The Moon and the Sun will be in exact degrees across from each other on Sunday, December 3rd, at 5:48 am Hawaii Time. This means the Purnima tithi or Full Phase of the Moon begins on Saturday, making Saturday night's moon the brightest of this cycle. It is also a Super Moon, making it one of the brightest and biggest of the year. This Full Moon is in sidereal Taurus, the sign where the Moon herself is exalted, in the best operating intelligence our Psyche can be in. In Taurus, our emotions feel stabilized and the external peace we are compelled to create offers our mind the comfort it needs to settle and just be. Taurus is an earth sign ruled by the planet Venus. It brings us to a place where we are grounded in the physical world and in our bodies. This being one of the main avenues in which we have to actually Do anything, it is in harnessing the physical world for beauty, pleasure and peace that offers us the same state of being in our Psyche. It can be calming to connect with the earth, our artistic or sensual nature, enjoy good food and relax into our home. All of these are activities we feel compelled towards when the Moon passes through Taurus.
This being the Full Moon, the counter point to what cycle we are basically in for this “month” or Moon cycle it is the opposite of what we encountered at the New Moon in Scorpio two weeks ago. In Scorpio, the Moon is debilitated, or operating at its least intelligence. There we feel turbulent, emotional and out of control. As Scorpio is ruled by Mars, our Psyche often feels as though it is in battle over our very life. The great fears that come up when we dig in deep to our own nature and emotions and the lack of control we have in the world or over others is destabilizing and vexing to our emotional nature. Our mind can tunnel into different thought trains that it is difficult to pull out of and if we are not careful, we can lash out at others, whom we imagine are to blame. If we are strong and vigilant, we will find in ourselves everything we are fighting and finally surrender into deep peace that comes from facing the worst possible fears and enemies and integrating them rather than exiling them.
The Full Moon is being aspected by the Sun and Venus in Scorpio and Mars in Libra. This will bring about a greater desire for happiness, pleasure and connectivity from Venus, but with a burning luminary shining brightly on the truth, not allowing us to take frivolous pleasure in that which is illusory. Mars will bring a certain sense of our warrior nature. Since it is in Venus's masculine sign that connects us with fairness and equality in relationships with others and it is joined Jupiter, who is highlighting justice and higher ideals surrounding this theme, we can expect to see more anger and action against those who misuse their power (the Sun) for only their own happiness and pleasure (Venus). If we are smart, we will also see the ways in which we do this ourselves.
This Full Moon is happening in the nakshatra or specific star of Rohini. Rohini is the “rosy one” the young, sensual woman ready to be plucked. She is the most beautiful of all the 27 nakshatras and is often the target of jealousy as such. As the beautiful young woman, she also experiences favoritism from both her husband and her father. She, perhaps, enjoys being her husband's favorite wife, although her sister's do not appreciate it and it alienates her from them. She does not, however, enjoy the advances from her father, the creator, and she turns herself into a deer and runs away from him to earth. He has a noble cause, he says, to create perfect beings with his perfect daughter, but she is not interested in his cause and it does not mitigate the discomfort she is made to feel in his prowl. This story is quite apropro for these times indeed! Of course, the Vedic story has a patriarchal undertone that what her father was doing WAS correct, and that it was best for everyone. There is also the token “heroes” also male, who try to seek retribution for the creator's misdeeds by pooling all their anger to create a super angry fellow named Rudra who shoots down the creator and sends him falling to the earth. Thus, the plans for perfect beings are foiled and we all have issues instead. Lightening, Thunder, Hurricanes, and Tornadoes are all created along with Rudra. From this destruction, the earth mother Aditi is born and she is our love in spite of all the pain.
