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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On Saturday, October 15th at 6:24 pm Hawaii Time (-10 GMT), the Moon will be directly across from the Sun at 29 degrees sidereal Pisces, the very end of a long journey to our ultimate Home. Revati is the last nakshatra, or star cluster, of the zodiac and it is where we take the final journey towards peace in our hearts... merging our higher Self with the total being of the Collective. In Hindu terms, we are bringing the Atman (individual soul) together with the Brahman (God-soul). Revati is associated with the protection of animals and is ruled over by Pushan, the shepard who helps lost and helpless creatures find the path home. The Sun is across the way in Virgo, on its last day there before transitioning to Libra. Full Moons are a time of contrast and allowing us to sink into the energy opposite of the one of the Sun cycle we are experiencing. Interestingly, we have had two full moons in Pisces this cycle, one at the very beginning and this one at the very end. What we get as a glimpse in the first nakshatra of Pisces, the realization of our Self as much more than just this body and earthly existence is put to the test in the middle and finds its peace in this final star. Revati is also symbolized by a drum, showing us that when we find one ending, it is merely the beginning of something new as the drum beats eternally and the steady rhythm holds all of our lives' ups and downs in a single beat.
Mercury and Jupiter are joined the Sun in Virgo. Mercury in both his own sign and his exalted position is bringing high levels of intelligence to our communication and information highways. We may find we have clarity of thought and speech and that it is linked to our higher ideals and beliefs. While our thoughts and ideas may be clear, our hyper-attention to detail is distracting us from the true expansiveness that allows us to really understand the bigger picture our ideals and beliefs represent. We may have been experiencing anxiety and high levels of self-criticism this last month.
As the Earth turns and our perspective of the Sun transitions into Libra for the next month, we will find ourselves doling out our Soul Power to others. In an effort to find compromise and harmony with others, we may negate our own true source of strength and stability. The Sun is considered debilitated, in its least intelligent position in Libra, because the source of our strength must be contained for us to radiate that power out to the rest of what we are and do. In Libra, we are too interested in engaging with others and making things feel beautiful to hold to our higher power and truth.
Venus has moved out of her own sign of Libra and into Scorpio joined Saturn. We might find more pressure and fear is hampering our happiness and connection with others. In the tumultuous and self-interested sign of Scorpio, our relationship planet struggles for control of others in a stormy attempt at facing the inner fears we each have. Saturn has been here for almost two years now, so we are getting used to the feeling of pressure and fear, but now it will specifically be affecting our relationships and sense of happiness. Expect high emotions and perhaps some drama with others, with a dose of humility and diligence to bring us down to earth.
Mars is still giving us a lot of discipline and action in the direction of our beliefs and religious or spiritual paths in Sagittarius, helping us to practice what we preach.
Overall, the levels of anxiety and overemphasis on the details will begin to go down as we fade into the New Moon these next two weeks, and we will find ourselves instead dropping into a place of trying to find balance in our relationships and our personal power, struggling for control and perhaps finding ourselves belly up on the floor a few times in the process. Try to stick to your daily sadhana, or practice, to help ground yourself in your own space and rhythm before you interact with others and use tools such as NVC to help you make sure you are expressing your needs and wants and also listening to those of others. Lokah Samasta Sukinoh Bhavantu. May All Beings Everywhere Be Happy and Free. May you be happy and free. Hare Ohm.
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This New Moon will take place at 2:11 pm here in Hawaii on Friday, September 30th in sidereal Virgo. This is the cycle of the Moon where we focus on the details and find practical applications for our mental energy. The Sun has already been in Virgo for a couple weeks, so we have been experiencing some level of this already, especially since Jupiter moved into Virgo in August. Our sense of power is challlenged here, as it is difficult to rise to great heights when we are bogged down in the nitty-gritty. There is a desire for everything to be just right, that we may have to overcome if we want to actually get anywhere in our pursuits. Especially when connecting with others, as the Moon so desperately wants to do. Our psyche is caught up in how things should be, and our endless struggle to have our own efforts make it so. We may find we are overly critical with ourselves and others and wasting our precious energy on details that would eventually work themselves out if we could just take our gaze off the ground and look up every now and again. Virgo is a tamasic sign, which means that it has an inert energy and is self-protective. The inertia with Virgo is interesting because there is so much mental energy in this Mercury-ruled sign that it is almost like frenetic standing-still. Paralyzed by too much doing and thinking in too many different directions, and by self-doubt.
