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The implications of Mars getting very close to earth on 27th August 2008

Mars the planet of vigour and vitality will be very close to earth on 27th August 2008. Although this is an Astronomical event, it is likely to intensify activities in certain areas and for two reasons. First reason is that Astrology is Geocentric (There is another branch of Astrology called 'Heliocentric', however, the most widely used and the most popular one is Geocentric). Geo meaning Earth and the word Centric needs no explanation. Another reason is, Mars is one of the closest companions of both Sun and Earth In other words, from the point of view of planetary orbits it is closer to the earth and the Sun. These are the reasons why Mars being closer to earth will intensify the movements in certain areas that it signifies and more in the sign that it is currently passing through. This effect will rule for about five days to one week's time before and after it happens.


General Influences
Mars is transiting through Virgo, through Hasta Constellation, ruled by Moon. Sign Virgo signifies Diseases, Health and related matters, Description, employees, servants and Nature too. Moreover, it rules, youngsters, debts, communication, technology, printing, publication and, by and large, the human nervous system, intellect and speaking - considering Mercury's prime significations. These factors will be intensified under the influence of Mars' close proximity to the Earth.

As per Vedic Astrology Shastras, Hasta constellation rules Mahavats (Those who ride and control elephants), Elephants, thieves, people using chariots for commuting, craftsmen and it also rules Shastragnas, specifically People proficient in Shastras and Vedas. This constellation being ruled by Moon will also cover FMCG market, Mass, trade, marketing and sales. Activities in these areas are also likely to be more pronounced by Mars. People may be prone to hasty decisions and accidents too, specifically females will have to be careful of injuries, scars or minor accidents. FMCG market may experience a boom. Likewise, some commodities ruled by Moon like Silver, will also have major trading or trading in huge lots.

Moon also rules crops, crop growers, milk products, liquid by and large, petroleum, oil, edible oils, brewery, Barley, fishery, Vegetables, raw cotton, Mushrooms, rice, grams, yarns and sugar. These commodities or trades will also undergo heavy activity due to this occurrence.

Influence on Sun signs
As this happens while Mars is in Libra as per Western Astrology System, all Air Signs = Gemini, Libra and Aquarius may experience heavy mental and physical activities in their personal and professional lives, however, they will benefit from the effort and vigour they are putting in around these dates. All Cardinal signs such as Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn may feel stressed due to physical energy invested in several spheres of life, leading to exhaustion. People born under these signs will also have to be careful while investing their energy in several particular areas of life. In order to use this transit to their benefit, they must channelise their energy and divert it in the right direction. This doesn't mean that other signs will not have any influence but it may be less, so they may not feel it as much as the Sun Signs mentioned here. Effectively, it might be difficult to recognize that energy.

Effects on Moon Signs
Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus may feel a strong urge for money matters, social contacts, public acclaim. They may suddenly start nurturing others around them so nicely that others may feel surprised. At the same time, it could be a slightly different process for them too! However, Virgos may feel the need to progress intellectually or they may feel like having more command over language, communication skills, people working under them etc. They may also feel like reading and writing more than usual, however this may be an intellectually stressful process for them as well. Sagittarius, Pisces and Gemini are likely to feel some emotional burden and may seek a vent. They should express themselves freely in order to feel relaxed.

What will be the impact on India's horoscope?
In India's Independence horoscope, Mars will be transiting through the 5th house on the day it is very close to Earth.

India's Country Chart
15th August 1947
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Delhi, India



Sarvashtakvarga of India's Country Chart


In Sarvashtakvarga, 5th house has 30 Auspicious Bindus which makes the 5th house powerful, so it's a favourable point. Mars will be in degreecal Sextile aspect with Mercury posited in the third house. This indicates that education, finance and transport departments will undergo heavy activities this time around. More to this, speculative markets are likely to be intensified but effect would be more on the 'Intraday' trading and commodities as Mars will be transiting through Moon's Constellation. Doctors (specifically surgeons) and healers may also remain active during this period. Iron, steel and machinery production may also increase. Those involved in physical labour may put in more energy in production.

Good luck and may Lord Ganesha bless us with the sanity to utilize Mars' close proximity to earth.

Ganesha's Grace,
Bhavesh N. Pattni
The GaneshaSpeaks Team