As the silence of spring arrives, a certain dynamic energy is awakening. The eclipse portal is sealing. The full Moon and lunar eclipse are behind us. The Holi festivities are winding down. The soil has been cleared. The seeds have been planted. Make your process intentional. Bring awareness to your growth. Own and honor this fresh start!
For many the past few weeks were an opportunity to pull up weeds, move through grief and transform in heal in order for lasting changes. This is a powerful time of awakening. As spring settles in for the Northern Hemisphere (fall in the Southern Hemisphere) there is a sacred gap opening.
No matter the hemisphere you are in, both spring and fall are considered "sandhi" times of year- or in between seasons. These are sacred times, when the veil is thin, sensitivity is heightened. In Ayurveda, we attend to necessary physical rituals that help the body cleanse and purify. Holi comes at this sacred junction and is a time to "plant seeds" so to speak. It is a celebration of fertility, abundance and the awakening of Shakti within Nature. It is the marking of the gap, which is ripe with potential and possibility.
The full enlivening of Ma is celebrated during Vasant Navaratri- the nine days of Mother Divine, beginning on the 7th of April this year. Consider Holi the "kick off" celebration in many ways- a time to plant your desires and create your fruits for the coming year. Let this Full Moon enliven a sense of spring and possibility. Use this week's Creative Engagement activity (below) for your cultivation process.
Saturn goes retrograde in Scorpio at 02:50 am PDT and will be moving in reverse until August 13th, 2016. Retrograde planets act like the nodes Rahu and Ketu, which adds to the intensity of how a planet will express themselves. As the slowest moving planet, Saturn causes the most prolonged challenges. It's important to play by his rules and honor his requests for slow, steady action, simplicity and alignment with nature's rhythms.
His transit through Scorpio is digging up very old grief, emotions and challenges- connected to subconscious and unconscious territory. This cycle is ultimately an opportunity for very powerful, deep and lasting transformation and healing for the psycho-emotional levels of your being. His retrograde motion will be felt on the days leading up to his reversal, amplified by the penumbral lunar eclipse and full Moon. As he retrogrades back through Scorpio, he will move closer to Mars, instigating further frustrations and outbursts due to the opposition of the nature of these planets. Once Mars retrogrades on April 16th, there will be two strong forces moving backwards in Scorpio. Studying the placement of Saturn and Mars in your natal Jyotish chart will offer more details about how this retrograde motion will effect you.
Scorpio is your unconscious inner terrain. It's your vulnerability, animal nature and your wild feminine within. The simultaneous retrograde motion of Saturn and Mars will provoke fierce internal change, transformation and healing- but you must be willing to do the work. Mars is action-oriented, yet Saturn can bring resistance, avoidance or contraction. It will take vigilance to find a balance between these energetic polarities within. Conflicts will be on the rise right now, so notice where your inner polarities are causing confusion, challenge, uncertainty, overwhelm and even resistance to move forward. Finding integration, harmony and balance for these inner conflicts will be vital for smoother sailing in the weeks and months ahead.
Read more about Saturn in Scorpio.
Venus in Pisces
Increasing the theme of fertility and abundance during this "gap" time, Venus moves to its exaltation sign, Pisces on March 31st at 14:35 PDT, where she joins Sun and debilitated Mercury here. Challenges will arise with Venus's enemy, the Sun, and the debilitation of Venus's friend, Mercury. Venus is water, whereas the Sun is fire. When they conjunct, steam is created. Mercury symbolizes the mental body- meaning the mind will be feeling this steam. Physical and spiritual bodies (Sun) and your creative life force energy (Venus) will also be effected by the clouds. How do you work with the energy of steam? Do you use it to power your engine, or do you get lost in its mist and fog? Can you see beyond the vapors?
As Mercury moves out of Pisces and into Aries on April 2nd, Sun and Venus also separate in degrees, causing your life force energy to flow more fluidly. Once Sun shifts to its exaltation sign on April 13th, there will be a ten day window where both Venus and Sun are at their most potent. This lasts until Venus shifts to Aries on the 24th of April. It is a potent time for increased energy, momentum, strength and vitality. Use the coming weeks to prepare. Take timely, methodical action steps in preparation of the ripening energy of the planets.
The beginning of this Venus cycle supports continued release and clearing, in order for new creative potential to take place toward the end of the transit. Focus your efforts on inner wisdom and self- development in order to maximize the nourishment available at this time. Increased support and abundance are possible, but clearing away obstacles and blockages that are keeping you from receiving is the essential ingredient in order to create more receptivity. Gather support and resources from mentors, gurus, guides and teachers. Especially those that support your creative and spiritual expansion.
