Welcome to 2018: Navigating the Year Ahead

The planets are presenting us with several predominant themes this year. If we are able to recognize these themes, we can take advantage of them and bring success and happiness to many areas of our lives!

 

Charting the Year Ahead

Let’s take a look at what the planets have in store for us over the next 12 months by looking at the birth chart of 2018. As most of you know, our individual astrological birth chart is determined by our ascendant—the constellation (or sign) that is rising on the Eastern horizon at the moment of our birth. The ascendant becomes our “first house”, which determines who we are—it relates to our physical body (the vessel that carries our soul) as well as our overall personality and the way we address the situations that arise throughout our life.

The same holds true for each new year, which is born at the stroke of midnight on the morning of January 1st. By a quirk of our solar system, the constellation Virgo is the sign that is always rising on the Eastern horizon when the New Year is rung in. That means that 2018 has Virgo as its ascendant—Virgo is 2018’s first house.­

 

Start the Year by Seeking Perfection Within

The fact that Virgo is 2018’s ascendant tells us that a major theme of the coming year has to do with perfection. Virgo is the sign that wants and demands perfection in all things. We should approach this theme with our eyes wide open, because if we don’t focus on perfecting things in our own lives, we will try to perfect the actions and attitudes of others. In other words, we could become critical, nosey busybodies. So, in 2018 we would be well-advised to look inward and concentrate on perfecting important aspects of ourselves, such as: developing a healthier physical exercise routine; a healthier dietary regime; sounder work habits; more open and honest communication skills when dealing with friends and family; and building deeper spiritual practices, preferably ones that include reflective prayer, meditation and yoga. Seeking perfection in ourselves will help us take advantage of the possibilities offered through the energy in 2018’s alignment of planets—and there will be plenty of positive energy going around.

 

Auspicious Alignments in 2018

One of the biggest boons that arise from a Virgo ascendant is that Virgo is ruled by Mercury, creating a Yoga Karaka effect because it rules two auspicious houses. In fact, Yoga Karaka translates as “giver of good”. It can greatly increase our ability to realize and manifest our dreams and goals.

Without getting too technical, a planet is considered a Yoga Karaka when it represents a Trine (an angle of 120°) and a Kendra (an angle of 90°). A planet is Yoga Karaka when it represents the Trine (1st, 5th and 9th houses) and a Kendra (1st, 4th, 7th and 10th houses) at the same time. The Trine suggests all these features are working in harmony and the Kendra provides strength and stability. This year, Mercury is ruling over a Trine: Virgo in the 1st house (in which our soul’s purpose is expressed through our physical body) as well a Kendra: Gemini in the 10th house (representing our career, purpose and heights of accomplishment). This combination gives the capacity to achieve our desired goals.

If that wasn’t spectacular enough, the cherry on the top is a full Moon in Gemini in the 10th house, relating to our professional lives while aspecting the Sun in Sagittarius in the 4th house, which relates to our private lives. And really, who doesn’t like the full Moon? A full Moon suggests the fulfillment of our ideas: its light is radiating at its maximum, reflecting the light of the Sun—and the light of the Sun expresses the fullest and purest intentions of our heart and soul. It is a most powerful combination—Moon (our mind) is working in concert and in perfect harmony with Sun (our soul) to express and manifest our deepest heartfelt wishes.

And there is more good news in the 2018 chart! The 11th house (indicating success and the potential of finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow) is ruled by the Moon sitting in the sign Gemini in the 10th house. The Moon in Gemini in the 10th tells us that our creative ideas have no bounds and can be freely put to use in realizing our goals. This doubly confirms that we can make enormous gains by properly directing our imagination, creativity, originality and resourcefulness.

Now . . . where should we direct all that creative energy? Well, the placement of Mercury tells us where we should concentrate our focus, and this year Mercury is in the 3rd house of creativity–younger siblings, courage, communications and short trips. The 3rd house is an “Upachaya” house, which means that even if we are facing extremely challenging problems in these areas of our lives, those challenges can be overcome and all problems resolved with enough time, patience and fortitude. For example, a writer suffering from writer’s block will eventually have a major breakthrough if they continue working diligently and not give into despair. Simply put, if we remain focused, dedicated and put in the hard work, we will definitely experience great success!

