Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

Vedic Astrology – 6 Week Series with Ashley

Discover the secrets of the stars through the art and science of Vedic Astrology! This is the oldest system of Astrology, and most accurate in terms of prediction. This ancient study incorporates Eastern philosophy regarding our karma, reincarnation, fate and destiny found within the larger tapestry of the night sky.

This six-week series will cover the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology: Grahas, Rasis, Bhavas, Drishtis and Nakshatras. These Sanskrit terms are commonly referred to in the Western world as: Planets, Signs, Houses, Aspects and Moon Signs; although the approach and understanding to these concepts are much different. These classes are designed to familiarize you with the important building blocks of Vedic Astrology.

*Each class will build upon the concepts of the previous class, therefore, the accumulated information will be best understood if all classes are attended. Participants are welcome to join in at any time during the series; however, the information from the prior class will not be repeated in order to give all the attendees the most comprehensive instruction.

**This class is not intended for making interpretations or predictions of individual charts. It is an introduction to the building blocks of the Vedic Astrology system.

Classes will be on Thursdays July 12th – August 16th from 7:30-9:30, taught by Ashley.  $28 per class; $3 discount for cash.  $123.00 for series if paid in full in advance ($3 discount for cash).

Check out the chart for the first day of class!

Ashley is a Vedic Astrologer who began her practice as a Certified Astrological Professional (CAP) in Western Astrology, through the International Society for Astrological Research (ISAR) organization. She has been studying Astrology for about 15 years, and has experience as a practitioner and teacher within various local Astrology groups.

 

 

Retrogrades & The Seven of Swords Card – by Ashley

seven of swords tarot

In light of the current and upcoming planetary transits, I felt inspired to write about the seven of swords tarot card. I draw this card often when there is something that should be taken care of properly, but hasn’t. This is either because it needs to be addressed at a later time, or possibly because it should be avoided altogether. The figure in the card has five swords in his arms but has dropped two. I normally interpret this as “dropping the ball”, or consciously “trying to get away” with something he shouldn’t. There is innumerable ways to interpret this card, although, “thievery, deception, sneakiness, sloppiness, ill-intent, and unwanted escape are the main themes. Let’s explore some alternative views on how this card’s meaning can be applied.

Excluding the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune & Pluto), three of the five planets that can go retrograde are now in their apparent backward motion: Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Of course, the Sun & Moon never go retrograde, and Rahu/Ketu are always retrograde. Soon to be joining the retrograde party is Mercury on Thursday, July 26th. Although by then, Jupiter will have gone direct (on July 10th).

This seven of swords card has such retrogradey energy. The two dropped swords, which can be seen as a skipped step or a mistake, will need to be reconciled and corrected at some point. Retrogrades in general have a “do-over” energy, in order to right the wrongs or adjust the plan. Planets in retrograde have a more intense quality of to what that planet represents, that urges people to be more introspective and reflect on their plans and decisions. Maybe this is where we could see a possibility of the thief’s conscience come into play in this card. In order to make corrections to a new plan of action or a new strategy to be implemented, awareness must first come into play. It’s much easier, rather, lazier to want to hastily move forward, but that skipped step will sooner or later come back to haunt him because of a little thing called karma. Justice has a natural reckoning equally proportionate to the crime or trespass committed.

What goes up, must come down. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This card appearing is a warning. Actually, it is a sign of grace that there is still time to make corrections to be thorough, accountable and responsible for our actions. Free will is a blessing. We get to make decisions. The two swords behind him signifies a choice. The two of swords card literally means “choices”. Do I decide to do this, or that? This card indicates that there is still time to adjust our actions and reconsider our choices, just as the planets are allowing now. With these retrogrades, we may even feel a more acute pressure to correct our course. Right now, we can either ignore what obviously needs to be done by a slew of excuses, just to have to account for them later, or we can use the energy given to us to make the extra effort to backtrack a little, reassess, reevaluate and choose a different fate.

 

 

Namaste _/\_

SunGoddess Ashley

Current Astrological Weather Transits: Mars-Venus Opposition | 6/19/18 by Ashley

Today’s transits can be felt by the tension of the Mars-Venus opposition encroaching. This would put strain into our relationship, or we may feel the growing pressure to implement change for a dynamic that is no longer working. If lately, you have been feeling that things are a bit “off” in relationships, you are not alone. We are collectively on the precipice of a breakthrough. Ultimately, we are wanting more. More connection, more intimacy, more pleasure. It’s no ordinary Mars-Venus opposition however. The intensity is amplified by the opposition pairing up with Rahu/Ketu (the lunar nodes who are always opposing each other in the chart). We have Venus with Rahu in Cancer – the amplified desire for more pleasure and enjoyment in our lives. There may be a feeling that something is missing, because we have Mars-Ketu. With this aspect, it can give a feeling of emptiness in relationships, or like we somehow don’t matter. With Venus/Rahu, there can be a general feeling of unfulfillment. Many people are wanting to find their soul mates right now! If people aren’t already partnered up, there will be a desire to find something more meaningful and from the heart.

