I’ve only just noticed what’s going on in Turkey. There are riots in several locations, in particular in Istanbul. The cause of the Istanbul riots is the government’s plan to demolish a popular park in the city, and to turn it into a shopping center with a mosque added.
Yet the riots are not just about government vandalism. They are about the direction that the government is going, under the leadership of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He is turning into something of a strong-man, both at home and abroad. His party, the Justice and Development Party, espouses Islamic values, and seems to court the Islamic vote. There have been restrictions on the sale of alcohol, and the government has been hostile to women’s reproductive rights. Abroad there has been an activist foreign policy, most prominently with regards to Syria, but there is a suggestion that Turkey wants to re-establish its influence in the areas of the Middle East and Africa that used to be part of its Empire, prior to 1918.
So, what does astrology tell us about Recep Tayyip Erdogan? He was born on February 26 1954, which makes him a Pisces. Politicians with the Sun in Pisces have an intuitive understanding of public opinion, and they know which people need to be brought onto their side. They’re also flexible, showing different sides of themselves to different constituencies. So Erdogan can be pro-Western and pro-business, and can also keep the Islamic vote happy.
Matters are helped by the fact that Erdogan has a close conjunction between Mercury and Venus. It’s a conjunction that makes him charming and charismatic, whether he’s talking to Barack Obama or some local Islamic leader. Yet successful Pisceans have their own agenda, and a great white shark is every inch a fish.
I don’t have a time of birth for Erdogan, so I set up his Vedic horoscope, using ‘chandra lagna’ – in other words, making the Moon sign his first house.
What we notice straight away is that there’s a conjunction between the Moon and Mars, which in the Vedic horoscope takes place in Scorpio. Mars is very strong in Scorpio, being the sign ruler, and he’s likely to overcome his many and various opponents – especially as Mars rules the Sixth House, which in Indian astrology rules one’s enemies.
Incidentally, in his younger years, Erdogan was a good footballer, and this is perhaps a reflection of his strong Mars.
The Moon in Scorpio is deceptive. It would be so easy to say that his Moon was a disaster zone, not just because it’s in Scorpio, the sign of its Fall, but also because it’s conjunct Mars.
However Indian astrology has got surprises up its sleeve, and I’m thinking of a particular condition, known as ‘nicha-bhanga raja yoga’.
The world ‘yoga’ literally means ‘union’, and in astrology it represents a particular condition, that has been highlighted by the ancient masters. A ‘raja yoga’, by the way, means a ‘kingly union’, and can be of major significance.
So let me explain the logic of the nicha-bhanga raja yoga, involving the Moon. Erdogan’s Moon is in Scorpio, the worst sign for it to be in. The planet ruling Scorpio is Mars, and Mars is in the same sign as the Moon. This means that the negative impact of the Moon being in Scorpio is erased by the fact that its ruler occupies the same sign. Not only that, but a curse has actually become a blessing, in a real yin-yang kind of way – you move too far in one direction, and you end up going to the extremes of the other direction.
Barack Obama also has nicha-bhanga raja yoga. His Jupiter is in Capricorn in the Eastern zodiac, the sign of its Fall, but it’s conjunct Saturn, which is ruler of Capricorn. In 2008 he stood for the US presidency, while in the major period of Jupiter, and I believe that it was largely because of this yoga that he got elected.
I don’t know what planetary period Erdogan is currently going through, because I don’t have his time of birth. However like Obama, it seems probable that the nicha-bhanga raja yoga is having a decisive impact. It’s as if the desire for power is so strong that it can’t be broken.
We can perhaps be more specific. In Erdogan’s chandra lagna the Moon rules the Ninth House, and the Ninth House is connected with religion and morality. One can see how he is utilizing it to shore up his power-base.
Erdogan is further strengthened by his Saturn, which in the Eastern zodiac is in Libra, the sign of its exaltation. Saturn is in the Twelfth House from the Moon, and maybe this reflects that fact that in the late 1990s Erdogan spent a bit of time in prison. Nonetheless, a person with a strong Mars and a strong Saturn is a tough person to beat, and they are ideally suited for a political career.
As for what’s going to happen next, I’m hampered by the fact that I haven’t got a birth time for Erdogan. However I would like to focus on the transit of Saturn.
At the moment, Saturn is returning to the place it was was when he was born – this happens at the age of around 29, and then at the age of 58. In itself it’s not a big deal, but we have to remember that his Moon is in Scorpio, the sign following on from Saturn.
In Indian astrology the period when Saturn transits the sign preceding the Moon, the sign of the Moon and the sign following the Moon is know as ‘sadhesati’. It is considered unfortunate, though both Margaret Thatcher and Adolf Hitler came to power during their sadhesati periods.
As far as Erdogan is concerned, he is already in power. This might then mean that sadhesati represents a shock, where he loses much of his gains – especially as Mars is in the same sign as the Moon.
Technically his sadhesati period lasts, on and off, from 2011 to 2020, but it is at peak strength when Saturn occupies the sign Scorpio, from the end of 2014 through to the end of 2017. So maybe Erdogan’s magic is slowly starting to wear off, and it might be time for him to quit while he’s ahead.