Early Monday morning, June 17th, at 1:31 am Pacific Time, the Sun will be directly across from the Moon, illuminating it in Full light. This Full Moon traverses the most disruptive gandanta point of the Vedic zodiac, the place between sidereal Scorpio and Sagittarius, called Abhukta Mula. The three water signs end and unlike all the endings of other signs, there is no nakshatra to bridge the abrupt start of the fire sign following it. These gandanta points are karmic knots that stop us, tie us up and create confusion and trouble. Without the fluidity of a transitive star, we feel stuck, knotted and the jolt of jumping into the inimical element of fire after water brings our emotions to a boiling point quick. This chaotic place in the sky is from 29:12 Scorpio to 0:48 minutes Sagittarius in the nakshatras of Jyestha and Mula. Jyestha is where we find great courage, maybe even unwise bravado, and Mula is where we rip whatever it is we are sitting on up from the roots to start anew. This often cruel, always uncertain, part of the sky is where we make a move to be brave, despite our great fear and create a new playing field by destroying the old one.
The Moon winds up in Mula at the end of the Purnima tithi (full phase of the moon) and here our mind and emotions do a wild dance that is both freeing and utterly destructive. Nirriti is the goddess of this star and while related to the dark Mother, Kali, she is neither motherly or seducer of Shiva, the great destroyer. She is more like a tornado, a whirlwind that sweeps through and pulls everything up, throwing it into a wild swirl in the sky and then taking off as it all falls back down in pieces. The gaping holes in the ground the only sign that something was once built there.
Having just crossed through conjunction with Retrograde Jupiter, we are questioning our belief systems and the outside structures that hold them in place. Moving into Sagittarius, this theme continues, and up next will be conjunction with Retrograde Saturn and the South Node Ketu, across from Mars and the North Node Rahu. Having just passed through exact dristhi (energetic gaze) of these four malifics, our psyche will now be feeling the aftermath of that, deeply questioning what we have committed to in relation to those beliefs. As the anger simmers in Gemini, the place where we think, question and speak, the fear and disgust is beginning to solidify and freeze again after the fire-strike from across the sky last week. Mercury joined closely to Mars and Rahu, may be creating a strong speech but with all in Gemini, we are trying to find truth now, albeit with some distortions and exaggerations. The Sun just crossed into Gemini bringing our glaring rays of discernment in line with our consciousness and neat little lies are going to continue to be exposed. With both of our “social” planets, Mercury and Venus in their own signs right now, the capacity to relate in a reasonable and harmonious way is high, allowing us to divert anger and fear in the face of actual other humans. This is necessary if we are ever to get past our strong convictions that what we believe is right.
We have an total solar eclipse coming July 2nd and this will be in the sister-star of Mula, Ardra, where we experience the epic downfall of humankind in a storm of righteous anger...so hang in there and keep uncovering more truth. Question your beliefs, without uprooting your entire value system, and above all, be kind.
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The Moon will be starting its new phase in sidereal Taurus this Monday, June 3rd at 3:02 am PST, in the Vedic star of Rohini. While this cycle will focus on grounding, pleasure and enjoying the beauty of our sensory experiences, there will also be some challenges in June.
Rohini is the star that is considered the loveliest of the them all, by both her father, the creator and her husband, the Moon. She is the rosy red girl at her prime of sensuality and she brings about the envy of all the other stars, her sisters. In an effort to create the most beautiful creatures he can, her father chooses her to procreate with, and when she finds out, she is not ok with this. She turns herself into a deer and runs away. The other aspects of God see what is happening and take all their collective anger and strength and make another aspect that howls so loud he breaks the world with his sound, creating hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and disease. This creation, Rudra, shoots down Prajapati, the creator, as he chases his daughter through the sky. He falls to earth and with him come all that is wrong with humanity. The star this epic storm turned downfall falls in, Ardra, is the one the Moon will be in two days after the New Moon, joining Mars. Expect intense, angry emotions to reign on June 5th, as we navigate this roller coaster, a precursor to the exact dristhi between Mars/Rahu and Saturn/Ketu that will be on June 13th, with Mercury only a few degrees behind in Gemini, bringing precise and willing language to the scene.
