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.
For cosmic updates in between blogs, follow my instagram account at : @darinkamaja

Keen to know what the rest of 2021 and 2022 has in store for you ?
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Thanks for reading, and have a great month,
Love, Darinka x

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Jupiter in Aquarius : 21 Nov – 14 April 22. New Trends, Innovation & Healing

Jupiter entered Aquarius on the 6th of April, moving up to 8 ° before retrograding on the 21st of June (the exact day cases began to rise and lockdowns began in Sydney) 

Now Jupiter has re -entered the sign of the water bearer, emerging from debilitation of Capricorn, for the next 12 years. He will stay in Aquarius until April next year, when he enters Pisces.

Aquarius is a futuristic, humanitarian, sharp and intellectual air sign, ruled by detached Saturn and eccentric Rahu. It values reason and democracy, over faith and excess emotion. Its fixed nature can make it fearful, detached, cautious and unwilling to compromise on certain issues.

Jupiter in Aquarius will manifest growth, changes and expansion in areas such as networks, friendships, large organisations, foundations, social justice, technology, democracy, wealth, gains and scientific research.

Three nakshatras span this constellation, Dhanishta ruled by Mars, Shatabhishak, ruled by Rahu and Purva BhadraPada, ruled by Jupiter. Aquarius therefore, carries the vibrations of Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Jupiter. 

Rahu is what gives Aquarius its eccentricity. Rahu is future and forward oriented, he breaks rules, boundaries and traditions, going against the status quo, challenging situations and treading new paths. It is also desire, fear and obsession. Saturn and Rahu are quite similar and yet they also cause internal tension due to the contrast & confluence of their energies. Saturn is a traditionalist, Rahu doesn’t always respect, or like to conform to traditions. This can innovation, medical breakthroughs and new trends, or outcasts, criminals and vigilantes. 

Jupiter will cast a positive 90° angle from itself, supporting Libra and Gemini signs as well as an energising 180° opposition onto Leo sign.

The Leo/Aquarius axis highlights the Sun/Saturn dynamic, reflecting issues with authorities, leaders, father figures, feeling insecure and not at home within oneself. This combination can sometimes indicate a closed or fearful heart, as well as other heart/cardiac related issues.

With Saturn sitting in Capricorn, in the 12th sign from Jupiter, this can bring issues such as hospitalisations, hidden enemies & losses, victim/perpetrator dynamics, betrayal/betrayed and other subconscious, hidden 12th house themes. With Rahu travelling through Krittika can indicate surgeries.

Saturn can be too harsh and cold, blocking the heart chakra. We need to embellish the higher qualities of Saturn such as surrender, humility, patience and embracing sorrow, in order to transform insecurity, arrogance and egotism. The Sun in its higher nature can be warm, radiant, loving and nurturing.

Saturn is still holding the reins with Jupiter even though much pressure has lifted and optimism has begun to return. As Jupiter moves into the last nakshatra of Aquarius and into Pisces, faith and spiritual wisdom can begin to flow more freely.

Jupiter transiting through Dhanishta until 3 Jan 2022 is influenced by Mars. This can be positive for courage, wealth creation and material gains, music and dance, however it is a star known for relationship discord. Dhanishta is a star also connected to celibacy.

Jupiter in Shatabhishak from 3 Jan – 3 March is where radical healing may emerge. New drugs to combat the virus may become popular and alternative options to the current reality is likely to unfold. This star is ruled by Rahu itself, but Jupiter’s influence, can quell the fears and illusions, guiding people toward Dharma, truth and righteousness.

Jupiter in Purva Bhadra Pada will be easier as Jupiter rules this star. It spans early Pisces as well. Jupiter in this star will feel more at home as the optimistic and benevolent rays will be able to express clearly and brightly.



Overall it is a great time for forward movements and creating new grounds in societies and organisations. Sagittarius and Pisces ruled folk will feel the shift the most.

Radical changes can bring new growth and opportunities. A time of moving forward with your plans and goals.

Join me on Instagram for regular astrological Updates : @darinkamaja

Book in for a 1:1 Consultation to discover how the current astro climate is affecting you and how to work with it, and make sure to grab a copy of my free e-book – “Introduction to Vedic Astrology”

Be well,
Love, Darinka

November Celestial Forecast – Relationships in Transition

31 Oct – Venus moves to Sagittarius
4 Nov – Diwali 
5 Nov –  New Moon – 8:14am Swati/Libra
16th – Sun moves into Scorpio
19th – Partial Lunar Eclipse
22nd – Jupiter enters Aquarius

November sees the following cosmic events –

Mars, Sun and Mercury continue to highlight relationship dramas and potential health issues as they clash, passing through Libra. Venus, who rules Libra has moved out of the intensity of Scorpio and into Sagittarius on the 31 Oct.

