Friday, December 30, 2016

Tenth anniversary of the SAMVA USA chart

At 11:18 pm GMT, on December 30, 2006, capping a decade long search, Cosmologer introduced a new horoscope for the USA on the SAMVA discussion list on Yahoo. The new horoscope fit all the criteria for a powerful, dynamic and benign but sometimes troubled country like the USA. More importantly, it was based on an actual legal event that could be consistent with the founding the new nation. Specifically, it was the event when Maryland became the thirteenth requisite and final state to ratify the creation of a Perpetual Union, the forming of an everlasting national bond among the thirteen States. The discovery would have been impossible without the Systems' Approach or the many insights of astrologer and author, V. K. Choudhry, guiding the search efforts on SAMVA list. Befitting this historically important discovery, there is a stunning mysterious link between this authentic horoscope for the United States of America and the horoscope of the SAMVA list, which was created to discover it.

Many accurate predictions
The introduction of the new horoscope was accompanied by predictions which were soon realised:

  • "violence...loss of life" in the Spring of 2007 (Virginia Tech Massacre on April 16, 2007) 
  • "problems for fixed assets" (Sub-Prime Mortgage Crisis erupts in early 2007). 

Many other accurate predictions were publiched long in advance on this blog, mostly as predictions for the year ahead in the USA. Major accurate predictions include


Some years, no major crises were predicted, which also turned out to be accurate! The explanatory power of the chart was also tested with reference to numerous major historical events, as the many articles on this blog attest to.

Decade long search
The 20° Cancer rising SAMVA USA chart (Perpetual Union)
The discovery capped an almost decade long search for an authentic horoscope for the USA by Cosmologer. On November 28, 2000, with the blessing of the propounder of the Systems' Approach, astrologer and author, V. K. Choudhry, he founded the SAMVA list with this express purpose of identifying authentic mundane horoscopes. Many competent astrologers joined the list. On November 2, 2004, historical scholar John Thomas Wyder Battalana reached out to Cosmologer on another forum based on their shared interest in the founding history of the USA. In June 2006, he joined SAMVA list to help Cosmologer undertake a systematic search of possible birth events. Six months went by with periodic discussion off-list, involving the testing of horoscopes for various historical events. None of them gave a good fit or resulted in accurate predictions. The abovementioned legislative event, however, gave an instant good fit. Not only did the event itself make good historical sense but a reading of the chart offered a plausible match with all the tested significant events in the history of the country. Predictive successes based on it then gradually began to increase the confidence. Ten years on, there is little doubt left about its authenticity.

Historical event
Maryland's Act to Ratify the creation of a Perpetual Union
The chart is based on the time when Governor Thomas Sim Lee, signed an Act which both houses of the Maryland State legislature had approved, ratifying the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union. The time was 5:00 pm LMT on Friday, 2 February 1781, in Annapolis, Maryland, giving 20° Cancer rising in the sidereal zodiac (4:58:33 pm when relocated to then capital city, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). Importantly, the Act by Maryland was the 13th and final requisite ratification for the formation of a Perpetual Union. In other words, the Act by Maryland was the final required step in the approval process for the creation of a new nation by the thirteen up till then independent and sovereign States.

Historical record
The event was entered into the legislative record:
"State of Maryland legislation, to authorize ratification [the USA’s 13th]
By the House of Delegates, January 30th, 1781, read and assented to,
By order, F. Green, Clerk.
By the Senate, February 2nd, 1781. Read and assented to.
By order, JAs. MacCubbin, Clerk,
Tho. S. Lee. (L. S.)"1
[Note 1: 1 This copy is in the Papers of the Continental Congress, No. 70, folio 453. It was also entered in No. 9 (History of the Confederation).]
Maryland Senate, Annapolis, February 2, 1781
In the afternoon Session ["Post Meridiem"] among engrossed Bills Nos. 26 up to 52, No.40 was signed and sealed by the Governor, in the Senate Chamber, in the presence of the members of both Houses of the State Legislature.
"No. 40 An Act to empower the delegates of this state in Congress to subscribe and ratify the articles of confederation.
The Senate adjourns to the first Monday in August next."
An important clue emerges about the time of the signing ceremony. The fact that it was the last order of business before adjourning the Senate offers support for the rectified time of 5:00 pm.

SAMVA discussion list
The 6° Leo rising chart for the creation of the SAMVA discussion list on Yahoo
The 6° Leo horoscope for the creation of the SAMVA discussion list is interesting for a number of reasons. First, it has the same ascending degree as President-elect Donald Trump. Second, and more importantly perhaps, is the fact that it has a 120 year Vimsottari - Dasa cycle that is identical in timing to the one in the SAMVA USA chart. As a result, both had very auspicious Sun major periods beginning within a week of each other in April 2016. This is interesting as one was created for the discovery of the other. Third, the discovery of the SAMVA USA chart occurred during the Venus-Jupiter period in the horoscope for the creation of the SAMVA list. Jupiter is one of the most auspicious sub-periods in the 6° Leo rising horoscope. This is because 5L Jupiter is at 12° Taurus and 10th house in opposition aspect to 1L Sun at 13° Scorpio and 4th house. This powerful aspect between the two planets ruling spirituality is suggestive of divinely inspired creativity in the public domain that is aided by a deep perceptiveness. Moreover, when the chart was discovered transit Jupiter was conjunct natal Sun. In the God-centred cosmology of the Vedas, the good karma of discovering the authentic horoscope for the USA, an effort that has challenged untold astrologers for over two centuries, can be explained astrologically with this powerful and accurate method of astrology.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Predictions for the USA in 2017

