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These predictions use the sidereal placements of planets used in Vedic astrology, western astrology uses the tropical zodiac. The aspects will be the same in both systems only the signs and degrees differ by 23-24 degrees.

Approaching a new year I began my predictions for 2013. To make predictions I look at past astrological cycles in relation to past historical events to give meaning to the future cycles. The most significant aspect occurring in 2013 involves Saturn and Rahu in Libra.

Saturn takes 30 years to cycle through the zodiac and Rahu takes 18 ½ (Rahu travels backwards in the zodiac). They conjunct every 11 years, but the sign they converge in is crucial in their effects.

So my search was to find the last time in history they conjoined in the sign Libra. I began to investigate the details surrounding the cycle of Saturn and Rahu throughout history and significant historical events. Here are some the interesting facts surrounding this astrological aspect. With the facts presented, I will let you be the judge of the possible outcome of the planetary events in our future.

Major Events Involving Saturn in Libra

1) Saturn in Libra: Each time Republican President in office
2) Saturn and Rahu in Libra 1865: Significant event •President Lincoln assassinated
•Civil War

Saturn in Libra

Oct 1982-Dec 1984 (Rahu in Scorpio)
Aug.1953-Nov. 1955 (Rahu in Scorpio)
Oct. 1923-Oct. 1926 (Rahu in Cancer)
Mar. 1894- Nov. 1896 (Rahu in Pisces)
Oct. 1864 – Jan. 1867 (Rahu in Libra)

Republican Presidents in office each time Saturn in Libra

1) Saturn in Libra: Oct. 1982-Dec. 1984
President Ronald Reagan 1980-1988

2) Saturn in Libra: Aug. 1953-Nov. 1955
President Dwight Eisenhower 1952-1956

3) Saturn in Libra: Oct. 1923-Oct. 1926
President Calvin Coolidge 1924-1928

4) Saturn In Libra: Mar. 1894- Nov. 1896
President William McKinley 1896-1904
*Assassinated Sept. 6 1901

5) Saturn in Libra: Oct. 1864 – Jan. 1867
President Abraham Lincoln 1860-1865
*Rahu in Libra : March 1864-Oct 1865 (Both Rahu and Saturn were in Libra)
* Assassinated April 14, 1865
* Civil War

So it was 148 years ago that BOTH Saturn and Rahu were in Libra in the year of 1865!

Rahu and Ketu

Rahu and Ketu, are the points where the Sun and Moon cross paths, thus determining where the eclipses occur for that year. The signs they occur in are where the most powerful change is due. Rahu magnifies the planets it is conjunct. These planets and what they represent become critical for that year and indicate the focus of energy.


Saturn is the planet of the material physical world for it rules structure and the constraints of time. Everything of this world is restricted and eroded by time. Saturn rules time, structure, discipline, responsibility, organization, old age, wisdom, maturity, delays, setbacks and death. It rules the seriousness of the physical reality, and teaches our most valuable lessons through perseverance, diligence, hard work and experience. We don’t have a choice with Saturn because the ravages of time cannot be overcome or avoided, but without the influence of Saturn our world would be in chaos.


The sign Libra concerns balance, peace, relationships, fairness, government and justice. Saturn in Libra is in its most powerful position for it is the sign of exaltation. So all the areas described by Saturn will manifest profoundly in our lives and world.

Saturn conjunct Rahu in Libra

When analyzing cycles it is important to review previous cycles to conclude their effects. Each segment of time is unique, there is never a time where all the coordinates are exactly the same, but there are unique similarities.

Here are the principles to be considered when assessing the forthcoming conjunction of Saturn and Rahu.

The sign this conjunction occurs in is extremely important. Vedic astrology gives power to the planets in terms of the strengths and weakness in the signs. The energies of the planets become more powerful in the signs of exaltation and weak in the debilitated signs. Furthermore, Rahu exaggerates this energy for good or bad depending on their signs of strength or weakness.

Specific Dates Rahu and Saturn in Libra

Saturn in Libra: Nov. 2011- Nov. 2014
Rahu in Libra: Jan.14-July 13 2014
Saturn retrograde: Feb. 18, 2013-July 8, 2013
Saturn turns retrograde 17 Libra, becomes Direct 10 degrees Libra. Becomes weak like Debilitated while retrograde.
Saturn in Swati nakshatra (ruled by Rahu) Oct.12, 2012-Nov.4 2013 Empowers Rahu
*Saturn conjunct Rahu: exact September 17, 2013

Mars and Sun will oppose Saturn and Rahu

April 14-May 15: Sun in Aries (Exaltation)
April 13-May 24: Mars in Aries (Rulership)
May 1, 2013: Mars oppose Saturn
**Very intense period when Mars is in Aries with the Sun in Aries.

Mars and Sun will travel neck-in-neck together in the same signs March 15-June 15, 2013
*Jan.-Apr 2011 Mars and Sun were transiting together producing riots and destruction in Egypt and the assassination of Osama Bin Laden.

