Dec Celestial News – 2022 finale

Hey Cosmonauts!
What a year!

With the intense planetary war between Venus and Mars during Jan/Feb, where all planets were in two signs creating a very destructive Shula Yoga, triggering the war in Ukraine, all planets changing signs in April, ushering in a new ‘ Samvastara’ / Vedic New Year, we saw Jupiter move into its own sign of Pisces, the Lunar nodes shifting into Aries and Libra . Then we had the first Eclipse season, moving into retrograde season where Saturn retrograded back into Capricorn triggering a reversals and delays, particularly within organisations, families and government bodies.

Jupiter has been retrograde for the past 5 months and has just moved direct, so with the two great heavyweights now able to move forward in their own signs, we can take solid charge of our long term plans and move forward again, slowly and deliberately. Jupiter’s forward motion ensures good luck, blessings and opportunities.

Most recently we have experienced Venus’ descent into the underworld from Mid September as she has transitioned from morning to evening star, and being hidden (and burnt) by the sun, where she has lost much of her power, and with this, a revolution begins in Iran, specifically around women’s rights – which is a key Venusian theme.

Then we moved into the second eclipse season, which has just ended – Eclipses always reveal corruption at the most basic level, but also brings many hidden things (particularly within the psyche) to light especially if one is on the path of self development and growth.

Key Events for December:
> Mars retrograde
> Jupiter now direct
> Saturn direct
> Full Moon Taurus
> New Moon Sagittarus
> Sagittarius Season begins.
> Mercury retrograde 31 Dec

Mars is the only planet which is currently retrograde. It rules Scorpio and Aries, and can throw ones plans around. Mars reflects our desires and energy, so it is a time for reflection on issues such as anger, assertion and willpower – Mars is stronger when retrograde and his energy inverts, causing us to look within. It can be a very constructive time when we can harness the energy of the warrior and achieve great things. Mars will turn direct on the 13th of January.

Right now Venus is moving through the difficult gandanta zone between scorpio and Sagittarius, finalising the huge journey she has been on since mid sept. As she moves into Sag and away from the Sun, Venus regains her power and be restored to her former glory.

The past is not over for some relationships and a new beginning can unfold.

Sagittarius Season Begins

Between the 14th and the 17th, the sun will be changing signs, passing through the difficult gandanta zone -This junction between Scorpio and Sagittarius is the most intense and potent as this is aligned with the centre of the galaxy – a large black hole – planets passing through here move from the tamasic underworld of Scorpio, into the Sattivc and forward moving Sagittarius, where the cosmic person is transitioning from its animalistic instincts to human.

There can be a big churning of karmas here reflecting in different ways in peoples lives, depending on what is happening.

However, it is fortunately only a short transit, and the planets are largely unafflicted in Sag, with Jupiter shining brightly in Pisces, bestowing many blessings and support.

In general, when one is living in alignment with their soul, with nature, with the universe, then disruptions are like a gentle breeze on a vast lake… the greater the depth of a soul, the less the winds of Maya disturb.

Full Moon Taurus
Rohini – Rohana Shakti – The Power of Creation.

Moon is exalted in Taurus, so this reflects a certain degree of contentment, however it is joined by a retrograde Mars, charging and inflaming the situation. Rohini is a star connected to Prajapati, the lord of creation, it links us to wealth, abundance and material prosperity, but it also indicates a certain degree of jealousy and possessiveness. Moon/Mars contacts are passionate, which can go either way. It is a highly creative star – but we need to watch the retrograde Mars as this could create some explosive situations.

This is a good time to think about ones energy, assertiveness, expression of self, do you hold back to keep the peace or can you clearly and calmly ask for what you need, or sort it out for yourself without drawing another into your storm?

Moon and Mars can create a lot of drama, so try not to get involved. It can be difficult to stay calm – but it is your superpower!

Mercury Retrograde
Mercury will retrograde on the 31st of Dec- 19th Jan. It will very, very briefly kiss Capricorn before moving back into Sagittarius. It isnt the best place for Mercury as this can create big thinking and scatterd action. Not the time to plan for travels, or if you are (because its holiday sesason) please avoid travelling right on the days it stations and moved retro/direct – these dates are :

30/31/1 Dec/Jan & 18/19/20 Jan – Also, avoid travel on the Wed during the transit as this is Mercurys day and its energies are much stronger then! We get to look forward to some news report about lost luggage or stranded passengers on these days, but otherwise, plan ahead, give yourself heaps of time and don’t fit too many things in, and you’ll be right!

