Super Moon Eclipse – Cancer 21.1.19

The Eclipse season of 2019 is well underway – there five this year; 3 solar and 2 lunar with the first partial solar eclipse already having occurred on the 6th of Jan. The other dates are as follows:

21st Jan – Full lunar eclipse (full moon)
3rd July – Total solar eclipse (new moon)
17th July – Partial lunar eclipse (full moon)
26th December Annual solar eclipse (new moon)

Tomorrow is a super moon and will appear a deep blood red colour as it passes fully into the earth’s umbra (the darkest part of the shadow) – which the earth casts as it travels between the sun and the moon. We wont see it in Australia as it will be occurring from about 9am, on the 21st of Jan. We are already feeling some of it’s effects this weekend and will still feel it a couple days after.

This full lunar eclipse occurs in Cancer, Pushya nakshatra. The Moon and Rahu oppose the Sun, Ketu and Mercury sitting in Capricorn. Cancer is a sign ruled by the moon, Pushya is a star governed by Saturn and its ruling deity is Bhrihaspati; Jupiter. Pushya is one of the most auspicious (favourable, promising) stars, with its main symbol being a cow’s udder. Its major theme is that of nourishment.

This full moon is watery and emotional having the potential to reveal issues around emotional toxicity, which are mostly expressions of unmet, or unacknowledged emotional needs. Our emotions are amplified during an eclipse and if we have some degree of self awareness, this is an opportunity to access a doorway into our subconscious mind.

The next few days could be a good time to get in touch with all that is toxic and unsupportive in in our lives. Does this truly nourish me? or am I just satisfying my senses and superficial wants?

Cancer is a sign that governs the lymphatic system. Water needs to flow. Tears need to shed, the body needs to move, the lymphatic system needs movement to flush toxins out of the body. Without movement, the body, mind and emotions begin to stagnate and the inner toxins can manifest as illness. Depression is a debilitating and often paralysing emotion –so, if you find you are feeling depressed over the next few days, then pull yourself out of the emotional quagmire and get moving! Your mood will shift. Exercise and movement of any form is the most under utilised anti depressant.

Saturn is channeling the eclipse energy in the sign of Sagittarius. This further emphasises the need to move and expand your horizons. You can’t solve a problem at the same level it was created. Saturn’s restrictive influence can promote the need to discipline oneself, and recognise the most precious gift of discipline: the highest form of self love and respect, discipline allows us to achieve what we truly desire – nothing comes free, we all have our work to do.

Pushya’s themes highlight nourishment – Its symbol is the cow’s udder – Our mothers, or mother figures nourish us, however too much can smother our development. Not enough nurturing can leave us with insecurities. As adults, it is our responsibility (Saturn) to explore our inner world and heal our hurts, instead of projecting onto others. Healing implies nourishment in one form or another Water will be good medicine during this time. If you can, go find a body of water and let yourself be soothed by it’s rhythm and flow.

The Cancer-Capricorn axis highlights home and career, nurturing and family vs career and work. Emotions and feelings versus discipline and duty. If you have these signs as your ascendant, sun or moon, these themes are likely to be having a major impact at the moment.

When difficult transits and celestial events occur involving the moon, our minds and emotions are more likely to get the better of us. Whatever is our current reality is magnified – so it is a great opportunity to practice observing what comes up for us; feelings, thoughts, emotions – as they are all teachers. Negative emotions will show us where/what we need to transform in ourselves. In this way the power that eclipses have to reveal secrets can cause us to dig deep and look at our own blindspots. Are you ready to face truth of the situation? or has denial created a barrier between yourself and reality?

Eclipses can be challenging energies to handle internally, as they affect the inner psyche and emotional mind. In Vedic mythology, Shiva is depicted with a crescent moon on his head, symbolising his ability to control the mind and think beyond the duality of the ego and its compulsive behaviours.

This eclipse may also stimulate an inner desire to move away from the material world, but Saturn binds us with responsibilities and karmic duties that we must fulfil. Perhaps your sense of duty to family seems to be blocking your spiritual progress? Is this reality or just an impression? Family can be one of the greatest attachments to the material world and yet our families are so much of what shapes our realities. Family life is also spiritual life, if you approach it that way. You could explore your genetic stories… What are your inherited traits? What patterns are obsolete? Which ones give you strength? Our families give us clues to who we are, where we have come from and where we need to go.

