1A reading of Trump’s horoscope says US president-elect is destined to be under a bad spell that will persist until January 23, 2020
Independent financial analyst Abhinav Sharma had been restless ever since it became evident that businessman and reality TV sta Donald Trump would be the next president of the United States. So the IIT-Kharagpur and IIM-Calcutta alumnus resorted to what hundreds of other Indians have been doing the past two months -probing into the kundali, or horoscope, of the US president-elect.
The celestial diagnosis isn’t great.

According to a reading of Trump’s horoscope drawn up by astrology startup Askmonk, the future chief of the world’s most powerful country is destined to be under a bad spell that will persist until January 23, 2020.The jinx covering three of Trump’s four years as president would be because of the transitive influence of Shani, or the planet Saturn that in Hindu astrology is a bearer of lousy luck.

And during this transit, “Trump’s position on international trade, wars and foreign policy will change radically, sometimes in stark contrast to his own assumptions made earlier,“ states the reading, which Askmonk has put up free for its more than 10,000 paying subscribers.

Trump’s horoscope was prepared for Askmonk by IIT-Roorkee alumnus Sunil Magon, who has been practising astrology for more than 25 years, along with another astrologer Upma Srivastava. “ As Trump’s swearing-in ceremo ny nears, subscribers, especially from business communities, are anxious to know how his decisions would impact the global as well as Indian economy ,“ said Vaibhav Magon, founder of Askmonk, which charges subscribers ` . 5,000 onward for drawing up horoscopes.

Mumbai-based Sharma, a former equity fund manager with Taurus Mutual Fund, certainly was looking for cues in Trump’s stars. “I wanted to have a look at Trump’s future to decide on whether to be cautious before investing in the markets,“ he said.

Trump’s win has brought something of a windfall for the handful of tech-astrology startups in divination-obsessed India, where many people are happy to resign decisions on names, financial investments and political positions to cosmic alignments. These companies typically work on an aggregation model, hosting astrologers whom paying subscribers can approach for specific predictions. The startups also charge a commission from the astrologers on their platforms, making for a steady cash flow.

Astrobuddy , which provides its services to the subscribers of telecom companies Vodafone and Aircel, is among India’s largest tech-astrology startups. It receives, on average, 35,000 calls a day, including on its own mobile application.

“We, too, have received lots of queries on Donald Trump,“ said Bhupesh Sharma, founder of Nyassa Astro that runs Astrobuddy . “We have witnessed a 30% jump in calls since November, and one of the major reasons is queries on Trump.“

Bhupesh Sharma estimates the size of India’s unorganised astrology market to be worth $10 billion, and that of the online market at $400 million to $500 million.

Kolkata-based iZofy has drawn up a numerology and astrology-based prediction on Trump for its 150,000 subscribers.

Askmonk drew up Trump’s horoscope two weeks ago, in time to cash in on the Trump phenomenon.

“As Trump’s policies seem quite aggressive and unclear on various front, it is obvious that the business and investor community is nervous,“ said Sunil Rawtani, cofounder of Artifice Advisers, a wealth management firm.