Dennis Flaherty

NORTHWEST INSTITUTE OF VEDIC SCIENCES

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Vedic Astrology Forecast for 2017


May, June, July and August

Please note the forecasts for each of the constellations concluding this Star Trends column are done in the system of Indian astrology, called Vedic astrology, which uses the observable constellations. These are different than the signs. Even though the names of the constellations and the signs translate the same, they have different reference points in the heavens. You will notice the difference in the dates in this column compared to the typical Sun sign column that Western astrology uses. These dates reflect the constellations which Vedic astrologers use in their forecasts.

The study of astrology is really the study of time. Unfortunately, most people today are caught up in a distorted time warp due to fundamental misconceptions about it. Most modern people subscribe to the linear and equal theory of time, as if time is moving in a straight line toward our desired result. They are under the notion that all time is equal, which distorts their sense of progress. We astrologers believe that time is cyclic — and moreover we do not believe all time is equal. The study of Indian Astrology is called "Jyotisha" which comes from the root word jyoti, meaning light. We view time as "light" and study the cycle of light into darkness and darkness into light. This cycle of light is how we define and measure time. We define the time-cycle of the earth turning on its axis, completing a cycle of light and dark as a day. We define the time-cycle of the Moon, completing a cycle of light and dark, as a month, and we define the cycle of the time-cycle of earth's journey around the Sun, completing a cycle of light and dark, as a year. The journey of time is the journey from light into darkness and darkness into light. All cultures follow this time line, beginning the planting in the seasonal bright part of the year which culminates in the harvest at the beginning of the dark part of the year.

Indian cosmology further measures much larger cycles of the eternal dance of light and darkness. Yugas — extending in duration to thousands of years — chart the evolution of humanity based on these larger cycles. The Vedic astrological chart is a study of time-cycles as it pertains to our personal calendar. It is based upon the moment and place we came into the flow of time. We too have seasons of greater and lesser light that permeate our lives. Knowing these personal time-cycles can be of great assistance in the planting of our metaphorical seeds as we seek the time of their fruition. Even the cycles of lesser light have their importance in the journey. It is equally important to know the lights out period of time for repose, for what really matters is the balance of light and dark.

May 2017 features several important astrological events that will shape the time ahead. Venus will culminate his long journey through the constellation of Pisces on the 30th of May.  Pisces is the sign of Venus' exaltation, where he is most powerfully placed.  This period of time began the last week of January and has been a time to build bridges in relationships to increase feelings of intimacy and connectedness with others.  If you have done your homework you should feel more connected with those in your life.  If not, then you may have chosen to move on from those who are not capable of that connectedness you seek.   On the 26th of May, Mars enters the sign of Gemini exchanging signs with Mercury in the sign of Aries until the 3rd of June.  This is a short, but ideal time for commerce and business that trends towards fast moving business deals.  Saturn's continued presence in Sagittarius this month will foster debate on the high cost of education, as well as movements to lower tuition. The trillions of dollars of collective student debt have already made national headlines. There is much debate on the real-world benefits of an expensive education, versus the crippling debt students assume.  Federal student interest rates are already slated to rise beginning this July, adding to the student debt crisis.  For-profit schools have come under increasing public scrutiny, such as ITT Technical Institute, who the Federal government sued for fraud. The continuing pressure of low inflation exacerbates the student debt issue as their loans cannot be reduced with inflated dollars. Conservative trends will emerge in law and in court appointments during Saturn's tenancy of Sagittarius. The specter of more consolidations in the travel industry will trend monopolistic.  We have already seen scandals regarding the treatment of passengers that have put the airline industry on notice. Currently flyers still have a choice of which carrier - but monopolistic concerns could soon limit that choice, as well as the quality of service.

In June of 2017 Jupiter will station in the heavens on the 9th and start moving forward in the sign of Virgo. Virgo is Mercury's sign of technology accelerating the growth of Big Data and Big Tech. The multi-faceted collection of personal data is the new gold-rush.  Everyone is being mined for personal information; to predict everything and anything about us sells to the highest bidder, not necessarily for our own personal enrichment.  A new genre of books, such as Andreas Weigend's Data for the People: How to Make Our Post Privacy Economy Work for You reveals the mining and plundering of this proverbial gold mine of raw data. Collective fear of the government, big business, and hackers have escalated with justified concern.  The hacking of the Federal FASFA website back in early spring of 2017 resulted in the loss of personal financial data from a family of college applicants that was used to file false federal tax returns.  Further, the personal genetic genome test 23andMe has been approved for sale by the FDA to consumers. Now you can test your own genetic risk for certain health issues and disease.  The positive aspect, now with this data in hand one can be an alert advocate to manage potential health risks.  The negative potential will be seen in how these tests will influence access to health insurance and other related fields. Beware of the thirst and profit potential of Big Data right down to your personal genome being for sale — without a lot of input from you on how it would be used by the government, business, and most importantly, by hackers. It is clearly time to get a handle on how to protect your personal data in this new wild-west of Big Data and Big Tech data gathering.  Several legal battles are pending on who gets to have your personal data, and who gets to share it — most often without your knowledge, input, or ability to throttle or shut down the data sharing machine.

It was the hope of many that the huge mega-merger trend of 2016 would draw public and government scrutiny and grind to a halt.  However, it continues making headlines. The growing power of economic monopolization does not favor consumers or workers; it only enriches those monopolistic concerns and the parties that make those deals. Monopolies have outsized power to drive down the cost of their goods and services from suppliers and the cost of wages from workers. With Jupiter's transit through Virgo we will see technological advancements, particularly in robotics and automation, especially from Big Tech gathering apps.  They will transform the nature of the workplace, affecting our everyday lives in ways that are yet to be imagined.  The rise of Big Data and Big Tech will fuel further consolidation for there is financial gold in the reams and reams of personal data. We have yet to see any serious specter of anti-trust action toward those mergers.

Saturn and Mars will oppose one another in the signs of Sagittarius and Gemini until the last week of June. This creates the usual obstructions and delays. Particularly impacted are those born under the dual constellations of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, but only until June 20th, the Summer Solstice.  Then Saturn retrogrades back into the sign of Scorpio where he will remain until the last week of October 2017.  In many parts of the US, from the mid-west to the west coast, rainfall records continue to be broken. The drought in California has been officially declared over.  However, with global warming, unpredictability and equivocation seem to be the new trend in weather prediction.  Saturn trends to give his results in his final transit of a constellation. That is exactly where he will be for the summer of 2017, transiting over President Trump’s Moon in the final degrees of the constellation of Scorpio.  Saturn will slow this US President’s agenda down. Those born under the fixed constellations of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius will also feel the lethargic effects as well.  If you are born under the aforesaid fixed constellations it is time to take a chill-pill and relax this summer.

