(Note: Titles in maroon
and underlined are links to previous Forecasts)
are some short takes on karmic influences my radar has picked up. There
is no particular order to the vignettes, nor a theme, though I recite
year-end results of some earlier predictions. They are intended to inform
and entertain; 2003 has been a challenging year, and the holiday
season is simply too pressing for reading new ideas and
observations. One self-promotion here: A Vedic Astrology
consul- tation, in plotting out future planetary karmas, makes a holiday
gift that lasts the lifetime.
I An Ominous
Tuesday -- Mars Transit Into Pisces
December 8 Forecast, Mars
Transits As The Eclipse Season Ends, predicted
an Omi- nous Tuesday for Mars transit into Pisces.
This transit did indeed stimulate an
inordinate number of violent events, although these were not assembled as
such in the media. A suicide bomber in Iraq injured 58 US soldiers,
and 6 people were killed in another such Mars-impulsive event in
Moscow. Again in Iraq, a helicopter was hit and forced to land and 2
US soldiers died in separate incidents.
Of course, the unusual
earthquake in Richmond, that rattled windows in DC, was an obvious signal
of instability in the capital. Of even greater gravity to world
politics, President Bush caved into the Chinese Premier by repudiating Taiwan's
upcoming referendum expanding independence. In a second adversarial
move, the US ban on Iraq contracts for countries that did not support the
Iraq war also stimulated angry response.
Because impulsive Mars struggles against
immovable Saturn during this transit through Pisces that continues until
January 24, it appears the resulting tension and discord that began on
Tuesday is tending to continue. Also, the consciousness change and
earth disruptions that Sedona psychics and clairvoyants began to perceive
at the Harmonic Concordance (from a Vedic view, the November 8 lunar
eclipse), seems to relate to this continued bottling-up of Mars energy,
which would be released in late February. (See section IX,
And Subjective Realities
Following is an e-mail I recently sent to a former student beset by an
apparently impossible karmic bind brought by a Rahu cycle.
(Note: Rahu is one of the eclipse points, and symbolizes worldly
cravings and desires, and Jyotish is the Indian colloquialism for its
One of the basic concepts of Vedic
Astrology is that it "sees" the unfolding fate in events
and circumstances. What is often missed in
this event-oriented objective view is that Vedic
Astrology also unveils the psychological subjective life
of the person. If you think about it, however, you'll
understand that the person's psychology is just another
As you proceed along on Rahu's wild ride,
it may give you some solace, and bring some of the true wisdom of
Jyotish, to step back and view the world through the twin lenses
of objectivity and subjectivity -- for a true perspective of the
depth of your experiences.
|III Is Michael Jackson
Michael's birth time is not documented,
but the chart to the right, is most frequently used and fits his
Notably, Venus placed in the 3rd of
desires and the arts, makes him a gifted performer but also gives
an overly sexual temperament. That Mars, the planet of sex,
aspects Venus, turbo-charges his passion, and this quality is
further amplified because Mars rules the 12th of bed
pleasures. That Venus sits in the feminine Moon's house of
Cancer, and is also influ- enced by masculine Mars, brings the androgynous
nature, and because Mars governs surgery, Michael Jackson used
plastic surgery to refine, or redefine, his sexual
We look at the 7th house to determine sexual
orientation. Mars rules this house and is placed in the 12th
of loss. Thus,
"loses" his heterosexuality. Lowly Saturn placed in the
7th house degrades sexuality, bringing immoral sex and
perversions. That Mars throws an aspect to the 7th house and
Saturn makes his sexual unions criminal. The penchant for young
boys in Neverland arises from Mercury (youth) ruling his 5th house of
children and being placed in his 4th house of the emotions and home.
Michael has been running his
long Mercury cycle since 1989, and the first child molestation charge was made
just 2 years later. Currently, his subcycle planet is his degraded
Saturn. He is guilty.
IV A Rapid E-mail Exchange With An
I've been mystified for some time as to why a
spiritually oriented client, and indeed her 3 sisters as well (all
clients), haven't subscribed to these Forecasts. Here, then, is a
recent e-mail exchange in response to her receipt of Me
and My Swami: (Note: Before Sadie Thorndike christened me
Swami, I was affect- ionately known as Darth Vedic to many.)
|Subject: Me and My Swami
Thanks for lightening up my day and for the inspiration.
In spite of my republican- military-friendly ways... I too worry about the state of things these days and have a strong distrust for Sir Bush.
Sadie sounds like my kind of gal!
Hope all is well with you.
Subject: conservative Saturn
I always knew you were a closet conservative, which can conflict with being a spiritual person, for this by definition tends to more liberal leanings.
