On Friday, January 24th at 1:42 pm PST, the Moon and Sun will come together in the solid, yet somber sign of Capricorn in the star of Shravana. Shravana is the star of listening deep beneath the surface, mantras and music and the strong spiritual yearning of one who is willing to tune in amongst the fray. Ruled by Vishnu, this star is depicted as an ear and shows practical results can yield to those who feel devotion in their efforts. Capricorn is where we work, practically and hard in the direction of something to gain something. Here we are very aware of Time and how it will wear us down eventually, in body and mind, how it will run out and we will not have anymore, and how it is constantly pressing down on us to accomplish our tasks which accomplish our goals. With the Moon and Sun is the planet Mercury, who has been here for some time already and is helping us discern what to hear, how to assimilate that and what to communicate about that to others. We also have Saturn, just moved in the day before this Moon cycle begins, to his own house and sign.
Saturn is at home in Capricorn, where his fear is a welcome reminder of all that could go wrong and the pressure he places on us is simply the pressure of life moving towards death and being aware of that as Time. Saturn in Capricorn will also offer us all better boundaries, so that we can get what needs to be done. Saturn stays in a sign about 2 and ½ years and often times (like the cycle he's moving from in Sagittarius and the one he's moving in now) that duration is over the course of 3 years, with some Retrograde action moving him back to the previous sign. This is a long time. Fortunately, this long time will be more productive, rather than primarily fearful and will involve tangible results rather than ideologies and emotions. If you want to know how Saturn in Capricorn will affect you personally and those you love, sign up for my newsletter now and your FREE copy of: “Saturn in Capricorn for all 12 Signs” will be automatically sent to your inbox!
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On Friday, January 10th, the Moon will be Full in sidereal Gemini in the star of Punarvasu, “The Return of the Light”. This Nakshatra is located at the end of Gemini and beginning of Cancer in the heads of the twins, Castor and Pollux. This star comes after the storm and upending, to remind us of our light. The Earth Mother, Aditi is born and as her, we are both the created and the creators. The exact degrees of the Moon and Sun across from each other is going to be at 11:21 am PST and the prenumbral eclipse itself (9:07 am to 1:12 pm, max point 11:10 am PST) will be barely visible from Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa. Prenumbral eclipses are where the Moon will just be a touch darker, not fully outcast, so it will not be very easy to observe even in locations where it will be visible. This is an eclipse on the Moon from the North Node, Rahu, and unlike its partner, the Solar Eclipse on Christmas with the South Node in Sagittarius, this one is about new beginnings. We are learning how to be more discerning with our information, in what we choose to take in, how we process it and then in how we communicate it with others. Rahu creates an atmosphere of frenetic intake, with little experience or knowledge, so we must understand that everything we “eat” is not food. This will be a time of great growth for some, and for others a time of delusion and confusion. To mitigate any delusive tendencies you possess, repeating mantras and maintaining a meditative state during the eclipse is ideal, although if you are at work or somewhere where it is not possible, perhaps start your day with a mediation and yoga practice and then if there is a way to avoid excessive interaction with others and driving during this time-window, do.
With the Sun, our source of power, connection to source and consciousness across the way in Sagittarius, we are still leading from our beliefs. We also have 4 other Grahas there (planetary energies that “grab us”). The source of inspiration and idealism that we hold to is being constricted and committed to by Saturn, who is moving out by the end of the month, uplifted and examined by Jupiter in his own sign, and being communicated by a combust Mercury. This combustion causes us to feel unheard and this turns us to wise-cracks, small jokes and jabs at others and their beliefs in order to make it known that we feel this way. Ketu, the South Node is still here, dragging us deep through past karma in this area of our lives and an acute avoidance of dealing with whatever is left here for us to heal.
Mars in Scorpio is giving a one-way, 8th house dristhi (energetic gaze) to this Full Moon/Eclipse by Rahu and is creating some discipline and courage around examining the shadow side of ourselves in our communication and information processing, but also some anger around the perceived delusion of others. Be careful what you blow up now personally; information will certainly be blowing up all around you and in the outside world, but the lesson here is to stay disciplined and discerning, and use repetitive practices to eventually come to what is truth.
