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.
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