The Lunar Eclipse this Tuesday will be happening outside of Moonrise for the majority of people in North America, but people in Europe, Africa, India, China, Australia and South America will all be able to witness at least a portion of the event. The entire event will take place from 11:43 am PDT to 5:17 pm PDT, with the Full Moon occurring at 2:38 pm. The eclipses happen in pairs. Two weeks ago we had a Total Solar Eclipse in sidereal Gemini and now we are seeing the other side of that, the Partial Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius. This is not only a “flip” of the energy and themes of the eclipse two weeks ago, it is also a flip on whatever area of your life this axis is riding. The houses are across from their “opposite” house. For example, your first house, or your outer self is across from your seventh house, the house of others and relationships. So if nodal axis (or eclipse points) are transiting your first and seventh houses, this will be the cycle you are experiencing being flipped. For a Gemini, they might have stepped into themselves and their identity in some way leading up to the solar eclipse and now are being forced to look at how their self-importance has affected their relationships. For a Sagittarius, it would be the opposite. For more detailed explanations on how this affects each of the 12 rising signs, visit my site and sign up for the newsletter. My gift to you is a FREE report on this current nodal axis and how it is riding in the lives of each of the 12 signs.
This Full Moon is also known as Guru Purnima in India, the Full Moon of the Guru, or teacher. Generally this is a time to honor our teachers, especially fully realized beings, Sat Gurus. We are grateful for the wisdom they pass on, the knowledge we garner and we are able to tap into the teachings on a psychological and spiritual level at this time. This Guru Purnima, meeting up with the South eclipse point, is a chance to get those insightful flashes of insight that seem to come from beyond the world and offer us a glimpse of something deeper or more meaningful. In this case, likely something from the past, that we have seen before but not fully understood, and something that helps us complete the karma of the house that Ketu is located in for us in our personal charts.
The star this eclipse and Full Moon are happening is Uttara Ashada, located partially in Sagittarius (as with this Moon) and partially in Capricorn. It is the later victory, the reward we get for putting in the hard work to plant and sow things in our world that are aligned with our beliefs. The ability to use our spiritual teachings to discern what we should be planting and tending to in our lives, is rewarded by the harvest. We can still expect much work, but there is a victory that comes with seeing actual tangible results, which we especially witness in the Capricorn portion of this star. Ruled by the Sun, it shows our strength and connection to source and it is also represented by the elephant tusk, which can be both a sign of wisdom (like Ganesh, the keeper of the Vedas) and connection to the natural world and our wild spirit. Both Ganesh and Jupiter (the ruler of Sagittarius) are our teachers and the greatest teachers in the “regular” world, our children. What can we learn, even when we are teaching? What can we pass on to future generations that is teaching them to experience truth for themselves, instead of just filling them with our beliefs? Truth, in its integrity, must be a grain so fine it can transcend all time and space.
With both the ruler of the sign of Sagittarius, Jupiter and Saturn, sitting in Sagittarius Retrograde, we can expect that we are feeling uncomfortable or questioning of what work we've put in, where we are, and what beliefs are efforts are founded on to begin with. With the South Node, Ketu (the eclipse point that is eclipsing the Moon) here, you can bet that you are not interested in dealing with this part of your life right now at all, and yet have to. When we ignore or suppress one side of the axis, in favor of the other, you can bet it will come back to bite us! With our emotional self, our psyche here with Ketu and Saturn, we are feeling it deeply...all the disappointment, all the pressure and all the confusion around it. Will it end? Yes. It will. Answers will come and the air will clear, for some faster and easier than others but the emotional attachment will be dissipating as soon as the Moon moves on to Capricorn.
It does not help that we have a frustrated, debilitated Mars punching pillows in Cancer right now, giving us no outlet for our passion, anger and need for discipline and courage. We may be extremely passive aggressive right now and throwing some tantrums as we expect unconditional love for doing nothing and our anger is fluxating with our volatile emotions. Mercury Retrograde is here in Cancer too, giving us an emotion-based experience with information processing and communication as well. Fortunately, the retrograde part is offering us a slowed down and delayed sense of communication, so we might not spill out our crazy tirade each time our emotions compel us to do so. We can get pretty worked up about the fact that we are getting delayed communications, however, and take it pretty personally. The Sun is almost in Cancer too, giving us a period of time where our power and authority will also come from this emotional place. While Mercury will be moving back into Gemini, where it is in its home sign, the fact that its retrograde will keep communication glitches coming and with the Sun moving in on Mars, we might find ourselves with a short fuse in a couple weeks. This is a good time to watch what we say (written and spoken), re-read, re-check and re-visit anything we might be putting out into the world and to practice as many calming and meditative practices we have in our toolbox. We are not super disciplined right now, for the most part, so it can be hard to keep up the steady rhythm of daily exercise and meditation, but we will be very grateful we did. Perhaps some slower and stiller versions of whatever you do can help: Yin Yoga, Restorative, Tai Chi can all be helpful. Also swimming in water will both cool you off and bring peace to your watery emotions.