The planet Mars, our sense of anger, discipline and courage is already now moving into a direct line of dristhi with Saturn, the planet of fear, hard work and humility. Saturn is joined Ketu, the South node of the Moon and the combination creates a disengagement with what scares us, and likewise with what keeps us humble. Saturn is the planet of Time, and our awareness of how little is left of it. Ketu is a fiery nature that deludes us into thinking we already know everything. We tend to feel disgust in an exacting and cutting way, where the South node resides. Despite the microscopic lens that Ketu is focusing our fears through right now, it is delusional in that it does not allow us to pull back and see the bigger picture. Saturn brings us hesitancy and an icy calm that chooses freeze over fight. When Mars enters the picture , we see an exchange occurring that I wrote about a month ago, when it was a one-way gaze, but this time it will be mutual. Mars is moving ever-closer to the North Node, Rahu, which magnifies and exxagerates what is sees. This anger and magnification will be upon our icy frozen disgust with the planet of communication, Mercury, coming up in the wings. In the sign of Gemini, our facts (or the facts we believe to be true) will be giving a piece of mind to our beliefs (the ones we hold as true as facts) and there can be a showdown. With the ice broken by fiery rage, the cold and cruel part of Saturn, with the surgical skill of Ketu will reveal itself, and we can all expect an ugly battle to rage on every platform, including the one within our own Self.
The saving grace here is that the cycle is that of Taurus and the Sun will remain there as the Moon moves on, with Venus to join right after the New Moon. These two will imbue us with a desire to get along and feel peace, but as anyone knows, the bull is calm until provoked, and then it can also see red. Taurus also brings out our stubborn nature, so we may not budge, despite a desire to feel connection and a higher consciousness related to such. This may bring people to “shout in their own camps” as oppose to taking on people who disagree with them, but it will also likely quietly end some friendships and other types of alliances and relationships as both Saturn and Taurus would rather avoid than fight. We can expect some new explosive facts or details to be uncovered that could shatter the “opposition” in whatever we believe, and while Saturn brings us a strong commitment to our ideals and philosophies in Sagittarius, both Jupiter and Saturn are retrograde, so we could very well be questioning them. Ketu brings disgust, but it will be with the hard work of serving our own beliefs as well as with the very convictions themselves, and of course still with the “ignorant” people who don't know what we know.
The other thing to note, is that a militant nature can and will be present, as well as an upheaval to the law and those that represent it. Sagittarius is representative of the law and Gemini of the media. With the past month bringing in the U.S. a sweep of abortion bans in Southern states and some of the most draconian vaccination mandates proposed to-date through the liberal states, we can see that the politicians have decided to do what they will regardless of how many citizens are against it. Likewise, lay-people have quite literally decided to support these incredible steps-backward in time, allowing their beliefs to restrict and rule over the most basic human rights of others to have body autonomy, even if it may restrict their own future freedoms as well. We can expect the backlash of this and a growing intensity on both sides' resolve to “win” at convincing others they are right, with the real losers being all of us.
Those individuals who are a bit more enlightened have an incredible opportunity right now to question their own convictions and to see things from different sides of the argument, hopefully coming to the intelligent and discerning understanding that laws set precedents. Regardless of your personal beliefs, setting precedents that are extremely restrictive of person's freedoms and giving the government more control of our bodies in the form of mandates and bans is an extremely dangerous road to traverse. Lets hope Mercury, our Buddhi, in its own sign of Gemini offers us the intelligence, flexibility, communication skill and discernment necessary to navigate these touchy topics, while Venus in her own sign of Taurus helps us want to get along enough that we do not let our fear and anger burn all our bridges. The Moon, our Emotional, inner self will be compromising our true emotions in Libra on June 13th, when the exact exchange/showdown takes place, which will make us more open to “giving in” but less likely to feel good about that down the road.... July 4th is always pretty ironic in its honoring of freedom we constantly give away here in America, and take from others abroad, but this year will really be a sardonic celebration.
For those on the path, the only road OUT is IN.
