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 month of July features Mercury retrograde which starts on July 7th when he will appear to stop and regress through the constellation of Cancer until he comes to a dead stop in the heavens again and resumes his forward motion at the end of the month on July 31st.
There is much misinformation about retrograde planets in general and Mercury in particular. Planets appear to retrograde when they come close to the earth, which means they are brighter, and more powerful than when they are far from the earth. Mercury retrogrades when he comes between the Sun and the Earth at his closest approach to mother earth.
When a planet retrogrades he moves very slowly and extends his sojourn through whatever constellation he is transiting. Generally, Mercury transits a constellation in less than three weeks. However, when retrograde he will spend up to two months in a constellation and thus will have an opportunity to make a much greater impact according to his strength and associations.
Mercury is viewed as neutral planet and he takes on the characteristics of the benefic or malefic planets that influence him. When moving at his usual speed, he will associate with both benefic and malefic planets every couple of weeks representing the usual vicissitudes of the daily headlines reflecting his benefic and not so benefic associations. However when retrograde all that changes as he will remain much longer in his benefic, or malefic associations — so it is not business as usual!
In Sanskrit Mercury is called Budha, and his function is buddhi; discernment and judgement. We use the Latin, merc, which is indicative of business and finance as in commerce, merchants, and mercenary. Thus, during his retrograde cycle he will remain in alignment for an extended duration with the naturally benefic or malefic planets for better or worse- so caution is advised in decisions as the consequences can have far reaching ramifications!
Further, during his Rx cycle he will conjoin the Sun, and as he comes close to the Sun he will disappear from view until he gains some distance and once again can be seen in the heavens. It is during this time when the planet of judgement cannot be seen, that important decisions are not advised — not during the whole Mercury retrograde cycle!
July starts with Mercury transiting the constellation of Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon. In the mythology of India Mercury is the son of the Moon. Whereas the Moon represents consciousness, Mercury represents discernment and judgement, which is born of consciousness. Mercury has enmity with the Moon, as he is raised by Jupiter, not his father the Moon. When planets are in the constellations of those they have they enmity with they are not in a position of strength and cannot express themselves to their full advantage. Mercury is not comfortable in Cancer, and this raises issues concerning his prognostications.
Further Mercury will be transiting with the malefic planet Mars, who remains in the constellation of Cancer all of July, until August 8th. Mercury and Mars also have enmity with each other and neither is at their best in the constellation of Cancer. This portends a volatile time for judgment and decision making as Mars will heat up Mercury to become more reactive and vitriolic in his prognostications. Business and trade will be conflicted during this month leading to conflict in commerce due to reactionary forces. Mercury will retrograde on July 7th and exactly align with Mars on the 8th to keep things hot the first half of the month. Watch out for DTD's (digitally transmitted diseases) such as hacking, malware, cyber warfare and tech glitches and failures during this time.
Mercury will conjoin the Sun on July 21st. He will have his disappeared from view approximately nine days before and nine days after the 21st when you will once again be able to see him early in the morning on July 31st. It is during his conjunction with the Sun that Mercury becomes combust and cannot be seen in the heavens. This is why during this time in Mercury’s RX cycle it is poor for important decisions. Thus with Mercury so afflicted with retrograde Mars and suffering combustion later in the month, you should be prepared for a volatile month when new information is presented like a major league fastball breaking over your home plate! It will be fast and furious, indicative of Mercury’s alignment with Mars and his combustion with the Sun. The month will mirror chaos.
To further complicate the matter July will feature two eclipses. A total solar eclipse will occur on July 2nd at 16 degrees Gemini followed by partial lunar eclipse on July 16th at 0 degrees Capricorn. Important judgements and decisions will have a tendency to be made in the shadows based upon incomplete information or worse influenced by fear and reality stoked paranoia. Important decisions are best embraced after gathering all the facts, not in a heated, reactive state of mind. If possible defer important decisions to a time of less reactivity when Mercury gets some distance on Mars and the eclipses. Mercury will stop in the heaves on the New Moon of July 31st and you will be able to view him early in the morning before the Sun rises. He will have distance on Mars later in August.
From August 2nd to the 8th both Mercury and Mars will be transiting the constellation of Cancer. Mercury will have a brief respite from Mars until near the end of the month, but more importantly Mercury will be under the influence of Jupiter until the 26th of August. This represents a much better time for judgement and important decisions as Jupiter's light will lend wise counsel to Mercury. You should embrace wise counsel in all your important decisions during this time, as Jupiter represents gurus and judges —– literally those whose judgements we value.
Also, Mercury will be in alignment with Venus who will remain in the constellation of Cancer until the 16th of the month. Venus and Mercury are best friends and regularly come into alignment as they are both never far from the Sun. Venus will assist Mercury to seek out convivial friends and associates restoring Mercury' affable nature. This is an excellent time to socialize, travel and remediate the difficulties of the previous month. Both Venus and Jupiter will be influencing Mercury from water constellations so it represents a restorative and relaxing time to vacation poolside at your favorite resort, weather permitting, in this time of storm and climate change!
Mars leaves Cancer, where he is weak and moves into Leo on August 8th. Mars is strong and decisive in Leo, the constellation of the King. Venus arrives in Leo on the 16th and the King himself, the Sun, arrives in his own constellation on August1 7th! Venus will be combust the Sun throughout the entire month of August. When Venus is combust, like Mercury, he is absent from the night sky during the whole month. Therefore Vedic astrologers do not recommend Venus' combustion as a time for marriage ceremonies. When the planet of love and happiness cannot be seen in the heavens, it is best to wait until Venus reappears again later in September.
Mercury enters Leo on August 27th. Here he benefits from his relationship with the Sun and Venus, mitigating the negative influence of Mars, who will leave Leo later in September. Leo is a regal sign of dignity and ceremony. Mercury, with his friend Venus, reflecting the light of the Sun in his own constellation heralds a proper time of diplomacy and decorum in making important decisions and agreements. This counters the lack of diplomacy, decorum and displays of vulgarity for which Mars is infamous. Cooler and more informed heads prevail later in August where Mars can longer maintain the upper hand through chaos and conflict. The Sun combusts Mars on Labor Day September 2nd gaining the upper hand by exiling from the heavens until the following month. This represents a dignified period, a time to embrace solidarity by turning away from warmongering and brinksmanship.
For those born under the constellation of Aries, April 14-May 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, this Mercury Rx will be in the domain of life associated with the foundation of your life, your mother, home and family. July may be a month of domestic uncertainty, so do not overschedule yourself so you can tend to family matters. Real estate purchases may also be suspect and uncertain, so it is best to wait until Mercury moves forward and benefits from Jupiter's aspect later in August. The solar eclipse of July 2nd falls in the domain of life associated with your daily commute and siblings. Make sure there are not traffic revisions at this time which will add to your frustrations!
For those born under the constellation of Taurus, May 15th-June 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, this Mercury RX will be in the domain of life associated with your communication and computing devices. Now is the time to make sure they are all up to date and current to avert potential problems. Put a call block on all those robo calls to save you time and money. A younger sibling may need help. The solar eclipse of July 2nd falls in the domain of life associated with food and finance. This is an excellent time to change your relationship with food and money. A new foundational diet, not a fad diet is in order. The Bull could use a financial advisor to revisit the family budget!