Trump was elected President as predicted in 2015.
The twenty year Venus major period ended in April 2016 when the six year Sun major period began. The change is remarkable as Venus is the weakest planet in the SAMVA USA chart, while the Sun is the most powerful. This shift has long been predicted to result in a major reinvigoration of the national life from 2016, based on more dynamic national leadership. 
In 2017, the pace of progressive developments in the national life is likely to pick up. At the same time, the developments will be variable as the sub-periods are shorter in the Sun major period, and thus changing more frequently than in Venus period. In the coming year, three sub-periods will be running. The first two sub-periods of Moon and Mars are auspicious while the third, of Rahu from mid June, will be less auspicious. Moreover, the transit influences during the year will also bring change. The slow moving functional malefic planets of Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu, will change signs and houses, enter into stationary movement and make contacts in the chart. Overall, we may expect continued improvement in the national life in the first half of the year while setbacks are likely in the second half.

Period influences
The Sun major period in the SAMVA USA chart began on April 19, 2016. As predicted, it is ushering in more dynamic leadership that will boost the status of and international respect for the USA. The new leadership will also begin to resolve significant socio-economic imbalances that have accumulated over decades. However, the effort to introduce reforms could run into unexpected problems or challenges in the second half of the year. When making a prediction for the USA in 2017 the challenge is to account for the brief influences of each of the three sub-periods operating during the year. Their key influences are likely to be as follows:
The Moon sub-period, which runs from August 8, 2016 to February 5, 2017, is expected to bring a stronger sense of self and a greater focus on income and future plans. During this period, the leadership is more willing to respond to challenges, slights and impositions against the country.
The Mars sub-period, which operates from February 5 to June 13, 2017, is likely to bring a greater emphasis on the good functioning of the military, government and legislature as well as on a robust manufacturing sector. The fame of the country is likely to increase.
The Rahu sub-period, that runs from June 13, 2017 to May 8, 2018, is expected to bring manipulative influences to the government, legislature and foreign trade. Adverse transits involving Rahu at this time are likely to be especially difficult.

Transit influences
There are several changes of signs involving all the functional malefic planets in the 20° Cancer rising SAMVA USA chart, as well as numerous stationary placements, and transit-to-transit and transit-to-natal aspects during the year, when notable trend changes are likely to be felt.

The year begins with 
- 6th lord Jupiter in stationary motion at 28° Virgo and 3rd house from January 1 to March 15, 2017. As transit Jupiter in this placement is not in aspect to natal planets or points in the SAMVA USA chart, the influence is less but with some scope for conflict and mishaps in communication and transportation. 
8th lord Saturn in direct motion in late Scorpio and 5th house, which brings an energy of obstacles and endings to e.g. entertainment, speculation and universities. At 27° Scorpio at the year opens, transit 8th lord Saturn is closely conjunct natal Saturn at 26° 46‘ Scorpio and 5th house of the chart. This contact is likely to bring stormy weather conditions as well as dangerous, life threatening situations. On January 27, transit Saturn will enter Sagittarius and the 6th house, which is expected to bring an energy of obstacles and endings to conflict, financial stability and health matters. As a result, economic growth may disappoint in 2017. Transit Saturn becomes stationary at 3° Sagittarius from February 19 to May 25. Fortunately, it will not be casting any aspects in the chart and the problems related to its bad placement are reduced as a result (while other problems lie ahead). 
Rahu entering stationary motion at 9° 19' Leo and 2nd house and Ketu in Aquarius and 8th house from January 8 to April 12, 2017. Rahu's energy can bring problems for relations with neighbours, while Ketu's energy can disrupt the legitimacy or credibility of the country. As the nodes have passed the most effective point (MEP) in the chart, their presence is made easier, also with a view to the favourable Moon and Mars sub-periods in the first half of the year. However, strains or difficulties are likely for the new President around February 22, 2017 when transit 2nd lord Sun becomes conjunct transit stationary Ketu in the 8th house.

Of the fast moving planets, the transits of 4th lord Venus and 10th lord Mars bear mention. 
- 4th lord Venus becomes exalted in Pisces and 9th house from January 28 to May 31, 2017. This is likely to bring some lucky developments, improving the communal harmony. On March 18-19, transit debilitated 3rd lord Mercury becomes conjunct Venus at 15° Pisces, possibly bringing good news regarding transportation, communication or housing sectors. In April, Venus in early Pisces falls under the aspect of natal 6th lord Jupiter, which is likely to be accompanied by communal disharmomy. 
- 10th lord Mars will pass through its own Moolatrikona sign, Aries, and the 10th house from March 2 to April 12, which would be favourable for the government, industry, military and legislature. In mid March, transit Mars will cast an aspect to its own placement at 10° Scorpio and 5th house. At the same time, transit Mars will come under the aspect of transit stationary Rahu at 9° 08' Leo and 2nd house. The military may gain a strategic advantage or the government a material benefit. 

