Saturn moves into Sagittarius

Saturn-in-SagittariusJanuary 26, 2017 is a significant day in Vedic Astrology because Saturn moves into Sagittarius after spending 2.5 years in Scorpio. This is a big deal because Saturn is the slowest moving planet and only changes signs every 3 years.

From Scorpio To Sagittarius

Saturn’s energy, in many ways, is more closely aligned with Scorpio than Sagittarius. Scorpio is the 8th sign of the Natural Zodiac, and Saturn is associated with the 8th house, which deals with hidden things that lie beneath the surface. These are the kind of things that are buried and then resurface and surprise us in a seemingly sudden way, when in fact the situation has been brewing for a long time. Scorpio is not a friendly sign for Saturn, so this was not exactly a match made in heaven.

Now, Saturn will be making its home in Sagittarius, a fiery, feisty and expansive sign. These energies have nothing to do with Saturn’s cold, separative, contracted nature, which makes these two unlikely bedfellows.  They will create a interesting alchemy of these energies and the combination will be more pleasant than what we’ve been dealing with for the past couple years.

Changes And Challenges

More importantly, Saturn will be moving into a different house in your birth chart, which means that a completely different area of your life is going to get the “Saturn treatment.”

In Vedic Astrology, Saturn is known as the King of Dharma and he represents reality, as in impermanence. Wherever he goes you can bet your life there will be significant transitions. Ultimately these shifts are in service of clearing away what is no longer meant for us so that new blossoms can flower, but that philosophical perspective doesn’t make Saturn’s bitter pills any easier to swallow.

These changes are very often our biggest challenges until we learn to “roll” with them. Our maturing relationship to “letting go” is our truest evolution. Our capacity to flow and bend with whatever Saturn brings is at the very core of our spiritual growth.

Saturn will bring these new changes to everyone for the next few years. Many of us will be breathing a huge sigh of relief as seemingly endless challenges in one area of our life are finally resolved! And many of us will also be surprised by big shifts that we weren’t expecting in another area.

In particular, anyone who has Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini or Virgo rising is likely to experience the most intense changes in key areas like their core identity, home and happiness, relationships and career.

The lens of Vedic Astrology helps us understand what’s happening in our lives as we track the movements of Saturn, among other things. This allows us to see changes for what they truly are so that we can make the best of them instead of experiencing the profound pain of resistance.

A Word Of Caution About Saturn Retrograde

Make note of this: Saturn will go retrograde and head back into Scorpio on June 20, then make the final transit into Sagittarius on October 26. Don’t count on the effects of the changes Saturn brings until after this final transit!

Any last bits of karma that Saturn intended for us during its time in Scorpio will bear fruit during this window, and we won’t have a good sense of where things are truly headed until Saturn is completely out of Scorpio. You might want to deeply consider any long term commitments you make before October, since there may be elements of the situation yet to be revealed.

This is the end of one era and the beginning of another (for the next 2.5 years). May we all surrender with complete grace and ease to whatever Saturn brings and transform what’s misaligned into that which is Divinely Aligned.

Are you wondering how this transit will affect you personally in terms of your career, finances, love life, health or living situation? You can get a birth chart reading and find out what’s in store.

How Your Destiny Can Set You Free

“There is no destiny.”

“We all write our own story.”

“Anything is possible for you right now.”

Over the past few days I’ve read similar variations of this statement from multiple personal development teachers, psychics, tarot card readers and yes, even astrologers, and each time it made me cringe.

As someone who spends most days reading astrological horoscopes, i.e. maps of individual people’s destinies, I’ve got the idea that something different is true.

Not only do I know that we each have a destiny, I want to share this revelation with everyone because it’s the key to leading a happy, successful life.

How do I know that destiny exists, you ask?

Because of retrodiction.

Prediction is foretelling the future. It’s hard to prove that it works because questions like, “Did the prediction affect the outcome by influencing the subject somehow?” start to come up. For example, if I look at your birth chart and tell you that you are going to find $10 tomorrow, you’ll start looking for $10 bills everywhere and are more likely to find it.

