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Major Period of the Moon: October 1, 1998 - October 1, 2008

The Moon rules the eighth house and is therefore a period of increased volatility, upheaval and change in the United States. This makes it likely that the trend of volatility which we have seen in the economy and also due to the threat of terrorism will continue during this period.

The Moon is placed in the constellation of Shatabhisha, a constellation which is connected with the power of healing. This will lead to significant breakthroughs and major advances in medicine and biotechnology during the Moon's period. On the other hand, it also suggests increased problems due to hard to cure diseases. It also suggest a need to remodel the health-care system itself.

Shatabhisha is ruled by Varuna, the god of the oceans in Hindu mythology. This suggests upheavals and changes related to the ocean or to water during the Moon major period.

Venus Sub Period: August1, 2006 - March 31, 2008

Venus is a liberal planet, which is why the democrats have taken control of the congress. Venus is well placed in the seventh house in a conjunction with Jupiter, so this period may also give some support to the economy. The retail sector may improve. The public may purchase more items such as automobiles and homes. There may be some general improvement in real estate in the second half of this period. This period may also bring a more prominent dialogue about creating change in the educational system. Venus is the planet of water, placed in Ardra, a wet nakshatra, so this could produce and increase of wet weather.

USA Mars Period Sept 30, 2008 - September 30, 2015

In 2008, the United States will enter the period of Mars. This will be the second time in history that the USA will pass through this period. In the past, the Mars period took place between September of 1888 - September of 1895. There were several significant events and trends which took place during that period which might help in understanding the upcoming period to some extent.

First, it is important to remember some of the significations of Mars, the sign of its placement in the USA chart (Gemini), and the nakshatra of its placement (Punarvasu). Among other significations, Mars is related to warfare, business, industry, land and technology. Gemini is a sign of communications, and transportation. Mrigashira is a nakshatra related to roads and paths. The seventh house is related to politics, warfare, business, and banking. The following are some of the events and trends which may take place during the upcoming Mars period from September of 2008 - September of 2015. These predictions are given against the background of the historical events and trends which took place which took place during the previous Mars period from 1888-1895.

Treaties and international relations

Upcoming Mars period (9/2008 - 9/2015)

This may be a period of diplomatic problems, broken treaties or disagreements, especially over land. The USA may ignore human rights or even legal rights for isolated groups of people in its desire for land, or for natural resources which come from the earth such as oil.

On another level, there may be in increase in the sense of urgency about owning property on the part of the public. This may lead the government to institute certain policies designed to make owning a home easier for the poor.

Past Mars Period (9/1888 - 9/1895)

Indian land grabbing - Starting in 1889 with the Oklahoma Sooners, Indian land was given for the taking in a public land grab which took less than 24 hours for thousands of white settlers to claim 2,000, 000 acres of Indian land in Oklahoma. This was repeated in the next few years in other states as well. Mars rules land. It also rules thieves and theft. It is placed in the seventh house (agreements) of the USA chart. In an individual horoscope, this placement causes the person to see other people as wrong and to become aggressive and argumentative. In the chart of a country it can lead to broken agreements or treaties, disagreements and political conflicts.

Farming becomes more important

Upcoming Mars period (9/2008 - 9/2015)

There may be more emphasis on agriculture. Some of this may be driven by increased need for food on the international market by countries such as China.

Past Mars Period (9/1888 - 9/1895)

Because Mars rules over land, during the past Mars period there was a big emphasis on land and agriculture. Mars is placed in Mrigashira Nakshatra. Mrigashira’s desire is the desire to gain lordship over the plants. As a result, during that period farming became much more important in the American consciousness. This led the government to create a cabinet post for the department of agriculture 1889.

Technology

Upcoming Mars period (9/2008 - 9/2015)

There may be some important and revolutionary breakthroughs in technology which will come into existence during the Mars period (possibly in the beginning of the period) and may not be actualized or come to fruition until the beginning of the Rahu period. One area to watch for innovations is transportation, which may include both land and air vehicles as well as infrastructure such as roads. Another area to watch is technology which allows video to be communicated over the internet, cell phones etc.

