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


Karmic Trends of 2018

Karmic Trends of 2018 - A Year in Vedic Astrology

A Year in Vedic Astrology

Vedic astrology gives us clues of what to expect for the year ahead. The following is a summary of general astrological trends for 2018 that will influence society as a whole. If you want to have a better understanding for how the planetary transits will affect you as an individual during the coming year, I recommend getting a personal consultation with a qualified Vedic astrologer.

What Do the Lunar Nodes Tell Us About 2018?

The lunar nodes have a direct impact on the world at large. Rahu and Ketu (the two lunar nodes) are known as shadow planets, and have the power to block the light of the Sun and the Moon. A solar eclipse affects our consciousness and a lunar eclipse affects the mind. Eclipses can influence our individual lives, especially if they occur near important planets in your chart, but they also influence us collectively on a large scale.

2018 – Rahu in Cancer and Ketu in Capricorn

The signs where Rahu and Ketu transit (and where eclipses occur) have a profound effect on the world.

In Vedic mythology, the karmic axis is represented by a serpent. Rahu is the head of the serpent and Ketu is the tail. Rahu is full of desire. He is innovative, intelligent and restless. He brings us towards our future karma.

Rahu entered Cancer and Ketu came into Capricorn in August, 2017 and both of the shadow planets will remain in these signs throughout 2018.

Rahu in Cancer: Air and Water

Rahu is dry and connected to the air element. Rahu can create extreme weather conditions in Cancer, a water sign related to home and environment. In this sign, he can stir up storms and floods or create drought because of his dry nature. Rahu can be toxic and poisonous, so this a time when we need to pay extra attention to our environment.

Cancer is a feminine sign, ruled by the Moon, and the Moon represents women. With Rahu in Cancer we have seen an upsurge of issues related to women. Rahu will not suppress but tends to bring up what has been buried.

Cancer wants to nurture and water relates to feelings and emotions. The unstable side of Rahu can make us prone to fears and anxiety. However, this is also a good time to examine and analyze feelings and family relationships. Rahu is a good psychologist and can help us to gain psychological insights.

2018 Eclipses in Cancer

On January 31, 2018 the full moon is totally eclipsed in Cancer. Lunar eclipses tend to bring large scale events that can affect the minds of many people. Try to be in a calm environment on January 31st if you can. Perhaps you can make this a day to clean and re-organize your home, things that you thought you had lost may reappear.

On July 13th and August 11th there will be two partial solar eclipses in Cancer.

Ketu in Capricorn Challenges Democracy

Ketu is the shadow from the past influencing the present. He is the headless tail of the serpent and completely instinctive. He expresses changes that occur in order for us to become liberated from past karma.  Ketu expresses world weariness, confusion and non-attachment.

Ketu entered Capricorn during August, 2017 and will remain in Capricorn throughout 2018.

Ketu wants to liberate us from earthly karma and tends to manifest disappointment and disenchantment with the material world. Fiery Ketu can create discomfort and discontent in this Earth sign that wants to achieve and accomplish through hard work.

Capricorn represents organized structures and democracy. Ketu will challenge the democratic process and institutions. Ketu is also the wanderer, the migrant, the person without a home. This year governments will continue to grapple with questions around migration and immigration due to Ketu’s presence in Capricorn. Ketu manifests change and unsettlement in the orderly and structured world of Capricorn.

Total Lunar Eclipse in Capricorn in July

A total lunar eclipse takes place in Capricorn on July 27th, 2018. Retrograde Mars transits over the Moon near Ketu in Capricorn. At the same time, Mercury is retrograde and gandanta in Cancer. The energy can be explosive so it is better to avoid travelling and to avoid large crowds on this day.

Mercury Retrogrades in Water Signs This Year

The planet Mercury, governing discrimination, intellect and communication, spends a larger portion of his time in water signs this year. Discrimination should occur through the impartial mind but we tend to make judgements based on our emotions when Mercury is in water signs. However, this can also cause communication to be intuitive and creative.

Mercury in Pisces is idealistic. When Mercury is with Rahu in Cancer this summer, we may experience ups and downs in business and trade. Mercury in Scorpio later this year is analytical and secretive.

