Into the New Year
December 30, 2003
(Note: Titles in maroon
and underlined are links to previous Forecasts)
Approaching The New Year
final days of tumultuous 2003 tick by, we can see in current events harbingers
for 2004. Weak holidays sales, recent earthquakes and even President
Bush's bum knee reflect current planetary disposi- tions and their
impending results during the first half of 2004.
The below Washington DC chart for 1 minute into
the new year is illustrative and will be referenced throughout this
Holiday Sales And The
sales have not met the government's rosy forecasting and contradict its
heralding a vigorous economic recovery begun in the 3rd quarter.. As
stated in the December 13, 2003 Forecast, Vedic
|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
media reports modest gains at discount stores nationally but big sales
increases at upscale retailers, indicating that the middle class and poor
remain economically stressed, while the rich luxuriate in their tax cuts
and stock market gains.
As shown in the above chart, Saturn is currently
retrograde. This weakening of Saturn's restrictions, which began
October 26, 2003 and will end March 8, 2004, coincides with stock market
gains this fall that followed corporate profit growth. The rising
stock markets supported the continued illusion of a growing economy, which
the poor holiday season convincingly refutes with consumer voting at cash
Expansive Jupiter will be retrograde January 4 to
May 5, 2004, indicating the one-sided economic recovery will run out of
steam, and given the continued employment and wage tribulations for middle
and poor America, the best we can hope for (again from Vedic Vignettes) is
"a slow, even sluggish and spotty recovery" during the first
half of 2004.
Mars' transit into Pisces
at strength on December 9 brought an earthquake in the Washington DC
area. This was the first of 3 earthquakes, and they reflect the
ongoing build-up of violent Mars energy held in check since June by
Saturn's restrictions. Recall that during Mars' 6 month stay in
Aquarius this summer and fall until December, its energy was held back due
to its retrograde and also by Mars sitting in a Saturn ruled sign.
Now in Pisces (as shown in the above New Years chart), Mars' aggression
continues to be bottled-up, as stated in the October 15, 2003 Forecast, Gandhi,
Martin Luther King & Today's Democracy Dilemma,
|Aggressive Mars will next enter Pisces on
December 7, from which it will aspect Saturn in Gemini. In
turn, restrictive Saturn will aspect Mars, linking these planets
together. The resulting heightened frustrating tensions will
continue until the end of this transit on January 24.
However, as Saturn restricts Mars' energy, this combination's
frustrations will be largely withheld, like building pressure
inside the volcano.
The second earthquake was a major one December 22 in California. The
horrific December 26 Iran earthquake completed the trio of advance
warnings for major Mideast violence -- when Mars' long pent-up energy will
finally be released during its transit through Aries January 25 to March
11. (Note: that these earthquakes were on 3 separate tectonic fault
lines, suggests widespread instability in the earth's crust.)
The astrological influences indicating Mars'
energy was incrementally released in earthquakes are: Mars aspects Saturn
(ruler earthy Capricorn), Saturn aspects retrograde Mercury (ruler of
earthy Virgo) and Mars as pects Virgo.
President Bush's Bum Knee
When Bush visited Colin
Powell in the hospital last week, the media mentioned he also had his bum
knee checked. The New Years chart above shows Saturn
in Gemini, which is Bush's 12th house of loss, where his Sun is
positioned. As the Sun symbolizes the skeleton and Saturn chronic
illness in the bones and joints, Bush would tend to have joint problems
The New Years chart also shows that toxic Rahu is
in Aries, which is Bush's 10th house of the knees, as well as career and
status. The suggestion here is that his knee joint problem is a
harbinger of Bush encountering severe career problems when Mars transits
into Aries in late January. The cause, of course, would be the above
explained Mideast violence, which could take the form of Jihad.
New Years Eve
A close look at the New Years chart shows some
disturbing planetary dispositions which suggest care and conservative
activities during the day and evening. As shown, Mars and Saturn are
in the same de- gree, which means they exactly aspect each other.
This maximizes their dissonant energies, which brings anger, frustration
and an overall tension. Concurrently, Saturn will also be exactly
opposite the Sun, dampening the ego, confidence, will and power.
Finally, the Moon will be conjunct intense Rahu, riling up emotions
Tomorrow, then, one should be conservative in all
ways during the day and evening to avoid confrontations, danger and
tribulations. While the terrorism warnings this holiday season have
not in the past had an astrological trigger, these triplicate adverse
planetary dispositions suggest that if violence will occur, tomorrow and
New Years day is the period of risk.