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

Full Moon Dream

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

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

Jupiter, Venus, Love and Healing

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

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

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

Full Moon Vibrations

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


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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading, happy full moon!
Hari Om X

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

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

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

Full Moon Aquarius 26.8.18


Today it is Full Moon again, this time occurring in Aquarius. This moon is bright, illuminating, healing, grounding and electric. In jyotish, Aquarius is ruled by Saturn and Rahu – the north node of the moon. Western astrologers always knew there was something a little extra about this eccentric sign, and assigned it to Uranus.

What can we expect?

This full moon may be a good time to reflect on your relationship to your family and roots. Can it be improved? If so, how? What can we learn from each-other, despite apparent broad differences? Are we really so different, once you get past superficialities?
Retrograde Saturn is still connecting us to complex past life karmas that are currently manifesting. Our families connect us to our genetic memories, that are passed through dna and genes – the storehouses of our karmas and generational stories – What narrative is ready to end? What needs to complete and resolve? What is the next chapter?

This Aquarius full moon brings bright illumination, giving a birds’ eye view over the last few months of retrogrades, triple eclipse and the complex yet juicy mashing of planetary forces.
It is occurring at 7 degrees of Aquarius, in the nakshatra (star) of Satabhishak. The name translates as a 100 healers and has a special connection to herbs and healing. There is always a little mystery surrounding this particular nakshatra due to its complex, illusive, yet strongly humanitarian tone. This particular star expresses the energies of saturn/rahu – it can be obsessive over its sense of duty.

People appear to go a little crazy on full moon, not because the moon has tiny beings playing with us like puppets, but because what needs to be purified in the consciousness is illuminated –
Full moon is when the light of the Sun (soul) illuminates and enlightens the ignorance/darkness the Moon; mind: emotions, thoughts feelings.
We can see our darkness and illusions for what they are; shadows — so don’t run away from them.
As human beings we all have a mix of sinner and saint, light, dark, good, bad – use this full moon to appreciate how far you have come, and humbly acknowledge the unknown ahead — choose your battles wisely.

What’s all this esoterica?

The human being is a microcosm of the macrocosm – the entire universe exists in us – we are soul, we are also mind, we are human but we are also divine. Our truth is not the comings and goings of the mind, they reflect our impressions and experiences in the world, but it is not who we are – our reality is far deeper and richer than the endless manifestations of the mind – This is why yoga and all the eastern traditions are all centred around managing, understanding and working with the mind, to provide the least obstruction for the full potential for the soul to express itself. When our inner sun and moon are in harmony, we are in alignment – things flow. When it is not in harmony, we are at war with ourselves and those around us. The elements that pulse within our bodies (fire earth air and water) are out of sync with the fifth element, our soul, leading to imbalances and potential illness in our mind, body and spirit. Indigenous healers around the world know that all illness first starts in the subtle energy bodies first, in order for it to manifest in the physical dimension.

OK, that’s too out there and esoteric, I don’t get it!

Never mind 😉

Be fabulously you, ride the Full Moon Light waves and know that you’re living in a great mystery that does not need to be solved. Enjoy the turning of the seasons, whatever hemisphere you are living on. Most importantly, go home and love your family, whoever they are to you.

Much Love,

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

The Starry Times: Reflections on Retrograde


So it’s true, the word is out, mercury is out of retrograde, the eclipse season is over, a few planets are still retrograde but all will be moving direct by early September. Now is a time to breathe some sighs of relief as the breakdowns lead to breakthroughs, revealing new and forgotten patterns, tools and insights to weave yet another layer of your own personal tapestry.

Mercury went direct in Cancer on August 19th
Sun is currently strong and bright in it’s own sign of Leo.
Mars goes direct in Capricorn soon on August 27th
Saturn goes direct in Saggitarius on September 6th
(Outer planets are important but currently outside of today’s blog)

What is retrograde anyway?

