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Horoscope Consultations
Celestial Events. March 2019
Upcoming Lectures and Appearances
Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy Sale
International Astrology Day Free Panels
New Classes:Advanced Topics in Jyotisa
March Musings: Mercury Retrograde
For Purchase. 2019 Sensitive Degrees Webinar
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I am available for phone, video chat (skype or google hangouts) or in-person consultations in New York City at the prices below. Please add $25 per extra chart. I record the consultation with a digital recorder, and email you the mp3 file, which you can easily download onto your computer or device and listen to it. You can pay below and I will email you for an appointment. 

  In-Person Initial Consultation in New York City. $275 (up to 90 minutes with opportunity for questions after)       

Phone or Skype Initial Consultation. $250 (up to 90 minutes with opportunity for questions after) 
In-Person Update for the year ahead in NYC . $210 (60 minutes with opportunity for questions after). This reading is for those who have already consulted with me.
  Phone or Skype Update for the year ahead. $185 (60 minutes with opportunity for questions after). This reading is for those who have already consulted with me.

 Additional people you want to look at in the context of your reading. $25 for each additional chart. 

  Compatibility reading for an hour. $200 (60 minutes) This is NOT an individual reading but a look at the relationship and timing for the
relationship. O pportunity for email questions after the reading.
    Choosing an Auspicious Date for an event. $200 for research and consultation. Phone or skype only. 
Astro*Carto*Graphy or locality readings or "Where in the World?"
$200 only phone or skype.  (60 minutes) This is NOT an initial reading but only a look at location and timing for moving. Opportunity for email questions after the reading. You must provide places you are interested in.
Answering one specific question or examining one topic or area. $150 Only phone or skype. (60 minutes)This is NOT a horary chart but examination of only one specific area or  question. Only for people who have had an initial reading.)  

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Celestial Events.  
March  2019 

     Mar 6, 2019 . New Moon. 4:03 pm.  15°Pi 47'. Sidereal. 21°Aq 45'  purvabhadrapada
    Mar 21, 2019. Full Moon. 1:42 am.  00° Li 09. Sidereal.  06° Vi 07

Retrograde and Direct Stations

    Mar 5 2019. Mercury stations retrograde. 6:18 pm. 29° Pi 38'. Sidereal.  05°Pi 37'  uttaraphadrapada        Mar 28 2019.  Mercury stations direct. 1:58 pm. 16° Pi 05'. Sidereal. 22°Aq 04.  purvabhadrapada   
  Tropical Ingresses
     Mar 1 2019.  Venus enters Aquarius. 4:45 pm    
    Mar 6 2019. Uranus enters Taurus. 8:26 am.  
    Mar 20 2019.  Sun enters Aries. 9:58 pm.      
    Mar 26 2019. Venus enters Pisces. 7:43 pm.      
    Mar 31 2019. Mars enters Gemini. 6:12 am       
Sidereal Ingresses  
     March 14 2019. Sun enters Pisces. 9:49 pm.    
    March 15 2019.  Mercury R enters Aquarius. 5:55 am.    
    March 21 2019. Venus enters Aquarius. 8:18 pm. 
   March 22 2019.  Mars enters Taurus. 6:05 am. 
    March 23 2019. North Node enters Gemini. 10:13 pm. 
    March 27 2019. Jupiter enters Sagittarius. 6:13 am. 

  All times are listed according to GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). Krishnamurti ayanamsha is used for sidereal positions.
Upcoming Lectures and Appearances

Friday March 22, 2019. Free online event in honor of International Astrology  Day sponsored by Kepler College. I will be part of the panel on relationships at 4:00 PM. EST. Information and Registration. Kepler College International Astrology Day Celebration
Saturday March 30, 2019. Intermediate-Advanced Jyotisa Workshop. 10-5 pm. Upper West Side location. See right for information or email

Tuesday April 9, 2019. New York City Astrology Meetup. New York Theosophical Society/Quest Bookshop Meeting Rooms, 240 E. 53rd Street, New York City. The Lunar Nodes Explained. For information 

Friday. April 19, 2019. 12:00-4:00 PM. Free Naksatra Summit Webinar with Ronnie Gale Dreyer, Dennis Harness, Sam Geppi, Sunilee Pawar, and Ksanati. Webinar Event Where Vedic Astrologers Join Together on a Panel to Discuss Naksatras. Information and Registration.  Free Naksatra Summit Webinar

