INTRODUCTION: In May 2015 and through the following weeks and months, there are clear blessings to be aware of and to thoughtfully work with – but there’s also very great tension. See below. First, my contact details:
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To return to the notes for May 2015 and onwards:
The Blessings are created first from the fact that Jupiter is transiting in Vedic Cancer, the sign of his exaltation.
The Second Blessing is due to the fact that throughout May there’s a string of three benefic planets in a row: Mercury is in Vedic Taurus, Venus in the next sign Vedic Gemini and Jupiter in the next sign after that Vedic Cancer. This formation creates a special ‘Yoga’ or combination called Adhi yoga which will be a particularly good energy for all of us but especially for those with Ascendant (Lagna) or Moon in the Vedic sign of Sagittarius, bringing them, especially, protection and spiritual opportunity.
The Third Blessing is from the fact that Mercury is in Venus-ruled sign Vedic Taurus and Venus is in Mercury-ruled sign Vedic Gemini This yoga is called Parivartana yoga and is good for all of us but especially we will feel this blessing if we have planets in the Vedic signs of Taurus, Virgo and Aquarius.
The Great Tension, on the other hand, comes through two big challenges.
The first is created by the fact that Mars is opposition Saturn in the heavens.
The second is the fact that Mercury is Retrograde from May 18th to June 11th. Though please do read on to see below where I identify how we can actually even find blessing and personal growth out of these two challenges.
In fact, do note however, in the usual worldly sense, from the Mars – Saturn opposition, there is a big risk of tension, irritation, anger and even maniacal rage or demonic shouting and road rage – or even worse than that: throwing your toys out of the pram at this time!
On the social plane this is riot.
On the Earth plane, this is earthquake.
Western and Vedic Astrology: Note that this Report mainly uses the sure and accurate declaration of Vedic Astrology, but with some western astrology cross-over. What’s the difference? Well, Vedic Astrology is rooted in our incarnational life purpose whereas Western Astrology is attuned to our psychological self. But please note that where a western astrology sign is named, this sign starts at 24 degrees of the preceding Vedic sign. So, for example, the western sign of Aries starts at 24 Vedic Pisces.
There’s a zodiac comparison wheel at the foot of the post which makes the relationship between the western and Vedic Zodiacs clear.
MARS OPPOSITION SATURN: The reason for this violent energy pervading our minds is the fact that Mars and the Sun are close to each other in the heavens – and they are opposite Saturn:
Mars/Saturn is an implacable, dictatorial, restrictive and limiting aspect. It can be cold. It can be tense and argumentative. It does not duck conflict at all. It’s a military or concentration camp energy. Mars opposition Saturn puts us on the defensive at best, the offensive at worst at this time. If you do start a confrontation, you will likely lose because you will so hurt the other person. It can be good for getting things done, but often in a bad spirit. It’s bad for loving relationship. It does carry an energy of death and endings.
So, to make everything this potentially vicious or fixed, Mars is opposition Saturn in the heavens from 4th May to 15th June.
Mars is in Vedic Taurus (an Earth sign, hence Earthquake). Saturn is transiting Vedic Scorpio from November 2014 to 26th October 2017.
Look at Chart 1: the Vedic chart for 4th May. It shows the moment Mars enters Vedic Taurus. You can see that Mars is in opposition a very torturously slow-moving Saturn. Saturn is moving slowly retrograde until August 1st when he will become stationary, and then he will turn with great deliberation to move direct once more. Remember: the slower a planet’s movement, the deeper he etches his effects. And remember, when a planet is retrograde it’s effect is Vakri or twisted, manifesting in a back-handed way with the divine purpose that we will have to make extra special effort to understand his energy, his purpose, his effect.
And of course, there’s another factor is that you can see from the following chart for 4th May, Mars is conjunct Mercury in Vedic Taurus which doesn’t necessarily lead to gentle sweet speech. You have been warned. Try to use this awareness if such situations arise. Forewarned can mean fore-armed! Well, that’s the theory! That’s what we should aim for.
Chart 1: Vedic chart for 4th May 2015:
BUT – remember, what I have been describing is the lower consciousness meaning of the energy that the planets are filtering to us. There is also a higher consciousness meaning that we can all try to perceive and try to reach for. Please read on.
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Note: the Western tropical zodiac is inside; The Vedic sidereal zodiac outside. So the direction of rotation is anti-clockwise.
Example: My Moon in my birth chart is at 29 deg Vedic Pisces, which as you can see is at 26 degrees Western Aries.
Zodiacs: Brief Explanation:
Put very simply, the two zodiacs measure different things:
The Vedic Zodiac interprets our incarnational life purpose; the western zodiac interprets our egoic psychology.
The Vedic Zodiac is anchored to a fixed star (Spica); the western zodiac by contrast starts with 0 deg Aries as the position occupied by the Sun on the day of the Vernal equinox and this shifts against the background of the stars by a degree every 72 years. The two zodiacs are thus 24 degrees apart now.
The shift in the position of the Western Zodiac is due to the Precession of the Equinoxes (caused by the wobble in the Earth’s axis of rotation).
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