Retrograde means the planets appear to move backward. It is an optical illusion caused by the movement of the orbits of planets respective to our position on Earth. They appear brighter in the sky. Their energies have a stronger magnetic and gravitational effect on us. If we think in terms of vibration, frequency and energy, cosmic forces make more sense.

From my observations and experiences over these potent few months, retrograde planets conjure opportunities to slow down and reflect upon various aspects of our lives. The eclipses served to reveal secrets and hidden agendas/elements. This combination is what many have been calling a portal – and rightly so. Mars has been super strong in Capricorn, sign of exaltation, riding Ketu, the south node of the moon opposing mercury conjunct Rahu, the north node, while Saturn has been channeling and focussing Mars’s energy in the expansive and philosophical sign of Sagittarius. With both heavyweights retrograde it has been a frustrating, potentially explosive, yet powerfully transformative few months. The Sun moved through Cancer, conjoining a retrograde mercury, eclipsed by Rahu. opposing Mars… etc etc, you get it! Without going into more astro jargon – It has all been full on time for many. When the nature of challenges are not fully understood, everything might feel like it is falling apart – the point is that it’s meant to. The more out of sync with your deeper realities + truths, the greater the challenges can seem to be. Sometimes what you are asking for is on the other side of the breakdown. These times have invited us to trust and keep things super simple as we discover deepest roots and stratums of our lives, ourselves, and of course, the world we live in. Going through a portal requires slowing down & letting go.

Retrograde implies the gradual slowing down and reversal of situations, which can come as quite a shock to some people. It can feel immensely frustrating when things don’t appear to go the way we want them. Communications get muddled or lost entirely, we feel misunderstood, or travel plans go awry, yet our thinking can become more insightful and intuitive (Mercury). Impulses, desires and energies (ego) get thwarted and fights are more likely, yet we can also yield to the delays and perform with greater diligence and focus (Mars). Delays, setbacks and complicated, karmic situations come up demanding our attention and discipline, yet we can surrender to the pressure and allow ourselves to be transformed in the process, like a diamond, basking in the satisfaction of a job well done. (Saturn) – See my post : Diamond Vision.  Perhaps our faiths, beliefs and sources of knowledge and wisdom are questioned (Jupiter).
Whatever planet is retrograding, it’s significations will be highlighted. While it won’t affect everyone in the same way, everyone is affected in some way. I have found positive solace in knowing that the backward energies that have been occurring over the last few months during winter here in Australia have been a fruitful time to go quietly within and dive deep. Personally I have felt quite peaceful, with stresses rising when I try to push an agenda too strongly, but have mostly been learning how to be of greater support those around me that have been going through it. For me the art of listening and conversation has been a hot topic.

These planetary energies have created space for the unknown, dreamtime, oceanic depths, journey into a deep forest, the waiting, gestation, ideation, meditation, stillness, accepting not knowing, resting, growing…

Reflect, Reimagine, Reinvent…

The last few months have not been the best time to begin new things. Though for some there has been no other choice. It has been a good time to get things in order, Karmic situations from the past that were left undone have come back forcing us to step back and check in with the way we have been moving forward. Is it the direction you want to go? Is this the person you want to be? Is this the state of mind you want to live with? How can you change what you want to change? What was not working becomes apparent as old situations are revisited and perhaps have required a complete overhaul. We may feel exposed as our flaws, vulnerabilities, and fragile humanity become all too obvious.

The foundation of my philosophy is that one’s emotional reactions and responses to the world are reflections of our inner relationship to self. It’s not about being bad, or subscribing to phrases such as “If you see someone is selfish, that means you are selfish”.
It’s more about looking at how we treat ourselves and aspects of ourselves. If you don’t like how someone treats you, what about how you treat yourself? As the way you treat others is a direct reflection of your relationship to yourself. What about the inner voice you ignore, dismiss and don’t listen to? If rejection is a theme in your life, how do you reject aspects of you? What if you experience abandonment, shame, judgement or hatred? What aspects of your nature do you feel ashamed about? Do you feel that if you speak your truth you will be rejected or judged? Do you hate the way your body feels, or the way you do a particular thing?

