July 30 – August 5, 2009

U.S. President Barack Obama is in for some tough days ahead. The full Moon lunar eclipse on August 5 falls right across his Sun line indicating a fateful time for the leader of the free world. The lunar eclipse will affect Obama’s chart for the next six months.

Eclipses are strong karmic indicators and when you’re at the helm of the most powerful nation on the planet we can only imagine the intense and dynamic pressure weighing upon this man. Serious and heavy decisions are made daily with great consequences all the way around. Along with the eclipse cycles we have the planetary transits to consider as well. President Obama has his Mars sitting at 22 degrees of Virgo in his birth chart. Mars is the planet of war and aggression, while Virgo is the sign of analytical deduction and perfection. Mars sits on the cusp of Obama’s eighth house, the house of death and destruction, secrets and planning. Saturn, no friend to Mars, comes along and passes over Obama’s Mars throughout August and early September bringing on a series of very limiting and frustrating circumstances. Transiting Mars and Saturn both affect Mars in Obama’s chart in a way that can only bring more obstruction and frustration in the first two weeks of August.

President Obama is a Leo with Aquarius rising making him congenial, humane, lovable, affable, kind and courteous to one and all. Now the whole world is watching and measuring the strengths and weaknesses of the man and he will be sorely and severely tested in the weeks and months to come. The planet Uranus forms an opposition to Mars in Obama’s chart and it will be at its strength throughout November and December, bringing in the elements of shock and surprise. This means that anything can happen now. Mars – Uranus combinations are likened to nitroglycerin, which we know is highly volatile, explosive and touchy. I am concerned for President Obama’s health and safety. In essence he is walking through a mine field and one lapse in his attention can cause a disaster.

Just about the time that Uranus moves past the exact opposition with Obama’s Mars, he will have to deal with another important solar eclipse which lands on his Saturn in January 2010. Solar eclipses may have an effect that lasts for years in some cases, but certainly at least for one year. The solar eclipse takes place in Obama’s 12th house and this mix of eclipse, Saturn and the 12th house is not a healthy one at all. It represents some type of loss or sacrifice or limited experiences in some way.

Of course, when the fates are riding high we will see this intensity in the charts of others closely connected to this man. Michelle Obama has her Sun degree in the same place as her husband’s Saturn, giving an even stronger message that the times are running heavy for this heavenly couple and for all those that they rule. In my mind they are the modern day King and Queen, and if we think the King Arthur legends were something, we have seen nothing yet. Possibly several hundred years from now children with be reading of this great, wise and wonderful couple that raised the hopes of all oppressed people on the planet. Yes we are running heavy astrological weather and the forecast is cloudy, brooding and sullen. But of course there is a bright silver lining to the dark clouds and soon in the near future we will see where we stand. Certainly 2010 to 2015 will be the proving ground between the forces of light and darkness. Let’s roll.

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Aries If there is a sign that does not do well with obstruction, limitation and red tape, it would be Aries. They prefer to get to the point and travel from point A to point B as the crow flies. Now is such a time in which you can move easily, effortlessly and get a lot done in a short time. The best days are July 30 and 31. For the more sensitive Aries types, know that there is magic in the air on these days. It is a time in which illusion has it’s play, confusion too, so take your time. The picture gets clear on August 5 and you will know where you stand with career and family matters.

Taurus A mixed bag of planetary energy carries you through the next several days. On the one hand you may have to contend with a bit of confusion or frustration regarding misunderstandings and such. Be patient and wait it out, lest a mole hill turns into a mountain. July 30 and 31 and August 4 and 5 are the days of probable manifestation of this energy. On the other hand you may be happy and pleased with yourself regarding matters of the heart and pocketbook. Enjoy the days and give your love, then give some more.

Gemini An unusual and exciting time has arrived. The stars have created the correct pattern in which fun, fantasy and adventure fill the days, especially on July 30 and 31. Misunderstandings and minor irritating exchanges can take place on these days as well. Although you may be in holiday mode, your mind may be looking ahead to the fall season as you plan out the days ahead. Mars continues to give you a boost of confidence and energy. The full Moon on August 5 highlights the travel and communication areas of your solar chart. Emails, letters and calls flood in. A busy time is predicted, which you may enjoy.

Cancer Wish I may, wish I might, make my dream come true tonight. This little rhyme holds some significance on August 1, 2 and 3. Do something special on these dates. Love, destiny and fate combine and a birthing occurs, such as the birth of an idea, concept, relationship or the birth of a special child may take place. The lunar eclipse on August 5 brings it all home in the form of revelations and realizations of what is to be. This is the time to find out if important decisions or considerations are “to be, or not to be”. A very dynamic summer season is here, and it is getting hotter.

