Jyeshta The Umbrella
Jyeshta (16.40-30.00 Scorpio) is ruled by the Ruler of Gods, Lord Indra. The name literally translates into the elder one or the senior one and it holds true for that which is characterized by supreme glory.
Indra is the protector of heroes and it is he who is the divine slayer and warrior. Vedic astrologers are of the opinion that at some point of time, there were 18 nakshatras used and Jyeshta happened to be the final constellation.
Jyeshta is governed by a sense of becoming or arrival. In fact, it completes the second series of nine nakshatras starting with Magha. The latter series of nakshatras are more concerned with activities on an earthly plane. For Jyeshta, it is important to maintain an image. The natives do all they can to impress others and maintain the respect of other people. In the desire to abide by the established norms, Jyeshta is a good performer where charity, philanthropy, respect and kindness are concerned. Thus, it is said that Jyeshta in ancient times commanded the respect of society.
Presently, when the world is characterized with excesses of materialism, Jyeshta at times drives its energy towards useless material pursuits that tend towards self destruction. Hence, the Jyeshta characters are manifested as corrupt politicians, stereotyped mob leaders, bureaucratic managers and the like. Persons with the Jyeshta asterism mature quickly both physically as well as mentally. Their appearances are usually well proportioned in accordance with the need for harmony. However, they cannot hold on to their youth for a long time. The best feature of their physique is their probing and penetrating eyes.
Natives of Jyeshta tend to see their woes as larger than life. Hence, they are often found complaining, moaning and groaning. A strong influence of the energy of Jyeshta is the African continent, and hence it is no wonder that the musical genre of The Blues have found their roots here. Jyeshta natives are also vindictive and vengeful. Jyeshta is also protective of the weak, and can go to any lengths to protect the underprivileged, and are guided by the elite forces.
Padas or Quarters
The first pada falls on the Sagittarius Navamsa which is ruled by Jupiter. The focus is on financial interests and a rapid swing from one state of finances to another. Natives need to take an easier approach towards money. Natives are enthusiastic towards acquiring higher education and knowledge. Jyeshta is naturally secretive, but can leak out secrets through the frankness that is a characteristic of Sagittarius. Natives take risks and are more generous than other Jyeshta padas. Chaivalry is displayed in terms of protecting their kin. They also have a sense of humor. Mars, Sun, Ketu and Jupiter are strong with the last planet providing the best results. Planets are not good for the wellness of the natives siblings.
The second pada falls on the Capricorn Navamsa which is ruled by Saturn. The quarter is responsible and is known for doing the right things. The natives are very protective and challenge others, producing authority type figures. Selfish, materialistic, vengeful and stingy, the native can be ruthless in approaching others. Mentally and physically mature from an early age, the individual has an authoritative voice. Overbearing and serious, the pada takes time to realize its goals which are achievable only after a lot of hard work. Natives are stern, slow and cautious here. Natives should be cautious of too much melancholy, skepticism and negative attitude. Saturn and Mars provide authority to the individuals. Planets might affect the health and wellness of younger siblings.
The third pada falls on the Aquarius Navamsa which is ruled by Saturn. Natives are humanitarian and have social concerns. They have a tendency to guard the underdog, serving causes and protecting others. They can also make sacrifices to protect others. The pada has a penchant for mysticism and occult science with their way with maintaining family values. They also love describing their personal philosophy to others. Individuals can get caught up in weird sexual encounters. Mercury, Venus, Rahu and Saturn are strong. Planets can affect the health of the mother.
The fourth pada falls on the Pisces Navamsa which is ruled by Jupiter. Natives are emotional and get carried away, indulging too much in fantasy, intoxication and sexual intrigue. The individual might be able to stream their emotions into creative expression, having their own definition of responsibility, protectiveness etc. Natives tend to maximize their woes and at the same time display a strong and sacrificing spiritual nature towards humanity. The person is fond of kids and defends others rights and takes an interest in exploring the occult. However, one of the major drawbacks is that Jyestha cannot function appropriately here as the penance aspect is lacking. However, the ability of material prosperity is strong here with benefices like Venus and Jupiter. Mars is poor, and so is Saturn which provides material adversity, but is efficient in lending spiritual discipline. In its negative avatar, the pada is self-destructive.
Police, government officials; reporters; administrators; radio and TV commentators; talk show hosts; newsreaders; actors; firemen; orators; trade unionists; forest rangers; military personnel; black magicians; bureaucrats; mafia; detectives; naval officers; salvation army; aged care personnel; athletes;manual laborers; sprinters; telecom professions; radar experts; air traffic controllers; surgeons
Gana: Jyeshta is a rakshasa/demonic nakshatra, since Indra often exceeds the demons as far as deception is concerned.
