"Flow Like Pure Water Through Difficult Situations" - I Ching
The New Year begins with a karmic twist, as the nodes of the Moon, known as Rahu and Ketu, enter the rashis (zodiac signs) Leo and Aquarius respectively on January 8th. It’s time to leave behind the domains of Virgo— health, healing and disease and of Pisces— idealism, escapism and foreign affairs. For the next year and half the world will turn its attention towards the broader themes of the sign Leo—leadership, power & authority and that of its opposing sign Aquarius. Ruled by the democratic planet Saturn, Aquarius is concerned with the highest good for the group and seeks progressive evolution. This energy is poised to play out in the current political field as underdog Bernie Sanders continues to fight against corporations in the race for presidency. Without a doubt the nodes will stir the pot in this department creating a media blitz for all to enjoy, as we move closer to election time. Rahu, the northern nodal point of the Moon, is known for his expansive energy and desirous appetite; where as Ketu, the southern node, prefers to quietly withdraw its attention from the drama of worldly pursuits. Although, Rahu (the popular candidates) may create distractions that steal the show, issues concerning the populace are bound to reach the limelight, one way or another, as the nodes work in tandem to balance opposing energies. If nodal energy is out of balance we may see a trend where people’s political opinions become increasingly black and white, with an “us” vs. “them” attitude, especially during the end of the summer.
Jupiter stays in Leo throughout the year, and forms an exact association with Rahu on January 21st. This has the potential to exaggerate the use of power, bringing a mixture of good and bad results both personally and globally—resolve to move forward with grace and humility. Saturn, the slow moving one, continues its stay in Scorpio, but deep waters begin to stir quickly as Mars approaches Saturn from the time it enters Scorpio on February 20th to its exact association on August 22nd. This could bring a stalemate situation with a wake of frustration in its path, see forecasts below as an indicator as to where this energy is likely to play out in your life. Globally, we may see a spike in oil prices and we cannot rule out more war and acts of violence. How you conduct yourself during these difficult times will reveal your inner state. Breath deeply and take one step at a time, and remember external effort isn’t always the answer. To delve deeper into the cosmic meaning of the alignment of Saturn and Mars, we can look to the nakshatra (star sign) Anuradha, were the two are destined to come together from July 26th to August 25th. Anuradha, comes after the nakshatra Vishaka (another name for Radha) it is said that two form a pair. They’re both symbolic of victory shown by the symbol of the staff, but Anuradha gains success quickly through allies, where as Vishaka doesn’t initially set out to work with others. Anuradha could signify two unlikely pairs joining forces to fight a war or win a competition and come out victors.
A few other stand out associations this year include two retrogradation periods, the first being a simultaneous retrogradation of all the outer planets from July 30th through September 27th, Uranus, Pluto and Neptune. This could signify some interesting weather patterns affecting us globally or issues concerning specific generations, overall expect some cosmic confusion during this time. Outer planet transits are strongly felt when they are within a one degree proximity of a natal planet. Secondly, Saturn and Mars are both retrograde from April 17th through June 30th. This may be a time for a yin approach to all matters of pushing your agenda towards long term goals— Call upon higher powers to assist you in trying situations to help you transform emotional patterns that no longer serve you. If you have natal planets in the signs of Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio or Taurus, the energetic patterns of the cosmos this year may affect you intensely.
Forecast for Rashis: read both Lagna (rising sign) and Chandra Lagna (Moon sign)
Your ruling sign Mars moves out of your house of partnerships, travel and business and into the 8th house in July to join slow moving Saturn. This could create a stir with your partners resources or bring some unexpected news from in-laws. Transformation can be your greatest resource at this time whether you restructure your goals at work or aim to take on bigger projects. Humanitarian efforts made now, can bring about your highest ambitions & goals.
In January, Jupiter the planet of opportunity and hope continues to bless your house of children, creativity and speculation. As Rahu moves in you may want to take advantage of this lucky combo that can expand your good fortune. You may have an unexpected windfall if you play your cards right, or an unexpected addition to the family.
