The Sun and Moon come together in 28:15 degrees sidereal Pisces in the final star of the zodiac, Revati this Sunday, April 11th at 4:29 pm HT (-10 GMT). Revati is where we are walking each other home. It is ruled by the god Pushan, a shepherd who guides the flocks to their resting place. As too are we coming to an end of several weeks with two to four planets in sidereal Pisces, allowing us to feel, emote, receive and dive deep into our connection with Source. This is also the beginning. This is the Hindu month of Chaitra, wherein we celebrate the first month of the Luni-solar calendar. It is said to be when Brahma created the universe. It is also the start of the 9 night festival honoring the Goddess. Durga Navaratri celebrates the epic tale of the mother that comes to save her children from the evil demon Mahishasura. She slays the shape-shifting buffalo headed demon after many trials from his minions and after she has had to manifest in all her various forms to take on his army. In the final scene, she tells her devotees that she will always be there when they call for her. This is a key teaching of the goddess, as we must call her if we want her to arrive. She is hidden but ever present and the calling out to her and manifesting her grace comes from the humility to ask for help to begin with. No easy feat in our modern world where humility is low and ego is high. She also sucks the demon back into her being after she slays him, indicating that even he is part of her. Even our darkest, ugliest and more fearful aspects of ourself are welcomed into her folds to be recycled (up cycled?) into new manifestations of her. This final day “victory day” is also a celebration of Vishnu’s avatar Ram and his birth and the start of Ram Navami.
As this New Moon is immediately followed by the Moon, then Sun and eventually Mercury joining Venus (who already hopped the Gandanta into Aries on April 10th), we will feel an enormous uptick of energy and fire on its heels. It is so important to make sure we have properly aligned with ourselves in the days of darkness leading up so that whatever we jump start on the other end is coming of and from us and not the world or impressions upon us. Expect a bit of a shock to the system, especially if you favor the more watery and earth elementals and have a harder time with the masculine energies of air and fire we are moving into. Mars is moving into Gemini from Taurus on April 13th and our tongues could become quite sharp. While ruler, Mercury is still debilitated in Pisces until the 16th, it might be confusing and emotional battles we take up with our intellect. Then the two Grahas will be in each other’s sign, Mercury in Aries and Mars in Gemini offering both a higher dose of intelligence but our words could become even sharper and more focused. The black and white thinking of Mars is antithetical to the more nuanced and objective approach of a healthy Mercury and we can expect some battles to rage. Especially in the online world. Jupiter now in Aquarius is bringing social justice into the forefront and since we each have a different view of what that means and a lot of fighting energy “up” for us, while the ruler of that passion is in an intellectual sign. The best remedy for this is to avoid social media and the news. Try to find other ways to exercise your mind, like reading a good long tome or chanting mantras! The more you allow yourself to engage in the online universe, the more it will trigger you, so consider yourself warned. Remember yourself and your true nature that you were connecting with during the new moon and go back to that inner fire.
“It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another. Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma, but competition in another’s dharma breeds fear and insecurity.” CH3 sl 35 Bhagavad Gita (translation by E. Easwaran)
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This Sunday March 28, at 8:48 am HT (-10 GMT) the Moon and Sun will be exactly opposite one another for our Full Moon in sidereal Virgo in the star of Hasta. Here we take our best laid plans and release them. What remains or comes back is what we are making manifest. Ruled by Savitur, the aspect of the Sun that we experience before we even see it and witness first rising on the Eastern Horizon, Hasta is the open hand, open to receive as well as to let go of what no longer serves us. Thankfully, we’ve had a nice explosive Mars/Rahu conjunction nine houses away from this Moon, which very likely helped us each lose what no longer serves us in our truth, LOL! The universe always provides:)
Seriously, while it is never fun to experience intense anger from within or outside of us, it is often these “explosive” experiences that help clarify what isn’t working and propels us forward. No pain, no gain, they say, and sometimes that is true. The real blessing isn’t in random explosions, however, it’s in aligning with our deepest truths and following a path that continues to build on and illuminate those truths.
