Gandanta: Karmic Knots of 2017

 

What is Gandanta in Vedic astrology?

Planets in transit through Gandanta reveal times of transformation and change. Important planets will go through these special zones in 2017 – Saturn alone will be in Gandanta three times. In order to understand how planets in Gandanta may impact our lives in the near future, we must first have a basic understanding of what Gandanta is.

What is Gandanta in Vedic Astrology?

Before I describe the meaning of “Gandanta”,  an explanation of the sanskrit word “Sandhi” is in order. Gandanta is a form of Sandhi.

Sandhi means a connecting place. It can also be translated as a junction. In Vedic astrology sandhi is the connecting place, or junction, between two zodiac signs.

When a planet is about to leave a sign it begins to feel the energy of the next one. The energy is changing at the cusps and therefore a planet which is placed close to a junction between two signs is weakened.

Where fire and water meet

Gandanta occurs at the junction between a water sign and a fire sign. Water and fire are incompatible. We all know that it is difficult to ignite fire when water is present. Gandanta takes place close to the cusps, in the last degree of a water sign and in the first degree of a fire sign. Gandanta occurs between the signs of Pisces and Aries, between Cancer and Leo, and between Scorpio and Sagittarius.  Many Vedic astrologers use a Gandanta Zone that begins at 29 degrees 12 seconds in a water sign (the last 48 seconds) and ends after 48 seconds into a fire sign.

Transformation of Solar and Lunar energy

Gandanta is not only significant for solar astrology, it is also important for lunar astrology. Every day the Moon travels through a nakshatra. The nakshatras of the Moon are divided into three groups, or cycles, of nine nakshatras each. Each cycle ends where a water sign ends. The Lunar energy changes significantly at this junction (Gandanta) and when a fire sign begins, a new cycle of nakshatras will also begin.

Opportunities to untie our “karmic knots”

Planets that transit Gandanta go through transformation. Astrologer Komilla Sutton describes Gandanta as “karmic knots”. Gand actually means “a knot”. Gandanta can be translated as “the knots at the end”, and the energy at Gandanta is entwined and complex. Planets transiting gandanta will bring up deep issues that need to be faced; sometimes collectively, and sometimes individually. Facing these issues  will greatly accelerate the growth of a mature soul.

Planets that travel swiftly through the sky and make a quick transit through Gandanta may not have much of an effect. However, slow moving planets that take longer to transit Gandanta will invariably have a deeper impact.

2017 – A Gandanta Year

What kind of “karmic knots” can we see ahead of us this year by examining transits through Gandanta? Let us examine the slow moving planets crossing gandanta during 2017 – Saturn, Rahu and Uranus.

Saturn

It is highly unusual to see this planet in Gandanta three times in a year. Saturn will cross Gandanta three times because it will move into Sagittarius on January 26th but then retrograde back into Scorpio again a couple of months later. Saturn will move direct again on August 25th, crossing Gandanta a third time.

Gandanta at the cusp between Scorpio and Sagittarius is the most difficult of the three Gandanta zones, particularly the last degree of Scorpio. After all, it is the tail of a scorpion that inflicts its sting and can hurt us.

Saturn spending so much time in Gandanta expresses uncertainty and instability. Saturn governs structures and foundations. Saturn also likes stability and routines. It is when structures, foundations and reforms fall apart, or change, that we experience fear and uncertainty. This planet will not be settled in Sagittarius until after November 2017. Saturn will stay in this sign until February 2020.

Here are the dates when Saturn will be in deep Gandanta during 2017:

  • January 18th to February 3rd
  • June 9th to July 1st (retrograde)  
  • October 16th to November 2nd (direct again)

Rahu

Rahu is of the air element and just like air in nature Rahu can be windy one day and calm the next. Rahu always moves retrograde and during 2017 Rahu moves from Leo and into Cancer.

Rahu is in Gandanta from August 2nd to August 30th, 2017.

When Rahu moves into Cancer, on August 17th, Rahu will join Mars. Mars is debilitated in Cancer and the conjunction between Mars and Rahu will be exact on August 25 – 26th. The two planets are also in transit through Gandanta during this time. It is likely to be a time of turmoil.

Solar eclipse on August 21st

This total solar eclipse also takes place with Rahu in Gandanta. The eclipse will pass from coast to coast in the United States and could be a sign of a coming change.

From an astrological point of view the second half of August is the most challenging time in 2017.

Uranus

While Uranus is an outer planet (not a traditional Vedic planet) it can also offer us additional insight. This planet is expansive and freedom loving but can also be rebellious and unpredictable.

Uranus is in Gandanta as it moves from Pisces to Aries between March 24th to April 21st. This may be a time of turmoil caused by something ending or breaking away. The need for independence is on shaky grounds.

These transits through Gandanta provide us with opportunities for spiritual growth. Check back next week for a new post about personal remedies that will be helpful during times of uncertainty.

Blessings,
Lina

 

Astrological Highlights: January 2017

 

Vedic Astrology January 2017 - Photo by Wil Stewart

Financial optimism as the year begins

Jupiter governs expansion and growth, while Mercury is the planet for trade and commerce. During January, these two benefic planets are transiting in each others signs, giving some optimism and hope regarding financial growth. In addition Jupiter and Uranus are both expansive planets and their mutual aspect on one another can give some windfalls.