Remember, Mercury in the 3rd is aspecting the 9th house, and the 9th house is one of the most important features in our chart, second only to our ascendant. It relates to our luck and our good fortune. In 2018, it reveals our potential to ease (or completely melt away) past burdens, hardships and struggles—but only if we allow ourselves to grow closer to our intuition by tuning into the Divine within us.

 

The Key to Success in 2018 in a Nutshell

The full Moon in the 10th (relating to our career) is aspecting our Sun in the 4th house (relating to our home). The 4th house relates to the joy we derive from a secure and loving home base, for example the love we give and receive from our mother. It relates to our overall happiness, including the health of our heart—both physically and emotionally. It relates to our fixed assets, like our car, land and property.

This year, as well as the Sun, the 4th house is jam-packed with other planets, including Saturn, Venus and Pluto. Being bombarded by so many planets at once creates what we call “a tornado effect”. Properly harnessing the power of this swirling mass of 4th-house energy by channeling it productively is critical if we hope to enjoy all the professional and personal success that is ours to be had in 2018—including financial gain, emotional security, a stable home and work environment and a deep sense of inner calm. So, it is important to not let anything disturb our peace of mind and heart, and to put down a strong anchor in the 4th house.

We cannot escape the tornado effect—we may be surrounded by chaos in our immediate surroundings or enveloped in tumultuous world events this year. But we cannot allow our emotions or our thoughts to be sucked up into this whirling vortex—we cannot be scattered or impulsive, but must remain focused on what is most important in our work, our home life and in our hearts. It is within our power to transcend negative influences and use the vast “tornado” energy at our disposal to transcend our environment and go deep within to find true success.

Please remember, because the Sun in the 4th is the ruler of Leo placed in the 12th house (the house of loss or enlightenment), our inner happiness depends upon our perception of events and the choices we make. So, let’s view the proverbial glass as being half full, not half empty; let’s embrace freedom instead of loss, let’s choose hope over despair.

Use the same principle of calm, focused and mindful reflection to deal with any potential tornado effects in the following houses, which are closely tied to 4th house-energy:

The 5th house, relating to: Children, sex and romance, affection, planning/programming, learning, teaching and doing mantras

The 6th house, relating to: Vitality, the immune system, health, short-term financial and long-term karmic debts

The 2nd house, relating to: Immediate surroundings, including coworkers and neighbours, material assets and treasured personal possessions.

The 9th house, relating to: Higher perception, mentors, teachers, Gurus, pilgrimages, long voyages, morality, the search for truth and higher learning.

The 12th house, relating to: Expenses, investments and returns; loss/liberation, foreign contacts and enlightenment.

 

Summing Up

To completely enjoy and take advantage of our full Moon, it is imperative that we anchor down the 4th house—we must keep our feet firmly planted on the ground so we can tap into the energy of the tornado and not be blown away by it. As in any year, but especially in 2018, we must not make emotional decisions based on illusory perceptions or self-aggrandizement. It’s best to remain centered in your heart to ensure you rise above the storm, embrace the light of the Sun and Moon, and enrich your life with the limitless planetary energy that is being unleashed. If you prepare yourself by getting your emotions in check and make wise, thoughtful choices, you will weather the storm and emerge happier, healthier ands more secure emotionally and financially.

Have a great 2018!

 

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines! The Dynamic Transit of Mars in Aries: February 28-April 11th

The warrior planet Mars marches out of the sign of Pisces this week and enters its home sign of Aries, which it rules and where its dynamic energy is most magnified.

Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and is known as the great initiator of projects, schemes and dreams. In Aries, our energy is young and boundless, our spirits are high, and our optimism is at full-throttle—a driving combination that emboldens us to tackle any new task, no matter how demanding, and to get things going. It is Aries that gives us the impulse and motivation to take that first step in a journey of 1,000 miles, to type the first word of a novel, or to lay the foundational brick of a skyscraper.

With Mars at optimum power in Aries—infusing us with courage, stamina and vigor—this is truly an extraordinary transit for any new undertaking. No need to pause and sweat over the details of how things will turn out in the long run, just grab the ball and start running toward the end zone. This is a transit of action and beginnings; if you don’t get started, you won’t have any details to worry about anyway.