  • March 2 – May 9, 2018: Mercury in Pisces
  • March 22 – April 15, 2018: Mercury retrograde in Pisces
  • June 24 – September 18, 2018: Mercury in Cancer
  • July 27 – August 18, 2018: Mercury retrograde in Cancer
  • October 5 – December 31, 2018: Mercury in Scorpio
  • November 16 – December 6, 2018: Mercury retrograde in Scorpio

A Powerful Mars in 2018

Mars is powerful and strong this year. Mars is a planet of action and defends his territory.  A lot of positive things can manifest through a powerful Mars but we need to remember that Mars is also a planet of conflict and destruction.

Between January 16th and March 7th this planet will transit his own sign, Scorpio.

We will experience power struggles and conflict when Mars transits Sagittarius together with Saturn and Pluto between March 7th and May 2nd.

Mars is exalted and strong in Capricorn between May 2nd and November 5th. He is ambitious, focused and technical in this sign.

Mars goes retrograde between June 26th and July 28th and will transit over Ketu three times due to moving retrograde. Their conjunctions are exact on June 13th, July 18th and September 22nd.

Both Mars and Ketu are hot and fiery. Their combination can result in anger and violence. Capricorn is an earth sign and the close conjunctions between Mars and Ketu may cause natural calamities. In the Western United States the fire season will be upon us at that time and it is important to be vigilant in regards to potential fires.

Mars moves into Aquarius on November 8th.

Saturn in Sagittarius

Saturn continues its transit in Sagittarius this year. Saturn is retrograde between April 17th and September 6th. According to Vedic astrologer James Kelleher, Sagittarius is the rising sign for the chart of the United States. Saturn transiting the first house of the US reveals some of the pressure this country is undergoing.

A powerful Venus 2018

Mars is powerful during 2018 and it is a big relief that Venus is powerful too. Venus is the planet that represents connection, beauty and harmony. Jupiter is strong too, first in Libra and from October 11th in Scorpio. Benefic planets help to manifest a balance when malefic influences are strong. Venus is in Pisces, the sign of its exaltation, between March 1st and March 27th and expresses its ideals of beauty and compassion.  Venus in its own sign Taurus between April 20th and May 15th helps to manifest stability.

Libra is a fortunate sign this year. Jupiter is transiting this sign for most of the year. Venus will join Jupiter on August 6th and Venus will remain in Libra until next year 2019. Libra is a sign of diplomacy, peace and harmony and the qualities of this sign are certainly needed in this world during this time.

Dates to Remember 2018

  • January 16 – March 7           Mars in Scorpio
  • January 31                            Total Lunar eclipse in Cancer
  • March 1 – March 27               Venus in Pisces
  • March 7 – May 2                     Mars in Sagittarius with Saturn
  • March 8 – July 10                   Jupiter retrograde
  • March 22 – April 13                Mercury retrograde in Pisces
  • April 17 – September 6             Saturn retrograde
  • April 20 – May 15                      Venus in Taurus
  • May 2 – November 5                 Mars in Capricorn with Ketu
  • June 26 – July 28                       Mars retrograde
  • July 13                                        Partial solar eclipse in Gemini
  • July 26 – August 18                   Mercury retrograde in Cancer
  • July 27                                        Total lunar eclipse in Capricorn
  • August 8 – January 2019           Venus in Libra
  • August 11                                    Partial solar eclipse in Cancer
  • October 6 – November 16          Venus retrograde
  • October 11                                  Jupiter in Scorpio
  • November 16 – December 6      Mercury retrograde in Scorpio

Blessings for 2018,

Astrological Highlights: January 2018

Vedic Astrology Forecast January 2018 - Lina Preston

The New Year begins with a full super Moon in Gemini. This is the biggest full Moon of the year and hopefully you have the opportunity to go out and see it. It is a good time to make New Year’s resolutions and commitments on this first day of the year. The full moon takes place in the Ardra Nakshatra and the special shakti (power) of Ardra is the power of effort. Saturn aspects the Moon by opposition and Saturn is a planet that can follow through on serious commitments. Both Venus and Jupiter are also influencing the Moon making this a rather pleasant day.

Mercury Gandanta January 6th

Mercury moves from Scorpio and into Sagittarius on January 6th and is in Gandanta during this day. Mercury joins the many planets in Sagittarius: Sun, Saturn, Venus and Pluto. With such a number of planets in Sagittarius, and a conjunction between Mars and Jupiter at 23 degrees in Libra, we may see legal and ethical issues playing a major role during this time. On a personal level you may want to take action and enroll in a study program. Sagittarius often makes us want to expand our knowledge.

