The 2nd half of the zodiac has more karmic challenges than  shakti although Libra and Pisces, the natural benefics of course offer brighter spots.  Our goal is to help you develop a deeper and richer vocabulary to quickly describe and translate the meaning of signs, in whatever part of the zodiac they appear in anywhere in the chart  rather than to get caught using astrological cliches.  .

Below is a quick table of key words and purposes and shakti or power or challenges that can help you translate zodiacal signs wherever they appear in your chart.

VIRGO: Whenever a planet appears in Virgo in any sign of the zodiac it means where we need to be better, improve or be pure.   Being the natural 6th house of the zodiac, it means that we need discipline around regular work, health and diet to prevent illness and we also need to develop skills to work with people so that we do not develop enmity with co-workers at work.  The challenge is Saturn and wanting too much perfection in the world and being too hard oneself and one’s weaknesses.  There can be too much self-deprecation and continual beating oneself up on the dark side or a continual focus on always wanting to do it better which can also become a  good quality.  I have Virgo rising in the D-9 chart and am amazed that so many of these qualities are the core of my soul’s journey.  Key words to remember are purity and improvement.

LIBRA:  Wherever Libra falls in your chart in any rising or varga chart, it brings blessings of prosperity and Laksmi, the grace to end conflicts. Venus has trouble with Mars and Mars creates in wanting to fight and express its ego in the world and leave its mark on the world and gain status..  The shakti of Venus is that if it can end conflict, it can bring prosperity, growth and fulfill desires and help distribute resource.  Still the dark side is intense psychological brooding, particularly in Chitra or Swati nakshatras where there is never happiness.  Artistic creativity has to replace sexual energy for balance to prevail here.

SCORPIO:  If we see Scorpio in any part of a chart, it is connected to the 8th sign of the zodiac and deep past life karma which can bring deep suffering to one’s life. Planets placed in Scorpio may experience deep cruelty from the darker side of Mars and may seem rather fallen.  Scorpio is co-owned by Ketu, the mystical headless wonder that takes us toward enlightenment and the key in Scorpio is finding spirituality and transformation to transform that dark energy.  Ketu may want to take everything from us to point us toward moksha so it sometimes can create poverty and loss and completely opposite the material abundance that Taurus brings. Scorpio anywhere in the chart even when blessed by Jupiter or Mars in its own sign can still cause deep problems that are hard to remedy.  Still I think Jupiter and the grace of the Guru can bring the most support to Scorpios and provide the grounding need to balance out the dominance of the space element that Scorpios have.

SAGITTARIUS: The 9th natural sign of the zodiac brings lessons around belief, dogma and blind faith.  The shakti of Sagittarius is that planets placed here show dogmas and  rules but will bring luck if we follow our dharma and will bestow deep wisdom if we can follow our path and purpose.   The curse of Sagittarius is that it will create war and conflict in order to uphold its belief and fundamentalist values and the US being Sagittarius rising is a difficult example of this. Sagittarius has problems with Vishnu and Mercury so it has difficult with communications in relationship.

CAPRICORN:  Wherever Capricorn appears as a rising sign in a Varga chart or in other places of the sign, there is no joy but hard work which creates deep suffering.  If you have Capricorn rising in the D-10 chart or if you are Aries rising where Capricorn rules the 10th, this may seem even stronger. The 10th natural sign of the zodiac owned by Saturn are challenged with joy and experience deep toil, lack of hope and faith, receive little support except through their own efforts and experience great pain and suffering.  There is little awareness and sometimes planets placed here have no choice but to toil and work hard in order to move out of their pain or to cover it up.  The weakness for Capricorn is Jupiter as it needs to learn integrity and ethics in business practice or suffer like Capricorn rising Bernie Madoff did with his investment ponzi schemes.

AQUARIUS:  Aquarius is the 2nd most difficult sign to have anywhere prominent in ones chart  as it ruled by Saturn and suffering  and Rahu which is  seat of desire.  Rahu gives and then takes it away to that we are reminded that we are here to find the Divine.  Aquarius is on the opposite side of the zodiac from Leo, the giver of light and it tends to take away the material and it creates great pain and suffering from the losses that arise here.  Aquarius is bitter enemies with the moon and mother so issues around maternal care, nurturing and food become prominent.   Whatever rising sign in any Varga chart has planets in Aquarius creates suffering and loss in this area.   Devotion to Shiva and to meditation and offerings to Shiva and dispel the suffering of Aquarian Karma.

PISCES:  Pisces is the natural 12th sign of the zodiac connected to Moksha and enlightenment and its shakti is that it brings the blessings of Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom that brings Knowledge of the Self.   Planets placed here anywhere in any of the charts show great talents and knowledge. But being the natural 12th house, it requires dedication to service and sacrifice to bring out its power.  Pisces rising has difficult with the Sun, the natural 6th house from Pisces so father issues and issues with authority and bosses become a natural problem.

