The Merc Retro only lasts for 3 weeks; Jupiter’s last 4 months. At the physical level, Jupiter represents teachers and children; at the abstract level, he represents hope, optimism, higher-wisdom teachings. When any planet moves “backward” by apparent motion in the sky (it’s an optical illusion), the physical things of that planet become confused or frustrated, while the abstract qualities are supported.
Until May 9, watch for confusion or strain in your relationships with teachers and/or children. “Sacred cows” may be called into question. Either you disagree with one of your teachers, or your children will disagree with YOU. But your challenge is not necessarily to get into fights about this: instead, turn inward and examine your own beliefs. “What DO I really believe about this? Why do I believe it?” Model good behavior for your children at this time — don’t just fall back on the eternal parental copout of “because I said so, that’s why!”
Joining Jupiter, as of tonight, is Rahu, the North Node Eclipse point. Until August, when Jupiter moves onto Virgo, Rahu and Jupiter will be tracking very close together in Leo. And guess what Leo is the sign of? Governments! What season are we going into now? Primary Elections and Party Conventions!
Rahu explodes anything he touches. You can guarantee there will be a lot of explosive rhetoric (Rahu) about competing philosophies (Jupiter) regarding how to run the country (Leo). Opposite this, is the South Node, Ketu, in Aquarius. Ketu is the planet that turns away from something, and Aquarius is the sign of mass social movements. If Leo is the sign of the King, Aquarius is the sign of the People.
For awhile, it may seem like our would-be leaders want to turn-away (Ketu) from the masses (Aquarius) in favor of a more dictatorial style of leadership (Leo). But the good news about having the Nodes in these signs now, is that they cause a lot of polarized positions, which in turn leads to clarity, really quickly. We are likely to see very polarized positions about these governmental philosophies. It’s shaping up to be a showdown between the Man of the People and the Man Who Would Be King — you know who I mean!
Candidates who are neither fish nor fowl, are not favored in this environment. Moderates are likely to lose in the primaries, because their platforms aren’t clear enough. If you can’t really state what you stand for, would-be voters won’t understand you. A confused mind (Rahu) will not decide in your favor.
Adding pressure to all of this, is the planet of Pressure, Saturn. He’s in Scorpio (a highly pressurized environment), aspecting Jupiter and Rahu from 10 houses away. Thank our lucky stars that he’s doing this, because Saturn is the Reality Check. He always gets the last word about everything. And since he rules Aquarius, where Ketu now is, it could mean that the People will prevail after all.
It should be one heluva ride.
This is an Event Chart for my purchase of a condominium on October 27th, 2015. It is the first place to live that I have ever bought on my own, without buying it jointly with a husband. I am not counting the two other houses I bought during my ill-fated career as a real estate investor. And you’re about to see why I should have known about Event Charts back in the day! In essence, buying a “base of operations” on my own is similar to a technique recommended by Kapiel Raaj: Rewriting your stars by forming your own corporation as a sole proprietor.
With the settlement meeting starting at 1 pm EDT, it is just past the Full Moon which happens earlier in the day, indicating culmination of something I’ve been working toward. Full Moons also help a person be able to “take the heat” of life and handle it well, and not be knocked-off one’s equilibrium.
A lot of nice auspicious factors show up: Two Raja Yogas (a combination for fame and achievement), three Wealth Yogas, and a Bhadra Yoga (read on to see how cool this is).
With a Sagittarius ascendant, the Ruler of the chart is Jupiter. It forms two Raja Yogas as ruler of the 1st and 4th Houses, landing in the 9th House. (Ruler of two Initiative Houses, landing in a Luck House — in fact the 9th is considered luckiest of all.) Jupiter is also casting a nearly exact one-way trine upon the Ascendant degree, indicating a Divine hand at work in getting me to this place, six years after filing for bankruptcy. Jupiter rules children, and the impetus for this move came from my daughter, who started the internet search on behalf of both of us, and she’s the one who found the right condo development!
Jupiter is joined by Venus and Mars, who both form Wealth Yogas: Venus rules 11th, Mars rules 5th, and they both land in 9th. A third Wealth Yoga is produced by the Sun, as Ruler of the 9th landing in the 11th. (Anytime the rulers of the 2nd, 5th, 9th, or 11th land in any of those Houses, you get a Wealth Yoga.)
All three of these are in very close conjunction in Leo, causing a “planetary War.” Venus is in between Jupiter and Mars, and within 3 degrees of each. Venus also rules all three by virtue of their placement in the Lunar Mansion of Purva Phalguni. Mixed results here: Venus loses the war to Jupiter, but wins it relative to Mars. The good news is that Mars and Jupiter are both Dharma planets in a Sagittarius chart, as is Leo’s ruler, the Sun. When strongly placed, Dharma planets guide a person to “righteous action.”
