Happy New Year

We have now left 2015 behind and have moved into 2016 according to the Gregorian calendar.The true keeper of time on planet earth is marked by the movements of the planets of our solar system and on an “energetic” level the energy of a new year would start with the first New Moon of the year.

2016 is getting off to an interesting start on a planetary level. The first New Moon of 2016 is on January 9th in the sign of Sagittarius. Additionally, Mercury will go retrograde in the friendly sign of Capricorn on January 5th and the Nodal points move into Leo/Aquarius on January 8th. As we all know we are living through historical times of change along with all of the challenges presented during pivotal time periods. The history is not yet written for these times but it does seem as if 2016 is offering its changes early in the year.

As we return to our daily “after the holiday routine” the energy of the New Moon along with Mercury’s impending retrograde motion may cause our physical and mental energy to be lower than we would like for the beginning of a new year. It is best to not overload our days and to move with the slower energy because just as we can’t reverse the tides of the ocean we can’t really change the energy of the motion or placements of the planets.

Mercury being retrograde simply means it is closer to earth and there is no reason to panic or expect the worst from the retrograde. The energy of a retrograde planet is felt the strongest around the days of the beginning of the retrograde (the 5th) and the end of the retrograde (the 25th). It is those few days when it is best to avoid signing contracts or ignoring the possibilities of travel delays as we set up travel plans or appointments.
Mercury is well-placed in Capricorn and with Saturn making an aspect from Scorpio onto his own sign of Capricorn the period from the 5th to the 25th is excellent for editing or reassessing plans and contracts.

The bigger news is the switch of the Nodal/Eclipse points of Rahu/Ketu from Virgo/Pisces to Leo/Aquarius. The eclipse points change approximately every eighteen months and tend to have a fairly large impact on the world as well as on individual lives. Rahu and Ketu play a role in our karma and tend to bring changes, surprises and confusion into our lives. They work along with the planet Saturn to uncover the truth of our being much like the pressure that is brought upon carbon as it is being transformed into a diamond.

Rahu and Ketu are leaving the signs of Virgo and Pisces on the 8th. Those who have charts with either of those signs prominent have experienced challenges and changes in their lives in the past eighteen months. Ketu has been in Pisces the sign ruling ideals, religion, oil, drugs and media. The past eighteen months has seen challenges and changes to our religious institutions, our news media has reached new levels of distrust, oil prices continue to plummet, America has been forced to face up to drug addiction in “respectable” communities and far too many people have lost sight of higher ideals. Ketu can be harsh in handing out truth.

Rahu has been in Virgo the sign of health, retail sales and detail. While Virgo rules health in general it is also specific to the intestinal area of the body along with a secondary influence over digestion. As we reach the end of this time period it is notable that the general public is being advised that the digestion system is important to the immune system and more attention is now being paid to keeping one’s digestion strong and in balance.

As Ketu ripped away the veil hiding the fact that addiction is not only a problem of urban areas we are witnessing Rahu introducing society to the need to move away from jailing drug addicts and looking for ways of treating addiction as an illness. Rahu and Ketu are influences of technology and we have, of course, seen the retail world grow even more through internet sales rather than store fronts. We have also seen the retail world start to correct itself a bit as stores chose to give their employees off on Thanksgiving Day and we’ve seen the beginning of public opinion shifting against the craziness of “black Friday” shopping.

Virgo is detailed orientated and those with strong Virgo in their charts can often find it hard to let go of the details and their minds will often replay details over and over again until anger or outright fear takes over the mind. The saying “can’t see the forest for the trees” is perfect for the sign of Virgo and this tendency has made life difficult these past eighteen months as more and more people became focused on the details that were important to them and the ability to compromise or empathize with others lessened. It will be nice to have the emphasis on this sign shift and hopefully, people will simply be in a better mood as we move through 2016 and minds let go a bit of petty details.

I strongly believe that every planet and movement has a positive side to it. As we’ve moved through these eighteen months in which our ideals and beliefs were so challenged along with the heightened worry brought about by Rahu in Virgo I’ve noticed a shift in the attitudes and lives of many people. We’ve become aware that our institutions need to be changed and along with the insecurity inherent in these times of change we become more responsible for our own health and balance. Many have been forced, due to the influence of Virgo, to take steps in diet, exercise and stress reduction. As our institutions seem so unreliable we’ve turned inward and found security within ourselves. We’ve begun to take chances on our own dreams because the stable no longer seems so stable and therefore pursuing our dreams no longer seems so unsafe. Every planet and movement is good for something.