In July of 2017 Venus will transit his own sign of Taurus until the last week of the month and receive the aspect of Jupiter from Virgo.  With Venus strong, enjoy the beauty of this summer north of the equator where everything will be in bloom due to the wet winter.  You need to see and feel the beauty of this world if you are to become inspired on your journey.  The focus in July will be sharing time with people and places that inspire you, and limiting time spent with people and places that don't.  July shapes up to be the best month of the summer.  Venus will be strong in association with Jupiter, and Mars will spend most of the month in his weakest constellation, which is Cancer.  This will be an overall good month to travel and see natural beauty versus affected beauty.  Plan a visit to the state parks in your area, or go glamping in nature with Venus being strong — no need to rough it in July.  Venus is strong for the arts so explore out-door theater at your favorite summer resort.  July has the potential to inspire you, so don't miss out on the celestial appreciative energy of this month, for when the going gets tough — the tough go on vacation!

August of 2017 will feature two eclipses, coupled with a Mercury retrograde in the constellation of Leo.  August 7th features a partial lunar eclipse in the sign of Capricorn opposite Mars in the sign of Cancer.  Lunar eclipses in relationship to Mars feature extreme times of volatility and conflict.  August will be a hot month on many levels, and it is important to be level headed during this time. While others are losing their cool it is important that you keep your cool.  Weather patterns will wax hot, so stay clear of those angry wasps as they will have their stingers out in full regalia!  Mercury will retrograde on August 12th and Mars will align with the lunar eclipse point on the 12th.  Tempers will flare and people will be easily set off and be ready to fight.  For those born under the moveable signs of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn take care to remain calm and mindful under this pattern.  People will be easily confused and are likely to misinterpret what you say and do.  Let cool heads prevail while all the hot-head lunatics are arguing the burning question of the day during the lunar eclipse pattern in the first two weeks of this month.

August 21st features a total solar eclipse in the sign of Leo, in the middle of the Mercury Rx in Leo where he remains retrograde until the 5th of September.  Mercury is a very particular and impressionable planet in Vedic astrology, as he becomes favorable or unfavorable depending on whom he is associated with.  Contrary to astrological lore, Mercury retrogrades are not a universally negative period of time.  If he associates with naturally benefic planets, such as Venus and Jupiter, he becomes positive.  If he associates with naturally malefic planets such as Mars, Saturn and Rahu and Ketu he becomes negative.  His associations this August will be with Mars, Saturn and Rahu and Ketu, so the trend is for negative assessments.  The main issue during Mercury’s retrograde is his inferior conjunction with the Sun. This is when he disappears from view until he gains enough distance from the Sun to be seen again.  Secondly, when he stops and starts in the heavens – in astrological terms when he stations retrograde and direct, when he changes direction of movement — these times are more challenging. The planet of judgement and discernment is changing direction and a clear path cannot be perceived.

What this means succinctly is that Mercury will disappear from view on August 20th, right before the solar eclipse on the 21st and not appear again in the heavens until September 4th.  Furthermore, he will be in association with malefic planets.  When the planet of judgment cannot be seen in the heavens, and is associated with malefic planets — we don’t consider this to be an auspicious time for important strategic decisions. Like the lunar eclipse on the 7th, this total solar eclipse will become associated with Mars later in the month on the 26th.  This period trends to a hot and volatile time, charged with strife and confusion.  Conflicts escalate due to impaired judgement and poor communication.  Many will be on high alert, as the collective temperature slips into the red zone.

Leo is a sign of celebrity and politics, so this trends to be a time of celebrity and political scandals, conflicts, and sudden tragedies.  This is not a progressive time, so decisions made urgently and hastily will trend to be flawed. It is best to finish urgent important business matters and make decisions before Mercury's disappearance during the Rx period.   This is particularly important for those born under the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius, as well as for those ruled by Mercury, Gemini and Virgo, including Aries under the domain of Mars.

Mercury, being a planet of business and finance, will need a wide berth due to the volatility in August.  Data and tech issues, cyber-threats and the like will trend to make this a confusing conflicted time.  Make sure your smart devices and computers are updated, backed up and protected so you can continue to receive all the information needed to stay on top of things. Be prudent not to overschedule with travel, events and activities during the dog days of late August and early September. The battle call will likely be "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war." If it is not your conflict, and not your dog pack, why indeed get caught up in the drama?  If you do get caught up, either by intention or by accident, be prepared to have your pooper scooper and incense at the ready. The road ahead becomes clear and fragrant as the celestial weather improves later in September. 

Personal Forecast for Each of the Constellations

For those born under the constellation of Aries, April 14 – May 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the month of January brings many changes towards month's end. Your planet Mars enters the constellation of Gemini on the 26th of May and remains opposite Saturn until the Summer Solstice in June. This suggests a time for the Ram to kick back and enjoy quality time with brethren and friends. Venus concludes his spectacular run through his most powerful constellation of Pisces the last days of May and hopefully true love has found you. Jupiter in Virgo continues to be of great assistance in restoring good healthy habits, with perhaps a new diet or exercise and favors your work through the fall of 2017. There are many wellness apps out there for those technically inclined that give you a wealth of self-health data. Saturn regresses back into Scorpio around the Summer Solstice where the focus is on reigning in excessive spending habits. If you don’t have a savings plan or budget now is the time to start. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu continue to bring stress with fulfilling your ambitions. You seem to be on a shifting floor constantly needing to devise new strategies to reach your goals. Look for new allies to join your team. Their input can open your mind to new opportunities previously overlooked. Jupiter, the principal planet of light, continues to favor feelings of comradery at work. Right after the solar eclipse in Leo on August 21st, Mars enters the constellation of Leo on the 26th closely aligning with the storm planets during Mercury’s retrograde cycle in Leo. This time heralds confusion, so caution is advised for the Ram. Look before you leap in matters of business, speculation and love during the dog days of late August.

