Vedic Astrology for February 22nd, 2016
The Moon will be full in the sign of Leo, in the nakshaktra of Magha at 8:20 am on Monday (HST). Leo is ruled by the Sun, who will be directly across the sky in Aquarius at this time, giving more power and strength to our psychological expression, as well as vision and humility. The Moon is our Mind and ruler of our emotions. With her fluctuating figure she enhances our emotional activity when she is at her most vuluptuous and full... and when she is waning to dark we feel our mind's mimicking that void in a corpse-like pause. In her fullest form in Leo, we will experience a surge of our own regality, courage and ability to face life like Lions and Lionesses. Leo has already been occupied by both Jupiter and Rahu, the north node of the Moon, and although they are quite far from the Moon at this time of the Full Moon, the following two days she will be traveling closer and then directly over these two grahas. Jupiter has been Retrograde since early January and is causing us to question our teachers and teachings, reflecting deeply on what it is we believe. With Rahu so close in the sky to Jupiter, there may be a frenzied feeling surrounding these things, where we are taking in too many different teachings, or we are dispersing our own energy as a counselor, guide, or teacher in too many directions. Saturn is giving his drsithi to the Moon; this will also increase in strength in the 2 days following the full moon. His intense gaze is offering us the work ethic we need to express our Soul's work, but it is often propelled by fear and the pressure that comes with a deep awareness of Time. This is a good time to step into our own power with what we've been sitting on, if we have some wisdom to share with the world. Although we may continue to be uncertain or fearful that we don't know enough or aren't good enough, we will have more courage to move past that fear and embrace what we do know to inspire others.
The nakshatra of Magha is ruled by the Pitris, the ancestral forefathers and shows a strong leaning towards ritual, ceremony and connecting with the ancient ways of our own or other culture's lineages. It is also ruled by the smokey, mystical south node of the Moon, Ketu, who is in Aquarius with the Sun right now, in the same distance degrees as the Moon is from Rahu. The Sun will take longer to come really close to Ketu, so we will see the effect of pulling away from our Soul Power, in a couple weeks much stronger than now. This is in many ways favorable for us, because with Rahu in Leo for the next year and a half, the general trend is and will continue to be, more obsession with power and leadership, and self-aggrandization. This cycle of the Sun in Aquarius is really giving us a humble start to our power trip in several ways. read more on Rahu in Leo, Ketu in Aquarius in the past few reports, if you scroll down
Mars has just joined Saturn in Scorpio on Febuary 20th and the pair of notorious malefics will be together here until September 18th, so we are in for a wild ride! We have been feeling the paralysis and fear over whatever area of our life Scorpio rules in our sidereal natal chart beginning to melt recently as Mars neared closer in to his home turf, and now, as the fiery, militant planet moves in and begins to set things right in his own house, we are going to have to face the general...and the music. In the next month, we will be forced to face our deepest fears and like I said earlier, we will find we have both the courage and humility necessary to do that. We will experience some kind of a break-through that may feel like a great release of pressure, or may feel like an explosion as the cold, harsh reality of Saturn is met with the hot, impassioned ire of Mars. This is a time to take extra good care of yourself. Both Mars and Saturn help us to be more disciplined and to work hard, but can be harsh and unforgiving; if we can use that discipline to create self-care routines that nourish and nurture our body and emotions, then we can make it through this challenging time with more balance, ease and grace. Getting in touch with the deeper emotions beneath the surface is Scorpio's gift and if we can be honest and use svadyaya, self-study or awareness, to look at what comes up for us, rather than what other people bring up for us, we can remove a major roadblock to happiness.
Finally, Venus and Mercury have been joined for some time now in Capricorn, in fairly close degrees, bringing communication and relationships together in the practical and resourceful sign of Capricorn. This helps us to speak our needs to our partners and other adults in a clear and direct way, and to also understand what others are needing from us in energy and time. Saturn is gazing upon these two, and Mercury especially is moving closer into his dristhi, so we may find we are hesitant and cautious with our speech and lacking in warmth. Saturn sets boundaries and this may be a good time to set boundaries for yourself in your work and personal relationships and to communicate those terms.
Overall, this is going to be a very deep month, and year, with a lot of work to do in both our professional and personal lives, but the payoff from all of this struggle and awareness can be a beautiful aligning of your life with what your needs and dharmic purpose truly are. Hare Ohm
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New Moon in Capricorn
The Moon will be joining the Sun in exact degrees on the morning of February 8th at 4:39 am Hawaiian Standard Time, in the sign of Capricorn, Makara in Sanskrit, the Crocodile. The crocodile moves through both water, or our emotions, and on land, our practical, tangible reality. Capricorn is where we are taking our emotional needs and filling them through the material plane, sometimes at the expense of others' feelings and needs as this can be both the most materialistic sign of the zodiac as well as the one where we use one another to get our own real or perceived needs met. (side note: It is easy to dislike a sign for these qualities, but each sign plays an important role in our lives and we all have every sign in the zodiac in one house or another of our chart. If we don't have a planet in that house, but it rules an important area of our life, it will affect us greatly still).
