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.