Venus just entered Aquarius, giving our relationships a boost away from the self-centered and fear-based paradigm of “how is love serving me and my goals” to one of “how can I use love and relationships to serve the greater good?” What new models, paradigms and systems can be created to change the face of relating and how can anyone be happy if we are not all enjoying that happiness? The futuristic, humble and universal (as opposed to intimate) sign of Aquarius is where we find our happiness in helping greater causes and forging forward into futuristic terrain.
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On Christmas Day, from 6:29 pm to 12:05 am on the 26th (PST), there will be a solar eclipse in the sign of Sagittarius, with the height of the eclipse being at 9:17 pm. In California, and the United States, it will not be visible, as it is night, but it will be seen from Saudi Arabia, India, the Philippines and some Pacific Islands. This eclipse is powerful in many ways. It is the Sun being eclipsed by the south Node of the Moon, Ketu. This marks an ending of some karmas, in an area of our life that has been getting worked for almost a year, with both Ketu and Saturn holding court here. Ketu has had us withdrawing or avoiding this area of our life and Saturn has had us committing to it out of fear. Sagittarius is the sign of our beliefs, our ideals and what inspires us. It is the place where we find faith and lose it, depending on our relationship with its ruler, Jupiter.
As of November, Jupiter moved into his own sign and joined Saturn and Ketu, and for this Solar Eclipse (meaning on the New Moon), we will see the Moon, Sun and Mercury joining for a veritable party. Couple this with being on Christmas Day (and during Hanukkah), when most people in the West will be gathering with their families and we can imagine the potential upsets that can occur. What Jupiter is showing us is how to be pure in our wisdom. How to find and use honest teachings and teachers to grow into better people. We must subscribe to ideologies that can hold water throughout time and that leave space for other people to differ from us. If they do not, then they are undoubtedly not pure teachings, and have been convoluted, manipulated or created by those who seek control and power. We must rise to the level of being strong in our beliefs, yet open to hearing that other's are coming from a different perspective. We must be able to find the uniting force behind these different systems and we must learn when to speak, when to listen and when to simply do neither and just let it be. Let this be that time. With Mercury here, we may be inclined to stand on our pulpit. Don't. Use that intellect to take some time off and listen to an uplifting podcast or read something or shut off the TV and play a game.
The only two planets, not in Sagittarius on Christmas Day will be Mars, just having entered his own sign of Scorpio, and offering us the courage and discipline we need to do the inner work. We may still feel the fire on the interpersonal emotional battles, but have a chance of reigning it in to a path of action. Venus, the planet of relationships is in Capricorn, giving us a one-pointed focus in our relationships. We may be a bit selfish at the moment, but also with our eye on the long-term goal. Now might not be the time of flowers and soft words, but it is a time for action and effort that can bring us much more than romance down the road. This also indicates, that unless you have your relationship planet (meaning the ruler of your 7th house) in Sagittarius, you are likely to have less uprooting in love right now than everywhere else, as Venus is keeping our Love and Happiness out of the whirlwind. Of course, its only Venus and Mars-ruled people that do not have their 7th lord there, and they also enjoy their ruling planet (ie; themselves) being free of this tornado.
This eclipse is taking place in the nakshatra Mula, one of the most challenging of the 27 Vedic stars. Here is where we literally uproot our belief systems, and possibly lives, in order to replant something that resonates better with the new frequency we are finding. The trouble is that uprooting is painful, and the large gaping holes left in its wake take time to fill in. We may be tempted to quickly fill them. We may also be feeling a bit wild and so untamed and free that we want to destroy other people's beliefs systems as well. Be careful. This is a storm for each of us to experience for ourselves. It is not your work to upheave someone else. Mula is ruled by Nirriti, the goddess of chaos and destruction. Often associated with Kali, she is a dark goddess that helps us clear karma in what can feel like a traumatic way. She is less nurturing than Kali can be, however and is where we can spin so far from order that we wind up in utter disorder. With our Sun, our source of Power and Light being eclipsed, especially so close to the Solstice where, in the Northern Hemisphere, we are on the path of growing in our light towards summer, we can see that there is a deep lesson for us to finally learn about that power, and our authority in this world. For many of us, I suspect it will be to stand in it more. For the powers that currently hold much of our world in its grasp, I suspect it will be a wake up call of what the collective strength of everyone else can yield. This last year was very much one that found us and leaders/governments being oppressive and fear-driven. With Jupiter now here to show us our light and Saturn moving on to his own sign of Capricorn in January, we are ready to release our fear to genuine hard work and humility. We are ready to accept better wisdom and teachings and to rise up to meet our inner light. It might be messy, painful even, to get there, but we are ready.
