Predictions for 2017: Untangling 2017

Perhaps 2017 is one of the most important years we’ll ever experience. And I say this with the knowledge that climate change and associated Earth Changes events are certainly accelerating alongside worldwide economic disparity and extreme political polarity. No doubt, we have entered the prophesied Time of Change, but what does that mean for us personally? Remember, this time is also about the great change within us and how our spiritual landscape helps to shape our external realities. Vedic Astrology offers revealing insights into the coming year’s transformational changes—those we may experience and witness.

Before we explore the upcoming movements of the planets, I’d like to share some important background regarding the astrological terminology that defines 2017 as a time of significant spiritual challenge, karmic entanglement, and hopefully release and resolve into personal and global redemption and healing.

 

The Spiritual Knot

Gandanta is a Sanskrit term used in Vedic Astrology that is identified by certain degrees that planets transit as they egress from water signs and ingress into fire signs. The connection of water and fire houses signals a subtle connection where solar and lunar forces gather, and creates timely periods of spiritual growth for the soul that is usually significant and inordinately karmic. The etymology of gandanta is divided into two parts: gand means “knot” and anta means “the end.” So this literally represents a tightly wound knot located at the end of a string of karmic actions, and the more one engages in loosening the entanglement, the more rigid and unyielding the knot becomes. Planets transiting through or placed (natally) in these positions create spiritual crisis, and in order to move forward and loosen the knot, one must face the personal traumas and turmoil that led to the creation of an often deep and sometimes hidden inner struggle. Confronting life’s problems is far from easy, but through this process the soul awakens and transforms. This new level of conscious awareness releases the knot and often leads one to an entirely new cycle of spiritual growth and evolution.

There are different viewpoints of gandanta among Vedic Astrologers and some claim that the experience of a gandanta planet creates a feeling of being totally out of control, so much that one is “nearly drowning” in their tangled psychology. Some interpretations are not positive at all; in fact it is considered an “evil condition” that portends suffering, even death. Yet from a transformative point of view, it defines a spiritual death of sorts, and depicts the necessary shedding of one’s skin in order to grow, change, and evolve. Gandanta contains two distinct movements based on an everyday knowledge of the elements. When water encounters fire, water sputters and boils—astrologers describe this as a form of spiritual steam that intensifies certain events and incites our spiritual growth. Reversely, when a planet is moving in retrograde motion (a backwards movement) from fire to water, our spiritual passion is doused and we become drenched in inertia and an inability to move in any direction whatsoever.

Astrologers’ definition of gandanta points vary. Some astrologers use the last four degrees of a water sign (26°00 to 30°00) and the first three degrees of a fire sign (0°00 to 3°00), while others use only the last two degrees of a water sign (28°00 to 30°00) and the first two degrees of a fire sign, (0°00 to 2°00). I have found that the later technique, (planets within 4° of the water-fire junction) to exhibit gandanta qualities, so I use this for my interpretation. Here are the three water-fire junctions that create gandanta:

  1. Pisces to Aries: This gandanta often signifies the end of one cycle of growth for the soul, and the entrance into an entirely new phase of spiritual development.
  2. Cancer to Leo: This gandanta ensures that the soul fulfills its co-creative mission as refined thought moves towards manifestation. Lofty ideals and aspirations become real and tangible. Transformation of the intellect is common in this process.
  3. Scorpio to Sagittarius: The hidden shadow self must be dealt with in this gandanta. This is a process of deep inner change that leads to the end of materialism and the birth of spiritual light.

 

The Birth Chart and Planetary Transits

There are two distinct ways that planets are read astrologically. First, they are interpreted through the position of the planets at the moment of our birth and this is typically known as the natal, or birth chart. Birth charts that contain gandanta points are often souls that have incarnated for a unique, spiritual purpose. Why? Through the gandanta events of their lives they’ve personally experienced the dark recesses of the soul and discovered the mysterious pathway that led them onward into spiritual light. Many become renowned spiritual teachers and healers that guide and assist others in their spiritual transformation. Paramahansa Yogananda, Mother Karunamayi, Swami Muktananda, Rudolf Steiner, Edgar Cayce, and Sri Auribindo contain gandanta points in their birth charts. Interestingly, gandanta planets are often present in the charts of political leaders who champion human rights and freedom: Winston Churchill, Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, and Nelson Mandela. Gandanta further defines a subjective healing crisis, and its archetypical resolution aids humanity’s collective suffering through empowerment and emancipation.

Astrologers also read and interpret the current position that planets occupy in their orbits. In Vedic Astrology this is known as gochara or planetary transits. Current planetary positions help Astrologers to forecast future events. The larger planets, Saturn and Jupiter, are always read as their influence is felt both personally and globally. Vedic astrologers also include the Moon’s Nodes as larger influences—Rahu (North Node) and Ketu (South Node)—as these planets guide and direct human consciousness. The larger planets help to shape global events and it is claimed that Saturn defines the karma in charts and that the nodes, in turn, dispense it. Saturn will enter the gandanta point not once, but three times in 2017. This may create an ongoing global spiritual crisis throughout the year that will be felt both personally and globally. The Moon’s North Node Rahu normally travels in a retrograde motion, and will move from Leo to Cancer this year. It will transit over the gandanta point for five months, placing great emphasis on personal and collective spiritual crisis, healing, and transformation.

