Looking Toward 2019: A Year of Change, Challenge and Opportunity!

 

The coming year will be a year of change, challenge and opportunity for us all. In fact, looking at the astrological chart for 2019, it is fair to say that the dawn of 2019 will likely initiate a revolution in our personal lives. Why? Because in 2019 our 4th house—the most intimate and personal of the 12 astrological houses—will be jam-packed with powerful planets that can be as transformative and volatile as they are influential. The key thing to remember about the 4th house is that it is directly related to our sense of comfort and security—it pertains to home and hearth, to our homeland, to our mother and all that nurtures us; it is where we take refuge from the world and is the cornerstone of our happiness and contentment of our heart. In order to feel safe, secure and loved, it is essential that our 4th house is balanced and stable. But, as we are about to see, maintaining balance and stability in the 4th is going to be a major challenge in 2019, a year that promises change.

Let’s begin at the beginning. As we rang in the New Year Virgo was rising and, as you likely know, Virgo is ruled by Mercury, which is in the fiery sign of Sagittarius in the 4th house. However, Mercury is not alone in the 4th house—indeed, it has plenty of company. Sun, Saturn and Pluto—all extremely powerful celestial bodies—are also in the 4th. That’s a total of four planets in the 4th house, and whenever four or more planets take up residence in a single house—a phenomenon known as a stellium—the affairs of that house exert an intense, even obsessive influence on our lives. Such concentrated focus on one house can consume all our attention, time and energy, which can unbalance us and lead to dramatic and unexpected upheaval in our lives, especially the areas of our lives most affected by that house. In the case of the 4th house, it is our personal and home life, including our sense of safety and security, that will come under intense planetary influence.

To better understand those influences, let’s take a moment to consider the nature of the planets that are parked in the 4th house. First, there is vacillating Mercury, which can behave either as a benefic or malefic planet. Then we have Sun with its nuclear-level heat that can naturally initiate movement and change. Then we have Saturn (sometimes referred to as the planet of “blessings in disguise”) that often pushes us to take a hard, honest look at the way we think and behave, thus forcing us to change, grow and mature. Finally, there is the tiny powerhouse planet of Pluto, a relentless instigator of change known as “the God of transformation and rebirth”, which often demands us to undergo a major catharsis before allowing us to move on with our lives. And of course, all this potential change is taking place in the sign of Sagittarius, which is represented by the truth-seeking archer, whose penetrating arrow is aimed heavenward in a constant search for honesty and uprightness. So, as you can see, all the elements of revolutionary change will be at work in the 4th house in 2019. And it is a revolution that could easily challenge our sense of personal security, stability, comfort and happiness.

But, as they say, to be forewarned is to be forearmed. In other words, being aware of what the planets are up to in our 4th house allows us to prepare for any changes coming our way, ensuring that we can use that transformative energy to our advantage. Usually, the best way to manage the extreme influences of a stellium is by drawing upon the balancing influences of the planet (or planets) in the opposite house—in the case of the 4th house, the opposite house is the 10th, the house of our public persona, work and career. Unfortunately, in the 2019 chart, there are no planets in the 10th house to help balance out the intense 4th house energy and maintain an equilibrium between the 4th and 10th, between our personal and professional lives. This means it will not only be easy for personal dramas and emotional upsets to disrupt our private lives, but for those private problems to spill over into the workplace and negatively impact our career. Therefore, in the coming year, we must endeavor to create the balance needed for a peaceful, happy and successful life from within ourselves: we must balance, strengthen, stabilize and protect our 4th house by drawing upon the most loving, caring and peaceable qualities residing in the depths of our heart.

When we focus on being kind, loving, peaceful and compassionate (especially with our loved ones at home), we shore up and fortify our 4th house. In doing so, we will remain calm, even-tempered and good-natured no matter how tumultuous or stormy our life becomes, or how many changes we must endure—be those changes emotional, financial, romantic or professional. Indeed, with a stable 4th house, any changes we choose to make (or are forced to deal with) in 2019 will serve to make us stronger, wiser and better people. Achieving balance in the 4th house—in our private life—helps us generate positive energy that radiates into our “public life” 10th house, allowing us to shine at work through our increased focus, creativity, productivity and effectiveness. In short, being healthy, calm and kind at home will allow us to be more brilliant and successful in our career and have good relations with everyone we meet. This is the type of change we want to strive for in the coming year—it will enable us to balance our 4th and 10th houses and effectively use the power of the four planets in the 4th house to our greatest advantage.

And the best way to strengthen our 4th house is by developing both a healthy and balanced lifestyle, a lifestyle supported by an optimistic outlook, a peaceful state of mind and a caring, generous disposition. Throughout 2019 it is extremely important for us to set positive goals both at home and at work, and then do all we can to achieve those goals by following a nutritious diet, getting plenty of exercise and rest, being ever-mindful of the needs and concerns of others, and remaining in touch with our spiritual nature through a regular practice of meditation, self-reflection and/or prayer. Fortunately, the Cosmos will help us in this regard as Jupiter—the planet of illumination—is in the 3rd house in the sign of Scorpio sitting with Venus, aspecting our 9th house of higher wisdom.