The first luanr phase, or Pratipad, of this New Moon cycle marks the beginning of a nine night celebration of the Goddess Mother called Navaratri. In this celebration, people from India and Nepal and now all over the world, honor the cycle of fertility and harvest through an epic battle where the Hindu Goddess Durga, rides her Tiger and saves the three worlds from a shape-shifting Demon. This battle, of course, also represents the battle within with our own shape-shifting Demons that take on different personas as soon as we become comfortable. The Goddess is able herself to manifest in many forms from gentle to terrible and the people hear the stories, go to various temples to pray and some even take on these energies into their own beings. What a beautiful time to honor the Divine Feminine in ourselves and in the world and to reflect on what seeds we have planted over the last year and are pulling from our own fertile soil this fall.
The nakshatra this New Moon takes place in is Hasta...the open hand that releases its firm grasp and allows your vision to manifest in its upward-facing palm. This star is ruled by Savitar, the god of the sunrise who awakens us. Here we are inspired by our long-term visions and are able to bring them to reality. The Gayatri Mantra is an ode to him and his manifestation in each of us.
Om Bhur Bhuvaha Swaha
Tat Savitur Vareniyam
Bhargo Devasya dhimahi
dhi yo yo nah prachodayat.
As mentioned, Jupiter has been in Virgo since August, somewhat constricting our beliefs and higher ideals. Jupiter is where we expand and experience the larger spiritual picture, and in Virgo, we have a tendency to get caught up in the words and dictates and debates and miss the higher aim of our spiritual goals. It is a good time to get back into psychical health as Virgo is an earth sign, and also a sign of anxiety about health, wanting to purify ourselves in any way we can. Eating healthy foods, exercising and using natural healing techniques are all supported here, although we can get carried away in the details of these practices and miss overall balance in our health also involves a calm mind. Breath work is encouraged here to balance the brain and bring yourself to a state of peace that might allow for deeper meditation. Having the Sun and Moon joined Jupiter is a party of sattwa in Virgo. All harmonious and high-reaching grahas, in the tamasic sign of Virgo makes our inspiration and higher selves both insecure and practical. This allows us to stay grounded and humble in our approach, but also to let our lack of confidence get in the way of real connection, leadership and expansion.
Venus has moved into her own sign of Libra, and out of debilitation in Virgo, so we are at least feeling less constriction as we relate to others both romantically and in other partnerships. There is more ease and grace here as we truly want to find balance and harmony in our interchanges with others and it is more effortless to do so. Our sense of happiness is appeased here and we are able to make nice with others and create beautiful environments wherever we go.
Mars has also since moved signs, finally exiting Scorpio where he was joined Saturn since February and moving into Jupiter's own sign of Sagittarius. This will motivate us to have more action and discipline towards our spiritual or religious pursuits and to be pysically aligned with our higher beliefs and ideals. The main thing we will notice here is the tumult and intensity of Mars and Saturn conjunction in the emotional playing field of Scorpio is now over and we are more empowered towards external action than fighting our inner fears and demons.
Mercury has moved direct again and is now heading back into its exalted placement in Virgo on October 3rd. We will again see mental acuity and discernment at its height, although this will further hinder the Sun and Jupiter's ability to reflect their highest natures.
As always, New Moon is a time for inner reflection and meditation as our mind winds down to dark along with the Moon. Find time in nature, if possible during the day and in the evening, try to de-stimulate as much as possible. If you wish to follow along with puja, or ceremony during Navaratri, there is a wonderful online opportunity I recommend with Priestess Laura Amazzone. Go to http://www.lauraamazzone.com/classes to register. Blessings on your New Moon, and Jai Ma! Victory to the Divine Mother!
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The Full Moon will take place at 9:05 am on September 16th, here in Hawaii (-10 GMT) in the sign of Pisces. There will be a prenumbral lunar eclipse from 6:54 am to 10:53 am, not visible here in North America but the Moon will look slightly fainter in Europe, Africa, Asia among other places. In a prenumbral eclipse, the Moon is not eclipsed by the Earth moving between it and the Sun, rather it moves into the prenumbral cone just outside the umbra and just a shadow is cast on its full glow. Astrologically speaking, the Moon is barely in the sign of Pisces and the South node of the Moon is 13 degrees away in the sign of Aquarius. This Full Moon Eclipse is bringing the intelligent and humanitarian energy of Aquarius into the spiritual, watery realm of Pisces. How can we raise up our highest vision for Earth and one another? How can we ourselves merge with our highest Self? In this period where the Sun has moved into Virgo, and joined Jupiter and Venus this is our balancing point. Virgo is where we seek purity and often times we do that through the physical plane, trying to get all the details just right and control that which we think will taint that purity. In Pisces, we are able to offer it all up to the higher Energy of the universe and trust that perfection does not come from micro-managing the details, rather from surrendering the control altogether. This Full Moon will take place in Purvabhadrapada, the place in the sky where we are struck by a lightening bolt (especially poignant here in Hawaii with our epic lightening storm earlier this week) of insight. Great Wisdom and True Knowing comes in a flash to fill us and then it passes, leaving us to do the work to get there again and sustain that Knowing. In a lunar eclipse, there is a blackout on our Full Psyche that can cause chaos, confusion and delusion, or can be a portal to the vast universe of past wisdom. Here we have great potential to “see” the Truth and even know it, so that we might feel compelled to find it again.