The purpose of these blogs are the help remind you of your power to transform – to help you to understand the subtleties and layers of your own mind. Mindfulness, meditation, yoga and other inward focussing practices train you to detach from your thoughts and witness them, rather than engaging and identifying with anything that pops up. Your power lies in the ability to choose the emotions you engage with. No one said it was easy – but nothing worthwhile ever is.

It is advised to not do anything major on the eclipse day. Clean the house, read, meditate, don’t overeat, or best fast if possible. May this eclipse reveal truth and wisdom to you, may your vision be clear and your heart and home, be at peace.

Much Love,

Gemini Full Moon & Summer Solstice 21.12.18

Gemini Moon

Hey everyone –

Welcome to the Starry Times, The Summer Solstice edition.

On Dec 23 (AEST) we will have the full moon occur in the sign of Gemini, in the lunar mansion of Ardra.

In case ya’ll be scratching your heads thinking it is in Cancer, I use the sidereal zodiac which accurately charts planets in their correct astronomical positions. (Check any astronomical information to see for yourself, or even skyviewzone app on mobile)

It is also summer solstice now, marking the longest day in the year. In the northern hemisphere, it is the opposite, being the shortest day and marking the midpoint through winter. What has reached fulfilment in your life now? What has reached maximum brightness? Is there anything that has peaked that is ready to slowly wane? What seeds have been sown that have reached fruition now and what still needs more work? Is it time to relax a little over the holiday season and allow your efforts to organise themselves on the energetic planes? Things to contemplate as the Moon receives full illumination from the Sun – From a mystical perspective, the Sun is the source of all Light in our known reality on Earth. The light of our soul (sun) illuminates the darkness of the mind (moon)

This full moon falls in Gemini, sign of the twins and the lunar mansion Ardra whose symbol is threefold, a head, a jewel and a teardrop. Rudra is the ruling deity, and is the more destructive form of Shiva. This is an intellectual moon due to the influence of Gemini, and a turbulent star due to Rahu’s rulership of Ardra. The head symbolises the intellectual and emotional storms generated by this combination which can produce the best and worst in people –  Rahu’s rules ingenuity and original thinking; outside the box, or at the least, outside of one’s own native cultural norms. The teardrop signifies the pain of transformation and growth, which come from the subtle yet destructive element of Shiva who acts to destroy our ignorance and frees us from karmic ruts. What is changing for you now ?

A good storm clears out what is no longer beneficial in our lives. The symbol head relates to the the way intellect and reason can cast block the intuitive and receptive faculties of the higher mind. The Jewel relates to the way we have the capacity to express our true natures just as the multi-faceted diamond reflects Light in a brilliant display of jewel – like possibilities.

These descriptions are metaphors and symbols of the forces of Nature. India has 33 million gods and goddesses, because there are that many + more ways the infinite dimensions of the divine expresses itself in Nature; and Earth is where we physically experience how these energies express themselves. We are a both the history and the future, the created and that which is being created.
In a way you could see this as being similar what the Indigenous peoples of Australia call the Dreamtime. By tuning into these subtle, yet not so subtle influences, we allow more beauty, truth and love to manifest in our lives, as we align ourselves with universal laws and principles, rather than identify only with personal perspectives and limited beliefs.

This Full moon can bring us in touch with one of the major gateways to the heart – the spirit of sorrow and loss, and these themes can feature strongly in the lives of those with this star prominent in their charts.
Mercury, ruler of Gemini is currently in Scorpio, conjoining Jupiter – placed in the 6th house from Gemini, so this can promote unsettled thinking, (as 6/8 relationships between planets in charts are generally not harmonious). Yet, if you can recognise this disturbance, tune in deeper to Jupiter’s vibration of wisdom and deep thinking to any predicaments you might be feeling. Unsettled energies are testing, but do not last long. Keep things in perspective.
Rahu is still in Cancer in the early degrees, (as the nodes always travel backwards). Issues around nurturing, family, children and boundaries may come up in. Check in with your own relationship to these themes and issues.

The moon will also receive an opposing aspect of Saturn who is currently in Sagittarius, adding a serious and grounded tone to the full moon. Again watch the mind and thoughts and try to not believe everything you think! (Easier said than done).

