My apologies, dear readers, for the lengthy delay in offering forecasts and more articles over the last roughly 15-16 months or so. It was beyond my control. While I have more to do before I’m on the other side of a health issue, you’ve been on my mind. I’m writing as I can to offer the 2018 Solar Returns for Pakistan and India as I’ve done for about the last 11 years or so while I remain on bed rest. I’m coming along although more slowly than I’d like.
This particular pair of articles–Pakistan’s Solar Return in Part 1, and India’s Solar Return in Part 2–is one of the most extensive Solar and Lunar analyses and interpretations I think I’ve ever done in the 11 or so years I’ve offered them. Although I’ve written the two separately, as I always do, I’ve tried to make each interesting for all of you. There is a bit of intertwining of the two from an historical perspective this time as well. I’ve used more music than normal because of the size of these combined articles–and a little extra art. Obviously I hope you enjoy those too. On with the articles…
I wish your Solar Return hadn’t given me a sense of déjà vu, Pakistan. Especially with Imran Khan finally in office as so many of you had hoped through the years, it would be nice to see him waving a wand to make all of the negative sides of life just vanish. But he’s as human as the rest of us, and his being human has made him extremely vulnerable to his critics, which may influence some of his decisions or actions. Because of his personal past–including his having been married to a British socialite with Jewish roots and his having shown empathy to Jewish history–he also has harsh critics who insist he’s an “agent of the Jewish lobby.”
“I wish he had stood up to antisemitism, but he never did,” said Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States between 2008 and 2011, Husain Haqqani who is now director for South and Central Asia at the Hudson Institute. I did take the liberty of pulling up Khan’s untimed chart to get a general feel for his role as Prime Minister and wasn’t disappointed.
I’m not going to do a full analysis of Imran Khan’s chart. As I mentioned above, it’s untimed, and I really don’t want to speculate rather than having a more substantive view. However, the untimed chart against the nation’s gives me a pretty solid idea of his charismatic and dynamic personality when it comes to his relationship with Pakistan. As I noted above, however, all is not a bed of roses for PM Khan. It still appears to be an uphill battle because of his personal history. Khan’s Uranus placement forms a conjunction to Pakistan’s natal third house Moon, giving me reason to believe he might be seen as an innovative, progressive thinker. In that sense, he might be perceived as a revolutionary leader–not negatively, rather in the sense of helping the nation to have a new beginning.
While I have good feelings about what he can do, please don’t think I’m implying that the nation is now ready to become a democracy–especially with everyone in Pakistan not appearing to be on the same page with their feelings about Khan and his thoughts about Israel or Jews in general. So I don’t see a democracy happening just yet, but we’ll get to that. Khan’s Jupiter–in 1° opposition to Pakistan’s 7th house Jupiter–sits in square to his natal Uranus. If Khan’s birthtime is even remotely close to the midday noon time I’ve used to reflect the untimed birth, his Mars forms a one-minute partile opposition to Pakistan’s Uranus, a significant point since it’s part of a 2nd house Mars-Uranus conjunction in Gemini. Khan’s Venus in Scorpio sits on the nation’s descendant while his natal Pluto forms a conjunction to Pakistan’s Sun as if to say this has been his destiny from birth! And finally, Khan’s 4-body stellium–Sun, Saturn, Mercury and Neptune–fills Pakistan’s 6th house related to work and service.
You’ll note his natal Moon on Pakistan’s Ascendant, but I didn’t include the Moon in this brief analysis since there’s no guarantee this is the actual placement. It’s still an untimed chart.
The Western below-the-horizon dominance in the SR this year points to the nation seeking guidance in a strong leader who offers a voice of the people perhaps rather than a more militaristic command. A now-retired cricket superstar like Khan could certainly fill the bill. The Western emphasis shows a willingness to listen to the insights and advice from someone like him: many of the people appear to respect him, something that doesn’t seem to have been present in Pakistan’s political spotlight since the 2007 assassination of their beloved Benazir Bhutto.
Unfortunately, as the saying goes, you can’t please all of the people all of the time, and this is certainly the first message of the 2018 SR. The 3rd house rises in this newest SR for Pakistan, pointing to a local/domestic focus this year. Keep in mind that this particular SR hints at the same problems any single family might have (or not) with its holiday squabbles and bickering. Of course this brings another saying to mind: Familiarity breeds contempt.
At the heart of this impression I’m getting from the SR is the Cardinal Grand Cross in the form of the natal 12th house Mars in opposition to 6th house SR Saturn in square to SR Chiron in opposition to SR Venus. Remember as well, natal Mars is conjunct natal Uranus so these sudden upsets (even stronger than mere “upsets”) are quite likely to be unexpected as well–even with a few dates I’ll offer in this analysis.
Pakistan generally has had a strong military presence as a focus of its government “machine.” Natally, the nation’s stellium–Pluto, Saturn, Venus and Sun, in order by placement in the chart and in square to both natal and SR Jupiter–emphasizes the strength of its army, its theological conservatism (aside from the religious extremism of the minority), and building a prosperous, growth-oriented foundation on which to build the national community.
On the most immediate side, I’m concerned about the September 5 Lunar Return (LR)–not only from the day’s transits in the hours before the September 5 return but even from how the aspects are showing by their progressions to the August 9 LR. That doesn’t mean the LR for the 5th has no clues. It does. In fact, the 8th house is rising with the Moon forming a 16-minute partile quincunx (150°) to the Ascendant. This is one month when adjustments will need to be made in many areas.