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October 2020 Planet Transits; Vedic Astrology Insights for the Month Ahead

October 1, 2020

10/01/20 – Full Moon in Pisces. Total fullness comes at 3:05 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Those with Pisces Ascendants or Moon signs will enjoy a focus on either learning/teaching, children, romance or being successful in their activities. Cancerians, ruled by the Moon, benefit by having their chart ruler in their 9th house of good luck, good fortune, remedies, and Natural Law.

10/03/20 – MARS moves backwards into Pisces, in its retrograde motion. It will stay there until 12/23/20. This is helpful to Pisceans, in that it kicks them into gear with more energy, ambition, courage, initiative and the ability to put plans into action now. As it rules “money houses” for Pisces Rising and natal Moon sign people, there should be good financial progress in this time frame. Mars rules the signs of Scorpio and Aries. As it moves through Pisces, Scorpios benefit as this is their 5th house of success. For those with Aries Rising or natal Moon signs, this is their 12th house, which represents loss and expenses, feeling isolated or conversely choosing solitude, but it can be a wonderful time to work on spiritual growth.

10/13/20 MERCURY GOES RETROGRADE! – Yes, here we go again. It lasts until 11/03/20. Beware of making assumptions, which can easily give rise to misunderstandings now. This are tense times, so we want to avoid quarrels, as much as possible. The best way to do this is taking a philosophical attitude which includes “not taking anything personally.” Easier said than done, I know. Those who are most affected will be anyone with a Virgo or Gemini Ascendant or natal Moon sign.

10/16/20 – The SUN enters Libra, its sign of Debilitation for a one month period. Libra is the sign of peace, harmony and balance. As the Sun (which does stand for Ego, among other things) sits in this sign, it can actually serve to soften ego-based interactions. It’s not a bad thing when a planet enters its debilitation sign. Much progress can be made, the more humility an individual decides to embrace. Each time we have a presidential election, the Sun is in this sign. Let’s reflect on Lady Justice as she holds the scales in her hands to be applied equally to all, with her blindfold indicating that she will not be influenced by the world of appearance, but hold steadfast to the qualities of Justice that she represents.

10/19/20 – MERCURY goes combust the Sun, while it is also Retrograde. This means it is traveling too close for comfort and some of its qualities of diplomacy, intellect and tactfulness may be lessened now. Fortunately this condition will end on 10/31/20. Happy Halloween!

10/22/20 – VENUS enters Virgo. It will stay in this Earth sign, where it is debilitated until 11/16/20. It is still a good transit for the Virgos, as it rules two of their “money houses,” so can bring some prosperity and good fortune their way. It’s a good house for Taureans (5th), one of the signs that it rules, but not as good for the Librans (it is their 12th house of loss and expenses).

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. 

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The Big Planet Shifts of September, 2020

August 31, 2020

What an amazing month of planet changes! It’s an exciting time with these upcoming positive transits, and I’m happy to share with you some of the corresponding shifts in the trends of time that are to be expected.

9/01/20 – FULL MOON in air sign Aquarius. The point of total fullness will be at 11:22 p.m. MDT (Boulder CO time). In Vedic Astrology, the Moon represents mind and emotions. For it to be full in this cerebral, humanitarian sign of Aquarius, offers the possibility that a greater big picture problem-solving approach may now be applied to some of the nation’s problems. 

Those with Aquarius Rising or Moon signs will need to get more in touch with their emotions now, and could feel some stress over being faced with unresolved emotional issues. For those ruled by the Moon, Cancer Ascendants or Moon signs, this is their 8th house of Transformation and Vulnerability, so it’s a good time to do some inner work.

9/02/20 – MERCURY moves early in the wee hours this day into its own sign of VIRGO where it is strong and happy. The intellectual prowess of Virgos (and Geminis, also ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication) will be at its height. As an added bonus, Mercury gets out of combustion with the Sun this same day!

9/09/20 – MARS, already in its own sign of Aries, goes Retrograde, making it even stronger. The Aries Rising and Moon sign people will have drive and ambition off the charts! Just watch out for being a little too feisty, impatient or easily irritated now, Aries friends. Scorpio is also ruled by this planet. Mars is crossing their 6th house right now, so the spirit of competition may rule, and they have the opportunity to best “enemies, rivals and competitors” in various playing fields of life.

9/09/20 is a real Red Letter Day for a number of reasons. EIGHT of the nine planets represented in Vedic Astrology will be in HIGH DIGNITY. Here is the breakdown, and then the explanation to follow:

Mars in Aries, its own sign; Moon in Taurus, where it is Exalted; Rahu in Gemini, Moolatrikona dignity (like being a prince in the castle); the Sun in its own sign of Leo; Mercury exalted (that is like being the king of the castle) in Virgo; Jupiter in its own sign of Sagittarius, with Ketu who is in Moolatikona in this sign; Saturn in Capricorn, its own sign.

When planets are in these higher dignities, they radiate the energy of their highest significations. I’m quite curious to see what transpires on this day.  Some things to be expected include greater truths being unfolded; more orderliness in the environment and positive steps forward for ourselves and for society, with clarity and intelligence being utilized more as a basis of decision making.

9/12/20 – JUPITER goes Direct! This great benefic planet has been in retrograde motion (the appearance of going backwards) since 5/14/20.  Now much progress can be made with Jupiter bestowing more fully its qualities of good luck, good fortune, wisdom, happiness, and knowledge. Those ruled by Jupiter, Sagittarius and Pisces Ascendants and Moon signs, will enjoy seeing their desires manifest more easily and smoothly now.

