Vedic Astrological Outlook:  January 2019

      As a reminder, these monthly newsletters are published for the benefit of the general public, and are offered complimentary to interested readers.  Planets consistently change position in the sky on a momentary basis and their movements reflect changes in trends in the world at large.  These planetary (transit) shifts are described and interpreted in these monthly newsletters.  The specific implications of planetary transits as they relate to individual astrological charts must be interpreted separately.  

*Predictions for the USA during 2019 are posted separately on my website (on the front page under "View Predictions for 2018-2020").  These predictions were written previously in 2018 based on the mahadasha/bhukti sequence that the U.S.A. is currently experiencing through 11-6-2020, and they will remain posted through 2020.  

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Wishing you the inner strength to make desired advances/alterations in your life and a Happy, Healthy & Productive 2019 New Year to all!

Outlook For January 2019:

Venus Joins With Jupiter:  A Combination for Pleasure, Excess, Research and Expansion

     On January 1st, Venus leaves its strong position in Libra and moves into Scorpio, joining with Jupiter during the month.  Venus will transit through Scorpio until 1/29, when it moves into Sagittarius.  While in Scorpio, transiting Venus enhances research, looking more deeply into situations and problems, and its position can assist us in finding hidden answers or solutions to deeply embedded, long-standing issues.   This is good for promoting all types of research, healing and advancing knowledge through science and medicine (both alternative and traditional approaches).   

   This transit also focuses attention on sexuality, relationships and possible issues of too much control or power exploitation involving a relationship, if that is relevant.  

     The combination of transiting Venus with Jupiter promotes expression of one’s desires and gives much more optimism and momentum toward relationships, business dealings, real estate transactions, finances and making large purchases, in general. This is a planetary combination for excessive spending, over-eating, over-indulging and deepening personal relationships, creative endeavors and expanding upon one’s desires.   This is good for business growth, financial gain and expansion in general.

     This Jupiter/Venus transit takes place in the 12th house of the U.S. chart. The 12th house governs debts and expenses, thus indicating the tendency for the U.S. to spend more during January, increase its debt load and even increase foreign trade associations (import and export), regardless of the trade war with China. 

     During this transit, individuals with (Vedic calculation) planets in Scorpio and its opposite sign Taurus will get a nice January dose of feeling more optimistic, expansive and becoming popular or well-received by others.  This Jupiter/Venus transit influence is generally beneficial to those with planets in these positions.  

     However, the tendency to be more excessive in terms of eating, spending, seeking pleasure and gain is heightened when Jupiter and Venus combine.  Some caution is advised during this month when it comes to spending, making large purchases and over-eating.  Try to stay aware of urges and desires and put the brakes on before you take the 2nd and 3rd portions which you may later regret.  The conjunction between Venus and Jupiter is exact at 21:56 degrees on 1/22.  This is when it is at its most intense in terms of its extreme influence.  Otherwise, this is a positive planetary transit that offers gain, expansion and opportunity throughout the month.  


Mercury joins with Saturn and the Sun in Sagittarius:

Also on January 1st, Mercury transits into Sagittarius to join with the Sun and Saturn for the first half of the month.   Mercury with Saturn creates some fear, insecurity or worry involving communications and information processing.  Mercury with Saturn reflects  hesitation and concern about expressing opinions and information while in the sign of Sagittarius.  This also suggests the need to scrutinize all important documents, information, contracts and decisions for possible errors or misrepresentation through 1/20.  

    Since both Sagittarius and Mercury govern learning, education, and expressing ideas and viewpoints, the presence of a combust Mercury (transiting with the Sun) conjunct Saturn shows the tendency for problems arising from poor communication (or lack thereof) in all types of educational institutions, including colleges, universities and in the press and media.  

     The exact conjunction of Mercury with Saturn is on 1/13 at 18 degrees in the nakshatra of Purva Ashadha, which deals in part with being discriminating and judgmental.  It is a nakshatra focused on deciphering the truth and wanting to establish law and order. There is likely to be a serious attempt to solve a major legal battle during this time, which might involve the Supreme Court or other higher legal establishment. 

   Mercury will transit through Sagittarius (the 1st house of the U.S. chart) until 1/20.  So, this Saturn/Sun/Mercury transit is influencing and challenging the U.S. quite strongly within several legal domains.  Sagittarius is also the sign that deals with long distance travel and hence immigration matters.  During January, there is likely to be more turmoil, uprising on this front and possible laws going into effect to address the current situation.  