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For one thing to be brought forth into manifestation, something else must die. It is the cosmic order of things. Energy cannot be lost or created, only transformed. As a new mother learns when she enters the final push that will bring her baby into the world; a part of her must die so that she can birth not only a baby, but a mother. We are constantly dying, letting go and dissolving and at the same time being born again and again and again. This great mystery is the tunnel of life and death, and we all must pass through it at least twice in every manifestation of ourselves. Bharani is this portal, dead in the middle of Aries, it is part of the newest sign. It is a starter, a conquistador, and ram, and it is the star that is represented by both the yoni, the female canal of birth and the diety Yama, he who presides over death. It is this, two sides of the same “coin” that is ultimately what propels us forward in life. A desire to live, to feed ourselves, to survive and thrive...and simultaneously, a fear of dying and an innate awareness that at some point, we shall. We gotta grab life by the horns and live. We gotta do what we're gonna because we don't have forever. We have to put the blinders on to whatever distracts us, because we have a purpose and it can get lost if we do. Yama represents not only death, but the word meant “control” in sanskrit. Controlling ourselves, limiting ourselves, is a “No” to some things, but also a “Yes” to what our primary goal is. Restraint, discipline is necessary if we want to be truly free and if we want to birth our true vision into manifest reality.
This New Moon is on the tails of a serious one-way glare from the planet Mars in Taurus to the Saturn/ Ketu conjunction in Sagittarius bringing some fight and bite to a place that we have been frozen in fear and avoiding as much as possible. It is passing for now, but wait till it heats up again next month as the planet of Courage, Anger and Discipline (Mars )engages in a mutual gaze with the planet of Fear, Humility and Hard Work (Saturn). To make things more complicated, Saturn began its retrograde cycle at the end of April and we are backed up and confused on what we are truly afraid of, and what we are committed to. Since Saturn/Ketu are in Sagittarius, we are all reckoning with our beliefs and ideals and the fighting probably revved up as Mercury, our planet of communication entered Aries just before our Moon did this month. Watch out for quick, biting words, and cutting people off. Watch out for dismissing people as you run out the gate, only to stop part-way there to wonder where you are going again? Mars is also currently in a direct, two-way dristhi with retrograde Jupiter in Scorpio. Offering courage to our planet of wisdom in its time of doubt is helpful, but it is courage, Taurean-style, comfort and harmony come first. Jupiter may help Mars see what is and is not worth fighting for, but not as convincing when he's stalled and confused himself. With both Jupiter and Saturn retrograde, it is likely that what inspires and motivates you, your beliefs (Jupiter), and what propels you to act (your fear, the idea of limited time-Saturn) are moving backwards. You are replaying old tapes right now and trying to remember why you are where you are and what you actually hold to be your solid tenets to live by. When Mars enters Gemini on May 6th, it will be in a powerful exchange with Mercury, offering both planets a boost of much-needed intelligence, rationale and courage to speak the truth and to be grounded in it.
May 5th and 6th are what is referred to as Akshaya Tritya, a time when both the Sun and Moon are exalted. The Sun in the sign of Aries, where it has already been for a couple weeks, is self-directed, motivated and connected to the discipline and courage of a warrior. Our capacity to lead and act are heightened at this time. The Moon is exalted in the sign of Taurus, where we are both grounded and connected. We are able to take care of ourselves and nourish ourselves physically, thus providing stability for our ever-changing mind and emotions. This year, Venus is exalted in Pisces as well, offering us a chance to experience the highest form of happiness, love and devotion over pleasure and attachment.
Akshaya Tritya is always directly following the New Moon in Aries, as the Moon moves directly into Taurus after. This is a time when our two luminaries, at their most powerful, offer support in both our inner and outer worlds and we have great capacity to manifest spiritual and material wealth and power. Blessings and Namaste.
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Parivrtta Anjaneyasana * Twisted Crescent Pose
To begin keep one foot forward with the knee at a 90 degree angle and step the other foot to the back of your mat, balancing on the ball of your foot. You can step the front foot a step or two to the side that it is on if you need better balance. Placing the hand that matches with the back foot on the mat, on the inside of your front foot. forefinger straight, rest of fingers spread out, raise the arm that matches the front foot up towards the sky and follow it with your gaze. Back leg strong and straight. Variations include putting the hand on the mat on the outside of the front foot, or bringing hands to a prayer and twisting so that the elbow of the back-foot arm is wedged on the outside of the front thigh.
