May-June 2019 News & Views.
Indian Astrology (Jyotisa) Workshop & Conferences
In This Issue
Horoscope Consultations
Featured Article
Upcoming Conferences
Quick Links
Psychology of Astro*Carto*Graphy Sale
Featured Article
June transits. Saturn-Ketu/Mars-Rahu
New Classes:Advanced Topics in Jyotisa
For Purchase. 2019 Sensitive Degrees Webinar
Horoscope Consultations

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)       

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 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
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    Choosing an Auspicious Date for an event. $200 for research and consultation. Phone or skype only. 
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$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.
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Celestial Events
May-June 2019 

    May 4 2019 . New Moon.  10:45 pm.    14 Taurus 10/Sidereal. 20 Aries 09 . B haraṇi. 
    May 18 2019. Full Moon. 9:11 pm.   27 Scorpio 38/Sidereal. 3 Scorpio 36. Anuradha
   June 3, 2018. New Moon. 10:01 am.   12 Ge 33'. Sidereal. 18 Ta 32. Rohini.
    June 17,  2019. Full Moon. 8:30 am.   25 Sagittarius 53'. Sidereal. 1 Sagittarius 51'. Mula. 

Planetary Stations

   June 21 2019. Neptune stations retrograde. 02:35 pm. 18 Pisces 43. Sidereal. 24 Aquarius 41. Purvabhadrapada.

Tropical Ingresses

    May 6 2019. Mercury enters Taurus. 6:25 pm
   May 15 2019. Venus enters Taurus. 9:45 am
   May 16 2019. Mars enters Cancer. 3:09 am.
   May 21 2019. Sun enters Gemini. 7:59 am             
   May 21 2019. Mercury enters Gemini. 10:51 am
    June 4, 2019. Mercury enters Cancer. 8:04 pm. 
    June 9, 2019. Venus enters Gemini. 1:36 am. 
    June 21, 2019. Sun enters Cancer. 3:54 pm. 
    June 27, 2019. Mercury enters Leo. 00:19 am.     

Sidereal Ingresses  

    May 3 2019. Mercury enters Aries. 10:12 am
    May 6 2019. Mars enters Gemini. 9:48 pm           
    May 10 2019. Venus enters Aries. 11:40 am        
    May 15 2019. Sun enters Taurus. 3:06 am            
   May 18 2019. Mercury enters Taurus. 5:00 pm
    June 1, 2019. Mercury enters Gemini. 5:36 pm. 
    June 4, 2019. Venus enters Taurus. 3:55 am. 
   June 15, 2019. Sun enters Gemini. 09:42 am. 
   June 20, 2019. Mercury enters Cancer. 06:52 pm. 
   June 22, 2019. Mars enters Cancer. 02:13 pm. 
    June 28, 2019. Venus enters Gemini.  06:09 pm. '

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 May 30- Sunday June 9, 2019. Silver Jubilee 25th Anniversary of this wonderful annual conference. Jyotish Kumbh Mela. Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, Saylorsburg PA in the Poconos. I will be part of the Saturday evening panel (June 1) for new year predictions. Tuesday afternoon (June 4) panel on counseling; Wednesday evening on sensitive degrees (June 5)  For information.  Jyotish Kumbh Mela (If you would like a reading at the conference it will be $175 for one hour.)
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)  Early Bird registration ends April 30. (If you would like a reading at the conference it will be $150 for one hour.)

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 eclipses.  Future 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.)
Quick Links

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.

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May-June 2019 News and Views. Part Two.

Welcome to those who are longtime subscribers and those of you who have recently subscribed. Since my last News and Views was sent at the end of April I am naming this May-June. Scroll down for June transits, which repeats much of what I wrote in the last newsletter since I have been talking for months since my Sensitive Degrees workshop about this amazing setup of planets that are definitely overwhelming and challenging. I am trying not to use words like "ominous" only because sometimes they are not as horrific as people might think. Scroll down for June forecast.

If you missed last two newsletters and want to read about  Jupiter retrograde from April 11-August 10 2019 which appeared in the April News and Views, Part One  click on .Jupiter Retrograde. For the last one which has much of what is below please go to  April Part 2. Saturn-Ketu

Scroll down to read about signing up for the third workshop in the Advanced Jyotisa series. You can still purchase all three and receive recordings from the first one, or you can sign up for the next one. We will be continuing with advanced interpretation and forecasting, but will add some Jaimini techniques, and remedial measures. Then I will break until next fall. If you sign up for any of my Jyotisa workshops or have attended one of my workshops in 2019 you will get a $25 discount on readings. Once you pay I will refund you. You can sign up for a reading to the left. 

