Ketu, Sun, Mercury and the Coronavirus crisis

At present most of the world is in the grip of the COVID 19 coronavirus in one way or the other. Do read what I have predicted for the world scenario here and on the specific Indian scenario here. India is comparatively in a better place than the rest of the world. Ketu is the moving force behind this viral pandemic.

Rahu and Ketu are the two graha, ie forces, who operate exclusively on the astral planes. They obviously give material effects linked to the planets who feed them energy, ie the owner of the sign they are in, the planets conjunct/ aspecting them etc. It is through these planets and their keywords that Rahu and Ketu can give results in the physical planes. So try to analyse which planets are influencing Rahu/ Ketu during this current coronavirus crisis. Follow the transits from Nov 2019 till Sept 2020 to see astrologically how the crisis has unfolded and will continue to do so world-wide.

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Ketu is the agent of apathy, disinterest. He is haze, smoke, the things which are not apparent at the first glance, at the corner of your eyes where you do not wish to see. He is headless, just a body, with snake-like skin, black nails, scary, hypnotic and fiery in nature. He is disease, disaster, despair and death. He causes complete dissociation, a fiery separation, a clean cut. In the senses, he is more the sense of smell. In colors, he represents infra-red, you can sense his heat but cannot see him. He can grant both material prosperity or material adversity and but always grants spiritual gain in some way or the other. He is all extremes, nothing in between. He grants a strange, egoless fanaticism which can be impossible to resist and equally impossible to counter.

If Ketu is influencing things around you, expect situations to be unpredictable, irrational, perverse, unreasonable and also dangerous. Unpredictable Ketu is disorder, you do not know how a flag flapping in the wind will move. So does Ketu move, a banner in the wind. Bizarre, erratic but sublime and beyond all logic. Thus, for some of us, he can grant the ultimate realisation, as Moksh too lies beyond the limits of our perceptions. But for most of us, Ketu is the herald of chaos. And for some of us, of physical death.

Ketu was last seen in Sagittarius 18yrs ago, he was then responsible for ’the war against terror’ which strangely continues as a policy even now. On 11th Sep 2001, 9/11, the WTO twin towers collapsed, Ketu with Mars was in Sagittarius aspected by Jupiter with Rahu from Gemini.

In Feb 2020 we saw an exponential rise in the COVID 19 coronavirus spread and the same actors operated, Jupiter, Mars, Ketu were together in Sagittarius and Rahu was in Gemini. The same energies expressed in a different manner. ‘Terror’ then was nebulous, just like Ketu, and now in this pandemic he is a virus. All viruses and prions are primarily Ketu’s agents. Again Ketu in Sagittarius is shaking our collective human foundations, severing us from our past concepts in a single fiery cut. Sagittarius sign is the ‘foundation’ in every sense of the word and Gemini is the choice of available options and the boldness to act. Whenever Rahu in Ketu transit in Gemini-Sagittarius they cause chaos in the collective.

Ketu’s method of working is ‘lack of limits’, he does not respect any boundaries whatsoever. He represents events which are beyond the limits of space, time, energy levels etc. On the physical side his virus has done exactly this, crossed across all possible boundaries, national boundaries, species boundaries. Ketu is smoke and penetrates through all. He represents the collective. Irrational with no mercy, Ketu is rather invisible in his actions as he acts more on the subtle and causal bodies. So the inner four layers of this five-layered body you live in are more vulnerable, more hit by his strange imbalance. He is also creating fear, suspicions, horror, obsession etc in the innermost layer of our human collective.

We will pass on these emotions to our next generation and also carry these impressions into our next lives. So everyone must do some spiritual practice at this point of time to nullify this astral baggage clinging to your soul now.

Sadly Ketu is also sadism, torture, amorality, bloodlust, violence, etc. If you look at the real reason behind this virus’s outbreak, it is a single cruel nation which indulges in killing and eating animals, wild and domesticated animals in the most gruesome way possible. 20% of the global humanity is creating such horrible karma and we all are bearing the brunt. This negative karma has affected the entire humanity’s collective psyche. Ketu represents the deepest reservoir of the collective and he contains unpleasant memories of past karma. ‘Ghosts from the past’ is another very apt description of Ketu. He also represents ghosts, spirits and karmic back-log. Ketu though headless, can never forgive or forget instinctively. He is the most vengeful of all the graha, he holds on to grudges for lifetimes.

