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Jupiter Turns Direct and Future Life Progression Healing

Michael Conneely

Jupiter turns Direct on 10th July 2018. So how to get the greatest benefit from this is crucial.

But, of course, the information in this blog is of applicable at any time.

While Jupiter was Retrograde in the Heavens, our expansion, our Belief in ourselves, our Purpose and our Hope were all held back. Now Jupiter is more easily able to shed his energy into our life.

And this Post also looks at the great benefits of a Future Life Progression Healing. This Healing is a blessing to have any time, but it came through for me as Jupiter was turning Direct, and so that’s why I am writing about it now.

When Jupiter is manifesting fully in our lives, with Direct motion in the Heavens, we have expansion, purpose, belief in what we are doing, divine blessing and higher learning. And you can get an Astrology Reading or enrol on one of my individually taught courses to go so much deeper into this and more.

And to understand where Jupiter will especially manifest in your life, at the time he is turning Direct, you need to look at where Jupiter is transiting now in your birth chart. Please see this detial and more, below.

And of course, we are helped at this time because there is also a most beautiful Jupiter trine Neptune aspect in the heavens now.

So, lower down in this post, I set out a lot more detail of how to understand your Jupiter or any of your planets, below, but first of all, please watch the video, and then read about Future Life Progression Healing:


I’d like to mention more about Future Life Progression Healing, now, that my wife, Maggie Pashley does. Future Life Progression is a branch of Hypnosis. You are asked to imagine or visualise a couple of scenes of your future life, one after the other, at two suggested dates in the future. You can imagine scenes say 5 yrs. ahead and 10 yrs. ahead. And this can give you such SURPRISING purpose and hope.

Please do note that we can be trapped into pessimistic/helpless life patterns now. This can be because we have unconscious, negative, suffering belief about our Future. And we may be unaware of this.

But Future Life Progression Healing can give us:

Good Strategies

Even when difficult circumstances may be seen, we can learn:

How to understand the meaning.
How to prepare.
How to avert.
What changes may be needed in order to create a different Future for ourself.
Maggie Pashley can be contacted by email shown on her website.


Looking now more into the detail of understanding your Jupiter (or any planet), here is a mention of more of the astrological techniques involved, and of course you can have an astrology reading from me, or you can enroll on one of my astrology courses. For the Astrology of July 2018 see our Astrology and Healing Newsletter. And especially see my blog post on the powerful  Longest Eclipse of the 21st Century: The Lunar Eclipse of 27th July 2018.

I use both the western birth chart using Tropical Zodiac, and also the Vedic birth chart which must use Sidereal Zodiac. The thrust of the Western Zodiac is more our psychological unfoldment. Western Astrology is essentially psychodynamic (with special dimensions of Chiron and the Outer Planets and Evolutionary Astrology), whereas the thrust of the Vedic chart is based essentially on the unfoldment of our incarnational Life Purpose and Destiny.

So, for example, if Jupiter is transiting in your 4th House in your Vedic birth chart when he turns Direct, then expansionary work will resume on your home. Whereas if Jupiter is transiting in your 2nd House, then expansionary work will resume in the area of income generation and speech/expression. Whereas if Jupiter occupies your 6th House natally, then you could experience legal issues but also defence against disease.

It’s so helpful, in fact essential, to realize that the planets each have a Divine energy, but that we, ourselves, experience each of our planets through the three filters of Sign, House and Aspect. So, see my video journey: my Meet Jupiter presentation:

and this blog post:

Please note that I have one of these videos and blog posts for each of all the Vedic and Western planets.
For each planet I have a video journey to meet the Divine planet and contact and heal how that planet manifests in your birth chart, for students on my courses, as well.

And in fact, if you have an Astrology Reading from me or enrol on one of my Astrology Courses, I can also draw on really sophisticated techniques to weigh up how each planet will manifest in your life, and also how your planets treat each other.

For example, Vedic Astrology assigns strength scores to planets (Digbala) and Dignity scores (how the planet gets on with the plant that rules the sign he occupies in your Vedic Chart).

There’s also Ashtakavarga Score: How supported your consciousness and your life is for each of the twelve signs of your birth chart that a planet transits through.

There are also the wonderful Varga Charts (Divisional Charts) each of which says something so special and powerful about a particular area of your life (you can enroll on my wonderful Varga Course and study each of your Varga or Divisional charts, and learn so much about each special area of your destiny and how to heal and empower it).

And then there’s the Avasthas technique which is within my Foundation Vedic Astrology Course: and here we lean so much from the score for the standing of each planet in our chart and in our life, and also for how the planets treat each other: does one of your planets really boost another of your planets? Or does one of your planets really trash another of your planets?

Lastly, I would mention that Vedic Astrology has a magnificent and powerful declaration of Predictive Periods unfolding at predictable dates in our lives. In fact, these periods, called Dasas, are even more powerful than transits about setting the scene in our lives and predicting events. And so, if Jupiter has good standing in our Vedic birth chart, we will manifest expansion, inspiration, feel wonderful Purpose when we enter Jupiter Dasa. But we’d also need to check if any of our other planets would be harming Jupiter or cutting into him.

And we also need to check if our expansive Jupiter might be difficult to manage, for example, if we have a Weak Sun or a Gandanta Sun. If we have Chiron conjunct Jupiter in our birth chart, the energy of Jupiter that we will manifest risks being particularly glitzy, vulgar or over expansive. Saturn opposition Jupiter can really block our Jupiter expression and lead to unconfidence and self-doubt.

And you can get an Astrology Reading or enrol on one of my individually taught courses.

Enrol for a Reading with me at:

Or enrol on one of my dedicated Astrology Courses at:

I look forward to hearing from you and to working with you,


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Astrology & Healing Magazine June 2018, Phobias, Astrology & More

Michael Conneely

Astrology and Healing Magazine: June 2018

Welcome to the June 2018, sixth Edition of Maggie Pashley and Michael Conneely’s: Astrology and Healing Magazine.
This is brought to you from their Healing Centre on the wild Atlantic way coast of Sligo in the West of Ireland.

And this month’s Healing issue covers Overcoming Fears and Phobias.

Plus, clear and empowering inspirational expression of the Astrology of June 2018.

There’s a video to go with each section: the healing and the astrology.

MAGGIE PashleyMaggie Pashley on Overcoming Fears and Phobias

Fears and phobias can have a devastating and limiting effect on our lives and also that of our family and loved ones. A fear of flying can make the prospect of long-distance travel, either for business or pleasure a nightmare. A phobia of spiders can make us incapacitated whenever we see one, which can become even more of an issue if we are parents to young children. In fact, we can pass on a phobic reaction to our children. Career prospects and promotions can be stymied by fear of public speaking or freezing up in an interview situation, despite being more than qualified for the role. And of course, there are many phobias that people can try hard to keep hidden out of shame as they appear so silly or irrational.

And yet, phobias can often be dissolved quickly despite having plagued us for decades. This may seem surprising but it only took a moment to create one in the first place. One dramatic painful incident such as a sudden bite from a dog can make us wary of all dogs, make us avoid situations where we are likely to have to come into close contact with one.  A phobia is much stronger and reactive than a fear and can be even life-threatening as a phobic does anything to get away from whatever they are terrified of, without considering the consequences. It is pointless to try to rationalise with somebody having a phobic reaction eg ‘it’s only a little spider, it’s probably more frightened of you etc’ as the rational part of them is completely off-line.

Our limbic system, and especially the right amygdala, that part of our brain which responds to sudden stresses, fires off when we are faced with a potentially dangerous situation.  If there is no real threat then the amygdala should then return to stand-by. For example, we hear a loud noise realise it’s just an engine backfiring and it’s nothing to do with us and our amygdala can calm down again. In a trauma situation the amygdala does not calm down but is constantly being activated, and it is like the danger is still present. That frightening experience is lodged into the right hemisphere of our brain which can continue to fuel it with our imagination and catastrophise. Moreover, our right hemisphere has no sense of time so it cannot date stamp the experience and put it into the past, nor can it apply logic to put it into perspective.

So to just try to desensitisation to a phobia, is more or less teaching somebody to feel more comfortable with discomfort. It does not generally change the underlying response and it takes a lot of energy.

What I have realised is, it is important is create a lasting change in that response and freedom from that fear or phobia is to work energetically and specifically to create a cross-hemispheric communication so that the left brain can date stamp the experience, can put it into the past and can apply some logic.

The approach that I like using for fears and phobias is called Psy-TaP which offers rapid techniques for dealing with fears and phobias. This often includes the use of a light-pen or light sabre to facilitate that left-right brain integration of an experience and turn it from a horror story into a simple memory. It also includes other practical techniques designed to give rapid shifts from unwanted behaviours and install new and positive ones. And without that old phobia, we are naturally going to be freer and safer and more able to get on and make the most of life.

Learn more about my Psy-TaP sessions here. 

And here is my video:

Michael Conneely on: The Astrology of June 2018

First of all, here’s my video. This is followed a six-point Summary of some main topics for the Astrology of June 2018, and after that comes the full detail:

1.The Challenge to the Stability and Calm of your Mind (and the opportunity) created in that the Moon has to take six days passing through three malefic-energy signs in a row each month. Tantrums, hissy-fits and walk-outs, or being aware of the need to avoid these?

2.The Challenging sharp malefic energy of the MarsKetu/South Node conjunction in Vedic Capricorn, which has potentials for sharp, violence, rise in the murder rate, terrorism, technical skill, grumbling, anger, and/or:
If you are skilled: the development of your Magical Will!
And note that the energies are building to the earthquake strikes of the Eclipses of 13th and 27th July, indeed where the 27th July eclipse is conjunct the Mars-Ketu/South Node conjunction!
Which House in your Vedic chart does the Mars-Ketu conjunction and the 27th July fall in? And what are the affairs of that House? And how will you handle this? We will feel the eclipses energy gathering from mid-June onwards. Do check out my 2018 astrology web page to see where these July eclipses are in the heavens and to check out what areas of your life might be subject to earthquake, and of course to see, now, if things are too stuck and tense, and you need to alter things in your life.

3.There’s a difficult transit of Venus, where Venus is transiting first in opposition to Saturn and Pluto, then conjunct Rahu/North Node and in opposition Mars-Ketu/South Node. Venus is conjunct Rahu exact, and opposition Mars exact, on 20th June. And – no it’s not true what they say. The Venus-Mars combination is NOT good for love, nor even for passion! See the photo!




4.The lightning-bolt wielder: the Revolution-bringer God Uranus, transits opposition Jupiter, as Venus transits opposition Mars (on the Nodal axis), these two crossed oppositions creating a ferociously divine opportunity of a Cardinal Cross in the Heavens, now.

5. Mercury transits opposition Saturn and Pluto. Mercury is opposition Saturn exact on 16th June and opposition Pluto exact on 23rd June. Will this be deep knowledge, or travel problems and IT disruptions?

6. Neptune is very powerful all month due to his slowing to stationary on 19th June, then turning retrograde. How will this affect you? Vision or delusion? Neptune’s retrograde lasts five months.

