Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
February 14, 2004
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are links to previous Forecasts.)
Note for subscribers:
I recently updated an antiquated Toshiba laptop with a new Compaq, and while
this is a huge improvement, a two week transition resulted. This,
along with some karmic challenge from the Mars/Rahu conjunction, has disallowed
new Forecasts since the last one on January 24. Hopefully, this
Forecast catches up with events, and also hopefully, several planned
Forecasts can be expeditiously published. Also, I will be traveling home
to Sarasota, Florida from February 20 to March 3, but I'll be able to
monitor incoming e-mail and telephone calls during this brief escape
The first 3 Forecasts
of 2004 tracked emerging planetary
karmas now unfolding. These have initiated a third Forecast series,
Series III - The Journey To Regain Liberty.
See the index for these 3 Forecast Series on the Subscriber
The January 10 Forecast, The
Planetary Winds Have Shifted, alerted subscribers to the world regain-
ing mental clarity and understanding by stating,
We begin to grasp now
that corporate profits gained by exporting (outsourcing) jobs have been the engine driving
up stock prices. The destructi- veness of huge and continuing deficits
is finally being seen. The natural consequences of Bush's Iraq lies
are being revealed... Events since that Forecast have confirmed
these predictions -- to the great relief of those who had believed media and polling reports that the administration was gaining on all fronts,
The January 18 Forecast, The
Presidential Candidates -- An Early Look, correctly identified Kerry,
Clark and Dean as the viable candidates. Already, Gephardt and
Lieberman have withdrawn, as predicted, and Kucinich stays in the race more
to articulate his positions than to be a viable candidate. Clark also
withdrew earlier this week, which may be premature. John Edwards' birth time
remains unknown, and the 7:02 AM time reported on Astrodatabank yields a Gemini
rising chart that fits him like a three piece suit on a gorilla. Aries
rising (birth time from 2:20 AM to 3:45 AM) gives Edwards strong chart with
powerfully advantageous Dasas (planetary cycles) explaining his political
rise. Edwards' birth time will be further rectified as appropriate
during the unfolding of the primaries and newsworthy events.
The January 24 Forecast, Mars'
Transit Through Aries, discussed in detail how violent and discordant
Mars was held in check since June, 2003 and releases this pent up energy
during its transit through Aries from January 27 to March 11. That
Rahu (an eclipse point and head of a snake in Hindu mythology) is also in
Aries serves to both intensify and degrade Mars during this thorny interval. The anticipated heightened Mideast violence, terrorist acts,
injury to Bush's reputation and a heated Democratic primary contests are all
pass. Additionally, since Mars is sex, Rahu's impact heightens this
area. It has already brought abuse to
females (the murdered Florida girl and polygamy problems in Arizona) and stimulates conservative concerns
about gay marriage, Janet Jackson's breast baring an even renewed debate
about abortion. These planets together can also bring infectious
disease but also technological advance. (See the September 30
Forecast, A Technological
Breakthrough.) Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
is a fashionable term in the
Vedic Astrology community for Rahu, and Mars exacerbates.
A schedule of sensitive dates for this Mars transit
here: January 27, 28, 29. February
2, 3, 11, 12, 14, 23-29, March 1.
As Mars/Rahu energy
influences world events and our individual experiences, mark you calendars
for these dates to minimize and be prepared for challenges.
Illustrated By Economics
There are 2 overriding
planetary influences driving present events and circumstances through the spring.
First, the much discussed Mars/Rahu conjunction in
Aries continues to be the dominant action influence through the beginning of
March. Many of this combination's characteristics have been previously
explained, including the sex issues noted above. Another fundamental
way of understanding this combination is to view Mars as courage and Rahu as
psychology (the unconscious mind). These
combine for outward courage and
inner fear. This view
explains how and why Mars/Rahu truly is so virulent and dangerous in
stimulating bitter antagonism,
meanness, spite and violent abuse,
as well as desire so intense that being blocked brings fury, even temper
A final perspective on Mars/Rahu is through their brutal
but contrasting natures. Mars' violence is precipitated by anger or
risky actions. Because these can be thwarted, Mars-inspired harms may
sometimes be avoided using prudence and repressing reflexive impulse. Rahu's evils,
however, are undeniable and more potently karmic. Rahu events are
thereby intense, uncontrollable and unexpected. Mars and Rahu
together must bring the most virulent and unavoidable harms that can
overwhelm, akin to earth events like avalanches and earthquakes.
big planets, Jupiter and Saturn, are always dominant and also opposing
influences, and their retrograde motions are pivotal for Saturn's poverty and contraction
and Jupiter's wealth and expansion. This discussion focuses upon the
economic impacts of these retrogrades to illustrate how the energies work,
as well as discuss an pressing current topic.
Saturn went retrograde October 26, 2003 and begins
forward motion again on March 8. As retrograde reduces a planet's
significations by making it less outgoing and more latent, retrograde decreases Saturn's poverty and contraction,
encouraging economic growth. Concomitantly, Saturn's retrograde
releases Jupiter's wealth from its usual restriction, giving a second
influence for economic increase.
Jupiter was in strong forward motion until January
4, and with Saturn's retrograde on October 26, the economy and stock markets
took off from late October through New Years. However, when Jupiter
went retrograde January 4th, its wealth and expansion were reduced, and
since that date, the economy and stock markets have leveled off, even
Jupiter remains retrograde until May 5, suggesting
the economy and securities markets will continue an uncertain path.