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Have a great month folks – Jan heralds BIG changes as Mars and Mercury will move direct on Jan 13 and 19th, respectively and Saturn, everyones favourite planet will move out of Capricorn and into the more democratic sign of Aquarius on Jan 18 …

Darinka x

Under A Vedic Sky – November Celestial Report

Hello Dear Readers …
Let’s look at the Key Themes for November …

We are right in the middle of eclipse season. Saturn is now direct, with Jupiter soon to follow. Mars has just turned retrograde, the Sun, Venus & Mercury move to Scorpio & the month ends with a deep, introspective Scorpio New Moon.

With many planets crossing Ketu (the south lunar node) the theme right now is about releasing, transforming and spiritualising. Situations at the moment highlight the need for deep change – be it a partnership, business, way of life – etc. The past is over, things cannot go back to the way they were.

Eclipse Season – The Aries/Libra polarity & dynamic is one of self/other – co-operation/competition – me/you – independence/dependance – mars/venus – passion / devotion .

As I have mentioned in previous posts, eclipse season is a time of illusions, heightens desires, unusual events, strange occurrences, snakes, shadowy behaviours, confused thinking, unexplained anxiety etc… it is a time to be very careful in mundane affairs and not to trust anything blindly as truths are often obscured right now. 

Libran folk are in the the thick of it with the partial solar eclipse having just occurred in the star Swati on the 25th of Oct. Big revelations and insights for some. Swati is wholly within Libra, ruled by Rahu who is currently in Aries

The Sun meets with Ketu exact between the 4-8th of Nov – crisis gives way to revelations, scandals are exposed further – we have already seen news such as the Star casino losing its Licence, issues within Brazilian elections, Kanye’s anti-semitic comments inciting a huge professional backlash, not to mention the Iranian Revolution. 

Leaders have little power now as corruption continues to be exposed and revealed. Ketu has no mercy and will cut, reject and separate. Expect to see significant changes in politics over the next 6 months, especially once Saturn moves to Aquarius in January.  The Sun will stay in Libra until the 17th- Take care between 15 -18 as the Sun changes clothes – there is very low energy to do mundane activities. Scorpio Season begins …

Full Moon Eclipse 8th Nov – 10:02 pm – Bharani ARIES – The power to take things away (Apabharani shakti)

This full moon ushers in new Beginnings – Yama is the ruling deity of this fierce and destructive yet highly creative star is the one who judges our karmas in between worlds after the soul has left the body – This star has strong connotations with death and rebirth, being ruled by Venus it is intimately connected to the current affairs in Iran – on a personal level we can look to see which areas of our life are being rebirthed.

This Eclipse is revealing and concealing – be super mindful about starting new relationships, offers, buying homes or making large financial commitments.

Aries Moon and Rising folk – there is great changes ahead for you – good or bad – handle the energy wisely.

Venus Combustion – Sept 10 – Nov 21st
Venus cnj Ketu Exact – 3/4/5 Nov

Divine Feminine Rising – We are witnessing the ongoing Iranian Protests – Venus’s journey through the underworld has coincided with the brutal killing of Mahsa Amisi, triggering a huge feminine revolution – in a region where women are among the most oppressed in the world.

Venus has been combust Surya for some time now (which I have covered in the last couple of blogs) adding to the general feeling of low energy and vitality at present. She has been going through a radical transformation and rebirth, which has been affecting partnerships, values and sense of worth & finances. The Past is over now and a new beginning can unfold. 

Venus reflects our attitudes to love, relationships and money – but on a deeper level she reflects our sense of Tastes, Values  & Refinement on the most subtle levels.

On  personal level, there is a great change occurring within partnerships and relationships. Many are waking up to reality, not always comfortable with what is being seen. Rejection, disillusionment, detachment and endings are a common manifestation of Ketu/Venus combinations. Wait till after the peak conjunction has passed and Venus moves to Scorpio on the 12/13th to make any decisions.

Mars Now Retrograde – Oct. 31st – Jan 13

Mars begins his bi-annual retrograde at the end of the month. Heads up for Aries and Scorpio moon and risings – expect some reversals, frustrations, confusion in direction, possible health issues and thwarted plans. Mars has an unusual retrograde as he is currently at 1 degree of Gemini moving back to Taurus where he will stay for quite a while. This is called Ati Vakri, a more unsettled transit due to the conflict of elements. Expect the unexpected and most importantly stay calm – Practicing the Pause is a wonderful thing.