Sun debilitates in Libra, this can be a time of low vitality and health issues for some, indulgence in too much pleasure and sensory distractions. Sun in Libra, however, often loses its harsh ego edge and sense of pride so it is good for diplomacy and negotiation.

The first two weeks of November are potentially explosive as Mercury and Mars continue their volatile tango, with both planets being combust (too close/ burnt) by the Sun, Mercury and Mars combust (burnt) by the Sun, increasing impatience, restlessness, aggression and Vata imbalances.

Please take care specifically around the dates 9, 10, 11 November, as Saturn is making an exact square to the mars/mercury planetary war. These days could be quite heated.

Uranus – The great awakener sits opposite in Aries adding more electricity and fuel for the fire. It can indicate sudden shocks and unexpected events, rude awakenings and sudden realisations. It is another point to be aware of especially if you have planets in the line of fire. 

New moon in Libra – Swati – New moons are good for inner reflection and spiritual contemplation. The new moon intensifies any emotional hangups. Try not to force anything. There are difficult energies surrounding right now. New moon is a cyclical return to darkness, the delicate dance on a threshold; Libra marks the deepest point of the soul’s immersion into materialism and therefore the turning point, ascending toward spiritualism.

Saturn adds pressure to an already challenging situation due to his harsh ‘square’ 90° aspect from Capricorn

Workload increases. Busyness is overwhelming. Restructuring relationships. Some may end, or go through a trial. Arguments, a potential stalemate. Im right, you’re wrong. Stubbornness. Passive aggression, micro aggressions, the people vs the state. Leaders and those who serve. Authority and Democracy in question.

Sun/Saturn combinations often reflect lessons around ego and humility, how to harmonise these forces, understanding that true leadership is the highest form of service, leading people back to themselves, rather than controlling them, or creating dependence on a government, a kingdom or something outside the sovereign self.

Venus in Sagittarius opens up fresh ideas, point of views, movement and travel as well as surrendering of past experiences, accepting loss, welcoming rebirth, particularly as Venus travels through Mula nakshatra from 30 Oct – 14 nov.

Venus in Mula, is a time to connect with your roots. There may be undercurrents of detachment, disenchantment and dissatisfaction; what was once cherished and valued has somehow lost its shine. There may be some serious re-addressing of particular relationships in your life now. You are being tested. Venus is about worth and value – know when to leave the table when love is no longer being served. 

Sagittarius can be quite fundamentalist in its approach at times, so there may be clashes around ideologies and beliefs. Perhaps there isn’t a solution to be found but a truth to be accepted?

Jupiter finally moves out of debilitation in Capricorn and into Aquarius on the 22nd – A welcome sigh of relief, improving situations greatly for Sag + Pisces moon + rising. Travel will be on the horizon for many, and if not physically, then mentally and spiritually. 

Tips:

Plan ahead –  Avoid taking on more projects, slow down, say no gracefully, prioritise rest & relaxing, ease up on yourself. Perfection is a lie. A time to yield, to be humble. A good leader is the ultimate servant, cultivating emotional intelligence and supports the team. Insecurities are loud, confidence is quiet. There may be trickery and manipulation. Be careful who you let on board, some people may try to sink the whole ship just because they can’t be captain.

Great time for focussed action, broadening horizons, perspectives and attitudes. More water, drink, bathe, cleanse. Be aware of the tendency for increased competitiveness, frustration and irritability. Especially after the new moon. Avoid spicy, pitta aggravating foods, meditate, avoid rajasic foods like excess salt, (red) meat, alcohol, stale, old and low pranic foods.

Diwali, Festival of Lights is on the 4th of November – it is about accessing our inner light, expanding our divine potential beyond petty limitations. Not everything needs a resolution, per se. Shamanic work is about sitting in the darkness and befriending pain & discomfort, in self and others.