With Rahu, the north node of the Moon in Cancer, we have been seeing more and more themes surrounding the Feminine and the Mother arise. We are at the beginning of this year and a half period of heightened energy in the emotional realm, where we may find ourselves obsessing over feelings and connections but also devoting ourselves to the divine that is in all things and recognizing the importance of acknowledging our feelings and needs. Cancer is the sign of unconditional love and for many of us, this is a love we have never felt in this world. It is ideally the way your parents made you feel, but all too often the love we receive from our parents is actually conditional. The only true way to experience unconditional love is with the Divine. Cancer is where we offer up our love to our Universal Mother, as her children. With Jupiter in Libra for the first year of this alignment, we will be navigating what the balance of conditional vs. unconditional love is and where each one is appropriate. With Saturn early on in his 2 ½ years in Sagittarius, we are committing to what we believe in a potentially constrictive and fearful manner. We are willing to do the work in service of our beliefs and ideals, but we may be less expansive and hopeful with what we believe to begin with. We will likely try to “level the playing field” in a practical, intellectual approach on a global scale, using philosophies and laws to “make things fair” for women. This is important, but it will only be a bandaid on a huge open wound if the deeper psychology of our world society does not make a shift as well. If we do not shift the collective consciousness out of the patriarchal paradigm, we will continue to perpetuate it, even as we make efforts to fight or control it. This is the period to honor the Mother, as in the giver and nurturer of life. As in our planet. As in our homes. As in our hearts. On a higher level, what we are really being called to do is surrender our Mind and “think” with our hearts. Bhakti means 'devotion' or 'love'. We are being called to Love all of life as part of the Goddess herself. Even ourselves. Even our shadows. Unconditionally. Namaste
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The New Moon was in 3 degrees 22 seconds of Sidereal Virgo on Tuesday September 19th at 7:30 pm Hawaii Time in the nakshaktra of Uttaraphalguni. Uttaraphalguni is the star of Aryaman, the god of friendly contracts and negotiations. It is said to be the star Parvati and Shiva married under and is auspicious for marriage and other lawful agreements. Coming right after the lusty star of PurvaPhalguni, it is a star that shows where our Fire is brought to Earth. It is at the end of Leo, beginning of Virgo bringing our power, higher vision and leadership skills into the more practical realm of facts and figures. In this new Virgo cycle, we will be focusing on the details and specifics as well as discerning between what is fact and what is based on potentially erroneous perceptions. It is much easier to do this with other people than it is to do with ourselves, but this new desire to get along has just birthed inside us as Jupiter made its way into Libra last week on September 11th. Here we feel as though the highest road is to compromise and make sure everyone's needs are met and our beliefs will begin to focus on ways to improve our relationships and relating skills. Jupiter in Libra can be a wonderful relief from the hyper-critical nature of our belief systems while Jupiter was in Virgo, bringing more peace and harmony to our partnerships and even our business relationships. The shadow of this is that sometimes we compromise beliefs we hold very dear or that are at the core of our personal ideologies and morality in order to make the moment more beautiful or bearable. We may hold relating in such high regard that we fold on issues that should be non-negotiable in order to find pleasure and happiness with our partner or other people. This is a Venus/Jupiter struggle that we often deal with as Libra's ruling planet of Venus rules our happiness, pleasure, beauty and relationships and that is often in conflict with our strong beliefs and ideals and even our teachings and spiritual practices.
The nine nights of the Goddess Mother in her myriad forms referred to as Navaratri begins on Wednesday, the first lunar phase, or pratipad, of this new waxing moon in the Hindu month of Ashwin. This is a time of harvest both physically in the fields and for each of us to reap what we have sown over the months leading up to autumn. In parts of India and Nepal this massive festival will be accompanied by pujas, prayer, dance and enactment of the great myth of Goddess Durga riding on her tiger (or lion, depending on the region) and saving the world from the buffalo-headed demon. This myth, like others in the Hindu tradition operates on many levels, the most potent being as a portal of consciousness. Devotees access their own darkness and demons and bring them to light. At the end of the epic battle between Durga and Mahisasura, the Goddess breathes even the demon back into her infinite being, indicating that she accepts even the darkest parts of her children (us) and that these shadows are also part of her. If you are interested in a very in-depth worship practice for this Navaratri, I can highly recommend Laura Amazzone's online course that gives a nightly practice and a lot of information and photos/video on the festivities as they take place in Nepal. You can also get a copy of her book “Goddess Durga and Sacred Female Power,” from Amazon or on her website. It is an excellent resource for Navaratri and the Goddess in general!
The Nodal Axis finally made its shift into Cancer/Capricorn on September 8th, bringing our attention and focus to our feelings and emotions and perhaps our own and other's needs for unconditional love. This is a year and half cycle where the Mother will take center stage, after we just experienced a year and half of the King or Father and all the power and leadership this brought to the forefront. An especially auspicious year for Durga puja indeed! Depending on the house this rules from your Vedic Rising Sign or Lagna, this will affect your life quite differently. If you sign up for my email list (in the box to the right, or as it pops up on your screen) you will receive your FREE report on The Nodal Axis Shift for all 12 Rising Signs and if you go to these past forecasts you can read up on the shift in general more.
