This Friday at 12:12 pm PST the Moon will be directly across from the Sun in sidereal Scorpio. We will also have the south Node, Ketu eclipsing the Moon from its station in Sagittarius.[The maximum point of the eclipse will be at 12:24 pm, and it will span from 10:45 am-2:04 pm.] Scorpio is where we are the most emotional and fearful, which is why the Moon is debilitated here. It is a place where we need great courage and strength, to face our deepest fears. The Moon is where we feel, emote and connect, not fight inner battles and demons, so it is a challenging time. The nakshatra that the Moon is full in is Jyestha, the eldest. Ruled by Indra, the king of the gods, Jyestha shows both great courage and valor, and great folly due to ego. Here we can save the world, but also destroy it. Ruled by Mercury in the Vimshottari dasha scheme, it also shows where discernment is key in determining the outcome of our energy. The South node is eclipsing from Mula, the root. This star, on the Gandanta point where water ends and fire begins, is known for creating chaos and destruction. Ruled by Niritti, the goddess of this destruction, this is where we literally rip out from the roots what is not working and re-design a world that is founded on our beliefs and ideals. Since the Moon is in Scorpio and the eclipse point in Sagittarius, this is a prenumbral eclipse, meaning it will only be faintly visible to those in the region where it can be seen. This will be Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia. Given the circumstances we are in socially right now, especially in the U.S, we can see how our deep-seated beliefs are coming out to dance on the corpses of the systems and structures they upheld. Expect it to be messy, and emotional, but also incredibly healing if we choose to do the work and listen. If we are busy in the practical world, we won't be receptive to the messages from our personal and collective pasts. Take this time to meditate, stay in, stay quiet and if possible engage with the element of water.
With Mars, the ruler of Scorpio, direct and in action in the socially-conscious sign of Aquarius, we are still in a state of uprising and protest. This is where we direct our action and anger towards social change and a new future that works for everyone. Expect the kings to be less than thrilled. Jupiter, the ruler of Sagittarius, is still joined Saturn, both Retrograde in Capricorn. This is causing us to question our beliefs, especially the ones that we have held for the last couple months as Jupiter moved into Capricorn. Capricorn is where we feel fear and act practically in self-preservation mode in order to get what needs to be done done, preferably before we die. We are questioning the constricting and fearful ideals that have led us to here, and we are also questioning our commitments to the long-term path we have felt indebted to, since January. The good news is Jupiter will be back in his home sign of Sagittarius soon, and while he will still be Retrograde, we will be accessing the parts of us that know there is better and higher wisdom than what we have been following.
Venus is also still Retrograde and joined the Sun, opposite the Moon, giving our relationships a reflective mode. It might seem like we are going over old ground, and having to re-learn lessons we though we already did when it comes to relating, and that is exactly what is happening. Old loves, old patterns and even re-kindling of romance is all possible and likely here. Go with it, and while you are at it, meditate on what actually brings you peace, makes you happy and fills you with love.
Mercury broke us out of the Kala Sarpa yoga (or “time snake”)we were traveling for the last few months and now, in his own sign of Gemini, our discrimination and intellect have us seeing more clearly what is fact from fiction. While our information sources are getting clearer, we are due for a solar eclipse in Gemini in a couple weeks and it will coincide with Mercury's own Retrograde cycle, making us have to relive and replay some of the last few months of confusing and deluding media and communication again. Enjoy the *slightly* clearer mind-space for now and make room for allowing deep insights, as opposed to more clutter.
