Prashna Analysis: Can President Donald Trump still beat Vice President Joe Biden in the Elections 2020?

Invocation to Lord Ganesha

Om Gam Ganapataye Namaha. With the blessings of Lord Ganesha, here’s my humble Prashna Analysis for the outcome of the election.

What is Prashna Analysis?

This is a technique in Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) to seek answer from the divine for a pressing question. This question is asked from the point-of-view of President Donald Trump and is based on the time this question first came to my mind. The selected Lagna or Ascendant is not the Lagna rising at the moment but one chosen specifically after meditation and specific techniques.

Purpose and Disclaimer

This is an exercise in the practice of Prashna Astrology and merely an astrological exploration of the question below. I have no affiliation to either candidate. May the best candidate win.

Prashna

Can President Donald Trump still beat Vice President Joe Biden to win the election?

Answer

The Prashna analysis indicates that the Presidency might be settled in favor of President Donald Trump by the US Supreme court.

Prasna Chart & Analysis

First House (represents President Trump)

  • First House has debilitated Sun and Mercury in it. This shows President Trump facing the prospect of losing power (Sun) and looking to friend Mercury (Lawyers) and Sun (Judge) to come to the rescue.
  • Lagna Lord Venus is debilitated but in Parivartana with a non-combust, direct and benefic Mercury. Lagna Lord Venus is also quite fine in Gemini Navamsa. This indicates that President Trump lawyers (Mercury) might play a key role in getting him victory. Also, Sun while debilitated in Lagna is exalted in Navamsa. While President Trump’s unusual silence since the election might give the impression that he’s not giving it his usual strong rhetoric and fight, the Navamsa placement indicates that a lot could be happening behind the scenes that we don’t yet know about.
  • Mercury lord of the 9th and 12th is in Lagna. 9th house is the most spacious house indicative of the fight for the White House.
  • 8th lord Venus in 12th giving Viparita Raja Yoga could give President Trump the ability to capitalize on the misfortunes of Vice President Biden and gain a position of authority.
  • Sun is also the Badhaka Lord. But with the debilitation, his ability to block is diminished. This indicates that President Trump could be blocked until he reaches the US Supreme Court where finally a verdict in his favor is likely.

Second House

  • Second House has exalted Ketu (going with Mahrshi Parasara’s assignment for exaltation over others, as guided by Sri BV Raman). This offers hints as to why President Trump has been remarkably and uncharacteristically silent since the election (compared to his usual self).

Third House

  • Third house has Vargottama Jupiter in Sagittarius.  Although the placement in the 3rd house is a Maranakaraka Sthana for Jupiter, his positional strength comes to the rescue. This could also explain the unusual and considered approach from President Trump. And it seems to be coming from a perspective of wisdom, potentially because of strong documentary evidence in his possession. 
  • 3rd house also signifies appeals. This indicates that President Trump might emerge victorious when it is appealed in the US Supreme Court. Jupiter although a functional malefic for Libra Lagna, it does not give bad results because it is strongly placed in the 3rd house. Owning both 3rd (valor) and 6th (overcoming obstacles), and being placed in the 3rd, it indicates that President Trump might win after fighting with wisdom (think “Art of War”) and documentary evidence.

Fourth House

  • 4th house has Saturn in his own house. One can be certain that the Rajayogakaraka for this chart will deliver justice. This matter will be settled in the courts. And the judgement will likely come from Saturn.

Sixth House

  • 6th house has Retrograde Mars. This is the lord of the 7th (represents Vice President Biden) retrograde in the 6th (which is 12th from the 7th). The retrogression and placement indicates a loss for Vice President Biden. This is in light of the stronger placement of the Lagna Lord Venus compared to Mars.

Seventh House (represents Vice President Biden)

  • 7th house Aries represents Vice President Biden. The lord Mars as pointed out earlier is uncomfortably retrograde in the 6th. He is exalted in Navamsa but also retrograde and conjunct vargottama Saturn in Capricorn. A fierce battle is on his hands which he might lose ultimately.

