The first New Moon of the year arrives on January 16th at 19:17 MST while Moon is transiting sidereal Capricorn and UttarAshada nakshatra. Just before the new Moon, on Sunday, January 14th, the returning of the Sun arrives. Makar Sankranti in the Vedic Calendar marks the movement of Surya/Sun into Capricorn and the beginning of more light and longer days. Mentioned in the Mahabharata, this solar festival is estimated to be about 5,000 years old. Mark this timing with intention and invite in the return of the light. What are you inviting in and ready to receive?!
Hours before the new Moon, Mars shifts into its own sign, Scorpio, until March 7th. Planets in their own signs tend to offer more balance. Expect the warrior planet to ask you to dive deeply into your personal mythology. Look within and peer into your shadows and illusions. Use fear as a resource and let it guide you towards meaning and purpose. Superficiality won't be tolerated in this cycle. Put your muck boots on.
Fiery Mars is considered exalted in Capricorn and four planets collide in this earthy sign at the time of the New Moon. Venus and Sun are too close for comfort still, creating a combustion. When fire (Sun) and water (Venus) conjunct, steam is created. How do you direct this passionate energy? Don't get burned out. Watch for depletion of your life force energy and overworking. Rest, silence and least force is vital right now. Venus, Sun, and Moon collide with the Moksha planet, Ketu as well. Ketu always brings restructuring and release which deepens at the time of the new Moon. Watch for sudden changes and transformations. What are you releasing and letting go of? What needs to be burned, cut, restructured or transformed in order to create space for the new? What personal mythology is keeping you stressed, overworked and misaligned?
The constellation of UttarAshada is fixed- which gives stable, lasting results that offer great benefits. Vishvadeva rules this portion of the sky and provides integrity and alignment with ones highest purpose. Adharma (that which goes against dharma) is not tolerated. Integrity is key with this constellation. The all-gods who rule this domain remind us of virtue, goodness, truth, determination, talent, time, enjoyment, firmness, sight, fame and leadership. These are non-negotiable attributes of one's dharmic path. Where are you aligned with your purpose? Where are you misaligned?
Use this waxing cycle to make radical improvements within your life path. This is a time of great healing and transformation. Seek balance, integration and strength. Clarify your needs and what is missing on your path. What resources and support do you need for greater ease and alignment? Where are you making life harder than it needs to be? Open you heart by leaning into your darkness and shadow. Not sure what this looks like for you? Notice where you are resisting or sabotaging your success, your needs and your nourishment. Attend to your gut, digestion and power. Watch for conflicts and misunderstandings. Seek peaceful solutions, without avoidance. Use your fire carefully.
1) If I could do anything I wanted without the fear of failure what would it be?
2) What is stopping me right now from taking the first step?
3) How can I overcome what is stopping me?
Where do you want to be six months from now?!
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This Week's Intention: Use your grief as a resource for awakening. Honor your emotional body wisdom fully and allow it to teach you about your deepest needs.
Ask for extra support and find simple steadiness within.
It's a waning Moon week, which means that your emotional body tides are softening and becoming more vulnerable. The light is diminishing and your focus is turning inward. Venus will move to its sign of debilitation this week, joining Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo. Creativity, life force energy and money are vulnerable this month and require your extra attention. Mars and Saturn will be in exact degrees the first half of the week, causing intense conflict and challenge to surface. Understand that this is an extreme purification cycle, wringing out grief from your emotional body, calling you to simplify every level of your life. Be gentle, go slow and attend to your emotional body wisdom very intentionally. Late in the week, a tight conjunction of Jupiter, Mercury and Venus occurs in Virgo. This will impact finances and relationships directly.
Read more about these challenging transits and the impact of the eclipse portal
Monday, August 22nd
Moon in 5th tithi
As Monday begins, Moon finishes its transit through Revati and Pisces. Mid morning, Moon leaps from water into fire, jump starting beginnings and openings. As Moon arrives in Aries and Ashwini nakshatra a fresh start awakens. Ashwini is ruled by Ketu, who cuts attachments and provokes release. Open yourself up to the new by letting go of the past. Allow yourself to step into a fresh start and say yes to a new cycle. What are you opening to? What are you closing to? As Moon wanes this week, the energy shifts inward. Reach inward and gather the wisdom of the past cycle so you can use it for the weeks to come. Mars and Saturn in a tight exact conjunction right now. This brings challenges with the physical and emotional bodies. Actions will be slowed no matter how hard you try. Do not force outcomes.