Harshness, spying, scheming, controlling, authoritativeness, administration, taking care, taking charge, occult, monitoring, responsibility, concern, family matters, assisting elders, discussing serious matters, large scale planning, discipline
Depression, anger, infidelity, selfishness, exploitation, marriage, recovery, recreation, tact, gentleness, traveling
Jyeshta natives should worship Lord Vishnu, or fierce female deities like Durga and Kali, and chant the root mantra Om Dham 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing blue, light blue, dark green, black and red is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results.
In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Jyeshta a furious appearance, lust and responsibility. actor Al Pacino is a Jyeshta native who has donned a lot of mafia roles.
Disclaimer : Results of this service may vary from person to person.
ECLIPSES in 2017
The two eclipse cycles in 2017 will be in February and August. Each cycle has a solar and lunar eclipse. The lunar-solar eclipse cycle in August will have the strongest effect, with a partial lunar eclipse starting the cycle August 7th, culminating with a total solar eclipse August 21st. The August total solar eclipse occurs in the Leo-Aquarius axis, completing the eclipse series with the Moon nodes in this axis, Rahu (Leo) and Ketu (Aquarius), over 18 months (since January 2016).
Eclipses are times of powerful psychological transformation, where the planets representing the soul (Sun) and the mind (Moon), the two luminaries, have their light briefly obscured. The dimming of the light outside, invites us to exploring the source of light within.
What can we expect from the ECLIPSE cycles in 2017?
- February eclipses, a cycle focused on seeing the hidden forces that influence our world and understanding our own psychological hidden motivations – the eclipse will provide access to the subconscious and we can reach great insights with spiritual practices during this period.
- August eclipses, a cycle focused on the external, particularly on the collective sense of Unity. A time to tune in to the stream of consciousness that will bring in the realization of our common human connection.
FEBRUARY 10TH - PENUMBRAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
- Eclipse in Cancer, Full Moon
- Moon at 28deg Cancer
- No aspects
This is the first eclipse happening in the new cycle under Cancer-Capricorn. Opposing the Moon in Cancer, is the Sun in Capricorn in the talented Danishta nakshatra, and Mercury in the peaceful Sravana.
Ashlesha, where the eclipse takes place, represents the serpent power, both in its high expression as kundalini energy – wisdom, insight and intuition and sexuality, and the lower expression of cunning, deception and insincerity. Given the softer aspects around the Moon during this eclipse, we should expect the higher expression to come to the fore, supporting an increased awareness in humankind of the underlying control networks existing in our world. These heightened intuitive powers will give people the ability to explore the sub-conscious realms. Excellent for deepening spiritual practices.
FEBRUARY 26TH - ANNULAR SOLAR ECLIPSE
- Eclipse in Aquarius, New Moon
- Sun and Moon at 14deg Aquarius
- In orb to Ketu and Neptune
The New Moon will have both the Sun and Moon in Shatabisha nakshatra. The nature here is to try to gain access to what is hidden, and use it to attain power. Shatabisha is connected to the media, the forces running the show, putting a smokescreen in front of the masses. Much has been said about fake news and conspiracy theories. The masses might start to connect the dots, given their newfound intuitive powers received during the Ashlesha eclipse initiation February 10th. The Sun and Moon will be under the influence of Ketu and Neptune during the eclipse, in the social revolutionary sign of Aquarius. The tug of war between the media, its master puppeteers, and the people might not be decided just yet. However, the seeds for the awakening have been planted with this eclipse cycle. It will fructify during the August/September eclipses.
AUGUST 7TH - PARTIAL LUNAR ECLIPSE
- Eclipse in Capricorn, Full Moon
- Moon at 20 deg Capricorn
- Sun and Mars in Cancer, with Mars debilitated
- Saturn in Scorpio
This eclipse initiates a major turn of events for 2017. The nakshatra Sravana is connected with learning, universities, and the goddess Saraswati. It could indicate the beginning of a movement of rebellion starting at colleges and students, peaceful at first as is the nature of Sravana. The setup of the power planets though is harder. Krura planets (Sun, Mars and Saturn) will be in cruel nakshatras. Sun and Mars will be in Ashlesha nakshatra, with Mars debilitated what tends to bring out the more problematic expressions of Mars. Saturn will be in Jyestha nakshatra, the stinger final section of the Sign Scorpio. The nodes Rahu and Ketu - will be sandi, just crossing over the axis from Leo-Aquarius to Cancer-Capricorn. This eclipse then moves the confrontation of forces from being the social movement (Aquarius), versus the political leadership (Leo), to a dispute between Cancer (Mother Earth, waters, nurturing food), versus the cold efficiency of Capricorn (bankers, bureaucracies, corporations). There will be much confusion, as Mercury is in close orb to Rahu in Leo. Venus will be transiting in Ardra, a nakshatra of rowdiness and tragedy, exactly over the USA natal Venus. The Venus force will activate artistic and liberal minds during the eclipse. The Moon, the people, will be peaceful as per Sravanas nature. The reactionaries, represented by the krura planets, will be scheming how to play their forceful hand.
