The Starry Times – New Moon Sagittarius – Uttara Ashadha 13 Jan

What’s Happening?
> 11th Jan – Moon conjuncts Ketu, passing through Scorpio Gandanta – knotty and emotional storms
> New Moon @ 29 degrees of Sagittarius – Uttara Ashadha (26°40’ Sag – 10° Capricorn)
> Sun + Moon in Sandhi 
> Mercury is currently passing through the Pluto-Saturn-Jupiter conjunction, creating heavy and depressive thoughts
> Kal Sarpa Yoga – All planets hemmed between Rahu + Ketu until 20 March. Moon breaks the yoga every 2 weeks.

Kal Sarpa Dates:
> 11- 25 Jan
> 7 Feb – 21 Feb 
> 6 March – 20 March

Sandhi – Uttara Ashadha 
When planets are leaving one sign and about to enter another sign, it is a no-mans land, a junction, a threshold – this place is called sandhi. You may feel a little out – of bounds, or uncertain, never mind too much, fortunately it is short and swift! 

New Moon Energy :
Uttara Ashadha means ‘later success’ or ‘undefeated’ – It’s animal is the mongoose, who’s arch enemy is the snake. In the wild, the mongoose can kill the snake. The snake can represent underhanded and dubious ways – the mongoose does not stand for deception. U.A is ruled by the Sun, this shows an inherent respect for authority and tradition. This Moon invites us to be honest with ourselves, and keep things very, very simple as the Kal Sarpa yoga is wrapping us in a karmic conundrum.

New Moon  — A time of withdrawal, contemplation, finishing loose ends, preparing for a fresh cycle. There has been much growth and new terrain forged under the Sagittarian cycle – with so much focus in the only sign with a weapon over the last couple years, this new moon occurring at the very last degree heralds the constructive beginnings of a fresh cycle and modus operandi. It may feel flat and heavy to some – Capricorn is quite polar to Sag in many ways – the Saturn/Jupiter flavour is one of expansion/restriction/ responsibility/vision / pessimist/optimist — lets move to Realism and deal with what is in front of us, without masks and false positivity. This is harsher lessons of Saturn, but one who gives greatly when honoured. 

“You do not need to fall from Horse, to know the ground is hard “ evidently, however, it seems that some of us do!

Kal Sarpa Yoga 
I am currently exploring and the effects of this yoga in my own life, so I encourage you to do the same and research what is said about it. 

Kal mean Time, Sarpa means serpent – ‘The Serpent of Time”
It is a yoga (combination) in which all the planets are hemmed in between the nodes. It creates sudden and unexpected events, sudden gains and losses, mental and emotional tension, strange dreams and fated events. It is not always negative. It can increase anxiety and Vata. See below for remedies.

Everyone is affected differently depending on your age, where the nodes are in your chart, what dasha (planetary period) you are running, and how well you manage your energy in general. It can be difficult to make solid plans, you feel to suddenly change a decision, so in regard to Covid, expect the unexpected for a little while longer. Things will get much easier by March 20 when Mars breaks the Yoga and moves past Rahu @ 20°. 

Surya + Shani – (Sun + Saturn)
The Sun will feel unsettled for a little while, so if you are Leo rising or moon, take it easy and don’t pressure yourself – although Sun will be in vargottama (same sign in rashi and navamsa) for a few days, gaining  strength and stamina, however there will be a feeling of increasing pressure and possible clashes with authorities, or subordinates/employees. The Sun will conjunct Saturn on the 24th – Sun and Saturn are the archetypal father/son conflict – so there could be rising tensions related to governments, authorities and people in power vs everyone else …

Pluto, Capricorn + Power
I tend not to focus too much on politics and world events, however with so many planets hovering in Capricorn this month, it does set the tone for global affairs; in particular as Capricorn relates to the fundamental structure of society; the laws, rules and regulations that have been created, and we must abide by or work to change. 

The last time Pluto entered Capricorn, it was the 1770’s – Australia was invaded by Captain Cook – White Australia began. This land and its people experienced a different kind of pandemic – that born of hatred, violence, bigotry and racism. 250 years on, much has changed, but the seeds of trauma still exist in the spirits of our ancestors, in the energy of the land and in the fabric of our DNA.

In America, the revolutionary war began, ultimately leading to the USA’s independence from the British. 

With Jupiter, Saturn Pluto, + Mercury already in  Capricorn, Sun and Moon here creates an intense focus on this sign. The 14th and 15th will have 6 planets, then moon moves out, leaving 5 planets residing in Capricorn until Sun moves into Aquarius on the 13th of Feb. 


Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra :
Mahamrityunjaya Mantra is a verse from the Rig Veda and is considered to be the most powerful Shiva Mantra. It bestows longevity, wards off calamities and prevents untimely death. It also removes fears and heals holistically.” – Read more HERE


Calm Excess Vata : 
> Massage body with Sesame Oil, or Black Seasame Oil  
> Deep belly breathing to calm anxiety and racing thoughts
> Gentle Hatha Yoga  
> Simple Meditation – with a candle flame – ideally oil/ghee lamp – Focus on the light, let it penetrate your third eye, gaze gently at the flame and bring your mind back to it when it starts to wander.

Coming up:
Venus moves into Capricorn on the 28th Jan
Mercury goes retrograde on the 30th Jan for 3 weeks 

Stay calm and centred, keep things very simple and avoid over complicating anything, or starting anything big during this time. Simple life = Happy life

I am available for consultations from Feb.

Art by @morysetta

Lots of Love,

2020 Grand Finale – Full Moon Forecast : Gemini/Ardra

Hey Star Travellers 

Another Gregorian calendar year completed. Astronomically, this time of year bears little cosmic relevance.. however the show must go on, as they say, fireworks will be displayed, many will be joyous, others confused, some indifferent… many, sadly, will be at home … The end of another year, is it the start of a new thing, or a re-cycle of the same year? Every moment we have a choice! Your reality exists in your mind, Universe is mind; change your thinking, change your reality!

The magic key always lies in how we choose to approach/deal with a particular situation – this is where our power lies.

So! what is being stirred during this lunar cycle?

  • Full Moon in Gemini – Ardra Nakshatra – We have a mercury/rahu influence 
  • Sun + Mercury in Sagittarius
  • Mars @ home in Aries
  • Venus + Ketu in Scorpio
  • Rahu in Taurus
  • Saturn + Jupiter in Capricorn – Saturn @ home, Jupiter’s feeling a little flat right now.

Many planets have strength right now, they are ‘at home’ – mars is gaining in strength, Saturn is plodding along, and the lunar nodes are settling into calmer vibes. The ‘new normal’ has been widely accepted, with individuals and businesses adapting to the changes; embracing “creative limitation” 

Full moon times are when plans ripen, emotions heighten, waves are bigger and heavier (literally and metaphorically) – It is time for some fruit to be picked – in general, a reaping of what one has sown. Following the lunar cycles, even simply allows one to connect to the natural ebb and flow of the cosmic rhythm, hopefully by showing you that you are like a complicated plant – full of water, with more complicated emotions!  

