July Starry Times – Planets in Strength, Volatile Mars + Retrogrades…

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In June, the planets are strong – many are ‘at home’ – in their own signs, or in friendly signs. Venus is in Taurus, Mars in Aries, Jupiter in Pisces & Saturn in Aquarius/Capricorn. Although Mars and Venus will move they are still positive and strong which continues for the next couple of months- it is a very powerful time, for good and bad – so, use the energy wisely to move forward and accomplish your goals and visions.

Mars has now entered home territory, having crossed the challenging gandanta bridge from Pisces (where we saw on monday morning of the 27th June, climate protestors locked themselves to their cars causing significant traffic jams and delays for the Sydney harbour tunnel – a typical gandanta like effect)

Mars can now express its strength and courage in full, with all its fire, aggression and impatience as well. As June progresses we will see mars join with Rahu, and Uranus, who’s energies are unpredictable, expansive, unusual, and volatile… as the moon will trigger the conjunction around the 21st-22nd of July, there needs to be extra care taken – it is likely war situations in the world, such as in Russia will reach some kind of crisis during this time. Rahu always expands and inflates whatever it is with – most signs will struggle with this energy, but some will be able to benefit off the positive side to this conjunction. Mars meets with Rahu exactly on 1 August.

All these planets together, however has the potential to be very dangerous. Take care x

Be mindful on the roads especially if you are ruled by Mars, or are accident prone – leave the bike at home, don’t take risks around that time. Head injuries may be more likely now too, as Aries rules the head in the kaal purush – the cosmic person.

Mid July we will have a Full moon in late Sagittarius, in Uttara Ashadha. The shakti for this moon is “ The power is to grant an unchallengeable victory (Apradhrisya Shakti)”

Chandra (moon) will be debilitated in scorpio from 10-12th, passing through scorpio-sag gandanta zone, so these days take emotional care –  Budha (mercury) will be combust the Sun for around two weeks from the 8th of July, Shukra (venus) moves to gemini on the 13th & Surya (sun) moves to cancer on 16-17th

There will be more communications in relationships, perhaps new ones form, or old ones need re addressing – the mercury combustion could trigger confusion or too many word salads, so practice listening with the desire to understand your person, and seek harmony, connection and repair, rather than reacting with defensiveness or criticism. Mercury relates to business, communication as well as trickery and manipulation. Be mindful who you take on, or are working with, make sure all the details are covered. Combust Mercury can also leave you feeling burnt out and exhausted, esp. Gemini and Virgo.

With the high volatility indicated by malefic planets in Aries, June could be an explosive month, however if channeled properly, great success and achievements can be made. One trick is to stop finding fault with others or things in the world – In buddhism, anger is understood to be a deep seed residing within all of us, which gets triggered by an external agency. Part of the journey from animal to human to divine is not needing to act on impulse, choosing consciously to absolve oneself of the seeds which cause disruption in your own life – this is the art, and science of changing ones destiny and healing our karma. 

Saturn is Retrograde until the 23rd of October. Shani is the judge, the taskmaster and the Lord of Karma. Even the gods are not free of the consequences of their actions. Retrograde in sanskrit is ‘Vakri’ which means twisted or crooked. It allows us to see things from a fresh perspective but it can also allow for shady or dishonest methods and means. It can also indicate health troubles.

Saturn, as the taskmaster and planet of karma, intensifies pressure, so it may feel like you would be taking on too much, but it is a good time for working hard on your projects. The will be karma to deal with. If something has been put off, you may not be able to ignore it now. Often, Saturn ruled people can be workaholics, not knowing when to stop, or creating too much identity around their work. This can sap the joy out of life. Balance needs to be made. Saturn rules Vayu – the windy element, when he is imbalanced it leads to vata derangement and a whole host of windy/vata related disorders. 

“When you are tough on yourself, life is infinitely easier on you”

Jupiter Retrograde for 5 months from 29 July – 23 Nov.
Jupiter retrogrades for 120 days is stationary 5 days before and after.

It is a time to think big and outside of the box. Challenge yourself and question what you have learnt, perhaps you have acted unreasonably in the past, now is the time to review the basis of your choices. Jupiter becomes stronger when retrograde. 

Jupiter represents all the good things such as joy, optimism, faith, supportive people, good luck, blessings, wealth, finances, sacred speech, youth, education, wisdom, knowledge, good vibes and positive thinking. There can be too much of a good thing as well, be mindful of excess and over indulgence, and avoiding the more serious issues of life which may tend to be ignored.Jupiter has its dose of self righteousness and zealousness – when it acts on faith and belief, it can be unshakeable – which, while wonderful, can have disastrous consequences, as we see in cases of any forms of extremism.

Jupiter governs the Akash tattva (element) which corresponds to the sense of hearing and the karakta (mouth – speech) An afflicted Jupiter can indicate hearing issues/inability to listen or issues with managing space – literally and metaphorically 

Jupiter rules Sagittarius and Pisces, if your moon or rising is here, be extra mindful of your health and finances during this retrograde, as well as making sudden financial changes, buying property & risky investments. 

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June Starry Times – Retrograde Season Begins!

Hey Psychonauts,

How is it June already? 
Tempus fugit … in every sense!

We end the month of May with a New moon in Taurus.
Mercury moves direct on the 3rd and Saturn begins retrograding on the 5th.
There will be a second Scorpio Full Moon on the 14th, Gemini Season begins as Sun moves into the sign of the twins on the 15th and Venus will move into Taurus on the 18th. The month ends with a Mars moving through pisces/aries gandanta 25th-28th and a Gemini new moon on the 29th.

The journey of the moon from full to new is about introspection, not starting new things, spiritual activities, meditation, cleaning, culling and simplifying life. It is about resting, silence, ending, gestating and cultivating stillness even in motion. Moon is comfortable and supported in Taurus, in its favourite star, Rohini. 

Every month we can have a spiritual reset. The day before new moon, the new moon day itself (amavasya) and the day after are inauspicious for beginning anything, the moon is weak and without strength. 

Rohini connects to Prajapati, lord of creation. This star is about creativity, growth, fertility, plants and water. The mind is nourished and supported. Be mindful of excess expansion and too many desires for luxuries which can lead us toward Moha (delusion). This moon is joined by mercury so it can be a little complicated as the mind and intellect struggle to work things out, this as we know, only muddies the water… try stay calm and aim for connection and compassionate communication.

The first week of June can be expected to be slow as we approach the annual retrograde of Saturn, the great taskmaster and lord of karma and time. Added to that is a retrograde Mercury is moving direct on the 3rd.

With two planets changing directions, expect plans to change/revert and a new perspective to dawn. 

Mercury has been retrograding in Taurus since May 10. It has been an unusually long time for mercury to be in one sign – there has been a certain re assessment of people, projects and plans pertaining to values, resources, wealth and speech. Venus, who rules Taurus, has also been going through some major transitions. This has made us question our worth and those of others in our lives.

Relationships of all manners have been through some kind of re assessment.

Currently Mercury is combust the Sun–  meaning it is burnt/fried/too close … This further confuses our thinking, it can also indicate burnout and exhaustion from taking on too many projects.  As Mercury moves direct and further away from the Sun after the 3rd, expect clarity in thought and communications to return. Certain projects that had stalled will begin to move forward again.

Gemini and Virgo rising and moon folk will feel this shift strongly. As always, don’t rush and take your time.

Saturn Retrogrades on 5th June, for 140 days. It is our annual invitation to remember that nothing is truly in our control, we all must suffer or enjoy the consequences of our karmas (the good and the bad). 

Saturn is a planet of Tamas – You may feel more tired, low energy, exhausted or lazy. Retrograde brings delays, frustrations and reversals into our life. Retrogrades tend to create doubt and uncertainty, which is why it is recommended not to make drastic decisions during this time.  

It is a time to review, reflect, re assess, re do, revisit, rethink, the structures in place in your life. If Saturn is transiting through your 4th house, you may be changing homes or living space, if its in your 10th house, there may be significant developments at work. Saturn moving through your 11th house will weed out bad friendships and bring older, more mature or stable people into your life.

