This New Moon is Tuesday, September 17th at 4:01 am PST at 0 degrees Virgo in the star of Uttara Phalguni. Often referred to as "the Wedding Star” due to the marriage of Shiva and Parvati taking place here, it is a placement where contracts are made and honored. Barely moved from Leo both the Sun and Moon are moving from the place of rulership and royalty to the place where organization, details and purity rule the roost. Here everything is scrutinized and categorized and put in its place. This is where we want neatness and order and if we could we would scrub everything, including ourselves, back to a pristine state. Virgo is the sign of the virgin, the pre-pubescent girl, and we can see in the collective both an obsession with this state of girlhood and a strong desire to protect it.
Mercury is here already, in his sign of exaltation and also rulership and this is where we will find discernment. While neither the Sun or the Moon particularly love being in Virgo, due to the hyper-sensitivity to anything being “off” or “wrong”, having the ruler there can bring a lot of wisdom. We have brought a bit more discernment to our processing of information as of the past couple weeks that Mercury has been here, and that will continue in this New Moon cycle.
Jupiter is also direct now, and Saturn moving that direction in 11 days, both still in their own signs. This helps us feel “forward-moving” with our inspiration and teachings (or school) and Saturn will help us feel strong in our commitments and boundaries. Mars, on the other hand, is Retrograde in his own sign of Aries and the anger is starting to burst out. The stifling quality of delayed action and unrealized physical potential is bottling us up and out is popping some angry energy. It is still giving a one-way dristhi (gaze) to Venus, so we can see that is particularly heating up our relationships with others and our sense of happiness. This is particularly problematic as Venus is in Cancer and feeling a bit easy to break down. Venus in Cancer gives us the feeling that we are doing so much for others and they are not doing nearly as much for us. We feel sacrificial, even though it is us that is choosing to give. We also feel particularly emotional and can be empathic, so give yourself a rest. This is a time when holding your tongue might be best and simply asking for what you need is the best path towards peace.
Blessed New Moon!
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The Moon and Sun will be across from each other in the sign of Aquarius in the star of Shatabishak on Tuesday, September 1st at 10:22 pm. This is a time to reflect upon the Moon cycle that began two weeks ago in sidereal Leo. At that time we were called into our power, specifically the power that comes from lineage and ancient wisdom and/or corruption. Now, we are looking at the reflections of power both within ourselves and outside in our societies and wondering how we can move forward better? Aquarius is where we focus on the collective, the social and how it can improve. It is the vision of the future, as imagined in our minds, held in humility and a desire to make things better for everyone, not just ourselves. This is an important reflection in this time, and even more potent as it falls in the star of 100 healers. It is said that remedies used when the Moon is in Shatabishak will have the power of one hundred healers, but illness that falls at this time won’t be able to be cured by even 100 healers. This is illness more than anything right now, is social sickness. A disease of hatred and anger at one another, as opposed to the powers that be. While ALL information is being manipulated and used for specific agendas, individuals are accessing it as it confirms their own biases and then feeling extreme anger to others who are accessing different information. This is of course, the ultimate manipulation. We are like dogs in a fight but the fight is fixed, and no matter who “wins", the people at the top will get what they want. How will we the people take back our power? By uniting. By looking at our own individual relationship to power, money and status and how we look at those with both more and less than ourselves. Do you have disgust towards the poor, and delusions of your own eventual grandeur? Or do you have disgust with the wealthy, and an innate block to creating your own prosperity? Either way, it is worth exploring and acting upon healing your relationship to wealth and society. AS I have always said, it is 100% impossible to cure society without curing ourselves first. It is 100% possible to cure society just by beginning with ourselves. There is nowhere else that our efforts will be put to better or more effective use! With Mars, Jupiter and the Sun all still in their own fire signs, we have enormous potential right now. Fires, storms and riots will be outside of us, continuing this month for sure, but we can individually use this fire for personal action in the direction that we want to imagine for our collective future. Watch the Video to get the full download!
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Our New Moon is happening at 7:42 pm PST Tuesday, August 18th, at 2 degrees of Leo in the star of Magha, or “Mighty”. This star is the aspect of the King that tunes into the ancestors. Ruled by the divine Pitris, the ancestors of mankind, it's symbol is a palanquin, the seat on which a King might be carried. Often in Leo, especially in the next nakshatra, Purva Phalguni, we can get caught up in being royal and the spoils associated therein, but in Magha we must trace back to our lineage and be open to listening to the past. Each of us can learn from our own personal family and history, our society's lineage and our collective past in order to move forward with wise action. As the Sun and Moon have both just crossed the Gandanta point here, the sudden, often jarring jump from water signs to fire signs, we can feel the immediate heat both literally and figuratively begin to move through us. Heat waves and fires, and our own personal furnace lit and ready for action. With our Moon, our psyche, our mind and emotions, being eclipsed by the Sun, our light, we are being given an opportunity to really tune into that light. The Sun is where we shine the light both from within, and on the world around us. Everything revolves around that light, and if the light is bright, as it is in its own sign of Leo, than we are going to see the truth. Now is a time to get radically honest with ourselves about what we see. About what is. Mercury joined the Sun and Moon at 4 degrees Leo will impart more discernment and a powerful intellect to inform our light, but it is not in its most powerful dignity, or intelligence so we must continue to look at what the light is showing us.
Mercury joined in tight degrees can cause us to feel like we are not being heard. Mercury in Leo is often loud, outspoken and interrupting, but while combust (in close degrees to the Sun) expect to feel like no one is hearing you. Everyone else is shouting their own story, so don't take it personally, just write it down, record it or speak it out too. The point of speaking our truth, is not solely so that it can be heard, it is also so that you can get it out of your brain and off your chest. The most important quality of right now is actually to get out of the brain and into the body. We have all been speaking and reading enough this last year and half and as we move our way from the nodal axis Gemini/Sagittarius into Taurus/Scorpio, our brains will get a much-needed rest and we can actually practice all that we have preached!
The Sun and Moon aren't the only ones who just jumped from water to fire, the fiery planet Mars just did the same. In fact, Mars is sitting in another Gandanta point, at 0 degrees, 46 seconds Aries, in the star of Ashwini, since he moves at a much slower rate. After a long bout in the watery and sometimes spiritual, sometimes fantasty-ridden sign of Pisces, we might have been slow to act, but deep in dreams. Now, abruptly, we might feel compelled to act. No more avoiding; we have all just been infused with some massive courage to DO. Mars will be doing this dance for a long bout this year and in the new one to come as he begins his retrograde cycle September 9th and will be moving back over the Gandanta to Pisces on October 3rd. This point, which is perhaps most shocking at this particular water/fire juncture, is offering us an opportunity to explore the difference between what we dream and what we do. Revati, the last nakshatra of all 27, is where we find our peace, and “walk each other home.” Ashwini, the first nakshatra of all 27, is where we set off like twin horses, running (hopefully in sync) towards our goal. On November 13th, Mars will move forward again and go back into Aries, this time having had deep dive into the connection to source that informs our actions.
Retrograde planets manifest less in the physical realm, but become of heightened importance to the individual, and in this case, the whole society. While we hone this area of our being, we are “delayed” in our external capacity to demonstrate it. With Mars, it is our courage, discipline, anger and action. Perhaps we are angry because we are not disciplined in our physical and spiritual practices that can help us evolve and find peace? Retrograde Jupiter is in Sagittarius, giving a very distant dristhi (energetic gaze) towards both Mars in Aries and the Sun/Moon/Mercury in Leo. This is very far in degrees, so it will take on more power as especially the Sun and Mercury move closer to it in degrees. This will bring more wisdom and solid teachings to our communication, information and most importantly, our sense of power, leadership and connection to consciousness. Mars will not get too close in degrees to this Jupiter gaze, before moving retrograde and the Moon will move closer the next day from the New Moon, but will move out just as quick. On September 12th, Jupiter will begin direct motion and we will find ourselves being able to activate our beliefs in the world again.
