(Forecasts underlined and in maroon are links to previous Forecasts.)
Staggering Off Toad's Ride
The past few days have seen some continuation of strife, as Venus approached Rahu (An eclipse point and head of a snake in Hindu mythology) and Mars again aspects Jupiter. Venusian relationships, especially unorthodox ones, suffer, and Venus's contentment and Jupiter's optimism have been compromised. Considering the inevitable exhaustion many of us felt when Mars finally cleared out of Aries on March 11, these harms to Venus and Jupiter are particularly unwelcome. Fortunately, Venus moves past Rahu today, suggesting the karmic waters will finally calm for a while.
These influences mirror this astrologer's experiences, and I thank those Subscribers who politely reminded me recently that I hadn't composed a Forecast since February 14.
The Spring Equinox this Saturday, March 20, will be favorable for spiritual work. It's a good time for group healing and meditation ceremonies. However, the Moon will be new that day, and while a waxing Moon is good for beginning new intentions and activities resulting from learning experiences during the Mars/Rahu transit, any real progress and benefits will not tend to bear fruit until the Moon becomes brighter (stronger) as it approaches its next full Moon on April 5.
Through April 2004
The first half of April will see a gradual energy buildup as Venus follows Mars in Taurus and Mercury approaches Rahu in Aries. However, Mercury's retrograde from April 7 to May 1 will stimulate confusion as to planning and executing activities.
During the last half of April, Mercury continues in its retrograde, and the Sun enters its exalted sign of Aries to conjoin Rahu. There will be a partial Solar eclipse April 19. These influences are unfavorable for confidence. The key here is mental clarity and objectivity in judgments and decisions. April 30 could be very dicey with the Sun conjunct (eclipsed by Rahu), and Mars reaching strength in Gemini conjunct Saturn.
Jupiter and Saturn must also be considered, as the big planets are always potent in a more comprehensive way than the faster moving inner planets. With Saturn now in forward motion (which began March 8), its restrictions and realism must override expansive Jupiter's continuing retrograde (until May 5). This, then, is further reason for caution, especially in money matters.
Saturn retrograde October 26 and Jupiter forward until January 4
Bush Versus Kerry
John Kerry can use diplomacy to his advantage during his
Mercury/Mercury/Venus planetary cycle from early February through
late June, but he will have to contend with a difficult Mercury
retrograde and inordinate passion during the last half of
April. Considering the longer term, Kerry is newly in his 17
year Mercury planetary cycle (since August 2003), and he greatly
benefits by release from his laborious 19 year Saturn planetary
cycle. However, his Mercury is afflicted by both Saturn and
Mars. As Mercury is placed in his 2nd house of speech and
truth, he has great difficulty in framing and articulating effective
and consistent leadership policies.
Copyright 1999-2004 Doug Riemer