This Week's Intention: Linger in the subtle realms, the in-between. Use this ambiguity for creative activation. What are you leaving behind? What are you inviting in more of?
Let soul and spirit guide you home.
Multiple planetary shifts this week create a sense of change, instability and new beginnings. Be very intentional about what you are creating for your self and your life. The week begins with a new Moon in Capricorn, setting the stage for Mercury and Venus moving to Capricorn. Our inner and outer light source, the Sun, changes signs late in the week, entering his one month transit through Aquarius on Saturday. Earth and air elements increase for the month to come.
Monday, February 8th
Moon in 15th (Amavasya) and 1st tithi
New Moon is Monday morning at 06:39 am PST, while Moon is in Capricorn and Dhanishta Nakshatra. The coming waxing cycle is oriented towards expansion, while also supporting shining more brightly in the world through the blessings of the Vasu Devas. Resources, support and abundance can be delivered through alignment with right action, dharma and sharing one's talents and creative forces. Vas means "to shine" in Sanskrit. This nakshatra brings visibility through one's light (jyoti), but mostly through sharing this inner light with others.
Both Sun and Moon receive drishti from Mars and Saturn at the time of the new Moon. Saturn rules Capricorn, offering stability, support, structure and a methodical, hard working nature. Mars is considered exalted in Capricorn, and his gaze provides a fierce tenacity and focused warrior spirit. Together, these planets inspire the Sun and Moon to find clarity, purpose and power for the coming cycle.
Themes to work with for the next two weeks include expanding what you think is possible for yourself and your path, while finding new resources to support this task. It will be your creativity and how you use your potent inner wealth, that will determine your success. Do you suppress or resist your passion and creative powers? Or do you channel them effectively with clear actions that are aligned with your purpose? Don't waste your energy on tasks that are frivolous or mundane. Step into your full power and say yes to life!
Monday continues with Moon transiting Dhanishta nakshatra, shifting to Aquarius late afternoon, where she joins Ketu- still transiting the 29 degree range. Rahu and retrograde Jupiter give their gaze seven houses away. The emotional body becomes extra sensitive at this time, though increased wisdom, insights and awareness may arrive. Pausing and attending to your sacred inner realms will be vital in order to catch the messages. Find your inner pause and use it to harvest insights and clarity.
Read more about the New Moon + Creative Ritual here.
Just hours after the new Moon, Mercury jumps to Capricorn. This is a return for him as he moved into Capricorn briefly during his January retrograde cycle. Mercury moves to Capricorn once again Monday the 8th at 13:17 PST. Multiple gazes are given to Mercury, stirring the mind and provoking textures in the mental body landscape. Saturn and Mars give their drishti to Mercury, instigating tension and frustrations. This is a time to seek balance with your momentum. Leap and land carefully- and with intention. Desires may be strong and intense on the mental body level. Are these desires controlling you? Find ways to soften and surrender. The tension between Saturn (stop, slow) and Mars (go, fast) can also be an opportunity to find a new integration with polarities, extremes and challenges. Find ways to surrender, while still taking effective action steps.
Capricorn's nature is to push really hard, overwork and to tenaciously take on a challenge. Are you biting off more than you can chew? Saying yes when you really need to say no? Find ways to delegate, get extra support and notice where you invite in overwhelm. This is often a strategy for self sabotage, perpetuating cycles of "not being enough" or "not doing enough". Remember that challenges are an opportunity to notice what needs to change or shift within us or our choices. What needs to change in order for smoother sailing?
Use this Mercury cycle to dive deeply into the depths of your mental body and harvest rich rewards. Keep reaching, extending and trying new things. What you will find is new possibility, new purpose and rich creative rewards. Find ways to keep resourcing from your inner light. Let this light ignite your power. The sensitivity of the mind during this cycle will require that you meditate and find time for sacred pauses. Look, listen, watch.
Once Venus joins Mercury in Capricorn, a creative shift occurs. How can you channel ideas, passions, imagination and possibility into containment? Get product oriented. Structure the feminine into the masculine. Shape it and re-shape again and again.
Tuesday, February 9th
Moon in 2nd tithi
Just after Tuesday begins, Moon shifts to Satabhisha nakshatra, the star of "a hundred medicines", while continuing through Aquarius. Varuna rules this constellation, providing a stern, watchful gaze which no one can escape. The symbol is an empty circle, which shares unlimited potential, yet a clearly defined space. Boundaries are necessary here and are also supported. Find ways to contain yourself safely today. This is an essential resource for self care. What are you saying yes to that you should be saying no to? Clarify your position and spend time alone in order to align with your inner truth more clearly. Be mindful of health today and use Ayurvedic principles to align with Natural Law. Varuna causes disease when you disobey the wisdom of nature. The emotional body is still being effected by conjunction with Ketu and the gaze of Rahu and Jupiter. Tend to this sensitivity with slow, steady steps.
