August 2019 News & Views; Mercury/Jupiter Direct, Sarvatobhadra Chakra Webinar
In This Issue
Horoscope Consultations
August 2019 Celestial Events
Quick Links
Upcoming Appearances
Eclipse Webinar recordings
Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy and Vedic Astrology
Welcome to all/Sarvatobhadra Chakra Workshop
Mercury and Jupiter go direct
Jyotisa Workshop Recordingsin Jyotisa
Horoscope Consultations

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  Compatibility reading for an hour. $200 (60 minutes) This is NOT an individual reading but a look at the relationship and timing for the
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Celestial Events
August 2019 

     Aug 1, 2019.   New Moon.  3:11 am.  8 Leo 36. Sidereal. 14 Cn 35. Pushya. 
     Aug 15 2019. Full Moon. 12:29 pm. 22 Aq 24. Sidereal.  28 Cp 22'. Dhanistha.
    Aug. 30, 2019. New Moon.  10:37 am. 6 Virgo 46. Sidereal.  12 Leo 45'. Magha. 
Planetary Stations

       Aug 1 2019. Mercury stations direct. 3:57 am. 23 Cn 56. Sidereal. 29°Ge 55. Punarvasu.  
    Aug 11 2019. Jupiter stations direct. 1:37 pm. 14 Sg 30. Sidereal.  20 Sc 28. Jyestha. 
    Aug 12 2019. Uranus stations retrograde. 2:26 am. 06 Ta 36. Sidereal. 12 Ar 35. Asvini.                        
Tropical Ingresses

     Aug 11 2019.  Mercury enters Leo.    7:45 pm.
   Aug 18 2019. Mars enters Virgo.  5:18 am
   Aug 21 2019. Venus enters Virgo.    9:06 am.       
   Aug 23 2019. Sun enters Virgo.        10:01 am.
   Aug 29 2019. Mercury enters Virgo.  7:47 am       

Sidereal Ingresses  
    Aug 2 2019.  Mercury enters Cancer. 10:10 am. 
  Aug 8 2019. Mars enters Leo.      7:37 pm.
  Aug 16 2019. Venus enters Leo.        1:16 pm.
  Aug 17 2019. Sun enters Leo.      5:06 am.
  Aug 26 2019. Mercury enters Leo.      7:26 am.
Quick Links

Upcoming Appearances 

Please take note of the following appearances that I will be making at various workshops and conferences in the coming months, some of which you can apply at early bird rates as mentioned below. I hope to see you at some of these. I will be available for readings at each of these and recordings of many of these will be available. 

Thursday. September 12, 2019. 7:00 PM. Lecture for the Long Island NCGR Chapter.  All About Those Magnificent Fixed Stars. 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. My talk on Sunday October 27 is about eclipsesFuture of Astrology conference (At the conference you can  (If you would like a reading at the conference it will be $150 for one hour.)

Thursday November 21-Monday November 25, 2019. in Sedona AZ. Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference. I am happy to be doing a pre-conference workshop on Thursday on Sanskrit for Astrologers, and a Saturday lecture on Eclipses.  Sedona Vedic Astrology  (If you would like a reading at the conference it will be $150 for one hour.)
Eclipse Webinar Recordings

Eclipse Season Webinar took place on Saturday July 6, 2019.  10-11:30 am EDT.  A talk on the July 2 solar eclipse and the July 16 lunar eclipse and their effects even after the eclipses occur

Topics covered

July 2 Solar and July 16 Lunar Eclipses 

When they were and will be activated. As you know eclipses are not one off events. They reverberate and activate degrees that then get reactivated when planets aspect them. How they fit in with the Saturn, Ketu (South Node), Pluto configurations this summer.

What they will do through the houses (in relation to either your ascendant or sun sign) and if they activate certain planets

Where in the world these eclipses might be active. I have already told my classes that if you look at the path of the total solar eclipse on July 2nd it will be 100 percent visible off the coast of New Zealand and through Chile and Argentina. But that is not the only place that will be affected. More important when is the trigger. 

The workshop will be presented from a Tropical and Sidereal (Vedic) perspective because as you know I consider the planets and their relationship to one another to be most important and they will be in the same relationship to the eclipses regardless of sign and nakshatra.

Once you order the recordings you will receive them within 48 hours. 


Signed copies of Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy and Vedic Astrology  for Sale

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 $21.95 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.

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You can also purchase a signed copy of my classic text Vedic Astrology: A guide to the Fundamentals of Jyotish.  Book is priced at $24.95 plus postage so we are offering it for $21.95 inclusive media mail postage. The book was written in 1998 and is still going strong.    Allow for 7-10 days for delivery.