Kala Sarpa Yoga Ends January 13

We have been experiencing the Kala Sarpa Yoga on and off since September 17, 2017. This Yoga occurs when all planets are hemmed in between the lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu. The planets have all been transiting between Rahu in Cancer and Ketu in Capricorn and it is only the Moon that has intermittently broken the Kala Sarpa Yoga. This yoga will often manifest a divisiveness and imbalance.

Venus moves into Capricorn and joins Ketu on January 13th. This ends the Kala Sarpa Yoga for this year and will hopefully help to manifest less divisiveness and more balance.

A Powerful Mars

Mars moves into Scorpio, its sign of rulership, between January 16th and March 7th.

On the same day, January 16th, there is a new moon in Capricorn. Mars in Scorpio expresses energy, determination and will not back away from conflict. This planet can go to great length in order to examine hidden realities and will express great stamina in this sign.

Mars will be powerful most of this year. Between May 2nd and November 6th Mars will be in Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation. Mars is a fighter and its qualities of courage, energy, and desire will be evident in these signs.

Total Lunar Eclipse on January 31

On the last day of January there will be another full super Moon. There will also be a total lunar eclipse taking place on January 31st.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the earth’s shadow, blocking the light that the sun normally reflects off the moon’s surface — the light that makes the moon appear to glow. Eclipses have an impact on the masses sometimes foretelling world events. It is not the right time to begin something new during an eclipse. The Moon will be in Cancer, its sign of rulership. The Sun, Venus and Ketu are in Shravana, a nakshatra that is ruled by the Moon. This is a very mental and emotional time. Some people are affected by dark emotions and act irrationally. Try to stay in a calm and uplifting environment.

January 2018 Dates to Remember:

  • Jan 1st   Full Moon in Gemini
  • Jan 6th   Mercury in Sagittarius
  • Jan 6th   Jupiter and Mars conjunction in Libra
  • Jan 6th   Sun and Venus conjunction in Sagittarius
  • Jan 13th  Venus in Capricorn
  • Jan 14th  Sun in Capricorn
  • Jan 16th  Mars in Scorpio
  • Jan 16th  New Moon in Capricorn
  • Jan 31st  Total Lunar Eclipse in Cancer

Many blessings for 2018,

Astrological Highlights: December 2017

Vedic Astrology December 2017 - Lina Preston Northern Lights Vedic

A Beautiful Full Moon

The Moon is full on December 3rd. It is beautifully situated in Taurus, the sign of its exaltation, and in its favorite Nakshatra – Rohini.

This Moon is also wonderfully supported by an Adhi yoga. Adhi yoga means that the three benefic planets Venus, Mercury and Jupiter are positioned  in the 6th, 7th and 8th house opposite the Moon.

A well placed Moon expresses peace and contentment, making this a good time to pray for peace and harmony throughout the world.

Mercury Retrograde and Gandanta

Mercury is now staying in Sagittarius near Saturn. A combination of Saturn and  Mercury indicates a need for structured thinking, but when Mercury goes retrograde on December 3rd there can be challenges in this respect. A retrograde Mercury indicates a need to rethink one’s strategy. During this time it is wise to carefully check all the details before making decisions.

Mercury will also transit over the Gandanta point between Sagittarius and Scorpio between December 9th and 11th. Mercury is in retrograde between December 3rd to December 22nd and remains in Scorpio the entire month.  

Saturn and the Consequences of Past Actions

An explanation of why so many sexual harassment allegations are surfacing at this time can be found in the nakshatras and in the vedic mythology.

Saturn is a planet of karmic retribution and has been in transit through the Jyeshta nakshatra much of this year. Jyeshta is a nakshatra of sexual potency and power. The deity of Jyeshta is Indra whose qualities include courage, energy, fame, and daring. But a sense of power can bring ego and self-importance and the personal use of power without regard for others has serious consequences. Sexual issues can be one of the challenges. Those with Saturn (or other strong planets)  in Jyeshta need to apply self-discipline in order to realise their great potential.

Saturn is now in transit through the Mula Nakshatra whose deity is Nirriti. Nirriti became Kali in later mythology. Both goddesses are fierce and fearless warriors protecting the oppressed.