Like I mention, the Sun being in Virgo is a time when we focus on managing the details, as opposed to leading from our pure connection to Source. Jupiter in Virgo, being a year long transit that just began, is where our highest beliefs and ideals come from this detail-oriented plane. Facts and figures become the new religion and the manifesto is that we can physically control anything out of our control by making “smart” choices. The assumption here is that those who have fallen into trouble or sadness or illness have made “wrong” choices that got them there and all we need is self-control and all the “facts” to avoid the same happening to us. But the facts are always changing and the truth is we can rarely control the outcome of our choices, only the choices themselves. A balance must be struck between Faith and Knowing. We can do our part to educate ourselves with what information is available and make the best choices we know to at that time, and we can also learn the art of surrender to the only true fact, which is that nothing is certain and change is inevitable. One place we tend to put that control when planets are in Virgo is on our physical health and well-being, which is a wonderful way to actually calm some of the anxiety of this sign. Healing exercises that don't overwhelm such as yoga and tai chi can be life-savers and learning to control the flow of our Prana through breath exercises can be tremendous as well. Using plant medicines and herbal remedies to work with any ailments is wonderful, just be sure to know what you are using and to take it easy as becoming overly rigid and obsessive with any natural healing technique can actually have reverse effects.
The ruler of Virgo, Mercury, is still retrograde, making this a time of self-discovery, contemplation and perhaps remembering silence is golden. While we combat all the ways that our computers and technology seem to be “against us” in this cycle, we are learning the valuable lessons of reflection and revision and above all, slowing down. Mercury will be retrograde until the night of September 21st.
Meanwhile, the day after our eclipse/Full Moon, September 17th, Mars will finally make his way out of Scorpio where he has been since February. This transit has brought him in conjunction with Saturn and has likely forced you to face some deep-seated fears in whatever area of your life Scorpio rules (in your Vedic Chart). This tension has allowed us to move through some “dark night of soul” kind of energy and hopefully to clarify that part of our existence. *If you still have not received it yet, this will be the last week where the FREE report on the eclipse cycle and Saturn/Mars for all 12 signs will be available when you sign up for my newsletter! We are wrapping us this battle that has been raging for 7 months and moving forward with whatever pieces are still intact! Saturn will remain in Scorpio for another year, but at this point we will likely have a deeper understanding of what we are committed to in this area of our life. (Again, if you don't know what area of your life it is, get the free report while its still available!)
The Full Moon phase, or tithi, called Pournimasya began around 9 am Hawaii time on Thursday, September 15th. Use this portal from Thursday morning to Friday to meditate, pray, reflect and clear your channels so you will be an open vessel (as opposed to a whirlwind of chaos) during the time of the eclipse Friday morning. Happy Full Moon, Lunar Eclipse! Lokah Samasta Sukinoh Bhavantu May All Beings Everywhere Be Happy and Free. Hare Ohm
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On Wednesday, August 31st at 11:04 pm Hawaii Time (-10) there will be a New Moon in sidereal Leo. The Moon and Sun are coming together at 15 degrees 17 seconds of Leo in the specific nakshatra, or star cluster of Purva Phalguni. Purva is “first” and Phalguni is “the reddish lady”, the woman who is ready to be plucked by love. Bhaga, the deity of pleasure and delight, is the god of this star and it is known for being a place of sensual desire, enjoyment, and excess, the lunar abode where we enjoy being Kings and Queens for a day (or if you are blessed with this star in your natal chart than for a lifetime:). It is right in the middle of Leo, the Lion and shows the side of leadership that revels in the perks, rather than executes the order of law or receives wisdom from past wisdom/rulers as the other two nakshatras of Leo offer.
