As my part of my long-term study of planetary transits and their effects on human behavior, every morning I check my astrological calendar to see what planetary aspects are happening. On an average I would say that there are around three planetary aspects—conjunctions, squares, oppositions, trines, etc.—each day. On Wednesday February 25th there are a total of nine such aspects—seven of these are lunar aspects, which are of short duration, and two that are more significant. Mars and Saturn will be in a harmonious trine at 7:09pm PST, and the Sun and Neptune’s annual conjunction will take place at 8:55pm PST. Mars trine Saturn is an excellent transit for doing work that requires persistence and attention to detail, and also a wonderful influence for our sadhana—the high energy of Mars combined with the deliberation and self-discipline of Saturn. The most interesting transit tomorrow is Sun conjunct Neptune at 13 degrees Aquarius, in Shatabhisha (the “Hundred Physicians”) Nakshatra. The residing deity of Shatabhisha is Varuna, the “Lord of the Waters”—similar to the western god, Neptune. Varuna is sometimes depicted as holding a pot of Soma, the nectar of the gods, in one hand, while holding an assortment of medicinal herbs in the other. Shatabhisha embodies the energy known as “Bheshaja Shakti”—the power of healing--and is associated with all kinds of rejuvenation, especially the deep healing of the soul when it unites with the “Ocean of Being.” The symbol for Shatabhisha is a thousand-petalled lotus, representing the Sahasrara Chakra and the highest evolution of human consciousness. Varuna is one of the original vedic gods, vested with unlimited cosmic knowledge. Regarding Varuna, the Vedas say: “He holds together mankind and the earth. He dwells over the world as its sovereign ruler. He is the god to make the golden Sun to shine in heaven. The wind that resounds through the atmosphere is his breath. He witnesses truth and falsehood. He instructs the Rishi Vasishta in mysteries no ordinary man can comprehend.” The Manus, Dakshas, and Valmikis—the original progenitors of the human race—represent a portion of the “Hundred Physicians” of Shatabhisha, enlightened beings who devote themselves to the welfare of creation. The Manus and the Dakshas are concerned with physical growth, social organization and geologic changes. They develop and guide the process of the soul expressing itself through form. The Valmikis impart spiritual knowledge and influence their devotees to purify and simplify their lives. The last of the Valmikis was born into a low caste,with low morals to boot. As a young man he made his living by attacking and robbing travelers, but eventually became a great seer and author of Ramayana. Shatabhisha provides the impulse to awaken our inner potential, so, like Valmiki, we can evolve from a thief to a saint. A window into the infinite will briefly be open tomorrow—I predict that the surf will definitely be up in the “Ocean of Being,” and the “Urge to Merge” will be strong.