March 2020 News and Views Part 2;
Level I Jyotisa Class Starting
In This Issue
Horoscope Consultations
Celestial Events
Purchase 2020 Sensitive Degrees Recordings
Purchase Navagraha Webinar
Quick Links
Welcome to the New Normall
March 2020 Influence of Multiple Conjunctions
Beginning Jyotisa Workshop
Where is sidereal Sag and tropical Cap in your chart
Books for Sale
Horoscope Consultations

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Celestial Events
March-April 2020

  March 9, 2020. Full Moon. 5:47 pm. 19 Virgo 37. Sidereal. 25 Leo 34. Purvaphalguni.  
  March 24, 2020. New Moon.  3:31 pm. 4° Aries 12'. Sidereal.  10° Pisces 9'. Uttarabhadrapada
  April 8, 2020. Full Moon2:34 am. 18° Libra 43. Sidereal. 24° Virgo 41. Citra.
  April 23, 2020. New Moon. 2:25 am. 3° Taurus 24'. Sidereal. 09 Aries 21. Asvini. 
Planetary Stations

  March 10, 2020. Mercury stations direct. 3 :48 am. 28° Aquarius 12'. Sidereal. 4 Aquarius 10. Dhanistha.  
  April 25, 2020 Pluto stations retrograde. 6:54 pm. 24 Capricorn 59.  Sidereal. 0 Capricorn 57. Uttarashadha. 

Tropical Ingresses
  March 4, 2020. Mercury R re-enters Aquarius. 11:07 am
  March 5, 2020. Venus enters Taurus.  3:07 am
  March 16, 2020. Mercury direct enters Pisces. 7:42 am.
  March 20, 2020. Sun enters Aries. 3:49 am.
  March 22, 2020. Saturn enters Aquarius. 3:58 am
  March 30, 2020. Mars enters Aquarius. 7:43 pm
  April 3, 2020. Venus enters Gemini. 5:10 pm
  April 11, 2020. Mercury enters Aries. 4:48 am
  April 19, 2020. Sun enters Taurus. 2:45 pm
  April 27, 2020Mercury enters Taurus. 7:52 pm.  

Sidereal Ingresses  
  March 14, 2020. Sun enters Pisces. 4:03 am.
  March 22, 2020.  Mars enters Capricorn. 5:48 am.
  March 28, 2020. Venus enters Taurus. 7:42 am.
  March 29, 2020. Jupiter enters Capricorn. 4:31 am.
  April 7, 2020. Mercury enters Pisces. 7:19 am.
  April 13, 2020. Sun enters Aries. 12:30 pm. 
  April 24, 2020. Mercury enters Aries. 7:53 pm.

The times above are all noted in GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) and the Krishnamurti Ayanamsha is used for the sidereal calculations.  
PURCHASE RECORDINGS FOR  2020 Sensitive Degrees: Stations, Eclipses, Ingresses, and Aspects
Presented on December 8. 

You will receive the 5 hour audio recording (MP3), audio-visual recording (MP4), 78 page handout in power point and pdf. All from the point of view of tropical and sidereal (Vedic) zodiacs.  Whew!!!   Fee: $50 reduced from $65.  

Some (but not all) planetary signatures we will cover are as follows:

Lunations  (New and Full Moons) 

Seven eclipses.   There are six eclipses in the calendar year of 2020, but since the one on December 26 is part of the pair that includes the one on January 10, we will actually look at seven of them as follows: 

Dec. 26, 2019. Solar Eclipse 
Jan. 10, 2020 Lunar Eclipse 
June 5, 2020 Lunar Eclipse
June 21, 2020 Solar Eclipse 
July 5, 2020 Lunar Eclipse 
N ov. 30, 2020 Lunar eclipse, 
Dec. 14, 2020 Solar Eclipse            

Planetary Stations.  Annual retrograde cycles of Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Venus and Mars retrograde this year. Mars will be in tropical Aries for six months. Whew!. and it will straddle between sidereal Pisces and Aries for eight months. That is because of the retrograde Mars. On Election Day 2020 when we vote for US President, Mercury stations direct, exactly what it did on Election Day 2000 when there was no decision in Bush v. Gore. 


Aspects. Some of the more important aspects for 2020 are as follows.


Jan. 8, 2020. Jupiter-Ketu (South Node) conjunction; Jan. 12, 2020. Saturn-Pluto conjunction; Feb. 25, 2020. Mars-South Node (Ketu) conjunction; April 5, June 30, Nov. 12, 2020. Jupiter-Pluto conjunction; Dec. 21, 2020. Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.


