The important planetary event for May (actually
it began on April 29) is the transit of Jupiter in sidereal
Aquarius. Jupiter will stay in Aquarius till August 2, and then,
with its retrograde motion, it will return to Capricorn . It
will then stay in Capricorn till December 18, 2009 before
reentering the sidereal Aquarius. Jupiter's transit from one
zodiac sign to the next occurs, on average, once a year.
Aquarius being flexible and air sign ruled by Saturn, Jupiter in
Aquarius has a tendency to enhance intellectual and
philosophical qualities of those who have well placed and
connected Saturn and Jupiter in their birth charts while others
likely to experience the challenges that will keep them from
intellectually growing. In general, transit of Jupiter in
Aquarius is positive. Spiritual and intellectual growth
around the world is likely to expand. (It must be noted that
despite Jupiter's positive influence on world spirituality,
effects of other planets should be taken into account to assess
the net effect on world growth). In addition, the influence of
contemporary philosophers on society will significantly shape
the future direction of our social evolution through the
philosophical and metaphysical debates. In general, in Aquarius
Jupiter is known to be responsible for world spiritual and
intellectual expansion. So from that perspective expect some
positive spiritual changes during this period and welcome the
Jupiter's entry in Aquarius.
As pointed out in last month's column,
one of the important planetary events for 2009 is the transit of
the modern planet Uranus from (sidereal) Aquarius to Pisces
occurring on April 2. Uranus will stay in Pisces till October
12, 2009, and then with its retrograde motion returns to
Aquarius and remains in Aquarius till January 20, 2010. After
January 20, 2010, it will reenter Pisces and stay in Pisces for
the next 7 years (2016/17).
Uranus, being the planet of change, will
certainly affect the matters related to Pisces sign in a big
way. Pisces is a mutable water sign. It's a very emotional and
spiritual sign ruled by the planet Jupiter. Some of the
unique characteristics of Uranus include: unorthodox, skeptical,
extremely independent minded, brilliant, innovative, unyielding
until fully convinced, standing up for oppressed or those who
can not defend themselves. As a result, Uranus's transit through
Pisces will be responsible for transforming the world in which
the morality and spirituality will evolve to meet the social
needs of the twenty first century. Typically Uranus, the
unconventional and forceful planet, brings about the
transformation in a painful manner. As a result, there
will be a severe crisis in the religious world before the
transformation begins. The orthodox religious leaders as
well as conventional philosophers will be forced to abandon
their way of thinking and accept the new norms or become
extinct. The religions or the way of our living will be
questioned time and again through the next 7 years to modify the
The transit of Uranus through Pisces is
particularly important for the United States as it directly
influences that country in shaping her future.
Another important aspect of this transit is the
terrorism. About 8 years ago (April 2001) Uranus entered
in the sidereal Aquarius. Aquarius is an air sign ruled by
Saturn. Among other demographic locations, Saturn rules the
Middle-East. Since Uranus and Saturn do not get along well, the
very entry of Uranus in Aquarius was marked by the September 11
attack on the twin towers in New York City and the Pentagon
building in Washington, D.C. Now that Uranus will be
leaving Aquarius and entering Pisces, there's a good chance this
transit will be marked by the capture and defeat of terrorists
who attacked the United Sates. And therefore, I would not be
surprised if Bin Laden is captured (dead or alive) very soon
(between now and October, 2009).
For financial world this Uranus transit is very
important since it will set the tone for financial recovery soon
after April 2. World financial markets have likely to hit the
bottom before April 2.
In scientific and technological areas expect big
new ideas will find their way to manifest themselves into
innovations and discoveries in fields of oceanography, medicine,
biotechnology, health and fitness. New techniques of meditations
will be invented. During the time when Uranus transits through
Pisces, Pluto transits through Sagittarius, another spiritual
sign ruled by Jupiter. Thus during next 7 years or so there will
be two modern planets transiting through the spiritual signs
resulting in a phenomenal growth in world spirituality.
Mystic experiences will be norm than exceptions, and expansion
of human awareness will certainly reach to unimaginable level. Science
and spirituality will merge in a way we can never imagine, and
for the first time in history the scientist will be involved in
researching the origins and the source of development of
Other important planetary configurations for May
include Saturn-Mars quincunx (May 10-11), Neptune-Rahu ninefold
quincunx (May 22 - June 3), Neptune-Uranus ninefold square (May
28 - June 25), and the auspicious Neptune-Jupiter conjunction
(May 14 - July 23), Pluto-Neptune (April 26- May 20) and Uranus-Rahu
(May 28 - June 5) ninefold trines.
