Astrological Highlights: May 2016

Vedic Astrology May 2016

May continues with many retrograde planets: Mars, Saturn, Jupiter, Mercury and of course also Rahu and Ketu (who are always in retrograde motion). Retrograde planets manifest a slightly different quality which makes for an unusual time astrologically.

During the first week of May, the exalted Sun in Aries receives a very close aspect from Jupiter in Leo. This brings out hope and confidence, and is especially favorable for Aries and Leo.

Mercury and Venus, also transiting in Aries, receives Jupiter’s beneficial aspect as well.

Jupiter moves direct again on May 9th

Jupiter will station at 19 degrees Leo and returns to direct motion on May 9th. Even though Jupiter is strong at this time this benevolent planet is also strongly influenced by two malefic planets: Saturn and Rahu.

Jupiter in Leo receives an exact aspect from Saturn in Scorpio on May 26th. Rahu and Jupiter are both moving towards one another in Leo and their conjunction is exact on June 24th.

Rahu represent the outsider and the foreign. The migration from Syria and Africa is transforming Europe. In the United States Trump campaigns that he will limit and control immigration to the US.  Astrologically this is reflected in Saturn’s close aspect on Jupiter/Rahu.

Mercury moves direct again on May 22nd

Mercury will end the retrograde and moves direct on May 22nd. The Sun will be in Taurus between May 14th and June 13th. Venus stays close to the Sun and follows on May 19th, remaining in Taurus until June 12th.

Venus rules Taurus and naturally strengthens Taurus by being in its own sign. However, both Saturn and Mars in Scorpio are opposite to Sun and Venus in Taurus which creates a lot of tension.

An intense full Moon on May 21st

The time around the full Moon in Scorpio on May 21st is emotionally intense. The Moon is debilitated and on the same degree as Mars. They both are in the company of Saturn.

Stay calm and find something inspiring and uplifting to do during this time.


Many blessings,

Astrological Highlights: April 2016

April 2016 Vedic Astrology


The tumultuous energy of this past month can astrologically be seen in the conjunction of Mars and Saturn in Scorpio, and their aspect on the lunar nodes. The terror attacks in Brussels took place on March 22nd, the day before the full moon and the lunar eclipse.  A Moon under stress will often reflect public fear and confusion.

Challenging Air Travel

While Jupiter and Rahu both are transiting Leo they are influenced by a strong and retrograde Saturn. On March 22nd, during the terror attacks, Saturn was aspecting Jupiter to the degree. This aspect continues to be close for the remainder of the month. Astrologically Jupiter represents travel and Rahu is of the air element. The world is presently experiencing different incidents regarding air travel.

Saturn has “stambhana shakti” the power to block, delay and terminate. Saturn wants to control through restrictions. Air travel is now under rigorous control resulting from the terror attacks in Brussels where two out of three bombs exploded at the airport. The airport in Denver recently needed to close its operations for an entire day causing rerouting and many long delays in people’s flight schedules.      

While  Jupiter/Rahu is connected to air travel, the planet Mercury is connected to commuting and communication. During the recent terror attacks in Brussel a third bomb went off at a Metro station. Mercury was involved in the eclipse on March 23rd because it was very close to the Sun. It was also debilitated in Pisces.

Venus is exalted and powerful from March 31st to April 24th

Venus moves into Pisces on the last day of March. This is good news. Venus is now in Pisces which is a sign of compassion and spiritual love. Venus is exalted in Pisces and this clear and bright planet can give comfort and healing. It is visible as the morning and evening star and is the brightest object in the sky next to the Sun and the Moon. Venus stays in Pisces until April 24th. Between April 14th and April 24th Venus will move through the star constellation Revati in Pisces. The Deity connected to Revati is Pushan and Pushan is said to be the protector of travelers.

Sun is exalted in Aries from April 13th to May 14

The sun is transiting Aries, a powerful sign for the Sun, and it also receives an aspect from Jupiter. This will benefit all the fire signs, especially Leo and Aries, who will have confidence and energy.

Mars and Mercury retrograde

Mars will be retrograde between April 16th and June 30th. Mercury will stay in Aries between April 2nd and June 7th. This is a longer time than usual for Mercury to stay in one sign.  Mercury will also be retrograde between April 28th and May 22nd.

Record number of planets retrograde

After April 28 six out of seven possible planets are moving retrograde: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. (Rahu and Ketu always move retrograde) The Sun and the Moon never move retrograde so the only possible planet that is not retrograde at this time is Venus.

Planets are closer to the Earth while retrograde and are therefore quite strong. Both Jupiter and Mercury will move direct again by the end of May.

Enjoy the good energy from Venus during this time. Take time to enjoy the beauty of spring and spend time in nature if you can.



