Holy Cow and Good Vibrations

Astro update for the tail end of July 2020


We are having some fabulous astro weather right now.

The New Moon of last night was aligned with the Stars of Pushya. What a wonderful start of a Moon cycle! The nakshatra of Pushya, the nurturer, inspires us to selflessly care for and nourish each other in spiritual and emotional ways and also on the material level (food, goods etc). It is considered the emperor of nakshatras. The energy of these stars is honest, benign, wise, calm and prosperous.

The ancient symbol attached to Pushya is the Holy Cow, more specifically: her udders, that give the nourishment of milk.

Brihaspati, the Guru of the Gods, is the deity assigned to Pushya. We will find plenty of wisdom here.

Furthermore: Right now the planets are shining Good Vibrations upon us.

Saturn in its own sign of Capricorn is very happy.

Jupiter in its own sign of Sagittarius is very happy too.

Venus is in her own sign of Taurus is happy and shining brightly.

Mercury in Gemini is happy out.

Mars, the planet of passion and war is in Pisces, making it act like the spiritual warrior.


Besides: all the planets are visible in the night sky at the moment.


The Moon, in its own the sign of Cancer for the New Moon, is very content.

The Sun is in a friendly sign, Cancer, ruled by the Moon, making it more considerate and less authoritarian than usual.

Even Rahu and Ketu, the Nodes of the Moon, are in excellent positions.

Go and have a look at the night sky!

Also view the visitor to our solar system, the spectacular Comet Neowise.


Enjoy this wonderful moment in time.

Be Happy.

Best Wishes,

~ Madhuri ~


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July 2020 and the Lunar Eclipse

Overall July will be a much better Month than what we had to deal with recently.

Jupiter retrograded back into Sagittarius, its own sign. The planet of hope, blessings and growth can work in a better way than the last few months, when it was restricted by Saturn.

With Ketu still at the other end of Sagittarius, this is again a wonderful time for meditation, going deep, getting in touch with our Guru, or our inner wisdom. We better practice these things as there are other scenarios in the sky that can work out in an entirely different way.

We are still under the influence of the last Solar eclipse, and I must say, since the peak of that eclipse took place in the gentle Nakshatra (or star) of Mrigashira, things feel much lighter generally.

Venus in the beautiful star of Rohini has gone direct again. This also improves the general vibe greatly. 4 RohiniRohini Nakshatra deals with civilisation, stability, beauty, fertility and creativity. A great time for romance and growing crops and flowers. Venus in this placement inspires us to love and care for each other and the Earth.

The Full Moon on the 5th this month will be an eclipse. This Lunar eclipse will be at 5.44am (my local time in Ireland). It will take place in the sign of Sagittarius in the Nakshatra of Poorvashada, while the other player, the Sun, will be in Ardra.

This Full Moon also happens to be the Hindhu festival of Gurupurnima, when we honour and celebrate our spiritual teachers.

Poorvashada energy is the combination of Jupiter and Venus. 20 PoorvashadaBoth these planets are considered Gurus in Vedic astrology. Jupiter is the spiritual teacher, while Venus teaches about worldly desires. During the eclipse the placements of both these planets play an important role and luckily both are in a happy position, both in their own sign, although Jupiter is retrograde.

We should feel invigorated and full of enthusiasm for life with a healthy dose of optimism. And, of course, it being Gurupurnima we should feel those qualities in respect to our spiritual practice and belief system, so the advice is: to inject our sadhana with a sense of renewed inspiration and joy!

On the flip side, Poorvashada can be very fanatical when it comes to beliefs. It is also the nakshatra that makes “declarations of war”. It can be cruel and insensitive to others.

The planet Mars, squaring the Moon and the Sun, sitting in the “scorching or burning star” of Poorvabhadrapada, is certainly looking for a fight. 25 PoorvabhadrapadaThis can be used by Yogis to stoke the inner fire, but since the great majority of people are not living a dharmic life, this whole combo of celestial players is very likely to inspire people everywhere to start (or continue) rioting and fighting in anger to promote their fanatical cause, whatever the cause maybe.

We will see a lot more of that sort of thing exploding all over the place. Remember that the result of any eclipse will be felt for some time, not just on the day it happens.

The Sun moves into Cancer on the 16th, giving a soft and caring quality on some level to the latter half of the month. But beware of authority figures becoming over protective of them self or you. (Maybe governments go on holidays in July?)

The New Moon (July 21st), setting the trend for a month ahead, falls in the most auspicious nakshatra of Pushya. 8 PushyaPushya give us the ability to nourish others in a spiritual way and at the same time on the material level. It is a benign, honest and calm star energy. Selfless giving is the theme. So again this is a great improvement on the troublesome times we have experienced recently.

