In Vedic astrology, the navagrahas are nine; there are nine planets in the birth chart. However, the sages predicted the discovery of more planets (upa-grahas) and now we the trans-saturnine planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, what are called outer planets in Vedic astrology. Like Abhijit, they are normally not accounted unless there are confrontations not accounted for in the birth chart. In normal ud-yoga, the outer planets are given notice when they change signs. Here, Neptune has moved back to Pisces after a retrograde turn in Aquarius. Neptune will remain in Pisces for 37 years. Read more →
January of 2023 presents us with planetary movements, a Full Moon, planets going direct and challenges. We are reminded that the planets can raise us up, they can pull us down. It all boils down to maintaining steadiness and managing the mind, even when the mind is presented with external – and internal – challenges. Read more →
Om Aswadhwajaaya Vidmahe
Dhanur hastaaya dheemahi
Tanno Shukra prachodayaat
Translation: “Om, Let me meditate on him who has horse in his flag,
Oh, He who has a bow in his hand, give me higher intellect,
And let Shukra illuminate my mind.”
Venus is a graceful planet who takes delight in those artisan activities of humankind: the arts, song, dance, music, film-making, painting, poetry, gardening, theatre, walking and communing with nature. These are activities, events, wherein we both experience and express appreciation. Here, we look to appreciation as one of the human values.
The December Full Moon occurs on 8 December, so a little more than two weeks away from the (Summer) Solstice. This Full Moon is immediately conjunct Mars – in fact only 4 minutes away from Mars in Rohini nakshatra. This is the favourite nakshatra of the Moon; Mars’ presence here highlights this Full Moon with fulsome energy – as Mars is retrograde, and will be in occultation with the Moon.
Coming in the midst of the five day festival of Diwali is a partial solar eclipse on Tuesday 25 October commencing at Greenland, and covering all of Northern Europe, parts of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and taking in parts of Kazakstan, Pakistan, China and India. The eclipse is centred over the North Pole. Read more →
The October full Moon – while a good time for care of animals and travel – is also a full moon that brings challenges in its wake. It is a time of due diligence to our own selves (this is not selfishness, we cannot be of service to others nor the Divine if we do not take care of our own selves) and a time of a particular awareness of what is seen, what is in our time, and what is beyond time. Perhaps timelessness is a significator of the 5th dimension, perhaps timelessness is also a significator of a greater awareness of the Self. Read more →
This Full Moon precedes the departure of a well-known sovereign, who committed to serve humanity her whole life long. There is a faint hint of her departure in the Navamsa, at this Full Moon. It is a Moon that brings its challenges, and opportunities to put something down and pick up a new project, a new initiative, a new path forward. What some call liquid mental energy that takes three months to change, a Full Moon can offer the opportunity to hit the ground running with change: the energies are always strong at Full Moon. Read more →
The last month of winter is here in the southern hemisphere and with it brings another lunar event: the sturgeon supermoon on 12 August 2022. There is a strong influence of Mars at this time of Full Moon, and there are challenges in managing the mind, managing thoughts, managing behaviour – particularly to those close to us, and those who form our social capital. It is a good time for mantra siddhi.
The July Full Moon brings with it the festival of Guru Purnima, an occasion without any blemish, and the most auspicious Full Moon of the year. While there is much upset and disturbance abounding on our Earth, it is a time when the planets remind us to move forward with steadiness and gracefulness, and to give witness to true humanness.
Sant Kabir Jayanti is observed on the Purnima or full moon day in the month of Jyeshta (May – June) as per traditional calendar. In 2022, the date of Sant Kabir Jayanti is June 14. This month’s Full Moon is in a somewhat precarious position, gandanta, the boundary between water and fire signs. This occurrence frequently presents somewhat knotty problems.
Shani Jayanti is believed to be the day when Lord Shani, one of the Navagrahas made its appearance on Earth. In 2022, the date of Shani Jayanti is May 30. For many, Shani Jayanti is a day of fasting. For others, Shani is guru and guide. We tell of Hanuman and Lord Shani Dev, and the duty of Shani.
The Full Moon of May 2022 – in Scorpio – is joined by a total lunar eclipse – which occurs several minutes before the Full Moon, depending on your location around the world. This total lunar eclipse will be visible from across North and South America, plus parts of Europe and Africa. Read more →
The Full Moon after the vernal equinox is the occasion for many religious festivals in the world’s faiths. It is also a time of many planets changing signs. It is a time when planets that are sandi – on border between signs – do not give full energy nor aspect. It is a time that presents some opportunity to respond to challenges.
From late March 2022 up to the next full moon (Easter day) there are a number of astrological events occurring to which we seek to draw your attention. The New Moon in Pisces is Lunar New Year; when the Sun enters Aries, it will be Solar New Year. In that time (and after) several planets change signs including the outer planet Neptune, who will be in step with Jupiter for their ingress to Pisces.
The Full Moon in February brings Spring in its wake for the northern hemisphere, and the Holi celebration. As we emerge from Covid-19, there is need to shake the dust off ourselves, spruce up, and celebrate. After a brief look at the Navamsa, we look to the situation in Ukraine.
Much has happened since the last full Moon of December 2021 and the time of Solstice. Venus has gone retrograde, Mercury has recently turned retrograde, Mars has separated from Ketu and moving through the gandanta knot (water to fire sign) in Sagittarius. Karl Sarp yoga continues on and off every fortnight and the festival of Makara Sankranti has passed: the Sun has entered its northern path. Read more →