Me and My Swami
A rapid exchange of emails on Vedic
Bush, and the Future of the World
by Sadie Thorndike Vedic Astrology by Doug Riemer
Published November 17, 2003
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Itıs the dark time of the year again,
and I'm stocking up on white foods, including pina coladas and
Excedrin. You know I usually write to you when, A)
almost broke and want to know when the next good chunk of
business and money might come along, B) I'm wondering if
my marriage will live through another gold-digging bimbo
eruption from the hubıs relentlessly retail ex-wife, or
C) I'm renewing my passport and reading books about Costa Rica
because I fear the Nazis live and rise again. This time, it's
Incredibly, you wrote in early
September of 2001, "Mars, the destructive planet of
war, is now in fiery Sagittarius, (ed. - sign of, among other
things, religion), and from which it aspects Pisces and Jupiter
itself.... There may be some religious fanaticism aggravating
the situation - the Mideast? I see 9/10 - 9/14 as being
Many of your other predictions have
come to pass since that horrible day. Now, over 2 years
later, we have seen a formerly at-peace, fiscally-fit and
freedom-rich country reduced to an Orwellian wet dream, complete
with a colossal federal deficit that used to be a surplus, this
utterly insane preemptive paranoia -- and, Doug, a man who waves
to Stevie Wonder has the launch codes.
Swami, (may I call you Swami?), please
tell me that the Vedic skies portend an end to this madness.
I have good news and bad news.
Bad news first. Remember when we were young, and the big
event during cruel New England winters was the newest James Bond
movie? We giggled and twitched in our seats at the mayhem
and werenıt all that conscious of living under the shadow of
the "bomb." Well, the years have sped by, and
with them, youthful achievements and transgressions alike, but
there was always a bomb ticking somewhere.
The newest incendiary incarnation, the
Bush Bomb, really worries me, for I see in the
planets two possible outcomes: Either Bush's skewed
religion-inspired preemptive war policy brings Islamic retri-
butions that stimulate more US invasions, and an escalating and
unending cycle of violence that envelopes the world in a third
global war; or, Bush will be disgraced and replaced by a
democratic and truly secular leadership, seeking peace.
I'm a big picture kind of guy these
days -- maybe it's the work I do now. The ancient seers in
India developed Vedic astrology over 4000 years ago, long before
Western astrology was pursued, and it is an astounding
predictive tool. These Vedic astrology predictions peel
away the layers of illusion and delusion to reveal truths about
leaders and peoples. In perceiving the future, Vedic
astrology is part of the ancient Hindu philosophy of karma and
rebirth. I've witnessed and learned a lot about the
continuously turning wheel of karma that propels humanity
forward, whether we like it or not, and in ways we may or may
No, I don't mind the swami endearment,
though I should point out I'm not a Hindu Swami. In fact,
to maintain objectivity, I am not connected to any theological
or secular group.
On July 22, 2002, I published an
annual forecast on my web site for August 2002 through July
2003. I stated that the planets were generally in
congenial positions, but fretted, "There is one period this
winter, however, that will threaten and perhaps even overwhelm
hard-won gains in wealth, peace and stability."
I saw January 27, 2003 to be the most sensitive day but was
concerned that the period from January 7 to February 23,
"...can bring a violent calamity or even the beginning of
the invasion of Iraq." I also spoke of Bush's
fate, stating, "...This is not the prediction of death that
Western astrologers offer, but rather suggests 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
I was only 5 days early on the
"violent calamity" -- the February 1 space
shuttle explosion -- and in Afghanistan, January 27 saw the
beginning of the largest combat operation there in a year.