From April 14 to June 6, transit 6th lord Jupiter becomes stationary at 19° 10 Virgo and the MEP of the 3rd house. This is likely to bring incidents of conflict or mishaps in the areas of transportation and communication. The communication of the government may be more assertive at that time.

Setbacks in the summer
On April 1, a difficult malefic contact begins which lasts for over six months, when transit Rahu at 8° Leo and 2nd house casts a trinal aspect to transit 8th lord Saturn at 3° Sagittarius and 6th house. In June, the orb of this aspect will be just over 1° transit, when Saturn will be without strength in infancy and a malefic house. Hence its indications will be threatened by manipulations or the actions of adversaries. 

After June 13, the aspect of Rahu to transit Saturn is expected to become more intense, when two things begin: i) the Rahu sub-period, and ii) a transit station of Rahu at 0° Leo and 2nd house. From that time, some setback for the indications of 8th lord Saturn is possible. This is more so from June 21, when transit Rahu will also enter into an applying aspect to natal 8th lord Saturn at 26° 46‘ Scorpio and 5th house. This increases the likelihood of problems for the indications of Saturn and the 8th house. Significant events involving fatalities or death-like experiences are likely, as well as setbacks for easy gains, especially for speculators. Moreover, transit 8th lord Saturn will become stationary at 28° 30‘ Scorpio and 5th house on July 5 until October 10, when the aspect from Rahu is applying. At the time when transit Rahu is aspecting both transit and natal Saturn, transit Saturn and natal Satrurn will also become closely conjunct, well within 1° but not exact. The aspect becomes closest in late August. 
The transits become quite intense for Saturn in the summer of 2017
The malefic influences are thus further increased due to iii) the stationary movement of transit 8th lord Saturn and  iv) the conjunction of transit and natal Saturn. The setbacks associated with these combined aspects could manifest with regard to obstacles, challenges or a crises regarding the legitimacy of US foreign policies, the territorial integrity of the country or its resources. The economy, working people, mining sector, or easy gains may experience a setback in the summer. Any fast moving transit contacts in the time period can trigger significant events in this regard, such as on August 17, when transit 2nd lord Sun becomes conjunct transit stationary Rahu. The transit station of the nodes ends on October 10, 2017.

Shifting trends in the fall
The transit influences change on September 9, 2017 when Rahu enters Cancer and the 1st house and Ketu enters Capricorn and the 7th house, remaining there until March 24, 2019. The transit of the nodes through these signs and houses is expected to bring problems for the self and foreign relations of the USA. International agreements could become a source of difficulty at that time. The aspect of transit Rahu to transit Saturn becomes exact on October 10 and to natal Saturn on on November 2, 2017, when transit Rahu will be in normal retrograde motion. The intensity of Rahu's aspect to transit and natal Saturn is expected to become less intense at that time. On September 13, 2017, transit 6th lord Jupiter will enter Libra and 4th house, where it will remain until October 13, 2018. This transit is likely to bring the energy of conflict to the house of communal harmony. On October 27, transit 8th lord Saturn will re-enter Sagittarius and 6th house, were it will stay until January 25, 2020. The energy of obstacles and endings will thus be felt in the house of conflict, financial stability and health matters.  

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Saturn and the fear of death in 1953

The year 1953 marked a phase-shift in the Cold War when the Soviet Union (USSR) caught up with the USA in terms of nuclear destructive power. The threat of sudden destruction and death by nuclear exchange became a more real prospect for the American public than before, reflected also in the geopolitical developments in 1953, when communism became a more established threat around the world. As a result, the Cold War, and especially the nuclear arms race, began to weigh more heavily on the US government, military and public. This development coincided with the onset of the Saturn major period in the SAMVA USA chart from April 1953. While the major period lasted to April 1972, it was the additional influence of the initial three-year Saturn sub-period that created more intensity. This historical geo-political development and its correlation with this astrological period is remarkable as Saturn is 8th lord in the chart, ruling over death and death-like situations. Similar unique shifts in the national emphasis and experience have been observed at the outset of other periods, like in 1972 or 2016.

Historical background
Following the conclusion of World War II, the US military enjoyed military superiority on all fronts, especially after the development and use of "fission" nuclear bombs in Japan in August 1945. The mass destruction and deaths brought the war in the Pacific to a decisive end. As WW II ended, however, the Cold War began. On one side were the market-oriented democracies of the West and on the other were the totalitarian communist states of the East. Both sides were determined to spread their ideologies and preserve their respective areas of influence. The mutually hostile stance quickly led to an accelerating arms race. In November 1952, the US tested a "fusion" based hydrogen bomb that was fifty times more powerful than the already deadly Hiroshima bomb of 1945. Under Stalin's command, the Soviet Union also put enormous resources into catching up with the Americans in the sphere of nuclear capabilities. In 1949, the Soviet's tested their first fission nuclear device but still lacked the means to deliver it. Nevertheless, some sense of danger began to be felt in the USA. In 1951, the "Duck and Cover" film was released to educate the American public about how to survive a surprise nuclear attack.[1] 

In 1953, after several geopolitical events had led to an entrenchment of communism in the world, the military balance of power suddenly shifted in the favour of the USSR, with its successful test of a fusion bomb on August 12. What is more, the Soviet's claimed to have a delivery capability for the powerful bomb, putting the American's to shame, as they had yet to achieve that. As a result, newsreels of the powerful explosion served to increase the sense of 'fear' in the American public.[2] In effect, a situation later termed "Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) was developing.[3] The newly elected President Eisenhower set about to manage the situation.[4] Given the destructive power of hydrogen bombs, involving both a deadly initial blast followed by lethal radioactive contamination, the emphasis shifted to countering the Soviet advances and the building of nuclear-fallout shelters. In 1956, the new Soviet leader, Nikita Khruschev went so far to threaten to "bury the West". The fear of annihialation likely peaked in the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. In 1963, the USA and USSR agreed to ban nuclear testing in the atmosphere.[5] In 1964, Stanley Kubrick's comic movie "Dr. Strangelove; How I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb" also began to defuse the concerns.[6] Khruschev was replaced by Leonid Breshnev as USSR Premier in 1964, and an era of "peaceful competition" with capitalism began. The Space race was increasingly led by US successes. The Cold War continued in 1964 in terms of the war in Vietnam which was seen as defusing the nuclear threat by focusing on non-nuclear means of destruction. The Saturn period ended in 1972 when the Mercury major period began. Shortly afterwards, the Vietnam War was brought to an end and more peaceful cooperation, termed Detente, began.

Key events of 1953
  • March 6, 1953: Joseph Stalin dies, paving the way for a new leadership of the Soviet Union
  • April 1953: The Vietminh invade Laos, underpinning the Domino theory [7]
  • April 16, 1953: President Eisenhower delivers his “chance for peace” speech, identifying the Soviet Union as the sole threat to the USA
  • June 19, 1953: The Rosenberg's are executed in the USA for passing on atomic secrets to the Soviet Union.[8]
  • July 27, 1953: The Korean War ends with Armistice Agreement leaving a divided Korea and a Communist stronghold in the North
  • August 12, 1953: The Soviet Union test their first hydrogen (thermonuclear) bomb
  • September 7, 1953: Nikita Khruschev becomes new Premier of the USSR. His chief opponent Lavrentiy Beria is executed.
  • December 6, 1953: President Eisenhower delivers the “Atoms for Peace” before the United Nations to warn the world and the American people of a protracted Cold War with the Soviet Union. “The Eisenhower administration wanted to address simultaneously the increased levels of fear domestically while responding strategically to the Soviets' scientific and military advancements.”[3]
Astrology of the Saturn major period
This shift is remarkable for the fact that the second Saturn major period had begun in the SAMVA USA chart on April 19, 1953. In the 20° Cancer rising chart, as Saturn rules Aquarius, which falls in the 8th house of the chart, it becomes the 8th lord, ruling over death and death-like experiences. The outcome is determined by Saturn's placement, strength and influences in the chart. Saturn is well placed and reasonably strong at 26° 46' Scorpio and 5th house. The 5th house rules e.g. creativity and young people. In the chart, Saturn aspects the 2nd lord Sun at 23° 44' Capricorn and in the most effective point of the 7th house. This aspect creates concerns for the leader of the country (ruled by the Sun) but also communal harmony (2nd house), and is felt in the foreign policy arena (ruled by the 7th house). The energy of Saturn as 8th lord is also affected by Ketu at 18° Libra and in the most effective point of the 4th house, as it aspects the 8th house. This adds to the sense of fear in Saturn's functional indications. 

Transits in the SAMVA USA chart 
Transit influences on August 12, 1953 are revealing. The first transit to examine is that of the major and sub-period lord, Saturn. In the SAMVA USA chart, both transit 8th lord Saturn at 29° Virgo and 3rd house and natal Saturn at 27° Scorpio and 5th house were under an afflicting aspect from 6th lord Jupiter at 27° Taurus and 11th house. The actions of adversaries to explode a powerful bomb was threatening Americans. Additionally, the nodal axis of transit Rahu and Ketu, was afflicting natal 3rd lord Mercury at 12° Capricorn and 7th house, suggesting uncertainty concerning their freedom of movement abroad. Moreover, transit Ketu at 10° Cancer and 1st house was aspecting natal 10th lord Mars at 10° Scorpio and 5th house. The military felt it had been deprived of its advantage. Finally, transit Venus, as 4th lord of home, was at 15° Gemini and 12th house, under the aspect of natal Ketu at 18° Libra and the most effective point of the 4th house, suggesting a shock to the American's due to a loss of their sense of safety at home. 

References
[1] Duck and Cover film of 1951
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKqXu-5jw60
[2] The Soviets explode first H-Bomb on August 12, 1953
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0dUIq8gHgc
[3] Wikipedia: Mutually Assured Destruction
[4] Parry-Giles, Shawn J. (2006). Dwight D. Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace (December 8, 1953). University of Maryland.
[5] Walbert, David. Living with the bomb
[7] Wikipedia: Domino Theory

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The 120 year cycle of US history

Pictoral representation of US history
The change of major periods in the SAMVA USA chart has been attended by sometimes a momentuous shift in historical emphasis in the national life of the USA. The changes depend on the functional and general nature of the planet involved and its placement and aspects in the chart. Below is a succint overview of the major periods so far, spanning two whole Vimsottari dasa cycles (two times 120 years), with the third cycle having begun this year. The period match with US history is one thing. However, the most convincing aspect of the chart is that it has been the basis of repeat accurate predictions for the national life in the past decade. Links to earlier articles offering astrological analysis of the events under discussion are highlighted.