For those born under the constellation of Taurus, May 15th – June 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet Venus remains in Pisces until May 30th where it favors your connectivity with friends and loved ones. Saturn regresses into Scorpio around the Summer Solstice and brings his deliberate focus to the Bull's partnerships and relationships. Your current relationships will continue to need dedicated support until the transit of Saturn changes in the fall. Romance is up and down for the Bull this summer, as you just do not have the time for a significant other. If it's not serious, forget about romance until late fall of 2017. With Saturn in Scorpio this summer it is important for you to examine your work ethic and take deliberate steps to slow down the burn. Concentrate more on long range vocational goals. Jupiter in Virgo favors your children and their educational advancement, which is so important in today's competitive workplace. Jupiter also favors a new addition to the family if Taurus so desires! The storm planets Rahu and Ketu will impact Taurus in the domains of career and family for the summer of 2017. You may feel the need to cut back on your work in the short run to preserve yourself for the duration. Do this gradually to avert crises, as slow and deliberate is the Bull's strength. The solar eclipse in Leo of August 21st falls in the domain of home and family. Malefic Mars enters the sign of Leo later in August and aligns with Mercury at the end of August - heralding a time of confusion in family life. Like all beasts of burden the Bull has his limits so make sure your plate is not overwhelmed during the dog days of August with Mercury's retrograde. Caution is advised in real estate and home improvement projects, lest you become the proverbial rampaging Bull.

For those born under the constellation of Gemini, June 15th – July 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the summer of 2017 is the time to make new friends and follow your dreams. Venus remains in his preferred constellation of Pisces until the end of May and continues to favor a new job, or growth in your current career. People will seek you out all of this year, so make best use of your contacts. Your planet Mercury continues to bring you into touch with people who share your enthusiasm and passions. Mobile Mercury will be very busy this summer so be careful not to over-schedule activities. Jupiter in Virgo will bring feelings of finally being settled and at home to the restless Gemini. Thus, you may finally be able to juggle a new relationship, or have more time for an existing one. Love is favored this summer for the Twins so take a class in your favorite educational subject as you might just find love waiting there for you. Saturn's movement back into Scorpio at the Summer Solstice features a return to self-care and health matters. With all the new friends you are making, join a health club — or better a Yoga class — so you can be active and healthy for the summer of 2017. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu continue to stress relationships with siblings and upset travel plans – so caution is advised in travel for the very mobile Gemini, particularly late August, after the eclipse of the 21st when malefic Mars aligns with your planet Mercury. Give your schedule some breathing room at summer's end to be on the safe side. Lastly, educational disappointments may have you looking elsewhere - perhaps to a new school or university that is more in alignment with your core values as we come to the fall of 2017. Take your time and seek advice. Avoid impulsive decisions based on current disappointments. Self-reflection is favored for the Twins.

For those born under the constellation of Cancer, July 16th – August 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Saturn’s alignment opposite Mars features momentary delays and dissatisfaction in your career spanning late May through the end of June. Be careful not to spin too many plates as it may dilute your potential. In July and August refocus on career with the "less is more" attitude and your strengths will again become revealed. Venus in Pisces until the end of May 2017, and in Aries and Taurus in June and July favor connectivity at work and time spent with good friends — so know you are appreciated! Saturn's regression back into the constellation of Scorpio brings worry to the Crab, especially regarding romantic relationships. The feelings of emotional security essential for the Crab have been challenged in recent times, but this will improve as we come to the late fall of 2017. Jupiter in Virgo favors time with siblings and friends to feel the support you may not have felt elsewhere. Time spent with friends will improve your outlook. Jupiter also favors education for the Crab and expansion of consciousness. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu caution a sound financial plan to best avoid feeling overextended. The Crab craves its home spaces. The trend is to go upscale for 2017 so the place you call home may have drained your resources. It is best to pay down debt and scrimp elsewhere until you get a handle on your home expenses. Champagne on a beer budget for the Crab this year is the trend. Security conscious Cancer needs to be careful regarding investments. This comes in play particularly at the end of August, after the solar eclipse on the 21st when Mars and Mercury align with the storm planet Rahu. A bird in hand is worth two birds in virtual reality.

For those born under the constellation of Leo, August 17th – September 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the spring and summer of 2017 features financial gains with an improving sense of ambition fulfilled. Venus' long transit in Pisces opposite Jupiter in Virgo will conclude at the end of May, but will have brought improvement on the Lion's worldly outlook. Saturn's regression back into Scorpio will bring focus back to the family. The Lion's pride shows in all he or she does, but Saturn’s return to Scorpio favors a family vacation, spiritual pilgrimage, or solitary vacation to recharge Leo's well-spring of inspiration. Romance and responsibility go hand in glove with the Regal Lion so the summer of 2017 only favors serious relationship. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu continue to trouble Leo as they continue to cast a shadow of doubt across the Lion's horizon. August will feature a total solar eclipse in Leo on the 21st along with Mercury retrograde in Leo. The meaning here is that the road ahead for Leo is not written in stone, but rather paved in change. It continues to be a juggling act for the Lion and Lioness. Keep a focus on mindfulness and heed the wisdom of the age-old saying: blessed are the flexible as they never get bent out of shape! Misunderstandings with friends and colleagues can emerge, so it is best to take it slowly and resolve problems one day at a time. It is best to test for understanding in each circumstance rather than taking a blanket approach during the dog days of August. You will find solace in knowing that the storm patterns conclude for Leo latter in September when the horizon becomes clear and your sunny disposition returns. The principal planet of light Jupiter, in Virgo, continues to grace the Lion and Lioness with a focus upon core values.

For those born under the constellation of Virgo, September 17th – October 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Jupiter, the benefic planet of light continues to grace your constellation. Jupiter in Virgo favors those born under this constellation until he moves on in September of this year. Venus’s sojourn through Pisces ends in late May, which should have brought rewards in romance, travel and education. Jupiter here favors romance as well for Virgo. That special person can be engaged while traveling, or may be found sitting next to you in your favorite class. If you are already in a relationship this year features commitment or marriage. Saturn's regression into Scorpio for the summer of 2017 will help to balance Jupiter's bountiful energy. This is a wonderful time to participate in sporting activities to improve health and lose those extra pounds acquired due to stress. Continue to be patient and realistic about any move, for the grass always seems greener elsewhere until you have to mow it! The storm planets Rahu and Ketu can bring positive changes to your diet and sleep patterns. When you eat and sleep better, you feel better and life is more vivid and rich. Late August features a solar eclipse in Leo along with your planet Mercury in retrograde in the same sign. August will be very busy and restless for Virgos and the tendency will be to burn the candle at both ends. Early August is a great time to have that garage sale and get rid of all that nostalgic stuff no longer needed. Not only will you be able to get your car in your garage - but the unbearable lightness of being will recharge you once that stuff is gone. Remember Virgo that angels fly because they take themselves lightly.