Leo Pay attention to the details and bottom line in any form of negotiations, especially on July 30 and 31. Avoid the tendency to brush over the fine print as much is hidden there. Confusion may have its cost and cause. It s also a time in which great things may happen that are truly exciting. High adventure, be it n the boardroom or on the river raft may take place. The full Moon lunar eclipse on August 5 involves your sign and if you are born on the fourth, fifth or sixth of August, it will bring some type of important developments into your life according to your birth horoscope. Revelations take place and a heightened and busy time is indicated.

Virgo Lord Mercury visits Virgo from August 2 to 25 enhancing your organizational skills and abilities to work things through to their completion. A cornucopia of creative ideas congeal into a workable plan. Venus lends a hand and she brings a touch of artistic expression along with an increase in social enjoyment and connections. August 7 to 9 may have their frustrations that keep you on your toes. The continued presence of Saturn the task master in your sign ensures a time of hard work, duty, dedication and devotion that you may not mind. It’s all natural in Virgo’s mind to be productive and useful. The hard work will pay handsomely in the years to come.

Libra Career activities get a boost throughout August as Lord Venus travels through your solar house of professions. Family activities, problems and concerns regarding loved ones may manifest on July 31, August 1 and August 2. Travel opportunities for work may come up. Creative ventures may pay off. For the Libras born near sunrise, you may experience the birth of a special soul, one that changes the direction of your life. Possibly your life focus and direction is changing anyway for a myriad of different reasons. Go with the flow and fly high. Your life will continue to evolve and change at a high rate of speed n the years to come.

Scorpio July 30 and 31 are important days and you must pay attention regarding agreements etc. The full Moon lunar eclipse on August 5 brings on activities regarding education, transportation, home and family. Venus casts fine energy your way throughout most of August bringing pleasant and entertaining times. Mercury also brings good energy to the table helping you in all kinds of ways especially with matters of negotiations, contracts and agreements. A battle may be brewing or some type of skirmish as you or others may need to get things off your chest n the first week of August.

Sagittarius July 30 and 31 are power packed days chock full of all kinds of interesting scenarios. Confused issues may surface and heated debates ensue. Keep your swords sheathed unless you really have to use them. You may feel limited or ‘hemmed in’ in some way or circumstance that you will have to work out of by mid August. August 8 is a particularly testy day for your sign and it might be best to stay out of sight, or go out and fight. Then again much planetary support is flowing into your sign and like the lucky Jupitarians you have the knack to turn a potentially negative time into a memorable one that everyone enjoys. August 5 is one of those times.

Capricorn Important developments are taking place. You may be compelled to make some decisions that could be life changing, such as falling in love, getting married and starting a family. For some Capricorns the opposite energy will prevail and you may seek changes in order to accommodate the ‘new you’ as you sense the ‘old you’ dying off. One way or the other big changes are in store for Capricorn over the next several years. Fortunes may come and go like fleeting clouds on a windy day. Lord Saturn casts fine energy helping you in every way in your effort to make life work properly over the next several months. The summer months are exciting and love and adventure come along.

Aquarius The full Moon lunar eclipse on August 5 takes place in your sign. It tells of a time in which any concern that you have been dealing with somehow comes to a head. Great revelations and realizations are expected. Visions and epiphanies take place. July 30 and 31 are days in which some type of confusion or misunderstanding may occur, and it may take the first week in August to square things away.

Pisces The Moon passes through Pisces from August 7 to 9 bringing up somewhat of a challenging time, especially on August 8. Tempers may flare and nerves could be jangled a bit. It may be wise to wait for a better time before you make any important decisions. The first two weeks of August carry a fair amount of frustrating energy that will have to be tolerated and coped with. It just might be your workload or lack of work that could be a bother. Plan for the future as Jupiter spends a year in Pisces staring in January 2010 and it holds good promises for your sign. Take your time and continue to move towards your goals.

JULY 23 – 29, 2009

Karma and astrology are intrinsically interlinked. They go together like hand and glove. Your birth horoscope is a reflection of the karmic condition that you are bringing with you into this incarnation. Every aspect of our lives is written in the stars. Our joys and sorrows, loves and hatreds, wins and losses, good health or illness, poverty or riches are controlled in accordance with the arrangement of the stars at the time of our birth. Param Sant Kirpal Singh Ji Maharaj in his book, The Wheel of Life and Mystery of Death explains it clearly.

