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Vedic Astrology for February

Aquarius-The Water Bearer

In mid-February we experience the second eclipse of the winter season, with a solar eclipse happening on February 15, 2018. A big emphasis will be on the sign of Aquarius this month, with three planets transiting the sign, plus the eclipse will occur there. The nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, are stationing (not moving) all month, signaling increased pressures that need to be released in positive ways.

Venus, the Sun, and Mercury all shift to the sign of Aquarius this month. First Venus moves to Aquarius on February 6, followed by the entry of the Sun on February 12, and finally Mercury transits the sign beginning February 14. Aquarius is a fixed air sign and is known for progressive and alternative interests. Aquarius carries a deep desire for community and involvement with social causes. Saturn rules the sign of Aquarius, so be mindful of overworking or becoming too self-criticalness at this time. Pace yourself and find nurturing activities to do. With the energies of Aquarius more dominant this month, we may experience a tendency to be more in our heads than our hearts now. It might be helpful this month to increase our heart focus to experience more meaningful and intimate connections with others.

All three planets, the Sun, Venus, and Mercury, will now be aspected by Saturn, Mars, and Jupiter in February. The Saturn aspect gives a more serious tone and we expect loyalty and greater commitment in our lives. The Mars aspect gives passion, but with Saturn in the mix, we can experience some setbacks if we move ahead to quickly. Jupiter, the great benefic, aspects these three planets too, and helps us move through any issues that surface with more understanding, grace, and generosity.

The big event this month is the solar eclipse that occurs on February 15, 2018 at 2:05 PM (MST) at 3 degrees Aquarius in the nakshatra of Dhanishta. This is the second eclipse of a pair, as the first eclipse occurred on January 31, 2018. Mercury will be very close to this eclipse, within 2 degrees, and it will also be combust the Sun, so Mercury’s integrity is challenged. Be extra careful and precise with all of your communications with others around this eclipse.

Dhanishta means “the wealthiest,” and indicates a theme of reevaluating what wealth and prosperity means to each of us. Material wealth may be easier to understand or attain, but how do we invest and generate the spiritual wealth in our lives? True wealth will not lose value, and is generated by genuine kindness, forgiveness, charitable actions, and heartfelt compassion. Practicing acceptance of whatever arises inside our hearts with no judgment is a helpful and healing response.

Dhanishta is an intense and powerful nakshatra, especially if we work with high ideals for the goodness of all. However, we may also see the shadow of Dhanishta rise, which is expressed as egotism, a sense of superiority, or deceptive activities. Use the inner courage of Dhanishta to work for the greater good, despite challenges faced.

Remember that eclipses are not to be feared, but are times of high spiritual energy. Inner reflection, meditation, and yoga are positive expressions during eclipses. In a way, eclipses are windows of opportunity that can bring unresolved issues or underlying motivations to the surface in order to be understood and healed so we can move forward. They can bring significant change in our lives over time.

Currently the nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, have been stationing at 20 degrees in the signs of Cancer and Capricorn, since January 13, 2018 and will remain so until March 18, 2018. Occasionally, when the nodes stay put on a degree for an unusually long period of time, unexpected or significant events can surface. If you have planets close to 20 degrees Cancer or Capricorn, then you might feel the impact of this long nodal transit. It’s best to be non-reactive, let go of excessive desires, and not be hard on yourself which lessens the intensity. Try to stay focused and centered. Use your energies constructively, possibly by helping others in need, being more creative, or even taking a well-deserved rest, which can help transmute any build up of excessive pressures in order to feel mentally balanced and at peace.

 

Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or by email for astrological consultations, either in person or by phone.

 

 

Vedic Astrology for January

In January 2018, Saturn, planet of stability and truth, settles into the fire sign of Sagittarius until January 2020.

Previously, during most of 2017, the normally grounded Saturn was moving very slowly between the two signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius, and transiting very sensitive and significant degrees, initiating change, but not generating much steadiness in our lives. Now we begin to stabilize and commit to expressing our true dharma or purpose in life. Venus, planet of relationship and healing will be combust the Sun most of the month, indicating more effort is required to restore and appreciate the important connections we have with others.
The transit of Mars is quite strong this month as it moves to its own sign of Scorpio on January 16, 2018, bringing more drive, ambition, and depth, but control issues may surface. And at the end of the month on January 31, 2018, we begin the winter eclipse season with a lunar eclipse in the sign of Cancer, signaling a time of revelation and significant change. Saturn in Sagittarius powerfully shines the light on equality, and that includes humanitarian concerns, human rights, and fairness within the government and judicial system. Personally, we are asked to scrutinize our belief system, and begin to “walk our talk.” Challenges could bring delays or restrictions as we try to uncover the truth in our society, or we have difficulty in letting go of old prejudices and beliefs that no longer serve us. We are redefining our value system – personally and collectively.
In addition, Saturn in Sagittarius is transiting the nakshatra of Mula, which means “the root.” We need to go deep to find our truths and get to the heart of the matter. Mula also relates to medicinal roots or alternative medicine, so we could find that Ayurvedic remedies are quite helpful. Mula’s deity is Kali, goddess of destruction, and so some dissolving qualities emerge. Weak foundations can crumble or even our own ignorance is destroyed, in order to set us on the right track toward self-actualization.
Venus is traveling very close to the Sun (within 5 degrees) the entire month as both the Sun and Venus move through the signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn.  When a planet is extra close to the Sun it is called combustion, meaning its significations and integrity are somewhat weakened. Conflicts in love and relationship could surface to be addressed. Venus combust can actually increase the desire for love or compassion to be an integral part of our lives. The challenge with combustion is our inability to express this desire. For example, we can’t find the time in our busy schedules for relationship bonding and healing. So use this transit to prioritize your life to include enough time to really share with your loved ones and to appreciate them. Try not to overwork, and by committing to create time for self-care, and you may find it much easier to express gratitude to those you love.