These astrological configurations are at this time also positive for education and learning. Studies in health, healing and law are favored at this time. The retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius goes direct again on January 8th and will remain in Sagittarius for the remainder of the month. A full Moon on January 12th, in Mercury’s sign Gemini, and in Jupiter’s nakshatra Punarvasu, adds to mental optimism.  

Saturn transits into a new sign

The most important event of the month is Saturn’s transition into Sagittarius.

Saturn has been in the sign of Scorpio since November 2nd, 2014. By now we have experienced many of the effects of Saturn in Scorpio; a sign governing transformation, change, secrets and hidden power. We have experienced the powerful effects of underground activity such as terrorism, espionage, hacking and manipulation. Saturn’s aspect on transiting Rahu in Leo, the sign of leadership, has led to an unprecedented election in the US and other difficult power struggles in the world.

Saturn in Gandanta

By now most of us are looking forward to Saturn moving into the next sign, Sagittarius. The problem is that Saturn now has a hard time leaving Scorpio’s energy behind.

During 2017 Saturn will transit the difficult gandanta zone between Scorpio and Sagittarius no less than three times. This is because Saturn will begin to move retrograde and back into Scorpio again once it reaches 3 degrees 41 seconds in Sagittarius on April 5th. The last and first degree (actually 48 seconds on either side of the cusp between Scorpio and Sagittarius) are considered deep Gandanta. Gandanta is the transition zone between a water sign and fire sign.

A planet transiting the Gandanta zone will express this complex energy that often holds a difficult karma. (My blog post next week will be about Gandanta)

The first time Saturn comes into deep Gandanta is between January 18th and February 3rd. The actual transition into Sagittarius takes place on January 26th when Saturn is 0 degrees Sagittarius.

Saturn is of the air element and brings change and turmoil  when transiting the Gandanta zone. We may literally experience more storms. This can be a difficult transition for Saturn who prefers routine and permanency. Saturn governs structures and as foundations change our need for security is challenged.

The Presidential Inauguration

The presidential inauguration takes place on Friday January 20th. Saturn in Gandanta is almost exactly opposite the Sun in Donald Trump’s chart. This is obviously a time of transition of power but amidst instability.

Saturn in Sagittarius

Sagittarius asks that we make an effort to transform low and selfish qualities and aim for higher ideals. Our actions and speech need to harmonize with the truth. Saturn in Sagittarius will ask us to take responsibility for our higher nature. We will need to ask ourselves what is the Dharma and the right way to act. Saturn in Sagittarius is also concerned with law and legal matters. There can be slow or restricted financial growth.

Mars and Venus in Pisces

Mars will move into Pisces on January 20th and will be joined by Venus on January 27th. Venus stays in Pisces all through the winter and spring until May 30. Venus is exalted in Pisces so this is very good news, particularly for mutable signs: Pisces, Gemini, Virgo and Sagittarius. For these signs Venus will be extra powerful since Venus will be in an angle. Venus in Pisces is creative, artistic and refined.

Blessings,
Lina

 

Dates to remember:

January 8th to   February 3rd  –   Mercury Direct in Sagittarius

January 12th  – Full Moon in Pisces

January 13th  to  February 12th –  Sun in Capricorn

January 20th to March 1st  –   Mars in Pisces

January 26th  –  Saturn in Sagittarius

January 27th to May 30th  –  Venus in Pisces

Astrological Highlights: December 2016

vedic astrology december 2016 Lina Preston Northern Lights Vedic astrological forecast

 

We have had a stormy year politically in 2016 and in the month of December the storms will continue. The Lunar Nodes are powerful making this a time of transformation and change in the world.

As this planet slowly evolves towards increased universality, the borders and boundaries between countries, cultures, men and women become less sharply defined. Currently the world is experiencing a rebellious reaction to this development. This is expressed through increased sentiments of nationalism and less tolerance. Brexit, Trump, and ultra right movements in Europe are examples of this in the west.

The Kala Sarpa Yoga (Vedic planets situated on one half of the zodiac between Rahu and Ketu) was in full effect on the US election day and is in effect again as we enter December.  Exceptions to the present Kala Sarpa Yoga are two outer planets, Uranus and Neptune, but they are not considered to be traditional Vedic planets. Because neither of them are part of the Kala Sarpa Yoga, and Neptune is closely conjunct the south lunar node, these outer planets are very powerful at this time. Uranus is rebellious, shocking and unpredictable, while Neptune is idealistic but can also be deceptive, creating realities that are hard to get a grip on.

Neptune’s conjunction with Ketu, is still close and was exact on election Day. This conjunction can manifest as feelings of confusion and betrayal. Before the election Donald Trump cast doubt on the fairness of the election and after the election there have been others who are not confident of the election results. Vote recounts are underway in some of the states. It appears that we cannot entirely trust what is communicated and that we are manipulated by internet trolls and fake news.

Mercury goes retrograde on December 19th to January 8th

Adding to the present unclarity Mercury will go retrograde very close to the outer planet Pluto on December 19th. When Mercury is retrograde it is harder to keep the facts straight and communication needs to be clear in order to avoid misunderstanding. Mercury conjunct Pluto can be indicative of mistrust and conspiracy, but also of the desire to get to the bottom of something. Mercury moving retrograde so close to Pluto could have a disruptive influence on the Electoral College which will meet on December 20th.  

