Can you feel things heating up?? Mars has entered sidereal Aries on June 26th, joining the North Node, Rahu, and will remain in his own sign of New Beginnings until August 10th. Mars is the planet of Discipline, Courage, Action and yes, Anger. In his own sign of Aries he is strong, yet can also make harsh and quick choices that come from a black and white perspective. This can easily lead to fighting and disciplining others, instead of the strong personal courage and regular, repeated action that truly strengthens our own Self. Rahu is the wily North Node that is but a head without a body. Here we devour whatever area of life he is in, and do not have the full capacity to learn from our mistakes. We are “new” at whatever area of life Aries is for you (scroll down to get your FREE report for each Rising Sign) and we have a tendency to act without taking advice. While Mars is fiery, direct and even militant, Rahu is airy, dispersive and mired in illusion. The combination can be quite intense, as we might get angry based on misperceptions and act out immediately, without regard for the consequences, or even the truth.
Rahu in Aries is already creating a more self-centric atmosphere, where we are not as concerned about others or getting along. Joined Mars, the action in this regard is more cutting, harsh and confident. Confidence is great if we know where we are coming from is right, at least for us, but when mixed with the confusion and delusion of the node, the potential for blowing up unnecessarily is high. This can lead to arguments, abruptly ending relationships and fighting, as well as social and geological catastrophes.
With Saturn heading back into Capricorn, our fear is also building and as Retrograde, it is internalized. So rather than expressing our fear, we are feeling it intensely within ourselves but acting out with our anger instead. This is going to continue to build until on August 1st, Mars and Rahu will be exactly conjunct. The potential for militance and external expressions of this wild fire is going to be at a pitch. Mercury will move into Leo on this day, also moving us into verbal dominance and Saturn will be giving a one-way dristhi (gaze) to Jupiter in Pisces, bringing fear to even our beliefs and capacity for wisdom!
The good news is we have some time before this alignment really heats up to really build our daily discipline and to work on releasing our triggers in the moment. We can use calming and cooling pranayama like sithali, Nadi shodhana, counted breaths to tame the flames, rather than fanning them with rajasic practices like breath of fire. We can show up on our yoga mat, or our surf board or in other ways that ground us and cool us off. We can really notice our triggers and take space and time before reacting or acting. And we can take time for ourselves, and off of media, to avoid getting riled up by other people’s fire works. Hydration is key here, drinking water and swimming in it if possible, as well as spending plenty of time in the earth element!
The other news, is that for each of us this will be exploding in a different house and Mars is ruling 2 different areas of our life. This can be an incredibly transformative time, with a lot of intelligence running for those on a path towards self-betterment, and a massive fast-forward in certain areas of your life!
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The Moon and Sun are joined in sidereal Gemini in the star of Ardra for this New Moon on Tuesday, June 28th at 4:52 pm HT (7:52 pm PDT). This is a star that lies on the galactic plane and is known for its tumultuous energy. Ardra means “moist” or “wet” and is symbolized by a single drop of water, which can represent either a tear or rain drop. This is the storm. Rudra, the howling and fierce form of Shiva is the deity of this star. Here we must be careful of getting too frustrated or angry, less we multiply that anger and create inauspicious things. On the other hand, destruction is a necessary part of existence and must occur in order for new life to be born. After the storm we feel clear and clean. In Mercury’s sign of Gemini we see how what we create is in the mind first and it is our thoughts that become our reality. If we are able to focus the deluge of thoughts that can fill our mind, we can create peace and clarity in its aftermath.
Gemini is the twins in Western astrology and in Vedic astrology it is Mithuna, sex between a male and female. In the story of Brahma, he creates Rudra from his frustration and he is half male, half female. Brahma orders it to split in two and so it becomes Rudra and Rudrani. He then tells them to split again, and they do, until they are 11. The Rudras and Rudranis create storms and floods, fires and destruction and Brahma eventually begs them to stop. They join back together into one single male and one single female and he tells them to meditate on the Godhead (Vishnu). They do and become Shiva, the Auspicous one, and Parvati, She who has risen higher. This shows not just the sexual nature of Gemini, but the duality of both parts of our brain and how they work together to bring our external and internal nature into balance. We may have many thoughts that continue to propagate and then if we have control over ourselves, we may bring our thoughts back into line and take them to a higher place where they evolve into auspicious awareness.
