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




Astrological Highlights: April 2018

Vedic Astrology forecast for April 2018 | Lina Preston at Northern Lights Vedic

Mars continues his journey through Sagittarius throughout April where two powerful malefic planets (Saturn and Pluto) are already making their slow transit through this sign. Mercury is retrograde and debilitated in Pisces and Saturn turns retrograde on April 17th.

April Fool’s Day is No Joke This Year

Saturn can block and obstruct the energy of an assertive Mars. We have recently seen hundreds of thousands of people attending youth-led, anti-gun rallies, calling on lawmakers to tighten gun control in order to stop mass shootings and gun violence. This is a beautiful example of how Saturn (the masses) opposes Mars (violence) in Sagittarius. The two conflicting forces in Sagittarius bring out a sense of righteousness, indignation and anger.

The illustration above is an example of peaceful demonstrations against violence. However, a sense of self righteousness, indignation and anger can also be used to justify violence and war.  This is a time when the many tense and violent situations in the world today could erupt further and need to be dealt with special care and skill.

During the early days of April, the conjunction between Mars and Saturn is very close. On April 1st and 2nd the conjunction is exact.

Pluto is also with Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius. Pluto’s energy centers around power and control. The conjunction between Mars and Pluto is exact on April 27th in the Uttara Ashadha nakshatra and can manifest as a strong desire to win at all costs. The combination of Mars (violence), Pluto (deep power) and Saturn (destruction) could potentially manifest earthquakes.   

This combination of planets can also express manipulation of power. We saw a similar energy expressed when Saturn was transiting Scorpio before the US presidential election.

The current transits could be bad news for Donald Trump. In his chart the malefic planets are in the eighth house (destruction) from his tenth house (career). These planets are in the fifth house (mind) from his Leo rising sign, which could lead to him to consider war.

The current malefic forces of Saturn, Mars and Pluto can stir people towards violence or bring courage needed to speak out for positive change. Pope Francis gave a speech on Palm Sunday that was a beautiful call to action to the youth of the world.

“Dear young people, the joy that Jesus awakens in you is a source of anger and even irritation to some, since a joyful young person is hard to manipulate,” Francis said. “The temptation to silence young people has always existed.”

“There are many ways to sedate them, to keep them from getting involved, to make their dreams flat and dreary, petty and plaintive,” the pope said. “Dear young people, you have it in you to shout.”

He quoted a Bible passage where Jesus responds to demands that he silence his disciples decrying injustice: “If these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”

“It is up to you not to keep quiet,” the pope said in his sermon. “Even if others keep quiet, if we older people and leaders — so often corrupt — keep quiet, if the whole world keeps quiet and loses its joy, I ask you: Will you cry out?

“Please, make that choice before the stones themselves cry out.”

April 2018 Dates to Remember:

  • April 1   Mars/Saturn conjunction 14 degrees Sagittarius
  • April 1   Sun/ Mercury Retrograde conjunction at 17 degrees Pisces
  • April 13  Sun in Aries
  • April 15  Mercury Direct in Pisces at 10 degrees
  • April 15  New Moon in Aries
  • April 17  Saturn goes Retrograde at 15 degrees Sagittarius
  • April 20  Venus in Taurus
  • April 27  Mars/Pluto conjunction at 27 degrees Sagittarius
  • April 29  Full Moon in Libra


Astrological Highlights: March 2018

Vedic Astrology Forecast for March 2018 | Lina Preston at Northern Lights Vedic

Jupiter is the planet to look at this March. This benefic planet will exert a strong influence throughout the month. Jupiter’s influence will be seen through the signs Sagittarius and Pisces (both ruled by Jupiter), which host most of the planets in the second part of the month. Jupiter himself will be in retrograde between March 8th and July 10th.

Jupiter’s Uplifting Influence

Jupiter is one of our most benefic planets. He governs wisdom, wealth, expansion,knowledge, law, morals, ethics, travel and children. Because so many planets are in signs ruled by Jupiter, Jupiter’s qualities will be uniquely expressed through both Pisces and Sagittarius this month.

Venus is a Healing Force in Pisces

On March 2nd both Mercury and Venus move into Pisces, the last of the twelve sign constellations. This water sign can manifest mystical, intuitive and idealistic qualities.

The Sun enters Pisces on March 14th.

Venus is exalted in Pisces but Mercury is debilitated in this sign. Pisces brings out inspiration, compassion and high ideals in Venus. Venus stays in Pisces for most of the month, until March 26th when Venus moves into Aries.

Mercury governs communication, intellect and discrimination. In contrast, the water sign Pisces emphasizes wholeness and is without boundaries. Mercury gets confused when he is in this sign that relies more on intuition than on facts. However, Venus and Mercury are friends and the strength of Venus will uplift Mercury. As long as his friend Venus is in Pisces Mercury will be fine.

It is when Venus leaves Pisces on March 27th that Mercury gets more troubled. Mercury continue to stay in Pisces until May 9th.