Dates to remember:

Venus is exalted in Pisces from March 31st to April 24th

Venus is in Aries from April 24th to May 20th.

Mercury is in Aries from April 2nd to June 7th

Mercury is retrograde from April 28th to May 22nd

The Sun  is in Aries from April 13th to May 14th

Mars is retrograde from April 16th to June 30th

Astrological Highlights: March 2016

2016-03 Dancing Shiva

March is a busy month with a solar eclipse that occurs on March 8th and a lunar eclipse occurring on March 23rd. Saturn goes retrograde on March 25th.

The fixed signs

All the planets are in fixed signs at the time of the solar eclipse on March 8th, and many of them remain in fixed signs throughout the month. The fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.

“Yogas arising out of planets occupying Fixed signs are characterized by immobility, fixity, reliability, stubbornness, obstinacy, perseverance, consistency and lack of adaptability.”

(Dr. K S Charak)

Ruchaka yoga

Mars and Saturn both continue their long transit through Scorpio. Mars in transit through his own sign of Scorpio gives a powerful yoga, known as Ruchaka Yoga, for the fixed signs. Ruchaka yoga occurs when Mars is in his own sign and in an angular house. A strong Mars expresses courage, vigour, strength and readiness to fight.

If your Vedic rising sign is Scorpio you have Ruchaka Yoga in your first house. This is good for building your stamina and strength. Physical exercise and practices that aim at controlling energy, such as yoga, tai chi and the martial arts are favored.

If your Vedic rising sign is Taurus Mars is transiting your 7th house. Considering that Saturn is a very powerful planet for you in regards to your career, this could be an excellent time for your business, and can give you a rise in your career, especially if you work with clients or foreign countries.

If your Vedic rising sign is Leo then Mars is transiting your fourth house. This is a good time for real estate, home repairs, working on your land or doing garden work.

If your Vedic rising sign is Aquarius then Mars is transiting your 10th house of career. You may be very involved in your work and you have the capacity to work hard during this time.

Saturn has “stambhana shakti”  the power to block, delay and terminate. Saturn wants control and is a cautious and thorough planet. The combination of the different energies, such as Mars and Saturn, can generate a start and stop effect like that of being in rush hour traffic. It is good to cultivate patience and a sense of detachment. .

Sun moves into Pisces on March 14th

A few days after the solar eclipse on March 8th the Sun moves into Pisces, and the Sun and the Moon break the pattern of all planets residing in the fixed signs. The Sun in Pisces exchanges signs with Jupiter in Leo and the Sun being in the eighth house from Jupiter can indicate a change, possibly in regards to leadership or finances.

Saturn goes retrograde on March 25th

At the time of the lunar eclipse on March 23rd Saturn casts an exact aspect on Jupiter in Leo. They are both at 22 degrees in their respective signs. This makes Saturn’s aspect on Jupiter very strong. In addition Saturn stations here and begins to move retrograde on March 25th. When a planet appears to be retrograde it is closer to the earth and therefore strong. Both Saturn and Jupiter are now retrograde. Saturn will continue its retrograde motion until August 13th. At nearly the same time that Saturn goes direct again Jupiter will move into Virgo (August 12th) and away from Saturn’s restrictive influence.

Saturn’s power to delay and obstruct might be experienced as frustrating but can also be constructive. Jupiter’s closeness to Rahu can awaken a desire for expansion but the Saturnian influence may actually prevent us from over expansion and inflation. Saturn can help us to be realistic and the Mars/Saturn conjunction can give the ability to accomplish a great deal of work. A retrograde Saturn is good for organizing and for getting our affairs in order.

Enjoy the coming of spring (to all those in the Northern hemisphere)!



Dates to remember:

  • Mercury is in Aquarius between March 1st to March 18th
  • Venus is in Aquarius between March 7th to March 31
  • Full Solar eclipse on March 8th/9th at 24’ Aquarius
  • Sun is in Pisces between March 14th to April 14
  • Mercury is in Pisces between March 18th to April 2
  • Lunar eclipse in Virgo 9’ on March 23rd
  • Saturn moves retrograde on March 25th

Astrological Highlights: February 2016

Vedic Astrology February 2016 | Northern Lights Vedic


The planetary configurations being formed this month are unusual and complex. Their influence will greatly impact the year.

Jupiter / Rahu conjunction from January 2016 to August 2016

Since Jupiter is currently retrograde and Rahu always moves in retrograde motion, the two planets will stay close together for some time. Both Rahu and Jupiter have an expansive nature, although Rahu is never really fully satisfied with his accomplishments. He is ambitious and always wants more. When he is with Jupiter he may want more wealth. In the sign of Leo (where both planets are transiting) he may want more power.

