Our New Moon is this Tuesday, January 12th at 7pm HT and is once again happening at the very last degree of the sign it is in. This trend has been going since late summer/fall and shows a real lack of presence with the new cycles we are beginning each month. This New Moon is 29:04 sidereal Sagittarius in the star of Uttara Ashada. Uttara Ashada is where we are “invincible.” Coupled with the former star, Purva Ashada, it forms a pair of elephant tusks. Here we can harness the power of Visvadevas, all of divinity. The Vishvadevas are all the deities and show how much power can be harnessed when the collective sacred energy works together. This star is ruled by the Sun and in the first pada, where this New Moon takes place, we see the strength of the Sun illuminating our beliefs. Once we move into the Capricorn part of the star, the energy becomes concretized on the physical plane. This is also where we meet our limitations, as Saturn ruling Capricorn brings up the hardships that come when we actualize rather than idealize. As both the Moon and Sun are moving into Capricorn right after this (The Moon an hour later, the Sun in 2 days), those issues will come to bear right away, but the “victory” will still come. These two stars represent the energy that comes from the work we put in when we plant and tend to an ideal or a belief and then reap the harvest of that effort, or the suffering from having not used discernment up front and seeing the results are not what we want.
Venus is joined the Sun and Moon here, and in the sign of Sagittarius shows how we can get messy with our beliefs when we base our spiritual practices and ideologies on getting along with others or wanting to be agreeable. Ultimately, our connection to source must be ours and true in our heart, for better or worse. When we compromise our truth to be harmonious in our relations, we will feel removed from the victory later. Venus here can also indicate befriending and partnering with those who share similar beliefs to you. This can be very helpful for getting along, but of course at some point, you might diverge and how strong you are in your own heart-seat will determine how much you compromise to “get along”.
When the Sun moves into Capricorn, on January 14th, Makar Sankranti will be celebrated. This is meant to be the day the Sun moves forth in its Northern course (Uttarayana) but is now off of the actual solstice, due to being one of the few Hindu holidays that by being tied to the stars as opposed to the Sun’s course is no longer accurately attached to its meaning. Astrologically, what we will see happening, is the Sun moving into conjunction with 5 other planets, the moon being one who quickly moves out, and if we consider the outer planet Pluto who just made transit into sidereal Capricorn in the new year himself. As a planet smaller than many moons of other planets, it has been dubbed a Dwarf planet, and is not one of the 9 Grahas traditionally used in Vedic Astrology, however it’s valuable in a generational sense, in that it is in a sign for 20 plus years and so begins a period of deep collective work. Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the sun. It is 1/3 water and has more than 3 times as much water as all the Earth’s oceans. The rest is rock. As such it represents a struggle that is largely emotional but has some core truths that keep it real. It’s about releasing and purging things that are buried deep, so as to reach those truths. It can be destructive, as well as creative; once we can let go of the emotions and power struggles, we can find the core truth we are ultimately seeking.
We of course, still have Jupiter and Saturn here in Capricorn, for which you can take a look at previous forecasts if you don’t yet “get” this transit, but at this point the energy these two outer planets are generating here is a bit more relational, as Mercury has been joined since January 4th, creating more communication around our now deep commitments to our beliefs. This perhaps began as people “speaking out,” but now that Mercury is in Vishnu’s star of Shravana, it is encouraging us to listen. In what ways can we hear what other’s are saying, without needing to immediately make them wrong? Is it possible we can learn from listening to other’s perspectives, rather than just pigeon-holing them based on our assumptions from one part of what we see or know? Of course it is, but many do not know how to listen anymore, especially in our internet/social media age, where fast responses to people we often don’t even actually know can seem necessary at first. Ultimately, as the Sun shining here will remind us, and Pluto marking our collective emotional “baggage” will bring slowly into the forefront, is that we are in this together. As much as we might see things differently or disagree, we are here on this planet together and in our various locations amongst whoever that may be. We can move and try to live amongst those who are more “like-minded”, but as Venus in Sagittarius is reminding us, we cannot always agree with anyone, if we are being true to ourselves. Also, the big karma opening from Taurus in Rahu since September is that we need each other. Community is more important than anything for survival when disaster hits, and if we cannot see those we live amongst as humans with similar needs and desires as us, then we won’t survive. The division will be our demise.
