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June Planets: All About Saturn as it Backs Up Into Scorpio

May 29, 2017

June is a month with some significant planet changes in their various transits around the fixed Zodiac, which is the system utilized by Vedic Astrology. We will explore here especially, the movements of two of the slower moving planets, Jupiter and Saturn. Going in order of the changes this month:

June 3 – MERCURY enters Taurus.  Here it is in a friend’s sign. This is an improvement for Virgo, one of the two signs that Mercury governs, as here Mercury is in the Virgos’ 9th house of good luck, good fortune and dharma.  It is not as good of a placement for the other sign ruled by Mercury, which is Gemini. For this sign, Taurus represents the 12th house,  thus it connects the Geminis with either foreign travel, loss and expenses, “bed pleasures,” or the desire to go inward and perhaps take some down time, alone. Feelings of isolation may occur. This would be an excellent time to attend a meditation retreat.

June 9 – The Full Moon occurs in water sign Scorpio, which is a friend’s sign, for the Moon. Those ruled by Moon, i.e. the sign of Cancer, should be feeling romantic or inquisitive at this time, as this represents their 5th house.  However, the Moon in this sign of its debilitation may bring on more emotional sensitivity than usual. 

June 9 – That same day, MERCURY goes into combustion with the Sun, and this condition will last until July 3, creating a bit more tension in communications for many, in general. Especially the Virgo and Gemini Rising and Moon sign people will feel the effects, which may cause some irritability or impatience in their interactions with others.

June 9 –  JUPITER gets out of retrograde and goes direct motion now!  There can be a greater sense of progress and moving forward by, especially by the two signs ruled by this great benefic, Sagittarius and Pisces.  Jupiter first went retrograde on February 5 (the 6th, in most of the country), so this will be an exciting and positive shift. Jupiter represents happiness, good judgment, good luck, good fortune and knowledge. These qualities can now be more in the forefront in the collective consciousness.

June 14 – The SUN enters air sign Gemini, bringing some energy and productivity to the Gemini Ascendants and Moon sign folks. It is also a positive placement for those ruled by the Sun, the Leos among us, for the lord of their chart will be passing through their 11th house of gain, income and fulfillment of desire. Nice.

June 18 – MERCURY enters Gemini, its own sign. Here it is happy and strong, bringing greater clarity to the collective intellect. Geminis should sign now. It’s also great for the Virgo Rising and Moon signs, as the ruler of their chart now crosses through their 10th house of action, career, name and fame.

June 20 – SATURN retrogrades all the way back into Scorpio!  Now we can get into the nitty-gritty of our slowest-moving planet. It takes 2.5 years for Saturn to change signs.  Saturn entered fire sign Sagittarius on January 26, but then it started this retrograde dance on April 5.  It continues to back up into the sign it had been in for over two years already, SCORPIO.  Thus the Scorpio rising and Moon sign folks get a little “bonus Saturn.  Though Saturn goes direct motion on August 25, it does not re-enter Sagittarius until October 26. 

This period will be most noticeable by the two signs ruled by Saturn, which are Capricorn and Aquarius. Scorpio represents good houses for both of these signs.  For Capricorns, it is their 11th house of gain and income. For Aquarians, this their 10th house of career, action, name and fame.

For Scorpios, Saturn rules their 3rd and 4th houses, which isn’t so bad, as influences go. However, Saturn in its own right, represents grief, depression, obstacles, separation, hard work, service, and humility. Expect to experience one or more of these influences during those four months from June 20 until October 26.  A retrograde time always gives those affected an opportunity to revisit and finalize some things that were not completed and finished satisfactorily in the prior passage over this sign. 

Although the “Sags” will experience a brief respite from the sometimes heavy pressures of Saturn’s passage there, bringing some relief for those four months.  Then they will get their turn again, when Saturn re-enters this sign on October 26 for the next 2.5 years period.  Owning their 2nd house of wealth, and 3rd house of self-efforts, as long as they are willing to work hard, stay organized and focused this transit does not have to be so bad.  Unless you have your Moon there.