This moon rises at 2:20pm AEST on 30 Dec. 

Gemini is an intellectual, creative and airy sign, ruled by Mercury,
Ardra spans 6°40 – 20° Gemini. It is ruled by Rahu. 
It’s shakti is “Yukta Shakti” – the Power of Effort.

This star can be fickle, destructive and stormy, but also brilliant, educated, inventive and progressive. Sometimes people with moon in this star or other rahu ruled stars have ‘mental health’ issues – it is just that the inner psychology, waters, hormones etc are more disturbed by Vata – an imbalance of Air – manifesting as restlessness, depression, anxiety, dissatisfaction – All these conditions are inherently reflections of disturbed Prana (Life-Force).
Disturbed Prana is what causes the Vata dosa to go out of balance. This is why meditation and yoga is the number one prescription – ‘Mental Hygiene’, as it works directly with balancing the psycho-spiritual flow of energy, creating lasting changes in the body and mind.

Ardra can bring strong desires, quarrels, anger, mental arrogance, yet also devotion, compassion and mental toughness – it is ruled by Rudra : The howler – A more destructive aspect of Shiva. Its animal is a dog – Rudra is also the lord of wild animals. Another symbol is a teardrop, indicating the tears that cleanse our eyes, but also the mental suffering we go through, which in time gives wisdom. Losses experienced over the year give way to new things. The fierce nature of this star enables us to us to cut and sever all old forms so we can start again, on a higher octave of the human experience!!

With Venus currently a few degrees away from an exact conjunction with ketu – relationship issues may pop up. Ketu and Venus will conjunct @ 24° Scorpio in Jyestha on 31 Dec. People from the past may come back, a relationship may end or transform, or move to a higher octave. Seeds are set for a new beginning or a fresh start, one in which greater equality, love and understanding can flourish. Ketu is a detached yet spiritualising energy, so relationships could be affected in this way. Be mindful of vehicles not working, or some strange phantom issue happening. It is a good time for divinely inspired creativity and increased interest in the occult.

Saturn is happy in Capricorn – the age of Capricorn is such that work and business have been transformed, with many realising they can work from home (Cancer, opposite to Capricorn) – Rahu in Taurus, another earth sign increases desires, yet overall the western world is moving toward a greater desire to understand they deeper reality underneath the mirage of materialism. ( Read more about the grand conjunction HERE )

Jupiter is feeling unhappy in Capricorn. His great vision feels thwarted – Sagittarians feel like their shine has been dimmed. Literally, borders are shut – (at least here in Australia) Tiredness, lethargy, and practical concerns dominate. The party is over (for now), reality has come to live with us and it is time to be realistic and practical about life. Its a good time to make slow and steady gains, but to not expect too much too soon. Hard work will pay off, give it time. The later part of 2021 will be better for jupiter folk. 

Mars has landed at home in Aries… after being in pisces and passing through gantanda; drowning a little, energy has risen, courage returns, decisive action can happen, certain plans can go ahead, for better or worse, things will get moving again – change is inevitable. Mars ruled folk will feel more confident and energetic all round, just remember to keep your ego in check!

Sun + Mercury in Sagittarius – Fire in the spirit and mind – Mercury can feel a little out of sorts in sag, big ideas, broad visions, however may not feel the support that it desires, blocked, fickle mindedness may create obstacles. Best to choose one or two things at a time and not overburden yourself, especially during this full moon where energies are rising!! Sun is confident, and clear, inspired and strong,

Remember, confidence follows clarity. When you are clear in whatever it is you are doing, your confidence will follow. Keep things simple when the mind feels troubled, watch your thoughts, pay them little attention, stay focussed on your path and take one step at a time. 

All is Well, 
Big Love … and Happy New Year!

Ps…I am presenting at The Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conference on 23rd Jan @3pm AEST. This will be my 3rd presentation, hosted by my Jyotish teacher Komilla Sutton. My topic will be on the Jupiter/Rahu conjunction … book in for the whole conference, or just parts of it … all info here : Fresh Talents of Jyotish

Darinka x

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The Starry Times: Jupiter & Saturn Conjunction 2020

Hey Star Travellers —

> Saturn is in home territory in Capricorn, society is restructuring, yet again, on a fundamental level.

> Jupiter has just moved into Capricorn, and will be approaching a grand conjunction with Saturn on the 21st of December – Winter/Summer Solstice. (No, it’s not the “Age of Aquarius” – Yes, we are experiencing a huge shift however!)

> Last, but not least, we have Pluto – Yama (Ethics) – the brother of Saturn, exiting Sagittarius and entering Capricorn on the 1st of Jan.  

These two planets haven’t been this close for 800 years. The will appear to be one bright star, a potent omen! It occurs today, the 21st of December.

The last time Jupiter and Saturn were conjoined in Capricorn was in 1961. 

This time period saw the construction of the Berlin Wall, South Africa became a republic. Yuri Gagarin was the first man in Space. John F Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th president of the USA. The first world wildlife fund (WWF) was started by conservationists wishing to see greater public awareness over the importance of caring for the natural world.

It was a time of great changes; shifting, yet conflicting values, summed up in this paragraph :

“Every activist conflict of the ’60s can be distilled in a single image of opposing forces at a barricade: on one side, the people attempt to exercise their rights; on the other side, the government asserts its right to protect the nation. During the ’60s, these two simple objectives were not viewed as compatible concepts”

The FBI gained a stronger presence in the realms of infiltration, spying and control – very similar to what we are seeing today with the use and abuse of technology and privacy breaches – as well as the increase of governmental control and regulation. 

Will we see a revolution? Or a recycling of the same story?

Red Vs. Blue – Light Vs. Dark, Ying and Yang, Shiva Shakti, Purusha, Prakriti – The eternal dance between primordial universal forces. Consciousness is evolving and humanity is becoming more aware.

There is so much talk about this time being a great portal, and it is. Well, it can be. 
I tend to be a little less fluffy in my approach when I speak about portals, shifts and transformations, as my personal experience has shown that changes only happen to those who wish to and are ready to change. And as history shows us, times change, people don’t. So the question is, are we evolving, or just re-cycling karma? Will we choose to ascend up the spiral or are we travelling down?

Since all of existence is energy in motion, the degree to which we are conscious of these forces flowing through us, and our relationship to subtle energy, reflects the degree of change we can experience and allow. Qualities such as surrender, humility and grace arise, not out of weakness but out of great trust in flow of Life, Great Mystery, the force of Nature, Herself. 

Jupiter is the planet of Dharma and reflects that which supports, upholds & sustains that which has fallen or is falling. It is the expansive principle in life, inspires us to have faith in and live and align ourselves to the laws of nature and the universe… Jupiter’s highest expression is the keeper of sacred knowledge and bestower of wisdom and grace.

