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“Hey! finally you are baptized to be a formal karachiite” – someone posted a comment to the person who was announcing on a social website about being “Mugged” –

Almost every alternate day we hear one’s story about being mugged on social, print or electronic media in Karachi and it has become so much normal these days that we have become insusceptible to it. I always pondered about one’s feeling about this bustle and tried to put my feet in the shoes, but always failed – until and unless it was time to say action & que to my my scene.

Last night after a delicious dinner and yes a bit over eating I decided to walk towards the popular and  much visited cafe in Clifton area for tea with my friends around 10 and since it’s a residential area the street soon becomes almost desolate around 9 – usually becomes ripe for thugs.

“Hurry up! Just run and be here” my friend called on my phone, I wanted to rush since I was already late and without realizing negative factors I just took a risk. I am in a habit of reciting “Ayatul-kursi” whenever I leave my house and by the grace of Allah have always been protected. Despite hastening I didn’t forget it.

Since few political and police dignitaries resides in my apartment project too so I’ve always find many security guards and police mobile vans just outside from the grand entrance till half a meter away so as soon as I crossed that zone I just spotted 2 guys on a motor bike under the tree as if they were waiting for their target and despite of low visibility I could easily see them. Keeping my pace normal as I walk further towards their direction, realized that  it was too late running back when I saw them coming nearer and intercepted me.

“You are gone now…Allah! Please help” I said to myself. Within span of 500 microseconds I calculated my worth….expensive mobile, watch, 5k cash which I had to handover etc. I was imputing myself for the absurdity but again it was too late. Of course I did not have any plan for resistance which could’ve cost my life. But then the help came.

When both of them came very near to me and tried to block I could see the one sitting back was covered from face carrying a gun. I don’t know what was making them stop proceeding, though I was on high alert. It was like the time has clogged for few minutes along with my breath. Taking an opportunity I changed my course a little bit and was successful and proximately took a left where one TYRE WALA was operational and luckily a guy with a Honda city was getting his tyre air filled. Immediately. I took an asylum to his tiny place. Looking back, I saw both guys were still standing waiting for me to start walking again so that they can try their second chance, constantly staring.

“It’s still not over and have to do something” I said to myself. Though it’s difficult to seek help from strangers especially in Karachi for many reasons -we all know, still I had no option so impulsively engaged the guy who was about to leave. “Excuse me! I know it’s weird but can you do me a favor?” Astonishingly he looked at me. “Please can you drop me to cafe (which was almost quarter km away) as both the guys are after me and wants to mug me?” He instantly responded “what if they start following me? I thought in a way he was right and why he would trust me as he could think that it could be a part of the plan and in return I could’ve mugged him too…

When i was about to lose hope he somehow empathized and out of the blue said “get in”. A person who seemed rude at the first glance and showed reluctance to help. Till the time I didn’t reach the cafe I was in different frame of mind and literally forgot to say proper thanks to him. All I got to know was his name – Karim. I wish I could take his contact details so that I could’ve asked him if he has reached safely. I hope if by any chance if he manages to read this blog should contact me.

The mystery which left me unanswered was what were they thinking, speechless looking on my sides rather in my eyes as if they are seeing someone standing with me and didn’t ask for anything and didn’t even resist while I changed my course, and not made them walk behind me again as if they were scared of something or someone despite carrying a visible weapon. ….. Though! don’t you think it was difficult for them? But I believe it was a great help by Allah.

In the end all I wish and pray may Allah save everyone from these kind of incidents because it’s not about financial loss only but it’s more about one’s precious life. Weapon doesn’t speak any language!

Take care & Cheers!!






A Solar Eclipse is a special type of New Moon when the Moon is directly between the Sun and Earth. That is, they are aligned near the ecliptic (the plane of the earth’s orbit around the sun and the apparent annual path of the sun).

The moon’s orbit is inclined by 5 degrees to the ecliptic; the two points where they intersect are called the Moon’s Nodes, identified as the ascending node (North) and the descending node (South). Eclipses occur during two periods each year when the apparent motion of the Sun meets up with the nodes. The closer the Moon is to the center of the line between the Sun and Earth, the more total the eclipse.

During a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely obscures the Sun over a relatively narrow band across the Earth’s surface, its shadow racing generally

Non-total eclipses include the annular, when the Moon is farther from the Earth and appears smaller, so the Moon does not completely block the Sun but leaves a ring around the rim; and the partial, when the Moon is slightly off center, blocking only a portion of the Sun.

