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"Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics."

~ Albert Einstein

The 2015 number 8 SATURN CYCLE will offer a major awakening to humanity. Saturn is the great initiator, the planet of practical reality. Whether this turns out to be a problem or an opportunity will depend on your adaptability and flexibility. And, specifically what personal karma you have due with Lord Saturn, visible from your natal chart and your celestial timing sequence.

2015, a SATURN cycle


Saturn image courtesy of www.sanatansociety.com

Comprised of the number of the Moon (2), the 0 – or great Void – the number of the Sun (1) and the number of Mercury (5). Added together a number eight: the number of Saturn. Saturn in the Vedic tradition is the catalyst between death and rebirth, and represents the highest agency of personal and collective transformation. Subsequently, this cycle will force humanity into the raw recognition that death is the end station for all and everything. Death is inescapable for all life forms, and it is where we are all going, like it or not. All this jumping up and down, searching for eternal happiness, the pursuit of the almighty dollar, crazy greed mongering and intensifying exploitation of global resources, will in the end amount to nothing more than death.

Saturn is the sobriety planet, insisting on utmost self-honesty, humility and practical realism of how it truly is. Relentlessly Saturn is going to offer these lessons, irrespective of culture, religion, social status, age, gender, belief system, that death is the final station for everything and everyone. This is very hard to embrace, and people go through great acrobatics resisting this, day in and day out, pretending otherwise. We are so absorbed in our own self-delusions and ego distractions that we seek any form of entertainment over and above the facts of death.

We are sold endless trance states via the Internet, via pretentious and dishonest communications, by perpetuating relentless consumerism, pursuing financial get-rich schemes, diet crazes, cleverly packaged magical thinking in the form of self-help “laws of attraction” and so on. Behind all this frantic behavior there is a primal fear nobody wants do deal with: the fear of death.

The Saturn cycle will force us to address all fear. Fear of suffering, of existential angst, fear of death.

Supreme

When I say: ‘I am’.
I do not mean a separate entity
with a body as its nucleus.
I mean the totality of being,
the ocean of consciousness,
the entire universe
of all that is and knows.
I have nothing to desire
for I am complete forever.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

Saturn is slow moving which is indicated by its Sanskrit name Shanaischaraya. It is cold, dry and tamasic in nature, and considered a malefic planet of darkness. Because it rules over the dark side of human nature, it forces us into deep self-honesty, the place where we really have an awareness of what is right and wrong, our primal conscience.

Saturn is a planet of confinement, and often brings obstruction such as delay, restraint, illness, and impairments to ones movements as it rules over the legs. In extreme cases it represents imprisonment. It can make us feel isolated, morbid, pessimistic, anxious and lonely, and when we go through a Saturn period, particularly the long lasting ones, it visibly ages us. Saturn rules over the nails, hair, teeth, bones and skeleton. In this 2015 Saturn cycle we can expect to confront our self-limitations, having to deal with unpredictable elements arising from within and without, disturbing our cherished dreams. We are forced to work hard in whatever capacity, serve our elders as our healthcare systems are crumbling, and will be challenged by the dilemmas of the poor and downtrodden. This year is likely to be without much fun or humor. Considering last year’s KETU cycle (acting like Mars), where everybody was triggered and angry, this 2015 SATURN cycle could have everybody fearful, feeling restricted and outright depressed.

Globalization is a predominant story of our times. The way we live, the way we think, and everything we consume is connected, and affected by this force. This global interconnectedness and interdependency we are experiencing bring with it added complexities. Forces of globalization, while bringing modernity to developing countries, also ignite political and economic instability. Now every local crisis becomes a global crisis, from downed airplanes, public health concerns like Ebola, financial meltdowns, separatist and religious movements, among others.

Saturn is a rebel at heart, so societies at large will push for more social uprising and will want to revolutionize existing law and order. This could be a year full of global struggle, worldwide spiritual discontent, and alarming climate crisis resulting in economic uncertainty. Unless by now you meditate daily, eat sensibly and sustainably, exercise consistently and have a devoted attitude of faith and surrender, you could easily give into the collective gloominess, forgetting how to smile as you lose sight of the samsaric leela we are all engaged in. This is the play of the gods after all.

