Astrological Highlights: February 2019

During February, Mars is powerful in Aries, Venus expresses caution with Saturn, and Mercury is busy transiting through three signs.

An Assertive Mars

On February 5th, Mars moves into Aries. Mars is energetic, assertive and headstrong in this sign that he rules. This is a good position for initiating projects and for doing physical exercise and sports.

For Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn ascendants the transit of Mars in Aries gives ruchaka yoga. This yoga will strengthen the qualities of Mars- energy, courage and independence.

Unfortunately, Mars will lose the positive connection he had with Jupiter while he was transiting Pisces. This means that Mars can be more impulsive, self willed and less inclined to follow the wisdom offered by Jupiter. Instead he will join Uranus when he transits Aries. Their conjunction is exact on February 13th. This will increase the desire for independence and freedom which, if carried to an extreme, can lead to revolution. There is a greater risk for irrational or impulsive action.

Mars stays in Aries until March 22nd.


Venus, on the other hand, is more restrictive this month because the planet travels with Saturn in Sagittarius until February 24th. Their conjunction is exact on February 18th at 22 degrees Sagittarius.

The energy of Venus conjunct with Saturn is disciplined and serious. We may need to take a deeper look at our values and at that which we appreciate in our lives.

Their conjunction can cause restriction in romantic relationships. Sometimes relationships go through separation during a Saturn/Venus transit.

However, a Saturn/Venus conjunction can also manifest a permanent, or long lasting, relationship. This combination can be good for making the ideals of Venus more concrete, although this will not happen without work and effort. A Venus and Saturn combination is good for work emphasizing art, structure and design.


Mercury is quick by nature and moves quite fast through the zodiac. He connects with three signs this month. Mercury begins the month in Capricorn and moves to Aquarius on February 6th. After the 24th, he will transit in Pisces.

Communication and information come especially quickly to us during this time. This can manifest as news giving us a lot to digest every day.

Once Mercury reaches Pisces, he will make a longer stay. He will not leave Pisces until May 3rd. The is because he is retrograde between March 5th to March 28th. Mercury may need to catch up and to work things out during this time. He will also return to Aquarius during his retrograde.

Dates to Remember:

  • Feb 4th    New Moon 21’ Capricorn
  • Feb 5th – March 22  Mars in Aries
  • Feb 6th – Feb 24th  Mercury in Aquarius
  • Feb 12th –  March 14th Sun in Aquarius
  • Feb  17th  Venus / Saturn conjunction  22’ in Sagittarius
  • Feb 19th    Full Moon in Leo 6’
  • Feb 24th – May 3rd  Mercury in Pisces
  • Feb 25th – March 21st  Venus in Capricorn




Astrological Highlights: January 2019

As we come into January 2019, we find a great deal of instability in the world and the planetary energies are complex. Many nations are divided on important issues. The US enters 2019 during a government shutdown. Great Britain is divided regarding Brexit. Countries all around the globe also feel pressure. When unpredictability is such a big part of our reality it’s helpful to examine the planet Uranus.

Uranus Reveals Instability

Uranus helps us understand some of the instability we see in the world right now. Uranus is an outer planet and is not traditionally included in the nine planets used in Vedic Astrology. However, Neo Vedic Astrology includes the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Uranus is rebellious. At its best Uranus will express uniqueness, new thought and innovation. An expansive Uranus can revolutionize our lives in positive ways. But when challenged, this planet manifests an instability that can potentially lead us into chaos.

Uranus is currently retrograde and has stationed at 4 degrees Aries (sidereal astrology). A retrograde Uranus makes it harder to restrain the erratic and impulsive qualities of this planet. When Great Britain voted for Brexit back in April 2016, Uranus was in Gandanta between Pisces and Aries, which gave an indication that uncertainty and turmoil would follow the decision.

Uranus is currently in a difficult aspect to the karmic axis (the two lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu). This puts pressure on some of the deep karmic issues that the world is grappling with today: migration, immigration, security, and the challenges and breaking downs of institutions and democratic processes.

In the natal chart of President Trump, the Sun is close to both Rahu and Uranus in his 10th house. This is a house that shows the impact of our actions on the world. His time as a president of the United States reflects a similar unpredictable and impulsive pattern.

After January 6th, Uranus goes direct again and will very slowly move away from the close and challenging aspect to each of the Lunar nodes.

Two Eclipses

Almost at the same time as Uranus turns direct, a partial solar eclipse will occur on January 5th. The new Moon is in Sagittarius. The eclipse can be seen in East Asia and the Pacific.

