The August new Moon occurs on Monday the 21st at 12:31pm Mountain Time while Moon transits Leo and Magha nakshatra. This new Moon coincides with a total Solar eclipse which begins 09:46 am MDT and ending at 03:04pm MDT. The maximum eclipse will be at 12:25pm MDT. The total solar eclipse marks the closing of the two week long eclipse portal.
Lunar and solar eclipses happen in pairs. A lunar eclipse always occurs about 2 weeks before or after a solar eclipse. On some occasions, a lunar eclipse can be both preceded and followed by a solar eclipse. This lunar eclipse kicked off a two week eclipse portal that closes with a full Solar eclipse on the new Moon August 21st.
The upcoming solar eclipse is particularly important for the United States as it will shadow the majority of the USA. It is the first total solar eclipse in 99 years to cross coast-to-coast and the first to pass through any part of the lower 48 states in 38 years.
Though the solar eclipse is an astonishing astrological event and an extremely rare occurrence, the Vedic perspective does not advise looking directly at the eclipse or being outside during the eclipse.
From a Vedic perspective, it is never advised to be outside during an eclipse, or to look at it directly. If you must be outside, make sure your head is covered. Essentially you are absorbing shadow when you look at or are out during the eclipse- especially if it is visible in your location. It is like taking on more Rahu, or serpent energy, and is thought to bring more calamity and "shadowed awareness" into ones life.
The lunar eclipse also marks a delicate two week gap between lunar and solar eclipses. It is not advised to start new projects at this time, nor make big decisions. Best to lay low, attend to spiritual pursuits, get extra rest and work with your inner shadow very consciously. This eclipse portal ends on the 21st of August.
This Leo new Moon incites ancestral power and wisdom as Moon and Sun collide in Magha nakshatra, the magnanimous star of power, force and aggression. Symbolized by a throne room or palanquin, suggesting royalty, privilege and elitism. Magha likes to be treated well, as special, and ego can often get in the way of empathy and compassion. Excessive masculinity and force must be tempered and balanced with kindness, listening skills and understanding of others' needs.
The desire for swift movement and change emerges in this waxing cycle. Temper it with caution, slow, steady steps and leaning into the emotional body. Relationships come to the forefront as well as the need for balance, integration and harmony. Extremes and polarities are heightened, so finding balance between opposing forces is paramount. Chip away at the heart and release past traumas, pains and illusions that keep you from being nourished, loved and fed by life. Reach, extend and dream big!
As strong as the desires are, go slow and be methodical. Rushing, pushing and forcing outcomes will result in long term struggle and heart break. Go slow, lean in and acknowledge your desires. What is the underlying need? Gains come in this cycle with visibility, reaching out to new people and relationships, asking for your needs to be met as well as through new resources, guidance and support. New resources yield new results. Be mindful of your powerful voice. Use it for awakening, but don't hurt others with the storm in your mouth.
Be aware of deception and illusion as well as fears that cloud judgement. Look closer at this fear and how it impacts the ego. Only by honoring and acknowledging the needs of your fear can you open new pathways of nourishment and life force energy. Inner and outer dynamics may feel imbalanced. Seek support for greater balance and harmony. The gateway is your emotional body and the wisdom it holds. Don't negate its messages. Go slowly so you can hear and acknowledge what it has to share with you. Dig in, lean closer and let your inner waves guide you towards new resources as well as self inquiry. What does your emotional body tell you it needs? What is missing? What is the nourishment you seek?
There is growth, strength and movement towards dharma in the days and weeks ahead. Align your steps with your path and purpose. Release and let go of choices and behaviors that keep you from highest passion and joy. Ask the ancestors to help you with this process. Let them know you need the right resources to get clarity. What mental body illusions and deceptions are keeping you in the dark? The mental body stories that keep you playing small and pretending you're powerless to change your circumstances? This is the root of what needs to change. Determine the mental body stories that are adharmic (against your dharma) and begin to change, transform and release these painful attachments once and for all.
This is a powerful time to align with your dharma, your soul's purpose, as the eclipse portal awakens dharma and purpose. The full Moon and coming cycle supports a deeper listening of your heart wisdom, your inner truth. Lean in closer and use my dharmic resources below to align with your highest potential.
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