Astrological Highlights: May 2019

From an astrological perspective, we are moving into the most intense part of the year, with dramatic upcoming transits in May and June. The energy of the planets heats up during May and reaches a culmination in mid June with major planetary confrontations.

New Moon on May 4th

Mercury is making his transit in Aries between May 3rd and May 18th. The new Moon in Aries on May 4th marks the beginning of a new cycle of activities.

Activity in Gemini

Mars joins Rahu and in Gemini on May 6th. Mars is a technical planet and Gemini is the sign of communication. The exchange of signs between Mercury and Mars also connects the two planets.   

Rahu amplifies and enlarges everything he comes in contact with while Mercury rules communication and trade.

Divisiveness and Fundamentalism

Mars and Rahu in Gemini are opposed by Saturn, Ketu and Pluto transiting Sagittarius. This results in a high degree of confrontational energy.

Saturn and Ketu are transiting the nakshatra called Purva Ashadha.  Purva Ashadha has the power to energize, but Saturn has the power to block and delay. The deity for Purva Ashadha is Apas – the water god – and Saturn/Ketu in Purva Ashadha can cause drought, or stir up storms––both figuratively and literally.

The close conjunction between Ketu and Saturn can make us doubt our foundations. Sagittarius governs law and the legal system and important battles are now being fought within the legal system.

Saturn/Ketu in Purva Ashadha can also give rise to a higher degree of extremism and fundamentalism. The tension culminates around mid June with a Mars and Rahu conjunction at 24 degrees in Gemini. Saturn conjuncts Ketu at 24 degrees Sagittarius.  All four malefic planets will line up on the same degree in the Gemini/Sagittarius axis. The combination indicates explosive energy, power struggles and attempts to gain control. The potential for anger, violence and accidents are much higher than normal.

What Does This Mean for You?

Some people may experience a feeling of being blocked during this time, while others will find it easy to get a lot done. This depends on your personal chart and what area of your life these planets will activate. However, everyone needs to pay special attention to how they communicate with others, because arguments can be unusually explosive right now. Take extra care if you travel, both short distances and long journeys. If possible, avoid being in crowded places. This is an excellent time to simplify your lifestyle, be open to your intuition, and work on staying calm and centered.

Dates to Remember:

  • May 3rd – May 18th  Mercury in Aries
  • May 4th   New Moon in Aries, Bharani  20 degrees
  • May 6th – June 22   Mars in Gemini
  • May 8th – July 11th   Rahu in Punarvasu, Taurus Pada, Pushkara
  • May 8th – Dec 26th   Ketu joins Saturn in Purva Ashadha
  • May 10th –  June 3rd Venus in Aries
  • May 15th – June 15th   Sun in Taurus
  • May 18th  Full Moon in Scorpio, Anuradha 3’30”
  • May 18th – June 1st  Mercury in Taurus




Astrological Highlights: April 2019

Just like April itself is full of change, the planets this month also express turbulent transformation. Jupiter is in Gandanta the entire month; Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto become retrograde; and much of this takes place in the sign of Sagittarius.

Jupiter is at a Standstill in Gandanta

Jupiter become retrograde on April 10th and stays in Gandanta, almost at a standstill, on the cusp between Scorpio and Sagittarius. He moves less than a degree during April. See Jupiter in Gandanta.

All planets slow down considerably when they become retrograde. What is remarkable with Jupiter’s retrograde now is that it takes place at the Gandanta point. Read more about how retrograde planets affect us.

Jupiter in Sagittarius March 29th – April 22nd

Jupiter crossed over from Scorpio and into Sagittarius at the end of March. He moves less than a degree into Sagittarius before he becomes retrograde on April 10th. Jupiter has a short stay in Sagittarius because his retrograde brings him back into Scorpio on April 22nd.

We look to Jupiter for truth and guidance. Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius – the sign where so much of the planetary activity is now taking place. But Jupiter is at a standstill in Gandanta and it seems difficult to know how to proceed, especially if we want to start something new. We may feel like we need to be more clear before making big decisions.

We see examples of this unstable energy in England that is having an identity crises over Brexit. In the United States, Muller finally turned over his report. But the times are astrologically turbulent and other investigations are far from over. Jupiter moves back to Scorpio on April 22nd and will stay there until November 4th. Much more is still waiting to be revealed.

Mesha Sankranti April 14th

The moment that the Sun enters Aries marks the beginning of a new year according to the traditional Hindu calendar. The Sun enters Aries on April 14th.

The gandanta Sun receives an aspect from a Jupiter in Gandanta. The Sun is also in gandanta since the cusp between Pisces and Aries is a gandanta position.  

Mercury (the planet of communication) is debilitated in Pisces on April 14th, the time of Mesha Sankranti. The very next day, on April 15th, Venus joins Mercury in Pisces. Venus is exalted in Pisces, which cancels the debilitation of Mercury. This is a very positive.