Tropical Ingresses. Jupiter will be in Capricorn and Aquarius. Saturn moves into Aquarius. The Nodes move into Gemini and Sagittarius. 


Sidereal Ingresses. Jupiter will be in Sagittarius and Capricorn. Saturn moves into Capricorn. Pluto enters Capricorn. The Nodes move into Taurus and Scorpio. We will go over how these planetary signatures affect each Ascendant.               

Navagraha Webinar

Introduction to Navagraha (nine planetary deities). 
Presented on 3/10/2020.  90 minutes. $25. 

This webinar will present a historical overview of navagraha propitiation, including when they began to be used in India for purposes of planetary worship and propitiation,  the directions they represent, the colors they wear, and how they are used today to strengthen planetary afflictions. This talk is based in part on presentations I gave at the Association of Asian Studies conference and for the Astral Religion module in the MA program at the Sophia Center from University of Wales. The webinar can be taken even if you do not go on the temple tour.

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Quick Links

  Ronnie's Website  (including my schedule and my books for purchase)

GLAC (Great Lakes Astrology conference), Ann Arbor MI. I will be speaking there July 9-13, 2020.

TAG (The Astrology Gathering). Lily Dale, NY. I will be speaking there October 1-4, 2020. 

 Sedona Vedic Astrology conferenceI will be speaking there November 19-23, 2020. 

  ISAR (International Society for Astrological Research)

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ACVA Online   (American College of Vedic Astrology)

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Hi all

Welcome to new subscribers and those of you who continue to support my work. First let me wish you all health and safety during this Pandemic, and please please adhere to social distancing and for those who can stay home, please do that as much as possible. Please scroll down for an important message about our current pandemic. 

This will be a very short newsletter as I prepare to send the April News and Views later this week when I will talk about the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, which will occur three times this year, beginning with the first one that is exact on April 5th. In this newsletter I want to talk about the Mars-Saturn conjunction, which is exact on March 31, and may indicate more intensity and setbacks this week, since it will be followed by that Jupiter-Pluto conjunction. Scroll down for more information about Mars-Saturn. 

There is some good news however on the horizon. In the first place the Beginning Jyotisa class which was supposed to take place this past weekend will indeed begin on Saturday April 18 but will be exclusively online for that day only. However for those that do wish to continue studying the next workshop after this will hopefully be simultaneously in person in New York City and webinar. Remember you can always order the class and you will get recordings and handouts. Please scroll down for information and registration.

And please take time if you can to look at the evening sky, where you can see Venus, which is at its brightest as an evening star since it rises and sets after the Sun. It will be bright throughout April and early May as it moves closer to earth and approaches its retrograde station on May 13 where it will move closer to the Sun where it forms a conjunction or combustion on June 3 and disappears from view before it rises as the Morning Star and it rises and sets before the Sun. On the Full Moon including day before and after, you will be able to see Venus more clearly. Those Full Moon days in April are listed to the left. 

If you listen to the recording of the 2020 Sensitive Degrees Workshop I presented in December, I spoke about 2020 as tumultuous though none of us thought this would occur. We still have a bumpy ride ahead with an up and down financial situation, governmental changes throughout the world, and other crazy phenomena brought about by three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions (the first of which is April 5), three eclipses in June and July, Venus and Mars retrograde, and Mercury stationing direct on Election Day. Yes we are in for a bumpy ride ahead. Scroll down if you wish to order the almost five hour recordings (audio and audio-visual) of the 2020 Sensitive Degrees Workshop, which goes over this amazing year filled with so many different planetary phenomena.  Since we are moving into the 4th month of the year the price has been reduced.  SCROLL DOWN TO PURCHASE.

To purchase the Navagraha Webinar I presented in anticipation of the Ganesh Temple tour please scroll down. 

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. My next availability begins Wednesday April 8 for phone or skype. At the moment I am not making appointments for in-person readings.  

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All good wishes 

Message about Corona Virus Pandemic 

Some of this is from the last issue and some of this is new.

We are living in very strange times, and although many astrologers including myself have been talking about the craziness of this year, and the rest of the year for quite a while now, I don't think anyone thought about something like this, so please all just don't overreact, since fear will overtake you. Pay strict attention to guidelines in your city, state and country, and go to the website for  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for updated information even if you do not live in the U.S. Just remember to use hand sanitizer and wash your hands and do not touch your face and mostly adhere to social distancing no matter how stressful it is.  I promise it is not the end of the world, but it is the new normal for a while. 

Most important please remember that we live in a community, and extend yourself if someone in a weaker position than yourself needs help if you can provide it within the new restrictions. And please do not stockpile or hoard supplies or food. There will continue to be production and if you take three times more than you need, someone else will not be able to find it at all. That is a personal request having been extremely frustrated while shopping. 

