by Lina Elisabeth Preston 3 min read

Mother Nature has been expressing the effects of the eclipse and challenging transits during the first part of September. Is there anything else on the horizon

The Mighty Power of Magha Nakshatra

Following the great American eclipse in the powerful Magha Nakshatra, Mercury (retrograde) stationed at the point of the eclipse (4 degrees Leo).  Mercury was exactly conjunct Mars on September 2nd, and turned direct at the eclipse point on September 5th. Mercury is now moving away from the point of the eclipse but will be conjunct Mars for a third time on September 16th at 13 degrees Leo, still in Magha Nakshatra. This can potentially also be a time of turbulence and disagreement.

The Agitation of Mother Earth

Mercury is of the Earth element. Prithvi Mata means Mother Earth. An afflicted Mercury is quick changing, extremely restless and agitated. In the wake of the Great American eclipse we have been experiencing exceptional hurricanes, enormous amounts of rainfall, a powerful Earthquake in Mexico, record breaking heat and extreme fires in the Western states.

The agitation of Mercury also makes it difficult for Saturn and Rahu. While transiting in Gandanta, Saturn and Rahu have also been transiting in star constellations ruled by Mercury: Jyeshta and Ashlesha. Planets are affected in their transits by how the rulers of the signs they are in are doing and also how the nakshatra (star constellation) rulers are doing. Therefore, Mercury’s agitation also increased the instability of Saturn and Rahu in Gandanta. Both Rahu and Mercury are connected to electricity and millions of people are currently without electricity in Florida.

Those with their rising sign, the Sun or Moon located in Mercury’s signs of Gemini and Virgo may feel challenges now. Mercury will be much more comfortable when moving into Virgo, its most favorable sign, between September 26th and October 13th.

Venus in Distress

All the natural disasters are taking their toll on our sense of comfort and well being.

Venus conjuncts Rahu in Cancer on September 13th. Then enters Leo on the 14th. Venus transits the point of the solar eclipse on September 18th and 19th. Venus is the ruler of Taurus, a sign of stability and abundance, as well as of Libra, a sign of social harmony and balance. An unstable Venus can express tension in relationships and show financial fluctuations.

Jupiter in Libra

The good news is that the great benefic planet Jupiter moved into Libra on September 11th. Jupiter’s wisdom and counsel will aid in the process of cooperation and harmony. Jupiter in Libra will also benefit the two other air signs: Aquarius and Gemini. Jupiter will especially aid good relations for people with Sun/Moon or Rising sign in Aries.

Kala Sarpa Yoga

Kala Sarpa Yoga occurs when all planets are hemmed in between the Lunar Nodes. Kala Sarpa Yoga was in effect before the election last year and often manifest a divisiveness and imbalance. We will experience it again between September 17th and January 8th, 2018, except for the times when the Moon intermittently breaks it. All the planets are between Rahu in Cancer and Ketu in Capricorn. The Moon moves through all the signs during a month and thus breaks the Kala Sarpa Yoga for 14 days every month.

My next newsletter will expand on some of the long term effects of Jupiter in Libra and Rahu in Cancer.

Dates to Remember:

September 5th:  Mercury is Direct again
September 11th: Jupiter moves into Libra
September 15th: Venus moves into Leo
September 16th: Sun moves into Virgo
September 17th: Mars conjunct Mercury in Leo
September 17th - September 29th: Kala Sarpa Yoga
September 26th: Mercury moves into Virgo

Try to stay centered during this turbulent time.

“In the midst of life’s storms I stand serene!”

–Affirmation by Swami Kriyananda



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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