If you like to chant mantras, the Mahamrityunjaya mantra will be good to chant at this time – helping to dispel fears and disturbances and bring peace mind.

Tryambakaṁ yajāmahe sugandhiṁ puṣṭi-vardhanam
Urvārukam-iva bandhanātmṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt

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It has been a big year, with lots to digest and assimilate. Next year has a lot in store with even deeper transformations and changes. Focus your visions, Dream Big and Stay close to the Earth

Have a great festive season folks!

With Love,

The Starry Times – Mercury Retrograde + Scorpio


Mercury retrograde creating delays again –

Well, not really, it just means that when a planet retrogrades, it appears closer, and its energy is felt more strongly – in either way, positive or negative. Delays happen all the time, and there are some occasions when it affects us more than other occasions.

The variables are the sign it is in, planets that are conjoining, and most importantly, the relationship that the planet in question has to your personal chart.
There are always multiple ways cosmic and karmic energies are playing out an interacting, and as receivers and conduits of light and energy, we have the unique ability to bring our awareness and attention to the subtleties of these energies.

This Mercury retrograde is doing its usual tricks where we tend to experience more delayed flights, public transport, excess communication, crossed wires, programs that won’t work, glitches, confusing emails, computer issues, phone calls that magically cut out in the middle of an important rant to your loved one about some minor issue. These are all manifestations of Loki, Hermes, or Heyokah, the universal trickster archetype that playfully reminds you, by disrupting our daily agendas, that we have very little control over most anything… Mercury sitting with Jupiter hopefully can remind us to be jovial about these things, and combine our detailed awareness of the mundane (Mercury) with a higher perspective and wisdom (Jupiter).

Mercury is currently hemmed between Sun and Jupiter, in the sign of Scorpio.
Most people hold negative interpretations of Scorpio, and while there is some truth to the stereotypes, there is a much deeper aspect to this sign – one of profound insight, perception, power, transformation and deep secret knowledge. The water element trinity; Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces share these themes, but in different ways.

Scorpio is a complicated sign, and in Vedic astrology, it is ruled by Mars and the South Node, Ketu. Both are of the fire element. Mystically, fire and water combine to create steam; they are fundamentally incompatible energies. Steam is the product of transformation of the interaction of opposing elements.
This creates psychic tension which is then reflected in the lives of people who are strongly under the influence of Scorpio. The key is to understand the complex nature of this sign, and to work with the energy of perpetual renewal and transformation, while yielding to the breaks and changes that can be quite large at times in a person’s life. It is a challenging energy to master especially when the lower nature and ego dominate, yet once harnessed, can be a profound force for good, as the lower nature can sublimate and integrate with the higher aspect of our consciousness.

With three planets currently in this powerful sign, there are a lot of breaks, changes, insights, and positive growth all around. The effect of these transits will be stronger if you have Ascendant, sun or moon in Scorpio. The positive or negative effects of the transits will depend on how connected you are the agents of change that manifest in your personal life. Jupiter expands whatever it touches, and while Sun is moving past Jupiter expands our confidence, willpower, purpose and vision. With Mercury, our thinking is big, reflective and expansive.

Some mystic pages and website refer to these kind of energies as “portals’ – It’s fancy language, and can be used, however, I personally prefer a more grounded an logical approach, which looks at this time as a good time dream and plan, to do away with limitations for a short while and go into your imagination and see what you wish to create, what direction you want to go toward. Not all that we vision and see may come to fruition, but this is a good time of personal dreaming.

Most likely, many folks may feel a pull to learn and expand their knowledge in a certain field, perhaps even the study of Astrology or other occult and mystical sciences, especially now, as Jupiter traverses the mystical sign of the scorpion until October 2019.

The shadow side of Scorpio is of course all too evident – where deception, betrayal, lies and manipulation can manifest. Mercury can manipulate words strategically for it’s own advantage. Jupiter can blow things out of proportion. We must remain vigilant and guard the mind against negativity and underhanded ways. Scorpio is ruled by Mars and Ketu, and these two planets are currently transiting in Aquarius and Capricorn, respectively. Both signs are ruled by Saturn, which is currently in Sagittarius.

