Yes, it is a confused and difficult energy now for everyone, at the time of writing this Post at the end of January 2016. But with great potential if we understand and manage it.
This is partly because although Mercury is no longer retrograde at the time of writing (28th January). But the Mercury Retrograde effects still demand out attention and solutions. This is not just until he stops retrograding but actually it lasts until he regains his pre-retrogradation position on 3rd March.
Very importantly, Jupiter is retrograde now.
For these two see: http://blog.starwheelastrology.com/2015/01/02/mercury-retrograde-you-will-be-feeling-the-effects-from-5th-january-2015/
Jupiter is our spiritual enlargement – also husband issues for women – and so there will be challenges of understanding and challenges to manifesting and growing in these areas, but these challenges will be rich in rewards if you seek to understand and work with them.
However even more important, the Nodes of the Moon change Vedic Sign tomorrow, North Node (Rahu) moves into Leo, South Node (Ketu) moves into Aquarius and this once every eighteen month change causes major adjustment and turbulence.
However, even more powerful (and potentially dangerous for some) is that North Node. Rahu (North Node) has been in Vedic Virgo for the last eighteen months, but he moves into Vedic Sign of Leo. Ketu (South Node) has been in Vedic Pisces for the last eighteen months but he moves into Vedic sign of Aquarius. The changeover feels uncertain.
N.B. We will all go through uncertainty and then have to adjust the thrust and directions of our expectations and strategies now.
Also Rahu North Node is in conjunction with Jupiter now, and has been for some time, but with Rahu moving into Vedic Leo tomorrow, a very ambitious, and aprtly potentially dark energy is created until August 2016 of Jupiter and Rahu being in the same sign. In Vedic Astrology it’s known as Guru Chandala yoga. If your ambition is authentic to yoru body rhythms and spiritual life purpose and if you avoid dark or egoic or over-ambitious associations, ideas and drives, you could succeed well. See for example: http://blog.starwheelastrology.com/2015/12/08/astrology-prediction-for-december-2015-by-michael-conneely/
So watch out for Leo issues becoming very highlighted and even florid.
Examples of the dangers of over-ambition I have noticed coming out are two one-person astrology teachers declaring themselves to be a university, and some devotees of the Irish Druid Tradition militaristically bringing out a list of books to read in a way that rivals the Spanish Inquisition and the Index Librorum Prohibitorum of the Catholic Church, namely the approved categories being: Authors to Love, Authors to Read Critically (But Who Still Have Value) and Authors to Pretend Don’t Exist.
But This means that Ketu South Node is commencing transit through Vedic Aquarius. Please note that this means very big challenges, opportunities and issues for you if you have Ascendant or planets in Vedic Aquarius.
For example if you have your natal Mercury in Vedic Aquarius, this will be all about working with and seeing through mental constructs and paradigms, with the aim of moving beyond those to more enlightened spiritual realisation.
For example if you have your ‘Manasa Nakshatra’ there: Manasa Nakshatra is the Nakshatra or Vedic Lunar sign (there are 27 of them and they are wonderful and powerful analysis and depiction) which depicts our default state of consciousness, this could be very spiritual. I have Shatabishak as my ‘Manasa nakshatra’ or ‘default state of consciousness’, and my intuition has been growing so much since Neptune entered Shatabishak, for example, doing tarot readings all over the world. Now, with Ketu going to enter Shatabishak I will grow even more intuitive. My partner, Maggie Pashley has Purva bhadra as her ‘Manasa nakshatra’ and she has been developing ‘Access Consciousness’ and ‘Access Bars’ since Ketu entered her Manasa nakshatra and doing energy healings all over the world.
But what will you experience if you have your natal Sun in Vedic Aquarius and Ketu is therefore now commencing transit over your natal Sun?????
This is big and offers you chance for deep spiritual realisation, but it is hard for issues of egoic self. But also, Ketu transiting the Sun will highlight paternal problems and issues with authority figures.
Above all between now and August you must beware driven over-ambition or dark connections in spiritual quest or self-expression or pursuit of power.
If you watch out for that danger, and if you are disciplined, pure and focussed, and authentic to emotions and to your life purpose now, you will succeed well in the period up to August 2016 and indeed over the upcoming eighteen months.
And what about the big sting in the tail???
Mars enters Vedic Scorpio on the 21st February 2016. Saturn is already transiting there. Mars and Saturn are a malefic combination. Although Mars is back in Vedic Libra from 18th June to 12th July, he won’t move out of Scorpio, until 18th September, and he’s exactly conjunct Saturn on 24th August.
The combination of Mars and Saturn is deadly and warlike, though if understood and worked at can give structured gain. Look what House in your Vedic Chart the transiting Mars – Saturn conjunction is. Strategic and careful, sensitive work in this area could bring you very gainful reaping, though also hard duress!
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