Mercury, the ruler of Gemini is in Taurus joined the ruler Venus, helping us to have gentle and effective communication through the storm. These two are also keeping us focused on pleasure, connection and artistic qualities while meanwhile our two malefic planets of Mars and Saturn are changing signs. Mars has just moved into his own sign of Aries, joining the north node of Rahu until August 10th. The two will be exact on August 1st. This is a dangerous combo as Rahu is already fanning the flames just being in Aries at all, let alone in exact conjunction with Mars. Mars is our anger, discipline, action and even though it is his own sign and quite a lot of intelligence is running, it is a placement of act now, think later. With the delusional and also dispersive quality of Rahu, expect to see things in a way that may not be how they actually are and to possibly start a fire over that illlusion. This is a very good time to up your daily sadhana and practice calming breath practices (not breath of fire or bastika) and do regular yoga asana and any other physical activities that keep you grounded and centered. Definitely spending time with the earth and in water can be helpful. Of course, in places with dry brush, wildfires are particularly possible at this time and anger in a larger social context is also quite possible, so be mindful of the arguments you engage in and the energy around you.
Saturn Retrograde is moving closer and closer back into Capricorn, hovering now at only 0;37 degrees of Aquarius. He will not fully move in until July 13th, but we are already feeling the painstakingly slow motion bringing us tension. The tension is of returning back to the fear that we have already endured for the past 2 years. This Retrograde is on a personal level asking us to revisit and reconsider the commitments we have made, especially new ones. If you do not yet have your copy of Saturn in Aquarius for all 12 Signs, you can sign up for my email list and receive it. This helpful tool also indicates what Saturn in Capricorn means for you, as well as the retrograde motion itself. One huge difference from the last two years is that while Jupiter was in Saturn’s signs also then, he is now safely in his own sign of Pisces, offering a better perspective of expansive hope and wisdom than we had before. This Jupiter will also help us use practices and tools to calm our Mars energy, but we must stay vigilant. A helpful thing to remember is that both Saturn and Mars are energies to use on ourselves, not others. Saturn is humbling ourselves and the commitments WE make. Mars is the discipline and courage we practice, not how we discipline others.
All in all, we are riding some intense waves right now and the answer is to slow down, take long, deep breaths and create steady rthymns of physical activity to maintain your outlet of energy. If you have a meditation practice make sure you show up for it, and if you don’t, now is a great time to start trying will the fire is faint and the fear is still in the future.
Blessings on your New Moon!
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Tuesday, June 14th at 1:51 am HT (4:51 am PDT), the Moon will be full in the very last degree of sidereal Scorpio. This is the second full moon in Scorpio, and it is happening in what is called the Gandanta point, the karmic knot between the last degree of water signs and the first of the fire signs. Here is a place where we are stuck or tied up and do not have a star to bridge the journey from one place to the next. As the zodiac begins with the fire sign of Aries, it can also be seen as an ending and subsequent beginning that comes three times to indicate a change in energy. In this place between Scorpio and Sagittarius we are moving from the realm of Others, where we are primarily interested in our 1-1 relationships into the realm of the Universal, where we are focused on how we engage with all of society and the world itself. This section of the sky begins and ends with one of Jupiter’s signs, so we can see that wisdom, belief and inspiration are both the opening and closing portals for this universal energy to manifest. As this precise placement in the sky indicates, we are still stuck at the end of “Others” and have not yet moved forward. It is important to know this, because thinking you have something figured out or are ready when you are not is probably the biggest spiritual blunder most people make. Ignoring the vast well of shadows submerged beneath your external personality to jump into an excited journey towards “Truth” is guaranteed to continue to bring you more of the same thing that got you stuck to begin with. What Scorpio asks of us more than anything is to acknowledge, heal and integrate our shadows. If we do not, the knot remains tied and we are only bypassing it, when we think we have moved forward.
