Astrological Highlights: February 2016

Vedic Astrology February 2016 | Northern Lights Vedic


The planetary configurations being formed this month are unusual and complex. Their influence will greatly impact the year.

Jupiter / Rahu conjunction from January 2016 to August 2016

Since Jupiter is currently retrograde and Rahu always moves in retrograde motion, the two planets will stay close together for some time. Both Rahu and Jupiter have an expansive nature, although Rahu is never really fully satisfied with his accomplishments. He is ambitious and always wants more. When he is with Jupiter he may want more wealth. In the sign of Leo (where both planets are transiting) he may want more power.

Jupiter does well in Leo, the sign of his good friend the Sun. Jupiter’s influence on Leo is benefic and Leos will often experience a great deal of creative energy and a good sense of direction under Jupiter’s benevolent guidance. However, Rahu can bring out a different side of Jupiter. While under the influence of Rahu, Jupiter tends to move away from what is traditional and pure in order to favor alternative ideas and new concepts. Rahu is the unconventional, out-of-the-box thinker. Rahu can also be obsessive. This combination can bring out fanatical beliefs or an obsession with money. Rahu can darken Jupiter’s light,  with a possibility of confusion, manipulation and overexpansion. Saturn’s aspect on the conjunction may contribute to fear, instead of the sense of hope that Jupiter normally brings.

Leos may have a desire for new experiences during this time and may want to learn and experience something that is out of the ordinary. Rahu and Jupiter stay together until August  when Jupiter moves into Virgo.

Mars / Saturn conjunction from February 20th to September 18th, 2016

Mars enters his own sign of Scorpio in February and will stay in this sign for 8 months. Mars is strong in a sign that he rules, but he is not alone in Scorpio. Saturn is there as well and Saturn has been in Scorpio for some time now. The fast and energetic nature of Mars is deeply disturbing to Saturn who wants security and stability more than anything. Stability is hard to find at this time and Saturn is not comfortable when foundations and values are shifting, and his sense of control is threatened. Deep rooted fears can surface at this time, most likely because of a feeling of lack of security and stability.

Scorpios could be busy and have the ability to work hard at this time. Their work can be expansive but they need to cultivate patience and discipline. This is because they are feeling blocked and restricted in their efforts by the cautious and slow moving Saturn.

Increasing Polarization

The gun control debate in the United States is a good example of the differences in the energies expressed by Mars and Saturn. Many Americans feel strongly that they have a deep rooted right to bear arms and to have the ability to defend oneself (Mars). Yet, with so many incidents of violent shootings many people are beginning to insist on regulations and control in regards to the selling of weapons (Saturn). One might think that the two opinions could meet (maybe those who want to preserve the right to bear arms could accept some control and regulation) but it seems agreements are hard to make and that polarization is increasing.

This polarization is further emphasized by the new positions of the karmic nodes of Rahu and Ketu. Mars and Saturn in Scorpio both cast their individual aspects on the nodes. Mars aspects Ketu in Aquarius and Saturn aspects Rahu/Jupiter in Leo. The signs involved (Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) are fixed signs and this also points to an unwillingness to give in or to change one’s opinions.

The planetary energies at this time are unusual and complex. The planets are entwined with one another. For instance Saturn and Rahu are both rulers of Aquarius.  Mars and Ketu both rule Scorpio. The aspect of Mars on Ketu indicates sudden and unexpected events. Both Mars and Ketu are planets that can act suddenly and unexpectedly.

Ketu also has a strong connection with Saturn because Ketu is in a sign ruled by Saturn and Saturn is in a sign that is co-ruled by Ketu. This establishes a strong connection between the two planets.

Sun enters Aquarius on February 13th

On February 13th the Sun, ruler of Leo, joins Ketu in the sign of Aquarius adding to the complexity of the planetary configurations during this time. Next month on March 8th there will be a full Solar eclipse in Aquarius. Ketu has the power to overcome the light of the Sun. An eclipse often represents a change. With six planets in Aquarius (including Neptune) at this time, the change could involve humanitarian needs.

A great deal of focus will continue to be on the fixed signs. Rahu/Jupiter in Leo have a focus on power, leadership, and wealth. Aquarius is a sign of humanitarian and social consciousness. Ketu and the planets in Aquarius have a focus on people at large, on the refugees and the homeless, and finally Mars/Saturn in Scorpio have a focus on change and transformation.

We have some eventful months ahead of us with many changes taking place in the world. May the light, peace and wisdom prevail.

