Our Full Moon on Monday, January 17th at 1:47 pm HT (3:47pm PST) is in sidereal Cancer in the star of nourishment, Pushya. Cancer is where we have the unconditional love of a Mother towards their child and in the nakshatra Pushya, we are specifically feeding what we love. Giving it life. The watery realm of Cancer is where we are in our feeling nature, and is the Moon’s natural abode. Here we want to connect and emote and run into difficulty if we feel distance from those we love. Just like a child needs compassion if they feel sad, hurt or have done something wrong, we also need that as adults. Many of us were not raised with ample compassion and were instead taught that we should suck it up and move forward regardless of our feelings. It is important to learn to nurture ourselves, and hold space for our feelings, while also understanding that they are passing and possibly based in a misperception of something that happened. If you feel like crying, by all means do that, and also try to remember that you may also have misunderstood someone else’s intentions.
Across the way, we have Sun, Saturn and Retrograde Mercury in Capricorn reminding us of Time and how much we still have to do. This pressure comes with the wisdom Saturn has slowly (and perhaps painfully) been teaching us since January 2020; to accept the inevitable reality of time and to commit to this moment. Saturn also reminds us of the physical limitations of our body and how we can only do as much as we can before our body will quit. If we don’t take the time to nurture and nourish this vessel, it will force us to take that time. The Sun in its dimmer variation of power here is focused on working hard and the limitations on that power. This can remind us that there is power in humility and that the best leader is the one rolling up their sleeves and doing the most work. Mercury Retrograde is a reminder to stop and think before we speak, or send that text or email or comment on that post. While the delays might be frustrating, they can help remind us of what is truly important and to take the time and care necessary to communicate what we really mean. If we say it wrong, we can use the Saturnian humility to admit our mistakes and move forward in grace. This is a stilling point, where we need to learn how to move past the polarity and integrate care and compassion while we accomplish what needs to be done. For more on Mercury Retrograde w/ Saturn & Sun go HERE
Venus Retrograde is reminding us to specifically take care with our relationships as we pass through the the final 12 days of this transit. While old relationship wounds may resurface and we may have to navigate aspects of ourselves and the others in our lives we thought we had already laid to rest, remember if it is in front of you, you did not actually accomplish what you thought you did before. This is not to “punish” you, this is to move you through it. What lessons you must learn will continue to come to you until you learn them. It is a basic law of the universe. If you continue to evade these lessons by assuming full blame on others, your environment or a state of victimhood you find yourself in, you will continue to be faced with these same lessons. If you would like help navigating this, sign up for my newsletter (in the top right corner) and receive your FREE report “Venus Retrograde for all 12 Signs” instantly. This will help you see what specifically Venus is bringing up for you. In honor of this transit I am also offering discounted readings to email subscribers to help people see what it is they are doing in relationships and what patterns they are ready to release.
In this mix with all this, Mars just hopped the Gandanta point from Scorpio to Sagittarius and is in the star Mula. Mula is an intense nakshatra where we rip out what is not working by the roots. Mars has not had his own energy to himself for some time. He was combust the Sun from late summer to the beginning of December, in which he joined the South Node Ketu and now he is joining forces with Venus. While the Sun agitates Mars when too close, and union with Ketu makes us militaristic and cutting, union with Venus will be yet another way our relationships are taking a hit! Venus and Mars joined can give us some contentious, and sexy, energy. While it can be fun to ride the fight and make up roller coaster for short periods of time, this is not a lasting approach to love. Mars is asking us to be more disciplined in regard to our beliefs, practices and teachings. Venus in Sagittarius can be a bit of a spiritual bypasser, so the slowed down motion of the planet can actually help us take a moment and try to get it right. Hopefully all the humility we are experiencing otherwise is a reminder that philosophies don’t solve actual problems and aren’t helpful in the moment when someone is experiencing pain. Philosophies are showing us the light we can reach towards but very few people are actually living in that space and when we ignore people’s very real challenges in favor of teaching them something that you likely also don’t always embody, we do not create connection. This is how we distance ourselves from one another. It is also how we distance ourselves from our own feelings. Something to meditate on right now is that how we treat others is a reflection of how we treat ourselves. Coming back to the Cancer moon, the more compassion we can have for ourselves, likely the more we have to extend to others as well.
