by Chakrapani Ullal
The disposition of the planets on, April 3, 2011, Shukla Paksha Pratipada, or New Years Day, indicates a generally positive set-up for the coming year.
It is positive in-as-much-as the challenges and problems that have plagued us in recent times will not increase beyond what they have been. Of
course these days have not been easy, but we have adjusted to dealing with the difficulties—we have managed, and the good news is that it
will not get any worse. While in some areas there will be modest improvement, the most reassuring message is that we will maintain status quo.
We will not slip backwards, nor will we be confronted with problems more difficult than what we have dealt with already.
This is indicated, in part, by the Rising Sign ruler for Taurus, Venus. Venus is powerfully situated in the 10th house—a friendly house—bringing
particular advantages, and more importantly, establishes a fundamentally stable position with regards to the affairs of the country. The message
in this set-up is unmistakable. We have both sufficient resources to manage, and the ability to withstand problems as they come. It means there
need not be fear of collapse or failure. Rather, the tone is one of reassurance. We will carry-on; we possess the fortitude to find the solutions
to our problems.
There is inherent strength in the United States’ natal chart. The Khara period (2011-2012) draws on that strength, especially with regards to Venus
and Saturn, as they are friends and well-placed in the Khara chart. Additionally, Venus is “Vergotama” in the Navamsha chart, meaning its strength
is enhanced. Mercury is sufficiently well-placed in the 11th house.
Mercury’s debilitation in Pisces is cancelled due to the planetary set-up with Jupiter in the same house, which enhances Mercury’s power considerably.
A strong Mercury, as it is ruler of the 2nd and the 5th houses, has an important role to play in the financial, business, trade and education fields.
Mercury will promote the values of higher education, leading to some advancement in that area. Mercury will also have a role to play in furthering
progress in the financial, business and trade fields.
Generally speaking, with regards to business and commerce, modest progress is suggested; however, this will not be reflected in unemployment figures,
or they will reflect minimum improvement. Typically, companies may fare somewhat better, but they will be reluctant to hire additional employees.
Financially, there is a stalemate with regards to debt. As foreign trade will increase, the balance of trade status will not be as negative as before.
There is no indication of significant change with regards to inflation. There will be some progress after July 2012, but real progress will not
come until December 2013, after which inflation will slowly decrease.
Generally, until spring 2013 there is no significant change for the American people regarding domestic issues, and in terms of the economy. There may
be some small improvement, but it is to a limited extent.
In March 2013, the Mars/Mercury Sub-Cycle finishes and the Ketu Sub-Cycle begins. Even though Ketu is a somewhat problematic planet, Ketu will be a
better period, because in this set-up, Ketu will absorb some of the positive aspects of Saturn. For this reason, in March 2013, things will begin
to be better as far as the general climate in American domestic affairs.
Also to consider is Jupiter, well placed in the Rasi (natal) chart at the New Year’s time, although it is not a positive planet for Taurus Rising.
It is transiting Aries for most of the Khara year. The effect of this Jupiter is that it can bring people into compromised circumstances, in social,
business, or financial matters. It may promote actions that cannot be justified, morally or ethically. Instances of “irregularities” in business
and commerce or within the social arena will be uncovered, traced, and those involved, “found out”. That is the nature of this Jupiter.
Because I am sending out these predictions a month into the new year, we have already seen expressions of this Jupiter influence with regards to the
recent scandals involving the French IMF Chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and a hotel housekeeper, as well as the Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver
affair involving an illegitimate child.
This is the Jupiter/Aries transit that I am referring to. Newsworthy incidents of this nature, also involving improprieties in business and commerce
will continue throughout the Khara year.
Jupiter, in this position, also promotes literary works, so there will be some general support and encouragement for accomplishments in the world of
literature and related fields.
The prominence of Venus in the Khara year will summon creative ideas and expressions of beauty, fashion, design, and items of luxury. It will be a
time of progress for the arts in general. The traditional domains of women will flourish; women will advance and become more visible in industry
The Khara chart also shows Saturn, a most powerful planet, in the 5th house, a friendly house; however, it is retrograde, which tempers its positive
affect to some extent. Saturn has the tendency to bring ups and downs and uncertainties; however, for Taurus Rising, it is a benevolent planet.
Consequently, Saturn is not an overall negative planet in this situation. Rather, it is somewhat weakened in effect by its retrogression, but it
still has the ability to bring positive results during this period.
