December brings relief for Libra
The sign of Libra has been the focus of much activity during these last couple of months.
An eclipse involving a close conjunction of planets – Saturn, Mercury, Sun and Rahu – took place last month in this air sign in the Nakshatra (star constellation) Swati. The deity associated with Swati in vedic astrology is called Vayu, the Lord of the winds. Swati represents movement, power and independence. As a result of the conjunction and the eclipse in Swati, we have experienced one of the strongest storms recorded. The birth of Typhoon Haiyan took place during the eclipse.
As we enter the month of December, Rahu and Saturn both remain in Libra. However, with more separation and space between them their conjunction is less intense. Jupiter is now in close aspect to Saturn and presently also aspects Venus, the ruler of Libra. Jupiter’s influence brings balance and joy to this essentially peace loving sign.
Venus will move into Capricorn on December 5th. This will create a strong connection between Venus and Saturn because Venus will be transiting a sign ruled by Saturn (Capricorn) and Saturn is positioned in Libra, a sign ruled by Venus. In sanskrit this mutual combination of planets is known as parivartana yoga. This parivartana yoga is a positive yoga and will add more harmony to Libra.
This yoga is also very positive for people with Capricorn as their rising sign–they are likely to feel a good connection to their work during this month. Capricorn rising signs will also feel the benefit of having Venus (the best planet for Capricorns) in their first house.
Venus goes retrograde on December 21st in Capricorn and will stay retrograde until January 31st, 2014 when it goes direct. Venus represents what we value and what we enjoy. While Venus is retrograde this is a time to reflect and become realistic about relationships, partnerships and finances.
Saturn’s influence during this time promotes responsibility and realism. It is good for financial planning, for creating budgets, and for setting realistic goals for 2014. On a global level it is also a time to take a realistic and serious look at what course of direction we need to follow.
Mars and Mercury in Parivartana Yoga
Another parivartana yoga taking place this month involves Mars and Mercury. Mars has entered Virgo and Mercury is now in Scorpio. When Mercury is transiting a sign ruled by Mars (Scorpio), and Mars is transiting a sign ruled by Mercury (Virgo) both planets are mutually influencing one another. This is known as parivartana yoga in sanskrit and it is a positive exchange for Mars and Mercury.
This particular transit combination favors investigation and research. Much energy can go into analyses and details. This yoga favors communication as well as technology. Internet businesses could do very well. Because Virgo also relates to health and healing, this is a good time to improve our health through exercise, yoga and diet.
The parivartana yoga ends on December 21st when Mercury moves into Sagittarius. Mercury will be exchanging signs with Jupiter after the 21st.
Make an extra effort to remain centered
A word of caution in regards to the last week of December. Refraining from recklessness and impulsiveness is always a good idea, but it is especially important during this particular week. Be cautious when driving and in other situations as well. The Mercury ruled rising signs, Virgo and Gemini, need to be particularly aware. The energies during this time are strong but not easy.
During the last couple of days of December, Mars in Virgo is closely aspecting its ruler Mercury, now in Sagittarius. The conjunction between Sun, Mercury and the outer planet Pluto is very close and Mars is aspecting Pluto on the degree. The planets in Sagittarius are also receiving aspects from Saturn and Ketu and there is a close aspect between Mars and Uranus. These malefic combinations of planetary energies can create conflict, crises and potential for violence and accidents.
If you can, this is a good time to take a seclusion, do spiritual practices and remain centered. Relax, meditate and pray for the new year.