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

Saturn in Vedic Astrology: Father Time by Ashley

saturn in Vedic AstrologyIn Vedic Astrology, Saturn is the outermost planet in the solar system. Saturn in Vedic Astrology is referred to as “father time”, because it is the last planet that we can see with the naked-eye, signifying endings. Basically, this translates to death, as all mortal days are numbered. The rings around Saturn are representations of the limitations and boundaries of our personal lives. It also functions as a celestial boundary, because it is the outer-most planet, and last object in our solar system that can be seen without a telescope. Without boundaries, it is impossible to differentiate between one thing and another in this physical world. Other than “father time”, Saturn is also referred to as “the reaper”, as in we reap what we sow. It is the score-keeper of our past and current karmic deeds. The reaper is responsible for endings, dissolution, decomposition and death. Sounds grim, I know, but it is a necessary function in the life-death-rebirth process. Without a necessary end, there would be no cycle of a new beginning.

Saturn is named after the Roman God of Genealogy and time. The Greek counterpart of Saturn was Cronos, who in Greek Mythology was the father of Jupiter, Neptune and Pluto, and was known as the Titan of the Harvest. To Astrologers, Saturn is a “malefic”, meaning that it tends to bring bad luck and misfortune (Saturn is known as the greater malefic, while Mars is the lesser malefic).

The Astronomical function of Saturn’s movement through the 12 zodiac signs is slightly over 29 years, therefore, it travels through each sign in roughly 2.5 years. Saturn is the 7th classical planet corresponding to the 7 days of the week, to which it represents Saturdays, or SATURN-days. Since Saturn represents completion and endings, it is appropriate to draw the parallel to religious literature describing that ‘upon the creation of the universe, God rested on the 7th day’, which is why Saturdays are observed for the Sabbath as a day of rest.

In Vedic Astrology, Saturn is activated in your chart at the 35th year, where it matures and begins to exhibit its full strength. We usually experience important changes creating either upheaval or security around this age. This would be after the dust settles from the upheavals of the infamous “Saturn return” from age 28-30, where Saturn returns back to the place where it sits in a person’s birth chart. Just as we have a solar return (birthday) every year, we also have a Saturn return every 30 years or so. Ultimately the purpose is to create a better, more solid structure of permanence in our lives, not just to torture us.

Saturn is time and space. It is pressure, containment and gravity. It condenses energy into form, creating the physical world of matter bound by time. When people ask you “what is the matter?” they really are asking, “what is the Saturn?”. Other qualities that Saturn represents are delay, constriction, obstruction, blockage, and obstacles. It is also fear, sternness, coldness, hardships, illness, hard labor, task-master energy, rules and tradition. Whereas Jupiter is expansion, Saturn is contraction. Maybe this is why news that someone is going through their “Saturn return” is received with groans. It has a reputation of bestowing restrictive energy that creates conditions of poverty and hardship. However, the only way this can be avoided is to do what Saturn asks of you, which requires effort, organization and strict discipline. On the positive side, Saturn signifies our career, hard-earned success, binding contracts, and wealth. We gain by reaping the wealth of our efforts!

In the world, Saturn represents our elders, but it is also bosses, the government and old souls. It is an indication of many things too numerous to list here, but for example, it also represents bones, disease, dirt, agriculture, wealth and time. The symbol, or “glyph” of Saturn is a sickle, which traditionally is used for harvesting grain. Again, we see the reaper motif of reaping of what we sown. Another interpretation of the symbol is a crescent moon extending from the right bottom portion of the cross. The cross of matter takes precedence over the mind, symbolized by the moon’s crescent. It is the flipped image of Jupiter’s glyph. Where Jupiter is the sowing of seeds, Saturn is the reaping of crops.

Wherever Saturn is placed in our chart indicates the biggest challenges we get to overcome in order to grow in strength. The biggest blessing from Saturn is the rich, fruitful reward of our toil. Saturn rules the signs Capricorn and Aquarius, and is exalted in Libra, which is a sign of balance, equality and fairness. Saturn only rewards us with what we have rightly earned. People don’t tend to appreciate something unless they feel they have truly earned it. This is the beautiful lesson that Saturn teaches us.

Namaste _/\_

SunGoddess Ashley

 

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity, but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.

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

*Please note each Blog is the unique expression of the Blogger and does not speak for The Green Man as an entity, but rather is one of the many diverse colours that make up our Green Man Tribe.

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