Hope For The New Year 2016

It’s that time of year again. Here we are at the end of another year, which seems to have flown by, and getting ready for the next. We all hope for a good year ahead. “Good” to most means a comfortable living situation, no lacking in the necessities of life and opportunities for experiencing pleasure in our lives. Yet there’s an air of apprehension today.
The world is in turmoil and as every day passes we see more people displaced from their homes, forced to migrate into the unknown and all simply to find a situation where they can live peacefully, to find a home where they can have the opportunities in life that the multifarious warring parties have stolen from them.
Although I see a continuation of violence, both abroad, and within our borders to a lesser degree, the New Moon charts are giving me hope. The USA will certainly prevail this year. The political blood lust for power amongst the various parties will have our government flexing its muscles…with devastating consequences for those living in fear in war torn countries.
After all, it’s an election year. Both of the political parties must try to show the people that they are capable of bringing security to the population, both in terms of protection from terror and crime, as well as stimulating a sluggish economy.
Though the means that allows them to create an illusion of prosperity will have the result of scarcity down the road, the economy will indeed become stronger, at least in some sectors.
But the greatest hope that I see for 2016 is that I expect more and more people to question the dry, tasteless and unpalatable philosophy of “work harder, spend more money” and you will become happy. That’s what our leaders imply, don’t they? When the economy is churning along the news reporters tell us how great everything is, and when the economy is depressed we’re told to be afraid. Our happiness and distress depends on the state of the economy, pure and simple! That is what they would have us believe.
But anybody with the slightest bit of thoughtfulness will realize, if they carefully consider this unholy philosophy, that our inner hearts and minds can never be satisfied with “things”. But the bulk of the populace mindlessly and thoughtlessly accept this philosophy of life blaring at them through the television.
In this year more people are going to raise their heads out above the fog and ask themselves, their “higher” selves, for a better way. We will begin to see an ever-growing movement to retreat to a simpler lifestyle. As Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada said, “Simple living and higher thinking nurtures the path to both material satisfaction and spiritual realization.
The “Back to the Land” movement will grow exponentially in popularity as people begin to realize that this hard, unending struggle for existence in an environment that completely stress us out is not only unnecessary, but it reduces our life span, while it completely negates any bit of pleasure we might find along the way.
The pleasure and pain, happiness and distress, and ups and downs of our lives are the result of what we have “earned” in our previous “roles” in life. As Shakespeare said “All the world is a stage and all the people merely players”. Our identities outwardly change with each succeeding birth that we take in the world, but inwardly we are the same. Yet our true identity is covered.
So in this year I see that many persons are going to all of a sudden feel like they’ve awakened. As if they never really saw themselves and the world for what it truly is before. Those persons are going to begin their search for reality in great earnest. Churches and temples that are welcoming will find that more inquisitive seekers will cross their thresholds. Spiritual groups of all persuasion will see a resurgence in their membership.
This year holds an opportunity for us all. An opportunity to make changes in our lives, in our very consciousness, that will allow us to at least understand what we want in life and most importantly what we do NOT want. Knowledge, my friends, is what we all desire. Knowledge of ourselves, the universe and how to find that elusive state of consciousness called “peace of mind”. But to begin to find the truth we have to use all the tools at our disposal…and to stop accepting the material philosophy that is used to control our minds, and thus our very lives.
I will leave you with a word-for-word reprint of the very poignant words spoken in a movie called “Network” from 1976.

Howard Beale: I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’ Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’ I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

Arthur Jensen: You have meddled with the primal forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and I won’t have it! Is that clear? You think you’ve merely stopped a business deal. That is not the case! The Arabs have taken billions of dollars out of this country, and now they must put it back! It is ebb and flow, tidal gravity! It is ecological balance! You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations. There are no peoples. There are no Russians. There are no Arabs. There are no third worlds. There is no West. There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast and immane, interwoven, interacting, multivariate, multinational dominion of dollars. Petro-dollars, electro-dollars, multi-dollars, reichmarks, rins, rubles, pounds, and shekels. It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today. That is the atomic and subatomic and galactic structure of things today! And YOU have meddled with the primal forces of nature, and YOU… WILL… ATONE! Am I getting through to you, Mr. Beale? You get up on your little twenty-one inch screen and howl about America and democracy. There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM, and ITT, and AT&T, and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide, and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. What do you think the Russians talk about in their councils of state, Karl Marx? They get out their linear programming charts, statistical decision theories, minimax solutions, and compute the price-cost probabilities of their transactions and investments, just like we do. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations, inexorably determined by the immutable bylaws of business. The world is a business, Mr. Beale. It has been since man crawled out of the slime. And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that… perfect world… in which there’s no war or famine, oppression or brutality. One vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock. All necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused. And I have chosen you, Mr. Beale, to preach this evangel.
Howard Beale: Why me?
Arthur Jensen: Because you’re on television, dummy. Sixty million people watch you every night of the week, Monday through Friday.

How we will fare in this year individually depends on our own personal circumstances. Whatever we’ve earned in life comes back to us, for that is the law of karma. But I see a great opening for those that want to find their inner hearts in this year. For anyone desiring to make a change in life, this is the time. Don’t wait any longer.

Have faith. With faith all things are possible. But we must listen very hard, strain our inner ear to hear the calling of our heart. And with knowledge of and faith in our destiny we can push forward. As Mahatma Gandhi once said, we can “be the change you wish to see in the world”.

If you are MAD AS HELL and would like to discuss it with me over your astrological consult, then contact me on Howard@howardbeckman.com or order on line at http://www.howardbeckmanvedicastrologer.com/consultations.html
Happy New Year

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”.

OF COURSE OBAMA WON!

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 www.vedicworld.org and www.HowardBeckmanVedicAstrologer.com. 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.
HOWARD BECKMAN 11/8/2012