Account holders gather outside a Yes Bank branch in Chennai to try to withdraw money on March 6, 2020. The Reserve Bank of India imposed a moratorium on the capital-starved bank, capping withdrawals at Rs 50,000 per account and superseded the board of the private sector lender. (PTI)
The year 2020 has been tumultuous to say the least: a bank scam, riots all over the country, policemen deaths, government insecurity and the spread of the dreaded coronavirus! Astrologers believe this is because the planetary positions have changed. Apparently, Shani or Saturn, moved out of his house to Capricorn (Makar raashi) on January 24. Saturn is a discipliner, which rules judgement and rewards honesty and hard work, but creates hurdles for those who act without thinking.
Vedic astrologer Prem Kumar Sharma believes Shani shows its malefic nature 40 days before the actual crisis. "Saturn is the farthest planet and it will now stay there in this house for two-and-a half years as it takes a long time to make its journey. It tends to cause an atmosphere of fear and insecurity as it is the lord of darkness. This unrest will continue till September 2020. However, coronavirus will die away by April," he says.
Dr Prem says many people seek his for advice regarding the safety of their money in banks. His consistent response is that they be patient. "That solves multiple problems. When Shani gets active, it is best to take all decisions thoughtfully, with restraint and never jump to conclusions. And never insult subordinates. Also, read emails thrice before sending, don’t act insolent, and don’t deny anyone their rights, especially the poor," he adds.
To tide over the momentary unrest in your mind, Sharma also suggests that you close your eyes, meditate, keep away from distractions and let the tough times pass. "Prayers, keeping calm, not losing your temper, and not stressing about unsolvable problems are some things that may work," he adds.
Logic of the stars
Even as non-believers mock astrologers, probably because of the number of cases of self-acclaimed godmen and spiritual healers misleading people to make money, astrologer Mayank Sharma, who has been reading charts for 14 years, believes astrology is a science. Claiming it to be a basis of research in many universities in America now, he asserts that astrologers can be wrong, not astrology.
Mayank believes that June will be better as currently Mangal (Mars) is sitting with Ketu . "China suffered as its Rahu is in the sixth house, which is not astrologically beneficial and leads to vicious viral infections. I predict, however, that these virulent allergies may increase in European countries in the future," adds Mayank, saying that the period till at least March 14 will see unrest although it will all slowly fade away.
Fear has indeed caused a lot of unrest and cancellation of events in India too, for instance, the Lotus Make Up India Fashion Week, which was postponed a week before its scheduled date.
That being said, not everyone is still buying into the astrological perspective of things. For instance, as regards the fashion week, Chairman FDCI, Sunil Sethi says, "I do not know about the astrological aspects, but we postponed the event so that people don’t suffer as safety comes first. The industry has supported us in this last minute decision and they thought it was prudent."