Vedic Astrology for April, 2014

Like spring, April ushers in a breath of fresh air and renewed hope.  Planetary shifts have occurred for the astrological placements in Jyotish or Vedic astrology for April, 2014

As of March 24, Mars has temporarily separated from the turbulent pairing of Saturn and North Node Rahu in Libra. The ancient Jyotish texts declare that when Saturn and Mars are together, there will be war. We’ve had a great deal of political unrest worldwide the past few months.  Saturn and Mars both represent bhumy or earth. Retrogression is a sign of planetary strength in Jyotish. Their strength creates a greater occurrence for natural disasters.  Rahu brings in the unexpected and suddenness of events.

Independent, combative Mars has turned retrograde in Virgo and is now moving at approximately half its normal speed. Saturn is also retrograde and exalted in Libra.  Mars is like a slow burning flame; it takes time to reach its maximum potential but it can be quite explosive once it gets overheated.

Retrogression implies the notion of revisiting and reevaluating previous situations.  It’s retracing your tracks to find your way home. This can be a tedious, laborious process. Mars is more impatient that Saturn. Neither takes well to advice. Mars likes to power through things while Saturn moves slowly and methodically, alone, at its own pace.  Saturn enjoys solitude, discipline, and strategizing. 
Those in a Mars or Saturn dasha or bhukti can utilize this time to reassess their circumstances and solidify their future plans and goals.

Wise and benevolent Jupiter has come out of retrogression in Gemini but remains in the tumultuous nakshatra or star of Ardra. This is a constellation of transformation as all that has outlived its usefulness is wiped away to give us a fresh start.  People in a Jupiter dasha or bhukti may have a few more tears to dry before month end.

The Sun will be exalted in Aries starting mid April for one month.  The Sun is associated with vitality, leadership, governance, and the soul.  This can be a powerful 30 day period for those in a Sun dasha or bhukti.

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April contains the first two eclipses for 2014. There is a total lunar eclipse spanning April 14 – 15 that is visible in Australia, the Pacific, and the Americas.

According to NASA, the entire lunar eclipse is visible from both North and South America. People in the western Pacific  will miss the first half of the eclipse, since it occurs before moonrise. Accordingly, Africa and the majority of Europe experience moonset just as the eclipse commences. No part of the eclipse will be visible from the Middle East, Central Asia, Northern or Eastern Europe, or Eastern Africa.

The eclipse begins at 8:54 PM PST on April 14, 2014 and ends at 2:38 AM on April 15, 2014. Local times are available on the NASA website. The eclipse happens in Libra in the star of Chitra or Spica. Chitra is associated with structure, order, and balance. It is one of the brightest stars in the galaxy. Do your best to maintain order and avoid potentially chaotic situations. The days following this eclipse are not the times to try and dazzle others with your presence or skills.

There is an annular solar eclipse that occurs on April 29, 2014. NASA states that it will be visible in the South Indian Ocean, the Southern edge of Indonesia, Australia, as well as Antarctica. Local times for those impacted may be found on the NASA website.  This eclipse occurs in the nakshatra of Bharani, which is ruled by Lord Yama. Yama is known as Dharmaraj, or the king of dharma (righteous activity).  Bharani is associated with discipline, toil, hard work, and industriousness. There is also the notion of raising oneself up by one’s bootstraps.  At the time of this eclipse, it’s important to follow proper codes of ethical and moral behavior in our undertakings.

Since the eclipses involve the nodes Rahu and Ketu, the chaya grahas or invisible planets, and the Sun and or Moon are occluded from our vision, they are viewed as inauspicious events. Jyotish involves the times of eclipses as ideal for inner reflection, meditation or other spiritual practices. It is never advised to directly gaze at an eclipse.

These are the major planetary placements in Vedic Astrology for April, 2014. If you are running a dasha or bhukti of a planet mentioned above, you will be impacted according to your natal placement and what the planet is activating in your individual chart. No two charts are alike, so an individual reading can provide deeper insight into how these placements will impact you personally and professionally.

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