New Moon in sidereal Virgo in the nakshatra of Hasta. The healing hand. It is open to release that which is no longer needed and also open to receive that which you wish to bring in.
Venus is Retrograde from Oct 5th-November 16th in her own sign of Libra, time to take stock of ourselves in Relationship and the ways in which we compromise or don’t compromise.
Durga Navaratri from Oct 9th (India) to 18th. Time to bring forth the army of shake to slay our demons and set ourselves free. Also time to have deep compassion for ourselves as we dive deep into our own dark places.
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As I write this it is 7:24, 30 minutes before exact degrees of the Full Moon in Pisces (by the time you get this, it will be past the Full Moon because it's been a rough few days;-) This Full Moon is happening in the sidereal (Vedic) sign of Pisces, offering intuition, connection to spirit and a footless and wandering Mind. The specific star, or nakshatra, this Moon is in is called Uttara Bhadra Pada and is the 'Later Blessed Result” Where we move deep into what were once only spiritual glimpses and find the truth in the poison. This nakshatra is ruled by Ahirbudhnya, the serpent of the deep and forces us to go within and either surrender or essentially choke on our own toxicity. The second to last star of the Vedic zodiac, it is a place where there is potential for deep spiritual wisdom.
...We are still in the midst of a Mars/Ketu conjunction, although it is beginning to separate and the Sun is now 4 degrees away from Mercury, offering a little bit more room for feeling heard, although not too much. The Sun and Mercury are across from the Moon in Sidereal Virgo, where we have been offering our Power and Communication to the details. While speech and information collecting is generally more fact-based and accurate with Mercury in its home sign (and also where it's exalted) of Virgo, joined the Sun in close degrees we may feel a bit of a short fuse in both the speaking and the listening department. We might also be extra touchy as the Sun in Virgo emanates self-doubt, criticism and a strong urge to purify and organize. With the Moon in the dreamy, selfless waters of Pisces, we may have a particularly spacey drive to do things right now. While we are activated to finish off whatever began in May for us in the house Mars and Ketu are exploding, we are not present with the details and can easily get sidetracked on a different course. To boot, we are easy to react with such a touchy situation in Virgo, even as we know better. Especially since we likely compromised on our beliefs somewhere along the way with the Jupiter/Venus conjunction in Libra....Where does this leave us now? Well, hoping to make it till the end of the week, I suppose;-) With all this energy, it's a great time to clean, organize or jump start a personal project (not someone else's)...it is not necessarily the best time to co-create, as the Virgo in us is feeling pretty sure that everyone else is not doing “it” right. Also, our lack of attention to the details will not likely be missed by others, who will quickly point out our fallibilities and probably not in the gentlest of ways. While many a Full Moon are great to socialize, this one might be better for solo projects or at least group efforts where everyone has their roles carefully partitioned out. It is also a great time to connect to your spiritual practices and forms of divination and to soak in healing water.
As for my own Epic Fail during this Full Moon....
Even when you tune into the rhythms and try to circumvent disaster, at times it is imminent and all you can do is keep reflecting back to yourself and make a new choice and then if the choices keep leading you back to one thing, it may be time to explode that thing. As a spiritual teacher, I find it important to recognize where I am still doing my work and becoming more whole. While I always engage with the information I am offering as advice we all can look at, including me, it is nice to show examples of our own fallibilities and also wins.
On the 20th, right after the Moon passed over Mars and Ketu but two days before they entered exact degrees, a friend of mine who has been graciously hosting my son and I while we figure out where we are going to live leaves on a trip and drops the unpleasant surprise that he has invited a friend of his (whom I have met) to stay in his room while he is away because she is going through some challenging times as well. I expressed to him that I haven't really “bonded” with that particular friend and that I was really counting on having the space to myself, as we had previously agreed. I felt hurt that he did not discuss it with me or hold any space for me and my son's experience. This is where I felt un-listened to-Combust Mercury. This is also where I compromised on my beliefs-Venus/Jupiter conjunction in Libra because I didn't really call him out on the fact that he was just completely changing our agreement without any notice or discussion. I decided to “have compassion” for her situation. Venus in Libra...trying to make compromises so everyone wins, and on his part, trying to make everyone happy.