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Hi all

Welcome  to those who are longtime subscribers and those of you who have recently subscribed.  As I started to write this August newsletter, writing about how Mercury, is direct, eclipse season is over, and Jupiter will go direct on August 11, we were hit with these awful shootings over the weekend. I have to once again (when will it stop?) send my condolences to all the families and friends of those who were killed and injured in the mass murders in El Paso and Dayton. From an astrological standpoint, please look over my handouts from the 2019 Sensitive Degrees Webinar, and all my postings of eclipses. I always indicate when the Nodes, and the malefic planets cross the eclipse degree. many times there are events that make an impact like unfortunately attacks, crashes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes etc. On August 4th Saturn retrograde came to the solar eclipse degree of January 6 and Mercury, just having gone direct a few days earlier, crossed the eclipse degree of the July 16 lunar eclipse.. Just a heads up to watch for when planets hit eclipse degrees before or after the eclipse. Additionally Mars in the sidereal zodiac had entered its gandanta degree on the weekend meaning the last three degrees of water signs. In this case Mars, already debilitated in Cancer, entered 27 degrees, so in terms of Indian astrology the violence of Mars, along with Saturn hitting eclipse degree could be part of what went wrong. Even though August will have some beautiful aspects to look forward too, we are still surrounded by the Saturn-Ketu conjunction which will start to separate in early October.

Scroll down for more information about Mercury and Jupiter turning direct, and the trines that will be appearing this month. Also notable is Uranus stationing retrograde on August 12 at Tropical 6 Taurus 36/Sidereal. 12 Aries 35 and the Sun Venus conjunction on August 14 at Tropical 21 Leo 11/27 Cancer 9, which signifies the start of the new Evening Star cycle, which begins when Venus makes it heliacal rising. More about that in another newsletter.   

This is a heads up that i will be presenting a webinar on the Sarvatobhdra Chakra, a remarkable predictive tool that involves putting the Nakshatras on a grid. This will take place on Saturday August 24th between 10-11:30 am Eastern time and will cost $40. You can make payment here. undefined

If you wish to purchase all three of the  Advanced Jyotisa workshops  that I conducted in March, May and June you can scroll down to do that. You can also purchase each separately. If you purchase all three, or the workshop on May 18, the Sarvatobhadra Chakra wokshop is a bonus and free of charge. 
Scroll down to see where I will be speaking. First I will be speaking for the Long Island NCGR Chapter about those magnificent fixed stars which are wonderful markers for natal analysis and prediction, and apply to Western charts as well as Indian charts, where these stars help define the Nakshatras in which they are located. If you are in the Merrick, Long Island area, or can get there easily by car or Long Island Railroad, please come, and if not I will be recording the lecture.

 I will speak about eclipses at Joni Patry's  Future of Astrology conference  in October, and at  the Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference in November where I will present a pre-conference workshop on Sanskrit for Astrologers as well as a talk on eclipses. Please consider signing up for my workshop in Sedona. You will learn about all the Sanskrit terms for the planets, signs, houses, Nakshatras, and all else that will open up the meaning of all of these. We will show how these words combine, and are made up of other words, and you will learn basic Sanskrit sounds so you can pronounce these correctly, something I myself never did until I studied. And we will show how these add to your . So excited.  You can book readings with me at any of these events at a special rate.  Just email me to book. 

Last but not least, you can also purchase the Eclipse webinar that took place on Saturday July 6. This was about the July 2 and July 16 eclipses but will address the issues of these eclipses that go beyond July 2019. Included are how this effects each sign both from an Indian and Western perspective. Scroll down to purchase. 

If you wish to book a reading, you can make payment to the left and I will reach out to you with available dates and times. 

I will be taking the summer off from classes and workshops before beginning again in October. For those of you who have been studying with me, remember you can always ask me any questions, review material, or even book private instruction. Also any suggestions for next year are welcome. I will probably be changing the format from all day workshops to either half days, or evenings, with everything available always as webinars or recorded classes. 

 I am working on making the  newsletter available as both a written report and a podcast. So be on the lookout for that. Perhaps in the future video recordings as well. I have been reluctant to join all the Youtube astrologers for many reasons, so podcast first, and then maybe video later. Please be very careful as you navigate Youtube. Remember there is nothing that prevents anyone from calling themselves an expert and getting a Youtube channel and with so much information out there you have to be discriminating. I am very happy to answer any questions about that if you privately email me. 