February, 2016 Dates to Remember:

  • Close conjunction of Jupiter and Rahu all month
  • Mercury enters Capricorn on February 8th
  • Venus enters Capricorn on February 12th
  • New Moon in Capricorn on February 8th
  • Sun enters Aquarius on February 13th
  • Mars enters Scorpio on February 20th
  • Full Moon in Leo on February 22nd




Astrological Highlights: January 2016

2015 has been an eventful year and many of the issues that have emerged during this past year are still unresolved. As we enter 2016  Mercury and Jupiter are both turning retrograde. A planet that shifts into retrograde will slow down remarkably and this could be a good time for us to slow down as well. At the beginning of the New Year we benefit from reflection on our goals for the coming year. With two important planets turning retrograde at the same time the energy is especially suitable for introspection and reflection.

Mercury turns retrograde on January 5th and stations at 6 degrees in Capricorn for the first nine days this year. A retrograde Mercury will ask us to be clear and straightforward in our communication in order to avoid misunderstandings. On January 14th Mercury will move back into Sagittarius and Mercury will remain in Sagittarius until February 9th. Mercury in transit through the sign of Sagittarius will have a favorable aspect from Jupiter. If you travel, remember to carefully go over information and schedules, and to be patient in case of delays.  

Jupiter stations in the last degree of Leo and turns retrograde on January 7th. This planet remains in the last two degrees of Leo for the entire month. Jupiter will retrograde in Leo for 123 days, until May 9th, 2016.

Venus is with Saturn, their conjunction is exact on January 8th at 18’ Scorpio. This is also a more inward combination. Venus may feel cautious in personal relationships, or in spending money, during this time. On January 19th Venus will join his friend Mercury in Sagittarius and stay there for the rest of the month, until February 11th.

The biggest astrological event this month is the transit of the lunar nodes into new signs. Rahu and Ketu both stay in a sign for about 18 months. They always travel in a retrograde motion, and are always opposite each other. Rahu and Ketu make their transits into Leo and Aquarius on January 29th. Rahu will be conjunct Jupiter in Leo until  August 11th, when Jupiter leaves Leo and enters the sign of Virgo.

Rahu conjunct Jupiter is known as Guru Chandala Yoga. This conjunction favors thinking outside the box. The combined energy of Rahu and Jupiter is independant and tends to break traditions. Their combination is ambitious, expansive and progressive. This transit of Rahu and Jupiter takes place in Leo and puts a focus on power, creative self-expression and individuality.

The negative sides of their combined transit are manipulation and an inflated sense of ego and power. While Saturn is transiting in Scorpio he aspects the Jupiter/Rahu combination by his 10th house aspect. This puts a serious and limiting influence on Rahu/Jupiter and can indicate deep struggles as well.

Ketu’s transit through Aquarius increases an interest in old and ancient sciences such as Astrology. Intuitive science is favored. Group influences have an importance but there can also be rejection of established and traditional ideologies and thoughts. Aquarius is a humanitarian sign and Ketu has the ability to dissolve old concepts and boundaries.  

A difficult side of Ketu’s transit in Aquarius comes out during the transit of Mars in Scorpio. Mars will aspect Ketu through his 4th house aspect, at the same time as Saturn aspects the Rahu/Jupiter combination in Leo. This can manifest as conflicts and increased violence. Mars will have an unusually long stay in Scorpio: from February 10th to Sept 17th (except for a brief retrograde back to Libra in mid June-July.) More on this next month.

This year has the potential for many changes and much personal growth. I wish you the wisdom to navigate well through the ups and downs of the coming year.

Many Blessings for the New Year!


Dates to remember:

Mercury retrograde on January 5th until January 25th

Mercury retrogrades from Capricorn and into Sagittarius on January 14th

Jupiter Retrograde on January 7th until May 9th in Leo

Saturn/Venus conjunction in Scorpio  (exact on January 8th)

Venus in Sagittarius on January 18th to February 11th

Sun in Capricorn January 14th to February 13th

Rahu transits Leo on January 29th to August 17th, 2017

Rahu conjunct Jupiter until August 11th, 2016

Ketu transits Aquarius on January 29th to August 17th, 2017

Astrological Highlights: December 2015

Vedic Astrology December 2015 - Sun Saturn conjunction

A difficult Sun & Saturn conjunction in Scorpio

In Vedic astrology, the Sun and Saturn are very different in their nature and are therefore considered enemies to one another. The Sun is life giving and powerful, he represents leadership and authority. The Sun in Scorpio has the power to transform and change.

A strong Saturn gives us a sense of security. Saturn expresses authority through hard work, by following correct procedures and regulations and by ensuring that basic foundations and structures are sound. He represents the workers, the people and democracy. When Saturn is weak, or afflicted, our sense of security is threatened and we can experience fear.