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January 14th-February 3rd Mercury is Retrograde in sidereal Capricorn. This event happens 3 times a year and receives quite a bit of attention, and really blame, for the days and weeks leading up to, during and sometimes even after it happens. The reason that this particular planet in Retrograde feels so important to us, is because communication is the lifeblood of our relationships and for many of us, our work as well. It can create riffs in our relationships as we miss texts, messages and emails or they arrive late. Even the words we use can be misunderstood as the delay in our cognitive process can jumble our sentences and intentions. What’s the lesson in this chaos? To slow down. To take care with your words. TO LISTEN. Don’t dash off responses and then sit on your hands waiting to find out how it was received. Take the time to say what you mean and then allow others the same. Notice when you misspeak or misunderstand something and have compassion for yourself. Then notice that when others do the same, and have compassion for them. Assume the people close to you mean well and ask them if you are confused or feel jilted by something they say. Every year as people become more reliant on technology, the importance of it working grows. Mercury Retrograde can also easily trip up you phones, computers or any other technology you rely upon. This can feel like an emergency when you are trying to get an important item through or are having trouble receiving essential communication for your work. Slow down. Is it an emergency? What is the worst case scenario? Capricorn is where we are focused on survival and everything can feel crucial. It is also where we are often ‘bare bones” and don’t use a lot of excess, just what’s necessary. This can create a feeling of unfriendliness or as though we are “being used” in communication. It also reminds us to keep it simple, direct and only say what we need to in order to move whatever we are speaking of forward.
It can be hard to feel compassion here, especially since Saturn is in his own sign holding his cold gaze of dispassion. Saturn joined Mercury in Saturn’s own sign can create a feeling of pressure of what we “should” be doing, plus the Sun has moved here on this same day, so not only do we have the “have to” feeling in our sense of Power, but the pressure builds when the Sun and his illegitimate son come together, as they are inimical towards one another. They both apply a pressure, the Sun it is hot and the bright light shines on anything that isn’t true to illuminate that. Saturn is dry and cold and shows that very little is true and even if it is, what’s the point? We will all die one day, so why care about anything? The combination can be quite dehydrating and can literally suck the juicy joy from life, so take the pauses or catches when something doesn’t go the way that you intended and drink some water! Get wet. Get juicy. Realize that the point is not to get somewhere, it is to Be Here. Saturn in his own sign can help us accept the lack of control we have over the most important things in life, and also to find the freedom in that. If we can’t control life, then we can take that pressure off our backs. Our current society thrives on making everything emergency level, deadlines and consequences. Saturn in intelligence can take us beyond that mundane and manufactured pressure that is really coming from other people trying to control that which is not in their control just like we are. In recognition of that which we lack the power to do, we will instead realize what power we DO have. That is to Take Back Time. Slow down, listen, marinate on things before deciding, BREATHE, remember that after you complete one emergency-level task, no doubt there will be another. This doesn’t mean, don’t do anything because what’s the point, it means do everything with care and commitment and humility because sticking a pin in things to rush them through to the next leads to a life built upon a shoddy foundation. When we feel that getting things done “in time” (who’s time frame is it?) is more important than getting things done well then we end up with a life lived that way. If death is the very thing that we are guaranteed and yet also avoiding, doesn’t doing this rush us closer to it?
This is what Einstein was pointing to in his theory of relativity. Time is relative, based on your frame of reference. If we rush to an appointment and get there on time and then the doctor is running late and we have to wait in the office for 30 minutes, we can choose to spend that time tapping our fingers in fury and watching the minutes, or we can choose to “check out” on our phone, or we can choose to have a meaningful interaction or complete a task we have meant to do. We can see that extra time as a gift. Likewise, we can not race to the appointment. We can realize that the car can only go so fast and that ultimately most of our “racing” is actually just tensing up our body and focusing all our attention on “getting there”. We will only arrive a few minutes earlier at best. We don’t need to meander and stop to chat with people, but we can turn on some music and sing, or roll around a new idea we’ve been meditating on. We can also just be absolutely present with the drive itself. The car, other cars, the lights, trees, people, buildings, sky and revel in all that is right then, in that moment. Anyone who has ever meditated can tell you that if you take that extra time first thing in the morning, the rest of the day actually runs smoother and it can feel as though you have actually gained time, rather than lost it. Just by spending 5-30 minutes in presence with yourself, time expands. I think of it as being more able to “flow” the rest of my day as opposed to spending the day “willing things” to happen. When I enter the natural rhythm and flow of myself and the universe right off the bat, my day proceeds in this manner. If not, my day will likely have many stops and starts and frustrations. The particular star that Mercury is beginning this Retrograde cycle in is called Shravana. It is represented by an ear and the 3 footprints of Vishnu, the Sustainer, which is also the formation of the stars that form it. Shravana reminds us to listen beneath the surface of things and to find the divinity in everything. Through recognizing the “God in All” we are more able to move through difficult experiences and challenges with others. We are also able to reap the rewards of being on the path of truth, which is that we become less attached to outcomes in this manifest reality and more aware that we can manifest a different one also. Music and singing, especially devotional or prayerful music can be extremely powerful right now. Singing is a way of using our voice to communicate love. Much of what we say is enshrouded in fear. By regularly turning to the act of not just listening, but using your own vocal chords to sing, you can connect your Anahata (heart) chakra to your Vishudda (throat) chakra and shift your communication to a more loving vibration!
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January 2, 2022 at 8:33 am HT (10:33 am PST) is the New Moon in sidereal Sagittarius in the star of Purva Ashada, meaning “the Invincible” or the “Early Victory”. As the Gregorian New Year began, we were actually in the final tithi (phase) of the waning moon in a star called Mula, “the root”. Mula is where we rip out what is not working by it’s roots. Purva Ashada is where we plant new seeds that will serve us and our belief systems better. It is indicated by an elephant tusk, showing strength and wisdom. It is also represented by a fan or a winnowing basket, separating the husks of fear and delusion from that kernel which is pure and true. May our discernment be at its finest and our efforts be laid in love. The early victory is also in the tending of what we wish to see grow, and seeing the early shoots rise. Here wisdom and the capacity to spread that wisdom to others is possible, as the goddess of the star is Apas, the cosmic waters. Here if we focus on what is righteous and true, then our recognition will naturally come, if we focus on the end result instead then we may be recognized, but when what grows from it is faulty, then that will be our legacy instead.
We’ve had a lot of stuff come up for us to rip up by the roots, with Mars and Ketu in Scorpio for the past month, showing us our deepest fears and where they come from! On January 16th, Mars will leave Scorpio and enter Sagittarius, separating these two fiery and cutting Grahas until they meet again. Allow this to be a process of healing and freeing yourself, rather than getting caught in the feelings of loss or fear. Remember to shine light directly on whatever you see scampering in the dark, as only when we see something clearly, can we understand it enough to not fear it.
Venus has now travelled back into Sagittarius in her retrograde cycle and is in the following star from this New Moon, Uttara Ashada, the “later victory”. This is where we are able to reap greater rewards from our efforts, begin the process of harvesting. However, since she is retrograde, it is a time to expose to ourselves inwardly whether or not what we are reaping is what we want. What houses Venus rules for you and what house Sagittarius is for you in your Vedic chart will determine how and what you are experiencing this through. If you have not yet signed up for my newsletter you can click the link above (and to the right) to sign up and receive “Venus Retrograde for all 12 Signs” as your FREE gift instantly. This will explain where specifically YOU (and your loved ones) are feeling this transit! You will also get exclusive offers for Readings Specials!
Mercury is also in Uttarashada, but in the Capricorn portion of the nakshatra, offering solid, practical communication that ensures long term survival. He will begin his retrograde cycle on January 14th, lasting until February 3rd, so for two weeks we will have both of our “relational” planets in delay. Venus is about relationships themselves, and compromise. Mercury is how we communicate with others and receive the information they have to share. Retrograde is a period of apparent backwards motion. Planets do not actually begin moving backwards. This is important to understand, because it shows how we feel as though we are walking through the past and having to relive or relearn certain experiences but that is not entirely so. Just as Heraclitus stated you cannot step into the same river twice because it is not the same river and you are not the same person, so are we not able to relive life the same. What we are walking through now is different, and more importantly, we are different. When we are triggered or reminded of past experiences, it is hard to remember that, but if we can, in that moment, we can reprogram our brains to experience differently. We can actively choose to breathe through, sing through, sit through, or even cry through whatever is coming up and then make a different plan. This is the harvest. This is where the fruits lie. As we watch our life unfold differently when we make different choices, this encourages us to continue to do so. And then there we are. Wiser, truer, and decidedly more happy.
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Our Full Moon this month is happening Saturday, December 18th at 6:35 pm HT (8:35 pm PST) in sidereal Gemini in the star of Mrigasira, the “Searching Star.” Ruled by Soma, the Moon, as well as the immortal bliss that we all seek, Mrigasira is where we set out in search of something that we know is there but have yet to fully taste. From the earthy sign of our values, security and pleasure (Taurus) into the mental landscape of Gemini where we test new ideas and seek new information and skills, this star helps us imagine a new world. This nakshatra is literally “a deer’s face” and can be depicted as a deer sniffing the ground before it scampers to the next spot. The skittish quality of deer can be seen here, as well as a lack of clear direction, so we have to be careful to infuse our search with meaning and purpose. In Gemini, we are flexible, information-oriented and more able to be objective with that information. It is a place in each of our charts where we can have fun through balanced communication, idea sharing and research, and yet is also a place where a steady flow of information can become the focus, while a point or conclusion is never drawn from all the data. Across from our Sun in Sagittarius, we are being asked to reflect on the difference between knowledge and wisdom and our relationships with facts versus universal truths. In the realm of Sagittarius we see the opposite issue of Gemini; confirmation bias, dogma, and zealotry can all exist when we are constantly creating meaning or funneling what information we are willing to take in through our pre-determined views.
