Review Recent Forecasts.
1. The September 2001 Forecast, published Sept. 7, predicted
religious fanaticism between Sept. 10 and 14. The terrorists attacked
2. The September 2001 Supplemental Forecast, published Sept. 17,
predicted the U S attack between Oct. 1 and 5, with "secret
movement" indicated Oct. 2. The actual attack began Oct. 7, and
President Bush made the attack decision Oct. 2. (Note: Mercury
retrograde from Oct. 2 to 24 has confused communications, suggesting a
delay in the attack. Saturnís organization and focus have also been
weak due to its retrograde beginning Sept. 27, also serving to delay
3. The September/October 2001 Forecast, published Sept. 22 used a
likely chart for Osama bin Laden to confirm the Oct. 1 to 5 U S attack
and predicted for bin Laden "...disruption in his home that
imprisons him." The U S attack has certainly curtailed his
activities, imprisoning him in his home, but his current situation is
4. On Sept. 22, a financial clients e-mail prediction stated
"....may be a rise from a market bottom starting then - around
9/27." The market recovery began Sept. 27.
Forecast for October/November 2001
Further predictions have been put on hold until after the results of
the U S attack prediction. Also, Mercury retrograde confusion (Oct. 2 to
24) and lack of Saturnian organization and focus due to its retrograde
(beginning Sept. 27) have clouded future
results of the momentum created
It is also vital to understand planetary significations influence
both individuals and the world. Thus, this astrologer has not been able
to organize (Saturn) his thoughts (Mercury) to interpret planetary
influences upon the disorganized and confused world situation. These
energies affect us personally in our own individual way, but thereís a
common thread - itís tough to look ahead when these two planets are
directing attention backward and inward following the momentous event of
Sept. 11 A lesson here may be that we need first to look to the past and
within ourselves to gain necessary perspective for understanding the
current world and our place within it.
However, the wheel of karma inevitably turns with the planetsí
movements, and there appears to be major change just ahead. Here are my
thoughts. (Note: times are EDT)
1. Currently, the Sun (power and government) and Mars (energy) are
weak as they both approach the edges of their respective sign positions.
The Sun enters its fallen sign of Libra and becomes strong Friday Oct.
19, and this fearful position may bring bullying action. Mars enters its
exalted sign of Capricorn on Sunday morning, Oct. 21. This is good
because Mars is getting away from mystical Ketu, which has brought such
Ďseething anger" and frayed everyoneís nerves. This is also bad
because the planet of war will be fully empowered to gain revenge and
Highly aggressive action by any party is likely Sunday morning Oct.
21, and further action is indicated about noon on Tuesday, Oct. 23.
Expect creativity here relating to medicines - biological warfare?
President Bush may decide to invade Afghanistan and/or step up pressure
upon Iraq or other nations harboring terrorists. Radical Muslims in
various countries will protest with violence. Terrorist revenge against
the U S and its allies is also expected. These choices are truthfully
only guesses and are suggested to give an idea of the range and scope of
2. This elevated and escalating military, civilian and terrorist
aggression will continue until about November 4, when Mercury
(intellect) and Venus (love and compassion) move together into Libra,
the sign of balance, from which they aspect Marsí warfare sign of
Aries. This signifies a toning down of violence and the beginning of
reconciliation. However, meaningful progress will not occur until the
Sun moves out of its fallen sign and into Scorpio November 17.
3. The economy and its markets will continue in their uncertain
manner until after October 24, when the nature of the conflict becomes
clear and Mercury begins forward motion again, bringing further clarity.
It is anticipated that then the substantial negative economic impacts of
the terrorism war will become known and felt and that the escalated and
broadened warfare will further depress markets. Markets, then, will tend
to hold up until the last week in October and then slide down until mid
November when reconciliation begins.
New Year's Forecast
The last forecast offered was for the period ending November 17,
2001, when progress toward reconciliation could begin.
"Reconciliation" was the wrong word, for Mars, the planet of
war, moved into Aquarius November 30, where (in association with Saturn,)
violence increased in Afghanistan to bring a quick
victory. Perhaps, then, "resolution" would have been
Today we look ahead at international concerns during our second year
in the new millennium.
January 1 to February 20
The heightened violence in the Mideast continues with Mars in
Aquarius from November 30 until at least January 10, 2002 when Mars
moves into Pisces, a sign owned by Jupiter.