Mars enters its own sign of Scorpio from January 16 to March 6, 2018. Mars is quite driven, focused and desirous in Scorpio. This is a powerful transit, that bring passion and motivates us to accomplish our goals. Scorpio is a fixed water sign, generating persevering and persistent energies, even to the point of stubbornness, coupled with an inability to release old emotional hurts. This is a time to allow the higher side of Mars in Scorpio to dominate, through taking courageous action when needed, improving our energy and vitality through heart-felt activities, and working with determination and discipline. However, Rahu (north Node of the Moon) transiting the sign of Cancer will be aspecting Mars while in Scorpio. This influence exaggerates Mars’ energies. Positively, Mars and Rahu can increase our ambitious actions and the development of inner strength. The shadow of Rahu aspecting Mars brings the increased need to control and dominate others, and this can manifest as power struggles or conflict. However, by directing this amplified energy towards positive spiritual and inspirational expressions, this transit can be quite potent. The choice is up to us. Remedies to uplift Mars would involve activities that soften aggressive energies, such as cultivating patience and mindfulness, and committing to a regular practice of meditation and yoga. The 2018 winter eclipse season begins at the end of January with a lunar eclipse occurring on January 31, 2018 at 17 degrees Cancer in the nakshatra of Ashlesha. In Vedic culture, eclipses are days for spiritual life and meditation, and not for material endeavors or signing contracts. Eclipses are meant for spiritual initiation, meditation, and inner work, and they can trigger personal and spiritual growth. The Nagas, or deified serpents, are associated with this eclipse nakshatra, signifying a connection to kundalini energy, chakra work, deep healing, and transformation.  The shakti of Ashlesha is “the power to poison,” and it carries a charismatic and mesmerizing energy. Ashlesha also possesses a hidden quality, so be aware of any subtle, manipulative tendencies that could surface during this time as well. Discernment, objectivity and honesty are important qualities to embrace during this particular eclipse. Remedies for Ashlesha are to express gratitude in your life and be generous to others.

Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or by email  for astrological consultations, either in person or by phone.

Vedic Astrology for December

December is a significant month of introspection, letting go, and renewal. Three planets transit the intense but transformative degrees of gandanta, giving opportunities for rebirth. Mercury goes retrograde signifying a time of review and need for discernment. The Sun joins Saturn in Sagittarius, creating openings to rectify old imbalances of power within ourselves and in our relationships with others. Venus and Mars exchange signs this month, and we feel more creative and passionate. Finally, kala sarpa yoga occurs two weeks in December, demanding high ethics, focus, and commitment to our purpose in life.

Three major planets, Mercury, Sun, and Venus, travel the pivotal gandanta degrees, at the junction between the signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius in December. Gandanta means a “spiritual knot,” and when planets pass through the cusp of a water sign to a fire sign, we are given opportunities for deeper soul growth and increased self-awareness. As we go through deep change, we can feel emptiness or even doubt as we dismantle the old ways. We are benefited by moving through these energies with grace, non-resistance, and an open heart.

Mercury, planet of communications, speech, and travel, goes retrograde from December 3 until December 22, 2017. Mercury will begin its retrograde transit at 4 degrees Sagittarius and will move back a sign to 19 degrees Scorpio before turning direct on December 22. The more critical days are around December 9 and 10 when Mercury is at gandanta – 0 degrees Sagittarius and 29 degrees Scorpio. Also, Mercury will be combust the Sun from December 11 to 16, which weakens our ability to be heard by others. This is an especially critical time to be extra clear and precise with all types of communications. Travel plans can change. Back up your data and take note of your electronic equipment and vehicles.

At the beginning of December, the Sun transits the water sign of Scorpio, but shifts to the fire sign of Sagittarius on December 15, 2017. This is a pivotal transit of the Sun as it moves through the gandanta junctures of Scorpio/Sagittarius. The more sensitive days are December 14 through December 16. This transit of the Sun (indicator of the soul) could bring a type of identity crisis, as we break through long-held fears and patterns, and embrace a new and more powerful way of being. Career issues could surface as we want uplifting work that honors and expresses our greatest talents and gifts.
As the Sun begins its transit through the sign of Sagittarius, it first travel through Mula nakshatra from December 15 to 28, 2017, which is the nakshatra that includes the Galactic Center of the universe. Mula means “the root” and we want to go very deep and “get to the root” of things the last few weeks of December. We may find it easier to shift our attention from a more material focus into a higher, all-encompassing consciousness.