Lokah Samasta Sukinoh Bhavantu. May all beings be happy and free. Hare Ohm
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The Moon and Sun will join forces in exact degrees Friday, May 22nd at 10:39 am PST in sidereal Taurus, in the star of Krittika. Krittika is “Cut off” and is where the Pleiades is located. The seven wives of the sages are impersonated by Swaha, in an effort to win the love of the fire god, Agni. He only had eyes for them, and so seduces him in 6 of the 7 forms and takes his seed and puts it in a lake in the mountains. The 7th wife, Arundhati, had such strong love for her husband Vashistha, that Swaha's magic was useless. She then passed the rumor around of their infidelity, and the sages believed it, casting their wives to the stars. There they continue to sit, in prominence, having been cut-off from their husbands and their lives. The story continues that Shiva's own seed gets placed in this lake and eventually a wild and wicked child is born. He is so unruly that the gods decide he must be put to death and send him to the stars to these 6 women to kill him. They decide instead to nurse him and become his mothers. He then becomes the child-warrior that is able to defeat the great demon, Tarakasura, and he is reclaimed as the son of Parvati and Shiva, the Earth Mother, Ganga, Agni and of course the women who spared his life, the Krittika. He is named Kartikeya.
Krittika is where the Moon is exalted because, it is where we can cut through the excess emotion and feel what is true. It is where our unconditional love that connects us to others is strong and discerning. In the sign of Taurus, it is where we can relax into the physical comfort of needs well-met and feel grounded and happy. The ease and steadiness of the bull is a welcome respite from the chaos and confusion that exists in many of the other signs.
This particular New Moon cycle, the ruler of Taurus is Retrograde. Venus, along with Saturn and Jupiter began her retrograde motion last week and is hence bringing us to a more introverted and contemplative form of happiness. The ease and grace we have been experiencing perhaps in the garden, kitchen and in relationships is beginning to get backed up and we are wondering, “Is this too good to last?”. Truth be told, we don't like to run over old ground with any of our aspects, but perhaps least of all with Venus, because most of us prefer to keep the peace in our relationships. If it works well enough, then let it be. If we are happy enough, isn't that enough? Venus Retrograde teaches us the difficult lesson that good enough isn't. Comfortable isn't the same as happy and sometimes we have to run over old ground (and relationships) to understand why.
Mercury is also joined here and while the communication planet is one of the few that isn't retrograde right now, we can still expect the flow of communication in relationship to be halted. It is the internalization of Venus energy that is now outwardly expressing, and if we aren't clear on it, it is hard to express or understand in clear terms. If you want to know how Mercury is going to be bringing us a lot more discernment and clarity in the next few weeks, watch the video! Saturn and Jupiter Retrograde are also discussed in more detail in the video.
Both Mars and Jupiter retrograde are giving their one-way gaze, or dristhi to this New Moon and raising the potential for questioning relationships where our beliefs and ideas do not align. If you have friends, partners, and family members who strongly disagree with your world view or how you see the future social structures unfolding, this could be a fiery and disruptive time for that bond. While Jupiter has us, intelligently, questioning what beliefs we've been subscribing too, and moving in the direction of finding our hope and inspiration again, Mars has us fighting what we consider the “good fight” from the socially-conscientious sign of Aquarius. There we see how those in charge might be creating inequality and benefiting from it, but beware because others might see that too but from a completely different angle. We are all right, in some regard, and yet we are also all very misled by information. The opportunity to deepen relationships based on mutual respect and understanding is available, but of course, so is the potential to “cut-off” ties that you believe are no longer serving your ideal of happiness.
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The Moon will be directly across from the Sun on Wednesday, May 7th at 3:45am in sidereal Libra in the star of Vishakha, often referred to as the “forked or branched”. The sound “Vi” is about distinction and in this star we are able to find our distinct path over time. Libra is generally about compromise and getting along with others. Here we see that in romance, work and personal life we want to ultimately find harmony. Often times we have to give a little in order to get that. In Vishakha we are learning that if we take our true soul's path, those that we are meant to be around will find us, but if we compromise on our most important values, we will always be lost in the woods of people-pleasing. At this epic juncture in our collective, we each must find our way, and know that our efforts will produce fruits over time. One of the symbols of Vishakha is a tree that has deep roots and whose branches have had time to grow in strength and are now offering rest in their shade. Another is a potter's wheel, indicating the patience and perserverance necessary if we are to truly walk our path.
