Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Rahu, the North Node of the Moon, is going to be changing signs and moving to Leo on January 30, 2016, in the conspectus of Vedic astrology transits, from its current position in Virgo where it has been very strong.
Rahu is always retrograde and hence travels the zodiac in reverse motion. Else from Virgo it should have ordinarily moved to Libra. It is by definition opposed to the direct motion of the luminaries, the Sun and the Moon, and therefore we use the Mean Nodes rather than the True Nodes in these calculations. We cannot have the Nodes being sometimes direct and sometimes retrograde as in direct motion they would lose the character of opposition to the Sun and the Moon which defines their very nature and characteristics.
Rahu is a slow moving planet and indicates the axis of Karma together with its other extreme Ketu. The Nodes indicate powerful desire and freedom from desire respectively and in one sense the traversing of the Rashis and lifetimes by individuals is the journey from one end of this Karmic axis to the other.
Rahu, hitherto in Virgo-
Rahu in Virgo has been hard at work and while in the positive it has been fostering brilliant thoughts and research and ambitions, in the negative it has been precipitating bewildering events as it its nature. In Leo, though it will be in the house of its enemy, the Sun, it also has a tendency to heighten the royal propensities of the sign, and is said to give kingly pleasures during this transit.
Conjunction of Jupiter and Rahu in Leo-
Jupiter will be in Leo as well for a considerable part of this transit; the two planets are diametrically opposed to each other. Where Jupiter stands for elevated esoteric wisdom and belief in the scriptures, Rahu is hedonistic and intellectual and perceives the world through the senses and the mind. Rahu is heterodox in opposition to Jupiter who is orthodox.
This association of the two opposing forces forms the Guru-Chandala Yoga which is considered to be adverse but in the material realm can bring great bounty provided certain conditions are satisfied. In addition, the horoscope must have the potential and the dynamic factors operating to derive from the precipitate of the transit.
In any case, people who are vulnerable to a loss in perspective or need the blessings of eternal wisdom might not be immediately aided. For some, this association might foster discontent with their own value system or their reference-frame of beliefs. We are compelled to recognize that in certain cases even without perspective great Rajayoga is forthcoming in some part due to this Yoga.
Rajayoga with Jupiter-Rahu conjunction-
In a Vedic horoscope with Gemini rising, Moon is in the Lagna showing the blessings of the Gods and the adverse conjunction of Jupiter and Rahu mars the 5th House especially as it is further incensed by the conjunction of Mars.
It must be noted that Rahu is the co-lord of the 9th House and is joined Jupiter, the 7th and 10th Lord. In a trine, joined the lord of a quadrant, Rahu has given a magnificent life-long Rajayoga, replete with power and success. Of course, it has grossly afflicted the 5th House and the results have manifested. Curse of Brahmana exists as well. The value system and the belief system have taken a beating. But such is destiny. If a positive is not to be marred by a negative, it shall not be. The negative is as hurtful as it is supposed to be, but Rahu gives an unusually powerful Rajayoga since it is unusual in its ways.
The significance of Rahu in Leo-
Leo, being the 5th sign of the natural zodiac and due to its ownership by the Sun is a natural indicator of power and authority. It also indicates intelligence and the consciousness.
Rahu is an indicator, in the positive, of an individual, searching intelligence and consequently of ambition and power as individuation is oriented in the self. Rahu here can be significant for the upwardly mobile in one way or the other, depending on the sort of time they are running in the horoscope and whether they are destined for a steep rise. Rahu is always significant for politicians and people in power. It indicates exploitation of intelligence and power for aggrandizement of the self or of another entity depending on the indications in any nativity.
For a select few, and even in that subset, a further select few at the epitome of their vocation, Rahu can question the established norm, particularly the intellectual norm and in the odd instance this can lead to some spectacular work of individual brilliance.
Planetary Aspects of Jupiter and Rahu-
I have often written that the planetary aspects are indicators of the desire in planets. Since Jupiter and Rahu are joined, they will be influencing four houses together, one by placement, and three by aspect.
Notably, Jupiter will be retrograde in Leo when Rahu enters the sign from behind and retrograde planets have that essential energy of Rahu through retrogression, showing great desire. This shows great desire occupying Leo with two retrograde planets. For resolved individuals with the sign prominent, this could be a time for a departure from the established ways of thinking they are used to. For others who have been careless with their own humanity, this could be dangerous as they are liable to find themselves to forces beyond their control.