The fourth type of solar eclipse is the hybrid, also known as an annular/total. Just over 5% of solar eclipses fall in this category, making the hybrid eclipse something of a rarity.


Astrological Science

A solar eclipse is a New Moon with tremendous impact. The Sun that gives us life and lights our path is joined briefly with the dark and mysterious qualities of the Moon. The Moon blocks the light of the Sun. In this moment of perceived darkness, spirituality and the psyche combine a new beginning another cycle in the spiral of our personal development.

This first solar eclipse of 2014  takes place with the Sun and Moon at 08 degrees and 52 minutes of Taurus on 29th of April 2014 . The last time there was a solar eclipse close to this degree was April 29, 1976, and again on April 29, 1995. Think back to the personal themes in your life during the spring and early summer of those years and review the progress of your personal growth over the last one or two 19 year cycles.

All eclipses indicate change; solar eclipses signify beginnings and usually manifest as events in the outer world. At solar eclipses we: begin something new, make promises to ourselves, commit, announce, present ourselves, show up, make plans, select events, make decisions, rise to the challenge, make an effort, change, mature, take on greater challenges, travel at a faster pace, feel restless, feel pressured by deadlines and a buildup of emotions, experience a crisis and feel excited.

Events that are triggered by eclipse usually take 6 months to unfold, so you can expect this process of change to continue as you begin to feel like a flower opening its petals. Special opportunities to break old patterns become apparent as you begin to make a major change in life. ALL TAURUS sun sign people will be most affected by this solar eclipse as with those with taurus rising sign. If you are Scorpio or have a Scorpio Rising you will feel this eclipse more strongly than most because in our sky the constellation of Taurus is opposite the constellation of Scorpio and is in direct alignment with this eclipse. Overall you will find yourself redoing your life from your toes to the top of your head and your appearance will be changed radically as you enhance your image to reflect the massive change going on within you! Remember!! Eclipse are about endings…..and beginnings!! Ultimately the changes in how you see yourself will affect how you are perceived by others thereby affecting all of your personal And business relationships!! This is all good as you review your life, let go of the past aspiration, recommit to what works and plant seeds in a new garden of personal goals 🙂

In astrological science, we also note at which of the Moon’s nodes the eclipse occurs. North nodal eclipses have a personal orientation and symbolize personal identity, ego and the physical body. South nodal eclipses are other-oriented and symbolize a spouse or significant other, relationships and new perspectives based on interaction with others.

This is a south nodal eclipse, suggesting that we are being called to use previously learned skills and talents in new ways and that the opportunities to do so will come through others.

As noted in the Astronomy section above, this is an annular eclipse; the Moon does not obscure the light of the Sun. One way of interpreting the symbolism of this fact is that neither the masculine/active/yang energy of the Sun nor the feminine/receptive/yin energy of the Moon dominates. Rather, the joining of the two forces could be described as integrative and unifying, a process of becoming whole. Indicating perhaps that with this eclipse there is an opportunity to experience that sense of integration firsthand, in our personal lives and on a global level.

The heightened impact of eclipse energy can be felt by everyone as much as 3 months in advance and has subtle reverberations for as long as 3 years afterwards. Although the energies are most prominent for a week on either side of the eclipse (many feel a heightened sense of anxiety during this period), the influence on events continues. Eclipse periods are extremely active, often associated with meaningful events and public exposure.

If your birthday falls around Jan 28, Feb 27, Mar 14 or 29, Apr 29, May 30, June 14 or 30, Aug 1, Sep 1 or 16, Oct 1, Nov 1 or 30, Dec 15 or 30, your current experiences will have impact lasting three years. Expect to see current themes begin to develop ambitiously on their own in early midwinter 2015. A full understanding of the impact of this period will begin to unfold in summer 2016.

When an eclipse falls on your birthday, you can definitely count on an eventful year ahead. However, it does not have to be in your sun sign for you to feel its effects. If it makes any contacts to a planet or personal point in your chart, your experience of the eclipse will be intensified. A qualified practitioner can determine the placement of an eclipse in your chart and advise you about what to expect, along with how to make the most of the potential offered.


