Planetary Transits for October 12 – October 18

The first part of this newsletter describes the position of the (Vedic astrology) planets this week. 
The second part describes the impact of the transit planets for each rising sign.
Note: Sun, Mars, and Mercury are weak as they transit from their current signs (Virgo, Leo, and Virgo, respectively) into different signs (Libra, Virgo, and Libra, respectively) — and all are under planetary afflictions (Ketu, Saturn and Ketu, respectively).
Additionally, Venus is weak in its debilitation sign of Virgo, and Saturn remains under the close aspect of Rahu.
This continues the recent explosive and destabilizing political and environmental situations worldwide, most likely until mid-Nov.
Feel free to take a break from this column for a few weeks to protect your psyche.
Sun transits out of Virgo and into its debilitation sign, Libra on Oct. 17th at 1:05 a.m. CDT. Sun is under the 9th aspect of Ketu until Oct. 20. This is a very vulnerable position for the Sun, ruling the president, administrators, physicians and governments. Ketu represent explosive temperaments.
Moon is waning and transits Gemini, Cancer, Leo and Virgo.
Mars transits out of Leo and into Virgo on Oct. 13th at 4:33 a.m. CDT. Mars is under the 10th aspect of Saturn until Oct. 18th. This connects the military, police, and fire departments with the masses and things of the earth. Cancer, Virgo and Pisces rising sign persons, companies, and countries (including USA) should be careful and patient.
Mercury transits out of Virgo and into Libra, Oct. 13th at 12:21 a.m. CDT. Mercury is under the 9thaspect of Ketu until Oct. 15. This makes for explosive decisions and communications. Mercury is closely conjunct Jupiter, Oct. 14 – 21. This connects business and communications with law, banking, religion and education. Taurus, Cancer, and Capricorn rising sign persons, companies and countries (including USA) should be careful and patient.
Jupiter transits Libra from 06:15 to 07:46°. Jupiter is closely conjunct Mercury, Oct. 14 – 21. Aries, Libra and Aquarius rising sign persons, companies, and countries should be careful and patient.
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 its debilitation sign, Virgo, from 03:09 to 11:50°.  Venus is outside the orb of influence of other planets but is weak until Nov. 6th. Take care of the women in your life, and be patient with luxuries, medicine, transportation, entertainment and the fine, healing, and performing arts.
Saturn transits Scorpio, from 28:51 to 29:23°.  Saturn is under the influence of the 5th aspect of Rahu until Nov. 6 and is weak in degrees until Dec. 12th.  This is not helpful for the elderly, the poor and needy, and working-class persons.  Watch for issues relative to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, as well as for immigration, agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, the environment, and the oil, gas, and minerals industries.
In the SAMVA chart/horoscope* for the USA, Saturn’s transit causes serious issues relative to debts, disputes, setbacks, accidents, health and legal issues and even death-like experiences through October. Be vigilant, take care of your family, and avoid stressful situations. *Systems’ Approach to Mundane Astrology.
Rahu and Ketu transit Cancer and Capricorn, from 28:28 to 28:08°. Rahu and Ketu remain close to the 0°range.  Those persons with 0 – 1° rising signs or with any planet at 0 – 1° in odd signs (Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, or Aquarius) should be careful and patient. Additionally, those persons with 27 to 30° rising signs or with any planet in the 27 to 30°range in even signs (Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn or Pisces (including the USA) should also be careful and patient.
Transit Planet Effects for Each “Rising Sign” (not “Sun sign”): 
Aries: Lay low and get extra rest. Take care of yourself, your children, education, investments, and relationships. These are all subject to debts, disputes, fire, theft, accidents, or health issues. Income, friendships and father figures are also vulnerable. Relief stages: Nov. 5Dec. 1, and Dec. 20. Focus on the planetary remedies for your chart.
Taurus: Take care of your children, education, investments, and communications. Take time for meditation and religious/spiritual practices and avoid mental stress. Be patient in the workplace and with relationships. Expenses and insomnia are likely. Focus on independent projects and spirituality.
Gemini: Work out of your home on communications and independent projects. Consider property and vehicles. Entrepreneurial ventures do well. Take care of father figures and watch your teeth, neck, back and knees. Focus on marriage, partnerships, joint ventures, children, education and investments through Sept. 2018.
Cancer: Be patient with delays and setbacks with your work, status and independent projects. Be vigilant to avoid accidents and to protect marriage, windfalls, inheritance, and legal and insurance settlements. Focus on property, executive, engineering, and entrepreneurial ventures through Nov.
Leo: Speak up on spiritual matters, but be careful to avoid explosive language. Focus on meditation. Be vigilant with relationships. These are subject to losses, expenses and separations. Get extra rest through mid-Nov. Teach, publish and advise, and focus on investments and educational projects through Sept. 2018.
Virgo: Dive deeply into meditation and spiritual experiences. Be vigilant to manage debts, disputes and health issues through Oct. Be patient with marriage and windfalls to manage expenses and separations. Teach, publish and advise and focus on property and family life through Sept. 2018.
Libra: Consider a retreat or foreign venture. Be patient with insomnia or sleeping arrangements. Take care of your children, education, and investments through Oct. Relationships are vulnerable to expenses and separations through Nov. Teach, publish and advise and focus on independent projects through Sept. 2018.
Scorpio: Be vigilant with income, friendships, older siblings and communications. Expect a few more gains from large, spiritual, medical or government organizations or authority figures. Consider a retreat or foreign venture. Take care of your parents, property, vehicles and home life through Oct.
Sagittarius: Connect work with spirituality and large organizations, but be vigilant in the workplace to manage setbacks and explosive situations. Be vigilant with independent projects and communications to manage sudden issues and to avoid accidents. Gain from teaching, publishing and advisory roles through Sept. 2018.
Capricorn: Take time for meditation and avoid mental stress. Be careful when eating and speaking to avoid food poisoning and harmful words. Expect a lift with property and family starting next week. Teach, publish and advise at work through Sept. 2018. There may be a job relocation or long-distance venture over the next year.
Aquarius: Be vigilant to manage setbacks and to avoid accidents. There may be debts, disputes or health or legal issues. Relationships are vulnerable through Nov. 2. Connect independent projects with research and knowledge. Teach, publish and advise and enjoy income and friendships through Sept. 2018.
Pisces: Be vigilant with relationships, debts, disputes and health issues. Watch your diet to manage your heart, stomach and digestion. Be patient with insomnia, separate sleeping arrangements and long-distance ventures. Connect your career with research, language and ancient knowledge through Sept. 2018.
About the Author: David Hawthorne