Mercury, the ruler of Gemini is joined the Sun here, in close enough degrees to be combust, and is affecting the way we are able to discern information. He is giving us a bent towards communicating with “higher wisdom” and philosophy, but also a tendency to “spiritually bypass” ourselves or others, and less capacity to have neutral discernment. Combust, we might not feel fully heard, especially by authority figures and might create a philosophical reason for that in our minds or laugh it off with a joke rife with deeper meaning. Mercury is also in the star Purva Ashada, giving us the desire to plant new seeds in the gaping holes left from both our recent eclipse in Scorpio (and the subsequent Mars/Ketu conjunction that is exploding anything that hasn't yet come up and out of the shadows), and from the Sun newly transited into the star of Mula, “the root”. The house that Sagittarius is for you, as well as the ones ruled by Mercury will indicate what area of life this is occurring in for you. Mula is ruled by Nirriti, the goddess of destruction and is where we rip up by the roots anything that is not serving our higher purpose or sense of truth. Here the bright rays of the sun shine on what is not working and we feel the power and leadership to do what needs to be done to fix it, beginning with destroying the pre-existing conditions.
Venus is about to begin her Retrograde cycle from December 19th-January 29th, beginning in Capricorn and moving back through Sagittarius. She is beginning this cycle in Capricorn in the star of Uttarashada, the “later victory’, where we are able to reap some of the harvest from our efforts in the previous star Purva Ashada (see above). Capricorn is the practical, utilitarian sign where we are geared towards survival and not as focused on making things nice. The results here usually give way to longer efforts and incur the patience of the ruler Saturn, but as she is traveling perceptively backwards, it will be a chance to see where we put in the work but maybe weren’t careful with the foundation. On December 29th she will make her way back into Sagittarius, where we have to beware of turning our relationships into philosophical camaraderie, versus genuine relating. The ways in which we have bypassed ourselves in relationship and our partners will likely surface and we will see if we did actually plant seeds that we can believe in.
Collectively, this will be a rewind and review of our relationships, including actual previous partners coming out of the woodwork as well as themes and issues we’ve had in our relational past. It will also be a chance to reflect on what gives you pleasure and makes you happy. Personally, it will show up as Venus is a house lord for you and the area of life that she rules for you, as well as where Capricorn and Sagittarius are in your chart. This means that the transit will be very different for an Aries Rising than a Libra Rising, as for Aries it is the 7th lord of partnerships and the 2nd lord of Value, and for Libra it is the ruling planet and indicative of deep reflection upon their own identity. For each Rising sign, Venus is a different ruling planet and therefore indicates a different area of life being reviewed. It is vital to understanding transits to know where and how they will show up in your life specifically. For that reason, I offer reports that give a detailed description of what each sign will be experiencing in the more powerful and affecting transits.
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Feeling things heat up?! No need to explode, that which you’ve been avoiding is doing it for you:) While Ketu, the south node has been transiting sidereal Scorpio since September 2020, we have had “no head” to engage in the area of life that Scorpio rules for each of us. This means that we have been sitting on all our past information and accrued wisdom and hopefully digging deep into our shadows in this area of life. Shadows can be past trauma, triggers, fears, and they can also be familial, ancestral or of a group that you identify with. As I have spoken of in the last few forecasts, this past eclipse in Scorpio was really the final hurrah for us to “see” what we are meant to see, bring it to the surface and find a way to reintegrate it. Whatever we have not done this with is coming out now in a fiery and explosive manner as Mars is now in his own house and he is on a mission! Mars and Ketu will be in exact conjunction in sidereal Scorpio on the 14th and 15th of December.
Scorpio is a water sign and yet ruled by Mars it is also fiery. Ketu and Mars operate similarly in that they are both showing us where we are cutting (non-connective), harsh, fiery and skilled. Mars is meant to help us discipline ourselves, not others, yet all-too often we use his energy in anger at others instead of to strengthen ourselves. Ketu is where we are wise, but uninterested and even disgusted. Together they are militant, surgical, exacting and quite explosive. This is the time to look within. What can you do to personally up level your own skills as you navigate your fears and emotions? When feeling triggered, take a breath and recognize that the other person likely is too, so you can throw fuel on the fire or bite your tongue and take another breath. Many of the battles we fight are not even our own and if they are, they are not necessarily aligned with the path to freedom or peace. Since we are swimming in turbulent waters full of fire right now, see if you can spend some time grounding with the earth; trees, forests, rocks, still waters, dirt and shade can all be beneficial to bring the emotions steady and the anger down. Calming breath practices like Nadi Shodhana (alternate nostril breath) are also helpful! Remember that all it takes is one deep breath to reset your mind and that could completely change the outcome:)
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What you don’t have eyes to see, will make itself known; the past is always close behind! Beware of a fixation for the future that ignores what brought you to where you are now. The Lunar eclipse on the 18th and 19th brought us in the direction of what we desperately want to achieve in this world and now we must look where we do not necessarily want to, to see what is keeping us back. While the Full Moon in the lunar eclipse was exalted in Taurus, this Scorpio Moon is not only dark but in its sign of debilitation, where the overwhelm of emotions can be like a rollercoaster. We are deep in the trenches of our past karma, navigating the shadows of our oldest fears and traumas. The call we are hearing is to shine the light (the Sun) into the dark recesses of our psyche and allow our biggest fears to surface. Once they are out in the light of day, we can see them for what they truly are…sometimes just as horrible as we imagined, and often, way less monstrous than we configured them in our brain. Now is the time to be willing to look. We spend so much time bypassing or gaslighting our own experiences, or those of our ancestors, it is no wonder that this is so common a practice in society towards others. What we have experienced, done or had done to us, is real and deserves its moment in the light to be acknowledged. Let it be understood and then with empathy, recycle it back into your being with more clarity and a capacity to move forward in the direction of your dreams.