For those born under the constellation of Libra, October 17th – November 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein your planet, Venus, remains in Pisces until the end of May. Seek out healthy life-style choices and embrace the latest rejuvenation therapies. Jupiter will remain in Virgo until early September favoring foreign travel and some personal pampering. Saturn's regression into Scorpio brings the focus back on dietary changes that support the lovely Libran’s aesthetics. Balance in mind and body is important to Venus, and when you feel good and look good, the world is a good place to be in. Saturn will remain in Scorpio until late fall and his emphasis is on personal and financial restoration. The storm planets, Rahu and Ketu, continue to bring stress and change to friendships and life goals in the summer of 2017. On a positive note you may meet a new group of activist friends who embrace a cause close to your heart. It is always easier to bond with people based upon shared values and beliefs, rather than the usual ephemeral concerns. Although Venusians usually seek the path of peace and diplomacy, Librans will be concerned with issues of social justice during the summer of 2017. It is a paradox, but Librans will fight to keep the peace when their personal values are at stake! There is power and safety in numbers, so embrace whatever organizations and alliances that present a powerful platform for your beliefs — for now is the time for you to feel that comradery and support. If married or in a committed relationship take time to enjoy ta deeper sense of connectivity. Relationships and matters of the heart improve for Librans once we get to the middle of September.

For those born under the constellation of Scorpio, November 16th – December 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mars once again aligns with Saturn at the end of May. Maintain a steady pace and positive outlook during this time, for life is two steps forward after one step back. The Scorpion’s strong self-determinism and sense of social justice earns the respect of colleagues and friends this summer. Jupiter's positive influence in Virgo favors friends and children all during the summer months. This is a positive time for Scorpions. Many of the pressures you have felt with home and work will abate, bringing a growing sense of confidence that buoys your outlook on life. Venus' transit through Pisces should have improved existing relationships or brought someone of romantic significance into your lives. Venus remains in Pisces until the end of May, so do not be a wallflower if love has not found you. Saturn regresses back into your constellation of Scorpio around the Summer Solstice and remains therein until late fall. Use this interval to take a personal inventory of your essential needs. If all is in order, then just chop wood and carry water. If not, it is time for an action plan. Now is the time to put your work-horse ways behind you and strike more of a balance. The storm planets, Rahu and Ketu, continue to bring stress and change in work and family life; but your strong self-determinism will see you through. The late August eclipse in Leo, combined with Mercury retrograde brings changes in the road ahead concerning career. However, you will be at the helm navigating temporary obstacles as your planet Mars remains strong throughout late August and September.

For those born under the constellation of Sagittarius, December 16th – January 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Saturn temporarily moves out of your sign, regressing back into Scorpio later in June of 2017. Your natural optimism may take a more serious turn these past months. Based upon those feelings of increased self-worth you will move forward with resolve this summer. Your planet Jupiter continues his transit through Virgo, at the top of your chart, favoring growth and progress in your career until mid-September. If you have not found that right job reflecting the more serious side of you, now is the time to redouble your efforts while Jupiter remains strong. The Venus transit through Pisces ends in late May, but continues to support home and family life. Romantic relationships have taken a more serious turn in 2017. Current relationships will have to pass a serious litmus test to make sure they have the capacity to go the distance - for many are called, but few are chosen. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu continue to bring stress and change in the domains of siblings, in addition to education and spiritual life. It is the nature of the Archer to be a straight arrow on track to the bull’s eye, never off course. However, during this summer you may experience a growing sense of divine discontent which can lead to a realignment of your inner convictions. Let this happen gradually and it can truly enrich your participation in the spiritual life, setting a new course for you. The solar eclipse of August 21st will influence travel and business for Sagittarius, particularly combined with the Mercury retrograde in Leo during that time. This has the potential to strain travel and business for the Archer during the end of August. Remain open-minded and open-ended during the dog days of August and you will later experience clear sailing. Above all, remember that "life is what is happens while you are making other plans."

For those born under the constellation of Capricorn, January 14th – February 12th, or those of you who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the month of January bring significant changes to your sign. Your planet Saturn shifted into Sagittarius earlier this year suggesting a gradual movement to a more reflective time. On the Summer Solstice June 20th Saturn regresses back into the sign of Scorpio where the Goat's tenacity and sure footedness these last two years bring rewards and recognition from peers, friends and associates alike. Although solitary by nature, it continues to be important for Capricorns to build a social support network to remedy pending feelings of isolation. The principle planet of light Jupiter will transit Virgo until September - where he will continue to grace educational advancement and travel for Capricorn. These past months the strength of Venus favors social life and romance. But with Saturn now in Scorpio, all relationships must be on a serious footing or they will fall to the wayside. Marriage and committed relationships are favored. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu bring the usual suspects of stress and change to the Goat’s plans for financial security. Saturn hates to be in debt to anyone or anything at any time. Freedom from indebtedness always pleases the Goat, and these times are no exception. The solar eclipse in the sign of Leo at the end of August on the 21st coupled with Mercury retrograde compels Capricorn to be fiscally conservative during the volatile storms of the dog days of August. Caution is advised in travel, business and financial speculation during the close of summer. Saturn will return once again to Sagittarius later in the fall resuming a more favored time of self-reflection and restoration. Capricorns need to make hay while the Sun shines this summer, for many changes are afoot for the Goat in the fall of 2017.

For those born under the constellation of Aquarius, February 14th – March 13th, or those of you who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein 2017 features your planet Saturn regressing back into the sign of Scorpio on June 20th. This progressive placement of Saturn turns your attention back to your work and career ambitions. Unlike last year, you will be able to make remarkable vocational progress this summer and fall of 2017, benefiting from last year’s experiences. The lovely, benefic planet Venus will remain in aspect with Jupiter in Virgo until the very end of May and again in July favoring family and domestic life for the Water Bearer. This summer trends to be a great time for home projects or just becoming an all-around home body. Enjoy your time with home and family. Jupiter’s transit of Virgo can be a good time to ask for a raise; seek a financial advisor to help manage your monetary affairs. The storm planets Ketu and Rahu continue to transit across the horizon for Aquarians bringing a change in perspective in how you view yourself and others. Ketu will remain in Aquarians until early September encouraging Aquarians to embrace a more simplistic and less complicated lifestyle. Less is more is the theme for the Water Bearer for the summer of 2017. Relationship has been stressed for Aquarius this year as the storm planets have upset the tranquility of romantic and married life. The eclipse of August 21st coupled with Mercury retrograde in Leo in late August trend for a stormy time in personal associations. Best not to make any major decisions until Mercury stations and starts to move forward, which is after the 5th of September. Choose to remain calm during the dog days of late August. Make important changes later when the planets are more auspiciously aligned later in September.

