*Eleditor’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 and also 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 is therefor different, as are the details used for prediction and the indications given below.
Relationships and power are vulnerable in this cycle.
Take plenty of time to pause, listen and land in your body. Don’t force for push yourself. Find ways to deepen your listening skills. Multiple planetary changes cause inner and outer movement and shifts. Go slow and attend to your inner needs.
As the moon wanes and our energy slows, turns inward and instigates potential, we must attend to the vital release process stirring within us and the cosmos. There are ample invitations of transformation occurring through letting go and endings. Removal and release of relationships and that which no longer serves you in nourishing and supportive ways, must be severed and set free.
Radically let go of those who do not have your needs and deep nourishment in mind.
Create, new, healthy boundaries that honor your needs and help you affirm your power. Old, outworn patterns, behaviors and stories must be addressed and brought to the surface. How are you continuing to feed the stories that keep you out of your power, without nourishment, and away from being supported and well fed in life? Cut the cords and liberate yourself from the wounds of the past. Multiple planetary shifts in this cycle bring inner and outer changes.
Mental body transformations are stirred as Mercury lands in Libra at 09:59 PDT on November 29th, joining debilitated Sun here. After months of moving through his favorite sign, Virgo, he shifts to the relational and connective sign of Libra. Mercury is naturally a connector and a creator, a communicator and a generator, while also signifying thinking and imagination. This cycle will instigate a lot of inspiration and thinking—which will increase the imaginal, the spiritual, new ideas and increased creativity. Simultaneously, it will be too easy to stay in the head and out of the body, which can cause issues with the physical as well as manifestation. It’s vital to cultivate presence and deeper relationship with the feeling level and emotional body wisdom, as well as the physical body and its ability to increase stability and support, grounding and landing. Vata and excess air can increase during this cycle, which can result in feeling ungrounded and unstable.
The Mercury Sun conjunction will become closer and tighter toward the end of this transit, climaxing on November 16th while both planets are in Vishaka nakshatra. New paths will present themselves and old ones will need to be re-evaluated. Can the old still support you and your needs, your desires and visions? Co-creation, extra support and new alliances may emerge. Seek out others who align with your visions and goals. Call in new resources in order to help your path take shape. Sun and Mercury continue to track each other closely in tight combustion, moving simultaneously into Scorpio on the 17th, joining Saturn here. Get your extra support and resources in place before this transit and prepare for deep inner work in the cycle to come.
Feelings and creativity further shift as Venus moves out of the passionate and empowered Leo and into Virgo on November 2nd at 17:39 PST. As Venus lands in its debilitation sign, Virgo, joining shadow planet Rahu here, it’s a time to be diligent with relationships, feelings, creativity and finances. Two planets are now debilitated simultaneously in the weeks to come- our light source, Sun, and the life force energy within, Venus. This is not a time to push the physical body. Take care of your health diligently. This Venus cycle will proved challenging to all things Venus, in that you may miss or neglect resources for support due to Rahu’s clouded vision. Simultaneously there will be opportunities to strip away the veils of illusion that are holding you back from fully being nourished by our connections, creative powers, finances, relationships and commodities. Challenge is always an opportunity for deepening change and transformation- so if you notice issues and obstacles, look beneath the surface. Look beneath your mundane existence and take note of the old stories and paradigms running you on auto pilot. How are these stories influencing how you connect as well as who and what you connect to?
The lack of clarity and certainty in this Venus cycle is prevalent, yet we can choose how to respond to the calamities, discord and discomfort. Do you further separate and disconnect yourself, or do you lean in, find ways to deepen connection and get your deeper needs met? It will be necessary to strive for balance- inner and outer. One of the ways this can be supported is through stringent self care and taking care of your needs on the four levels of your being- mental, emotional, physical and spiritual. The conjunction of debilitated Venus and shadow node Rahu can increase the use of intoxicants and “feel good” remedies that mask your ability to deeply feel. Old patterns with drugs, alcohol, sugar, food etc. can be activated at this time so be mindful of what the underlying needs are. These addictive patterns are a cry for deeper nourishment on some level of your being. How can you get your needs met in healthy, balanced and nourishing ways? What support do you need for your process? Ask for guidance, support and assistance. Deepen your relationship with self and others. There is an opportunity for deep healing in this cycle if we choose to step towards this as Virgo correlates to the sixth house of healing and healer.
On the heels of Venus’s shift into Virgo, Mars moves to this earthy, focused, mental body sign as well. Both Venus and Mars are tightly conjunct, tracking each other closely as they both move from Leo into Virgo. Mars follow Venus into Virgo minutes after it moves at 17:59 PST. Both remain fragile the days following and continue in close proximity through the duration of this cycle. This conjunction, in addition to Rahu’s influence, provides a heated and potentially challenging combination. Conflicts and fiery emotions may be felt. What is the root of the anger? What is the underlying need? What passions are stirring that need your attention and focus? There is a powerful opportunity in this cycle to address anger, rage and the often toxic cycle of this emotion. If the underlying root cause, or need, can be found and honored, an unraveling can take place. In the unraveling, there is opportunity for healing and transformation to arrive.
Relationships are vulnerable and fragile in this cycle.