Have a great month folks – I will make a separate post on the new moon on Instagram so make sure to tune in there for more! – @darinkamaja

Book in for a 1:1 Consultation to discover how the current astro climate is affecting you and how to work with it, and make sure to grab a copy of my free e-book – “Introduction to Vedic Astrology”

Love, Darinka x

{Art by Moebius – Jean Giraud}

Full Moon Aries – Ashwini. Now is the Moment of Power

Hey Star Travellers,
We welcome a big, beautiful and bold full moon in fiery Aries!
It occurs in the first lunar mansion, the nakshatra Ashwini. 

Not known for subtlety, Aries breaks down walls, doesn’t often take no for an answer, has a pure heart, is fierce, warrior like, impulsive, courageous and pioneering. 
The shakti of Ashwini is Shidhra Vyapnai, the power to reach things quickly. 

This asterism is governed by the Ashwin Kumaras who are the divine physicians of the gods – this star can bring about quick realisation of healing, goals and plans.

Now is the moment of Power.

Why is this moon so potent ?

The Moon tonight will be the closest to the Earth – known as Sharad Purnima. It is the most healing and rejuvenating of lunar influences, especially since it falls in the star Ashwini.

We have stepped out of retrograde season 
Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter are all in their direct motion now. 
Situations are gathering speed, thoughts can flow freely, plans can move ahead. It is a time for healing and fresh starts.

Mars, which rules Aries is currently straddling the threshold of Virgo/Libra – conjunct the fixed star Spica – a bright, light, noble and refined energy. This is a positive and creative energy. Make the most of it.

Mars will move into the diplomatic sign of Libra, tied in a close connection with Sun ( until 9th November) indicating continued issues with authority and leadership, inflated egos, arguments and tempers. Two fire planets in an air sign together intensifies an already inflamed situation. 

The Sun is also at its lowest point of the year, as it is debilitated in Libra. One may feel low energy, tired, or struggle to assert oneself. In Libra, the Sun loses some of it’s vitality and the more subservient, or people pleasing aspects of Libra come out. It can be good however, for spiritual people as the ego is low and can move in the direction of humility and compassion. 

As the month progresses, Mars and Sun will come into opposition with rebel Uranus. This is likely to throw a few spanner in the works, electrifying, intensifying and potentially revolutionising something, or someone. 

The grahas (planets) represent people in your life – Mars is brothers, Sun is father, bosses or other leaders. Uranus is the rebel. Known as Prajapati in Jyotish, his influence is like a lightning bolt – shattering, shaking and challenging whatever is the status quo. 

Leo, Scorpio and Aries moon/rising folks will feel the energy more this month.  

The Aries Libra Axis is about self and other. It is the classic dance of the anxious – avoidant; the hyper independence of Aries does not want to lose its perceived sense of autonomy and freedom, Libra does not want to lose the connection. One wants to lean in, the other pulls away. Neither are secure in themselves and are unconsciously trying to regulate. The aim is to find cohesion without enmeshment. These issues maybe highlighted for some of you over this month.

Too much distance creates walls instead of healthy boundaries, the latter, which serve to actually maintain a relationship with the other person instead of just cutting off. 

It can be a good time to repair broken connections, or perhaps to re address your approach to how you do relating in general. It is a time for healing and rejuvenation all round.

As usual, follow whatever practices work for you, be mindful of rushing or doing too much, clean your crystals, a good time to clean the house and eat lightly.

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October Cosmic News – Major Shifts & New Beginnings 

1 Venus moves to Scorpio
6 New Moon Hasta – Shoola Yoga
8 Saturn stations
9-10-11 Planetary War Mars Sun Mercury , Venus Moon Ketu
11 Sat. Direct
18 Jupiter Direct – Sun moves to Libra
19 Merc Direct
20/21 Full Moon Aries / Ashwini – NO Retrogrades
23 Mars in Libra

Hey Cosmonauts,

We have some major planetary events this month,  the dam walls breaking – many situations will reverse. Things which were going forward may change, things which were stagnant or redundant move forward again. Major blocks and impediments are able to find a new route forward and many plans, schedules and goals which have been put on hold for the last 5 months are able to slowly begin inching forward.

Saturn has been retrograde in his own sign Cap since 23 May and will move direct on 11th of October (The exact date many restrictions are being lifted in Sydney) 

Jupiter has been retrograde since 21 June (the exact date lockdowns began in Sydney)

With such heavy oppressive energy felt amidst restructuring and new forms emerging, it certainly has been a time of getting real, getting grounded and experiencing the heavy weight of reality of which the cycles of Saturn Reflects. 