With Venus, the ruler of Taurus (where the Rahu/Mars exact conjunction occurs Friday) is in her point of exaltation in Pisces. When Venus is exalted, we really move beyond basic relational needs with one another and into the next plane of love, where it is IN us and EVERYWHERE around us too. When we focus on the immediate exchange of two persons we can elevate our love to a point, but when we move that into a space that is bigger than any two beings themselves can carry, we invite God(dess) in to activate that love. We move from bounded to unbounded love. This is especially important right now, because in Virgo, the sign of Healing, we are getting an exchange between the Moon and Venus, two primary planets in relationships. The Moon in Virgo can bring our mind and emotions to be overly focused on the details, and we can struggle to step back and see the big picture. Venus in Pisces can help keep the focus of happiness on our connection to spirit, rather than something someone else needs to do to please us. Venus and Sun joined in Pisces can find us floating in a sea of all the possibilities, without any bounds to keep us contained, and the Moon in Virgo can bring us back to the specifics that ground our thoughts, feelings and inspirations into something tangible that can be made or done.
Venus being so close to the Sun (they are also exact as of Friday) can give us the feeling of being overlooked, underappreciated and not admired. This could definitely be a catalyst for some of the anger and aggression of the Mars/Rahu conjunction, but it can also be an inspiration to find our happiness inside ourselves and our relationship to Spirit, not through others and what they give us. Everyone is always going through their own experiences also, and often we expect too much of each other. We expect our friends and partners to show up for us in ways we often do not even show up for ourselves, and this is not a healthy dynamic. How can we connect to one another outside the fields of “right and wrong” and how we have been conditioned to think relating works? How can we manifest our wildest dreams, literally grounding the impossible in the possible? The only way is if we allow our connection to whatever Source we resonate with to guide through us. If we are the only ones with whom the responsibility of making big things happen, we will fall from the weight of it all. Even with help from that other person we have made contracts and commitments with, we will both drown. Swimming is an act of God. Floating and being carried while also using the mechanics and know how to keep yourself afloat. Neither can happen on our own will alone.
With the ruler of the Moon, Mercury in the end degrees of Aquarius, we can use this time to blueprint our models for what we want to build in society and for the future. In just a few days, Mercury will transition into Pisces and our capacity to clarify our thoughts will be also in the watery and spiritual realm of the fish. While brilliant insight will be available with the conjunction of exalted Venus, we will still have more trouble delineating and organizing our thoughts at that point. Jupiter is also giving dristhi to this Full Moon, giving us some practical wisdom that includes long-term awareness of how best laid plans can falter, fail or survive. This is a time to take the gold nuggets of wisdom of Jupiter in Capricorn, and leave the fear and less expansive energy to be, because the Sun is coming up and we can choose to either stay asleep, or be a part of this brand new day!
Gayatri Mantra: Om Bhur Bhuva Swaha Tat Savitur Varenyum Bhargo Devasya Dhimahi Di Yo Yo Na Prachodyat
Holi is the “festival of colors”, an Indian holiday that officially brings us into the celebration of Spring! As we move out of the darkness of winter and into the budding spring, we also are honoring the lifting from the darkness of spirit into the light. The story of Holi shows Prahlad, a devoted young boy who has a one-pointed love for Vishnu being born to a demon king, Hiranyakashyapa. His father was self-obsessed and wanted the devotion of his son. When the reflection of Prahlad’s purity became too much to bear, he began to devise a plan to end his son’s life. After several failed attempts, he brings his sister Holika into his schemes, asking her to bring Prahlad onto her lap and he will light a fire around them. Holika has a boon to be protected from fire, but Prahlad will burn. Unfortunately for her, Holika finds out that her boon was contingent on her being alone in the fire and she burns, while Prahlad’s devotion and love for Vishnu saves him. The day leading up to the festival of Holi is often honored by bonfire, where this scene is re-enacted and then fire can be brought back to individual homes to purify and clean any negative energies that have accumulated there, as well as bacteria, disease etc. This is a time to begin Spring Cleaning too! Happy Holi!
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Mars/Rahu in Taurus joined exact this week... Plus ruler Venus exalted & combust in Pisces !!
