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!
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