Think before speaking, more importantly pause, wait, and take time for reflection before responding. It will be too easy to speak words that you may later regret. If you are feeling strong emotions, pause for 24 hours at least before responding. Give yourself time to meditate, contemplate and release the emotions before sharing your thoughts, needs or motives. At the same time, this can be a powerful cycle of healing for those inclined to do the inner work this time period will provoke. Healing with anger, relationships, power and authority figures are possible. Let your stomach guide you and invite in opportunities for healing your relationships with inner power and emotions, while helping you integrate and digest the messages arriving. Relationship challenges are opportunities for mirroring what we need and also reminding you what needs to shift within you. As Eckhart Tolle says, “Relationships do not cause pain & unhappiness. They bring out the pain & unhappiness that is already in you.”
As challenges arrive, identify parts of yourself that need to grieve and release. Past hurts, pains, disappointments, sorrows and heavy emotions are all places within you that didn’t get the necessary love that was needed. By attending to these parts of your being now, you can help to move, shift, heal and transform the old pain, bring it to the light and allow this part of yourself to be well fed now. Let yourself grieve and peel back the layers of pain that are asking for your attention. Your are being offered powerful opportunities for releasing the sadness and losses that are masked by anger, rage, and frustration. Lean in and tend to these parts of yourself with compassion, rather than resistance and avoidance.
*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: You are being offered powerful opportunities to heal and transform relationship challenges. These difficulties are a result of misalignment with your inner power and strength. What parts of yourself have you resisted looking at and are still in the dark? These shadow parts are keeping you from being truly supported and nourished. If you want this to deepen in your relationships, you must be willing to look at your bad habits and resistance getting your needs met. What are you gaining from being malnourished? Are you ready to let this go?
Taurus: Let relationships work their magic on you. Remember the reflection of the other is causing you to look at parts of yourself that need awakening- whether gentle or harsh. In this cycle you’ll be working with your power directly. How do your relationships challenge or support your power, passion and needs for safety and support? Clean up and heal stories around father and masculine energy. Notice how these issues are connecting to your current relationship challenges. Ask for support and guidance.
Gemini: Get creative and share your discoveries! Your heart is passionate yet delicate, so attend to your vulnerability with care and diligence. There’s a dance developing between power and vulnerability for you, so use this time to harvest the resources. Let spirit support your findings and discoveries. Keep leaning in and deepening your ability to listen. Clean and clear up gut intelligence so your intuitive knowing can strengthen. This is the seat of your power and vulnerability.
Cancer: Creativity and courage get extra passion and confusion simultaneously. Communication issues are keeping you from getting your needs met and cause emotional pain. There may be some spiritual issues as well which cause heart pains. Stay true to the wisdom of your body and keep landing back in your physical body sensations. It’s the only point of now and can be a resource for deeper guidance for your uncertainties in life. Take your words and channel them through your hands. Create something fabulous.
Leo: Gain strength and focus, but don’t be overtly focused on actions and agendas. For now, it’s enough to hone your vision, gather your resources and align your purpose with more stability. Courage is lacking right now, so let the softening of your steps turn you inward. Time spent in silence and contemplation will feed your creative fires and dharmic path. Nourishment and extra support may feel challenging right now. Remember the obstacles are an opportunity to look at what you need and what will truly serve you.
Virgo: Relationships and feelings are extra sensitive and vulnerable right now. Some spiritual intelligence can provide you with resources so create plenty of space for dropping into your inner wisdom. Silence, meditation and retreats will help you deepen your listening skills. Track the critic diligently right now and notice how it pulls you away from nourishment, support and getting your needs met. Consciously take note of self sabotage and the stories that keep you from being well fed by life and your relationships.
Libra: Keep going slow and calculating your steps cautiously. It’s not a time to be pushing or forcing your body. Rest and relaxation will help creativity increase. Though it will feel challenging or impossible to meditate, this is a vital resource to help you recharge right now. Find ways to pause, drop in, land in your being and honor its intelligence. Find balance with friends, finances and energy. Clean up your diet and stomach.
Scorpio: Reap the fruits of your efforts at this time and find ways to softly land in your body wisdom. Meditation and silence will serve you and help you recharge. Do not push too hard. This is not a time to be seen or noticed, but efforts spent on healing and transformation as well as in contemplation, will be valuable and support long term gains. Friendships and relationships are fragile at this time. Be clear about your needs and lower expectations with others. Clarify your visions and ask for guidance and support.
Sagittarius: Effort and attention placed on dharma and career will be time well spent. Though there may be ambiguity with how you share your wisdom with others, keep a soft and gentle focus on giving and sharing your gifts. Gains come through deepening your relationship with power and passion. What feeds you and enlivens your spirit? Money, financial support and otherwise will come when you are aligned with your joy. Spend time in silence and contemplation to strengthen your listening skills.
Capricorn: Continue to notice where you’re forcing or pushing. Where are you telling yourself you “should” or “have to” or even “supposed to” in your work? Notice how these stories are exhausting you unnecessarily. There are gains for you in going slow, honoring your physical body needs and taking rest. Your path gets passionate and confusing simultaneously. Keep moving towards what deeply nourishes you and get radical in your dharmic purpose. Nothing else matters.
Aquarius: Passions are stirring within, though will be hidden to others. Attend to challenges and complications with relationships and your emotional body. This is a clean-up transit which can be beneficial for clearing and transforming old karmas and previously missed personal development work. Get creative and use contemplation and meditation for clarifying your dharmic vision. Gain from wisdom, guidance and support.
Pisces: Relationships shift and change, are passionate yet fragile. The critic will be alive and well for you in this cycle, causing havoc and keeping you from being nourished by others. Do you know what you need? Can you ask for it? Make time for soft landings within and work with power issues and lack of self worth. It’s hard to get what you really want and need in life when you don’t feel you deserve it. Share your discoveries with others who need this message too.
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Author: Saraswati J.
Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock
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