Summer 2003 Major Transits
Published May 28, 2003
This Forecast examines the major transits which again occur during the summer months. The specific goal is to determine the overall pattern of planetary influences for second half of 2003. This is a broad brush depiction. Future Forecasts will add more specific and detailed predictions. As always, some technical detail is included to explain and instruct how planetary symbolism operates - to offer sensible information to Vedic Astrology enthusiasts and layman alike.
This was discussed in the Forecast July 02-Aug 03
(published July 23, 2002). Chart
below, shows these sign and house positions for Saturn,
Jupiter and Rahu/Ketu. That annual Forecast also
alerted to a period during the winter 2003, "....that
will threaten and perhaps even overwhelm hard-won gains in
wealth, peace and stability." The concern was
that Saturn would retrograde (appear to moved backward)
into Taurus January 7, 2003 until April 8, and being
conjunct Rahu (worldly cravings), would precipitate war.
Excepting the drawn-out international controversy over Iraq, and the inevitable spring invasion of that country, the world has generally been temperate. (Bush's aggression demonstrates how influential a single individual can be.) Consider that other parts of the world have been fairly stable, that even terrorism calmed from the previous 12 months. Sometimes, especially in the midst of controversy, we forget to see the global view.
As occurred last summer, slow-moving planets transit again during the summer season, and these transits are the topic of this Forecast. (Note: Bush's fated downfall, predicted since last July's annual Forecast, is a separate yet linked subject, will be commented upon at the end of this Forecast.)
This accelerator/brake quality of Mars influenced by
Saturn is destructive, signifying: excessive
competitiveness, jealousy, depression, mental agitation,
physical tension and misuse of authority.
Chart #2 illustrates Jupiter's transit into Leo, just 2 months later on July 30. Jupiter's previous position in Cancer (the home and silver) has been excellent for real estate, as realistic Saturn's earlier pressure on inflated securities markets drove money into tangible assets. It was also believed that silver would also be a good investment from July 2002 through July 2003, but this has yet to be seen. Since July 2002, silver prices have bounced around but are essentially unchanged. Gold has moved upward 12% from $330 to $370 per ounce, but the major investment gains have been in real property. Yet, with Jupiter continuing in Cancer for over 2 more months, the final tally is not in.
Jupiter into Sun-ruled Leo is a good position, for the planet of wealth, wisdom and abundance is "friends" with the Sun. This combination is compassionate and considerate, good for wealth, gold and balancing viewpoints. Jupiter's wisdom with the Sun's kingship is a fine diplomat. However, Jupiter in Leo is beset a malefic aspect (glance) from Saturn in Gemini for the entire year, as Saturn stays in Gemini until September 2004.
A second aspect to Jupiter from malefic Mars is the telling part of the one-two combination that effectively destroys Jupiter's protective and expansionary qualities until early December. Mars' harm to Jupiter is primary reason for the above emphasis on Mars' long 6 month transit through Aquarius.
Wealth, philosophy, religion and luck are all compromised by the Saturn and Mars aspects. Unattainable greed, poverty, tenacious and angry frustration, lack of ethics and misplaced missionary zeal characterize Jupiter's position under these influences. This harms the economic outlook and securities markets.
Chart #3 depicts Rahu's and Ketu's transits. The Moon's Nodes transit signs every 18 months in concert, for Rahu (the head of the snake) is never completed severed from Ketu, its tail.
Rahu's worldly cravings and desires in Aries, a Mars ruled constellation, brings intense desire expressing itself in bitter antagonism, meanness, spite and violent abuse. Rahu/Mars outward courage and inner fear reveals the quality of this hostile relationship, which can manifest in religion fanaticism. Religious Jupiter's aspect to Aries emphasizes this impression of pious rage.
Ketu in Venus's sign of Libra, symbolizing balance and partnerships, dissolves these qualities. International relationships and alliances are broken by denying satisfaction and stimulating feelings of deception and betrayal. Yet, there is also a hypnotic quality to Ketu/Venus, suggesting the public is vulnerable to charismatic leaders firing the flames of public dissatisfaction.
Integrating these factors, Mars June 3 entry into Aquarius "kicks off" building influences: 1) denying wealth and contentment, 2) stimulating anger and resentment about wealth and religion 3) resulting turmoil and violence. These effects are amplified in Jupiter's July 30 move into Leo and made both undeniable and urgent in the Nodes transits August 27.
The suggestion here is for economic and political/religious disruptions. The Arab world, in increasing turmoil from Bush's Iraq invasion misadventure plus the additional karma accumulation of his related policies, is a natural location. Yet, other geographical areas could see major problems. It is vital to recognize the period under consideration is a long one, over 6 months, and the broad brush of this analysis does not incorporate the other 6 planets to isolate events and their timing. Yet, there is one solid clue in these transiting planets: Rahu and Ketu always give a "bite" at the beginnings and endings of their cycles, which suggests the latter part of August and early September will be ripe for reaping some of these challenging karmic challenges.
These descriptions are admittedly hard-hitting for Vedic Astrology's clarity and potency arise from its event-oriented quality. Further, they describe a deteriorating world environment, which may be unfortunately necessary for a time to cleanse societies of hatred and intolerance.
As shown, Mars in Aquarius is Bush's 8th house of catastrophe, from which Mars aspects both transit Jupiter and birthchart Mars. Renewed foreign antagonisms with religious overtones is suggested, as well as the possibility of another enemy arising.
Jupiter is gone from Bush's 1st house, where it protected him, and this double Mars influence upon his planet of luck jeopardizes his personal safety. That Saturn rules the 8th house of destruction, is transiting the 12th of loss and aspects transit Jupiter amplifies these effects. Also notice that transit Saturn approaches birthchart Sun (power, status, popularity and the body), curtailing his popularity and ability to influence and thereby threatening Bush personally and politically.
Transit Ketu is shown in Libra in Bush's 4th house, positive for his charisma but negative for popularity, especially at home. Transit Rahu is in Aries in Bush's 10th house, signifying a career/confidence boost that conversely could bring disaster - overreaching or overreacting.
There are other potent factors in Bush's transits and in his planetary cycles that will be carefully examined in the next Forecast. At this time, a preliminary conclusion is that his misadventure in Iraq and failing domestic economic policies will create havoc overseas and public rejection at home. While it is always impossible to predict exactly how and when these karmas will be realized, October 25 and 26 are pivot dates for Bush's fame yielding to infamy.
Copyright 1999-2004 Doug Riemer