The whole month Jupiter is in tight conjunction with Pluto, but I am not going to write about this again. Lets just say: the revolution continues. (see former articles)

Since Jyotish or Vedic Astrology is a science of enlightenment, I must presume that most people reading this report are involved, one way or another, in a spiritual practice. This month gives us all a great opportunity to be inspired anew on this level. Let’s concentrate on improving ourselves and call on Venus to help us improve the lives of others with love and care, and use the energy of the New Moon to give selflessly and create spiritual energy for others, while we quietly witness the wild riots and uprisings in the world around us.


Be Well,

Blessings and Greetings from Ireland,

 ~ Madhuri ~



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Summer Solstice Solar Eclipse 2020 Astro Report

Eclipses happen frequently, but this time the Sun goes dark at Solstice, during the height of its power (in the Northern Hemisphere), which makes this an extraordinary powerful eclipse.

In astrology the Sun is the indicator of our individual power, our vitality and status. It also stands for governments and everyone in a high position of authority. These areas will be highlighted during the eclipse.

Traditionally any eclipse is seen as a bad omen.

I dare say that this June 21st Solar eclipse does not bode well for those in powerful positions. And this trend is going to continue for the rest of this year and beyond.

The Full eclipse is visible in Central Africa, the Middle East, parts of Asia, particularly North India and China. These regions will be more affected than others. Where there is trouble in these areas already, it is likely to explode.

So it will be for each individual. How much we will be affected personally will depend on our birth chart and planetary dasas.

During this eclipse Mars is Square to the Sun/Moon which will bring out the most unpleasant Mars indications, like anger, violence, war and a fighting spirit.

Mars is also placed in its debilitation in the navamsh chart during the eclipse, again an indication that it will be acting in a very troublesome or inappropriate way.

Placed in the nakshatra of Poorvabhadrapada, know as the Scorching or Burning star, Mars is most likely to act in an overly passionate and violent way. It also indicates deceit, greed and transformation. Expect more of the burning and looting, while the fighting has an idealistic and visionary undertone.

(watch those regions mentioned above). Other countries in the world will also be affected, for this we will have to see the chart of each country.

Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto, who are responsible for all the recent trouble of virus and lockdown etc, are in an inharmonious aspect to the eclipse. Expect disasters and the unexpected! Dark secrets may be revealed that are likely to anger people even more.

A lot of the Mars energy will work out through Jupiter this time. Jupiter, normally the planet that will save the day with optimism, wisdom, growth and blessings, is in a debilitated position, oppressed by Saturn and at the same time we are dealing with the Jupiter/Pluto conjunction. Oh, and they are all retrograde. This eclipse will further the take-down of all Jupiter indications such as the economy, the judicial system, religious and higher educational institutions. Anything to do with rules and regulations.

Retrograde Mercury is caught up in the eclipse. It will have a lot to say, publish and communicate. News will be wild and busy.

So far I have only looked at the general set up in the sky, now let’s look at the major players in this eclipse, our luminaries: the Sun and Moon.

The Full eclipse will be on 21st June at 7.40am, my local time in Ireland. From what I can gather from astronomy websites, this eclipse will have a duration of nearly six hours from beginning to end. During that time the Moon will move from Mrigashira to Ardra nakshatra.

The Sun will follow into Ardra just a few hours after. All will take place in the (sidereal) sign of Gemini.

Mrigashira, known as the Star of Searching, has soft, mild and tender energy. It can be nervous and inconsistent. n5 Mrigashira

This eclipse will give us an opportunity to start searching for different ways. Since the world is in such upheaval and everything is uncertain at the moment, we will now feel we cannot rely on the status quo anymore, on the way things used to be for as long as we have known. We are forced to explore other, entirely new possibilities for just about everything. The ruling deity of Mrigashira is the God Soma. Soma is the fabled elixir of life, the drink of the Gods, which bestows vibrant health and an utmost feeling of wellbeing and enlightenment. This is what the stars of Mrigashira will encourage us to search for.

The Shakti, or super power, of Mrigashira is the “Power to give Fulfilment”. What does that even mean? Although ultimate fulfilment is a spiritual concept, a search for Moksha, lets keep it simple and on the mundane plane. This eclipse will make us start questioning where we are lacking this sense of purpose and happiness. We will be looking for a sense of meaning in our lives. What aspects of our lives are thwarting our feeling of fulfilment now? It could be our relationships, our jobs, our home, our rules and regulations, believe systems. All areas of life need to be scrutinised. The search for a better way is on. Mrigashira is ruled by the planet Mars, so the placement of this planet will play a crucial role in this eclipse. (see above)

Ardra nakshatra, the Star of Sorrow, comes into play next, as the Moon will move during the eclipse. 6 ArdraThe revolutionary energy of Ardra will give us the energy to actively make the effort to transform all that stands in the way of this sense of fulfilment. Ardra is dreadful, and sharp. It is not afraid of total destruction of the old to make way for something new, but it will be wild and chaotic. The focus is on destruction more than on what comes next. This eclipse will further the revolution we are seeing taking place all over the world. It will not be pretty. We will weep many tears and feel much sorrow during the dreadful events that are unfolding before our eyes, but we know that all these events are happening for a purpose and we are willing and courageous enough to make our own efforts where we can during this revolution.

