What’s going on in the Heavens?
Author: Krishna Wiuker
May 31, 2012
For the past year I have been too busy
to write and send astrological newsletters, but in these past
weeks so many people have been writing to me asking questions
regarding an intense disturbance that many people have been
feeling or experiencing recently, so I though I should write
something about it.
Rahu and Ketu, the nodes of the Moon, have
been in the constellations of Scorpio (Rahu) and Taurus (Ketu)
since June 6th 2011 and will stay there until December 23rd
(When I talk about signs and constellations I mean the sideral
zodiac used in vedic astrology, which is different from the
tropical zodiac used in western astrology).
Rahu and Ketu are considered as debilitated in the signs of
Scorpio/Taurus respectively as per the jyotish shastra.
In this case, being “debilitated” doesn’t
mean that their effects are weaker, but it means that their
effects are more difficult to deal with.
Why is it so? Why is Rahu debilitated
in Scorpio and Ketu in Taurus?
Scorpio is the natural 8th house of the zodiac. The 8th house
is a difficult one, related to death, destruction, the dark
side of the mind, sin, bad karmas and punishment. It also
has a positive potential, being a house of Moksha or spiritual
liberation and if it is well disposed in a birth chart it
can bring great intuition, understanding of the secrets of
the mind and nature, knowledge of secret sciences and deep
But Rahu placed in the 8th house or Scorpio can be very dangerous.
This is because Rahu doesn’t have much discrimination
between right and wrong. He is a force of “Tamas”.
His nature is to cover the light, it is the cause of the eclipse
of the light and makes the shadow become visible or manifested.
He acts based on compulsive desire and is very ambitious.
When it is in Scorpio or the 8th house he feels very attracted
to experience the dark side of the mind and the dark side
of power, feeding the most dark samskaras or mental tendencies
that a person or the collective humanity can have.
If a person has spiritual maturity and other virtues then
Rahu here can make him a great psychologist, one who understands
the dark secrets of the mind and can work with them in a healing
way. But if this maturity has not been reached yet, then it
can bring very powerful temptation and draw the mind to the
Some of the dark and hidden secrets of people in power are
coming out to the surface due to some of these events.
On the other hand, Ketu is the “Moksha
karaka” the planet that represents Moksha, spiritual
liberation and disassociation from the material world.
But Taurus is the 2nd house of the zodiac and it represents
the material prosperity, finances, stability and grounding,
something completely contrary to Ketu’s nature.
So it is not by chance that now when Ketu is in Taurus, humanity
is experiencing strong world financial crises, which are affecting
even the most powerful countries and economies.
So,for the past year this placement of Rahu and Ketu has been
affecting humanity from the level of collective karma as well
as individually, in different ways, and that depends on the
individual karmas, shown by the different placements of these
planets in their birth charts.
People who were born with the ascendant, sun or moon in the
signs of Taurus or Scorpio, and also Leo and cancer can be
some of the most affected by this placement of Rahu and Ketu.
This is even more significant for those born under Krittika
or Jyeshta Nakshatras, because of the eclipses happening right
at these points of Taurus/Scorpio.
Now, in these past weeks the situation has been particularly
aggravated because of the Sun eclipse that happened last may
20th and the coming moon eclipse on June 4th.
The Sun and the moon are the “Luminaries” they
bring the light. They are “Satvic” grahas and
they are especially afflicted by the conjunction of Rahu and
Ketu, and more so when there is a full eclipse.
The eclipses tend to have a very disturbing influence on the
psyche of humans and even in the forces of nature, causing
more propensities for earthquakes, floods and other climatological
or environmental disturbances.
The times of Sun and Moon eclipses are the only moments when
we can see Rahu and Ketu visible in the sky, as the shadow
that covers the sun or moon at the time of the eclipse.
The moon exerts a very powerful influence on the human mind
During the past Sun eclipse, not only the Sun and Moon were
affected by it but also a particular confluence of planets,
Venus, Jupiter and Mercury were and are also there in conjunction
with the eclipse. This creates a strong effect on so many
people, because if either of these planets is our ascendant
ruler or an important dispositor in your birth chart, you
are surely affected by the eclipse.
There are eclipses every year, several times a year, but what
is particular about the current situation is that the eclipses
are happening when Rahu and Ketu are in their sign of debilitation!
The effect is of course different in each individual and that
depends on their own birth chart, the Dashas (planetary periods)
and other benefic or malefic transits that can be affecting
the individual chart. Some people may even benefit personally
from the eclipses in many ways, but in spite of that, if even
one human being is suffering it will affect the mind of the
whole humanity, because we are all connected. And a massive
amount of people suffering will definitely affect everyone,
consciously or unconsciously, even if you seem to be having
a “good time”.
After the Sun eclipse the Moon has continue its journey in
the sky, but to conjunct Mars first, then to be hemmed in
between Mars and Saturn, then to be conjunct Saturn, then
to be hemmed in between Saturn and Rahu, and to complete it,
it will conjunct Rahu in June 4th being a Moon eclipse, that
is happening in Scorpio! Even though this is a partial eclipse,
is still a very signficative astrological event.
Scorpio is the debilitation sign of the moon! And it will
be there eclipsed by Rahu being in its debilitation sign as
well, and both of them aspected by Saturn and Mars at the
All this is an important severe affliction to the Moon, which
is in turn afflicting the collective mind and the individual
human mind in a very powerful and disturbing way.
Between the two eclipses, there has been also the combustion
of Mercury for some days and there will be a planetary war
between Venus and Mercury on June 1st and a severe combustion
What to do about all this?
The best thing you can do is to continue with your spiritual
The practice of Japa Yoga and mantra chanting is a very good
way to protect the psyche from negative astrological forces.
Especially you can do Japa of: Maha Mritunjaya mantra, Maha
Mantra, Durga mantra or Siva mantra, Vishnu mantra or your
own Ishta Devata mantra.
Doing devotional ceremonies or pujas and homas is also a counteractive
force invoking divine grace and positive psychic energy.
Try to meditate, calm the mind and emotions as much as you
can, avoid getting involved in passionate dramas and continue
your selfless service to humanity and to the alleviation of
those who suffer.
And even beyond that, remember that everything
is changing, ephemeral, illusory, everything will pass. Just
remain as a silent and detached witness, without identifying
yourself with the changing phenomena.
What about the 2012 prophecies?
The astrological situation that I just mentioned, has nothing
to do in my opinion to the events that have been so popularly
spread in the internet and other new age media about 2012
and the Mayan prophecies.
Some people have been predicting catastrophic events, even
the “end of the world” by December 2012, based
on some interpretation of the Mayan prophecies. Others are
predicting a kind of collective enlightenment or the beginning
of a golden age from this December 2012.
Personally I don’t thing it will happen neither way.
There will be no end of the world, neither the sudden enlightenment.
Actually these views seem quite naive to my personal understanding
and in my knowledge there is not any astrological sign indicating
any of these possibilities.
There is though an intense transformation going on in the
earth , we are surely facing challenges in areas like ecology,
energy, waste, overpopulated areas, crime, war and others.
We humans are facing a strong karmic purification of a wrongly
oriented “civilization”, which was actually predicted
in the Vedic scriptures long time ago, but it will not be
the end of the world.
Om Shanti !
Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavantu!
Author: Krishna Wiuker
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