Hanuman, the monkey god, was born as Anjaneya. His mother was Anjani, an aspara (a celestial being) who was cursed to live on Earth as a monkey. She returned to the heavens the moment that Anjaneya was born because the curse was to be lifted the moment she gave birth to an incarnation of Lord Shiva. He had been carried to her womb on the wind, and thus the wind god, Vayuu was his father. Vayuu doted on little Anjaneya in all his free time, yet he was quite busy moving air around the world and in the heavens and often had to leave for long bouts of time. When he would go, he would leave Anjaneya with a pile of mangos to snack on because his son loved the sweet, juicy fruits. One day, Anjaneya finished his pile of mangoes and began to swing in the trees, his next favorite pastime. As he swung from branch to branch, he saw a huge mango on one of the highest branches, gleaming down. He raced to get to it, only to find it moved further and further away, until it appeared to be floating in the air. “I must have that fruit,” he though with intention, and before he knew it, he had jumped off the tree with a leap and he was sailing through the air at the mango in the sky. It was so bright, he had never seen a mango like this before. With his mouth open wide and salivating, he flew towards, what he thought was a mango, but was of course the sun! The sun, Surya, saw the small monkey with the big mouth coming at him and began to get scared. He yelled for Indra, the king of the gods to help him and Indra came and flung his thunderbolt at Anjaneya, hitting him in the cheek and sending him down to earth, where he fell, unconscious. Vayuu, felt the pain of his son from far away and swiftly swept the land to come to his side. When he saw his son lying lifeless, he drew in a big breath and held it, pausing all the air, all the wind and all the breath in the world. Indra panicked. Without the breath of Vayuu, the world and all its beings would cease to be. He offered to bring Anjaneya back to life. Vayuu sobbed, “What’s the use?” “He will just die again someday and I won’t be able to bear it then either.” Indra thought fast. “I will bring him back immortal,” he said. He will have unparalleled prowess and magical capabilities, but he will not be aware of those powers until he is mature and using them from a place of devotion in service of something greater than himself and his desires. Vayuu breathed a deep sigh of relief and happiness and the air moved again. Everyone on Earth and in Heaven took a great deep breath too. Indra touched the young monkey on the broken cheek and said, “and from here forward, we will call you Hanuman.”
Perhaps this holiday weekend you felt a bit sad, or down, as the Moon was in her debilitated state in Scorpio. There are emotions are turbulent and our fears seem very real. On Monday, we had a direct dristhi, or gaze, from Mars, the ruler of Scorpio on that Moon, giving us both courage and anger as we face those emotions and fears. As we moved into Tuesday, the Moon moved into sidereal Sagittarius, crossing retrograde Jupiter as it went back over the gandanta point into Scorpio. This point is an abrupt and often unfriendly-feeling jump from water to fire, and in the case of backward motion, fire back to water. As the Moon, our mind and emotions moved into Mula, we might have felt the need to pull something up from the roots to begin fresh. As Jupiter moved back into Jyestha, we might have been questioning the uprooting of our teachings we have just done and feeling a little like a boat without water as we have to go back to the battlefield of our fears. It's a good time to re-listen to any teachings or teachers that may have been profound for you last month to remind yourself where you last felt forward motion. As we move into the rest of the week, the Moon will progress through Sagittarius to be in conjunction with Saturn and Ketu, only a degree apart at this point. This conjunction is already bringing us to a freezing point with something we really do not care to deal with at all, something we in fact thought was done, but at some point the cold, harsh reality will break to the surface. With our mind and emotions caught up it might feel like this week is the breaking point, but next week, as we hit May with a bang, The Moon will pass on, but Mars will move into a direct one-way drishti with Saturn and expect things to feel explosive. Mars is fire and Saturn is ice and when these two unfriendly planets make direct contact, expect icicles to fly as they get blasted open. With Ketu there, we can expect a most unpleasant experience as it is blasting right where we prefer it not to and in Sagittarius it WILL be related to those hard-core beliefs we hold. Socially and personally, next week will be one to wear a helmet for. Uggh. When Mars moves into Gemini, it will happen again, this time with a Retrograde Saturn (Saturn goes Retrograde on the 30th of April), so put that helmet somewhere easy to reach, and maybe spring for some knee pads as Saturn has a tendency to bring us to our knees. The are of your life affected will be the one that Sagittarius rules. If you haven't yet gotten my FREE report* on the Nodal Axis and You, I recommend getting it soon. It will help you discern where you will be getting hit in your life, so you can be prepared! * Sign up on the right top of this page
What does the aforementioned pose and the story of Anjaneya/Hanuman have to do with any of this? Well balancing poses can help us focus our fiery energy on a point. One-pointed focus is a good use of fire for meditation and function, rather than burning down the house with many-pointed fiery focus;-) Twisting poses help us balance our pitta (fire element) dosha. Offering some relief to the solar-plexus region. The story can help us in two ways. By reading it on the surface, you can see the moral of the story is to make sure what you are flying after with mouth wide open is juicy and sweet and not hot as sh$%t, also to have humility and devotion in the heart as you harness your amazing powers in this world (which we all have).