Pluto is Retrograde April 24th – October 2nd

Powerful Pluto is also transiting Sagittarius and just when he comes to the last degree of this sign he turns retrograde. He stays retrograde until October 2nd. Pluto’s transforming energy in Sagittarius makes us take a deep look at beliefs, values and ideals. We see power struggles and conflicts regarding the direction. Our view of life will have shifted when Pluto leaves Sagittarius in February 2020.

Saturn Retrograde April 29th – September 18th

Saturn/Ketu conjunction

Saturn’s retrograde occur regularly just about every twelve months and lasts roughly 4 ½ months. This time Saturn’s retrograde is unusual because of his close conjunction with Ketu. The two will be in the same nakshatra – and are often within the same degree  – from May 8th until the end of the year.

The Lord of Karma

Saturn is connected to the first chakra, the root chakra. Saturn governs foundations and structure. We want our foundations to be stable and firm.

Saturn, the Lord of Karma, can bring suffering. We often fear Saturn, but facing his limitations can also make us strong. Saturn shows us the reality and he does not wear rose-colored glasses. Buddha was shielded in a palace during his youth, but once he encountered suffering (a manifestation of Saturn) he began to  search for truth and enlightenment.

Enlightenment, Loss, and Liberation

Ketu can manifest sudden change. Ketu is associated with the past, and with detachment, loss and confusion. Ketu is also one of the most spiritual  influences. A spiritual Ketu has intuition, insight and dispassion (Vairagya).

Saturn / Ketu Close Conjunction

Their conjunction is in itself not that rare. Saturn and Ketu come together every 11 years. Their close conjunction will normally last up to a month.  But this time, the length of their close conjunction is very unusual because it will last for the remainder of 2019.

Saturn with Ketu can manifest upheavals and changes on a large scale. Last time this conjunction took place was late 2007/early 2008. The financial recession in the United States began in December 2007.

Saturn and Ketu in Sagittarius aim for high ideals but can also cause dissatisfaction, separation and disappointment. Old and outworn attitudes and thought patterns need to change.

On a personal level, it is very important to be truthful. Be honest with yourself and examine your attitudes. Try to remain flexible and embrace change. May and June are astrologically challenging, so it is good to prepare by establishing positive habits now.

Dates to Remember:

  • April 5: New Moon in Pisces, Revati Nakshatra
  • April 10-11: Jupiter Retrograde
  • April 22: Jupiter R back in Scorpio
  • April 11 – May 3: Mercury debilitated in Pisces
  • April 14 – May 15: Sun exalted in Aries
  • April 15 – May 10: Venus exalted in Pisces
  • April 19: Full Moon in Libra
  • April 24 – Oct 2: Pluto retrograde in Sagittarius
  • April 29 – Sept 19: Saturn Retrograde in Sagittarius



Jupiter in Gandanta: The Battle for Dharma in 2019

When a planet is in Gandanta for an extended period of time its energy is unstable. Gand means knot and this is a knot that is hard to disentangle.

Jupiter, the remover of ignorance and darkness, is in Gandanta three times during 2019.

Being in Gandanta is like coming to the end of a chapter, but before beginning a new one, there is karma that needs to be resolved and cleansed.

Where Water and Fire Meet

Gandanta occurs at the junction between a water sign and a fire sign. Water and fire are incompatible. Gandanta takes place close to the cusps, in the last degree of a water sign and in the first degree of a fire sign. Many Vedic astrologers consider the last 48 seconds of a water sign and the first 48 seconds of a fire sign to be the effective Gandanta Zone.

Jupiter is in Gandanta Three Times During 2019

Water and fire have different expressions. When a planet crosses Gandanta for longer periods of time the entwined energy of water and fire  can give a sense of unpredictability.

During 2017 Saturn was in Gandanta for many months. This year Jupiter transits the same gandanta zone between Scorpio and Sagittarius. He will temporarily move into Sagittarius on March 29th and he retrogrades back to Scorpio on April 22nd. He ends his transit in Scorpio and continues his transit in the sign of Sagittarius on November 4th .

Jupiter is in Gandanta zone between Scorpio/Sagittarius:    

  • March 15th  – May 6th 2019
  • and October 31st – November 8th 2019

Physical Characteristics of Jupiter

Jupiter is the largest planet in our solar system. This king of planets is eleven times larger than the earth in diameter. And his volume is enormous. All the other planets in our solar system could easily fit inside him. In spite of his size, Jupiter spins faster than any other planet. His day is only 10 hours long.

Astrologically, we enter a new Jupiter cycle every twelve years which corresponds with the length of time in takes Jupiter to orbit the Sun.

What is the Role of Jupiter?