We need to work a bit harder during this time to see results. Don’t be discouraged by doubt. Avoid taking on too many new projects, over committing. Work hard, but pace yourself. Work out, lift weights, get your body moving. Saturn can be very lazy when afflicted. Avoid planning important things on Saturday! Fast from tamasic foods like meats, alchohol etc, do your work on Saturday and enjoy Sunday 🙂

It is a unique transit as Saturn is currently hovering at 1 degree Aquarius. 1-0, 30 and 29 dregrees of a sign are critical degrees known as Sandhi in sanskrit. Planets are neither here or there, creating unsettled, insecure foundations and situations. 

Whatever big project you want to plow ahead with, take your time, and more! Especially if you have major planets like moon or rising in Capricorn or Aquarius or if Saturn is your atmakaraka, or if you are running a Saturn mahadasa.

Sag moon folks have 6 months left of their Sade Sati, Capricorn moon are halfway, Aquarius moon are in the middle and Pisces moon folk are beginning. This is a significant time of personal responsibility and growth which can bring significant changes and developments over a period of 7.5 years. It is often accompanied with depression, difficult karmic situations, but also of success, growth and maturity. 

I am writing a separate blog on Saturn in Aquarius :

  • When he fully moves there in Jan 2023, the following 2.5 years will see some countries attaining peace and stability, some form of treaties may be signed, significant new developments in technology, such as AI in medicine, transplants and bionic limbs will be released.
  • Certain world leaders will become a favourite of the people. There will still be some tensions and strife, however there will be a general consensus toward creating peace. Especially as we have Jupiter at home in compassionate Pisces.. We have already seen a positive shift in government in Australia (of course, the left and the right wing belong to the same bird) – But there will be a returning of democracy and ‘for the people’ attitude for the next few years – at least!

The next Full Moon will occur on 14th June, in Scorpio @ 9:52pm AEST– this time in Jyestha nakshatra, ‘The Elder Star’ 

Jyestha is opposite to Rohini, the favourite star and place of fortune and abundance. Jyestha is connected to Alaxmi, the goddess of misfortune.. It provides clues into Scorpios dark side, where they can be the architects of their own misery (in my teacher Komilla Sutton’s words) It is however, a very powerful star, forming a pair with Mula, the first nakshatra of Sagittarius. It also contains gandanta point. This is one of the most potent areas of the zodiac. 

As the moon passes through here, the invitation is to shed, and continue the cycle of rebirth/renewal which has been so poignant and potent over the last couple of months. Jyestha Gandanta can dredge up deep and obsessive feelings/emotions, Guru Purnima is a fantastic time to offer this this to the fire, purge, let go, surrender & sacrifice. Mars is in Pisces with Jupiter, so it can be a very good time to start/continue any psychotherapeutic healing therapies/arts. The light of wisdom and knowledge is the most profound wealth of all.

Scorpio moon is supported by a friendly 120° aspect from Jupiter in Pisces, so make the most of it. Continually offer the poisons and toxins of the soul at the altar of compassion, forgiveness and grace. 

Mars Gandanta Transit: 25, 26, 27, 28 June

This will impact Scorpio and Aries Rising and Moon the strongest. Mars can be troublesome in Pisces; a fiery, warrior planet in a water sign can create deep feelings and explosive anger. It can manifest as some outside person, perhaps brothers, siblings or co-workers who stir the pot to get a reaction.

When Mars transits through gandanta this can increase anger, frustration, ego battles and confusion in one’s direction. Don’ t rush or make sudden decisions around this time. It can be a heated time and some clashes/conflict is likely to be seen – There is also danger of flooding and storms.

A good time to practice the pause, and cultivate healthier reactions and loving kindness. 

Coming in late July is Jupiter Retrograde … Stay tuned.
Have a great month folks!

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X ~Dm

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May Starry Times – Lunar Eclipse, Mercury Retrograde & More

Hey Star Travellers,
This month is comparatively lighter than the year so far – we have many planets in strength, and although Mercury will retrograde on the 10th of May, there is a sense of optimism and faith which has felt absent for quite a while. 

Venus and Mars move signs, we are in-between eclipses, therefore we are still in eclipse season, with the last lunar eclipse in Scorpio happening on the 16th. 
However, despite the ups and downs we have the strength to deal with it.

Key Dates :

May 10 – Mercury Retrograde
May 16 – Lunar Eclipse
May 17 – Mars Moves to Pisces
May 15 – Sun Sandhi/moving to Taurus
May 23 – Venus moves to Aries/Gandanta transit
June 3 – Mercury direct
June 5 – Saturn Retrograde

May 10 sees the second Mercury retrograde for 2022. It finishes on June 3rd. It is in the sign of Taurus. In January it was in Capricorn, in September it will be in Virgo. 

Since Mercury or Budha in sanskrit, governs the earth element, this year highlights our relationship to this element even more. 

Ruled by friendly Venus who is currently exalted, this retrograde shouldn’t ruffle too many feathers. It may highlight where we are stuck or stubborn in our thought process. Taurus likes to get comfortable. An opportunity to rethink and re assess situations pertaining to our families; how we relate/communicate with them, our resources; how we use/abuse them and the food/media etc we consume.

Venus is about values, self worth & finance so this retrograde can trigger issues around these matters for healing and resolution. 

Take care on the days 9th, & 11th as Mercury is standstill, expect extra delays. Mercury goes direct on June 3rd, 2 days before Saturn turns retrograde on June 5th Again take care in early June as there will be more delays and setbacks/sudden reversals. 

Avoid any unnecessary travel. Be prepared for the unexpected. Not a great day to have meeting. Always be mindful of Wednesdays during the retrograde period as this is when Mercurys energies are the strongest. 

Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon Scorpio – Vishakha – 16 May 2:14pm

The last eclipse in Scorpio for 18 years. We are still unravelling secrets, and unresolved issues. Scorpio is debilitation sign for the Moon. Emotions run deep, risking stagnancy. It opposes a retrograde Mercury.  Taurus/Scorpio are fixed signs highlighting resources, wealth, money, having things and letting go. This is a turning point, and the last bits of poisons are invited to clear.

Mind and intellect are not thinking clearly – avoid major decisions these days. 

Sun will also be in Sandhi, changing signs on the 15th and therefore not strong.
Give yourself space in these moments, not rush to conclusions. Pain may feel more visceral and failures more obvious – sit deeply with your feelings and connect to them rather than run away. 

Eclipses are cause by Rahu and Ketu, and although the nodes have moves into Aries and Libra, Ketu is in Vishakha (Libra side), with only a few degrees from the moon who is in the Scoprio Vishakha) – This lunar mansion is a gateway, one symbol is a potters wheel – so what are we shaping? Clay can be remoulded and so can belief patterns – in fact the entire human organism is just a collection of karmic patterns, some are stronger than others. Many frequencies can be altered, with time, patience and faith. 

Go easy during this time – all will be well

Venus Exalted in Pisces, Jupiter @ Home 

Venus is in her happy place in Pisces, along with Jupiter who is at home for the next year. Faith and optimism has returned Jupiter moves away from two years being in Saturn ruled signs. Sometimes life can take us to places where we feel completely hopeless, it is the light that comes on in the middle of the darkness which takes us out of the depths of despair. 

This quality is represented by Jupiter; the guides, mentors, teachers and gurus in our lives, those who illuminate our minds and allow us to see past our own limitations. This is why knowledge and wisdom is the greatest wealth, and why Jupiter exalts in the sign of Cancer, the place of the mind. 

Venus reflects our tastes and values and relationships, and by extension our sense of self worth. She is the pleasure principle and desires. Too much in either direction reflects and unhealthy Venus – in her highest functioning she is selfless, devoted and compassionate – altruistic, non judgemental and accepting. Many people with Pisces placements struggle with boundaries (Jupiter rules Space), asserting many boundaries which turn into walls. 

How can you keep your connection to God/Self/Supreme reality, without getting caught up in emotional dramas and what you are getting/not getting from others? 

Shifting the narrative to giving and staying connected to god prevents draining of vital life energies, and the loss of self. 

Venus will pass through gandanta as she moves from Pisces into fiery Aries 23-24 – a rebirth of self some for some – Relationships in general are highlighted this year as Ketu moves through Libra, there may be significant endings/new beginnings happening … 

Well, that’s it for now, have a great month folks!
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Vedic New Year – All Planets Change Signs

April Game changer – All planets change signs – A month of significant and unavoidable change – Fresh cyclical beginnings ensue.