This combination of Marsí energy and Jupiterís ethics brings
impetuous to do the "right thing," to be valorous, perhaps
even chivalrous. Hope will dawn for a few days that the sparks flying in
other Mideast countries will be snuffed out. However, with the
Sun, signifying government, moving into restrictive Saturnís sign of
Capricorn on January 13, governmental power to do good will be held
back, and hopes dashed. Mercury retrograde on January 19 can only
add to communications issues, and we may witness misplaced idealism,
even fanatical zeal by fringe groups and their sponsoring governments
until February 20 Then, Mars finishes with Pisces and enters
February 20 until March 1 promises to be volatile with unexpected
significant movements by fanatics, for Mars will be powerfully warlike
in its own sign of Aries. Also, Rahu (an eclipse point and mythological
head of a snake) will give a toxic bite as it prepares to leave Gemini
after 18 months. Expect terrorism violence abroad and in the U S
during this interval.
Also in February, on the 8th restrictive Saturn becomes powerful
again as ends its retrograde that began September 27. This means that
the securities markets rise that began September 27 (which was
accurately predicted) will end as investors bow to Saturnís realism,
of its "show me the money" in an economy still in recession
and battered by violence abroad. A link between increased violence
durng the last 10 days in February and markets declines may be
seen. Interestingly, oil and precious metals prices may begin to
rise then as well.
March 1 to April 4
March will likely roar in like a lion, and not just with winter
storms. Mars continues its warlike actions in Aries. Plus, Rahu will again
"bite" when it enters Taurus March 1, but this time Rahu will
influence for wealth. Jupiter (wealth) reinforces this, as it is
alone in Gemini and ending its retrograde March 2. A financial markets rebound reflecting victories over terrorist
groups and regimes is likely. This is definitely a roller coaster
period for investors..
April 5 to April 20
With the terrorism campaign 7 months in duration by early April,
there is a possibility terrorism infection will be largely overcome
then. However, on April 4, Mars joins Saturn and Rahu in Taurus,
and the world could experience a "train wreck" of major
violence in the Mideast, spilling over into other areas with terrorism
groups and rogue governments the guilty parties. It is
therefore vital that the free worldís efforts against terrorists,
their groups and supporting governments be won by early April to prevent
a violence escalation.
Some dates to be cautious about violent actions are April 7, 16 and
More to follow.
A happy and brave new year, and hopefully brave new
world, to you all.
Forecast - to April 30
This supplemental Forecast on terrorism updates the 2002 Near Year's
Forecast. In summery: February will see a
gradual building of violence in the mid east, March will roar in like a
lion and April will be a turning point
In March, a month-long shift from terrorist organizations to
national-level aggression is predicted. Religious fanaticism will tend
less to manifest in terrorist group actions and tend more to
fanning the flames of international violence.
President Bush will be swept into a karmic flood
of world events. A consequence is that the U S leader will lose free
will, as a Yoga, called Kala Sarpa, or Time Serpent,
impacts. The suggestion here is that Bush will reap the results
of the path he has chosen in the war on terrorism. This Yoga may
activate between March 12 and March 20.
However, March is also an opportunity for violence to decline, for
after March 1, Jupiter's wisdom, ethics and humanitarian
influences are finally alone and free in mental Gemini.
Jupiter will no longer be compromised by Rahu's insane
cravings. (Rahu is the head of a snake in Vedic Astrology and represents
one of the eclipse points.)
Success is possible. The breaking down of terrorist
organizations is a path to peace. Such efforts must
include diplomacy to resolve international frictions heightened
by terrorism and inflamed by religion.
Should March not deliver stability,
then April may
blossom into large scale international warfare in the mid east.
Again, the concern is for April
6 to April 20. Astronomically, fiery Mars transits strongly into
Taurus April 6, joining responsible, authority figures Saturn. Desirous Rahu
always moves backward and entered the other side
of Taurus earlier, on March 1. So Saturn's dutiful leadership influence will be debased by Mars on one side and Rahu
on the other. Saturn will find itself in an ever-tightening vice
of malefic destruction. Dates for events that introduce and/or accompany this
escalation of violence remain April 7, 16 and 19.
Friend and colleague Haizen Paige
(www.haizen.com), assisted with this
unveiling of planetary influences.