9/16/20 – The Sun enters Virgo, bringing leadership qualities to this practical earth sign now, but also some inclinations to go within and enjoy a certain amount of solitude for a month, as this is the 12th house ruler for Virgos.  Leos enjoy the ruler of their chart passing through what is their 2nd house of wealth, family and communication.

9/19/20 – THE REALLY BIG, BIG NEWS: RAHU AND KETU, the North and South nodes of the Moon, respectively, finally move after 18 months. Geminis will experience great relief….I have seen how many of you have been “kicked around on the playing field of life” like a football, with situations feeling beyond your control (they were). This move occurs at 9:56 a.m. MDT (Boulder, CO time).  Not a minute too soon, right, Geminis? Sagittarius Ascendants and Moon sign friends will be freed of the Ketu influences of “hindrance and degradation” – with Ketu off of their first house of self, body, personality and direction of your life. JUPITER, who has been in this sign also since 6/29/20, will now be free to more freely bestow its expansive qualities (see above for description) and gifts.  Ketu moves into Scorpio and Rahu into Taurus, their signs of Exaltation. Well, these are strong, fixed signs, so I’m sure the Taureans and Scorpios can handle it!

9/22/20 – Mercury enters Libra, a friend’s sign. For both signs ruled by Mercury, Virgos and Geminis, this represents good houses…. It’s the 2nd house of wealth, family and speech for Virgos, and the 5th house of children, success, education and success in relative matters for Geminis. A time to enjoy!  Communication should be harmonious in this air sign of peace, harmony and balance.

9/27/20 – VENUS moves into Leo, bringing love, affection and enjoyment to those with Leo Rising or Moon signs.  Libras are ruled by Venus and will benefit from this transit of their 11th house of gain, income, and fulfillment of desire. Taureans are also ruled by Venus. For them this transit represents the 4th house of friends, properties, home, vehicles and thus will be a sweet and fun period.

9/28/20 – SATURN GOES DIRECT!  At long last, as it has been retrograde since 5/10/20.  Saturn rules Capricorn and Aquarius, so those with either of those Ascendants or Moon signs can now experience greater progress with their projects and goals.

Thus the month of September 2020 includes both Jupiter and Saturn going Direct motion, and Rahu and Ketu moving into their signs of Exaltation, bringing much relief and greater freedom to the Geminis and Sagittarians after that year and a half transit that wasn’t exactly comfortable.  Congratulations all around.

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. 

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August 2020 Vedic Sky Planets

August 3, 2020

Welcome to August!  Venus moved into Gemini on July 31st and now Mercury (ruler of Gemini and Virgo) moved into water sign Cancer on August 1st.

As Mercury represents the intellect, there may be a softening of the analytical edge that many have felt for some time, especially Geminis and Virgos, and certainly a greater ease now in daily life, with the ruler of their chart having just moved away from malefic Rahu, with its “seizing and letting go” chaos-enducing nature.  Hang tough, Geminis, as it won’t be until September 19 that Rahu finally moves backwards into Taurus, after 18 months in your sign. Not a minute too soon!

August 3rd – FULL MOON in Capricorn. Here the Moon is directly across the zodiac from the Sun in Cancer.  Usually this is such a practical energy sign for the Moon to visit (and remember, Moon represents mind and emotions) but in this instance, it is sitting with Saturn (which is retrograde and thus very strong in its own sign). The Moon is at its maximum fullness at 9:58 a.m. Mountain Daylight time on Monday, August 3rd. The wide variety of experiences may include some depression or sadness, the sensation that one really needs to organize and have more structure in one’s routine, or being of service to others, including the elderly. I seem to have experienced most of these today myself, as the Moon is already sitting with Saturn, and if fact, they were at the same degree earlier today.

August 4th – Mercury goes combust (too close to the Sun) until September 2nd. This can bring a lack of tact and diplomacy, a greater reactivity vs. calmly trying to understand situations.  Virgos and Geminis especially have to take note of this influence (i.e. those with either of those signs as Ascendants or Moon signs). Mercury is combust this time until September 2nd.

August 16th – a big day of planet changes.  The Sun enters its own sign of Leo for the next 30 days. This certainly benefits the Leos and makes them a bit more “full of themselves” and they will enjoy more of their natural leadership qualities compared to the previous month when the ruler of their charts was crossing their 12th house of loss, expenditure and isolation. 

Mars enters Aries on August 16th as well. This is its own sign, so it’s very strong here. Those with Aries Rising or Moon signs will feel on fire with drive, ambition, feistiness, irritaion or anger, and similar Mars-related energies!  Scorpios are also ruled by Mars, but this is their 6th house so they will feel competitive and may have to deal with some enemies, rivals or competitors (which could be in a business, legal or sports arena) or may have some health issues to deal with.

Also today, August 16th, Mercury enters Leo. For Virgos, this is their 12th house so be prepared for some expenses, feeling isolated or just craving seclusion. For Geminis, it is their 3rd house of self efforts, so they may be feeling creative, could do some writing, or take short journeys.  This transit only lasts until September 2nd, when Mercury enters its own sign of Virgo. It also becomes non-combust that day.

August 31st – VENUS enters Cancer. Thus the planet of love, affection, beauty, comforts and desires will grace this sensitive water sign (those with Cancer Rising or Moon signs) with these qualities and life experiences. Venus rules their 4th house of friends and self confidence as well as their 11th house of income and gain, so this should be a fun transit for Cancerians. It lasts until September 27th.

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. 

