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Planetary Tips

January 1st to January 31st 2017

by Vachaspati Christina Collins

Planetary Tips January 2017 Chart One

January 1 Sun in Sagittarius in Purva Ashada nakshatra, Mercury retrograde in Sagittarius, Moon in Capricorn, Shravana, Venus, Ketu and Mars in Aquarius. Exact conjunction of Neptune and Mars (neo Vedic astrologers are very focused on this conjunction being negative, whatever house this is for your natal chart, or for a country chart will be one house affected, and anyone with planets at 15:35 degrees (or even 15) will also be triggered.

Rahu is in Magha, the star of Ketu (this can be very spiritual depending upon which house in the zodiac is affected.

Jupiter continues its transit in Virgo.

January 2 Moon joins Venus and the other malefics in Aquarius. Mars moves well past the degree of Ketu breaking the months’ long kala sarpa yoga pattern. Mars takes 2 years to complete the circle of the zodiac so we a freed for a few months from the planets being trapped between the nodes for 2 weeks at a time.

January 7 Saturn becomes technically sandi (changing signs or weak) at 28 degrees. At the same time, there are two tight conjunctions: Ketu and Venus in Aquarius, both at 10’23 and Sun and Pluto at 23 degrees.

Planetary Tips January 2017 Chart Two

January 8 Mercury goes direct in motion in Sag.

Planetary Tips January 2017 Chart One

January 12 the Sun moves into sandi position at 29 degrees of Sagittarius.

Planetary Tips January 2017 Chart Four

January 13 the Sun moves to Capricorn (Makar Sankranti) this is the first change of signs of the Sun following the winter solstice and is celebrated as a holiday in India. This festival is often celebrated with sweets made of sesame seed, ghee and sugar.

Planetary Tips January 2017 Chart Five

January 15 The Moon joins Rahu in tight conjunction – not good for decision making, or travel if you have a Taurus lagna.

Planetary Tips January 2017 Chart Six

January 16 the transiting Saturn hits 29 Scorpio sandi and the center of the galaxy. (this is a very tough point for Saturn who debilitates in Aries, the other sign of Mars) and Saturn retrogrades back to this point again in early summer

Planetary Tips January 2017 Chart Seven

January 18 Mars becomes sandi at 29’00 of Aquarius. This makes the parivartana yoga very intense as Saturn and Mars (exchanging signs in each other’s houses) are both changing signs at the same time. along with this, Moon is still conjunct Rahu (though wide by degree), the Sun and Moon are transiting in a 6/8 axis, and Mercury, who rules the intellect is in Mula the star of Ketu. Basically this means don’t take action on thoughts you have in meditation. What seems like a brilliant idea this day should be re-evaluated when the Moon is transiting with Jupiter in Virgo after Mars moves to Pisces.

Planetary Tips January 2017 Chart Eight

January 20 Mars moves to Pisces opposite friend Jupiter. This breaks the house exchange between Mars and Saturn. Note also that Jupiter has been transiting within a degree of Saturn.

Planetary Tips January 2017 Chart Nine

January 26 Saturn leaves enemy sign (Mars ruled) for neutral Sag. Saturn and Jupiter the ruler of Sagittarius are neutral to each other. Venus will also be Sandi at 29 Aquarius as it moves towards exaltation in Pisces Saturn will go direct, then retrograde, then retrograde back into 29 Scorpio in early summer. To date Saturn and Jupiter in mutual transit have been aspecting the sign Capricorn and the sign Taurus. With this shift of Saturn to Sagittarius they will mutually aspect Virgo only.

Saturn aspects to houses 3 and 10

Jupiter 5 and 9

So Saturn throws its o 10th aspect on the Virgo house, and Jupiter is posited in Virgo. Jupiter will go sandi at 29 degrees next month on February 1st and will retrograde at 29 on February 6th. Later on when Jupiter moves to Libra, then the houses in mutual aspect will be Aquarius with Jupiter throwing its 5th trine and Saturn its 3rd aspect and the sign Gemini with Saturn throwing the opposition aspect (all planets aspect 1 and 7) to Gemini and Jupiter its 9th trine.

Planetary Tips January 2017 Chart Ten

Planetary Tips January 2017 Chart Eleven

January 28 Venus begins exaltation! The transit begins on Friday, which is Venus’ day. Mars, the planet of passion awaits Mars in Pisces, aspected by Jupiter. If you were on the fence, in matters of love, marriage or engagement, this day would be good for rethinking commitment depending upon the natal charts of those involved!

Planetary Tips January 2017 Chart Twelve

Christina Collins Biography

Christina CollinsChristina Collins, Jyotish Visharada, CVA, Jyotish Kovid, ICAS and CVA, Jyotish Vachaspati, ICAS, Jyotish Medha Pragya, ICAS and Jyotish Mahasagara from Raman and Rajeshwari Foundation 2013, is a third generation Astrologer specializing in the Vedic system. She received her honorary titles from the late Dr. B.V. Raman, former President of the ICAS (Indian Council for Astrological Sciences) in New Delhi and Bangalore, India, from CVA (Council for Vedic Astrology, USA), from the ICAS in Bangalore, from the Raman and Rajeshwari Foundation in 2013 and the Jyotish Navaratna from ACVA (American College for Vedic Astrology) in 2014.

From1997 to 2012, she was the first and sole American woman to be honored by the highly held title of Jyotish Vachaspati (Jyotish - the light bearer and Vachaspati - the one who speaks the truth and whose predictions come true. (In
Sanskrit, Vac = speech and Brihaspati is a name of Jupiter the planet of wisdom and truth. Her most recent honor from India, the Jyotish Medha Pragya title, means that consciousness has merged with Jyotish.

As a founding member, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA online), and was former Editor of the ACVA News. President of Celestial Resource (The Timing Coach) she serves corporate and private clients from students to celebrities. For the Jyotish Star you can reach her in Boulder CO at, and for consultations:

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