This brings us to the subject of Sadhe Sati. This is a 7.5 year transit which each of us experience every 28 years (the first one in life depends on where one’s Moon and Saturn were at the time of birth).  Saturn spends 2.5 years in the house before the Moon, then smack dab on the Moon, and then the 2nd house to the Moon. This cycle can really cause us to become a lot more philosophical and detached vs. all the attachments that this mundane world can try and create within us, which only brings grief along the path.  I have so many friends who have their natal Moons in either Scorpio or Sagittarius, and I’ve witnessed the various pressures and hardships they have been under for the last 2.5 to 5 years.  Moon represents mind and emotion while Saturn represents grief and depression, thus you can see why this isn’t such a fun cycle, but we can certainly use it to grow, learn a lot of spiritual lessons and be of service to our fellow man.

June 29 – VENUS enters Taurus, its own sign. Thus Venus will be in high dignity at the same time that Mercury is in its own sign, as well. Happier times are thus on the horizon for the Taureans. They will want to be surrounded by beauty, music, art, luxuries and pleasures. For the other sign ruled by Venus, Libra, those with that Ascendant or Moon sign, this is their 8th house of transformation and vulnerability, so it might not be as smooth a transit as for the Taureans.   

Blessings of the planets to you, from the Sunshine Corner in from Sedona, AZ.  Tel. 928-284-4060.  Thank you for any referrals you may send me.  I offer many services such as: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for a family member or dear one, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minute, taped session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, healingevents@yahoo.com. vedicstarcharts.com

 

 

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May Planets: Mercury Goes Direct

April 29, 2017

The merry month of May brings some relief on the starry horizon. We’ll be going down from three retrograde planets, to only two of them, for a while longer.

May 3 – MERCURY gets out of retrograde.  Communication and devices dealing with same, should go more smoothly now.  Those with Rising signs and Moon signs ruled by this planet (Virgos and Geminis) will especially enjoy this shift, and feel more progress with this forward movement.

May 14 – The SUN enters earth sign Taurus.  This represents the 10th house of career for the Leos, who are ruled by the Sun, so this will still be a positive transit for them. Since the Sun also represents “government” things can now calm down some after the thirty days of its passage through fire sign Aries.  Ideas from calmer heads may be able to reign now.  It is also a positive transit for those with Taurus Rising or Moon signs, bringing friends and supporters closer to them.

May 26 – MARS enters air sign Gemini, bringing in new energy and drive to help achieve their ambitions. Just take heed, Gemini Rising and Moon sign friends, that you don’t let the energy slide to the negative side of the Mars spectrum which is anger, impatience, irritability and restlessness.

Mars 30 – VENUS goes into fire sign Aries, finally leaving its sign of Exaltation Pisces where it had a nice, long stay, due to a period of being retrograde.  This position is actually better for the Libra Rising and Moon sign people, as Venus will now be traveling through their 7th house of partners, business, marriage and travel.  That’s a lot better than the previous sign which is their 6th house of stress, worries and health issues. Enjoy the change, Librans.   Those with Taurus Rising or Moon signs, which are also ruled by Venus, will now have a 12th house transit going on. That means the ruler of their charts is crossing the house of loss and expenditure, so they have to watch their spending. Foreign travel could be another possibility, as well as the desire for solitude. They may also feel a bit isolated, on the other hand.

May 31 – MARS goes combust the Sun.  This state of traveling too close to the fiery energy of the Sun makes any planet “angry” and thus not able to give us the full positive side of its qualities.  Mars rules the signs of Aries and Scorpio, thus those born with these Rising or Moon signs will want to take care to get enough rest to be able to reflect on situations calmly, vs. going off in some impulsive reactions.

Here we can see that there are certainly fewer planetary disturbances than last month. Only Saturn and Jupiter remain in retrograde motion, after Mercury goes Direct on May 3rd.  Jupiter remains retrograde until June 9th, so we’ll have more discussion on that influence, next month.

