The week begins on Monday with the Moon in Shravana, right in the middle of Capricorn. Shravana is a nakshatra that teaches us to listen, particularly beneath the surface or beyond the obvious. Both this star and the following, Dhanistha, are excellent placements for mantra and music (Dhanistha is symbolized by a drum and is the “steady sound”). The Moon is moving into the space that Saturn is occupying here and will be exact by Monday evening (8pm HT, 10 pm PDT). This can bring extra stress, tension and pressure as well the accompanying sadness and loneliness these feelings can bring. As we move through the week, expect the energy to lighten and even to feel inspired and aligned with grace by December 1st (Thursday) as the Moon joins Jupiter, direct in Pisces on Jupiter’s own day:) December 2nd, Mercury will move into Sagittarius, offering us a more philosophical rather than emotional way of communicating. Enjoy this peace, inspiration and expansion over the weekend as when we start next week, we may feel some agitation with the Moon joining Rahu in Aries and then Mars in Taurus!
For you Aries the week is beginning with your heart in your work and the pressure you feel here to achieve your highest ambitions. With your ruler retrograde in the 2nd, you are internally focused on money and your personal value but externally trying to manage the chaos in relationships has been taxing you. The weekend will bring you a desire to escape reality… keep it wise!
Taurus the week is beginning with your heart connected to your highest truth and teachings. This is a great time to utilize any resources or teachers you have, as your ruling planet (Venus) in the 7th house of relationships and the 7th lord retrograde (Mars) in your 1st house has certainly been putting the focus on you and others! Allow wisdom to guide you here. Work and responsibilities will take center stage much of the week and on the weekend, connect with your community! Remember your blessings as the beginning of next week, may get intense!
Gemini, for you the period from the New Moon until Monday has been a bit tumultuous as the Moon has traversed two difficult houses, the 6th house of hard work and service (which is the cycle you have entered for this Moon) and the 7th house of relationships and now starting out your 8th house of sudden unexpected events. You might feel like you are mitigating disaster, but Tuesday into the weekend will be much stronger focus on your impact in the outer world through teachings and career. Enjoy the blessings particularly how your relationships flourish through career this weekend. Next week things may get a bit more dramatic!
For you Cancer, you have just set off a new cycle on children, creativity and what you love. The week begins with focus on your relationships to others, and how committed you feel to them right now, and then moves into your 8th house, where those relationships keep you on your toes! By the weekend, you will be feeling the truth of things and a lot of grace and inspiration in how you serve. Next week, you will likely be making bold moves in the outer world; really soaking up the wisdom surrounding you over the weekend will greatly benefit anything you do going forward.
Leo, this New Moon really set off a cycle of home, vehicles and peace in the heart for you. As the week moves forward you will find you have to deal with some of the hard work of compromising with others. When Mercury moves into your 5th house on December 2, you will find that connecting to what you love (and any children if you have them) will help bring you both community and value. While you may find yourself disappointed by others, imagine that they also have a different set of needs, ideals and agenda for life than you and you have to respect that. With Mars long transit in your 10th you are going back over old ground with your responsibilities and re-learning how working can bring you closer to both your purpose and your peace.
This is the cycle of effort, Virgo, and having to learn new skills. The week begins with you committed to what you love, but also feeling the pressure from it. As you move through the week, you will find yourself in service to that, but the weekend will bring big relief and quite a lot of grace in your relationships! Enjoy your well-deserved blessings! As your ruling planet is moving into the 4th on Tuesday, you will also really find your energy focus on home, and finding peace in the next few weeks.
Libra for you the Moon is beginning the week in your house of home, joined Saturn. You might find yourself home alone, or wishing you were! This is the cycle of value for you, so much of your energy is focused on your finances and also your values. Expect some disappointment through your efforts when Mercury transits into Sagittarius on the 2nd, but also know it is bringing you closer to your dharma. While for most the Weekend is the blessing as the Moon joins Jupiter, for you it may be a time to amp up your hard work, particularly as it relates to your actual work (career).
Oh Scorpio, this is a period where it can feel like a lot on the front end, and as the Moon moves into your 4th house on Tuesday, you may just want to stay home. The 2nd will also mark Mercury, your 8th and 11th lord that brings sudden unexpected changes and community moving into your house of money and values. The weekend will be blissful with what you love (your children if you have them). Honor what you need and soak up the blessings while you feel them, as you are going to be facing a lot of perceived hard work and stress with others next week!
For you, this week week begins with a focus on your values and money…expect the unexpected! As the cycle set off on the New Moon is one of confusion and escape, it can be hard to keep your focus but Mercury moving into your 1st house on the 2nd will be a huge awakening for both your relationships and your career as they move out of the zone of delusion and become very much present and accounted for in your life again! This weekend will be a great time to cozy up at home and enjoy your blessings.
Capricorn, the weeks begins with the Moon in the first house and your relationships right on your identity, joined, your ruling planet! You and others is definitely the beginning theme, but as we move into Tuesday, you will focus a bit more on your value and values and how you experience your relationships through that lens. When Mercury moves into your 12th house on Dec 2nd, you may find that you are experiencing your truth through your confusion but it can also be the thing that negates a lot of the hard work you have! The weekend you may feel like you are the one pushing your relationships through, which is true, but there will also be some divine grace as Jupiter joins the Moon here. The key is to surrender the outcome, if not, you will find yourself disappointed.