As we enter December, the transiting Sun is within one degree of Saturn. The effect of the heat from the Sun can greatly damage a planet that is close to it. Any planet (in this case Saturn) close to the Sun gets “burnt”, an astrological condition called combustion.

United Nations discuss climate change during Sun/Saturn conjunction

It is interesting that on November 30th, leaders from 190 nations begin a two week conference about the effects of global warming. Without restraint, control and regulation (Saturn), the effects of global warming (the Sun) will be disastrous. People (Saturn) all around the world are demonstrating, calling the attention of world leaders (the Sun) to take action before it is too late.

The conference on global warming takes place in Paris, a city that only two weeks ago was the victim of terror attacks. On the day of the attacks, November 13th, the planet Mars was in close conjunction with Rahu. Rahu conjunct Mars can bring out the violent and explosive side of Mars. Rahu and Mars were accompanied by a debilitated Venus in Virgo.

Venus is especially important during this time

Venus has now moved into Libra.The need for Libra’s skills of diplomacy, negotiation skills and cooperation are high at this time. Venus in Libra is surrounded by malefic planetary combinations: Sun/Saturn in Scorpio and Mars/Rahu in Virgo. This puts pressure on the sign of Libra and very high demands on Venus.

Anuradha Nakshatra helps Venus

Venus may have help from the star constellation Anuradha in Scorpio, a nakshatra with negotiation skills. The Sun and Saturn are currently transiting this nakshatra and Saturn will remain in this constellation until December 27th. Just like Venus in Libra, Anuradha can also unite opposites, and it rules over contracts and agreements. The honoring of commitments is important in this nakshatra.

Mercury enters Sagittarius

Mercury, a planet with communication skills, is also in Scorpio in the beginning of December. Mercury will move into Sagittarius on December 6th and will be going through a challenging phase on December 5th and 6th. However, Mercury will be much more settled after that.

New Moon on December 11th

The New Moon takes place in Scorpio on December 11th. The New Moon in Scorpio with Saturn indicates seriousness; a serious mind, struggling to accept a new way of life.

The Sun in Sagittarius

The Sun leaves the sign of Scorpio and moves into Sagittarius on December 16th. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, and Jupiter is in Leo, a sign ruled by the Sun. This exchange of signs is very positive, especially for the Jupiter ruled signs: Sagittarius and Pisces, and also for Leos. During this month long transit of the Sun through Sagittarius there is more hope, optimism and expansion.

A time of change & transformation

The winter solstice takes place on December 21st. Mars leaves Virgo and enters Libra on December 23rd.  Venus moves into Scorpio on December 25th. This exchange of signs between Mars in Libra and Venus in Scorpio suggest some changes and transformation in relationships, partnerships and alliances.

Enjoy the full Moon on Christmas Day!

Dates to Remember: December 2015

  • On December 1st: 
    • Sun/ Saturn/Mercury are in Scorpio
    • Venus is in Libra
    • Mars/Rahu are in Virgo
    • Jupiter is in Leo
  • December 6th: Mercury moves into Sagittarius
  • December 11th:  New Moon in Scorpio
  • December 16th: The Sun moves into Sagitarius (Parivartana yoga with Jupiter)
  • December 23rd: Mars moves into Libra
  • December 25th: Venus moves into Scorpio
  • December 25th:  Full Moon in Gemini
  • December 26th: Mercury moves into Capricorn


Best wishes for a peaceful and blessed Christmas!

Astrological Highlights: November 2015

November 2015 | Vedic AstrologyVenus and Mars are both about to leave the sign of Leo and will together enter Virgo on November 2nd.

Virgos will be busy sorting out their relationships during the time Venus transits in Virgo. In fact, relationship issues are surfacing for the world at large. Rahu, also in Virgo, represents that which is foreign and different, and Rahu is introducing change, a new component that challenges existing values.

Because of the current extraordinary movement and migration of refugees, Europeans are asking themselves if they are ready to accept change, and to what extent. The exact square between practical minded Saturn and idealistic Neptune challenges our ideals, and this is a time when we need to face the practical reality of humanitarian ideals. Will we close the doors to strangers even if they need our help? Being humanitarian and compassionate comes with inevitable challenges and sacrifices.

Another result of the Venus/Mars/Rahu conjunction comes through openly expressing non-traditional relationships. We have recently legalized same-sex marriages in many parts of the United States.

Venus and Mercury are exchanging signs

Mercury, the ruler of Virgo, is currently transiting Libra. This exchange of signs, between Venus in Virgo and Mercury in Libra, strengthens the friendly relationship between these planets. Mercury and the Sun in Libra emphasize the importance of communication, negotiation, diplomacy and reform on both personal and global levels.