People may be starting new ventures, move house, decide to renovate, move city, state or country, do a massive cull, throwout, cleanup. Breakups and reunions may occur. It is a time of recycling, sorting through the rubble to find what is useful – the beginnings of a fresh foundation.

One of the functions of a good storm is to reveal shaky and unstable foundations, so we may re approach a situation with a greater awareness and strength.

1 April – New Moon Pisces/Revati @ 5:24pm + Venus moves to Aquarius
4-5-6 – Mars Saturn Planetary War
8 – Mars moves to Aquarius 
9 – Merc moves to Aries
13 – Ra/Ke moves to Aries/Libra
14 – Jupiter moves into Pisces 
15 – Sun moves to Aries
17 – Full Moon Libra/Chitra @ 4:55am
25 – Mercury moves into Taurus 
30 – Saturn moves into Aquarius 

Vedic New Year
In India and to followers of Sanatana Dharma, the new year is marked by the month ‘Chaitra’, which spans March-April every year. The new solar year is when the Sun moves into Aries, on April 14.

It is said in the Brahma Puranas that Lord Brahma began the creation of the universe on the Shukla Pratipada Tithi – which is the first lunar phase after the new moon in in Pisces. This is now. Happy New Year 🙏

Perhaps great floods, or earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, solar flares – or any of the great movements of the earth and sun and planets are reminders to us – Of our migratory heritage, of paths to be walked, a change of pattern, a push out of the groove.

To read these signs ahead of time saves us from innumerable losses – cultivating simplicity and less materiality; from the pain of loss to things, preparing us to take flight, when, inevitably the winds do change direction.

Like any good traveller in time and space, we adjust the sails and continue on our way.

This point in time and space is yet another of these junctures, where past and future recoil on themselves, where what is to come is uncertain and yet what was and is, is definitively and irrevocably changed. One cannot go back, and yet, how to move forward is still unclear. 

Take heart in knowing the cogs are still grinding, working out their new grooves. To keep things light and to let go of as much attachment to an outcome. As best as you can, muster the strength to keep your face toward the Great Sun – Do not, in any way try to make things go back to how they were, let what needs to die, die, facilitating a re-birth and emergence into the next phase of life.

We are in Transition Now.  

1 April is the Vedic New Year – Chaitra Shukla Paksha.
Pisces New Moon – Revati, ruled by Mercury. 

The presiding deity is Pushan, the god of nourishment and protection. He promotes and supports compassion, geniality, generosity and devotion

This is a Jupiter/Mercury vibration – father / son, higher wisdom and intellect, faith and reason, flow and fear. It is the end. The last sign, the last moment before a great rebirth and new beginning. The symbol for Revati is a drum. There is a sense of divine timing and rhythm to things. This star promotes healing and tenderness in relationships.

Amavasya – New moon time – Good for all spiritually inclined activities, retreats, withdrawing, introspection, solitude, silence inner work, meditation, slow movements, cleaning and culling. Waters draw in and down. It is time for honouring the receptive, gentle and yielding aspects of self and nature. 

The planets reflect not only events in our physical lives, but also our psychological landscape. This is why Jyotisha is so helpful, and powerful, to be able to  access our minds in this way. The use of symbolism and mythology, are not just abstract terms used by primitive societies, but they in fact, reflect deep layers and nuance within our psychological landscapes and architecture, as well as the motivation and longings of the soul. 

4-5-6 – Mars Saturn Planetary War
This has been an impending buildup of energy, and a major clash is to be expected over these days, especially Saturday and Tuesday, the days ruled by Saturn and Mars, respectively. Perhaps something can be avoided, perhaps some can’t, in all instances patience and calm are your greatest allies. Some things cannot be forced or rushed, so don’t even try. Let go and let god – especially now.

Venus moves to Aquarius – 1 April
Mars moves to Aquarius – 8 April

The two relationships planets have ben in an unusually long tango this year, a planetary war which has triggered great upheavals and changes in relationships of all kinds. Weak relations have ended, others have gone through a period of testing and come out more resilient. 

Venus moves on the same day as the new moon signifying a fresh change and new opportunities for Taurus and Libra ruled folks. 

Mars moves on the 8th, the same day as mercury is going through gandanta pisces to Aries, so take care. Not the day to make a big decision. 

Aquarius is governed by the restrictive Saturn, so we are still feeling his discipline and limitations, though there may be greater healing and scientific or engineering breakthroughs and fresh insights to a long standing issue which has been in a stalemate.

Mercury moves to Aries – 9 April
Mercury moves out of debilitation in Pisces and into Aries, crossing gandanta. He has been in the sign of the fish since 25th of March, and this can often feel quite like a mercury retrograde where emails, words, thoughts and clear thinking get diffuse unclear muddled and confused. Computer glitches are also more likely. 

Gemini and Virgo ruled folk are most affected.

Watch out for Mercury’s Gandanta transit is short, however avoid signing deals or making snap choices in particular on the 8th and 9th – In particular, Mars also changes signs on this day, so take extra care and avoid big activities on this day.

Rau/Ketu Change Signs – 13th April
Every 18 months the lunar nodes change signs, and, as with Jupiter and Saturn, they are slower moving and thus, reflect the greater cyclical changes and themes we experience in society

Since these are the eclipse points, they operate on the subconscious level. 

Look at where the Aries/Libra axis falls in your chart to gain a deeper understanding of the nature of these changes. As with the previous 18 month cycle, where the nodes have been traversing through Taurus and Scorpio, ruled by the relationship planets Venus and Mars, so too Aries and Libra intensifies the inherent push and pull of self vs other, of compromise or not, of to be or to have. The shorter transits of Venus and Mars over this next period will give us more clues to how these lessons manifest and unfold. 

The eclipses will all fall in Aries and Libra, so if you have significant planets in these signs, prepare for great changes ahead. 

Expect breakups, reconciliations, and evolution in existing relationships and all kinds of partnerships. 

Perhaps we can come face to face with our own degree of narcissism and stop protecting the empath-narc myth onto past partners and start taking responsibility for our own un-evolved behaviours. 

Jupiter Moves to Pisces – 14

Great new beginnings for Pisces & Sag ruled folk, as optimism, faith and trust returns. Finally Jupiter finally moves away from Capricorn and Aquarius, and the limitations of Saturn. Jupiter can breathe and bestow his bright and expansive blessings on us. Be mindful of the days leading up to and just after he changes signs, Sandhi, neither here nor there days, esp in combination with all the other changes. Take things slowly now.

Jupiter is relatively unafflicted throughout his 12 month transit through his spiritual home, save for the annual retrograde starting this year in July. Yes to a fresh cycle for Jupiter, the great benefactor and guru – remover of darkness.

Sun Exalted in Aries – 15 April
Gandanta Crossing + Sandhi 13, 14, 15 April

Sun moves to his strongest place in the Zodiac, and the first sign, Aries on 15 April.
Always a bright and powerful time, we can ride on the blessings of Savitur, aligning our individual will with divine intention.

Daily worship with a copper vessel is recommended for a weak sun/weak willpower. 

Sun in Aries is strong and powerful, a good time for new projects and initiatives. Sun ruled folk will feel their energy return, a good time for physical healing and all other healing modalities, starting a cleanse and preparing for the change of seasons. 

The days leading up to the sign change are called sandhi, where a planet is ‘out of bounds’ – in a no mans land. In particular the transition from Pisces to Aries is a rebirth, with significant new beginnings as pisces/aries represents the tail and head of the cosmic human. 

Understanding Gandanta Crossings:

Gandanta transits can be tumultuous, dredging up unresolved karmic situations. Gandanta means ‘knot’ or drowning’ – they harder you to try to unravel, the tighter they get. A different approach is needed. 

Moon and mercury are short transits, so their particular gandanta days are best to watch out for. Sun takes a few days longer, and we can feel low energy or more tired on these days. 

Pisces to Aries
Sun : 13, 14, 15 April
Mercury : 8/9 April

Cancer to Leo
Moon : 12 April

Scorpio to Sagittarius
Moon : 20 April

Theme: TAKE IT SLOWLY, don’t rush anything, let yourself feel, take days off, sleep, nap, rest, play, breathe deeply, meditate, rise before the sun, eat simple, give yourself SPACE, and you will have the TIME to do what needs to be done. Transition period now, birthing process.