Retrodiction is knowing the past. It’s easy to prove because if I just met you and I start telling you about specific events and experiences from your past, something’s clearly going on. If I give you a Vedic Astrology reading in which I say that you got divorced three years ago and moved houses when you were five years old, there’s no way I could have known that, unless…

…Unless destiny is real.

How could the past be predictable unless some of the events in our lives are fated?

Believing in fate is not very popular because it implies that there are things in life that we can’t change, which we’ve been told isn’t true. We can change anything if we put our mind to it and take action, right?

No. No, there are things we definitely cannot change, such as:

– The gender, race, country, socio-economic class and domestic situation that we were born into. We can’t go back and decide to be born differently.

– The preferences and choices of the people around us. For example, if our country elected a president we dislike, we didn’t choose that and we can’t rewrite history and change it.

– Hardwired behavioral patterns from our past traumas, attachment styles, and deepest wounds. We can work constructively with these things but we can’t change the fact that they happened.

Someone of can come get a reading from me at any time in their life and I can see these types of things in their chart.

If there are things we cannot change about our past, we might consider that we also have a default future, aka a destiny.

Do we have free will? Absolutely. Can we apply our free will anytime we want to? Not exactly.

While the future is not written in stone, it does depend on our mindset and our actions.

The idea that we can create our destiny is partially true.

Our thoughts determine our conscious actions and unconscious reactions. Our state creates our thoughts. But what creates our state?

Certainly things like exercise, diet, sleep, our overall health, our experiences and our thoughts (it’s circular) create our state. We have some control over some of these things some of the time.

Do you know anyone who claims to have total control over all of these things? I don’t care who it is, I’m here to tell you that they are lying to you. No human being is choosing their state, thoughts and actions 100% all of the time (or even close).

In some blessed moments we are making conscious choices according to what we want for ourselves. In other moments we are asleep at the wheel and acting by default.

Those default reactions dictate how our lives unfold.

One way they tend to occur is in the most emotionally charged and dramatic moments when we are unable to control our most basic instincts.

When we think that our survival is threatened our conscious awareness tends to go out the window. Our ancestors, traumas, wounds and unconscious memories act through us. We have a lapse in critical judgment and say mean things to a loved one, abruptly quit a job, or eat things that are bad for us.

The other way our default actions work is through natural talents and inclinations. We can’t help but be good at what we’re good at. In some cases we worked hard and had the discipline to become talented, but where did that drive come from? It is a quality that already existed within us. We become successful, we develop a good reputation, and we think we did it.

We have the power to choose how we act and react in every moment, but the odds can be stacked heavily against us or in favor of us, and what we are trying to accomplish isn’t random either.

Only by knowing the ways we are shaped by our destiny can we begin to have true free will.

Thousands and thousands of years ago ancient rishis (“seers”) in india realized this and discovered a correlation between destiny patterns and the movement of the planets against the backdrop of the stars. They saw how our astrological birth charts show the way we are “seized” by certain planetary energies, causing us to do predetermined things.

The system they developed, Vedic Astrology, is one of the ways we can begin to know ourselves better, to understand how we are wired so that we can apply more and more of our free will in every moment. We can see why we are drawn to make certain choices and then take a step back to decide if we really want to move in a certain direction.

We all need someone who can shed light in the darkness, hand us a map, and lead us through the places where we are most blind.

A great Vedic Astrologer can be that person for you. I would be honored to be that person for you.

If you want to discover your destiny and find your free will, you can go here to learn more and book a Vedic Astrology Reading.

Why are astrological forecasts so intense?

Karma clockI was listening to a podcast the other day and the host was questioning whether she still believes in Astrology.

Her complaint was that every forecast she reads says essentially the same thing: “Everything is really intense right now! Hang onto your hats, it’s gonna be a wild and difficult ride!” She wondered why the stars never said, “It’s all going great! Enjoy!!”

