What’s in store this year

Sansar Chandra looks at the new Samvatsara, beginning tomorrow

The Samvatsara shall start its life on Monday, April 7. The first spring Navaratra will also fall on the same day, while Baisakhi, the first day of the new solar year (Mesh Sankranti), shall come on Sunday, April 13. How auspicious will be the coming year? This will depend on the varshpati or the king of the year who is the custodian of all powers. Instead of one ruler, this time we will have two rulers — Sun and Moon — functioning simultaneously. Highlighting the potency of these stars, the scriptures say when the Sun and the Moon come together on Amavasya (the last day of the dark half of the month), the whole universe plunges into darkness. No arrangement — administrative, social or political — is safe under such a configuration.

Sun vs Moon

With sunrise varying from place to place, it will be interesting to observe how this dual power structure will shape up. The entire country will be under two rulers. The north-western region from Gilgit, Srinagar and Jammu to parts of Punjab, Pune and Mumbai will be under the influence of the Sun and the rest of India will be ruled by the Moon. The Sun and the Moon are no doubt natural allies but when they act as autonomous heads, they behave like rivals. Therefore, the starry position ruling over the country is ominous. The year will be a tumultuous one — there could be chaos and anarchy. The rulers will remain spineless and incapable of keeping the common man safe from anti-social elements.

It is also a matter of worry that the new Samvatsara is afflicted with gandamoola. Another setback comes with the obliteration of one of the five elements (panchnaga). Thus, the year will be affected by three-fold malevolence. It can inflict a blow on the party in power, inviting a premature election. The mandate will be a fractured one and coalition culture could be the order of the day.

India-Pak ties

Confidence-building measures as well as the proxy war between India and Pakistan will continue. We can have large-scale infiltration on our borders facing north. This may force the civilian population to migrate to safer zones. We will require greater defence preparedness. At the international front, India shall take a leap forward by making its presence felt in the comity of nations. At the home front, however, rulers will be callous and careless in the discharge of their duties.

Natural calamities

The new Samvatsara, ranging up to March 26, 2009 (9.36 pm), and spread over 354 days and 12 minutes is called Plawa in astrological parlance. Plawa is a Sanskrit word, which denotes excessive rain throughout the year. Loss of human lives due to floods cannot be ruled out.

Another development is the conjunction of Saturn and Ketu in both the charts. Saturn is a hawk by temperament. When it joins the dragon’s tail or dragon’s head, it become more ferocious. Hence you can expect the year to be a stormy and catastrophic one. Fear psychosis, frustration and demoralisation will be rampant. Security, stability and safety of human life shall be at peril.

Caste and communal frenzy, riots and cross-border terrorism will keep the general public traumatised.

Global stature

India’s solar chart will begin from 6.30 pm on April 13, showing some promise with four planets exalted and dignified. Jupiter, which was lying low in Samvatsara horoscope, has improved its worth. This will enhance India’s stature at the global level. The country will make significant progress in defence preparedness, space research and computers. The country’s nuclear club will also buzz with activity.

Shortage of power

The Aardra entry chart is an important astrological configuration to assess the impact of natural resources on human beings. Trade, commerce, agriculture, industry, etc, come within the purview of this chart. This chart will be begin its sway on June 21 at 9.42 pm.

The Moon-Rahu combination at the ascendant and a malefic lagna-lord in the eighth house show deterioration and deficiency in essential commodities. Shortage of power will hit the industrial sector. The situation will, however, improve in the later part of the year.

There will be significant improvement in India’s relations with its neighbours, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, but China will not want to settle the border issue amicably.

Pollution will spread. Diseases and epidemics like malaria, cholera, jaundice and bird flu could spread. The common man will face an uphill task to make both ends meet. Religious and ethnic flare-ups can occur in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Manipur, Mizoram and Bihar.

It will be, however, a year of great triumph for Indian women. Besides entering Parliament in larger numbers, they will be proving their worth in the judiciary too.

According to Vinshottari Mahadasha, India is under the sway of the Sun, which will occupy the main position, with Mars as the second in command. With Mars at the helm from May 8 to September 14, there could be a drastic change in the administrative set-up of the country. After Mars, Rahu, the architect of Kalsarpa Yoga, will be in command. Rahu can cause insurgency and vandalism. Rahu will be in command up to August 8, 2009.

Tumultuous market

One thing, however, should be clear that there cannot be any major boom as we will face diverse policies represented by different political affiliations. Despite the bold and generous approach to the Budget, its implementation may not be smooth because of the coming of coalition partners.

More and more people will be interested in trying their luck in the stock market. There will be a glut of investment. Foreign investors and NRIs will be the frontrunners in inflating and deflating the stock market. Market, however, shall behave in a confused manner. All those who exercise restraint and play with caution shall be rewarded.