Birth/Natal Chart

Every year Solar Eclipse falls in one of the zodiac and on particular degree and on a particular house/sector. To identify which house or planet would be affected one needs to calculate their birth charts.  A birth chart or a Natal chart is a stylized map of the universe with the “native” (the individual or subject to be studied) at the center. It is calculated for the exact time and location of the native’s birth for the purposes of gaining insight into the native’s personality and potential. The chart shows the positions of the sun, moon, planets, and potentially other celestial objects, all referred to as the native’s “planets,” within the frames of references defined by the astrological signs and houses.

The accurate birth time (generally agreed upon as the first breath or intake of air) and location are deemed necessary by astrologers for the calculation of the exact degree of the signs that are rising, setting, culminating up, and culminating down, known respectively the ascendant (or “rising sign”), descendant, midheaven, and lower midheaven. These degrees, also known as the angles, are essential for mapping the positions of the native’s twelve houses. Once the chart is calculated you can use it for forecasting upcoming events or effects on transition of any planet in the universe.  

Malaysian Boing 777The shocking disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 has captured the attention of millions around the world as the search for the airplane and its passengers and crew continues. What happened to the flight’s 239 passengers and crew after the plane left Kuala Lumpur on Saturday? It is becoming an increasingly desperate question as the days pass.

But it’s hardly the first mystery of its kind. While it’s extremelsearchy rare that a flight simply vanishes with barely a trace, aviation history has seen its fair share of enigmatic disappearances and unfortunate flights that literally flew off the radar. The last one was Air France Flight 447: An Airbus A330 flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris plunged into the Atlantic Ocean in 2009, killing all 228 passengers and crew on board. But it took a full five days for search and rescue teams to find the wreck and another three years for investigators to report that ice crystals had caused the autopilot to disconnect. But the 777 had not had a fatal crash in its 20-year history until the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco in July 2013.

So far according to the Malaysian authorities that the search area has been increased to 50 nautical miles, from 20, anmapd includes 34 aircraft and 40 ships. Aircraft are conducting 12-hour searches, until sundown, while ships are scheduled to continue the search throughout the night. I inquired to the Defence Ministry via their official Twitter account several times upon not using Submarines into the search operation as they could play a pivotal role for underground search for which they replied that submarines were not suitable for detecting contacts on the sea bed. It is only good for detecting and searching for moving underwater contacts that produce sound, such as the sound of engines, movement, and radio or sonar transmissions.


Instead of concentrating to find the vanished plane the whole world  were debating on the 2 passengers who were travelling on the stolen passports on the suspect of Terrorism ( which is always the first and foremost intuitive factor so that it could be tagged as one) . A high-ranking military official involved in the investigation confirmed the report and also said the plane was believed to be flying low. Few authorities said the plane changed its course and revert back to Kuala Lumpur. Some victim family members are claiming calls to their lost loved ones return ringing cell phones few of them said maybe somebody on the flight has bought a huge sum of  insurance, who wants family to gain from it or somebody who has owed somebody so much money or plane itself committed a suicide etc. Chinese satellite showing the debris in the Gulf of Thailand and latest is the plane might have travelled far till Indian Ocean and to the border of Pakistan and India. Whatsoever nothing could be confirmed until some concrete evidence is determined.

natal chart


Among numerous technical factors leading to the mystery of the lost plane MH370 in the air -off the radar I calculated an astrological natal chart for the departure time of Flight which was 8th March 2014 at 12:41 am Malaysian Standard Time to see another aspect through Astrological science to determine the event. I know all of them would not be able to digest this information properly but would be able to have a thought provoking  idea, though it’s a very elaborate study but will briefly explain specific to this incident.  Conferring to the chart the flight which was bound to China has Sagittarius Rising sign (called ascendant too) on the eastern horizon (Sagittarius is sign which rules long distance travelling, foreign settlement etc.) The ruling planet -Jupiter is in Sign Cancer and in the 8th house (This is the house of secrets, mystery, other people’s money, taxes, debts, loss, transformation etc) The ruler of Cancer is Moon — which we find exactly on the western horizon which mean Moon was setting down and was losing power. So in number of ways this chart makes contact with the horizons in a negative way. The ruler of the ascendant disposes the ruler of the 8th which we find setting. This calculation showed the evidence of mystery element in it.  Considering this aspect we can conclude that search operation can be further prolonged till an indefinite time.