Explosive, and Fiery Potential, but also Deep Devotion as the ruler Venus is in her sign of exaltation, Pisces. Whenever Mars joins Rahu, the north node, we have potential for explosions, as Mars is fire and Rahu is the airy quality of dispersion. This can literally bring fires to the earth (Taurus is an earth sign), and definitely within our bodies and lives. From an Ayurvedic perspective, we can calm this fire (pitta) and air (vata) with food choices that steer clear of oily, spicy, acidic or gassy foods. We can also practice asana and pranayama that help to meet and control these exacerbated energies. Twists and backbends can help control the fire, also long holds and strengthening poses that do not have excessive movement. This will also automatically bring more peace to the mind, but in addition breaths like Nadi shodhana (alternate nostril breathing), Sitali (cooling breath) and even just long deep breaths can help to stabilize and neutralize the dispersive and nervous energy of Rahu. note:
This conjunction is happening in the nakshatra Rohini, the rosy red maiden whom is the favored of the 27 stars by both her husband Chandra (Moon god) and her father, Daksha. We can see this play out with an emphasis on fighting for the rights of young women, and their sexual freedom as well as their right to not be exploited or killed/assaulted. Be patient and compassionate with yourself and others, as they are all experiencing this also. Also, be careful out there! It’s been heating up, so you’ve likely already experienced a lot of the beginning phases of it. Rahu can have us feeling like a stranger in a strange land, so don’t force yourself to be around people, but accept that they will likely be around making noise anyway, lol, and practice imagining that your thoughts and experiences are also the ones they are having. Recognizing yourself in the other. This will be happening in a different house, a different area of life for each of us, and Mars is a different house lord for us each too, so referring back to the video I made a month ago when Mars first moved in, where I go through this transit for all 12 signs will be helpful, and I’ll put the link in the comments. I do go through a few examples in the facebook live video filmed today and much more in depth with the way we are experiencing this. I will list that video also in the comments, after it airs. Venus is joined the Sun (also exact on the 26th) in her sign of highest potency, Pisces, the watery emotional realm of merging with all that is. Here we have a chance to really feel the love and devotion available when we see God/Goddess/Energy in everything and everything as an emanation of that love itself. While Venus combust the Sun can definitely have us feeling overlooked and underappreciated, in her sign of exaltation with the indicator of Consciousness itself, we are able to really have a communion with Source if we are in touch with this part of ourselves. Whatever house Pisces is for you, and Venus and the Sun ruling, will definitely get a boost of this extra-ordinary love and creativity, and as she is the ruler of Mars/Rahu in Taurus, we will all see potential for our actions to be elevated to this level as well, perhaps even inspired by the feeling of “other” that Rahu can delude us with.
It is also important to note that once Rahu moves into earlier degrees than Mars (the nodes of the Moon move backwards as the planets generally move forward), we will also begin to bring our Kala Sarpa Yoga to an end. The Kala Sarpa, or “Time Snake” has wrapped us up in its coils of delusion and illusion since Venus first brought us into it in early January and has been helping us evolve our karmas with this Taurus/Scorpio axis by giving us extraordinary experiences to highlight the karma we must bring to a close in Scorpio, through the shadows in that area of our life. The lessons we learn from the smoky haze of the nodes are necessary if we hope to stabilize and get more positive results with the newer karma on the front end with Rahu in Taurus, which is driving this Kala Sarpa. If you are not already on my email list, when you sign up you will receive an instant free report on this Taurus/Scorpio nodal axis for all 12 signs! Sign up in the top right corner!
Many blessings to you and all around you! Hare Ohm
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The New Moon is this Saturday, March 13th at 12:21 am Hawaii Time. This New Moon also falls on the heels of the biggest celebration of our highest spiritual potential all year, Mahashivaratri, the Great Night of Lord Shiva. Every 13th (night)/14th lunar day of the waning Moon (Krishna Paksha) is a Shivaratri, in that as the Moon and Sun come together as one, our Mind joins our Consciousness in a meditative union. We are not lit up in the light of our socially aware selves, rather internalized in our own inner awareness. On this 14th phase, Chaturdashi tithi, the Moon is moving to its absolute darkest and in the month of Magha/Phalguna, it is the time where the Northern Hemisphere is also most positioned towards the heavens... offering us humans a potent portal to access our highest self. This is the story of the marriage of Shiva and Parvati and all they had to overcome in order to unite in love, and this is also the story of Shiva becoming so entranced in meditation, he became one with Mount Kailash, still as a mountain himself. This is a night for yogis, ascetics, householders and eccentrics to become one with their own selves. This year, it will be celebrated on March 11th.