Tuesday, August 23rd
Moon in 6th to 7th tithi
Sashti to Saptami
Early morning, Moon shifts to Bharani nakshatra- a constellation ruled by Venus and Yama. Restraint will be necessary today. Extravagance will not be supported. Simplicity rules the day with all things Venus- money, relationships, comforts, food, sweets and intoxicants. Don't overindulge. Mars and Saturn are in exact degrees today. Saturn, the renunciate, is infamous for simplicity and lack of frivolousness. He wants your serious commitment and scheduled timeliness. Mars is fighting his needs mercilessly, causing tension between polarities- young and old, fast and slow, ancient and new, life and death, masculine and feminine. How can you integrate polarities more consciously? How can each of your parts support the other? Let your light and dark find more balance.
Wednesday, August 24th
Moon in 7th and 8th tithi
Saptami and Ashtami
Just as Wednesday begins, Moon shifts to the final nakshatra of Aries, Krittika. Late morning, Moon arrives in Taurus and her degrees of exaltation. Emotional waves are high! Agni rules this portion of the sky, bringing deep purification and transformation with him as a result. As the sacred fire god, he supports the alchemical change process and supports the transition of all levels of life. He awakens, brings life and increases clarity and exactness. Sun is associated with Agni- currently transiting his own sign, Leo. Power and purpose come to the forefront today. What changes do you need to make in order to step into your power more fully? Mars and Saturn will be forcing you to look at this in an integrated, balanced way. There are no short cuts. Just your willingness to honor your inner and outer realms equally. Let your emotional body be a resource for your alchemy and change process.
Thursday, August 25th
Moon in 8th to 9th tithi
Ashtami to Navami
Moon moves through Taurus and enters Rohini nakshatra just as Thursday begins. Now in its mulitrikona degrees, the Moon's potency is less, but also more manageable. The emotional body becomes a potent creative resource today. Your feelings create your life and help you manifest. You don't create your life from the thinking body, but from the feeling body. Do you feel safe to expand and activate your power and purpose? It's time to clean up your subconscious territory and awaken more possibility in your life. What is holding you back? Mars has shifted to the other side of Saturn, yet is still in almost exact conjunction. In the coming days, this battle will begin to come to a close after many months of challenges and disruptions. Have you extracted the theme and digested the meaning of this intense time period?
Just as the 25th arrives, Venus leaps into Virgo, joining exalted Mercury and Jupiter here. This cycle of Venus provokes a lopsided energy of big, strong creativity, mixed with vulnerability and sensitivity simultaneously. The challenge will be to honor both and integrate the conflict of big and small, expansive and quiet. At the time when Venus moves into Virgo, Moon is also in its mulitrikona sign, Taurus, with Rohini on the ascendant. This increases the huge waves of creative energy during this cycle and builds momentum.
Read more about Venus in Virgo
Friday, August 26th
Moon in 9th to 10th tithi
Navami to Dashami
Just as Friday arrives, Moon shifts to Mrigashirsha nakshatra, inviting in the emotional body, soma and immense creativity. There is much procreative power here, which can be channeled into all sorts of creative acts. Highly fickle in nature, the Moon brings constant change on the mental and emotional body levels. Mars, however, rules this nakshatra, expressing the intense drive to create. How will you use this power? What acts of creativity and expression will receive your action steps? Moon moves to Gemini mid day, increasing the level of mental body activity. Mars gives his gaze to the Moon, provoking frustration and tension. Movement is awake and enlivened, but stay in right-relationship with the mind and body today or you will be diminishing your life force energy. Mars is finally beginning to separate from Saturn and is two degrees away from him now. Some ease will be felt with action steps and momentum, but going slow and honoring simplicity are still essential.
Mercury, Jupiter and Venus move into a tight triple conjunction in Virgo as of today. This will continue until early next week at which point Venus moves out of the conjunction, but Mercury and Jupiter continue to track each other closely. Watch your finances, pay close attention to relationships, gather resources and support for your process.
