This Week's Intention: Stabilize and integrate your power and purpose. How do you use your strength? Rather than imploding or exploding, find a harmony with your extremes.
Seek balance- inner and outer.
The week begins with a waxing Moon moving from the second to third tithi (phase) on Monday. This week we will feel an interesting shift as Sun moves forward into Capricorn and Mercury continues his retrograde dance back into Sagittarius. These two planets will be in a tight conjunction leading up to and after these changes, causing intensity and heat in the Mental body. Jupiter continues to retrograde back through Leo, while Saturn and Venus slowly begin to separate in Scorpio after a tight conjunction this past week. Five planets will be sandhi by the end of the week, this creates a profound and powerful vulnerability of sorts. How will you use this uncertainty as a resource to find your inner power?
Monday, Moon continues to move through Sravana nakshatra and Capricorn, receiving the gaze of Rahu, Mars and Saturn. Vishnu brings his dharmic messages and the ability to hear more clearly. He provides support for our dharmic path and brings wisdom through lineage, spiritual teachings and knowledge that has been passed down from generation to generation. There is ample intelligence available. How are you using your capabilities? Strategy is on your side. Clarify your steps and goals. Act mindfully.
Early evening, Moon shifts to Dhanishta nakshatra and the Vasu Devas arrive to support your bright shining light. Light your inner lamp and step towards your truth. What does your soul need to express? What is it here to accomplish? Move towards this desire and let the light guide you.
Tuesday, Moon continues through Capricorn and Dhanishta nakshatra, until mid morning when he moves to Aquarius. He receives gaze from Jupiter seven houses away, providing a bit of nourishment and support to our emotional body landscape. The Vasu Devas bring their shining light and support to those who take action. They like to be seen, heard and noticed- especially in connection to talents and good deeds. The ruling planet of Dhanishta is Mars who is currently transiting Libra. Make your actions balanced and integrated with consistency, clarity and purpose. Where are you pushing too hard, forcing yourself to accomplish? Are your action steps imbalanced or out of harmony with your physical well being? Put action behind your need for support and stability.
Early evening, Moon shifts to Satabisha nakshatra. Symbolized by an empty circle, there is potential and possibility available here. Translated as "has a hundred medicines," Satabisha is intimately connected to healing and transformation. Its ruling deity, Varuna, has a thousand eyes- to see everything. This is often experienced as a heightened critic, which can increase fear and anxiety. When one's sensitivity is imbalanced, fears and phobias can be exacerbated. This is a moveable (Chara) nakshatra which indicates that outcomes under this nakshatra can change, transform and move. What needs to shift in your life? Where are you resisting nourishment and support?
Sun is sandhi, at the edge of Sagittarius. Attend to self care on the physical and spiritual bodies with extra care in the coming days.
Wednesday, Moon continues to transit Satabisha, increasing a certain sensitivity with the mental body today. Mercury is in the gap, moving backwards, at the edge of Capricorn and at less than a degree. The mind is both delicate and sensitive, as well as intensified and strong. Where is the mental body forcing you into overwhelm and overs-stimulation? Be mindful of your actions and choices. Too much caffeine or stimulants can derail your calm and inner stability. Get the rest you need and be sure to meditate. Diseases and health concerns that begin under Satabisha are said to be incurable. Attend to your health and wellness with balance and extra support. Where do you need extra guidance and new resources?
Late afternoon, Moon shifts to the first half of the Bhadra constellation, Purvabhadrapada. This is the territory of Ajaikapada, a Rudra who is capable of immense leadership and casting off evils. Nataraja, the Lord of the Dance, is another name for this deity. Symbolic of balance, there is both grounding and movement awakened here. Stepping and grounding, stability and yet change. What are you balancing in your life? Where are your polarities beginning to integrate? Where do you need more support? Notice where the balance and harmony are arriving. Move towards this feeling and deepen your relationship with it.
Thursday begins with the shifts of Mercury and Sun as they switch signs and move into tight combustion. Mercury retrogrades back into Sagittarius at 01:51 PST, joining the Sun who is poised at the edge of Capricorn. As they conjunct here, they will be in exact degrees.
Once Mercury lands back in Sagittarius, he runs right into the Sun, rendering him combust and in exact conjunction with the direct heat of fire itself. The mind will be hot, agitated and fragile leading up to and after this transit so be mindful of your thoughts, words and actions. Sun and Mercury pass and begin to separate as Mercury retreats back through Sagittarius and the Sun moves forward into Capricorn. Though they will be separated by being in different signs, they are both still sandhi in the coming days- meaning the threshold between signs is open and vulnerable. It's as though the door is open and energy can move through easily.
Notice where Sagittarius and Capricorn are in your chart and what bhavas (houses) are activated by these transits. These are areas where heat and mental body stimulation will be intensified. Retrograde Jupiter now gives his gaze to Mercury, softening and stabilizing the mind, yet provoking growth and wisdom in ways that may arrive as challenges and learning curves. Where do you need more guidance, support and stability? What resources do you need for this stability to take place? Gather more support for the mental body. Use the physical body as a resource for grounding and stabilizing within, while stepping out of the pitfalls of the mental body.
