Rahu is a shadow planet - a subtle planet without form which has an important function - that of ensuring that events occur as defined in the soul contract, the map of journey through life. Jupiter is the guru - guru of higher learning, sacred teachings and enjoys everything with largesse. The placement of Jupiter in the birth chart can indicate strength (and capacity) of the intellect. The mind derives much - if not all - of its understandings from the intellect. From January through August 2016, Rahu and Jupiter will be closely aligned in Leo. In this article we raise the question, 'What is the effect of Rahu on the mind?"
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Makara Sankranti is celebration of the entry of the Sun into Capricorn. In India, it is the entry of the Sun, (Surya) into zodicac sign called Makara, hence, it is called Makara Sankranti. This festival marks the end of Winter and the beginning of Spring. It is a day of celebration, the commencement of harvest, and special foods are prepared (pongal) and gifts are exchanged - sometimes, the gifting of idols to family and friends. It is important to feed people on this day, as the gifts of the Earth belong to all. Looking deeper into the divisional charts of vedic astrology on this occasion suggests a spiritual benefice is available to seekers.
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Vedic Astrology differs from the popular western sun-sign astrology in that it not only has more to offer, but also shadow planets, known as Ketu and Rahu. These shadow planets are significators of what we cannot see within, but which emerges sporadically, that which is called the shadow self. When shadow planets change signs, the shadow self is evoked.
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Many would wonder what a New Year will bring. Romance, career, money, travel, and for those who are married, domestic peace. We are not inclined to take the New Year Day chart, for the New Year for each and every reader here begins when the Sun returns to the point where it was when you were born. This is the annual solar return; at that point, the Year Lord is determined, and the chart for the forthcoming 12 months from natal birthday is cast. So we shall look to what January holds, and uncover how the current position of the planets suggests some personal challenges for the next few months.
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