Editor’s note: Astrology isn’t a religion. We’re not sure it’s a science, either. It’s magic, maybe. But, as with feng shui, say, things affect things. So as long as we don’t go blaming our problems on the stars, as long as we assume responsibility for our own actions…well, hell, a little auspicious coincidence and applicable wisdom can’t hurt. And so, with that grain of salt…enjoy!
*Vedic Astrology, or Jyotish, is one of the oldest sciences on the planet and considered a relative of Astronomy. It is an important and valuable part of the ancient Vedic texts. This complex, logic-based but intuitive science has survived thousands of years in India’s Vedic tradition and is still considered a highly valuable tool of guidance and life insight. It is not a religion, but rather a philosophical understanding of human and cosmic existence. In Sanskrit, Jyoti means light. Essentially, the study of Jyotish is the study of light and how we interact with the cosmic light—within us and within the cosmos. Vedic Astrology, or the sidereal approach to astrology, casts charts differently than Western, or Tropical astrology. The meanings, implications and purpose of Jyotish are therefore different, as are the details used for prediction and the indications given below.
The cycle to come is a particularly vulnerable one for the emotional body and our feelings.
Our inner emotional tides may feel hot, agitated, fearful, driven—with a sense of challenge and conflict emerging. This theme continues for the waxing Moon cycle to come.
Keep Kleenex handy and watch for sudden emotional outbursts. Are you taking out your need for safety and security on others? Or are you asking for support and resources that align with deeper nourishment? Go slow and take ample pauses to check your inner landscape for clues. In the coming waxing cycle, find ways to create, connect and imagine in new, more heart felt ways. Get focused on what you truly need for deep, unwavering nourishment. What feeds your soul? What have you neglected that your heart is hungry for?
Though the emotions may be heightened, this cycle is a particularly powerful one for mental body, physical body and our soul’s work. Consider the potency to come a grande opportunity. One that we all need to maximize in very important ways. It’s not a time to sit idle and be lackadaisical. It would be a grande waste to be without intention and clarity in the cycle to come.
As Sun shifts to its mulitrikona and own sign, Leo, on August 16th at 23:30 Pacific time, he joins Jupiter, Mercury and Moon here as well. All receive the stern gaze of Saturn who insists on focus, structure and stability. Suddenly our power has a chance to align with purpose in this month to come! But not without deep intention. This Sun cycle activates passion in new ways and offers renewal, fresh starts and a new resolve for all.
Simultaneously, heart passion will be potent and forceful. Heart burn or heart wisdom? Channel the heat carefully and intentionally. Connect, create and reach out in powerful ways. Let community and relationships support you and your efforts. Do not self isolate!
Work consciously with your father self and your masculine energy. Diligently clear your inner psycho-emotional and psycho-spiritual blockages and obstacles, inherited from your father and his lineage. Simultaneously, step into the strengths and gifts that have been offered from him as well. Put structures in place that support your work, vision and longevity. Be a manager, a CEO, and use your energy wisely. Let your power align with a deeper sense of purpose.
If you’re one without a strong calling or sense of life purpose, now is the time to commit like never before. Use this time to follow your soul’s longing and dedicate your actions to activating your dharma. If you need support, ask for it, but don’t miss this chance to align with your inner power and wisdom. Need resources? Ask me for help. Use this cycle to find clarity, support and activate your dharmic wisdom. Seek empowerment, but watch for over-active ego simultaneously. You’ll know if you’re out of balance when entitlement, anger, agitation, rigidity or self-righteousness arrives. This is your red flag that you need to step back into a more heart-centered place of compassion.
The power of the Sun is strengthened as his officer, Mercury (the mental body) moves to Virgo, its sign of exaltation, mulitrikona and own sign. Extra support arrives for our mind, our creative endeavors and all communication efforts. As Mercury shifts into Virgo on August 22nd at 19:50 Pacific time, he joins Rahu here and Ketu gives his re-structuring gaze from seven houses away. The conjunction of Mercury and Rahu during this cycle will effect individuals differently. For some, the confusion of Rahu will undermine the potency of Mercury being well positioned. Others will experience a massive upswing in finances, connections and creativity.
Your ability to resource from your inner strength and power will determine your success during this extra long Virgo transit. What is your relationship with your shadow? Can you tame the beast, call it on its self-deprecation and consciously work with overcoming limiting beliefs? Success will come to those who take the dark and turn it into the light. Your biggest struggles are asking you to rise to the occasion.
Turn struggle and challenge into gifts and awakening.
This Mercury cycle is extra long and unusual. In many regards it is an offering with extra graces—if we choose to use them as such. Mercury usually makes fairly swift movements, yet his retrograde motion will prolong his dance through his favorite sign. He will retrograde on September 17th, then go direct on October 9th, and finally leave Virgo on the 28th of October. During this back and forth shuffle, he will move in and out of his most potent degree range and also slide in and out of his mulitrikona and own sign degrees. We get a smorgasbord of his support, struggles and potency.
An exalted planet shares 100 percent of his energy, mulitrikona 75 percent and own sign 50 percent. Remember that once he retrogrades, at times he will be considered debilitated as he moves back through his exaltation degrees. (Exalted planets in retrograde motion are considered debilitated). This occurs from September 28th to October 9th to be exact. At this time he is closely conjunct Rahu and combust (burnt) from the Sun. Certainly a time to be very diligent with our mental body, our shadow work and our ego. Use this time for conscious self development work and spiritual practices.