In early fall the planet Jupiter moves into the sixth house, shifting your focus to work, health and details. Be sure to keep an eye on your health routines in case you find daily routines disturbed by travel or work. Jupiter’s energy can also expand too much of a good thing.
The eclipses cycle of 2016 occur on the New and Full Moon in March and September. The eclipse cycle (soul evolution) this year falls in your houses of friends, ambitions and creativity, and health, service and solitude—this is where you can expect the unexpected. Also, contemplate and look for themes involving creating and giving as well as letting go and healing.
Power combo Jupiter and Rahu will be activating and expanding all 4th house issues for you, this could simply be a lot of activity in your home, visitors, remodeling, or perhaps a new home! Another layer of the 4th house is mother, education and the emotions or the heart—whatever is destined to occur Jupiter will bring a transformative touch. Rahu will intensify and expand Jupiter’s energy, so expect big changes in the New Year. Visualizing your goals and consciously planning what sacrifices you will need to make for your achievements, can curb the unexpected. Be mindful during the months of April and May, when Jupiter gains power as he stations. Jupiter moves into your 5th on August 12th, new opportunities involving children, the arts, and creativity. Take a new art class, teach, write or perhaps spiritual studies will come into your life now. Enjoy this time as Jupiter brings its blessings and inspires your spirit.
Saturn and Mars come together in the 7th house of partnership— any relationship that involves a contract will be affected by these harsh yet constructive energies. Don’t let themes involving manipulation and control take over your emotions when dealing with others. Well thought out actions with long term goals can go along way now. Meditation and physical exercise are the perfect antidotes to delays and frustrations, especially during the last two weeks of August.
The eclipses cycle of 2016 occur on the New and Full Moon in March and September. The eclipse cycle (soul evolution) this year falls in your houses of career and home and creating and giving back—this is where you can expect the unexpected. Also, contemplate and look for themes of power versus deep feelings, and self versus the group.
Jupiter and Rahu are in the 3rd house of siblings, travel and skills. You may find yourself busy, running here and there to acquire new skills for work, or you may travel more that usual. Jupiter will bring ample opportunity to learn, teach and travel. This transit could also bring an unexpected opportunity or dilemma for a sibling or neighbor as well or perhaps you move and acquire new neighbors. In early fall Jupiter moves into your 4th house, bringing opportunities for expansion of home and heart and his glance blesses career as well.
Saturn and Mars join forces in the 6th house of health and healing in February. These energies will give you the fortitude to stick to routines and effectively fight enemies whether real or imagined. This house can bring obstacles or enemies in our path, but with two planets that are not afraid to take action to defeat them and go the distance, be thankful that you have time and energy on your side. Your mantra for staying healthy and making progress is “consistent actions over time.” If you do decide to move or purchase a new home, and encounter delays in obtaining a loan, look to the second part of the year for a shift.
The eclipse cycles of 2016 occur on the New and Full Moon in March and September. The eclipse cycle (soul evolution) this year falls in your houses of travel and learning; and home and career. This is where you can expect the unexpected. Contemplate and look for themes of worldly integration versus spiritual integration, and power versus deep feelings.
The planet of intensity joins the planet of opportunities in your house of income & self-worth. As a result you may have your money on your mind and your mind on your money. It will give you the out of the box thinking you need to create more wealth and opportunities to earn. Curb your desire to consume or push too hard, as these two energies have the potential to over expand. In the fall Jupiter will move into your house of travel, communication and new skills, look for opportunity to improve efforts that are meaningful. New philosophies or perspectives may come during this time and change how and why you do what you do.
Saturn and Mars are in the 5th house of creativity and children. If you have children they may provoke and test your patience from April through the end of August. If not, you may find yourself suddenly responsible for someone else children! If you are in the midst of creating a project, this is the time for consistent and relentless effort, these two planets will give you the drive and commitment to make it to the finish line. Be patient with whatever comes into your life in this realm, as Saturn teaches the value of patience, control, neutrality.
The eclipse cycles of 2016 occur on the New and Full Moon in March and September. The eclipse cycle (soul evolution) this year falls in your houses of personal resources versus others resources, and the houses of travel and learning. This is where you can expect the unexpected. Also, contemplate and look for themes of worldly integration versus spiritual integration, and your personal growth and values. In-laws may bring surprises this year.
