Chart of the week: Prince (June 7, 1958 at 6:17 p.m., Minneapolis, MN) had the Libra rising sign, with Sun in Taurus and Moon in Aquarius. Rahu in the 1st house gave ambition and charisma. Venus in the 7th house gave successful collaborations. Saturn in the 2nd house makes one conservative and a leader of the masses. Moon in the 5th house makes one inventive, imaginative, and emotionally unconventional. Mars in the 6th house gave health issues and disputes in marriage and partnerships. Ketu in the 7th house gave spiritual relationships (Jehovah’s Witness). Sun in the 8th house (influencing the 2nd house) gave wealth and royal status. Mercury in the 8th house gave insomnia, separation from his spouse(s), and trouble living abroad. Jupiter in the 12th house gave international ventures, loss of children (his only son died a week after birth) and trouble with his hips (he had needed a double-hip replacement surgery since 2005). He died during his Mercury main period (the “Most Malefic Planet” for Libra rising sign), which is placed in the 8th house of addictions and deathlike experiences; and the Moon sub period, which is afflicted by Rahu (unexpected calamities).
WHERE THE (VEDIC ASTROLOGY) PLANETS ARE THIS WEEK:
Sun transits its exaltation sign, Aries, from 14:15 to 21:02°. Sun is under the 9th aspect of Jupiter until May 8. Taurus, Cancer and Capricorn rising sign persons, companies and countries (including USA) should be careful and patient as Jupiter rules their 8th, 6th, and 12th (inauspicious) houses, respectively. Sun is co-dependent on the strength of its dispositor (landlord) Mars, until May 14. Mars is in good strength, which helps support the Sun.
Moon is waning and transits Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. Moon, in Aquarius is conjunct Ketu and under the aspect of Rahu on May 2nd. Watch your emotional state and avoid unstable people and large crowds.
Mars transits Scorpio, from 14:06 to 12:51°and is outside the 5°orb of influence of other planets. Mars is retrograde April 17 – June 29. Contrary to popular belief, retrograde planets are not in themselves an issue. The problems arise only 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 for Taurus, Virgo and Scorpio rising sign persons, 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 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 29:30 to 27:49°. Mercury is retrograde April 28 – May 22. Contrary to popular belief, retrograde planets are not in themselves an issue. The problems arise only 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, Mercury is a functional malefic planet only for Aries, Libra and Aquarius rising sign persons, as its mooltrikona sign, Virgo, falls in their 6th, 12th, and 8th (inauspicious) houses, respectively. Mercury is under the 9th aspect of Rahu until June 7. This prolonged influence is likely to cause extremes with stocks, business, communications, and intellectual property, along with computer and health viruses (e.g. the Zika virus).
Jupiter transits Leo, from 19:21 to 19:11° 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), as the mooltrikona sign for Saturn falls in their 8th, 6th, and 12th (inauspicious) houses, respectively. These rising sign persons can help the elderly and the poor and needy on Saturdays, and avoid the use of black, brown, gray and dull colors. Optionally, they can listen to the Vedic chants (on YouTube) for Shiva on Saturdays.
Venus transits Aries, from 03:40 to 12:17° and is outside the 5°orb of influence of other planets. Venus is co-dependent on the strength of its dispositor (landlord) Mars, (which is in good strength), until May 19. This should be helpful for women, romance, creativity, luxuries, medicine, finance, administration and entertainment.
Saturn transits Scorpio, from 21:25 to 21:02°. Saturn is in good strength and outside the orb of influence of other planets. Saturn is retrograde until August 13. Contrary to popular belief retrograde planets are not in themselves an issue. The problems arise only 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. (Note: no other rising sign persons will ever have problems with the so-called (and widely-held misnomer) dreaded “Sade Sati”.
Rahu and Ketu have completed their 11-week stationary position at 27° and transit Leo and Aquarius, respectively, from 26:27 to 26:11°. Those persons, companies or countries with 26° rising signs or with any planet at 26° in odd signs (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, or Aquarius) should remain careful and patient. Planetary remedies add protective covering to one’s life: strengthen your benefic planets and do chants and charities for the planets causing adverse effects.
Transits for each “Rising sign” (not “Sun sign”):
Aries: Children, education, investments, and relationships are forefront through mid-May. Get a haircut, buy new clothes, and enjoy the fine, healing or performing arts. Take a leadership position, but manage debts, disputes and health issues. Focus on research/knowledge and 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, along with your health, finances, and legal matters are connected with expenses or separations. There may be travel abroad for your children or partner. Be vigilant to avoid accidents at home or with vehicles through mid-Aug.
Gemini: Gain from business and your own efforts, and/or your father and authority figures, including large, spiritual, medical, or government organizations. Expect money from women and the arts, including design and entertainment. You can also gain from children, education and investments through May 20. Focus on joint ventures through mid-Aug.
Cancer: Beautify your workspace and expect a lift at work. Take a leadership position and connect with authority figures. Work on independent projects with business, communications and intellectual property. Connect your career with children, creativity, education and investments. You may spend more time at work than home through May 20.
Leo: Continue to focus on your spiritual progress and connect with your religious leader. There may be a long distance journey of a short duration, and good fortune with your own efforts through May 20. Expect positive results with property, vehicles, fixed assets and home life through mid-June. Teach, publish, consult and advise through mid-Aug.
Virgo: Be patient with setbacks and be careful to avoid accidents through May 20. Focus on research and knowledge – and work on your Will, inheritance, insurance, and the marital bond through June 7. Be vigilant if abroad, and with independent projects through mid-June. There may be losses/expenses with property and vehicles through mid-Aug.
Libra: Focus on partnerships, joint ventures, foreign lands, and entrepreneurial activities through mid-May. Expect a mixture of gains and income along with expenses, separations or long-distance ventures with same. Your partner may get recognition or a leadership position. Enjoy wealth and status connected with your own efforts and family life.
Scorpio: Lay low through mid-May, especially with your career. Be vigilant to manage debts, disputes, fire, theft, accidents and false allegations in the workplace. Your best bet is to connect your job with law, medicine, finance, social work and psychology, and to be of service to others. Teach, publish, and advise. Work on patience and maturity.
Sagittarius: Focus on your children, education, investments and creative projects. Think big, study the fine, healing and performing arts, and work on writing, business and communications. There may be a mixture of gains, income and friendships, along with losses, expenses and separations. Exercise patience. Connect with your guru/religious advisor.
Capricorn: Work out of your home and on your home. Beautify your living space and consider that new car, boat, horse, motorcycle, etc. Expect a mixture of good fortune and setbacks with property, vehicles and home life through mid-May. Be vigilant to avoid accidents at home and with transportation. Real estate does well for you through mid-Sept.
Aquarius: Expect a mixture of good fortune and setbacks with entrepreneurial partnerships. Connect with large, medical, spiritual, or government organizations and work on creativity, communications, and the fine, healing or performing arts. Focus on independent projects, make decisions, and consider property matters in the workplace.
Pisces: Speak up as an authority figure and communications expert, but be careful to avoid verbal disputes through mid-May. There may be status for and with partnerships, and from writing, business and brokering through June 7; but be patient with short-lived setbacks and obstructions with your status. Be vigilant in the workplace through mid-Aug.
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