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JULY Planet Events:Lunar Eclipse 7/4-5

July 4, 2020

Bit by bit, the planets are inching along into better, easier positions in terms of how their energies affect us humans trying to “have a life” here on Earth. Here are the next few stepping stones on the path to some happier times:

July 4-5th – First we need to get beyond the full Moon penumbral (partial) lunar eclipse! Here are the important details: the Moon is now in the fire sign Sagittarius and here is where its conjunction with Ketu (south node of the Moon and a trouble-maker) causes the eclipse, in Vedic Astrology terms.  The time of onset, maximum fullness and completion are described below, as well as the locations in which it will be visible.

For those of us in Boulder, Colorado, on Mountain Daylight Time:

Local Type: Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, in Boulder

Begins: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 9:07 pm

Maximum: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 10:29 pm -0.644 Magnitude

Ends: Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 11:52 pm

Duration: 2 hours, 45 minutes

Worldwide visibility:

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: South/West Europe, Much of Africa, Much of North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica

As you can see, this one is visible all across our country, so the inauspicious effects will be felt here. Many believe Sagittarius is the Rising Sign of the USA, so this increases the intensity of the impact of this eclipse locally. Many Indian Jyotishis I worked with in the past feel that eclipses give their results from two weeks before, to two weeks after the event. Some feel it is even one month prior to one month after. Please remember that the Moon stands for mind and emotions, so having the light “put out” even partially, and temporarily, does not bode well, in traditional Vedic Astrology. As usual, it is not recommended to view eclipses.

Benefic Jupiter happily retrograded back into its own sign of Sagittarius on June 29 and will be there until November 20, 2020 (covering the time of the next presidential election!)  This is a very good thing, because some of its many significations include wisdom and good judgment. Thus we will benefit at voting time from Jupiter’s blessings.  Note that it will take until July 8 for Jupiter to be far enough into Sagittarius to be out of “the gap,” and thus gain its full strength and power. Then it can do more to improve our lots in life. Both Sagittarius and Pisces Ascendant and Moon sign people will benefit from the improved condition of the ruler of their charts.

July 9th – Mercury will get out of combustion with the Sun. This eases overall communication between people and helps restore some tactfulness in correspondence. Geminis and Virgos especially benefit from the of their charts’ ruler being no longer too close to the Sun.

July 12th – MERCURY GOES DIRECT!  The combination of being no longer combust the Sun AND no longer in retrograde motion, is a positive development, coming up soon!  Hang in there, Virgos and Geminis. Soon the pressure will be off, and progress can resume in your activities, goals and desires. Communication for all improves greatly.

So here we see a three-way improvement. Sort of a bada bing, bada boom, bada bam. The three above dates to keep in mind for more positive trends are: July 4, July 8, July 12th.

July 15 – the Sun enters Cancer, the movable water sign. This is a friend’s sign for the Sun, and brings benefits for those with Cancer Rising or Moon signs, including more personal power and better finances. For Leos who are ruled by the Sun, this their 12th house, so there can be more expenses, losses or a desire for seclusion. The other side of that coin can indicate feelings of isolation, or unwanted seclusion. Foreign travel is also a signification of the 12th house, but better safe than sorry on that score, at this time.

July 31 – VENUS moves into Gemini, a friend’s sign. This can restore feelings of love and romance for those with Gemini Rising or Moon signs. They are usually rather cerebral in nature but Venus will bring out feelings of affection, and a desire to enjoy beauty, art, music, pleasures and the comforts of life.

Libras should feel greatly relieved to have the ruler of their chart out of the 8th house of vulnerability and finally into their best house, the 9th, to connect them with good luck, good fortune, dharma, remedies, higher education and Natural Law. It’s fine for the Taureans, also ruled by benefic Venus, as this is their 2nd house of family, wealth and speech or communication in general. Venus increases the affairs of the house it is occupying, so it’s always nice to have a bigger cash flow, right, Taurus friends?

As you can see, the planetary conditions will bring us a better second half of July than the first half of the month, and certainly better than we had for all of June! Enjoy the shifts that are coming up, once we get about two weeks past the July 4-5th eclipse and out of Mercury retrograde! 

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

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June 2020: FOUR Planets are Retrograde!

June 1, 2020

JUNE 2020 will prove quite an eventful month, in terms of what the Vedic Astrology planets are up to. This includes TWO eclipses and FOUR retrograde planets! That is a lot of retrograde (backward movement) action going on. I’ll explain….

June 5, 2020 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse If you are in Asia, Australia, Europe, or Africa, you might see the Strawberry Moon turn a shade darker during the maximum phase of this penumbral lunar eclipse. Penumbral lunar eclipses are hard to distinguish from a normal Full Moon. This eclipse occurs in the water sign of Scorpio and will be at its fullest point at 1:24 p.m. here in Colorado, MDT.  Scorpio Rising and Moon sign people may feel a bit more emotional and out of sorts than usual. Regions seeing at least some parts of the eclipse: Much of Europe, Much of Asia, Australia, Africa, South/East South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Antarctica. Once again, we are fortunate that this partial eclipse will not be visible in the USA. We have enough problems already!

June 14, 2020 – The SUN enters Gemini, joining Mercury and Rahu there, and adding to the sense of power and purpose for those with Gemini Ascendants or Moon signs. This is a nice change for the Geminis. When the Sun was crossing their 12th house of loss for the previous 30-day period, they would have been feeling more listless and less energetic. For those ruled by the Sun, the Leos of the zodiac, this is their 11th house of gain and income, so that is a boon for them. But they will still have the upcoming partial solar eclipse to deal with.

June 17, 2020 – MERCURY goes Retrograde!  So that makes four planets in this condition. Usually most people feel this one the most, since Mercury governs communication, diplomacy, tactfulness and friendliness. When those qualities are missing in human (or societal) interaction, the “fine feeling level” between people can be damaged, so be sure to pay attention to your speech, and not let yourself say things you may regret later out of a sense of being harried, rushed and under stress.

