2017 Śani Vakri (Retrograde) & Gandanta

Śani. Artwork courtesy: Drdha Vrata Gorrick.

Śani. Artwork courtesy: Drdha Vrata Gorrick.

Today Śani (Saturn) entered Dhanus (Sagittarius). In recognition of the significance of this change of signs, which will actually happen twice this year, I wanted to publish this article to touch on what the great Śani will be facing during both its retrograde period, which begins in April, and its return to Vrishchika (Scorpio) in June.

Something has been nagging me to write this, and to remark on how Śani may have the potential to turn things around for many of us. When Śani returns to Vrishchika in June I can only imagine what will really happen. We’ll be sucked back into a period of exposure to what has been hidden from many of us, but I have a feeling it will be for the better. This can happen at many levels, from individuals to governments, to the entire human collective. I want to believe that  something in the current presidential administration will turn over in June. It could be an up-ending of we, the people, or an undoing of our elected executive leadership. We may have to redefine our roles as “the people” as a result of some final undoing. It’s completely up to how we all respond.

As Śani represents the people, the masses, as well as karmic leveling, perhaps the people will reverse, through the upcoming retrograde, a previous action (placing of our current leadership into power). Persistent, truth-bearing Śani has spent so much time in secretive Vrishchika that it has resulted, over about the last two and a half years that it’s been in secretive Vrishchika, in the exposure of much of our collective nature that has been hidden from us. As a result, we have been experiencing a rash of new leadership, worldwide, that has been a manifestation of the exposure of the “silent majority,” one half of the entirety of ourselves that has surfaced as a result of remaining in the shadows and not positively responding to progress and evolution.

With focused, judicial Śani returning to secretive Vrishchika, perhaps some sort of investigation (or multiple investigations) will come to fruition, which could result in the un/redoing of what Śani’s previous pass through Vrishchika resulted in (new executive leadership) or at least a judicial system-led reversal of policies put forth by said leadership. It’s also highly likely that some old investigations of other figures may come to some conclusion.

Uncertainty is certain for much of this year, as Śani will spend so much time in Gandanta while in both direct and apparent retrograde motion. As Komilla Sutton explains in her Gandanta article, “Gand means a knot. Anta means the end. Gandanta means the knot at the end. A well-tied knot is that it is very difficult to unravel. The more you try to untie the knot, the tighter it becomes.”

Sometimes fighting only makes the problem greater. We should learn a lesson from the Devil’s Snare in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t respond to what must be responded to, rather that we should respond as clear-minded agents of karma, representatives embodying Śani. We should do so, however, calmly and intelligently. Wear lots of dark blue.

Hermione in the Devil's Snare, from Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone.

Hermione in the Devil’s Snare, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Our own resistance is a reflection of the snare which reacts to the executive administration’s unrestrained, off-the-cuff fight to fix what it sees as a broken system.With Śani in Gandanta, the people’s resistance is the knot to the new administration. The harder they fight, the stronger we resist. Be the snare that allows the emotionally responsive ego to strangle itself. To stop the recursive pattern of this Chinese finger trap in which we’re all ensnared right now, we must resist intelligently – not emotionally. Be Hermione, not Ron. I, personally, like the idea of silent protests.

Śani is and will be going back and forth over this 6°40′ of Gandanta between Vrishchika and Dhanus for the majority of the year thanks to its retrograde motion back into the Gandanta. Although this is generally a period of struggle, resistance, and coming to terms with the true nature of what we have become and where we’ve ended up as a collective, I believe we may have a second chance at working out some of the deep issues that we’ve been trying to understand which may have been previously hidden from us. Perhaps it’s time to think about what our roles are in what has become of the world and put things into motion. If we do it right, without emotion, we will succeed in bearing truth to the world. Follow the lead of those such as our gentle, truth-sharing park rangers at the National Park Service (NPS).

Śani begins it’s apparent retrograde motion on April 6 in Bṛhaspati‘s rāśi (sign) of Dhanus at 3°41′ in Mūla’s second pada. Gandanta in Dhanus ends at 3°20′, so although Śani leaves Dhanus Gandanta a few weeks prior, on about March 15, it’s turning to retrograde on April 6 will will result in its reentry into Gandanta on about April 27, where we will feel a second course of fire-air combustibility, heated reactions, and general uncertainty.

This may suggest that things may first begin to settle, in whatever condition we’ve come to accept as the new realities of our world, in mid-March with Śani’s entry into Gandanta-free Dhanus. Here, the people begin to turn from investigative to philosophical, ethical, freedom-loving, and more heavily opinionated. Maybe we will have a way forward, will have some well-guided momentum, and everything may finally be out in the open and understood (or so we may believe that it will be) and we’ll all be coming to terms with either how to accept things or how to fix them. We may finally understand our paths and what we have to do. But I don’t think this collective state will last for more than a month and a half, as Śani will fall back into it’s previously volatile condition at the end of April. More combustion, the churning of emotions, and plenty of resistance. Maybe this is when we’ll finally be able to dig our heels into turning things around.

Śani will pull us back into fiery Vrishchika on June 20, where it will spend two months in retrograde motion before turning direct again on August 25 at about 27°4′ Vrishchika in Jyeṣṭhā’s fourth pada. Śani will not, however, return to 21° Scorpio, where it was on election day (suggesting we may not be able to turn everything around), but at 27°4′ it will still be very much in Scorpio’s Gandanta, meaning that more emotions will be exposed, more secrets will be churned up, and more fire will be added to the mixture. But we’ll be feeling this, this time, coming from a place of renewed ethics and philosophical direction as opposed to a couple years of frustration and secrecy. Maybe it will be something forced by the people, or the judicial system, as opposed to something that unfolds on it’s own.

Śani will pass back through 29°25’, it’s position on inauguration day, on about October 18, so I’d be interested to find out what happens then in regard to who’s holding executive power of our country. Śani will depart Vrishchika for the second time in 2017 on October 25, so this will likely be a much different settling than we are experiencing now, as all of the new executive administration’s plans and intents are being placed on the table for all to see. This will be especially interesting, as Rahu will also be leaving Surya’s rāśi of Simha (Leo) and entering Candra’s rāśi of Karka (Cancer) around that same exact time. It’ll be different then: maybe better, maybe worse, but definitely different. It all depends on how we react to the uncertainties next time around. How we apply our emotions and fight our fights. Do good, be patient, spread the love.

Śani will remain in Gandanta in Dhanus until November 26, suggesting that, although we will see the results of our new set of conditions, we will still experience great uncertainties through the majority of 2017. It’ll be a struggle this year, but one which we can follow if we keep level heads. This year will definitely require of us great restraint in our emotions in order to see justice through to it’s goal. We must focus in our exertion and expression of goodness, service, and helpful, positive care of our world through this tumultuous period ahead of us.

On a positive note, this is a spectacular period for us to retreat to spirituality. Activation of our Śakti, especially our latent powers as a whole or collective, is taking place and will continue to occur. This is a serious period of Kali Ma.

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