7. New Moon 13th June, Full Moon 28th June.

For the planets’ movement in June 2018, please see the Tables, below, and also my 2018 astrology website pages.

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Now, here’s more detail on the topics of the Astrology of June 2018:

1.Challenge to the Stability and Calm of your Mind: The big news for June 2018 is that three malefic Houses in a row have been created, and this makes for a period of six days each month when the Moon passes through a prolonged turbulent area in space, that will challenge the stability of our minds.
These three consecutive Vedic signs are: The Vedic sign of Scorpio (which always opens the Moon and therefore our mind to hurts, turbulence and conflicts), the Vedic sign of Sagittarius (where retrograde Saturn is transiting, as well as Pluto) and then the Vedic sign of Capricorn where the cutting energy of Mars and Ketu/South Node grows ever closer.
The two sets of dangerous dates in June are May 28thwhen there’s the Full Moon in Vedic Scorpio to June 3rd. then: June 24thto 30th.
This is such useful warning to receive. Our task is to use this foreknowledge to avoid turbulence, hurt and conflict!

The remaining dangerous days while this three-fold sequence lasts in the heavens are;

July 21th to 27th.
August 18th to 23rd.
September 14th to 20th.
October 11th to 18th.

2. Mars-Ketu in Capricorn: Mars in Capricorn is good for technical skills, real estate, power, discipline and courage, but it’s also warrior energy. Mars is exalted in Capricorn – but Exalted planets can be over-powerful. They can damage their House or they can damage other planets. In my readings and course, I teach the use of Avasthas which give good quick guidance as to the standing of your planets and the ways your planets treat each other.  Mars turns Retrograde on 26th June, then Direct on 27th August, so Mars is actually in Vedic Capricorn an exceptional time, until Nov 6th.
But be very careful not to let your life get out of hand when we remember the twist to the tale, namely that Ketu is also transiting Vedic Capricorn, and be very careful around the date when this conjunction is exact on 13th June. This has potential for violence, murders and terrorism.
But it also has intuition and also great technical skill potential, and in fact a magical energy work energy, and I have started teaching a Magical Energy Work Course, aimed at providing means to create healing/empowering Vision, and also intensify that vision and develop your ways of holding on to and sustaining your healing and empowering vision (rather than let it get forgotten, or its energy trickle away into the sands. Fourteen people are already working on it. Email me for details if you feel it would assist you.

With Rahu/North Node transiting through Vedic Cancer, issues of fears, security, safety and nurturance surface to eb understood and worked with. Check out which House in your Vedic birth chart is Cancer to understand this transit of Rahu, the North Node of the Moon.

Mars retrograde: Watch out for your initiatives going awry or having delays or hiccups, SETBACKS AND OUTBURSTS, when Mars turns retrograde around June 25th onwards.

3.Your Vedic Predictive Periods: Of course, Transits are not at all the whole of Vedic Predictive Astrology. There’s the wonderful and powerful Vedic Predictive periods and sub-periods, the Dasas, and also Varshaphal or Solar Returns. And in Western Astrology, I also use the Individuation Age Points and the Nodal Age points of Psychodynamic Astrology, plus of course Lunar Returns (DFY Progression or Secondary Progressions). Get in touch with me for an Astrology Reading, or to join one of my Astrology Courses.

4. Venus and Mercury combine well up to June 9th to bring beauty and singing, pleasant communication and creativity and harmonious relationships, as Venus begins June in Mercury’s sign of Vedic Gemini and Mercury begins June in Venus’ sign of Vedic Taurus. This is an exchange of signs. And on June 9, both Venus and Mercury change signs, Venus into Vedic Cancer and Mercury into Vedic Gemini. Mercury moves quickly through his own sign of Vedic Gemini, and on June 25, Mercury joins Venus in Vedic Cancer for a long-running transit in that sign, where of course Rahu/North node is also transiting. Mercury Transits Cancer June 25th – September 2nd.

5.Sun Transits Vedic Gemini June 15 – July 16 and all this while he receives a restrictive opposition from Saturn in Vedic Sagittarius, exact on June 27th.

6. Uranus transits bring Revolution. Ignore the call and be left a robot! In addition, if you are ages 20-22; 40-43; 60-62 and 82-84 you are feeling the effects of transiting Uranus forming powerful aspects to Uranus in your birth chart.

The orbital period of Uranus is 84 years. So, the last time he was transiting here (6 Vedic Aries, 1 western Taurus) was when the Second World War was starting.

7.Jupiter and Neptune are in trine, which can be intuitive and visionary. Neptune is stationary this month, at 22 Vedic Aquarius, in PurvaBhadra Nakshatra. The exact date of station is June 18th. Do check out which House in your chart for the area of life where stationary Neptune will be powerful. Check out your current transits of Neptune to your natal planets. Neptune transits can be totally life-changing for good or ill.

8.Mercury, Neptune and Jupiter form a Grand Trine in Water from 19thto 21stJune. You can see this in the following western astrology chart for 19thJune:


A Grand Trine in Water points to an intuitive energy, but you have to work on, harvest and ground it. In my readings and courses, I teach a vast array of interpretation of Chart Aspect Shapes as part of Psychosynthesis Astrology. Psychosynthesis was created by Robert Assaglione.

9. Pluto is at 26 Vedic Sagittarius. I use the Age Points of psychodynamic western astrology in my courses and readings. My Nodal age point is aspecting my natal Pluto at present. The Nodal Age point tells you ‘The Whisper of your Soul to you’ now. I am feeling such empowerment.

10. Chiron has recently entered Western Aries. This is so valuable to study as it raises for us to identify and heal: existential wounds to our self-expression.

11.The Grand Cross:

Here’s the Vedic then Western Chart for 23rd June. You can clearly see the Grand Cross:




Uranus is opposite Jupiter
And Venus-Rahu/North Node is opposition Mar-Ketu/South Node.
In very summary, this is expansionary for people with planets in Vedic Aries and Libra. Seize your opportunity.
But Rahu makes Venus driven, and Mars opposition Venus is maybe more prone to anger in relationship than true passion or love.

The fact that Uranus is squaring Mars, and Ketu is conjuncting Mars will lead to violence and earthquakes.

The planets’ movement in June 2018, is as follows:

Vedic Sidereal Zodiac                                                 

Sun           17 Taurus to 14 Gemini
Mercury    11 Taurus to 8 Cancer
Venus       21 Gemini to 25 Cancer
Mars         11 to 15 Capricorn
(Mars turns Rx at 15 Sidereal Capricorn/ 9 Tropical Aquarius on 25th June)
Jupiter       21 to 19 Libra Rx
Saturn      13 to 11 Sagittarius Rx
Uranus       6 to 7 Aries
Neptune  22 Aquarius
(Neptune turns Rx on 19th June)
Pluto        26 Sagittarius Rx
Chiron       7 to 8 Pisces
Rahu        14 to 13 Cancer Rx
Ketu         14 to 13 Capricorn Rx

Key dates in June 2018:
5             Saturn retrogrades from Purva Ashadha to Mula Nakshatras. Saturn will turn direct on September 6th at 8 degrees Sagittarius
6             Sun conjuncts Mercury, 21 Taurus (Rohini Nakshatra)
9             Venus enters Cancer (Punarvasu Nakshatra)
10          Mercury enters Gemini (Mrigasira Nakshatra)
13          New Moon, 28 Taurus (Mrigasira)
14          Mars conjuncts Ketu, 14 Capricorn (Shravana Nakshatra)
15          Sun enters Gemini (Mrigasira Nakshatra) (until July 16, 2018)
18          Jupiter retrogrades from Vishakha to Swati Nakshatras. Jupiter turns direct on July 10 at 19 Libra and re-enters Vishakha on August 2nd 2018.
20          Venus conjuncts Rahu, 13 Cancer (Pushyami Nakshatra)
21           SOLSTICE
25          Mercury enters Cancer (Punarvasu Nakshatra)
27          Mars turns retrograde, 15 Capricorn (Shravana Nakshatra) Mars entered Shravana on May 28th. Mars retrogrades on June 27 and re-enters
Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra on July 27. Mars returns to Shravana on September 26th and then enters Dhanishta Nakshatra on October 25th.
28          Full Moon, 12 Sagittarius (Mula Nakshatra)
29           Sun conjuncts Rahu, 11 Cancer (Pushyami Nakshatra)

Western Tropical Zodiac

Sun           10 Gemini to 8 Cancer
Mercury    4 Gemini to 1 Leo
Venus       14 Cancer to 18 Leo
Mars           5to 9 Aquarius
(Mars turns Rx at 15 Sidereal Capricorn/ 9 Tropical Aquarius on 25th June)
Jupiter      15 to 13 Scorpio Rx
Saturn        7 to 5 Capricorn Rx
Uranus       0 to 2 Taurus
Neptune   16 Pisces    (Neptune turns Rx on 19th June)
Pluto        20 Capricorn Rx
Chiron       2 to 3 Aries
Rahu         8 to 7 Leo Rx
Ketu          8 to 7 Aquarius Rx

For charts and more detail on the planets’ movements in June 2018, please see my web pages:

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I look forward to working with you,

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Lords of Karma Series Past Life Regression

Michael Conneely

Lords of Karma Series Past Life Regression with Michael Conneely

I would be very glad to offer Past Life regression for you.

I personally have found past life regression work so worthwhile.

I myself have used Past Life Regression to great advantage, to learn about who I was in previous lives, and to see what gifts and what challenges for understanding and healing my past lives bring.

You too can benefit – and I do cross-reference to your astrology for guidance: your Vedic and Western Astrology.

Vedic Astrology is a powerful and accurate statement of your destiny and your incarnational life purpose. It’s peerless. It’s vast.

My Western Astrology is a statement of the psychodynamic issues in your life: your egoic personality and its unfoldment: powerful perception and powerful means for haling and empowerment.

You can select from two Past Life Regressions options: Either:
I send you my past life regression journey audio MP3 file, for you to keep permanently for your permanent future reference. And on receipt of it, you listen, you do the journey, and you then report back to me by email how you got on. On receipt of your journey report, and I then cross-refer to your astrology, and email you my response, and then we can discuss this via email.
I offer you an individual live Past Life Regression Journey to you, through a shamanic drumming journey shared via internet or phone.
For this, we make contact with each other Via Zoom or phone.
When the journey ends, you tell me how you got on, and I then cross refer to your astrology, and we then share and discuss during the recorded zoom session.
You get the audio recording of this joint Zoom session afterwards. And you additionally also receive and keep for your permanent future use, my separate past life regression audio file.
The price for the ‘audio only’ journey is GB £35.00
The price of the Zoom-based Journey is GB £50.00

To Enroll: Email me ( michaelconneely AT to let me know which you wish to enrol for whereupon I send you PayPal payment request.
Please also send to me of your astrological natal data, so that I can erect and share with you your western and Vedic Astrology Charts.
Astrological Natal Data is: Place, date and time of birth. When emailing me your date of birth, always write the month of your birth in words. This is because number-only dates of birth are written in different sequences in different countries.
And please let me know your current location and time zone difference from Ireland/UK
When it is the date and time for the recorded reading, I send you a link using zoom, so this means we will be able to see and hear each other, or alternatively I phone you. Please therefore prepare for the reading by downloading Zoom Web Conferencing software which is available for free download, and I can send you a link to do this if you request.
All my astrology Readings and Courses are geared to Healing. They are never ranted astrological formula. My readings and my courses include expert Vedic Astrology as well as Western psychodynamic and Evolutionary Astrology.

