August Planet Blog. Mercury Direct Now

August 1, 2019

Greetings, Star Followers! What a relief August should be, after the intense planet dance of July. Mercury just got out of Retrograde, the night of July 31st. Are you noticing that communications have improved already?

August 2 – PLANET PILE UP IN CANCER.  This movable water sign has been hosting Mars, the Sun and Venus. Now MERCURY moves in to join the party.  Mercury had briefly backed up into its own sign of Gemini for a couple of days, while it was still in retrograde motion. It was there about 48 hours, from late July 30 and moves to Cancer in the evening of August 2.  The planets crossing the sensitive sign of Cancer are doing mostly good things, from increasing financial gain to adding to the love of beauty, music and the arts, and possibly bringing in some romance, to increased communication, conversation and writing skills.

The signs ruled by Mercury are Gemini and Virgo. Both benefit from this transit, as it increases income for those with Virgo Ascendants and Moon signs, while increasing the Geminis’ already ample talents of connecting with others through conversation.  Very nice. Enjoy, Mercury-ruled friends!

August 8 – MARS moves out of its sign of Debilitation into Leo, which is a friend’s sign for this energetic planet.  Leos benefit now from more drive, ambition and courage (just need to watch out for hasty actions, impatience or some irritability). Cancers benefit to have less “heat” going on in their 1st house of self, body and personality. Mars is actually their BEST planet (as it is for the Leos), so they will enjoy benefits that can show up now in the form of funds that can be banked.  Aries and Scorpios are ruled by Mars. This transit is beneficial for both of these signs and those with either sign as their natal Rising or Moon signs, will enjoy the following: For Aries, this transit stimulates their desire to learn, teach, have success in speculative matters, or romance. For Scorpios, this is their 10th house of action, career, name and fame. Mars helps blast through obstacles here, and the Scorpios can go full steam ahead. Which they like, of course.

August 11 – JUPITER GOES DIRECT!! This is great news, as finally this benefic planet gets out of retrograde motion, where it has been since April 10, 2019.  Both Sagittarius and Pisces are ruled by Jupiter, so those with this Rising or Moon sign, will benefit and start to feel some happy progress in their goals and plans, which may have been bogged down for the past four months. Yea, team!  Jupiter has been traveling through the friendly sign of Scorpio for some time, and it will continue to bring blessings to those with this water sign Rising or Moon sign until it moves into its own sign of Sagittarius on November 4th.

August 15 – FULL MOON in Capricorn. This full moon occurs in the late degrees of this earth sign, just a little before 7:00 a.m. MDT, and then it moves into the next sign, Aquarius, just a little before 10:00 a.m. MDT. The brightness of the full Moon’s rays, with Capricorn behind it in the zodiac, displaying the qualities of practicality, and an earthy stability that is comforting to emotional Cancer, the sign ruled by the Moon. It is the 7th house for Cancerians, highlighting travel and partners.  

August 16 – VENUS enters LEO. Those with Leo Rising or Moon signs, will continue to feel quite energized, since Venus rules their 3rd house of vitality and their 10th house of action and career. There’s nearly no stopping them now, and it’s a great time to enjoy some artistic pursuits, including photography.  The mix of Mars and Venus can serve to make Leos feel sexy, attractive and magnetic now.

August 17 – The SUN enters Leo, its own sign.  It joins its friend Mars there, plus Venus, but both of them will be Combust (traveling too close for comfort) the Sun. Mars plus Sun in Leo brings an excess of Pitta Dosha (for those of you who follow Ayurveda), i.e. too much heat. Beware the Leo temper, those of you who have to be around them now! Best for them to channel their strong leadership energy into projects at this time. They will feel strong and empowered, and more like themselves with the ruler of their charts sitting right there, if they can keep that Pitta “heat” under control (and possibly a tendency to be a bit “bossy” now!)

August 20 – Mercury goes Combust the Sun. This condition lasts until September 21. It causes the qualities of Mercury to be overshadowed. This shows up as lack of clarity in communications and affects communication devices, too (not as much as Mercury Retrograde does, though), less tactfulness and diplomacy when dealing with others and misunderstandings in the arena of commerce are possible.

August 25 – Mercury enters Leo, joining the Sun, Mars and Venus in this fire sign. Thus we see that the same party of planets that were earlier in the sign of Cancer, have now all moved onto Leo. This is primarily good news for those with Leo Rising and Moon signs. They will feel outgoing, more social,  and enjoy all the attention they will be receiving. 