This particular part of Scorpio, Jyestha, is “the eldest” or “the foremost”. It is the star where we hold power but also have to be concerned of who might take that power from us. The New Moon in Rohini two weeks ago brought up the issues of jealousy between the star sisters Jyestha and Rohini, and this is the other end of that! In Rohini, others are jealous of us, as she is the most beautiful of the sisters. In Jyestha, it is ourselves that need to be mindful of our jealous thoughts and the machinations of the mind that can take us to a low operating level. This is also the nakshatra that is ruled by Indra, the “king of the gods”. He is the foremost and chief of the devas, but also has a guru, a spiritual guide, Brihaspati, who maintains his integrity. At one point he gets so caught up in all his fanfare, that he forgets to acknowledge and honor his guru, and Brihaspati leaves him. This gets the entire devas into a mess and upsets the balance of power. Where in our lives are we forgetting our teachers, guides and God(dess)? Where are we acting from the ego, and believing that everything we do, WE do? This attachment to our efforts and the results of them is one of the hardest roadblocks on our path to inner peace, yet we still must continue to act in effort. The more we humble ourselves to understand that we cannot know how anything will end up, we can only know how integral we are in each moment as we make choices and take actions.
Mercury, now direct, is still joined the Sun who is in the final degree of Taurus, and as reflecting on our Moon now is highlighting how clear, kind and direct communication can be the very thing we need to heal our relationships with others and ourselves. It is important to have mental clarity within. Mercury is in Krittika, the star of Agni (fire), where we are able to “see” situations and people clearly and offer up to the fire anything that is impure or untrue. This can make our internal clarity, as well as the words spoken out “cutting” as Krtittika is the cutter, but it is to cut the fat out, not to make us feel bad. The Sun will be in Sandhi for the next few days, so expect a state of instability as he transits from Taurus to Gemini. Jupiter also has a dristhi (gaze) on this Full Moon. Jupiter brings spiritual discernment and connectivity to Source here. He is also joined Scorpio’s ruler Mars, in a water sign, so he is helping in this way also activate us towards truth and in the realm of the emotions. Saturn is also giving a one-way dristhi to our Moon, but the degrees are as far as possible so the effect will be quite low on the actual Psyche, although the transit of Saturn itself is still quite profound.
Saturn’s long retrograde cycle is bringing up the commitments we have made and whether or not they were made in good foundation. As he is transiting slowly, he is unraveling the recent ground we have just made in this area of our life. This can feel painful, because perhaps we haven’t really laid that much groundwork at all and were feeling hopeful about what was next. Saturn is teaching us not to rush our commitments. All too often our deep desire to have something in our lives will have us over-committing to something that we do not have enough familiarity with to actually make that commitment. We see enough of what we think we need/want to commit and we go for it. This can be in relationships, jobs, homes, places we move, projects or events. The areas of your life that are affected will be the ones ruled by Saturn, the houses that the signs of Capricorn and Aquarius rule in your Vedic chart (from rising sign). If you do not know, you can sign up for my email list by scrolling to the top right of this page and instantly receive, “Saturn in Aquarius for all 12 Signs” plus two other crucial transit reports!
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The Sun and the Moon join for our New Moon in sidereal Taurus in the star of Rohini May 30th, at 1:30 pm HT (4:30 pm PDT). Rohini is the rosy red maiden who is ripe with fertility, creativity and growth. In the mythology, she is the favorite of the 27 wives of the Moon. He chooses to stay with her every night until her jealous sister Jyestha, “the eldest” complains to their father, the creator, that Soma (the Moon) is not spreading his time evenly amongst the Nakshatras as his creation intended. Daksha approaches Soma and insists that he spend one night with each of his daughters and Soma agrees. But his passion and desire is so strong that he is not able to pull himself from Rohini. When Daksha finds out, he curses the Moon to wane to nothing. His daughters are so upset when they see their husband losing his luminescence, that they beg he amend the curse. Daksha did, if Soma agreed to do his duty and travel the sky visiting all his daughters, he would be allowed to grow to Full half the month and diminish to New the other half. In another story, even Rohini’s own father wants to mate with her, in order to create the most beautiful beings. Both of these stories show the fallout from being too attractive, creative and desirable. This section of the sky enhances our beauty, sensuality and capacity to create, and also can increase jealousy, promiscuity, abuse, manipulation and sexual fixation. There’s an innocence here, where we are not fully aware of our sexual and creative power, much like a young girl who has not yet learned to harness this energy.