I do predict a good summer, amidst all of the changes – The dust can settle somewhat. We will still have some eclipses, but there will not be any more retrogrades for some time, meaning affairs will be able to more or less, run smoothly. Stuff moves forward.

Less delays, obstacles and setbacks. Mind will clear, the road will form. The seasons are changing, people have adjusted, for good or ill,  and with the bright full moon at the end of the month in Aries/Ashwini – It is a time for a bright new beginning.

Venus moves into Scorpio on Friday 1st Oct.
This affects libra and taurus rising/moon – Her transit through a sign ruled by Mars increases passion, desire and intensity, Here Venus is about digging into the past, into secrets. We may even see some scandals or some truths revealed. Creative pursuits may take a darker tone, exploring sexuality, esoteric, occult or tantric themes. It can be a good time for finances, business, investments and purchasing a new vehicle. 

Venus approaches Ketu for the first part of the month – I often find when a planet is moving toward Ketu, it is like it is approaching a black hole – things get sucked in, disappear, end, or dissolve. Relationships may change, end or transform. New relationships which begin may not last for a long time, or they could be from a past life, they have a markedly spiritual tone to it. Past partners may return (especially with mercury retrograde) issues with women may surface… It can be a time to heal differences, rifts and separations & spiritualise your current connection

6 October – New Moon Virgo/Hasta & Shoola Yoga
This is a very potent day, drawing toward a week of turbulent waters – When the moon is hidden by the sun, it is a good time for introspection, spiritual  and simple activities. This Virgo new moon

This new moon in Virgo kicks off Shoola Yoga, which is a particular pattern, where all visible planets are grouped in 3 separate signs. Shoola relates to Shiva’s three ‘horned’ trident. It is a planetary yoga which can cause pain, it is piercing and can be harmful, it can indicate sharp and violent events/thoughts/words and actions. In a chart it can often indicate a sudden achievement followed by a sudden fall. Be mindful of how you speak during this time, especially since mercury, mars are conjunct in virgo, a communicative sign and mars is combust the sun, which as has been mentioned, increases frustration and aggression.

This yoga occurs across the natural 6th, 8th and 10th houses – we see this impact in daily life, with colleagues, workers, rising in situations relating to family, wealth and legacies, and in the workplace, with bosses, seniors and people in authority.

The Virgo new moon falls in the nakshatra ‘Hasta’. Hasta means ‘hand’. It is ruled by the moon itself. This is an emotional and intellectual star. It is creative, nervous, crafty, light, divine, fickle, indecisive and unsettled. When feeling the intensity of an overactive mind, working with your hands in some form goes a long way to alleviate and channel mental worries, anxieties and tensions.

This moon is complicated, as it will be in conjunction with sun, combust mars conjoined enemy mercury, as well as venus close to separative ketu, a very slow (almost still) Saturn, Retrograde Jupiter in enemy sign – we can see why this could be a very difficult week for some. Planets are stressed, blocked and frustrated. Politically this can be a volatile time where certain issues reach a breaking point. Sudden, unexpected event(s) may occur. Earthquakes, eruptions and landslides are likely during this time.

8 – 9 – 10 – 11  – challenge/change days
Sun, Mars and Mercury in planetary war, Saturn stations

Mars and Sun will be exactly conjoined from the 7th – 12th but remain in a very close conjunction for the rest of October, as they begin to separate. Saturn slows to station on the 8th – this is a delicate day- potential for volatility and unpredictability.

This combination increases aggression, frustration, arguments and battles with authorities. It can be great for athletes, and high performance folk who have a mission and goal, lest anybody stand in their way. Remember, leave the battles outside of the home. Fight the battles out in the world – and choose them wisely.

These dates are sharp. Take it easy, avoid anything major, leave the situation for a break and come back to it later. Don’t react. Saturn standstill moving direct – stalemate/impasse. Tight Sun/Merc/Mars conjunction… intellectual dominance and mental aggression/superiority

When you are triggered, what is being poked? This is the work. Life is a mirror conspiracy, vedanta teaches us to be detached, not to spiritually bypass difficulties. Be in the world but not of it. Practice detachment. A dance for sure, a continual practice of neither aversion nor grasping.

Hearty doses of tolerance, compassion, patience and acceptance are the tinctures which support the mind and consciousness to adapt to the situations. Trials are meant to strengthen and awaken the soul. 

