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September Skies: Vedic Astrology Blog by Mary Stevenson

September 4, 2016

There’s much to report in the realm of planet interactions this month.

9/01/16 – The Sun was eclipsed by malefic north node of the Moon, Rahu, in its own sign of LEO.  However, this eclipse was barely visible anywhere, and not at all in the USA so other than those with Leo Rising or Moons signs, who may have felt some energetic shifts, I do not feel this was a very significant event, for most.

9/06/16 – MERCURY (which is already retrograde) goes combust the Sun.  This condition lasts until 9/16. It does not make Mercury a happy camper, thus misunderstandings and verbal disagreements may ensue, with Mercury not able to provide his usual tactfulness and diplomacy.

MERCURY RETROGRADE began last month and will go until 9/21.  At first, it won’t be too much of a problem, since this planet that deals with communication has been crossing Virgo, its own sign, where it is strong and happy. BUT!  It will back up into LEO, the previous sign on 9/09/16.  There it will be sitting with the Sun (briefly, until it moves) and malefic RAHU.  Things will get more dicey for those ruled by Mercury, Geminis and Virgos.  Especially the Virgos may experience more challenging results at this time, with the ruler of their charts crossing their 12th house of loss, expenses, seclusion or isolation.  Add to this Rahu playing a wild card thrown into this transit.  This condition lasts until 10/03/16, when Mercury will return to Virgo, and peace and order will be restored for you.

9/11/16 – Benefic JUPITER goes combust the Sun.  This condition lasts until 10/10/16 affecting those ruled by Jupiter, Pisces and Sagittarius.  You have a normally happy, upbeat nature, but could feel some inner “pinch” at this time. Take care of yourself and know that “this too shall pass.”

9/16/16 – the Sun enters Virgo. Here it escapes its one month transit with malefic Rahu.  That will come as a relief.  Jupiter and Venus will still be in Virgo at this time.  Those with Virgo Rising and Moon signs may have to watch their tendency to spend now, caused by the Sun, their 12th ruler, crossing the 1st house of self.

9/16/16 – Meanwhile, that same day, there will be a Penumbral Lunar eclipse (partial).  We are fortunate that it will not be visible in the USA. Regions which will be seeing at least some parts of the eclipse: Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, West in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica. Eclipses are not auspicious in the tradition of  Vedic Astrology, thus those in the areas where the light of this eclipsed luminary is visible, will experience the greatest effects. 

9/17/16 – MARS ENTERS SAGITTARIUS!  Finally this long ordeal that has been going on since 7/12/16, with Mars transiting Scorpio in conjunction with Saturn, will be over. Both planets will breath their respective signs of relief.  This has not been an easy transit especially, for those with Aries Rising or Moon signs, since Scorpio represents their 8th house of vulnerability, battles and disunion, transformation, life and death.  It will be such a blessing for the ruler of your sign to now enter your 9th “best” house in your chart and bring you support of Nature, good luck and good fortune.

9/18/16 – VENUS enters Libra its own sign. This great benefic will be very happy here and benefit those with Libra Rising or Moon signs greatly.  The other sign ruled by Venus is Taurus. They will not have as easy a run of it, since Libra represents their 6th house of stress, worry, enemies, rivals and competitors, plus possible health problems. This transit lasts until 10/13/16.

There is no doubt that next month will be an easier ride for most of us, once Mars finally moves away from Saturn on 9/17; Mercury gets out of retrograde on 9/21 and we get further past the two eclipses of September.

To get a better understanding of how all these transits and other factors affect your personal life, call me for a reading!

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner in from Sedona, AZ.  Tel. No. 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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August: JUPITER Entered Virgo/SATURN Goes Direct

August 12, 2016

Hello Vedic Astrology fans! Sorry for the delay in getting my August blog out.  Once again, I’m blaming it on the planets.

After a lovely two months visiting my former home town of Boulder, CO and all the dear friends there, I arrived back in Sedona on Sunday night to find I had no internet service.  It took three days of speaking with my carrier Century Link (after long holds on the phone) to finally get it sorted out – to a degree, but it’s not perfect. I was finding that people in the phone department couldn’t help with the internet issue and vice versa. One hand does not know what the other is doing over there!