This past Saturday, September 16th, Mars and Mercury were in exact degrees of each other in Leo, perhaps giving a little extra fire to our speech and letting us snap a little if pushed. Venus had just entered Leo and the Sun moved out of Leo earlier that day, giving us a very crowded house in the earlier part of the day. Depending on what house Leo is in your natal chart, you likely felt a little overwhelmed in that area of your life (or if you are a Leo Lagna then maybe you felt overwhelmed in general as it was on your identity). Now that the our planet of communication and discrimination (Mercury) and our planet of action, anger and discipline (Mars) have parted and the Sun has moved into Virgo, we are still feeling a bit of the sting from that day. We may be both mentally picking apart the situation with the other person (or people) we got into conflict with and seeing the ways in which we could have handled it better (Jupiter in Libra). This is a good time to make amends if necessary, or let it go if not because in a couple weeks from October 3rd-12th Mars and Saturn are in exact dristhi or energetic gaze with each other mutually. This is a potential landmine for us as well, especially in the area of your life that Scorpio rules since Saturn has just been sort of sitting there at 27 degrees for over a month freezing over our fears with inaction. Mars' dristhi from whatever house Leo is for you may have a potentially explosive effect on this frozen lake of fear and Saturn's gaze upon Mars will likely accentuate the trigger to our survival instinct as it will encourage the part of us that fights to believe that there is actually a tiger in the room. This will be a good time to take space from anyone that is a surefire trigger for you or at least to adopt a policy of silence and meditation when you feel your temperature rise. Venus and Mars will be in exact degrees of Leo on October 5th, creating tension (and possible fiery passion) specifically in relationships so be extra careful with your partners on this day of the transit. If you know your Vedic Rising Sign you can figure out what areas of your life these houses (Leo and Scorpio) rule for you and do your best to mitigate the circumstances ahead of time. Mercury (which was the one that may have gotten us in trouble with our tongue on September 16th) will have moved on from “say what you think as loudly and authoritatively as possible” in Leo to “say only precisely what you mean and carefully” in Virgo joined our Sun, which is our sense of confidence and authority to begin with. Also, with Jupiter in Libra and this New Moon cycle being one that begins with friendly contracts, we may be able to keep the peace in our affairs by remembering to look at what we ourselves may be able to do to help change any situation or relationship that is not working as well as it could.
Navaratri Blessings and Jai Jai Ma!
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The Total Solar Eclipse will be visible across mainland America, starting at 9:05 am Pacific Time and with the Sun completely obscured by 10:18 am Pacific Time. Here in Hawaii we will not be able to see it until after sunrise, with the maximum eclipse visible at 6:35 am Hawaii Time and the Moon leaving the Sun's edge at 7:22 am. It will only be partially visible even at the maximum point here. This eclipse is a powerful end to a cycle that began in January of 2016 when the nodal axis moved into Leo/Aquarius. On a Collective and Individual level we have been obsessed with our Power and Authority and Governance, while pulling away from our bigger, humanitarian view. Progress that could take us to new horizons has been shadowed by the South Node of the Moon, Ketu in Aquarius, giving us the feeling that what we need right now is more power and less innovation and humility. This Big Event that everyone is talking about as the Great American Eclipse is the end of the that cycle. Because it is visible in America alone and happening right on the President of this country's rising sign, it appears as though this country will be the one who's power is eclipsed more than any other. On a personal level this will affect each of us in the House Leo falls in our Vedic Astrology Chart and any planets we might have there. Likely, this area of our life has been highlighted over the last year and a half, so we are pretty attuned to where the shadow is lurking. This New Moon and Solar Eclipse are occurring in the star of Magha, which is related to Kings and ruled by the Pitris, the ancestoral fathers of mankind. It is a star that reminds us of our lineage in this life and others, and the deep connection ancient rulers had to the Divine. Magha is in Regulus, near the forehead of the Lion and is ruled by Ketu the South Node which brings us wisdom from our past lives. Now is the time for the third eye to open and insight to pour in. If we can get past our own power struggles, and sit in the glow of the spiritual fire our ancestors have built, we can receive great insight as to where to go from here.
The Moon will have just passed by Mars debilitated in Cancer, bringing our Anger to the forefront, and will be moving towards a dristhi (energetic glance) with Retrograde Saturn in Scorpio on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing Fear and Pressure to our Mind and Emotions. We received a preview of this Mars and then Saturn dristhi on the Moon last week as it traveled through Aries and Taurus, reminding us of the big open wound in our lives that we've been avoiding and may eventually have to reckon with. Most likely it will come to a strong head when Mars in Leo is in dual dristhi with Retrograde Saturn in Scorpio in early September. We also have Retrograde Mercury in 10 degrees of this New Moon and Eclipse, giving us a chance to think before we speak, or better yet, not speak at all. When Mercury is in Leo, generally we feel like sharing all of our knowledge, even if we are not well-learned on the subject, but Retrograde motion tends to slow down and delay our output of information giving us a chance to review what we think we know before we shout it from the throne. Listening in to the voice from within is necessary now. Take the time to be alone and silent, in nature if possible, to hear the deep messages available now. Rahu on the Sun may be eclipsing our Power, but it can also bring us glimpses of where we want to go and in the star of Magha, it can offer us to move forward with the wisdom of our ancestors instead of their greed and suffering.
