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 months of November and December are the darkest months north of the equator in the dark half of the year. The darkness should not surprise us as it is part of the eternal cycle of light into darkness and darkness into light. Yet many are unprepared for the diminishing light, and as well share a primordial fear of the dark. The dark cycle is as natural as the light cycle. Whereas the light cycle is a time of sowing and growth, the dark cycle is a time of reaping and repose. The bloom of nature has faded, and the past harvest reminds us that this is a time of gratitude. The festival of Thanksgiving in western culture during this time is a yearly ritual, a reminder during the dark part of the year that we are grateful for this year's harvest and well prepared for the winter darkness ahead.
In the eastern culture of India, this is the time of the festival of Diwali. Diwali is a festival of light during the dark part of the year and occurs in early November, this year starting on the 6th. Light bearing lamps, lanterns, and candles are displayed to drive back the darkness in gratitude to remind us that this time of darkness is only part of the natural cycle of light and dark. As said, the fear of darkness is primordial, and light is its remedy.
However, Mother Nature does not fear the dark. She rather embraces this time to gently induce a sleepy slumber amongst all her children, for this is the natural cycle of rest and repose for all beings. Our fear of darkness does not exempt us from this natural cycle of rest and repose. We do not have to be the exception to this rule of time due to our fear of darkness. Rather as conscious beings, we can be exceptional in overcoming our fear by embracing it, experiencing the restorative bliss that comes with rest and repose — just like the rest of nature — during the dark part of the year. This is the time of year to get over the fear of darkness and reframe it into the bliss of darkness through restful and rejuvenating experiences.
The darkness will culminate as usual on the Winter Solstice this year on December 21st. This darkest day north of the equator features numerous solstice holiday events, which all feature light prominently in holiday displays the world over. The light-bearing holiday displays remind us, lest we forget, that the darkness we are currently experiencing has culminated. Gradually the light will return to awaken us and all of nature from this restorative, and blissful cyclic slumber.
November starts with Mars leaving the constellation of Capricorn on the 5th and moving into the constellation of Aquarius. While strong in Capricorn, Mars was aligned with the storm planets Ketu and Rahu creating vitriolic contention on a global scale. His sojourn through Aquarius will be welcome as he comes under check by Saturn in Saturn's sign. Hopefully, the rhetoric of hate will fall on deaf ears during Mars' transit of this humanistic sign.
November will feature two planets stationing and stopping on the same day. Venus will stop in the heavens and move forward on November 16th in the constellation of Libra. In Vedic astrology the more slowly a planet moves, the more powerful the planet is according to its nature. The slow movement of Venus in his own sign of Libra will bring a growing sense of warmth and connectivity to the part of the chart that Libra is associated with. Venus will remain slow and strong for the remainder of November and early December so enjoy this period of time. Venus' strength will give a greater sense of unity and connectedness during these divisive times. Enjoy the growing comradery that Venus represents. Mercury will also stop in the heavens and start his retrograde cycle on November 16th as well. He will retrograde in the constellation of Scorpio where he will remain until the end of the year.
As I have discussed many times, Mercury's retrograde cycle is not to be feared but rather understood. When Mercury retrogrades, he extends his stay in a constellation from his usual two-week period to a two-month period of time. If Mercury retrogrades with malefic planets, he becomes challenged for judgment and discernment, but when he retrogrades with benefic planets, he becomes beneficial for judgment and discernment. This Mercury retrograde is with the benefic planet Jupiter, also in the constellation of Scorpio, and is, therefore, a positive period of time as Mercury will stay with Jupiter until the end of the year. The period where major decisions should be avoided are the days when Mercury stops in the heavens and enters into combustion with the Sun. Mercury will stop on November 16th and December 6th. He will combust the Sun and disappear from November 22nd to December 3rd. Review major decisions carefully during these periods of time. Otherwise, Mercury with Jupiter in Scorpio tends to be an auspicious time for judgment and decisions for the domain of life that Scorpio is associated with your chart.
December starts with Mercury stationing and moving forward on the day of the new Moon on December 6th, all in the constellation of Scorpio. Venus continues his slow movement through Libra and trends auspicious for artisans and relationships for the holiday season. With both Venus and Mercury strong, take time this holiday season to connect with friends, family and those you value dearly. This season trends favorably for your relationships, especially so for communicating the spirit of the holidays with those that you value while Mercury and Jupiter are aligned in Scorpio!
There is a great deal of celestial activity around the Winter Solstice this December 21st. On the solstice, Mercury and Jupiter exactly and favorably align in the constellation of Scorpio. On December 22nd, Mars enters the constellation of Pisces which is ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter, being in Mars' constellation, forms a favorable planetary alignment with Mars in Jupiter's constellation. This is a called a planetary exchange, whereas each planet is in the other planet's sign. In the mythology of India, Jupiter and Mars are brothers and they also share friendship in Vedic astrology. Their planetary association is considered very auspicious for the signs involved — for as in life, so it is in astrology. We all get by with a little help from our friends!
More than any other planet Mars needs direction and focus lest his unbridled hubris leads him into conflict. Jupiter does exactly that for Mars as his older brother, providing a guiding light, so Mars does not fall into bad company. Jupiter will shine his positive light on Mars into the first week of February 2019. Under Jupiter's influence, Mars will trend positive and productive for the domain of life that the constellation of Pisces is associated with in your chart. Take advantage of this spectacular planetary exchange to get your Mars Mojo back on track!
In addition, December 22nd features a full Moon in the constellation of Gemini. The full Moon will come opposite Saturn in the constellation of Sagittarius on December 23rd. Saturn is the Sat Graha, the planet of the Truth. His message at the winter solstice and the holiday season during the dark part of the year is a message that light and life are finite. When we understand this at the culmination of the year, we seek to savor and preserve both light and life. The message this holiday season with Saturn opposite the Moon is one of minimalism and sustainability in keeping with the spirit of Mother Nature, not the profligate spirit of the Mother of holiday marketing! Be wise in your spending keeping in step with the spirit of Mother Nature this holiday season.
