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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The Moon will be directly across from the Sun on Wednesday, May 7th at 3:45am in sidereal Libra in the star of Vishakha, often referred to as the “forked or branched”. The sound “Vi” is about distinction and in this star we are able to find our distinct path over time. Libra is generally about compromise and getting along with others. Here we see that in romance, work and personal life we want to ultimately find harmony. Often times we have to give a little in order to get that. In Vishakha we are learning that if we take our true soul's path, those that we are meant to be around will find us, but if we compromise on our most important values, we will always be lost in the woods of people-pleasing. At this epic juncture in our collective, we each must find our way, and know that our efforts will produce fruits over time. One of the symbols of Vishakha is a tree that has deep roots and whose branches have had time to grow in strength and are now offering rest in their shade. Another is a potter's wheel, indicating the patience and perserverance necessary if we are to truly walk our path.
We can learn a lot about these qualities now as the ruler of Libra, Venus, is her other sign of Taurus till the end of the summer and while about to start her Retrograde motion, we will still be ruminating on the ways to best walk our path with purpose but also pleasure. If we hurry and rush and force things, we will not necessarily get their faster. The pitfalls and setback along the way can cost just as much time, as moving at a more measured pace, without the beauty and harmony of getting to enjoy the walk through the woods. As both the Sun and Mercury will be moving into Taurus next week, we will see this energy begin to guide our way and our communication more and more, leading into the New Moon in Taurus, where it will be our collective vibe for a full moon cycle.
The other place where we have been learning about taking practical steps in direction of a long-term goal is with all the planets in Capricorn. Mars, our planet of action and discipline has just left this building and is going to take our anger into the realm of society and all the many structures that keep the power in the hands of the few and leave the people without. Expect to see more social uprising, on all sides, as both Jupiter and Saturn will also (along with Venus) be moving Retrograde by May 14th. As they have been holding court with Mars here, much of our energy has been devoted to the long-term survival of ourselves and the whole, but largely coming from a fear-based perspective. This is a time where individually and collectively we will be questioning our belief systems and governance, as well as what we have been afraid of and are committed to.
The veil is beginning to lift on our relationship with information explosion (Rahu in Gemini) and the very long-held, fight-till-we-die beliefs we have handcuffed ourselves to (Ketu in Sagittarius). By the end of this month, we will break free of much of the dillusion that has been holding us hostage and we will begin to see with clarity what truly is. Anything that we can imagine, can be, but we have been stuck in the pre-written narratives of those who rule by fear. On all sides, the message has been fear; it is up to us as individuals to write a new narrative and start living it into being. We each must walk our path of distinction and find each other in the light that shines through the trees. Blessed Full Moon!
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Wednesday evening, 7:26 pm PST April 22nd, the Moon and Sun are coming together in the sign of Aries in the star of Ashwini, the twin horsemen. Ashwini is the first nakshatra of the zodiac and is the place where we take off in a new direction. The Ashwin twins are born of Surya (the Sun) and his wife Sanjna (Consciousness) when they turn into horses and gallop to Earth, after he has an affair with Sanjna's sister Chaya (Shadow) and she gives birth to Saturn and Yama (death). Surya gallops after his wife and when he catches her, they make love in a meadow and these divine sons are born as the keepers of the Ayurvedic medicine and doctors to the gods. The sign of Aries and star of Ashwini is the exaltation point for the Sun because it is where the Sun is able to use courage, discipline and action to start something new and auspicious. We are all more powerful right now, and feel stronger in our sense of leadership and potential than we have been the previous month.