This is a
further supplement to the 12/31/2001 2002 New Year's
Forecast and the 1/26/2002 2002 Forecast - to April
30, which discussed the likelihood of international warfare in
the mideast during April. In both forecasts, caution dates of April
7, 16 and 19 were given for a surging escalation of violence.
This April Forecast Update confirms these sensitive
dates and offers a Vedic chart to visually display the celestial
map during April.
This example chart for April 15 at 2 PM CST is the best
graphical representation of the converging malefic planetary
influences, and it is an additional date to watch.
As shown, restrictive Saturn is sandwiched between warrior Mars
coming in from the left and Rahu (an eclipse point and head of a
snake in Vedic Astrology) coming in from the right in the
worldly constellation of Taurus.
This combination of three malefic planets influences for raging criminal
violence - war.
Moon, which is perception, consciousness and prana (the breath of life),
is India's primary planet, and its passage among these malefics catalyzes
destruction of life. Note that on 9/11/2001, the Moon was conjunct
Rahu and opposite Mars. Also note this past Tuesday and Wednesday
were difficult for many as the Moon passed through Taurus and thereby
Saturn and Rahu. April must be more difficult with Mars joining
Saturn and Rahu on April 5.
catalyzing influence is the Sun becoming powerfully egocentric as it
approaches 2 degrees in Aries. This is a constellation of
action ruled by aggressive Mars and where the Sun is exalted - most
powerful. With intellectual Mercury and playful Venus also in
Aries, the solar influence is for creative, but not necessarily well
thought out or responsible, governmental action.
Forecast is not intended to bring anxiety but rather to encourage
awareness and caution. April will most certainly be a
challenging month both globally and on a personal level.
- May 19
A calendar month May
Forecast was not composed because the path ahead depended upon
April results. Further, this astrologer was immersed
professionally and personally in May's gathering
April did bring
international warfare in the Israel/Palestine violence, which
unfortunately continues. Benefics Mercury's and
Venusís entrance in Taurus at the end of April did not
sufficiently stimulate intelligent cooperation.
(Note: benifics are helpful or "good" planets and
malefics are harmful or "bad" planets.)
The May planetary
alignment, newsworthy because it is so visible in the western
sky, is not dramatic in Vedic Astrology. This astrologyís
use of the sidereal zodiac (actual astronomical positions)
splits the planets into Taurus and Gemini. Further,
major alignments, as they contain a mix of benefic and malefic
planets, good mitigates bad. Recall the 7 planet
alignment in May 2000 was uneventful.
potent influences heighten tension and violent energies
which must bring significant international events these next
few weeks. Mercuryís retrograde from May 16 to June 9 has
already caused confusion and a rehashing of previous events
and issues, and this includes religious fanaticism. A
morning lunar eclipse in Scorpio on Sunday May 26 kicks off
the most sensitive period. Emotions will be fragile and
common sense elusive. The Moon is fallen in Scorpio,
making this eclipse even more destabilizing.
On Monday, May 27, Rahu (the head of the snake) approaches Saturn within
1 degree, signaling major violence at 3 AM, EST. The
Saturn/Rahu conjunction kicked off Desert Storm in 1991.
Of further concern
is that retrograde Mercury crosses the Sun May 27. This
combination ties egos to minds, blinding objective response.
Adding distressed and miserable lunar perception suggests
reactions to violence will be excessive and thereby more
harmful than the initial violence. Uncontrolled
escalation in mideast hot-spots is the issue, and this
includes U S military actions there.
Tuesday, May 28 is particularly
sensitive, for this is Mars (warfare) day, and Mars aspects
the Moon. 9/11 was a Tuesday. Terrorist acts that day
This volatile period continues
through June 12, as Saturn and Rahu continue within 1 degree
of separation; and we have a solar eclipse beginning the early
morning of Tuesday, June 11, again Marsí day.
This Forecast is not intended to
alarm but rather suggest caution and caring. Because
planetary transits impact the world through individual
actions, be aware you also may find this May 26 through June
12 period difficult. However, each person's chart and
cycles are singular, and while you may not have stressful
events to deal with, others around you will, and this is
thereby a time for alert compassion.
1 - A Few More Challenging Weeks
And A Couple of More Days To Bear With the Strain
The world continues in an uproar for the next few weeks.