Past Mars Period (9/1888 - 9/1895)

Mars is one of the planets of technology. It is placed at 0 degrees of Gemini in the chart of the USA. Gemini is related to communications and all forms of media as well as roads and travel. So the past Mars period produced two significant events that produced major long term revolution in the country. First, Thomas Edison received a patent in 1891 for the first motion picture machine, which produces first motion pictures in 1896 during the beginning of the Rahu. The second was the perfection of the first American automobile in 1891, which also did not receive patents until 1895 and also did not go into production until the Rahu period. In both cases, the fruition of these inventions was delayed because of the 0 degree placement of Mars. A planet at 0 degrees often give a tenuous beginning for a project or undertaking but also makes it difficult to bring the desired fulfillment. Another small but revolutionary technical advance was the zipper, which was invented in 1891.

Business and Labor

Upcoming Mars Period (9/2008 - 9/2015)

There may be an increase in anti-trust legislation aimed at corporate giants such as Microsoft. This may also be a period during which increased problems are experienced between labor and management. The current trend of companies trying to free themselves from pension commitments resulting in declining benefits for workers may increase.

Past Mars Period (9/1888 - 9/1895)

During the past Mars period the first Anti Trust laws were created and enforced. This led to the eventual break up of Monopolies such as Standard Oil. During the entire period, however, labor unions were constantly frustrated in their battles against their wealthy industrial employers. Revolting against deplorable conditions and low wages, they paved the way for later labor reform.

Economy

Upcoming Mars Period (9/2008 - 9/2015)

The economy may continue to struggle during this period. There may be a continued drain on resources due to military expenditures. The Ketu Sub period (March - August 2013) may be particularly volatile for the economy. Transits at that time do not suggest a dramatic shift such as the one which took place in 1893 however. On the positive side, the charts of the NYSE as well as the NASDAQ suggest improvements during the USA Mars period in general.

Past Mars Period (9/1888 - 9/1895)

The past Mars period fell within a longer period of economic depression called The Long wave Depression which took place between 1873 - 1897. On June 27th of 1893, during the sub period of Ketu, the Stock market crashed (called The Panic of 1893) sending the country into a deeper period of depression which lasted for 4 years. During the Mars period hundreds of banks as well as nearly a hundred railroads failed.

War

Upcoming Mars Period (9/2008 - 9/2015)

Continued warfare or involvements in military conflicts by the United States during the Mars period is highly likely. The sub period of Ketu (March - August 2013) may be particularly prone to conflicts and terrorist events.

Past Mars Period (9/1888 - 9/1895)

Mars is a planet of warfare, suggesting political disputes. It is also at 0 degrees, so it gives new beginnings but not necessarily fulfillment. During the past Mars period the beginnings of the Spanish American War were felt as sentiments related to the Cuba-Spain conflict were fanned by yellow journalism. Again, due to the 0 degree placement of Mars, the war did not actually take place until 1898 during the Rahu period.

The President

Upcoming Mars Period (9/2008 - 9/2015)

The Mars Period may produce health problems or injury for the President.

Past Mars Period (9/1888 - 9/1895)

The president - President Cleveland had surgery for cancer in his mouth in 1893. Mars, the planet of surgery aspects the 10th house (the president) in the USA chart.

Journalism and Media

Upcoming Mars Period (9/2008 - 9/2015)

The general long term trend by the American media towards sensationalism in Journalism in order to increase its entertainment value will increase and reach new heights during this period.

Past Mars Period (9/1888 - 9/1895)

The birth of Yellow Journalism…In 1895 William Randolph Hearst bought the New York Journal and began a crude type of sensationalistic journalism nicknamed Yellow Journalism. It played to emotions in a dangerous manner and reflected a new aggressive trend in the media. Mars (aggression) in Gemini (communication) reflects this trend clearly.