Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mars Square Rahu-/Ketu, Mars Disjunct Uranus

Mars will be in exact Square aspect to Rahu on Monday-/Tuesday, April 30-May 1. The planet of Action, Aggression and Conflict is now at 90 degrees to the Rahu-Ketu Axis. Rahu and Ketu are the eclipse points: the points in the Heavens where the apparent paths (as seen from Earth) of the Sun and of the Moon cross over each other. When a planet is square to the nodal axis it puts a lot of Tension on that planet and its significations. The potential for dramatic events is increased when the planet happens to be a natural malefic, i.e., Mars, planet of War, capable of causing Destruction.
In Vedic Astrology, Mars is considered to project its energy with full force to the 4th sign (90 deg.) ahead of itself (called the Forward Square in Western Astrology). Mars, now @ 11 deg. Leo, sends its energy to Rahu, now @ 11 deg. Scorpio. Mars is the ruler of Scorpio. Thus the planet aspects its own sign, boosting the energy of Scorpio. Scorpio is especially adept with Secrets and Investigations. Rahu is a "Shadow Planet"(eclipse point) thus: Hidden Actions, Spies, Terrorists, Secret Agents, etc. For the past week, and continuing this week, the News has been full of Scandals and Investigations.
Mars' Disjunct Aspect on Uranus is Exact (<1 deg.) this week and next week. Mars puts out a special aspect 210 deg. ahead of itself (called Disjunct, or Inconjunct in Western Astrology). Thus Mars in Leo is affecting Pisces, wherein Uranus is now transiting. The planet of Aggression, War, and Destruction afflicts the planet of Sudden Unexpected Events, Freedom and Independence, Social Revolution. This too is a Destabilizing Affect, and not favorable to those who are trying to Maintain or Establish Freedom from the Ruler: Mars is in Leo, sign of Rulers and Governments, Uranus is in Pisces, sign of Hope and Expectations.
Mars and Sun are still in Parivatana Yoga (see previous posts). Mars benefits from its interaction with the Sun, giving the Advantage to Rulers and Governments for another two weeks while the Sun remains in Mars' sign Aries.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Mercury conjunct Uranus, Mars Aspects

Mercury is exactly conjunct Uranus @ 12 deg. Pisces on Sunday, April 22. The planet of News, Information, Communications, Rational Thought, Reasons, etc.. comes together with the planet of Freedom, Sudden Unexpected Events, Realizations, etc. in the watery Feeling Sign of the Universal Energies. Great combination for Intuition and Enlightenment. Bad for Getting the Facts Straight. From its position in Leo, Mars influences the Mercury-Uranus conjunction through its 8th house/ 210 degree/ Inconjunct Aspect. Mars adds an element of Distortion, Impatience, Belligerence, and Potential for Violence. The Information is Distorted, New Ideas Come Under Attack, The Media Makes Mistakes. Not a good week for important decisions. But still Exciting, even Bizarre, Developments in the News.
Mars gets Strength from Sun in Aries. The Sun is Exalted in Mars' sign, while Mars occupies the Sun's sign. The mutual exchange of energies (parivatana yoga in Vedic Astrology) powers up Mars for more Action. Leo is the sign of Rulers and Governments. But with Mercury under attack, not much chance for Reasonable Action. Mars still opposite Neptune (see previous posts) creates strong potential for Idealism, Imagination, Illusions, and Delusions Influencing Actions. Thus increasing the potential for Actions leading to Mistakes and Unintended Consequences.
Mars aspects Rahu: Mars projects a full force 90 degrees aspect (Square Aspect) ahead of itself in the zodiac, which now lands on Rahu, transiting in Scorpio @ 11 degrees. (Rahu: the North Node of the Moon, i.e., one of the points where the paths of the Sun and Moon cross; an eclipse point). Rahu signifies Material Desires, Deception, Modern Technology, Foreigners. Rahu specifically indicates Secret Government Forces and Agents. Mars is attacking Rahu, which is Bad for Secret Agents, Hidden Actions, Spies, Criminals, Terrorists, etc. The exact aspect will be next week.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