Saturn, a planet representing boundaries, continues its transit through Scorpio, a sign of transformation. Borders and boundaries are changing, both on the outside as well as within us.

Sun and Mercury move to Scorpio

On November 16th both the Sun and Mercury will join Saturn in Scorpio. This will end the positive exchange between Venus and Mercury. Scorpio is ruled by Mars and now the exchange is between Mars in Virgo and Mercury in Scorpio.

The second half of November could be challenging for the signs Gemini and Virgo, both ruled by Mercury.  The Sun and Saturn are not friendly towards one another and communication will be intense when Mercury is caught between these planets.

Scorpios may have to work hard during the 2nd part of November with the conjunction of Sun/Saturn/Mercury in its sign. Leos are also influenced by a saturnian influence when Saturn aspects Leo and conjuncts its ruling planet. Leaders and governments will be under pressure, especially when dealing with the inevitable transformation that the world is undergoing.

Venus in Libra

On November 29th Venus moves into Libra. Venus wants to maintain balance and harmony but is pressured because it is surrounded by two great malefics: Mars in Virgo, and Saturn in Scorpio. However, things will look brighter in time to enjoy the Christmas Season when the Sun moves into Sagittarius on December 16th.

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Dates to remember:

  • November 2nd: Venus and Mars enter Virgo
  • Mars/Venus/Rahu conjunction in Virgo
  • November 8th: Venus/Rahu conjunction exact
  • November 11th: Mars/Rahu conjunction exact
  • November 11th: New Moon
  • November 16th: Sun moves into Scorpio
  • November 16th: Mercury moves into Scorpio
  • November 24th: Mercury/Saturn exact
  • November 25th: Full Moon in Taurus
  • November 29th: Sun/Saturn conjunction exact
  • November 29th: Venus moves into Libra

Astrological Highlights: October 2015

Vedic Astrology Forecast October 2015

Much of this month’s planetary activity is centered in the signs of Leo and Virgo.

Leo expresses leadership, power and creativity. Virgo is practical, intellectual and can analyze and organize details.

Planets in Leo

Venus joined Mars and Jupiter in Leo on the last day of September, and all three planets will remain in Leo for the entire month of October. This is empowering for Leo, enhancing creativity and strengthening courage.

Saturn aspects the three planets in Leo from his position in Scorpio. This saturnian influence causes stress that demands attention. In particular, the mutual aspect between Mars and Saturn can manifest violence, frustration and anger. However, Mars is now in the company of two benefic planets, Venus and Jupiter, and both of these planets are capable of guiding Mars in a positive direction. Jupiter can guide Mars to take action in a constructive way. The Mars/Venus combination strengthens creativity and passion.

Planetary war (Graha Yuddha)

By mid-October Jupiter and Mars are coming very close to each other, their conjunction is exact on October 17th. Planets within a degree of one another are said to be in a planetary war (Graha Yuddha). Both planets are fighting to express their nature. Jupiter may try to influence Mars from becoming too assertive, and Mars may ignore Jupiter’s guidance. For a few days before and after Oct 17th, Mars and Jupiter are at war with one another.

On October 25th Jupiter and Venus are in conjunction at 21’ Leo. Both planets are advisors, but on different levels. Venus is said to guide the asuras and Jupiter is the teacher of the Devas. Their conjunction, which is a planetary war, could result in a disagreement, or confusion, in regards to which direction to follow.

On October 31st, Mars and Venus are in a planetary war, and on November 2nd both planets move into Virgo.

Planets in Virgo

united nations meeting - vedic astrologyMercury, the planet of communication and negotiation, remains exalted in Virgo almost the entire month. The Sun, the planet of leadership and power, is also in Virgo along with Rahu, the north node of the Moon.

It is interesting that world leaders (ruled by the Sun), including Putin and Obama, gathered at the United Nations general assembly shortly after the lunar eclipse. Their meeting (connected to Mercury) tackled the refugee issue, terrorism, the crises in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, and Africa.

Mercury is retrograde until October 9th. When this planet stations (temporarily stops) in order to go direct, it will be on the same degree as the position of Rahu.Their conjunction is exact on October 8th to 10th. This will further trigger the effects of the lunar eclipse of September 27th.

A retrograde Mercury rapidly approaching Rahu makes it especially important to double check  technical devices, computers, credit cards, travel arrangements etc. Communication can be misunderstood or manipulated. This may be especially true since this time follows an eclipse. Watch out for miscommunication. On October 11th the Moon will also join Rahu/Mercury/Sun. This can be a time of anxiety and instability. After October 14th, when Mercury is direct again, and is moving away from Rahu, there will be more stability.  

The Sun will move into Libra on October 17th. The Sun is not powerful in Libra, but gives more attention to others, and understands diplomacy better than in any other sign. Mercury follows the Sun and moves into Libra on October 29th.

