If you turn on the news, open your social media feed, or read an email from an environmental charity, you will likely hear about natural disasters which involve water. Glaciers are melting at an increasing rapid pace. We’ve had historic flooding in Northern California, the Midwest, and Louisiana. Many have died. There have been billions of dollars in losses. Why has 2019 been so difficult? The Sanskrit quote, “Yet pinde, that Brahmande” (as above, so below) applies. There is a correlation between astrology and water related problems.
Recent Water Crises
Given the current state of world affairs, it can be difficult to keep track of all the turbulent events. Here are some recent natural disasters which have involved water:
- Floods in Sonoma and Napa Counties in February, 2019 caused residents to lose their homes and shut down businesses as the Russian River flooded. One town was “turned into an island“.
- Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa had major flooding as the Missouri River flooded in Mid-March. The Midwest is now bracing for more flooding this month (April). The New York Times has reported that 25 states are at risk for serious flooding in Spring, 2019.
- The Mississippi River overflowing created threats to the New Orleans community in March. This week, more rains have moved into New Orleans and have begun to flood the streets.
- A 7.5 earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc on Indonesian residents in September, 2018. At least 1,200 people were killed.
- The thin and dry Australian River swelled to 37 miles as a result of flooding. Approximately 500,000 cattle were believed to have died as a result of the February floods.
- Over 6,500 occupants of Northern Syrian refugee camps were affected by floods which took place at the end of March, 2019.
- Rising sea levels and the intrusion of salt water are poisoning the farms in North Carolina.
- Due to global warming, glaciers are melting at an alarming rate. This has a ripple effect on ecosystems. Millions rely on them for drinking water.
- Increasing storms also alter the variety of sea life in our waterways.
Other water-related incidents
- There have been problems with some cruise ships in the last few months. In October, 2018, the Carnival cruise ship Sunshine tilted due to a technical problem. In February, 2019, the Norewigan Epic cruise ship had engine problems and crashed into a dock in Puerto Rico. Last month, passengers on a cruise ship in Norway were stranded for 20 hours and had to be rescued by helicopter. The ship had tilted and was flooding.
- To compound matters, the current political administration will not set a limit for two toxic chemicals poisoning our drinking water. This will have major ramifications in the long run.
- The current administration is reinterpreting the Waters of the US rule. It is attempting to “erase federal protections from streams that flow only following rainfall, as well as wetlands not physically connected to larger waterways.”
Vedic astrology or Jyotish is a complex topic which has multiple layers. When looking at natural disasters, there are a number of factors which show the correlation between astrology and water related problems.
Rahu in Cancer
The North node Rahu was in the sign of Cancer in Vedic astrology for the past 1.5 years. Cancer is classified as a water sign. Rahu is connoted with things which happen suddenly, are unexpected, and jarring. The North node also correlates with poisons. Rahu’s placement in Cancer created a greater propensity for water related problems. This is one of the correlations between astrology and water related problems.
Rahu left Cancer in mid-March of 2019. When the nodes move, they create more instability as they are on the cusp of two signs. They want to leave their mark on their previous home, so they create events which leave an indelible mark.
January, 2019 lunar eclipse
The most significant eclipse of the year happened in January. It was a lunar eclipse, so it fell on a powerful full Moon. The Moon rules the tides. This eclipse happened in Cancer. In Vedic astrology, each sign has a rulership. The sign of Cancer is ruled by the Moon.
Rahu and the Moon were together during the eclipse. Eclipses are considered inauspicious in Vedic astrology, as they set the stage for more problematic events to come.
Jupiter in Scorpio
Massive Jupiter has been occupying Scorpio since October, 2018. Scorpio is another water sign. Jupiter is 11 times wider than the earth. Thus, we feel the heavy impact of whatever it does. On the other hand, Scorpio is an intense sign and signifies transformation through crises.
On March 29, 2019 Jupiter made a temporary foray into Sagittarius. When a planet occupies the end of a water sign (Scorpio) through the beginning of a fire sign (Sagittarius), this is known as gandanta. It is a very unstable time and can create calamities.
Jupiter moves back into Scorpio on April 22, 2019 and remains there through the end of October. We can expect to witness more issues with flooding, tsunamis, water contamination, hurricanes, etc. during this time.
Saturn in Purva Ashadha
Even though Saturn is currently inhabiting Sagittarius in Vedic astrology, we can get a better understanding of astrology and water related issues by examining the constellations or nakshatras which it moves through.
For most of 2018, Saturn was in the constellation of Mula. Mula is associated with events which can cause calamities. It relates to those who have been uprooted and have to replant themselves. This is akin to those who have been displaced by floods, tsunamis or the like.
Saturn will spend the majority of 2019 in the nakshatra of Purva Ashadha. The deity for Purva Ashadha is Apah (or Apas) or water deified as a god. Purva Ashadha symbolizes journeys by rivers and seas and watery diseases.
Apah indicates the transforming nature of this constellation. Rituals in India require heavy use of water. Symbolically, water is utilized to cleanse and rejuvenate the inner soul.
Apah is a fairly obscure water goddess. Because Apah is water, some of the qualities of the nakshatra flow from the meanings of water. There are the notions of invincibility, potent determination, and great patience. Water can continuously work at whatever is placed in its way and eventually wear it down. It is the universal solvent.
More to come with astrology and water related problems
Even though North node Rahu is in air sign Gemini for the next 1.5 years, that doesn’t mean that it can’t contribute to more aqueous problems.
First of all, Rahu generally mimics Saturn in its behavior. So, it will escalate whatever Saturn is doing, but in its own unique way.
On September 11, 2019 Rahu enters Ardra nakshatra. The symbol for Ardra is a teardrop. Thus, it has a strong connection to moisture. The deity for Ardra is Rudra, the god of the storms. This is a very transformative constellation. Rudra is the fierce form of Shiva. He wipes out whatever has outlived its usefulness so that we may start anew. Yet, it can be an arduous process in doing so.
Rahu remains in Ardra until May 20, 2020. We can expect it to contribute to situations such as tainted water, heavy storms, mud slides, and flooding.
Remedies for astrology and water related problems
On a practical level, if you are moving, make sure that you don’t move to a flood prone area. Have proper insurance. Don’t travel to locations which have heavy hurricane seasons. If you’re going to take a cruise, do so in areas which are not prone to extreme weather.
Contact your local and national politicians and express your concerns about clean water, as well as allocating resources to towns and states recovering from devastating crises. Sign petitions to stop the rollback of water safety standards.
You can also chant mantras to bring about a desired outcome.
- Chant a mantra for Purva Ashadha – especially on Saturdays.
- Chant mantras for Jupiter on Thursdays.
- When Rahu enters Ardra, chant mantras for Ardra, especially on Saturdays.
- Chant the Shri Rudram mantra on Saturdays and Mondays. Chant both the Namakam and the Chamakam.
- Worship Varuna – the god of the ocean by chanting a mantra for him. You can also read about him.
- Worship Ganga Mata – the goddess who presides over the River Ganges. You can also put a statue of her on your altar and offer her water daily.
- Give to local and international charities which provide protection for our environment. You can also give aid to those places which have been torn apart by storms and flooding.