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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On Saturday, February 8th at 11:33pm PST the Sun will be directly across from the Moon, lighting her up in all her full glory. While the Sun has been holding court in the practical, hard-working and unemotional sign of Capricorn, we have been feeling all of our duties, responsibilities and drive to accomplish the long-term goals come to the surface. This has been running alongside Capricorn's own ruler of Saturn moving into this home turf, giving us the humility and necessary fear to be aware of how little time we really have and how much needs to be done. The Full Moon comes as a counter-point in a cycle, a place where we experience the opposite energy and swing the pendulum in the other direction to bring ourselves back to balance. Cancer is the sign of the Mother, and where the Moon itself is at home. It is where we emote, connect and find that unconditional love for others as if they are all our children. This nurturing sign has three sections that make it up. Where the Earth Mother is born, where she nurtures and feeds her children and the final star, Ashlesha, where she has trouble letting them go. Here is where we cling, wrapping ourselves around what we love like snakes, often forgetting that if we encircle our love around them too much and too hard they will suffocate! Everybody needs a little room to breathe, and the part of us that is motherly can forget this if we are not careful. If we have done our jobs well and fed and cared for what we love, then the final step is to allow it to be free to evolve as it shall. This is not easy.
With the force of effort and utilitarianism that Capricorn brings, we have likely been working in the direction of something concrete that we want to accomplish and bring into the light. With Saturn in the early part of this sign, in the star of Uttara Ashada, “the Later Victory”, we are able to see the positive results of our hard work. The Sun, however, has moved on and is already illuminating the field of where it can go. How the concrete can manifest into something more intelligent and “of-the-future”. Something that can help many, instead of just you and your immediate family. This is Dhanistha, where it is said Lord Shiva metes out time on his mridranga drum. In this image, we are but tiny specks in a massive time and space and what we do will be less than one beat on his drum. Everyone we know and everything we experience at this juncture in time, in fact, will be less than one beat on his drum So we are both inconsequential, and extremely important in the grand scheme of things. Each millisecond helps determine the next, yet all only to play a part in a much bigger concert. We must not get too attached, to either our immediate efforts, our bigger dream, or our emotions and connections as we move through the rest of this month. It is time to love unconditionally, work hard and see the light, not too slow ourselves down because we don't fee appreciated or fear that our work is not grand enough.
Our special blessing, as we embark on this next week and our waning cycle, is that Venus, the planet of our Happiness, Relationships, and Love itself is exalted in her favorite place in the sky, Pisces. In Pisces, we can find happiness that moves beyond the tit for tat and compromise we see so often spelled out in relationship advice articles. We are no longer bound by the rules of this earth in the merging waters of the fish; here we are One with everything and everyone and happiness comes simply because it is the state in which we are birthed to experience. Bliss is a better term for what we can be, but first we must get past our tendencies to wallow and tread water. Here we can forget true happiness exists and settle for substitute forms like drugs, alcohol or other escape tendencies. It is scary to move into the unknown and so many factors are telling us to fear and cling, so it is hard to listen to the voice of non-reason telling us to let go and just be.
With Mercury about to start its Retrograde motion on February 17th, we may be able to allow the slowing ship that is our brain, to find this pause and offer us some space to “not know”. It can slow down the communication aspects of our outer world, like correspondence, computer functions, and it can create miscommunication that disturbs our flow, but it offers us the opportunity to look a little deeper at this flow as it slows and see if it is really the tide we are wanting to move with.
One concern that arises as this Moon waxes to her full glory, is that Mars is just sticking his head into Sagittarius. With primary season upon us here in the US and the general climate we have been experiencing for the last two years, we are in for a bit of a battle around our beliefs. We just had Saturn move out of Sagittarius and Jupiter being in his own sign helps bless us up with a little more wisdom and a little less fear and rigidity, but Mars is one to enter a sign with his fists raised. In the sign of our beliefs and ideals with the south node, Ketu still causing us to feel like we know it all and laser-focusing on the shortcomings of other people's imperfect beliefs, we will certainly feel the heat raise in this area of our life. These are the times our daily practices are made for. If we can “walk the talk” and show up for ourselves in disciplined and courageous ways on a regular basis, then when we enter periods that shake us up, or rile us up, we are more even and balanced from the get go. It is harder to upend our rhythm if it is solidly in place and has been for some time. On the off-chance that this is not something you have been doing, you can always start now. Start with small rituals of discipline. Allow yourself 15 extra minutes every morning to tune in through meditation, yoga or other exercise and simple ways to start your day off right like drinking lemon water first thing. DO NOT look at your phone first thing in the morning. Turn it on Airplane mode, or at least Do Not Disturb. Do all the other stuff in your morning routine Before you turn it on and look at it. If nothing else, do this!