In Taurus, Mars retrograde highlights conflicts and issues around money & wealth, food & land security, resources, family & comforts.

Mars retrograde can intensify already frustrating situations so we all need to take care and avoid taking rash thoughtless decisions. This energy can trigger sudden and violent actions & impatience. In his highest expression Mars is the Sacred Warrior of Light who fights for Dharma, to protect and to right wrongs where there has been transgressions of the Sacred Balance

Jupiter Direct – A Return of Faith

Jupiter Direct in Pisces can now give his blessings and abundance! 

Jupiter will cast his 3rd aspect on Scorpio and Cancer folk as well as his 7th aspect on Virgo. This is a time where long term plans in regards to partnerships (marriage) Learning, Education, Teachers/gurus etc can move forward. Jupiter is the good luck aspect in our lives – in Pisces, Jupiter here can assist us to find the right wisdom to make the right choices in alignment with the Laws of Nature and our own Dharma. 
This transit will open up more opportunities, abundance and blessings.

New Moon 24th Nov 9:57am – Anuradha SCORPIO – The gives the power of worship (Radhana shakti).

A deep and volatile new moon, Mars will be retrograde and aspecting 4 planets in Scorpio – However Jupiter is casting a supportive trine from Pisces ensuring that we can act with wisdom and allow ourselves to permeate the great celestial ocean, to deep dive into our psyche and find the hidden pearls – when in deep water, become a diver! Moon will pass through gandanta on the 25th where we have the opportunity to let things go – an emotionally unsettled time for sensitive folks, be aware to not plan too much around this time. 

October Starry Times – A Matter of Balance : Eclipse Season Begins | Mars Retrograde + more …

Hello Dear Readers,

… And happy navaratri – we are in the middle of the 9 nights of the goddess (26/27 Sept – 4/5 Oct. Also known as Durga Puja – a festival celebrating 9 different forms of Mother Goddess. Every year in the hindu lunar month Ashwini (Sept-Oct) on the first day (pratipada) of the bright lunar fortnight, Sharada Navaratri is celebrated. There are 4 in a year, however the ones in spring and autumn are most commonly celebrated.

Each night celebrates a different avatar of Durga. The 9 nights culminate on Vijayadashami or Dusshera, the 10th night, which honours Durga’s victory over the buffalo demon Mahishasura.

These nine nights are time to fast, meditate, cleanse and pray, to connect with Devi, to reflect on the power of Shakti, the divine feminine, as all that is manifest in this known world. The goddess as creator and destroyer, as a lover and a mother – in all her forms the great Mahadevi takes part in all aspects of our lives.

Durga slaying Mahishasura

October sees some significant turning points, the most notable being: 

Mercury, planet of intelligence and communication ends its third retrograde for the year, Saturn, planet of karma and discipline, moves direct, ending his annual retrograde which began on — and Mars, planet of courage and competition begins his retrograde, an event which occurs once every 2 years.

Venus, planet of love, relationships and finances is combust and debilitated and will stay very close to the Sun in an unusually long tango until 21st of November.
Right now she is debilitated which is what is contributing to the general unsteadiness in the worlds financial markets right now. On top of that,  Jupiter who is also connected to wealth, is currently retrograde in its own sign, so, whiles strong, is not giving its full support. 

Oct. 3 – Mercury Direct 

Mercury moves direct on the 3rd. So, everything is your own fault again!  Avoid planning travels on that day, or some kind of event, it could be challenging or difficult with delays, obstacles etc. Mercury will speed up and resume its normal direction after the 5th. After then Mercury can shine in his brilliance – exalted mercury is good for business, planning, intelligent thinking and communication. A good time to have an important meeting or conversation at work or with your partner.

Oct. 10th – Full Moon Pisces – Revati 7:55am
Kshiradyapani shakti – The power of nourishment

This full moon is in the soft and watery sign of pisces. Jupiter, its ruler is also in Pisces, at home giving great strength, but it is retrograde, (until Nov 23), so there is some underlying insecurity. Mercury opposite in Virgo, exalted but also with Venus who is debilitated & combust. Dramas in relationships may be heightened, excess water (pisces, moon, venus – as we are seeing with the floods in Florida and a 3rd La Niña in the pacific) – may trigger irrationalism and big feels, personally. Overall it is positive, good for self care, nourishing self, others, your relationships.

