Planetary Transits for February 1 – February 7

Notes:  Sun is closely conjunct Ketu until Feb. 7th. This is not ideal for leaders, administrators and governments. Take care of your heart, stomach, blood, bones, and immune system. Watch for news about leaders and heart attacks.
In the SAMVA* chart for USA, (Perpetual Union — 5:00 p.m., Feb. 2, 1781, Philadelphia, PA) transit Rahu and Ketu are now stationary at 20 degrees – and afflict 6 of the 12 houses.  This is NOT ideal for the country and suggests we may be in for serious challenges for the next 3 months. (On the day that Rahu and Ketu went stationary, the U.S. government shut down).  *Systems’ Approach to Mundane Astrology.
Sun transits Capricorn, from 18:12 to 25:18°. This connects governments with practical matters, including working-class persons, the elderly, immigration and agriculture. Sun is closely conjunct Ketu until Feb. 7th.  This is not ideal for leaders, presidents, administrators and governments. In some cases, there may be violence, explosions or military intervention.
Moon is waning and transits Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra and into Scorpio.
Mars transits Scorpio, from 09:23 to 13:40°. Mars is outside the orb of influence of other planets, which should be helpful for the military, police, athletes, firefighters, executives and property matters.
Mercury transits Capricorn, from 06:58 to 18:28°. This connects business, technology and communications with practical matters.  For most of the week Mercury is outside the orb of influence of other planets.
Last week’s prediction: “Be careful with stocks…”  (The Dow plunged 363 points on Tuesday, one of its worst days since the 2016 election — hours before President Trump’s first State of the Union address.)
Jupiter transits Libra, from 27:10 to 27:50°. Jupiter is outside the orb of influence of other planets, but is weak in degrees until May 3rd.  This may cause issues with law, education, children, husbands, and religion.  (Deputy Director of the FBI retires early amid controversy.)
Jupiter represents law, religion, morality and education. Libra is ruled by Venus, representing women, sexuality, and the scales of justice. This combination supports the revelations and movements regarding the sexual harassment of women. This slow-moving 13-month transit of Jupiter in Libra should provide a long-lived transformation.
Jupiter remains in Libra until October 11, 2018. Taurus, Scorpio, and Pisces rising signs should be careful and patient as Jupiter is transiting their 6th, 8th, and 12th (inauspicious) houses, respectively, which undermines the strength of Jupiter.
Venus transits out of Capricorn and into Aquarius on Feb. 6th at 12:28 a.m.  Venus is weak in degrees until Feb. 10th. Take care of the women in your life and be patient with romance, luxuries, entertainment and the fine, healing and performing arts. Be careful with transportation and weather conditions.
Saturn transits Sagittarius, from 10:45 to 11:26°. Saturn is outside the orb of influence of other planets. This should be helpful for working-class persons, the elderly, and immigration – as well as for agriculture, manufacturing, and the oil, gas, and minerals industries.
Saturn remains in Sagittarius until Jan. 2020. Taurus, Cancer and Capricorn rising sign persons, companies and countries (including USA) should be careful and patient as Saturn is transiting their 8th, 6th, and 12th (inauspicious) houses, respectively.
Rahu and Ketu transit Cancer and Capricorn, respectively, from 20:49 to 20:49°(exactly stationary).  Rahu and Ketu remain in the 20-degree range until March 19th. This stationary position of Rahu and Ketu is generally NOT favorable worldwide. Those persons with 19 to 21° rising signs or with any planet(s) in the 19 to 21°range in even signs (Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn or Pisces — including the USA) should be especially careful and patient.
The Impact of the Transit Planets for each “Rising Sign”:
Aries: Expect relief with partnerships and joint ventures – but take care of your children, education, and investments. Focus on research and ancient knowledge. A windfall or marriage may come your way, but you are also vulnerable through Feb. Be vigilant with authority figures at work.
Taurus: Expect relief with debts, disputes, legal and health issues. There may be progress with your children, education, investments and creative projects. Be patient, however, with property, vehicles and home life.  Expenses, relocation, and separations remain likely through Feb.
Gemini: Lay low and exercise patience. Be vigilant with health, communications, authority figures, and entrepreneurial activities. These are vulnerable to setbacks. Income and friendships are subject to debts, disputes and health issues. Expect relief after the 12thof Feb.
Cancer:  Expect some relief with property, vehicles and home life – but be vigilant to manage your status, family life, and relationships with authority figures. Consider joint ventures, and connect your career with education, children, investments, competition and creative projects.
Leo: Be vigilant with your health, finances, legal matters, communications and independent projects through Feb. 12th. Other people may take you the wrong way, leading to debts, disputes, and mental tension. Focus on property, vehicles and home life – these should do well through Feb.
Virgo:  Expect relief with your status and family life, but be patient with short-lived losses, expenses, and separations — and issues abroad. Be careful with communications and independent projects. Focus on your children, education and investments through Feb. 14th.
Libra: Expect relief from personal setbacks. Gain from property, vehicles, fixed assets and home life. There may be money and status for you through marriage, partnerships, joint ventures and foreign lands. Focus entrepreneurial investments over the next 2 years.
Scorpio: Expect some relief from losses, expenses, separations and foreign ventures. Be vigilant, however, in the workplace to manage setbacks. Make executive decisions, but manage your health, debts, disputes and legal issues. Take care of family matters through mid-Oct.
Sagittarius: Expect relief with income and friendships, but be patient with setbacks and authority figures. There may be status with your professional life.  Take care of your children, education and investments through Feb. These are vulnerable to expenses, relocation and separations.
Capricorn: Expect relief at work, but be careful to manage marriage, windfalls, and to avoid accidents. (Take the slow place of a royal elephant and don’t mind a few stray barking dogs.) Get a haircut and buy new clothes, and consider a day spa. Expect property gains.
Aquarius: Expect general relief, but be vigilant to manage setbacks with marriage, partnerships, joint ventures and foreign lands. Make executive decisions and connect your career with property and independent entrepreneurial projects. Good fortune comes your way next week.
Pisces:  Expect relief from recent setbacks, but continue to exercise patience to manage short-lived debts, disputes, health and legal issues. There may be gains from marriage, partnerships, and joint ventures – and from writing, business, brokering and communications.
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