Scroll down to see the other wonderful conferences where I will be speaking. Remember that the Jyotish Kumbha Mela will take place this week for ten days, but you can come for as many days as you like. If you live locally just come for the day. These are teachers who will not be anywhere else as they are coming from India and from Germany. Also early bird rates end on June 1 for the Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference where I will be presenting a pre-conference workshop on Sanskrit for Astrologers. So excited.  And of course Great Lakes Astrology and Joni Patri's Future of Astrology. You can book readings with me at any of these events at a special rate.  Just email me to book. 

I will be taking the summer off from classes and workshops to figure out the format for next fall. 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.

And I will be spending the summer getting a podcast format whereby even this newsletter will be 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.
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 7 months in the year plus a bit about the 2020 aspects to come so it is still relevant. Scroll down to get the recordings which you can now get at a reduced price.

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All good wishes 


June Transits:
Saturn-Ketu (South Node) Conjunction Mars-Rahu (North Node Conjunction)

This section repeats much of what I said in the April News and Views. Part 2. but with added information for June. I talked about what I feel will be the start of a difficult cycle due to the three times that Saturn will be conjunct Ketu-South Node and will exert its influence between end April and beginning October. It does give us a chance to heal, but there may be darkness before the dawn. This means that if the degrees below hit an important planet, point, or angle in your chart, there will be things that will challenge you and you may not find the solution right away. The world in general may seem more ominous. I spoke about administrations toppling and changing (Teresa May resigned), leaders passing away or being assassinated, and natural disasters, maybe fires and explosions. But that does not mean that everyone will go downhill with it. But it does mean that things will happen in the world that seem as if the bottom is falling out, and due to the fact that mid-June the Saturn-Ketu conjunction will be opposite the Mars-Rahu conjunction, there may be a feeling due to actual things happening that the world is in even more disarray than usual.

In the April newsletter, Part One, which was sent out on April 15, I included the following

"...focus on the beginning of difficult aspects, namely the Saturn-Ketu (South Node) conjunction, which will occur three times between April and October.  I have been saying for a while that the last two weeks of April and first of May might see some event or events from earthquakes, fires, terrorism, floods, or passing of a leader that affects the world. We are already feeling those effects since as I write this I am watching this devastating fire that is devastating the beautiful Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I hope they will soon get it under control and that fire fighters are safe as they try to contain this fire. This cathedral and all the amazing stained glass windows and masterpieces within its walls is truly one of the most magnificent landmarks in Paris and the world and the architectural genius will be missed. This is also devastating for the effects of smoke throughout Paris."

In the last newsletter dated May 1st I wrote "Since that time, we have experienced the shootings in the churches and hotels Sri Lanka and in the synagogue in San Diego, all hate crimes, and the one in Sri Lanka supposedly an act of revenge for the murder of Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand. As we approach Ramadan in early May these three weeks that I pointed out become important for this world to finally wake up though I am afraid there may be more difficult events. 

This may not just be in the form of terrorism, but in natural disasters and deaths of leaders and toppling of governments. I say this due to the Saturn-Ketu (South Node) conjunction that will be exact three times between now at the end of September, which means it will still be in orb through mid-October. This is by no means meant to scare people but instead to do the opposite, to urge everyone to feel their own power, and own healing, since whenever things happen in the world around you the best you can do is strengthen yourself, and emanate love and peace."


I also wrote "There will be a climax of this in the first two weeks of June because on June 14 there will be an exact Saturn-Mars opposition, with Saturn conjunct Ketu-South Node, and Mars conjunct Rahu-North Node. This aspect also occurred in October 1962 (when Saturn was also retrograde so Saturn conjoined SoNode-Ketu three times) during the Cuban missile crisis when Russia was planning a base in Cuba and the United States issued an ultimatum that they would have to leave or else....

While this may have nothing to do with Cuba it is interesting that Russia is involved in Venezuelan politics, which is also south of our border, and the US government is also currently at work in trying to find a way to stop immigration at our southern border, which means expulsion, just like we made Russia do in terms of Cuba. I spoke about this in my Sensitive Degrees Webinar, and you can find out about that below. But since Ketu functions like Mars, this conjunction does act like a Saturn Mars conjunction which means that force and control are partnering together. It also means that there will be protracted violence which stays for a while, as Saturn makes things last. Note that on April 30 the conjunction was exact on the same day that Saturn retrogrades, and it is due to the retrograde of course that Saturn and the Node conjoin three times." 