This is so symptomatic of the type of “push/pull” energy that the Mars/Saturn conjunction continues to throw out, into each of our lives, that is experienced in various ways. Right now viewers are gripped with watching the OLYMPICS on TV. I have watched some of the competitive spirit of these planets spill over into looks and comments between competitors there.  It affects everyone.  Not least of which are the conflict hot spots around the globe and our own presidential politics here in the USA.

August 11 – JUPITER moved into VIRGO, ending it’s one year+ travel through the fixed fire sign of LEO.  Since January 8, 2016, malefic north node of the Moon, RAHU has been traveling there with it, causing upheaval, passion and chaos for some Leo Ascendants.  It is important to note that this is Donald Trump’s rising sign. Now…without benefic Jupiter there to mitigate the effects of raging Rahu, we can expect more unusual and even disturbing behavior. However, at this time, the benefics Venus and Mercury are traveling through Leo, so that helps to sweeten up the energy while that transit lasts.  Don’t hold your breath. Mercury moves on 8/19 and Venus moves on 8/24.

August 13 – SATURN GOES DIRECT, after being in retrograde motion (the appearance of going backwards) since March 25, 2016.  This will be a positive change for those ruled by Saturn (Capricorn; Aquarius) as they can once again experience more ease in circumstance “moving forward” in their lives, vs. all the effort it has taken to get things done these many months. 

We cannot ignore the challenging fact that Saturn’s mortal enemy, Mars, is still traveling with it, through Mars’ own sign of Scorpio, thus it is more powerful than Saturn here.  Right now the two are a little more than five degrees apart.  The negativity gets far more dangerous (accidents, warfare, terrorism, etc.) when these two malefics “duke it out” once they are at exactly the same degree (which is called a “planetary war”). It won’t be comfortable for anyone for that time period, but especially if you have a natal Scorpio Rising or Moon sign.  August 24 and 25 are the days to watch out for, but…the effect of  the two of them “traveling in a close orb of influence” will be felt for some days before, and after, those dates.

August 16 – SUN moves into its own sign of LEO.  Here the Sun is strong and powerful.  Unfortunately for those with Leo Rising or Moon signs, it adds to the excessive “Pitta” (Ayurvedic principle of heat in the body) and their moods could reflect that even more than usual, in terms of irritability, quarrelsomeness and anger.  Furthermore, it adds to the innate tendency towards ego and vanity. Leos know they are natural leaders, and some of them (see above paragraphs) just want everyone to “get out of the way, so I can do my thing.” There is not going to be any “please” or “thank you” to their demands now. These planets do not contribute to any finesse, grace, and thoughtfulness towards others. Remember — the Sun will be conjunct with malefic RAHU in this fire sign.

That brings me to point out that this conjunction is leading up to the solar eclipse that will take place in Leo on September 1st.  Just lucky for us that it won’t be visible here in America, but the Leos may still feel some effects of “having the light go out” as malefic Rahu “swallows” the Sun for a brief amount of time. More on that next month.

August 19th – Mercury enters VIRGO, its own sign, wherein it achieves Exaltation status in the middle degrees of this sign.  Intellect is strengthened, as are tactfulness, diplomacy and principles of commerce (buying and selling).  This is not a moment too soon for those with Virgo Rising or Moon signs. Better to have the ruler of their charts crossing the first house of self and body, then where it has been, crossing their twelfth house of “loss, expenses, isolation” since July 26th.

August 24 – VENUS enters VIRGO – its sign of debilitation which may cause Venus to feel weaker. It does receive some “neecha bhanga yoga” (cancellation of debilitation) from its friend Mercury, with whom it will be conjunct.  This is the fifth house for Taurus Rising and Moon sign people, thus a positive transit for them. The other sign ruled for Venus is Libra, and this is the twelfth house (of loss, expenditures, seclusion or isolation, possible foreign travel) for them, so therefore, not as comfortable.

I will point out again, that once Venus moves on this date,  it leaves just the Sun, transiting with Rahu through the sign of Leo.  I’m sorry but I just must say it, unless we are dealing with very evolved Leos, who have learned to master the lessons of humility and service, well…it will simply be “Ego on steroids” for the Leos you may have to deal with now!  Good luck with that.

August 30 – MERCURY RETROGRADE COMES AROUND ONCE MORE.  This period will last until September 21st.  Take a deep breath, let out a few sighs, and just realize that anything you say may be misconstrued and held against you!  Yes, the planet of communication, each time it goes through this “appearance of going backwards” condition, does really warp or play havoc with either personal communications, or any equipment having to do with communication.  Since I’ve already had to deal with my own internet being out, I hope I’ve already paid my dues in advance!