Saturn, planet of karma is ultimately channelling the complexity of the planets in Scorpio. When we work in ways that are not in alignment with the laws of nature, when we create negative karma through ignorance and delusions of any nature – naturally we experience the consequences of those actions. There is a saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions – intentions can be good but if our actions are not aligned with correct thinking and right action, then trouble is likely to ensue. Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change – How much and how big are the changes that are currentlly rolling around? What is the bigger picture? Scorpio teaches us about having things by asking us to let go – or be dragged.

For some, this time can be very difficult with delays, setbacks and endings feeling out of control. Some things are meant to end and by letting go, we can allow fresh opportunities and new beginnings to come our way.
Saturn finally shifted nakshatras, moving from Mula to Purva Ashadha this week and can inspire a grounded approach to creativity and even new business opportunities. Saturn’s lessons soften and we can find some creative approaches to to complexities in our lives. Nothing to be rushed, Mercury will go direct on Dec 6th – Until then enjoy the creative thinking and visioning –

As they say in Hindi : Saab Kuch Milega : Anything is possible!


Full Moon Taurus 23/11/18

Happy Full moon everyone.

This full moon is occurring in Taurus, sign of the bull.
For those acquainted with Vedic astrology, the nakshatra is Krittika, which means ‘cutters’ – This energy gives the ability to cut to the truth of a certain matter – It is sharp, direct and critical. It can cut to the center, dividing fact from fiction.
Krittika spans the last few degrees of Aries, and the rest is in Taurus.

What does this mean?

Moon is mind, and reflects the way we instinctually respond to life around us. Everyone has a complex inner nature, and by developing deeper awareness, we can understand the subtleties and nuances that permeate our mental and emotional spheres.

This Taurus full moon is aspected by Jupiter and a retrograding Mercury. Feelings are high, intense, powerful, conflicted and expansive. Emotions are big, yet visionary – Stay on track.
The winds are heavy here in Sydney, facilitating changes as the seasons shift and settle, and spring gives way to summer. Wildfires have engulfed much of California and the west coast of the USA… It is destructive yet intensely transformative. What is being destroyed is a clear indication of what needs to shift and move, to make way for new growth to occur. When crisis hits, our core shakes, our values are questioned – and we are forced to adapt – remember, intelligence is defined by the ability to adapt to change, as the nature of life is to always be in flux.

Jupiter is facilitating a positive transformation, as it sojourns through Scorpio over the next year. Letting go and letting god is the theme, trust the process, there is beauty in the breakdown. When shit hits the fan, this is when we are tested. Wallowing can be good for a short time, just don’t stay there. Ask for help, and recognise if your pride is preventing you from doing so.

What is unique about this full moon is the trinity of Moon, Jupiter and Mercury. Symbolically they represent the higher and lower mind, (Jupiter and Mercury respectively) and Moon, total mind. We have the opportunity to really go deep here and fly with visionary thinking. The full moon is supported by the expansive wisdom of Jupiter and the analytical perceptive awareness of Mercury.

Stay grounded by doing what works for you to remain centred and in your body. Do your practice – Yoga, meditation, gym, running, whatever works for you, but keep moving.
The winds of change are loosening weak structures in our lives, prying us from ruts, readying us for new beginnings.

Stay tuned for mercury retrograde blog and Jupiter in Scorpio 2019.

Love, Darinka X

I have been studying Jyotish for a number of years and have gained so much from applying the insights and knowledge to my life. To me, Life is an adventure, an exploration of the universe, self and others. If you like what you read and would like to know more about your own chart and how the planetary energies are affecting you personally, I offer consultations in person or over skype X

Moon, Mind and Mystery – 11/11/18


Hello beautiful people of the world.

I thought to write a brief stellar update, to give you all a heads up on the moon’s sojourn over this week, as it could be challenging for some people this week, especially emotionally.

Has anyone been feeling a little down, or blue recently? No particular reason?
I know I have, and it is easy to attribute it to many things that are happening, both on a personal small scale, as well as to the greater world around us.

The moon is currently transiting through sidereal Sagittarius, conjoining saturn.
Saturn often feels like that heavy weight bringing us down or can feel like a lot of pressure is on us. That is the quality of saturn; and when these kind of transits affect the moon – which is our mind and emotions, we can feel tired, lazy, lethargic, sad, depressed and unmotivated. Fortunately, with lunar transits, these feelings only last a couple of days.