An eclipse reflects change. In the United States a newly elected congress will be seated on January 3rd.

A total lunar eclipse takes place during the full Moon on January 21st.
It occurs in Cancer in Pushya nakshatra. During the time between the two eclipses (approximately two weeks) we often experience more emotional and restless energy than normal.

Cancer is a water sign and the eclipse can be seen from many oceans: The Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and the Arctic. It is also seen in North- and South America, parts of Europe and Africa.

Cancer is a sign expressing strong sentiment, a need for security and will often exhibit care for the environment. The eclipse has a potential for bringing out strong emotions and events related to water.

Sun / Saturn conjunction

The Sun and Saturn are both in Sagittarius and reveal a conflict between Leadership and Government. The Sun feels restricted by Saturn, but the conjunction also favors hard work. We may need to shoulder more personal responsibility during this transit.
The Sun stays in Sagittarius until January 14th.

Mercury in Sagittarius and Capricorn

Mercury came into Sagittarius on the last day of 2018 and will stay in this sign until January 20th. Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in Sagittarius and is also involved in the solar eclipse on January 5th.

Mercury expresses intellect, communication and is also a planet involved in trade and commerce. Mercury is under stress while in Sagittarius with the fighting Sun and Saturn and especially during the solar eclipse on January 5th. This stress can indicate challenges for the Mercury ruled signs of Gemini and Virgo.

Mercury will be in Capricorn between January 20th and February 6th.

Venus in Scorpio

Venus ends its long stay in Libra and transits through Scorpio between January 1st and January 29th.

Scorpio is already graced by the presence of Jupiter and Scorpio now has two benefic planets in its sign. This is helpful for Scorpio. Both Venus and Jupiter act as counsellors and guides but in slightly different ways. Venus can guide us to express earthly and material desires in good and dharmic ways and Jupiter wants us to develop knowledge and wisdom. Scorpio is transformative and there may be some disagreement between Venus and Jupiter in how we shall transform and change.

When Venus moves to Sagittarius on January 29th it will be in Gandanta between Scorpio and Sagittarius. The energy of Venus is disturbed on this day as it leaves a water sign and moves into a fire sign.

Jupiter in Scorpio aspects Mars (the ruler of Scorpio) and Mars transits Pisces (a sign ruled by Jupiter). Mars and Jupiter are in each others signs which is strengthening and supportive for both planets.

I hope that your New Year resolutions, and your actions, will be guided by the knowledge and wisdom of Jupiter!

“In the garden of the New Year culture the seeds of well-planned new activities until they grow into fragrant flowering plants of diverse successes. Let every day in the New Year become a step upward on the ladder of your Self-realization.”

–Paramhansa Yogananda


Dates to Remember:

Dec 31st – Jan 20th Mercury in Sagittarius
Jan 1st – Jan 29th Venus in Scorpio
Jan 5th Partial Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius
Jan 6th Uranus moves direct
Jan 15th – Feb 12th Sun in Capricorn
Jan 20th – Feb 6th Mercury in Capricorn
Jan 21st Total Lunar eclipse in Cancer
Jan 30th Venus in Capricorn



Astrological Highlights: December 2018

December – A month of transformation

The Sun, Jupiter and Mercury are in Scorpio as we enter December and approach a new year. Scorpio is a sign of transformation and change.

If your rising sign, Sun or Moon is in Scorpio, this could be a busy time. Perhaps you have things to sort out, especially in the beginning of the month when Mercury is retrograde. Mercury retrograde in Scorpio is favorable for reflecting on the past. Maybe it is time to put something to rest.

Mercury turns direct on December 6th

Communication becomes more clear and misunderstandings can more easily be avoided after Mercury has turned direct on December 6th.

New Moon on December 7th

It is a good to sow the seed of something new during a new Moon. It is natural for plans to take form when the Moon is waxing and increasing in strength.

The New Moon occurs in Scorpio in Jyeshta Nakshatra on December 7th.

Jyeshta is a powerful nakshatra situated at the end of Scorpio. It is also a Gandanta nakshatra. Planets transiting here are preparing for change.

Sun in Sagittarius

The Sun moves through the Gandanta position between Scorpio and Sagittarius on December 14th and 15th.

The Sun will join Saturn and Pluto in Sagittarius between December 15th and January 14th. This is a time when the Sun struggles for light and power.

Winter Solstice on December 21st

The shortest day of the year occurs on December 21st, but we will experience the light of a full moon on December 22nd. This is also a good time to find one’s own inner light and to experience the deeper message of Christmas.

