On Sunday night, November 29th at 11:30 pm Hawaii Time, the Sun and Moon will be directly across from each other in a Full Moon in Taurus. From 9:32 to 1:53 am on the 30th we will be in the cone of penumbral lunar eclipse where the Moon will turn a slightly darker shade as the Earth almost blocks out its light from the Sun. This is the first in a pair of eclipses, with the second one, the total solar eclipse in Scorpio on December 14th being the more intense one of the two. This lunar eclipse is happening in the sign the Moon is exalted in, Taurus, where peace, stability and love prevail. Here we are keen to get our needs met and we are also lovers of beauty, art, and pleasure. We mostly want to just get along and find the easiest route with the most amount of grass to nibble along the way. In the star of Rohini, we might find our sensual desires take on even more significance as she is the ruddy-faced maiden who makes men blush and her sisters red with envy. Conjunct the North Node, Rahu (hence the eclipse), we can expect to feel things different than they actually are, as Rahu imparts a foreign feeling to planets and houses it is with and in. There’s an obsessive quality, and a magnification that while occasionally offers huge prophetic insight, often just delivers us a huge platter of delusions and illusions to eat. And eat we do. Voraciously. For Rahu is just a head, without a body to digest. Be careful what you bring into your sphere on this night. Remember the saying, you are what you eat…
The ruler of Taurus, Venus, is in her other sign of Libra, offering a lot of extra social grace here and desire for beauty and ease. It can also help our “eclipse downloads” to be more aligned and intelligent. Venus will give us grace when handling energies that make us feel uncomfortable, but it will also make us more likely to be polite and allow our circle to be wider than we might like.
On the opposite side of this Moon, is our Sun, joined the South Node, Ketu and getting closer in time for our explosive solar eclipse in two weeks. Here we are shining some light on our shadows, hopefully, exposing some of the deep wounds we allow to trigger us again and again and get us into the same old situations we have been in before. Have we been here before…? Yes, we have and whatever is left unexamined, you can bet your a$$ will show up on December 14th. Mercury is also here, lending some drama, as he sets the tone for some emotional conversations that are hell bent on controlling others’ will. This can also be a time for real connective conversations as there is a deep empathy available here. Check in with your level of integrity both personally and when revealing your vulnerabilities to others. Are you being vulnerable? Are you stinging them, so they can’t sting you first? Or are you pulling on their heart-strings to get them to validate your feelings and keep your work in the shadows?
Jupiter has just joined Saturn in his own sign of Capricorn, giving a deep seriousness and gravity to everything we are experiencing, from our health and well-being to our outlook on the future. This can be a time to really let go of false prophets and dogma, or meaningless ritual, or this can be a time to let go of hope altogether and fall into a despair. The inspired, expansive side of Jupiter is clenched here, and we see a more pragmatic, fearful and cold side to our beliefs. We are no longer inspired towards our beliefs, we are either feared or freed into them. Meaning we can either let go of our attachments that keep us from finding the real meaning in our practices and meditations, or we can lose all faith in anything spiritual and become nihilists. Or maybe a little bit of both…
Jupiter will also be offering his gaze to this Full Moon, which despite his dignity, will still bring some hopefulness and wisdom from our teachings to this Moon.
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May all beings be happy, May all beings be free.
Namaste and Blessed Lunar Eclipse
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New Moon in Vishaka & Diwali: Find your light
Saturday, November 14th at 7:07 pm Hawaii Time (GMT-10) the Moon and Sun will come together at 29:08 degrees Libra in the star of Vishaka. Vishaka is the “forked” or "branched” and indicates a path must be chosen. Oftentimes this is at the expense of what others want or a connection you want. It is a choice to follow your inner truth and light. In this New Moon we are struggling with the end degrees of a debilitated Sun, and are stepping into a debilitated Moon, so we have neither the strong connection to Source or the emotional stability to navigate this choice coming from our luminaries. We must surrender the control, the will, and know that we are of this light, regardless of how dim it might appear and that we are not our vritti, the waves of chaos that lap through our minds. We are intrinsically pure, we do not need others to deem us so. We do not need a candle on the outside to show us the way, because from within we have the light of a thousand candles glowing. All that shifts is perception; ours, theirs, society as a whole’s.
