Julene's Yogic Astrology Newsletter

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Julene's Horoscopes & Astrology EventsSagittarius 2010
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Cyber Christmas Party
Yogic Astrology
Astro Data
Astrology Classes
Professional Astrology Consultations
Sagittarius Nov 22 - Dec 21
Stargazer's Planet Watch
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The Difference in the Tropical & Sidereal Zodiacs
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The sidereal zodiac follows the  stars of the zodiacal constellations that populate the ecliptic plane (the path the sun appears to travel in our sky). When you look up in the night sky and see planets in the zodiacal constellations, you are witnessing the sidereal zodiac and the planet's connection to the stars above.
The tropical zodiac is based on the seasons of earth. Each of the cardinal signs ushers in a season. Aries begins with the Sun at the vernal equinox. Cancer begins at the summer solstice. Libra begins at the autumnal equinox. Capricorn begins at the winter solstice.
Long ago the two zodiacs aligned and the vernal equinox actually occurred at the beginning of the constellation Aries. Today the vernal equinox occurs at about six degrees of Pisces.
The difference in degrees between the sidereal & tropical zodiacs is called ayanamsha. This is a sanskrit word meaning "part of the path" that is different. The Indian government has santioned the Lahiri ayanamsha, which is currently 24 degrees 0 minutes and 54 seconds.
It was in about 130 B.C. that Hipparchus (a Greek astronomer) discovered the equinox was moving backwards from the fixed star background. The vernal equinox was not occuring in the constellation Aries, but was slipping backwards into the constellation Pisces. This happens because of the procession of the equinoxes. Precession occurs because the earth's poles wobble like a top and over 26,000 years traces out a small circle in the heavens. This is what causes the pole stars to change. Currently our pole star is Polaris. In 1,000 BC it was Kochab of Ursa Minor. In 3,000 BC the pole star was Thuban of Draco. We will cycle through a few more pole stars before we make the 26,000 year return to Thuban: Alrai and then Alderamin of Cepheus, followed by Vega of Lyra.
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Jupiter is in the constellation Pisces and is visible in the evening. He will be above the SSW horizon at sunset.
Venus is visible in the morning. Venus is in the constellation Libra near the stars of Zuben Elgenubi & Zuben Eshmaili at the winter solstice and rises around 4:00 a.m. She will move into the constellation Scorpio and be near Antares on January 20th, rising a bit after 4:30 a.m.
Saturn rises around 1:15 a.m. in the constellation Virgo.
Mercury is also a morning planet, rising around 6:50 a.m. in the constellation Scorpio near Antares in the later days of December and making his way into the contellation Sagittarius.
If you see shooting stars between January 1st and 5th those are the Quatrantids. The radient of this shower lies in the constellation Boots which is near the zenith around 5:30 a.m. The shower peaks at this time on January 4th. 25 meteors per hour are expected.  

Astrology Classes with Julene Packer-Louis
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I am teaching DPL01: Forecasting - Pinpointing Major Themes at the International Academy of Astrology which covers cycles, transits, progressions, solar arc directions, solar returns, and eclipses.

I am aslo teaching DPL02: Timing Techniques & Consultation  which covers timing life's major events, client preparation and consultation techniques.
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Dear Friends,


I have a few new articles up at my website. This time on Yoga. You can read them here.  One is about the five different types of karma. Another is a list of various mantras. We have an eclipse and that is a powerful time to do mantras. More yoga articles are coming soon.


 I just finished taking a Vedic Astrology class at the International Academy of Astronomy with Juliana Swanson. It was excellent and I look forward to studying more with her. I took a Vedic class a few years back and have been studying some on my own along side my usual Western Astrology practice and teaching. I think it's time has come for me because so much more came together with Juliana.


What I love most about Vedic Astrology has always been the Nakshatras. These are 13 degree and 20 minute divisions of the zodiac based on the amount of degrees the moon travels in one day. The lunar eclipse that occurs today happens in the nakshatra of my moon.  I'll have more on the nakshatras of the December 21, 2010 lunar eclipse and the nakshatra of the January 4, 2011 solar eclipse further down in this newsletter. 


IAA & Conjunction are ringing in the New Year around the world.  You can log on from your PC and talk to other astrologers across the globe. See the side bar for more details.




I wish everyone a very happy holiday and a prosperous New Year filled with love and everything meaningful.
Creation Myth Involving Rahu & Ketu
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There was a war between gods and demons for control of the universe. The gods decided to churn the ocean of milk with the spiritual mountain Mandara to find the nectar of immortality (amrita) that was hidden at the bottom. A demon Vasuki, who was a serpent, helped the gods by being the rope tied to Mandara. When the amrita was found the gods wanted it for themselves and they all lined up to receive the nectar. Vasuki snuck in between the sun & moon and drank it secretly.  The sun and moon complained about this to Vishnu who threw a Sudharashan Chakra (a fiery holy wheel) at Vasuki and cut him in two. Since the serpent Vasuki had already drunk the amrita, he was immortal and could not die, so his head (Rahu - the North Node) and tail (Ketu - South Node) eclipse the sun and moon.


The surface symbolism: The ocean of milk is the cosmic ocean or the milky way galaxy.  Rahu & Ketu coming between the sun and moon is symbolic of the eclipse cycle that occurs twice a year at intervals of 9-11 days shy of 6 months apart, when the new and full moon is in conjunction to one of the lunar nodes.


The deeper symbolism:Interestingly mandarava means murmur, so perhaps churning this ocean produced the "om" sound that existed in the beginning before creation and that is why this is a creation. Considering that both a spiritual mountain (good force) and a serpent rope (evil force) were used, both good and evil, light and shadow, are inherent in creation and in a state of primordial balance, reminding me of the Chinese yin/yang symbol.  