With Venus transiting in Scorpio, a sign connected with scandals and sexuality, one might expect that the sexual harassment allegations daily surfacing here in the US and elsewhere will continue. Venus is a planet of sensuality and is exchanging signs with Mars in Libra. This exchange is a 2 / 12 exchange which means that Venus is in the second house from Mars and Mars is in the twelfth house from Venus. A parivartana yoga involving a 2 / 12 combination has challenges involving secrets, expenses and loss.  

Sun and Saturn Highlight the Struggle Between Democracy and Power

The Sun moves from Scorpio to Sagittarius on December 15th. The Sun now joins its enemy planet Saturn. On December 20th – 21st these planets are in exact conjunction. The energy of the Sun (representing power) is constricted by Saturn (which can represent democracy). This can show up as governmental challenges in regards to democratic values, and possibly public protests. Venus joins the Sun and Saturn in Sagittarius on December 20th.  Venus is exactly conjunct Saturn on December 25th.

One way to cooperate with Saturn’s energy is to donate your energy and time to worthy projects and causes. It is good to be generous with donations to inspiring projects and those in need during this time. Donate time to someone who would benefit from your help and assistance.

December 2017: Astrological Dates to Remember

  • December 3rd:  Full Moon in Taurus
  • December 3rd to December 22nd: Mercury retrograde
  • December 8th to December 20th: Kala Sarpa Yoga
  • December 15th: Sun in Sagittarius
  • December 17th: New Moon in Sagittarius
  • December 20th: Venus in Sagittarius

Many blessings for the Holidays and the New Year!


Astrological Highlights: November 2017

Vedic Astrology Forecast November 2017

Saturn is now in Sagittarius

On October 26th, Saturn did his second and final transition into Sagittarius of the year. Saturn went into Sagittarius in January 2017 but moved retrograde back into Scorpio again after a couple of months. Saturn’s long stay in Scorpio (it first went into Scorpio in 2014), brought a focus on investigations, espionage, and many scandals surfacing from the past. This fits with the energy of Saturn in Scorpio, which focuses on deep karma needing to be faced.

Sagittarius looks for expansion, truth and righteousness. In this sign, Saturn can challenge our sense of right and wrong and also bring litigation and court settlements. We will seriously need to examine our basic values and ethics.

Saturn will stay in Mula nakshatra until November 2018

Mula means root and is connected to the root chakra, muladhara. The root chakra represents our sense of security and safety. When facing a problem while in Mula, we will need to go to the root, or the essence, of what needs to be addressed.

Mula is the foundation and relates to the Yamas and Niyamas (the do’s and don’ts of the yogic path) This represents what is ethical and what is right or wrong. Saturn in Mula will insist that we take responsibility for our karma.

Mula can also be destructive. During Saturn’s stay in Mula, foundations may fall apart and change.

The symbol for Mula is the elephant’s goad. The goad is the stick used by the elephant tender to guide the elephant in the correct direction. The symbol represents the pain we have to suffer in order to act in the right way. During Saturn’s stay in Mula, it is especially important to follow our dharma.

Kala Sarpa Yoga November 11th to November 25th

Kala Sarpa Yoga occurs when all planets are hemmed in between the Lunar Nodes. Kala Sarpa Yoga was in effect before the election last year and often manifests a divisiveness and imbalance.

We have been experience it again since September 17th. It will continue until January 8th, 2018, except for the times when the Moon intermittently breaks it. All the planets are between Rahu in Cancer and Ketu in Capricorn.

The Moon moves through all the signs during a month and thus breaks the Kala Sarpa Yoga for 14 days every month.This month the full Kala Sarpa Yoga is in effect between November 11th to November 25th.

A strong Libra brings balance

Venus is transiting its own sign between November 2nd and November 26th. This greatly offsets the divisiveness of Kala Sarpa yoga. Venus and Jupiter in Libra teach us the importance of cooperation, balance and harmony. This is especially good for those with their rising sign, Sun or Moon in Libra, but will be of benefit to everyone.

November 2017 Dates to Remember:

  • November 1st-23rd:  Mercury transits Scorpio
  • November 2nd-26th: Venus transits Libra
  • November 3rd: Full Moon in Aries
  • November 11th-25th:  Full Kala Sarpa Yoga
  • November 15th: Sun in Scorpio
  • November 26th: Venus moves to Scorpio


Astrological Highlights: September 2017

Vedic Astrology September 2017 - Lina Preston

Mother Nature has been expressing the effects of the eclipse and challenging transits during the first part of September. Is there anything else on the horizon?

