Astrological Predictions for the World in 2013 by Howard Beckman

Well, we made it. The end of the world predicted by fools and rascals due to the end of a phase of the Mayan calendar was a nonstarter. We’re still here, as is the world. As a matter of fact the Vedas state that this age of Kali-yuga is set to last another 427,000 years approximately. So now we are about to begin another “interesting” year, just a few months after the coming of the Chinese “Year of the Snake”. Although there will most certainly be a plethora of events occurring on earth that we’d wish wouldn’t, life is what you make of it. So what do I see the planets portending for our general health, wealth and prosperity? Read on.
The “new moon” chart for the US in 2013 has five planets in Pisces, Mercury, Moon, Sun, Mars and Venus, on April 10th when this year’s chart begins. Although Pisces is the weakest sign for Mercury to be in, the debilitation is corrected by the ruler (Jupiter) being in an angle, and thus far less problematic for communications and business affairs. Since Aquarius is rising, this places them in the 2nd house. This indicates a huge concentration on MONEY. These planets rule the 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th & 10th houses of the USA’s new moon chart for this year.
The second house rules earning of money, as well as communications with others. Venus, one of the greatest benefics, creates a raja-yoga in the 2nd house, surely indicating economic growth. How will the government create a growth economy with all the challenges facing it, not least of which being the debt owed to the Federal Reserve Bank? The most likely answer is the fed will simply print more money, creating the “illusion” of greater prosperity, at least for the time being.
Saturn is the chart’s ascendant lord and is situated in Libra (his sign of exaltation and thus extremely powerful) in conjunction with Rahu. This is a dangerous and powerful combination for causing disasters in the world. In the US chart, though, Saturn’s position in the 6th house shows the US playing “heavy” in international politics, as well as still becoming increasingly involved in armed conflicts overseas. The conjunction of these two malefics, Saturn and Rahu, begins on January 14th of this year and lasts until July 13th of 2014. The exact conjunction occurs on the 17th of September this year.
We look to the 9th house (the house that Saturn and Rahu occupy in this chart) for information about the “ruler” of a country. My analysis is that President Obama’s enemies will try their utmost to destroy him. We certainly hope history does not repeat itself in this way, but the last time Saturn and Rahu were conjunct in Libra was in 1865 when President Lincoln was assassinated.
It is also worthy of taking note of the US natal chart periods for this year. Mars/Ketu will run from March 29th until August 25th of this year, followed by Mars/Venus until late October of next year. When these periods occurred in the last years of the 19th century there were huge financial collapses and economic disasters.
The US does look like it’s going to manage to get through the financial problems somehow or another, as Jupiter (lord of the 2nd house with multiple planets residing there, as well as the 11th house of gains, is in the 4th house (an important kendra house). This also creates an exchange of signs with Venus, called “parivarthana yoga”, further bolstering my assertion that the US economy will avoid any kind of a financial collapse. Jupiter’s entering Gemini on the 1st of June for a year will also be good for the country’s overall prosperity during that time period.
I’ve also looked at the new moon charts for several European countries, the UK, Russia and China. Europe’s going to have the biggest fiscal problems of all, in my opinion. Gemini rises in the UK, France and Germany’s charts, so Jupiter is in the 12th, with the five planets in Pisces taking the 10th house position. My analysis is that this heralds a change in the European union. Whether it means countries will opt out of the euro, or even the European union itself, remains to be seen. Whatever problems ensue, though, will affect economies worldwide.
Russia’s new moon chart has Cancer rising with the planets in Pisces therefore in the 9th house. Jupiter is now in the 11th house of gains. These factors indicate much political “tension” in the country, yet should be good for them financially.
China’s chart has Virgo rising, so those Pisces planets now go to the 7th house, meaning increased influence on the global stage. Jupiter is in the 9th house of their chart, so financially the country will still be ticking along quite well, compared to many other countries.
Other possibilities I see from looking at these, as well as the charts of other countries:
-Middle East war is going to step up. There seems to be indications of Israel taking possible actions, as well as Iran.
-Increased violence and armed conflicts will be rampant throughout the year.