18 – Sun moves to Libra
Sun is at its weakest place in the sky now. The light of the sun, the purity of the soul gets immersed into the sheaths and layers of material reality – associations become transactions, people are commodities, valued on what they do, how they look and what benefit they have, rather than being with humans based on the common ground of ‘being’ – Libra is one of the most materialistic signs, and is also the sign of diplomacy and harmony. Many spiritual people have sun here as it weakens the ego force, which when aligned in service to humanity, can be a wonderful leader.

A true leader is in fact, a humble servant.
A time for ethical business and enterprise.

SATURN DIRECT – 11 Oct
JUPITER DIRECT – 18 Oct
MERCURY DIRECT – 19 Oct

FINALLY —- Stagnancy begins to move, the chrysalis of winter begins to crack, spring blossoms emerge and bloom, the ice melts … Saturn’s heavy lessons over the last 5 months bear fruit. What has felt immovable and unending stirs. Mercury slows down to move direct on the 19th as well as Jupiter who will also be grinding to a halt, to move direct on the 18th.

It is significant to have these major players moving forward within a week, so as the energies untangle and grind forward again. Travel plans will ignite, business, relationships and major projects will improve and go forward.

Be aware of these changes, and apply the accelerator gradually.  Take it easy over these days – it is still complicated and messy, avoid moving too fast, a bit more patience as threads are unwinding.

23 – Mars moves to Libra – This will affect Scorpio and Taurus rising/moon – here the warrior moves into the sign of diplomacy, meeting with the Sun again – Mars does not always feel so effective in the sign of the scales. Libra is about negotiation, compromise and striking a balance – weighing up items, people, situation of value. Good for business, making money, relationships may suffer somewhat, as fire meets with air – situations could get passive aggressive – Politics could get wobbly over this transit.

Stay tuned for more the Full Moon Report at the end of the Month. A powerful culmination of bright, fresh Arien energy heralding the official change of seasons and embarkation into a new chapter and cycle.

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Have a great month folks. 
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Love, Darinka x

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Mercury Retrograde : Adapting to Change


“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

This Mercury retrograde becomes more complicated than most due to the close proximity to Mars & Sun. Here we have a similar theme which was experienced in August, with the Mars/Mercury planetary war in Leo. This time it is in Virgo, a sign where Mars is uncomfortable. The Sun in close conjunction to Mars (this is called combustion)is likely to inflame already heated situations. Its a delicate month, which needs to be handled carefully. 

The planet Mercury, esoterically 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. The evolution of our species rests in how we use our intelligence.

“ When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change ” 

Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change – this is the essence of mother nature, Shakti. Allow Her wisdom to move through you. Movement is life, and life is movement. The very basis of life itself is constant change.

Mercury begins its retrograde in Libra, a cardinal air sign. The disruptions will be felt quite strongly due to mercury’s relationship with thought, speech and ideas. It can affect relationships. As Merc moves back, he will conjunct the bright and auspicious star Spica, who resides in the ‘wheat ear of virgo’. Spica is said to have an energy of Jupiter-Mercury, and so this next coming week can be good for success, renown, an appreciation of art and science, but it can also indicate unjustness to the innocence and unscrupulousness.

Virgo is the sign most closely related to the feminine principle of Shakti, it is earthy, pragmatic and intelligent. When Mars occupies Virgo it’s a great time to get life organised, taking practical, grounded, logical action, applying critical thinking to the situation. Follow a routine and bring awareness to your own faults and shortcomings, instead of out in the world. Mars can bring out the critical, nit-picky, controlling and micro-managing aspects of Virgo. When in Chitra, it is stronger as it rules this star. In Hasta, Mars becomes more volatile, emotional & moody due to the moon’s rulership.

Adding Mercury into this mixture, can make the mind and speech very critical, sharp, hurtful, and fault finding. This is quickest way to sour any relationship. Love cannot thrive in such an atmosphere. Remember, if you are looking for problems, you will for sure, find them. The trick is to notice an error, but deal with it with grace, while adding to the positive elements of the situation – this automatically diminishes the negative. 

Arguments, conflicts and tension is likely. Aikido your life – if someone is running straight at you with their sword, help them on their journey – step out of the way.

