What you don’t have eyes to see, will make itself known; the past is always close behind! Beware of a fixation for the future that ignores what brought you to where you are now. The Lunar eclipse on the 18th and 19th brought us in the direction of what we desperately want to achieve in this world and now we must look where we do not necessarily want to, to see what is keeping us back. We are deep in the trenches of our past karma, navigating the shadows of our oldest fears and traumas. The call we are hearing is to shine the light (the Sun) into the dark recesses of our psyche and allow our biggest fears to surface. Once they are out in the light of day, we can see them for what they truly are…sometimes just as horrible as we imagined, and often, way less monstrous than we configured them in our brain. Now is the time to be willing to look. We spend so much time bypassing or gaslighting our own experiences, or those of our ancestors, it is no wonder that this is so common a practice in society towards others. What we have experienced, done or had done to us, is real and deserves its moment in the light to be acknowledged. Let it be understood and then with empathy, recycle it back into your being with more clarity and a capacity to move forward in the direction of your dreams.
The Total Solar Eclipse in sidereal Scorpio is December 3rd & 4th (max point is 9:33 pm HT on 12/3, 11:33 pm 12/3 PST) is only completely visible from Antartica, and parts of Southern Africa will see a partial eclipse but the effects will certainly be felt by all! The Sun is our consciousness, power, authority, the father and the government. It is one of the indicators of career (along with Saturn) and it rules whatever house Leo is in your chart. This area of your life will be eclipsed, blacked out and then reset in this time. The Sun, Moon and Mercury are all going to be in Jyestha, the eldest of the nakshtara wives of the Moon. Here we have courage, but also have to beware of our ego getting us into situations where we really have to test that courage! Jyestha is ruled by Indra, the king of the gods and is represented by a talisman, a mystical armor offering protection as well as the power of illusion. Indra is known for using the powers of illusion through his invisible net and his lightning bolt which has been fashioned by the divine architect of the gods. Ketu, the South node is a space in the sky that only becomes visible in an eclipse (just like Rahu, the north node was in the lunar eclipse). It is a fiery laser precise Graha that goes deep down into the well spring of fire and water that is Scorpio and pin points the exact place where our karma is still stuck. Here it is at home, in its sign of depth and intelligence. Specifically it is in the star of Anuradha, where devotion is key. Here we pass through the portal of our deepest fears through deep love and faith. We will never be able to foretell the consequences of our actions or the rewards, our only choice lies in our one-pointed devotion to love and complete surrender. Ketu will show us where we have an obstacle to this trust and love from our past.
At 2:43 pm HT (4:43 pm PST) on December 4th, hours after the eclipse, Mars marches into his own sign of Scorpio to make absolutely sure we are facing whatever we have been avoiding! While he stays out during the eclipse itself, and has moved out of combustion (proximity to the Sun) earlier in the week, he is going to ensure that we do not move out of December without winning this battle within ourselves. Mars and Ketu together are militant, exacting, surgical and fiery! Both distance us from others and our feelings and are ultimately strengthening us through the pain they inflict on both us and others, but they do it in different ways. Mars is physical and Ketu is psychological. Scorpio is the realm of the emotions. This is fire exploding through water. We will see this alignment implode in social and perhaps even geological ways, but within ourselves it is our deep-seeded anger surfacing through the emotions and coming up to get some air! Whatever house Scorpio is in your chart is likely to be shaken by this, especially as the two Grahas are exact on the 14th and 15th of December. Take a deep breath, try to maintain your sadhana (daily practices), and ultimately accept that you must surrender into the waves but will eventually make it back to shore with a renewed vitality that only comes from facing a kind of death.
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On April 5th, 2021 Jupiter moved into Aquarius for 5 months. In September it went back into Capricorn, during it's retrograde cycle. As of November 20th, 2021 it will be back in Aquarius until April 13th. This is a huge shift in our societal Wisdom, Beliefs and Worldview. One we began last spring and are more ready than ever to take on for real again now! Aquarius is about the collective, humanity, and the future. It is where we see all that is not right in the world and remember the power that comes from all the voices, minds, and hands of the many.
Here we can think of things never before envisioned or created.
We are moving back into a more futuristic, intellectual and technological cycle, one that will inspire us all to create systems and structures that work for us. As the old hierarchical structures are revealed more and more to be corrupt and focused on funneling resources, government and power in the hands of the few, we the people are ready to envision the world as we want it to be. If there’s anything the last year has taught us, it’s that the old way wasn’t working. Whatever we do moving forward, we have to shift our entire mindset and paradigm to reimagine a new structure of power. This is the time to build the foundation. There will of course be agendas from those in power, and so it us up to us to bring our own rightfully aligned agendas into the light instead.
