December 31, 2021

Wishing you a Happy, Prosperous and Covid-19 free 2022

While (as predicted) the last couple of years went on the record to be one of the most eventful and memorial years for the first few decades of the 21st century, the year 2022 is likely to follow up with (not with the same intensity though) the years 2020 and 2021 with similar experiences since Pluto is now well anchored in sidereal Capricorn and Saturn will still be lingering around in Capricorn through 2022 despite a brief entry in Aquarius during April 28 – July 14, 2022. As a result, while slowly diminishing and almost gone during April 29 – July 14, Covid-19 is likely to return and stay with us till the end of the year. 

However, the biggest story of 2022 is likely to be the simultaneous ingress of the two most benefic planets, Jupiter and Neptune in sidereal Pisces as they conjunct within a degree during April 13-22.  In addition, around April 14 the north lunar node Rahu will enter sidereal Aries. And therefore, April is likely to prove to be a most eventful and spiritually profound month, and it will be remembered for a long time to come.

Another big story of 2022 is the Uranus-Rahu-Mars conjunction in the fire sign Aries. This conjunction occurs within a degree during July 25 – Aug 5. This is one of the deadliest combinations of three malefics in the fire sign Aries, and Rahu’s karmic energy will certainly be on display during this conjunction period.  It will certainly affect the political climate (Mars) of the United States (Uranus) in a big way as this period directly confronts with the country’s Karma (Rahu).

Furthermore, while Venus continues to stay retrograde till the end of January and returns to sidereal Capricorn on February 27, Mars becomes retrograde on October 31 in sidereal Gemini, returns to Taurus on November 14, then becomes direct on January 13, 2023 and finally returns to Capricorn on March 13, 2023.  Energies of these retrograde planets, especially that from Mars is likely to significantly impact the political and financial world. 

Neptune’s Entry in Sidereal Pisces

One of the extraordinary planetary events of 2022 is the transit of the modern planet Neptune from the sidereal zodiac sign Aquarius to the next zodiac sign Pisces. It first occurs on April 15, 2022, and Neptune stays in Pisces till September 15, 2022. And then with its retrograde motion Neptune returns to Aquarius and stays in Aquarius till February 16, 2023. After February 16, 2023 it will continue to transit through Pisces for the following 14 years (till mid 2036).  Although it is going to be in Pisces for only about 5 months in 2022, Neptune being the spiritual planets of our solar system that deal more with heart than mind, it will certainly affect the matters related to Pisces in a significant way. 

Pisces being a water and mutable sign ruled by Jupiter Some of its significant characteristics are: Divine, fruitful, fertile, emotional, honest, outspoken, religious, spiritual, nonviolent, polite, modest, moody, affectionate, hermit, psychic, water, compassion, love, heart connection, non-verbal communication and introvert. These qualities complement very well with qualities of Neptune that include: spiritual, intuitive, divine, psychic, magical, highly emotional, moody, clairvoyant, inspiration, imaginative, love, compassionate and mystical. 

As a result, a subtle and slow change in our collective moral and spiritual perceptions is certainly going to be manifested in the way we never experienced before. This era (next 14 years) will be remembered as the period of spiritual inspiration and transformation. Interestingly, this era also complements well with the era of Pluto’s transit in sidereal Capricorn (a sign ruled by spiritual Saturn) that runs in parallel during the same time. The way we have been used to deal with religions will no longer be our norms.  Our moral codes will be greatly influenced by our collective spiritual experiences. And in that sense a subtle but most effective transformation of world morality during this unique era of 14 years is likely to take us to a level where the norms solely based on spiritual experiences will dictate and guide our lives with new level of understanding.  

Pisces, being the sign for poets, musicians, singers, monks, religious leaders, spiritual leaders, nurses, nuns, social workers, caregivers, saints, psychics, actors, sailors and ship captains, these respective fields will go through significant transformations. And these transformations be reflected in the new norms of morality and ethics, expansion of our collective psychic abilities and mystical experiences keeping in line with steady progress in our ability to directly perceive truth. Also, creativity in areas of music will likely complement our spiritual progress. 

