The complexity of the astrology through March 3rd requires  a bit of understanding and help. First of all, Saturn in the 4th section of the constellation of Mula (Sagittarius 10-13.20) is completing a difficult phase where it seeks to destroy  materialism and security in order to create moksha and can cut you away from those you love.  The unraveling of Bitcoin and the stock market has not been an accident during this time which will be over March 3rd.  There seems to be a great number of loved-ones and friends departing and I know I have had 4-5 friends pass suddenly during this time.  People are a but emotional unraveling.  Remember Saturn does will with hard work, responsibility and discipline and there are no short-cuts when it is not happy.

This pada of the zodiac is difficult because Saturn is in Sagittarius and in the D-9 or Navamsha chart is in the 8th position from it in Cancer navamsha, known as Ashtamamasha which mean 8th house transposition where deep karma happens. Planet placed in the 8th house position from its Rashi to the Navamsha  creates inner tension and lack of cohesion between the rising sign and the divisional navamsha chart and this causes the soul to dig deep and transform and achieve growth.  It creates inner conflicts of being pulled in two directions. Capricorn and Aquarius rising and Sagittarius rising may particularly be feeling the difficulty.


The Sun will go through a Partial Solar Eclipse today on Feb 15th at 4 degrees Aquarius and this requires us to take care of health, self-esteem issues and also do transformation.   Deep emotional grunge may come up clear.   The Sun is still very close to Mercury with a conjunction into Saturday and this can create a a very busy and buzzy mind is not creating any mental rest. Probably into Monday, they will be close enough that the mind will have trouble settling down.   Remember your yoga and meditation to get through it.

Rahu is trining Mars into the end of the month within 5 degrees with a peak of energy into Feb. 19th and this will cause deep anger to flare up being overactive.  You may get a lot done but you may bowl people over with your power and ambition.  Find a way to calm down and take lots of time for meditation and cooling activity.   Mars is squaring Mercury into Feb. 28th and this will create arguing and disputes and you have to be careful of accidents.  Saturn throwing a sneaky 60 degree aspect to Mercury into Feb. 21st may create some depression and anxiety and mental unrest for Virgo and Gemini so make sure to take time for meditation and yoga. Shoulder stands and the cobra pose can calm the mind down.

Friday, Feb. 16th  may be a bit of a bright spot with Moon conjunct Venus giving us a temporary rest so make sure to have some fun and take in good movie, dance or concert.

Planetary transits improve by early March with Venus going into Pisces and exaltation and uplifting Mercury there even though it will be debilitated there.

Most of world will have a few drinks, take some drugs, smoke a pack of cigarettes or eat themselves into a numbed-out stupor.  That can work for a bit but it is destructive and takes you out of your deepest being.

If you are on spiritual path, what do you do?  Those  of us on a spiritual path have to go through them. Feel them deeply. The process of feeling them can facilitate their deep release. What are we afraid of? Are we really those stupid feelings or something bigger?  Go deep into them and the attention of your consciousness will facilitate their release.

We can always do a bit of spiritual or astrological bypassing and that can help too but remember you are so much bigger than your emotions. If a storm is happening. be  Billy Buddy in Herman Melville’s classic.  Strap your self to the mast and go through it. Merge with the water and become One.  You are the storm and the unbounded emotion.

So if you are not able to do that you can always do the following:

1) This is a time to be disciplined about your meditation practice and yoga and other spiritual practices because these lighten the burden and give us more strength to deal with everything. The tendency is to skip that which is good for us when we are challenged but that’s like taking off a winter coat when its below zero.

2) Donate time and money to help those in need. This is one way to address karma and by getting out of our own stuff, we feel better and move through our own karma.

3) Be disciplined with diet and exercise. The tendency is to use food to cover up difficult emotions or skip exercise because we feel tired or lazy. So much illness (6th house) can be overcome if we are disciplined doing what is good for us. Avoid addictive behaviors and non-life-supporting actions especially now. The tendency is to what to escape but usually this leads to more difficult problems quickly.

4) Spend time with spiritual knowledge, attend spiritual gatherings and hang around with positive people at this time.

5) Do transformational healing work to move through these energi

So you will have to find ways to stay happy, rested, alert and disciplined but the late winter storm should lift by March 3rd .

All gratitude to my Jyotish Gurus and spiritual Guru for guiding me on this path.

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  • 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.
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  • List of Planetary Retrograde Dates and Explanation
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  • Dates for Kala Sarpa Yoga in Transits.
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