Planetary Transits for May 14 – May 20

Notes: Sun is weak in degrees, Moon is waning, Mars is under the aspect of Rahu, Mercury is strong, Jupiter is debilitated, Venus is weak in degrees, Saturn is strong, and Rahu and Ketu are stationary.

The overall situation indicates weakness, so exercise care and patience.

Jupiter, Venus and Saturn are in retrograde motion. Contrary to popular belief, retrograde planets only cause problems when they are “functional malefic planets” for a particular rising sign — and only when they are within 5 degrees of another planet, or the rising sign degree (in any house) by aspect or conjunction.

Under Systemsʻ Approach to Vedic Astrology, each of the seven major planets are favorable for nine rising signs and unfavorable for three rising signs. This is predicated on whether a “mooltrikona sign” falls in an inauspicious house, which are the 6th, 8th, and 12th houses.

(See below to learn which rising signs are vulnerable to the retrograde motion of Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.)

Where the Vedic Astrology Planets are this Week

  • Sun transits out of its exaltation sign, Aries, and into Taurus on May 14th at 6:46 a.m. CDT.  Sun is weak in degrees until May 19th. Leaders, president, physicians, administrators and governments should get extra rest. Sun is under the 5th aspect of Jupiter until May 22nd. Taurus, Cancer and Capricorn rising sign persons, companies and countries (including USA) should be careful and patient.
  • Moon is waning and transits Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces and into Aries.
  • Mars transits Aquarius, from 06:34 to 11:19°.  Mars is under the 9th aspect of Rahu until May 19th. There may be sudden issues for the military, police, athletes, executives, surgeons, engineers and construction workers and managers. Be vigilant with property matters.
  • Mercury transits Taurus, from 10:39 to 24:03°.  This should be good for stocks, business, finance, technology, communications and intellectual property.
  • Jupiter transits its debilitation sign, Capricorn, (where it remains until June 29th) from 03:06 to 03:02°. This is considered “infant state degrees” and undermines the strength of Jupiter and its significations, such as law, banking, religion, education, husbands, children, teachers, advisors and consultants. Jupiter is in retrograde motion until Sept. 13th. Jupiter is a functional malefic planet only for Taurus, Cancer and Capricorn rising sign persons, companies and countries (including USA).
  • Venus transits its own sign, Taurus, from 27:41 to 26:26°.  This should be favorable for women, romance, medicine, finance, entertainment and the fine, healing, and performing arts. Venus is in retrograde motion, May 13 – June 25. Venus is functional malefic planet only for Taurus, Scorpio and Pisces rising sign persons, companies and countries (including USA).
  • Saturn transits Capricorn, from 07:48 07:44°. Saturn is in good strength and outside the orb of influence of other planets.  This should be an improvement for the masses, the elderly, the poor and needy, agriculture, and the oil, gas and minerals industries. Saturn is in retrograde motion, May 11 – Sept. 29. Saturn is a functional malefic planet only for Cancer, Virgo and Pisces rising sign persons, companies and countries (including USA).
  • Rahu and Ketu transit Gemini and Sagittarius, respectively, from 05:34 to 05:10°. This represents stress for persons, companies and countries with planets in “odd” signs (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius) between 4 and 6 degrees –or for anyone — whenever Rahu or Ketu are within 5 degrees of his or her rising sign degree (in any house), or any planet (by aspect or conjunction).

Note: Rahu and Ketu are fairly stationary for the next 3 months (in the 5-degree range May 4 – June 15, and in the 4-degree range June 16 – August 5.) This is never an easy time and generally produces stress and calamities worldwide.

In this case, this may prolong problems related to the global pandemic, the environment, and world economics.

The Impact of the Transit Planets for each “Rising Sign” (not “Sun Sign”)

  • Aries: Exercise patience. The influence of Rahu on Mars brings ambition and charisma, but also the possibility of addictions, sudden events or calamities. Income and friendships are connected with your career. Teach, publish and advise, and be of service to others. Work on manufacturing, or on physical and agriculture projects. Expect a lift with your children, education and friendships through mid-June. Relationships should do well through July.
  • Taurus:  Focus on your organizing and management skills at work. There may be a connection with international ventures, but safeguard against sudden losses, expenses and separations. Children, investments and education are forefront. Expect a lift with property, vehicles and home life through mid-June. Be vigilant to manage debts, disputes, and health or legal issues through July.
  • Gemini: Lay low and get extra rest. There may be sudden gains or issues, such as setbacks or accidents with income and friendships. Be patient with property, vehicles and home life. Entrepreneurial ventures are vulnerable through mid-June. You may be restless and ambitious. Connect with spiritual partners. There may be losses, expenses or separations with pets, children, education and investments through July.
  • Cancer: Exercise patience in the workplace through mid-June. Focus on research and be patient with setbacks and to avoid accidents. Expect a lift from your own self-initiatives and income from writing, technology, communications, intellectual property and large organizations. Gain from property, vehicles, home life, women, entertainment and the fine, healing or performing arts through July.
  • Leo: Focus on your career – involving writing, business and technology. Take a leadership position at work and connect with large organizations. Avoid long-distance travel and protect father figures. Be patient to manage stress with your mind, children, education and investments through June. Connect with women, the creative arts, and entrepreneurial ventures through July.
  • Virgo:  Be vigilant to manage setbacks with money and marriage and to avoid accidents. Focus on father and religious figures. There may be a long-distance journey. A retreat is possible. Take care of Wills, insurance and legal contracts through mid-June. Seek spiritual advice from the women in your life. Good fortune is with you through July.
  • Libra: Be vigilant with relationships; these are vulnerable to highs and lows. Work out of your home on property, investment and entrepreneurial projects. Be patient with insomnia and international ventures. Connect income and friendships with research, windfalls and mystical sciences, but be patient with setbacks with same through mid-June. Focus on research, insurance, Wills, marriage, and mystical sciences through July.
  • Scorpio: Be vigilant for one week to manage debts, disputes, health or legal issues. Connect your career with partnerships, joint ventures and/or foreign lands. Expect income and friendships with same. Work out of your home on entrepreneurial ventures; teach, publish and advise through June. Relationships are vulnerable to expenses and separations through July.
  • Sagittarius: Protect your children, investments, education and property for one week. Be vigilant at work to manage debts, disputes, health or legal issues through May 23rd.  Income and friendships are also vulnerable through July.  Speak up as a teacher, publisher and advisor. Connect entrepreneurial ventures with men who are like brothers and your executive organizing skills.
  • Capricorn: Be vigilant for one week with property, vehicles and home life. On the other hand, expect good fortune in general. Invest in stocks, writing, business, computers, and communications. Be patient with short-lived setbacks through mid-June, and insomnia, expenses and separations through June. Teach, publish and advise. Connect your career with children, education and investments through July.
  • Aquarius: Be vigilant with communications and entrepreneurial projects, and do not take risks with sports, martial arts, etc. Be patient with setbacks and to avoid accidents at home or with vehicles. Consider property partnerships through mid-June. Redecorate your home and expect good fortune with property, vehicles, and home life through July. Consider retreats, relocation or foreign lands over the next 2 years.
  • Pisces:  Be vigilant with your wealth, status and speech for one week. Connect partnerships with entrepreneurial ventures, but be careful to manage debts or disputes with same. Expect income and friendships at work through June. Bring spirituality to the workplace and ambition to home life. Hard work and service to others is required for the next 2 years. Consider investments in oil, gas, minerals, agriculture and manufacturing.

About the Author: David Hawthorne