This Week’s Intention: Find balance between opening and closing. What are you inviting in? What are you saying no to? Seek the integration point between shadow and light. How do you know when you’ve arrived? Explore this fertile landscape and plant your seeds of desire.
The week begins with an exalted Moon, which has newly entered Taurus. Emotional body tides will be high, feelings palpable. Use this awareness to cultivate presence. What do you need for deeper comfort and support? With the three planetary shifts of last week now behind us, a sense of grounding and landing is more possible now. Mars will shift late in the week to Scorpio, beginning a lengthy transit for him in this deep, transformational sign. Linger in your conscious footsteps for now. Activate and be proactive.
Monday, February 15th
Moon in 8th tithi
Moon transits Krittika nakshatra and moves through its mulitrikona degrees, while receiving gaze from Saturn (contraction) and Mars (dynamism). These energies provoke a certain emotional body frustration or confusion. There may be emotional build-up released. Find safe and comfortable ways to open the valves. As afternoon arrives, Moon moves to Rohini nakshatra and creativity is amplified. How can you channel the emotional body spikes through your creative power? Lord Brahma supports this process by turning the unmanifest into manifest form. Use sensation and enliven your sensuality through touch, taste, sight and sound. Relish in the uniquely human qualities of the feeling realms. Lord Krishna was said to have been born with Moon in the first house in Rohini. His beauty, charm and unyielding love expresses the devotional qualities of this star as well. Bhakti is the balm that can soothe challenge. Where can you surrender to divine devotion more consciously? Who and what are you inviting in to support you in this process?
Tuesday, February 16th
Moon in 9th and 10th tithi
Moon continues through Rohini until midday, moving through its mulitrikona degrees. Emotional body waves are expansive, swelling. Can you feel these tides? Drishti from Mars and Saturn can give rise to frustrations, passions and excess heat. Are you channeling this energy effectively or letting it rule you? Let Lord Brahma and his creative potency come alive through you. What are you manifesting? What are you creating for your one precious life? His consort goddess Saraswati is the essential Divine Feminine counter-part which Lord Brahma contains in order to bring our desires into manifest form. How does her artistic wisdom spark you? Seek balance within the masculine and feminine in order for maximum gains. As Moon shifts to Mrigashirsha nakshatra around 13:00 PST, your creative energy can begin to move and transform. Soma rules this constellation, offering nourishment and growth. Only by reaching, extending and broadening your reach, will you be able to gather new resources. Mrigashirsha ensures that your extension will be fruitful and will bring you nourishment. What are you reaching towards? What are you reaching away from? Who and what are you inviting in to support you in this process of growth?
Wednesday, February 17th
Moon in 10th and 11th tithi
Just as Wednesday arrives, Moon moves to Gemini, Receiving Ketu’s gaze. Shifts and changes take place in the mental and emotional bodies today. Sudden insights and awareness may occur as well as stronger spiritual connections. On the mundane level, there may be frustrations and emotional outbursts. How are you using your emotions today? Are you working with them or against? Keep reaching towards nourishment and gather new resources. What is working? What do you need to prune and let go of? After noon, Moon shifts to the emotionally harsh and powerful nakshatra, Ardra. Rudra brings his tenacity and strength to the Moon suddenly. Can you feel the shift from mild and tender to forceful and overwhelming? How can you channel this emotional potency with more diligence and awareness? It can be used for good or for evil, with consciousness or without. Your ability to channel the tenacity of Rudra will make you or break you. Wield this sword with care and caution.
Mars is now at the edge of Libra moving towards the 29 degree range. The doorway is opening between Libra and Scorpio, air and water. Fire planet Mars may feel conflict as it enters this new territory. Fortunately Scorpio is in his own sign, however the conjunction of Saturn can make for a rough ride. Can you harness the hot air for soaring?