Step towards your creative potential and expand your container in order to hold more nourishment and support. Work directly with blockages and obstacles that are hindering your ability to make and receive money and love. What keeps you starving and malnourished? What is standing in your way of experiencing more wealth? Why do you resist pleasure and supportive, healthy connections? Where are you keeping yourself away from deeper nourishment? Heal and overcome bad habits on the mental and emotional body levels so you can open the valves of divine flow more!
Identify and harmonize conflicts within. Find balance between structure and flow as well as the young and old energies within you. Where do your masculine and feminine energies need more alignment? What polarities are begging you for more harmony and integration? When your opposing forces within can befriend each other, there will be more fluidity and harmony, more receptivity. Venus can support this harmonizing and help you increase Shakti, life force energy. Love, which is the ultimate healing energy, is a resource that Venus can support you with. During her exaltation, notice if you can touch in to and move towards greater love- for yourself and others. Step towards your challenges, then use them to find more integration of the opposing forces within you.
Mercury in Aries
Saturday, April 2nd at 15:02, Mercury crosses the tricky gap between endings/release (Pisces) and beginning/potential (Aries). The movement from debilitation in a water sign, to a fiery and aggressive sign, will cause the mind to feel fragile and agitated. A release process is being instigated. Notice where necessary clean-up and final release for this round must take place. Honor this process of endings and beginnings.
As Mercury arrives in an enemies sign, the mind plunges into acute awareness, confronting and identifying with diligence. Do you notice or do you push past the messages? The mind requires your witnessing in this cycle- in order to work more consciously with mental body. Fiercely sift through the stories in the conscious mind. Bravely use this information to navigate and pull up old stories from the subconscious and unconscious parts of your being. This takes vigilance and dedication, yet is the only way to re-write old patterns and behaviors.
There will be a sense of renewal and a new commitment to growth and life force in this cycle. Do you capitalize on this, or let it only be a subtle reminder of your greatness? Step into your power with new conviction, new authority. Clear away the challenges and obstacles and activate a more powerful way of being. Do this by working directly with what you encounter along the path. A strong desire to be more powerful and awake arrives with this cycle. Suddenly bigger, better, bolder actually feels possible, attainable. But the shadow lurks as a saboteur. With retrograde Jupiter and Rahu giving their gaze to Mercury, the expansion is possible, but not without attending to the limitations of the shadowed mind. Do you move towards this desire or let the old stories keep you in lack and limitation? Your mind determines your actions, so work with this old programming consciously to create new pathways and possibilities for yourself.
Reprogramming the mind is a valuable use of your time and effort right now. As you move into expansion, notice where the blocks and obstacles come up. This is your limiting belief system at work. Be strategic with your growth process. Use a combination of resources that work with all four pathways of healing for best effects. EFT (emotional freedom technique), mental body therapies, meditation, art therapy, movement therapies, energy work, etc.
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*Horoscopes are based on your Vedic (sidereal) rising sign. You can also check your Moon and Sun signs for further insight. Do the same with your Navamsa signs for further clarity. Do not use these horoscopes with your Western sign (Tropical) as there is likely no correlation. These horoscopes are meant to be used as a broad overview of the current transits and obviously do not address the specifics of an individual’s unique chart.
Aries: Keep digging up your depths and looking at your inner conflicts. The parts of you that say yes, but really mean no. The parts of you that say no, but really mean yes. The desire to strengthen your power, your inner knowing, is driving this self inquiry. A yearning to be more truthful with all your parts- dark and light, shadow and illumination. Are you allowing in pleasure, comfort, joy and life fully? Not the false kind. But through deep, honest receptivity? This includes looking at the hard parts and your own discomfort. Lean into the soft and hard equally.
Taurus: As the doors of your heart swing open, notice the physical response within you. What happens next? Do you continue to open or do these doors within close swiftly, without hesitation? I invite you to linger. Find that moment. When the door is neither open, nor closed. Where you have neither said yes, nor said no. Use you breath for reference. Bring presence to the moment in between breaths. In between the inhale (open) and exhale (close). How long can you stay here, suspended, in this presence? Do you resist this place? Lean in and witness your response. Notice where you have built walls- keeping you from this presence of neither open nor close, the place of all possibilities.
Gemini: What does it actually mean to be a Gemini? Your sign represents powerful creative energy co-creating- resulting in a third, dynamic energy being created. Or the "emergent third" as it is often referred to in the art therapy realms. This emergent third, or "the third", is delicate, vulnerable and thus extremely powerful. It's ripe with potential, with possibility, with new, unfolding energy. Do you work with this energy? Tend to it and honor it like you would a tender bud or a small child? Or do you suppress, negate, resist this tender and powerful force? Let your creativity be your greatest teacher. Step into Her wild wisdom, not away from it. Get to know her more intimately.
