Blue Monday

Monday, August 25th, is the day of the New Moon in Leo which is exact at 10:13 A.M., Eastern Time, which will be followed by the exact conjunction of Mars and Saturn at 2:51 P.M., Eastern Time. For many it will be a day that feels as if the phrase “Blue Monday” was created to describe the low energy level of the day.  

The New Moon is the time each month when pranic energy is at its lowest and many people simply feel tired.  This particular New Moon comes during a month that has been filled with tension, hostility and shocking events because of the Saturn/Mars conjunction.  The best that can be said is that the energy is so heavy that some of the fiery energy of Mars has been overcome by the heaviness of Saturn and the New Moon cycle.  It is important to give the space to feel the emotional pain that many are experiencing at the moment.  It does no good to deny those feelings or to deflect them to others – there is much going on in the world right now that is causing emotional pain for all of us.  Often by recognizing our own internal pain we can heal the pain within us and recognize the pain of others.  Compassion for ourselves as well as for others seems to be one of the best tools we have during this time. We lose nothing by working with compassion and kindness.  

By the 26th Mars will be past the exact conjunction with Saturn and will “begin” to lose some of his power.  However, due to the transits of the Moon we may not feel the lessening of the energy immediately.  On August 28/29 the Moon will be with Rahu and there could be some more surprising news and people who tend to run on emotion may regain their energy from the New Moon slowdown quickly – it is a day to watch for erratic and impulsive reactions.  As mentioned in the last posting the Moon will join with the malefic conjunction of Mars and Saturn for the 30th and 31st which can bring up feelings of despair and anger.  If ever there was a time to remind ourselves that emotions are not the true reality of our existence this would be the time period to do so.  

I am not a big fan of summer weather and have always looked forward to the month of September but never as much as I’m looking forward to September of 2014.  Expect a challenging final week of August but with the knowledge that there is relief in the very beginning of September.  



Mars, Saturn and Robin Williams

We are, at this point (August 13th), eight degrees from the exact conjunction of Mars and Saturn in Libra; we would be foolish to expect things to lighten up to any great extent in the near future. The conjunction will be exact on August 25th, and these two planets will continue to battle with one another until September 5th when Mars begins his movement into Scorpio. 

I have noticed that the most intense time period of planetary influences happens as planets get closer to the exact degrees of the aspect and that once the exact aspect is past, the power lessens. Of course, we are talking about Mars and Saturn, so the relief may not come as quickly as with other planets. 

The Moon will join in this conjunction on August 30 and August 31 which will be two days during which it will be beneficial to not give into emotions and to expect the unexpected.  We’ve already had some jolting surprises this month, and expecting the unexpected for the rest of the month is a good idea. In our day-to-day lives, the approximate two-hour time period when the transit ascendant comes to Libra can be the most stressful time of the day.  The transit Libra Ascendant will take place from approximately 10:15 A.M. until 12:30 P.M., Eastern Time. Breathe deeply and try not to add fuel to the fire during that time period – whomever or whatever is causing the stress will most likely calm down quickly, and additional trouble can be avoided by not dancing to the tune of discord. 

As surprising as worldwide events have been, I think many were truly shocked and saddened by the death of Robin Williams. He was a comic genius who crossed generational lines. Those who follow this blog know that Saturn has been in Libra for over two and a half years, and eighteen of those months shared the space with Rahu along with Mars poking in and out of that sign during his retrograde time period.  

It is no surprise to learn that Robin Williams had a Libra Ascendant which has been under affliction for almost two and a half years.  Additionally, Robin had four planets in the sign of Cancer which Saturn has been aspecting from Libra for over two years.  Robin also had a close natal conjunction of the Moon and Rahu which gave him his incredible comedic skills but also played a role in his mental health issues.  There is a natural energy that comes with a Moon and Rahu conjunction, but once Saturn parked itself on Robin’s ascendant, I suspect that even such a powerful conjunction could not help shake the feelings of depression which were an affect of Saturn position in Libra. 

On the day he committed suicide, the transit Moon was in Aquarius where he joined the natal Rahu and Moon conjunction – the illusions of Rahu were magnified by the emotions of the transit Moon and added to the sense of hopelessness. Additionally, transit Mercury was exactly conjunct Robin’s natal Mercury with both being aspected by transit Saturn.  Mercury is the planet of discrimination and neutral mind, but after such a long transit of Saturn, it can be hard to experience neutrality over depression.

