Celestial science has become the cause for concern for many Sri Lankan politicians.
The latest worry has been caused by a string of planetary changes. Most significant among them, according to frontline astrologers, began at 6.47 a.m. on May 16. Technically that was the entry of Saturn into Virgo. Thereafter, the entry of Jupiter into Taurus at 9.35 a.m. on May 17, some astrologers say, has plunged this year into a state of combustion.
The mind boggling times and planets apart, the real-term forecast is that the time is not good for the country’s leaders. Placing President Mahinda Rajapaksa in this
basket are a few astrologers. They say he could ward off the malefic effects only by making foreign trips. Hence, the claim that the foreign tours to Thailand, Britain and Italy were all the result of celestial compulsions. Even the impending visits to Cuba and Brazil are attributed to this.
However, Sumanadasa Abeygunawardena, who is President Rajapaksa’s astrologer, denies the claims of those astrologers who say the country’s leader should travel abroad. According to Mr. Rajapaksa’s birth chart, Mr. Abeygunawardena said he was now passing Guru (Jupiter) major period starting from early 2010. “Given that Jupiter is extremely well positioned in his natal chart, the Jupiter major period should generally bring good for him and fellow citizens as well,” he said.
Mr. Abeygunawardena contended that going overseas to minimise the impact of bad planetary positions was a myth. “If ten astrologers are consulted on the same matter, they will come up with ten different opinions,” President Rajapaksa’s astrologer conceded.
Evaluating the current planetary positions of Sri Lanka, well-known Sri Lankan astrologer Piyasena Rathuwithana said the ‘turbulent’ period for Sri Lanka in terms of its economy and politics was between November last year and November this year. He said the transition of Rahu and Kethu and the change of position of Saturn to Virgo were not favourable to the country during its latter stages.
Referring to the connection between the planetary positions of the head of state and the country, Mr. Rathuwithana said if the period of the leader was bad, then it would affect the country as well. In such situations, astrologers had no alternative but to advise the leader to stay away from the country for a while. Mr. Rathuwithana noted that the inherent strength of the horoscope of the President would help overcome any bad times.