What's really powerful about this sudden heatwave?? The fact that the Sun, Mars and Jupiter, all three masculine planets will be in their own sign, bringing a lot of intelligence. All of them are also in the masculine, Fire signs they rule, not the feminine watery ones....time to stand up strong for ourselves, not in arguments but in action. Action that is righteously aligned with you and your higher consciousness. Saturn is also in his own sign, offering meditative intentions and integral fear. With both Venus and the Moon in friendly dignity too, we have a lot of intelligence available right now. Both of those feminine planets, and Mercury are operating from masculine signs, giving us even more of a sense of going out into the world with our big, bad selves and doing what we need to do;-)
Since this is a New Moon, where the mind is diffuse, and generally holding higher capacity for meditation, this is an extremely meaningful gateway of potential! Have a powerful Magha Moon, finding your inner light...Om Namah Shivaya!
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At 8:59 am PST Monday, August 3rd the Moon and Sun will be across from each other, but the Moon will be ripest Sunday evening.
Star of Shravana: Listening Deep
-what is beneath the surface of noise and distraction?
Mutual dristhi between Saturn and Mercury, joined Sun & Moon
-can we allow some silence and space for truth to emerge?
Rahu on Venus in Gemini
-obsessed with our happiness, pleasure, communicating with those, or in a way, that bring(s) us happiness/pleasure?
Where do we go from here? Nowhere if you don’t get this...
-If you don’t know why you believe what you do, it’ll be impossible to evolve beyond this point. We have to be willing to hear ourselves and listen to our hearts, so we might understand all the thoughts we have, words we speak and relational experiences we engage in.
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Happy Full Moon !
This Moon and Sun are coming together at 4 degrees Cancer, in the star of Pushya, at 10:33 am PST on Monday, July 20th. Since it is happening in such early degrees, the majority of the New Moon phase, or tithi, is with the Moon in the previous star, Purnavasu and even in the sign of Gemini. This shows the early stages of Motherhood, in fact the birth of the Earth Mother herself happens in Purnavasu. While the pregnancy and birth stages of creating and nurturing life are indeed important, the long term care and nourishment is inevitably more challenging as it requires energy and effort continuously over time. Watch the Video to hear the both the story of the Earth Mother being abused and still finding more “milk” to feed her children, as well as the details of a family of “social” spiders whose young end up eating their mothers after she feeds them all the nutrients she can muster and they are still hungry for more. It is important that we take care of ourselves if we want to have enough to give others. The unconditional love of the mother shown in Cancer, can end up being a self-defeating one if we give and give and do not recognize our own needs.
Saturn Retrograde is in dual dristhi with this New Moon, from his own sign in Capricorn. This can help us with our boundaries and our need to spend time alone. Because it is retrograde, we might be acutely aware of these needs, yet struggle to activate those boundaries outside of ourselves. Spend time in water, both to honor the need to replenish our Cancerian Moon and also because Saturn in dristhi with the Sun can cause dehydration. Watch the Video to hear more on this New Moon and sign up for FREE forecasts and reports here: www.radhahomeyoga.com
As we in America celebrate our national birthday and our “freedom” this July 4th, it is a celestial celebration as well, with a prenumbral lunar eclipse on July 4th and/or 5th, depending on where you are located. This full moon is called Guru Purnima, and it falls in the Hindu month of Ashada, usually in the sign of Sagittarius. Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the indicator of teachers and wisdom. Guru is the one who brings darkness to light (“Gu” is darkness, “Ru” is light) and shows us what we did not before have eyes to see. You may be fortunate enough to have a Sat Guru, or an enlightened being to guide you, but if not, you likely have many teachers or even one special teacher who helps you “see”. This is a day to honor teachers, and the teachings they pass on to us.