This blog is meant to provide just a taste of possible effects from the transits, the changing conditions of the planets in the Vedic Sky. For a more complete understanding of your own chart, as usual, you are invited to contact me and schedule a full reading.

Just reach out to me here in the Sunshine Corner in Sedona, AZ.  Tel. 928-284-4060.  Thank you for any referrals you may send me.  I offer many services such as: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for a family member or dear one, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minute, recorded session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, healingevents@yahoo.com. vedicstarcharts.com

 

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The Four Retrograde Planets of April, 2017

April 1, 2017

It’s a really “happening” month with planet changes, so keep your seat belts fastened.

4/05/17 – SATURN goes Retrograde. This is our slowest-moving planet. Changes he makes are significant, often affecting broad segments of society from law enforcement to the working class, and laws concerning same.  Saturn has been transiting fire sign Sagittarius since January 26th. This has been a wonderful let-up for those with Scorpio Moons (especially) or Rising Signs, where it had been stationed for over two years.  Capricorn and Aquarius are the signs ruled by Saturn. The retrograde motion may make them have to work harder to reach their goals.  Now we have three planets in retrograde motion. There will more explanation of retrograde planets, in general, below.

4/09/17 – MERCURY goes Retrograde.  Yes, here we go again. This condition will last until May 3rd. Virgo and Gemini are the signs ruled by Mercury. They get affected in the following ways:  With Mercury crossing Aries at this time, that is the 11th house for Geminis. Thus income may actually see some nice increase now. However, the Virgos do not fare so well, as Aries is their eighth house.  Whatever “transformations and vulnerability” they may have been going through since March 26 when this transit began, could intensify now.  This could affect the areas of career and health. Mercury retrograde can cause confusing and misunderstandings, in general.

4/09/17 – On this day, we now have FOUR planets in retrograde motion, which is the appearance of going backwards. Already, the great benefics Jupiter and Venus have been retrograde for some time. As we see above, Saturn goes retrograde on 4/05 and now Mercury on 4/09.  That is a LOT of “backwards motion”!  Those ruled by Venus (Libra, Taurus) and Jupiter (Sagittarius, Pisces) have already been having the opportunity for some introspection and re-examining any old issues that had not been previously totally resolved.

Now we have those ruled by Saturn (Capricorn, Aquarius) and Mercury (Gemini, Virgo) in that same boat.  It is best to view circumstances that arise now as impersonally as possible, not letting emotions cloud our thinking, or actions.  It is a time to use caution and patience, not going with urges or rash, quick decisions.  It may indeed feel like affairs are “going backwards” or “just marking time” in your life, but once each planet moves forward again, and crosses the degree it had reached at the moment it went retrograde, the time is ripe for reaping the harvest of our actions and hopefully noticing some new advantage and perspective that we may have ignored earlier, to help propel us towards our goals. This is a time when many “buried” behind-the-scenes actions in government or elsewhere could be revealed and come to light, with the end goal of cleaning up many messes.

4/12/17 – MERCURY goes into combustion with the Sun.  Thus there is the double whammy of this planet which rules communication, tactfulness and commerce being both retrograde and too close to the Sun for comfort, at the same time. You know what that means, Virgos and Geminis, as you’ve gone through this type of cycle many times before, but it is never comfortable. Hang in there!

4/12/17 – MARS moves into Taurus.  In the previous transit of the sign of Aries, Mars was very strong and feisty, since Aries is its own sign, bringing out some war-like, competitive qualities of Mars.  Taurus is the second house for those with Aries Rising or Moon signs and connects them to wealth, family and communication, so not a bad transit at all. For Scorpios, who are also ruled by Mars, this will be a good transit, too, representing their seventh house of business, partners, travel and marriage, connecting them more with these important arenas of life.