Saturday, August 27th
Moon in 10th to 11 tithi
Dashami to Ekadashi
Moon shifts to Ardra nakshatra as Saturday begins. Rudra rules this powerful constellation. There are three levels of the storm god activated today. Through nakshatra, tithi and transit. As Moon shifts into the 11th tithi midday, Rudra is strengthened. Saturn also gives his gaze to Rahu in Leo via transit, which energetically stirs Rudra as well. As the storm god, you can expect powerful release to take place on the emotional body level thanks to Rudra's power. This may also be reflected in Nature as rain, thunderstorms and natural disasters. Creativity and relationship are also impacted. Stay close to your body today. Channel strong emotions in healthy and effective outlets. Use your resources- like art, nature, movement, creativity, connection. Before Saturday ends, Moon shifts to Punarvasu nakshatra and a softening effect arrives. Feel the relief.
Sunday, August 28th
Moon in 12th tithi
Moon continues through Punarvasu and Gemini today, offering the wisdom and support of Aditi. As the Mother of All Goodness, she showers you with resources and assistance. She birthed 33 Devas- 12 Adityas, 11 Rudras and 8 Vasus, as well as Indra and Prajapati. She brings unity consciousness and the awareness of inter-connectedness. Allow yourself to receive today. Where are you resisting the nourishment and support you so desperately crave? Early evening, Moon shifts to its own sign, Cancer. Outside of the gaze of other planets, there may finally be a sense of softening, release and relief. With Mars and Saturn now over two degrees a part, the conflict is shifting to integration and peace talks. Where are these polarities still provoking you? You might be able to see more clearly now that the heat and pressure are starting to ease. Nourish and nurture yourself today.
Monday, August 29th
Moon in 13th tithi
Monday begins with Moon moving into Pushya nakshatra, the nourishing star and Brihaspati's domain. As a personification of Jupiter, Brihaspati brings learning, knowledge and wisdom as well as support. How do you accept the support he is offering you? Are you able to receive and acknowledge what is arriving? Let gratitude be a balm for your heart and count your blessings. Saturn rules this nakshatra, requesting stability and steadiness. Go slow and continue to honor the needs he is presenting in your physical and emotional bodies. Stay connected to the wisdom of your body; get embodied. Use the breath as a resource for integration. You are still finding balance within polarities- light and dark, life and death, fast and slow, young and old, masculine and feminine. Use this time to honor all that you are. Lead with the heart as it is the ultimate point of integration and balance. Late evening Moon shifts to Ashlesha nakshatra, provoking the mind and supporting awakening from illusion. Get clear on what is working and what is not working. Clarify your priorities. The tight conjunction of Jupiter, Mercury and Venus continues. Clarify and create, expand and awaken. Let relationships and money be resources for your process of awareness. What mental/emotional body blockages are keeping you locked into old patterns?
With the August full Moon on the 18th, a series of very challenging planetary transits occur within an unusual eclipse portal. There isn't a sign that won't be effected by these challenges, though the effects will of course be different for each person.
The tight conjunction of Saturn and Mars in Scorpio has been provoking tests, lessons and all out war, since Mars began his Scorpio transit late February of this year. He has since danced back into Libra and returned to Scorpio to finish off his tempestuous battle with his enemy, Saturn. Mars will not leave Scorpio officially until September 17th, when most of us will finally get to take a long sigh of relief.
This battle between opposing forces is occurring in the vulnerable sign of Scorpio, digging up your deepest, darkest and most challenging personal mythology. It's not a time to be lackadaisical. This cycle requires deep personal development work and requests your willingness for transformation and healing. The turmoil is especially challenging for Scorpio's as this conflict is happening in their head. Equally challenged for Taurus, as relationships and the mirror of the self is being directly impacted. Remedial measures like yagyas are essential for these individuals.
Saturn is now direct, thankfully, but that doesn't necessarily ease the impact of the Saturn/Mars conjunction. Read more about Saturn in Scorpio.
Mars and Saturn are opposite energies and are aggravating decisions, choices and actions at this time. Since the end of July, Mars and Saturn entered into the 10 degree range of each other, which increases the challenges between these warring factions. As of the August full Moon on the 18th, Mars and Saturn have moved to only a few degrees a part. Mars will be crossing Saturn and move on top of the planet of grief until he finally arrives on the other side of Saturn on August 25th. At that point, the warrior planet of action will in fact be moving away from Saturn, though it will take another week before the effects are actually felt. But it will actually take until mid September for a much deeper relief to arrive.