2016 is going to bring a focus on the “fixed” signs of the Zodiac because Rahu and Ketu will be in Leo/Aquarius both fixed signs and Saturn will continue to be in the fixed sign of Scorpio and aspecting the fixed sign of Taurus. There is stability in the fixed signs along with stubbornness. This emphasis on the fixed signs indicate that for society, as well as individuals, the changes being forced upon these signs will come with great resistance. Rahu is going to be in Leo the sign of big egos and the ego hates to be wrong. Leo is also an indicator of leaders so it is safe to expect that many political leaders will feel justified in not backing down from their own beliefs and desires. (Here in the US both Trump and Sanders have strong Leo influences in their charts – stay tuned .) On a personal level those with Aquarius, Leo, Scorpio and Taurus planets placed strongly in their charts can expect to be forced to learn to be flexible and to give up control of their lives along with more than a few cherished and righteous beliefs.

The positive side of these nodal placements in the fixed signs is that the fixed signs offer stability and slow but sure growth.
Ketu has a strong influence over science/ technology and during the past eighteen months Ketu has revealed just how dark the dark side of the internet can be but as he occupies the sign of Aquarius the inherent nature of this fixed but humanitarian sign will seek to find ways to slow down the darkness. There will be fights, of course, as society struggles to find solutions to the darkness of the internet but whatever solutions are finally agreed upon should bring long-lasting and stable changes. As Ketu affected the oil industry he now moves into the universal and expansive sign of Aquarius and new industries will appear along with an improved picture for our energy needs. Again, because the fixed signs are all involved the changes will be solid and long-lasting.

It is obvious that across this planet far too many of our leaders are greedy, power-hungry and corrupt. Now that Rahu is moving into Leo many of these leaders will face strong challenges and even more shocking revelations than what we’ve seen so far. Rahu can have a far-reaching sphere of influence and it is very possible that during this cycle we will finally see change that moves beyond cable news and gossip websites as Rahu removes the old and creates the space for the new. Of course, it will seem confusing and even frightening to some but no one can deny that change is required. The recent lessons learned through the nodal points being in Virgo/Pisces will serve us well as we take responsibility for our own health, well-being and peace of mind.

Saturn will continue through 2017 to occupy the sign of Scorpio where he will continue to challenge those with strong placements in Taurus and Scorpio. This continues the lessons of the other two fixed signs of Leo and Aquarius to be open to change, to be flexible and to not be so concerned with control – a control which was very much an illusion anyway. Scorpio is the sign of secrets and through its rulership of the second chakra influences the desire nature. We can expect that, with Saturn aspecting Rahu, secrets will continue to be revealed in personal as well as public lives. Saturn will continue to refine the desire nature so that more people will begin to understand that the acquisition of material objects does not really satisfy the need for inner-peace and security.

Finally, a reminder that Vedic Astrology uses “sidereal” time which is the same time used by NASA and therefore the movement of the planets will not match what is designated by the more well-known Tropical/Western Zodiac. Strong planetary placements in specific signs will require a chart to be calculated but everyone knows their day of birth and while not necessarily the strongest indicator of placements in a sign the Sun will be significant. In the sidereal system: Taurus is 5/15 – 6/15; Leo is 8/17 – 9/16;  Scorpio is 11/16 – 12/15 and Aquarius is 2/13 – 3/13 if you were born in during these time periods you are about to enter into a significant time period.

Eclipse 11/30/20

The current eclipses are taking place in Taurus/Scorpio. Both of these signs are known as “fixed” which indicates that those with strong planets in these signs can be inflexible, stubborn, tenacious, loyal and determined. It is up to each individual to chose the qualities they wish utilize as they move through life.

Taurus is a sign that is often stubborn and can tend towards a belief that a filled bank account is the only way to feel secure in life. Scorpio, as the natural ruler of the 8th house, is more concerned with inheritances and debts with regard to money and security.

The eclipses of 11/30 and 12/14 will be the first since the nodal points changed signs from Gemini/Sagittarius to Taurus/Scorpio. The changing of signs points to the financial fallout that we can all expect from the dumpster fire left by the current administration. We can all simply do our best as the world around us comes back from the Covid pandemic.

These times are best used for personal growth and self-understanding because none of us have the magic wand or personal power to fix the mess individually.

Eclipses happen every six months and are often times of emotional excess, unexpected events, useless gossip and exposure of deceits. Additionally, as one of the chart indicators of karma, we can often experience old emotional patterns, resurgence of grief, cloudy perceptions or challenges that seem to appear all of a sudden.

The nodal points will stay in the axis of two signs for eighteen months and it is during the eclipses that the influence is felt most strongly. It is a good time to pay attention to the mundane challenges which are appearing now (health, relationships, career, etc.) as the eclipses will indicate it is now time to deal with the challenges. Given the magnitude of the mundane challenges it is a good time to pay attention to those random emotions which appear right now as they are pointing towards the importance of understanding and releasing the emotions which are a barrier to the freedom which comes from connecting with the perfection of our own self.

Every celestial event and planet is good for something and in terms of eclipses it is always possible to take a giant leap forward in personal growth. The next fifteen days is good for healing, growing and coming closer to the essence – we just have to observe and do the personal work!

