The focus will be on our relationships with ourselves and others this week and going forward, and how we communicate will continue to be a theme. Early this morning (here in Hawaii) the planet Venus, which represents our relationships, happiness and pleasure-seeking moved from its own sign of Taurus to its neighboring constellation/sign of Gemini, ruled by Mercury. Mercury is theplanet of communication; like Venus it is an outgoing planet who's intention is to relate, albeit with words and ideas rather than through sensory connection and compromise. Mercury moved into Taurus, joining Venus early this last week and brought our communication to a sweeter, gentler and more connective level than it has been while it was in Aries, joined its divisive and disciplined ruler Mars and the exalted Sun, our source of power. Venus and Mercury are now exchanging signs, next door to one another, providing us much-needed help in our ability to connect through communication, and possibly helping to mend some of the damage we may have done through our communication when our speech and reasoning was perhaps more harsh, direct and militaristic. Hopefully, we have done a lot of work in a small amount of time to heal our wounds and re-connect with those we might've fallen out with because we will continued to be tested in this area of our lives in the next month. Mars continues to be combust (too close to the Sun) and our sense of personal power is being tested and burned through this process, which will continue for several months. Mars will be moving out of Aries into Taurus to join Mercury again tomorrow morning and while it will be a milder Mars out of its power in Venus' sign, it will be bringing unsettled and potentially aggressive energy back to Mercury and the realm of communication.
Tomorrow evening at 5:42 pm in Hawaii, the Moon will be directly opposite the Sun causing it to shine in its full luminescence Sunday night. The Full Moon will be in the sign of Libra, Venus' other sign and the Sun is again exalted in the sign of Aries. The polarity here is between our personal power and the discipline and strength that is required to achieve our individual goals and the part of us that wants to connect to others, especially in partnership. This is one of the most prominent struggles we push and pull with as humans, and the fine line we tread between these two directions dictates a big part of our lives. The Moon struggles in Libra as she wants to give unconditionally, yet Libra being of Venus wants to make sure everyone is getting a fair deal and that no one is giving too much or too little in the exchange. To put further stress on the Moon (our mind and our emotions) it is being hemmed between two malefics, Rahu the north node of the Moon who obsessively goes after whatever it can to feed its insatiable desire to try new things, and Saturn, the planet that reminds us there's a limited amount of time to do what needs to be done and brings up our fears and insecurities, surrounding this. This can put a lot of stress on our mind, but fortunately (or not) we've been dealing with Libra being hemmed since November and have probably become quite good at handling this unsettled and fearful alignment! Especially if you have any natal planets in Libra;-)
The moon will be full in the nakshatra of Swati, ruled by Vayu, the God of Wind who gives both the power of breath and prana which sustain life, and the restlessness of the wind. Swati is the sword that seeks independence, and cuts through what it perceives to be in its way, however indiscriminately. It is ruled by Rahu, which can be scattered in its efforts to try everything. Pranayama, breath control exercises can be of great help here. Concentrating on your breath and allowing it to become on a rhythm or a count for a focused period of time is a simple, meditative practice anyone can do. The key here is to check in with ourselves, and what our independence, personal identity and power is truly about. We do not and cannot live alone on this Earth and will have to find ways to compromise, connect and communicate with one another and the planet in a way that allows others to also have their freedom to exist and thrive.
Lokah Samasta Sukinoh Bhavantu.
May all beings everywhere be happy and free.
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