The total span of the eclipse this Tuesday is from 9:55 am (PDT) to 2:50 pm (PDT), with the maximum eclipse being at 12:22 pm (PDT). This phenomena will not be observable from the United States, but will be from South America and some South Pacific locations. The Moon will be exactly lined up to block the Sun from the Earth in what is known as a Total Solar Eclipse. The astrological implications here are enormous. This is a “Reset” on what we think we know in contrast to what we think we believe.
We had the eclipse points, or the lunar nodes, settle into the Gemini/Sagittarius axis in late March, and surely have noticed a shift in where our energy is going, but this first eclipse of the cycle is the “activator” of the new cycle and promises to be intense. If you haven't yet read my FREE report “The Nodal Axis and You” I recommend it now, b/c it will highlight which area of your life, based on your Vedic rising sign is “up” in this new cycle and in this eclipse on Tuesday. The axis of Gemini and Sagittarius is one of Facts, Information and Communication versus Beliefs, Inspiration and Conviction. We can see this on every public stage, as well as the ones within our own private lives. For each of us a different area of our life is highlighted, but the theme of Truth from Facts/Information vs. Truth from Teachings/Wisdom is definitely up for everyone. With Rahu, the North Node, in Gemini, we are obsessed with finding information and data to support our beliefs, and we are taking it all in (and likely dispensing much of it out again) in a frenzy and magnifying what we find to be a “truth” we know because the data supports it. With Saturn Retrograde joined the South Node, Ketu in Sagittarius, we are pulling back from beliefs and ideals and reconsidering what commitments we've made around those beliefs.
The recent transit of Mars joined Rahu across from this Saturn/Ketu brought out a militance and anger that might have really carried forth some action and now that Mars is debilitated in Cancer, we are feeling our anger in more emotional and passive aggressive ways and are not so action-oriented.
Mercury is joined Mars, making communication challenging right now because we are leaning towards the emotional and frustrated and not as able to make clear what we actually need and want because we are using unconditional love as a currency. We are acting out of “love” and not being clear with our boundaries, then feeling upset because the other people are not reciprocating the way we want them too. This can be tricky when planets are in Cancer, and especially our communication planet suffers here. To make matters incidentally better, Mercury will begin its second Retrograde cycle of 2019 this week, July 7th. While we are already in the “pre-phase”, we are about to get very delayed at expressing our emotions and considering that Mars and Mercury joined has created some anger and outpouring in this department, we can hope that a bit of a delay might give us a chance to think before we speak. Planets that are not in high intelligence in a sign, such as Mercury in Cancer, actually do better in retrograde cycles because that delay gives them time to reassess and either say nothing or think about getting it out differently. Mercury will be retrograde for 3 weeks, and so it will be travelling back to Gemini pretty soon. In Gemini, Mercury is in its powerful state of clear thinking and objective information-processing. It will be a hindrance for sure, to be in Retrograde. The right thought comes, and then we let it go or don't say it and then the moment has passed. Likewise, the part most people dislike and fear, when our electronic devices, communication agents go awry and cause us valuable moments lost at work and in our personal lives. Learning to Listen and slow down will always be the lesson in Mercury Retrograde...and not blaming everything on that! Lol, both Jupiter and Saturn have been retrograde for months and will continue to be, and trust me, they are messing with you a lot more than Mercury ever will!
The exact time of the New Moon (Sun and Moon in exact degrees) is 12:16 pm. It is in the star Ardra, one that is on the same axis as the one our Full Moon was in two weeks ago (Mula). If Mula is about uprooting ourselves and our beliefs, Ardra is about the sh$%t storm that does it for us. The myth around Ardra is one where the creator is shot down to Earth in a tumultuous storm and all the catastrophies (earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires etc) are created, as well as all disease, invasive species and human fallibility. This New Moon is also joined Venus, bringing us a desire to get along and to find harmonious resolutions. This is a huge blessing, considering the Mercury/Mars situation in Cancer and since Mercury will be retrograde, this will also help us to use our “pause” to listen and try to find a less hurtful or aggressive way of moving forward with our communication.