I predicted the Iraq war in July, before my peers, and even before
the administration began beating the war drums publicly in late
August -- their "new product," as
they put it. I was early, however, on the invasion date,
although history clearly shows it was international resistance
that delayed Bush until April. I also identified Bush as harming the economy, and predicted his
eventual downfall. I erred in believing Bush could negate
the Iraq war, hoping in futility that renewed UN arms
inspections there would solve the problem. An astrologer can
Increasingly concerned about the
President and his vitriolic cohorts, Cheney and Rumsfeld, I did
a major forecast on October 24, 2002, entitled, The Bush
Presidency - Profile & Prediction. (The complete text
is on my website, www.vedicpredictiveastrology.com)
In this, I corrected my previous optimistic error.
I'll recite some of the "Summary Statements" and add a
few illustrative excerpts and comments.
1) Bush is fearful, suspicious, violent and
cold-hearted, especially about foreigners, and he uses
moralistic quasi-Christian beliefs to justify his actions.
["...Saturn (limitation, restriction, death and general wet
blanket-type stuff) is fundamental to Bush's character during
its cycle. Bush fears death,
is suspicious of others and
uses violence to protect himself. He chooses some 7th
house partnerships (advisors from his father's
administration) who are of inferior status or morals, who use
8th house violence to protect him." "Bush
directs his suspicions against those he perceives to be
"immoral foreigners"..... He is remorseless and
relentless in his fear-based Saturnian violence against
them. Bush has likely become selectively paranoid as
2) Bush's mind is further disturbed by limitation on
judgment and ethics, lack of common sense, a changeable nature,
deception and self-deception. ["A
further planetary influence that mis- leads is malefic Mars (aggression, war, violence, and among more things,
lies) placed in his 2nd house of speech, compromising
truthfulness. Bush lies so naturally and
convincingly, he exudes sincerity.") The Mars
influence also gives us that macho Texas rap, 'If y'arenıt with
us, youıre agin us.']
3) Bush's rise to power and his misuse of that power cause
an equivalent fall. This is the unalterable fate in his
life. [In the presidential election, "The
Kala Sarpa Yoga predestines him to pre- vail. Thus,
Bush became President, not because he won the election, but
because he was fated to do so." The same Kala Sarpa
yoga that propelled him into the White House assures his
4) Since December 2000 and until November 2003, Bush is
both tremendously motivated and empowered through whatever
action required, and this brings out his long dormant
violence. [In this section, I predicted,
"Bush must experience incredible resistance internationally
and this has already been seen inside and outside of the UN.
Even if Bush is bluffing to force Iraq to disarm, his is a most
dangerous game that may result in one of two outcomes: 1) the US
backs down rather than invade without international cooperation,
thereby splitting allied efforts against intentional terrorism,
(2) the US invades alone and inflames seething anger throughout
the Mideast at deadly human costs on all sides."]
The good news is that I also predicted,
"The Iraq invasion will be the downfall of Bush's
presidency." And, "Although Bush will strive mightily,
especially around mid April, the result will ultimately be
causing loss of his reputation, and possibly of his
presidency. However, the inception of Bush's downfall will
precede the actual fall by months, possibly years."
Hope this keeps you away from the rum
and the blender for a few more hours, Sadie.
Good news? That last sentence does not meet with me as
good news, Swami. Are you telling me that we may be facing
another 4 years with this lunatic at the helm? This is a
man who, while he himself went AWOL from the Texas National
Guard and never served a day in active combat in his privileged life, has sent thousands of innocent Iraqis and hundreds of US
soldiers to their deaths and continues to embroil them in a war
based on "faulty intelligence" to which even he now
admits, in a most horrifyingly nonchalant way. He stuffed a flight suit with socks and
starred in the most flagrant and nauseating display of polit-
icized military grandstanding ever to ooze from a US
president, proclaiming, "Mission Accomplished."
I assume now that when he referred to "mission," he
meant the multi-billion dollar no-bid contracts for former CEO
Cheneyıs Halliburton to "secure" Iraqi oil.