For those born under the constellation of Gemini, June 15th-July 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, this Mercury RX will be in the domain of life associated with food and finance. Like the Bull, this is an excellent time for mobile Gemini to evaluate food and finances to make sure your busy lifestyle is not energetically or financially depleting you. The solar eclipse of July 2nd is in the domain of life associated with you. This can be the time for a personal make-over to present to others the attributes which represent your personal best. Eclipses are an excellent time for self-reflection and eliminating negative, self-defeating patterns which impede our sense of self-worth!
For those born under the constellation of Cancer, July 16th-August 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, this Mercury RX will be in the domain of life associated with you. This can be a time of self-reflection and a reassessment of self-needs. Are you projecting the right image you wish the world to embrace? This is an excellent time examine your communication style and develop new skills to communicate more effectively with those you value. The solar eclipse of July 2nd is in the domain of life associated with healing and repose. Perhaps this is the month the Crab will take time to retreat into his shell, withdrawing from the world for some well –deserved rest and relaxation.
For those born under the constellation of Leo, August 17th-September 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, this Mercury RX is in the domain of life associated with healing and repose. The Regal Lion has been on the prowl lately and all that activity has quite frankly taken its toll. It is time for the Big Cat to sit back to relax and recharge so he can get his stride back for the busy time ahead. The solar eclipse of July 2nd is in the domain of life associated with friends and community. Perhaps all those friends in your Sangha you thought were going to show up and help you celebrate are fewer than you imagined? Some say you are a dreamer? You know the song. You are not the only one!
For those born under the constellation of Virgo, September 17th-October 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, this Mercury RX is in the domain of life associated with your friends, community and life goals. Make sure your close friendships are supporting those goals and you will remain on track. Fair weather or occasional friends will fall to the wayside as your aims and objectives become clearer. The solar eclipse of July 2nd falls in the domain of life associated with career. This is often a time of change of culture or reorganizations at work. It is best to weather the storm if possible and do not react to changes outside your control right now. Once the light returns you can take charge!
For those born under the constellation of Libra October 17th-November 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, this Mercury RX is in the domain of life associated with your career. The learning curve within your profession may change with emerging technologies and new procedures that have the potential to make this a crazy period of readjustment. Not all changes play out immediately according to expectations, so be patient to see the fruits of your vocational efforts. The solar eclipse of July 2nd falls into the domain of life associated with travel and education. The trend is to review your educational and travel goals to see if they are on track and taking you to where you really want to go!
For those born under the constellation of Scorpio, November 16th-December 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, this Mercury RX is in the domain of life associated with education and travel. Is your continuing education relevant to professional goals in today’s changing world? If not, now is the time to answer that question. Travel is complicated during this time, so plan carefully. The solar eclipse of July 2nd is in the domain of life associated with insurance and legacies. Doubly make sure your insurance needs are in alignment with your needs. It may pay to shop around to see if there are more affordable programs that offer the same coverage for a far better price!
For those born under the constellation of Sagittarius, December 16th-January 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, this Mercury RX is in the domain of life associated with insurance, taxes and legacies. Now is the time to evaluate your insurance needs and make sure your tax withholding and deductions are in alignment so there are no surprises at year’s end. The solar eclipse of July 2nd is in the domain of life associated with marriage, romance and partnership. Stresses inn these areas can emerge during this eclipse cycle resulting in a reexamination of your relationship and partnership needs. No need for knee-jerk reactions at this time. Take the cool-headed track to change!
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, this Mercury RX is in the domain of life associated with marriage, romance and partnership. This can be the time to reevaluate your romantic and partnering needs and expectations. The sure-footed Goat will not be so sure about relationship during this time so best to take a step back until the road ahead becomes more clearly paved! The solar eclipse of July 2nd is the domain of life associated with health and hygiene. This time favors responsible self-care versus over care for others. It is time for Capricorn to go on a well-earned solo, self-serving sabbatical!
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, this Mercury RX is in the domain of life associated with your health and hygiene. This can be the time for the Water Bearer to reevaluate their daily routines and habits to ensure they are in in your best long term interest. Aquarius is Saturn’s more social sign, so there is no need to go solo in making healthy changes. Embrace like-minded others who have the same goals and there also be the opportunity to make new friends! The solar eclipse of July 2nd is in the domain of life associated with progeny and fun. See life through the eyes of child to regain your joy!
For those born under the constellation of Pisces, March 14th-April 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, this Mercury RX is in the domain of life associated with your progeny. This can be the time to examine a new trajectory in your relationship with your children and to make amends regarding past misunderstandings and miscommunications by understanding their needs versus yours. The solar eclipse of July 2nd is in the domain of life associated with mother, home and family. Stresses on the home front may have the Fish feeling as if they are swimming up-stream against the current of happiness. Don’t try so hard. Relax; the waters of happiness are all around you – not far upstream!
As we wind our way to the summer solstice this June 21st I began writing this column with Billy Joel's "I go to extremes" playing in the background. Joel penned that classic refrain three decades ago in 1989, and it seems as accurate today as when he composed it all those years ago. It does seem we are living in times of extreme weather, extreme politics, extreme religious hatred, extreme infectious disease, and extreme wealth and poverty. This extremism never ceases to amaze so many of us, as most claim to follow the moderate path, rather than the extreme path. However, this is nothing new — we have and will always live in extreme times. How so you may ask?
Every year from the winter solstice to the summer solstice we go from extreme darkness to extreme light north of the equator and then back from extreme light to extreme darkness for another round. South of the equator, the process is reversed. This is the natural order of things — the way it has always been and the way it will always be since the beginning of time. Even though this extremism is inherent, it is essential to remember that extremism does reach its limits, swinging back again in the opposite direction until those limits are also realized. We are born into this extremism and are usually proficient at adapting, as it happens gradually over six months. However, there are times where we all get caught up in the archetypal polarization.
All of life on this planet is determined and lives by this extreme cycle of dark and light; all except human life that is. At some point in our evolution, we stopped living in accordance with the natural nocturnal and diurnal cycle like the rest of the planet. We lobbied Congress for Daylight Savings Time to ensure and reinforce our specialness from the rest of the earth! This led to the erroneous belief that we humans were somehow exempt from this constant ebb and flow, and our lives were no longer determined by these extreme forces. However, just because you lack awareness, or are in denial, it does not mean you are exempt from the consequences of your ignorance. Gravity works just as well whether you believe in it or not!
The key to understanding and remediating extremism is to realize that there are limits — for every run-up there is a run-down. Those who forget that extremism will naturally run its course will be condemned to eternally riding the wheel of extremist fortune or folly. Those who remember will not be purchasing tickets to that roller-coaster ride, instead avoiding the proverbial highs and lows. They know this extremism is ephemeral, and they will ride the wheel of good and bad fortune with their longstanding best friend who goes by the name of Equanimity. You may want to become acquainted in the coming months. Extreme celestial forces will be in play leading up to the summer solstice on June 21st of this year.
The month of May starts off delightfully with Venus, the planet of relationship and connectivity with others, transiting his most powerful constellation of Pisces for the first 10 days of the month. He will be with his best friend Mercury until the 4th of the month. Both Venus and Mercury will be in Jupiter's sign of Pisces and under Jupiter's aspect during that time. All this light early in May favors convivial relations with peers, friends and the starting of educational endeavors.
However, after the 4th of May Mercury enters Mars' constellation of Aries where he will remain until the 20th of the month. Further, Mars will enter Mercury's constellation of Gemini on the 7th of May, while Mars and Mercury will exchange signs until May 20th when Mercury enters Taurus until the end of the month. Mars' transit in Gemini in planetary exchange with Mercury will incite Mercury into conflict and argumentation. The mood will change from Venus' friendly influence very early in the month to Mars' antagonistic influence shortly after that.
