Mercury turns direct on July 1

Mercury being always within about 18 degrees from Sun turns retrograde often.  Although the retrogression is for a brief period of approximately about 20 days, I always feel that new seeds of events related to its portfolio may have been sown while many past events might also get revised. By this I mean when Mercury turns retrograde and as well when it becomes direct,  sets new trends with its intrinsic portfolio.

Mercury turned retrograde on June 7 in Gemini, its own house and when Jupiter was conjunct. In India, we observed the following points:

  • A big media house management changed hands.
  • Several court cases against the high and mighty politicians reached a stage.
  • The new Government’s words either got into turbulence or lost its credibility.
  • Internal communication within political parties became a hot subject for discussion.
  • The hype and enthusiasm created during the election campaign died down.

What are the possible effects when Mercury turns direct on July 1? The major point worth underlining is that, Mercury becomes more powerful in the company of Sun till the July 17th.  Since Jupiter has moved out of Gemini on June 19th to its exalted Rasi of Cancer leaving its footprints strongly, both Sun and Mercury are now free to act independently but follow the footsteps of Jupiter, the planet of justice. Thus, I feel that the following points may be worth considering:

  • Many false statements and spoken words will get publicity.
  • Electronic media which mainly became a mouthpiece for political parties, selectively, will now repent and may be compelled to report truth against the very same people who were praised a little while ago.
  • Court matters may proceed fast.
  • Many decisions taken by the Government since June 7th are very likely to be revised and, when Sun moves to Cancer on July 17th, they will again be compelled to relook and may come under attack by the judiciary when Mercury moves to Cancer on June 29th.
  • With a stellium (group) of 5 planets in Cancer in the Indian Independence chart and transit Jupiter aspected by the 10th aspect of retrograde Saturn, the Government may come under severe attack from several quarters.
  • Under all conditions, crossing over of transit Mars over Rahu on July 13/14th in Virgo may not be good.
  • Once Saturn turns direct on July 21st, I expect a lot of political activity due to a number of Astrological reasons.

Nothing of what has been written above should cause any unwanted tension in the mind of readers since each human being birth chart is distinctly different and unique. For many people, Mercury turning direct may bring smile on their face!

K Jagadish,
Dated June 30, 2014,
Bangalore, India.

Jupiter in action!

Jupiter entered its exalted sign Cancer just this morning (June 19th) and there is already a news report that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s case of ‘disproportionate asset’ has reached a flash point of judgment. I have already mentioned in my earlier post that judicial activism may take a toll of politicians although there is nothing untoward right now.

There are several cases of national interest involving big-wigs before the Supreme Court and other courts and, most cases have been dragged and stretched beyond imagination. Perhaps now it may not be any longer possible for the Government to drag it further. Heads can start rolling.

In the Indian Independence chart we find Sun, Saturn, Mercury, Venus and Moon in the 3rd house viz., Cancer wherein Jupiter has moved. Retrograde Saturn’s 10th aspect, generally meaning conclusion, falls on all those planets and Jupiter too, till November 2nd when Saturn moves to Scorpio. Thus it is obvious that the sign owned by those planets will be under bombardment of both Saturn and Jupiter.

Mars is a planet of ‘trigger’ and it conjoins Saturn on July 14th and this might very well be the beginning of the end of some cases possibly. The most interesting point could be when Mars crosses transit Rahu in Virgo and immediately moves on to join retrograde Saturn.

Further, transit Jupiter now in Cancer squares natal Jupiter in Libra. This is termed as ‘hard aspect’ and no wonder if the judgment of court/s could be really hard. Interestingly, for the Prime Minister, transit Jupiter is in ‘Shrastashtaka’ 6/8 relationship with his natal retrograde Jupiter in Aquarius. The last ‘Pariyaya’ (12 years back) viz., in 2002 the infamous Gujarat riots broke out and he got involved with the judiciary then. Of course, the Dasa he was running then was that of well placed Venus against the current Dasa of badhaka Moon.  The planet of suddenness and unexpected – ‘Uranus’, was then transiting in Aquarius trine to his natal Uranus in his 8th house. Now, the transits are not harmonious by any means.

All of us feel that we are very intelligent and we can do anything that we plan and wish while the planets have their duty to perform and, we cannot corrupt them! Planets will carry out their mission irrespective of our vision.

K Jagadish,
Bangalore, India.

Jupiter’s sojourn in Cancer

Jupiter has been transiting in Gemini since May 31, 2013. Gemini is not a very comfortable place for Jupiter. Presumably, for those running the dasa of Jupiter, it might have been a roller coaster ride, by and large. Of course, a general comment like this may not be appropriate since there are any number of other factors which have to be taken into account. June 19, 2014 0607 hrs IST Jupiter moves into Cancer. Does the saga of troublesome period end for many? This is something which needs careful attention from the Janma Kundli perspective and can never be generalized.