Namaste and Many Blessings to you in this new year!
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The Moon will be Full in the sign of sidereal Taurus in the star of Mrigasira on Wednesday, December 11th at 9:12 pm PST. Taurus is where we are grounding down into the material, physical world. The Moon is exalted in the earthy terrain of Taurus. We eat, we sleep, we take care of our sensory needs and wants and we aim to be harmonious, not just with others, but with the world around us. In contrast to our debilitated New Moon two weeks ago in Scorpio, where we rode the roller coaster of the emotional underbelly and faced our fears, Taurus is where we face our life and live it here and now. The specific star of this Full Moon, Mrigasira, is where we become unsatisfied with what we've always known and the comfort of our family values and run off into the world to find new ways of doing things. It is called “the Searching Star” and is often a search for spiritual truth. There is a warrior aspect to this star, where we must have the courage to leave and the faith to know the path will find us on our journey into the unknown. (Watch the video for the myth related to this star!)
Mercury is in Scorpio with our Sun, creating communication that has his strength and power backing it. The Sun in Scorpio brings the shadows into the light. It forces that which was hiding to come out like a flashlight and it shows us that in the end it's not as scary as we thought. Mercury in Scorpio is less aligned, however, wanting to control connection and communication and getting trapped in thoughts that are fearful and dark. With the Sun at the helm, we could have some powerful conversations that really speak to our hidden depths, but we also must beware of wielding power with our words that is aimed at manipulating others' feelings.
Mars is still in Libra, putting a harshness in our sweet idyllic world of peace and harmony and beauty. The occasional sound of stomping feet or pounding fists can only be ignored for so long! We also have to be aware that we might blame others for our lack of discipline right now. We make choices to lean towards luxury or connection and then feel guilty for not being more physically active and disciplined or logical, so we feel angry at the “other”. Likewise, with Venus still struggling her way through Sagittarius, we have to be aware that our relations are on thin ice right now. Best to find the people you have similar ideals and beliefs as and talk to them, unless you are ready to have a battle. With Jupiter in his own sign we are able to see the higher picture, and perhaps the similarities in different belief systems, but can also get caught way up in the dogma and social beliefs and constructs if we are not very evolved in this area of life. Venus is now in exact degrees with Saturn, putting a real strangle on our fun and happiness and creating fear around relationships and connection. This can create commitment, but it is fearfully-derived and the pressure that is on our planet of love right now does not make us feel super romantic. Coming on the heels of a Venus/Ketu conjunction, you may even be running back to, or questioning a love interest you just cut off.
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This New Moon happens at 9 degrees 56 seconds sidereal Scorpio on Tuesday November 26th at 7:05 am PST. The exact part of Scorpio that the Moon and Sun will come together is in the star of Anuradha. This star literally means, “after Radha” and is in reference to the feminine counterpart to the incarnation of Vishnu that is Krishna. The blue flute-playing lord is the “Beloved” and Radha is “the Lover”. (Note: Watch the Video if you want to hear a story of her great devotion!) She is that what attaches itself to the beloved and is therefore, the highest incarnation of devotion. Anuradha brings out this devotion in us, which is important especially in the tumultuous waters of Scorpio, where the Moon is debilitated. With the constant shifts of our moods and emotions, we feel like we are out at sea when the Moon moves through this part of the sky. New Moons are notoriously more depressing because our energy and minds are waning and feeling less excited, less full and less connected to others. Anuradha grounds us in our devotion, if we have it. If we have a part of us that loves something greater than ourselves, then we must anchor ourselves in that now. Meditation or meditative practices are key.
The ruler of Scorpio, Mars, is joined Mercury in the sign of Libra, creating some tension in relationships. We can misunderstand one another now, or cut each other off in conversation, and feel a bit angry about it. We also may slip up a little on our personal discipline and especially physical routine and feel to blame our significant others or other people who we perceive as keeping us from action.