Jupiter does well in Leo, the sign of his good friend the Sun. Jupiter’s influence on Leo is benefic and Leos will often experience a great deal of creative energy and a good sense of direction under Jupiter’s benevolent guidance. However, Rahu can bring out a different side of Jupiter. While under the influence of Rahu, Jupiter tends to move away from what is traditional and pure in order to favor alternative ideas and new concepts. Rahu is the unconventional, out-of-the-box thinker. Rahu can also be obsessive. This combination can bring out fanatical beliefs or an obsession with money. Rahu can darken Jupiter’s light,  with a possibility of confusion, manipulation and overexpansion. Saturn’s aspect on the conjunction may contribute to fear, instead of the sense of hope that Jupiter normally brings.

Leos may have a desire for new experiences during this time and may want to learn and experience something that is out of the ordinary. Rahu and Jupiter stay together until August  when Jupiter moves into Virgo.

Mars / Saturn conjunction from February 20th to September 18th, 2016

Mars enters his own sign of Scorpio in February and will stay in this sign for 8 months. Mars is strong in a sign that he rules, but he is not alone in Scorpio. Saturn is there as well and Saturn has been in Scorpio for some time now. The fast and energetic nature of Mars is deeply disturbing to Saturn who wants security and stability more than anything. Stability is hard to find at this time and Saturn is not comfortable when foundations and values are shifting, and his sense of control is threatened. Deep rooted fears can surface at this time, most likely because of a feeling of lack of security and stability.

Scorpios could be busy and have the ability to work hard at this time. Their work can be expansive but they need to cultivate patience and discipline. This is because they are feeling blocked and restricted in their efforts by the cautious and slow moving Saturn.

Increasing Polarization

The gun control debate in the United States is a good example of the differences in the energies expressed by Mars and Saturn. Many Americans feel strongly that they have a deep rooted right to bear arms and to have the ability to defend oneself (Mars). Yet, with so many incidents of violent shootings many people are beginning to insist on regulations and control in regards to the selling of weapons (Saturn). One might think that the two opinions could meet (maybe those who want to preserve the right to bear arms could accept some control and regulation) but it seems agreements are hard to make and that polarization is increasing.

This polarization is further emphasized by the new positions of the karmic nodes of Rahu and Ketu. Mars and Saturn in Scorpio both cast their individual aspects on the nodes. Mars aspects Ketu in Aquarius and Saturn aspects Rahu/Jupiter in Leo. The signs involved (Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) are fixed signs and this also points to an unwillingness to give in or to change one’s opinions.

The planetary energies at this time are unusual and complex. The planets are entwined with one another. For instance Saturn and Rahu are both rulers of Aquarius.  Mars and Ketu both rule Scorpio. The aspect of Mars on Ketu indicates sudden and unexpected events. Both Mars and Ketu are planets that can act suddenly and unexpectedly.

Ketu also has a strong connection with Saturn because Ketu is in a sign ruled by Saturn and Saturn is in a sign that is co-ruled by Ketu. This establishes a strong connection between the two planets.

Sun enters Aquarius on February 13th

On February 13th the Sun, ruler of Leo, joins Ketu in the sign of Aquarius adding to the complexity of the planetary configurations during this time. Next month on March 8th there will be a full Solar eclipse in Aquarius. Ketu has the power to overcome the light of the Sun. An eclipse often represents a change. With six planets in Aquarius (including Neptune) at this time, the change could involve humanitarian needs.

A great deal of focus will continue to be on the fixed signs. Rahu/Jupiter in Leo have a focus on power, leadership, and wealth. Aquarius is a sign of humanitarian and social consciousness. Ketu and the planets in Aquarius have a focus on people at large, on the refugees and the homeless, and finally Mars/Saturn in Scorpio have a focus on change and transformation.

We have some eventful months ahead of us with many changes taking place in the world. May the light, peace and wisdom prevail.

February, 2016 Dates to Remember:

  • Close conjunction of Jupiter and Rahu all month
  • Mercury enters Capricorn on February 8th
  • Venus enters Capricorn on February 12th
  • New Moon in Capricorn on February 8th
  • Sun enters Aquarius on February 13th
  • Mars enters Scorpio on February 20th
  • Full Moon in Leo on February 22nd




Astrological Highlights: January 2016

2015 has been an eventful year and many of the issues that have emerged during this past year are still unresolved. As we enter 2016  Mercury and Jupiter are both turning retrograde. A planet that shifts into retrograde will slow down remarkably and this could be a good time for us to slow down as well. At the beginning of the New Year we benefit from reflection on our goals for the coming year. With two important planets turning retrograde at the same time the energy is especially suitable for introspection and reflection.