 

Saturn Gandanta

Since we will be experiencing the effects of four gandanta points throughout almost all of 2017, I researched prior transits of the Scorpio-Sagittarius gandanta point by Saturn in order to understand future possibilities. What I discovered is that Saturn gandanta points seem to activate political events in Russia, both good and bad, fiery explosions including both nuclear and aircraft, extreme weather, and assassination attempts. The last Saturn transit we experienced of this type was in 1987, from November 30 to January 3, 1988. It was also joined by another gandanta point transit of Jupiter, from Pisces to Aries. Since Jupiter would cast a benefic aspect to Saturn, events were more beneficial for humanity than negative, and incited the finishing up of old cycles and the beginning of new ones. Undoubtedly the planets supported the December 8, 1987 treaty signed by both Gorbachev and Reagan to eliminate medium-range nuclear missiles. We also experienced an intense almost year-round typhoon season with three Category Five Typhoons in the Philippines; North Korean agents detonated a bomb mid-air on Korean Flight 858 killing all on board.

The next Saturn gandanta point takes us back to 1958, from January 18 to March 12, April 28 to June 30 (Saturn retrogrades the gandanta point) and October 17 to November 26. During this period we experienced the strongest solar maximum ever recorded; the rise of both Khrushchev in the U.S.S.R. and Castro in Cuba; two nuclear accidents and about half a dozen nuclear tests alongside the founding of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. An assassination attempt is made against Vice President Richard Nixon as he travels in South America, and China experiences the first of three years of the Great Chinese Famine caused both by weather and by governmental mismanagement.

The final Saturn gandanta point in recent history takes us back to 1928 with an assassination attempt on President Herbert Hoover’s life in South America that is thwarted on November 29. Earlier that year Soviet leader Joseph Stalin banished Leo Trotsky, the leader of the Bolshevik revolution, on January 11.

 

Rahu Gandanta

In 2017 we will experience a double gandanta effect as Rahu will enter the gandanta point (Leo to Cancer) simultaneously with the second phase of Saturn transiting the Sagittarius to Scorpio gandanta point. (See table below.) Research on Rahu transits of the gandanta point mirror events similar to the Saturn gandanta point transits—extreme weather and explosions—however, critical political events worldwide with intensity occur in the United States.

1943: Extreme winter temperatures in South Dakota; LSD is discovered; world war in Europe and Russia; Germany and Japan at war; British and United States armies in Africa; many Jews exported and executed in extermination camps; food rationing in  the United States begins; Germany and Italy surrender in Africa.

1961: Battle of Paris kills 210 Algerians; Communist attack in Vietnam with President Kennedy inevitably sending military aid and 18,000 military advisers to Vietnam; ruling for integrated playing fields in Alabama, a significant ruling for civil rights; the United Nations bans nuclear arms.

1980: More US nuclear tests in Nevada; race riots in Florida; on May 18th, Mount Saint Helens explodes; smallpox is officially eradicated.

1998-99: the United States House of Representatives forwards impeachment hearings regarding President Bill Clinton and the Lewinsky scandal; the impeachment trial begins in the House of Representatives for President Bill Clinton, who is subsequently acquitted by the Senate; brutal snowstorm in the Midwest United States; severe winds are recorded over Ireland, northern England, and southern Scotland; Exxon-Mobil Corporation is created; Deutsche Bank buys Banker’s Trust and the largest financial institution in history is created; the largest drug bust in United States history by the United States Coast Guard.

 

Gandanta Points in 2017

Here is the transit table for both Saturn’s and Rahu’s transit over the gandanta points in 2017.

First Saturn Gandanta (Scorpio to Sagittarius): January 8 to February 20, 2017

Second Saturn Gandanta (Retrograde Sagittarius to Scorpio): May 24 to July 23, 2017.

Venus transits the Pisces-Aries gandanta point on May 30 to June 2.

Mercury transits the Cancer-Leo gandanta point July 20 to July 23.

Mars transits the Cancer-Leo gandanta point August 24 to August 31.

Rahu Gandanta (Retrograde Leo to Cancer) June 15 to October 21, 2017. This overlaps the second Saturn gandanta period.

Third Saturn Gandanta (Scorpio to Sagittarius): September 30 to November 15.

Venus transits the Cancer-Leo gandanta point September 14 to September 17.

 

I cannot over emphasize the fact that 2017 is a profound year for spiritual development and evolution. In order to achieve this growth, however, we will likely be faced with untangling the karmic knots that have held us for lifetimes in struggle, self-deception, and shadows. Remember that Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) was given to us thousands of years ago by enlightened spiritual teachers who knew the consequences of these times and the spiritual struggle we could encounter. Jyotish is meant to enlighten our journey on Earth through spiritual growth and inevitably moksha—the Ascension Process. Use this information wisely. There is no greater test.

 

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