Friday April 26-Sunday April 28. Astrovedic Akademie Jyotish Conference. Held simultaneously in Alzey, Germany and online. Speakers: Jaya Sekhar, Nalinikanta Das, and Ronnie Dreyer. My presentation is on Friday April 26 on Twins. English with simultaneous German translations.  2019 Conference

Sunday April 28, 2019. 1:00-5:00 PM. New Jersey NCGR. Lincoln Park, NJ. Workshop: All About the Lunar North and South Node. For information, Email  Joanne Castro

Thursday May 30- Sunday June 9, 2019. Annual conference. Jyotish Kumbh Mela. Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg PA.  For information. Jyotish Kumbh Mela. If not updated please email me for information. 
Thursday June 27-Monday July 1, 2019. Great Lakes Astrology Conference (GLAC), Holiday Inn, Ann Arbor MI. My lectures are Astro*Carto*Graphy Secrets Revealed (Friday 6/28) and The Lunar North and South Node: Forces to be Reckoned With (Sunday 6/30). Conference Information and Registration.  Great Lakes Astrology Conference (GLAC) 

Thursday. September 12, 2019. 7:00 PM. Lecture for the Long Island NCGR Chapter Topic TBA. Information and Registration. Long Island NCGR

Friday October 25-Sunday October 27, 2019. in Dallas TX. Future of Astrology Conference.
 Indian astrology conference with mostly all-women faculty including me, Joni Patry, Carol Allen, Juliana Swanson, Edith Hathaway, Austin Patry and many more. Organized by Joni Patry. 2018 conference recordings available. Information and registration.  Future of Astrology Conference

If registration is not yet available for any of the above venues please email me.
Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy

You can purchase a signed copy of The Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy, by Jim Lewis with Kenneth Irving, which is back in print with a new edition including added notes, revisions, and an extensive afterword about Jim Lewis and his charitable legacy. Book is priced at $24.95 plus postage so we are offering it for $20.95 inclusive media mail postage. The book, which was first released in 1997 was re-released in 2012 with added notes, and revisions and additions, including a new foreword and epilogue and larger print. The book was taken from Jim's notes, and was compiled, edited, and added to by Kenneth Irving after Jim's death in 1995. It is now published by Words and Things, a publishing venture by Kenneth Irving and myself. Allow for 7-10 days for delivery.

Purchase it here   
To get certified in Astro*Carto*Graphy please go to Continuum Website

Welcome to all of you who are already subscribed and those of you who are new subscribers. Firstly prayers go out to the families of all those who were senselessly and brutally murdered in New Zealand. As I wrote in the March News and Views, which I am repeating below for those who missed it, we are heading into such difficult and trying aspects. We all need to gather our most positive, healing energy and keep praying that love will conquer hate.

Scroll down to sign up for my Advanced Topics in Jyotisa series. This is open for those who are part of the ongoing group, or new people who have a basic understanding of Jyotisa. Even if you think you do know everything in these workshops, I guarantee there will be things that are new since each astrologer is unique. 

Finally happy International Astrology Day (IAD), which occurs officially on the Vernal Equinox (this year March 20) but is marked by events throughout March. The precise date and time of the Equinox is March 20, 2019, 9:58 PM. 

For IAD, AFAN (Association for Astrological Networking)  is hosting a day of free panels on Wednesday March 20, for 8 hours beginning at 6 pm GMT so you can hang out any time you like. To participate just sign in to AFAN Event 

On Friday March 22 I will be part of a wonderful 6 hour event sponsored by Kepler College in honor of IAD beginning at 12 PM EDT and there will be six panels, each for an hour, made up of both Western and Vedic astrologers, each discussing a different aspect of forecasting. I will be on a panel with Michael Bartlett and Adam Ellenbaas at 4 PM EDT about relationships. Sign on for the free event and if you cannot make it you will receive the recording. Go to  Kepler Event  

Scroll down to register for a new series--  Advanced Topics in Jyotisa-- that begin Saturday March 30,  which also include material you can use for the ACVA certification. Be sure to ask me about individual tutoring, especially towards ACVA certification. New beginners classes will start in the fall. 

