Vedic Astrology Forecast 2022 + Great Truths of Light (Jyotish) | Laura Plumb #076

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An experienced Vedic Astrologer like our guest Laura Plumb can clearly see the planetary influence that manifested a chain of pandemic events in 2020 and 2021, specific to each country.

What is in store for 2022?

Understanding the influence that planetary bodies have on us not only allows us to embrace and utilise our full potential and highest Self, but also guides us on what the future inevitably holds for us.
Vedic Astrology, also known as Jyotish or “The Eye of the Veda”, is the science that allows us to perceive and interpret messages of the cosmos.

Why is it that things unraveled in this or that way?
What are the lessons that nature wanted us to learn?
What is coming up in the horizon for us?
For all of these are questions, Jyotish suggests answers, and in this episode, acclaimed Jyotishi and Ayurvedic practitioner Laura, gracefully breaks down the power of what is coming up.

About our guest: Laura Plumb

Laura Plumb is the Founder and Director of VedaWise, and lead faculty for the Ayurvedic Integrated Nutrition 200 hour Professional Training, author of the best-selling book Ayurveda Cooking For Beginners, creator/presenter of the online video course The Medicine In Your Kitchen: Introduction to Ayurvedic Cooking hosted by Spirituality & Health, host of the 53-part television show CleanseVeda, and the 12-part series called Divine Yoga.

Formerly the General Manager of The Discovery Channel Europe, Laura offers clinical services in natural medicine for whole person wellness, and health practitioner trainings in the Vedic sciences. She leads many online courses, and gives classes and consultations in Ayurveda, Jyotish, Yoga Therapy, Whole Food Cooking and Nutrition. Additonally Laura has served as a contributing Ayurvedic educator at the UCSD Center for Integrative Medicine, is an Ambassador for Banyan Botanicals and runs The Sophia Camp for Girls  – a week every summer dedicated to cultivating self-esteem, self-care and self-regulation through Yoga, Ayurveda, mentoring and creative play.

Laura Plumb

As a graduate of the Kerala Ayurveda Academy, the American Institute of Vedic Studies, and decades of study into Yoga, Meditation, Vedanta, Jyotish, herbal medicine, nutrition, health and healing, Laura is an international educator on the power of the Vedic sciences to promote radical health and sacred, sumptuous living.

In this Episode we Discuss:

The Planetary Arrangements That We’ve Experienced On The Last Few Months of 2021

The lunar eclipse on the 26th of May 2021 in Scorpio & solar eclipse on the 10th of June in Taurus.  
Mars and Ketu are in tight conjunction in the sign of Scorpio. 
We started the Rahu-Ketu Antardasha and will be inside “the serpent” for a few months. 

Sri Yukteswar, Paramahamsa Yogananda & The Wisdom of the Vedas

The lineage of Paramahamsa Yogananda, and a story from "Autobiography of a Yogi"
The concept of “Truth” and our capacity to move towards it or away from it. 
Jyotish as “The Eye of The Veda”. 
The divine siddhis of the ancient Vedic rishis & how they cognized this all-embracing wisdom. 

The Astrological Blessings of the Pandemic

In December 2019 there was a major Solar Eclipse that also involved Mercury, Jupiter & Saturn.
Jupiter has been for a long time trapped by the grip of Saturn, so both teacher planets were together in the sign of Capricorn until November 2021. 
  • The lessons of Saturn usually come in the form of constriction, of letting go of certain things, of turning within. Saturn is the Yogi, the ascetic. He teaches the lessons of Shiva. 
When COVID First came we had Rahu in Gemini and Khetu in Sagittarius. 
  • We had an air Sun and an Air lunar node, causing a lot of vata. 
  • The Khetu in a fire sign was causing a lot of fire (literally wildfires), flu, infection, anger and general chaos. 
Rahu and Khetu moved around September 20th 2020 into Taurus and Scorpio respectively. 
  • These shadow planets are exalted in these signs, so they stoped being as damaging as they were on the year prior.  

