Vedic Astrology for March 2019: Change, Spiritual Insight, Personal Transformation and Increased Awareness

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March is a very significant month that ushers in change and personal transformation, when the nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, shift signs on March 23.  Also compelling is that Saturn joins Ketu during this entire year, starting in March until January 23, 2020. Mercury, planet of communications, is retrograde for most of the month of March, indicating greater focus and clarity is needed in our interactions with others.  From March 14 through May 8, Jupiter, the great benefic planet, begins its transit through the intense gandanta degrees of Scorpio and Sagittarius, prompting us to heal and transform old beliefs and values.

Mercury is in a complex and mixed pattern this month, as it moves through two signs while retrograde from March 5 to March 28, 2019. While Mercury is retrograde more mental discipline and discernment is required as misunderstandings can arise. To improve Mercury energies this month, it is advised to be dedicated with your meditation practice or any creative endeavors. Slow down, and take time out for quiet introspection.

Mercury begins its retrograde phase while transiting its weaker sign of Pisces on March 5. Mercury in the water sign of Pisces is more intuitive, impressionable, but we must watch for self-deception. Later, on March 14, Mercury then retrogrades back to the air sign of Aquarius and will stay in this sign until April 11, 2019, but goes direct on March 28. Mercury is more logical, inventive, and less emotional while in Aquarius, but can be somewhat critical.

An important and major planetary event occurs March 23, 2019 when the nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, shift signs. Rahu (north node) will move into the sign of Gemini, while Ketu (south node) moves into the sign of Sagittarius, staying in these signs until September 21, 2020. The nodes of the Moon are called shadow planets or chaya grahas, and are connected to eclipse energies. The nodes carry great karmic impact, as they remain their transiting signs about 18 months or so. We experience life lessons and a shift of perspective now involving the significations of the signs of Gemini and Sagittarius.

This is a month to embrace the changes and shifting of perspective that arise as the nodes shift signs on March 23. Rahu, the north node of the Moon, now favorably transits the Mercury-ruled sign of Gemini, and can generate stronger communications skills and mental abilities. We are asked to direct our heightened intellectual energies to uplifting projects, for the greater good of all. We are more versatile and research-oriented. On a lower level, Rahu in Gemini can be mentally manipulative, selfish, and overly analytical. Watch for mental overload or issues with an over-stimulated nervous system. Focus on heart-connections and proper rest to help stay balanced.

Ketu, the south node of the Moon, will now be in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius which is quite philosophical and can give greater spiritual insight. We experience an increased desire for greater esoteric knowledge and self-understanding with Ketu in Sagittarius.  This is a good transit for going on retreat and spending time in inspirational and natural locations. As Sagittarius is a sign that rules philosophical belief, religion, and rituals, and Ketu is a planet of detachment, no boundaries, and rejection, we may go through a period of re-examining our spiritual belief system. Ultimately we want to live a more expansive and authentic soul-centered life.

Ketu will have the added influence of traveling with the forceful Saturn in Sagittarius from March 23, 2019 until January 23, 2020. Ketu and Saturn are planets that both signify detachment and surrender, with strong spiritual overtones. Saturn, planet of truth and commitment, conjunct Ketu, planet of enlightenment, may generate more profound experiences with our sadhana or spiritual practice.

However, Ketu acts like Mars, and Saturn and Mars are not friendly, so we can experience some challenges, and up and down energies with this combination. Saturn wants things grounded and realistic, while Ketu is otherworldly, nebulous, and non-committal. Let the patience and neutrality of Saturn help you to solidify and open your heart to genuinely express Ketu’s spiritual tendencies in your daily activities and interactions with others. We are asked to really let go, and still be present in life.

Mid-month, Jupiter, planet of spirituality and prosperity, begins its transit through the gandanta or “spiritual knot” degrees. Gandanta degrees are at the edge or cusp between a water sign and fire sign. In this case Jupiter will travel from 29 degrees Scorpio (water sign) to 0 degrees Sagittarius (fire sign), for a long time, from March 14 through May 8, 2019. This is a time to let go of any old beliefs or patterns from the past that no longer serve you connected to Jupiter’s significations. We are experiencing lessons around finances, our value system, or even our spiritual beliefs and purpose in life. Ultimately, there is great potential is for increased awareness concerning these Jupiter issues if we don’t resist.

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 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 at https://ayurveda-sedona.com/yoga-and-vedic-astrology/about-vedic-astrology/

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