In the sign of Taurus, this New Moon is bringing us to a cycle of grounded action in the direction of our values. Taurus is the feminine earth sign that is ruled by Venus. As such, it is where we are practical yet desire what is useful to also be beautiful and sensual. Here we are attached to possessions, feeling good, and food, and need fertile soil in which to grow the things that make us happy. The Moon is exalted in Taurus because we are able to temper the volatile ups and downs of our mind and emotions when we take simple, clear and grounded steps towards feeling better. By establishing basic channels to meet our physical needs, especially in a slow and pleasant way, rather than at an emergency pitch, we naturally regulate the nervous system and create a more nourishing environment for our thoughts to settle and our emotions to find middle ground. The Sun is in a more challenging position as our capacity to connect to Consciousness is through this luminary and the heavy, earth bound energy of Taurus can make this more challenging. By being so particularly bound to the material, it becomes difficult to pierce through it in order to find our clear channel to Source. Our leadership might be lazy, or directed by desire, gluttony or greed if we are not careful. While New Moon’s are a time for meditation as our mind is in its most blank or dark state, this one might be perfect for a more tantric meditation, where we merge with what we are doing. Whether making music, surfing, crafting, practicing hatha yoga or making love, we are able to find the still point in the engagement and through this attachment to what we love and life itself.
Mercury is still Retrograde for a few more days and is joined our Moon and Sun here in Taurus. Because it is still Retrograde at the moment of the New Moon, the cycle to come will have the energy of delayed communication and having to return to previous conversations, writings, notes etc in order to “get” what is being communicated. Once direct, we will have more clarity and ease in this endeavor, but the quality will still be present throughout this month to come.
Venus, the ruler of this New Moon is now in Aries, having moved through exaltation at the end of Pisces and then the Gandanta (karmic knot) point between Pisces and Aries. We might feel newly energized in our relationships or in the direction that makes us happy. We also might find ourselves going off in our own direction, unaware that whoever was with us is not anymore. This is a wonderful time to initiate healthy routine practices both actively (Aries is ruled by Mars, the planet of Action and Discipline) and pro-actively with healing medicines and techniques from Ayurveda (Venus is in Ashwini, the nakshatra of physicians to the Gods). Sometimes, the best way to show up for others is to show up for ourselves first. The North Node, Rahu, is also here and as Venus inches closer to it, expect to have some confusion and delusion around your relationships and even desires. All the more reason to create or continue strong self-care practices…as this is how you maintain equanimity in the ever-changing seasons of our psyche.
Mars is now joined Jupiter in Pisces and in very close degrees. This can also give our sadhana (daily practices) a strong kick forward from the planet of our Beliefs and Ideals. While Mars in Pisces can be a bit aimless, having the ruler Jupiter there can help remind you of the aim of your practices and how they are benefiting you spiritually, beyond just physical strengthening. This can also be a time where we become a bit “black and white” in how we approach what we believe, as Mars can distill everything down to two choices where one is always “right”. While this works wonderfully for things like creating decisive and disciplined practices in your life, it can be detrimental to the naturally expansive and inspirational quality of Jupiter.
Saturn is now slowed to station, rearing to Retrograde on June 4th! Saturn is the planet of Time, Consequence, Humility and Commitment. He indicates our process of aging, which begins as soon as we are born. He remind us that the only thing we know for sure is that we will one day die. Since we don’t know when that will be, we better buckle down and do what needs to be done now. He can be a pleasure-sucker by creating an atmosphere of pressure and pain, but it is through this gate we must walk if we ever hope to be free of the wheel of time. When Retrograde, we tend to question our commitments, feel pressure and fear internally, yet have a harder time rolling up the sleeves and getting to work on whatever it is we are feeling that about. (HINT: follow the directions at the bottom if you want to know what area of your life this is). Saturn will be Retrograde until October 22, 2022. His lessons take a long time to learn and require an (also long) “rolling back” over old ground before we can move forward with what work needs to be done.
