Vedic Astrology: Mid-June Mercury-Venus Exchange Creates Welcome Respite

Posted by on June 4, 2016 in Astrology & Numerology, Reality's Edge with 0 Comments

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Mars, (planet of action, vitality, courage, and assertiveness), has been powerfully transiting its own sign of Scorpio and traveling very closely with Saturn (planet of focus, discipline, truth, and delay) since February 20, 2016, bringing some challenges and obstacles.

In addition, Mars has been retrograde since April 17, 2016 which makes us hesitant to take action, bringing up feelings of frustration and anger when we cannot express ourselves fully. We are learning to be strong and present in life, even in the midst of internal or external resistances, as we rise above any self-imposed limitations.

But on June 17 these two planets (Mars and Saturn) will separate for about a month, giving us a short break from the Mars/Saturn tensions to integrate what we have experienced and learned these past few months.


On June 17, 2016 Mars will leave the sign of Scorpio and will retrograde back to the sign of Libra until July 12, 2016. Mars in Libra is not so decisive, and needs to consider all possibilities before taking action.

In addition, watch for business or relationship challenges if you push too forcefully. Mars likes being assertive and independent and will be transiting Libra, the sign of relationship and bringing people together. Sometimes Mars gets frustrated in Libra, trying to balance all points of view. With Mars in Libra we can “fight” for peace as we want fairness in the world. We are learning to sensitively balance, compromise, and mediate more intelligently.

As Mars shifts back to Libra on June 17, the Moon will move forward to the sign of Scorpio, and these two planets will conjunct at zero degrees of Scorpio before Mars retrogrades back to Libra. So on June 17, as the Moon (planet of mind, perception, and feelings) moves into its debilitated (challenging) sign of Scorpio and then conjuncts Mars briefly, we are asked to be gentle, patient, and grounded as our thoughts and feelings are easily excited or agitated.

Then for the 2 ½ days that the Moon travels in Scorpio along with Saturn (from June 17 to 19), we may need a little extra self-nurturance and we desire to be in positive, uplifting environments, as we may feel more emotionally isolated and withdrawn. Deep introspection, meditation, bodywork, and enjoying nature are good remedies.

From June 12 to June 26 we experience a mutual exchange between two planets (Mercury and Venus) called a parivartana yoga. This means that Mercury will be in Taurus (Venus’ sign) and Venus will be in Gemini (Mercury’s sign). This combination unites these two planets giving them both added strength. This Mercury/Venus exchange is a welcome respite, and can increase our creative urges and the need to socialize. We communicate more sweetly. Desiring fairness and harmony in the world is also a major focus.

Jupiter and Rahu (north node of the Moon) have been together in the sign of Leo since January 8, 2016 and they will conjunct exactly at 21 degrees from June 19 through June 22. Jupiter and Rahu together create a guru chandala yoga, which increases our interest in foreign or alternative philosophies like yoga or the Vedic sciences.

However, it can also increase our desire or grasping for material or worldly pursuits which is powerful, but this may not produce ultimate happiness if we do not look deeper within. Rahu (a shadow planet connected to eclipse energy) can also block or distort some of the higher expressions of Jupiter – like faith, spiritual wisdom, and optimism. This is a time we are challenged to be spiritually discerning, express the highest ethical and moral standards, and not be judgmental toward others with different religious or philosophical beliefs. Practices that increase our peace of mind and invite divine grace into our world are recommended, like being more heart-centered, generous, and charitable. Also as Jupiter is the planet of money and prosperity, so be wise and honest in financial matters and careful to not over-extend.


Finally, at the end of the month, Mars will go direct on June 29, 2016 at 28 degrees Libra – having been retrograde since April 17, 2016. Some of the energies we have felt being held back since April now can begin to move forward. During the retrograde phase our ambitions and actions have been under review and revision, and our motivations have been scrutinized. We may have even felt more tiredness and burnout since April.

So as Mars moves direct at the end of June, we start to feel more energized and vital, but still be cautious if you are moving too quickly without thinking, and do take some contemplative time with all decisions. As we evolve and connect more deeply to our authentic self, our actions will produce greater results both personally and globally.

Debra InfanteDebra 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 been teaching Vedic astrology to the students in the yoga teacher trainings at 7 Centers Yoga in Sedona, AZ since 2002. Debra, can be reached at (928) 639-0623 for astrological consultations, by phone or in person. You can also find her here. 

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