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

2013, The Year That Will Remain Etched In Our Memories

By International Vedic Astrologer, Howard Beckman

Flood and Tropical Storms in 2013

The second half of 2013 promises to be one we will not soon forget. Mars has been responsible for so many conflicts this year, but soon it is to become even more troublesome for many in the world. There have been a plethora of comets seen in this year already, which are actually very bad omens. They portend wars, great storms bringing mass flooding and other natural disasters.
At the time of this writing in the middle of July, we have Mars conjunct Jupiter and Sun in Gemini, as well as with the lord of the sign Mercury. Much planning for further civil unrest and escalation of armed (and unarmed) struggles against political/governmental forces is taking place. Yet at the same time there’s an upsurge in the creative work of artists and writers.
Knowledge and information, a key category of the sign Gemini and under the purview of Mercury to disseminate such

NSA Leak Fallout

information, is reaching the eyes and ears of people all over the planet. Wikileaks founder Julian Assange started the outpouring of information about the US and other governments’ covert activities that is astounding the world. Bradley Manning is now paying the price for his revelations. Edward Snowden’s release of documents damning the activities of US government agencies such as the NSA in front of the world is confounding the once trusting public, as well as countries considered to be allies of the USA.
The conflicts in the Middle East are about to spill over even further. There are so many ominous warnings from the planets that there will be tragedies occurring one after another this year. For at least half of each month the “serpent curse” called “Kalasarpa yoga” has been in effect since early May, and will continue until the second week of September. This occurs when all of the 7 major planets are sandwiched between Rahu and Ketu (also known as Dragon’s Head and Dragon’s Tail), the north and south nodes of the Moon. During these months the Moon moves out for half the month, giving a short break to this yoga’s malevolence.
As we pass the first of August Jupiter, Mars and Mercury remain in Gemini, but Sun has moved to Cancer and Venus to Leo. Expect tropical storms to begin to gather powerfully in our oceans. But it is Mars’ move to Cancer, his weakest sign of debilitation, on the 18th of August that shifts these energies
into a higher gear.
Mars is not only extremely malefic and harmful in Cancer, he will now cast a full aspect upon his great enemy Saturn, who is and has been exalted (thus extremely powerful) in the sign of Libra. Saturn will now also cast a full aspect upon his great enemy Mars, meaning the further unfolding of events that will cause suffering in the world.
September 1st signals the coming of the worst of it. Sun and Mercury both reside in Leo at this time, and the potency of Venus to soften the situation is rendered practically null by Venus’ tenanting of Virgo, his weakest sign of debilitation. The piece de resistance will be the exact conjunction of Rahu and Saturn in the early morning of the 17th of September at 40 minutes past midnight.

Middle East Violence

I expect financial markets to teeter, and along with storms, volcanoes and earthquakes in the mix, increasing violence worldwide, quite possibly at times of almost epic proportions. By year’s end things will have calmed down somewhat, hopefully changing the perspectives of at least some people in the world for the better.
What good can come from all of this? Hopefully more people will wake up and look deeply for some real meaning in their lives. Our individual lifetimes here in this world are short, but for most of us it is only when we do reincarnate that we have a chance to make further spiritual advancement, and to realize eternal spiritual truths that are the same for all of us.
Although this summer season will be a wild ride, we can take it as an inspiration to become what we really wish to be, happy and peaceful, even in the face of adversity or the midst of chaos. So open up the copies of your spiritual books, delve deeply into the science of yoga according to your own capacity and don’t waste precious time worrying about those things you can do nothing about. Worrying never helps anyone, nor can it change anything destined to occur. Action shapes destiny, and our actions that will subsequently shape our futures are always in our own hands. Make them count, let your voice be heard and stand up for truth and what is right. Follow your heart, for the heart will never lead you in the wrong direction. Namaste.