Rudra, the Wild Storm God or the Destructive Aspect of Shiva, indicates that natural disasters are very possible under the Ardra influence too. Luckily this is greatly mitigated due to the Mrigashira influence. Still, a natural disaster scenario on top of everything else can not be ruled out in the next 6 months.

The Planet Venus will be in the 12th house from the eclipse, and retrograde, thus she will be fairly useless in giving us a sense of love, comfort and pleasure. Cash may be in short supply, or expenses may outstrip income. Many of us are going to feel the pinch due to loss of jobs and wages. The best way to get a bit of Venus comfort in the next two months or so is to withdraw. Better still: Stay in bed. (seriously)

Of course the advice of the Vedic Seers is always to disengage while an eclipse is in progress.

The effects of the Solstice Solar eclipse will be felt for six months at least. On the 14th of December we will have the next Solar eclipse in the same area of the sky where the last Lunar eclipse took place. This last Lunar eclipse (5th of June) heralded the beginning of the violent protests. The coming December eclipse will be a step up on the theme of “take back our power”, or whatever it is that people are burning and looting for.


Be Courageous and Stay Safe.

Best Wishes,

Greetings from Ireland,

 ~ Madhuri ~



Lunar Eclipse, June 2020

The power to rise, conquer and gain courage.


Tonight is the night of the Full Moon and the partial Lunar eclipse.

As we know, during a Full Moon the general energy is strong and visible.

I mean, people are outgoing, more exuberant and like to go out to party. We throw caution to the wind and let our instincts bubble to the surface in full view of the world. Emotions that are usually calm and behind the scenes get played out in full view.

An Eclipse is often seen as a portent of doom, but it is also as an opportunity for change on a grander scale than your ordinary monthly Full Moon.

An Eclipse has a long lasting effect and just as you can feel the energy building towards the Full Moon, so we can see the effect of an eclipse manifesting sometime in advance.

I hardly have to tell you about the energy of this eclipse. It is blatantly obvious and playing out full power across the world. But just for clarity, here is my take on it.

First of all, we have many planets retrograde in the sky right now, meaning: they don’t work in the usual way. We are likely to have a look at how things have played out and like to reverse the general situation.

The Sun and retrograde Venus are together in the Stars of Rohini. These stars are associated with the Moon, thus these two bodies give much of their energies to whatever is playing out through the Moon.

The eclipse packs a real whammy in the Nakshatra of Jyestha, where the Moon is situated.  18 Jyestha

Jyestha is known as the Chief Star, ruled over by the God Indra, the king of heaven. Here we have a focus on power or a struggle for power. In the sign of Scorpio this power is not blatantly apparent as it would be in Leo where we clearly see the king on the throne, but here we are dealing with hidden or secret inner power. Inner authority, autonomy.

A certain level of paranoia or fear will be apparent, a fear that our power is taken away from us, hence the struggle to take it back.

The power to Rise, Conquer and Gain Courage is the Shakti or super power associated with Jyesta. Well, we are certainly tapping in to that.

Jyesta is said to be a hard, sharp and dreadful Nakshatra. It likes to take, or keep a position of power and authority by any means possible. It favours fighters, heroes and warriors. It gives great stamina and determination.

Jyesta Nakshatra also bestows protection, as seen from the symbol of the umbrella. We can also call up magical protection: see the other symbol of the magic amulet.

With retrograde Venus in Ronini we are likely forced to temporarily give up our sense of comfort and security to focus on what needs to be done. The growing of crops and a sense of civilisation or culture also fall under the domain of Rohini and will be similarly affected.

Mars (action) is still in Aquarius. Think rebellion, revolution. (and intensity in Poorvabhadrapada, where things can switch from cool to crazy in a flash)

Mercury (communication) is strong and “mad as hell” in Ardra star.


Oh well, I could tell you more, but have to go and join my own neighbourhood protest camp again. There is not much time for the comfort of home or business as usual these days.


Good luck with it all, folks.

Now is the time to Rise, Conquer and Gain Courage.


Greetings from Ireland,

 ~ Madhuri ~


June 2020 ~Astro Report~

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Welcome to another wild ride for the month of June

First of all we must rejoice because the Kala Sarpa Yoga was broken by Mercury at the end of last month, freeing us from the karmic bondage that we experienced when all planets were hemmed in between Rahu and Ketu.

