This New Moon is on September 25 at 11:54 am HT (2:54 pm PDT) in sidereal Virgo in the star of Uttaraphalguni. This nakshatra is “the later Reddish one” and is a pair with Purva Phalguni, the earlier one. Together these two nakshatras make up a bed or cot and are stars of love and marriage. While Purva Phalguni resides entirely in Leo, Uttara Phalguni begins in Leo and its remaining 3 padas are in Virgo, where this New Moon takes place. While in Purva Phalguni we are enjoying the love and romance, in Uttara Phalguni we are taking things more seriously and making contracts with each other. Often referred to as “the Marriage Star” this is said to be the star the Moon was in for the re-union of Shiva and Parvati and as such, shows how in a tantric sense, if we commit to our path, we can achieve union within ourselves of all that is material (Shakti-Parvati) with that which is beyond (Consciousness-Shiva). It also indicates that as we move from the "honeymoon stage" into more serious commitment in our partnerships and dealings (romantic or otherwise), we must make contracts and abide by them.
It is ruled by the Aditya Aryaman, who is the dear friend that introduces the bride and groom, and subsequently asks for the bride’s hand in marriage. He is often paired with Bhaga, the god of delight who rules over the previous star and helps partners, romantic and otherwise smooth over difficulties and find love again. He also carries with him the wishes of the ancestors, the Pitris and so it is quite fitting that this New Moon is also the end of the 14 day celebration Pitru Paksha, where people pay homage to their ancestors. Since so much of what actually causes discord in our personal and interpersonal lives is beneath the surface of our awareness, and often carried through our lineage, it can be wise to pay respect to those who have passed before us and ask for their blessings as we move forward in our relations. It is also important to note that everything we accomplish and certainly any partnership or union we are a part of needs others, our community, to honor and support it if it is to truly flourish. We are not meant to undertake vows of any sort (personal or interpersonal), without family, friends, acquaintances, and/or wise persons joining in to acknowledge those promises and bear witness, so that they may help us stay the course in the inevitable times of difficulty.
Virgo is the place in the sky where we are the most concerned with the details. It is the feminine, earth aspect of Mercury and shows how we try to organize things (information, objects, feelings) into categories to make it easier to make sense of the world. It can be difficult when we become so obsessed with this process that we forget to allow things to fall where they may, or run into things that may defy the categories we have created. We must remember that naming things and determining them as this or that is helpful in order to work within the material world, but ultimately everything defies our limited capacity to understand it and if we fixate on the minuscule we can quite literally lose sight of the big picture. Virgo is also a place where we are concerned with purity and cleanliness. Because it is the natural 6th house, of health and illness, it is also the place where we have an inherent understanding of the fragility of the human condition and are trying to prevent disease. Here we might be particularly prone to cleanses, diets, and other health regimes and this New Moon is an excellent time to begin such a practice, whether a short term “fast” or a long term health goal, as New Moons are the beginning of cycle and the energy grows in power for two weeks from here. Virgo loves plants and greenery and is very receptive to natural healing techniques and remedies.
This New Moon has 4 planets in Virgo and this greatly enhances the energy of this constellation in our lives right now, along with a mutual exchange from Jupiter Retrograde, in close degrees across the way. The house it is for you will be very lit up! Jupiter is offering insight and wisdom, and allows our beliefs and discrimination to work together. Venus and Mercury both join our Sun and Moon here in early degrees. Venus is in her sign of debilitation, where we become so fixated on perfection that we are unable to enjoy life, be happy and have meaningful sexual and love relations because of our over-active and critical mind. Generally our criticism of others is reflective of our self-criticism, so taking time to note the ways in which we pick apart ourselves can be helpful. One thing to be mindful of is that you will never be able to purify or clean yourself back to the perfect, pristine state. Nothing will ever be perfect enough for Virgo until we accept that and learn to embrace everything as perfect for where and how it is. This doesn’t mean throwing health to the wayside, but it does mean not obsessing over every last crumb we put in our mouth or that falls on the floor. It does mean opening up to others and allowing them to see us in our less-than-pure state. Everything we own will be more used and older as the days pass, and alas, so will we. Do we want to die having lived a life like an untouched white gown, or porcelain doll on a shelf, or do we want to die having lived a full and adventurous existence with the wrinkles and scars to prove it? Regardless of what you choose, your body will continue to age no matter how hard you try to keep that from happening. Might as well enjoy the ride!
Mercury Retrograde in his own sign and place of exaltation.This means that the energy of Virgo and Mercury as a whole will be more internalized and less able to manifest in the world, since the ruler is Retrograde. He is also combust, meaning close to the Sun, and therefore being overpowered by the bright luminary. Often this shows up as not feeling listened to, and sometimes not speaking up because we are afraid of what more powerful individuals will say or think. When Mercury is both Combust and Retrograde we find his energy to become very powerful however, because he is both close to the Sun and the Earth, where we stand. It is important to know that our experience of all these planets, luminaries and their respective energies is from our vantage point here on Earth. Everything we experience in life is from our vantage point, in fact. If you were standing somewhere else, you would see things differently. Likewise, if you had a different set of circumstances leading up to the one you find yourself presently in, you wold view it and respond differently as well.