For those born under the constellation of Aries, April 14-May 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mercury and Jupiter are transiting the domain of life associated with wills, legacies, and collective values. This is an excellent time to look at your legacy and, if you like what you see, continue, and if not, now is the time to make a change in your life direction. Are you living your life according to your value system, or are you living your life according to what other people demand of you? This trends an excellent time to make these assessments and act accordingly. Your planet Mars in Pisces is transiting the 12th domain of the chart and trends positive for taking some downtime this holiday season so you can restore and regenerate the positive energy that characterizes your sign. The time trends positive for taking a step back to recharge with sweet sleep and sweet dreams so that later you can spring forward when your planet Mars comes to your constellation early in February.
For those born under the constellation of Taurus, May 15th-June 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mercury and Jupiter are transiting the part of your chart that is associated with your partnerships and relationships. This tends to be a positive time in marriage and relationships for the Bull. Your appreciation for those you partner with will grow during this period of time. Happiness fragrantly scents the air this holiday season for Taurus. Mars in Pisces is tenanting the 11th part of the chart, which is associated with your friends and community. Mars energy here will revitalize your friendships, and within your network or community, you will experience a growing sense of comradery. Often solitary, the Bull will experience the appreciation and goodwill of their community, so there is a sense of moving forward in unison with those who value and respect you. The time trends positive for connecting and deepening existing relationships with those who have the ability to inspire you.
For those born under the constellation of Gemini, June 15th-July 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet Mercury transits with Jupiter in the part of your chart that is associated with your health and habits. This time trends positive to make changes in your daily routines so you can better support yourself in all activities. Choose foods and habits that leave you feeling refreshed and vitalized, not chronically fatigued. This will pay dividends in all areas of life, but especially career as Mars is tenanting the 10th, the career part of your chart. This is one of his best placements. Here Mars will revitalize your interest in what you do. If you are stuck in a boring routine, now is the time to agitate to engage in more satisfying accomplishments. Mars is a planet of leadership so you can start by volunteering to take a lead role in something that engages you. Management loves it when people show initiative. Mobile Gemini needs upward mobility now.
For those born under the constellation of Cancer, July 16th-August 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mercury and Jupiter are transiting the part of your chart that is associated with creativity and children. If you have been feeling flat, now is the time to get those creative juices flowing. This time trends positive for children with advancement in education and recognition for the Crab. Mars in Pisces is tenanting the 9th part of your chart and is favorable for travel and educational pursuits. This holiday season favors travels for the Crab, so no need to hole up in your shell. Travel to see family and friends trends well this holiday season. If you have been contemplating another educational opportunity or degree, Mars will give you the energy and enthusiasm to start such endeavors. His transit in Pisces trends well for educational and spiritual advancement; however, you must take action during this time. There is no room for doubt. This is a love-it-or-leave-it period of time.
For those born under the constellation of Leo, August 17th-September 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mercury and Jupiter are transiting the part of your chart that is associated with home and family. This is a truly wonderful life holiday season for the Lion and his Pride. Make time to take time with family for when the Lion's heart is with his family, this stokes his pride. This is also an excellent time to move or purchase a more desirable home in a more desirable neighborhood. Mars in Pisces in tenanting the 8th domain of your chart which is associated with taxes, legacies, and collective values. This is a great time to meet with a financial advisor before the year ends. The Lion needs to be engaged in activities that they value which are directly beneficial to the Lion, not activities that others value with no benefit for you. Others cheer when the Lion roars as champions for them. This holiday season is the time for the Lion to roar as a champion for themselves and their Pride!
For those born under the constellation of Virgo, September 17th-October 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mercury and Jupiter are transiting the part of your chart that is associated with siblings and comrades. This time trends positive to connect with your brothers and sisters during this holiday season. Association with siblings and comrades will provide that positive sense of connectedness that Virgo truly values to feel appreciated. You appreciate in value this holiday season, and you are the holiday gift to many people as your planet Mercury is with the brightest planet in the heavens! Mars in Pisces is tenanting the 7th part of your chart which is associated with romantic relationships and marriage. Here Mars has the potential to revitalize and infuse new energy into an existing relationship or the potential to start something new. You can’t start a fire without a spark and Mars will provide that spark of interest all during the holiday season for Virgo.
For those born under the constellation of Libra October 17th-November 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mercury and Jupiter are transiting the part of the chart that is associated with finances and domestic happiness. Nothing is sweeter than financial bliss as the old adage no money, no honey implies. This time is trending to improve your finances, and, once they improve, your domestic life will progress proportionately. This also portends a time to improve your diet as generally the more you pay for food, the better quality you received. Mars in Pisces is tenanting the part of your chart associated with health and exercise, which are directly related. Mars thrives in the 6th domain of life. He should give you the juice to start burning those calories just in time for the seasonal holiday meals! Why not start your dark days arising early to exercise? Or better yet join a health club for a trial offer to see if exercising early helps your day and improves your health at the same time.
For those born under the constellation of Scorpio, November 16th-December 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mercury and Jupiter are transiting the part of the chart that is associated with you. This is an excellent time for personal reflection and judgment concerning your personal dreams and aspirations. This time trends positive as the light is shining on you, bringing about recognition and self-fulfillment. Don't indulge too much during the holidays or you will be joining Libra at the gym early in the morning! Your planet Mars in Pisces is tenanting the 5th part of your chart, which trends well for your creativity and progeny. You have the energy to make this holiday season creative and engaging for your sons and daughters, as the energy of Mars in this domain exchanged with Jupiter portends a creative time for your children. Or, perhaps to plan for an addition to the family if you and your partner are so inclined. Your planet is finally free of the storm planets and the holidays are yours to celebrate!
For those born under the constellation of Sagittarius, December 16th-January 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mercury and your planet Jupiter are transiting the part of the chart that is associated with rest and repose, just in time for the holidays. Sagittarius has just been working too hard these days with Saturn now being in their sign. Follow Mother Nature's example and don't work so hard. Take some time off or use wellness days this holiday season so you can reinvigorate and rejuvenate the Archer's arrows so they can be more on the mark. The Archer needs a respite, and this is that time. Mars in Pisces is tenanting the 4th part of your chart, which is related to home and family. Mars can help you when you spend down time with your family, rather than over-scheduling family events this holiday season. Sagittarius needs to hurry up and slow things down this season and sit next to the holiday fire as the family man/woman with those you love.
