On Monday, June 20th we have the Full Moon in sidereal Sagittarius just after 1 am Hawaii Time (GMT-10), so Sunday night will be the brightest emanation. This Moon will be opposite the Sun and Venus in Gemini and serve as a counterpoint to the somewhat scattered, airy energy we've been feeling. In Gemini we are flexible, intellectual, information-oriented and verbose. It is an air sign, which imparts an intellectual energy and it is ruled by Mercury, the planet of our intellect. We can lose ourselves here in a sea of facts and knowledge, but fail to pull it together into any kind of wisdom. In Sagittarius, we are driven by a desire for wisdom, as we follow our beliefs and ideals rather than our mind. The danger of Sagittarius is becoming obsessive or dogmatic, breeding the dictates of religion over true spirituality, and missing the real wisdom after all. These two polar opposites can be used together to give us true discernment and faith that is based on knowing, if we use them wisely. Jupiter tightly joined the north node, Rahu in Leo is giving an energetic glance to this Moon in his own sign, and will increase the wisdom possible here, maybe even offering insight from a seemingly foreign or "out-of-this-realm" place, but it can also increase the desire to spread your beliefs to others as truth. Try to avoid standing on a pulpit and bringing others to your ideals. The specific star cluster of Sagittarius where this full moon will reside, is called Mula. Mula literally means root, and it is where we uproot ourselves from the path we have been following so that we can plant different seeds, generally more universally inspired seeds, that are in alignment with our spiritual growth. The Sun is still in Mrigashira, the "searching star" that aims to find its spiritual path, so we will truly be inspired to reach high here.
Meanwhile, Venus in Gemini, still combust with the Sun is in exchange of signs with Mercury who is in Venus' own sign of Taurus. This creates a sharing of energies, a comraderie of two friendly planets and can give us the desire to talk and enjoy the company of others. Our speech is sweet and connective, and our feeling of happiness engaged by mental sharing and conversation. This is a great time to get together with friends and enjoy life. Venus' still close proximity to the Sun might mean we have a lingering feeling of giving more than we get in relationship, and/or a some what painful purification of our understanding of what it means to be happy, but in Gemini we are likely to laugh it off and let it go quickly with a rational thought or two.
The biggest shift we have is Mars, still retrograde, has moved its way back into Libra, Venus' other sign for a month, giving us a small break from the intense conjunction with Saturn in Scorpio. This may bring about a sudden collapse in discipline and action and bring us more of a desire to connect with others through our actions. Look for the feeling that you are sacrificing your discipline for others, perhaps blaming them or yourself for "wasting your time" and keeping yourself from your daily practices. This might be enjoyable at first, or more of a hidden feeling, and then when Mars goes direct at the end of the month, it is likely to feel more frustrated. Look to find enjoyment or motivation towards activities, rather than "discipline". Discipline can imply something we don't really want to do that we are forcing ourselves to. It is also generally practiced on oneself. In Sanskrit we have a word called sangha, or Satsang, where we look to surround ourselves with like-minded people to share in our spiritual practices. This can be found in anything you do...if you surf, find friends who do also and go with them. If you like to hike, take your partner. Whatever you do, make sure it brings you a degree of pleasure, so you won't feel like you have to do it. You may find yourself more inclined towards intellectual and creative pursuits than physically active ones now, and that is great also, although you may find you really need some physical grounding. Whatever you feel, do it, and try to lose any thoughts irking you have that you should be doing something else. Mars will be marching back into Scorpio soon enough and finishing 2016 with plenty of Discipline and Rules, so let it go for now...it's summer...and life is allowed to be pleasant!
The Summer Solstice is happening at 12:34pm Hawaii Time, so we will also be celebrating the official beginning of Summer on Monday, the longest day of the year. This is a day many yogis choose to honor by doing sun salutations. 108, the mystical number that correlates to our life here on earth by indicating the distance between the Sun and the Earth and the Moon and the Earth (108 Suns between the Sun and Earth, and 108 Moons between the Moon and Earth, actually more like 109 now) is often the chosen number of salutations to do and you can do it alone, or reveling in the friendly vibes, share the fun with others. If your feeling under-motivated, find a bunch of friends and you can each just do a few;-) You can also take a hike or a swim at sunrise Monday and honor the rising sun with reflection, prayer or meditation. In addition, the following day is the International Day of Yoga, where yogis all over the world will practice together, and many teachers will make their classes available online through a summit. http://yogadaysummit.com is a site where you can register for some of these classes and http://idayofyoga.org is a site where you can find sangha in celebrating this day. It is only the second year of this celebration and it is a big step in recognizing all that this tremendous way of life brings not only to those who practice, but to the world as we are indeed interconnected and each of our actions affect one another and the planet!
