Transits for April 30th – May 7th 2012
“Be an electric eel in a goldfish pond.” -SARK
Surya (Sun) exalted in Aries sitting with Guru (Jupiter).
Chandra (Moon) bright half/waxing. passes through Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio this week. Full moon in Scorpio, Saturday, May 5th.
Mangal (Mars) in Leo.
Guru (Jupiter) in Aries sitting with exalted 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, moves into Aries on Saturday May 5th.
Rahu in Scorpio, debilitated.
Ketu in Taurus, debilitated.
This week brings a few more planetary changes. Budha (Mercury) will finally move out of debilitation after more than two months of its unusual transit and retrograde dance. It will move into Aries on May 5 and will then be sitting with an Exalted Surya (Sun) and Guru (Jupiter). This signifies Budha’s new transit around the zodiac. Mercury connects to communication of all kinds, speech, networking, artistry and creative endeavors, commerce and financial energy. Most of us will experience a lift with the above list as a result of Budha leaving its sign of debilitation, Pisces. Look for better communication, clearer thinking, increased sharpness and accuracy and actualizing goals and manifestations, as it will be sitting with the fiery and sharp exalted Sun and the voluptuous and expansive Jupiter. Now’s the time to set your thoughts into motion.
On the same day that Mercury moves into Aries, we will have a full moon debilitated in Scorpio. This debilitation will soften the feeling of fullness of the moon and could even bring up some melancholy feelings (especially since debilitated Rahu is also sitting in Scorpio currently.) If you find yourself being extra sensitive and emotional, chalk it up to the moon and ask for extra hugs. Sunday May 6, Moon will still be debilitated in Scorpio but moves into Anuradha nakshatra, the same nakshatra Rahu is currently sitting in. This is the “friendly star” and is a nakshatra that builds alliances. Reach out, connect, bond, re-kindle, ask for what you need. May 6 is also Buddha Jayanti- Lord Buddha’s birthday celebration. Meditate and make an offering.
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 31) 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 17-June 14. 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: Your life is feeling like spring has finally sprung. Jupiter, Sun and Mercury are all signifying a sense of renewal and entrepreneurial spirit. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint on your walls or a new pair of shoes, celebrate with refreshments. You are shining brightly. This is extremely attractive. Flip the switch and turn on your light to max. 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 and trust that you can have it all.
Taurus: Does it feel like you are being tested on every level? Does it feel like some clarity is needed or perhaps so many masks are being ripped off all at once that your exposure is at an all time high? Can some one say vulnerability?! Despite your deep cravings for relating, building relationships, bonding and healthy bedroom behavior, there may be something inappropriate happening with your heart. Wait for it. Your head and heart are disconnected. Can you find a way to knit them together? You may be learning a lot right now, but what does it look like and feel like when there is harmony between these to opposing forces? Hint: That’s where the passion is, Taurus.
Gemini: Something is about to happen and there’s a bit o’ luck involved. Look for help in high places. Reach out to influential friends and connections, older alliances and resources. These connections may come to you suddenly, and with a flash of insight. Look carefully. Watch where you step. You’re climbing a mountain right now. Occasionally, stop, look around, and see how far you’ve come so far. The view is amazing from where you stand.
Cancer: Two words that come to mind for your week Cancer: heart and courage. Saturn is still exalted and retrograde (hence debilitated) in your fourth house of heart and moving back towards Virgo (your third house of courage and self-initiated action) in a week. Your tenth house of career and external manifestation is full of power and dynamism and your eleventh house shows lucky women, spiritual types and romance are influencing you. How can you use this time wisely? 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. Live boldly.
Leo: There’s an element of enchantment in the air. Are you getting a wiff of that? Shred the masks and polish the heart chakra. Be brave as you clarify and restructure your outer and inner realms. Ask for the big things now and dare to dream bigger. You can’t lose. If you’re looking for a new alter ego, here are a few to try on: SheRA, Princess of Power or HeMan. Hanuman. Shri Devi Mahatmaya. Lord Vishnu. Kali Ma. Monday and Tuesday are power days for you. Put on your cape.
Virgo: So much of your inner work right now is in the hidden realms. You are doing so much, even if no one else notices. I look at you Virgo and I think of a seed planted in the dark soil. First a small shoot is sent out. Then it grows- longer and stronger. Pretty soon energy shoots upwards and the seed shoot finds the light. There’s no stopping it at that point! You are still in root/shoot stage Virgo, but laying this foundation insures that the good stuff is yet to come. Officially, spring has sprung! Tuesday and Wednesday are power days for you. Go on a date with someone special.
Libra: Though there’s been some discomfort recently and some shifts in your relationships, you’re about to feel some slight improvement. Consider an island vacation and some rejuvenation. A pina colada might even be in order. While you are sitting on the beach, listening to the waves, make your to-do list/manifestation list/dream big list. Who is there with you? What are you doing? What are the most essential ingredients for your happiness? Thursday and Friday are power days for you. Create some art.
Scorpio: Here’s a love note/pep talk from my mom: “So My Love, just go about your business. There will always be people who make the path just a little bit thorny. What can we do but wear shoes and go on? You are still honorable, loving, giving, worthy, an example of someone who aims for greater knowledge- for Self and for others. I could go on and on. Love yourself and don’t worry about the others. I know who you are.” Put on your shoes Scorpio or go barefoot as you walk the hot coals. Either way, you can’t lose. You are brilliant, don’t back down from your inner glow. Light another match. Saturday and Sunday are power days for you. Hug a stranger or a lover.
Sagittarius: You want your debts cleared; you want to love your career and make good money while doing it; you want harmonious relationships; you want your kids to thrive and you want to feel more joy. Did I get it all? The trick is to find your passions and to run with them. Really live by them. Use passion as your middle name. Explore what brings joy, a sense of child-like enthusiasm and go with it. Don’t look back. Then drive off into the sunset.
Capricorn: When I look into my crystal ball, I see a heart that is expanding, a sense of passionate exuberance, a new spark, a friendly alliance and a new home. Take me literally or metaphorically, it’s up to you. Now’s not the time to be dangerously illusive with your heart, rather, your passionate inner being can hardly contain itself. Let the cat out of the bag! Things are looking up. There are possibilities visibly on the horizon. So grab your broom and go for a midnight ride.
Aquarius: You are offering the world some deep shit. Or are you? Feeling like a fraud? Here’s my advice: Fake it ‘til you make it. Trust your self. Get ready to speak with more authority. You gotta feel it in your bones, before you can take your Self seriously- or for anyone else to take you seriously for that matter. You have friends in high places. Use these alliances now and take a leap of faith.
Pisces: I’m a big fan of affirmations. We can actually change our behavioral patterns when we change our thoughts. This works both ways- positive and negative. Here’s a good one for you Pisces in order to make a positive wrinkle on your brain: I stop struggling to be better. I accept myself as someone who is supported by everyone and everything around me. Now get a few markers out and some post-it notes and put this on your mirror, your refrigerator, your dashboard, your forehead. Things are about to improve for you, let’s make this permanent.
*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: Tanya L. Markul