Eclipse Energy

The first of the final eclipses for 2020 will be on 11/30/20 with the “exact” eclipse at 4:45 a.m., est. This eclipse is the Lunar eclipse which means it is a Full Moon eclipse.  The energy will be more upbeat and even positive.  However, it is important to keep in mind that emotions and fantasy might run a bit wild at this time.  This is directly on the outgoing President’s chart and we can expect that the misinformation and denial will be at a high level.  I do not know if he will concede or not.  The bigger problem will be that millions of people will believe his nonsense and we should all do our best to not engage with the lunacy of a Lunar eclipse.

The last eclipse will be the Solar eclipse which will take place on 12/14/2020 and be exact on 12:54 p.m., est.  The Solar eclipse is the New Moon eclipse (the Moon and Sun will be conjunct) and will feel very different from the eclipse of 11/30.  The New Moon is often lower in energy and this energy will be even lower because the Moon is also “void of course” as it moves from Scorpio to Sagittarius.  The Sun will move to Sagittarius on the 15th

Taurus, in my opinion, is the most stubborn of all the signs and we can expect lots of emotions coming from others without the “ah ha” moments of understanding or changing a viewpoint.  Scorpio can also be stubborn but the energy is more on a subconscious and emotional level.  Scorpios, unlike Taurus, can shift gears if required to but their emotions can often belie what they do in pragmatic energy.  Most of us will be feeling emotional and might have to struggle to be optimistic in the midst of the “negative mind” party the world will be throwing at this time.

It is best to focus within rather than trying to change those around us. Most of us do not like change and have emotions on a deep subconscious level.  Focus on those emotions with a goal of releasing and understanding them and try to not react to the negativity of others.  Breathe, chant, paint, cook, dance or binge watch positive movies.  We will see an uptick in mood once the Sun and Moon enter Sagittarius.

We have some changes coming

11/13 @8:20 pm Mars will resume forward motion. When a planet “appears” retrograde it’s actually closer to the earth which makes it stronger. It’s always a good thing when Mars loses a bit of strength.

11/15 @ 22 minutes past midnight we will have the exact New Moon which means that all of 11/14 will be New Moonish. This New Moon is in Libra NOT Scorpio. The Sun in Libra is debilitated and Scorpio gets much of the blame for the attributes of a debilitated Sun.

11/15 @ 9:22 pm the Sun moves into Scorpio which is a better placement for the fiery Sun. For some confidence will be better and for most of us the world will seem a bit less out of kilter.

11/16 @ 3:22 pm Venus moves out of Virgo (his sign of debilitation) into Libra his home sign. Relationships can improve and we can experience a bit more balance in our minds.

I am hoping that by Monday djt might concede but the Scorpio Sun is on his birth chart eclipse which means he’s going to be even more erratic. However, I suspect that we the people are going to be feeling just a bit better and the paper tiger will be seen as a paper tiger.

On a personal level this is a good weekend for healing, creativity and simply enjoying a long exhale.

Rahu’s Rocky Path.

“Rahu’s names include Swarbhanu, Minister of the Asuras (demons), the Half-Bodied, the Every-Angry, Persecutor of the Luminaries, the Horrible, King of Seizers, the Terrifies, the Powerful, the Fanged, Bloddy-Eyed, Indolence and the Big-Bellied.” (THE GREATNESS OF SATURN, Robert Svoboda). 

“Rahu creates smoke, has a dark body, resides in forests and engenders fear; he is airy (vata) in constitution.  (Parashari 3:30)

“Rahu and Ketu are the two points of disturbance on the path of the Earth and the Moon and the Sun. Thus Rahu and Ketu are the two points on the ecliptic 180 degrees apart and in whose vicinity disturbed conditions prevail. They represent the cross-roads on the fields of force of the earth and the Moon.”(RAHU AND KETU Manik Chand Jain)

In astronomical terms they are the points on the ecliptic which mark the bi-yearly eclipses.

The above are a few quotes describing the North Node of the Moon which Jyotish refers to as Rahu. In Vedic Astrology great importance is attached to both the North and South Nodes of the Moon (South Node is called Ketu) in a birth chart. Even though they are not physical planets, their sign and house placements in a chart can indicate karmas, ancestral qualities, obstacles, mental quirks as well as talents, consciousness and spirituality.

At this point in time, Rahu is an important influence in America because of the system known as the “Vimshotari Dasa.” The “Vimshotari Dasa” is a system in Vedic Astrology which determines when a planet will have a strong influence on a birth chart throughout life. The entire sequence is one hundred and twenty years long, and each planet will have an assigned number of years when he will play a primary role in life. As of now, the majority of people will not live long enough to experience the entire sequence of planets.

Nations, companies, and other entities also have birth charts, and the Vimshotari Dasa will play out in those charts as well. Because nations, companies, and other institutions can last longer than one hundred and twenty years, they will often go through the entire sequence and will then go on to start the sequence over again

The most accepted chart of the United States (7/4/1776) is two hundred and forty-four years old and, according to that chart, the US is currently in its third cycle of Rahu’s dasa. Each Rahu dasa lasts eighteen years and will certainly bring about change and surprise during the eighteen years. The chart calculated, based on the historical date of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, had Rahu as the active dasa ruler. The nature of the planetary dasa ruler active on the birth date will often be a strong influence throughout the life of the chart native; in this case, the native is the United States of America and the active influence is Rahu.