Having to churn the ocean for hidden treasures and amrita to rise to the surface is indicative of the gift (treasure) of enlightenment (immortality) we can receive if we can remain in balance (mountain & serpent) while we bring forth our emotional (ocean) shadow materials that churn beneath our surface (and on an individual and collective level both).  Now the ocean is emotions, influenced on earth by the moon in the form of tides, so it is representing our feelings, the perceptions of our mind that are strong enough to lodge themselves in our emotional body and create the ebb and flow of the tides of our physical manifest life.


Lord Vishnu cutting the serpent in half is indicating how we fragment ourselves as individuals, burying the bad or unacceptable parts of ourselves to allow only the good or acceptable parts of our self to receive nurturance, symbolized by whom was allowed to receive the amrita - only the gods (good forces). This was done at the complaining of the sun and moon, so it is our ego and our emotional memory perceptions that cause this self fragmentation.


Since in the beginning both the good and evil forces were necessary to bring forth the amrita, it means that both are an important, integral and inherent part of who we are. However, after we get what we want by using sometimes the less desirable aspects of ourselves to get there, we tell that shadow part of our self that they can't take part in the glory of the celebration of achievement. We don't need it anymore, just like the gods didn't want the serpent demon to drink after he helped churn the ocean. But the serpent snuck and drank anyway. And too, our past and less desirable fragmented shadow material has a way of sneaking up on us. When it does it eclipses the ego and the emotional perceptions that keep the metaphorical light on in our world, plummeting us into moments of darkness or a longer dark night of the soul.


Therefore Rahu and Ketu bring us the lessons of integration, fueled by the soul's longing to return to wholeness, to be one with our self and ultimately the cosmos itself by attaining moksha, which is indicated by the balance of good and evil in the beginning of creation when there was only the "om" of the churning, un-manifest. This too speaks of neutralizing bad karma not overpowering it with good, as that still keeps us tied to the wheel of samskara.


Capricorn   December 21 - January 20

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Happy Birthday to Capricorn! Capricorn is the cardinal earth sign that ushers in the winter season. The Sun enters Capricorn this year at 6:39 PM on December 21st. This is the seasonal marker of winter solstice, where the Sun appears to stand still for a day as it reaches its maximum southern declination (the terrestial measurement is the Tropic of Capricorn on the globe) and beings the journey northward to the celestial equator. This is the 24 hour period of the longest night time hours. Afterwhich the days will be being to longer.


If your Sun is in Capricorn you value tradition, reliability, and practicality. Fads are not likely to grab your attention; you prefer the tried and true. You are a dependable person, even when the going gets tough. You have a patience and persistence that keeps you going toward your goal. You are probably known for your rather dry sense of humor. Others may see you as cold, rigidly conventional and pessimistic. While this is true to an extent, it is because you seem to have your share of obstacles to surmount, which leaves you cautious of getting your hopes up to quickly. You seek financial security and comfort for old age and retirement is something you plan for. You are generally good with money because you tend to spend it cautiously. Your strength is your stamina to persist efficiently toward your ambitions.


We all have Capricorn somewhere in our birth chart. 


Planets in Capricorn seem to be under the rule of the school of hard knocks and have a few lessons to learn. The way of Capricorn is cautious, practical, conventional, persistent, persevering, pragmatic, steadfast, enduring, limiting, and boundary defining. Capricorn seeks to secure solid footing in practical living and uphold traditional values. Its symbol is the mountain goat who steadily climbs upward toward the summit, or goal.
Eclipse Nakshatras
lecture pic            A full moon occurs on December 21st at 3:13 a.m. EST when the Sun and Moon are in opposition. The Sun is conjunct the North Node (Rahu) and the Moon is conjunct the South Node (Ketu).  This conjunction to the nodes is what causes a full moon to become a lunar eclipse. The time of totality given by NASA for the total lunar eclipse is 3:18:04 a.m. EST.
The Sun is in the Nakshatra Mula and the Moon is in the Nakshatra Mrigashira. These two Nakshatra's actually compliment each other quite nicely if one is on a spiritual quest.
Mula is the Nakshatra that contains the degree of the galactic center. It means the root. The roots of the origin of our galaxy are here. There is also a black hole there. This Nakshatra is associated with destruction and dissolution and can take away material fortunes so the lessons of non-attachment that lead to spiritual enlightenment can come in.
Mrigishara is the star of searching. It is intelligent and investigative. It travels and collects. This Nakshatra is associated with a quest that eventually leads to inquiry into the spiritual nature of the soul. 
At this time for humanity, where material resources are low for many, this eclipse is calling upon us to pick up the spiritual quest. To awaken to a higher truth beyond the illusions of maya (physical manifest world) and become more spiritual beings - to embark on a quest to our true purpose and true essense of our soul, behind the facade of what we attach ourselves to in order to create an ego identity.
The Solar Eclipse occurs on January 4, 2011 at 4:04 a.m. EST in the Nakshatra called Purva Ashada. It is dubbed the invincible star and contains the stars in the bow of the Sagittarian Archer, aiming for justice. It signifies the power of water as a force in nature. Water is a sattvic element and can reflect the power of divine attraction. However, water is also one of the most destructive forces on earth. This nakshatra is associated with declaring war and also with any water related industry.

My gift to you this month is a $20 Nakshatra report. 

This report, written by Julene, gives you the stars, Diety, and mythology associated with each Nakshatra where you have planets. It then explains what it means to have your particular planet in that Nakshatra in your particular house.  To order visit my services page. I will begin writing the report after I receive payment and you should have it delivered to your email within 48 hours unless I am slammed with orders I can't fill in that amount of time, in which case I will let you know right away.

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Julene Packer-Louis, Dipl.OCA, ISAR-CAP
Your Certified Professional Astrologer for Life



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