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Comments on last month's (March) Predictions
Date Posted: March 31, 2020

March 17, 2020


Coronavirus Outbreak

As I had mentioned in my 2020 annual prediction column (2020 Annual Prediction ): 

The year 2020 is likely to go on the record to be the most eventful year for the first two decades of the 21st century, as three spiritual planets (Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter) converge in sidereal Capricorn during this year. “

As recently as last January we have witnessed the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan province in China, and then it slowly but steadily has been progressing all over the world, making it the worldwide pandemic.  Astrologically speaking, in my opinion, this is clearly the mark of the modern planet Pluto’s transit in sidereal Capricorn.

It (Pluto transit) occurred during February 2020. Pluto stays in Capricorn till July 3, and then with its retrograde motion returns to Sagittarius and stays in Sagittarius till December 28. After December 28, 2020 it will remain in Capricorn for the following 19 to 20 years (till March 2039). 

Although it's going to be in Capricorn for only about little over 4 months before it returns to Sagittarius, Pluto, being the planet of transformation, has been and will certainly provide us the glimpse of what to expect during the following 19-20 years after it returns to sidereal Capricorn by the end of 2020. And we certainly have been experiencing the manifestation of Pluto’s energy while it transits through Capricorn as reflected in “Coronavirus outbreak”

Capricorn being the earth sign (material world) ruled by Saturn (spiritual planet) and being the cardinal sign (leader of the earth signs) and Pluto being the planet of transformation (irreversible change), the drastic changes in our collective perceptions of our material world are certainly going to be manifested in the way we never experienced before by Pluto's transit in Capricorn. Such transformations, in the material world are very painful.

In light of Coronavirus outbreak, one can relate the possibility of spiritual transformation of our material world as it brings us closer to as human beings.

By the end of the year 2020, the following 19 to 20 years will be remembered as the period of material destruction and transformation to a new and very different way of living that would align with our human evolution.  This may mean the events that are likely to take place during this twenty year era are going to be the result of the Pluto’s transformation energy through the destruction of material world for (transforming it to) creating a new world that would reflect the next level of human evolution entailing the quality that aligns with clear perception of the world around us. However, I must add: perhaps the idea behind the destruction of material world might be (Pluto in Capricorn) a wakeup call for us to realize and understand that the happiness (or joy in life as I would prefer to put it) is not in material things around us (this doesn’t by any means we do away with the material world, but we do not put sole emphasis on the material gains) but to connect with each other as human beings. We take so many things for granted.  This wakeup call might bring us that awareness that material world cannot lead us to permanent happiness (joy).

What to expect during 2020?

One of the biggest planetary aspects of 2020 is the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in sidereal Capricorn. 

Pluto is a planet of transformation.  The process is irreversible and very subtle.  The old must die for the new to be born. These two spiritual planets will be in Capricorn for next two and half years and in close conjunction in Capricorn during September 10 - October 13, 2020 (+/- 3 degrees orb) to bring out the best in these two spiritual planets reflecting the accelerated collective spiritual growth as a result of Pluto's phenomenal speed of transformation (being in conjunction with Saturn in the sign (Capricorn) ruled by Saturn. 

Thus, this conjunction is likely to bring drastic changes in our collective moral and spiritual perceptions (consciousness), as Pluto breaks away from the traditional barriers of our collective prejudices and conditionings, and Saturn fully supports Pluto in its endeavor. 

However, this wonderful process of spiritual transformational growth is likely to be accompanied by very painful, chaotic and frustrating human experiences (wars, violence, terrorism, social and political conflicts, natural (such as virus outbreaks) and man-made calamities are some of the few examples) required to completely annihilate our present social norms and our prejudice based conditioning, resulting in drastic changes in our collective moral and spiritual perceptions (consciousness).  

The world financial markets have been and will likely to be very volatile throughout this year. 

In scientific and technological areas, lot of drastic changes and emerging new ideas will find their ways into innovations and discoveries that are aligned with our collective spiritual progress, as those (new ideas) will be more focused in areas that will bridge the gap between the science and morality. The likely areas of research will be in biotechnology, medicine, spiritual healing, and life-force related activities. A new wave of philosophers with their new perspectives on living, in general, will certainly transform our world to a new level of understanding. 