Fortunately, the end of July will bring relief from
oppressive energy and the opportunity to begin the
process of rebuilding.
Since March, we have experienced: incredible weather
extremes, mideast warfare of the cruelest kind, violent
accidents and crimes, massive and pervasive business
fraud, accompanying securities markets declines and
erosion of optimism and hope.
The primary culprits here are malefics Saturn and Rahu
(an eclipse point and head of a snake) which came
together in Taurus beginning in March. Saturn's
restrictions with Rahu's cravings nature bring
victimizing among people, and in the earth sign of
Taurus, disturbed weather. As these planets
continue to grind against each other, the effects build
up. Saturn leaves Taurus on August 22, which will
remove the pressure. A further influence has been
the eclipse season (Lunar May 26, Solar June 10, and
Lunar June 24) during which many things have
been revealed, and this influence is now pretty well
Currently, Mercury (communications) is crossing
toxic Rahu and depressing Saturn, and the chart
for today shows Mercury in between.
transit effect began last Friday, June 29 and will
be over July 5, as Mercury escapes into
Gemini. Concurrently, warlike Mars is
transiting wise Jupiter, bringing more tension and
use care in your activities and interactions with
others through the actual holiday on July 4.
If you can delay holiday celebrations until the
weekend, these will be more successful.
Let us all do our best for ourselves and others who are
suffering now and begin to look ahead to the task of
rebuilding in August.
Aug 02 thru July 03
July 21, 2002)
Tomorrow, July 22, restrictive Saturn leaves Taurus,
where is has been transiting since June of 2000 and
wrecking all kinds of havoc, especially during
itís last 5 months in this earth sign.
Mars, the planet of war and sex has added its
violence and degradation to Saturnís realism and
denials since July 5, when Mars entered itís
fallen constellation of Cancer. Mars exits
Cancer August 19, heralding the ending of dissonant
planetary energies plaguing the world and many
individuals since last September and particularly
from March onward of this year.
However, by the end of July, Marsí influence will
be considerably lessened, and we can look forward to
beginning the task of rebuilding: lives, families,
institutions, businesses and progress toward peace.
Here is the basic situation of the slow moving
planets with Saturn transiting into Gemini:
Rahu (an eclipse point and head of a dragon
in Hindu mythology) is alone now in Taurus,
supporting wealth and learning, although Rahu in
this 2nd constellation of the natural zodiac will
also stimulate tough, even harsh rhetoric. Ketu
(the other eclipse point and dissolving
tail of the dragon) continues in Scorpio, routing
out secrets and stimulating scandal.
Saturn, alone in Gemini in the 3rd house,
promotes leadership and also deeply focused
expression, particularly in literary endeavors and
material conservatism. The weakness here is
deception. Jupiterís wealth and
wisdom thrive in the 4th house of Cancer, where it
is exalted, bringing economic expansion and renewed
faith and ethics. (Comment: Saturn in Gemini
restricts gold and Jupiter in Cancer supports
silver, suggesting the latter metal to be a safe
So, the 4 slow moving planets having significant
effects, are now generally well placed for the next
year. What really catches the attention is
that Rahu, Saturn and Jupiter are in the
communications houses - 2nd of speech, 3rd of
writing and the 4th of education. This suggests not
just continued telecommunications and computer
advances but also tremendous progress in
understanding each other and resolving problems.
Given the brutalities, indecencies and dishonesties
of the recent past, clear thinking and expression
will be needed to grasp the issues and take
There is one period this winter, however, that will
threaten and perhaps even overwhelm hard-won gains
in wealth, peace and stability. Beginning
January 7, 2003, Saturn will retrograde back into
Taurus, rejoining Rahu to precipitate more
victimizing. On the exact same day, Mars will enter
Scorpio, joining Ketu, which was the combination bringing
violence on 9-11.
example chart for January 27 is below, showing
Saturn again with Rahu and Mars again with Ketu at
the most difficult time. (Note, the Moon,
symbolizing the benefits in life, is sandwiched
between Mars and Ketu that day at 10:14 Am, EST in
Scorpio, its fallen constellation.) While the
entire Mars transit through Scorpio until February
23 is threatening, January 27 can bring a violent
calamity or even the beginning of the invasion of
The remainder of the year, through July 2003, will
again support the rebuilding process. April
and May will be particularly fine months, for
several planets will be in their exhalation
constellations then. Likely violence in
January and February thereby can be quickly quelled
in the spring.