Dates to remember:

October 8th – 10th:  Mercury conjunct Rahu in Virgo

October 9th: Mercury goes direct in Virgo

October 17th: Jupiter/Mars conjunction in Leo

October 17th: Sun moves into Libra

October 25th: Jupiter/Venus conjunction in Leo

October 29th: Mercury moves into Libra

October 31st: Mars/Venus conjunction in Leo

Peace and blessings,

Astrological Highlights: September 2015

Lunar Eclipse Vedic AstrologySeptember 2015 is an eventful month astrologically. During the second half of September there will be two eclipses. The lunar eclipse on September 27th is especially powerful, lasting over 3 hours with the Moon in total eclipse for over an hour.

Mercury with Rahu in Virgo

On August 22nd, Mercury moved into Virgo (which he rules). Mercury likes this analytical, detail oriented and discriminating earth sign. Mercury is the planet of trade and business. He rules over communication, the intellect and the central nervous system. Although Mercury is comfortable in the sign that he rules, he is currently not alone in Virgo – Rahu is also transiting this sign.

Rahu is the north node of the Moon, and his element is air. Just like the wind, he can create instability. Rahu can, from an astrological point of view, cause a storm. Rahu’s influence on Mercury could be seen on August 24th, after China’s stock market took a nose dive.

The attributes of Mercury are energized while in Virgo. However, the instability of Rahu can also give rise to fear. Together these planets can manifest the nervous excitement that many people experienced around the ups- and downs in the stock market that followed Mercury’s entry into Virgo.

Mercury retrograde

Mercury goes retrograde on September 17th. When Mercury moves direct on October 9th he will be in exact conjunction with Rahu again for several days. Mercury will stay in Virgo until October 29th.

A strong and irritable Mars

Mars leaves his debilitation in Cancer on September 15th. Although much stronger in Leo he is now aspected by Saturn. Furthermore, Mars also aspects Saturn in Scorpio as well as Ketu in Pisces. This combination indicates increased conflicts, violence, and terrorism. Mars will stay in Leo until Nov 2nd.

Rahu and Ketu’s influence on the migration crisis

More than 300,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean this year while trying to escape war and poverty.  The migrant crisis, the biggest wave to hit Europe since world war II, has become a huge problem. Thousands of desperate people have died while crossing the sea and the EU has not yet been able to deal with this migration.

Rahu and Ketu express a deep seated karma from the past that needs to be reconciled with present realities. The Lunar Nodes are important in our individual lives, and they always play a key role in collective mass karma.

The essential meaning of Ketu is associated with material non-attachment and the search for inner enlightenment. Ketu can also be the wanderer who is separated from his material belongings. Today people are wandering in mass, hundreds of thousands are leaving all their possessions behind, in search of meaning and safety.

Ketu is transiting the water sign Pisces. Ketu also represent loss, and thousands of people have lost their lives at sea in search of an unknown future. Ketu aspects Saturn in Scorpio to a close degree and puts demands on Saturn to respond to this situation. Saturn is casting an aspect on Leo,  where currently the Sun and Jupiter are transiting. Leo and the Sun represent leadership and governments, and governments are under pressure due to Saturns aspect on Leo.

Among planets, the shadowy Rahu is the outsider. He represents that which is foreign, foreign lands, immigrants and foreigners. Rahu conjunct Mercury in Virgo, among other things, suggests a necessity to work out practical solutions to humanitarian needs and immigration.

Two eclipses in September

An eclipse happens when the shadow planets Rahu or Ketu pass over the Sun or the Moon. An eclipse brings change and transformation.The awareness of a change, perhaps through the manifestation of an event, can occur very soon after an eclipse. But it can also take months, sometimes even years, to uncover the full consequences of an eclipse.

An eclipse can release forces on a grand scale, affecting many people. It can also influence us on an individual level when we have planets close to the eclipse. The effect will then be related to the expression of that planet. It can also impact the house in which it occurs. The strength of an eclipse depends on how long it lasts, and how visible it is in relation to the geographical place.

If you can avoid it, do not to begin an important undertaking during the time of an eclipse. The day of an eclipse is better suited for reflection, prayer and meditation.

Partial Solar Eclipse

On September 13th there will be a partial solar eclipse. The partial solar eclipse will only be visible from South Africa, Antarctica and locations in Indian and Atlantic Oceans.

The eclipse takes place in the sign of Leo at 26 degrees.

Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon

The fall equinox (Northern hemisphere) takes place on Wednesday September 23rd. This is the time of year when the day and night are equal in length.