Jupiter has a big impact wherever he is placed in the astrological chart. He can enlarge, exaggerate and expand. Fortunately, his energy is benevolent and the areas he expands are often to our benefit. His true purpose is to remove darkness and to bring the light of knowledge and wisdom.   

Jupiter is the guide, the counselor and the teacher. He represents truth and dharma.

The Warrior and The Healer

If your Vedic rising sign, Sun or Moon are in Pisces or Sagittarius you will be more sensitive to Jupiter’s Gandanta. Sagittarius also has Saturn and Ketu slowly transiting which puts a serious focus on this sign.

In the fire sign, Sagittarius we find a warrior with an enthusiasm for truth and dharma.  A warrior needs guidance and the ruling planet Jupiter makes Sagittarius a good sign for teachers, advisors and counselors. Sagittarius loves adventure, discovery and travel. This is a philosophical sign bent on understanding truth. Sagittarius governs law, religion, higher education and philosophy.

In the water sign of Pisces we find an intuitive explorer who like traveling to foreign and unknown territory.This is the truth seeker who wants to unravel the mysteries of this universe. Pisces manifest healing, connection and spirituality.

Saturn and Ketu Conjunction in Sagittarius

Ketu has joined Saturn this month (March 2019) in Sagittarius. Their long and close conjunction during this year is unprecedented in modern times; an indication that this a time of karmic correction.

Jupiter governs Sagittarius and naturally we look for Jupiter’s counsel, guidance, and advice.

Jupiter in Scorpio

Jupiter is transiting Scorpio for the most of 2019. (Read about Jupiter’s transit in Scorpio here)

Jupiter is busy with investigation and deep examination in Scorpio and Jupiter’s long stay in Gandanta reveals a time of uncertainty.

In addition to being Gandanta, Jupiter will also retrograde between April 10th and August 11th. This suggests a need to slow down and connect with the past.

Spiritual Growth

Ketu is co-ruler of Scorpio, which is the sign Jupiter is transiting. At the same time, Ketu is transiting Sagittarius, a sign ruled by Jupiter. This exchange between the two planetary rulers creates a bond between Ketu and Jupiter. This bond continues while Jupiter is in Sagittarius as they will both be in the same sign.

A Gandanta Jupiter gives us opportunities for spiritual growth. During this time it is good to strengthen the current connection between Ketu and Jupiter. The following suggestions lend themselves well to the Ketu/Jupiter energy:

  1. Ketu is a planet that likes to withdraw from too much worldly involvement. Since there is a natural inclination to go within, it is good to to spend time in nature and interiorize your consciousness through meditation.
  2. While Ketu and Jupiter are exchanging signs, it is a good opportunity to develop intuition, inner wisdom, and find answers to your questions within yourself.
  3. Jupiter loves knowledge, and Ketu is connected to the past and ancient wisdom. This is a good period to study topics like history, genealogy, spirituality, philosophy, astrology, and astronomy.
  4. Travel for spiritual purposes is an expression of Jupiter. Take the opportunity to go on a pilgrimage.
  5. To increase your receptivity to a positive Jupiter/Ketu energy, you can do mantras for Jupiter, the Guru and Ganesha.

“Spiritual progress consists not in actually achieving anything, but in simply removing the distortions that obscure the nature of reality.”
–Swami Kriyananda in The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita

Jupiter Dates to Remember:

  • March 15th – May 6th Jupiter is Gandanta
  • March 29th – April 22nd Jupiter in Sagittarius
  • April 10th – August 11th Jupiter Retrograde
  • April 22nd – November 4th Jupiter in Scorpio
  • October 31st – November 8th Jupiter in Gandanta
  • November 4th – 20th, 2020 Jupiter in Sagittarius    

Many Blessings,

Astrological Highlights: March 2019

March 2019 is setting the tone for an interesting and quite unstable rest of the year. This month is eventful astrologically with lots of movement. Rahu and Ketu move into new signs, Jupiter is in Gandanta and will move into Sagittarius for a short time, and Mercury goes retrograde.

Mercury retrograde March 5 – March 28

March 5th and 6th are especially eventful days. Mercury will be retrograde between March 5th and March 28th. After a busy period, this intellectual planet Mercury needs to slow down in order to integrate new information, and to reflect over the future. It is a complex time for Mercury and his ruling signs Gemini and Virgo also feel it.

Mercury debilitated in Pisces until March 14

Mercury is debilitated in Pisces and does not think very rationally when in this sensitive and intuitive sign. In addition to the debilitation, Mercury is also retrograde after March 5th. It is good to think twice before making decisions now, Mercury does not think very practically during this time.

Mercury in Aquarius March 14 – April 11

On March 14th, Mercury moves back to Aquarius. He previously travelled very quickly through this sign and returns again to readdress and rethink his humanitarian and political agenda.

