This morning at 8:21am PST the Sun at 27 degrees Sagittarius squared Uranus, currently positioned at 27 degrees Pisces. Regarding this transit, astrologer Robert Hand writes, “Let the restless spirit within you express itself. You need new air! You may very well discover a valuable aspect of yourself that you never knew existed, because you were afraid to let it come out.” This is a rather unsettling planetary transit that encourages us to break free to some extent from our daily routine, which suddenly seems boring and restricting. We feel a strong desire for change but need to channel this energy wisely so we don’t make rash decisions that we later regret or act impulsively in ways that make us accident-prone. Ego conflicts are common during this transit as deeply buried frustrations tend to bubble up toward the surface. The Sun/Uranus square is a good planetary aspect for the New Year because it really rattles our cage and forces us to see our selves and our situations in a new light that could provide incentive for some much needed changes.
Later on this week we have some more pleasant planetary activity to look forward to. The full moon on Thursday at 3:34am PST will be stationed at 29 degrees Gemini in Punarvasu nakshatra. Punah means again, and vasu indicates a ray of light or a jewel. Punarvasu denotes a return to the light or a restoration of a jewel-like state. The Vasus are eight Vedic deities who personify positive and important universal qualities—Apa (water), Dhruva (cohesion), Dhara (support), Bhava (perseverance), Anila (wind), anala (fire), Soma (sap), Pratyusha (light), and Prabhasa (beauty). The Vasus are considered to be Divine agents who are entrusted with nourishing and evolving the Divine plan. The energetic quality associated with Punarvasu is called “Vastuva Prapana Shakti”—the power to gain or retrieve objectives. The two main stars of Punarvasu are Castor and Pollox who are regarded as twin brothers with opposite qualities. Castor is considered cruel and associated with loss, while Pollox is generous and wise and restores what is lost. Rama, the great hero of “Ramayana”, was born with Punarvasu rising and his life symbolizes its dual nature. Through the cruelty of fate Rama loses first his kingdom and then his wife, and then through his unwavering adherence to Dharma he gains them back again.
Another interesting planetary aspect on Thursday is a Venus/Neptune conjunction at 1:54pm PST at 16 degrees Aquarius in Shatabhisha nakshatra. Shatabhisha means “a hundred physicians” and is associated with “Bheshaja Shakti”—the power of healing. The presiding deity of Shatabhisha is Varuna, lord of the oceans—the Vedic equivalent of Neptune. In one hand Varuna holds a pot full of Soma, the rejuvenating and intoxicating nectar that is the preferred drink of the gods, and in the other hand he holds a bundle of healing herbs. Venus is related to our desire to have fulfilling personal relationships and Neptune with our longing to connect with the Universal Spirit. Having these two planets together in the auspicious sign of Shatabhisha could bring us some much needed healing on both of these levels.