Yesterday's solar eclipse did appear to block George Bush, and an enthusiastic e-mail from Subscriber S.J from California is an interesting take on this final presidential debate,
The solar eclipse is also a good opportunity to explain the mystery between the difference in the Moon's orbit around the earth (through the 12 constellations of the Zodiac) and the Moon's solar-driven illumination cycle. Why does the Moon circle the earth every 27 1/2 days, but the Moon's solar cycle from new to full and back to new is 29 1/2 days? A solar eclipse can only occur when the Moon is between the Sun and the earth, at which time its solar-illuminated side is opposite the earth. At a solar eclipse, then, the Moon is dark, or new.
Last evening's new Moon solar eclipse was at 27:11 Virgo. The Moon will complete its earth orbit and return to 27:11 Virgo on the morning of November 10 -- 27 1/2 days later. We measure the Moon's earth orbit by the constellations (signs) because these 12 celestial segments of the zodiac encircle the earth.
However, on the morning of November 10, the Moon will not yet be completely dark, or new. At that time, the Moon will still be waning and will be at 14% illumination. This occurs because during the 27 1/2 days it will take the Moon to transit the constellations in its complete earth orbit, the Sun too will be moving, advancing one constellation. It will thereby take the Moon another 2 days to catch up with the Sun and become new again. New Moon to new Moon, then, is 29 1/2 days.
Vedic Astrology pays attention to both measurements. The lunar houses (Nakshatras) are the 27 positions through which the Moon travels in its earth orbit within the 12 houses of the zodiac. These lunar Nakshatras have their own mythical meanings and are unique to Vedic Astrology. The Moon's solar-driven illumination cycle is the second measurement. This shows how much of the Moon's disc is illuminated by the Sun. The Moon is the primary planet in Vedic astrology in its symbolizing both perception and the benefits in life. A brighter Moon brings fuller perception/emotions and more worldly gains/enjoyments. Also, a waxing Moon is more favorable than a waning Moon due to the direction the illumination changes -- like the incoming tide brings nourishment from the sea to coastal waters, and an outgoing tide takes the nourishment away.
As a reminder on your personal Vedic Astrology charts, today's solar eclipse will be at 27:11 Virgo, and the October 27 lunar eclipse will occur at 11:04 Aries. Check to see if either of these eclipses occur within two degrees or so of any of your planets. If so, the effects of that planet or planets will be blocked by the eclipse. Yet, as eclipses block the light of the Sun and the Moon, they darken the sky, revealing the stars to bring insight.
Here again is my prediction for today's debate -- from the September 26 Forecast, #56 The Race To November 2.
Here's a grin from the irrepressible Sadie
Thorndike, from the
wilds of New Hampshire,
Whenever Mars conjoins with Ketu (the mystical and dissolving tail-of-a-dragon eclipse point), a reflexive energy release is stimulated. This is because the energies of these pitta (fiery) planets are so dissonant. Mars, of course, is worldly aggression. Ketu is spiritual fire. They combine for seething anger.
Further, when Mars conjoins Ketu, it also aspects Rahu, the head of the dragon. This combination stimulates great desire that can express itself in violent abuse. As Rahu signifies science and aircraft, Mars/Rahu can involve airplanes or spacecraft. Mars/Ketu seething anger and Mars/Rahu violent abuse was most notably seen in the World Trade Center attack of September 11, 2001.
To anticipate what untoward event may occur, we can revisit the last four Mars/Ketu conjunctions. Charts for these are shown to the right.
With Mount St. Helens now active, its exploding on or about November 13 is a possibility. An eruption of violence in Iraq or a major terrorist attack destabilizing another foreign government are alternatives.
George Bush is obviously pushing as hard as he can to justify his positions and discredit John Kerry. Grimaces have replaced smiles in his appearances. The upcoming solar eclipse on Wednesday, October 13, exactly when the final debate is scheduled, will eclipse Bush, as discussed. However, as eclipse effects begin about two weeks in advance of the astronomical event and continue for about a week following, we can see this blocking influence in recent disclosures -- the final Iraq weapons report and the weak September employment report... While the debate itself is the obvious arena for Bush being further discredited, the next ten days or so will be telling.
The prediction for the second presidential debate on October 8 included the statement, Look for Bush to both repeat his moral leadership claims and voice some new anti-Kerry slogans as he attempts to divert attention from his failed policies. During the debate, Bush he certainly did for former and also unveiled his newest slogan, He can run but he can't hide.
As discussed previously, the difficult Sun/Mars/Mercury/Jupiter conjunction in Virgo ends October 11, tomorrow. Then, Mercury will escape into Libra, freeing the intellect to express itself with overdue and welcome objectivity. As explained in the October 6 Celestial Wheel, It's been a rough road since the middle of August, when Sun/Mercury/Mars began their mad and furious dance that has upset the world and inevitably impacting us personally as well. This Mercury transit has been like a marathon runner, exhausted at the end of the race, but relieved as well of the stress. Give yourself a couple of days to re-balance and reorient your mental faculties. Mercury's freedom will also free the public's perception, especially during the debate. There is one caveat, although it is also a benefit -- Mercury in Libra will be with Ketu, making the mind sensitive but also bringing insight.