Presently the planets that rule the lunar nodes, the Sun and Saturn, are both in Scorpio showing the  restructuring of leadership and governments.

Trump in Jupiter Dasha

A surprising shift in the attitude of Donald Trump has been seen after the election. He no longer wishes to put Hillary Clinton in jail. He even finds his former enemy President Obama “a good man” and agreeable. He is presently considering one of his main critics, the republican Mitt Romney, for secretary of state. An astrological explanation of his change of attitude is that shortly after the election Trump’s Rahu period ended. His Rahu/Sun in the tenth house made him quite ruthlessly pursue power. Jupiter is a benevolent planet. So how will it manifest in his life now?

Jupiter rules wealth, law, counsel, children

His own wealth will very likely increase. Jupiter governs advisors, counselors, consultants and ministers. The people he surrounds himself with will be very important. Currently he is putting together the cabinet of the United States. Mercury rules his Jupiter and is placed in Gemini in the 11th house. The placement of his Mercury suggests that his associates are wealthy, diverse and successful in business. Jupiter also governs children and the children of Trump play an important role in his life as well.

Jupiter and Mercury exchange signs in December and January

Jupiter in Virgo exchanges signs with Mercury in Sagittarius at present time (Jupiter rules Sagittarius while Mercury rules Virgo). The Jupiter and Mercury ruled signs are known to be flexible, quick and changeable. Sales and commerce have been strong especially with items involving communication and sales on the internet. People with important planets in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces could be doing well in their work at this time, especially when the career involves communication, clients or business.

Mars in Aquarius on December 11th

The Moon brakes the Kala Sarpa Yoga on December 5th. Mars is next and moves into Aquarius on December 11th. Mars governs anger and Ketu is also a hot planet. Their combination can create violence. After the new Moon on December 28th; Mars, Ketu and Neptune are very close. Venus joins the planets in Aquarius on this day and the Uranus/Jupiter opposition indicates an unstable time. The last days of this year is a time to be cautious.

Hopefully you can have some quiet time as we move into the New Year. The transition from one year to another is a good time for reflection on what is important in one’s life and on the focus we wish it to have. My wish is that you can surround yourself with positive and inspiring people. That you have reasons to be thankful for good things in your life. And that you can send thoughts of peace and harmony to everyone.

 

Blessings and Happy New Year,
Lina

 

Dates to remember:

December 2nd – Venus moves into Capricorn

December 10th – Sun/Saturn conjunction exact in Scorpio

December 11th – Mars moves into Aquarius and joins Ketu/Neptune – until January 19th, 2017

December 15th – Sun moves into Sagittarius

December 19th – January 8th, 2017  –  Mercury goes retrograde

December 28th  – New Moon in Sagittarius

December 28th – January 26th, 2017  –  Venus moves into Aquarius, joins Ketu/Neptune/Mars

December 28th  –  Ketu/Mars conjunction

December 30th – Mars/Neptune conjunction

Astrological Highlights: November 2016

US presidential election November 2016 Vedic Astrology forecast

Vedic astrology sheds some light on a stormy presidential election.

Significant world events will take place during the coming months. The world at large has much to face and the choices we make at this time have long term consequences.

Astrologically, the current situation is reflected by the Kala Sarpa Yoga (all the planets positioned between Rahu and Ketu, the two lunar nodes) and by the aspects which the nodes are receiving.

Karmic nodes stir up the past.

Rahu and Ketu are the karmic nodes. All of the planets are now positioned between Rahu and Ketu, which gives the nodes a lot of influence.  Rahu represents desires projected into the present. A strong Rahu can fulfill material desires, such as the desire for wealth, power, fame and sex. However, Rahu always wants more. Rahu can be intense, compulsive and manipulative. In the end Rahu is insatiable.

Ketu represents the past. Sometimes the past can come back to haunt us. This is why Ketu represents ghosts. Ketu can cause anger, sorrow, loss and disappointments. On a spiritual level Ketu can help us to surrender. Ketu can also bring insight and non-attachment. In the end Ketu gives us liberation.

Rahu is of the air element and air is volatile. Just like air, through Rahu’s influence, we can rise and fall. Leo is a sign of power and leadership. Rahu’s current position in Leo indicates a quest for power and influence. Rahu in Leo is challenged by a difficult aspect from Saturn. An ambitious, but challenged Rahu, fuelled by Leo’s fire, has caused the presidential campaign in the US to be one of the stormiest ever.

Saturn’s transit reveals Scorpio’s secrets.

Saturn, the planet of karmic retribution, is transiting Scorpio. Scorpio is a sign with great depth. It represents things that are hidden, it holds secrets and wants privacy. Scorpio is connected to secret activities such as espionage, hacking, control and investigation. This sign also has a connection to taxes, sex and scandals. As a fixed sign, it has a hard time letting go and can hold on forever to an issue.

It is interesting that both of the candidates have their natal Ketu, the shadow planet representing the past, in the sign of Scorpio. Saturn, the planet of karmic retribution has been transiting over the natal Ketu (the past) of both candidates. Saturn finds the sensitive secrets hidden in Scorpio.

Hillary has both Ketu and Jupiter in Scorpio in her birth chart. Her desire for privacy made her get her own private email server at home. With Saturn transiting Scorpio (and recently also Mars) her many thousands of emails under scrutiny. Due to the need for secrecy in regards to issues of homeland security she came close to facing criminal charges and is again facing investigation.