-More destructive storms causing fires and floods, as well as earthquakes. There will be increased solar storm activity during the first half of this year, which definitely impacts weather systems on the earth. Overall, the weather will continue to become more severe at both ends of the thermometer, as both hotter and colder temperatures will be seen.
-China’s populace steps up protests for more democracy.
There will be two solar eclipses this year. One is an annular solar eclipse on May 9th and the other will take place on November 3rd, which is both an annular and a total eclipse, depending on where you live in the world. The first has Sun/Ketu/Mars/Moon and Mercury in Aries, while receiving the direct aspect of Saturn and Rahu from Libra.
The second has Mercury/Ketu/Saturn & Moon all in Libra opposite Ketu in Aries. Being only 6 weeks or so after the exact conjunction of Saturn and Rahu, I expect this eclipse to be an extremely powerful force for change in many people’s lives.
There will be three lunar eclipses during 2013. The first is on April 25th, a partial eclipse with Moon/Saturn & Rahu conjunct in Libra directly opposite Mars/Sun/Venus & Ketu in Aries.
The second will be on May 25th, a penumbral eclipse. The Moon will be debilitated in Scorpio and directly opposite to Mars/Sun/Venus/Mercury & Jupiter in Taurus. I expect this to be a flashpoint for world political upheavals, violence and more “unusually” disturbing weather patterns.
The last eclipse of 2013 is a penumbral eclipse on the 18th of October. The Moon will be in Pisces while the Sun has already moved, just a degree or so into Libra, where he is in conjunction with Rahu/Saturn & Mercury.
These multiple combinations are most certainly indicators of intense change for quite a few people at the times of the eclipses, extending to as much as a month on either side of the actual eclipse day. How they affect each of us individually can only be determined by an analysis of our own horoscopes.
It is not that these planetary indicators only portend suffering or the coming of disasters, though. For some of us it will be a time of “awakening”, of looking within our hearts to find truth, whether pertaining to our material lives, or our true spiritual selves.
After all, at the end of the day there are four major categories that people desire success in to be happy, and to allow human society as a whole to truly progress. The first and most important is knowledge, and the most important knowledge is spiritual. Who are we? How did we get here? Why must I suffer? Without asking such questions we can’t even begin to find answers. Then we also need to understand what our relationship is with all others (both human beings and others that share this planet with us), as well as our relationship to the universe itself.
Secondly we all want to be healthy, which means not only physically, but emotionally/mentally and spiritually. With huge corporate entities concerned solely with financial profit controlling most of the food production, health care, and very importantly the media, human society is constantly being badgered (maybe brainwashed?) to live in a manner that creates profits for those entities. The unfortunate result is a never before seen epidemic of obesity, heart & blood disorders, toxicity and drug dependence (most of it happily doled out by pill pushing doctors urged to do so by their drug company benefactors) of a very large percentage of the population. Much of what many people consider “food” is actually causing the continuing decline of peoples’ health.
Thirdly we want to feel secure, and to be able to live without fear for our livelihood, or worse for our very lives. The wars, violence and fear mongering by governments is making people feel anything BUT secure. Lastly everyone wants to feel they are prospering. This doesn’t mean being materially wealthy, but simply to feel content in life. Simply put, to be happy, today and every day.
Turbulent times actually present an opportunity for those of us sincerely seeking universal and spiritual “answers” to the problems we all face in life. Just as in the iconic film “Network”, released in 1976, people need to stand up and say to themselves, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
Analyze your own life, decipher what are your “real” needs are and change your life. Those that are willing to take a huge step, to turn away from the old “status quo” will find a new and exciting opportunity, one that will culminate in gaining knowledge, health, security and prosperity. That treasure which we all seek can be simply stated as “peace of mind”. Is it not? Once we come to that realization, it behooves us to turn away from the external forces that seek to control and contain us, keeping us in ignorance of “how” to be happy, peaceful and satisfied.
Shrug off debilitating fear. Take a chance on happiness, on finding fulfillment. Seek knowledge, seek truth and turn within. Then act in your, and the world’s, best interests. Namaste.
Howard Beckman is world renowned Vedic Astrologer. For information contact him at