Mercury turns retrograde on January 5th and stations at 6 degrees in Capricorn for the first nine days this year. A retrograde Mercury will ask us to be clear and straightforward in our communication in order to avoid misunderstandings. On January 14th Mercury will move back into Sagittarius and Mercury will remain in Sagittarius until February 9th. Mercury in transit through the sign of Sagittarius will have a favorable aspect from Jupiter. If you travel, remember to carefully go over information and schedules, and to be patient in case of delays.  

Jupiter stations in the last degree of Leo and turns retrograde on January 7th. This planet remains in the last two degrees of Leo for the entire month. Jupiter will retrograde in Leo for 123 days, until May 9th, 2016.

Venus is with Saturn, their conjunction is exact on January 8th at 18’ Scorpio. This is also a more inward combination. Venus may feel cautious in personal relationships, or in spending money, during this time. On January 19th Venus will join his friend Mercury in Sagittarius and stay there for the rest of the month, until February 11th.

The biggest astrological event this month is the transit of the lunar nodes into new signs. Rahu and Ketu both stay in a sign for about 18 months. They always travel in a retrograde motion, and are always opposite each other. Rahu and Ketu make their transits into Leo and Aquarius on January 29th. Rahu will be conjunct Jupiter in Leo until  August 11th, when Jupiter leaves Leo and enters the sign of Virgo.

Rahu conjunct Jupiter is known as Guru Chandala Yoga. This conjunction favors thinking outside the box. The combined energy of Rahu and Jupiter is independant and tends to break traditions. Their combination is ambitious, expansive and progressive. This transit of Rahu and Jupiter takes place in Leo and puts a focus on power, creative self-expression and individuality.

The negative sides of their combined transit are manipulation and an inflated sense of ego and power. While Saturn is transiting in Scorpio he aspects the Jupiter/Rahu combination by his 10th house aspect. This puts a serious and limiting influence on Rahu/Jupiter and can indicate deep struggles as well.

Ketu’s transit through Aquarius increases an interest in old and ancient sciences such as Astrology. Intuitive science is favored. Group influences have an importance but there can also be rejection of established and traditional ideologies and thoughts. Aquarius is a humanitarian sign and Ketu has the ability to dissolve old concepts and boundaries.  

A difficult side of Ketu’s transit in Aquarius comes out during the transit of Mars in Scorpio. Mars will aspect Ketu through his 4th house aspect, at the same time as Saturn aspects the Rahu/Jupiter combination in Leo. This can manifest as conflicts and increased violence. Mars will have an unusually long stay in Scorpio: from February 10th to Sept 17th (except for a brief retrograde back to Libra in mid June-July.) More on this next month.

This year has the potential for many changes and much personal growth. I wish you the wisdom to navigate well through the ups and downs of the coming year.

Many Blessings for the New Year!


Dates to remember:

Mercury retrograde on January 5th until January 25th

Mercury retrogrades from Capricorn and into Sagittarius on January 14th

Jupiter Retrograde on January 7th until May 9th in Leo

Saturn/Venus conjunction in Scorpio  (exact on January 8th)

Venus in Sagittarius on January 18th to February 11th

Sun in Capricorn January 14th to February 13th

Rahu transits Leo on January 29th to August 17th, 2017

Rahu conjunct Jupiter until August 11th, 2016

Ketu transits Aquarius on January 29th to August 17th, 2017

Astrological Highlights: December 2015

Vedic Astrology December 2015 - Sun Saturn conjunction

A difficult Sun & Saturn conjunction in Scorpio

In Vedic astrology, the Sun and Saturn are very different in their nature and are therefore considered enemies to one another. The Sun is life giving and powerful, he represents leadership and authority. The Sun in Scorpio has the power to transform and change.

A strong Saturn gives us a sense of security. Saturn expresses authority through hard work, by following correct procedures and regulations and by ensuring that basic foundations and structures are sound. He represents the workers, the people and democracy. When Saturn is weak, or afflicted, our sense of security is threatened and we can experience fear.

As we enter December, the transiting Sun is within one degree of Saturn. The effect of the heat from the Sun can greatly damage a planet that is close to it. Any planet (in this case Saturn) close to the Sun gets “burnt”, an astrological condition called combustion.

United Nations discuss climate change during Sun/Saturn conjunction

It is interesting that on November 30th, leaders from 190 nations begin a two week conference about the effects of global warming. Without restraint, control and regulation (Saturn), the effects of global warming (the Sun) will be disastrous. People (Saturn) all around the world are demonstrating, calling the attention of world leaders (the Sun) to take action before it is too late.