Guru is a delicate connective tissue of sorts in creation, very subtle. For getting close to God, he is the best planet. He represents divinity in any horoscope. But destiny can have different agenda in the lives of people. The benign grace of Jupiter is one part, and the fever of achievement is quite another. When they collide and the usual grace of Jupiter is not there to assist the person, it depends on the quality of their life journey till that point as to how they deal with the stimuli.
The desires of Jupiter and Rahu travel to Sagittarius from Leo where a religious crisis awaits. A crisis of faith may be in the offing for some.
Impact of Rahu in Leo on Sun Signs, Moon Signs, Ascendants and Special Ascendants-
We know that practically speaking, it is the transits from the Lagna and the Arudha Lagna (AL) which are most relevant. Let us then mostly focus on the various Rashis as if they were occupying the ascendant or the AL in the nativity. If a reader is not aware of these then the Vedic Moon sign is the next best choice. Most people are aware of this but if even this knowledge is not certain then one may judge the transit from the Vedic Sun, which is obtained by subtracting one sign from what is generally thought to be the Western Sun Sign based on the month of birth in the Gregorian calendar.
The sign of Aries will receive both the planetary aspect and the sign aspect of Jupiter and Rahu from Leo. The planetary aspects will bring conflicting energies to bear especially for people with Aries Lagna. The two planets may be aspecting the sign from the same sign of Leo but while Jupiter transmits the knowledge of Sanatan Dharma and eternal truth, Rahu brings the intelligence of the self to bear on the native.
The effect of the Jupiter-Rahu conjunction is tremendous on Aries Lagna since the planets are in the 5th House and are influencing the consciousness and intelligence directly. Matters of the heart and issues pertaining to the children, as too the dynamics of power, for those who are in the realm of authority, shall be the dominant features of the transit. Since Aries is a trinal sign to Leo, the fire trines are impacted strongly. Impulse to action accompanied by doubts will be notable and initiative and action with bated breath without knowing too much about the particulars will also be in evidence, especially if such Yogas are present in the nativity itself.
For Aries AL though, this could be a transit replete with rich rewards if the nativity is pre-disposed to grandeur. The 11th House from the AL is also going to be aspected by this combination and Ketu will determine whether the period heightens a core elitism or doing away with material.
This may not be an easy time for Taurus Lagna with the malefic conjunction in the 4th House of home and happiness. There may be troublesome developments at home lacking in the proper value structure. The 10th House has Ketu which generally symbolizes the void and mistakes manifest in the Karma. The tension in the heart can sometimes be the trigger for absent-mindedness and lack of attention in such transits.
We find that the Moksha Trikona is aspected by the conjunction with planetary aspect and the 8th and 12th Houses can inspire both sudden events, health concerns and expenses. For some facing acute troubles at home or in the country of birth despite the tendency to strongly favour the status-quo, travel abroad with sincere intentions may manifest.
Saturn’s planetary aspect to the 4th House for Taurus does not help and adds its flavor of melancholy and depression to the mix. The situation is similar for those with Taurus AL because the quadrants from the AL are afflicted. Saturn is transiting in the 7th from the AL and aspecting the AL, delaying emergence and the 4th from the AL makes the problems visible to those who are in contact with the individuals. This is a time for caution and to seek advice if the problems should spiral.
Gemini Lagna will truly come into its own with this transit as Gemini is the natural 3rd House of the zodiac and the conjunction of Jupiter and Rahu occurs in the 3rd House from the Lagna. The 3rd House is the place of self-expression and so some of the expressions of Gemini Lagna may be surprising to others. Such individuals should pause and think before acting in this transit. The things which attract the eye will appear more attractive than they are and may compel the native to act accordingly.
People will be driven by their desires strongly as they find culmination in the 3rd House from the Ascendant. Love affairs, marriage and business goals will be strong stimuli during this period. This is also indicated by the fact that the Rajas planets Venus and Mercury are in the 7th House from the Lagna when the conjunction happens.
For the Gemini AL, the planets are in the 3rd House and are extremely dangerous. If someone has Gemini AL and has any apprehension of any sort, all sorts of protective measures are advised in the strongest terms. More cannot be said here.
Work and food, liquidity and the condition of the bank balance will the areas foremost in the minds of the natives with Cancer Lagna. Leo is the 2nd House and the two planets here are going to be aspecting the 6th and the 10th Houses. In the general write-up about the nature of the conjunction, the various possibilities that are likely to emerge here are given. These apply here as well.