In a woman’s chart Jupiter represents husband. Certainly, most any woman would not want her husband’s indiscretions to be exposed in public. For Hillary, literally, the whole world has come to know about them.

Donald has Ketu and the Moon in Scorpio in his birth chart. The Moon represents women and during Saturn’s transit Donald’s attitude towards women has been under scrutiny. Even though he did not want it in the open, his abusive behavior was blatantly exposed by himself. He now threatens to sue the women who have stepped forward regarding his sexually abusing actions.

Donald also avoided revealing his filed income taxes by claiming they were under investigation.  However, some information about his taxes has been leaked.

The point is that while Saturn (planet of karmic retribution) has been transiting over their natal Ketu (the past) for both candidates, in the sign of Scorpio (secrets) both of them have been scrutinized, investigated and exposed to an unusual extent. Both are fighters, but are there any more ghosts hidden in their closets? How long can this go on?

Moon with Ketu and Neptune conjunction on election day.

Currently Ketu and the planet Neptune are in a very close conjunction in Aquarius. Disturbing news can come suddenly and unexpectedly. Neptune is nebulous and hard to get a grip on. Smoke screens can hide the truth. On the day of the election the Moon will have joined these planets showing doubts and unclarity on election day. After November 8th, the Moon breaks the Kala Sarpa Yoga for about two weeks. Mercury moves into Scorpio which means investigations are likely to continue.

Moving forward and clearing the past.

As individuals we are all influenced by the current Kala Sarpa Yoga. Many of us need to clear away and let go of past issues. Perhaps we want to know how to move towards new developments. Spiritually, a Ketu and Neptune conjunction will make us idealistic. These two planets can also help us to transcend our consciousness so that we can remember challenges in our past, forgive, let go and surrender.

In the words of a great Yogi:

Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until anchored in the divine. Everything in the future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.

–Swami Sri Yukteswar

Blessings,
Lina

Astrological Highlights: October 2016

Vedic Astrology October 2016 - Northern Lights Vedic Lina Preston

Kala Sarpa Yoga:  October 3rd to December 6th

The influence from Rahu and Ketu are powerful during Kala Sarpa Yoga. This is a time when Rahu and Ketu act as “bookends” and all the planets are positioned somewhere in the five signs between them.  At this time the Rahu/Ketu axis is in Leo and Aquarius, and all the planets are in the signs from Virgo to Sagittarius. One could say that the planets feel “hemmed in” by Rahu and Ketu and are more influenced by them during this time.

The moon travels quickly and breaks the Kala Sarpa Yoga for two weeks every month. Therefore, the Kala Sarpa Yoga technically only exists during the following times:

  • October 3rd thru October 13th,  
  • October 26th thru November 9th,   
  • November 22nd thru December 6th   

During times of Kala Sarpa Yoga the world experiences more turmoil than normal. Rahu’s transit in Leo puts a focus on leadership. United States is said to be in a Rahu period and the presidential elections takes place during Kala Sarpa Yoga. We are experiencing an unusual election with a bigger polarity and more than average conflicts. The energy of the lunar nodes are non-traditional and Trump bases his campaign suggesting a change from traditional political values. It is interesting that Donald Trump himself has a Kala Sarpa Yoga in his own birth chart.

Although the the Kala Sarpa Yoga by transit is mostly experienced on a global/mundane level, individuals may also experience more than average turmoil around them. Especially those who are sensitive to the energy of the lunar nodes may feel a sense of constriction and need to work harder at being focused and centered.

Venus is in Libra until October 12th.

We are fortunate to currently have Venus transiting the sign that puts emphasis on harmony, enjoyment and balance. The energy of Venus becomes more intense after October 12th, when Venus moves into Scorpio. Scorpio is a secretive sign and can also reveal hidden secrets. Perhaps more scandals, and hacking, will surface when Venus transits Scorpio from October 12th thru November 6th.

It is a relief that Mars has moved away from Saturn in Scorpio during this time. Mars is in the sign of a friend, Sagittarius, during the entire month.

Mercury transits the sign of Virgo between October 3rd and October 20th.

Mercury is now strong in Virgo, its exalted sign. Communication and discrimination is favored when Mercury transits Virgo. This transit is especially positive for the Mercury ruled signs Virgo and Gemini. Mercury will move into Libra on October 20th.

Dates to remember:

  • October 3rd to 20th
    • Mercury transits Virgo
  • October 3rd to December 6th
    • Intermittently Kala Sarpa Yoga
  • October 12th to November 6th
    • Venus transits Scorpio
  • October 16th to November 15th
    • Sun transits Libra
  • October 20th to November 8th
    • Mercury transits Libra
  • October 31st to December 11th
    • Mars transits Capricorn

 

Pray for Peace and Harmony!

Blessings,
Lina

Astrological Highlights: September 2016

Vedic Astrology September 2016

During September, 2016 we will experience two eclipses, and Mars will finally leave his conjunction with Saturn after a long stay in Scorpio.

Solar Eclipse in Leo

The month of September begins with a full solar eclipse on September 1st. The Sun and the Moon will come together at 15 degrees Leo, near Rahu’s current position. A powerful Saturn, also at 15 degrees, is aspecting from Scorpio. The eclipse is visible in Madagascar and parts of Africa, which means that the impact is stronger in this part of the world.