The conference on global warming takes place in Paris, a city that only two weeks ago was the victim of terror attacks. On the day of the attacks, November 13th, the planet Mars was in close conjunction with Rahu. Rahu conjunct Mars can bring out the violent and explosive side of Mars. Rahu and Mars were accompanied by a debilitated Venus in Virgo.

Venus is especially important during this time

Venus has now moved into Libra.The need for Libra’s skills of diplomacy, negotiation skills and cooperation are high at this time. Venus in Libra is surrounded by malefic planetary combinations: Sun/Saturn in Scorpio and Mars/Rahu in Virgo. This puts pressure on the sign of Libra and very high demands on Venus.

Anuradha Nakshatra helps Venus

Venus may have help from the star constellation Anuradha in Scorpio, a nakshatra with negotiation skills. The Sun and Saturn are currently transiting this nakshatra and Saturn will remain in this constellation until December 27th. Just like Venus in Libra, Anuradha can also unite opposites, and it rules over contracts and agreements. The honoring of commitments is important in this nakshatra.

Mercury enters Sagittarius

Mercury, a planet with communication skills, is also in Scorpio in the beginning of December. Mercury will move into Sagittarius on December 6th and will be going through a challenging phase on December 5th and 6th. However, Mercury will be much more settled after that.

New Moon on December 11th

The New Moon takes place in Scorpio on December 11th. The New Moon in Scorpio with Saturn indicates seriousness; a serious mind, struggling to accept a new way of life.

The Sun in Sagittarius

The Sun leaves the sign of Scorpio and moves into Sagittarius on December 16th. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, and Jupiter is in Leo, a sign ruled by the Sun. This exchange of signs is very positive, especially for the Jupiter ruled signs: Sagittarius and Pisces, and also for Leos. During this month long transit of the Sun through Sagittarius there is more hope, optimism and expansion.

A time of change & transformation

The winter solstice takes place on December 21st. Mars leaves Virgo and enters Libra on December 23rd.  Venus moves into Scorpio on December 25th. This exchange of signs between Mars in Libra and Venus in Scorpio suggest some changes and transformation in relationships, partnerships and alliances.

Enjoy the full Moon on Christmas Day!

Dates to Remember: December 2015

  • On December 1st: 
    • Sun/ Saturn/Mercury are in Scorpio
    • Venus is in Libra
    • Mars/Rahu are in Virgo
    • Jupiter is in Leo
  • December 6th: Mercury moves into Sagittarius
  • December 11th:  New Moon in Scorpio
  • December 16th: The Sun moves into Sagitarius (Parivartana yoga with Jupiter)
  • December 23rd: Mars moves into Libra
  • December 25th: Venus moves into Scorpio
  • December 25th:  Full Moon in Gemini
  • December 26th: Mercury moves into Capricorn


Best wishes for a peaceful and blessed Christmas!

Astrological Highlights: November 2015

November 2015 | Vedic AstrologyVenus and Mars are both about to leave the sign of Leo and will together enter Virgo on November 2nd.

Virgos will be busy sorting out their relationships during the time Venus transits in Virgo. In fact, relationship issues are surfacing for the world at large. Rahu, also in Virgo, represents that which is foreign and different, and Rahu is introducing change, a new component that challenges existing values.

Because of the current extraordinary movement and migration of refugees, Europeans are asking themselves if they are ready to accept change, and to what extent. The exact square between practical minded Saturn and idealistic Neptune challenges our ideals, and this is a time when we need to face the practical reality of humanitarian ideals. Will we close the doors to strangers even if they need our help? Being humanitarian and compassionate comes with inevitable challenges and sacrifices.

Another result of the Venus/Mars/Rahu conjunction comes through openly expressing non-traditional relationships. We have recently legalized same-sex marriages in many parts of the United States.

Venus and Mercury are exchanging signs

Mercury, the ruler of Virgo, is currently transiting Libra. This exchange of signs, between Venus in Virgo and Mercury in Libra, strengthens the friendly relationship between these planets. Mercury and the Sun in Libra emphasize the importance of communication, negotiation, diplomacy and reform on both personal and global levels.

Saturn, a planet representing boundaries, continues its transit through Scorpio, a sign of transformation. Borders and boundaries are changing, both on the outside as well as within us.

Sun and Mercury move to Scorpio

On November 16th both the Sun and Mercury will join Saturn in Scorpio. This will end the positive exchange between Venus and Mercury. Scorpio is ruled by Mars and now the exchange is between Mars in Virgo and Mercury in Scorpio.

The second half of November could be challenging for the signs Gemini and Virgo, both ruled by Mercury.  The Sun and Saturn are not friendly towards one another and communication will be intense when Mercury is caught between these planets.