The Mighty Power of Magha Nakshatra

Following the great American eclipse in the powerful Magha Nakshatra, Mercury (retrograde) stationed at the point of the eclipse (4 degrees Leo).  Mercury was exactly conjunct Mars on September 2nd, and turned direct at the eclipse point on September 5th. Mercury is now moving away from the point of the eclipse but will be conjunct Mars for a third time on September 16th at 13 degrees Leo, still in Magha Nakshatra. This can potentially also be a time of turbulence and disagreement.

The Agitation of Mother Earth

Mercury is of the Earth element. Prithvi Mata means Mother Earth. An afflicted Mercury is quick changing, extremely restless and agitated. In the wake of the Great American eclipse we have been experiencing exceptional hurricanes, enormous amounts of rainfall, a powerful Earthquake in Mexico, record breaking heat and extreme fires in the Western states.

The agitation of Mercury also makes it difficult for Saturn and Rahu. While transiting in Gandanta, Saturn and Rahu have also been transiting in star constellations ruled by Mercury: Jyeshta and Ashlesha. Planets are affected in their transits by how the rulers of the signs they are in are doing and also how the nakshatra (star constellation) rulers are doing. Therefore, Mercury’s agitation also increased the instability of Saturn and Rahu in Gandanta. Both Rahu and Mercury are connected to electricity and millions of people are currently without electricity in Florida.

Those with their rising sign, the Sun or Moon located in Mercury’s signs of Gemini and Virgo may feel challenges now. Mercury will be much more comfortable when moving into Virgo, its most favorable sign, between September 26th and October 13th.

Venus in Distress

All the natural disasters are taking their toll on our sense of comfort and well being.

Venus conjuncts Rahu in Cancer on September 13th. Then enters Leo on the 14th. Venus transits the point of the solar eclipse on September 18th and 19th. Venus is the ruler of Taurus, a sign of stability and abundance, as well as of Libra, a sign of social harmony and balance. An unstable Venus can express tension in relationships and show financial fluctuations.

Jupiter in Libra

The good news is that the great benefic planet Jupiter moved into Libra on September 11th. Jupiter’s wisdom and counsel will aid in the process of cooperation and harmony. Jupiter in Libra will also benefit the two other air signs: Aquarius and Gemini. Jupiter will especially aid good relations for people with Sun/Moon or Rising sign in Aries.

Kala Sarpa Yoga

Kala Sarpa Yoga occurs when all planets are hemmed in between the Lunar Nodes.                                                                                                       Kala Sarpa Yoga was in effect before the election last year and often manifest a divisiveness and imbalance. We will experience it again between September 17th and January 8th, 2018, except for the times when the Moon intermittently breaks it. All the planets are between Rahu in Cancer and Ketu in Capricorn. The Moon moves through all the signs during a month and thus breaks the Kala Sarpa Yoga for 14 days every month.

My next newsletter will expand on some of the long term effects of Jupiter in Libra and Rahu in Cancer.

Dates to Remember:

  • September 5th:  Mercury is Direct again
  • September 11th: Jupiter moves into Libra
  • September 15th: Venus moves into Leo
  • September 16th: Sun moves into Virgo
  • September 17th: Mars conjunct Mercury in Leo
  • September 17th – September 29th: Kala Sarpa Yoga
  • September 26th: Mercury moves into Virgo


Try to stay centered during this turbulent time.

“In the midst of life’s storms I stand serene!”

–Affirmation by Swami Kriyananda





The Astrology of the Great American Solar Eclipse

The Astrology Behind the Great American Solar Eclipse of 2017

The greatly anticipated total solar eclipse happens tomorrow, on August 21st.  A lot of people are paying attention to this rare astronomical event but what is its astrological significance?

Magha Means Mighty or Great

The eclipse occurs at 4 degrees Leo in the star constellation Magha. The symbol of this constellation is a throne expressing the elevated status of the Magha nakshatra.

Magha expresses power and ambition. Just like a king or a queen values the loyalty of people, a person with planets in Magha will also often express loyalty to a country or to a cause.

The Shadow Planet Ketu Rules Magha

Magha is ruled by Ketu whose energy relates to the past. Magha is the constellation of our ancestors. Magha people often have a colorful history.  Magha is also connected to spiritual lineage. Paramhansa Yogananda had a Magha rising sign and he was a spiritual powerhouse. He was also connected to a very powerful spiritual lineage.