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Take it easy,
With Love,
Darinka x

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5 Ways to work with Saturn …. and improve your Karma

“Lord Brahma (The Creator) has written ‘Prarabdha’ – The Destiny (in the form of garlands of alphabets) on the forehead of each newborn which can be deciphered only by the learned astrologer (or seer)”
In this context, Bala Bhadra (15th century persian astrologer) quotes of a verse of VarahaMihira (ancient indian astrologer) :
“Whatever auspiciousness (subha) and inauspiciousness (asubha) was earned in previous births due to one’s various deeds (Karma) will be known through the science of astrology just as a lamp throws light on the articles of darkness.

Commenting on this verse, Bala Bhadra says that :

‘Auspicious and inauspicious placements of various planets in the birth chart merely indicate the good and bad gathered due to the deeds of past birth. The planetary placements on their own do not produce any effect. 

The planets are merely indicator (Suchaka) and not producers (Janaka) of any effect. 

Thus, the planets reflect the effects of our present Karma. They simply act as a medium like a mirror. 

Source: Jyotish : Parashar Code of Prediction

Given the global climate right now, and the particular arrangement of planets in the two signs ruled by Saturn, with Saturn in his last year of being at home in Capricorn, I felt it was timely to write about The Lord of Karma and Time.

His name in Sanskrit is Shani, which means slow, limp or lame. He is the significator of old age, death, wasting diseases, particularly vata imbalances, success, long term goals, longevity, duty, responsibility, discomfort, pain, solitude, sense of touch & vayu tattva (air element). Saturn represents authorities, dark blue or black colour, uniforms, the working class, democracy, obligations, fathers, the western direction, poverty, fear & anxiety. 

He is however, the ultimate yogi who, according to his role in the planetary cabinet, is responsible for delivering to us the fruits of our karmas, in the time they are due to fruit,

Why do we want to focus on the things we want to avoid?
Perhaps we would all prefer a beautiful lie than the ugly truth ? 

If we look around at modern society today – how much energy is spent avoiding discomfort and pain? To soften the harsh blows of life, to not have an uncomfortable conversation, to have food out of season, to have what we want, when we want it, and as much as we want it? At what cost? 

Our buildings are made cheaply, and so structures fall more easily. We avoid being limited and continue to push past natures laws, as though we are somehow beyond them.  

It is as though the comforts of the western pathos hinge upon the destruction and exploitation of the natural world and other less materially affluent societies. 

When we avoid limitations, or refuse to accept them, when we are too easy on ourselves, when we accumulate too much materially – sooner or later the forces of Saturn come along in various ways in order to strip us of these attachments. 

Shani is often depicted riding a vulture, who’s function is to focus on the dead, or barely living, to strip away what is preventing the ultimate transformation, the passage of (ego) death – the confines of materiality. 

Life is a loom of infinite karma, with events interconnected and woven through space & time in the most intricate and infinite tapestry, with all actions having consequences of positive or negative fruits. All actions must be reflected – This is Newton’s law of causation, or more specifically, the Law of Karma.

Saturn exalts in Libra, sign of the scales, where he becomes the judge and democrat; whatever is served must return to sender. It is this main premise of Samkhya philosophy which teaches us, when the time is ripe for us to experience what is due, we must, and there is no avoiding that. 

So here  are 5 ways to work with Saturn (Reality) and improve your life
Remember, when you are tough on yourself, life is infinitely easier on you.

1. Limit meat, alcohol, dry, old & stale foods

Why do we limit meat alcohol and certain foods? They are tamasic (dense) and rajasic (passionate) in nature which aggravate and enhance ‘negativity’ by bringing out our lower natures. It is especially important to avoid these foods and substances on Saturday (Saturn’s day) Fasting on Saturday is a way to offset our karma by choosing to limit ourselves. When we sacrifice something we want or desire, this action ‘makes sacred’ – Saturn doesn’t have to do it for you.

2. Serve, honour and respect your parents, elderly people and grandparents.

Saturn represents elderly, older people in society, as well as our parents and grandparents. By the fact of our birth, we have a karmic ‘debt’ to our parents. We are obligated to take care of them as they once did for us when we were small. 

If we cannot be with family for whatever reason, there are many ways to serve, honour and give back to the elder folk, or disadvantaged of society. Transcending likes and dislikes, takes you to another dimension of being, where personal preferences take a back seat to the priority of accepting our obligations & karmic responsibilities.

3. Live Simply

Limit yourself before Life has to limit you. This follows on from point #1. The first limb of Yoga is Yama, Saturn’s half brother. Yama is also Pluto. Yama is about restraint, the discipline we apply to ourselves in daily life. When you live a naturally simple life, in thought, action and deed, the obstacles, limitations and delays in life have a much lesser impact. You have much less to loose. 

4. Avoid wearing dark/black colours as your main outfit
Dark blue and black are Saturn’s colours – why do we wish to increase difficulties in our life?  Black absorbs, so be mindful when you wear this powerful colour.  Often people who are strongly influenced by Saturn have a downward gaze, tend to be tall, thin, and perhaps a little gaunt.

They may choose older clothes that tend to be black or dark blue. This reflects the vibration of Shani – a yogi may choose older clothes because he is unattached to the material world. To increase wealth, always keep your clothes well  ironed, cleaned, fresh, and bright!

5. Donate, work, fast and meditate on Saturdays

Saturday is ruled by Saturn, the last day of the solar week, the west direction (where sun sets). Saturn exalts in Libra (west), the sign where Sun debilitates (sets). Saturn debiliates in Aries (East) the sign where the Sun Exalts.

Saturn humbles us by reducing the importance the ego has in our lives. This is why his greatest teaching come in painful lessons – painful for the ego, not the soul. Service, karma yoga, and conscious limitation are all part of Saturn’s medicine.

Discipline, duty, humility, forgiveness and a compassionate heart are part of his gifts.


Remember, Calm is your Superpower 🙏
How does this resonate for you? How is your relationship to Saturn?
Would love to hear your experiences!

Love, Darinka

March Starry Times – A time of Chaos, Conflict and Change

1 Maha Shivratri
3 New Moon Aquarius – Shatabhishak 
6 Mercury moves to Aquarius
8/9/10 Emotional Care Days – Moon Rahu Taurus
15 Sun Moves to Pisces
18 Full Moon Virgo Uttara phalguni  
22/23/24 Emotional Care Days – Moon Ketu in Scorpio
Nodes preparing to move signs

Gears start to slowly change in March as the Sun moves away from the restrictive grips of Saturn and into Jupiter’s sign Pisces.
February ends with a difficult planetary pattern, where all planets are in two signs. 
Mars moves into exhalation in Capricorn on the 26th, conjoining Pluto
Venus follows suit on the 28th. 
All planets are then in Capricorn and Aquarius. 

This is unique pattern called ‘Yuga Yoga’ – it is concentrated and powerful. 

These two signs are ruled by Saturn.
Reality is impossible to ignore. 

They then split again into 3 signs forming a pattern called “Shula Yoga’ which means Shiva’s trident (trishul), until March 15th. It is piercing and sharp, causing pain and difficult situations. 

This is all intensified because these celestial patterns are within the Kaal Sarpa Yoga- where all planets are caught in between Rahu and Ketu – The karmic serpent of time.
Shula yoga forms again at the end of March : 27th – 1 April

Complicated is somewhat of an understatement. 

* 1 March – Maha Shivratri *
A significant event, celebrated across in India, Maha Shivratri means the great night of Shiva. Although there are 12 Shivratris, this Maha (great) Shiv (Shiva) Ratri (night) falls on the last tithi (lunar phase) of the waning lunar fortnight. This day is said to be the unification, or convergence of the two universal forces- Shiva and Shakti – The marriage of Shiva. Unmarried women fast on this day to gain a good partner, and married partners fast to maintain peace and tranquility.

It is a powerful point in space time, to focus on overcoming darkness and ignorance in the world. You can find more information online, or head to your local Hindu Temple and partake in the rituals there. At the least, you could fast on this day, sometimes people even stay up all night to benefit from the powerful cosmic energies at this time. 

Back to the planets…

Mars and Venus are still in the tight conjunction / war -like situation until March 13th – This is not a positive situation as we have the clash of water and fire, creating problems in relationships of all kinds. As Mars Venus move into Capricorn, they meet with Pluto- Yama, lord of death and destiny. This is explosive and intense.