The difference between what you were yesterday and what you will be tomorrow is what you do today. PERSONAL INTEGRITY IS EVERYTHING in this new SATURN cycle!

The task seems hopeless until suddenly
all becomes clear and simple and
so wonderfully easy.
But, as long as you are interested in
your present way of living,
you will shirk from
the final leap into the unknown.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

Saturn teaches us perseverance as we weather the many storms and losses of life. Saturn is considered a cruel, malefic planet. Saturn possesses unsurpassed resilience and has a vengeful streak. Saturn is the laborer and servant in the celestial pantheon. Saturn represents one’s ability to do what they have to do, even though they may have no desire to do it. In our everyday even while striving for a great task, there are many tedious, boring and routine things that must be done. Saturn gives us the tenacity to do these things. Life is a process of moving forward, even if one is at the bottom of the ladder.

 

UPAYAS

Worshiping Lord Saturn in the form of remedial remedies for spiritual upliftment

  • Construct and worship a traditional Saturn planetary Yantra
  • Fast on Saturdays, abstaining from all food and drink
  • Wear black or dark blue clothing
  • Feed black crows in nature
  • Chant mantras to Saturn as given below
  • Offer rice with black sesame seeds as prasadam after worship
  • Light a sesame oil lamp with the intention to appease Lord Saturn
  • Perform Navagraha Abishekham, Archana and Navagraha Homa
  • If you are near a temple, do Navagraha Pradakshinam (circumambulating)
  • Help elderly people, especially leg impaired invalids
  • Read “The Greatness of Saturn” (Shani Mahatmyam)
  • Help the poor, infirm and needy without expectation of reward
  • Donate something of value to an appropriate cause or charity

Saturn moves slowly and has particularly strong periods of disharmony, such as the dreaded 7.5 years of Sade Sati. Its through this period, due to the suffering given by Saturn in the phenomenal world, that one turns towards God and grows spiritually because so much hardship has to be endured.

Worshipping Lord Hanuman and Kala Bhairava is advocated during Saturnine transits and their grief inducing sobriety. Lord Hanuman is said to have captured Saturn at one time, and extracted a promise from him that he (Saturn) will not harm any of Hanuman’s devotees. Chanting the Hanuman Chalisa will alleviate Saturn’s harmful vibrations. Lord Hanuman also represents Lord Shiva, and His consort Shakti, and worshipping him (Hanuman) is worshipping the unity and harmony of Shiva-Shakti. Similarly, we worship Kala Bhairava, since this is the aspect of the divine that controls time.

We should not excessively worry about the planets as what we are experiencing in this lifetime is due to our past karmas and on-going unconscious actions. No pain, no gain. We must serve the divine and take a more genuine approach towards our evolution by overcoming our ignorance and selfishness preventing our spiritual progress.

These mantras are very pleasing to Saturn. They need to be pronounced correctly in Sanskrit, and should be received from a learned person who has authority to transmit them in order to be effective.

Sani Gayatri
Sanaicharaya Vidhmahe
Chayaputraya Dheemahi
Thanno Manthah Prachodayath

Puranic Mantra
Neelaanjana Samaabhaasam
Raviputram Yamaagrajam
Chaayaa Maartaanda Sambhootam
Tam Namaami Shanayscharam

Tantric Mantra
Aum Aing Hring Shring Shung
Shanaischaraye Namaha Aum

Major Astrological DATES for 2015

Mercury Retrogrades

  • January 21st to February 11th
  • May 18th to June 11th
  • September 17th to October 9th

Eclipses

  • March 20th (total SOLAR eclipse)
  • April 4th (total LUNAR eclipse)
  • September 13th (partial SOLAR eclipse)
  • September 28th (total LUNAR eclipse)

 

RETROGRADES for 2015

A planet going retrograde in motion, as seen from the Earth, represents an area of life that comes into magnified focus. The part of the sky where a planet retrogrades, can tell what themes will become prominent during the retrograde phase. In retrograde motion a planet will be revisiting and re-evaluating, until finally is comes to a stationary position for a few days and resumes normal forward movement, bringing to completion and integration the lessons and insights of that period.

