Thursday, March 21, 2013

Surya Sankranti and Debilitated Sun in Sun-Saturn conjunction in Libra-Full Moon-Eclipse

When the Sun changes signs in Vedic Astrology, it is termed Saṅkrāṅti/ Sankranti and is an inauspicious and vulnerable time. This occurs on the 17th of October, 2013. The transit Moon also changes Rāśi/ Rashi from Aquarius to Pisces on the 16th of October, 2013 and to add to this we have a lunar eclipse as well happening in the Libra-Aries axis on the 18th of October, 2013.

The Vedic horoscope given above depicts the movement of the transit Moon into Pisces late evening on the 16th of October, 2013. It has been transiting in Aquarius/ Kumbha Rāśi/ Rashi where it has been under the direct influence of Rāhu/ Rahu, the co-lord of Aquarius, Mars and Jupiter. This has been explained in a previous post.

Aquarius and Pisces/ Mīna Rāśi/ Meena Rashi are fundamentally different. Pisces is far more receptive and reflective and is a highly spiritual and contemplative sign. The Moon in this sign indicates a shift to matters of travel, immigration, long distances, spirituality, meditation, a place where one receives deep instruction and such allied matters indicated by the rulership of Gurū/ Guru/ Jupiter.

In Aquarius, despite the Śaśi-Maṅgala/ Shashi-Mangala Yoga it is the weakness of the Sun in the last portion of Virgo/ Kanyā Rāśi/ Kanya Rashi which has caused a great deal of stress, perceived loss of self-respect, pride, resources, status and general inner disquiet. Any planet in the concluding or commencing portions of a Rāśi/ Rashi is in Saṅdhi/ Sandhi/ junctional region and its significations suffer.

Nowhere is this truer than in the case of the Sun, which is a Saṅkraṅti/ Sankranti situation and is considered to be an inauspicious time due to the fact that the very giver of resources, the Sun, is weakened by the uncertainty of its Rāśi/ Rashi position. Thus the perceived lack. The perception has been heightened by the nature of Rāhu/ Rahu and its aspect to the Moon, since the former is opposed to the direction, nature and significations of the luminaries. The Maraṇa Kāraka Sthāna/ Marana Karaka Sthana influence of Mars has not helped in this context and as always the sanity and grace has come from the blessings of Gurū/ Guru especially to those who have earned them.


The other important, even crucial property of the Saṅkraṅti/ Sankranti Sun as it moves to Libra/ Tulā Rāśi/ Tula Rashi is that the great King is debilitated in this sign. We always lament such a placement and not entirely without reason. But then consider this, the Sun blazes hot and rages with power. None can come near Him. He is lordly and distant. Even his wife could not bear the heat of His proximity. Now, he is debilitated and this is also because the participation of Libra is not possible unless the Sun comes down from that impossibly high pedestal. Nothing is worthy of the Sun, he is so exalted and high.

In Libra, not only do our egos and pride and haughty demeanour find other perspectives, but they shall also find the most humble and humiliated parts of our lives and psyche, shown by Śani/ Shani/ Saturn. But then this belittled part of our Karma has been exalted in Libra, very happy to be transacting in the market place, cavorting with the opposite sex and even aided by the unhinged Rāhu/ Rahu in its passionate release after eons of repression, hurt, darkness, defeat and perversion. Our glory shakes hand with this lowest part of our being in the business, trade and passion of Libra. 

The Sun-Saturn conjunction is problematic due to the meeting of such extreme opposites but those who have had to traverse these opposites in life due to such a combination in the natal Vedic horoscope might find this a time when life completely turns around from an assimilation of all pairs of tormenting opposites especially if the natal Karma in the Lagna chart should indicate this.

The transit of the Moon to Pisces affords an opportunity to turn life around on its fulcrum because of the fact that this is the resting place of the all-knowing and ever beneficial Gurū/ Guru. The other aspect of the matter comes from the fact that this is a Pūrṇimā/ Poornima/ full Moon transit where the Moon is full of rays and entirely illuminated as an agent of fructification of Karma. Just as the Sun transits to a new sign, we can also transit to a new phase in life.

The lunar eclipse in Aries clinches this astrological argument since Meṣa/ Mesha/ Aries is a sign of beginning, initiation and commencement ruled by the aggressive  impetuous Mars/ Maṅgala/ Mangala who aspect the Moon with its 8th House aspect of transformation and change and  secrets and the esoteric arts laced with Nyāya/ Nyaya Śastra/ Shastra in the scheme of the Ṣaḍ-Darśana/ Shad-Darshana/ Six-Fold Philosophy of the orthodox Vedic religion. When strands tie in, in such a manner, change can be deep-seated and informed by divinity and knowledge.

Also Cañdra Grahaṇa/ Chandra Grahana/ lunar eclipse is traditionally associated with change and new beginnings in life. 

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