Mars in Aries, where much of our anger and (hopefully) discipline and drive to get things done is coming from, is still at the end of Ashwini, the twin horsemen. He is giving us the shakti of healing power here, through our discipline and courage, but as Mars’ nature is harsh and logic-oriented (right/wrong, black/white) he is also giving us the desire to fight based on this simple deductive quality. Uranus, another “outside planet” made up of mostly gases, is also in Aries and while it’s blue green hue, made more beautiful by the rings that circle it can give off the illusion of peace, it is actually the energy of revolution it activates. It is the one planet in our solar system that rests in its orbit on its side, and as we have already witnessed, it can also cause erratic and disturbing behavior especially when coupled with Mars.
The final thing I will leave you with is that we have entered a Time Snake on January 10th, a Kala Sarpa Yoga. Officially we are in it only when the Moon is also in it, so for half the month. Kala Sarpa yoga is when all the planets fall between the two nodes of the Moon, coiling around all the different aspects of our lives and trapping us in their illusions. This can be a time of profound spiritual transformation, but it can also be a time of painful misunderstandings and missteps in the world, as the nodes have the power to delude us with their other-worldly nature. Rahu, the north node in Taurus, is leading this Kala Sarpa, as the nodes move backwards. This is also the node that “opens” new karma and is leading us to the tail of Ketu in Scorpio. We are opening new karma on security: food security, financial security, family values, and making things ourselves. Harmonizing with community, finding sustainable solutions, and also allowing ourselves to find pleasure in it all, not just bare-bones survival. This is bringing us to closing a chapter on our deep and painful emotional vault. The fears we harbor and the pain we wreak on those around us for those shadows is needing to be drudged up and cleared out, so we can move forward clearly assessing the dangers in front of us, rather than wrapped up in false or magnified fears. Collectively, this is taking the energy of those first two eclipses of the cycle (December 14th, 28th) and bringing it to all the planets. Personally, it is going to involve different areas of our life, depending on our natal charts. If you haven’t yet, sign up for my newsletter and receive 2 FREE reports: “Rahu in Taurus, Ketu in Scorpio for all 12 Signs” and “Jupiter in Capricorn for all 12 Signs” to better understand where all these transits are happing for you and your loved ones.
2021 is already off to quite a start and we are where we are collectively. Big question to ask right now, is in what way are you contributing to the well-being of the collective. If the answer is quick & obvious, and coming from some outside source your read, listen or believe in, then you are responding from an emotional trigger, based in your deeply entrenched beliefs. Dig deeper:)
Happy New Moon! May all beings everywhere be happy and free, including YOU and ME
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The Full Moon in Ardra nakshatra is this Tuesday, December 29th at 5:28 pm Hawaii Time. This star falls right in the middle of Gemini, ruled by Mercury, our intellect and communication. Ardra is "the moist one", symbolized by a teardrop. The symbol reflects both the utter grief that can come of this star and the storms that must be survived through it. This is one of the most turbulent places in the sky, showing the advent of most of our pain and suffering here on earth. One tear, or rain drop, turns to many, and eventually we cannot see clearly in the deluge. In the mythology it is the storm of the downfall of the creator, and therefore his creation, Earth and all her inhabitants. His lust for creating beautiful beings sends his daughter running from him and the gods defending her by bringing him down to earth himself, literally shooting him from the sky. With him fell his idyllic dreams of creation, replacing them with the world we live in now; turbulent, creative, painful, disease-ridden, stormy, violent and full of hope.
From an elemental perspective we can see how it is in this first transformation from earth sign to air sign where we find so much pain, because we are moving from the physical experience of caring for ourselves and the needs of our family, the “herd” (Taurus) to separating ourselves from our physical body with the mind and ego in Gemini. Once we can ponder the details of life, they become information; malleable and independent from reality. There’s no time on earth we have been more (or perhaps less) aware of the chasm between information/ ideas and actual life than right now. Partially because so much of many people’s “life" is currently happening in this mind realm, and partially because of how the very definition of “truth” or “facts” has become a source of argument and discussion in itself. For those already reeling at me with notions about how what we think can become reality... Yes, I agree. Our individual thoughts and on an even stronger level, collective thoughts, can and do change our reality. All the more reason to be discerning about what you take in and disseminate.
