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Monthly Global Predictions for March 2019
Date Posted: February 28, 2019

 

 

The transit of the lunar node Rahu in sidereal Gemini and Ketu in sidereal Sagittarius (Mar 8, 2019 - Sept 25, 2020).......

 

The backward moving lunar nodes (which represent the point of intersections of earth's orbit around the Sun and the Moon's orbit around the Earth) Rahu and Ketu stay in one sign for approximately 18 to 18 1/2 months, and on or around March 8, they will change signs (Rahu from Cancer to Gemini and Ketu from Capricorn to Sagittarius). And they remain in their respective signs till September 25, 2020.

 

Especially for individuals, Rahu and Ketu are considered as karmic planets. Those who have Aries, Leo, Virgo, Libra and Capricorn ninefold (navamnsa) ascendant are likely to be benefited by positive energy of these lunar nodes for next 18 months or so.  While Leo and Virgo ninefold ascendant people will likely to see financial gains and professional success, Libra and Aries ascendant people will put their new ideas to work by successfully implementing them. The Capricorn ascendant people will be victorious over their rivals and overcome heavy odds to be successful in whatever they do.

 

During next next 6 to 8 months the lunar node Rahu will be making oppositions with planets Saturn and Pluto (and simultaneously the lunar node Ketu will conjunct Saturn and Pluto) These oppositional and conjuction aspects will be very strong and intense.

The Saturn-Rahu opposition occurs during March 31 - October 23 (within three degrees).  It usually deals with intense karmic experiences for both individuals and collectively for a society or nation as a whole.

For individuals, based on their natal charts, if they have challenging placement of these planets, they are likely to go through painful material experiences as a part of their karmic redemption process, and only through the awareness while going through these painful experiences, such individuals can transform their lives by understanding themselves, a process usually refers as a self realization. 

On collective level (societies or nations), places like Russia, China or Saudi Arabia are likely to experience social or political unrest.  In the United States, the political Republican party and republicans may go through unwanted painful experiences during this period.

The Pluto-Rahu opposition within three degree orb, occurs during February 16 - May 25 (within three degrees). Similar to Saturn-Rahu opposition it deals with intense karmic experiences for both individuals and societies or nations, but such experiences will likely to be very drastic and unbearable.

For those who have challenging placements of these planets in their natal charts, are likely to have intense karmic experiences. These experiences are extremely intense, and they will certainly (and drastically) change our comfort zones that we are used to, and after having gone through a period of struggle and adjustment, we (in a way forced) will likely to arrive at and must adjust to a new level of living (both materially and non-materially).  Again the idea here is the same as that for Saturn-Rahu opposition that only through the awareness while going through these painful experiences, such individuals can transform their lives by understanding themselves, a process usually refers as self realization. 

On a collective level, an eruption of new waves of violence in the Palestine-Israel region is likely. 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 their responsibilities. 

When combined, during April 6-14,  all these three (Saturn-Pluto conjunction, Saturn-Rahu and Pluto Rahu oppositions) planetary combinations overlap, and it would be interesting to witness the world events during this period from the spiritual transformation standpoint.

Retrograde Mercury  (March 6 - 29).........

On March 6, the planet Mercury becomes retrograde in sidereal Pisces. The retrograde Mercury will stay in Pisces until March 15, then with its retrograde motion returns to the sidereal Aquarius, and then on March 29 it becomes direct in sidereal Aquarius. Typically retrograde Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays, frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Pisces means frustrating periods for emotional people, social reformers, charities, hospitals, religious organizations, people on cruises, boats, and ocean liners.  The retrograde Mercury in Aquarius means frustrating periods for academic institutions, research organizations, philanthropists, philosophers, writers, progressives and the new age people. 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.

The transit of Mars in the sidereal Aries (Feb 5 - March 22).........

The transit of Mars in the sidereal Aries is likely to dominate the headlines for February and March.  Mars enters the sidereal Aries on February 5, and it stays in Aries till March 22. 

Mars is the planet of action, energy and strength, and a fire sign Aries is ruled by Mars. Aries is also the cardinal sign that loves to rule, lead and dominate the surroundings.  Thus, for fiery and action oriented dominating planet like Mars,  it's the perfect setting for Mars to explode (cardinal being the lead sign) with tremendous strength.  And the manifestation of that energy will be reflected in both the material (Mars being the material planet) and spiritual (Aries being the fire sign) with tremendous ups and downs that will be intensely felt by the entire  world, especially by the military personnel (Mars being the fire sign with tremendous energy and strength), sportsmen, warriors, fighters, commanders, leaders and people in power in almost every field (especially in politics and business). Also, Aries being the fire sign, the sign of domination, aggression, power, the transit of Mars means volatility in international as well as in national politics and in the financial markets.  

In addition, and probably one of the most important planetary combinations, is the conjunction of Mars with Uranus.  Although the close conjunction (with in a degree) occurs during three days, February 11-13, both being in Aries (Fire and cardinal sign) it's a very powerful conjunction in Aries that will last through March 22.  

As mentioned above, Aries being the fire and cardinal sign, is very suitable for independent, ambitious, energetic, impulsive and crazy Uranus. The changes in world political landscape has been tremendously influenced by Uranus's transit in Aries (Brexit, Donald Trump's stunning upset victory, etc.,) . Now combine the Uranus's energy with that of explosive and impulsive Mars, it's a perfect recipe for disaster if these energies are not properly aligned. The upcoming Brexit saga will certainly make a big headline during February, especially around Feb 11-13.  At the same time, president Trump is likely to face a very stressful period.