Game Changers and How They Will Affect You!

Game Changers and How They Will Affect You!
The Powerful Transits of Saturn and the Moon’s Nodes
By Howard Beckman, 11/28/12

Some of the most powerful events, or times of greatest upheaval, in a person’s life occur during the return of Saturn to his natal sign (which happens approximately every 30 years) and during the 7 years of Saturn’s “sade-sati” (also occurring every 30 years, for this is the time it takes for Saturn to orbit the Sun). These are times of life we all go through, albeit some experience greater challenges than others. It all depends on the karmic scenario, foretold in one’s personal horoscope.
When Saturn returns to his natal sign it signals new developments, often a completely new chapter of life that is about to begin. It’s a time when a person begins to question everything about life, particularly his or her own path and personal direction. Saturn is an unbending taskmaster and unless we follow a disciplined regime in accordance with what we know is right in life, his malefic effects can beat us into submission. If, however, we follow our higher intuition, take the “high road” so to speak, it is a time of wonder and immeasurable inner growth.
The choice is always up to us. Saturn will force us to accept our karma and bring the truth to our eyes, whether we want to see, or not. We can either go forward “kicking and screaming” as we protest what we see as a time of loss or indignity of being forced to adopt another direction, or we embrace the changes. In following the latter, the path of least “resistance” we take the opportunity afforded us to find profound meaning in our life. Such realizations are enduring and will stay with us, not only throughout this lifetime, but into the next.
Sade-sati is another matter altogether. For some of us Saturn’s transit over the sign previous to the position of natal Moon, natal Moon sign and the sign following its position can be a time of complete loss. We are forced to give up almost all that we’ve known and gotten “used to” in our lives. It will force us to face our deepest fears, humbled in the presence of almighty time. For others it is simply a time of great transformation, and it may further develop those things we have been working towards and attempting to create for ourselves in life.
Rahu and Ketu’s (the north and south nodes of the Moon) “return” is always a time of “facing reality” as well. Approximately every 18 years the nodes of the Moon return to their natal signs. It is always an important time of life and signals new growth. Either expectations become apparent and come within reach, or we understand that it is time to accept what we know is inevitable, changing our direction. Even when Rahu and Ketu arrive in the signs opposite to their natal positions there is often a marked event that manifests or potentials previously untapped come into one’s purview.
Sometimes these planetary returns occur simultaneously. When that happens, look out! You may be hurled into the unknown, thrust into the limelight of success, or brought to your knees, begging to understand the meaning of your destiny.
When these planets conjunct, such as Rahu and Saturn or Ketu and Saturn conjoining in the same sign, it always means great upheavals of one form or another. Between January 14th, 2013 and July 13th, 2014 Rahu and Saturn will be in conjunction in Libra. The exact conjunction of these two powerful malefics will be on September 17, 2013. Political tensions, war and natural disasters will continue and become more devastating. Which countries will be most affected by these travails? It depends on their horoscopes. I will detail the coming year for at least the US, UK and some European countries’ “New Moon” charts early in the new year.
How will Rahu’s entrance into Libra, with Ketu moving into Aries affect you? What are the implications for our own lives as Saturn continues his sojourn through Libra? >It all depends on our individual horoscopes. For some it will be a time of great growth, either materially or spiritually, maybe both. For some it will be a time of letting go, of finding our direction, or surrendering to facing things we have deigned to face for so long.
Astrology is a tool and is used as such by the learned and the savvy among us. “To be forewarned is to be forearmed”. By the same token, to know when not to take a leap of faith, or to stop ourselves from wasting our energy in directions doomed to failure, saves not only precious time, or money, but allows us to direct ourselves in ways that bring the most success and satisfaction. As I always say, “the planets never lie”.