The Partial Solar and Lunar Eclipses in January:

A partial Solar Eclipse (New Moon) occurs on 1/5, taking place in Sagittarius in the nakshatra of Purva Ashadha (in the 1st house of the U.S. chart), and joining with both Mercury and Saturn.   The direct involvement of Saturn is challenging and difficult for this particular eclipse, reflecting legal battles and problems in the judicial system as a whole. This eclipse coincides with the government funding stand-off currently in force.  Whereas the Sun rules government and Mercury rules the 10th house of the U.S. chart (leadership of the country), this eclipse sets the stage for a battle and struggle.   It does not bode well for improving the current situation rapidly.  When Saturn influences an eclipse, this portends a delay or curtails the resolution of problems. Separately, there may be more scandals and surprises that come to light involving different levels of the judicial system. Also, religious and educational institutions will come under great scrutiny over the next several months.   

    There is some concern this month with potential flooding problems, water leaks, major water supply disruption or issues at sea due to the involvement of Purva Ashadha in this partial solar eclipse and the lunar eclipse taking place in the water sign of Cancer. 

    The lunar eclipse (Full Moon) takes place late on 1/20 in Cancer, in the nakshatra of Pushya.  I always think of teachers and education when considering Pushya nakshatra.  So, there can be some resolution, important information or knowledge that comes to light involving education, or learning institutions near this eclipse date. 

    Pushya also has to do with nourishment and the food supply. There might be a disruption of the food supply due to yet another food poisoning outbreak or a contamination episode, which might involve cows, dairy products or milk itself.  

    This lunar eclipse takes place in the 8th house of the U.S. chart with the Rahu/Moon conjunction.  Recall the U.S. is in the Rahu mahadasha now and that makes this eclipse all the more important for its influence on the country.   The 8th house transit of this eclipse indicates a set-up for deep transformation and change in some area indicated.  The U.S. also has Mercury in the 8th house which governs both the 7th and 10th houses of that chart. Therefore, the U.S. Mercury is also influenced by this lunar eclipse. (Rahu is in the 3rd house of the U.S. chart which is 8th from the 8th house by position).   Mercury rules all communications, including the Internet.   There may be a serious disruption or hacking of some media outlet that harms communications, especially in the school systems or other learning institutions.  Concerns about privacy and protecting personal information is also a major area of concern during this lunar eclipse period. 

   Change and transformation involving the presidency and dealings with other countries are quite possible during this time.  Mercury also governs business, trade and import/export. There could be a breakthrough in trade negotiations or a sudden, unexpected change in the trade policy by the latter part of the month.  Regardless, expect some extreme changes, more volatility, uncertainty and ups and downs in the country during January.

    In general, it’s a good rule of thumb to avoid important material transactions if possible on the days surrounding an eclipse, lunar or solar.  Take some time to be more introspective, be still, pray, meditate or chant a mantra to the Moon, Sun or Saturn.  Spiritual inner awareness can be particularly strengthened during eclipses if one chooses this orientation.  

Mars remains strong for the month:

It’s worth noting that Mars remains strong, unafflicted and nicely aspected by Jupiter for the entire month of January.  This position bodes well for accomplishing tasks, starting new and advancing old projects, exercising, technical activities and challenging oneself to do more, meet goals and ambitions,  and otherwise move forward with your plans.  Other than during the eclipse dates, this is a good month to make a new start, act, move ahead, challenge yourself and make progress on areas of importance to you.  


The Relationship and Influence of the Mahadasha Planetary Cycle to the Planetary Transits for each Individual or Country:

  While these monthly newsletters mainly discuss the current planetary transits in force for any given month, understand that there is also concurrently a deep, powerful, underlying planetary influence that is operating for each individual and even for each country, state and city.  The influence of this particular mahadasha planetary cycle takes precedence over the relatively brief, transitional planetary transit influence.  This does notimply that each and every planetary transit is unimportant--- quite the contrary.  However, the mahadasha planetary cycle in force for an individual, lays out the essential foundation, environment or the basic matrix in which the transiting planet operates and can make its effects known at any given point in time.   

       The planetary mahadasha planet in force is the # 1 influence for that individual’s life during a certain set of years.  If for example, an individual is in the Jupiter mahadasha which continues for 16 years, then the condition and position of Jupiter in that person’s astrological chart will first determine the experiences that will occur during that entire time (before considering transiting planetary influences).  Jupiter’s energy will ripen in that particular chart, and the results manifest according to that person’s karmic destiny, as is dictated by Jupiter’s condition in that individual horoscope.  