The deity connected to Mula nakshatra is Nirriti, the goddess of destruction (of ego). Nirriti is said to be both a goddess of misfortune, as well as a remover of misfortune. Honoring Nirriti through virtuous living, generosity, and ahimsa (non-violence) is recommended. As the Sun moves through Mula nakshatra, this period can be a catalyst for deeper soul connections and renewal. This is a period for profound self-examination.
The Sun joins Saturn as it moves into the sign of Sagittarius from December 15, 2017 until January 14, 2018. Saturn will be especially close to the Sun – called combustion, from December 15 to 27, and will exactly conjunct Saturn at 6 degrees Sagittarius on December 21. Combustion means the integrity of the planet is compromised. We can experience issues with self-discipline, patience, and finding our truth. Power struggles occur. We struggle between what society or others demands of us versus our desire for individual self-expression. We may see this express politically as well, in our desire for equality.

Mars, planet of courage, assertiveness, and passion, transits Libra the entire month of December, from November 29, 2017 to January 16, 2018. Mars joins benefic Jupiter in Libra which helps to protect ambitious an assertive Mars.

Venus, planet of relationships, love, and healing, transits the sign of Scorpio from November 26 to December 20, 2017. Venus transits the intense gandanta degrees of Scorpio/Sagittarius on December 19 and 20, pushing us to now resolve old beliefs and heartache in our relationships. Compassion, authenticity, and forgiveness are helpful remedies. We may be re-defining what love is. A mutual exchange occurs with Mars in Venus’ sign of Libra and Venus in Mars’ sign of Scorpio, from November 29 to December 20, 2017. The combination amplifies the energies of Mars and Venus creating a “passionate wiring” and increased creative energy. We can feel more enlivened and vital. Artistic expression is highlighted. Kala sarpa yoga begins December 7 through December 21, 2017, with all the planets sandwiched between the nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu. This yoga is sometimes called “the snake of time” and requires that we respond to life with the highest of ethics and morals or we suffer. Sometimes we can feel less free will and ability to move forward with this combination. Sudden or unexpected events that are out of our control can occur during kala sarpa yoga. The benefits can be positive and growth-producing on a spiritual level if we respond to life with kindness, respect, and humility.

Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or by email at dinfante@sedona.net for astrological consultations, either in person or by phone.

* Vedic Astrology for November *

The month of November seems to foster more heart-centered activities and activates a wider vision of what could be possible, with Saturn now moving into the expansive and idealistic sign of Sagittarius, along with Venus moving into the positive relationship-oriented sign of Libra. Venus will also be traveling with benefic Jupiter most of the month, adding to more positive connections. The Sun moves out of debility mid-month which increases our sense of confidence. Kala sarpa yoga occurs part of the month of November, which requires integrity in all we do. The malefic planets Saturn and Mars aspect each other, creating lessons of responsibility, maturity, and restraint.

Saturn, planet of discipline and truth, now begins its forward transit through the fire sign of Sagittarius for several years, from October 26, 2017 until January 23, 2020. Saturn in Sagittarius, a fire sign ruled by Jupiter, brings a major focus on knowledge, education, philosophies of life, humanitarian concerns, freedom, ethics, and legalities. In addition, from October 25 until November 25, 2017, Saturn will be moving through the final gandanta degrees of 0 to 2 degrees of Sagittarius. Gandanta degrees are the critical junctures between water and fires signs that can open us to new perspectives and healing if we choose. So in November we can be morally tested as we confront outworn belief systems, begin to live our truth, and trust again. No resistance is the key to working well with gandanta transits. Embracing new levels of understanding motivate us to make wiser decisions for our collective future could be a positive expression of this transit.

In addition for most of the month of November (from October 26 to November 29, 2017) Saturn in Sagittarius will aspect Mars in Virgo, and Mars will aspect Saturn. This mutual aspect between these two planets fuels ambitions. However, we can experience some temporary delays or frustrations in accomplishing our goals with the push/pull energies of Mars and Saturn. The desire for success becomes strong, so we must develop more patience this month. Mindfulness practices, focusing on what we really need to do, and meditation can be helpful. Venus moves out of its debilitated sign of Virgo on November 2, and happily transits its own sign of Libra until November 26, 2017. This brings more socializing and the need for deeper connections, perfect for Thanksgiving which occurs on November 23 in the US. Venus in Libra wants balance and harmony in relationships, but can over-idealize love. Don’t give in just to create peace, as you do not want direct confrontations. We are learning to appropriately negotiate and compromise accordingly with others in a more equal fashion. This transit of Venus in Libra can also increase our desire for artistic expression. Add more creativity in your life, which reduces stress and facilitates healing.