Saturn grounds us in the material world and forces us to face our responsibilities, karma and duties. He reflects qualities such as tradition, regulations, rules and governments … in nature we see Saturn as rocks and hard places, mountains and isolated places of solitude, deserted, abandoned places, places that do not give rest, but rather confer a sense of austerity, restraint – reality, in all its raw forms. 

Transformed, Saturn is the ultimate Yogi.

These two heavyweights collide, with Jupiter losing the war, reaching maximum debilitation at 5° of Capricorn – There is a potential loss of dharma – spiritual materialism could take a negative foothold – we must remember to understand the spirit within matter and loosen attachments, rather than increase bondage. 

Earth is the spiritual laboratory. 

Saturn is strong, so with this combination we can see real progressive and practical movements. Jupiter gets grounded in Capricorn and faces reality. Expansion meets contraction – Ideas face the litmus test. Castles in the sky either rise or fall. Our beliefs and values go through major tests. It is time to build, to create and to focus on practical wisdom and ethical leadership, taking responsibility and accountability in our lives and the way we live.

Pluto is Yama – Yama is the first step on the path of Yoga – 

Yama means restraint – the ethics and morals which purify and transform the mind of (wo)man. 

These Yamas are practiced in thought, speech and action.
The five main Yamas are :

1. Ahimsa – Non Violence
2. Satya – Truthfulness
3. Asteya  – Non- stealing
4. Brahmachara – Moderation of Senses
5. Aparigraha – Non – Possesiveness

Remember karma means, your life is your own making, you are not punished for your actions, you are punished by your actions. Dharma means following the laws of nature, which is also the intelligence of your body … to go against your body or the greater body of earth, negative karma (action) is generated, creating and endless feedback loop. Pluto (yama) reminds us that through controls and restraint, much progress can be accomplished. 

With this grand conjunction there is likely to be clashes and political uprisings in the world; growing pains, as the rumbling of revolution lie underneath. The real revolution however, is the evolution of the individual and their consciousness. 

Is it not individuals that make a society? As long as humanity continues to look outside itself, casting blame ‘out there’ and avoiding true self knowledge – the psychological human circus continues, as it has done, for aeons.

It is time for change – Can we step up big time?

The Starry Times: A Change Gonna Come : Full Solar Eclipse + New Moon Scorpio/Jyestha

Hey Star Travellers —

This eclipse season is potent, raw and powerful! We had a Full Moon lunar eclipse in Taurus on the 30th of November, and now we are just about to experience the new moon – full solar eclipse in Scorpio.

The Full solar eclipse/ new moon occurs in the tail of Scorpio at 3am AEST on 15 December @29° Scorpio in the nakshatra Jyestha.

  • This is gandanta point – Heavy, drowning, knotted, complicated karmic issues surface.
  • It is a new (dark) moon- feelings run deep.

Key Themes: To rise and gain success in your undertakings, path, mission. To become intimate with your mind drama and move beyond the story. To let go of old things, stories, people, situations, relationships; the dead wood, literally, and psychologically – prepare for a fresh start & new beginnings.

As the 8th sign of the zodiac, Scorpio lies on the threshold, not yet full leaving the sheaths of materialism of Libra and not quite at the spiritual faith and purity of Sagittarius.

As some of my readers may know by now, the gandanta part of Scorpio is where the stinger lies – where the collected poisons reside. It is knotty, complicated and transformative. The nakshatra activated during this cycle is Jyestha.

Jyestha connects to Authority. It means ‘elder’ ‘most senior’ – The symbol is an earring, umbrella  (symbols of status) or a circular talisman (possibly vishnu’s disc).

The ruling deity is Indra, king of the gods and lord of the skies, thunder, lightening, rains and storms. (Hello, we are having some cyclonic weather on the east coast of Australia right now!)

It’s nature is Tikshna – ‘sharp & dreadful’ It carries “Arohana Shakti” – The power to rise and overcome obstacles. Suitable for actions of destruction and success in combat/war.

Alaxmi is the goddess associated with this star. – She is the elder sister of Laxmi and is generally interpreted as a negative presence, however in modern times, we can interpret Alaxmi as reflecting the poor choices we make in life due to stinginess, greed and jealousy, vice and miserliness, or the arrogance and stupidity which often follows great wealth and success (Laxmi).

Jyestha is ruled by intellectual Mercury, who is currently combust the Sun, and also in Jyestha. It will be crossing the sensitive gandanta zone. 20th is a tricky day. Expect communication mishaps and miscommunications. Thinking may feel frazzled, emotional and intense. Don’t act on impulse. This is not a time to argue or get into a word salad – It is an excellent time for spiritual study, meditation, research and inner work. Stay detached, keep things simple, leave the important conversations for later next week.

> Sun and Ketu can indicate tiredness, low energy, confidence and lethargy. Expect the energy to pick up later in the week, when Sun moves out of the deep water and into drier lands in Sagittarius playing fields on the 16th. Sun will be in deep gandanta for several days – the soul is churning old poisons, transmuting, steam is rising … think of lava creating new ground – things may feel unstable. Remember your spiritual roots — this is what gets you across the ocean.

> Moon will be most challenged as it is dark, hidden by the sun, conjunct ketu and in its debilitation sign, in deep gandanta… some people may feel like they are drowning. Fortunately the moon moves quickly, so emotional issues will rise and fall, just as the waves do. Have you got a good surfboard? This is the time to connect to your practice, if you don’t have one – start one. Benefits are sublime.

> Venus is not far behind, in the previous star Anuradha. Relationships may feel a sense of renewal, as Anuradha is the star of devotion, but soon Venus will move close to Ketu – the energy of the eclipse. Karmic past situations/issues may arise looking for resolution. This may be a time for endings, separations or transformations – How can you spiritualise and elevate your relationship to each other? Is it time to renew your connection? Perhaps it is a time to look at your attachments and heal the co-dependency script – Falling in love is good, as you are letting your self surrender into union, but do not fall unconsciously, fall in such a way that you also Rise, becoming more of yourself … 

With 5 key astrological bodies in Scorpio, and four of them crossing the turbulent Jyestha/Mula threshold, All waters are being stirred – It is not surprising we have a week’s worth of rain coming up, here on the east coast of Oz. Let the cleansing unfold.

Humanity is awakening to their divine potential. The current global narrative is boring – we are so much more than this body and mind … turning within, is the key to smooth sailing. 

New Moon Mantra :: When in deep water, become a diver …

This new moon Scorpio eclipse takes us to unknown places and hidden recesses in our deep karmic subconscious. All eclipses reveal/conceal things. Globally we may become privy to secrets that have been hidden. Situations arise, they may seem foreign, or familiar, from the past – Issues arise again looking for resolution. Best advice is to remain calm.
But how? Always come back to your breath  – Meditate – slow down, drop in, return home to your Heart. Watch the rising and falling of your belly. Prana – the In and Out – the left and right, the moon and the sun, the soul and your mind – foster unity, presence, stillness …

No rain, no rainbow ..
Shine, You are Light !