In Vedic astrology, the Sign, nakshatra, and any conjunctions happening during the retrograde phase of a given planet, provide clues to the themes that will be important during that period.

In 2015, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn will have retrograde periods. Mars will not retrograde in 2015.

MERCURY

Mercury will retrograde three times in 2015: January/February, May/June and September.

Notable points for the Mercury retrograde:

  • Mercury will retrograde in Earth signs (Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo)
  • Mercury will retrograde most of the time in Moon ruled nakshatras (Shravana, Rohini, Hasta)
  • Moon is prominent on the first two retrogrades January/February and May/June - as Mercury and Moon are conjunct on the day the retrograde starts (Shravana, Rohini)
  • Rahu is prominent in the final Mercury retrograde in September - as Mercury and Rahu are conjunct for the final 4-5 days.

Dates for Mercury retrograde:

  • 21-Jan to 11-Feb, Capricorn (23deg to 7 deg)
    • In Shravana, 21-Jan to 4-Feb
    • In Uttara Shada, 5-11 Feb
  • 18-May to 11-June, Taurus (19deg to 10deg)
    • In Rohini, 18-May to 11-June
    • Sun and Marsmake a conjunction in Taurus on 13-June, just two days after the Mercury retrograde ends. This will provide a big impulse to all things as Mercury gets going forward again!
  • 17-Sep to 9-Oct, Virgo (22deg to 7deg)
    • In Hasta, 17-Sep to 2-Oct
    • in Uttara Phalguni, 3-9 Oct

VENUS

25-Jul to 6-Sep, Leo (6deg) to Cancer (20deg)
  • There will be two phases of the Venus retrograde, one in Leo and another in Cancer. The Leo part should be auspicious, while the Cancer part will be more challenging.
  • Crossing backwards from Leo into Cancer, Venus cross the Gandanta point, the Fire-Water connection in reverse motion, from 11-14 Aug. This 3 days period will require attention to matters ruled by Venus.

JUPITER

  • 8-Dec to 8-Apr, Cancer (29deg to 18deg)
  • Jupiter will be in Ashlesha nakshatra all the time

SATURN

14-Mar to 1-Aug, Scorpio (10deg to 4deg)
  • Saturn will be in Anuradha nakshatra all the time
  • No other planets in Scorpio during this whole time
  • Saturn will be able to do its retrograde work unaffected by other energies

 

What can we expect from the RETROGRADE periods in 2015?

  • Mercury will be about Earth Signs and Moon nakshatras, our sense of security and our emotional realm.
  • Venus will be treat or trick: treat during Leo/Magha in July to mid-August, and trick during Cancer/Ashlesha in late July to early September.
  • Jupiter will continue to illuminate the undercurrents of Ashlesha ways. Being in its Exaltation sign, the light that Jupiter provides will allow us to recognize the points where we could improve in our behavior and mental attitude, and bring that to positive fruition.
  • Saturn will be in Anuradha, a nakshatra it rules. This could be potentially good, if we stay true and aligned with the Anuradha themes of devotion (Radha) and friendship (Mitra).

 

ECLIPSES in 2015

The two eclipse cycles in 2015 will be in March/April and September. Each cycle has a solar and lunar eclipse.

The eclipses mostly occur aligned with the Pisces-Virgo axis, where the nodes are transiting. The only exception is the Partial Solar Eclipse of September 13th (in Leo).

Eclipses are times of powerful psychological transformation, where the planets representing the soul (Sun) and the mind (Moon), the two luminaries, have their light briefly obscured. The dimming of the light outside, invites for exploring the source of the light within us.

This year eclipses happen twice in Uttara Bhadrapada nakshatra (March 20th solar eclipse, September 28th lunar eclipse) in Pisces. Uttara Bhadrapada is a Saturn ruled nakshatra, and represents wisdom. Particularly the wisdom we derive from having experienced life. Hasta (April 4th lunar eclipse) is a practical, lighthearted nakshatra. The Pisces-Virgo axis provides the possibility of integrating the wisdom we have learned, and the insights we have gained into practical actions in the world.