All the best, from the toasty Sunshine Corner in from Sedona, AZ.  Tel. No. 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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July Planets: Venus/Mercury/Sun in Cancer

July 16, 2016

Right, this is the latest I’ve ever gotten my Monthly Planet Blog out! I blame it on having too much fun here, visiting friends in Boulder, CO. And…the planets made me do it. LOL.

July 7 – VENUS entered movable water sign of Cancer, bringing a love of having fun and relaxing to those with Cancer Rising or Moon signs.  There is a “party of planets” building up in this sign, bringing enjoyment, playfulness and a desire for luxury and comforts to this already home-loving sign. 

July 10th –  Mercury entered Cancer.  This is a positive house placement for both signs ruled by Mercury, Virgo (its 11th house of gain and income) as well as Gemini (its 2nd house of family, wealth and communication).  This increases the Cancerians’ desire to communicate but brings some mixed energy, as it owns their 12th house of loss as well.

July 12th – MARS entered Scorpio, once again traversing its own sign after a retrograde sojourn in the previous sign of Libra.  As Mars is once again conjunct with its enemy Saturn, the fireworks begin to fly once more, especially when Mars returns to the very degree it had reached prior to going retrograde. We still have to wait until September 17th before Mars moves onto the next sign to break up this too-long conjunction we have been experiencing. Sadly, we see how violence in the form of yet another horrific terrorist act has erupted since Mars returned to Scorpio. Do your best to stay calm and balanced, those of you with Scorpio Ascendants or Moon signs.

July 13th – Venus gets out of combustion with the Sun, which certainly improves the flow of daily life for the Libra and Taurus Rising and Moon sign people, as this is the ruler of their charts.  Combustion makes a planet “irritable and angry” and this period of traveling too close to the Sun has gone on for a very, very long time, since April 30th. 

July 15th – SUN enters Cancer, so we now have three planets heating things up and bringing more activity to the Cancerians.  Since the Sun rules their 2nd house of wealth, family and communication, these areas of life get positively influenced for those with Cancer Rising or Moon signs. However, if you have LEO Rising or Moon sign, the ruler of your chart is now crossing your 12th house of loss, expenses, and isolation. It’s a good time for some foreign travel, so that’s one fun way to spend your money.

July 19th – Mercury gets out of combustion with the Sun! This is a huge relief for those ruled by Mercury, Virgos and Geminis.  Combustion means traveling so close to the Sun (by degree) that a planet’s significations are “burnt up” – now there can be more ease of functioning for our Gemini and Virgo friends.

July 26 – Mercury moves into fixed fire sign, Leo.  This is a positive for the Leo Rising and Moon signs, as Mercury rules their money houses, and brings better cash flow their way. It’s not as positive for the Virgo Rising and Moon sign folks, as the ruler of their charts will now traverse their 12th house of loss, expenses, isolation. Geminis will feel to get more projects done, with this, a 3rd house transit for them.

July 31 – VENUS enters Leo, bringing the party to the Leos now.  Venus here joins Mercury, Jupiter and Rahu (north node of the Moon and a malefic).  There’s a lot of energy, some positive, some still unpredictable and problematic for those with Leo Rising or Moon signs.  Rahu seizes and lets go.  Both political conventions will have already taken place by this date, but Rahu and Jupiter, of course, are already in Leo anyway, which energizes the GOP candidate in some dramatic ways, as that represents his 1st house of self, body, personality.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, currently away from Sedona, AZ.  Tel. No. 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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JUNE Planets: Venus Combust the Sun; Jupiter/Rahu Conjunction Gets More Intense

June 7, 2016

Greetings from the Sunshine Corner! Where I must say, we have been setting high temperature records for days, here in Sedona, so we are looking for things to cool off.

This includes a desire for the planetary intensity to cool off! Some astrologers are speaking of consequences to world leaders, politics, and the old system of doing things, indicating a time this month when much truth will get uncovered and revealed. Well, I’ve always like that statement, from the Bible, “All that was hidden, shall be revealed.”

JUNE 2nd – Mercury moves into fixed Earth sign Taurus, and stays there until June 26th.  This helps make the Taureans more playful and communicative.  Virgo Rising and Moon types finally get an up-welling of good luck and better fortune.  The ruler of your chart, Mercury, has been traversing your house of vulnerability and just too many changes going on, for some time. You can now feel more grounded and more yourself.  For the other sign ruled by Mercury, Gemini, well it’s a bit different story. Taurus represents a twelfth house transit for you, making the Gemini Rising and Moon sign natives feel more inward or isolated. You will need to watch your spending at this time too, and not let expenses go too high.

