A total Solar
Eclipse (August 21)
A total solar eclipse occurs on August
21 approximately during the hours of 17:00 to 19:00 of August
21 GMT. This total eclipse will be visible in continents
of North America, and a partial eclipse will be visible in all
of North America, northern South America, western Europe and
total eclipse will be visible from a narrow corridor through
the United States. According to Wikipedia,
it will be first seen from land in the US shortly after 10:15
a.m. PDT at Oregon's
Pacific coast, then will progress eastward through Salem, Casper, Lincoln, Kansas
City, Nashville, and finally Charleston.
A partial eclipse will be seen for a greater time period,
beginning shortly after 9 a.m. PDT at Oregon's Pacific coast.
longest duration of totality will be 2 minutes 41.6 seconds at 37°35′0″N 89°7′0″W in Giant
City State Park just south of Carbondale,
Illinois and the greatest extent will be at 36°58′0″N 87°40′18″W near Cerulean,
Kentucky between Hopkinsville and Princeton,
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 Leo/Cancer (it's
entering in Cancer from Leo on the same day). The Sun and the
Moon will be at about 4 degree sidereal Leo.
Consequently this eclipse, according to Vedic astrology, is
likely to be unfavorable for those who have sidereal Leo
rising or Leo as moon sign. Incidentally, US
President Trump has Leo rising and he was born few hours prior
to a total lunar eclipse.
For those who have the lunar nodes in
conjunction with either Sun or Moon in their natal charts
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 during the eclipse.
On world scene, North America,
northern South America, western Europe and Africa are likely
to experience undesirable happenings in the following several
August 26 - 30
Hurricane Harvey hitting the gulf-coast and causing unprecedented
flooding in Houston and surrounding area.
About President Donald Trump and his challenges......
Trump's operating planets (the planets that presently
influence him most) continue to be Saturn, Venus, Pluto and
August, the retrograde Saturn will be in sidereal Scorpio
(the sixth house of his progressive chart), and in his
ninefold progressive chart Saturn will be in the 10th house.
Venus will be in sidereal Gemini, the 1st house of his
From Dasa standpoint, while Saturn tends to become favorable
for making it easy for him to move forward possibly with his
health care, tax reform and budget agenda, the 10th house
resident ninefold Saturn will be responsible for more
challenges in dealing with foreign affairs and adversaries.
The 1st house resident transiting Venus will probably be
positive for him for showmanship. However,
Pluto, being in the 7th house of his progressive chart, will
continue to make matters more difficult for him to deal with, especially
with his own cabinet members and his agenda.
More importantly, when the planetary transits with respect to his natal
chart are considered, the transiting retrograde Saturn
has been opposing his natal Rahu
(July 10 - Oct 10). As a result, he is likely to delve in
matters that will prove to be self destructive and failures. Since
President Trump was born under Leo rising and was born few
hours prior to a total lunar eclipse.
It would be interesting to see how this upcoming (August 21)
total solar eclipse (which is going to be visible in all of
the the United States) is going to affect him as far as
governing the country goes.
transiting retrograde Saturn has been in conjunction with his
natal Moon (June 28 - Aug 10) and natal Ketu (July 10 - Oct
10), and the manifestation of these transits have been
reflected in family crisis (Donald Jr.'s Russian connection)
and his separation from his family members (possibly Donald
Jr., Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump).
Thus, while the operating planets are not so unfavorable for
him from the Dasa cycle standpoint, and the influence of
transiting retrograde Saturn as explained above, may become
responsible for yet another challenging and serious month for
him to deal with people around him and his political agenda.
indicated last October in my US
2016 Presidential Election prediction, column,
as reproduced below, there was a very
strong possibility that President Trump would have difficulty
remaining in power and have to let that power go.
I must add that, regardless of the election outcome, the
destiny of the United States, which in my opinion, is very
much dependent on the transiting Uranus. And because the
retrograde Uranus being temporarily back in the sidereal
Pisces and will not return to sidereal Aries (the cardinal
fire sign) until April 2017, there's a strong possibility that
the election outcome may not matter come April 2017.
Without being sensationalizing and dramatizing the future of
the United States, I think that when Uranus returns to
sidereal Aries in April 2017 it will certainly and drastically
change the political landscape. As a result, it's very likely
that the person who will be the leading the world's powerful
nation then as the president of the USA will be a different
the strong possibility of President Trump let his power go has
not so far materialized, he is not out of woods yet as
the transiting retrograde Saturn will oppose his natal Sun
(June 8 - July 10) (self destructive) and his natal Rahu (July
10 - Oct 10) (demeaning, impulsive, arrogant, vicious
and failure); quincunx his natal Saturn (May 28 - June 27);
and conjuncts his natal Moon (June 28 - Aug 10) (family
crisis). These four hits of the transiting retrograde
Saturn are crucial for him to overcome until the Saturn
becomes direct (August 25) and then again the transiting
Saturn sweeps through the same part of the zodiac making the
same four aspects (hits) till the end of the year that he must
Saturn's return to the sidereal Scorpio (June 22 - Oct 24)
On June 22, the retrograde Saturn
returned to the sidereal zodiac sign Scorpio, and it will
remain retrograde in Scorpio till August 25. After
becoming direct on August 25, it will stay in Scorpio until
October 24. Then it reenters sidereal Sagittarius and
remains there till January 23, 2020.
Scorpio being the water and fixed
sign, for the next four months, Saturn will strongly influence
the world psyche, world religions, commerce, and economy. In
addition, Scorpio (disease, epidemics) Saturn (restrictions,
challenges) can be very conducive for spreading of viruses.
Scorpio being a water sign (emotions, violence) and ruled by
Mars (aggression, power and violence), it is the most
complicated (misunderstood) sign of the zodiac, and when
Saturn (the planet of restriction and challenges) transits
through this sign, typical manifestation of this transit are:
wars, violence, disagreements, sufferings, mental sickness,
injustice, famine and chaos in general.
Those who have Saturn in Scorpio will
see their lives transformed to a new setting (Saturn return)
due to a drastic change (mostly at emotional and psychological
level). In my opinion, it's going to be a very positive and
exciting four months for those who have dominant Saturn in
their birth chart and have Virgo, Gemini, Aquarius, and
Capricorn as their natal ninefold (Navmansha)
On a world political scene, countries
like India and Pakistan will make news headlines. Covert
activities in most part of the world will be on rise.
Terrorism or terrorist activities will gain new found momentum
with increasing number of incidences. The Middle-East region
will continue to be the battle ground, especially the
countries like Syria, Israel, Palestine, Iraq, Iran, Libya,
Turkey and Iran.