As the shift from Capricorn to Aquarius maintains the rulership of Saturn, but moves from Earth to Air, so will we maintain the humility and hard lessons learned in this cycle, but move from the earthbound mechanics of just doing whatever is physically in front of us that needs to be done for survival, to the brilliance of our minds and imaginations to wholly recreate what our work even looks like. For many of us this has been a long time coming and we are quite prepared. From the way food is grown and produced in the U.S to our school systems lack of holistic education, to how our society’s focus on productivity and bottom lines has separated and divided us from our innate need for community and support. The issues are endless…and SO ARE THE SOLUTIONS! It’s time to level up and solve the problems that we intimately know in ways only those who intimately know the issues can actually do. The days of the few *actually* rich men “helping” the rest of us in their preferred manner are on their way out. Communities can and will come together and take our lives and fates into our own hands by building coalitions and working towards what we want. And what each community needs to thrive will be different, and that is beautiful. We will have plenty to reckon with in terms of government, big business and technology interweaving with their own agendas, but since the eclipse points are still another year in Taurus/Scorpio there will be strong focus from individuals on creating some autonomy and working together in smaller groups with common goals and shared values.
Saturn, the ruler of both Capricorn and Aquarius, will be maintaining his position in Capricorn through this transit, keeping the focus practical, hardworking and aware of time. In his highest, Saturn can give us great tools for meditation and letting go of attachments; this can help elevate our work to higher planes if we allow ourselves space and time to be alone and to go there. It’s time to GO THERE!
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This Full Moon also marks the longest eclipse of the century, and it is happening in the star of Krittika, in sidereal Taurus. It will last 3 hours and 28 minutes; from 8:02pm to 2:03 am, with the Max point being at 11:02 pm HT (GMT-10) on November 18th. The exact degrees of the Moon and the Sun across from each other is 10:59 pm. Here we will light up and magnify the illusion of separation, but also have the insight necessary to cut through it.
Krittika is the “Cutter” or “Divider” and is symbolized by a sharp blade. It is also ruled by Agni, the god of fire, so there is a quality of illumination here. This is the place the Moon is exalted, because we are able to “cut through” the Maya in our mind and “see” the truth. Fire has a quality of digestion, so we are able to process our emotions and find the clear truth at the bottom of them. Rahu, the north node, has a dispersive, airy quality that can fan the fire of Krittika and exaggerate our need to separate, but also is more likely to be grounded and find clarity here. Taurus is not only the exaltation sign for the Moon, but for Rahu too, due to the earthy, grounded nature of the sign. Here we are less likely to disperse our energy and magnify what we see, even if just by taking the time to stop and chew some grass or take care of our most basic needs.
With Rahu’s presence at all on our Moon (our psyche) and whatever house the moon rules for you, is experiencing more anxiety, unsettled feelings that stem from the “not knowing” of Rahu, since it’s new karma. The closer it is, the more intense these feelings are. When it’s actually “gobbled” in an eclipse, there’s a blackout, a reset, on that thing and in that space energetic downloads are possible. Whether they are delusional or illuminating depends on the quality if the Grahas, so here strong potential for brilliant insight. It will also depend on what we do in this time, whether we are meditating, sleeping or partying for example. The quieter we are, the more we hear. And of course, what house Taurus is for you and if you have planets there etc.
Anuradha, where Ketu is now residing, is the star of devotion and is depicted by a flower on the finish line. Ruled by the god of friendship, Mitra, here we are able to put aside all earthly concerns in favor of high love and devotion, as Radha has towards her Beloved, Krishna. Here we see a fixation, which is quite different from Ketu, where we are more cutting and fiery (like Krittika). This dichotomy of the nodes in stars that carry energy more similar to the nakshatra the opposite node is in, is giving us an opportunity to balance their chaotic and delusional quality. It is also likely to feel a little uncomfortable, as the place where we are devoted and loving is where we may be trying our best to avoid and the place where we are cutting and divisive is where we are fixated. The Sun, visiting the end of Vishaka, the star of one-pointed focus, a solitary path and fruits that come over the long haul, is contributing to the feeling that "we are here alone" or "we alone are here.”
With Venus in Sagittarius, still giving us difficulty relating on a human level and creating some spiritual bypassery and Mars still close enough to the Sun to be combust, but in Libra where we are also individuating ourselves in relationships, we may be in a real push and pull with others in our lives. Mercury is in sweet dignity here in Libra, but joined Mars can make us inexplicably harsh and direct in our words. Jupiter, the ruler of Venus is finishing his final days in Capricorn, so we can see our beliefs will start to move a little and pick up some air back in Aquarius. We will also see more people fighting for social justice and calling out corruption. This will help point our fear in a productive direction and also offer some more humanity and empathy in our relations, instead of just focusing on what’s ailing ourselves. Saturn is still holding court in Capricorn for the long haul, reminding us that we’re all just going to die one day anyhow, so better not get too attached to anything.