With Jupiter also still Retrograde, as I mentioned earlier, we are still very much questioning our ideals and what inspires us, through the experience of self-evaluation and stepping into our own shadows, since he is in Scorpio. The main thing we can all hold onto right now is that we are going through a period of a lot of confusion and with the eclipse, delusion as well. While major insights are possible and even probable in the right circumstances with the eclipse, so is seeing things through distorted goggles. Not a good time to distort them even more with alcohol and drugs and definitely, during the eclipse itself, the least amount you can be out and about, the better. We do not operate well in the “real” world through the lens of the nodes, they are more “other-worldly” in quality. To gain insight, meditating or practicing something that brings you to that state is ideal and not taking care of everyday work or personal errands or tasks. This may only be so avoidable, given the day and time for many of us, but you can consciously take a pause, at least around the max time (12:22pm PDT) and go within.
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Early Monday morning, June 17th, at 1:31 am Pacific Time, the Sun will be directly across from the Moon, illuminating it in Full light. This Full Moon traverses the most disruptive gandanta point of the Vedic zodiac, the place between sidereal Scorpio and Sagittarius, called Abhukta Mula. The three water signs end and unlike all the endings of other signs, there is no nakshatra to bridge the abrupt start of the fire sign following it. These gandanta points are karmic knots that stop us, tie us up and create confusion and trouble. Without the fluidity of a transitive star, we feel stuck, knotted and the jolt of jumping into the inimical element of fire after water brings our emotions to a boiling point quick. This chaotic place in the sky is from 29:12 Scorpio to 0:48 minutes Sagittarius in the nakshatras of Jyestha and Mula. Jyestha is where we find great courage, maybe even unwise bravado, and Mula is where we rip whatever it is we are sitting on up from the roots to start anew. This often cruel, always uncertain, part of the sky is where we make a move to be brave, despite our great fear and create a new playing field by destroying the old one.
The Moon winds up in Mula at the end of the Purnima tithi (full phase of the moon) and here our mind and emotions do a wild dance that is both freeing and utterly destructive. Nirriti is the goddess of this star and while related to the dark Mother, Kali, she is neither motherly or seducer of Shiva, the great destroyer. She is more like a tornado, a whirlwind that sweeps through and pulls everything up, throwing it into a wild swirl in the sky and then taking off as it all falls back down in pieces. The gaping holes in the ground the only sign that something was once built there.
Having just crossed through conjunction with Retrograde Jupiter, we are questioning our belief systems and the outside structures that hold them in place. Moving into Sagittarius, this theme continues, and up next will be conjunction with Retrograde Saturn and the South Node Ketu, across from Mars and the North Node Rahu. Having just passed through exact dristhi (energetic gaze) of these four malifics, our psyche will now be feeling the aftermath of that, deeply questioning what we have committed to in relation to those beliefs. As the anger simmers in Gemini, the place where we think, question and speak, the fear and disgust is beginning to solidify and freeze again after the fire-strike from across the sky last week. Mercury joined closely to Mars and Rahu, may be creating a strong speech but with all in Gemini, we are trying to find truth now, albeit with some distortions and exaggerations. The Sun just crossed into Gemini bringing our glaring rays of discernment in line with our consciousness and neat little lies are going to continue to be exposed. With both of our “social” planets, Mercury and Venus in their own signs right now, the capacity to relate in a reasonable and harmonious way is high, allowing us to divert anger and fear in the face of actual other humans. This is necessary if we are ever to get past our strong convictions that what we believe is right.
We have an total solar eclipse coming July 2nd and this will be in the sister-star of Mula, Ardra, where we experience the epic downfall of humankind in a storm of righteous anger...so hang in there and keep uncovering more truth. Question your beliefs, without uprooting your entire value system, and above all, be kind.
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The Moon will be starting its new phase in sidereal Taurus this Monday, June 3rd at 3:02 am PST, in the Vedic star of Rohini. While this cycle will focus on grounding, pleasure and enjoying the beauty of our sensory experiences, there will also be some challenges in June.
Rohini is the star that is considered the loveliest of the them all, by both her father, the creator and her husband, the Moon. She is the rosy red girl at her prime of sensuality and she brings about the envy of all the other stars, her sisters. In an effort to create the most beautiful creatures he can, her father chooses her to procreate with, and when she finds out, she is not ok with this. She turns herself into a deer and runs away. The other aspects of God see what is happening and take all their collective anger and strength and make another aspect that howls so loud he breaks the world with his sound, creating hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and disease. This creation, Rudra, shoots down Prajapati, the creator, as he chases his daughter through the sky. He falls to earth and with him come all that is wrong with humanity. The star this epic storm turned downfall falls in, Ardra, is the one the Moon will be in two days after the New Moon, joining Mars. Expect intense, angry emotions to reign on June 5th, as we navigate this roller coaster, a precursor to the exact dristhi between Mars/Rahu and Saturn/Ketu that will be on June 13th, with Mercury only a few degrees behind in Gemini, bringing precise and willing language to the scene.