Let’s talk about this stress issue some. As a reminder for those of you who follow my monthly posts, here are the planets already in Retrograde:  Saturn, from May 10 to September 28, 2020; Venus, from May 13 to June 24, 2020; and Jupiter from May 14 to September 12, 2020. The collective tendencies of this planet stew of “backward movement” energies are contributing to recent outbursts of violence, aggression, rage and frustration. It is no wonder that so many do not feel “seen or heard.” Those whose Rising or Moon signs are ruled by these planets would especially be feeling “stuck.” That includes: Capricorns, Aquarians, Taureans, Librans, Sagittarians and Pisceans. Now add to that as of June 17, Geminis and Virgos! Hang in there. “This, too, shall pass.”

June 18, 2020 – MARS enters Pisces. This easygoing water sign will feel more motivated and action-oriented now. Plus, Mars rules the money and good fortune houses for them, the 2nd and the 9th, which should bring many good things their way. For Scorpios, ruled by Mars, this is their 5th house of success, education, children, intelligence, and love affairs, so it’s a nice transit for those with Scorpio Rising or Moon signs. Aries is also ruled by Mars. Pisces represents their 12th house of loss, expenses, foreign travel, solitude or seclusion, and institutions like hospitals, military, jail or prison. Hoping our Aries friends get in the foreign travel signification rather than feeling lonely or isolated. Oh yes, 12th house can represent “pleasures of the bed,” as well, so there’s hope for some happiness, but watch your spending.

June 21, 2020 – A partial Solar eclipse occurs – not visible in North America, which is good, but if the Sun rules your chart (i.e. if you have Leo Rising or Moon in your natal chart), you may feel more sensitive now.  It’s advisable not to look at eclipses, nor allow the light of the luminary being eclipsed to touch your skin.  It is good to avoid eating at the height of the eclipse. Malefic Rahu is trying to “swallow” the Sun! This occurs in the sign of Gemini. The central path of the 2020 June annular eclipse passes through the parts of African continent including Central African RepublicCongo, and Ethiopia; south of Pakistan and northern India; and China. A partial eclipse will be visible thousands of kilometers wide from the central path.  A very good website to view the path of any eclipse, yearly, is www.eclipse.gsfc.nasa/gov

June 22, 2020 – Mercury becomes combust the Sun.  This cycle in which a planet travels too close to the Sun makes a planet grouchy, angry, more reactive than normal.  Combustion occurs more frequently for Mercury than any other planet, because it habitually travels closer to the Sun.  Nonetheless, you may feel the subtle effects of just being more sensitive or reactive to things you normally would let roll off your back.  Employ techniques to maintain your equilibrium and peace of mind during these cycles, like regular daily meditation.  Mercury rules the skin and nerves, so imbalances may be felt in both these areas now. Those ruled by Mercury, Virgos and Geminis, will feel it the most. This combustion period lasts until July 9th.

June 24, 2020 – VENUS goes Direct motion. This is very helpful for those with Taurus or Libra Rising or Moons signs, as many important plans can start moving forward for them once again.

June 29, 2020 – JUPITER GOES BACK INTO SAGITTARIUS!  This is its own sign, where it will be much happier than its recent three month foray into Capricorn, its sign of Debilitation, where it’s been transiting with Saturn. This is a date many of us have been looking forward to! Much wonderful progress can be made now in so many areas, for Jupiter is the planet of wisdom, happiness, good fortune, good judgment, and brings so many wonderful, expansive qualities, when it’s in high dignity like this. Those with Sagittarius or Pisces Rising or Moon signs will feel especially blessed now. Cooler, wiser heads will also prevail among those in positions of power, too, it would seem. Gemini Ascendants and Moon signs will enjoy this benefic moving back into their house of relationships, business and travel. Are you ready to welcome love back into your life now?

Well, that’s all for now, friends, and it’s quite a lot, isn’t it, for a one month period?!

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

 

 

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MAY 2020: THREE Planets Go Retrograde!

May 1, 2020

There’s a lot of planetary action this month, including that Saturn, Venus and Jupiter will all go Retrograde in one week’s time! We’ll discuss the impacts here, and there’s a lot to discuss.

May 4 – MARS enters Aquarius. It will be a relief for Capricorn Ascendants and Moon signs to have Mars move from their first house of self and body. They will not miss its intensity. The irony is not missed by one of my dear friends and clients (and I wonder how many others may have experienced something like this?)  Mars in Capricorn is exalted and thus extremely strong. It’s a great force for good results in real estate, so my friend was able to finally sell his house. That is certainly the good news. But Mars also draws blood, and signifies accidents and/or surgeries. So there was also a surgery that was necessary recently, during this transit in Capricorn. Reminds me of that classic story about “good news/bad news” – Then there’s the old saying, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen!” In this case it’s like the “kitchen” or at least the red-hot oven, is moving away from my Capricorn friends’ first house. Aquarius is their 2nd house of wealth, so they will appreciate reaping the financial rewards that real estate good deals may have brought them in this current Mars transit. Mars will stay in this sign until June 18.

The signs ruled by Mars are Scorpio and Aries. They will both benefit with Mars going through the 4th house for Scorpios and the 11th house for Aries. If that describes your chart, call me for a reading and we will have the time to go into great detail then.

MAY 10 – SATURN is the first of the three planets to go retrograde this month. This whole week has some big planet changes that will surely be felt. Capricorns benefit from having the ruler of their charts now traveling through their 1st house, in its own sign, and now going retrograde which makes it even stronger. Of course, Capricorns have been having to also deal with Mars and Jupiter conjunct there with Saturn. Gradually these players are moving on to other signs.

