This morning, August 17th, the Sun rose in Leo. Ever auspicious, the Deva Savitr in Leo is even more so. He transits Leo in the period between August 17th and September 16th in the 21st century. The Deva channels Sri Gayatri MAtA’s blessings to us.
This 30 day period in 2018 is likely to be more positive than the same time in the last two years, when the Rahu-Ketu axis was afflicting Leo (and we experienced eclipses September 1st and 16th 2016 and August 21st 2017). This year Leo is clear and the Sun can bless us unhindered. Late last year the Rahu-Ketu axis moved on to Cancer and we experienced eclipses in June-July 2018 – and many of us have just about begun working our way out of some rather stressful situations at personal and social levels.
However (and there is usually a ‘however’), Mercury and Venus may send some mixed signals to quite a few of us during the next two weeks to September 2nd 2018.
Summary: Auspicious Sun in Leo, Volatile Mercury in Cancer, Weak Venus in Virgo. Sun will transit into Leo August 17th 2018 and will be there until September 16th 2018. Sun in Leo is auspicious for all signs in different ways. For example, Leo may show leadership, while Virgo works on inner peace and Gemini starts new initiatives. Capricorn may benefit from partnerships and inheritance, while Pisces may find it easy to win in competitions and get financial benefits. And so on.
However, Mercury, may throw a spanner in the works until September 2nd as it moves slowly out of Cancer. It makes for volatility in communications and analysis, in turn impacting volatility in many areas in our lives, including financial markets. In this case, the volatility of Mercury is mostly related to Moon transiting from one house to another. Dates to watch for mixed and missed signals: August 17th-21st (Moon transiting from Libra through Scorpio and into Sagittarius), 23rd, 25th/26th, 28th, 30th and September 1st-2nd.
Meanwhile, Venus continues to be weak and distant in Virgo until September 2nd. Luxury items and sales targeted at women have less chance of success and this will be reflected in the financial markets as well.
So September 3rd to 16th may be less volatile, more enjoyable. More on that later.
Mars in Turbulent Fields (Photo by Derek Thomson on Unsplash)
Many of you have already noticed natural events, whether freaky storms, earth tremors or volcanic activity, since May 2nd. There is more to come, as Mars moves through turbulent fields between now and early November 2018, both in natural and human generated events with potentially negative impacts.
Here are the date ranges to watch out for such occurrences and within that some potential peak dates, when you may experience unexpected / sudden events.
Date ranges to be cautious and observe:
May 31st to June 15th (with May 31st to June 8th being peak dates for potential sudden / unexpected events to commence).
July 10th to July 28th (chances of sudden / unexpected events: July 10th to July 19th)
September 21st to September 30th (peak dates: September 21st to September 26th).
Besides the natural and mass human generated events, which we will all observe, each of us may experience events in specific areas of our personal and family lives depending on ascendant birth sign (using sidereal zodiac). Here are some pointers (if you want empower yourself to surf these waves, there are ways of doing it):
Aries: There may be some events relating to career and social status that impact your health, physically and emotionally.
Taurus: There is potential for some sudden events for your parents, advanced studies and good fortune in general.
Gemini: Some potential for loss of income and connections with elder siblings and mentors is seen.
Cancer: Potential for loss in career and social status may impact your spouse / partner.
Leo: You may find yourself in debt or disputes with your parents (or those in authority), obstacles in advanced studies and during some long distance travels.
Virgo: Expect some obstacles and endings in your emotional relationships and creative pursuits.
Libra: There may be some endings in personal and business partnerships.
Scorpio: Some disputes and debt situations may be seen with younger siblings, colleagues and any small business interests you may have.
Sagittarius: Some losses in your emotional relationships and creative pursuits may impact general sense of well-being for yourself and your family.
Capricorn: You may experience some personal impact due to sudden change in your financial asset, home or mother related situations.
Aquarius: You may experience some setbacks relating to small business situations, younger siblings and communication clarity.
Pisces: There may be changes in family situation that impact income and relationship with elder siblings and mentors.
Do you see Pisces in the sky? (Photo by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash)
I am late posting my ruminations for the Piscean month of March 14th to April 13th when the Sun is seen to transit in zodiac of Pisces on the sky map. I was busy with coaching and writing. Also, this is mixed bag of planetary transits, so I cannot take short cuts, have to speak to each sign and talk to the positives and challenges. So that took some time.
Before I dive in, did you read about the solar magnetic storm that was to pass by Earth from September 14th to 18th? Most of you know that there are regular space weather bulletins issued by the US National Weather Service.