Om Tat Sat,
Darinka x

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The Starry Times —Taurus Full Moon / Lunar Eclipse Edition

Hey Travellers –

I am writing from my van home nestled in the Byron Shire – It is small, but simple and comfortable.  I am able to focus on my writing and study, and live close to the elements! For those who are new reading this – I practice Vedic Astrology which is based on the sidereal zodiac.

We have emerged from a deep dark night of the soul / soul searching this year. All planets are now direct with certain irreversible changes set in motion, forces which are still unfolding. 

Jupiter has just moved into Capricorn, joining Saturn. Optimistic and expansive Jupiter is not comfortable in the sign of reality, limitation and restriction, however due to Saturn’s happy placement at home, this is said to cancel the debilitation – we just have to watch and take note of the overall effects. This is a time for pragmatic and grounded action.

Pluto is just about to shift into Capricorn too – The New World Order is well under way, whether we like it or not – more on this later …

Most importantly is to keep to the Light (Dharma) – and uphold a sense of universal truth and righteousness, aka – living according to the laws of nature and the universe. We do this by sharpening our intuition, learning and applying higher knowledge & purifying our senses. As we are by extension, nature and the universe, this makes sense, lest we go against ourselves … !

The Lunar Eclipse occurs @ 11 degrees in Taurus on the 30th of November @ 8:42pm (AEST) in Rohini Nakshatra. Rohini means the Red Star and it carries the vibration of ‘Rohana Shakti’ – That which increases and grows. 

This is a penumbral (partial) lunar eclipse. It is a full moon – opposite Scorpio Sun. Two weeks later, we will have the full solar eclipse in scorpio, with sun moon and ketu joining in the stinger of scorpius… Stay tuned for more info on that. … 

Eclipses are omens and signify events to occur. The lunar eclipse affects the mental/emotional self and is quite quick, where the solar eclipse and its effects tends to last longer, even months.

Eclipses are said to be inauspicious times  –  that is, for works on the material plane. It is a time to take some days to focus on spiritual things, to meditate, slow down and keep things simple. 

Cleaning the house is always a good thing to do, sort out things you don’t need and give things for donation. In vedic schools of thought it is said to avoid doing anything important during the eclipse times, especially the days leading up to and the days after – to even avoid eating and drinking, as negative astral energies can impact or “spoil” the prana of what we are consuming. 

When I was in Varanasi a couple of years ago during an eclipse, I saw sadhus meditating outside, with a cloth covering their eyes. What tends to happens, is that as the eclipses approach, astral energies rise and are disturbed, affecting the hormones and fluids in the body and brain – The lunar nodes affect us on a psychological level, churning the mind and emotions, sometimes catalysing irrational and unbalanced/extreme thinking.

This is one reason why spiritual practices are done, you learn how to regulate your own biochemistry, life-force (prana) through physical practices and kriyas. Over time, as you ground and balance your life energies, you become less affected by astral forces (as well as external phenomena). Spiritual practices done during eclipses have a much stronger effect.

This axis facilitates greater inherent stability to the nodes due to the influence of the earth and water elements – there is a depth, a grounding, a nourishing component here, however, we can also think of the more destructive aspects of these elements such as storms, raging seas, and earthquakes, or thick mud. 

The essence of the Scorpio/Taurus axis revolves around what binds us, what is being held onto, attachments, restrictions, bondage – and the suffering and transformation which occurs when we resist changes or refuse to let go. It is about having things, and surrendering to the reality of impermanence. Both signs can be stubborn and resistant to change. This may highlight what we are hesitant to change, but also what is stable and enduring. 

Depending on where this axis falls in your chart, you may find issues pertaining to resources, family, quality of speech, food, values and money, sexuality, transformations, issues around personal power may be highlighted. Fraud, deceit, manipulation, insincerity are things that can present themselves during the eclipse portal – watch the news! 

Things will be revealed or concealed – so watch out for misinformation and trickery – avoid signing contracts unless you know the situation or person at hand is trustworthy and legitimate. 

Rahu is a shadow graha, he is crooked and sly. Only Jupiter can control this energy; symbolically, wisdom and true knowledge can lead us away from the slippery mirages the nodes tend to catalyse ; Maya. Fortunately, now that Jupiter has moved into Capricorn, there is a supportive trial aspect from Jupiter to Rahu, for the next year – this should serve as some mitigating and balancing force.

Lunar eclipse in Rohini nakshatra

Rohini means red, symbolising passion and life force. It is the favourite place for the moon as it feels supported in the earthy and sensual sign of Venus. It is creative, nourishing and supportive. 

The shakti is ‘rohana shakti’ – bestowing the power of growth and creation.

Venus governs Taurus, which is currently at home in Libra. Although Libra is 6 places away from Taurus, which could promote conflicts, the overall tone, is that if healing is desired, it can happen. But, if you are looking for a fight, then for sure you will find it!!

Despite the overall auspiciousness of this lunar mansion, it is known to be connected with war and violence, due to the presence of the fixed star Alderbaran – which is the “red eye of the bull”. There is a potentially volatile undercurrent, which, if harnessed consciously, can be used to reveal the truth of, and perhaps overcome a difficult situation. 

Whatever is occurring now, for good or ill, is growing – be extra mindful of the seed thoughts you are projecting out at this time. 

Full moons always illuminate things, as moon represents the mind and sun is the soul – the moon is able to reflect the message of the soul. This is a good time to practice silence, stillness and receptivity. 

Hari Om Tat Sat 

Mercury Retrograde & New Moon

New moon time is where the light of the consciousness is temporarily hidden from the moon, which represents our manas – the total mind. People born during the waning and new moon phases, tend to internalise their emotional experiences, preferring to process quietly. They may also feel insecure/vulnerable to share or speak about their emotional reality. 

The sun represents confidence and the ‘shine’ – the light in our life , the light of the soul. When it is fully illuminating the moon, the mind receives full support and light from the soul – when the moon is hidden behind the sun, there can be a feeling of lack of support, or clarity. It takes time for new moon people to work out how they feel about a situation. Full moon types can be more expressive and spontaneous in their manners.

This new moon occurs on 16/17 October in conjunction with a few other significant astrological events. It falls in Chitra Nakshatra, at the tail end of Virgo, before shortly passing into libra sign, along with the Sun, who is debilitated in Libra. Moon will then meet with retrograde mercury on the 18th for a short dance, before moving onwards

Mercury turns retrograde for 3 weeks (22 days) on the 13/14 Oct – 4/5 Nov

Virgo is a moveable earth sign, indicating a grounded yet flexible approach to things. It is ruled by mercury, which has just turned retrograde today!