Scorpios may have to work hard during the 2nd part of November with the conjunction of Sun/Saturn/Mercury in its sign. Leos are also influenced by a saturnian influence when Saturn aspects Leo and conjuncts its ruling planet. Leaders and governments will be under pressure, especially when dealing with the inevitable transformation that the world is undergoing.

Venus in Libra

On November 29th Venus moves into Libra. Venus wants to maintain balance and harmony but is pressured because it is surrounded by two great malefics: Mars in Virgo, and Saturn in Scorpio. However, things will look brighter in time to enjoy the Christmas Season when the Sun moves into Sagittarius on December 16th.

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Dates to remember:

  • November 2nd: Venus and Mars enter Virgo
  • Mars/Venus/Rahu conjunction in Virgo
  • November 8th: Venus/Rahu conjunction exact
  • November 11th: Mars/Rahu conjunction exact
  • November 11th: New Moon
  • November 16th: Sun moves into Scorpio
  • November 16th: Mercury moves into Scorpio
  • November 24th: Mercury/Saturn exact
  • November 25th: Full Moon in Taurus
  • November 29th: Sun/Saturn conjunction exact
  • November 29th: Venus moves into Libra

Astrological Highlights: October 2015

Vedic Astrology Forecast October 2015

Much of this month’s planetary activity is centered in the signs of Leo and Virgo.

Leo expresses leadership, power and creativity. Virgo is practical, intellectual and can analyze and organize details.

Planets in Leo

Venus joined Mars and Jupiter in Leo on the last day of September, and all three planets will remain in Leo for the entire month of October. This is empowering for Leo, enhancing creativity and strengthening courage.

Saturn aspects the three planets in Leo from his position in Scorpio. This saturnian influence causes stress that demands attention. In particular, the mutual aspect between Mars and Saturn can manifest violence, frustration and anger. However, Mars is now in the company of two benefic planets, Venus and Jupiter, and both of these planets are capable of guiding Mars in a positive direction. Jupiter can guide Mars to take action in a constructive way. The Mars/Venus combination strengthens creativity and passion.

Planetary war (Graha Yuddha)

By mid-October Jupiter and Mars are coming very close to each other, their conjunction is exact on October 17th. Planets within a degree of one another are said to be in a planetary war (Graha Yuddha). Both planets are fighting to express their nature. Jupiter may try to influence Mars from becoming too assertive, and Mars may ignore Jupiter’s guidance. For a few days before and after Oct 17th, Mars and Jupiter are at war with one another.

On October 25th Jupiter and Venus are in conjunction at 21’ Leo. Both planets are advisors, but on different levels. Venus is said to guide the asuras and Jupiter is the teacher of the Devas. Their conjunction, which is a planetary war, could result in a disagreement, or confusion, in regards to which direction to follow.

On October 31st, Mars and Venus are in a planetary war, and on November 2nd both planets move into Virgo.

Planets in Virgo

united nations meeting - vedic astrologyMercury, the planet of communication and negotiation, remains exalted in Virgo almost the entire month. The Sun, the planet of leadership and power, is also in Virgo along with Rahu, the north node of the Moon.

It is interesting that world leaders (ruled by the Sun), including Putin and Obama, gathered at the United Nations general assembly shortly after the lunar eclipse. Their meeting (connected to Mercury) tackled the refugee issue, terrorism, the crises in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Africa.

Mercury is retrograde until October 9th. When this planet stations (temporarily stops) in order to go direct, it will be on the same degree as the position of Rahu.Their conjunction is exact on October 8th to 10th. This will further trigger the effects of the lunar eclipse of September 27th.

A retrograde Mercury rapidly approaching Rahu makes it especially important to double check  technical devices, computers, credit cards, travel arrangements etc. Communication can be misunderstood or manipulated. This may be especially true since this time follows an eclipse. Watch out for miscommunication. On October 11th the Moon will also join Rahu/Mercury/Sun. This can be a time of anxiety and instability. After October 14th, when Mercury is direct again, and is moving away from Rahu, there will be more stability.  

The Sun will move into Libra on October 17th. The Sun is not powerful in Libra, but gives more attention to others, and understands diplomacy better than in any other sign. Mercury follows the Sun and moves into Libra on October 29th.

Dates to remember:

October 8th – 10th:  Mercury conjunct Rahu in Virgo

October 9th: Mercury goes direct in Virgo

October 17th: Jupiter/Mars conjunction in Leo

October 17th: Sun moves into Libra

October 25th: Jupiter/Venus conjunction in Leo

October 29th: Mercury moves into Libra

October 31st: Mars/Venus conjunction in Leo

Peace and blessings,

Astrological Highlights: September 2015

Lunar Eclipse Vedic AstrologySeptember 2015 is an eventful month astrologically. During the second half of September there will be two eclipses. The lunar eclipse on September 27th is especially powerful, lasting over 3 hours with the Moon in total eclipse for over an hour.