I have five university degrees, including two from Oxford University, and I took part in a five year Ethnography: a social-anthropological field study of spiritual forms new to the modern west living in and studying institutions and communities in the pathways of Hinduism, Buddhism, Paganism, Shamanism and Utopian Community.

I do look forward to hearing from you and to this wonderful work with you,

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Which Zodiac should I use -Tropical or Sidereal? A very special study opportunity

Michael Conneely

Here’s a very special study opportunity. It’s an optional part of a very long-established and caring individually taught Vedic Astrology Course:

This Blog Post arises because there has been open discussion recently on whether Vedic Astrology should use the traditional ‘sidereal zodiac‘, or whether it should use the newer ‘tropical zodiac’ of western astrology, in other words which zodiac should I use

I felt quite sickened recently to listen to a YouTube video on this subject, which was pretty ranting and which forgot and ignored that Vedic Astrology is the expression of a most ancient spiritual path.

Vedic Astrologers must not use their positions as Teachers of Vedic Astrology egoically. So I wanted to share with you my considered and caring very authentic Vedic Astrology Course, where you can if you wish, optionally look with whatever depth you like, into the question of what is described by each Zodiac.

One of my earliest Tutors in Vedic Astrology in the 1990s used to take the line ‘there is discussion’ about a method, when there were two different views as to methods or settings.

So I wondered what has happened when ranting pretty egoic confrontation is used – a state of consciousness and communication that quite forgets the spiritual standing of the Vedic pathway, and is far from what it is actually about.

Of course, this unfortunate ranting is an expression to the recent very difficult position of Mercury following the September 21st Eclipse of 2017.

Mercury is in association with Mars, it’s caught up in a most major eclipse, it’s caught up with Rahu, the Sun, AND it’s in the Gandanta zone, and opposition Neptune.

And this perception should of course have guided astrologers to avoid the conflict which must stem from such a configuration unless one can make spiritual and healing utilisation of what Vedic Astrology perceives with this Mercury configuration.

But at least it brings the matter of zodiac definition to a head, and so what I am proposing is the optional incorporation of respectful and considered study of the which zodiac question into my course for those who would want this, and who ask the very appropriate question of which Zodiac should I use.

So, what’s all the unfortunate and regrettable fighting about? It is about whether it is legitimate to use the Tropical Zodiac of Western Astrology to study Vedic Astrology.

It’s about what Ayanamsha to use (the difference between the Tropical and Sidereal Zodiacs).

And it has huge ramifications into House systems, Gandanta Zones, definition of the crucial Varga (Divisional) charts, definitions of start and end dates of Dasas (Predictive Periods), definitions of what role a planet plays in your life (moveable indicators or chara karakas).

To start off, I must make clear my own position based on 23 years of the study and teaching of Vedic Astrology, as an intelligent guy, well educated, who seeks to be caring and to find the keys to the understanding and healing of my life, and the lives of others for whom I offer readings and courses.

With my partner Maggie Pashley, I run a healing Centre on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, in the far West of Ireland, and of course, 90% of our Readings, Healings and Courses are offered worldwide through the internet.

In brief, I find my confirmed personal experience is that the use of the Sidereal zodiac with Lahiri Ayanamsha gives unbelievably accurate description of all the vastness that is measured by the framework of Vedic Astrology (essentially declaring all that stems from our incarnational life purpose and destiny). Whereas I find that the western tropical zodiac is supremely perfect for the crucial psychodynamic study of ‘egoic self’ dimension.

My personal experience and judgement is that I have to say that Vedic astrology’s use of tropical zodiac or Vedic Astrology’s use of other Ayanamshas, gives nonsense by contrast.

This is certainly true in terms of the birth chart it states, the derived charts and Predictive Astrology.

Sidereal zodaic plus Lahiri Ayanamsha gave an exactly accurate and life-changing description of my own very unusual birth circumstances, that was totally absent from western astrology. And it was this that first drew me to the use of Vedic Astrology, and my first teacher.

This is NOT to say of course that the methods and techniques used by Vedic Astrology Teachers employing the western tropical zodiac are invalid. They are caring and wonderful teachers.

Similarly, my personal judgement is that Vedic Predictive astrology requires sidereal zodiac and Lahiri Ayanamsha. If you use any other system, the start and end of your Vedic predictive periods (Dasas) will be declared with wrong dates.

Similarly, the Vedic astrology concept of Gandanta most certainly has vast validity: it has provided the meaning of my incarnation this time, and that concept of Gandanta is of course is lacking from western astrology and from the tropical zodiac.

However, it’s not so simple.

I feel we DO need to identify what dimension of consciousness and ‘slice’ of our existence the tropical zodiac does state when used with Vedic Astrology.

So, please note that I do work with students seeking to identify what exactly what dimension of self/consciousness/events Vedic use of tropical zodiac or other ayanmasha does give – if that is an optional dimension that they wish to incorporate into their course.

My heartfelt aim is that this study will give great insight to the world, once it has been given a few years to mature.


So this Blog Post an invitation to work with me, on my courses, in a way that offers you the opportunity, if you want it, to analyse study and compare the two zodiacs and what they tell you about and predict for your life.

My Vedic Astrology courses are based on sidereal zodiac, but you can feed in a shared study of charts also using tropical zodiac, and thus over time a considered assessment can be made if what it is that the two different zodiacs actually depict and predict.

We can study in caring depth and in a considered way: what different facets of human consciousness and life. I provide you with all the charts you use and all the needed background information manuals.

The approach of my courses has been for over twenty years, that we study each principle with reference to two charts: yours and mine, and his keeps the anlaysis grounded, authentic and testable. It makes it mutually caring.

And a principle of my courses is that the declaration of astrology is never formulaic or fated, but cruciall (and this is its strength) that astrological declaration is always treated as an opening to healing and empowerment techniques.

All my courses provide opportunity for Vedic-Western astrology crossover, if you wish for that (or vice versa).

My western astrology is rooted in Psychodynamic and Evolutionary Astrology, and is augmented in my case in that my university degrees include psychology and sociology.

A helpful vast resource for my sharing with you, is that I also completed a five year field study. This was an ethnographic field study of spiritual forms new to the modern West.

My study focus was the paths of individuals following Hinduism, Buddhism (Tibetan and western), paganism, shamanism and Utopian Community.

The main study area was Glastonbury, an ancient pilgrimage site in England, but there was a comparator study in Totnes, and study residence in a Hindu Ashram in Skanda Vale (the cult centre of the UK Sri Lankan community in exile).

From this background I endeavour to support you in caring and experienced awareness of spiritual pathways.


As I said, I have a postgraduate qualification in psychology, and I feel it has a rightful pace in Astrology: for example, psychology seeks to express and define our ‘egoic self’, our nature and what drives us includes our subconscious and unconscious material.

My psychology degree in the early 1970s was divided between Freudian psychology and Behaviourism! (The two professors never spoke to each other, and you had to be careful to always express things their way and never get mixed up which one you were writing for! One of my other degrees was in sociology, also in the early 70s, where a main focus was ‘Symbolic Interactionism’:  the production of a sense of self through individuals and society projecting roles on us and producing meaning that way.

And regarding the ethnography I did: This was a five-year university-based social anthropological field study commenced in the late nineties. It was located in a Geography department. It’s focus was the production of self through landscape, including landscapes such as sacred place and landscapes of consumption patterns/meanings, and I especially studied the production of self through use of visionary/imaginal landscapes (e.g. Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, paganism and shamanism).

The nature of self has been a big theme in my life (my Sun is most deeply fallen at 1 Vedic Libra and it’s conjunct Ketu, what else would you expect?)

Indeed, my first postgraduate degree at Oxford University, where as a poor grammar school boy I won a prestigious scholarship in the late 60s to be sneered at there as a ‘scribbler’ by the rest of the students from the elite English Public Schools. My MA there was focused on W B Yeats and T S Eliot as ‘prophets of a new age’ and I studied how W B Yeats worked with Lady Gregory at the Celtic Revival, thus opening to the God Realm for sense for self, similarly to ancient Greece, Babylon and the Vedic culture, for examples. I studied Jessie Weston’s From Ritual to Romance and the Omega Point of Teilhard de Chardin. And now I live close to W B Yeats’ grave in the west of Ireland. My birth family on my mother’s side comes from near here. My birth father’s heredity is from the Yakut: a shamanic people living on the shores of the north polar sea – hence all the shamanic healing I teach!

A major feeling I now get, is how our sense of self is produced from our family and society, but how very powerful currents most certainly also run in the form of destinies.

These destinies are indeed very often astrologically predictable. Though they should not be treated as fated and incapable of being healed. And Vedic Astrology can state them supremely well.

Though, crucially, I also do feel that a new consciousness is arising in the world, and Vedic Astrology has to leave behind formulaic ranting and fatedness and ineffectual ‘Remedies’, and add to its supreme and sure vastness, the new consciousness that is arising: the new consciousness of Healing and Empowerment.


To illustrate the issues raised by the ‘Which Zodiac?’ Question, I now show extracts with a discussion I held with ‘J’ and I hope these extracts illustrate the way I seek to have a caring, individualised approach with my students over the last 23 years, as well as providing ‘windows’ on the ‘Which Zodiac?’ Question:

Here are some of the Questions ‘J’ raised with me (shown with kind permission – J’s questions are in bold):

Q. A.“What meaning do the solar signs have other than a shortcut to referencing a ‘composite energy’ of the lunar signs?”

The Nakshatras, the Vedic lunar signs, depict our emotional nature, motivations and scripts (sublime, warts and all) and also the sort of growth we can hopefully make in this life.
Q. B.E.g., am I a Libra ascendant with ruler Venus, or am *really* a Swati Nakshatra ascendant with lord Rahu?
Overall, you will project into the world like a Libran, indeed ruled by Lagnesha Venus, and so we need to assess the standing of Venus in your chart in terms of dignity and the various Avasthas: Avasthas wonderfully state Venus’ standing and how the other planets treat your Venus and vice versa. They are a crucial key as to the qualities and strength with which you assert in the world. However, the emotional play around which your assertion into the world will by typically Rahu within the Libran framework, with all the over-running and nervy scatter of Swati, etc.
Q. C. Does “Scorpio” really exist without its Nakshatras?   It’s measured in space as being 6º, and yet we treat it as 30º, which has always puzzled me.
It is important to note that the sidereal signs are one twelfth of the zodiac, and thus take their energy and name from the constellation that falls within their space on the ecliptic. It is not relevant that the stars of the constellation do not exactlty fit the sign. The sign system works nevertheless. And of course, as you know, the sign energy is modified by Nakshatras and padas falling within the sign.
D. At one point it was “just the Nakshatras.”  Then the signs followed as a sort of superimposition of these solar sector divisions(?)
I think the signs are to be seen as not a superimposition onto the Nakshatras, but in fact a different measurement of the ecliptic, actually measuring a different dimension of self than the nakshatras, and coming later in time than the nakshatras, and reflecting later changes in consciousness.
Q. D.My Saturn is now transiting from “Scorpio” to “Sagittarius (20th Septemebr 2017}.” From my “2nd house” to my “3rd house.”   This might cause someone to be “optimistic.”  Saturn mahadasha has been an abject hell for me since May of last year.  A new “sign transit from Scorpio to Sagittarius” I’m told from an Indian Vedic astrologer is very good.
Interpretation of the mahadasha manifestation of Saturn needs to be based on the standing of Saturn in your Rashi chart and Varga (divisional) charts. And in fact the timing of Saturn Dasa will activate the energy of Saturn in the various different areas of life that each Varga chart represents. You’d need to individually evaluate your 2nd and 3rd House to say whether each transit would be ‘very good’ or otherwise. We’d be looking at Saturn Avasthas and Saturn’s standing in the Divisional charts, and what House Cusps fall where in your Divisional Charts.