That being said, the physical body and its activities are separate from the mind and its activities and the very experience of stepping out of our body and lived experience to think about, talk about or attempt to change any reality through thought, is indeed also our downfall. It is relatively easier to think “bad” thoughts than it is to act on them. Over time, however, our actions come from these thoughts, in the form of micro-aggressions. It is precisely in our thoughts that we demonize others and make protagonist ourselves. Our thoughts are where we have delusions of grandeur despite not getting off the couch. Our thoughts are where we dream up fantasies, that we will never realize. Yes, it is also where we DO dream up beautiful tapestries of human experience and act on dreams and ideals. It is both. Our own personal Heaven and Hell. It is where the best and worst of humankind can be found and so it is where we are ironically taken from the realm of the gods to the realm of the humans.
Here, in this galactic plane, we must reckon with how much of who we are is our thoughts and communication around those thoughts and if we like what we see. Here is where we are not attached to a specific outcome, believing ourselves to be objective, but not fully present with the deep beliefs that we hold that guide what information we attach ourselves to, or feel is “truth”. With the Sun joined Gemini’s ruler Mercury across the way in Sagittarius, perhaps we can shine some light on that. And think about it! Lol This axis has just moved on from being our eclipse axis this past September, meaning quite a bit of karma has passed through this zone already in the last couple years. While we undoubtedly did clear some way in this area of our lives, we still have much more to look at. Often times Mercury in Sagittarius has us being both philosophical and maybe even a bit of a preacher, but with it combust (close to the Sun) we may also feel unheard. Be gentle with yourself. We have been through a lot, and incidentally, it is the only way you will be gentle with others.
With Mars now past the Gandanta point, our spiritual knot, and squarely in his own sign of Aries, we can see ourselves step up and into the physical fire we need to embrace if we are to surmount life’s challenges and get going on what projects or habits we want to begin for this new calendar year. Never a bad idea to start your New Year's resolutions early as starting them on January 1st has a very low success rate. We don't usually start them on the first day of a waning moon either, but with Mars in the first star of the zodiac, the twin horsemen riding off in a new direction, we can at least set ourselves up for success. We can also see that fire turn to anger if we are not careful, especially if it falls in an unfavorable house for Mars energy, so being actively engaged in something productive is a must.
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Mars crosses the Gandanta point from Pisces (water) into Aries (fire). The Gandanta is the "Spiritual Knot" where the water signs end and the fire signs begin. In Vedic Astrology there are 27 nakshatras that are either fully in one of the 12 zodiac signs or bridging two signs. From Fire to Earth, From Earth to Air and from Air to Water there is a specific nakshatra (or star formation) that draws the one energy into the next but from Water to Fire there is none. Just a break-off. It is a period of intensity that can either fast-forward spiritual progress, or tie one up in karmic knots. You may first feel stuck, and have to break out into the next sign, usually with a fiery burst. Mars, the red planet, where we get our passion, our discipline, our courage and our fire, moving into his own sign of Aries from the dreamy seas of Pisces can feel quite abrupt. As he was the ruler of our eclipse on December 14th, his trepiditious placement in the gandanta is bringing more explosive energy that will startle us awake. He has officially crossed over into Aries this evening here in Hawaii, Dec 23rd, and as it is late night or morning in other locations on the 24th. The Moon is also joined Mars in this moment of transfer, bringing our mind and emotions into the knot. Once his energy integrates deeper into the sign of Aries, we will feel our natural courage, discipline and passion arise to the task, but since he moved into the Gandanta (29 degrees Pisces, on December 21st all the way through 1 degree Aries on December 27th) until he is passes it, expect some sudden energy shifts that may have you feeling tied up, or may have you feeling like you just leaped over a huge chasm into a flaming fire! This is both a time to re-focus your energy into a new project and to continue your steady, regular practices. As it is falling right over the holiday, you may have to improvise. Try finding physical, fun activities to enjoy with those around you but also taking time to give yourself space and even rest, as you just took a big jump! Whatever house Aries is for you (in your Vedic chart) will feel reignited and maybe a little rufffled at first spark:)
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The total solar eclipse happens this Monday, December 14th from 3:33 am Hawaii time to 8:53 am Hawaii time, with the max point being at 6:13 am. The exact degrees of the Moon and Sun joining in the New Moon is 6:16 am HT. This eclipse is the second in a pair of eclipses that began two weeks ago with a penumbral lunar eclipse in Taurus. While we won’t be seeing this here in Hawaii, or North America, the effects are profound...and we’ve been feeling them as we lead up to it!