Please don’t feel left out, Capricorns and Aquarians! Your day will come. Here’s a preview of a positive change: Saturn goes Direct motion, getting out of its long period of being Retrograde on September 18th. You know by now that the ruler of your chart is the slowest moving planet, don’t you?

As usual, please keep in mind that in this short Blog, I can only lightly touch on the effects of each transit. To fully understand how these shifts will affect you, please call me for a reading.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Your referrals are appreciated; thank you!  Services I offer include: 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 someone, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minutes session, which you are welcomed to record.  http://www.vedicstarcharts.com Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer,  healingevents@yahoo.com 





Vedic Astrology: The Eclipses of JULY, 2019

July 3, 2019

July 2019  features some significant planetary action to report. (And yes, I’m late in posting this; chalk it up to my move on 6/30!)  Can you handle TWO eclipses, THREE retrograde planets and THREE planets combust (too close to) the Sun, all in the same month? If so, read away. And hey, “I don’t make the rules; I just work here.” Reporting what’s up so everyone can be prepared.

July 2nd featured the total SOLAR ECLIPSE. It was visible only in the South Pacific and parts of South America, mainly Chile and Argentina. Even though people here in the West run to catch a view of eclipses,  in Vedic Astrology, they are considered inauspicious. They symbolize one of the demon/Rakshasa nodes of the Moon (either Rahu or Ketu) trying to “swallow” and put out the Light and life of one of the luminaries, the Sun or Moon. This time it was Rahu (north node of the Moon), trying to swallow the SUN. But since the luminaries are immortal, they escape that grip. Generally effects are worse where an eclipse is visible. In ancient cultures they found that these celestial messengers, including comets and meteors, would symbolize war, the death of a beloved leader, or earth changes. Citizens were advised not to look at an eclipse, not to eat during one, nor to let their bodies be within the rays of the eclipsed Orb. According to Indian Vedic Astrologers I have worked with, the effects of an eclipse last from two weeks before to two weeks after. Some even say from one month before to one month after! Those who would feel the most impact from this eclipse are those with Leo Rising or Moon signs, as the Sun rules their charts. This occurred in the sign of Gemini, thus those with this Ascendant or Moon sign could have also experienced some low energy.

July 7th – MERCURY GOES RETROGRADE. Oh yes, here we go again. And it lasts until July 31st. Mercury is currently transiting water sign Cancer, along with Mars (which is in its sign of debilitation). For those ruled by Mercury, the Geminis and Virgos, at least this represent good house placements for them. Once again, everyone needs to bring to mind the need to be tactful and have diplomacy. But with fiery Mars conjunct the planet that represents communication, that will be a lot to overcome.  Be careful with all communication devices, or you could end up sending a text or email to an unintended person! The Mercurial natural sense of logic may be influenced by emotions now, due to going through the sign of Cancer. When a planet is retrograde the energy turns inward, more self reflective, or internalized. Saturn and Jupiter already have been retrograde for some time now. Problems and aggravations seem to be enhanced during these cycles. During these retrograde periods, we often have an opportunity to revisit and rework matters we thought we’d already completed or had a handle on. I guess a positive way to look at it is that retrogrades bring second chances.

July 8th – Benefic VENUS, currently in the sign of Gemini, along with Rahu and the Sun, now goes Combust, i.e. traveling too close to the Sun. This reduces its ability to be at its best in terms of generating the usual Venusian qualities that bless our lives: luxury, comforts, affection, pleasures and desires, as well as social behavior. Passion can still be there, with that Rahu conjunction, but be wary of making decisions in haste regarding relationships at this time.  This combustion lasts until September 19th, which is a long time for Venus to be so affected. 

July 11th – MARS goes combust.  Tempers may flare, and as this planet represents the action priniciple,  deeds can be “done in haste” and repented later. Better to attempt to maintain equanimity despite such challenging planetary events this month, if possible. Stay cool, both physically and emotionally. A nice cool dip in the pool, or iced beverage may be just the thing to chill out some now.  Of course, if you have a beach trip planned, these various planet combination are apt to open the door to hurricanes or tropical storms, so stay on top of the weather reports, before you travel.  This Mars combust status lasts until August 8th. And of course Mars is currently sitting in Cancer, its sign of debilitation. It is just not at its best this month.

July 13th – MERCURY becomes the third planet this month in Combust status.  Ruling speech as it does, words may be said that one later regrets, added to the Mars-influenced actions mentioned above.  The Mercury combustion lasts until July 29th.

July 16th – SUN enters Cancer, joining Mars and Mercury there, and adding to the “heat” those with Cancer Rising or Moon signs are already feeling. At least it may be good for finances as the Sun rules the second house of wealth for Cancerians. That’s something.