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The Sun and Moon will be exactly across from each other in sidereal Scorpio at 6:15 pm Hawaii Time on May 15th (9:15 pm PDT, and on May 16th on the East Coast and in other parts of the world). As the Moon is passing right by the South node, Ketu, we will also be experiencing a Total Lunar Eclipse for this Full moon. The Moon is traversing the nakshatra of Vishaka, which bridges Libra and Scorpio and while the exact degrees of the Full Moon, and most of the eclipse, the moon will still be in Libra, it crosses over into Scorpio an hour prior to the apex. This particular part of Scorpio, the first 3 degrees, is precisely where the Moon, our Mind and Emotions are debilitated. This means that our capacity to regulate our emotions is at its absolute lowest capacity for this Lunar Eclipse. Vishaka is the “forked path” and shows us where we need to veer off from the agreeability of Libra and walk alone. The results of this nakshatra show up over time and after much effort. Ruled by Indra-Agni, the Vedic god of sacrificial fire, it indicates tapasya of sorts, a consistent use of energy that is not burned just because, but in sacrifice of something greater than our own personal agenda. Their is a triumphant quality to this star, but triumph only comes after facing hardship. The South node, Ketu is where we have a lot of experience and wisdom, but not much interest or attention. It shows up in erratic, cutting, harsh and fiery ways. On the Moon it is likely to have us disengaged with our feelings, until suddenly something pierces deep and those feelings can implode. Ketu has just traversed backwards from Scorpio into late degrees Libra and as such is reminding us that even on the solo path, we need others. If we can’t compromise or work with others along the way, we will not get far. Eclipses come in pairs and the solar eclipse two weeks ago and this lunar eclipse are the first two in this new axis, of Aries and Libra, setting off a cycle of obsession with our self and our own agenda/trajectory, while we pull away from others and compromise.
The ruler of Libra, Venus is exalted in Pisces, joined Jupiter, the ruler. This alignment will help us offer up our concerns and issues to something higher than ourselves and find happiness despite the disappointments of others. Mars, the ruler of Scorpio is still barely in Aquarius, giving our sense of drama a societal twist, that can take some of the heat away from intimate arguments. Mercury Retrograde in Taurus is right across from our Moon as she is being eclipsed, reminding us to ask questions, review what we think we know and above all, listen with open ears and an open heart, so we are not just projecting our next thought onto what other people are speaking.
This is a good time to take care of yourself and your energetic field. Cleanse yourself, clear your environment, meditate and try to avoid people or events where you might feel triggered or unsafe. There is always a lot of illusion and delusion when eclipses occur, especially on the mind, and Ketu can give us a particularly disgruntled view, so take every experience with a grain of salt and keep turning back to your path of peace.
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Mercury is Retrograde from May 10th, 2022- June 2-3rd in sidereal Taurus. In Taurus, our communication is usually grounded and connective. The social nature of Mercury is well-influenced by Taurus, ruled by Venus, where we are focused on relationships, pleasure and creating harmony. When benefic planets are in good dignity (intelligence) their direct motion manifests results that feel positive in the world around us. When that planet is Retrograde, results are delayed or inverted and despite the intelligence that is running, we don’t experience the same positive trajectory from them. This is the case here, as Mercury is asking of us to stop, listen and review our information before disseminating it out into the world. When we accept this as a state we cannot change, we are able to make great use of this time; editing past writings or songs, connecting with old friends/lovers, re-reading a favorite book or article and LISTENING to our partners, friends, children and co-workers! When we are trying to push forward our agenda anyway, we will experience delays, mishaps, miscommunication, and lost information or messages. The fact that we are so reliant on technology is a big reason why Mercury Retrograde is called out to blame for all challenges, by even those uninterested in Astrology. Ultimately, it is only a few weeks and not nearly as big of an affect on our lives as Saturn or Jupiter Retrograde for months at a time. So relax, reread that book or catch up with your old flame/friend and remember to open up your ears and LISTEN instead of speaking all the time…maybe you will learn something!