Our theme we are working with now is Ourselves. We are very self-important and standing tall in our own skin. As this New Moon also correlates to an annular Solar Eclipse (visible from places around the Southern Indian Ocean, mostly in Africa), there will be quite the powerful punch to our identity and sense of self. The Eclipse will take place from 8:13 pm August 31st to 2 am September 1st Hawaii time, so again it will not be visible from here or anywhere in the United States, but the energy will strong for meditating, praying, chanting during this period. Solar Eclipses are a natural phenomenon that occur when the Sun passes through specific points on the ecliptic and is “blacked out” by the Moon. In this annular eclipse, there will just be a ring of fire around the dark circle of the Moon. Astrologically, this is a time of intense experiences while we effectively “black out” as well and are either confused/delusional or can have very transcendental experiences. Eclipses happen in cycles where two signs from the zodiac are keepers of the lunar nodes, the mathematical points in space that mark where the eclipses will occur when either a Full or New Moon occurs in that place in the sky. This eclipse cycle that began in January 2016 (first eclipse was in February) is on the Leo/Aquarius axis and here we have the emphasis on the north node, Rahu. Rahu brings an obsessive quality to our Sun/Moon in Leo, fixating our attention on this area of our life, and also on our innate Leo qualities of Leadership, Regality, Dignity and Self-possession. We will have a wake-up call here with a realization of how we can only be leaders if anyone else wants to follow us, and if we are only acting in our own best interest and pleasure, we are not likely to have a lot of people lining up to walk behind us. This energy will best be understand in relation to the house in your chart it falls...
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Meanwhile, Venus has just joined Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo and they are forming what is called a Saraswati Yoga in the sky. This is a Union of the artistry and beauty of Venus, the mental acuity, discernment and communication skills of Mercury and the inspiration, higher reaching spirituality of Jupiter. When these three planets join together it is a blessing and a boon. It is important to always note where these yogas take place, and in Virgo, Mercury is not only in his own sign but he also exalted. This usually means that our intelligence and ability to bring clarity to communication will be at its top performance, but Mercury just began his notorious Retrograde action on Tuesday, August 30th and we will be somewhat delayed and confused in our ability to get words and ideas out and receive them in. When Mercury goes Retrograde we are learning how to slow down, revise and relearn. It is an opportunity to think before you speak and to really mull things over rather than making snap judgements. When this happens and Mercury is exalted, we will feel perhaps even more frustrated because the inner expression of our intellect will be so strong and sharp and it will feel only delayed in the outer world. When Mercury is not in as strong of placement, it can be relief to take it slow since the intellect is not working quite as well anyway. Patience will be key. This is also an opportunity to take a break from the world of technology, since you will probably struggle with those communication tools anyway, and instead breathe in the natural wonders around you while you jog, hike or swim.
Likewise, we will want to tap into the qualities of Venus that bring us a desire to connect and find harmony with others, but in Virgo, Venus is debilitated. Her ability to find connection and beauty is impaired by Virgo's harsh critic and insecure prudishness. Being joined the exalted ruler will help us find our grace despite Virgo's tight grip on our happiness, but we will still feel the constriction. Jupiter, our planet of grace, fortune, beliefs and big ideals is also a bit wound up in Virgo's detail-oriented world of facts and ideas. There is not a lot of room for expansion when we are so busy focusing our minds on the nitty-gritty details of every little thing we want to believe in. This is a great time to take to our natural surroundings and our healthy habits. Jupiter in Virgo promotes healthcare as a belief and the ideal that if we take care of our body, we will prevent dis-ease in all areas of our life. Inspiration, Creativity and Brilliance might come in a very Virgo-like way right now, but embracing that and allowing control over outer things such as daily practices can help stimulate Saraswati's artistry and wisdom to flow like a river right through us.
Saturn and Mars are finishing up their tenure together in Scorpio, and Mars will move out and into Sagittarius on September 17th. Whatever final loose ends still need to be cleared up in this area of our lives will continue to come out in tiny spurts as we clean up the carnage from this epic battleground. There is not the same umpf here anymore, as we are trailing away from the exact conjunction on August 24th.
If we feel slightly low on energy now, it is not only because our energy is waning along with the Moon, but it is also due in part to so many of the planets being in either Virgo or Scorpio and both of these tamasic signs bring us a heavy feeling of too much stress, fear and anxiety. Virgo is too much intellectual stress and anxiety and Scorpio brings us emotional stress and fear, and at this point we are very much “over” Scorpio's emotional roller coaster! Take it easy, breathe, and find time to relax when you need to. Pranyama, breath control practices, can ease anxiety and Yin Yoga, especially with deep hip openers can relieve your body of some stuck emotions. Diffuse calming scents like lavender, and uplifting citrus scents like Orange in your home and get plenty of fresh air and exercise. New Moon's are always a time of lower energy and inner reflection, so take time to meditate and reset yourself as this powerful energy eclipses your innate personal power. Blessings on your New Moon and Solar Eclipse! Hare Ohm
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