MAY 13 – Now benefic Venus who has been happily traveling through its own sign of Venus since March 28th, goes Retrograde!  This will keep it hanging out here until July 31st, so Venusians get to feel attractive, creative, affectionate, and may attract some luxuries, or at least comforts. A focus on The Arts, including music or anything beautiful is positive for them now. It’s a good time to view those virtual tours online of major art museums around the world, while you are isolating at home.  This transit does not produce those same kind of results for the Libra Ascendants and Moon sign folks, as Taurus is their 8th house of Transformation and Vulnerability, battles and disunion. So they may find themselves running in circles or off in many directions trying to hold things together. Like Alice down the rabbit hole, there may be interesting, but uncontrollable events which make it hard to think straight some days! Keep your seat belts fastened on this wild ride. It won’t last forever (it simply FEELS that way)!

MAY 14 – JUPITER goes retrograde! It entered Capricorn, its sign of Debilitation on 3/29, and will stay there until 6/29. This sign represents good houses for those ruled by this great benefic: For the Sagittarians, it is their 2nd house of wealth, family and communication. For the Pisces Rising signs and Moon signs, here it is their 11th house of gain, income and fulfillment of desire. No need to worry about Jupiter’s debilitation this time around, for its conjunction with Saturn in high dignity there provides what we could liken to a protective umbrella covering in a rain storm – it creates Neecha bhanga yoga, or “cancellation of debilitation.” But for the Capricorns, it rules their 12th house of loss, expenditure, and isolation or solitude. Good thing Capricorns are so prudent about saving up for a rainy day, as this position of Jupiter in their 1st house has already brought in the rain of expenses for some of my Capricorn friends!

MAY 14 – Also today the SUN moves into Taurus.  This brings more friends and supporters to Taureans, as the Sun rules their 4th house. Leo is ruled by the Sun, for those with Leo Rising or Moon signs, here the movement of their planetary ruler into their 10th house brings exciting energy to their career and makes them feel more active. They will feel it’s time to get out and about, and be more active now.

So you can see what a week it will be! With the three planets going retrograde, it’s a good time to review what the retrograde motion of a planet can signify:

A retrograde planet allows time to view circumstances impersonally and to decide what to do about them, unfettered by our emotions. These are times to use caution, make no important moves until the planet is in direct motion and its influence has “jelled.”

 When a planet is retrograde, it is the time of germination of whatever was planned when it was in direct motion. Then, when it turns direct motion again, the time is ripe for acting upon the plan for the full harvest of those plans or ideas.  When a planet is retrograde in its transit, it appears to slow down and delay desired effects.  This is a period of “marking time.”  Once the planet goes direct, and then progresses back across the degree it occupied just prior to going retrograde, there can be an eleventh hour opportunity for picking up the threads of an interest or advantage ignored earlier.

MAY 16 – MERCURY gets out of combustion. It’s been traveling too close to the Sun for comfort since April 21. Communication should get smoother now with greater tact and diplomacy available. Those ruled by Mercury, Virgos and Geminis, would have especially felt more stressed during Mercury’s time of combustion.

MAY 29 – VENUS goes combust, i.e. is traveling too close to the Sun now. Thus those with Taurus or Libra Ascendants or Moon signs may feel a bit more agitation and have to pull on their inner strength to transcend some stresses now. It will go non-combust on June 8.

MAY 31 – MERCURY enters Gemini, its own sign. Those with Gemini Rising or Moon signs will feel much more buoyant, cheerful, conversational and just more like themselves, after this journey of their chart ruler through their 12th house of isolation, solitude and expenses. Those feelings of loss can be shaken off now, and reconnecting with friends is likely, too, as Mercury also rules their 4th house of friends, supporters and property.  For the Virgos, also ruled by Mercury, this transit brings emphasis on their house of career, action, name and fame, so they can take action that brings progress at work 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.  http://www.vedicstarcharts.com Mary Stevenson, Vedic Astrologer,  healingevents@yahoo.com

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The Planets of April, 2020

April 2, 2020

Quite the times we are living in, eh, my friends? I hope that you are all keeping well and maintaining a peaceful state of mind, to be present to what each current moment calls for in terms of the healthiest choices and steps of action. Please remember that happiness boosts our immune system! Let’s see what these planets are up to now:

As this month begins, we have three powerful planets in the earth sign of Capricorn: Saturn (happy because it owns that sign), Mars (super happy as it is in Exalted status here) and benefic Jupiter (and though this its sign of Debilitation, it is receiving Neecha Bhanga yoga (relief from Debilitation) due to being conjunct TWO planets in high dignity. Now on top of that, we have to acknowledge that while Jupiter and Mars are friends, and Jupiter and Saturn are neutral towards one another, Mars and Saturn are “enemies.” As of April 1st, there is also a bit of a “planetary war” going on between Mars and Saturn! That creates much conflict, like rocks striking across each other and causing sparks. Jupiter is just barely into this sign, at zero degrees, 23 minutes of placement, thus in “the gap” and not much power until it is past 1 degree and 20 minutes. Thus, we must have patience as this dance plays out.

Those with Capricorn Rising or Moon signs will certainly be feeling a diverse mixture of energetic influences now. This will include strength and determination, a desire to thoroughly analyze situations, and yet Mars is pushing the opposite – to jump into action, already! Let’s get the show on the road people, is a real Mars attitude when it is strong like this.  Ambition, drive, courage, the urge for action, and perhaps some restless impatience or even quarrelsomeness may be peppered into the mix for Capricorns now. As Jupiter grows in strength, it brings in a spiritual (12th house ownership) and prudent calming effect with a contribution to good judgment and wisdom. By April 10th Jupiter will be out of the gap and able to contribute more.  Real estate matters can be on the forefront for our Capricorn friends now and positive transactions can take place.