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Our New moon this month is April 30th at 10:28 am HT and brings us into the first eclipse of the new Aries/Libra axis and while the Sun will only partially be eclipsed, it will certainly be felt that our great source of Power and Light is being reset. The Sun joins the Moon in a New Moon, essentially eclipsing our Mind every month, and in an eclipse cycle, it too is “eaten”. Rahu, the north node (eclipse point) is the one devouring our luminary this time with his open mouth that runs us through experiences obsessively but has no body to digest or assimilate what he’s done. This is “New Karma” opening and will affect whatever area of life Aries is in your sidereal chart. (If you want to know specifically for you, sign up for my newsletter in the top right corner and receive your FREE report on "Rahu in Aries, Ketu in Libra for all 12 Signs")
Three lunar phases into this New moon in Aries, cycle is what is called Akshaya Tritya, the most blessed day (really 2 days) of the year. It is when we have an exalted Sun and exalted Moon (as it transits to Taurus right after Aries) and this year we also have exalted Venus, and Jupiter and Saturn in their own signs. Mercury is also in quite good dignity in Taurus. This day is said to be a good one for bringing forth abundance by investing in something that you would like to multiply many times.
Bharani means “to bear” and is the nakshatra of both birth and death, as it is represented by a yoni, the female organ through which life emerges and is Yama the god of death. Here is a place where we need to be very careful about what we are creating and make sure it is in our highest alignment. If we are not discerning and disciplined with our creative and sexual energies, we can create chaos instead of art or wind up with something that we are not prepared to bring forth (like an unwanted pregnancy). Every “No” gives way for a true “Yes”. Only by self-control can we be truly free, otherwise we are just riding whatever the tides bring us. In the sign of Aries, where we are concerned mostly with ourself and starting something new, and the delusional energy of the eclipse, we must be particularly careful. It is interesting that this New Moon/Eclipse falls right before the pagan holiday of Beltane, where fertility and creativity abound. It is said that by dancing around the May pole one can increase their fertility. Best to make sure that is what you and whoever else is involved really wants, and that you have the resources and energy to care for whatever it is you become pregnant with. Again, knowing the house this is happening in for you is absolutely key to understanding how this will manifest in your life. Aries is also the sign of war, discipline, black/white thinking, courage and anger. The Sun, our Consciousness, leadership and Authority (also the Government) is exalted here but with the nodal confusion exacerbating what we think we know and have to do, we can expect some act first, think later kind of events to take place.
Mercury has finally broken free of our months’ entanglement in a Kala Sarpa (Time Snake) Yoga by moving into Taurus, giving us a grounded sense of discernment to help navigate these confusing times. Now is a time to trust the information you gather, however slowly and allow your communication to take on a plodding pace. This placement is also great for connective and considerate conversations, so in the midst of all the chaotic feelings of planetary shifts and eclipses we can at least communicate effectively and kindly.
Venus has also moved into sidereal Pisces, joining Jupiter. Jupiter is in his own sign here (to learn more about this alignment, including Jupiter's transit in Pisces for all 12 Rising Signs, scroll to the top right corner and sign up for my newsletter! ) Venus is exalted in Pisces, in her best dignity, so both of these planetary energies are highly intelligent here. This means our Relational Self is in a position where we are more apt to raise our love vibration up to that of God(dess)/Love/Energy and move beyond the normal exchange that sometimes brings us harmony in our relationships. Here we feel happy and in love with all of life, without needing a specific return on our investment in a specific person.
The last planet to change signs this past week, is Saturn is moving into Aquarius on April 28th, where he’ll be until July 15th. He has been stationed for the last two years since January 2020 in his own sign of Capricorn, helping us accept the inevitability of death and the sobering truths that help us detach from the material world. While Aquarius is Saturn’s other sign, it has slightly more movement, and therefore hope, available. We are committed to a vision for the future and to what needs to be done to create fairer structures in society. To watch the Video and/or For 3 FREE full report on “The Nodal Axis: Libra, Aries for all 12 Signs” , “Jupiter in Pisces for all 12 Signs” and “Saturn in Aquarius for all 12 Signs”, sign up for my newsletter by scrolling to the top right of this page!
