Ketu is. the south node in Vedic astrology. The lunar nodes are the points where the orbits of the sun moon and earth lineup in three-dimensional space. The South lunar node is the trailing node, whereas the North node is the leading node.
Evaluating the South but astrologically is quite tricky. It has to do with things from the past – past lives, things we have forgotten from our childhood, things that are buried in hidden. As such, many times these show hidden skills and latent abilities that we didn’t know we had – until we are forced to use them.
We tend to avoid the qualities of the South node, because they often represent painful, and buried life events – as was mentioned. But when called upon and when necessary those skills emerge. However, there is often much confusion while we are using these latent skills. We are often thrust back into forgotten parts of our psyche and abandoned parts of our soul.
An important attribute of the South node is the fierce scrutiny upon which anything it touches will fall under. There is a sort of recoiling in disgust from anything the south node influences. We feel as if we are “used up” in that area of life. We feel as though we have already done enough. And it’s true, there is a lot of expertise in the area where the South node resides. But the karma is not yet complete. Much of our work with the South node is about being compassionate with those around us who are less skilled and precise as we are in that area.
Eclipses with the South node often show these hidden and buried skills coming to the surface again for all of us. The excavation of the skills often requires us to go to very uncomfortable parts of ourselves and untangle a lot of buried confusion.
But underneath it all, Ketu is one of the most spiritual influences in the astrology chart, And I mean purely spiritual. This astrological influence is really not of this world at all. In fact, that’s the most telling attribute of Ketu, is the party that doesn’t really want to be here. It is divine discontent personified.
On February 15 we have the first solar eclipse of 2018, when the moon moves between the earth and the sun in the constellation of Aquarius. Mercury and Venus are also joined the sun and the South node in Aquarius at that time.
When Aquarius gets eclipsed, our relationship with society and culture get shaken up, distorted and refocused. We can see this globally as Russia, North Korea, China and other countries have taken more prominent positions of power since early 2016 (when the eclipses started in the Leo/Aquarius axis). It all seems up for grabs at this point.
On a personal level, you should feel prepared to refocus and recommit to “being the change you want to see” in the world. This doesn’t mean you have to get out and protest, or become political. But it does explain the radical shifts we are all noticing and will be forced to accommodate, whether we like it or not. In fact both sides are pushing the other to extremes now. We have no option but to live with each other, that is the lesson.
We see watershed changes shown by the #metoo movement, systemic shifting of our social institutions, like the media and intelligence services, measured against extreme conservatism. These are all related to Aquarius, the social and political structures we have built and share in common with each other. As these things shift, there is a stress, because we’re not sure what’s going to replace the culture we had “pre-2016”.
A sense of altruism is a good thing, and much needed now. Even if you don’t set out to “change the world” now, you could certainly make improvements in the workplace, or in any environment where you have to co-mingle with others. But yes, you may also feel a sudden itch to do some work in the community, or in your spiritual circle, or in service of causes that will outlive you. These are the larger lessons of Aquarius.
Mercury and Venus – Fake News and Selfies Mercury and Venus are also getting eclipsed. This shows a deep reevaluation of our communication style and our information (Mercury), and our sense of beauty and how we share that in partnership with others (Venus). This is a difficult time for relationship intimacy and connection, not just because of Venus being eclipsed but Mars as well (see below). Reevaluating meaningful connections is important now, in our “self obsessed” attention seeking culture. When we pay more attention to “Facebook likes” than authentic sharing and connection.
This is also time to reevaluate our sense of discrimination and separating fact from bias and opinion. These things are so incredibly blurry in our world now, to the detriment of civil discourse and a fact-based shared reality. When faced with facts we don’t like, no need to listen to the other person, just call it “fake news”, then move on. This is going to kill us all if we don’t get it worked out and learn how to listen to each other. A good place to start would be to return to common sense, and a common set of agreed-upon “facts”.
Dhanishta Nakshtra – The Drum of Creation This eclipse is in the Nakshatra of Dhanishta, which is symbolized by the drum of Lord Shiva. As the dancing God Nataraj, Shiva plays the “Damaru” drum. This symbolizes the heartbeat of life, the steady pulse and drumbeat of existence. This wild, ecstatic dance is of both creation and destruction – a simultaneous frenzy of birth and death. This is creativity itself.