4/07/20 – MERCURY enters Pisces today, its sign of Debilitation, where it will stay until 4/24.  That is not as scary as it sounds. There may be some lack of tactfulness or diplomacy in some arenas. Yet for those ruled by this planet, Virgos and Geminis (Rising or Moon signs), this position represents very good houses in their natal charts. Business, as well as the arenas of career or “name and fame” can be highlighted for each, respectively.

4/07/20 – FULL MOON IN VIRGO.  The point of maximum fullness occurs at 8:35 p.m. Mountain time. This practical earth sign hosting the Moon (representing mind and emotions) can help bring a logical perspective and the ability to organize well, if we harness the energy that is available now.

4/13/20 – SUN in Aries, sign of new beginnings. I’ve always found this 30 day period each year a very welcomed portal to start something new. Here the Sun is in its sign of Exaltation, where it feels the strongest and most powerful. That is a blessing for the Leos, ruled by this fiery orb, as Aries represents the “best” house for those with Leo Rising or Moon sign charts in Vedic Astrology. This 9th house signifies good luck, good fortune, destiny, dharma, Natural Law, remedies, pilgrimage, higher education, spiritual teachers and father, just to name a few things. Whatever else is going on around you now, Leos, enjoy your “moment in the Sun” so to speak, for this one month period, harnessing the Support of Nature that this placement will give you.

4/21/20 – If you read my Blog last month, you know that one of the most challenging planetary transits that reflects the chaos and calamity of these times is the North Node of the Moon, RAHU, passing through the Nakshatra of Ardra, located in the air sign, Gemini. Whereas Rahu does not leave Gemini until 9/18, it DOES move out of Ardra on 4/21/20 at 10:35 p.m. Mountain time! For those of you on the East Coast, that would be the wee hours of 4/22. Let us all breath a collective sigh of relief as Rahu moves from the place where it’s been causing the most grief, as it has done in numerous 18 year cycles in the past. It is worth taking a deeper look at these Nakshatras. ‘Ardra‘ means moist or wet. It is symbolized as a teardrop. As Rahu is the ruling planet of this lunar constellation, the darker side of keen materialistic desires has been prevalent, causing troubles for others. Chaotic and scary hardships seem unavoidable in such a transit. On 4/21, late evening here in Colorado, it enters the much more peaceful Nakshatra of MrigasiraMriga means “the deer.” Mrigasira is also translated as “the searching star.” Thus, during this next period, the focus will be on research. No doubt some breakthroughs can now be made to protect the health of humanity.

As I have a number of friends with Gemini Rising, I must comment that on the level of the individual, Rahu has been deploying its usual “seizing and letting go” nature to “put the squeeze” on them in ways that certainly have not been comfortable. Hold on, my friends! Better days are coming.

4/21 – Also on this day, MERCURY will go combust the Sun. This means that it will traveling too close for comfort and patience may be in shorter supply than usual, especially for those ruled by this sign, Virgos and Geminis.

4/24 – MERCURY enters Aries, where it will stay until May 8th. This is the house of income and gain for Geminis, but the 8th house of vulnerability and transformation for Virgos.  Take care of yourself now, Virgos, and be sure to get plenty of rest. It is amazing how an overactive mind, with a penchant for analyzing everything in great detail, can actually wear a person out! So the balance of rest and activity will be helpful now for Virgos. Those with Aries Rising or Moon signs, will feel creative, have a fair amount of energy, become perhaps more talkative, and curious about people around them. However, the fact that Mercury also rules their 6th house of health issues, can bring some problems. Take care of your skin and nerves, Aries friends.

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

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March 2020 Planet Transits

March 15, 2020

Well, here it is – nearly the Ides of March, and I am JUST getting to the creation of my March planet blog!  My excuse is Mercury Retrograde, which finally ended the night of March 9th? Don’t we all feel better? It does greatly affect my own chart, I must say.

Big PICTURE OVERVIEW: No doubt some of you have read from other Astrologers about the 18 year cycle of the Lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu. They are back transiting the Nakshatras of Ardra (for Rahu) and Moola (for Ketu). These are indeed the same positions they were in for many other world calamities such as the 1918 Spanish influenza epidemic, and the 9/ll attack on the US by terrorists using commercial airplanes, as well as the JFK assassination. Let’s consider what Rahu’s transit through Ardra means:

The constellation of Ardra has as its symbol the teardrop. On its superficial level, it stands for suffering. It means wet, damp. When the Sun enters Ardra each year, the Earth is said to be starting its menstrual course. Its root characteristic is oppression in order to purify.  It is a Lord Shiva type energy – who is called the purifier and redresser of wrongs. Rahu, of course, is know as The Seizer. It seizes and then lets go of the qualities of the sign it is moving through, and of the energy of any planets that may happen to be in conjunction with it, during that transit.  It’s certainly been no picnic for the Gemini Rising and Moon signs since it landed in Gemini on 3/23/19. Perhaps what society is having to experience right now, will later be seen as a purification, so that a better type of social interaction and government can emerge on the other side of these chaotic times.

Whereas Rahu and Ketu will not move into the next signs (and they always move in a retrograde direction, compared to the other planets), until September 18, 2020, they will get out of those Nakshatra constellations well before that. Rahu moves out of Ardra late on April 21, 2020.

March 2nd – Mercury got out of a period of combustion (traveling too close to the Sun) which was a nice relief for communications in general, and especially for the affairs of those with Mercury-ruled Moon or Rising signs of Gemini or Virgo.