Ketu, Sun, Mercury and the Coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus is an agent of Ketu so we need to use his and Rahu’s energy in getting out its grip. Karma has been served now we have to find ways to come out of it using their energies. Ketu’s lesson is ‘to learn from the past’. And Rahu’s lesson is,’ let go of the past’. One is concerned about the past and the other looks to the future. Only when your past karma is resolved, can you move ahead. Both Rahu and Ketu are important. Our past creates our future through our present. Together these two give us a very valuable message, ‘learn all you can from the past, balance it, then let it go’. All over this is a period of introspection, as medical teams, governments and even common people like you and me rethink on what we were doing and how we can improve.

Ketu gives penetrating intelligence, strange jumps in intuitive reasoning, our medical teams need this now. Intense concentration and deep insight are also Ketu’s gifts. Ketu is limitless, so our medical teams have the scope to go beyond established medical frontiers using his energy. Dispassionate unemotional focus on the target.

Sun will be in Aries 13th Apr – 14th May, he and Ketu-Sagittarius will come in the 5/9 axis. Sun is creative genius, authority etc and Ketu is penetrating intelligence. This 5/9 axis is the most important one as it is the genius-foundation axis. As these two, Sun and Ketu will start influencing each other, the medical teams will also receive their combined energy, clarity, constructive actions, courage and self-confidence. Their work will move at faster rates. So will the governments be able to work more decisively.

Finally Mercury will enter Aries on 25th Apr till 9th May. This is a very important date as now onwards things will visibly improve the world over. Now Mercury too will come in the 5/9 axis with Sagittarius-Ketu. This combination will give a very big boost to the medical/government teams. Mercury is analytical intelligence, discrimination, adaptability, dexterity so coupled with Sun and in the 5/9 axis with Ketu will give a lot of support to the teams working on the virus.

For a student of astrology, the current COVID 19 corona virus pandemic is a case study. June especially will give typical results. If you have the horoscope of your nation do analyse it in depth. Try to analyse the current planetary movements and see how they match up in real life.

 

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Coronavirus, planets and Indian weather

I have already written one post on Corona virus, do go through it, this post is a continuation. The world will go through this situation till the third week of Sept 2020. Now there is a question on the India-specific scenario. India’s situation is comparatively better. So,

On 31st Mar 2020, Mars and Saturn will have their exact conjunction in Capricorn triggering more energy for the government/ medical teams to use. And they will use it to develop definitive cures and strategies to control it. Also Jupiter will enter Capricorn leaving Ketu alone in Sagittarius.

And on 1st Apr, Mars will move ahead of Saturn in Capricorn, he will win the planetary war, Graha yuddha. He will remain here till 4th May.

Ketu is viruses. So after 31st Mar, Ketu gets no planet to energise him, he is in Sagittarius, its owner Jupiter having just entering Capricorn, loser of the planetary war and very weak. So energy available for Ketu to do damage on the physical levels will reduce. The damage done by Ketu will continue, but things will slow down.

Then Rahu is in Gemini, this means the paired organs, lungs are affected. He is also unaspected and alone. So only Gemini’s owner, Mercury, is feeding him power. Currently Mercury is in Aquarius, he will shift to his sign of debilitation Pisces on 7th Apr. World-over serious patients or death rates can get worrying as long as Mercury remains in Pisces, ie till 24th Apr, he is moving fast.

Coronavirus, planets and Indian weather

Now for India, today 24th March 2020, is the last day of the Shri Vikari naam samvatsar. The current year’s name is ‘Vikari’ which means abnormal, variable, corrupted, spoiled, change for the worse etc. Tomorrow our Hindu new year, Shri Sharvari naam samvatsar will start. The name ‘Sharvari’ means twilight, night, turmeric etc. So new year Sharvari should bring some relief from the spoilt energy of the year Vikari.