6 days have been passed but so far no clue for the debris could be found on possible locations in the wide ocean. The anguish and resentment among the family members of victims is mounting day by day as they are preparing for the worst. Still we do not want to mislay any hope for any miracle to happen, not to forget that the chances of lives are diminishing. Let’s pray that may God give the strength to the families to endure such a huge loss.

Blasphemy or Politics??

“Protest near US Consulates for the Blasphemy committed by American-Israeli Film Maker all over the world”.

“You Tube refused to remove all the videos against Islam”

“Muslim world condemning the act of Blasphemy by banning social media sites to avoid agitation”

Yes! These are all the news headlines  we’ve been hearing and reading throughout the news channel and all from other media since the day the West yet again poked Muslims world on the sensitive topic by committing a heinous crime -using sanctified personalities of our religion Islam. This is not the first time the western world has plotted a rage against Islam. Previously Denmark was also involved in portraying Prophet Muhammad in cartoon characters. Whenever these crimes are stanched  the whole Muslim world united themselves protesting like a “Jihad” but unfortunately it all ends up by destroying their own assets and above all injuring and killing themselves but Super powers remains silent and never took any action against the person/organization of the country involved. 

This time the movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” was produced by Sam Bacile, a 56-year-old California real estate developer who has said he’s both Israeli and American. The film depicts Muhammad as a fraud, womanizer and madman. This film was previously called Innocence of Bn Laden It is an anti-Islamic film, extracts of which were posted on You tube According to one of the consultants to the film, it was a full-length feature film that was shown only once to the public—to an audience of about ten people at a rented theater in Hollywood, California. Film excerpts of about 14 minutes in length were uploaded to You Tube in July 2012, with the titles The Real Life of Muhammad, and Muhammad Movie Trailer. Trailers dubbed in the Arabic language were uploaded in early September 2012 and spread by Egyptian-American blogger and Coptic Christian. On September 8, 2012, an excerpt of the You Tube video was broadcast on Al-Nas TV, an Egyptian Islamist  television station, previously suspended for “promoting religious or sectarian hatred.Violent protests against the film broke out on September 11 in Egypt and Libya. The protests spread to Yemen and other Arab and Muslim nations over the following days and included attacks on U.S. consulates &embassies  . A military-style attack on September 11, 2012 on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, may not have been a spontaneous protest due to the film, but rather may have been planned in advance, according the U.S. and Libyan officials.

Besides all the Muslim countries Pakistan has also played important part in condemning the whole situation. But when we speak to the protest in Pakistan especially, things always gets to different directions and rather too emotional. It has been observed that people who should actually get involve in the protest like Maulvis and people from different Islamic organization cannot be seen on road- infact totally different people of different ages, seems mostly rented or even hired are brought to the fore front protest who gets involved in destroying assets and creating a commotion which usually leads to injuries and killings sometimes.



The following picture portrays the best what exactly West is currently doing to us.

Coming to the main point which I want to underscore is our religion Islam is easiest religion to follow. It is our people who are making it most intricate and complex. With reference to the context Allah has assured the protection of Islam and His Holy book by himself in several places in Holy Quran. Reverting back to the time when Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.AW) was spreading Islam and its teachings many people tried and did numerous abusive act to distract him from dispersal the religion of Allah but still we have an example of his patience where he always prayed Allah for the right direction of those people rather than demolition.

At first we should see that all of these acts are being spread by non Muslims. Of course they will not be having the same holiness as we have it in our hearts. But despite of all we are not saying that we should not condemn this intolerable impertinence. We should record our grievances in polite and adequate manner. An example can be taken from the following picture showing no burn, no sabotage, best expression in front of the American consulate In Casablanca-Morocco, a civilized reaction in response to the abuse of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW)..These are true prophet’s morals.

By all these hazardous protests we are giving fuel to the West to continue their grimy obsession to tear down our sacred religious morals. Being a Muslim one should even avoid publicizing the exploitation being committed because in this way we are disrespecting our Holy Prophet ourselves by discussing, finding and even seeing those abusive materials again and again. By protesting ferociously, first, we are assured that we will not be able to stop the non-Muslims from repeating this act, secondly in this way we are giving opportunities to some hidden forces to act bluntly by taking a front cover. Thirdly this would be best time for the Islamist politicians to polish their politics and we should not let them.