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This August, we see our last two eclipses in the Leo/Aquarius axis and our shift into the Cancer/Capricorn axis. At 5:50 am on August 7th, here in Hawaii, the partial lunar eclipse will begin to be visible reaching it's height at 5:52 am, 3 minutes before Moonset. The Sun and Moon will be exactly opposite one another in the sky at 8:11 am in the culmination of Full Moon, a phase or tithi that begins on August 6th at 6:59 am. While the Moon will be in sidereal Capricorn, in the nakshatra of Shravana, the eclipse point, or node, is still in the beginning degrees of Aquarius, which is why it is only partially eclipsing the Moon. This is the end of phase that began a year and half ago in January of 2016 where we collectively, and individually, have been focused on the government, power, authority, leadership, and strength while pulling away from universal ideologies that take us to new frontiers. The South Node, Ketu, in Aquarius has also affected our capacity to be humble, and to see things through a wider lens. When the nodal axis moves on August 17th, it will begin a cycle where we collectively and indivdually focus more on the nurturing aspects of life and ourselves. The North Node, Rahu, will be in the sign of the Mother, Cancer, where we will find ourselves seeking nurturance, connection, and wanting to be in touch with our feeling nature. We may bring our attention to our own mothers, our children, motherhood in general, and even our Mother Earth. Devotion and Unconditional Love are two main themes of Cancer and while we may not know how to be either of those things, we may find ourselves obsessively chasing external versions of them. Rahu brings chaotic, unlearned energy wherever it goes and Ketu brings past experiences and a withdrawn energy that evokes death where it lingers. Both nodes can bring us a good deal of confusion, and delusion, but they also carry potent possibilities of glimpses into unseen realms and messages from the Divine Within. Ketu will move into Capricorn, pulling us away from the more self-protective, resourceful, hard-working and limited part of ourselves that tends to take care of business in a steady, conservative manner that may leave others feeling hurt or used. It shows us moving towards an ending with regards to Capricorn themes and a completion of some karma that surrounds the house it rules in your Vedic Astrology Chart.
This Partial Lunar Eclipse and the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st both have the Node that is eclipsing in a different sign than the luminaries (Moon and Sun), signifying the cross-over of the axis that shows where eclipses will occur over the next year and a half. The Nodal points are not actual bodies, rather mathematical points in the sky that indicate the eclipse cycle. In Vedic mythology, the Sun and Moon ratted out Rahu for pretending to be a Deva and receiving the immortal elixir soma at the great churning of the Milky Way. He had already been made immortal by the time Vishnu's discus split him in half. The lower half of his body became Ketu, ending in a tail and the top half Rahu, with a mouth always open but nowhere to digest what he take in. They swore to forever stalk the Sun and Moon and eclipse them. The Sun is our Consciousness, our Power and Soul Connection. The Moon is our Psyche, our Mind and Emotional State. During eclipses we experience a black out (or partial black out) of these luminaries, in which we can either have flashes of great insight or become entangled in a smokey web of deluded truths. What area of your life this happens in is indicated by the houses that Cancer and Capricorn rule in your Vedic Astrology chart, and any planets residing in them.
The specific star, Shravana,that this Full Moon falls in is ruled by Vishnu, indicating deep devotion is available here. It is a spiritual star that means “to listen” and is symbolized by an ear. Here we listen deep rather than hear what is happening on the surface. The planet Mars will be in close degrees to the Sun this Full Moon/Eclipse and will be passing over the North Node as it transitions into Cancer. This can bring frenzied Action and a militant sense that Discipline and Order are the only ways to set into motion whatever your chart indicates you are moving towards. Mars is in his sign of debilitation in Cancer and has been for weeks, showing us feeling less powerful and more likely to show our anger in passive aggressive ways, blaming others for our lack of strength and discipline. The Sun also being in the watery sign of the Mother, shows a diminished fire and desire to lead. In these hot days in the Northern Hemisphere, our aggravation may have less outlets in the outside world, cooling off in natural waters can help us feel connected and at peace.
In addition, Saturn Retrograde in Scorpio and Jupiter in Virgo are both giving dristhi, or an energetic glance towards this Full Moon. Saturn casting our fears and doubts on our psyche and Jupiter offering some hopefulness and ideological grace, but with the bent that Jupiter in Virgo is generally more constricted and puts more value in facts and information than on the true wisdom Jupiter seeks.
Mercury will be moving Retrograde in Leo starting August 12th, lasting until September 5th. This will bring us greater capacity to listen rather than speak as we are slowed down with respect to our communication. Review, Revise and Review again as new information comes your way. Mercury in Leo has a tendency to speak with confidence and authority, regardless of actual knowledge on a matter, and Rahu in Leo has only been making this more automatic and frenzied. This Retrograde motion will help quell our constant desire to “teach” others although Mercury will be moving backwards along with Rahu, so the insatiability may still exist but with more delays and review and less outward explosion of information;-)
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Happy Full Moon/Eclipse and Hare Ohm!
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The Moon and Sun will be directly across from each other at 1:36 am Hawaii Time (GMT-10) on Thursday, January 12th, 2017. This first Full Moon of the New Year is on the heels of Mercury going Direct and is in the extroverted, witty sign of Mercury, Gemini. Gemini is directly across from Sagittarius, where the Sun is, offering us discrimination and intelligence in this hopeful and inspired period. Sagittarius goes out in the world to find Meaning, Purpose and Wisdom while Gemini is the place in our chart where we Think, Assimilate, and Communicate. With three weeks of Retrograde motion before this Full Moon, perhaps we have done some thinking and listening, allowing us to come forward with a well-thought out Belief system from this point forward. The nakshaktra that the Moon is full in is called Punarvasu, and it is a star of beginning anew, with the scars from the past, but the dew-faced purity that comes in the first soft rain after a tumultuous thunderstorm. It is the “return of the light” and is ruled by Aditya, the Earth Mother.
