In this sneak peek of Calodagh McCumiskey’s article from our Spring 2019 issue, she shares how astrology can be used as a vehicle for growth and transformation: themes that are very relevant to the season! To read the full article, just pick up a copy in your local stockist or subscribe here.
Growth and Transformation
By Calodagh McCumiskey
‘Jyotish’, or ‘vedic astrology’, in Sanskrit means the “science of light.” Jyotish has its origins in the Rig Veda, the oldest of the ancient scriptures of India and is known as the eyes of the Vedas because of the extraordinary insights it brings. Vedic Astrology can help us live in a more enlightened way as we develop an understanding of our life through the personal planetary placements that illuminate our chart and are a map of our challenges, and potential.
Astrology offers many opportunities for renewal, rebirth and transformation. Every time a planet moves sign and house in the sky, a new energy comes. Each time this happens, there is a new variable which offers potential for renewal, understanding and new directions. Just as the movement of the sun gives rise to the seasons and the moon the tides, each movement of the key planets triggers changes within and around us:
Mercury and Rahu offer the greatest possibility for financial change, both positive and challenging. Mars gives us energy to act and pushes us to use our talents and brings frustration when we don’t. Movement of the sun inspires spiritual and personal growth and strengthening. Venus boosts our love-life and enjoyment of the world. Jupiter puts us on the right path. The moon rules our emotions and moves house and sign every 2.5 days.
Every movement brings new possibilities. When one variable in a system changes, the whole system that is our life has the potential to shift. The Planetary periods, which are chapters in the book of our life, are ruled by each of the nine key planets and have between six (Sun) and 20 (Venus) years of dominance for the major period, as well as all planets influencing shorter sub-periods.
Calodagh McCumiskey is the director of Spiritual Earth in Rocklands, Co. Wexford.