* Fireweed, the wildflower of transformation and healing. Photo taken last weekend on my Indian Peaks hike.
This Week's Intention: Your inner tides are vulnerable and potent. How can you attend to your emotional body with greater presence? Land and ground in your body wisdom-
in order to keep you close to shore. Use your feelings for creative activation.
It is a new Moon week! A Cancer new Moon is on the rise, promising awakening and detoxification through the wisdom and magic of Ashlesha nakshatra. Venus has just stepped into its enemy's sign, Leo. This transit will bring masculine and feminine dynamics to an intense climax- both personally and globally. This magnification occurs as Jupiter prepares to leave Leo after a yearlong transit here. The lessons of the past cycle are magnifying, culminating in a stronger, more intense awareness. Relationships are the core focus at this time, instigating a deep desire to change, transform and heal the battles within your polarities. Masculine and feminine forces are ripe and asking for integration and co-creation.
Read more about Venus in Leo
Monday, August 1st
Moon in 14th tithi
Late Monday morning, Moon shifts to its own sign, Cancer, joining Sun here. Moon loves its own watery, heart centered sign. It loves the fluid nature of Cancer and the orientation towards home and heart. It needs the structure and landing force of home and heart in order to feel safe and secure. From this place, love can flow. As Moon continues through Punarvasu nakshatra, Aditi brings her resources, wisdom and awareness. She supports and nourishes through her knowledge, offering support and abundance to those who worship her. As the Mother of All Goodness, she brings freedom and release from struggle and strife. Notice how her support and wisdom arrives today. Do you say yes to it or no? How open are you to receiving? Late afternoon, Moon shifts to Pushya nakshatra and the nourishing star brings heart expansion and contraction. There is an opening and a closing happening simultaneously. Inhale and exhale. They are interdependent on each other. What are you opening to? What are you closing to?
Tuesday, August 2nd
Moon in 15th to 1st tithi
Amavasya to Pratipad
Moon transits Pushya nakshatra, the "nourishing star" the first part of the day. As Moon moves through its own sign of Cancer, comfort and support for the emotional body are felt. Pushya makes these themes stronger and more tangible. Moon moves into exact conjunction with Sun today as the New Moon takes place, however both planets are outside the influence of the other planets which bolsters some extra support. Jupiter is considered exalted in Cancer and he is currently feeling the pangs of Rahu and Leo still. Masculine and feminine integration is essential right now. Seek alignment and balance. Let your breath be a grounding resource for this.
Themes of nourishment, home and heart continue through the first part of August, sparked by this month's new Moon. The August New Moon arrives August 2nd at 14:45 MDT, while transiting its own sign Cancer and Ashlesha nakshatra. The focus on Cancer invites an emotional, heart centered focus for the coming waxing cycle. Energy moves in the direction of feelings, heart, home, comfort and grounding.
Libra is on the ascendant at the time of the New Moon, asking for balance- inner and outer, with self and others. Relationships become a focus for this cycle, while gains come from the heart and home. There's a need to be in co-creation, building teams, support systems and alliances. Invite in more support and security. Increase your connections and reach out. Seek community and resources that enliven your grounding cord. Find integration with your nourishment and support. Ask for what you need and be very clear with your self expression. If you aren't getting your needs met, you must first clarify your needs and then learn how to express them more effectively. Gather what you need for more resiliency and power.
Read more about the new Moon in Cancer
Wednesday, August 3rd
Moon in 1st to 2nd tithi
Pratipad to Dvitiya
Moon continues through Ashlesha nakshatra and Cancer the first part of the day. Sarpa energy continues, begging for detoxification and transformation. Sarpas are small snakes notorious for their deception, black magic and transcendental qualities. Where are the illusions keeping you from doing your inner work? How are your shadows keeping you playing small? Ashlesha brings the illusion of over confidence. If you think you're making progress, be sure that it's rooted in depth, lineage, honesty and right intention.
Early afternoon, Moon leaps into Leo, the sign most active currently with four planets moving through this fire sign. Moon magnifies the impact of these planets in Leo, bringing the experience directly into our emotional body. As Moon moves through Magha nakshatra today, a strong solar energy is enlivened which begs you to look at authority issues and ancestral karma- especially connected to your father. The delicate dance between masculine and feminine is being challenged right now. Where do you feel integration and balance in your body? Ground in this inner knowing and keep landing here.
Thursday, August 4th
Moon in 2nd and 3rd tithi
Dvitiya to Tritiya
Moon is waxing now and continues to move through Sun's sign, Leo today. Saturn gives his gaze to the Moon with this transit, as well as Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and Rahu. Tension, pressure, grief and sadness are activated. Where do you feel this impacting your life and relationships? Moon continues through Magha nakshatra the first half of the day, begging you to honor the masculine, father and authority. Are you in right relationship with these parts of yourself? Where is the inner authority figure causing you to be imbalanced? Anger is a sure sign you are misaligned with your power. It means boundaries are being ignored. Check in with yourself. Where are you saying yes when you should be saying no? As Moon shifts into Purvaphalguni nakshatra late afternoon, Venus energy is enlivened. Get creative! Channel your immense creative intelligence into worthwhile activities. What are you passionate about? This is worthy of your energy and attention. Honor your grief and challenges directly by channeling emotion into your creative activities. Don't cut and paste over them!