Mars in Pisces

Mars moves into Pisces on December 23rd. Mars is happy in Pisces and Jupiter shines his positive light on Mars from Scorpio. Mars transits Jupiter’s sign Pisces and Jupiter transits Scorpio ruled by Mars. This exchange of signs benefits both planets.

Venus in Libra

Venus is still in Libra and contributes to harmony during this last month of the year. Venus stays in Libra throughout December.

Wishing you a Peaceful Christmas!


Dates to remember:

  • 12/6/18  New Moon at 21 degrees Scorpio, Jyeshta nakshatra   
  • 12/6/18  Mercury direct in Scorpio
  • 12/15/18-1/14/19 Sun in Sagittarius
  • 12/21/18  Winter solstice  
  • 12/21/18   Mercury/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio
  • 12/22/18  Full Moon in Gemini
  • 12/23/18-2/05/19  Mars in Pisces – exchanges sign with Jupiter


Astrological Highlights: November 2018

Vedic Astrology November 2018

This November Mars will finally move into a new sign, Venus goes direct again and Saturn moves into a different Nakshatra, Purva Ashadha.

Mars Moves to Aquarius

Mars and Ketu have both been in Capricorn for several months now and, due to Mars having spent some time in retrograde, three conjunctions have taken place between them. This has caused an intense activity, some due to intense weather and other natural catastrophes. We have also experienced many heated political events and much senseless violence.   

Mars is at the peak of his strength on November 2nd and 3rd at 28 degrees Capricorn. This is his degree of exaltation in the sky.

On November 6th Mars moves into Aquarius. Aquarius is a humanitarian sign and even though Mars is no longer together with feisty Ketu we will likely continue to see heated discussions in world politics. More people may also become actively involved in political, humanitarian and environmental efforts.

Jupiter, Mercury and Sun in Scorpio

Some attention needs to be given to what might happen after November 16th. The Sun joins Jupiter and Mercury in Scorpio on this day.  Mercury turns retrograde in Scorpio and Venus moves direct in Libra, also on November 16th. We will likely see some change and reform taking place during this time.

On November 27th this energy is more pronounced when the Sun /Jupiter/ Mercury (R) are in an exact conjunction at 10 degrees Scorpio.

Saturn Moves to Purva Ashadha

On the same day, November 27th, Saturn moves into a different Nakshatra: Purva Ashadha. Purva Ashadha is energizing and tries to separate what is beneficial and useful from that which is not. The shadow side of Purva Ashadha deals with elitism and self-righteousness.

If you have your rising sign, Sun or Moon in Scorpio you have an increased opportunity to make positive personal changes this month.

Libra, Capricorn, Aries and Cancer will have a strong, positive Venus after November 16th when Venus is direct again. This is a time when relationships can prosper.

Dates to Remember:

(based on PST)

  • Nov 2 – 3: Mars at the point of his exaltation:  28 degrees Capricorn
  • Nov 6th – Dec 23rd: Mars in Aquarius
  • Nov 7th: New Moon in Libra
  • Nov 16th: Venus moves direct again in Libra
  • Nov 16th – Dec 6th: Mercury retrograde
  • Nov 16th – Dec 15th: Sun moves into Scorpio
  • Nov 22nd: Full Moon in Taurus
  • Nov 26th – Nov 27th: Sun/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio
  • Nov 27th: Sun/Mercury (R)  conjunction
  • Nov 27th: Saturn in Purva Ashadha nakshatra


Astrological Highlights: October 2018

Vedic Astrology October 2018 - Northern Lights Vedic

This October Jupiter moves into the sign of Scorpio and Venus goes retrograde.

Jupiter transits Scorpio October 11, 2018 to November 2019

Jupiter is transiting Scorpio for over a year beginning on October 11.

Scorpions (the symbol for Scorpio) are hard to see. They quietly blend in with their environment or hide underground.

People with major planets in Scorpio tend to be quiet and shy on the outside, but have a lot going on inside. They are private, examining and intense.  

Scorpions go places where nobody else goes: Caves, caverns, holes in the ground. They hide under rocks, logs or they quietly rest on trees or walls.

People with Jupiter in the sign of Scorpio are not afraid to explore. They can turn over rocks in order to examine what is hiding underneath. They do not back away from dark and creepy places if they have a reason for going there. They delve into the unknown.

They can become investigators, researchers, psychologists, spies, athletes, astrologers and healers. They are intuitive. Scorpio is a sign of deep transformation.