Overall, this new moon is about the ending of a cycle and the beginning of a new. New moons encourage us to withdraw, go within and be still. It has been a big year for so many, huge changes, losses and transformations. We are not quite out of the mud, though smoke is clearing, we still have a bit of the way to go. The world has been irrevocably changed and we are all adjusting. 

Chitra means a pearl or a jewel. It spans 23°40’ Virgo – 6°40 Libra. The ruling deity is Tvashtar, the celestial architect. The essence of this star is about allowing yourself to be shaped by divine forces. One image of this is the stone carver … all that is not us, is chipped away until our true form emerges. This is the pearl, also a symbol for purity and knowledge.

This new moon we can meditate on what is falling away, old structures, beliefs all the false selves, the stories and wounds which keep us stuck in limitations. Are you willing to let your true self emerge?

Mercury + Mars Retrograde

On the 14th of October, Mercury will station in Libra at 17° and retrograde back to 1° Libra, meeting in a square aspect with Saturn. 

Mercury in Libra highlights all our relationships and business partnerships. Retrograde motion means it is time to rethink your beliefs and assumptions. How have you been thinking? Is it serving you? Have you made choices that are worthwhile re-considering? This could be a time for re-negotiation of terms and conditions, but be mindful of signing contracts around the 13/14 and 4/5 when mercury is standstill. We will have the usual delays, lost emails, miscommunications and mental confusion at this time, however I find it is always a good time for artists, writers and creatives, as we can think in a new way and find a fresh solution to an old problem. The Saturn square will sober up our thinking and bring a reality check. 

Mars is also currently retrograde until the 14th Nov – asking us to redefine how we use our energy, to what, or whom do we give our power away to? (this includes our thinking) – how courageous we are in overcoming our limitations, as well as how we use our individual power. Do we try to dominate and show aggression in order to achieve what we want? Have we misused our power in the past? 

For the next 22 days, while Mercury is in retrograde, I invite you to join me …

To reframe, rewire, re brand, reset and rewrite your inner narrative –
Most issues in life stem from interpersonal relationship issues – this is why, during this 3 week retrograde of mercury in Libra we have a real opportunity to look at our relationship to ourselves! No one is a bigger critic than you are to yourself, so why not try being nice?

Remember, the mind doesn’t filter what it hears, whether it is positive or negative, so say good things and watch good things grow in your mind!

Be your own best friend, lover, partner and companion, first, then share that goodness with others. 

This is a very simple process, in order to become aware of, and reframe the negative narratives we may be carrying around. Mercury rules our mind and thinking process. When we are not thinking clearly, we can make mistakes, assumptions and exaggerations. 

This 22 day journey includes the Full Moon in Aries on the 1st of November, which will be all about launching fresh visions and dreams, for a new cycle of growth, learning and development. Mercury will move direct again in Libra on the 4th/5th November.

The subsequent posts will be on instagram … follow me @darinkamaja to tune into the rest of the affirmations for the next 3 weeks!

Day 1 – I am Enough

When you believe you are enough, you are telling yourself that you really are OK – that you don’t need anything external to give you validation, or a sense of worth. You don’t need that outfit, the body change, the new car, the new thing, or the relationship to validate your sense of self, because you are enough Just As You Are. 

When you believe you are enough, you can relax into the safety of your body and breath. Breathe these three words in. Keep saying this to yourself through the day and everyday – and come home to yourself! 

You Are Enough!

Lots of Love,
Darinka ⭐️

Full Moon Pisces – Healing & Integration

Full Moon Pisces : Uttarabhadra Nakshatra
2 October
Water under the Bridge – Healing, Integration and Moving On.

Hello !

We have moved through the most difficult part of the year – Saturn has just moved direct in Capricorn, Jupiter is direct in Sagittarius, the lunar nodes are settling into more stability in Taurus and Scorpio. Mars is retrograde until mid November, Mercury will go retrograde for 3 weeks from the 14th of October, however, in contrast the the volatility over the last few months, we can enjoy a period of moving forward with long term plans, re- setting and integration now. 

Uttarabhadrapada’s deity is Ahir Budhanya – the deep sea serpent, connected to wisdom, fertility, seclusion and spirituality.

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

This Pisces full moon expresses the combined energy of Jupiter and Saturn. These two planets show us the nature of our beliefs and values and how we use that to create the structures and foundations in life.

Jupiter governs Pisces, and Saturn rules U.B. Both of these planets, especially Saturn, represent the structures in our lives, and society.  This planetary combination expresses the more gentler, wiser and patient form of Saturn, who teaches through perseverance and wisdom rather than through being the harsh taskmaster.

With Jupiter and Saturn having just gone direct after being retrograde since May, this full moon points to an apex, a peak turning point in the collective journey we have been on. This may be a time of resetting and recalibrating the foundations in your life, creating new ones, or continuing on the path that was set in motion earlier this year. There is a defined sense of relief, many issues can be resolved. 

As well as Ketu’s transit through the deep waters of the scorpion tail,  this lunar month indicates a time of integration; healing and understanding of root patterns that have blocked you from moving forward in the past. Jupiter/Saturn combination in Pisces says trust in the divine plan, trust the process, trust that you are meant to be, surrender fear and trust, float in the cosmic waters.

The trials and tribulations, delays, disappointments and frustrations all have the purpose of shaking and loosening you from what is limiting your true self. We are rarely in control even when we think we are. The true self is one that is unfettered by the losses and gains of the world – it sits within the world with equanimity, neutrality and compassion, accepting the ways of the world.

Jupiter’s direct motion in his own sign Sag, supports the wisdom and growth which has come out of the breaks and changes over the year. Another way to look at breaking – is to see yourself, and your life, like clay – allowing yourself to be broken so you can be remodelled. Energy can never be destroyed, only transformed.

Tonight and tomorrow, you could meditate on the changes that have occurred for you over the last few months; give thanks for the lessons, they are blessings in disguise, even if it doesn’t look like it now. Do your practice, focus on your intention for this lunar month, stay calm, make good choices, eat nourishing foods and keep your affairs simple. Being near the water may be a good thing to do, even just having a bath.

This moon is a strong, yet gentle landing, a place to breathe deeply, surrender and give thanks for all that Is, and is to come. 

Thank you for reading 🪐 Are you keen to learn more? Book in for a consultation to explore your chart, your soul story and your unique purpose in the greater tapestry in the universe. 
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With Love, 
Darinka ⭐️

Rahu& Ketu Taurus/Scorpio 2020- Collective Shift

Hey There Dear Reader,
We are at such a pivotal time … The lunar nodes have just changed signs, with Ketu still in deep gandanta Saturn is standstill @ 1° Capricorn, Venus is in Leo gandanta , Mars is retrograde in Aries Gandanta.
(Sidereal/Vedic Astrology)

Will Great Knots Unravel or Tighten? 

