Moon is waning (Krishna Paksha) this week and moves through Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces and into Aries. Our attention and intention move inward as the Moon empties.
Sync up with the Moon and its waxes and wanes on a physical level. Learn more in my Flow With the Moon article.
Moon transits Capricorn and Sravana nakshatra today. Vishnu and the Moon rule Sravana. Vishnu is all-pervasive, like akasha (space), and connects us to the three realms earth, sky (cosmos) and heaven (universe). The Rg Ved tells us that Vishnu took three steps, traversed these three realms, and he expands our consciousness. Vishnu and Sravana nakshatra connects us to dharma, the oral traditions, wealth and prosperity.
Capricorn's ruler, Mars, goes direct today at 20:28 CDT. We can expect the mind, creativity and actions to be moving in a more forward motion now. Be intentional and plan your steps carefully. Sharpen your focus. Set your desires into motion. Take three powerful steps- in honor of Vishnu.
Moon moves to Dhanishta nakshatra today at 10:00 am CDT. With Dhanishta's planetary ruler being Mars (now direct), we may feel grande momentum today and a strong work ethic in place. Vasu, the presiding deity of this nakshatra, urges us to shine brightly, to achieve excellence and wealth. Dharma is a predominant force here.
Today, seek comfort, seek support, seek the spark alive within you. Move towards your shining.
Use this mantra to connect to the light (jyoti) that is available to us through the Vasu-Devas:
Aum namo bhagavate vasudevaya
Moon moves to Aquarius at 21:14 CDT and receives gaze (drishti) from Rahu, and Jupiter here.
Moon transits Aquarius, receiving gaze (drishti) from Rahu, and Jupiter here and moves into Satabhisha nakshatra at 08:31 am CDT. Varuna and Rahu rule the day through this nakshatra. Varuna is connected to unseen (invisible) obstacles- which is also another attribute of the sign Aquarius and its ruler, Rahu, the shadow planet. Watch for excess judgement and criticism today, as well as looking for inner wrongs and the wrongs of others. Take care of your health and work towards removal of inner/outer obstacles.
It is Wednesday (day of Mercury) and Moon is transiting its 8th phase (tithi) called Ashtami also ruled by Rahu. This is the half way point in the waning cycle. A feeling of being in limbo might be felt today, a sense of urgency to change, but resistance to act or move might be heightened. Look for fears and anxiety to be present with this push/pull dynamic.
The mind is delicate through the weekend as Mercury changes signs; while in transition, it passes through its sandhi (gap) phase and asks us to move our senses inward. Avoid making decisions until Mercury strengthens (Saturday) and temper feelings of overwhelm and mental tension with fresh air, embodiment and creative outlets. Write your worries and fears down on paper. Let them flow like water onto the page in order to empty your mind. It's ok to think big today, just don't succumb to overwhelm. Take bite sized action steps for best results.
Venus moves towards the edge of Pisces and becomes sandhi in the wee hours.
Moon moves to Purvabhadrapada at 7:19 am CDT. Ajaikapada (a form of Shiva, lord of the dance) and the planet Jupiter are enlivened today- especially because it is Thursday, the day of Jupiter. Today may offer a sense of both expansion and contraction. We may feel the need to cut pieces loose that need to be let go of in order for greater growth and change. There might be an energy today of overwhelm, balancing the impossible, and/or having a foot in two opposing realms. The word of the day is tapas. Think in terms of purification and learning from the obstacles afoot.
Mercury moves to its own sign (Gemini) at 15:32 CDT, joining Jupiter there. This is cause for celebration and insures that our mental and creative capacities will get an expansive boost in the coming weeks, though not without navigating some shadow work as Rahu gives his drishti (gaze) nine houses away from Libra. Some may even get a monetary leg up or some notoriety with this cycle. This is an unusually lengthy transit for Mercury who usually zooms through signs in only a few weeks, but this cycle will last for over two months! Part of this time he will retrograde and become sandhi at the edge of Gemini, but nonetheless, our mental faculties will be getting some support during this transit.
As per my planetary transit report for the waning Moon cycle:
A powerful transit of "increase" is upon us with this one. More knowledge, more wisdom, more understanding and more of all things Mercury. Expect money making ideas and desires to increase simultaneously. Don't let the mind run off with you. Reign it in. Being diligent this month with the mental body and meditation will be valuable and deepen your efforts and experiences with this transit.
More on Mercury's transit into Gemini in my next planetary transit report next week. Use the "soft mind" of sandhi Mercury for inner reflection and introspection until he strengthens in degrees on Saturday.
Moon changes signs, moving to Pisces at 00:38 am CDT, joining a very sandhi Venus here and receives direct drishti (gaze) from Mars seven houses away. Shortly thereafter, Moon moves into Uttarabhadrapada at 06:27 am CDT where the naga (serpent) Ahirbudhnya and the planet Saturn predominate. A Rudra who removes calamities, Ahirbudhnya offers us great insights, depth and awareness if we choose to navigate the unseen and hidden realms within ourselves.
As per my planetary transit report for the waning Moon cycle:
Moving out of its exaltation sign of Pisces and into Aries, Venus makes the transition at 18:09 CDT. This is a particularly tricky junction as Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and is a water sign, whereas Aries is the beginning of the zodiac and a fire sign. The symbolism here: endings and new beginnings, as well as starting anew. Venus will be feeling the pressure this month as he shares Aries with Ketu and also receives direct gaze (drishti) from Saturn and Rahu seven houses away as well as Mars eight houses away. A nice exchange between Sun and Venus occurs though as Sun transits Taurus (ruled by Venus) and Venus transits Aries (ruled by Sun).
Heat, pressure and transformations are inevitable, however. We may feel this in our relationships, with our creativity, passions, artistry, and with our flow of money. We may get an increase of support and a greater feeling of power and possibility with this transit. However, as Venus joins Ketu in Aries, expect a purification of these areas of life to occur as well as a restructuring with all things Venus.
Moon moves to Revati nakshatra at 5:54 am CDT. Pushan and Mercury preside over this nakshatra. Mind strengthens as Mercury strengthens in degrees today which helps us harvest the nourishment that Pushan offers ton us. Prosperity, increase, and a sense of flourishing can arrive through Pushan. He protects us on our paths and helps our journey be comfortable and with ease.
Today, look for ways you can expand your wealth and prosperity and notice where you are needing extra nourishment and support. What is working? What is not working? Now is the time to make adjustments so that more gains can be felt. FYI: some letting go will be required in this process.
Sun moves to Rohini nakshatra at 02:55 am CDT. This can help our sense of creative potential. Look for insights and intuitive guidance pointing you in the right direction. Let your creativity be unleashed!
Moon crosses the tricky junction point between Pisces (end of the zodiac and water sign) and moves into Aries (beginning of zodiac and fire sign) at 5:43 am CDT where it joins Venus and Ketu there; all will be in Ashwini nakshatra. These three planets receive direct drishti (gaze) from Rahu and Saturn seven houses away in Libra as well as from Mars eight houses away. Get activated! Cut loose the old attachments and barnacles holding you back. Burn away impurities and seek healing and rejuvenation- especially with relationships. You may feel this need for change and restructuring on the mental level or it may be required of you. Get creative. Harmonize more with your desires and great potential.
Use your Sunday for taking extra care of your needs. Relax, restore, and use your favorite techniques for rejuvenation.
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