by Lina Elisabeth Preston 3 min read

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 Heeds a Call to Action

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.

Many Planets in Capricorn

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.

Rahu and Ketu Bring Uncertainty and Transformation

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.



Astrological Dates to Remember for January 2021

  • Saturn and Jupiter in Capricorn
  • Rahu in Gemini - Ketu in Scorpio
  • Dec 23 - Feb 21 Mars in Aries
  • Dec 23 - Jan 21 Mars in Ashwini nakshatra
  • Jan 3 - 27 Venus in Sagittarius
  • Jan 4 - Jan 25 Mercury in Capricorn (Feb 5th - March 10th Mercury returns to Capricorn)
  • Jan 10 - Mars 26 Kala Sarpa yoga (moon breaks it every two weeks)
  • Jan 12th New Moon in Sagittarius 29 degrees
  • Jan 13 - Feb 13 Sun in Capricorn
  • Jan 13 Sun conjunct Pluto
  • Jan 21st - Feb 15 Mars in Bharani nakshatra
  • Jan 22 - Feb 18, 2022 Saturn in Shravana nakshatra
  • Jan 23 Sun/Saturn conjunction in Capricorn
  • Jan 25 - Feb 5th Mercury in Aquarius
  • Jan 27 - Feb 20 Venus in Capricorn
  • Jan 28 Sun/Jupiter conjunction in Capricorn
  • Jan 30 - Feb 20 Mercury retrograde
Lina Elisabeth Preston
Lina Elisabeth Preston

Lina Elisabeth Preston has been doing astrological consultations for 20 years. She is a certified Jyotish Visharada and member and practitioner with the Council of Vedic Astrology. Lina also works with vedic gemstones. A long time meditator and disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, Lina lives with her husband Binay at Ananda Village, a spiritual community in Northern California. Lina and Binay founded their business Northern Lights in 1990.

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