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Comments for last month's (April) Predictions
Date Posted: April 30, 2003


Comments on General Global Predictions of the last month

One of the major and deadly planetary configurations that happens once about every 8 years is going to occur during April (Apr 3-23), and it is the square between Uranus and each of the lunar nodes (Rahu and Ketu). It is probably the most crucial and challenging time of the year for the USA and especially for the Bush administration in dealing with the nations of the world and its adversaries (Refer to my annual prediction caption for 2003 in archived comments). And the influence of this configuration will be felt all over the world. It's going to be a period marked with domination of fear, uncertainties and anxieties about future. There will be more violence, social unrest and terrorism in the Middle-East, USA as well as in other regions of the world. And, as has been predicted in this column for last few months, President Bush and his administration will continue to struggle with Iraq war with no end and success in sight.

The planetary configurations that will influence world events in April are: Mars-Saturn and Mars-Rahu regular and Saturn-Rahu ninefold quincunxes, Uranus-Rahu/Ketu squares, Pluto-Neptune and Jupiter-Rahu ninefold trines, and Ketu-Jupiter and Uranus-Saturn sextiles.

The countries that are likely to make headline news are: United States, Russia, Western Europe, China, Middle eastern countries including Iraq, North Korea and Pakistan.

  • United States of America:    

President Bush and his administration:  As predicted last month, President Bush  had been frustrated and consumed in facing his adversaries and traditional international allies during March due to his decision of going ahead with war with Iraq. And as it has been repeated before he will be in for a long and frustrating spring with a very little success. 

Based on President Bush's current planetary transits, he will continue to be engulfed with frustration and anxiety with his ongoing occupation with the Iraq war. The transit of Pluto that opposes his natal Uranus and lunar node Rahu will continue to be a cause of anguish and personal pain for him.  In addition, the intense pressure from the square aspect of Uranus with lunar nodes in April makes it extremely difficult for him to handle his own ego. Also, from health and personal safety standpoint April is not so favorable for him. President Bush must take an extra care of his health during this month and it would be very prudent of him if he takes extra precaution for his own personal safety during this month.

I have totally failed in my prediction since the victory of US military in removing Saddam Hussein from power is perceived as a successful mission. In hindsight, the positive influence of Jupiter becoming direct (April 4) and Saturn's ingress to sidereal zodiac sign Gemini (April 4) far outweighed the negative influence of Uranus-lunar nodes squares. However, the slow and long term influence of Pluto transiting directly opposite of President Bush's natal Uranus and lunar node Rahu can not yet be ignored. Therefore, if finding of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, proving a link between the Saddam Hussein's regime and al-Qaeda, and decrease in terrorist activities against USA as a result of this war were the reasons President Bush chose to go to war against Iraq then we just have to wait and see.

The first three weeks of April are not good for the country, especially from terrorism, general social unrest and on going anti-war protests standpoint. 

            Russia:  While Saturn-Rahu ninefold quincunx may prove to be negative for Putin administration during the third week (April 15-19) of April, Pluto-Neptune ninefold trine (April 11-30) should prove to be positive from international diplomacy standpoint.  The relationship with USA (particularly with Bush administration) will reflect a sort of indifference towards each other.

            Europe:  Uranus-Rahu/Ketu squares (Apr 3-23) will certainly prove to be very negative as far as relationship between Western European countries and USA is  concerned. Social unrest and increased terrorist activities are likely.

            China, Japan and Pacific-rim Countries:  April is not going to be that bad for China. Besides a possibility of some new domestic crisis occurring I don't see a whole lot happening in China.  However, terrorism and violence in Pacific-rim countries (Indonesia, for instance) will likely to be on rise. 

    Although I did not directly predicted SARS....interestingly "a possibility of some new domestic crisis occurring" did manifest into SARS.

            Religion:  In general, except for United States, the entire month will be a quiet month for religions around the world. In United States the friction between the religious authorities and their counter parts will accelerate.

            Natural and Man-made Calamities:   Except for the last week of the month, April doesn't look favorable. Both the natural and man-made calamities (especially the latter) are very likely to occur, particularly in western world as well as in the Middle-East region. 

    I haven't kept daily log of headlines pertaining to both the natural and man-made calamities this month.  The outbreak of SARC in China affecting several other countries can be considered as a major calamity.  And I believe there were several incidents of violence that took place in Israel-Palestinian area during April.

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


Comments on the last month's  World Financial Markets predictions

In general, until April 17 financial markets are likely to be very volatile with bearish bias. After April 23 markets are likely to turn bullish. The overall net effect (bullish or bearish for the entire month) will depend on how the Iraq war plays out. The planetary configurations that are going to affect the financial markets are: Uranus-Rahu/Ketu squares, Mars-Saturn, Mars-Rahu regular and Rahu-Saturn ninefold quincunxes, Jupiter-Rahu and Pluto-Neptune ninefold trines, and Ketu-Jupiter sextile. 

It must be noted that the basis for the following predictions mainly includes the influence of the planets Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars along with the slower moving modern planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. For the ninefold analysis, the fast moving planets like Mercury, Venus, Sun, and Moon can also influence the outcome of the world markets. However, these influences, although usually insignificant, are difficult to account for as the analysis then becomes too complex to make market predictions.  Therefore, should it become necessary to account for the influence of fast moving planets the timely advanced updates whenever appropriate will be provided.

April 1-2: Mixed

April 3-9: Mixed to bearish

April 10: Volatile and maybe sharply bearish

April 11-16: Very volatile and bearish

April 17: Bullish to mixed

April 18-19: Bearish

April 20-23: Mixed

April 24-29: Bullish

April 30-31: Bullish to mixed