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The New Moon is in the nakshatra Swati on November 4th at 11:14 am HT (GMT-10), and also marks the Festival of Lights known as Diwali. This 5 day celebration of the triumph of the light over darkness comes importantly with this New Moon because our two luminaries will both be in a state of debilitation. The Sun is debilitated in Libra because it is where we give our power and authority over to others, as opposed to standing in strength with Source being our guiding light. The New Moon is when the Moon and Sun pass through the same constellation in exact degrees from our perspective here on Earth, and it is also a time when the Sun “eclipses” the Moon, as opposed to illuminating it, and so our mind is more quiet, dark and can tend towards depression. This is a more meditative and solitary time of the month. While the Sun remains in a constellation for a month, the Moon moves quickly on, putting it in its lowest state of operating intelligence in sidereal Scorpio soon after this New Moon. Scorpio is where we are emotional, fiery and controlling. It is the place where our real and imagined fears can be magnified and we must battle the shadows. Since the Moon is the mind and emotions, it can be quite a roller coaster ride here! The Moon is where we want to connect and when the mind is projecting its own movie with a plot line that is mistrustful of others, then it is difficult to have true connection. This is exacerbated this year by the presence of the South Node, Ketu at 7 degrees Scorpio, giving us a laser sharp focus on exactly what disgusts us most about our fear and trauma (in what ever area of life Scorpio rules for you), and giving us a somewhat removed experience from our own feelings.
All of this is to say that our confidence and emotional security are being challenged from what we perceive to be outside of ourselves (relationships, situations, circumstances), but the true source of our dim light and fearful emotions is within us and thus can be evolved. If we were to look at our power differently, we would not need to “give it away” because we would understand that no one owns it or doles it out. Power just is. Like the Sun itself. It is Consciousness itself. It can only be realized, not passed around like Halloween candy. If we choose to follow someone other than our own guiding light that is a choice we are making and we are just as able to make a different one. It is the potential fear of losing others if we don’t follow them, or show up for them that creates these choices in our brains and the sign of Libra is where we are confronted with “others”. While many aspects of ourselves as shown through the Grahas (the planets) need to understand compromise (like in our communication, with Mercury, or our relationships, with Venus), our authority is not something that can be bargained or traded. Ultimately, authority that is given by others can also be taken away if you do not do their bidding, so it is not actual authority. Whereas, the authority that comes with actually knowing more than others on a subject, or by being a parent to children born from you, or in having such a strong stance on an issue or belief that you live it and others want to emulate you, is real. No one bestows it upon you, it is a realization within yourself that it exists and you merely act within that discovered reality.
Diwali comes as a reminder of the light within, the candle that is always lit no matter what external reality you are mired in. While more darkness is surrounding us in the Northern Hemisphere daily, we are moving towards the darkest night of the year. This is a time of shedding, decay and resolution. As we move towards our final two eclipses of the Taurus/Scorpio axis, culminating with the total solar eclipse on Dec 4th, we are being asked to follow Ketu’s penetrating tail to pierce the heart of what we fear most and see it transform!
Swati is the star that is in the middle of Libra and shows where we are trying to differentiate ourselves in spite of our need to be accepted and liked. Swati is ruled by Rahu and its diety is Vayu, the god of the Wind. This shows the airy and often delusional nature of Swati, where we might find ourselves swatting imaginary demons all around us, as opposed to the clean decisive action of one good swing of the sword. Here our real goal is to find the confidence to know that a true warrior will seldom use their weapons and that much of what we think we are fighting against is actually a creation of our own doing. If we look to others to validate our power, we can just as easily look to ourselves and know it is inherent. This star leads to Vishaka, where the Moon is debilitated, a nakshatra that falls mostly in Libra and the final pada is that debilitation point in Scorpio. In Vishaka we are walking the path on our own and it is often dark, or overgrown and full of scary sounds. It is with time and age that we are able to yield the fruits of our energy and output. We must let faith and our good teachings be the guide (as shown by Jupiter’s rule) and burn our ego struggles in the sacrificial fire (Vishaka diety is Indra-Agni, the aspect of fire that is sacrificial). It is no accident that the nakshatras behind the constellation of Libra are teaching us to follow our own lead, this is the ultimate lesson for Libra where we can over-compromise and leave ourselves feeling depleted or bereft.