Karmas are the most contagious form of invisible diseases to which man has ever been exposed. They are even more galloping, wasting and destructive than the deadliest and most poisonous germs transmitted into the innermost cells of the human system and worm their way most surreptitiously into the blood system. In society, karmas take a firm hold in the shape of a change in view and thought in the so called molders of public opinion. Then they affect the disposition and temper, and afterwards take deep roots in the shape of habits which become “second nature” in man.

To crown all such difficulties, one has to share unwittingly the karmic reactions, even in his own family where he is born and brought up. Thus virtues and vices play an integral role in the formation of culture. In this way, we daily and hourly contract karmas from our surroundings.

The mystics teach us that we have 75% fixed karma and 25% free will. Plus we are free to create better circumstances for the future as we spin the web of destiny by our actions in this life. It is a vast and heady topic to ponder, and again the mystics tell us that the human mind is not capable of understanding the vast implications of karmic law. There are higher planes of existence permeated with love and light, and populated with souls where karma has no rule or influence. One day we will set foot there, once we have cleansed and cleared ourselves of our indebtedness. All souls are destined to return to their source in the ocean of consciousness, high above the physical, astral and casual planes of existence.

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Aries Life is good, life is sweet and the universe keeps pouring it on. You may have to create some challenges for yourself or you can just stay in the groove and enjoy the times. However you go, the universe will create some challenges for you anyway in the not too distant future, and it would behoove you to work with your free will and make the choices that you know that you must. Do it all. Enjoy the grace of the times while working towards your highest ideals and aspirations.

Taurus Clarity in communications is a must as things are sure to go sideways if you are not attentive to what others are saying, or if others don’t understand what you are saying. Opportunities to correct or worsen a problem come up in the last week of July. Resource opportunities present themselves and not just of the monetary kind, but spiritual resources that replenish the soul may be the medicine available.

Gemini It’s just about a perfect time for your sign as Venus and Mars continue their Gemini visit. Love, excitement and adventure are on the menu for your enjoyment. July 26 may be a great day, and July 27 could be greater still. Plan something special on these days as magic is in the air and you will be having a great time.

Cancer Someone from the past shows up: friend, foe or possibly a former sweetheart. It may not be the case, but you may catch yourself harkening back to the past for some reason. It is possible that a new restlessness is manifesting. You may not be quite conscious of it yet, but as time goes on you may catch on that the time for big changes approaching. There’s no need to panic as it is cyclical, healthy and natural to sense the dying off and rebirthing of a new reality.

Leo It’s your time to shine as the Sun moves through your sign. Some very nice energy is onboard and it will come to you in the form of grace and ease in your daily affairs. Enjoy the daze, oops, days, and remember that all that glitters is not gold and true happiness comes from within. A perfect storm is brewing for the fall season. It will be powerful, intense and very dynamic. Enjoy the present and keep your eye on the horizon as big action, drama and adventure await thee.

Virgo The Moon enters Virgo early in the evening on July 23 giving you a nice psychological boost, which you will need as you head into the weekend. No doubt you will be busy with work, family and social plans. July 24 and 25 are exciting days with all kinds of activities taking place. Unusual scenarios may develop, not nessacary bad but unusual nonetheless. Have plan B at the ready.

Libra The Moon visits Libra on July 26 and 27 bringing you into your lunar high of the month. The Moon forms a grand triangle with Venus, Jupiter and Neptune on July 27, which may prove to be a highly magical day in which all kinds of great things take place. Certainly dress in your finery and be sure to do something special. Grace, harmony and love may be experienced. Artists, writers, poets, musicians and all other entertainers should prepare for an influx of inspiration and spiritual revelation.

Scorpio The first quarter square of the Moon in your sign takes place on July 28 bringing some type of hurdle to be dealt with. July 29 is a day to get things done, possibly with ease. Make note that Mercury is approaching an opposition with Jupiter and Neptune in the final week of July and it could bring a series of misunderstandings or delays into play. Others may appear a bit flaky and forgetful. Remember that we are all human, vulnerable and prone to mistakes from time to time, and this is one of those times. It may be wise to wait a while and let the air clear before making any serious decisions.