Rahu, being the first influence of America’s dasa sequence, shows up in the personality and mores of America in many ways. Simple observation easily shows the ongoing influence of Rahu in the United States. Rahu indicates freedom, rebellion, innovation, impulse, entertainment, pleasure, drugs, mental illness, and uncontrolled impulses. It is assigned as the significator of politicians, actors, trust fund babies, wealth, medicines/drugs, slavery, glitz, deception, and the occult.  The determination to be free led to a group of individual states coming together to break free from a king, but the individuality of the states themselves has caused much ongoing trouble for this country as different states had different interpretations for freedom and individuality.

Rahu is always counterbalanced by the influence of the South Node, Ketu.   Ketu is a major influence in poverty and denial as well as having an affinity with science, music, spirituality, and separation. The placements of these two influences take place in the second and eighth houses which represent two of the three financial houses. The fact that the United States laid its financial foundation on the work of slaves, the sale of slaves, and the theft of land from its indigenous peoples is indicated by the influence of the shadowy eclipse points in the money houses of the chart. This  has created a difficult karma for this country.  Some of the karma can be seen by the unrelenting periods of financial recession along with the resulting poverty which is a result of the recessions. Rahu and Ketu play a role in the oil industry, and we see on a daily basis the karmic results on the environment caused by our reliance on fossil fuels. Additionally, as we move through the third round of Rahu ,it is apparent that this country has to “finally” address the issue of systemic racism. 

The United States entered into its third round of Rahu influence in the fall of 2015. Rahu, as a powerful eclipse energy, was responsible for the election of Trump – a man born right on an eclipse. Most of our lives have been upended by his ineptitude, and the constant drama of a dangerous con man has left most of us exhausted and unsettled. In the birth chart of the United States, Rahu and Ketu are involved in the houses related to death, and we are on track toward a quarter of a million deaths caused by a virus. Trump’s ego and malignant nature led him and his cronies to deny the science (Ketu) which could have saved lives and avoided the economic destruction most of the country is experiencing.

The first round of Rahu saw the United States emerging from being subjects of the King of England thus fulfilling the promise of Rahu’s affinity for freedom and rebellion. The second dasa of Rahu ushered in what historians refer to as a “progressive era” for America. The dates for this era vary, but the time period from 1895 – 1913 are the most common dates. The second period of Rahu takes place from 1895 – 1913. (We have only rectified charts for the US which indicate that the Rahu dates could be off by a few months.) The accepted dates for the “progressive era” are an approximation as, obviously, in order for the era to start in 1895 people would have had to be motivated and organizing before 1895.

“Throughout the time period of the last Rahu dasa it turns out that many Americans feared that their historic traditions of responsible democratic government and free enterprise were being destroyed by corporate monopolies along with too much big business influence in government. It was an era marked by gains in labor. Because of the inequities those protesting the conditions of the average worker became allied with a growing body of ministers, priests, and rabbis—proponents of what was called the Social Gospel—who struggled to arouse the social concerns and consciences of their parishioners.” “Finally, journalists called “muckrakers” probed into all the dark corners of American life and carried their message of reform through mass-circulation newspapers and magazines.”  (Robert M. La Follette, 1906. Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.)

“Despite initial differences among urban reformers, by the early 1900s the vast majority of them were fighting for and winning much the same objectives—more equitable taxation of railroad and corporate property, tenement house reform, better schools, and expanded social services for the poor. Even big-city machines like Tammany Hall became increasingly sensitive to the social and economic needs of their constituents.” (Geo. R. Lawrence Co./Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (LC-USZ62-52728-9)

Teddy Roosevelt was President from 1901-1909. His first term was due to the assassination of McKinley who had proven to be too friendly to big business.  When Roosevelt assumed office, he was more inclined toward a progressive agenda. One of the first actions Roosevelt took was to activate the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 which had lain dormant because both President Cleveland and President McKinley refused to sign it into action. 

“Beginning in 1902 with a suit to dissolve a northwestern railroad monopoly, Roosevelt moved next against the so-called Beef Trust, then against the oil, tobacco, and other monopolies. In every case the Supreme Court supported the administration, going so far in the oil and tobacco decisions of 1911 as to reverse its 1895 decision. In addition, in 1903 Roosevelt persuaded a reluctant Congress to establish a Bureau of Corporations with sweeping power to investigate business practices.”

