As September arrives, so does a unique planetary configuration known as Kala Sarpa Yoga. Once the Sun moves to the other side of Rahu, towards the edge of Leo on September 4th, a unique planetary yoga occurs. Many astrologers are talking about the various effects of this upcoming four month period when all planets will be scissored in between Rahu and Ketu. This unique combination will continue until late December, once Mars moves to the other side of Ketu.
This is unique yoga called Kala Sarpa, The Serpent of Time. It will intensify each month as Moon enters Leo and moves into Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn and through Aquarius. Moon mirrors and magnifies, so issues provoked by these signs and the planets in these signs, will be amplified as a result. Kala Sarpa Yoga's effects intensify the planetary combinations at play as all planets are essentially "hemmed in" by the malefic shadow nodes, Rahu and Ketu. The types of Kala Sarpa and the effects of this combination are widely disputed- probably because the nodes themselves bring confusion and uncertainty.
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The eclipse portal continues until mid month, provoking another delicate layer of planetary effects. With all the elements of the masculine, father, power, purpose and empowerment that have been stirred and provoked over the past few months as multiple planets have moved through Leo, the September new Moon marks a poignant time of closure. What themes have you been healing with your father wounds? What is your intention moving forward? How can you honor your masculine needs with action steps, clarity, creativity? What does right-relationship with your power and dharmic purpose look like? Feel like?
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Mercury Retrograde- Mercury in Leo
Mercury will go retrograde in its sign of exaltation on August 30th. Mercury will be exalted in Virgo (not in its mulitrikona degrees) during this retrograde. An exalted retrograde planet becomes debilitated, impacting the expression of the planet and turning it inward, rather than outward. For over a week, the mental body will be on a unique, inward journey. On September 9th, Mercury will re-enter Leo, joining Sun and Rahu here. This will bring the mind more clarity and external focus, while supporting a unique and innovative process.
The retrograde journey of Mercury will impact finances and comforts primarily. It will ask you to look more closely at your needs for financial support and stability, as well as self expression and communication. These themes are specifically tied to your visibility, empowerment and ego at this time. It is a cycle to re-visit and re-evalute your needs. You may find yourself re-visiting conversations, connections and communication until he goes direct on September 22nd. Use this time to clarify your sense of power and purpose. Seek clarity with your words and think outside the box in terms of getting seen and noticed in more creative and potent ways.
Once Mercury goes direct in Leo, he won't re-enter Virgo again until October 3rd. As he re-enters his sign of exaltation, he joins Jupiter and Sun as well. At this point, we may finally get the positive effects of an exalted Mercury, with the expansive wisdom of Jupiter and the illumination of the Sun to support the awareness. A strong mind will bring more clarity, purposeful communication and potent resources. For the benefits of exalted Mercury to be felt, it will require patience and strong intentions.
Stay true to your direction and continue to take action towards goals and desires. Increased financial support will come with your diligence. Work consistently and pro-actively on clearing limiting beliefs and mental/emotional blockages during this cycle- all that is hindering your ability to step more powerfully into financial abundance. Gather resources and support for this process. Jupiter will be activating your expansion, but only with the right guidance and support.
Sun in Virgo
Multiple back to back planetary changes occur mid September with Sun’s transit into Virgo starting the change process. On September 16th mid morning, only a few hours prior to the full Moon in Pisces, Sun moves out of its favorite sign and into Virgo. Sun won’t re-enter Leo for another year. The focus of the past few months on Leo and multiple planets moving through this fire sign, begins to shift towards Virgo and its earth based energy. Currently Jupiter is making his year long passage through Virgo, and Venus is finishing up its month long journey of debilitation here.
As Sun enters Virgo, Leo is on the horizon, which puts the Sun in the 2nd house of speech and communication. Themes of verbal mastery continue and the Sun illuminates this tendency. Speech and diplomacy are necessary in this coming cycle. Refine your speech and word choice. This impacts your relationships greatly. Relationship challenges will be mitigated by thoughtful and compassionate connections, words and honesty.