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On Friday, January 24th at 1:42 pm PST, the Moon and Sun will come together in the solid, yet somber sign of Capricorn in the star of Shravana. Shravana is the star of listening deep beneath the surface, mantras and music and the strong spiritual yearning of one who is willing to tune in amongst the fray. Ruled by Vishnu, this star is depicted as an ear and shows practical results can yield to those who feel devotion in their efforts. Capricorn is where we work, practically and hard in the direction of something to gain something. Here we are very aware of Time and how it will wear us down eventually, in body and mind, how it will run out and we will not have anymore, and how it is constantly pressing down on us to accomplish our tasks which accomplish our goals. With the Moon and Sun is the planet Mercury, who has been here for some time already and is helping us discern what to hear, how to assimilate that and what to communicate about that to others. We also have Saturn, just moved in the day before this Moon cycle begins, to his own house and sign.
Saturn is at home in Capricorn, where his fear is a welcome reminder of all that could go wrong and the pressure he places on us is simply the pressure of life moving towards death and being aware of that as Time. Saturn in Capricorn will also offer us all better boundaries, so that we can get what needs to be done. Saturn stays in a sign about 2 and ½ years and often times (like the cycle he's moving from in Sagittarius and the one he's moving in now) that duration is over the course of 3 years, with some Retrograde action moving him back to the previous sign. This is a long time. Fortunately, this long time will be more productive, rather than primarily fearful and will involve tangible results rather than ideologies and emotions. If you want to know how Saturn in Capricorn will affect you personally and those you love, sign up for my newsletter now and your FREE copy of: “Saturn in Capricorn for all 12 Signs” will be automatically sent to your inbox!
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On Friday, January 10th, the Moon will be Full in sidereal Gemini in the star of Punarvasu, “The Return of the Light”. This Nakshatra is located at the end of Gemini and beginning of Cancer in the heads of the twins, Castor and Pollux. This star comes after the storm and upending, to remind us of our light. The Earth Mother, Aditi is born and as her, we are both the created and the creators. The exact degrees of the Moon and Sun across from each other is going to be at 11:21 am PST and the prenumbral eclipse itself (9:07 am to 1:12 pm, max point 11:10 am PST) will be barely visible from Australia, Asia, Europe and Africa. Prenumbral eclipses are where the Moon will just be a touch darker, not fully outcast, so it will not be very easy to observe even in locations where it will be visible. This is an eclipse on the Moon from the North Node, Rahu, and unlike its partner, the Solar Eclipse on Christmas with the South Node in Sagittarius, this one is about new beginnings. We are learning how to be more discerning with our information, in what we choose to take in, how we process it and then in how we communicate it with others. Rahu creates an atmosphere of frenetic intake, with little experience or knowledge, so we must understand that everything we “eat” is not food. This will be a time of great growth for some, and for others a time of delusion and confusion. To mitigate any delusive tendencies you possess, repeating mantras and maintaining a meditative state during the eclipse is ideal, although if you are at work or somewhere where it is not possible, perhaps start your day with a mediation and yoga practice and then if there is a way to avoid excessive interaction with others and driving during this time-window, do.
With the Sun, our source of power, connection to source and consciousness across the way in Sagittarius, we are still leading from our beliefs. We also have 4 other Grahas there (planetary energies that “grab us”). The source of inspiration and idealism that we hold to is being constricted and committed to by Saturn, who is moving out by the end of the month, uplifted and examined by Jupiter in his own sign, and being communicated by a combust Mercury. This combustion causes us to feel unheard and this turns us to wise-cracks, small jokes and jabs at others and their beliefs in order to make it known that we feel this way. Ketu, the South Node is still here, dragging us deep through past karma in this area of our lives and an acute avoidance of dealing with whatever is left here for us to heal.
