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Planetary Transits

Saturn Retrograde in Scorpio March 2015

By Kshitij Sharma, February 11, 2015

Saturn becomes retrograde on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 20:10 IST and subsequently becomes direct on Sunday, August 02, 2015 at 11:10 IST for a horoscope generated for Bangalore. This will need to be adjusted appropriately. For example, for New York City, USA, Saturn becomes retrograde on Saturday on Saturday, March 14, 2015 10:40 EST and subsequently becomes direct on becomes direct on Sunday, August 02, 2015 at 01:40 EST. This is a period of 140 days, about three and a half months in which Saturn will be vakri, i.e., will be seen going back in the sky with respect to its previous position. Saturn is 10°52′ in Scorpio on March 14th. On August 02, when it becomes direct again, the position of Saturn would be 4°20′ in Scorpio.

The retrogression of Saturn will affect all rashis as per this article published last year on Saturn transit. The details in that article are still valid and relevant. The retrogression of Saturn adds a twist to the results. Saturn is a slow moving planet and is known to cause delays. Even the good effects that are bestowed upon by a good transit come slowly and steadily. In Vedic astrology, retrogression makes a person strong and referred to as ‘Cheshtabal’.

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Venus Gochar Meena Rashi Feb March 2015

By Kshitij Sharma, January 21, 2015

Find out how Venus Gochar affects you according to your moon sign when Venus is exalted in Meena Rashi.

Venus will transit (gochar) to Pisces/Meena rashi in evening hours on 16th February 2015 as per Indian Standard Time for a horoscope prepared for Bangalore. Venus remains in Pisces through March 12th, when it moves to its Mars’ sign of Aries. Venus does  not get retrograde in the middle and will maintaining pretty much constant speed through the transit.

Venus is exalted in Pisces sign. It is a sign ruled by Jupiter. Venus is the teacher/guide of the Asuras while Jupiter does that job for Devas. Venus is therefore quite at home in Jupiter’s sign of Pisces.

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Jupiter Retrograde Dec 2014 to April 2015

By Kshitij Sharma, November 7, 2014

Jupiter is currently transiting its exaltation sign of Cancer. It is currently in forward direction although the speed is coming down. Now, it is time for Jupiter to come to a halt and start moving back in the same sign. Jupiter becomes Retrograde on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 at approximately 02:00 hours. At this time, the Jupiter is at Cancer 28°5’. Jupiter becomes direct on Wednesday, April 08, 2015  at about 22:30 hours, when the degrees are Cancer 18°5’. The total duration of retrogression is close to 4 months.

Jupiter is exalted in Cancer. During retrogression, it will behave opposite of what it stands for. Jupiter denotes expansiveness and exuberance. Therefore, during this period, expansion will stop. However, since the placement of Jupiter is overall a good one, this will result in good opportunities coming out of this when the retrogression finally ends. This is a contrarian approach and in a sense would work like Viparita raja yoga. 

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Saturn Combust in Scorpio

By Kshitij Sharma, October 27, 2014

As explained in this other article on Saturn’s transit, Saturn crosses over to Scorpio in the first week of November 2014. At the same time, since Sun would be closer to moving to Scorpio on Nov 17/18, the overall differences in degrees of these two astronomical bodies is not that much. Going by degrees of separation, Saturn comes very close to Saturn from Nov 1st onwards. However, at this time, Sun itself is in Libra while Saturn is in Scorpio. Therefore, by one more acceptable logic, combustion is in affect from Nov 1st onwards. By other more logic, combustion will not take effect till 17th Nov when Sun also enters Scorpio. Sun then moves forward and the combustion then ends on Dec 5th. These calculations take a 7° of separation on either side and hence the dates between this site and other panchanga softwares will be a little different.

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Saturn’s Transit to Scorpio: November 2014

By Kshitij Sharma, October 2, 2014

Saturn’s transit to Libra is coming to an end. On Nov 4th 2014, Saturn will move from airy sign of Libra to watery sign of Scorpio. It will remain in Vishakha nakshatra and move from 3rd pada to 4th pada of Vishakha. It will remain in Scorpio for a period of approximately three years and will move to Sagittarius in October 2017. It will be a longer than average transit. Scorpio belongs to Mars, who Saturn considers an enemy. Hence Saturn will be en enemy rashi from November.