Right now we have Mercury and Mars joined this Sun and Moon and while Mercury is usually very happy to be here where communication can focus on connection and harmony, it is also going to feel the heat of the combust Mars. If you haven’t gotten your FREE report “Mars combust for all 12 Signs” yet, go to http://www.alexiscoxyoga.com/forecasts to sign up for my newsletter and get instant access to that as well as 2 other Key Transit reports! With Mars putting our anger on a short fuse, we can expect Mercury to feel this anger and try to find a nice way of communicating it. Taking a few breaths before speaking or responding might not be a bad idea! Mars’ anger comes from a lack of personal discipline. Discipline is the highest form of self-care, so when we choose others over what we need to do for ourselves to keep us strong, protected and active towards our goals, we will feel angry at others when it is actually ourself who gave away our energy to something/one else!
The ruler of all those planets in Libra, Venus just moved herself into Sagittarius, in the chaotic star of Mula, “the root”. Mula is where we upheave and pull out from the roots anything that is not serving us. Relationships in particular may feel uprooted right now and this last week (also whatever area of your life Venus rules as a house lord). Venus in Sagittarius is where we have a tendency to over-ride people’s real human issues with a spiritual belief or ideology that may or may not be a “truth” but is not tending to the person in front of us in a way that indicates care and relating. Be careful of simplifying, giving advice or being quick to respond when a loved one shares with you their thoughts, feelings or experiences.
Now is a time to really sit with the darkness and light your own candle within. All the power exists within. Our true connection to others can only exist when we show up as our true self. Hare Ohm. Happy Diwali!
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Shared Purnima is the full moon after Navaratri where it is said the Goddess Lakshmi comes down to earth and visits the homes of those devotees that stay awake. She is the goddess of fortune, fertility and grace in relationships and bestows us with these qualities if we are ready to receive her. This Full Moon is Wednesday, October 20th, at 4:57 am HT (GMT-10) in Aries. With the Sun just moved in sidereal Libra, themes of our relationships versus our Self are hot right now. The Sun is in his state of debility in Libra, creating a scenario where we offer our power, leadership and authority to others instead of coming from our own strength and connection to source. The Moon is lighting up across the sky, to remind us not to over-compromise and to create strong disciplined routines that give us the framework upon which we guide the rest of our lives. Other people cannot trust you if you do not trust yourself.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and Ashwini, the first star. This indicates that new ventures are going forth, and in many ways will reflect the house of which Aries is for you. This fresh start is also furthered by the fact that by now Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury are all direct again and many projects, commitments and communications that have been stuck or lagging will now get the motivation to move again. This is for better or worse. Mercury is in his own sign of Virgo, where he is also exalted, so communications will be likely very clear and organized. Saturn is also in his own sign, and direct since the 10th, so our sense of what we are committed to is going to really strengthen and our willingness to roll up our sleeves and do it will come from that commitment.
With Jupiter, we have to struggle with the fact that it is debilitated in Capricorn, and while there is the presence of Saturn to help significantly with this debility, in transit especially debilitated planets really do bring quite a bit of issues. While in someone’s natal chart they have a lifetime to work on this area of difficulty, in transit there is a collective quality of the debilitation, meaning everyone has it. No one is tempering it, and so it is allowed to go unchecked as “reality”. This is particularly clear with Jupiter as the sign of Capricorn puts our sense of purpose, what inspires us and what we believe in a distinctly contracted state. The options seem few, the beliefs are morose and rooted in primal instincts of survival, rather than the expansive glow of truth, and the output of its forward motion will reflect that.
Furthermore, with the Sun also in debility, and Mars in deep combustion with the Sun and traversing the less than friendly signs of Virgo into Libra, we can expect our masculine energy to be failing us right now. Too much compromise, too little truth and the capacity to fly off the handle when our anger flares because we are not coming from our truth or highest self in our actions. The more we can maintain discipline in our self care and take care of our responsibilities, the better we will feel when we spend time with others.
The blessings we will have here, are that Mars and Venus will be in exchange of signs only a couple days after this moon, offering a bit of diplomacy to Mars and a hint more courage for Venus navigating the emotional waters of Scorpio. Venus is joined Ketu, the south node here, but is moving far past him quickly. Nonetheless, the lack of head to engage in relationships will indicate some sudden breaks or disappearances in our happiness with others and blind spots running the show if we do not take care and responsibility of our emotions. Since Ketu is coming to the final eclipse in Scorpio this December, we are hopefully somewhat more aware of what we have been avoiding in this house in our chart! (If you don’t know what houses are being affected by these transits, visit my website at: www.radhahomeyoga.com and you will receive 3 FREE reports instantly on all these transits for all 12 Rising signs! ) We also have the above-mentioned Mercury strength (after moving back through Virgo, he will then traverse Libra, offering harmonious communications) and the fact that Saturn has us committed to the stark, colder realities and humble enough to do the work.