We can learn a lot about these qualities now as the ruler of Libra, Venus, is her other sign of Taurus till the end of the summer and while about to start her Retrograde motion, we will still be ruminating on the ways to best walk our path with purpose but also pleasure. If we hurry and rush and force things, we will not necessarily get their faster. The pitfalls and setback along the way can cost just as much time, as moving at a more measured pace, without the beauty and harmony of getting to enjoy the walk through the woods. As both the Sun and Mercury will be moving into Taurus next week, we will see this energy begin to guide our way and our communication more and more, leading into the New Moon in Taurus, where it will be our collective vibe for a full moon cycle.
The other place where we have been learning about taking practical steps in direction of a long-term goal is with all the planets in Capricorn. Mars, our planet of action and discipline has just left this building and is going to take our anger into the realm of society and all the many structures that keep the power in the hands of the few and leave the people without. Expect to see more social uprising, on all sides, as both Jupiter and Saturn will also (along with Venus) be moving Retrograde by May 14th. As they have been holding court with Mars here, much of our energy has been devoted to the long-term survival of ourselves and the whole, but largely coming from a fear-based perspective. This is a time where individually and collectively we will be questioning our belief systems and governance, as well as what we have been afraid of and are committed to.
The veil is beginning to lift on our relationship with information explosion (Rahu in Gemini) and the very long-held, fight-till-we-die beliefs we have handcuffed ourselves to (Ketu in Sagittarius). By the end of this month, we will break free of much of the dillusion that has been holding us hostage and we will begin to see with clarity what truly is. Anything that we can imagine, can be, but we have been stuck in the pre-written narratives of those who rule by fear. On all sides, the message has been fear; it is up to us as individuals to write a new narrative and start living it into being. We each must walk our path of distinction and find each other in the light that shines through the trees. Blessed Full Moon!
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Wednesday evening, 7:26 pm PST April 22nd, the Moon and Sun are coming together in the sign of Aries in the star of Ashwini, the twin horsemen. Ashwini is the first nakshatra of the zodiac and is the place where we take off in a new direction. The Ashwin twins are born of Surya (the Sun) and his wife Sanjna (Consciousness) when they turn into horses and gallop to Earth, after he has an affair with Sanjna's sister Chaya (Shadow) and she gives birth to Saturn and Yama (death). Surya gallops after his wife and when he catches her, they make love in a meadow and these divine sons are born as the keepers of the Ayurvedic medicine and doctors to the gods. The sign of Aries and star of Ashwini is the exaltation point for the Sun because it is where the Sun is able to use courage, discipline and action to start something new and auspicious. We are all more powerful right now, and feel stronger in our sense of leadership and potential than we have been the previous month.
We are only a few days from Akshaya Tritya, the celebration of both luminaries being in their place of exaltation. A powerful Sun and a stable and comfortable Moon gives us an auspicious two days of strength and grace. Tritya is the 3rd lunar phase, starting from right after the dark moon, when in this month, the Moon will make her way into sidereal Taurus. Taurus is where our emotions are more grounded and our capacity to maintain our inner peace is higher as a result of our tendency to take care of our needs and desires in this sign. We are more able to get along with others and take care of ourselves emotionally and physically when the Moon is here, and this helps us step into our power in a way that is aligned for us. This Akshaya Tritya we also have an exalted Mars in Capricorn and both Venus and Saturn in their own signs. Venus is going to be joined the Moon, added to charm, beauty and sensuality of this day, although potentially adding so much more desire and attraction that we could lose sight of the “higher” potential of the day. Jupiter, with Neecha Banga in Capricorn (debilitation that is improved by ruler and exalted planet joined) is also giving dristhi to the Moon on the blessed day. This is could also increase the potential for a skewed sense of righteousness and inspiration. People often pray to Lakshmi, the goddess of beauty, love and wealth on Akshaya Tritya, and Jupiter in Capricorn can definitely raise the interest in making money and investing on this day. Mars will be giving his dristhi on the actual New Moon, the exalted ruler of the Sun so expect to be infused with even more courage and even fight for this month ahead. We are likely to fight the good fight, but as always, these alignments are meeting each of us in our own charts with our biases and tendencies, so what houses Aries and Taurus are for you in your chart, will certainly determine what area of your life is affected here.