By reading this story and letting it sit inside you, you unconsciously enter the story and characters as they do you. The ancient myths and many faces of God are a portal of consciousness through which you may travel. The point then does not become understanding the story, rather allowing it to lead you and show you all the treasure points along the way. These are bread crumbs left behind by those who have walked the path before you.
Blessed be and Namaste.
*New Moon in sidereal Pisces on Friday, April 6th, 1:50 am PST
*Revati, the star of Wealth, Prosperity and the final walk home. Ruled by Pushan, the shepherd, the nourisher
*Nodal Axis shift: Rahu in Gemini and Ketu in Sagittarius, for the next year and a half! Saturn joined in Sag until Jan 2020
*Mercury direct and soon-to-be debilitated in Pisces again
*Jupiter goes Retrograde April 10th until August 11th
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The Moon is Full in the star of Uttara Phalguni on Wednesday March 20th at 6:43 pm PST. Uttara Phalguni bridges Leo and Virgo and is the star of Contracts, Wedding Vows, and Friendship Agreements. It is an auspicious star to be married under and is said to be the star in which Shiva and Parvati were wed. We are in the Virgo part of this nakshatra, highlighting themes of exacting methods, categorizing, organizing and discernment. The Sun has just entered sidereal Pisces just last week and while the New Moon cycle has not yet occurred, we have been feeling ourselves get more spacey and spiritual, perhaps. This Full Moon is a counter-balance that energetic of fluidity and connection to source, using distinction and categories to find the facts versus the fiction. While Pisces is floating above, seeing the big picture, Virgo is more interested in the details.
This is also the holiday of Holi in India, the Festival of Colors, which ushers in Spring with a full on celebration in the entire country where people throw colors on each other and everywhere. The celebration of Holi is said to be a triumph of the light over the dark, as Spring takes over Winter. To hear the story of Prahlad and Holika watch the video!
Right now we have powerful one-way gazes from each of the outer planets to their own sign! Mars is gazing at Jupiter in its own sign of Scorpio offering courage, strength and discipline to our spiritual growth. Jupiter is giving his grace, wisdom and expansiveness to the Sun in Pisces, and Saturn is offering humility, a willingness to do the time and slow down to a retrograde Mercury that has just travelled back to Aquarius. Mercury will be retrograde until the 28th, and while it is super frustrating to be delayed in our communications, we can have the patience and humility to slow down and learn from our mistakes, and perhaps even listen!
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Happy Holi and Full Moon!
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Wednesday morning, March 6th at 8:04 am (PST) we begin our new cycle of the Moon at 21 degrees Aquarius. Aquarius is the sign of new horizons, changing the paradigm and social equality. An air sign, the intellect is the power used to devise these new social structures and ruled by Saturn, humility, fear and an awareness of time are the key factors propelling forward movement. The meditative quality of the New Moon comes from the fact that it is dark, unseen by the bright light of the Sun joining it instead of reflecting upon it. Our minds are at their darkest, and therefore least active. Our energy might be low and our collective need is to retreat to quiet and sit in pure consciousness. Saturn itself is gazing at the Moon and Sun here, within 3 degrees, bringing more severity and fear, but also a naturally meditative and detached state.
This New Moon also marks the end of Maha Shivaratri, the great night of Lord Shiva, celebrated in India as the 13th night and 14th day of the lunar month of Phalguna. Since Shiva is pure consciousness itself, it is technically a shivaratri every cycle as the Moon fades to black, but this month it is the great celebration because we are also fading out of winter and beckoning in Spring. In India and around the world, people will be meditating, chanting the names of Shiva and coming together in peaceful congregations to honor the destroyer of our attachments. Shiva is celebrated best with austerity, discipline and spiritual practice. It is the easiest to detach from our emotions and ego when the Moon is dark, because we are the least “full” of all the feelings and thoughts that keep us in and enjoying the world. It can be depressing for those who are still in great attachments. These things will be accentuated more by the Saturn dristhi.