The week begins with you a little checked out and avoiding responsibility. As the Moon moves into your 1st house on Tuesday, you will suddenly “wake up” to all the work you have to do! This weekend will be a focus on your value and money and blessings through community and service can really abound. The overall cycle beginning for you on this past New Moon was one of Career, and Mars, the ruler of this is retrograde in your 4th house of home, so perhaps you are revisiting the ways what you do does or does not feel good in your heart? Perhaps you are revisiting working from home?
Pisces, for you the Moon is transiting through your houses of community, into your house of escape and disappointment, into your 1st house this week, so expect quite a span of experience! The Moon is the ruler of what you love and children and so it may begin with feeling of connection through groups of people and end with having what you love right in front of you, but there is also a period of letting go. This cycle is one of dharma and purpose for you, so allow your deep well of wisdom to help you find that fine line between loss and surrender and like true fish, swim it!
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The Moon and Sun are coming together in sidereal Scorpio on Wednesday, November 23rd, at 12:57 pm HT (2:57 pm PDT), and they are joined a tightly conjunct Venus and Mercury, all in the nakshatra of Anuradha, or “After Radha”. Anuradha is ruled by Mitra, the god of friendship and is inherently connected to the goddess Radha, the devoted one. She who is the lover of the Beloved. It is through her that we are able to reach God. In Vedic teachings there are many faces of the One, each one offering us a familiar relationship that is accessible to us. For some it is the way we might feel towards a child that connects us to the Divine, for some it may be a good friend, for others a Mother or a Father….Radha connects us to what is said to be the highest relationship, that of a Lover. She shows us the ultimate love, the ultimate bhakti, the ultimate union. She is the ultimate vulnerability, where we have not protection around our hearts at all, and there is nothing we will not do to merge with what we love. The symbol is a lotus flower. That which is growing from the mud and is yet the symbol of perfection and completion.
The Moon is just moving past its point of debility here, where we have the hardest time managing our emotions. Anuradha is like a breath of fresh air, where we remember it is not all about us. If we can call ourselves out of the murky waters where we drown in our own emotions, perhaps we can set our sights like a flower towards the Sun. As this is the dark Moon and therefore the time when our energy is the most low, we might find that it is through meditation and solitude through which we are able to rise above the mud. After a month of over-giving our energy to others, it is certainly worth a look at where and what we choose to do with our time, and whether or not it is a distraction from facing our deepest fears, or whether it is actually serving us. The Sun is shining in the shadows, showing us what is real and what is imagined, and helping us to crawl out of the corners and into the light.
Mercury and Venus, our two relational planets, can really struggle here, as they are mired in the illusions and delusions of Scorpio too, and might lash out before getting the full story. The most important part of the story to understand is that we wrote it. No matter what we believe others have done to us, we have played a primary part in helping them. Are we choosing our friends wisely? How about our lovers? If the answer is yes, than a good chance is that there is confusion that needs to be cleared up. If the answer is no, well, what are you going to do about it? Are you more afraid of being alone than turning your back on your own soul? The path of the victim is one that can only end if you allow it to. Here is a chance to be a courageous emotional warrior and battle your own demons, instead of continuing to pretend they exist outside of you!
Jupiter, moving direct this same day, is sending his one-way wisdom from Pisces to this stellium in Scorpio. He is giving us the opportunity to use our teachings and beliefs to pull out of the mud and towards the light, particularly the ones that are beyond dogma and have been building up internally for us during this retrograde cycle. There is a FREE report on Jupiter for all 12 Signs, available on my website, if you want to know what area of your life he is activating for you.
With Mars, Retrograde right across the way from his own sign in Taurus, and Jupiter, going direct later this day, sending his one-way wisdom from Pisces, the question looms, “would you rather be comfortable or truly happy?” A good many will choose comfort over the unknown, but all of us will be blessed with the inner knowing of what’s really right and true.
May you have a blessed and bold New Moon!
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This week starts off on Friday morning with a one-way dristhi (energetic gaze) from Mars retrograde right on our Moon at the end of Leo. The Moon is in the star of Uttara Phalguni, here, where contracts and agreements are being made. Watch out for any anger or resentments lurking beneath the surface, or perhaps hidden passions, as Mars’ fiery gaze is coming from sensual Taurus. We may not be in complete integrity with ourselves and our actions in our efforts to experience connection and feel good.
As the Moon transits into the Virgo part of this nakshatra by evening, we may become more reticent and critical of both ourselves and others, but a generous two-way gaze with Jupiter, still Retrograde in Pisces, will help show us a path through our beliefs and ideals. This is a great time to use what inspires you to organize your priorities. That may not sound like a romantic Friday night, but it is certainly sexier than letting things continue to slide and building up resentment. The weekend will have this Virgo vibe, so all the partying you may have planned, might be less fun than you planned, LOL. It is, however, a great time to take care of yourself, and be in soothing and natural environments!
By Monday, you will be feeling the social vibes, when the Moon enters Libra, but the critical quality may become more precise, as the Moon joins Ketu, the South Node, and becomes exact on Tuesday. On Wed, November 23rd, the Moon is transiting into Scorpio where it is debilitated due to too much emotional turmoil. This will be our New Moon with the Sun and Moon joined Venus and Mercury and the ruler of Scorpio, Mars, retrograde and giving mutual dristhi across the way in Taurus. Thanksgiving will be a gathering for sure, LOL! Avoid emotional and heated discussions at all costs and particularly on Thursday, find physical activities that can help diminish the pent-up Mars energy. Read on to find out how these transits will affect all 12 Signs!
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This Week in the Stars for all 12 Vedic Rising Signs!