Fast-forward to the 22nd, the day of reckoning Mars and Ketu in exact degrees, an explosive alignment we have seen two other times this summer. She has now crossed several boundaries of mine over the past two days, which I have quickly and kindly addressed and explained what my boundary is. A big win for me, not my forte! She begins a “clean-up” mission on the place and I decide to help her, thinking it will be good for our friend and maybe we can get rid of some of the extra clutter. Before I know it, she has gone literally ballistic and is throwing out everything he owns. I had to beg her to allow me to bring some stuff to Goodwill at least instead of tossing his lifetime of memories with his deceased wife in the trash chute, which she repeatedly reminded me was “right outside the door”. On the 23rd, I drove the stuff to Goodwill and then had to go out of town about two hours drive to deal with some previous engagements I had.
I came home the next day, the Full Moon, the 24th,, to find she had gotten rid of the couch, carpet, multiple other furniture items and almost every piece of art this man owns. His place looks empty and sad. To boot, I had begged this woman to wait two more days until I could get my son and I on the road for a trip before she did any serious clearing and cleaning. Enter Mars/Ketu with precise language and short fuse of Mercury/Sun in Virgo! I let loose on her, letting her know exactly how I felt about her behavior. I explained to her in a loud voice how she had been crossing my boundaries since she arrived and every time I asked her not to do something, she did it anyway. She had no regard for me or the owner (our friend) and in my eyes, needed to be put in her place and let it be known that I recognized her behavior. She also was not present with the details or effects of what she was doing, nor was I.. in berating her, I was swallowing my own poison (Uttara Bhadrapada) nor was our mutual friend, avoiding conflict at all costs and continuing to just “go with the flow”- Moon in Pisces.
I was, however able to find the spiritual lesson in it all (which is also Pisces), and write a loving and kind letter to my friend thanking him for all his kind and generous help, bringing to his awareness this woman's actions over the last few days, offering what would've worked better for me in our communication, and sending him much love. He didn't necessarily receive it as I intended, but that is really not for me to be concerned with, except into see the ways that maybe I could communicate better. By owning my feelings and seeing what took place to unravel my sense of stability, I made peace with it, whether or not anyone else could see their role. As far as her, I have set a boundary that unfortunately had to be incredibly firm, but it was ultimately effective in keeping me and my child safe from anymore disruption to our lives. Boundaries have to do with Saturn and it has been direct since the beginning of September, offering us stronger boundaries, especially in the area of what we believe to be right, Sagittarius.
My first pick is to not have to deal with a person whom has a lack of capacity to work with or respect others, but often it is not immediate that the change can take place. So, we work with what we have at our disposal in every moment and then get out as soon as possible. I had actually one day before made a vow to myself to start setting my boundaries a little farther from myself, so I didn't have to set them so close later. Then enters the situation where my opinion is dismissed and my control thwarted. I made the decision to leave right away but needed to secure a new situation, which happened instantly, but was days away from being ready to move.
I think it is so important that we own our part in conflict and are constantly looking at our own blind spots and places we need to grow. We don't always have a win, sometimes we do or say something we regret, but if we always just keep being aware and trying to dive in deeper, we are on the right path.
I do want to say that one of the less positive things that can happen in spiritual communities or pseudo-spiritual communities is that we can and do overlook personality disorders or abusive situations when we focus only on “doing the work”. Yes, we each, even when we are the abused or “taken advantage of” often must do personal work to see where we could better hold our boundaries, but sometimes they are crossed anyway. We also should and need to Get Out of the situation first. Often, in order for that to happen, we have to recognize the behavior as abusive or “wrong”. This requires looking at the other person with discernment, in a way many pseudo-spiritual practices tacitly or overtly avoid and consider “bad”. I believe true spiritual practices support looking at others with discernment and holding one's boundaries, and of course trying to honor those of others...
Hope this was helpful and insightful and that you had a productive and deep Full Moon, busy busting up the last of what Mars and Ketu have to do in whatever house Capricorn is in your sidereal (Vedic) chart. If you want more insight on that, and also Venus' placement for the next few months, sign up for our mailing list and you will receive the FREE report on Mars and Venus till the end of 2018 for all 12 rising signs!