The dependents can give cause for concern and careless eating habits will come to the fore depending on the condition of the Moon and the 2nd Lord in the natal horoscope. Likewise, finances and the condition of the bank balance will depend on the placement and strength of Mercury and Jupiter. Beware of less than honest people who enjoy your trust in these matters because there is a chance of mishap here.
In a similar vein, the aspect to Aquarius in the 8th House shows that what some adventurous people may consider hidden and therefore safe is not so at all and Ketu in the 8th will precipitate mistakes. These can be damaging to the ongoing relationships and marriages in susceptible cases since the 8th House is Maraka to the 7th and the 2nd House from the Lagna is the 8th from the 7th.
Cancer AL is even more likely to face a resource crunch due to actions which are less than ideal in the realm of finances and investments. We must understand that protection suffers with Rahu and what appeared to be well-fortified and safe may not be if one has tried to be too clever in the past.
Well, this is where the focus is after all. The planets have conjoined in Leo and so individual and public power and probity therein are the focus of the transit. Here we find that Rahu is the co-lord of the 7th House and Jupiter is the lord of the 9th House. Their incendiary association is that of a lord of the quadrant and a trine and can lead to uplift provided the natal horoscope holds the promise. Leo is lorded by the Sun and there is a lot of energy and fire here; this energy is likely to manifest with this transit as too important planets for the Lagna are transiting here. If either Jupiter or Rahu are active in a major Dasha system or are otherwise crucial then the effects will be felt more strongly.
Once again the fire trines of creativity and religion are strongly impacted due to the planetary and sign sight of the planets here. The 7th House is aspected here as well and so some ties may be loosened and some may be developed depending on their nature and texture.
For Leo AL, since the planets are in the Lagna they are not ideal and the image may suffer as the Yoga has pejorative connotations. Leo is replete with pride and solitary magnificence especially where the Sun is strong in the Rashi chart and anything amiss is felt very strongly by such natives. So they should ensure that if the AL is in Leo, then their conduct is such that no reproach is at all possible. This transit promises to be a heady time for those with the sign prominent in their charts, in a variety of ways and depending on how the tide is flowing in the nativity, the transits will heighten the results.
Jupiter and Rahu are in the obscure 12th House and obscurity sometimes wants to pass off as invisibility; it cannot. The 12th House is in fact not always obscure. People with Virgo Lagna will find that seeds are sown as this time for future ventures and entire segments of life. Whatever is less than the best should be eschewed.
Emotions are the primary factor here. They swirl and try and get out of control. The home and hidden indicated by the 4th and the 8th respectively will also show up and if they show up primarily due to the aspects of the planets from the 12th House in transit then Virgo might have to answer for a lot. The planets also aspect the 6th House and this can be problematic for those with substance abuse issues and more generally speaking lifestyle choices will attain great importance during this transit.
Some very surprising relationships can happen during this period for the Virgo native who is usually so punctilious.
Virgo AL has simply one issue to confront- where is all the money going. If they can look themselves in the eye and answer it then there should be no problem unless cheating and defrauding are indicated in the horoscope.
Libra enjoys things as the planets are transiting through the 11th House of gains and friends. Guru and Rahu together give the feeling that one should not think too much, there is nothing much except enjoyment, especially when the planets are in the 5th House in the natal horoscope. We should also note that while the 6th House indicates punishment, the 11th House can be far more serious and this is an aspect of this house which is generally not known and appreciated.
So tread with some care, perspective and balance. Ketu is in the 5th House which is too delicate for a malefic and so the consciousness will be imbued with imponderables especially owing to the aspect of Guru and Rahu from the 11th House. Like Gemini, the desire is impacted for Libra in all ways and so the experiences will be focused on desires, whether these are fulfilled or unrequited or maybe a bit of both. Love, marriage, ambition and self-expression are all important.
Libra AL should plan that exotic holiday now because the finances are secure. The sole query should be, have you been secure while securing your finances. If yes, then this will be a good transit.
The transit of Jupiter and Rahu is in the 10th House for this Lagna and it might be a good one, in keeping with some of the more surprising results that this combination can deliver. Avoid too much hedonism in professional aspiration because such stances can be troublesome at different points in time in organizations. Otherwise, in itself it is not an entirely negative conjunction. There is no getting away from that which is bereft of value with this conjunction and the apprehensions of a colleague at work cheating or doing something to jeopardize the work cannot be ruled out.