4/13/17 – The SUN enters Aries. Here the Aries Rising and Moon sign people had just gotten rid of one fiery malefic planet (though Mars is a “functional benefic” for them, since it rules their charts),  only to have another one move into their sign. The Sun is in its sign of Exaltation here and thus very happy and powerful. This is a positive placement for the Leos, as the Sun rules their chart and will now be transiting their very best house, the ninth house of good luck, good fortune, dharma, Natural Law, remedies and pilgrimage. This transit will bring out leadership qualities in those with Aries Rising or Moon signs, though their egos could be a bit overbearing now.

4/15/17 – VENUS gets out of retrograde and goes direct motion. This will bring a sense of progress and moving forward for the Libras and Taureans.  Now we will be down to just three retrograde planets, which is still quite a lot!

4/27/17 – MERCURY gets out of combustion with the Sun. This helps communication across the board for everyone, and is especially helpful to those with Virgo or Gemini Rising or Moon signs.

Blessings of the planets to you, from the Sunshine Corner in from Sedona, AZ.  Tel. 928-284-4060.  Thank you for any referrals you may send me.  I offer many services such as: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for a family member or dear one, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minute, taped session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, healingevents@yahoo.com. vedicstarcharts.com

 

 

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March 2017 Planet Positions – Venus goes retrograde 3/04/17

March 3, 2017

We are all ready for Spring, right?  Before I get into the new planet movements for March, in case you are on Twitter, please follow me @VedicStarExpert – hope to see you there! What a nice change, to get away from February, which brought the two eclipses.

3/01/2017 – MARS moved into its own sign of Aries where it is very strong. It gives the Aries Rising and Moon chart people much energy, drive and ambition. Just watch out for some rashness, impatience and temper issues. For Scorpio, which Mars also rules, this represents your 6th house of enemies, rivals and competitors, helping you overcome same.  You may have to confront some delays, until Mars moves on 4/12/17.

3/04/17 – VENUS goes retrograde. It remains in its sign of Exaltation, Pisces. This brings happiness to the Pisces and Taurus Rising and Moon signs. Still some worries for the Libras, since this is your 6th house.  It will go forward into direct motion on 4/14/17. It stays in Pisces until 5/30/17.

3/10/17 – MERCURY enters Pisces, joining its friend Venus there.  In this sign, Mercury’s dignity is “debilitated” meaning it feels weakest in this sign. However, the fact that it is sitting with an Exalted planet grants “Neechabhanga yoga” which contributes to cancellation of debilitation. At least Pisces does represent very good houses for both signs that it rules, Virgo and Gemini.

3/14/17 – The SUN enters Pisces now as well, for a one month stay. For Leos, the sign that the Sun rules, this unfortunately is your 8th house of vulnerability and transformation, thus not the most comfortable transit. Already Venus in this sign has been multiplying how vulnerable you may feel, since it’s been in Pisces.

3/20/17 – VENUS goes combust the Sun. This is a brief, ten day period, ending on 3/30/17.  Times of combustion bring a tendency for feeling more irritated than you normally would, with less tactfulness, for the signs ruled by Venus, which are Taurus and Libra.

3/21/17 – MERCURY gets out of the combustion period that it has been in since 2/16/17,  bringing relief to those ruled by Mercury, which are Gemini and Virgo, and improved communication in general.

3/26/17 – MERCURY enters Aries. Here, it is out of its debilitated status so communication for everyone should improve. For Geminis, this represents your 11th house of gain, income and fulfillment of desire, so enjoy it while it lasts! For Virgos, however, this is your 8th house of transformation and vulnerability, which may be experienced on either the physical level, the feeling level or in terms of your business, since  for you Mercury also rules your 10th house of career. It will stay here all the way to June 3rd, due to a Mercury Retrograde period coming up next month.

Blessings of the planets to you, from the Sunshine Corner in from Sedona, AZ.  Tel. 928-284-4060.  Thank you for any referrals you may send me.  I offer many services such as: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for a family member or dear one, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minute, taped session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, healingevents@yahoo.com. vedicstarcharts.com

 

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February 2017 Planets: Monthly Vedic Astrology Blog

February 2, 2017

February Planet Report….

