Early this morning,Thursday, August 11th, Jupiter moved into the sign of Virgo from his placement in Leo for the last year. He will be in Virgo until September 11th, 2017. While he's been in Leo, we may have been feeling more inspired and quite proud of our opinions, willing to share them freely and with authority. As exciting as that may be, he was joined the north node of the Moon, Rahu, adding a frenetic, dillusional, and erratic edge to our idealistic fervor....Now, that he has stepped into the somewhat tamer realm of Virgo, we can expect to dial down the excitement and start diving into the details. In the conservative, practical sign of Virgo, our idealism can feel constricted as we fail to see the bigger picture, and get stuck meandering around the facts and figures. Furthermore, we are far less secure and confident of ourselves in Virgo, so expect a headier, and less bombastic Facebook feed. This will also tone down the energy of our Kings and Queens running for office here in the United States...while the two main candidates have profited from this alignment of Jupiter in Leo, they will now be pulled into a place of heavier scrutiny and a combing through of the details. Single sentence tag lines and not being the other guy (or girl) won't get them quite so far, as people begin to see their own faults in others, picking them and their beliefs and policies apart, especially political leaders and teachers. It would appear as though Donald Trump has profited the most from this past placement of Jupiter, with this planet of luck and fortune on his rising sign. It also feeds into his "Lion-like" image of being a killer out in the world who won't be pushed around. While Bernie Sanders was more of the ideologue who inspired the masses than Hillary Clinton, she has her own royal image as the people who have supported her generally point to the fact that they think she has experience and would win the election as the main reason to vote for her. She is the picture of Big Government, being ushered onto her throne as if she is an heir to it, despite her lack of popularity with the people. Both Trump and Clinton benefit from this eclipse cycle, which will be continuing on for another 10 months, as Rahu in Leo makes us more inclined towards rulership and self-preservation, and Ketu in Aquarius pulls us away from a more humanitarian, future-minded vision. The most exciting factor in all this will be seeing less and less regular people telling you who you HAVE to vote for, and why you HAVE to do it:-)
In the larger picture, however, this will be a less inspired time for us all in our own lives, ideologies and teachings, but a good time to really evaluate what you believe in and use your buddhi (your discrimination) to understand why you believe it.
Saturn, who has been stalled in a Stationary Direct position for several days, giving us a feeling of being frozen and unable to move forward with our hard work and commitments, is about to move forward again August 12th at 10:40pm Hawaii time (early morning August 13th on the mainland US). He has been giving his severe glare (dristhi) to Venus, Mercury, Rahu and until this morning, Jupiter, from this stuck position, causing us to feel stuck on many levels. His movement forward will be welcome relief from not only this, but from his Retrograde motion that has been causing us much uncertainty and fear, questioning what we are committed to in our lives (in whatever house Scorpio falls in your Vedic chart) since March of this year. Mars and Saturn have been joined here since February and will finally come face to face August 23rd, giving us some closure, however painful, on this area of our life and our confusion surrounding it.
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The Moon is joining Mars today (Thursday) and Saturn tomorrow, going through this rough patch we've been experiencing every month, but heightened by a stalled Saturn and on the heels of such a stuck and challenging early week. Expect to feel much relief by the end of the weekend!
Finally, we have Perseid Meteor Showers happening the next 3 nights. The best time to watch them is after midnight and in a place of high altitude with no lights. Here in Hawaii there will be plenty to see from lower vantage points also, but if you can make it to Volcano and avoid looking near the lava light of the crater, you will get the best view. The peak of the show will be in the early hours of Aug 12th and 13th! For more information, Google where you live and meteor showers, there are plenty of sites offering sky maps, timetables and information on the showers themselves.
Happy Viewing and Hare Ohm!
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