He then chased the Top Goon stunt with
a comment that I would think would bring the families of US
casualties of this war to Washington with pitchforks, en masse -
"Bring it on." When their children, as US
soldiers, are engaged in the same street guerrilla warfare that
the combat-free Washington flock said would never happen, and
are being killed daily, the Commander in Chief says, "Bring
it on"? Am I the only per- son who still has a mild
stroke when I think about the implications of this seemingly
pervasive war mentality?
What worries me beyond the obvious is
that the entire country (present company excluded) seems to have
been whipped into this veins-in-teeth sort of militarism, well
past 9/11. I mean, the usually staunchly Democratic,
liberal-thinking state of California elected a groping,
Hummer-driving Terminator, for crying out loud! Swami,
help me to understand what's happening to us.
You may recall my forecast of August 6, 2003, on the effects of
the Mars Perihelion this summer. Mars, being the planet of
action, aggression, sex, war and the military among other
things, was the closest to Earth it has been in thousands of
years. This attention to Mars has been educational for
astronomers and astrologers alike, but close consideration o the
facts reveals some astrological spin. Neanderthals were the last
to observe Mars so close to Earth, this is true. It's also
a bit of hype. Mars and Earth have been almost this close many
times in recent history. Some examples: Aug. 23, 1924;
Aug. 18, 1845; Aug. 13, 1766. In each case, Mars and Earth were
approximately 56 million km apart..
Vedic astrology differs from the
simplistic Western astrology view that Mars must be
exceptionally potent because it is uniquely proximate.
Vedic astrology, with its manifold techniques to specifically
meas- ure planetary strengths, has, however, conflicting views about planets
in astronomical proximity to the Earth. The
strength/proximity issue is evaluated in relation to
"retrograde," when the earth's faster motion
appears to "lap" the outer planets -- Mars, Jupiter and Saturn --
and hence when these planets are closest to the earth and
brightest as well. For example, David Frawley, in Astrology Of
The Seers, states that retrograde "is usually a sign of
strength," but the text also claims that, "Retrograde
has an internalizing effect on a planet's energy."
Here's the key, then, to understanding
the retrograde motion of the planets: The ancient
scriptures do say that retrograde planets are strong, but in
ancient India, internal growth (spirituality) took priority over
external worldly achievement. The scripture' retrograde
statements claiming strength therefore must des- cribe spiritual
strength, the power to achieve self-realization, which means
full knowledge, or truth. View- ing Mars retrograde in this
more subtle way means that Mars' vital nature stimulates a
tightly focused and deeply penetrating search for truth during
the recent retrograde -- July 30 to September 28, 2003. It
sounds to me, Sadie, as though you have been experiencing a
"search for truth" indeed. Youıre not alone.
With retrograde Mars inwardly
reflective from July 30 to September 28, 2003, violence was
toned down, and the political search for truth accelerated, as disputes focused upon justice
-- lying is lying -- whether
about war or leaking a CIA agentıs identity to the press,
and cannot be tolerated. Still, Mars is Mars, and its
ongoing presence in Aquarius keeps the anxious pressure on all
of life's venues.
The energy that brought this fall's
tiger attacks is comparable to Mars' energy in the summer of
2001 that precipitated a rash of shark attacks. Then,
immediately following Mars' transit out of watery Scorpio in
2001, it's pent-up energy was unleashed in the 9-11 attack in
fiery Sagittarius; and shortly thereafter, our government used
Mars' lower manifestations to enslave the populace in chronic
fear, cowardice, lethargy and dependence.
After Mars finished its retrograde
motion on September 28, and became again its normal outward
aggressive self, the ethics issues against Bush's
neo-conservative group and agenda that were clarified during
Mars retrograde heated up. The battle for Bush's
resignation will be joined by more people as time goes on.
However, economic despair, Mideast violence and perhaps even a
showdown with North Korea will further inflame the political
No one said karma was fun, Sadie.
The blender is going. One last
request before I descend into creamy coconut incoherence.