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, Mercury and Jupiter are transiting the part of the chart that is associated with your friends and community. This is a superb time to spend quality time with friends within your community to uplift and lighten the sure-footed goat's serious nature. Just make sure you give all your friends the same amount of holiday cheer, so you don't suffer existential guilt this holiday season. This time trends well in your improved relations with others, and you may find you are much more appreciated than you realized. Mars in Pisces is tenanting the third part of your chart that is associated with your siblings and comrades. Mars does very well here as he provides the exuberance of others to motivate Capricorn during the busy holiday season. The solitary goat is anything but solitary this holiday season. This time trends for celebration and good cheer with brothers, sisters, comrades, and friends.
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, Mercury and Jupiter are transiting the part of the chart that is associated with work and career. The light of these planets is favoring your profession. You may experience vertical upward movement in your career as the auspicious light of these planets is directly overhead! If not satisfied with your career growth, this is a superb time to meet with a vocational resource or coach to develop your career expectations and potential. Don't be afraid to jump ship if vocational sailing seems better in uncharted waters as Jupiter's transit will be with you almost to the end of 2019. Mars in Pisces is tenanting the second part of your chart, which is associated with finances. Here Mars trends strong exchanged with Jupiter to fuel your financial ambitions and attainment of wealth. This can be the time to meet with a financial advisor to expand your wealth potential.
Those born under the constellation of Pisces, March 14th-April 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mercury and your planet Jupiter are transiting the part of your chart associated with travel, education, and spirituality. Travel trends favorable for the Fish this holiday season and you just might be able to book an auspicious journey during this time that will hit the trifecta of all three! Your planet Jupiter will remain in this favorable part of the chart until late 2019, so you will have the opportunity to enjoy this energy for some time to come. Mars in Pisces is tenanting the part of the chart that is associated with you. Here auspicious Mars will grant you the energy and enthusiasm to fulfill your holiday dreams and plans. Be careful not to suffer from irrational exuberance as Mars will only gift you from late December into early February of 2019, then his energy wanes. Be wary of a tendency of pedal-to-the-metal over-engagement in your activities during this time. Steady on is my holiday season advice.
The months of September and October will feature Mars in alignment with the storm planet Ketu until Mars leaves the constellation of Capricorn in early November. This is where Mars is exalted and this placement will intensify the indications of Mars. Mars will come into exact alignment with Ketu later in September from the 25th to the 26th of September. At this time Mars and Ketu will transit the eclipse point of the total lunar eclipse that took place on July 27th of this past summer. This will portend a time of fire and storm as 2018 joins the very small group of warmest years on record in the ongoing debate on climate change. Considering the times in which we live, we cannot rule out the specter of violence or war, which may rear its head during this time. Volatility and chaos seem to reign in the world when Mars transits an eclipse point. As Shakespeare echoed, "Cry havoc and slip the dogs of war." These effects are gratefully short-lived and will dissipate as Mars and Ketu separate.
Every planetary combination has its positive as well as negative effects. Both Mars and Ketu are planets of a fiery disposition. Where there is fire, there is light, heat and energy to be harvested and harnessed. One of the 20th centuries most celebrated Martians, Nikola Tesla, had Mars and Ketu in almost exact alignment in his chart. The great genius Tesla was an electrical and mechanical engineer, inventor, and physicist who was famous for his contributions in the field of energy. In May of 1888 he patented an alternating current (AC) induction motor that revolutionized the energy field ultimately replacing Thomas Edison’s direct current (DC) energy platform, as AC could be transmitted through wires over greater distances than DC. Later Tesla developed power platforms where energy could be transmitted without wires. This initiated the wireless movement in the transmission of energy which resulted in patents for radio transmission, remote control vehicles and the tesla coil! This legendary innovator and inventor revolutionized the field of energy in his lifetime so that today we live in a wireless world with an explosion of wireless devices that he made possible. The Tesla name has been invoked in a new generation of vehicles that are energetically revolutionary and can be remotely controlled.
Such is the explosive, revolutionary energy of the Mars/Ketu planetary alignment. This is the positive or bright energetic side of this alignment. It represents all the energy you cannot see, but just because you cannot see it does not means you can be in denial of this energy. The lesson here is to become aware of all the energy you cannot see and then begin to harness and direct that energy where you want it to revolutionize your life. This planetary alignment is taking place in all of your charts. The key is to harness it and to the let the energy illuminate the domain of life where Mars and Ketu are influencing you.
Globally the world is awash in energy due to engineering innovators, like Tesla. Those innovators have been able to free oil and gas through horizontal drilling, known as fracking. So much oil and gas has been harnessed through this technique that the US is now an energy exporter of both oil and gas. Although the price of oil and gas appears to be low now, never forget that the energy sector as a rule is always volatile. While the price of energy is low, you can use the Mars/Ketu alignment to revolutionize your energy needs. This can be an excellent time to conduct an energy audit of your home. You can replace outdated heating and cooling systems and appliances at this time and embrace some of the energy efficient and energy renewable emerging technologies that are currently available. Then when the price and availability of energy becomes volatile you will not be as exposed or dependent. The retail giant Walmart has embraced solar renewable energy in over ten percent of their department stores and is committed to a renewable energy future.
The eclipses and difficult Mercury RX of last summer are now past. On September 2nd Mercury entered the constellation of Leo where he remains until he enters his own constellation of Virgo on September 18th. When Mercury aligns with naturally malefic planets, such as Saturn, Mars, Rahu and Ketu, he becomes challenged in his outlook. It portends a poor time for judgment as there is often a crises or some negativity impacting our decision. Conversely, when Mercury is free from affliction and aligned with the naturally benefic planets, such as Venus and Jupiter, we are afforded more light in our judgements and discernments. Mercury in both Leo and Virgo becomes removed from the storm planets Rahu and Ketu. This portends a better time to move forward with important strategies and decisions. For the first half of the month, Mercury will still be under the influence of Mars, so do not expect our current trade war to improve or gain any common ground until Mercury becomes free of Mars later in the month.