July 16-17 – A partial LUNAR ECLIPSE occurs. MDT this will occur from 12:43 to 6:17 p.m.  However, we are fortunate not to have it visible here. Areas of visibility will be: Australia, S. America, most of Europe and Asia.  There will be some slight partial visibility in the very southern tip of Florida and uppermost eastern New England. The Moon represents mind and emotions, so when the light is “put out” for that brief time, those arenas get affected. It is a good time to dive deeply into some spiritual insights and reset one’s compass, if the need for that becomes apparent during one’s time of reflection.

July 23 – VENUS enters Cancer, stirring up romantic and affectionate feelings within those with this Rising or Moon sign.  Especially considered that Mars is already sitting there. This type of conjunction usually brings in romance!  The desire for comforts and luxuries may also increase for those born under this domestic, compassionate sign.

July 29th – Mercury becomes non-combust (see above).

July 30th – Mercury retrogrades all the way back into the previous sign, Gemini, which is its own sign, and it is comfortable there. This will assist the Gemini Rising and Moon sign people to gain some mental clarity, which Rahu traveling there has muddied to some degree. 

July 31st – MERCURY GOES DIRECT MOTION. And on that cheery note ends the month of three combustions, three retrograde planets and two eclipses!  Communications and commerce can now roll forward with greater ease and success. Plus the Geminis and Virgos will feel more like themselves now.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Your referrals are appreciated; thank you!  Services I offer include: 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 someone, please call me, and we can schedule a 90 minutes session, which you are welcomed to record.  Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, http://www.vedicstarcharts.com 720-448-3742 healingevents@yahoo.com


Blog Report on the Intense Planet Transits of June

June 2, 2019

Let’s review what’s been going on in the heavens, as some intense conjunctions continue and more are being added to the mix right now.

Since March 23rd, malefic Ketu, South Node of the Moon, has been traveling with Saturn through the dual fire sign Sagittarius. In recent days they are conjunct within one to two degrees of each other, and this degree of closeness, and the energetic tension this causes will continue into October. Those of you who are Sagittarius Rising or Moon signs, would be especially feeling this restrictive energy. It’s like being in a box canyon…Saturn representing delays, obstacles, slow progress, separation, hard work, responsibility, grief and depression. Ketu represents hindrance and degradation. Get the picture now? Not only that, but Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, is transiting their 12th house of loss, expenses and isolation. This Saturn/Ketu conjunction is challenging for the other Rising and Moon signs as well, it just depends on what house this sign represents in your own chart, as to which arena of life is most affected. Not until November 4th, does benefic Jupiter move into this sign, which it owns, to really bring back some joy, expansion and good fortune, with its uplifting and powerful influence. Hang in there, folks! At this time, Jupiter is retrograde in the sign of Scorpio, so at least the Scorpio folks are getting some benefits from its benefic energies.

Note to Capricorns: I haven’t forgotten about you! The above transit has been extremely challenging for you, with the ruler of your chart, Saturn, transiting your 12th house of loss and expenses (plus it rules your 2nd house of wealth, compounding the situation), and being conjunct Ketu, well….the best thing to do is to continue going within, meditating regularly and applying all your spiritual tools and techniques, to weather this particular storm. P. S. Oh yeah, Saturn is still retrograde too.

Across the zodiac, in dual air sign Gemini, there is a tightening conjunction between malefic Rahu, North Node of the Moon and Mars, which joined Rahu there on May 6.  Rahu and Mars, both considered malefic planets, will be at the EXACT SAME DEGREE on June 12th, facing off against malefics Ketu and Saturn, in such a tight conjunction. Looking at each other is called “aspecting” and this four-way malefic showdown does not bode well on any front, from individual to national to global.  Some have predicted the potential outbreak of war or social unrest, terrorism and the like.  Let’s just say that some people will be feeling more volatile than normal. Not understanding the pressure of planetary influences that are the cause of this, they may blame those in the environment around them and act out in surprising and rough ways. Best to stay alert, keep a low profile and make up our minds to “take nothing personally” right now.

June 1st – Mercury moved into Gemini, its own sign. This strengthens the health and intellectual clarity of those with Gemini Rising and Moon signs, which is very helpful, considering the Mars/Rahu influence already present in your sign. Mars means you’ll need to guard for irritability and outbursts of temper, made more dramatic by Rahu, who seizes and lets go, causing mood swings, among other things. He makes you have to deal with both inner and outer chaos and confusion during his transit.  Mercury remains in Gemini until June 20th.