*please note, this is for use with the sidereal zodiac only
For you Aries, your Ruling Planet is starting off the week with a lot of questions around your value and just how much you do actually show up for yourself. As the week progresses you will find yourself beginning to project that outward to others and really noticing how much work it takes to relate to others, and wondering if it is worth it. Time to really step into your physical practices. Exercise, meditate, breathe. It is not anyone else’s fault your are not doing what you think you should. No one else is making you weak. Expect the unexpected for the holidays as the New Moon is transiting across from your ruling planet in the 8th house on Wednesday and Thursday!
Taurus you are up to your eyes in other people and their requests of you right now. It is all you can do to stay on top of it. Remember to take care of yourself too. When anger arises, take a moment to breathe and move through it. This New Moon is in your 7th house of Others/Partners, so you can count on connection for the holiday. Melodramatic connection? Perhaps, but hey, this is a holiday that is all about cooking and eating, your actual favorite activities, so just take another serving, listen with compassion, and be glad it is other people’s drama not yours!
Gemini, you are going to have a tough month, with the planetary pile up in the 6th house of health, debts and arguments. This could be a good holiday to serve the homeless food or in some other way help society and serve others. With the moon in your 4th for the weekend, it may be best to just stay home now and preserve your energy for the beginning and middle of next week. Creativity may be high early on Monday and Tuesday, so enjoy whatever you do. The New Moon is setting off a cycle, and it could be one of feeling like a victim, or feeling like a saint. You choose.
Cancer for you, the Moon is you, roiling around the chart trying to find a home. This also makes New and Full Moon cycles tough as you are either feeling “disappeared” or “lit up” yourself every month. This weekend may be a good time to learn a new skill, particularly one that requires attention to detail, and then to feel whatever is in your heart around other people and your relationships early in the week. It could feel a bit harsh, as your ruling planet passes over the South node on Tuesday. Come Wednesday and Thursday, however, you are likely to reset your mind, and remember what you love. Find good company for the holiday, and remember you are valued!
For you Leo, this is a weekend that starts off with your emotional projections on the front end as the Moon, your 12th lord finishes her transit on your rising sign Friday, and then moves into your 2nd house, where you are likely to feel some disappointment and loss around your value. Unfortunately, wherever the Moon travels, she brings you feelings of loss and hopefully, teaches you to surrender along the way. As we move into the new week Monday and Tuesday, you will likely want to up level your skill set and learn something new, maybe even fueled by a bit of competition, releasing the fruits of your labors will be the only way to win. Come Wednesday and Thursday you might find that your home feels full, it probably already does, as Mercury, Venus and the Sun (your ruling planet) are already there, but when the Moon joins, it might bring well, disappointment. The New Moon will set off a cycle where you navigate a full house. Don’t forget, a full house can also mean a full heart!
Virgo, this Friday the Moon, your 11th lord of community and groups of people is transiting from your 12th house of escape and confusion into your 1st house of Self. You will likely feel yourself coming into yourself as the late afternoon/evening progresses. As others start to feel the anxiety of the Moon in Virgo, you will feel like the world finally understands you and cares as much about the details as you do! As she traverses through your 2nd and 3rd houses the rest of the week, expect to lean into your value in community and maybe even learn a new skill or two, which is the theme for the month for you! Taking a class can be helpful, as is trying something different in your career and whatever you do, don’t be attached to the results, as the Sun, your 12th lord is joined and can bring disappointment if you are attached to the ends as opposed to focused on the means.
This week begins with you feeling social, Libra but by evening of Friday, you may find you want to run and hide! As the Moon will be in your 12th house this weekend, hiding may be an answer. Particularly if you have any career things come up by then. Now is not the time to make decisions, as you are likely to be confused and projecting disappointment where it may not be. As the Moon moves onto your rising sign on Monday and Tuesday, you may feel the deep pain of Ketu in the 1st house, and how that affects your status and reputation, but allow the Moon to move through you and you will come back to your value by Wednesday and Thursday. This New Moon sets off a cycle of money and values for you, so enjoy what comes your way!
There’s no question this month is going to be tough, Scorpio, particularly in relation to others and partners in your life. With the Sun, Venus and Mercury all in your 1st house and your ruling planet Retrograde across the way in the 7th, the theme here is trying to get along even as you traverse past issues you thought were laid to rest. Whatever problems you have been “sticking a pin” in in your relationships, or just outright ignoring, are certainly coming home to roost now and you are having trouble ignoring them. It is not necessarily a good time to deal with your relational issues, as it is to really reflect on them and how you have contributed to their existence. This also brings up your career, as the Sun is your 10th lord, your community and the ways in which you feel like a victim, as Mercury is your 6th and 11th lord. This would be a good time to see how you can be of more service to society and to have a reset on your status and recognition.
Sag, right now it is easy to escape. Your ruling planet is still Retrograde in the 4th house of home, the planetary pile up is in your 12th house of loss, disappointment, sleep, confusion, and even what you love (your 5th lord of Children, Creativity) is in the 6th house, retrograde making it feel like a lot of work to enjoy anything. With all your principles and ideals, though, wouldn’t it feel better to step out of the delusion and into the freedom of letting go. Can you surrender your beliefs of how things should be and allow them to just be as they are? And take responsibility for anything that isn’t aligned in your life? What if instead of “checking out” you decided to “check in” instead? Meditate my friend. Turn your escape hatch into an ashram.