What to expect in each period
The table shows the main indications of each planet, giving an idea of what trends or themes to expect during the operation of its period, which can range from six to twenty years depending on the planet. The functional indications are associated with the house that the planet rules, while the general indications show attributes of the planet irrespective of the house it rules. Normally, the functional indications are more prominent in their expression in the national life. The other influences are associated with the house of placement and the aspects on the planet or the house it is placed in or rules. All these influences are ever present, to one degree or another, but the period of a planet makes its indications most prominent. Each of the nine sub-periods within a major period also have a considerable influence. Moreover, the transit influences of the slow moving planets can bring a wide variety of significant events. Finally, the rising sign, Cancer, gives the overall tenor for the national entity and its expression in the world. 

First Vimsottari-dasa cycle, 1776-1896
1776: SUN major period (2L Sun conjunct 7H and aspecting 1H) brought to the fore a magnificent national leader, George Washington as the States declared independence from Great Britain at a time of war. In 1781, the USA became a nation with the 13th and final ratification by Maryland of the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union on February 2. The USA gained victory over Great Britain in the Revolutionary war half a year later.
1782: MOON major period (1L Moon in 11H in mutual aspect with 10L Mars and 6L Jupiter in 5H). The US was in economic crisis after the Revolutionary War. George Washington came out of retirement in response to Shays rebellion of 1786-87, when indebted farmers in Massachusetts rose up in objection to higher state taxes. While the rebellion was put down with force, the States came together to create the US Constitution and a federal form of government to improve conditions in the new country. The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the new constitution were ratified in 1791, ensuring civil rights and circumscribing the powers of the new federal government. The Bank of the United States (central bank) is founded. 
1792: MARS major period (10L Mars in 5H in mutual aspect with 1L Moon) began as the fame of the new country was spreading around the world. The domestic debate was strongly influenced by the French Revolution, with the Federalist political party favouring order over anarchy, while Republicans favoured liberty over oppression. In 1794, the new federal government asserted its power by putting down the long standing Whiskey Rebellion against federal taxes. The action met with widespread popular approval and raised confidence in the government. In 1795, the US entered into Jay Treaty with Great Britain, to secure trade between the countries. This angered the French revolutionary government, which resulted in the Quasi-War in 1798 that prompted President John Adams to  approve legislation restricting civil liberties of Americans during wartime.
1799: RAHU major period (Rahu in 10H MEP) brought attempted fraud of the US government and a war over trade. In 1806, former Vice President Aaron Burr was charged with treason for organising a vast conspiracy to appropriate huge tracts of land in the south eastern part of present day USA. He was acquitted but his political career was over. In 1812, another war broke out with Britain over its attempt to restrict the foreign trade of the USA. In 1814, British forces sacked Washington DC and burned the Capitol building and the White House. Later that year, the US militias rallied and won the war. The charter for the First Bank of the United States expired in 1811 but it was replaced by the Second Bank of the United States in 1816.
1817: JUPITER major period (6L Jupiter in 5H in mutual aspect with 1L Moon in 11H) brought the era of Good Feeling after the USA won the War of 1812. In 1823, the US introduced the staunch Monroe Doctrine, telling European powers that any efforts to colonise in the Western hemisphere would be met with war. The Second Bank of the United States became a focal point of the Bank War following the election of Andrew Jackson as President in 1828.
1833: SATURN major period (8L Saturn in 5H in aspect to 2L Sun in 7H) saw the end to the Second Bank of the United States in 1836, acquisition of new territories but bad treatment of the native Indians and slaves, including the Trail of Tears in the 1830s. Anxiety in Southern states after bloody slave uprisings in 1831 and the founding of the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833 to work for the abolishment of slave holding. Slave uprisings took place in 1839 and 1841. First attempted assassination of a US President, Andrew Jackson, in 1835, followed by first assassinations of US politicians in 1842 (Charles C. P. Arndt) and 1847 (Charles Bent).
1852: MERCURY major period (3L Mercury in 7H) began with the Perry Expedition in 1853-54, which opened up Japan. John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry to incite an armed slave revolt in 1859 and the election of 'abolitionist' Abraham Lincoln as President in 1860, caused the issue of slavery to come to a head, with civil war breaking out in 1861. Major technological advances in railroads, telegraph, photography and journalism took place. President Lincoln was assassinated a week after the Confederate Army of General Lee surrendered in April 1865. Reconstruction began in 1866 with an emphasis on securing the rights of freedmen in the South, leading to the passage of new (13th to 15th) amendments to the US Constitution.
1869: KETU major period (FM Ketu in 4H MEP) began with a backlash in the South to the suffrage granted freedmen with the emergence of State laws undermining their voting rights. In 1873, there were several reported cases in the South of black men being lynched by mobs after being accused of raping white women. A Supreme Court decision affirmed the legality of the Union. The Panic of 1773 began the Long Depression.  
1876: VENUS major period (4L Venus in 6H) saw Jim Crow laws being introduced to segregate the South. President James Garfield was assassinated in 1881. The Robber Barrons reigned during the Gilded Age and the Long Depression. Technological advances were mixed with growing inequities, such that a populist movement emerged in 1890, when also the Sherman Anti Trust act was passed with the intent to break up the monopolies.