During this intense conjunction between the planet of deep suffering and the planet of warrior action, there will also be an unusual eclipse portal occurring simultaneously. This will greatly impact the effects of this intense planetary positioning. Eclipses bring shadows to the surface and provoke a certain intensity that can't be overlooked. Darkness must come to the light, but not without facing pain and suffering directly. This eclipse portal is especially connected to self expression and visibility. Themes will be surfacing around being seen, noticed and honored. Your self worth and deservability will be questioned as well as issues connected to courage and bravery. The arts will be a potent resource for your transformation and healing during this month long eclipse portal. Use your creativity as a way to transform and re-shape your personal mythology.
Understand that this is a potent cycle of moving through grief and using your grief as a resource for awakening. Due to the challenges that will be provoked and stirred, your suffering will be impacted directly. This is a time to be consciously working with your shadow and how this impacts your ability to receive what you need in life. Grief will be moving through you- whether you're consciously aware of it or not. Grief that is yours and grief that is ancestral. How will you respond to these emotional waves? Will you lean in closer and allow them to move, or will you suppress, avoid and negate them? In order to actually release the pain, you must allow the inner waters to move.
I'll be sharing a lot more resources for supporting your grief process in the coming days and weeks. Grief is in fact your most potent tool for awakening and transforming your darkness into light. Join me for an embodied grief class.
This Week's Intention: Move powerfully towards your desires. Expand what you believe is possible for yourself. Linger in the expansive moments and watch yourself rise.
The week begins with a full Moon, Mars newly shifting to Scorpio and a wave of intense feelings. How do you let these emotions move through you? The Mars and Saturn conjunction in Scorpio will demand a closer look at your emotional body in the coming months. Start now. As the Moon wanes this week, move towards your inner landscape with deeper introspection. Look and listen.
Monday, February 22nd
Moon in 15th (Purnima) and 1st tithi
Moon continues through Leo and Magha nakshatra, igniting a new sense of purpose and power. The full Moon today amplifies this sense of strength and inner light. Full Moon is at 10:18 am PST while Moon is in Leo and Magha nakshatra. Moon is conjunct Rahu and retrograde Jupiter, provoking a necessary awareness about strength, power and the masculine. The Moon acts like a magnifying glass as it comes into contact with other planets. The dance of Jupiter and Rahu is creating a deeper integration of light and dark forces. The Moon will show you where you need to look closer. What is supportive? What is not? Where do you need to make some adjustments with the use of your power?
As evening arrives, Moon switches to the second nakshatra of Leo, Purvaphalguni. Relationships come to the forefront. What desires do you have for deeper connection? Ask ruling deity, Bhaga, for support with creating more clarity, comfort and wisdom within your relationships. What connections do you need to thrive?
Last Friday, Sun shifted to the often challenging nakshatra, Satabisha, where he will be until March 3rd. Be diligent with health and healing matters right now. Work carefully on boundaries- opening and closing mindfully and with intention. Life may feel a bit harsher in the days to come as a result. Lean into these challenges and use them for awakening and softening. What do you need for greater wholeness?
Tuesday, February 23rd
Moon in 2nd tithi
Moon continues through Purvaphalguni nakshatra with ruling deity Bhaga sparking creativity, love and fertility. The Phalguni stars bring a sense of spring, opulence and abundance with them. Resources and resiliency arrive to expand and awaken potential and possibility. What desires do you have for growth and awakening? What does your heart truly desire and long for? Who and what do you need in your life to support this process of growth and expansion? Use your creative resources and energy to activate these longings. You can create what you want your life to be. Connect, create, collaborate. Moon is under heavy influences of Rahu, Jupiter, Sun, Ketu and Saturn until Wednesday. Find ways to diligently expand and contract with these energies. Open and close with the rhythms of your heart and emotions.
Moon shifts to the latter half of the Phalguni stars, Uttaraphalguni, late evening. Aryaman supports sustainability and lasting results where Bhaga leaves off. In order to fully activate your desires, you must gather the necessary resources to support this process. Follow through, structured action steps and clarity are pre-requisites. Where do you need to step forward and take action in order for lasting results? What needs to be let go of and released in order to create space for these new fruits to arrive?
Wednesday, February 24th
Moon in 3rd tithi
In the wee hours of the morning, Moon shifts to Virgo, leaving the gaze of multiple planets. Some new lightness, ease and possibility may arrive as a result. Find ways to expand your creative impulses in the coming days. Let the imaginal be a resource for awakening possibility. Aryaman's supportive ways continue until late in the evening. Harvest form his insights, his support for lasting results. What do you need for sustainability to take place? For balance and ease? Seek healing resources.