The planet Mars, our sense of anger, discipline and courage is already now moving into a direct line of dristhi with Saturn, the planet of fear, hard work and humility. Saturn is joined Ketu, the South node of the Moon and the combination creates a disengagement with what scares us, and likewise with what keeps us humble. Saturn is the planet of Time, and our awareness of how little is left of it. Ketu is a fiery nature that deludes us into thinking we already know everything. We tend to feel disgust in an exacting and cutting way, where the South node resides. Despite the microscopic lens that Ketu is focusing our fears through right now, it is delusional in that it does not allow us to pull back and see the bigger picture. Saturn brings us hesitancy and an icy calm that chooses freeze over fight. When Mars enters the picture , we see an exchange occurring that I wrote about a month ago, when it was a one-way gaze, but this time it will be mutual. Mars is moving ever-closer to the North Node, Rahu, which magnifies and exxagerates what is sees. This anger and magnification will be upon our icy frozen disgust with the planet of communication, Mercury, coming up in the wings. In the sign of Gemini, our facts (or the facts we believe to be true) will be giving a piece of mind to our beliefs (the ones we hold as true as facts) and there can be a showdown. With the ice broken by fiery rage, the cold and cruel part of Saturn, with the surgical skill of Ketu will reveal itself, and we can all expect an ugly battle to rage on every platform, including the one within our own Self.
The saving grace here is that the cycle is that of Taurus and the Sun will remain there as the Moon moves on, with Venus to join right after the New Moon. These two will imbue us with a desire to get along and feel peace, but as anyone knows, the bull is calm until provoked, and then it can also see red. Taurus also brings out our stubborn nature, so we may not budge, despite a desire to feel connection and a higher consciousness related to such. This may bring people to “shout in their own camps” as oppose to taking on people who disagree with them, but it will also likely quietly end some friendships and other types of alliances and relationships as both Saturn and Taurus would rather avoid than fight. We can expect some new explosive facts or details to be uncovered that could shatter the “opposition” in whatever we believe, and while Saturn brings us a strong commitment to our ideals and philosophies in Sagittarius, both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde, so we could very well be questioning them. Ketu brings disgust, but it will be with the hard work of serving our own beliefs as well as with the very convictions themselves, and of course still with the “ignorant” people who don't know what we know.
The other thing to note, is that a militant nature can and will be present, as well as an upheaval to the law and those that represent it. Sagittarius is representative of the law and Gemini of the media. With the past month bringing in the U.S. a sweep of abortion bans in Southern states and some of the most draconian vaccination mandates proposed to-date through the liberal states, we can see that the politicians have decided to do what they will regardless of how many citizens are against it. Likewise, lay-people have quite literally decided to support these incredible steps-backward in time, allowing their beliefs to restrict and rule over the most basic human rights of others to have body autonomy, even if it may restrict their own future freedoms as well. We can expect the backlash of this and a growing intensity on both sides' resolve to “win” at convincing others they are right, with the real losers being all of us.
Those individuals who are a bit more enlightened have an incredible opportunity right now to question their own convictions and to see things from different sides of the argument, hopefully coming to the intelligent and discerning understanding that laws set precedents. Regardless of your personal beliefs, setting precedents that are extremely restrictive of person's freedoms and giving the government more control of our bodies in the form of mandates and bans is an extremely dangerous road to traverse. Lets hope Mercury, our Buddhi, in its own sign of Gemini offers us the intelligence, flexibility, communication skill and discernment necessary to navigate these touchy topics, while Venus in her own sign of Taurus helps us want to get along enough that we do not let our fear and anger burn all our bridges. The Moon, our Emotional, inner self will be compromising our true emotions in Libra on June 13th, when the exact exchange/showdown takes place, which will make us more open to “giving in” but less likely to feel good about that down the road.... July 4th is always pretty ironic in its honoring of freedom we constantly give away here in America, and take from others abroad, but this year will really be a sardonic celebration.
For those on the path, the only road OUT is IN.
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For one thing to be brought forth into manifestation, something else must die. It is the cosmic order of things. Energy cannot be lost or created, only transformed. As a new mother learns when she enters the final push that will bring her baby into the world; a part of her must die so that she can birth not only a baby, but a mother. We are constantly dying, letting go and dissolving and at the same time being born again and again and again. This great mystery is the tunnel of life and death, and we all must pass through it at least twice in every manifestation of ourselves. Bharani is this portal, dead in the middle of Aries, it is part of the newest sign. It is a starter, a conquistador, and ram, and it is the star that is represented by both the yoni, the female canal of birth and the diety Yama, he who presides over death. It is this, two sides of the same “coin” that is ultimately what propels us forward in life. A desire to live, to feed ourselves, to survive and thrive...and simultaneously, a fear of dying and an innate awareness that at some point, we shall. We gotta grab life by the horns and live. We gotta do what we're gonna because we don't have forever. We have to put the blinders on to whatever distracts us, because we have a purpose and it can get lost if we do. Yama represents not only death, but the word meant “control” in sanskrit. Controlling ourselves, limiting ourselves, is a “No” to some things, but also a “Yes” to what our primary goal is. Restraint, discipline is necessary if we want to be truly free and if we want to birth our true vision into manifest reality.