Finally our planet of discernment, intelligence and communication is moving out of its state of debility in Pisces, into the sign of Aries just a couple days after this New Moon. Mercury in Aries is brash, blunt, cutting and to the point. This can be welcome after the muddled and sometimes emotional mess of our thinking and speaking planet in the watery realm of the fish, but it can also create some division where there wasn't before. Notice your tendency to take in information with a more logic-based brain of black and white, right or wrong, quickly distilling what you are hearing into an opinion and speaking that opinion quickly and definitely, without much forethought. There is not wise discernment here, it is just less-muddled and emotional. It can be very quick to judge and quick to say, with a focus on distinction rather than connection.
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This Full Moon happens in the last part of Virgo, in the star of Chitra on April 7th at 7:35 pm PST. Virgo is the sign of health and healing. It shows both where we are very vulnerable in our health and also where we are able to bring ourselves back to health or prevent disease with medicine. Due to its earthy nature, Virgo favors plant medicines and herbs. To be surrounded by greenery is in itself healing, and to apply nature's gifts in medicinal ways is the balm to combat both the immune system that is weakened and the nervous system. Virgo is where we are nervous. We are anxious, both because of the acute understanding that we are imperfect and will continue to do things imperfectly and also because of the inherent vulnerability in this imperfect reality. Due to being ruled by Mercury, Virgo uses the buddhi, the intellect, to discern where things should be placed and what category they fit in. In the imperfect world, not everything has an exact right place and the information coming to us is largely conjecture over fact. This stresses Virgo out. Noticing their own imperfections stresses a Virgo native out even more. The reaction is usually to try to make everything better by bringing it back to a more pristine state. More than anything, Virgo is where we purify. The goal is not mundane cleanliness, as much as finding a state that existed before we and everything around us was so used. This perpetuates a constant cycle of self-criticism and then often follows with criticism spun out at others.
Chitra is the star that bridges Virgo and Libra and shows where we are able to build structures and systems that are both beautiful and functional. The diety is Vishvakarma, the great celestial architect who has designed many of the most powerful weapons of the gods. These are weapons used to bring back balance to the three worlds, when the demons or asuras overwhelm us with the power they earn from their tapasya (strict yogic practices). Chitra promotes a spiritual path but also one's need to combat the ego. As it brings us beauty and a shining quality like a gem, it also brings us into the spotlight. To be admired or noticed is lovely and can be used for good purpose, but it can also take us down a path of being overly attached to this attention and to beauty in general and forget what the true purpose of our great designs are.
In this Full Moon we have several planets just changed signs and the Sun a week away from moving into Aries. This will be the second planet that is exalted, the first being Mars in Capricorn. Our capacity for courage, strength and discipline being at an all-time high, we are all well-placed to fight the good fight and do the work that needs to be done for our long-term goals. Conversely, Jupiter last week and Mercury right before this Full Moon have both moved into debilitation. Jupiter in Capricorn is where we are more constricted in our beliefs, more frugal than generous and feeling more of the practical reality than what makes us hopeful or inspires us. We will see however, likely stricter rules and enforcement of these rules (with Mars joined Jupiter) governing our current situation. For now, most people will probably favor this, and not question until mid-May when Jupiter goes retrograde. It is mitigated some by being joined both the ruler Saturn and the exalted Mars, causing what is a Neecha Banga, which allows us to gain wisdom through the strength of the other planets. This is important, because it means in a roundabout way, wisdom will still prevail.
