Transits for May 7th– 20th 2012
“Be an electric eel in a goldfish pond.” ~ SARK
Surya (Sun) exalted in Aries sitting with Guru (Jupiter). Sandhi (in the gap) on the 13th and moves to Taurus on the 14th.
Chandra (Moon) waning. Passes through Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius Pisces, Aries and Taurus. Chandra exalted in Taurus Sunday May 20th to 22nd. This puts six planets in Taurus on the 22nd. A big planetary day! Don’t overdo it.
Mangal (Mars) in Leo.
Guru (Jupiter) in Aries sitting with exalted Surya (Sun). Sandhi (in the gap) on the 13th and moving to Taurus on the 17th.
Shukra (Venus) in its own sign of Taurus sitting with Ketu. Sandhi (in the gap) on the 13th before going retrograde on the 15th.
Sani (Saturn) exalted in Libra, but retrograde, which creates a debilitation of Saturn. Sandhi (in the gap) and moves back into Virgo on the 16th.
Budha (Mercury) in Aries, moving to Taurus on the 22nd. Sandhi (in the gap) on the 21st.
Rahu in Scorpio, debilitated.
Ketu in Taurus, debilitated.
We are entering a very delicate and ferocious few weeks of planetary transits. On the 13th, Guru (Jupiter), Surya (Sun), Shukra (Venus) and Sani (Saturn) will all be Sandhi (in the gap) between signs. Sandhi is a delicate time for the planets and is considered a weak and vulnerable placement. It is like the netherworld—a planet is neither in one sign or the other—it’s between them.
In this way, it can also be considered a highly spiritual time period as well. A mystical place. A liminal space. A place where a planet has options and can create from nothing. The gap is likened to the Absolute, the transcendent, and can be a time period of manifestation. Sow some seeds. Meditate. Re-charge. The 12th and 13th will be especially volatile and delicate. Don’t make big plans for these days. The 13th is Mother’s Day, expect some extra sensitivity. Give and be grateful, it will do wonders for the emotions.
This marks a four week period where five powerful planets will be sitting in Taurus all at the same time. Mercury goes sandhi (into the gap) on the 21st, thus putting six planets in Taurus on the 22nd because the moon is also transiting Taurus that day, it’s exaltation sign!! Expect a powerful and intense day and early part of the week! This transit of Venus and Ketu intensifies after the 17th when Guru (Jupiter) moves into Taurus (after a year in Aries) and Surya (Sun) also moves into Taurus simultaneously.
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.
Simultaneously, we will be having a solar eclipse (17:06 Eastern time) on the 2oth! This begins a two week period between the solar and lunar eclipses. Traditionally, this is considered a vulnerable time period for everyone—a time period that is not conducive to starting new projects. Eclipse days are considered spiritual days that need special attention. Considering the intense planetary dances and also the solar eclipse, please take caution and get extra rest right now. This is not a time period to act carelessly.
All of this focus on Taurus brings to us a focus on the material plane of existence- Taurus after all is an Earth sign. It represents the second house, a house that seeks out comfort and relates to speech, is ruled by Venus, and relates to extended family and early childhood. Venus represents desires.
It also connects to women, passion, art, beauty, commerce, creativity, manifestation, vehicles, and clothing, among other expressions of material comfort. There is an intense focus on bringing our manifestations into reality right now. Plant the seeds you need for growth right now, then let go. The intention is enough. Trust the process to unfold naturally.
Venus is currently sitting in Taurus, though Ketu is with it there too (and debilitated) which changes the expression of this experience dramatically. 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 few 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!
Saturn is also creating an interesting dynamic for all of us. It moves back into Virgo on the 16th – until mid July when it returns to Libra for the next two years. In the midst of all of these other planetary changes, we have Saturn, the often grueling planet of enlightenment, moving as well!
This retrograde motion, and its movement back a sign, will bring up unattended business from the past. Look for things that didn’t get said, healing that didn’t take place, and things that you wished you’d put more emphasis on, all coming back to you. Feeling haunted?! Be alert! These next two months can bring you some resolution, but don’t be lazy.
Aries: It’s a powerful time for you—for gaining comfort, for using your voice. Become a lion. Roar. Let it all hang out. Ask for what you want and notice the results. Guru (Jupiter is moving into your second house for a year and five planets will be sitting there for a month. Find the spiritual in the material. Find the material in the spiritual. It’s all the same. Right?! Rock it Aries. In the midst of all this excitement tend to your heart and your temple. Make your wish list and trust that you can have it all. Friday the 18th and Saturday the 19th are power days for you.
Taurus: Taurus, you are our patron saint right now. Five planets are moving into your first house. I want to observe you, take notes and do a mini-documentary (or mocumentary) on you. Do you mind?! As the planets shift this next week and hang out in Sandhi (the gap) you may notice how liminal this reality is. It’s up to you to create your ideal life. On all levels. Think big. Then let your dreams get even bigger. You are the master of your own destiny- no one else. Trust your Self more than ever. More than anyone else. Sunday the 20th and Monday the 21st are power days for you.