This prenumbral lunar eclipse is the other half of the eclipse from one month ago. While that lunar eclipse focused on our emotional state, with the Moon still in Scorpio, this one is fully in Sagittarius and the ruler Jupiter has just made his way back in to join. This allows for us to expand into wisdom and beliefs that resonate over all time and space, not just relevant to this moment. This also allows us to move past much of the fear-based paradigm we have been operating in since Jupiter first made his way into Capricorn at the end of March, and into one where we are able to recognize how what we believe to be true becomes the seeds we plant for the future. We need discernment now more than ever, because “truth” is now used interchangeably with “facts” and “data”, when actually, Truth is always universal and cannot be proven or disproven. It just is. In the Western world, this is a difficult reality to wake up to, because we are taught to obsess over the details, the facts and the figures. We are brought up in a world where the dictates of a belief system are more important than the core of it, and we do not recognize many systems of belief through which we operate. We lack discernment and we lack connection. This is a challenging paradigm to uproot, because it does not recognize itself, and like a fruit that has been genetically modified to bear no seeds, it requires that we always reach outside ourselves to grow more. This is the last eclipse in the Gemini/Sagittarius cycle that began in January 2019 and our last chance to really “grab the gold” and heal this part of our person and our world.
This eclipse is happening in the star of Purva Ashada. This is the “Early Victory”. It's where we can see tiny results from what we have planted so far in the great gaping holes that the previous star, Mula, left for us to replant. Perhaps a little green sprouts. Maybe it's as simple as the act of watering our seeds daily, but those simple victories give rise to us to continue acting in alignment to our beliefs because it is evidence that what we are doing is working. Ruled over by Apas, the celestial waters that permeate and bring forth new life, we can see the magic of the cycle of life in the smallest drop. This nakshatra is also depicted by a winnowing basket or a fan. Here we are able to sift and discern what is the kernel of wisdom to be planted, and what is merely husk or shell.
"Can't talk to you without talking to me; we're guilty of the same old thing." -The Grateful Dead
This discernment is necessary for us, as across the way, where our solar eclipse was two weeks ago, we have the last week of Mercury Retrograde. Mercury, the ruler of the north node, Rahu, who has been creating a blast of mis-information in Gemini since last January has had a rough 2020, and is in large part to blame for just how abysmal communication, media and basic conversation has become. When he moves forward July 12, we will finally see the mark of buddhi, discrimination, that has been so sorely lacking. While just being in his own sign is helpful for this discriminatory capacity, the retrograde action is causing us to perhaps become more discerning within, but less capable of manifesting that in the form of solid communication to the outside world.
Saturn is still retrograde in Capricorn and offering dristhi to Mars in Pisces. This is the cold gaze of properly assimilated fear, solid boundaries and the harsh reality of Time. With Mars trying to find discipline and courage in a sea of emotions and spirit, this gaze can keep him on track. Likewise, Mars is giving his own dristhi to the Sun, Mercury and Rahu in Gemini. Mercury especially is lined up in degrees to receive this one-way glance. Watch for a sharp tongue and a fast fight here, as Mars preys us to the logical world of “right” vs. “wrong” and fight first, get the facts later. With Mercury Retrograde, we have an opportunity to listen instead of speak now and use that army-like energy of Mars to self-discipline instead of barking orders at everyone else.
Thankfully, Venus is now direct and still in her own sign of Taurus, so the chance for us to relate, love, and feel good is turned on. If we have smaller gatherings, or even with just one other person for this Independence Day celebration, we might find that is the most satisfying time spent. We have a capacity to create beautiful things and enjoy ourselves right now in connective and harmonious ways.
The exact time of the prenumbral eclipse is from 8:07 pm PST July 4th to !0:52 pm, with the max point being at 9:29 pm. The exact time of the Full Moon is 9:44 pm PST. Enjoy whatever luminescence and fireworks you witness, whether they are in your head, your heart or in the sky.
Jai Guru Dev!