Saturn is the planet of restriction, and in this role, it is plain, simple, rough-hewn, even crude. Saturn too, is the planet of destruction and death. In George Bush's chart, Venus and Mercury are placed in the all-important Ascendant (self, body, character...), making him good looking, charming and bright. But Saturn too is placed there, influencing for insincere charm, a stubborn mind, fixed views, a vengeful nature and a rough, rather than refined, presentation. Bush isn't Venusian-graceful, he tough-guy swaggers. In his home, Saturn is the Texas chainsaw wielding Bush; in office, Saturn is the unforgiving and simplistic enforcer Bush, the moralistic bully, the Iraq invader.
In the November 2 Forecast, #56 The Race To November 2, I discussed this Saturn influence regarding its effect upon Mercury, the planet of communications,
Yesterday's debate demonstrated these planetary influences, and John Kerry was brilliant in emphasizing intelligent and sensitive reasoning with a refined and polite delivery. He describes a complex world requiring sophisticated leadership, as opposed to Bush's attempts to impose his simplistic moral philosophy. Over the next several days, the public will digest this contretemps between the two candidates to Kerry's advantage.
In the October 3, 2003 Forecast, #28 Tag-Along Tony Blair, I predicted both career and health problems for Blair arising early in 2004,
Blair barely survived a major challenge in Parliament last February over Iraq, and from news reports, he's been experiencing irregular heartbeat problems for over a year. A News.scotsman.com article, Blair Haunted By His Health Problems, on October 1, 2004 states, TONY Blair last night broke the best-kept secret in British politics, revealing that the heart condition that will hospitalize him today has been hanging over him and his premiership for months. The article also explains that in October 2003, Blair had electroshock treatment for his heart, and on October 1 of this year, a catheter was inserted into the heart to correct an electrical short circuit in the cardiac nervous system. http://news.scotsman.com/topics.cfm?tid=1037&id=1145652004
Although I didn't couldn't find media reports about other cardiac treatments, during Tony Blair's political challenge last February about the Iraq war, I clearly recall reports about Blair then being hospitalized. The reason given was stress. Because his cardiac illness was kept secret, it seems obvious that the February 2004 hospital stay was actually cardiac related, matching my prediction. Look for more media reports about that hospitalization stay and perhaps other secreted cardiac problems and treatments. The linkage between career stress and Blair's cardiac problems is clear.
This cardiac illness has been occurring during his Saturn/Ketu planetary cycle, which began October 30, 2003 and ends December 8, 2004. Then, Blair changes cycles to Saturn/Venus, which will protect him physically and is also auspicious for his reelection in the spring of 2005.
The natural question is, how will Tony Blair fair from now until he finishes the difficult Saturn/Ketu planetary cycle December 8? As Blair's and Bush's futures are both intertwined and tied to the disintegration in Iraq, the increasing discord about Iraq, the U.S. campaign and the election November 2 must challenge Blair. Look for Bush's predicted loss to both harm Blair's reputation and bring a recurrence of stress-related cardiac illness. Also, look for Blair's Iraq problems (such as the report he will pull one third of the main British force out of Iraq this month) to influence Bush. Finally, since Blair's difficult Saturn/Ketu cycle wraps up December 8, and the end of this cycle portends difficulties, look for Blair to suffer after the U.S. election.
The October 4 Celestial Wheel suggested the Rahu/Saturn/Mars energetic combination that stimulated activity at Mount St. Helens is easing off. Today, National Public Radio reports that geologists now believe that volcano may not have a major eruption after all.
Keep in mind that the strife-laden Sun/Mars/Mercury combination in Virgo, which began September 24, will soon end on October 11, when Mercury transits into Libra. The planetary energies will ease further after October 16, when the Sun also escapes Mars by moving into Libra. It's been a rough road since the middle of August, when Sun/Mercury/Mars began their mad and furious dance that has upset the world and inevitably impacting us personally as well.
Yesterday, I searched the web for Vedic Astrology predictions on the election. I didn't find much, just summary comments by Tom Hopke, David Goldstein and Joni Patri. These offered mixed predictions without compelling rationale nor absolutely certain findings. I'm sure, however, there's a plethora of Western Astrology predictions, but as this is a different celestial language, these do not relate.
It appears the Florida hurricane season, at least for major storms, is over. The violent energy bringing the four big hurricanes dropped off with the hot Sun passing by violent Mars September 18. The activity at Mount St. Helens elicits from another planetary configuration, that of Mars and Saturn both aspecting Rahu in Aries. Mars' aspect was exact on September 28, and now that it has passed Rahu, the influence for violence is easing off. Still, as Mars continues to afflict Rahu until the end of this month, there will be continued destructive pressure manifesting in volcanoes, severe weather events, terrorist violence and strife in the presidential race.