Venus is love. Paired with Rahu, there can be grander desires. Mars is drive and action. Paired with Ketu, there can be like we are having the rug pulled out from under us, or that we are digging holes to only find more dirt.

On a larger scale, just looking at Mars-Ketu, this can be a time where we see more violence, terrorist attacks, (nuclear) threats, or just plain stupid militant actions/agreements. Ketu is a shadow point. It’s not actually a planet, but it can be likened to a malefic who has a body but no head, logic or sense. Translation = taking actions without really thinking them through. Mars is the action planet. It rules Aries and Scorpio and is exalted in Capricorn and debilitated in Cancer. For example, Mars in Scorpio would be equivalent to a cage-fighter or street-fighter. Mars in Aries would the prototypical Soldier. Mars in Capricorn is the general that gives orders to the soldiers. We currently have Mars in Capricorn (conjunct Ketu, the “headless” shadow planet) opposite Venus in Cancer (conjunct Rahu, the “head without a body” shadow planet). We can see the actions of our current government as not being thoroughly thought-out, impulsive actions that don’t bring many beneficial results.

On a mundane level in our personal lives, it can feel like we are fighting a shadow. Something that is intangible, but somehow feels threatening. We may not know what it is, or what this shadow represents. To make the most of this transit, Mars in Capricorn is asking for discipline. We can be disciplined, be willing to do the uncomfortable hard work, without a lot of immediate results. It is a great time for taking precautions, preventative measures, and applying spiritual discipline.

Ketu is the most spiritual influence in our charts. It represents detachment, loss, severance, letting go and liberation. People hear liberation and they think, “wonderful!” But it’s liberation from things that we have attached to: ie, our security. If they are unhealthy attachments, it’s time to let them go, or they may be plucked from a tight grip. Sometimes Ketu removes things that we don’t want or no longer need. But other times, it removes things we didn’t ask for. Ultimately, it is preparing us for shaking loose from this material world. Loss is good practice for the final liberation.

Current Astrological Weather Transits: Mars-Venus Opposition

The Art of War by Ashley

Mars in Vedic AstrologyThe planet Mars is referred to as “the red planet” because of its red-orange appearance. It is named after the Roman God of War. The Greek counterpart of Mars was Ares, who in Greek Mythology, had 2 sons: Phobos & Deimos. Phobos means panic & fear, and Deimos means terror & dread. These are the 2 moons that orbit Mars! It also gives you an idea of the energy that Mars bestows… We consider Mars a “malefic”, meaning that it tends to bring bad luck and misfortune. (Mars is the lesser Malefic, while Saturn is the greater malefic.)

The Astronomical function of Mars’ movement through a zodiac sign is within about roughly 45 days, depending on its speed, and retrograde motion. Mercury has gained quite a reputation for the retrograde, but all the planets (except the Sun and Moon) appear to go retrograde from the Earth’s perspective. Mars represents Tuesdays in the week. Basic characteristics of Mars are: speed, focus, effort, and motivation. This makes sense from an energetic standpoint of the 7-day work week. Mondays & Fridays are likely to be the least productive, as on Fridays people are already salivating for the weekend festivities and one step out the door, while on Mondays the majority of people are gearing up to the “back to the grind” mindset and possibly still in weekend-mode. Most beautician services are closed on Mondays, and I happen to know a certain metaphysical store that is also closed on Mondays… Point being, Tuesdays tend to be the most productive day of the week fueled on go-juice with a side of catch-up.

Mars in Vedic Astrology is activated in your chart at the 27th year, where it develops maturity and begins to exhibit its full strength. We usually begin to experience more independence around this age. This is right before the infamous “Saturn return” from age 28-30, which serves the purpose to create more structure and permanence in our lives, which can only be done when the untamed wildfire of Mars calms down to focus on accomplishing more with a slow burn.

Mars is the action-planet. It shows how you act and move through life. Its function is to create initiation and movement. Without Mars energy, everything would be still and stagnant. Mars is the warrior, the soldier. It’s the fighting nature that exhibits physical and mental strength, and inner and outer determination. This can express itself by being impulsive, quick-tempered, and destructive, therefore it is also the expression of Anger. Anger can be used destructively, or constructively based upon how that energy is channeled. On the destructive side, Mars is anger, aggression, accidents, pain and violence. On the constructive side, Mars is motivation, assertion, passion, lust, courage and dominance. Whichever sign and house Mars is placed in your chart, will give you an indication of the style and direction in which you use the warrior energy.

In the world, Mars represents masculinity and youth, but also males in general, like your male friends and brothers. It’s an indication of many things, but for example, it also represents: blood, muscles, weapons, fire, cars, sports, the military, exercise, and penetration. The symbol of Mars is a circle with an arrow protruding upwards from it. This symbolizes the male organ and function, depictive of masculinity, movement and drive. It is an invasive and destructive energy, but it also gives us the courage to destroy what is allowing for weakness in our lives in order to forge a new pathway through the forest of our habits, that will ultimately bring success from the determination and focus it takes to create something stronger.