The September 13th partial solar eclipse in Leo happens in Purva Phalguni nakshatra. Here there is energy of self-expression, and the positive influence of Jupiter transiting Leo at the same time.

March 20th - Total SOLAR Eclipse
09:47 UT, 4:47AM ET

Eclipse in Pisces (visible in Europe, early AM in North America East Coast)

  • Sun and Moon at 5 deg Pisces
  • Uttara Bhadrapada nakshatra
  • Mars in Pisces, end of Revati

April 4th - Total LUNAR Eclipse
12:00 UT, 7:00AM ET

Eclipse in Virgo (at day break in North America East Coast)

  • Moon at 20 deg Virgo
  • Hasta nakshatra
  • Sun and Mercury opposition (from Pisces)

September 13th - Partial SOLAR Eclipse
5:40 UT, 00:40AM ET

Eclipse in Leo (not visible outside South Africa)

  • Sun and Moon at 25 deg Leo
  • Purva Phalguni nakshatra
  • Jupiter in Leo, end of Magha

September 28th - Total LUNAR Eclipse
2:47UT, 9:47PM ET 27th

Eclipse in Pisces (visible in North America night time)

  • Moon at 10 deg Pisces
  • Uttara Bhadrapada nakshatra
  • Sun and  Mercury opposition (from Virgo)
  • Mercury will be Exalted in Virgo (Hasta)

Men come and they go and they trot and they dance, and never a word about death. All well and good. Yet when death does come—to them, their wives, their children, their friends—catching them unawares and unprepared, then what storms of passion overwhelm them, what cries, what fury, what despair! To begin depriving death of its greatest advantage over us, let us adopt a way clean contrary to that common one; let us deprive death of its strangeness, let us frequent it, let us get used to it; let us have nothing more often in mind than death. We do not know where death awaits us: so let us wait for it everywhere.

To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.

~ Montaigne

PROJECTING INTO THE FUTURE: How will it look for each number:

Calculating your birthday and cycle # for 2015 use the following method. Add together:

the number of the month
day of birth
year for which prediction is made ( 15 ) using the last 2 digits only

day of the week your birthday falls on (check below).

SUNDAY = 1 SUN
MONDAY = 2 MOON
TUESDAY = 9 MARS
WEDNESDAY = 5 MERCURY
THURSDAY = 3 JUPITER
FRIDAY = 6 VENUS
SATURDAY = 8 SATURN

Add all of this together and the number that results from this addition becomes the number of the projected year.

-double check your additions- or maybe use our convenient online vedic year calculator.

NOTE: As this summary is very general it can only provide an overall idea of what is to come. For more precise possibilities one should consider having ones personalized chart done and consult a competent numerologist or astrologer, experienced and gifted in such matters.

Year cycle #1, ruled by the SUN

Important year of significant changes. Difficulties and problems that have existed for many years will vanish. One develops a new outlook. One hones down to the essentials and shines bright like a sun. One will feel lucky, special and receives help from people, especially people in authority and the government. One feels more healthy, robust and progressive about all ones involvements. There will be easier success in business if one gets focused, organized and plans ahead as it is a cycle of new beginnings, so sowing seeds. One will meet interesting people that provide impetus for new directions. One will be less fearful, anxious or insecure. One will work hard however experience less stress.  One will achieve name and fame, especially in competitions. This is also an excellent cycle for buying something new, starting a new venture or investment scheme. For artists/musicians this will be a superb year to make a significant societal contribution and or composition.

Year cycle #2 ruled by the MOON

This cycle will bring an increase in personal happiness, richer magnetism, and feeling attractive to others. As well as new friends, who will be helpful in the future. Overall there will be less worry and stress, yet deeper emotionality superseded by more practicality.  One will experience benefit from real estate and find a new house/home/apartment and an overall improved living situation through patience and good planning. One will experience profound changes in the way one thinks and perceives. The most important factor will be to observe the necessity of worrying and hurrying less and thereby becoming more conscious of each moment.