Most of the Muslim world including Pakistan is involved in blocking the social media websites in protest. In my opinion blocking the sites won’t stop people to block the blasphemy. We can take the example from the fact that when White house request You Tube to reconsider the decision to remove all the anti Islamic videos they simply refused. No apologies have been received so far from the western world for the wicked act. Has anybody realized that US on one side is spending heavily to curb the terrorism and on the others side not stopping any act which is igniting Muslim world?? Many profound questions can be raise on this point.

In the end I would like to say that Islam is not the small or weak religion that needs other support to make it live.  This religion is based on the strongest pillars and these pillars cannot be shaken with these acts. As I said above Allah has given surety for the protection of its existence.  What we can do is to follow what Allah has asked us to do…not something Allah has not asked us.

Long Live Islam!

Recently I went to the theater to watch the Movie “Prometheus” which has R-Rating universally and I couldn’t believe my eyes and asked question to myself….what?? When I saw children who would be approximate in between 10-12 of age occupied 2 front rows of the theater. For a minute I was in a state of shock! Because I knew what this movie was all about since I am in a habit of taking a feedback and reviews prior watching it. So having children there was totally not acceptable. The movie was no doubt worth watching for the adults. For those who haven’t seen this movie here is the brief description.


The movie “Prometheus” is about humans who were genetically created by an alien race of super-beings called ‘Engineers’. These Engineers choose a planet which can sustain life and the Engineers then travel across the universe to it. From there, one Engineer must sacrifice himself by taking a mixture of Alien which essentially breaks down the Engineer’s DNA. From there, the Engineer is destroyed and his DNA is spread to mix with that of the native planet. From there life is created and evolved to what we have become today. It comes with such profound questions as ‘Where did we come from?’ ‘What happens when we die?’ ‘Why are we here?’ ‘Who created us?’

The questions posed in this story do not contradict science or religion as the most profound question is still left unanswered – where did the Engineers come from?  Not only that, since it was shown in  3D visuals, all  weird  species and their grimy activities was so obvious on the screen that  it contributed to  overall a  “yuck feeling! ” in the certain part of the movie. So it’s quite evident that the content and visualization of such movies could barely be explicable to the children of such age.

There are few more movies which are currently projected on Pakistani Cinema like “Wander lust, Ted and etc. All these movies have the R-Ratings which is not only restricted to the violence but contain crude sexual content, pervasive language, and some drug usage. The Censor Board internationally have few ratings like G (Global) PG (Parental guidance) PG-13 and R (Adult)  in order to bifurcate and categorize the audience and its very much obvious that which movies are for children and which are not but despite of that its very unfortunate that its not been followed here. Either it’s a deliberate attempt by parents or mere ignorance.


The question arises who is responsible for this? Should we blame the parents who despite of knowing the rating allows their children to let it go or the Cinema authorities who are selling the tickets to the children who are only concerned with the revenue and least bothered about who is watching? I guess I will blame both of them but at the outset it all starts from home. If we talk about the people of the upper class or upper middle class both, parents are becoming so busy with their life and their styles that they are fulfilling almost all of their needs without acknowledging the age. Parent thinks that if they buy all technological gadgets to their child along with whatever he/she demands they have attained all the marks for the parenthood.

Secondly, another responsibility lies with the Cinema/theater authorities who are selling the tickets to the children. Have they lost so much in commercialism that they do not want to pay heed what is happening around? Isn’t running a successful business compels them to show some social responsibility? I think they should.


It is duty of every organization to demonstrate or do any work for the social wellbeing of people and in this case all owners of Cinema and movie theaters should only allow selling the tickets to its audience according to the movie ratings. I would like Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) should also intervene in this situation and should set few strict standards for the exhibition of the movies in Pakistan, though it probably would be a petty issue for them but I am sure it would have a huge impact upon the- soon to be youth of Pakistan


Mercury The Planet second inline after Sun in our Solar System but rules all sort of communications . If we put a light on it historically, we find that in In Greek mythology, Mercury (Hermes) was the winged messenger of the gods. Mercury symbolizes all things related to communication. Its rulership is of the masculine sign of Gemini, the sign that governs the 3rd house in the natural zodiac. Mercury also has rulership over the6th house sign of Virgo, the feminine sign that rules the other functions of the mind that analyzes, defines and discriminates.