The heart will require your patience and tenderness in the weeks to come. Integration and balance are essential. Passion and grief will both require equal attention and intention. Relationships will continue to be a place of learning and awakening- particularly emotionally and spiritually. Balance is essential. It may feel like you have one foot in and one foot out. This may bring a lack of clarity with your relationships. Understand that this is ultimately a reflection of your relationship with self. Are you in or out? Connected or disconnected? Embodied or numbed? Stay present, connected and in your body as much as possible.
This is a powerful time to navigate your emotional body and use it as a resource for awakening. Connect heart and communication. Share authentically- but from a place of loving kindness. Learn the art of heart centered communication. This is a place that honors you as well as the recipient. Lead with your heart and this will create sustainable, lasting results.
Full Moon in Pisces
Just after Sun shifts into Virgo on September 16th, the full Moon in Pisces occurs with a penumbral lunar eclipse. This eclipse ends the unusually long eclipse portal that began on August 18th with an “almost” lunar eclipse. At the time of the full Moon (Purnima), the Moon has barely entered Pisces and will be under a degree- literally propping open the door between Aquarius and Pisces. This sandhi Moon is in very fragile and vulnerable territory, yet extremely spiritual as well.
The penumbral lunar eclipse on the 16th will be visible in much of Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Western South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic and Antarctica. It will not touch North America. The eclipse will begin at 10:54 am MDT, ending at 14:53 MDT. The maximum eclipse will occur at 12:54 pm MDT. From a Vedic perspective, it is not advised to be outside during the eclipse. Stay covered if you have to be out and about- especially your head and eyes. As the eclipse portal comes to a close, a release process is taking place. This may take several more days or weeks to integrate fully.
Moon in Pisces and Purvabhadrapada nakshatra during the time of the full Moon amplifies themes of release and letting go during the coming waning cycle. Pisces correlates to the 12th house of the zodiac, the final bhava (house) of the jyotish chart, connected to endings, release, transformation and retreats. It is the house of marriage (a transformational process) and finality. The 12th house is also connected to the ancestors because it is a house of death, endings and release. The next step is the spirit world.
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Mars in Sagittarius
On the heels of the full Moon, Mars moves into Sagittarius after months of being in a tense, pressurized dance with Saturn in Scorpio. The tight conjunction of Saturn and Mars in Scorpio has been provoking tests, lessons and all out war, since Mars began his Scorpio transit late February of this year. He has since danced back into Libra and returned to Scorpio to finish off his tempestuous battle with his enemy, Saturn. Mars finally leaves Scorpio on September 17th, when most of us will finally get to take a long sigh of relief. This battle between opposing forces has occurred in the vulnerable sign of Scorpio, digging up your deepest, darkest and most challenging personal mythology.
As Mars moves into Sagittarius, he lands in the chaos inducing nakshatra, Mula. This is Nirrti’s domain, the goddess of adharma. Her job is to pull you off your dharmic path, provoking chaos, turmoil and challenges simultaneously. This roughly three week period of Mars in Mula (until October 8th) will orchestrate uprooting, changes and release. Transformation of any kind brings turmoil, so understand that this is the nature of this time period. Simplify everything. Notice where you are addicted to the chaos. Are you creating it? Instigating the turmoil? Mula also has the propensity for great healing- as old pain and darkness is removed and released. You are creating space within your being right now- consciously or unconsciously. Be intentional about what you are filling yourself up with. What are you moving towards? What are you saying yes to?
The transit of Mars through Sagittarius lasts until November 1st, marking a time of powerful healing and change. Mars is the warrior planet. He acts, moves, creates and activates. He supports powerful movement and momentum as he makes great strides through this fire sign. Passion is activated- channel this effectively and use it authentically. Touch your power in potent ways and use it to build momentum. Pursue dharma with steady, consistent steps.
Use your emotional body wisdom to heal and gain awareness. It is your emotional body that is supporting your change. These changes will be felt on the mental and physical body levels as well. The mind is a powerful resource for healing and transformation. Focus your efforts on using your thoughts, words and stories to connect and co-create. Relationships will support this process. Passion is activated and enlivened. There is a lot of life force energy moving at this time; be intentional with how you use it and who you use it with.