Wherever Mars is situated in our chart, indicates where you will exert the most energy in life. Mars rules the signs of Aries and Scorpio, and is exalted in Capricorn, which is the sign of the general. This combination produces a capable, military strategist energy that is skilled with weapons to defeat the enemy… whatever that represents in our lives.

Namaste _/\_

SunGoddess Ashley

Stormy Weather: Navigating Difficult Celestial Alignments by Ashley

slow down sign representing navigating difficult celestial alignments

There is a special type of reading that I can provide as a Vedic Astrologer, which is the “difficult weeks of the year report”. This chart reading features transits to your personal planets that show inauspicious periods in your life. Not only can this be interpreted for individual charts, but separately, it can also be felt collectively when we have challenging celestial alignments in the sky. There is such an event upon us that you may want to take into consideration as we operate as usual, under unusual vibrations.

There is a slow build of energy that you may have already begun to notice seeping in. Approaching, we have an exact Mars-Saturn conjunction on April 1, 2018 – and it’s not April fools. It also happens to be the same day retrograde Mercury is combust the Sun at 17 degrees Pisces in Revati Nakshatra. All logic from Mercury is burned within the rays of the Sun from this conjunction in Pisces, the sign where Mercury is debilitated, compounded by the fact it Mercury will be retrograde. These three aspects create confusion, delusion, and illusion. Tensions rising from the slow burn of Mars pushing into Saturn reach a breaking point when these two malefics come together at 14 degrees Sagittarius in Purva Ashadha Nakshatra. This has potential to be a legitimately destructive force. Mars is the blazing hot warrior who ends up slamming into the boundary of Saturn’s icy, concrete wall. Such is life. You can’t make an omelet without breaking some eggs. Some things must come to a culminating end, and we are all feeling this effect emerging right about now.

What does it mean that we have two exact conjunctions on the same day? And both “inauspicious” at that? Well. Of course with any mercury retrograde we replay the classics: mis-understanding, mis-communication, mis-information and mis-interpretations galore. The exact conjunction of this retrograde Mercury to the Sun means that it is most potent. On top of that, this aspect is being influenced by the anger, irritation, and impatience of Mars, exactly aligned with the realistic and fair consequences of Saturn from any erratic impulse to action.

So what to do? Nothing. Don’t respond. Don’t react. Walk away, courteously decline to engage with tact and grace.  People will be edgy during this build up to the 1st of April. Be as understanding and patient as possible, put off major decisions that could have undesirable consequences. The fact that this aspect is unpredictable enough is compounded by being backed up with irrational thought, assumptions, opinions, and hair-trigger decisions and reactions. Avoid arguments. Be hardcore polite. State your point once, kindly, softly, and slowly. Go within. People are apt to misunderstand each other and be reactive during these difficult weeks of the year. Probably the most challenging part is in efforts to “fix” the issue at hand by further explaining etc., as pushing for an amicable resolution somehow seems to further unravel things. The solution is to wait for this transit to pass before taking any rash action, refrain from forming hard opinions on assumptions that probably will be regretted later.

When does this energy pass? From the point where strain energy is released, it will wane at different rates depending on whether it has been a “broad stroke” issue, or an “immediate issue”. The recovery period is usually equal to the length of time the issue started to become an issue. Collectively, it will generally take about 2 weeks for the dust will settle. On the 15th of April, Mercury stations direct at 10 degrees Pisces at 2:21am PST. This is the pivot point of the energy beginning to change. By the 15th, Mars will have already beyond the exact conjunction of Saturn, and on the 17th, Saturn then goes retrograde, echoing the pivot point of Mercury’s change in direction.

This is a big time for “breakthroughs”, but knowing how to use these energies will best help you instead of set you back. Instead engaging in debates or arguments or back and forth discussions that go no where, or composing a lengthy text thread: journal, read a book, listen to inspiring music, use your imagination to create art, or food etc.  Instead of making sudden decisions and actions out of fear, pressure, worry, feelings of limitation: exercise, build something, do manual labor, reorganize your living area, check off your “to-do” list, because it is most likely that you can accomplish a lot when it comes to existing or pending projects that will produce tangible results at this time.  Be gracious for other people’s road-rage, and don’t take anything personally. Instead of participating in circumstances that would be destructive, find constructive ways to use your time (independently is advised).

Mid-March to Mid-April looks like a good time to tread graciously and not only reflect, but also act on anything that would improve YOUR life without getting too involved in the drama, issues, opinions of others in order to avoid any misunderstandings that could potentially have undesired and unintended consequences. Less is more. This is especially true under this astrological influence. There is a saying that goes something like, “If something bad is happening, just wait, and it will pass. If something good is happening, just wait, and it will pass”. Everything eventually comes to pass.

Namaste _/\_

SunGoddess Ashley

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