JUNE 12th – VENUS goes into Gemini. This is a friend’s sign for benefic Venus.  Geminis may feel more playful and affectionate from this influence. It represents a nice situation for Taurus Ascendant and Moon people, with the ruler of your chart now in the second house of wealth.  Libra is the other sign ruled by Venus.  It’s not so good for the Librans here, as that is your 8th house of transformation and vulnerability, so you may not be feeling that circumstances are as settled as you would like.

JUNE 14th – HOT on the heels of Venus, the Sun now moves into air sign Gemini.  You can guess, can’t you?  Venus is still traveling too close to the Sun. That fiery orb has been combusting the qualities of Venus for some time now, and it won’t let up for a while. This affects the Librans and Taureans a lot.  It’s almost like there’s no way to get really “comfortable in your own skin,” no matter what you try! Once again, we can “blame it on the planets.”  Venus has been combust the Sun since April 30.  It does not get out of this condition until July 13th. 

JUNE 17th – Here’s an interesting twist. As you know, if you follow my blogs, Mars has been retrograde for quite some time. Now it “moonwalks” back into the previous sign of Libra.  Thus normally peace-loving air sign Libra folks may feel either a lot more motivated, ambitious, with greater energy, or…may tend to get hot under the collar and easily irritated, which could surprise even them.  The good news, from my perspective, is that Mars and Saturn can have a break from being too close together in Mars’ sign of Scorpio! Whew, this has been the source of so much friction, reflected in world affairs, and our own individual, personal affairs for far too long.  Mars will get out of retrograde motion and go Direct on  June 29th. It then moves back into Scorpio July 12th to keep retrograde Saturn company there. This is nearly like an old West episode of “this town is too small for the both of us, Pardner.” They are like two enemies who would like to “knock each other’s block off” so once again the world and those of us who live here, shall have to endure more of this type of tension and pressure.  MARS does not move onto the next sign until SEPTEMBER 17th. 

JUNE 20 – FULL MOON: About 4:00 a.m. AZ time (same as Pacific time, this time of year), the Moon will be at its point of fullness in Sagittarius, opposite the Sun in Gemini.  The lunar mansion or constellation of MOOLA is the one which the Moon will be traveling through at that point.  The symbol of Moola is a bunch of roots, tied together. Thus it represents the deeply buried or hidden facets of life. Perhaps this full moon here is the trigger to bring out something hidden that we need to know, on the US political scene.  Some say that Moola is ruled by Kali, the goddess of destruction.  Others believe it is ruled by Ketu, the malefic south node of the moon, as well as the goddess of poverty. The mind seeks to know the truth, and this planetary setup is going to fuel that quest even more at this time.

JUNE 21st – Benefic Jupiter and malefic Rahu (north node of the Moon) will be in exact conjuction. This influence will last for several days as they continue to travel within one degree of each other.  This occurs in fire sign Leo. For those with Leo Rising and Moon signs, this could be a rather unsettling time. There will be “nowhere to run; nowhere to hide” as this energy requires that you face whatever fears or situations you have been trying to avoid, and look them squarely in the face, in order to learn from, grow beyond and transcend them.  Jupiter represents wisdom and good judgment, among other things. Rahu tries to bring in a cloud of confusion to cause chaos.   I see this reflected in the nightly TV news (this conjunction has been going on for some time, just not at the same exact degree).  There are many untruths and shifting stories being spoken by various politicians. It becomes nearly impossible to discern where some of them stand and what real intentions they may have, if they (he) ever get into power.  These planets require us all to do our best to listen to inner guidance rather than the “noise of the world.” It is not an easy job, until Jupiter pulls away, some distance from Rahu.

JUNE 24th – Once again, Mercury goes combust the Sun, which certainly has an affect on conversation and communication. We’ll all have to strive for tactfulness and diplomacy now.

JUNE 26th – Mercury enters its own sign of Gemini, where it is very happy and feels at home.  It joins Venus and the Sun in this dual air sign, bringing the party to those with Gemini Rising or Moon signs.  The Sun brings you power; Venus and Mercury bring you playfulness and curiosity – even more of that than normal!  It is also a good placement for Virgos, the other sign ruled by Mercury, bringing you more activity in career and professional life, name and fame, action and personal power.

