This Week's Intention: Notice the inner swells and find your grounding, your connection to Nature and her wisdom, as well as your connection to spirit. Surrender to the immense fertility being awakened in the environment- enlivened through potential and possibility. Allow the emotional body to move, change, transform and heal you.
The week ahead brings a full Moon in Virgo with a penumbral lunar eclipse. The Vernal equinox has opened the door to spring in the northern hemisphere and the Holi celebrations spark the creative life force energy- inner and outer. Mercury is now debilitated in Pisces and Saturn will go retrograde this week as well. Be gentle with your emotions, mind and body.
Monday, March 21st
Moon in 14th tithi
Just as Monday begins, Moon shifts to Purvaphalguni nakshatra, increasing creativity and life force energy. As the Moon moves through Leo, it is conjunct retrograde Jupiter and Rahu. All three planets receive drishti (gaze) from Venus, Ketu and Saturn. The emotional body is being asked to respond to complex energies. Find ways to ground into the body and spirit in order to awaken from repressed or contracted emotions. Emotional body tides are high now as Moon enters the 14th tithi (phase), nearing complete fullness. Allow your feelings to move through you and attend to your emotional body wisdom with care.
Ruling deity of Purvaphalguni, Bhaga, is an Aditya who brings resources and support through the material. Let his potential bring you gifts. Notice ideas, excitement, new choices and actions, as these are ripe with possibility and new growth. Allow passion to stir you and increase your momentum. Open your heart and expand your flow of love. What space has been created with all the clearing and releasing of the eclipse portal? What still needs to be let go? What seeds are you planting now?
Tuesday, March 22nd
Moon in 15th tithi
As Tuesday begins, the Moon moves to the final phase of the waxing cycle, Purnima- the 15th tithi. Just as the emotional body moves into fullness, it changes into the latter half of the Phalguni constellation, Uttaraphalguni. Aryaman rules this domain and provides creativity, fertility and sustainability for connection, creation and relationship. He's especially associated with the ancestors and sustaining one's lineage through marriage, children and dharma. The Phalguni stars are particularly potent and creative. It is said that even the gods get married during the time of Phalguni- which honor spring, awakening and fertility and celebrations like marriage.
Just before midday, the Moon moves to Virgo, receiving gaze from Sun and debilitated Mercury now. The emotional and mental bodies are stirred, focused and concentrated. Notice if clarity arrives, but soften the mind through meditation and mental/emotional body clearing.
Fertility and creativity are enlivened during this full Moon time period, as it coincides with the Vedic Holi festival, also known as "the festival of colors". Holika Dahan (the night before Holi when the fires are lit) is on the 22nd this year, followed by the Holi festivities on the 23rd. This celebration in the Vedic calendar- which roughly coincides with the vernal equinox and the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere- sparks creative potential, increased love, beauty and creativity. It takes place with the Phalguni Purnima as the Phalguni stars are ripe with sensuality, love, beauty and abundant resources.
Wednesday, March 23rd
Moon in 15th and 1st tithi
The full Moon is March 23rd at 05:00 PDT while Moon is in Virgo and Uttaraphalguni. This full Moon coincides with a penumbral lunar eclipse, closing the two week eclipse portal that has been invoking challenging shadow work for many. The eclipse begins at 02:39 PDT, with the maximum eclipse being at 04:47 PDT, and ending at 06:54 PDT.
This eclipse will be visible through much of Asia, Australia, North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica. Traditionally, it is not advised to look at an eclipse directly, or to be outside during the eclipse. Stay indoors, meditate, eat lightly or fast, set intentions and say prayers. Use this time as the sacred, inward time that it is. Being outside during the eclipse leaves you vulnerable to absorbing extra "shadow" which is not ideal. Since eclipses represent and intensify the inner shadow, taking precautionary measures to avoid gathering more shadow, is important. This full Moon marks the closing of the eclipse portal (the two week period between solar and lunar eclipses). It is now a better time to begin new projects, make decisions or start anything important.
Full Moon in Uttaraphalguni supports increased creativity and nourishment in the cycle to come, but not without necessary change and transformation. The full Moon chart indicates nourishment through wisdom, the support of the ancestors and spirit for this process. Deepen your connection to your lineage and find ways to invite them into your life. Perhaps it's time to create an ancestor altar? Feed them good meals? Notice their constant messages? Pay attention to how they show up in your life.
Read more about the full Moon + Eclipse in the March Moon Wisdom post.
Late morning, the Moon moves to Hasta nakshatra and Savitr brings his awakening through light, wisdom and clarity. Increased light and wisdom arrives with his illumination. The hands are especially associated with Hasta- which can be used as a resource for more wisdom and awakening. With Sun and Mercury giving their gaze to the Moon right now, it will be the mental and emotional bodies that will provoke your inner light and wisdom, with the support of the spiritual body. Clear, cut, heal and transform the mind, emotions and physical body- in order to connect more deeply with your spirit. How can the hands support you in this process? Use art, EFT, movement and mudras as resources.