“Meanwhile, almost from his accession to the presidency, Roosevelt had been carrying on a crusade, often independent of Congress, to conserve the nation’s fast-dwindling natural resources and to make them available for exploitation under rigorous national supervision. He withdrew from the public domain some 148,000,000 acres of forest lands, 80,000,000 acres of mineral lands, and 1,500,000 acres of water-power sites. Moreover, adoption of the National Reclamation Act of 1902 made possible the beginning of an ambitious federal program of irrigation and hydroelectric development in the West.” Geo. R. Lawrence Co./Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (LC-USZ62-52728-9)

It is easy to see similarities among the dasas of Rahu.  McKinley, like Trump, campaigned as a progressive populist, but he was not. Once he was killed and Roosevelt became President, he proved to be the populist progressive that the people needed., Today, we are pushing back against another man who campaigned as a populist but who has ruled not only as a friend of business but as a friend to dictators who seems determined to bring down democracy.

The purpose of this article is not to proclaim the defeat of Trump (though I do believe he will be soundly defeated in November), but to show that it is the destiny of America to experience the ups and downs of having the influence of a strong Rahu in a chart.

Our first experience of the Rahu dasa resulted in a bold experiment in democracy which threw off the yoke of the monarch of world’s biggest empire. We went through the second dasa fighting against oligarchs acting like unelected monarchs and planted the seeds of a nation in which regular workers had the rights to a decent and free life.  We are currently in our third Rahu cycle and are once again having to push back against the desires of the uber rich to bring down democracy to satisfy their greed for money and power. This cycle is not just for the white working people because it is the right time for all people –  regardless of color, gender, sexuality, and religious beliefs –  to be able to live their lives protected by the just laws of this country.

It is time for America to take another step towards fulfilling its ideals.  We can do this because we have the innovation and creativity of Rahu on our side and, as long as we don’t let ourselves be fooled by the smoke and mirrors of those like Trump, we will prevail as we move in the direction of the ideals set out two hundred and forty-four years ago by the founders of a small nation seeking freedom.

June 20th Eclipse

The Solar Eclipse will begin around 11:45 p.m., edt and end around 5;31 a.m., edt on June 20 and June 21, 2020.

Eclipses can be times of surprises and heightened emotions along with too much drama.  On a personal level if there are fears and/or issues stored in the subconscious mind eclipses can be a good time to release those emotions and drop some old burdens as plans are made to move forward on our life’s journey.

Because this eclipse is a solar eclipse (Moon and Sun conjunct) physical energy can be lower and it can be important to allow ourselves to take a break and rest.  If there is emotional upheaval try not to attack or blame others instead just sit with it and be gentle with yourself.

This is an interesting eclipse because Mercury is retrograde in Gemini (the sign of the eclipse). This can add confusion to the thought process, miscommunications and patience will be required for dealing with customer service and technical issues.  During every eclipse it can be important to not be gullible and believe whatever is said but this eclipse requires extra vigilance because of the Mercury retrograde. The eclipse is taking place in Gemini the sign of the lungs and I do expect the Covid numbers to rise and I do expect some to lie about those numbers along with others who will believe no precautions are necessary.  It is a good time to be cautious and use common sense.

Mercury is not the only planet in retrograde as Jupiter, Venus and Saturn are retrograding as well.  Retrograding planets are simply closer to earth which is why in some locations all four planets can be seen during the night.

Retrograde planets are slightly stronger at the time of retrograde than at other times.  While the energy of the eclipse adds its own energy which can be confusing the retrogrades are also offering their energies for us at this time.  What is important is that the retrogrades are all “positive” in this cycle.  Saturn is positive because he is in his own sign and slowing down the craziness while favoring truth and common sense.  Jupiter, Venus and Mercury are all first rate benefics and I think are offering some planetary protection to this turbulence of this century’s roaring twenties.

One sign of the protection being offered is that the cause of the systemic racism and killing of our fellow Americans because of skin color has managed, at long last, to gain the support and understanding of the majority of Americans.  Given the fact that there was some looting and the press, as usual, made a big deal of it the looters and anarchists did not win the day.  The benefic planets in their strength helped to bring out the higher sides of most of the people.  If, the retrograde planet had been Mars along with a poorly placed retrograde Saturn the situation could easily have devolved into something much more difficult.

On a personal level it can be helpful to remember for the next couple of weeks (final eclipse on 7/5) that the benefics are still supporting us.  As Venus is the ruler of the heart center simply chanting “yam” (yahm) while imagining a deep green light surrounding the heart can calm and elevate us.  Mercury is the ruler of the throat and the nervous system and chanting “ham” (hahm) can be helpful.  Seeing the throat surrounded by an emerald green ligh is helpful as is spending time in nature.  Jupiter is the ruler of the powerful 2nd chakra.  The 2nd chakra rules desires and is an important chakra to the American psyche.  The Buddha taught that desire is the first cause of suffering.  If you find yourself impatient for a desire outcome or for something you can’t have try chanting “vam” (vahm) and seeing the area of the 2nd chakra surrounding in an orange color.  Saturn rules the first chakra and responds to “lam” (lahm) and seeing the color red surround the chakra itself.