The other point of concern is President Bush, who
will experience Saturn in his 12th house of loss
beginning tomorrow for the next two years.
Bush will be particularly vulnerable until mid
November, and he will be powerless to change his
fate. This is not the prediction of death
Western Astrologers offer but rather
suggesting downfall, or at least irreparable damage
to his reputation. Bush is the wild card here,
injuring the recovery and stability through the fall,
but also possibly negating a war with Iraq in
Sept - Oct 02
This two-month Forecast follows the July 21
annual forecast "August 02 - July
03" by looking more closely at the
upcoming months of September and October.
First, however, hereís a quick recap of
the last six weeks since that annual
forecast. It was suggested that the
end of July would bring the beginning of a
process of rebuilding. Thus,
restrictive Saturnís departure from
wealthy Taurus July 22 signaled the bottom
of stock market declines on July 23.
Further, fierce Marsí weakening
destructive influence in its fallen sign of
Cancer (by the end of July) signaled a
tailing off of degraded desire and violence.
Interestingly, the market recovery was
volatile until Mars finally exited Cancer on
August 19, and daily swings have since
returned to normal levels. Also,
high-profile sexual predations of children
ended when Mars left Cancer. President
Bushís inability to advance his Iraq war
agenda, his broadening rifts in
international relations and a growing
perception that his business dominated
domestic policies are out of synch with
public opinion are all evidential of his
ongoing lack of power. His is indeed a
fated presidency - predestined to reach the
White House and predestined to fall from
September and October promise continued
improvements in basic life areas, including
the economy and bellwether market indices,
progress toward peace and interpersonal
relationships. Venus and Mercury will
be in particularly excellent positions
during this period.
Venus, the planet of love and grace today
exits its fallen sign of Virgo and enters
Libra (a sign it owns and his productive
in), where it will stimulate
compassion-based balanced thinking and
material benefit internationally, in
interpersonal relations and for the economy.
While some saber-rattling will continue,
prospects for peace will be greatly enabled,
and violence will calm. Because Venus
goes retrograde (apparent backward motion)
in October, Venus will stay in Libra
through the end of October, extending this
run of problems resolution and progress
toward happiness and contentment.
Mercuryís communications and business
traits have been enhanced since August 21,
when it entered its exalted sign of Virgo,
and it too will have an extended stay in
this excellent sign due to retrograde motion
beginning September 15. Mercury in
Virgo both dampens conflict and promotes
fruitful debating of issues.
The economy is expected to make significant
yet cautious progress during September and
October, and stock prices will accordingly
march steadily, though cautiously, upward.
Silver continues to be an excellent hedge,
and real estate will also benefit. Despite
President Bushsí power loss, and perhaps
even because of it, diplomatic efforts in
the volatile mideast and east will advance
with a more balanced international
consensus. It is even possible the
Israeli/Palestinian conflict will be
perceived by the combatants as unacceptable,
stimulating agreements for peace. A
key factor here is the likely emergence of
potent leaders both overseas and within the
U S with effective, humanitarian-oriented
philosophies to fill the White House
leadership void. Look for such
consensus building to come from both the
west and east, and U S congressional
campaigns bring a great opportunity for
candidates to feel the public pulse in
promoting platforms responsive to the entire
electorate over more narrow business
It should be noted that against this
backdrop of a favorable celestial map this
fall, the upcoming 9-11 anniversary must
dampen optimism during September and thus
curtail any ambitious efforts at conflict
resolution and economic growth.
October, then, will be the month of gain.
Yet, there is a silver lining here as this
sobering interval will promote healthy
Composed Dec. 9, 2002
news spotlights new studies on what makes people happy, certainly a
timely issue with the holidays and the new year and potential new
war approaching. Contentment, forgiveness, altruism, lack of
materialism, actively doing what you do best, being in the company of
friends and family and staying in the "flow" are
psychologyís new hallmarks for mental health. These are also the
recipe for getting out of ones solar ego, as well as for peace.