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Saturn moves into Aquarius April 28th-July 12th
Saturn is transiting into Aquarius from April 28th-July 12th, before returning to Capricorn (where he’s been since January 2020) until his official shift into Aquarius on January 17th, 2023. Saturn is the planet of Time, Consequences, Hard Work, Commitment, Suffering, Old Age, Poverty, Death and Meditation. He is known as a Moksha Karaka (indicator of final freedom) in that he frees us of our attachments in this life through humbling us. Saturn transits a sign for roughly 2.5 years, so his lessons are hard won and can make us feel like we are being pressed out as he stagnates, moves forward and then retrogrades back over the planets and houses in our chart. It is through our pain that Saturn offers us freedom. It is through the darkness that we finally see the light.
Saturn is in his own two signs in Capricorn and Aquarius, offering us his intelligence in two different ways. In Capricorn, we are survival oriented, earth-bound and moving forward in a somewhat linear fashion. In Aquarius, we are in the mind and able to project future values on the now, creating different structures and systems that can get us to where we are already heading. Aquarius is the sign of society, science, technology, travel, humility and humanity. It is through Aquarius that social justice becomes an awareness. It is in this sign the we are able to step into the future and see what is possible to alleviate the lack of equality or fairness in the world. It is here that we might commit to creating a fairer world to leave to our descendants, rather than just worry about leaving our immediate offspring money and possessions to make their survival here on earth more likely.
Since he is transiting his own two signs, he is the ruler of them both;) This means that there is an inherent connection in your life between these two houses/areas of your life and while the focus has been through one of them, it will shift to the other, and then back again…
Retrograde Saturn begins June 4, causing us to review what we just barely began, so we can get it better when we come back next January! LOL. Whatever we think the future holds that we are committing to perhaps needs a bit more thorough investigation in how it will affect our survival and long term goals. When planets “go retrograde” they are actually just slowing down, giving us an opportunity to sit with that energy a little deeper and internalize it. Of course, Saturn is already the slowest of the visible planets and his retrograde cycles can make us feel like we are sinking into a deep tar pit as he is also the part of us that commits to something, rolls up our sleeves and then humbly does what’s before us. Can we possibly go any slower?! The answer is yes, ultimately we can make time stand still, or expand it to such great depths and heights that its confines cease to exist. The more we remain in the mundane world, the more disappointed we will be. The truth of Saturn can only be found in the deep layers of meditation, entering the Now. The future and past are actually one and the same, they are Not Now. The only moment where change can exist is this one. Go on and marinate on that for a minute;-)
Saturn will end his retrograde cycle October 22, 2022 and spend the next 3 months direct in Capricorn (just in case you did NOT get the message of this transit) and then will officially move into Aquarius on January 17, 2023!
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The Sun and Moon will be directly across from each other April 16, at 8:55 am Hawaii Time (11:55 am PDT) for a Full Moon in Libra in the star of Chitra. Chitra is ruled by Tvasthar, the god of creative intelligence. He is manifested as either Vishvakarma, the creator of the beings of light, the “devas”, or Maya, the creator for those without light, “the asuras”. As such, this star can open our power to create incredibly beautiful structures and systems that are either bringing us closer to our divine light and truth, or that are instead miring us deeper into the illusion of separation and our ego nature. Chitra is symbolized by a gem, like a diamond, that is cut to show off its brilliance. The fact that it is not a raw stone, rather one that has been worked by an intelligent and skilled artist is an important aspect of this symbol, as it is not about raw beauty and intelligence in Chitra but all that has gone into us becoming this way. Bridging Virgo and Libra, Chitra shows us how the attention to detail and physical work in Virgo can lead into the refined, harmonious, and beautiful in Libra. Libra is about relationships, the inter-workings between people and anything we build must accommodate and support us in these relationships, or else it will become nothing more than something pretty to look at. As the South Node, Ketu has moved into Libra in March, this Full Moon is an important first highlight of an area of life we may be increasingly pulling away from over the next year and half. The total lunar eclipse will be next month, two weeks after the New Moon/partial Solar eclipse in Aries that is setting off this new eclipse cycle. Much of the theme in this period will be around Self and Others. How much do we compromise for others and how much do we do what we want without a lot of regard for how it affects those around us? With the Sun just moved into his exalted place in Aries, we have an opportunity to stand strong in our power while also understanding that sometimes it is appropriate to bend a little to meet someone else along the way. With Jupiter also fresh in his own sign of Pisces as of a few days ago, and Saturn gearing to move into Aquarius for a 2.5 month stint, we have quite a bit of movement and as a result, instability as of late! This is especially profound as Jupiter, Saturn and the Nodes are the 3 longest transits and move signs only 1-3 years! To read how these major transits affect you and your natal chart, sign up for my email list in the top right corner of this page, and receive 2 FREE reports instantly, “Jupiter in Pisces for all 12 Signs” and “Rahu in Aries, Ketu in Libra for all 12 Signs”!
