Planet Shifts November 29 – December 6, 2018

Venus opposes Uranus on Nov 30, 2018 at 9:12 PM EST (Venus/Chitra Uranus/Ashwini) Venus is the planet of the senses, desires, pleasures, and happiness. Venus is the teacher of the Asuras (not Gods). Uranus is the planet of change, innovation, awakening to what lies beyond the agreed upon Saturnian reality and breaker of paradigms. Uranus turns things upside down and bucks the status-quo. Uranus is in Ashwini Nakshatra which is ruled by the Ashwin Kumars (celestial physicians). It is the star of transport with the Shakti Power of miracle cures and to reach things quickly. Venus is in Chitra Nakshatra which is ruled by Vishvakarma (celestial architect). It is the star of opportunity with the Shakti Power of form, variety, abundance and righteousness. This opposition asks us to awaken to our true desires of our soul’s urge – the ones that exist beyond the sensory entanglements of the mind. When we move beyond the Saturnian status-quo of what is expected of us from external ideas, demands and pressures by tuning into what our soul desires of us internally, we align with our Dharma.

Venus conjoined Uranus on March 28, 2018. If a course correction was necessary in your life, a major change may have happened then that is culminating now, or a major change may have been ignored that is recurring now. The opposition is the culmination of the Venus-Uranus synodic cycle. This is a good time to reflect on whose happiness and desires you’ve been serving over the past 8 months and make changes if necessary.

Sun enters Jyestha Nakshatra on Dec 2, 2018 at 7:33 PM EST for 13 days. Jyestha is the eldest daughter of Vishavakarma, the eldest wife of the Moon. The wisdom of experience exists in this Nakshatra as well as the attributes of the matriarch of the family: the protective force who knows how to deal with power. Jyestha exists at the end of Scorpio where the stinger is. On the difficult side, Jyestha is a star of betrayal, jealousy, hardships and abandonment. However, it is also has the attribute of success that comes after a cleansing or cathartic life and death transformative experience. Jyestha is the nakshatra before Mula, the root, the Galactic Center. The Nakshatras are an evolutionary process of unfolding. The Sun represents the unfolding of consciousness at the universal level and unfolding of self-realization at the personal level. The Sun in Jyestha asks us to examine our relationship with power and betrayal and look within to see what role the ego has played in the related hardships we’ve endured. Jyestha gives us the Shakti Power to rise and conquer through courage and effort. For the Sun, this is the courage and effort needed to conquer the ego the ego or false self. Then in the following nakshatra, Mula, we destroy the lower forces of the ego at their root. But first in Jyestha, we must go into the depths of our True Self and learn how or where our ego betrays us.

Venus enters Swati Nakshatra on Dec 3, 2018 at 9:17 PM EST for 18 days.  Swati is associated with the star Arcturus the Pathfinder and ruled by Vaya the Wind God. Three days ago Venus opposed Uranus (see Nov 30th post) and may have awakened us to changes we need to make to fulfill our soul’s desire. Over the next 2.5 weeks while Venus is Swati, the path toward these changes should become self-evident if one is paying attention to the signs. Vaya is more than the Wind God. Vaya is intelligence, illuminator of heaven and earth, that which makes the dawn shine, bringer of medicines, and father of Hanuman.  The Shakti Power of Swati is to scatter like the wind. As you meditate, visualize all illusions and falsehoods of the ego as leaves blanketing the ground, and a wind that scatters them to reveal the path.

Venus is in her own sign of Libra when in Swati. Venus and Swati are both associated with the arts and music. Swati has additional attributes of curiosity, an eagerness to learn and a striving for independence. This is a good 2.5-week period for astrological elections involving financial gain and success in artistic endeavors.

Mercury dips back into Vishaka Nakshatra on Dec 5, 2018 at 1:39 AM EST for 3 days, stationing direct in Vishaka on Dec 6, 2018 at 4:22 PM EST (and re-entering Anuradha on December 8th).  Mercury passed through Vishaka direct from October 19 – 29, 2018. Vishaka is a decorated gateway associated with the Zuben stars of Libra’s scales. It is ruled by Indragni: Indra, God of the Elements and Agni, God of Fire who carries messages from fire rituals to the heavens. In Vishaka we walk through a gateway to the deeper spiritual dimensions of our Self, and a gateway related to external achievement with the Shakti Power to achieve many goals. I find it interesting that Mercury returns to Jupiter’s Nakshatra for 3 days and Jupiter rules the number 3 in Indian/Vedic Numerology. In the West, Mercury is the Thrice Great Hermes, Author of the Emerald Tablet that contains the Law of Correspondences: that which is above corresponds to that which is below. When we align our outer purpose with our inner purpose and do our Dharma under Vishaka, we should be blessed with the power to achieve our goals. As Mercury stations in Vishaka, think about the metaphorical gateway you passed through a month ago. Re-examine how the external achievement thus far corresponds to the deeper spiritual achievement thus far.  As Mercury stations under this gateway, ponder the areas of your efforts that need some re-adjusting before going forward into Anuradha, fully devoted to whatever this is for you.

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