Gemini: Your dreams may start intensifying. You may break into a cold sweat. You may be awake but dreaming. You may be dreaming but be awake. It’s life in the liminal reality. Used to it yet?! You are entering a powerful inner time period. A time of more moksha. Listen to the Self. Listen to your dreams. Listen to your desires. Listen to your heart. Listen. Listen. Listen. Stop and smell the roses and find comfort from the unknown, the hidden and the uncertain. Stay in bed if you can.
Cancer: Remember when you used to dream about being a rock star? An astronaut? A traveling photographer? A Nobel Peace Prize winner? A best-selling author? Those dreams still exist, they’ve not been lost. Notice where you put your attention and what grows. Notice who you want in your life and who no longer serves your highest good. Notice the life you are living and the life of your dreams. What needs to shift in order to invite in your biggest and boldest desires and passions- all of them? This is a time of clearing, shifting and re-prioritizing. Space-time travel is yours. Work with your hands. They are activating and asking for more attention.
Leo: Now’s not the time for vacations. Have you noticed? Get ready to bust it for the next month to year and grow the work that most fulfills you. Does it serve others as well as feed your self? Great! You will get the most support from the universe that way. Your career house, the offering you bring out into the world, is about to voluptuate. Saturn moves back into your second house of comfort until mid July. Feeling the pinch? Work + work = no play. For a while anyway. Bust it for now. Vacation later. Put on your cape and rip off your suit.
Virgo: You are entering a time of great spiritual insight, blessings of knowledge and insight. The grace of the guru is with you. You are sitting at the feet of the Master. Are you listening? There are some comforts in this. But there may be some discomfort as you grow and expand. Growing pains. Having issues with others? Having issues with your Self? Your tendency is to perfect and need perfection for happiness, Virgo. Why not try something new? See the perfection in the imperfect and watch the shift.
Libra: Your new word is transformation. I could leave it there, but let me give you a little more. The next few weeks you will have five planets in your eighth house- a hidden house, a house of great silence transformation and depth. It is also a house that brings endings. Endings bring beginnings. Turn the endings into something new. Start your manifestation list and carve out your new reality. There is some healing to be had here. Look for it. Allow it. Be it. Surrender to your ultimate transformation.
Scorpio: I got a feeling of foreboding dear Scorpio. If my own life is any clue, you’re feeling it already too. Have you been pushing it into third gear already?! Have new and old relationships been coming out of nowhere and (re)creating themselves? Has business been booming? Do you need to duplicate your Self? Get used to it. You are heading into a place of uber maximization on all levels. Think big. Act bold. Run with the other runners. Plant the seeds now in order for a rich cash crop harvest later in the season. Romance is in the air, are you ready for an explosion?!
Sagittarius: It’s time to heal Sagittarius. Heal every cell of your body. Healing on the mental, the physical, the heart level, energetic and spiritual- even the material. You are gearing up for a full Soul Healing. Are you ready? If it’s not working, get rid of it. If it’s broken, fix it. If it’s sucking your energy, drop-kick it. If you need more of it, get it. Whatever the void, the absence, the lack, get to the bottom of it and make an alchemical change for the better. There is intense power in your sixth house right now. Feeling it in your gut?! There may be some discomfort coming, but it will be well worth it. Clean your house. All of them. Your power days are the 8th and 9th.
Capricorn: Did someone say passion?! Lordy, you are about to have five planets sitting in your fifth house of passion, romance, children, past life credit and higher learning. Saturn moves back into your ninth house- the auspicious house of knowledge and wisdom. It’s a time of growth Capricorn. Clear up any issues with teachers, gurus and guides from the last few years. Look for good advice. Make your passions work for you now rather than pretending that they are only a weekend habit. What do you expect from life in order to be fulfilled? Don’t play small. Put on a headdress and move to Vegas. The 11th and 12th are your power days.
Aquarius: Mother, the Earth, the heart, the soil and things that come from it, cars and vehicles, moksha and finding comfort with these items are all on your radar. There’s a huge amount of power and focus shifting into your fourth house this week. Can you feel it? Saturn is moving into your eighth house of transformation and vulnerability- healing that comes from endings and surrender. Are you finding any substance here? Tend to your heart. Tend to your mother- the mother within and all those who represent her. Find your emotions. They are the source and bring many answers. The 13th and 14th are power days for you.
Pisces: Creativity and artistic adventures are coming to the forefront right now. Five planets are moving into your third house and are going to force you to use your hands and create. Use this time to activate, act with courage and self-determination. Simultaneously, Saturn is moving back into your seventh house of relationships. What clean-up needs to take place in order to create the relationships you most desire? Are you really ready for something different? If so, you’ll need to act different in order for different results. Find a new art of relating, creating and co-creating/co-relating. Saturn’s not going to let you off the hook this time. The 15th and 16th are your power days.
*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.
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