As an overview, it may be stated at the outset that the times have been somewhat stressed in the recent past due to the debilitation of the Sun/ Surya, who is the Karaka/ Significator of resources, health, vitality and all that is glorious in life. With the King of the zodiac at His lowest powers, the quality of well-being and radiance has been lost to us. We have sought recourse in luxury and comfort, the realms of Venus/ Shukra, as this Graha/ planet is the lord of the sign where the Sun is debilitated, Libra/ Tula Rashi.
This need to justify the lack of power and self-respect and attainment in the brief period where the Sun has been debilitated, with the indulgence in the pleasures of the market, shopping and buying, has been highlighted because Venus is joined the Sun and gives the Neecha Graha its Neechabhanga, cancellation of debility.
Venus is also retrograde in Libra, indicating that for those who are tuned more deeply into the internal significations of the planet as it were, are finding it more worthwhile to ponder the theme that love and the spouse, or sharing does indeed have its place in life, rather than simply going it alone, which is the way of the solitary Sun, too hot, and too royal to care much for company and intimacy as an essential attribute. For nativities dominated by a strong Sun, there may be an element of wistfulness at these thoughts if love has not been particularly forthcoming in life. The experiences in the love-life and its highs and lows may also occupy the mind during this transit.
On Deepawali/ Diwali, the Amavasya Tithi has also added to the scenario with the gentle, vulnerable Moon being completely dark and soaking in these emotional experiences, looking at new beginnings with the new phase of the Moon. With Venus being very strong in Libra, there may be thoughts to indulge somewhat more, and to be more of a part of the world of Maya, indicated by Venus. The exact ramifications of the transits will of course vary with the different Lagnas/ Ascendants, the Arudha Lagna/ AL and the Chandra Lagna/ Moon Sign.
Jupiter is also retrograde in Kumbha/ Aquarius, having moved back from the priestly Pisces/ Meena and thoughts of freedom and interpreting spiritual truths liberally and to one’s liking may make an appearance rather than adhering strongly to the written words of the distant past. Jupiter, also being Vakra/ retrograde also makes for genuine efforts at deep thought and personal research rather than offhand conclusions about these matters.
Mercury/ Budh has moved to Vrishchik Rashi/ Scorpio to join Mars/ Mangal, the two Grahas being quite inimical to each other. The planet of rationality in the 8th House of the natural zodiac also points to research and some neat logic in thought and communications.
Some of the pressures brought about by the debility of the Sun have been exacerbated by the Graha Drishti of Saturn/ Shani to Mars. A quality of temperance and a slowing down of the aggressive pace of Mars have made their way into our lives. There has been an element of control and structuring that has become conspicuous just recently. Such phases might continue till the Moon exits the populated Scorpio because this is the sign of the debility of the Moon.
Much will depend on the specifics of each horoscope and the operating Dasha sequences for precise evaluation of the transits but this is the general picture which is only made richer by the debilitated Nodes.