For those of you who may live alone, or be affected by emotional and/or physical isolation, please reach out to family, friends, and colleagues. Don't hesitate to contact services in your community. Social workers, religious figures, and medical practitioners will continue to do their jobs. 

Some of you have asked me to do a webinar and talk about the corona virus, when it began and when it will end. I have been reluctant to do this because I am not a scientist, researcher, or medical practitioner. I am an astrologer, and astrologers do not have all the answers despite some of them all over the internet claiming they do. Yes planets are changing signs and there are retrogrades and eclipses, and my own feeling is that we will be dealing with this crisis in one form or another until the Jupiter Saturn conjunction in December, when Jupiter will move ahead of Saturn, rather than behind it as it is now. We might see some diminishing of the virus, only to have it reappear again. And in the same way the stock market should be up and down and volatile for the rest of the year, so even if you buy low, and see your stocks rise, they can fall and rise and fall and rise throughout the year.

However I am not going to give you exact dates when the virus will stop since something like this does not have an exact ending date, like a play, or concert, or movie etc. and instead comes and goes in waves. Please be discriminating who you listen to since there are  many astrologers, psychics, healers, etc. who claim they know  when the crisis will end, that are completely at odds with what the medical professionals and scientists have said, based on the timing they have already observed in countries like China, South Korea and Italy. Please please please listen to  the advice of the medical professionals, scientists, and leaders when they tell you when to practice social distancing or even when you have to stay inside the house, no matter how difficult it is. 

Please be very discriminating who provides advice, especially those who tell you which vitamins or herbs or tinctures you ingest because someone told you it would make the virus go away or prevent you from being afflicted by it. What is true is that a strong immune system will always help you to fight off any disease, and you may carry the virus without having full-fledged symptoms. But do not think you are immune and please do listen to the scientists as well as spiritual and religious leaders who will provide hope and faith. Most important, let's pray and meditate and focus on the positive energy that will come once this has passed. 

Mars-Saturn conjunction

I do not need to repeat the planetary configuration that occurred in the last two months since you can read or re-read the March 2020 News & Views and February 2020 News & Views. This is just a reminder that this week we will see the Mars-Saturn conjunction and the first of three Jupiter-Pluto conjunctions. 

Mar 31. Mars conj Saturn. 0 Aquarius 39. Sidereal. 6 Capricorn  37. 
             uttarasadha nakshatra ruled by the Sun

As I write this on March 29th Mars is applying to an exact conjunction with Saturn where it will be exact on March 31 as seen above. It is already in orb and then it will separate from the conjunction and will be in orb until it Mars is two degrees ahead of Saturn (some astrologers take a greater orb) on April 4. So between now and then it is important to know that even though the markets seem to rebound last week, they may still run into difficulties this week. But mostly Mars-Saturn contacts, both conjunctions and squares, aspects are often associated with violence and so this is not a time to be provocative, or begin an argument with your spouse, friend, parent, colleague, boss, parent, etc. In normal times this conjunction makes us seem like we are stretched thin but in this stressful time of uncertainty, aloneness, and frustration, we may be more prone to lose our temper and overreact. 

It is most important during this week to take a few deep breaths, meditate, do yoga, tai-chi, or any martial arts you practice. Because many of us are indoors, and many of us are in apartments, or even houses with no back yards, it is important to find a way to let off steam. Sometimes it is good to just walk into the next room, away from people you might blow up at, and play some soothing music. If you can take a walk in the park, where you are social distancing, and the place where you live allows it, take a walk or run. But please do adhere to any restrictions while taking care of yourself as well. 

Astrologer Alan Oken said this aspect was like accelerating (Mars) with the brakes (Saturn) on and for that reason is an aspect of frustration, and can lead to anger outbursts. For those who practice Jyotisa you may be looking at this and saying that Mars is exalted and Saturn is in its own sign so what can go wrong?However strength is not always auspicious especially since these planets are still two malefics and they are not planetary friends. Strong malefic forces can be just that, an indication of difficult and violent circumstances. 

For those who practice Western tropical astrology these planets are in Aquarius, whose traditional dispositor is Saturn (modern dispositor is Uranus) and so it still becomes frustrating. However as most of you know I look at the planetary energies more than the signs so this combination of malefics is what makes it an angry, violent aspect especially as it hits its exact conjunction. Look at which house it hits in your chart and that area will be the area where the frustration might be strongest. Scroll down for information on houses. Mostly if you have any planets, points, or angles that fall at tropical 29 Capricorn - 1 Aquarius, and sidereal 5 -7 Capricorn, you have to be especially vigilant to see what planet, point, or angle the conjunction hits.