As women, we often have our moon cycles synced to the Moon and as such, naturally go inside and release and let go as our bodies do the same. Nowadays, with so many ways our environments interrupt our natural rhythms, we may have to honor it for ourselves without the prompting from our bodies. One way to work towards syncing your cycle with the Moons, is to use heavy curtains or blinds to keep your room dark around the New Moon and let in a bit of light during the Full Moon. You can also use Moonstone or pearl to help regulate your cycle. Bleeding with the New Moon is considered a more fertile cycle, and also a healthier cycle in ancient feminine wisdom.
The star of this particular New Moon is called Purva Bhadrapada, the early blessed result (or foot), which is half in Aquarius and half in Pisces. It is ruled by Aja Ekapada, the one-footed goat and is associated with the spark of lightening that awakens one to Truth. It is that first awakening we experience on the path, but not the treading of the path itself. We often get caught up in that early glimpse and forget that there is much ahead, and at times the path might be treacherous. The goat must make his way up a scraggly mountain surface with only one foot. This requires some knowledge, as well as a lot of faith, which comes in the second part of this star.
Mercury has made its way into the watery and mystical realm of Pisces this last week and is beginning its retrograde cycle on the 5th. The planet of our buddhi; intellect, discrimination and communication, is considered debilitated in the all-merging sign of the fish. Here, thoughts swim in different directions and delineation is almost not possible. Our emotions and psychic experiences flow when Mercury is in Pisces and therefore hinder our capacity to think rationally, clearly and categorically. When Mercury is Retrograde, our capacity to think and communicate is slowed, delayed and sometimes even seems “reversed”. This combination of debility and retrograde motion can actually be a blessing, as we slow down and think before we speak, we might actually catch that spiritually-sound gem floating by! To boot, Jupiter, the ruler of Pisces is giving his energetic gaze from another water sign, Scorpio, offering his wisdom and generosity to our buddhi. Rather than a time to do taxes or organize your thoughts, this is a good time for free-form journaling, creative pursuits and connecting to your spiritual practices.
Jupiter, is himself, being given an energetic gaze, or drishti from the ruler of the sign he is in, as Mars in Aries offers strength, courage and discipline to do the inner work and reach great depths in our personal spiritual practices. Venus is in Capricorn, giving us a more grounded approach to our happiness-seeking. Here we want happiness that is material, actual and for us. It is a good time to set boundaries, and to map out what happiness for you really looks like and start doing the actual steps to get there. Since the South node of the Moon is still lingering in Capricorn, and within 10 degrees of Venus, we might feel a bit withdrawn from our need to be happy and even from relationships in general. This adds to the capacity for us to seek true spiritual happiness as we will realize the shortcomings of the happiness that is based on mutual pleasure in the material world.
We are just weeks away from the nodal shift to Gemini/Sagittarius from Cancer/Capricorn and finishing the karma that met us from whatever house Capricorn resides in might be the pesky last work we need to do. Sweep the corners, dust the corners, clear out the last cobwebs you’ve been holding onto in that area of your life, so you can move on. From the Cancer end, hold onto whatever truth you have distilled from the cycle of the Mother and bring it forward with you as we move into a period of higher focus on discrimination and facts over faith and feelings.
Blessed New Moon and Maha Shivaratri, may we all find our greatness in our peace. Om Namah Shivaya.
Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan Mrityormukshiya Mamritat
We worship the Three-eyed Lord who is fragrant and who nourishes and nurtures all beings. As is the ripened cucumber (with the intervention of the gardener) is freed from its bondage (to the creeper), may he liberate us from death for the sake of immortality.
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On February 19th at 7:53 am PST the Moon and Sun will be in exact degrees across from each other, forming the Full Moon in sidereal Leo, in the star of Magha. Magha is the mighty star of kings, ancestors, and lineage. It is the part of us as the Lion or Ruler where we must tap into our predecessors and gain wisdom and insight from the past. It is ruled by the Pitris, the godfathers of mankind and who are said to be the original ancestors for us all. In this star we are interested in preserving the traditions and cultures that have shaped us and in embodying the qualities of leadership, pride, loyalty and integrity that a good ruler possesses. In the sign of Leo, we may make our stand bold and fierce, showing others how and where we are in our power. The shadow side of this is a self-importance or arrogance that does not take into the account the greater social good.