Mercury retrogrades in Pisces between March 22nd and April 13th.

Venus and Jupiter Exchange Signs

Jupiter is transiting Libra (a sign ruled by Venus) while Venus transits Pisces (a sign ruled by Jupiter). The exchange of signs between Venus and Jupiter is positive and will last while Venus is in Pisces (until March 27). This will help compassion prevail amidst other difficult astrological influences which suggest struggle and conflict.

Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius

The symbol of Sagittarius is a centaur (half horse and half man) aiming his bow and arrow. This symbolizes the need to transform lower qualities into noble ones and to direct one’s energy towards truth and knowledge.

Sagittarius is concerned with morals and ethics, with law and with truth.

Saturn is currently transiting Sagittarius (until 2020) and is forcing us to take a serious look at our beliefs. The search for truth is expressed through the US government’s ongoing investigations. Saturn’s presence in Sagittarius is forcing society to address deep prejudices regarding women, race, immigration and religion. In the end Saturn makes us face the truth even when the truth may not be convenient for everyone.

On March 7th, Mars joins Saturn in Sagittarius. While Saturn is slow and thorough, Mars wants action right away. After March 7th we will experience impatience and conflicts, even anger. We will continue to see heated discussions regarding gun control and other topics. This energy will affect us on both a societal and individual level. Try to remain patient and even minded during this time.

Retrograde Jupiter

Jupiter moves retrograde between March 8th and July 10th. During this time, Jupiter’s energy is more inwardly focused and less outwardly expansive. Perhaps we will see a slowdown in economic growth, especially after March 27th when Mercury (commerce and trade) is without his friend Venus and is also retrograde in Pisces.

A retrograde Jupiter wants us to take time to reflect on our values. This is a time for spiritual introspection and reflection. Take some time to listen and heal.

Dates to Remember:

  • 03/02 — 05/09  Mercury in Pisces
  • 03/02 — 03/26  Exalted Venus in Pisces  
  • 03/02 — 03/26  Venus exchanging signs with Jupiter
  • 03/07 — 05/02  Mars with Saturn in Sagittarius
  • 03/08 — 07/10  Jupiter retrograde
  • 03/14 — 04/13   Sun in Pisces
  • 03/22 — 04/13  Mercury retrograde in Pisces
  • 03/26                  Venus moves into Aries


Astrological Highlights: February 2018

Vedic Astrology forecast for February 2018 - Lina Preston at Northern Lights Vedic

January ended with a supermoon and eclipse on the 31st and we are now moving into a new month. Will we see the astrological impact of this event in February?

Ketu Conjunctions in Capricorn

While Rahu was casting his shadow on the full Moon in Cancer during the recent total lunar eclipse, Ketu was close to the Sun in Capricorn. On February 3rd there is an exact conjunction between the Sun and Ketu, and on February 9th Mercury is making his transit over Ketu. Both of these conjunctions occurring in Capricorn are followed by a partial solar eclipse during the new Moon on February 15th.

The close conjunctions between Ketu, the Sun and Mercury in Capricorn, indicate situations where the boundaries of power are unclear. People in leadership may be exposed to mistrust and suspicion in regards to their communication. Democratic principles are questioned.


However, spiritually this conjunction can also express detachment and a surrender of the ego.

Maha Shivaratri is celebrated on the darkest night in February, often the night before the new Moon. This year Shivaratri takes place on February 13th. The reason for the celebration is to overcome darkness and ignorance in life and the world. This is a night of self-offering and self-restraint. It is celebrated by chanting, prayers, fasting, meditation and yoga practices. This night honors Shiva and that which he represents: the destruction of ignorance and ego and a surrendering to the Divine.

A Hundred Physicians

During Shivaratri the Sun and Venus have moved to Aquarius, a sign expressing philosophy, politics, universality and science. On February 15th there are three planets in this sign: Venus, Mercury, and Neptune are joined by the two luminaries, the Sun and the Moon. In addition to the many planets in Aquarius three major planets: Saturn, Jupiter and Mars are influencing this sign through their aspects. This is a time for thinking more deeply about what we actually are trying to achieve. Where are we going? Such a strong influence coming from the sign of Aquarius makes this a good time for planning new directions and goals.

By February 19th, Mercury, Venus, Neptune as well as the Sun are in Shatabhisha nakshatra in Aquarius. This is a philosophical nakshatra. Referred to as “a hundred physicians” it indicates a focus on healing and that scientific health discoveries can be made.

These planets will remain in Aquarius for the remainder of February.

Dates to remember:

  • February 3   Sun/Ketu conjunction in Capricorn
  • February 5 – March 2   Venus in Aquarius
  • February 9   Mercury/Ketu conjunction in Capricorn
  • February 12 – March 14   Sun in Aquarius
  • February 14 – March 2   Mercury in Aquarius
  • February 15   New Moon in Aquarius.  Partial Solar Eclipse
  • February 19   Sun, Mercury, Venus and Neptune in Shatabhisha
  • March 1   Full Moon in Virgo


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