There is an affinity between Aquarius and Gemini now because Mercury in Aquarius exchanges signs with Rahu in Gemini. Rahu co-rules Aquarius. This is good for unusual and innovative thinking and science.

Mercury turns direct and begins his journey towards Pisces on March 28th. By April 11th Mercury is back in Pisces again. Mercury is now direct and remains in Pisces until May 3rd.

New Moon in Aquarius

A New Moon takes place in Aquarius, Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra, on March 6th. Purva Bhadrapada indicates that we seek  answers to difficult questions.

Rahu in Gemini and Ketu in Sagittarius

Rahu moves into Gemini and Ketu moves into Sagittarius on March 6th.

It is a big astrological event for the lunar nodes to change signs. Read more about the effect of Rahu and Ketu’s new positions have on 2019 and 2020.

Rahu in Gemini can indicates expansion and creativity in areas of science and communication. Because Saturn is opposite Rahu throughout the year there will also be challenges. Rahu and Saturn are first rate malefics.

Ketu moves to the nakshatra Uttara Ashadha on March 6 and stays in this nakshatra until May 8th. After May 8th and for the remainder of 2019 Ketu will be in the Purva Ashadha nakshatra in close conjunction with Saturn. Uttara Ashadha indicates that which cannot be suppressed. Ketu’s conjunction with Pluto in early spring indicate a powerful and deep transformation.

Jupiter in Scorpio and Sagittarius

Jupiter is transiting Scorpio until November this year. But this month Jupiter moves briefly into Sagittarius, between March 29th and April 22nd. Jupiter is in Gandanta between March 15th and May 6th and Jupiter moves retrograde from April 10th.

Stay tuned for a new blog post next week about Jupiter’s role in 2019.

Dates to Remember:

  • March 6th   New Moon in Aquarius 21’
  • March 6th  – Sept 11 Rahu in Gemini, Punarvasu
  • March 6th  – May 8th Rahu Vargottama Gemini Pada
  • March 6th  – May 8th  Ketu in Sagittarius,  Uttara Ashadha
  • March 5th – March 28th   Mercury retrograde 5’25” Pisces – Aqu 22’
  • March 14   Mercury R Aquarius
  • March 28th  Mercury Direct Aquarius 22’
  • March 14th – Apr 14th Sun in Pisces
  • March 20   Full Moon in Virgo,  6’ Uttara Phalguni
  • March 15th –  May 6th Jupiter Gandanta,
  • March 29 –  Apr 22 Jupiter in Sagittarius,  Mula Nakshatra


Transformation and Liberation: The Power of Rahu & Ketu in 2019

Rahu and Ketu in 2019

Rahu and Ketu have a strong impact on us collectively and as individuals. Rahu and Ketu move into new signs on March 6th where they will stay for the next eighteen months. How will the transforming power of these shadow planets affect us during their stay in Gemini and Sagittarius?

Rahu and Ketu – Shadow Planets

Rahu and Ketu are always opposite one another. Because they always move retrograde, they move through the signs in the opposite direction of the other planets.

The nodes are points where the orbit of the Moon meets the plane of the Sun and the earth. Rahu is the north node because its shadow falls north of the equator. Ketu, the south node, is the shadow south of the equator. These junction points are also places where eclipses can occur.

The effect of Rahu and Ketu

Rahu and Ketu are also referred to as the karmic axis. These shadow planets have a strong impact on us collectively and also as individuals. Rahu represents the desires that we wish to fulfill, and our attraction to new experiences.  

Ketu is the complete opposite of Rahu. Through the influence of Ketu we can experience a sense of disinterest and disappointment with material life. Through Ketu we know that the material life will not satisfy us in the end. Ketu represents change, liberation, loss and the letting go of desires. Ketu can make us interested in the intangible.

Thus we see a cosmic reality in the transits of the nodes; the manifestation of new desires and the liberation, the letting go, or loss, of old ones.

Rahu leaves Cancer

Rahu’s element is air and Rahu has stirred up some storms passing through the water sign of Cancer. The Moon’s rulership of Cancer makes matters related to home, family, security and feelings important. Many scandals have emerged. Women have gained strength. Politics around immigration, security, and health have had a big impact on society as a whole.

Ketu leaves Capricorn

Capricorns have a strong sense for organization and structure. During Ketu’s transit in Capricorn many have experienced uncertainty, doubt and upheaval regarding organization and infrastructure.

Rahu enters Gemini  

Rahu moves into Gemini on March 6th and will stay in Gemini until September 22nd, 2020. Rahu can express unusual and innovative thinking. He does well in Gemini; a sign of diversity and communication. However, for the remainder of this year Rahu in Gemini will experience a close opposition from Saturn in Sagittarius.