New Moon in the star of Purva Phalguni, ruled by the god of Delight, Bhaga, on Sunday, September 9th at 11:01 am Pacific Time. Enjoy the riches and the kingdom, but don't get too caught up in what you see, looks can be deceiving! With Venus in her home sign of Libra until the end of 2018, we can expect to enjoy some pleasure for the next four months but we must balance that with our external responsibilities and making sure everyone is in on the fun. This is a great time to repair relationships and bring some harmony and love into your life.
Saturn is finally direct after a loooong retrograde cycle! Get ready to move forward on making commitments, setting and keeping your boundaries and doing the hard work in service of your higher beliefs and ideals (Saturn is in Sagittarius).
Mars and Ketu come together One last time this year, and then are we ever READY for that partnership to go their separate ways, BUT there is clearly just a little bit more we need to DO in order to finish the cycle of karma there, so hold tight and grab that Courage. Whatever house Ketu is in for you right now will be the indicator of what area of your life has specifically exploded this summer, and of course we have all reaped the fiery, global and geological effects of this alignment. Don't put away your bolt bag quite yet, it may still come in handy as things heat up again leading into the 19th-22nd of September;-)
Mercury and Sun are joined in Leo right now and will move onto Virgo by the time Mars and Ketu come back together for a very tight combustion. Combustion might make you feel unheard, while the two are in Leo and you can expect that to make you taLK LOUDERRR! While in Virgo you can expect it to make you very anxious and self-aware and in turn hyper-categorizing of others. Watch that your words don't topple you off your throne in the immediate and land you on a one-way ticket to Self and Other Critical-land in the near future.
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New Moon & Solar Eclipse
On the morning of Saturday, August 11th we have a New Moon and Partial Solar Eclipse in sidereal Cancer in the star of Aslesha. Aslesha is where we cling to what we love. It is ‘the entwiner’ and brings us into the realm of the Naga, the serpents of the underworld, our subconscious.
The New Moon is joined Retrograde Mercury, Creating an emotional conjunction where we have trouble discerning what Is from what our turbulent emotions tell us. Retrograde Mars is across the sky, giving a frustrates dristhi, and Venus is now debilitated in the sign of Virgo, constraining our capacity to find happiness.
In it all, we must find our breath and capacity to find stillness. Great power can be harnessed if we go within!
The Moon and the Sun will be in exact degrees across from each other on Sunday, December 3rd, at 5:48 am Hawaii Time. This means the Purnima tithi or Full Phase of the Moon begins on Saturday, making Saturday night's moon the brightest of this cycle. It is also a Super Moon, making it one of the brightest and biggest of the year. This Full Moon is in sidereal Taurus, the sign where the Moon herself is exalted, in the best operating intelligence our Psyche can be in. In Taurus, our emotions feel stabilized and the external peace we are compelled to create offers our mind the comfort it needs to settle and just be. Taurus is an earth sign ruled by the planet Venus. It brings us to a place where we are grounded in the physical world and in our bodies. This being one of the main avenues in which we have to actually Do anything, it is in harnessing the physical world for beauty, pleasure and peace that offers us the same state of being in our Psyche. It can be calming to connect with the earth, our artistic or sensual nature, enjoy good food and relax into our home. All of these are activities we feel compelled towards when the Moon passes through Taurus.
This being the Full Moon, the counter point to what cycle we are basically in for this “month” or Moon cycle it is the opposite of what we encountered at the New Moon in Scorpio two weeks ago. In Scorpio, the Moon is debilitated, or operating at its least intelligence. There we feel turbulent, emotional and out of control. As Scorpio is ruled by Mars, our Psyche often feels as though it is in battle over our very life. The great fears that come up when we dig in deep to our own nature and emotions and the lack of control we have in the world or over others is destabilizing and vexing to our emotional nature. Our mind can tunnel into different thought trains that it is difficult to pull out of and if we are not careful, we can lash out at others, whom we imagine are to blame. If we are strong and vigilant, we will find in ourselves everything we are fighting and finally surrender into deep peace that comes from facing the worst possible fears and enemies and integrating them rather than exiling them.