Scorpio is going through a quite tough time in any case. With the Moon there, it is the white-hot phase of the Sade-Sati, with the Lagna there, it is Kantaka Shani with Saturn transiting its Marana Karaka Sthana position in the Lagna. Saturn aspects the 10th House and work suffers. Either it is senseless, mindless slogging or want of sufficient work. Saturn does both.
The problem with the entire conjunction is that Saturn and Rahu’s combination is coming on Leo and Jupiter for all signs and making it act like Aquarius for that reason. This Aquarius issue is manifesting with all signs. Some Scorpio natives may find that all value has disappeared from their work in the current set-up and they may be hard pressed to remember what brought them here in the first place. This can pave the way for change.
For those who for deep-seated reasons in the nativity are no strangers to Saturn and Rahu, and/ or Aquarius, this may be a time where important things fructify. This applies not only to Scorpio and Leo but to all signs and what it means is that after a certain point in time we have to try and assimilate experience and burn Karma.
The other side of this is that Rahu and Saturn are very interested in enjoying themselves and relaxing, especially after the day’s work though together, they do not distinguish too much between differing times of day.
Scorpio AL will feel the impact described above more intensely. The description is deliberately the way it is because the two planets operate in this manner when in tandem.
This Lagna needs to be very careful because all they have considered as a reference-frame and religion is at the risk of being lost. Losing one’s religion is not an easy experience and even a formal change in religious orientation is governed by Rahu in Hindu astrology. For most though, this just means breach in Dharma which is not religion but the path one is meant to traverse. It is inclusive of respect. Do not rush to the conclusion that your idols have feet of clay.
Remember this Mantra- ‘Always keep your highest realization in life close to you.’
Once again the trines are heavily influenced due to this. Read the other fire signs Aries and Leo to gather more about the trinal influence.
Sagittarius AL can have a magnificent rise though with this conjunction. The forces of darkness that work against Sagittarius Arudha Lagna shall be comprehensively countered. Please do not overdo it. Remember you are governed by Jupiter and the bow and arrow is to be used for Dharma and knowledge. Success over adversity is likely and the social and financial standing is likely to rise significantly due to this conjunction in Leo.
This is a very poor combination in the 8th House and will cause unseen troubles to crop up. Chronic illnesses may flare up again and diagnosis of medical issues will be difficult. Inheritance and such matters will be impacted depending on the Yogas in the nativity.
Emotions will be the dominant theme during this transit. Even though Saturn is the Lagnesha, its aspect to Jupiter and Rahu in the 8th makes health the main issue in life which is to be watched during the transit. The main relief comes for Capricorn from the Agni Grahas, Sun and Mars. Sun entered Capricorn on Makara Sankranti and Mars has 100% directional strength in the 10th House in Libra. Work and more work is the road to salvation at least in the beginning of the transit.
The position is not improved for Capricorn AL with the planets in the 8th from AL. Do not be less than absolutely honest with partners and all others, especially when it comes to their money and resources.
Kumbha Lagna is in for a bit of a tough time if their 7th House is afflicted in the Rashi and/ or the Navamsha. The 7th House is too delicate for virtually any occupation let alone by the Guru-Chandala Yoga. If there is natal affliction, then a change in mindset is required. If there is no natal affliction then there will simply be troubles in relationships and marriage and business as well. Do not be adventurous; it is not adventure but something else that beckons. This is not a good time to start a meaningful relationship without proper astrological study or at least a rational evaluation of the circumstances. Ketu in Lagna does not have a head, remember, and one needs to be put on. Choose a head wisely; your own would be a good choice.
If the AL is in Aquarius then the project or the person you were counting on just might be the reason for disrepute to come. Be very careful in business, intimacy and generally in crossing thresholds.
Remember the enemy is not just Ravana but someone worse with Kaliyuga attributes. Watch yourself carefully because internal enemies within you are worse than external ones. Saturn in the 9th house in transit is eating away at the luck in any case. There are remedies required to be done and if you are feeling the effect of the planets then do not delay obtaining the remedies for protection.
It is no relief to have the AL in Meena Rashi during this time because it is virtually certain that if there are indications in the nativity to this effect, then choices will be very poor when it comes to your own well-being. Avoid vices like the plague. Dusthanas are no fun at all. They do not like you. Work is the best area to focus both for the Mina Lagna and AL. Great desire to succeed and top class man management and wealth management will come through respectively.
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Article on previous transit of Rahu in Virgo-
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