Rahu is larger than life, he makes everything grow. With Rahu in Gemini things such as smartphones, internet and computer science are likely to continue to advance way beyond their present development. Rahu is at the cutting edge of science and technology, artificial intelligence, and can revolutionize life as we know it.

Rahu can also be toxic. He can induce fear and cause us to feel ungrounded. We will need to watch out for secret foreign interference and the manipulation and theft of private information. It is more important now than ever to protect our computers.

Ketu joins Saturn in Sagittarius

Ketu enters the sign of Sagittarius on March 6th. Ketu moves retrograde from Capricorn into the last degrees of Sagittarius and begins his eighteen month journey through Sagittarius. Ketu is in the nakshatra Uttara Ashadha until May 8th.

Uttara Ashadha indicates that which cannot be suppressed. Ketu is the liberator of past karma and this gives victory to people who have been wronged in the past.

During the entire transit in Sagittarius, Ketu will stay very close to Saturn. This is especially true after May 8th when Ketu will join Saturn in the nakshatra of Purva Ashadha. Ketu and Saturn will stay very close together for the remainder of the year in Purva Ashadha. Such a long lasting close conjunction between Ketu and Saturn is unprecedented in modern times.

Purva Ashadha also indicates that which cannot be suppressed. “Ashadha” means “not subdued”. The Deity connected to this nakshatra is Apas, the Water God. Water has the power to cleanse and purify when it flows freely.

Sagittarius wants to pursue dharma and higher knowledge. Jupiter rules this sign and Jupiter represent laws, higher education and religion. The close Saturn/Ketu conjunction indicates karmic cleansing in areas such as organized religion, law, legal systems and education.

In Sagittarius we find the warrior fighting for righteousness and truth. But the negative side of Purva Ashadha is self-righteousness, fanatical beliefs, extremism and prejudice.

Saturn is a planet governing karmic retribution and Ketu is the past. Wrongdoings of the past can be difficult to face and are shaking the foundations of the world as we know it.

How do we live with these complex transits? Here are some suggestions:

  • Live simply!  
  • Keep your outer and inner environment clean: keep a clean diet, refrain from gossip.
  • Express yourself from the heart.
  • Organize your home and your work environment.
  • Declutter, let go of things you don’t need. As Marie Condo would say, “ ask yourself: Does this spark joy?” If not, let it go or give it away.

Dates to Remember: Rahu & Ketu in 2019

  • March 6th  – Sept 11 Rahu in Gemini, Punarvasu nakshatra
  • March 6th  – May 8th  Ketu in Sagittarius,  Uttara Ashadha nakshatra
  • April 22nd – Sept 19th  Saturn Retrograde in Purva Ashadha nakshatra
  • May 8th – Dec 26th   Ketu joins Saturn in Purva Ashadha
  • June 13 – June 15th   Mars / Rahu conjunction exact 24’ Gemini
  • June 13 – June 15th   Saturn / Ketu opposition exact 24’ Sagittarius
  • July 2nd     Total Solar eclipse 16’30” Gemini
  • July 16th    Partial lunar eclipse
  • Sep 11th – May 19th, 2020     Rahu in Ardra Nakshatra
  • Dec 25th 2019   Annular Solar eclipse



Astrological Highlights: February 2019

During February, Mars is powerful in Aries, Venus expresses caution with Saturn, and Mercury is busy transiting through three signs.

An Assertive Mars

On February 5th, Mars moves into Aries. Mars is energetic, assertive and headstrong in this sign that he rules. This is a good position for initiating projects and for doing physical exercise and sports.

For Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn ascendants the transit of Mars in Aries gives ruchaka yoga. This yoga will strengthen the qualities of Mars- energy, courage and independence.

Unfortunately, Mars will lose the positive connection he had with Jupiter while he was transiting Pisces. This means that Mars can be more impulsive, self willed and less inclined to follow the wisdom offered by Jupiter. Instead he will join Uranus when he transits Aries. Their conjunction is exact on February 13th. This will increase the desire for independence and freedom which, if carried to an extreme, can lead to revolution. There is a greater risk for irrational or impulsive action.

Mars stays in Aries until March 22nd.


Venus, on the other hand, is more restrictive this month because the planet travels with Saturn in Sagittarius until February 24th. Their conjunction is exact on February 18th at 22 degrees Sagittarius.

The energy of Venus conjunct with Saturn is disciplined and serious. We may need to take a deeper look at our values and at that which we appreciate in our lives.

Their conjunction can cause restriction in romantic relationships. Sometimes relationships go through separation during a Saturn/Venus transit.

However, a Saturn/Venus conjunction can also manifest a permanent, or long lasting, relationship. This combination can be good for making the ideals of Venus more concrete, although this will not happen without work and effort. A Venus and Saturn combination is good for work emphasizing art, structure and design.


