Transits for April 23rd- 30th 2012
“Life will bring us everything we need, to show us what we haven’t undone yet.”
~ Byron Katie
Surya (Sun) exalted in Aries sitting with Guru (Jupiter).
Chandra (Moon) bright half/waxing. Exalted in Taurus 23rd-25th, and passes through Gemini, Cancer and Leo this week.
Mangal (Mars) in Leo.
Guru (Jupiter) in Aries sitting with Surya (Sun).
Shukra (Venus) in its own sign of Taurus sitting with Ketu.
Sani (Saturn) exalted in Libra, but retrograde, which creates a debilitation of Saturn. Saturn is in very weak degrees and returns to Virgo May 16th.
Budha (Mercury) in Pisces, debilitated.
Rahu in Scorpio, debilitated.
Ketu in Taurus, debilitated.
It is an exciting time with the planets right now. Lots of movement, change and power occurring right now. Sun and Moon are both exalted currently for 2.5 days only. When this happens, we celebrate Akshaya Trittiya in the Vedic Tradition- Day of lasting achievement. Tuesday the 24th is the official day. A day of great power. A day when we can put our desires into action and later, as the year unfolds, we get to reap these rewards. Put your goals into writing, take an action step (even if symbolic) and affirm your success and prosperity. Things that have been lost can be returned in this time. So look for signs from all sources.
Surya (Sun) is now exalted in Aries and creating a sense of power, pride, excitement and passion for many of us. It is also sitting with Guru (Jupiter) right now as well. Guru brings abundance, expansion and a feeling of wholeness. Look for these feelings in the house that Aries occupies for you. With this expansion, see if you can extend its limits without looking for a contraction. Don’t think small. Don’t be small. Now is the time to shine and produce results. Ready?!
We also have an interesting transit of Venus and Ketu right now both sitting in Taurus. Venus is at home in Taurus and feels comfortable expressing love, wealth and abundance on the material plane of existence. Ketu on the other hand, is all Moksha! (No one ever said that was comfortable!) Ketu is also considered debilitated in Taurus. You may feel some issues come up right now with harmonizing your inner and outer experiences and desires. You may want relationships, money, etc. but may be afraid of it all at the same time. Are all the old fears coming up? Is it too good to last? Is this worth my effort and energy? This is Ketu having his way with you and reminding you to look beyond the surface. He snips the ties that bind us to the material world— so for the next four months (until July 31st) we will all, in our own way, experience some fumbling, some movement, some reorganization and some new, forward expansion in the area of romance, passion, love, money, material abundance and comforts. None of us will be the same come August!
This transit of Venus and Ketu intensifies mid May when Guru (Jupiter) moves into Taurus (after a year in Aries) and Surya (Sun) also moves into Taurus simultaneously. Four planets will then be sitting in Taurus from May 17th-June 14th. More to come on this, but this is a major time of transformation, re-organization, growth and movement for all. Each sign will be impacted differently (and of course this is determined by your individual chart as well) but suffice it to say, put on your seat belt, expand your heart, and let your enlightenment unfold naturally. It will be easier for you if you can go willingly, rather than screaming and kicking.
Aries: Aries, you are becoming a new star right now. This week has it all for you: growth in material, familial and relational pursuits. Personal power and expansion is at an all time high, but then there’s that nagging rain cloud. Your heart is expanding but your fears and discomforts are also coming to the surface. Don’t back down from them, just flip the switch and turn on your light. Find your inner power and take flight, spread your wings, and soar. You know what it takes now and you can finally make it happen. Rock it Aries. In the midst of all this excitement tend to your heart and your temple. Make your wish list.
Taurus: In the historical overview of this moment (and for the following few months) we might need to re-name this the “Time of the Taurus.” You are the lead in your own Broadway musical. You are the CEO of ‘Magic R Us.’ You eat cake—for breakfast—and then go for a five-mile run. You just won the lottery! Or did you? There’s plenty to celebrate, but you might succumb to a few head/heart trips along the way. My advice? Go full throttle on moksha. Turn on all the lights—and leave them on! You are becoming a beacon. Just remember, your shadow and its darkness is actually your other best friend. Ready for the ultimate transformation? Monday and Tuesday are power days for you. Wear sunglasses.
Gemini: The mind is a terrible thing to waste. Here’s a trick to try when your mind goes into funk mode. Replace the icky thought with the opposite of that. Negative to positive. Alchemical brain transformational processing. Not feeling the love? Feel the love. Not feeling the joy? Feel the joy. Not feeling the career right now? Feel your job as an adventure. Get comfortable with your self. Get comfortable with your mind. Get comfortable with creating your new, amazing life. Then give your Self the credit. Wednesday and Thursday are power days for you. Look for insights.