SpaceShipOne's successful second flight this morning may signal the technological advance I predicted in the September 30, 2003 Forecast, #27 A Technological Breakthrough. As with other major advances, as shown below in a listing from that Forecast, the invention/achievement is not immediately recognized and usually takes years before it begins to change the world.
In that Forecast, I also stated that we're overdue for such an advance, noting, Scanning the list, it's amazing to see that the last big technological leap forward was 13 years ago with the invention of computer software creating the internet, which then fueled the enormous economic expansion of the 1990s. In a period of such turmoil at home and abroad, it's important to both be alert for opportunities and have hope for the future.
While I do try to just read the planetary karmas, it's difficult, especially now, to be objective. So, here's a web site that's truly hilarious -- don't forget to watch the eyes! wordify
The Cleveland vice-presidential debate is, of course, coming up fast on Tuesday, October 5. In the September 26 Forecast, #56 The Race To November 2, I erred in giving this date to the second presidential debate -- actually scheduled for Friday, October 8. I apologize for any resulting confusion and have corrected the The Race To November 2 in the below discussion. October 5 is the date Mercury will be absolutely combust the Sun -- confounding communications. Following are my observations:
Vice-presidential debate October 5: If I've rectified Edwards' chart correctly, he will be even more optimistic and personally magnetic than usual, but he'll also hammer Cheney with effective criticisms. Edwards' glib and smooth delivery will offset the appearance of being argumentative. He will also stubbornly rebut Cheney's doomsday claims and counter Cheney's attempts to dominate the stage. Cheney will be even more dark and foreboding than usual, and if this were not a debate (just a regular speech), he would be convincing. However, the contrast between Edwards' bright optimism and Cheney's doom and gloom must give Edwards a further edge. Watch for Edwards to catch Cheney on impulsively nasty, sly and truth-twisting statements. This will be a lively exchange. (Note: Edward's Saturn is his career planet, and it will be closely blocked in the October 13 solar eclipse. However, this incoming energy will not be strong enough on October 5 to reduce his effectiveness.)
Second presidential debate October 8: This is actually a much better day for Kerry because his Mercury will have passed beyond the Sun, allowing him to continue the sharp focus he achieved in the first debate. Kerry's planetary cycles are also more mental and stimulate personal warmth. Bush will, of course, attempt to dominate, to be the alpha male. However, he will be too eager and impatient, even more so than the first debate, which will give Kerry more openings to counter and turn Bush's simplistic statements against him. Look for Bush to both repeat his moral leadership claims and voice some new anti-Kerry slogans as he attempts to divert attention from his failed policies. Bush must make every effort to restrain his temper, and this will conflict with his ability to project charm and confidence.
Synastry, a chart comparison technique overlaying one chart upon another, reveals how people relate to each other. (Note: This will be somewhat astrology-heavy, but you will be able to grasp the planetary symbolism.) In the January 2, 2003 Forecast, #5 Face-off Bush/Hussein, section V The Hussein Thorn In Bush's Side, I addressed how the charts of George Bush and Saddam Hussein compare. Below is that discussion:
When we then look at Bush's chart compared with Kerry's, we can better understand the results of the September 30 debate, when they first faced-off in person. Keep in mind Bush's sensitive-to-criticism fifth house of creative intelligence.
As Hussein's violent and ruthless Moon/Mars/Rahu combination infuriates Bush by hitting Bush's sensitive fifth house of creative intelligence, Kerry's Sun/Mars/Moon combination similarly throws Bush off balance. But here, Kerry's alpha male potency also overwhelms Bush's fifth house mind. This is why Kerry dominated the first debate, indicating Kerry will dominate the upcoming debates as well.
There are other planetary interractions between Bush's and Kerry's charts, but the Scorpio influences discussed here both explain and characterize Kerry's personal domination. The October 1 Alternet,org article, Father Key vs. Boy George could not be more aptly titled. See http://www.alternet.org/election04/20050/
The first presidential debate concluded specifically as predicted in the September 26 Forecast, #56 The Race To November 2, This will be a test of who can keep cool and focused under stress. Kerry should prevail. More fundamentally for the presidential race, as stated in that Forecast's closing section, How The Public Will Perceive The Debates,
My personal reaction last evening was that following Bush's achievement of saying vociferous, he looked and sounded as if he just wanted to go home -- like because deer hunting season was opening in Texas.
In the August 22 Celestial Wheel, I calculated that oil at $50 per barrel translates into a $2.80 per gallon gas price. Hopefully, the next presidential debate will include questions about this topic, yet another instance of Bush having taken his eye off the ball. With gasoline pump prices already again moving beyond $2.00 per gallon, affecting everyone's daily life, this issue must echo back to voters' decisions on November 2.
Congratulations to Subscriber H.K. in Worcester, MA for not just ordering a hybrid car but also being willing to go without a vehicle during the long waiting period. His action demonstrates that individual sacrifice is required in order to reverse course and save ourselves from the neoconservatives. As I stated September 29, None of us are bystanders.
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