Many a stargazer has ventured out to see how brightly Venus and Jupiter are shining in the night sky. This mesmerizing astronomical interplay has significant astrological significations.
The zodiac is comprised of an arc of 360 degrees. In Vedic astrology or Jyotish, we analyze how nine planets occupy this arc. Each planet has its own unique characteristics and enjoys having the room to do so. Venus and Jupiter will be within one degree of each other starting tonight about 6:30 PM PST. This is known as a graha yuddha or a planetary war in Vedic astrology. We have two planets vying for the same space.
Venus is the planet of beauty, love, romance, luxury, passion, and the arts. Jupiter is the planet of wisdom, knowledge, teaching, higher education, discernment and spirituality. Venus and Jupiter are considered the great “natural benefics” in Vedic Astrology, or those planets which usually deliver favorable experiences (all other factors being equal). While a war between two benefics is favorable than one between two malefics, as my Vedic astrology teacher says, “Both parties in a war are bloodied.” In terms of significators of people, Venus represents the spouse or romantic partner and Jupiter is the significator for children.
This battleground takes place in the sign of Aries, which is owned by Mars. Jupiter and Mars are friendly towards each other, while Mars and Venus are not. So, Jupiter is naturally more comfortable in Aries than is Venus. Who “wins” a war is determined by their astronomical magnitude and in this case, Venus “wins” the war.
This war is particularly of significance to those in a Venus or Jupiter planetary cycle. We are born into a planetary cycle based on the position of our Moon and then experience ongoing planetary periods throughout our lives. How this will impact a person individually depends on where Jupiter and Venus are placed in their natal charts as well as what house Aries represents in their charts as well (i.e. first house, fourth house, etc.)
Adding to this dynamic is the fact that Mercury, the planet of communication, has gone into retrogression today, while simultaneously being in its sign of debilitation. People may not be able to understand each other as effectively as they would like during this planetary transit.
A further dynamic is that the Moon, which represents the mind, has gone into debilitation today, and it’s with an exalted North node, Rahu. This hinders an individual’s capacity to think clearly; it’s easy to get caught up in the world of insatiable desires. The Moon comes out of debilitation on Wednesday night.
During this time, it’s best to be very mindful and not make any major agreements which could have a major impact on your life. Think twice before you give into fleeting desires. Do not enter into any major contracts in the next few days. Give yourself time to reflect on any key decisions so that you can make clear choices. The planetary war ends at 3:30 pm PST on Thursday.