JUNE 29th – MARS GOES DIRECT MOTION!  We hope this brings both Scorpios and Aries, the two signs ruled by Mars, a sense of progress now.  For the Aries Ascendants and Moon sign people, this has been an uncomfortable transit through your 8th house of vulnerability, going all the way back to  February 20, 2016.  As mentioned earlier, we won’t see Mars moving on into Sagittarius until September 17th. Things should get much better for you after that. They get better for us all then, too, once Mars is finally no longer traveling too close to its enemy Saturn!

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Sedona, AZ.  Tel. No. 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 minutes, taped session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, healingevents@yahoo.com. vedicstarcharts.com

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Planets of MAY: Jupiter Out of Retrograde on May 9th

May 7, 2016

How are the planets treating you this month? To me, it’s been like a case of “planetary bumper cars” – in other words, rather jarring. I never liked bumper cars, as a child.  One of my spiritual teachers said “Your chart is your curse,” and by that he meant, that all the karma we souls have taken on in this particular incarnation can be seen in our charts, including our strengths and talents. (Currently Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter are still all in retrograde motion; Venus and Mercury are combust the Sun).

May 9th – JUPITER GOES DIRECT MOTION. This is the first bit of good news to share, since we’ve had the occurrence of FOUR planets in retrograde motion and TWO in combustion with the Sun….all of which produce rather challenging conditions.  Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces, and has been traveling through the fire sign Leo since July 13, 2015.  Since Jupiter is a great benefic, that’s fairly nice for the Leos, except for Jupiter’s 8th house rulership in their charts, bringing a certain amount of vulnerability and transformation to their lives during this transit.  Since malefic Rahu (north node of the Moon) joined it there on January 8, 2016, that adds to those qualities.  Jupiter can also add a certain degree of arrogance to those with Leo Rising or Moon charts, which is a quality they don’t really need more of, in any case! Now this forward movement of Jupiter, can bring more progress for the three signs in question, which will be a nice relief.

May 17th – Mercury gets out of Combustion. So that is the next piece of good news!  Not only do those signs that are ruled by Mercury: Virgo and Gemini, benefit and feel relief now, but any type of communication with our fellow human beings should go smoother now, whether it is verbal interaction, emails, letters, bank statements, or other important documents in which there are items we could have misinterpreted before.  Since the challenging condition of SIX planets has been so intense since late in April, this will be a welcomed change.

May 19th – VENUS moves into Taurus!  Ah, how this great benefic loves to be in her own sign.  Those with Taurus Ascendants or Moon signs will suddenly feel like they are swimming in familiar waters, and Venus adds a touch of luxury or at least creature comforts here, as well as renewed interest in art, music, romance, etc. (and possibly some self-indulgence!)  Remember that Venus is also combust (traveling too close to) the Sun now.  This makes a planet grouchy, angry, more reactive than normal, so you may find your moods mirroring these qualities, at times.  This condition lasts from  April 30 until July 13.

May 22th – MERCURY GOES DIRECT MOTION. Ah, yes, finally it is out of Retrograde! A good time will be had by all Virgos and Geminis, or at least a better tim ethan you’ve had all month, up till now.  Mercury is still in fire sign Aries at this time, which is the beneficial 11th house (gain, income) placement for the Geminis. It is not as good for the Virgos, in that the ruler of their chart is still in their 8th house of battles and disunion, transformation and vulnerability – this may produce feelings of being “in the gap,” watching and waiting for conditions to form and gel so that they can manifest for you, once Mercury moves onto the next sign and a better house (9th) for you, on June 7th.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Sedona, AZ.  Tel. No. 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 minutes, taped session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, healingevents@yahoo.com. vedicstarcharts.com

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April Planets: Jupiter & Saturn Retrograde

April 1, 2016

April 2 – Mercury enters Aries. This helps create a certain wittiness and desire to be verbally playful.  It is a good house (11th = gain and income) for the Geminis, but not as good for the other sign ruled by Mercury, Virgo. This represents their 8th house of transformation and vulnerability.  We must also remember that Mercury has been combust the Sun since March 7th, creating a certain level of irritability or impatience, especially for those ruled by this planet. It will get out of combustion on April 6th.