Also, as Mars transits Gemini, he will also align with the storm planet Rahu who moved into Gemini in late March. Rahu is an extreme storm planet, an indicator of darker celestial weather. Mars and Rahu together in Gemini will exacerbate the domain of life that Gemini rules. Gemini is associated with commerce, trade, technology, and the communications industry. The aggressiveness of this planetary alignment ramps up competitiveness and conflict in these areas. Those under the influence of these forceful and antagonistic celestial energies will agitate dramatically to increase their stake, brooking no opposition and seeking no compromise.
So, although the month starts out softly, it moves quickly from easy-going to extreme conflict and contention. Whether it is politics, commerce, or Robert's Rules of Order, the mood will not be conciliatory but polarized by a winner-take-all, we-are-the-champions attitude. The domain of life that Gemini is associated with in your chart will be on this proverbial roller coaster ride. Make sure you get to know your trusted friend, Equanimity, during the reign of Mars and Rahu in Gemini. They truly represent a potent, irresistible juggernaut that will push for more and more until the limits are reached and exhausted.
June starts out with Mercury entering his own constellation of Gemini, where he will come into alignment with both Mars and Rahu in Gemini on June 1st. The aforesaid contention and conflict will only increase under this celestial energy. Mercury leaves Gemini on the 20th of the month moving into the constellation of Cancer but gains little respite as Mars follows him into Cancer two days later on the 2nd. This portends to be a more volatile month than May as Mercury starts out afflicted with Mars and finishes the month afflicted with Mars. All conflicts have their limits, but before they reach them one experiences the intensity and extremity before the bubble bursts and the issues deflate. Those who are under the celestial influence of Mars will not abate during this time — they will fuel the fire until it is a raging blaze. Mars and Rahu will precisely align on the 12th and 13th of June escalating conflicts and contention all out of proportion. It will be an extreme period concerning the affairs of Gemini and the domain of life it is associated with in your chart.
However, as Billy Joel says, some are inclined to go to extremes, and you can count on them to go there during this time. However, there are others who are not easily led to extremism. Cooler heads can and do prevail. Although Mars will become warlike and incendiary in alignment with Rahu on the 12th and 13th of the month, shortly after that he comes exactly opposite Saturn in Sagittarius on the 14th of June where Mars will reach his extreme limits under the watchful eye of immovable and unshakable Saturn. The full Moon arrives the following week in Sagittarius, and summer solstice comes a few days later on the 21st. The 2nd and 3rd weeks of this month will be extremely hot in every sense of the word. Mars gives his results early in a constellation, but Saturn has the last word as he gives his results last!
All during June Saturn will be retrograding through the constellation of Sagittarius within a degree of the other storm planet Ketu, who moved into Sagittarius in late March. Where the Mars/Rahu alignment represents the push for more, the Saturn/Ketu alignment represents the push for less, or the "less is more" as I like to call it. As I often say, Mars wants what he wants yesterday and Saturn delays until tomorrow. Mars and Saturn represent opposite celestial forces of heat and cold, expansion and contraction, and they will come precisely opposite each other during June.
Further, Mars and Saturn will be amplified and polarized by the storm planets the Nodes of the Moon, Mars and Rahu in Gemini exactly opposite Saturn and Ketu in Sagittarius. This time period represents the irresistible force of Mars coming opposite the immovable force of Saturn. The extreme "pedal to the metal" and "push for more" will be felt in the domains of life that are associated with Gemini. Whereas in contrast the extreme braking and less is more will be felt in the domains of life that are associated with Sagittarius. Hold onto to your hats, or better yet purchase a hard hat for this roller-coaster month!
For those born under the constellation of Aries, April 14-May 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the push for more Mars/Rahu alignment is in the domain of life that is associated with siblings, camaraderie, and commerce. Storms may arise in these areas so be careful not to overextend yourself. The less is more Saturn/Ketu alignment is transiting the domain of life associated with education, spirituality, and travel. This is an excellent time to evaluate your educational goals to make sure you are headed in the right direction. The Ram needs to focus on educational advancement that will serve long term career goals. Travel can be a distraction so hone your competitive skills into areas where you can make a decisive difference. You cannot be successful at everything during this time!
For those born under the constellation of Taurus, May 15th-June 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the push for more Mars/Rahu alignment is in the domain of life associated with money, food, and finance. This can be an excellent time to meet with a financial advisor to focus on a long term strategy which will put the Bull’s mind at rest in today’s fluctuating markets. The less is more Saturn/Ketu alignment is in the domain of life associated with taxes, insurance, and legacies. The Bull should focus on debt reduction and examining ways to take the best advantage of tax savings with the changing tax landscape still unfolding. This is an excellent time to assess your essential home, life and property insurance needs to make sure you have sufficient coverage during this turbulent period.
For those born under the constellation of Gemini, June 15th-July 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the push for more Mars/Rahu alignment is in the domain of life associated with you. Be careful not to overextend yourself during this stormy period of time. Risk management is in order for mobile Gemini. The wild and crazy may seem exciting during this time, but the excitement can throw you off your game and down a road that is not of your choosing. Moderation is the order of the day. The less is more Saturn/Ketu alignment is in the domain of life associated with romance and partnership. In your quest for recognition, it is imperative that you find partners that are truly capable of this. This period will separate out those who can from those who can’t in your relationships.
For those born under the constellation of Cancer, July 16th-August 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the push for more Mars/Rahu alignment is in the domain of your life associated with rest and regeneration, and service to others. Although you may see an increasing need among those you serve, it is imperative that you examine the growing demands of others within the limits of self in a proportionate manner. It is time to rest and regenerate. The less is more Saturn/Ketu alignment is in the domain of life associated with your health and hygiene. Perhaps it is time to take a new track in your self-care. Instead of embracing multiple areas of self-improvement at the same time, it is better to focus on just a couple for more immediate and satisfying results.
For those born under the constellation of Leo, August 17th-September 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the push for more Mars/Rahu alignment is in the domain of life associated with your friends and ambitions. You can achieve great things during this time. But you will have to ask others to step up to fulfill your group and personal goals. The Regal Lion must be careful not to overextend and overreach. The less is more Saturn/Ketu alignment is in the domain of progeny and speculation. This is a time to check in, to see if your children are overscheduled and missing out on some plain just-do-nothing fun. Make sure they have all they need to be successful - but also make sure they are not overwhelmed. And how is that going for you during this time?
For those born under the constellation of Virgo, September 17th-October 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the push for more Mars/Rahu alignment is in the domain of life associated with work and career. This can be a favorable and formidable period for Virgo, but only if your accomplishments are recognized and rewarded. If they are not then you may consider yourself the proverbial workhorse whose labor will never end. Hard work never hurts any of the people we are working hard for! The less is more Saturn/Ketu alignment is in the domain of life associated with home and family. Some downtime with home and family is in perfect alignment with the celestial energies. If you are thinking of moving, less is more, for less to take care of will give you more time to care for you!.