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Mercury and Jupiter Direct 

Mercury Direct. This month Mercury and Jupiter finally station direct. As some of you have noted Mercury retrograde in July contributed to making this eclipse season one of the more difficult ones I have experienced in a while. Mercury stationed retrograde on July 7, 2019 at 11:14 PM GMT at tropical 4° Leo 27'/sidereal (Indian) 10° Cancer 26' in Pushya nakshatra (ruled by Saturn). Mercury stationed direct on August 1, 2019 at 3:57 AM GMT at tropical 23° Cancer 56'/sidereal (Indian) 29° Gemini 55' in Punarvasu nakshatra (ruled by Jupiter). The inferior conjunction, which occurs midway through that cycle when Mercury is closest to earth, occurred on July 21, 2019 at t ropical 28° Cancer 28'/sidereal 4 ° Cancer 26' in Pushya nakshatra. This is the date that the retrograde is most intense, and if you had something around this degree then you just want to be extra diplomatic when speaking to people, and making sure that you do not do anything impulsively or in haste. Mercury retrograde problems are usually not dire and life-altering but they can be very annoying. That's all. 

But remember that even though Mercury is direct, it is still in its shadow period or, as I like to call it, its retrograde arc. That period extends from June 20, 2019 when it first crossed the degree where Mercury eventually went direct (tropical 23° Cancer 56'/sidereal (Indian) 29° Gemini 55') on August 1, and ends on August 15 when it crosses the degree where Mercury went retrograde (4° Leo 27'/sidereal (Indian) 10° Cancer 26') on July 7. So even though Mercury was retrograde between July 7-August 1, the period between June 20-August 15 is what is known as the retrograde arc or shadow. It simply means that  Mercury retrograde will wield its influence in your chart if you have  planets, angles or points between the Mercury retrograde degrees, that is, tropical 23° Cancer 56'-4° Leo 27', or sidereal (Indian) 29° Gemini 55'-10° Cancer 26'. You will then have had the Mercury retrograde come to that degree, three times, once before it retrogrades, once as it retrogrades and once as it goes direct for a final time. If you have something on the stationary degrees, it will hit those degrees twice, but when it stations is when Mercury is most powerful. The retrograde transit may have been the most problematic, but now it will move forward quickly, but take note when it hits degrees of planets, angles, or points in your chart. 

If you had to revise, or redo or go over something more slowly and methodically, now that Mercury is moving quickly you will find the way to set things straight and in motion. If you want to review what this Mercury retrograde period was about you can go to July News and Views

Jupiter Direct.  The other good news of the month is that Jupiter is going direct on August 11 after four months of retrograde motion. As you read this newsletter Jupiter is already stationing, and it does mean that after four months of things slowing up that have to do with rewards, profits, sales, and areas of your chart where Jupiter has traveled through, or points, planets, and angles where it has passed three times, Jupiter will move forward and you may finally finish projects that were stuck, sell homes that you could not sell or did not want to sell for a low price,  Right now it is stationing so for the next few days it is at the strongest position that it can be.

Jupiter stationed retrograde on April 10, 2019 at 5:00 pm GMT at tropical 24° Sagittarius 21'/ sidereal 0° Sagittarius 19', Mula naksatra, which is ruled by Ketu but in a sign ruled by Jupiter. Jupiter will station direct on August 11, 2019 at 1:37 pm GMT at tropical 14° Sagittarius 30'/sidereal 20° Scorpio 28', Jyeṣṭha nakshatra, ruled by Mercury but in a sign ruled by Mars. The Sun-Jupiter opposition, which occurs midway through that cycle when Jupiter is closest to earth, occurred on 
June 10 at 3:27 pm at 19° Gemini 28'/19° Sagittarius 28'. In the sidereal system it occurred at 25 Taurus 27/25 Scorpio 27,  and that is the date when Jupiter was most intense. Remember that even though Jupiter is the greater benefic, the retrograde motion means that things may happen much more slowly or even in reverse of expansive expectations. 

It affected you personally if you have any planets, points, or angles between tropical 24° Sagittarius 21'/ sidereal 0° Sagittarius 19' and 14° Sagittarius 30'/sidereal 20° Scorpio 28' since Jupiter hits those degrees three times--when Jupiter goes direct, then retrograde, and then direct. If you have anything around the stationary points, then you will get hit twice, but it will be the most intense transit because it is a station, which means the planet is slower-moving and close to the earth. That period extended from January 14, 2019, when Jupiter crossed 14° Sagittarius 30'/sidereal 20° Scorpio 28', the degree where it stations direct, through November 6, 2019, when Jupiter crosses the degree where it stationed retrograde at tropical 24° Sagittarius 21'/ sidereal 0° Sagittarius 19'. Just find the three times it hits the planet, point, or angle in your chart, and mark the house or houses it is in, and push through over the next few months what may have stalled. That retrograde Jupiter transit however, and the stationary degrees when it is still retrograde, will not bring you the Jupiterian benefits, you had hoped for, but now that Jupiter is direct, you can make it happen. If you want to review what the Jupiter retrograde period was about you can go to April News and Views