To sum up, if we remain anchored to our heart, 2019 will be a great (and perhaps magical) year for transforming even the most difficult changes and challenges into incredible opportunities and amazing success stories! To quote the enlightened Guru, Paramahansa Yogananda: “Opportunities in life come by creation not by chance. When you are attuned with your soul, you will be able to think correctly about everything you do.”

Namaskar! Have a happy, prosperous and healthy New Year!

Discover the Power of the Sun in Sagittarius

If you feel as though you are surrounded by darkness lately, there is good reason—the days are becoming increasingly shorter and the nights increasingly long. But don’t fret too much, once we reach the Winter Solstice on December 21st (the longest night of the year), the days start getting longer and everything will seem a bit brighter again.

In the meantime, take comfort in the fact that during this long stretch of extra darkness, we will experience a planetary transition known for its enlightening effect. On December 14th, the Sun moves into the sign of Sagittarius, where it will remain until January 13th. (Remember we practice Vedic astrology, which calculates the position of the stars a bit differently than Western astrology!)

Sagittarius, the ninth sign of the zodiac, relates to dharma (virtue), reflecting a higher level of understanding and truth. Astrologically, it is represented by the symbol of the archer, whose arrow is always pointed upwards toward the illuminating brightness of the heavens. The key phrase associated with the archer is: “I seek to understand”, which makes sense because the sign of Sagittarius rules philosophy, higher education, self-study and spiritual wisdom. Sagittarius itself is ruled by the benefic planet Jupiter, the planet representing expanded awareness and humankind’s search for purpose and meaning in life.

We will know that Jupiter is having a positive effect on our lives when we see a Ring of Solomon appear on our Mount of Jupiter (the pad of flesh below our index finger). The Ring of Solomon is a small line in the shape of a semi-circle and takes its name from the biblical King Solomon, renowned for his great wisdom, penetrating insight into human nature, fair and balanced judgement and sage counsel.

This is a very special time of year for all Sagittarians, but we must remember, each and every one of us has the 12 astrological signs in our astrological chart, which means we all have Sagittarius in one of our houses. And whichever house Sagittarius resides in within your chart is the area of your life where the effects of the Sun in Sagittarius have the most impact. And we can put that powerful energy to work for us to get things done and help us look at the world with a new and vibrant perspective. The energy of Sun in Sagittarius is very yang (male)—it is fiery, high-octane and freedom-loving in nature, reflecting a powerful desire for wide-open spaces forever seeking an opportunity to break free of restraints and find greater meaning, truth and purpose in life.

So, let us take advantage of this enlightening transit, which lasts only from December 14th to January 13th, to brighten up these dark days, open our eyes to some truths about ourselves, increase the breadth of our vision, revitalize our sense of purpose and embrace the joy of self-discovery! And why stop there? The energy of Sagittarius can also be directed toward philanthropic pursuits, humanitarian causes and to improving the environment—all of which benefit the whole of humanity and help make our world a better place to live.

Discover how to put the energy of Sun in Sagittarius to work for you in your life and relationships. Book a consultation with us, either in person, by phone or via Zoom. We’ll show you how to make the very best of this exciting planetary transit!

People with a strong Sagittarius in their chart include:

Nelson Mandela, who had a Sagittarius ascendant; Paramahansa Yogananda, who had the Sun in Sagittarius; and Michael Moore, who has the Moon in Sagittarius.

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Sun is in Scorpio: Time to Light Up Your Life with Passion and Truth

This is a very special time for all Scorpios, which includes anyone born between November 15 and December 14. Don’t forget we are doing Vedic astrology so you might be surprised to find your sign is actually the one before it. Understanding your Sun sign from this perspective will make a world of difference in your life.

During this time, not only does it mean that the Sun has made its once-annual “Solar return” to the astrological position it was in at the moment of your birth, it also means you are celebrating a birthday and are about to embark on a brand-new year in your life!  It is an excellent time to let the most positive aspects of your birth sign shine through.

Scorpio is ruled by fiery Mars—the noble warrior, which means this already exciting transit will be brimming with intensity and passion, with a strong emphasis on finding meaning and truth. The Sun illuminates our lives when it is in Scorpio—so take advantage of the transformative power of this transit while it lasts. It’s a great time to breathe new life and purpose into your career and relationships.

Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac, reflecting the ability to uncover hidden treasures – all that is not immediately apparent to the physical eye. This includes archaeological finds, hidden aspects of our psyche and metaphysical truths.

It is very difficult to pull the wool over the eyes of a Scorpio. Scorpios make excellent researchers and detectives. There is a willingness to search for the truth no matter how painful the process, and often results in their personal transformation.

 


Those who share your Sun in Scorpio Birthday

Margaret Atwood, Kevin Parent, Francis Cabrel, Winston Churchill, Walt Disney, Charles De Gaulle, Indira Gandhi, Robert Hand, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Lee, Jim Morrison, Tina Turner.


The Sun fills our life with light, warmth, vitality and vision. And the Sun shines upon us with extra brilliance when it is in the sign of Scorpio.

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