Saturn will be too close to the Sun from Jan. 30-March 5th.   Astronomically, combustion means that Saturn is no longer visible in the night sky due to its proximity to the Sun. It is exactly conjunct with the Sun on Feb. 16th

Saturn’s combustion can bring out the darker qualities of Saturn. In the early stages, it may promote hard work, efficiency, clarity, and reliability at work but as it gets closer the can make work intense, cause problems between bosses and co-workers, mistreatment by employers, and resistance to authority.

 On an emotional level, it can hurt confidence and bring on depression. In Ayurveda, Sun/Saturn combination if in your natal chart in the 4th, 5th or 10th, or 11th houses, may raise blood pressure and if severely afflicted can lead to heart problems so go easier with exercise and avoid stressful conditions that may affect your heart. This might impact Scorpios, Libras, and Aries or Taurus rising or Sun signs more if you have the signature in your chart and if you are running a Sun/Saturn or Saturn/Sun period. . Go easier if you have heart or high blood pressure problems and visit your doctor to monitor it if it seems to be acting up.

Sun also rules health for everyone, and I notice the Saturn affliction can hurt the immune system which is also why a lot of flu and Covid can be increased during combustion.   Products like Colostrum can enhance your immune system. Get plenty of rest and keep your immune system strong by cutting down on sugar. If you are born with the Sun very close to Saturn in your natal chart within a few degrees, this signature could lead to over-responsibility and taking on too much work and this could stress your heart and circulatory system so lighten up if you are starting to push yourself.

Saturn cuts off the energy of the Sun and restricts its ability to shine so you may feel lonely and cut off or inclined to break relationships or quit work because of a conflict with a supervisor. This can lead to depression. The anecdote for Saturn is always Venus so women, relationships, singing, food, music, and dance all help lighten Saturn to avoid isolation. 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 it’s below zero.

Donate time and money to help those in need. This is one way to address karma and by getting out of our stuff, we feel better and move through our karma. 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 in doing what is good for us.   END OF PART 1



EYE ON ASTROLOGY:  Saturn  Conjunct Sun : FEB 16TH

I learn a lot from my Western astrological friends. While combustion is one of the most damaging things for a planet in Vedic astrology,   it turns out total combustion within the last degree is a blessing.  Saturn will be conjunct with the Sun on Wed. Feb. 15 at 11:48 am in the Eastern US EST but other parts of the world will experience it later. It will be within 1 degree on Feb. 15-18th.    While the exact definition of cazimi is 17 minutes, I find 40 minutes is a useful number and often round it off to 1 degree even. Having a strong Saturn in my chart, I find the Sun/Saturn exact conjunction very energizing and a breath of fresh air. 

The exact conjunction of the Sun with Saturn on Feb. 16th    can be a really good thing and is called cazimi and comes from medieval astrology and it used to refer to planets that are so close to a conjunction with the Sun that they are “in the heart” of the Sun. They become energized by the Sun and their most positive qualities come out. This will be a positive for  Feb 15-16 and is within 40 minutes of the Sun.    An example of cazimi is Oprah Winfrey who has a cazimi Venus in her natal chart; it has made her an incredible star to women and brought out her acting and relationship abilities with the public to a pinnacle.

Saturn Cazimi will impact Capricorn and Aquarius rising positively and also if Saturn is in your first house or if it is your Atamakaraka or planet with the highest degree.  It could bring out hard work, reliability, efficiency, good at following work instructions precisely, and could bring deep meditative transcendence.   The 1-2 day transit is short-lived and over by Feb. 18th   we are back to the intense grunge of Sun/Saturn so watch speeding and be kind to your boss and watch your blood pressure and avoid speeding cause the police department may be a bit more intense than usual if you have to encounter them. All gratitude to my Jyotish Gurus and my spiritual gurus for their continued light and guidance.


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