The total solar eclipse on July 2, 2019 opened up the possibility for change, with the possibility of integrating the changes if we are more conscious. However, it could just as easily leave us unable to integrate parts of ourselves and create two types of shadows; the things we get addicted (North Node) and allergic (South Node) to.
Although there are a multitude of reasons someone might seek an astrology reading, it really boils down to just three basic impulses. These are known as the three gunas of Vedic philosophy; tamas, rajas and sattva, and every question you ask in a reading has its basis in one or more of these.
Ketu is seen by many Vedic astrologers to be exalted in Sagittarius. Although Ketu’s conjunction with Saturn in Sagittarius shows other complex dynamics, it is generally tipped in favour of wild abandon and ideological fervour. We must eventually move beyond our points of view to a more objective appraisal, just as Capricorn follows Sagittarius in zodiacal order.
In April 2019, Jupiter stations at 0 degrees of Sidereal Sagittarius, thus remaining at this degree from March 29 until April 23. This is a gap in the zodiac, between Scorpio and Sagittarius; when we prepare for the worst (Scorpio) and hope for the best (Sagittarius) in relation to Brexit.
Jupiter’s station in this gap reflects a breakdown and, as the biggest planet in our solar system, a dip in a sense of hope and optimism, particularly in relation to order and the economy.
The first week of December sees the Moon wane into sidereal Scorpio, as Mars continues to transit Aquarius with a strong aspect from restrictive Saturn. While we may wish to boldly go, the energy just isn't with us to get there - yet!
The new Moon in Scorpio on December 7 is challenging emotionally, despite being buoyed up by Jupiter. The new Moon begins a week of intense emotional reactions as the Moon is either joined or hemmed in by all of the malefic planets: first Saturn, then Pluto, Ketu (south node) and Mars.
Mercury stations direct just before the new Moon, on December 6, and slowly turns around, as we slowly and deliberately make the required adjustments. Patience and good humour are good weapons to deal with this.
The Sun enters Sagittarius on December 16 for a festive period that is more sober than usual, as it joins Saturn in the sign (exact on January 2, 2019). The conflict between light and dark plays out in obvious and not so obvious ways at this time of year.
The Solstice is on December 21, just before the full Moon in Gemini on December 22, a volatile full Moon phase, in the lunar mansion, Ardra. With the Sun in Mula on the opposite end of the zodiac, these two 'sharp and dreadful' signs can be expressed in some form of destruction, whether man-made or weather related.
The month and year ends on a positive note, as Mars enters Pisces and exchanges signs with Jupiter in Scorpio. This is a helpful exchange, as we take positive actions which fuel better decision making.
I wish you the very best of what the month has to offer - and a merry Christmas!
Mars is exalted by November 3, before moving into sidereal Aquarius on November 6 and into a stronger aspect from Saturn, which stays in Mula lunar sign for one last month. There are some loose ends to tie up, as we reign in and conserve energy.
Jupiter settles into Scorpio, having moved into Anuradha on October 27; where it will remain until December 27. There is a mutual aspect to Rahu in Cancer, fueling the water signs Cancer and Scorpio; bringing more awareness to emotional manipulations. Jupiter's combustion between November 12 and December 9 brings purification, along with confusion if we look to outside sources for direction; instilling in us a need to journey inward to find inner guidance.
The new Moon on November 7 is an important transition for the year, as we pay homage to those who have gone before us, and light up this time of year as a symbol of the light winning against the dark. Diwali is celebrated in India, while in Ireland we celebrate Samhain.
Venus stations direct on November 16, just as the Sun prepares to move out of debilitation and into Scorpio. The 'bright morning star' returns to guide us as Jupiter is lost in the rays of the Sun, and we are guided, and tempted, by sensual desire, especially as the Moon is exalted for the full Moon on November 23; impassioned by Mars’ aspect and an opposition from Jupiter.
As Venus stations direct, Mercury stations retrograde in Scorpio on November 17, and remains retrograde until December 6. Mercury is in combustion (Nov. 21 to Dec. 2), and conjuncts Jupiter on November 27, during the mid-point of the retrograde cycle; a turning point during this process of review.
Mercury’s retrograde in Scorpio is dark, brooding and confusing, as we grapple with our own demons, sometimes projecting them at others, while denying ourselves the value of such introspection.
Mars moves closer to its exaltation degree in October. It finally moves away from the south node, Ketu, a conjunction that brought up a lot of uncertainties and volatility.
Jupiter brings growth to Scorpio from October 11; a big change in the planetary line-up in October.
While Mars is strong, the Sun enters Libra by October 17, its sign of weakness. Thankfully, this year Venus is retrograde in Libra from October 5 through November 16, making this year’s retreat into the darkness easier to deal with on the one hand - even enjoyable - but also complicating matters by intensifying and distorting our perceptions about what we value and love.
Venus moves into Libra, bringing a nicer feel to the latter part of 2018. Venus spends a long time in Libra, due to its retrograde transit from October 6 until November 16.
Mercury transits Leo, joining the Sun, as it moves beyond its shadow phase and into new territory, taking our minds beyond the emotional and the uncertain, as we develop new plans and a fresh perspective.
Speaking of plans, Mars is now direct, exalted and ready for action; moving back into one last explosive meeting with the south node and an aspect to Uranus in Aries. This has more explosive potential, but may be utilized productively or destructively, depending.
As Mars ventures forth, moving over territory we have already covered, Saturn and Pluto station direct, keeping Mars in check somewhat, before Mars leaves its shadow phase after October 8.
Mars continues to transit retrograde in Capricorn in August. Not only is Mars retrograde, but the planet which rules where it is placed (Saturn) is retrograde, while its ruler (Jupiter) is weakened by Venus’ debilitation.
And then there’s the complication of Mercury's retrograde in Cancer. Emotional reactions are never far from the surface, as we are challenged to communicate peacefully in all of the uncertainty.
Keep your wits about you in August!