Sagittarius A fair amount of positive energy flows your way bringing opportunities and openings. It is important to look things over and take your time as Mercury opposes Jupiter and Neptune in the final days of July. It means that life is destined to get a little crazy as confusion and distortion have their way. Saying little or nothing is best, as the tendency to blow a gasket and vent some steam could overtake you. The events of July 30 and 31 tell the tale.

Capricorn Life heats up nicely throughout August and September. All work and no play is just not healthy, and now the stars are right for you to enjoy, play, love and relax. Activities regarding wills and legacies may come up in this last week of July and early August. It may be wise to keep in mind that all things must change and all things must pass. You may reach your summit in a few years time and bask in the limelight of wealth, prestige and power. The opposite effect could be the case where it all crumbles like sandcastles in a rising tide. Much depends on how you have handled power over the years.

Aquarius It is a strange, strained and possibly wonderful time for your sign. A grand trine takes place on July 27 and its effects bring grace, creativity, joy, love and resources. These good times should be enjoyed. Mercury the planet of communications, business, plans and schedules moves into an opposition with Jupiter and Neptune at the end of the month and it could throw a stick into the spokes. Literal and figurative traffic jams could be the case. Measure twice and cut once is the mantra of the times. Assumptions will not wash, but the facts go far.

Pisces The Moon moves through your opposite sign Virgo from July 23 to 25 bringing tension and stress. Although the message seems a bit worrisome, it may be more about your workload, or social commitments and personal obligations that must be met. As my Guru would say, “Do one thing at a time, wholly and souly.” Stay in the present and deal with what is, not what might have been. The instinct to organize and harmonize is strong now. Mercury will oppose Jupiter and Neptune at the end of the month and it may bring its days of confusion or miscommunication and possible delays. It’s no big deal. We just need to apply some patience until we see our way through.

JULY 16 – 22, 2009

Every moment in time has its own individual quality and tenor according to the arrangement of the stars. You can create a horoscope for any event such as the birth of a puppy, a person or a nation. Once we have set the birth horoscope we can look at the different planetary cycles that will affect that particular horoscope for any given time in the future. We can also go back to any chosen time period in relation to the birth horoscope. As an example let’s take a look at Canada’s birth horoscope drawn up for July 1, 1867.

The big feature in Canada’s horoscope is the triple conjunction of the Sun, Moon and Uranus in the sign Cancer, and well supported by a strong triangle from Jupiter. It tells of a society that is interested in providing care and protection to her own people and all others that she is able to help. With the revolutionary planet Uranus sitting with the Sun and Moon we can expect that Canadians as a whole are open, friendly, unique, possibly a tad unusual, and certainly tolerant of others lifestyles. We won’t follow all of the rules all of the time, and at times we will not bend to the wishes and demands of other less tolerant folks that would like us to get in line and follow behind. We are leaders in the free world and certainly a showcase for other nations to follow.

Now that Pluto has entered Capricorn and will soon be making a series of oppositions to Canada’s Sun, Moon and Uranus from 2010 to 2015, I thought that we might want to take a look back at other times when Pluto was moving over the Sun, Moon and Uranus in Cancer and see what was happening in our country at that time.

Pluto is symbolized as lord Shiva the destroyer in the Hindu trinity. Pluto brings on great wars, destruction, death and rebirth. Pluto is also associated with power and wealth, thus, the term Plutocrats is a reference to the shakers and movers on the planet. We might want to keep in mind the U.S.A. has the Sun, Venus and Jupiter in Cancer in their national birth chart and will be affected by the Pluto transits as well.

Pluto entered Cancer on May 26, 1914 and on June 28, 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austrian – Hungarian throne was assassinated. This event was the spark that ignited World War 1. Things escalated from there and soon Canada cast her hat into the ring, and we can only imagine the great losses and sacrifices that were endured at that time. The years 1915 and 1916 had to be very tough times for the folks here and for those fighting on foreign shores as Saturn also passed through Cancer at that time, which is another signal of hard work, loss and sacrifice. History tells us that Canada became established and respected on the world scene for its contribution and sacrifices in the war effort.

The battle at Vimy Ridge in April 1917 came while Canada had Saturn and Pluto moving through its sign. While the men filled the trenches our women carried on another fight and won the right to vote in September 1917. The years 1918 to 1920 are also very tremendous in our country’s growth and development. In 1921 another huge event took place of a plutonian nature with the discovery of insulin. Pluto rules death and regeneration and is symbolized by a phoenix who out of his own ashes creates a new form. The discovery of insulin has saved countless lives and has given innumerable diabetics the opportunity to live normal lives. Pluto was passing over the Sun in Canada’s chart when insulin was discovered by the two Canadian researchers, Dr. Frederick Grant Banting and Charles Best, and as we know, the rest is history.