Mars in Scorpio is giving a one-way, 8th house dristhi (energetic gaze) to this Full Moon/Eclipse by Rahu and is creating some discipline and courage around examining the shadow side of ourselves in our communication and information processing, but also some anger around the perceived delusion of others. Be careful what you blow up now personally; information will certainly be blowing up all around you and in the outside world, but the lesson here is to stay disciplined and discerning, and use repetitive practices to eventually come to what is truth.
Venus just entered Aquarius, giving our relationships a boost away from the self-centered and fear-based paradigm of “how is love serving me and my goals” to one of “how can I use love and relationships to serve the greater good?” What new models, paradigms and systems can be created to change the face of relating and how can anyone be happy if we are not all enjoying that happiness? The futuristic, humble and universal (as opposed to intimate) sign of Aquarius is where we find our happiness in helping greater causes and forging forward into futuristic terrain.
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On Christmas Day, from 6:29 pm to 12:05 am on the 26th (PST), there will be a solar eclipse in the sign of Sagittarius, with the height of the eclipse being at 9:17 pm. In California, and the United States, it will not be visible, as it is night, but it will be seen from Saudi Arabia, India, the Philippines and some Pacific Islands. This eclipse is powerful in many ways. It is the Sun being eclipsed by the south Node of the Moon, Ketu. This marks an ending of some karmas, in an area of our life that has been getting worked for almost a year, with both Ketu and Saturn holding court here. Ketu has had us withdrawing or avoiding this area of our life and Saturn has had us committing to it out of fear. Sagittarius is the sign of our beliefs, our ideals and what inspires us. It is the place where we find faith and lose it, depending on our relationship with its ruler, Jupiter.
As of November, Jupiter moved into his own sign and joined Saturn and Ketu, and for this Solar Eclipse (meaning on the New Moon), we will see the Moon, Sun and Mercury joining for a veritable party. Couple this with being on Christmas Day (and during Hanukkah), when most people in the West will be gathering with their families and we can imagine the potential upsets that can occur. What Jupiter is showing us is how to be pure in our wisdom. How to find and use honest teachings and teachers to grow into better people. We must subscribe to ideologies that can hold water throughout time and that leave space for other people to differ from us. If they do not, then they are undoubtedly not pure teachings, and have been convoluted, manipulated or created by those who seek control and power. We must rise to the level of being strong in our beliefs, yet open to hearing that other's are coming from a different perspective. We must be able to find the uniting force behind these different systems and we must learn when to speak, when to listen and when to simply do neither and just let it be. Let this be that time. With Mercury here, we may be inclined to stand on our pulpit. Don't. Use that intellect to take some time off and listen to an uplifting podcast or read something or shut off the TV and play a game.
The only two planets, not in Sagittarius on Christmas Day will be Mars, just having entered his own sign of Scorpio, and offering us the courage and discipline we need to do the inner work. We may still feel the fire on the interpersonal emotional battles, but have a chance of reigning it in to a path of action. Venus, the planet of relationships is in Capricorn, giving us a one-pointed focus in our relationships. We may be a bit selfish at the moment, but also with our eye on the long-term goal. Now might not be the time of flowers and soft words, but it is a time for action and effort that can bring us much more than romance down the road. This also indicates, that unless you have your relationship planet (meaning the ruler of your 7th house) in Sagittarius, you are likely to have less uprooting in love right now than everywhere else, as Venus is keeping our Love and Happiness out of the whirlwind. Of course, its only Venus and Mars-ruled people that do not have their 7th lord there, and they also enjoy their ruling planet (ie; themselves) being free of this tornado.