Venus-Mars-Jupiter indicate a passionate person who seeks knowledge through relationships and sensuality, and they teach topics related to marriage and relationships. This could bode well for me earning income through this kind of teaching; it’s also a good combination for creativity and designing. We’ll have to see how, and if, the Venus factor suffers relative to Jupiter; there is a risk that Jupiter’s high-handedness could overwhelm Venus’ practical emphasis on emotional truth (what “ought to be” vs. what “is” in relationships). As Venus also rules the 6th House of Arguments and Debts, I could get into fights with other gurus (Jupiter is the planet of gurus) — will have to watch out for that.
Sun is debilitated in Libra, but gets help from Venus, by way of a “mutual exchange,” since both of these planets are in each other’s signs. (Sun rules Leo and is in Libra, Venus rules Libra and is in Leo.) They support each other: The Sun’s light supports Venusian skills like art, music, acting, while Venus’ charm supports the Sun’s ability to promote long-term visions and plans, and get others’ buy-in to them.
Moon is in 5th House, indicating good fortune for children (I’m making this move for the benefit of my daughter). It also indicates “good fortune from the mother” (me!) By Lunar Mansion, it is in Ashwini, good for beginnings of all types. Ashwini’s symbol is two horses pulling a chariot, and has that kind of horse energy, where you can move fast and get things done quickly. Ashwini is ruled by Ketu the South Node, which contracts things and pares away non-essentials (I’ve had to sell-off or give away a lot of things, to fit into this smaller space). A lot of concentrated force.
The Moon is also Ruler of the 8th House of sudden breaks and changes (moving to this condo is a sudden change), other people’s money, longevity, research, and the vulnerability we feel by trying to control things that can’t be controlled. It’s one of the “difficult” houses, but by landing in the 5th, a House of Luck, the Moon gives results that tend to the better side: gains through romantic encounters and inheritances/settlements. It favors detective work and deep scriptural study. (Watch out for unwanted pregnancies, though, but that’s a given anyway.)
The Lunar Mansion for the Ascendant is Purva Ashada, which means “invincible, undefeated, unsubdued.” It is the part of the zodiac where we should be planting seeds of enlightenment and understanding, after having uprooted false notions during the previous Mansion in Mula. It is considered a good time to take drastic action to liberate someone in some way — releasing someone who is imprisoned physically, emotionally, or financially. In essence, I am doing exactly that, for my daughter, by making this move. Purva Ashada is ruled by Venus, and symbolized by a bed, so it is also considered to be auspicious for romantic events. (Boy, do I need that . . . )
Mercury is Exalted in Virgo, joined Rahu who also does well in Virgo. Both are in the 10th House of Career. This is highly auspicious, as an Exalted Mercury in one of the Houses of Initiative forms a Bhadra Yoga, one of the five “great person” yogas. Bhadra means “blessed” or “fortunate.” Mercury operates at a very high level, facilitating life’s affairs and giving great ability to speak, manage details, and discriminate between what is really important and what is not.
With Mercury also ruling the 7th House of Relationships, landing in 10th could bode well for a career in communications about this subject (confirming the Venus-Mars-Jupiter conjunction). Since Rahu explodes anything it touches, its influence here could lead to a quite prolific production schedule of writings and videos on this subject. Possible connection to foreign lands, products, subjects, or unusual things (and Vedic astrology is already foreign!).
Saturn in Scorpio lands in the 12th House for this chart. One of the “difficult” houses, this is the House of Seclusion and Losses. However Saturn landing in a difficult house tends to suppress the difficulties of that house. Saturn is a planet of solitude anyway, and here it’s landing in a house that favors solitude. This placement promotes a “simple life” (which I need anyway) and the ability to work and focus alone in a quiet space (which I do anyway). It also favors spiritual pilgrimages, which I’ve wanted for a long time. Jupiter’s placement as Ruler of 1st/4th in the 9th also favors these kinds of trips. And Mars, as Ruler of the 12th landing in the 9th, favors interest in enlightenment, study abroad, and charity to religious organizations and institutions of higher learning. Might I finally get to go on that trip to the temples of India?
Saturn rules the 2nd House of Income and the 3rd House of Self-Effort. Landing in 12th, it promotes earnings from work with philanthropic, correctional, or spiritual organizations, including speaking at spiritual conventions and after pilgrimages, writing about spiritual matters, and successful efforts in foreign countries.