Rahu and Ketu operate primarily on a psychological level, they always move retrograde and have just moved into the Taurus/Scorpio axis. This axis will bring more stability as the nodes are comfortable with these signs. Ketu co-rules scorpio, giving the mystical quality to the scorpion, Rahu is happy indulging in the world in the earthy and sensuous Taurus. 

This next 1.5 year nodal cycle highlights themes around spirituality/materialism, increasing interest in occult, spirituality, mysticism, letting go, severing limitations and old chains, old modus operani. It is also increases the Taurus/Venus realm of desires, tastes and pleasures, creativity, ambitions, abundance and wealth/resource creation.

Ketu scorpio / Jyestha —- Right now, Ketu is sitting in deep gandanta, straddling the energetic threshold of Sagg and Scorpio. There is a feeling of a come down, as the Sagittarius vibration is sattvic (one the the three primary psychological orientations of nature), and is oriented toward purity and spirituality. Sagittarius is half man and half animal, repressing the movement of the soul from its animalistic inclinations. Scorpio is still working out its instincts. While mystical and spiritual in its own way, scorpio can take us further into the density of the material world. Scorpio is Tamas guna – expressing the state of inertia, slowness, materiality and stasis. Tamas is important as it gives stability and solidity in the world. 

Ketu’s lessons always revolve around issues and themes of detachment, disassociation, separation, spirituality, insight, the spirit world, the unseen, the hidden, the obscure, unusual, mythological and symbolic … Ketu is the wandering sadhu, the headless serpent, detached from the material world. Scorpio links us to our power (mars), the occult, sexuality, death, transformation, things which we refuse to let go of, mysticism and other’s resources such as money and wealth.

Ketu is travelling through the gandanta knot of Scorpio in Jyestha Nakshatra (16°40 – 30°00), until mid Oct. Following the uprooting of old baggage while Ketu was in Mula, there is now a great churning as we are in the peak season for deep and lasting change.

This is a once in an 18 year opportunity to truly heal and transform the deepest wounds that you carry. While you may not be responsible for what happened to you, you are responsible for your healing. 

Ketu is fiery and acts like Mars, Scorpio is water and fire, Jyestha is ruled by Mercury. What we have is a steamy, unsettling fire/water combo combined with the thinking, intellectual Mercury.

Ketu at this powerful juncture invites us to look at how we might have been creating our own “bad luck”. Jyestha is associated with Alaxmi – the goddess of misfortune. However, ‘bad luck’ usually comes through our own unwise choices. We are free to the any action we desire, however we are not free of the consequences of those actions. Such is the law of nature, the law of Karma. 

Ketu in Jyestha asks, 

  • What limitations and mental blocks am I willing to sever now?
  • How do I create my own misfortune? 
  • In what ways am I limiting myself?
  • What ways of thinking limit my growth and potential ? 
  • What is ready to be transformed, once and for all? 

Jyestha is ruled by swift mercury, who governs the central nervous system. This could be a time of purging deeper emotions/traumas and thinking patterns held in the body and nervous system. Ask for these to be released now.

It is a great time for studying spiritual things, especially astrology – the more we know ourselves, the greater clarity we have, the more co-operative we become with nature, and thus nature, co-operates with us. 

Indra is the deity associated with Jyestha. Known as the king of the gods, he becomes Zeus in greek mythology.  God of thunder, rain, rivers and waterways, Indra is know to be powerful, lustful with strong desires. He is also connected to war. 

Indra governs the senses (Indrayas)  – There can be a tendency to misuse the senses, creating negative karma for ourselves. By negative karma, I mean to say, the fruits of our actions yield undesirable outcomes which have a negative affect on our wellbeing, which we must bear – this is how we can, unwittingly create our own misfortunes. The work is about gaining clarity of perception, before acting. Alas, such is life, many learn the lessons through the school of hard knocks. If we are smart though, we can learn through others’ mistakes too.

Although desire is sometimes seen as a dirty word, It’s not at all, the key lies in witnessing how our desires are working for us? Are the desires we follow leading us to greater freedom or deeper bondage? 

Rahu in Mrigashira in Taurus – Mrigrashira symbolises a kind of divine discontent. This asterism is symbolised by the deer’s head, it is ruled by the moon and connected to Soma (another name for Moon) – A kind of divine intoxicant. The mind can feel restless, and full of desires, pulled into the world of illusions. Here, the mind is looking for the divine, but it risks getting lost in the trappings of the material world. Taurus is the sign of the bull. Earthy, materialistic and enjoying luxuries, Rahu in Taurus can amplify all kinds of desires for food, pleasures and the good things in life, depending on placement in your chart. Again, not bad, one just needs to keep a sense of proportion in check as Rahu tends to not have a sense of limits. Mrigashira means the deer’s head, hence the searching quality.

The key with this transit is to watch for “chasing of the golden deer” – lusting after things without a solid spiritual background, or just obsessing over things we want and ignoring the baggage we need to clear – embracing the past and moving on, allows us to move forward with integrity. Ketu leverages us from our limitations, hence he is karaka (signficicator) for Moksha. Be awake and alert to your inner process, your needs, nuances … your inner Magic.

This is a peak time to unravel old karmic blocks. Dig Deep. For those doing the inner work, this is a wonderful time to ‘incinerate your limitations’ – (in the words of Robert E Svoboda)

As we heal, we also allow healing for our ancestors. Our karma is our inherited genetic memory, we are here because of our ancestors – our soul stories are our karmic responsibility, and we have the ability to transform them.

A practice I find very powerful during times of purging and processing is working with Agni – the spirit of fire. During the full moon coming up on the 2nd of Octiber, write down all the limitations and stories you carry. What do you want to sever? What are you ready to drop? Be real, be honest with yourself. Write it all down, then put it in the fire. You might want to do this process several times, over a period of time. 

What is happening is the energy is being transferred from your mind to the paper and ink, the fire then transforms that energy. It works. You may want to do it several times, and observe the effects. 

Be committed to incinerating your limitations, and welcome the changes, you are in the perfect place. 

Collectively and individually, the unknown looms larger and larger. Who’s hands is our fate really in? What is going on? Who really knows? Who has the eyes to see ?

“Within infinite myths lies the eternal truth
Who sees it all?
Varuna has but a thousand eyes,
Indra has a hundred,
You and I, only two.”

Devdutt Pattanaik

Thank you for reading, much love and blessings. Book in for a consultation to explore your chart, your soul story and your unique purpose in the greater tapestry in the universe. 
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Love, Darinka

Mars Retrograde, New Moon & The Cosmic Soup

Wow, Where to start!

This year keeps unfolding with bigger curve balls than we could have ever imagined. On all levels. What began in January with the bushfires in Australia, is mirrored across the pacific ocean now in California, with orange skies and blazing wildfires… Tensions are rising across all manner of political fields, BLM and of course the ongoing situation with Covid. 