Happy Full Moon and Happy Solstice! Lokah Samastah Sukinoh Bhavantu. May All Beings Everywhere Be Happy and Free . Hare Ohm
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The Moon and Sun will join in exact degrees of sidereal Taurus on Saturday, June 4th at 5pm Hawaii Time (-10 GMT). This New Moon in Taurus is the official starting point of the Taurus cycle even though the Sun has been in Taurus since May 14th. After a very challenging period with multiple planets in Aries and then a pretty dramatic Full Moon in Scorpio, we are all in need of this much more mellow and comfortable time. Taurus is an earthy, artistic sign that brings out both our practical side and our pleasure-seeking self. Taurus is also the sign of the Bull. The bull has a bit of a bad rap, but he is actually an easy-going character who really just wants to graze and lay around and do as he sees fit when he feels like it. He only gets angry when someone puts him in a pen and waves a red flag in front of his face; deprive the bull of food and comfort and watch out! Definitely don't attempt to tell the bull what to do, they are very stubborn, but ultimately they are socially adept creatures who are happy to share a story over a blade of grass or two and enjoy the scenery. The nakshaktra this New Moon is happening in is Rohini, the main star of which is Aldeberan. Rohini is “The Red One”, referring to a beautiful young woman rosy red with fertility and creative potential. This star is the most fertile and beautiful of all the stars, and in Vedic mythology was the favorite star of both the Moon, who is said to be the husband of all the stars, and the creator Prajapati or Brahma who is said to be the father of everything. The Moon is a feminine Graha (the planets, Sun, Moon and eclipse points are referred to as Grahas: that grasp you with their energies), yet is ruled by a masculine diety.
In the story of the Moon and Rohini, he spent all his time with her in that part of the sky and refused to move equally amongst the stars. It is said that if you looked up in the sky at that time the Moon would be Full every night in the star Rohini. The other wives complained to their father who told the Moon he better share himself or else. When the Moon still could not pull himself from the place of Rohini, he was cursed to wane as punishment. When the waning of the Moon was harming all of life on Earth and our collective life force was also waning, the curse was amended with the caveat that the Moon now travel equally amongst his wives, spending one night with each wife. If he fulfilled this promise than he would wane for only half the month, resulting in the darkest night of the month and then he would begin to wax again until he came into his full brightness.
This New Moon we will have the ruling planet of Taurus itself, Venus, joining the Sun and the Moon in Exact degrees. This is a sweet contrast to the Full Moon two weeks ago when Mars was joined in exact degrees to the Moon in its own tumultuous sign of Scorpio...we are all about ease, comfort, harmony and sensory pleasures now! While the moon was debilitated in Scorpio, it is in its sign of exaltation in Taurus, enjoying the stable ground this earth sign offers, as well as the connectivity the Moon craves. While New Moon's are usually the time to connect with ourselves and go into a more meditative state as our own Psyche and Emotions wane to dark, this Moon being in the social, friendly sign of Taurus joined Venus, we might want to bring our partners into our meditation. You can meditate in many different ways: Make Love, Take a Bath or Swim, Rest, Cook, Eat, Make Art, Play in the Garden...allow your inner bull to enjoy peace right now to restore and rejuvenate both body and mind after all we've been through.
Directly across from Taurus, we still have Saturn and Mars Retrograde in Scorpio, and their position causes what we call a dristhi, or an energetic glance at our planets in Taurus, and vice versa. Saturn in particular is in close degrees, giving our Soul Power and Psyche his stern glare. Saturn can cause a drying effect and make us tired and low energy. These two natural malefics gazing at our trio in Taurus is a bit of a diversion from the peace and ease we are otherwise experiencing, reminding us that despite our willingness to take a break right now, there are still pressures lingering. Latent anger and fear loom beneath the surface, coming out in short spurts, but then are quickly covered back up with sweetness and affection. Mercury is still in Aries, causing us to occasionally voice those fears and angers in harsh, clipped segments of communication, that are direct and to the point. This feels “out of sorts” with the general air of harmony we are trying to cultivate. On June 8th, Mercury will be moving into Taurus as well, bringing our communication in tune with the harmonious, sweet vibe of the Sun and Venus.
Mars will be going back into Libra on June 17th for almost a month, bringing us less discipline, causing us to base our actions more on how they suit others rather than just ourselves. Backing out on our own strength and compromising more may make us more fun to be with, but is likely to catch up with us in the long run when we feel we haven't taken care of what truly needed to get done. This is a time to really nourish ourselves with self-love and self-care: hydrating, getting plenty of rest, and honoring our commitments to ourselves above those to others. Happy New Moon! Aum Shanti Shanti Shantih
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