I laughed as I listened, knowing exactly what she was talking about, and immediately thought, “I know why…”

There are two main reasons why transits/forecasts almost always sound ominous.


1) Transits should not be interpreted without looking at our individual charts.

The transits are important, sure. They affect us all, yes, and sometimes in similar ways. But the only way to know exactly how they will impact us is to compare them to our birth charts.

A transit that will be crazy-making for one person will be money-making for the next person. A transit that cause major changes for one person will mean minor changes for the next.

It all depends on whether the transit mirrors something that was also happening at the time of our birth, which brings that pattern back up for us and makes it stronger, for better or for worse.

Read more about this in my article for Elephant Journal.


2) Astrology exists so we can understand our karma. Transits are like a clock that show us when it’s time for karma to ripen. Karma can be intense!

Astrology was created/channeled to help us see the hidden patterns running our lives so we can increase our use of free will instead of being run by our past.

When the transits align with our birth charts, astrology sounds the karmic alarm clock, and we know that certain things are very likely to happen.

Transits = change = intensity.

People who are interested in karma and destiny tend to have lives that are full of big ups and downs (i.e. karmic influences), and look to astrology to understand what’s going on (many become astrologers!)

Therefore, most people writing astrological forecasts are doing so from the lens of having very intense lives, and from their perspective, everything is always happening in an intense way. This comes out in their writing and they rarely tell you that things are going to be all calm and dandy.


So there you have it! If you’ve ever wondered about this yourself, I hope this helps.

Oh, and it goes without saying that everything is really intense right now! Seriously. We have some big transits coming up that are going to blow your mind!!! 😉 (I’m only half kidding – watch out for August 11 and 13 when we’ll have 2 big ones with Jupiter and Saturn – I’ll write again soon explaining those…)

As always, if you’d like to know how these big transits are going to affect you (for real), I highly recommend getting a personal reading with me. You can learn more and schedule that here.


Until next time,


The Meaning of Eclipses in Vedic Astrology


annularsolarOn January 31, 2018 there will be a Total Lunar Eclipse forming from 2:50 am-8:50 am PST, followed by a Partial Solar Eclipse on February 15, 2018, taking place at 10:55 am- 2:50 pm PST.

In the few days leading up to eclipses I always see a bunch of Facebook posts from well-meaning coaches and astrologers instructing us all to “plant new seeds” and “start new projects.”

However, eclipses have been considered inauspicious events for thousands of years. They have been viewed as very negative omens.

How then, could they be a good time to start something new? Is it just a superstition? And what is the best thing to do during an eclipse?

As the ancient Indian legend goes, an eclipse occurs when the shadowy demon Rahu Ketu gets his revenge on the Sun and the Moon by consuming them and stealing their luminous rays. Their pure, creative energy gets twisted and dark during the eclipse and for a few days after. This myth does not exactly conjure a heart warming mental image, and that’s intentional.

The truth, according to Vedic Astrology, is that eclipses can be a terrible time to start or end projects, relationships, jobs, or any other important thing in the material world. This is because auspicious beginnings are blessed with light, ideally the light of a healthy, full Moon and the daytime Sun. With Rahu and Ketu gobbling up this light and warping it in unseen ways, anything you start could turn out very strangely, and you may regret ending something as well…

Eclipses are a great time to stay in, meditate, and do your inner work.  In fact, they provide an especially rich opportunity to connect with spirit because the ‘veils’ are thin.

I always receive a lot of phone calls from clients who just made major decisions during the eclipse cycle (i.e. in the 2 week period that separates the Lunar and Solar eclipses).

They want to know if things will work out, despite the timing. For example, one had just bought a house. Another had signed a contract for her dream job. One more had met a man she was over the moon about.

While I assured them that things would work out the way they needed to, I couldn’t honestly say that everything was going to be a-o-k in the short term.

Sure enough, 2 weeks later, I learned that the newly purchased house turned out to be near the site of an undisclosed crime; the dream job dissolved into a heap of unfortunate misunderstandings and miscommunications; the relationship disappeared as quickly as it came.