The people who are most affected by this conjunction are military personnel, people in power such as business leaders and political leaders.  In scientific and technological areas expect drastic changes; and emerging new ideas will find their way into innovations and discoveries.  Since the characteristics of Uranus are closely tied with that of the United States as a country, with Uranus-Mars conjunction, expect extraordinary political and financial events until March 22.

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

President Trump's operating planets (the planets that presently active for him) for March continue to be Saturn and Venus.

During March, Saturn will be in sidereal Sagittarius, the seventh house of his progressive chart, and it will be in the 6th house of his ninefold progressive chart. Venus will be in sidereal Capricorn (the 8th house of his progressive chart) till March 22, and then in Aquarius (the 9th house of his progressive chart).

From Dasa standpoint, Saturn continues to be unfavorable, being in the seventh house of his progressive chart, but favorable being in the 6th house his ninefold progressive chart. Thus, it's a mixed picture. Due to being in the 7th house of his progressive chart,  Mr. trump will likely to continue to face challenges in dealing with his friends and adversaries alike. He will continue to be haunted by Russia probe and litigations. He will even get involved in direct confrontations with people that include not only his adversaries but also his cabinet members, family members and friends. However, being in the 6th house of his ninefold progressive chart Saturn becomes favorable for him, and therefore, at least to some extent he is likely to have things go in his way with political success.

The manifestation of the 8th house resident transiting Venus will be reflected in a temporary positive recognition for his political achievements. 

Despite his temporary success, the most challenging planetary event, the conjunction of the transiting Rahu with his natal Saturn with in a degree lasting through March 17, remains!  Rahu being a karmic lunar node and Saturn being a planet of trials and tribulations, this period of working out of his karma will be very intense, affecting him in almost all aspects of his life.

Thus, during March, the challenging transit of Saturn in his the progressive and the favorable transit of Saturn in his ninefold progressive chart presents a mixed picture. Venus, being in the 8th house of his progressive chart, is favorable for him for his showmanship and political recognition and achievements.  But, the transiting Rahu being in conjunct with his natal Saturn, spells a troubling karmic period for him from legality and insecurity standpoint, resulting in a challenging, trying and eventful month for him to deal with the ongoing Russia probe, immigration, suspicious and insecure people around him despite  advancing his political agenda.

 

Global Predictions........

The important challenging planetary configurations for March include Pluto-Rahu (March 13 - April 12) opposition; Rahu-Jupiter (March 10-26) quincunx; Saturn-Rahu (March 25-31) ninefold quincunx; and Rahu/Ketu-Jupiter (March 16-20) ninefold squares.

The manifestation of the Pluto-Rahu (March 13 - April 12) opposition maybe reflected in an eruption of new waves of violence in the Palestine-Israel and Kashmir regions. And perhaps, towards the end of this period due to Pluto's transformation process, the resulting changes are likely to become irreversible. Hope we see some kind of a solution. 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 their responsibilities. 

The Rahu-Jupiter (March 10-26) quincunx and the Rahu/Ketu-Jupiter (March 16-20) ninefold squares may mean religions around the world will have difficulty in carrying out their activities and in general, keeping people happy. The atheists and agnostics may come under fire and will be faced with the mounting task of defending themselves, as the orthodox or dogmatic social influence intensifies.

The Saturn-Rahu (March 25-31) ninefold quincunx may become responsible for social and/or political unrest in places like Russia and China and other places like Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Yemen and Iran etc., In the United State for the Republic Party and republicans it may prove to be prudent to stay on guard during this period.

 

The important auspicious planetary configuration for March include Pluto-Neptune (Dec 20 - Mar 11) and Saturn-Rahu (Feb 27 - March 3) ninefold trines, and Neptune-Rahu (March 18-24) ninefold sextile.

The Pluto-Neptune (Dec 20 - Mar 11) ninefold trine may become responsible for either in bringing terrorism under control or even wiping out major terrorist cells through covert operation and further degradation of ISIS regime. In addition, this ninefold trine is good for Russia and to some extent for China. Also, on technological front, expect some positive breakthroughs in medical, high technology and biotechnology fields. 

The manifestation of the Saturn-Rahu (Feb 27 - March 3) ninefold trine may be reflected in positive social experiences.  People are likely to be convinced with the importance of moral values.

The Neptune-Rahu (March 18-24) ninefold sextile may become responsible for positive period for Europe and China. Also, most of the technological areas are likely to make significant progress via inventions and discoveries. Spiritual and religious activities are likely to impart positive energy and create a very healthy atmosphere around us.

The countries that are more likely to be affected during this month are:  Europe, Russia, China, United States, India (Kashmir region) and the Middle East (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Palestine-Israel regions).

 

      Natural and Man-made Calamities........

      The natural calamities like extreme weather conditions, wildfires, hurricanes, heavy rains, snow storms, air crashes as well as man made accidents are more likely to occur during March 13-30.

      Earthquakes: Based on the Earthquake prediction model V (yet to be published) the earthquake(s) of magnitude 7 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on  March 1, 3, 5-8, 10, 12, 15, 20-26, 30-31. Please note that these dates refer to the Universal time (GMT). For your convenience, the earthquake predictions for the entire year 2019 are provided at Earthquake Predictions 2019

While man-made calamities may manifest themselves in terrorism, unrest, violence, accidents, and air crashes, the natural calamities are likely to include extreme weather conditions such as severe cold winters, and equally intensive droughts, hurricanes or typhoons, thunderstorms, earthquakes and fires