March 9th – What a fabulous full Moon in LEO that was! It looked so big and bright, as it reached perigee: the closest point in its elliptical orbit to Earth.

In addition, on that same day, MERCURY went Direct! I always feel a sense of inner relief when this planet is out of Retrograde, as do many of my friends. If your Rising sign, Moon or Sun signs are ruled by Mercury, then you are bound to be more affected by these periods, which come three times a year, for about three weeks each time. I must mention that I researched and found that Mercury will not reach the same degree it had been in PRIOR to the retrograde period began until late on March 29th. It is after that time that we may feel a big boost of forward progress.

March 14 – The Sun entered Pisces. This is a friend’s sign for this fiery, mild malefic. For the Leos (Rising or Moon signs) Pisces is their 8th house, so some unexpected changes may occur or an urge to seek transformational through spiritual practices.

March 22 – MARS enters Capricorn, its sign of Exaltation, where it is strongest. It will be conjunct with SATURN who has been in this sign for some time now. This should be an exciting time for those with Capricorn Rising or Moon signs. For one thing, they will experience an energy boost and feel more ambition now, albeit a real push/pull energy as Mars wants to hurry up, while Saturn likes to slow down the pace of things.  Real estate matters can finally progress for some Capricorns who may have been waiting for some action in this arena for some time. And that’s the thing about Saturn, and those ruled by this slowest-moving planet…the saying is Saturn delays but it does not deny.  For Scorpios who are ruled by Mars, this is good for their vitality and energy levels. For Aries, also ruled by Mars, this house placement is their 10th house of career, action, name and fame, so it’s a good time to go for a promotion, ask for a raise, etc. An abundance of energy should be felt by our Aries friends.

March 28 – VENUS moves into Taurus, its own sign, so it is strong and happy there, and Taurean Ascendants and Moon signs will be happy to have this visit by their ruling planet.  Creativity should flow now, as well as the natural proclivity to be surrounded by beauty, art, music, and sensual pleasures.  Its not as easy for Librans, also ruled by this planet, to have it passing through their 8th house of vulnerability and transformation now. They won’t exactly be feeling the kind of grounded stability they might prefer. It will stay in this sign quite a long time, until July 31st, as there will be a retrograde period coming up.

March 29 – JUPITER moves into Capricorn! It will only be there for three months, until June 29, then retrogrades back into its own sign of Sagittarius.  Whereas this great benefic is in Debilitation status in Capricorn, it does receive what is called Neecha Bhanga yoga (relief from debilitation) due to being conjunct with high dignity Saturn here during this transit. This conjunction is going to mean so many things for the 12 different signs. It’s best to contact me for a reading to figure out what it means for YOU!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 2020 Includes a Mercury Retrograde Period

February 6, 2020

The first month of 2020 seemed to just fly by, didn’t it?  Here we are in February, with a Leap Day at the end.  Are you feeling better, more relieved to some degree, since Saturn moved into its own sign? It got out of “the gap,” i.e. far enough into Capricorn to be in its full power on February 4th, thus the changes can now be felt now.

2/02/20 – VENUS moved into Pisces, where it is in Exalted status. That will bring wonderful benefits to those with Taurus Rising or Moon signs, as that is their planetary ruler, now traveling through their 11th house of gain, income and fulfillment of desire. For the Libras, it’s not such a blessing as that is their 6th house of enemies, rivals, competitors, stresses, worries and health concerns. However, many other signs will enjoy this placement, which lasts until 2/28. For Virgos, that is their 7th house of business, partners and travels; for Geminis, it is their 10th house of career, action, name and fame, for Aquarians; it is their 2nd house of wealth, family and speech.  For those with Aries Rising or Moon signs, Venus in Pisces is a 12th house placement and thus may increase their losses or expenses.

2/07/20 – MARS moves into Sagittarius, a friend’s sign.  It will be in here until 3/22, and is a good placement for both signs that it rules. Scorpios will enjoy this placement in their 2nd house of wealth, and feel more conversational now.  For Aries Rising and Moon sign folks, this is their 9th house of good luck, good fortune, remedies, pilgrimage, Dharma and Natural Law.  So Aries friends will feel like they are riding on top of the waves of life, after that previous turn of Mars in their 8th house of vulnerability and transformation.

2/13/20 – The SUN enters Aquarius.  This is a big improvement for Leos, who are ruled by the Sun, to have the Sun now traveling through their 7th house of partners, business and travel, rather than the previous month in which it was crossing their 6th house of worry, stress and health issues.  Even though both Capricorn and Aquarius are ruled by Saturn and thus when the Sun traverses these back to back signs, it is in an enemy’s sign, with this move OUT of Capricorn, the Sun gets away from its enemy Saturn, which is still there, so will feel a lot more comfortable. It will be in this sign until 3/14.

2/16/20 – MERCURY RETROGRADE – this period will last until 3/09.  Mercury is in Aquarius, a friend’s sign.  As Mercury represents the intellect, among other things, in this highly cerebral air sign, discrimination and logic are supported, to analyze and get to the bottom of situations that may not have reached resolution before.  Thus, even though people need to watch for the usual communication mix-ups in this period, it is actually perhaps not as challenging a Mercury Retro period as some have been.  It is in a good house (the 9th) for the Geminis, who are ruled by Mercury, but for the Virgos, this represents their 6th house, so it will not be devoid of stress and obstacles for them. Virgos, stay on your mental toes and don’t let your guard down now.

2/19/20 – Mercury goes combust the Sun. This puts people on edge, especially those ruled by this planet.  Conversation may be a little more tense during this time, people may regret “speaking first, and thinking later,” so let’s use this knowledge to “Avert the Danger Before it Arises,” which is a big benefit of Vedic Astrology.  This period of traveling too close to the Sun lasts until 3/02 for Mercury.