Would knowledge of Robin William’s Vedic chart have helped him? Astrology not only gives wonderful insights and spiritual perspective on life but it is also a time-keeper and, sometimes, just knowing the time-frame of the planetary configurations can be the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel. To me what is tragic about the choice made by Robin Williams is that he had almost completed the Saturn transit and once Mars had left the sign of Libra in a couple of weeks, the burden he carried would have begun to lighten as the feelings of impatience and aggression would have been so much less.  From that point it would have been a matter of weeks before Saturn would have been off his Libra rising.

One of the most frustrating aspects of my chosen work is the fact that astrology has fallen father and father into irrelevancy. For a long time astrology concerned itself with the “foretelling of the future” which left the discipline open to the biblical condemnation of “soothsaying” and religion launched a strong campaign against astrology based on the condemnation of “prophecy” by human beings. The most well-known systems of astrology calculate the positions of the planets in such a way that the planetary positions do not match what astronomers know to be the planetary positions in the sky.  Astronomers use the same system of calculation as Vedic astrologers but Vedic astrology is not as well known as the other systems. The discrepancy of the planetary calculations most commonly used give modern science a good reason the disregard the “mother of all science” completely. With that disregard, the world loses the insights, the timing, and the knowledge of the energetic connections of the planets to our bodies, minds and spirits.

Brain disease and mental health problems are complex and I do not believe that Vedic astrology would have healed Robin Williams.  However, I will always wonder whether it would have made a difference if Robin had known how close he was to being finished with his long Saturn journey or whether it would have helped if someone who loved him had understood the extent of the negative influences on his chart on August 11th; perhaps he would not have been left alone long enough to make such an irreversible decision. Along with wondering about Robin Williams and so many others who made decisions while under such heavy influences, I will always be grateful that I had enough grace in my life to be able to study the discipline of Vedic astrology and to share it with others.   


Dog Days of Summer

August is often referred to as the “dog days of summer.” If that holds true for this August the dog will not be cute or friendly. This month is going to be, at best, an uncomfortable for most of us.

Mars is now in the sign of Libra along with Saturn. These two planets do not mix well as their natures are very different from each other. Saturn is slow, deliberate and has a strong affinity for common sense and truth. Mars, as we all know, is impulsive, aggressive and cares little for the methods used to achieve his goals.

On a personal level we are, once again, back into the realms of tense relationships. Impatient partners will exhibit a lack of patience as well as a determination to win each argument. The frustration will be compounded by Saturn who will not allow for quick achievements – some of us will feel as if we are walking on the razor’s edge. Those who have the greater capacity for patience will welcome the restraint of Saturn but it is best to not expect the fiery ones to appreciate Saturn’s nature. Most Astrologers, myself included, believe that Saturn is the stronger energy and will advise to stick with the truth and patience of the Saturn energy – Mars will move on by September 6th but until then the pull of the two planets will be a source of frustration.

All planets are good for something and the one area that Saturn and Mars agree upon is work and achievement. This is a good month to pursue physical exercise and to take care of those tiresome chores around the home as both the physical energy and the endurance to finish what was started will be available. It is not a good time to procrastinate or to cut travel time too close as there can be many delays and surprises – it is best to be prepared by having extra time for the unexpected.

It looks as if the entire world is in crisis at this time – we can all expect an uptick in the bad news for the month of August. Once Mars leaves Libra on September 6th Saturn will finally be the major influence in the sign of Libra – September and October may bring some surprising resolutions to some of the conflicts.

August will be a challenge and some days will be more of a challenge than others. August 2, 3, 4, 15, 16, 19-24 and 30, 31 are days of increased tension and surprises.  On a daily basis the time period from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m, eastern time, can be a time period when the struggle for patience is stronger.

Finally, as discussed recently, the Nodal Points are now in Virgo/Pisces.  Rahu is the North Node and known for his irrational influence and is in Virgo is the sign of health. Within two days of the movement we had two courts come out with opposite rulings with regard to the “health care law” – this is typical for Rahu energy and does go to prove that Rahu’s influence is being felt.

Try to stay calm and centered for the month of August – there are better times right down the road.