June 2nd – Mercury is now out of combustion with the Sun. This is a boon for both Gemini and Virgo Rising and Moon sign folks, as well as bringing overall relief to communications in general.

June 3rd – VENUS moves into its own sign, Taurus, late this night, bringing a refreshing wave of comfort, ease and luxury to those with this Rising or Moon sign. Your sense of esthetic beauty will be enhanced now, and you may bring more art or music into your environment. It’s a time to flourish. This is not a comfortable placement for the Librans, however, who Venus also rules, as this is their 8th house of vulnerability, transformation, battles and disunion. Something may be nagging at the Libra sense of balance and fair play, which they might not yet be able to sort out or even put their finger on. Venus remains here until June 28th.

June 15th – SUN moves into Gemini, joining Mercury, Mars and Rahu here. The Sun helps the Geminis with added energy and vitality.  The Sun is just not so comfortable with malefic Rahu there. For malefic Rahu likes to try and swallow the Sun, and put out its light. Which will occur actually on July 2nd when a total solar eclipse takes place. More on that, next month. Sun in Gemini represents an 11th house transit for Leos, who are ruled by the Sun. This enhances their ability to pull in income, gain and fulfillment of desires now. Except for pesky Rahu!

June 17th – Full Moon in Sagittarius. The Moon rules sensitive water sign, Cancer. This placement occurring in their 6th house of obstacles, health issues, worry, stress, enemies, rivals and competitors, is not such a comfortable placement. Here it will be conjunct with Ketu and Saturn, adding to some anxiety or tension, but perhaps increased intuition and more stoicism. 

June 20th – Mercury enters Cancer. This represents positive houses for both Geminis and Virgos, including better cash flow and income now. Cancerians may feel more talkative yet have some unwanted expenses, as Mercury represents their 12th house ruler.

June 22nd – MARS moves into Cancer. Well, that’s a relief! To get it moved away from Rahu, at last. Mars is debilitated in this sign, yet is the best planet (Yogakaraka) for Cancerians. They will experience, therefore, mixed blessings now. Those with Cancer Rising or Moon signs may feel more energy and be active with some career success flowing, yet have to beware of impatience or quarrelsomeness at this time.

June 28 – VENUS enters Gemini. Here it joins Rahu and the Sun. Geminis may be feeling more passionate and affectionate now.   Which is a big relief from the turmoil caused by the recent Rahu/Mars conjunction in their sign.  This sign represents positive house placements for both Librans and Taureans so they will enjoy this transit, which lasts until July 23.

I wish I could say that in July things will slow down and smooth out, but oh no, it will be possibly even MORE intense, so keep those seat belts fastened and stay tuned for next month’s blog report!  Just to give you a little taste of what’s to come: THREE retrograde planets, including Mercury. THREE planets combust the Sun, and two eclipses. Yowzah.

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Wishing you all success, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  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 minutes, recorded session.  Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, 720-448-3742  healingevents@yahoo.com    http://www.vedicstarcharts.com


The Vedic Sky Planets in the Merry Month of May

May 3, 2019

Time for another edition of WatchYourStars. How are ya’ll enjoying that Saturn retrograde action, conjunct with malefic Ketu (south node of the Moon)? I didn’t think so. Well, now they are traveling neck in neck, within one degree of each other and this will continue well into October. This is occurring in the sign of Sagittarius. Sorry, Sags, it’s not the easiest time for you. “Let’s talk.” To understand what that means for YOU, just call and book a reading with me. Happy to help. Knowledge has liberating power!

May 3, 2019 – MERCURY has entered Aries, joining the Moon there and the Exalted Sun. There will be more quickness of the intellect now that Mercury is out of its debilitation sign, bringing clearer communications as well.  This 11th house transit for those with Gemini Rising brings gain, income, fulfillment of desire and more friends and supporters. For the Virgos, it is now in their 8th house, bringing some changes and perhaps your Virgo friends may not be feeling up to par now. It’s a good time for some career changes for Virgos though, or work transformations.

May 4, 2019 – The New Moon in Aries, will be an excellent time for new beginnings, as that is one of the hallmarks of this fire sign, the first sign of the Zodiac.  May 7th is the Day of Lasting Achievement, when both Sun and Moon will be exalted (the latter will be in Taurus by then), so if you have something new to begin, choose that day.