New Moon in Aries, Mars aspects Neptune, Mercury and Uranus

The New Moon will be next Saturday, April 21, @ 7 deg. Aries. This begins the Hindu lunar month Vaishaka, named for Vishakha, the nakshatra (lunar sign) the Full Moon  falls in, on May 5.  The energy of the coming lunar month is good for Beginning New Projects, Setting Forth to Conquer the Enemy, Initiations, Celebrations, Ceremonies, etc. This New Moon is also auspicious for Beginning New Spiritual Disciplines, especially those requiring Effort and Sacrifice. The New Moon picks up positive expansive energy from Jupiter, which is also in Aries, but simultaneously suffers from the Opposition of Saturn, planet of Limitation and Delay, which is situated across the Heavens in Libra.
Mars has now resumed Direct Motion @ 9 deg. Leo (see previous post). Mars is directly opposite Neptune, pitting the planet of Action and Aggression against the planet of Dreams and Illusions. The result is Confusion and Doubt in Starting Things, and a strong potential for Making Mistakes and Unintended Consequences. This energy pattern becomes less potent in May after Mars begins to pick up speed and move away from Neptune's direct influence.
Mars also sends its 8th house aspect to Mercury and Uranus. In Vedic Astrology the planet of War is considered to project its full force 210 degrees ahead of itself. Planets passing through that point in the zodiac receive a powerful dose of Mars' destructive energy. Mercury is transiting through Pisces, its sign of debilitation (i.e., weakness), and enters the Mars zone of influence this week, with the exact aspect being next Sunday, April 22. The planet of Force and Destruction influences the planet of Communications, Data, The Media. This week is not good for Reasonable Discussions and Evaluation of Facts. Talking Heads will be more belligerent than usual, as well as prone to error, gaffs, etc.
Additionally Uranus is creeping along at 11 -12 degrees of Pisces, with Mercury fast approaching.  Since Uranus is the planet of Sudden Unexpected Events, its potential for giving something Violent and Explosive is increased by Mars' influence. Add in Mercury + Uranus = Unusual, Surprising News. Should be a week for Exciting Events. Hopefully you are not yourself at ground zero.
Mars and Sun are in Parivatana Yoga: Mars is in the Sun's sign Leo, while Sun is in Mars' sign Aries. This pattern sets up a mutual exchange of energies. Both are Firey planets, both in each other's fire element signs. A strong pattern for Independent Action, Personal Ambition, and Use of Force.

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Venus conjunct Ketu, Mars goes Direct, Sun enters Aries

Venus will be exactly conjunct Ketu on Monday-Tuesday, April 9-10, @ 11 deg. Taurus. In Vedic Astrology, Ketu (one of the eclipse points) is considered a malefic (capable of doing harm). Ketu represents Past Karma, which at times "explodes with a vengence." Venus the planet of Value and Finance together with the significator of Payment for Past Actions suggests an event in the Financial Sector at the beginning of the week. Venus is also the planet of Agreements, and therefore Treaties. Its conjunction with Ketu brings up Past Issues regarding arrangements between countries. The Moon will be Opposite Venus on these days, adding to the energy pattern and increasing the likelihood of events.
Mars ends its retrograde period on Friday, April 13 (Saturday, April 14 on East Coast/ Europe). Since January 24, Mars has been retrograde (appearing to move backwards in the zodiac).  The planet will now resume normal Direct Motion. While retrograde, Mars the planet of Action and Beginnings has been slowing things down and creating obstacles to getting things started. This week the planet of Moving Forward seems motionless in the Heavens, @ 9 deg. Leo. The Stationary condition of a planet is considered very powerful, but  also problematic. Mars as the planet of War and Destruction can generate more events of a violent nature this week.
Mars is also directly opposite Neptune for the next couple of weeks. The planet of Dreams, Imagination, Illusions, Deception, and Confusion, influencing the planet of Action and Conflict, makes these weeks Unfavorable for Starting Anything Important. There is a strong potential for Deception,  Devious Actions, Making Mistakes, etc.
Sun enters Aries on Friday, April 13. Aries is the first sign of the Solar Zodiac, and the Sun is considered Exalted in this sign. Meanwhile, Mars is in the Sun's sign Leo. This sets up a Parivatana Yoga, or exchange of sign rulers, between the Sun and Mars. Both of these planets, and both of these signs, share the nature of Fire. Both are Dynamic, Forceful, and Willful. The energy pattern is strong for Beginnings and Initiation. The Sun's entry into the first degree of the zodiac is a favorable time for Puja, Initiation of Mantra, etc. The exact entry of Sun into Aries is 7:00 AM, PDT.