As Mercury is symbolized by the planet of the mind it is also represents the planet of youth. It is in our early childhood that we learn to speak and to assimilate information, but as with a child its attention span is very short therefore, it represents early education and not higher education. Mercury governs everything we do to communicate with our voice or written materials whether it is computers, telephone conversations, books and media. Mercury’s position in your chart shows how you think, reason and express yourself. Mercury never stops collecting data for you and transmits that data to your central nervous system by which your eyes, hands and breathing collaborate. Mercury also rules language that is concealed such as our ideas, private thoughts and opinions.

Since every human on earth have different time, place, year and of course birth dates when  they were born so the Planets in each Natal chart have different impact upon the different personalities. Generically we will take the pointers of the nature and behaviors of Planets and Signs. Now just recently Mercury has just commenced  its transit in its own (ruler) sign i.e. Gemini though this transits occur every year but this time it has gained the immense  importance since the SOLAR ECLIPSE on 21st of May 2012 fall on zero degrees Gemini, means just the starting degree of the Communication sector. Little background for those who are not aware of astrological magnitude of the mega event -the Solar System.

Astronomically, people only see the moon intercept the Earth and Sun blocking either complete or  Partial rays from the Sun creating the beautiful ambiance which is enticing for photographers. But Astrologically A solar eclipse occurs at the time of the new moon when both sun and moon occupy the same degree of the zodiac. Having the sun and moon in the same area of your chart suggests that the energy will be amplified and directed to matters governed by that house in your birth chart. A solar eclipse signifies a fresh start which can also bring about radical change, like a new chapter beginning in your life. The effects of a solar eclipse are shown in the outward expression of our circumstances and can present us with very exciting and joyous developments. What develops due to a solar eclipse will be visible to you and others in your life. On the other hand, if a solar eclipse afflicts planets in your birth chart, the message of the eclipse could present a challenge that must be overcome before something new develops. The Solar Eclipse of May 2012 has inevitable importance as this is first eclipse in 5 years which has fallen in the initial degree of the sign creating a fresh and soothing effects on it compared to eclipses occurred previously which had an aggressive behavior and resulted in a way upside down situation for many,depending upon the degrees it fell in one’s chart.

Now about the most awaited lines ..referring to the subject which I am sure you would be waiting. As mentioned above,  Mercury enters Gemini on 24th of May 2012 there is much for all the people who are into communication business. Most importantly for people who are in a course  of writing a book and planning to sit down and not letting your pen down this time,  so its the best time for you …make use of it!! as all the hurdles have changed their ways as Mercury is giving its best energy to indulge yourself into the world of ideas and transferring your thoughts to others, lighting a fire under brain and sparking your mental alertness. Your mind will go into overdrive, and your tongue will quickly follow suit. Things may move so quickly that you lose a little common sense, but at least you won’t be bored! Again a very good opportunity for those who wants to scheduling to publish your books or written material… its an awesome time  for you! For those who have a lot of pending articles , writes-up, scripts etc waiting to be penned down, will get smooth flow of time of available now plus …. Not only that, for the extra sweet topping on your work , Jupiter, the planet of expansion will join Mercury on June 11 which will help to launch your unfinished projects related to the Electronic media, great moment to put your work ON AIR. People involving in broadcasting, print/electronic world would feels obvious and sudden rise in their careers. Luckily Everything will be in Gemini this month, the sign of twins, so you may be getting TWO pieces of good news, not one! If you are born between 22-27 of May then you will be most affected with the Solar Eclipse positively.

Of course, People who are born in the sign of Gemini are more  blessed by God this year compared to those in different signs, with much abrupt  astonishing occurrences , some have already tasted the fruits but who didn’t …so don’t be dismayed  as the month has just begun…

Will get back with another startling transits…till then Good luck!! :) (:

The Mayans thought 2012 was portentous, due to the ending of one calendar round and the beginning of another, and due to the occurrence of a Venus Occultation, or Venus Transit. During this transit on June 5, 2012, Venus will appear as a dot on the face of the Sun. Venus averages a conjunction to the Sun every 1.6 years, and it takes eight years to complete five superiorconjunctions, forming a giant five-pointed star in the sky. We are in the midst of two visible conjunctions, which are inferior, i.e., Venus is retrograde, slower, and more powerful in her effect. This phenomenon of Venus’ visibility to the naked eye across the Sun only occurs once every 243 years (go tolunarplanner for an exquisite 3D demonstration of this cycle).