For those born under the constellation of Libra October 17th-November 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the push for more Mars/Rahu alignment is in the domain of life associated with education, spirituality, and travel. Only travel for business is recommended as challenges will be commonplace during this stormy time. This can be a time where you question your academic progress, so make it a point to have inspiring teachers and programs that keep you motivated. Otherwise, you may make a change. The less is more Saturn/Ketu alignment is in the domain of life associated with siblings, camaraderie, and commerce. Difficulties with siblings can arise. However, this is a wonderful time for a new business plan to limit expenses and by doing so increase your own profit!
For those born under the constellation of Scorpio, November 16th-December 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the push for more Mars/Rahu alignment is in the domain of taxes, insurance, and legacies. Make sure your insurance plans are up to your needs. It may pay to shop around to see if there are more affordable programs that offer the same coverage, as you may feel you are currently paying a premium. The less is more Saturn/Ketu alignment is in the part of your chart associated with money, food, and finance. This is an excellent time to make a more permanent lifestyle shift around diet and food. Not only can you gradually start to feel better, you gradually can lose weight so people will hardly notice except when you show up in your new svelte wardrobe!
For those born under the constellation of Sagittarius, December 16th-January 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the push for more Mars/Rahu alignment is in the domain of life associated with relationship. This can be a very tumultuous time in your personal relationships and partnerships. Caution is advised against making snap decisions, instead only decide on serious changes after serious deliberation. The less is more Saturn/Ketu alignment is in the domain of life associated with you. Perhaps a more natural look, rather than overdone, can show off the more natural, authentic you during this time. Let go of the old, and embrace the process of growth and rebirth during this time. What you see is what you get – so let people see who you were meant to be!
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 push for more Mars/Rahu alignment is in the domain of life associated with rest and regeneration, and service to others. Although you will undoubtedly see increasing need during this time it is imperative to maintain a work/rest balance and not to overexert yourself during this alignment. The balance favors rest and repose for the sure-footed Goat. The less is more Saturn/Ketu alignment is in the domain of life associated with health and hygiene. The old proverb early to bed and early to rise with a clean diet will help to maintain balance during this storming roller coaster time. The sure-footed prefers the stairs, not the roller coaster!.
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 push for more Mars/Rahu alignment is in the domain of life associated with progeny and fun. Although your children may be on a fast track to success make sure their trajectory is not too rapid, so they do not miss out on valuable life skills and fun. Hurry up and slow it down. The less is more Saturn/Ketu alignment is in the part of the chart associated with community, friends, and ambition. Fair weather friends are out during May/June, and foul weather friends rise to the occasion. Be concise and realistic in your life goals and aspirations. They can be achieved but give yourself more time to reach them, and the current stress you are under will dissolve.
For those born under the constellation of Pisces, March 14th-April 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the push for more Mars/Rahu alignment is in the domain of life associated with home and family. The Fish may come under increasing demand and strain from family members creating significant stress and consternation in family life. Doubly make sure your home is your sanctuary. This will work in your favor to create peace during this time of storm. The less is more Saturn/Ketu alignment is in the domain of life associated with your work and profession. If your job is not on the right trajectory, this can be a time to make a change so that you can be in a position later to experience career growth when the planets are more favorable. Buoyancy and balance are the keys.
North of the equator, the month of March marks the commencement of spring, which starts on the Vernal Equinox March 20th of this year as the Sun crosses the equator in its northern course. Equinox means equal and the two Equinoxes occur in the spring and fall. They are the only two days of the year where there is a balance of light and darkness. From the Vernal Equinox forward light increases gradually until it reaches its greatest fullness, in contrast to darkness, at the Summer Solstice. March 20th is the official beginning of spring in the 2019 civil calendar.
In the Indian calendrical system the month of March is also celebrated with a spring festival called Holi. Holi is a two day festival of light celebrated at the full moon in living color, for color is a derivative of light itself. We all learned this fact in our science classes for when we pass light through a prism it transforms light in the seven colors of the rainbow. Holi celebrates the return of light and the return of color all of which makes our lives more vivid and vibrant replacing the gray scale of winter. Holi is celebrated on the full Moon in the month of March when light is waxing to its full potential. Holi this year will start on the full Moon of March 20th, which is the same day as the Vernal Equinox bringing both celebrations together on the same day.
March is said to come in like a Lion and out like a Lamb, often a month of volatile storms due to the gradual warming produced by the convergence of heat and cold. The transition from winter to spring is archetypal of the birth process, for the ending of the old to make way for the new is a turbulent journey fraught with storm and shadow.
The planets of storm and shadow in Vedic astrology are the nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu. Their symbols are found on the back of the head of a cobra as they are mythically likened to serpents and dragons. In all eastern and western creation myths you will find the serpent-dragon at the very root of the creative process. Not surprisingly the root of the word dragon comes from the Greek "Dracon," which translates to "large serpent".
Many westerners are acquainted with the myth of creation in the book of Genesis. Adam and Eve's consumption of the forbidden fruit is orchestrated by the archetypal serpent resulting in Eve and Adam's fall from immortality, as represented by the Garden of Eden, to the mortality of this realm of existence. The result of this turbulent transition gives birth to the first race of men, as represented by Cain and Abel.
In the Greek mythology of creation mother earth (Gai) with father heaven (Ouranus) give birth to Chronus and Rhea who in turn give birth to the supreme god of the heavens (Zeus). Rhea also conceives a child with the god of the underworld (Tatarus), her serpent-dragon called Typhoon. Zeus battles Typhoon across the sky in an epic battle ravaging the earth and heavens, ultimately vanquishing Typhoon to the underworld. After the conclusion of this heroic battle the first race of golden men are born, commencing the golden age of man. The word Typhoon is still used to this day to describe an epic whirlwind storm.
In the Indian mythology of creation a serpent-dragon (Vasuki) is engaged to churn the cosmic waters giving birth to existence. In the creative process the elixir that confers immortality (amrita) is revealed. This results in an epic battle between the gods of the heavens (Devas) and the gods of the underworld (Asuras) for the gift of immortality. The gods of the heavens (Devas) are ultimately victorious. The supreme of the god of the heavens (Vishnu) offers the gift of immortality to all of the heavenly gods, however Vishnu notices that a god of the underworld named Rahu has come to the offering. Vishnu cuts him in half with his discus and casts him down into the shadows of the underworld. Having been cleaved in half, the pair becomes Rahu and Ketu. They are the serpent-dragon shadow planets of Vedic astrology that cause eclipses
The over-arching theme represented here is that nothing is immortal, not even the gods, for nothing stays the same. The archetypal journey of the creative process is turbulent and fraught with shadow as the old fades out of sight and the new gradually takes form. This is how the dying and birthing process presents itself; a whirlwind of twisting and turning representative of the serpent-dragon mythos.
This March the serpent-dragon planets, Rahu and Ketu, will change constellations on the 23rd of the month, right after the Vernal Equinox where they will bring their storms and shadows to the constellations of Gemini and Sagittarius. Here they will release and express their volatile creative energy for the natives of these signs heralding the birth of new order. They are likened to snakes because they are symbols of rebirth, as all snakes churn and turn as they slough off the old skin while giving birth to the new self.
The planet Mercury will stop and retrograde in Pisces on the 5th of March where he will regress into the constellation of Aquarius on the 14th for the remainder of the month. Mercury will stop and move direct later in Aquarius on the 28th of the month. During Mercury retrogrades, important decisions are best deferred before, the day of, and the day after he changes direction backwards or forwards. When changeable Mercury retrogrades with naturally malefic planets, he portends a tough time involving tough decisions. However, when Mercury retrogrades with and is influenced by naturally benefic planets, he portends an auspicious time for judgment. In Pisces Mercury will be the beneficiary of Jupiter's aspect for the first half of the month and while in Aquarius he will be accompanied by the natural benefic Venus from the 21st onward. Withstanding his stopping and stationing this Mercury retrograde will not be as negative, confused or volatile for judgement and assessment as when Mercury retrogrades with more malefic planets. Many changes this month but mobile Mercury will be able to assess and respond to the changes with sound judgment.