I feel my country slipping away. I hear
about people being arrested for wearing "Give Peace a
Chance" t-shirts - and this is in upstate New York, not
rural Texas. I hear about people whose good hearts compel
them to attend anti-war protests, only to be shuffled by mounted
police to what they now call a "Free Speech Zone."
Zone? I always thought that particular zone extended from
Maine to Hawaii and not from a protester's sign to a policemanıs
club. The tamper-ability of touch-screen voting machines
manufact- ured by GOP-allied corporations, a Supreme Court
that has abandoned its lynchpin nonpart- isanship in favor of
personal politics, and a government that has recently encouraged
us to spy on each other in the name of "patriotism" --
all of this has me wondering whether the people living in Berlin
in the early 1930s saw it coming. I wonder if they felt
relatively helpless to overcome it, as I do in weaker moments.
Don't get me wrong. If someone in a
jumpsuit shows up on my porch with a clipboard, I'll give it to
them with both barrels, figuratively speaking, of course.
I'm not a wimp or a quitter. But I do feel this deepening
dread. Is this totalitarian ghost going to flesh itself
out amid fear and censorship, or disappear in an exorcism of
true patriotic diligence? In all seriousness, Doug, my
heart is breaking. I love this country, and the greatness
it could represent to the world is within reach if we would just
embody what John F. Kennedy repeated to us before they murdered
him: "From those to whom much is given, much is
expect- ed." All of us have been given a great deal,
compared to most of the world.
Will we take the country back from a
handful for whom all the money and power in the world is
apparently not enough, or will we, through complacency and
concern for our own comfort, allow people who are literally mad
and who donıt give a rat's ass what happens to us or the rest
of the world continue to herd us, inch by inch, into an America
we don't recognize?
Your Moon in Cancer is showing, you
emotional little gumdrop. I know you mean what you say,
though, and again, you are not alone. Let me see if I can offer
hope over what looks now like a dismal landscape.
First, regarding George Bushıs
inexorable fate based on his natal planets, the tail end of his
potent Kala Sarpa yoga and upcoming planetary transits, I will
recall the gist of my June 2003, The Summer and Fall in
"Four Bush hotspots have been
identified, and specific dates accompany corresponding probable
events. These predictions ensue from planetary influences
impacting globally and upon Bush's Vedic chart. Determinatives
are: the multiple planetary influences operating during each
hotspot, the momentum acquir- ed by the accumulation of events,
and the fact that democracy is self-correcting."
As explained in Part 1 -- Forecasting
Progress Report, "For mile-markers (predicted events), the
goal is 70% accuracy, as there always remains mystery in how the
karmas actualize. (Consider here that predicting specific
events from a world of uncountable possibilities is not
coin-toss odds of 7 out of 10. Given the odds of predicting a single world
event are extraordinarily high; the likelihood of predicting 70% of many events is
truly astronomical.) 70% event prediction is also sufficient to define
trends, the signposts leading to the destination."
As the 4 hotspots are discussed, the
trend in Bush's public rejection is found in an excerpt from Face-off
2003 Bush/Hussein. That is, the
karmic harvest (natural consequences) of Bush's actions will
reveal the truth and thereby allow us to reconnect the reality
we're told with the reality we feel.
"At the inception of this second
year of the new millennium, uncertainty hung like an
impenetrable fog blanketing a sailing ship. The view ahead
was obscured. The captain's fair-sailing promises and
favorable marine weather reports failed to dispel the crew's
cold clamminess. In this unfamiliar disconnection between
personal reality and official statements, the cold penetrated
right to worried bones.
This fog-bound ship analogy to our
nation's current dilemma doesn't suggest a prophetic 'Heart Of
Darkness' voyage, nor a 'Brave New World' societal view.
Yet, memories of these kinds of worrisome scenarios inevitably
echo back from the disconnection between the reality we feel and
the reality we're told."