Are you Scorpios enjoying the relief of Saturn’s recent movement OFF of your Rising Sign, Moon sign or Sun sign?  That occurred on January 26th. Already some of my friends, especially the Scorpio Moon groups, have shared with me their feelings of relief from Saturn’s grinding pressure.

2/03/17 – Mercury moves into Capricorn, a friend’s sign. It will join the Sun there.  This placement is fine for the Virgos, ruled by Mercury, but not so good for the other signed ruled by Mercury, Gemini.  This 8th house for them represents Transformation, battles and disunion, vulnerability, life and death. So it’s never exactly comfortable when it’s making this transit each year.  Mercury will move on 2/22/17 into Aquarius, bringing some relief.

2/05/17  – The great benefic Jupiter goes Retrograde!  This lasts until 6/09/17.  Jupiter is currently in Virgo, which should bring to this earth sign both friends and partners, so that is a nice placement for them. The two signs ruled by Jupiter are Sagitarius and Pisces.  The placement for both of them is okay. When a benefic planet goes retrograde, it is generally thought to enhance its benefic energies. (The opposite is true for a malefic planet).

2/10-11/17 – Depending on where you live, this partial (penumbral) lunar eclipse will occur over one of these dates.  The range of visibility will be in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia.  Please remember that eclipses are never auspicious but just the opposite and their effect is felt most greatly in the areas in which they are visible. It looks to me that it will be at full effect here in Sedona, AZ on Feb. 11th around 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.  This eclipse occurs in the sign of Leo.

2/12/17 – The Sun moves into Aquarius for a month. Though still in an enemy’s sign (as both Capricorn and Aquarius are ruled by Saturn), this will be a much better placement for the LEOS, who are ruled by the Sun. It is going away from their 6th house of rivals, enemies and competitors into their 7th house of business and partnerships, also travel.  

2/16/17 – Mercury goes combust the Sun (traveling too close for comfort). This condition will last until 3/21/17. Those most affected are Virgo and Gemini Rising and Moon signs, but everyone will have to watch for being less than tactful. Try and keep communications positive and thoughtful now.

2/22/17 – Mercury enters Aquarius.  This is helpful to Geminis as it is their 9th (best) house, but not so helpful for Virgos.  This is their 6th house of worry, health problems, enemies, rivals and competitors. Plus it will be traveling with tricky Ketu, so watch your back, literally and figuratively.

2/26/17 – Annular Solar Eclipse.  This partial eclipse will not be seen in the USA. It occurs in the sign of Aquarius. Those with Aquarius Rising or Moon signs may feel especially intuitive at this time, but it’s not a good moment to make big decisions or take actions.  It will be visible in S. America, Atlantic, Africa, Antarctica.

If you haven’t already taken a look, please visit my newly redesigned website, which looks awesome and much more up-to-date. http://www.vedicstarcharts.com Now is a great time to have a reading with me, to get an in-depth look at your year ahead. As you can see on my website, I can now accept PayPal payments for my services.

Blessings of the planets to you, from the Sunshine Corner in from Sedona, AZ.  Tel. 928-284-4060.  Thank you for any referrals you may send me.  I offer many services such as: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for a family member or dear one, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minute, taped session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, healingevents@yahoo.com. vedicstarcharts.com

 

 

 

 

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Planets for the New Year: January, 2017

January 8, 2017

New Year’s blessing to all! May 2017 bring you many gifts.

Once again, I can blame my tardiness on getting this report written to Mercury Retrograde, but that just ended, so now, back to work.

VERY EXCITING NEWS! Please visit my newly redesigned website, which looks awesome and much more up-to-date. http://www.vedicstarcharts.com Now is a great time to have a reading with me, to get an in-depth look at your year ahead. As you can see on my website, I can now accept PayPal payments for my services.

