Vedic Astrology Lessons in Vrindavan

train to Vrindavan
On the train from Delhi to Vrindavan; I was fortunate to be perched on a luggage rack. This was the view below.

In 2011 I spent four months in India on something like an astrological pilgrimage. I consulted with several astrologers to get an insight into how they work, and to deepen my own understanding of Jyotish. This video was taken in the sacred town of Vrindavan, where Krishna is said have spent his childhood, on the banks of the Yamuna river.

Alert: Mars Conjunct Saturn ahead

Swiss ephemeris Mars Conj SaturnMars is approaching a Conjunction with Saturn which becomes exact on the 25th of August 2014, and it so happens that it’s New Moon (Sun Conjunct Moon) on that same day, which may well intensify the effect. New Moons and Full Moons are like windows that open and allow the general cosmic pattern at the time to impress itself on the world with greater than usual impact. The last time these two malefics were thus conjoined South Africa was shaken by the events at Marikana, in which dozens of striking miners were brutally killed by policemen. You can read more about that incident here:

Don’t panic now, but do keep yourself reigned in at this time if you’re strongly under Taurus or Scorpio in your birth chart, in terms of conventional western astrology (particularly if you have Sun, Moon or Ascendant around the middle part of Taurus or Scorpio).

In a nutshell, the most constructive expression of a meeting of Mars and Saturn is hard work, disciplined effort, and tenacity. The more harmful manifestations range from acute frustration to ruthlessness or cruelty in some form. ‘The devil has work for idle hands‘, we are told, and under this particular influence that proverb is worth remembering. You can move mountains under Mars/Saturn, but you may also run headlong into brick walls. It takes care and self-control to make this energy work well.

Mars Conjunct Saturn chart

I notice, at the risk of overwhelming the layman,that there’s a Yod configuration involving Mercury, Mars, Saturn and Uranus, and this New Moon (Sun/Moon Conjunction) is 45 degrees from (Semi-Square) the midpoint of Mercury and Mars, and Mercury and Saturn. Uranus is a mere degree or so from exactly Opposite this hub of ‘highlighted communication effort’.

New Moon aspects and midpoints


If you have planets in your birth located at or very close to 17 degrees of any sign of the zodiac (but especially 17 degrees of the Cardinal and Fixed signs), that planet will be powerfully triggered by this intense looking New Moon. This is also true of planets in a birth chart that are located very near 2 degrees of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius & Pisces).

A theme of communication challenges seems to be described here. Impatience can make one a poor speaker and a poor listener, and under this type of influence views and opinions will be expressed with bluntness, audacity and maybe sarcasm. Commuting is hazardous if people are edgy and irritated. However, for those poised to apply themselves voluntarily, and cheerfully, to rigorous and disciplined mental or educational work, this alignment of planetary influences could represent a surge of mental energy and focus that can support and facilitate intellectual achievement. The trick is to be extremely flexible and promptly adaptable to new developments, while remaining firmly committed to applying the discipline needed to make innovative new ideas and the surge of mental energy and effort fruitful. It would require strong nerves. It’s all too easy to get overstimulated under these circumstances. Return to center if you find yourself embroiled in a petty disagreement; there’s bound to be something useful to apply your mind to!

Looking at this more globally, Saturn and Uranus have been locked in a Quincunx (150 degree) aspect since roughly late June 2014, and this may be contributing to the acute global stress centered around the recently escalated Israeli-Palestine conflict. This Mars/Saturn Conjunction (which effectively becomes a short sharp spike in the simmering Saturn/Uranus tension) looks somewhat more ominous against the backdrop of such a volatile situation.

Here’s a post from a long abandoned blog of yore, regarding Mars and Saturn in aspect: