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A Deficiency of Dharma

If you are wondering whatever is happening to the world at this time, here is a Vedic explanation of the times we are in:

What is Dharma and why is it low at this time?

In Vedic Astrology we know that there is a lack of Dharma at this time because of the coming Jupiter Saturn conjunction in Capricorn which will be exact on December 21st, this also happens to be Winter Solstice. This is because debilitated Jupiter is overcome by the stronger Saturn. The Solstice date makes it of even more significance. We have been seeing the effects of this conjunction already as these two planets came very close in the Spring and then they retrograded. After Jupiter passes this point it will gain strength again and those traits ruled by benevolent Jupiter such as wisdom, spirituality, abundance, honesty and trust will flourish again.

The planets do not control us, they simply show a map or path in life as a challenge to take action to improve and learn the lesson. An opportunity to live from our heart and Highest Self, especially when it is even harder to do so. The cycle that the whole world is in currently is a huge lesson for all of us as individual and collective souls.

Not Lost in Translation

The meaning of the Sanskrit word Dharma is impossible to translate using only one word! For the purpose of this article I will use a small ‘d’ and a capital ‘D’ to describe two ways to understand it.  In the western world we often use the word dharma to describe a person’s calling in life. It is this person’s dharma to be a healer and help people, this person’s dharma to be a talented artist and inspire people and so forth. The point being that their chosen field is also their ‘essence’ and their way to make spiritual progress. This is one understanding of dharma.

Dharma in a Universal sense is not temporary. It is the essence of all living beings. It has deeply profound meaning. It is sometimes referred to as the Principles of Religion but not in the sense of having a religion which makes you different from another person of another faith. A person can change their religion or can use it simply to improve their material life, in which case it would be referred to as ‘Kaitava dharma’. The Vedic description of Dharma is the ‘Eternal Truth’ or the ‘Universal Principles’ that is why as Vedic practitioners our path is called Sanatana Dharma, Sanatana means eternal.

What is the Soul’s Dharma?

Dharma cannot be separated from the object or the being. My teacher would give the example that the dharma of sugar is sweet or the dharma of fire is heat and light. The Dharma of living beings is Service. This powerful insight is explained in the Bhagavad Gita: that it is the nature of the soul to be active and to be engaged in service and in this way be connected to the Source, Divine Intelligence, God, or whichever name you prefer. Service is our essence and the key to Happiness and Wisdom.

Now back to what is happening in the world at this time. Dharma is diminished and therefore there is less focus on service and helping others. There is a lack of Truth, and the ultimate understanding that we, all living beings and the planet, are all connected. It is harder to practice kindness, mercy and truth at such a tumultuous time. This is typical for Kali Yuga, the age of hypocrisy and degradation that we are now in, but this 2020 conjunction has helped us see this more clearly. However, if we can stick to our dharma and Dharma we can still make tremendous progress!

This cycle will improve in 2021 and then, with more understanding, compassion and connectedness we can create positive change and gradually work towards a ‘mini’ Golden Age that was predicted in the Vedas to occur within the early part of this Kali Yuga.

You Might be an Angel for Someone!

Here is a true story: It was in the 1980s and I was in a miserable situation that I couldn’t get out of. I think I didn’t smile or laugh much at that time. One day I was in a shopping centre in Culver City, a girl was walking towards me, she was probably my age but at that time I felt older than I am now. She had dark brown wavey hair and a bag on her right shoulder, I can see it even though it was over 30 years ago. As she got nearer, she smiled an amazing beautiful smile, it was radiant! It was for me! We didn’t know each other, it’s as if she knew I needed the smile or perhaps she was giving me some of the amazing happiness that I would have in the future. I felt uplifted as she passed by, I turned to see where she was going and of course, she wasn’t there! Perhaps she moved quickly around the corner or into a store but I knew she was a helper angel.

We can all be ‘helper angels’ for each other, even by doing the simplest things. Small favours or compliments can be life changing. In this time of COVID we are wearing masks and can’t see each other smile, but at least we can get masks with hearts and kind words on them, to help to put others at ease. We can also wear and give Love Buttons, see www.lovebutton.org

Have your personal Vedic Astrology Consultation

How is this transit of Jupiter and Saturn influencing your own chart? What is the retrograde Mars going to bring up for you? When is the best time to start a project or relationship? Get your update or a first time reading by contacting Serena by email: serena@vimana.org or call 310 335 5617

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Autumn 2020 Vedic Astrology Update

2020 Going Forward

Greetings and Well Wishes, here are some astrological points of interest for the next few months.

