Just a quick comment to explain that I began to write this article immediately after the news came out yesterday afternoon. As a result, I may not have caught all of the references to “today,” referring to the 6th of September as I post this now on the 7th. My apologies. I want to get this posted before more time goes by. Thanks for your understanding.
In the midst of my effort to complete my annual analyses of India’s and Pakistan’s Solar Returns yesterday morning, I caught the news that made me drop everything and headed to “search” for the headlines from India.
As it happens, I’d been waiting for the 6th since I’d done India’s Lunar Return as part of my analysis and had wondered where the unexpected would hit. I’ll leave the following paragraph in my analysis for India’s Solar Return although I’ll include it here too. The chart is below:
The September 6 Lunar Return with the 8th house rising in a chart with no quadrant dominance, but a clear above-the-horizon emphasis highlights a tight Cardinal T-square between the 1st house anaretic Mars in Saturn-ruled Capricorn, its opposition to India’s Moon, and a 10th house square from Venus in a 46-minute partile to the Moon. Be aware, however, of 4th house Uranus Rx, still well within orb of the opposition to Venus–offering a view of the Grand Cross from out-of-sign Uranus in Venus-ruled Taurus. Saturn Rx in its own sign in this chart forms a conjunction to the Ascendant from the 12th house, a point that can be especially effective now since Saturn stations Direct on the 6th, two hours after the Lunar Return (LR) takes place while the Sun, a little over 2° before it perfects at the opposition to Neptune. This promises to be another highly important LR in which tempers could get heated. While LR Mars opposes the Moon, natal Mars opposes LR Saturn.
I’m sure we’ll be seeing this momentous decision splashed globally in newspaper headlines. In the USA, the news was already hitting CNN and The Washington Post.
In India’s The Wire, the opening paragraph revealed both the news and what appears to be controversial indicators that we’ll be seeing protests perhaps on the wording of the decision. “A Supreme Court constitution bench on Thursday pronounced a unanimous verdict – in four concurring judgments – scrapping the provisions of Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which criminalise ‘unnatural sex’ between consenting adults, and was effectively used to criminalise homosexual relations in India for more than a century.”
But the decision doesn’t come without its controversial commentaries that are almost guaranteed to spark more protests. Here’s where that Grand Cross I mentioned and the Moon-LR Mars in houses 1 and 7 and natal Mars-LR Saturn oppositions in houses 6 and 12 will all come into play. At 3:19 PM IST, the follow-up comment, “Gay sex not a crime but is unnatural: ‘RSS’ [editing detail: ‘RSS’ is ‘Rashtriya Swayam Sewak’] on Supreme Court verdict” appeared in the live feed from India Today, roughly three hours after the Supreme Court had said, “History owes an apology to LGBT people.”
Zee News had followed up with a story on the ‘RSS’ comment, “Section 377 verdict: Homosexuality not a crime, but same-sex marriages against nature, says RSS. Though it does not consider homosexuality as a crime, the RSS says same-sex marriages are against nature.“
The Zee News story offered a clearer picture for the global audience in the first three paragraphs that began, “NEW DELHI: The Rashtriya Swayam Sewak (RSS) on Thursday said that same-sex marriage and relationship are neither natural nor desirable which is why it does not support such relationships.
“BJP’s parent organisation said his shortly after a five-judge constitution bench of the Supreme Court unanimously decriminalised part of the 158-year-old colonial law under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalises consensual unnatural sex, saying it violated the rights to equality.
The RSS, however, said that like the top court it also does not consider same sex as a crime.“
I can’t help but share two more. While not all of the follow up comments were negative, this next one was as well. I hope readers will take time, in fact, to read this entire article. SC verdict on Article 377: It’s a genetic disorder, like someone having six fingers, says Subramanian Swamy. Subramanian Swamy believes that the verdict will give rise to HIV and the next government will move a seven-judge bench to rule out the judgment. I realize not everyone in the world appreciates the West or Western thought (much less that of the United States); but with all due respects, I found his thoughts downright hilarious, my sincere apologies to those who disagree with me on that.
In contrast to Subramanian Swamy’s thoughts, party MP Shashi Tharoor offered his firm support of the decision, SC verdict on Article 377: Government has no space in bedrooms, says Shashi Tharoor. Tharoor said that the SC ruling on gay sex was a big slap on BJP which opposed it.
The Times of India highlighted several powerful quotes from the Supreme Court, including the following: “Progressive and pragmatic view should be taken by the court to come to the rescue of the oppressed section of society. The law must be interpreted as per the requirement of changing times…”