We are only a few days from Akshaya Tritya, the celebration of both luminaries being in their place of exaltation. A powerful Sun and a stable and comfortable Moon gives us an auspicious two days of strength and grace. Tritya is the 3rd lunar phase, starting from right after the dark moon, when in this month, the Moon will make her way into sidereal Taurus. Taurus is where our emotions are more grounded and our capacity to maintain our inner peace is higher as a result of our tendency to take care of our needs and desires in this sign. We are more able to get along with others and take care of ourselves emotionally and physically when the Moon is here, and this helps us step into our power in a way that is aligned for us. This Akshaya Tritya we also have an exalted Mars in Capricorn and both Venus and Saturn in their own signs. Venus is going to be joined the Moon, added to charm, beauty and sensuality of this day, although potentially adding so much more desire and attraction that we could lose sight of the “higher” potential of the day. Jupiter, with Neecha Banga in Capricorn (debilitation that is improved by ruler and exalted planet joined) is also giving dristhi to the Moon on the blessed day. This is could also increase the potential for a skewed sense of righteousness and inspiration. People often pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of beauty, love and wealth on Akshaya Tritya, and Jupiter in Capricorn can definitely raise the interest in making money and investing on this day. Mars will be giving his dristhi on the actual New Moon, the exalted ruler of the Sun so expect to be infused with even more courage and even fight for this month ahead. We are likely to fight the good fight, but as always, these alignments are meeting each of us in our own charts with our biases and tendencies, so what houses Aries and Taurus are for you in your chart, will certainly determine what area of your life is affected here.
Finally our planet of discernment, intelligence and communication is moving out of its state of debility in Pisces, into the sign of Aries just a couple days after this New Moon. Mercury in Aries is brash, blunt, cutting and to the point. This can be welcome after the muddled and sometimes emotional mess of our thinking and speaking planet in the watery realm of the fish, but it can also create some division where there wasn't before. Notice your tendency to take in information with a more logic-based brain of black and white, right or wrong, quickly distilling what you are hearing into an opinion and speaking that opinion quickly and definitely, without much forethought. There is not wise discernment here, it is just less-muddled and emotional. It can be very quick to judge and quick to say, with a focus on distinction rather than connection.
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This Full Moon happens in the last part of Virgo, in the star of Chitra on April 7th at 7:35 pm PST. Virgo is the sign of health and healing. It shows both where we are very vulnerable in our health and also where we are able to bring ourselves back to health or prevent disease with medicine. Due to its earthy nature, Virgo favors plant medicines and herbs. To be surrounded by greenery is in itself healing, and to apply nature's gifts in medicinal ways is the balm to combat both the immune system that is weakened and the nervous system. Virgo is where we are nervous. We are anxious, both because of the acute understanding that we are imperfect and will continue to do things imperfectly and also because of the inherent vulnerability in this imperfect reality. Due to being ruled by Mercury, Virgo uses the buddhi, the intellect, to discern where things should be placed and what category they fit in. In the imperfect world, not everything has an exact right place and the information coming to us is largely conjecture over fact. This stresses Virgo out. Noticing their own imperfections stresses a Virgo native out even more. The reaction is usually to try to make everything better by bringing it back to a more pristine state. More than anything, Virgo is where we purify. The goal is not mundane cleanliness, as much as finding a state that existed before we and everything around us was so used. This perpetuates a constant cycle of self-criticism and then often follows with criticism spun out at others.
Chitra is the star that bridges Virgo and Libra and shows where we are able to build structures and systems that are both beautiful and functional. The diety is Vishvakarma, the great celestial architect who has designed many of the most powerful weapons of the gods. These are weapons used to bring back balance to the three worlds, when the demons or asuras overwhelm us with the power they earn from their tapasya (strict yogic practices). Chitra promotes a spiritual path but also one's need to combat the ego. As it brings us beauty and a shining quality like a gem, it also brings us into the spotlight. To be admired or noticed is lovely and can be used for good purpose, but it can also take us down a path of being overly attached to this attention and to beauty in general and forget what the true purpose of our great designs are.
In this Full Moon we have several planets just changed signs and the Sun a week away from moving into Aries. This will be the second planet that is exalted, the first being Mars in Capricorn. Our capacity for courage, strength and discipline being at an all-time high, we are all well-placed to fight the good fight and do the work that needs to be done for our long-term goals. Conversely, Jupiter last week and Mercury right before this Full Moon have both moved into debilitation. Jupiter in Capricorn is where we are more constricted in our beliefs, more frugal than generous and feeling more of the practical reality than what makes us hopeful or inspires us. We will see however, likely stricter rules and enforcement of these rules (with Mars joined Jupiter) governing our current situation. For now, most people will probably favor this, and not question until mid-May when Jupiter goes retrograde. It is mitigated some by being joined both the ruler Saturn and the exalted Mars, causing what is a Neecha Banga, which allows us to gain wisdom through the strength of the other planets. This is important, because it means in a roundabout way, wisdom will still prevail.