We are entering Diwali, the 5 day festival celebrating the victory of light over dark. As we move into the darkest time of year and the debilitation of both luminaries, we must “conquer” our demons, first by acknowledging their existence and then by transforming them into our allies. “All goes onward and outward…and to die is different from what anyone supposed, and luckier” (from Whitman’s "Leaves of Grass”). We do not lose anything, it is simply recycled into fodder for something new.
Mars is moving direct right before this Moon phase begins, giving us more forward-action and discipline but still in the watery sign of Pisces, expect the first steps forward to be more emotional than physical. Watch out for emotional battles, as he is giving his drishti (gaze) to both our Sun and Moon in the relational sign of Libra, and to the ruler of Libra, Venus, debilitated in Virgo. Expect to find faults with both yourself and others and to have some pent-up anger around that.
Jupiter is moving into Capricorn on November 19th/20th. This is a going to feel constricting and chilling to our sense of hope, inspiration and wisdom. Be sure to use this time right now of Diwali to find strong connection to your teachings and practices, because when Jupiter is joined Saturn in his own sign of consequences, function and cold, hard reality we might flounder to find the expansion to reach for anything new and inspired. For your FREE report on Jupiter in Capricorn for all 12 signs, sign up for my newsletter and it will be sent direct to your inbox when it’s ready! Plus you will get 2 other reports instantly “Rahu in Taurus, Ketu in Scorpio for all 12 Signs” and “Saturn in Capricorn for all 12 Signs”! Link at top of page!
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Halloween Full Moon at 4:49 am Hawaii Time (7:49 am PST). This Friday night bathe in the moonlight as the Moon in sidereal Aries moves right across from the Sun in Libra. Aries is where we are beginning, starting something new and usually with force and enthusiasm. The star of Bharani is where we explore both life and death. The symbol is the yoni, the portal of birth and creativity. The ruler is Yama, the god of death. Yama also means “control” and this is where we are learning how to corral our sexual and creative energy. If we allow it to disperse in a million places, we will not be able to create anything of meaning. If we are able to direct our creative flow with discrimination, then what we bring forth will have the power of our total focus behind it.
The lord of this Full Moon, Mars, is still retrograde in Pisces, the 12th house from Aries. This is creating an environment of secrecy, lies and delusion around our mind and emotions. What are you hiding from yourself? To become present, you must surrender. Surrender the stories and try to really see what is. How convenient that it falls on Halloween, when we “pretend” to be what we are not and wear masks to hide our true selves. Mars is offering us to feel frustration right now about our lack of forward-motion in our actions and we can either accept that our will can only make so much happen in this world, or suffer. The real lesson is to dive deep into your practices and discipline, because that is all you can really control, not the fruits of your efforts.
Incidentally, the ruler of this Sun is also 12 houses from it, Venus in Virgo, so we are also in this same state of illusion and delusion regarding our power, authority and connection to source. Both Venus and the Sun are in a state of debility, so we are operating from a place where we both are overly critical of others (especially partners) and are giving our power away to others. This creates even more confusion about who we are and what we stand for. It also can create a lot of “petty arguments" in relationships.
Mercury retrograde has been a bit of a beast added to the Mars retrograde because it can make us feel like nothing we try to do either in communication or action is working. Slow down and listen. Especially in conversations with others you are in relation to. Trust that everything will eventually unravel and work out and that this too, shall pass. Also be aware that new “problems” and issues will always arise, so waiting for the perfect time of no problems is unrealistic and an issue in and of itself. Accept that this is life and learning to work with constant change and “not knowing” is a part of it. What you can know is yourself;-)
Happy Full Moon! And Namaste
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This Friday, October 16th at 9:31 am Hawaii time we have the Sun and Moon joining together at the very end of Virgo, in the star of Chitra. Our last New Moon cycle was also in Virgo, at the very beginning of the sign, so we are continuing with Virgo themes but with a different bent. Both of these cycles are starting in the very Bala (infant) or Mrita (dead) states of the sign, indicating a lack of presence with both our power and emotions in these cycles. Virgo is where we are present with the details, and the star of Chitra is where these details begin to coalesce into a structure or structures that will work for everyone. Chitra is part in Virgo and part in Libra and is where we take the physical details and turn them into socially harmonious and functioning systems. Here we are architects and designers and are able to focus that Virgo attention to details into a project that makes our lives more beautiful. What are you designing? Chitra is also where we are noticed and sparkle like a diamond or shine like a pearl.
