Planet Shifts – January 14 – 20, 2019

Mars enters Revati Nakshatra on January 16, 2019 at 20:31 EST. The planet of courage and assertion enters the last nakshatra in Pisces. Here Mars taps into wisdom and the discriminatory intellect through the influence of Jupiter as ruler of Pisces and Mercury as ruler of Revati. Revati is the wife of Balarama, Krishna’s older brother and helper on his divine mission. Balarama and Krishna are the 7th and 8th sons (respectively) of Devaki and Vasudeva. The demon king, Kamsa, tried to slay all of their children. Balarama was transferred from the womb of Devaki to Rohini for protection. He was fostered by the Krittikas and nurtured by Rohini until his true identity and mission to help Krishna was revealed. Revati translates to “wealthy” and is associated with prosperity on all levels, but especially prosperity on the path of divine mission toward moksha. 

The deity that presides over Revati is Pushan. Pushan is an early solar deity, one of the twelve sons of Aditi. The Adityas are gods of light who are bright, pure, perfect and free from guile and falsehood. They have 12 eyes that correspond to the 12 months and 12 spokes on the wheel of time. They are upholders of the universal laws (karma & dharma), protectors and debt extractors. They drive away darkness and nourish mankind. Pushan specifically measures the sky and protects the flock. He is invoked in the Vedas for safe travel. However, this is not limited to travels on earth for this is the last nakshatra in Pisces, the end of the zodiac, before it begins again in Aries. This star is also protector of safe travels from one journey’s completion to the next journey’s beginning, including the journey from this life to the next. It is a nakshatra of shamanism and protection in travels between the worlds. It has the Shakti Power of nourishment.

In Revati, Mars can use his courage to drive away darkness, ignorance and falsehoods in our life; his braveness in answering the call of dharma, to close a chapter on a journey completed and begin a new one under the protection and nurturance of Pushan.

Venus enters Jyestha Nakshatra on January 17, 2019 at 11:16 am EST. The planet of love, beauty, sensory impressions and desires enters the nakshatra of the eldest at the end of Scorpio. Jyestha has themes of jealousy, abandonment and betrayal which may arise in our relationships with Venus in Jyestha. The important thing is to use the discriminatory intellect of Mercury, the ruling planet, to see if a betrayal or abandonment is really happening or if it is bringing up something from past betrayals that we are projecting onto another currently. Then, depending on the answer, to either apply the elder wisdom of Jyestha to the situation and heal old wounds that are causing irrational feelings of jealousy, abandonment or betrayal, or use the courage of Mars as ruler of Scorpio to get out of a bad situation. Indra is the deity that presides over Jyestha.  Indra is the god of the natural elements, king of the Gods and associated with lightening. When the earth dried up, Indra drank amrita (intoxicating nectar of the gods) and battled the demon Drought. Indra took Drought’s weapons away and it started to rain. Indra is regarded as a savior of Earth and her inhabitants. The Shakti Power of Jyestha is the “power to conquer” and being the last nakshatra of Scorpio there is a profound depth here that seeks a deeper meaning to life. With Venus in Jyestha it is a good time to deepen our relationships, understand what they are teaching us, and how they give a deeper meaning to life.

Mercury enters Uttara Ashada Nakshatra on January 18, 2019 at 8:49 am EST for eight days. The planet of the intellect, communication, commerce, and sharing information enters the nakshatra ruled by the Vishvadevas. The Vishvadevas are are the 10 sons of the god Dharma: Vasu (goodness), Satya (truth), Kratur (will power), Daksha (ritual skill), Kala (time), Kama (desire), Dhriti (forbearance), Kuru (ancestors), Pururavas (abundance), and Madrava (joy). Their influence is intellectual development and socialization on the universal level. Mercury should feel right at home in this nakshatra concerned with intellectual development. Mercury messenger to the Sun and this is the Sun’s nakshatra. Uttara Ashada means “later victory” and it is often called the universal star. Uttara Ashada integrates the dharma and spirituality that was realized in Purva Ashada. The perception of life shifts from personal concerns to universal concerns and actions are performed on the humanitarian level in accord with dharma and spiritual goals. This is a great placement for all communicative and intellectual activity related to dharma, spirituality and humanity.

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