Mars! And We Ain't Talkin Candy Bars
Recall that because of this retrograde, transit Mars has an extended stay in Saturn's constellation (sign) of Aquarius for 6 months, from June 3 to December 6; and the longer a planet remains in a constellation, the stronger and more enduring its effects become. Since Mars signifies cooking, consider this 3 times normal stay in Aquarius like a frying pan on a fire for 3 times longer than the shrimp scampi recipe calls for. The shrimp would be so overcooked that not even the cat would touch them, though they would be great as miniature hockey pucks.
This transit Mars retrograde ran from July 29 to September 27, and while the world experienced some Mars uproars then, its energy was relatively calm compared to Mars' forward motion from June 3 to July 28. Since September 28 when forward motion began again, Mars has roared back with even greater ferocity due to the accumulation of Martian heat in Aquarius during the last 4 months. We should therefore expect Mars' aggression, discord and violence to escalate from September 28 until December 6, and recent tiger attacks are confirming.
What was only anecdotal information of Mars' carnivorous excess in 2001, is empirically confirmed by these 3 tiger attacks in the US - immediately following Mars regaining forward motion in Aquarius this fall.
But so much for sharks and tigers attacking a few folks when Mars is most vicious. Are there other Mars-inspired predations precipitated by this newly ferocious Mars energy, and what should we expect of Mars during the next 2 months ending December 6?
First, we should put Mars into perspective. Mars is just 1 of 9 Vedic
planets, and it is only during these occasional retrograde-to-forward
periods that it can become a dominant influence. This fall 2003
transit Mars is more troublesome, however, in its being in a
constellation owned by restrictive Saturn, which holds back impatient
Mars from expressing its energy. The result is continuous tension
and then huge releases of violence, like a volcano. In fact, when
Mars was in Scorpio in 2001, it was opposite Saturn in earthy Taurus,
and numerous volcanoes erupted in both South America and the Far
East. It is also revealing to look at which of the 27 lunar houses
this transit Mars is passing through. (Lunar houses, called
Nakshatras, divide the zodiac into 27 sections, each representing a day
in the Moon's orbit around the Earth.) Currently, Mars is in
Shatabhisha, ruled by Rahu, which brings business reversals and relates
to advanced forms of energy, like electricity and nuclear power.
Look then for more electric grid and nuclear weapons problems until
November 15, when Mars leaves Shatabhisha. Mars then enters Purva
Bhadrapada, good in being ruled by beneficent Jupiter, but troublesome
for its deity, Rudra, the storm god of destruction that brings searing
pains and falls.
The California Recall Election
The prediction for Cruz Bustamante's win was incorrect, for this
astrologer underestimated Arnold Schwarzenegger's
compelling carnivorous appeal to an angry electorate in
California. This was an animal instinct election: people wanted
revenge, and they got it by choosing the ultimate entertainment predator
over the staid, experienced and capable Bustamante.
Like fallen Martha Stewart, Schwarzenegger is running Rahu in the 12th house of loss, and worse than Stewart, his Rahu is conjunct a very destructive Mars, which has already brought harm by enemies. This abusive planetary combination must also result in friends damaging him as he proceeds along a doomed path to restore California's economy, balance the budget, not increase taxes and restore social services. This contradictory policy combination makes even less sense than Bush's failing tax cut agenda. By the middle of May, the inconsistencies integral within Schwarzenegger's campaign promises will prove a failure and discredit him.
Two More Months Of Mars
This Mars aggression has already also played out in the turbulent Mideast and will heat up Congressional debates about Bush's 87 billion dollar Iraq spending bill. The administration's leaking the CIA agent identity investigation and last week's report by the lead US weapons inspector that no WMD have been found, will be further fodder for Bush's downfall. There must be an echo in Great Britton, as Tag-Along-Tony suffers in tandem with Bush. The budget deficit and still failing economy are more lead weights on Bush's reputation. Earlier predictions for Bush's downfall, then, are coming true, right on schedule.
Mars is not entirely a destructive influence, as each planet holds significations that are helpful and harmful. Although Mars signifies anger, fighting, destruction, killing, infections, accidents and enemies, we need fiery Mars for, among other things: initiative, accomplishment, courage, logic, sports, coordination, sex, independence, military, police, fireman, landed property, farming and cooks.
Mar's Influence By Ascendant
Each person is also affected by this Mars energy personally, and following are some general influences recited by Vedic Ascendant. The Ascendant is the constellation (sign) coming up on the horizon at the time of birth and is the most definitive variable in Vedic Astrology, for it determines in which houses the planets fall. If you have your Vedic chart, it is easy to identify the Ascendant constellation. If you only have your Western chart, subtract 24 degrees from that tropical (seasonal) zodiac Ascendant to determine your Vedic Ascendant.
Although each person's birthchart and Dasas (planetary cycles) are singular, Mars' potency this October and November must bring its influence into each of our lives, or at least the lives of people around us. As Mars rules the signs of Aries and Scorpio, it acts differently for each Ascendant, and this energy is further tailored by the house Mars is transiting in this fall.
Keep in mind, that while many of the significations discussed are difficult, advance knowledge of these gives the opportunity to avoid, or at least minimize, Mars' violent harms.
For Taurus Ascendant people, Mars is particularly harmful in ruling the 7th house of relationship and the 12th house of loss. Yet, transit Mars does very well in the 10th house of career. Career advancements are offset by any partnership ventures, for these bring losses. Further, there's a sexual impulse here that can dissipate energy, and relationship brings financial loss. The knees are sensitive.
This is another challenging Ascendant for the current Mars transit, for Mars rules the 11th of goals and the 6th of enemies and acute illness. In transit through the 9th house, luck and fortune are harmed, especially by excessive desire. The father also suffers, and there can be arguments with authority figures. Yet, enemies and competitors may be vanquished, especially if the Gemini rising person is moderate in his/her actions. Long journeys are interrupted by mechanical difficulties and discord at lodging facilities. Thigh muscles and hips are sensitive..
Mars rules the 2nd of income, domestic harmony and writing and the 7th of relationship for Libra rising folks. In its transiting through the 5th, there can be great intensity in love affairs, a rash temperament and financial conflicts with the lover or mate.. These may bring stomach distress. Pregnant women should use care. Yet, writing and sports are favored, and the intellect may be very sharp. Discord with children and the government is possible. Use care in athletic activities, especially with the mate.
Note: As is occasionally offered when a Vedic planetary disposition is widely felt, this Forecast is also published to the public.