Mercury with Rahu in Virgo

On August 22nd, Mercury moved into Virgo (which he rules). Mercury likes this analytical, detail oriented and discriminating earth sign. Mercury is the planet of trade and business. He rules over communication, the intellect and the central nervous system. Although Mercury is comfortable in the sign that he rules, he is currently not alone in Virgo – Rahu is also transiting this sign.

Rahu is the north node of the Moon, and his element is air. Just like the wind, he can create instability. Rahu can, from an astrological point of view, cause a storm. Rahu’s influence on Mercury could be seen on August 24th, after China’s stock market took a nose dive.

The attributes of Mercury are energized while in Virgo. However, the instability of Rahu can also give rise to fear. Together these planets can manifest the nervous excitement that many people experienced around the ups- and downs in the stock market that followed Mercury’s entry into Virgo.

Mercury retrograde

Mercury goes retrograde on September 17th. When Mercury moves direct on October 9th he will be in exact conjunction with Rahu again for several days. Mercury will stay in Virgo until October 29th.

A strong and irritable Mars

Mars leaves his debilitation in Cancer on September 15th. Although much stronger in Leo he is now aspected by Saturn. Furthermore, Mars also aspects Saturn in Scorpio as well as Ketu in Pisces. This combination indicates increased conflicts, violence, and terrorism. Mars will stay in Leo until Nov 2nd.

Rahu and Ketu’s influence on the migration crisis

More than 300,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean this year while trying to escape war and poverty.  The migrant crisis, the biggest wave to hit Europe since world war II, has become a huge problem. Thousands of desperate people have died while crossing the sea and the EU has not yet been able to deal with this migration.

Rahu and Ketu express a deep seated karma from the past that needs to be reconciled with present realities. The Lunar Nodes are important in our individual lives, and they always play a key role in collective mass karma.

The essential meaning of Ketu is associated with material non-attachment and the search for inner enlightenment. Ketu can also be the wanderer who is separated from his material belongings. Today people are wandering in mass, hundreds of thousands are leaving all their possessions behind, in search of meaning and safety.

Ketu is transiting the water sign Pisces. Ketu also represent loss, and thousands of people have lost their lives at sea in search of an unknown future. Ketu aspects Saturn in Scorpio to a close degree and puts demands on Saturn to respond to this situation. Saturn is casting an aspect on Leo,  where currently the Sun and Jupiter are transiting. Leo and the Sun represent leadership and governments, and governments are under pressure due to Saturns aspect on Leo.

Among planets, the shadowy Rahu is the outsider. He represents that which is foreign, foreign lands, immigrants and foreigners. Rahu conjunct Mercury in Virgo, among other things, suggests a necessity to work out practical solutions to humanitarian needs and immigration.

Two eclipses in September

An eclipse happens when the shadow planets Rahu or Ketu pass over the Sun or the Moon. An eclipse brings change and transformation.The awareness of a change, perhaps through the manifestation of an event, can occur very soon after an eclipse. But it can also take months, sometimes even years, to uncover the full consequences of an eclipse.

An eclipse can release forces on a grand scale, affecting many people. It can also influence us on an individual level when we have planets close to the eclipse. The effect will then be related to the expression of that planet. It can also impact the house in which it occurs. The strength of an eclipse depends on how long it lasts, and how visible it is in relation to the geographical place.

If you can avoid it, do not to begin an important undertaking during the time of an eclipse. The day of an eclipse is better suited for reflection, prayer and meditation.

Partial Solar Eclipse

On September 13th there will be a partial solar eclipse. The partial solar eclipse will only be visible from South Africa, Antarctica and locations in Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The eclipse takes place in the sign of Leo at 26 degrees.

Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon

The fall equinox (Northern hemisphere) takes place on Wednesday September 23rd. This is the time of year when the day and night are equal in length.

The Harvest Moon will be seen in the sky on Sunday, September 27th. A harvest Moon is the full Moon closest to the fall equinox. This year the full Moon on September 27th is the biggest Moon of the year due to its close orbit to the Earth. A larger than normal Moon is called a Super Moon, and it this Super Moon that will be eclipsed.

The lunar eclipse will begin on the evening of September 27th, at 6:50 (PDT) at 10 degrees 35 minutes Pisces. It will last for 3 hours and 20 minutes. The Moon will be totally eclipsed for over an hour and the peak of the eclipse occurs at 7:50 pm (PDT)

The total eclipse will be visible from most of North America, South America, Europe, west Asia and parts of Africa will be able to see the eclipse.