Those born under the constellation of Pisces, March 14th – April 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet Jupiter still transits the part of the chart related to romance and partnership. Jupiter in Virgo continues to bring you the well wishes of others. This remains an excellent time for romance bringing the potential for a committed relationship, or even marriage. Venus remains in the sign of Pisces until the end of May so fill up your social calendar for others are drawn to you during this time. Saturn will regress back into the constellation of Scorpio on June 20th bringing his focus and concern to the domains of travel and education. Summer travel plans may fall or be delayed, and so be more open to changes in schedule, or make plans closer to home - you will save money and time by being conservative with travel time during the summer of 2017. You may desire to take a tech or business class this summer to keep pace with the rapid changes continuing to stress these times. Technology may help you to manage all you have going on, but only if you know how to operate it! A little knowledge will go a long way. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu challenge foreign travel for the Fish, but do bring positive changes to health, diet and self-care. The summer is well spent exercising and embracing healthy venues. The solar eclipse on August 21st in Leo, coupled with Mercury retrograde brings a time of potential over-commitment and stress for the Fish at summer’s end. Do not overschedule during the dog days of late August. It will wear you out and ruin this lovely summer. Enjoy Jupiter’s light which brings forth new friends and romance. Just remember too many fish will sink the ship, so moderation is the theme for Pisces at summer’s end.

 

January, February, March and April

As we enter 2017 all eyes are on the Presidency of the United States with the populist candidate Donald Trump poised to assume the presidency. As I had expressed in my last Star Trends column the Democratic and Republican candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, were not the favorites of many Americans, but the favorite candidates we had to choose from. In one of the most controversial US elections of modern times, the Republican candidate Donald Trump "won" the election by less than 100,00 votes in three hotly contested battleground states, while the Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, "won" the popular vote capturing almost three million more votes.

The majority of the pollsters, as well as the majority of astrologers, myself included, forecast a Hillary Clinton win. The question is not how most the polls and astrologers were wrong, and why we were wrong. Rather how does a candidate with almost three million more votes really "lose" an election? The controversy of this election will continue as Trump assumes the US Presidency. Perhaps the people to question why this is so are not the pollsters or we astrologers, but rather the news media that abetted all those rumored and "fake news" election stories. If you didn't read them you were uninformed — but if you did you were misinformed. Ask the director of the FBI, who disclosed that he was again investigating Clinton just days before the election. Ask Vladimir Putin who the CIA allegedly caught red-handed hacking the US election. Perhaps these people will collectively hold the answers to why this election was one of the most controversial US elections in modern times

The controversies of this election, regardless of who "won" or did not "win" will persist as we continue to live in these controversial and polarizing times. Especially now that the US has entered the cycle of Rahu, one of the storm planets of Vedic astrology. But if Donald Trump said he would not necessarily accept the results of this election during the presidential debates, why would the almost three million people who voted against him accept these results? One thing is certain. You can be sure the controversies will continue as Donald Trump assumes the presidency in January of 2017. If you give it some thought, you will realize that most of us do not define ourselves first and foremost in political terms. Most of us define ourselves in personal and familial terms, or perhaps professionally. This politicization and polarization of everything is a recent phenomenon. We must all be on guard not to let it become the all-consuming content of our collective identity.

January 2017 features several important astrological events that will shape the year ahead. First, Mars moves into the constellation of Pisces on the 20th of the month. For the greater part of 2016 Mars was deadlocked with Saturn in one form or another. When he shifts into Pisces, then Mars starts his journey back into the light. Later in the month he will align with Venus, then afterward with Jupiter as he continues his journey in Pisces. This will give us all of us a renewed sense of energy and enthusiasm. We desperately deserve it after the travails Mars brought in 2016 as he came to perigee in his close approach to Earth while in alignment with Saturn in the sign of Scorpio. Mars at perigee heats things up. 2016 was the hottest year on record, and this heat pervaded many other conflicts and contentions. Last year will be remembered as the year of equal opportunity anger and rage.

On the 26th of the month Saturn leaves the sign of Scorpio and enters Sagittarius. This sign represents the higher aspects of life — particularly higher education, philosophy and religion. Saturn brings change wherever he transits, but he brings it slowly and irrevocably. Being a practical planet, he will rein in the lofty ideals of Sagittarius down to earth during this time. Concerns about the practical benefits will come into focus and will contrast with the real cost of higher education. The rising costs of education will come into debate, and movements to lower tuition — or socialize it — will gain momentum. The trillions of dollars of collective student debt will again make national headlines, and the debate on the real-world benefits of education in today's job markets will gain traction. Long brewing scandals in educational and religious institutions will surface. The disconnect between religion and higher learning, as viewed from real-world experiences, will gain momentum in the consciousness of the collective. Saturn's sojourn in Sagittarius begs the question of their relevancy to the times we live in now.

The day after Saturn moves, Venus enters Pisces where he is exalted. 2017 will be the year where Venus comes close to the Earth, rather than Mars. This gives cause for celebration as Venus will herald a time to make love, not war! But more of Venus later in the forecast. Lastly for January Mercury and Jupiter will exchange constellations all during the month and into the first days of February. This is an auspicious combination for business and learning. This can be the month to develop a new financial plan, or increase your financial literacy. You may seek a new financial advisor to instruct you in regards to these concerns. January ends on a happy note for most, as all the benefic planets will be strong. Mars finally separates and gains distance from Saturn, coming into alignment with the benefic planets of light in the month of February.

February of 2017 is the first of two eclipse months of 2017. There will be a partial lunar eclipse in the sign of Cancer on the 10th and a partial solar eclipse on the 26th in Aquarius at month's end. The shadow and storm planets Rahu and Ketu are associated with the eclipses; my advice during these is not to make dramatic life decisions during these storms, as there is that tendency to over-react. If you are a native of the constellations of Cancer and Aquarius, please witness the storms and experience the aftermath of the storms. Then afterwards you can decide what needs to be done — but not while you are deep in the shadows of doubt these eclipses represent.

As Jupiter continues his transit through Virgo, Mercury's sign of technology, look for the continuing growth of Big Data and Big Tech. While in Virgo the Jupiter probe Juno continues its twenty-month mission orbiting the planet, sending reams of big data to reveal in detail the biggest planet of the solar system. It was the hope of many that the huge mega merger trend of 2016 would draw public and government scrutiny and grind to a halt. It did for a while, as the $152 billion mega merger of Pfizer/Allegan did not pass government muster and was withdrawn. However, the Bayer/Monsanto $56 billion union did not go through in the fall of last year. Look for the mega merger trend to continue in 2017 as the thirst for Big Data, Big Tech, and the leverage they provide drives these proposals. Jupiter will continue his transit through Virgo until the early fall of this year. You will see further technological advancements, particularly with robotics and automation, changing the nature of the workplace and our everyday lives at a rapid pace. The rise of machines continues.