Second Vimsottari-dasa cycle, 1896-2016
1896: SUN major period brought dynamic leadership with William McKinley, and Theodore Roosevelt after McKinley was assasinated in 1901, which ushered in the Progressive Era, a dynamic period of manufacturing growth.The USA also became a major player on the world stage.
1902: MOON major period resulted in the application of legislation ending monopolies in the USA. New amendments to the U.S. constitution were passed.
1912: MARS major period brought the assembly line production to car manufacturing and the role of the USA to end WW I in Europe. The Federal Reserve system is created in 1913.
1919: RAHU major period brought a big stock market bubble, involving deceptive practices of stock selling to the general public, that exploded and created the Great Depression. Organised crime arose in response to the Prohibition and famous bank robbers emerged during the depression. 
1937: JUPITER major period brought fascist governments to power in Germany, Italy, Spain and Japan, leading to war in Asia and Europe, that pulled the USA in to WW II and made it the pillar of a new world order. The Federal Reserve worked with the US Treasury to ensure sufficient funds to finance the war effort.
1953: SATURN major period (8L Saturn in 5H in aspect to 2L Sun in 7H)  brought the Hydrogen bomb to the USA and USSR, creating death-like fear of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) during the Cold War. The failed Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis took place. Many prominent leaders were killed, including President John F. Kennedy, Robert F. KennedyMartin Luther King and Malcolm X. The US Space Program took off with death-defying feats to place men on the Moon and bringing them back alive.
1972: MERCURY major period (3L Mercury in 7H) opened up with Nixon's trip to the Soviet Union and China, to normalise relations. The period brought independent news papers to the forefront with the publication of the Pentagon papers and the effort to expose the Watergate coverup, which brought down the Presidency of Richard Nixon. The personal computer and internet revolutions took place, heralding the advent of a post-industrial society.
1989: KETU period (FM Ketu conjunct 4H MEP) began with the fall of Soviet Communism and the US emerging as the sole 'superpower' in the world. Many terrorist attacks involving alientated people or groups took place. O.J. Simpson, a prominent black man, was charged with murder of his white wife in a racially charged trial.
1996: VENUS period (4L Venus in 6H) brought a major housing bubble that collapsed the banking system and created tremendous communal disharmony, including the Occupy Wall St. protests over bailouts of bankers and the growing inequality. 
Third Vimsottari-dasa cycle, 2016-2136
2016: SUN major period is bringing a political revolution by President Trump on behalf of the working people, to restore better paying manufacturing jobs, and to Make America Great Again.
2022: MOON major period
2032: MARS major period
2039: RAHU major period
2057: JUPITER major period
2073: SATURN major period
2092: MERCURY major period
2109: KETU major period
2116: VENUS major period 

Based on the information above we may have some idea what to expect in the coming 120 years, although the period expression is strongly affected also by the transits of the slow moving functional malefic planets, Rahu, Ketu, Jupiter and Saturn, through the different signs and houses, and making aspects that produce significant events that colour the trends. In the final analysis, astrology can show us the multivalent possibilities of evolving themes and events in any life as per its horoscope. However, the complexity of the reading can easily begin to approach the complexity of life itself. It is this insight that compels the astrologer to try to bring out the salient trends and significant events.

Addendum: How long will the USA exist? 
The USA has existed in its present form for close to 240 years, which is not old for a nation. That said, it has acquired a well-known identity, which has also evolved. Given the many strengths in the SAMVA USA horoscope, it will likely continue for a much longer time. This brings up the interesting question of how long we should expect a nation-state to survive? Let's look at the Vimsottari-dasa cycle in this regard. It was designed in antiquity for human life, when the maximum lifespan, for a strong and unafflicted chart, was judged to be 120 years. For the benefit of mundane astrology, author & astrologer V.K. Choudhry, has devised an astrological rule for timing when an aspect will be felt in the life of a native. The rules is based on the orb of the aspect, which ranges from 0° to 5°, before passing out effectiveness. The less the orb the more intense the aspect and the sooner in the life it is felt as a trend in the life. This is called a degree for a decade rule. This means the aspect is felt in the relevant planetary periods after about one decade in the life of the native for each degree of orb in the aspect. After the age of 50, the native should thus have experienced all aspects in the chart, the wide orb aspects last to be felt and with relatively less impact. The native may nevertheless continue for 70 more years of life, before reaching the ideal or maximum life span of 120 years, while also continuing to feel the aspects when triggered by transit or period. A similar rule for mundane or collective entities is called a degree for five decades rule. This means that an aspect with a 5° orb is felt after about 250 years in the national life. If the same logic is extended to the collective entity, a nation might thus continue for another 350 years, after the initial 250 years, before it would succumb to the frailties of old age, at the ripe old age of 600 years. This would be the equivalent possible maximum life span of a healthy collective entity. In history, there are not many records of states exceeding 600 years in their original incarnation. Dynasties and empires have come and gone but the local or indigenous people often remain in the same geographical area. In any event, we can assume that the USA has a long life ahead of itself. Hopefully, the future will be more rewarding and less intense than some of the events noted during the last almost two and half centuries. However, we cannot count on it.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Lessons from predicting the unpredictable

