Saturday, September 8, 2018

American resurgence

Since early 2008, many accurate predictions have been made on the basis of the 20° Cancer rising SAMVA USA horoscope. Notable among these is the prediction for a resurgence in the USA from April 2016. What is remarkable is that the predictions mentioned exactly the kind of language that President Donald Trump has adopted in his public statements. While the predictions focused on the trend in national affairs, they did not discuss the sub-period or transit influences throughout the six year period. When these are considered, the turmoil in national affairs from 2017 becomes more understandable. However, even if these are considered, in terms of their impact on national affairs, the Trump administration has pushed ahead with policies aimed at invigorating the US economy and removing obstacles to a durable world peace.

Trump's National Security Strategy
On December 18, 2017, President Trump announced his National Security Strategy, with the following words: 

" First and foremost, President Donald J. Trump’s National Security Strategy is a reflection of his belief that putting America first is the duty of our government and the foundation for effective U.S. leadership in the world. It builds on the 11 months of Presidential action thus far to renew confidence in America both at home and abroad. Four vital, national interests—organized as the strategy’s four pillars—form the backbone of this commitment: 
  • PROTECT the homeland, the American people, and the American way of life; 

Nature and timing of predictions
Since early 2008, a resurgence has been predicted in US the national life based on these very same characteristics: prosperity, strength, influence, security, etc. during the Sun major period of the SAMVA USA chart. 

Here is the April 2008 prediction, emphasing American influence:
"In the third SUN dasa in the 3rd dasa cycle, which runs from April 9 2016 to April 10 2022, we can expect the extension of the territory, the increased authority of the USA abroad, in short, the return of the might of the country."
 In a prediction on November 2009, the prosperity was noted:
"The combined influences of the planet manifest in the national life, both as a permanent natal influence and as a highlighted temporary influence due to transits of the planets and the operation of periods.
SunWealth, status, banks, currency, President, authority, easy gains and foreign affairs. A strong and influentially placed Sun gives strength to the above indications but also periodic problems".
In an article from March 2010, the protective nature of America's foreign policy built on "peace through strength" in the first Sun major period in the USA (1776-1782) was discussed:
The founders of the USA planted the seeds of national greatness that has been the hallmark of the USA ever since. 
"In his last years in office, an embattled President George Washington yearned for a time when this nation will possess the strength of a Giant and there will be none who can make us afraid."
Elements of the Sun major period
The Sun in the SAMVA USA chart
In sum, the attributes of the placement of the Sun in the SAMVA USA chart, gives wealth creating attributes in terms of its role as 2nd lord of wealth and status. The power of the US Presidency is explained by the general indication of the Sun as leader. The international dimension of American influence is due to the Sun's placement in the most effective point of the 7th house of foreign relations and policy. Moreover, the Sun's aspect to the first house of the chart, gives the USA an image of a powerful entity. Based on this, it was predicted since 2008 that the above elements would come to the fore during the Sun major period from April 2016 to April 2022. This accurate prediction offers a stunning confirmation of the authenticity of the SAMVA USA chart as well as the accuracy of the Systems' Approach as a method of interpretation and prediction.

Other influences in the Sun major period
There are other influences on Sun in this chart, that also have a bearing on the outcome. The legendary deceiver and manipulator, Rahu, is in the 10th house MEP, from where it aspects the 2nd house, owned by the Sun. This explains why US businesses try to manipulate the Office of President, the government and legislature, for their own interests. However, in the Sun period, this tendency is suppressed with an emphasis on the national interest, considering especially the welfare of millions of working Americans, whose wages dropped as big corporations profited from outsourcing millions of manufacturing jobs abroad, while competition from millions of illegal and low skilled immigrants pushed their wages further down. In 2017, the United Nations estimated 40 million Americans were living in poverty. This is what the Trump administration has announced it is trying to change for the better. Finally, as Saturn as lord of the 8th house aspects the Sun, this adds easy gains to the status and wealth of the USA, but also danger to the Presidents. This is more so as Ketu aspects the 8th house, adding the potential for sudden explosive events to the indications of Saturn. 

Difficult sub-periods and transits
The difficult transits and sub-periods in 2017-2020, including sub-periods of Rahu, Jupiter and Saturn, and transits of 6th lord Jupiter in Libra and 4th house, 8th lord Saturn in Sagittarius and 6th house and nodes in Gemini and 12th house and 6th house, have made it hard to establish harmony and consensus about this project of national resurgence. It was also predicted on the SAMVA discussion list in early 2017 that this was likely to result in the energe of obstacles and endings in the area of political conflict. Many people are still caught up in a mind-set of discrimination and inferiority after decades of policies that undermined social harmony and economic growth by fostering ever more inequality. The year 2019 will likely be the peak year for such disharmony, when transit 8th lord Saturn and transit Ketu become conjunct natal 4th lord Venus at 23° 50' Sagittarius and 6th house MEP. At that time, it is likely that the nation will confront its inner discord and eliminate it, but likely not without great upset or suffering.

Establishment of the trend
By April 2022, when the Sun major period ends, this trend of resurgence will likely have become firmly established in the national life. The positive influences of the Moon period (2022-2032) will then begin to set in. 

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Rise and fall of progress

The Progressive Era of the late 19th and early 20th century is a fascinating period in US history. It‘s rise and fall can be explained in terms of the SAMVA USA chart. What is even more interesting, is that we are witnessing a revival of a similar political shift in the USA since 2016, which was predicted from 2008 based on the chart. Let us review the socio-political nature of the developments along with an analysis of this amazing mundane horoscope.

The essence of progress
In the late 19th century, the Progressive movement arose in the USA in an effort to end corporate abuses of working people and consumers. These abuses had developed in the post Civil War era, now known as the Gilded Age. While the period was one of economic progress its rewards were increasingly maldistributed and it was subject to frequent banking crises and recessions. The Gilded Age is associated with “Robber Barons“ and large monopolies, known as trusts, who practiced exploitation through high prices and poor quality related to their monopoly position. Two key initiatives to fostering more equitable growth was to break up monopolies and protect manufacturing industries and employment through higher tariffs. Indeed, the Progressive movement followed a popular surge from 1890, which brought the Sherman Anti Trust Act and a Populist Party. While the Populist Party did not achieve poltical power, the ideals of the movement continued, and can be said to have gained political power with the election of Republican William McKinley in 1896. The Progressive movement continued under the vibrant leadership of Theodore Roosevelt following McKinley's assassination on September 6, 1901. It gained steam through his second term. Roosevelt raised tariffs on foreign imports and sought a graduated income tax, in order to strengthen American industry and diversify the funding of the Federal government. Roosevelt also forcefully applied the anti-trust legislation to break up monopoly trusts. As a result, the economy grew and unemployment came down. In the 1908 election, Roosevelt was replaced by William Howard Taft, who continued with the progressive mantle of the Republican Party. However, soon, Taft began to make compromises on the policies in favour of corporations, including by reducing tariffs. In the 1912 election, Roosevelt came out of retirement with the aim of replacing Taft but the party bosses wouldn't have it. Roosevelt then founded the Progressive Party and ran on that ticket but lost. As Taft and Roosevelt were competing for the same Republican voters, the Democratic party candidate, Woodrow Wilson, easily won the Presidency in 1912. Wilson used progressive rhetoric and instituted the federal income tax and improved the regulation of businesses. However, he reduced the tariff again. Inequality began to grow again along with economic imbalances. Warren G. Harding became President in 1921. Under his stewardship the reforms of the Progressive Era were dismantled, resulting in an economic and financial boom based on growing inequality and imbalances. Eventually, the bubble burst and a deep and painful depression unfolded.