Sometimes this visible conjunction comes in pairs separated by eight years. This is happening at this time, as there was a visible conjunction on June 8, 2004, at 17º Gemini. The second visible Venus Transit is June 5, at 15º Gemini. On that day, Mars is at 16º Virgo; one day earlier, Neptune will station retrograde at 3º Pisces, and, on the same day, there is a Super Moon Lunar Eclipse at 14º Sagittarius. This creates a Mutable Grand Square between Sun-Venus, Moon, Mars, and Neptune. Just two weeks later, there is a partial square of Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, the first of seven Uranus-Pluto squares during the next three years. At that time, Jupiter will be in late Taurus and Saturn will be retrograde in Libra, where it stations direct the day after the Uranus-Pluto square. Taurus and Libra are both Venus signs, giving even greater emphasis to the power of the Venus Transit. On June 25th, the day after the first Uranus-Pluto square — and the day of Saturn’s station — Jupiter will ingress into Gemini. Jupiter in Gemini will form a square to Neptune in Pisces. Jupiter and Neptune are co-rulers of Pisces, which is also Venus’ sign of exaltation. The Mayans were aware of the star formation and the Venus Transit as an indicator of the life cycle of beginnings and endings.

As ruler of Libra, Venus has a lot to say about personal relationships, as well as the areas of social justice, fairness, and equality. As ruler of Taurus, Venus has a lot to say about what we value. Exactly halfway between the first and second of the visible Venus Transit conjunctions with the Sun, the economy of the U.S. collapsed. Some say we are now in a slow recovery, yet, as individuals, we can see that some of us have been affected more than others, and if the following transit degrees are sensitive points in your chart, it is likely that you are one of the people more deeply affected. Conversely, you may be needed to help in the recovery and assist our need for realignment/reassessment of what is truly important or of value in life. The degrees highlighted in this star formation are: 7º-10º Aries; 15º-18º Gemini; 23º-24º Leo; 4º-5º Scorpio, and 21º-23º Capricorn.

The area of your chart where the middle degrees of the mutable signs fall may denote areas of your life that need a change due to crystallized thought patterns. Potential examples of Venus issues are: having lost touch with the value of relationship, having overvalued possessions, or lost touch with the divine feminine. Gemini issues include: valuing the head over the heart, talking when we need to listen, learning the need for right speech, cyberspace replacing the natural world. This powerful transit highlights an emergent period of re balancing the yin/yang energies of male/female polarities as we reengage with the power of the feminine, which has been suppressed for more than two millennia. The period initiated by the first Venus Transit (in 2004) involves the dissolution of duality and separation from the divine, and a crisis of healing from divisiveness and fear. I refer to this transit as a Passage of the Heart.

In 2004, during the first visible Venus Transit, the war in the Middle East, which had begun the year before, was at center stage. On June 8, 2004, the day of the first Venus Transit at 17º Gemini, the UN Security Council adopted the Iraq Resolution, which provided for the handing over of power to an independent Iraq — in essence, a peace-keeping resolution. Yet we have seen evidence that our government has attempted to exert control over this process. June 8, 2004 was also the beginning of a three-day G-8 summit meeting in Sea Island, Georgia, during which nearly every branch of government, from the local to the national level, cooperated to diffuse protests and deflect terrorists. Anti-globalization protests did occur, however, with National Guardsmen giving bottles of cold water to over-heated protesters, a gesture of peace.

Astrology isn’t only a mathematical equation; there is also a mystical quality in communing with the stars that requires intuition, imagination, and sometimes a mythological grasp. For the coming Venus Transit of June 2012, we can use archetypes and imagery to imagine the Sun (representing persons in power) as a great lord or king, such as Midas, with the golden touch, who sits on his throne controlling everything with his gold; in fact, all he touches turns to gold. Everything he sees is for his use and everything has a dollar value. Our king is nearly exhausted with this tiresome ‘golden touch,’ when, from out of the shadows, glides a graceful and beautiful goddess in flowing robes. The king notices her just as she emerges into the throne room; she is dazzling and he is stunned when she touches him as she brushes past. He is almost as startled by her beauty as by the fact that, unlike everyone else, she did not turn into gold or stone or a groveling sycophant, the behavior he is most accustomed to among his minions. What he didn’t notice was that as she swiftly made her exit, some of his gold rubbed off onto her skin and her hair, and the folds of her skirt and her pockets filled with his gold dust. She doesn’t keep it for herself, however; her heart is much too big for greed or self-aggrandizement. She intends, like Prometheus with fire, to give it to us. I believe that, during this perfect storm of a Venus Transit, combined with a Super-Moon Lunar Eclipse Mutable Grand SquareSaturn and Jupiter in Venus signs, along with Uranus perfecting a square to Pluto, as Jupiter squares Neptune and Saturn stations inthe Venus sign of Libra, we will have an opportunity to witness the blossoming of a peaceful, non-violent world revolution.

