Vedic Astrology Update

Vedic Astrology Update

November ushers in the fall eclipse season with a powerful lunar eclipse on November 19, 2021. Jupiter shifts signs this month, a significant event when it finally leaves Capricorn, its weakest sign, and enters Aquarius on November 20, 2021. The nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, stay at 7 degrees in the signs of Taurus and Scorpio for the next two months, indicating a time of healing. Saturn and Mars are in a mutual exchange the entire month of November, so patience is required. The Sun begins its transit through mystical Scorpio on November 16, and later conjuncts Ketu on November 23.

The Nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, are stationing at 7 degrees Taurus and Scorpio for over two months. This began on October 19, 2021, and will end January 1, 2022. The nodes staying at a degree over two months happens several times a year. If you have your Ascendant, Sun or Moon are near 7 degrees Scorpio or 7 degrees Taurus, you may be experiencing some intensity in your life or a significant event. When the nodes station that long on one degree, major lessons may surface to be faced and healed now. As the nodes are in their exalted signs, the search for true, lasting inner fulfillment becomes more urgent or amplified.

We experience strong Saturn and Mars energies this month as Saturn in Capricorn and Mars in Libra are in a mutual exchange, as these two malefic planets each aspect the other. This brings a strong Saturn/Mars energy this month until December 4, 2021, when Mars moves into Scorpio. We sometimes feel we are moving ahead, only to go back a step. Saturn is a focused, slow, deliberate, and restrictive planet, while Mars can be impatient, assertive, and angry. We are learning to work with both of these conflicting energies. Be more patient, clear, and take responsibility for your actions. Practice presence and stillness in your life.

On November 16, the Sun begins its transit through the mystical, transformative, and intense sign of Scorpio until December 15, 2021. As Scorpio is a fixed sign, it gives good staying power and a strong will. On November 23, the Sun conjuncts exalted Ketu at 7 degrees Scorpio, indicating a sort of identity crisis, or issues with authority. On another level it may bring heightened sensitivity and deep spiritual awareness.

Eclipse season starts with a lunar eclipse on November 19, 2021, followed by a solar eclipse on December 4, 2021. The lunar eclipse on November 19 is at 3 degrees Taurus in the nakshatra of Krittika and occurs at 1:59 AM MST. This full Moon is at its exact degree of exaltation in the earth sign of Taurus, and indicates a major focus on financial security, and what is essential for our well-being. We desire comfort, support, and community. This eclipse may reveal how out of balance we are with nature, and hopefully insights and opportunities arise on how to be in greater harmony with nature and within ourselves.

Krittika nakshatra connected to this eclipse relates to the star cluster of the Pleiades and is called the “star of fire,” signifying the deep fires of purification we will experience on many levels during the next few months. This eclipse asks us to solidify our connection to our Divine Self, finding what truly gives us sustenance. We may decide to give up old habits as we “cut” through previous resistances, and we do so courageously and quickly. Krittika can be a critical, sudden, and explosive nakshatra, but it also carries a deep desire for knowledge and education.

It is important not to fear eclipses, but to note that they can reveal something “hidden” which increases our awareness and moves us along in our personal evolution. Eclipses are not days for mundane activities, but are periods for spiritual activities, meditation, and introspection.
Jupiter, the great benefic planet, moves into Aquarius November 20, 2021 until April 13, 2022. This is a welcome relief as Jupiter is no longer transiting its weakest sign of Capricorn that occurred off and on since the end of March 2020. Jupiter in the humanitarian sign of Aquarius may bring more tolerance and impartiality. However, Aquarius is a fixed air sign, so we may experience some mental rigidity or stubbornness that we must move through. It is helpful to work toward the benefit of others and be open to greater cooperation and equality in our world. Greater personal freedom and progressive, innovative ideas are also highlighted

Debra Infante is a practicing Vedic Astrologer and teacher. She began her studies of Vedic astrology in 1995, and was certified by the American College of Vedic Astrology as an approved teacher (Level I) in September 1999. She has taught Vedic Astrology to the students in the yoga teacher trainings at 7 Centers Yoga in Sedona, AZ from 2002 to 2020.

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