I hope all of you are doing well - I apologize for the pause in newsletters recently - my wife and I have had our hands full with our new little one. I think we’re slowly getting the hang of being parents, and so your regularly scheduled newsletters should be resuming now!
This newsletter has 3 sections: a quick review on the COVID-19 astrological timeline, a brief story about Queen Elizabeth I’s personal astrologer, and finally, short predictions about how Jupiter’s transit through Aquarius might affect you individually.
Before we get to your astrology forecasts, here is a quick overview on the upcoming COVID-19 timeline (most of 2020 was reviewed here):
Intermission: A Story about John Dee and Muhurthas
A Muhurtha, or electional astrology, is the picking of a precise and auspicious time to begin something. It allows you to pick the “birth time” of important events in your life - this could be for your wedding, the beginning of your business, your house purchase, your new job, or even an important trip or journey.
I recently came across a story about John Dee, Queen Elizabeth I’s personal astrologer and mystic, and the person credited with coining the phrase “The British Empire”. The reign of Queen Elizabeth I was from November 1558 to March 1603; she was the Queen during the establishment of the first English colony in North America (Newfoundland in 1583), playing a big part in shaping our modern world, and is probably one of the reasons I’m writing this newsletter in English today.
The particular Muhurtha of this story takes place in 1588 during the Spanish Armada (pictured at the top of this newsletter), when Spain sailed 130 ships to begin an invasion of England. At that time, England’s navy was inferior to the Spanish, and there was uncertainty on whether England would be able to defend against such an attack. As the Spanish Armada sailed towards England, Queen Elizabeth I asked her astrologer for suggestions. John Dee looked up the astrology chart of when Spain began the invasion, and told his Queen that fortunately for England, the Spanish had begun their operation on a very inauspicious election, and there was nothing to worry about. What happened was, through a combination of poor leadership and horrible weather, the Spanish Armada didn’t even make it onto British soil!
If Spain had picked a better Muhurtha, they may have had a better chance of invading England - on paper, they certainly should have succeeded. The moral of the story is not to kill all your astrologers during the Inquisition, and also of course, to pick the right Muhurtha to start your endeavors!
Mini Predictions: Jupiter in Aquarius
As mentioned above, Jupiter is transiting Aquarius from April 5th to September 15th 2021. Jupiter is the planet of knowledge, and Aquarius is the sign of unconventionality, science, and technology. If found in a birth chart, Jupiter in Aquarius can bring unconventional approaches to science, or an interest in alternative ideas. Examples of natal Jupiters in Aquarius in the scientific community were Albert Einstein and Marie Curie, both of whom had unconventional approaches to science that led to big breakthroughs in their field. This is a similar energy being expressed into the world right now, manifesting through vaccinations accelerating everywhere.
So, how does Jupiter transiting Aquarius affect you? I’ve written out some mini-predictions to try and answer this question. 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): Jupiter, the planet of abundance, is transiting your house of gains. This house represents money from your salary at work, so this Jupiter transit may result in you receiving a raise. Also, if you have any goals (not limited to just your salary), this period is a good time to work towards achieving those goals.
Taurus (May 15th to June 14th): Jupiter is transiting your house of career, bringing good opportunities at your chosen job or industry. This is a positive time to start new projects and to be noticed by your boss. It may also bring you a promotion, or set you up for one in the future.
Gemini (June 14th to July 16th): Jupiter, the planet of knowledge, is transiting your house of knowledge - this is a good time to learn new things, especially unconventional things and topics outside of the mainstream. This is also a placement that brings abundance, and is generally supportive for wealth generation.
Cancer (July 17th to August 16th): Jupiter is transiting your house of change, bringing you opportunities to make changes in your life. Is there something you want to learn that you have been putting off? Is there a new health routine that you would like to try? This period is supportive of improving all aspects of your life, but also specifically in the areas of learning and health.
Leo (August 17th to September 16th): Jupiter is transiting your house of relationships, bringing you positive experiences with relationships. If you’re single, this transit is very supportive of bringing you an optimistic and knowledgeable partner, and if you’re in a relationship, this transit supports the relationship, brings stability and contentment, and encourages bonding.
Virgo (September 17th to October 16th): Jupiter is transiting your house of health. This period is supportive of you improving your health routine and getting in shape. However, because Jupiter is the planet of abundance, it also encourages over-indulgence, especially in foods damaging to the liver like sugar and alcohol. So, it’s important to practice conscious eating, and develop a stricter health and diet routine during this period.
Libra (October 17th to November 15th): Jupiter is transiting your house of creativity, which is supportive of all creative endeavors. Whether you’re working on a painting, or building up a company, or trying to make a baby, this period is supportive for all these creative ventures.
Scorpio (November 16th to December 15th): Jupiter is transiting your house of the home and vehicles. If you are trying to buy a house or a car, especially if your natal chart’s planetary cycles are supportive, this Jupiter transit might be the clincher that allows you to complete the purchase. If you aren’t trying to buy a house or a car, this period may bring positive experiences where you live - you may suddenly feel more at ease and at peace with your living situation.
Sagittarius (December 16th to January 14th): Jupiter is transiting your house of communication. During this period, you may find yourself communicating in a more positive or optimistic tone. People talking to you may also appear more helpful and supportive. This transit is also supportive of making peace with your enemies - if you’ve recently had any big arguments or conflicts, now is the time to agree to a truce!
Capricorn (January 15th to February 12th): Jupiter, the planet of abundance, is transiting your house of food. During this period, you may find yourself over-indulging in food, possibly in foods that are high in sugar and alcohol. The good news here is Jupiter rules your house of spirituality, so if you are having trouble regulating your diet, a practice of conscious eating or even spiritual fasting may be helpful for you to learn to detach from the desires of the tummy.
Aquarius (Feb 13th March 14th): Jupiter is transiting your house of health and personality. If you are currently ill, this transit is supportive of you recovering (at least partially) from that illness. If you are in good health, this transit is protective to your health, and also makes you feel generally more positive and optimistic with your life.
Pisces (March 15th to April 13th): Jupiter, whose Sanskrit name is Brihaspati, the teacher of the gods, is transiting the house of spirituality. This makes this period very supportive of you to learn spiritual knowledge, or progress deeper into your chosen spiritual path. In the stories, Brihaspati was famous for always performing spiritual ceremonies - if that is something that interests you, this period might be the time to learn how to do some ceremonies.