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Global Economic scenario in 2017
By Sachin Malhotra

Saturn will go into Retrograde motion in Sagittarius on 7 April 2017 and become Direct in Scorpio, only on the 26 August 2017. This retrograde Saturn will be aspecting the Jupiter transiting from Virgo. The period from 7 February 2017 to 10 June 2017 would bring lots of upheavals in the Stock market, as Jupiter will also become Retrograde then.

TRANSITS of Saturn and Jupiter play important role in forecasting trends of economic affairs and many other things in Mundane Astrology. In classical Hindu astrology texts of Medini Jyotish (Mundane Astrology), the effects of the transit of planets from signs (Rasi’s) and asterisms (Nakshatras) have been explained in great detail. Since all these classical texts were written in an era of pastoral economy, so there is no surprise that the results of the transits of planets have been discussed in the context of prices of commodities, agricultural yield, rainfall, draught, war etc. Now in the modern time, when the agricultural output constitutes only a very small portion of the GDP (gross domestic product) of a country, so the astrologers practicing mundane astrology must understand these classical maxims in a different perceptive.

For example, as per the classics of mundane astrology, if Saturn transits from the signs Aries, Leo and Sagittarius, without the aspect of Jupiter on it, then it may give draught, scarcity of food grains and wars. In the modern context, it has been observed that Saturn transiting from Fiery sign tends to bring economic slow down and low production of crude oil.

Historical data of major global economic crisis in astrological context

1930- Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Gemini (Great Depression Years)
1949 – Saturn in Aries and Jupiter in Aries (Korean War Crisis)
1978 – Saturn in Leo and Jupiter in Gemini (Iranian Revolution and Oil Price Crisis)
1988 – Saturn in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Gemini (Fall of USSR and Eastern Europe Recession)
2008 – Saturn in Leo and Jupiter in Sagittarius (Burst of USA housing bubble and European sovereign-debt crisis).
In all the above mentioned economic slow down years, Saturn has been found in Fiery sign and Jupiter in Odd signs. Now in the year 2016, the exit of Britain from European Union and the slowdown of Japanese and Chinese economies, the dark clouds of global economic meltdown have been looming over the entire world. The only silver lining is the Indian economy, which is the fastest growing in the world, with growth rate of over 7.7 percent at present.

Major economic trends for 2017, with respect to planetary dispositions of Superior planets Saturn, Jupiter and Mars :

Saturn's aspect on Jupiter and global slowdown

The transiting Saturn will accelerate into Sagittarius sign on 26 January 2017. It will influence the transiting Jupiter in Virgo through its 10th aspect then. The aspect of Saturn on Jupiter generally brings Bearish trends in the Stock market. But this will make the prices of Gold and Silver getting higher. The prices of crude oil will also increase, as the Saturn in Fiery sign would bring down the production of the same.

Retrogression of Saturn and Jupiter may bring Bullish trends
Later, Saturn will go into Retrograde motion in Sagittarius on 7 April 2017 and become Direct in Scorpio only on the 26 August 2017. This retrograde Saturn will be aspecting the Jupiter transiting from Virgo bringing in heat, draught and scarcity of water. This is also a combination of rise in the prices of food grains and essential commodities. The period from 7 February 2017 to 10 June 2017 would bring lots of upheavals in the Stock market, as Jupiter will also become Retrograde then. The prices of Cotton and Silver will increase in particular, during the period of Jupiter’s Retrogression in Virgo.

Jupiter in Libra and Gold Prices
Jupiter will enter Libra on the 12 September 2017, which as per the classical text like Bhavishya-Phala- Bhaskara, would bring fall in the Gold prices. The prices of Cotton, Oil, Milk products also will fall for a few days.

Rahu in Cancer and Prices of Metals
Rahu is at present transiting from Leo sign, since 8th January 2016. The prices of Gold has seen upward trend since then, with some corrections. But True Rahu will enter Cancer sign on the 9th of September 2017. As per Vyapaar Ratna, Rahu transiting from Cancer would give fall in the prices of Gold, Silver, Copper, Iron, Steel, Aluminum etc. during the first six months of its entry into this sign. Jupiter transiting from Libra at the same time will also prompt the economic downfall in the last quarter of 2017.

Saturn re-enters Sagittarius and fear of global economic slowdown
The transiting Saturn will re-enter the Sagittarius sign on 27 October 2017. At that time, Jupiter would have been in Libra transiting an Odd sign, which as per our hypothesis, is a combination of global economic slowdown. In the last quarter of year 2017, the slowdown in global economy will bring fall in the Stock exchanges around the world.

