Moon Mindfulness ::: Mind Your Moon
Moon in Bharani nakshatra today (same lunar constellation as Ketu currently) and is in waxing phase. Bharani has to do with death, as it is ruled by Yama, the lord of death, yet king of Dharma. Yama is restraint, and at its worst, punishment and death. Restriction of any kind is often necessary in order to see more clearly. Some times we just need to hold off, hold back, do less, be less, in order to get new results and take a different course of action. You might consider this a rest phase, a day to rest, be restored and find rejuvenation. Or, you may need some R & R after today! Others will be very aware of their own "burn out" today.
There are so many seemingly contradictory parts to Bharani. On one hand it is ruled by a deity who is closely linked to death, dying, transformation, endings, the goddess Durga, restraint and restriction. On the other hand, Bharani is ruled by Venus, the planet of love, a watery, life-giving planet and the symbol is the yoni- an ultra sensory organ, and one that can bring harmony and enjoyment. How do these seemingly opposite things intersect? Where are you not being truthful to your Self, your creative actions, your ability to see clearly and feel sensitively? What endings must occur in order for these insights to come? What must dissolve for resolution and new beginnings to emerge? Thus, Bharani becomes a loop of life and death, mixed with our creativity, intelligence and desire for right action. The proper combination of this, brings fulfillment and healing. And Yama leads the way- whether it's to an open door or a closed one. He's always there watching.
Today's moon is particularly metaphoric in that it is the first of four planets to cross the threshold from Pisces to Aries (endings to beginnings/old to new/winter to spring etc) before the others follow suit in the coming weeks. Next time moon is in Aries, he will be joined by Venus and Mars as well as Ketu. It is as though the moon is ushering in the new awareness that is coming soon. Venus will cross into Aries first, followed by Mars, then Sun and Mercury in the coming weeks. This is a particularly difficult gap (sandhi) not only because Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac, but also because Pisces is water and Aries is Fire. Some times you don't make it out alive, but you never make it out the same as you went in. If you listen closely, you can already begin to feel the rumblings of change. It always starts on the inside. It always starts with the moon-out intuition, intelligence.
Sun is now in Pisces (a friend's sign) in PurvaBhadrapada still, moving closer to Mars. Venus is sandhi (in the gap) and enters Pisces, it's home of exaltation on 3.17 and is still in PurvaBhadrapada as well. The planets are assisting us in getting things done right now. Being clear about what is necessary for our new life and forcing us to be clear with the universe. Spring clean the mind, body, spirit. There is support right now.
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