Astrological explanation of political events Review Essay
Posted on December 17th, 2016


The Victory of Donald Trump or ‘Thurumpuwage Vickramaya’ is an astrological treatise written by Lake House journalist K. C. J. Ratnayake, who began his foray into astrology through his association with astrologers providing articles on astrology to Lake House newspapers; he ended up becoming an avid student of astrology himself. An avowed fan of western astrology as against Vedic astrology, Ratnayake posits Saturn and Uranus as the two planets most responsible for political upheavals and makes ominous predictions in this regard for 2017. On Jan. 26, 2017 Saturn will move out of the Vrschika rasi, which it entered in November 2014. Just a couple of months later will come an even more powerful planetary transit – that of Uranus completing its 84 year transit around the sun.

Saturn entering the Vrischika rasi is a 30-year-cycle which up to now has unfailingly acted true to form. The last time this planetary constellation was seen was after the mid 1980s and we know where things ended up with the Indo-Lanka Accord and the JVP insurrection and all that. The aftershocks of this earth shattering planetary transit continues for a few years afterwards and, in fact, the denouement of the transit comes only in the period following which includes the sweeping away of those in power. Before the 1980s Saturn entered Vrischika rasi in the mid to late 1950s and brought S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike into power resulting in all the mayhem and confusion of the 1956 and 1958 ethnic riots; it finally ended with Bandaranaike getting assassinated. In the aftermath of this planetary transit, the entire edifice built by Bandaranaike was shattered.

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W. Dahanayake’s interim government fell amidst internal bickering, virtually all of Bandaranaike’s closest confidantes who spearheaded the 1956 electoral revolution fell by the wayside and those who finally took over the control of the SLFP were people like Sirima Bandaranaike and Felix Dias Banadaranaike and Mrs B’s brothers who had not been in the vanguard earlier. The mayhem in the 1980s was followed by the death of Rohana Wijeweera, and the assassination of President Ranasinghe Premadasa in 1993 and a complete change of power in both the UNP and the country. This was the planetary transit relied on by all the astrologers who predicted Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat at the 2015 January presidential elections. This planetary transit always portends change and mayhem.

The well known astrologer P. D. Perera of Nattandiya, who predicted Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat said in a TV appearance ‘minissu grahayo wehila gihilla chandaya danne’ i. e. the planets make the people vote in a certain way. Since that change of government, we have never had stability or peace. What is remarkable is that the UNP, which is in power today, was in power in 2001 as well. But, back then, it was the UNP that doused the flames that had been ignited by Chandrika Kumaratunga by not launching reprisals for the seven years of political terror that CBK had presided over. It was the UNP that started the 15 years of political peace that this country experienced till early 2015. Today, the UNP victimises their political opponents in a manner that would make even CBK flinch and that in a situation where the previous government had never persecuted or harassed the UNP the way CBK did. Furthermore back in 2001, this same UNP was cautious to a fault with the economy. It was they who started nursing the economy back to normalcy after the CBK years.

Today, the IMF says about the UNP’s economic management that the debt to GDP ratio was 70% when the Rajapaksas left at the end of 2014 and that it had gone up to 80% by the end of 2015 in just one year and they have put this government on a programme to bring the debt to GDP ratio back to 70% by 2021. So, all these taxes and exactions are all meant just to bring us back to where the Rajapaksas left us! That is the kind of effect that Saturn has. It is under the influence of Saturn that the UNP also thinks of imposing Rs. 25,000 traffic fines and brings upon itself work stoppages for no reason. All the astrologers who predicted Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat now explain what happens next in the gloomiest terms. Vijitha Rohana Vijayamuni, who was the first to predict that MR would lose, says that President Sirisena will have an extremely bad period after 26 January 2017. Visually impaired astrologer Indika Totawatte has predicted that Sarath Fonseka will not even be in the country after that date.

K. C. J. Ratnayake also predicts sweeping changes and a crumbling of the existing power edifice after 26 January 2017 as is the wont in Saturn’s 30 year cycle. Unlike the other astrologers however Ratnayake, who is a student of Western astrology, has also brought the 84 year Uranus cycle into the picture, which makes the political changes of 2017 all the more momentous. The completion of Uranus’ transit around the sun takes place on 9 April 2017. Uranus is the great upender of the existing order on a global scale. The last time Uranus completed its cycle the stage was set to the second world war which completely changed the world. On the occasion before that, the Uranus transit brought the Crimean War, the Opium War in China, the Taiping rebellion, the great Mutiny in India, the Kandyan rebellion of 1948, the Italian War of independence and many such epoch-making events.

In the Uransus transit, which preceded that came the French Revolution and the American War of Independence. The American civil war fell into a Saturn in Vrishchika rasi cycle. (Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at the end of it.) It is only the World War I that did not come within either a Saturn transit or a Uranus transit. Now, in 2017, we have a Saturn transit and a Uranus transit coming within weeks of one another, which means that serious upheavals and change are in the air. Ratnayake says that the victory of Donald Trump in the USA and Brexit in the UK were influenced by the impending Uranus transit because it heralds a complete change in the way the world works and thinks. The inexplicable difference in the behaviour of the UNP between 2001 and now should convince us that some things cannot be explained in the usual terms that we are accustomed to.

One Response to “Astrological explanation of political events Review Essay”

  1. Christie Says:

    ඇතුල් පැත්ත පිට පැත්ත නොදන්නා
    කිතුල් පිත්ත උඩ පියවර මැන්නා.

    This Sinhala verse says it all. I am sure all Sinhalese know the story told by this simple verse that make fun of Astrology.

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