The second part of this year is going to continue to be challenging at times. Various kinds of upheavals are likely, apart from the virus, however it will all lead to positive change ahead!

There is good news if you have planets in the latter part of fire signs in your Vedic Natal Chart. Jupiter has retrograded back into Sagittarius. (remember this is Vedic Astrology, not Tropical Western Astrology and it is also where the planets really are transiting in the sky). Therefore, if your planets or angles of your Vedic chart are in Sagittarius, Aries or Leo from 20 degrees and on, you will be benefiting already from this Jupiter transit. Jupiter goes Direct on September 12th making it very powerful to do good, as Jupiter does! We can expect recoveries and less restrictions.

Mars is slowing down to Retrograde this year in its own sign of Aries. Mars enters the first Nakshatra or Constellation of Aries known as Ashvini on August 16th and will be there for three and a half weeks before retrograding back into Pisces.  This Nakshatra is ruled by the twin Celestial Physicians known as the Ashvinis, its symbol is the head of a horse, denoting to ‘move fast’ and also honey which is antiseptic and purifying. This transit of Mars can bring action and breakthroughs in health and healing. Unfortunately, slow moving Mars will be squaring stationary Saturn three times over this Autumn period and this produces harsh energy of upheavals including possible major storms and earthquakes.

There is a positive change in September regarding the Nodes; Rahu and Ketu. They travel in a backwards motion through the zodiac. Every 18 years, their transit of Gemini and Sagittarius produces major problems. Finally, on September 19th they are moving back to Taurus and Scorpio. The Russian Flu of 1889 – 1890 ended when Rahu got into Taurus. However, Jupiter was also aspecting Rahu at the time and Jupiter will do the same early next year.

Never underestimate the power of doing good and also cultivating higher consciousness at this time! Our combined positive energy and action improves the general karma even though we may sometimes feel the negativity overwhelming. I once asked my mother how they stayed positive or did fun things during the 2nd World War when they knew that so many were suffering. She said, as well as doing her part in service, which was decoding for the Admiralty in the City of Bath, she also knew the importance of keeping a positive morale. Her friend was depressed and anxious about the war, so on their days off from the Admiralty, my mum took her to have picnics by the River Avon. I have the old black and white pictures of this. Even a small action and kind words can change the energy for someone and then they also share the kindness and favours with others. Spread love not the virus!

To find out how these transits are affecting you and your own chart, you may contact Serena for a consultation. Email: Serena@vimana.org or call 310 335 5617

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Vedic Astrology Update: Corona Virus

When will it get better?

I hope you are staying safe and well at home. Here is my astrological update regarding the Corona Virus including some upcoming dates that show a gradual improvement of the situation.

Keep reading to the end, you will find some good news about Venus!

You may have already heard the astrological predictions of a negative event or ‘attack’ early in 2020, especially around February 25th. This was due to the Ketu and Mars conjunction in the Nakshatra of Mula which is a destructive constellation. Rahu and Ketu, the Nodes of the Moon travel opposite each other and backwards. The negative event turned out to be the Corona Virus or COVID-19. Rahu is in Ardra, the constellation of tears. One of the things Rahu represents is viruses.

What to expect in April?

There are many other planetary influences that are similar to major problems and pandemics of the past, including the Saturn/Pluto conjunction of course. We begin April with a Saturn/Mars conjunction which is particularly disruptive.  Earthquakes could occur as well as all the other problems! This transit of Mars through Capricorn, its exaltation sign with Saturn is also showing us how we can use this energy to improve things. This is the time the military would be taking part as well because Mars stands for the military, police etc. Being disciplined, following orders and being organised ourselves will help the success in defeating the virus. April is the month to stick to some rules and regulations, even though it’s hard, this is the way to win this month! Mars leaves Capricorn and its association with Saturn on May 4th. (remember this is Vedic Astrology, not the same as Tropical). Therefore, the next date for improvement is May 4th.

There is a Kala Sarpa Yoga going on at present. This is when all the planets are transiting on one side between Rahu and Ketu. This is only broken temporarily by the Moon every 2 weeks which obviously travels faster than other planets. This Kala Sarpa Yoga will end on May 29th when Mercury moves to the other side of the Nodes. A very important date for major improvement is May 29th.

Let’s be grateful for the Sun, that goes into its exaltation sign for a month beginning on April 13th. At that time the Sun enters the first constellation of Aries known as Ashvini, the Healing Nakshatra. A very good time to start a healing process. I have been gardening and offering Sun mantras and grateful to feel the powerful healing energy of Surya the Sun Planet.