On Tuesday 13th, moon will meet with ketu, the south lunar node. Ketu is a fiery, separative energy, as well as spiritualising force. Symbolically kept is a dragon with no head. It’s function is to remind us of our past so we can learn from it, and also creates a distance, separation and dissatisfaction from material things, so that we may remember that reality is not just a 3-dimensional experience. The separations can be sometimes unpleasant, but we can use this energy to see what we are holding onto, and cut ourselves from limited thinking.

On Friday the 16th, moon makes an exact conjunction with mars. This creates steam as moon is water and mars is fire. If you have a hot temper then perhaps, sparks will fly – these energies are incompatible. Time to check in with anger management techniques. Let off steam by being physical and channel the energy productively – don’t direct it at your loved one. (Remember, venus, planet of relationships, is still retrograde)
However, this conjunction will occur in sidereal Aquarius, which is connected to engineering and genius (among many other things) and mars can sharpen the mind, so it can also be a good time to take decisive action on some issue or situation.

All these transits will have a very different effect on the individual due to the respective placements and relationships to the planets, signs and their energies in your chart and inner psychological terrain.

By next week, most stresses will have passed, so try not to take anything too seriously this week, and if something isn’t quite working, let it be for a few days. Do something creative instead. Life isnt always meant to be lived in the mind – let the element of water flow through you.
The planets are always moving and always doing something – as is life, the only constant is change.

Our mind (moon) is our instrument of perception.
When the moon is challenged, things can feel emotionally difficult. We don’t really know why. Knowing that these are often transits causing energetic fluctuations in our bio-chemistry, helps us to be kinder with ourselves, and tune into the finer forces; the undercurrents and overtones of nature, which includes the great cosmos around us.

I say it, cos I need to do much more of it – yoga, meditation and mantra, all that jazz – tools of balance and compassion.
Do it! – it works! 🙂

Have a great week,
Love, Darinka



Reflections on Relationship – Venus Retrograde


What is relationship?

When are we not in relationship to something?
Our partner, family members, pets, community, our living earth, the cosmos, and our own selves – the way we experience the world teaches us about who we at the deepest levels.

When reading charts, we look at the planet Venus, the 7th house and its ruler, and aspects etc, to understand the nature and quality of relationships in a person’s life. At the most basic level, the 7th is the house of relationship & others – representing everyone that is opposite to the self, which is represented by the 1st house.
The 7th is the reflection of the 1st. Our relationships with the external world and others symbolically reflect and serve as a barometer to our relationship with ourselves.

Some people believe they are to find and meet their soul mate, twin flame, partner in crime. Others find constant problems in relationship, in one way or another, due to various unresolved karmic factors. Not everyone is meant to be involved in personal relationship. Their ‘fortunes’ lie elsewhere. It is difficult for the western mind to come to terms with this, since culture, media and movies sell the ideas of romance and love in a superficial sense, making those who may be in fact, better off on their own, feel as though there is something inherently lacking with their lives.

Relationships are complex, or simple, if we learn to simplify ourselves. Analysing the strength of the 7th house, and its ruler as well as the planet Venus helps us to understand the psychological and energetic strengths and weaknesses that can catalyse dysfunction.
Conflict is always a part of life, but with detachment and self-awareness, there is more internal space, as the knee-jerk reactions subside and clear out of our psyches. Naturally inner peace radiates out toward all our relations.

“If there is no enemy within, there is no enemy without”

In the deepest sense, one can walk through life and see every interaction as a teaching – every feeling and emotion that is conjured through an interaction with another is an indication of what is happening within oneself – As the great Ramana Maharishi says when one of his disciples asks how we should treat others, he replies:

“There are no others”

And this is a powerful notion – when we can take a step back when riled, when we can breathe through the triggers, when we can pause before reaction, when we can see past our own needs and look at the greater play occurring, then the need to be right, the fear of being wrong, the blame, finger pointing and chaos can lessen and diminish. Relationships give one of the greatest and most potent opportunities for growth. Changes certainly don’t happen overnight, they occur gradually, with time, patience, tears, compassion, forgiveness, solitude, meditation, contemplation, therapy, friends and, practice, practice practice. – This is the idea, with our lifetimes to put into practice.

