2015 New Moon Chart USA

The yearly new Moon chart began on the spring equinox this year, March 20th at 5:36 AM, cast in Washington, D.C. Capricorn rises, with Saturn, ruler of the ascendant, in the 11th house in Scorpio. This is, of course, a sign ruled by the planet of war, Mars.
Without question the US will be involved in inflicting heavy damage and casualties upon its enemies and will be successful in its missions. Rahu in the 9th house also indicates a hawkish attitude will be taken by Congress, as well as the White House.
I believe that the warning of terrorist activity aimed at US civilians is a very real threat. Jupiter exalted in Cancer in the 7th house indicates that the US will forge new partnerships, temporary though these alliances may be, to achieve mutual aims against a common enemy. But being that this exalted Jupiter is also an enemy to the lord of the ascendant, Saturn, and directly aspecting the ascendant, the fanatical religionists will also gain further fervor. This makes the threat from ISIL and others to wage jihad amongst the civilian population of western countries a very real possibility.
The country will also profit financially this year, so those that have job security will be fine, and for the entrepreneurial business people, plenty of opportunities will be there for financial profit.
I know what the doomsday financial people keep saying about the stock market collapsing this year, as well as the dollar, but I simply don’t see it. Not this year anyway. Saturn also rules the 2nd house, whose most acknowledged category is the earning potential of the citizens. With Mercury, ruler of the 9th house of good fortune here, as well as the lord of both the ascendant and the 2nd house Saturn being in the 11th house of gains, I hardly think this shall be a combination for financial catastrophe in the short term.
This year the Sun and Moon are in the 3rd house, along with Ketu and Mars. Such a combination portends more unusual weather. Extremes in temperature, unusual amounts of rain and snow in some places, as well as drought in others, seem to be a theme for some time to come. It also gives further credence to there being struggles within both the government, as well as enemies among the population, giving an indication to further lend weight to my assertion that we may soon begin to see violence against American citizens here at home.
Saving the most positive placement in this chart for last, we have Venus in Aries (yes, Mars’ sign so a further indication of violence and war), but here he is extremely benefic in the 4th house. Venus creates a raja yoga here and by his aspect a raja yoga in the 10th house of status, as well. This means that no matter that some are saying the US is losing its power and influence abroad, that’s not the fact looking at this year’s chart. America will have a lot of influence abroad. Obviously I’m not commenting on this as to being a good thing, or not, just the fact that America will accomplish some short- term goals.
This yoga also portends well for the finances of many in the country. However, unless this is accompanied by some profit sharing with the workers of these businesses, the CEOs of big business will continue to score record profits, while the common worker’s salary hardly budges.
In many other countries’ charts I also noted increased participation in violence. Many in Europe have Gemini rising this year showing political wrangling with the Pisces planets in the 10th house. Some major struggles will be going on not just within Russia (Cancer ascendant putting Pisces planets in the 9th and Mercury in the 8th), but also in China (Leo ascendant putting the 4 planets in Pisces in the 8th house). It’s going to be an interesting year.
Frankly, there are going to come some major disasters (both financial and natural disasters), not just in this year, but over the next 5 years or so. What matters most to us as individuals is how they affect ourselves, you families, friends, etc. A personal astrological consultation will show that. As I always say, in bad times some people do very well, and even in bad times those that are spiritually directed weather the storm in peace.
Howard Beckman April 2015

What about Edward Snowden?

With so much controversy and drama over the immediate fate of Edward Snowden, I managed to obtain his birth details and have a look at his Vedic horoscope. Edward was born on the 21st of June, 1983 at 4:42 AM in Elizabeth City, NC.
His ascendant is Taurus with Venus, lord of the ascendant, in the 3rd house of communications, writing and creativity. Mercury, the planet ruling communications of all kinds, is in the ascendant, ruling the 2nd house of earning, speech and family affairs, as well as the 5th house of intelligence, significance, educational capabilities, artistic development and more. The great benefic Jupiter is in the 7th house aspecting the ascendant. The first thing this chart shows is that he is sincere, forthright and not only extremely intelligent and creative, but the man believes in what he is doing.
Edward is not a man who lives for money, nor name and fame. He truly desires to be on the side of what is right or just, and not for any economic benefit whatsoever. As a matter of fact having Sun, Mars and Rahu in the 2nd house will alternate his financial life from feast to famine at regular intervals, depending on the periods he is in, of course, but it is not the chart of someone who acquires great financial wealth.
The Saturn/Moon conjunction in the 6th house indicates feeling distressed by so much impropriety by world leaders, and that they are in Libra indicates a man who is fair, balanced and thoughtful. With Saturn now in Libra (Edward’s Saturn return) and swiftly moving towards his natal Moon’s position (also putting him smack in the middle of his sade-sati!), a change of venue is imminent for him. But my feeling is that he will overcome the obstacles that lie in his path and find a way to get to the country he chooses to accept an asylum offer from.
Now also in the final third of his Saturn dasha, it was when the Rahu antardasha began in May of this year that he began to let loose with the information he had garnered about the NSA’s activities. The rest of this Rahu sub-period will be a bit crazy for him, and he will likely stay out of sight (and therefore harm’s way) as much as he possibly can. With Jupiter transiting Gemini presently he should be protected from those that wish to destroy him.
It seems highly unlikely to me that he will be arrested and extradited to the US, as he begins a really good period for 17 years ruled by Mercury in 2018. Were the authorities here to get a hold of him he would surely never see the light of day again, so I cannot see that happening.
The varshaphaal for 2013-14 indicates a lot of communications from him to the public, likely meaning many more revelations of dastardly “official” actions performed in the name of fighting terrorism. Although the Moon and the solar return chart’s muntha are in the 12th house, I do not see this as indicating incarceration. Looking at his 2014 solar return chart, as well, wherever he goes in this year is not likely to be his final stop.
So, what about Edward Snowden? Unknowingly, he was an important factor in what will bring about investigations, public outcries and much dissent, not just in the US, but all over the world. Expect this case to continue to bring new twists and turns, besides many new revelations, to add to the extremely turbulent second half of 2013.

Howard Beckman, International Vedic Astrologer
July 22, 2013