With the Sun recently moved into Aquarius, we are actually finding our power through humility, hard work and new paradigms and systems right now. This Full Moon reflects the opposite pole of behavior and values that is being illumined, so as to help balance our inclinations in this new Sun cycle. We have not been overly powerful, or are putting a greater emphasis on the social good and how to make our actions work for all people. We are in need of standing firm in our own beliefs, power and status to claim back some of our Self. This will happen in a different area of life for each of us, depending on our rising sign and which house, and therefore area of our life, Leo inhabits.
The Sun is joined Mercury, although not in close degrees, but we can see how our communication has been overshadowed and also emphasizing that which is best for all and the world community, as opposed to ourselves as individuals. This gaze across to the Moon here will show us how we need to communicate to others our individuality and power, not just express it in emotional or fiery ways. Leo is also a perpetual teacher, wanting to share what we know sometimes before we know it very well. This reflection on the Moon might encourage us to speak up on a social issue that we have been quiet and brooding over.
Venus has just passed by Saturn, and we will start to see some of the pressure and responsibilities of our romantic relationships begin to ease. We have been perhaps enjoying some more spiritual or belief-driven connections with others as of late, but when Venus moved into exact conjunction with Saturn at the end of the past week, after Valentine’s day, the pleasure really began to fold into pressure and duty. Saturn can help us commit, but it does so out of a place of fear rather than joy. Jupiter’s tenure in Scorpio can help us look at ourselves rather than just the other person and their faults and shortcomings, but it does not help the lack of fun Saturn brings to the party.
Mars is now in his own sign of Aries, offering us courage, strength and action, although it can be fiery and curt, getting us into arguments and fights if we are not careful. The Moon is just moved out of his gaze for this full moon, so perhaps our tempers will settle a little and we can find true power that is connected to a higher vision and a lineage of truth.
Happy Full Moon. Hare Ohm.
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The New Moon in sidereal Capricorn is on Monday, February 4th at 1:03 pm PST. This sets off a cycle of Effort, Tenacity, Utilitarian Action and taking care of External Responsibilities. We tend to feel the pressure and weight of the external world when the Moon is in Capricorn, as a result of the rulership of Saturn. The pressure is a facet of Time. Knowing we have a limited amount of it, we have to push ourselves to do the hard work to get things done and secure ourselves. It is a fear-based work ethic in many ways, as opposed to one born of enjoyment in the tasks at hand, or discipline for the sake of strengthening oneself.
The Moon and Sun are in Shravana, the star listening. In Shravana, we are able to hear beneath the surface of things. It is a very spiritual star, ruled by Vishnu and indicating his rule over all three realms. If we allow the chatter and clatter of the outside world to fade away, we can even hear the primordial sound of Ohm itself.
Mercury is quite close, within four degrees of the Sun and Moon and will add an extra emphasis on communication. All New Moons are excellent times for drawing within and meditating or chanting, but this one in particular chanting will be quite beneficial. The south node, Ketu is in the sign of Capricorn, but at 1 degree, it is preparing to move into Sagittarius in March. Therefore, in many ways, this New Moon is an opportunity to take a new step forward in this area of our lives. Ketu has inhabited this house for a year and a half and has caused a particularly challenging past year for us as Mars joined it over the summer and early fall. This was a place we were actively avoiding, and yet Mars was blowing up for six month in 2018 and we have been closing out our last karma with this place in our lives for the past few months.
Venus in Sagittarius is moving in on Saturn slowly, causing us to be happiest when committed in our spiritual practice and to be seeking the same ideals and beliefs in our partners. On the 18th of February, we will see the two in exact degrees, which can put a damper on our sense of happiness, as Saturn brings fear and pressure to our sense of enjoyment and our relationships. It may give us the inclination to commit to others, but again, coming from a fearful place of awareness of time and pressure to be responsible.
Mars is almost out of Pisces, the next day after the New Moon, Tuesday, Feb 5th, Mars will move into his home sign of Aries. We will all step into our more courageous and disciplined selves, and we will also find that our actions take an abrupt turn towards selfishness and we may become a bit short with our temper. This will be especially true when the Moon joins Mars on February 10th. The tension will be eased the night of Feb 12th (PT) through the end of Valentine’s Night on Feb 14th, with an exalted Moon in Taurus, the sign of pleasure and beauty and food, and with a dristhi from Jupiter in Scorpio, offering some depth and intrigue to the romance.
Happy New Moon! Hare Ohm.