I’ve received many congratulatory e-mails about my prediction that Obama would win the election. Most came from clients, friends and well-wishers that receive our newsletters, so received the April 26, 2012 edition of my “Planetary Perspectives” in which I detailed the astrological reasons why he most certainly would.
I’ve received comments such as “you must be happy”, “you should be proud” and many different versions of “congratulations” or “well done”. I do appreciate the vote of confidence and thank all of you that have taken the time to let me know you appreciate my work.
However, I also want to say that I am completely aloof from elections and politicians in general. My writing articles on national or world events in which I make predictions is simply an exercise to show the efficacy of the Vedic astrological science when practiced by those willing to devote their lives to it while also treading the razor sharp spiritual path. I take no credit for my seeming accuracy and give all credit to my teachers and mentors, and especially to the great saints and sages who have bequeathed this holy science to us here on earth.
As regarding politics and politicians I am of the opinion that almost all of them alive on the planet today are incapable of understanding what human life is for, incapable of directing themselves towards lives of honesty, compassion, fairness and love for all creatures upon this earth. Therefore how can they possibly do anything to better the development of human society or to even preserve the gifts of Mother Nature?
As long as the world is ruled by greedy and impious men, there will be greater and greater travails affecting our societies and the planet as a whole. Just see how wonderful a job that the most dastardly of corporations’ influential and powerful leaders have done in California in this last election! Monsanto somehow convinced the majority of the voting public sector that they need not know what is in the food they eat! No need to know, just believe in them, their honesty and their integrity. Maybe my article of 4/29/12 “A Society of Mushrooms” might better delineate my feelings on such things.
I also predicted in my article of April 20, 2012 that this year’s storms would be far worse than last. Nobody congratulated me on that, nor would I wish them to. It certainly brings me no pleasure to see the suffering of our brothers and sisters in NY and NJ. Again, I write such articles because I know certain things will transpire and doing so shows how Vedic astrology can forewarn us of events, thus allowing us to take precautions.
We human beings are meant to be caretakers of this planet on which we dwell. We are meant to show kindness and compassion towards all others, meaning not only of the human species, but animal species, as well. When we wantonly abuse, destroy and needlessly slaughter all others how can there be any glimmer of peace on earth? Human beings need to wake up. Those that realize the folly of life as it is being perpetuated need to take a stand. First and foremost in their own lives, and then when possible to share your realizations with others. When we change ourselves we begin to change the world. It’s true. A journey starts with the first step.
These and other such articles of mine are available on my blogs at and Soon I will begin to write about what I see coming for 2013. But no matter what negative “events” I may or may not see transpiring, my fervent hope is that more and more people will open their eyes, contemplate realty (both the temporary of this world and the eternal of the spiritual beyond this one single lifetime) and resolve to make a change for the better. Namaste.

The Immediate Future of America’s Economic Health, A Vedic Astrological Analysis

Howard Beckman 7/16/12
Many people are asking me questions about everything from happenings in 2012 (which I have already spoken about in my article “New Moon chart 2012 for the USA) to questions about the geopolitical situation, economics and what will the world be like for our kids and grandkids. For a more “far reaching” perspective than just the annual “new Moon” horoscopes for America, it’s necessary to delve into the actual birth chart of this country.

In 2008 the country entered a period ruled by Mars that runs until 2015. We all know what happened at the outset. Wall St and banks’ greedy lending practices caused the mortgage crisis, followed by big corporate failings, etc. The last time the country endured its seven-year Mars period was 120 years previous. That was between 1888 and 1895. Doing a little investigation about that period of the country’s “fortunes” I found that indeed it was a time of great losses.

Many factors caused the great economic “panic” that finally culminated in the “Panic of 1893”. Silver prices had been driven up due to the US government being forced to buy silver as per the “Sherman Silver Purchase Act” of 1890. Eventually demand dwindled when silver backed notes could no longer be exchanged for gold and the metal prices crashed. Unemployment rose to record levels, there were record financial losses across the board, and major companies began to fail. Due to over building and speculation of the railroad industry the great “Philadelphia and Reading Railroad” went bankrupt in 1893. This actually started the spiral of loss and panic.

Banks began failing, meaning many lost their life savings and other major railway companies such as Northern Pacific, Union Pacific and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe went under. The dominoes fell quickly. More companies went bankrupt, and by the peak of the Great Panic of 1893 over 15,000 companies and 500 banks failed. Now began a severe depression. Unemployment peaked at close to 19% in 1894 and slowly went down until recovery and growth in 1897.

The bottom line for us now is that we are not out of the woods yet. I expect 2013 to bring more insanity in financial markets. In my opinion only then will things slowly begin to come back again, although don’t expect days of wine and roses anytime soon. It’ll be slow progress until 2015 starts to allow any real growth for the majority of the American people.

President Obama will manifest more than a few gray hairs during his second term as a result. No president or any leader’s ideas, intentions or plans of action can surpass the dictates of fate. The planets’ movements tell a story of those events which must manifest in our lives individually, and they tell the story of those that manifest for us all collectively. “To be forewarned is to be forearmed” and “Knowledge is a weapon”, as the saying goes. Those that have it can slice through the worst travails and times of uncertainty for they make prudent decisions. Economic strategy means knowing when to move ahead as well as when to bide your time.

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