There are indications that the virus might gain strength again in Autumn, but we will look into that later. Meanwhile, let’s build and balance our immune systems.

Astrology is a map of our karma, world karma as well as individual karma. However, we have free will to choose to improve ourselves, physically and spiritually so that when a difficult transit comes along, we can handle it with wisdom and equilibrium. No matter how good your Natal Chart is, you will always have some challenges because we are here to learn. There is a conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter this Spring and later in the year. This indicates a lack of Dharma or Spiritual Principles. These principles are the same no matter which religion, race or country a person is from. They are about kindness, fairness, service and unconditional love. This includes kindness and protection to animals. Viruses and pandemics have often originated from animals kept in suffering conditions to be killed for food, not the animals flying free and healthy in their natural habitat. It is not just the uncleanliness but the negative frequency and fear, that can produce these outcomes, as everything is energy. Whether the Corona Virus came from a wet market in Wuhan, or has some other nefarious origin, it is still our Karma! We can therefore help ourselves and the world karma by not eating meat, especially at this time of making progress through disciplined action.

Good News About Venus

Fun, Creativity and Comfort is on the way!

In the middle of all the challenges we are facing, there is blessing from Venus. A planet, when transiting its own sign, is more powerful because it can ‘be itself’. Venus is doing just that! It will be in Taurus for almost four months. First let me remind you again that this is Vedic Astrology and Sidereal Zodiac. If you know your Vedic Chart and know which house is ruled by Taurus you will see an improvement in that area of life. If you have natal planets in Taurus, even more so!

Venus rules creativity, love, beauty, romance, the arts, luxuries and comforts etc. Influences from Venus actually help us feel gentle and kind to one another. Venus started its transit of Taurus on March 28th, will retrograde on May 13th, go direct on June 25th and leave Taurus on July 31st. During the retrograde phase it is best go back and look at what you are already working on and improve on it, not start a new project until it goes Direct. For example, if you have a creative endeavour, use Venus Retrograde to work out any imperfections then launch it or publish it after June 25th. The same works for relationships, Venus Retrograde is good for working to improve your relationships, receiving counselling and learning to love yourself so that you can love others.

I am thinking of all the amazing songs and music that will be written, works of art, stories and scripts that will be created while we are staying at home with Venus!

To find out more about these transits and your own chart you may schedule a consultation with Serena by emailing: Serena@vimana.org or calling 310 335 5617

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Welcome to the new Vimana web site!

I hope you feel at home and uplifted in the new calming ambience we have created.

What does the logo mean?

My logo at the top of the page is the auspicious chakra that is positioned at the top of Vishnu temples denoting protection and eternal wisdom.The Blue Butterfly, placed over it, is my symbol for ‘Soul Family’.

What is the picture at the top?

This painting, by Douglas Taylor, shows what it is like in the advanced worlds of the higher dimensions. The ‘buildings’ can be created with thought and are healing and rejuvenating.

What is the bottom photo? 

At the bottom of our Home Page you will find a seat in an ancient garden. This is a photo I took whilst visiting the historic St. Margaret’s Chapel and Magdalene Almshouses in Glastonbury. Imagine we are sitting there having an inspiring conversation and feeling nurtured by the healing energy!

 

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Reach Your Goals This Year

One of the most helpful tools in reaching either a short-term or a long-term goal is knowing your best astrological timing. This can be as simple as making sure Mercury is not retrograde when signing a contract, to the intricate calculations of choosing an auspicious date and time for a wedding. Usually we are making personal goals for the month or year ahead. Consulting your astrologer can help immensely. Astrology is a science we can use to achieve success for personal happiness and career goals as well.

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Believe in Love

My article, that appeared in Whole Life Times, about the Love Button Global movement and Interview with Dr Sadeghi:

Believe in Love: What is the Love Button Global Movement?

By Serena Wright Taylor

This spectacular photo is from the culmination of the half time show of Super Bowl 50 in February 2016 where the audience are excitedly lifting colourful cards spelling ‘Believe in Love’. The show launched with a blast of positive energy and message of unity as Coldplay took the stage along with the Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (YOLA) conducted by maestro Gustavo Dudamel, and then joined by Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin had arranged to have 75,000 Love Buttons given to the whole audience. Millions of people watching from all over the world were reminded that Love unites us, all the beautiful colours and cultures of the planet!

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