Venus Turns Retrograde, Mars in Virgo and Focus on Ketu in Aries.
Finally a month which is more relaxed after the turbulence of the past months. All planetary negativity behind us and we can look forward to a couple of calm months. Individually some may experience challenging transits but the world as a whole is heaving a sign of relief. This month I am going to focus on Ketu in Aries too - I have written a lot about Rahu Saturn and their clash in Libra and Ketu seems to have lost some of the attention.
Venus is Capricorn and Retrograde
Venus moves into Capricorn on 4th december and remains there for the rest of the month. Venus likes being in Capricorn in the sign of its friend Saturn plus it is making a Parivartana Yoga with Saturn in Libra. This helps both planets. Libra and Capricorn ascendants experience a Parivartana Maha Yoga by Transit which is excellent for them. Parivartana means exchange and this happens when two planets are mutually in each other's signs. All this month Venus is in Capricorn and Saturn is in Libra. This calms Saturn down too as it gets added influence of Venus.
Venus will turn retrograde at 4 deg 55' Capricorn on 21 December 2013. This month Venus has slowed down and therefore its influence is very powerful. usually Venus travels one degree a day but it will only travel 4 degrees over 20 days - therefore its impact is intense and focused. Being a benefic planet - it is intensely good.
Venus will retrograde on 21 Dec 2013 and remain there till 31st January 2014. during this period it will move back into Sagittarius and again make an opposition with Jupiter from 6 January (more about this in Jan 2014 newsletter)
For Taurus and Libra Ascendants - this retrograde is a good time to reflect on the immediate past and re-charge themselves to move forwards. It is a good time to reconcile with the past and let go of their karmic baggage. Venus is very strong and close to earth - their light shines bright but they can sometimes feel others are not understanding them and they can feel reluctant to express their true talents.
Mars in Virgo
Mars is in Virgo all month and this is a forerunner to 2014 when Mars will be in Virgo for many months as it retrogrades in Virgo and stays there from March to July 2014.
Mars in Virgo is an analytical Mars that needs to think and plan - the best way to use this energy is to use the power of Virgo and think before you take any actions. Which is usually difficult for Mars type of people who are impulisve by nature. Plus Mars is uncomforatble in Virgo and may not show its best nature.
Aries experience it in their 6th house and may feel many challenges to face but usually Mars is able to face any difficult situations and reacts positively to them. Scorpio - Mars is transiting their 11th house and it is to do with finances. This is a good time to plan for earnings and money will flow if they take studied and planned actions.
Virgo will have Mars in their ascendant all month and they need to watch their impulsive actions. Mars tends to make them angry and frustrated too - so watch what you say and how you express yourselves. Pisces may suffer from volatility in their relationships, Gemini in affairs of the home and relationship with their moths. Sagittarius enjoys this transit the most as it will be in their 10th house giving many career opportunies.
Ketu in Aries
Ketu has been in Aries since Dec 2012 and will remain so till July 2014. There has been much focus on Rahu and Saturn in Libra, so I write a few words about Ketu. Ketu in Aries can be very profound as it is retrograding back in the last sign. Ketu moves backwards so it comes to Aries as the last sign while for other planets Pisces is their last sign - in a way Ketu understand the root of the issues last while appears to be dealing with the outer stuff earlier. Ketu is now Ashwini Nakshatra where it stays till the end of its stay in Aries. Ashwini are the healers and the cosmic doctors. They are the sons of Surya, the Sun good and bring light to Ketu in understanding its role and learning to heal the karmic wounds.
Aries Ascendant is dealing with the impact of this Ketu transit the most. The eclipse have been taking place in this sign and this can creating changes in their physical life and their psyche. Embrace the changes and develop a higher vision during this transits. Ketu can make you want to giv eup everything. It is best to prune your tree of life rather than totally cut off everything.
If you have planets placed in Aries, they too will feel the impact of Ketu according to their karakas.
I will be analysing Ketu's transit over the Aries Pisces gandanta point later in 2014,
To watch for in January 2014
Sun in Capricorn
Festivals in December