Saturn does have the tendency to attract natural calamities. Throughout the Khara year there will be continued incidence of tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes,
rain and flooding, accidents, fire and explosions. Perhaps last year when I relayed this prediction, it was hard to imagine what a “greater incidence
of natural disasters” could mean in actual reality; at this point we can understand what we’re up against here. This is an influence continuing
from the previous period. I do not feel this influence poses a threat greater than what we experienced last year.
However, it is a time when it pays to take precautions, depending on one’s circumstances; but I have never been one to suggest taking action beyond
what is reasonable and natural in the context of living out our normal daily lives. I believe that we should carry on, while being mindful of simple
ways to safeguard our family and communities from potential risks or hazardous conditions.
In a broad sense, the Saturnian agenda expresses itself in America through leaders and legislation that are working to build a stronger middle class.
Beyond our borders, Saturn is toppling autocratic-style leaders and replacing them with more democratic style governments. Nearly the entire Khara
year is ruled by Saturn, and Saturn is the planet of revolution.
Furthermore, because of Saturn and Mars, U.S. involvement in war will not diminish for some time, regardless of who is president. This is because Mars
figures prominently in the U.S. Natal chart—an importance which is underscored as the U.S. passes through the major cycle of the Mars, which
began September 2008, continuing for 7 years.
The United States is no stranger to war because the natal Mars, situated in the 7th house, is powerfully aspected by Saturn (10th house from Saturn,
a uniquely strong position), which gives Mars great energy. (Also, Sagittarius Rising attracts war.) Consequently, during the Mars Major Cycle,
currently operating, the Mars influence is heightened, bringing a propensity for conflict and war.
These 7 years will be defined by Martian qualities, which, like it or not, will inevitably be expressed in some manner.
Mars, like Saturn, is a revolutionary. Together they create challenge, they create revolution, they create war, they create unrest, and they create
Mars is the planet of war—the “Commander in Chief” of a war effort. During the major cycle of the Mars, the U.S. will not be able to escape war,
or war-like circumstances of some kind. This will be the case until 2015, although it will fluctuate during that period depending on the Bhukti
Lord at any given time.
The Bhukti Sub-Cycles, ranging in time from 4 months to 3 years, each have a governing planet called the Bhukti Lord. The current Saturn Bhukti is
a little more than 13 months long, beginning from February 2011, ending in March 2012. Thereafter, is the Mercury Bhukti, until March 2013, and
then, Ketu for nearly 5 months, until August 2013.
The Bhukti will affect whether the energy is less or more, and the character of that energy to some extent. So, there will be ups and downs in the
overt aggression expressed at any given time, but the signature of Mars is there throughout. However, Mars is not just promoting mindless violence
and conflict. It has an agenda. It is working in consort with Saturn to manifest the Saturnian ideal: that of basic equality of all peoples, advancement
and reward through hard work, general prudence, humility and service, truth and justice, and democratic ideals in general. Throughout the world
this general scale of values will increase in significant measure. The force for this change is like a tidal wave of reform that is slowly overtaking
Saturn and Mars will continue to wreck havoc in the Muslim countries throughout the Khara period, and beyond, but it is not a religious issue. Rather,
it is an issue relating to despotic rulers and the fact that their time is coming to an end. The thrust of the Saturnian period serves to bring
power to the common people. This influence will prevail, and in the process, create a kind of spontaneous combustion of protest in those regions
where the people have been stifled or suppressed. Agents or elements will come to their aid in helping them find their voice.
Regarding the Muslim countries, the transit of the Rahu in Sagittarius and the eclipses during that period played a role. For the past year-and-a-half,
from November 2009 to June 2011, Rahu has been transiting Sagittarius, (Rising Sign of America—a war sign). Rahu, in this particular case
represents the Muslim countries, a “problematical situation” from an American point of view. The implication of this set-up suggests troubles,
difficulties and problems in this part of the world, bringing direct conflict because Rahu is in the house of Jupiter.
This problematical situation continues as Rahu moves from Sagittarius into Scorpio, from June 2011 to December 2012; however, the character of the
energy changes somewhat. Whereas Rahu in Sagittarius brought agitation, Rahu in Scorpio conveys more a sense of physical/emotional suffering of
the people, and troubles relating to health and well-being.
Rahu’s transit in America brought “dis-unity”—a kind of partisan spirit. As Rahu moves out of Sagittarius and into Scorpio, this dis-unity continues,
but to a lesser degree. Additionally, there will be intrigue. That is the nature of Rahu in Scorpio.
