Full Moon in Uttarashada & Guru Purnima: Honoring the Dark & Harnessing the Light
Friday, July 23rd at 4:37 pm HT (GMT-10) the Moon will be full in sidereal Capricorn in the star of Uttara Ashada. Uttara Ashada is the “later victory”, the star that bridges Sagittarius and Capricorn making manifest what spiritual seeds or “seeds of our beliefs” we planted earlier. It is shown as an elephant tusk, strong and undefeatable yet wise and valuable like the animal itself. Ruled by the Vishwadevas, all the dieties, working together, it is a place where we harness all the power and light at our disposal and use it on the physical plane to make haste towards our long term goals and visions. The Moon is joined Saturn for this Full Moon and Jupiter soon after, giving us a bit more of a solitary and even depressed feeling for this moon. Saturn is where we have to face the harsh realities of life and are humbled by them.
Seeing as both Saturn and Jupiter are still retrograde, the forward motion might be quite delayed, and the questions around founding beliefs and principles, and the commitments we have made might not be yet answered. Both Saturn and Jupiter are also involved in powerful two way dristhis, energetic gazes, that are causing upset in our relationships, Saturn is currently in mutual dristhi with the Sun causing the feeling of lack of power, constrainment on our power and leadership abilities. Mercury will soon be joined the Sun and this will bleed into our communication as well, in the form of hesitation and uncertainty and also heightened fear driving the emotions.
Jupiter is in dristhi with Mars and Venus in Leo, who just recently hopped the Gandanta knot from Cancer to Leo. The Gandanta is the knot that comes at the end of a water sign, beginning of a fire sign and indicates a place where there is no star to bridge the two. Here we have a karmic knot that can have us feeling one in our own stomachs if we don’t bring awareness to it. This particular jump with these two particular planets is perhaps particularly hard. Venus, the planet of our relationships has been giving us feeling of being used and under appreciated in Cancer. Leap to Leo, and we suddenly demand to be treated like Kings and Queens. This is a transit, so everyone else is having the same experience, meaning your partner also felt under appreciated and now is expecting some throne-sitting time ;-) Mars was in debilitation in Cancer, causing us to have pent up anger that is truly because we are not showing up for ourselves in regular disciplined ways that help strengthen and protect us. Now in Leo, we have a lot more courage and physical channels for our energy. Mars and Venus together always represent the sexual pull of partnership. What we want from the other person and also what we want from ourselves. In the playful, physical and also unapologetic sign of Leo, we can expect more passion and fun, but also less accountability and compromise. Jupiter Retrograde is driving our beliefs deep within, questioning, refining and sending that energy over to Mars/Venus, giving more fuel for the fire in some situations. We might have an idea of what is truth or right or wrong and be projecting that onto others. Remember that Jupiter in Aquarius is not at its wisest. Pure teachings are harder to grasp for, and temporal truths are not actual truths. Imposing your perspective on others is not only likely to bring disharmony, it’s likely that you are at least partially not in truth doing so. Leo’s biggest issue is a lack of concern about its own transgressions onto others. It is the sign where we have the hardest time with accountability and apologizing, so the chances of acknowledging that there may have been casualties for our behavior is less likely.
Guru Purnima is a celebration of our teachers. “Gu” is the darkness, and “Ru” is the light which dispels the darkness. Teachers can be and are everyone who teaches us something; our parents, our children, sometimes strangers or store clerks. Our teachers are meant to bring us from the darkness to the light and many bonafide teachers do in many ways. With a Retrograde Jupiter and Saturn also Retrograde and joined this moon, we can expect to see the fallibilities of our teachers and teachings as much as the light they have shared. It is important to recognize both, as most of our teachers are very human and have their own black holes of awareness in their behavior. A true Sat Guru, who is a realized being is very rare and if you are lucky to be in the presence of one for even a short time, the amount of darkness dispelled can be great, but in the mean time, we must remember that it is rare and not every person who exalts themselves to this status is actually this. Better to go within and attach ourselves to the practices that bring us closer to the light than to spend too much time at the feet of a false guru.
Many Blessings on this Full Moon and Happy Guru Purnima!