Q. E.But in reality, isn’t Saturn just transiting from Jyestha to Mula. And Mula is a horror flick?  So what kind of hope is there in saying “Sagittarius” if it’s really just a “placeholder for the ~3 nakshatras that carry the weight (of its definition)?”

Mula is not a ‘horror flick’. For a bit about Mula, see:

Sagittarius is not a placeholder for the three Nakshatras that also occupy its space. Signs and Nakshatras measure different dimensions or slices of our nature, of our ‘self’ of our destiny this time. The Houses each declare a different area of our life. So Saturn in Sagittarius measures a different dimension of you that does Saturn in 3rd House, as does Saturn in Mula. For Saturn in Mula you’d need to look at the role of Ketu (Mula’s ruler) in your birth chart.

Q. F. I have much difficulty utilizing blank space as a starting point for scientific definitions.  Is this a science, albeit hidden, or is it fantasy? Saturn transiting the star Spica” for example, works for me 100% .  Spica exists.  Saturn exists.  One moves in front of the other.  They’ve observed over millennia it means something when this happens.  We’re talking about real things in space and time.
“Saturn transiting the Nakshatra Mula.”  That kind of works for me, like 90%.  Mula is the name of a group of stars.  There is a zone of energy “bracketing” those stars.  The “amalgamated energy means something.”
“Saturn transiting Sagittarius.”  This works for me like 40%.  “Sagittarius” came “way later.”  Is it the amalgamation of the energies of 3 nakshatras?  Oh my.
/12 of the zodiac is 1/12 of the ecliptic = why is it special and what intellectual authority is there to bracket this space, call it something, assign a “ruler?”

As Jupiter transits my Sun and then yours, we meet beyond formula and astrological rant to share wisdom and its enlargement.

I feel cautious of the term ‘intellectual authority’; it’s more like: ‘intellectual justification’.

We know nothing of the zodiacal division of ancient peoples used, who were very much in tune with the energies emanating from planets, stars, constellations and even individual degrees.

But yes, we are aware that the sky was early-on divided into 27 for the Nakshatras (obviously based on sensed Lunar energies in combination with constellations the Moon transited across).

And we are aware of the division of the sky into 12 signs: you ask why 12? The answer can only be speculated about and is lost in time, but the ‘dozen’ is an ancient concept, and doubtless appealed as being numerologically harmonious and inclusive, as it’s a multiple of 2, 3, 4, 6; and because itself it feeds into 144 etc.

A Sign is a useful concept. It’s not as precisely useful as the smaller divisions. And its energy/consciousness divisions are more overlapping with other signs.

But it is valid: and one proof of the sidereal zodiac’s total validity is its statement of the Gandanta Zones, which are immensely valuable and one can’t do good astrology without them.
Interestingly, I say this as I have Gandanta Moon, and the meaning of that was the fulcrum of my life AND Saturn is transiting the Abhukta Mula Jyestha to Mula 9Scorpio to Sagittarius) Gandanta as I write to you.

But of course, a sign also has crucial validity in that it is divided into such ultimately valuable heuristic divisions as the Padas and the Vargas or divisional charts. This is not weird, it’s mathematically factual.

And furthermore! The sign divisions in the heavens are crucial to note in that we know that the Jaimini moveable indicators (Chara Karakas) see see your Shri Jyoti Star chart below).
A planet’s chara karaka or moveable indicator status in our chart is defined by the position of a planet in the sidereal zodiac.
For example, there’s the all-crucial Atmakaraka or soul indicator (mine is Moon, as my planet of highest longitude in a sign), and these sidereal based charakarakas are the crucial definition (whatever other scheme of charakaraka is stated for you by other zodiacs, and whatever validity or relevance to other dimensions or facets of your consciousness or life these are found to have – and that would be after deep study and consideration).

Your Vedic Rashi/Birth Chart by Sri Jyoti Star (sidereal zodiac, Lahiri Ayanamsha):









And furthermore (could there be more?) your Avasthas, the standing of your planets and how they treat each other, are accurately stated by the Sidereal chart, and again we would need a careful, considered study project to determine what your Avasthas state, what validity or relevance or other dimensions or facets of your consciousness or life these are found to have, and this should only be done after deep study and consideration). See your Kala Avasthas charts below.

Your Avasthas charts by Kala (sidereal zodiac, Lahiri Ayanamsha):


And furthermore (!) I have found that my Dasa (Vedic Predictive period) start and end date ARE valid when sidereal zodiac is used.

And of course, drawing on western psychodynamic astrology, the position of our natal planets in the much wider areas of the hemispheres and quadrants of our western chart also are most important to know, because this guides us as to what areas of consciousness our planet will manifest its energies in psychologically, archetypally and in terms of direction of consciousness, and the way we will relate overall.

BUT I would say that UTILITY is a big criterion to apply at this stage. We need to make authentic realisation of what a system offers to our helaing path in this life. We need to make authentic decision as to what a system offers in our path to expressing the special spark of being and attainment we incaranted to become this time. Utility and authentic realisation and authentic perception is KEY.

If utilisation of a degree, or a nakshatra, or a pada, or a Varga – if utilisation of any of these gives you invaluable understanding of your nature, then it is to be embraced!

It is so valuable and indeed valid to note that Sun in Libra is debilitated. Debilitation can wreck one’s life. But experience of that destiny, then encountering Vedic Astrology’s perception of the wrecking concept of ‘debilitation’ – these are what give us the option of moving: moving into needed healing and empowerment!

Q. G. Why are there 12 Signs? A prominent astrologer told me “They divided the ecliptic into 12 because it is a multiple of 3 and 3 is a very important number in the occult. There was no other reason he can give. Is it possible there is “information encoded in there?  I guess so.  But splitting the sign into 9 portions is getting even weirder, unless those 9 portions reflect something in space.  Science is about hard, empirical definitions.  Why was Venus not the “ruler” of that space thousands of years ago, but at some point “became the ruler?”  And people with extreme intellect would say I’m a Scorpio because of tropical definitions?  Huh?? 
You are moving now in our conversation from ‘intellectual authority’ to ‘Science’. From my abandonment and orphanage upbringing (I have Moon Gandanta at 29 Pisces 56 and Sun at 1 Libra sidereal) I moved on to take five university degrees, and indeed to work in a five-year social anthropological field study: an ethnography. I believed the concepts of psychology and sociology in which I have postgraduate degrees.
But the gift of my Gandanta, a terrible gift, moved me beyond the limitations (and gifts) of the ‘scientific paradigm’ to ‘ancient spiritual/astrological frameworks’, and also the study of ancient deities and earth spirituality, and from these I have found what I needed, not from science.
How I despised the ‘current academic discourses’ that I had to fit the findings of my field study into: It was an ethnography of spiritual forms new to the modern west: place-making, how our sense of self depends on place and vice-versa. The study areas were Hinduism, Buddhism (Tibetan and western), paganism, shamanism and Utopian Community. The ethnographic method invented by Bronislaw Malinowski during the First World War is ˜participant observation’ – living in the communities and instructions under study: giving the individuals in them their own voice (not being the ˜top down’ ‘scientific expert’).
In Swiss Huber School psychodynamic western astrology (in which I trained in the nineties, and which I utilize for my teaching), you have a ‘psychic eye’ chart aspect shape: Pluto-Rahu trine Neptune, apex your Sun-Uranus conjunction:
Your Swiss Huber School Psychodynamic Astrology Chart by Megastar (Tropical Zodiac):








Psychic Eye Chart Aspect Shape:

This figure consists of two green semi-sextile aspects (30 deg) and one blue sextile  aspect (60 deg), thus  forming the small blue and green triangle called the Eye. This chart aspect shapes gives a wonderful and useful inquisitive, receptive and questing presence within you that is intuitive and observant or eagle-eyed.

In Swiss Huber School psychodynamic astrology (in which I trained in the nineties, and which I utilize for my teaching), you have this psychic eye chart aspect shape: Pluto-Rahu trine Neptune, apex your Sun-Uranus conjunction. This is one representation of why the study of the ‘which zodiacs?’ question will be so valuable for you.

My courses are always based on the study of two charts in relation to each and every concept. That way the discussion is kept authentic and grounded, empirical as well as with reference to the analytic and the theoretical. I value our communication. I’d love to now embark on the vastness of taking it into the dimensions of a course with you. See: what do you think?

My Vedic Astrology foundation course has a presentation and also a journey to meet each planet, and includes a considerable repertoire of techniques, and can cross-refer into western astrology if the student wishes, and it can also encompass Avasthas analysis system if the student wishes, and insights of great value can come from Avasthas.

I go on to teach many advanced courses, as well as having a wonderful on-line Tarot course which is of great value for your intuitive development.

All charts you could need are provided. There’s vast information provision/manuals. There’s caring totally individual tuition. If you optionally wanted to include into your studies the ‘Which Zodiac?’ course, that would be grand (as they say here in Ireland)!

I hope to hear from you, Michael


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Pluto in the Astrology Chart Pt 2

Michael Conneely

Michael ConneelyPluto in the Astrology Chart

Please first see my Pt 1 Post about the Astrological Pluto: Pluto Mythic Keys.

Now here is more information on the Astrological Pluto:


Pluto’s remote orbit is the dark boundary between the Solar System and the Transcendent: the last outpost. Pluto and its Moon, which is actually half its size, revolve endlessly around a common point which is located somewhere between them in space – icy methane snowballs performing a unique and mysterious dance as they travel their far-flung orbit. Pluto is the 9th Planet of the Solar System and he takes 248 years to complete one revolution of the Sun.

Pluto’s average distance from the sun is nearly four billion miles. It also has the most elliptical and tilted orbit of any planet, and at its closest point to the sun it passes inside the orbit of Neptune, the eighth planet.

Pluto was discovered on 18th February 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh in Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona, at 16.00hrs. He was orbiting at 17 deg Cancer in the western astrology tropical zodiac, which is at 24 deg Vedic/sidereal Gemini, in Nakshatra 7 Punarvasu (ruled by Jupiter) in Pada 2 (ruled by Taurus). The Nakshatras are the wonderful Lunar Zodiac od vedic astrology.
N.B. The chart for his discovery is at the foot of this Blog Post.