Religion and spirituality do not mean the same thing, though they are not mutually exclusive either, of course.
It's that exalted Saturn of yours -- traditional, conservative, doesn't take to rapid change, skeptical, suspicious sometimes but also tough minded, humble and detached and very honorable.
So, I'm glad that Sadie Thorndike stimulated some thoughts here.
Of course, if you had believed my The Bush Presidency - Profile and Prediction from 10/02, you would have caught on to what kind of administration this fellow has been running.
PS Now that I'm an unofficial Swami, I can get away with
being more blunt -- or I can at least try?
Subject: Re: conservative Saturn
Oh I'm a believer. He is going to fall for sure. I just want some resolution in the
Mideast so that the world becomes a better place for all. I do get turned off by the flaming liberals who seem awfully paranoid sometimes -- imagining everything to be a nasty republican game. After watching my Dad's involvement with politics in the 60s and 70s and seeing some of the dirty deals the demos were pulling, it was clear to me that politics in general is a beastly profession. And neither side is clean. My theory is that there are good people on both sides.
After having taken some philosophy courses at the local college (just for fun!?) I found that the writings of
Plato and Socrates and Machiavelli get one thinking about the nature of politics and the fact that in order to run a government well, there is often a
requirement for deception. Scary thought. blah blah blah. So, I am a study in contrasts, as always.
The blond playboy bunny at heart who feels sexy with no makeup on and sporting short shorts and
I am planning to do some work for the political candidate who emerges
as the cleanest and most presidential, which will probably be a democrat.
Integrity seems to be missing these days.
film at eleven.
Subject: Re: conservative Saturn
Thanks for your thoughts, Miss Integrity.
I agree the Greek philosophers, or at least our Western application of their concepts, are not completely clean.
From my view (astrology) this is because the Sun is primary, and that symbolizes the ego and absolute free will, among other things. So, there's built-in self aggrandizement.
Take a look my Forecast/commentary Gandhi, Martin Luther King & Today's Democracy
Dilemma, which presents the Eastern view. I hope you enjoy it.
Again from my view, the Indians find the Moon primary, for this symbolizes perception, cooperation, mass consciousness, nurturing, growth, common sense, motherhood, memory.... Perhaps, then, we have something to learn and gain from this more ancient and humanistic
phil- osophy, and Gandhi is its finest modern proponent.
Your devoted Darth Vedic
Do Saddam Hussein And Osama Bin Laden Still Live?
deaths of these demonic and charismatic leaders was previously
predicted, and the lack of hard news or video of either of these very
public men is persuasive for their being dead. A few audio tapes
and ambiguous video clips do not prove either Hussein or Bin Laden still
haunt the earth.
I previously predicted each being killed.
In the section,
Timetable For Battle,
January 2, 2003
2003 Bush/Hussein, I
on April 16, Bush moves into a self-centered and righteous Sun
cycle that promises (to him) major achievement. This means
the U S overwhelms Iraq, that Saddam is killed.
the January 10, 2003 Forecast ,
Is Osama Bin Laden Alive?,
It is certainly possible Bush carried out this plot (keeping Bin
Laden incommunicado or killing him) to maintain the illusion the
monster remained free to increase public fear of Hussein and
thereby justifying a later invasion of Iraq. Yet, this
finding is only one reasonable possibility and is therefore
conjecture, the realm of conspiracy theorists, not of this
What is, however, karmically potent is
that Bin Laden died in his Tora Bora cave home on December 8,
2001, caused by the U S bombing attack there.
democratic presidential candidates are on my short list, but for now
I'll quote from the October 28, 2003 Forecast, Bush
Traveled Into Hypocrisy,
|And A Strong Democratic
18 Forecast also predicted, "A strong leader will emerge
from the Democratic candidates before year's end."
The reasons for the prediction include, of course, Jupiter's and
Saturn's influences by aspect upon the 9th house of philosophy.
There is not only justice in this combination, but also great
power and thus is a formula for leadership. Further,
Jupiter is transiting Sun-ruled Leo (government), and the Sun
itself will be transiting Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius (the 9th
house) from mid December. This Sun/Jupiter combination
signifies spiritual leadership and the ability to balance
viewpoints, both necessary to inspire and lead effectively.
Lastly, as of December 6, Mars will move out of Aquarius, from
which position it has been harming Jupiter's wisdom and
philosophy with a particularly malicious aspect.
What does all this have to do with Carol Moseley-Braun? Not much. She may be a viable candidate, or even a
possible running mate, but what interests here is that Moseley-Braun is yet one
more public figure to mimic terms used presciently in these Forecasts.
Prediction can be much more than identifying events; the flavors of
upcoming planetary dispositions come through in choosing terms matching
those flavors. In a
recent debate, Moseley-Brown declared that the Iraq war is Bush's misadventure.