Eighth House

  • 8th house exalted Rahu (going with Mahrshi Parasara’s assignment for exaltation over others, as guided by Sri BV Raman) shows the tensions, anxiety, chaos associated with the result.

Tenth House

  • 10th house has Moon who’s just entered his own house Cancer. He is Vargottama and in Punarvasu Nakshatra lorded by Jupiter. Moon in the 10th is beneficial for the Libra Lagna. The 10th house represents the judiciary and the investigative agencies. It is indicative that the final result might come about with the help of the public and judiciary.

Eleventh House

  • 11th house is Leo who’s lord Sun is in the Lagna. While he is Badhaka for the Lagna, his power to block is diminished by debilitation. However, he is exalted in Aries Navamsa. It indicates that President Trump might have a hidden ‘trump card’ that brings him gain. There is talk that the election ballots have an encrypted blockchain-based watermark included to ensure the integrity of the vote. This might be the ‘trump card’.

Twelfth  House

  • 12th house is Virgo where Lagna lord is placed. President Trump is likely to spend a fortune in litigation but given the exchange with Mercury, it will be money well spent. This is not the best exchange but given that it is between Lagna Lord and beneficial Mercury, and other aforementioned factors, it is quite good (especially in comparison with Retrograde Mars in the 6th Pisces).

Summary: Points in favor of President Trump win

  • Lagna lord Venus while debilitated is in exchange with Mercury. Navamsa placement is fine. There is a Viparita Raja Yoga.
  • 7th lord Mars (Vice President Biden) is retrograde in 6th (obstacles) and also exalted/retrograde in Navamsa with vargottama Saturn in it.
  • The retrogression of the 7th lord is worse than the direct movement of debilitated Venus which has other favorable significations. Also Venus is not at his deep debilitation point yet. Still at 17 degrees. He has support of Rajayogakaraka Saturn in Capricorn Vargottama.
  • Rajayogakaraka Saturn and Jupiter are both in Swakshetra and Vargottama in the chart. So both Justice and Dharma will be upheld.
  • Natural Benefic 10th lord Moon (functionally neutral to Lagna) in Swakshetra 10th house indicating favorable judgement. President Trump might receive help from someone to win his litigation.
  • 4th house has natural malefic Saturn in Capricorn (quadruped sign).
  • Natural Benefic Moon in 10th from Lagna and Saturn in 4th from Lagna. Both in own houses. This combination is a strong indicator of win. President Trump might receive the help of the public and court system to win the election. The hearing is likely to be strong and decisive. The US Supreme Court has apparently given judgments quickly in exceptionally important cases.
  • Strong 3rd/6th lord Vargotamma Jupiter and benefic 10th lord Moon in nakshatra of 3rd lord indicates success in appeal at the US Supreme Court.
  • Prashna Vimshottari Dasa is Jupiter – Mars – Rahu showing influence of 3-6-8 houses Indicating that the outcome is likely to be driven by documentary evidence presented in court with Vice President Biden’s lawyers losing and the whole environment characterized by uncertainty, anxiety and chaos.

Summary: Points in favor of Vice President Biden win

  • Lagna lord Venus (President Trump) is debilitated and placed in the 12th.
  • Lagna Lord Venus is in the 12th and aspected by Retrograde Mars (Vice President Biden).
  • Saturn in Kendra aspects Sun in Kendra/Lagna denoting defeat for PresidentTrump.
  • 10th Lord Moon in Kendra aspected by Saturn favors Vice President Biden.
  • 11th lord Sun is Badhaka for the Lagna and might deny President Trump victory in the elections.

Astrology meets Science: Planetary Aspects and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity

The title of the article seems to suggest that Astrology and Science are two mutually exclusive entities. This is perhaps a view that applies to most in Science; and the rationalists of today who believe that any attribution to the planets for what happens to human life is nothing but a celebration of victimhood characterized by the acute lack of accepting responsibility for our own actions. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. With the latest scientific discoveries, modern science has begun to acknowledge, albeit slowly, skeptically and grudgingly, that astrological principles do have basis in the physics of the universe. We are indeed influenced by the planets in our universe – whether we like it or choose to accept it.