‘scuse the language, but it’s true 😉

If you constantly feel victimised by life and feel misunderstood by the people around you, then there is a good chance that there are unresolved emotional issues worthwhile exploring.
Conversely, also reflect on all the love, beauty and joy there is in your life, that comes in many forms, from friends, family, co-workers, clients, animals, children, your own heart – Focus on that. Be grateful for what you have. From there you can find the deep strength to move through and unravel habits/patterns/situations that no longer serve.

Reflect on your own attitudes you have created within yourself. What is your internal narrative? Even if it is a kernel of hatred, contempt, or a dismissive attitude, it exists in you and therefore it exists in reality. What you see outside, is actually a projection of your story. The truth is, that we all carry these emotions, states, feelings. The difference lies in how we act upon and project those impulses outwardly.

“If there is no enemy within, there is no enemy without”
The change start in you; in us.

While we may not be able to control our circumstances, our true power lies in exercising our free will where can control our thoughts, emotions and actions. The quality of our thinking reflects in the quality of our choices. The is the most basic starting point to self awareness.

I hope that the retrograde and eclipse season has shed light and revealed deeper insights, inspiring positive internal shifts, fostering a deeper awareness. I think happiness is not a place to arrive, but an internal attitude that can be cultivated, regardless of circumstances. It begins with total acceptance of self and life, warts and all.

Much Love,

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

Blood Moon + More – Lunar Eclipse: Rhythm & Dance 28.7.18


The month of August brings many things to a head. Sun is transiting Cancer, meeting Rahu (north node of moon) and a retrograde Mercury. Retrograde Mars is conjoined Ketu with a full moon lunar eclipse and Saturn is still retrograde until early September.
It has been a big, big month already for many around the world – health issues, deaths, suicides, change of job/working situations, finances, relationship stresses as well as being stuck in tricky, backward and karmic situations all creating their fair share of frustrations and delays.

Life may be feeling a little less than peachy and I would say this month is one to gather your energies, go even deeper to your centre, your inner spring, your place of silence and sanctity. It is a powerful time of gestation, growth, introspection, dreaming and vision seeking. Things that feel old and lingering will have an opportunity to reveal deeper understanding and completions. Come September much will have shifted, lifted and the skies will clear.  Fresh perspectives and insights occur. Smooth Sailing over Choppy seas.

Let’s try and understand whats happening from a higher perspective and gain some insights on how to cruise through the rest of July and August.

Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse 28/7


The major event happening this week is the total Lunar eclipse on the 28th July (Aust) This eclipse is happening in the sidereal sign of Capricorn and will be right in between Ketu (the south node of the moon) and Mars.
It is also the longest lunar eclipse of the 21st Century, lasting for a total of 1 hour and 43 mins.

Eclipses are generally inauspicious events. Symbolically, the dragon is swallowing the lights, eclipsing the Sun(soul) and Moon (mind) – The effects are felt mostly on a psychic and psychological level. Eclipses disturb the mind and thinking processes. This lunar eclipse is most challenged due to the hemming of natural malefic planets as well as an emotional, retrograde mercury adding confusion.

In India, full moon is known as Guru Purnima – The sun and moon are exactly opposite. The light of the Sun; soul/consciousness illuminates the darkness/ignorance of the Moon; mind. This is the essence of Jyotish – Vedic Astrology – Jyoti – Light, Jyotish : the study of Light.

It is light that teaches us. A Guru is simply someone who is a clear conduit of light, and transmits the light of self-awareness to their students. The increase of gravitational forces during full moon and eclipse times, multiplies the effects of spiritual practices. The mind is open and receptive to subtleties. This full moon is a powerful time to set intentions and focus on manifesting what you would like to create more of in your life – I would suggest cultivating clarity of mind, as the foundation to manifesting on the physical plane.

