Found this from a link on the Compuserve astrology forum. I have edited it to take out the "technical" stuff; for those who are interested, the entire article is at the linked posted below. The notes bracked in asterisks are mine. ~Sue
YEAR 2003 FORECAST HIGHLIGHTS
Â©2002 by Richard Nolle
last revised UT 01:40 JAN 1, 2003http://www.astropro.com/forecast/predict/2003-all.html
Mars - named for the Roman warrior god and root of the word martial - is emphasized this year as never before in recorded history. When the Red Planet stands in opposition to the Sun at the end of August 2003, it will be just over 34-1/2 million miles from Earth - the closest these two planets have been in over 70,000 years. This is the culmination of a cosmic cycle which has been building toward a climax since the Neanderthals shared the planet with our ancestors. That's what happens this summer, when Mars will loom brighter in the night sky than all the stars, outshone only by the Moon and Venus.
An extreme Mars like this, in astrology, points to all things martial coming to a peak here on Earth. While Mars certainly has some positive astrological connotations (courage, ardor, competition, ambition, strength, etc.), the negatives are a bit on the scary side: war, assault, attack, brutality, violence, etc.
January 14 brings Mars to the opposition point of the November 20, 2002 lunar eclipse. Another Mars-eclipse activation follows in short order on February 4. Astrological tradition holds that, around these dates, the headlines will be replete with reports of conflict on both the personal and collective levels. From street crime to murder and mayhem, to terrorism and military posturing and outright war, these are perilous times. Danger happens not only by design, but also by mishap under these Mars configurations: accidents, fires, crashes and explosions are par for the course. Look for all of them to make headlines within a few days either way of the many significant Mars phenomena of 2003.
***On 2/1/03, the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded over Texas***
Although anyone could be a potential target at times like these, there are a couple of astrological indicators that seem to fit the obvious trend toward another US-Iraq war. For one thing, the January 14 Mars-eclipse pass is in direct opposition to the Moon in Iraq's independence chart, and right on the ascendant in the US Constitution horoscope. For another, the February 4 Mars-eclipse pass falls on the ascendant in the US Declaration of Independence chart. The combination of the two looks for all the world like a sign of Gulf War II - or else a coup to overthrow Saddam Hussein in hopes of preventing a US attack. Either way, late January to early February looks like a time of peril for Iraq and the US.
**Gulf War II started in February***
The really big Mars deal doesn't happen until the Sun-Mars opposition at the end of August. Whoever thinks a swiftly concluded Persian Gulf War II settles the world into a Pax Americana early in 2003 is tragically mistaken. This late summer super Mars thing says peace and quiet remains far away, that danger and conflict are close at hand.
Among the national targets must be counted Argentina, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Iran, Iraq, North Korea, Mexico (death in plain sight), Russia, the UK, the US and Venezuela. Canada is especially singled out, it seems to me, because the 1867 independence chart features a Virgo-Pisces Mars-Jupiter opposition: labor strife, a crime spree, a public health crisis of some kind. And of course there's the US, where as noted President Bush's natal Mars is in the crosshairs (also the Sun-Saturn conjunction in the US Constitution chart).