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Vedic Astrology Report for August 2020: Transformation and Soul Advancement

vedic astrology May 2015

By Debra Infante

On August 1, 2020, Venus, planet of love and finance, moves into the air sign of Gemini where it will join Rahu, increasing our personal desires. Mars begins its transit through the independent and assertive sign of Aries, crossing the intense and transformative gandanta degrees of Pisces and Aries on August 15 and 16, 2020.  The Sun makes its yearly transit through the powerful, self-assured sign of Leo from August 16 to September 16, 2020.   On August 25, Venus will oppose Jupiter in Sagittarius, which can bring pleasure in giving, spiritual love, as well as excess.

Venus begins its transit through the air sign of Gemini the entire month of August, from August 1 to 31, 2020. Venus will be with Rahu, the north node of the Moon, during this month, and will exactly conjunct Rahu on August 5 at 4 degrees Gemini. Venus in Gemini is light hearted, social, and enjoys strong mental rapport with others. Venus conjunct Rahu increases the desire for love and money, and can also be a little obsessive. It is usually best to not rush decisions until you learn a little more about the situation, as things may not be as they seem. Venus and Rahu can also generate a deep interest in the arts and a wish to be more creative.

Mars, planet of action, assertiveness, and courage, begins its transit through its own sign of Aries on August 16, 2020. But first Mars will go through the intense gandanta degrees at the juncture between Pisces and Aries. When planets move from the last degree of a water sign to the first degree of a fire sign these are called gandanta degrees and are considered challenging, but they can also generate substantial growth. On August 15 Mars is 29 degrees Pisces, and on August 16 Mars is 0 degrees Aries, a time when long-held issues or knots surface in order to be healed, either personally or collectively. Mars goes through this same gandanta juncture three times this year due to Mars going retrograde on September 9, 2020, and eventually moving back to Pisces the evening of October 3, 2020. Finally Mars travels forward through the sign of Aries again on December 23, 2020.

As Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and Aries is the beginning sign of the zodiac, during these three periods this year when Mars crosses these gandanta degrees, we are given the opportunity to go deep inside ourselves and let go of some ancient karma in order to have a better life and a new beginning. The key is no resistance. Sometimes this process of deep growth and change can bring some struggle and it may not happen overnight. This could be the beginning of greater spiritual awareness, transformation, and soul advancement if we choose. As the planet transiting these gandanta degrees is Mars, maybe we can be motivated to take courageous, positive, and well-thought out actions together to help solve our global issues.

Mars in Aries from August 16 to October 3, 2020 is quite powerful while in its own sign and feels at home here. We can experience more spontaneity, enthusiasm, and feel greater confidence. We are single-minded, independent, adventurous, and maybe even a little competitive. There is a sense of self-discovery that is exciting. The shadow of Mars in Aries is impulsivity, lack of patience, anger, and selfishness. However, when Mars goes retrograde beginning on September 9 until November 13, 2020, we may experience the more challenging side of Mars, including more passive-aggressive tendencies and conflict.

During the period from August 24 to 28, 2020, Ketu, the south node of the Moon, in Sagittarius will trine Mars in Aries exactly at 2 degrees, indicating a time to be more attentive,  not a period to take any big physical risks as Ketu/Mars energy is a little accident-prone and impulsive. However, benefic Jupiter in Sagittarius also aspects Mars in Aries, so this influence can help temper the more challenging Ketu influence of Mars.

The Sun transits its own sign of Leo from August 16 until September 16, 2020, and brings a great need for self-empowerment and recognition. The Sun in Leo likes to be in charge, and increases our personal ambitions and desire for self-expression. We may feel more generous and warm-hearted. We are learning to soften our pride and accept criticism. We could experience more dramatic events too as the Sun in Leo likes to be noticed! Issues of power and control can also be a theme with the Sun in Leo. Work with integrity, demonstrate proper leadership with equanimity, and advocate for worthy causes are good remedies.

As Venus travels through Gemini it will exactly oppose Jupiter transiting its own sign of Sagittarius on August 25 at 23 degrees. These two benefic planets are “teacher” planets in Vedic mythology. This combination can generate greater interest in schools and how we educate students, which is an important area of concern at this time. Also, Jupiter and Venus are planets of prosperity, so our finances and how we earn a living are big themes too. When Jupiter and Venus influence each other, we yearn for good relationships, comfort, pleasure, and luxury. But watch for over-indulgence or expecting too much. Remember too that Venus and Jupiter are with the nodes of the Moon (Venus is with Rahu and Jupiter is with Ketu), indicating some karmic lessons or obstructions may also appear.  Humanitarian work, generosity and kindness expressed to others, and devotional practices are positive remedies.

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. Or contact her to receive her monthly Vedic astrology article. You can also find her at

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