Mercury is Retrograde and in a Planetary War

Mercury is now retrograde in the sign of Virgo. This planet is also fighting a planetary war with Jupiter during the first couple of days of the month. A planetary war occurs when the planets are within a degree of one another.

When Mercury is retrograde it is a good time for finishing and continuing working on existing projects. However, it is also important to watch our communications and to be as clear as possible in order to avoid misunderstandings. Mercury will retrograde into Leo on September 9th and will remain in Leo for the rest of this month. On September 21st Mercury goes direct again.

Lunar Eclipse on September 16th

The lunar eclipse will be visible in Europe, parts of Asia, Australia, and eastern Africa. It occurs in the first degree of Pisces, shortly after the Sun has moved into Virgo.

Mars is Leaving Scorpio on September 16th

The Mars and Saturn conjunction has caused difficulties for many people. We have experienced more accidents and terrorism than normal. Even earthquakes, flooding and storms have resulted from this conjunction.

Mars is leaving Scorpio on September 16th. During September 16th to September 18th Mars moves through what is known as the “Gandanta position”. These two days may be  somewhat unstable for the signs ruled by Mars: Aries and Scorpio.

Mars in Gandanta

Gandanta occurs in the final degree of a water sign and in the first degree of a fire sign. The end of a water sign indicates the completion of a cycle, and the very beginning of a fire sign indicates a new cycle of development. We often feel unsettled when we are in the midst of a change. When a planet moves from a water sign to a fire sign it goes through a transformation and is unsettled in its behavior. After September 18th Mars will have settled into the sign of Sagittarius.

Venus Enters Libra

Venus will be in Libra between September 18th until October 12th. This is a comfortable position for Venus who rules this sign. Everyone benefits by a good position for Venus but there are some signs who will especially benefit by it: Libras will of course enjoy and draw comfort and inspiration from this position of Venus. Capricorns may find more pleasure in their work, Aries will experience increased enjoyment of their relationships, and people with their rising sign in Cancer will enjoy their homes and families to a higher degree than normal.

September 2016 Dates to Remember:

  • September 1st:  Solar eclipse
  • September 2nd: Mercury & Jupiter conjunction
  • September 9th: Mercury retrogrades to Leo
  • September 15th to October 16th: Sun in Virgo
  • September 16th: Lunar eclipse
  • September 17th: Mars in Sagittarius
  • September 18th to October 12th: Venus in Libra
  • September 21st: Mercury goes direct again in Leo
  • September 25th: Sun & Jupiter conjunction in Virgo

 

Blessings,
Lina

Donald Trump: An Astrological Profile

Donald Trump: An astrological profile

Few people have received as much attention as Donald Trump in recent months. People around the world are puzzled by him. His astrological chart has some interesting features that I want to share with you.

What stands out in Trump’s chart is the strong placement of his lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu. In fact, his Vedic astrological chart is dominated by them.

 

Rahu & Ketu: Keys to Understanding Trump

In order to understand Donald Trump’s chart, we must first have a basic understanding of Rahu and Ketu.

The lunar nodes are not actual planets. They are points created when the Moon’s orbit intersects with the plane of the ecliptic. These points are very powerful because they can eclipse the Sun and the Moon. This is why the lunar nodes are known as shadow planets. It is this shadow that we see at the time of an eclipse.

In fact, Donald Trump was born during a lunar eclipse. His natal Moon is with Ketu in Scorpio and his Sun is with Rahu in Taurus. The lunar nodes are always exactly opposite (180 degrees) from one another. All the planets Donald Trump’s chart are placed within 180 degrees and flanked on both sides by Rahu/Sun and Ketu/Moon. The Sun, the ruler of his Leo Ascendant, is placed with Rahu. All of these factors, lead to Rahu and Ketu having a strong influence in Trump’s life.

 

The Story of Rahu and Ketu in Vedic Mythology

The mythological story of Rahu and Ketu gives us insights into the meaning of the Lunar nodes.

Naga Vasuki was a big serpent and a demon. The Gods were at war with the demons for the control of the universe and in order to win the battle they needed to find the Divine nectar of Immortality. Naga Vasuki offered to help the Gods find this nectar. He allowed the Gods to use his body as a rope, which they tied around Mount Mandara and used as a rod.They churned the ocean and eventually, after many trials, the Divine nectar came out of the ocean.

Naga Vasuki churns the ocean for Divine nectar. The story of Rahu & Ketu.

The churning of the ocean. Painting from circa 1860

The Gods and the Demons had a party afterwards. The Gods distracted the demons while the Divine Nectar was passed around. They made a strong point out of keeping the nectar away from the Demons because they feared that the Demons would destroy the Earth if it came into their possession.

Naga Vasuki was cleverer than the other demons and entered the party disguised and sat down between the Sun and the Moon.  After a while the Sun and the Moon noticed his disguise and exposed him. Lord Vishnu, the creator of the universe, became very upset and threw his sword at Naga Vasuki. This caused the serpent’s head to fall off.

Because Naga Vasuki had already received some of the nectar of Immortality he did not die but became two creatures. The head is known as Rahu and the body without the head is known as Ketu. Since that time the Lunar nodes are bitter enemies with the Sun and the Moon and try to swallow them whenever they get close (they succeed during eclipses, when either the Sun or the Moon is conjunct Rahu or Ketu).