So we see that until September 2015, the U.S. will be in a war-type situation, regardless of who is president. Because the major cycle of Mars, sub
cycle of Saturn is operating beginning from February 2011 until March 2012, these war-like, revolutionary influences will be greater during this
period that lasts nearly until the last days of the Khara year. Thereafter starts the Mercury Sub cycle until March 2013, a period of communication
and negotiation, suggesting a decrease in the potential for aggression in favor of the parties looking for ways to reason with one another.
American history is full of war, yet records continual growth and progress on all fronts. So we can see that while the country has grown and progressed
to a significant degree, it has been through the process of struggle and conflict. Without the struggle there would not be progress. It may seem
contradictory, but for America, war is a kind of inevitability. It brings struggle, but it also brings progress.
Looking to President Obama’s chart we gain some further insight into the direction of the country.
Obama is passing through the major cycle of Jupiter, beginning in July 1996, and ending July 25, 2012. During the cycle of Jupiter, the last sub-cycle
is Rahu, from March 2010 to July 2012—the most challenging period of the 16-year cycle. There is a saying that “whatever Jupiter has given
in the fullest of its period, the last period may take away”. This is not a prediction, it’s just a saying meant to convey the tendency of Jupiter
with regards to Rahu. They are bitter enemies.
How does one interpret this influence in Obama’s circumstances? Rahu plays a dominant role in the Obama’s Chart because it is in the 8th house (house
of strife and struggle) conjunct malefic Mars. Rahu in the 8th house is associated with troubles, suffering, delays, obstacles and enemies, financial
stress, and personal safety; with malefic mars, the negativity is intensified. This malefic set-up is aggravated during Obama’s Rahu sub-cycle,
currently operating, since March 2010. During this period, his challenges increase significantly. It also means that Obama’s security is at issue
during the Rahu period.
Generally speaking, during the Rahu Sub-Cycle, one struggles to hold on to that which one already has. For Obama, it will require vigilance and hard
work to get through the Rahu cycle. It is a questionable time with regards to his safety. It is a time of caution.
After July 2012, Obama has “Raja Yoga” (yoga of success, a very powerful yoga) operating with Saturn in the Rising Sign. This is a very significant
period for him, perhaps the strongest cycle in his life, continuing for 19 years thereafter. Fortunately for him, the election follows July 2012,
giving him five months of Raja Yoga before the actual election, although he must be very careful in the Rahu period preceding it.
Perhaps I should mention that like any other energetic influence of some length, it takes some time into the cycle before we see it fully matured and
giving maximum effect. By the same token, we often see some effect of a new planetary energy for a period before it formally begins, depending
on the strength of the particular planet, the length of the cycle, and other factors. This is something to keep in mind regarding how astrology
works, in a general sense.
Looking at the American horoscope, we can see tremendous energy, which continually propels the country to move forward. Thus, it will continue—in
education, technology, and innovations of all kinds—pushing the country forward, regardless of the odds. America has problems, to be sure,
and it cannot afford to be complacent in dealing with them. But needed changes will come, sometimes from those who are most critical of American
policy. Doesn’t matter. America has the innate ability to self-correct; with struggle comes progress—this is the process for America.
For these reasons, I say America will not be over-taken by any country, including China, anytime in the foreseeable future. This is the strength of
the natal chart of America.
By the way, I have always reassured my clients who are having bouts of anxiety, afraid that the whole country is about to implode. Whether the fear
is regarding the economy, politics, real estate, Y2K, meteors, extra-moons, the shift of the earth’s axis, the 13th sign, the end of the Mayan
calendar, or any other wave of hysteria that may have swept the country, my response has always been the same… There is nothing new under
the Sun, nor instance of “oops, we forgot this or that!” The supreme intelligence that permeates the universe reaches beyond space and time. This
is how the ancients could codify the laws that form the basis of astrology. All life is inexorably connected in a majestic web that extends beyond
the reach of human imagination. Life is a continuing process; it goes on. It will continue to go on…
In spite of its many problems and ills, America is stable. America has the necessary resources in terms of its over-all strength, its problem-solving
ability, and creativity, to find the solutions to its problems.
This is a similar message to that of this “Khara” year. While it may not be an easy year, America has the resources to manage. We will all continue
to grow and mature through the challenges. This is the process of life.