Mercury, himself, is in the sign of Sagittarius with the Sun, bringing his thoughtful energy to our sense of Power and Authority. The Sun is where we resonate on a Soul level, allowing us to shine our biggest Self. In Sagittarius, we are shining through meaning, but we must be careful not to turn this into a dogmatic or self-righteous burning message. Mercury here can make us all preachers, and now that he is direct, we are more likely to speak our truth out to anyone who will listen. Hopefully, we have used some of the Retrograde time to Listen as opposed to Speak, so we might have a more thoughtful approach to what we share with others. The Sun will be moseying into Capricorn on the 13th, so we are ready to act on our beliefs in a practical and advantageous manner. In Capricorn, we get things done, and with the Sun there, we will feel compelled to use the element of Earth to physically birth our big ideas.
Mercury is in an exchange of signs with Sagittarius' ruler, Jupiter, who has settled into Mercury's own sign of Virgo until next September. Expansive Jupiter is less so here, as we focus on what inspires us through the details and facts and figures, but with Mercury in Jupiter also, we have some interchange of the two celestial bodies' energies and they both offer the other a leg up in their world. Notice if you are getting to attached to the physical body as a way to reach higher planes of wisdom. We will likely have a strong mental attachment as well, preferring facts about what works over the subtle intuition that can often bring about shifts in wellness and spiritual connection. Taking care of our health is a priority for this whole year, and no doubt many a New Year's resolution is connected to purifying the body and organizing the home and mental space.
Venus is sandwiched between Mars and the South Node, Ketu, in Aquarius right now, giving our sense of Happiness a bit of a squeeze. Mars can agitate and over-physicalize our sensory desires, making us have heightened sexual energy and in Aquarius, it will likely lack commitment. If you are already committed, you might find yourself feeling less emotional about the connection at this time, as Ketu pulls away from wherever it is located. Mars is going to move into Whatever romance is lost this month, however, will come back in an almost magical way come January 27th, when Venus enters her state of exaltation in Pisces. In the dreamy waters of Pisces, we will find that our entire perspective on Happiness will shift and we will feel much more connected to everyone and especially our partners and close friends. There will be less caveats on our Happiness, and Pleasure will come on an almost godly level. This bout will be long-lasting, as Venus will remain in Pisces until May 30th, but from March 3rd till April 15th, she will be Retrograde, causing us to question and run back over what really makes us Happy and how we can enjoy being with others.
Saturn is also about to change signs, moving into Sagittarius on January 25th, a transit that will last until January 2020, with a short stint moving back into Scorpio in late Spring and early Summer. Saturn is our ability to get work done, due to an often unnerving awareness of the limits of Time. In Sagittarius, we will find ourselves more committed to what inspires us and more fearful based on what are belief systems and philosophies are. This could be a time of great effort in the way of your path, or a time of constriction and fear being the primary trajectory of your spirituality and faith. And of course on a greater scale, in the world around you.
Happy Full Moon Blessings! Hare Ohm
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On Wednesday evening, December 28th at 8:54 pm here in Hawaii, the Moon and Sun will join together in sidereal Sagittarius. The majority of the Amavasya tithi (New Moon phase) will take place in the nakshatra (star) of Mula, with the final percentage falling in the nakshatra Purva Ashada. Mula is the root, literally, the place where we must uproot the philosophies that have not been playing out well in the sign before, Scorpio and replace them with new philosophies, which we nurture in Purva Ashada. The seeds that we plant must be carefully selected, watered and given enough sun to grow. Purva Ashada is often depicted as a winnowing basket, allowing us to discern between the healthy grain and the shell. This star is ruled over by the deity Apas, the god of the sacred waters without which we would perish. The sign of Sagittarius is a fiery one, indicating our need to find balance between the emotional and nourishing waters and our fiery drive and determination, allowing our philosophies and the following actions that stem from our beliefs to come from the heart.
Sagittarius is the sign of the forward moving inspiration. It is where we aim high and try to follow our highest aspirations and beliefs in action. We are entering a period of great potential, and must look out for getting caught up in the dogma of whatever it is we believe and maintain the purity of the seeds we have planted. It is a blessing, perhaps to have this New Moon joined with a Retrograde Mercury, allowing us to think before we speak and really reflect on whether or not we are aligned with what we are wanting to grow and share with others. Mercury will be just 1 degree away from the Sun and Moon here, creating a very powerful intellect, due to it being both extremely Combust (close to the Sun) and Retrograde. Here with the planet so close to the Earth, it is our discrimination indeed that will be most powerful, giving us the power and potential of an inspired Sagittarius Moon cycle with the necessary buddhi to maintain integrity in our words and deeds in the outside world. Mercury will end it's Retrograde motion and begin to go Direct late the night of January 7th here in Hawaii.