As far as the Caronavirus is concerned, in my opinion, it is likely to linger around at least until the retrograde Pluto returns to Sagittarius (July 3).  Until that time, we are more likely to be forced to live in certain way that we are not accustomed to .  However, after July 3, we might get a much needed break (perhaps we have a solution by then; at least, the clinical trials would be underway to test the vaccine).  The following six months would hopefully result in successful trials and then vaccine development.  However, after the beginning of 2021, we may be faced with the next painful crisis reflecting the Pluto’s material world transformation (it may occur at subtle level before it becoming apparent).  Regardless, the next couple of decays will certainly change our lives and world perception reflecting the spiritual growth as we march ahead into future.

Incidentally, for near term, the transiting Mars will be in conjunct with the transiting Pluto (March 22-24) and then with transiting Saturn (March 30 – April 1).  I wouldn’t be surprised if these days turn out to be significant reflecting the painful journey of Coronavirus outbreak.


February 29, 2020

Monthly Astrological Insights for March 2020  

For the month of March, the manifestation of the transit and the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in sidereal Capricorn (which has been and) will likely to be reflected in tragic and painful world events (such as Coronavirus, natural as well as man-made calamities, violence, senseless killings, etc.,), especially during retrograde Mercury period of March 1-8. The political turmoil, especially in the United States will likely to continue during the entire month, especially with respect to the president Trump's governing style and uncertain political, economical and social environment. Watch out for Pluto-Mars (Mar 22-24) and Saturn-Mars (Mar 30 - Apr 1) conjunctions that might trigger deadly and tragic world events.


Retrograde Mercury (Feb 17 - Mar 10) 

On February 17, the planet Mercury becomes retrograde in sidereal Aquarius. It will stay retrograde in Aquarius until March 10. Typically retrograde Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays, frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Aquarius means more frustrating periods for educators, academics, philosophers, philanthropists, social reformers, activists and researchers. This is not a good time 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 Gochar (transit) chart.

About President Donald Trump and his present challenges

President Trump's operating planets (the planets that presently active for him) for March continue to be Saturn and Venus. And they will continue to be operating planets for him for several more years. In addition, after March 24, Sun becomes operating planet which remains active until May 10.

During March Saturn will be in the sidereal Capricorn, in the eighth house  of his Gochar (transit) chart.  Also, in his ninefold Gochar (transit) chart, Saturn will be in the 9th house until March 30 and then in the 10th house for the rest of the month. Venus will be in sidereal Aries (the 11th house of his Gochar chart) until March 27, and then in sidereal Taurus (the 12th house of his Gochar Chart) for the rest of the month.

From Dasa standpoint, Saturn continues to be unfavorable, being in the eighth house of his Gochar (transit) and in the 9th house of his ninefold Gochar (transit) chart.  As a result, President Trump becomes self-destructive and continues to face challenges in dealing with his friends and adversaries alike. In addition to be frustrated and depressed, he is likely to be in the company of wrong people. In light of his on going Coronavirus and other crisis, he will continue to have an on going friction with his cabinet members and political adversaries. Furthermore, he will be dealing with his self-created feud with congress men and women and others.  Overall chaos, fear,  confusion and disappointment will continue to dominate to describe his political experiences.

However, the manifestation of the 11th house (March 1-27) resident transiting Venus is likely to be favorable for him for almost the entire month as he will be successful in portraying his showmanship characteristics that helped him to win the 2016 presidential election.

On the other hand, the most severe challenge due to the opposition of transiting Pluto to his natal Saturn during entire March is very likely to turn out to be extremely intensive for him from holding on to power standpoint for he would likely to be overwhelmed by defeat and humiliation.

Thus, during March, the challenging transit of Saturn present very intensive and painful time for him.  In addition, the opposition of the transiting Pluto to his natal Saturn will certainly create explosive political climate and serious personal challenges from legality and insecurity standpoint, resulting in  yet another trying and frustrating month for him to deal with crisis like coronavirus as well as other political situations; business dealings and having suspicious and insecure people around him. 

