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*Whether astrology is science or magic, we’re open to most things, if they may be of benefit. ~ Ed.
Author’s note: 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 intuitive science has survived thousands of years in India’s Vedic tradition and is still considered a valuable tool for 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 therefore different, as are the details used for prediction and the indications given below.
On March 7th 2019, our karmas shifted.
Rahu moved to creative, airy Gemini and Ketu shifted to Sagittarius, joining Saturn in this spiritual, fire sign. This 1.5 year transit will last until September 23rd, 2020.
Ketu in Sagittarius:
The combination of Ketu and Saturn in Sagittarius will make for a bumpy ride during 2019, as old grief is cleared, dismembered, and released. Sagittarius is a highly spiritual fire sign. It aims high, but rarely hits the target because of its hesitation to pick a direction.
When focused and determined, Sagittarius creates pure, spiritual desire that can lead to alignment with dharma, inner growth, and right action. A new sense of space and awareness is being created within you and your life during this transit—unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
In the months ahead, it’s important to ask yourself:
What am I making space for?
How do I want to use this space?
How can I simplify my life even more?
What past trauma needs my attention?
Saturn is the planet of grief. He is heavy, slow, and old. He will show you where undigested grief is living within your life and body. This cold and heavy planet represents established, traditional structures, as well as progress that comes through slow and steady steps. His transits take 2.5 years in length, the longest of all the planets.
Ketu is a planet that changes in the blink of an eye, like a flash of lightening. The contradictory nature of Saturn and Ketu will cause challenges with speed, focus, and outcomes, while creating sudden, lasting impact. Perhaps the positive experience with these two planets is that both can offer spiritual awareness and support awakenings in various forms.
Trauma, sudden loss, and terror come with Ketu. The coming transit may force us to revisit past traumas or losses. Use this time to stay as close to the body as possible and keep life simple and slow. Gather resources, support, and guidance to help heal and repattern old traumas.
Saturn’s enlightenment comes through years of consistent action and putting in a great deal of effort. He polishes the lump of coal through constant heat and pressure, eventually revealing the diamond. Ketu, however, serves his moksha suddenly—through flashes of insight, shocking revelations, and instant shifts in awareness. He can bring trauma and sudden loss with him as he sheds layers of illusion.
Though the intention of both planets is transformation and awakening, they go about it in totally different ways. When their differences collide, it may be challenging to stay grounded and connected to the body.
The house that Sagittarius occupies in your jyotish chart will show the area of your life that will be impacted by this incompatible relationship.
What themes are present?
Rahu in Gemini:
Rahu in Gemini will create forceful shifts and strong, unpredictable movement. This transit also brings stormy energy and powerful currents, making sweeping, sudden changes. As the shadow of desire, Rahu intensifies whatever he comes into contact with. Desires may become irrational and inflated, as well as overly materialistic. However, this is also an important creative transit that can lead to new ideas, innovations, and immense worldly success.
Creativity and the imagination will be wild and untamed. Imagination can be used as a powerful boon or a dangerous dragon of illusion. The mind will need you to keep it tame.
Remember that the mental body is the imaginal. Don’t believe everything you think.
The wild imagination emerging can be put to good use if you are an artist, musician, writer, dancer, or entrepreneur. Money, commerce, and communications may expand and grow quickly, but will likely experience loss and change just as suddenly.
Nothing about Rahu is predictable—so never expect his results to last or endure. Do not put all your eggs in one basket and don’t count your chickens before they hatch. If he gives you gains, change this into a new form so that you are able to keep it. Don’t let your greed get in the way of common sense and rational behavior.
Mind the mind in this cycle. Take time for meditation, pranayama, and yoga. Spend extra time in nature, walk barefoot, and hug trees. Stay grounded and commune with Spirit. Eat more greens; clean up your diet and routine. Get creative and try new things. This is a great cycle to learn a new creative skill or upgrade your passions and talents. Focus on upgrading your communication skills and be sure you are speaking clearly. Put everything in writing, and don’t make assumptions. Intuition may be stronger than normal, but not everyone can read your mind.
Gemini brings the arrival of the third transformation. From the churning and storms, the amrita arrives. Through the creative process, awareness and understanding emerges. The symbol of Gemini, from a Jaimini perspective, is the two lovers. Their union creates a third energy, a powerful expression of love.