The Total Solar Eclipse in sidereal Scorpio is December 3rd & 4th (max point is 9:33 pm HT on 12/3, 11:33 pm 12/3 PST) is only completely visible from Antartica, and parts of Southern Africa will see a partial eclipse but the effects will certainly be felt by all! The Sun is our consciousness, power, authority, the father and the government. It is one of the indicators of career (along with Saturn) and it rules whatever house Leo is in your chart. This area of your life will be eclipsed, blacked out and then reset in this time. The Sun, Moon and Mercury are all going to be in Jyestha, the eldest of the nakshtara wives of the Moon. Here we have courage, but also have to beware of our ego getting us into situations where we really have to test that courage! Jyestha is ruled by Indra, the king of the gods and is represented by a talisman, a mystical armor offering protection as well as the power of illusion. Indra is known for using the powers of illusion through his invisible net and his lightning bolt which has been fashioned by the divine architect of the gods. Ketu, the South node is a space in the sky that only becomes visible in an eclipse (just like Rahu, the north node was in the lunar eclipse). It is a fiery laser precise Graha that goes deep down into the well spring of fire and water that is Scorpio and pin points the exact place where our karma is still stuck. Here it is at home, in its sign of depth and intelligence. Specifically it is in the star of Anuradha, where devotion is key. Here we pass through the portal of our deepest fears through deep love and faith. We will never be able to foretell the consequences of our actions or the rewards, our only choice lies in our one-pointed devotion to love and complete surrender. Ketu will show us where we have an obstacle to this trust and love from our past.
At 2:43 pm HT (4:43 pm PST) on December 4th, hours after the eclipse, Mars marches into his own sign of Scorpio to make absolutely sure we are facing whatever we have been avoiding! While he stays out during the eclipse itself, and has moved out of combustion (proximity to the Sun) earlier in the week, he is going to ensure that we do not move out of December without winning this battle within ourselves. Mars and Ketu together are militant, exacting, surgical and fiery! Both distance us from others and our feelings and are ultimately strengthening us through the pain they inflict on both us and others, but they do it in different ways. Mars is physical and Ketu is psychological. Scorpio is the realm of the emotions. This is fire exploding through water. We will see this alignment implode in social and perhaps even geological ways, but within ourselves it is our deep-seeded anger surfacing through the emotions and coming up to get some air! Whatever house Scorpio is in your chart is likely to be shaken by this, especially as the two Grahas are exact on the 14th and 15th of December. Take a deep breath, try to maintain your sadhana (daily practices), and ultimately accept that you must surrender into the waves but will eventually make it back to shore with a renewed vitality that only comes from facing a kind of death.
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On April 5th, 2021 Jupiter moved into Aquarius for 5 months. In September it went back into Capricorn, during it's retrograde cycle. As of November 20th, 2021 it will be back in Aquarius until April 13th. This is a huge shift in our societal Wisdom, Beliefs and Worldview. One we began last spring and are more ready than ever to take on for real again now! Aquarius is about the collective, humanity, and the future. It is where we see all that is not right in the world and remember the power that comes from all the voices, minds, and hands of the many.
Here we can think of things never before envisioned or created.
We are moving back into a more futuristic, intellectual and technological cycle, one that will inspire us all to create systems and structures that work for us. As the old hierarchical structures are revealed more and more to be corrupt and focused on funneling resources, government and power in the hands of the few, we the people are ready to envision the world as we want it to be. If there’s anything the last year has taught us, it’s that the old way wasn’t working. Whatever we do moving forward, we have to shift our entire mindset and paradigm to reimagine a new structure of power. This is the time to build the foundation. There will of course be agendas from those in power, and so it us up to us to bring our own rightfully aligned agendas into the light instead.