While the Full moon/Lunar eclipse happened in the sign of the Moon’s exaltation, this New Moon/Solar Eclipse occurs in the sign where the Moon is debilitated. Scorpio is where we are tumultuous, emotional and also fiery, causing our mind and emotions to feel a bit like a wrecking ball! Ultimately, we are fighting an internal battle and conjuring up the courage to face our deepest fears. This is also a New Moon versus a Full Moon, so the energy is deflating, moving to dark. In New Moon’s we are releasing the old and starting the new, but leading up to that first step it can feel like a sort of death. In fact we celebrate and honor Lord Shiva every Chaturdashi, or 14th lunar phase as he is the depiction of going into a state of meditation, pure consciousness, or without these practices, a lifeless state like a corpse.
In a worldly sense, the waxing to full moon feels much better. With the sign being Scorpio instead of Taurus, it will also be a significant downshift of positive-feeling energy. The other factor making this eclipse much harsher, is that it is the South node eclipsing, rather than the north node. This is the less engaged node, the one where we feel disgust and disdain for wherever it is placed in our chart nataly and by-transit. While the North node, Rahu is the open mouth eating every experience in sight, the south Node, Ketu, is the headless tail, fully digested and seeking nothing in this world. In Scorpio it can actually be quite powerful and give us deep spiritual insights, as he drills down into our subconscious and roots out our fear. This is an eclipse in our shadowy place , which in a way is more comfortable to us than an eclipse of our more material life and existence, as in Taurus, but it is the part of our life we have been actively avoiding since the nodes moved into this axis in late September. We are not paying a lot of attention to it and thus it comes up with an explosion. It is fiery, as is Mars, the ruler of Scorpio and it is under the surface, which in Scorpio is water and emotions. Expect some emotional outbursts, from yourself and others. We must always remember in these intense transits that other people are experiencing them also. Not just our friends and allies, but our adversaries and those who we feel our inflicting our pain on us too.
Ketu is also about ending karma, finishing old business and seeing the part we didn’t already complete, despite our active disinterest. What is boiling beneath your surface? It’s going to come out one way or another, so you might as well shine some light on it! The Sun is being eclipsed here, so expect your power to feel “out” for a minute. The sun shines light on all the dark places in Scorpio and reveals what we fear most to often be nothing more than a tiny insect, but with an eclipse of this power, perhaps we will see a dragon instead! Remember that eclipses are portals to other realms, but often we end up in delusion and illusion rather than true spiritual experience. The more you are able to take this as a meditative journey and avoid mundane and worldly tasks during it, the better. We are soon to move into a Kala Sharpa yoga with all the planets sandwiched between the two nodes and the illusions will continue to play out as we move through and towards the new calendar year.
The star this eclipse is in called Jyestha, the eldest. She is the oldest sister of the 27 nakshatras and she is both powerful and fearful of losing that power. She is also a bit militant and can show where we have an aggrandized ego and need to be careful and maybe even a little more humble. Ruled by Indra, the king of the gods, it is where we are great protectors and also fully fallible heroes who make a real mess of things.
The Sun and Moon are in the final degrees of this star at the max point of the, in what is called the Gandanta point. This place is where one zodiac sign (water) drops and the new sign (fire) picks up from nothing. There’s a gap. A place between with no bridge. This one between Scorpio and Sagittarius is particularly intense, as it is where we are shifting from our relational selves to our more universal selves. We are ending our fixation on the one other and in the following star of Sagittarius, Mula, uprooting everything that wasn’t working to plant something that will have more longevity. This is inherently going to be in service to all others, because our awareness is that any two people, including ourselves, will eventually die. It is only in taking what we learn in our experiences with ourself and one other and lifting it up to a bigger stage, a wider audience, that we can create things that will stand the test of time.
The struggle is that to have something profound to share with the world, we must walk through the shadows of our own pain first. We must sit with our fear and courageously accept it. We have to see that the shadows we cast on others are also our own. Everything we perceive, see and feel comes from us. Many of us would like to believe that we know what’s best for others, or more about what they are going through or are “actually like” than they do. Perhaps we do have a clear outside perception that can be useful or helpful, but in the end it is coming from our eyes, our ears, our mind, our heart, our words. It is like the light of the Sun lighting up the Moon. The Moon is never lit on her own, she is just her own round rock in space, we see her full or dark based on what is reflecting onto her. We see it so well, how can it not be that? It is that, but we must understand that it is only because of where we are standing and that we have eyes to see it. This is true when we see and experience others too.