This year will begin with a bang, and you will find opportunity coming to you. You may need to reassure partners and children as you begin to feel more of a need to focus on yourself. You may suddenly have children in your life or in-laws demanding more of you. Notice your reactions to those who you sense need a lot of you this year and transform any negative beliefs or patterns surrounding themes of giving and receiving. You will find more time for yourself and personal transformation as Jupiter moves into you house of worth and security in August— income may change as a result of new ambitions and projects.
Saturn and Mars continue their long stay in your house of heart and home. These two can bring some upsetting or conflicting energies into your home. It may be that your home is in the midst of a remodeling project that never seems to end, demanding focus and decision on your part. On an emotional level you could be feeling conflicted about something or someone, leaving you feeling lonely or isolated. Pampering yourself or self-love may be the best recourse for any feelings you have about what you are not getting from others.
The eclipse cycles of 2016 occur on the New and Full Moon in March and September. The eclipse cycle (soul evolution) this year falls in your houses of recognition and self, and personal worth and security. These two realms go hand in hand with partnerships and other people’s resources. Others may surprise you or you may surprise yourself, either way expect the unexpected.
Jupiter’s transit through your 12th house has brought with it a theme of letting go of whatever isn’t serving your highest good, this could be a job, a relationship or cherished beliefs. Rahu will add to Jupiter’s wisdom but bring with it a desire explore the unknown, through travel, the metaphysical or spiritual pursuits. Foreign belief systems may pique your interests—remain open. On August 11th Jupiter moves into your first house, bringing new relationship, skills and efforts with others. Jupiter in an earth sign will bring results and help you move forward. If the past year has been difficult look for an improvement in August.
Saturn and Mars in your will travel your house of siblings, learning and communication. Do make an effort to be mindful of how you communicate, especially with neighbors and siblings. If you are a blogger or communicate for work, balance your mood or tone with optimism and positivity, if you do find yourself being harsh or rash during this time. This may be a difficulty period for a sibling or someone near by, even parents. If you are working hard to acquire new skills or perhaps teach a new subject, time and patience will go a long way. The month of August will prove to be the most frustrating.
The eclipse cycles of 2016 occur on the New and Full Moon in March and September. The eclipse cycle (soul evolution) this year falls in your houses of self and others, and health, service and solitude. This is where you can expect the unexpected. You may have insights to your own personality, be sure to make time for solitude and respect your own boundaries. Also, contemplate and look for themes involving letting go and healing, as well as recognition and personal needs.
As Jupiter and Rahu transit the sign of Leo and and your 11th house, expect to see an expansion of your long term goal and ambitions. Your circle is set to expand exponentially and you may find yourself spending time with more foreigners or groups of people quite different from yourself. You may attract powerful work associates and friends at this time. At its highest level this transit may lead you to give back through activism and service through group experiences. Relationships and business partnerships also do better at this time.
In August 2016, when Jupiter moves into your 12th house. This is a time where spirituality, travel abroad and the general desire to escape are on your mind. Jupiter will bring plenty of opportunities to escape routines and sneak away. You may find yourself at the theater more this year or an opportunity for long distance travel may appear. This transit could also take you to hospitals to visit the ill or you may need a few routine health tests now. Be mindful of health routines and regular checkups as Jupiter's energy can make one overly optimistic in these areas. This may a difficult time for siblings or siblings may travel abroad at this time.
The transit of Saturn and Mars in your 2nd house, from February 20, 2016 - September 18, 2016, brings the focus to family and finances. During the course of this 7 month period you may feel driven by Mars to make money and fight for your values. There could be some ups and downs with family, as it may require more effort than usual to keep you opinions to yourself. If you are in a relationship, your partner will likely go through a deep transformation at this time.