These practices are not like “The Secret” and don’t promise you that you’ll get whatever you want but if done sincerely they do promise a more peaceful existence during these turbulent times.

Now in History

Many astrologers are interested in history and it makes perfect sense for astrologers to look at history through the vision offered by the patterns of the planets.  As we move through these extraordinary times it can be helpful to look for planets dancing to similar music at other times in history.

As we deal with Covid 19 a look back at the Spanish flu pandemic of 1917/1918 seemed like a good place to start.  History does not repeat in a manner which is exactly the same as other times but there are often similarities worth investigating.  What shows up during the time period of the Spanish flu are conjunctions of the slower moving planets as well as the positions of the eclipse points known as Rahu and Ketu.

In Jyotish the study of the luminous planets is considered to be the most relevant especially with regard to a person’s birth or natal chart.  Luminous planets are those which are close enough to our sun to reflect the light of the sun. The Luminous planets end with Saturn which happens to be the slowest moving of the luminous planets as he take approximately 28 years to traverse the entire zodiac.

The nodal points are considered to be non-luminous as are Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. In Jyotish the eclipse points of Rahu and Ketu are always considered important.  Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are considered in an individual chart if they are in significant patterns within a natal chart.  However, their transits can be very important to the current events of a particular time period. Pluto, the slowest moving of all, is considered a generational marker.  For example, in family charts it is often noticed that when the children have Pluto in different signs there can be a difference in tastes, values and experiences between the children who do not share the same position of Pluto even though they share DNA as well as family dynamics.  The majority of “boomers” had Pluto in the sign of Cancer but around 1959 Pluto moved into Leo and that ushered in the generation which became the “yuppies” and they were  different from “hippies.” The difference in values between these two generations would play a role in many of the shifts that would happen towards the end of the 20th century when “it’s not personal, it’s just business” replaced “give peace a chance.”

Pluto moves both slowly and erratically through the zodiac and is most important when he changes signs and forms conjunctions with other signs.  One of the most important conjunctions is the one made with Saturn.  This conjunction happens 3 times each century.  The first of the Saturn/Pluto conjunctions of the 20th century occurred on 11/1/1914.

The time period 1914 gave us World War 1 as well as the Armenia genocide, the Russian Revolution and the collapse of the Austrian/Hungarian empire.  It was a time of power shifts throughout the world.  Due to retrograde motion Saturn and Pluto would remain in the same sign until 1917.

By 1917 the eclipse points moved into Gemini and Sagittarius which would add another dimension to a world being rocked by changes as by 1917 the world was being besieged by the Spanish Flu which would ultimately kill 50 million people during 1917 and 1918.

The first of the Saturn/Pluto conjunctions of the 21st century was on 1/12/2020 along with the eclipse points being in Gemini/Sagittarius.  While we are not, in my opinion, heading into a world war there are shifts in power happening on a global level along with changes such as Brexit which will mark global life for this generation.    Here in America we are witnessing shifts in our own politics as Speaker Pelosi is showing the leadership we don’t have in the White House. There are efforts o reshape the Supreme Court for decades and nationwide protests taking place in America to push for a take-down of the white supremacist control over our police departments, courts and prison systems.  It is certainly not a time for comfort and ease in the status quo.

Equally relevant is the fact that the eclipse points in the sign of Gemini are the same now as they were during the Spanish Flu of 1917.  Gemini signifies the lungs and as we all know Covid 19 attacks the lungs as did the Spanish Flu. Rahu is known for unexpected and fast-moving actions which explain, in part, the rapid spread of Covid 19.  Rahu is also known for irresponsibility, rebellion against tradition and a strong individual desire nature.  Rahu is a strong influence in Trump’s chart and his refusal to take the reports of Covid 19 seriously along with his disdain for science and his concern for only himself caused what could have been a manageable illness into a flu-blown pandemic.  This pandemic is going to add to the shifts already happening due to the Saturn/Pluto conjunction and life will see a new normal once the waters settle.

The Saturn/Pluto conjunction affects everyone on the planet as do the eclipse points.  What’s important here is not to give into the fear or the negative projections of the fear-mongering media and opportunistic politicians.  Change is always a part of life and while the eclipses bring sudden events Saturn is always bringing truth to us.  Right now, there are many truths being shown to all of us.  This time represents opportunities for growth, community, compassion and a shift in values.

One of the benefits from being able to look back at history is too see the progress that has been made. Medical science will ensure that 50 million people do not die from Covid 19. While there are strong-men who would like to squash the protests but they are not succeeding in doing that and we will see America open up for business again.  Hopefully, it will re-open with an eye towards greater equality, gratitude and the compassion that many communities are re-discovering during this crisis.

The summer will continue the trend we have experienced so far this year – challenge, change and unrest. There is much talk about a 2nd wave of Covid 19 and I think we will see some of that throughout the summer months.  However, on 9/19 Rahu and Ketu will move out of Gemini/Sagittarius into Taurus/Scorpio.  These are better placements for a disease which started out by ravaging the lungs and easily spread through the air.  It is good to know that the worst of the pandemic is most likely behind us.