AUGUST 21ST - TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE
- Eclipse in Leo, New Moon
- Sun and Moon at 4 deg Leo
- Magha nakshatra
- Mars in Cancer, debilitated
- Saturn in Scorpio
This will be a spectacular eclipse, where the Sun disk will be totally covered by the Moon, happening mid-day across the United States. Cities will go dark when the sunlight is blocked for several minutes. The hype over the summer months, in the buildup to the eclipse day August 21st, will be unheard of. Unique is that the eclipse will ONLY be visible in the continental United States, from Atlantic to Pacific coast. The bonds that it will create in all that are witnesses are hard to fathom. We have lived for almost two decades in a world where reality is viewed through an increasingly fragmented, ever more narrowing vision of reality. From cable channels to Internet sites to Facebooks echo chambers to identity politics, we each have our own special corner. We lost any common ground, a shared vision of the future. This Eclipse lays bare our common human condition. We will be all together living it, experiencing it, breathing it in, sensing it, sharing it, and watching it. Will we all, in a moment of beauty, hold hands? The power of the Eclipse will touch minds, hearts and spirits in ways never seen before. Venus (Punarvasu) and Mercury (Purva Phalguni) will empower social relations and mingling creating a festive atmosphere. The krura planets Mars and Saturn, will be slogging through difficult nakshatras, both close to the end of Water signs, plotting schemes. One person certainly to be negatively affected by the eclipse is Donald Trump, elected 45th President of the United States. Mr. Trump is a Leo Ascendant, and this eclipse takes place in close orb to his Ascendant and natal Mars. The eclipse will affect Mr. Trump, the country he governs, and its people. It might finally bring the people together, after the divisive electoral campaign of 2016. Not as Democrats and Republicans, but as human beings, sharing a common planet, illuminated by the Sun, nurtured by the Moon. Post Eclipse, extremely powerful forces will be put in motion. There might me a confrontation with the masters of the old order. However, the Eclipse experience, the sense of Unity, will be with every single person that lived through it. The old tactics of control and manipulation, media and institutional, will no longer work and apply.
KEY Astrological EVENTS in 2017
VENUS EXALTED IN PISCES
January 27th to May 30th
Venus will be in Pisces, its Sign of exaltation, during four months starting late January to the end of May. This period will be favorable for relationships, social interactions, art and music, and having a good time. Pisces is sensitive, imaginative and mystical. Venus in Pisces is about being happy, even for no reason, real contentment.
The lessons Venus will teach us will come in stages. It starts with the Venus ingress in Pisces January 27th. This is immediately after Saturn has finally left the sign Scorpio where he brought about very alienating, hard situations since late 2014. Collectively, we will all feel like a burden has been lifted. Relieved from the burdens of the world even if only psychologically, we will feel drawn to take a look at our own life, our relationships, our love life, our sense of pleasure and playfulness, our desire for beauty and enjoyment. What makes us tick? Venus will be energized during this initial period, as Mars is also occupying Pisces for the first 5 weeks. It will be about getting close and personal. Venus will slow down pre-retrograde, and even though chasing Mars till the very end of Pisces, Mars will escape to his own Sign of Aries by early March, without having had its encounter with Venus. Venus then turns retrograde, March 4th to April 15th. Venus will offer us a journey of discovery, and much light will be available. During Venuss whole stay in Pisces, Jupiter (ruler of Pisces), will be casting its benefic aspect from Virgo. Jupiter-Gurus light, will allow us to make wonderful discoveries about ourselves, what really is important for us, what make us feel alive. This will be supported by the nakshatras that Venus will transit through while retrograde: Revati (moksha, liberation), Uttara Bhadrapada (dream-states and esoteric knowledge) and Purva Bhadrapada (worldly oriented). We will be able to use this time to see through, beneath and beyond the veils of maya. During its retrograde phase, Venus has visits of Mercury and Sun transiting Pisces allowing us a closer look to how communication and personal power affect our relationships, and on a collectively level to use the newfound Venus-Jupiter insights to uncover the plays of the media (Mercury) and leaders (Sun). Venus retrograde ends on April 15th, soon after the Sun ingress in Aries, joining Mercury. This will produce a very creative phase, of innovation, wonderfully artistic, where Venus will help us share our revelations. It will be a rewarding process for those that stay open to the juiciness that is characteristic of Venus. It will wash away much of the psychological ballast, individually and collectively, accrued during the 2016 hard transits. When Venus finally moves away from Pisces and enters Aries, on May 31st, a new cycle will begin. A celebratory and energetic Summer lies ahead.