Revati is a soft and gentle star ruled by mercury. It falls wholly in pisces, sign of Jupiter, who is currently at home in Pisces but retrograde. Mercury sits opposite, exalted in its own sign Virgo. This moon is well supported despite the retrograde Jupiter. Revati is governed by Pushan, a deity connected to cows and land animals. He protects and guides, he is wealthy and kind. This day favours journeys as Pushan offers protection for travellers, from getting lost, or help in recovering lost items. a good day for marriage and all kinds of ceremonies. 

A good time for smart investments but do be careful. Warren Buffet – one of the world’s richest businesses men has this combination (deb venus and exalted merc) in his 10th house – he is quite simple in the way he spends his wealth. For him, debilitated Venus shows up as not making unnecessary purchases and spending on practical things. For example, he still lives in the same house he bought, some 30 years ago.

Venus Combust & Debilitated

Geocentric orbit of Venus around earth every 8 years

Venus is in transition right now as she is she is burnt by the Sun. This is called Combustion. She is also debilitated in Virgo, where her soft, gentle and compassionate energies find it difficult to express under the intellectual and mercurial earth sign, who demands the who whys and wherefore’s of romance.

Practicalities of life dominate, relating becomes a chore,  the mind cannot understand the mysteries of the heart, the chaos of love and the sweet surrender of devotion. In Virgo, Venus falls into situations which enhance criticism, nitpicking and an intellectual approach to matters of the heart. 

When Venus flies too close to the sun she becomes combust – this year it began mid September. Every 1.8 years, Venus moves from being the morning to evening star, which is part of her greater ‘synodic cycle’ – 584 days. She is Morning star for 263 days before she disappears (in a long combustion with the Sun) for about 50 days, before emerging as the Evening star – for another 263 days, where she dips below the horizon, emerging 8 days later as the morning star again. 

Right now she is moving from morning to evening star and is invisible for 50 days of the whole process.  On the 19th, Venus moves to her own sign of Libra, which should improve some siutations.

What this means on a personal level is that Venus is going through a major rebirth. If you are a Taurus or Libra rising or Moon then this is a significant transition for you – Any relationships that are rocky and troublesome may breakup, others may delve into the necessary work as each individual has the opportunity to transform themselves and elevate their relating. Combust venus can also lead one to making the wrong choices with partnerships. Singles may meet a significant person (also due to eclipse season in Libra/Aries).

Venus is value and worth, so this relates to self worth and the way one may feel about themselves /what they accept in a partner. Venus is the key planet to study for the financial markets, as well as Jupiter and Mercury – with 2 out of 3 of these planets being challenged at present, this reflects with the markets as well. But like all cycles, it is temporary, so avoid making drastic decisions now. 

Oct. 18th – Sun moves to Libra, Debilitated

Surya will make his annual transit to Libra, its weakest transit. Leo’s rising and moon may feel this for the month. Usually it can affect health. Sun is vitality and immunity, when weak and challenged, especially during the eclipse time, it can trigger health issues – this may be a build up of taking the body for granted and then it has enough – be sure to maintain a routine and if possible, follow the principles of Ayurveda. Relationships are highlighted, as we will have Venus in Libra too.

Oct. 23 – Saturn’s Turning Point – Direct

Ye olde Saturn, the taskmaster and lord of Justice, Time and Karma – has been retrograde since the 5th of June. This month he is slowing down to move direct on the 23rd. This means if you are Capricorn/Aqaurius dominant, or running a Saturn MD (mahadasa) you may feel extra sluggish, slow, tired, drained or confused. Rest assured, Saturn will be moving forward again and things can resume their usual pace, but it can’t be rushed. Saturn’s name in sanskrit is Shani – meaning the slow one. 

Saturn is currently hovering at 24° of Capricorn. When Saturn touches us, he is releasing old karma, this may come in the form of a difficult person or situation or something unavoidable that must be dealt with, a time to step up and assume responsibility.

Do you have any planets sidereally @ 24 ° of Capricorn? What is currently going on in your life ?

Oct 25th – Eclipse Season begins – Partial Solar eclipse in Libra 

Another round of the shadow planets Rahu and Ketu creating their Māyā play with us, with our mind and soul, the sun and moon. This month Sun and Venus approach Ketu. Ketu is the principle of rejection, moksha, spirituality, liberation and detachment. Currently in Libra, these themes are likely playing out in various ways specifically within relationships. Spiritualising or rejecting / detaching from them. Some significant partnerships may be dissolving now as deceit, or lies may be starting to come to light.