Saturn will regain forward motion March 8, and with its restrictions
restored, the nascent economic recovery will surely be further stifled. Only
when Jupiter regains its forward motion in early May will economic growth
resume, and with both Saturn and Jupiter then forward, the economy will
hopefully respond in a balanced, albeit conservative, manner. Following is a listing of these 4
Saturn retrograde October 26 and Jupiter forward until January 4
Uncertain Growth Jupiter
retrograde January 4 and Saturn retrograde until March 8
No Growth Saturn
forward March 8 and Jupiter retrograde until May 5
Conservative Growth Jupiter
forward May 5 and Saturn continues forward motion.
To complete the
economic analysis by including the Mars/Rahu conjunction, the above
presented concept of outer courage and
inner fear describes well the current
uncertain economic climate. Corporate America reports optimism, while
at the same time, corporations are leery of hiring and continue to cut costs
through automation and outsourcing jobs. Executives
have a gut fear of the administration's economic policies and Mideast
instability. On the public side, consumers and investors are similarly
conservative, and as Mars/Rahu creates havoc now, this threatens to destabilize
With the Mars/Rahu conjunction and the Saturn and
Jupiter retrogrades explained and illustrated by analyzing the economy, we
can apply this information to other current topics -- the democratic
presidential candidates, President Bush and personal experiences.
The Democratic Presidential
January 18 The Presidential Candidates -- An Early Look and the January 24 Mars'
Transit through Aries are referenced here.
Kerry has Mars/Rahu in his 6th
house of enemies, indicating he will fight hard but also encounter a
backlash of some type.
Already the conservative Drudge Report accuses Kerry of an illicit
relationship. Kerry's birth chart and transit Saturn are both in his
8th house of scandal, and Saturn resuming forward motion on March 8 could fatally
injure his reputation. John Kerry's new Mercury planetary cycle is
dangerous because, Mercury rules
difficult houses for this chart, making it a destructive influence due to
impulse and aggression. Don't
believe, then, that this candidate race is over.
Howard Dean is running his 19 year Saturn cycle, and his subcycle since
February 2001 has been his fallen, and thereby weak, Venus. These are
not auspicious Dasa planets for a presidential campaign, but his powerful
Sun replaces Venus on April 15, indicating that if his candidacy survives until mid April, he could
persevere, especially if Kerry encounters scandal and/or is injured by
aggressive attacks by the administration. Mars/Rahu
are in his 11th house of goals, opportunities and friends, suggesting he is
highly motivated but will lose friends or be harmed by them.
Only a month ago, the media were reporting on Bush's
meteoric rise in the opinion polls due to improvements in Iraq, capturing
Saddam and a growing economy. In the January 10, The
Planetary Winds Have Shifted, I stated, This
Jupiter retrograde rips the petals of good fortune off Bush's blooming
yellow Texas rose, and history
has already proving this Forecast accurate.
It's worthwhile to reiterate Bush's
planetary cycles (Dasas) and transits. (Note: Dasas are like the
river of life upon which we travel in our little personal boats. These then,
are the underlying karmic influences upon our lives. Transits are like
weather on that river, bringing more worldly and temporary effects. In
Vedic Astrology, when Dasas match with transits, the karmas are maximized,
allowing accurate and effective predictions.)
Bush's first 3 Dasa planets are Saturn/Jupiter/Jupiter from November 1, 2003
to March 4, 2004. These planetary cycles were favorable to Bush,
especially with restrictive Saturn retrograde and Jupiter forward until
January 4. Since then, his Jupiterian good fortune has
dissipated. Adding in the difficult Mars/Rahu transit through his 10th
house of career and reputation, together with Bush's the fourth level Dasa
planet being Mars from February 7 to 14 and Rahu from February 14 to March
4, Bush loses prestige by being attacked from all sides for many reasons.
March 4 to July 28, Bush's planetary cycles will be Saturn/Jupiter/Saturn,
and considering that Saturn resumes restrictive forward motion March 8 and
Jupiter continues retrograde until May 5, Bush must experience mounting
challenges and an inability to overcome these.
further transit effect for Bush is Saturn transiting across his Sun (power
and reputation) in his 12th house of loss. Saturn approached the Sun
within 1 1/3 degrees last October (before it went retrograde), and this
corresponded to his tribulations in October and November. When Saturn
resumes forward motion March 8, it will again move towards Bush's Sun, this
time to actually cross the Sun, effectively blocking it. The dates for
this transit are June 13 to 20. Look then, for Bush to experience
continuing problems this winter and spring, and although he will fight back,
he will not have the power to overcome, and his combativeness will even
injure his reputation further.
those of you who find this astrology too complex, consider that misfortunes
Bush experiences during the Mars/Rahu transit through Aries bear the fruit
of disgrace in June.
with Jupiter retrograde unable to balance with luck and fortune has caused
many people problems since late January.
Some examples I've seen are: an electric
window on my car seized up during a cold snap, and the repair is a truly
Rahu amount of $350; a friend cracked molar, requiring a $400 dental bill;
another friend sprained a toe. None of these events could be
avoided or controlled and each was abnormally destructive. However,
because any difficult karma can stimulate a compensatory benefit, an open
mind can perceive a gain. I benefited by doing
some needed walking while the auto parts were ordered, and my toothy friend chose to
see a dentist in Mexico for less money and thereby visits her family.
The final tally on the toe-impaired woman is not out yet, but she is
sincerely searching for the silver lining while still painfully limping.
Mars/Rahu, because of the intensity and karmic power of their conjunction,
cannot be countered, and like Bush, combativeness tends to make the
situation worse. It is better to understand this as a period of
surrender, care for yourself and extending yourself to others. It is
particularly important not to be drawn into dangerous situations, especially
if you feel weakened or vulnerable, and the people involved are Rahu types
-- overly aggressive, mentally unbalanced, sexually deviant, ill with infectious
disease, excessive talkers.... Too
much exposure to mass media and high tech environments can also be
disturbing. A quiet and natural environment, good diet, moderate
exercise and spiritual practice are good preventatives and