Everyone seems to be looking for the right person, but no – one wants to be the right person.

So, what does Venus mean?

Shukra is the sanskrit name for Venus. This word translates as “white, clear, bright and lucid” Shukra governs the water element in our body, (along with moon) – the ‘essences’ of the body (sperm and ovum) as well as the liquid and mucous membranes. Venus is related to the Kapha dosha of Ayurveda. A well placed Venus shows itself in well nourished hair, bright eyes, soft skin and a calm, nurturing and compassionate nature.
Venus also represents how we love, what we value, our style & tastes. It relates to our relationship to the feminine, to the receptive aspect of ourselves. Venus connects us to pleasures, luxuries, comforts, artistic abilities & procreative capacity.

A weak or challenged Venus is in fact, good for spiritual pursuits, since it can deny materialistic pleasure and comforts, therefore waking us up from the illusions of the material world. For a soul who’s desire is to rise upward on the spiritual path, relationships are one of the bindings that eventually fall away at some point of an individual’s evolution.
Many great artists, scientists and spiritual leaders have transformed and expanded their capacity for devotion toward creativity, humanity & the benefit of all beings, rather than the inherently limiting forms of personal love marriage/relationship and the family unit. This is the path of Bhakti Yoga.

But I don’t want to be a monk on a mountain…

That’s ok, neither do I.

So how to reconcile these conflicts?
Libra is the sign of compromise. Most people with planets in libra, or who have a strong Venus can be masters of compromise, learning the delicate art of putting one’s needs aside for the greater purpose of the relationship. Easier said than done. Welcome to the world of soap operas.

Venus retrograde is currently occurring in her own sign of Libra. The retrograde began on the 6/10 and lasts till the 17/11 (Southern hemisphere).  A debilitated Sun will be joining her, creating combustion and potential transformations, fights and stress, especially between 26/10 and 28/10. Fragile egos may be thrown around. Relationship themes have been highlighted quite strongly over the last year as Jupiter, the great teacher of wisdom and truth has also been transiting through Libra. Jupiter has recently just moved into Scorpio. (more on Jupiter in Scorpio in the next blog )

As Venus moves through Libra themes around love, relationships, marriage and romance are highlighted. Libra is also the sign of business and contractual arrangements, so there will be some things to think about before making changes to an existing business, or starting a new one. Creativity may feel blocked or stifled, a good time to perfect and tidy up loose ends. Relationships that have been rocky may end, or existing ones can deepen as issues are brought to the surface and have an opportunity to be transformed.

Venus retrograde can help us get in touch with what we truly desire from our partnerships and relationships. What do we truly value? How do we want to love and be loved? This current backspin can bring up issues from the last time Venus was retro, around 18 months ago (mar/april ’17)

A good time for reflections on how to create more harmony and beauty in our lives through right relationship to self – and others

Enjoy the motions!

With Love,

Presently I take time to make these blog posts as I like to sit and feel and experience the energies rather than just write the information down from a book. Life is always happening, karma is always playing out – when you see the subtlety of energies working with or against each other, when you experience these forces inside yourself – that is the real learning. Sources of knowledge and wisdom serve to clarify and understand the personal experience.

If you like what you read and would like to know more about your own chart and how the planetary energies are affecting you personally, I offer consultations in person or over skype. I have been studying Jyotish for a number of years and have gained so much from applying the insights and knowledge to my life.

Life is an adventure, an exploration of the universe, self and others. X

The Starry Times : Full Moon Pisces – Water Under the Bridge

Full Moon Dream

  • Full Moon in Pisces, UttaraBhadrapada nakshatra
  • Jupiter is transiting through the last degrees of Libra. Enters Scorpio on the 12th of October.
  • We have just passed Equinox on Sept 21/22
  • Saturn is out of it’s long Retrograde, moving forward in Sagittarius

What a whirlwind over the last few months !
We have moved through the most difficult part of the year, through all the volatile and transformative conjunctions, retrogrades and eclipses, and now can enjoy a relatively smooth period of sailing and integration for a while now. As we have just passed the 3rd quarter of the solar year on the 21/22 of Sept, the spring equinox heralds new growth and outward expansion as the days grow longer here in the southern hemisphere, and as the days get darker in the north, the autumn equinox invites introspection, withdrawal and contemplation.

