We are definitely not starting 2021 with a clean slate. Just as a newborn child brings karma from past lives, we enter the new year with karma that needs to be addressed. What can the planets tell us about the start of 2021?
Mars represents energy, stamina, and a willingness to act. Mars entered his own sign, Aries, on December 23rd. This was around the time we began to see different vaccines for covid-19 entering into the market. Aries represents new beginnings and Mars in Aries is influencing the rapid development of vaccines.
Mars also entered the nakshatra Ashwini on December 23rd. This lunar based nakshatra is symbolically represented by the head of a horse. Horses are fast, and the shakti of Ashwini holds the power to reach things quickly. But we need to hold the reins firmly. Without firmness and control the horse will run wild.
The Deity of Ashwini are the twins Ashwini Kumara, also referred to as the twin doctors. They are the natural healers of the zodiac and have great curative powers.
Ashwini is ruled by Ketu, the past life planet. Ashwins represent the duality of life and are the connection between past and future. Ashwini brings the dawn and a new morning.
Mars remains in Aries until February 21st. He will leave Ashwini on January 21st when he enters the Bharani nakshatra, one day after the United States presidential inauguration. Bharani gives us the seeds for creative change.
The energy of the sign of Capricorn finds expression through the presence of Saturn and Jupiter. Mercury joins them on January 4th and the Sun enters Capricorn on January 12th. Venus joins the other planets in Capricorn on January 27th.
Capricorn, a sign ruled by Saturn, shows skill in creating structures. This is a good sign for long term planning. Foundations are laid methodically. Brick by brick. No rush. But clearly with a goal in mind. Patience, endurance and hard work are necessary to ensure sustainability.
The Lunar nodes are powerful now; Rahu in Taurus indicates an ambition for the correct use of material resources and Ketu in Scorpio reveals an inner transformation.
It is emotionally challenging to face big changes. During the first three months in 2021, Rahu and Ketu are in Kala Sarpa yoga, a yoga formed when all planets are situated on one half of the zodiac between Rahu and Ketu. However, the Moon breaks it every two weeks. Kala Sarpa is often a time characterized by uncertainty and imbalance.
Keep a steady routine during these months. Meditation will help us to find inner balance even in the midst of change.
You too are part of all that is. Cosmic reality is expressed on earth, and also within you. With the help of planets and stars, the universe sets up circumstances that will allow the soul to work out its karma.
October is a complex month astrologically, with several major shifts. Mars is in close combustion with the Sun the entire month, and there is a deep sense of change as Saturn and Jupiter both shift from retrograde to direct.