Of course, this
"new" psychological theory is truly ancient, and Hindu
philosophy is literally built upon detaching from desires, forgiveness,
work without expectation, good deeds, staying in the "now,"
the value of personal associations... These bring fulfillment,
which the Indians believe is happiness, and thereby also contentment and
peace. While examination of other belief systems will yield the
same fundamentals, Indiaís age-old philosophy focuses most deeply
upon the path to fulfillment, which dictates detachment and happiness to gain
enlightenment - the abandonment of the ego and the liberation of the
soul. Consider that India is the only major country which has
never invaded another, and the end result of personal peace intertwines
with international peace. Reflect that Indiaís Vedic Astrology
is centered upon the perceptional Moon, the planet of peace of mind,
contentment, cooperation, perception, nurturing, relationships and the
It is, however,
encouraging during this period of multicultural strife and violence
that western psychology has suddenly discovered what makes people happy,
and by extrapolation, peaceful. Perhaps the planetsí generally
auspicious placements since the end of July, and particularly wise
Jupiter in its exaltation sign of Cancer, have promoted this new
psychological understanding, this rediscovery of millennia-old
understanding that our western societyís egocentric Sun must be
tamed to gain happiness. Western Astrology is naturally
solar-primary. Perhaps the day will come when the Eastern
cooperative Moon supersedes the Western egocentric Sun.
As we approach the
holidays, there is a potent planetary irritation existent, for violent
and desirous Mars is closely conjunct loving and forgiving Venus in
Libra, the constellation of relationships. Mars/Venus is passionate
attachment, expressing itself in quarreling, agitation and aggression.
These must disrupt happiness, and now psychologists and Indian
philosophy both believe so. This conjunction, unusual
for its duration, began during the last week of November, is most
forceful from December 6 to about December 20, and then decreases until
it ends at New Years.
This Forecast focuses
upon the Mars/Venus conjunction to help us all avoid its excesses that
can break relationships, stimulate disappointments and destroy happiness
during this yearís pivotal holiday/new year season. Individual happiness
is needed now to gain the peacefulness that can avoid or
blunt the international calamity that has been feeding
upon the long-standing cultural/religious discord evidenced so
dramatically on 9-11. This risk for calamity has been
predicted for the period from January 7 to February 23, with January 27
and forgiving love is changed to temperamental passion by Marsí
aggressive energy. Arguments within existing relationships -
lovers, mates, family and friends - are stimulated now, and to avoid
permanent breaks, efforts to detach and forgive are the sole remedy.
New love affairs blossom, but these tend to burn out with heated
intimacy, resulting in emotional pain. Venusís materialism is
pumped up by Mars, suggesting care in impulsive gift buying to avoid
overspending and over-expectation of both gratitude from recipients, as
well as in the gifts we may receive. (See the 12/3 Stock Market
Forecast, below, predicting a downtrend, which limits holiday
spending.) Regarding family relationships, Mars is brothers, and
Venus is wives and daughters, indicating that during this period,
we should be most sensitive to, and non-judgmental of, these loved ones.
In Venus signifying vehicles and Mars accidents, travel with awareness
and avoid excesses that can trigger accidents
As Venus is pleasures,
Marsí energy stimulates overeating, sweets, fats, alcohol, drugs and
other overindulgences, and these also stimulate the harmful
passionate actions described above. Use care in choosing holiday
events and activities, especially if you are entertaining, for you are responsible
to your guests.
It is best to focus on
moderation in all things, looking beyond yourself to the needs of others
and avoiding pressurized situations. In some cases, you may find
it literally impossible to restrain your passionate impulses, and
sometimes you may find yourself attacked by others, but your awareness
of this sensitivity will be a great aid in deflating and deflecting
aggression and objectifying your reactions. Your forgiveness is
the only remedy in unavoidable clashes, for resentment breeds
aggression. Spend time as you can with family and friends, for not
only does isolation bring misery, but those closest to you need your
support the most. Enjoy Venusís performing and visual arts, at a
peak during the holidays, for these support love and depress Martian
aggression. Reach out to those less fortunate, for your generosity
strengthens Venusís compassionate love and transforms Marsí
destruction into energy to do good. Attending spiritual and
religious functions is helpful in the internal struggle between Venus's
love and Mars' war, as well as propitiating peace in the world.
With these thoughts, I
wish all of you a happy, fulfilled and peaceful holiday season as a
prelude for the new year of 2003, when only these values can promote
peace within ourselves and throughout the diverse, but ultimately
one, world community of mankind.