Mr. Trump's win was unexpected
In the early hours of November 9, 2016, the world was shocked to learn that Donald Trump had beaten Hillary Clinton in the race for the White House. Moreover, he did so based on bold new ideas to Make America Great Again. Most people belonging to the establishment, in the media, politics, policy or polling, predicted Clinton would win. The majority of astrologers also predicted a Clinton win. The prominence of this prediction involving the majority of astrologers is likely to further undermine the reputation of astrology. For the readers of this blog, however, Trump’s win came as little surprise, as it had been predicted by astrologer & author V. K. Choudhry on October 22, 2015, well before Trump emerged victorious in the Republican Party primaries and before Hillary Clinton was nominated as the candidate of the Democratic Party. Moreover, on April 4, 2008, Cosmologer presented his first prediction on this blog, based on the SAMVA USA chart, that the USA would undergo a significant revitalization from April 2016. This corollary prediction is now coming true in terms of Trump’s victory and his planned reforms. Importantly, this outcome holds valuable lessons for the world of astrology.

A bona fide method leads to more accurate predictions
This complex and astonishing achievement, to predict Trump’s win and the nature of his policy platform, was made possible by two key ingredients. First, it relied on a bona fide method of horoscopic astrology, the Systems’ Approach for Interpreting Horoscope, or SA. Second, it was applied to reasonably accurate horoscopes for Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and the United States of America. Without these two complimentary elements, a reliable method of horoscopic astrology and the true horoscopes, accurate predictions become impossible. It is because they rely on logical reasoning or inference involving the natal, transit and period influences in the horoscope. Astrology suffers from a disadvantage in that a scientific theory has yet to be advanced to explain how and why the cosmos influences life on Earth. In the meantime, astrologers can hope that repeat accurate predictions will eventually attract the attention of open minded scientists to this field of knowledge. It should be quite clear that an accurate and well understood system of astrology entails immense benefits.

Most recent book on SA
V.K. Choudhry introduced SA in the early 1990s based on the salient insight that the Sun, Moon and five innermost planets rule the Moolatrikona signs (Mars/Aries, Moon/Cancer, Sun/Leo, Mercury/Virgo, Venus/Libra, Jupiter/Sagittarius and Saturn/Aquarius). Further, it is the rising sign that determines what houses these seven planets rule and whose energy they then also embody. Since then, he and his son, K. Rajesh Chaudhary, have published numerous books that clear up the accumulated confusions and contradictions of astrology by advancing clear rules of interpretation and prediction. As such, SA represents a revolutionary transformation of the practice of astrology. It also brings horoscopic astrology back to its basic roots in the cosmology of the Vedas, with its emphasis on human consciousness, the divine and the law of karma. In doing so, the accuracy of astrology has been increased for interpreting horoscopes and making predictions.

Indeed, the accurate predictions of V.K. Choudhry and Cosmologer, stand in contrast to the common prediction by the majority of astrologers that Clinton would win. At the “Power of Forecasting” conference of the International Society for Astrological Research in Costa Mesa, California in October 2016 “...the astrologers one-by-one aligned against the GOP nominee.”[1] Moreover, “Unanimously, with varying levels of certainty, the astrologers predicted Clinton would win the presidency. Six American astrologers echoed those predictions at a panel on Sunday, each calling the election for Clinton with a few weeks left before voters head to the polls.“[2]

After the election, many astrologers have readily assigned their predictive failure to “operator error”, or themselves. They then sought to explain the error in terms of an unobserved element but with the same methods that led them astray in the first place. While this tendency is understandable, it would seem logical that these astrologers venture outside their habitual frame of reference and explore what may be wrong with their methods, rather than their ability to use the methods. Indeed, many of them impress as being quite capable given the limits of their methods. As a first step they could examine a “back to basics” horoscopic method like SA. After all, it has yielded Mr. Choudhry and countless others repeat accurate predictions. It could even boost the standing of astrology in the world if more astrologers explored not only the best practices of their field but also the asymptotic foundations, such as what zodiac, planets, houses, etc., to use. After all, a reexamination of the theoretical foundations of economics was not only considered necessary but reasonable after the collective failure of the profession to predict the financial crisis of 2007/8. Many helpful insights were gained and the theoretical frame of reference was extended and deepened. Indeed, without such efforts, widespread legitimacy is hard to sustain after a very public failure.

The predictions were based on likely accurate horoscopes

Donald Trump
6° Leo rising horoscope of Mr. Trump
Based on the known birth information for Donald Trump, Mr. Choudhry performed a thorough analysis of the 6° Leo rising horoscope for him and over one year before the election he predicted that Mr. Trump "has a fairly good chance of political success and becoming President." Mr. Choudhry explained that it was the influence of the Jupiter major period from November 2016 that was the key astrological element behind the prediction. Interestingly, Mr. Choudhry also made the interesting observation that "The close influences on the Sun and weakness of Saturn and Venus brought in the element of delays in his political pursuits." Indeed, afflictions and weak planets bring delays in the realisation of their indications. It is clear from documented interviews that Mr. Trump indicated an interest in seeking the Presidency already in the late 1980s but ended up waiting until 2015 to take the plunge.