Mercury is quick by nature and moves quite fast through the zodiac. He connects with three signs this month. Mercury begins the month in Capricorn and moves to Aquarius on February 6th. After the 24th, he will transit in Pisces.

Communication and information come especially quickly to us during this time. This can manifest as news giving us a lot to digest every day.

Once Mercury reaches Pisces, he will make a longer stay. He will not leave Pisces until May 3rd. The is because he is retrograde between March 5th to March 28th. Mercury may need to catch up and to work things out during this time. He will also return to Aquarius during his retrograde.

Dates to Remember:

  • Feb 4th    New Moon 21’ Capricorn
  • Feb 5th – March 22  Mars in Aries
  • Feb 6th – Feb 24th  Mercury in Aquarius
  • Feb 12th –  March 14th Sun in Aquarius
  • Feb  17th  Venus / Saturn conjunction  22’ in Sagittarius
  • Feb 19th    Full Moon in Leo 6’
  • Feb 24th – May 3rd  Mercury in Pisces
  • Feb 25th – March 21st  Venus in Capricorn



Astrological Highlights: January 2019

As we come into January 2019, we find a great deal of instability in the world and the planetary energies are complex. Many nations are divided on important issues. The US enters 2019 during a government shutdown. Great Britain is divided regarding Brexit. Countries all around the globe also feel pressure. When unpredictability is such a big part of our reality it’s helpful to examine the planet Uranus.

Uranus Reveals Instability

Uranus helps us understand some of the instability we see in the world right now. Uranus is an outer planet and is not traditionally included in the nine planets used in Vedic Astrology. However, Neo Vedic Astrology includes the outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

Uranus is rebellious. At its best Uranus will express uniqueness, new thought and innovation. An expansive Uranus can revolutionize our lives in positive ways. But when challenged, this planet manifests an instability that can potentially lead us into chaos.

Uranus is currently retrograde and has stationed at 4 degrees Aries (sidereal astrology). A retrograde Uranus makes it harder to restrain the erratic and impulsive qualities of this planet. When Great Britain voted for Brexit back in April 2016, Uranus was in Gandanta between Pisces and Aries, which gave an indication that uncertainty and turmoil would follow the decision.

Uranus is currently in a difficult aspect to the karmic axis (the two lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu). This puts pressure on some of the deep karmic issues that the world is grappling with today: migration, immigration, security, and the challenges and breaking downs of institutions and democratic processes.

In the natal chart of President Trump, the Sun is close to both Rahu and Uranus in his 10th house. This is a house that shows the impact of our actions on the world. His time as a president of the United States reflects a similar unpredictable and impulsive pattern.

After January 6th, Uranus goes direct again and will very slowly move away from the close and challenging aspect to each of the Lunar nodes.

Two Eclipses

Almost at the same time as Uranus turns direct, a partial solar eclipse will occur on January 5th. The new Moon is in Sagittarius. The eclipse can be seen in East Asia and the Pacific.

An eclipse reflects change. In the United States a newly elected congress will be seated on January 3rd.

A total lunar eclipse takes place during the full Moon on January 21st.
It occurs in Cancer in Pushya nakshatra. During the time between the two eclipses (approximately two weeks) we often experience more emotional and restless energy than normal.

Cancer is a water sign and the eclipse can be seen from many oceans: The Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean and the Arctic. It is also seen in North- and South America, parts of Europe and Africa.

Cancer is a sign expressing strong sentiment, a need for security and will often exhibit care for the environment. The eclipse has a potential for bringing out strong emotions and events related to water.

Sun / Saturn conjunction

The Sun and Saturn are both in Sagittarius and reveal a conflict between Leadership and Government. The Sun feels restricted by Saturn, but the conjunction also favors hard work. We may need to shoulder more personal responsibility during this transit.
The Sun stays in Sagittarius until January 14th.

Mercury in Sagittarius and Capricorn

Mercury came into Sagittarius on the last day of 2018 and will stay in this sign until January 20th. Mercury joins the Sun and Saturn in Sagittarius and is also involved in the solar eclipse on January 5th.

Mercury expresses intellect, communication and is also a planet involved in trade and commerce. Mercury is under stress while in Sagittarius with the fighting Sun and Saturn and especially during the solar eclipse on January 5th. This stress can indicate challenges for the Mercury ruled signs of Gemini and Virgo.

Mercury will be in Capricorn between January 20th and February 6th.

Venus in Scorpio

Venus ends its long stay in Libra and transits through Scorpio between January 1st and January 29th.

Scorpio is already graced by the presence of Jupiter and Scorpio now has two benefic planets in its sign. This is helpful for Scorpio. Both Venus and Jupiter act as counsellors and guides but in slightly different ways. Venus can guide us to express earthly and material desires in good and dharmic ways and Jupiter wants us to develop knowledge and wisdom. Scorpio is transformative and there may be some disagreement between Venus and Jupiter in how we shall transform and change.