Rahu may inflate the desire to create, procreate, and fall in love. Don’t rush, slow down, and don’t get lost in just the idea of love. Make sure there’s actually something solid behind the vision. Something new is being created right now and it may not happen exactly how you think it should. Trust the process of what is being created. This will require your deep surrender.
Look at your jyotish chart and notice where Gemini lives. The house that Gemini occupies will show you the themes activated through this transit. What do you notice?
Horoscopes for Your Shadow Work: March 2019 to September 2020.
These horoscopes will give you general themes for the year to come based on your rising sign. Horoscopes are based on your sidereal, or jyotish rising sign, not your Western or tropical sign. There is likely no correlation. You may also use with your sidereal moon or sun sign for extra insight.
Aries: Your life path and purpose is shifting. You’re being forced to simplify how you interact in this world. Clarity and space come through letting go of old, heavy burdens that you’ve been carrying far too long. This requires immense courage and resourcefulness to transform and release.
Are you up to the challenge?
You need even more support right now—more than you think you do. Ask for help in all areas of your life. This is not a time to drop your guard or get too cocky. Use your hands in new ways and clean up your life. Relationships and self-development need your focus. Clean up your diet and make space for what you truly want. Work on stabilizing yourself through your legs. Create something new with your arms and hands.
Taurus: Relationships require even more focus, resources, and guidance right now. It’s your shadow that is getting in the way of your receptivity. Attend directly to past trauma and old karma keeping you stuck in vulnerability and safety issues.
Changes with heart and home are inevitable, while your career will require more focused attention. You may be very unclear, but move methodically in the direction of your goals anyway. Put more focus on your speech, nourishment, money, and healing process. Attend to losses, release, and letting go.
Ask for more help than you think you need and do not take risks at this time. Lighten your load and release the burdens that have been holding you back from the progress you want and deserve. This will require an upgrade, so be sure to gather the guidance and resources you need to make it happen.
Gemini: You and your life are in for some major re-structuring in the months ahead. You will become more visible and have more desire for worldly success. Don’t run away with yourself or get lost in your immense worldly desires. Work with your power issues and path diligently. Strengthen your support team even more, and gather new resources to support your awakening.
Relationships bring sudden loss and changes. Work on safety and support issues. Avoid putting yourself in risky situations. Give yourself a spiritual taproot and gather even more guidance, resources, wisdom, and therapeutic support for your journey. Surround yourself with more spiritual people.
Remember who you are and what you stand for. Don’t get sidetracked by flashy objects or ideas. Heal the trauma around the instability that is keeping you and your life stuck.
Cancer: Your relationship with power is gaining your focus and demanding attention. A healing process is taking place as you face truths, conflicts, and needs directly. No more hiding from yourself! No more avoiding your needs! No more passive-aggressive behavior! Get congruent!
Where do you need to realign and refocus so you are in right relationship with your authentic voice? You’re about to get cracked open and forced to be even more straightforward with yourself and others. Loss, release, and letting go are inevitable in the months ahead. Become a better money manager and take care of your animals.
You need to reassess your shadow work and make sure you are truly digging deep. It’s time to digest some old emotions—so work on your gut health to help you with this. Go beyond the surface. Let your emotions guide you. Ask your ancestors for help with this.
Leo: Heart and home continue to expand, while children, power, and gut intelligence demand your focus. There is a certain vulnerability in these areas of your life, so pay close attention and don’t drop your guard. Clean and clear trauma with your power and awaken the wisdom in your gut.
A clearing is taking place in your solar plexus. Who are you with even more access to your power? Who do you want to become? You and your dharmic path are gaining even more insight. Are you ready for the light? Gains come when you make space for them, so be conscious about what you are attracting—especially with relationships. Use courage and creativity in new ways. Write more and find new channels of self-expression.
Virgo: Keep growing in your courage. Focus on learning and expanding your creativity, courage, and self-expression. Home, heart, land, and mother are highly unstable in this cycle. Stability is a strong desire in the months ahead, but will likely be evasive. Open your heart and attend to the trauma that’s surfacing. Wounds regarding mother, home, and ancestors need your attention.
The emotional body is clearing old, undigested grief and requesting you to get even more honest about your feelings. Where are you hiding from yourself? Get clear and be congruent. Avoiding conflict will not make it go away.
Your worldly desires may be increasing so don’t lose sight of reality. Try to clarify your direction. Find more purpose and meaning beyond worldly desires. Remember that money won’t make you happy in the long run—it’s just masking some deeper needs for safety and stability. Find solid ground within.