We can expect pretty much the same type of energy to manifest from 2010 to 2015 as our Country goes through another great cycle of dying and rebirthing, death and renewal. It does not have to be as grim as the energy nearly one hundred years ago, but we do have our work cut out for us as we wage war with poverty, addiction, corruption, homelessness and the other myriad concerns and problems that are on the cosmic karmic platter. We will get it done and some day in the future a young astrologer will be wagging his tongue as he looks back at the first two decades of the 21st century as he marvels at all that we went through and all that occurred.

For a very long time we have been worried and apprehensive about December 21, 2012, then end of the Mayan calendar. We can apply the energies that I mentioned earlier to this date and come to the realization that we need a new direction and purpose beyond just filling our bellies and pocketbooks. It never was and never will be enough. Now the time has come for humanity to reach deeper within ourselves on a personal and collective level.

The events that take place around the solar eclipse on January 15, 2010 will tell the tale of the times, what must be done and where. Fear is the dragon, while love, patience, compassion and tolerance are the key ingredients to peace on dear old Mother Earth. Many of us profess to love God and if we only knew that God is in everybody and everything in this whole creation, we would never intentionally harm another living thing. We live within the madness that “might and power are right”, and “my gun is bigger than yours.” No wonder we have so many wars. According to the mystics we are fast asleep at the wheel and are basically clueless when it comes to saving our own souls. Stuck fast to the web of our own making and design we cry out for peace and mercy for all of the souls that are suffering, and we are on the way home.

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Aries Although the introduction is a bit long winded you might want to take a gander at it, and try to figure out just where you might be in the years 2010 to 2015. Rapid and dynamic changes are building like giant waves out in the middle of the ocean, and they are heading for the shores soon enough. Stay true to yourself and see what the universe has to say, for it will be speaking rather loudly in the near future.

Taurus Family activities and concerns dominate the days throughout July and August. Although you may have your fair share of dealing with family, friend and group politics or responsibilities, it is also likely that you will do well as the stars are not too pressing for your sign at this time. Home and career considerations come up.

Gemini The Moon passes through Gemini from early evening on July 17 to July 19, just in time for the weekend. Within a few hours of the Moon entering Gemini, Mercury, lord of Gemini enters Leo which is a sign that Gemini generally enjoys. It means that you will be in your element or in the zone. Be it at a party or any type of social event, no doubt you will sparkle and shine. Others pick up on the good vibes and good times can manifest, so do your best and the heck with the rest. Creative energies are strong and you may have a head full of unique ideas.

Cancer The solar eclipse on July 21 takes place in the last degree of Cancer indicating that people born near this date may experience some strong fate over the next 12 months. We think of fate as a negative thing, but in reality fate represents all aspects of our lives such as the birth of our children and the families and countries that we are born into. Love and all that is meant to come our way is considered fate. August and September are destined to be hot months. Hint, hint, wink, wink.

Leo Happy birthday to the lion Kings and Queens. The Sun enters Leo on July 22 bringing you into your solar high of the year. The solar eclipse on July 21 in the last degree of Cancer may have an effect for some Leos that are born close to that date. The Moon enters Leo one hour after the solar eclipse carrying the seeds of karma that will come to manifest throughout the month. Although it sounds a tad ominous it may not be that way at all. It may be a busy and lively time in which the time flies by as you hold court and carry on in your usual magnanimous and friendly way.

Virgo You may be pensive and moody as the solar eclipse takes place on July 21. Venus and Saturn are in square aspect from Gemini to Virgo indicating a time of considerations regarding recent frustrations and limitations. No big deal. It is just a time of working out the kinks and problems that come up for everybody from time to time. It’s a good time to visit and care for those that may need your love and support.

Libra Friends materialize and along with a heap of social demands on your time, you will be very busy throughout the rest of July and August. With the Sun, Mercury Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Neptune collectively casting good energy into your sign, you can hardly miss. ‘Make hay while the Sun shines’ is a good mantra for the times. You can pretty well create to your heart’s delight. Memories are being made that will last a lifetime.

Scorpio Your solar career sector gets a boost starting on July 21. Work and home activities dominate the days and you may not mind. Your home could become an activity centre with people coming and going throughout the summer. Lucky breaks could take place regarding real estate. Inheritances and joint monies figure into the times and must be dealt with.

