Venus Enters Libra September 6th
After a month of difficult debilitation in the sign of Virgo, Venus enters its own sign of Libra and relationships now take a turn for the better. Art, beauty, harmony, diplomacy, and peace become a bigger part of our lives for the rest of this month.
When Venus is in Libra, we become more partnership oriented. We can now call upon our sensitivity and refinement to bring balance to our most significant relationships. This is also a great month to practice music, take-up a paintbrush, enjoy dance, and shop for beautiful clothes and gemstones.
Be careful you do not over compromise yourself in relationships to the point of resentment. Living harmoniously doesn’t mean you have to give up but you must sometimes simply give in, and enjoy the flow.
Saturn Meets Rahu September 25th – World Comes To An End!
Not actually, but I have been amused by some Eastern astrologers on various websites offering people their “Super Rahu-Saturn package to ward off evil, death and family tragedy” for a bargain end of the world price.
What’s all the fuss about? Well, it seems that on September 25th we will experience the exact conjunction of the heavy-duty planet Saturn with the explosive planet Rahu in the Vedic sign of Libra. These two “potent planets for evil” will join forces to no doubt disrupt our lives…. or will they?
There’s no doubt that these two powerful planets can bring significant changes, but you’ve probably already been experiencing that energy since January of this year when both occupied the sign of Libra, and will continue to do so until June of next year.
Most of us have felt this as an increasing intensity in various areas of our lives, particularly relationships, and a seemingly inexhaustible amount of hard work and occasionally hard times.
The theory is that when these planets finally get exactly together on the 25th that something big will happen, and maybe something not so good.
Yet I think this will be an excellent opportunity to focus our energies, double down on our discipline, and give us a reality check on where we are going. One of the attributes of this conjunction of these two planets in the air sign of Libra is to give us a highly philosophical and detached attitude toward the major issues of in our lives.
The conjunction also gives us a deep interest in foreign philosophies and spiritual practices (like yoga!), and also both the purpose and ambition to take our sadhana (daily spiritual practice) to the next level.
This will be an excellent day to do an extended meditation: 11 minutes, 31 minutes, 62 minutes, or even 2 ½ hours. You can do any meditation, but a suggested meditation for this day is given below.
And just in case you are still worried about impending doom and disaster, remember that this same conjunction has already occurred several times in your life already, about once every 11 ½ years (May 2002, January 1991, July 1979, April 1968, October 1956, etc.) so you will probably have a good chance to be around for the next one in April 2025!
Don’t hesitate – meditate!
Meditation for Saturn and Rahu
This meditation engages the Saturn energy by holding the breath out (suspension or kumbhaka) to awaken intuition through self-blessing. For beginners, 11 minutes will be plenty but advanced students can work up to 31 minutes.
Posture: Sit in an Easy Pose with the eyes 1/10th open.
1) Extend the arms up in a circular arc so the palms and fingers of each hand face down about 6 to 8 inches over the crown of the head. The hands are separated about 12 inches with the thumbs separate from the fingers and hanging loosely.
2) Breathe in a three-part pattern: Inhale in 8 equal strokes or segments. Exhale completely in 8 equal strokes or segments. Suspend (hold) the breath out for 16 beats in the same rhythm.
3) Mentally repeat the four sounds: SAA-TAA-NAA-MAA, one sound per stroke of breath, for the eight strokes of breath for a total of two times as you inhale.
3) Immediately exhale with eight strokes of breath and mentally repeat the four sounds: SAA-TAA-NAA-MAA, one sound per stroke of breath, for the eight strokes of breath for a total of two times.
4) Now hold the breath out – suspend – and mentally repeat the four sounds: SAA-TAA-NAA-MAA four times, or 16 sounds.
5) Continue the breath pattern. Inhale 8 parts, exhale 8 parts, hold out 16 parts. Continue in this pattern for 11 minutes.
6) To end, inhale deeply, and raise the arms high up over the head. Stretch the arms backwards and upwards. Drop the head back and look up. Stretch and extend the lower back and the neck. Now exhale and let the arms down. Repeat 2 more times and relax.