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,
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