Libra was exaltation sign of Saturn. A happy, exalted Saturn is a preserver. It indicates perseverance, determination and as Saturn indicates masses, an exalted Saturn indicates that people are exercising their power and democracy is going well. Saturn exaltation in Libra in the first house was used by astrologers to fix up the time of Shri Narendra Modi’s oath taking ceremony.

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Venus Gochar Kanya Rashi Sept Oct 2014

By Kshitij Sharma, September 7, 2014

Find out how Venus Gochar affects you according to your moon sign.

Venus will transit (gochar) to Virgo/Kanya rashi in early morning hours on 25th September 2014 as per Indian Standard Time for a horoscope prepared for Bangalore. Venus remains in Virgo through October 19th, when it moves to its own sign of Libra on 19th October 2014. This is a very short transit in Virgo, mainly because it is not getting retrograde in the middle and is maintaining pretty much constant speed through the transit. Venus is combust around October 27, but by then it would be out of Virgo rashi. Venus would be conjunct with Rahu and opposition with Ketu on October 15th, when it comes within a degree of Rahu. At this time, Rahu, as its usual path is, is retrograde and Venus is moving forward with its constant speed.

Venus is debilitated in Virgo sign. It is a sign it cannot stand because it is the sign of temperamental Mercury, while Venus stands for sophistication and grace. Mercury, on the other hand is unpredictable and Virgo is its exaltation as well as moolatrikona sign. Venus is the teacher/guide of the Asuras while Jupiter does that job for Devas. Venus is therefore quite at home in Jupiter’s sign of Pisces, the opposing sign of Virgo.

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Saturn Mars Conjunction August 2014

By Kshitij Sharma, August 11, 2014

Effect of Mars/Saturn conjunction on various rashis, natal horoscope and on day to day affairs is described in the article.

Saturn and Mars will be conjunct on August 25th/26th. The exact conjunction will occur around midnight of August 25th, going into August 26th. Their latitudinal degrees are different, and therefore the planets will not eclipse each other, but will appear pretty close. This will not be a photo opportunity as for Venus Jupiter conjunction a week before.

Mars is fast moving planet, but Saturn is the slowest planet of the astrological system. This phenomenon occurs once approximately 2 years. This time, the conjunction is seen in Libra rashi, Vishakha nakshatra at 204°. The two planets will be at planetary war (ग्रह युद्ध) from August 24th through August 25th, considering IST, Bangalore.

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Basics of Planetary Transits (Example Sun)

By Kshitij Sharma, July 13, 2014

I was not able to finish the post on weekly predictions due to various reasons. As it is a habit to come up with an article at the end of the week, I am sharing the notes on transits that I refer to most often. I am aware that these notes are not very useful to many of the readers who come to this site for quick information, but this may be seen as my attempt to make my notes public and help someone out there with the jyotish knowledge.

Yesterday was Guru Poornima and I would like to thank teachers like Shri Suresh Chandra Mishra, Shri Jagannath Bhasin and Shri L.R. Chawdhri who have taught me planetary transits through their books.

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Jupiter Combust in Transit: July 2014

By Kshitij Sharma, July 1, 2014

The people or persons who have Moon in their janma kundali in the sign of Gemini, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces will feel the good effects of the Jupiter transit through July 2015. Jupiter is transiting through Cancer now and is in its exaltation sign is good for the all the folks for whom the Jupiter transit is favourable as Jupiter gives beneficial results to its fullest extent.

During this transit, Jupiter reaches its highest exaltation point around 11th of July, when it reaches the longitudinal 5°. However, there is an important combustion effect taking place around this time. Sun moves into Cancer around 16th of July and by the definition of combustion for Jupiter (conjunct with Sun and within 11 degrees), Jupiter is combust till 7th of August.

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Rahu/Ketu Transit 2014

By Kshitij Sharma, June 29, 2014

Find out how Rahu/Ketu transit of 2014 in Virgo and Pisces respectively will affect you according to the janma rashi. If I take the latitude and longitude of Bangalore, Rahu/Ketu will enter the signs around midnight of July 12/13 2014 and will stay in these signs for approximately one and a half year till 9 January 2016. Rahu and Ketu are mathematical entities exactly 180° apart. Therefore, when Rahu enters Virgo, Ketu enters Pisces. Both the transits have different effect on the individual as per his/her janma rashi as derived from the natal horoscope. While Rahu and Ketu are exactly 180° apart, it does not mean that an adverse transit of Rahu is beneficial transit for Ketu and vice-versa.

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