Communication is key right now. Since all 4 planets are in Uttara Phalguni, contracts can be made, negotiations had and it is imperative that all parties are able to speak their truth in centered and grounded ways. Since generally it is not recommended to undertake such things in a Retrograde cycle, we can see there are some agreements that are unspoken, or not fully communicated about and this can cause problems down the road. Try not to let fear in the way of what it is you need to say.
With Jupiter and Saturn still in their Retrograde cycles and Mars getting ready to begin his as well, it is an excellent time to reflect on where and what patterns, habits, beliefs, and commitments you have been carrying. We are also going to be moving into eclipse season and knowing where the eclipse points (nodes of the Moon) are in your chart will be crucial. If you have not yet signed up for my newsletter, you can go to: http://www.alexiscoxyoga.com/forecasts and receive 4 FREE transit reports for each of the 12 Rising Signs, breaking down exactly what areas of your life our affected and how!
Finally, the first day of the waxing moon phase after the New Moon begins Navarati, the 9 night festival of Durga, the goddess who slays the demons we have allowed our ego to manifest and brings us back to our natural state of peace and happiness. This is also a fall harvest festival and has deep roots throughout India and Nepal. This is a powerful time to join forces with the millions of people who will be praying and putting forth offerings, calling upon the great Mother for her blessings. (If you are interested in knowing more about this festival or participating in an authentic online puja with an initiated tantric practitioner and scholar of Durga, Here is a link:) Jai Maa!
Mantra for bringing Fullness rather than Lack:
Aum Pournnam-Adah Pournnam-Idam Pournnaat-Purnnam-Udacyate
Pournnashya Pournnam-Aadaaya Pournnam-Eva-Avashissyate
Aum Shanti Shanti Shanti [All this is full. All That is Full. When you take Fullness from Fullness, Fullness Remains. Om peace, peace, peace]
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Mars is transiting sidereal Taurus for 6 months total, from August 10th, 2022 to March 12th, 2023. There’s a short stint from October 15th-November 13th where he will be in Gemini, but due to apparent Retrograde motion, he will traverse back into Taurus quickly. Mars will be Retrograde from October 30th-Jan 12th, 2023.
Mars is our planet of Action, Discipline, Courage and Anger. He is the part of us that acts first, thinks later, and the part of us that gets frustrated when things do not go according to plan. He helps us see things in black and white, right or wrong and when faced with a monumental task or a great fear, he is the part of us that shows up or folds on our courage. When he is lit up in high dignity (intelligence), then he gets us out of bed every morning to practice yoga, run or meditate. When he is floundering in less comfortable setting, we may not show up for our daily routines as consistently and we may even decided it is someone else’s fault that we fell short of our goals. This can definitely be the case when he is in Venus’ sign of Taurus, as we often fold on our personal discipline when we want to connect with others. Here he is testing our discipline and also reminding us to stop and smell the roses, or eat the grass;-) We may feel a little lazy at times, but if we remember to do everything we do in the spirit of moving meditation, then we might be able to transform the energy into sensuous productivity. Really finding presence in all our day’s activities, no matter how mundane, is a gift of Taurus, and as long as we don’t wander too far off the path, or fall asleep for too long of a nap, we may find that this kind of self-care, slowing down, showing up for oneself is also quite necessary. Be mindful that we can get agitated all of a sudden at times, when we feel poked and prodded, or when we hold others’ accountable for our own lack of discipline. Since Taurus is an earth sign, particularly one related to growing things, we can expect some extra heat, even as we move into winter and the need to be extra nurturing to any plants or food that we are tending as this alignment can affect them!
When Mars is Retrograde we are extra slow with our actions; it can feel like we are taking more steps backwards than forwards, particularly in the areas of life that are ruled by his houses in your chart. We are internalizing our anger, our courage and our discipline, instead of outputting it. In this case, it can help us navigate the more negative qualities of Mars in Taurus by slowing us down so much that we may even see the issues we are creating with our lack of discipline. We can review our actions and see where we could have more courage and where we take the easy and comfortable way out. This can be one of the harder retrograde planets because Mars IS output. He is action. Allow yourself to examine what triggers your anger and try sitting with it instead of reacting. Taurus is where we feel like we are calm, cool and collected until someone keeps us from food or pushes us when we are not ready and then we can see red. Since Mars rules the 7th and 12th house from Taurus, he indicates energy that is both very far away from and different from Taurus’ own energy and also that which is hidden and below the surface. This shows how the ire can come out suddenly and seemingly from nowhere, and how others are often the ones who trigger it. Now is a great time for all of us to evaluate what makes us angry and why and find tools and practices to override that experience in our brain because our anger only hurts us in the end.
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Full Moon in Purva Bhadrapada: Are you Awake?