As Venus approaches Ketu, you can expect some past partners to rock up, even past life partners – this isn’t always a good thing! But then again, it might be.

Rahu and Ketu conceal and reveal. It is always important to be aware of eclipse season and the new people that may come into your life – especially if it feels magical, incredible, otherworldly – be aware, strong karmic forces are usually at work, which, after the eclipse period, start to come undone as reality kicks in. Or you may find yourself stuck in something that is less than desirable and difficult to get out of.

A solar eclipse is during new moon, a lunar eclipse is during full moon. From the 11th (just after the full moon) we begin the 2 week shadow period before the eclipse. Keep in mind this time period between 11 Oct – 22nd of Nov is the eclipse window – In general, avoid buying a new car, starting new relationships, signing contracts, or making big financial decisions. If it is possible, wait. Especially on and around the eclipse days : 25th Oct and 8th Nov, plan to lay low, meditate, take day off, clean, potter, stay inside, fast, withdraw. Good time for all spiritual actives, not do good for material things. 

Oct 25th – New Moon – 9:49pm – Libra – Swati 
Pradhvamsa shakti – The power to scatter like the wind

Lord Vayu, deity of Swati Nakshatra

New moon Libra.
Solar Eclipse.
Sun debilitated. Venus Combust

Is there a “need” to be surrounded by people, friends, groups … Can you be alone and be happy? Or does the discomfort of loneliness creep in and become unbearable? Libra is the sign of partnership but part of the lesson is about having the courage to be alone and not depend on the company of others to alleviate the inability to be with oneself. Being with others out of joy and the spirit of giving rather than lack makes all the difference. 

Swati nakshatra is ruled by Lord Vayu – god of air, wind, prana. Its power is to scatter like the wind, and gives the freedom to travel on the winds in all the worlds. Swati can be scattered, diffuse and restless, which can be destructive as well. Ruled by Rahu who is in Aries, this new moon is likely to highlight the disparity between self and others, me and you, my needs and your needs.

The mind gets confused. What if relationships are not just about fulfilling needs? What if its ok to love someone and they don’t always ‘get’ you? What if hyper~individuality is a trauma response? What if there *is* healthy dependence? Is it possible to experience devotion without feeling suffocated? and, lastly is the feeling of suffocation really a sign that something is wrong with your relationship? There is always more to know about oneself.

Libra is also connected to business. When Surya is fallen here, one may engage with others only if it is profitable in some way- if the other can benefit them.

Is this love or a transaction? Things to think about during Libra Season. 

Oct. 31st – Jan 13 –  Mars Retrograde in Taurus

Mars, the warrior planet is up to some shenanigans for a while – entering its bi-annual retrograde at the end of the month. Heads up for Aries and Scorpio moon and risings – expect some reversals, frustrations, confusion in direction, possible health issues and thwarted plans. 

Mars is anger, aggression and ego, you may find your shadow side rear an ugly head or two at this time, if your relationship to mars isn’t healthy. A time to Pull your head in, practice humility, courageousness and co-operation over competition. Anger usually Aries when something appears to block our path – always opportunities to notice one’s reactions and find a more constructive pathway.

Taurus is about money, security, land, food, wealth, resources, family, speech, comforts and luxuries. We will be seeing issues arise in regards to these issues, particularly around food security, as wild weathers impact agriculture – will agribiz ever decide to support local, community based farms instead of toxic farming practices? Mars is having a very long transit in Taurus.

Usually Mars travels a sign in about 8-10 weeks. This time, Mars has been in taurus since 21 August, will dip into Gemini 16 Oct – 11 Nov, then retrograde into Taurus, staying there until 13th of March 2023!! A very long time. A very significant time for Taurus Rising and Moon signs. Take care of sudden accidents, burns and careless mistakes.

Globally we may see tensions rise as Saturn moves toward Aquarius, the reactions between those in power and those oppressed but hat power will increase, for example as we are seeing in Iran. There is a necessary anger which is needed to mobilise and fight for Dharma, for righteousness, just as Goddess Durga slayed the demon Mahishasura, symbol of ignorance, greed and selfishness.

