Ratan Tata, chairman of the $50 billion Indian conglomerate Tata Group, has been all over the news lately, with Pluto and Jupiter in Capricorn magnifying the billionaire industrialist’s Capricorn sun.
On Mar. 26, Tata Motors, one of his many ventures, agreed to acquire British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor for $2.3 billion. This is sweet revenge, indeed. The Indians are buying the operations of their former rulers, the Brits.
As high profile as this acquisition is, it’s just a footnote to Tata Motors’ Jan. 10 launch of the $2,500 Nano, a “people’s car” that will get thousands of Indians off their bicycles and motor bikes and into cars. Concerns that safety might be an issue with a price tag that low and the prospect of thousands and possibly millions more cars on the nation’s already clogged roads didn’t dampen the enthusiasm about the Nano’s launch at the New Delhi auto show.
Tata Motors trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TTM. You can look at the chart for the stock and see company financials here: http://investing.businessweek.com/research/stocks/snapshot/snapshot.asp?symbol=TTM If the Mar. 26 trading session is any indication, Wall Street is skeptical that Tata Motors can make money on Jaguar and Land Rover, something Ford wasn’t able to do consistently.
Tata Motors isn’t the only part of the Tata empire that has been grabbing headlines lately. The other is Tata Consultancy Services. TCS is a leading player among Indian’s outsourcing shops, which handle back-office operations, customer service, and increasingly software design for many Western companies. TCS is one of the Indian companies that has been scrutinized by Congress for its use of H-1B visas. Foes of this visa program claim that it’s being used unfairly to replace American workers.
Ratan Tata was born in Mumbai on Dec. 28, 1937. From the looks of his Wiki bio, he had an unhappy childhood, not unusual for a Capricorn. The many hours spent alone are used to map out the plan for world domination. Think I’m kidding? I’m not. One of my favorite axioms about Caps is that they come out of the womb with a “to-do list a mile long.” That’s not mine, but I can’t give credit because I don’t remember where I read it.
Already one of the world’s wealthiest men, Tata shows no signs of slowing down even though he just celebrated his 70th birthday. Somewhere in India there’s an astrologer or two who knows the time of Ratan Tata’s birth. Maybe in this Internet age we live in, someone will e-mail me Ratan Tata’s birth time or post a comment to my site.
In the meantime, I’m going to do my back-of-the-envelope calculations with the help of Astrodienst and say that Ratan Tata is a Sagittarius rising and that his chart ruler, Jupiter in Aquarius, sits in the second house of earned income. It’s square Uranus in Taurus, which opposes Moon in Scorpio.
I’m guessing he was born around 5:35 a.m because that would give him a MC/IC of 19 Virgo/Pisces, where he’s got a Neptune/Saturn opposition. I think Uranus at 19 degrees of Pisces is lighting up the Neptune/Saturn opposition, allowing him to make major breakthroughs, i.e. the Nano and the Jaguar/Land Rover deal.
Even if I’m wrong about the birth time, it doesn’t change his Sun/Mercury conjunction in Capricorn, which sextiles Moon in Scorpio and sextiles Mars in Pisces. This is a very energetic guy, and women play an important part in his life. Here’s the chart: http://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi?rs=3;btyp=w2gw;cid=41laaaa19347-s971800598;nhor=189;nho2=189
Ratan Tata’s got some challenges coming up, with the Saturn/Uranus conjunction in Virgo/Pisces this November and further down the road with the big cardinal grand cross in 2010. I don’t think the safety concerns about the Nano are going away anytime soon.
If I were Ratan Tata, I might mark June 26, 2010 on my calendar. That’s the day of a lunar eclipse at 4 degrees of Capricorn that is conjunct Pluto and activates a grand cross involving the Sun, Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus, the Moon, and Saturn — all within 5 degrees of the world axis at 0 degrees of the cardinal signs — Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn. With his Sun at 5 degrees of Cap, Tata’s chart will be lit up like a Christmas tree by this eclipse.
That’s a lot of squares, but squares produce action. Maybe 2010 will be when Tata Motors acquires General Motors or Chrysler. In the case of the latter, Cerberus Capital Management might be ready to unload it by then.
Speaking of Cerberus, why would a private investment firm name itself after the creature who guarded the gates to Hades? Is it because they make life a living hell for the workers at the companies they acquire? I hope not.