FOUR PLANETS RETROGRADE: MERCURY, VENUS, JUPITER, SATURN
April 4th to 15th
An unusual cosmic alignment happens during the week of April 9-15: four planets will be retrograde in the heavens at the same time: Mercury (Aries), Venus (Pisces), Jupiter (Virgo), and Saturn (Sagittarius). Retrogrades are periods when planets are closer in orbit to Earth, thus they appear brighter in the sky. Their influence on human affairs become more intense and focused. As they are moving backwards (from the perspective of Earth), their normal significations get thrown out of alignment. This makes us having to work harder to use the planets energy properly, and this effort is better applied to re-visit, re-assess and re-evaluate what the planet represents for us. For Mercury, it is a time to double-check and edit whatever work we have recently started writing, taking a critical look at our new thoughts and ideas. For Venus, it is time to work on our existing relationship and social circles bringing a deeper sense of intuition to them, or going back to an unfinished project if you are an artist you might get the inspiration, and checking if what give us pleasure is really good for us or is it simply indulgence? For Jupiter is it is time to reassess what principles we use to guide our life, who are the teachers we are following, if our beliefs and practices stand up to the facts, or is it just delusion with another name? Saturn will bring a reality check: is what we are aiming to build, worth the time and effort? Overall, it will feel as if we have come to a point where we are questioning pretty much everything we are doing. We have to. We cannot move forward yet as the planets in retrograde motion will not allow us to. The positive of this situation, is that when we finally get going again, starting June and into high Summer, we will have a clarity of purpose that has evaded us for the past few years.
JUPITER CHANGES SIGNS
September 11th enters Libra (until October 2018)
Jupiter is considered the great benefic of the cosmic pantheon. He is the planet of prosperity, optimism, opportunity, good fortune, generosity and wisdom. In the Vedic tradition, Jupiter is the teacher of the devas (celestials). He is guru, remover of darkness or ignorance.
Jupiter will be in Libra for 13 months. The first part of this transit, from September/2017 to January/2018 will be a bit chaotic. From February/2018 onwards, it will be an easier time.
Look for the area of your natal chart represented by the house that Libra occupies. That area of your life will flourish for the year starting in September 2017.
Jupiter enters Libra September 11th, at the end of a Summer that promises to be memorable.
Libra is a sign of harmony, fairness, high-minded social idealism, the arts and diplomacy. This should bring a desire to achieve a better social structure through compromise, adjusting our beliefs, seeing others point of view, achieving a fair resolution. These qualities will be much needed during the first weeks of Jupiter in Libra – as two krura (malefic) planets, Mars and Saturn, will be very active in the heavens. We might witness a major confrontation between the people, and the tyrannical powers of the elites and governments, that will not shy away from using violent or manipulative methods. Jupiter’s light and wisdom, in Libra, might be the saving grace that will guide it all to a positive, evolutionary revolution.
As without, so within. The macro-forces operating on a world level, are also operating inside us, on a psychological level. Thus, it is important for us to be attentive to where the Ego – our little tyrant – will try to cling to its games of control and power. Most likely, we will be able to see through the game of mirrors, as the transits during the first half of the year – particularly Venus – and Jupiter now in Libra, will empower us to make positive changes in our lives.
The situation calms down for a few months, until Mars enters Libra in December. This Jupiter-Mars conjunction offers indications that an honorable compromise will be achieved – as Mars and Jupiter are friends in the Vedic pantheon. From mid-January 2018, Jupiter will be alone in Libra, being able to produce stability. The world, and each one of us, might finally regain a sense of equilibrium, and be able to move forward with the wisdom garnered during the events of 2016-2017.
LUNAR NODES CHANGE SIGNS
Rahu-Ketu moves into Cancer-Capricorn axis
September 8th (True Node), August 17th (Mean Node)
The lunar nodes are astronomical points in the sky that keep moving over time. These are points where the orbit of the Moon intersects the plane of the Sun (as viewed from the Earth). When this intersection happens, the three bodies are aligned, Sun, Moon and Earth. If the Moon happens to be in front of the Sun viewed from the Earth, the North Node, there is a solar eclipse, i.e. it appears that the disc of the Sun is covered for the duration of the Eclipse. If the Moon happens to be behind the Earth during the alignment, the South Node, there is a lunar eclipse, always on the Full Moon. In the lunar eclipse, it appears that the full Moon disc is covered for the duration of the Eclipse.