We are seeing this manifesting as Russia started war on Ukraine on the 23rd, just as the Kaal Sarp Yoga formed again, Mars and Venus were in exact conjunction and moon was debilitated in Scorpio.

Venus is also to do with finances – the stock markets have suffered.
As Mars moves closer to Saturn, the pressure increases,  situations in governments, organisations and between leaders will intensify, especially around the 5th and 6th of April. Saturn and Mars are not friendly planets, and this is not a peaceful time.

Lets us hope that the current political climate does not escalate further.

Nothing is retrograde and we are not in eclipse season, which means the positive as well as negative events can follow through with speed and gusto.

It is a very powerful time for Aries and Scorpio moon & rising folk, because ruling planet Mars is exalted, but there are nagging frustrations. Use this energy to get the stuff done and tie up loose ends. There is energy, courage, fortitude and stamina to move ahead, however it is aggressive and possibly too strong, so be mindful of power struggles in your own lives, and unnecessary conflict.

Venus struggles, Libra and Taurus ruled folk may be feeling unusually tired, burdened and burnt out – don’t push it right now. Your time will come when Venus moves away from all the conflict and transits its exaltation sign of Pisces on 28th April. Finances and the stock markets should stabilise somewhat after mid April as well.

Capricorn rising and Moon people need to be extra careful this month. If you have Capricorn moon you are in the middle of Sade Sati, so it is particularly challenging and stressful for you. Remedies for Saturn are essential at this time. Accept losses and limitations and avoid sudden changes.

We are in a birthing process. For some, it may feel like the cord is wrapped around the neck – there are labour pain nows – April is a month where many knots come undone, stitches come out and a re rebirth can be experienced. April will see 3 planets + the lunar nodes changing signs, the ending of Kaal Sarpa yoga, the beginning of Vedic new Year when Sun moves to Aries

We are at a hihgly significant point in time. 

3 New Moon in Aquarius – Shatabhishak

This month’s new moon falls in the futuristic and humanitarian sign Aquarius. The sign of the water bearer is ruled by Saturn and the north lunar node Rahu. It is airy, intelligent and aloof. Saturn is our duties, responsibilities and karma, Rahu is future oriented, leading us on our desires, passions but also obsessions.

Shatabhishak means a hundred healers or a hundred demons, there is a light and dark quality to this star, as it is ruled by Rahu – Agent of Shadows. It is a transpersonal star, tangled in a web of enlightenment and confusion. Shatabhishak can be deep thinkers with  profound knowledge of healing and medicine.

Rahu and Saturn at times seem to work in opposite ways, and yet Rahu (north node) is said to be quite similar to Saturn. This is the classic Anxious- Avoidant dance, two polarities of the coin of Fear. Managing the mind’s tendency of grasping and aversion is a quintessential tenet of Buddhist/Vedic psychology. 

It is human nature, so our work is to master our nature, not be a slave to it. 

The new moon beckons the return to the inner self, as the light of the sun obscures the mind (moon). Notice what pushes and pulls you, can you practice staying steady and not yielding to the chaos and confusion?

It is time for rest, reflection and finishing off projects. Leave signing contracts, new projects and more materialistic endeavours till’ the moon begins to wax again, from the 5th of March.

This moon is supported by the expansive and benevolent Jupiter – May his protection, support and wisdom bless us and remind us of the natural abundance which surrounds us in every moment.

8/9/10 Moon Rahu in Taurus
Emotional Care days – When moon moves past the nodes, it can trigger ‘mental health issues’ our prana is more disturbed and unsettled by external events. Although moon is happy in Taurus, it is disturbed by Rahu. A time to return to your centre and pay less attention to triggers, but focus on your inner column of light, return to the regularity of the breath, keep your hands busy to distribute the restlessness. Rahu eclipses the moon (mind) so we think less clearly during these transits.

15th – Sun Moves to Pisces
Sun breaks away from the restriction of Saturn and moves into Jupiter’s sign. Although Jupiter is still in Aquarius, we can feel a greater freedom as vitality starts to return to us. Hopefully the calming and altruistic vibration of Pisces can cool down some of the flames, bringing a greater capacity for peace, understanding & compassion.

Virgo Full Moon on the 18th – Uttara phalguni
This full moon intensifies the ongoing drama that I covered above. Full moons heighten emotions, drawing waters up, flooding the brain. Depending on one’s sensitivity, this could be difficult, for others it can be powerful and transformative. Situations ripen and give fruits.

Uttara Phalguni straddles the end of Leo into the first 10 degrees of Virgo. Its deity is Aryaman, who governs leadership, nobility and the rules of society. It is ruled by the Sun, its animal is the bull. It is known as the star of patronage and it carries Chayani Shakti – The power of giving prosperity.

( Will write a separate blog for this, stay tuned )

22/23/24 Moon in Scorpio with Ketu. 
Emotional Care Days –  These days are more challenging, moon debilitates, lowering our prana, Ketu can make us feel apathetic and detached, on the 24th moon passes the tricky gandanta point (water/fire) triggering knotty and unsettled moods and situations. Often storms and big rains happen. Plan ahead and don’t believe everything you think. If you are going to act suddenly, take a breath and come back to it in a few days. Good days for spiritual activities, cleaning the house, taking a bath etc. 

Challenging times test our faith and strength. The way out is in. As much as there are wars in the world, how many ave wars at home, in your heart, with yourselves?
Unless we evolve psychologically, there is little hope but to witness continual recycling of unconscious Karma in the world. 

Mastering the Mind is the single most powerful thing you can do – to become your own friend, and by extension, align yourself with the supreme reality, with God, who dwells in the hearts of all beings. 

Remember, when there is no enemy within, there is no enemy outside.

Stay calm and grounded this month.
Reach out if you need support – it is there. 
If you would like a reading and struggling with financial constraints, please let me know. 

Love,
Darinka x

Artwork by Jada Wilson

Feb Starry Times – Saturn’s Diamonds

1 – New moon Capricorn | Sravana @ 4:46pm
4 -Merc Direct
3 , 4, 5 – Sun Saturn Conjunction | Combustion

10 – Kal Sarpa Yoga breaks for 2 weeks
12 – 13 – Sun Sandi – Sun moves to Aquarius
17 Full Moon Leo | Magha @ 3: 56 Am

24 – Kal Sarpa begin again
27 Mars moves to Capricorn
28 All planets (except nodes ) in two signs – Yuga Yoga

The theme for this month is 
*drumroll*  

Saturn.
 

Everyone’s favourite planet!
the Lord of Death, Time and Karma
The one who delivers that which we do not wish to receive,
The one who grants the greatest boons, yet, one who is a relentless taskmaster
The one who makes us face actions of the past,
The one who’s job is to humble us.

Saturn rules the knees, and bend we must, as sorrows seem to rob us of joy, there in lies the great paradox and the divine relationship between:
The capacity for sorrow and the capacity for true joy and liberation.

Whats happening ?

Jupiter is in Aquarius, Sun will join in on the 13th (currently in Capricorn)
Mercury is retrograde about to go direct in Capricorn & Saturn is combust (burnt) the sun, while chugging away at home, making sure everyone is working hard and not taking shortcuts. 

Adding to the Saturnalia, by the end of the month, Venus and Mars who travel quite close together over Feb and March, will also move into Capricorn. Most planets will be in Capricorn + Aquarius, reflecting the earth and air aspects of Saturn.

The cherry on top is the ongoing Kaal Sarpa yoga, where all planets are hemmed between the Rahu & Ketu, the lunar nodes, squeezing us even more!
It is a powerful, exciting, profitable, futuristic, stagnant, unpredictable and volatile time.

We are not yet out of the restrictive grip of Saturn, and for this month especially, there needs to be greater patience and a broader vision to deal with the limitations which may seem very binding, we are being asked to see the blessings in disguise.

New Moon is an invitation to silence, stillness and solitude, given the intensity of the astro climate, withdrawing and detaching is good medicine, continue drawing inwards and into your centre, cultivating deep listening. Remember, the greatest power you have is what you give attention to. Use your prana wisely.

Mercury finally moves direct on the 4th of Feb, (so everything is your own fault again!) Take care on the days leading up to and just after, avoid travelling then if you can. It will be easier to take decisions after this time.

Venus & Mars are travelling very closely together throughout the month and into March as well. These are relationship planets, water and fire, in Sagittarius makes for steamy, passionate, but also argumentative and volatile times especially in close dynamics. They will be in ‘planetary war’ on and off, so we need to be careful.