The Full Moon is being aspected by the Sun and Venus in Scorpio and Mars in Libra. This will bring about a greater desire for happiness, pleasure and connectivity from Venus, but with a burning luminary shining brightly on the truth, not allowing us to take frivolous pleasure in that which is illusory. Mars will bring a certain sense of our warrior nature. Since it is in Venus's masculine sign that connects us with fairness and equality in relationships with others and it is joined Jupiter, who is highlighting justice and higher ideals surrounding this theme, we can expect to see more anger and action against those who misuse their power (the Sun) for only their own happiness and pleasure (Venus). If we are smart, we will also see the ways in which we do this ourselves.
This Full Moon is happening in the nakshatra or specific star of Rohini. Rohini is the “rosy one” the young, sensual woman ready to be plucked. She is the most beautiful of all the 27 nakshatras and is often the target of jealousy as such. As the beautiful young woman, she also experiences favoritism from both her husband and her father. She, perhaps, enjoys being her husband's favorite wife, although her sister's do not appreciate it and it alienates her from them. She does not, however, enjoy the advances from her father, the creator, and she turns herself into a deer and runs away from him to earth. He has a noble cause, he says, to create perfect beings with his perfect daughter, but she is not interested in his cause and it does not mitigate the discomfort she is made to feel in his prowl. This story is quite apropro for these times indeed! Of course, the Vedic story has a patriarchal undertone that what her father was doing WAS correct, and that it was best for everyone. There is also the token “heroes” also male, who try to seek retribution for the creator's misdeeds by pooling all their anger to create a super angry fellow named Rudra who shoots down the creator and sends him falling to the earth. Thus, the plans for perfect beings are foiled and we all have issues instead. Lightening, Thunder, Hurricanes, and Tornadoes are all created along with Rudra. From this destruction, the earth mother Aditi is born and she is our love in spite of all the pain.
With Rahu, the north node of the Moon in Cancer, we have been seeing more and more themes surrounding the Feminine and the Mother arise. We are at the beginning of this year and a half period of heightened energy in the emotional realm, where we may find ourselves obsessing over feelings and connections but also devoting ourselves to the divine that is in all things and recognizing the importance of acknowledging our feelings and needs. Cancer is the sign of unconditional love and for many of us, this is a love we have never felt in this world. It is ideally the way your parents made you feel, but all too often the love we receive from our parents is actually conditional. The only true way to experience unconditional love is with the Divine. Cancer is where we offer up our love to our Universal Mother, as her children. With Jupiter in Libra for the first year of this alignment, we will be navigating what the balance of conditional vs. unconditional love is and where each one is appropriate. With Saturn early on in his 2 ½ years in Sagittarius, we are committing to what we believe in a potentially constrictive and fearful manner. We are willing to do the work in service of our beliefs and ideals, but we may be less expansive and hopeful with what we believe to begin with. We will likely try to “level the playing field” in a practical, intellectual approach on a global scale, using philosophies and laws to “make things fair” for women. This is important, but it will only be a bandaid on a huge open wound if the deeper psychology of our world society does not make a shift as well. If we do not shift the collective consciousness out of the patriarchal paradigm, we will continue to perpetuate it, even as we make efforts to fight or control it. This is the period to honor the Mother, as in the giver and nurturer of life. As in our planet. As in our homes. As in our hearts. On a higher level, what we are really being called to do is surrender our Mind and “think” with our hearts. Bhakti means 'devotion' or 'love'. We are being called to Love all of life as part of the Goddess herself. Even ourselves. Even our shadows. Unconditionally. Namaste
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The New Moon was in 3 degrees 22 seconds of Sidereal Virgo on Tuesday September 19th at 7:30 pm Hawaii Time in the nakshaktra of Uttaraphalguni. Uttaraphalguni is the star of Aryaman, the god of friendly contracts and negotiations. It is said to be the star Parvati and Shiva married under and is auspicious for marriage and other lawful agreements. Coming right after the lusty star of PurvaPhalguni, it is a star that shows where our Fire is brought to Earth. It is at the end of Leo, beginning of Virgo bringing our power, higher vision and leadership skills into the more practical realm of facts and figures. In this new Virgo cycle, we will be focusing on the details and specifics as well as discerning between what is fact and what is based on potentially erroneous perceptions. It is much easier to do this with other people than it is to do with ourselves, but this new desire to get along has just birthed inside us as Jupiter made its way into Libra last week on September 11th. Here we feel as though the highest road is to compromise and make sure everyone's needs are met and our beliefs will begin to focus on ways to improve our relationships and relating skills. Jupiter in Libra can be a wonderful relief from the hyper-critical nature of our belief systems while Jupiter was in Virgo, bringing more peace and harmony to our partnerships and even our business relationships. The shadow of this is that sometimes we compromise beliefs we hold very dear or that are at the core of our personal ideologies and morality in order to make the moment more beautiful or bearable. We may hold relating in such high regard that we fold on issues that should be non-negotiable in order to find pleasure and happiness with our partner or other people. This is a Venus/Jupiter struggle that we often deal with as Libra's ruling planet of Venus rules our happiness, pleasure, beauty and relationships and that is often in conflict with our strong beliefs and ideals and even our teachings and spiritual practices.