Capricorn, it may feel like you are suddenly much more social than you usually want to be. This is because that is so. The pile up of planets in your 11th are keeping you socially busy and since this relates to your Career, Children and Creativity, Dharma/Life Purpose, and Facing your Biggest Fears/ things that are out of your control, it is a little much for your usual diligent, humble and hardworking self! Take it one step at a time. The Moon is your 7th lord, so it is bringing you connection with others, and partnership each step of the way, so you are not alone. You may feel that your creativity and children are bringing you the most peace right now, but they are also bringing you the most action, maybe even in your home! Move slow and breathe often and you will find that you get to nestle into more quiet vibes next month when all these planets move into your 12th house!
You can feel the tension building around your career right now, Aquarius, even as your ruling planet is still staunchly keeping you hiding out! Allow yourself to find the creativity, peace and dharma in what you bring to the world, rather than focusing on the status and recognition that may feel like it is going backwards right now. Allow your partner or others to help you help others and maintain your external responsibilities. The Moon may be bringing feelings of how hard it all is this week, but take it each step at a time and remember to be in Service is the greatest gift of all.
Pisces, you are having a very enlightening experience right now, with all these planets in your 9th. Facing your own and other people’s fears and dragons is just what you were made to do! There may be some resentments, difficulties, particularly with regards to groups of people and community. There will also be connection and recognition as you tap into your highest beliefs and ideals and stay true to what you know to be true. This weekend will be all about partners, Monday and Tuesday sudden unexpected events, and the New Moon and Thanksgiving will bring you back home to your purpose and path. Allow the love of children, creativity and fun to guide your through your difficulties as the Moon is this beacon of light for you and she is ever-moving through the houses.
This week we have Venus, Mercury, Mars and the Sun all changing Signs! New energy abounds… for better or worse! On November 11th, Venus moves from Libra to Scorpio, setting off the mass exodus of all the planets that were joined Ketu, the South Node, in Libra for our two eclipses this last month. Venus is moving from her home sign of compromise and harmony into the deep and stormy waters of Scorpio. You may have felt some clarity and ease in your relationships and relating recently, despite all the other chaos, but expect others, and particularly partners to show their messier sides now. Venus in Scorpio can highlight our fears and have us lash out first, share our feelings second. On November 13th, Mercury joins Venus in Scorpio. This will bring us to a less adept and more emotional (perhaps even controlling) communication style. On this same day, Mars Retrogrades back into Taurus, across the way for another 4 months! This is bringing us a review of the ways in which we fold on self discipline for immediate pleasure. With Mars and Venus in exchange of signs, and right across from each other, we will be learning on our feet the lessons of compromise versus courage and individuation that we have walked through in the last month. Don’t be surprised if you and others take a few spills while trying. Just get back up and learn from your mistakes. And don’t forget to forgive others for theirs;-)
While the eclipse portals brought us some very real drama in the actual world, these shifts into sidereal Scorpio will bring us through the inner dimensions of drama and trauma that we create with our own minds. Relationships will be tested! Did you learn what you were supposed to over the last month? You will find out!
Finally, on November 15th, the Sun moves out of debilitation in Libra into shadowy Scorpio, where he can shed some light on our deepest fears. This will be helpful as we navigate the recurring themes of courage, communication, and compromise. With the Moon transiting Gemini this weekend and Cancer and Leo into this week, we will likely feel like socializing over the weekend, weeping and sleeping early next week and out and about like a lion on the prowl by mid-week!
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Expect the unexpected when it comes to partners and lovers. You will be moving your feet but it may not be in harmony with your other. As your ruling planet tracks back into the house of values, you may be questioning your own self-worth. Money may feel like its out of your control too; take precautions and you can avoid long-term debts and enemies.
Taurus the theme is relationships for you right now! With your ruling planet in the house of others and the ruler of your 7th house (partners) in your own first house, your identity is very wrapped up in that of your partner or your lack of partner if you don’t have one. Remember the lessons you just learned! You will be running back over old themes with others in the coming months. Slow down and listen so you don’t have to repeat your past mistakes!
Mars is moving from your first house to your 12th house this week, so by surrendering/escaping/letting go you can undo some of the inimical energy you may have been experiencing with society this past month. Your ruling planet, and the lord of your 4th house of home and inner peace (as well as your planet of creativity and your skill) is moving into the 6th house of hard work, enemies, and debts, so this is a good time to show up for the details and take care of what needs to be done.
Your ruling planet is the Moon, and it is always moving through the signs so fast that you hardly have time to ground before you move to the next area of life. This week you are traversing from the 12th house to your 2nd house, so your weekend may start off with you feeling a bit lost and confused and then when everyone else is feeling all the feels, as the Moon moves into its home base, your rising sign, you will feel more in-tune with and focused on your natural *emotional* self. Mid-week, you will feel your value and your power when the Moon transits Leo, your 2nd house. You will also be remembering your responsibilities, creativity and love of children as Mars moves back into Taurus, your house of community.
For you Leo this week is big, because your ruling planet, the Sun, is changing signs on the 15th! The shift is one from your least powerful state, where you give away your authority to others to a very potent placement where you are able to shine your bright light on what shadows lurk in your heart space. Expect to bring the party with you (it actually moved in before you to set the stage, but you’ll never know the difference) as both Venus and Mercury will be joining here too! Your career, community and your value are joining you in your home, can you find room for them? When in doubt, remember who is King of your Castle.
Virgo, Your willful nature is about to come out, as you move from a place of focusing on your personal value, as well as your finances and possessions. Expect to learn new skills and be focused on what you can make happen in the world, and perhaps even find some challenges around your ideals, beliefs and teachings. Don’t be surprised if you have some sudden upsets with teachers or counselors. A good practice right now is determining what is actually of “you” and what is coming through you.
