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Monthly predictions for August 2017

July 31, 2017

A total Solar Eclipse (August 21)

A total solar eclipse occurs on August 21 approximately during the hours of 17:00 to 19:00 of August 21 GMT.  This total eclipse will be visible in continents of North America, and a partial eclipse will be visible in all of North America, northern South America, western Europe and Africa. 

The total eclipse will be visible from a narrow corridor through the United States. According to Wikipedia, it will be first seen from land in the US shortly after 10:15 a.m. PDT at Oregon's Pacific coast, then will progress eastward through Salem, Casper, Lincoln, Kansas City, Nashville, and finally Charleston. A partial eclipse will be seen for a greater time period, beginning shortly after 9 a.m. PDT at Oregon's Pacific coast.

The longest duration of totality will be 2 minutes 41.6 seconds at 3735′0″N 897′0″W in Giant City State Park just south of Carbondale, Illinois and the greatest extent will be at 3658′0″N 8740′18″W near Cerulean, Kentucky between Hopkinsville and Princeton, Kentucky.

This eclipse is important since the Sun and Moon will be within 4 degrees from Rahu, the northern or ascending node in the sidereal zodiac sign Leo/Cancer (it's entering in Cancer from Leo on the same day). The Sun and the Moon will be at about 4 degree sidereal Leo.  Consequently this eclipse, according to Vedic astrology, is likely to be unfavorable for those who have sidereal Leo rising or Leo as moon sign.   Incidentally, US President Trump has Leo rising and he was born few hours prior to a total lunar eclipse.

For those who have the lunar nodes in conjunction with either Sun or Moon in their natal charts should watch-out.  It's not a good day!  Take extra precaution and avoid any sort of outdoor activity requiring you to get out of house during the eclipse.

On world scene, North America, northern South America, western Europe and Africa are likely to experience undesirable happenings in the following several weeks.

About President Donald Trump and his challenges......

President Trump's operating planets (the planets that presently influence him most) continue to be Saturn, Venus, Pluto and Ketu. 

During August, the retrograde Saturn will be in sidereal Scorpio (the sixth house of his progressive chart), and in his ninefold progressive chart Saturn will be in the 10th house.  Venus will be in sidereal Gemini, the 1st house of his progressive chart.  

From Dasa standpoint, while Saturn tends to become favorable  for making it easy for him to move forward possibly with his health care, tax reform and budget agenda, the 10th house resident ninefold Saturn will be responsible for more challenges in dealing with foreign affairs and adversaries. The 1st house resident transiting Venus will probably be positive for him for showmanship.  However, Pluto, being in the 7th house of his progressive chart, will continue to make matters more difficult for him to deal with, especially with his own cabinet members and his agenda.

More importantly, when the planetary transits with respect to his natal chart are considered, the transiting retrograde Saturn has been opposing his natal Rahu (July 10 - Oct 10). As a result, he is likely to delve in matters that will prove to be self destructive and failures. Since President Trump was born under Leo rising and was born few hours prior to a total lunar eclipse.  It would be interesting to see how this upcoming (August 21) total solar eclipse (which is going to be visible in all of the the United States) is going to affect him as far as governing the country goes. 

Additionally, the transiting retrograde Saturn has been in conjunction with his natal Moon (June 28 - Aug 10) and natal Ketu (July 10 - Oct 10), and the manifestation of these transits have been reflected in family crisis (Donald Jr.'s Russian connection) and his separation from his family members (possibly Donald Jr., Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump).

Thus, while the operating planets are not so unfavorable for him from the Dasa cycle standpoint, and the influence of transiting retrograde Saturn as explained above, may become responsible for yet another challenging and serious month for him to deal with people around him and his political agenda.

Also,  As indicated last October in my  US 2016 Presidential Election prediction,  column, as reproduced below, there was a very strong possibility that President Trump would have difficulty remaining in power and have to let that power go. 

"However, I must add that, regardless of the election outcome, the destiny of the United States, which in my opinion, is very much dependent on the transiting Uranus. And because the retrograde Uranus being temporarily back in the sidereal Pisces and will not return to sidereal Aries (the cardinal fire sign) until April 2017, there's a strong possibility that the election outcome may not matter come April 2017.  Without being sensationalizing and dramatizing the future of the United States, I think that when Uranus returns to sidereal Aries in April 2017 it will certainly and drastically change the political landscape. As a result, it's very likely that the person who will be the leading the world's powerful nation then as the president of the USA will be a different one."     