The nine nights of the Goddess Mother in her myriad forms referred to as Navaratri begins on Wednesday, the first lunar phase, or pratipad, of this new waxing moon in the Hindu month of Ashwin. This is a time of harvest both physically in the fields and for each of us to reap what we have sown over the months leading up to autumn. In parts of India and Nepal this massive festival will be accompanied by pujas, prayer, dance and enactment of the great myth of Goddess Durga riding on her tiger (or lion, depending on the region) and saving the world from the buffalo-headed demon. This myth, like others in the Hindu tradition operates on many levels, the most potent being as a portal of consciousness. Devotees access their own darkness and demons and bring them to light. At the end of the epic battle between Durga and Mahisasura, the Goddess breathes even the demon back into her infinite being, indicating that she accepts even the darkest parts of her children (us) and that these shadows are also part of her. If you are interested in a very in-depth worship practice for this Navaratri, I can highly recommend Laura Amazzone's online course that gives a nightly practice and a lot of information and photos/video on the festivities as they take place in Nepal. You can also get a copy of her book “Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power,” from Amazon or on her website. It is an excellent resource for Navaratri and the Goddess in general!
The Nodal Axis finally made its shift into Cancer/Capricorn on September 8th, bringing our attention and focus to our feelings and emotions and perhaps our own and other's needs for unconditional love. This is a year and half cycle where the Mother will take center stage, after we just experienced a year and half of the King or Father and all the power and leadership this brought to the forefront. An especially auspicious year for Durga puja indeed! Depending on the house this rules from your Vedic Rising Sign or Lagna, this will affect your life quite differently. If you sign up for my email list (in the box to the right, or as it pops up on your screen) you will receive your FREE report on The Nodal Axis Shift for all 12 Rising Signs and if you go to these past forecasts you can read up on the shift in general more.
This past Saturday, September 16th, Mars and Mercury were in exact degrees of each other in Leo, perhaps giving a little extra fire to our speech and letting us snap a little if pushed. Venus had just entered Leo and the Sun moved out of Leo earlier that day, giving us a very crowded house in the earlier part of the day. Depending on what house Leo is in your natal chart, you likely felt a little overwhelmed in that area of your life (or if you are a Leo Lagna then maybe you felt overwhelmed in general as it was on your identity). Now that the our planet of communication and discrimination (Mercury) and our planet of action, anger and discipline (Mars) have parted and the Sun has moved into Virgo, we are still feeling a bit of the sting from that day. We may be both mentally picking apart the situation with the other person (or people) we got into conflict with and seeing the ways in which we could have handled it better (Jupiter in Libra). This is a good time to make amends if necessary, or let it go if not because in a couple weeks from October 3rd-12th Mars and Saturn are in exact dristhi or energetic gaze with each other mutually. This is a potential landmine for us as well, especially in the area of your life that Scorpio rules since Saturn has just been sort of sitting there at 27 degrees for over a month freezing over our fears with inaction. Mars' dristhi from whatever house Leo is for you may have a potentially explosive effect on this frozen lake of fear and Saturn's gaze upon Mars will likely accentuate the trigger to our survival instinct as it will encourage the part of us that fights to believe that there is actually a tiger in the room. This will be a good time to take space from anyone that is a surefire trigger for you or at least to adopt a policy of silence and meditation when you feel your temperature rise. Venus and Mars will be in exact degrees of Leo on October 5th, creating tension (and possible fiery passion) specifically in relationships so be extra careful with your partners on this day of the transit. If you know your Vedic Rising Sign you can figure out what areas of your life these houses (Leo and Scorpio) rule for you and do your best to mitigate the circumstances ahead of time. Mercury (which was the one that may have gotten us in trouble with our tongue on September 16th) will have moved on from “say what you think as loudly and authoritatively as possible” in Leo to “say only precisely what you mean and carefully” in Virgo joined our Sun, which is our sense of confidence and authority to begin with. Also, with Jupiter in Libra and this New Moon cycle being one that begins with friendly contracts, we may be able to keep the peace in our affairs by remembering to look at what we ourselves may be able to do to help change any situation or relationship that is not working as well as it could.