Mercury and Venus are joining for this 5 planet eclipse, so expect whatever areas of your life are ruled by those planets, the Moon and Sun to all be getting a hit. Especially Mercury, as he is in very close degrees to the node. These are also our two relational planets, where we do most of our engagement with others, so no doubt, whatever house this is for you and is ruled by those planets, your manner in relationships and how you compromise and communicate will be coming up!
We also have the “Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn moving closer and closer in what many are speaking of, due to it having been 800 years since these two have come in such close to exact degrees here. I will be speaking more on this in the days to come, but it is bringing together two planets that have a great affect on our society as a whole in a sign that is focused on survival and long-term achievements. We can expect practical action, solemn commitments, and a cold harsh perspective on what lies ahead to reign. As Saturn is in his own sign, he is the stronger planet here and his energy will dominate. Jupiter is actually in a state of debility and will be leaning heavily on Saturn’s prominent fear, solitude and commitment to find any hope or inspiration. We can feel it already!
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On Sunday night, November 29th at 11:30 pm Hawaii Time, the Sun and Moon will be directly across from each other in a Full Moon in Taurus. From 9:32 to 1:53 am on the 30th we will be in the cone of penumbral lunar eclipse where the Moon will turn a slightly darker shade as the Earth almost blocks out its light from the Sun. This is the first in a pair of eclipses, with the second one, the total solar eclipse in Scorpio on December 14th being the more intense one of the two. This lunar eclipse is happening in the sign the Moon is exalted in, Taurus, where peace, stability and love prevail. Here we are keen to get our needs met and we are also lovers of beauty, art, and pleasure. We mostly want to just get along and find the easiest route with the most amount of grass to nibble along the way. In the star of Rohini, we might find our sensual desires take on even more significance as she is the ruddy-faced maiden who makes men blush and her sisters red with envy. Conjunct the North Node, Rahu (hence the eclipse), we can expect to feel things different than they actually are, as Rahu imparts a foreign feeling to planets and houses it is with and in. There’s an obsessive quality, and a magnification that while occasionally offers huge prophetic insight, often just delivers us a huge platter of delusions and illusions to eat. And eat we do. Voraciously. For Rahu is just a head, without a body to digest. Be careful what you bring into your sphere on this night. Remember the saying, you are what you eat…
The ruler of Taurus, Venus, is in her other sign of Libra, offering a lot of extra social grace here and desire for beauty and ease. It can also help our “eclipse downloads” to be more aligned and intelligent. Venus will give us grace when handling energies that make us feel uncomfortable, but it will also make us more likely to be polite and allow our circle to be wider than we might like.
On the opposite side of this Moon, is our Sun, joined the South Node, Ketu and getting closer in time for our explosive solar eclipse in two weeks. Here we are shining some light on our shadows, hopefully, exposing some of the deep wounds we allow to trigger us again and again and get us into the same old situations we have been in before. Have we been here before…? Yes, we have and whatever is left unexamined, you can bet your a$$ will show up on December 14th. Mercury is also here, lending some drama, as he sets the tone for some emotional conversations that are hell bent on controlling others’ will. This can also be a time for real connective conversations as there is a deep empathy available here. Check in with your level of integrity both personally and when revealing your vulnerabilities to others. Are you being vulnerable? Are you stinging them, so they can’t sting you first? Or are you pulling on their heart-strings to get them to validate your feelings and keep your work in the shadows?
Jupiter has just joined Saturn in his own sign of Capricorn, giving a deep seriousness and gravity to everything we are experiencing, from our health and well-being to our outlook on the future. This can be a time to really let go of false prophets and dogma, or meaningless ritual, or this can be a time to let go of hope altogether and fall into a despair. The inspired, expansive side of Jupiter is clenched here, and we see a more pragmatic, fearful and cold side to our beliefs. We are no longer inspired towards our beliefs, we are either feared or freed into them. Meaning we can either let go of our attachments that keep us from finding the real meaning in our practices and meditations, or we can lose all faith in anything spiritual and become nihilists. Or maybe a little bit of both…
Jupiter will also be offering his gaze to this Full Moon, which despite his dignity, will still bring some hopefulness and wisdom from our teachings to this Moon.