Venus will be joining benefic Jupiter when it transits the sign of Libra this month. Jupiter and Venus are the two teacher planets (Jupiter is the teacher of the gods, and Venus is the teacher of the demons in Vedic mythology), so this combination brings opportunities to expand our knowledge from two difference perspectives or levels of awareness. Hopefully this conjunction can bring about greater diplomacy and understanding in the world. On a personal note, we are more open to creative, social, and humanitarian endeavors. But watch for over-indulgence or excessive spending – be sensible.

The Sun, planet of career, identity, and vitality is weakened in its debilitated sign of Libra during the first few weeks of November. Then, late on November 15, 2017, the Sun begins its transit through its more auspicious sign of Scorpio until December 15, 2017. Previously with the Sun in Libra, we could experience issues with our self-identity, inner authority, and esteem. But mid-month, when the Sun transits the intense and transformative sign of Scorpio, we start to confront the deeper realities of our life and begin a healing and rebirth process if we are ready. In addition, Rahu, the north node of the Moon, is transiting the sign of Cancer, and will aspect (trine) the Sun while in Scorpio. On the positive we can feel more powerful and desire greater success in life, but be mindful of any controlling tendencies surfacing. Be realistic and practical with you goals, and also envision how your work or career can not only support you, but uplift and help others too.

We again experience kala sarpa yoga from November 10 through 25, 2017, when all the planets are placed between the nodes of the moon, Rahu and Ketu. This yoga has been occurring every few weeks since September 2017, and will continue January 2018. This yoga combination affects us on a psychological level, bringing some dissatisfaction and increased sensitivity. We feel we may have less free will, and events may occur that carry a type of “destiny” energy. Kala sarpa yoga is motivating us to fulfill our positive potential in life directly and not fall into complacency or the misuse of our energies. It’s important to be appropriately responsible and kind, and act with the highest morals during this time, or we can suffer. Be authentic and open to new possibilities of growth!

Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or by email for astrological consultations, either in person or by phone.

Vedic Astrology for July 2017

July ushers in deep healing energies with Saturn moving back into the sign of Scorpio during the next four months. We can dissolve our resistance to change by not denying the feelings of discomfort or fear that arise, keeping in mind our ultimate goal of creating a more secure and true foundation. Venus travels its own sign of Taurus this month, a more comforting transit that desires closer connections with loved ones. Rahu, the north node of the Moon, stations at 0 degrees Leo, a critical degree for 2 ½ months, which can bring intensity and unpredictability.  Mars begins its six-week transit through the sign of Cancer mid-July, indicating lessons in assertiveness and how we project our energies out into the world.

 

In July we will have two planets (Saturn and Rahu) transiting gandanta “spiritual knot” degrees, and later in August we will add a third planet, Mars, as it transits the gandanta degrees from Cancer to Leo.  Planets that transit gandanta degrees (the junction between water and fire signs) are forcing us to transcend and evolve, but at the same time can make us a bit anxious, vulnerable, and uncertain as we break old habits and let go of our stories and drama. At times we can feel we are losing everything, but in reality we are gaining a lot – especially increased awareness and a wider perspective of life.

 

Saturn, the lord of karma and truth, has been transiting the gandanta degrees of Scorpio and
Sagittarius all year, and recently has moved back into Scorpio for one final “review” from June 20 until October 26, 2017, before it fully enters Sagittarius for three years. Saturn in Scorpio energies prompt us to face our shadow, uncover our secrets and repressed emotions, and fearlessly move to the next level of spiritual growth. We are learning to let go, not to react as we did in the past, and make better and more conscious choices as we move through any resistance. This is a time to come from an open heart, and to be mindful and clear. Be with good and supportive people that uplift you. Get plenty of rest. Go within. Saturn transits are not always easy and take time. Saturn teaches patience and makes you do your work, taking full responsibility. But the end result brings maturity, wisdom, and a deeper sense of being fully present and at peace.

 

Venus, planet of love, relationships, diplomacy, and finance transits its own sign of Taurus from June 29 until July 25, 2017. Venus is happy in Taurus, and this brings the need for stability and loyalty in love and the desire for heartfelt connections with family and friends. We seek contentment and lasting pleasures in our lives. Artistic endeavors are favored, as well as connecting with nature, gardening, and working for the environment.

 

On July 4 until September 8, 2017, Rahu stations at 0 degrees Leo (a gandanta degree) and Ketu is at 0 degrees Aquarius for almost 2 ½ months. This is an unusually long time for the nodes to stay at a degree, so significant events can occur during these few months. Uncertainty and intense situations can surface. Remember that the nodes of the Moon always go retrograde, so 0 degrees is the last degree they will transit in the signs of Leo (Rahu) and Aquarius (Ketu) before they shift signs on September 8. The nodes have been in Leo and Aquarius since January 8, 2016. We are learning to balance an amplified sense of self (Rahu in Leo), with serving others and working for the greater good (Ketu in Aquarius). Power struggles can arise around the issues of ambition vs. fairness as we learn to work together in a mutually supportive way.  Again, like Saturn, Rahu is at the cusp of a fire sign (Leo) to a water sign (Cancer) and can trigger an opening for a deep shift or change. As the nodes are connected to eclipse energy, this can possibly manifest as a revelation that brings in heightened energies if we are ready. With Rahu in Magha nakshatra which connects to the deified ancestors (the Pitris), this indicates a good period to work with ancestral clearings or honoring and acknowledging your parents.  Considering what you wish your personal legacy to be for your children or for the planet is a strong motivating factor that can move us in the right direction for the greater good.

