Vedic New Moon July and August Forecast- Lead with the Heart Not the Sword

The New Moon on July 23 in the Nakshatra of Pushya is opening the doors to the eclipse season with the partial Lunar and a Full Solar eclipses occurring in August.

To start off this next thirty days cycle is quite a powerful new moon due to its close conjunction to a debilitated and combust Mars as well as the influence of the Nakshatra Pushya. Pushya normally is a passive and nourishing star however in this quadrant it shadow side is activated and it has a tendency to make us arrogant and stubborn. Mars and the Sun are not the best traveling companions. They bring about hot tempers and agitation in everyone making this not a very peaceful new moon.

The best way to put this energy to use in the days surrounding the New Moon to support someone in need and to reach out with your heart. Offering kindness and service will change your luck and bring positive results the over the course of this new moon cycle. 

On August 7 the Full moon will be in Capricorn, in the Nakshatra of Sravana and is opposite Mars in Cancer. These two are in a dialog so to speak. Lunar eclipses in relationship to Mars feature extreme times of volatility and conflict. Internal and externally. The star influencing the moon is Sravana.  Motivating us to  seek answers and to change by asking intelligent questions of ourselves and desire for seeking true wisdom.  

On the 13th Mercury goes retrograde where it will join Mars and Rahu in Leo and will align with the Lunar eclipse point. Normally Mercury retrograde is not considered remarkable in Vedic astrology as Mercury is often retrograde. What make this remarkable is the affect and influence Mercury gets from its traveling companions. When Mercury aligns with malefic’s it becomes malefic.

The cliché is true with this, do not react and do not make major decisions this month wait until after September 5th.

Tempers will flare and people will be easily set off and be ready to fight, in fact with this they are looking to fight to release the tension.

On the 18th Rahu and Ketu are changing signs and will remain there for the next 18 months.

The South Node Ketu will move into Capricorn in the Nakshatra of Dhanishta and the North Node Rahu will move into Cancer in the Nakshatra of Ashlesha and will be conjunct Mars until the 27th. I will write more about this in a separate post later in the month including affects by ascendant and moon sign.

Now for the big news everyone is talking about the Full Solar eclipse that will be taking place across the United States on the 21st of August.

This solar eclipse will occur in the Nashatra of Maga Nakshatra in the sign of Leo, This is a fiery active star and with is placement and alignment  in the sky its shadow side is activated. We can see a rise in racial superiority, arrogance and over identification with materialism and superiority. Additionally the eclipse will take place smack in the middle in the of the Mercury retrograde making  this even more challenging time. The planet of judgment and discernment is changing direction and a clear path cannot be perceived when Mercury disappears from view

Not an auspicious time for important decisions.

On the 25th Saturn goes direct and beginning the slow movement forward twoard Sagittarius where it will be by the end of October where it will stay for the next 2.5 years. I will write more about this in a separate post later in the month including affects by ascendant and moon sign.


This is not a month for major decisions and it really is not a month to fight. Eclipses dramatise everything and there is tendency to overreact and they activate fear.

The collective temperature is hot and reactive all this month. The fiery elements in the sky are making this month volatile and charged mixed with strife and confusion. Conflicts can escalate due to impaired judgement and poor communication. This is not a progressive time, so decisions made urgently and hastily will trend to be flawed. It is best to finish urgent important business matters and make decisions before Mercury retrograde.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the US and with the US President elect. This eclipse falls close to, the US’s natal Moon at 7° Aquarius and within a degree of Donald Trump’s Mars directly on his ascendant.

Do your best to stay clam and take care of business, listen to lots of great music this month and watch the drama unfold , just try not lead with a fist. Keep your heart open, keep your meditation strong and consistent. 

If we imagine the Vedic fire pit or Puja we can visualize ourselves offering our heart and the purification of our intentions with the transformational quality of fire that Mars and the Sun are bringing forth this month. Burn the seeds of Karma and don’t allow them to grow and take hold in your mind. 

Tips for the Eclipses

Yogi Bhajan gave two remedies for eclipse times.  For the Solar he said we should get into water, so for those in the US  if you can get into water, either bath or shower, any water, during the eclipse it would help to stave off the negative effects. Yogi Bhajan  said then the negative impacts will not touch you you are protected in the water.

For the Lunar he said to close your curtains and do not let the light in your home or on you.

I wish you love and luck this month

Siri Prakash

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Shabad for the Month

naam niranjan neer naraa-in- rasnaa simrat paap bilaa-in
naaraa-in sabh maahi nivaas -naaraa-in ghat ghat pargaas
naaraa-in kahtay narak na jaahi naaraa-in sayv sagal fal paahi

naaraa-in man maahi aDhaar- naaraa-in bohith sansaar
naaraa-in kahat jam bhaag palaa-in  naaraa-in dant bhaanay daa-in 

naaraa-in sad sad bakhsind- naaraa-in keenay sookh anand
naaraa-in pargat keeno partaap -naaraa-in sant ko maa-ee baap

naaraa-in saadhsang naraa-in -baaraN baar naraa-in gaa-in
basat agochar gur mil lahee naaraa-in ot naanak daas gahee