When Venus moves to Sagittarius on January 29th it will be in Gandanta between Scorpio and Sagittarius. The energy of Venus is disturbed on this day as it leaves a water sign and moves into a fire sign.

Jupiter in Scorpio aspects Mars (the ruler of Scorpio) and Mars transits Pisces (a sign ruled by Jupiter). Mars and Jupiter are in each others signs which is strengthening and supportive for both planets.

I hope that your New Year resolutions, and your actions, will be guided by the knowledge and wisdom of Jupiter!

“In the garden of the New Year culture the seeds of well-planned new activities until they grow into fragrant flowering plants of diverse successes. Let every day in the New Year become a step upward on the ladder of your Self-realization.”

–Paramhansa Yogananda


Dates to Remember:

Dec 31st – Jan 20th Mercury in Sagittarius
Jan 1st – Jan 29th Venus in Scorpio
Jan 5th Partial Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius
Jan 6th Uranus moves direct
Jan 15th – Feb 12th Sun in Capricorn
Jan 20th – Feb 6th Mercury in Capricorn
Jan 21st Total Lunar eclipse in Cancer
Jan 30th Venus in Capricorn



Astrological Highlights: December 2018

December – A month of transformation

The Sun, Jupiter and Mercury are in Scorpio as we enter December and approach a new year. Scorpio is a sign of transformation and change.

If your rising sign, Sun or Moon is in Scorpio, this could be a busy time. Perhaps you have things to sort out, especially in the beginning of the month when Mercury is retrograde. Mercury retrograde in Scorpio is favorable for reflecting on the past. Maybe it is time to put something to rest.

Mercury turns direct on December 6th

Communication becomes more clear and misunderstandings can more easily be avoided after Mercury has turned direct on December 6th.

New Moon on December 7th

It is a good to sow the seed of something new during a new Moon. It is natural for plans to take form when the Moon is waxing and increasing in strength.

The New Moon occurs in Scorpio in Jyeshta Nakshatra on December 7th.

Jyeshta is a powerful nakshatra situated at the end of Scorpio. It is also a Gandanta nakshatra. Planets transiting here are preparing for change.

Sun in Sagittarius

The Sun moves through the Gandanta position between Scorpio and Sagittarius on December 14th and 15th.

The Sun will join Saturn and Pluto in Sagittarius between December 15th and January 14th. This is a time when the Sun struggles for light and power.

Winter Solstice on December 21st

The shortest day of the year occurs on December 21st, but we will experience the light of a full moon on December 22nd. This is also a good time to find one’s own inner light and to experience the deeper message of Christmas.

Mars in Pisces

Mars moves into Pisces on December 23rd. Mars is happy in Pisces and Jupiter shines his positive light on Mars from Scorpio. Mars transits Jupiter’s sign Pisces and Jupiter transits Scorpio ruled by Mars. This exchange of signs benefits both planets.

Venus in Libra

Venus is still in Libra and contributes to harmony during this last month of the year. Venus stays in Libra throughout December.

Wishing you a Peaceful Christmas!


Dates to remember:

  • 12/6/18  New Moon at 21 degrees Scorpio, Jyeshta nakshatra   
  • 12/6/18  Mercury direct in Scorpio
  • 12/15/18-1/14/19 Sun in Sagittarius
  • 12/21/18  Winter solstice  
  • 12/21/18   Mercury/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio
  • 12/22/18  Full Moon in Gemini
  • 12/23/18-2/05/19  Mars in Pisces – exchanges sign with Jupiter


Astrological Highlights: November 2018

Vedic Astrology November 2018

This November Mars will finally move into a new sign, Venus goes direct again and Saturn moves into a different Nakshatra, Purva Ashadha.

Mars Moves to Aquarius

Mars and Ketu have both been in Capricorn for several months now and, due to Mars having spent some time in retrograde, three conjunctions have taken place between them. This has caused an intense activity, some due to intense weather and other natural catastrophes. We have also experienced many heated political events and much senseless violence.   

Mars is at the peak of his strength on November 2nd and 3rd at 28 degrees Capricorn. This is his degree of exaltation in the sky.

On November 6th Mars moves into Aquarius. Aquarius is a humanitarian sign and even though Mars is no longer together with feisty Ketu we will likely continue to see heated discussions in world politics. More people may also become actively involved in political, humanitarian and environmental efforts.

Jupiter, Mercury and Sun in Scorpio

Some attention needs to be given to what might happen after November 16th. The Sun joins Jupiter and Mercury in Scorpio on this day.  Mercury turns retrograde in Scorpio and Venus moves direct in Libra, also on November 16th. We will likely see some change and reform taking place during this time.