May 6, 2019 – MARS enters Gemini. Here it joins RAHU, the north node of the Moon, which is a malefic known to bring much chaos, calamity and confusion. These two powerful forces may create havoc on a grand scale now.  This conjunction actually continues until June 22, when Mars moves into its debilitation sign, Cancer (more on that next month).  Others have written that the period of June 8-15 could be a flashpoint for war, or a terrorist event, social uprising or severe weather, with the date of their total conjunction to the same degree being June 12th. Remember – the purpose of Vedic Astrology is “to avert the danger before it arises” – so it will be a period to be vigilant and to watch for being too quick-tempered and irritable, especially if you have Gemini Rising, Moon or Sun signs.

May 8, 2019 – Mercury becomes combust the Sun. Patience will be less now. Virgos and Geminis especially have to watch for this effect that impinges on their naturally good diplomacy and tactfulness. Try to be more understanding with your fellow human now. This condition lasts until June 2nd.

May 10, 2019 – VENUS enters Aries. This attracts both partners and money to those with Aries Rising or Moon signs, and makes them feel very attractive and affectionate. This placement lasts until June 3rd. For those with Libra Rising or Moon signs (which Venus rules), it is also a good transit in their 7th house, making them feel like extending themselves to a partner, or having more business success, and possible travel. It could bring foreign travel to those with Taurus Moon or Rising signs (as Venus is also the ruler of their charts, now transiting their 12th house) but there might be too much spending, loss or a desire for solitude now. A good time for more spiritual development, in any case.

May 14, 2019 – The SUN enters Taurus, at the very end of the day, MDT.  This is good for the Leos (ruled by the Sun) as it represents their house of action, career, name and fame, reputation. They will bask in attention received now, and their usual leadership qualities should be strong. This transit brings more feelings of personal power to the Taureans and friends will be supportive.

May 18 – FULL MOON in Scorpio. Also, MERCURY enters Taurus today, joining the Sun there. The latter adds a good planetary influence for commerce to go well; business in general may flourish now. For the Geminis, this is a 12th house transit so more expenses, losses or feelings of isolation. But for the Virgos, they will enjoy the ruler of their charts now crossing their best house – the 9th house of good luck, good fortune, dharma, pilgrimage, remedies and higher education. 

Though the Moon is debilitated in the sign of Scorpio, this is a good transit for those ruled by the Moon, the sign of Cancer, representing their 5th house of education, children, success, inclinations of the mind and romance. Scorpios benefit as well, as the Moon governs their 9th house and brings all those nice qualities (described in the above paragraph) for them to enjoy now. It’s a brief, but powerful influence.

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All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Thank you for referrals you 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 minutes, recorded session.  Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, 720-448-3742 healingevents@yahoo.com    http://www.vedicstarcharts.com

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April 2019 Planet Transits in Vedic Astrology

April 2, 2019

Another month of exciting planet changes! Thank you for sharing this post with your interested friends who may enjoy having a reading with me, to understand fully what all these changes mean to them…or you!

We will experience two of the slower moving planets go into retrograde motion, as well as one planet enter its sign of debilitation, while two others enter their signs of exaltation.

JUPITER – great benefic planet, who briefly entered its own sign of Sagittarius on 3/29/19 joining Ketu and Saturn there to infuse some positive energy into the situation, goes RETROGRADE on 4/10/19….it will backtrack into the previous sign of Scorpio on 4/29/19. When a benefic is in retrograde motion, its beneficial powers get even stronger (the opposite is true with a malefic planet). Jupiter is happy in Scorpio, a friend’s sign, where it brings its usual characteristics of good luck, happiness, wisdom, knowledge, intuition to those with Scorpio Rising or Moon signs.  It is the Sagittarians who may not enjoy this transit of their 12th house of isolation, losses and expenses so much. For Pisces, also ruled by Jupiter, it will be fine, as Scorpio represents their 9th house of good luck, good fortune, remedies, pilgrimage, natural law and higher education.  Jupiter will stay in Scorpio from 4/29 to 11/04/19. The implications require a discussion longer than the space this blog has to provide it, thus a personal reading is recommended.

4/11/19 – MERCURY enters Pisces, joining its friend, the Sun, there.  Mercury represents all forms of communication, commerce, tact and diplomacy, as well as curiosity, friendships and playfulness. These areas may be under some strain in general. At least this sign does represent good houses for Virgos and Geminis, who are ruled by Mercury. The Virgos feel more connected to the 7th house of business and partners now, while this is the 10th house of career and action for Geminis.