Now we will analyse the horoscopes of different countries, to assess their economic prospects in 2017

Solar Eclip     Solar Eclip
Source : From the data of K.N.Rao

Asc 29°49’ Leo U.Phalguni
Sun 22°19’ Gemini Punarvasu
Moon 02°19’ Aquarius Dhanishta
Mars 00°27’ Gemini Mrigasira
Mercury 03°35’ c Cancer Pushya
Jupiter 15°08’ Gemini Arudra
Venus 12°02’ Gemini Arudra
Saturn 24°04’ Virgo Chitra
Rahu 16°52’ Cancer Aslesha
Ketu 16°52’ Capricorn Sravana

Balance of Dasa in Vimshottari: Mars 2 years 3 months 11 days

In the Leo lagna chart of USA, the transiting Saturn from the 4th house of ascendant and the 10th from Moon is a clear indication of the change in government policies at a very large scale. After the take-over of new government, this country will undergo tremendous socio-economic reforms. The Vimshottari period of Mars-Venus (from 7 September 2016 to 7 November 2017) shows that US economy can bear the pressure of global slowdown in the year 2017. Both Mars and Venus are strongly placed in the Rashi and Navamsha chart of USA.

Solar Eclip     Solar Eclip
Balance of Dasa in Vimshottari: Moon 9 years 11 months 23 days

Source: The book of World Horoscopes
Asc 12°45’ Capricorn Sravana
Sun 14°45’ Virgo Hasta
Moon 10°01’ Capricorn Sravana
Mars 21°44’ Cancer Aslesha
Mercury 20°13’ Re Virgo Hasta
Jupiter 29°26’ Sagittarius U.Shada
Venus 26°25’ Libra Visakha
Saturn 20°00’ Leo P.Phalguni
Rahu 23°33’ Pisces Revati
Ketu 23°33’ Virgo Chitra

The economy of China is struggling with slowdown in growth-rate, since 2015. This country is now at the high risk, facing a financial crisis from the start of the year 2017. Saturn entering Sagittarius on 26 January 2017 will mark the beginning of ‘Sade-Sati’ for China. In the Capricorn lagna Foundation chart of China, the Moon is in the ascendant. Saturn transiting from the twelfth house with 19 Sarvashtaka Varga points will be bad for China. The Vimshottari period of Saturn- Jupiter (from 21 March 2016 to 3 October 2018) is also looking unpleasant for this country. The mahadasha lord Saturn falling in the 8th house and antardasha lord Jupiter in the twelfth is indicating an economic slowdown for China in the year 2017. The country will also face a war-like situation with its neighbouring countries.


Solar Eclip     Solar Eclip
Balance of Dasa in Vimshottari: Mars 0 years 7 months 13 days

Source: The book of World Horoscopes
Asc 07°19’ Sagittarius Moola
Sun 15°06’ Aries Bharani
Moon 05°29’ Gemini Mrigasira
Mars 18°08’ R Libra Swati
Mercury 19°12’ Pisces Revati
Jupiter 06°45’ c Aries Aswini
Venus 29°45’ Pisces Revati
Saturn 16°26’ R Virgo Hasta
Rahu 04°27’ Aquarius Dhanishta
Ketu 04°27’ Leo Makha

The Japanese economy has been struck in a holding pattern, since last few years. Its growth-rate is declining and the government has failed to combat deflation. Now the transiting Saturn will reach Sagittarius, to influence the 10th house of Japan’s Foundation chart from its 10th aspect. This will mark a drastic change in the government policies of Japan. In its Vimshottari period of Mercury- Rahu (11 June 2015 to 28 December 2017), the country will make lots of efforts to fight financial setback; but it may not give good results, as both the lords of dasa and bhukti, are at 2/12 axis in Rashi and Navamsha charts.


Saturn transiting Sagittarius from 26 Jan. 2017 will influence the 8th house of India’s Independence chart Taurus lagna; from there, it will give its aspect to the 2nd house of finance. This indicates some kind of financial scam or scandal unearthing in the first quarter of 2017, which may give some shock to the stock exchange in the country. But later, the situation will improve, as the Jupiter transiting from Virgo is giving aspect to the 11th house of gains (Pisces). The Vimshottari period of Moon-Rahu (from 7 February 2017 to 9 August 2018) indicates high inflow of foreign direct investment in the country. So the Indian economy will continue to be the fastest and the most attractive economy in the world, in the year 2017.


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