Astrology of progress
Progress in a horoscope is seen during a major period of strong and well placed functional benefic planet. However, a counter trend may take place during a shorter sub-period of an afflicted or afflicting planet within the major period, or due to adverse significant events associated with stationary transit afflictions in the chart involving functional malefic planets. The Vimsottari dasa-bukhti cycle spans 120 years, that can repeat for mundane entities, like nations.

This huge political shift from iniquity to fairness is clearly seen in the 20° Cancer rising SAMVA USA chart. The Gilded Age developed in the major period of Ketu (1869-1876), which afflicts in the chart, and peaked in the major period of a weak and badly placed Venus (1876-1896). The progressive movement took hold in the major period of a strong and influential Sun (1896-1902). It peaked in the major period of an exalted and well placed Moon (1902-1912). It then softened in the major period of a strong and well placed Mars, but which has Rahu afflict its house (1912-1919) and ended with the onset of the major period of Rahu, which afflicts several houses in the chart (1919-1937).

Let's look at what the sign and house placement and aspects involving these planets suggest about how their indications are expected to fare during their periods. Of course, the rapidly changing transits are outside the purview of a survey article like this, spanning decades.

As predicted, the major period of the Sun as 2nd lord of assets and status (due to its ownership of the sign Leo in the 2nd house) represented a positive change in the country. This is because the Sun is well placed and strong at 23° 44' Capricorn and the most effective point of the 7th house, from where it aspects the 1st house of self, giving additional confidence. Saturn as 8th lord aspects the Sun, which adds easy gains to its indications, but also obstacles and endings. The tragedies befalling the Presidency are also linked to the aspect of Ketu in the MEP of the 4th house, from where it aspects the 8th house. Rahu also aspects the 2nd house, adding manipulations to the wealth and reputation of the country. Hence, there are also these adverse influences seen during the Sun major period.

The period of the exalted Moon, as 1st lord of self (due to its ownership of the sign Cancer in the 1st house), at 7° 19' Taurus and 11th house of income, friendships, future plans and ideals is expected to be auspicious, more so as 2nd lord Sun at 23° 44' Capricorn and the most effective place in the 7th house, aspects the 1st house of self, boosting its indications further still. Hence during the Moon period 1902-1912, there was genuine progress in the national affairs.

By comparison, the major period of Mars as 10th lord of government, legislation and foreign trade (due to its ownership of the sign Aries in the 10th house).  Mars is well placed and strong in its own sign Scorpio and the 5th house, where it is in a mutual aspect with the auspicious Moon, giving fame and recognition to the country on the world stage. Morevover, the USA has tended to prosper also during the Mars period, but not so unambiguously. This is because the functional malefic planet Rahu, ruling manipulations, is conjunct the most effective point of the 10th house, owned by Mars. As a result, business has tended to encroach on the government, seeking favours in the form of legislation that helps businessmen secure more profits.

Finally, the Rahu period, is indicated by the affliction of this planet to the 10th house, 2nd house, 4th house and 6th house, giving a wide variety of problems during its period. This has been explained in another article.

Sun major period (April 1896 – April 1902)
William McKinley (1843-1901)
William McKinley was elected President in 1896, which historians consider as a “realigning election,“ in which the political issues of the post–Civil War era gave way to issues defining the Progressive Era, resulting in rapid economic growth. McKinley promoted the 1897 Dingley Tariff to protect manufacturers and factory workers from foreign competition, and in 1900, he secured the passage of the Gold Standard Act. On September 6, 1901, an anarchist shot President McKinley. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt was sworn in. He had a well‐deserved reputation as a “trustbuster.” During Roosevelt's administration (1901–09), fourty four antitrust actions were filed against the nation's largest corporations, including the Northern Securities Company (a railway holding company). But the essence of the president's Square Deal — Roosevelt's approach to social problems, big business, and labor unions — was that he distinguished between “good” and “bad” trusts and strongly preferred to regulate corporations for the public welfare rather than destroy them.

Moon major period (April 1902 – April 1912)
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)
Roosevelt enacted the Elkins Act (1903) and the Hepburn Act (1906) to control the railroads. Regulation meant protecting the interests of consumers as well as controlling the power of big business. Roosevelt also regulated the pharmaceutical and food industries, the latter of which is ruled by the Moon.  William Howard Taft, Roosevelts handpicked successor, was elected President in 1908.  Although more conservative than his predecessor, Taft filed twice the number of antitrust suits as Roosevelt, and the Supreme Court upheld the breakup of Standard Oil under the Sherman Antitrust Act (1911) during his administration. Through the Mann‐Elkins Act (1910), the authority of the ICC was again expanded to cover regulation of telephone, telegraph, and cable companies. Taft actively supported both the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Amendments (which provided for the federal income tax and direct election of senators, respectively) and established new agencies, such as the Bureau of Mines, which set standards of mine safety, and the Federal Children's Bureau. Despite his strong reform record, President Taft lost support among Progressives within the Republican Party. Taft wanted lower duties on imports, but was unable to stop his own party from pushing through the Payne‐Aldrich Tariff (1909) which kept rates on some products high over the objections of the Insurgents. Early into Taft's term a major split in Republican ranks between conservatives and progressives became apparent. Whatever other goals they had, the Progressive Republicans were determined to gain control of the party and deny Taft's nomination for a second term. Roosevelt began to seriously consider running again when he returned from a safari in Africa in 1910.

After the 1908 election, when Roosevelt was out of office, he continued to promote progressive ideals, a New Nationalism, much to Taft's dismay. Roosevelt attacked his successor's administration, arguing that its guiding principles were not that of the party of Lincoln, but those of the “Gilded Age.“ Indeed, there were some major differences between Roosevelt and Taft that may be summarised as follows. Roosevelt wanted higher tariff, but Taft wanted to lower the tariff. Roosevelt was in favor of a national income tax but Taft was against it. Roosevelt wanted to further circumscribe the behavior of corporations in favour of consumers, while Taft was more lenient towards big business.

