Blog / Jyotish
April 21, 2016


The next full moon will happen on April 22, 2016 at 5h23 UTC.

Most of us human beings have some kind of desire, that can be positive aspirations or negative greed. Jealousy or feeling of superiority generated by comparing oneself to the others is also desire. The greed for more money, more social status, more respect, better partners who can take better care of oneself – desires are endless and we regularly need to keep those desires in check to understand if they are not taking us over and making us blind.

At the same time, if we do not have some healthy will and aspirations such as “I want to evolve so I can help myself and the others better” or “I want to grow spiritually”, no effort will be done to fulfill those desires and there will be no room for improvement. Everything has a positive and a negative side. If we understand this properly, we will understand that positive desire is something necessary to life, while trying to cut down the negative desire as much as we can.

When someone tries to change us, we will not change easily. So if you want to change people around you, they might not change! So the best course of action is to change oneself, and to change how you react to what is happening.

From April 28 to May 9 this year, six out of seven planets that can go retrograde (Sun and Moon never go retrograde) will be retrograde (Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and the ever retrograding Rahu and Ketu as I use mean nodes). It is not constructive to think too much or cling on to the past, but as the retrograde planets will look as if they are going backwards, it is an excellent period to analyse what happened in the past to think about how to make the most of its lessons now (so don’t think too much of the future either).

On May 9, Jupiter will turn direct to help us with more knowledge and also, that day is auspicious Akshaya Tritiya, one of the best days of the year to start something. Everything is a cycle. When the retrograde motion ends, the direct motion begins. The next two weeks will be a great time to think about the lessons of the past to make the most of it now. I hope it will be a fruitful time. Om Shanti.