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Planetary News December 2021 from Komilla Sutton

Venus Retrograde + Rahu Ketu Creates Restrictions & Isolation

December begins with a solar eclipse, the last in Scorpio for 18 years. Planets continue to be volatile, so we must watch our steps. Mercury and Sun go through gandanta, Mars makes dramatic conjunction with Ketu, Venus goes retrograde and has a planetary war with Mercury. Then Rahu Ketu begins a series of Kal Sarpa yogas making life imbalanced and keeping us unsettled to April 2024.

Keep an eye on December 30 and 31, 2021, as Mars transits over 18°Scorpio, the December solar eclipse degrees. Unfortunately, Mars transit over eclipse degrees can bring up conflict, anger, violence, and wars. Therefore, we should all be careful and avoid attending large gatherings as a precautionary measure.

Panchanga December 2021

Key dates in December compiled by Keiko Shanti. (

- All times listed are UTC (Coordinated Universal Time).
- Mean nodes are used.

4 December
Total Solar Eclipse and New Moon 1°12 Scorpio, Jyeshta Nakshatra 7:43 am

5 December
Mars enters Scorpio 00:29 am (until Jan. 16, 2022).
Mars is in his own sign in Scorpio

8 December
Venus enters Capricorn 8:21 am (until 30 December 2021)

10 December
Mercury enters Sagittarius 00:36 am (until Dec. 29, 2021)
Mercury goes through Gandanta from 9 December 12:22 pm until 10 December 1:06 pm

14 December
Mars Ketu conjunction 6°19 Scorpio, Anuradha Nakshatra 2:14 am
Kal Sarpa Yoga starts with Mars conjuncts Ketu 2:14 am (until 16 December 2021)

15 December
Sun enters Sagittarius 10:15 pm (until 14 January, 2022)
Sun goes through Gandanta from 15 December 3:22 am until 16 December 5:31 pm

16 December
Kal Sarpa Yoga ends with Moon conjunct Rahu 9:23 pm (until 30 December 2021)

19 December
Full Moon 3°19 Gemini, Mrigasira Nakshatra 4:35 am
Venus turns retrograde 2°19 Capricorn, Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra 10:35 am (until 29 January 2022)

29 December
Mercury enters Capricorn 6:01 am (until 6 March 2022)
Mercury Venus Rx conjunction and planetary war 0°16 Capricorn, Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra 10:18 am
Venus Mercury Planetary war lasts for the day

30 December
Venus re-enters Sagittarius 2:31 am (until Feb. 27, 2022)
Kal Sarpa Yoga starts with Moon conjunct Ketu 10:28 pm (until 13 January 2022 00:51 am)

Mars in Scorpio: Does Ketu help or harm?


19 December 2021 to 29 January 2022 - Venus Retrograde
29 December 2021 Planetary War with Mercury
8 January 2022 - Venus Conjoins Sun in Sagitarius

Venus goes retrograde on 19 December at 2° Capricorn, it re-enters Sagittarius on 30 December, and the rest of the retrograde is in Sagittarius. Venus retrogrades once in two years, and it is a rare event. Due to its coming retrograde, Venus's speed has slowed down, and specific aspects of life can appear to be blocked. The days during which Venus turns retrograde and direct are complex, and it is best not to schedule important projects during that time.

Venus is Karaka (significator) for marriage and wife in a man's chart. Usually, marriages are not planets during the retrograde of Venus as we may find our ideas change when it goes direct. Therefore, although relationships and our ideas about them can change, it is best to make any decisions after Venus has gone direct.

The days during which Venus is retrograde is a time to be introspective and think about the time that has gone by, review and rejuvenate. On 8 January 2022, Venus will conjoin with the Sun and not be visible; it is refueling itself with energy from the Sun. Venus retrograde is a private and personal time. Sun is both obscuring and giving new energy to Venus.

The transfer from Capricorn to Sagittarius on 29 December brings conflict with Mercury as they conjoin and go into a planetary war.

Taurus and Libra will experience this planetary war most intensely. The other signs will also experience it according to the house Venus rules in your chart and most significantly as its role of significator of relationships and love. The retrograde can disturb us if we are not sensible.

Kal Sarpa and Kemadruma Yoga

When Rahu Ketu hems in the planets, Kal Sarpa Yoga is created. Transit Kal Sarpa yoga begins on 14 December 2021 and continues intermittently to 24 April 2022. Kal Sarpa transits happen when Saturn and Jupiter are on one side of the nodal axis. When the faster-moving planets join them, Rahu Ketu becomes very powerful and restricts the other planets.

In the natal chart, Kal Sarpa is personal and brings karmic restrictions. All experience the Kal Sarpa yoga by transit; therefore, the world during the time of the Kal Sarpa is experiencing karmic, unexpected constrictions and imbalances. We can see Kal Sarpa play out in world events, politics and in personal lives too.

When Moon breaks the Kal Sarpa, there is continued complexity. Rahu Ketu isolates the Moon from other planets creating a transit Kemadruma yoga. The Moon represents the mind and needs support to function well. So we have this unusual transit of restrictions and isolation. An isolated Moon can easily make wrong choices, and thinking our seclusion fuels that.

Kal Sarpa brings a theme of uncertainty and imbalance – it is not something we feel daily. So We need to act responsibly during this time as we are aware of these imbalances and must keep our feet firmly on the ground. The strength of your ascendant ruler by transit helps – also the Dasha you are experiencing during this time.

Kal Sarpa Yoga Dates
14 to 16 December 2021
30 December 2021 to 12 January 2022
26 January 2022 to 9 February 2022
23 February 2022 to 8 March 2022
22 March 2022 to 4 April 2022
18 to 24 April 2022
Kemadruma Isolated Moon Dates
16 to 30 December 2021
12 to 26 January 2022
9 to 23 Febrauary 2022
8 to 22 March 2022
4 to 18 April 2022

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