This New Moon is on the tails of a serious one-way glare from the planet Mars in Taurus to the Saturn/ Ketu conjunction in Sagittarius bringing some fight and bite to a place that we have been frozen in fear and avoiding as much as possible. It is passing for now, but wait till it heats up again next month as the planet of Courage, Anger and Discipline (Mars )engages in a mutual gaze with the planet of Fear, Humility and Hard Work (Saturn). To make things more complicated, Saturn began its retrograde cycle at the end of April and we are backed up and confused on what we are truly afraid of, and what we are committed to. Since Saturn/Ketu are in Sagittarius, we are all reckoning with our beliefs and ideals and the fighting probably revved up as Mercury, our planet of communication entered Aries just before our Moon did this month. Watch out for quick, biting words, and cutting people off. Watch out for dismissing people as you run out the gate, only to stop part-way there to wonder where you are going again? Mars is also currently in a direct, two-way dristhi with retrograde Jupiter in Scorpio. Offering courage to our planet of wisdom in its time of doubt is helpful, but it is courage, Taurean-style, comfort and harmony come first. Jupiter may help Mars see what is and is not worth fighting for, but not as convincing when he's stalled and confused himself. With both Jupiter and Saturn retrograde, it is likely that what inspires and motivates you, your beliefs (Jupiter), and what propels you to act (your fear, the idea of limited time-Saturn) are moving backwards. You are replaying old tapes right now and trying to remember why you are where you are and what you actually hold to be your solid tenets to live by. When Mars enters Gemini on May 6th, it will be in a powerful exchange with Mercury, offering both planets a boost of much-needed intelligence, rationale and courage to speak the truth and to be grounded in it.
May 5th and 6th are what is referred to as Akshaya Tritya, a time when both the Sun and Moon are exalted. The Sun in the sign of Aries, where it has already been for a couple weeks, is self-directed, motivated and connected to the discipline and courage of a warrior. Our capacity to lead and act are heightened at this time. The Moon is exalted in the sign of Taurus, where we are both grounded and connected. We are able to take care of ourselves and nourish ourselves physically, thus providing stability for our ever-changing mind and emotions. This year, Venus is exalted in Pisces as well, offering us a chance to experience the highest form of happiness, love and devotion over pleasure and attachment.
Akshaya Tritya is always directly following the New Moon in Aries, as the Moon moves directly into Taurus after. This is a time when our two luminaries, at their most powerful, offer support in both our inner and outer worlds and we have great capacity to manifest spiritual and material wealth and power. Blessings and Namaste.
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Parivrtta Anjaneyasana * Twisted Crescent Pose
To begin keep one foot forward with the knee at a 90 degree angle and step the other foot to the back of your mat, balancing on the ball of your foot. You can step the front foot a step or two to the side that it is on if you need better balance. Placing the hand that matches with the back foot on the mat, on the inside of your front foot. forefinger straight, rest of fingers spread out, raise the arm that matches the front foot up towards the sky and follow it with your gaze. Back leg strong and straight. Variations include putting the hand on the mat on the outside of the front foot, or bringing hands to a prayer and twisting so that the elbow of the back-foot arm is wedged on the outside of the front thigh.
Hanuman, the monkey god, was born as Anjaneya. His mother was Anjani, an aspara (a celestial being) who was cursed to live on Earth as a monkey. She returned to the heavens the moment that Anjaneya was born because the curse was to be lifted the moment she gave birth to an incarnation of Lord Shiva. He had been carried to her womb on the wind, and thus the wind god, Vayuu was his father. Vayuu doted on little Anjaneya in all his free time, yet he was quite busy moving air around the world and in the heavens and often had to leave for long bouts of time. When he would go, he would leave Anjaneya with a pile of mangos to snack on because his son loved the sweet, juicy fruits. One day, Anjaneya finished his pile of mangoes and began to swing in the trees, his next favorite pastime. As he swung from branch to branch, he saw a huge mango on one of the highest branches, gleaming down. He raced to get to it, only to find it moved further and further away, until it appeared to be floating in the air. “I must have that fruit,” he though with intention, and before he knew it, he had jumped off the tree with a leap and he was sailing through the air at the mango in the sky. It was so bright, he had never seen a mango like this before. With his mouth open wide and salivating, he flew towards, what he thought was a mango, but was of course the sun! The sun, Surya, saw the small monkey with the big mouth coming at him and began to get scared. He yelled for Indra, the king of the gods to help him and Indra came and flung his thunderbolt at Anjaneya, hitting him in the cheek and sending him down to earth, where he fell, unconscious. Vayuu, felt the pain of his son from far away and swiftly swept the land to come to his side. When he saw his son lying lifeless, he drew in a big breath and held it, pausing all the air, all the wind and all the breath in the world. Indra panicked. Without the breath of Vayuu, the world and all its beings would cease to be. He offered to bring Anjaneya back to life. Vayuu sobbed, “What’s the use?” “He will just die again someday and I won’t be able to bear it then either.” Indra thought fast. “I will bring him back immortal,” he said. He will have unparalleled prowess and magical capabilities, but he will not be aware of those powers until he is mature and using them from a place of devotion in service of something greater than himself and his desires. Vayuu breathed a deep sigh of relief and happiness and the air moved again. Everyone on Earth and in Heaven took a great deep breath too. Indra touched the young monkey on the broken cheek and said, “and from here forward, we will call you Hanuman.”