Pluto was the God of the Underworld, who handed out good or evil in proportion to the motives of the person who approached him.

Pluto’s good side is buried treasure, unimagined riches, light out of darkness, order out of chaos and New Life – REBIRTH!

Pluto’s dark side is a terrible world of rape and destruction: a power-seeking abuser.

Pluto’s is the world of:
Domination and submission
Aggressor and victim
If Pluto is approached with sincerity, rebirth will follow out of suffering and darkness.
If Pluto is approached with falsehood or defensiveness, he destroys.


The Natal position of Pluto in the chart is the key to where the individual’s process of rebirth will begin. This is where Pluto has set up His altar in our chart.

The affairs of this house are not to be taken at face value. We have to search for hidden meanings and causes and underlying unconscious motivations.

Pluto pushes deep from within us, impelling us to move from outworn phases of life. Neptune slowly dissolves the rigidities of the old structure, Uranus offers lightning-flash mind-realization, but Pluto’s eruption is total obliteration: change or die!

The Natal House Pluto inhabits is where we have to face something rotten in us, such as:

overwhelming passions
lust for power
raw sensuality
driving unconscious forces which control us
primal wounds
needs to posses and devour
sexual conflicts
intense emotional attraction and repulsion
frustrated desire
A Black Hole which devours our energies and from which, though unacknowledged, many of our actions flow.
EXTREMES: the very worst and the very best of human behaviour.

We can not be whole until these are:-

brought to the surface
and properly reintegrated into the psyche.
Through the upheaval Pluto brings, here, disowned and banished parts of ourselves are reclaimed to the consciousness and the Light.
We gain access to untapped resources and strengths. Energy futilely used hitherto in repression, denial or projection is freed for positive use.
We learn that we can not master, let alone transform, that which we repress, deny, disown or project.

Pain and crisis is thus used for rebirth. Here we can potentially discover and exhibit our greatest strength, nobility, purpose and dedication. The rebirth that Pluto offers is primarily focused in levels of emotion, mind, self-image or identity.

Pluto usually has to force His change upon us, because we are unready and unwilling. Our resistances simply add to the stress we experience, once Pluto is unleashed.

Pluto’s natal position, subject to specific House characteristics, also indicates where will operate in our lives, the following:
+ (Plus)
Transformative rebirth
Invisible force and powers
Force majeure
The will or wish to exercise Power
the manifestation of unconscious powers
ruthless frankness
extraordinary energy
inner death
sacrifice (of old ways that are dear, habitual, &c – spilling blood on the Altar)
Entering into the World of Meaning, in faith
Facing the truth of one’s own nature
Releasing the vitality of the well-springs of life
The Grail gives renewal to the Fisher King

– (minus)
Inner Fates, leading blind and unconscious humans to situation of crisis
‘driven’, ‘inevitable’ courses of action
ignorance leading to great suffering
the urge to influence the masses
ruthless use of force or coercion
taking vengeance on one’s abusers
the abused becoming abusers themselves

It is significant that when Pluto was discovered in 1930, the West was in the grips of severe depression, with people committing suicide rather than face loss of riches; Europe was dominated by Dictators: Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin and Franco. Gangsterism and the Mafia were on the rise. The world was poised between two World Wars; depth psychoanalysis was in its heyday with Plutonian emphases on sex and death (Freud), power (Adler) and transformation (Jung).

And there were two further huge oppositional but linked manifestations of newly discovered Pluto:
Atomic fission and the atomic bomb
Mahatma Gandhi and passive resistance

Albert Einstein worked out a close correlation between a considerable number of stages in the. development of atomic warfare and the actions of   the Mahatma  – for example his salt march aimed at liberation of India from the grip of British Imperialism, exactly coincided both with the discovery of the planet and a crucial step in the manufacture of the atomic bomb: two ethically opposite manifestations of the planet’s vibration.

On another plane, Pluto can manifest as wealth: the plutocrat, corporate raiders, tycoons, financial moguls, rich politicians – total and absolute concentration on material wealth and power without the development of spiritual or material wealth. These people are characteristically intense brooding introverts, focused on our culture’s symbols of power: sex, money, possessions. Their needs are founded in the world of complexes and insecurities and are a tragedy for the individual concerned. Indeed Pluto transits are linked both to the making of fortunes and the wiping out of riches.

Labour strikes involving masses of people, atrocities and mass-production in industry also fall under the domain of Pluto in Mundane Astrology.


Pluto rules the reproductive organs, the prostate, the cervix, the rectum and the bladder, the lower stomach and the lower spine, as well as some allergies in medical astrology – so that a Pluto to Mars transit could manifest as Prostatitis.


A transit of Pluto may be interpreted as Karmic working.

To understand the meaning of a Pluto transit:-

note the Sign Pluto is in

note the House Pluto is in

note the meaning of the planet Pluto is aspecting

note the meaning of the house that planet is in

note the meaning of the aspects that planet makes to other planets

take into account the nature of the aspect Pluto is making to the other planet:

A trine or a Sextile is more gentle. We are more in touch with that which needs to change

With a conjunction, square or opposition, we offer more opposition to needed change.

Dreams can be a vital key to understanding or resolution.

Understand the meaning for you, personally.

Pluto transits externalize as actions, relationships, jobs, involvements, &c, the people and the situations we attract


Pluto Transits are usually spread over a year or two. They usually have three phases:
First direct
Second direct
(and there can be a further retrograde and direct)
Their effect usually begins to be felt when Pluto is 4 or 5 deg off exact.
The after effects continue for at least up to 3 deg after exact.
The effects last for the rest of the life

The three phases might be experienced as:
The descent of Erishkigal
recovering from and understanding the trauma
succeeding in transformation and rebirth, hope renewed, wiser and more powerful

During a Pluto transit, the opportunity is given for the destruction of old, unhelpful, damaging patterns of thought and behaviour.

You will feel a strong impulse to eliminate old emotional baggage which is preventing growth.

You may be faced with an intense, concentrated, ruthless power.

A Pluto transit is a major change period with long-term ramifications. You have to work out what a Pluto transit means for you individually, at that point in your life. Have the courage to meet the challenge. Develop the awareness. Do the healing; make the changes … from which: rebirth will follow – light will replace darkness

control your wishes. think positively. don’t submit to pessimistic interpretations of a Pluto transit. don’t be fatalistic

Go for gold.

Here is the chart for Pluto’s Discovery:















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Pluto the Dark Lord Pt 1 Mythic Keys

Michael Conneely

Michael ConneelyThe energy-principle that is Pluto is power and deep psychism; intensity and rebirth, or negatively: control and abuse.

People with unaspected Pluto in their birth chart can come over very powerful to others and not know it; or they can be unable to access their power and even be abused. And both of these can be true at different times in the life.
It is a good start to approach Pluto through contact with his myths:



The Pluto – Persephone: Pluto Myth 1

This is really important key to understanding the energy of the planet Pluto. Persephone was an innocent girl picking Narcissi in the fields. Pluto, the Dark Lord, Lord of Hades desired her. The earth gaped at her feet and a chariot drawn by black horses breathing fire erupted from the depths. The God swept her into his arms and took her to his own dark realm and said he would make her his Queen. So, by transforming sexually, Persephone came into great power and became Queen of the underworld. But her mother, Demeter, the Earth Goddess, mourned and missed her daughter, to such an extent that Demeter ceased from her work of fructifying the Earth. Nature began to die. Humanity faced annihilation.

And so, the humans petitioned the Gods who sent Mercury to do a deal with Pluto, the upshot of which was that Persephone would only reign in Hades half the year, but could return to her mother Demeter the other half. So, while her daughter is Queen in Hell Demeter still mourns, and it is winter – but for the other half of the year, Demeter has her daughter back and it is summer.

And the point is that there are immense buried riches and power to be found in growing and transforming and contacting the underworld of the unconscious. The only way Persephone could transform was by being abducted to meet her destiny.

But Pluto is not only power and transformation; it is deep psychic perception and intuition.

Unaspected Pluto people usually had to learn very early on that things were not as they might seem in the home. In their childhood, they developed deep growling awareness. Their antennae are always out; and they, themselves, can be masked out of fear – and even deny what it is they fear. But they don’t also fear it: they seek it! Ultimately, they seek it so as to face it and deal with it and become whole.

Hercules and the Slaying of the Hydra – Pluto Myth 2

Another myth that is relevant to understanding of Pluto, especially Pluto in Transit, is The Slaying of the Hydra, from The Labours of Hercules.

Just as you feel you have resolved matters with a Pluto transit, a new dimension of challenge and pain can manifest.

The Hydra had nine heads. As Hercules cut off one, the rest just kept coming. In the end, Hercules lifted the Hydra out of the stagnant swamp it dwelt in, exposed it to the light of day, and killed it. After the nine heads were cut off, Hercules gained the jewel the Hydra had been hoarding.

So, it is that our feelings must not be left festering, but need to be brought out into the open and held in the light of consciousness to be acknowledged and resolved, for liberation from pain to be won.

Blind instincts and drives must not be left to fester in the stagnant swamp, but must be brought out into the open.

Ishtar and Erishkigal – Pluto Myth 3

A third myth that is relevant to a full understanding of the descent into darkness that is involved in a Pluto transit is this myth from Babylon:

Ishtar, radiant Queen of Heaven descended into the Underworld to attend the funeral of the husband of her sister Erishkigal, Queen of the Underworld.

As Ishtar descends, she is forced to give up her clothing and possessions, and is eventually hung up on a hook – utterly brought low.

So, great is Erishkigal power in her grief and rage that none of the Gods can do anything to save Ishtar.

Ishtar remains abandoned and defiled.

The world is bereft of light.

Eventually, the solution the darkness is found. The Gods fashion two little mourners who can slip unnoticed past the guards of the Underworld.

The Mourners win Ishtar’s return to the skies because they realize that what Erishkigal needs is to be listened to. Erishkigal needed her grief and rage to be understood and honoured.

This is one of the early challenges of a Pluto transit.

The Erinyes – Pluto Myth 4

The fourth myth needed for a full understanding of Pluto is that of the Furies (the Erinyes).

The Furies were born when Cronos (Saturn) castrated his father Uranus who had become a tyrant, imprisoning his children back in the womb of his consort Gaia, because of his dissatisfaction with them.

Cronos castrated his father with a sickle and where the seed of the dying Sky God fell on the Earth, it produced the terrifying Goddesses of Vengeance called The Furies.

(In fact, the Greeks knew it was ill-omened even to mention their name so they referred to them ass the Eumenides – The Kindly Ones! instead – to placate them!).

The Furies pursue all those who offend against the Laws of Nature, who sin against the family, who live some aspect of their life that is somehow out of true, who live contrary to their True Selves. Then, during a transit of Pluto, The Furies will pursue them, to manifest as illness.

Pluto is the avenger of Natural Law. The Furies are His instruments.

Oedipus was pursued to the ends of the earth by the Furies for killing his father and sleeping with his mother, albeit he was not aware of the identity of either parent when he committed these actions – but the point was Oedipus and those associated with him had tried to outwit his Fate.