Am I saying that nothing that begins on an eclipse can go well? No, like I always say, nothing in astrology applies to absolutely everyone all of the time. But the odds are not in your favor.

Do not, on the day of an eclipse or the few days surrounding it, start an important new project, sign a contract, make a deal, or any other material activity if you have another option.

You’re probably not being shown all of the details about the situation, or you may not be thinking completely clearly at this time, so it’s best to wait.

Something I’ve noticed is that the 2 weeks between eclipses (the eclipse cycle) is a bit of a “Twilight Zone.” Things suddenly veer off into an unexpected direction, only to course correct after the second (or last) eclipse.

You’re not truly out of the woods until after the Solar Eclipse on February 15 (there are 2-3 eclipses in a cycle).

One of the most important things to check about an eclipse is to see if it’s visible where you are at the time that it happens. Where it’s visible, its effects are more pronounced.

The Lunar eclipse is visible in North/East Europe, Asia, Australia, North/East Africa, North America, North/West South America and Antarctica.

The Solar eclipse will only be visible in Southern South America and Antarctica.

Solar eclipses are usually tougher because the Moon is always new/dark, which removes the Moon’s vital energy from our environment at that time. This one isn’t visible from many continents and isn’t nearly as significant as the one that swept across the Western world last year, so it’s less interesting to most of us than the Total Lunar Eclipse that precedes it.

So the next time someone tells you to do something important on an eclipse, send them this link so that they can learn another perspective and make an informed decision. You could be doing them a huge favor!

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How To Use Your Karma To Become Free

KarmaHave you ever stopped to wonder why astrology works?

It’s kind of a weird concept that the movement of the planets against the backdrop of the constellations somehow determines how your life goes.

On the surface, it seems like a strange belief, but if you dig deeper, you’ll discover that the arrangement of the planets represents what’s going on within you. Their location, relative to earth, is like a signpost – in this infinite universe – of where you are in time and space, and that includes your inner and outer landscape.

Consider the idea that when you were born, you had a destiny.

You came into the world at a specific time when the situation on the outside could match the energy your individual soul had inside, and that set you on a particular trajectory.

That’s what your astrological birth chart shows – exactly what energy you had as you began this lifetime, via the placement of each planet, house and constellation.

The energy you came in with interacts with the energy around you for the rest of your life, and that’s what makes astrological predictions possible.

You can see how your chart is going to play along with the current and future state of the planets in the sky and then get a sense of what’s most likely to happen in all areas of your life.

You have this predictable destiny because of karma.

Your karma is the collection of actions you have taken throughout your multitude of lifetimes. According to many Eastern philosophies, you are given a certain portion of your total karma to experience in this lifetime.

Karma can show up as specific events in your life but it also reveals itself as deeply engrained patterns in your physical, emotional and intellectual mind.

These patterns are usually very hard for you to see on your own, and can cause you to take unconscious actions that perpetuate them, which means you are living your life according to fate.

Once you can see the patterns and you know how your karma is influencing you in this lifetime, you can begin to go beyond fate and experience free will.

Free will can only be exercised when you have awareness. You don’t truly choose the things you do unconsciously – that’s why they are so predictable.

If you want to become free, you need to understand where you are bound and develop this awareness. As you untie these knots and begin to make conscious choices you will be liberated.

Sometimes there will be events you can’t change. But you can always improve your ability to respond to them in a way that creates more peace and joy for yourself and others.

My feeling is this:

Why wait any longer to get yourself on a better trajectory? What is more important than understanding your karma and becoming free?

It’s why I’ve chosen the path of helping to shed light on the hidden forces guiding people’s lives. It brings me so much joy to walk beside my Vedic Astrology clients as they have those big, life changing “a-ha” moments about the patterns that have been running them, and then to watch them choose a better way.

If you’d like to understand your karma via your birth chart and learn how to become more free, follow this link because I’d be honored to do a Vedic Astrology reading for you.

Let’s liberate ourselves!