Have a good month and remember, calm is your superpower!
Love, Darinka


September Starry Times – Mercury Retrograde, Venus Combustion

Hello Star Seekers 👋🏼 ✨

We are now in Retrograde season, Sun is bright and happy in its own sign Leo, although Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde they are in their own signs as well as Mercury. Energy is strong and supportive even though there are hiccups on the way. You may notice that certain elements of your life, are in place. There may be a feeling of being at ‘home’ in certain areas of your life. Mercury is slowing down to go retrograde Mars has begun its long stay in the earthy and resource focused sign of Taurus and the moon will reach purnima on the 10th in Aquarius, and a new moon in Virgo on the 26th

Well, as you might know by now, retrograde energies are when a planet appears brighter in they sky, their motion, (as viewed from our perspective on earth) is backward, unusual or erratic. Depending on the planet and its significations, a number of frustrating or unpredictable situations may arise!

September sees 3 planets retrograde.
For writing purposes, I use the abbreviation of rx to refer to retrograde. Rx planets affect how the Pancha mahabhutas – The 5 Great Elements work through us. The elements are not in their usual state and thus we may not be thinking/acting clearly and find ourselves in trouble by committing to something that may not have our full consideration. This is why, for example, during Jupiter retrograde, it is not good to get married, as we would want consistency, stability and trust in our partnerships. 

Saturn is rx in its own sign of Capricorn. Saturn rules the Vayu Tattva which is the Air element. It casts its drishti , (aspect, gaze) upon the 3rd, 7th and 10th signs from itself. This means that Pisces, Cancer and Libra feel Saturn’s influence. Saturn’s impact is generally limiting, constricting, causing delays and obstacles.

When retrograde, there can be too many commitments which suddenly pile up, too much work and not enough rest, one’s responsibilities feel burdensome, pressures, limitations and delays which may seem overwhelming – on the positive side saturn rx gives us the opportunity to re structure our lifestyles so we can live in greater harmony instead of always forcing the ego’s desires onto things, by being forced to surrender and let go a little bit, we develop greater patience, which is one of Saturn’s major lessons.

Jupiter governs Akash Tattva which is the space element. He is currently rx in its own sign Pisces. Jupiter casts his drishti upon the 5th, 7th and 9th signs from itself. This means Guru blesses Cancer, Virgo and Scorpio. Jupiter’s impact is expansive, optimistic, ‘feel good factor’, providing opportunities and growth.

When retrograde, there can be a sense of over- expansiveness, unwise investments, over-optimism, taking the wrong advice, having unrealistic and ungrounded actions which lack form and structure. One can get stuck in over promising and under delivering. Jupiter can lack boundaries as it seeks the ultimate truths of things. Jupiter also relates to male partners, teachers, mentors and gurus – there may be issues with your relationships with these people in your life.

Mercury governs the Privthi Tattva, which is the earth element. Mercury will be retrograde & exalted, in Virgo. Mercury will only aspect its opposite sign, in this case Pisces. Mercury’s impact is liminal, ‘he’ is a eunuch, seen as somewhat genderless and thus takes on the qualities of where he is placed. Mercury governs our intellect, rational thinking, details, organisation, planning, routines, business, adaptability, transport, computers, electronics and the nervous system

When retrograde, many of our practical aspects of life get muddled. You may feel more forgetful, absentminded, scattered or confused, things get lost, lost things get found. Electronic devices randomly stop working. Crashes, glitches, lost passwords. Situations arise which can de-stabilise our foundations. We may be feeling unsupported and need to take care during these times as the energies are not stable, we are more likely to make mistakes and take bad judgements. 

Check your own charts and see if your rising or moon are ruled by these planets – or are there are a number of planets in any of these signs ruled by these planets?

What is currently happening in your own life?
Have you noticed particular changes/reversals around retrograde times?

Mercury is slowing down now, having entered its ‘retroshade’ – period before it goes rx on the 10th of Sept for 3 weeks until the 2nd of October.  October is an interesting month as we will see the ending of Saturn’s rx for the year, but the start of Mars biennial (every 2 years) rx – this year, in the sign of Taurus. 

Rx times are excelled for revision, reflection, reviewing, cleaning, clearing, taking old projects off the shelf and finishing old tasks. Back up your devices and take care of your electronics (esp with mercury). Often people from the past return in some way – you may hear from an old friend, or an ex lover re appears, or you might find your mind wandering to the good old days’ and feeling nostalgic.

3 Rx planets in Sept means we need to take extra care and tread carefully. 

Things are unlikely to go exactly as you want, so plan ahead for delays, setbacks, cancellations and obstacles. In particular around the days 9-10-11 Sept and 1,2,3 of October. Try not to force your agenda. If you must do something, give yourself plenty of space and time and avoid putting all the burdens and pressures on yourself.

This can be a time of burnout and over commitment. It is best to avoid beginning any new projects, signing contract or making major purchases/investments until the retrograde planet has moved forward and is at its usual speed. 