Mars major period  (April 1912 – April 1919)
William Howard Taft (1857-1930)
In the election of 1912, Roosevelt had indicated early on that he would accept the Republican nomination if it was offered to him. Even though the former president won several primaries and carried a number of state conventions, Republican conservatives controlled the nominating convention and made sure Taft was chosen to run for a second term. Roosevelt and his supporters bolted and formed the Progressive Party, whose platform called for presidential primaries, direct election of senators, the vote for women, greater regulation of the trusts, and a ban on child labor. The Democrats selected the past president of Princeton University and governor of New Jersey, Woodrow Wilson, as their nominee. Although put into the State House by the Democratic bosses, Governor Wilson had proved himself to be a reformer, pushing through a direct primary law, workmen's compensation, and public utility regulation.

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)
The election of 1912 was a contest between Roosevelt and Wilson and their respective progressive philosophies. Roosevelt campaigned for his New Nationalism, which maintained that large corporations were an integral part of modern industrial society. The responsibility of the federal government was to regulate, not to destroy, business combinations while protecting the interests of the underprivileged. Wilson's New Freedom called for restoring competition through elimination of the trusts and lowering tariffs. Although recognizing that federal power was necessary to accomplish these goals, he was just as concerned with big government as big business; any expansion of authority from Washington he considered to be only a temporary expedient. With the Republican vote split between Roosevelt and Taft, Wilson won with the largest electoral majority of any presidential candidate up to that time.

Wilson mobilized public opinion for a reduction in tariffs by „denouncing corporate lobbyists“. The revenue lost by the lower tariff was replaced by a new federal income tax, authorized by the 16th Amendment. Wilson used progressive rhetoric in instituting the federal income tax. He created the Federal Reserve System in 1914, to control money and liquidity in the private banking system and he also created the Federal Trade Commission, to improve the regulation of businesses. However, he reduced the tariffs again, which was the backbone of Roosevelt's progressive platform. As a result, inequality began to grow again and along with it economic imbalances. In 1914, World War I and its after effects took over the agenda of his presidency.

Rahu major period (April 1919 – April 1937)
Warren G. Harding (1865-1923)
Warren G. Harding served as President from 1921 until his death in 1923. At that time, he was one of the most popular U.S. Presidents, but the exposure of scandals in his administration, such as Teapot Dome, and revelations of an affair by his mistress, reduced it, such that he is one of the worst rated Presidents today. Harding's attitude toward business was that government should aid it as much as possible. He was suspicious of organized labor, viewing it as a conspiracy against business. Harding‘s administration abolished the excess profits tax on corporations instituted by the Wilson administration. Harding also sought to deny a bonus payment to veterans of WW I and to reduce tariff rates further. The passage of the tariff bill is said to have caused a “feeding frenzy of lobbyist interests.“ Income tax rates and government spending were also pared, resulting in a boom in corporate profits and economic activity. Modernisation of the economy, with increased use of electricity, mass production and an infrastructure boom ended the recession. "Business progressivism" took further hold under Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. A stock market boom materialised, stoked by insider manipulation, which set the scene for a catastrophic financial meltdown that was followed by a long lasting and painful economic depression.

Comparison to the present time
Donald J. Trump (1946-)
The election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President in 2016, when a new cycle of the major periods of strong functional benefic planets began, also represents a transformation of the political landscape. His election was preceded in 2010 by a popular groundswell against the economic and financial abuses, with the Occupy Wall Street protests and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, also with as its aim to break up the banking behemoths. His Presidency recalls the earlier Progressive era with its pronounced focus on the need to protect manufacturing industries and employment through higher tariffs and curbs on illegal immigration. His tax cuts favour both corporations and working people, with as their aim to fire up the economy after a period of "secular stagnation," and to attract huge funds held abroad by the globalised corporations, to be e.g. invested in US manufacturing. Already, around $300 billion have flowed back into the economy since 2017, an eight-fold increase from the inflows of earlier years. Wage incomes have also begun rising, which may start to reduce the huge inequality that developed in prior decades of free (unlimited) trade and poorly controlled immigration, which led to an outsourcing of well paid jobs and pressure to reduce wages, also in the service sector. As such, President Trump is fighting the interests of the globalised corporations, which benefited from those policies, while ordinary workers suffered. He is also trying to end the political corruption that made it possible. This has all been predicted (see also this article). The transits of 2019, will bring adverse events for the US economy and will test the resilience of the economy, which is seen to be less when inequality is great. This is due to the fact that economic growth is then more reliant on an increase in household and government debt. Under normal conditions, the economy should grow more based on rising incomes to fund the growth of consumption and housing investment.


In short, while economic progress is sometimes identified with technological progress, or human achievements, true such progress requires the rise in the welfare of all people, and not just some (very rich) people. While real progress was seen to be made from the late 19th century and to peak in the early 20th century, it declined again in the 1920s. We are now witnessing the reemergnce of true economic progress again. Moreover, as the progress is being developed on the basis of greater fairness in business organisation and operation, and less on tax and spend policies, it is likely the Democrats will eventually embrace it, even if it is expected to decline again as the 2040s approach.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Artist for the ages

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney, a legendary creative force in the biggest band of all time, the Beatles, was born on June 18, 1942 in Liverpool, England, UK. There is some uncertainty about the birth time, but most accounts suggest a time of around either 2 am or 2 pm. A rectified horoscope for him is based on 1:35 p.m. giving 27° 56' Leo rising. Alternative ascendants, to cover these times, giving a Virgo, Capricorn, Aquarius or Pisces ascendant, do not offer a credible fit.

The Leo ascendant gives a good fit for Mr. McCartney as "a fiery sign ruled by the Sun, the significator of vitality, intelligence, male progeny, social status, profession, father, heart, royalty and magnificence"[1]. 

In this article, his horoscope is explained in terms of the System's Approach, a horoscopic astrology method based on the sidereal zodiac, with a focus on the placements. His life has been devoted to creative contributions, early on involving collaboration with other outstanding artists, notably John Lennon, with great public acclaim.

Leo rising horoscope

Leo becomes the first house and the succeeding signs thus constitute the houses counted from there, i.e. Virgo becomes the 2nd house, Libra the 3rd house, etc. The functional benefic planets in the Leo rising horoscope are those planets ruling the moolatrikona signs falling in the good houses, i.e. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11. These are the magnanimous Sun as 1st lord of self, the analytical Mercrury as 2nd lord of wealth, status and family, the artistic Venus as 3rd lord of communication, the expansive Jupiter as 5th lord of creativity, intelligence and children, structuring Saturn as 7th lord of spouse and advisors and energetic Mars as 9th lord of luck and father. This leaves the three functional malefic houses, i.e. the 6th house of conflict, health and finances, 8th house of obstacles and endings and the 12th house of losses and bed pleasures. The nurturing Moon as 12th lord of losses and far away places is a functional malefic planet for Leo's, along with the karmic Moon's nodes of Rahu, ruling materiality, and Ketu, ruling separation. 