April 13 – the SUN enters fire sign ARIES, where it is in exalted status. This brings a lot of personal power to those with Aries Rising or Moon signs, and also makes them want to be the center of attention now. It is also beneficial to Leos, which sign the Sun rules, as it now will be crossing the Leo’s 9th house of good luck, good fortune, destiny and Natural Law for one month.

April 17 – MARS GOES RETROGRADE.  Mars has been crossing its own sign of Scorpio, where it would normally be pretty happy. The only thing is, Saturn got there first and will continue on here for some time. These two being “great enemies” does not make it comfortable for either, having them both under the same roof, so to speak. Plus, now they are BOTH going to be Retrograde, or “the appearance of moving backwards.” Expect logjams in your projects and internal conflict and tension, Scorpios. This is also not great for those with Aries Rising or Moon signs, as Mars rules this fire sign, too, and will be retrograde (with retrograde Saturn) in their 8th house of vulnerability.

April 24 – VENUS moves out of its Exaltation sign, Pisces, and into fire sign Aries now, where it joins the Sun and Mercury. This will add to the fun times for the Aries Rising and Moon sign chart owners. Libras will be thinking of love and partnership, with the ruler of their charts now in their 7th house. However, the Taurus Ascendants and Moon sign people, will experience the ruler of their charts crossing their 12th house of loss and expenses, so too much money may be going out, and they may also feel like isolating a bit more.

April 28 – MERCURY GOES RETROGRADE!  This condition will last until May 22, bringing the usual snags or misunderstandings in communication. Since Mercury governs the latter, plus tactfulness and diplomacy, it may take more effort than usual to maintain civil conversations

April 30 – Both Venus and Mercury go combust the Sun. That means they are traveling too close to the fiery orb for comfort and may feel that their “wings are being singed” a bit.  This condition for Mercury lasts until May 17, and for Venus, until July 13.

A PREVIEW OF CONDITIONS IN MAY:  You now see that by the end of April we will have FOUR of the nine planets in retrograde condition: Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Mercury. In addition, both Mercury and Venus are combust the Sun. This is bound to be an intense time, and whatever we have been most trying to avoid dealing with, such as unfinished business of the past, will inevitably bubble up now and must be resolved. In addition, I have concerns as to what all this intense energy will mean for both our national political scene and conditions around the world. Stay tuned.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Sedona, AZ.  Tel. No. 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 minutes, taped session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, healingevents@yahoo.com. vedicstarcharts.com

 

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MARCH Planet Report: Total Solar Eclipse on 3/08 – Then Saturn Goes Retrograde 3/25

March 2, 2016

Anyone have the Total Solar Eclipse Blues Yet?

For all who think solar eclipses are “cool,” er, not so much, in terms of the effects known to the ancient science of Vedic Astrology. The advice of the wise is to avoid looking at, or being out in the eclipsed light of, this Luminary of our solar system. It is also not advised to eat from a couple of hours before, until a couple of hours after, an eclipse. All of the above advice applies even more so, to pregnant women.

This eclipse will be totally visible in Sulawesi, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Borneo, and the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  It will also be partially visible in northern and eastern Australia, in South Asia, and in East Asia. The areas in which an eclipse is seen will feel the astrological effects the most, per the classic texts.

This eclipse is occurring in the fixed air sign of Aquarius.  There will be a five-planet pile up going on in this sign at the time. The Sun and Moon will be at the same exact degree here in Sedona (MST) at 6:00 p.m. local time on March 8th. 

Who feels it the most?  LEOS (those with this Rising and Moon sign) are ruled by the SUN.  When the light is temporarily “extinguished” they will experience something out of the ordinary, even if it is just some feeling of displacement, being out of sorts or not quite themselves. Leos are born leaders and take pride in being noticed for their accomplishment. To suddenly feel “not seen” is not comfortable or fun for them. So hang in there, Leos!  They have already been going through the yo-yo factor with the malefic north node of the moon, RAHU, crossing Leo since January 8 of this year.  Having benefic Jupiter also crossing their sign, has been the saving grace here.

Those with Aquarius Ascendants or Moon signs will feel the intensity as well.  The south node of the moon, KETU, is the culprit trying to swallow the Sun on this day. It is joined in this sign by Venus, Mercury, and of course the Sun and Moon.  There could be issues with some relationships and certain feelings of vulnerability on this occasion, but I still think it will affect the Leos even more.   About the only thing an eclipse day is good for, is having a Yagya, which is an ancient type of remedy in Vedic Astrology; a ritual in which skilled priests take on the job of mitigating the karma which one’s birth chart may show in various aspects of life. I do have a wonderful source for yagyas, done in India on the banks of the Ganges, if anyone is interested in that service.

