Vedic Astrology Update

Vedic Astrology Update

The major astrological event in April occurs on April 5, 2021 when Jupiter, the great benefic, changes signs, moving from Capricorn to Aquarius for about five months, before returning back to Capricorn for another two months this fall. Mercury, planet of communications, travels through Pisces, its debilitated sign from March 31 to April 26, 2021, and will be aspected by exalted Ketu. Venus, planet of compassion, is exalted in Pisces until April 10, 2021 and during this time helps lessen the debility of Mercury. The Sun makes its yearly transit through Aries, its exalted sign, from April 13 to May 14, 2021.

Venus, planet of love, compassion, nature, and art, remains in its exalted sign of Pisces the first part of April, until April 10, 2021. A strong Venus is deeply heart-centered and understands the preciousness of our human interactions. Expressing kindness and generosity to family, friends, and loved ones is emphasized. Spring is the perfect time of the year with Venus exalted to appreciate nature and enjoy the outdoors. Creativity and developing our artistic talents is also highlighted. Venus will be at its pinnacle of exaltation at 27 degree Pisces on April 7.

Mercury, planet of communications, discernment, and the intellect, transits Pisces, its sign of debility most of April, starting March 31 to April 26, 2021. Exalted Venus conjuncts Mercury until April 10, and this aspect helps reverse some of the debility of Mercury. Also on April 10, Ketu, the south node of the Moon, exalted in Scorpio, will trine Mercury exactly at 17 degrees. Ketu influencing Mercury may manifest as mental confusion, lack of focus, or communications are just not clear. This is a time to pay more attention to details, be discerning, and really listen. However, Mercury in Pisces can be quite creative, intuitive, and spiritual, so use this time to seek understandings beyond the intellectual mind. This is a good time for meditation practices that expand consciousness.

Jupiter, planet of spirituality and prosperity, will enter the air sign of Aquarius for a five month period starting April 5, 2021 until September 15, 2021. Later this fall, from September 15 until November 20, 2021, Jupiter will briefly retrograde back to its debilitated sign of Capricorn. Finally Jupiter again enters Aquarius from November 20, 2021 until March 13, 2022.

We have already experienced Jupiter in debility in Capricorn several times in 2020, first from March 29 to June 29, 2020, and then most recently from November 20, 2020 to April 5, 2021. When Jupiter transits Capricorn, its weakest sign, we experience less optimism and may feel more isolated. But the Jupiter transit of Capricorn during parts of 2020 and 2021, may have helped us rediscover what our true values are, and we found realistic and practical ways to express them.

So for the next five months, and then again later this year, beginning on November 20, Jupiter transits the air sign of Aquarius, which is a community or group-oriented sign. We can expect greater growth and expansion by working together from a global perspective. Aquarius is a progressive and humanitarian sign, so this period may give rise to more alternative, creative ideas and innovative projects to uplift humanity. Jupiter in Aquarius may guide you to help your local community, donate to a positive non-profit organization, or just contribute to those nearby who are in need. We may experience a break from some of the challenging financial news and experience a little more optimism, hope, and faith in our lives as Jupiter is out of debility and no longer with restrictive Saturn in Capricorn. Spiritually, we are ready to get in touch with our deeper purpose in the world, and express this through our dharmic activities.

Remember that the two signs that Jupiter transits this year, Capricorn and Aquarius, are both ruled by the disciplined and serious planet Saturn in Vedic astrology. So even though Jupiter will now be transiting Aquarius and out of its sign of debility for the next five months, it still will carry some of the Saturn influence as it moves into Aquarius. And on a positive note, when Jupiter is in Aquarius this month, there are no malefic aspects to Jupiter, which is helpful.

The Sun begins its yearly transit of Aries, its sign of exaltation, from April 13 until May 14, 2021. We feel more empowered, vital, and full of energy now. In Vedic astrology the Sun is sattvic in nature, which gives it a pure, uplifting, and life-supporting vibration. The Sun in Aries gives us courage, leadership desires, and inspiration. We feel more confident and determined in attaining our goals. We are also learning we need patience and moderation. As the Sun is a fiery, pitta planet, we can get overheated or quickly become over-stimulated emotionally. The Sun represents our connection to our innermost essence, our soul, so this is a great time to commit to a daily practice of meditation and going within.

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. Debra can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or for astrological consultations by phone or in person. Contact her to receive her monthly Vedic astrology article. You can also find her at Ayurveda Sedona.

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