This week is huge for you, Libra, as there has been quite a lot of energy on your rising sign, aka yourself and it is moving on out one by one! First, you are shifting your own attention to your values and money, particularly how you can attract other people’s money. Second, you are bringing your wisdom and higher purpose along for the ride. Finally, the blazing Sun of society that has been burning up your ability to make things pleasant is also taking the heat into your house of finances, values and possessions. You may find your tribe through what you value! Your personal relationships however, may go through some sudden unexpected shifts, at least on an internal level.
This shift will feel momentous to you, Scorpio, as the planets one by one shift from your 12th house of escape, loss and confusion into your 1st house of your identity. There is a mutual exchange between your ruling planet Mars, who is Retrograde, and your 7th lord, Venus in your 1st making relationships one of the most prominent factors right now. Where you have been sleeping, you will have no choice but to wake up. With your 8th, 10th and 11th lords joining expect your fears, careers and community to all also feel prominent to your identity right now. If it feels like a lot is suddenly happening right on your person, its because it is!
You are feeling the shift of your attentions from what is wrong with the collective community to wanting to hide out at home and escape with your partner, if you have one, or your fantasies of one if you don’t. Even your creative energy or children are feeling like a lot of work right now, but it is well-worth your efforts to put some time into what you love. Your inner compass is moving from compromising with others, to facing your fears to your highest beliefs and teachings, so by mid-week you will likely feel some inspiration!
This has been a tough month for you, as Mars, your 4th lord of home, motherhood and inner peace and 11th lord of community has been sticking his foot into your 6th house of hard work, health challenges and service. He’ll be back into your 5th house of children and anything you love like a child on November 13th, so your focus can move back to your creativity, even if is a bit of rewind and inner review. Your 7th lord of partners is moving from the hard work you must do to compromise, to highlighting the relationship itself to being forced to face your own lack of control over others in the course of this next 7 days, so take it one day at a time and stay slow.
Expect to feel a big leap from your 9th house of teachings and beliefs to your 10th house of career and external responsibility. You will bring your inspiration with you, as well as your inner peace, creativity, and partners. Expect to also have to show up for the details and hard work necessary to serve what you love. It is possible you may bring your work home with you, or at least think about it again, as Mars Retrograde is moving back into the 10th, asking you to review what felt good in the past.
Pisces, this is a time where your creativity can blossom as the Moon, your 5th lord moves from the 4th house of a seed planted in your heart, to the 5th house where creation begins, to the 6th house where you need to show up for some actual work. You will also feel a shift from things being largely out of control and chaotic for the past month, to in line with your dharma and beliefs. Stay true to yourself and you will find peace with others regardless of what happens. There is going to be some potential power struggles, unexpected events and the need to learn new skills. Shed the light on what the sources of ill-will with others, health problems or money issues are. Be willing to face your fears and transform. Positive relations, particularly with your partner are what will help you stay in a peaceful place right now.
Whew! Things have certainly been intense in this two week window since our partial solar eclipse! This is because while the Sun was being eclipsed at that time, it was still pretty far from the South node doing the eclipsing. It has been moving ever closer to Ketu, and passing right over it this past weekend, with its serpentine tail stabbing right into the heart of our power. This can look like power shortages, or resets, phones, computers and other electronics shorting, powerful entities and establishments being eclipsed, and certainly we are each being given very old lessons on how we hold our own innate sense of power, particularly in the context of relationships with others. This can also feel a lot like being powerless, which can actually be a beautiful surrender if we allow it to be.
The Moon will be directly across from our Sun at 1:02 am HT (3:02 am PST) but the eclipse itself will last from 10:02 pm HT November 7th until -1:56 am HT November 8th (12:02 am-3:56 am Nov 8th PDT), so we will definitely be seeing it here in Hawaii! It is called a Blood Moon because of the red color it takes on at the height of the eclipse, which is at 12:59 am HT. How fitting that this Moon is in Bharani, the star that is ruled by the god of death, Yama, who brings souls out of this life, and symbolized by the yoni, the portal through which life passes into this world. It can get bloody indeed! This star requires the utmost control as here we must bear the consequences of anything we create. This is problematic, as Rahu the North Node doing the eclipsing has an airy and dispersive quality that sprays our energy out into many different directions. Since the Moon is our mind and emotions, and therefore the creator of our very reality, we can imagine how this might look! Pranayama, breath control practices can be helpful here, as well as safe outlets for creativity like art, dance and music.
While Ketu is finding exactly the malfunctioning source of our power in Libra, Rahu is obsessing over our emotions in Aries. The South node implodes where we have not been looking, the North node explodes the place we have been fixating on. The magnification can cause quite a lot of delusion, particularly if you haven’t been doing the work to really see what are the ways in which you compromise with others. Some of us over-compromise and have trouble getting our own needs met. Some of us do whatever we want to and have trouble seeing how it affects others. If you are prone to selfish or self-centered behavior, then this entire eclipse portal is a wake up call that others are not going to take it anymore. If you give in too much and sacrifice your true feelings and needs to be liked, well, you may recognize that this is not the answer either as your needs continue to not get met.