As the shift from Capricorn to Aquarius maintains the rulership of Saturn, but moves from Earth to Air, so will we maintain the humility and hard lessons learned in this cycle, but move from the earthbound mechanics of just doing whatever is physically in front of us that needs to be done for survival, to the brilliance of our minds and imaginations to wholly recreate what our work even looks like. For many of us this has been a long time coming and we are quite prepared. From the way food is grown and produced in the U.S to our school systems lack of holistic education, to how our society’s focus on productivity and bottom lines has separated and divided us from our innate need for community and support. The issues are endless…and SO ARE THE SOLUTIONS! It’s time to level up and solve the problems that we intimately know in ways only those who intimately know the issues can actually do. The days of the few *actually* rich men “helping” the rest of us in their preferred manner are on their way out. Communities can and will come together and take our lives and fates into our own hands by building coalitions and working towards what we want. And what each community needs to thrive will be different, and that is beautiful. We will have plenty to reckon with in terms of government, big business and technology interweaving with their own agendas, but since the eclipse points are still another year in Taurus/Scorpio there will be strong focus from individuals on creating some autonomy and working together in smaller groups with common goals and shared values.
Saturn, the ruler of both Capricorn and Aquarius, will be maintaining his position in Capricorn through this transit, keeping the focus practical, hardworking and aware of time. In his highest, Saturn can give us great tools for meditation and letting go of attachments; this can help elevate our work to higher planes if we allow ourselves space and time to be alone and to go there. It’s time to GO THERE!
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This Full Moon also marks the longest eclipse of the century, and it is happening in the star of Krittika, in sidereal Taurus. It will last 3 hours and 28 minutes; from 8:02pm to 2:03 am, with the Max point being at 11:02 pm HT (GMT-10) on November 18th. The exact degrees of the Moon and the Sun across from each other is 10:59 pm. Here we will light up and magnify the illusion of separation, but also have the insight necessary to cut through it.
Krittika is the “Cutter” or “Divider” and is symbolized by a sharp blade. It is also ruled by Agni, the god of fire, so there is a quality of illumination here. This is the place the Moon is exalted, because we are able to “cut through” the Maya in our mind and “see” the truth. Fire has a quality of digestion, so we are able to process our emotions and find the clear truth at the bottom of them. Rahu, the north node, has a dispersive, airy quality that can fan the fire of Krittika and exaggerate our need to separate, but also is more likely to be grounded and find clarity here. Taurus is not only the exaltation sign for the Moon, but for Rahu too, due to the earthy, grounded nature of the sign. Here we are less likely to disperse our energy and magnify what we see, even if just by taking the time to stop and chew some grass or take care of our most basic needs.
With Rahu’s presence at all on our Moon (our psyche) and whatever house the moon rules for you, is experiencing more anxiety, unsettled feelings that stem from the “not knowing” of Rahu, since it’s new karma. The closer it is, the more intense these feelings are. When it’s actually “gobbled” in an eclipse, there’s a blackout, a reset, on that thing and in that space energetic downloads are possible. Whether they are delusional or illuminating depends on the quality if the Grahas, so here strong potential for brilliant insight. It will also depend on what we do in this time, whether we are meditating, sleeping or partying for example. The quieter we are, the more we hear. And of course, what house Taurus is for you and if you have planets there etc.
Anuradha, where Ketu is now residing, is the star of devotion and is depicted by a flower on the finish line. Ruled by the god of friendship, Mitra, here we are able to put aside all earthly concerns in favor of high love and devotion, as Radha has towards her Beloved, Krishna. Here we see a fixation, which is quite different from Ketu, where we are more cutting and fiery (like Krittika). This dichotomy of the nodes in stars that carry energy more similar to the nakshatra the opposite node is in, is giving us an opportunity to balance their chaotic and delusional quality. It is also likely to feel a little uncomfortable, as the place where we are devoted and loving is where we may be trying our best to avoid and the place where we are cutting and divisive is where we are fixated. The Sun, visiting the end of Vishaka, the star of one-pointed focus, a solitary path and fruits that come over the long haul, is contributing to the feeling that "we are here alone" or "we alone are here.”
With Venus in Sagittarius, still giving us difficulty relating on a human level and creating some spiritual bypassery and Mars still close enough to the Sun to be combust, but in Libra where we are also individuating ourselves in relationships, we may be in a real push and pull with others in our lives. Mercury is in sweet dignity here in Libra, but joined Mars can make us inexplicably harsh and direct in our words. Jupiter, the ruler of Venus is finishing his final days in Capricorn, so we can see our beliefs will start to move a little and pick up some air back in Aquarius. We will also see more people fighting for social justice and calling out corruption. This will help point our fear in a productive direction and also offer some more humanity and empathy in our relations, instead of just focusing on what’s ailing ourselves. Saturn is still holding court in Capricorn for the long haul, reminding us that we’re all just going to die one day anyhow, so better not get too attached to anything.