On November 27th this energy is more pronounced when the Sun /Jupiter/ Mercury (R) are in an exact conjunction at 10 degrees Scorpio.

Saturn Moves to Purva Ashadha

On the same day, November 27th, Saturn moves into a different Nakshatra: Purva Ashadha. Purva Ashadha is energizing and tries to separate what is beneficial and useful from that which is not. The shadow side of Purva Ashadha deals with elitism and self-righteousness.

If you have your rising sign, Sun or Moon in Scorpio you have an increased opportunity to make positive personal changes this month.

Libra, Capricorn, Aries and Cancer will have a strong, positive Venus after November 16th when Venus is direct again. This is a time when relationships can prosper.

Dates to Remember:

(based on PST)

  • Nov 2 – 3: Mars at the point of his exaltation:  28 degrees Capricorn
  • Nov 6th – Dec 23rd: Mars in Aquarius
  • Nov 7th: New Moon in Libra
  • Nov 16th: Venus moves direct again in Libra
  • Nov 16th – Dec 6th: Mercury retrograde
  • Nov 16th – Dec 15th: Sun moves into Scorpio
  • Nov 22nd: Full Moon in Taurus
  • Nov 26th – Nov 27th: Sun/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio
  • Nov 27th: Sun/Mercury (R)  conjunction
  • Nov 27th: Saturn in Purva Ashadha nakshatra


Astrological Highlights: October 2018

Vedic Astrology October 2018 - Northern Lights Vedic

This October Jupiter moves into the sign of Scorpio and Venus goes retrograde.

Jupiter transits Scorpio October 11, 2018 to November 2019

Jupiter is transiting Scorpio for over a year beginning on October 11.

Scorpions (the symbol for Scorpio) are hard to see. They quietly blend in with their environment or hide underground.

People with major planets in Scorpio tend to be quiet and shy on the outside, but have a lot going on inside. They are private, examining and intense.  

Scorpions go places where nobody else goes: Caves, caverns, holes in the ground. They hide under rocks, logs or they quietly rest on trees or walls.

People with Jupiter in the sign of Scorpio are not afraid to explore. They can turn over rocks in order to examine what is hiding underneath. They do not back away from dark and creepy places if they have a reason for going there. They delve into the unknown.

They can become investigators, researchers, psychologists, spies, athletes, astrologers and healers. They are intuitive. Scorpio is a sign of deep transformation.

Scorpio is a water sign. In Scorpio the feelings are deep. Jupiter does well in water signs. He governs Pisces, is exalted in Cancer, and comfortable in Scorpio. While transiting Scorpio from October 11, 2018 to November 2019, Jupiter casts his favorable aspects on the other two water signs as well.

Hidden Knowledge

Jupiter wants to increase our knowledge. In Scorpio, Jupiter can reveal the things that people are unwilling to face, have forgotten, or simply didn’t know about. An assessment of truth is essential in order to restore and heal.

Rahu, the north node of the Moon, has been transiting Cancer since September 2017. Rahu is of the air element and very volatile. His transit through Cancer is causing many storms. Some storms are weather related and sometimes the storms are emotional reactions to current events.

Knowledge brings healing

Jupiter’s favorable aspect on Cancer from Scorpio will add some knowledge to events which Rahu has already manifested. Rahu in Cancer has brought many scandals regarding sexual abuse and the abuse of power. Jupiter in Scorpio can bring knowledge and healing around trauma. More scandals will continue to surface in regards to abuse of power. Jupiter in Scorpio can aid a healing process by increasing our awareness.

Compassion and Spirituality

Jupiter and the influence of the water signs can bring more awareness and compassion to the plight of others. Empathy is a quality is much needed in the world.


Scorpio governs the twelfth house in the chart of the United States, a house that governs expenses. Jupiter has expansive energy. A negative expression of Jupiter’s expansive energy is inflation. With Jupiter in the twelfth house the risk of inflation is real.

Transformation and Healing

Life is a process of transformation and change. We are born on this earth and we will all experience death one day. During this process we experience and adjust to the different stages of life. The eighth sign Scorpio, as well as the eighth house, expresses transformation and change. It is also a place of regeneration and healing. We want to keep ourselves fit so that we can live longer and healthier lives.

The energy of Jupiter in Scorpio lends itself well to health and  healing. Exercise, movement, yoga, astrology, physical therapy and massage, will benefit by Jupiter’s influence. It is also good for psychological healing.

Jupiter counsels which makes this transit a good time for receiving advice, counseling, and diagnoses from experts and professionals.

Dates to remember

Oct 5th to Nov 16th     Venus is retrograde

Oct 8th                          New Moon in Virgo

Oct 11th to Nov 2019  Jupiter in Scorpio

Oct 17th                        Sun in Libra

Oct 24th                       Full Moon in Aries



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