Where Mars came to perigee, close to the earth, this past July and August and heated things up, it is now Venus' time to come to perigee and shine his remarkable light for all to see. Along with Jupiter, Venus is one of the brightest planets in the night sky. He represents the artisan and educated class; always diplomatic and considerate of those in his circle. Normally, lovely Venus spends about three weeks in a given constellation; however, when he comes close to the earth he extends his stay in a given sign up to four months. This will be case for the fall of 2018 as on September 1st Venus entered the constellation of Libra where he will remain until the first of the year 2019.
Venus will transit his own constellation and therefore become very beneficial for the domain of life that Libra is associated with in your chart. He portends a time of connectivity and finding common ground, as opposed to a time of conflict and aggression when Mars transits close to the earth. With the right opportunity, and through diplomacy, Venus will always find common ground as he seeks to bring people closer, not divide and conquer, which is the strategy of Mars. September is good time to connect with others to find your inspiration once again after the long hot stormy summer of 2018. Engage with others in exploring the artistic and upside of humanity, rather than spending time with the proverbial bottom feeders. Venus can and will renew your faith in humanity if you will allow yourself the time to connect with those people and those events which bring you joy and happiness. Take some time to connect with those you value and love during Venus' transit of Libra.
Again, Venus usually only spends three weeks in a given constellation and so when he extends that time by coming close to the earth in his own constellation it is a very special period of time. The other light in the night sky is Jupiter and he far outshines Venus during the course of the year. Jupiter spends a little over a year in a constellation so wherever he is shining his light there is greater potential for growth than Venus. Because Venus moves so fast he will yearly transit the constellation where Jupiter is currently transiting, and they will align for no more than three weeks. When both naturally benefic planets of light come together it is a special event and only happens once a year. Metaphorically think of this time as having not one, but two great lights shinning on the garden of life that Libra represents in your chart. Whatever seeds you plant in this time of great light they are sure to grow. However, the growing season just became longer because Venus’ protracted alignment with Jupiter will last until October 11th when Jupiter leaves the constellation of Libra and enters the sign of Scorpio!
This extended season of light has the potential to herald an extraordinary harvest as we come to the autumnal equinox of September 22nd, as the Harvest Full Moon of September 24th takes place days later. This month will be in contrast to the summer eclipse months of July and August. Enjoy the light of this remarkable month, and be sure to harvest your best heirloom seeds come the Harvest Full moon at month’s end.
Mercury tends to improve in October as he leaves his own constellation of Virgo on the 6th and enters the constellation of Libra. Here he aligns with both Venus and Jupiter in Libra until the 11th when Jupiter leaves the constellation of Libra. Where Mercury was aligned with malefic planets last summer, here in Libra Mercury is aligned with only the natural benefic planets. When Mercury, Venus and Jupiter align together, it is a very special, but very brief benefic period of time. The planetary alignment goes under the name of Saraswati Yoga. Saraswati is the goddess of the arts and education in India. Thus this time bodes well for all artistic, academic and spiritual activities. Don't miss the Saraswati window from the 6th to the 11th, particularly the 9th, 10th as the new Moon joins all the benefic planets in Libra. Whatever domain of life Libra rules in your chart will benefit during this time.
Mercury will remain with Venus in Libra until October 26th. At that time he will come into the constellation of Scorpio where he will come into alignment with Jupiter in Scorpio. Under the light of the benefic planets the indications of Mercury will flourish. It trends to be a positive time for business, communication, travel and education. Educational and spiritual activities are favored at this time so take the time to connect with your academic or spiritual sangha this special time.
On October 11th Jupiter leaves the constellation of Libra and enters the constellation of Scorpio, where he will remain until early November of 2019. In the mythology of India, Jupiter and Mars are brothers, albeit Jupiter is the older and wiser of the brothers. Planets do well in the signs of their friends, so as the saying goes: we all get by with a little help from our friends. Therefore Jupiter’s transit of his brother’s sign Mars is positive for the sign of Scorpio. Jupiter will shine his bright light penetrating to the depths of Scorpio’s still waters. The catalytic effects of light will stir Scorpio’s still waters ushering forth a flood of creativity and the usual cathartic release that accompanies the creative process.
Jupiter will shine his light through Mar’s constellation which will be positive for all hierarchal institutions where people have to rise or fall to rank, such as the military, law enforcement, as well as corporate and government hierarchal institutions. When Jupiter expresses himself through the martial constellations he brings truth and knowledge to directly support or confront power. Violence and oppression are the tools of those who are blinded by power. When Jupiter shines his light sight is restored and where we were blind we now can see. Jupiter portends positive tidings for Scorpio and for the accompanying domains of life that Scorpio rules in your chart.
For those born under the constellation of Aries, April 14 - May 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mars and Ketu are transiting the part of your chart associated with your career during this time. This is an excellent time to change your work habits to find more energy and engagement in your routines. Leave frustration and anger at the door and embrace a fresh trajectory and you will be amazed at the positive way people embrace you. The uplifting Venus/Jupiter alignment in Libra falls in the domain of life that influences your partnerships and relationships. Important partnerships and romantic relationships will bloom and bear fruit during this time. This is a positive time for marriage and or commitment if you have met that special person. If not, this is the time to start your romantic shopping list and prepare to go to market. If you do not aim for the stars now, how are you going to get there? The Ram needs to be bold, and persistent- which is his strength.
For those born under the constellation of Taurus, May 15th - June 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mars and Ketu are transiting the domain of your chart that is associated with spirituality, education and travel. If your spiritual life is flat perhaps this is the time to examine your spiritual beliefs and intentions so you can begin to embrace a deeper sense of connectedness to the divine that has the capacity to inspire you. Attend a new church, temple, or sangha in search of this inspiration. Enroll in an educational class. Try a different trajectory to jump start your frontal lobe so you become fully caffeinated and clear eyed. The Venus/Jupiter alignment falls in the part of your chart that concerns health, diet and habits. This is an excellent time to transform negative habits through positive affirmation. Partner with others to improve your daily health and hygiene routines by joining a healthy sangha that focuses on diet and increased physical activity.