This Moon will remind us, that even though emotional connection is important, it is equally important to follow our own path. As the story of Surya and Sanjna (watch the video for the story of the birth of the Ashwini twins) illustrates to us, when we follow what is right for us from a higher plane, the results will come in our favor, even if it doesn’t seem that way at first. The trick is to trust in dharma, our true path and that everything is either moving us towards that or away from it, If we have faith that by following higher truth, the rest will work out, then we do not struggle so much through the egoic battles that our willfulness puts us through when we try to force our hand. Many Blessings on this Purnima! Jai Shri Laksmi! May her grace and abundance flow through you!
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The Moon and Sun come together at 1:05 am HT (GMT-10) October 6th in sidereal Virgo in the nakshatra Hasta. This New Moon marks the culmination of Pitru Paksha, the 16 days of shraddha to assist our ancestors in achieving liberation in Mahalaya Amavasya. This special day is honoring the calling of the Goddess Durga into form by Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva and leads into the festival of the Goddess Mother, Durga Navaratri, which begins on shukla pratipad, the first lunar phase of the waxing moon. Durga is the Warrior Goddess who uses all her many forms of Shakti to battle the shape-shifting buffalo-headed demon Mahishasura. “Nava” is nine and “ratri” is night and as such the celebration takes place over 9 nights, with the 10th day being Vijaya Dasami, Victory Day. This festival comes in the fall, in the Shukla Paksha (Waxing phase of the Moon) in the Hindu month of Ashvin. There are many levels on which we can experience Navaratri; spiritually/personally, as we fast, practice sadhana, and battle our own inner demons, seeking to integrate our shadows as Durga re-integrates the demon after she has slain him. Environmentally, this is coming after the fall equinox when in the Northern Hemisphere there is the harvest before the cold, darker days of winter arrive. Socially, as the celebrations and festivals are a time when the whole community will come together to act out the epic tale of Durga, pray and dance. Each night we worship a different form of Durga (the Navadurgas) and within the nine nights there are three segments where we also pass through three forms of the goddess: Kali, the dark one who helps us release the dead versions of our own ego to make way for our true self to emerge, Lakshmi, who nourishes us, and Saraswati, establishing us in purity of thoughts and words. Young girls will be offered gifts of food in the 8-10th tithi, or lunar phase, of Navaratri. In some lineages and regions of India, Saraswati is worshipped first and Kali last.
The nakshatra Hasta is entirely in Virgo and is represented by a hand open to release, so as to be open to receive. If we are holding tight to things that are not guiding us towards our light, then now is a time to let them go, so there can be room for what you do want to invite in. Ruled by Savitri, the Sun who awakens us on the horizon, it is an excellent star for setting our intentions and making manifest. The powerful Gayatri Mantra can be recited at sunrise.
This Moon joins the Sun, a combust Mars, and a Retrograde Mercury in Virgo, the sign of purity and health. We can expect some fiery upsets to our health, communication, and attempts at cleaning and organizing our environment. Virgo is ruled by Mercury and since Mercury is in exaltation in his own sign, we can see that there is quite a bit of intelligence running, but the apparent retrograde motion can slow down the positive flow of communication and categorization. The Sun and Mars (especially in such close degrees) bring a bit too much heat for the sensitive disposition of Virgo and can cause fevers and viruses, physical burn out, and angry tempers to flare. Long deep breaths, sitali breathing (a cooling technique where we breathe in through our rolled tongue and exhale through the nose), time in water and green environments can help to alleviate some issues. Fasts or cleanses can be powerful right now as the Agni and discipline to purify is high and the primarily cooling and raw foods can help dissipate extra fire.
Venus has just joined Ketu in Scorpio, bringing our planet of love and happiness into the tumultuous sea of Scorpion fear and passion. We can get scared others will hurt us here, and in turn, lash out or become controlling. We can expect our relationships to ride the waves as emotions run high and deep and also feel the harsh cutting energy of Ketu’s void distancing us from the very thing we feel so intensely about! This will build up in the next few days until they are exact on October 9th, and the Moon also joins them. Scorpio is her sign of debilitation, precisely because of those emotional ups and downs and the lack of peace it can bring. Relationships can definitely get triggered here (or whatever part of life/house lord Venus is for you) so beware!
