The February New Moon arrives on the 4th at 14:04 MT, while transiting Capricorn and Shravana nakshatra, a constellation ruled by Lord Vishnu. Waning Moon and new Moon energy is slower, inward and dark. We may notice that in this part of the Moon cycle, our emotional body feels the darkness more acutely. This is the part of the monthly cycle when we should attend to our grief, release, and clearing away of excess. Amavasya, or the new Moon, sparks potential, possibility and creativity. What possibilities are alive within you? What darkness needs to be confronted?
Four planets collide in Capricorn at the time of the New Moon- Moon, Sun, Mercury and Ketu. All are getting the restructuring impact of moksha planet Ketu. Mind, body, soul, and emotions are in a change process. Vulnerability is arriving simultaneously. Slow down and attend to the necessary actions and choices that can support this change.
Vishnu is the god of dharma- that which sustains and maintains order in the universe. The constellation of Shravana is his domain, which allows the passing of knowledge and wisdom- usually through sound. In ancient Vedic times, dharma was passed through oral tradition until eventually it became written word. The new Moon and waxing cycle ahead supports the power and strength of your dharmic path. Are you aligning with your dharma through your choices and actions? Are you moving closer to your passions and purpose, or further away?
Who will listen?
I proclaim with uplifted arms,
Practice of Dharma leads to Artha (material prosperity)
Kama (pleasure of life) and Moksha (liberation from karma),
Do not be deaf to my cries!
- Vyasa at the conclusion of the Mahabharata
In the days following the new Moon, Mars crosses the gandanta between Pisces and Aries, beginning a new cycle for Mars on February 5th. Those under the influence of Mars (ruling planet, current dasha cycle, transiting influential houses) will especially feel the impact of a fresh start and the beginning of a new two year cycle ahead. Mars rules Aries and does well with its tenacity and focus on action until March 22nd.
Mercury will shift into Aquarius on February 6th, moving mind into more entrepreneurial and innovative ideas and projects. Think outside the box in the coming days and clarify your steps.
We are at the edge of a major transit. Rahu and Ketu shift signs on March 7th, beginning a new 1.5 year transit for the karma nodes. Rahu moves to Gemini and Ketu moves to Sagittarius, where both will be exalted in the months ahead. Many are feeling the shift of the shadow nodes already. Karma is changing, forcing us to look at our shadows and liberation in new ways. I'll be sharing more about this transit in an upcoming article. For now, note that Rahu will be pulling you towards the themes of Gemini, whereas Ketu will be supporting release with all things Sagittarius, while in conjunction with Saturn. Look to the houses in your jyotish chart where Gemini and Sagittarius reside in order to identify insights and themes for this transformational cycle. These changes are already being felt.
To get more insight for this new Moon and waxing cycle upon us, I pulled a card from my Vedic Tarot deck. The reminder comes from the suit of Arrows- which correlates to the element of air and the mental body. The Arrows depict powerful tales from the Mahabharata, an epic battle between two branches of one family.
The Mahabharata reminds us that:
"What is found here- is everywhere; What is not here- is found nowhere."
- Veda Vyasa (around 1700 BCE)
The Ace of Arrows begins the tale of Bheeshma, who is a strong thread throughout the Mahabharata. He possesses immense strength, courage and a heroic destiny. However, karma has a different outcome for him altogether.
With the Ace of Arrows, immense power is available to us, but very few know how to manage it or use it fully. As a result, it gets misused, squandered, and can even destroy you. Spiritual growth is granted here, however, the changes and transformation involved can be traumatic and challenging.
A reminder to gather your strength and courage, even in troubled and overwhelming times. Setbacks can be overcome, success and triumph achieved, however cutting away, releasing and being decisive in purging, will be required. Change will be inevitable as a certain phase of your life is officially concluding. This is the end of illusions and your old behaviors and immaturity will not be allowed moving forward. Be mindful that karma is being released in the cycle to come and it may be painful.