Jyotish Forecast for 2022

In November 2021, Jupiter moved into the sign of Aquarius and it will stay there until April 13th.
  • Jupiter becomes here much more hopeful, optimistic & expansive in terms of scientific & technological breakthroughs, cutting-edge science. 
  • Jupiter in Aquarius fosters a great capacity for spiritual growth. There is great room for spiritual & humanitarian advancements. 
After April 13th 2022, Jupiter moves into Pisces, its own ruling sign. 
  • It brings the invitation for those who did not find a meditation practice yet, to embark on that journey.
  • Since Pisces is a feminine sign, it’ll bring out the most feminine qualities of Jupiter. It’ll be more embodied, touching & heart-centered.
  • Jupiter stands for wisdom, growth, expansion, connection, union amongst humans, hope, faith, and compassion.
  • Pisces is very related to the medical sciences because it brings in the compassion to help others heal and restore wholeness. 
In May 1st 2022, Saturn will leave Capricorn, after two and a half years there, and will move into Aquarius. 
  • Saturn loves structure. Shanni will help lay the foundations to all of that which Jupiter in Aquarius helped envision. 
  • This is a time for us to have a clear understanding of what we want to build or materialize in our lives. This time holds the promise of fulfillment of said plans if the proper intention is there. 
  • Saturn when in Aquarius and Capricorn is empowered. And Saturn represents the people, the common folk. This placement of Saturn allows for the light to shine over the will of the people. It turns the tables and gives them the power to choose for themselves, where to live, how to live, what job to do, etc. 
In March 2022, Rahu and Khetu are moving into Aires and Libra respectively. 
  • This is very relevant, especially for those who have their lagna (ascendant/rising sign) or chandra (moon) in these signs. 
  • During this time there might be some restlessness, some shadows may start to appear, or already existing ones may be revealed to us. 
  • We may be feeling more hunger and desire for material gain. 
  • It is important that we don’t let these influences eat our minds. Remember Ganesh, remember the light of consciousness. Unbind yourself from these influences. 
    • It is important to do the upāyas, the remedies. 
      • For more information on what upāyas are good for you and the afflicted planets in your chart, reach out to a quality Jyotish practitioner. You can find one close to you here.
  • The lunar nodes determine the signs in which the eclipse happens. The next lunar and solar eclipses will happen in these two signs. 


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The Full Moon That Purifies Water & Drips Nectar: Sharad Purnima

Krishna and Radha dancing during Sharad purnima

Once a year, on a particular full moon, a saint-like star reveals its presence in the sky.

This star is called “Agastya” (Sanskrit) or “Canopus” (western astrology).
This is the brightest star in the southern constellation of Carina, and the 2nd brightest in the night-time sky, after Sirius.

The Toxic Water Epidemic

Not even the best instruments (water filters) can purify water because it is completely soluble. Even boiling water properly, a more powerful water purification technique, may not fully remove the toxins as they are completely dissolved into the water.

In fact, one of the main sources of diseases in this day of age (Kali Yuga) is from (creatures/micro-organisms in) water.

It is known Reverse Osmosis removes essential minerals, but what more is that it removes Prana (life-force) and Ojas (vital-essence) from the water. Another reason why boiling water is so important is that it brings back Prana to some extent.

The Ultimate Water Purifier

So, on the full moon of “Sharad Purnima,” occurring around October/November according to the Georgian calendar,  ALL WATER exposed to sunlight that day, and then to moonlight that night, becomes NECTAR. This full moon is the Ultimate Water Purifier.
*(Very dirty and contaminated water will have to be further purified).

Every year nature organises this full moon to arrive in India at the middle of the monsoon, to purify all the acid and toxins built up from the beginning of the monsoon, and pave the way for a fresh and clean winter.

Lakes, rivers, water stations, dams, catchment areas all exposed to the moon become so pure.

Swim in them, drink the fresh nectar, see, acknowledge and unify with the Divine in water. Because water is the embodiment of Mother (Maha Devi) - the giver of life, nourishing, nurturing, protecting, has infinite adaptability is abundant and transcendent.

Ritual and Practice for Sharad Purnima Full Moon

Drink sweet boiled milk with spices that night, and during cooking and drinking it, expose it to the moonlight to invigorate and fortify the milk.

Look at the reflection of the moon in your cup of milk. It will look like a full moon eclipse (see photo).

Then it is Prasad (holy food). Drinking it will boost ojas in you, stregnthen your immunity and digestion, remove acidity from the body and leave you feeling nourished.

This ritual is best done as close to mid-night as possible.

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Jyotish: Vedic Astrology | Anand Mehrotra #003

Jyotish, a profound mathematical sophisticated form of astrology. It describes how planetary patterns at the time of our birth give valuable clues in helping us understand our life’s journey. Through careful analysis of these cosmic influences, Jyotish can help us realistically evaluate our strengths and weaknesses in order to optimise our full potential.

Join expert visionary master teacher and Jyotishi, Anand Mehrotra, as we dispel dogmas, myths and inaccurate perceptions about Jyotish and other aspects of the veda.

