Monday, 11 May 2009

Call in the astrologers

When you publish a newspaper during an election campaign in a country where public opinion polls are banned, yet astrology is a practice taken seriously, it is no wonder that the very proper and respectable Times of India has taken to consulting astrologers about what will happen when votes are counted on 18 May. This morning the paper informed its readers with a story beginning on page one that a rare change of position by Jupiter, which stargazers say happens once in 30 years, is likely to have a mixed astrological effect on the country.

With Jupiter changing its position and entering a new zodiac sign — from Capricorn to Aquarius — astrologers predict good times for Indian economy, but also warn against political turbulence in the days ahead. If astrologers are to be believed, the new government formed after May 16, would not last for more than one-and-a-half years and there are strong indications for another general election in late 2010 or early 2011.


Usually, Jupiter moves from one zodiac to another after 13 months, but this time it changed places within five months and is likely to go back to its previous sign, Capricorn, after two months. ‘‘Jupiter is a very strong planet, but its effect is weak when it is in Capricorn. But it has good long term results when it is in Aquarius. But the planet will retrograde after two-and-a-half months and go back to Capricorn. This means, the government formed after May 16 will start facing trouble from August onwards. It will result in re-election,’’ says Mukesh Jain, a Delhi-based astrologer.

With no party getting a clear margin, some astrologers foresee a new front forming the government and say that Indians should get ready to see the rise of a ‘‘dark horse’’ as the prime ministerial candidate. ‘‘No party will be able to form a government. I see a third front form a government with either Congress or BJP’s support and a dark horse from the eastern part of India becoming the prime minister,’’ said Shri Ashok Vasudev, a jyotishacharya with Astromatic Publication.


I suppose it makes as much sense as Malcolm Mackerras.
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