Mercury, on the other hand, has no such help. As our planet of discrimination and intelligence moves into Pisces, we can expect ourselves to be less apt to speak truth and more inclined to find ourselves reading, watching and speaking fantasy. The watery element brings us to a more emotional filter for our intellect and the sometimes spiritual, sometimes escapist tendencies of the fish make it difficult to seek fact or information from unbiased sources. This is especially challenging as there is almost no such thing right now. We have entered into a web of confusion where we are blasted with an overload of information that we want to consume, but almost none of it has a strong foundation in truth. The north node of the Moon, Rahu is the starter of what we call a Kala Sarpa Yoga and just as this invisible respiratory virus (air element) is being spread out anonymously and pervasively in our world, information is essentially doing the same thing. There is delusion, confusion and an insatiable quality where we follow Rahu and in the sign of Gemini it is towards more and more information and communication. The ruler being in debilitation means that we will suffer even more at the lack of discernment from ourselves and those around us and really need to focus on more powerful and potent forms of communication than news or information. We can delve into spiritual resources right now, and books that take us deeper into our state of consciousness, rather than entertaining us on an unconscious level. Mythology, philosophy, poetry and music can all serve us now as we retreat deeper into ourselves and our emotions.
Venus also changed signs last week and is in her own sign of Taurus now. She is empowering us with our capacity to relate to our needs in a way that brings us pleasure. We have to eat— might as well cook delicious food, or learn to ferment something, or plant your garden. We all have a desire to live comfortably and perhaps the daily rushing about has kept that on the back burner. Now is a time to make your home beautiful and comfortable and ready to relax in. Venus is our sense of happiness and also how we find happiness and get our needs met in relationships. Through intimacy and physical touch we do this and also through relating and sharing space. Now is a great time to strengthen your relationships through working together on projects around the home that need to be done. Making things beautiful, edible and functional. Being loving and affectionate with one another. Creating harmony. Venus will be in her own sign for 6 months, although there will be a retrograde period beginning mid-May that is not as fruitful.
For now (and coming in the next week), we have alignments that empower us to be practical, long-term oriented, and functional. We also have the boon of a lovely Venus offering us some beauty and harmony. What we are struggling with a bit more is our belief systems and our rigidity within them. We are at a loss for real information and true facts and in our aimless swimming, we have encountered a hopelessness and loss that can be both surrender (where we let it go) and a devastation (where it is ripped from us) depending on our own relationship with these energies. Our buddhi, discrimination is not at its sharpest now, so best to remain less in our thoughts and more in our bodies and actions.
This Full Moon also marks the celebration of Hanuman Jayanti, the birth of the monkey diety who is the epitome of courage and devotion. He is the son of the aspara-turned-monkey, Anjani and Vayu, the Wind. Watch the video to hear the miraculous story of his birth!
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This is a time of great awakening on the planet. We are being swept up in a frenzy of data, figures, information and opinions all masquerading as “facts” and “journalism”. The truth is largely unknown and delusion and illusion is being spread much like the coronavirus itself—rapidly and exponentially. We have the choice only to run from piece of information to piece of information in a wild frenzy to “know more”, or to settle into the easy reality that truth will not be found in articles, memes, or even at this point, groupings of data. Truth will only be found within. Trust yourself. Your beliefs have largely been founded on what you think is true from the misinformation you have been fed. From birth until now. Go deeper. Your real beliefs don't take place in a specific time at a specific place. They are eternal. The more we can capture this moment of pure action, pure peace within and a willingness to lead even just ourselves with courage and discipline, the closer to truth we will be. We have entered into what is called a Kala Sarpa Yoga, A Time Snake has coiled us and all the different aspects of who we are in its illusory grasp. We can run around devouring more illusions, becoming more and more deluded, or we can sit in the space within ourselves that has been created by all this and allow great wisdom to enter. It is available to everyone, and it requires little more than elevating your own simple observations and experiences above all the noise. We have excellent transits of the planets during this time to allow us to receive potent messages of truth instead of more of the same BS, but we must be willing to listen.
If you are lucky enough to have others around you, enjoy the time together, but also do not be afraid to give one another space to have your own unique experience. Even children flourish when not constantly being distracted by busyness. If you are alone, use your phone or mail to connect with people you love and try to sit lovingly with your feelings of loneliness...what were you filling that void with before? Was it real? We have got this. The more awake we become, perhaps the more the powers that benefit from our sleep-state will try to wind us tighter in their coil, but the illusion of security has forever been broken. If you were not already aware of how broken our systems and structures were, then you will have no choice but to be in the coming months.