Mercury is also in a powerful exchange of signs with the ruler of Sagittarius, Jupiter. While neither planet does particularly well in the other's signs, we find that here they are lending each other some of what the other might be missing...Jupiter offering more hope and inspiration to Mercury and Mercury offering more intelligence and non-biased integration of ideas. After an intense Scorpio cycle, which ended with an exact conjunction of Mars and the South node Ketu and the Moon in Debilitation and then joined Saturn, it will do us all well to pull our heads out of our inner sandpit and rise up to meet our highest Self.
Venus has just joined Mars and Ketu in Aquarius for this New Moon, offering a softer and gentler feeling here. We may have felt a strong cutting feeling, removing ourselves from others and embracing a harsher sense of action, especially in the realm of the larger global community this past holiday weekend and whatever area of life Aquarius rules (the house in your Vedic chart) will likely feel a bit more connective and sweet in the days and weeks to come as Venus moves deeper in to this humanitarian sign. While Venus will soften Mars and Ketu, they will bring a harsher edge to our sense of beauty and happiness, as well as our relationships. We might find ourselves becoming more heated sexually as Venus nears Mars, but the two will never get close enough in Aquarius to bring this energy to full fruition. Careful to not pull away from the sweet and loving energy of Venus in favor of simply gratifying intense sexual drive, as Ketu and Venus will join in exact degrees on the 8th of January, causing us to avoid or pull away from relationships and beauty while still having that drive and push pull with Mars 10 degrees away.
There is still an exchange of signs between Mars and Saturn as well, now with Mars in Saturn's other, airier sign. This exchange between Fear and Fire is likely to keep us moving, maybe the one year we follow through with those resolutions? Maybe, as Mars is now moving away from the South Node, we are more inclined to move forward on the physical plane.
As always, some time to one's self, especially spent in mediation or meditative activities is the best New Moon activity. As we bring in this New Year, perhaps finding yourself immersed in some of Nature's sacred waters will bring you in touch with the energy of Apas and your own inner waters, opening the channels for your heart to flow through to your mind and your feet! Blessings on this New Moon and the New Year. Aum Shanti
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Tuesday afternoon, December 13th at 2:06 pm Hawaii Time (-10 GMT) the Moon and Sun will be exactly opposite one another, forming the Full Moon in Taurus. This Full Moon is the balancing point between the inner fires of Scorpio, where the Sun has been since November 15th, and the steady tread of the comfort-loving bull in Taurus. Here we remember to keep our emotions in check and that slow and steady gets the most grass! As we indulge ourselves in sensory pleasures and try to relate in a more harmonious way this Tuesday, we realize that everything does not have to be quite so intense and emotional as we've let it be this past month.
This Full Moon is happening in the specific nakshatra Mrigasira, the deer's head, which is often referred to as the Searching Star. This placement is spiritually-inclined and “on-the-move,” seeking a higher plane to engage upon than just beauty and desire. Straddling the signs of Taurus and Gemini, it is star that brings us both ease and grace as well as curiosity and intelligence. Let us settle into this space of comfort as a way to elevate ourselves from the more controlling aspects of Scorpio, allowing us to come into the next phase with a more peaceful heart and settled mind.
The Sun will move into Sagittarius on the 15th , and there we will likely take ourselves out of the scope of our relationships with others and into the realm of the bigger picture and universe, allowing us to aim high and believe rather than feel. The Sun will be joining Mercury in Sagittarius, giving us cohesion between our words and ideas and our deep soul resonance. This will be a good time to share your ideals with others and to stand tall in what you say. If we have allowed our beliefs to just be regurgitated dogma then we run the risk of becoming preachers on a pulpit, talking down to others without having integrated our message. Mercury is going into his Retrograde motion on the morning of December 19th, giving us our all-too frequent reminder to slow down, review and LISTEN. When he moves backwards as the Sun moves forward, we will find him both Retrograde and Combust towards the end of the month, making his energy more powerful than ever. At this time, he will be ever close to the Earth and while usually being so close to the Sun makes for a frustrated sense of Communication and a feeling that we are not being listened to, or our intellect is not being honored, when he is Retrograde and Combust, we are holding our tongue a little longer and allowing the real juice to surface inside ourselves, rather than outside with the Sun's penetrating rays illuminating rather than just frying our ideas and interests.
Meanwhile, Mars has moved into Aquarius, leaving his exalted position in Capricorn and joining forces with the South Node, Ketu. Aquarius is the sign of innovative thinking and working for the good of all humanity. We may find our efforts in the physical realm moving in this direction, but it is a slightly sluggish placement for Mars, who is best at operating in environments that are either grounded or fiery. When Mars is over-stimulated and his energy is not utilized properly, we can find that anger or laziness reign...when Mars is joined Ketu we really have to watch out! As he moves closer to the degrees of Ketu in early January, we will find an increased irritability and feeling of annoyance, especially in whatever area of our life Aquarius rules in our Vedic Chart. We will also find ourselves pulling away from solid action in favor of intellectual anger, since Ketu withdraws and Aquarius as an air sign rules over the realm of the intellect. Mars and Ketu can bring about favorable energy for surgeries or other harsh, cutting actions like divorce, quitting a job, pulling away from any sort of relationship or situation that is not working.