In Vedic Astrology, these lunar nodes are named Rahu (North Node) and Ketu (South Node). They have an energetic status equal to the other planets of the solar system, and are considered chaya (shadowy) grahas. They are both related to the karmic stream that propels us from lifetime to lifetime. Rahu represents the new karma or actions we want to take. Ketu represents our past life karma. The way it manifests in one’s astrological chart, Rahu indicates areas of life where there is a strong, primal interest in this current incarnation. Sometimes to the point of obsession. Rahu goes about pursuing these areas with much gusto, but usually with a certain inexperience and ruthlessness, as these are areas of life were not fully explored before. By a combination of greed, short-sightedness and a certain naiveté, Rahu tends to get us into trouble. Ketu on the other hand, is related to the experiences we had in past lives, to the point where we have had enough of them. This leads Ketu to create a certain distance in the areas of life it affects, either through outright rejection of those areas, or trying to spiritualize those subjects.
The nodes entering new signs in September, mark a change of emphasis in the collective mind stream. When Rahu enters Cancer, early in September, it will produce a shift of attention towards themes of waters, Mother (Earth), feelings. It will show us an inward weakness that the outward expressions of confidence would not reveal. Maybe the Rahu in Leo was only for show – “all hat and no cattle”? The focus of the world’s attention will shift to Cancer themes – of nurturing, conservation, even a certain wistfulness from the realization that our environment and our planet need immediate attention. On the other end of the nodal axis, Ketu brings its idealism, unsuccessful ways and disappointment to the areas of life of Capricorn: being practical, managerial, traditional, work-minded. This is the time when the bankers, the faceless corporations, and all those relying on them for a sense of security, will have their turn being bewildered, trying their hardest and still failing.
This will be a new game. This will be a Cancer revolution, a heart revolution, a soul revolution. This new stream of consciousness is something that isn’t as readily combated with the traditional tools of political maneuvers and media disinformation. Brings to mind the image of Standing Rock versus oil companies and government bureaucrats, alternative movements versus Wall Street, sustainable eco-friendly farming versus the agri-business giant chemical conglomerates.
The same dynamic will be true of our inner life. We will not be as interested in only an external security (Capricorn) that cannot give attention to fulfilling the deep feelings and longings of Cancer. We are doomed to fail if we ignore our inner life during this transit. Time to learn how to replace feelings of emptiness with inner happiness, connection with the Earth, and a sense of care for all Life – i.e. mothering ourselves, others, Nature. This transit brings the potential for great breakthroughs, personal and societal.
Watch in your natal chart the houses (bhavas) that are in Cancer and Capricorn. These will be the areas of your life that will be churned by the new nodal configuration.
SATURN RETURNS TO SCORPIO
June 20th to October 26th
Saturn re-enters Scorpio on June 20th, in a retrograde motion. The retrograde phase goes until August 28th, a week after the Total Solar Eclipse in August 21st. To recap, the initial stay of Saturn in Scorpio produced plenty of power-hungry, negative and secretive behaviors during 2014-2016. We saw the rise in the world of proxy wars, terrorism, intolerance and fanaticism. This transit will see the bad actors, that provoked and benefited from these events, trying one more time the strategies that worked so well for them in the past. They are surely to be disappointed, because this time, there will be much more light around, and the global consciousness will be shifting. Starting the first half of the year, when the Four Retrogrades in mid-April give everyone an opportunity to reassess, retune, recharge. Having spent the Summer with the buildup to the Total Solar Eclipse, the people will be aware of the momentum of collective consciousness. When the powers that be launch their power grab, as Saturn turns direct in Scorpio August 28th, their opposition will not be the easily manipulated masses of 2016. This time, in quick succession, the cosmic balance changes with Jupiter in Libra and Rahu/Ketu in Cancer/Capricorn. The people might start a Revolution, but this will be a much wiser, and bound to be successful, Revolution. The power structure will not have time to put up much of a fight, as after a few short weeks, on October 27th, Saturn leaves Scorpio for good for the next 30 years.
On a personal level, this will be a time to take sides. Are we going to align with Ego – the little tyrant – and its games of control? Or are we going to align with the new possibilities of Jupiter/Libra and Rahu/Cancer, and an en-souled, balanced, emotionally fulfilled life?