This eclipse is taking place in the nakshatra Mula, one of the most challenging of the 27 Vedic stars. Here is where we literally uproot our belief systems, and possibly lives, in order to replant something that resonates better with the new frequency we are finding. The trouble is that uprooting is painful, and the large gaping holes left in its wake take time to fill in. We may be tempted to quickly fill them. We may also be feeling a bit wild and so untamed and free that we want to destroy other people's beliefs systems as well. Be careful. This is a storm for each of us to experience for ourselves. It is not your work to upheave someone else. Mula is ruled by Nirriti, the goddess of chaos and destruction. Often associated with Kali, she is a dark goddess that helps us clear karma in what can feel like a traumatic way. She is less nurturing than Kali can be, however and is where we can spin so far from order that we wind up in utter disorder. With our Sun, our source of Power and Light being eclipsed, especially so close to the Solstice where, in the Northern Hemisphere, we are on the path of growing in our light towards summer, we can see that there is a deep lesson for us to finally learn about that power, and our authority in this world. For many of us, I suspect it will be to stand in it more. For the powers that currently hold much of our world in its grasp, I suspect it will be a wake up call of what the collective strength of everyone else can yield. This last year was very much one that found us and leaders/governments being oppressive and fear-driven. With Jupiter now here to show us our light and Saturn moving on to his own sign of Capricorn in January, we are ready to release our fear to genuine hard work and humility. We are ready to accept better wisdom and teachings and to rise up to meet our inner light. It might be messy, painful even, to get there, but we are ready.
Namaste and Many Blessings to you in this new year!
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The Moon will be Full in the sign of sidereal Taurus in the star of Mrigasira on Wednesday, December 11th at 9:12 pm PST. Taurus is where we are grounding down into the material, physical world. The Moon is exalted in the earthy terrain of Taurus. We eat, we sleep, we take care of our sensory needs and wants and we aim to be harmonious, not just with others, but with the world around us. In contrast to our debilitated New Moon two weeks ago in Scorpio, where we rode the roller coaster of the emotional underbelly and faced our fears, Taurus is where we face our life and live it here and now. The specific star of this Full Moon, Mrigasira, is where we become unsatisfied with what we've always known and the comfort of our family values and run off into the world to find new ways of doing things. It is called “the Searching Star” and is often a search for spiritual truth. There is a warrior aspect to this star, where we must have the courage to leave and the faith to know the path will find us on our journey into the unknown. (Watch the video for the myth related to this star!)
Mercury is in Scorpio with our Sun, creating communication that has his strength and power backing it. The Sun in Scorpio brings the shadows into the light. It forces that which was hiding to come out like a flashlight and it shows us that in the end it's not as scary as we thought. Mercury in Scorpio is less aligned, however, wanting to control connection and communication and getting trapped in thoughts that are fearful and dark. With the Sun at the helm, we could have some powerful conversations that really speak to our hidden depths, but we also must beware of wielding power with our words that is aimed at manipulating others' feelings.
Mars is still in Libra, putting a harshness in our sweet idyllic world of peace and harmony and beauty. The occasional sound of stomping feet or pounding fists can only be ignored for so long! We also have to be aware that we might blame others for our lack of discipline right now. We make choices to lean towards luxury or connection and then feel guilty for not being more physically active and disciplined or logical, so we feel angry at the “other”. Likewise, with Venus still struggling her way through Sagittarius, we have to be aware that our relations are on thin ice right now. Best to find the people you have similar ideals and beliefs as and talk to them, unless you are ready to have a battle. With Jupiter in his own sign we are able to see the higher picture, and perhaps the similarities in different belief systems, but can also get caught way up in the dogma and social beliefs and constructs if we are not very evolved in this area of life. Venus is now in exact degrees with Saturn, putting a real strangle on our fun and happiness and creating fear around relationships and connection. This can create commitment, but it is fearfully-derived and the pressure that is on our planet of love right now does not make us feel super romantic. Coming on the heels of a Venus/Ketu conjunction, you may even be running back to, or questioning a love interest you just cut off.