Venus is still in Capricorn, solid and self-interested, we need to be aware of the ways in which we are not allowing ourselves to be happy. Venus in Capricorn can be conservative and fearful, with an over-arching air of seeing people as utilitarian rather than in and of themselves worth having around. However, in the spiritual star of Sravana, we might find ourselves listening deeper than the surface of things and having a love or bhakti that goes so far as to serve the divine.
Both Saturn and Jupiter are offering their dristhi or gaze to this Moon, creating a feeling of expansion and idealism coupled with some fear and diligence. Neither planet is in very good dignity, or intelligence, so we are getting idealism that is constricted in its essence and an extra fearful commitment mindset. Notice what house in your Vedic chart the Moon is transiting and see if you can't sort through what is compelling you to commit and believe in this aspect of your life. You may find that after pulling it all apart, your beliefs are based in a microcosmic view that is not going to serve your higher vision after all and that you are more drawn towards buckling down out of fear than out of love for whatever you are working towards.
This is a good Full Moon to enjoy the company of others, whether it is a few close friends, an intimate night with your partner or a larger gathering. Keep it comfortable and down-to-earth, perhaps even enjoying some nature, if the weather in your parts allows for it. Relax and enjoy the relative ease of this Taurus Full Moon while you get ready for the Solstice and Holy Days!
Blessings and Hare Ohm!
“May God bless and keep you always, may your wishes all come true. May you always do for others and let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung. May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true. May you always know the truth and see the light surrounding you. May you always be courageous, stand upright and be strong...May your hands always be busy, may your feet always be swift. May you have a strong foundation when the winds of changes shift. May your heart always be joyful, may your song always be sung, and may you sta-a-ay Forever Young.” Bob Dylan
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On November 29th at 2:18 am here in Hawaii (GMT-10), the Moon and Sun will come together in sidereal Scorpio. This sets off a cycle of diving deep and penetrating our own emotions to face our fears and battle our inner demons. Scorpio is the feminine side of Mars, making us warriors of our inner world and shows where we have courage, and also where we try to hold control of ourselves and others. Of course, control is just an illusion and brings us deeper into our fears if we don't learn how to let go. The Moon and Sun are joining Saturn, who has been in this sign for two years now, and is creating an atmosphere of heightened fear and anxiety, but also a willingness to commit and do the hard work necessary in whatever area of your life/house Scorpio rules in your Vedic chart. The ruler of Scorpio, Mars, is exalted in Capricorn right now, offering more courage and strength and the ability to direct our anger in ways that our useful and in line with our greater goals. Since Saturn and Mars have exchanged signs, they are both giving one another the strengths that the other lacks...Saturn is offering patience and humility to our sense of action, and Mars is giving Saturn the courage and fire he so sorely needs to overcome our fear.
The specific nakshatra that this New Moon is taking place is called Anuradha, or “after Radha”. This devotional star is named after the lover, Radha, who is the very symbol of bhakti, love for the divine, in her case, Sri Krishna, the beloved. In one story of these two lovers, Radha has been separated from Krishna for a while, as he has had to move to the palace in Dwarka to live out his destiny. He has several wives and everyone worships him. One day he falls ill and no one can cure him. The doctor says that the only thing that will cure him is if someone will take a bit of dust from their feet and place it on his head. No one is willing to do this, as it is an extreme act of disrespect, and they shall risk canceling all the work they have done to release their samskaras, essentially resetting the wheel of time. After everyone refuses, word gets to Radha, still a milk maid in Vrindivan and she immediately rushes to the palace. In one instant, she completes the task without a second thought for her own karma or well being and when she does, she is exalted to divine. She is no longer human and becomes Krishna's other half, the lover and the beloved. Radha is the ultimate devotee and if we are to learn real bhakti, it is actually her that we must follow.