In February Venus continues his favored journey through Pisces. All during the month he will be aligned opposite Jupiter in Virgo. More importantly, contentious Mars remains associated with both principal planets of light all during this month, softening his warrior-and-conflict disposition. Eclipses aside, February is a good month that will give us all a surge in energy and promote opportunities to connect with those who are interested in moving forward and mending fences.

In March of 2017 Venus comes to close to the Earth while transiting the sign of Pisces. Venus will be seen in the evening this month and he can be viewed after sunset up to the 22nd. Then he will disappear as he comes too close to the Sun to be seen, then emerges in the morning where he is visible before sunrise on the 30th of the month. When Venus comes close to Earth, he becomes even brighter than Jupiter for a short period. Pisces is Venus most powerful constellation and his transit here is especially good for those areas of life that Venus represents. As previously said, his perigee heralds a time to make love, not war. He represents the arts, and all forms of aesthetics. Above all Venus represents our capacity to love, and be attached and connected to others. During his close approach to the Earth we will all want to be more personally connected, wanting to feel the love in its most personal form.

Venus' strength will be experienced in wanting to be closer to those people and activities that we love. His perigee is the best of times, and for some - the worst of times. As feelings of love intensify, those relationships which have the capacity to embrace this will move forward to partnership and marriage. However, those relationships that lack that capacity hit the proverbial wall ending in separation and divorce. Thus, during the time Venus disappears from view - due to his combustion with the Sun - most Vedic astrologers do not consider this auspicious for marriage until Venus once again comes into view. Venus will disappear on the 22nd of March and reappear on the 30th where he once again becomes visible. During Venus’ hiatus it is best to reflect upon those people and activities to which we are positively connected or attached. This positive attachment is nothing more than a euphemism for love and happiness. The two words for the planet Venus and happiness in Sanskrit are very close in derivation, as love and happiness are close in derivation. The open secret of Venus is the secret of love and happiness. It is that energy it gives you when you are positively attached. If you are not feeling the love, but rather experience a negative attachment - this is the time to end those relationships and activities. it is no secret that negative attachments rob you of your love and happiness and drain your energy.

Further in March Mercury will again exchange with Jupiter, each in the other planet's sign from the 10th to the 25th of the month. This creates the spectacular Sarasvati Yoga when all of the benefic planets are strong. The planetary combination is an inspiring one leading to artistic endeavors and a remarkable creative time. Go with a loved one to the theater, or a place that inspires you. Enroll in a class with your favorite teacher or Guru! See the beauty of life in contrast to what we all saw last year. You need to see and feel the beauty of this world if you are to become its agent. The focus in March is spending time with the people and places that inspire you - and limiting time spent with people and places that perspire you.

In April of 2017 Venus will enter his third month exalted in Pisces. All during this time he has been in alignment with Jupiter in the opposite constellation of Virgo. Normally Venus spends about three weeks in a sign, and thus can only align in a planetary combination with Jupiter for no more than three weeks a few times a year. This alignment is an extraordinary exception as they will combine for over four months. When planets combine their effects are not arithmetic, but exponential - and decidedly more powerful. For this reason, we astrologers are very propitiatory in our forecasts when two or more malefic planets align for an extended period. Everyone experienced that last year as Saturn and Mars were aligned. We all had that alignment somewhere in our chart, and dealt with the difficulties and challenges they represented in those domains of our lives.

It is now time for the benefic planets of light, Venus and Jupiter to align for an extended period of time. Their alignment will bring their combined light to bear exponentially in the domains of life that Pisces and Virgo represent in your chart. The celestial spring thaw from the spring equinox forward will be spectacular - if you can put the recent negativity of the past behind you. Yes — to err is human, and to forgive divine, but as we forgive it brings us closer to the divine. This is that time to work on your forgiveness, and to find your way back to a state of love. Do not waste this celestial confluence of time, for the light can and will exponentially transform you as the various branches of your lives grow upward to embrace it. The late Leonard Cohen said it best in the refrain to his song Anthem: forget your perfect offering — everything is broke — everything has a crack in it — that’'s how the light gets in. Upward into the light is the message for April. Frankly, the view is so much better up there with the line shinning down illuminating all for us to see.

Personal Forecast for Each of the Constellations

For those born under the constellation of Aries, April 14 – May 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the month of January brings many changes towards month's end. Your planet Mars moves into the constellation of Pisces on Jan 20th bringing renewed energy and feelings of optimism, now that your planet is finally released from the grasp of Saturn for an extended period. Mars will remain strong throughout the winter and early spring. He enters his own constellation of Aries in April and May recharging your batteries for the duration. Saturn himself moves into the constellation of Sagittarius on Jan 26th. The winter and spring are a time to turn toward matters of education and professional accreditations that will favor career security and advancement. Travel should be considered for professional and educational matters, and distance learning programs may appeal to you. Venus' four-month long sojourn into Pisces starting on January 27th favors foreign travel and especially favors romance abroad! Venus' long transit of Pisces for Aries can bring true love and possibly marriage — after having met that special person. Jupiter in Virgo continues to be of great assistance in restoring good healthy habits. Perhaps a new diet or exercise regime, and this supports work through the fall of 2017. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu continue to bring surprises to your plans. Existing friendships may suffer due to misunderstanding, but be open to making new friends who are more eclectic and open minded. Their input can open your mind to new opportunities and adventures you never could have imagined! The principal planets of light, Venus and Jupiter favor a time of health and healing and feelings of comradery at work.

For those born under the constellation of Taurus, May 15th – June 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the month January brings signs of relief. Your planet Venus moves into Pisces on the 27th where it favors your connectivity with friends and loved ones through winter and spring. There will be more opportunities for recognition and appreciation, drawing Taurus out of the shell of the previous year. Take the time to celebrate with colleagues and friends for this is your special time. Your feeling of going it alone will abate as Venus brings more well-wishers your way. The vocational responsibilities you have endured this past year will abate as Saturn moves into the constellation of Sagittarius towards month’s end. You may examine your work ethic and take deliberate steps to slow down the burn, concentrating more on your long range vocational goals. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu continue to bring changes and surprises at work. It's all good — go with the flow for best results now, but do not lose sight of your goals in this volatile time. Jupiter in Virgo augurs well for children and advancement in education. Jupiter's relationship with Venus in Pisces favors a new addition to the family if so inclined. Taurus is known for its stalwart reliability, but can only provide that if all is well with home and family — and the first half of 2017 favors the Bull's happiness for both. Mars' sojourn through Pisces and Aries through late January and the first half of April will help to refresh your energy and enthusiasm offering romance and relationship to Taurus. The Bull is slow and deliberate at first in relationship, but once they give their heart they are all in. The principal planets of light favor friendship, children and social engagement and these bring well deserved joy to Taurus during this time.

