I am writing this post on Jupiter’s transit through Jyestha Nakshatra, at the end of the Vedic sign of Scorpio, because this Jupiter transit is a long and major one in 2019.
At the time of writing, Jupiter is actually about to transit into the next Nakshatra, Mula for four weeks, but Jupiter then returns to Jyestha Nakshatra, so it is really worthwhile learning about the nature of the energy while Jupiter is in Jyestha, and hearing about the challenges for the period when Jupiter in the Gandanta Zone which lies between Jyestha and Mula.
I want to examine what effect this transit will have on all of us, and especially for people with planets in Jyestha Nakshatra.
And at the end of this post, I paraphrase a truly wonderful quote from Bepin Behari, as to the evolution of the divine manifestation through the sequence of the Nakshatras, culminating in Jyestha. Bepin Behari embodies a connection to the deep esoteric wisdom of the Vedas that may be becoming eclipsed, but needs to be remembered, in the current western reception of Vedic Astrology,
The Keynote is that Jyestha Nakshatra can offer Shakti power to overcome the hardships. But Jyesthas negatively can slide into misuse of power and cunning. They can become prone to pessimism and self-destructive attitudes and behaviours, ventilating their sufferings and misfortunes all the time. But Jyestha does offer spiritual and even mystical and even occult energies to come through.
So, the challenge of the Jyestha is to have courage and face the karmic hardships that Saturn offers them with nobility and diligence. Jupiter’s transit through Jyestha offers the inspiration to face, learn from and arise victorious from Saturn’s hardships.
However, Jyesthas ARE into power, and so the risk is that they may misuse the energy of Jupiter transiting through their sign to become autocratic.
Jupiter actually transits Jyestha from 27th December 2018 to 5th November 2019 (albeit with a brief Blip into the first degree of the next Nakshatra, Mula, from 29th March to 23rd April 2019). Jyestha spans 16°40′ – 30° Vedic Scorpio.
An important thing to note is that the last four degrees of Scorpio are ‘Gandanta’, as are the first four degrees of the next Nakshatra, Mula, which is at the start of Vedic Sagittarius.
Gandanta: The Gandantas are the three dangerous and unworldly transition points from a water sign to a fire sign in Vedic Astrology’s Sidereal Zodiac. Note that the closer a planet is to the zero point of transition from the water sign to the fire sign, the stronger the Gandanta effect is. Gandanta placement of a planet or Ascendant creates a Destiny that makes the person feel that this material world is unsupportive, though this can often by had work and experiencing diffuiculties, create greater mystical and spiritual awareness to deal with the difficulties of this difficult placement. Placement of Sun or Ascendant in the Gandanta are hard, but can be overcome and cured, with effort. Sun in Gandanta means that ‘Father will not be there’ for the child. The wisdom is that the effect of Moon in the Gandanta mean that Mother will not be there for the person, and that this cannot be undone, so the karmic task is for the individual to learn to mother himself.
Abhukta Mula: Note that the final degree of Jyestha, 29 Scorpio is called Abhukta Mula. It is unfortunate to have the Moon there, as this so strongly means that Mother was not there for the child, and if that child is a girl, this placement can in fact make it unwise for her to marry or have children herself. But this Post is not just about the Gandanta. We now look at the whole of Jyestha, and the meaning of Jupiter’s transit through Jyestha.
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So, in more detail, in Vedic Astrology, Jupiter transits through Jyestha Nakshatra, at the end of Vedic Scorpio, from 27th December 2018 to 5th November 2019.
Then there are actually four weeks, when Jupiter blips briefly into the first degree of Vedic Sagittarius from 29th March to 23rd April. Jupiter actually confines himself to , and note that this first degree of Vedic Sagittarius is in fact the start of Mula Nakshatra.
So Jupiter is in fact transiting Mula in the Vedic sign Sagittarius from 29th March to 23rd April.
Jupiter turns Retrograde on 11th April, then leaving Mula to retrograde back into Jyestha/Vedic Scorpio again, on 23rd April, then ending his four-month Retrograde period in Jyestha/Scorpio on 11th August.
Jupiter then moves Direct again, to finally leave Vedic Scorpio and enter Jyestha Nakshatra on 5th November 2019.
So, what is the nature of Jyestha Nakshatra?
See my Video and Blog on Jyestha. I have posted this information for all the Nakshatras:
Jyesthas are usually proud, and they like to occupy a position of superiority. The ruling Deity is Indra, and the name Jyestha means The Eldest. Their Power Animal/Yoni is: The Stag / Male Deer. Their motivation is: Artha, and their Guna Triplicity: Tamas, Sattva and Sattva. Importantly this is the end of the second Tamas group of Nine nakshatras, and it is on the transition point to the Sattva (final) group of nine nakshatras.
But Jyestha is associated with Alaxmi or ‘bad luck’ so they need to be careful not to become the authors of their own misfortune.