Cancer: In your quest for deeper nourishment, you must be honest about your resistance to receiving. What is it about deep nourishment that causes you such pain? Lean into your discomfort, as this is vital for increasing your threshold of expansion. Expand your container, your holding, of both light and dark, pain and joy. As you open to more, you will receive more, and then be able to discern what you want more of. Say yes to your creative expansion by navigating your wild, inner terrain consciously. Your untamed, creative feminine. Notice Her. Give Her your presence. Step closer to your power by integrating the confusion between light and dark within.
Leo: This old story of your power is beginning to crumble. To dissolve, disintegrate. Partly because it's becoming less interesting to you. Partly because you're learning a new way. But first you have to allow the total demolition of the old structure, the old way of being. How you are, who you are- in relationship with Self, with others? How you have used your power in the past? Where is this no longer serving you? The only way to explore these questions is to lean into your vulnerability, your wild, untamed, inner terrain. What lies beyond your ego? The part of you that keeps the masks on? Who are you stripped down, raw, bare? What does your emptiness long for? Need? The pains you manifest, are created in order for your deepest needs to be acknowledged.
Virgo: You are learning how to relate to yourself in new ways, more intimate ways. From here, you can show up more fully for others. It takes courage to awaken to your failings, the parts of yourself, your actions and choices, that have not nourished or supported you. Lean into these "failures" as there is great wisdom here. Great truth about what you really need for wholeness and completion. The conflict and rigidity to do so, results in further separation from your true Self. What do your failures, your mistakes teach you about your relationship to your inner wisdom? Listen carefully. Underneath the critical voice is a pathway to deeper self compassion.
Libra: Pick up the pieces you dropped long ago. The parts of your being that allow you to connect, contain, strengthen, commit. The parts you abandoned for lightness, ease and fluidity. It's time to find balance and integration now. It's time to find that moment when you are awake to both- structure and flow. What is it about this structure that you fear? That terrorizes you? Lean into this fear and awaken to it's voice. What does it need? What is it asking of you? Only when you can befriend this fear, can you truly know how to surrender more fully.
Scorpio: This battle you have been identifying within is the key to unlock so many layers of resistance. Resistance to nourishment, support, to gather more of what you want and need. This old, epic battle- the one between life and death, pain and joy, your polarities. As you crack your heart open wider, by leaning into this old anger and resentment, this conflict can release. Listen to the fear of letting this conflict go. The terror resisting how amazing your life might be. Why does joy haunt you so much? What does your fear need for safety? Remember your power is in presence, in sacred pause, in the body and the breath. Your joy is hidden in these moments.
Sagittarius: You are becoming more attentive to your inner silence- either by force or your own desire. This silence is a gift, a place to soften and surrender to your true needs, your hearts longings. It takes fearlessness and courage to show up here fully. Honor your bravery. The love begins to flow more fluidly and powerfully in the coming days. This is a balm for your heart and an opportunity to hear your inner wisdom more clearly- as well as your power and purpose. All love flows to the heart. Be in the practice of fully receiving this powerful force and notice your relationship with it. Where are there conditions on this love? Where do you resist its expansiveness? Your power is in the fluidity of giving and receiving.
Capricorn: You are learning what it feels like to cut away the unnecessary. The harsh, the brutal. Deepening your ability to feel true comfort and support. The kind that comes from your inner being, a connection to your inner strength. When you aren't so busy wasting your energy on force and physical struggle, on engaging your masculine self, you can arrive into the receptive more fully. She is beginning to awaken within you, to awaken you. How will you dance together, co-create and bring forth the riches from this untapped inner well? No need to force this, She arrives in Her own time, wild and untamed. Your only job is to just be grateful when She arrives and give Her your presence.
Aquarius: It is a fragile time for you. And in this fragility is great strength, great power. Ripen with this potential, possibility, the unknown and uncertainty. Gather the most important pieces and arrange them carefully with intention. The truth is, these pieces, what's left, are the foundation you need to create a more solid ground. You are in a radical release process. One that requires deep surrender. Lean into this pain, this brokenness. These wild and untamed, painful parts are your teachers trying to show you what you truly long for. What the essential ingredients are for your wholeness. Right now you are in the pain, but I promise you, if you keep showing up for your shadow, at some point, the light will return more strongly, more powerfully, than ever before.
Pisces: The pieces of you that are still in hiding are beginning to see the light. All the ways you've kept yourself from feeling love, connection, support. These pieces that have been shrouded in shadow. They are emerging. Some of this is showing up through pain, challenge, conflict, separateness. Some of this wisdom is arriving through experiencing joy and pleasure. Herein lies the conflict. How can you integrate the pain and the joy, the light and the dark? There is a certain confusion in the this process. The wisdom is embedded in this conflict of polarities. What does it have to teach you about your needs? There's a wild, untamed creative force on its way to awaken your knowing. Surrender to Her ways and gather resources for your union.