The personality of Leo's is described principally by their ruling planet, the Sun. A strong Sun gives them plenty of heart, character, will power and willingness to lead. The conditions of other planets help to explain other dimensions of their personality. In this chart the 1st lord Sun in early Gemini and 11th house, gives an interest in friends, future plans and income. It also makes the personality idealistic.

The McCartney family
The family in ca. 1948
Paul's mother, Mary Patricia McCartney (ne Mohan) was a midwife and as such the family's primary source of income. His father, James McCartney, was a musician and worked in the cotton trade. Paul was baptised Catholic but his father, who was born protestant, was an agnostic and religion was not emphasised in the household. Paul's younger brother was Michael, who also took up music based on their father's encouragement.

Paul's father is represented by the Sun and 9th lord Mars. The Sun is well placed in Gemini and the 11th house ruling future plans, friends and income. It is slightly weakened by being in infancy. Mars is badly placed and debilitated in the 12th house. These placements represent his inspirational influence but also his modest career

Paul's mother is represented by 12th lord Moon, which is placed in Cancer and the most effective point of the 12th house. In itself, the Moon is strong in its own sign, Cancer, but it is in the most effective point of the 12th house, from where it aspects the 6th house of illness. The 4th house represents the mother, but the sign Scorpio is there, which is not a moolatrikona sign. Hence, there is no functional ruler indicating mother. However, 2nd lord of family, Mercury, is in the earthy sign of Taurus, owned by Venus, and in the most effective point of the 10th house. Hence, he was destined for career success. Mercury also aspects the 4th house of mother, suggesting a positive influence of family and success on his inner harmony. It also indicates an analytical intelligence and drive for success was instilled in him from an early age. The influence of Mercury gave him a knack for writing catchy lyrics.

Mary passed away from complications of breast cancer when Paul was only 14 years old. At the time, the Ketu-Mercury period was operating. Ketu is the planet of separation but Mercury represents the family. On the day of her passing, transit 2nd lord Mercury was in Libra and 3rd house, while its dispositor, transit 3rd lord Venus, was conjunct 12th lord Moon in the 2nd house and under exact aspect of transit stationary Ketu in the 10th house. 

Beginning of artistic efforts
In November, 1956, Paul entered the major planetary period of Venus. Venus is the planet of art and represents the wife in a man's chart. Venus is is 3rd lord of communication in Aries and in the most effective point of the 9th house. It thus also aspects its own house, giving luck to his efforts as a writer of songs and lyrics. It detracts from the overall strength that its dispositor, Mars is weak in the 12th house of losses. His first songwriting effort at that time was "I lost my little girl." Importantly, as rulers of the 3rd and 9th house, Venus and Mars are, like 2nd lord Mercury, sun-like planets for Leo's, giving additional strength to their indications. This is an important consideration to explain the quantum of his success.

Friends are indicated by the 11th house, and Paul has both his 1st lord Sun and 5th lord Jupiter there. It indicates interest in friendships with creative people. Paul met John Lennon on July 6, 1957. He was running the Venus-Venus period and natal Venus is placed in the 9th house of luck. On that day, transit Venus was in the 12th house where it was conjunct both his natal and transit Mars, the 9th lord of luck. Meanwhile, transit 12th lord Moon was in Libra and the 3rd house, owned by Venus. There were other important placements, including the conjunction of 1st lord Sun and 2nd lord Mercury, involving self and status in the 11th house of friends. Meanwhile, tr 5th lord Jupiter, was in Virgo and 2nd house. It was an auspicious meeting of two young men who were to become the famous Lennon-McCartney songwriting duo.

Hamburg years
George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Lennon and McCartney soon attracted George Harrison and others to their early efforts at forming a band. They made several trips to perform in Hamburg, Germany between August 1960 and December 1962. While there, they cut their teeth as performers. 

This is seen in the link between 3rd lord Venus in the 9th house and the placement of 9th lord Mars in the 12th house, representing foreign countries. The Venus - Sun period ran from March 1960 to March 1961, when the Venus - Moon period began, which ran until November 1962, when the Venus-Mars period began. By August 1962, the line up of The Beatles was finalised with another musical genius, Ringo Starr, whom they had met and befriended in Hamburg. 

First no. 1 hit
The Beatles were prolific songwriters and honed their craft by performing songs by other songwriters as well as their own material. After meeting up with first their manager, Brian Epstein, and then producer, George Martin, they soon hit up on a winning formula and their first single to reach the no. 1 spot on the UK charts was "Please, please me" in May of 1963. 

The Venus-Mars period was running in Paul's horoscope. Transit 9th lord Mars was in the 1st house, while 1st lord Sun was in the 10th house, conjunct his 7th lord Saturn, which indicates spouse and partners. Transit 3rd lord Venus and transit 2nd lord Mercury where in the 9th house of fortune. 

Break up of the Beatles
After Brian Epstein died in August 1967, the band members eventually ran into problems managing the band and their creative company, Apple. It also emerged that the band members had been ripped off by the record company. Conflicts emerged about who should manage their finances and cracks appeared in their artistic collaboration. George Harrison wanted to have more of his songs included on the albums, and even the calm one, Ringo Starr, got frustrated and took a break. John, who had met Yoko, became more passive and Paul stepped in as the effective band leader. What is likely more of a factor, is that they had been working together for over ten years, and as George Harrison later said, "we sacrificed our nervous systems" in the process. They had been under great strain, not just from the fame and demands for ever greater creations, but they were also weighed down by drug use. They desperately needed a change of direction, or a fresh start. In September 1969, John Lennon informed his band mates that he was planning to leave the band. This came as a blow to the others, but the decision remained private until Paul announced that he was leaving the band on April 10, 1970. This is considered the end of the Beatles.

In Paul's chart, the Venus-Saturn period was running from September 1969. As 7th lord of the chart, Saturn represents partnerships. At the time of the break up, transit Moon, as 12th lord of losses, was conjunct natal Saturn in the 10th house and transit Saturn in the 9th house was under close aspect from transit Ketu, the planet of separation in the 1st house of self. Finally, transit Sun, as 1st lord of self, was in the 8th house of endings. 

Loss of John Lennon
Tragedy struck on December 8, 1980, when a deranged gun man shot and killed John Lennon, Paul's friend and most significant collaborator. They had recently, begun to heal their strained relationship. As Paul later remarked, they had said their good byes on better terms.