March starts off with the planet Venus being caught up the storm planets Rahu and Ketu until the 21st of the month when Venus moves to Aquarius. Squabbles and misunderstanding can creep into your personal relationships under this influence so be crystal clear in all your communications with those you value to avoid missteps. Venus improves after the Vernal Equinox. Mars is transiting his own constellation of Aries this month until the 22nd, which is favorable for physical exercise and productivity and achievement.
There is a confluence of planetary activity as we come the Vernal Equinox on March 20th, which coincides with a full Moon so the Indian festival of Holi and the Spring Equinox are in auspicious alignment this year as said earlier. The storm planets Rahu and Ketu will leave the constellations of Capricorn and Cancer to enter the constellations of Gemini and Sagittarius on the 23rd of March. Here they will bring whirlwind change and the turbulent birth of new pathways for the domains of life that Gemini and Sagittarius are associated with in your chart. This portends to be a time of upheaval as the old order slips away to make way for the new. The shadows of Rahu and Ketu will eclipse Gemini and Sagittarius for the next year and a half to clear the way for that which is to come.
Lastly, on the 29th of March, Jupiter will leave the constellation of Scorpio and briefly move into his own constellation of Sagittarius! All the planets, excepting Saturn, will change constellations during March, heralding a month of many changes, but the results are mostly positive as we leave the shadows behind as the Moon is full on the first day of spring! This will bring much of value into the light, especially during the last part of the month.
The planet Mercury, along with the benefic planet Venus, continues his transit of Aquarius until he enters Pisces on the 11th where he will remain the rest of the month. Both Mercury and Venus in Aquarius will bring favor and friendship to Aquarius during this time. The combination early this month favors social activities and spending time with friends as the light grows stronger every day.
The planet Jupiter will continue his brief transit of Sagittarius until the 21st of the month when he will regress into Scorpio where he will remain until the first week of November 2019. Jupiter's presence in his own sign is always a welcoming light. However, this short, fitful transit will present difficulties for Jupiter in his sign of Sagittarius as the two natural malefic planets Saturn and Ketu are currently transiting Sagittarius as well. Jupiter's natural expansiveness and optimism will be clouded by the shadow planet Ketu, and Saturn will ultimately create delays in the domains that Sagittarius is associated with.
Thus travel delays and challenges are forecast, so make sure your travel insurance is up to date. The increasing cost of higher education will come under intense scrutiny, and religious scandals will have a tendency to creep into the news bringing the lofty ideals and high mindedness of Sagittarius down to earth with a thud. Remember that one or two bad bottles do not destroy a whole vintage. It is critical during this time not to be disillusioned in the pursuit of your spiritual and educational goals and dreams. The extinguished light of one or two torches will not diminish the light of your torch. Further, as the light from your torch burns brighter, it can light an infinite number of torches without diminishing you! Remain resolute in your spiritual and educational goals and ideals for that is the spirit that both Jupiter and Sagittarius represent. While others wrestle and sling mud, pursue the ideals of the higher mind to soar above the fray. Do not let the serpent planets sway you west of Eden.
Saturn and Ketu will exactly align in the latter degrees of Sagittarius from the 22nd of April into the first week of May. The planetary trend of this combination favors self-introspection and a retreat from worldly concerns. Perhaps a vacation, or a deliberate retreat or sabbatical is in order at this time. Existential fatigue and exhaustion are in the air. Disengagement from the world has special rewards for body, mind and spirit. It unclutters the mind, as fasting unclutters the body. It helps to reset our energetic rhythms to be more in alignment with nature, as opposed to the crazed, rat-race world we live in. This time trends favorable for the proverbial spring cleaning, or restorative therapies and modalities to cleanse and rejuvenate the self. The full moon of April is on the 18th on Good Friday with Passover the very next day. End the month on a higher, not a lower spiritual note. The choice is yours.
For those born under the constellation of Aries, April 14-May 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet Mars is transiting the domain of life that is associated with you for most of March so make full use of his productive energy. Jupiter continues to trend favorable for finance and investment through the spring. The storm planet Rahu is challenging the part of your chart that is associated with travel and education. You may experience existential fatigue in your education goals for self-improvement, but do not change course until you have examined the source of your discontent. The storm planet Ketu, with Saturn are tenanting Sagittarius influencing the part of the chart associated with camaraderie and siblings creating feelings of agitation and competition. As a Martian you will rise to the occasion but be careful to pick your battles as you can win a few battles but may lose the camaraderie of others in the process leading to a failed campaign and feelings of loneliness.
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 is transiting the domains of life associated with career and community this spring and trends well for work and friendship. Jupiter’s uplifting transit through the part of your chart associated with partnership and marriage trends positive for the Bull’s love life and feelings of connectedness to others. It is such a wonderful time to see your partner growing and prospering. The storm planet Rahu is transiting the part of your chart associated with finance and domestic happiness. The Bull knows that money cannot buy happiness, but the lack of it sure brings unhappiness! The storm planet Ketu with the malefic planet Saturn in tenanting the part of your chart associated with legacies, taxes and insurance. The Bull would be prudent to confirm that their legacies are intact and insurance needs are keeping pace with growth for continuing domestic happiness.
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 is transiting the domains of education and career this spring trending progressive and positive for mobile Mercury. Travel and education are favored. Jupiter is illuminating the part of your chart associated with health and hygiene also trending positive. The storm planet Rahu is transiting the part of the chart associated with you leading to increased recognition for all your hard work these past couple of years. It is engaging and intoxicating to experience this rush of recognition, just don’t get carried away! The other storm planet Ketu, with Saturn in Sagittarius are transiting the part of your chart associated with relationship and marriage and this portends a stormy time in which you will reassess your intimacy needs with loved ones. Your increased need for recognition can play havoc with existing relationships. Be serious, but don’t take yourself too seriously.
For those born under the constellation of Cancer, July 16th-August 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet the Moon will come to fullness in the domains of siblings and family this spring trending positive for connection with family. Jupiter is transiting the part of your chart associated with progeny focusing on and trending positive your children’s growth and happiness. The storm planet Rahu is transiting the part of your chart associated with rest and repose. You may need to examine your schedule to insure you are getting enough rest in light of your hectic schedule to avoid feeling run down and exhausted. The other storm planet Ketu with Saturn, are transiting the part of your chart associated with health and hygiene. In order to fulfill your domestic and work responsibilities you must not sacrifice your self-care. Now is the time to be resolute in releasing the increasing needs of your schedule in the face of your personal limits. Try placing your needs first for a change!
For those born under the constellation of Leo, August 17th-September 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet the Sun is bringing light to the domains of life associated with legacies, education and travel this spring. Jupiter continues his transit of the part of the chart that is associated with home and family trending positive for the Lion. The Big Cat enjoys their big family and now is the time to engage in positive familial activities with the Lion’s Pride. The storm planet Rahu is transiting the part of your chart associated with your friends and Sangha. This is a good placement for Rahu, but only good if friends and Sangha recognize your contribution and give the Lion his due. The other storm planet Ketu with Saturn, are transiting the part of the chart associated with progeny. Yes, you are available to your friends and community, but you must also balance that with the needs of your children. The Lion needs to check in more often that his progeny have all they need to succeed.