This weekend we are likely to see unusual happenings, and unfortunately all too likely to have violent overtones. People will be likely to over do things in general. Guard your mind around making permanent decisions based on temporary emotions. Shit may be going down, but you don’t have to drink to a stupor. Pain may very well be there, but you don’t have to jump to the extreme. Know there is always, always, another way, even if it is not immediately apparent. Time reveals x

Eclipses reveal secrets, Things are not what they appear. Practice your practice, set intentions, meditate and connect to your ‘inner spring’ – the silent still place of your inner self/ heart space. Disturbed and compulsive thinking eases when you are deeply watered and nourished from within.

Sun in Cancer & Mercury Retro 27//7 – 23/8

The Sun in Cancer inflames the Moon’s cool emotional processes –
Currently we have the Sun making its annual sidereal sojourn through Cancer (Insert sky view zone app pic) and mercury is about to go retrograde on the 27th of July.
Mercury retro is famed for creating delays and communication/conveyancing/travelling issues, so take extra precautions when travelling and communicating. look at things twice before signing. Thinking can become more insightful and intuitive.
While every situation needs to be approached specifically, but if you are feeling the pressure and anxiety over needing to make decisions, don’t rush in a state of emotional crisis. Right action will bear fruit later.

Mercury will retrograding at the most sensitive degrees of sidereal Cancer. These degrees are connected to deep wisdom, knowledge & insight, as well as poisons, harshness, vindictiveness and overwhelming emotion.
It is also the junction of water/fire (cancer/leo) and when planets move over these degrees, difficult, knotty situations occur that feel impossible to unravel. When they do occur, the best thing to do is slow down, take a break and/or work at approaching the situation from a different angle. Deep feelings seethe below the surface, especially if you have a lot of planets in the Cancer/Capricorn axis, you may find yourself being unusually triggered & needing to let off steam, through picking fights or making mountains out of molehills. Take care and avoid emotionally charged communications and misunderstandings.

The quality of your thoughts reflect in the quality of your actions. The way we choose to see things can make or break us. We can control our thoughts and direct our mind to choose how we respond and feel about things. Everybody has shadow. We are all a mix of sinner and saint. Instead of projecting your stuff onto other people and finding fault, use the mirrors and ride this mercury retro energy to develop more insight your own poisons and transform yourself through respect, kindness, love and acceptance.

This is how we can alter a large part our destinies and balance Karma.

The tongue has no bones but it can break a heart.
“The tongue has no bones but it can break a heart”

Mars & Ketu Conjunction in Capricorn 3 May – 6 November
Mars retrograde 27/6 – 29/8
Peak Conjunction dates : 14 June, 19 July, 22 September.

Mars has been transiting through Capricorn since early May this year. This transit is extra long, taking a total of six months (usually about 2 months), due to retrograde.
This particular Mars transit is extra hot, as he joins with Ketu, the south node of the moon. Ketu is co-ruler of scorpio, along with mars, and so this combination increases scorpio/mars significations. The major themes that will be playing out will largely focus around the use and misuse of Power. Retrograde Saturn is channeling this energy in the early degrees of Sagittarius. It is not easy, but we can slow down enough to see the root of the situation.

When fire meets earth, (Mars/Ketu in Capricorn) there are earthquakes and volcanic erruptions, literally and metaphorically. The lower and more unconscious expression of these volatile energies can bring about some of the worst kinds of violence known to man. This combination can exaggerate mindless arguments, anger, flaring egos, fights, wars, fires, heat/blood related health issues, litigation and misunderstandings. On a higher level, Mars/Ketu can be a spiritual warrior, giving immense courage, willpower, logical thinking, penetrating insights & heroic acts of bravery (such as the Thai cave rescue)
While we may not be able to avert world wars, we can work at eliminating the sources of violence within ourselves, starting with the way we treat and talk to ourselves – As genuine peace and acceptance for one’s flaws and shortcomings increases, so does the tolerance and understanding to others.
Watch the news, political, work, home and family arenas to observe how things unfold.