Where are you resisting inevitable changes and losses? What needs to be released and let go of once and for all? What do you need to give up, to not allow in your life anymore? What intelligence do you need to call upon to move forward with more strength, courage and clarity?
What would it look like to be the leader of your life? What needs to change? What feels in alignment already?
1) If I could do anything I wanted without the fear of failure what would it be?
2) What is stopping me right now from taking the first step?
3) How can I overcome what is stopping me?
Where do you want to be six months from now?!
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Step 2: Create your vision. Draw, paint or collage your vision into form. Give it a title.
Step 3: Harvest your vision. If your image could speak to you, what would it say?!
Step 4: Make your vision a reality. What steps need to take place for your vision to become a reality six months from now?! What action step can you take today?!
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The July Full Moon comes with a trifecta of cosmic events occurring simultaneously. In addition to this Capricorn full Moon, a total Lunar Eclipse takes place, the longest of the century. In the Vedic Calendar, this July full Moon is also considered the most sacred full Moon of the year, called Guru Purnima. Eclipses are considered a powerful spiritual occurance in the Vedic tradition and Guru Purnima is the most auspicious day to honor one's gurus, teachers and guides. The magnitude of this spiritual event should not be overlooked. This is an incredible opportunity to spend time attending to the inner realms and one's spiritual growth. Spend time on this day honoring your ancestors and teachers, your spiritual lineage and the wisdom that is guiding you in this lifetime.
This Capricorn Full Moon takes place on the 27th at 14:20 MT while the lunar eclipse is already under way. Sravana nakshatra rules this expansive full Moon and the cycle ahead, offering spiritual insight, dharmic support and resources to sustain ones path. Lord Vishnu rules over this portion of the sky, gifting the constellation of Sravana with momentum for one's purpose. He sustains and upholds that which supports the dharmic path. If it is life supporting and honors Natural Law, Vishnu will bless it and help it thrive. If it does not bring life and sattva (purity), it won't get his support.
Sravana nakshatra reminds us to align with our inner wisdom and to strengthen the capacity to listen for truth. What is your truth? What is your deepest intention and soul's purpose? What is the driving force and inner intelligence that gives you strength? Put emphasis here and pay close attention in the coming cycle for reminders. Gather resources, support and guidance to assist your clarity, purpose and inner guidance. If it's not nourishing you, let it drop away- or it will likely fall away on its own.
Mars, Moon and Ketu are in exact alignment during the full Moon and lunar eclipse. Moon will be sandwiched in between these fiery, heated planets- causing emotional heat, aggressive expressions and release of anger. The coming cycle will support the release of heat in the emotional body. Are you paying attention to the intelligence of your anger? What does this heated emotion tell you about your needs and passions? Find ways to support this release in healthy and life supporting ways. Avoid taking your aggression out on others and be mindful that everyone will be feeling the extra heat at this time. At the time of the full Moon, Mars will be its brightest in the sky. Take a peek at the fiery planet in the night sky. It will be the closest its been to the Earth since 2003.
Eclipse Portal Wisdom
Three eclipses take place over the span of a month, occurring back to back. The July New Moon in Gemini arrives with a Partial Solar Eclipse, marking the opening of this shadowed portal. The Full Moon in Capricorn on July 27th takes place with a full Lunar Eclipse. Usually, eclipses come in pairs, however this eclipse cycle brings a third eclipse with the new Moon in Cancer on August 11th. A partial Solar Eclipse closes the portal and will support a rich harvest with depth and insights.
There is an interesting theme with this eclipse portal. The Gemini new Moon in Punarvasu Nakshatra creates an opening for deeper nourishment to be confronted. What is missing in your support team? Where are you feeling depleted or malnourished? This new Moon will provoke challenges with disconnection to rise to the surface. The desire to be whole, more balanced and unified within self and life increases.
Mid eclipse cycle, the full Moon in Capricorn and Sravana nakshatra will ask you to refine and take steps towards dharma- that which sustains and supports you and your inner awareness. The deconstruction of old patterns and belief systems that are standing in your way must be allowed to crumble and release. You will feel the fullness of what does not serve you. What do you want to replace this old, outmoded way of being? What resources and behaviors can support more harmony, ease and gentleness in your life?