2/28/20 – VENUS enters Aries, where it will be until 3/28.  Those with Aries Rising or Moon signs will enjoy feeling more attractive and sexy now.  This placement may increase expenses for the Taureans and either make them feel more inward or isolated, or perhaps some foreign travel may take place. Libras finally get a break, to have their chart ruler now moving through their 7th house of partners, increasing closeness to their mates or sweethearts.

As usual, this is just a glimpse at planet placements and what these movements mean for various signs. Please let me hear from you if you are wanting to see what the year ahead and the rest of 2020 has in store for you! It’s a great time to book 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

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2020 – Planet positions for January

December 29, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  Let’s see what the Vedic Sky planets hold in store for each sign, as we begin 2020. We had the partial Solar eclipse on 12/26/19 (note that two plane crashes have occurred since then). Eclipses are NOT auspicious and usually give their results from two weeks before, to two weeks after they occur. The time between eclipses can be especially fraught, for some signs. Note that there will be a penumbral Lunar eclipse on January 10th. Note: Isn’t January a good time to book your yearly reading with me, to understand all the important planet influences for your personal year ahead?

January 1st, 2020 – The month and year begin with a planetary pile up of five planets in fire sign Sagittarius: The Sun, Mercury, Saturn, Ketu and Jupiter. Three of these planets are combust (running too close to the Sun for comfort): Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter. Although this compilation of energies are diverse and intense for those with Sagittarius Ascendants or Moon signs, we are trusting the ruler of their charts, benefic Jupiter to save the day, as his energy is the strongest of those planets there.  It is now in its own sign, so at a high “dignity” and able to do a lot of good, and will be in this sign until 11/20/20, except for a brief period in which it moves into the next sign Capricorn, from 3/29-6/29/20.  Then it retrogrades back until Sagittarius.

January 8th – VENUS moves into fixed air sign Aquarius. This helps lift our love connections to a more cerebral and visionary level. It is a wonderful transit for both planets ruled by Venus: Taurus and Libra. For those with Libra Rising or Moon signs, it emphasizes romantic possibilities and stirs their creative proclivities. For the Taureans, expect to be very busy with many activities and a heightened emphasis on career or “name and fame.”For the brainy Aquarians, Venus is their BEST planet. It should bring to those with this Rising or Moon sign, expanded luck, fortune, closeness with friends and family members, plus a softening of their usual intellectual focus to more feelings of love and affection. Hope the shock won’t be too much for you, my Aquarian friends! I know you well….

January 10th – Jupiter is now no longer combust the Sun, so those ruled by this great benefic, Sagittarians and Pisceans, should feel less stressed, tense or irritated now.

In addition: a FULL MOON partial Lunar eclipse occurs today. A total penumbral lunar eclipse is a lunar eclipse that occurs when the Moon becomes completely immersed in the penumbral cone of the Earth without touching the umbra. The path for the Moon to pass within the penumbra and outside the umbra is very narrow. This eclipse will only be visible in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.  These areas in which it is visible will feel the most impact. The full degree of this Sun/Moon opposition occurs just a little before noon Mountain time, in the sign of Gemini.  The North Node of the Moon, Rahu, has been in this air sign since 3/23/19.  Rahu participates in this “hiding the Light” event, and those with Gemini Rising or Moon signs may feel more emotional or out of sorts today.

January 12th – MERCURY moves into Capricorn, its friend Saturn’s sign.  This occurs very late in the day Mountain time, which is the wee hours of January 13th for those in the Eastern and Central time zones. This is helpful for Mercury, who symbolizes communication, among other things, to get away from the many other planets in Sagittarius. This new position represents a good placement for the Virgos, ruled by Mercury, and can contribute to greater career success.  It is not as good for the other sign ruled by Mercury, which is Gemini. This placement represents their 8th house of transformation, battles and disunion, so there could be more feelings of vulnerability for our Gemini friends at this time.

January 14th – The Sun moves into Capricorn for a month’s journey today. This is an enemy’s sign for this bright Luminary. Also, this will be a 6th house transit for the Leos, by their ruler, the Sun. This is not supportive of fun and games for them, as the 6th house represents stress, anxiety, enemies, rivals, competitors, delays, various types of challenges, and service work. 

January 23rd – SATURN MOVES INTO CAPRICORN, its own sign.  TA-DA! Saturn only changes signs every 2.5 years. This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for! Well, it’s good news for many Ascendants and Moon sign charts.  Sagittarians will greatly appreciate the relief of having The Tester planet Saturn off of their first house of self and body.  Scorpios will be completely out of Sadhe Sati now (a 7.5 year transit which I don’t have time to explain now, but you can Google its meaning).  Capricorns benefit from having the ruler of their chart crossing their first house. Aquarians…not so much, as this represents their 12th house of loss and expenses, solitude or isolation. It can be a good time for their spiritual growth or spending time in an ashram, however.

January 30th – Saturn becomes non-combust the Sun, which benefits especially the Capricorns and Aquarians whose signs it governs. Also on this day:

Mercury enters Aquarius. This is a friend’s sign and positive house placement for both Geminis and Virgos, who are ruled by Mercury. The Geminis begin to feel luckier now and have more access to effective healing modalities. The Virgos become more interested in education, either learning or teaching, plus may feel closer to their children for this transit.

January 31st – Mercury now also gets out of combustion with the Sun. Please note how we had THREE planets in combustion with the Sun at the beginning of the month, and now at the end of this month, all three are free of that affliction. Which is good news for all!

New Year’s blessings to you, 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