Mercury has just moved into Sagittarius, joining Venus for her final days there, bringing our communication to an elevated level. We are done with the emotionally-charged, controlling speech and use of our intellect and are now more interested in raising the conversation to a higher plane. The spiritual, or often just religious, sign of Sagittarius and Mercury can make preachers out of the best of us. Watch out for spiritually bypassing people's very real pain and for standing on a pulpit you are not qualified for. Venus will be moving into Capricorn on December 2nd, giving us a more practical approach to our relationships. Careful that we don't turn people into objects and use them accordingly. Everyone else is not a means to our ends, and in the utilitarian sign of Makara, or the crocodile, we must make sure that we don't forget love and compassion for our significant others and close friends/partnerships. We also become more serious here, often forgetting to have fun and enjoy the pleasures of life just because. This will be heightened by ultra-disciplined Mars being here, giving us the feeling that we need to be doing more for ourselves and less for others. Especially after the bout of the Sun being in Libra, we are ready to take back our power and take action in ways that fulfill our own agendas. When Venus and Mars collide, we can find ourselves having heightened sexuality and this should be no different, but again, be aware of using other people to get your needs met. The cautious gaze of Saturn from emotional Scorpio will likely tune us into when we are doing this and give us the option to respect each other with integrity and a dose of humility. Jupiter is also giving his dristhi, or glance to Venus and Mars in Capricorn and offering us the chance to take the higher road, aligned with our principles and beliefs. This may not be as sexy, but it will likely save us from creating drama we aren't interested in. This drishti from Jupiter will also help us keep our disciplined action in line with our principles and beliefs, although from his place in Virgo, we are a little constricted on those beliefs and not quite as expansive or inspired as we like to be. Likely physical practices are going to be our best path of action right now, yoga asana, other forms of exercise and healing remedies and modalities will be taking center stage now and really throughout Jupiter's tenure in Virgo, which will last until September of next year. Although for the actual New Moon, in Anuradha, we will have the spirit of devotion with us to help inspire us beyond the body and it's functions to remember we are much more than just skin, bones, hair, blood and organs. Shudoshi buddoshi naranjanoshi samsara maya parivarjitoshi. You are not this body, you are an everlasting soul. Blessings on your New Moon!
This New Moon is happening at 7:38 am here in Hawaii (-10 GMT) on Sunday, October 30th and also marks a huge festival in India called Diwali. Diwali is the Festival of Lights and begins on the 13th lunar tithi (phase) of the waning Moon in the Hindu month of Karik, before the New Moon. This would be Friday here in the U.S. Diwali itself is on the New Moon on Sunday, and is a day to worship Mother Lakshmi, the goddess of Wealth, Beauty and Fertility and the triumph of good over evil. This epic festival has many myths associated with it, but Diwali itself is said to be the day when Lakshmi herself came out of the Great Cosmic Ocean that was being stirred by both the devas (the gods) and the asuras (the demons) in order that they might obtain the immortal nectar, Soma. She was a boon to the world, and chose Vishnu to be her partner. Lights will go up all over India in celebration and great joy is spread around the cities and villages.
The New Moon is at 13 degrees sidereal Libra, where the Sun has been debilitated for a couple weeks already. The Sun is at its weakest in Libra, because here is where we dole our energy, power and vitality out to others rather than keeping it for ourself so that we are sharing with others from an empowered place. When we fold on our Power and Strength, we are actually offering others our energy greatly weakened and it is not as helpful to them as it would be if we remained strong in ourselves and then gave from that place. This is a lesson of Libra. We find balance by throwing ourselves off and then regaining that balance. Who doesn't like a good lesson? ;-) The Moon in Libra often has the feeling of giving unconditionally to others and not receiving enough in return, because the Moon is where we give like a mother and Libra is where we want fair and equal exchange with others. This New Moon, we also happen to have Mercury, the planet of communication, ideas, information and the intellect here and only 2 degrees away from Sun and Moon. Perhaps the past few days you have noticed this strong combustion (Sun being close to a planet and “burning” up its energy) through missed communication and feeling as though you are not being listened to or heard. With Mercury, we tend to pass it off with lighthearted humor or some external manner, but it may not feel good to us inside, even if we just “let it go” on the outside.
The specific star cluster, or nakshatra of the zodiac that this New Moon is happening in is called Swati. Swati is ruled over by the God of Wind, Vayu and has a tendency to feel scattered. It is where we are learning independence, discernment and strength as shown through the symbol of the sword, but are perhaps sending our energy out like wind right now. Beyond this, the planets are also sort of spread out through the signs and elements right now, giving us even more of a feeling of being in many places at once. Our power is mostly coming from Mars right now, the strong, disciplined warrior within is in a righteous place in fiery Sagittarius, allowing us to walk the walk of our principles and take actions in the direction of our highest beliefs and ideals. He is going to be moving onto Capricorn, where he is at his most exalted the night of October 31st, so we will continue to have blessings with our action and discipline for the rest of the 2016.
Meanwhile, Saturn and Venus are neck and neck in Scorpio, with the Moon to join them on Halloween and into the beginning of next week. Saturn brings us determination, fear and humility while Venus is our sense of happiness, pleasure and enjoying the company of others. Neither is in very good dignity here in Scorpio, meaning neither is operating at high intelligence, although they are both receiving some blessings from the ruler, Mars being close by. This is an alignment that can put a damper on a good time, but also bring us to commit to others. With our soul power being hung up in Libra already we are feeling a lot of pressure from our commitments and engagement with others, and not necessarily feeling good about the sacrifices we are making. Emotional spurts may be had as we try to control the situation, or even our significant others but immense fear and a desire to “hold the peace” will likely keep us from making any long term damage with our potential drama:-)
As always, New Moons are a time for going in, reflecting and honoring your self and this can be especially important with all this energy going out to others. Nourish yourself and protect your energy as best as possible....you can go out again on Halloween, which is the day of the first phase of the waxing moon, setting you off on a New foot. Many Blessings on this New Moon. Hare Ohm
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