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May all beings be happy, May all beings be free.
Namaste and Blessed Lunar Eclipse
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New Moon in Vishaka & Diwali: Find your light
Saturday, November 14th at 7:07 pm Hawaii Time (GMT-10) the Moon and Sun will come together at 29:08 degrees Libra in the star of Vishaka. Vishaka is the “forked” or "branched” and indicates a path must be chosen. Oftentimes this is at the expense of what others want or a connection you want. It is a choice to follow your inner truth and light. In this New Moon we are struggling with the end degrees of a debilitated Sun, and are stepping into a debilitated Moon, so we have neither the strong connection to Source or the emotional stability to navigate this choice coming from our luminaries. We must surrender the control, the will, and know that we are of this light, regardless of how dim it might appear and that we are not our vritti, the waves of chaos that lap through our minds. We are intrinsically pure, we do not need others to deem us so. We do not need a candle on the outside to show us the way, because from within we have the light of a thousand candles glowing. All that shifts is perception; ours, theirs, society as a whole’s.
We are entering Diwali, the 5 day festival celebrating the victory of light over dark. As we move into the darkest time of year and the debilitation of both luminaries, we must “conquer” our demons, first by acknowledging their existence and then by transforming them into our allies. “All goes onward and outward…and to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier” (from Whitman’s "Leaves of Grass”). We do not lose anything, it is simply recycled into fodder for something new.
Mars is moving direct right before this Moon phase begins, giving us more forward-action and discipline but still in the watery sign of Pisces, expect the first steps forward to be more emotional than physical. Watch out for emotional battles, as he is giving his drishti (gaze) to both our Sun and Moon in the relational sign of Libra, and to the ruler of Libra, Venus, debilitated in Virgo. Expect to find faults with both yourself and others and to have some pent-up anger around that.
Jupiter is moving into Capricorn on November 19th/20th. This is a going to feel constricting and chilling to our sense of hope, inspiration and wisdom. Be sure to use this time right now of Diwali to find strong connection to your teachings and practices, because when Jupiter is joined Saturn in his own sign of consequences, function and cold, hard reality we might flounder to find the expansion to reach for anything new and inspired. For your FREE report on Jupiter in Capricorn for all 12 signs, sign up for my newsletter and it will be sent direct to your inbox when it’s ready! Plus you will get 2 other reports instantly “Rahu in Taurus, Ketu in Scorpio for all 12 Signs” and “Saturn in Capricorn for all 12 Signs”! Link at top of page!
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Halloween Full Moon at 4:49 am Hawaii Time (7:49 am PST). This Friday night bathe in the moonlight as the Moon in sidereal Aries moves right across from the Sun in Libra. Aries is where we are beginning, starting something new and usually with force and enthusiasm. The star of Bharani is where we explore both life and death. The symbol is the yoni, the portal of birth and creativity. The ruler is Yama, the god of death. Yama also means “control” and this is where we are learning how to corral our sexual and creative energy. If we allow it to disperse in a million places, we will not be able to create anything of meaning. If we are able to direct our creative flow with discrimination, then what we bring forth will have the power of our total focus behind it.
The lord of this Full Moon, Mars, is still retrograde in Pisces, the 12th house from Aries. This is creating an environment of secrecy, lies and delusion around our mind and emotions. What are you hiding from yourself? To become present, you must surrender. Surrender the stories and try to really see what is. How convenient that it falls on Halloween, when we “pretend” to be what we are not and wear masks to hide our true selves. Mars is offering us to feel frustration right now about our lack of forward-motion in our actions and we can either accept that our will can only make so much happen in this world, or suffer. The real lesson is to dive deep into your practices and discipline, because that is all you can really control, not the fruits of your efforts.
Incidentally, the ruler of this Sun is also 12 houses from it, Venus in Virgo, so we are also in this same state of illusion and delusion regarding our power, authority and connection to source. Both Venus and the Sun are in a state of debility, so we are operating from a place where we both are overly critical of others (especially partners) and are giving our power away to others. This creates even more confusion about who we are and what we stand for. It also can create a lot of “petty arguments" in relationships.