Sun moves to Capricorn for the coming month at 11:33 PST, which will offer more grounding and earth based energy in the weeks to come. It's also a time to increase your visibility, step towards your desires and life offerings and be seen for your work in this world. Simultaneously, pushing and forcing may be your ways. This type of action is not sustainable and will effect your physical well being. With Rahu, Mars and Saturn giving their gaze to the Sun during this transit, the theme of forcing agendas and outcomes will be strong. Rahu offers intensified desires, while Mars brings his warrior mentality. Warriors don't think, they act. Saturn on the other hand will only support slow, steady steps. This combination is a lot like trying to start a fire without enough kindling. That said, where there's a will, there's a way. But at what cost?
Seek balance and harmony with your power and purpose. How do you get the job done? Is it possible to weave in healthy doses of rejuvenation and relaxation, without burning yourself out? How do you know when you're approaching burn out? What signals does your body give you? Use your creative life force in ways that strengthen the fire, without burning too hot and quick. Slow and steady wins the race. Notice when the feeling of balance and stability lands in your body. Can you locate this within? What is nourishing this feeling? What is depleting it?
Delegate and use effective communication to get your needs met. This will insure that you get your message and offerings out into the world more effectively. Tend diligently and tenderly to the inner fire and cultivate a deep presence with your passion. Your gifts deserve your attention. Put your focus on your greatest desires. Seek balance with your light and dark forces, polarities and opposing energies. How do you treat your darkness? What types of pleasure are you seeking? Are you in right-relationship with this? In this Sun cycle, stepping towards your power, while cultivating an intentional, harmonious relationship with it, is absolutely key.
As Sun moves to Capricorn, Makar Sankranti begins. This Vedic celebration is spoken of in the Mahabarata and celebrates Surya, the Sun god. Makara (or Capricorn in Sanskrit) is the return of increased light as Sun begins its journey northward- towards the Tropic of Cancer. Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra shared this in his latest newsletter: "The transition of the Sun from the Southern to the Northern hemisphere, in Shaka Vansya Ayurvedic terms, is an occasion of great joy, as it marks a more nurturing phase of the Sun's relationship to the earth and our human bodies. While the Sun is in the Southern hemisphere it is more detoxifying, but when it moves to the Northern hemisphere it becomes more nourishing and nurturing." Makar Sankranti falls on the 14th and 15th in the US and ushers in new beginnings. Start something new, set intentions, take a symbolic action step, rejuvenate yourself and celebrate with sweets and joyful activities.
Thursday, Moon moves to the final sign of the zodiac, Pisces, late morning, joining Ketu here. As Moon transits through the latter half of the Bhadra constellation, Uttarabhadra, starting early afternoon, a request for inner depth increases. Ahirbudhnya invites deep, internal excavation and asks that you go beyond the surface in order for a rich harvest. Dive deep for your inner treasures. Since he is a Rudra, there is a certain power and strength provided by him. Resources, pleasures, delights are his gifts, as well as removing obstacles and challenges. How can your path be easier? Move boulders out of your way.
Friday delicately begins with five planets sandhi, in the gap between signs. Sun and Mercury have just changed signs and are getting used to their new placements. Rahu and Ketu are at the edge of Virgo and Pisces, preparing to change signs for the next one and half years. Jupiter is at the edge of Leo, now retrograde. Sandhi planets are vulnerable, delicate and powerful in their ambiguity.
It's true, sandhi planets lack the grounding and stability that a planet who is clearly situated within a sign may offer. It is as though the planet hasn't fully decided if it is in the house that it is in. It is on its way in or out, but hasn't decided which one it will be. Its bags are still packed, boxes are still full, and it may not know if it's here or there. It's a traveler. It's in limbo.
This sense of here nor there, however, can offer some profound insights and awareness. Nothing is all good nor all bad, and this is quite true with sandhi planets. The gap offers us a connection to the mystical realms, the nether realms, and can offer great depth and awareness with what feels untouchable most of the time (or all the time depending on the individual). Planets that are sandhi offer potential, possibility, unique insights and depth as a result of their "otherworldly" connections. These are flexible planets and of course that can show up as versatility in a person as well. We can let this lack of grounding hinder us or give us great awareness. That is a choice. I like to remind my clients that what may appear to be a "negative", is in fact a great gift of some sort just waiting to be discovered. If there's any part of a chart that gives this type of indication so clearly, I think it is sandhi planets. Read more about the effects of sandhi planets.
There's a certain potential alive right now in the planets. This can be terrifying, exciting and highly creative. As Moon continues through Uttarabhadrapada today, resource from your depths. What do you truly want and need for your deepest nourishment? If you can land in the unknown fully, you'll find your answer.