April 30, 2017

While the strong possibility of President Trump let his power go has not so far materialized, he is not out of woods yet as the transiting retrograde Saturn will oppose his natal Sun (June 8 - July 10) (self destructive) and his natal Rahu (July 10 - Oct 10)  (demeaning, impulsive, arrogant, vicious and failure); quincunx his natal Saturn (May 28 - June 27); and conjuncts his natal Moon (June 28 - Aug 10) (family crisis).  These four hits of the transiting retrograde Saturn are crucial for him to overcome until the Saturn becomes direct (August 25) and then again the transiting Saturn sweeps through the same part of the zodiac making the same four aspects (hits) till the end of the year that he must overcome.  

Retrograde Saturn's return to the sidereal Scorpio (June 22 - Oct 24)

On June 22, the retrograde Saturn returned to the sidereal zodiac sign Scorpio, and it will remain retrograde in Scorpio till August 25.  After becoming direct on August 25, it will stay in Scorpio until October 24.  Then it reenters sidereal Sagittarius and remains there till January 23, 2020.

Scorpio being the water and fixed sign, for the next four months, Saturn will strongly influence the world psyche, world religions, commerce, and economy. In addition, Scorpio (disease, epidemics) Saturn (restrictions, challenges) can be very conducive for spreading of viruses.  Scorpio being a water sign (emotions, violence) and ruled by Mars (aggression, power and violence), it is the most complicated (misunderstood) sign of the zodiac, and when Saturn (the planet of restriction and challenges) transits through this sign, typical manifestation of this transit are: wars, violence, disagreements, sufferings, mental sickness, injustice, famine and chaos in general.

Those who have Saturn in Scorpio will see their lives transformed to a new setting (Saturn return) due to a drastic change (mostly at emotional and psychological level). In my opinion, it's going to be a very positive and exciting four months for those who have dominant Saturn in their birth chart and have Virgo, Gemini, Aquarius, and Capricorn as their natal ninefold (Navmansha) ascendant. 

On a world political scene, countries like India and Pakistan will make news headlines. Covert activities in most part of the world will be on rise. Terrorism or terrorist activities will gain new found momentum with increasing number of incidences. The Middle-East region will continue to be the battle ground, especially the countries like Syria, Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Turkey and Iran.

 

Global Predictions......

The important challenging planetary configurations for August include Neptune-Mars (Aug 8-10) and Pluto-Mars (Aug 14-16) quincunxes, Pluto-Rahu (Aug 13-31) ninefold quincunx, Rahu-Mars (Aug 24-26) conjunction and Pluto-Jupiter (Aug 1-9) square.

The Neptune-Mars (Aug 8-10) and Pluto-Mars (Aug 14-16) quincunxes may become responsible for outbreak of covert activities among leading nations and possibilities of both natural and man-made calamities around the world.

The manifestation of the Pluto-Rahu (Aug 13-31) ninefold quincunx may be reflected in an eruption of new waves of violence in the Palestine-Israel, Syria and  Afghanistan-Pakistan regions. And perhaps, towards the end of this period due to Pluto's transformation process, the resulting changes are likely to become irreversible. 

The Rahu-Mars (Aug 24-26) conjunction may become responsible for both natural and man-made calamities causing destruction and loss of lives, and perhaps a demise of an international level political leader.

The Pluto-Jupiter (Aug 1-9) square may become the cause for the drastic agenda changes in religious and academic and to some extent social fields. Initial reaction to the change might appear to be a bit confusing and perhaps chaotic, but the majority of us are going to embrace this new wave of change.

The important auspicious planetary configuration for August include Saturn-Jupiter (Aug 21-31) sextile.

The Saturn-Jupiter (Aug 21-31) sextile means the religions around the world, ingeneral, will enjoy their activities with positive experiences.  People will likely to be convinced with the importance of moral values and will have no difficulty in maintaining their religious faith. 

The countries that are more likely to be affected during this month are:  Russia, the Middle East (Syria, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan and Palestine-Israel regions), the United States, China and European countries.  (More)  

Earthquakes: Based on the Earthquake prediction model III the earthquake(s) of magnitude 7 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on August  1-2, 5, 8, 9, 25-26.  Please note that these dates refer to the Universal time (GMT). For your convenience, the earthquake predictions for the entire year 2017 are provided at Earthquake Predictions 2017.  

 

Individual Predictions

Retrograde Mercury (Aug 13 - Sept 5) 

On August 13, the planet Mercury becomes retrograde in sidereal Leo. It will stay retrograde in Leo until September 5. Typically retrograde Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays, frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Leo means more frustrating periods for leaders in general, and particularly for those who are in politics, military, governments, academic area and researchers. This is the time not to start a new project or venture, but rather reflect on what's been done so far.  Also, this is the best time to cleanup that closet and do other chores that you have been postponing due to lack of time.

In addition, if you have dominating Mercury in your birth chart and if Mercury is currently your operating planet, then you are more likely to experience the pronounced effects of retrograde Mercury during this period with respect to matters signified by the house it's currently transiting through in your progressive chart.  (More)

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