The Virgo New Moon on the 6-7th is important to take care of, as Sun, Moon and Mars will be in exact combustion, close to Mercury, in the nakshatra Hasta. Hasta is ruled by the moon, so this is a particularly emotional time. The dark side of the mind can easily take over. Avoid being too puritanical and attached to perfection. It is the inner restlessness of the spirit which creates bigger issues than necessary. Cultivate faith, trust and surrender whenever you feel your mind and thoughts spiralling out of control. Come back home to the gentle tides of your breathing.

At the same time, Saturn retrograde will almost be at a standstill in Capricorn. We reach an impasse – The new moon feel is volatile and difficult is best to take it easy and not plan anything overwhelming. Spiritual activities and laying low is best. Keep it simple.

With such a strong Earth energy right now – Sun+Mars+Mercury in  mutable Virgo, Saturn+Jupiter retrograde in cardinal Capricorn, it is excellent to move ahead, get organised, clean, focussed and ready for Summer / Winter. This is about building foundations, adapting to changes & new structures, reassembling old ones and simplifying your life. Saturn and Jupiter remind us of ‘Simple Living – High Thinking” 

Virgo is balanced by Pisces – The lessons here are faith over fear, creativity to balance excess logic, and trust to ease the tight grips of control.

During this mercury retrograde:

Expect:

Conflict, clashes, arguments, breakups, or resolutions, brilliant new ways of doing things, solutions to problems, or more confusion, artistic inspiration, reconciliation, a long awaited message appears, people from the past may return, business may slow down, situations reverse, computer glitches, electrical issues, spelling mistakes, business flops, health concerns, crossed wires, impulsive texts, buyers remorse. Mechanical issues, repairs, obstacles & delays in negotiations, tension, arguments/conflict, possible breakthroughs.

Do :

Review, reset, rethink, slow down, return, reconcile, reconnect, review a situation, 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. Consider all outcomes/possibilities. Detach from the drama. It will never stop, so you have to. Breathe, meditate, do yoga, always return home to your inner sanctum. The tides of your breathing is your guru, your truth. 

Dont:

Sign contracts, avoid travelling right at the beginning and end of the retrograde and on the Wednesday (Mercury’s day), make sudden decisions, engage in arguments, or online forum wars, take on too much, change business plans suddenly, speak harshly, engage in narrow in thinking. Avoid making any major financial commitments. If unsure of a certain outcome, or if waiting on something, expect solid forward movement after the 19th October.

Take it easy – as much as you can over these next three weeks!
Love, Darinka x

Full Moon Pisces Uttara Bhadrapada + Equinox – Water under the Bridge 

Ruler : Saturn 
Sign ruler : Jupiter 
Deity : Ahir Budhyana
Symbol : Serpent of the Deep Sea 
Full moon 20/21 + Equinox – 23rd.

Times change, a cycle completes, others still revolving and evolving. New beginnings, seasons are changing. The movement from dark to light in the south, the movement from light to dark in the north. Equinox is about the balance between the solar and lunar forces. This is the purpose of yoga – balancing the hemispheres, the ascending and descending channels, the masculine & feminine, Shiva and Shakti – Stillness & Movement … 

This Pisces full moon projects the potent, combined energy of Jupiter and Saturn. These two planets reflect the nature of one’s beliefs and values and how this influences how we create structures and foundations in life. Pisces full moon opposes the Sun in Virgo – Virgo is the sign most related to Shakti – the primordial feminine power which is in all manifested things. Virgo carries the seeds of enlightenment which express in the last sign of Pisces. The Pisces / Virgo axis hinges on the principles of faith over fear. With such an overwhelming fear narrative being projected into the world right now, reflecting Jupiter’s debilitation, and the subsequent seizing of control by governments, we must continue to cultivate faith on a daily basis, consciously choosing to face the deepest fears with courage, strength, aligning with Dharma – righteousness aligned with universal laws, not just man-made laws and religions. 

Jupiter governs Pisces, Saturn governs Uttara Bhadrapada. Both of these planets are currently retrograde in Capricorn. This conjunction is nearing an end, after being together for the better part of the 12 months. Jupiter will stay in Capricorn for the next 8 weeks, turning direct on the 18th of October. It is a time for constructive growth, promotion and steady gains. While there may be changes in investments, stocks and income, it is a practical time favouring material development. Make sure your actions are ethical, and aligned with the right values.  The Jupiter/ Saturn connection is about Dharma + Karma, reaping the consequences of actions sowed. When aligning with universal laws, truth, awareness, accountability, respect, love and integrity, one has little to fear. 

