Kala Sarpa yoga is when Rahu and Ketu contain all the planets between them inclusively in the zodiac but a single planet going out of the axis, negates it. So between Sunday and Christmas, all the planets are hemmed in between Rahu in Leo and Ketu in Aquarius. When the Sun crosses Rahu on Sunday, Sept. 4th, this will happen in transit every two weeks whenever the moon is transiting between Leo and Aquarius. This yoga will continue until Dec. 26th when Mars transits past Ketu after Christmas. While not normally included, Pluto and Neptune are also part of this combination and only Uranus in Pisces is out of the snake’s biting its own tail.
Kal means time and Sarpa means snake and the yoga or special planetary combination refers to the subconcious caught in its rope of karma, unable to pull free. The impact of this transit which is running every two weeks now between now and Christmas, is the psychological impact of being caught in destiny–kind of like a nightmare that you cannot extract yourself from but desperately want to wake up from. The analogy falls short but it is kind of like a lot of intense things keep happening and hard to prevent from happening. If you have this combination in your natal chart, it could be felt strongly into the end of the year in transit and particularly if you are running Rahu or Ketu periods on the first few levels of your dashas. Some people may not notice it at all.
In natal charts, this does not impeded success but can create a lot of trials. Nelson Mandela, Paul McCarthy, Harrison Ford and George Bush all have this in their natal charts and they paid their price on a deep psychological level.
The karmic access involved depends on what houses Leo and Aquarius represent in your life. For example if you are Scorpio rising, then the 4th house of mother and home is impacted as well as the 10th house of career and status. If you are Leo rising, then marriage may be impacted with the 1st and 7th nodal axis. So there are mitigating impacts of the natal chart lords are strong and well-placed and the bright side of this yoga is that it can make people industrious, hard-working and aware of one’s talents despite continual restlessness. Still with the wrong placement it can lead to to betrayals from friends and relatives if 2nd and 11th houses are impacted.
Again, the transits will trigger the yoga particularly if you are born with this combination in your natal chart and you are running a Rahu or Ketu period. Many will not notice it but it is still an intense time for the world.
The Rahu /Ketu emphasis from Leo/Aquarius will also favor rises in mundane matters and will great affect the political scene.
The bright side of this yoga is discussed by my friend, Juliana Swanson of Astral-Harmony when she writes about it:
“This combination can tend to remind us of what is missing in our lives, that which is needed to find more harmony and balance. This dynamic can have an all or nothing flavor to it. Key words are “intense, sensitive, extreme, fixated or obsessive.” The late Vedic astrologer BV Raman felt that this combination is important in assessing world events. It can point to some off-balance circumstances that leads to unusual fated events.”
Again, donate and help people in need, do your spiritual practices and turn to spirituality during this time. This yoga can be a wake-up call that all the material success or frustration cannot satisfy the intense longing for the Divine and it could propel you deeper in your search and ultimately is a good thing. For consultations on the impact of this on your chart, sign up on the request form above. (Special thanks to Komilla Sutton and B V Raman and Juliana Swanson for their discourses on this subject.)