And now some notes about my approach to Astrology:

  1. Visionary Astrology:

In my Astrology Courses and Readings, it can be powerful and beneficial to go on to develop a ‘visionary clear appearance’ of each planet. You can do this in two ways:

First you can study a planet in order to more and more deeply understand his energy and manifestation, and thus develop a ‘clear appearance’ of the pure nature, energy and appearance of each planet. This uses techniques employed by Tibetan Buddhism to develop clear appearance of a god, so that you can relate to the god, and even ‘call in’ the god when needed. Similar techniques are in the tantric roots of Hinduism.

Second it is so powerful to also develop clear appearance of each planet as he manifests in your birth chart. To do this you develop clear appearance of how each planet manifests through the filters of the sign he occupies, the house he occupies, and the aspects he has to the other planets.

Due to our karmas and scripts, the lessons our soul chose for us to work with I this life time, and the talents our soul sought for us to shine with this time, how a planet manifests in our birth chart (and therefore in our life) can be a massive distortion or modification of the pure nature and energy of the planet.

It is so useful and powerful therefore to do these two exercises of developing Clear Appearance of each Planet.

  1. Perception, Healing and Empowerment:

 Vedic Astrology should not be used in a fated or formulaic way. It is disempowering to do this. The whole point of the peerless declaration of Vedic Astrology is actually to offer us better perception of our scripts, so that this perception alone may cause us to modify them, and can act as a trigger for us to heal them.
We can go on from the development of perception to healing and empowerment techniques.

  1. Vedic Astrology – Western Astrology Crossover:

It is a principle of all my courses and readings that I offer crossover between Vedic Astrology and western Astrology, or between Western Astrology and Vedic Astrology if the student wishes for this.
I feel that the fullest declaration of Astrology stems from this crossover. This is partly because Vedic Astrology provides a clear destiny statement, through its use of the sidereal zodiac anchored to the eternal and the ‘fixed’ stars. And it is partly because Western Astrology can provide a sophisticated psychological analysis and statement based as it is on the Sun-sign tropical zodiac which moves against the background to the ‘fixed’ stars by a degree every 72 years, based as it is on the moving location of the sun on the first day of spring, the vernal equinox.

I feel Vedic-Western crossover is also necessary so as to include the energies of the outer planets that were discovered and entered the human consciousness in modern times: Uranus, Neptune, Pluto and Chiron.

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PS this Blog post on the Nature of Ketu may be of interest to you

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Visionary Astrology

Michael Conneely

Michael ConneelyThe development of visionary keys to perceive the meaning of the planets is one profoundly good way to develop your astrological awareness. This is also known as Visionary Astrology.

In this way you can better increase your perception about your birth chart or your transits or predictive periods, and therefore of your life.

And you can go on from that to do the healing and empowerment work that we all need to do in this life.

What I often do with my astrology students on my western and Vedic Astrology Courses is send them analysis techniques and presentation detail to use, to work with the nature of a planet or conjunction etc, and this includes a video presentation of that planet and also a journey to meet the planet.

So with this method, we work with the sense first of all, that a planet is a refraction of the divine and has a pure nature.

However, it is so useful to also recognise that we in fact actually experience that planet through ‘filters’. We expereince each planet through ‘filters’ in our life. These filters are the sign, house and aspect applying to that planet in our chart and therefore in our life. See below about ‘filters’.

For this reason, our personal and individual experience of that planet can be so very different from its divine pure refraction.

Vedic Astrology

I do find that Vedic Astrology (which uses the Sidereal Zodiac) does have an immense framework to declare our incarnational life purpose and its unfoldment.

But I would say that Vedic Astrology needs to be taught and used non-formulaically, non-passively (Vedic astrology gurus can tend culturally to lay a power trip) and also non-fatedly.

Vedic Astrology needs to be allied to our developing our healing and empowerment. In fact, that is the highest value of the perception Vedic astrology offers.

So, visionary astrology and healing astrology can be used – and needs to be used with vedic astrology.

Western Astrology

Western astrology, on the other hand (which uses the Tropical Zodiac), is a psychological depiction.

Western astrology depicts our ‘psychological self’: our ‘egoic psychology’, and this is so valuable to perceive.

Psychodynamic western astrology, which I teach and use in my Astrology readings, includes ‘psychosynthesis role play’, and is orientated to the process of ‘individuation’, which is getting the full picture of our ‘psychological self’, and learning to recognise the fullness of that self (including unconscious, ‘split off’ and shadow material). The aim of psyschosynthesis is to deeply develop awareness of that self, heal that self, and empower that self. Understanding what is the effect of Nature and what is the effect of Nurture is also important.

I actually first encountered the ‘filters’ model when I trained with the Swiss Huber school over twenty years ago.

And of course, it was with them that I encountered the ‘psychosynthesis role-play’ of Asaglione who they trained with. And of course, he trained with Carl Gustav Jung, whose work I read so avidly when I was fourteen, with his concepts of the individual unconscious (from Freud) and the ‘collective unconscious’ and so wonderfully also Jung’s: Archetypes. I studied a post graduate psychology degree after my MA at Oxford university.

And I also learned the ‘Evolutionary Astrology’ founded by Martin Schulman, particularly his statement of how past life manifest in this life as ‘incarnational life purpose’.

Western and Vedic Astrology working together:

I loved Martin Schulman’s writing on the Nodes of the Moon, but it is crucial to recognise that Evolutionary Astrology provides a statement of the ‘psychological self’ that will arise from past life inputs: arise to be worked with and healed

And, crucially, western astrology also includes the outer planets: The Gods of Change: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto – plus so importantly: Chiron the Wounded Healer. Chiron depicts our existential wound in the healing of which we can become the healer of others.

Vedic Astrology, on the other hand, does not depict the ‘psychological self’. Vedic Astrology depicts the karmically-created and chosen ‘incarnational life purpose’.

And it was the accuracy with which Vedic Astrology depicted my in some ways very unusual incarnational destiny that impelled me to learn it.

The first Vedic Astrology key concept that ‘wowed’ me was the vedic astrology concept of ‘Gandanta’ which so fits my unusual start in life.

Gandanta Moon = Mother will not be there for you.

And hard on the heels of that was the second key concept that ‘wowed’ me: that studying the position of the Nodes of the moon in one’s Vedic birth chart is a supreme key to your incarnational destiny (mine: Ketu in the 4th House of Mother and all that entails.

And then there’s the Vedic method of analysing the standing of a planet in a chart. Mine: Sun most deeply fallen, and so the list gods on – endlessly.

And so, my first Vedic Astrology training was with the late Richard Houck who fascinatingly and accurately developed a combined Vedic Astrology/Western Astrology of ‘The Astrology of Death’
(I was in Sade Sate at the time – the seven and a half year period when Saturn transits the Moon in our birth chart!)

But to get back to the subject of my vision work in astrology, I am so glad that many people are now finding this graphically helpful to understand the planet and how it manifests in their chart and in their life, finding this method liberating and intuitively inspiring.

And I use the same visionary method in my Tarot Course, where i offer presentations and the accompanying Journeys for each tarot card. I do too. I love doing it!

And so a foundation of my readings and teaching is to offer both western astrology and vedic astrology.

I offer pointers to combine the two if that is what the student wants.

And to this, I have added two key additional approaches to astrology that are also on offer if felt to be what the student wants:

Visionary Astrology

and also

Healing Astrology

And so, for example, when a student has made the first study of a planet, or for example, a conjunction in their chart (or whatever other astrological feature they are studying), I can then record for them a ‘visionary journey’ where I simultaneously use my shamanic drum as I speak, so as to heighten our vision and intuitive connection.

And the purpose of this recorded journey is to seek to support the development of their awareness of how that planet actually manifests in their chart and in their life, through developing clear visionary appearance of the planet.

Students themselves send in to me lovely reports of the wonderful vision journeys they do to gain visionary clear appearance of Mars or Jupiter. For example, first: Mars or Jupiter in their essence. Then of Mars or Jupiter in their chart

And then we use very accurate methods (for example avasthas) to state how those two planets treat each other and work together in their chart – and therefore in their life!

Such vibrant satisfying visionary journeying work is so fulfilling to do. Such a happy experience! Such a powerful experience!
Such valuable perception to arrive at.

Such a useful basis to bring in needed healing and empowerment work.

Have a look at this video which mentions my Visionary Astrology approach. It is recorded near our Healing Centre in the West of Ireland:

And have a look too at this video about The Sun in your Astrology Visionary Journey:

And here’s a journey to meet Rahu the North Node of the Moon:

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Jupiter enters Hasta Nakshatra 14th April 2017 – Understand the present Jupiter Transit

Michael Conneely

Michael ConneelyOn 14th April 2017, Jupiter enters Hasta Nakshatra or Hasta Lunar sign as it is known in Vedic astrology. And i would say this brings a special caution that Vata impulses should not be allowed to reign over-free, but that Hasta’s true capacity for inspiration should be tapped in to to support Jupiter to bring you inspiraiton and genuine success.

By the 5th February 2017, transiting Jupiter had reached 29 degrees Vedic sign of Virgo, but on this day, he turned Retrograde, and Jupiter has been retrograding ever since.

Now, note that 29 degrees of the Vedic sign of Virgo, is actually in the very creative Mars-ruled 14th Nakshatra of Chitra. Chitra’s ruling deity is Vishvakarma, the Heavenly Architect. Chitra is the 14th in the wonderful and powerfully declarative 27-sign Lunar Zodiac of vedic astrology called the Nakshatras.

But on the 14th April 2017, Jupiter has retrograded to 23 degrees Vedic Virgo and so he actually retrogrades out of Chitra Nakshatra and enters into Hasta Nakshatra. Hasta is the 13th Nakshatra. And Jupiter will continue to be retrograde until 9th June 2017 when he finally turns direct at 19 degrees of the Vedic sign of Virgo. And thereafter, Jupiter continues to be direct, moving forwards again through vedic sign of Virgo and finally entering Vedic Libra on 12th September.

So, what change in the energies will we feel from 14th April, when Jupiter leaves Chitra and enters Hasta?

Well, Chitra is very temperamental and creative. Chitra’s power animal is the female tiger (and you really should NOT upset one of these!!!)

But Hasta on the other hand is ruled by the moon. It’s power animal is the female buffalo, and it is in the very airy Mercury-ruled energy of Virgo. Don’t let the buffalo run too erratically! Its Ayurvedic Dosha is Vata. Its gunas orientation is Tamas, Tamas and Rajas. Because Hasta is ruled by the Moon, the mind energy is moody and fluctuating, reflecting the waxing and waning phases of the Moon. Although they can Mercurially appear confident and in control, they are actually vulnerable, insecure and in conflict, always questioning themselves, and far too flexible about the truth, even to the point of cheating. Hasta can be the hand of the conjurer; let him now be the hand of the guru!