Their Ayurvedic Dosha is: Vata (air), Their Gana is: Rakshasha, Demon. The Quality is: ‘Sharp’. The Shakti is: Heroic.
Here’s some Keywords for Jyestha: Wealth, courage, the eldest or founder. They become the Patriarch or Matriarch of the family and run the show. They like to show others how to deal with wealth and power.
At their best, they are honoured and intent on their dharma. But so often their spiritual pathway can be rather dogmatic. Their potential is magical and spiritual.
They are conscious of seniority, superiority complex, very protective, responsible: protective to the chronically ill or the weak (even if they made these people chronically ill or weak in the first place!).
They are famed for being HYPOCRITICAL. And because they are so often in some way also critical, they actually develop low self-esteem which they can cover by becoming even more hypocritical.
When in afflicted status, there can be poverty or fall from grace. There are often periods of poverty.
They are very keen on their friends. The children of the Jyestha can suffer from the friendship patterns of the Jyestha parent, from emotional neglect and from having inappropriate dogmas, religious beliefs, rules or standards imposed on them.
So, Jyestha is the Leader of family, wise, profound, psychic, occult powers. Inventive. They are usually intelligent and can have mental brilliance. They can have very good analytical ability. They can be Courageous, daring and inventive. They have very good stamina and can have many job changes. They cultivate independence with a sense of danger, and they can lay their independence trips on others, thus greatly harming their spouses or children.
They can experience poverty and hardship due to family, and can be Reclusive and secretive. They are apt to magnify their troubles and woes. They can get depressed by their circumstances.
They are prone to becoming jealous and vindictive, and are actually more competitive than they let on. They can be irritable, combative, arrogant, prideful, egoistical and in denial of their shadow side, such that they cruelly inflict regimes on their children whilst looking good to the outside world. They can fit into dogmatic spiritual paths and impose these on family members.
Traditionally, Jyeshta’s caste is Shudra so they can often get involved in service roles, including police, nurse.
Jyesthas are famed for being able to make very big moves of house, and for being able to recover well from such great moves.
So, favourably, a Jyestha can be the most successful of their family; keeps friends and builds a good support network; generous, self-reliant, eventually wealthy; takes charge of the family; passionate response to love; acts respectable; receives fame and honours; takes control; gets things done when they want to.
And unfavourably, the Jyestha can wallow in hard done by, be very argumentative. Resentment and depression. Deception and cunning (ruled by Mercury).
Shakti: Each Nakshatra has a special power or Shakti, the power of Jyestha allows for rising or conquering and gaining courage in battle. Its heavenly basis emanates for attack, which results in defence, through which one becomes a hero. it is that part of Scorpio that is about emotional heroism and conquest. It can also be about battling emotional battles of will and the stress that comes as a result. Be emotionally heroic and take on the difficulty yourself rather than get into battles with others over what you perceive to be the way you have been harmed or wronged or things like that.
The Nakshatra of Jyestha is ruled by Lord Indra. Indra was the king of the gods who allowed himself to be swallowed by the demon or the dragon, who stole all the water, and then he cut his way out of the dragon’s belly. This is a metaphor for allowing yourself to take on hardship knowing that you can redeem later rather than having to fight and win every battle. You can look to the higher good and even sacrifice yourself in order to prevail later.
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Bepin Behari: I would now like to paraphrase a quote from a wonderful book about the Nakshatras by Bepin Behari. Bepin Behari embodies a conncetion to the esoteric wisdom of the Vedas that sadly seems to be getting lost now in the competitive reception of Vedic Astrology to the West. Bepin Behari writes in his wonderful book: ‘Revelation of the Zodiacal Signs and Lunar Mansions,’ that Jyestha presents the last struggle between light and darkness, wisdom and illusion, freedom and bondage.
The four quarters of the Jyestha are owned by Jupiter and Saturn; Jupiter owns the first and the fourth quarters while Saturn controls the middle ones, namely the second and the third quarters.
In the unfoldment of the Divine through the sequence of the nakshatras, the enlightenment and the seer-will attained during Vishakha Nakshatra and the harmonisation of the soul with cosmic laws under Anuradha Nakshatra ) qualify the aspirants to now in Jyestha invoke Brihaspati (Jupiter) and seek his guidance to suport the individual’s determination to raise his sub-conscience to Superconscience and to partake of the Soma juice, the divine delightt. BUT ‘The role of Saturn at this stage may seem devastating unless the aspirant had attained adequate power and strength for the task. The ancient seers warned the aspirants against it without acquiring the necessary qualifications. The dissolution of physical attachments, disappearance of form and pleasures associated with it, and the insecurity of the Infinity, the immensity of the Vastness arising before the wine of immortality and the supreme delight is tasted completely disturbs the psycho-mental balance of the individual.’
Look out for another post I am doing in a day or two: about the need to be aware how the energies as Jupiter actually transits the Gandanta at the end of March are not at all easy.
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