This New Moon is falling just before the final degree of sidereal Aquarius in the star of Purva Bhadrapada, the early blessed result. This nakshatra is ruled by Aja Ekapada, the one footed goat who shows us the rough climb we have if we do not possess all our faculties. It is also where we receive that lightning flash of insight that we are more than just these shells of flesh and bone. It is where we realize we are the Seer. Much work is left to do thereafter, as a glimpse is not a becoming, but it is often the beginning of an arduous journey through the next star of Uttara Bhadrapada, where we have to dive deep into our own poison to come out with the nectar. Purva Bhadrapada is in both Aquarius and Pisces, the bridge between our mind and our feeling nature on the universal plane. When we can imagine the future, and then when we can become it. We are still at the final degrees of the mental plane of Aquarius, where we realize the health of the collective is the health of the individual. Where we understand that we are all in this together. What this means to each of us will, as always, depend on our worldview and beliefs but the capacity for great change on a grand scale is very much available. We can choose how we want that to look at move forward in a sacred way, or we can allow the usual suspects to dictate what that future looks like. It is up to each of us to thrive for the hive! What is your greatest vision for humanity? What does a first step forward look like. If we get to caught up in reaching an ambitious goal, then we feel disappointed when we don’t get there. We need to see an end vision and work towards it, but also have the flexibility to allow it to form as it naturally will. We also must be present enough to accept each step as it’s own victory, like our friend Aja Ekapada!
We have both Venus and Mercury now in Aquarius as well, Venus quite close to the Sun and Moon. Might our willingness to work together, find harmony and compromise in our work and excellent communication. While our beliefs (Jupiter) and commitments (Saturn) are still steeped in the fear of Capricorn, they are also offering us that same thing we have had available since Jan 2020 when Saturn first moved into his home sign….a chance to let go. When better to apply this capacity for silence, solitude and meditation than at Shivaratri? When better to understand that the more we merge with our own higher self, the easier it will be to engage with others and the world community? If we don’t address our individual reality, how can we hope to solve collective problems? With Jupiter giving a 5th house dristhi to Mars in Taurus, we will have the inspiration to act, but it may pull us to more materialistic, sensuous and practical pursuits. This is less of a concern if our personal kingdom is in order because all marching orders will be coming from a place of deep understanding. If we are scratching the surface though, then we will achieve just that…surface results. With all the planets trapped between the lunar nodes right now, we can go deep within and awaken, or remain shallow and confused...the choice is for each of us.Go Deep;-)
Blessed Shivaratri & New Moon!
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Full Moon in Purva Phalguni: Pleasure, Devotion & the Collective
The Moon will be at its brightest this Friday night at 10:17 pm HT (February 26th) in the sign of Leo and the star of Purva Phalguni. Purva Phalguni is the “early reddish lady” or the maiden ripe with fertility that is ready to delight in love and play. It is ruled by Bhaga, the god of delight and enjoyment who learns that if he is only seeking pleasure through his eyes, then he will be blind to the well of deeper beauty available. When we are caught up in the spoils of power and are overly stimulated, we might lose regard for the collective we are ultimately serving. We then no longer feel the beauty and joy ourselves either. This is being really etched in right now as both the lord of Leo, the Sun and the planet of beauty and happiness, Venus (who incidentally also rules Purva Phalguni) is across the way in the sign of Aquarius, reminding us that if only ourselves and a select few are experiencing happiness, then it is not sustainable. If we are living the high life while others are suffering, we must do our part to raise the vibration for all, because we share this world and can only experience a limited amount of joy if others are not experiencing any. This is where Bhakti, or divine devotion comes in. When we are able to offer our joy, pleasure and even sexual energy to something higher than ourselves, it permeates throughout time and space and fills all of us. When we raise our own vibration to the higher qualities of love, where we serve from a truly loving place of wanting what’s best for society, not just ourselves, then we feel an ocean of bliss beyond what personal satisfaction we could ever feel in transitory moments. The power of Leo is in the realization that the “king” or our own personal ruler, our connection to Source, is only powerful when it is serving the people, the kingdom. Once it becomes tainted and uses the power for personal gain, then it is no longer real power. It has shifted into ego power which goes as quickly as it came. Think of the yoga practices you may partake in (or have heard of others doing:). If the goal is only to become more flexible, stronger and thinner, than you are getting only the basest of benefits from your practice. If you say, also want to calm your mind and feel more inner peace, then you are raising the vibration a little but still remaining in your ego and selfishness. This is why the Bhagavad Gita expresses the foremost yogas to be Karma (Selfless Service) and Bhakti (Devoted Love) because they are the two that transcend personal gain and offer it to the rest of the world and beings. You can gain great siddhis (yogic powers) by extreme austerity and commitment to strengthening your body and mind, but if it remains selfish in its pursuit, it will bring the power of asura, without light. It will be power that may be able to conquer all three worlds and gain much worldly possessions and beauty, but it will always be in danger of being taken from you and therefore, no longer enjoyable. If we have to worry about our riches, beauty or pleasure being taken from us, then we have to live in a mindset of lack and competition, which does not feel intrinsically blissful. If we do not have these worries because we are feeling bliss in the collective sense and not as the goal, then we cannot lose our joy and happiness because it was never ours to begin with. It is being held by all and therefore available to all.