 

Mars, the planet of energy and action, transits Cancer, its sign of debility, from July 11 until August 26, 2017. Cancer is a sensitive water sign, so deep feelings about home, family, and security may surface. We may feel extra emotional sensitivity and attachment, so take care to respond appropriately to others, and watch for any passive-aggressive tendencies. We can shy away from direct confrontations, and later become argumentative or defensive. Our energies can be inconsistent.

 

On the positive, this transit can increase our capacity to protect and help our families and loved ones. We can be a good advocate for others. The challenge with Mars in Cancer is sometimes the need for strong motivation in order to act, or a resistance to change. Mars, normally an assertive planet, can be weaker in Cancer, and over time gets frustrated, angry, and resentful. Become more aware of how your actions affect others. Old emotional wounds (especially around family concerns) can surface to be healed. Try not to judge yourself and be honest and own your feelings. We need a loving environment with Mars in Cancer.  Practicing yoga, getting massages, or working with any therapeutic techniques that help balance the emotions are helpful for Mars in Cancer.  Be kind. Gratitude can foster greater compassion now.
 

Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or by email 

for astrological consultations, either in person or by phone.

Vedic Astrology for May 2017

May is a month of mentally moving forward, experiencing clearer perceptions, as we let go of old mental clutter, and start fresh as Mercury goes direct. The Sun in Aries the first half of the month can bring increased vitality and inner resolve. With the transit of Mars this month, we are directed to be more disciplined, and be less reactive and more patient.  With Venus exactly opposite Jupiter mid-month, be open and invite divine grace and inner guidance to flow through your life.
Aries by Dutch artist Jofra Bosschart

On May 3, 2017, Mercury, planet of communications, the intellect, and discrimination, goes direct at 0 degrees Aries – the very first degree of the zodiac which is also a gandanta degree (spiritual knot), located on the cusp between a water and fire sign. This seems significant, as it adds a greater emphasis on letting go of past memories, worries, or beliefs that no longer serve you. This is a time to be even more discerning with how we communicate with others – with honesty, clarity, and no hidden agenda.

With Mercury transiting Mars-ruled Aries until June 3, watch for impatient speech or reacting too forcefully, and instead become a creative problem-solver.  Realize we are not our thoughts. With Mercury in Aries, focus on clearing up any misunderstandings you have had in the past – and do so with no expectations and an open heart.  This is a good time to commit to a regular meditation practice or take that class you have been putting off. We can slowly begin to move forward now with more certainty and confidence.

The Sun transits its exalted sign of Aries until May 14, 2017, which brings energy, vitality, and directness. The Sun here is very individualistic and this transit can begin a cycle of self-discovery. Aries is self-initiating and pioneering, but sometimes need to learn patience, moderation, and sharing. The Sun in Aries likes to inspire others and brings forth new ideas. Participate in uplifting activities!

Next the Sun begins its transit through the fixed earth sign Taurus from May 14 to June 14, 2017. Our inspirations become more grounded and real. Now we focus on what is truly valuable to us, and let go of the superficial. We long for more stability and commitment in our lives. Be a little more adaptable and less stubborn. This is a creative and fertile time. Spending more time in natural surroundings and connecting with good friends and family are positive expressions.

On May 18-19, 2017, Venus exalted in Pisces will exactly oppose Jupiter retrograde in Virgo at exactly 19 degrees. These two planets have been opposite each other for quite a while – since January 27 when Venus moved into Pisces, and this will end on May 30, 2017 when Venus moves to Aries. But now they will aspect exactly on May 18-19, connecting these two teacher planets (Jupiter is the teacher of the gods, Venus is the teacher of the demons). This can increase our interests in higher knowledge, esoteric subjects, and healing modalities. And with Venus in the sign of Pisces for such a long time (four months), this indicates we are all striving to understand and express the higher vibrations of Venus – like unconditional love, compassion, devotion, and deep healing.

Also, Saturn is aspecting retrograde Jupiter, which can temper the indulgence and excess that the combination of Jupiter and Venus can sometimes express, giving us some restraint and maturity. This helps us to sense our “inner prosperity” and motivates us to express this “abundance” outwardly by donating our time to worthy causes, or by simply helping our friends or family members in need.

Jupiter photo by Nasa
On May 26, 2017, Mars, planet of action and energy, moves to Gemini until July 11, 2017. Mars and Mercury will create a Parivartana Yoga, with Mars in the sign of Mercury (Gemini) and Mercury in the sign of Mars (Aries) for a few days – from May 26 to June 3. Parivartana Yoga joins these two planetary energies tightly together.  Mars sees Mercury as an enemy, while Mercury sees Mars as being neutral. So watch for frustrating communications, angry words, or taking things too personally. Stop and think things through before speaking. This can be a positive combination for analyzing situations and being a good problem-solver if one is patient. Take the time to include others in decision-making.