Across from this Sun and Moon is Mars Retrograde in Pisces. They are in close mutual exchange, putting the pent-up frustration many have been feeling since Mars first went Retrograde September 9th directly into our psyche and soul connection right now. This can be particularly challenging since Virgo is where we are fault-finding and tend to notice the shortcomings of ourselves and others. Mars’ energy can bring a passive aggressive approach to handling this and it can also create more frustration around what is not “right”. Mars is where we want to act, and in his retrograde state it can feel like all our actions rewind us back more and more, especially in the watery realm of Pisces where life is like a dream. Our job now is to dig deep into our own personal work and let others do theirs. A true spiritual warrior turns the discipline and fire of Mars on themselves, not using it to discipline others.
Mercury also just began its Retrograde cycle on the 14th in the sign of Libra, and is the ruler of our New Moon, so expect more delays and running over old ground in our communications. Mercury retrograde helps us cultivate patience and more than anything, the skill of Listening. Where are we talking without hearing others? In what ways do we need to be more careful with the details and our communications? We can be sure these will come up to smack us in the face, so pay attention and work through what’s in front of you. Since Mercury is in Libra, a lot of this communication will revolve around relations with others and our ability to communicate effectively. Generally, Mercury is quite happy here, where cordial conversation and harmony are key, but in its retrograde state the politeness might be misunderstood or received late. It is a chance to go deeper into these niceties and make sure that they are not just being used as cover to avoid having the difficult conversations.
Finally, the ruler of Libra, Venus, is in Leo right now, so notice where you may be being a bit of a prima Dona, wanting everything to revolve around you and your happiness, as opposed to the give and take that naturally makes relationships thrive. We can be playful, affectionate and magnanimous here, but the tendency is to expect attention, even being put on a throne by our partners especially, and since this is a transit, know that they feel the same way;-)
This New Moon is the start of Durga Navaratri, the nine nights of the Divine Mother. She is the protector, the one who fights the battles the help us overcome our demons, even the hardest, most-shape-shifting ones that evade us time and time again. She is also the one who is so loving and kind that she will then take even the remains of our worst parts and welcome that back into her divine folds. She is fighting the epic battle for 9 days and then on the 10th day, she achieves victory and reminds us that she is actually always there, but we must call upon her if we want her help. Now is an excellent time to engage in a. Ceremonious prayer to work through your inner obstacles to what you want to manifest. Whatever it is that you are designing in this New Moon, now is the time to do the due diligence on clearing the pathways so that what you erect is built on a clear foundation. If you are interested in doing an online puja led by a incredibly connected teacher, reach out to Laura Amazzone to join hers. If not, there are a number of ways I outline in the video above (hint:jump to the end) to celebrate and create your own!
Jai Durga Ma!! Victory to the Divine Mother!
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The last big transits of 2020 discussed in detail!
Mars Retrograde moves back into Pisces Oct 3rd
Mercury Retrograde begins Oct 14th-Nov 3rd
Jupiter moves in Capricorn Nov 19th
December 14th-eclipse with 5 planets in Scorpio, star of Jyestha
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This New Moon is Tuesday, September 17th at 4:01 am PST at 0 degrees Virgo in the star of Uttara Phalguni. Often referred to as "the Wedding Star” due to the marriage of Shiva and Parvati taking place here, it is a placement where contracts are made and honored. Barely moved from Leo both the Sun and Moon are moving from the place of rulership and royalty to the place where organization, details and purity rule the roost. Here everything is scrutinized and categorized and put in its place. This is where we want neatness and order and if we could we would scrub everything, including ourselves, back to a pristine state. Virgo is the sign of the virgin, the pre-pubescent girl, and we can see in the collective both an obsession with this state of girlhood and a strong desire to protect it.
Mercury is here already, in his sign of exaltation and also rulership and this is where we will find discernment. While neither the Sun or the Moon particularly love being in Virgo, due to the hyper-sensitivity to anything being “off” or “wrong”, having the ruler there can bring a lot of wisdom. We have brought a bit more discernment to our processing of information as of the past couple weeks that Mercury has been here, and that will continue in this New Moon cycle.