In the chart, natal Ketu in the 7th house of others aspects natal Jupiter in the 11th house of friends, suggesting separation involving friends. The Sun-Mercury period was operating. Transit 12th lord Moon was in the 5th house opposite to natal 5th lord Jupiter. It was under the aspect of natal Ketu, the lord of separation, in the 7th house of others. Transit Ketu, the lord of separation, was in the 6th house of conflict, from where it was aspecting transit 5L Jupiter and transit 7th lord Saturn in the 2nd house, owned by Mercury. There were favourable aspects as well, including transit 2nd lord Mercury in the 4th house opposite natal 7th lord Saturn in the 10th house. Transit Venus in its own 3rd house was opposite natal Venus and transit 1st lord Sun in the 4th house was opposite natal 2nd lord Mercury in the 10th house.  

Lifelong career
Paul McCartney is that rare artist that has remained relevant throughout his life. With Saturn as 7th lord in the 10th house, travelling is seen as part of the career. Indeed, Paul was always the Beatle most inclined to tour. He has done so throughout his career, to the delight of his millions of fans. Today, at the age of 76, he is still delighting his fans, as his recent appearance on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke show demonstrates. 

In November 2017, he entered the major planetary period of Jupiter. Jupiter is the 5th lord in Gemini and 11th house. It is just outside the orb of conjunction with the powerful Sun, but combust, indicating creativity in the sphere of future plans, friends and income. Jupiter, along with the Sun, is a planet indicating religion. The period suggests he may have a religious awakening at this stage in his life, focused on his plans for the remainder of his life. It could also be a joyful and creative time.

References
[1] Chaudhary, Rajesh K. "Impact of Ascending Signs : Leo" YourNetAstrologer. http://yournetastrologer.com/learn_astrology76.htm


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Accurate mundane predictions

SAMVA USA chart is based on the creation of a Perpetual Union  
Since the discovery of the SAMVA USA chart on December 30, 2006, many accurate predictions have been made based on it, sometimes far into the future, including the present time. These predictions are focused on national events, such as financial, social, political and economic developments.  Importantly, the predictions based on a national chart will not describe individuals or individual events, but rather major trends and signficant events in the national life.

SCOPE OF MUNDANE ASTROLOGY
While the predictions have a lot to do with the political change sweeping the country since 2016, some would argue that nothing good can come of the Presidency of Donald Trump. This is highlighted by the  histrionics of the corporate media, offering almost daily coverage of allegations made concerning his improper behaviour as a private citizen, mistakes made by him or his neophyte administration, lying among his advisers, or his tendency as a political animal to give no quarter in disputes. The investigation of the Special Counsel is a further complication. Despite all of this, it is important to keep in mind that mundane  predictions are not about any man but the agency of leadership, especially during a Sun major period, in bringing about significant change to the policies guiding the affairs of the country.

DIFFICULT TRANSITS IN 2016-2018
The predictions were also focused on the period influences in the chart, especially trend developments associated with major periods in the chart. As such, they leave out the influence of transits, which add their own colour to the developments in terms of shorter lived significant events. For instance, since early 2017, transit 8th lord Saturn has been in the sign of Sagittarius and the 6th house of conflict in the SAMVA USA chart. It will remain there until January 2020. As mentioned in the prediction for the year 2017, this was predicted to bring a lot of obstacles and endings to the area of conflict in the country, notably obstruction by the political opposition, including the activities of the Special Counsel. Moreover, as transit Jupiter is from September 2017 until November 2018 in the sign of Libra and the 4th house of the chart, the conflict is predicted to disturb the collective harmony. Indeed, the country has been rife with conflict, as the globalist-liberals, or former establishement, battles the reigning nationalist-progressives of Trump for the future direction of policies guiding the country.  This is especially so during this summer, when transit Jupiter becomes stationary at 19° Libra, within the most effective point of the 4th house in the 20° Cancer rising horoscope. As a result, while there have been positive trend developments as described in numerous predictions from 2008-2015, the transits are coloring the experience. However, as the fog of transits wears off, history will reveal the trend shift more clearly as predicted.

AMAZINGLY INSIGHTFUL PREDICTIONS
The conclusion is nevertheless that these predictions have been accurate in terms of their nature and timing. This is heartening indeed, as it opens up the way for (mundane) astrology to take its rightful place among the social sciences, with the aim to help people adjust their lives to probable future developments for more stability and happiness.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Power of Astrology

The Return of a Rhetorical Presidency
Mundane events are revealing ever more clearly that the victorious campaign and election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America in 2016 has been a major turning point for US and world history. The results are showing up everywhere, in the political thinking and policy dialogue in the USA and in dramatic changes in foreign relations around the world, most visibly at the present time in the first steps of a return to peaceful relations on the Korean peninsula.

What should be even more astounding is that this change was predicted in numerous articles on this blog beginning ten years ago this month. The predictions were based on a shift in April 2016, from a sequence of long standing Vimsottari Dasa planetary periods of weak and afflicted planets (Ketu and Venus) to strong and influential planets (Sun, Moon and Mars) in the then newly discovered SAMVA USA chart, as well as the accurate Systems' Approach to Interpreting Horoscopes.

In the article From Gilded Age to Progressive Era on this blog on November 18, 2009, the following prediction was made:
We can see that the Gilded Age was replaced by a much more confident and progressive era in US national and political life. This is consistent with the major planetary periods of the time. The national life in the USA since the 1980s has been characterised by great economic progress, with notable advances in communications infrastructure. However, imbalances, financial panics and social tensions have also been there. The forthcoming periods of the Sun (April 2016 - April 2022), Moon (- April 2032) and Mars (- April 2039) indicate that the US will experience a return to considerable progress in the national life during these periods, associated with policies that lead to a reduction in tensions over inequality or injustices, consistent with earlier such periods in the national life.
The election of Donald Trump was also accurately predicted by the late Indian author and astrologer V. K. Chouhdry on October 2015, based on Trump's 6° Leo rising horoscope and the Systems' Approach analysis. The unique nature of the 2016 election as a "realigning election" was also clearly identified in January 2015 (see comment), well before Donald Trump announced his candidacy in mid June 2015. Such is the power of astrology.

From Progressive Era I to Progressive Era II
In this article, let´s review the similarity of the Sun periods in SAMAVA USA chart, in terms of the views of historians about the first Progressive Era (1896-1919) and how President Trump's policies (2016-) are in alignment with progressive reforms. What they have in common is reforms aimed at making society more just and vigorous. This idea is well encapsulated in the phrase "from poverty to prosperity", which was made by President Trump at a rally in Michigan yesterday. Like Presidents McKinley, Roosevelt and Taft before him, President Trump is proving to be a "rhetorical President". This is testament is to the role of a strong leader, especially in the Sun period. 