Minutes before midnight, Moon moves to Purvabhadra nakshatra.
Wednesday, February 10th
Moon in 3rd tithi
Moon transits Purvabhadra nakshatra, moving into exact conjunction with Ketu late afternoon. Retrograde Jupiter and Rahu continue to give their gaze. The emotional body is very fragile today. Intensified feelings may come to the surface as emotions, finding their way through your internal waters. Surrender to these waves. Venus at the edge of Sagittarius creates more of this theme. You may feel as if you have a foot in two worlds today. Ruling deity Ajaikapada can help you balance the impossible, while integrating challenges and resources. Use creative tools to help you move your inner waters and harvest from them. What is your divine feminine asking of you? What does she request? Slowing down to stillness will help you gather these messages. Unite your two halves and step more gracefully into the now.
Late afternoon, Moon moves to Pisces, increasing the themes of movement, creativity and the emotional body. Keep the movement, keep the flow. Once Moon shifts to the latter half of the Bhadra constellation, Uttara Bhadrapada, as Wednesday comes to a close, release arrives.
Thursday, February 11th
Moon in 4th tithi
Moon transits Pisces and Uttara Bhadrapada today, symbolized by the back legs of a funeral cot- indicating release, letting go and endings. As one door closes, another one opens. Death is indicative of life. Inhale brings exhale. The dance of life is integrating opposing forces and bridging differences into union. The human body is such a vessel, a container of integration and balance. Dig deeply into your subconscious territory today and gather resources for life, for union, for balance. What action steps are you using to support this process? Stir up your depths and let the parts of your being that have not seen the light, emerge and reawaken you.
Venus is now at the very edge of Sagittarius, increasing creativity, feelings and life force energy. How do you put these resources to good use? Where do you need to slow down and stand more deeply in your feminine essence?
Late evening, Moon moves to Revati nakshatra, ushering in the nourishing support of Pushan.
Friday, February 12th
Moon in 5th tithi
Friday begins with Moon moving through Revati nakshatra and Venus changing signs- from fire to earth. At 01:00 am PST, Venus leaps to Capricorn, joining Mercury and a sandhi Sun here. Sun is now in the nakshatra of the Vasu Devas, Dhanishta, increasing light (jyoti) and being seen in dharmic ways. Rahu and Ketu are also sandhi, still in the 29 degree range, propping open the portals between signs. These gaps between signs are sacred junction points where spirit can be accessed more actively. There is vulnerability, sensitivity and new awareness enlivened as a result. Connect with your spiritual body intentionally and create space for deeper listening.
As Venus lands in Capricorn, conjuncting Mercury and Sun, all three planets now receive gaze from Mars and Saturn. These two planets are frustrating and often cause challenges due to their opposing energy. Mars is a warrior, fiery and action oriented, whereas Saturn is slow, methodical and needs a certain steadiness with ample pauses. Both energies rule over the earth sign Capricorn, giving it a stable, yet determined essence.
This is a courageous cycle for Venus, one that brings new endeavors and creativity. The hands are a primary entry point for accessing this creative wisdom, so let them guide you towards new awakenings. Allow the imaginal to come into form. Spark the soul and illuminate your spirit through grounding and landing within.
Align with the laws of nature in this coming cycle, the elements of existence, to support your awakening process. What feels like right action? How do you know this is real? Sense the connection you are creating with your inner truth. Feel this deepening from inner to outer. Is there a place in the physical body that you can feel this power strengthening?
Once Sun leaves Capricorn on the 13th, Venus and Mercury align once again as a creative, resourceful team. These creative tides will be stirring and activating more potent receptivity. Take this creativity into action. Land internally, track sensations, notice the physical body messages. These are vital resources for your creative and healing activation. The body will be sharing very clearly what you need, so harvest this wisdom consciously. Use these messages as resources for your path. There's support coming from within. Use this to deepen your inner gaze. Relationships can be instrumental in this inner awareness. Pay close attention to the mirrors you are looking in. Be courageous in your co-creation.
Friday, Moon moves through Revati nakshatra, Pushan's domain. The symbol here is a drum, used to keep time and mark occasions. Pushan helps travels be nourishing and fruitful, while also having the skill of returning what has been lost along the way. What are you calling back to you? What are you moving towards? Take an action step towards what you need for deep nourishment. Call in your guides, resources and spirit to support you.