Since Jupiter goes retrograde for four months every year, I always follow it as a time when things slow up and then once it moves direct things and projects start to speed up. this is especially true if you have a planet or point that falls in between the retrograde and direct degrees since it will hit something three times, and even more important if you have a point or planet on the retrograde or direct stationary degree as then the pace and influence of it really matters. I remember when I was working on completing my Master's Thesis a few years ago and I saw that Jupiter was stationing retrograde over my Midheaven degree. I assumed rightly so that it meant that my thesis would not be completed when I wanted it to, and the message for me in fact was not to rush it but to take my time even if it meant that it would be finished a few months after my projected date. And in fact that was what happened, and I was really happy with the final product. But when i saw that it was going to retrograde it immediately eased my mind and relaxed me.

Even through the horrors of last weekend's massacres, there are some lovely transits on the horizon as follows. If these planets form trines or sextiles to planets, points, and angles in your chart, especially the ones involving Jupiter, you might just get some good news, something we all can use. 

Tropical aspects 

Sun trine Jupiter. Aug 7 2019. 14° Leo 31'/14° Sag 31'
Venus trine Jupiter. Aug 8 2019. 14° Leo 30/14° Sag 30
Sun conjunct Venus. Aug 14 2019. 21° Leo 11'/21° Leo 11
Mercury trine Jupiter. Aug 21 2019. 14° Leo 39'/14° Sag 39
Venus conjunct Mars. Aug 24 2019. 4° Virgo 7'
Venus trine Uranus. Aug 26 2019. 6° Virgo 31'/6° Taurus 31'
Mars trine Uranus. Aug 28 2019. 6° Virgo 30/6° Taurus 30
Sun trine Uranus. Aug 30 2019. 6°Virgo 28'/6° Taurus 28' 

Sidereal aspects

Sun trine Jupiter. Aug 7 2019. 20° Cancer 30/20 Scorpio 30' 
Venus trine Jupiter. Aug 8 2019. 20° Cancer 29/20 Scorpio 29
Sun conjunct Venus. Aug 14 2019. 27° Cancer 09.  
Mercury trine Jupiter. Aug 21 2019. 20° Cancer 37/20° Scorpio 37'
Venus conjunct Mars. Aug 24 2019. 10° Leo 05' 
Venus trine Uranus. Aug 26 2019. 12° Leo 29'/12° Aries 29
Mars trine Uranus. Aug 28 2019. 12° Leo 28/12° Aries 28
Sun trine Uranus. Aug 30 2019. 12° Leo 27/12° Aries 27'

The houses have similar meanings in both Tropical and Vedic astrology, but since there are some differences here is the list below of a few keywords for each house in each system. They are by no means exhaustive. Look and see where Mercury and Jupiter are presently moving through to celebrate their direct motion. 

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
Advanced Topics in Jyotisa 
(Vedic Astrology)

Recordings from   March 30, May 18, and June 15. 

You can purchase recordings (audio visual and visual) plus handouts. Purchase all three or each one individually.

Saturday. March 30. 10:00-5:00 PM. Muhurta . Get the recordings and handouts. 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. Rules 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 and surgery date and time as examples of how to set up an chart from start to finish, as well as surgery chart. Looking at the chart of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  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. Get the recordings and handouts. Continuing with more muhurta techniques including tarabala. 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. Yogini Dasha and then we will blend them all to find the key to forecasting. Case studies  included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jussie Smollett, Meghan Markle, Prince Harry. will illustrate. 

Saturday June 15. 10:00-5:00 PM. More Yogini Dasha.  Introduction to Jaimini Techniques. Karaka system; Rashi aspects, Arudha Lagna, Chara Dasha, etc. Remedial Measures 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.  Introduction includes what I have found to work. Case studies: Jussie Smollett, Prince William (these two are astro time twins born on same day), Donald Trump, Meghan Markle. 

Bonus July or August Webinar on Sarvatobhadra Chakra and Sudarshana Chakra. Date to be arranged. 

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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 and can be used towards review for ACVA certification. . 

Sarvatobhadra Chakra webinar on August 24 at 10:00-11:30 AM EDT as a bonus if you purchase all three or the webinar on Saturday May 18. You can also purchase the webinar as a standalone for $40.