India has been the focus of much of the news headlines this week, bizarrely jostling for attention alongside Boris Johnson’s wallpaper.  My most surreal moment of the week was watching the documentary on Greta Thunberg on Monday evening, where she carefully took us through her wardrobe (which looked more like a sock drawer) explaining she doesn’t buy herself any clothes, and mends them when they get holes.  This was after the early evening news detailing the thousands of pounds spent on Boris Johnson’s flat refurbishment.  This, also juxaposed this week with the plight of covid sufferers in India, where they have run out of oxygen, and have barely started their vaccination programme, seems unbelievable, and is very upsetting.

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi has been Prime Minister of India since 2014.  The progress of the coronavirus epidemic in that country had not been much worse than other poorer countries until fairly recently.  Modi’s refusal to lockdown in any substantial way, and a policy of encouraging “herd immunity”, has contributed to this.  Arundhati Roy, writing in the Guardian this week, said: “Modi…had not one word of sympathy to offer [at the peak of the European 2nd wave], only a long, gloating boast about India’s infrastructure and Covid preparedness.”  He very much has a Warrior archetypal chart: Sun/Mercury is exactly sextile Mars; Mars is exactly his conjunct Ascendant;  and Mars is trine his North Node – a karmic mission as a warrior.  He has a highly unusual exact triple conjunction of Sun/Mercury/Saturn in Virgo exactly sextile his natal Ascendant, on the 11th House cusp, but at the end of the 10th House in the Equal House system.  He can be intense and obsessive.  The triple conjunction is conjunct his South Node, indicating a complex karmic set up brought through from past lives.  The triple conjunction also squares Chiron, bringing a life accustomed to crisis.  He is emotional, with a conjunction of the Moon and Mars on his Ascendant in Scorpio.  He’s also passionately enthusiastic, with a square between Mars and Jupiter.

His current transits

He has a huge amount on his plate at present, going by his current transits: I counted 31 transits for today.  Maybe that symbolically represents the nation he governs being in crisis.  Two standout transits are Jupiter transiting his natal Jupiter/I.C. in Aquarius in his 4th House (of Homeland) – everything on a wide scale and out of control, even though Jupiter usually brings better things; and Neptune from his 4th House opposite his natal triple conjunction of Saturn/Sun/Mercury at the end of his 10th House of Reputation (utter chaos).


India itself has fewer transits.  Its chart is currently being triggered by Mars sextile its Moon (the people) and square its Ascendant on the 4th House cusp, stirring up home affairs during the next few weeks until the 18/19th June, when it will trine the Ascendant and move into the 5th House, which may be more constructive.  Saturn too is crushing its chart at the moment, exactly transiting its Venus and Jupiter (sadness and loss of hope).

There has been debate this week about how much aid we should send to India, given that we have cut the aid budget recently.  We have sent some oxygen.  Some in the media have posited that we should stop vaccinating our younger population and send vaccinations instead to India and other poorer countries, as we are all in it together.  In the meantime, our thoughts and deepest prayers go to India.

“Things will settle down eventually.  Of course, they will.  But we don’t know who among us will survive to see that day.  The rich will breathe easier.  The poor will not.”

~ Arundhati Roy


Mercury trined Pluto this morning, which is conducive to deep thought and psychological reflection, and earnest conversations.  Conversations could be life changing: the right word at the right time, striking home in the right place.  You may have set the tone for the day, or the week, as profound, positive and purposeful.

Late this evening, Venus will be sextile Neptune, which can bring a beautiful expression of spirituality and the Arts.  New artistic avenues are flourishing, ingenious ways for people to share art, music and performance over the internet with the closure of theatres etc.  Hopes are on the horizon for such things.

Tomorrow (Monday 3rd May) we have two squares.  The first is fairly upbeat: Mercury square Jupiter, which will stimulate us mentally, almost to the point of too much information!  There may be travel involved or planned.  It would be a good day to be out in nature, taking a good stroll, and picking up information.  Mercury square Jupiter is a refreshing aspect, if not a little over-stretching to try to manage.

The other square, occurring soon after, at around 10 a.m. in the U.K., is the Sun square Saturn.  This is a very different kettle of fish, so it could be a day of contrasts.  This square can produce delay and frustration.  The slowing of rhythm in Taurus may look more like a standstill.  You may start off bounding with enthusiasm, then come across an obstacle.  If both squares are equally operational, which they may not be, the rhythm may be slow slow quick quick slow, or quick quick slow slow quick.  The Sun-Saturn square is an opportunity to think through what you are doing, and your strategies.  If you are making economies, are they the right ones, based on your optimum values?

On Tuesday (4th) the pace may pick up slightly, with Mercury entering Gemini in the early hours.  Mercury, representing our communication, is at home in chatty Gemini, and free to express verbally or in writing whatever comes to mind.  The communication will come thick and fast, but the consequences of the communication is another matter entirely.  You may find yourself gabbling…!

Thursday (6th) is a more wholeheartedly positive day, with a trine and a sextile.  First, Venus trines Pluto settling your deepest feelings into a more comfortable psychological context.  This aspect helps us through changes and transformations on a human level.  If you were able to utilize Sunday’s Mercury-Pluto trine, you may capitalize on those gains on Thursday, but on a feeling level.  So if you planned something on the mental level on Sunday, you can profitably flesh out the project on Thursday.  Venus in harmony with Pluto benefits both love and money.  So, accordingly, where will you place your vote in the  U.K. local elections, especially if you are wanting to make a difference?  Will you vote with your heart, or will you vote tactically, among other questions…!?

There follows a sextile between Chiron and the North Node, which favours right action on a karmic level.  Psychological healing may be empowered, as well as creativity.  You may have insights about the reasons behind events, and your own motivations.

The last aspect of the week occurs on Saturday (8th), in the shape of another square, that between Venus and Jupiter, which may be socially awkward.  Behaviour may be gauche or a little inappropriate, and that may have consequences.  You may be socializing when you don’t feel like it, or feel that you have to force jollity.  There will be a meaning to it – there always is!  Even if it is one remark which makes you think deeply, or helps you to realize what you don’t need.  Social non-conformists won’t care, but conformists may lament the lack of sticking to the rules.

The week in bullet points:

  • Today – profound thought; beauty of expression
  • Tomorrow – jangled
  • Tuesday – picking up pace
  • Thursday – positivity in love, money, healing and karma
  • Saturday – inappropriate laughter