Scorpio is a water sign. In Scorpio the feelings are deep. Jupiter does well in water signs. He governs Pisces, is exalted in Cancer, and comfortable in Scorpio. While transiting Scorpio from October 11, 2018 to November 2019, Jupiter casts his favorable aspects on the other two water signs as well.

Hidden Knowledge

Jupiter wants to increase our knowledge. In Scorpio, Jupiter can reveal the things that people are unwilling to face, have forgotten, or simply didn’t know about. An assessment of truth is essential in order to restore and heal.

Rahu, the north node of the Moon, has been transiting Cancer since September 2017. Rahu is of the air element and very volatile. His transit through Cancer is causing many storms. Some storms are weather related and sometimes the storms are emotional reactions to current events.

Knowledge brings healing

Jupiter’s favorable aspect on Cancer from Scorpio will add some knowledge to events which Rahu has already manifested. Rahu in Cancer has brought many scandals regarding sexual abuse and the abuse of power. Jupiter in Scorpio can bring knowledge and healing around trauma. More scandals will continue to surface in regards to abuse of power. Jupiter in Scorpio can aid a healing process by increasing our awareness.

Compassion and Spirituality

Jupiter and the influence of the water signs can bring more awareness and compassion to the plight of others. Empathy is a quality is much needed in the world.


Scorpio governs the twelfth house in the chart of the United States, a house that governs expenses. Jupiter has expansive energy. A negative expression of Jupiter’s expansive energy is inflation. With Jupiter in the twelfth house the risk of inflation is real.

Transformation and Healing

Life is a process of transformation and change. We are born on this earth and we will all experience death one day. During this process we experience and adjust to the different stages of life. The eighth sign Scorpio, as well as the eighth house, expresses transformation and change. It is also a place of regeneration and healing. We want to keep ourselves fit so that we can live longer and healthier lives.

The energy of Jupiter in Scorpio lends itself well to health and  healing. Exercise, movement, yoga, astrology, physical therapy and massage, will benefit by Jupiter’s influence. It is also good for psychological healing.

Jupiter counsels which makes this transit a good time for receiving advice, counseling, and diagnoses from experts and professionals.

Dates to remember

Oct 5th to Nov 16th     Venus is retrograde

Oct 8th                          New Moon in Virgo

Oct 11th to Nov 2019  Jupiter in Scorpio

Oct 17th                        Sun in Libra

Oct 24th                       Full Moon in Aries



Astrological Highlights: September 2018

Many planets are placed in favorable signs during September and most of the retrograde planets are now turning direct. Saturn ends his long retrograde on September 6th.

Saturn Turns Direct Again

Saturn has been retrograde since April 17th, and is turning direct on September 6th. Saturn is a slow moving planet, and for a time this shift causes Saturn to almost remain at a standstill. In the Vedic chart, Saturn stays at 8 degrees Sagittarius in the Mula Nakshatra throughout the entire month.

Saturn represents our foundations, and Mula Nakshatra represents our roots. This month gives us an opportunity to reflect on the choices we have made in the past and the choices we want to make now in order to move forward.  

The essence of Sagittarius is a quest for truth, and the sign also governs law. Many legal battles are fought at this time touching the core of American values.

As individuals we need to take a responsibility for our values and for our relationship with truth. How are we living according to our values? How well are we connected to Mother Earth and how are we treating her?  Saturn is asking us to all take responsibility for our actions.

Mars is Powerful and Direct

Mars is once again moving direct and is therefore powerful in Capricorn, its sign of exaltation. The actions of Mars are now decisive and focused.

Mars will soon catch up with Ketu for the third time in 4 months. Shortly after the fall equinox on September 22nd, the two planets will meet again at 10 degrees Capricorn.  Because Mars was recently retrograde, it has crossed over Ketu two times already, on June 7th (direct) and on July 19th to 23rd when Mars was retrograde.

Mars continues to be strong in Capricorn until November 5th, the day before the US midterm elections. On November 6th, Mars moves into Aquarius. Mars is at its strongest on November 2nd and 3rd when it is at its point of exaltation: 28 degrees Capricorn.

Bring on the Rain

The full Moon in Pisces on September 24th is in the Nakshatra Uttara Bhadrapada. This nakshatra is related to heat and burning. Here in the Western United States we need to be on the alert for fires at this time, especially since the close conjunction of Mars and Ketu also makes for hot energy.  

People tend to be emotional during a full Moon and this energy sometimes relates to strong emotions and feelings of anger. The shakti of Uttara Bhadrapada also has “the power to bring the rain”. We will certainly welcome the rainy season here in California. However, “the power to bring the rain” can also refer to an ability to bring release and cleansing after a period of tension.

