The Full Moon will occur just after 2 am Hawaii Time on Tuesday morning, October 27th.... making Monday night the best time to bathe in her healing glow. The Full Moon is happening in the first nakshatra of Aries, Aswini, represented by twin horsemen, "the physicians of the gods", who were born of the Sun and his wife, Sanjna, Consciousness, when she turned herself into a mare to run away from his infidelity to her and he chased her, also taking the form of a horse. The rekindled desire and passion this nakshatra is born from, as well as the strong tie to past wisdom seen by its rulership by the South node, Ketu makes this star one of intuitive intelligence and fearless enthusiasm; a great combination for beginning a new journey or stepping into our power. These divine physicians are the gods gift to humankind, as they bring prana, healing and light to the Earth. This Full Moon is culminating a cycle that began with the New Moon in Chitra earlier this month, and it is ending in the Libra/Aries axis. (See that report here: http://www.alexiscoxyoga.com/words) While the focus has been largely on managing details (Virgo) versus reveling in our mystical other-worldly waters (Pisces), we are ending this Moon cycle with the focus on Relationships versus Self. How much are we willing to compromise to be in relationship with others? Not just romantic partnerships, but any situation that involves adults relating and having their needs met by other adults. With the Moon full in Aries, where we shoot off into the world determined like a newborn sprout to reach the Sun, we will be emotionally charged to Activate our Self and feeling the Courage necessary to take a step forward in that direction. Here we want to stand as individuals. This will be greatly contrasted by the Sun who's been in Libra, it's sign of debilitation, since October 17th. The Sun is our sense of Power and Vitality and in Libra we are prone to compromise our own vision and well-being to accommodate others. This will continue to be a theme into November and the New Moon cycle beginning November 11th.
After months of Venus, the planet of our relationships being in challenging environments and retrograde, it is about to move into its sign of debilitation, Virgo, alongside with Mars. While Venus is still in Leo, we have all been feeling a need to be appreciated in our relationships and maybe a little worshipped even;-) This can be great, playful and flirtatious fun for new romances, but for long-term partnerships who have been through the Cinderella complex twice while Venus was in Cancer and then went Retrograde back into Cancer over the summer, sucking up your lion pride to woo your mate might not be at the top of your to-do list. On top of this, Venus, which is also the planet of Beauty, Happiness and Pleasure has been hunkering down while Mars and Jupiter Fight an often self-righteous battle for your Ideals and Beliefs, ruffling our beautiful feathers a little and leaving us too worn out or riled up for genuine relating. Although, this communion of three planets does make for a spectacular visual in the early morning sky! As Venus and Mars move forward into Virgo on November 2nd, where we are detail-oriented, we must all be on alert for being critical in our relationships. This could become quite Angry and Divisive due to Mars influence, although in the conservative and contained Virgo universe it will more likely be frustrated than explosive. We will also likely be critical of our self as well and find our sense of Happiness constricted. Women everywhere will be throwing off the leopard print leggings and buttoning up their most plain-looking pair of crisp and clean chinos in an effort to purify and conceal their perceived flaws. Take advantage of the Mars energy instead to purify your body through healthy eating, cleanses, yoga and Disciplining and Purifying your mind through meditation, pranayama and mantra. This will help diminish the need for micro-managing and feeling overwhelmed by how much you have to do! Try to take a step back and look at the big picture, noticing where you may be drowning in the details and where you can simplify your "tasks" and even (gasp!) delegate some of them. The Virgo in all of us is biting their nails at the very idea of giving up control of anything in the realm of life that she reigns over for us!
Also, Venus has been in exchange of signs with our debilitated Sun, giving his debility a little leg up by balancing the energy.... As she moves into Virgo, the Sun will feel even less powerful and even more compromising in behalf of what we think others want/need from us. Mercury is moving in to join the Sun on October 29th in Libra, which will create a need to Communicate in a way that feels good to others and that brings harmony to a situation. Our planet of Communication and Intellect will become in an exchange of signs with Venus when this happens, lightening the constrictive feeling in our relationships and sense of happiness by effusing connective communication and by drawing us towards articles, books, and information that support a beautiful and harmonious world view. Our inner demons can really wreak havoc if we stuff our happiness in a tiny box and allow feelings of being unappreciated or unlovable to grow like fungi, while compromising to a fault on the outside. Something has to give, and with this configuration I recommend easing up on the both the inner and outer critic, and employing disciplined yet soothing practices in your daily routine to help you open the box and air out those feelings of not being worthy of love and happiness! Use the healing energy of Virgo and the Aswini twins to get in touch with nature and nurture your senses. Allow the Marsian discipline to work for you rather than against you. Try to spend at least 20 min alone honoring yourself first thing in the morning and at night, recalibrating and centering yourself so that you may calmly move forward with self-trajectory. And realize that there is beauty in our imperfections, as they give us a point to begin our healing process from. Hare Ohm
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