Mars is disciplined and focussed in Capricorn, leading to tangible results. If you have been working hard on a project, the current retrograde may be stirring up frustrations and delays. Reminders that the arrow needs to be dragged back in order to launch forward. Keep aiming High.
As most Australians know, there are certain landscapes that need bushfires to spark growth. The process of destruction contain the seeds of creation.
Things may need to fall apart so that we can put them back in a better way.
The ego gets a reality check when things fall apart, because it highlights the paradox of our age, that by internal yielding we gain control, and the more we try to control the external, the more out of control and chaotic things become.
Because so many of us are living out of alignment with the natural ways of life, it feels like forces are going against us, when in actual fact, it is us who are going against the rhythm of nature.

“ When you look at life in a different perspective, you see that it is not the deer crossing the road, rather, its the road that is crossing a forest.”- Muhammed Ali


A key to working with such disruptive and volatile energies is by attuning yourself to natural rhythms. Frustrations rouse feelings of impatience. What we want constantly eludes. Yet, we can also come to the understanding that setbacks and delays are invitations to evolve and adapt. While it seems counter-intuitive, it is during the process of yielding and let-go to what is, that we create the space to change. It is the art non-doing, yet everything gets done. Develop faith and trust in yourself.

There is the moment when the dancer becomes the dance, the musician becomes the music. Two become one. Intense focus and relaxation – Opposites are harmonised; what comes, is grace, poise, beauty and harmony.

Take it easy and stay cool this month – go take a dance class! 🙂

I have been studying Jyotish for a number of years and have gained so much from applying the insights and knowledge to my life. To me, Life is an adventure, an exploration of the universe and the self and others. I offer these posts as part of my process, sharing what I am currently learning in the world.

If you like what you read and would like to know more about your own chart and how the planetary energies are affecting you, i offer consultations in person or over skype X

One Love
Darinka x

Sagittarius Full Moon 28.6.18

Full Moon Cat

This full Moon occurs @ 14:50 (sydney time) on 28th June At 12 degrees Sagittarius. Mula Nakshatra.
Today, (27 June) as the moon moves through the tail of the scorpion and crosses into Saggitarius, the mind, moods and emotions can feel unsettled. This part of the zodiac is always connected to depth and deep feeling, chaos, crisis and transformations, though they don’t always have to be earth shatteringly dramatic, sometimes it is just a small spark of realisation is all one needs to change directions.

Whatever is coming up for you today and tomorrow, try not to just react, but observe the feelings and emotions. Apply equanimity and curiosity with the spirit of understanding. Question yourself, bring awareness to compulsions, irritations and annoyances. Breathe deeply, and watch the tides of depression, anxiety or fear.

As the moon moves across into Sagittarius it will move into the lunar mansion, Mula.
Mula means root and is connected to Muladhara charka (root chakra). The deity, Nirriti, is the goddess of destruction and calamity. The destruction is of the material which blinds us to our spiritual heritage. The more we reject our true selves, the greater the destabilisations. This full moon invites us to see how we can be the architects of our own misfortunes.
Sagittarius is the sign of religion and beliefs, so maybe these are being shaken up for you, or maybe you could be experiencing fear and resistance to letting go and changes regarding your beliefs about yourself, and your basic approach and attitude to life. On the other hand, truth and revelations can illuminate and come to light at this time. Seeing into the root of a situation beyond the trappings of emotions.

All beliefs will crash somewhere. Only reality sustains itself” – Sadhguru.

This Full Moon will be conjoining Saturn, planet of reality. Some may feel a sombre and sober tone to the emotions over the next two days. Saturn is also the planet of fear, restriction, resistance, delays, responsibility, duty and service. Actually Saturn is the master teacher, who, through the setback we experience, force us to grow, to mature and to become wise. But only if we are willing to be humbled and surrender, instead of fighting and resisting what is.