Sagittarius Your travel sector is strongly activated throughout late July and August. Matters of the higher mind, philosophy, education and publishing come into play. A busy summer is predicted and love may not be a stranger. Siblings and matters related to the father somehow figure in. July 18 and 19 are dynamic days in which much is destined to happen.

Capricorn Those born on or near January 19 may experience some of the effects of the solar eclipse that takes place on July 21. Relationship concerns and considerations may come up in order to be worked out. Capricorn rises at the time of the eclipse bringing your sign into play and possibly bringing important changes in your life. No need to be alarmed as the changes may be welcome and long overdue. It is a time of letting go of the past and building for a new future.

Aquarius The Sun’s passage through your opposite sign Leo in late July and August signals your solar low of the year. Rest and recreation is what is needed and with lucky Jupiter and cosmic Neptune moving through Aquarius there’s no telling what you will do to get your kicks and thrills. Scaling the highest mountain and diving in the deep blue sea, whatever it is will certainly connect you with your higher self as you seek escape, adventure and freedom. Many Aquarians have hefty intellectual appetites and great imaginations. Now the universe is supplying the available material for your next adventure in consciousness, be it feeding the poor or saving those who are suffering, now is the time to do your thing.

Pisces Home and relationships seem to be the focus of your attention, especially from July 18 to 22. It may be a time to face the truth of any situation that you have been avoiding. Make the moves that will initiate a better understanding of any ongoing problems within your family and circle of friends. You may be relieved once you start with the process of letting go of what was in the past, as you embrace a bright and attractive future. Saturn and Uranus have had a very powerful effect on your life and possibly everything has changed. Jupiter, the natural ruler of Pisces will visit Pisces for one year starting in January 2010. He brings healing, freedom and happiness.

JULY 9 – 15, 2009

The King is dead.

I’m writing this column on July 7 as I watch the memorial services for Michael Jackson. Eclipses have always been associated with the death of powerful Kings. I’m pretty sure that the folks that organized Michael’s Memorial did not know of the full Moon lunar eclipse that takes place on this day. A full Moon in itself is powerful and impactful. All the more so if the full Moon happens to be an eclipse. The tears are flowing and the hearts are swollen as we say goodbye to a cosmic, complex, exceptionally gifted human being as he heads upwards to the finer, lighter and brighter worlds above.

Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, the day of a full Moon. His Moon is in Pisces which is the sign most related to music and especially dance. His Pisces Moon would also make him an exceptionally sensitive human being with a great sense of love and compassion.

The Sun and Pluto were conjunct in Virgo giving him the ability to go into things on a very deep level. His devotion and dedication to perfection is notable. This conjunction also brought him great wealth and great power along with a messianic and mesmeric magnetism that ignited the imaginations of millions of people all over the world. Gemini was rising in the east giving him his sleek, mercurial appearance along with the balance and agility that was hard to match.

Presently there is great speculation as to what caused his death. I have studied his western and eastern (Vedic) charts and in their respective ways they point to a most difficult and trying time in this man’s life. Saturn the planet associated with loss, illness and death was opposite to Michael’s Moon at the time of his departure. Saturn is the lord of his eighth house which is the traditional house of death.

In Vedic Astrology we have planetary time cycles called Dasa’s and Bhukti’s. Michael was running the dasa of Ketu and Bhukti of Rahu. Rahu and Ketu are the north and south nodes of the Moon and the eclipse cycles are related to the nodes and the eclipses represent karma on a collective and individual level.

James Braha, a brilliant Vedic astrologer comments on the dasa of Ketu, in his book Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer. He says, “Out of all the planetary periods that of Ketu is perhaps the most difficult to accurately predict. Ancient Hindu scriptures describe all sorts of miseries, such as poverty, sorrow, humiliation, slanders, poisoning, strange illnesses etc”. Michael has Rahu and Ketu in the 6th and 12th houses of his chart, known as the houses of loss and illness. The stars don’t lie, and they do show the karmic situation collectively and individually for all souls. He had his burdens, faults, failures and weaknesses, but we loved him anyway because deep in his heart he was about love, freedom and happiness. In his way, he carried his cross the best that he could. We love you Michael.

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Aries Certain challenges and concerns come up relating to your career and family and in true Aries style you will meet them head on. July 13 to 15 are just such days. Overall you may feel inspired and the stars are offering all types of opportunities for you to choose from.

Taurus July 15 to 17 are your days. The Taurus Moon adds a skip to your step and a spark to your spirit. Feel happy and don’t ask why. No need to question, just enjoy the days as they come. Life seems to be in a cooperative mood, rather than the push and shove of other times. Get in the garden and get some dirt under your nails.