Another challenge we are going through in this moment is that Venus and Jupiter are now joined with only 2 degrees distance in Jupiter's sign of Sagittarius. Venus, our planet of relationship and happiness is never wholly satisfied in Sagittarius because there is always some bigger cause or ideal that is more important than simply relating and enjoying in life and time with others. This makes us feel slighted in our personal and intimate relationships and also gives us the feeling of pleasure when engaging in something that feels connected to the bigger picture to us. We are more “turned on” by philosophy, spirituality, religion and our connection to all people and the planet. We are also more likely to hang out in circles that agree with our ideals and beliefs in an effort to enjoy and get along. When Venus is joined Jupiter we have a bit of a battle between doing what is deemed “right” or righteous and doing what feels good and brings us immediate pleasure. With Jupiter in his own sign and therefore quite strong, we are likely to overturn joy for what we believe to be honorable and this can also put a strain on our relationships.
Saturn and the South node, Ketu are still both in Sagittarius as well, creating fear and disgust around our beliefs and people who believe differently than us, but they are quite far in degrees from Venus and Jupiter, so the effect on those two areas of our life will be minimal. When Venus does pass over Ketu and then Saturn in the coming weeks, we will see ourselves pull away from relationships and others even more and then perhaps cling or commit to whatever we withdrew from out of place of fear and duty. After a period of relative peace and ease in relationships with Venus in her own sign and then in exchange of signs with Mars, we will unfortunately, have some interpersonal strain as we move into the holidays.
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The Full Moon happens at 5:34 am PST on Tuesday, November 12th in sidereal Aries in the star of Bharani. Bharani is ruled by the God of Death, Yama, and is a star of the ultimate initiations of life and death. Yama means to restrain and shows where we must control our sexuality and creativity. Bharani itself means “to bear” like the burden we must bear when we birth something into this world. It is also represented by the yoni, the portal through which we all arrive here on this physical plane. It is where we are creative and inspired, and also must set boundaries in which we can thrive. If we are too open with our energy, we will lose ourselves in a spiral of over-creation and not enough drawing conclusions. If we cut our efforts short before they can fully be, we are never going to bring anything to fruition.
On Monday, the day before this Full Moon, we see Mercury crossing over the Sun in its Retrograde state. When both Retrograde and Combust, Mercury is quite powerful, as it exactly crosses the Sun, which is rare, he is mighty indeed. This shows how we will be creative and destructive specifically with our words, our communication and our thoughts. Mercury is one of the two planets that are most engaged in the world of others and how we relate to them. Retrograde Mercury indicates a need to listen, rather than speak and “hold our tongue” unless we have truly thought through what we will say. Combust Mercury indicates a short fuse with our communication; feeling misunderstood and maybe even making jokes to off-set feelings of missed communications. When both of these qualities occur at the same time, we have deep insight into our communications with others (especially in the sign of Libra, where relationships are the field of interest) and are able to read between the lines, and also withhold speaking when it will not be effective or useful. Libra is where we master harmony and “keeping the peace”, a reason why Mercury is so intelligent here, but if we are being harmonious at the expense of being honest to our true discrimination, then we are selling both ourselves and others short. This is why this time is so powerful. We can hold back when necessary, using restraint, and come forward and use our words to create and destroy when it is appropriate as well. Make sure you are birthing ideas, words and communications that will best serve you down the road right now. Not everything or everyone is worth your precious time.
Full Moons are always a point of contrast from the New Moon cycle we are within, in this case the cycle of Libra. Libra, as I mentioned, is where we are compromising, balancing and harmonizing. Aries, is where we are moving in the direction we want, and not as aware of others' needs and wants. The action-oriented sign of Aries is represented by a ram because with our heads down, we ram through life in the moment, without looking up or around to see what we might be bull-dozing into. The masculine, fiery side of Mars, it is where we are quick to anger, fight and also have discipline and courage necessary to get things done. Time to be selfish with your energy and move forward on what you want! This Moon will be receiving gaze from both Mars and Jupiter, although both at extremely wide degrees. Mars, just entering Libra, indicates both passion and anger on the horizon in relationships. With Venus, the ruler of Libra in Scorpio, and Mars just entering Libra, we see a powerful exchange of signs between these two, bringing us to find some understanding amidst the passion. Mars in Libra can cause our actions to be more compromising in an effort to connect, making us frustrated that we aren't being more disciplined. This can come out as fighting or passion in our relationships. Venus in Scorpio can be a bit controlling and dramatic, focusing on our own emotional state and fears, as opposed to the actual reality for both people involved in a relationship. With the rulers exchanging signs, they offer each other their strengths to help mitigate some of the challenges they have in each other's home fields and we can see that both healthy compromise and focused action can be possible as long as we are able to separate what we are doing for ourselves and what we are doing for the relationship. Seeing this clearly and leaving room for each person to have their own needs and wants met can offer both peace and passion when we are with our partners and ourselves.
