February 4th 2020 brought together a powerful planetary alignment, where Moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn were all in either their own sign or exaltation. An even more extraordinary stellar event happens in September 2020 when eight of the nine Vedic planets are similarly dignified: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. Even the odd one out, Venus, is in sign-exchange parivatana yoga with Moon on 7th and 9th September and associates with Moon from 12th to 14th.
This historic alignment is like a reshuffle or a freshening up of the planetary atmosphere and is worth planning ahead for. It lands before America goes to the polls in November 2020, and with as yet no outstanding candidate to challenge Donald Trump, liberals hope this planetary picture brings a White Knight to oust the vulgar populist. An alternate take is that whoever wins in 2020 carries this positive and evolutionary stellar energy forward with them. These power-clusters occur from time to time in the ephemeris, and what must it be like to be born under such auspicious energy? One such was April of 1936 when the Nodes were exactly opposite their current position, with Rahu in mid-Sagittarius and Ketu in Gemini, and elsewhere six planets in exaltation or dignity, with the odd one out being Mercury associating with the Sun and Mars in Aries. Singer Roy Orbison was born with this planetary line-up, on April 23rd 1936 (the day after fellow crooner Glen Campbell, in fact), yet despite his stellar horoscope bringing wealth and fame, Orbison’s life was marked by tragedy. Given his apparent shyness (his all-black image was purely a public persona) and the counter-intuitive results of his chart, it's tempting to try a rectification, but his data is rated AA, from a birth certificate. Roy was divorced from his first wife Claudette at the height of his fame in 1964, and though the two were reconciled soon after and remarried in 1965 (natal Saturn in the seventh brings a fated quality into relationship), she was fatally injured in a motorcycle accident in 1966. Then just as Orbison entered Jupiter mahadasha in 1968, while he was away touring in the UK, his two eldest sons were killed in a fire at his home in Texas.
Roy Orbison April 23rd 1936, 15:50pm, Vernon, TX
The Big O himself suffered a career dip and ill-health during the 1970s and underwent triple heart bypass surgery in 1978. His music was rediscovered in the 1980s, with In Dreams appearing in David Lynch’s film Blue Velvet and then, just as he was enjoying his revival as a Travelling Wilbury with a wave of current artists paying their respects, Orbison died of a heart attack in 1988, aged only fifty-two (Saturn-Mercury dasha combines both maraka planets) . He was by all accounts the sweetest-natured man with a horoscope like that of a kind of avatar, and one can only think his great planetary strength allowed him to burn a mass of earthy karma in one lifetime.