 

Rahu and Ketu in Trump’s Chart

Donald Trump's vedic astrological birth chart | Northern Lights Vedic

Donald Trump – Born June 14, 1946 at Jamaica, New York at 10:54

The lunar nodes in the chart of Donald Trump are powerfully placed. As Rahu (the head of the serpent) represents our material desires; a well placed Rahu can give great worldly success such as wealth, fame and power.  Rahu, in the chart of Donald Trump, is placed in the sign of Taurus, an earth sign expressing abundance. Rahu in Taurus is often connected to wealth.

The planets release their energy during their astrological time period in the individual chart. Donald Trump has been in a Rahu period for almost 18 years. The Rahu/Sun conjunction is placed in Donald’s 10th house. The 10th house is the area where we act out the desire to have an impact on the word.  Rahu is well placed in the 10th house and the strength of Donald’s Rahu is obvious when you consider his life as a businessman, as an entertainer, and now as the Republican candidate for President. While some of his business practices can be questioned – and Rahu can be manipulative and deceptive – nonetheless he has achieved much in an outward Rahu way.

 

The Out of-the-Box Thinker & the Outsider

When Rahu or Ketu dominates, a person behaves and thinks “out of the box”. The lunar nodes are not real planets and people represented by them often seem like “outsiders”. Some members of the Republican Party have considered Donald Trump an imposter from the start. One by one they are realizing they can’t control him , wishing that he was not their representative.

It is interesting that Donald Trump is pointing his finger at others who can also be represented by Rahu: foreigners, immigrants, illegal immigrants, people with different ethnic backgrounds, even handicapped people have been maligned by Trump.

Someone born during a lunar eclipse may exhibit a mind that lacks clarity. Their mind may even reveal darkness at times. The spiritual person counteracts this by facing their inner demons and develops self honesty and a respect for truth. A less evolved person will blame and project their anger and hatred on others. There is a tendency to turn other people into scapegoats for all the inadequacies they fear and dislike.

An active Rahu will also activate Ketu. The lunar nodes are not only placed opposite to one another, they also have opposite qualities. Whereas Rahu represents karmic desires projected into the present life,  Ketu carries the karmic burden of the past, which can create a desire to be liberated from it. This is why Ketu also represents yogis, monks and nuns, those seeking inner enlightenment and renunciation from the world. However, for the person caught up in worldly affairs Ketu’s influence can create disappointments, disillusionment, doubts and world weariness.

 

Transits for Donald Trump

The Stormy End of Rahu Dasha

The end of a Rahu period (or dasha) is said to be stormy and difficult. Donald Trump is at the end of his Rahu period and Mars is his sub period. His natal Mars is strong in Leo, his first house, giving him warrior like qualities. Currently Rahu is transiting Leo and over his Mars in his first house, making him very competitive and larger than life. However, according to some of the classic astrological texts, a person might lose everything he has gained during a Rahu period when he comes to the end of it.

Along with Saturn’s transit in Scorpio, Mars has also been transiting Scorpio for many months. This is influencing Donald Trump’s Ketu / Moon in Scorpio. Just like a wiggling tail of a serpent, his mind is unpredictable and there can be an extra sting in his comments during this time.

 

Donald Trump is in Sade Sati

For more than a year and a half Donald Trump has been in the midst of Sade Sati, a very difficult transit when Saturn goes over the Moon. The Moon wants security and Saturn adds responsibility and a sense of restriction.  Donald Trump wants to throw out illegal immigrants, create strict borders, and limit immigration and foreign trade. “Make America Safe Again” and “Make America Great Again” alludes to returning to a better past. Surely terrorism is a horrible reality today but is it ever possible to return to the past?

 

Less Support from Jupiter Since August

While the benefic Jupiter was transiting Leo, which is Donald’s first house, he was protected by this benevolent planet. Since Jupiter has moved into Virgo in August, and left Leo, his support has been diminishing. He has continually made one controversial statement after another. Some say he is self destructive. Donald Trump, always a winner in his own eyes, has begun to accept that he might lose the election. Perhaps he doesn’t really mind. He has been totally involved in competing and winning the race, but actually winning the final race involves daunting responsibilities for the next four years.

 

Jupiter Period Begins One Week after Election

Much can still happen. There will be two eclipses in September which can cause new things to surface. Shortly after the election, on November 16th,  Donald’s Rahu period ends and his Jupiter period begins. This period will last for 16 years and Donald Trump’s experience of Jupiter is connected to wealth in his chart. His wealth will likely increase and his influence will probably not end whether or not he becomes the president. Donald’s Jupiter aspects his 10th house (activities that have an impact on the world). Perhaps his allies will continue what he started. Perhaps he will also reap the benefits of his name and fame and write his memoirs. Certainly others will write many books about him as well.

 

Healing the Split Between Rahu & Ketu

Donald Trump’s story provides us with an important lesson about the outward moving principles of desires and ego attachment.

We all have Rahu and Ketu in our charts and we need to connect to both of their principles in order to have more balance. There is a need for healing the split between these two opposite forces. An example of this type of healing would be to work on expanding a spiritual awareness (Ketu) while offering a service to this world (Rahu). Not because of ego and self-gratification, but for the benefit of humanity and the soul.