The Harvest Moon will be seen in the sky on Sunday, September 27th. A harvest Moon is the full Moon closest to the fall equinox. This year the full Moon on September 27th is the biggest Moon of the year due to its close orbit to the Earth. A larger than normal Moon is called a Super Moon, and it this Super Moon that will be eclipsed.

The lunar eclipse will begin on the evening of September 27th, at 6:50 (PDT) at 10 degrees 35 minutes Pisces. It will last for 3 hours and 20 minutes. The Moon will be totally eclipsed for over an hour and the peak of the eclipse occurs at 7:50 pm (PDT)

The total eclipse will be visible from most of North America, South America, Europe, west Asia and parts of Africa will be able to see the eclipse.

The eclipse involving the Moon and Ketu in Pisces suggests water related incidents. The energy of the Moon and Ketu in Pisces can also, when it has an inward focus, heighten and refine the awareness of our connection with one another, spiritualize our consciousness, and help us to move towards spirit.

Dates to remember:

  • Mercury in Virgo with Rahu all month, Retrogrades Sept 17th to Oct 9th
  • Partial Solar eclipse: Sept 13th
  • Mars enters Leo: Sept 15th
  • Sun enters Virgo: Sept 17th
  • Total Lunar eclipse: Sept 27th



Astrological Update: August 2015

Venus - Vedic AstrologyRetrograde Venus

Venus went retrograde on July 26th and will stay retrograde until September 6th.

A retrograde Venus wants to revisit the past, perhaps by reconnecting to old friends. There may also be a need to reflect on present close relationships. We may want to finish those creative projects that got left behind or re-discover our creative abilities. Venus also rules money and we may need to look more closely at our finances.

Venus will be in exact conjunction with Jupiter on August 4th, at approximately 4 degrees Leo in the star constellation Magha. The higher manifestation of Venus is to express truth and dharma in regards to relationships, creativity and the desire for comfort and prosperity. Jupiter brings expansion, increased knowledge and wisdom. Although Venus and Jupiter both are benefic planets their relationship with each other is not entirely a friendly one. Both planets are creative and expansive and in Leo there is a wish for material power, a desire for comfort and elegance.The problems that can arise with Venus/Jupiter conjunctions is a tendency to over-expand, spend too much and to be unrealistic.

Saturn goes direct

Saturn has Saturn - Vedic Astrologybeen moving retrograde since mid-March and turns direct again on August 2nd. He is now stationed at approximately 4 degrees Scorpio. Saturn will remain at 4 degrees Scorpio for the entire month and is very strong while he is stationary. From his position in Scorpio he is casting a very close 10th house aspect to Venus/Jupiter at 4 degrees Leo. Saturn’s energy has a limiting and restricting effect on the Venus Jupiter conjunction in Leo. Saturn wants us to live simply and within our means.

Mercury joins Jupiter and Venus in Leo on August 4th. Three benefic planets in the same sign will create nice yogas for both Leo and Aquarius. Later in the month Mercury will move into his own sign of Virgo on August 22nd, where he joins Rahu. He will be there until Oct 29th.

Mars debilitated in Cancer

The ruling planet of Scorpio (where Saturn is now) is Mars. Mars is a fiery, hot planet. He is the warrior who likes to use physical energy and strategy. He likes to think logically. During this entire month Mars is in Cancer which is his least favorite sign — he is not comfortable in this feeling oriented water sign where he becomes emotional. Because of his hot nature he can bring the water to a boil when he gets frustrated or angry. One expression of this might be emotional reactions to financial restrictions and cut backs.

Venus retrogrades back into Cancer

Venus retrogrades back into Cancer on August 13th and will once again be going through the Gandanta position at the Cancer/Leo conjunction. Gandanta is the transition point between a water and fire sign and has turbulent energy.

It was during the recent transit of Venus in Gandanta on July 4th, that Greece decided to vote “no” on further cut backs in order to meet their financial obligations. Venus governs finances as well as relationships. A tumultuous few days followed regarding future directions not only for Greece but for the entire Euro Zone.

Venus will join Mars in Cancer. Cancer is an imaginative sign and a good use of the Venus/Mars energy is to express creatively, for instance through writing, acting, drama or painting. Cancer nurtures family life and we may enjoy spending time with family and friends provided that w stay away from family conflicts though, remember that Mars can get angry and argumentative.

The Sun moves through gandanta and enters Leo on August 17th midnight (PDT). The Sun will also be in Magha nakshatra until August 31st.  The Sun in Magha expresses a powerful and dynamic energy, but the influence of a powerful Saturn aspecting Leo can also indicate power struggles.