The eclipse involving the Moon and Ketu in Pisces suggests water related incidents. The energy of the Moon and Ketu in Pisces can also, when it has an inward focus, heighten and refine the awareness of our connection with one another, spiritualize our consciousness, and help us to move towards spirit.

Dates to remember:

  • Mercury in Virgo with Rahu all month, Retrogrades Sept 17th to Oct 9th
  • Partial Solar eclipse: Sept 13th
  • Mars enters Leo: Sept 15th
  • Sun enters Virgo: Sept 17th
  • Total Lunar eclipse: Sept 27th



Astrological Update: August 2015

Venus - Vedic AstrologyRetrograde Venus

Venus went retrograde on July 26th and will stay retrograde until September 6th.

A retrograde Venus wants to revisit the past, perhaps by reconnecting to old friends. There may also be a need to reflect on present close relationships. We may want to finish those creative projects that got left behind or re-discover our creative abilities. Venus also rules money and we may need to look more closely at our finances.

Venus will be in exact conjunction with Jupiter on August 4th, at approximately 4 degrees Leo in the star constellation Magha. The higher manifestation of Venus is to express truth and dharma in regards to relationships, creativity and the desire for comfort and prosperity. Jupiter brings expansion, increased knowledge and wisdom. Although Venus and Jupiter both are benefic planets their relationship with each other is not entirely a friendly one. Both planets are creative and expansive and in Leo there is a wish for material power, a desire for comfort and elegance.The problems that can arise with Venus/Jupiter conjunctions is a tendency to over-expand, spend too much and to be unrealistic.

Saturn goes direct

Saturn has Saturn - Vedic Astrologybeen moving retrograde since mid-March and turns direct again on August 2nd. He is now stationed at approximately 4 degrees Scorpio. Saturn will remain at 4 degrees Scorpio for the entire month and is very strong while he is stationary. From his position in Scorpio he is casting a very close 10th house aspect to Venus/Jupiter at 4 degrees Leo. Saturn’s energy has a limiting and restricting effect on the Venus Jupiter conjunction in Leo. Saturn wants us to live simply and within our means.

Mercury joins Jupiter and Venus in Leo on August 4th. Three benefic planets in the same sign will create nice yogas for both Leo and Aquarius. Later in the month Mercury will move into his own sign of Virgo on August 22nd, where he joins Rahu. He will be there until Oct 29th.

Mars debilitated in Cancer

The ruling planet of Scorpio (where Saturn is now) is Mars. Mars is a fiery, hot planet. He is the warrior who likes to use physical energy and strategy. He likes to think logically. During this entire month Mars is in Cancer which is his least favorite sign — he is not comfortable in this feeling oriented water sign where he becomes emotional. Because of his hot nature he can bring the water to a boil when he gets frustrated or angry. One expression of this might be emotional reactions to financial restrictions and cut backs.

Venus retrogrades back into Cancer

Venus retrogrades back into Cancer on August 13th and will once again be going through the Gandanta position at the Cancer/Leo conjunction. Gandanta is the transition point between a water and fire sign and has turbulent energy.

It was during the recent transit of Venus in Gandanta on July 4th, that Greece decided to vote “no” on further cut backs in order to meet their financial obligations. Venus governs finances as well as relationships. A tumultuous few days followed regarding future directions not only for Greece but for the entire Euro Zone.

Venus will join Mars in Cancer. Cancer is an imaginative sign and a good use of the Venus/Mars energy is to express creatively, for instance through writing, acting, drama or painting. Cancer nurtures family life and we may enjoy spending time with family and friends provided that w stay away from family conflicts though, remember that Mars can get angry and argumentative.

The Sun moves through gandanta and enters Leo on August 17th midnight (PDT). The Sun will also be in Magha nakshatra until August 31st.  The Sun in Magha expresses a powerful and dynamic energy, but the influence of a powerful Saturn aspecting Leo can also indicate power struggles.

Adhi Yoga benefits those with Aquarius Moon

This is a good period for those with an Aquarius Moon which has a positive Adhi Yoga between August 23rd and October 1st. Adhi Yoga occurs when three benefic planets: Mercury, Venus and Jupiter, are positioned in the sixth,seventh and eighth houses from the Moon.

Astrological dates to remember:
August 2015

  • Mars in Cancer throughout the month
  • August 2nd: Saturn goes direct and is stationed at approximately 4 degrees Scorpio
  • August 4th: Jupiter and Venus conjunction at approximately 4 degrees Leo
  • August 4th: Mercury gandanta and moves into Leo
  • August 13th: Venus retrograde into Cancer
  • August 17th: Sun gandanta and moves into Leo
  • August 23rd: Mercury goes into Virgo



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