Thursday, March 24th
Moon in 2nd tithi
The Moon continues through Hasta until late morning. Let Savitr support your awakening and increased light as you begin your day. Recite the Gayatri Mantra for gaining his guidance. As Moon shifts into Chitra, Vishvakarma arrives with an action-oriented agenda. His creativity and the action he puts behind it, can support great strides. He is considered "the divine architect" who created the zodiac. He is a powerful artist and has the energy to mass produce using both his creativity and the necessary steps and action in order to bring creativity into form. In this way he can support the creative process, any production and creativity. Ruling planet of this constellation is Mars, who is currently conjunct Saturn. This energy creates frustration and a tendency for confusion or delays. Slow, steady action steps are supported right now. Force, rush or push for outcomes and you will amplify anger, calamity and delays. As Saturn prepares to retrograde in the early hours of Friday morning, delays will be amplified.
Moon leaps to Libra just before midnight. Ketu gives his gaze to the Moon, provoking emotional sparks as well as possible clarity in the days to come. This may bring new awareness with regard to relationships, the mirror of the "other", as well as with business ventures.
Friday, March 25th
Moon in 3rd tithi
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 the planet and how they 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.
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. Read more about Saturn in Scorpio
Today, Moon continues through Chitra until just after Noon. Take action, get creative and attend to your artistic intelligence. As Moon shifts into Swati nakshatra, Vayu takes over. His immense strength, movement and ability to make sudden and swift changes, brings a necessary alignment with prana, the life force energy within. Use the breath to align with more balance and inner strength. Do you let the chaos of the changing winds provoke havoc and dis-ease, or do you channel this vital energy with conscious forces and diligence. Pranayama and yoga asanas are a good use of your energy today.
Saturday, March 26th
Moon in 4th tithi
Moon continues through Libra and Swati nakshatra the majority of the day. Mind your breath, your life force energy, and notice if you are using it intelligently or squandering it. Be in right relationship with your inner life and let this spark increased energy and enthusiasm for living. Seek balance between inner and outer, polarities and conflicts. What parts of your being need resolution and more harmony? Let the breath help you find this union.
As Moon shifts to Vishaka nakshatra late afternoon, the unification of opposing forces becomes more important. This is a constellation of co-creation. Vishaka can help you recognize difference as a vital resource for strength and support. Who and what can help you get your needs met in new ways? What are you trying to do yourself when you should be asking someone else to support you instead? Ruling deities Indra and Agni, are the representation of duality and yet these opposing forces are intimately reliant on each other. Indra is king, while Agni is priest. Neither can thrive without the support of the other. The kingdom would fall apart without strength and spirit aligned in partnership. How can you find more balance in your kingdom? More harmony between opposing forces?
Sunday, March 27th
Moon in 5th tithi
Vishaka continues to rule the day, provoking unification and increased harmony within. Challenges are a reminder to make adjustments. Ask for support, call in new resources, gather your team of guidance. Where are you resisting the support you need? Where are your actions out of alignment with your inner knowing? Reach out, connect and receive. You can not thrive without increased support.
As Moon shifts to it debilitation sign, Scorpio, midday, it joins retrograde Saturn and Mars here. This conjunction can bring intense emotional challenges through anger, sadness, grief and frustration. Tend to the emotional body diligently today. Find ways to help the mind and body release pent up or stagnant energy. Use the physical body as a resource for movement and release. Where do you feel stuck and resistant? Where do you feel this in your body? What emotions are arriving? Do you feel flat and frozen? Keep it moving. Tapping on your heart center and voicing your feelings can be a useful resource today.
As evening arrives, Moon moves to Anuradha nakshatra. Details and Saturn's contraction can increase pain, struggle and grief. It can also increase numbing, resistance and a sense of being emotionally frozen. Where are you numbing or contracting? Soothe and support the physical body in order for thawing and releasing within. Use self care diligently.
Monday, March 28th
Moon in 6th tithi
Moon continues to transit its debilitation sign, Scorpio, while moving through Anuradha nakshatra. Anuradha inspires growth from one's depths, rising from the mud and blossoming into wisdom and beauty- as is symbolized by the lotus flower. This constellation can bring precision and exactness, as well as inspiration and growth. It's mild and tender, extremely sensitive and thoughtful. Let your inner compassion help you soften and release wherever you're gripping too tightly. Ask for support for this release. Anuradha can give help through connection, friendship and outer support- but you must be receptive to receive. How can the physical body be a resource for increased receptivity? Attend to your sensitivity with diligence today. The emotional body will be in need of extra support, tenderness and compassion. Lean in and listen. As Moon and Mars are in exact conjunction today, releasing anger will be essential. This is a potent resource for increased momentum. Use it wisely.