April 13, 2020

This is Why it Feels So Hard Right Now: 2020 Jyotish Sidereal Transit Challenges.


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*Vedic Astrology, or jyotish, is one of the oldest sciences on the planet and considered a relative of astronomy. It is an important and valuable part of the ancient Vedic texts. This complex, logic-based, and also intuitive science has survived thousands of years in India’s Vedic tradition and is still considered a highly valuable tool of guidance and life insight. It is not a religion, but rather a philosophical understanding of human and cosmic existence. In Sanskrit, jyoti means light. Essentially, the study of jyotish is the study of light and how we interact with the cosmic light—within us and within the cosmos. Vedic astrology, or the sidereal approach to astrology casts charts differently to Western or Tropical astrology. The meanings, implications, and purpose of jyotish is therefore different, as are the details used for prediction and the indications given below.

*Whether it’s science or magic, if it’s of fun benefit, enjoy!” ~ ed


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. Whatever you have gotten away with 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’s 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.

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.

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 Coronavirus 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 mulatrikona 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 unpredictable ways. The planet as a whole may feel 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, the 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 mindful how you use this big energy or the storms will swallow you up. This is a time period to be 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 the 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 nonnegotiable right now. Take responsibility for your own triggers and feelings. Gather even more resources and support to help you navigate the choppy waters.

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 is joining Saturn and 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.

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.

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 may face unnecessary losses and challenges.

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.

~ Let my 2020 Moon Wisdom Calendar help you clarify your path in 2020.

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