Thursday, February 18th
Moon in 12th tithi
Ardra’s strength builds until just before 13:00 PST. Use the first half of the day for actions that require force, strength and momentum. You may notice that shadows are stronger and more amplified, causing painful illusions to surface. Do you work with this or against it? Lean in closer to allow the energy to dissipate. As Moon shifts into the final nakshatra of Gemini, Punarvasu, a dramatic shift on the level of feeling will arrive. Ruling deity, Aditi, is the Mother of All Goodness and loves to shower resources on those willing to receive her gifts. Her gifts may arrive as wisdom and nourishment through knowledge. She may also provide material support and assistance. Tap into the subtle realms to enliven her messages. What do you need to re-visit in order for deeper guidance and support? Perhaps old memories, ideas, visions and teachers can remind you. Use the imagination to provoke desire and clarify what you are manifesting. Ask and you shall receive.
Moon is swelling and moving towards Purnima, complete fullness. The emotional body is enlivened and maximized. Can you surf these tides with diligence? What are your emotions and feelings sharing with you? What do you need for greater support and stability?
Friday, February 19th
Moon in 13th tithi
Late morning, Moon moves to its own sign, Cancer, where it can find balance and integration. This is a place of harmony for the emotional body, where tide pools can be creative and enlivened, without turbulence and choppy waters. Put your feet in the water today and harvest the creative forces moving through you. What can these calm waters teach you about what you need and long for at your depths? The gaze of Mercury and Venus on the Moon provide creative activation. Use it! Enter your inner waters through the portal of the ribcase, chest and lungs, as well as the breath. Integration is found through your inhale and exhale. Circulate your prana. After noon, Moon moves to Pushya nakshatra, a star of nourishment and support, symbolized by the udder of a cow. Just as the mother feeds her calf, you can receive all the nourishment you need for growth, life and thriving. What are you opening to? What are you closing to? Use the breath of life to land in your truth. How can your heart center provide deeper wisdom as you unfold?
Mars moves closer to the edge of Libra, preparing to shift into Scorpio. Actions may feel soft, ungrounded and vulnerable. Change is arriving. Surrender to these new steps.
Saturday, February 20th
Moon in 14th tithi
At 02:19 PST, Mars jumps into its owns sign, Scorpio, joining Saturn here. Normally, Mars would be excited to land in his own, familiar territory, however, an intruder also occupies his home. Right now this enemy (Saturn) is in his enemy’s sign and uncomfortable digging up the depths and subconscious territory of Scorpio. Add a fiery warrior to the mix and it could make for an uncomfortable few months ahead. The opposing energies of Mars and Saturn don’t bode well for smooth sailing. Saturn is a slow, methodical, hard working old man that is set in his ways. Mars is a young “whipper snapper” that acts more than he thinks, causing mischief and havoc in his path as a result. Can your old and young energies align, integrate and find a new sense of harmony? What can your old self teach your younger self and vice versa? Seek alignment as they both need each other on some fundamental level. Can you find that need and help them find peace within you?
This transit- which lasts unusually long due to Mars retrograding- will spark some interesting capacity for depth and dharma. Saturn retrogrades on March 25th, strengthening his challenges and gifts. (Retrograde planets act like the nodes Rahu and Ketu who are notorious for intensification.) Mars retrogrades on April 15th for 2.5 months, provoking a powerful cycle of returns. During this transit Mercury will also be retrograde for several weeks and Jupiter will still be in retrograde motion as well. From April 28th to May 9th there will be four planets in retrograde motion, six- counting the always retrograde karmic planets, Rahu and Ketu. Many returns will take place simultaneously- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I’ll be sharing more details about the back to back retrograde planets as we approach this cycle.
As Mars retrogrades back through Scorpio, he ends up returning to Libra on June 17th. Once he goes direct on June 30th, he must travel back through Libra once again, which will take him until July 12th when he re-enters Scorpio. As Mars moves back to Scorpio, he rejoins Saturn here, this time until September 18th. In total, Mars will march through his own sign the majority of the year. Because he must contend with Saturn as well, there is ample opportunity in the coming months to truly integrate polarities that are causing you disconnections and disassociation.