Scroll down for information about Mercury Retrograde.This is from the March News and Views and talks about Mercury stationing retrograde and direct totally within March so scroll down below for information about that as well as mention of Uranus moving into tropical Aries and the Nodes moving into Sidereal Gemini-Sagittarius. 

Scroll down to purchase the recordings (both mp4 audio-visual and mp3 audio) and 50-plus handouts for my almost 4-hour 2019 Sensitive Degrees Webinar.  You will get the link within 48 hours of purchase. Remember that there are still 10 months in the year plus a bit about the 2020 aspects to come so it is still relevant. Scroll down to get the recordings. 

Scroll further down for my upcoming appearances, which include several New York and New Jersey appearances. Any lecture on the Nodes will include tropical and Indian interpretations. As each event approaches I will send out a separate email. But please do not subscribe if you do not want to attend or purchase recordings. You can simply delete the email until the next planetary weather newsletter. 

March is always an important month for many reasons. The Vernal Equinox takes place this year at March 20th, 9:58 PM GMT. For tropicalists, this indicates the start of Aries, but for the siderealists it is just an astronomical phenomenon, which once indicated the start of Aries in the days when the zodiacs coincided before precession of the equinoxes presented the problem of the sidereal and tropical zodiacs separating. So there are still festivals in India which acknowledge the equinoxes and solstices that have nothing to do with astrology, but more to do with astronomy. 

Rather than doing a chart for the equinox, Indians celebrate the new year with the Chaitra Shukla Pratipad Chart, which is drawn for the New Moon in sidereal Pisces or literally the New Moon in the month of Chaitra. While this is the chart Indians use to begin the year, you can use that chart for any country capital to look at that particular country, since the aspects will be in check for the entire year. This year that New Moon occurs on April 5th at 8:50 AM GMT. We will be speaking about that in the April newsletter. 
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Advanced Topics in Jyotisa
Three Saturdays 10-5 pm. 
March 30, May 18, and June 15. 

As usual you can take these workshops in person in New York City, as a webinar, or you can get the recordings and handouts after the event. 

Saturday. March 30. 10:00-5:00 PM. Muhurta (Electional Astrology) in the morning. Chart interpretation in the afternoon. In this workshop we will review the panchang (almanac) and look at the classical ways to choose the most auspicious dates and times to begin events. We will go over planetary hours, as well as the Panchang elements: day of the week, Nakshatra, Tithi, Yoga, and Karana. R ules for specific topics such as marriage, surgery, moving house, travel etc. We will go over setting up an electional chart from start to finish. We will use my marriage date and time as one example of how to set up an chart from start to finish, as well as other charts for medical procedures, and starting an enterprise. Even if you think you know this material, there is always more that you may not know.

Saturday May 18. 10:00-5:00 PM.  Advanced Methods of Prediction. Adding to the repertoire of Vimshottari Dasha and transits, we will look at Varshaphal (solar returns), which is part of Tajika, or Persian, astrology that entered the Indian system around the end of the first millennium. Sudarshana Chakra, which is a proven predictive method; Yogini Dasha and then we will blend them all to find the key to forecasting. Case studies  will illustrate.

Saturday June 15. 10:00-5:00 PM. Introduction to Jaimini Techniques. Karaka system; Rashi aspects, Arudha Lagna, Chara Dasha, etc. Case studies. This will be taken, as much as possible, from the Upadesa Sutras, the classic text on Jaimini astrology, which is the basis for many (though not all) teachers' approach to this system.   

For all three. $230.

Between March 16-March 28 for Saturday March 30 workshop. $85.

March 29-30. for Saturday March 30 workshop. $90

Individual registration for 2nd and 3rd workshops will be available after March 30.

Anyone who signs up will receive a video prior to the first class reviewing the interpretive and predictive techniques that I have laid out in the beginning and intermediate classes. 
Each workshop will include a short break in the morning and afternoon and a lunch break. It will begin with planetary weather, continuing with specialized topics, and then have case studies. As much as possible we will look to the classical texts and teachings. These workshops are meant as a series and are geared towards those who have taken previous classes with me. But they can also be taken as standalones (it is cheaper to sign up for all three) and you just need to have basic knowledge. If there is something you do not know I will get you up-to-date. If you are unsure if you are at the right level please contact me. Even if you have had some of this material with other teachers, every teacher will present material from his or her own perspective and experience. now your target audience. Feel free to email me. These three workshops are equivalent to an 8 weeks of two hour classes. 
March 2019 Musings
Mercury stations retrograde and direct totally within March. 