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The New Moon is in the nakshatra Swati on November 4th at 11:14 am HT (GMT-10), and also marks the Festival of Lights known as Diwali. This 5 day celebration of the triumph of the light over darkness comes importantly with this New Moon because our two luminaries will both be in a state of debilitation. The Sun is debilitated in Libra because it is where we give our power and authority over to others, as opposed to standing in strength with Source being our guiding light. The New Moon is when the Moon and Sun pass through the same constellation in exact degrees from our perspective here on Earth, and it is also a time when the Sun “eclipses” the Moon, as opposed to illuminating it, and so our mind is more quiet, dark and can tend towards depression. This is a more meditative and solitary time of the month. While the Sun remains in a constellation for a month, the Moon moves quickly on, putting it in its lowest state of operating intelligence in sidereal Scorpio soon after this New Moon. Scorpio is where we are emotional, fiery and controlling. It is the place where our real and imagined fears can be magnified and we must battle the shadows. Since the Moon is the mind and emotions, it can be quite a roller coaster ride here! The Moon is where we want to connect and when the mind is projecting its own movie with a plot line that is mistrustful of others, then it is difficult to have true connection. This is exacerbated this year by the presence of the South Node, Ketu at 7 degrees Scorpio, giving us a laser sharp focus on exactly what disgusts us most about our fear and trauma (in what ever area of life Scorpio rules for you), and giving us a somewhat removed experience from our own feelings.
All of this is to say that our confidence and emotional security are being challenged from what we perceive to be outside of ourselves (relationships, situations, circumstances), but the true source of our dim light and fearful emotions is within us and thus can be evolved. If we were to look at our power differently, we would not need to “give it away” because we would understand that no one owns it or doles it out. Power just is. Like the Sun itself. It is Consciousness itself. It can only be realized, not passed around like Halloween candy. If we choose to follow someone other than our own guiding light that is a choice we are making and we are just as able to make a different one. It is the potential fear of losing others if we don’t follow them, or show up for them that creates these choices in our brains and the sign of Libra is where we are confronted with “others”. While many aspects of ourselves as shown through the Grahas (the planets) need to understand compromise (like in our communication, with Mercury, or our relationships, with Venus), our authority is not something that can be bargained or traded. Ultimately, authority that is given by others can also be taken away if you do not do their bidding, so it is not actual authority. Whereas, the authority that comes with actually knowing more than others on a subject, or by being a parent to children born from you, or in having such a strong stance on an issue or belief that you live it and others want to emulate you, is real. No one bestows it upon you, it is a realization within yourself that it exists and you merely act within that discovered reality.
Diwali comes as a reminder of the light within, the candle that is always lit no matter what external reality you are mired in. While more darkness is surrounding us in the Northern Hemisphere daily, we are moving towards the darkest night of the year. This is a time of shedding, decay and resolution. As we move towards our final two eclipses of the Taurus/Scorpio axis, culminating with the total solar eclipse on Dec 4th, we are being asked to follow Ketu’s penetrating tail to pierce the heart of what we fear most and see it transform!
Swati is the star that is in the middle of Libra and shows where we are trying to differentiate ourselves in spite of our need to be accepted and liked. Swati is ruled by Rahu and its diety is Vayu, the god of the Wind. This shows the airy and often delusional nature of Swati, where we might find ourselves swatting imaginary demons all around us, as opposed to the clean decisive action of one good swing of the sword. Here our real goal is to find the confidence to know that a true warrior will seldom use their weapons and that much of what we think we are fighting against is actually a creation of our own doing. If we look to others to validate our power, we can just as easily look to ourselves and know it is inherent. This star leads to Vishaka, where the Moon is debilitated, a nakshatra that falls mostly in Libra and the final pada is that debilitation point in Scorpio. In Vishaka we are walking the path on our own and it is often dark, or overgrown and full of scary sounds. It is with time and age that we are able to yield the fruits of our energy and output. We must let faith and our good teachings be the guide (as shown by Jupiter’s rule) and burn our ego struggles in the sacrificial fire (Vishaka diety is Indra-Agni, the aspect of fire that is sacrificial). It is no accident that the nakshatras behind the constellation of Libra are teaching us to follow our own lead, this is the ultimate lesson for Libra where we can over-compromise and leave ourselves feeling depleted or bereft.
Right now we have Mercury and Mars joined this Sun and Moon and while Mercury is usually very happy to be here where communication can focus on connection and harmony, it is also going to feel the heat of the combust Mars. If you haven’t gotten your FREE report “Mars combust for all 12 Signs” yet, go to http://www.alexiscoxyoga.com/forecasts to sign up for my newsletter and get instant access to that as well as 2 other Key Transit reports! With Mars putting our anger on a short fuse, we can expect Mercury to feel this anger and try to find a nice way of communicating it. Taking a few breaths before speaking or responding might not be a bad idea! Mars’ anger comes from a lack of personal discipline. Discipline is the highest form of self-care, so when we choose others over what we need to do for ourselves to keep us strong, protected and active towards our goals, we will feel angry at others when it is actually ourself who gave away our energy to something/one else!