During this Mercury transit through Virgo, we will all need to pay special attention to our mental body, our imaginal body. Stories, thoughts, ideas and words will be extra strong and powerful as will our creativity and imagination. This is the part of our being that can create magic, or destroy us. Depending on Mercury’s placement in your chart and your relationship with him, this could be an extra challenging cycle, or a powerful and creative game-changer. Being on top of your mental/emotional body dynamics will be vital.
*Horoscopes are based on your Vedic (sidereal) rising sign. You can also check your Moon and Sun signs for further insight. Do the same with your Navamsa signs for further clarity. Do not use these horoscopes with your Western sign (Tropical) as there is likely no correlation. These horoscopes are meant to be used as a broad overview of the current transits and obviously do not address the specifics of an individual’s unique chart
Aries: Take the potency that’s been percolating in your heart center and channel it into power and passion. Let romance, creativity and your child-like senses be aroused. Enjoy some fun and sensuality. The coming months will support finances. Work diligently on overcoming the mental blockages that are keeping you from inner and outer success. Consciously work on the link between your financial issues and your lack of nourishment. Overcoming mental obstacles is your clue for big change. Healing and change are possible if you take on your shadow self.
Taurus: Your creativity will be served by connecting with your heart wisdom and spirituality going forward. Start to lead with your passionate heart and don’t hold back. Focus on home, land and your parents, as well as your career. Share, shine and be seen—as long as it aligns with your heart’s desires. Romance is about to become much more mental. It’s time to start writing love letters! Creativity, artistry and intelligence are about to get an upgrade. The strides and changes you make will be determined by your courage to face your shadow.
Gemini: Orient yourself towards getting greater nourishment into your physical and emotional bodies. Pay attention to feelings, as this is how we manifest what we want more of in life. Money is a source of energetic nourishment. The way to make more of it is by feeling it as a nourishing resource. Use your creative powers to increase and maximize what you need. Let your heart wisdom and gut wisdom share with you. Listen carefully for clues regarding your life malnourishment. How can you feed yourself better—in all areas of your life? Clue: healthy boundaries.
Cancer: Full steam ahead. Take the power of the past month and channel it into greater wealth and nourishment. Speak boldly and from your truth. Expression will get you what you want. Can you share in meaningful ways? Creativity is activating in some very bold and powerful ways. Let your hands be the catalyst for your creative endeavors. Can you integrate your spiritual and artistic ideas and ideals? This will truly be a winning combination for you.
Leo: Start wishing upon stars and channeling the power of the sunlight. You are a bright and shiny object that people can’t help but stare at! Use your light and wisdom for the good of others and make an impact. Lead with your heart, roar like a lion and speak the truth. Money, creativity and deeper nourishment are yours for the taking, but only if you’re diligent with your mental body. Track and wrangle the beast called “mind” and consciously navigate your shadow at every turn. This is where you’ll find your power button.
Virgo: Gains continue to arrive from losses and letting go of what no longer serves you. There is healing for heart and relationships as you do so. Retreat and meditation time will help you turn on your inner lights more brightly. Shine and share your spirit with the world and let your inner wisdom be a resource for awakening your power. The coming months are potent for you as Mercury moves to Virgo. Communicate, share your message and activate your creative potential. Step out from behind your shadow, but keep working with it consciously.
Libra: Take your recent passion and power and activate it into further gains. Do so by being clear about your action steps. This requires that you let go of some things and close a few doors. Narrow your focus and go for your goals and desires strategically. Meditation and retreats will serve you in powerful ways over the course of the next few months. Consciously work on liberating your mental blockages and limiting beliefs with spiritual techniques and alone time. This will help with your clarity and focusing your power.
Scorpio: Focus on structure and getting more systems and support in place. Dharmic wisdom becomes your powerful life offering. Share, be seen, step out into the world boldly. Rise and shine! Gains are yours for the taking. Let creativity, imagination, connections, creativity and communication be the resources for your upswing. Be diligent with actions, choices and direction. Let doors close and let go of what no longer serves you. Work diligently with your shadow to maximize your gains.
Sagittarius: Keep clearing out the channels of your heart and letting go of emotional body pain through spiritual insights and awakening. Let relationships heal and transform while asking for greater support and connection simultaneously. This is a powerful time of dharma activation. Use all your efforts to consciously step onto your path of awakening and serving the world. Don’t turn back! Use the coming months to share your message, communicate, write and speak to the world. Attract your tribe with a potent message.
Capricorn: This cycle is about inner power all the way! Strength and power from your internal light source will be illuminating you. Let it be contagious and draw people in—just by being. Meditate and consciously work with transformation and healing past wounds. Dharmic activation is about to get maximized. Are you ready for the clarity, focus and drive? Write, speak, create, share, connect. Repeat. Don’t get tripped up on dogma, authority figures or pseudo power. Diligently work on your own mental body challenges so you can identify the shadows happening around you.
Aquarius: Continue putting structures in place that support movement forward and intentions for success. Your efforts will be supported through relationships, connections and communication. Soften your heart and rigidity. Notice where you resist the vital nourishment you are craving. For now, being in support roles can be great learning for you—as long as you look consciously in the mirror. Meditation is a crucial transformational tool for you in the coming cycle. Tame the beast within and bravely look at your darkness.
Pisces: There’s a light bulb in your head that won’t turn off. Don’t try. It’s helping you awaken from your pain and suffering, clear old relationships wounds and open your heart chakra. This process is helping activating your inner power in new ways. Clear up bad habits and out worn patterns by letting go, releasing and healing. Rise to the occasion. You can quit picking at your scabs and licking your wounds now. Are you ready to see your own light? In the coming months, diligently look at your own shadows in order to attract new types of relationship and connection. This is the beginning of much deeper change.
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Author: Maria Kuzmiak
Editor: Catherine Monkman