Venus has just transitioned from Cancer to Leo, passing through the knotty gandanta zone – this may have stirred up emotional turbulence and insecurity for some. However in Leo, Venus can shine bright and celebrate. It is generally a good transit as Venus can be very creative, playful and light. A good time for romance, self care and group/community activities.

Venus Combustion ~ Descent into the underworld
On the 14th of Sept Venus begins to approach 10° of the Sun, transitioning from morning star to evening star, symbolically making her descent into ‘the underworld’. This was always seen as a very important transit by many cultures around the world in particular the Maya who p[laced great importance on the cycles of Venus.

The whole journey lasts from 14 Sept – 3 Dec with the peak conjunction occurring 21 – 25th October. This is known as combustion where the energy of the planet is absorbed by the Sun.

Venus signifies finances, relationships and spouse/partner. Sun/Venus combinations can be challenging for relationships – Sun is Fire, Venus is Water – Venus dries up, so we must watch our affairs especially in love, this could be a time of separations or affairs Health and financial issues could peak at this time too especially if you are Libra or Taurus Rising or Moon. It is important to watch excessive indulgences, desires & addictions at this time, risky financial investments and unwise relationship entanglements.

Chanting 108x on the Mala on Friday can help pacify the negative effects of this transit.

Shukra Beej Mantra “द्रांद्रींद्रौंसःशुक्रायनमः / oṃ drāṃ drīṃ drauṃ saḥ śukrāya namaḥ”

 Shukra – Guru of the Asuras

The Full Moon will fall on the 10th of Sept in Aquarius in the nakshatra Purva Bhadra Pada, the star of personal transformation, on the same day that mercury stations to go retrograde – it will be a challenging day so plan ahead to keep it simple with little plans as possible – defiantly avoid travelling on this day and the days surrounding if you can. 

The New Moon will fall on the 26th of Sept in Virgo in the nakshatra Uttara Phalguni – the star of patronage and marriage. It is a complicated moon as it joins debilitated and combust Venus, and a retrograde Mercury. These are a complex mix of very ungrounded energies so plan ahead as well for these days and avoid any important events. Best for deep meditation, retreat, silence and solitude – quiet time, candles, ghee lamps etc!

Tune in to my weekly podcast to get detailed insights on the moon and other important events and make sure to follow me on IG @darinkamaja for regular content.

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Have a great month folks and thanks for reading !
x ~ dm ❣️

August Starry Times – Jupiter Retrograde, Mars Rahu Volatility, Leo Season begins

Hey Star Travellers –
Another month rolls on and now we enter August. What can we expect?

Mars Rahu Uranus Conjunctions 1-3 August
August starts with intensity, passion, volatility and fire – The heat which has been smouldering throughout July reaches its zenith on the 2nd, as Mars moves into exact conjunction with Rahu and Uranus at 24° Aries in the star Bharani. 

If you have planets within 13°20’ – 26°40 of Aries, then this has been a significant time of changes and potential upheavals for you. Uranus, the great awakener and  revolutionary moved into this section of Aries on 17 Feb 2021, with Rahu joining in on the 14th of June 2022. 

Some people may have barely noticed this, while others may be feeling it acutely. This will be if you have major planets such as moon, mars, sun or Saturn here, or your chart ruler.

Bharani links to the power of creation, its symbol is a Yoni, it is ruled by Venus and its ruling deity is Yama – It is a very hot star due to the Mars/Venus vibration. This star carries the energy and power to cleanse and remove impurities. It is known as Krura, a fierce and severe star, with a primary motivation towards Artha-  creation of wealth and prosperity.

Rahu & Mars  create ‘Angarak Yoga’ – which is commonly associated with extreme events, weather patterns, increased violence and aggression. Mars casts its 4th aspect on Cancer affecting peace in the home and heart, the 7th house of relationships and the 8th house of unexpected change, trauma and crisis. This combination lasts until 10th August, when mars finally moves into Taurus. Added to this is a square aspect from retrograde Saturn in Capricorn, adding greater pressure to an already tense situation.

Mars and Rahu is not a favourable conjunction in vedic astrology, simply because Rahu is desire, illusions, shadows, taboo, smoke, chaos, fantasy and restlessness, and mars is all that is fierce, fiery and passionate – these two together, in Aries, home territory of Mars, can be highly destructive, violent, sexual, volatile, unpredictable and explosive – increasing the potential for risky & impulsive behaviour, leading to regrets later. 