Mercury in Exaltation

The Sun is in its own sign of Leo until September 17th. Mercury is also in Leo during the first part of the month. Both the Sun and Mercury are in Virgo after September 18th. This favors communication, discrimination, commerce and trade.

A Strong and Positive Libra

Venus is the brightest object in the sky after the Sun and the Moon. We often see Venus as a bright steady light before the sun rises in the morning, or after the sunset in the evening.

In Sanskrit Venus is called Shukra. Shukra means clear, bright and pure. In Indian mythology, Shukra was the spiritual guide for the Asuras. His role was to guide and uplift the selfish and immoral demons. Through Shukra’s refined nature, charm and attractiveness, he was able to bring truth, joy, peace, harmony, beauty and creativity even to places where deception, lies, and conflict had ruled.

It is our good fortune to have Venus enter Libra on September 1st. Venus enjoys being in Libra. The symbol for Libra is the balanced scales showing a need for taking both sides into consideration. It is under the influence of Libra that we find the diplomats and  peacemakers.

During September and part of October, Jupiter is also in Libra.  Both Venus and Jupiter are guiding planets but with different agendas. Jupiter guides through wisdom and law. Venus guides through the power of attraction, upliftment and joy.

The world is currently experiencing many conflicts and much divisiveness. Kala Sarpa Yoga is still in effect. This means that while Rahu is on one side and Ketu is on the other, all the planets are positioned between them on the same side of the zodiac. Increased imbalance and conflicts in the world are felt during such times.

It is only the Moon that breaks the Kala Sarpa yoga intermittently every two weeks. The lunar nodes have a lot of power during Kala Sarpa.

Mars will break up the Kala Sarpa Yoga by moving on the other side of Ketu after September 26th.  Benefic planets in Libra will also do a great deal to bring balance and harmony to situations of conflict.

Maha Purusha Yoga                          

Mahapurusha yoga means that a planet is in its own or exalted sign in one of the angular houses. These yogas bring out the most positive expression of the planet.

Many people will experience Mahapurusha yoga by transit this month. Mars and Mercury will be in in their sign of exaltation and Venus is in its own sign. If one of these planets also are in an angle in your chart you will experience Mahapurusha yoga by transit.

Venus in Libra and Mars in Capricorn give Mahapurusha yoga to the cardinal signs. Mercury in Virgo brings Mahapurusha yoga to the dual signs.

The Mahapurusha yoga for Venus is called Malavya yoga and brings strength to the favorable qualities of Venus. The Mahapurusha yoga for Mars is called Ruchaka yoga and the Mahapurusha yoga for Mercury is called Bhadra Yoga.

Malavya Yoga for the Cardinal Signs

Venus stays in Libra until January 2nd, 2019. Mars is in Capricorn until November 5th. This will have a positive influence on everyone but especially the cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

If you have your rising sign, Sun or Moon in one of these cardinal signs, the following is especially relevant for you. But do note that these descriptions are general, and other factors in your chart also need to be taken into account.

Aries: Other people can be very helpful to you at this time, your relationships are positive. Venus’s energy is also favorable for finances, especially if you have your own business. This may also be a good time to sign contracts. The power of Mars in Capricorn helps you to be capable and assertive at work.

Cancer:  You may have been going through some changes recently due to Rahu’s influence in your first house. This can be a good time to relax in your home with your family. This is also a good time to find a home, buy property or a new car if you are looking for one. Venus in your fourth house is a positive influence which can make you  feel happy. This may be a good time to study, especially if it’s related to art and creativity.

Libra: Venus in your first house is helpful for your level of confidence and feelings of well being. This is a good time to start something new, especially if it is something creative. It is also a good time to work on your home and property. The placement of a strong Venus in your first house can have a beneficial influence on your health. It is a great time to do yoga and other forms of self improvement.

Capricorn: Mars in your first house can give you focused energy at this time that will help you get a lot done. A strong Venus in your tenth house may help you come up with new and creative ideas. Venus also rules your fifth house, which is a house of creativity, children and investments. This placement can be a positive influence in your relationship with your children and it is a good time to have fun together.

Dates to Remember:

September 1st – January 1st           Venus in Libra

August 16th  – September 17th       Sun in Leo

September 2nd – September 18th  Mercury in Leo

September 6th                                  Saturn direct in Mula

September 9th                                  New Moon in Leo

September 17th  – October 16th     Sun in Virgo

September 18th – October 5th        Mercury in Virgo

September 23rd – 25th                     Mars/Ketu conjunction in Capricorn

September 24th                                 Full Moon in Pisces

September 30                                    Pluto Direct



Astrological Highlights: August 2018

Powerful Mars and Ketu

Last night I was looking at a very bright and red hued object in the sky. Mars seemed so close that I thought I was looking at the planet through a telescope. In fact, Mars will not be this close to earth again for another 269 years.