4/14/19 The SUN moves into ARIES, its sign of Exaltation. This is beneficial for both the Aries and Leo Ascendants and Moon sign people. This transit connects Leos to their 9th house of good luck, good fortune, dharma, destiny, pilgrimage and Natural Law. They will feel like doors are opening and they are landing on their feet. For the Aries individuals, this transit represents their 5th house ruler crossing their first house of self and body, bringing to them success, an increased desire to learn, and brilliant leadership abilities.

4/15/19 VENUS enters PISCES, its sign of Exaltation. This is that exciting time of year wherein several planets become exalted, first the Sun and Venus and in early May, the Moon will join them. In fact, if you are looking for an excellent time to start a new venture, the morning of May 7th would be superb, with all three of these planets exalted then.  Contact me for the perfect start time of your project.  Pisces Rising and Moon sign people will be bursting with creative energy and feeling sexy and attractive as well.  Taureans will enjoy having the ruler of their chart now going through their 11th house of gain, income and fulfillment of desire, stimulating those desirable areas of life now. However, for the Librans, this represents their 6th house, which is not as good, as it may increase worries, stress and having to deal with “enemies, rivals or competitors.” This could even come in the form of legal issues to resolve.

4/19/19 Full Moon in LIBRA. The time of maximum fullness will be right around 5:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight time. Enjoy the emphasis on peace, harmony and balance that this full should bring. Libra Ascendants and Moon signs should especially enjoy the energy they will be feeling now, and fullness of emotions.

4/22/19 JUPITER retreats back into Scorpio, due to its retrograde motion (see third paragraph above for full explanation).  Jupiter does not return to direct motion until August 11th.

4/29/19 SATURN goes retrograde.  This begins a powerful journey for our slowest-moving planet, traveling backwards with malefic south node of the Moon, Ketu (whose normal direction is retrograde) for the next six months. They will, in fact, be as close as just one or two degrees apart for the duration of this period, which is extremely unusual. For anyone who requests it, I can email you a five-page report on this influence. Please feel free to contact me.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Thank you for referrals you 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 minutes, recorded session.  Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, 720-448-3742 healingevents@yahoo.com    http://www.vedicstarcharts.com




March Planets: Mercury Retrograde & the Nodes Move

March 5, 2019

We have quite a month in store. We not only have a Mercury Retrograde period 3/5-28/19, but the Lunar Nodes move on 3/23, and they only change signs every 18 months.

MERCURY – This planet representing communication, commerce, diplomacy and tactfulness goes RETROGRADE on 3/05/19 at 11:19 a.m. Mountain Time.  Then it also will go COMBUST the Sun on 3/07/19 and remains in that condition until 3/21/19, adding possible sharpness and irritation to the quality of people’s speech now. Mercury will backtrack into its previous sign of Aquarius on 3/14/19, bringing an opportunity for previous plans that were forming earlier, to now gel. As usual though, there can be misinformation, poor communication and misunderstandings during the retrograde period which goes until the morning of 3/28/19.

Geminis will enjoy their planetary ruler crossing Aquarius, their 9th house of good luck and all ’round blessings, while for Virgos (also ruled by Mercury), this represents a 6th house transit. Thus the best use of the energy for them, is to help others with their logic, intellect, and problem solving abilities. Also, be alert to keep your own health cared for.

3/10/19 – Daylight Savings Times begins. Remember to adjust your clocks the night before.

3/14/19 – The Sun enters water sign Pisces.  This is the 8th house for Leos. Since the Sun is the ruler of their charts, they can now experience vulnerability and transformation. Circumstances may feel beyond their control for the next 30 days. For Pisceans, having their 6th ruler cross their house of self and body, may bring less than perfect health or at least some worries now.

3/21/19 – VENUS enters Aquarius, on the same day as the Full Moon in Virgo. Aquarians may feel more affectionate than usual, and interested in music or the arts now. This represent good houses for both signs ruled by Venus. For the Taureans it puts an emphasis on actions, career and being popular. For the Librans, this is a 5th house transit, so learning, or being close to children or a romantic partner may all figure into the picture. Venus remains here until April 15th, when it enters Pisces, its sign of Exaltation.

3/22/19 – MARS enters Taurus, bringing both closeness with a partner but also expenses to the Taureans, based on the houses it rules for them. Aries will enjoy the ruler of their chart now crossing the house of wealth, family and communications. For Scorpios, Mars also rules their charts and will now transit their house of travel, business and partners, enlivening possibilities in these key areas for them, so it’s an exciting time.