In addition, as Mars begins its transit through Gemini it will oppose Saturn in Sagittarius at 1 degree on May 28 and 29. These two planets are not very friendly with each other, so as they face off we experience increased frustrations and possible delays in the actions we take. It’s important not to give up, but move through these barriers with grace and peace. We are asked to be more responsible, truthful, and learn from the seeds we have sown. Take more time to understand all sides of an issue before making important decisions.

 

Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or by email for astrological consultations, either in person or by phone.

Vedic Astrology for April 2017

April brings increased retrograde energies, with four planets (Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury) in retrograde motion at least part of the month. When a planet is retrograde, its vibrations are turned inward and it can even become a more powerful time as unresolved issues surface to be reviewed and overcome. Then as the planets go direct, we are able to make better decisions with greater awareness. These retrograde energies will be especially strong for 7 days, from April 9 through April 15, 2017, when all four planets (Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury) are retrograde.

 

First, on April 5, 2017, Saturn, the lord of time, karma, and truth, goes retrograde at 3 degrees Sagittarius. It will eventually retrograde back into the sign of Scorpio on June 20, 2017 and

Nasa Photo of Saturn

doesn’t go direct until August 25, 2017 at 27 degrees of Scorpio. Saturn will again be passing through the significant and challenging degrees called gandanta, which means “spiritual knot,” as it retrogrades and then goes direct this year. Old patterns, barriers, and fears that arose in January and February 2017 can slowly be revived once again this spring, summer, and fall for our review, understanding, and correction.
In general, most of this year we are given great opportunities to come into alignment with the highest energies of Saturn, which include connecting to one’s true self, taking responsibility for the consequences of one’s actions, becoming more self-disciplined, and embracing the need for equality, peace, and respect in our relationships and in the world. Saturn retrograde can bring up issues of self-doubt or limitation to be healed and transformed. Inner tensions arise if we are out of integrity, as Saturn requires honesty. But don’t be so hard on yourself. With Saturn retrograde we are developing more strength, patience, and proper detachment. Let go of things that no longer serve you. Time spent alone may be more appealing.  But watch for too much isolation or worry. Spending time in nature or being in supportive and peaceful environments are positive remedies.

Jupiter, Mercury and Virtue, detail, by Dosso Dossi, 1524

 

 

Mercury, planet of communications and travel, goes retrograde April 9 until May 3, 2017. During the retrograde phase it’s a goodtime to review plans, research new ideas, and clean out closets! Back up your computer. Choose your words carefully. Listen and be fully present with others. This is a good time for inner reflection, meditation, and contemplation. Venus, planet of love, relationships, and finance, still retrograde in its exalted sign of Pisces since March 3, 2017, goes direct on April 15, 2017. While retrograde we reassess and re-evaluate our romantic relationships, our ability to do self-care, and our financial situations. This is a time to re-define what is truly valuable to us. Unfinished business connected to old love patterns can surface to be acknowledged and transformed. Even strong, existing relationships can sometimes be strengthened during this time. Forgiveness and compassion are good remedies now. Once Venus goes direct, we have more clarity about real love and what is most important to us, so we can move forward.

Jupiter, planet of spirituality and prosperity has been retrograde since February 5, 2017 and will be retrograde a few more months, going direct on June 19, 2017. During Jupiter retrograde our abundance is experienced on an inner level. We are not as concerned with the material aspects of life, and are more concentrated on creating peace of mind and finding our center, which is priceless! This year, Akshaya Tritiya (a very auspicious day in the Vedic calendar), occurs on April 28, 2017. This positive day occurs each year on the third lunar day of the waxing moon in either April or May, when the Sun and Moon are both exalted. Traditionally, any venture begun on this day grows and brings prosperity. According to ancient legend, this is the day when the sacred Ganges River descended to the earth from heaven.

 

Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or by email 
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Vedic Astrology ~ March 2017

This month, with Venus exalted and retrograde, and Mercury debilitated in Pisces, the focus is on self-love, improving our relationship skills, communicating from the heart, and coming back to our true values. Letting go of judgement, respecting others, and being less impulsive are also important lessons with Mars in Aries.

Mars, planet of action and assertiveness, moves into the fiery sign of Aries on March 1, 2017 until April 12, 2017. Mars is the ruler of the sign of Aries, and feels comfortable transiting its own sign. We are more spontaneous, pioneering, and adventurous. Being too impulsive, getting angry quickly, and having lack of follow-through are the challenges with Mars in Aries.

Aries transcript of Kitab al Bulhan, Ottoman Islamic miniature

Aries transcript of Kitab al Bulhan, Ottoman Islamic miniature

It is recommended to take time when making important decisions and to consider others’ point of view. Listening well and acknowledging others is very important now. Instead of focusing on the differences you may have with others, try to see what you truly have in common. Be more self-controlled and less reactive. While Mars is strong in Aries, we want to invest our time in activities that bring us more energy and vitality, like beginning a yoga practice or other self-improvement modalities. We want simplicity and directness in dealing with others. To be more centered and vital we must move through any anger or fear-based issues now with grace and forgiveness.