What does that mean for you? What it means is that you can see which area of the chart these conjunctions fall in (read degrees below) and think of that area as one that you have to make friends with since there may be all sorts of obstacles, that will get in the way, but will in the end make you so much stronger. If you have planets, angels, or points, around those degrees think about what the planet stands for and again confront the situation head on. The beauty of these aspects is that it forces things to come to the surface and it will in the end make you stronger. It means that you should not be impatient and make hasty decisions since while Saturn will make you feel that you are in a rut that you cannot get out of, it also means that if you fight against the need to look inward, and contract rather than expand, you will make the wrong move.

Mars hovering around areas or degrees in your chart means that you will be tempted to react to some of the frustration you feel in not being able to make things happen as quickly as you like. Mars may give yo a temper tantrum, or you might feel physically tense from the opposition between Mars and Saturn, and intensified b the Nodes. It is great to do exercises, physical activity, and competitive sports to get out all the frustration. Go to the gym, do yoga, martial arts, running, bicycling, whatever it is you prefer. And wait to make any major decisions until after Saturn goes direct on September 18, when you should contemplate them and put them into motion after Saturn and Ketu-South Node have separated, which will be about October 10. 

Here below are the degrees of the Saturn-Ketu (South Node) conjunction and the Mars-Rahu conjunction. If you have these degrees in something in your chart in sidereal Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini, or Virgo you will feel the effects. And if you have these in tropical Capricorn, Aries, Cancer, and Libra you will feel the effects. Take two degrees on either side. Remember that these dates will be when the world is tense and when people are ready to react. Drive defensively, and do not answer back when someone argues with you. Take the high road, take a deep breath, and work out!!! You can see that as Mars moves away from this configuration it will also conjoin Pluto. 

In addition as we see below Neptune stations retrograde on June 21, 2019 at Tropical 18° Pisces 43. Sidereal 24 Aquarius 41 in  purvabhadrapada,  so this means that there could be lack of clarity, flooding, and other mysteries and disappearances that need to be resolved. But this is one more reason that mid-June through the July eclipses will be tense times but times to consolidate and act accordingly. The market should also be a bit wonky. Practice clarity especially if Neptune conjoins a planet, point, or angle in your chart. 

Below are the dates of these planetary signatures. At the moment we are already feeling this but there will especially be tension between June 12-24 when Mars moves out of orb from the conjunction with Pluto. In July we will continue with eclipses of July 2 and 16. But let's get through June. 

June 12.  Mars conj. No.Node- Rahu/opp. SoNode-Ketu . 17 Cancer 52. Sidereal. 23° Gem 50'. punarvasu
June 14 Mars  opp  Saturn. 18 Can 57-18 Cap 57 Sidereal . 24°Gem 55/24 Sag 55'. punarvasu / purvaṣaḍha
June 20.  Mars  opp  Pluto. Sidereal.  28 Ge 26-28 Sag 56.  punarvasu/ uttaraṣadha 
    June 21. Neptune stations retrograde. 18° Pisces 43. Sidereal 24 Aquarius 41. purvabhadrapada,

Mars will move into tropical Leo July 1st and will move into sidereal Cancer June 22. This will light up the anger and high strung qualities. 

If you do not know your rising sign, then look at where sidereal Sagittarius, or tropical Capricorn is in relation to your sun sign, and think of that house as the area where you have Saturn, SoNode-Ketu and Pluto so that area will be one that frustrates you but that you have to focus on and work out to your advantage.  Ditto for sidereal Gemini, or tropical Cancer where Mars and NoNode-Rahu will be placed so remember that these two opposite areas of the chart are polarities.  

The houses have similar meanings in both Tropical and Jyotisa, 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

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
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.
Advanced Topics in Jyotisa 
(Vedic Astrology)
Three Saturdays 10-5 pm. 
March 30, May 18, and June 15. 

Take one or all three. 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 June 15. 10:00-5:00 PM. Remedial measures. 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.  Introduction includes what I have found to work. Remedial Measures. More case studies incorporating all past techniques. You can do this in person/as simultaneous webinar/or get recordings and handouts after.

Bonus July Webinar on Sarvatobhadra Chakra. Date to be arranged. 

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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. 

You will receive workshop within 48 hours of ordering.

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 and can be used towards review for ACVA certification. . 

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. Remember that we still have eight months to go!!!
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. $40