The key to mastering Saturn is to willingly and bravely going through storms and accepting challenges and hardship with inner resolve and resilience. We become stronger after we realise that each challenge is an opportunity to grow and evolve.
Perhaps after a fight, an accident, a death, an explosion, there is a period of calm. Take in the light of this full moon to ground your emotional centre and see if you can create some distance between you and your thoughts and emotions. The difference between humans and animals is our ability to choose consciousness over compulsion. Be conscious of your compulsions, there is no blame on any external force, only responsibility and accountability for our actions. Don’t stay in a victim blame game. Humanity has a far greater potential and destiny!

It is said that a weak person is ruled by their stars, but a wise person rules their stars.

– Have a good week!


I study and practice Vedic astrology which is based on sidereal calculations. My blogs are a way to share my experiences as I to continue learn and grow. I am not a self help guru, more like a fellow traveller sharing what I learn, practice and apply to my own life. If you like what you read and want to explore how the planets and energies are affecting you personally, or to learn more about your inner self, you can contact me for a consultation, or I can highly recommend my teacher with 30+ years of experience : Komilla Sutton, as well as my friend Vijay Goel

The Starry Times 20.6.18 – Solstice & The Play of the Planets


Solstice – 21/22 June
Mars retrograde – 26 June
Saturn Retrograde > Utill Sept 9
Jupiter Retrograde > Untill July 10

Hey Everyone!
Enjoying the first bit of sunshine at my local cafe, after days of downpours here in sydney. Proper wintery weather!
The current matrix of planetary energies are combining to create quite a tumultuous yet potentially transformative time over the next few months.

We will experience the shortest/longest day of the year on 21/22 of June, marking the winter/summer solstice, depending on which hemisphere you are residing in.
Saturn is currently retrograding in Saggitarius, channelling the fiery energies of Mars and Ketu in Capricorn.
Mars will be retrograde for about 2 months from 26 June.
Venus and Rahu are conjoining in Cancer over the next couple of days, and Venus is channeling retrograde Jupiter in Libra.

Mars and Ketu – Focussed and selfless action

Mars and Ketu are conjunct in the earth sign of Capricorn. Mars, is currently exalted in the sign of the goat, and is the fiery planet that governs willpower, courage, action, war, aggression and assertiveness is meeting with the equally fiery yet spiritualising energy of Ketu (south node of the moon). The combination of these powerful and explosive energies has the potential to either manifest on a higher level, producing a very courageous, idealistic and selfless way of acting and behaving in the world, or leading to disruptive times ahead. Usually there is a mix of both.

Every form of destruction contains the seeds for new opportunities. Lava is creating new earth, fires clear the land for new growth. Even as the leaves are falling off in autumn, the buds that will blossom in spring are already forming. Go have a look at the trees! A healthy debate leads to fresh insights and understanding.

The combination of Fire and Earth means more earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, not just with the Earth itself but across all domains of our lives. What has been seething below the surface is overdue for eruption now; the pressure needs to clear. A good storm clears atmospheric tension, bringing things back to a natural state of equilibrium. Take care of health,unexpected conditions may arise.Arguments, fights, litigations and all sorts of combative energy is in the air now. Before engaging, ask if it is worth it?


Scorpio, Aries, as well as Aquarius rising, moon and sun will feel the intesity and frustrations acutely. Anyone with key planets in Capricorn will be directly feeling the stress and tensions. Sagg rising and moon will be feeling the restrictive pressures of Saturn.

Saturn – duty, discipline and responsibility… Fun times!

Saturn is channeling the energies of Mars + Ketu, and is currently retrograding in Sagittarius until Sept 9. Many folks may be experiencing major upheavals and reversals in their life. Issues may become even more acute when Mars goes retrograde on the 26th of June.
This time is an invitation to check in with your energy. How is it being used? What are your boundaries and limits? What about the boundaries you apply to yourself, personal habits etc? See how you can apply ‘creative limitation’ to your goals. A willingness to try something in a new way is helpful, especially when things are not going the way we want them to.