The misalignment may activate in charged, passionate and contentious ways, however, the healing that can take place within Scorpio’s territory is like no other. The nature of this sign is depth and transformation. If you are willing to lean into the hidden parts of your being and diligently dive into your subconscious and unconscious territory, you will harvest pearls undoubtedly. However, those who resist, avoid and continue to suppress their emotional body messages, will find their discomfort and challenges amplified. The soreness and pain is nothing more than a request to lean in closer, look, notice and allow the shadow to emerge. As your dark matter rises, it can find its natural way of release. Movement is the medicine. Remember that the majority of this Mars and Saturn conjunction in Scorpio, the conjunction of Jupiter and Rahu will be active as well. Your darkness is requesting more wisdom on multiple levels as a result.
Themes for this coming Mars transit strongly include unifying polarities and extremes within your being. This may be through masculine and feminine forces, authority and subordinates, shadow and light. You may identify that your force versus surrender needs more integration. Strong themes of opening and closing will emerge in forceful and dramatic ways. Be prepared to let go. Clinging will only intensify the pain. Trust this process of release as it is moving you closer to your inner truth, the purpose of your life and path. Dharmic awakening is possible as old doors will close swiftly. Are you willing to open new doors? Reach for the knob even if you’re in the dark. Work with your power authentically and consciously. Be true to your needs and move towards your strength, but notice when you are misaligned with your empowerment. True power is the harmony of masculine and feminine forces. Can you feel this within your body? Let the spine be an integration point and notice the sensations that strengthen and support this understanding. Expand what you think is possible for yourself. What are you willing to risk, to let go of, in order to receive more nourishment, truth and power? Move towards the nourishment of balance. Can you find the simplicity in the complexity?
Saturday the 20th, Moon continues through its own sign, Cancer and Pushya nakshatra, deepening the ability to nourish and be nourished. Can you feel the wisdom of Brihaspati supporting your growth and inner resiliency? What messages are arriving? Let the breath lead you to the clarity. Find simplicity. This strength through balance continues until late afternoon when Moon shifts to Ashlesha nakshatra. Ruling deity, Sarpa, brings a certain depth and mysticism with him. How can the other side of wisdom provide you with resources as well? There is a different entry point available. What does it share about your transformation process? Use the imaginal and your creative vision to activate your potential. What stories arrive to resist these possibilities? Does it feel safe to expand what you think is possible for yourself and your life? Where are you resisting?
Sunday, February 21st
Moon in 14th and 15th tithi (Purnima)
Moon enters the final tithi of the waxing phase, moving out of its comfort zone (Cancer) and leaping into fire sign Leo later afternoon. Use the morning to ground and land within your heart center, with breath and intention. Connect with the physical body and let your breath cleanse and open your channels. Once Moon arrives in Leo, it lands in Magha nakshatra, the star of the ancestors. Moon joins Rahu and retrograde Jupiter here as well. Working with your power consciously will be important at this time. Spirit is available to move you towards your truth, your essential purpose. The power of this star emerges with magnanimous force, provoking those under its influence to be seen, noticed and treated with royal support. The shadow side of this energy can provoke a strong ego, a domineering masculine force and a lack of feminine receptivity. Calling in the support of your ancestors and spirit can help you use the power available here in life-supporting ways. Step into your power with consciousness. Align with your truth and higher purpose. Ask the ancestors to help you with this.
Monday, February 22nd
Moon in 15th (Purnima) and 1st tithi
Moon continues through Leo and Magha nakshatra today, igniting a new sense of purpose and power. The full Moon today amplifies this sense of strength and inner light. Full Moon is at 10:18 am PST while Moon is in Leo and Magha nakshatra. Moon is conjunct Rahu and retrograde Jupiter, provoking a necessary awareness about strength, power and the masculine. The Moon acts like a magnifying glass as it comes into contact with other planets. The dance of Jupiter and Rahu is creating a deeper integration of light and dark forces. The Moon will show you where you need to look closer. What is supportive? What is not? Where do you need to make some adjustments with the use of your power?
Read more in my Full Moon Wisdom + Creative Ritual