Vedic Astrology Update

Vedic Astrology Update

May is a transformative and impactful month, especially due to the total lunar eclipse in Scorpio on May 15, 2022. Akshaya Tritiya, a very auspicious day in the Vedic calendar, occurs on May 3, when the Sun and Moon are both exalted. Saturn, planet of truth and responsibility, now begins its brief 2 ½ month transit through community-oriented Aquarius. Exalted Venus is with Jupiter in Pisces most of May, generating hope and compassion. Mercury, planet of communications and travel, goes retrograde on May 10. The exalted Sun conjuncts the north node Rahu in Aries, an ambitious combination.

This year, Akshaya Tritiya, a very auspicious day in the Vedic calendar, occurs on May 3, 2022. This positive day occurs each year on the third lunar day of the waxing moon in either April or May, when the Sun and Moon are both exalted. According to ancient legend, this is the day when the sacred Ganges River descended to the earth from heaven. In India, purchasing gold on this day is considered favorable, as it provides increased wealth for the coming years. This is considered a very auspicious day for starting new activities that you wish to grow, prosper, and endure.

Saturn is briefly traveling through its own sign of Aquarius, which just started April 29 and lasts until July 12, 2022, when it will retrograde back into Capricorn until January 2023. So we get just a taste of the energies of Saturn in Aquarius for the next few months. With Saturn in Aquarius we start to take a more serious and critical review of our ideals and beliefs. Are we collectively living up to our highest values and principles? The power of authentic communities and groups working toward a common goal or cause is appealing. We sense the value of a truly supportive social network in order to develop much-needed resilience in our lives.

Venus is exalted in Pisces most of this month until it moves to Aries on May 24, 2022. While Venus travels through Pisces it is with benefic Jupiter there, and these two planets together open our hearts, with greater love, grace, and compassion. We may find it easier to reconcile our differences with others. Take advantage of this wonderfully creative and inspirational energy the first three weeks this month.

Mercury, planet of communications, goes retrograde on May 10, 2022 at 10 degrees Taurus. Mercury will retrograde back to 1 degree Taurus, and finally go direct the morning of June 3. This is a period to be extra clear and precise with all types of communications, written or verbal. Also double-check any travel plans, and back up computers. From May 18 to May 24, Mercury will be combust the Sun in Taurus, so pay extra attention during this time. Mercury retrograde is a positive time for deeper, inner reflection and meditation.

The Sun, transiting its exalted sign of Aries since April 13, will conjunct the north node Rahu at 28 degrees Aries on May 13, just before it exits the sign on May 14. The Sun and Rahu together increases one’s ambitions and desires for material success and greater independence. But watch for any amplification of ego and direct this powerful energy toward spiritual advancement.

The main astrological event in May is the total lunar eclipse that occurs on May 15, 2022 at 9:12 PM (PDT) at 1 degree Scorpio. This eclipse is very close to the Moon’s degree of debility which is 3 degrees Scorpio. During this full moon lunar eclipse, our feelings run deep, full of intensity and heightened sensitivity. This eclipse can initiate a significant healing process as we transform and shift this exceptional mystical energy into something far greater than we can imagine.

This lunar eclipse occurs in the nakshatra called Vishakha, which is symbolized as a “fork in the road.” This can indicate a time to make important choices in life, deciding which path is best to take for our personal growth and evolution, especially if we have been feeling out of balance. Eclipses bring increased awareness and revelations, and are times of change and new beginnings. Eclipses are not days for material life, but are days for introspection and spiritual activities, such as meditation, yoga, and retreat.

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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