Libra: Nourishment and wealth continue to expand; however, issues with authority figures and your relationship with power could prove problematic in the months ahead. Diligence with your ego and addressing power issues become non-negotiable. Find trustworthy support and guidance to help you navigate the murky waters.
Awaken your courage and clean up your actions and choices. Be careful with your hands and use your creativity—even if it feels burdensome. Relationships are prone to sudden loss and endings as well as new clarity and insights. Who and what are you truly making space for? Now is a good time to move closer to dharma—even though it might feel daunting and unclear. Putting your attention on a higher purpose will serve you well. Gather support for your path that feels aligned with your spiritual and personal needs.
Scorpio: You are still in a powerful and important growth phase. Keep going! Money, nourishment, speech, and voice need your focus. Trauma and grief resurface with your voice, mouth, and money. Pay attention to the deeper messages that are surfacing. Keep life simple (simpler than you think you need to) and clean up your diet. Focus on being a good money manager. Clean up the excess and plug the leaks.
This is not a time for excess or extravagance. Don’t get lazy. There is a certain vulnerability with this cycle, so do not take risks or put yourself in dangerous situations—physically, sexually, or financially.
This is a powerful time for deep shadow work. Clear away the heaviness you’ve been carrying unconsciously. How can you lighten your load even more? What stories are keeping you stuck? It’s time for a total life upgrade. Be brave and don’t be afraid of your darkness. You are transforming in life-changing ways and you won’t be the same person after this transit. Trust the journey and don’t look back.
Sagittarius: This cycle is a total make-over in all areas of your life! You are getting cracked wide open. This is an immensely spiritual time, and also very vulnerable. Watch your head and avoid dangerous or risky situations. Do not put your body in compromising situations.
Less is more in the months ahead. Simplify and clear all areas of your life. Slow down—even more than you think you should. Support the release of undigested grief and put more focus on relationships. People in your life will be demanding more of your attention and it may feel draining. Get more resources and support for your relationships. Ask Spirit and the ancestors for even more help right now. Seek solitude, alone time, and extra rest.
You are in a powerful metamorphosis. Trust yourself to become the butterfly, but don’t try to rebirth alone. The need for support and resources is even more important right now and will make the process of changing smoother.
Capricorn: Gains continue to arrive as you make the space for more receiving. Loss, letting go, and endings are inevitable in the months ahead. What parts of yourself are you leaving behind? What parts of yourself are regenerating and regrowing? Ask the ancestors to support you in this process of “cut, clear, and delete” in all areas of your life.
Limitations may be felt with finances, so clean up your relationship with money and upgrade your money management skills. Be clear with all forms of nourishment. You may have trouble being direct and focused in the months ahead. Try to be congruent in order to avoid conflicts. Where are you not being clear? Where are you avoiding important conversations?
Think bigger and share your gifts in new ways, but keep it simple. You are learning how to let go even more. Clarify what you need for stability and support. Growth will come next, but not without making space for what you truly want and need. Take more care of your gut intelligence and your animals.
Aquarius: Putting attention on your offering is worth your time and energy. It’s time to expand in new ways. More gains are coming, but you must make room for what’s arriving. What are you willing to let go of in order to have space for what you truly want and need?
Attend to power issues and gut intelligence. The shadow in your upper gut is creating constipation and power issues. Clear up what is keeping you stuck and work diligently with digestion. Pay attention to your children and your dharma as these areas of your life will be demanding attention. Self, path, purpose, and visibility are asking you to clarify and upgrade.
Get creative, use your hands in new ways, and attend to relationship losses. You are getting clearer on what you need right now—especially with friendships, siblings, and your own path. It’s okay to let go of what is not yours to carry. Lighten your load and allow more playfulness.
Pisces: Keep focusing on your dharma and gather the resources, support, and guidance you need for a total path upgrade. Your offerings and career are going through immense shifts and changes. You need to share yourself in an entirely different way moving forward. Get out of your own way and keep it simple.
Clean up and clarify diet, speech, money, and conflicts. Watch out for your knees and try to stay flexible. Get more congruent with your desires and your actions. Do what you say and keep moving toward your goals with conscious, determined choices. Focus more on home, heart, mother, and land. The emotional body requires your diligent efforts in order to clear away the masks and illusions. Address your shadow and support the release process taking place. Ask your ancestors for more guidance and resource.