For those born under the constellation of Gemini, June 15th - July 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mars Ketu are transiting through the part of your chart associated with legacies, trusts, taxes. With so many tax changes this year please consult a financial advisor so you are not paying more than your fair share. This is positive time to restructure any debt before interest rates rise further so that you experience the rush of enthusiasm that comes with progress. If you are older and wiser this could be the time for examining what your legacy and retirement looks like. The uplifting Venus/Jupiter alignment falls in the domain of life associated with creativity and children. This is a positive time to plan for children, and if you have children a wonderful time to plan and assist for their future by choosing the right schools and teachers that will inspired them. Venus and Jupiter can get your creative juices flowing in a big way. No time to wait. Get those juices flowing!
For those born under the constellation of Cancer, July 16th - August 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mars and Ketu are transiting the domain of life that is associated with your partnerships and relationships. The question you need to ask at this time is are you relationships inspiring or perspiring? We spend a great deal of time and energy in our personal relationship and the take-away should be energetically satisfying. If that is not the case, this is the time to change that dynamic with all the tools available to you. If a positive balance cannot be struck, it will only be a matter of time until the well runs dry. Venus and Jupiter are illuminating the part of your chart that is connected with your home and family. This is a positive time to buy a home, or move to new digs where you can lay down roots. Quality time spent with family will reap rewards in feeling more deeply connected to others. This is a great time to take a family vacation with 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, Mars and Ketu are transiting the domain of life associated with your health and work. It is important to develop positive work habits during this period of time so you feel energetically satisfied at the end of your work day, not drained. You will not be able to go the distance if there is increasing resistance in your work life. Now is the time for the regal Lion to get a base line health check-up. In this way you will know what areas of your health you need to work on so you can continue to lead the Lion’s pride for many years to come. Venus and Jupiter are illuminating the part of your chart that is associated with comrades, brother and sisters. Although the Great Cat can at times appear to be a loner, his nature is truly social. This is a very positive time to continue to build your social sangha and network. Nothing of substance and significance can be achieved alone; it takes a village.
For those born under the constellation of Virgo, September 17th -–October 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mars and Ketu are transiting the part of your chart that is associated with your creativity and children. Are your creative juices flowing into projects that are positively enriching your life, or are they bottled up and about to burst? If your answer is the later, now is the time to breach that energetic dam and direct the ensuing flood of creativity into projects that will enrich your sense of self-worth and revitalization. Venus and Jupiter are illuminating the part of your chart that is associated with fiancé and food. This is great time for finances or to ask for a raise. If you are dry and parched, Venus and Jupiter will allow you to drink deeply until your cup is full and spilling over. Break bread with those who inspire you and once satiated you will do the same for others. Once lit the light from one dinner candle can ignite infinite others without diminishing itself.
For those born under the constellation of Libra October 17th - November 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mars and Ketu are transiting the domain of life that is associated with your home and family. If your domestic and home life is not in order now is the time to make a change. Your home and family represent the foundation of your life, and this foundation should be solid and firm to support you, not cracked and in need of constant repair. This is the time to make those amends, if possible, so you are finally standing on firm ground. If not, you may need to move, or downsize to a lifestyle that is less energetically demanding. Venus and Jupiter are shinning their combined light on the part of the chart that is associated with you. This is the time to feel good about yourself, for when you do the things that you really enjoy, you really feel good. When you really feel good, you have the ability to light up everything and everyone around you. This is that time. What are you waiting for?
For those born under the constellation of Scorpio, November 16th - December 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, Mars and Ketu are transiting the part of your chart that is associated with your comrades, brothers and sisters. It is important that you feel energetically enriched in your associations with other, not drained. This is the time to assess that energetic dynamic and recognize the patterns that are negatively draining. When you no longer participate in those patterns you will see the world through a more positive lens and be amazed at the reserves of energy you now have. This is the most positive energy audit you can do at this time. Venus and Jupiter are illuminating the part of your chart that is associated with rest and repose. To further enhance your energy this is very positive time to go on retreat, or at the very least take a rest bit. Please take some time off from people and the world. It will do you a world of good.
For those born under the constellation of Sagittarius, December 16th - January 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein Mars and Ketu are transiting the part of your chart that is associated with your finances. Are you living within your means, or is your lifestyle leaving you in an ever increasing financial hole? If the answer is no, now is the time to develop a budget to reign in your spending and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Managing your finances and debt will facilitate a more optimistic outlook for gregarious Sagittarius. Venus and Jupiter are shinning their combined light in the domain of life that is associated with your friends. It is critical to spend time with friends that are representative of this energy. We all get by with a little help from our friends. The archer’s arrows should aim high during the Venus/Jupiter time, for you have the opportunity to develop a growing sangha, or community of associates that will have you dancing in the light for some time to come!
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 Mars and Ketu are transiting the part of the chart that is associated with you. The sure footed Goat is very serious. Are you serious about the things in life that enhance a positive outlook? If not, that is a very positive time for serious self-examination. A self-examined life is the only life that is seriously worth living for Capricorn. Be serious about the right stuff- not the frivolous stuff. Capricorn’s convictions are deeply rooted. Self-examination will allow you to root out and eliminate your negative convictions so only the positive convictions remain. It really is that simple. Venus and Jupiter are illuminating the domain of life that is associated with your career. All the light you can see is directly overhead so now is the time for the Goat to climb ever higher. Set you sights and settle for nothing less than the mountain’s peak. Take along skilled Sherpas to help you rise.
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 Mars and Ketu are transiting the part of your chart that is associated with rest and repose. There is a time and a season to everything- turn; turn. It is the Water Bearer’s turn to lie still and regenerate so when the time comes again to pour forth you will be ready. This is a sleepy time for Aquarius; a nocturnal time to escape from the world and dream of a better world to come. Existential fatigue is in the air. Rest up and don’t take it too seriously for this too shall pass and you will be your star studded self again soon. Jupiter and Venus are shinning their light in the spiritual and educational part of your chart. This is wonderful time to attend educational seminars that will enrich your body, mind and spirit. Under Jupiter and Venus you may well find teachers and Gurus that speak deeply to you and fulfill your educational and spiritual aspirations. This is that time.