January 2nd – Mercury got out of combustion with the Sun, bringing relief to all those with Virgo or Gemini Rising or Moon signs, especially.

January 8th – MERCURY WENT DIRECT! Yes, that was just this morning, so communications in general should improve now. Situations that seemed to be “going backwards” for the Virgos and Geminis for the past three weeks, can move forward more smoothly, as well.  If you’ve been having trouble with communication equipment, Mercury getting out of retrograde should also be a big improvement.  Go ahead and sign those contracts and make the new agreements you have been considering.

January 13th – The SUN enters earth sign Capricorn this date, which is not its favorite sign to transit. For the Leos, the sign that the Sun rules, this represents your 6th house of enemies, rivals and competitors, stress, worry, and health problems. You can expect some delays and snags until February 12th.

January 20th – MARS enters Pisces.  For those with Aries Rising or Moon signs, this represents your 12th house, so you may experience some losses or expenses, may feel you need some time alone, or conversely, just feel isolated. Foreign travel would be a possibility, depending on your dashas (personal planetary cycles). For the other sign ruled by Mars, Scorpio, this represents your 5th house of success, learning, children, and romance, so it’s a better placement for you.

AND NOW THE BIG ONE!  Our slowest-moving planet, SATURN, will enter Sagittarius on January 26th.  This is a relief for those with Scorpio Moons especially, as you have been in the middle of your Sadhe Sati period. Sorry to spoil the fun, but I must report that your relief will be temporary: Saturn goes retrograde on April 5th, and backs all the way up into Scorpio again on June 20th. It goes direct motion on August 25th, but does not move back into Sagittarius until October 26. There it will remain for roughly 2.5 years.  Sagittarians, “call me,” to get the scoop. You will be working hard, have many responsibilities, and will need to stay focused in the next few years, including having a structured schedule, which your nature may rebel against. Trust me, it’s worth it. Also, you’ll need to get enough rest every night!  Meditation is a great help for those dealing with Saturn’s influence.

January 27th – Benefic VENUS enters Pisces, its sign of Exaltation. The signs ruled by this planet are Taurus and Libra. The Taureans will fare very well, as this is a 10th house transit, emphasizing your popularity, career, name and fame, etc. Libras have to be careful, as this is your 6th house of worry and stress. Take care of yourself and watch out for jealousy that could be directed at you now. Pisces Rising or Moon folks will feel more creative, warm and loving, yet Venus does also rule your 8th house of vulnerability and transformation.  Pisceans really have to learn to have healthy boundaries or others will take advantage of your “Emotional Healer” nature and you could end up feeling drained.

For those who like to plan far into the future, I will mention a very powerful TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE ON August 21st, and yes, it will be visible in the US. The path of complete darkness caused when Rahu tries to “swallow the Sun” is from the Pacific NW, diagonally through the Midwest, and going through South Carolina, from what I’ve read. Eclipses are very inauspicious, should not be viewed, especially by anyone who is pregnant, and their biggest effects happen along the areas in which they are visible.  This eclipse occurs in LEO, which sign the Sun owns, thus it will have the greatest effect on those born with Leo Ascendants or Moon signs.

Blessings of the planets to you, from the Sunshine Corner in from Sedona, AZ.  Tel. 928-284-4060.  Thank you for any referrals you may send me.  I offer many services such as: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for a family member or dear one, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minute, taped session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, healingevents@yahoo.com. vedicstarcharts.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December Planets 2016 by Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer

December 4, 2016

December 2nd – The month begins with VENUS moving into Capricorn on the 2nd, staying in this Earth sign until Dec. 28th

Now it is traveling with Mars. They both give positive qualities to those with Capricorn Rising or Moon signs. The good results range from attracting friends and supporters, to getting a better position, making money, and success in general, even with games of chance. Enjoy it while it lasts!