Jupiter, gazing at the Moon shows where we are hopeful and inspired in our creativity and will be using our wisdom and teachings to bring forth what we are working on. Now that Jupiter is in his own sign of Sagittarius, he will be showing us a path that is aligned with what we believe and with the ideals that drive us. For more information on this year-long transit that began on November 4th, you can sign up for my newsletter and receive the FREE report, “What Jupiter in Sagittarius means for YOU!” and of course, for your loved ones too. This report will show you how this transit will be transforming all of us, and then each of us specifically as I outline the transit for each rising sign. If you want to know more about how these transits affect you personally, consider getting a Natal Chart Reading!
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This New Moon, October 27th, also marked the midpoint and highest day of the Diwali celebration in Indian culture. This is a day to honor the Goddess Lakshmi, who is love, grace, generosity/abundance & beauty. She is also said to have been gifted to us on Earth in the form of Sita, consort to Ram. In the epic tale where Sita is captured by the evil demon Ravana and Ram rescues her with the help of his brother Lakshman and Hanuman and his monkey army, Her beauty, grace and purity are tried. Because she spent time in the castle of the demon, she must prove to the town of Ayodhya upon return that she was not unfaithful to her husband (who is an incarnation of Vishnu, the sustaining presence of the universe). She sits in a fire that must consume her if she is impure. She is not burned, yet someone is not convinced. The people of Ayodhya insist she must be banished and Rama agrees and sends her to the woods. She births their two sons and eventually drowns herself in Mother Earth’s deep soil. Rama, too, kills himself. The triumph of good over evil did not sustain because the debilitation of power and authority (the Sun in Libra) compromised his truth to appease the people. Likewise, the soon-to-be debilitated Moon (when it enters the nakshatra Vishaka in Scorpio, the following day) is not able to find peace in the midst of all the sadness and emotion and kills herself. The Moon being the all-connective and loving Queen. These two luminaries are at their darkest and thus we need Diwali, the Festival of Lights to remind us of the light within.
The nakshatra of the New Moon itself is Swati, ruled by Vayu, the Wind. Swati is the sword that slices through the airiness and compromise to find truth. In the ever-balancing sign of Libra, it is the independence within us that want to exert itself and claim autonomy.
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The Full Moon will be lighting up in the final nakshatra of the final sign in the zodiac this Sunday, October 13th. The exact time of the Moon and Sun being across from each other in the sky is 2:08 PM PDT, making Saturday night the best time to bathe in the still-growing light outside. Revati is the star of endings; peaceful, aligned and coming back to “home”. It is the place where we are most expanded into our true essence as spiritual beings and are treading the final paces back to our own Self, Atman, and to “God” or “Spirit”, Brahman. Here we offer help to others, especially those less capable; children, animals and the elderly and we feel only the urge to return, not to go out into the world. As such, and with all of the parts of Pisces, we are on an inward journey, not an outward one. We are merging with spirit, not socially inclined. With the fullness of our psyche that the full moon offers, we shall see the full scope of possibility and feel it, yet not be as communicative or social as in other full moons.
This is a time to allow our minds freedom to roam and our interest to shift like fish navigating the changing tides of the sea. Since we are at the apex of the Virgo new moon cycle, we are in the opposite energy of that, balancing it out. The nit-picky, critical and organized energy we have been bringing to our lives and bodies, is now being mitigated by our more spiritual and yes, a little lazier selves. Let it be. Don't force it. There's been enough “work”, and there will be again. For this weekend, just enjoy. Space out, swim, think, meditate or just be. Even though enlightenment takes courage and work, Revati is where we have done the major lifting and are enjoying the peaceful return to where we belong.