After having mentioned the drawbacks of Jupiter’s transit in Gemini, drawing a tangent to my own statement, is it not that Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India? Did Jupiter benefit him? If he has already been benefited in an inorganic planetary ambiance, how does Jupiter moving out from Gemini impact him are a set of concerns in perspective. June 16, 2001 was when Jupiter’s ingress into Gemini took place the last time before May 31, 2013 and soon after that he became the Chief Minister of Gujarat the first ever time. History has evidenced this point. Therefore, for Narendra Modi the transit of Jupiter in Gemini has indeed been good. He became the Chief Minister under politically adverse situation and even now he has occupied the seat of the Prime Minister in an ambiance similar to the past. In one of my earlier posts, I have mentioned that one cycle of Jupiter is called a ‘Pariyaya’.

By virtue of experience I have always maintained that transit of planets in dual signs viz., Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, generally brings forth old issues. The logic behind is the first amsa of a dual sign is the fifth from its own sign whilst, ‘5’ stands for past. Let me add here that, apart from the fact that the transit of planets in dual signs being normally not comfortable for us, even worse is the fact that the lord of one dual sign transiting in another dual sign like in the case on hand. Of course, the transit of Mercury being a fast moving planet, in its own or opposite dual signs, the negative effects may not be very pronounced.

I place before you some points which might be of general interest to get an idea about Jupiter’s ingress into Cancer, it’s so called exalted sign:

  • Jupiter owns one Fiery sing (Sagittarius) and one Watery sign (Pisces).
  • Cancer is a Watery sign and is the 5th sign from Jupiter’s second sign viz., Pisces and thus it trines. Effects should be good.
  • However, Jupiter will have an adverse relationship from Sagittarius for two reasons. (a) Sagittarius is a Fiery sign and its lord Jupiter transiting in a Watery sign perhaps loses its shine due to disharmony. (b) While in Cancer, Jupiter will have a 6/8 (shrashtaka) relationship which is not favourable.
  • Jupiter will receive the 10th aspect of retrograde Saturn till July 21, 2014 and thus it renders itself weak while its effect gets duly modulated by Saturn. To me it looks that some ‘Adharma’ (injustice) might get addressed by a re-visit to the judicial aspects.
  • Saturn was being aspected by Jupiter (5th aspect) since May 31, 2013 all along during its journey in Gemini and it thus created a ‘make-believe’ situation of synthetic simulation in so many walks of our life and specifically for those are intrinsically corrupt thus ‘engineering success’.
  • In continuation of the point above, Jupiter itself being highly uncomfortable in Gemini all along giving scope to duality of ‘justice’ or the flip side of ‘justice’ weighing in favour of corrupt, perhaps once Jupiter moves into Cancer and it received the 10th aspect of Saturn, the countdown for the crooks may hopefully start.
  • Obviously, the loss of crooks may be a gain for the honest.
  • Judicial activism may be very well pronounced.
  • Since Cancer is a Watery sign and Jupiter with reference to Sagittarius, a Fiery sign and, displaying a 6/8 relationship means the Ocean surface getting hotter impacting the weather conditions.

For the benefit of readers from India, I would like to shortlist a few points for your consideration:

  • In continuation of the above point, the El Nino effect, first and foremost, affecting India may lead to a drought and situation in certain parts and floods in some parts.
  • As if enough is not enough, Jupiter transiting in its exalted sign may do more harm than anything good on many fronts.
  • Attention is obviously drawn to the Indian Independence chart. We have *Moon, Saturn, Mercury, Venus and Sun in Cancer, the 4th sign of the Zodiac and, the third house of India.
  • Jupiter is a planet of expansion and whichever it touches, it expands. The good or bad effect depends upon a number of other factors. Of course, approximately every 12 years, Jupiter transits in Cancer and then why there should be so much of noise this time?
  • Yes, though the above statement is true, the specialty this time is that, transit Saturn is aspecting all the planets mentioned above while Jupiter will be conjunct with all the planets*.
  • It is very likely that a ‘touch and go’ situation may prevail on a gamut of issues of governance.

Summarising the effects of the Astrological ambiance, the following points may be relevant:

  • Huge imbalance between supply and demand for many commodities including food articles, vegetables, fruits and common household daily needs.
  • Overall increase in cost of living.
  • Pronounced instability in a number of aspects of our life.
  • National security may also become a serious point of consideration for the party in power.
  • Relationship with neighbours needs very careful attention to safeguard against backstabbing.
  • Trade relationship with other countries may have to be reviewed.