Positive, constructive and loving action (and inaction) is all we can each do right now in the outside world. In our individual internal universes, we can travel through all space and time to find absolute truths that cannot be thwarted by circumstances. May all beings be happy and free. May we see and hold one another in love and grace. The time is now.
The Moon and Sun will join together in 10 degrees sidereal Pisces at 2:28 am PST this Tuesday, March 24th, making Monday night the dark moon. This New Moon in Pisces is located in the star of Uttara Bhadrapada, where we have seen the lightening flash of insight already. We already know that we are spiritual beings having a human experience—now we must dive deep into ourselves to grab a hold of something more than just that realization. We must do the spiritual work, and it requires not just effort, but faith. It is a letting go as much as anything and the deep surrender that comes when we are sitting in the subconscious realm. The nakshatra is represented by the water snake, or naga, Ahirbudhnya, and shows an accepting of the poison that come before the sweet nectar. It also indicates a deep need to integrate the subconscious with the conscious, so that we can become whole within ourselves. If we are not able to find oneness within our own selves, we will not be able to bring that together on a global scale either.
Practical action will be our guiding force this month, as Mars is joining Saturn in Capricorn this Sunday, March 22nd. Mars is bringing courage, discipline and action to the serious and steady sign of long-term goals and practical, responsible efforts. This alignment will help each person, business, town, county, state and country move forward in their efforts to diminish the effects of Covid-19. Mars is exalted in this placement because it is where we are most able to funnel our excess fire and anger into a valuable and worthwhile project. With the two natural malefics joined, we can expect fear and anger to continue to prevail, but with an intelligence, caution and maturity not often seen when these two planets join. Jupiter will be joining March 29th, which will begin a period where we will not be using our best teachings and highest wisdom. Our sense of expansion constricted and our hopefulness waning, we can expect both within ourselves and outside of ourselves to see a wave of fear-based ideologies come out of every opinion and even potential laws and judgements that speak to this fear. Jupiter is debilitated in Capricorn, focused more on money and safety than higher truths and philosophies. The month ahead should be interesting and our commitment to our practices, physical and spiritual will be paramount in how we handle as individuals.
Mercury in Aquarius is offering us some discrimination in what we hear and read and allowing us to communicate somewhat effectively. Aquarius is the sign of community, futuristic vision and humility. These qualities make it a humanitarian sign, where we think of the many over the few. Mercury is also in the star of Shatabishak for this New Moon, where we had our last New Moon. This is the star of a hundred healers and represents our collective desire to use our intelligence and communication to help each other and the world heal right now. We can see this as in the midst of this global pandemic, many people are offering their gifts to be of service, helping one another through the challenges we are navigating right now and attempting to adapt to our dilemma with new and different systems and solutions. Of course there will always be the opposite of that occurring too, as all swings of the pendulum have to swing back the other direction to work towards balance.