3/23/19 – RAHU AND KETU MOVE!  This spells relief to those with either Cancer or Capricorn Rising and Moon signs, as they have been getting tormented for the past year and a half by these characters.  Time to pass the torch to the next signs up. These Lunar nodes (Rahu is the north node of the Moon and Ketu the south node, and are looked at as two halves of a cosmic serpent) are considered to be malefic planets with tricky natures. They move backwards, so finally Rahu transits out of Cancer and into Gemini, while Ketu leaves Capricorn to enter Sagittarius for the next year and a half.

Sagittarius will now play host to both Saturn, who has been there since October, 2017, AND KETU.  A very unusual six or seven months is upon us. I do not recall ever seeing this situation before, wherein Saturn will be tracking side by side, within one or two degrees, with Ketu for so very long. This is due to Saturn going Retrograde on 4/19 to 9/18/19. The period in which they will be extremely close by degree is 4/10 – 10/13/19.  My sympathies to those with Sagittarius Rising or Moon signs. This is an opportunity to transcend, become more detached from earthly things and dive within. In other words, work on the spiritual side of life and try not to panic or become overly stressed about the material side. This house location is also impactful for those ruled by Saturn, especially Capricorns, as this represents their 12th house of loss and expenses. It is just not the most comfortable time for these earth sign friends, and again the advice is to dive deep and focus on getting enlightened. That is one thing this planetary conjunction is good for, in your case. It is not until 1/20/20 that Saturn will finally move into its own sign of Capricorn, bringing you the relief you will be to receive by that point.

3/29/19 – Jupiter enters (ever so briefly) its own sign of Sagittarius which will lighten up the energy present there due to Ketu and Saturn’s transit. But it will only remain there until 4/22/19, and not even reach one full degree, prior to retrograding back into Scorpio. We’ll take whatever blessings Jupiter wants to bring in that brief window. It will take until 11/04/19 before it returns to Sag for a full year’s journey.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Thank you for referrals you 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 minutes, recorded session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer,  720-448-3742 healingevents@yahoo.com    http://www.vedicstarcharts.com

Universe, Earth, Planet, Space, Cosmos






February 2019 Planet Transits

February 1, 2019

MARS is featured this month, moving into fire sign ARIES on 2/05/19. This is its own sign, where its energy is strong and healthy.

I’m trying a new format this month, going through each Rising Sign (so I hope you know yours, in the Vedic Astrology system; if not, contact me for a reading).  I’ll discuss how each relevant planet’s situation will effect each Rising Sign (or if your natal Moon is that sign, as well).

First I’ll list the dates of planet transit shifts, then get into the discussion, below that:

2/05/19 – Mars in Aries, until 3/22/19.

2/06/19 – Mercury enters Aquarius, until 2/24. Then it enters Pisces, its sign of Debilitation.

2/12/19 – Sun will be in Aquarius until 3/14.

2/17/19 – Mercury is now out of combustion (being too close to the Sun), which is helpful to improve communications across the board, as well as improve tactfulness and diplomacy.

2/19/19 – Full Moon in LEO. This is a good placement for those with Cancer Rising, as it is their house of family, wealth and communication. It may bring Leos a more inward feeling, for it rules their 12th house of solitude or isolation.

2/24/19 – VENUS enters Capricorn.

Aries Rising – The Ruler of your chart moving into your 1st house of self, body and personality will serve to energize you, so your natural flow of ambition, courage, and feeling action-oriented will prevail. Watch for doing things too hastily now.  When the Sun enters Aquarius, that brings success to your house of income, gain and fulfillment of desires.  The full moon will be beneficial in a good house for you. Mercury’s contribution is also positive up until it enters your 12th house (Pisces) on 2/24.  Then your health and vitality may not feel at its peak.  Venus’ entry into Capricorn brings blessings to your career house.

Taurus Rising – The Mars transit through your 12th house (Aries) is not as positive. Expenses may get activated by this transit.  However when Venus, the ruler of your chart, enters Capricorn on 2/24, this is a great help, for it is moving from your house of vulnerability into the best house (9th), increasing your good luck and good fortune.  This will help you feel like yourself again. 

Gemini Rising – Mars crossing your house of income nicely stimulates cash flow now.  The ruler of your chart, Mercury, getting out of the 8th house (vulnerabilities, transformation) and moving into Aquarius on 2/6, will restore a sense of connection with Natural Law and Dharma. Some travel may occur.  Then when Mercury enters Pisces 2/24, it is a boost to your career, and that will be your focus.  Mercury going non-combust on 2/17 is helpful to you on several levels.  Venus in Capricorn on 2/24, may increase some vulnerable feelings and affect your romantic relationships, which are already under some pressure with Saturn traveling through your 7th house since September, 2017.

