On the Day of Solar Eclipse August 21

Chakrapani Ullal - Saturday, August 19, 2017

You only need check out the action on the political scene to get a sense of the tone and tenor of our current eclipse period. It started with the LUNAR ECLIPSE on August 7, continuing on this Monday, August 21 with the SOLAR ECLIPSE. This upcoming historic eclipse will significantly amp up an already contentious situation within the upper echelons of the American presidency. As I have previously explained, because the SUN presides over the "ruler" of any given place, it is an especially difficult period for Trump and his top people because the eclipse occurs directly over the continental United States. Tensions, problems and discord will heighten. Remember, astrologically speaking, the significance of the eclipse is as much about conditions that continue to unfold for up to 6 months thereafter as it is about the eclipse day itself.

Shortly, I will post some practical considerations regarding how to approach eclipse day.

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Upcoming Solar Eclipse on August 21

Chakrapani Ullal - Saturday, August 05, 2017

The coming SOLAR ECLIPSE of August 21st has great significance to the American government as well as its leaders.

As you may know, SUN represents the king or ruler, so a solar eclipse results in a condition where the ruling elite are impacted. An eclipse affects both the health of the ruler and his/her adjuncts as well as the health, vitality and viability of their projects and programs. This effect is strongest at the time of the eclipse, but continues for at least 3 months thereafter, maybe as long as 6 months. As you might imagine, this suggests a problematic period for TRUMP going forward.

A solar eclipse is created when the moon travels in front of the sun resulting in a period where it is fully blocking the sun's light. The upcoming eclipse is the FIRST SOLAR ECLIPSE in roughly 40 YEARS, occurring directly over NORTH AMERICA from beginning to end, resulting in a 70 mile wide ribbon from coast to coast where a total eclipse will be visible. A partial eclipse may be seen from anywhere in North America.

The eclipse, essentially created by the MOON blocking the SUN thus creates a shadow on the EARTH. It will proceed on its path coast to coast over a period of about an hour and a half resulting in an eclipse that one can view overhead of approximately 2 and half minutes. The visual effect will vary depending on surrounding topography.

The August 21st eclipse will start in Oregon (10:20 am PST), and culminate in South Carolina at (2:40 pm EDT).

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Acts of Violence, Mars, and Saturn

Chakrapani Ullal - Thursday, June 16, 2016

Clients have been asking about the recent shooting in Florida and the potential for continuing violence. My response is that unfortunately, this is another expression of the current Mars/Saturn planetary set-up that I have been referring to in recent blogs. I wish I could say it is over and done but that is not the case. This is a general period of heightened caution for everyone. Retrograde, conjunct Mars/Saturn brings challenges of this type, including acts of violence and revolution, accidents, and the potential for natural disasters.
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Will China overtake the US financial system?

Chakrapani Ullal - Tuesday, October 27, 2015

I recently received an email from a reader who asked whether the USA’s financial systems will be overtaken by the Chinese and, if it happens, whether the economic power of the United States would suffer greatly. read more

2015-2016 Predictions

Chakrapani Ullal - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Manmatha Vedic Year


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Astrological Predictions / March 2015 - April 2016

The new Vedic year, Manmatha which began at 5:37am Washington DC, March 20th, 2015 gives an optimistic, progressive outlook for the upcoming period. Although there will be some ups and downs, the thrust is unmistakably towards growth and progress in economic conditions, employment, production and real estate. This positive impetus is indicated by a strong rising sign and its ruler aspected by Jupiter, as well as a powerful ruling planet, Venus. Venus reigns over the entire year both as Lord of the Manmatha year, and as Yogakaraka Planet for Capricorn Rising, as well as being powerfully placed in the Manmatha chart itself. The domains of Venus including women and women’s issues, gender equality, and the creative arts will be energized and enjoy greater visibility and greater success this year.

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2013-2014 Predictions

Chakrapani Ullal - Saturday, May 18, 2013

Vijaya Year


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2012-2013 Predictions

Chakrapani Ullal - Saturday, May 18, 2013

Nanadana Year


by Chakrapani Ullal

This New Year, March 2012 to April 2012 bears the unmistakable stamp of Mars and Saturn. It is a challenging year, but a year that will deliver us to better conditions, better times ahead. Knowing the outlook is generally good, with a marked improvement by the January, 2013, year-end period, one might brace themselves for some tough going, take precautions where possible, but basically, keep the faith, confident that these difficulties, too, shall pass.

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2011-2012 Predictions

Chakrapani Ullal - Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Khara Year


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 and business.

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 global upheaval.

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 the globe.

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.


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2010-2011 Predictions

Chakrapani Ullal - Thursday, March 25, 2010

Vikriti Year


by Chakrapani Ullal

As most of you know, Vedic Astrology is founded on the Lunar Calendar which begins each New Year when the new moon occurs in Pisces, generally falling somewhere between March 14 and April 14. This year, the first day of the Vedic New Year (called Sukla Paksha Pratipada) was on March 15 at 5:00 pm, Washington DC.

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2009-2010 Predictions

Chakrapani Ullal - Monday, April 13, 2009

Virodhi Year


by Chakrapani Ullal

Dear Friends,

The nature of the days at hand has brought challenge to so many that clients are contacting me regularly to gain some perspective on the global trends presently operating. In response I would like to offer the following:

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