 

Blessings,
Lina

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Astrological Highlights: August 2016

Vedic Astrology - August 2016

We have experienced many tragedies in the world this past month where one difficult event has followed another.

I have noticed that the intensity of life seems to increase during the days when the Moon travels through Scorpio. The Moon travels swiftly through the twelve signs and the fixed nature of Scorpio can be difficult for the Moon to adapt to. This is of course especially true now when two malefic planets, Mars and Saturn, both are making their way through this sign.

If your natal Moon is in Scorpio you may feel especially pressured during this time and you need to take extra care of yourself. The Moon governs our mind and feelings, it indicates our need for security and support.

Jupiter moves into Virgo

A major astrological event this month is Jupiter leaving the sign of  Leo where Jupiter has been transiting for about a year. Jupiter moves into Virgo on August 11th, where he will stay for thirteen months, until September 2017.  

It is a positive shift because Jupiter will now be free of the malefic influences from Rahu and Saturn. Jupiter can express intelligent discrimination in Virgo and will also benefit the other two earth signs, Taurus and Capricorn. Jupiter will also favorably aspect Pisces, which is a sign that this planet also rules.

However, with the departure of beneficial Jupiter from Leo, the lunar nodes are more vulnerable to the malefic influence of Saturn and Mars.  

Saturn turns direct on August 13th

Saturn has been retrograde since March 25th and will turn direct on August 13th. Saturn stations and moves direct at 15 degrees Scorpio.

Unstable time

Jupiter will transit into Virgo on August 11th, Saturn goes direct on August 13th, and the Moon transits through Scorpio and passes over a powerful Saturn/Mars during August 10th to August 13th. Two slow moving planets making major shifts while the Moon is in debilitation can make this an unstable time.

Mars and Saturn conjunct

Mars is powerful while in Scorpio although hampered by the presence of Saturn in the same sign. Interestingly the groups that astrologically represent the energy of Mars – the police and the military – are groups that are now experiencing an anger and a violence that is turned towards them.

Mars and Saturn will come to an exact conjunction on August 24th. The two planets are opposite the Moon in Taurus. Avoid travelling and being in crowded places at this time if you can. However, on a more positive note, the three most benefic planets; Venus, Mercury and Jupiter, all in Virgo during the last week of August, are very protective.

Pray for peace and harmony!

Dates to remember:

  • August 2nd:  New Moon in Cancer
  • August 4th: Five planets in Leo: Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Moon and Rahu
  • August 11th: Jupiter moves into Virgo
  • August 13th Saturn goes direct
  • August 16th: Sun in Leo
  • August 18th Full Moon in Aquarius
  • August 19th: Mercury in Virgo (Bhadra yoga for Virgo, Gemini, Sagittarius and Pisces)
  • August 24th: exact Mars and Saturn conjunction
  • August 25th: Venus joins Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo

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Blessings,
Lina

Astrological Highlights: July 2016

Vedic Astrology Highlights for July 2017

July is a month when some of the current astrological influences will begin to shift. The Rahu and Jupiter conjunction, in effect since early January this year, has now reached its peak. Mars  moved direct on June 29th, after being retrograde since April 17th, which brings a release of this planet’s energy.

Let us first look at the planetary positions on June 23rd, the time for the British referendum.

Jupiter & Rahu conjunction

Jupiter and Rahu have both been in the same sign (Leo) since January this year. Rahu moves in a retrograde motion and Jupiter mainly travels direct. Consequently the two planets have slowly been moving towards one another and the culmination of their combined effect took place on June 24th when their conjunction was exact. The referendum was held on June 23rd.

Saturn’s aspect on Rahu & Jupiter

The Rahu-Jupiter conjunction in Leo also receives a close and challenging aspect from Saturn. Saturn’s transit through Scorpio suggests a deep change. Astrologically Saturn represents the people and democracy.

One of the main characteristics of Jupiter is to express an opinion and to offer advice. Rahu, the shadow planet, is known to deliver the unexpected. Rahu is ruled by the air element and can create tumultuous and chaotic situations.

The people in Great Britain voted for Brexit on June 23rd, just when the Rahu & Jupiter conjunction became exact. The result sent shock waves throughout the world. The imminent change with uncertain long term effects sent the stock market reeling and billions of dollars were lost in the course of a day.

The combined energy of Rahu and Jupiter begins to dissolve

The closeness between Jupiter and Rahu has reached its peak. These planets are slowly moving away from each other but we may still experience after shocks. Jupiter will move into Virgo on August 11th and this will end the direct  experience of the Rahu and Jupiter combination. Saturn in Scorpio will not aspect Jupiter in Virgo but will continue to aspect Rahu.

Mars is direct again

The planet Mars moved temporarily back into Libra on June 17th. Highly charged from his long stay with Saturn in Scorpio and in retrograde, and extremly powerful when shifting from retrograde to direct motion on June 29th, Mars added stress to a sign that otherwise thrives when in harmony with others. Mars will defend his territory and can manifest explosive situations. The United Kingdom is currently deeply shaken, and the European Union is no longer united.

Mars will enter Scorpio again on July 12th. Mars is powerful in his own sign, but also irritable in the company of a retrograde Saturn. The conjunction between Mars and Saturn will be exact on August 24th and Mars will remain in Scorpio until September 18th.