In scientific and technological areas, a lot of drastic changes and emerging new ideas coupled with mystical experiences will find their way into innovations and discoveries.  However, it will be the first time the scientific and technological research will be more focused in areas that will bridge the gap between the science and morality. The likely areas of research will be in spiritual healing, and life-force related activities. The return to the holistic and Ayurvedic practices and alternate medicines are very likely. A new wave of philosophers and philanthropist with their new perspectives on living, in general, will certainly transform our world in next 14 years with a new level of understanding of life.

On the downside, the religious leaders and social reformers may tend to form cults and spread cult like activities, rise in organized religion scandals, deceptive activities under the disguise of promise of spiritual experiences are likely to be on rise in certain part of the world.  The scandals of the secretive collaboration between the medical doctors and pharmaceutical industries will be exposed. The increase usage of mind altering drugs, disregard for social and to some extent moral responsibility, rise in mental disorders, and losing the touch with reality are some of the likely symptoms of the negative side of Neptune. 

On individual level for those who have water sign (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) as their ascendant in their natal ninefold (Navamansh) chart should get ready for a brand new and long lasting (14 years) cycle of change, especially a very pronounced cycle if Neptune is a dominant planet in your birth charts. The changes that might occur would be very subtle and would deal with your new or renewed interest in spirituality, openness, psychic abilities to perceive truth, divine experiences, transformed perceptions and beliefs, and the way of living.  

Pluto in sidereal Capricorn

Capricorn being the earth sign (material world) ruled by Saturn (spiritual planet) and being the cardinal sign (leader of the earth signs) and Pluto being the planet of transformation (irreversible change), the drastic changes in our collective perceptions of our material world have been and will continue to be manifested in the way we never experienced before by Pluto’s transit in Capricorn. 

This era (until 2039) will be remembered as the period of material world transformation (modifying the existing world by totally annihilating present way of living) to a new and very different way of living that would align with our human evolution.  Since the year 2020 it has already proved that the way we had been used to deal with material world is no longer be our norms.  We now are more isolated and far from being social the way we used to be.  Most of us work from home and we use on line tools to deal with our daily chores. In next few years or so we certainly will return to our normal social life, but with very different perspective about life as we would become conscious about our earth, climate and not just the material waste but also about how we prioritize our (quality of) life and spend time accordingly.

Since the Pluto’s entry in sidereal Capricorn (and thus the pandemic), some of the world business leaders or companies have become obsolete or transformed into other forms reflecting the material way of living has been greatly influenced by our collective spiritual experiences and subsequent understanding of the world due to Pluto’s transformational transit. 

However, this wonderful process of spiritual transformational growth has been and will likely to be accompanied by very painful, chaotic and frustrating human experiences (wars, violence, terrorism, social and political conflicts, natural and man-made calamities are some of the few examples) required to completely annihilate our present social norms and our prejudice based conditioning, resulting in profound changes in our collective moral and spiritual perceptions (consciousness).  The Covid-19 pandemic may continue on and off throughout the year but likely to be subsiding as the year progresses. However, a possibility of an emergence of a similar crisis certainly exists as a part of Capricorn Pluto’s continuous process of material transformation.

The world financial markets will likely to be very volatile throughout this year. 

Saturn in sidereal Capricorn/Aquarius/Capricorn

Saturn will be in sidereal Capricorn till April 28, then briefly enters Aquarius and stays in Aquarius till July 14, and then returns to Capricorn for the rest of the year. 

Capricorn being the earth and cardinal sign, Saturn’s energy has strongly been reflected in the volatility and changes in the world financial markets, economy and material expansion/contraction. Entrepreneurs, business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, philosophers, scientists, reformers and to some extent monks will shape the future of the world. Those who have Saturn in Capricorn (Saturn return) in their natal charts have already been experiencing Saturn’s energy as their lives transformed to a new settings due to a drastic change (mostly) at material and psychological levels. In my opinion, despite a painful period of frustration due to unexpected drastic changes in life, it’s going to be an exciting period for those who have dominant Saturn in their birth chart and have Pisces, Aries, Leo and Scorpio as their natal ninefold (Navamansha) ascendant. 

