Mars is exalted (so powerful) in Saturn’s sign and has been there for a long time, which is not good. When a planet is in a sign for an excessive amount of time, it becomes more malefic. Also, Saturn having Mars live in its home for so long makes Saturn more malefic. When Mars moves on November 5th to Saturn’s next sign, it will move through quickly, so the negative influence of Saturn and Mars will be much less. Mars will then also not be exalted, so their negative influences will be less. In general, things should start to get better after November 5th.
When Mars stays in a particular sign for an extended period of time, it is considered to be inauspicious, an undesirable influence. Mars normally goes through a sign in about a month. However, it’s already been in Capricorn for a while and will remain there for three more months. Further compounding the difficulty is that it is in one of Saturn’s signs, so the malefic influence of both planets is heightened. Even more challenging, Mars is exalted in Capricorn at this time, making the influence even more powerful. Furthermore, Ketu is in Capricorn. Some (but not all Jyotishis) say that makes things even more difficult.
I think the good news is that this provides an astrological understanding of the tensions that so many individuals are experiencing as well as the global affairs in general. I think that understanding is helpful. So, the light is at the end of the tunnel, and for now, we all need to hang in there. Better times are coming.
There will be an eclipse on Wednesday, January 31. Read the USA Today article about the upcoming Supermoon, blue moon, lunar eclipse. According to Vedic knowledge:
- Because during an eclipse there is imbalance physically, it is suggested that people not eat or drink during the eclipse because the body does not process food and water correctly. Wait to shower, drink, and eat until 10 minutes after the eclipse. It is okay to drink up to 10 minutes before, just not during the eclipse.
- It is advised not to look at eclipses. Even if you do not look at the eclipse, the effects of an eclipse last 3-6 months. It states in the Vedas that as a result of an eclipse, there can be changes in nature and natural disasters can occur.
- During the whole lunar eclipse, it is best to stay inside and not look outside or even allow moonlight in starting 10 minutes before and finishing 10 minutes after the eclipse. During the eclipse, it is best to meditate or chant or sleep – a good time to go inward. Find out when the eclipse is visible in your area from timeanddate.com.
- Because the moon is not directly visible in Asheville starting at 7:30 am, Panditji said that at Mount Soma, we just need to stay out of the moonlight from 5:45-7:45 am. This is also the period when we should not drink or eat. We can eat, drink, and shower after 7:45 am. He suggested we do our group meditation starting at 9:00 am. At 11:00 am, we will clean the temple floors. After 11:00 am, we can offer a white flower to the Moon, and do Pradakshina 9 times while chanting “Shri Sum Chandraya Namaha.”
- The moon signs most affected by this eclipse are Cancer, Leo, Libra, Capricorn, and Gemini.
- About the Supermoon:
- With a Supermoon, the earth is closer to the moon, bringing more Soma; and the moon is closer to the sun, bringing more Agni.
- During a full moon, especially during a Supermoon, the tide comes in and there are bigger waves. The same happens to the emotions, which is why there is more lunacy on full moons. The moon influences emotions, will, and mind. This choppiness happens on new moons and full moons – people are affected by both. Brilliant moons are more upsetting than less brilliant ones.
- The Supermoon can affect the rest of the year. It also influences all the planets. It especially affects those with a debilitated moon in their Jyotish chart.
Mercury will be right on top of Saturn this Saturday night/early Sunday morning. That is challenging. Moon is debilitated… that is challenging. Venus and Sun are right on top of each other. That is challenging.
The good news is that after Saturday night, the net effect of these things will start getting better. It has been a long two-year period of very difficult Jyotish. Of course, all this depends upon your chart as it applies to your personal life.
Also, all the planets will still be on one side of Rahu and Ketu (which is not good for world affairs) until early February.
Some say that on January 1, 2018, the Moon was in Ardra Nakshatra. Actually it was not. Calculations were made thousands of years ago by ancient Jyotish masters. Over time, subtle shifts in the earth’s poles, etc. make a difference, even though those shifts are indeed subtle. The ancient Jyotish masters did refer to those shifts, but today many still refer to the parameters of ancient times.
The Moon was full January 1. It was then also in its closest position relative to earth as per
the National Ocean Service. This makes it appear larger and brighter… a “supermoon”. However, though that of course has some effect, it is not a significant Jyotish consideration. There is no critical point/Nadi associated with that.
Some consider the astrology of January 1 to be like the birth chart of the upcoming year. That is also not really valid because January 1 has no astronomical/astrological significance. It is essentially just an arbitrary selection of the beginning of the year.
This is not meant to be critical of some approaches. However, the information is important (and in fact profound) meriting consideration.