Magha people are intuitive and should ask for Divine guidance from within. Spiritually refined people with planets in Magha can be in contact with their spiritual guides.

The Dark Side of Magha

All the planets and star constellations have a positive and a negative expression. People with planets in Magha who are not spiritually evolved can manifest a strong ego. They need to watch out for arrogance, pride, prejudice or even a sense of racial superiority. Those with strong planets in Magha may need to focus on developing humility.

Healing the Past

A solar eclipse hides the light and brings us face to face with darkness. We are experiencing the darkness from a past history of racism and bigotry which included the refusal to see all people as equals. It is this karma from the past that is being brought into the light and needs to be healed so that we can move forward towards true humanitarian values.


Astrological Highlights: August 2017

Vedic astrology August 2017 - Northern Lights Vedic

This August we will experience what is being called “the great American eclipse.” The eclipse is one of the ways we will be feeling the powerful influence of the shadow planet Rahu. Rahu brings change and the unexpected…

A Big Month for Rahu

Rahu in Gandanta

Rahu is in Gandanta the entire month at the juncture between Leo and Cancer. Rahu in Gandanta can truly stir things up and create a sense of uncertainty and unpredictability.

Rahu Moves into Cancer and Ketu Moves to Capricorn

The lunar nodes (mean) will shift signs on August 17th. Rahu will remain in Cancer for 18 months, until March 2019. Ketu will be in Capricorn during this time.

Rahu Conjunct Sun in Gandanta

When Rahu moves into Cancer from Leo (Rahu and Ketu always move retrograde) he will meet the Sun moving (direct) into Leo. Their close conjunction takes place on August 16th and August 17th in deep Gandanta between Cancer and Leo. This reveals confusion around leadership and tumultuous power issues in the world.

The Great American Eclipse

Rahu is considered an enemy to the Sun, the Moon and to Mars. This is because Rahu can block the light of the luminaries and has the power to cause eclipses.

Both a Lunar and a Solar eclipse take place this August.

A partial lunar eclipse takes place on August 7th in the sign of Capricorn.

A total Solar eclipse will occur on August 21st. It will be visible in totality within a band across the entire United States. First it will be seen in Oregon and the last state to experience the eclipse is South Carolina. The last time the United States had a total eclipse crossing 48 states was 100 years ago, in June of 1918.

In the past an eclipse was considered an omen, foreboding a challenge. Indeed an eclipse often indicates a change of consciousness. The darkness is momentarily visible. It enters into our awareness, offering a different perspective. That which has been hidden from sight becomes known.

The eclipse takes place roughly over 4 degrees Leo and if you have any significant planets near this degree, especially the Sun, Moon or Ascendant, you may experience a transformative change in the near future. Although eclipses often have a negative connotation, they can also bring us positive change.

The eclipse will last over two minutes, and the degree where the eclipse takes place becomes activated for the next two years. This means that when planets transit this degree they can trigger a change.

Mercury Stations at the Same Degree as the Eclipse

Mercury turns retrograde between August 12th and September 5th in Leo. Mercury returns to the degree of the eclipse (which can trigger a change) during the first days of September. Mercury stations at 4 degrees Leo, the place of the eclipse, for several days. Mercury will be conjunct Mars and turns direct on September 5th.

The first week of September may end up being more eventful than the time of the actual eclipse.

Mercury governs communication, education, trade and commerce. These areas could be affected.

Saturn Turns Direct on August 25th

Slow moving Saturn turns direct at 27 degrees Scorpio a few days after the eclipse. This means that he is powerfully stationed on this degree the entire month. A strong Saturn can be positive or negative depending on a person’s chart.

Mars Moves to Leo on August 26th

When Mars moves into Leo on August 26th he will meet Rahu and they will both be conjunct on August 25th and August 26th in deep Gandanta. Ambition and competition can manifest as a tumultuous struggle.

Astrological Influences on the US President this August

Because the eclipse happens in Leo (leadership), it will have an affect on many world leaders.

This is a very intense time for Donald Trump. Saturn has stationed very near his Moon/ Ketu which generates a great deal of emotional pressure for him. In addition, Saturn aspects his natal Sun/ Rahu where it manifests as power struggles and opposition.