The 4 Hotspots (from Part 2 --The Summer and Fall in
A) July 16 to August 10. The economy and stock markets
decline. Bush experiences growing policy opposition at home and
abroad as a widening credibility gap opens about Iraq's WMD and
his failed tax cut. Bush uses increasingly forceful
rhetoric (demagoguery), and his lying escalates, especially as
he often "blurts things out." Bush experiences
angry frustration and falls back on his religious fundamentalist
mess- age against "evildoers." Bush is vulnerable
to accidents and assault.
B) August 27 to September 20. Religious violence escalates, and
the Mideast spins increasing out of control. Bush attempts
to rally the country behind him and threatens military action,
but the nation is
weary of constant warfare. International relationships
break. Bush's lies are uncovered and assailed, and
together with his imperial attitude, a backlash of rejection
slashes him. The ticking time bomb of lying about Iraq's
weapons of mass destruction is ready to explode.
C) October 15 to October 30. Economy is mired in
recession. Federal and States deficits inflate. Escal-
problems in occupied Afghanistan and Iraq disturb the public and
Congress. Bush's health and safety are compromised, and
his power evaporates. He is discredited in Congress.
supporters draw away.
D) November 5 to November 9. Bush could face censure or
impeachment proceedings. That Cheney may be included in
the accusations creates a problem for succession.
Next, in October's Gandhi, Martin
Lurther King & Today's Democracy Dilemma, I wrote,
"Vedic Astrology's famous predictive
quality includes exacting timing of trends and events.
This section and the next apply this unique characteristic to
help the people plan their liberating activism. It should be
noted, however, that these predictions are based upon planetary
energies which are not so potent as to yield a fixed karma to
the forecasted results. Further, free will does indeed
exist (as initiative karma), which stipulates that the outcome,
this hopeful one or the opposite of continued violent and
selfish autoc- racy, is the choice of individuals and groups.
Mars will continue to bring aggression
and discord to the world until it transits out of Aquarius on
December 6, 2003, by which time, liberty in America can be
regained. Recall that President Bush's disgrace is
proceeding on the schedule predicted in June 15, 2003 forecast
(True, as of November 8, 2003, Bush was
not yet facing impeachment, but with Bush's popularity polls
falling like a bad soufflé and crises building everywhere, his
presidency is already mortally wounded -- the corporate press
just hasnıt told us yet.)
"Gandhi brought the ideas, Vedic Astrology offers the trend and
timing to bring ideas of liberty to fruition, to remember our
former courage and apply it again, for freedom.
Aggressive Mars will next enter Pisces
on December 7, 2003, from which it will aspect Saturn in
Gemini. In turn, restrictive Saturn will aspect Mars,
linking these planets together. The resulting height- ened
frustrations and tensions will continue until the end of this
transit on January 24, 2004. How- ever, as Saturn
restricts Mars' energy, this combination's frustrations will be
largely withheld, like building pressure inside the
volcano. But after January 24, 2004, philosophical,
abstract thinking Jupiter will be released from Mars' glare,
giving an opportunity to further pursue liberty, this time with
regard to Iraq and the rest of our international relationships."
Buck up, girl. Weıre not out of the
woods yet, but I donıt see 1936 Berlin in our future. The
thing is, we canıt just sit back and wait for it to
unfold. We have to assume our responsibilities and work to
expand that "Free Speech Zone" back to its
Doug Riemer is certified by the American Counsel of Vedic
Astrology. He studied with famed Vedic Astrology author,
James Braha, and has been in practice for eight years. Doug has
appeared frequently on The Celestial Map on The Arizona Channel,
and has paneled a call-in show on KZSC-FM in Santa Cruz,
CA. His writings have appeared in Four Corners Magazine
and the Boston Phoenix. Doug resides in Sedona,
Sadie Thorndike is a freelance writer living, for now, in the
wilds of Neanderthal New Hampshire. Motto: Live Free or
Die Trying. Help us to save her.
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