Venus is on her last few days in Aries, moving into Taurus on the 29th, and we can see that our selfishness in relation to others will transition to a more peaceful and harmonious vibe. While in Aries, our sense of relating to others and experiencing happiness is focused on getting what we want and not paying a lot of attention to who or what we tumble in the process. Once she moves into her own sign, we will prefer to ground ourselves in creating, growing food, cooking, eating and generally making ourselves feel good. In Taurus, we want to feel pleasure, but we also understand that it is better if we are aware of others and their needs too to fully experience pleasure. We are also slower and more sensual in our daily experiences, as opposed to storming forward on our way towards a specific goal we think we have. This helps us “stop and smell the roses” and find beauty and peace in the little things. Now is a time to care for ourselves, so that we are able to withstand anything that comes our way. It is also a time to check in on one another, as many people are experiencing severe life consequences to this virus literally shutting down the world, not to mention those that are sick. May all beings everywhere be happy and free. Lokah Samasta Sukinoh Bhavantu
Sunday night our Moon will be across from the Sun, being fully luminous, with the exact opposite degrees falling at 10:48 am PDT on Monday, March 9th. This full moon is in sidereal Leo, in the sign of Kings and Queens. The specific start that it falls in is Purva Phalguni, where we are less-inclined towards the work of our predecessors and our lineage or higher calling and more inclined towards the reveling in the pleasure and power. This is the star where we see leaders fall. The source of it all is through the eyes, where we fall for illusions of grandeur and see beauty and try to use our power to own it. We each have this potential but if it is high in someone's chart than we likely see that this person falls prey to their own vanity and the allure of beautiful things time and time again. It is good to be king, but not if your subjects are suffering. If the whole kingdom is falling apart, you will eventually lose your followers. The ruling graha (body that “grabs” us) of Leo is of course, the Sun, where we are directed by our light. Our inner light, our consciousness is a reflection of our outer light, the sun. This higher part of us is in Aquarius, giving us a different message. The message there is, it must be good for all. If we aren't helping everyone, we are helping ourselves. Angry subjects will overthrow a bad king. Aquarius is where we use our intellect to create and implement forward-thinking endeavors whose goals are to help mankind. The new Moon we had two weeks ago in Shatabishak also highlighted health and healing, and this coronavirus scare has taken the front stage since then. As we face a potential world-wide epidemic, we are being asked to see if the leaders are serving the greater good, or taking advantage of their power. This is also something that is coming up with the primary elections in the US and within the Democratic party. Are the leaders serving the community and their needs, or keeping power and trading it amongst themselves?
Heavy questions for which many of us might have well-thought out ideas, but have been suffering from diminished capacity to get our words out. With Mercury Retrograde the last few weeks, we have not been able to share our thoughts as effectively with others and this leads to frustration within. We are tempted to give up when we don't feel heard. To just keep our brilliant understanding to ourselves and people who already “get it” and to let everyone else fall flat. This is a losing strategy too. It is another side of the leader who enjoys their power too much and forgets that their job is to lead people to prosperity, safety and freedom. This notion that well they deserve what they get from their own ignorance is equally dangerous. Later this same day, Mercury will station and begin to speed up and appear “foward-moving” again. To be clear, Mercury (and all the other planets) don't actually move backwards. They are moving so slow during retrograde cycles that it appears that way from our viewpoint here on earth. This is a good time to get your word out, whatever that looks like. Computers and technology will be less likely to stall our or malfunction and we will be more likely to say what we are trying to in all the ways that can happen. We have the opportunity to shine and come from a place of personal power now, but also to recognize what our power can and should do for everyone else. For this full moon we also have Jupiter giving his direct, one-way gaze from his home base in Sagittarius. This is poignant because it is an opportunity to remember our wisdom, our teachings and our teachers. It is an opportunity to call on our highest wisdom and dharma, truth in our leadership. It is also the last couple weeks we will have access to this higher wisdom for a while, so we need to use it while we have it!
In March we see both Mars and Jupiter moving into Capricorn to join Saturn. I talk about this in-depth in the video, but the short version is that Mars is exalted in Capricorn, bringing courage, physical activity and discipline the long term goals that Saturn has been setting and slowly working towards there. Mars might quicken the pace, blow up some of the road blocks and generally march in and take over the show as the esteemed guest with all the skills. Jupiter, however, will be bringing his worst game here. In his state of debilitation, our planet of wisdom, our idealism and beliefs is going to be feeling constricted, out of his element and eventually confused. With Saturn there, the practical and harsh realities will be constantly forcing Jupiter's normal expansive hopefulness in. With Mars there, our sense of inspiration will be squashed by the over-importance of doing and working over dreaming and knowing. With the force that drives us being shut down, our long-term efforts and goals will get closer to achieved, but we may forget why we are trying to accomplish them to begin with.