Overall, in the Piscean month this year, Gemini, Cancer, Libra, Sagittarius, and Aquarius are relatively more positive. Aries, Taurus, Leo, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces may have somewhat more challenges, in varying degrees.
The mixed bag comes from three events we notice in the sky:
First is Mercury’s transit in Pisces through this month, giving us more emotional and less analytical / logical vibrations. At the same time Venus is transiting Pisces until March 25th. Venus adds positively to the emotional energies. So the next week or so is great time to bond with your mother, for example. And, only coincidentally, many of us are celebrating Chaitra Navratri during this time, connecting with the Mother, LalitAmbA, through puja, chanting and meditation. It is a meditative time (see my meditative-contemplative suggestion at the end of the post).
Second is that Mercury, Venus and Sun energies reach us through the disturbed nodal axis zone created by the last solar and lunar eclipses in February 2018. That disturbed zone is still quite potent and will dissipate only after the first week of April. This causes confusions, which add to the already emotionally charged month. This will be experienced more by some signs than others and I point that out below.
Third, is the transit of Mars close to Saturn, reaching the same exact longitude on April 2nd-3rd 2018. The effect of this Mars-Saturn conjunction will begin experienced from March 23rd to April 10th, with peak on April 2nd-3rd. This is a complex experience, and each of us will observe it from different angles in our lives. I give broad directional flavor below by signs, but that is really hand waving – it requires you to get a sense of your birth chart and the role that Saturn and Mars play there, to better appreciate this conjunction.
Ok, here we go.
Aries: You may experience some temporary losses and separations in different areas of your life. On the positive side, you may get some gains in your passive income e.g. investment income, pensions, rents.
Taurus: This may turn out to be stressful month on the professional front, as well as health, work and home areas. Step back, conserve energy, focus on what is required and do it well. Sometimes stress makes you come out a champion, when managed well.
Gemini: Overall a positive month, when fortune shines and blessings flow. Some temporary stress is seen in home, children and creative areas. Be careful with your communication and how you present yourself.
Cancer: A very mixed month. Many positive uplifting things happening in home, creativity and general sense of well-being, punctuated by some passing sudden confusions. Between March 23rd and April 9th, you may see some obstructions to your career goals. Slow down, step back and then actively work towards overcoming the obstacles by collaborating with your partner(s) and seeking help from people you trust.
Leo: Fortune is likely to shine on work you do this month with your personal and business partners. On the other hand, expect and manage obstructions in career matters, communication issues and health.
Virgo: On the positive side, a general sense of well-being is pervasive. You may get to be quite emotional in your communication – slow-down in your speech and writing and try to veer to being thoughtful and silent. Hard work and showing the excellence of your work will be more beneficial than talking about it. Your physical and emotional health may be under stress especially between March 23rd and April 9th. Be careful about operating mechanical machinery, including cars, as you may be prone to injury during this time.
Libra: On the positive side, you may work closely with your partner(s) in the areas of creative projects, romance and children. Health and work place matters are likely to be stressed. The usual slow down rule applies.
Scorpio: There is potential for positive results this month, when you connect creativity, children and romance in your career area, with thoughtful communication. There may be some sudden confusions which you may have to be on the watch for. There may be some passing disputes and disturbances in home matters.
Sagittarius: A generally positive month, with some passing disturbances in passive income, career matters and luck. Connecting creativity, children and romance to new initiatives may lead to success in this period.
Capricorn: Career matters likely to move in a positive direction, with some hiccups since fortune may not favor at this time. You may experience some passing obstructions in your communications and in interactions with younger siblings, friends and colleagues. You may continue to experience a sense of loss this month (this feeling may pervade until early 2020), exacerbated due to loss in home related matters.
Aquarius: An otherwise positive month may be marred by some recurring confusions arising out of communications and also your interactions with personal and business partners. Be thoughtful. Taking a leadership position with younger friends and colleagues to drive entrepreneurial initiatives likely to lead to success now.
Pisces: The continuing challenges in the career area are likely to show up as a general free floating sense of malaise this month. This is an emotionally challenging month, which may be reflected in physical health too. Communications and overall relationship with partner(s) are likely to be under strain.
Let’s turn this month of mixed possibilities into one of abundance of the Devi’s blessings this Chaitra Navratri through meditative-dance!
Venus and Mercury In Cosmic Musical Symphony (Photo by Jonatan Pie on Unsplash)
Venus and Mercury will move to Pisces on March 2nd. Venus will be seen in Pisces until March 25th. Mercury will be seen in Pisces for much longer: until May 8th.