Known as the red planet, Mars is sometimes called Angarika. Angarika means heated, glowing charcoal. It’s a fitting description of what Mars looks like when seen from a distance.

Another name for Mars is Kuja, which means “son of the earth.” Mars is presently in his sign of exaltation: the earth sign of Capricorn.

Mars is retrograde, and in the company of Ketu. Mars and the shadow planet Ketu are both slowly moving retrograde through the earth sign Capricorn. Both Mars and Ketu are of the fire element and can manifest extreme heat. The earth is experiencing much heat with record breaking temperatures in many places.

Fire is quick and when Mars and Ketu are disturbed they get out of control. This malefic energy has manifested devastating fires in various places on earth.

A positive expression of Mars is expressed through the courageous firefighters who are defending lives, structures and land.

Other manifestations of this hot, quick and unpredictable energy are expressed through  the volcanic eruptions in Hawaii. A couple of friends from the Island of Hawaii are currently staying in our community after having witnessed their retreat Polestar, and years of work, go up in flames. Ketu can give us difficult lessons in non-attachment.

Mars and Ketu are both rulers of Scorpio, a sign of deep transformation. Scorpio also governs underground and hidden activities, such as spying and secret service. While Saturn was making his transit through Scorpio prior to the presidential election much political manipulation and many hidden activities took place. Due to the current strength of Mars and Ketu some of these secrets are being uncovered. The warlike activities that Mars and Ketu can manifest, are now predominantly taking place in cyberspace.

Mars will continue its retrograde until August 27th when he goes direct at four degrees Capricorn. Mars will station at four degrees between August 19th and September 5th.  Mars is very strong during this time and those with important planets near this degree will definitely feel his energy. Mars will cross paths with Ketu again and their conjunction will be exact on September 26th.

It is the impulse from Mars that motivates us to act. Use this energy constructively. It is when Mars is out of control that we experience anger, conflict and accidents.

Many Retrograde Planets

Saturn, Mercury, Mars, Pluto and Neptune are currently retrograde. Uranus will also turn retrograde on August 7th and remains retrograde throughout the year.

Retrograde planets tend to energize the RE words. We can revalue, rethink, reorganize, restructure, re-orientate, remake and reflect on something. This is a time of transformation, and we may need to adjust to new realities.

Solar Eclipse on August 11th

Another partial solar eclipse, just a few weeks after the lunar eclipse on July 27th, takes place on August 11th in the sign of Cancer. The retrograde Mercury is also involved because it will be positioned near the Sun and Moon.

This eclipse will be visible in the northern regions of North America, Europe and Asia.

Eclipses often bring change and can reveal something new to us. Make this a time for reflection and interiorization, as a solar eclipse can bring new awareness to our inner consciousness.

Debilitated Venus

Venus, the indicator for love and marriage, is in the sign of Virgo the entire month. Venus is debilitated in this sign and astrologically this is not such a good month for getting married.

Venus is intellectual and analytical in Virgo, and this is a good placement for analytical reflection and a deepening understanding of your relationships. Venus in Virgo often indicates a good business sense.

While this is still a very intense month it is also a time where we need to reflect on our lives in order to gain an understanding of where we are going. Circumstances are changing for many people.

Dates to Remember:

  • August 1st to September 1st:  Venus in Virgo
  • August 7th to January 2019:  Uranus retrograde
  • August 11th: Partial Solar eclipse and New Moon in Cancer
  • August 17th: Sun in Leo
  • August 19th: Mercury goes direct
  • August 26th: Full Moon in Aquarius
  • August 27th: Mars goes direct



Astrological Highlights: July 2018

July is likely to be an intense month this year. Two eclipses occur in July and a third eclipse takes place in August. The total lunar eclipse on July 27th is the longest eclipse of this century.

Many retrograde planets

Many retrograde planets indicate karmic situations that are needing attention. Saturn, Mars and Jupiter are retrograde and so are the outer planets Neptune and Pluto.

Cancer –  families, women and security

Mercury lines up very closely with Rahu in Cancer on July 2nd. Venus is already in Cancer, a sign governing families, women and the need for security. The strength of Mars and Ketu, who are opposing these planets, is an example of the aggressive energy separating children from their parents at the American/Mexican borders.