Saturn is the taskmaster and agent of karmic deliverance. This is a time that can also present an opportunity to go deeply into the heart and root of any stuck or repeating patterns in your life. Fresh insights can arise if you are willing to see. There is no running away from our responsibilities, on any level. Whatever is avoided will keep coming back, knocking on the door. People/situations/lessons that were unresolved at the start of the year come back again for resolution and deeper understanding.
Just like the seasons, there is a time and place for everything to grow or to decay. The reversal of Saturns energy makes it’s energy stronger. Take the opportunity to dive into the heart of key issues and blindspots.

When the pressure is on, I find the most effective way to use this energy is to channel the restlessness into constructive activity. Yoga, gym, swimming, meditation, dancing, anything that can involve your body and breath and awareness. It is not easy, but nothing truly worthwhile is ever a walk in the park. Most of us usually resolve to drinks, drugs and parties and constant entertainments to distract from the rigours of existence. Nothing wrong with that, but the danger lies in the ease of seeding and creating a negative feedback loop, stunting soul growth.
With so much retrograde energy over the next couple of months, it may feel difficult to find the patience, discipline and motivation needed. Difficulties, delays and setbacks are actually invitations for expansion into greater aspects of ourselves, but only if there is willingness to yield to the pressures.

Jupiter – Venus, Rahu, Pleasure, Play & Illusions

Jupiter is also currently retrograding in libra, making us question our relationships, teachers, and spiritual paths. Jupiter is uncomfortable in the sign of Venus. Symbolically Jupiter is the guru of the gods and Venus (Shukra) is guru to the asuras (demons). It’s not about who is better or worse, rather, there is a conflict of values. In our daily lives it can generate a kind of inner tension of an existential nature as these themes can play out.

Venus is currently channeling Jupiter’s energy and is conjoining Rahu in Cancer for the next week. Take care with going overboard with the good things in life, sometimes you can have too much of a good thing! When Rahu is thrown into any mix, he adds a certain electric, foreign and seductive element that is difficult to resist.
Food, pleasures, entertainment, shopping, sex… maybe you feel innately pulsed to follow through with someone or something that is radical and different! Go for it if you feel you must, as it may just be what you need to get out of a rut, but be careful, as any new relationships that form in this time, if not aligned with the heart and right intention may not last for more than a few months. Beware of ‘buyer’s remorse” as well. You may be making some return trips to the store 😉 Time will tell if things are meant to be. If something is too good to be true, unfortunately, it usually is.

The positive side is that Venus in Cancer can activate a kind of ‘divine mother’ archetypal form of love that can feel very intense and passionate. There can be a self sacrificial element to this love which can activate the higher aspects of the heart centre. For artists and all creatives, this influence will stimulate creativity in all forms, so ride these waves and push your creative faculties to their limits. With the combination of all the planets, great things that challenge and inspire can come into fruition now!

People with the Cancer-Capricorn axis featuring strongly in their charts will be experiencing this rollercoaster energy the strongest. Its certainly not a time to skip self care or any personal practices that you do. Stay balanced, open your heart and express your creativity!

Solstice & the Winter Sun


“The human cycle is perfectly in tune with the cycles that happen in the solar system, because life upon this planet is just a manifestation of the energies which work upon this solar system.” -Sadhguru

Solstice is the midway point in a solar cycle. The sun appears to ‘stop’ at the zenith or nadir.
Here in the southern hemisphere the winter is a time for resting, of introspection, of meeting the darkness, as we approach the longest night in the year. In the northern hemisphere it will be the shortest night and longest day.
Winter solstice marks the point of greatest darkness as well as the return of the light. From here, the days will become progressively longer.

Our entire cosmos exists within the dance of equilibrium. When some kind of phenomena or situation goes too far one way, a crisis, a change, a reversal occurs to restore balance. This is the perpetual dance of life. The movement of to and fro, light to dark, dark to light, the in breath and out breath, from birth to death and death to birth.
To think that we exist outside of; or are impervious to natural laws, to the degree that we do with modern society is the greatest mistake, and the consequences of that mindset is blaringly obvious, with personal, social and ecological issues continuing to increase.