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On the evening of Sunday, January 20th (and 21st in some locations) there will be a Super Blood Moon in the lunar star of Pushya, right in the heart of Cancer. The eclipse will be Full from 8:41-9:43 pm PST, with the max eclipse at 9:12 pm, and the actual complete Full Moon itself (Sun and Moon in exact degrees across from one another) at 9:16 pm PST.
The Full Moon will be considered a “Blood Moon” because it is a Full Lunar Eclipse and the Earth will be completely blocking the Moon from receiving it’s shine from the Sun, only the outer edge of light will cast its glow on the Moon, lighting it a deep red color. It is a Super moon because the Moon is going to be closer than usual to the Earth, making it appear 10 to 15 percent bigger to us. The Moon is in its home territory in Cancer, the sign of our emotions, unconditional love and the mother. We can feel where we are most nurturing, and also vulnerable in whatever house Cancer holds for us in our natal charts.
This eclipse marks the final hurrah in a year and a half period where we were collectively focused on the feminine, most specifically, the mother. The north node, Rahu, has been in Cancer since August of 2017, giving an amplified telescopic lens to our place as women in this world, as well as the feminine as an energetic component of all things. We can see this through the rise of female politicians, the “Me too” movement, the onslaught of social justice campaigns geared towards uplifting women and minorities. We can also see this is in the enormous backlash and resurgence of racism, patriarchy and colonialism that has come about from many leaders around the world as they grapple to maintain the status quo of power. Wherever Rahu goes there is an element of frenzy and exaggeration, the North node magnifies and distorts things in a way that creates a strong consumptive desire. Wherever Rahu is, we cannot sate our hunger for more of that thing. We also cannot learn our lessons wisely. Both the nodes of the moon cause illusion and stress in the material realm, as they are tied more to the subtle realms. Where Ketu, the south node that partially eclipsed the Sun two weeks ago ties us to to the ending of karma and narrowing in on what remains, Rahu attaches us to beginning new karma and widening the scope to take everything in.
The specific star of Pushya, is the nurturer and nourisher. It is often associated with the breasts and the offering of milk from a mother to its young. Here we are able to fully nurture what we love unconditionally and give without any regard to what we will receive in return. Pure love and devotion, this is the star the planet Jupiter, which rules our beliefs, ideals and ultimately wisdom, is exalted in. Jupiter will be casting an energetic gaze, or dristhi, on this Super Blood Moon, offering even more wisdom, grace and generosity of spirit to our psyche.
This Lunar Eclipse will be directly across from not only the Sun and South node in Capricorn, but also Mercury, our planet of communication has just entered this practical and hardworking sign. Here we can be grounded, determined and functional in our speech and communication, instead of standing on a pulpit and preaching our beliefs. Here we have a chance of using only the words that will say what needs to be said, but we also have a chance of being selfish, or utilitarian in our efforts as such.
Venus is one degree from Jupiter in Scorpio at this point, causing our beliefs and ideals to be very intertwined with our romantic lives and relating capacity. We can expect to be drawn to others with like-minded beliefs, but also to see the ways in which others, especially romantic partners, keep us from attaining our highest ideals and practicing our beliefs. In Scorpio, we can expect to go deep here, and see the spiritual and psychological path of our relationships with others.
Jupiter is gazing at, and still in an exchange of signs with, Mars in Pisces. These two are also in close degrees, with Mars only two degrees behind Jupiter. This is a very strong point for us to put our spiritual beliefs into practice and to release actions, battles and anger that does not serve our higher purpose or path. Mars in Pisces can be the path of least resistance. Sometimes it is avoiding what is hard, but with this powerful planetary exchange it is more likely to be letting go of what is not meant to be.
As always, eclipses are powerful events that indicate a reset with certain energies, and in this case, a setting forth new paradigms that have been being created over the last year and a half. Since it is a lunar eclipse with the north node, it will be “starting karma”, but because we are at the end of this particular eclipse axis, it is ending this particular focus in this way (erratic, magnified, even delusional at times) and is putting forward a new blueprint in which we can understand the divine feminine in our selves and in our world and move forward with a more discriminatory mind to find balance when Rahu moves into the sign of Gemini in March. Prayer, meditation and focus on the Divine Mother in all her myriad forms can be useful and while the moon will be super and blood red, it is not advised to bathe in eclipse light. Hare Ohm.
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