Mercury, on the other hand, has no such help. As our planet of discrimination and intelligence moves into Pisces, we can expect ourselves to be less apt to speak truth and more inclined to find ourselves reading, watching and speaking fantasy. The watery element brings us to a more emotional filter for our intellect and the sometimes spiritual, sometimes escapist tendencies of the fish make it difficult to seek fact or information from unbiased sources. This is especially challenging as there is almost no such thing right now. We have entered into a web of confusion where we are blasted with an overload of information that we want to consume, but almost none of it has a strong foundation in truth. The north node of the Moon, Rahu is the starter of what we call a Kala Sarpa Yoga and just as this invisible respiratory virus (air element) is being spread out anonymously and pervasively in our world, information is essentially doing the same thing. There is delusion, confusion and an insatiable quality where we follow Rahu and in the sign of Gemini it is towards more and more information and communication. The ruler being in debilitation means that we will suffer even more at the lack of discernment from ourselves and those around us and really need to focus on more powerful and potent forms of communication than news or information. We can delve into spiritual resources right now, and books that take us deeper into our state of consciousness, rather than entertaining us on an unconscious level. Mythology, philosophy, poetry and music can all serve us now as we retreat deeper into ourselves and our emotions.
Venus also changed signs last week and is in her own sign of Taurus now. She is empowering us with our capacity to relate to our needs in a way that brings us pleasure. We have to eat— might as well cook delicious food, or learn to ferment something, or plant your garden. We all have a desire to live comfortably and perhaps the daily rushing about has kept that on the back burner. Now is a time to make your home beautiful and comfortable and ready to relax in. Venus is our sense of happiness and also how we find happiness and get our needs met in relationships. Through intimacy and physical touch we do this and also through relating and sharing space. Now is a great time to strengthen your relationships through working together on projects around the home that need to be done. Making things beautiful, edible and functional. Being loving and affectionate with one another. Creating harmony. Venus will be in her own sign for 6 months, although there will be a retrograde period beginning mid-May that is not as fruitful.
For now (and coming in the next week), we have alignments that empower us to be practical, long-term oriented, and functional. We also have the boon of a lovely Venus offering us some beauty and harmony. What we are struggling with a bit more is our belief systems and our rigidity within them. We are at a loss for real information and true facts and in our aimless swimming, we have encountered a hopelessness and loss that can be both surrender (where we let it go) and a devastation (where it is ripped from us) depending on our own relationship with these energies. Our buddhi, discrimination is not at its sharpest now, so best to remain less in our thoughts and more in our bodies and actions.
This Full Moon also marks the celebration of Hanuman Jayanti, the birth of the monkey diety who is the epitome of courage and devotion. He is the son of the aspara-turned-monkey, Anjani and Vayu, the Wind. Watch the video to hear the miraculous story of his birth!
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This is a time of great awakening on the planet. We are being swept up in a frenzy of data, figures, information and opinions all masquerading as “facts” and “journalism”. The truth is largely unknown and delusion and illusion is being spread much like the coronavirus itself—rapidly and exponentially. We have the choice only to run from piece of information to piece of information in a wild frenzy to “know more”, or to settle into the easy reality that truth will not be found in articles, memes, or even at this point, groupings of data. Truth will only be found within. Trust yourself. Your beliefs have largely been founded on what you think is true from the misinformation you have been fed. From birth until now. Go deeper. Your real beliefs don't take place in a specific time at a specific place. They are eternal. The more we can capture this moment of pure action, pure peace within and a willingness to lead even just ourselves with courage and discipline, the closer to truth we will be. We have entered into what is called a Kala Sarpa Yoga, A Time Snake has coiled us and all the different aspects of who we are in its illusory grasp. We can run around devouring more illusions, becoming more and more deluded, or we can sit in the space within ourselves that has been created by all this and allow great wisdom to enter. It is available to everyone, and it requires little more than elevating your own simple observations and experiences above all the noise. We have excellent transits of the planets during this time to allow us to receive potent messages of truth instead of more of the same BS, but we must be willing to listen.
