The opposition or conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn has been a pet topic of debate among astrologers.
Lot of literature has been written on this - mostly in connection with a prediction of a calamity in the range of a war.
The source material for this debate is Varahamihira's contention that when Saturn and Jupiter opposes, a terrible calamity or a civil war will break. Based on this, many expected an outbreak of war of a lesser magnitude in the year 2000 when Saturn- Jupiter were together in Taurus. But nothing happened. Earlier during the world wars, this connection between Saturn and Jupiter was not there. This connection was not there even in the Mahabharatha war!
Today such a connection is in the sky with a retro Jupiter in the sign opposite to Saturn.
But no untoward incidents of a warring nature can be seen.
Contrary to to expectations, this opposition came with some relieving features! First of all, soon after this opposition started, Indian election results were announced - averting a hung parliament thereby signaling a politically stable rule in India for the next 5 years.
And now, a few days ago on 22-06-2009, an end was put to the decades long insurgency problem.The government banned the Maoists organization signaling a tough hand in controlling insurgency.
An analysis of this ban in the light of what Varahamihira has said gives us a better insight into what to look for in Saturn- Jupiter opposition or conjunction.
Taking a re look at Varahamihira, he did not say just opposition. He qualified his statement by saying that when Saturn transits Krittika (Solar asterism) and Jupiter transits Vishka (Its own star) at the same time (simultaneously), calamitous conditions will prevail endangering the lives of people.
This opposition perhaps with Saturn in Aries in the sign of debility and Jupiter in inimical Libra, transiting the said stars respectively, causes war like conditions.
The additional feature to be noted here is the involvement of the Solar asterism. As sun stands for government and rulers, the connection of Sun to this combination must be there in some adversarial form.
A similar combination is given by Nostradamus too.
He avers the influence of Saturn over Jupiter. If Saturn overpowers Jupiter, there will be break down of law and people would suffer. But this will happen on condition that Sun is also in some bad patch.
In Century, V - 24, he says,
"The kingdom and the king being joined under Venus,
Saturn shall overpower Jupiter,
the law and reign raised by the Sun
shall be put to the worse by Saturines"
That there must be some affliction of Sun is again noted in Century IV- 86, where he says
that when Saturn is in Aquarius conjoining Sun, the king will be powerful, yet wicked. The king will murder innocent citizens.
In the dictum by Varahamihira, we find the affliction caused to the asterism of sun in the sign where Sun exalts.
The saturine affliction of Sun must be there, if some war like condition must prevail with Jupiter also getting afflicted by Saturn either by conjunction or opposition.
For instance in the event of the ban on Maoists,
Jupiter became strong by retrogression in Aquarius. It simultaneously casts its 5th aspect on Sun and 7th aspect on Saturn in the proverbial combination of opposition to Saturn.
Jupiter is in the asterism of Mars, its friend who is in his own house, but who is not in any mischievous axial relationship with Saturn at the moment. This rules out any adversarial opposition but does not rule out fiery flares in the past few days and in the days to come by being associated with Bharani. The many fire accidents we hear these days are connected to the current transit of Mars.
It must also noted that the ban on Maoists happened with Jupiter in 10H, Sun in 2H and Saturn in 4H of the Indian natal chart. Mars the lord of 12H is in 12th at that moment.
The inference is that if Jupiter is overpowering than Saturn and 'protects' the sun also in the process- with an additional guarantee from Mars that he is not up for any mischief, the proverbial, opposition of conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn can not wreck any havoc.
With a strong Jupiter in control of Sun and Saturn, it will be advantage to the government enabling it to run the writ of law high.
That the opposition or conjunction of Jupiter- Saturn need not be averred, must be understood from another dictum that says when Saturn, Jupiter and lagna lord are in auspicious relationship in a persons' horoscope, they will make the person a Brahma Gyaani! Thus, more than the equation between them (Jup and Sat), it is about the other conditions becoming adversarial or auspicious that make the equation trigger a bad event.