However, when one looks at the close conjunction of Sun and Rahu, and Rahu and Uranus in the 10th house of his natal chart,  and Moon in very close conjunction with the lunar node Ketu in the 4th house of his natal chart, it's not very surprising why he operates the way he does.  It seems to me, he is totally driven by the country's (USA) destiny (at least at this point in history) which is very closely tied with his own due to the Rahu-Uranus conjunction in the 10th house of his natal chart. 

It's the reflection of what collectively the country (USA) as a whole is going through at this point in time. Perhaps, it's a part of painful process of transformation and discovery of the next phase of its evolution, as reflected in constant churning (and becoming aware of them) of our die hard social prejudices and inherent, deeply rooted biases. If the country's destiny is at the crossroad of "CHANGE" at this point in history, that will certainly be reflected in political events of March.


Global Predictions........

The important challenging planetary configurations for March include 

Pluto-Uranus (Mar 13-31), Uranus-Rahu (Mar 12-18) ninefold oppositions; Neptune-Saturn (Feb 24 - Mar 5) ninefold square; Pluto-Mars (Mar 22-24), Saturn-Mars (Mar 30 - Apr 1) conjunctions and Pluto-Rahu (Mar 7-15) ninefold conjunction.

The Pluto-Uranus (Mar 13-31) ninefold opposition may become cause for the unique change in the way the current US administration deals with other nations with respect to its war against coronavirus outbreak, terrorism agenda, and also with the domestic matters. There will be a transformation of a political strategy that might become responsible of a change in the current political agenda, and foreign policy matters of the Trump 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. Expect some serious issues that the Trump administration could get tangled with.

The Uranus-Rahu (Mar 12-18) ninefold opposition may become responsible for a difficult period for the United States, and in particular, the Republican Party and republicans. Also, USA and China may go through a crisis situation during this period.

The manifestation of the Neptune-Saturn (Feb 24 - Mar 5) ninefold square may be reflected in difficult time for China as well as for Russia.

While the Pluto-Mars (Mar 22-24) conjunction may become responsible for escalation of terrorism and violence, especially in Israel-Palestine area, a sudden outbreak of an undesirable happening and strong possibilities of both natural and man-made calamities around the world, the Saturn-Mars (Mar 30 - Apr 1) conjunction may become cause for a short term but very intensive friction between India and Pakistan. Terrorism and violence, especially in Israel-Palestine area will be on rise. Outbreak of an undesirable happening, and strong occurrences of both natural and man-made calamities are real possibilities.

The manifestation of the Pluto-Rahu (Mar 7-15) ninefold conjunction maybe reflected in natural and man-made accidents and calamities all around the world.


The important auspicious planetary configuration for March include Neptune-Rahu (Feb 29 - Mar 7) ninefold trine, and Uranus-Rahu (Mar 5-24) sextile and Saturn-Rahu (Mar 24-29) ninefold sextile.

The Neptune-Rahu (Feb 29 - Mar 7) ninefold trine may become responsible for vigorous expansion of religious activities all around the world with new energy, conservatives likely to have upper hand over the liberals, China and Russia are likely to see positive developments occurring in social and economical fields.

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


      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 likely to occur through the entire month, more specifically during March 1-5, 7-31.

      Earthquakes: Based on the Earthquake prediction model V, the earthquake(s) of magnitude 7 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on March 2, 9, 14-19, 22, 24, 28-30. Please note that these dates refer to the Universal time (GMT). For your convenience, the earthquake predictions for the entire year 2020 are provided at Earthquake Predictions 2020  

March 25:   Region: east of the Kuril Islands, Geographic coordinates: 48.986N, 157.693E, Magnitude: 7.5, Universal Time (UTC): 25 Mar 2020  02:49:21, Time near the Epicenter: 25 Mar 2020  13:49:21

There was one earthquake of magnitude 7.5 in March that occurred on March 25 (Universal time) and missed the prediction date of March 24 by less than 3 hours.

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
Comments on the last month's  World Financial Markets predictions

World financial markets for March begin with a mixed tone for first four days, then turn bullish for about few days, then mixed for about 3-4 days, then bearish for about a week, then bullish for 4-5 days, mixed for 5 days, and finally ends the month with a bearish tone.

March 1-4: Mixed   

March 5-7: Bullish

March 8-11: Mixed 

March 12-18: Bearish  

March 19-24: Bullish  

March 25-29: Mixed

March 30-31 Bearish