The ruler of all those planets in Libra, Venus just moved herself into Sagittarius, in the chaotic star of Mula, “the root”. Mula is where we upheave and pull out from the roots anything that is not serving us. Relationships in particular may feel uprooted right now and this last week (also whatever area of your life Venus rules as a house lord). Venus in Sagittarius is where we have a tendency to over-ride people’s real human issues with a spiritual belief or ideology that may or may not be a “truth” but is not tending to the person in front of us in a way that indicates care and relating. Be careful of simplifying, giving advice or being quick to respond when a loved one shares with you their thoughts, feelings or experiences.
Now is a time to really sit with the darkness and light your own candle within. All the power exists within. Our true connection to others can only exist when we show up as our true self. Hare Ohm. Happy Diwali!
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Shared Purnima is the full moon after Navaratri where it is said the Goddess Lakshmi comes down to earth and visits the homes of those devotees that stay awake. She is the goddess of fortune, fertility and grace in relationships and bestows us with these qualities if we are ready to receive her. This Full Moon is Wednesday, October 20th, at 4:57 am HT (GMT-10) in Aries. With the Sun just moved in sidereal Libra, themes of our relationships versus our Self are hot right now. The Sun is in his state of debility in Libra, creating a scenario where we offer our power, leadership and authority to others instead of coming from our own strength and connection to source. The Moon is lighting up across the sky, to remind us not to over-compromise and to create strong disciplined routines that give us the framework upon which we guide the rest of our lives. Other people cannot trust you if you do not trust yourself.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and Ashwini, the first star. This indicates that new ventures are going forth, and in many ways will reflect the house of which Aries is for you. This fresh start is also furthered by the fact that by now Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury are all direct again and many projects, commitments and communications that have been stuck or lagging will now get the motivation to move again. This is for better or worse. Mercury is in his own sign of Virgo, where he is also exalted, so communications will be likely very clear and organized. Saturn is also in his own sign, and direct since the 10th, so our sense of what we are committed to is going to really strengthen and our willingness to roll up our sleeves and do it will come from that commitment.
With Jupiter, we have to struggle with the fact that it is debilitated in Capricorn, and while there is the presence of Saturn to help significantly with this debility, in transit especially debilitated planets really do bring quite a bit of issues. While in someone’s natal chart they have a lifetime to work on this area of difficulty, in transit there is a collective quality of the debilitation, meaning everyone has it. No one is tempering it, and so it is allowed to go unchecked as “reality”. This is particularly clear with Jupiter as the sign of Capricorn puts our sense of purpose, what inspires us and what we believe in a distinctly contracted state. The options seem few, the beliefs are morose and rooted in primal instincts of survival, rather than the expansive glow of truth, and the output of its forward motion will reflect that.
Furthermore, with the Sun also in debility, and Mars in deep combustion with the Sun and traversing the less than friendly signs of Virgo into Libra, we can expect our masculine energy to be failing us right now. Too much compromise, too little truth and the capacity to fly off the handle when our anger flares because we are not coming from our truth or highest self in our actions. The more we can maintain discipline in our self care and take care of our responsibilities, the better we will feel when we spend time with others.
The blessings we will have here, are that Mars and Venus will be in exchange of signs only a couple days after this moon, offering a bit of diplomacy to Mars and a hint more courage for Venus navigating the emotional waters of Scorpio. Venus is joined Ketu, the south node here, but is moving far past him quickly. Nonetheless, the lack of head to engage in relationships will indicate some sudden breaks or disappearances in our happiness with others and blind spots running the show if we do not take care and responsibility of our emotions. Since Ketu is coming to the final eclipse in Scorpio this December, we are hopefully somewhat more aware of what we have been avoiding in this house in our chart! (If you don’t know what houses are being affected by these transits, visit my website at: www.radhahomeyoga.com and you will receive 3 FREE reports instantly on all these transits for all 12 Rising signs! ) We also have the above-mentioned Mercury strength (after moving back through Virgo, he will then traverse Libra, offering harmonious communications) and the fact that Saturn has us committed to the stark, colder realities and humble enough to do the work.
This Moon will remind us, that even though emotional connection is important, it is equally important to follow our own path. As the story of Surya and Sanjna (watch the video for the story of the birth of the Ashwini twins) illustrates to us, when we follow what is right for us from a higher plane, the results will come in our favor, even if it doesn’t seem that way at first. The trick is to trust in dharma, our true path and that everything is either moving us towards that or away from it, If we have faith that by following higher truth, the rest will work out, then we do not struggle so much through the egoic battles that our willfulness puts us through when we try to force our hand. Many Blessings on this Purnima! Jai Shri Laksmi! May her grace and abundance flow through you!
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