The Occupy movement began on September 17, 2011, five days after the Full Moon in Pisces, the sign of Venus’ exaltation, and one day after Pluto stationed direct. In her recent TMA article, J. Lee Lehman says we are in a time of “conflict and tension without resolution” (1), just as the peaceful, non-violent movement begun by Gandhi led India through a long and deliberate period of ‘conflict and tension without resolution.’ Barely a week after the Venus Transit, Jupiter moves into the mutable, ‘common’ sign of Gemini, lending his weight and swelling the ranks of the common people to this higher purpose. Further, at that time there is a conspicuous absence of fixed signs. We will enter a period of great change and flux, when there will be no objective news reported, only influence peddling; truth, perhaps, will only be found in social media. The Uranus-Pluto square drives the action of the worldwide revolution in cardinal signs. Uranus in Aries gives people the will to act against the established empire of dark forces, corporations that pollute not only our environment but our political sphere as well. But the common Mutable Grand Square/Super Moon Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius will define the revolution and, with the Venus Transit in Gemini, the people will demand their voice back and the main issues will be justice and ethics.

Pluto in Capricorn also defines the conflict as being concerned with social responsibility and management (Capricorn) of resources (Venus), capital as well as natural, and the Uranus-Pluto square tells us it will not be a summer of Love. Conflict comes before resolution and nothing can be truly foreordained due to the fact of human agency; we have a choice. The future will manifest from the choices we make, and it is up to each of us to act. An insightful warning comes from Evan Bortnick, in a TMA article from a decade ago:

“Anyone who under-estimates Venus….makes a grave error. Even the most cursory glance at Venus in mythology shows her to be, indirectly, the first cause of much war, destruction and suffering. On the stage of human events and transactions (both personal and collective), the desires for accumulation of goods, for security and stability, for lebensraum (“room to live”), for ‘peace-keeping,’ and for relationship — all under the aegis of Venus — have been the impulses behind some of the most brutal and gruesome dramas ever played out.” (2)

The Maya felt Venus to be a symbol of the life/death cycle, and the approaching time of endings relates to our way of thinking (Venus transit in Gemini). Hence, it is not so much that God/Jesus will return, but, rather, we will return to the Divine through the realization that the cosmos and all life are manifestations of Divine Consciousness: “All objects and phenomenon will be seen as expressions of the living divine force that pervades the cosmos of which we ourselves are a part……..cosmos will be recognized as an expression of the Divine.” (3)

After completion of the second visible transit, Venus chases her closest platonic friend, Mercury the Messenger God, around the zodiac for more than a year, waiting to share the gold (power) with him so he too can assist in the change of consciousness that will be occurring. They finally meet in Venus’ sign of exaltation, Pisces, on March 7, 2013, not for a pity party, for a Pisces Party — an opportunity to bring together the forces of mind and heart. Nearby are none other than dark lords Saturn and Pluto, inferring that discipline, suffering, and transformation will be required to create change. Saturn forms an exact trine from Pluto’s sign (Scorpio), and Pluto forms an exact sextile from Saturn’s sign (Capricorn) to the post Venus Transit meeting of Venus and Mercury — the Goddess of Love meets the Messenger God: The Message is Love.

References and Author bio:

1. J. Lee Lehman, “Sustainability Issues in 2012 and Beyond,” TMA, Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012, pp. 38-42.

2. Evan Bortnick, “Creativity and the Shadow: Oscar Wilde, Richard Strauss, and Salomé,” TMA, Oct./Nov. 2002, pp. 27-33.

3. Carl Johan Calleman, Ph.D., The Mayan Calendar and the Transformation of Consciousness, Vermont: Bear and Co., p. 209.

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