How Prepared Are You For This?
Just after the May full Moon, an unusual series of retrograde planets kicks off- sparking many months of re-balancing, clean up, intensification, and shadow work.
Two of the most important planets, Saturn and Jupiter, have lengthy retrogrades starting this month- which will bring lasting changes and important insights for life and purpose. Because they are both slow moving, their impact is much more powerful.
Saturn retrogrades for five months in Capricorn, starting on May 10th. He won't go direct until end of September. This is an important time to clean up grief, structure, support, systems, and your dharmic offerings- or career if you are not sharing your dharmic gifts. Saturn doesn't tolerate excess or messiness so clean up the disorder in your life and start simplifying!
Jupiter is currently in Capricorn as well, beginning his retrograde motion on May 13th, returning to his own sign Sagittarius on June 29th. He continues to move in reverse until mid September. Whatever you missed these past months on your dharmic path, Jupiter will be requesting more of your awareness this time around.
This Jupiter retrograde is a vital transit for your path and purpose, for spirituality, and cleaning up impurities in your life. You will need more support, focused guidance, and a very clear intention for this next phase. Don't make the mistake of staying stuck where you are and refusing to take effective action. This transit is asking you to take a different approach in order for very different results. This opportunity won't come again. Jupiter does not tolerate adharma, so notice where he is nudging you to align more fully with your dharmic path.
Venus starts his return process on May 13th, continuing his transit through his own sign, Taurus. He will retrograde until June 25th, offering an unusually lengthy transit through one of his favorite signs. He won't enter Gemini until July 31st.
All retrograde planets are asking us to pay closer attention and attend to parts of ourselves and our lives that are challenged or imbalanced. Venus will be asking you to focus on the material world- finances, nourishment, wealth, speaking, manifesting, bringing desires into form. Relationships, love, and sensuality will request attention as well. What needs to change in order for you to feel more nourished in your life?
Later in June Mercury will retrograde as well. For a short time, four planets will be moving in reverse. Retrograde planets act like the shadow nodes Rahu and Ketu. That means they bring extremes, chaos, distortion, and intensification.
Be mindful that things often have to intensify so we can see them more fully. Wherever we've been ignoring the truth, bypassing or avoiding reality, the intensification can help us re-focus and re-align with more clarity and insight.
Notice where you are receiving a pinch in your life and take effective action. It's an important time to make necessary adjustments, and make new choices that support the outcome you desire. Rarely do we get such a powerful opportunity to clean up all areas of our life simultaneously. Thanks to Saturn, Jupiter, Venus and even Mercury, you will be asked to do many layers of clean up at the same time. Be vigilant!
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The entire world is being forced to hit reset right now. Our choices, actions, and behaviors have long been unsustainable. Now we have the chance to restructure and move forward differently.
Saturn is taking his time moving through his own sign of Capricorn right now. As much as he loves his own sign, Saturn is forcing a new kind of balance on every level of life as a result.
He doesn't care for excess and won't allow it. Wherever you have gotten away with excess in the past, it's not being tolerated in this cycle. This can bring a new overall balance and harmony into our world, but not without simplification, release, and slowing down. He allows for necessity, but nothing extra. Saturn is a loner, and brings loneliness and separation. He reminds us of what is important as a result.
As Saturn arrives in Capricorn, structures shift and take on new shape for the coming 2.5 years. The impact of this transit on your body and life will greatly depend on your relationship with Saturn.
Are you in alignment with natural time?
Are you listening to your body wisdom?
Are you honoring the cycles and rhythms of your body, the seasons, the Transits?
Are you balancing work and rest, movement and meditation, silence and stillness?
Remember that wherever you are out of balance with Saturn, he will give you a pinch. Always pay attention when he gives you a small pinch because the more you resist or avoid his messages, the louder he will get. When Saturn is shouting, there is dis-ease already fully established in your body already.
Since Saturn is the planet of grief, he will be asking you to find a new relationship with your grief, emotions and losses in this 2.5 year transit.
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While Saturn is asking us to simplify and ultimately find a new sense of structure and balance, the lunar nodes, Rahu and Ketu, are much more disruptive and chaotic this year.
We are seeing the challenging impact of the shadows through the Corona Pandemic, as well as natural disasters, extremes in the stock market, sudden losses and disruptions on all levels of life.
The nodes, as Rahu and Ketu are referred to, are mischievous in nature. They present our karmas to us in this incarnation. They represent forces that can't be seen and are the parts of ourselves that go unnoticed and unrecognized. When, and if, the shadow or veil of illusion is removed, and we do see what has been hidden from us, it is often extremely painful.