The fact that Mars is further now from the Sun than he has been in some time, means that our anger has dissipated. We are not as likely to snap on a dime. Also, Venus and Mercury closely traversing the sign of Libra has created a harmonious atmosphere for relational communication, artistic skills flourishing and seeing and thinking in more beautiful, loving ways. The Sun will join these two planets on the 17th, bringing our own sense of purpose and authority down, as we expend even more energy trying to create peace and harmony and beauty over conflict. This is not a power place for the Sun, as he is debilitated in Libra's compromising balancing act. We have trouble leading even ourselves, when we are so caught up in being liked and being fair. Also, while Mars and the Sun are finally stretching some miles between themselves, Mars is moving closer in to an exact dristhi with Saturn in Sagittarius. October 26th-28th will be the days of exact degrees and greatest dread-lock. This combination, as we saw in June from Gemini, is a troublesome one, as Mars is where we fight and Saturn is where we flight. The fact that Saturn is joined Ketu, the south node, creates a particularly compelling fear around our beliefs and ideals and a fiery clash of the two grahas that “cut”, Mars and Ketu. These two together bring anger with disgust and a terrifying militance that does not care who is taken as casualties. With Mars coming from the detail-oriented, small-picture sign of Virgo we can expect our fight to be one of minutae and arguments centered around the organization and details. Virgo is also a sign of health and healing and I imagine there will be more militance and use of fine print in the realm of health care and mandating medical procedures and drugs in the name of public safety. With fears high and an unwillingness to really look at our deepest held beliefs with discernment and prospective, we are not quite through the gates of suffering yet.
Use this weekend to reflect and reconnect to your truest beliefs and to remember the bigger picture. That is what a Pisces moon does best. Connect to your own part in all that you fear and all that you dislike, and try to own and love it. This Full Moon, at the time of harvest, is called Sharad Purnima or Kojagari Purnima, and is spent honoring the Goddess Lakshmi in many parts of India. Lakshmi is beauty, abundance, fertility, love and generosity. She is said to visit those holding Kojagari Lakshmi Puja by staying awake all night. She descends to Earth and passes through the night, asking, “Who is awake?” If we are awake, we can respond and it is said we will be bestowed with her sweet blessings.
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This New Moon is at 11:26 am on Saturday, September 28th, happening at 11 degrees sidereal Virgo, in the star of Hasta. Hasta is where we awaken to a new dawn. It is ruled by the deity Savitr, who is the aspect of the Sun that inspires us with a new day, bringing our dreams into reality. Here, with a practical mind and the element of Earth, we are able to create, make and do. Hasta is symbolized by an open hand; the doer, the freer and the manifester. Here we tap into the part of Virgo that has already drawn up the plans and contracts and needs only to make it all happen. Virgo itself is a neat, organized, healthy part of the sky that is focused on purification. Here we want to make things new or clean again by physically organizing our space, cleansing and healing our bodies, and attempting to control anything and everything that seems wrong, dirty or out of place. This is a sign that can bring out our neuroticism, and self-loathing. It is also a place where we can be extremely critical of others, as they reflect the images we are judging of our selves.
Both Mercury and Venus have been in Virgo for a few weeks, showing these qualities strong in our relationships and capacity to be happy but these two friendly planets are moving into Venus' sign of Libra this week. Mercury, will move on Sunday, right after the New Moon. We are moving into a time where communication and relating will feel more pleasing and the goal will be creating something beautiful and harmonius. This can be especially powerful for artists, musicians and writers as the artistic nature of Libra is unmatched and both Mercury and Venus are in excellent intelligence in this sign. While it will certainly be a pleasure to connect in a more romantic way as well, don't lose the insight you may have had while Mercury was in Virgo, on what things are not working for you and why. We sometimes compromise in Libra, in favor of getting along and feeling love.
Mars is now in Virgo also, creating a New Moon that has a pile-up of planets, just as we did last month with Leo. Except now, the anger and passion is channeled into straightening out, attending to the details and cleaning and purifying anything that doesn't feel “right”. We also now have a situation where Mars is moving into a two-way dristhi with Saturn and Ketu. This happened in the beginning of the summer, when Mars was in Gemini, joined Rahu. This time the anger won't be so amplified (minus Rahu, the north node) but it will be lacking the strength and courage it needs to really fuel that energy into right action. We can get very caught up in the details here and lose sight of the big picture. For now, the degrees are far, but as we move farther into October, we will see that militant part of ourselves, others and the greater society starting to march in. When Ketu and Mars connect, we see cold, cutting and militance. When Saturn and Mars connect, we see Fear and Anger collide. With our anger coming from a place of nit-picky perfectionism and our fear rooted deep in our beliefs, we can expect some massive public displays of “sides” and of course our own private ones as well. The Moon and Sun are closer to Saturn/Ketu in a one-way gaze right now, putting some fear and disdain directly in our mind and consciousness.
