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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