Early afternoon, Moon shifts to Revati nakshatra, the final lunar constellation of the zodiac. On top of the uncertainty of five sandhi planets, there's a sense of release and endings being provoked simultaneously. Revati is ruled by Pushan who brings resources and support for our path and journey. What is showing up to support you right now? What are you gathering? What themes emerge?
Saturday morning continues to support the release and letting go process. Use your morning intentionally to lean into this. Organize, plan, write, communicate and clarify your vision moving forward. Around noon Moon crosses the tricky gap between Pisces (water) and Aries (fire). Feeling the steam? As Moon lands in Aries, it receives direct gaze from Mars and passion stirs. This may emerge as anger, frustration or rage. Can you identify why this fire is burning within? What are the needs that are underneath these hot emotions? Moon moves through Ashwini today. Use the remainder of the day for rejuvenation and attending to self care. Mercury and Sun are both stronger in degrees now which supports mind and body. Get outside, move your body, strengthen through fresh air and moving your prana. Consider today your fresh start!
Sunday increases the energy of Venus as Moon moves to Bharani nakshatra midday. Ruling planet of this lunar constellation is Venus. Venus also moves to the edge of Scorpio today, becoming sandhi. Just as Sun and Mercury strengthen in degrees, yet another delicate change begins. Ketu, Rahu, Jupiter and Venus are delicate and request deeper inner awareness. Relationships will be vulnerable today as well as in the coming days. Money, resources, comforts and creativity request your liminal attention. In order to get the memo, you must pause intentionally to listen. What do you need for deeper nourishment? Where are you resisting, refusing to let your needs be met? If there is pain or suffering, you are being reminded to land more softly into your inner resources, rather than forcing change from the outside. Make the necessary changes and adjustments that are being requested of you. This is a transformational and healing time. Gather support and resources for your change process.
Late morning, Monday, Moon shifts to Krittika nakshatra, inviting in the powerful forces of Agni to deepen your change process. There's a certain purification and clarifying process that is underway. Use simplicity to hone in on your needs. Themes of support and stability arrive. What do you need for more holding? Attend to your inner fire consciously and let your Agni guide you. Your hunger for life may be increasing. How do you feed this flame?
Early afternoon, Moon moves to Taurus and into its exaltation degrees. Rahu, Mars and Saturn give their gaze. The emotional body is powerful and passionate, yet requests stability and support for greater ease. Channel this potency effectively and use it as a resource for accomplishment. Make your steps clear and focused to avoid burn out. Late evening Moon shifts to its mulitrikona degrees, supporting a more balanced use of the emotional body power. Find ways to land and ground. Gather resources to support integration and balance with your inner tides.
Venus moves to Sagittarius at 16:31 PST, inviting in a new creative cycle. There will be tensions with the creative process, perhaps chaos and overwhelm, yet the underlying forces at play are to provoke change in your creative currents. Can you land in the center of the storm? Venus and Mercury will be tracking each other closely in the coming weeks, continuing this dance into Capricorn next.
Though Venus is not fond of Sagittarius, nor the gaze that Jupiter brings throughout this cycle, there is an integration being requested of you. Venus is the god of the asuras, the demons, or the human qualities we all express. Sagittarius is Jupiter's domain and his gaze intensifies his desires. Jupiter is the god of the devas, the gods. He encourages purity, spiritual pursuits and pure knowledge. Normally, the gaze of Jupiter is a comfort and a support, yet the relationship between Jupiter and Venus is tempestuous. Your demon and god qualities will be forced to face each other in this cycle. How can both get their needs met, in order for greater harmony within? Where are you spiritually-bypassing? This is a great time to be aware of where you may be refusing to look at your human parts with authenticity. Simultaneously, spirit is a great ally and a wonderful resource. However, even spirit wants you to evolve as a human being. It's time to be a fully integrated human. What resources and extra support do you need in order for this to happen?
Relationships, finances, health and comforts will provoke your desire for change in the coming weeks. Where there are challenges and struggles, you will be more inclined to put in the effort for growth and transformation. What stories are intensifying? Where is there discomfort and dis-ease? Release and cleansing will be important resources during this transit, while cultivating a deeper relationship with your creative powers. Stagnant inner waters must be given the opportunity to move, flow and find a new current. This can be supported through intentional creative acts, the arts, embodiment and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Remove and let go of the relationships that keep you strangled, undernourished and stifled creatively. This includes those that deplete your life force energy- leaving you dry and incomplete. Parts of yourself that you are clinging to, that keep you malnourished must also be let go. Keep cultivating a deeper relationship with your self in order to increase awareness about what you need for cultivating a richer creative process. Work with my creative rituals to support you with this. Find ways to increase your fluidity with healthy habits, nourishing foods and lifestyle practices, dance, chanting and singing. Let the legs ground you and deepen your presence of support in the pelvis. Integrating human and god qualities within will be supported through working with first and second chakras.
*All timing is given in Pacific Standard Time Zone.
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