Closing this eclipse portal will be a partial solar eclipse and a new Moon in Cancer and Ashlesha Nakshatra. If you've been hiding behind false pretenses, this will be a time of unmasking and clarifying the changes that must take place. This particular closure will force you to identify your trust issues- inner and outer. Where are you hiding behind ego and avoiding your deeper knowing? In what ways are you pretending to feel safe, without actually acknowledging your fears?
You may remember that the first solar eclipse of the year on January 31st was also in Ashlesha nakshatra. What did you learn and confront in the previous eclipse cycle? This is an opportunity for you to retrace your steps and revisit any unfinished business with Sarpa, the serpent of transformation.
This eclipse cycle is an opportunity to spiral up and awaken from your slumber! Step into your power by identifying and confronting your shadows, illusions and stories. There is great potential in the coming month to release the past, the undigested thoughts and stories clogging your body wisdom. As you clear and let go of these shadowed parts, there is space for moving forward in more empowered, courageous ways. First, you must be willing to awaken from your negligence, laziness and illusion. The more courage you step into, the more you will succeed!
Remember that solar eclipses awaken masculine parts of ourselves and help us confront ego based iterations of self, ideologies and belief systems. There will be deconstruction and forced awareness rising to the surface. The purpose of lunar eclipses is to support the confrontation of the shadowed feminine, identifying emotional body blockages and disconnections within receptivity. Solar and lunar eclipses always come in pairs, thus supporting confrontation and release of both masculine and feminine, the ultimate polarities of existence. The result of confronting the shadow is to create more conscious awareness of our unconscious self. With more consciousness, the grip of these illusions lessens, allowing us to create new possibilities- and ultimately make vastly different choices.
As we enter this eclipse portal, notice the themes and challenges you have been confronting recently. What is intensifying? What is forcing you to look? What stories, experiences and relationships are encouraging you to look more closely? Continue to dig in and lean closer. Ask for support, resources and guidance so you aren't walking alone.
The total lunar eclipse of July 27th begins at 11:14 am MT and will end at 17:28 MT. The maximum eclipse will occur at 14:21 MT. This eclipse will not be visible from North America, however it is still impactful.
From a Vedic perspective, it is not advised to be outside during an eclipse or to look directly at the eclipse. Wear a head covering if you have to be outside so you don't absorb the shadow. Ideally, this is a time for spiritual practices such as meditation, chanting and fasting. Set intentions and honor the sensitivity of this time. It is also widely recognized that during and between eclipses, starting new endeavors will not bring positive results. No new projects, relationships or activities should start in the eclipse portal. Notice what needs are arriving, then take action after the eclipse portal closes. Best to lay low, attend to spiritual pursuits, get extra rest and work with your inner shadow very consciously during this cycle.
Your dharma is not something outside of yourself. The biggest mistake you are likely making with your dharma, is thinking it is a destination beyond you. The truth is, your dharma is not something outside of yourself. It is likely hidden in the day to day tasks you perform. Your dharma is hiding! It is waiting patiently for you to discover it, awaken and activate it with awareness and action steps.
It is likely hidden in the day to day tasks you perform. Your passions are hidden within the function and formality of your actions. No doubt some adjustments need to be made in order for increasing your fulfillment, but don't discount the fact that you are likely already aligned with your dharma and purpose in some capacity.
Don't believe me? Follow these action steps below to see what I mean. In my next step, I will be sharing a podcast to help you identify what is holding you back from moving forward with your wild and passionate life! But first, I want to help you make some connections.
Where Purpose, Passion and Function Meet.
1) Start by making a list of your passions. What are your greatest joys and what activities bring you deep happiness? What do you wish you could do every day? What inspires you? What are you most passionate about in life? List these vital resources for your life. Don't hold back.
2) Next, make a list of your everyday activities. Everything from cooking to cleaning. Start with morning duties all the way to bedtime. Make sure chores are on the list and also the ways you are giving to others.
