The tumultuous energy of this past month can astrologically be seen in the conjunction of Mars and Saturn in Scorpio, and their aspect on the lunar nodes. The terror attacks in Brussels took place on March 22nd, the day before the full moon and the lunar eclipse. A Moon under stress will often reflect public fear and confusion.
Challenging Air Travel
While Jupiter and Rahu both are transiting Leo they are influenced by a strong and retrograde Saturn. On March 22nd, during the terror attacks, Saturn was aspecting Jupiter to the degree. This aspect continues to be close for the remainder of the month. Astrologically Jupiter represents travel and Rahu is of the air element. The world is presently experiencing different incidents regarding air travel.
Saturn has “stambhana shakti” the power to block, delay and terminate. Saturn wants to control through restrictions. Air travel is now under rigorous control resulting from the terror attacks in Brussels where two out of three bombs exploded at the airport. The airport in Denver recently needed to close its operations for an entire day causing rerouting and many long delays in people’s flight schedules.
While Jupiter/Rahu is connected to air travel, the planet Mercury is connected to commuting and communication. During the recent terror attacks in Brussel a third bomb went off at a Metro station. Mercury was involved in the eclipse on March 23rd because it was very close to the Sun. It was also debilitated in Pisces.
Venus is exalted and powerful from March 31st to April 24th
Venus moves into Pisces on the last day of March. This is good news. Venus is now in Pisces which is a sign of compassion and spiritual love. Venus is exalted in Pisces and this clear and bright planet can give comfort and healing. It is visible as the morning and evening star and is the brightest object in the sky next to the Sun and the Moon. Venus stays in Pisces until April 24th. Between April 14th and April 24th Venus will move through the star constellation Revati in Pisces. The Deity connected to Revati is Pushan and Pushan is said to be the protector of travelers.
Sun is exalted in Aries from April 13th to May 14
The sun is transiting Aries, a powerful sign for the Sun, and it also receives an aspect from Jupiter. This will benefit all the fire signs, especially Leo and Aries, who will have confidence and energy.
Mars and Mercury retrograde
Mars will be retrograde between April 16th and June 30th. Mercury will stay in Aries between April 2nd and June 7th. This is a longer time than usual for Mercury to stay in one sign. Mercury will also be retrograde between April 28th and May 22nd.
Record number of planets retrograde
After April 28 six out of seven possible planets are moving retrograde: Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. (Rahu and Ketu always move retrograde) The Sun and the Moon never move retrograde so the only possible planet that is not retrograde at this time is Venus.
Planets are closer to the Earth while retrograde and are therefore quite strong. Both Jupiter and Mercury will move direct again by the end of May.
Enjoy the good energy from Venus during this time. Take time to enjoy the beauty of spring and spend time in nature if you can.
Dates to remember:
Venus is exalted in Pisces from March 31st to April 24th
Venus is in Aries from April 24th to May 20th.
Mercury is in Aries from April 2nd to June 7th
Mercury is retrograde from April 28th to May 22nd
The Sun is in Aries from April 13th to May 14th
Mars is retrograde from April 16th to June 30th