The greatest and foremost contributions to Vedic Astrology come from Parasara. He laid the foundations for this science – describing planets in relation to the constellations, the nature of the energy they radiate and how they aspect each other. Among other things, he also described the basic nature of the planets, the nature of the twelve houses, and the system of dashas based on the constellations. These form the very basis of predictive astrology as we know it today. Specifically, with his concept of planetary aspects, he said that the planets influence each other and the degree and nature of influence is based on their relative motion. There seems to be significant credibility in this principle – especially when it is backed up by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Einstein proposed that there is no fixed frame of reference with which objects move in this universe. Everything in this universe is moving in relation to everything else. What we know as space is actually space-time, a flexible grid that is distorted by the presence of mass. So any planet present in this space-time grid distorts or warps that grid due its mass. Imagine placing a ball in the center of a rubber sheet. The mass of the ball will push down on the sheet causing it to depress at the point and warp the sheet around it. The larger the mass of the ball, the greater the depression and warping. If you were to roll a marble along the edge of the rubber sheet, it will spiral inwards toward the ball. But if the marble was at just the right speed, it will continue to orbit the ball in an elliptical path without spiraling into the ball. Now imagine the ball to be our mighty sun and the marble to be any planet. Einstein proposes that planets are orbiting the sun due to the warping of space-time by the mass of the sun. This space-time warping is called a gravity well and the resultant force in operation is called gravity. Just like the Sun, each planet has its own mass and corresponding gravity well. So what this establishes is that everything is moving in relation to everything else. When Parasara described planetary aspects, he was probably referring to this gravity that planetary bodies apply on each other.

This also explains why Sun and Moon are given primal importance in Vedic Astrology. The Sun is the largest terrestrial body in the solar system and the moon the closest! It is not surprising that their gravity wells have the strongest influence on us.

Karma and Astrology

In Sanatana Dharma, human life is viewed as a continuous whole in which the past, present, and future are interlinked with each other. Our actions (from past and current births) determine our results (for the current and future births). Karma is defined as both action and the results of an action. If life is based on our Karma and we are free to create our own destiny, what then is the role of the planets in Astrology? Planets or Grahas, as they are referred to in Vedic Astrology, are said to only influence and not determine our life. What ultimately happens is said to be a combination of the planetary influences and our own actions. While this is helpful, it certainly begs for more clarity.

There are four types of Karma:

Sanchita Karma

The is the balance sheet of all good and bad actions accumulated over past births.

Prarabdha Karma

It is said that the accumulated Sanchita Karma is too vast to be experienced in one lifetime. Only a portion of it is assigned to the native to experience in this current life. This is Prarabdha Karma and is seen in the native’s astrological charts. This is essentially the balance sheet that one starts with at the time of birth. There are also different levels of magnitude of Prarabdha Karma. Based on planetary positions in the natal and horary charts, we can determine the strength of these influences. These are broadly classified into three types: Fixed (Dhrida), Changeable (Adhrida), Mixed (Dhrida-Adhrida). Fixed Karma represents those influences that are too strong for an individual to overcome. Changeable Karmas refer to those influences that are easily changed with effort and remedies. And Mixed Karmas, as the name suggests, is a mid-way between the two. When using astrology for predictive purposes, it is important to see if there are any Fixed Karmas in the chart. When such Karma is present, the native will experience the ascribed favorable or unfavorable results no matter what their actions are during that period. The time has come to either reap the fruits of good karma or pay off the debt of bad karma. There is no escape. In the case of an unfavorable period, the only option for the native is to surrender to the will of God and allow the Karma to burn away. Resistance will simply lead to more suffering.

