Retrograde Mars (December 21 - March
From the planetary influence standpoint,
one of the major events during the winter of 2009/2010 is the
retrograde Mars which, on average, occurs once every two
years. On December 21, Mars became retrograde in the
sidereal zodiac sign Cancer, and will stay retrograde till March 10
in Cancer. Astrologically speaking, what does the
retrograde Mars mean? And what can we expect from the retrograde
In 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 incredible speed.
For those of you who have predominant
Mars in their 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, and in general, you may
end up in having a very frustrating experience. In
particular, mothers, people who are very sensitive and
emotional, philanthropists and social workers, and like are
likely to be more affected than others.
At a collective level, expect upheaval
in political and religious worlds. Financial markets will
become extremely volatile. Destruction of wealth due to
natural calamities or man made accidents are also very likely.
Other possibilities include a positive shift in spiritual
world, outbreak of war or war like atmosphere in
Retrograde Mercury (Dec 27 - Jan 16)
On December 27, the planet Mercury turned retrograde in
It will stay retrograde until Jan 16 in Sagittarius. Typically a retrograde
Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays,
frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in
daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius
more frustrating periods for explorers, entrepreneurs, philanthropist,
philosophers, entertainers and religious leaders. 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 a 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
Total Solar Eclipse (January 15)
A total solar eclipse occurs on January 15 approximately
during the hours
of 6:30 to 8:30 GMT. This eclipse will be visible in continents of
Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
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 Sagittarius. Consequently this eclipse, according to
Vedic astrology, is likely to be unfavorable for those who have sidereal
Sagittarius rising or Sagittarius as moon sign.
For those who have the lunar nodes in conjunction with
either Sun or Moon 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.
On world scene, the Middle East (especially Israel,
Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran) countries are likely to experience
Pluto-Uranus ninefold conjunction (Dec 6 - Feb 20)
At a collective level, the Pluto-Uranus ninefold
bring a unique change in the way the current US administration deals with other
nations with respect to its war against terrorism agenda and other global
issues, and also with domestic matters. There will be a
transformation of political strategy that might become responsible for a change
in the current political agenda, and foreign policy matters of the Obama administration as the planet
Pluto with its tremendous energy has a power of irreversibly transforming the
field of politics to a new level or setting with a new set of
norms. Therefore it's likely that the Obama administration could get a
positive break despite serious issues in dealing with international matters.
On an individual level, if in your birth chart Pluto
makes a square with Uranus, and if either of these planets is currently influencing your
life via your current
progressive chart, then you are very likely to be affected by this square.
Depending on the houses these planets
occupy in your birth chart, you are going to have a sudden and a totally new and very
unpleasant experience in that particular field. Be ready to face this unwanted
experience. Stay alert and try not to start a new venture that requires taking a risk.
It's like you are on a business trip or company assignment and you are
immediately called off or caught in a situation that you find very difficult if
not impossible to get out.
Neptune-Saturn ninefold opposition (Dec 13 - Jan 13)
you have a Neptune-Saturn square or opposition in your birth chart, and
if your current planetary operating cycle is
influenced by either of these planets then you are likely to experience a subtle
but serious financial or social setback or an unpleasant secret will be
revealed to you. If you are planning to take a long distance (overseas) trip
during this period, be extra careful of nasty surprises, or even being stranded
in places you never dream of.
the collective level, covert activities will be on rise. Possibilities of natural as well as man-made
calamities are very likely. Places like Russia and China are likely to
experience political and social turmoil. Non-democratic countries are likely to
see shift of power from one faction (or dictator) to another. Religious
activities around the world will likely to appear more secretive than open.
Pluto-Saturn Square (Jan 1 - Feb 13) and Pluto-Saturn
ninefold square (Jan 26 - Feb 5)
If in your birth chart Pluto makes a square with Saturn,
and if either of these planets is currently influencing your life via your
current progressive chart, then you want to consider taking extra precaution in
dealing with money matters, people at work, especially with your adversaries. In
general, this is the time to stay low key and not be aggressive. Be cautious and
alert as much as possible. Do not trust anybody during this period.
On a collective level, Russia is likely to face with
some serious challenges and perhaps sudden changes. To some extent China
is also going to have a similar experience.
Pluto-Rahu ninefold quincunx (Jan 16-23)
Unless these planets are favorably placed in your birth chart, such
between Pluto and lunar nodes, in general, means drastic unwanted changes
(transformations) pertaining to aspects of your life described by the houses
they belong to. Usually such transformations are very painful
if lunar node Rahu (or Ketu), and/or Pluto is affecting your life via your current
progressive chart. In my opinion, best way to deal with this situation is
to (which is not easy to do) accept it (the inevitable change), and move on with
your life. There's no point in brooding over it, and not letting your past go.
On a collective level, an eruption of new waves of
violence in the Palestine-Israel, Afghanistan and Kashmir regions are likely. And perhaps,
towards the end of this period due to Pluto's
transformation process, the resulting changes are likely to become irreversible. In addition, world religions in general,
and religious leaders in particular, may experience themselves having to go
through crisis that demand changes. In other words, the orthodox religious
leaders may come under social and moral pressures to change the way they handle
Uranus-Rahu ninefold quincunx (Jan 19-25)
If in your birth chart Uranus is in the direct quincunx with the lunar node
Rahu, and if any one of these two planets are
influencing you now via your current progressive chart, then you might want to
consider taking extra precautions in your professional and financial areas
during this period and be prepared for unwanted surprises and
obstacles. This quincunx can become dangerous, and ruin your plans and bring about the
unexpected disaster in every which way. In short during this period you
have been tested. If you have very strong and positively placed lunar nodes and
Uranus in your birth chart, then perhaps you need not worry.
On a collective level, the United States and in
particular, the Republic Party and to some extent President Obama are likely to run into
very difficult period. Also, USA and
China may go through a crisis situation during this period.
Uranus-Saturn ninefold square (Jan 29 - Feb 6))
Saturn-Uranus ninefold square is
unfavorable for you if you have such a square or opposition in your birth chart.
In addition, if the planet Uranus or Saturn is affecting your life via your
current progressive chart, then you might want to consider taking extra
precautions in the areas which are affected by these planets as shown in your
natal chart. You should avoid taking any kind of risk at any cost
during this period. Such square or opposition can make things so miserable and
difficult for you that most likely you are not going to forget them in your
entire life. Staying low key is certainly the way to go. Avoid any new
ventures and postpone the matters that you want to begin till this period is
On a collective level, the United States of America,
Russia or China may experience a social or political turmoil at home as well as
tensions rising between them.
ninefold trine (Saturn-Ketu sextile) (Jan
ninefold trine is usually favorable for those who have lunar nodes favorably
placed in their natal charts with respect to Saturn. If such placing is
connected to the first house, second house, ninth house, tenth house, or
eleventh house then expect monetary as well as power gains, promotions and
improved prestige in professional and social fields. The ideas that you
always wanted to pursue your desired goals but somehow could never get started....now is the time
to follow that dream. You will distinctly notice and feel the positive energy
flowing through you during this period. It's time to jump in and enjoy