Saturn is going to be direct on the 10th of October, bringing his 5 month retrograde cycle to a close. Expect to grow in clarity as to what you want to commit to, work hard in service to and hopefully grow in your meditation practice too as you honor your solitude again. Saturn in his own sign of Capricorn is getting us comfortable with the uncomfortable; aloneness, aging, and death. While retrograde we could feel our internalized experience of these things but as he moves forward expect to see more output from this nihilistic graha. Jupiter will also station direct on the 17th, a week later, so we can expect our fear based principles and ideals to begin manifesting in the world a bit stronger. We may feel as though things have hit a pitch, but remember while retrograde, the energies of these planets can’t get out as easily. It backs up and while we are hyper aware of it within ourselves, we are not actually seeing the results in the world as much. Similar to a year ago when these two outer planets joined in this same place, we will see how we sit with our fear and what we believe should be done about it.
These are not easy times, and the tale of Goddess Durga is a wonderful way to channel your fear, hope, pain and promise and allow it too to be re-imagined with the support, grace and abundance of the Goddess. After she slays the demon, the crowd circles around Durga, astride her massive tiger and watches as she takes a beautiful breath and sucks the body of Mahishasura back into her being, to become part of the whole again. She then turns to her children and reminds them that she is always here and will always help us. We need only call her name to bring her into being. Blessed Navaratri. Jai Maa!
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Full Moon in Uttara Bhadrapada on September 20th at 1:55 pm HT (GMT-10). This nakshatra is where we have passed through the gate of awareness already in the previous star, Purva Bhadrapada “Early Blessed Step," and are now needing to dive deep into the work of uncovering what is deathly poison and what is immortal nectar. Uttara Bhadrapada is the later blessed step and it is ruled by Ahirbudhnya the serpent of the depths of the cosmic ocean who holds it up. This is related to our subconscious that our conscious awareness rests upon. Ahi means “sky” and budhnya “bound to the root”. This indicates a need to acknowledge the root before we can enjoy the spaciousness of the sky. In yoga class I often remind people to extend their crown towards the heavens on an inhale and to send their exhale down through their feet, rooting themselves to the earth. The reason is the same; if you do not know where you come from, any growth will be disjointed and untethered.. Without roots, you are not growing, rather just floating around in space.
As the Full Moon is a reflection of the Sun, we are seeing the need to expand to a place of Oneness here in Pisces, across the way from the heat of the Sun and a combust Mars in detail oriented Virgo. When we are stuck in the activity cycle of compartmentalizing and labeling everything we are less able to connect to Source and see everyone and everything as a reflection of ourselves. We might find ourselves getting angry at the slightest trespass on our own cleanliness, health and purity but Mercury’s grounded presence here can help us dial it down and see things for what they are. The discernment and carefully measured communication available when Mercury transits his own sign of Virgo is helpful in mitigating potential arguments or explosions. He will be moving into Libra to join Venus soon after and this will further encourage us to “get along”. While both Venus and Mercury being in Libra do encourage us to communicate, compromise and honor each other, they can also hide our true feelings and intentions in all the sweetness and harmony.
With Both Saturn and Jupiter still retrograde, and Jupiter now back in debility in Capricorn, there is a lot of fear and anger right now that is not being fully expressed. Come October that will begin to explode! Mars and Sun are exact conjunction on Oct 7th. Saturn stations direct on the 10th and Jupiter on the 17th.
With this full moon, we are entering the two weeks of Pitru Paksha, a celebration and honoring of our ancestors. This culminates in Amavasya, the New Moon, when will begin Durga Navaratri, the nine nights of Durga. It is said that 3 generations of our ancestors live in the Pitru Loka, the place of our ancestors and it is up to us to have Shraddha (faith) and pray to them in this time. We are able to make amends to our lives and even release samskaras from our children, if we can both forgive and honor those who came before us.
Many Blessings on this Full Moon! Hare Ohm
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The Moon and Sun will come together in exact degrees on Monday, September 6 at 2:52 pm Hawaii time in the star of Purvaphalguni in sidereal Leo. Purvaphalguni can be translated as the “Early Reddish Lady”, as it is part of pair of stars (Uttaraphalguni “Later Reddish Lady” being the second). These two stars have to do with both love and romance and the power and responsibilities of the King, as they are in Leo. Purvaphalguni is ruled by Venus, the planet of happiness and relationships and its deity is Bhaga, a god who brings both the blessings and curses of good fortune and beauty. In the mythology, Bhaga has his eye put out by Shiva in a rage and as such, when planets are in this star we need to be careful about what we desire through especially our vision. Often our eyes deceive us by leading us by merely external beauty or superficial desires, as opposed to lasting love and peace. In relationship, we can easily see how this can bring us to attach ourselves to relationships that on the surface meets our wants, but when things get serious, likely will not meet our needs. In Uttaraphalguni, we are asked to make commitments and write contracts, so it is important that those are founded on trust, integrity and true friendship. Since Leo is the realm of the King and the Sun is our own personal king of our own little kingdoms, we can see how this New Moon is a cycle of standing in our power and authority. As anyone who has ever led anything knows, if you don’t have anyone following you, then you aren’t a leader. All too often power breeds enjoyment of that power and those who have it aim to either maintain it or get their fill of the luxuries associated with that power. This includes the riches, as well as the pleasures. Eventually, every “king” must reckon with the fact that he is either serving himself or his kingdom and if he is just serving himself, he will eventually have to face the people.