Take the time to do the physical practices that help you connect to something higher right now, as direct Saturn in Sagittarius will help you follow through with that which inspires you and Jupiter in Scorpio an opportunity to dive deep in. Remember to take time to be still; meditative and prayerful, as the big picture can be lost with all this Virgo energy. Mantra and song can be quite powerful now, as well as painting, crafting and the healing arts.
This New Moon also marks the start of Durga Navaratri. The nine nights of the Divine Mother. We will celebrate beginning on the first day after the New Moon and continue on for 9 nights until the 10th day, dasami, where the Goddess' victory over the buffalo-headed demon is celebrated. This shape-shifting creature is reminiscent of our own inner demons, whom take on different personas so they are hard to pin down and defeat. At the end of the epic tale, the Goddess breathes in the slain body of the demon, showing us that even he is a part of Her. She accepts even our ugliest parts and those of humanity and through prayer and devotion we can integrate those aspects into the rest of us. Before she rides away from the earth plane, she reminds her devotees that they can always call for her and ask for her help and that she will return every fall to bring harvest both in the physical and in the spiritual sense.
Jai Ma! Victory to the Divine Mother!
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This Friday the 13th, at 9:33 pm PDT, the Moon will be directly across from our Sun, still in sidereal Leo at 26 degrees 58 seconds of Aquarius in the star of Purva Bhadrapada. This is a star of great spiritual awakening and a lightening flash of what truly is in a constellation that makes us think about the future and how much greater it can be. Purva Bhadrapada (the “early blessed step”) is ruled by Aja Ekapada, the one-footed goat, who is on the mountain and can see its peak, yet cannot climb to the top on one foot alone. This is a sign that while we are close, we are not there yet. The deep spiritual work takes place in the next star, Uttara Bhadrapada, where we entwine with the serpent and draw the poison out, allowing us to take the final journey home in the final nakshatra of Revati, where the full moon will be next month. In the Aquarius part of Purva Bhadrapada, we are visionaries and idealists who can dream up a different system and way of operating that serves everyone, as opposed to just a few. Here we are humble, intelligent and part of the larger world community. The Sun across the way, and our New Moon a couple weeks ago in the sign of Leo is the opposite, singular, strong and proud, we have been trying to rule whatever domains we can dilineate, but with the Moon in Aquarius and both Mercury and Venus moved on to the earthy and detail-oriented sign of Virgo, we are moving in a different direction.
Venus is actually debilitated in Mercury's sign of Virgo, because here we are nit-picky, self-conscious and craving a clean slate, a purity that can never actually be again. The planet of pleasure, relationships and happiness does not do well in Virgo's matter-of-fact categories that judge everything based on how close to its most pristine state it is. Watch out for fault-finding, self-doubt and nagging. On the up-side, we are prone to plants and healing through natural healing arts here and can balance out all the water and then fire that we experienced the last few months with some Ayurvedic or other holistic and plant-based practices. Go on a date in nature, get massages and specially-concocted herbal remedies from local practitioners. Enjoy organizing your space at home and work and learn some new super-healthy recipes.
Since Mercury is also here in Virgo, in fact in exact degrees with Venus, we will have a better chance at communicating in our relationships. Mercury is exalted here in its own sign of Virgo, and we are likely to use precise language that aims to tell what is true here, helping us create healthy dialogue with others. This is especially important because Mars in still within 3 degrees of the Sun in Leo, and super combust. Our anger fuse is still short and lion-ey, so we gotta find the right words to get us out of the den.
That Mars is still giving dristhi to Jupiter in his own sign of Scorpio, also within 2 degrees, so especially watch out for fiery outbursts that feel founded in your principles. Use your discipline and get it out through a physical practice, then allow yourself to see the ways in which you might also do whatever it is that you suddenly feel self-righteous about. Find peaceful resolve through a humble mind and heart and clear language skills. This could be an opportunity to find the truth in both yourself and the world around you if you don't let your anger get the better of you.
With Saturn and Ketu, the south node in exact degrees again, we are looking at bitterness and fear beneath the surface that is likely the root cause of the anger. Try to meditate. Saturn is actually stationary-retrograde at the moment and moving direct on September 18th, so allow yourself to observe the “stuckedness” of your fear and just breathe into it. It is all beginning to move forward and by the end of the year, we will feel much better. If we do the hard work now, we might even feel better for the long haul, not just until the next intense alignment gets us. Cultivate peace.
Happy Full Moon! Namaste
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