Astrologically, the remainder of February is influenced by two eclipses, a positive Venus and a retrograde Jupiter.
Mr Toad’s Wild Ride
A Rahu period is sometimes referred to as “Mr Toad’s wild ride” due to the unpredictability and ups and downs that can manifest through Rahu.
According to a respected chart rectification of the United States by Vedic astrologer James Kellegher, the US is currently going through a Rahu period. President Donald Trump and his chief advisor, Steve Bannon, are also both strong Rahu personalities. Curious about Trump’s astrological profile? Read this article from August, 2016.
Rahu defies the establishment, is good at manipulation, and wants to create a new order of things. Rahu is also a good planet for technology and science, so we may see advances in these fields. The Rahu period for the United States began in 2015 and is not supposed to end until 2033.
Two Eclipses in February
The lunar nodes are busy this month with two eclipses. There is a lunar eclipse in Cancer on February 10th. A solar eclipse takes place on February 26th in Aquarius. Eclipses reveal secrets or hidden truths that eventually change our perspective.
Venus Saves the Day
Venus is in for a long stay in its favorite sign Pisces (until May 30th). Venus is a beautiful bright planet known as the morning and evening star. Venus helps bring out heart qualities of Pisces that are much needed today: compassion, connection and healing. Venus shares Pisces with the planet Mars for the entire month but Venus is the stronger planet in this sign. Pisces is also receiving an aspect from its ruling planet Jupiter, helping improve quality of life for people with major planets in this sign.
Jupiter is Retrograde February 5th – June 9th
Jupiter is receiving planetary aspects from both Venus and Mars this month.
Jupiter went retrograde in Virgo on February 5th. A retrograde planet will often return to a project that needs reworking. Jupiter rules legal matters and Virgo is a detail oriented sign also connected to health.
Right around the time Jupiter went retrograde, it was communicated that the new health reform needs more work before it can replace Obama care. Jupiter’s wisdom helped mitigate a chaotic, abrupt transition in health care.
Saturn in Sagittarius
Saturn is now in Sagittarius, a sign connected with travel, law, truth and dharma. This brings legal matters, business, higher education, travel and religion into focus. Morals and ethics are highlighted as well.
Saturn moved into Sagittarius on January 26th. His power to restrict, obstruct and delay was expressed on the night of January 27th when president Trump issued a travel ban for people from seven muslim countries, restricting their entry to the United States. The discussions, protests and actions that followed echo the legal and ethical concerns of Sagittarius.
Saturn stays in Sagittarius until January 24th, 2020, with the exception of moving retrograde back to Scorpio between June 21st and October 25th this year.
Mula Nakshatra – back to the roots
Saturn is also transiting Mula, a nakshatra occupying the first 13’20” degrees of Sagittarius. Saturn’s transit in Mula will last through 2017 (except for the time when Saturn moves retrograde into Scorpio) and much of 2018.
Mula nakshatra is symbolically represented by a bundle of roots. Roots are usually hidden from sight, often buried deep in the ground. An instinct to search beneath the surface makes this a good nakshatra for investigation and research. It is also a good nakshatra for healers, both on a physical and psychological level. In order to find a cure for something one need to find the cause of the problem, which often is hidden from sight. Historians and archeologists that search for facts and knowledge of the past, sometimes literally underground, are also influenced by Mula.
The energy of this nakshatra is fierce and Mula has a power to destroy or damage. In order to plant new seeds, old roots sometimes have to come up. Politically we are seeing a destruction of earlier policies and reforms. Both Mula and Saturn have connections to the root chakra, Muladhara. Saturn in Mula puts focus on issues related to our sense of security and basic values. It can also be linked to fundamentalism.
The spiritual symbolism of Mula, is represented by the deity Nirriti (associated with the goddess Kali). This goddess is often feared because she is known as the goddess of destruction. But the spiritual intention of Nirriti is to liberate us from egotism so that we can experience the essence (the root) of who we are. For the person who meditates this is a good time to meditate deeply.
While Saturn transits Mula and Sagittarius, it is especially important that we are truthful and honest, vigilant in pursuing a correct course of action. We must not get distracted from our own dharmic responsibilities by focusing too much attention outside of ourselves. Saturn will in time hold us all accountable for our actions.
This Month in Vedic Astrology
Throughout February 2017:
- Venus is in Pisces
- Mars is in Pisces
- Jupiter is in Virgo
- Rahu is in Leo
- Ketu is in Aquarius
- Saturn is in Sagittarius
Dates to Remember for February 2017:
- February 5th – June 9th Jupiter is retrograde in Virgo
- February 10th, max at 5:48 pm PST – Lunar eclipse in Cancer
- February 12th – Sun in Aquarius until mid-March
- February 22nd – March 10th – Mercury in Aquarius
- February 26th – Solar eclipse in Aquarius seen in parts of Africa and South America