And our typical Indian summer will start, heating up the plains. Summer, after mid April, will be scorching hot. Mars in Capricorn, (winner of the graha yuddha, over the heavy-weights Jupiter and Saturn!) will, from 13th April, aspect Sun in Aries. And Mars will aspect Sun with his 4th aspect, it is a malefic aspect. Both malefics, both hot planets. India will be very hot, practically the entire nation (even hill stations) will see temperatures going above 35deg C, some areas will also cross 45deg C. In the Himalayas, where I live, the yearly surface forest fires, where the fallen pine needles burn, will also occur during this time.

Mars will aspect Sun intermittently with his 4th aspect. Mars-Aquarius will aspect Sun-Taurus during 14th May- 14th Jun. Again Mars-Pisces will aspect Sun-Gemini from 20th Jun to 16th July. I am emphasising this Mars-Sun interaction in these summer months as the virus requires relatively cold weather to spread. Sun+Mars’s fiery energy will provide the necessary heat on all levels to control/stop it.

This heat will hopefully reduce the spread of the virus. So mid-April onwards India will see some relief in this aspect at least. Though some sporadic location specific events will occur, these spreads will be contained in time. Those who have already fallen ill, for them, their individual horoscopes will play the definitive role. But for the nation as a whole, this aspect of the situation will also slowly improve. Mid-May will see hot winds and more heat in the plains. There will be some irregular rainfall in the hills and on the eastern side of India but the heat-wave will continue till mid-June. This mix of heat, winds and pre-monsoon humidity, typical weather should be powerful enough to stop the spread.

But June is the most confusing month of this year, so many confusing energies, retrograde, combusts, eclipses, so we will see calamities like cyclones etc affecting our nation, especially the eastern half, the hills and coasts on the eastern side. Predicting anything for June is difficult, so I estimate that most nations will remain in semi-lock-downs with only essential services operating, this will include India. The situation will finally normalise only by the end of Sept. (If you are interested, check out India’s birth and transit horoscopes for more in-depth study)

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However we should not attempt doing anything rash during this period. Especially Mars+Saturn in Capricorn can encourage you do risky stuff. Mars aspecting Sun also can make you irritable and quarrelsome. Do maintain your personal hygiene, follow all the directions given by the medical teams and follow all the orders given by the government. Nothing is more important than your life. Do behave responsibly and help yourself, your family and your neighbourhood by staying indoors.

And now you all must be sitting at home. So first stop reading on the Corona virus every minute of your time, you cannot do anything about it. The government/ medical teams are on it. Stop giving the virus your attention energy all the time. Instead use this period for your personal growth, do your spiritual practice, recite some mantra daily 108 times, pray to your favourite deity, or specifically to Dhanvanatari. Then read books, write something. Play card/ board games with your parents, spouse and children. Use video-calling to talk to your friends/ relatives. Take care of your health, do some simple work-outs, stretching exercises, Suryanamaskar. Eat healthy stuff, listen to uplifting music. Do not be online or watch TV all the time. If you are required to work from home, complete your office work as per schedule. Kids should use study apps to study from home rather than playing on the mobiles and consoles. All should get some rest. And most important, do send out some gratitude-energy for those people who are working now in very stressful conditions, medical teams, front-line police, border-control guards etc. They are the real heros.

1.4 billion, the biggest chuck, 20% of humanity living in one single nation, was being needlessly cruel to animals, they have invited this chaos to our collective hearts, and now we are all being forced to change. Ketu in Sagittarius is strictly ensuring that we rebalance this karma. Ketu is the biggest learnings, the deepest wisdom gained from very painful karma.

When this lock-down will be over, we are literally going to enter a new world, new behaviours, new foundations. The ‘one-world’ concept cannot sustain as we all have realised the necessity of boundaries, so many fundamental changes have occurred. And on the practical side, we all are going to have to work day-night to make up for this shut-down.

Wish you all auspiciousness in the Shri Sharvari naam Samvatsara.

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Coronavirus, planets and Indian weather

Corona virus and the current transits

I got a question on the Corona virus, everyone is worried about it. So writing this quick post, it can get a bit technical, as I assume that my readers are students of astrology, Vedic Jyotish.