The Moon will be full late this Friday night here in Hawaii (11:59 pm on 9/9) and early Saturday morning Pacific Time (2:59 am on 9/10) in the star of Purva Bhadrapada in sidereal Aquarius. This is the star of insight and the lightning bolt of awareness that comes when we first become conscious of the “I” beyond our body and mind. This awareness brings us face to face with everything we every imagined is possible, and then like the dawn, swiftly takes it away again to leave us awake and alone on the path back to this “I”. Generally, we start off pretty enthusiastic and ready to face anything but as time wears on and we find ourselves back mired in the material world, we can grow weary and try to find an easier way, or give up. It can get scary and maybe even perilous, and often all we have is a souvenir, reminding us of where we’ve been and what we’ve seen that brought us here to begin with. Purva means “early”, Bhadra “blessed, and Pada means “step” or “foot”. It is ruled by Aja Ekapada, the one-footed goat (or dragon) and shows the importance of that one step that can make or break us, and also that despite not having all the material resources (like 4 feet) one can make the journey if determined and awake to where they are heading. In truth, the one-footed goat is not going anywhere at all, because there is no other place to go to.
One of the symbols for Purva Bhadrapada is a man with two faces. One can see the future and one can see the past. This gives this star rich psychic abilities, and enormous insight into the collective timeline and where things have been corrupted. it can also show how the way we show up in public is different than how we show up in private. Since Purva Bhadrapada bridges Aquarius, the natural 11th house, the house of society and Pisces, the natural 12th house, the house where we “hide out”, we can see this play out. For public figures this is something that is often scrutinized by the population but in truth we all have a capacity to dream big and perhaps present it to our small circle, our “world”, and then retreat to our secret caves, where its all an illusion. Collectively, we get caught up in “presenting well” and conversely calling out hypocrisy in others as we see it. The reality is in modern society it is almost impossible to not be a hypocrite. Living one’s values requires enormous effort and willingness to step out of the status quo, and even within that, hypocrisy is met again and again. If we are to evolve past this lighting flash of insight into the depths of spiritual wisdom and enlightenment we must remove ourselves from this feedback loop. One thing to meditate on is what kind of world we choose to live in and co-create. Society is something that is away from us, we are a part of it, but not in an intimate way. It is something we can judge and remove ourselves from the cause and effects of what happens there. Community is intimate, we know the other people and can reflect back to each other how our actions affect one another. We work together and are responsible and affected by the cause and effect of what takes place. The reflections of others can be a way to check ourselves and if we are noting the ways in which we are not fully embodying what we want to or what we present to others, than we are on the path. It is those that choose not to see that, who will stay stuck in hypocrisy. If one never encounters it at all then they are likely not paying attention or have become so adept at selling that they are able to convince even themselves of why they are always right and therefore not wrong. This can keep you stuck in the karmic loop for a much longer stint, when the purpose of this star is to break free. The other symbol for this star is a the front of a funeral bed (Uttara Bhadrapada the “later blessed step” is the back end) and this shows how ultimate freedom comes when we release all our attachments to this world and its ways, even those to our physical form. Can we be both fully vested and unattached to the results??
Both the rulers of this Full Moon are retrograde; Saturn rules Aquarius, the part of Purva Bhadrapada the Moon is actually in and Jupiter rules the star itself. Everything is up for review, particularly what we have been believing and what we have been afraid of. This indicates heavy interest in the past and what has already transpired. In the greater world, this might look like secrets being exposed, particularly by governments and people in power, as the Sun is across the way in Leo, the sign of power, authority and governments. Who is king? As I wrote about last week, without proper initiation and lineage one cannot fully embody leadership. On the other hand, if all one has has been inherited and there is no real personal embodiment of power, this will also result in weak leadership. Power is a service to others and when wielded solely for personal gain, will eventually fall. The Sun is now in the star Purva Phalguni, which indicates the part of Leo where those in power are really enjoying the good life and become enchanted particularly by what they see with their eyes. Venus, the ruler of Purva Phalguni is joined the Sun, really amping up the King’s pleasure, enjoyment and beauty and perhaps being short-sighted about what the little people may be experiencing and feeling. Mars is giving a one-way dristhi to this Sun/Venus in Leo from Taurus, Venus’ earthy sign of physical pleasure so laziness and frustration can be felt as well as heightened sexual energy and power struggles in relationships. Mars is transiting Taurus for 7 months and I will be sending out a FREE report on this transit specific for all 12 signs to my email subscribers this weekend. You can sign up at: http://www.alexiscoxyoga.com/forecasts and instantly receive 3 other free reports on Jupiter, Saturn and the Nodes’ transits!
Finally, Mercury is officially retrograde as of September 9th, and is directly across from Jupiter, also retrograde. This mutual dristhi from both planets in their own signs, with quite a lot of intelligence running can give us incredible insight and mental acuity, but is not likely to offer as much physical output in the material world due to the delays and internalizing process that retrograde offers. We live in a society that honors physical manifestation over process and so it can feel frustrating or even painful to have so many planets retrograde. There are 6 planets in apparent retrograde motion right now if you include the outer planets of Pluto, Neptune and Uranus so try to find patience with yourself and others. Things are not likely to go according to your plans and the more you can embrace this, the less frustrated you will feel. You will likely have to traverse old ground, in many different areas of life. Trust that this is part of the process and that everything is happening in its own perfect timeline.
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