In the January 19, 2003 Forecast, The Certainty Of Invading Iraq, I
| Bush is fated
to fall in the military misadventure
against Hussein. It is Bush's destiny for disgrace to
follow his rise. Hussein too has a fated fall, and his
death is predicted in the Face-off Forecast to occur as early as
I repeated the use of misadventure to describe the Iraq war in other
Forecasts and somewhere even wrote, Bush's
great misadventure. I
continue to predict that its consequences are bringing Bush to
disgrace. The process is just taking a little longer than hoped.
So, great misadventure
joins the ranks of later popularized terms such as, the classic the
disconnection between the reality we feel and the reality we're told,
the pithy pyrrhic victories
and the old adage The means never
justify an end.
The Economy And The Stock Market
In the section, Some
the November 5, 2003 Forecast, The
November 8 Lunar Eclipse, I stated,
|3. The 3rd quarter (July
- September) 7.2% economic growth will be seen as a blip.
Saturn's retrograde, that began on October 26, allowed expansive
Jupiter to regain subjective optimism, but this unburdening
effect also overweighed objective realism.
Also, Mars' continuing influence upon Jupiter wastes wealth.
The stock markets remain too high in relation to the current and
I maintain the prediction that the economy remains uncertain.. That the
media mouthpieces rosy govern- ment reports, makes it difficult to find,
weigh and prioritize objectified news. And even these glowing
pronouncements are spotty, like an drought-breaking thunderstorm in Arizona that wets a
few hundred acres in the statewide desert. Further, the public
feels the undercurrents of economic instability, warning signs
impossible to ignore: the $500,000,000,000 (lots of zeros here!) federal
budget deficit, worsening violence in Iraq and deteriorating
international relations globally. "No man is an island"
applies to nations as well.
The temporary economic optimism, and
accompanying exaggerated growth reports, will fade shortly after New
Years, as Jupiter enters a 4 month retrograde on January 4, 2004.
This does not preclude economic growth but rather suggests a slow, even
sluggish and spotty recovery. When restrictive Saturn regains
forward motion March 8, even more realism will enter the economy and
The Upcoming Holiday Season
holiday season was tremendously challenging, both personally and for
retail sales. See the December 9, 2002 Holiday
Season Forecast. This year is an improvement, for as noted,
Saturn's retro- grade has taken the pressure off of Jupiter's wealth, and
Mars has finally transited away from its aspect to Jupiter. Venus --
luxuries, presents and celebrations -- is in a good position this year,
although its transit position in Capricorn beginning December 16 brings
practicality and prudence to holiday purchases and activities.
Because 2002 holiday season sales were depressed,
one should use care in evaluating reports of sales gains compared with
Also important is the Mercury will do its
semiannual retrograde from December 18 to January 7, which will result in
its typical retrograde mental confusion. That mutable Mercury
will be directly opposite restrictive Saturn twice during the holidays,
obscures truth, causes mental conflicts and headaches and brings
deception, especially in business dealings. This opposition began
yesterday (December 12) and continues until December 23. However,
this combination also encourages conservative spending.
Combining the positions of Venus and Mercury,
along with the uncertain economy, consumers are cautious this year,
although they will spend money on small-ticket items. The parking
lot at Walgreens drugstore has been full recently, and Sedona art
galleries report slow sales.
In Late February?
In the October 15 Forecast, Gandhi,
Martin Luther King & Today's Democracy Dilemma, I stated,
| Timing is
important here, for from January 25 until March 11, transit Mars
will cross Aries, where poisonous Rahu (an eclipse point and
head of a dragon in Hindu mythology) is currently transiting.
This combination brings intense desire expressing itself in
bitter antagonism, meanness, spite and violent abuse, and
religious Jupiter's aspect adds a vengeful god(s) to the recipe
for violent disaster.
In other words, an unstable and
frustrated occupied Iraq will be the most likely location for
Jihad to begin, for the long suppressed volcano to erupt.
While the close conjunction of Mars and Rahu, from February 22nd
to the 25th, will be the most volatile, the entire transit will
stimulate Mars to release its pent up energy.
Another influence for violence is the point of the November 8 lunar
eclipse, which was 22 degrees and 42 minutes. Mars will be within
1 degree of this point on February 28. The last week in
February bodes ill for the Mideast and concomitantly President Bush's
finally, Something Mischievously Brilliant
(from Vedic Astrologer "David Hawthorne"
What happens when you have:
1) nothing to do
2) a sharp knife
3) a large lime
4) a patient cat
5) too much tequila
6) and it's football season?
Nite nite, Sadie Thorndike