Jupiter is also direct now, and Saturn moving that direction in 11 days, both still in their own signs. This helps us feel “forward-moving” with our inspiration and teachings (or school) and Saturn will help us feel strong in our commitments and boundaries. Mars, on the other hand, is Retrograde in his own sign of Aries and the anger is starting to burst out. The stifling quality of delayed action and unrealized physical potential is bottling us up and out is popping some angry energy. It is still giving a one-way dristhi (gaze) to Venus, so we can see that is particularly heating up our relationships with others and our sense of happiness. This is particularly problematic as Venus is in Cancer and feeling a bit easy to break down. Venus in Cancer gives us the feeling that we are doing so much for others and they are not doing nearly as much for us. We feel sacrificial, even though it is us that is choosing to give. We also feel particularly emotional and can be empathic, so give yourself a rest. This is a time when holding your tongue might be best and simply asking for what you need is the best path towards peace.
Blessed New Moon!
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The Moon and Sun will be across from each other in the sign of Aquarius in the star of Shatabishak on Tuesday, September 1st at 10:22 pm. This is a time to reflect upon the Moon cycle that began two weeks ago in sidereal Leo. At that time we were called into our power, specifically the power that comes from lineage and ancient wisdom and/or corruption. Now, we are looking at the reflections of power both within ourselves and outside in our societies and wondering how we can move forward better? Aquarius is where we focus on the collective, the social and how it can improve. It is the vision of the future, as imagined in our minds, held in humility and a desire to make things better for everyone, not just ourselves. This is an important reflection in this time, and even more potent as it falls in the star of 100 healers. It is said that remedies used when the Moon is in Shatabishak will have the power of one hundred healers, but illness that falls at this time won’t be able to be cured by even 100 healers. This is illness more than anything right now, is social sickness. A disease of hatred and anger at one another, as opposed to the powers that be. While ALL information is being manipulated and used for specific agendas, individuals are accessing it as it confirms their own biases and then feeling extreme anger to others who are accessing different information. This is of course, the ultimate manipulation. We are like dogs in a fight but the fight is fixed, and no matter who “wins", the people at the top will get what they want. How will we the people take back our power? By uniting. By looking at our own individual relationship to power, money and status and how we look at those with both more and less than ourselves. Do you have disgust towards the poor, and delusions of your own eventual grandeur? Or do you have disgust with the wealthy, and an innate block to creating your own prosperity? Either way, it is worth exploring and acting upon healing your relationship to wealth and society. AS I have always said, it is 100% impossible to cure society without curing ourselves first. It is 100% possible to cure society just by beginning with ourselves. There is nowhere else that our efforts will be put to better or more effective use! With Mars, Jupiter and the Sun all still in their own fire signs, we have enormous potential right now. Fires, storms and riots will be outside of us, continuing this month for sure, but we can individually use this fire for personal action in the direction that we want to imagine for our collective future. Watch the Video to get the full download!
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Our New Moon is happening at 7:42 pm PST Tuesday, August 18th, at 2 degrees of Leo in the star of Magha, or “Mighty”. This star is the aspect of the King that tunes into the ancestors. Ruled by the divine Pitris, the ancestors of mankind, it's symbol is a palanquin, the seat on which a King might be carried. Often in Leo, especially in the next nakshatra, Purva Phalguni, we can get caught up in being royal and the spoils associated therein, but in Magha we must trace back to our lineage and be open to listening to the past. Each of us can learn from our own personal family and history, our society's lineage and our collective past in order to move forward with wise action. As the Sun and Moon have both just crossed the Gandanta point here, the sudden, often jarring jump from water signs to fire signs, we can feel the immediate heat both literally and figuratively begin to move through us. Heat waves and fires, and our own personal furnace lit and ready for action. With our Moon, our psyche, our mind and emotions, being eclipsed by the Sun, our light, we are being given an opportunity to really tune into that light. The Sun is where we shine the light both from within, and on the world around us. Everything revolves around that light, and if the light is bright, as it is in its own sign of Leo, than we are going to see the truth. Now is a time to get radically honest with ourselves about what we see. About what is. Mercury joined the Sun and Moon at 4 degrees Leo will impart more discernment and a powerful intellect to inform our light, but it is not in its most powerful dignity, or intelligence so we must continue to look at what the light is showing us.