In the world, this anger occurs as a general mood. You may find that there are incidents in the world that are linked to anger, violence, eruptions, and even things like earthquakes, crashes (there already was a crash today in the Philippines of a plane carrying medical supplies), wars, terrorism, and even deaths of leaders. These are of course extreme situations but the volatility could once again lead to a lot of up and down stock market activity. The good news is that the Mars-Saturn moves quickly and then we will be into the heart of the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, so look forward to hearing more about that in the April Newsletter later this week. 
Beginning Jyotisa (Indian astrology) Webinar 
Attend Live or Get  Recordings after

Saturday April 18, 2020. 10:00 AM-4:00 PM EDT

Fee: $80 through April 5, 2020. 
$90 April 6-12.
$95 April 13 and after

Registration ends at end of the day April 17. At that time there may be place for you in person, but definitely on-line. 
You MUST pre-register for this class to ensure space either in-person or online.

This workshop will serve as the first workshop in the Beginning Level I Jyotish (Indian astrology) series. You can take this workshop and then sign up for the course or just come as a standalone. If you sign up for the entire series you will thoroughly learn Jyotisa and even some Sanskrit. Also you will be qualified to take ACVA Certification Level I, if you choose. The class will consist of a one-day weekend workshop every 4-6 weeks. Each workshop will be the equivalent of three 1 1/2 hour classes. In between workshops there will also be one or two review webinars. This schedule will be presented in the next few weeks.  You only have to commit to this workshop to see if you wish to continue. 

There will be opportunities to read supplemental material, do assignments, and review what we learned, but that is up to you. A book list will be provided once you register. The workshop will take place on the Upper West Side in New York City, and will be simulcast as a webinar, so that you can attend wherever you are. And if you cannot be present, or you can only do part of the workshop, you will receive an audio-visual presentation, audio MP3, and extensive handouts. 

This class is appropriate for those who are starting at the beginning, or for those who have studied with me, or have learned in the past, and want to refresh your knowledge. We will start with the basics of the chart, so that you have all the tools you need to begin to tackle chart interpretation. 

History and Development of Jyotisa
Concept of Karma and how it applies to Jyotisa
Overview of Nakshatras (Moon Mansions), and Tithis (Lunar Days)
Indian sidereal zodiac; ayanamsha, 
Drawing the chart (North v. South Indian)
Introduction to planets and Lunar Nodes

Topics for future classes in Level I: Signs, Houses, Aspects, Yogas, Nakshatras, Navamsha, Dashas, Transits, Keys to Chart Interpretation and Forecasting. 

It is important to register as early as possible since the space will be limited. You can register below through April 1 at the early bird rate of $80.

Please email me if you need more clarification. 

To find out where the Mars-Saturn conjunction  falls in your chart: 

Please read for the astrology you use. If you practice Sidereal (Vedic) Astrology, look at which house Capricorn falls in your chart. The following houses where Capricorn is located are affected if your Ascendant or Moon are one of the following signs.

Aries. 10th house. Taurus. 9th house. Gemini. 8th house. Cancer. 7th house. Leo. 6th house. Virgo. 5th house. Libra. 4th house. Scorpio. 3rd house. Sagittarius. 2nd house. Capricorn. 1st house. 
Aquarius. 12th house. Pisces. 11th house. 

General descriptions for bhavas (houses) are as follows:  
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.


If you practice Tropical (Western) Astrology, look at which house Aquarius affects in your chart. The following houses where Aquarius is located are affected if your Ascendant or Sun are one of the following signs. (Remember this is a general whole sign house system and if you are more sophisticated with your astrology you may work with unequal houses and can pinpoint more specifically. However these whole sign house systems still work.)

Aries. 11th house. Taurus. 10th house. Gemini. 9th house. Cancer. 8th house. Leo. 7th house. Virgo. 6th house. Libra. 5th house. Scorpio. 4th house. Sagittarius. 3rd house. Capricorn. 2nd house. Aquarius. 1st house. Pisces.12th house.

General descriptions for houses are as follows:

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

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

You can purchase a copy of The Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy, by Jim Lewis with Kenneth Irving,  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 7-10 days for delivery.  If you wish to receive copies outside of the U.S. there will be additional mailing charges so it may be a good idea to see how you can purchase the book from Amazon or other booksellers where you live. 

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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 7-10 days for delivery.  If you wish to receive copies outside of the U.S. there will be additional mailing charges so it may be a good idea to see how you can purchase the book from Amazon or other booksellers where you live. 

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