I feel we will lose the wonderful creative building energy that I certainly felt when Jupiter was in Chitra. Instead, I feel there will be much more of a wordy energy. And I feel there’s a danger with Jupiter in Hasta that some people will try to control others through wordiness and even sleight of hand. So, I feel the call when Jupiter is in Hastā from 14th April to 4th August when Jupiter re-enters Chitra again, having reached 23 deg Vedic Virgo is to avoid getting lost in wordiness and to check out is constructive work continuing to be done!!!!

Let’s face it, the true call of Jupiter is Guru. He is a refraction of the divine. So, we must take care that the inspiration of words in Hasta will only be used to genuinely communicate the energies and inspiration of true divine power and wisdom. Monitor and check out these communication and wisdom issues when Jupiter is transiting through Hasta. If Hastas, themselves, can avoid being drained by words, they will achieve expansiveness and reap the rewards of the Jupiter-Uranus opposition, the Jupiter-Uranus-Pluto T-square that is transiting in the heaven. They will express genuine inspired expansion and not get lost in words. It will be a wonderfully successful time for them, and for all of us who share the Jupiter in Hasta present inspiration with this awareness. Could be a good time for a job interview or designing a website.

Just to add a footnote about how the transit of Jupiter is reflected using the tropical zodiac of western astrology: Vedic Astrology uses the Sidereal Zodiac. But, in terms of the Western tropical zodiac, the Jupiter transit sequence is as follows:

5th February :    Jupiter turns retrograde at 23 degrees Western Libra.
14th April :          Jupiter leaves Chitra and enters Hasta Nakshatra at 17 degrees western Libra.
9th June :           Jupiter turns direct at 13 degrees Western Libra.
2th September : Jupiter enters vedic Libra, which is 24 deg western Libra.
– For details of the uses of the western and vedic zodiacs see my blog post.

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Sun enters Vedic Aries on 14th April 2017

Michael Conneely

Michael ConneelyThe Sun enters Vedic Aries on 14th April 2017 – in Ashwini Nakshatra

April 2017 is a month of churning astrological energies with some great potential as well, but a lot of complication energies where good perception will mean your success – and also some downright aggressive energies as well. A major feature is: Sun enters Vedic Aries.

So, this Blog Post focuses on the fact that on the 14th April 2017, the Sun enters the first Vedic sign of Aries. Vedic Aries is a Fire sign ruled by Mars.

Impatience will increase. You will feel more energy and purpose. And for four more facets of the way we will all be affected by sun in Vedic Aries, read on below.

At the same moment, of course, note that Sun is also entering the first of the 27 Lunar Signs or Nakshatras which is Nakshatra 1: Ashwini Nakshatra.

So, note that on 14th April is at the point in the heavens where Vedic Aries and Ashwini Nakshatra both start. Sun is at 24 degrees Western Astrology Aries. See my special Blog post for how the two zodiacs, Western and Vedic, each inter-relate.

So, for more detail, after the five big facets to the Sun in Vedic Aries energy described below, you can also see below for the dates of the Sun’s move through Vedic Aries and for the dates of the Sun’s moves through the first three of the Nakshatras that fall within Vedic Aries: Ashwini, Bharani and Krittika.

Also shown below are the Western and vedic Astrology charts of this moment of ‘Sun enters Vedic Aries’. Do have a look at those.
And also below, there’s other details such as the exceptional number of retrograde planet in the heavens in April 2017, and also past life implications.
And see below, too, for details of my wonderful worldwide Astrology Readings and many worldwide Astrology Courses. All my work offers you Vedic or Western astrology, or the opportunity to combine the two if you wish for that. And all my work offers option for visionary astrology and psychosynthesis and healing work. I’m based at our Healing Centre in the West of Ireland by the way, so this means that the charts below are erected for there, but to see planet positions and times for your own locations see the various handy calculators on:

What will Sun’s entry into Aries and Ashwini Nakshatra mean for you?
Well, five things in particular:

1. The Gandanta Effect: Goodness, what a hammering some people are getting if they have planets on the transition point from Vedic Aries to Vedic Pisces. The first thing to be aware of, and this will affect everyone but will especially affect people with planets in the last two degrees of Vedic Pisces and the first two degrees of Vedic Aries, is that the Sun will be transiting through the dangerous Gandanta Zone: the Gandanta transition point is where a water sign dissolves and the first flare of a fire sign happens. If you have planets here, they will be sensitive all your life. They will be insubstantial. It’s important to know that the closer to the zero point the more difficult the destiny they will create for you. If you have Moon there, it means ‘mother will not be there for you’ in this life. If you have Sun there it means that ‘father’s influence will in some way be lacking for you’, creating a less sure and less substantial sense of self in this life, less confidence innately, though it is more possible to heal Sun Gandanta than it is Moon Gandanta, which has to be lived with and learned to be lived with.  Please do note that people with Moon or Sun in the Gandanta Zone already have had a very sensitive time in the last few days when the Full Moon of 11th April was there at twenty-seven and a half degrees Vedic Pisces (21 western Libra), and also of course because of the great fact that Uranus entered Aries on 8th April. BUT there’s glorious expansion also being offered out of the sensitivity and the pain of inspiration: inspiration about what needs to change: for Gandanta people and for all humanity. But to return to Gandanta people, Uranus is now transiting conjunct these people’s Moon or their Sun. this brings huge wired change and revolution. AND Uranus is transiting in opposition to Jupiter all this year bringing ‘thank the lord success’ possibility and definitely wired revolution. AND this Uranus – Jupiter opposition is additionally caught up in an ultimate explosive T-square: the opposition is T-square to the depth tectonic energy of Pluto!!!

2. The Revolution: As I said in my blog post on ‘Uranus enters Aries’, and in the paragraph above, Uranus entering Vedic Aries means you need to be sensitive and perceptive and aware when revolution is being offered to you, especially as Jupiter and Uranus are forming a transiting opposition around now, and also Pluto is T-square to the in the ‘generator effect’ of remorseless depth charge energy of needed change. Importantly: you can actually try to develop a visionary picture of these planets and of the planets in your chart and you can imagine how they can best combine in a way that will bring you the needed effective revolution. Yet we also have to honour structure and strategy; we have to honour the demands of Saturn: Lord Shani, Lord of Karma, and of course you have to act in a way that will harmonise in with the other treasured parts of your life: your family, your relationship, your home. But because Sun, Mercury and Uranus are all in Vedic Aries in April, there will be a new energy of inspiration, awakening and inventiveness running. Uranus will be in Aries for seven years: for the more thoughtful people, this will bring new creativity, but for the more violent people it will bring war, as it did last time. The energy of Sun being in Aries will bring more impatience and energy to kick these things off: more self-assertion that will help the process!

3. The Ashwini Healer: It’s useful to also be aware that the energy of the first Nakshatra, Ashwini, is in its best thrust of manifestation a healer energy. The sign itself is born out of often sexual panic at some sub-stratum. They are so impatient because they are springing up out of the void of the Gandanta into manifestation and being. Their power animal is two stallions streaking across the skies of dawn. They can commit to relationship in an instant and their families are powerless to point out when their ‘marry at first sight’ object of total love nearly is to be the destruction of them. Yet the fact is that all this actually makes them become healers. And they have the sort of healer energy like the ambulance man: racing to the spot and giving the most totally effective first aid!!!!

4. War and Violence: As I also said in my blog post on ‘Uranus enters Aries’, sadly I do feel there will be war and political divisiveness. The last time Uranus entered Aries saw the burning of the Reichstag and the rise of Adolph Hitler and the World War that followed. The Sun is exalted in Vedic Aries, and Adolph Hitler’s Sun was at 8 degrees Vedic Aries (this is 0 degrees Western Astrology sign of Taurus). You need high consciousness to handle things like Sun and Uranus in the Vedic sign of Aries, not to mention the energies of the eclipse on 21st August 2017, and of course the Kal sarpa Yoga that reasserts itself after the eclipse does need a person of high spiritual consciousness to manage such a divisive energy, and to reap spiritual reward and giving from such a challenge.

5. Persecution: Maggie passed me details of something I hadn’t heard of when i wrote this post about Sun and Uranus entering Vedic Aries. She said she had been reading my post about Uranus entering Vedic Aries and one of its manifestations the last time it happened was the rise of Adolph Hitler. And next she came across a post which said that ‘Chechnya is rounding up gay people and taking them to torture camps, and it’s as horrific as it sounds. Men are being electrocuted, tortured until they reveal names of other gay people, and beaten so badly that some have died. Targeting gay people and dragging them into camps is like something the Nazis would do…’ and Adolph Hitler did do this. So my point is a plea to be aware of how the Sun/Uranus in Vedic Aries energy can be used by people operating at a low level of consciousenss. Its power and aggression can be used to fuel force and coercion. I do want to say that the organised religions are very prone to being taken over by the negative side of the Sun/Uranus in Vedic Aries energy. This is because they are formulaic, and also because they are dualistic. Their doctrines and their organisation leads to scapegoating, where all one’s inner darkness can be projected onto another, and the other then tortured, persecuted, villified, dehumanised and killed. Such dualistic behaviour is not part of the uranus/Sun in Aries energy, but that energy can feed such human being disasterously at these times when it is activated. So, after the initial fillip of Sun/Uranus in Vedic Aries now, well: Uranus is in Vedic Aries for the next seven years. We are all born to turn our darkness into light. I predict that a lot of aggressive warlike dark is rising to be dealt with now!

Now for a few other April astrological features, plus details of my Astrology Readings and Courses:

The Sun : Movement dates in April and May 2017: The Sun will continue in Ashwini until 27th April when he enters the 2nd Nakshatra Bharani, and Sun enters the third Nakshatra which is Krittika (Krittika continues into Vedic Taurus). Sun enters Krittika on 11th May, finally leaving Vedic Aries to enter vedic Taurus on 14th May

Sign Changes now: On the same day, there are two other energy changes as transiting planets change Nakshatras: Transiting Jupiter moves retrograde from Nakshatra 14 Chitra to Nakshatra 13 Hasta, and transiting Ketu south node moves from Nx 24 Shatabishak to Nx 23 Dhanistha.

Retrograde Planets now: And also in April five planets: Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto all retrograde.

Ketu, South Node and Past Lives now: Not only that! Five planets are in Nakshatras ruled by Ketu the South node of the Moon. This will come into the lives of some of us in the form of inspirations and/or of people and skills from past lives, and also sudden revelations to aid our spiritual growth: Sun, Moon and Mercury will all be in Nakshatra 1 Ashwini, Saturn is transiting retrograde in in Nakshatra 19 Mula, and Rahu is transiting in Nakshatra 9 Magha.

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Which Zodiac should I use in Astrology? The Western Tropical, Vedic Sidereal or Nakshatras?

Michael Conneely

Michael ConneelyWhich Zodiac should I use in Astrology?

People ask which Zodiac should I use? The Western Tropical Zodiac or the Vedic Sidereal Zodiac or the Vedic Nakshatras/Lunar Signs?

The answer is that for the deepest and most expert astrological perception we need to use both Western and Vedic zodiacs.

The Western and Vedic zodiacs actually measure very different facets of our self and our life and our destiny. And more than that, we actually in fact need to use three zodiacs. In addition to the Western Tropical and the Vedic Sidereal Zodiacs I just mentioned, we also need to use Vedic Astrology’s beautiful and wonderful 27-sign lunar Zodiac as well: The Nakshatras.