All blessing to my jyotish Gurus and particularly Sanjay Rath and Komilla Sutton  for their depth of understanding for these subtle principles and their continued love and guidance. 



Barry Rosen’s thirty years of research observing the human conditions allows him to offer deep and practical insights into how to deal with the planetary noise that impacts our minds and emotions and often blocks us from moving forward in our life.

Barry’s spiritual and psychological approach to astrology seeks to cut the puppet strings of the planets that impact our emotions and psychology and bind us to self-blame, doubt and fear and anger.  This useful guide for 2018-19 will help you plan the next few years by your rising sign so you know what are the best months for the year for progress and how the larger transits for Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu, Ketu and the eclipses will impact your life.

Included in this wonderful book, are a number of articles to help you understand the basic of transits, combustion, retrograde action, the meaning of planetary aspects and the general nature of free will and karma.  Detailed interpretations are included along with tables for major planetary transits and retrograde and major events for 2018-2019.

As a bonus, Barry has included global and economic, political forecasts for those interested in Mundane astrology.  This is definitely a reference book to have on your shelf for practicing astrologers or just people who like to dabble. It will also be useful for both Vedic and Western astrologers.


What Barry’s colleagues are saying:

“This almanac is truly a masterpiece and labor of love. Barry is a gifted astrologer and writer. I have written yearly forecasts for over 30 years and understand the work, knowledge and dedication involved. It is so complete with everything a beginner or advanced student of astrology would need. The references to the planet’s transit through the signs, nakshatras, aspects, dates and times, plus their interpretations is fantastic. He even covers the effects these will have on individual countries. I am sure I will be referring to this manual frequently throughout the year.”

Joni Patry, author and Vedic Astrologer

“Barry Rosen’s brilliant text is a practical guide for any practicing astrologer. His book provides extensive research on the world of Jyotish as well as a detailed analysis of the planetary transits of 2018. My prediction is that it will become a classic cornerstone for any Vedic Astrology library.”

Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D. – President Emeritus, American College of Vedic Astrology.

“This is an amazing, well written book, gives deep insights into coming trends.  It uses dasha periods and transits which are Vedic astrology tools that are extremely accurate for predicting future events.
Barry also gives practical tools to deal with difficult transits to help you move gracefully through your life.”
Michael Mastro, Vastu Consultant, Vedic Astrologer, Author
“Barry Rosen lifts the spirit of Jyotish to new heights with his latest offering. From the practical considerations of how to plan your year, to the spiritual well-being always imbibed in his work; Barry inspires and comforts the soul.”
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“Barry Rosen’s reference work is comprehensible for those with minor astrological backgrounds, and is also useful for professionals as a yearly transit and progression guide. As a Neo-Vedic astrologer, Barry also uses the outer planets to help track world events both in finance and on the political and economic scene. Definitely a book to have on your shelf.”

–Juliana Swanson, Neo-Vedic Astrologer at Astral Harmony



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Over 350  pages of useful information

(Not a Panchanga or daily calendar but articles and interpretations)

This book in PDF format (e-book) and is downloadable and includes:

  • General political and economic overviews of the year and guide to major events and key challenging points for the year.
  • General articles teaching what retrogrades, combustion, planetary aspects, dashas and eclipses mean.
  • Guide to Saturn in Sagittarius including individual guides for your rising and moon signs.
  • Guide to Jupiter in Libra including individual guides for your rising and moon sign. Jupiter in Scorpio.
  • Guide to Rahu and Ketu in Cancer and Capricorn including individual guides for your rising and moon sign.
  • Major General Guide for Interpreting Planetary Dashas when the planet is strong or afflicted.
  • Information on 2018 Eclipses and impacts.
  • Articles and Interpretation of Major Transits of Mars, Venus, Sun, Mercury and Jupiter through all the major signs and connecting them to your rising sign.
  • Listings of Full Moons, New Moons and Major Planetary Conjunctions and Oppositions.
  • Lists of Planetary Nakshatra Transit Dates.
  • List of Planetary Retrograde Dates and Explanation
  • Periods of Planetary Combustion and Explanation
  • Articles about Planetary Aspects and Major aspects of the Year.
  • Dates for Kala Sarpa Yoga in Transits.
  • Major theoretical and astrological articles.
  • Guide to Sade Sat: The Hidden Insights into What it Means and How to Calculate.
  • Articles about Major Vedic Holidays.
  • Six major articles on Saturn.
  • Discussion of Neptune and Uranus and impact on Mundane Astrology.

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