Friday, August 5th
Moon in 3rd tithi
Moon continues through Purvaphalguni nakshatra the majority of the day, inviting in support from Bhaga, an Aditya that brings support through worldly resources. He is connected to pleasure, creativity, sexuality, sensuality and enjoyment. Ruling planet, Venus, brings life force energy to the forefront as well as a need for masculine and feminine energies. How can you put your creativity to good use today? Early evening, Moon moves to the latter half of the Phalguni constellation and Sun is activated. As an Aditya, Aryaman also brings his resources as well. His resources come through stability and long term support, that which sustains. He supports commitment and unions as a way to appease the ancestors. What choices and actions can you make to support sustainable outcomes today? Just before midnight Moon moves to Virgo, bringing precision and refinement.
Saturday, August 6th
Moon in 4th tithi
Aryaman continues to support sustainable actions and choices today, bringing resources from commitment. Move towards stability and support. What do you need to do for creating more stability in your life? Early evening, Moon shifts into Hasta nakshatra and Savitr brings his light and illumination. Wake up! Look within and gather the inner resources you need to get your deepest needs and desires met. Where are you stuck, resistant and in avoidance? Ask for support and commit to awakening, healing and clarifying your path. Recite Gayatri Mantra for extra support.
Sunday, August 7th
Moon in 5th tithi
Moon continues through Savitr's domain today, bringing light, resources and inner wisdom to the surface. Savitr is a form of the Sun, but comes in the form of the delicate morning light rays. He appears when night and day meet, which is a very sacred time of day with great potency. The hands are enlivened today. Put them to work. This nakshatra support the intelligence and awareness that is provoked through hand and eye coordination. Magic occurs when the hands create! As night fall arrives, Moon shifts to Chitra, the domain of the divine architect. Continue to use your creative life force energy to build, move and plan.
Monday, August 8th
Moon in 6th tithi
The week begins with Moon moving through the last pada of Virgo, moving through Chitra nakshatra. This is Vishvakarma's domain, the chief of the celestial architects. He builds, plans and structures the cosmos. As his name offers, he is connected to action, including karma yoga- powerful deeds that provide seva. He also supports thousands of arts and brings powerful action steps with him. Moon moves to Libra mid day, receiving gaze from Ketu. Anger and rage may be provoked. How can you channel this energy into more potent actions and choices. Remember that underneath the anger is your power. Touch your raw power and use it mindfully.
* All timing is in Mountain Daylight Time. To determine the current nakshatra for your time zone, add or subtract time based on your distance to Mountain Time.
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Jupiter transits Virgo from August 11th 2016 to September 11th 2017.
Jupiter transits are one year long and impact all levels of wisdom, knowledge, comfort and support. He leads you to your dharmic path and supports the nourishment gained along the way. Positive effects of Jupiter, or Guru in Sanskrit, bring comfort, support and understanding. He brings learning through understanding, awareness and expansion of consciousness. He is the ultimate teacher- for better or worse- providing some of the most poignant life lessons. Challenges with Jupiter include lack of support, knowledge, and dharma. Everyone can benefit from the helpful and supportive resources that Jupiter provides. Without his support, challenges and struggles increase- which often bring tragedy, trauma and chaos.
The past year, Jupiter has transited through Leo. Half of this transit he has been conjunct Rahu. These energies oppose each other in dramatic ways. Jupiter is sattvic, pure and supports expanded dharma. Rahu is rajasic and brings base level human experiences, cravings and desires. It has been a conflict between light and dark forces on multiple levels- effecting ego, power, the masculine as well as father issues and relationships.
As Jupiter moves out of Leo, he also moves away from Rahu, releasing and finalizing much of the masculine conflicts that have been unleashed in the past few months. Jupiter can step back into his role as the benefic, nourishing support that he is inclined to provide. Rahu will continue to work your ego, masculine and power issues acutely, but Jupiter can now offer his stability and support on a mental body level as he transits through Mercury's sign, Virgo, in the coming year.
Virgo carries the effects of the sixth house of healing with it and provides qualities of this challenging, yet dynamic house. The sixth house notoriously causes conflict, challenge and battles. It is the house of enemies, yet through enemies you can learn, grow and awaken your biggest shadows. Debts and financial challenges are also seen by the sixth house. Not surprisingly, Virgo is connected to commerce, money, communication and connections through the market place. The sixth house is also the seat of the lower gut, an essential part of the digestion process. It connects to hired help, workers, those in service, pets and bad habits. All competition is seen from this house as well as adversaries, competitors, obstacles and vices. Since Virgo correlates to the sixth house by default and is ruled by Mercury, the mental body, worries and anxieties are also seen from this house.