With a strong earth/water dominant theme right now, it is a time of building, growing, expanding, contrasting, organising, planning and re-arranging. Our goals are being re-assessed, businesses, organisations and social & family structures are changing and  adapting to the current paradigm shift. Foundations are being now. Whatever tools, bricks and mortar you have, find the best way to use it. The most content folk make the best of what they have. 

Uttara Bhadrapada’s deity is Ahir Budhanya – the serpent of the deep sea, connected to primordial wisdom, fertility, seclusion and spirituality. Ahir Budhanya is said to be one of the sons of Vishawakarma, the celestial architect, there is much symbolism here around the need for definite structure (saturn) to make practical use of space (jupiter); the dance of spirit in matter.

The Shakti, or power of this star is in creating, or finding a foundation – “Uttara Bhadrapada grants a firm foundation in life, connecting us with the wellsprings of vitality, the serpent who dwells in the middle of the sea.”Dr. David Frawley, Fruits of Worshipping Each Nakshatra

It is important to acknowledge that all which is created on a material plane occurs due to the concurrent universal energy, the energy which animates all things. Release yourself from identifying with ‘the doing’ and see the undercurrent force by which things get done. Dig deeper. Enlightenment doesn’t mean the end, but rather, the beginning of a deeply embodied and grounded, visceral human/spirit experience. Every day, even for 5 mins, make an effort to connect to the deep inner spring of the life force pulsing through you, Prana; through your breath, a candle flame and silence. 

Keep a routine, self care, nurturing, healing and wellbeing. Your Health and Time are your most precious jewels. Mind them well.

We are all walking eachother home 
Bright Blessings on this Full moon / Equinox

With love,  
Darinka xx

September Cosmic News – Planets in Strength, Changes afoot

Key Dates:

6 Sept:  
– Mars moves to Virgo
– Venus moves to Libra
7 New Moon LEO
12 Moon debilitated cnj Ketu in Scorpio
15 Jupiter moves into Capricorn
17 Sun moves into virgo
21 Full Moon – Uttara Bhadrapada + Equinox
27 Mercury Retrograde

Hello beautiful people – 

September sees planets strong in their own signs – overall, support and energy returns. Relationships improve, Mars is combust the Sun untill Nov 25, Saturn is slowing down to move direct in October, Jupiter retrogrades back into Capricorn. The month closes in with a bright full moon in Pisces on Equinox, and the final Mercury retrograde for the year begins for 3 weeks. 

Mercury is strong in its own sign, having just entered Virgo on the 27th of August. It meets with a debilitated Venus, relationships are improving, the mind is clear and can focus. Communication becomes easier. The evolution of our species rests in how we use our intelligence – Work at making your mind your friend this month.

6 Sept:
Mars moves to Virgo – 6 Sept – 22 October
Combust (too close) to the sun till Nov. 25

A major theme this month in an ongoing on/off mars/mercury war – the warrior and the communicator struggle for power. At the same time, Mars is currently invisible, being hidden by the Sun. This makes it weaker and unable to manifest its full strength. When planets are hidden they are said to be in the underworld – it is a time to work on our mars energies, usually what we see is lack of energy, anger outbursts, greater impatience, intolerance and being too stubborn.

Mars in Virgo is in an enemy sign, and is continuing this frustrating theme that we have felt through August. Virgo is the natural 6th sign, and the place of conflict, litigation, strife and debate. It is a house of intelligence too, as Mercury rules Virgo. The ability to fight a case, the strategise and plan can be seen here. The important thing is to find out what is right, rather than who is right.

Fights, arguments and clashes – The need to be right, the need to assert oneself, the need to be heard, to have a voice and to speak has become pertinent – Communication can be sharp, critical, incisive, and controlling. Virgo aims for purity and perfection, Mars can become aggressive with its agenda. Use this energy to get things organised, filed, sorted. A time for cleaning and clearing. Taking practical action & efficiency. Avoid micromanaging, controlling and overthinking a situation.

Venus moves to Libra  – 6 Sept – 3rd Oct
Venus is gaining in strength now, as shemoves into her home territory, a time of strength and refreshment for Librans and Taureans. New relationships may begin, however, Saturn is casting a challenging ‘square’ 4/10 aspect onto Libra, so as Venus moves through, she will come under his gaze. 