On March 7th 2019, our karmas shifted. Rahu moved to creative, airy Gemini and Ketu shifted to Sagittarius. This 1.5 year transit lasts until September 23rd, 2020. During this transit, both planets move through mulitrikona degrees, then into exaltation, creating even more intensified results with our shadows.
As Rahu shifted into Ardra nakshatra and Ketu into Mula nakshatra, the challenges have greatly intensified. Both of these constellations are arguably two of the most challenging stars in the entire zodiac. With both Rahu and Ketu in challenging nakshatras simultaneously, it's a time to be extra cautious and honor the vulnerability of this time.
Ketu in Mula Nakshatra: January 15th, 2020 to September 23rd, 2020
Ketu in Mula nakshatra, forces the entire world to feel a deep uprooting taking place. It's important to understand that everyone on the planet will simultaneously be experiencing the instability of this transit. None of us will come out of this cycle the same person. Mula is considered a gandanta, notorious for pulling up the weeds within the psycho-emotional body levels of our being. The dark goddess, Nirrti, rules this constellation- often causing havoc, chaos and choices that lead to adharma. This is a time period that will provide immense, radical clearing in very unpredictable ways. The planet as a whole may feel very unstable as a result. The best use of your energy is to stay close to your dharmic path and do not get derailed. Slow down even more. Don't take unnecessary risks and focus on staying close to the body. Gather even more support than you think you need. You will need it.
Rahu in Ardra: September 11th, 2019 to May 20th, 2020
With Rahu in Ardra nakshatra, storm god, Rudra, takes center stage. His powerful energy increases exponentially with the magnification of Rahu. Big waves are likely- physically, materially and within Nature. Sudden, unpredictable surges of power will occur. Be very mindful how you use this big energy or the storms will swallow you up. This is a time period to be very diligent with staying grounded. Stay on top of the mind and don't let the imaginal realms pull you off path. Strengthen your roots so the storms don't destabilize you. Emotions will be strong, overpowering and challenging at times. Are you in right relationship with your emotional body waves, or are you getting lost in the depths of the ocean? Be careful with yourself and others. Challenging people may surface just to test your strength. Diligence with your shadow work is non-negotiable right now. Take responsibility for your own triggers and feelings. Gather even more resources and support to help you navigate the choppy waters.
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Remember that this is not a time to take risks. Heed the desires of Saturn and honor his wisdom of slowing down, simplifying life, and honoring the need for silence, rest, and quiet. When we honor the desires of Saturn, the other planets fall into line naturally- even the extremes of the shadow nodes.
As Jupiter shifts to its debilitation sign, Capricorn, joining Saturn here, the need for honoring vulnerability strengthens.
Jupiter is a planet of sattva, purity. His intention is to purify what is impure and to awaken pure knowledge. He prefers the spiritual realms and offers spiritual support and guidance when well placed in the natal chart. When we go against him, he can be overpowering in his attempts to bring us back to spiritual harmony and balance. When strong, he brings us pure knowledge, wisdom, and support. When he is weak, he disrupts our ability to receive wisdom, support, and proper guidance- which can have dire impact on your dharmic path.
On March 29th, Jupiter enters Capricorn and becomes debilitated. Here, he will have to contend with Saturn once again- while feeling the pinch of debilitation simultaneously. This can squeeze and cause pressure to Jupiter's expansive ways. A debilitated planet can't offer much outer support as its energy turns inward. This transit can cause challenges with all things Jupiter- so be mindful of what needs are surfacing and what changes and adjustments need to be made on your dharmic path.
Pay attention to this short transit of Jupiter in Capricorn as this will give you insights into what to expect in 2021 when he goes debilitated for an entire year. For now, we will see Jupiter re-enter his own sign, Sagittarius, on June 29th, 2020.
This is an important time for restructuring your life and making necessary adjustments to your life path. Rather than waiting until you are forced to make changes, be proactive and make adjustments to prevent crisis.
I am reminding clients that restructuring your dharmic business is inevitable this year. If you don't have an online offering yet (Ketu), now is the time to make it happen. Prepare for business challenges and disruptions in advance, and don't wait to make the changes that need to be made- or you will face unnecessary losses and challenges. Check in with me if you need help with these changes to your soul based business.
Remember that challenges are an opportunity to transform, change, and grow. Use the difficulties this year to create something new, innovate, get creative, and move in a new direction. This year does not have to be horrific- if you are willing to make big adjustments to yourself and your life. This includes doing your shadow work and being honest about your resistance and fear. When you are willing to show up for your own darkness, the path becomes more gentle.
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