Many issues regarding women are now threatened by political retaliation. Mars is in exact opposition to Mercury on Independence day, July 4th.

Partial solar eclipse

On July 12th a partial solar eclipse occurs in Gemini, in the nakshatra Punarvasu. This eclipse will be seen from only a few locations on land. It will be partly visible in southern Australia. A majority of this partial solar eclipse will take place over the Pacific and Indian Oceans.

Punarvasu is ruled by Jupiter and the meaning of Punarvasu translates as return of the light. However, a partial solar eclipse in this nakshatra darkens the light, and indicates change. Pluto in close opposition further suggests a deep transformation.

The good news is that Jupiter, direct since July 10th, is giving a close trine aspect to the solar eclipse. Neptune is also in trine to the eclipse.

This positive energy from Jupiter and Neptune is inspiring and the spiritual energy gives us hope. It is an opportunity to send light and energy to the world. This is especially important now as we are at a time that threatens to be very turbulent.

Longest total Lunar Eclipse of the 21st Century

Mars is close to the earth and very powerful. Mars and Ketu are both moving retrograde and are close to each other. This makes for “hot” energy.  

The total lunar eclipse will occur at 10 degrees Capricorn on July 27th. Mars will be very close to the eclipsed moon and will be easy to see with the naked eye.

The total lunar eclipse on July 27 – 28 will be the longest eclipse of this century.  

It will last for a full 1 hour and 43 minutes. From start to finish it will take close to 4 hours to cross the Earth’s dark umbral shadow.

The entire eclipse will be visible from start to end in Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. Part of the eclipse is visible in Europe, West Africa, Eastern Asia, South America, New Zealand and Australia. It will not be visible in the United States.

On July 26th, Mercury turns retrograde at the sensitive gandanta point in the last degree of Cancer. We will need to make an effort to be clear in our communications.

There are many astrological indications for instability during the latter part of July. The potential for earthquakes, storms and fires are real. There are many “hot” spots in the world at this time and the planetary energies have the potential to ignite violence.  

Try to remain calm and even minded. Send prayers of peace and harmony during this astrologically challenging time.

Dates to remember:

  • July 2nd   Mercury and Rahu close conjunction in Cancer
  • July 4th    Mercury / Mars opposition
  • July 10th  Jupiter direct
  • July 12th   Partial solar eclipse
  • July 13th   Moon with Rahu in Cancer
  • July 15th   Sun in Cancer
  • July 19th – July 23 Mars/Ketu same degree in Capricorn
  • July 26th – August 18th Mercury retrograde in Cancer
  • July 27  Total Lunar eclipse in Capricorn 10 degrees.
  • July 28  Sun in close conjunction with Rahu

Coming Engagements:

June 30 – July 4th

Speaking at the 19th Vedic Astrology Conference: Self Awareness with Yoga and Jyotish at Sivananda Yoga farm, Grass Valley

Nov 2 – Nov 7th

Speaking at the Sixth International Vedic Astrology Conference in San Francisco



Astrological Highlights: June 2018

A Fiery Mars / Ketu

Mars and Ketu in Capricorn are keeping us on our toes at this time. The volcanic eruptions in Hawaii are one expression of this conjunction.  Mars and Ketu are both aspecting Cancer, a sign representing home, and a disturbed Rahu in Cancer has manifested evacuations and loss of homes.

Mars and Ketu are both hot and quick to act. Their unexpected and unpredictable behavior can cause other natural calamities to occur around the globe. The risk of violence, explosions, wildfires, lightning and thunderstorms are higher than normal.

The exact conjunction between Mars and Ketu takes place on June 7th. Mars will then move three degrees ahead of Ketu before turning retrograde on June 26th. Their paths will cross again on July 20th and once more on September 25th. Both of the lunar nodes Ketu and Rahu can be toxic and poisonous (as manifested by the poisonous gases as lava from Kilauea volcano pours into the ocean).

Jupiter’s Wisdom

With so much instability in the world it is a relief to have Jupiter transiting Libra.  Libra wants balance and Jupiter helps us to realize the wisdom of negotiation in this peace loving sign.

The Art of Communication

Mercury, the planet of communication, moves rather quickly through his own sign Gemini between June 9th and June 25th.  Mercury enjoys this sign so take time to be with friends, make plans, write and find time to learn new things. This is a favorable time for Gemini.

Mercury’s stay in Gemini does not last long, but his visit in Cancer will last for over two months. Here Mercury is aligned with the lunar nodes and Venus, and also receives an aspect from Mars. In addition, Mercury will go retrograde at the end of July for several weeks. Perhaps more will be revealed about data breaches, issues of privacy on the internet, or other situations which makes communication more difficult and confusing.