In an academic paper in 2011 at Harvard University's Center for the Study of the Presidency, Robert Saldin identified William McKinley, who was President from 1896 to his death in 1901, with the active use of "rhetoric" to persuade the public of progressive policies. Indeed, he is now recognised as the "America's first Progressive President". Trump has clearly revitalised that tradition.
The rise of the “rhetorical presidency” in the early 1900s is widely seen as a pivotal development of that office. According to the original rhetorical presidency theory, Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson diverged from the traditional mode of presidential leadership and guided the institution in a starkly different, more visible, and popular direction rooted in public speaking. While Roosevelt and Wilson are certainly worthy of the attention they have received in transforming the office, William McKinley’s status as a key player in the development of the rhetorical presidency has been overlooked. 
Powerful public response
While the country is rife with conflict, due to the transit of 8th lord Saturn in the 6th house of conflict, Trump's supporters are appreciative of him. At the rally yesterday, the crowd shouted "We love you, Trump", again and again (go to hour and minute 1:23:00 in the youtube video of the speech). Such public adulation is highly unusual in American politics. 

This is also explained by the favourable transits in the SAMVA USA chart, including the transit of 4th lord Venus in exaltation at 10° Taurus and the 11th house in opposition aspect to natal 10th lord Mars at 10° Scorpio (its own non-MT sign) and the 5th house, as well as the transit of 2nd lord Sun in exaltation at 14° Aries and the most effective point of the 10th house, in applying conjunction with the sub-period lord Rahu at 18° Aries (and thus not close enough to reduce the strength of the Sun, to the temporary detriment of its indications, including the leader of the country).


Conclusion
The history of people, nations and the world moves forward along a karmic path. There are valleys and peaks. This karma is visible through the power of astrology, to help people prepare their lives for greater stability and spiritual progress. The USA is currently in an upswing, according to the major periods in the SAMVA USA chart, which will last for a couple of decades. However, we also have to contend with the transits of slow moving planets, and in the USA case, the transit of Saturn in the sign of Sagittarius (January 2017-January 2020) is proving difficult, but it will turn more so next year, when Saturn and Ketu become conjunct at 24° Sagittarius, when also the Sun-Saturn period will have commenced. At that time, some calamity is likely to befall the country, as well as other countries, and as predicted first in 2012.  Let's hope for the best. God bless the great people of the United States of America.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Predictions for the USA in 2018

In 2018 the national mood is likely to remain unsettled, notably concerning foreign relations and financial matters. As the year opens, there is already pressure on those fronts, notably with political protests in Iran and an accelerating nuclear threat in North Korea. Trump has on January 1, 2018 also declared that the substantial foreign aid to Pakistan will be cut due to lies and deceit by the government there. This is in line with the prediction made last year that foreign policy and agreements would come under pressure from September 2017. The USA is predicted to inch closer to international conflict in the summer. However, the national developments are expected to remain tame compared to the upheavals predicted in 2019.

METHODOLOGY
Before we delve into the predictions, it may be helpful to review the methodology. Vedic astrology  includes the 120 year Vimsottari dasa-bukhti planetary cycle. It was originally designed for maximum human life, however, it can also run multiple 120 year spans for longer lived nations. In the USA it is now nearing the completion of its second cycle, since the creation of the Perpetual Union in 1781. The history of the USA has been analysed for this entire period in terms of the nine major planetary periods, which range from six to twenty years in length. Each major period also has nine sub-periods, ranging from a few months to several years in length. At any time there is a major period and a sub period operating in the national life. The major period describes the trend influences over its entire operation. The sub-period describes a shorter lived trend, with its own influence. The sub-period normally has primacy in describing the trend of the national life. However, the major period trend is seen to be always operating in the background. On top of this, there is an analysis of the transits, which interact with placements in the national horoscope. The transits take precedence over the dual trend influences by bringing about significant events, of a positive or negative nature. When the transits involve the stationary movement of a slow moving planet, like Jupiter, Saturn, or Rahu and Ketu, in a Cancer rising chart (see explanation in following paragraph), the significant events can appear as a setback with subsequent stress during the transit. Some periods and transits have more influence than others, linked to how strong, weak, afflicted or afflicting the planets involved are in the chart. Just like people, nations can be strong in some areas and weak in others. Some experiences appear like problems out of the blue, while others are events caused by us or others. The nature of the problems may be read from the indications of the planets and signs involved.

The overall interpretation is based on the Systems' Approach to interpreting horoscopes, which requires an understanding of the 'Moolatrikona' signs and their lords, which, depending on the ascendant, alters their rulership of a house. Aries is ruled by Mars, Cancer by Moon, Leo by Sun, Virgo by Mercury, Libra by Venus, Sagittarius by Jupiter and Aquarius by Saturn. When Aries is the sign in the 1st house, Mars becomes 1st lord. As Cancer is in the 4th house, the Moon becomes 4th lord. By comparison, when Cancer is in the ascendant, Moon becomes the 1st lord and Mars the 10th lord, as that is where the sign Aries is. Both Jupiter and Saturn rule signs that fall into malefic houses  and hence they become functional malefic planets for Cancer ascendants, as 6th and 8th lords, respectively. Rahu and Ketu rule no signs and are malefics for all risings signs. Further, the Systems' Approach allows us to understand what planet brings a positive influence for the native. They are related to nine positive houses, especially where the Moolatrikona signs are found: 1st house of self, 2nd house of wealth and status, 3rd house of communication and transportation, 4th house of communal harmony and national resources, 5th house of speculation, young people, universities and management, 7th house of leisure and foreign relations and policy, 9th house of fortune and religion, 10th house of government, legislation and foreign trade, 11th house of friends, goals and income. Conversely, there are three remaining houses who indicate things that may have adverse influences in the life. These are the 6th house of conflict, the 8th house of obstacles and endings and the 12th house of separation and losses. This 'functional' understanding of the houses enables us to analyse the underlying social forces linked to specific planetary placements of the 20° Cancer rising SAMVA USA chart. The Systems' Approach has resulted in many accurate predictions in the past and it guides the annual predictions again this year for the country.

Many western or sun sign astrologers tend to consider the integrated horoscopic astrology as being too complex to deal with. These astrologers rely instead on a variety of partial methods to explain past events. Should they venture into making predictions, these usually don't pan out, serving to harm their reputation, and that of astrology in general. For better results, there is no real alternative to learning vedic horoscopic astrology. Add to this the fact that mundane developments tend to be highly complex. Even university professors apply all of their considerable mental dexterity and life-long learning to understand the range of economic, political or foreign policy developments they specialise in. Politicians then make decisions based on their often more general knowledge of situations. The task facing mundane astrologers is a demanding one. They must try to understand the cosmological influences that operate in the national life, based on their reading of the national horoscope. They then try relate these influences to the diverse national developments, by making predictions of future trends and signficant events! In these annual predictions, the periods and major transits are considered.