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This New Moon happens at 9 degrees 56 seconds sidereal Scorpio on Tuesday November 26th at 7:05 am PST. The exact part of Scorpio that the Moon and Sun will come together is in the star of Anuradha. This star literally means, “after Radha” and is in reference to the feminine counterpart to the incarnation of Vishnu that is Krishna. The blue flute-playing lord is the “Beloved” and Radha is “the Lover”. (Note: Watch the Video if you want to hear a story of her great devotion!) She is that what attaches itself to the beloved and is therefore, the highest incarnation of devotion. Anuradha brings out this devotion in us, which is important especially in the tumultuous waters of Scorpio, where the Moon is debilitated. With the constant shifts of our moods and emotions, we feel like we are out at sea when the Moon moves through this part of the sky. New Moons are notoriously more depressing because our energy and minds are waning and feeling less excited, less full and less connected to others. Anuradha grounds us in our devotion, if we have it. If we have a part of us that loves something greater than ourselves, then we must anchor ourselves in that now. Meditation or meditative practices are key.
The ruler of Scorpio, Mars, is joined Mercury in the sign of Libra, creating some tension in relationships. We can misunderstand one another now, or cut each other off in conversation, and feel a bit angry about it. We also may slip up a little on our personal discipline and especially physical routine and feel to blame our significant others or other people who we perceive as keeping us from action.
Another challenge we are going through in this moment is that Venus and Jupiter are now joined with only 2 degrees distance in Jupiter's sign of Sagittarius. Venus, our planet of relationship and happiness is never wholly satisfied in Sagittarius because there is always some bigger cause or ideal that is more important than simply relating and enjoying in life and time with others. This makes us feel slighted in our personal and intimate relationships and also gives us the feeling of pleasure when engaging in something that feels connected to the bigger picture to us. We are more “turned on” by philosophy, spirituality, religion and our connection to all people and the planet. We are also more likely to hang out in circles that agree with our ideals and beliefs in an effort to enjoy and get along. When Venus is joined Jupiter we have a bit of a battle between doing what is deemed “right” or righteous and doing what feels good and brings us immediate pleasure. With Jupiter in his own sign and therefore quite strong, we are likely to overturn joy for what we believe to be honorable and this can also put a strain on our relationships.
Saturn and the South node, Ketu are still both in Sagittarius as well, creating fear and disgust around our beliefs and people who believe differently than us, but they are quite far in degrees from Venus and Jupiter, so the effect on those two areas of our life will be minimal. When Venus does pass over Ketu and then Saturn in the coming weeks, we will see ourselves pull away from relationships and others even more and then perhaps cling or commit to whatever we withdrew from out of place of fear and duty. After a period of relative peace and ease in relationships with Venus in her own sign and then in exchange of signs with Mars, we will unfortunately, have some interpersonal strain as we move into the holidays.
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The Full Moon happens at 5:34 am PST on Tuesday, November 12th in sidereal Aries in the star of Bharani. Bharani is ruled by the God of Death, Yama, and is a star of the ultimate initiations of life and death. Yama means to restrain and shows where we must control our sexuality and creativity. Bharani itself means “to bear” like the burden we must bear when we birth something into this world. It is also represented by the yoni, the portal through which we all arrive here on this physical plane. It is where we are creative and inspired, and also must set boundaries in which we can thrive. If we are too open with our energy, we will lose ourselves in a spiral of over-creation and not enough drawing conclusions. If we cut our efforts short before they can fully be, we are never going to bring anything to fruition.
On Monday, the day before this Full Moon, we see Mercury crossing over the Sun in its Retrograde state. When both Retrograde and Combust, Mercury is quite powerful, as it exactly crosses the Sun, which is rare, he is mighty indeed. This shows how we will be creative and destructive specifically with our words, our communication and our thoughts. Mercury is one of the two planets that are most engaged in the world of others and how we relate to them. Retrograde Mercury indicates a need to listen, rather than speak and “hold our tongue” unless we have truly thought through what we will say. Combust Mercury indicates a short fuse with our communication; feeling misunderstood and maybe even making jokes to off-set feelings of missed communications. When both of these qualities occur at the same time, we have deep insight into our communications with others (especially in the sign of Libra, where relationships are the field of interest) and are able to read between the lines, and also withhold speaking when it will not be effective or useful. Libra is where we master harmony and “keeping the peace”, a reason why Mercury is so intelligent here, but if we are being harmonious at the expense of being honest to our true discrimination, then we are selling both ourselves and others short. This is why this time is so powerful. We can hold back when necessary, using restraint, and come forward and use our words to create and destroy when it is appropriate as well. Make sure you are birthing ideas, words and communications that will best serve you down the road right now. Not everything or everyone is worth your precious time.