The sixth house is also connected to the Left Prefrontal Cortex of the brain which is the seat of intuitive thinking or impressions. Literally "gut" reactions. This part of the brain effects mood regulation, motivation, mental diseases, worries, anxieties and mental body functions. This cycle will directly impact the mental body, mind and communication of all realms- including intuition, energetic, language, word and senses.
Communication is a key theme for this Jupiter transit. Expand your ability to communicate- how you share, who you share with and what you share. Speaking is especially impacted by this transit as well as the voice, singing and by default music. Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication- verbal, written and creative. He is highly creative and supports all of the arts, including the healing arts. Virgo brings healing through creativity, connection and co-creation. This sign also supports the market place, commerce and all things connected to money and finances.
Expanded Creativity and Self Expression
This year of Jupiter moving through Virgo will expand earth based energies, mainly the material realms. Any resistance to creating, manifesting and enlivening what you want on the earth plane will come to the forefront. As Virgo connects to the sixth house of healing and the mental body, it is also a prime opportunity to heal and transform any blockages or limiting beliefs keeping you from bringing your desires into form. This includes financial and monetary blockages. Debts and the limiting beliefs connected to your lack, scarcity and resistance to being nourished must be addressed more closely.
There is a lot of expansion available with creativity, healing and manifesting in this cycle. What resources do you need to maximize this transit? What support and guidance is missing for you right now? Where are you stuck, resistant, avoiding or neglecting your dreams, visions and creativity?
Simultaneously, life force energy will be delicate and require your attention and focus. The lower gut will be a primary focus for healing and transforming challenges into resources. Use the wisdom of your stomach to support this process and help you awaken and heal more fully. Clean up diet and what you ingest. You stomach may be more sensitive at this time. Part of this cycle may also kick up addictions with food, drugs and alcohol, so be mindful of your relationship with excess and seek healing support for old shadows that emerge around nourishment.
Virgo brings to the light purification and puritanical beliefs. Jupiter's sattvic nature can also increase puritanical belief systems, mythologies around perfection and shadows that perpetuate idealism. Jupiter is spiritual, while Virgo is more centered around the human, mundane part of existence. Thus the integration and balance between spiritual and material realms will continue to inspire and invoke personal development and healing for all this year. What is your relationship with perfection? How does this story provoke a resistance to deeper nourishment and support? What does your perfection tell you about your needs for safety and support?
Watch for overly idealistic attitudes and dogmas that keep you locked in unrealistic mindsets that perpetuate scarcity. Since perfection is unattainable on a gross, human level, these beliefs actually suppress and negate your true needs, keeping you resistant to receiving the true nourishment you need. It's time to look at these beliefs and dogmas that are holding you back. This will take a radical and realistic approach to working with spirit and shadow. Look out for spiritual bypassing and where you are avoiding chaos and messiness. Use this cycle to get into right-relationship with your shadow and light in a more integrated and balanced way.
Just before midnight on February 5th, Jupiter begins his retrograde motion back through Virgo for five months. Jupiter will be retrograde until June 9th, 2017. Retrograde planets increase in strength, intensifying their indications- acting like the nodes Rahu and Ketu who are always moving in reverse. This transit of Jupiter through Virgo, is provoking the need for clarity, certainty, purpose and alignment with your highest ideals. There is a certain naivety and innocence that is available- for better or worse. This five month retrograde motion of Jupiter brings a re-evaluation of our convictions. Virgo is known to be idealistic and often naive in those convictions. What needs to be addressed and recognized within you? What needs to be healed and transformed in order for you to expand your potential and purpose?
Retrograde Jupiter has a tendency to be fastidious about cleaning things up. Jupiter in Virgo will make this desire doubly so as this is the sign of healing, confrontation and courage to change. Retrograde Jupiter is also notorious for wanting to fix and "do it better". At the risk of activating co-dependency, make sure you are in right-relationship with this need to fix. If you are trying to heal someone else, you are wasting your time. If you are willing to heal yourself, this is a good use of your effort and energy. Make sure you're in right-relationship with any desires to fix others. There may be underlying control issues at play.
The majority of this retrograde dance will be with Jupiter moving back through Chitra nakshatra, Vishva Karma's domain. The remaining 1.5 months of the retrograde dance, Hasta nakshatra will be activated. This is a foundational transit which supports building blocks, potent action steps and support sustainable change and a strong foundation. Once Jupiter lands back in Hasta, more awareness, awakening and light will enliven. Make your steps count and don't lose sight of your visions, goals and highest truths. Gather resources, support and guidance to awaken deeper wisdom and inner knowing.
If Jupiter is a natural benefic in your chart, this transit will bring natural gains, expansion and support in the areas of healing, creativity, commerce and communication. However, If Jupiter is challenging in your jyotish chart, expect difficulties in these areas of your life to surface. Depending on where Virgo is situated in your chart, there may or may not be mitigating factors. I will share general guidelines for each sign in my horoscopes below. Please consult with me directly for more chart specific guidelines.
Jupiter in Virgo Horoscopes