March 1 – Mercury moved into Aquarius on this date.  This is the 9th house for Geminis, thus a good place to begin feeling more luck and support of nature for those with this Rising or Moon sign. However, for the other sign ruled by Mercury, VIRGO, this represents their 6th house so not as comfortable.  The 6th house represents health problems, worry, anxiety, stress, enemies, rivals and competitors. The only Virgos who may benefit would be lawyers and doctors or health professionals, who may attract more clients at this time.

March 7 – Mercury goes combust the Sun.  This is a time when the nimble Mercury travels too close to the Sun and “feels the burn,” and not in a good way. Thus qualities of tactfulness and diplomacy may suffer. Watch your tempers, Virgos and Geminis!

March 7 – Venus enters Aquarius, a friend’s sign.  Venus rules good houses for those with Aquarius Rising or Moon signs, thus providing some comforts or even “luxuries.” This normally very cerebral sign may even be feeling a little sensuous now. For both Libras and Taureans, the signs ruled by Venus, this position represents very good houses for them both.

March 8 – Total Solar Eclipse in Aquarius. See discussion above. I should add that many Jyotishis (Jyotish is the Sanskrit word for Vedic Astrology) feel that the effects of an eclipse last from two weeks before until two weeks after, they occur. Some even feel the effects last for one month on either side of an eclipse.  That is why many have been feeling unsettled for some time now.

March 13 – Sun moves into Pisces….and not a moment too soon. It will feel more comfortable now, getting away from mean old Ketu, and out of an enemy’s sign (Aquarius) into a friend’s sign now.  However for LEOS, this represents their 8th house of transformation, vulnerability, battles and disunion, as well as knowledge of past and future. I urge Leos to listen to their intuition and be vigilant of their boundaries during this 30-day period.  The Sun represents for Pisces Rising and Moon sign folks, the ruler of their 6th house, thus bringing some discomfort, worry or anxiety and perhaps the tendency to get “overheated” one way or another.

March 18 – Mercury moves into Pisces.  This is a more helpful position for the Virgos, as it represents their 7th house of partners and travel. Being able to connect with others now, becomes smoother and more comfortable.  It’s also a good house for Geminis, also ruled by Mercury, representing their 10th house of career, action, name and fame.

March 23 – PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE.  Usually there are at least two eclipses per year of both Sun and Moon, and they do often occur within the same month, often within two weeks of each other.  This penumbral lunar eclipse will be visible from most parts of Asia, Australia, North America and South America.  There are some very good sites online which you can google and see the full path of this eclipse.  It will occur in the earth sign Virgo.  At least it is just a partial darkening of the Moon’s light…but let’s keep in mind that the Moon represents mind and emotions in the Vedic system, and thus the normally logical Virgos could be slightly thrown off their usual game on this day.

March 25 – SATURN GOES RETROGRADE.  This period of the appearance of “going backwards” begins at 2:57 a.m. MST.   It does not move into direct motion again until August 13th.  There is already the uncomfortable situation that Saturn has been in Scorpio for some time, thus in an enemy’s sign.  Mars is also transiting through Scorpio now, too, and these great enemies being in the same sign together create much friction which spills over into the world scene, adding to the chaos of current times.  The two signs ruled by Saturn are Capricorn and Aquarius.  While this represents good houses for both of them, the retrograde period will bring some delays and obstacles. It may also bring the unavoidable need to finally resolve some issues they have been putting off, or thought were already settled.  Patience will be needed.

March 31 – VENUS  moves into water sign Pisces. Here the great benefic experiences its sign of exaltation.  Those with Pisces Rising or Moon signs should feel rather playful and attractive now, if not downright self-indulgent.  Venus rules Taurus and Libra. For those with Taurus Ascendants or Moon signs, this is a very nice transit, through their house of gain, income and fulfillment of desires.  For the Libras, Pisces represents their 6th house, so efforts will be needed to relax, try and avoid extra stress and worry now, and focus more on taking care of themselves.

All the best, from the Sunshine Corner, here in Sedona, AZ.  Tel. No. 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 minutes, taped session.  Thank you, Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer, healingevents@yahoo.com. vedicstarcharts.com