Cancer: This is an expansive time for the zodiac—and you are no exception, Cancer. What do you really want? Love, money, notoriety, expression, purpose, Self power? It’s yours for the taking. But first, you must crawl out of your shell (shell = past and all its trappings) and dare to wear your Cancer heart on your sleeve. What does your new heart look like? How big is it? Who is allowed into this heart space? Do you let your Self in? How will the world respond to the new you?! Will you let all this love/Self love into your heart permanently? Can you handle its truth? Saturday and Sunday are power days for you. Prepare for open-heart surgery and catch some fireflies.
Leo: Wow, Leo, you know how to bring it. You are closing out a year of epic growth with a bang. Can you list all of your achievements since last spring? There has been a lot of inner work and the right sources have materialized in order to make this happen. As Jupiter moves into your career house mid-May, you will take all that inner work, out into the world and make it shine. You are in the final polishing phase now. Now would be a good time to get some rest—you are weeks away from an explosion and will need to rely on your reserves. You are about to “get discovered.” Ready?!
Virgo: My heart goes out to you, Virgo. I get the work you are involved in. The inner. The outer. It’s excruciating at times. You came to the planet to perfect your Self; and everything in your life seems to rub you and polish you without you even trying. But, as Rumi says, “if you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” My question to you is: How perfect could imperfection be and could this be the perfect time for exploring that?
Libra: Think of this time period like cleaning up your room. It’s a mess! It’s overwhelming to think of doing all of it at once. But you start with the dirty clothes. You put your books away. Then you take the old, crusty dishes to the kitchen sink. Soon you can actually see the floor. It’s almost time to dust, vacuum and make the bed. Wow. It’s a miracle! There’s finally some order and you realize you can actually breathe now. Libra, make a to-do list. What has not been put away this last year? What still needs to find its place?
Scorpio: Scorpio, my dear, you know you’re my favorite. What’s not to love? Your depth, your passion, your cynicism, your hope, your intense capacity to love and have compassion. You may have noticed that all that work you’ve been doing on your shadow has been working, but you also may have noticed a few, glaringly obvious elephants in the room! Don’t tip-toe around them anymore. Wake them up! And repeat your mantra: Healing is coming. Healing is here. Healing is mine. Look for the healing, Scorpio. Look for healing in the mundane, in the ecstatic. Look for healing from new teachers and guides, healers and mystics. Look for healing from new friends, old friends returning into your life. Look for healing from flashes of insight and brilliant inner genius. Take off your clothes. All of them. Then stand in the middle of the farmers market for all to see your naked brilliance. Be daringly vulnerable. I double dog dare you.
Sagittarius: Passion is yours for the taking. Do you know how to create the stirring of your heart or cultivate excitement and adventure in the mundane? Take a lesson from the Vedic Aditya, Pushan—the nourisher. He protects all paths and leads us to abundance in food and money and is also a guardian for traversing the material and astral worlds. Pushan brings stability and expansion—but through a Saturn-like process: slow, steady and with consistent effort. (He prefers plain foods like porridge so he can eat them without chewing.) The nourishment of Pushan through the mundane can bring abundance and sparkle to life if we work at it. Got it?!
Capricorn: Do we have to have this conversation about courage again Capricorn?! Really?! Your heart is ready to bust out. Your passionate inner being can hardly contain itself. Things are looking up. There are possibilities visibly on the horizon. Don’t chicken out. Don’t do the head trips. Don’t make me sit you on my couch and psyche you out with ink blot pictures and quasi introspective glances interspersed with low “Hmmm’s” and “Yes.” and “How does that make you feel?!” Therapy talk. Let’s just cut the crap and do this thing already! Here’s your homework for the week: fling open your window and yell at the top of your lungs so everyone can hear, “Bring it!!!!!!”
Aquarius: My advice to you: Love songs. “Love songs?” You ask inquisitively. “But why?!” You need them. You need them like rain after a long, dry summer. You need them like hot tea in the middle of winter. You need them like a porcupine needs to be snuggled. You need them like a shoe needs a sock. Breathe them. Become them. Listen to good ones. Bad ones. Sappy ones. Old ones. New ones. Become the love song. Immerse your Self in the love song. Love the love song. Love songs are your new medicine.
Pisces: Storm season isn’t over yet my dear. But that doesn’t mean you can’t dance in the rain! Change your ‘tude and see what develops, dear Pisces. Part those clouds and splash in the puddles. Ask the storm gods what they want with you. For God’s sake! Build an altar for them and make some heart-felt offerings to appease them. Get to know them better and get friendly with the lot of ‘em. Invite them over for tea and finger sandwiches. Here’s your soundtrack for the fete:
*Jyotish (Vedic astrology) predates Western astrology and many consider it to be more precise and accurate. My weekly updates are based on your Jyotish rising sign, but could be viewed from your Sun or Moon sign as well as your Navamsa. As always, individual birth chart and chart specific details will modify an individual’s experience. For more information about your Jyotish rising sign, contact me here.
Editor: Lynn Hasselberger