*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.
*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!
Moon is waxing and yet the inward pull continues.
Two wild planetary shifts occur in this cycle as Sun and Mercury both move simultaneously to Scorpio. This leaves only one debilitated planet to contend with. However, the fierce conjunction of Venus, Mars and Rahu continues. Sun and Mercury will no longer be hemmed in by malefics, but they will conjunct Saturn in Scorpio and receive drishti from Ketu. Sensitivity is high in the coming cycle and we will all benefit from extra rest, self care and attention to the four bodies—physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. Go slow and don’t force.
In this waxing Moon cycle, Sun leaves its sign of debilitation where a certain slow, inward climb has been present. The tight conjunction of Sun and Mercury continues as Sun and Mercury leap almost simultaneously into Scorpio on November 16th. Scorpio is known for its depth, deep inner power and passions. The inward focus of the past cycle deepens, clarifies, and transforms in the cycle ahead. The combustion of Sun and Mercury continues through December 6th- when Mercury moves to Sagittarius. With Sun and Mercury continuing to travel in close proximity, the mental body stays hot, focused, critical and oriented toward order and organization. Use this time to gain clarity and attend to finances, old karmas, shadow work and stories from the past. Mental and imaginal realms will be illuminated. What is coming to the light?
Though Sun and Mercury will no longer be hemmed in by malefics, they will conjunct Saturn in Scorpio and receive drishti from Ketu. Sensitivity is high in the coming cycle and we will all benefit from extra rest, self care and attention to the four bodies. Go slow and don’t force. This is also a prime opportunity to attend to physical and mental bodies and deepen the mind/body connection. With mental body rigidity and resistance present, use the physical body as a resource for staying in the present, rather than traversing the past. All four bodies—spiritual, mental, emotional and physical—will be extra sensitive in this cycle. Attend to your four bodies with diligence. Find the places where you are resisting the light—more support, nourishment and vitality. Get extra support and guidance for your needs.
Pushing, forcing or fighting this will lead to unnecessary struggles and obstacles.
Health issues are a reminder to slow down and listen more deeply. Mental and emotional body struggles are a request to look at parts of yourself that need your attention. Spiritual concerns request deeper surrender and trust. Gather resources and extra support for this cycle and notice where you are resisting or refusing the nourishment you need for safety and support.
Relationships continue to prove insightful and a potent mirror for inner growth and healing. In this cycle it’s vital that illusions are clarified, brought to the surface and transformed. Notice where you are staying out of integrity and giving your power away. Focus on inner support and stability rather than mindlessly pleasing, dis-empowering yourself and deflecting the nourishment you need.
As debilitated Venus continues through Virgo, conjunct Mars and Rahu, shadow work intensifies. This is a time to be diligent with relationships, feelings, creativity and finances. Both Sun and Virgo are debilitated until the 16th of November. Our light source, Sun, and the life force energy within, Venus, are vulnerable. 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 toward this as Virgo correlates to the sixth house of healing and healer.
The continued conjunction of debilitated Venus, Mars and Rahu, provide 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: Continue to rest and rejuvenate, attending to the relationship with self and others. The vulnerability and challenges are an invitation to dive deeper within. As Sun and Mercury move into your 8th house on the 16th, the necessity for rest turns to a deeper need for meditation and transformation. This is coming cycle is considered a low energy, inward point for you and must be honored as such. Use this for making necessary shifts with mind, emotions, body and soul. Ask for extra support and guidance. Take intentional care of children and partners while you attend to and clean up old karmas.
Taurus: Take the inner healing that you’ve gained and transfer this knowing into the mirror your relationships give you. Let relationships become your new channel for growth and wisdom. What challenges are you facing? What resistance? What parts of your self are refusing to receive nourishment and support? Let passion, creativity, power and purpose feed you. Trust your steps and what you are attracting into your life. Notice where the fear gets in the way of your trust. Ask for guidance and support when you feel stuck.
Gemini: So much passion and conviction within your heart right now! There is focus, clarity and deep desire being activated. There is also an intense critic and shadow work to uncover and awaken. Where are you keeping yourself stuck and hidden in the illusions of your being? Where are you refusing to feel and deepen your emotional body wisdom? In order to deepen your container of receiving, you must open and purge the channels of pain, obstacles and challenges. How is your critic keeping you from the nourishment you crave? How does this serve you? Use this cycle for deeper healing and transformation. Get support for your process.
