As 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, which 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.
In the case of this Kala Sarpa combination, all planets will be moving towards Ketu, which promotes release, letting go and awakening. Understand that this process of loss will likely be uncomfortable for many, however, it can bring gains simultaneously. Loss creates space for something else to arrive. Be intentional about this release process and how you are creating space for the new to enter. This process is your grief journey- which will be an essential part of this experience. Your ability to attend to your grief consciously, will determine how you gain on the other side of this unique cycle of transits. In many ways this coming four month period will be a seismic house cleaning so to speak- both cosmically and personally. As The planets systematically move through six of the 12 houses, they will be helping you clear, refine and release on a physical body level as well as a relative, life level. The houses effected in your chart will impact how and what is released through this process.
This planetary configuration at times will not be a true Kala Sarpa Yoga because the planets will be dispersing periodically as they move through the houses. True Kala Sarpa Yoga indicates that all seven planets are stacked evenly in the constellations, clumped together or evenly distributed. In this case, throughout this transit, there will be times where Libra is free of planets as well as Sagittarius and Capricorn. The houses that Rahu and Ketu touch in your natal chart from their current placements in Leo and Aquarius, will impact how this transit effects you personally. You must also consider the natal placements of Rahu and Ketu in your chart as this indicates the karmas and shadows that impact you consistently.
Mars will finally conjunct Ketu and pass him on December 27th of this year, dispersing the planetary energy and ending the Kala Sarpa effects. Venus will be the next planet to move to the other side of Ketu on January 8th of 2017.
This unique combination is yet another powerful layer of transition and change that individuals and the world are experiencing right now. Remember that all challenges can be used as resources, as change agents. This is an opportunity to take challenges and turn them into self development and inner awakening. This is not a time to be foolish, take risks or drop your guard. Play it safe, use preventative measures like yagyas to shield you from planetary effects. Reach out for guidance, support and new resources. It's time to upgrade how you get your needs met. Don't self isolate or resist your pain. Use this cycle to activate and awaken, heal and transform, as well as find new resources that will help you move into a more empowered place within.
Read more about Rahu and Ketu in Leo and Aquarius