Politics is a different story and different posting.  Trump is an eclipse birth and when the nodal points move they will move right onto his natal eclipse points.  This election is going to be filled with twists and turns which we will discuss at another time.

In the meantime do not allow yourself to fall into the throes of fear especially during this eclipse season which contains 3 eclipses – 6/5, 6/20 and 7/5.  No, we are not sailing on the smooth waters of a man- made lake but are taking a dip in the waves of the ocean.  Do not think you can control your life but know the power of non-reaction, prayer and historical perspective. Human beings are a race of creative survivors and we will survive this current storm.

Kala Sarpa Yoga

In the teachings of Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) planetary combinations are called “yogas” because “yoga” means “union” as in union of the body, mind and spirit.  When planets come together in a yoga their unified energy creates a new combination that is different from the qualities of a planet standing alone. In this respect it is like, for instance, flour which has independent qualities but will become something different when combined with other ingredients” which to make a cake batter.

There is a combination known as “Kala Sarpa Yoga” which translates as “serpent of time.”  Kala Sarpa occurs when all of the planets are located between the nodal points known as Rahu and Ketu. The nodal points are the points on the ecliptic path which cause the bi-yearly eclipses of the Sun and Moon.  In western astrology they are known as the north node (Rahu) and the south node (Ketu) and are not given the same level of importance as Jyotish gives to them. Rahu and Ketu, in addition to the somewhat crazy energy of eclipses, are also considered important to the playing out of karma in an individual chart,  These two “upgrahas” – “unseen” points will often indicate talents and qualities brought over from a past life,  they will often indicate the strong influence or dna of a grandparent, losses in life and mental health challenges.   As the points involved in a Kala Sarpa yoga it can indicate that as a “serpent of time” there are important karmas which will play out in a person’s life.  While there will be challenges often involved it can also indicate someone who is here to express specific abilities as in important scientific discoveries or musical compositions.

Since mid-February our planet has been in a Kala Sarpa yoga and this yoga will last until approximately 5/27 when Mercury, still in Gemini, passes the exact degree of Rahu. However, due to Mercury going retrograde on 6/18 he will actually enter the sign of Cancer until 8/17.  The Sun will leave Gemini and enter Cancer on 7/16 at which point we are completely done with Kala Sarpa for a while.

A Kala Sarpa yoga taking place for the entire planet indicates that there are events happening beyond the control of individuals. This is not an infrequent happening and can often tip an election, be responsible for a trend or claim credit for a pandemic.  In 2020 we are dealing with a pandemic which has affected most of our lives on, at least, some level.  Given that Rahu often represents illnesses which are new or of unknown origins and Ketu represents science I suspect that these two have been involved in other pandemics. (I’ve not done the research.)  Both Rahu and Ketu can be significates of formulas I believe that science will come up with some type of formula to alleviate the symptoms and dangers of Covid 19.  I think that a vaccination will take longer than a formula to alleviate the dangers of this virus.

Keeping in mind the deep rooted karmas of this yoga it might not be surprising that Covid 19 became a virus that is out of control.  We have a president who is ruled by the deep and dark recesses of his mind and he chose to ignore the warnings until it was too late.  It is also not a surprise that we have groups of fellow citizens looking to put us all at risk because of their own deeply held and misinformed beliefs in victimization and a deep state.   Ketu and Rahu are not influences of logic or objectivity – they operate in the shadows of our minds or, on a higher level, with the creative aspects of the universal mind.

Anyone who understands the true history of America knows that there has always been a battle between our humanistic ideals and the oligarchy which has looked to rule this country for its own greed and power-laden desires.  Of course, this battle has raged on planet earth for thousands of years but America had the audacity to create itself as an entity which would live by higher ideals. To live in America is to often live in the eye of the storm. 

Covid 19 represents the dirt America has been sweeping under the rug for decades now.  People have bought into the consumerism and work as the reason to live for far too long.  The Kala Sarpa yoga took away the jobs and much of our consumerism to force us to take a deeper look at where we are heading as individuals as well as a society.  We can affect society by acts of kindness, compassion and being active in our political demands for better leadership. 

On a personal level we now, under quarantine, have the time and quiet to look at our own shadows – are we feeling victimized, are we angry or are we so filled with fear that we’ve lost our common sense? Many are in close quarters for 24 hours a day with our “loved” ones.  Are we falling out of love, are we projecting our own issues onto others or are we striving to bring the best ourselves to those we “love?”  These are valid questions which can be looked at, answered and perhaps solved during this time.

It is possible that we will all come out of this wiser and kinder.  For those who are invested in their own self-knowledge and higher consciousness this is a prime time for advancement on that path.  Whatever one’s spiritual beliefs this is a time for surrender to something larger than our individual selves.  The primary remedial for Kala Sarpa is surrender and for those into mantra Siva mantras are recommended.