New Moon in Gemini on July 4th

A lot of activity takes place in Gemini during the first week of July. The New Moon is in Gemini on July 4th and is accompanied by Mercury and Venus, and of course also the Sun.

This is a good time for activities that center around ideas, communication, negotiation and trade. Mercury is in his own sign together with Venus, and this is a strong combination, especially for the Mercury ruled signs of Gemini and Virgo as well as the Venus ruled signs of Taurus and Libra.

Planets in Cancer

Venus will move into Cancer on July 7th.

Mercury follows on July 10th and the Sun enters Cancer on July 15th. The energy may now be  centered on domestic issues. This is a good time to enjoy family and friends.

Full Moon in Capricorn on July 19th

Activity begins to center in Leo towards the end of the month when Mercury joins Jupiter and Rahu on July 26th. Venus follows Mercury on July 31st. The Sun moves into Leo on August 16th. With so many planets in Leo we may see even more of the quest for power and leadership than we see now. (In case we have not seen enough)

Hope you can stay cool and enjoy the warm summer days!

Dates to remember:

  • July 4th: New Moon in Gemini
  • July 7th: Venus leaves Gemini and enters Cancer
  • July 10th: Mercury leaves Gemini and enters Cancer
  • July 12th: Mars returns to Scorpio
  • July 15th: Sun in Cancer
  • July 19th: Full Moon in Capricorn
  • July 26th: Mercury enters Leo
  • July 31st: Venus enters Leo

Blessings
Lina

Astrological Highlights: June 2016

Vedic Astrology Forecast June 2016

June is an interesting month astrologically. The planets are in stressful configurations during the first half of this month. The two main benefic planets, Jupiter and Venus, both capable of giving happiness, prosperity and growth, are under a lot of pressure. However, the second half of June brings increasing calmness as that pressure subsides.

Sun and Venus conjunction

Venus in Taurus remains very close to the Sun during the first two weeks of June. The astrological term for a planet moving in close proximity to the Sun is combustion. The planet (in this case Venus) receives much heat from the Sun and is harder to see due to the blinding and domineering light of the Sun. Their conjunction is exact on June 6th.

Saturn and Sun/Venus opposition

Both the Sun and Venus are in a star constellation called Rohini. Rohini, in the sign of Taurus, is capable of creative growth and development. However, Saturn strongly influences both the Sun and Venus during the first week of June. This inhibits the creative energy and projects will require a great deal of work in order to mature. Saturn’s aspect on the Sun and Venus is exact on June 3rd. The New Moon in Taurus takes place on June 4th.

Jupiter/Rahu in close conjunction

Jupiter is currently in Leo very close to Rahu. Their conjunction is exact on June 24th. Rahu, the north node of the Moon, is symbolically described as the head of a snake. Just like a snake, Rahu has the ability to mesmerize, manipulate and inflict poison. Rahu is also portrayed as the outsider.

It is interesting that Saturn during the first weeks of June closely aspects both the Sun (the ruler of Leo) as well as Jupiter/Rahu in Leo at the same time.

The political drama in the USA

The drama of the political election in the US is creating many headlines in the media. Leo is a sign of drama and entertainment. It is also a sign of leadership and power. But the entertainment may turn sour. Saturn’s aspects on both the Sun and on Jupiter/Rahu indicate conflicts and a mistrust in the wisdom of non-traditional leadership.  

When Mercury also enters Taurus on June 8th, all of the planets are in fixed signs: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius. The fixed signs have determination and staying power, although their present interactions reveal conflict and uncertainty. They test durability and require tenaciousness. Incidentally, the fixed signs are very important signs for Donald Trump whose rising sign is Leo, with Scorpio ruling the 4th, and Taurus ruling his 10th house of career.

Mars makes a transit in Libra

Saturn and Mars continue to be retrograde and Mars will move back into Libra on June 17th. This will temporarily calm the tension between Saturn and Mars since they are no longer in the same sign.

Mars ends his long retrograde period (since April 17th) and will move direct again on June 29th. Mars stays at around 29 degrees during almost the entire visit in Libra. If you have planets towards the end of Libra – or the opposite sign Aries – you will likely experience the energy of Mars as he is quite strong when he shifts from retrograde to direct.

Mercury in a strong position after June 26th

During the second half of June the planetary energies calm down considerably. Mars and Saturn are now in two separate signs. Venus moves into Gemini on June 12th, followed by the Sun on June 13th. When Mercury also moves into this sign on June 26th the energy becomes strong in Gemini. Mercury is in his own sign and this especially benefits Gemini and Virgo, creating good yogas for these signs. Saturn does not aspect Gemini and Mars will not aspect Gemini while transiting Libra. Communication and sales will run smoothly for the next few weeks.

Enjoy the full Moon and the summer solstice both on June 20th.

It should be a time of much light!

Dates to remember:

  • June 3rd: Saturn in Scorpio opposite Sun and Venus in Taurus
  • June 20th: Saturn in Scorpio opposite Mercury in Taurus
  • June 12th to July 6th: Venus is in Gemini
  • June 14th to July 15th: Sun is in Gemini
  • June 26th to July 10th: Mercury is in Gemini
  • June 17th to July 12th: Mars (R) returns to Libra from Scorpio
  • June 30th: Mars is direct again
  • June 20th: Full Moon and Summer Solstice
  • June 24th: Jupiter / Rahu conjunction is exact

Many blessings,
Lina

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