Mercury joined in tight degrees can cause us to feel like we are not being heard. Mercury in Leo is often loud, outspoken and interrupting, but while combust (in close degrees to the Sun) expect to feel like no one is hearing you. Everyone else is shouting their own story, so don't take it personally, just write it down, record it or speak it out too. The point of speaking our truth, is not solely so that it can be heard, it is also so that you can get it out of your brain and off your chest. The most important quality of right now is actually to get out of the brain and into the body. We have all been speaking and reading enough this last year and half and as we move our way from the nodal axis Gemini/Sagittarius into Taurus/Scorpio, our brains will get a much-needed rest and we can actually practice all that we have preached!
The Sun and Moon aren't the only ones who just jumped from water to fire, the fiery planet Mars just did the same. In fact, Mars is sitting in another Gandanta point, at 0 degrees, 46 seconds Aries, in the star of Ashwini, since he moves at a much slower rate. After a long bout in the watery and sometimes spiritual, sometimes fantasty-ridden sign of Pisces, we might have been slow to act, but deep in dreams. Now, abruptly, we might feel compelled to act. No more avoiding; we have all just been infused with some massive courage to DO. Mars will be doing this dance for a long bout this year and in the new one to come as he begins his retrograde cycle September 9th and will be moving back over the Gandanta to Pisces on October 3rd. This point, which is perhaps most shocking at this particular water/fire juncture, is offering us an opportunity to explore the difference between what we dream and what we do. Revati, the last nakshatra of all 27, is where we find our peace, and “walk each other home.” Ashwini, the first nakshatra of all 27, is where we set off like twin horses, running (hopefully in sync) towards our goal. On November 13th, Mars will move forward again and go back into Aries, this time having had deep dive into the connection to source that informs our actions.
Retrograde planets manifest less in the physical realm, but become of heightened importance to the individual, and in this case, the whole society. While we hone this area of our being, we are “delayed” in our external capacity to demonstrate it. With Mars, it is our courage, discipline, anger and action. Perhaps we are angry because we are not disciplined in our physical and spiritual practices that can help us evolve and find peace? Retrograde Jupiter is in Sagittarius, giving a very distant dristhi (energetic gaze) towards both Mars in Aries and the Sun/Moon/Mercury in Leo. This is very far in degrees, so it will take on more power as especially the Sun and Mercury move closer to it in degrees. This will bring more wisdom and solid teachings to our communication, information and most importantly, our sense of power, leadership and connection to consciousness. Mars will not get too close in degrees to this Jupiter gaze, before moving retrograde and the Moon will move closer the next day from the New Moon, but will move out just as quick. On September 12th, Jupiter will begin direct motion and we will find ourselves being able to activate our beliefs in the world again.
What's really powerful about this sudden heatwave?? The fact that the Sun, Mars and Jupiter, all three masculine planets will be in their own sign, bringing a lot of intelligence. All of them are also in the masculine, Fire signs they rule, not the feminine watery ones....time to stand up strong for ourselves, not in arguments but in action. Action that is righteously aligned with you and your higher consciousness. Saturn is also in his own sign, offering meditative intentions and integral fear. With both Venus and the Moon in friendly dignity too, we have a lot of intelligence available right now. Both of those feminine planets, and Mercury are operating from masculine signs, giving us even more of a sense of going out into the world with our big, bad selves and doing what we need to do;-)
Since this is a New Moon, where the mind is diffuse, and generally holding higher capacity for meditation, this is an extremely meaningful gateway of potential! Have a powerful Magha Moon, finding your inner light...Om Namah Shivaya!
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At 8:59 am PST Monday, August 3rd the Moon and Sun will be across from each other, but the Moon will be ripest Sunday evening.
Star of Shravana: Listening Deep
-what is beneath the surface of noise and distraction?
Mutual dristhi between Saturn and Mercury, joined Sun & Moon
-can we allow some silence and space for truth to emerge?
Rahu on Venus in Gemini
-obsessed with our happiness, pleasure, communicating with those, or in a way, that bring(s) us happiness/pleasure?
Where do we go from here? Nowhere if you don’t get this...
-If you don’t know why you believe what you do, it’ll be impossible to evolve beyond this point. We have to be willing to hear ourselves and listen to our hearts, so we might understand all the thoughts we have, words we speak and relational experiences we engage in.
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