Those born under the constellation of Pisces, March 14th - April 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein Mars and Ketu are transiting the part of your chart that is associated with your friends and community. This is the time to examine your sangha and to make sure the balance is decidedly favoring the shinning stars versus the black holes. Energetically you can no longer sustain those in your community who are light blockers. All the light you cannot see is being blocked by these sun blockers. Take the time to examine those you consider friends to see if they energetically enrich or deplete you. You deserve friends of a sunnier disposition. What are you waiting for? Venus and Jupiter are shinning their light on the domain of life that is associated with your legacies, taxes and longevity. This is a positive time, age appropriate, to draw up your will and testament. This is your legacy and reflecting on this at this time can help you live more in alignment with those values.
The months of July and August will feature Mars coming to perigee, his closet approach to the earth. Mars does this every two year. This time he will be in his most powerful constellation— the constellation of Capricorn. This is where Mars is exalted and this placement will intensify the indications of Mars. Further, Mars will align with the storm planet Ketu, who is transiting Capricorn, and opposite the storm planet Rahu, who is transiting Cancer.
This will be one hot summer north of the equator and in all likelihood one of the hottest on record. Mars is a pitta, or fiery planet, and he will be in close alignment with Ketu, another pitta planet, this summer. The planetary combination is volatile and incendiary by nature. You are already witnessing the fiery results at Hawaii's Kilauea volcanic eruptions and the summer fire season is already underway with record fires in Colorado. The heat of Mars with the storm planets portend an unusual stormy July and August as this summer features a total of three eclipses, rather than the usual pair of two. In fact, a dust storm has swept across the whole surface of the planet Mars since he came into the constellation of Capricorn and began his journey close to the earth.
Mars is associated with war and conflict in both the Greco and Indo systems of astrology. It is part of the human condition to fight for and fight to protect what we value and what we believe. Mars' caste or class is that of a spiritual warrior. He is the protector of dharma- our duty to follow our path and purpose. Do not tread lightly upon his toes, or mistake his kindness for weakness, for he is a formidable friend or a formidable foe. He is valorous and you will see extraordinary acts of courage during his reign, as in the Thai soccer team cave rescue, but you will also see extraordinary acts of violence during his reign for those motivated by the thirst for conquest. Tempers and temperatures will run exceedingly hot this whole summer so caution is advised, as everything and everyone will be close to the kindling point during the summer of 2018.
Travel carefully for there is the likelihood of record storms and fires, which will make travel and summer vacations plans more complicated. Mars aligned with Ketu in the earth constellation of Capricorn is an indication of increased fires, earthquake activity along the usual fault lines, and volcanic activity such as we have seen in Hawaii. Mars opposite Rahu in the water constellation of Cancer is an indication of increased activity in tropical storms, and flooding as we have seen in Thailand and Japan just recently. Therefore the celestial travel advisory for summer 2018 is to plan carefully, with both a plan A and a plan B, just in case the river rises, and your travel plans get washed away. Travel insurance is in order for the most intrepid and adventurous – for they properly already have a strong Mars in their chart and welcome the challenge.
Last month's Star Trends addressed the emergence of "Big Data" — data collection that has been driven by a new breed of data devices that even George Orwell could never have imagined! Smart everything devices embedded in literally everything you can imagine has created a public heightened awareness of an increasing invasive Band of Big Brothers scrutinizing everyone and everything you can imagine, and readily serving it up to third parties for profit, with little or no oversight, and without your awareness. The dark collection of data, without our knowledge, is only enriching those who are collecting our data, but certainly not enriching ourselves. Again, the many mind boggling implications of Big Data are continuing to trickle into the public eye and the data privacy experts have been given new traction to open the debate further, bringing it out of the darkness and into the public light.
This summer Mercury, the planet of business and data, will retrograde in the constellation of Cancer in late July and remain in that sign until the first week of September, escalating the data debate and controversy. As previously explained, the storm planets Ketu and Rahu are currently transiting the constellations of Capricorn with Mars. Mercury will remain in alignment with Rahu in Cancer all during the months of July and August. Further, Mercury will remain opposite the storm planet Ketu, aligned with Mars in Capricorn, during this time as well. What you have seen so far is the tip of the data iceberg, for more data breaches and scandals will emerge this summer.
Mercury with Mars in Cancer has the potential to increase cyber attacks and cyber crime. Unfortunately, when security breaches take place, we are usually the last to know, often several weeks or months later. The celestial advisory is to add another layer of security to all your smart devices. You will be glad you did when the latest data breach is announced. If you are among those who have smart devices that monitor all your home activities, now is the time to make sure those devices are monitoring those activities on your behalf, not on the behalf of hackers or Big Data. Double down on data security for the summer of 2018 so when the next data scandal surfaces it is not your data concern. Mercury leaves Cancer and enters Leo on September 2nd and aligns more positively with the planets of light later in September and October.
The month of July will feature two eclipses: a partial solar eclipse on July 12th and a total lunar eclipse on July 27th. Further, Mercury will retrograde on July 25th in the constellation of Cancer close to the total lunar eclipse. Celestially July portends to be a volatile month. Since Mercury entered Cancer, he has been and will be aligned with the storm planets and Mars until early September. Mercury is a planet of business and his alignment with Mars has developed into an escalating trade war with conflicting and confusing trade tariffs influencing some countries and not others. These tariffs are influencing some goods and not others, leaving consumers conflicted and confused.
Expect volatility in business markets this month during Mercury's affliction. Confusion as to why and the purpose of this trade war will be debated endlessly in the media, but there is no need to panic, as Mercury will become more coherent in the fall of 2018. However, Mercury will not be coherent during July or August, so my celestial advice is to merely observe these events as a sort of entertaining circus, with each new circus act bringing shock and entertainment awe, but not necessarily engaging the executive function of your frontal lobe! The aphorism "This too shall pass" will be a balm for your frontal lobe during the confusion in July.
The first of the summer eclipses occurs on July 12th and is a partial solar eclipse in the sign of Gemini at 26 degrees. When the benefic planets of light (Jupiter and Venus) aspect eclipse patterns, they have a mitigating effect. Such is the case with this eclipse, as Jupiter in Libra will cast his aspect upon this partial eclipse. It is best not to start important matters at the time of an eclipse for the light of the Sun and the Moon are eclipsed and energy is neither strong nor bright.
