Vedic Astrology for September

Vedic Astrology for September

September is a significant month of major change and personal transformation, with three major planets (Rahu, Ketu, and Jupiter) moving to new signs within a few days of each other, signaling a shift of perspective and focus over the next 12 to 18 months. We also begin a five-month intermittent pattern of Kala Sarpa Yoga in September, a planetary combination of great karmic significance that requires high ethical standards as we open to greater awareness on the planet.

A major planetary transit occurs September 8, 2017 when the powerful nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, shift signs. The nodes are called shadow planets or chaya grahas, and are connected to eclipse energies. Rahu (north node) will move into the sign of Cancer, while Ketu (south node) moves into the sign of Capricorn, staying in these signs until March 23, 2019. The nodes of the Moon are planets in Vedic astrology, and move backwards through the zodiac, shifting signs every 18 months or so. Previously, Rahu has been in the sign of Leo, and Ketu in the sign of Aquarius since January 8, 2016. Nodal transits can be very impactful, and now we can experience sudden events, life lessons, deep growth, and even some confusion involving the significations of the nodes transiting their new signs of Cancer and Capricorn.

Rahu, a psychological and material planet that rules expansion, innovation, intensity, and desire, now travels the sensitive water sign of Cancer.


Rahu in Cancer (a sign ruled by the Moon) brings a stronger pull to be involved in nurturing activities, connect more intimately with family and friends, have a secure and safe environment to live in, and create a deeper bond with nature and within our communities. We see the value in generating more empathy and caring in our world. This is a good transit to transcend our toxic or dramatic emotions in order to experience greater peace in our lives. On the shadow side, Rahu in Cancer can increase challenges we have with family members or it can quickly amplify ungrounded fears, addictions, or worries. Learn to not over-react and be more patient. Instead, transmute these anxious energies into creative and positive projects and develop deeper heart connections.

Ketu, a non-material mystical planet that represents spirituality or moksha, detachment, intuition, hypersensitivity, loss, or rejection now resides in the practical earth sign of Capricorn.


Ketu is a planet that asks us to let go or surrender, so in the Saturn-ruled sign of Capricorn means detaching from the desire to be in total control and be less intolerant or pessimistic. Positively, Ketu in Capricorn can help us take a more spiritual approach to our work, as we awaken to the true responsibilities in our life. We feel increased motivations to be of service to those in need. The shadow of Ketu in Capricorn can bring avoidance, not wanting to face life, sacrificing oneself needlessly, or being too hard or critical about life. Ketu in Capricorn can be a highly spiritual transit if you lean to let go of stress and not judge. Bring happiness and gratitude into your everyday life and find joy in the simple things.

Jupiter, the great benefic planet of spirituality, optimism, prosperity, and divine grace, begins its transit through the Venus-ruled sign of Libra from September 11, 2017 until October 11, 2018. The sign of Libra wants harmony and balance, so Jupiter here focuses on the need for peace and idealism. Involvement with humanitarian, charitable or non-profit organizations is highlighted now. This transit can create more opportunities for social interactions or romantic interludes. As both Jupiter and Venus (ruler of Libra) are teacher planets, attaining our educational goals is a possible theme. The challenge of Jupiter in Libra is lack of discipline or being over-indulgent. The highest expression of this transit can emphasize more diplomacy, equality, and fairness in our world. We realize how mutual respect and greater wisdom can bring more lasting peace.

From September 18 to October 1, 2017 we begin a Kala Sarpa Yoga pattern that occurs two weeks at a time, followed by two weeks out of this yoga combination. This “on and off” pattern lasts five months, beginning mid-September 2017 until mid-January 2018. Kala Sarpa means “the snake of time,” which indicates this is a pivotal and significant five month period. We last experienced this yoga in the months around the Presidential election last fall. This yoga combination occurs when all the planets are sandwiched in between the nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu. Psychologically this can make us feel that we have less free will or we may feel a certain “destiny” occurring in the world. With this Kala Sarpa transit we can experience some intense highs or lows, which heighten our sensitivity – so do practices that center you, such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, and breath work. High morals, a positive attitude, detachment, along with some common sense are remedies for the Kala Sarpa Yoga combination, which can bring significant healing and increased awareness. We cannot waste this opportunity to gain greater spiritual growth. We are asked to strengthen our inner foundation, evolve, and let our heart be our teacher.

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

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