Endings are provoked, while simultaneously beginnings arrive. What are you letting go of in order to make space for more of what you want and need? Gather the resources, support and guidance that you need for more stability, support and wholeness.
Venus in Libra
Ending three days of back to back transits, Venus shifts to its mulitrikona sign, Libra, on September 18th. This cycle is relationship oriented and will ask you to address feelings and emotions connected to loss, separation, release and transformation. There is an uprooting process taking place that will require letting go of the old. What you let go impacts your sense of comfort and safety, as well as security. Are you clinging to outworn people, relationships and experiences because it feels safer then letting them go? It's imperative that you cut away the excess, the frivolous and the unnecessary. Clean, clear and purge your relationships and emotions so that you can create space for the new to enter. Refine your speech and communication so that you can speak more authentically and from a place that honors your feelings more fully. Speak powerfully from your heart.
There will naturally be grief emerging in this Venus cycle. Your ability to honor your emotional body will impact the level of joy you receive in return. Where are you resisting your feelings? How can you deepen your relationship with your emotional body? Trust this process of breaking open that is occurring in your heart right now. Crack open so the light can enter. Be truly authentic with your heart wisdom and allow spirit to support your process of awakening in the weeks to come. Seek integration and balance with self and others, inner and outer, spirit world and human world.
*Horoscopes are based on your Vedic (sidereal) rising sign. You can also check your Moon and Sun signs for further insight. Do the same with your Navamsa signs for further clarity. Do not use these horoscopes with your Western sign (Tropical) as there is likely no correlation. These horoscopes are meant to be used as a broad overview of the current transits and obviously do not address the specifics of an individual’s unique chart.
Aries: Digest, assimilate and process. Attend to your gut intelligence right now as it’s able to help you transform past experiences, emotions and sensory input. Grief and your emotional body begin to stabilize later in the month, but it’s essential that you honor this cycle of release and letting go. As Venus shifts into your 7th house, stability, integration and balance arrive. Use your pelvis as a grounding resource. Honor and attend to relationships very consciously. They are a mirror for growth and deeper awareness about your needs. What is working? What is not working? What needs to shift and heal within you in order for more nourishment and support? The current Kala Sarpa yoga impacts your gains and empowerment. Trust your gut wisdom.
Taurus: Some stability comes to relationships later in the month. Let the anger go. Move it. Change it. Underneath this is passion. Channel it and work diligently with sadness and grief. Heal relationships and use them as an awakening resource- a mirror of the self. Everything showing up is a powerful resource for inner change. Lean into the challenges and transform the heart pain into spiritual offerings. Let others into your pain and go deeper into your darkness. But be sure to use this as a resource for change, transformation and healing. The current Kala Sarpa yoga effects heart, home and career. Awaken through balancing giving and receiving.
Gemini: Heart is expanding and finding more nourishment, let the illumination in later this month. Find balance and harmony with playfulness, romance and intuition. Use this as a resource for your offerings and how you share in this world. Digestion has been challenging and frustrating these past many months. Attend to constipation directly and honor this process of withholding through honoring Saturn and his requests. More stability and movement will be taking place later this month. Find your passion and connect with others! This current Kala Sarpa yoga impacts your creativity and dharma directly. Use your challenges and turn them into gold by teaching others about what you are learning.
Cancer: Get creative and lead with your heart. Find more stability and balance within your emotional body later this month. Turn challenges and obstacles with self power into resource. Speak, share, connect and co-create by leaning into your relationship with self. Digestion improves as Mars arrives into Sagittarius mid month. Use your words, voice and sounding to start the digestion process. What needs to be said? What do you need to voice and express? Where are you holding back from sharing your truth? Dig deep into your depths for this wisdom. The places that terrify you, the vulnerable parts of you, are your biggest resource. The Kala Sarpa yoga impacts your speech and vulnerability directly. Get comfortable with the discomfort.
