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The transition of Saturn from Leo sign to Virgo sign on 9th September 2009 will have far reaching effects on the polity of India. The foundations of these changes were laid when Saturn was in Leo. It is said that every event has two aspects- a good aspect and a bad aspect. Saturn is inimical to Sun. Therefore, the results were largely of negative nature while Saturn was in Leo sign.
But, Saturn is also known as a ruthless administrator of justice. It uses exemplary punishments for wrong-doers. This powerful planet is also known for its benevolence to the underprivileged and the down-trodden. Some good aspects of the stay of Saturn in Leo sign are related to the same section of the society.
The United Nations says that 50% of the world’s poor live in South Asia. India is the largest country in this geographical area with a population of over 1 billion. Many of them are poor. This attracted the benevolence of Saturn. People in India were only marginally affected even during the current recession. Two important points may be identified.
a) India has a democratic form of government where the power of the people is supreme. In the parliamentary elections of May 2009 many “Bahubali” (Don Type) candidates lost the election and some genuine and honest candidates were elected. Many of the leaders of questionable integrity are either behind bars or are fighting legal battles.
b) The plight of the poor in the country was never in sharp focus in the past. However, the government has taken some very fast steps to solve their problems in recent months. Three important steps were taken by the Government for the welfare of the underprivileged and the poor. The scope of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme has been enlarged. Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission has been made more effective. A bill for compulsory education has been passed by the parliament.
All these steps will transform the polity of India in times to come. A beginning was made in the period when Saturn was in Leo sign. We can clearly see the connection. The hands of the powerful planets remain invisible but signals are always loud and clear.
In the next two and half years we can expect some changes because of the comfortable stay of Saturn in the Virgo sign which is owned by Mercury. Incidentally, Virgo happens to be the 5th house in the horoscope of Independent India drawn on the basis of Independence Day on 15th August 1947 (midnight).
For the first time the poor of the country will get some kind of job security under National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme which will become one of the largest such operating programs in the world.
The filth, squalor and slums of urban India are well known. The pace of urbanization in the country is very fast and Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission will be strengthened for tackling the urban problems. There will be related projects for development of housing facilities and rehabilitation of slums. If this Programme is honestly implemented, the poor and the underprivileged of the urban India will also benefit.
The fifth house in the horoscope is seen for education. The bill for compulsory education has been passed by the parliament. The system of board examination is also going to change. Saturn is a planet which represents change and we will continue seeing changes in education sector. Many new programs can be formulated for welfare of children of the nation.
The country suffered from “brain drain” problems in the 1980’s and 1990’s. However, the opportunities in the country have now become attractive and attraction will increase in the coming years which will reverse the trend of brain drain. Time is coming for “brain gain” because Indians working in foreign lands want to return home for living with extended family.
The composition of the Rajya Sabha may also change due to this transit. The representation in the council of ministers of the government of India from Rajya Sabha is likely to increase. The government is likely to work with a clear determination. There may be some inter-ministerial disputes also. However, it will not affect the stability of the government.
As per the system of timing in Vedic astrology, India is currently running the Mahadasa of Sun (period of Sun). Sun in India’s horoscope is placed in the 3rd house. This indicates that India will have diplomatic capability to tackle persistent problems with its neighbors. Saturn’s transit in Virgo indicates that the world community cannot browbeat India and coerce it for taking steps which are not in the national interest. The country will also be able to crush militancy in its homeland.
Written by: Anand Sagar Pathak