Perhaps this holiday weekend you felt a bit sad, or down, as the Moon was in her debilitated state in Scorpio. There are emotions are turbulent and our fears seem very real. On Monday, we had a direct dristhi, or gaze, from Mars, the ruler of Scorpio on that Moon, giving us both courage and anger as we face those emotions and fears. As we moved into Tuesday, the Moon moved into sidereal Sagittarius, crossing retrograde Jupiter as it went back over the gandanta point into Scorpio. This point is an abrupt and often unfriendly-feeling jump from water to fire, and in the case of backward motion, fire back to water. As the Moon, our mind and emotions moved into Mula, we might have felt the need to pull something up from the roots to begin fresh. As Jupiter moved back into Jyestha, we might have been questioning the uprooting of our teachings we have just done and feeling a little like a boat without water as we have to go back to the battlefield of our fears. It's a good time to re-listen to any teachings or teachers that may have been profound for you last month to remind yourself where you last felt forward motion. As we move into the rest of the week, the Moon will progress through Sagittarius to be in conjunction with Saturn and Ketu, only a degree apart at this point. This conjunction is already bringing us to a freezing point with something we really do not care to deal with at all, something we in fact thought was done, but at some point the cold, harsh reality will break to the surface. With our mind and emotions caught up it might feel like this week is the breaking point, but next week, as we hit May with a bang, The Moon will pass on, but Mars will move into a direct one-way drishti with Saturn and expect things to feel explosive. Mars is fire and Saturn is ice and when these two unfriendly planets make direct contact, expect icicles to fly as they get blasted open. With Ketu there, we can expect a most unpleasant experience as it is blasting right where we prefer it not to and in Sagittarius it WILL be related to those hard-core beliefs we hold. Socially and personally, next week will be one to wear a helmet for. Uggh. When Mars moves into Gemini, it will happen again, this time with a Retrograde Saturn (Saturn goes Retrograde on the 30th of April), so put that helmet somewhere easy to reach, and maybe spring for some knee pads as Saturn has a tendency to bring us to our knees. The are of your life affected will be the one that Sagittarius rules. If you haven't yet gotten my FREE report* on the Nodal Axis and You, I recommend getting it soon. It will help you discern where you will be getting hit in your life, so you can be prepared! * Sign up on the right top of this page
What does the aforementioned pose and the story of Anjaneya/Hanuman have to do with any of this? Well balancing poses can help us focus our fiery energy on a point. One-pointed focus is a good use of fire for meditation and function, rather than burning down the house with many-pointed fiery focus;-) Twisting poses help us balance our pitta (fire element) dosha. Offering some relief to the solar-plexus region. The story can help us in two ways. By reading it on the surface, you can see the moral of the story is to make sure what you are flying after with mouth wide open is juicy and sweet and not hot as sh$%t, also to have humility and devotion in the heart as you harness your amazing powers in this world (which we all have).
By reading this story and letting it sit inside you, you unconsciously enter the story and characters as they do you. The ancient myths and many faces of God are a portal of consciousness through which you may travel. The point then does not become understanding the story, rather allowing it to lead you and show you all the treasure points along the way. These are bread crumbs left behind by those who have walked the path before you.
Blessed be and Namaste.
