Lessons From the Nine Planets

Hi Everyone,

I’ve been reflecting on the symbology of the Nine Planets in Vedic Astrology, and the lessons they can teach us. Here is a short video on the topic.

Please feel free to let me know if there are other topics about Vedic Astrology which you would like to learn more about! I’d be happy to make more short videos or blog posts to share.

Saturn Soon to Enter Capricorn

On January 23rd, Saturn will move into Sidereal Capricorn. This is quite significant because Saturn remains in any particular constellation for about 2.5 years. So it is a good time for an astrology update. It can help one to understand and align with what the new transit may bring forward.

For this reason, in January and February 2020 I’ve decided to offer mini-readings on a donation basis. The readings will focus specifically on this transit. They will be 20 minutes or so, suggested donation is $20 or $25.

Or – if you have a different Vedic Astrologer you already consult with, now’s a good time to ‘check in’. 


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Jyotisha I Course Announcement

Greetings everyone. I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving and are staying warm and cozy as the winter approaches!

I am looking forward to offering another Vedic Astrology Beginners Course online in the New Year. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who you think may be interested.

Try the first class for free! Course limited to 7 participants.

(Suggested days/times are subject to change according to what will work best for the group. The details should be finalized by 12/31.)

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Rising from the Ashes

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As I was reflecting on the nature of the recent “astrological weather” this summer, I was reminded of the legend of the Phoenix – who must burn to a pile of ashes in order that she may be reborn anew.

For those who follow the movements of the planets through the zodiac, chances are you know what I’m referring to. However, lets paint the picture for the “rest of us” to have the benefit of a little piece of astrological awareness. It all started around April 25th of this year (2019). Saturn met up with Ketu, the South Node of the Moon in the later degrees of Sidereal Sagittarius.

This can be considered a notable event in the sense that Saturn and Ketu move slowly and therefor had not crossed paths in the same constellation since around October of 2007. So this is, in other words, about a once in every 12 years occurrence.

However, what was far more rare and unusual about their rendezvous this time is that Saturn just happened to begin his retrograde cycle on April 29th. The timing was such that these two malefic “partners in crime” began to journey together within a tight conjunction of one degree until October 1st! All made possible by virtue of the fact that Ketu’s ‘modus operandi’ is to move backwards slowly through the zodiac at about the same pace as Saturn’s average retrograde speed. Which for all of us down here on earth seemed to be a kind of omen for five months of relative uneasiness.

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Let us understand something about Saturn and Ketu, and what they have in common. Saturn, being the furthest away of all the visible planets, can represent separation or loss. Ketu signifies spirituality and liberation, the dissolution of the separate ego in order that the underlying unity of existence may be experienced. Saturn is also represented by the Air Element, while Ketu is of the Fire Element.

As these two journeyed so closely together for all these months, it seemed to evoke an intense Kālī type of energy – fiercely burning away or even destroying things of the past which may have no longer been useful. Depending on how this transit aligned with ones’ individual horoscope, this will have been experienced in a particular way – generally depending on which house corresponds to the constellation of Sagittarius.

So, the good news is that loss and destruction are absolutely necessary in order for new growth to occur. I have a fond memory of one teacher, Swami Satyadharma, once telling me “Don’t worry. Whenever you lose something, it means that something new is coming!” And this could not be more clear at present, with Jupiter getting ready to move into none other than Sagittarius November 5th.

Jupiter is the greatest benefic, the planet of growth, expansion and optimism. He is very strong in Sagittarius, as he is right at home in his own constellation. Therefor, though we are now in the wake of Saturn and Ketu’s intense and arduous demolition, Jupiter is about to arrive on the scene to put all the pieces back together in a fresh, new way.

Thus, I cannot think of a better analogy for this “cosmic unfoldment” than the Phoenix who has burnt into a pile of ashes, in order to make way for rebirth and renewal. And how fitting that all of this is happening in fiery Sagittarius!

Jupiter in Scorpio

Jupiter moved into sidereal Scorpio this morning. This is significant because Jupiter takes about a year to transit each constellation of the Zodiac.

So, along with slow-moving Saturn and the Lunar Nodes (referred to as Rahu and Ketu in Vedic Astrology), Jupiter’s transit is important. The reason for this is that these “long-term” transits correlate to more “long-term” trends and themes unfolding in our lives.

How this new transit of Jupiter may unfold in any individuals life over approximately the next year depends on how this transit fits into the bigger picture of ones’ overall horoscope. Since each birth-chart is unique, any general statements that could be made are inevitably limited!

But what I can say is… “Now, for something a little different!” : D

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Akshaya Tritiya: Wednesday, April 18th (2018)

Greetings everyone, and wishing you a lovely Spring season… (here in Ohio, we are still waiting for the Spring weather to arrive!).

I’ve decided to repost this short article from last year, in light of the very special day called Akshaya Tritiya gracing us tomorrow~



According to Vedic tradition, there are certain special days of the year which can provide a sort of “wind behind the sails” for those who seek growth and upliftment. The basis for these auspicious occasions is a five-limbed calendrical system called the “Pañchāṅga” (in Sanskrit, pañcha means ‘five’ and aṅga means ‘limb’).

The Pañchāṅga is based solely on astrological considerations, and more specifically one can say it is based on the cosmic dance between the Earth, Sun, Moon and Stars. Its purpose is to help us understand a way in which we can align the microcosm of our lives with the greater macrocosmic whole.

One of the most important limbs of the Pañchāṅga is the Lunar Phase, or Tithi. Simply put, each Lunar month from New Moon to New Moon is divided into 30 parts – 15 tithis of the bright (waxing) fortnight, and 15 of the dark (waning) fortnight. Each Tithi has a name, and each can generally be considered favorable or unfavorable for various activities.

The third Tithi is called “Tṛtīyā” (the prefix “tri-“ in Sanskrit means the same as it does in English.) It just so happens that once every year around April or May, during the bright Lunar fortnight, Tritiya coincides with something very special: the Exaltation of both the Sun and the Moon.* This means that both of these luminaries become very powerful in terms of their ‘dignity’ or planetary strength.

The Sun lights up our day, and the Moon our night. Therefor they both represent light, luminosity and what we call Sattva in Sanskrit. They are the King and Queen of our ‘cosmic real estate’. The ancients understood the significance of both of the luminaries being in their exaltation on this special day each year, and bestowed upon this day the name “Akshaya Tritiya”, “Akshaya” meaning indestructible, undying or eternal.

So how to catch the “wind behind our sails” on this special day? Connect to the Divine in whatever way, shape or form is meaningful to you. This may include prayer, meditation, and/or yoga practice. On this day, it is auspicious to donate what you can to a worthy cause – be it your time or a monetary contribution. Help out where you can, and let the light of this day lift you up and propel you forward on this wondrous journey through Life.



*A planet becomes exalted when it is passing through its exaltation constellation. For the Sun this is Aries, while for the Moon it is Taurus. Note this is according to the Sidereal Zodiac (which is used for most purposes in Vedic Astrology) rather than the Tropical Zodiac.

As always, I am available for readings, workshops and/or tutoring in Jyotisha (Vedic Astrology). Feel free to contact me if I can be of some usefulness.

Best Wishes,

Greg