Egos can run high, especially with all the other challenges right now. Some relationships are likely to end, given that Venus has also moved direct, many have a greater sense of their worth and value and are ready to evolve and move on.

Sun is particularly weak and unsupported at the moment as he is very close to Saturn, leading up to the 12th/13th, when Sun moves into Aquarius. This is called Sandhi, when a planet changes sign, they are neither here nor there. There can be low vitality and tiredness, or more conflict in the workplace, or with authorities. Leo rising and moon – please take care. It’s a time when many are feeling burnt out.

There may be heart related health issues at this time for people who are prone.

Saturn is combust (burnt, too close) the Sun, he is stressed and frustrated, making adherence to rules, laws or those in power challenging … frustrations, rebellion and anger toward restrictions are increasing. This affects Capricorn and Aquarius rising and moons particularly

Greater vitality and wellbeing will be seen as Sun progresses through Aquarius, however we are still under the governance of Saturn. There may be some breakthroughs in regards to health, healing, medicine and ideas, especially as Sun moves closer to Jupiter in March.

Full Moon in Leo, ‘Magha’ on the 17th coincides with the Venus and Mars Planetary war who will be at the exact same degree in Sagittarius, in Purva Ashadha nakshatra – known for its declarations of war – This can be a very fiery and volatile energy, especially for Scorpio, Taurus , Libra and Aries moon or rising.

Full moon can intensify the situation. It is a watery and fiery energy, observe and manage impulsivity and be very mindful of sudden and snap decisions.

It is best to use this big energy creativity and collaboratively instead of getting ‘at’ each-other and fighting over petty ideologies and mind games. 

Moon in Magha connects to Ketu and is the domain of the ancestors. Ruled by the Sun, who is in the humanistic and expansive Aquarius – this is about authority, leadership, domination, power, control, but also the past, conservatism, traditionalism with futurism. Honouring the past, but not being limited by it.

Ketu is still in Scorpio for another few months, and he is still dredging up deep secrets, scandals and affairs that had been hidden for a long time. Much has been revealed and still more to come. What skeletons in your closet have you discovered?

New Moon in Sravana – The Star of Listening

Shakti is ‘Samhanana shakti‘ – The power of Connection

An art in itself, how to listen well, how to absorb what is being said, how to digest, and how to respond (if at all). There is a relationship between knowledge, listening and teaching. This star carries a moon/saturn vibration. It can feel serious or sombre, especially since the ruler, Saturn is combust and exhausted right now, but perhaps this is a sinking into the grounded presence of Reality.

Sravana is about listening to  sacred sounds, being silent and still enough to allow the gentle inner voice of spirit to emerge. It can be difficult to slow down the internal landscape long enough to allow the subtleties of life to emerge.

To be silent and still with oneself is one of the most difficult things for an individual to do. Has the imbalance in world around us evolved out of this discrepancy?

A reminder that before colonial times and before the industrial revolution, life was lived in greater accordance to natures timing and laws.

When everything is speeding up, slow down, 
Don’t follow the crowd – they are lost.
When everyone is heading toward the cliff, 
stop, 
turn around, go the other way. 

The inability to deal with adversity has far reaching consequences – and the consistent avoidance of such reality only makes life seem more challenging. 

No, you might not get that job, or that dream might not come true, or that person you are pining for has gone for good, or no matter how hard you try sometimes you might not always get the kind of money you secretly long for.  And that is OK. Its ok to not have what you want, as it forces you to find contentment with what you have, and with what is. This is the big lessons of saturn, who’s sometimes crippling limitations forces us to go even deeper into the true nature of things.

Saturn is about living with and embracing limitations creatively, discovering deep peace with wanting less, living simply, enjoying solitude and connecting deeply into one’s own nature and self. That is where you touch God, the inner heart. Saturn exalts in Libra, sign of Venus, who sits in the Heart Chakra.

Sorrow is the master doorway.

May your month ahead be guided by the blessings of Vishnu, the preserver, who governs Sravana Nakshatra, that we may enjoy the fruits of the material world without being attached to them, may we gain the blessing of humility and know that really nothing is in our control, to give our sorrows to god, and to deeply trust in the great river of life, and the great mystery around.

Stay Calm, Be Well,
Love Darinka x

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Mercury Retrograde : Detours Ahead & Un-pretzeling the Mind


“Instead of resisting to changes, surrender. Let life be with you, not against you. If you think ‘My life will be upside down’ don’t worry. How do you know down is not better than upside?”― Shams Of Tabriz


14 Jan – 4 Feb
Capricorn
Meeting with Saturn, Pluto, Combust the Sun


Esoterically, Mercury is the celestial bridge from the heavens to the mind of humans. Mercury is Buddhi – the intellectual, curious, analytical and logical aspect of the human mind. Intelligence can be seen as the ability to adapt to change.

A long sojourn through Capricorn, the intellect gets a hearty dose of re- structuring, discipline, restrictions and facing limitations creatively. Mercury will be burnt by the sun and meeting with pluto adding more intensity, confusion and twisty thinking.

An excellent time to practice managing the mind. Be aware of becoming too pessimistic. Reality may be harsh at times, but avoiding it makes its that much more heavy. We must pray for the courage and strength to overcome our difficulties, instead of trying to escape. It is not a clear time right now. We are not thinking the best. Upgrading our mindset would be good to do now. See how you may be limiting yourself with your choice of words and story making.

The paradox of feeling pain deeply, allows it to move through you, transforming your heart, mind and being. It builds resilience and mental strength. It is a lifelong inner practice. Prayer may sound cheesy and affiliated with religion, but there is a deeper space of harmony and peace within, a journey each person can only walk themselves.
Keep inquiring. Use the mind instead of letting the mind run loose.

Capricorn is a managerial sign; disciplined, with strong work ethic, respect for rules, with a penchant for the traditional. Mercury’s retrograde passes through Sravana and Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra, which are ruled by the Moon and Sun respectively. Duality seems to be engulfing, as our entire lives and physiology are governed by the rising and setting of the two luminaries. All of life occurs under the domain of Light and Darkness.

Sravana means listening to the sacred sounds, to the voice of the inner guru, Uttara Ashada connects us to the glory of success following periods of hard work and limitations. With Mercury retro coinciding with Venus retrograde, it is a time where matters of self worth, value and their deep foundations are up for review. What is of great importance, is what we think about ourselves.

This inner dialogue can make or break a person. There may be all manners of difficulties happening around you, but if you believe the negativity and make it your own, then it can weaken you. This is hard part, and the great bridge to cross. Everyone has the ability to cross it. Remember if you are tired, learn to rest, please don’t quit.

Developing mental strength means learning to become your own best friend. Becoming the parent you didn’t have, being compassionate, kind and gentle with yourselves at the same time being firm, disciplined and organised.  This has effects across all domains of life (depending on which houses re being highlighted in your chart)

“ When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change ” 
There is always another way to view things. Do I need to pretzel or unpretzel my mind?

Reflect, Reimagine, Reinvent … Retrograde implies the gradual slowing down and reversal of situations. It can feel immensely frustrating when things don’t appear to go the way we  want them. We doubt and question ourselves, double back, cancel at the last minute, become mentally foggy and uncertain. When communications get muddled, we feel misunderstood, or travel plans go awry (Mercury).
Retrograde motion means it is time to rethink, beliefs, attitudes, actions and assumptions. It also means slow down and consider all your options. Don’t take a decision if it all feels too much. Life is what happens when everyone else is busy making plans.

Are there choices worthwhile re-considering?
Is your current life reflecting your true values? 
This could be a time for re-negotiation of terms and conditions and mental attitudes.

Dates in particular: 13/14/15 Jan and 4/5/6 Feb when Mercury is standstill, and on Wednesday’s – Mercury’s days – These days are when we feel the effects of retrogrades the strongest, especially more so if you are Virgo or Gemini rising or Moon. It is best to avoid travel on these days if you do have to travel in this time. Otherwise just give yourself extra time and plan for delays. No biggie!

During Mercury retrograde:

Expect: Brilliant new ways of doing things, creative thinking enhanced, also mis-understandings, arguments, breakups/resolutions/reconciliations, solutions to long standing problems, or more confusion, a long awaited message appears, people from the past may return, business may slow down, situations reverse, computer/phone glitches, electrical issues, cloudy thinking, weaker health, impulsive texts, buyers remorse, vehicle repairs, obstacles/ delays in negotiations, breakthroughs.