Fortunately, the Systems' Approach simplifies the task. By making accurate predictions, mundane astrologers can make a difference in the world, by offering policy makers and ordinary people guidance on what to expect in national and international affairs, so that they can take suitable precautions. The final point is that astrologers are human beings and can make mistakes in reading or evaluating the combined influences, such that something important is missed. However, with the correct birth chart and a reliable method of interpretation and prediction, overall there should be enough accurate insights and predictions involving the nature and timing of events to impress even the sceptics.

ASTROLOGICAL INFLUENCES

1. MAJOR PERIOD
The Sun major period is operating in the SAMVA USA chart from April 2016 to April 2022. As predicted since 2008, this is being accompanied by a concerted trend effort to revive the status and power of the USA on the international stage as well as to bring reforms of the economy that significantly boosts economic growth. The tax reforms in 2017 are judged to be regressive in nature, but the hope is that they will increase corporate investment in the US economy enough to create many higher paying jobs that have the result of reducing inequality, poverty and crime. This is related to the fact that the loss of higher paying manufacturing jobs in prior decades was the source of the increased inequality and poverty in the USA that resulted in the election of Donald Trump as President in  November 2016, based on his promise to "Make America Great Again." While it was a surprise to the pundits, it was predicted here. Moreover, all of this is consistent with the placement of the powerful and authoritative Sun as 2nd lord of wealth and status on the most effective point of the 7th house of foreign relations, aspecting also the 1st house of self and fame.

2. SUB-PERIOD
The Rahu sub-period is operating as the year opens and will end on May 8, 2018, when the Jupiter sub-period begins. Rahu is natally at 17° 47' Aries and in the most effective point of the 10th house of the SAMVA USA chart, from where it aspects the 2nd house of wealth and status, the 4th house of natural resources and communal harmony, the 6th house of conflict and financial stability. Fortunately, 10th lord Mars is strong at 10° 20' Scorpio and 5th house, in mutual aspect with 1st lord Moon at 7° 19' Taurus and 11th house. During this period we may expect issues of manipulation, deception and confusion to emerge concerning the government, legislature and foreign trade. However, the problems are greater if transit Rahu is afflicting and transit Mars is weak or afflicted in transit. Financial stability is also prone to become strained due to such influences. The recent debate and passage of tax reforms likely involved 'pork' as politicians pursued vested interests at the expense of the national interest. During this sub-period, Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies have become an international bubble, notably in the USA, with the Chicago Mercantile Exchange opening up a futures market in Bitcoin.

The Jupiter sub-period will operate from May 8, 2018 until February 21, 2019. Jupiter is 6th lord of conflict at 4° 25' Scorpio and 5th house. Natally, it is in opposition aspect to 1st lord Moon at 7° 18' Taurus and 11th house, making the mindset of American's war-like, such that they never back down from a provocation. During this time, the risk of conflict increases, especially if the transits become difficult. International provocations risk a fierce reaction by the USA at this time. Banking matters will also become important in the national life. If speculation has become excessive in the prior Rahu sub-period, then it can have negative repercussions for banks in the Jupiter period. All things big and expansive become more prominent in the national life.

3. TRANSITS
As the year opens up, transit 6th lord Jupiter is at 22° 50' Libra and the most effective point of the 4th house, also known as the MEP (+/- 5° of the 20° Libra). This introduces conflictual energy into the matters ruled by the 4th house, such as housing, natural resources, elementary schools and communal harmony. As such, Jupiter aspects the 8th house of obstacles and endings, 10th house of foreign trade, government and legislature and 12th house of wars, smuggling and losses. Moreover, for the first two weeks of the year, transit Jupiter is conjunct transit 10th lord Mars. This introduces a lot of controversy into these area, as highlighted by the publication of a book (Fire and Fury) that is highly critical of Trump and his administration. The situation is made more difficult, with transit 8th lord Saturn at 7° 20' Sagittarius and 6th house, adding obstacles and endings to the conflictual energy. An expression of this is the complete breakdown of cooperation across the aisle in the US Congress.

Faster moving planets also weakened in January. Transit 2nd lord Sun, ruling the wealth and status of the country, and the major period lord, is also transiting this sign and house in the first half of the month, making the situation more difficult for President Trump. Meanwhile, transit 3rd lord Mercury, ruling over communication and transportation, is there from January 7 for the remainder of the month, adding controversy to communication matters. That is made more difficult still as transit Rahu, the sub-period lord, begins the year in stationary movement at 21° Cancer and the MEP of the 1st house of self, from where it also aspects the 5th house of management and speculation, 7th house of foreign policy and relations, and 9th house of justice and religion. Pairwise, transit Ketu is at 21° Capricorn and 7th house MEP, from where it aspects natal 2L Sun at 23° 44' Capricorn, the 11th house of income, goals and friends, the 1st house, the 3rd house of communication and transportation. It is this aspect to the 3rd house, while 3rd lord Mercury is transiting the malefic 6th house, that creates problems for the indications of the 3rd house, suggesting breakdowns and even sudden accidents involving transportation and communication matters in the opening months of the year. The communication of the government with the people is also likely to endure setbacks given these adverse transits..

Nodal station in early 2018
The conjunction of the transit stationary nodes with the 1st and 7th houses with the 20° Cancer rising SAMVA USA chart began at 21° 50' Cancer and Capricorn on December 19, 2017, becomes exact at 20° 50' on March 19, 2018 and ends at 19° 50' on April 15. During this transit, problems are expected to crop up regarding how American's perceive themselves as a nation. Manipulations, deceptions or confusion are likely regarding foreign agreements or foreign cooperation. Upset involving  neighbouring countries, like Mexico and Canada regarding changes to the NAFTA agreement, are possible. Problems could extend to the payment and construction of a wall on the southern border. The dispute with Canada and Britain over the prohibitive import tariff on Bombardier airplanes could deepen in the first three months of the year. This is related to the fact that natal Rahu aspects the 2nd house of wealth, status and relations with close neighbours. Moreover, as transit Ketu becomes stationary at Ketu 20° 50' Capricorn and the most effective point of the 7th house, foreign relations and leisure issues are likely to suffer a sudden crisis. The sub-period lord, Rahu, also aspect the 6th house of conflict, debt repayment and health. Communal harmony may thus become more fragile. The national identity could become a prominent topic of debate in the country. There could also be strains for speculators, young people, universities and the management of the government and sectors like software and the internet. Already, the Net Neutrality legislation is seen to be advancing the interests of large corporations over those of start ups, typically organised and run by young people. As transit Rahu also aspects the 9th house of religious, judicial and foreign issues, we may expect strains there. Transit 2nd lord Sun will become conjunct transit stationary Ketu at 20° 50‘ Capricorn and the 7th house MEP on February 3, 2018. During this time, sudden problems for the President, wealth or status of the country is possible, possibly in relation to foreign policy matters. As Ketu aspects the 3rd house, ruled by Mercury, transportation, communication and high tech issues are vulnerable to setbacks at this time, notably when Mercury is weak and afflicted in transit (see next paragraph).