Mars and Saturn also cast their special one-way aspects upon each other: Mars aspects Saturn 4 houses away from itself, Saturn aspects Mars 10 houses away from itself. This is favorable for both discipline (Mars) and determination (Saturn), the ability to keep on working until you win, being competitive and unstoppable, with good technical ability too. The downside is that this combination also gives blunt speech because it won’t suffer fools gladly. But I hope the Bhadra Yoga of Mercury will be enough to make me apply such criticism only where it’s really warranted!
The final planet to consider is Ketu, the South Node, landing in the 4th House of the Home. As Ketu is the planet of “divine discontent,” causing dissatisfaction with the imperfections of this world, we will have to put forth extra effort to promote inner serenity wherever we are, no matter what’s going on. It indicates we may not live in this condo for very long — but it’s my intention to remarry anyway, so moving out to move in with my new husband would be a good thing! Of greater concern is the possibility of trouble with cars; will have to invoke divine protection for this. (The 4th House rules fixed assets, and cars are considered to be a fixed asset in Vedic astrology.) Perhaps the influence of a strong Jupiter (ruling Ketu by sign, Pisces) and Saturn (ruling it by Lunar Mansion, Uttara Bhadrapada) will lighten this up a bit.
The majority of planets are concentrated in Houses 9 through 12, the houses of focusing on interaction with the world at large. This indicates that my public profile is likely to rise as a result of my living here. And all planets are moving direct, none are retrograde, indicating the ability to move forward with my plans without much confusion, interruption or obstacles.
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Filmed at the Maryland Women’s Expo, March 22, 2015. I chose Angelina Jolie for this demo, because she is a great example of someone who uses her celebrity to draw attention to causes she cares about.
Turns out she was exactly the right choice, because within a week of doing this speech, La Jolie was back in the news, twice! First, for her announcement of having had more preventive surgery, and second, for being awarded “Best Villain” at the Kids’ Choice Awards for last year’s performance as Maleficent.
I may do another video that goes into more detail about why she is OK with making the very difficult decision modify her body so extremely, in the hope of preventing two of the scariest, deadliest forms of cancer. Will it work? We’ll have to wait and see.
In the meantime, enjoy!
The next Mercury retrograde isn’t until May 20, but Mercury Debilitated starts Friday — which can be even worse.
When Mercury transits Pisces, he loses his ability to tell the difference between what is important and what is not. Emotions (Pisces) overwhelm Logic (Mercury), which can lead to a lot of “he said, she said” communications. Detachment becomes difficult.
Mercury is also the cash-flow King, so when he’s debilitated, watch for a temptation to make emotional for-the-hell-of-it buying decisions. Hold off on any major financial commitments, to avoid buyer’s remorse. Don’t just “assume” the $$ will “be there.”
Fortunately, Mercury transits out of Pisces and into Aries on April 13, just in time for you to make last-minute corrections to your tax returns before you submit them!
In the meantime, do what you can to keep a sense of humor — like play games or watch comedies. Mercury is the Fun guy, so don’t let your Fun muscles atrophy.
Oh, and don’t daydream while driving!
This transit is also receiving a trine aspect from Jupiter, the ruler of Pisces. This creates a “Neecha Bhanga,” a modification of debility.
It doesn’t completely cancel it — you will still feel the uncomfortable effects, at least initially. But then something happens to make the situation considerably better. Since the modification comes from Jupiter, it will involve the “grace of God.” So this is an excellent time to access higher wisdom teachings and perform religious rituals. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and all else will be added unto you.”
Since this debilitated Mercury is also joined Ketu (South Node Eclipse point), you may have already noticed something weird: You have an attitude, or a desire, about how your world would be better . . . something that you think ought to be obvious, but to the people around you, it’s not!
An example might be: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the ONLY thing.” Others might think that’s an unhealthy, obsessive attitude, that leads to stomping all over other people (especially people in your immediate family who shouldn’t be stomped on).
Odds are, there’s nothing inherently “wrong” with your belief (Jupiter). You have had a set of experiences, and coping with them has given you a kind of of mastery (Ketu). You have perfectly good reasons for wanting what you want (Mercury), and they are crystal-clear to you . . . but to nobody else.
You think you shouldn’t have to explain it. But the reason they just don’t “get it,” is because they haven’t had the same experiences as you, that have led you to that conclusion.
Yes, you DO have to explain it. Now is the time to spell it all out. (Mercury)
So here’s a perfect exercise for the next 3 weeks: Examine the reasons why you believe what you believe, want what you want. Write it all down. Do it in a logical sequence, tell the big-picture story of what led you to your conclusions, why you feel the way you do, and what you need to move forward from here. Allow your Inner Circle to ask questions about your story, so you can clarify further, if necessary.
Only in this way, will you be able to enlist them as your allies in your quest. (Without it, they will continue to be mystified — Merc in Pisces.) The modifying aspect from Jupiter highly favors this activity.