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This Saturday and Sunday, June 20th-21st, the Sun, Moon, and Mercury now Retrograde are joining the north node, Rahu for a total annular solar eclipse. It will be happening at 11:40 pm Saturday June 20th, PST, so we will not actually witness the blackout and “ring of fire” here on the West Coast, but on the other side of the earth, they will see the Sun at least partially covered from 8:45 pm PST Saturday to Sunday June 21st at 2:34 am PST. The max point of the eclipse is one minute before the exact degrees of the New Moon. This is right on the heels of Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, where we begin to see our power (the Sun) decline readily towards winter and darkness. A solar eclipse is an eclipse on that power, and so this timing is quite aligned towards moving away from the rule of powerful strongholds who have been in control.
It is happening in the early degrees of Gemini, in the star of Mrigasira. Mrigasira is the “deer's head” and shows us on a search for truth. In the mythology, Rohini (the preceding star) is running away from her father, the creator. She turns herself into a deer to get away and heads down towards earth. He is certain that what works for him (to procreate with his daughter to have the most perfect children) is what is best for the world. She disagrees and ends up receiving help from the powerful and ruthless form of Shiva, Rudra, who shoots him down. Before this tragic beginning to Earth's creations, we just see the young maiden creatively and intuitively moving towards what she knows to be right, despite what her powerful father is telling her is right. This is very potent right now as we all must seek truth in the midst of great powers that have their own version of what they want us to do and what is “good for us.”
This eclipse is an extremely important turning point in our year and a half-long cycle of Rahu in Gemini. We have had an explosion of mis-information, propaganda and lies since the end of January 2019, and we are finally at the beginning of the end of this cycle. We are learning discernment in the midst of mass delusion. We are uncovering great untruths that are deeply steeped in our long-standing beliefs that we mostly inherited. We have been operating on a very large-scale confirmation bias and allowing anything that fit our pre-existing ideologies to enter the arena as “truth”. The real truth is that our belief systems and ideologies are not even our own. We did not actively choose them, but we do have to actively work to eradicate them because they were planted within us upon our entrance into this world. This is not a comfortable thought. We like to think of ourselves as newly here and having worked for all that we have and responsible for all we have not. This idea comforts us because it gives us hope that we can always work harder and have more, and it also gives us the feeling that we deserve everything in our lives and then of course, so do others. We can see how, right now, in this moment we are being forced to reckon with this. The prenumbral lunar eclipse two weeks ago was a turning point on us recognizing our ingrained tendencies and indoctrinated belief systems, and how the information we put out and receive in this world largely works to uphold those beliefs. If we can't get to the root of the issue there, then the information and communication will forever show that. The good news is we have one more prenumbral lunar eclipse coming up on the other side of the node July 5th, so we still have some time to hammer home the lesson;-) Of course, for each of us this will affect a specific area of our life and there are certain themes that are up for us due to the axis it represents in our own personal natal chart. If you want to know how this affects you specifically, you can contact me for a reading.
This eclipse is also happening right after Mercury, the ruler of Gemini begins his Retrograde cycle, giving us even more opportunity for confusion and chaos in communication and information, in addition to the more deceptive and intentional mirages being woven in the name of hidden beliefs. Expect the usual Mercury retrograde computer/phone/email issues, but perhaps they will also help us see past the intricately crafted theatre by malfunctions from behind-the-scenes. Mars, freshly in the sign of Pisces, will also be giving dristhi,an energetic gaze, to these planets in Gemini and giving us some anger directed at the sources of information. In the watery sign of the fish, our actions can be without direction and our anger can be emotional, but it can also be directed towards high, universal matters. We are certainly getting tired of all the lies and at some point have to understand that truth itself must be excavated from each of us deep within; it will not be spread out over megaphones because that is not it's nature.