The second summer eclipse is on July 27th and it is a total lunar eclipse in the sign of Capricorn at 10 degrees. This eclipse does not have the grace of either Jupiter or Venus mitigating its effects. Rather the Moon will be exactly in alignment with Mars, the planet of conflict, on the day of the eclipse. We get the word lunatic from these total lunar eclipses. Caution is advised.
Further, Mercury will have just retrograded two days earlier in the opposite sign of Cancer. This portends to be a volatile celestial period of time with impaired judgement due to overriding feelings of anxiety and stress. Again, if possible, it is best not to make important decisions or start important endeavors during these periods of time.
If the developing crisis is your crises, by all means engage advisors who have had past experience with such storms, as they will provide safe haven. However, if it is not your storm, why get caught up in it? When the going gets tough the tough take a mental vacation. Lunar eclipses are a great opportunity to renounce worldly concerns and direct your mind to spiritual matters. Spiritual repose or entertainment distraction can be just the ticket to get your mind off the burning crises of the day. Perhaps some binge watching of your favorite comedy series is in order to lighten the mood, for it is hard to get angry and upset when we are mostly laughing at the absurdity of the times. July ends on this full Moon lunar eclipse and with Mercury retrograde with major malefic planets. It is best to defer important decisions to when we are calm, cool and collected.
The month of August will feature another partial solar eclipse on August 11th. Eclipses normally occur in pairs six month apart. But, there are unusual times, as we have an additional or third eclipse this summer. So, from a celestial point of view it is more stormy and volatile than usual. This eclipse will be in Cancer at 24 degrees, and will have a wide berth with Mars opposite in Capricorn at 6 degrees. Nevertheless, this portends a time to lessen rather than increase risk. When the shadow planets are strong and the planets of light are weak during eclipses, the road ahead is not clear and it is best to engage in short term strategies. A short term strategy will help you navigate what you cannot see clearly at first sight. As the light returns we can see more clearly and thus adjust our strategies to reflect our new understanding of the situation.
As these eclipses occur close to or on the weekends, try to make your weekends more relaxing with tranquil activities, rather than excessive risk activities. It is best not to push the envelope this summer for the envelope may not have the usual elasticity you have enjoyed in the past.
Mars will remain strong and volatile the whole summer as he will be with the storm planets that will intensify his expression. Mars has a need for speed that pervades all he does. He is celebrated in the cults of speed that incessantly demand more be done in a given period of time. The average human breath is four seconds, but Mars demands results in a New York second, which will leave you existentially exhausted and begging for breath. It is important this summer not to get caught up in the cult of speed, for as statistics reveal, speed kills. Lower your speed limit in all that you do and you will be directing Mars, rather than him directing you. Speed amplifies mistakes, which is false economy, for it costs you time and capital down the road.
Mars can and will assist you to become productive and excel, but only as long as you do not become overheated or overly enthusiastic and keep within reasonable limits. Mars is most powerful in Saturn's sign of Capricorn because his strength is harnessed and measured in Saturn's sign, not because he has taken an extra dose of steroids! Measure and assess risk this summer and you will be amazed at what you can do.
Again, because Mars will be in his close approach to the earth, the weather will be hot. Be mindful of heat exhaustion in all that you do. His closest perigee in eighty thousands years north of the equator was in 2003, when over 25,000 people died of heat exhaustion in Europe in one the hottest summers on record. This summer you do not need to get fired up and step it up. You need to cool it down and step it down for self=preservation.
Mercury will stop in the heavens and regain his forward momentum on the 16th of August, but will not clear the storm planets and Mars until September 2nd. At that time he will enter the sign of Leo as we come to Labor Day on the 3rd of September. If you have not overlabored in the cult of speed, you may actually enjoy this culturally collective day off in appreciation for all you do.
For those born under the constellation of Aries, April 14 - May 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the eclipse of late July falls in the domain of life associated with your career. Your planet Mars will be caught up with the July lunar eclipse trending to difficulties and challenges in your career. Opportunities may suddenly present themselves for your advancement, but be prudent to ascertain they are real and not mere shadows. The only constant is change during this time, and you would be well served to just ride it out. The Mercury RX and August eclipse will fall in part of the chart associated with home and family. This summer it will be most importance to maintain a sane work/life balance during the Mars perigee and Mercury RX during the hot summer months. This is possible, but much easier said than done. Be careful during the Mercury RX to carefully scrutinize important decisions related to work, real estate and home purchases. Look before you leap is the order of the day.
For those born under the constellation of Taurus, May 15th - June 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the eclipse of late July is falling in the domains of life related to travel and education. If you are planning on enrolling in an educational program doubly make sure the degree or certification you are seeking will be worth your while in the real world. Travel is only advised for work related activities, but plan well due to impending storms. There will be other more favorable times for your dream vacation than this summer. The Mercury RX and the August eclipse fall in the domain of life that is associated with siblings and neighbors. You may need to come to the assistance of a stressed sibling or comrade who is experiencing difficulty this summer. Neighbors may become difficult or boisterous and get on your nerves later this summer, but bet your usual diplomatic self and play nice with others in resolving conflicts. Then later when the hot aspects pass you will enjoy the fruits of good comradery!
For those born under the constellation of Gemini, June 15th - July 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the eclipse of late July will fall in the domain of life associated with legacies, trusts and taxes. With so many tax changes this year please consult a financial advisor so you are not needlessly challenged come years end. If you older and wiser this could be the time for assessing your legacy, or retirement. No crises here, just understanding what station and time of life it is now. The Mercury RX and August eclipse fall in the domain of life associated with food and finance. If you have not already started a rainy day fund this will be the time to do so, during this up and down summer. Deal with expenditures at this time with detachment, but try to put together a longer term financial plan that will serve you in the future. Clean up your diet this summer and no bingeing on comfort foods if you want to retain your most comfortable weight. No extremes diets need apply.