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Capricorn is where we do what needs to be done because we become increasingly aware of how precious time is, how limited it is and how ultimately, our time on earth itself is limited. Here we are focused on a long-term plan that centers around survival. There can be a lot of pressure as the responsibilities add up and the only thing to do is just begin to do the work. Roll up the sleeves, be willing to get down on our knees, and possibly even reckon with some aches and aging pains as we do what needs to be done. It can be overwhelming and anxiety-inducing, or it can be a practice in the art of setting long-term goals and working towards them without distraction. This Thursday, February 11th at 9:05 am HT we are at the apex of Capricorn energy as 7 planets including Pluto pile into this one house! It is a New Moon, so the “setting off of a new cycle” but at the same time The Sun and Moon are in the final degree of the sign, and will be immediately moving out, so it’s also the beginning of this sign releasing us from some of its hold as well.
The New Moon is happening in the star of Dhanistha, residing in both Capricorn and Aquarius, where we use the steady beat of Lord Shiva’s drum to bring our best laid plans into actions, and in the Aquarius section, to the next level for all people to thrive. Ruled by the 8 Vasus, the “rays of light” that make tangible the power of the Cosmos. We are setting off a cycle of hard work, that we have in many ways already been in, but hopefully with more focus, determination and direction and less distraction. When we can set boundaries for ourselves, we save our bodies and circumstances having to set them for us. For example, if we stop when we feel tired, we reduce the chance that we work ourselves to a point of illness or injury, and then we will be able to work again tomorrow. If we push ourselves beyond our physical limits, we will be physically unable to do anything for a much longer period of time. On a deeper level, when we check in with ourselves first and foremost each day through meditation, clearing the mind of excess vritti, or mind-stuff, we can connect better to our true soul nature and what it is we really want to focus our energy on. Having this massive pile up of planets can feel quite intense, especially in a sign like Capricorn, but it is also a huge blessing in that it helps direct all of our actions into one arena and focus.
To move past the dictates of time and circumstance and external pressure, I like to imagine the goddess Dhumavati. She is one of the Das Mahavidyas, the 10 Tantric Wisdom Goddesses, and she is one of the most feared and shunned of the goddesses. She is the widow, the ultimate crone, and can be found as the smoke of a fire surrendered to the sky. One day Shiva and Parvati were out in a carriage ride and Parvati told Shiva she was hungry. “Can we get some food,” she asked. He replied, “In a bit”. Again she told him she was hungry and asked to have some food, and again he told her to wait. The third time this happened, she leaned over and ate him, and finally sated sat back. He spoke from her belly, telling her that she was not rid of him, he was always with her and a part of her, as of course he is. Shiva and Shakti (Parvati) are one, Consciousness and Manifestation, the container and the activation, and the New Moon is when the two are merged into oneness in our consciousness. In the Full Moon, we are more awake to our mind and emotions and feel them as separate. When Parvati looks around her, she sees that the carriage she was in is now without driver or animal and is in fact, going nowhere. She looks down and she is in rags, instead of her beautiful sari. Her arms are wrinkled and when she catches a glimpse of her appearance in the mirror, she is now old and withered. She is at first horrified, and eventually, finally at peace. In Indian society it is the widow is the most ostracized as well as (on some levels) the most free. Without constraint, rules, customs and responsibilities, she is no longer beholden to the ways of society and can be as crazy and wild as she wants, for no one is paying mind to her anymore. She is forgotten, cast out, but in that she is also unburdened from all her worldly concerns.
This is the energy that we can learn from right now. We will never get it all done, we won’t have time, energy or the physical capacity. Capricorn reminds how we are aging, how our bodies are failing and how limited our time is. Saturn here is teaching us since last January how to be ok with our aloneness, and how to surrender to the “have to’s” while simultaneously needing less to be ok. In this minimalism, we can find what is truly important and consciously choose what to spend our time and energy on, and what to avoid, cut out or block from taking our time. When we stop listening to the outside voices telling us what to think and where to put our attention, we will finally be free to do what we need and want!
May this New Moon and Capricorn pile-up bring you serenity and peace and boundaries, so you might move past fear and pressure and relax into the grace of your own trajectory and truth!
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