Furthermore, Rahu has moved from Ardra Nakshatra to Mrigashira, a much gentler energy to deal with. Again, this is a breakout for the Nodes of the Moon from the most difficult Ardra/Moola axis.

So now, hooray, this month starts a new chapter for the most karmic of planetary influences.

However, unfortunately we are not eagerly going forward and walk into the sunset to live happily ever after just yet, because four planets are retrograde at the start of the month with a fifth, Mercury, joining the retrograde brigade on the 17th. It’s time to make sense and take stock of what happened.

Saturn retrograde, the planet of work and limitations, is most likely making us go back to work, but with some restrictions in place. Hopefully we will also see a rethinking of certain restrictions on borders, perhaps an opening of travel and parcel post etc. Saturn works slow and cautious so don’t expect too much freedom straight away.

Jupiter Retrograde is still under heavy influence of restricting Saturn and in a debilitated position, so the planet of growth and optimism is not going to function according to its usual inclinations, nor is it going to grant us its beneficial blessings. To make matters worse, it is moving back to a tight conjunction with Pluto retrograde, this will eventually transform all that Jupiter stands for, such as religion, or religious leaders and institutions, universities, judicial and financial systems. Of course for transformation to occur we will have to experience complete chaos and destruction before we see a new paradigm emerge in these areas. This process will take time and we are in the middle of upheaval and uncertainty now.

Jupiter will retrograde back from Capricorn to Sagittarius on the 30th this month for a bit of respite. More on this next month.

Our beautiful Venus has been travelling the sky quite independently all year. 4 RohiniDue to Venus not being directly involved, most of us have been able to experience happiness and comfort despite all the difficulties imposed on us by all the other transits. In the first week of June Venus will be combust by the light of the Sun and will make the transition from being the Evening Star to Morning Star, and besides this, she will be retrograde all month. Venus indications such as our sense of love and beauty and comfort will be temporarily interrupted. We may feel a lack of money and experience some trouble or doubt in love relationships. Relationships from the past may be highlighted due to Venus retrograde. She goes direct on the 25th.

As thwarted Venus is in the Stars of Rohini, which indicate the exchange of cultural programs, it is now blatantly obvious that concerts, workshops, lectures and other such planned events are likely to be cancelled or reviewed. The transportation of food crops is also under Rohini’s domain, it was hampered in a big way and will be reviewed too.

On the 18th of June, Mars, the planet of action, moves from the sign of Aquarius to n26 UttarabhadrapadaPisces. Before that date, while Mars is in Aquarius, we may expect rebellion and mass social disobedience or uprising. After that, with Mars in Pisces, we can tap into the “Spiritual Warrior” energy, but it will still be very unsettled until the 24th when the planet moves to Uttarabhadrapada Nakshatra. From then on, for about 3 weeks, we have the opportunity to use the raw energy of Mars in combination with the qualities of a true Peaceful Spiritual Warrior star. While Mars is travelling through this Nakshatra we are advised to bring our attention inward to improve ourselves, meditate, find true virtue, wisdom and inner peace, while showing compassion, empathy and benevolence to our fellow beings in the outer world. Humanitarian action is favoured by these stars too.

June is by no means an easy month. We will have a partial Lunar Eclipse and a Full (annular) Solar Eclipse.

During the Full Moon (5th June) there will be a partial Lunar Eclipse. It will take place in 18 JyesthaScorpio, in the Nakshatra of Jyestha, also known as “the Chief Star”. We will have to find our inner “hero” and learn to come to terms with our own independent authority on a deep level, as opposed to authority imposed on us externally by others. Be ready and prepared to enhance your own sovereignty and autonomy. This eclipse scenario is complex but extremely important considering the times we live in.  It will take too long to go into it fully. A report on this Eclipse will follow shortly.




The Solar Eclipse will take place on the 21st n5 Mrigashirawhen the Sun is at its full strength at mid-summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and at its lowest strength in the Southern parts during mid-winter. It’s a huge happening for the Sun to be darkened while at its highest brightness. The Full Eclipse takes place in the sign of Gemini and in the Nakshatra of Mrigashira, a gentle and peaceful star, but before the eclipse is over, the Moon has already moved into Ardra, the star of efforts, transformation, tears and sorrows, while the Sun will follow just a few hours after. In any case, it looks like we are avoiding the worst case scenario by the skin of our teeth. In astrological terms this eclipse is a huge event for the world and for all of us individually.

Jupiter will be conjunct Pluto, the ultimate transformer, during this time.

To get into all the complexities, I will have to write a separate article on this eclipse closer to the date. Meanwhile be prepared, stay alert.

We live in crazy and eventful times.

Be Happy, Stay Healthy, Be Strong!


Best Wishes and Greetings from Ireland.