*New Moon in sidereal Pisces on Friday, April 6th, 1:50 am PST
*Revati, the star of Wealth, Prosperity and the final walk home. Ruled by Pushan, the shepherd, the nourisher
*Nodal Axis shift: Rahu in Gemini and Ketu in Sagittarius, for the next year and a half! Saturn joined in Sag until Jan 2020
*Mercury direct and soon-to-be debilitated in Pisces again
*Jupiter goes Retrograde April 10th until August 11th
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The Moon is Full in the star of Uttara Phalguni on Wednesday March 20th at 6:43 pm PST. Uttara Phalguni bridges Leo and Virgo and is the star of Contracts, Wedding Vows, and Friendship Agreements. It is an auspicious star to be married under and is said to be the star in which Shiva and Parvati were wed. We are in the Virgo part of this nakshatra, highlighting themes of exacting methods, categorizing, organizing and discernment. The Sun has just entered sidereal Pisces just last week and while the New Moon cycle has not yet occurred, we have been feeling ourselves get more spacey and spiritual, perhaps. This Full Moon is a counter-balance that energetic of fluidity and connection to source, using distinction and categories to find the facts versus the fiction. While Pisces is floating above, seeing the big picture, Virgo is more interested in the details.
This is also the holiday of Holi in India, the Festival of Colors, which ushers in Spring with a full on celebration in the entire country where people throw colors on each other and everywhere. The celebration of Holi is said to be a triumph of the light over the dark, as Spring takes over Winter. To hear the story of Prahlad and Holika watch the video!
Right now we have powerful one-way gazes from each of the outer planets to their own sign! Mars is gazing at Jupiter in its own sign of Scorpio offering courage, strength and discipline to our spiritual growth. Jupiter is giving his grace, wisdom and expansiveness to the Sun in Pisces, and Saturn is offering humility, a willingness to do the time and slow down to a retrograde Mercury that has just travelled back to Aquarius. Mercury will be retrograde until the 28th, and while it is super frustrating to be delayed in our communications, we can have the patience and humility to slow down and learn from our mistakes, and perhaps even listen!
The nodal axis is about to shift! In the next few days we will see the jump into the Gemini/Sagittarius axis in the world and in our lives. Keep your eyes out for the FREE report I will be sending you with the Nodal Axis for You and your sign! If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter than you will miss out!
Happy Holi and Full Moon!
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Wednesday morning, March 6th at 8:04 am (PST) we begin our new cycle of the Moon at 21 degrees Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign of new horizons, changing the paradigm and social equality. An air sign, the intellect is the power used to devise these new social structures and ruled by Saturn, humility, fear and an awareness of time are the key factors propelling forward movement. The meditative quality of the New Moon comes from the fact that it is dark, unseen by the bright light of the Sun joining it instead of reflecting upon it. Our minds are at their darkest, and therefore least active. Our energy might be low and our collective need is to retreat to quiet and sit in pure consciousness. Saturn itself is gazing at the Moon and Sun here, within 3 degrees, bringing more severity and fear, but also a naturally meditative and detached state.
This New Moon also marks the end of Maha Shivaratri, the great night of Lord Shiva, celebrated in India as the 13th night and 14th day of the lunar month of Phalguna. Since Shiva is pure consciousness itself, it is technically a shivaratri every cycle as the Moon fades to black, but this month it is the great celebration because we are also fading out of winter and beckoning in Spring. In India and around the world, people will be meditating, chanting the names of Shiva and coming together in peaceful congregations to honor the destroyer of our attachments. Shiva is celebrated best with austerity, discipline and spiritual practice. It is the easiest to detach from our emotions and ego when the Moon is dark, because we are the least “full” of all the feelings and thoughts that keep us in and enjoying the world. It can be depressing for those who are still in great attachments. These things will be accentuated more by the Saturn dristhi.
As women, we often have our moon cycles synced to the Moon and as such, naturally go inside and release and let go as our bodies do the same. Nowadays, with so many ways our environments interrupt our natural rhythms, we may have to honor it for ourselves without the prompting from our bodies. One way to work towards syncing your cycle with the Moons, is to use heavy curtains or blinds to keep your room dark around the New Moon and let in a bit of light during the Full Moon. You can also use Moonstone or pearl to help regulate your cycle. Bleeding with the New Moon is considered a more fertile cycle, and also a healthier cycle in ancient feminine wisdom.
The star of this particular New Moon is called Purva Bhadrapada, the early blessed result (or foot), which is half in Aquarius and half in Pisces. It is ruled by Aja Ekapada, the one-footed goat and is associated with the spark of lightening that awakens one to Truth. It is that first awakening we experience on the path, but not the treading of the path itself. We often get caught up in that early glimpse and forget that there is much ahead, and at times the path might be treacherous. The goat must make his way up a scraggly mountain surface with only one foot. This requires some knowledge, as well as a lot of faith, which comes in the second part of this star.