         Second, the planetary transitof Jupiter’s influence going through the specific houses of that person’s chart over the 16 years, becomes even more significant and intensified while that person is “living” through Jupiter mahadasha.  While experiencing that “dasha” of Jupiter over 16 years, Jupiter will also transit through all 12 houses of that chart, plus repeating its transit through the first 4 houses that it visited when the mahadasha began during the first 4 years of that cycle.  Jupiter’s transit lasts approximately 1 year going through each of the 12 zodiac signs.  Therefore, for that 16 years of the mahadasha, the transit of Jupiter plays a greater role than usual, strongly influencing particular areas of life.  If Jupiter is in a stronger transiting position, it gives even greater positive energy and significance for that period of time and vice versa, if Jupiter is transiting a weaker position, then it does not yield as great a benefit for that given year.  

     In another example, take the United States Vedic astrological chart.  The U.S.A. is currently experiencing the Rahu mahadasha and Jupiter bhukti (sub-period) which continues through 2019 into 2020.  Hence, the “transiting positions” of both Rahu and Jupiter become even more pronounced for the country as a whole, while the country is under this particular Rahu/Jupiter mahadasha/bhukti cycle.

        The impact for the U.S. of this Rahu/Jupiter mahadasha/bhukti cycle, is described at my website under “Predictions for 2018 - 2020”  Therefore, the transiting influence of both Rahu and Jupiter in the current sky play a particularly prominent role in terms of their daily and monthly influence for the U.S. as an entity.   

      Until March 2019, Rahu completes its transit through the 8thhouse of the U.S. chart, a challenging transit, reflecting much uncertainty, upheaval, nonconformity, an up and down, extreme roller coaster experience and change in the country as a whole.   This has been taking place since Rahu entered Cancer (an inimical placement for Rahu) as of 9-8-2017.  Rahu and Ketu transit through a zodiac sign on average over 18 months and they mostly retrograde. 

     On March 23, 2019, Rahu will change signs retrograding into Gemini, which is the 7th house (relationships with other countries) for the U.S. and Ketu will move into Sagittarius, which is the 1sthouse of the U.S. chart, another prominent placement to check transiting planet influences.  The impact of Ketu transiting in the 1sthouse is that the U.S will become less visible to the world in terms of its influence.  The U.S. will have to begin the uncomfortable 18-month process of detaching from whatever the country is overly attached to.  This will commence the early stage of a likely financial downturn and recession in the U.S. that becomes more obvious and stronger into 2020. 

      The impact of Rahu in the 7th house puts a greater emphasis on other countries gaining influence and power in relation to the U.S.  Other countries become recognized or emboldened due to Rahu’s transit through the U.S. 7th house.  Since the U.S. also has Mars, Venus, Jupiter and the Sun all in Gemini, those planets will conjunct with transiting Rahu and reflect some major upheavals and changes in the country (some quite powerful and materially positive), and these transits will be explained in my newsletters during the months that they occur in 2019 -2020.

     In terms of the influence of the Jupiter bhukti (sub-period planet), transiting Jupiter right now is moving through Scorpio and (will continue to do so until 11-4-2019), which is the 12th house of the U.S. chart.  Jupiter transiting through the 12th house has the potential to increase debts (via excessive expenditures) for the U.S. especially during January 2019 due to Venus’ concurrent transit with Jupiter in its 12th house.   It might also help the U.S. gain influence or benefits in foreign countries and dare I say, it might temporarilyassist in improving trade negotiations during this month.    

     Jupiter’s transit there can indicate expenses and borrowing will grow during 2019.  It’s interesting to witness that under a Republican Trump presidency (and even with Republican leadership in force), spending has massively increased in the U.S., not deceased, which is usually expected under a Republican agenda.  But, nothing goes as expected during Rahu mahadasha and especially while Rahu is transiting the 8th house of a chart. Moreover, while Jupiter is transiting through the 12th house and Jupiter is in force as the bhukti planet during the Rahu mahadasha, spending becomes the rule for the year. 

     Rahu’s mahadasha is the primary influence for the U.S. while it remains in Rahu mahadasha.  Therefore, the transit change for Rahu will be particularly important to monitor in late March 2019 when this transit shift takes place.  

    To summarize, while it’s important to pay attention and monitor brief planetary transit trends for their impact, it is equally important to first understand the basic matrix (mahdasha in force) and its impact on an individual or country at a particular time.   The relevance of a transiting planet influence then becomes more significant in weight or less so, depending on which mahadasha and bhukti planet is governing a particular country or an individual’s life during any given time point.   It is a matter of synthesizing the influence/meaning of both the impact of the mahadasha cycle within the static natal chart along with the dynamic, concurrent transiting planetary influence.