The main cautionary note concerning Mars in Aries is that they both possess a highly aggressive nature; the combination of their forceful energies can make us ultra-competitive or even downright combative. This may manifest in our behavior as arrogance, petulance, an impatient or dismissive attitude toward companions, coworkers and competitors or as angry intolerance with anyone we perceive to be standing between us and our goal. The key to productively channeling this aggressive energy is though self-control and self-awareness . . . and the greatest tool available to humankind for developing self-control and self-awareness is daily meditation. Fortunately, this transit is a doubly auspicious time to develop a regular meditation practice—not only will Mars in Aries give us the initiative to begin meditating, but by meditating we will be able to make the most of everything a Mars-Aries transit has to offer. It’s a win-win scenario!

This transit will last only six weeks, but in those six weeks we can make a start at transforming ourselves and start a new chapter in our lives. So let’s make the most of it by taking on a project or cause that has been sitting on the back burner, be it a proper diet or exercise routine, a spiritual discipline, a job search, volunteering in the community or mentoring someone in need of help and guidance. Even if it is just making a phone call you have been putting off—now is the time to do it! Stop waiting and start acting, the force of Mars in Aries is with you!

 

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The Truth and Nothing but The Truth Transit: Saturn in Sagittarius

A major cosmic shift is underway that will dramatically affect all our lives into early 2020.

On January 13th Saturn, the slow moving planetary giant embodying discipline, duty and self-awareness, completed it’s 2 ½-year sojourn in Scorpio and entered into Sagittarius—the auspicious 9th sign of the zodiac.

Saturn is the personification of the Lord of Karma—it casts an unflinching light on our past (and past life) deeds and illuminates the aspects of ourselves most in need of attention, repair and development. While our personal natal chart dictates the exact areas of our individual lives Saturn wants us to focus on, Saturn’s three-year presence in Sagittarius is of great significance to each and every one of us.

Saturn is a strict and formidable taskmaster; if we learn the lessons we need to learn, the next few years will present great opportunities and rewards that will be deeply gratifying and potentially life-changing. However, if we choose to ignore those lessons, we will likely encounter some dire challenges, painful circumstances and difficult times.

So, what are the lessons Saturn expects us to learn while it is in Sagittarius? Well, Sagittarius is all about transparency, veracity, wisdom, faith, exploration and the search for divine knowledge, so first and foremost, we must learn to be honest with ourselves and with others. Falsehood, deception and self-delusion should be avoided at all costs and entirely rooted out of our consciousness during this Saturn-Sagittarian transit. Our mission for the next three years—if we choose to accept it—is to be truthful in all our dealings, to confront our personal deficits honestly, develop our higher selves and buttress our faith in a higher power.

Sagittarius is a mutable sign ruled by beneficent and expansive Jupiter, making this an excellent time for engaging in higher education, exploring philosophical principles, embarking on an inner spiritual journey through meditation, becoming more flexible in body and mind by practicing yoga or tai chi, or broadening our horizons by learning a new language or a creative art—anything, as long as it ignites our hearts and helps us to help others with our accumulated knowledge and wisdom.

Saturn can be a very tough teacher, but working together with auspicious Sagittarius and fortune-shaping Jupiter, it can make miracles happen. If we are prepared to listen with an open, honest and willing heart to what Saturn in Sagittarius is telling us, the truth will set us free.

 

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Happy Holidays!

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Dear Friends,

With the holiday season upon us, our hearts and minds turn toward all of you with deep appreciation. Thank you for allowing us to serve you throughout the year. We are deeply grateful for your gift of kindness, support and enduring friendship.

For many of us, this has been a challenging year of difficult social, financial and planetary forces. All the more reason for us to now look inward and raise our consciousness above the struggles, confusion and illusion of daily life.

Let us celebrate the holidays by uniting in the spirit of universal love and exchanging the gifts of gratitude, fellowship, respect and mutual appreciation. What better way for us to seek enlightenment and ensure prosperity in body, mind and soul?

From all of us at the Birla Center, to all of you, have a wonderful, safe and joyous Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza . . . and an extra happy New Year!

With all our love,

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Ghanshyam and the rest of us at the Birla Center