Year cycle # 3 ruled by JUPITER

This will bring more knowledge and practical everyday wisdom. It will be a time to complete old projects and get ready for a major shift and life transformation during the year. One will meet new acquaintances that will become friends. Overall an auspicious year as it brings financial gain, name and honor in society if one efforts to express oneself clearly. This is a meaningful cycle for writers and orators. These people should be careful as the influence of Jupiter can make them exaggerate the truth and make them frank and fearless that could get them into trouble. It is a very good cycle for planning the next venue and or getting a job promotion. Not good for lawsuits however and also a time to tests ones new friends before trusting them completely.

Year cycle #4 ruled by RAHU

This year will bring success with difficulties. There will be strength, undisturbed by unforeseen troubles and obstacles. There is alertness, hard work, and calm. There are also financial gains, increased sources of income, and financial stability. You will experience new ventures, such as a new house or apartment. This year will also be auspicious, for one may get married, but if one does not want to marry officially, one gets a life partner. Married people with no children get a child. This year is good for relationships with friends and life partners. It is not successful for love affairs and romance. It will be good for relations with government officials and men of authority. This year will be good for traveling, spiritual pursuits and religious activities.

Year cycle #5 ruled by MERCURY

This year will be a year of success and financial stability. It brings an increase in one's circle of friends. It is also good for business and businessmen. It will be good for traveling and for going abroad on business or for enjoyment. It will be good for partnership in business. It is a time to be conscious while talking, and also to be conscious while signing a deal or a contract. It is good for those employed in the media and communications business: writers, poets, actors, entertainers, radio artists, and journalists. It will be good for appearing in competitions and taking risks. It will be a memorable year.

Year cycle #6 ruled by VENUS

Year number 6 is good for family relationships, free from the problems of household affairs. It is also good for romance and conceiving a child. It is good for interior decorators, actors, musicians, poets, and painters as well as for filmmakers, theatre people, and those involved in show business. Good for jewelers and people involved in the perfume business. It will be good for spending on decoration, entertainment, and enjoyment. It is a time to get employment, for those who are unemployed. It is a time to deal with items of beauty, sensual enjoyment, worldly pleasure, and gifts. This year also brings the chance of getting unexpected wealth and a raise in salary.

Year cycle #7 ruled by KETU

This year will hold misunderstandings and difficulties. There will be difficulties in business: more work, less profit. Success in such things as court cases and law suits. It will also be a year to test friends and helpers and to avoid unnecessary discussion. Devote energy to the healing arts, astrology, practice of Tantra, magic, and hypnosis. Take fewer risks and be conscious in love affairs and romance; there are chances of getting a bad name. Remain optimistic and undisturbed if one desires success in jobs undertaken. A patient and optimistic attitude will solve problems and remove obstacles. The difficulties are only a test. This will also be a good year for healers, astrologers, and those involved in occult sciences.

Year cycle #8 ruled by SATURN

This year will be good for politicians, social workers, and people involved in the iron and steel industry. It brings the opportunity tot start a new venture. it will poor in the area of health. Precautions are needed; for example, avoid stress, excitement, and anxiety. Use more juices and spices, which clean the blood and strengthen the heart. Use pearl powder (mukta pishti) and powdered blue sapphire (neelam pishti). It is a time to gain success in worldly matters; one should use one' energy to become more creative. The right use of energy will bring good luck. It is good for gaining victory over enemies, and in lawsuits. It is a time to become independent, to rely on one's own resources and judgment. It is good for social work.

Year cycle #9 ruled MARS

This year will be a year of completion, success, and good fortune. It is a time for fulfillment of desires, for organizing oneself and a year of gaining favors from men of authority and government officials. It will also bring slight disagreements - a harmful exchange of harsh words with an officer is possible. There will be success in combat and competitions and honor by society. There is a chance of unexpected financial gains, through a lottery, inheritance, or other source. During this year, one should also avoid doubting and perfectionism. By devoting more energy to spiritual pursuits, the year will bring good results.

Christina Richã Devi

 
     
 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
       
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