Mars (Nov 15 - Jan 30)
the planetary influence standpoint, one of the major events of November through
January is the
retrograde Mars which, on average, occurs once every two years. On
Mars became retrograde in the sidereal zodiac sign Gemini, and it will stay retrograde till
January 30 of the next year. Astrologically speaking, what does the retrograde Mars mean? And what can we
expect from the retrograde Mars?
general, when a planet turns retrograde, the positive energy offered by that
planet is expected to slowly diminish. In case of Mars, being a planet of
total independence, high ego, and less maturity usually make things worse with
those of you who have predominant Mars in the birth chart and if it's
influencing you through the current progressive chart, then you are very likely
to experience a sudden setback in your professional as well as in other
activities. You may have to repeat things over many times to get it right,
or you may have to deal with unfortunate and totally unexpected circumstances.
You may end up in having a very frustrating experience. In
particular, businessmen, people in communication business and academics are likely to be more affected than others.
a collective level, expect a political tension building among developed
nations. Destruction of wealth due to natural calamities or man made
accidents are also very likely. Other possibilities include a blackout in major
cities, espionage in communication area, uncovering of political covert
activities and failures of diplomatic efforts between nations.
Mars-Pluto Opposition (Jan 1 - 5)
The five days period is likely to be very
frustrating for those who have Mars-Pluto opposition, conjunction or square in
their natal charts. Typically this opposition is very unfavorable. Unexpected problems
are likely to occur with astonishing
speed and without any notice. For those who have such opposition or
conjunction in their birth
chart, and if they have any one of these planets influencing them through the
current progressive cycle need to be on guard. Stay very low key, not make any new commitment, and avoid taking any sort of risk. Also,
experiences like a sudden incident of fire, or an accident involving explosive
material are very possible.
On the world scene, expect some sudden outbreak of an
undesirable happening, possibilities of both natural and
man-made calamities. The countries that are most likely to be affected during
this period would be the Iraq, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan,
Palestine and Israel, and the United States.
ninefold trine (Nov
20 - January 1, 2008)
ninefold trine is going to be favorable for those who have these
planets favorably placed in their natal charts. Expect monetary as well as
power gains, promotions and improved prestige in professional and social
fields. The ideas that you always wanted to pursue but somehow could never
get started....now is the time to follow that dream. However don't neglect your
family during this busy time. You will distinctly notice
and feel the positive energy flowing through you during this period. It's
time to jump in and enjoy this period.
On a collective level, religious activities all around
the world are likely to expand with new vigor and energy, conservatives will
find ways to compromise with liberals on sticky issues. Democrats and
Republicans will agree on more matters than the ones they disagree. This
is a good time to get those lingering bills passed in U.S. Congress and Senates.
China and Russia are likely to experience some mild setbacks in their foreign
policies, especially the one that deals with the United States.
Retrograde Mercury (Jan 29 - Feb 19)
On January 29, the planet Mercury becomes retrograde in
It will stay retrograde until February 19 in Aquarius (only for a couple of
days) and Capricorn. Typically retrograde
Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays,
frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in
daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Capricorn means
more frustrating periods for business people, executives, managers and people
who have very high business responsibility. 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
your current planetary cycle provides the results of Mercury 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 transiting in your