The effect of this movement is likely to be relatively positive in March for Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Sagittarius and Capricorn.
Those with the following ascendants may wish to be a little more attentive in certain areas in March:
Aries: Some potential for disputes and / or health issue with your personal and business partners.
Taurus: Some impact may be seen on your creativity, children and romantic endeavors.
Leo: Potential impact on career, interactions with younger colleagues, siblings, new initiatives and personal partners.
Libra: Potential for stress and health issues. May be appropriate time for quiet long meditative retreat.
Scorpio: Some impact on interactions with mentors and elder siblings and some losses on investment income.
Aquarius: There is some potential for changes / endings if you have plans for long distance travel or advanced studies, or attending spiritual programs – new options will open up. Be attentive to possibility of impact on relationships with personal partners.
Pisces: Potential for some endings with some personal and business partners. Open new ways of doing things.
The first part of the weather happened between January 27th and 31st 2018: when Venus’s connection to Earth went through the nodal agitation zone, which I explained in the linked article.
Many of you may have experienced this disturbance in your personal lives during the last week of January 2018. Spouses and partners getting very upset. Not being able to enjoy aesthetics or luxuries. Generally a time when expression of romance seems to be behind the clouds.
In the news in late January 2018, FLOTUS was shown to be unhappy with POTUS. Did not show up in Davos. Travelled to SOTU address separately and apparently did not applaud as heartily as others. That may be a more public indication of Venus being disturbed. Privately, many of us, especially the sensitive among us, would have likely experienced some sort of Venus related disturbance in that week.
Today (February 6th), Venus moved into Aquarius, far away from the disturbed zone. Most of us may expect relatively better vibes in your spousal / partner interactions (except for Cancer, Virgo and Pisces ascendants, for whom Venus energy may give some low level stress over next 3 weeks, but easily manageable).
Between February 1st and February 5th, Earth’s connection with the Sun went through the nodal agitation zone. Leadership / authority roles may likely be challenged more than usual. Many of us play leadership / authority roles in some areas of life. Parents, for example, have this role when it comes to children. Many of us find ourselves being supervisors of a team, if not big bosses, at work. Expect to get surprising push backs in those authoritative / leadership roles that you take on in your lives, however limited the roles may be.
Mecury-Earth connection will go through the nodal agitation zone between February 7th and 10th. In general, expect misunderstandings due to miscommunications and re-check your spreadsheet work during these four days. Those of you blessed with having Gemini, Leo and Aquarius ascendants may see passing but sudden disturbance in home / house matters (Gemini), career /professional matters (Leo) and general obstructions in whatever they are attempting to achieve (Aquarius).
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In my 2018 annual Astro forecast I had indicated likelihood of two turbulent periods in 2018. Well, the first one (mid-January to mid-March) is here. And within that turbulence we may likely see a peak disturbance, which is the subject of this post. Each of us may experience this disturbance differently.
For approximately two weeks from January 27th to February 10th, 2018, the gravitational force fields connecting the Earth to Venus, Sun and Mercury will pass through a zone of turbulence. The turbulence zone is being created by the Moon’s orbit passing through the Earth-Sun gravitational force field.
One of the outcomes of such orbital intersections are eclipses which can be seen by the naked eye. In this case, a lunar eclipse on January 31st and solar eclipse on February 15th. However, it is not the physical outcome of the eclipses that impacts us: it is the gravitational field disturbance which arises due to the orbital intersections that gives rise to the impacts discussed and indicated here.
Such disturbed gravitational force field zones begin to be created approximately 6 weeks prior to the first of two eclipses (the solar and lunar eclipses usually happen in rapid succession, not necessarily in the same sequence, within two weeks. These sets of eclipses generally happen twice a year). The turbulence in the Sun-Earth gravitational field usually lasts 6 weeks after the second eclipse.
Turbulence in this field, which channels differently through each of us, and the Earth in general, may become apparent in different areas of our lives. The disturbance is further stirred and nuanced when the gravitational fields of other planets pass through the turbulence generated by the Moon’s orbit through the Sun-Earth force field.
The ascendant signs, that I am using to provide impact indications in this post, are based on the Systems Approach to Vedic Astrology framework. This framework uses sidereal computations to map the skies (which is the same as how NASA maps the skies), not the tropical zodiac (used by Western Astrologers, which does not take Earth’s precession into account).
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Level of Impact of disturbance by Ascendant Sign
The January 27th to February 10th 2018 disturbance is likely to impact ascendant signs as follows:
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