The opposite house of Leo is Aquarius where we are seeing Jupiter Retrograde in the very final degree, a reminder that if it doesn’t work for all, it doesn’t work at all. Saturn, the planet of time and humility and fear rules both the 6th and 7th house from Leo, indicating that a lack of humility & fear is both how leaders end up leading and how they end of falling too. People will follow someone whom they believe is serving society, but as soon as they get wind that they are not, they will not waste much time stripping the king of their crown and throne and giving it to someone else they think will do better. As a society we can feel this tension heating up. Those in power are digging in their heels more, forgetting that power only exists when others allow it to. As Jupiter dips back into debility in Capricorn on September 14th, we will see how oppressive fear can be, again, as this retrograde cycle is ultimately taking us back to where we were a year ago but with new eyes. Without the hope and optimism that a strong Jupiter brings, we have already seen what constrictive and restrictive beliefs people will hold and more importantly, how this affects legislation as Jupiter is related to court and legal issues. Saturn is still holding court in Capricorn, as he also was last year, but now he too is retrograde and less sure of what he is committing us to. With both of these planets stationing and then not moving forward again until in mid-October, we will see some stagnation in both what we believe and what we are willing to commit to for those beliefs in this month ahead.
Mars has just crossed into Virgo, and is in close proximity to the Sun. The movement from the fiery sign of Leo into the somewhat mental earth sign of Virgo, is not as grounding as it may sound. Ultimately, Mars’ sense of action, courage and discipline needs an outlet and he prefers the long term vision and planning of Capricorn to the overly detail oriented landscape of Virgo. When our action lacks purpose and is just moving in circles trying to clean, purify and organize everything rather than strengthen us or accomplish a goal, then we can feel frustrated. This frustration can come out in the hyper-critical way of Virgo, trying to discipline others rather than oneself. The closeness to the Sun, can cause our anger to be on a short fuse, creating a situation where anyone who messes up that nice tidy area which you just organized will likely feel your angry blast! Mercury is still here in not only his own sign, but in exaltation, so our capacity to communicate clearly and effectively is strong but when fueled by anger the lack of emotion in our words can come off robotic or harsh. The other thing is that Mercury is the “landlord” of Virgo and only debilitated planets really fare well with the landlord being present. If someone has a full-on handicap it can be helpful to have the owner there to take care of the things that need to be done (as with Saturn being in Capricorn when depilated Jupiter arrives), but when any other planet is joined it feels squashed and limited by the ruler being in the house and tensions arise.
Fortunately, Venus has just left Virgo herself, where she was debilitated, and is now in her own sign of Libra. Here we are more likely to compromise and focus on harmony in our relationships. This is a blessing after months of poor placements for our planet of happiness, but there is also a price to pay in this. Venus in Cancer created a situation where we felt used and abused. Venus then went into Leo where we “took back our power”. Then she traversed Virgo, where we got real nit-picky about what was wrong with each other and now in her own sign we can sigh with relief, right? Not exactly. One thing to be careful of is that transits do not change our natal chart, they just affect our experiences in a transitory way. If you were in a toxic relationship, that run of challenges Venus just went through may have highlighted to you the very real issues in your relationship. If you now “make peace” with your partner, you might very well be compromising in ways that you shouldn’t. More people can successfully navigate relationships when Venus is in Libra, but this does not mean they should or that they are partnered with the right people. With a new cycle in the sign of power (which often dismisses others and what they want), Jupiter in debility, Saturn’s fear radar still on high and a combust Mars, there is likely to be plenty of fight and fire in the air and while it will focus heavily in the societal realms, it is also likely to light some matches in our relationships too. We have to ask ourselves why we want our relationships to work out…is it because we are comfortable and/or “want somebody” or is our partner aligned with our values, beliefs and mode of operating in life? If not then, use the beauty and harmony of Venus in Libra to exit stage left gracefully and go paint a beautiful picture of what you do want your relations to look like, or choreograph a lovely dance with your gorgeous self:)
Many blessings on this New Moon! May your power be sourced in Truth. Hare Ohm
TO FIND OUT HOW THESE ALIGNMENTS AFFECT YOU PERSONALLY:
This Full Moon is happening on August 22, at 2:02am HT (-10 GMT) in sidereal Aquarius in the star of Dhanistha. Dhan is “sound” and stha is “steady”, so Dhanistha is “Steady Sound”. Symbolized by Shiva’s drum, we can feel each of his beats meting out time. How much is our own rhythm connected to this primordial beat? How far off are we from the pulse of nature in our many efforts to “make” the world work for us? What are we harmonizing with? If it’s not true source, then there’s a good chance we are off-beat. Many people also interpret Dhanistha as “Wealth that is Steady or Consistent” since dhana is wealth and we can see that manifest reality comes first from sound and also this manifestation is wealth in its purest form. Certainly as we traverse from Saturn’s two signs of Capricorn and Aquarius, we are moving from the aspect of Fear and Time that promotes solid action to protect us into the place where use that same fear and awareness of time to encourage ideas that will protect society as a whole. Especially in the Aquarius part of this star, we can see the wealth disparity in society and bring our minds to expand what security we have created for ourselves to include the whole “village” or larger community. Ruled by the 8 Vasu, the elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Air, & Space plus the Sun, Moon & Stars, Dhanistha connects us with our elemental foundations and reminds us that we, and everything around us, are all manifestations of a sound that was made in the beginning.