Full Moons take us on a swing of the pendulum in any given New Moon cycle, shining light on the opposite of what we have been doing in that cycle. In this case, with the nodes involved, we have activated an area of life that we were actively trying to avoid since March 2022. The Full Moon is highlighting where we have been choosing to put our energy instead this whole time. The close proximity to Rahu is going to cause us to see things very different from how they actually are. The nodes are illusory, Chaya Graha (shadow planets) that can be very powerful messengers from the past and future if we maintain a clear state of consciousness but regardless, they are never completely at home in this reality. Be mindful of your emotions and allowing them to carry you to conclusions. The focus on Self here can really undermine your relationships with others. If you do not know what area of your life Rahu and Ketu are transiting right now, please sign up for my email list in the top right corner (or in the pop-up window) and receive your FREE report: “Rahu in Aries, Ketu in Libra for all 12 Signs”. This will tell you exactly what houses are “up” for you in this eclipse, so you can better navigate the energies. You will also receive 3 other helpful transit reports, specific to YOU and your sign!
We have Mercury in almost exact degrees with the Sun right now, so we may be experiencing communication difficulties; feeling unheard, lapses in communication and forms of technology malfunctioning. It is also near Ketu, so if we focus on the heart of what we are trying to communicate it can be quite precise, even if we do not feel that those in positions of power over us are hearing us. Venus is also here, in her own sign and helping our debilitated Sun use friendliness and grace to naviagate our feelings of powerlessness, instead of getting triggered. We really have an opportunity to bring an internal drishti (gaze) to our patterns and habits around how we use communication in relationships, especially in regards to our perceived lack of power. Saturn is giving his one way dristhi to this stellium in Libra, also in close degrees, particularly to Venus and he is also in his own sign, so we are being reminded to stay the course in our relationships, be committed, humble and willing to do the hard work. We are also being reminded of the ways in which our relationships help us with our status and recognition and holding appropriate fear that our harsh words or disgust with others can cause real damage in our lives. This is important, because otherwise, we may get so obsessed with our own feelings that we burn bridges we may still need to cross.
With Mars Retrograde still barely in Gemini until Nov 13th, and joined the Moon exactly on November 11th, we need to be careful that past anger doesn’t agitate our mental state too much. Between Ketu on Mercury, and the Sun and this Mars, there is a lot of past resentment and disgust that can surface in our communication if we are not mindful. It is important to take deep breaths before you speak…and learn to take ownership and apologize if you lose control and go too far. Singing is one of the best ways to bridge the heart and the throat chakras and may be the best remedy for this particular alignment. Prayer and mantra too. This can be a great learning moment for us all, if we allow it to be.
May peace be with you and around you and especially within you!
Blessed Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse
Our New Moon this month is in sidereal Libra, on October 25th at 5:48 am Hawaii Time (8:48 am PDT), which also brings us into a partial Solar Eclipse. The Moon and Sun are joining together with the ruler of Libra, Venus, in very close degrees making this an eclipse of our Mind, Soul and Love all at the same time. These three Grahas (planets/luminaries) are being “eaten” by the Chaya Graha (Shadow Planet) Ketu, the South Node, and the keeper of our past karmas. This means this is a wonderful time to go deep, and trudge up what we are holding from our parents (as the Moon is also the Mother and the Sun, the father) as well as past partners and lovers (Venus). Ketu holds our past wounds as well as our blessings; all the wisdom we carry, but he is the headless serpent, the one with only an inward gaze that can mutate what we see in disgust. He can also help us finally burn free from the illusions of the past, if we are willing to look at what irks us. After 6 months of traversing the terrain in front of us with our eyes fixated on what we personally desire and no outward gaze to see how that may affect others, the effects of this either negligence or deep inner work is finally coming home. For some, it will be an opportunity to clear the relational baggage that has kept you from intimacy and true connection, for others, it will be the thing that will force you to look wherein you have been refusing. For all of us, it will greatly help to know what house Libra is in your Vedic chart, as this indicates the area of life this transformation is happening through. If you would like to receive my FREE report, “The Nodes in Aries/Libra for all 12 Signs” go to: the top right corner of this screen, or the pop up, to sign up for my email list and you will receive this and 2 other Transit reports instantly!
Swati is the nakshatra that falls in the middle of Libra and shows our soul’s path of individuation. It is ruled by Vayyu, the wind, and Rahu, the north Node who magnifies our delusions and sprays them out into the world. Libra is the sign of Others and indicates the vacillations of the mind that make it difficult to make decisions or commit to things as we allow our friends and lovers to sway us this way and that. Swati means sword and it is by wielding this sword that we cut through the illusions of assumptions that mire our relationships with others. We may think people are against us, or pushing us to do things, or are even thinking of us at all in the choices they make, but often this is not true. Even if it is somewhat true, we are rarely the center of anyone else’s choices. If we are centering others in our own actions and decisions then we really need to evaluate this. When we do something “for someone else” it may not be what they need at all. Much of what passes as “doing things for others” is not actually that at all. What is the best way to navigate this when you care oh-so-much about keeping the peace and having harmonious relationships? Communication for the win! Ask people questions. Tell people your honest feelings, needs, and desires. Check in with others and give them feedback on your inner experience as well. So much confusion, pain and heartbreak could be mitigated if we did not feel afraid of allowing others to know where we are truly at, or if we were not hesitant to find out where they are and what’s true for them.
Saturn is finally moving direct again, as of October 23rd, after almost 5 months of retrograde action! If you’ve been feeling stuck, unable to commit and lacking clarity on what does and does not deserve your energy and time, you will feel a huge wave of relief as all the commitments and pressures that have been building up within you are ready for action. Don’t be surprised if your sudden clarity includes not just what you want to commit to, but what you no longer want to spend your time on as well. With Saturn giving a 10th house dristhi (energetic gaze) to the 4 planets in Libra, we can expect to cut things off, including relationships, that do not enhance our status or capacity to show up responsibly in this world, as much as we also might become certain about committing to what does serve this purpose.
