August New Moon
As of Sunday, a two year Mars cycle has ended. He is making some unusual movements in the coming months, navigating openings and closings repeatedly. Mars is the planet of action, focus, courage- and his fiery ways support goals and accomplishments. He has newly entered Aries, sitting in the gap between endings and beginning for an extended stay.
Normally, Mars transits are roughly two months in length, but Mars will retrograde in Aries on September 9th and re-enter Pisces on October 4th. During this retrograde cycle, he will retrace his steps through Pisces until the end of the year.
Notice what themes have emerged for you over the past two months as you will be asked to re-visit these steps from October to December once again. There may be a lack of clarity and some uncertainty arriving with this cycle, so pay attention to what is feeling good and what needs to be released once and for all.
Mars will go direct in Pisces on November 13th and will re-enter Aries on December 24th. During the coming months, he will usher in themes of opening and closing, loss and arrivals. Look for fresh starts, renewal, opening and beginnings once he enters Aries again as 2021 arrives.
This unusual Mars transit will directly impact the Mars ruled signs of Aries and Scorpio the most. Those who are highly influenced by Mars in their natal chart, or running a Mars Maha Dasha, should pay close attention as well. Notice where Mars is located in your natal chart and what houses he will be moving through as he navigates Pisces and Aries throughout the rest of the year.
Currently, all three gandantas, or sacred gaps, are open. These are junction points between water and fire in the zodiac. When a planet transits through these spiritual junction points, it experiences a major transformation and uprooting process. Often big life changes happen with these junctions. They are also considered extremely spiritual because they uproot blockages on the psycho-emotional body levels.
Now that Mars has leaped into Aries, he is transiting the first of three gandantas in the zodiac. This ushers in fresh starts and rejuvenation. Sun and Mercury have also just moved to the second gandanta of the zodiac, Magha. This spiritual portion of the sky is directly connected to the ancestors, power, and ego. Pay attention to what needs to transform in relationship to your power, masculine and purpose.
Ketu has been transiting the third gandanta, Mula, for over a year now. This 1.5 year transit ends on September 23rd when Ketu shifts into Scorpio and Rahu moves to Taurus. As a planet leaves a house, it tends to intensify. Mula nakshatra can clear the path for dharma, or present major obstacles that hinder the path. Are you moving closer to your soul purpose right now, or further away?
With all three gandantas wide open right now, the coming weeks are especially vulnerable and delicate. It is not a good time to take unnecessary risks, however, it is an excellent time to do your inner work, transform shadow into light, and overcome obstacles on your spiritual path. Attend to your dharmic path and it will be time well spent.
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Magha New Moon
Moon completely empties on the 18th at 20:42 MT while transiting Leo and Magha nakshatra. Sun, Moon, and Mars are all in tight conjunction in Magha nakshatra at this time. The cycle ahead is asking you to be more vigilant with your power- how you use it, why you use it, what it means for you. Are you in right relationship with your masculine, power source, and inner strength?
Magha nakshatra is considered a gandanta. One of three gaps in the zodiac between water and fire, notorious for uprooting the psycho-emotional bodies. Whatever unconscious entanglements are gripping you, it’s possible to loosen them and release them at this time. Be honest with your shadow work and diligently acknowledge personal mythology with your disempowerment, victim, use of strength and power in the cycle ahead.
Pitr rules the domain of Magha which automatically connects this portion of the sky with the ancestors. There is a direct correlation with father and father’s lineage here as well. Over 50% of your karma and grief work is connected to your ancestors. Magha brings lineage grief to the surface and will ask you to face your power, karma, and lineage issues directly.
This is an ideal time to pay homage and give gratitude to your ancestors. Feed them, bring offerings to your ancestor altar, notice symbols or message arriving directly from Spirit. Give your blessings to those who have come before, as well as the gifts they have shared with you. After all, you would not be here without them.
Where do you feel connected to your ancestors and your lineage? Where do you feel disconnected? In what ways are you creating connections with your ancestors and building a relationship with them? How do the ancestors show up for you and what messages do they share?
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Wishing you a clear and aligned cycle ahead,
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