Gemini Mars pays a visit along with lovely Venus perking things up all the way around. Venus brings love and blessings to the table and Mars stirs up some excitement and challenges. Possibly it is you challenging yourself to be all that you can be. Luck and good karma play a role and love and money are within reach.

Cancer The Sun and Mercury continue their visit to your sign. They are harmonizing with Saturn from July 9 to 15 bringing opportunities to work, plan and make life more cohesive, wholesome and balanced. A huge transformative energy is building and will continue to affect you for many years to come.

Leo A friendship melds into a deeply spiritual relationship. Partnerships of all sorts are highlighted and you may be seeing things through rose coloured glasses. It will be easy now to over-idealize someone that you have placed on a pedestal. Take your time until you see the way clearly. It is time for some behind the scenes work.

Virgo The Sun and Mercury cast fine rays your way from July 9 to 15, allowing you to be effective and successful in your endeavors. Your solar career house is heating up and it would serve you well to be proactive, as others are likely to pick up on your qualities and talents. Now is the time for study, hard work and sacrifice that will pay dividends in the future.

Libra Career and travel sectors are hot throughout the month. Spiritual aspirations are enhanced. Unusual business opportunities may present themselves and an urge to gamble may be experienced as well. July 13 to 15 are interesting days in which all kinds of scenarios take shape and dissipate, just like the passing clouds.

Scorpio Friday July 10 may prove to be a bit of a strange day with an edge to it, but towards evening time things mellow out just in time for the weekend. July 11 and especially July 12 are the best days in which you can lay back, enjoy and plan for the future. More doors are open than not.

Sagittarius Life heats up all kinds of ways as fiery Mars and lovely Venus travel through your opposite sign Gemini for the rest of the month. It tells of a time of action, attraction, some repulsion and possibly some confrontation and irritation. Sounds like a busy and involved time period. July 13 to 15 are your best days this week.

Capricorn Okay, you have made it to the top of the pile. Now what? Possibly it is time to give back a bit and share the wealth. Speaking of wealth, we have not been generous nor merciful with ourselves and our salvation – too busy climbing that rock. Seek the wealth of spirituality and God’s love and you will feel enriched as never before.

Aquarius The Jupiter – Neptune conjunction in your sign heralds a rare time in which you may find yourself more compelled than ever to make a spiritual change. You are opening up and waking from a long slumber. And like the bear just out of hibernation you may need to reorient yourself and find your bearings. Seek the treasure that you can take with you into the beyond.

Pisces Like Aquarius and Capricorn you may sense strong spiritual changes taking place with or without your cooperation. We just have to surrender to the will of God and do his bidding, not ours. In other words, you have embarked on a journey of discovery with no way back, but only towards the warm and protective embrace of God.

July 2 – 8, 2009

Last week we talked about the importance of the Saturn return. Saturn takes just over 29 years to travel around the Sun. He rules such things as fear, old age, death, poverty, pestilence and disease. He is considered a first class malefic energy in Vedic Astrology. When he does come knocking most people become very uncomfortable and nervous.

Iran is going through its first Saturn return based on the chart drawn for the Iranian revolution in April 1979, indicating a time of great unrest and insecurity. North Korea was established on September 9, 1948. North Korea has just completed its second Saturn return in September 2007. Now Saturn is sitting very close to the Sun in this country’s birth chart and it is pretty much like the Saturn return. Again, Saturn brings up our insecurities and no doubt, brings on much consternation, vexation, limitation, poverty and isolation. The Sun represents one’s ego and sense of self. When Saturn pays his visit we have to contend with feelings of isolation, limitation, inadequacy and failure. It is interesting to note that the U.S. and Russia both have Sun, Saturn afflictions in their horoscopes. This lends to the “my gun is bigger than your gun” posturing that never seems to end.

Pluto is moving opposite to Uranus in the North Korean birth chart indicating a time of possible revolution, great disruption, war and all of the hideous things that manifest when these two planets mix it up. Nuclear war is more of a threat now than at any other time, especially on the Korean Peninsula. The tension in the region will escalate dynamically and dramatically throughout the summer and fall. Mars the planetary warlord enters Leo mid October 2009 and promptly heads for a conjunction with Pluto in North Korea’s chart. Mars moves slowly over Pluto and then backs up over him again throughout November and December 2009 and January 2010 bringing up a very dangerous time indeed. These two planets are the strongest representatives of violence, destruction, war and aggression. Mars continues to back up (retrograde) and becomes stationary again in March 2010 and he sits very close to Pluto in North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il’s horoscope. Mars is in square aspect with Mars in the North Korean chart all through this time period indicating a time of frustration, anger and military action.