As Jupiter and Rahu transit the sign of Leo and and your 10th house, expect to see a shift in your status and career. This is an excellent time for recognition or a promotion if you have been working towards an advancement in your career. The recognition you receive will leave you feeling confidant and optimistic and give you a strong sense of purpose in worldly affairs. This is a time when practical matters, finances and relationships with parents seem to flow and bring happiness, so enjoy Jupiter's blessings throughout the year.
In August 2016, when Jupiter moves into your 11th house, you now begin to see the gains from all the expansion in your career the past year. Your social circle is expanding as are your network of professional colleagues. If you have been having some difficulty with a partnership or relationship, you can expect it to improve at this time. This is also a highly creative time.
Saturn is transiting your 1st house of self and identity, and influencing your communication, career, and partnerships houses. You will experience obstacles, delays and pressure in these realms. As Saturn ruler of your 3rd and 4th houses, transits your house of self and identity you may begin to take on new commitments and responsibilities, which in turn bring a heavier work load. You may feel low energy and want to spend more time at home. Spend your energy wisely, act with fairness and diplomacy in all your dealings. As Saturn turns retrograde you may feel restricted in your career or have issues regarding advancement during this time. Partnerships may require a bit more compromise at this time.
The conjunct of Saturn and Mars in your 1st house, from February 20, 2016 - September 18, 2016, brings the focus to self via the body and personality. This is a time where you are feeling super charged and ready to take on the world. You will be able to accomplish a lot at this time. However, because Saturn is there too, there is a push-pull phenomenon going on that could create a feeling of frustration at times. Although it is a good time to push forward, remember to take time off and relax and have fun along the way.
The eclipse cycles of 2016 occur on the new and full moon in March and September. The eclipse cycle (soul evolution) this year fall in your houses of status and career and happiness and home. This is where you can expect the unexpected.
As Jupiter and Rahu transit the sign of Leo and and your 9th house, expect to see a shift in your philosophy and teachings. This could manifest in taking a new class, getting a certification, going on a trip or going back to school. It is also possible that you may find yourself taking on the role of teacher yourself either formally or informally. In any case education, travel and philosophy bring you great joy and expansion now. In addition, this a good time for writing, advertising and promotion.
In August 2016, when Jupiter moves into your 10th house, you take what you have learned from the 9th house and bring into your work place. Your career is expanding now as is your income. This is a time of contentment and happiness. You are enjoying both home life and career. You receive benefits from your mother as your relationship with her flourishes.
The conjunction of Saturn and Mars in your 12th house, from February 20, 2016 - September 18, 2016, brings the focus to long distance and foreign travel, solitude, retreats, meditation, dreaming and time spent in nature. What you value will come under scrutiny now, as does your self-worth. There may be issues with family now that need your attention as well as need to refine your diet and change your daily routine. A sibling may be going through a difficult time. If you are in a relationship, you partner may be feeling particularly energetic and take a new exercise routine.
The eclipse cycles of 2016 occur on the new and full moon in March and September. The eclipse cycle (soul evolution) this year fall in your houses of travel and learning and siblings and skills. This is where you can expect the unexpected.
As Jupiter and Rahu transit the sign of Leo and and your 8th house, expect to see a shift in your values. You may experience a shift from the material to the spiritual as you surrender desires and let go of the idea that anything external will bring you happiness. Jupiter is blessing you with opportunity to let go of outdated insecurities, emotional scars and suffering. This in turn will expand your hope and optimism as you experience a new sense of freedom and surrender.
This is a great time to do research and learn about the hidden realms, whether it be astrology, psychology, physics, astronomy or healing. You may even meet an important teacher at this time. You may also see an expansion of your income both through earnings and inheritance. This is also a good time to succeed in obtaining loans or grants. A new home or car is possible now.
In August 2016, when Jupiter enters your 9th house, expect to see a shift in your philosophy and teachings. This could manifest in taking a new class, getting a certification, going on a trip or going back to school. It is also possible that you may find yourself taking on the role of teacher yourself either formally or informally. In any case education, travel and philosophy bring you great joy and expansion now. In addition, this a good time for writing, advertising and promotion.