Cancer: The softness and vulnerability within the heart, moves into passion and power after the 16th. Ground this new awareness and emotional body wisdom within the body and let it guide you to connect with deeper parts of your being. Use embodiment resources to land in the physical body, while gaining a more intimate spiritual connection simultaneously. Use this as a resource form increasing creativity, courage and inner healing. Keep moving toward more embodied forms of nourishment. What are you learning about your needs versus your wants? They are different and require different attention.
Leo: Nourishment, support and guidance are a forceful and potent part of your path right now. Share your discoveries and learnings with others and offer your resources. Keep aligning with your inner guru and step more forcefully into support and guidance roles. Speak and share your wisdom with purpose and conviction. When doubts and confusion emerge, challenges or obstacles, land in your heart center, your inner knowing. Let your emotional body wisdom be your tuning fork. Are you aligned with your truth? Can you keep landing back in your heart even when the mind pulls you out with its distractions? Notice where this feeling of truth arrives in your body. Keep coming back.
Virgo: There is excitement and worldly gains as well as confusion, uncertainty and fear. Who wins you over? Where are you resisting and refusing nourishment and support? It’s time to step more courageously into action and use your creative gifts for increasing deeper trust and resiliency. You are learning a lot about yourself from travel, silence, alone time and retreats. Harvest and attend to your passion and start sharing your heart wisdom in more authentic ways. Write, paint, dance, create! There is healing to be had!
Libra: Let the softening that you’ve been uncovering allow you to land in deeper nourishment. How are you gathering and allowing more support from others and from spirit? Let you physical body wisdom be a primary resource for harvesting deeper wisdom and guidance. Get clear about your needs and focus on the essentials. What are you ingesting and allowing into your life? Purify and clean up what enters your temple. Get passionate and attentive to your healing practices. Allow plenty of time for rest, meditation, retreats and silence. Let ideas, imagination and creativity flow!
Scorpio: Take the nourishment you’ve received from your travels, alone time and silence, into your life offerings. Share and connect, create and serve. Offer your wisdom and guidance in more concrete, tangible ways. Be seen, get noticed and share your work with the world. Be a bright light. Stay focused on gains and receiving, while noticing how challenges can be a resource for healing and transformation. Gain through relationships, friendships and clients. Ask for what you truly want and take action steps to make it happen. Start getting the support you really need.
Sagittarius: Take time for extra rest, meditation, silence and retreats. As Sun and Mercury dip into your 12th house on the 16th, it’s time to lay low and turn inward. Gather spiritual resources to support your inner work and seek balance between inner and outer realms. Work continues to feel challenging. Lean in to your passion. What messages does it share about your needs? You are still cleaning up your heart and emotional body, let the release flow and move. Let the physical body be a spiritual channel for you. Deepen your connection with spirit though landing and grounding in your physical body.
Capricorn: The efforts and challenges of the past month begin to harvest richer rewards now. You’re learning how vital it is to slow down, stop, pause, land and ground. Much of this has been out of force, in order to help you re-balance, re-calibrate a healthier set point for yourself. Let this slower, more inward focus be your new default mode. What does it feel like in your physical body? What sensations tell you when you have arrived within? Let these messages continue to guide you home. Continue your dharmic focus and activate it through passion, clarity and focus. Gains are arriving. Are you able to harvest and receive these gifts?
Aquarius: Keep cutting out the unnecessary and unwanted. Only invite in the nourishment, support and guidance that truly empowers you. Take your inner wisdom and turn it outward. Offer your teachings and support to others. Use the physical and spiritual bodies to deepen your offerings. Bravely go into your own darkness, karmas and obstacles, in order to transform from the inside out. Use fear, anger and desire as resources for change, healing and self-development. How can you deepen your self-compassion? Surrender, loosen the grips of your shadow with conscious attention and transformational tools.
Pisces: Relationships continue to prove challenging, yet insightful. The learning curves are strong right now. What are you harvesting from these obstacles? What resources are you gathering to support your inner development? Notice how your inner strength is deepening and healing is taking place within. Use your inner power as a resource and lean into your gut wisdom. Awaken your dharmic focus in the coming Sun cycle. Take your inner wisdom into teaching, sharing, guiding and supporting others. Rely on your heart wisdom.
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Author: Saraswati J.
Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock
Photo: flickr/Grafik Mekanik