December 11 – MARS moves into Aquarius.  It stays here until January 20, 2017. Even during its stay in the previous sign of Capricorn, Mars was doing an “exchange of houses” with Saturn, who has long been sitting in Scorpio, ruled by Mars. Both Capricorn and Aquarius are ruled by Saturn. The good news about this upcoming move into the fixed Air sign, is that Mars will get away from Saturn’s aspect, and thus be more comfortable, in that regard. The “other news” though, is that in Aquarius, Mars will be traveling with malefic KETU (the south node of the Moon), which makes for a trickier passage. 

Mars and Ketu will be at the same degree on December 26th. Since Ketu is an “upagraha” (a planet without a body), it absorbs the energies of whatever planet in which it may be in conjunction, as well as those giving an aspect (looking at it). There are some astrologers making a very big deal about this conjunction and warning people to avoid traveling the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Some of these astrologers throw in the influence of the outer planets (Neptune, Uranus and Pluto) which we do NOT use in Vedic Astrology. 

Yes, Mars can cause accidents, draw blood, represent violence, anger, temper and the like. To me, as far as individuals go, it depends entirely on what the sign of Aquarius represents in your own natal chart. If you have Aquarius Rising or Moon sign, yes, it would pay to be cautious. If you are a  Scorpio Rising or Moon sign, Mars and Ketu will be transiting your 4th house of vehicles, so yes, be careful. Once you have a reading with me, you will know what this sign represents in your own chart and thus, how to plan accordingly.

As always, I urge everyone to listen to his or her own intuition.  Could there be some terrorist activity in this cycle? There may be. For malefic RAHU will be aspecting Mars, from Rahu’s position in Leo. Whenever Mars and Rahu interact there can be fireworks, drama and generally not a good time had by all.

December 15 – The SUN enters Sagittarius, for its one month transit in this fire sign. This will be a nice change, from the Sun’s point of view, to get out of the same sign as its enemy, Saturn.  I expect Leos to feel better, with less restrictions here, and greater success, as the ruler of their chart will be crossing their 5th house. Perhaps governmental functions will also start flowing more smoothly then. Saturn’s influence has been tossing in some obstacles, delays and criticism, for the previous 30 days.

December 19 – MERCURY GOES RETROGRADE, until January 8, 2017. This marks the FOURTH Mercury retrograde period of 2016. Virgos and Geminis are used to taking measures to accommodate the apparent “things going backwards” effect of such a transit. Since Mercury rules communication and commerce, we all feel the impact, so we’ll want to keep in mind the need to be as tactful and diplomatic as possible – it won’t be easy, but let’s try!

December 22 – Mercury goes combust the Sun. This is a period of Mercury traveling too close to this fiery orb and thus some of its get qualities get singed a bit. That does include interpersonal communication, diplomacy, tactfulness and anything connected to communications equipment. This influence will last until January 2, 2017, so Virgos and Geminis especially, take note.

December 26 – Saturn gets out of combustion with the Sun. This is most helpful to those with Capricorn or Aquarius Ascendants or Moon signs. It has been combust since November 23, which makes any planet more grumpy, angry, and unable to present its best side and provide its best benefits.  Thus we should also see improvement in the career fields that are ruled by Saturn, from laborers to police personnel.

December 28 – VENUS enters Aquarius. Here it joins Mars and Ketu, and Venus will stay in this fixed Air sign until January 27, 2017, when it enters Pisces, its sign of exaltation. While traveling with Mars and Ketu in Aquarius, it does bring some sweetness to the planetary mix here, for Venus is Yogakaraka (best planet) for those with Aquarius Rising.

Blessings of the planets to you, from the Sunshine Corner in from Sedona, AZ.  Tel. 928-284-4060.  Thank you for any referrals you may send me.  I offer many services such as: natal chart readings, yearly updates, couples compatibility or astrocartography (location) readings.  If you would like to book an appointment for yourself, or as a gift for a family member or dear one, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minute, taped session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, healingevents@yahoo.com. vedicstarcharts.com