The Great American Solar eclipse on August 21st may not Make America Great Again in the way Donald Trump had in mind. It occurs close to the President’s Ascendant and Mars in Leo. The eclipse is bringing out secret information. When Rahu moves to Cancer it will add emotional pressure on Donald Trump. When Saturn moves into Sagittarius at the end of October Saturn’s influence will be easier for Trump.

The chart of the United States reveals that the United States is in the first part of a Rahu period which often is tumultuous. (The Vedic astrologer James Kelleher has calculated its birth time based on research: 07/04/1776 at 18:30 in Philadelphia, Pa).

Keep Life Simple

If you can avoid it, do not plan to begin any important activities during the latter part of August and the first week of September. Keep life simple and do not make elaborate plans. It is a good time to clean, get rid of clutter and donate items to charity.

During an eclipse it is helpful to be inward because the energy of an eclipse is also inward. We can gain new insights into life and ourselves if we meditate during this time.

August 2017 – Astrological Dates to Remember:

  • 8/1  Rahu in deep Gandanta between Cancer and Leo all month
  • 8/7 Lunar eclipse in Capricorn
  • 8/12 –9/5  Mercury retrograde
  • 8/16  Sun and Rahu conjunction at 0 degrees Leo
  • 8/17  Rahu in Cancer  0 degree
  • 8/21  Solar eclipse at 4 degrees Leo
  • 8/21  Venus in Cancer
  • 8/25  Saturn turns direct in Scorpio
  • 8/25  Mars and Rahu conjunction 29 degrees Cancer
  • 8/26 Mars in Leo



Astrological Highlights: July 2017

Vedic astrology July 2017

As we enter into the month of July, the Sun, Mars and Mercury are in Gemini. Gemini is an air sign ruling ideas and communication. With so many planets in this sign, there is an abundance of information to be processed.

All of these planets will be moving from Gemini into Cancer this month. Mercury moves into Cancer on July 2nd, Mars joins Mercury on July 11th, and the Sun moves into Cancer on July 16th.

Mars is Debilitated in Cancer

Cancer, which is ruled by the Moon, is a feminine, reflective and nurturing sign very different from Mars’ assertive energy. Mars is therefore considered debilitated in Cancer.

Cancer represents the home and the environment we live in. Even though the transit of Mars in Cancer can be frustrating in some respects, it can provide energy for home improvement projects. It is also a sign where the desire for security is high.

Mercury Transits Cancer and Leo

Mercury travels full speed through Cancer and remains in this sign for only eighteen days. On July 20th Mercury moves into Leo. Mercury is in for a long stay in this sign and does not leave until September 26th. This is because Mercury retrogrades while in Leo between August 13th and September 4th.

New Moon in Cancer

Mars will be very close to the Sun and the New Moon in Cancer on July 23rd. Such a close combination of Sun and Mars makes for a fiery energy, heated emotions, and potential physical fires. This is a perfect time to practice being even minded and cheerful.

Saturn Retrograde in Scorpio

Last month we experienced the unstable energy of Saturn in Gandanta when this planet moved from Sagittarius and back into Scorpio. Saturn represents structure and while on the cusp between a fire and a water sign we can experience fires and accidents involving water and landslides. Saturn is now moving away from the intense Gandanta zone and continuing its retrograde in Scorpio.

Venus is Strong in Taurus

Saturn’s unstable energy is to some extent balanced by Venus in Taurus. Venus, a planet of prosperity, is stable and persistent in this earth sign.  

Venus in Taurus receives aspects from both Saturn in Scorpio and Jupiter in Virgo. We can see both restraint and expansion competing for the attention of Venus. Venus leaves Taurus on July 26th and moves on to Gemini.

Major Eclipses and Changes in August

Next month is very eventful from an astrological point of view. There will be a Lunar and Solar eclipse, Saturn ends his retrograde and moves direct in August, Rahu moves to Cancer and Ketu moves to Capricorn. The solar eclipse on August 21st (referred to as the Great American Solar Eclipse) will be the first time the United States will experience a total solar eclipse from coast to coast since 1918. Prepare for changes coming up!

Astrological dates to remember:

July 2017

  • July 2nd – July 20th: Mercury in Cancer
  • July 8th: Full Moon in Sagittarius
  • July 11th –  Aug 26th: Mars in Cancer
  • July 16th –  Aug 16th: Sun in Cancer
  • July 20th –  Sept 26th: Mercury in Leo
  • July 23rd: New Moon in Cancer
  • July 26th –  Aug 20th: Venus in Gemini



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