Venus, planet of love, relationships, healing, and finance goes retrograde from March 4, 2017 until April 15, 2017 in its exalted sign of Pisces. Re-evaluation of your current relationships is a possible theme with this transit. Even an old partner can reappear in order to complete some unfinished business or to have closure. This is a time to uncover your true motives in love. Issues concerning self-worth, lack of support, and compromise can arise for us to feel and heal.

We may feel even more emotional and vulnerable at this time – especially with Venus retrograde in the sensitive and sympathetic

Constellation of Pisces

Constellation of Pisces

sign of Pisces. We want deep, intimate connections with others, but try not to romanticize or idealize too much. Be real and heart-felt. We may be tested in matters of love and integrity. Have clear boundaries and be discriminating and self-responsible. Real love does not expect anything in return. Realize that it is through relationships that we learn and evolve in profound ways. When Venus is retrograde, prosperity and financial issues can also surface to understand and review, as our values may shift. Our perceptions in love and finance are not as clear when Venus is retrograde, and we can make choices too quickly with highly-charged emotions. With this in mind, this is probably not the best time to make important decisions about love, relationships, or finances until the retrograde period is over. Then we can see with renewed insight, and be more objective. Devotional practices that focus on spiritual love and compassion for all are positive expressions with Venus retrograde.

Mercury, planet of communications, moves into Pisces, its sign of debility on March 10, 2017 until March 26, 2017. Mercury will be with exalted Venus, which reverses some of its debility. Mercury in Pisces is less concerned with details, and somewhat indirect with communications. Speaking with clarity and greater discernment is indicated to avoid any misunderstandings. With Venus retrograde and Mercury debilitated this month, take the time to understand and speak honestly with your significant others, and you will be rewarded. Meditation, mindfulness practices, and pranayama (conscious breathing) are good remedies.

On a positive note, Jupiter, the great benefic planet, aspects both Venus and Mercury in Pisces this month which adds spiritual support and helps us find creative solutions to some of the challenges that can surface this month in relationship and love.

Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or by email for astrological consultations, either in person or by phone.

Vedic Astrology for January

January is a significant month of transformation, as a major planetary event occurs with Saturn changing signs, moving from the water sign of Scorpio to the fire sign of Sagittarius on the evening of January 26, 2017 (MST).
Famous for its rings,
Saturn is said to have at least 62 moons

Saturn is the slowest moving planet in Vedic astrology, taking approximately 2 ½ to 3 years to move through a sign, therefore it has great impact when it changes signs. In addition, Saturn will transit through the challenging gandanta degrees this month, and especially intense energies may surface from January 16 through February 6, 2017, when Saturn transits 29 degrees Scorpio to 1 degree of Sagittarius.

Gandanta means a “spiritual knot,” and when planets pass through these junctures, moving from a water sign (in this case Scorpio) to a fire sign (Sagittarius), we are given opportunities for deeper soul growth if we choose. We must release old, ancient wounds and habitual patterns from the past that revolve around Saturn significations, or they will persist. If we can move through this important shift of Saturn with grace and non-resistance, there is the potential for personal healing and increased awareness on the planet.

From January 1 to January 26, Saturn will be completing its transit through the transformative sign of Scorpio. We can experience increased pressures to face our shadow, the unconscious & subconscious aspects of self, as we bring in more light. Saturn, being such a wise teacher planet, really wants us to evolve, and so exerts more tension on us, motivating us to quickly detach and release our fears, anxiety, and drama, so we can be a better witness to life. With Saturn in Scorpio it is important not to blame others for things we were responsible for, acknowledging our part in challenging situations. We may go through profound transformation in the process, or even a little upheaval, as we uproot strongholds of resistance. Intense feelings and emotions can surface during this process. We are uncovering our authentic self as we become more empowered.

Next, as Saturn transits the Jupiter-ruled sign of Sagittarius for three years, from January 26, 2017 to January 24, 2020.

an older map of the constellation Sagittarius

Education, knowledge, ethics, and uncovering the deeper wisdoms of life are major themes of Saturn in Sagittarius. We become more realistic and practical, and we desire to transform beliefs that separate or polarize. We welcome universal principles that uplift and inspire. The sign of Sagittarius loves truth and freedom, and so with Saturn there, we are learning to be more patient and tolerant of others’ beliefs.

The challenge with Saturn transiting Sagittarius can be a hesitancy to speak up or share our knowledge when needed, or others may want to impose their beliefs in a controlling manner. Frustrations arise when we experience life in a narrow, constricted way. Our ethics may be under scrutiny and are tested. This is a time to walk your talk, with Saturn in Sagittarius.

Developing deeper heart connections with others is helpful and can support this transformation. Meditation and pranayama (breath work) are also great aids. We are yearning to access a deeper purpose in our lives. Ultimately, with increased clarity (Saturn) and a sense of fairness (Sagittarius), we can make wiser decisions for our future.