If you are lucky enough to have others around you, enjoy the time together, but also do not be afraid to give one another space to have your own unique experience. Even children flourish when not constantly being distracted by busyness. If you are alone, use your phone or mail to connect with people you love and try to sit lovingly with your feelings of loneliness...what were you filling that void with before? Was it real? We have got this. The more awake we become, perhaps the more the powers that benefit from our sleep-state will try to wind us tighter in their coil, but the illusion of security has forever been broken. If you were not already aware of how broken our systems and structures were, then you will have no choice but to be in the coming months.
Positive, constructive and loving action (and inaction) is all we can each do right now in the outside world. In our individual internal universes, we can travel through all space and time to find absolute truths that cannot be thwarted by circumstances. May all beings be happy and free. May we see and hold one another in love and grace. The time is now.
The Moon and Sun will join together in 10 degrees sidereal Pisces at 2:28 am PST this Tuesday, March 24th, making Monday night the dark moon. This New Moon in Pisces is located in the star of Uttara Bhadrapada, where we have seen the lightening flash of insight already. We already know that we are spiritual beings having a human experience—now we must dive deep into ourselves to grab a hold of something more than just that realization. We must do the spiritual work, and it requires not just effort, but faith. It is a letting go as much as anything and the deep surrender that comes when we are sitting in the subconscious realm. The nakshatra is represented by the water snake, or naga, Ahirbudhnya, and shows an accepting of the poison that come before the sweet nectar. It also indicates a deep need to integrate the subconscious with the conscious, so that we can become whole within ourselves. If we are not able to find oneness within our own selves, we will not be able to bring that together on a global scale either.
Practical action will be our guiding force this month, as Mars is joining Saturn in Capricorn this Sunday, March 22nd. Mars is bringing courage, discipline and action to the serious and steady sign of long-term goals and practical, responsible efforts. This alignment will help each person, business, town, county, state and country move forward in their efforts to diminish the effects of Covid-19. Mars is exalted in this placement because it is where we are most able to funnel our excess fire and anger into a valuable and worthwhile project. With the two natural malefics joined, we can expect fear and anger to continue to prevail, but with an intelligence, caution and maturity not often seen when these two planets join. Jupiter will be joining March 29th, which will begin a period where we will not be using our best teachings and highest wisdom. Our sense of expansion constricted and our hopefulness waning, we can expect both within ourselves and outside of ourselves to see a wave of fear-based ideologies come out of every opinion and even potential laws and judgements that speak to this fear. Jupiter is debilitated in Capricorn, focused more on money and safety than higher truths and philosophies. The month ahead should be interesting and our commitment to our practices, physical and spiritual will be paramount in how we handle as individuals.
Mercury in Aquarius is offering us some discrimination in what we hear and read and allowing us to communicate somewhat effectively. Aquarius is the sign of community, futuristic vision and humility. These qualities make it a humanitarian sign, where we think of the many over the few. Mercury is also in the star of Shatabishak for this New Moon, where we had our last New Moon. This is the star of a hundred healers and represents our collective desire to use our intelligence and communication to help each other and the world heal right now. We can see this as in the midst of this global pandemic, many people are offering their gifts to be of service, helping one another through the challenges we are navigating right now and attempting to adapt to our dilemma with new and different systems and solutions. Of course there will always be the opposite of that occurring too, as all swings of the pendulum have to swing back the other direction to work towards balance.
Venus is on her last few days in Aries, moving into Taurus on the 29th, and we can see that our selfishness in relation to others will transition to a more peaceful and harmonious vibe. While in Aries, our sense of relating to others and experiencing happiness is focused on getting what we want and not paying a lot of attention to who or what we tumble in the process. Once she moves into her own sign, we will prefer to ground ourselves in creating, growing food, cooking, eating and generally making ourselves feel good. In Taurus, we want to feel pleasure, but we also understand that it is better if we are aware of others and their needs too to fully experience pleasure. We are also slower and more sensual in our daily experiences, as opposed to storming forward on our way towards a specific goal we think we have. This helps us “stop and smell the roses” and find beauty and peace in the little things. Now is a time to care for ourselves, so that we are able to withstand anything that comes our way. It is also a time to check in on one another, as many people are experiencing severe life consequences to this virus literally shutting down the world, not to mention those that are sick. May all beings everywhere be happy and free. Lokah Samasta Sukinoh Bhavantu
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