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?!
Step 1: Write down your vision. Journal it into your full awareness.
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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