Here’s the easy-to-understand detail:

You need both Western and vedic Astrology:

In my astrology readings, I draw on both western psychodynamic and evolutionary astrology using the western Tropical Zodiac, and I also draw on Vedic astrology for its sure and vast declaration of our destiny.

Because the Western Tropical Zodiac is solar-based, or Sun-sign-based, it is ‘ego astrology’ and psychological.
Because the Vedic Sidereal Zodiac is anchored to a ‘fixed’ star, it is more a ‘statement of the eternal’, a statement of our destiny.

Western Astrology:
Modern western psychodynamic astrology, when expertly interpreted, accurately depicts our psychological make-up, the sub-personalities within us and issues of individuation and wholeness.
Western Evolutionary Astrology: Modern Western Astrology also includes an invaluable and wonderful dimension of Evolutionary Astrology: a statement of how past life scripts influence this life, but note that this is evaluated in terms of the psychological results of past live scripts.
And absolutely crucially, any astrology interpretation needs to include Western Astrology’s Chiron the Wounded healer, and the outer Planets, the Gods of Change: Uranus, Neptune and Pluto: energies that entered the human consciousness at the dates these planets were discovered.

Vedic astrology, on the other hand, is far more ancient and powerful, and accurately identifies the journey of the soul. It identifies the journey we were born to undertake. It describes the physical and psycho-mental circumstances we will attract into our lives as fates for us to work with. Vedic astrology asserts that these fates are chosen regarding past karmas that have accrued in previous lives. Some of these karmas are fixed (drida): there is little we can do about them: we need to experience them =for a life-time to make the growth we need to undertake; other of our karmas are not fixed (adrida) – these we can learn to modify or eliminate or ‘burn’. And my belief is that we incarnate to face certain challenges and past karmas, but also to manifest certain achievements: the pearl that will be revealed within the plain sea-shell!

So, Western Astrology uses the tropical zodiac. Its start point is 0 deg tropical Aries: where the Sun is on the first day of Spring.
Vedic Astrology, on the other hand, uses the sidereal zodiac (start point 0 deg sidereal Aries which is anchored to Spica, a fixed star).
Ayanamsha: I personally recommend that the difference between the two zodiacs that should be used is the Lahiri Ayanamsha. See Footnote 4, below.

Precession of the Equinoxes:
As I mentioned above, the start of the Western Astrology Tropical Zodiac is based on the position of the Sun at the moment of the Spring Equinox, otherwise called the Vernal equinox, whereas the start of the Vedic Astrology Sidereal Zodiac is anchored to a Fixed Star.

Now, the important thing to realise is that the position of the Sun on the day of the spring Equinox moves against the background of the ‘Fixed Stars’. This is because of the wobble of the earth’s axis of rotation on its orbit.

So, this precession, or wobble, means that the western tropical zodiac actually moves a degree every 72 years against the backdrop of the stars.
This means that, the two zodiacs are currently 24 degrees apart.

In fact, for the wobble to work through fully and for the Spring Equinox to make a full cycle, it takes 25,920 years:






So, here’s the practical implication of this detail:

The Tropical Zodiac of Western Astrology is a 12-sign Zodiac (Aries to Pisces) which starts at the Sun’s position on the first day of Spring, and should be used for expert deep declaration of pour psychological self, including the psychological expression of our past life issues. Note that because of precession: the wobble in the Earth’s axis of rotation, the Western Tropical Zodiac moves a degree every 72 years relative to the Vedic Sidereal Zodiac, and that the two Zodiacs are currently 24 degrees apart. The important thing to note is that because the Western Tropical Zodiac is based on the position of the Sun, it is Solar, and the Sun is all about our egoic self: our psychology.
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The Sidereal Zodiac of Vedic Astrology is also a 12-sign Zodiac (Aries to Pisces) which is anchored to a fixed star. As I said above the two zodiacs have now reached 24 degrees apart.
Because the Vedic Sidereal Zodiac is anchored to a fixed star it operates not psychologically like the Western Tropical Zodiac, but it operates more to give a statement of the Eternal.
Compare this to the tropical zodiac of western astrology which is moving against the background of the stars: it moves a degree every 72 years, and its start point is that moving point in the heavens that the Sun occupies on the first day of Spring each year, and because of that western astrology is solar, it is ‘ego astrology’
The scope of Vedic Astrology, on the other hand, is immensely vaster than egoic, psychological western astrology.
And, at the present the two zodiacs are 24 degrees apart.
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And then there’s a third zodiac as well, that is absolutely invaluable to use as well:

The Lunar Zodiac: Additionally please do note that Vedic astrology also employs an even more ancient zodiac: the immeasurably powerful lunar zodiac of 27 signs, that depicts our emotional realities in a magical and dream time way that is pre-solar, pre-logical and pre-linear, and is hugely accurate, powerful and meaningful. The Vedic Nakshatras Lunar Zodiac is based on the position of the moon against the background of the Fixed Stars and thus depicts our emotions and our consciousness arising therefore. These lunar signs are called ‘Nakshatras’.
The positions of the lunar signs were more easily visible to ancient astrologers because they are quite simply the position of the Moon in the heavens on each of the 27 days the Moon takes to orbit the Earth.
Because the lunar signs are so ancient, they are powerful and magical and pre-rational, and each of them has a power animal that can be used for many purposes of understanding, including the identification of the best marriage partner for you.
This system is immensely sophisticated in the techniques it uses such as Navatara, Nara chakra (health statement) and Nadi Nakshatras. Its vast and sure systems of sign rulerships and qualities throw immense meaning onto our lives. Note that the Nakshatras are very novelistic in the state of consciousness and behaviour stemming from that that they depict for us. Indeed, it is essential to note that in this lifetime we often have to go through the negative facets of our Nakshatra’s state of consciousness, in order to grow spiritually, just as a lotus grows to bloom on the surface of the water in the light of the sun but its roots are fixed in the mud below! Out of darkness, light! You can learn all about the Nakshatras in my Nakshatars Advanced Course, for which you do need to know a little Vedic Astrology in order to enroll:


The Sidereal Symbols: As first footnote, please do note that I also use the Sidereal Symbols of Vedic astrology, which stare the star-energy in each of the 360 degrees of the Sidereal Vedic Zodiac. The ancient Vedic Sages were so acute in their awareness, that they could even detect the energetic difference in each of the 360 degrees of the Zodiac due to the different energies radiated by the stars within each degree. The Vedic Sages channelled the meaning of each of the 360 degrees of the Sidereal Zodiac. The roots of this system lie in ancient Babylonian Star Lore. Using the symbol for each zodiacal degree, these sidereal symbols can throw vast illumination onto the nature of any of your planets by using the symbol for the degree the planet falls in. On occasion, the illumination thrown onto the nature of the planet is of vast value and can be found from no other source.

How to understand apparent contradictions: and as a second footnote, please note that whereas Western Astrology can tend to understand very contradictory energies within our chart rather like the framing of a committee minute which seeks to find the compromise middle agenda, in Vedic Astrology, when there are contradictory statements, it is not the case that this is dismissed as a contradiction, but that both ends of the pole will be experienced. And this is because Vedic Astrology is geared to tantric awareness, where the experience of apparent opposites directs us to the greater meaning that lies beyond the apparent opposites.

Visionary Astrology: And as a third footnote, please do note that my approach to astrology basically is, I feel, enhanced, by use of vision work. So, I recommend you include visionary astrology – East meets West. It is so visual and graphic and memorable if as a first stage, you develop ‘clear appearance’ first of a planet as a God, in other words as a refraction of the divine. Then as a second stage, go on to get a graphic picture of the planet as he appears in your birth chart in your life, you’re your destiny, as you experience him due to your karmas and your soul choices. So, in this second stage you experience the planet, not as a pure refraction of the divine, but you experience him through the three filters of sign, house and aspect, as he is positioned in your particular birth chart which is the map of your destiny this time. This visualizing approach is actually drawn from the union of western and vedic astrology plus using Tibetan Buddhist and tantric Hindu approach of ‘clear appearance’. From 1998, based mainly in Glastonbury in England, I did a five year, university based, social anthropological field study (an Ethnography) of Spiritual Forms new to the modern west. And one of the countless things that I found was that both Tibetan Buddhism and tantric Hinduism teach that in order to fully experience a god, you need to develop clear appearance of that god first. And if you do this you can ‘call him/her in’ to your mind and consciousness any time if you need to. So, in the same way I find it really enhances your feel for the nature of a planet, and for the different way that a planet will actually manifest in your chart and in your life, if you develop ‘clear appearance’ of the pure energy of that planet as a refraction of the divine, and of the filtered often very skewed or modified way that planet appears in your birth chart/in your life.

Ayanamsha: As a fourth Footnote, I tell you about the really important issue of which Ayanamsha to use, i.e what number of degrees’ difference to assign to the difference between the two zodiacs: vedic Sidereal and Western Tropical. I personally recommend that the difference between the two zodiacs that should be used is the Lahiri Ayanamsha. There are different Ayanamshas giving different overlaps between the two zodiacs. But I personally find Lahiri best. This is because my Moon is at 29 degrees 56 minutes in the Vedic Astrology Zodiac, which makes me a Pisces moon, my Moon is in the Nakshatras or lunar Sign at the end of Pisces which is Revati, the 27th and final Nakshatra. I have found that other Ayanamshas, other than Lahiri, can put my Moon into Vedic Aries, into Ashwini which is the first of the 27 Nakshatras. But I feel most deeply in my heart that I am a Pisces/Revati Moon, and so my knowing tells me that the Lahiri Ayanamsha is correct. I am of course a very marginal test case which proves the point, with my Moon being at 29 Pieces 56. There’s real trouble if you select the wrong Ayanamsha. This is because marginal planets at the very beginning or end of a sign can actually end up being stated to be in the wrong sign. Vedic astrology has a system of wonderful predictive periods called Dashas, and these are based on the position of the Moon at birth, so if you use the wrong Ayanamsha and put the Moon in the wrong position in your birth chart, the stare and end dates of your predictive periods or dashas will all be given wrongly. Also, vedic Astrology uses a wonderful system of Indicators or Charakarakas to say what role each planet occupies in your life and destiny. This is based on the longitude of each planet in its sign, so if you use the wrong Ayanamsha and end up putting a planet in the wrong sign, then you will assign a wrong Charakaraka indication to your planets, with really problematic consequences.

Charts showing the different Zodiacs:

Chart 1:

Here is a useful zodiac chart will which enable you to see the way the Constellations and the Sidereal and the Tropical zodiacs relate to each other:
The outer wheel shows the constellations that fall on the ecliptic.
The middle wheel shows the Vedic sidereal zodiac, which is aligned with the constellations.
The inner wheel shows the Western Tropical zodiac, which is aligned with the equinoxes and the solstices, being about 24 degrees off the Vedic Sidereal zodiac at present:
















Chart 2:

And here is a useful zodiac chart will which enable you to see the way the twelve signs of the Vedic Sidereal Zodiac and the Nakshatras relate to each other.














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