I had a very busy March (moving houses and attempting to assemble furniture), but I’m back to deliver you your regularly scheduled newsletter. Assembling furniture, being a technical / physical task, is related to Mars. This is also the planet that rules over engineering, and I can tell you that assembling some of those tables definitely felt like engineering to me!
Turning to the skies, Saturn and Mars will be in opposition starting next month from May 8th to June 23rd (May 7th to June 22nd for US people). This means Saturn and Mars are looking at each other (graha drishti in Sanskrit). Saturn, being the planet of hard work, obstacles, and doing things slowly, looking at Mars, the planet who wants to get things done and achieve goals, is called the rush hour traffic combination by my teacher.
This more difficult combination is compounded by Rahu and Ketu - during this period, Mars will be with Rahu, the planet of rushed obsessive desires, and Saturn will be with Ketu, the planet of chronic disappointments. I wrote about Rahu and Ketu in these positions in my last newsletter. Together, these are the four harsher planets in Vedic Astrology. They bring experiences to our lives that we perceive as difficult. So, imagine stuck in traffic but really needing to get somewhere quickly.
When you’re stuck in traffic and aren’t conscious of your mind and emotions, there is a tendency to get frustrated at the endless delays. Probably a better way to handle this is to just relax - you’ll get to where you’re going in your own time. Applying this analogy to our lives, if we just surrender to our own divinity and relax, we won’t feel frustrated at the obstacles and delays that may come throughout this month and a half.
As an example of combination, Elizabeth Holmes has her Saturn and Mars placed together (a more intense version of the Saturn and Mars opposition), 9 houses away from her Moon:
Elizabeth Holmes was the founder of Theranos, a blood testing company that was worth $6 billion but became insolvent because the product never worked. The house Saturn and Mars are placed in is her house of general wealth, and this would give her a tremendously strong desire to become rich, almost to the extent of this being her only life goal. This quote from the book Bad Blood by John Carreyrou epitomizes this:
When [Elizabeth Holmes] was nine or ten, one of her relatives asked her at a family gathering the question every boy and girl is asked sooner or later: “What do you want to do when you grow up?”
Without skipping a beat, Elizabeth replied, “I want to be a billionaire.”
“Wouldn’t you rather be president?” the relative asked.
“No, the president will marry me because I’ll have a billion dollars.”
However, her journey towards this goal would be littered with obstacles and delays, as evidenced with the lack of progress with her blood testing product in the early years of her company. In her attempt to rush the product to market, she lied to regulators and investors, which should be a lesson of what not to do when we are faced with delays and obstacles during this period.
Being conscious of our minds and emotions is of course, harder than it seems, especially if you don’t know what might disturb them, or when specific events may occur. Here’s where Jyotish comes in - it’s the universe speaking to us through planets and symbols, giving us a giant “Heads Up!” sign at the coming period. I’ve written out some areas of life to maybe be a little bit more conscious of during this period, depending on your Vedic Sun signs.
Of course, there are many other things that fill out the picture of your life (most of it individualized from your birth chart), but this transit will show one small perspective. I have arranged these mini predictions according to your Vedic Sun signs; you can find your Vedic Sun sign by finding which date range includes your birthday. Please read the birth times carefully as your Vedic Sun sign can be different from your Western one (reason here). If you know your Vedic Ascendant sign or your Vedic Moon sign, the predictions corresponding to those signs are also applicable to you.
Aries (April 14th to May 14th): During this period, you may experience some frustrations related to your communication, and you may get into some arguments. Sometimes it’s good to just take a step back and walk away. During this period might also be a good time to be a little conservative with your investments.
Taurus (May 15th to June 14th): Be more careful with your diet during this period. There may be a tendency to eat too much or be a bit addicted to certain foods or drinks. This may cause health issues in the future. If you are trying to change your job, you may have some delays doing that during this period.
Gemini (June 14th to July 16th): You may feel frustrated about relationships during this period. If you are in a relationship that is no longer serving you, it may be a time to reconsider the relationship. You may experience some delays in achieving your goals during this period.
Cancer (July 17th to August 16th): This is a good time to be more disciplined with your exercise routine. Maybe invite your partner (if you’re in a relationship) to join you in your yoga session. Doing competitive sports or focusing on your health together may help both of you have a happier relationship during this period.
Leo (August 17th to September 16th): This is a period where you may be frustrated about your salary from work, or maybe your goals aren’t being achieved according to your schedule. Relax, things will happen in their own time. Practice surrender and meditate.
Virgo (September 17th to October 16th): On one hand, this period is good for your career if you work in technical jobs, like jobs related to engineering, math, or technology, or if you have a technical project to accomplish in your life. On the other hand, even if things are going well, it might be going slower than you expect. Taking a step back might help change your perspective, and allow you to appreciate the progress you are making.
Libra (October 17th to November 15th): This is a good period for you to practice a more deliberate communication style - maybe imagine you’re a CEO making a big presentation - consider everything you say and speak slowly. If you feel an intense desire to earn more money, take a step back and relax. Don’t be rushed into speculative investments, take things slowly and do your research thoroughly.
Scorpio (November 16th to December 15th): As a Scorpio, you may have noticed that in periods of your life, you have been involved in disagreements and conflicts related to control issues. This period may accentuate this tendency. This is a good time to do more yoga and to let go of your innate need to control things around you.
Sagittarius (December 16th to January 14th): You may feel frustrated about relationships during this period. Mars is in your house of relationships and it is being suppressed by Saturn, and so you may experience some inhibition related to the physical aspects of your relationship.
Capricorn (January 15th to February 12th): Be a little bit more careful as you may be more prone to accidents during this period. This is a good period to be more disciplined towards your meditation practice.
Aquarius (Feb 13th March 14th): This is a period where you may be frustrated about your salary from work, or maybe your goals aren’t being achieved according to your schedule. Relax, things will happen in their own time. Practice surrender and meditate.
Pisces (March 15th to April 13th): During this period, you can practice “being a manager” at work, and not get sucked into the frustrations of your coworkers. If things aren’t going well at your job, it might be time to take a holiday or go on a spiritual pilgrimage.
I hope all of you find time to relax and take things a little easier during this period, till next month! :)