Full Moons are always a point of contrast from the New Moon cycle we are within, in this case the cycle of Libra. Libra, as I mentioned, is where we are compromising, balancing and harmonizing. Aries, is where we are moving in the direction we want, and not as aware of others' needs and wants. The action-oriented sign of Aries is represented by a ram because with our heads down, we ram through life in the moment, without looking up or around to see what we might be bull-dozing into. The masculine, fiery side of Mars, it is where we are quick to anger, fight and also have discipline and courage necessary to get things done. Time to be selfish with your energy and move forward on what you want! This Moon will be receiving gaze from both Mars and Jupiter, although both at extremely wide degrees. Mars, just entering Libra, indicates both passion and anger on the horizon in relationships. With Venus, the ruler of Libra in Scorpio, and Mars just entering Libra, we see a powerful exchange of signs between these two, bringing us to find some understanding amidst the passion. Mars in Libra can cause our actions to be more compromising in an effort to connect, making us frustrated that we aren't being more disciplined. This can come out as fighting or passion in our relationships. Venus in Scorpio can be a bit controlling and dramatic, focusing on our own emotional state and fears, as opposed to the actual reality for both people involved in a relationship. With the rulers exchanging signs, they offer each other their strengths to help mitigate some of the challenges they have in each other's home fields and we can see that both healthy compromise and focused action can be possible as long as we are able to separate what we are doing for ourselves and what we are doing for the relationship. Seeing this clearly and leaving room for each person to have their own needs and wants met can offer both peace and passion when we are with our partners and ourselves.
Jupiter, gazing at the Moon shows where we are hopeful and inspired in our creativity and will be using our wisdom and teachings to bring forth what we are working on. Now that Jupiter is in his own sign of Sagittarius, he will be showing us a path that is aligned with what we believe and with the ideals that drive us. For more information on this year-long transit that began on November 4th, you can sign up for my newsletter and receive the FREE report, “What Jupiter in Sagittarius means for YOU!” and of course, for your loved ones too. This report will show you how this transit will be transforming all of us, and then each of us specifically as I outline the transit for each rising sign. If you want to know more about how these transits affect you personally, consider getting a Natal Chart Reading!
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This New Moon, October 27th, also marked the midpoint and highest day of the Diwali celebration in Indian culture. This is a day to honor the Goddess Lakshmi, who is love, grace, generosity/abundance & beauty. She is also said to have been gifted to us on Earth in the form of Sita, consort to Ram. In the epic tale where Sita is captured by the evil demon Ravana and Ram rescues her with the help of his brother Lakshman and Hanuman and his monkey army, Her beauty, grace and purity are tried. Because she spent time in the castle of the demon, she must prove to the town of Ayodhya upon return that she was not unfaithful to her husband (who is an incarnation of Vishnu, the sustaining presence of the universe). She sits in a fire that must consume her if she is impure. She is not burned, yet someone is not convinced. The people of Ayodhya insist she must be banished and Rama agrees and sends her to the woods. She births their two sons and eventually drowns herself in Mother Earth’s deep soil. Rama, too, kills himself. The triumph of good over evil did not sustain because the debilitation of power and authority (the Sun in Libra) compromised his truth to appease the people. Likewise, the soon-to-be debilitated Moon (when it enters the nakshatra Vishaka in Scorpio, the following day) is not able to find peace in the midst of all the sadness and emotion and kills herself. The Moon being the all-connective and loving Queen. These two luminaries are at their darkest and thus we need Diwali, the Festival of Lights to remind us of the light within.
The nakshatra of the New Moon itself is Swati, ruled by Vayu, the Wind. Swati is the sword that slices through the airiness and compromise to find truth. In the ever-balancing sign of Libra, it is the independence within us that want to exert itself and claim autonomy.
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