Jupiter, Venus, Love and Healing

Venus and Jupiter have been enjoying a warm dance together in Libra, since Venus moved into its own sign in early September. Venus will make an unusually long transit, retrograding for some time through Libra until early Jan where it will move forward into Scorpio and join Jupiter again.
At the moment it is an expansive and healing time for all relationships and business situations. Venus and Jupiter together can promote excess in pleasures, so moderation needs to be exercised, but in general, good will and positive feelings are strong now. The wisdom and divine benediction of Jupiter has been guiding the desirous and passionate Venus, gently promoting healing through the Art of Relationship on all levels; compromise, understanding, forgiveness and diplomacy toward All our Relations.

While it is a wonderful time for creating balance in our lives, it can also be a good time to think deeper to our greater relationship with ourselves, our deeper inner self of which the external world is a reflection. What is out of harmony externally is a metaphorical mirror of what needs reconciliation, acceptance and understanding within our own natures.
Delve deep into your true nature and find a place of peace and stillness within; consequentially this will radiate out and your relationships with others will change. Change can also mean recognising what needs to fall – break off stagnant connections.

I have felt it to be a deep time of healing & integration on many levels, post the last few months, and this combination of Jupiter and Venus is a very feel-good vibration. Jupiter governs the sweet taste, Venus, the sour. Often we learn more from the sour experiences of life than the sweet and when genuine sweetness is lacking in our lives we go for superficial sweetness via taste, fleeting pleasures and temporary sensations. Jupiter expands whatever it touches, so there can be an addiction to following only the good things in life, which is a lopsided and inherently imbalanced experience. This conjunction reminds us to go deeper into our hearts and recognise the fundamental sweetness, goodness and innocence of our true natures, as human beings and as a human family.

Full Moon Vibrations

Chandra (Moon) has just moved into the nakshatra (star) of Uttarabhadrapada, located from 3’20-16’40 degrees of Pisces – The abode of the Andromeda Star System.


This full moon illuminates and expresses the combined energy of Jupiter and Saturn. The overtone vibration is Jupiter since moon is in Pisces, and the undercurrent is governed by Saturn (U.B’s planetary ruler is Saturn).

This planetary combination further expresses the positive effects of diplomacy, compromise and harmony in relationships, due to Jupiter in Libra channeling the vibration of Pisces, as well as fostering a grounded and philosophical approach to working with upsets and challenges, due to Saturn’s forward motion now in Sagittarius.
Saturn is the planet to examine closer, to understand the deeper significance of this full moon. Saturn is currently moving through the Star of Mula, located in Sagittarius (ruled by Jupiter) – which is connected to Nirriti, a destructive and calamitous deity associated with ‘the breaking apart of things’ – indicating destruction and transformation. Mula is also associated with getting to the roots of things – and is ruled by the detached and spiritualising energy of Ketu, the south node of the moon. What is being broken apart or destroyed is directly related to past karmas that have ripened and are ready to be experienced in the now.

This combination of energies point strongly to a time of understanding, healing and the integration of root patterns that have blocked you from moving forward in the past. The breakups, challenges, tribulations and torments all have a deep purpose of shaking and loosening you from what is limiting your true self. We somehow willingly enter into material bondage by identifying strongly with our senses and perceptions.There is nothing wrong with being in the material world, but our chronic attachment and identification with it creates deep sorrow, as the nature of life is constant change. The greater we are shaken, rattled and rolled, the greater the inner desire is for transformation. At every junction we are invited to let go even more.

Tonight, you could meditate on the changes that have occurred for you over the last few months; this moon is a soft, yet firm landing, a place to breathe deeply and give thanks for all that Is, and is to come.

Thanks for reading, happy full moon!
Hari Om X

Presently I take time to make these blog posts as I like to sit and feel and experience the energies rather than just write the information down from a book. Life is always happening, karma is always playing out – when you see the subtlety of energies working with or against each other, when you experience these forces inside yourself – that is the real learning. Sources of knowledge and wisdom serve to clarify and understand the personal experience.

If you like what you read and would like to know more about your own chart and how the planetary energies are affecting you personally, I offer consultations in person or over skype. I have been studying Jyotish for a number of years and have gained so much from applying the insights and knowledge to my life.

Life is an adventure, an exploration of the universe, self and others.  X