Mercury stations retrograde on March 5, 2019 at 6:18 PM GMT at tropical 29° Pisces 38'/sidereal (Indian) 5° Pisces 37' in uttaraphadrapada nakshatra (ruled by Saturn. Mercury stations direct on March 28, 2019 at 1:58 PM GMT at tropical 16° Pisces 05'/sidereal (Indian) 22° Aquarius 04 in purvabhadrapada (ruled by Jupiter) nakshatra. The inferior conjunction, which occurs midway through that cycle when Mercury is closest to earth occurs on March 15, 2019 at 
Tropical. 24°Pi 11' and 
Sidereal 00°Pi 09' in purvabhadrapada (ruled by Jupiter) nakshatra.

In general Mercury retrograde will always slow up communications, since retrogrades are slow and close to the earth, while Mercury rules business, communication, travelling, and in general doing many different things at once. Because you are doing so many different things at once, it is very easy to misplace and lose things so just take note of that. Try to move slowly and methodically, and do not take on more than you can chew. You may have to surrender to getting less sleep and feeling more hyper. I advise everyone if possible to refrain from completing an agreement, signing a contract, lease, sale, etc. during the time that Mercury is retrograde. However, if you must go ahead though, then just do it and try to find a good day and hour, and just do some positive affirmations. If you must, then you must, you cannot always control when things happen, however, I have to confess that I have signed great contracts and gone to great conferences, etc. under Mercury retrograde. 

While this applies to everyone it especially applies to you if you have any planets or points or angles between tropical 16° Pisces 05' and 29° Pisces 38' or sidereal (Indian) 22° Aquarius 04 and sidereal (Indian) 5° Pisces 37' they you will especially feel the slowness of Mercury, ruling communicating, affecting them. Even if you do not however, look for the house that encompasses those degrees since that is the area of life affected (House meanings below). Also remember that if you have anything in between those degrees Mercury will hit those degrees three times (when it is direct, retrograde, and then direct)  and that is the period that is known as the retrograde arc or shadow of Mercury, which begins when Mercury is at the same degree of the direct station and ends at the degree of the retrograde station. So for those of you that do have planets, points, or angles in between those degrees the length of the time you will feel it is between February 19 when Mercury was at tropical 16° Pisces 05'/sidereal (Indian) 22° Aquarius 04 and April 16 when Mercury will be at 29° Pisces 38'/sidereal (Indian) 5° Pisces 37'.  

If you have a planet, point, or angle that is one or two degrees away from those stationary degrees then you will be hit only twice but you will feel the strength of the station. If it is conjunct the retrograde station, it may delay things you are working on but if conjunct the direct station it could bring a good professional contact or business opportunity. Pay attention to March 14-March 16 in the world due to the Sun-Mercury conjunction, which also means that Mercury, the planet of communication, business, short trips, relatives, will be combust. If you do have a planet, angle or point around that degree Tropical. 24°Pi 11' /Sidereal 00°Pi 09'  work harder to complete something you might have slowed up with, strengthen your communication, mend fences so arguments do not escalate, and be careful with equipment and machinery since they could break down. This goes for the entire period of Mercury retrograde but especially is important if the degrees of stations and conjunction hit something in your chart. and of course look at the houses they pass through. 

Other notable occurrences in March are Uranus makes definitive entrance into tropical Taurus on March 6, 2019 after the last year and a half of moving in and out. Regardless of whether you do tropical or sidereal, if you have a planet, angle, or point between tropical 28 Aries-1 Taurus/sidereal 4-7 Aries, you will complete something by April 2019 that may have started around July 2017. That does not mean your life was up and down since then consistently, but there probably was a shift or change in what was represented by that planet, point, or angle. 