Every act of creation is preceded by an act of destruction. Before we can plant flowers, we must destroy weeds. Every rebirth is preceded by death. This is the ever rejuvenating life force personified as time itself. The drumbeat of time, and the need to not waste it, is shown by this Nakshatra. The word “dhan” (the first syllable of Dhanishta) means “wealth” or “value”. The greatest value and wealth we have in life, is time and what we do with it.
We can spend our time chasing material wealth or spiritual wealth. This Nakshatra bridges the two signs ruled by Saturn, Capricorn and Aquarius. Saturn is the planet of time, and the one who takes it away from us. This extremely sensitive point in the zodiac shows the transition from making peace with our limited time in Capricorn, then sharing that inner strength with others in Aquarius.
Mars and Saturn – Facing Fear and Anger Also important on this eclipse is Mars in Scorpio and Saturn in Sagittarius. Now is the time to develop more emotional courage and discipline, or else we can spin out into emotional battles with others and wasting our time in useless drama. Mars and Scorpio is challenging us in this way. But you may be feeling emotionally irritable and restless with others. It is always easier to dump our frustrations onto our circumstances. But instead, there’s a great window open for you to “own your hurt” now.
Saturn in Sagittarius is prominent now, because Saturn is the ruler of this eclipse and is also aspecting Aquarius. Saturn is the planet of stillness, silence and making peace with death. In order to make peace with the death however, we have to go through the fear and stress of facing it. So these could be important and heavy things now. But as always, the pressures and difficulties are only on the surface, only psychological and emotional. Beneath the surface, in the center of the heart, there is great liberation and ecstasy. All of that is possible now, but you need to sit still and not project your fear and anger onto others, stated simply.
Maha Shiva Ratri – Reconnect to OM Tuesday night, February 13, will be Maha Shiva ratri, the great night of Lord Shiva. This is the night to stay up and celebrate the change and transformation I am discussing. This is a great night to train your mind to focus and meditate and be still and silent. As I already stated above, Mars and Saturn are bringing a lot of discipline and determined energy on your behalf.
This eclipse is trying to show us that we as individuals on earth, depend on each other for our survival. The days of a “Superpower” dominating others is becoming less important, as the damage that can be done by terrorists or rogue nations are becoming less and less important. We are starting to sense that our true vulnerability is a distrust of each other, and an inability to recognize truth and treat each other with respect when we disagree.
Stated simply, we need to learn to get along with our neighbors, other countries, and our planet. May we learn this lesson gently, both personally and collectively. Because the other option is not very pretty. History has shown us that sometimes the only way we learn to get along is in the aftermath of a personal or collective “catastrophe”.
Vedic AstrologyAries New Moon Wednesday, April 26, will be the beginning of a new 30 day cycle, related to the themes of Aries. These themes include courage, passion and pursuit of our goals. This is the first sign of the zodiac, and is analogous to birth itself. There could be an innocent, recklessness if we’re not careful. But at best, we are trusting our instincts and acting from a place of courage and enthusiasm.
Ashwini Nakshatra This new moon cycle began in Ashwini Nakshatra. Ashwini is symbolized by two horses. It shows the speed and power of this sign, and the mad rush, headlong into the excitement of life that is possible. However, we must also be careful not to disperse our energy into many different directions, Or we will waste our energy.
Cool Test Aries rules the head, which includes the brain. I found this online test to be a great “memory quiz”. Check it out for yourself.
My Big Secret – How I will be using this Aries Cycle Without a doubt, the biggest question I get asked over and over again is “what is the most important thing to focus on with astrology”. I always tell people “stay up with the current sun and moon cycles”.
This new Moon in Aries will be completely different for each of the 12 signs. So, if you are Leo, this will be affecting your ninth house of teachings and principles. If you are a Libra it will be affecting your seventh house of relationships. If you are a Capricorn be affecting your fourth house of the heart, home and feelings.
In other words, it’s important to some extent to understand that it’s “Aries”, but it’s more important to know how this will affect you. This is why I started my member site, the Astrology Training Lab, several years ago. I did as a way to share these monthly cycles with others. It evolved to include daily forecasts and updates as well. And recently evolved into live updates each week, and a lot more fresh content..