For those born under the constellation of Cancer, July 16th - August 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the late July eclipse occurs in the domain of life that is associated with your partnerships and relationship. The storm patterns here can disrupt the usual tranquility of the Crab’s relationships. Navigate the waters of change during this time, and address issues as they present themselves, but watch out for things getting blown out of proportion. Cooler heads will prevail in September as the storm patterns subside. The Mercury RX and eclipse of August fall in the domain of life associated with you. Eclipses on the horizon of the chart are an excellent time for self-inquiry and self-analysis, for when shadows are present it is best to turn within. Self-examination during this month will be in your best interest. We don’t essentially change, however time does, and during this volatile time of change resist the temptation to take everything personally. It may qualify you for sainthood.
For those born under the constellation of Leo, August 17th - September 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the eclipse of late July will fall in the domain of life associated with your work and health. If you are working too hard and too long this eclipse is your chance to step it down a notch, rather than up the ante. All work and no down time make for a down and out Lion. The Big Cat needs time off this summer and some easy-does it like lounging in front of the family hearth. The Regal Lion needs to take stock of health and embrace restorative remedies during this summer of divine discontent. The Mercury RX and August eclipse take place in the domain of life related to expenses and sleep. If your money problems are keeping you from sleeping at night now is the time to remedy that. Although the Lion loves to entertain and travel, this summer speaks to rest and repose-otherwise you run the risk of burn-out during the hot summer and eclipses of 2018.
For those born under the constellation of Virgo, September 17th - October 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein the eclipse of late July falls in the domain of life associated with children and students. Please make sure your children are not overscheduled this summer. They need some time off from their many responsibilities and studies. Those of you who are taking summer classes may feel overly stressed by having too many balls in the air. Less is more for Virgo this summer and the words of wisdom for sensitive Virgo are hurry up and slow it down. Your planet, Mercury, will be with the storm planets for all of July and August and the tendency is to scatter you in too many directions. The Mercury RX and August eclipse will fall in the domain of life that is associated with your goals and friendships. This can be difficult time to meet goals you have previously set. Life is what’s happening while you have been busy making other goals and plans. Remedy this by spending time with friends!
For those born under the constellation of Libra October 17th - November 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein the eclipse of late July falls in the domain of life associated with home and family. You may well deserve a better home, or neighborhood, but this is not the best time to act in haste. It is essential you do your homework before you move, or remodel to make sure you got all your ducks in a row and are not going off half-quaked. The times are a changing and it is better to observe the change than be caught up in it. The Mercury RX and August eclipse fall in the domain of life that is associated with your career. You may feel your career has gone sideways this hot summer, but this may only be temporary during a tempest of change. It is better to see the change, than be caught up in that roller coaster of change during Mercury RX and Mars at perigee. Don’t act in haste or tempest, as all comes to those who wait and survive intact the volatile eclipses of this summer.
For those born under the constellation of Scorpio, November 16th - December 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the eclipse of late July will fall in the part of the chart associated with your neighbors and siblings. Familial relations may become strained during this time due to the celestial stressors present. You may wish to be an advocate for those you care deeply about, but you must exercise good boundaries lest others crises becomes yours. The position of your planet Mars in Capricorn is excellent for starting an exercise program to assist you dealing with stress this summer. Just be careful to start out slow and progressive and don’t overdo it. The Mercury RX and August eclipse fall in the part of the chart associated with education and long distance travel. Assess your educational goals and certifications to make sure they are taking you down the path you have chosen. Speed bumps may be encountered during this hot celestial summer, especially with Mercury RX.
For those born under the constellation of Sagittarius, December 16th - January 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein the eclipse of late July falls in the domain of life associated with your finances and income, as well as food. Income streams may be up and down this summer and not the usual pattern you are used to seeing or depending upon. This might be the time you dip into that rainy day fund to see you through this volatile celestial trend. This can be good time to let go of old dietary habits that are no longer serving you. Nothing radical, but rather just eliminating foods that no longer energize you and replacing them with that which sustains you will provide positive results. Consult a dietary professional or Ayurveda practitioner for best results. The Mercury RX and August eclipse fall in the part of the chart associated with debt and taxes. Again, make sure your taxes are in order now, not later. If debt is beyond your income it might be time to reorganize your finances.
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 eclipse of late July falls in the domain of life associated with you. When the outer world is cast in shadow it is an excellent time to turn within and embrace the process of self-discovery. Take a personal inventory of your essential needs this summer and develop a long, not short term strategy to see they are met. Do not waste your time blaming yourself or others for your situation with Mars so close to the earth- no good will come from this. It will not be easy, but dispassionately disengage and embrace that which is in your circle of influence for that is an outcome you can directly determine. Step by sure-footed step your confidence will return. The Mercury RX and August eclipse takes place in the relationship part of the chart. Once this summer is over, you will be leaner and less meaner and it will pay great dividends in your self-esteem and intimate relationships.
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 the late July eclipse will fall in the domain of your chart that concerns expenses and repose. If you find your anxiety is increasing regarding your cost of living this can be an excellent time to create a budget that will decrease your expenses and anxiety over time. It is important not to over react to your current situation, but rather address your concerns calmly over time. Pay close attention to your sleep to make sure it is deeply restful so you have the reserves to go the distance. Although you may want to take a sabbatical, it is better to take time for yourself each day so your work/life balance is restored gradually. The Mercury RX and August eclipse take place in the domain of life that is associated with your health and hygiene. Change your habits- change your life. Just give yourself the permission to change your habits gradually and you are certain to see results.
Those born under the constellation of Pisces, March 14th - April 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein the eclipse of late July falls in the part of your chart associated with your goals and friendships. Friends that continually stress you out are really not the friends you want have for the duration so limit your time with such so called friends. Be open to new progressive and energetic people who like to do the things you like to do! Those who are able and available to move forward will invigorate you during this time. Don’t set unreasonable goals during this hot summer, but anything that is really important to you is probably within your reach. The Mercury RX and August eclipse fall in the part of the chart that is associated with your children. Your sagacious wisdom will go a long way in offering informative choices to help progeny overcome obstacles during this long hot summer. Spend more time with your friends and children, and less time with the usual soul-sucking suspects!
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