The simultaneous ingress of Jupiter and Neptune in sidereal Pisces

Currently Jupiter is in sidereal Aquarius. As an air sign, the sign of intelligent and open mind, the transit of Jupiter in Aquarius has been very important and positive for spiritual expansion. The emergence of new philosophies will shed the light on new wave of livings and understanding of the world.  Aquarius being the sign of universal love and collective progress, progressive ideas have been dominating the world as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On April 13, Jupiter enters sidereal Pisces and it will be in Pisces for the rest of the year. Interestingly, around April 15, Neptune also enters sidereal Pisces. As already mentioned earlier, while Neptune stays in Pisces for only about 5 months during 2022 ( as it becomes retrograde and returns to Aquarius on September 15), the combined impulse of spiritual planets Neptune and Jupiter will certainly be felt around the world as the world spiritually further transforms with a greater speed.

The simultaneous ingress of two most benefic planets, Jupiter and Neptune in sidereal Pisces as they conjunct within a degree during April 13-22 is a most remarkable and profound spiritual planetary event for 2022.  Since Neptune takes about on average 168 years to circle around the zodiac, such configuration occurs once every 170 to 180 years.

Pisces is a water and mutable sign. It’s ruled by Jupiter, and according to western astrology it is also ruled by Neptune.  Both Neptune and Jupiter are friends and love water signs.  In Vedic astrology both are considered benefics and visionary. While air signs exclusively deal with mind, the water signs are considered to be directly connected to heart.  Because the impulses arising from heart are most natural and spontaneous (not clouded by judgmental and prejudiced mind) the path to spirituality is more direct and natural. 

The energy of both Pisces Jupiter and Pisces Neptune is the source of universal love and compassion. Their impulses stem from heart and not from mind. Therefore, it transcends the barriers of race, religion, cultures and others which are created by man to ultimately reach universal love and compassion for all living beings. This energy is reflected in work activities of poets, musicians, singers, philosophers, healers, spiritual leaders, social workers, nurses, teachers, saints and even in work-activities of ordinary people who are unaware of this beautiful energy. 

The influence of the Neptunian energy will be reflected in profound changes that are likely to occur in authoritarian countries like Russia and China in next 14 years. The authoritarianism will be challenged and people in power of authority are likely to lose their power in coming years. In addition, the organized religions will likely to be come under tremendous pressure to abandon their norms that have been the hindrances in transforming our humanity to universal love. 

Rahu-Uranus-Mars conjunction in sidereal Aries

The north lunar node, Rahu will conjunct Uranus in sidereal Aries with in three degrees during June 21 – Sept 20, and within one degree during July 13 – Aug 9. In addition, during the same time, Mars conjuncts both of them within a degree. This is one of the deadliest combinations of three malefics coming together in the fire sign Aries, and Rahu’s karmic energy will certainly be on display during this conjunction period.  It will certainly affect the political climate (Mars) of the United States (Uranus) in a big way as this period directly confronts with the country’s Karma (Rahu).

The political turmoil, social unrest, natural and man-made calamities that include west coast wild fires, senseless killings and racial violence, etc., are very likely to be materialized during this period. For democrats and the democrat party this period may prove to be a very challenging one. 

Retrograde Mars in sidereal Gemini  

Mars becomes retrograde on October 31, 2022 in sidereal Gemini. It returns to Taurus on November 14, 2022 due to its retrograde motion. It becomes direct on January 13 in Taurus and returns to Gemini on March 13, 2023. The transit of retrograde Mars in the sidereal Gemini and Taurus is likely to dominate the news headlines November 2022 through March 2023.

Gemini being the air sign and ruled by Mercury, Gemini Mars energy represents more directly related to brain power than physical power. Therefore, the manifestation of this energy will be reflected in both the material (Mars being the material planet) and knowledge (as Gemini is ruled by Mercury) with tremendous ups and downs that will be intensely felt by the entire world, especially by people in power at research and academic institutes, diplomats, space technology, products related to communications such as cell phones, internets, social media and information technology. 

The transit of Mars in Taurus (the earth sign) means significant volatility in financial markets and drastic changes and shifts in international politics.

Summary

The year 2022 will be significantly affected by the subtle but very powerful energy of Neptune-Jupiter ingress in sidereal Pisces, Saturn-Pluto transit in Capricorn and deadly conjunction of Uranus-Rahu-Mars.  However, the silver lining under this extremely dramatic and destructive period continues to point to the world spiritual transformation process as these painful events become responsible for that transformation to a new level of understanding, a necessary step as a part of our collective spiritual growth.