Do : Review, reset, rethink, slow down, reconnect, expand your mind, challenge your thinking, let yourself be wrong, healthy debates, get organised, clear clutter, chant mantras. It’s ok to be a little less logical, reflect on your inner narrative and storylines. Be creative. Let your mind play on different tangents/currents/thought-streams.

Get a second medical option if feeling unsure. Back up your devices, clean out your computer. Get those things fixed on your car. Take care of your body, get a massage. Detach from the duality drama. It will never stop, so you have to.
Breathe deeply, meditate, practice asanas. Return home to your inner spring when feeling overwhelm. The tides of your breath is your truth. 

Dont: Sign contracts, avoid travelling or making sudden decisions, engage in arguments or take on too much.  Not the best time to  change business plans suddenly, speak harshly, engage in narrow in thinking, or buy a new car (venus).

Avoid making any major financial commitments/major contracts. If unsure of a certain outcome, or if waiting on something, expect clarity after 5th Feb. Especially if you are ruled by Mercury – Venus or Gemini Rising/Moon. Venus ruled folk expect clarity to return after Jan 29, when Venus moves direct.

I find Mercury retrograde a good time for artists, writers and creatives and spiritually aligned folk. Uranus squaring Capricorn (and Saturn + Mercury) can electrify the situation and inject bolts of brilliance.

Enjoy the process, stay calm and meditate.

As Dr.Svoboda often reminds us in his talks, of his Guru Vimalananda’s words:
“We must learn to live with Reality, lest reality will come to live with us!”

Be well,
Love, Darinka x

Portal : 2022

Hey Star Travellers — Welcome to 2022 !

The Gregorian new year begins without any specific astronomical relevance, and so we ‘begin’, yet are continuing the themes of 2021 (until the *true* new year in April)

In India and to followers of Sanatana Dharma, the new year is marked by the month ‘Chaitra’, which spans March-April every year. The new solar year is when the Sun moves into Aries, its exaltation sign, on April 14.

It is said in the Brahma Puranas that Lord Brahma began the creation of the universe on the Shukla Pratipada Tithi – which is the first lunar phase after the new moon in in Pisces, in the month of Chaitra.

In Vedic timekeeping, a solar year is called ‘Samvatsara’, a 60 year cycle based on the interplay of the orbits of Saturn and Jupiter, with each year carrying specific significations and meanings.

Within that 60 year cycle there are 12×5 Jupiter Yugas.⁠

We are currently in the last 4 months of one of these yugas which began in 2017. ⁠

It is interesting to note the definitions for the years in which we have been in the pandemic :⁠

2019- 20 – Vikārī  (vikāra) Sick, ill, afflicted with some disease or mental disturbance. – It also translates at repugnant or repulsive

2020 – 21 Shārvari – Sharvari means “night or twilight” or “pernicious or murderous” –  according to hindu/vedic ancestral predictions, this year is known to bring famine and trouble

2021- 22 – Plava  – Refers to the animal “pelican” or a boat – a vessel which carries us across. This year has been about carrying ourselves and others, across difficult terrain, we have certainly crossed significant thresholds.⁠

*2022 – 23* –  Shubhakruth – ‘Shubha’ means auspicious or good and ‘Shubhakruth’ means the doing of the deeds of auspiciousness or goodness. There is indication of success in undertakings

We can say that, although 2022 starts instability and uncertainty, we can expect auspiciousness, improvement and growth.

Key Events this month:

MARS
Mars crosses the 4th Dec solar eclipse degree point triggering potentially explosive and intense events on the days surrounding NYE. The planet of war, courage and willpower is strong in its own sign and powerful in Jyestha, the last part of Scorpio where deep poisons, strength and power lie.

14 – 19 Jan are powerful/intense days for Scorpio/Aries moon/asc people in particular, but will affect us all in different ways. Mars will be crossing the sensitive, knotty and karmic Gandanta region of space. Water/fire – contrast of elements, intense astral energies catalyse powerful events, transforming insights, strong emotions and actions, and courageous deeds. It can also trigger violence, power plays and accidents

16/17 Jan – Mars moves to Sagittarius, Mula nakshatra, revisiting the same place when the pandemic began 2 years ago. We have an opportunity to return to roots, to re evaluate the last two years of actions and expression of Will, to re align our selves with a greater purpose and vision.

MOON
Chandra has re-entered the serpents wheel of time for the next two weeks, creating a full Kaal Sarpa Yoga. Right now, we are caught in the middle of some very unsettling, unstable, turbulent and weird energies. ⁠

Over the course of NYD, the moon passes through its most difficult region of space, transiting through Jyestha Scorpio, crossing the vulnerable gandanta bridge.
It can be an emotionally volatile and intense, yet also spiritually uplifting time.

New Moon 2-3 Jan
18°10′ Sagittarius – Purva Ashada


Sun, Moon + retrograde Venus in Sagittarius now, make for a fiery yet inspired new moon energy. Jupiter in Aquarius is promoting new forms of healing, adaptation and changes and wisdom to deal with the uncertainties & ups and downs of the ever fluctuating Mind.

Purva ashadha is a fierce and aggressive star. Its deity is Apas, who governs all aquatic bodies and regions. It is ruled by Venus, who’s current brightness and apparent reversal is teaching us poignant lessons around love, worth and value.

It’s shakti is ‘varchograhana shakti’ – The Power of Invigoration. One of its symbols is a fan, suggesting the ability to fan away difficulties, to provide relief and support, or fan the flames of discord. Purva Asahdha translates to ‘early victory’ – giving an element of being undefeated and invincible. This obviously can have negative connotations as P.A people may not be privy to their own limitations and set themselves up for failure.

May this new moon invite us to direct our attention inwards, to observe our limitations, to cleanse and purify, to notice relationship patterns and the correlations between your self worth and what surrounds you. May the invigorating power of Purva Ashadha inspire us to continue to move forward + upward, fanning away troubles, yet not ignoring them, and move into the new year with grace, wisdom and in-sight.

Kaal Sarpa Yoga 14 Dec – 25 April

Kaal Sarpa means ‘Serpent of time. This yoga is a planetary union, a pattern in which all the visible planets fall on one side of the Rahu/Ketu axis. The moon has just formed this yoga again for the next two weeks, as it has moved back into the loop.

It often found in charts of prominent people, politicians and artists. This yoga is generally unfavourable, indicating an unstable and unpredictable times/events with the potential for both great gains and great losses.

Events occur which can be strange, unusual or freakish. There can be strong feelings of ambition, obsession or irrational fears/anxieties. Things may feel out of control. It is best to expect the unexpected, allow plenty of room for delays and sudden changes, but be mindful of taking any drastic decisions now.

Since the nodes affect us on the psychological level, we must strengthen and fortify our minds with regular practices such as mantra, asana, pranayama, meditation and other yogic disciplines. It doesn’t have to take much time of the day, but it is a direct remedy to offset the difficult effect it can have on our fluctuating minds.


Venus Retrograde in Sagittarius ’till 29 jan

Venus spends 6 weeks retrograding from early Capricorn and back into Sagittarius, spending most of her time in Sag. Venus retrogrades every 18 months. What was happening for you the last time she went retrograde in May 2020?

Venus is hidden by the Sun, symbolically in the underworld now, and will eventually emerge as the bright morning star. It is a time of evaluation, gestation and rebirth. Venus/Shukra relates to our sense of self worth and value, vehicles, relationships, spouse and female partners/friends – the feminine, watery, creative aspects in life. She is the quality of sweetness.

Met a new flame during the year? This retrograde cycle may cause you to question your choices. You may decide to fly solo now or deepen your bond. Expect changes and separations, or reconciliations of long lost friends/lovers. People from the past may re -appear.

Not the time to buy a new car. Avoid marriage or commitment bonds during this time. Re-address your relationship standards, most importantly with yourself. How you treat yourself reflects in what you allow from others.

Venus is the guru of the Asuras, and connects to the water element. In Sagittarius, there can be conflicting ideologies. Water puts out fire; Emotion and pleasure (Venus) is at odds with Jupiter’s Fire of Truth and spiritual purity. The answers may not be straightforward now, advice is to not rush, take your time, be thorough with your plans and thinking.