Cancer Rising – The February transits of Mars, the Sun, and Mercury are all beneficial to you, in several ways, including career and income. The full moon will be auspicious for you, as well.  Venus once it is in Capricorn, is positive for your relationships.

Leo Rising – Mars in Aries is an improvement, as will be the Sun leaving your 6th house of conflict, enemies, rivals and competitors, to enter your 7th house of partners, marriage and travel on 2/12, making you feel closer to your partner. Mercury there is a plus as well. Once it moves into Pisces on 2/24, you will need to watch your spending, and may experience some skin or nerves issues.

Virgo Rising – Mars in Aries is not the most fun transit for you, as that is your 8th house of vulnerability.  Watch for getting “overheated” and your energy level may not be as great now, since Mars also rules your 3rd house of vitality.  Things are better with Mercury out of combustion on 2/17.  While Mercury transit Aquarius, your best use of this 6th house transit will be using your astute problem-solving abilities and being of service to others. It’s an easier time for you once it enters Pisces on 2/24, even if it is debilitated in that sign. Venus in Capricorn also on 2/24, is helpful to both your learning and teaching abilities, and contributes to your success. The full moon in Leo on 2/19 is your 12th house so their may be an inward or spiritual focus on that day, but be careful not to spend too much then.

Libra Rising – You will enjoy Mars lighting up your relationship house, which it owns. Nice. Especially after its less pleasant 6th house transit you’ve been experiencing.  Mercury while in Aquarius is positive, but once in Pisces, not as much fun. With your natural instinct for harmony and balance, you will get through that time.  Sun when in Aquarius, is also positive, for income and gain, which the full moon this month will also contribute to.  The ruler of your chart, Venus, going into Capricorn on 2/24, will connect you more with home, and friends, so that should be an enjoyable transit.

Scorpio – Mars in Aries…that is your 6th house, so you may find yourself confronting some inner or outer “enemies” or rivals, and perhaps feeling more feisty and competitive now. Mercury’s transits are both positive house placements for you. The full moon will be a good one, too, occurring in your 10th house of career and action. Venus has been fine for you where it is in Sagittarius, but will be a benefit to your vitality when it enters Capricorn.

Sagittarius – The Mars and Mercury transits are mostly positive this month, though you may have some issues with a child, with whom some anger could erupt. The full moon is auspicious, in your best house (9th). Sun in Aquarius is good for projects and getting things accomplished, using your hands. Venus moves into your 2nd house, helping to improve money matters 2/24. There is still task-master Saturn in your first house and it remains there until 1/20/20.

Capricorn – The Mars transit will be good for real estate matters for you, while it is in Aries, so that lasts well into next month. The Sun’s move into Aquarius takes some pressure off you as well, and is better for money issues. The full moon occurs in your 8th house so you may feel some emotional vulnerability or isolation at that time. Mercury’s transits will be okay for you. Once Venus enters your first house, that is a real highlight of the month for you, being good for the areas of career, success and romance. It remains there until 3/21. This may help some of the sting out of Saturn, the lord of your chart, still being in your 12th house of loss, expenses and isolation (until 1/20/20), as well as lunar node Ketu remaining in your 1st house until 3/23.

Aquarius – Aries brings you more energy this month.  The Sun crossing your first house may bring a partner closer to you. The same influence comes from the full moon in your 7th house of partners on 2/19. Mercury’s transits are good, first for a greater emphasis on romance, and making you feel sexy, and then once in Pisces, more focus on finances. Venus once in Capricorn 2/24, may bring foreign travel, greater spending or “bed pleasures.”

Pisces –  You will feel more comfortable with fiery Mars out of your 1st house of self and now in your 2nd house of wealth and communication. It can do you some good there, in those areas, but watch for letting irritation or anger creep into your communications.  Mercury in Aquarius is not such a good transit for partnerships, and you may also have some vehicle expenses. It’s better for you once it moves into Pisces on 2/24. On that day Venus moves to Capricorn, which is excellent for both energy and earnings.  The full moon occurs in your 6th house where it may increase some worries.

Just a reminder that your own personal planetary cycles (Dashas) carry more weight than most transits. Please consult me for a personal reading to see what those influences may be for you now. 720-448-3742.  Also, the big excitement occurs next month, when the lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu change signs on 3/23. Stand by for the March report and how this big shift will affect you…it only occurs every 18 months.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Boulder, CO.  Tel: 720-448-3742.  Thank you for referrals you 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 minutes, recorded session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer,  720-448-3742 healingevents@yahoo.com    http://www.vedicstarcharts.com