Planets in Retrograde

When Mars goes retrograde on June 26th, he will join three other retrograde planets: Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune. Many retrograde planets means that there are things to work out before we know how to move forward.

Dates to Remember

  • June 7th                          Exact Mars and Ketu conjunction 13’ Capricorn
  • June 8th – July 4th        Venus in Cancer, joins Rahu
  • June 9th – June 25th    Mercury in Gemini
  • June 13th                        New Moon in Taurus, Mrigashira 28’
  • June 15th – July 16        Sun joins Mercury in Gemini
  • June 18th                        Neptune Retrograde
  • June 19th                        Rahu/Venus conjunction at 12’ Cancer
  • June 25th – Sep 2nd      Mercury in Cancer, joins Venus and Rahu
  • June 26th – Aug 27th     Mars Retrograde
  • June 27th                        Full Moon in Sagittarius


Coming Engagements:

In April, I had the opportunity to do consultations with people at the Yogananda Fest in Los Angeles. I have more events coming up in the next few months.

June 2nd

Yogananda Fest – Palo Alto, California

June 30 – July 4th

Speaking at the19th Vedic Astrology Conference at Sivananda Yoga farm, Grass Valley

Nov 2 – Nov 7th

Speaking at theSixth International Vedic Astrology Conferencein San Francisco



Astrological Highlights: May 2018

On May 2nd the planet Mars went into the sign of Capricorn.  

Many people will be relieved now that Mars has left the sign of Sagittarius and his conjunction with Saturn. Due to the inimical relationship between Mars and Saturn we have seen and experienced more conflicts, accidents and frustrations than normal.

A Focused Mars

Mars is exalted in Capricorn. When we consider that Mars and Saturn are enemies, it seems strange that this planet does so well in a sig that is ruled by Saturn. However, when Mars is in Capricorn he will benefit from the disciplinary restrictions imposed by Saturn. The energy of Mars will be more focused and methodical. Mars can be ambitious and knows how to get good results by being strategic and working hard.

Land development, construction and engineering are greatly favored during this time. In fact, any endeavor requiring planning, strategy, perseverance and hard work can do well. The signs that are ruled by Mars – Aries and Scorpio – will benefit from Mars being strong. If your Ascendant, Sun or Moon are in any of these signs you can make good use of its strength during this time.

Mars and Feisty Ketu  

There is, however, another side to this transit. Mars will join Ketu, the south node of the Moon, in Capricorn. Ketu is “headless” and relies on instinct. Ketu relates to the past. This combination of Mars and Ketu in Capricorn can escalate violence. The risk of war and terrorism is higher because both planets are “hot” and quick to action. Mars can attack as well as defend. The threats of fires and epidemics are also higher than normal.

Mars Goes Retrograde

A great deal of karma is being worked out during this time. Astrologically this can also be seen because Mars will go retrograde, and cross over Ketu, no less than three times.

Mars is in retrograde between June 26th and August 27th. Mars will be on the same degree as Ketu on June 8th, July 20th (when Mars is retrograde), and again on September 25th. Avoid travel and large crowds on these days if you can, the risk of terrorism is higher than normal.

Political Rhetoric Heats Up

For Donald Trump the planets Mars and Ketu are transiting his sixth house. This is a house of enemies. His enemies are very powerful during this time, and can reveal that which he has preferred to keep private. His own ability to fight is also strong.

Two Expressions of Mars/Ketu

Ketu is also connected to spirituality and Mars with Ketu can give good insights. However, the danger of being fanatical is high, both on the political and religious arena.   

How to Relax with Mars

Mars is a physical planet and this is a time that lends itself well to exercise, fitness, yoga and sports. Ketu loves nature so, if possible, plan for some time in the great outdoors. Relax and heal with massage and ayurveda, which represent a healing side of the Mars/Ketu combination.

We may see an increase in divisive energy, so pray for the victory, not of anger and hate, but of wisdom and compassion.


Dates to Remember:

  • May 2nd: Mars in Capricorn, joins Ketu
  • May 9th: Mercury is Gandanta
  • May 9th: Mercury in Taurus May 9 – May 26     
  • May 9th: The day when Jupiter is the closest to Earth this year
  • May 14th: Venus in Gemini
  • May 14th: Sun in Taurus         
  • May 15th: New Moon in Taurus
  • May 26th: Mercury in Taurus, exchanges signs with Venus
  • May 29th: Full Moon in Scorpio




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