Unfortunately, as Saturn moves direct, he passes the retrograde baton to Mars, who is beginning his apparent backtracking trip on October 30th. This is a review of our courage, discipline, action, and anger and is unfortunately not traversing the best signs for Mars’ energy. We are in the midst of a 7 month bout of Mars in Taurus, within a one month visit to the very first degrees of sidereal Gemini. This is an alignment that does not necessarily channel our fire into productive and disciplined action, rather increases the chances that we become argumentative and black and white in our thinking. By November 13th, he will be back in Taurus, but there, as we may have found since he first entered on August 10th, we have a tendency to be more lazy than disciplined and pleasure-focused than courageous. This Retrograde period will last until January 12th, 2023, so we have 2 1/2 months to really evaluate the ways in which we fold on ourselves and what we need to feel strong within ourselves so that we can even show up for the others in our lives. Mars is about individuation and show us that if show up first for ourselves (think morning practices, meditation, yoga, exercise) then we are more able to be present in our relationships. We often offer our energy to everyone and everything else first and then give ourselves whatever time remains. If none remains, we may blame everyone else. This is teaching us that we are actually responsible for our own actions and energy. What??!!
Finally, this New Moon is the celebration of Diwali throughout India and all over the world. Diwali is the Festival of Lights and comes at this particular moment as the Sun, our source of power, authority, light and our direct connection to source is in debilitation in Libra. The Sun is debilitated in Libra because here we give our power away to others. We allow the ebb and flow of other’s reactions and demands to us to determine how we hold our power, as opposed to honoring the light within and being strong in our own selves. Diwali is reminding us that the light is always within, no matter how dark it gets outside. It is a 5 day celebration, beginning on the 13th lunar phase of the waning moon and reaching apex on Lakshmi puja on the 15th tithi, the New Moon itself. What kind of blessings might we ask for from Lakshmi? Are we not yet tired of wanting things outside of ourselves that then bring us little satisfaction because we have not done the inner work to graciously receive these blessings anyway? This is particularly true in the realm of love and relationships as we often desire to experience love and connection so much, we forget that they also require us to face some of our biggest triggers and fears and wounds. May we be blessed with the grace, vulnerability, generosity, and self-awareness that can guide us in our relations with others and help us find the highest level of happiness, which does not require any other being to do anything else in order for us to experience it! Shreem
And So It Is 🌟
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“The Earth holds fire, even as it devours her own body. Air feeds the flames, sending it from here to there, and then everywhere.”
Mars moves into sidereal Gemini on October 15th, just for one month, and then he’ll be retrograding back into Taurus. For starters, this will be experienced as a cooling down, as Mars in the earthy sign of Taurus has brought high levels of heat to us physically. The move into Gemini’s airy mind-field means that the fire is now in the intellect. Expect more heat in communication and the fact that Mercury, the ruler of Gemini is in his other sign and exalted will bring an exacting quality to this. You may be right, but is it worth it? Some words cannot be taken back. Gemini is where occurs the birth of the Ego, the “I” identity that individuates us and gives us a sense of “Self” within the collective. As such, Mars can do well here to increase our knowledge or skill and strengthen our intellect. If there’s some written work you’ve been putting off, this could be the time to get it done.
Mars in Taurus may have brought up some issues with discipline and laziness and we have to remind ourselves it is not others who keep us from what we need to do. We choose to do something we prefer and sometimes that involves other people, but that does not make it their fault. Essentially, Mars is a physical and active planet, and so needs a way to channel that energy. The less we are physically disciplined, the more excess fire we have to burn in other ways, that often look like anger. One interesting thing to note about personal discipline is that it is behavior that is controlled and repeated, meaning that occasional physical bursts of energy are not the same thing. To truly strengthen ourselves, we must repeatedly show up in the same way day after day in a measured manner to produce a long-term result. This is why he is exalted in the dutiful sign of Capricorn and debilitated in the ever-changeable and emotional sign of Cancer. Since he will be returning to Taurus November 13th to remain until March 12th, 2023 it will do us good to use this time to examine the ways in which we may have folded on promises we made to ourselves and create some solid routines that we can commit to every day. This can be related to your body, your work, your relationships or your mind/spirit. If you need help discovering what areas of life Mars rules for you, sign up for my email list in the upper right corner (or from the pop-up) and receive the FREE report “Mars in Taurus for all 12 Signs”! It will continue sending for a few more days, and I will then take it down until he moves back there in mid November. You will also receive 3 other super helpful transit reports to navigate these penetrating times.
The Sun is going into Libra on October 17th, and this is another fiery Graha (planet/luminary) moving from Earth to Air. In this case, Libra is the sign of debilitation, or worst operating intelligence for the Sun. Our sense of power, authority and leadership is strangled in the wishy-washy wind nature of Libra where taking a stand can seem nearly impossible. Instead of receiving a direct download from Source on what to do and where to go, we look to the worst possible place, other confused people who give us a riddled mess of their own poor advice mixed with their personal desires of what we should do. Sun in Libra panders to others and people-pleases with the very energy that is supposed to be leading us, and we can expect governments, bosses, parents and others in charge to be coming from this disabled state of power. The up-side to this transit is usually that at least things can feel more harmonious on the surface, but in this case we are entering the eclipse portal and have Ketu, the South Node hovering in wait for our luminary to pass through his black hole. This shadow Graha will have us driving deep into the source of power and extracting the one thing most wrong with it and fixating on it. Whatever area of life/house the Sun rules for you will likely be hit pretty hard with Ketu’s disappointing inward glare. Also, whatever house Libra is in your Vedic chart will give a good indication of how you are experiencing this eclipsing of your power. If you haven’t yet gotten your transit report, “Nodes in Aries/Libra for all 12 Signs” then sign up now and check it out. If you are already on my list and received this awhile back, search through your mail and give it a re-read!