The Saturn-Mars ninefold quincunx will be
responsible for increased tension between India and Pakistan,
social unrest, and political crisis in Pakistan, and man-made
and natural calamities all around the world.
The Neptune-Rahu ninefold quincunx will manifest
itself in increased covert activities in Russia and China.
The Neptune-Uranus ninefold square is likely to
be responsible for rise in challenges in scientific and
technological fields directly affecting the growth in rate of
scientific and technological inventions and discoveries. United
States and the Obama administration will be on defensive due to
rise in new domestic and international challenges.
On a positive note, during the first half of the
month, Pluto-Neptune ninefold trine will provide the positive
lift to counter balance the negative forces of opposition and
quincunxes (as mentioned above) by transforming the world
atmosphere from anxiety to more at ease. During the second half
of the month, the Neptune-Jupiter conjunction will be very
auspicious for economical growth and increase in optimism for
better future all around the world. The second half of the month
is also good for religion and religious leaders from progress
standpoint. New theosophical ideas are likely to receive
favorable attention and as a result, they will likely to be
The countries that are most likely to be
affected during this month would be: United States,
Middle-East (Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Palestine and
Israel), Russia, China and India.
President Obama and his administration:
For President Obama, his operating planet
Ketu, continues to be in the twelfth house of his progressive
chart and in the third house of his ninefold progressive chart
till May 18. As a result, at least until May 18 or so, he is
likely to enjoy fruits of his efforts in last couple of months.
His other operating planet, Neptune, will continue its
opposition to his natal Uranus during the entire May, and
therefore, he will be dealing with international challenges
where deception may take a center stage. In addition, the
transiting Jupiter will oppose his natal Uranus, and Jupiter
being his major operating planet, he is likely to successfully
deal with the most of the political crisis based on his moral
The Neptune-Jupiter auspicious conjunction
will manifest itself in the form of religious and moral changes.
It's a huge transformation process that will profoundly
influence the social and moral norms which we are accustomed to.
The Uranus-Jupiter ninefold square may become responsible for
putting the religious leaders in the United States on defensive
and under social pressure.
The Neptune-Uranus ninefold square, which
occurs during the last week of the month will be responsible for
increased challenges in areas of scientific and technology
innovations. Also, NASA may have to deal with crisis
situation or with a new space travel related crisis.
Russia: Except for the last week of
the month, May is relatively positive for Russia for developing
a better relationship with USA and Europe.. During the
second half of the month a domestic crisis involving morality
related issues is likely to emerge.
Europe: The first half of the month is very
positive for the continent with respect to its dealing with the
world and with respect to its economical growth . During the
second half of the month an emergence of religion based crisis
is very likely.
China, Japan, and Pacific-rim countries: The
first three weeks looks to be very positive for China from
economical progress standpoint. During the last week of the
month the region may suffer from natural (or man-made)
Middle East: The Saturn-Mars quincunx and
Neptune-Rahu ninefold quincunx will contribute to increased
violence in the Middle-East region (Iraq, Israel, Palestine,
Lebanon, Afghanistan, and Pakistani region) during the second
and the last week of May. During the first week, the
Saturn-Mars quincunx will certainly make a mark of rising
tension between India and Pakistan.
Religion: During the second half of the
month, the Neptune-Jupiter conjunction will be very auspicious
for increase in optimism for better future all around the world.
The second half of the month is also good for religion and
religious leaders from progress standpoint. New
theosophical ideas are likely to receive favorable attention and
as a result, they will likely to be implemented.
Natural and Man-made Calamities: The
natural calamities like wildfires, severe weather conditions,
natural as well as man made accidents are more likely to occur
on May 10-11 and during 22-31.
Earthquakes: Based on our earthquake prediction model,
the earthquake(s) of magnitude 7 or higher, if occur, are likely
to occur on May 7-9, 14-26, 29 and 31.
There was only one
earthquake of magnitude higher than 7 in May, and it occurred on
May 28. It missed the predicted date by a day.
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
on the last month's World Financial Markets
markets for May will begin with a mixed to bullish tone, then
turn mixed, bullish, then again mixed, bullish, and finally end
the month with mixed to bullish tone.
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.
May 1-2: Mixed
May 7-18: Mixed
May 26-31: Mixed to Bullish
the exception of few days, the
world financial markets pretty much followed the predictions
during the month.