Eclipses 2013

There will be a solar eclipse On May 9 (25 degrees Aries)
*Most Intense: Ketu conjunct Mars opposed Saturn/Rahu
November 3 (17 degrees Libra) Rahu conjunct Saturn

The houses eclipses occupy for each individual chart will give either good or bad effects.

Jupiter will exaggerate the energy as it trines Saturn while in Gemini and conjoins Venus, and Mercury in June 2013.

A few more interesting facts:

President Lincoln had Transiting Rahu conjunct his natal Rahu at the time of his assassination, 10th from his natal Moon.

President Kennedy had Transiting Rahu conjunct transiting Natal Ketu in his 10th house (public standing) at the time of his assassination.

*Rahu and Ketu aspect important planets indicating events of fate and destiny.

Saturn was retrograde on April 14, 1865 within 3 degrees of Rahu.

Election: November 6, 2012

Mitt Romney (Republican)

Mitt Romney has Transiting Jupiter and Rahu on his ascendant and natal Rahu aspecting his natal Moon, Jupiter and Ketu in the 7th house.

Exact Aspects:
Transiting Sun trine natal Mercury
Transiting Jupiter square natal Mercury
Transiting Mars square natal Sun
Transiting Saturn square natal Saturn

President Obama: (Democrat)

Exact Aspects:
Transiting Saturn square natal Mercury
Transiting Sun square Sun
Transiting Mars square Mars
Transiting Mercury oppose Moon
Transiting Rahu and Ketu form grand fixed Cross with natal Rahu/Ketu
* 6/8 aspect (quincunx) for Saturn: not considered full. I have found it to be very consistent with great losses. Transiting Saturn will be 8/6 his natal Moon.

*Note: Romney has transiting Saturn aspecting natal Saturn ruler of the 10th house, which is known to give success. But after January 2013, Rahu and Ketu will shift into Libra and Aries where they are in the 6th and 12th houses for Romney and in the angles for Obama. The angles are stronger.

So this confuses the prediction. I believe the Presidential race will be very controversial and there may be a big shift in the social climate between the elections and inauguration. This will stir emotions, but the realization that this brings to America and the world is the importance of working together. What will it take for us to learn to work together? This is the truth of Saturn and Rahu in Libra because they involve relations, politics and leadership.

After a bitter and intense spring April- May the summer months bring a great sense of peace when Jupiter enters Gemini. Jupiter will conjunct Venus and Mercury forming Saraswati yoga, (learning, arts and science.) and will cast a trine to Saturn and Rahu. This will bring a turn in the economy. By July 8, Saturn will turn direct taking on its full force of power in the sign of Libra. Balance and healing are coming out of chaos and destruction.

Amazing things will occur this year that changes the world. It will come from great difficulty but will change the future and ultimately bring balance to the chaos. This affects our moral, political and economic senses. There will be a healing for all from this intense time in history.


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pauli   | |2012-10-13 02:42:01
Fascinating work Joni. As Bette Davis once famously said: "Fasten your's going to be a bumpy ride."
Tommy lee  - Great insights for 2013   | |2012-10-29 03:32:53
Well, we can comfortably say that we'll have a regime change to the GOP
president which will result in positive policies which, in turn, will lead to
the onset of a Real economic recovery in June 2013. Let's hope for the best.
Frank Mjs  - Correction   | |2012-11-15 10:11:20
I just wanted to tell you that Rahu was in Taurus and not Scorpio in 1982
Rajesh   | |2012-12-22 10:25:39
Will it be possible for you to discuss with me my horoscope. I have general
knowledge but need to talk to an expert.

sai   | |2012-12-25 09:10:35
Is the Year 2013 good for getting Married? if so which month and time is best
for getting married in 2013 ?
subhiraj  - mr   | |2013-01-01 10:41:14
Pls can you tell me about my job career I am a bit confused
Nirav Shah  - Sun and Mars in aries Saturn in Libra   | |2013-02-03 12:19:43
Very useful and accurate content. Thanks for sharing the knowledge.

I have Sun and Mars in Aries in my 6th house and Saturn in Libra in 12th
House. Please let me know how do you interpret it?
Thanks in advance.
John Keen  - February 21,2013   | |2013-02-03 12:20:06
I found your forecast very informative. About 3 years ago I calculated using a
elliott wave that the Dow Jones would decline starting on 2/21/2013 and bottom
on 7/12/2015 at about 2100 points,an 12000 point drop. The date 2/21/2013 is a
Jewish feast day called the Fast of Esther, it deals with the ancient
John  - February 21,2013   | |2013-02-03 12:32:54
I found your forecast very informative. About 3 years ago I calculated using a
elliott wave,that the Dow Jones would decline starting on 2/21/2013 and bottom
on 7/12/2015 to about 2100 points,a 12000 point drop. The date 2/21/2013 is on
the Jewish feast day the Fast of Esther it deals with the ancient Persians(Iran)
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