The secret of life is not in the control of external factors, but in the gradual inner adjustments and changes needed to travel with the least amount of obstacles.

As an example, Aikido is a martial art which illustrates this principle in action. If someone is coming at you, you adjust yourself and use the opponent’s energy against themselves. It is they who are coming at you with force and speed, so, assist them to carry on in the direction they are headed – step out of the way, let them pass. So it is with the endless circumstances of life.


Enjoy adjusting your sails over these coming months, knowing that nothing lasts forever. Once the storm clears, new landscapes/possibilities become visible.

Om Namah Sivaya!

I study and practice Vedic astrology which is based on sidereal calculations. My blogs are a way to share my experiences as I to continue learn and grow. I am not a self help guru, more like a fellow traveller sharing what I learn, practice and apply to my own life. If you like what you read and want to explore how the planets and energies are affecting you personally, or to learn more about your inner self, you can contact me for a consultation, or I can highly recommend my teacher with 30+ years of experience : Komilla Sutton, as well as my friend Vijay Goel

New Moon Taurus 13/6/18


New moon In Taurus 13.6.2018

Lunar Mansion Mrigashira.

What is new moon?

New moon is where the moon conjuncts the sun and is thus hidden from view. It is a time where the consciousness of the mind (moon) moves from a period of gradual darkness to greater illumination (full moon). In India, new moon day/night is called Amasvaya.

“ Amavasya is a day when one can become easily aware of, ‘What is me and what is not me,’ and from there on, the journey from untruth to truth begins” – Sadhguru

What is Nakshatra or Fixed Star?

‘Nakshatra’ is the hindu/indian name for lunar mansion, which is referring to a specific fixed star(s) that make up a constellation.

This new moon occurs in the 2nd half of the constellation of Taurus, in the nakshatra of Mrigashira, spanning half of Taurus and half of Gemini. Mrigashira translates as the deer’s head. The essence of this star is the quality of searching, highlighting an inner hunger and thirst for moksha, or self-realisation. The head of the deer symbolises the endless search on the material plane, for only after intense involvement and dissatisfaction can the upward path of spiritual development truly begin.

Mrigashira New Moon

All our sufferings begin and end with our desires. It was the desire of Ishvara(pure consciousness) to know itself, hence all of creation manifested. This is a star that highlights the desires that never end and are always just out of reach. Sadness, anger and all range of emotions spill out of the ouroboros of our desire nature. The key is not to eliminate, shun or judge desires. Paradoxically, it is in the direct experience of fulfilment and non-fulfillment of our desires that fosters the development and growth of self-realisation.

In the same way that the moon regulates all tidal waters on the earth, the moon’s gravity affects our waters including our blood. People who tend to be more mentally and emotionally unbalanced will often feel a greater psychological disturbance on new and full moon days, as the moons gravity is increasing the flow of blood to the brain. Whatever you are feeling on these particular days, will be intensified. This is one of the major reasons that physical yoga asanas(postures) and meditation practices are employed and practiced as they directly affect the chemistry in our bodies.

Currently, there are many volatile, transformative, supportive and unsupportive planetary energies coalescing and intensifying around and within, adding to any unsettled feelings you have be experiencing, which I will write more about in my next blog, coming out before solstice next week.

So, for today & tonight, take some moments to centre, go within and cultivate awareness, make some intentions, focus your thoughts, or become aware of how unfocussed they are. Nothing is inherently good or bad. Bring awareness to your desires, are they taking you forward, are you going where you want to go? Or are your desires leading you astray, causing heartache, disappointments and unhappiness? Be gentle with yourselves, listen to your inner voice, give yourself time, plant seeds, take note of what inspires you & brings you joy, as you are much greater than the limited personality and identities that surround you.

Om Namah Sivaya

Have a beautiful day x