Navaratri Blessings and Jai Jai Ma!
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The Total Solar Eclipse will be visible across mainland America, starting at 9:05 am Pacific Time and with the Sun completely obscured by 10:18 am Pacific Time. Here in Hawaii we will not be able to see it until after sunrise, with the maximum eclipse visible at 6:35 am Hawaii Time and the Moon leaving the Sun's edge at 7:22 am. It will only be partially visible even at the maximum point here. This eclipse is a powerful end to a cycle that began in January of 2016 when the nodal axis moved into Leo/Aquarius. On a Collective and Individual level we have been obsessed with our Power and Authority and Governance, while pulling away from our bigger, humanitarian view. Progress that could take us to new horizons has been shadowed by the South Node of the Moon, Ketu in Aquarius, giving us the feeling that what we need right now is more power and less innovation and humility. This Big Event that everyone is talking about as the Great American Eclipse is the end of the that cycle. Because it is visible in America alone and happening right on the President of this country's rising sign, it appears as though this country will be the one who's power is eclipsed more than any other. On a personal level this will affect each of us in the House Leo falls in our Vedic Astrology Chart and any planets we might have there. Likely, this area of our life has been highlighted over the last year and a half, so we are pretty attuned to where the shadow is lurking. This New Moon and Solar Eclipse are occurring in the star of Magha, which is related to Kings and ruled by the Pitris, the ancestoral fathers of mankind. It is a star that reminds us of our lineage in this life and others, and the deep connection ancient rulers had to the Divine. Magha is in Regulus, near the forehead of the Lion and is ruled by Ketu the South Node which brings us wisdom from our past lives. Now is the time for the third eye to open and insight to pour in. If we can get past our own power struggles, and sit in the glow of the spiritual fire our ancestors have built, we can receive great insight as to where to go from here.
The Moon will have just passed by Mars debilitated in Cancer, bringing our Anger to the forefront, and will be moving towards a dristhi (energetic glance) with Retrograde Saturn in Scorpio on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing Fear and Pressure to our Mind and Emotions. We received a preview of this Mars and then Saturn dristhi on the Moon last week as it traveled through Aries and Taurus, reminding us of the big open wound in our lives that we've been avoiding and may eventually have to reckon with. Most likely it will come to a strong head when Mars in Leo is in dual dristhi with Retrograde Saturn in Scorpio in early September. We also have Retrograde Mercury in 10 degrees of this New Moon and Eclipse, giving us a chance to think before we speak, or better yet, not speak at all. When Mercury is in Leo, generally we feel like sharing all of our knowledge, even if we are not well-learned on the subject, but Retrograde motion tends to slow down and delay our output of information giving us a chance to review what we think we know before we shout it from the throne. Listening in to the voice from within is necessary now. Take the time to be alone and silent, in nature if possible, to hear the deep messages available now. Rahu on the Sun may be eclipsing our Power, but it can also bring us glimpses of where we want to go and in the star of Magha, it can offer us to move forward with the wisdom of our ancestors instead of their greed and suffering.
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