While this yoga is “completely” finished on July 17th there are times every month when the Moon moves beyond the yoga and on those days it is easier to see more clearly:  4/29-5/11; 5/27-6/7; 6/22-7/5;  The Ascendant changes approximately every 2 hours which gives us “approximately from 12:30pm to 2:30 am when the Ascendant is beyond Kala Sarpa Yoga. 

Mercury Moves Into Pisces

Mercury just slipped in Pisces and he will remain in this nebulous sign until April 24. Pisces is opposite the sign of Virgo which is the sign of health but Pisces is the sign of hospitals. Mercury is debilitated in Pisces which makes sense as Mercury is the planet of the intellect and the neutral mind (among other things). He is unhappy in emotional, dreamy and altruistic Pisces.
I think that we can expect to see even more lies from the White House along with even more confusion. I also think for the next 3 weeks we will see the biggest burden on hospitals due to the high number of patients, confusion and poor communication. They will make it through because Pisces is the sign of sacrifice and no one can argue that our health care workers are sacrificing much these days.
On a more personal level those who enjoy movies, creativity lazing around will not have problems with sheltering at home. However, for those with weak nervous systems, high energy levels and who are prone to see the world through eyes clouded by emotional negativity this position of Mercury can prove to be problematic.
It is important to breathe consciously, turn off the news, eat less sugar and take the right herbs and medicine for anxiety to protect the nervous system and keep negative thoughts at a minimum. We will probably see the “peak” of this virus in places like NY, WA, CA, LA while others states which have not tested or been in denial of the severity will see the numbers get higher and since these states tend to be the states which ignore science their reaction and local media will most likely be more hyperbole than fact. Just remind yourself that Mercury moves quickly and much of what is being said is more illusion than reality.

Moon in Cancer – April 2, 3, 2020

The Moon is considered the most important planet in Vedic Astrology. He is the primary indicator of the mind, the emotions, some of our karma, the ability to give/receive love and our innate emotional stability. Earth is 70% water and without the gravitational pull of the Moon the planet would be completely covered in water. In a natal chart the Moon can be equally important – I’ve seen charts with strong Moons assist people to succeed despite horrific challenges and charts with weak or malefic Moons render even the luckiest of people almost incapable of mental peace or balance.
Whenever planets cluster in a sign the Moon’s placement will be important because he will highlight the cluster. Currently we have Mars, Jupiter, Saturn as well as Pluto all conjunct in Capricorn. These are the slowest moving planets which tend to bring world-wide and long term events into our lives. Many of us are being positive about this self-quarantine and doing our best to move through each day without feeling sorry for ourselves or becoming inert.
Today the Moon is in the sign of Cancer. This is one of his best signs as he is the ruler of Cancer. The Moon in Cancer will generally turn one’s attention to matters of family, love, food and laughter. During this lunar cycle the Moon is activating the cluster in Capricorn. For some the calmness of being house-bound may disappear as the mind begins to focus on the many downsides of this crisis. Cancer is always concerned with security and without determination to be in charge of our own thoughts and emotions some can experience anxiety or anger or agitated restlessness.
It doesn’t have to be this way if we keep in mind that by Saturday the Moon will have moved onto to Leo and some of the disturbing thoughts will move to the background. However, if we choose to go negative in our words and actions the effects can last far longer. It is a good time to observe our own thoughts – what triggers the fear, what actions of our loved ones bring up anger, why are we so restless that we can not find any inner peace?
1-3 pm, eastern time on the 2nd and 3rd along with 2-4 am, eastern time will be the times when we can feel the energies the strongest. Remember to breathe consciously (alternative nostril breath is good), stay busy, enjoy healthy food and perhaps turn off the news and find a funny movie during this short time period. The strongest energy will be today – tomorrow should be lighter.

New Moon Update

Moon just entered Pisces and will be exactly conjunct the Sun at 3:45 a.m., e.d.t. – which is the moment when the New Moon will be exact.
The New Moon in the sign of hospitals (Pisces) and exactly opposite the sign of health (Virgo) indicates that for the next lunar month the focus will be squarely on Covid 19. The numbers will be higher because testing is “finally” available, though not easily available, to everyone.
The fact that this New Moon is taking place in the health signs can indicate that the people might begin the process of demanding more from the government and will understand that it is up to the people to not allow those like djt to be in charge in the future.
The New Moon is an energy of research and I think we will see the medical researchers focused on ways to handle this via medication. It is also possible that we can see the front lines of health care workers begin to push back against an incompetent government and a large, selfish portion of the population putting us at further risk.
Additionally, Mars just slipped into the sign of Capricorn and is conjunct Saturn. Jupiter will join this pairing on the 25th. I do not expect people to go silently into the night. Saturn the truth bringer has pulled back the curtain on the fools running our government but Mars will demand action be taken.
While we are all self-quarantined the New Moon energy does help us to rest and we should take advantage of this energy because it’s about to get interesting!