Planetary Transits for February 15 – February 21

Note 1:  Sun and Mercury are closely conjunct; Moon is weak; Mars is under the 5th aspect of Rahu; Venus is under the 4th aspect of Mars; Jupiter is weak in degrees; Saturn is weak due to the weakness of its landlord, Jupiter; Rahu and Ketu are stationary at 20 degrees. Expect less and get extra rest.
Note 2: In the SAMVA* chart for USA, (based on the date of the chart for the Perpetual Union) transit Rahu and Ketu are stationary in the 20-degree range — and afflict 6 of the 12 houses.  This suggests serious issues for the country through March.   * Systems’ Approach to Mundane Astrology.
Sun transits Aquarius, from 02:23 to 09:26°.  Sun is closely conjunct Mercury until Feb. 22nd. Aries, Libra and Aquarius rising sign persons should be careful and patient.
Moon is waning/waxing and transits Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces and Aries.
Mars transits Scorpio, from 17:54 to 22:07°. Mars is under the 5th aspect of Rahu until Feb. 26th. This is not ideal for the military, police, athletes, firefighters, executives and property matters. War, fires, volcanoes, earthquakes and weather issues are also possible.
Mercury transits Aquarius, from 00:36 to 13:24°. Mercury is closely conjunct Sun until Feb. 22nd. Virgo, Capricorn and Pisces rising sign persons should be careful and patient.
Jupiter transits Libra, from 28:22 to 28:46°. Jupiter is outside the orb of influence of other planets, but is weak in degrees until May 3rd.  This may cause issues with law, banking, religion, children, husbands, and education.
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 may 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 Aquarius, from 11:15 to 20:00°. Venus is under the 4th aspect of Mars, Feb. 18 – March 3. Taurus, Virgo and Scorpio rising sign persons should be careful and patient.
Saturn transits Sagittarius, from 12:05 to 12:41°. Saturn is outside the orb of influence of other planets, but is weak due to the weakness of its dispositor, Jupiter, until May 3rd. This may cause issues with 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 20:53 to 20:42°.  Rahu and Ketu remain in the 20-degree range until March 19th. This stationary position of Rahu and Ketu is generally NOT favorable worldwide and cause calamities. 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:  Focus on language, research, and ancient knowledge. You may be ambitious, but do not take risks. Slow it down to avoid accidents.  Take care of your children, education and investments. Expect gains from women and partnerships.  Focus on relationships through Sept.
Taurus: Connect your children, education, and investments with the workplace. Take a leaderships position and invest in your career — but be vigilant to manage debts, disputes, illness and setbacks at work. Be patient with expenses and separation. Money and marriage are vulnerable through Sept.
Gemini: Expect a lift with entrepreneurial projects, children, education and investments. Be vigilant, however, with income and friendships as these are subject to sudden and unexpected debts, disputes or illnesses. Good fortune is on your side with property, vehicles and home life.
Cancer:  Lay low and get extra rest. Be vigilant at work to manage unexpected issues. Connect your self-initiatives with research, language and ancient knowledge and be patient with setbacks and obstructions. Property, vehicles and home life are vulnerable through March 1st.
Leo: Focus on and connect partnerships, joint ventures, and long-distance places with independent projects. Take care of religious and father figures, property and vehicles; these are vulnerable to expenses or separations. There is some weakness with your children and investments.
Virgo:  Connect with law, medicine, finance, social work, psychology and alternative health care. Be vigilant to manage debts, disputes, health and legal issues. Measure your words to avoid misunderstandings. Do not take risks; accidents and setbacks with money and marriage are possible.
Libra: Focus on your children, education, investments, and entrepreneurial ventures through March 1st. Be patient with income, friendships and authority figures to manage expenses and separations. Joint ventures are subject to sudden issues. Teach, publish and advise through Sept.
Scorpio: Expect a mixture of gains and expenses with property, vehicles, and career. Work out of your home and on your home. Redecorate. Be vigilant with debts, disputes, legal and health issues; these are vulnerable to unexpected events. Expenses and separations are likely through Sept.
Sagittarius: Expect good fortune with work and independent, entrepreneurial projects. On the other hand, your children, education and investments are vulnerable to sudden setbacks or accidents. Focus on income and friendships. Maturity and long-lived projects are on your side.
Capricorn: Expect status with work and long-distance places. Take care of father and religious figures; these are vulnerable to setbacks and accidents. Manage issues with property, vehicles, marriage, partnerships, and home life. Teach, publish and advise in the workplace through Sept.
Aquarius: Good fortune comes your way, but be vigilant with partnerships, joint ventures and long-distance places; these are vulnerable to accidents and setbacks.  Sudden debts, disputes or health and legal issues are possible in the workplace. Buy new clothes and consider a day spa.
Pisces:  Lay low and get extra rest. There may be setbacks with debts, disputes, legal and health issues, along with expenses and separations with money and relationships. Be vigilant when speaking and with what you eat. There may be a change with your status. Focus on knowledge through Sept.
About the Author: David Hawthorne