Mercury Retrograde 14 Jan
Mercury in Capricorn 30/12/ 21-

Mercury begins its first retrograde for this year, in Capricorn. They (Budh is genderless, but often referred to as ‘he’ ) will have a long stay in this practical, workhorse and pragmatic earth sign. What can we expect?

Mercury speeds along, coming very close to Saturn, then moves backward on the 14th,
He will be combust (burnt) by the Sun from 19th,
Conjoining Pluto again from 29th, slowing down on the 1st feb, before being stationary, moving direct on the 4th of Feb.

Expect your usual communication mishaps, crossed wires, lost messages, double emails, scattered minds, messy desks, late trains, missed planes, changed dates, keep in mind we are in kaal sarpa as well. Our minds are not clear, in capricorn, they may be a little more gloomy as the harsh reality (Saturn) of the world shines brightly, as we can see things for what they are rather than for what we want them to be. It may not be pleasent but the opportunity is to practice neither aversion or attraction.

Re assessing the mindset, thinking styles and mental magnetism is a boon during retrogrades as things tend to not work as well. We are forced to go back and re-visit things, to find the holes and errors, repair and making stronger.

With Venus still retrograde and the intense Kaal sarpa, causing us to dip in and out of strong psychological and illusory forces, draw back within, always maintain your centre, maintain a calm and steady breath, allow your mind to unfurl and move beyond its arrogances, rigidities and limitations, bend, yield, walk back some steps.
Let yourself be criticised, see things from a new angle.

All relationships are being tested now with a powerful opportunity for renewal, re birth and a re start.

Fresh!

There are always multiple energies happening, but these are the key themes for January.

Book in for a consultation to explore what the year has for you, and don’t forget to grab a copy of your free e-book, an introduction to vedic astrology

Have a great month!
Love, Darinka

Dec 2021 – The Grand Finale ⚡️

4th – Full Solar Eclipse/ New Moon – Scorpio
5th – Mars moves to Scorpio
9th – Venus moves to Capricorn
10th – Mercury moves to Sagittarius
14th – Mars Ketu conjunction
Kaal Sarpa begins
15/16 – Sun moves to Sag- Sankranti
19th – Venus retrograde29th Jan
Full Moon Gemini

Key Events

We end the year with some powerful celestial events – A full solar eclipse, the beginning of a 4 – month Kaal Sarpa yoga and Venus retrograding for 6 weeks in Capricorn/Sagittarius. Jupiter has moved out of debilitation in Capricorn and is now in the futuristic and humanitarian sign of Aquarius. This is a significant shift especially for Sag and Pisces folk,

We are likely to see increased optimism and faith as well as changes and expansion in areas such as networks, friendships, large organisations, foundations, social justice, technology, democracy, wealth, gains and scientific research.
Please see Jupiter in Aquarius Report for more info.

4th – Full Solar Eclipse/ New Moon – 4th


The moon passes in front of the sun an exact degree. That degree is the Rahu/Ketu Axis. From earth, it looks like the sun is being swallowed… The spiritual light is temporarily darkened, truth is shadowed, life goes quiet. The moon; the individual soul is also dark, as solar eclipses occur on new moons.

Eclipse portals are omens portending change. They can indicate upheavals, sudden revelations or profound transformation and deep inner journeys. The astral energies at this time are highly conducive for all kinds of spiritual activities. It is a time for a spiritual reset.

Ketu invites us to separate and detach from the endless play of the outside world. Stop. Be still. Often, there can be feelings of apathy, withdrawal and less desires for material activities as well as heightened intuition This is the soul’s movements toward its truth and that which is eternal.

There will be 4 planets in Scorpio on this day – Sun, Moon, Mercury and Ketu – Scorpio is a mystical, deep and intense sign energetically aligned with all things secret, hidden, occult, transformative and destructive.

The 8th sign wrestles with powerful urges and desires, grappling with its lower nature as it stands on the threshold of emergence from the cave, to the vast landscapes of faith and spiritual wisdom.

The dark moon doubly emphasises the materially negating time we are in.

  • Avoid launching or beginning anything for material gains, such as laying foundations, marriage, celebrations or major decisions. 
  • It is a time for rest, withdrawal, detachment from senses and spiritual practices. 
  • Do not eat or drink during the eclipse period as it is said that the psychic forces disturb the prana in the food. 
  • Meditate, pray, fast, clean the home, throw things away.
  • Fast from excessive speech. Practice silence
  • Connect with Ganesha, as he is the deity associated with Ketu, removing the psychological blocks impeding our minds.
  • Mantras to chant : Maha Mritunjaya, Ganesha mantras, Mantras connected to Soma/Chandra and Surya, Durga and Shiva.

The Nakshatra energy is Jyestha – ruled by Indra, lord of storms and thunder, king of the gods. Wise, powerful yet lustful, Jyestha is a powerful, fierce and cruel star with the power to rise and conquer in battle. (Arohana Shakti).

The greatest battles we fight are within, so use this time to sever the thick veils separating you from Deep Truth. Illusions are plenty, as our western world is dominated by Rāhu – always seeking the next best thing. Insatiable desire and ambition becomes one’s own self undoing.

14th – Mars rahu conjunction Scorpio, Kaal Sarpa Yoga begins
Kaal Sarpa means ‘Serpent of time. This yoga is a planetary union, a pattern in which all the visible planets fall on one side of the Rahu/Ketu axis.

It often found in charts of prominent people, politicians and artists. This yoga is generally unfavourable, indicating an unstable and unpredictable time with the potential for both great gains and great losses. Events occur which can be strange, unusual or freakish. There can be strong feelings of ambition, obsession or irrational fears/anxieties.

The nodes are the eclipse points, they are shadowy astral forces and therefore contain no substance of their own. What is created under strong, unconscious influences of Rāhu tends to dissolve or prove to be disappointing in time. The nodes are opposing forces, drawing us to objects of the senses (Rāhu) – or detaching us from people, places and things (Ketu)

This Kaal Sarap yoga begins on the 14th when Mars moves past Ketu at 6° of Scorpio, properly entering the serpent’s embrace. It will break every 2 weeks, for 2 weeks as the moon will move outside of the axis. It will fully end when Mercury moves past Rahu on the 25th of April 2022. 

– Please don’t worry though, this is just a general interpretation and some people may not notice anything. It does depend on your individual chart, as well as your commitment to your inner engineering.

Who is affected most?
> Those with planets conjunct the nodes in their chart,
> Those with many planets in rahu/ketu nakshatras
> Those running a rahu/ketu mahadasa or bhukti.

14/15/16 – Sun moves to Sagittarius – Sankranti
Take it easy over these days as the Sun will move through he Jyestha/Mula gandanta region. This part of the zodiac where there are karmic knots and snares. It can bring up issues with fathers, authority figures and bosses.
When the Sun is moving to a new sign it is considered weak, as the solar energy is low, and it is best to avoid major activities/events on these days. There could be big storms or floods, as Jyestha is connected to Rains and thunder.

19th – Venus retrograde Capricorn
Full Moon Gemini
 Venus will spend 6 weeks retrograding from early Capricorn and back into Sagittarius.
This is underlying Saturn and Jupiter energy, both of which are in signs ruled by Saturn. Venus relates to our sense of self worth and value, vehicles, relationships, spouse and female partners/friends – the women in your life.

Venus in Capricorn is more conservative with a tendency toward more traditional values, so this can be a time of maturity in relationships. Retrogrades can indicate breakups, and a re-setting of deeper values. Venus is the guru of the Asuras, and connects to the water element. It is better in Capricorn than in Sagittarius, where there can be conflicting ideologies. Water puts out fire; Emotion and pleasure (Venus) is at odds with Jupiter’s Fire of Truth and spiritual purity.

Expect people from the past to call or re-appear. It is a time to re-address your relationship standards, most importantly however, your relationship to yourself, how do you speak and treat yourself, what is your internal dialogue? This reflects in what we choose to tolerate and accept in our lives.

The Full moon will be on the same day, so expect some news.
This Poornima will fall in the early degrees of the Gemini/Sagittarius, Mula/Mrigashira Axis – This axis highlights the celestial bridge of higher wisdom and the intellectual mind. Faith/analysis, The Big Picture/The Fine Details.

Please stay tuned for a separate blog/video on these two events.
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Love, Darinka x

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