Also at the end of January, Venus (planet of love, relationship, the arts, and healing) moves into Pisces, its exalted or best sign, on January 27, 2017. Venus will stay in Pisces a long time this year, over four months, from January 27 until May 30, 2017. This is because Venus will go retrograde in the sign of Pisces this spring. Allow the healing energies of Venus to bring more compassion, gentleness, and kindness into the world. Life can be rather empty if our heart is closed. We desire more uplifting and loving connections with family and friends. Inviting more devotional/spiritual content or creative expression into to one’s life is a positive outlet for Venus. We connect to Venus by working with the heart chakra and honoring the Divine Feminine.

Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or by email for astrological consultations, either in person or by phone.

Vedic Astrology for December 2016

Venus and Mars conjunction

Venus and Mars conjunction

Venus (planet of love and relationship) moves into the sign of Capricorn on December 2 until December 28, 2016. Venus in the earth sign of Capricorn wants consistency and reliability in relationship, but also can be cautious and too controlling. Being comfortable with our vulnerability and sharing our hearts more freely without judgment are important lessons. Venus joins exalted Mars (planet of initiative and energy) in Capricorn for a short period, from December 2 until December 11, and these two planets together bring a “passionate wiring” prompting the need to be creative, spontaneous, and inspired. But watch for occasional agitation.

On December 10, 2016, the Sun and Saturn transiting the fixed sign of Scorpio will conjunct at exactly 24 degrees, which can amplify and bring into focus the deeper issues of imbalance in our lives and in the world. Work on creating more reciprocal energies in your personal and work relationships. Be more authentic, and channel your energies into those areas of your life you feel will give you the greatest internal growth and self-expression, which then creates greater personal happiness. You may feel motivated to become more organized and efficient at work and at home.

Ketu, the south node of the moon

Ketu, the south node of the moon

Mars (planet of action and courage) moves into the fixed sign of Aquarius on December 11, 2016 through January 19, 2017. Mars will join Ketu, the south node of the Moon, already in Aquarius. These two pitta and fiery planets will eventually connect exactly at 11 degrees Aquarius on December 26 and 27, 2016, when their energies accelerate. This combination can bring feisty and argumentative behavior, with a tendency toward passive-aggressive expressions. The Ketu aspect on Mars creates more indirect and manipulative energy. We have to be more disciplined, focused, and straightforward with all the actions we take. Motives may be hidden, so take extra time to be clear with self and others, and try not to be impulsive. Mars and Ketu can also be accident-prone, so be mindful. We can feel uncomfortable and resist taking needed actions, while projecting this inner fear onto others. Lessons surface about taking personal responsibility for what we do. This is a time to honor your courage and inner strength, and not give up. Realize how powerful you really are. Direct this energy toward your true goals with confidence and commitment.

A few days later, on December 14 and 15, 2016, the Sun passes through the challenging gandanta degrees of 29 Scorpio and 0 Sagittarius, signifying the need to untie “karmic knots” or long-held blocks that revolve around the significations of the Sun. Remember that when planets pass through these junctures, between a water sign (Scorpio) and a fire sign (Sagittarius), we are given opportunities for deeper soul growth, freeing ourselves of old patterns that no longer serve us. Becoming aware of any fears or wrong beliefs that prevent you from deeply connecting to your soul (Sun) is recommended. Problems with our identity, self-esteem, career choices, or paternal relationships are held up for deeper reflection and can ultimately be transformed and healed. Then from December 15, 2016 until January 14, 2017, the Sun transits the fire sign of Sagittarius. The Sun in Sagittarius gives high idealism and humanitarian instincts. We dislike hypocrisy and want truth.

Mercury gb2940dff-8979-462b-9332-b299b646a6c7oes retrograde in the sign of Sagittarius on December 19, 2016 until January 8, 2017. Be clear with all types of communications, double-check travel plans, and be prepared for any technical or computer issues. This is a positive time of review and inner reflection, perfect for the end of the year.
The winter solstice (in the northern hemisphere) occurs on December 21, 2016, which signals the rebirth of the Sun and the beginning of winter. This is the shortest day and longest night of the year. The solstice can be a magical and contemplative time, as we celebrate renewal, hope, and spiritual rebirth. Let go of old programming and irrational fears that do not serve us. Offer respect and gratitude for the coming light and all you have been given this past year. It is a powerful day for meditation, prayer, self-examination, and setting intentions, as we welcome a new beginning.

On Christmas day, December 25, Saturn in Scorpio aspects Venus in Capricorn exactly at 26 degrees. Stability and familiarity bring us more comfort now. We may revive old family traditions or rituals that previously had deep meaning for us, and that now bring a welcomed sense of connectedness and continuity. Let go of old frustrations and unrealistic expectations. Relax, and be more unconditional, flexible, and understanding with others.

Debra Infante, Vedic astrologer, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or by email for astrological consultations, either in person or by phone.

 

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mars and venus
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