This is a week before Venus begins her direct motion again (June 25th) and Jupiter finds his way back into his home sign of Sagittarius (June 29th). In other words, we have one more week of all planets being retrograde except Mars. It also means we will not be blessed with those two planets operating at a higher functionality and intelligence on this weekend. This is unfortunate, because Venus in her own sign, direct, would help us output more friendliness, harmony and peace. Jupiter in his own sign, even still Retrograde, and especially as the current ruler of the lunar eclipse point, Ketu that has been imploding our long-held beliefs, would be more inclined to reach wider and more expansively for truth within ourselves. Fortunately, the July 5th lunar eclipse in Sagittarius will host him back in his own house and we should be able to find our wisdom internally a little better. It won't be until Jupiter goes direct on September 12th that we will really be able to manifest that wisdom outside of ourselves, however.
Solar Eclipses are always a time for reflection, meditation and quiet, not a time to be out and about and engaging in regular activities. The timing is such that for much of it, many will be asleep here in the US, but across the world in Asia and Africa, they will be experiencing the most potent version of it. Either way, each of us will feel it in the house that is Gemini and the power that is being eclipsed will be held in whatever house the Sun rules for you (Leo). If you want to dive deep into these alignments in your natal chart, you can book a reading below. Make sure to sign up for the email list if you haven't yet!
This Friday at 12:12 pm PST the Moon will be directly across from the Sun in sidereal Scorpio. We will also have the south Node, Ketu eclipsing the Moon from its station in Sagittarius.[The maximum point of the eclipse will be at 12:24 pm, and it will span from 10:45 am-2:04 pm.] Scorpio is where we are the most emotional and fearful, which is why the Moon is debilitated here. It is a place where we need great courage and strength, to face our deepest fears. The Moon is where we feel, emote and connect, not fight inner battles and demons, so it is a challenging time. The nakshatra that the Moon is full in is Jyestha, the eldest. Ruled by Indra, the king of the gods, Jyestha shows both great courage and valor, and great folly due to ego. Here we can save the world, but also destroy it. Ruled by Mercury in the Vimshottari dasha scheme, it also shows where discernment is key in determining the outcome of our energy. The South node is eclipsing from Mula, the root. This star, on the Gandanta point where water ends and fire begins, is known for creating chaos and destruction. Ruled by Niritti, the goddess of this destruction, this is where we literally rip out from the roots what is not working and re-design a world that is founded on our beliefs and ideals. Since the Moon is in Scorpio and the eclipse point in Sagittarius, this is a prenumbral eclipse, meaning it will only be faintly visible to those in the region where it can be seen. This will be Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia. Given the circumstances we are in socially right now, especially in the U.S, we can see how our deep-seated beliefs are coming out to dance on the corpses of the systems and structures they upheld. Expect it to be messy, and emotional, but also incredibly healing if we choose to do the work and listen. If we are busy in the practical world, we won't be receptive to the messages from our personal and collective pasts. Take this time to meditate, stay in, stay quiet and if possible engage with the element of water.
With Mars, the ruler of Scorpio, direct and in action in the socially-conscious sign of Aquarius, we are still in a state of uprising and protest. This is where we direct our action and anger towards social change and a new future that works for everyone. Expect the kings to be less than thrilled. Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, is still joined Saturn, both Retrograde in Capricorn. This is causing us to question our beliefs, especially the ones that we have held for the last couple months as Jupiter moved into Capricorn. Capricorn is where we feel fear and act practically in self-preservation mode in order to get what needs to be done done, preferably before we die. We are questioning the constricting and fearful ideals that have led us to here, and we are also questioning our commitments to the long-term path we have felt indebted to, since January. The good news is Jupiter will be back in his home sign of Sagittarius soon, and while he will still be Retrograde, we will be accessing the parts of us that know there is better and higher wisdom than what we have been following.
Venus is also still Retrograde and joined the Sun, opposite the Moon, giving our relationships a reflective mode. It might seem like we are going over old ground, and having to re-learn lessons we though we already did when it comes to relating, and that is exactly what is happening. Old loves, old patterns and even re-kindling of romance is all possible and likely here. Go with it, and while you are at it, meditate on what actually brings you peace, makes you happy and fills you with love.