Vedantic and Yogic thought teaches us that excess desires leads to sorrow and further bondage on the wheel of samsara; the seeker should always question oneself, the source of desire, following the threads of the eternal I, the one who is the questioner … It is not that we should ignore our desires, but to really understand their presence in our lives to avoid being dictated by the lower mind.

Please take care this week, on the roads, at home and with your loved ones. Avoid risky and impulsive behaviour, curb your tongue and leave arguments at the door. Mars is ego, if you must engage in a debate, work to find what is right rather then who is right. Triggers are likely to be pushed this week! A wonderful time for critical self analysis.

Venus moves to Cancer – 6-7th August

A short transit where Venus moves into the gentle and nurturing sign of Cancer. Venus and Moon are friendly with each other – after the intensity of Mars aspecting Cancer, some gentleness and understanding will be much appreciated. A good time for romance and dates, some may feel the desire for family stimulated during this transit.

We are about a month and a half away from Venus’ descent into the underworld where she will move from morning star to evening star. As Venus approaches 10° of the Sun she enters combustion where she is no longer visible and becomes burnt. This is an important transit affecting Taurus and Libra folk the most (Sept 14- Dec 1) – Issues with jealousy, relationships, finances, self worth and values arise – Any planet passing through the Sun has the opportunity to transform in the spiritual fire – More on this in the next blog.

12 – Full Moon Capricorn @– 11:36am – Dhanistha 

A sombre full moon where our responsibilities, duties and realities may seem all too in- your -face.
Not to fear.

This full moon falls in Capricorn, conjunct a retrograde Saturn, opposite Sun in Cancer, with Venus in early degrees. Saturn is facing us with timely karmic situations to deal with, delays and setbacks. Things don’t need to follow your plan, let go of the reins a little?

Moon and Saturn in Dhanistha invites a realistic view of your life, resources and wealth – aspecting Venus can indicate strain or tension in relationships, but perhaps a more grounded view on why you are together – what is your greater purpose? Venus is also our self worth – we accept the love we think we deserve… something to ponder.

Dhanistha is the star of rhythm, the symbols are a flute and shiva’s drum, the Damaru, connected the creation and regulation of the Universe – a reminder to empty ourselves to be filled with the songs of great spirit, after all, we are only here for some years and go back to the stars – with what? How much closer can we get to the Supreme Reality/Great Spirit/God?

Dhanistha is ruled by the 8 Vasus – elemental forces of Nature : Sun, Moon, Earth, Fire, Pole Star, Air, Sky and Space, it is a powerful star connected to spiritual wealth and abundance, but often denotes struggles with marriages and relationships. 

17th – Sun moves to Leo – Leo Season begins!

The sun moves into its own sign for the next 30 days – a positive and uplifting time to shine, celebrate, and express yourselves creatively. Ego and use of personal power can be observed – A good leader is one who knows how to inspire and connect with the people. Check where Leo is in your chart to see how the Sun will impact you. 

27th – New Moon Leo – Magha.

The new moon of august falls in in the heart of Leo in the star Magha – It is ruled by Ketu, the south node. It is a fierce and cruel star. Many spiritual people have Magha activated in their charts as it represents large hearted and generous traits. Magha means mighty or great, and indicates courage, nobility and royalty.

Magha is ruled by the Pitris who are said to be the ancestral spirits who were the progenitors of the human race – This new moon is a time for withdrawal, refection and contemplation on those who have lived and are now in the spirit worlds. It is a time for withdrawing into the self and perhaps creating a little ceremony for those who have passed on. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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June Starry Times – Retrograde Season Begins!

Hey Psychonauts,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am writing a separate blog on Saturn in Aquarius :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May Starry Times – Lunar Eclipse, Mercury Retrograde & More

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

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

Key Dates :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go easy during this time – all will be well

Venus Exalted in Pisces, Jupiter @ Home 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We are in Transition Now.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gemini and Virgo ruled folk are most affected.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jupiter Moves to Pisces – 14

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Understanding Gandanta Crossings:

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

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

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

Cancer to Leo
Moon : 12 April

Scorpio to Sagittarius
Moon : 20 April

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

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Take it easy,
With Love,
Darinka x

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

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

Commenting on this verse, Bala Bhadra says that :

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

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

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

Source: Jyotish : Parashar Code of Prediction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Live Simply

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

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

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

5. Donate, work, fast and meditate on Saturdays

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

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

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

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

Love, Darinka