Whew. And if ever there were a time to say “whew,” this is it. Whether you were aware of the uncanny battle of the titans taking place in the heavens or not, the last handful of weeks has been a force unto itself and not to be denied.
What’s happening? ALL FOUR of the great tamasic grahas (planets tending to pull one toward chaos and darkness) have been in a rare close encounters of the worst kind. Each of these grahas: Shani (Saturn), Mangala (Mars), Rahu (north node of the moon) and Ketu (south node of the moon), has a powerful opinion about the nature of experience in the house where it resides. For instance, Shani in ninth house, or the natural ninth rashi of Dhanu (Sagittarius), can slam down on all good luck and put a hefty damper on one’s incentive to live a decent and moral life (all characteristics of the ninth house and Dhanu). It’s like this for each of these dark forces. Put a bunch of rats in a tiny cage and what do you get? Right. You’ve got the idea.
Well, at the peak of the melee, these four sinister figures had company—and quite a lot too. Seven of the nine planets were involved with the Rahu - Ketu axis (the two nodes are always 180 degrees apart) in Dhanu and Mithuna (Gemini). This means some of the good gals and guys were being heavily influenced by an amazing conglomeration of disruptive and unwholesome forces. Surya (Sun), Chandra (moon) and Budha (Mercury) were all party to the deeply disturbing potentials.
The general rule in Jyotish is that if FOUR grahas are in the same bhava (house) then all bets are off and there will be TOO MANY VOICES and OPINIONS for a person to work with. One planet says go, another one says stop and on and on. Now imagine what it’s like with SEVEN planets all linked in a tight space with not much wiggle room. Even at the best of times and with the best of company such a situation would be awkward to the max and likely lead to no good for one and all.
So, the upshot here is that you (and all of us) have just been through the ringer—whether you know it or not. So? The “so what” is that if you haven’t noticed anything much unusual in some areas of your life over the last couple months, then you WILL in the coming months for sure. Why? Astral seeds have been planted via this amazing conflagration of archetypes up in the sky and such seeds will sprout and manifest. Since the fireworks have NOT YET completely abated (some of the cast of villains are still at work) these seeds will likely find root and show up sometime before the end of the year when, mercifully, the melodrama abates, and the two greatest of this gang of thugs, Shani (Saturn) and Ketu (the south node of the moon) go their separate ways again.
Therefore, as they say, hang loose. Now, as always, is a good time to be saying your mantras and prayers. Meditation and body-oriented practices such as yoga, qigong and internal martial arts (taiji quan, bagua zhang, xingyi quan, baji quan) are the order of the day. Get realistic help too and work with some grounded healers, coaches and guides. You can do it. If not now, when?