Mercury broke us out of the Kala Sarpa yoga (or “time snake”)we were traveling for the last few months and now, in his own sign of Gemini, our discrimination and intellect have us seeing more clearly what is fact from fiction. While our information sources are getting clearer, we are due for a solar eclipse in Gemini in a couple weeks and it will coincide with Mercury's own Retrograde cycle, making us have to relive and replay some of the last few months of confusing and deluding media and communication again. Enjoy the *slightly* clearer mind-space for now and make room for allowing deep insights, as opposed to more clutter.
Lokah Samasta Sukinoh Bhavantu. May all beings be happy and free. Hare Ohm
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The Moon and Sun will join forces in exact degrees Friday, May 22nd at 10:39 am PST in sidereal Taurus, in the star of Krittika. Krittika is “Cut off” and is where the Pleiades is located. The seven wives of the sages are impersonated by Swaha, in an effort to win the love of the fire god, Agni. He only had eyes for them, and so seduces him in 6 of the 7 forms and takes his seed and puts it in a lake in the mountains. The 7th wife, Arundhati, had such strong love for her husband Vashistha, that Swaha's magic was useless. She then passed the rumor around of their infidelity, and the sages believed it, casting their wives to the stars. There they continue to sit, in prominence, having been cut-off from their husbands and their lives. The story continues that Shiva's own seed gets placed in this lake and eventually a wild and wicked child is born. He is so unruly that the gods decide he must be put to death and send him to the stars to these 6 women to kill him. They decide instead to nurse him and become his mothers. He then becomes the child-warrior that is able to defeat the great demon, Tarakasura, and he is reclaimed as the son of Parvati and Shiva, the Earth Mother, Ganga, Agni and of course the women who spared his life, the Krittika. He is named Kartikeya.
Krittika is where the Moon is exalted because, it is where we can cut through the excess emotion and feel what is true. It is where our unconditional love that connects us to others is strong and discerning. In the sign of Taurus, it is where we can relax into the physical comfort of needs well-met and feel grounded and happy. The ease and steadiness of the bull is a welcome respite from the chaos and confusion that exists in many of the other signs.
This particular New Moon cycle, the ruler of Taurus is Retrograde. Venus, along with Saturn and Jupiter began her retrograde motion last week and is hence bringing us to a more introverted and contemplative form of happiness. The ease and grace we have been experiencing perhaps in the garden, kitchen and in relationships is beginning to get backed up and we are wondering, “Is this too good to last?”. Truth be told, we don't like to run over old ground with any of our aspects, but perhaps least of all with Venus, because most of us prefer to keep the peace in our relationships. If it works well enough, then let it be. If we are happy enough, isn't that enough? Venus Retrograde teaches us the difficult lesson that good enough isn't. Comfortable isn't the same as happy and sometimes we have to run over old ground (and relationships) to understand why.
Mercury is also joined here and while the communication planet is one of the few that isn't retrograde right now, we can still expect the flow of communication in relationship to be halted. It is the internalization of Venus energy that is now outwardly expressing, and if we aren't clear on it, it is hard to express or understand in clear terms. If you want to know how Mercury is going to be bringing us a lot more discernment and clarity in the next few weeks, watch the video! Saturn and Jupiter Retrograde are also discussed in more detail in the video.
Both Mars and Jupiter retrograde are giving their one-way gaze, or dristhi to this New Moon and raising the potential for questioning relationships where our beliefs and ideas do not align. If you have friends, partners, and family members who strongly disagree with your world view or how you see the future social structures unfolding, this could be a fiery and disruptive time for that bond. While Jupiter has us, intelligently, questioning what beliefs we've been subscribing too, and moving in the direction of finding our hope and inspiration again, Mars has us fighting what we consider the “good fight” from the socially-conscientious sign of Aquarius. There we see how those in charge might be creating inequality and benefiting from it, but beware because others might see that too but from a completely different angle. We are all right, in some regard, and yet we are also all very misled by information. The opportunity to deepen relationships based on mutual respect and understanding is available, but of course, so is the potential to “cut-off” ties that you believe are no longer serving your ideal of happiness.
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