For those born under the constellation of Gemini, June 15th – July 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the month of January and spring hold many changes. Venus enters the constellation of Pisces late in the month and remains therein until the end of May. Venus here favors a new job, or growth in your current career. Your popularity at work will increase, and you may even become the go-to person or employee of the month! People will seek you out, so make best use of your contacts during this time. Your career advancement is based on both what you know — and who you know! Jupiter in Virgo favors a move, remodeling your current digs, or the purchase of a home. Be careful not to financially overreach. Your planet Mercury's relationship with Jupiter during the winter and spring favors educational advancement related to life goals. This is a great time to examine your life goals and to get busy making a plan to meet them. Relationships become more serious as Saturn moves into the constellation of Sagittarius. Current relationships may go through a series of tests. Or if single, you may contemplate why you are not in relationship and take serious steps to remedy that. But the theme is to take it slow. Work/life balance will strengthen Gemini during this time — be careful not to overdo it. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu can stress relations with siblings and create many a surprise in your travel itinerary — so best to take out travel insurance as inclement weather can suddenly change your plans. The principal planets of light, Venus and Jupiter, greatly favor career and family life, and just enjoying yourself hanging out at home.

For those born under the constellation of Cancer, July 16th – August 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, foundational changes take place later in January. Mars enters Pisces on the 20th of January which favors career opportunities for Cancer well into the spring of 2017. You will finally get your mojo back and feel like you are back in the game! Venus enters the constellation of Pisces the last few days of the month and favors travel and educational advancement for the Crab. This might be the perfect time for a vacation abroad to your favorite country. Venus will remain in Pisces until the end of May 2017 and bodes well for moving, remodeling, or the purchase of a home. With Venus so strong you will want something aesthetically pleasing — perhaps with an emphasis on luxury. Do not spend indiscriminately, remain prudent considering your budgetary concerns. Saturn's move into the constellation of Sagittarius late in January will give relief from relationship difficulties. The problems that have plagued Cancer this past year will abate leaving the events of the past behind you. This is an excellent time to focus on your long-term relationship goals and to eliminate negative patters you have observed. Challenges with progeny will dissipate and you will begin to see progress with Mars moving into positive constellations. Saturn in Sagittarius also favors health — so it's time to be the change you wish to see in the world. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu caution a sound financial plan to best avoid surprises. Pay down debt when possible. The principal planets of light, Venus and Jupiter, favor travel, education and artistic endeavors with your loved ones.

For those born under the constellation of Leo, August 17th – September 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the month of January 2017 brings a certain amount of celestial relief. Mars' movement into Pisces on the 19th and later into Aries in March and April features a return to optimism and feelings of progress as the Lion is back in the hunt! Venus' long sojourn into Pisces opposite Jupiter in Virgo promotes a time of vocational and financial advancement. It may be time to get a new financial planner. Examine your vocational and financial goals during this auspicious time. Changes in diet and the development of a regular health regimen will be of great service to the Lion, as the last year has taken an exhaustive physical and emotional toll. Saturn's welcomed movement into Sagittarius focuses on the Lion’s Pride — their children. Your children's well-being is paramount during this time and you will do everything within your power to ensure that. Moreover, Saturn in Sagittarius brings improvement in your relationships with a more realistic, down to earth approach with a focus on gratitude. The Lion can get high and mighty as King or Queen of the romantic jungle, but does really well when they finally become the domesticated house cat! The storm planets, Rahu and Ketu continue to trouble Leo, bringing a steady stream of constant change into the consciousness. It is best for Leo to go with the flow of the celestial river for the present. These patterns will abate in the fall of 2017. The principal planets of light Venus and Jupiter favor Leos for domestic happiness, greatly revitalizing the spirit of the Lion or Lioness and renewing their sunny disposition.

For those born under the constellation of Virgo, September 17th – October 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the planetary changes at the end of January 2017 bring the light directly to you! Jupiter in Virgo continues to support those born under this constellation until he moves on in September of this year. Venus's arrival into the constellation of Pisces on January 27th benefits Virgo well into the late spring. Both planets of light across the horizon for Virgo natives emphasize increased self-awareness, romance, education and travel! This first half of 2017 is particularly rewarding for Virgo. If you are planning travel, or educational advancement here or abroad, this is a most wonderful planetary period. In the domain of relationship, Venus under the aspect of Jupiter can bring commitment and marriage to those Virgo natives who have met that special person. If you are not in a relationship you may find that special person via educational opportunities while you are learning what you love! You are never more appealing to others as when they get to see you loving what you do! Do not be a wall flower during the first half of 2017 – get out there and let the world see and appreciate you for the remarkable person who you are – for all the light is shining on your constellation! Saturn moving into the constellation of Sagittarius later in January may bring feelings of discontent where you live or reside. Be patient and realistic about any move, for the grass always seems greener elsewhere - until you have to mow it! The storm planets Rahu and Ketu continue to play havoc with your work/life balance. Make it a point for 2017 to get enough sleep and exercise so you can embrace all the opportunities coming your way. You certainly don’t want to sleepwalk through the good times!

For those born under the constellation of Libra October 17th – November 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein your planet, Venus, enter the constellation of Pisces — his most powerful placement — later in January 2017. Venus in Pisces favors healthy life style choices for Libra. It is time to roll back the clock and see the stress of the last couple of years melt away as you treat yourself to latest rejuvenation therapies. When you feel better, the world feels better and your healthy connection to the world can and will increase your enthusiasm and happiness. Likewise, Jupiter in Virgo reinforces your self-care so you no longer burn the candle at both ends. You may even wish to donate time to a charitable cause. This can always increase your sense of gratitude as you see you have more to offer to others than previously thought. Saturn’s movement into Sagittarius on January 25th favors exercise and all forms of self-improvement. But the key here is to make mid to long range goals – no fast-track or quick-fix changes. Mars' stress on relationship eases up for 2017 as he steps away from his association with Saturn after the 20th of January. There was tough going in relationship and partnership for Libra in 2016, so make up for lost time as romance is favored in winter and spring of 2017. The storm planets, Rahu and Ketu, bring stress and change to friendships and life goals for 2017. You must recognize when you have been a supporting cast member with those friends and associates who are drama kings and queens, never allowing you a leading role. Time to resolve these issues and be open to new friends who can give you the recognition you deserve. The principal planets of light, Venus and Jupiter favor rejuvenation, restoration and a brand new make-over for a brand new you.