You can check that out for only $.50, and learn what this Aries cycle means for you, as well as get two weeks of daily forecasts and the updates.
Aries Forecast Continued – 4 Important Keys to the Next Month: Four “Slow-moving” planets This enthusiasm, passion and speed happens in the context of four planets not moving very quickly, three of them being retrograde. Meaning, part of us is feeling quite stuck as it is. This Aries cycle is about busting loose, so be careful about frustraton sabotaging your goals.
Mercury retrograde in Aries One of the retrograde planet is Mercury, in Aries. The shows where intellectual frustration and haziness may have led to some recent miscommunications. So again, be careful with your words, they may cut very deep now.
Exalted Venus We Are still feeling a lot of connection to the creative, dream space. But that feeling is shifting. Yet, stay connected to that joy and beauty.
Jupiter in Virgo It is a time to put your teachings into practice, through practical efforts and daily rituals and routines.
Equinox – Equal Night Day Today, September 22, the summer of 2016 is officially over in the northern hemisphere, and winter is officially over in the southern hemisphere. We mark this astronomically, as the apparent motion of the sun (as shown by the Earth’s orbit) crosses the celestial equator moving south.
Times like these are important, if not only to remind us that we are actually living on a big round rock, going around a large ball of fire at close to 70,000 mph. Usually, any astrology class I teach begins with this astronomical truth.
This “seasonal zodiac” is a zodiac mainly used in Western astrology. It has no connection to the constellations in the sky that we use in Vedic astrology. But has been, and still is, a vital part of living on earth, and in harmony with the cycles of nature.
On these equinox days, there’s an equal amount of sunlight in the northern and southern hemispheres. It also marks the day when there will be less light in one hemisphere or the other for the next six months. On the September equinox we begin a cycle with less sunshine in the northern hemisphere and more sunshine in the southern hemisphere for the next six months.
Not until the April equinox will there be more sunlight in the northern hemisphere again. The darkest day in the northern hemisphere will be on the first day of winter, the winter solstice. The solstice points mark the extremes of light in each hemisphere.
Hot Fun in The Summertime – Sly and the Family Stone Here is my favorite song about the Summer
End of the spring and here she comes back Hi, hi, hi, hi, there Them summer days, those summer days
That’s when I had most of my fun back High, high, high, high there Them summer days, those summer days
I cloud nine when I want to Out of school, yeah County fair in the country sun And everything, it’s true, ooh, yeah
Hot fun in the summertime Hot fun in the summertime Hot fun in the summertime Hot fun in the summertime
First of the fall and then she goes back Bye, bye, bye, bye there Them summer days, those summer days
Boop, boop, ba, boop, boop when I want to Out of school, yeah County fair in the country sun And everything it’s cool, ooh yeah
Hot fun in the summertime Hot fun in the summertime Hot fun in the summertime
Brussels Bombing of March 22, 2016 About 1 day before the Lunar eclipse, releasing the tension of the Sun / Ketu eclipse in Aquarius, this tragedy struck. As I recently discussed, this lunar eclipse actually happens in Virgo, in the 8th Sign from Aquarius – showing a potential obliteration of global togetherness.
Immediately after the bombings there were calls for “torture” of terrorists by the Republican front-runner for US President and increased racial profiling by the other Republican front-runner. Thus, not only do we have danger and fanaticism from the terrorists, but we also see the fanatical response. We are on the precipice of deciding who and what we are looking to be as a country – and indeed, a world.
Aries, Leo – Guru Chandal Yoga At the time of the bombing we see an Aries ascendant, with Mars and Saturn in the 8th house. This is further showing the potential for annihilation. The Moon and retrograde Jupiter join Rahu in Leo in the 5th house. Leo is the Sign of the government and centralized power. This shows fanaticism (Rahu / Jupiter) assaulting the seat of power (Leo) for injustices, either real or imagined, and the willingness to die for those causes. This is a classic “Guru Chandal” Yoga come to life in the most treacherous way.
Nakshatra of Purva Phalguni The Nakshatra is Purva Phaguni, ruled by the God, Bhaga – the God of delight. This Nakshatra shows the need for a kingdom / government to share the wealth and be generous with its citizens.
Saturn’s one way aspect to the Moon, Jupiter, Rahu stellium portends the willingness to die for their principles and the danger of the situation.