Today is also Vasant Panchami, the celebrated day of goddess Saraswati- who governs knowledge, wisdom, creativity and technology. It is said that this day brings all goodness and success to your actions. It is an Abujha day, one that offers auspicious results. Honor, celebrate, chant and pray to Ma Saraswati. Let her blessings of wisdom, creativity and greater awareness arrive through you. The fifth tithi, Panchami, ends at 17:09 PST so be sure to do your pujas and celebrations prior.
Late evening, Moon makes the tricky leap from the end of the zodiac (Pisces) and into Aries, the beginning. A door closes, while a new one opens. What loose ends need to be finalized and completed to prepare you for the cycle to come?
Saturday, February 13th
Moon in 6th tithi
Minutes after Saturday arrives, Sun jumps to Aquarius, joining Ketu here. He receives direct gaze from Rahu and retrograde Jupiter seven houses away. This is the third planetary change this week, rendering multiple sandhi (in the gap between signs) planets simultaneously. Accessing spirit will be supported at this time, though a certain fragility and vulnerability will be present. Sun's transit through Aquarius gives rise to a certain spiritual focus in the coming month. One where we can more clearly identify polarities that need integration. As shadow emerges and rises to the surface, it can transform, more light can bring awareness and awakening, and suppressed energy can give rise to something new. Sun's conjunction with Ketu amplifies this process, while also bringing past traumas to the light.
The process of healing and transforming may intensify once Sun shifts into Satabisha nakshatra on February 19th. Varuna's watchful gaze does not let anything go unnoticed. This is an opportunity to align more closely with the Laws of Nature and bring yourself back to a sustainable balance point. Mind your health and be diligent with what you eat and how you eat. A good routine and following Ayurvedic principles will be ideal. Health issues that arise within Satabisha are said to be impossible to remove. Heyam dukham anagatam- avert the danger that has not come; use prevention.
By March 4th, Sun moves to Chitra nakshatra and Mercury will have joined Sun and Ketu in Aquarius as well. Clear action steps and innovation will be supported at this time. Creativity will be more unique, fresh and out of the box. Are you allowing in all possibilities? Let your entrepreneurial spirit shine! Computers will support this process as will the internet. Connect, co-create and find ways to share your ideas in bigger ways.
Use the coming month to chip away anything holding you back, keeping you from accessing your creative power. Where are you resisting your empowerment? Why? What is keeping you from fully accessing your full potential? Think big! Expand what you think is possible for yourself and your life. Ask for spirit to support you with this process. Allow your team to help- both on the material and spiritual planes of existence. Let your ancestors help you get your needs met. Call them in!
Saturday the 13th may feel like a fresh start as Moon moves through the first sign of the zodiac (Aries), signifying new beginnings. Moon receives gaze from Mars, Rahu and retrograde Jupiter as it moves through Aries. Emotionally, sudden outbursts of anger may arrive as well as frustrations and irritations. What is the underlying need and the lesson? Where are you forcing, when you should be surrendering? The horse-headed twin Ayurvedic doctors bring magic, medicine and miracles with them- usually suddenly and with precision. Gather resources for healing, rejuvenation and revitalization. Where can you drop in and listen more intently to your inner wisdom? What messages are arriving to support your health- physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually?
Late afternoon, Moon moves to Bharani nakshatra and sensitivity is stirred. Transformation is provoked, inviting in possibility, new awareness and insights. Let your feelings support the imaginal. Contain the big picture and give it focus.
Sunday, February 14th
Moon in 7th tithi
Moon continues through Aries and Bharani nakshatra, instigating Yama's strong arm of restraint. This nakshatra is symbolized by a yoni and is highly creative. There are openings and birthing offered, as well as closings and death. Opposing forces conjoin, giving rise to new possibilities. Use integration as your theme today. What needs to be connected, bridged and aligned so that more stability and ease is birthed? What restrictions can help you fulfill this process? Less is more. Let Yama's restraint be a resource.
Late afternoon Moon changes to Krittika nakshatra, Agni's domain. Get exact, clear and focused about your needs. Pay attention to your digestion and what you are feeding yourself. Attend carefully to your life fire. What are you ingesting in your life and are you well fed? Where is the nourishment coming from? Where do you need more? Once evening arrives, Moon leaps to Taurus and becomes exalted. The feeling body and emotions will be sparked. Saturn and Mars give their gaze, invoking passion and frustration simultaneously. What is working? What is not? How can you get your needs met in new ways?
Many Westerners celebrate Valentine's Day on the 14th. This is an interesting day to celebrate love and union. Uniting masculine and feminine energies can be supported today, but with restrictions and restraint. If you're birthing new love or re-igniting old love, create clear boundaries and intentions in order to get your needs met. Communicate carefully and consciously to relationships. What needs to transform within you, in order to find the connection you long for?
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?