For those born under the constellation of Scorpio, November 16th – December 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the new year brings welcomed relief as your planet Mars becomes disentangled from its nine-month liaison with Saturn. Mars will enter the constellation of Pisces on January 20th, later in the month aligning with the planets of light, Venus and Jupiter. You will find your enthusiasm and energy returning for 2017, as the year will not be the slog of 2016. Venus enters Pisces on January 27th and remains therein until the end of May. This position favors children and a general positive outlook on life. Venus also heralds rejuvenation in your current partnership and wonderful romantic opportunities if you are single during his stay in Pisces. Jupiter in Virgo will support you with friendship and collaboration with like-minded peers, helping you to reach your goals and dreams. Winter and spring of 2017 favor romance and positivism for Scorpio as Saturn is finally moving out of your sign! Scorpions have suffered fatigue and isolation ever since Saturn entered their sign in late fall of 2014. He now moves into the constellation of Sagittarius on January 26th. Here Saturn will focus on themes of financial security. It is time for Scorpio to get a financial planner focusing on mid to long term financial goals. The sheer exhaustion of 2016 should have brought the self-awareness that if you continue your work-horse ways, you will go out to pasture sooner than you previously thought. It is time for you to become the show horse, and leave you work-horse ways behind! The storm planets, Rahu and Ketu, bring stress and change in work and family, but with your energy renewed you will be able to cope. The principal planets of light, Venus and Jupiter, favor friends and romance for you!

For those born under the constellation of Sagittarius, December 16th – January 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, later January 2017 features significant changes for you. On January 26th Saturn enters your sign. Saturn will bring a sense of self-reflection and self-inquiry to Sagittarians. Your usual optimism may take a more stern and sober turn during this transit. Your life goals for partnering and vocation will take a more serious direction, which will support you in the long run. Your planet Jupiter continues his transit through Virgo, at the top of your chart, favoring growth and progress in your career. Venus enters his most powerful sign of Pisces the last days of January and remains therein until the end of May 2017. This is an excellent time to move, or purchase a home, or to create the home of your dreams. Venus supports time with family and community activities that are important to you. Mars' separation from Saturn during the winter and spring of 2017 will bring renewed energy and enthusiasm. Mercury's alignment with Jupiter in January, coupled with Mars/Venus in Pisces this March favor romance for you, but Saturn in your sign prefers the slow and serious approach. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu bring stress and change, but with the opportunity for educational advancement. You may come to a decision to change your educational track if the subject no longer engages you, seeking something decidedly different and engaging. You may have wish to take that exotic vacation to relieve the existential fatigue of last year — but don’t go too far off the beaten path. The principal planets of light, Venus and Jupiter favor vocation and home and family.

For those born under the constellation of Capricorn, January 14th – February 12th, or those of you who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the month of January bring significant changes to your sign. Your planet Saturn enters the constellation of Sagittarius on the 26th of the month. This position of Saturn for Capricorn suggests a gradual shift to a more reflective time. You may have a sense that you have been working too hard, and it is now necessary to take more time off in your work/life equation. This sense of wanting to preserve time - rather than spend time — will serve you in 2017. Jupiter's transit through Virgo supports education and travel for the Goat in 2017. Venus enters the sign of Pisces on the 27th of the month and remains strong until the end of May 2017. Educational and technical pursuits have the potential to create career opportunities for you during the first half of the year. Although the Goat is usually reserved, this year augers well for Capricorn’s social life. Place yourselves out there, for opportunities can and will present themselves if you do. Romance is in the air, but will only become serious if in alignment with your chosen upward path. As Mars continues to distance himself from Saturn in early winter and spring, work will seem more enjoyable and productive than the previous year. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu bring the usual stress and upset to the Goat’s plans for financial security. Paying down debt always makes Capricorns happy, and is generally good in the long run. The principal planets of light, Venus and Jupiter, favor education, travel and socialization for Capricorn. The change will do you good!

For those born under the constellation of Aquarius, February 14th – March 13th, or those of you who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein 2017 features your planet Saturn moving into the constellation of Sagittarius on the 26th of January. This progressive placement will give new energy to your life goals and friendships. You may wish to socialize and connect more with others, mitigating the feelings of loneliness from the year before. Venus entering Pisces the day after Saturn moves also favors socializing and entertaining others, which helps to bring Aquarians into the light for the winter and spring of 2017. Jupiter in Virgo in alignment with Venus in Pisces promotes rejuvenation for Aquarians. Maintain the emphasis on a change of diet and adjust your work/life balance. The stressors of last year were exhaustive for Aquarius — the first half of 2017 should be dedicated to nourishment of self and soul to help restore equilibrium. Like Capricorn, as Mars continues to distance himself from Saturn, Aquarians will feel a renewed optimism with increased energy and productivity at work. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu are traveling across the horizon for Aquarians, bringing a shift in perspective in how you see yourself and others. It is a time of adjustment in partnership and romance, and it is best to keep an open mind in regards to those changes. Aquarians are ready to jettison an outdated sense of self. They want to become more progressive in their life approach with a change of style, focusing on minimalism and sustainability. The principal planets of light, Venus and Jupiter, are illuminating your comfort zones. It is important that that Aquarians spend significant time in those areas of illumination so they can regain their natural humanistic approach to life. Last year was Spartan — this year should include frequent trips to the Spa.

Those born under the constellation of Pisces, March 14th – April 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the winter and spring of 2017 feature your planet, Jupiter, gracing the part of the chart related to romance and partnership. Lucky you as this domain of your life in under extraordinary celestial beneficence! When Venus enters Pisces on January 27th, he will enter your constellation. This is an excellent time for romance and relationship, and winter and spring of 2017 are very favorable for romance, relationship and even marriage. Venus in your constellation will be bringing the light to you, and people will be drawn near, as your power to attract what you wish grows stronger in the first half of the year. But be careful how others perceive you. They easily can project their fantasies upon you, and becoming disappointed once they realize you are not the god or goddess they at first envisioned! The last days of January Saturn moves into Sagittarius, which is the domain of life that represents career. While you personally feel you are growing, your mind finds that work does not represent that same experience. Saturn here will help you structure long range plans related to your career, so avoid quick fixes or impulsive solutions as you may regret them sooner than later. With so much opportunity for Pisces, the storm planets Rahu and Ketu may lead you to self-neglect. Take good care of yourselves with proper diet and exercise to benefit the most from this special interval of time. The principle planets of light, Venus and Jupiter, are in your corner for the winter and spring of 2017. Live, love and enjoy the libation with moderation. Like Virgo - It is a time of wine and roses while it lasts.

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