Nodes move into sidereal Gemini (Rahu-North Node) and sidereal Sagittarius (Ketu-South Node) on March 23. This where Saturn and Pluto are currently placed and where the upcoming eclipses will take place so this year is a definite emphasis on whichever houses contain those signs. This is the beginning of an 18 month cycle for the Nodes. Kiss the Cancer and Capricorn houses goodbye. This will be tough for the Gemini and Sagittarius houses but will send a message to hunker down and pay attention to those areas of life. If you have a planet there, think about what that planet means, and what house that planet rules. For instance, Donald Trump with Leo rising has already been dealing with Saturn and Pluto in sidereal Sagittarius, which is his fifth house, but now Ketu's movement there followed by eclipses this summer, might add more pressure to his fifth house especially. That is the oldest child so there could be more attention on his son. Jupiter is presently in sidereal Scorpio. It moves into sidereal Sagittarius on March 23 and retrogrades back into sidereal Scorpio on April 25, and moves definitively into Sagittarius on November 4. There might be a reprieve but after April 30 especially Don Jr. might finally reveal all he is embroiled in. But it also means general areas of life regarding children, grandchildren (maybe another one in the next 18 months), expenses, speculation etc. Fifth house is a good house, but all the malefics there mean you cannot always trust your luck. That is just one example but can apply to each house. Below are definitions and of course the entire chart has to be examined before anything is decided.

Vedic Bhavas (Houses): 1. appearance, destiny, temperament, personality, constitution; 2. Money, family life, food, speech, early childhood; 3.  Siblings, Fine arts, courage, desires; 4. Mother, happiness, real estate, vehicles; 5. Children, romance, investments, speculation; 6. Open enemies, work, competition, obstacles, illness; 7. Marriage, partners, contracts, passion; 8. Life and death cycle, research, accidents, other's money, inheritance; 9. Father, teacher (guru), religion, higher learning, opportunity; 10. Career, status, public recognition, reputation; 11. Profits, rewards, gains from work, awards, older siblings; 12. spiritual practice, secret enemies, foreign travel, debt, confinement. 

Tropical Houses: 1. personality, body, appearance; 2. finances, possessions, values; 3.  communication, siblings, short journeys, learning;  4. Family, Mother, Home; 5.  children, recreation, entertainment; 6. Health, service, pets; 7. marriage, contracts, partnership; 8. business transactions, sexuality, life and death matters; 9. Higher education, travel abroad, publishing, law; 10. profession, status, father; 11. gains, friendships, hopes, dreams; 12. compassion, spirituality, limitations, solitude

Purchase 2019 Sensitive Degrees Workshop: 
Stations, Eclipses, Ingresses, Aspects
Took place January 5, 2019. 

Four hour workshop. Within 48 hours of ordering, you will get a link for 
complete handouts with 2019 charts and tables, showing degrees and dates to watch in the upcoming year along with audio mp3, and audio-visual mp4. As usual, these are from the point of view of both tropical and Indian (sidereal) astrology.
Some (but not all) planetary signatures covered as follows:
  • Lunations (New and Full Moons)
  • Eclipses.  January 5 (6), January 21, July 2, July 16, December 26 (and the one on January 10, 2020). All the eclipses are part of the 18 year Saros cycle, and, except for the one on January 5 (6), part of the 19 year Metonic cycle. (If you heard my NCGR Eclipse webinar or attended my Philadelphia talk, some of the information will be repeated but only on eclipses.)
  • Planetary Stations.  Annual retrograde cycles of Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. (Stations of Saturn and Pluto especially important because they are close to eclipses) 
  • Aspects. Some of the more important aspects for 2019 are as follows.
  • Jupiter square Neptune on January 13, June 16, and September 21.
  • Saturn and Pluto will not be conjunct until January 12, 2020, but they will be moving close to each other, and will be joined by Jupiter in 2020, so their positions will be looked at. 
  • Saturn-Ketu (South Node) conjunction occurs three times because Saturn is retrograde: April 30, July 4, September 28. Since in Indian astrology Ketu, or South Node, takes on the qualities of Mars, so it is like having a Saturn-Mars conjunction.  
  • Pluto-Ketu (South Node) April 4. Like having a Pluto-Mars conjunction.  and more.
  • Tropical Ingresses. This year Uranus makes definitive entrance into Taurus on March 6, 2019. Jupiter will be in Sagittarius all year until December 2 when it moves into Capricorn.   
  • Sidereal Ingresses. The Nodes move into Gemini (Rahu-North Node) and Sagittarius (Ketu-South Node) on March 23. Jupiter is presently in Scorpio. It moves into Sagittarius on March 23 and retrogrades back into Scorpio on April 25, and moves definitively into Sagittarius on November 4. 
  • And so much more.  
Webinar. $50
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