This Moon is joined Jupiter, reminding us of our beliefs & ideals, even if they are more internalized than externalized in this moment due to his apparent Retrograde motion. For better or worse, these beliefs drive much of what we do and think and how we imagine that society needs to be restructured in order to thrive. Of course, the Full Moon is always reflecting the Sun exactly, so the cycle we have entered is one where we are standing in our power. The Sun, our source of power, is in his own sign of Leo, bringing us the light we need to lead the way. Don’t forget everyone else is also shining in this light right now, so you may have to reckon with everyone’s perceived authority at the moment! The Sun is joined Mars and Mercury, giving us the courage and discipline we need to show up in our Strength and Power and also the communication of a king, authoritative, whether or not it is accurate or precise. This coupled with a debilitated Venus, can make relating hard. Venus in Virgo can be nit-picking on the details and finding fault with every little thing, while we stand with a bit too strong of a tongue on our thrones and our partners (romantic and otherwise) may not appreciate this! Don’t worry, since they too have these transits, they are likely to let you know;-) Watch the video for more insights into this Full Moon and may your steady, consistent rhythm bring you in harmony with the Universal flow! Hare Ohm
TO FIND OUT HOW THESE ALIGNMENTS AFFECT YOU PERSONALLY
At 3:50 am HT (GMT-10) on August 8th, we have our Sun and Moon joining in the star of Aslesha in sidereal Cancer. This is the part of Cancer where the Mother clings tightly to her child, or we cling tightly to anything we love like a child. This can also be where we cling to our triggers, traumas and subconscious behavior out of fear for releasing ourselves from the sense of security they offer us, despite being poisonous to our lives and capacity for growth. With Mercury navigating this exact Gandanta point between Aslesha in Cancer and Magha in Leo, we can expect our communication in particular to struggle as we either go down deep into the realm of the Naga (the serpents) and untie the knots that hold us to our past experiences, or take a leap of faith, carrying much of that emotional baggage over into Leo. With Mars and Venus already in Leo and Mercury about to shift, we can also expect to see a lot of “one-upping” in our relationships, as everyone attempts to be a leader. Very few people have done the work to really stand strong in their leadership, and many who have are not interested in leading anyway. What can happen when relational planets like Venus and Mercury are in Leo (especially joined fiery, disconnective Mars) is that people can become petty tyrants in their relationships. This is compounded by the order of the signs. With Cancer preceding Leo, every planet goes through the over-giving and unconditional love stage of the Mother, before it is brought into the authority and strength of Leo. An aligned king or father, is still in a space of unconditional love, as they show their children (or subjects) how to playfully step up their game. They have expectations and represent a societal standard that must be met. It is not okay to stay in our infant state, we must grow. If we cling to home, mother and inner peace, it will be at the expense of being able to do anything of value in the world at large, or being able to even support that inner peace with 4 walls and a roof. Dristhis (energetic exchanges) between Retrograde Saturn and Retrograde Jupiter in exchange with both of these signs and the planets in them, is causing this back and forth to affect our commitments, beliefs, and vice versa. With Saturn, we are holding our boundaries more internally than externally right now and noticing the limitations of both our communication and our power. With Jupiter, our internalized beliefs are affecting how we relate (or fight) with our partners, friends and co-workers. This is definitely a New Moon where reflection, space and deep meditation can really help us reach down into what’s subconsciously driving us and use our tools to transform our pain into pleasure, the poison into the immortal bliss of amrita. Happy New Moon!
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