Anand reveals to us a great introduction and general overview about Jyotish - “the light of the self.” He recommends specific regimes for you to do during new moon, full moon and eclipses. Anand beautifully expresses the qualities of the core seven planets by relating them with their signifying chakras and deity expressions.


Anand is a visionary master teacher, community and thought leader, conscious entrepreneur and Jyotishi (vedic astrologer). Anand was born, raised and still resides in Rishikesh, a holy town by the Ganga river at the foot hills of the Himlayas in North India.

He is the founder and master teacher of Sattva Yoga, a radically holistic, ever-evolving practice that is currently growing rapidly.
He teaches around the world to give wisdom talks, host gatherings, satsangs, meditations, provides Vedic astrology readings, leads Sattva Yoga journeys, retreats and trainings.

Anand leads two non for profit organisations, The Khushi Charitable Society and Sattva Foundation, and has launched several businesses based on sustainable practices and supporting local communities.

In this Episode we Discuss:

  • The role of Jyotish in expanding holistic, all inclusive knowledge.
  • What is Jyotish - the “eye of the veda.” The light of self.
  • “A physician who doesn’t know astrology should not call himself a physician.” ~ Hippocrates. (5:00)
  • The study of the movement and flow of Jeeva (individuality) in time. How to utilise our journey in this time bound expression in the highest manner possible. (8:05)
  • “The Entry” - time and place of birth is a karmic footprint which will provide the information of ones karma.
  • The difference between Jyotish and Western Astrology. (12:55)
  • Rahu and Ketu - Two shadow planets that cause eclipses and balance kundalini. (15:05)
    • Rahu - north lunar node - dragons head. Mind.
    • Creative, expansive. Psychosis.
    • Higher level - Impact, expansion, self actualisation. External.
    • Further - fearlessness, which gives rise to kundalini (infinite potential). Fear constricts us from our infinite potential. Rahu plays on your fears.
    • Ketu - south lunar node - dragons tail. Body.
    • Withdrawing, depressive, chronic illnesses.
    • Higher level - liberation, inner realisation. Internal.
    • Past.
    • Rahu was a chandala. The god split his head but because of his high state of consciousness he was immortal. So the head become Rahu. Tail became Ketu.
    • Snakes are Karayaka (physical expression of energy) for Rahu and Ketu. (18:48)
  • Multiple levels of dreaming. (19:25)
  • When Rahu and Ketu (Ida and Pingala) merge in a balanced state along the spine the sushumna opens. Associated with Kundaliuni Shakti. Potential to awaken your kundalini, your infinite potential. (19:55)
  • Regimen for Eclipses - Optimal uses of energy. Not a time to start business venture. Not creative energy. More of a meditative energy. (20:55)
  • Regimen for No Moon: inward, meditative (23:09)
  • Regimen for New Moon: initiatives, new beginnings, ventures, treatments.
  • Regimen for Full Moon - healing, self-healing. Gathering, collective gatherings, agni-hotras, kirtan, yagya, rituals, pujas, ceremonies. Be with elements, be in nature, especially water element. (23:55)
  • Freeing your bondage and transcending your personal karmic journey to live with the natural flow of time. (25:42)
  • The 7 Grahas (Planets) and their signifying Chakras and Deity Expressions (30:37)
    1. Shani (Saturn) - Shiva - Muladhara (root) Chakra. - Seat of infinite potential. Fearlessness, exploring the great unknown, inwardness, meditative. Shani is the great teacher.
    2. Guru (Jupiter) - Ganesh - Second Chakra. - Playfulness, indulging in wordy pleasures.
    3. Mangal (Mars) - Hanuman and Kartikaya. - Navel Chakra. - Vitality, strength, warrior, strong agni.
    4. Shukra (Venus) - Laksmi and Krishna - Heart Chakra. - Art, creativity, beauty. The brightest start in the sky.
    5. Buddh (Mercury) - Saraswati and Buddha - Throat Chakra - Intellect, mind, wisdom, conceptual knowledge
    6. Surya (Sun) and Chandra (Moon) - Shiva and Skati - 3rd eye.
  • No planet at Brahamsrara (crown chakra) as you are liberated by the burden of living (Jiva Mukta). You can still live in the human body, but you live in dharma free from bondage to karma.
  • Sattisati: 7.5 year transit of Saturn over the moon (37:30) - Saturn is the great teacher which forces you to evolve, grow and expand. It may seem challenging at the time, but this is a purification. There are some which you can change, and you should fully change those. There is some things which you cannot change, which you must completely accept.
  • Gemstones as a supplement to optimise a particular energy. (43:49)


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