Sensitive conditions in the spring of 2018
The transit of 6th lord Jupiter becomes stationary from February 12 to April 4, becoming exact on March 9 at 29° 11‘ Libra and the 4th house. In early March, transit Jupiter is not afflicted but is afflicting transit 4th lord Venus and transit 3rd lord Mercury in old age in Aquarius and 8th house, while transit 2nd lord Sun is passing through the aspect of natal Ketu at 17° 47' Libra and 4th house MEP, while transit 8th lord Saturn at 13° 30' Sagittarius and 6th house is in applying aspect from natal Rahu, the sub-period lord, at 17° 47' Aries and 10th house MEP. During this time, the usually formidable ability of the US to engage in and win a conflict is reduced.  Also notable in the spring, is the transit of 8th lord Saturn, which becomes stationary at 14° 02‘ Sagittarius from March 14 to May 25, becoming exact at 15° 02‘ on April 18, 2018. Transit stationary 8th lord Saturn will remain under the aspect of natal Rahu at 17° 47' Aries and 10th house MEP, albeit the orb of affliction will be almost 3°, hence the influence is likely to be limited. That said, as its dispositor, Jupiter, is weak in transit, manipulations, deceit or confusion could create problems concerning easy gains, obstacles and endings. Moreover, the problems would be expected to be related to the areas ruled by the 6th house, conflict, health or financial issues. 

Nodal station in summer of 2018
Another difficult transit station of Rahu and Ketu takes place at 11° 46‘ Cancer and 1st house and Capricorn and 7th house, from June 12 to September 13. The station becomes exact on July 31, 2018. More worryingly, transit Ketu will be exactly conjunct 3rd lord Mercury within a 2° orb from late May to late September 2018. The aspect becomes exact on June 26. This transit suggests problems for transportation and communication issues in the country, but with foreign involvement likely. Significant problems in high tech are also likely. A similar but more malefic contact to Mercury's placement, involving both Ketu and 8th lord Saturn, took place during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. The danger of nuclear war increased. However, as Mercury is fairly strong in the SAMVA USA chart, and with the powerful Sun on the 7th house MEP, a horrific war was averted. Transit 2nd lord Sun becomes conjunct transit stationary Rahu at 11° 46‘ Cancer and 1st house around August 6. During this time, a crisis is possible for the President, status and wealth of the country. In June, transit 10th lord Mars will be conjunct transit Ketu, before and as it goes retrograde. It will then briefly become stationary at 15° 09‘ Capricorn and 7th house in late June, before itself going retrograde, crossing over nodal Ketu and natal Mercury after mid July. It then goes direct at 4° 30‘ Capricorn and 7th house in late August. During this time it is likely the military will become involved in dealing with the challenges. Mars, like Mercury, is strong natally. A major setback to its indications is therefore not expected. However, we should take note that in the prior Jupiter major period (1937-1951) the US got involved in three difficult wars, World War II, the Cold War, and the Korean War.

From mid June to mid August, when transit 6th lord Jupiter becomes stationary at 19° 13' Libra and the 4th house MEP, where it will be conjunct natal Ketu at 17° 47' Libra, the risk of sudden conflict and financial upset increases. The situation in early July will be quite tense, as transit 2nd lord Sun in Gemin and the 12th house  passes into  the opposition of transit 8th lord Saturn at 12° Sagittarius and 6th house and the aspect of natal Ketu at 18° Libra, while transit 3rd lord Mercury passes over transit Rahu at 12° Cancer and 1st house. With transit Ketu at 12° Capricorn,where it is conjunct natal 3rd lord Mercury at 12° 05' Capricorn and 7th house, the foreign policy situation would be quite tense at that time, likely involving some challenge to American's sense of freedom in the world. Earlier, the dispositor of transit 6th lord Jupiter, transit 4th lord Venus will be in Gemini and the 12th house from mid May to June 10. At that time, communal harmony will be more vulnerable, especially as tr Jupiter will then again be in the 4th house MEP.

Transit 4th lord Venus enters Libra on September 2, and remains there until January 2, 2019. It goes retrograde in early October at 16° 40‘ Libra and 4th house. It will then be briefly afflicted by natal Ketu and Rahu, suggesting some problem for the communal harmony, natural resources or housing. Transit Venus continues retrograde and becomes briefly conjunct transit 3rd lord Mercury at 15° Libra and 4th house on October 16. This transit suggests some favourable development with regard to their indications. Transit Venus then goes direct at 1° 10´Libra on November 18 and moves through the sign as earlier noted.

Transit 8th lord Saturn becomes stationary at 9° 30‘ Sagittarius from August 1 to October 11, becoming exact at 8° 30‘ on September 6, 2018. During this time, the conflictual issues become challenged, if fast moving planets are aspected by it. Aside from the very fast moving Moon, this is not seen. Hence, the problems will be less realted to this particular placement.

Tensions concerning conflict in late 2018
The sub-period lord Jupiter enters Scorpio and 5th house on October 12. In this house, Jupiter as 6th lord creates conflictual energy for young people, universities, speculation and management. It will pass over its own natal placement at 4° 25' Scorpio on November 2. At the same time, transit Rahu will be at 6° Cancer and 1st house in applying aspect to both natal and transit Jupiter. This is not ideal, and could create tensions over conflict. Towards the end of the month, as Jupiter moves on, it will become conjunct transit 2nd lord Sun and transit 3rd lord Mercury and natal 10th lord Mars at 10° 05' Scorpio. This creates a complex challenge for also the government and military. Likely the power of the USA will dissuade potential foreign aggressors. 

On December 5, transit Rahu becomes stationary at 3° 40‘ Cancer and 1st house, still in close aspect to sub-period lord Jupiter at 4° 25' Scorpio and 5th house. This should keep the tensions going. The station becomes exact in mid January 2019 at 2° 40‘ and ends at 1° 40‘ Cancer and 1H on March 6, 2019, with the aspect to Jupiter progressively separating, thus easing the situation. 

As the year ends and the new one begins, transit 2nd lord Sun will become conjunct transit 8th lord Saturn at 17° Sagittarius and 6th house, under the close afflicting aspect of natal Rahu at 17° 47' Aries. This suggests problems for the US President, wealth and status. Possibly there will be dispute over abundant easy gains or concerning obstacles and endings. As the new year opens, other, much more difficult aspects await.