Mercury retrograde has been a bit of a beast added to the Mars retrograde because it can make us feel like nothing we try to do either in communication or action is working. Slow down and listen. Especially in conversations with others you are in relation to. Trust that everything will eventually unravel and work out and that this too, shall pass. Also be aware that new “problems” and issues will always arise, so waiting for the perfect time of no problems is unrealistic and an issue in and of itself. Accept that this is life and learning to work with constant change and “not knowing” is a part of it. What you can know is yourself;-)
Happy Full Moon! And Namaste
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This Friday, October 16th at 9:31 am Hawaii time we have the Sun and Moon joining together at the very end of Virgo, in the star of Chitra. Our last New Moon cycle was also in Virgo, at the very beginning of the sign, so we are continuing with Virgo themes but with a different bent. Both of these cycles are starting in the very Bala (infant) or Mrita (dead) states of the sign, indicating a lack of presence with both our power and emotions in these cycles. Virgo is where we are present with the details, and the star of Chitra is where these details begin to coalesce into a structure or structures that will work for everyone. Chitra is part in Virgo and part in Libra and is where we take the physical details and turn them into socially harmonious and functioning systems. Here we are architects and designers and are able to focus that Virgo attention to details into a project that makes our lives more beautiful. What are you designing? Chitra is also where we are noticed and sparkle like a diamond or shine like a pearl.
Across from this Sun and Moon is Mars Retrograde in Pisces. They are in close mutual exchange, putting the pent-up frustration many have been feeling since Mars first went Retrograde September 9th directly into our psyche and soul connection right now. This can be particularly challenging since Virgo is where we are fault-finding and tend to notice the shortcomings of ourselves and others. Mars’ energy can bring a passive aggressive approach to handling this and it can also create more frustration around what is not “right”. Mars is where we want to act, and in his retrograde state it can feel like all our actions rewind us back more and more, especially in the watery realm of Pisces where life is like a dream. Our job now is to dig deep into our own personal work and let others do theirs. A true spiritual warrior turns the discipline and fire of Mars on themselves, not using it to discipline others.
Mercury also just began its Retrograde cycle on the 14th in the sign of Libra, and is the ruler of our New Moon, so expect more delays and running over old ground in our communications. Mercury retrograde helps us cultivate patience and more than anything, the skill of Listening. Where are we talking without hearing others? In what ways do we need to be more careful with the details and our communications? We can be sure these will come up to smack us in the face, so pay attention and work through what’s in front of you. Since Mercury is in Libra, a lot of this communication will revolve around relations with others and our ability to communicate effectively. Generally, Mercury is quite happy here, where cordial conversation and harmony are key, but in its retrograde state the politeness might be misunderstood or received late. It is a chance to go deeper into these niceties and make sure that they are not just being used as cover to avoid having the difficult conversations.
Finally, the ruler of Libra, Venus, is in Leo right now, so notice where you may be being a bit of a prima Dona, wanting everything to revolve around you and your happiness, as opposed to the give and take that naturally makes relationships thrive. We can be playful, affectionate and magnanimous here, but the tendency is to expect attention, even being put on a throne by our partners especially, and since this is a transit, know that they feel the same way;-)
This New Moon is the start of Durga Navaratri, the nine nights of the Divine Mother. She is the protector, the one who fights the battles the help us overcome our demons, even the hardest, most-shape-shifting ones that evade us time and time again. She is also the one who is so loving and kind that she will then take even the remains of our worst parts and welcome that back into her divine folds. She is fighting the epic battle for 9 days and then on the 10th day, she achieves victory and reminds us that she is actually always there, but we must call upon her if we want her help. Now is an excellent time to engage in a. Ceremonious prayer to work through your inner obstacles to what you want to manifest. Whatever it is that you are designing in this New Moon, now is the time to do the due diligence on clearing the pathways so that what you erect is built on a clear foundation. If you are interested in doing an online puja led by a incredibly connected teacher, reach out to Laura Amazzone to join hers. If not, there are a number of ways I outline in the video above (hint:jump to the end) to celebrate and create your own!
Jai Durga Ma!! Victory to the Divine Mother!
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The last big transits of 2020 discussed in detail!
Mars Retrograde moves back into Pisces Oct 3rd
Mercury Retrograde begins Oct 14th-Nov 3rd
Jupiter moves in Capricorn Nov 19th
December 14th-eclipse with 5 planets in Scorpio, star of Jyestha
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