Adhi Yoga benefits those with Aquarius Moon

This is a good period for those with an Aquarius Moon which has a positive Adhi Yoga between August 23rd and October 1st. Adhi Yoga occurs when three benefic planets: Mercury, Venus and Jupiter, are positioned in the sixth,seventh and eighth houses from the Moon.

Astrological dates to remember:
August 2015

  • Mars in Cancer throughout the month
  • August 2nd: Saturn goes direct and is stationed at approximately 4 degrees Scorpio
  • August 4th: Jupiter and Venus conjunction at approximately 4 degrees Leo
  • August 4th: Mercury gandanta and moves into Leo
  • August 13th: Venus retrograde into Cancer
  • August 17th: Sun gandanta and moves into Leo
  • August 23rd: Mercury goes into Virgo



Astrological Update: July 2015

As we enter July we can see the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the night sky. The two planets are so close – less than a degree apart – that they look like a double star. We will experience two more Venus/Jupiter conjunctions this year: On August 4th and on October 25th, both in Leo.  It has been pointed out that the current string of Venus/Jupiter conjunctions closely resembles a similar series between the year 3 and 2 BC.  It has also been suggested that it was this joint appearance of Venus and Jupiter that came to be known as the Star of Bethlehem. Interestingly, both planets are associated with guidance. Adding to the beauty of the night sky is the full moon in Sagittarius on July 1st.

See the Jupiter/Venus conjunction in the night sky.

Transits of Venus and Jupiter

Both Venus and Jupiter are about to make significant transits. Venus moves into Leo on July 4th and Jupiter moves into Leo on July 13th after a year long stay in Cancer. Both planets are now moving towards the star Regulus which is situated in Leo. If you are looking at the night sky you can now see Regulus next to Venus and Jupiter.

Jupiter in Leo

Jupiter has been exalted in Cancer for a year now. Jupiter is also quite comfortable in Leo where he will be after July 13th. The Sun, ruler of Leo, is a friend of Jupiter. Leo will benefit from the presence of Jupiter,as will the other two fire signs, Aries and Sagittarius. The energy of Jupiter in the fire signs is active and dynamic. The sign of Aquarius will also feel Jupiter’s energy because it recevies a direct aspect from Jupiter in Leo. Jupiter stays in Leo until August 11th, 2016.

While making his transit in the deep and intense sign of Scorpio, Saturn has been receiving a soothing influence from Jupiter in Cancer. This will change when Jupiter moves into Leo. From this sign Jupiter will no longer aspect Saturn. Instead Jupiter in Leo will now “receive” an aspect from Saturn. During Jupiter’s transit in Leo, this planet of optimism and hope, will be restricted by Saturn. Due to Saturn’s influence we may have to work harder for expansion and growth.


The very last 48 seconds of the water sign Cancer and the first 48 seconds of the fire sign Leo are known as Gandanta, places of transformation and change. Gandanta transits can create turbulence and insecurity and bring up karmic situations that need to be faced..

Jupiter will be in Gandanta between July 9th and July 17th.

Venus will move into Leo on July 4th but will go retrograde between July 25th and Sept 6th. Venus returns to Cancer on Aug 12th and comes back again into Leo in September. This means that Venus will cross the Gandanta position three times: On July 4th, on August 12th, and on September 30th.

Both Venus and Jupiter are connected to finances. Jupiter governs wealth and expansion and Venus can give us comfort and prosperity. Venus also governs relationships.  We are experiencing turbulence and financial uncertainty. For example the debt crises in Greece is very serious and other places in the world are also under severe economic stress.

An energized Mercury

Mercury will go into his own sign of Gemini on July 5th but will only stay there for two weeks and then move on to Cancer. Mercury gets energized by Mars and the Sun while in Gemini. He is in an exact conjunction with Mars on July 15th. Mercury is the planet of communication, trade and commerce. The conjunction between the two planets activates and agitates Mercury’s energy during this time.

Spiritual Consciousness

It is interesting to know that Gandanta transits of both Jupiter and Venus can also awaken spiritual consciousness. Our attitudes can change and allow us to gain fresh insights and perspective. However, it is good to allow Jupiter to become more settled in Leo before making important decisions.

Astrological dates to remember: July 2015

  • Full Moon in Sagittarius on July 1st
  • Venus moves into Leo on July 4th
  • Jupiter moves into Leo on July 13th
  • Mercury is in Gemini between July 5th and July 20th
  • Venus goes retrograde between July 25th and Sept 6th




Astrological Highlights: June 2015

Full moon vedic astrology

As we enter June there are a cluster of planets in Taurus (Sun, Mars and Mercury) which are opposed by Saturn from the sign of Scorpio.

Full Moon in Scorpio on June 2, 2015

The full moon takes place in Scorpio on June 2nd. It is a highly energized Moon that receives aspects from every planet with the exception of Venus and Rahu.