Leo: Self worth and self efforts gain some momentum later this month. Making money and self expression are a major focus right now. Channel your words into creative action after the 18th. Write, dance, paint, move, create. Relationships are a resource for your creativity. Share your spiritual insights and awareness. Heart and home find more stability in the second half of the month. It’s vital that you’re honoring your grief and emotional body pain simultaneously. Get clear on your offering in this world. Share your powerful wisdom and insights. This is your gift! The current Kala Sarpa yoga will impact you and relationships directly. Let the mirrors wake you up.
Virgo: This is a powerful time of growth and expansion for you, even if there have been frustrations and setbacks simultaneously. You are refining your needs and finding a new sense of self and courage. Movement and momentum comes mid month. Seek stability, balance, integration and simplicity. Ground and honor your need for landing. How can you land more deeply within? Find nourishment and support with relationships. What are others teaching you about your need for intimacy and connection? The current Kala Sarpa yoga impacts your need for alone time and digestion. Find solace and sacred space- inside and out.
Libra: Speaking and sharing your words becomes more refined as Mars leaves your 2nd house mid month. Focus on simple words and expression, but don’t hold back. There’s a tendency to resist sharing and connecting- especially from the heart. Lean into your emotional body very consciously and harvest the wisdom here. Then use it for full self expression. Work with release, endings, letting go. You are actively in a transformational cycle that supports closings. As you close doors, new one’s will open. Make space for the new. The current Kala Sarpa yoga impacts your gains and sense of empowerment. Release the ego and make space for the unknown.
Scorpio: The career pressure of the past many months begins to shift and ease once Sun moves away from Rahu on the 16th. A whole new way of being is arriving. Mars moves away from Saturn finally- giving some new clarity and stability to your head. Venus begs for more support mid month. Outer and inner need more integration. Continue to focus on communication- especially in relationships. You’re learning how to express yourself, your needs and wants, very authentically. Lead with your heart. Your vulnerability is your power. Continue to crack open. The current Kala Sarpa Yoga will impact career and heart in all the right places. Turn your pain into your offering.
Sagittarius: Your life offering has the potential to expand and nourish you in more powerful ways. Pay attention to what feeds your heart. Let your light shine in the coming weeks and step into your power more consciously. Speak and connect through your knowledge and wisdom. Attend to solace and silence, grief and release. Connect with friends and relationships later this month for more integration and balance with inner and outer life. The current Kala Sarpa yoga impacts your dharma and creativity directly. Move towards your passion and purpose, while fearlessly creating.
Capricorn: Remarkable changes are occurring within you. You’ve been shining the light into some very dark and vulnerable territory for many months. Closure and release is taking place. Use the wisdom you’ve gathered on this powerful journey as a resource for your dharmic work. You learn best by teaching, so become both teacher and student very actively right now. Gains start to emerge and show up as you release the old and outworn patterns, behaviors and choices. Make space for what you really need and want. The current Kala Sarpa yoga impacts your speech and nourishment, as well as your vulnerability. Ask for what you really need.
Aquarius: Your depth gets deeper. Just when you thought you couldn’t peel back another layer, you find another trap door. Career finds some momentum and strength later this month. Stay connected to purpose. Focus on stability and steady steps. Relationships bring power and challenges simultaneously. Navigate choppy waters with dignity and clarity. Watch your words. Relationships are in fact an important teacher for you right now. Later this month, this increases and relationships will become a potent and powerful guru. Everything and everyone is a mirror of the self. You are waking up right now. Crack yourself wide open and lean into the challenges. The current Kala Sarpa yoga impacts your relationships directly. Look in the mirror.
Pisces: Relationships continue to be your biggest resource for growth, knowledge and wisdom. This amplifies later this month as Sun shifts into your 7th house. Dharma and life purpose are causing challenges and hardship. Use the challenge as a resource for awakening your passion. Share and connect, teach and advise, using the wisdom of your grief and pain. This is a resource for your spiritual awakening. Lean in closer. Momentum and action arrive with your offering and career once Mars moves to Sagittarius. Start putting your inner knowing into action. The current Kala Sarpa yoga impacts your health and healing, as well as your need for retreat and solace. Use your alone time specifically for healing and awakening.