Although this material has already got my head spinning, it is backed up by a major solar eclipse that takes place on January 15, 2010 smack on the position of Saturn in U.S. President, Barack Obama’s horoscope and directly on Michelle Obama’s Sun position. It tells of a fateful time for all concerned and it is highly likely that the bluffs and threats of the past may materialize into the real thing. The eclipse signals a very troubling time ahead, for the forces of light and darkness will continue and escalate their particular agendas just as it has always been. It does not have to be this way and much depends on how the players on the world stage handle the upcoming serious and heavy aspects.

On a positive note, Saturn is a grand and great teacher whose true interest is helping people and countries to live and exist in moderate, healthy and peaceful way. He is a stern task master though, and his lessons are harsh and costly and sometimes on this crazy planet it is the price that we must pay in order to survive as a species.

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Aries You may be getting the urge to do something different these days. It is actually an inspirational time in some ways. The full Moon on July 7 may bring on some revelations regarding home and career objectives. It is time to challenge yourself, for as you know, you are your best and most worthy opponent.

Taurus Your solar travel houses are lit up and activated by the full Moon on July 7. Calls, letters and emails come in from the far corners of the globe. Your confidence is still riding high, bolstered by the presence of Mars. Speaking of Mars, watch for emotional flare-ups and confusion on July 2.

Gemini Happy days are here as Venus pays a visit to Gemini from July 5 to 31 bringing on a creative streak and a time of increased social activities. Weddings, reunions and other celebrations are just the type of scenarios that Gemini enjoy most. The summer will fly by in no time flat.

Cancer The lunar eclipse on July 7 will bring home the reality of what is what regarding any concerns that you have had recently. Power plays and emotional displays should be avoided, or possibly anticipated in order to clear the air. It is a time to reset your compass and move towards your goals.

Leo Mar’s, brother to the Sun enters Leo in mid October and visits for nearly eight months. It tells of a time of high energy, great releases of energy, high adventure and all kinds of dynamic challenges and changes taking place. Courage and strength, along with a clear and calm mind will bring you through. Patience, if you happen to remember the word, is very necessary. Success can be had, but dangers abound and battles rage on.

Virgo The solar houses related to friendships, hopes, wishes and desires along with the areas related to entertainment, speculation and children are activated by the full Moon on July 7. Saturn certainly is leaving his indelible stamp on Virgo these days in the form of sluggish projects and changes which may tighten up the cash flow. Take time to entertain and enjoy and allow the time to pass in that manner. You will be clear in another year from now.

Libra The full Moon on July 7 will bring more than a few revelations regarding career and family concerns. Travel opportunities come up and love may be on the horizon. It is time for this to happen as the next few years show an increase in family responsibilities, obligations and hard work, which you may not mind.

Scorpio Publishing, communication, education, travel and spiritual matters are topics of interest now. A busy summertime is predicted. While others may prefer to lie on the beach, you may be tunneling into your research projects or just looking at life on a deeper and more meaningful level than at other times. Take extra precaution with equipment, machines and while on the road, especially around July 6 to 8.

Sagittarius Venus is casting her energy your way throughout July and you can expect an increased time of social activities and commitments to occur. Romantic and creative energies get a boost as well. Your desire to dig deeper into life’s mysteries becomes enhanced. Shared money and inheritances may figure in somehow now.

Capricorn The lunar eclipse on July 7 occurs in your sign bringing matters of importance to the fore. Revelations roll in, and whatever has been on your mind finally comes to some type of conclusion or climax. You might want to take some down time as now is your time for rest and recreation.

Aquarius Mars, Jupiter and Neptune square off on July 6 and 7 just as the eclipse is taking place. It sounds intense and it may be that way if you allow things to get out of hand. Caution with alcohol, drugs and any other thing that hinders your attention is needed. Use care while driving. Spiritual epiphanies, visions and revelations come your way on July 8 and 9.

Pisces New sights and new scenes are looming into the picture. Groups of likeminded folks bring enhancement to your social life. It is possible that new friends or old friends show up these days. Internal and external renovations are in the works. Dreams and visions could materialize now. Know that you have embarked on a journey of discovery that will last for decades to come.