The Gemini – Sagittarius axis is in tremendous stress for the past about 3yrs with several transits and planetary configurations affecting it directly. And this stress reached epic proportions from Nov 2019 onwards. With Rahu- Ketu in this axis, I had written in my March 2019 post (post here) “Increase diseases related chest, heart and lungs. Also incurable and strange diseases will increase. Faulty diagnosis will increase and inappropriate medication given.” Viruses are controlled by Ketu.

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Till Nov 2019 – Ketu was in Sagittarius with Saturn. Sagittarius is foundation of all humanity. Ketu is viruses, undiagnosable hidden diseases (Last when Ketu transited Cancer /Gemini in 2009-10, Swine-flu erupted) Saturn is restriction. So Ketu was upto something but Saturn’s presence was restricting his actions. In Nov 2019, Jupiter joined them in Sagittarius, Jupiter is expansion, so he expanded Ketu’s activities but also helped Saturn maintain its restriction on the situation. (Jupiter+Ketu means that Jupiter aspects Rahu, which can also deliver results similar to the classic Guru-Chandal yog)

Rahu in the other half of the axis, ie in Gemini meant that the respiratory system specifically its paired organs, ie the lungs would be the target. Rahu gives direction to Ketu’s energies, as always. He was already in Aradra, his own nakshatra, since 12th Sept 2019, preparing the background for Ketu.

Then in Dec 2019 we had a very weird situation dominated by Ketu, the king of weird! Combustions of several planets including Jupiter and Saturn. Solar eclipse, stationary nodes, a lot of planets put their energy into the mix, 7 graha were directly involved in this eclipse. This caused an imbalance in practically everything, from inter-personal one-one human relations to broader political situations, global financial markets to global health concerns all went for a toss. This eclipse was also the trigger for release of the COVID 19 corona-virus into the greater humanity.

Then Jan 2020 saw more movement. The nodes remained stationary in the middle of Gemini/ Sagittarius grinding their energy in the middle of the sign (they did this for over 2 months!). Stationary nodes release a lot of energy, karmic back-log due for resolution. There was a minor penumbral lunar eclipse during this period. Mercury was combust for sometime, affecting logical behaviour and mental abilities. Saturn shifted to his own Capricorn and immediately became combust. Thus Jupiter and Ketu were left in Sagittarius. Freed from Saturn, Ketu expanded under Jupiter’s influence and the virus’s influence expanded simultaneously. Its effects became quite visible. Jupiter is moving very fast, Ati-char movement, so giving more energy to Ketu’s actions, making them also very fast.

Ketu entered his own Nakshatra, Moola on 16th Jan, gaining even more power to destroy. Moola nakshatra also contains the Vishnu-nabhi ie the center of our galaxy, thus has hidden reserves of power. It is a very cryptic lunar mansion, ruled by Niritti, the energy of destruction.

Feb 2020 saw Mars adding his energy to Sagittarius, now Ketu and Mars both fiery graha together with Jupiter who was still giving them his expansion energy. Feb saw even more nations being affected as the virus came out from its confinement in China and spread. But now Saturn recovered from his combustion so the response started in earnest, governments and societies started organising themselves. But Ketu was still powered up, so the spread continued. In this period on 26th Feb we had an exact conjunction of Ketu+Mars which briefly gave immense power to Ketu’s expansion. In Feb-Mar, for 3 weeks, Mercury was unable to work so there was some confusion and lack of logical coordination in mounting a response. As mercury came out of combustion/retrograde, the response became more systematic. This much we all know as analysing a situation in retrospect is rather easy.

We have the periodic full-blown Kaal-sarpa alternating with the partial Kaal-sarpa for the next few months till 21st Jun, giving more power to Rahu/ Ketu to act as they are using the power of the remaining grahas trapped within them to further their agenda.

Viruses are controlled by Ketu.