The New Moon is happening in the nakshatra Dhanistha, at the end of Capricorn, beginning of Aquarius. This nakshatra is located in the star cluster, Delphinus, the Dolphin and is represented by the Mridanga drum, used to count out time by Lord Shiva and its disciplined, pro-active nature is shown by its rulership by Mars. Dhanistha is a star that brings us fortune, both on a material and a spiritual plane. The deities of this star are the 8 Vasus, Agni (Fire), Prithvi (Earth), Vayu (Wind), Antariksha (Space), Aditya (Sun), Dyaus (Sky), Chandramas (Moon) and the Nakstrani (Stars). In one version of their myth, the Vasus steal the wish-fulfilling cow at the prompting of Dyaus. The sage Vasistha is angry so he curses them to be born as mortals on Earth. Amending his curse, he allows that 7 of the Vasus will be allowed to return to the celestial realm soon after they are born to their mother Ganga, who purifies them by drowning them in her holy waters, ending their earthly existence. Only Dyaus must remain to fulfill the curse and he eventually became Bhishma, a hero in the Mahabharata.
Capricorn is ruled by the planet Saturn, who is giving dristhi (an energetic glare) to both the Sun and the Moon on this New Moon within a 5 degree orb. It has been giving it's drishti to the Sun for several weeks now, increasing our Vata, dryness and scattered energy and now the drishti is separating, and we will feel this decrease even more over the next week and as the Sun moves into Aquarius the night of February 12th. We have been feeling the fear and pressure from this aspect in terms of our Soul power and leadership, but as the Moon joins in we will feel it in our emotional and psychological realm as well. We just had a rough run with the Moon, joining Mars this past Monday and then moving through debilitation in Scorpio into a conjunction with Saturn. Even though these next couple days (from Thursday to Saturday morning) we are enjoying the Moon joined Mercury and Venus in Sagittarius, creating a little more ease and grace, especially in our relations with others, the fact that these three benefics are being hemmed between the high-stress and general depression of Saturn and the burning, purifying blaze of the Sun is making for a transformation of fear into fire and it might not always feel so good. Venus and Mercury have been hemmed for a couple weeks now, so, much like the Saturn/Sun aspect, this is an energy that we have been experiencing anyway, but once the Moon passes through, we will feel it more on an emotional and psychological level.
Our Soul Power, the Sun, has also been receiving a dristhi from Mars these past few weeks, putting a little fire in our burners, despite the overwhelming fear. When the Sun moves into Aquarius on the 12th, we will begin to see our vision open up to include the larger picture. The changing of the lunar nodes this month (see past reports) has brought us into focus with our sense of power and authority, but with the ruling planet of Leo in Capricorn with dristhi from its ruler, Saturn, it has been all work, and largely the selfish sort, with a lot of fear and energy directing the energy. When the Sun shifts signs, both of these aspects will dissipate and as we start to lose the pressure, we will be able to expand our sight to see our longer-term intentions. This will be important because on February 21st, Mars is joining Saturn in Scorpio and we will be forced to release our fear in order to do whatever we've been sitting on in the house Scorpio rules for you. I will talk about this conjunction more in the Full Moon report in two weeks.
Meanwhile, Jupiter is still retrograde in Leo, joined Rahu, the north node of the Moon, in a two degree conjunction. This is putting a lot of focus on receiving teachings and also really evaluating what our beliefs and ideals really are in relation to our teachers and teachings. With Rahu, we can expect a little hyperactivity and confusion in this area, without a lot of comforting assurance.
In general this New Moon is not going to feel very sweet, but our own attachments and perspectives can go a long way. This is a wonderful time to get things done and do some financial accounting and planning, and maintaing a self-nurturing attitude can help mitigate some of the stress. As always, the New Moon is a time to go inside yourself and reflect and meditate. These practices can greatly help alleviate anxiety. Also drinking a lot of water as Saturn aspect on the Sun and then Moon is drying and doing yin yoga or other calming exercises. We want to keep our energy focused on creating abundance in our lives now, not run ourselves out with too much physical exertion and or unnecessary stress. If we honor our boundaries and those of others, and learn to manage our time along with our money, this new cycle can be a very beautiful birthing of life to all the creations, projects and energy we have been planting in our hearts and minds.
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