For those born under the constellation of Virgo, September 17th-October 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet Mercury is trending favorably transiting the domains of life associated with health, hygiene and relationship. Jupiter is positively influencing your relationship with comrades and siblings. All in all, this is a wonderful time of connectivity for Virgo this spring. The storm planet Rahu is transiting the part of your chart associated with career and Virgo will be in store for many vocational changes in the year ahead. It’s all good, but you will need to be open to change as the times they are a changing. The other storm planet Ketu with Saturn, are transiting the part of your chart that is associated with home and family. Due to the double influence of the storm planets, Virgo needs to be open to moving if the proper vocational opportunity for advancement presents itself. Don’t get too settled as the planetary energy for settling down is tentative in the short run, but not the long.
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 is transiting the domains of progeny and health and hygiene this spring. You probably responsibly limit your children's sugar intake so now is the time to responsibly limit yours. Try one of many sugar-free diets with your doctor's blessing and you will feel the results sooner than expected. Jupiter trends favorably as well for a more healthy diet and money as he is transiting the part of your chart associated with food and finance. The storm planet Rahu is transiting the part of your chart associated with education and travel. Your travel plans may become more complicated so plan accordingly and leave little to chance. If you are a student, a change in direction or study is potentially indicated as Rahu is a love it or leave it planet. The other storm planet Ketu with Saturn are transiting your comrades and siblings creating the usual upheaval and uncertainty.
For those born under the constellation of Scorpio, November 16th-December 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet Mars is transiting the domains of health, hygiene and relationship this spring trending favorably. Jupiter the principle planet of light is favoring you in transiting your sign and the part of your chart that is associated with finance all during March and April. The storm planet Rahu is transiting the part of your chart associated with legacies and insurance so make sure you are well protected in your insurance needs during this period of time. Look at your retirement portfolio to ascertain that it is moving in the right positive direction. If not you may make a change during this time. The other storm planet Ketu with Saturn is transiting the part of your chart that is associated with food and finance. This is the time to spend less and eat less so cut back on your spending and dining out and you will be amazed at the capital you can accrue in savings.
For those born under the constellation of Sagittarius, December 16th-January 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet Jupiter is transiting the domains of rest and repose in March and the part of the chart that is associated with you in April. This is a time of rest and repose for the agile archer as Sagittarius is feeling the effects of Saturn who has been slogging through his sign for well over a year. The archer appears to off his usual mark and needs to hurry up and slow it down. The storm planet Rahu is transiting the part of your chart that is associated with love and relationship, but you have no time for distraction so make doubly sure any new relationship really has potential and is not just a distraction. The other storm planet Ketu joins Saturn in Sagittarius this spring are in your sign and you must come to the realization that you have too much on your plate. As your plate clears and you release your burden you will once again begin to see the reflection of your true essential self.
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, your planet Saturn is in the domain of life that is associated with rest and repose this spring. The solitary goat does not mind taking a sure-footed step back to restore and rejuvenate, however watch the tendency to become the proverbial hermit. Jupiter, the principle planet of light is transiting the part of your chart that is associated with friends and community. Friends and intentional community are just the celestial prescription to bring you out of your pragmatic hermitage back into the world of those who share your values and ideals. The storm planet Rahu is trending positive as he is transiting the part of your chart that is associated with health and hygiene. The other storm planet Ketu has now moved into the sign of Sagittarius with your planet. The planetary combination is excellent for taking a spiritual retreat. Be circumspect and resist a tendency to isolation.
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, your planet Saturn is transiting the domain of life associated with your community and friends. Being of a deliberate nature, Saturn here will lead you to reevaluate existing friendships in favor of those friends who reflect your humanistic goals and values. Jupiter, the principle planet of light, continues to trend positive as he transits the part of your chart associated with vocation bringing with him the hope of career growth and advancement. The storm planet Rahu is transiting the part of your chart associated with your progeny so make sure to doubly check in that they have all they need to succeed during this turbulent time. The other storm planet Ketu has now moved into the sign of Sagittarius with your planet in the domain of friends. This can strain fair weather friends resulting favorably for friends who can weather the storm and go the distance.
For 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 is transiting the domains of life associated with spirituality, travel, and education in March and career in April. Education and spiritual advancement are favorable for the Fish as Jupiter will remain in this most favorable part of the chart until late 2019. The storm planet Rahu is transiting the part of your chart that is associated with home and family. Unless your home has an aura of permanence you may actually consider moving. The other storm planet Ketu with Saturn, are transiting the part of your chart associated with career. Although your planet Jupiter will join them in April his influence is only temporal so potential career opportunities are much more complicated and stormy than they first appear. The proverbial grass appears to be greener until you actually have to mow it. The Fish needs to swim the middle course, not the perilous shoals this spring.
The increasing darkness concluded on the Winter Solstice last year on December 21st, the darkest day north of the equator, as the Sun begins his northern course and with it increasing light. The Civil calendar celebrates it with the January 1st New Year. The Indian calendar celebrates the gradually growing light with the Sun's passage into the constellation of Capricorn on January 14th called Makara Sankranti. This heralds the bright part of the year as the planet gradually awakens from its blissful slumber. The cycle of light will continue until it reaches its height at the Summer Solstice this year on June 21st. From this time forward the shadows and darkness will recede bringing all into the light in vivid color.
Light is the great revealer and creates the most vivid of colors during the bright part of the year. The most auspicious is the color green, which heralds the green shoots of new growth. However, green is also the color of money and monetarization. Mercury is the planet of monetarization and finance, and Mercury's color is green, just like the color of money. Financial volatility reigned in world markets as 2018 ended, leaving many in doubt regarding the world economic outlook for 2019.
As 2019 starts, Mercury, the planet of commerce and business, will be in alignment with Saturn and the storm planets until early February, so the indication is for financial volatility to continue for the time being. Of all the planets that revolve around the Sun, Mercury is the closest. It takes 365 days for our Earth to revolve around the Sun; it takes Mercury but 89 days to make the same revolution. This is merely a three month period of time which corresponds to the quarterly business cycle. Thus, Mercury is indicative of short-term, not long-term, trends. It is only human nature to believe that a short-term trend is going long, whether up or down. However, this is where the quicksilver nature of Mercury can break bad for those who believe they are in the know. The economic trend is volatile for now in the short run, not necessarily the long run.
What you will continue to see in the long run is increased reporting shining a light on how our personal business — our personal data — has been exploited for monetary gain by Big Tech and Big Data. These stocks are presently dragging the business indicators rudely down to earth. Big Tech and Big Data have been driving the markets with record profits, largely due to the collection and sale of our personal information. As the scandals emerge on just how much data has been collected and sold with little to no oversight, perhaps due to public scrutiny, the market forces that have driven Big Tech's value no longer believe the days of unprecedented profits are over. However significant the data breaches of the past, they may seem dwarfed by the breaking scandals revealing the enormity of how personal data has been bought and sold on social networking platforms and the surveillance economy many times over. The Facebook scandal merely seems to be just the tip of the iceberg for the monetarization of our personal information for capital gain for those who believe they have a right to collect and profit from it. Since there are no clear current guidelines on how this information is to be used, you can be sure it has already been sold many times over, enriching those who have purchased it in ways one could never imagine!