Now in March 2020, there are significant transits coming up. Exact Mars+Jupiter conjunction is due on 20th Mar, so a burst of fiery expansion will be available. The medical teams will use this energy to gain significant understanding on the virus and its cure. Possibly we will get news on confirmed treatment plan for the virus affected people. And Ketu will also use this energy, perhaps a new mutant strain can also develop. Then Mars will shift to Capricorn to be with Saturn on 22nd leaving Jupiter and Ketu alone in Sagittarius again. Mars is exalted in Capricorn so will give his fiery pioneering innovative energies in a very useful form to help the governments/ society. And Jupiter will shift to Capricorn on 31st Mar. Mars+Saturn exact conjunction on 31st so again a fiery/airy expansive energy burst. So in this last week of March there will be a lot of activity on the virus-spread/ evolution and also on the government/medical teams front. When several planets occupy a sign, we have to consider the implications of planetary war/graha yuddha to know whose energy will drive the potential of the others, as we are trying to read the destiny of nations/humanity.

April 2020 sees Saturn, Mars and Jupiter in Capricorn. This will provide the necessary energy to the governments/ societies/ medical teams who are trying to contain/ cure the virus. But Ketu in Sagittarius, alone and un-aspected by anyone, will continue his actions and the virus will do its job of spreading and affecting people, but its speed and intensity should slow down now. Delivery of drugs and treatment to the affected patients should be initiated by now.

May 2020 will see significant movements, with Jupiter, Venus and Saturn all going retrograde together. This will lead to a period of confusion. There might be a lapse in government/ society/ medical response which can lead to a temporary spurt in infections again in the last week of May.

June 2020 is a very happening month. First there is a minor penumbral lunar eclipse and then we have a major total Solar eclipse again in Gemini-Sagittarius! This time, Venus, Mercury, Sun will be with Rahu in Gemini. This eclipse will be visible in the eastern hemisphere again! From China, Russia, India, middle East to Africa these nations will again face some problems which can include the virus but can also involve global society/finance in turmoil. Again the nodes will slow down, reverse direction and go forward, then again reverse direction and go retrograde. This month sees several planets going combust and retrograde together so will be the most confusing month of the year.

July 2020 sees Jupiter back in Sagittarius. He will not be very close to Ketu, which is a blessing but still Sagittarius will see the energy of Ketu and Jupiter operating in its environment. So some parts of the world will see a complete recovery while some parts will suffer in bits. This situation will continue in spurts till Sept 2020 till Jupiter and Saturn both gain their forward movement. Ketu will remain in Moola nakshatra, ie in Sagittarius till 23rd Sept. So expect some spurts of the virus to pop up in some places till this time. Last week of September will see marked improvement and October onwards the situation will defuse.

During this period, humanity as a whole is being uprooted from the very foundations as we know. The concept of ‘shrinking world’ or ‘one world’ will be reversed as each government/ nation/ society will now monitor its boundaries very seriously. A new normal will be established in terms of medicine, understanding of viruses, financial markets, government functioning, social dynamics, our very behaviour will change in a very fundamental manner.

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Sagittarius-Gemini is a powerful axis of the zodiac, as it gives the fastest acting results coupled sudden events which operate on a larger global humanity-level scale. Everyone’s limits are being tested to the breaking point, from the individual human-level to the government-level. You have to adapt to these new normals now. The correct option is to take care of your health, adopt all the hygiene related practices, try to improve your innate immunity, eat healthier foods, live a more balanced life-style, stop the earlier norms like shaking hands and adopt new norms of doing a Namaste in greeting others etc as fundamental changes in each one’s life-style are expected.

Rahu-Ketu affecting the Gemini- Sagittarius axis is a deeply karmic event for all of us. Some are affected by the corona-virus, some are scared of it, some are working to prevent it, some are working to cure it, some are suffering because of the quarantine and lock down measures imposed because of it. And even if you are not directly affected by the Corona virus, Rahu/ Ketu must be playing havoc in your life in some way or the other as past lives karma shake the foundations of your life and affect your ability to choose and act, in one way or the other. Whatever this axis stands for in your life as per your horoscope, you will see deep events which shake your life to the core occurring here. Corona-virus is just one part of it.

(India-specific post here and continued in another post here)

Edited on21st March 2020, On 20th March the medical teams have announced a possible cure. This is as per what I had predicted in my initial post above.