3) Look for connections and nuances in your lists. How do your passions and daily activities align with these categories:
Creativity & Creating
Nurturing & Nourishing
Healing & Vitality
Guiding & Counseling,
Spirit & Wisdom
Some of your activities may not seem to align with any of these categories! It may feel like a stretch, but even a chore like cleaning can be an act of "creating" and "spirit". It's an activity that is creating a clean space and making your home more sacred- depending on your intention. Attending to others and their needs can fall into any of these categories, so really listen to what themes are most alive for you in each of your roles. These are important resources to be aware of. We will use your discoveries for further exploration in my coming Dharmic Steps, so keep harvesting your list and making connections.
4) Circle themes and connections you see in your list of passions and your list of daily chores. What category appears to have the most circles? Where do you seem to align your actions most of the time? What other connections and conclusions can you come to?
5) Harvesting Questions. Answer these questions in your journal:
How do your passions and everyday activities align? Where is there crossover? Where do you wish there was more? What categories are the most prevalent on both of your lists?
Your final step of this process is to ask three people who are close to you what they see as your top three strengths and assets. This will likely give you an idea of how others see you from the outside. Things that you may be missing about yourself! How do these qualities relate to the above categories?
You'll need this list and your discoveries for Dharmic Step #3 and I'll be sharing a special podcast with you to deepen your process. Keep going and use these resources to deepen your dharmic understanding.
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New Moon occurs at 17:07 MST on January 27th, while Moon is in Capricorn and Sravana nakshatra. Jupiter gives his expansive and nourishing gaze. Saturn has just moved to Sagittarius for the majority of 2017 and into the chaos inducing lunar constellation, Mula. There is nourishment available in the coming cycle, but not without ample digging, upheaval and release of unconscious and subconscious parts of yourself. Relationships are at the forefront of this process, sparking deep renewal and potential.
Through wisdom and knowledge, and the courage to change, more nourishment is possible. There is ample support and guidance available to you right now. Are you receiving it? Are you allowing the resources to penetrate your fears, resistance and avoidant behaviors? These are the places that refuse to change. It is your own fear to change, that is keeping you from the very nourishment you seek.
It is a powerful time to start shifting towards the light. Not through by-passing and negating the dark, but by looking directly at it and attending to it head on. The only way out is through. What is not nourishing you? What does not feel aligned with your highest truth? Your soul's calling? What feels malnourishing- within your life and habits? It's time to get radical and purge the old.
This New Moon and the cycle to come, is an initiation. Lean closer to the fear of your loneliness and longing. For whatever you cling to out of fear, will certainly keep you resistant to your deepest desires for pure nourishment, love, safety and support. Be brave, be courageous, be willing, to learn, to grow to change.
Learn to speak, share and use your powerful voice. What is holding you back from full self expression and speaking your truth? This is impacting your ability to be nourished by life. Part of you is still confused and uncertain about your needs. If you don't know what your needs are, you can't ask for them to be honored either. This impacts your relationships greatly. As you awaken to your needs more and more, you will also attract very different relationships and experiences as well. Knowing what you need for deeper nourishment in life, allows it to arrive. Why might you be resisting being well fed by life?
Sravana nakshatra is the domain of Vishnu, the sustaining force of the universe. As a result, he also upholds dharma, right action, the soul's purpose. Vishnu is likened to Akasha, space, as he exists everywhere. Vishnu maintains and upholds the intelligence of the Universe, thus awakening every being to its full potential, truth and light. Vishnu supports your dharmic path and your awakening to this inner wisdom. Align with Vishnu and you are aligning with dharma.
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This is a powerful time to align with your dharma, your soul's purpose. The new Moon and coming cycle supports dharma due to Sravana nakshatra. Sun is in this domain right now as well, and Saturn's shift to Sagittarius and Mula nakshatra for most of 2017, forces dharma to be addressed in very conscious ways.
Right now, I'm sharing ample resources, guidance and support to help you align with your dharmic truth. What is your soul's true purpose?
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