Venus is also joining the Sun and Ketu on October 18th moving into her own sign. This combination is likely to exacerbate any existing issues in relationships and can make us feel unseen, unappreciated and critical of ourselves and others behavior. It can also be the catalyst for us to see what really underpins our personality in relationships and if we are willing to, how we can shift unhealthy patterns we may have fallen into. I will do a full report on the eclipse and Venus soon, so stay tuned!
Sharad Purnima: Blessings in the Dark
October 9th, 2022 at 10:55 am Hawaii Time (1:55 pm PDT), the Moon will be Full in the star of Revati, joined a still-Retrograde Jupiter. Revati is the final star and is ruled by Pushan, the shepherd who helps walk us home to the peace in our hearts. Revati is “the wealthy” and can offer us powerful spiritual boons as well as material ones. The goddess Revati, from whom the nakshatra gets its name is known as the “Shining one” and was the beautiful daughter of King Kakudmi, who ruled a kingdom beneath the ocean. King Kakudmi had mystical powers that allowed him to visit Brahma-lokha, and speak with the Creator. Once he brought Revati to Brahma to help find a suitable husband for her. He had a list of prospects in hand. Brahma was busy and so they waited. Then, Kakudmi heard him laughing that time in this lokha was different than in other lokhas (realms) and in fact while they were waiting 108 yugas had passed on Earth. None of the men on his list would be alive. Neither would his counselors or friends or his own wife or other children. People would be shorter, dumber and darker in this new Kali Yuga. Vishnu was incarnating as Krishna to help save people from a particularly dark force, the evil Kansa, and his brother Balarama became the chosen one for Revati’s hand in marriage. Balarama is often associated with Adi Sesha, the many-headed serpent whom holds Vishnu up while he dreams up the universe, so in this case, both Revati and Balaram originated in the underworld, the subconscious that holds up the conscious mind and both find themselves on Earth helping to bring humans back to remember love and peace.
This is the star where Venus is exalted and as such shows that the biggest happiness is when we do not have a material reason for our joy, and that highest love is that which brings us back to ourselves, offering us refuge and peace. Venus herself is right across the way in debilitation, showing how keeping our nose in the details and all that is “not enough” in our relations with others and ourselves is actually separating us from love itself. Through clear communication and deep inner wisdom and knowing, we can offer a lift to this challenged Venus and find some happiness with what is, or at least make peace with it.
Having Jupiter joined our Full Moon in his own sign, even Retrograde, is a huge blessing for us in finding higher wisdom and connecting our mind and emotions to that wisdom. Our inner standing can expand and become reflected back to in our psyche. Jupiter is across from a now-direct Mercury and a debilitated and Combust Venus in Virgo and as such is forming a Saraswati yoga; an alignment that encourages creativity, communication and the flowing genius behind great art. The technical skill, attention to detail and perfectionism that can cause unhappy couple ships, can be a boon in the realm of artistry and music. The uncanny knowing of this Jupiter can further bless with the boon of dharma, truth, and allow the creative work we do to penetrate deeper than the beautiful surface. Saturn is giving a one way dristhi on just this Moon and Jupiter, and can help keep us practical and realistic in our outlook. He can also throw some shade on our excitement and light by highlighting what limits us and reminding us how far the distance is between what we believe and what we actually experience here on Earth.
This auspicious full moon is called Sharad Purnima and is said to bring Lakshmi to earth, flying with her owl through the night over houses, and asking, “Are you awake?”. Devotees that stay awake and keep a light in their window will be granted blessings of her grace, abundance, fertility, and love. This is also said to be the night that Krishna, Radha and the gopis danced the Rasa Lila under the full moon, creating such a stir of delight that Shiva came down off his mountain abode to try to get a taste the ecstasy himself. As Venus is in debility, and Libra, Venus’ sign of relationships has the disgruntled south node, Ketu in it at the moment, perhaps the best blessing we can ask for at this time is to be more harmonious within ourselves. To honor our own feelings, desires and needs and to have the courage to communicate them and allow others to do the same. If we are unable to come to compromise or good feeling between the two, then we can own that also without blame or anger. To notice an incongruity in our relations with others does not have to be negative. It is only so because we have a false belief that things should be a certain way. We tend to believe for example, that a relationship working out is “good” and falling apart is “bad”. Of course, most of us have experienced break ups and the end result is often a positive shift in our life, and many people have stayed in relationships well past their due date and experienced how painful that can be. What would happen if we let go of our notions of what is “good” or even what we think we want, and allowed ourselves to let go of our false illusions of control? What if, even for just a moment, we could swim in a sea of consciousness until we can see how it all streams together to create reality; no part wrong or right, just different depending on how the light is reflecting from where we are in that moment. What if we noticed that when we attempt to stay in one place and attach to that one perspective, we end up doing twice as much work treading water, working against nature herself, then if we just allowed ourselves to flow organically with the environment we are in?
Many Blessings on your Full Moon!
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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.
It is helpful to know what houses Mars rules for you and what house Taurus is in your chart, so that you can see how it is playing out in your life. I break it down for each of the 12 Vedic Rising Signs, showing where it is in your chart and what it dictates. To get your FREE report, sign up for my newsletter in the upper right corner (or from the pop-up) and you will receive this and 3 other Transit reports instantly!
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