Saturn is about facing reality, some truths may come to the surface and a restructuring of relationships and finances may occur. A time to be realistic about relationship goals, desires, needs and wants. The 10th aspect means there may be changes around what you value in the workplace and within business relationships, new ones begin, old ones may go through a transition. Finances improve, there can be slow and steady growth at this time. 

7th Sept – New Moon  10:52 am in Leo, in the lunar mansion Purva Phalguni
This upcoming new moon invites us to take a break and a rest from the ‘work’ – somehow so many of our wounds stems from not feeling enough in some way – not enough self value, worth, money, knowledge, finances, family, happiness etc – this ‘not enough’ paves the way for neuroses and obsession, where one hungrily devours out in the world to satiate this deep inner longing. Purva Phalguni is a place in the zodiac where the soul can take a break. Reminding us that we are working to have a Life, not living to Work. And who said work has to be so “hard” – it can also be done joyfully no? Somehow the trees, they grow, the plants fruit, and flowers blossom. 

Who said it has to be hard? When you hit a wall, who says you have to ‘hit’ the wall? Maybe its there so you can rest on it!

Midday snooze …

The Sun is bright and strong in Leo, and still receiving a positive aspect from Jupiter in Aquarius – It is a powerful time for self actualisation and personal power. We are continuing to see the disparity between leaders and the people. 

P.P carries the vibration of Sun/Venus – these two share an inharmonious relationship – Venus, Planet of relationship gets burned by the Sun, who is solitary by nature – There may be some insights about your current relationship, or previous relationships that may come to light.

New moons are good for spiritual practices as the Jiva atman unites with the Atman, The individual soul spark unites with Soul – the light of consciousness. Enjoy the deep spaciousness and silence of new moon as opportunities to stay within and enter the dreaming. Meditation and spiritual practices are favoured – the veils are thinner at this time. 

Otherwise, it is a good time for enjoyment, art, pleasure, lovemaking, comfort, baths, all the yum, fun stuff.

12th Sept – Moon debilitated conjunct Ketu in Scorpio
A short, monthly transit – moon passing through its debilitation sign can mean a low couple of days, or a day where there are heavier thoughts/emotions – compounded by Ketu who is dissociative by nature- good for introspection, spiritual practice, artistic and creative endeavours. Don’t buy into negative self talk, like clouds, they come and go. Pay attention to your gift and genius x

15 Sept – Jupiter moves back into Capricorn
Jupiter re-enters its sign of debilitation, in the last stretch of his retrograde. The 0 and 29th degree of a sign is a sensitive juncture, planets here are in a place of transition and hence are unsettled, like moving house. It can magnify and derail their significations. Take care, especially of you are Sag or Pisces rising or moon.

As well as that, Jupiter is debilitated in Capricorn. As a Dharma planet, morals, laws, ethics, can get stunted. Corruption in politics is a clear manifestation of the loss of Dharma, where power is mis- used for exploitation and control. We are seeing so much enforced control and yet the people are finding creative ways to stand up and defy tyranny.

Finances may go through a dip or a reversal, issues with husbands or male partners may re -surface. Situations which were occurring around April may return. Saturn applies more restrictions, discipline and patience is required.

Keep in mind that Saturn is slowing down in Capricorn, we are feeling more tired and lethargic as work load appear to feel heavier and heavier – bad habits may return – best to not overburden yourselves or place too much excess pressure on yourselves at this time. It will get heavier before it gets lighter. Stay Calm. Situations will ease up after Oct 19th, When all planets are direct.

17 Sept – Sun in Virgo
Virgo Season begins as the Sun makes his annual journey through the sign of the maiden.Increase focus on practical affairs, routine, health, healing, service, creativity, mending things, getting the home in order, tangible results in business, steady gains and growth

16-17- 18 are delicate days for the Sun as it is in Sandhi, leaving one place and arriving at a new place. Avoid any major changes around here – Leo rising may feel this the most.

Full Moon Pisces : Water under the Bridge + Mercury Retrograde in Libra/Virgo
Chandra (Moon) reaches culmination in the nakshatra (star) of Uttara Bhadrapada, located from 3’20  -16’40 mins of Pisces. U. Bhadra is governed by Saturn, Pisces by Jupiter.
Mercury has just entered its home ground of Virgo, and will zoom through this earthy and practical sign over September, briefly dipping into Libra, before retrograding for three weeks on the 27th Sept – 19 oct.

Please stay tuned for a separate blog/video on this.

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Have a great month,
Stay safe and calm,

With love, Darinka x