Note: Venus is in its exaltation sign through April 24, which is good for women, romance, luxuries, creativity, medicine, photography, architecture, entertainment and the fine, healing or performing arts. Sun is also in its exaltation sign through May 14, which is good for fathers, leaders, physicians, administrators and governments. Rahu and Ketu, however, remain stationary until April 23; continue to exercise care and patience, especially in public.
WHERE THE (VEDIC ASTROLOGY) PLANETS ARE THIS WEEK:
Sun transits its exaltation sign, Aries, from 00:36 to 07:26°. Sun is outside the orb of influence of other planets, but is weak in degrees until April 18. Sun is also co-dependent on the strength of its dispositor (landlord) Mars, until May 14. Currently Mars is in good strength, which should help support the Sun.
Moon is waxing and transits Cancer, Leo and Virgo. Moon, in Cancer, is in its own sign April 14 – 15. This should be good for creativity and relationships.
Mars transits Scorpio, from 14:45 to 14:43°. Mars is retrograde April 17 – June 29. Contrary to popular belief, retrograde planets are not in themselves an issue. The problems only arise when a functional malefic planet is within 5° of a person’s rising sign degree or another planet by aspect or conjunction. In this case, Mars is a functional malefic planet only for Taurus, Virgo and Scorpio rising signs, as its mooltrikona sign, Aries, falls in their 12th, 8th, and 6th (inauspicious) houses, respectively.
Mars remains in Scorpio until June 18 — and then again from July 12 to Sept. 17. This prolonged stay in Scorpio is not ideal for Aries, Gemini and Sagittarius rising sign persons, companies and countries as Mars is transiting their 8th, 6th, and 12th (inauspicious) houses. These rising sign persons can safely wear a red coral gemstone (ring or pendant) to strengthen Mars.
Mercury transits Aries, from 19:31 to 26:50° Mercury is under the 9th aspect of Jupiter until April 18. Taurus, Cancer and Capricorn rising sign persons, companies and countries (including USA) should be careful and patient. Mercury is also under the 9th aspect of Rahu, (the northern node of the Moon) April 16 — June 7. This prolonged influence is not ideal for stocks, business, communications, intellectual property and computer and health viruses (e.g. the Zika virus).
Jupiter transits Leo, from 20:08 to 19:40° and is retrograde until May 9. Jupiter is under the 10th aspect of Saturn until June 26. This slow-moving transit is not ideal for Cancer, Virgo and Pisces rising sign persons, companies and countries (including USA). These rising sign persons should help the elderly and the poor and needy on Saturdays, and avoid the use of black, brown, gray and dull colors. These rising sign persons can also listen to the Vedic chants for Shiva on Saturdays.
Venus transits its exaltation sign, Pisces, from 16:25 to 25:03°. Venus is in good strength and is outside the orb of influence of other planets. This should be good for romance, creativity, luxuries, medicine, finance, administration and entertainment.
Saturn transits Scorpio, from 22:00 to 21:44°. Saturn is in good strength and outside the orb of influence of other planets. This should be good for agriculture, manufacturing and the elderly and working-class persons. Saturn is retrograde until August 13. Contrary to popular belief retrograde planets are not in themselves an issue. The problems only arise when a functional malefic planet is within 5° of a person’s rising sign degree or another planet by aspect or conjunction. Saturn is a functional malefic planet only for Cancer, Virgo and Pisces rising signs as its mooltrikona sign, Aquarius, falls in their 8th, 6th, and 12th (inauspicious) houses, respectively.
Rahu and Ketu are stationary at 27° until April 23rd. This is absolutely not ideal for those persons, companies or countries with 27° rising signs or with any planet at 27° in odd signs (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, or Aquarius). The impact intensifies weekly. Planetary remedies add protective covering: strengthen your benefic planets and do charities for afflicted persons and spiritual/religious organizations.
Transits for each “Rising sign” (not “Sun sign”):
Aries: Children, education and investments are forefront and connected with good fortune through mid-May. Take a leadership position, but be careful to manage debts, disputes and health issues. Focus on research, language, mystical sciences and ancient knowledge through June 18. Work on the marital bond, Wills, insurance and inheritance matters.
Taurus: Be patient with your children, education, investments, property, vehicles and home life through mid-May. These are connected with expenses or separations. For some of you and/or your children, travel abroad is likely. Be vigilant to manage debts or disputes with income and friendships. Gain from women, the arts, luxuries and creativity.
Gemini: Gain from business and communications and from your own self-efforts, father and authority figures, e.g., large, spiritual, medical or government organizations. Beautify your workspace and consider a new company car. Connect work with children, education and investments. Focus on partnerships and joint ventures through mid-Aug.
Cancer: Expect a lift in the workplace. Take a leadership position and connect with authority figures. Work on independent projects with writing, business, communications and intellectual property. Connect your career with children, creativity, education and investments through mid-June. Enjoy your home, property, and family life.
Leo: Focus on your “dharma” and spiritual progress. Connect with your religious leader. There may be a long distance journey of a short duration. Be patient with entrepreneurial setbacks through April 24. Expect good fortune with property, vehicles, fixed assets and home life through mid-June. Teach, publish, consult and advise through mid-Aug.
Virgo: Expect a lift with partnerships and joint ventures. Focus on research, language, mystical sciences and ancient knowledge – and work on your Will, inheritance, insurance matters and the marital bond throughJune 7. There may be expenses or separations with these. Be vigilant if abroad. Be patient with independent projects through mid-June.
Libra: Work on a new health regime, refinance debt (but don’t lend money) and focus on legal matters, such as Wills, insurance and litigation. Be vigilant to avoid disputes. There may be gains and income, along with expenses or separations with partnerships and joint ventures through mid-May. Partnerships are subject to swings until mid-June.
Scorpio: Take care of your children, education and investments. There may be expenses or separations. Be vigilant in the workplace through mid-May, and with income, friendships and siblings though June 7. These are all associated with debts, disputes, fire, theft, accidents and health issues. You too can be subject to these issues through mid-June.
Sagittarius: Gain from property, vehicles and home life – and focus on teaching, publishing and consulting through mid-May. Beautify your home and consider a new car. Expect a mixture of good fortune, losses, expenses or separations with your children, education and investments. Connect your career with study and creative projects through June 7.
Capricorn: Connect your career with independent projects and work on the fine, healing, or performing arts, along with music, design, theater, entertainment, architecture, and photography, etc. There may be a windfall with property and home life, but be patient with setbacks with these as well. Good fortune is likely through early June.
Aquarius: Expect a lift with your status and family life through April 24. Connect partnerships with independent, entrepreneurial projects through mid-May, but be patient with delays and obstructions with same through June 7. A windfall is possible in your career through mid-June. Make executive decisions and focus on property in the workplace.
Pisces: Speak up as an authority figure and communications expert, but be vigilant to avoid verbal disputes through mid-May. Expect a lift with partnerships and joint ventures through June 7. Get a haircut, buy new clothes and focus on creativity. Some windfall may come your way, but be patient with setbacks and be careful to avoid accidents.
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