Jupiter’s ingress into Cancer on a personal note may be very good for large number of people. Uncertainties that prevailed since May 31, 2013 may get over soon. Of course, much depends upon Janma Kundli, but, under all conditions, perhaps some solace can be expected.

K Jagadish, Bangalore, India.

Mercury Turns Retrograde

Mercury turns retrograde on June 7th, 1727 hrs IST and gets direct on July 1st at 1820 hrs.

Mercury is the planet which will  be always around 18 degrees from Sun and will be frequently getting retrograde. I have always felt that the impact of retrograde planets on us needs careful consideration and should never be treated lightly. This shall however not mean that we should be scared about any issue.

I am of the firm opinion that both transit and retrogression of planets in movable, fixed and dual signs impacts our life in the following manner. General classification may be four types while one has to take other permutation and combinations as well:

  1. A planet transiting in a movable sign raises concerns mainly about current issues. The first navamsa is the sign itself is the logic.
  2. A planet transiting in a fixed sign throws light on future issues. The first navamsa is the ninth sign from where the planet is transiting.
  3. A planet transiting in a dual sign kicks up issues of the past. The first navamsa is the 5th sign.
  4. The lord of a dual sign transiting in another dual sign needs extraordinary scrutiny while delineation of charts.

Note: At present Jupiter the lord of dual signs Sagittarius and Pisces transiting in another dual sign Gemini since the last about 13 months has generally created ripples across the globe on a gamut issues as we all know. Further, Mars too transiting in a dual sign and being retrograde, while at the same time Saturn transiting in movable sign and retrograde, has left me wondering about the after-effects of general election in India. We are yet to see what is in store on the political front regarding the just concluded election. High hopes about a stable Government has to be more experienced than assumed.

Mercury is the lord of 3rd and 6th sign of the Zodiac. It is best that the premise of discussion is centered on this. Secondly, transit Mercury is in the 3rd sign of the Zodiac viz., Gemini. Therefore, the characteristics of ‘3’ i.e, in generic terms means the 3rd house matters may undergo re-visit. Further, Mercury turning retrograde when it is transiting in the 3rd amsa of Gemini viz., Sagittarius. Sagittarius which is the 9th sign of the Zodiac. Mercury entered Gemini on 23rd May at 0155 hrs. Just to share my Astrological thoughts with the readers, I propose to narrate the following points. I have not taken into account the 6th sign lordship of Mercury since it will be too much to comprehend:

  • ‘3’ stands for communication, contracts, courage and confidence, counting, co born – brother, sister, cousins etc., and to an extent help from friends, apart from so many other possibilities.
  • ‘9’ stands for future, fortune, including planning for future etc.
  • Transit Jupiter in Gemini now in the 9th amsa viz., Gemini itself is conjunct Mercury.
  • Jupiter the planet of expansion conjunct Mercury in the house owned by Mercury, fundamentally excites the opposite house i.e., Sagittarius as already mentioned the 9th sign of the Zodiac.
  • Sagittarius is being aspected (influence) of retrograde Saturn’s 3rd aspect, 4th aspect of Mars, 7th aspect of its lord Jupiter.

Possible general impact of retrogression of Mercury:

  • Contracts signed entered into after 23rd May might come under scrutiny/revision.
  • Since Mercury represents accounts, trading etc., there is a strong possibility of point above repeating.
  • The involvement of Jupiter indicates judicial intervention/review also.
  • The involvement of Mars shows investigating agencies being directed by judiciary to investigate.
  • Retrogrades Saturn’s role indicates the past records involving democracy being subjected to review.
  • People may be susceptible to airborne diseases/infection, breathing/bronchial and gastric complaints recurrence.
  • Telecommunication disruption possibilities and Computer related hassles may be experienced.

From a mundane (country/world) Astrology point of view for India, the following points may be pertinent:

  • Recent election vote counting issues might come up before the judiciary.
  • Cases if any regarding poll rigging, Electronic Voting Machine tampering etc., might get a boost.
  • The ruling party associates might come out with sudden demands and may lead to revision of association.
  • As per Indian independence chart since Mercury is the 2nd and 5th lord, financial matters may get reviewed.
  • Changes in the Union Cabinet is not ruled out while the disgruntled group will gain strength and disrupt normal functioning of the Government.
  • Relationship with neighbourhood may get strained and trade pact might get affected.

Please do not presume or entertain unnecessary thoughts about negative points and, good or bad outcome of retrogression of Mercury depends on individual chart and, for many people it can be very good also. Just to give an example, a contract which might have gone out of hands before 23rd May might even get revived. Further, what Mercury stands out in natal chart may over ride the general portfolio of Mercury as explained above, but still it retains its basic characteristics.

Jupiter moves out of Gemini on June 19th leaving the company of retrograde Mercury and this means that there could be a spurt in court cases on many counts.

K Jagadish