Since Saturn entered Capricorn earlier this year and met with Pluto – A ‘New World Order’ has been unfolding. Our world is being fundamentally restructured, internally as well as externally – And we have no choice but to surrender to the process. The more we turn our face toward the light, regardless of our circumstances, the greater shadow falls behind us, and becomes manageable. Keep on keeping on, the only constant is Change.

September is a month of fresh and positive changes.

  • 9th : Mars retrograde for 2 months
  • 13th : Jupiter direct (1 year cycle)
  • 17th : New moon Virgo/Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra
  • 24th : Rahu/Ketu change signs to Taurus/Scorpio (1.5 yr cycle)
  • 29th : Saturn direct (2.5 yr cycle)

Saggitarius people have been through huuuge changes and developments over the last couple of years! Saturn has just spent the last 2.5 years there, Jupiter has been happy on home turf for the last year, and Ketu has been transiting Sag for the last year and half. 

Everything related to our visions, beliefs, values, spiritual and religious attitudes, gurus, teachers, faith and sense of optimism has been tested, brought up, thrown around, questioned and re assessed. What have the lessons been for you over these cycles? I’d love to hear!

Expect your plans, projects, ideas and visions to begin moving forward again, as Jupiter’s direct motion brings much relief to plans and situations which have been on hold or sluggish since May. Now is a good time to review the last 5 months and see where you may have been living from limitations, old beliefs, and thoughts, or perhaps you may be too fundamentalist and self righteous in your views and opinions? What ways of thinking have limited your growth? Is this an opportunity to review your approach to the way you have been doing things?

Rahu and Ketu are in the final stages of their 1.5 year Gemini/Sagg transit, With Ketu, planet of separation, spirituality and moksha transiting through deep gandanta. Mula means a bunch of roots tied together, it is located at the galactic centre and is known to be one of the most potent, spiritually invigorating yet destructive nakshatras.

The ruling deity is Nirriti, a fiercer form of Kali – We must allow what is not in our absolute highest good, to be burned away. Old structures can no longer be sustained. Old patterns from the past cannot continue!
Ketu moves to Scorpio (the lunar nodes always travel retrograde) on the 23rd of Sept. It will still be in deep gandanta until the 14th of October. Ketu in Scorpio facilitates deep transformations … more in the coming Rahu/Ketu post.

Mars is currently strong at 3° Aries and has just moved retrograde on the 9th, for the next 2 months. During it’s retrograde, Mars will move across the potent Gandanta region 2 more times.

Key Dates for Mars:

4th Oct – 2nd gandanta : Mars retrogrades to Pisces
3rd Nov – Mars stations @ 21 degrees Pisces : Watch out for sparks flying during this time, and especially take care on the roads. 
16th Nov – Mars moves direct – Relief, energy begins to return, plans move forward.
20th Dec – 3rd gandanta : Mars moves into Aries. Rebirth of martian energy on Dec 25. 

Mars will then stay direct in Aries until 22nd Feb!

Gandanta is the sensitive point and junction between fire/water signs, showing a struggle the soul has to go through for its development. These sensitive degrees show unresolved karmas that are difficult to ignore, and must be experienced. How we deal with it, determines a large part of our destiny.

Mars enters deep gandanta from the 30th of September – 8th of October – The deep gandanta time can seem more stressful, emotional and challenging – all of which highlights the need to be grounded in our practice and keeping grounded with self care. It is also potent to dive deeply into our core stuff and weed out old roots. Mars is, ultimately the planet relating to our courage – You have the strength, just believe it!

Mars moving through Ashwini and Revati Nakshatras, signify great changes and transitions, as Pisces and Aries are the junction of the dream and the manifested, the unseen and seen worlds, the waters (pisces) that are about to break into new life (aries). 

Themes of beginnings and endings, with the undercurrent of healing – Mars is about our energy. How and where do we get our energy from? Deep healing and change happens when we interrupt certain patterns, modes of being, beliefs and ideas, surrendering into uncertainty, insecurity and into true freedom.

“By consciously seeking security, you are unconsciously seeking death. The only totally secure place is the grave”

Retrograde Mars in Ashwini & Revati brings up specific situations so we can raise our awareness to how we choose to use our vital energies. This can be a healing and purificatory process if we allow it.

What are our boundaries? Mars is anger, we tend to get angry when our boundaries seem to be violated, however if we haven’t made that clear to others, or if we are unclear within ourself, then this can cause problems. 

Perhaps we have not been using our energy effectively or wisely, perhaps we are too aggressive, forceful and selfish. Or maybe recently we have subjugated or given our power to another person/place/thing in some way. Whatever the situation, Mars retrograde calls for an overhaul on our personal integrity. Jupiter direct in Sagg is casting a favourable trine to Mars and Sun , highlighting the Dharma triangle – Seek the highest and best always, following dharma, means following the laws of Nature and the Universe.

It is however, also a very firey and heated time – use it to incinerate your limitations, instead of igniting a war. Ashwini is ruled by Ketu, the south node of the moon – This is a great time for inspired leadership. 

Mars moves back to Pisces/Revati, which is ruled by Mercury. This promotes a more rational and analytical side to mystical Pisces. However, Mars influenced by Mercury can use words as weapons, and express anger passive aggressively. A shadow of Pisces is to give and give and give, overcommitting oneself, due to guilt or shame around expressing one’s own needs and boundaries. 

This creates arguments and unspoken resentments!! Stay calm, become aware of your boundaries and practice healthy self- assertion. You can solve many issues and prevent many from occurring.

Mars retrograde affects mars ruled signs Scorpio and Aries ascendant and moon most strongly, as mars is ruling their chart … – For Aries, Mars retrogrades in their first house and then into pisces, in their 12th house of loss, this is indicating that Aries people are likely to feel increased energy and vitality, but also frustration as their energy may feel thwarted, tired and there may be more obstacles to overcome until we see a breakthrough toward the end of the year. Aries people are impatient and impulsive by nature, so take care with words, action and speech! 

One’s sex drive may also feel low or non-existent as life presents other priorities to be dealt with. It is best not to push your agenda too hard, take things slowly. Slowing down makes for more precise work.

Scorpio will have mars retrograding in their 6th house, and then 5th house. Mars in the house of conflict, work and service can make you re-think how you are living your routine, there could be tensions in the work place, opposition and or increased perception of obstacles, yet also ability to overcome this. Mars in the 5th can inspires creativity and creative self expression. The 5th house is also the house of children and intelligence and romance, you may find more interest/activity/focus in these areas. Allow yourself to be drawn to what you truly love, it will not lead you astray.

Remember, Mars is the planet of action, this is the time to focus your energy on what is truly important, working hard will pay off later in the year, but also take time for rest in between projects and daily tasks. Slow down, manage your time, surrender to the process and your time will be much easier!!

New Moon Virgo/Uttara Phalguni 17th/9

Uttara Phalguni is a star the spans Leo and Virgo. Uttara Phalguni is ruled by the Sun and the deity is Aryaman, meaning “The bright sun light behind God” 
Mercury is also part of this new moon lunar cycle.