A Scorpio Moon is sensitive to its environment and at this time is also influenced by the tension between Saturn and the cluster of planets in Taurus. This particular Scorpio Moon can manifest a serious mind due to its closeness to Saturn. Saturn is currently retrograde and so is Mercury. Sometimes we may feel like we are stuck and not moving forward with retrograde planets, especially when they are in the fixed signs of Scorpio and Taurus. Be aware that the Moon’s current placement can release challenging emotions. However, If you remain calm and are able to stay focused you have the opportunity to get a lot done. The Scorpio Moon can also be helpful when we need to analyze current situations or do research.

Scorpio is a secretive sign and its energy is often expressed through activity that takes place hidden from sight. This energy can be seen today in the world at large through the espionage, manipulation and warlike preparations are taking place at this time. Secrets and scandals may also surface during this time.

Tension in Taurus

We will also be feeling Taurus’ influence due to the presence of the Sun, Mars and Mercury in this sign. These planets are currently feeling the strain from Saturn’s aspect. Taurus is an earth sign connected to economy and finances and we all need to navigate wisely in the current financial climate.

Mercury goes direct on June 11, 2015

The Moon moves swiftly through the signs and Mercury will go direct again on June 11th. Both the Sun and Mars moves into Gemini on June 15th and the new Moon takes place in Gemini on June 16th. Two fiery planets in the sign of Gemini can make the second half of June an active time for communication and expression of ideas. Just remember that Mars is impulsive and avoid getting into forceful arguments. Mercury will also move into Gemini on July 5th.

Two benefic planets, Jupiter and Venus, remain in Cancer the entire month. Their position in this sign ruled by the Moon can strengthen creativity and enhance positive feelings.

Astrological dates to remember: June 2015

  • Full Moon on June 2nd
  • Mercury moves direct on June 11th
  • Sun moves into Gemini on June 15th
  • Mars moves into Gemini on June 15th
  • New Moon in Gemini on June 16th

Astrological Highlights: May 2015

Recently we have experienced how malefic planets, even when they are strong and powerful,  can cause a lot of destruction. The devastating earthquakes in Nepal, that began on April 26th, and the intense riots occurring simultaneously in Baltimore, Maryland in the United States, are manifestations of these malefic energies.

The present conjunction of Mars and Sun in Aries may seem promising at first, with Mars in his own sign and the Sun in exaltation. Mars will always cast an aspect on the 8th sign from itself, which in this case is Scorpio. The challenges that the world are now experiencing come from a very frustrated Saturn in Scorpio. Saturn is receiving the powerful energy from his worst enemies, Mars and the Sun, and this is putting harsh pressure on him. Saturn governs the masses, as well as structure, and Scorpio is a sign of deep transformation which can occur below the surface. Mars will also cast his aspect on the 4th sign from himself, which is Cancer. Cancer governs homes and shelter, and as a result of the earthquake in Nepal thousands of people have lost their lives and many more are now homeless.

Another example of this energy getting out of control has been expressed in Baltimore. Mars is the planet representing the police and the Sun governs power and authority. The aspect of Mars on the eight house from himself and on Saturn (the masses) has caused agitation, anger and frustration which has resulted in riots and situations beyond control.

On the day of the full Moon on May 3rd Mars moves into Taurus. Mars will still aspect Saturn by opposition – Taurus is opposite Scorpio – but this Venus ruled sign has a much more gentle energy than the assertive sign of Aries. However, if you have your rising sign, Moon or Sun in either of these signs (Taurus or Scorpio) you may need to make an extra effort to remain calm and even minded in your personal relationships. Agitation is a possibility. Although on a positive note there is an exchange between Mercury in Taurus and Venus in Gemini which should benefit good communication.

The Sun moves into Taurus on May 15th followed by a new Moon in Taurus on May 18th. Mercury goes retrograde on that same day and will stay retrograde until June 11th. We can all move forward with our lives but during this time it is good to double check schedules and travel arrangements, do a computer back up, etc. The retrograde Mercury in Taurus is in a positive exchange with Venus in Gemini. We should enjoy ourselves during this time; work in the garden, plant flowers, paint and write, or revisit old friends.

Astrological dates to remember for May 2015:

  • Sun moves into Taurus on May 15th
  • Moon is full on May 3rd in Libra and new on May 18th in Taurus
  • Mars transits into Taurus on May 3rd
  • Mercury is retrograde in Taurus between May 18th and June 11th
  • Jupiter remains in Cancer until July
  • Venus moves into Gemini on May 2nd
  • Venus moves into Cancer on May 30th
  • Saturn is still retrograde in Scorpio


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