The transit of Saturn and Mars in your 11th house, from February 20, 2016 - September 18, 2016, may prove difficult for friendships and older siblings. During the course of this 7 month period you may feel driven by Mars to achieve your goals. However, Saturn will at times put the breaks on, creating a feeling of frustration. The best way to deal with this push/pull energy is to have the perspective that it is good to work hard and achieve, but when you are hitting a wall, to back off and relax. Otherwise, it is like a car stuck in the mud with the wheels spinning out of control and the car goes no where.
In general, this is a year of deep transformation and spiritual expansion while still moving forward with your goals. With Jupiter’s aspect on your 12th house until August, a long distance journey for spiritual purposes is likely. The Rahu transit here bodes well for for finding unique and exciting ways of experiencing personal growth. You may even become a bit obsessed with discovering the secrets of transformation and the mysteries of life.
As Jupiter moves into your 9th house in August for one year, the focus shifts to learning on a more academic philosophical level. If you are writing a book or a large article, publication is likely now. As per Jupiter in the 8th, travel is also likely. It is also a great time for advertising and promotion.
The eclipse cycles of 2016 occur on the new and full moon in March and September. The eclipse cycle (soul evolution) this year fall in your houses of learning and travel and family and income. This is where you can expect the unexpected.
As Jupiter and Rahu transit the sign of Leo and and your 7th house, expect to see a shift in relationships and how you relate to others. If you are single, a relationship may manifest now and if you are in a relationship it is likely to improve and expand in unusual ways. People from foreign countries and different philosophical backgrounds may enter you world. You may even get married now. It is a time for developing new skills and expanding your social circle. If you have your own business, this is a time of exponential growth in your business as well. You could also be doing business with more foreigners.
In August, when Jupiter moves into your 8th house, there is the possibility of gains though others, as in inheritance and/or loans. A friend or older sibling may be going through a difficult time or transformation. Your values are changing as are your long term goals. This is a time where you would benefit from going in and getting to know yourself from the inside out.
The transit of Saturn and Mars in your 10th house, from February 20, 2016 - September 18, 2016, may prove difficult for challenging in the work place.
On the one hand, you will be able to make great strides in your career during these months, as you will be feeling highly motivated and ready to take charge. On the other hand, there could be some tension in the work place that brings stress into your life. The answer? Take three steps forward, but know when to take two steps back.
The eclipse cycles of 2016 occur on the new and full moon in March and September. The eclipse cycle (soul evolution) this year fall in your houses of business and relationships and family and income. This is where you can expect the unexpected.
As Jupiter and Rahu transit the sign of Leo and and your 6th house, expect to see a shift in work life, health and daily routines. Your work environment will be pleasant as problems with others seem to smooth out now and there is a general flow to your schedule. You may be inspired to change and strengthen your health through a new diet or fitness routine. Don't over reach in your resolutions when it comes to health as you may find yourself disappointed in the long run. Keep your expectations simple and goals reachable. Heed the call to donate your time to your favorite charity as this is a wonderful time to work on behalf of others who are in need. Long distance travels and spiritual progress are in the forecast now through August of 2016. So go ahead and plan your trip now whether it be traveling externally or internally.
In August 2016, Jupiter moves into Virgo and your 7th house. Although you will be still focused on work, service and career, Jupiter in the 7th brings expansion to your 7th ouse of relationships, business and clients. If you are an entrepreneur, expect an increase in clientele at this time. In addition, your social life is expanding and you may want to network more.
Saturn is in your house of higher knowledge aspecting your house of ambitions, communications, and health, ruling the 10th and 11th houses. Saturn will bring pressure to stretch your knowledge or your perspective. How you fit into the big picture may change as you face challenges with your health, and communications with others. Siblings may go through a difficult time now as well.
The conjunction of Saturn and Mars in your 9th house, from February 20, 2016 - September 18, 2016, brings the focus to travel and learning, and it is likely that you be doing an abundance of both. You may even travel to learn. One thing is certain, you will want to learn your way. The pursuit of truth is the goal, but the path is your own.
The eclipse cycles of 2016 occur on the new and full moon in March and September. The eclipse cycle (soul evolution) this year fall in your houses of work and health and charity and travel. This is where you can expect the unexpected.