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TThe Moon and Sun are coming together in sidereal Pisces in the star of Revati, “the Wealthy” on March 31 at 8:24 pm HT (11:24 pm PDT) and April 1st in other locations. Revati is the star at the end of Pisces, that brings the cycle of constellations to its end, the long walk home. After doing the deep spiritual work in the previous nakshatra, Uttarabhadrapada, we can finally surrender fully into the wealth that comes when our attachments are gone. We do not need anything but ourselves to surrender home. This nakshatra is peaceful and soft and ruled by Pushan, the nurturer, who is also a shepherd that protects the flocks while they travel. The symbol is a drum, meting out time with each beat. It can send you back into the wheel of time in a peaceful way, or it can assist you in merging with all that is and stepping out of time and space as we know it, but wherever it sends you, it has a calm vibration and the feeling that you will carry much wealth with you where you go.
Mercury is also in Pisces, in the star of Uttarabhadrapada, where it is also in debilitation, or its least intelligent state. This is because Mercury is our buddhi, or discernment and in Pisces we are connecting and merging with everything and seeing it as “One” as opposed to the delineation and separation that occurs when we are sifting through information and words in order to think and communicate. The intellect can be “out at sea” here, but can also bring unusual, otherworldly, spiritual, creative and emotional truths out in a less linear fashion and deep insight is available. One complication of this is that right now we have some intensity with conjunctions and the recent nodal axis shift that is causing difficult dynamics that might require precise and clear communication in order to navigate and the potential for misunderstandings is high.
Saturn and Mars will be exactly conjunct on the 3rd and 4th of April, bringing our Fear and Fight into a planetary collision. Saturn is and has been holding court in his own sign of Capricorn, where Mars is exalted and in his highest capacity for discipline, strength of purpose and continuous constructive action. The high operational intelligence of both of these Grahas is going to help whatever explosions come of it move us closer to our true path, even if it is in a difficult house for you. On a global scale, we also can expect some intensity, both geological and social. Rahu in Aries now is magnifying, and dispersing our fiery and militant feelings and it is certainly a blessing to have its ruler Mars exalted, but the proximity of Saturn and the fact that the nodes are containing all the planets between them right now in a Kala Sarpa Yoga (Time Snake), indicates that fear and delusion may either overcome a strong practical path that we are on, or send us to using our might and determination to fight a battle that is not real or necessary.
This is further exacerbated by the fact that Venus has now joined Jupiter in Aquarius and so we are entering another battle between what we believe and what actually allows us to relate in harmony and peace. Aquarius is the sign of society and shows us where we can be, and what is wrong with how we are co-existing currently. Venus here can step out of one-to-one romantic relationships and into the realm of how we are all in relationship to one another. Jupiter can show us the potential path forward for us collectively, especially in the specific star he is transiting of Purva Bhadrapada but he can also lead us to depart from true timeless teachings in favor of wisdom that is more temporal and specific to an environment/place in Aquarius. He will be moving into his own sign of Pisces on April 13th and we can expect this star to guide us through the portal of awareness that we are beyond these forms and that even the worst that we witness in the world around us will eventually merge back into the great ocean of energy and be reborn. Maybe even through you. Can we see ourselves in each other, and in the best and worst of society? Our tendency to “other” each other, even through compassion and empathy, is the very thing that keeps us trapped.
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