Kriyaman Karma

This is the part that deals with our free will – our ability to perform new karma in our response to situations no matter what they are. Even if the native is experiencing an unfavorable period, they can still decide how to respond to it. If they continue to perform good actions, they will definitely experience the results for the same either in the current lifetime or in a future birth. If they surrender and perform actions bereft of the sense of I-doership, then they will not even accumulate karma. Because even good karma done with the sense of I-doership might require additional births so that you can experience the good results for the same. To make better predictions, the astrologer must also consider the Kriyaman Karma performed by the native. This is where the horary (Prasna) chart is useful. The chart cast at the time of the native’s query offers the latest karmic balance sheet, accounting for both the Prarabdha Karma from past lives and the Kriyaman Karma performed in this life.

Agami Karma

This part also deals with free will but represents those actions/results that are coming in the future as a result of current thoughts. For example, let’s say that you need to go shopping and it’s raining heavily which is much to your displeasure. You cannot wish this rain away. You can perform the Kriyaman Karma of taking an umbrella with you and the Agami Karma of planning to go shopping in the future only after checking the weather forecast for the day.

As such, there is sufficient free will in our lives to help us chart our journey for the present and the future. The goal of astrology is to give the native an insight into their karmic balance sheet and the purpose of their current life, all in order to lead to greater self-awareness, self-development, and ultimately self-realization.

Role of extra-Saturnine planets in Vedic Astrology

One of the most striking differences between Western and Vedic Astrology is the presence of extra-Saturnine planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) in the former. Given that Vedic Astrology is vast and ancient, I find it quite intriguing that these planets have no place in our system. Should we ignore these planets because they have no mention in our classical works? Did our ancient seers not know about the existence of these planets? Does this mean that these planets have no influence on us? How is it that mathematical points in space (Rahu and Ketu) can influence us and not these real physical heavenly bodies (although they are at a great distance from us)? There is no simple answer. However, there are a few perspectives that serve as starting points for further research.

Some are of the view that since all planets up to Saturn are visible to the naked eye, our ancient seers were able to observe their movement and record the corresponding influence on human life. Planets beyond Saturn are not visible to the naked eye, and as such, they are said to be too far away to influence us. On a side note, it’s actually quite incredible that we can see these distant planets with our naked eyes! All you need to know is where and when to look. More on this later.

Another view is that the great sage Vyasa, who authored the Mahabharata, was actually aware of these extra-saturnine planets. In the Mahabharata, there are references to many planetary positions before the great Kurukshetra war. Working backwards, it is claimed that some of these planetary positions correspond to Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. With these references, Vyasa seems to imply that these planets also influenced the war. Why then do we have no mention of them anywhere else? For reasons unknown, it looks like we were unable to pursue these planets any further. Of what little information is available, these planets are said to be (in general) violent and regenerative forces. Indra is ascribed to Uranus, Varuna to Neptune, and Yama to Pluto. It does not quite matter if this is true or if it can be used successfully for predictive purposes. It is fascinating nonetheless and should not be ignored. There is enough material to warrant further research to advance astrology into the future.

Some others are of the view that the very long orbital periods of these planets preclude them from influencing individual lives. Pluto, for example, has an orbital period of 248 years (the time it will take to transit through all the 12 signs). In the context of the relatively shorter human life, it is seen as affecting humanity as a whole but not individual lives to the same extent.

What does this mean for the future of these planets in Vedic Astrology? If you look at the classical works, there are many conflicting views regarding planets and their influences. For example, Parasara states that Rahu is exalted in Taurus. Gopala Ratnakara later assigns Gemini instead. What’s fascinating about these conflicts is that, regardless of who is more accurate, they make sense in the context of their chronology. Astrology is and has been a science that has improved with research over time. Therefore, just because these extra-saturnine planets have no mention in our classical works, it does not mean that they have no influence on us or that they will not be part of our system in the future. In this current age, it might take the birth of another great soul of the likes of Dr. B V Raman, quite arguably the modern Parasara, to reveal astrological truths that are hitherto unknown.