This has enabled a modern-day data Gold Rush for the commodification of personal information. Many bad mercenary actors have already staked claims. The scale of this commodification of collected personal information is beyond comprehension, and it will continue until guidelines on the future accumulation are legislated and enforced. The data Gold Rush had already sold personal information many times over, with little to no oversight long before the hackers got it. Contrarians and conspiracy theorists believe that Big Data has allegedly set up the hackers as fall guys for the data already collected and sold, as they only want the profits, not the liability! Either way, the spotlight is now on data collection and third-party brokers, and the easy benefits gained from your personal information are now in question, creating market volatility regarding future profits.
Mercury is the planet of commerce, trade, and information/data. He is neither a benefic or malefic planet, as it all depends on how the data is used. As consumers, we have naively assumed that when we engage in a commercial transaction our business was concluded then and there. However, in the new surveillance capitalism, that transaction lives on as an identity marker for future purchases, perhaps in perpetuity with no oversight on how that information is to be used. As consumers, this can rightfully lead us to question even our most simple commercial transactions commonly taken for granted in the past. The data scandals and hacks have revealed there are little to no guidelines on the collection of personal information. This raises a legitimate concern that we now need to be proactive regarding any and all transactions. We should place all data brokers and their marketing minions on notice that we do not consent to the collection of our personal information without due cause.
The increasing light on data collection reveals that the ship of our data has long since sailed. Where we can be collectively proactive is to assert that we do not consent to the ubiquitous collection of personal data. Further, we need to lobby our representatives for data-usage guidelines so we can limit which ports these data ships can anchor and unload data cargo. The coming data wars will concern its sale and usage. As the proliferating profits continue to come to light in 2019, the data Gold Rush will face increasing scrutiny from privacy advocates, demanding that data collectors file their claims with terms of usage, potentially limiting this pervasive form of identity surveillance for monetarization. Like all wars, disinformation and propaganda will continue until our personal data enjoys the same democratic civil liberties that we ourselves hold dear.
Mercury, the planet of commerce and business starts, off the New Year in the constellation of Sagittarius until the 20th of the month. Mercury aligns with the challenging planets Saturn and Pluto midway through the month trending volatile well into January. Later, from the 20th onward, Mercury aligns with the storm planets Rahu and Ketu, giving no relief until he enters Aquarius on the 6th of February. Mars will continue to transit Jupiter's sign of Pisces while Jupiter transits Mars' sign of Scorpio. This planetary combination is excellent for teamwork and collaborative partnerships for those so inclined.
The month of January will feature two eclipses. The first is a partial solar eclipse at 21 degrees of the constellation of Sagittarius. With Mercury and Saturn in Sagittarius, this eclipse trends to a time of collective confusion and uncertainty as the first New Moon of the year is partially eclipsed. Whatever New Year resolutions you wish to embrace, it is better to start them later in the year as you may find your energy is not focused or sustained enough to follow through on them now. The part of life that Sagittarius associates with in your chart will need additional scrutiny and diligence due to the effects of this eclipse and the influence of Saturn. Energy and momentum will be down as the year starts with this partial eclipse, so be patient as matters will become clearer later.
The second January eclipse is a total lunar eclipse on January 20th at 6 degrees Cancer. The part of life that Cancer is associated with will come under stress at this period of time. The effects of lunar eclipses drop off sharply once the full moon is passed, so any important decisions that need to be made should be deferred under a total lunar eclipse, unless it is a crisis or an absolute necessity. Emotions can run high during total lunar eclipses. Stay clear of the proverbial lunatics and delusional people during this time. Remain calm, and as the Moon wanes, seasoned deliberation will win the day.
The celestial good news during January is that both Venus and Jupiter will remain together in the constellation of Scorpio until the very end of the month! It is always a special celestial treat when these two planets of light align, as they only come together in the same sign every nine months. The sight of both Venus and Jupiter together in Scorpio will light up the part of life that Scorpio is associated with in your chart, as well the opposite part of your life that Taurus rules! Venus and Jupiter represent the creative and wise people who populate your life. They are the creative artisans and Gurus who will show you the way out of the shadows and darkness of the January eclipses. Focus on where the light shines brightly this month, not where it is absent.
Mercury enters the constellation of Aquarius on the 6th and finally clears all the malefic planets trending to a more definite time for judgment, commerce, and crucial personal decisions. On the 23rd of the month, he will enter Pisces, falling under the aspect of the benefic planet Jupiter. This month trends positive for Mercury's indications, most auspiciously towards month's end.
Venus moves from his alignment with Jupiter to now aligning with Saturn in Sagittarius. This alignment presents a more sober and realistic approach to important partnerships and relationships. Ones that are solid will stay the course. However, relationships that have suffered distance and strain will trend toward a difficult time with the potential of a break or separation. This is decidedly more so as Venus enters Capricorn and aligns with the storm planets Ketu and Rahu at months end after the 24th. Venus will clear the storm planets later in March around the Spring Equinox, so don't get your expectations up until well after Valentine's Day. My advice is to keep it simple and sincere this Valentine's Day, however, not so simple as to take your partners for granted!
Mars will leave the constellation of Pisces and enter his own sign of Aries on the 5th of February. Here Mars will remain strong in his own sign until later in March. The part of life that Aries is associated with will become infused with energy and enthusiasm this month. As Mars becomes free from any planetary association, he becomes more playful and physical in his approach to life. Now is the time to follow through on your New Year resolutions that lacked enthusiasm and focus in January. If you have been leading a sedentary lifestyle, this will be the time to start a new regimen of progressive activity. Physical exercise and expression will satisfy Mars and get the creative juices flowing again. Nothing too risky and dangerous, as Mars will align with the unpredictable planet Uranus more around the middle of the month. Physical exercise, hiking, but don't try to summit Everest during the middle of this month!
The storm planets, Rahu and Ketu, are respectively transiting the constellations of Cancer and Capricorn and will regress into the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius later in March. In the meantime, they will trend to domestic volatility as represented by Rahu in Cancer, and government and corporate volatility as represented by Capricorn. With a new Congress taking office on January 3rd, do not expect cooperation, but instead continuing polarization, storm, and conflict. With Venus entering Capricorn in the last days of February, you may see the specter of deteriorating relationships prompting more government and business resignations and firings from office due to the storms of scandal and impropriety, or from sheer fatigue or exasperation. Overall, a topsy-turvy couple of months start off 2019.
For those born under the constellation of Aries, April 14-May 14th, or who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet Mars is transiting the signs of Pisces and Aries. This presents an auspicious time of increased energy and accomplishment, especially during February when Mars enters his own sign of Aries when the time trends positive for taking action on short-term goals. Venus and Jupiter are transiting the domain of life associated with investments, legacies, and taxes. In light of the economic volatility of the times, you may wish to consult an investment consultant to steward your wealth and legacies during January. The solar eclipse of January falls in the 9th domain of your life associated with education and travel. Be advised to be very deliberate with your travel and educational plans during this time, for the eclipse coupled with Saturn in Sagittarius can create false starts, delays, and obstructions if your intentions are not well thought out and grounded in reality.
