I won’t linger with a new lead in since I’d intended the two returns this time to be joined to avoid my concern about having the two separated by several days.
While India’s SR also opens with the third house rising, India’s chart was created at a time a bit later than Pakistan’s, and the natal Moon rules this return from its conjunction to the Ascendant with SR Uranus in the 10th house. SR Mercury Rx rises in this chart, with an 8-minute partile conjunction to natal Pluto and a 31-minute partile conjunction to natal Saturn in the midst of India’s natal stellium. While there’s no East-West dominance, the first quadrant below-the-horizon is emphasized.
I’m really not surprised to see the 3rd house rising in this chart, given the inherent problems that have been showing there for some time. I suppose I’m also not surprised to see both SR Neptune Rx and Chiron Rx in the 9th house, where we begin looking at the political scene and the courts, both of which extend to the 10th house and government. This SR began with massive flooding in Kerala that has left at least 234 dead and, from what I understand in news from there, the situation is by no means over. In contrast, my area in the USA was flooded this week (mid-August), but the disaster is by no means as horrifying as the situation in Kerala is. All schools in Kerala, for example, are closed until August 29, and around 300,000 people have been left homeless or in shelters until the flood waters recede. [NOTE to readers: Now you see how long it took to develop this entire article!]
I mentioned environmental issues that needed to be addressed in my May 2017 article for Dell Horoscope, “India and Modi: Tomorrow’s Direction or Disaster?“, where I also spoke of the political issues, education, the economy. I remember when PM Modi had been running for election, he promised a stronger economy. That hasn’t happened and, in fact, it seems to have become weaker. When I was in India in 2013, the rupee ranged from 61 to 63 on the US dollar. The rupee is now pushing its lowest value at nearly 73 on the US dollar]. Corruption has also been rampant throughout India. While PM Modi had promised to address these political and social ills soon after his election a few years ago, nothing appears to have changed.
If anything, the situation seems to have worsened and, in some areas, has included abuses against women and children. But even beyond the corruption that led to this in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, the sexual attacks on women and children have not been reduced. In fact, they appear to have increased despite toughened laws. As I pointed out in the years since Nirbhaya [yes, I remember her real name and consciously choose to use Nirbhaya as we first learned about her] was murdered, the attacks have become more violent–and collectively so–than they were before. The simultaneous kidnapping and gang rapes of five women performing at a school in Jharkhand is another good example. But not even age has limitations in these brutal attacks. In January 2018, 8-year-old Asifa Bano. a Muslim, was drugged, gang raped and murdered in a Hindu temple in a vile, bigoted message against members of her religion for their having moved into a particular community.
These are not random acts, dear readers. Those of you who are in the USA are likely to be aware by now of the report on 301 priests in the State of Pennsylvania over the last 70 years had been deeply involved in the sexual abuses and rapes of boys and girls in their respective parishes. A Cardinal who knew of these crimes insists he did nothing wrong and behaved inappropriately, and it would seem the Catholic Church has been turned on its “heels.” These crimes in India are no worse and no better than those uncovered now in the Catholic Church.
Victims in the United States have usually responded to these crimes by reporting these violations to Church or police officials, those conducting the studies in Pennsylvania or wherever else, or remained silent from the personal shame they need not have felt; those in India have begun to take a substantially more “direct” approach.
Start of quote from the September 6 Lunar Return related to the overturn of Section 377: 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 Uranus Rx in the 4th, 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 Retrograde 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.
(NOTE: The following continues this lengthy quote with charts until the last mention of “overturn of Section 377.” I’m at a disadvantage with the coding to retain the blue for the rest of this section. My apologies.) 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 also 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…”