While we can, we should take advantage of the great moment of power available to us, with our voice intact, and our wisdom and discrimination in good dignity. Soon enough, we will have less wisdom and less discrimination in our communication and our noses will be to the grindstone. Namaste
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This Friday, February 21st is the celebration of Shivaratri, or the night of Shiva. Shiva is the endless void. He is Consciousness itself. He is the Nothing that Everything springs from and in our personal experience, he is us in meditation. We can access his realm anytime we find complete stillness and are able to merge our mind with Oneness. Of course, that is not easy for most of us. Every month as the moon wanes to dark, we have this opportunity on the 14th lunar phase, or tithi. This is a time to disengage from the outer world, and begin our descent to our own inner world. On the New Moon of February/March in the lunar month of Phalgun, it is called Maha Shivaratri, or the Great Night of Shiva. It is said to be the night that Shiva and Parvati consummated their marriage. Parvati, or Shakti, is the feminine essence that activates and exists. He is the Sun and She is the Moon. Together they join for the New Moon every month where the Sun and Moon join in darkness. Mind and Consciousness can become One and reflect off of each other and illuminate in the Full Moon.
When we are alive in the world we can feel her energy, but even just by being here at all, in fact all of manifestation is a part of the goddess. So, the marriage of Shiva and Parvati is more than just a bringing together of Masculine and Feminine, it is a merging of the Sun and the Moon, action and inaction, matter and that which is not matter, it is contraction in its beautious form, where we are joining back with our collective oneness. Expansion, being the explosion that creates separation. On this celebration, it is said that due to the Earth's position, we are particularly able to find our highest ascension into meditation and merge our mind with this Oneness, or Shiva. For this staying awake, fasting and sitting in a long spine are the practices of devotees. In the mythology, Shiva holds court with demons and outcasts, he is not one to prefer high society. He is said to smoke ganja and dance the great Tandava dance, meting out time with his feet and his drum, the mridanga. He is also said to frequent places of the dead and smear ash on his face, while his wild dreadlocks dance in the sky. This imagery can help us also understand that in order to truly merge into a meditative state, we must at some point walk through the dark alley of our own mind. We must face our own demons, and wildness and even death (of the ego) in order to unite with our consciousness. How deep can you go?
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The actual degrees of the Moon and the Sun coming together for the New Moon is on Sunday at 7:32 am PST. Here they will join with a Retrograde Mercury in Shatabishak, the star of a hundred healers in the middle of Aquarius. Shatabishak is ruled by Varuna, who is the god of the underworld, the night sky and the ocean. The fact that as the Sun sets, it goes beneath the ocean and is no longer visible, shows that it is entering Varuna's realm. The empty or dark circle that represents Shatabishak is this “dark sun”.* This star not only shows us how we can use Ayurveda or other healing systems for our physical health, but it also shows the subversive underbelly of society as the sign it lies in is Aquarius, where universal causes, community and the greater good are highlighted. This is a place where change can happen to heal social issues as well as medical ones. Mercury's Retrograde motion will help us listen rather than yell and perhaps use the slowed down energy of communication to really fine tune our message and discern what is not truth in the flow of what we know. Venus, in her most exalted degrees in Pisces is offering us true love. Love through source. Love that expands beyond the simple give and take of two humans, and allows us to love one another as though we are each a piece of God(dess), which we are. The star she sits in is Revati, where we walk each other home. Can you feel the love?
The impetus for our healing of society and our deep love for one another is going to be found in the sign of Sagittarius wherein lies Mars, giving dristhi (energetic gaze) to Venus, and joined Jupiter and Ketu. Mars is bringing our will to fight for what we believe and gazing at Venus, he is encouraging that universal love to stand for something and to be directed somewhere, rather than just loving for no reason. He is also causing us to have more courage, act and maybe even brawl a bit in the area of our beliefs, that we have been inspired (by Jupiter) but pulling away from and annoyed (Ketu). That Mars/Ketu combo, especially in such close degrees is one that can cause militance however, so watch out for that in the world around you and definitely check that in yourself. Use your general-of-the-army attitude on your own self and get to work on whatever it is you've been putting off. Where is your anger? Breathe into it and see if you can envision it helping the greater cause you are championing, rather than just destroying your perceived enemy.
*reference: "27 Stars, 27 Gods: The Astrological Mythology of Ancient India" by Vic DiCara (Vraja Kishor)
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