Mercury has made its way into the watery and mystical realm of Pisces this last week and is beginning its retrograde cycle on the 5th. The planet of our buddhi; intellect, discrimination and communication, is considered debilitated in the all-merging sign of the fish. Here, thoughts swim in different directions and delineation is almost not possible. Our emotions and psychic experiences flow when Mercury is in Pisces and therefore hinder our capacity to think rationally, clearly and categorically. When Mercury is Retrograde, our capacity to think and communicate is slowed, delayed and sometimes even seems “reversed”. This combination of debility and retrograde motion can actually be a blessing, as we slow down and think before we speak, we might actually catch that spiritually-sound gem floating by! To boot, Jupiter, the ruler of Pisces is giving his energetic gaze from another water sign, Scorpio, offering his wisdom and generosity to our buddhi. Rather than a time to do taxes or organize your thoughts, this is a good time for free-form journaling, creative pursuits and connecting to your spiritual practices.
Jupiter, is himself, being given an energetic gaze, or drishti from the ruler of the sign he is in, as Mars in Aries offers strength, courage and discipline to do the inner work and reach great depths in our personal spiritual practices. Venus is in Capricorn, giving us a more grounded approach to our happiness-seeking. Here we want happiness that is material, actual and for us. It is a good time to set boundaries, and to map out what happiness for you really looks like and start doing the actual steps to get there. Since the South node of the Moon is still lingering in Capricorn, and within 10 degrees of Venus, we might feel a bit withdrawn from our need to be happy and even from relationships in general. This adds to the capacity for us to seek true spiritual happiness as we will realize the shortcomings of the happiness that is based on mutual pleasure in the material world.
We are just weeks away from the nodal shift to Gemini/Sagittarius from Cancer/Capricorn and finishing the karma that met us from whatever house Capricorn resides in might be the pesky last work we need to do. Sweep the corners, dust the corners, clear out the last cobwebs you’ve been holding onto in that area of your life, so you can move on. From the Cancer end, hold onto whatever truth you have distilled from the cycle of the Mother and bring it forward with you as we move into a period of higher focus on discrimination and facts over faith and feelings.
Blessed New Moon and Maha Shivaratri, may we all find our greatness in our peace. Om Namah Shivaya.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Mamritat
We worship the Three-eyed Lord who is fragrant and who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As is the ripened cucumber (with the intervention of the gardener) is freed from its bondage (to the creeper), may he liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.
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On February 19th at 7:53 am PST the Moon and Sun will be in exact degrees across from each other, forming the Full Moon in sidereal Leo, in the star of Magha. Magha is the mighty star of kings, ancestors, and lineage. It is the part of us as the Lion or Ruler where we must tap into our predecessors and gain wisdom and insight from the past. It is ruled by the Pitris, the godfathers of mankind and who are said to be the original ancestors for us all. In this star we are interested in preserving the traditions and cultures that have shaped us and in embodying the qualities of leadership, pride, loyalty and integrity that a good ruler possesses. In the sign of Leo, we may make our stand bold and fierce, showing others how and where we are in our power. The shadow side of this is a self-importance or arrogance that does not take into the account the greater social good.
With the Sun recently moved into Aquarius, we are actually finding our power through humility, hard work and new paradigms and systems right now. This Full Moon reflects the opposite pole of behavior and values that is being illumined, so as to help balance our inclinations in this new Sun cycle. We have not been overly powerful, or are putting a greater emphasis on the social good and how to make our actions work for all people. We are in need of standing firm in our own beliefs, power and status to claim back some of our Self. This will happen in a different area of life for each of us, depending on our rising sign and which house, and therefore area of our life, Leo inhabits.
The Sun is joined Mercury, although not in close degrees, but we can see how our communication has been overshadowed and also emphasizing that which is best for all and the world community, as opposed to ourselves as individuals. This gaze across to the Moon here will show us how we need to communicate to others our individuality and power, not just express it in emotional or fiery ways. Leo is also a perpetual teacher, wanting to share what we know sometimes before we know it very well. This reflection on the Moon might encourage us to speak up on a social issue that we have been quiet and brooding over.
Venus has just passed by Saturn, and we will start to see some of the pressure and responsibilities of our romantic relationships begin to ease. We have been perhaps enjoying some more spiritual or belief-driven connections with others as of late, but when Venus moved into exact conjunction with Saturn at the end of the past week, after Valentine’s day, the pleasure really began to fold into pressure and duty. Saturn can help us commit, but it does so out of a place of fear rather than joy. Jupiter’s tenure in Scorpio can help us look at ourselves rather than just the other person and their faults and shortcomings, but it does not help the lack of fun Saturn brings to the party.
Mars is now in his own sign of Aries, offering us courage, strength and action, although it can be fiery and curt, getting us into arguments and fights if we are not careful. The Moon is just moved out of his gaze for this full moon, so perhaps our tempers will settle a little and we can find true power that is connected to a higher vision and a lineage of truth.
Happy Full Moon. Hare Ohm.
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