Hillary Clinton
Over the years, several birth times have been mentioned for Hillary Clinton, notably 8:02 am and 8:00 pm. In addition, 2:18 am and 1:18 pm or 1:25 pm have more recently been mentioned as being possible birth times for her. Mr. Choudhry carefully considered the morning and evening times and made predictions against a 7° Gemini rising chart based on the 8:00 pm time, before rejecting both as possible for her. In July 2016, he presented a rectified 23° Leo rising chart for her based on 2:25 am time. On August 9, Mr. Choudhry presented on SAMVA list the following prediction that "None of the three charts gives good hope for her success in the Presidential election." In a post on SAMVA list on October 23, 2016, titled “Hillary’s difficult end game”, Cosmologer explained how the transit and period influences in the 23° Leo rising chart for her were seen to be adverse in the run up to the election. Moreover, based on a suggestion, he considered a birth chart with 14° Capricorn rising for 1:22 pm but concluded it also indicated a loss for her. Earlier, in a private correspondence he had concluded that other ascendants for her birthday were not giving much hope for her. In short, while no single horoscope has been established for Hillary Clinton, the possible choices were considered exhaustively, with all yielding the same result, the likelihood of a loss. 

United States of America
The SAMVA USA chart was discovered on December 30, 2006. Confidence in the chart was established expeditiously with several predictions being made for the spring of 2007 identifying e.g. difficulties for the housing sector and the likelihood of a violent event involving loss of life. The sub-prime crisis began and the Virginia Tech massacre took place. After significant amount of research into the correspondance of the chart with significant historical events, the first long term prediction was made against the chart on April 4, 2008.

“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.”[3]

A subsequent prediction in November 2009 elaborated further on what to expect.

“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.”[4]

On March 7, 2010 a further elaboration of the prediction was made.

“A predicted U.S. resurgence will likely take place in the coming Sun major period (2016-2022). This could involve a re-exertion of U.S. military power in the world or a significant push to expand the frontier of space…. major political reforms in coming years to resolve the social malaise of inequalities and economic problems.”[5]

These predictions were obviously made well before Trump emerged in June 2015 with his candidacy aimed at restoring America to greatness. More impressively, it was made before the emergence of grass-roots political insurgency associated with the Tea Party Movement in January 2009 or the Occupy Wall Street Movement in September 2011, which greatly affected the national political discourse. Indeed, the OWS emphasized the unacceptability of inequality and economic injustice. These insights grew out of a reading of the 120 year Vimsottari dasa cycle of major periods in the chart. Indeed, during the earlier identical periods there was a shift from the Gilded Age to the Progressive Era. In fact, the discussion on the blog preceded the subsequent national discussion about such a shift in our own time. That said, it now looks like these predictions for the country have begun to be realised.

Conclusion
V. K. Choudhry
To the ordinary person, it may seem risky, even downright foolhardy, to make predictions long in advance with little knowledge of how the relevant issues may ultimately evolve. For astrologers, this is the terrain they often find themselves in. This feeling of risk may be more intense when the astrologer has little confidence in their method of interpretation and prediction. It is normal in such a situation to rely on the media consensus, peers or polls, especially when the election is only weeks away. Despite such seeming advantages, a catastrophic prediction failure may still happen. It is because, the prediction was not based on a reliable method of astrology and was more based on external information or subjective preferences. Indeed, the true benefit of astrology is that it can show us the karmic potential and what is likely to happen. This is especially important when turning points may be around the corner. The linear projection is useless, when the unexpected shifts occur. Indeed, this was the case in 2008 to 2010 when a prediction was made for a radical transformation to take place in the USA in 2016. This far out prediction was based on confidence in SA as a reliable method of astrology and the SAMVA USA horoscope, as the authentic horoscope for the country. The prediction for Trump to win was made more than one year ahead of the election by V.K. Choudhry. At that time, Mr. Trump had yet to emerge out of the field of 17 competitors.  Mr. Choudhry’s bold prediction was also based on the same confidence in his horoscopic method and the accuracy of the horoscopes for Mr. Trump and Mrs. Clinton. This confidence and predictive success can be had by anyone wishing to employ the same methods.  

References
[1] Astrologers Align Against Trump: Democrats to retain White House, stargazers predict
Astrology News Service, Edward Snow – October 20, 2016
[2] Astrologers predict a Hillary Clinton victory is in the stars
Los Angeles Times – October 16, 2016
http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-astrology-election-20161018-snap-story.html
[3] The End of Greatness
Cosmologer’s blog – April 4, 2008
[4] From Gilded Age to Progressive Era
Cosmologer’s blog –November 18, 2009
[5] The Rise of US Imperial Power
Cosmologer’s blog – March 7, 2010
http://cosmologer.blogspot.is/2010/03/rise-of-us-imperial-power.html