TO FIND OUT HOW THESE TRANSITS AFFECT YOU PERSONALLY:
After the storm of Ardra, where the Sun was for our last Full Moon, we move into the peace that comes in its aftermath. On Friday, July 9th, at 3:16 pm HT (-10 GMT) we have our Moon and Sun coming together in the star of Punarvasu in sidereal Gemini. Represented by an arrow, returned to its quiver, or a fractal, Punarvasu is where patterns are repeated and the light has returned. Ruled by Aditi, the Universal Mother who births the Adityas, beings of light, this is where all of the potential creation that fell with the shot of an arrow in the creator is born anyway. Alongside calamity comes compassion. That which humbles us, causes us to find the light again, but in a different way with different eyes. The motherly nature of this star brings us back to peace and moves us from the mental realm of Gemini into the nurturing heart space of Cancer. In the arms of the mother we feel safe. In the arms of the mother we are accepted. Her 12 children are also (mostly) the deities of other nakshatras. Vivasvan (Surya), Aryaman, Tvashtar, Savitr, Bhaga, Dhata, Mitra, Varuna, Amsa, Pushan, Indra and Vishnu (Vamana). Aditya itself is a name for Surya, the Sun God and the 12 sons can be said to be different aspects of the Sun that shine with each month. The actual names and number of Adityas differs from various texts and Daksha himself (the Creator that was shot down by Rudra in Ardra for wanting to mate with his own daughter) is actually said to be born from Aditi, while she is also born from him. Repeating patterns. Likewise, Aditi births Vishnu as Vamana the dwarf, who is the godhead from whom she herself is also created.
Mercury is just back in his home constellation of Gemini this New Moon, offering us some fresh perspective. He has been either Retrograde or joined the north Node Rahu in Taurus for quite some time and our discernment has been affected! It’s hard to see things clearly when our buddhi, our discrimination, is hyper focused or distorting information to match our illusions and delusions about life. Now we have an opportunity to unravel some of the distortions and see through a clearer lens. He is specifically in the star of Mrigasira, where we are seeking truth and perhaps departing from the values we were raised with.
Jupiter, retrograde until October, is still giving his one-way dristhi, gaze, to the sign of Gemini, and Mercury is the closest to his line of sight. This is bringing together two aspects of our understanding that are vital if we wish to create meaning and seek truth. Jupiter, the planet of wisdom and higher teachings gives us beliefs, ideals on which to rest our choices and understandings on which offer context for the information we take in and put out. Mercury is where we have discrimination about facts and data and take in information ideally without an agenda. With this dristhi, Jupiter is giving his wisdom and set of beliefs (coming from an Aquarian perspective) to our discerning information processor. Since he is retrograde, the beliefs are building up internally and not able to make their way out into the world at this moment. That he is in Aquarius, specifically the star of Satabishak, indicates a deep inner knowing of the corruption that exists, and the healing that is necessary if we are to move beyond the social circumstances we not just find ourselves in now but the ones on which our present was actually built.
Venus and Mars are still in Cancer with a two way dristhi from Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn. This is causing us to continue to feel overworked and underpaid, despite not really working that hard, lol! Mars in debilitation in Cancer requires a lot of stops and starts and rest, as the highly active planet is quite muted here. Our built up passion and fire can lead to short and often hidden bursts of anger that come out in emotional ways. Venus in Cancer is where we are giving more than we feel comfortable with and then feel upset at those we are giving to. This represents an imbalance where we are not in tune with the energies of these two planets (our discipline/courage through Mars and our capacity to have healthy mutual relationships with Venus). Saturn retrograde is questioning the commitments we have made to these relationships and to our own self care as it is shown through our personal discipline. It is also asking us to examine our boundaries with others and how well we hold them? People can only treat us as well as we let them and we can only hold others responsible for topics that are “on the table”. If we have made assumptions and guessed our way through the circumstances we are in, we will find out the hard way and there will be no one to blame but ourselves.
Overall, this New Moon is a breath of fresh air after two eclipses and the very intense Full Moon on the galactic plane two weeks ago. Take a breath, fill your cup and marvel at all you have passed through and manifested. It has not been easy to get here, but here you are, with new eyes and more discernment. No time has been wasted because each perceived mistake is a chance to create the next rendition of the pattern a little better, a little more aligned with the light. Namaste and wishing you a Blessed New Moon!
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