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 and Jupiter are transiting the part of your chart that is associated with your partnerships and relationships - and also shining their light on you. This tends to be a positive time for romance, relationship, and marriage for Taurus. Be on the lookout for potential new partnerships with knowledgeable and gifted people who can positively impact your life. Jupiter is also the planet of friendship and community for the Bull so keep a Bull’s eye open for new friends and new communities that reflect your growing interest. The solar eclipse of January falls in the 8th domain of life related to taxes, investments, and legacies. Be advised to be very deliberate in your investments and tax preparation as much has changed in the tax laws this past year. Professional advice can assist you to take full advantage of the changes and limit costly mistakes.
For those born under the constellation of Gemini, June 15th-July 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, the year starts with your planet Mercury transiting the domain of life associated with relationships, heralding a time of change. The January solar eclipse is also in the relationship domain of life adding to the celestial stresses. However, Venus and Jupiter in Scorpio transiting the 6th domain of your chart trend positive for self-care and establishing good habits which will support you during this time of change. Choose foods and habits that leave you feeling refreshed and vitalized, not exhausted. Mobile Gemini needs to be on the go and not get run down during the early part of the year. Saturn in Sagittarius is transiting the 7th domain of you chart stressing romantic relationship. The pressures of everyday life are anything but romantic so be advised to take some time off to rekindle, revitalize and remember that you are loved and supported by your partner.
For those born under the constellation of Cancer, July 16th-August 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet the Moon is eclipsed later in January with storm planets Rahu in Cancer in Ketu in Capricorn. This will be an up-and-down month of change, so roll with and surf the waves of change. Venus and Jupiter’s transit of Scorpio influences the 5th domain of life in regards to children and creativity. Their blessing here will trend to keep you optimistic and open-minded during this time of change as Jupiter mitigates the lunar eclipse! Mars in Pisces is tenanting the 9th part of your chart and is favorable for travel and educational pursuits. If you have been contemplating another educational opportunity or training, Mars will give you the energy and momentum to follow through on such endeavors. Saturn’s transit through the 6th domain of your chart trends positive for you to stay focused and remain competitive by exercising by proper diet and self-care.
For those born under the constellation of Leo, August 17th-September 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet is momentarily eclipsed in early January but returns to full form in short order. Venus and Jupiter are transiting the 4th domain of your chart associated with home and family —the Leo native's pride and joy. Here Venus and Jupiter also shine their light on career, trending well for the Lion’s place in this world. This is a desirable time to start a remodel or move to a more spacious home for a growing family. The Lion needs to live in an area that is reflective of their regal bearing, so caution is advised not to overdo it. Mars' transit of both the 8th and 9th domains of life the first two months of the year will assist in revitalizing energy, so the year starts out very positive for the Big Cat. Saturn's continuing transit of the 5th part of the chart keeps the focus on the needs of progeny making sure they have all they need to be successful in their endeavors.
For those born under the constellation of Virgo, September 17th-October 16th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet Mercury is transiting the domain of life associated with home and family. This trends for a time of domestic uncertainty and perhaps a change of residence, or a move is in the making. With the solar eclipse and Saturn also transiting that part of your chart, plan carefully and be very deliberate in regard to these matters. Venus and Jupiter are transiting the domain of life associated with your siblings and comrades, which also shines a light on the realm of travel and education. Time spent with siblings, as well as travel for leisure or education will take some of the stress off you. Academic advancement is favored for Virgo, so it’s full steam ahead. Mars will be joyfully transiting through the domain of life associated with romance and relationship under the influence of Jupiter during January, so passion is in the air for Virgo as well with the potential of so much more!
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, with Jupiter, transits the domain of life that is associated with finances and domestic happiness. This time is trending to improve your finances and once monies increase your domestic life will adjust proportionately. Mars in Pisces is positively transiting the domain associated with diet, health, and exercise. New Year's resolutions around a healthy diet and exercise are favored as Mars will give you the energy to follow through. Once you get started, you might even find romance as Mars moves into the domain of romance and relations early in February, for when you feel good, you look good! Lastly, the early January solar eclipse and Saturn fall in the part of your chart associated with siblings and comrades. They may be in need of your sagacious advice or cheerleading so they can face momentary difficulties and obstacles with a positive attitude.
For those born under the constellation of Scorpio, November 16th-December 15th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet Mars has positive productivity in store for you. He transits the 5th and 6th domains creating an optimistic outlook and the return of your mojo! His transit in Pisces is excellent for progeny, and his entry through Aries in February is excellent for starting a new health and exercise program to embrace the new you. Venus and Jupiter are transiting through Scorpio, the part of the chart that is associated with you confirming the positivism you are experiencing. The light of these benefic planets also shines within the domain of romance and marriage. This creates an increased sense of connectedness, with a real potential for a new relationship and growing felicity and love if currently married or engaged. Saturn in Sagittarius in the 2nd domain of your chart will focus on your finances and food, reigning in both diet and spending so you can keep that positive mojo moving.
For those born under the constellation of Sagittarius, December 16th-January 13th, or those who have their Vedic Moon or rising sign therein, your planet Jupiter is aligned with Venus in the domain of life associated with rest and repose. Perhaps you have been burning the candle at both ends, and seek to take a step back to reevaluate and reflect. This is in perfect alignment with the planetary energy. The Archer's bow has just been weighty of late with Saturn in your sign this past year. Saturn’s transit through your sign is favorable for self-reflection and assessing and eliminating negative patterns that obstruct your sense of self and influence your intimate relationships with others. It is time for the Archer to hit the pause, not the fast-forward button. As this year starts, Mars is transiting the domain of your chart that is associated with your home and family. Mars here can assist in making changes in your domesticity that are positively adding to, not detracting from, your revitalization and restoration.
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, your planet Saturn is in the domain of life that is associated with rest and repose. The solitary Goat does not mind taking a sure-footed step backward to restore and rejuvenate. However, watch the tendency to become the proverbial hermit, as balance is the key to your well-being. To remedy this Venus and Jupiter are transiting the part of the chart associated with your friends and community. Social activities with friends will lighten your serious nature and allow you to step back and just enjoy yourself, rather than being your productive self. Perhaps there is a new Sangha that calls and is in perfect alignment with your core values. This will give you the opportunity to engage in serious fun - the best of both worlds for Capricorn. Mars in Pisces trends for improved relations with others. You may find you are much more appreciated than you realize.
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, your planet Saturn is transiting the domain of life associated with your community and friends. Being of a deliberative nature, Saturn here will lead you to reevaluate existing friendships in favor of those friends who reflect your core values. Venus and Jupiter are transiting the domain of life associated with vocation, and their combined light is positive for career vision and advancement. You are poised for vertical upward movement in your career as the auspicious light of both Venus and Jupiter grace you early in 2019. Don't be afraid to jump ship if vocational sailing seems better in uncharted waters as Jupiter's transit will continue almost to the end of 2019. At the same time Mars in Pisces, exchanged with Jupiter in the 2nd domain of life can fuel your financial ambitions for the attainment of wealth. The light for Aquarius is career and economic advancement.
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 with Venus transits the domain of life associated with travel, education, and spiritual advancement. Education and spiritual progress are favorable for the Fish as Jupiter will remain in this most desirable part of the chart until late 2019, so you will have the opportunity to enjoy this energy for some time to come. Mars will transit Pisces for all of January, and auspicious Mars will grant you the energy and enthusiasm to engage more fully in all you do! Saturn and the solar eclipse are influencing the 10th domain of life associated with career and casting their influence on home and family as well. Saturn on the vertical axis of your chart can pressure you between the growing needs of job versus the increasing demands of family creating dual stresses for Pisces. The Fish needs to swim the middle course, not the perilous shoals, to be successful at this time.
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