This is a wonderful vibration to carry this month, as the Sun/Moon/Mercury/Virgo energy here promotes healing, especially in relationships and friendships, supporting good ideas and good thinking, health, service, friendship, helpfulness and good deeds. 

This new moon brings much relief, occurring in the very early degrees of Virgo. When planets are sitting at these sensitive junctions, having just left a sign and entering another sign, it is called Sandhi – a place in between, or out of bounds. You may feel like that internally, or some situations are not happening as you might like. Never mind, It will pas swiftly, so allow internal processing and reflection during this dark moon, do your tasks, and remember to be mindfully gentle with yourself. Call a time out if you need it. Be friendly to yourself! This moon allows us to gently let go of what is not longer serving us, and to move toward what is supportive and nourishing.

Take time to think about the blessings in your life – there are so many. This star is also called “The star of Patronage” – This lunar cycle, find ways to give back to society, your family, your ancestors, mother earth – we have so much to be thankful for!

Thanks for reading, be safe, and most importantly stay calm!

Regular practice of Yoga, Meditation, Mantra and Pranayama is one of the simplest remedies to manage our inner energy, so that we are not so perturbed by external forces. Check out my good friend @iamcristinaarango and her partner @mark.breadner on instagram for excellent teachings and practices.

Keep discovering yourself! – Book in for a consultation to explore what is happening specifically for you and gain some deeper insight into your current trajectory :

Love Darinka x

The Movement of Mars & Sun – Unravelling the Knots⚡️

Hey Cosmic Travellers,
We are beginning to enter some stormy astro weather, but positive changes ahead!
Here is the low down … 

  • 14th – 20th Mars moves through Pisces/Aries gandanta knot.
  • 17th – Sun & Mercury move to Leo, crossing through cancer/leo gandanta knot, Mars also moves to Aries.
  • 18th – Mercury combust the Sun
  • Ketu is almost out of Sagittarius, and is about to move through the sag/scorpio gandanta junction (23rd September) – the most potent of all three!! (more on this in next article)
  • 19th – New Moon Leo – Magha Nakshatra

Needless to say, the impulse of transformation is on our doorsteps whether we want it or not! The invitation is to really shed the old stories… and what do I mean by that? The victim inside that says I can’t do this because of that, or this happened and now I can’t do what I want because xyz… Life gives us our lot in life, according to the Karmas the soul is needs to experience for its growth and development, life becomes easier when we take karmic responsibility for our our situation and lives.

One of my favourite quotes is :

“The boiling water which hardens an egg, softens a potato. See, it’s not the conditions, but what you’re made of, that counts”

I am coming to the understanding that everyone is damaged in some way, we all have some kind of handicap, no matter what our situation. Its not about what happened but how we choose to deal with it.

Mars and Sun are both moving through gandanta points:

14th – 20th Mars is moving through Pisces/Aries gandanta point
16-17th, Sun moves through Cancer/Leo gandanta point. 

Gandanta means a ‘karmic, or spiritual knot’, referring to the junctions (Sandhis) between a water and fire sign. These sensitive points in the zodiac signify times of intense growth and transformation – if harnessed properly. These specific junctions represent a sort of ‘out of bounds’ – places of intense changes and turmoil, reflecting two highly contrasting elements and states, hence the steam that arises as water moves to fire. There is great spiritual potential located at these Sandhis. These karmic knots/ junctions represent the ending of one way of being and the birth into something new, but not without a struggle.

If any of your sidereal planets are within 48’ (arc minutes) between Pisces & Aries, Cancer and Leo, Scorpio & Sagittarius, then this lifetime signifies some intense karmic struggle/issues you are unravelling, yet, where there is great potential of profound transformation. Gandanta signifies specific karmic issues that are ‘knotted’ – the more you try to unravel them, the tighter they become.

What I have observed over time is that we generally tend to push too hard around challenging times. When the energy is intense, when we are focussed on our goals, paying little attention to the signs around us, that is usually when we run into trouble, as we try to push our own agenda too hard.

The Sun connects us to our vitality, strength, sense of self/identity, and although the sun’s transit from Cancer to Leo is only several days, the combination of Mars and Sun (and Mercury) moving through gandanta simultaneously make this is a particularly potent time! Breakthroughs may be just on the horizon. After being in Pisces, much relief will be felt, as Aries is home for Mars, and Leo is home for the Sun.

Mars connects to the Manipura chakra – this is the seat of our courage and confidence , will power. Mars gives us the energy to accomplish the physical tasks that we need to do on the material plane. Intimately connected with action; with all Karma, Mars is what gives us the energy to act.

What has felt unclear, emotional, muddy or confusing will clear up and move; energy will be available to act. Confidence returns. 

On the 18th, Mercury combusts the Sun in Leo.
Communications and clear thinking is likely to feel challenged. Authority issues and power struggles may rise. Avoid arguing, and if something is not quite working, leave it alone for a little while. If you are struggling to make a decision, or have that conversation, let it be and come back to it in a few days.

19th of August – New Moon in Leo – Magha Nakshatra
This new moon occurs in a triple conjunction of Sun, Moon and Mercury, all within a few degrees of each other in early Leo – The star Magha – meaning Mighty and Great.

This asterism is home to the star Regulus – words such as regal, royalty and reign come to mind. This star confers authority, courage, power and strength. Magha connects us to our ancestors and forefathers. Magha is idealistic yet materialistic, usually desiring eminence in some place in life.

This asterism is ruled by Ketu, the south node of the moon. Interestingly, Mars is currently in Ashwini, (early Aries) another asterism ruled by Ketu and Ketu itself, is in Mula – the third asterism/nakshatra ruled by Ketu.

Ketu, as the tail of the celestial serpent, who’s head is Rahu, aims to sever us from materialism, but not without pain, as we are usually so attached to the things that we cling onto. With so much separative and firey energy at the moment, this time period is unsettling and purificatory.
Ketu acts like Mars, these three nakshatras which are being activated currently; Ashwini, Magha and Mula, which occur at the beginning of Aries, Leo and Sagg, respectively, show the beginning of a new phase of purification, transformation and soul growth. This is the time for shadow work. Embrace the process.

Gandanta Mars’s encourages a new cycle of soul development relating to how we use the energy available to us effectively, and unravel old patterns and deep seated karmas. The gandanta Sun is encouraging us to use our power wisely, honour our forefathers, both for the gifts and blessings in disguises. The tongue can be mightier than the sword, so watch out for Mercury’s combustion and then short gandanta transit on the 17th , you may regret words which cannot be taken back. Also be mindful of gadgets and mechanical things suddenly breaking/going wonky or just weirdly not working for a while, then working again!

What has been stuck, confusing, uncertain and unsettled will shift, prepare for the changes! The birthing of any new thing requires, patience, persistence and determination.

With much love and aloha to you, dear reader,
Darinka x