Just before midnight, Moon moves to Hasta nakshatra and a new opportunity for awakening takes place. Ruling deity Savitr brings the light, awakening, the dawn. What is rising within you?
Thursday, February 25th
Moon in 4th tithi
Moon continues through Hasta nakshatra today with Savitr's support bringing more potent inner light and wisdom. Can you sense the resources arriving? Is some new clarity being offered? Let him lead the way and help you awaken to your inner knowing. Where have you been neglecting deeper nourishment and support? How can you move closer to your inner light source, the part of you that knows truth- without a shadow of a doubt. Step towards this knowing. Listen carefully to your emotional body as the feelings arriving have vital messages for you. Use the Gayatri Mantra for extra support.
Friday, February 26th
Moon in 4th to 5th tithi
Early Friday morning, Moon moves into Vishva Karma's celestial domain, Chitra. Action and momentum are activated. Take necessary steps to move towards your vision and awaken your intentions. Get clear on what actions must be taken in order to enliven your purpose and power. What burdens are in your way, hindering you from fully stepping into your freedom, your creativity? Clear the rubble out of your heart and emotional body so that you have more liberation to expand and open. Imagine something bigger for yourself and your life.
Late afternoon, Moon arrives in Libra, receiving gaze from Ketu now. The cutting and clearing tendencies of Ketu can support the change process. Release, let go, transform.
Saturday, February 27th
Moon in 5th tithi
Mid morning, Moon shifts to Swati nakshatra, Vayu's domain. The wind god supports swift movement, momentum and change. What are you moving towards? What are you moving away from? How can your creative powers help you get there? Connect, build alliances and ask for the support you need in order for growth. Don't try to work alone. Where do you feel restricted? Where do you feel the opening is possible? Essentially, how you use your power will determine your results. Maximize your efforts.
Sunday, February 28th
Moon in 6th tithi
Late morning, Moon moves to Vishaka nakshatra, inviting in the dual support of Indra and Agni. These powerful allies come as a reminder that nothing in life is done alone. Everything is gained as a result of having support and resources from others. Who and what is on your team of support? Where are their holes that must be filled for greater expansion? Where are you resisting the support you need for ultimate thriving? What would that look like? Feel like? Retrace old steps for new resources.
Monday, February 29th
Moon in 7th tithi
Early morning, Moon enters Scorpio, joining Mars and Saturn here. The week begins with a lurch. Are you opening or closing? Arriving or leaving? Late morning, Moon shifts to Anuradha nakshatra and Mitra's creative resourcing arrives. There is passion stirring within you. Can you feel it? Are you suppressing these big waves of feelings or allowing them to roll through you? Find the anger and look for the passion. Notice where you are resisting the emotional body wisdom moving within you.
With Mars now in Anuradha nakshatra as well, Mitra's energetic support activates friendships and deeper relationships. If there are challenges emerging, remember that this is an opportunity for you to notice what is not working and awaken new pathways. What needs to be destroyed in order for you to create deeper nourishment within your relationships? This includes the relationship with yourself.
This Week’s Intention: Find balance between opening and closing. What are you inviting in? What are you saying no to? Seek the integration point between shadow and light. How do you know when you’ve arrived? Explore this fertile landscape and plant your seeds of desire.
The week begins with an exalted Moon, which has newly entered Taurus. Emotional body tides will be high, feelings palpable. Use this awareness to cultivate presence. What do you need for deeper comfort and support? With the three planetary shifts of last week now behind us, a sense of grounding and landing is more possible now. Mars will shift late in the week to Scorpio, beginning a lengthy transit for him in this deep, transformational sign. Linger in your conscious footsteps for now. Activate and be proactive.
Monday, February 15th
Moon in 8th tithi
Moon transits Krittika nakshatra and moves through its mulitrikona degrees, while receiving gaze from Saturn (contraction) and Mars (dynamism). These energies provoke a certain emotional body frustration or confusion. There may be emotional build-up released. Find safe and comfortable ways to open the valves. As afternoon arrives, Moon moves to Rohini nakshatra and creativity is amplified. How can you channel the emotional body spikes through your creative power? Lord Brahma supports this process by turning the unmanifest into manifest form. Use sensation and enliven your sensuality through touch, taste, sight and sound. Relish in the uniquely human qualities of the feeling realms. Lord Krishna was said to have been born with Moon in the first house in Rohini. His beauty, charm and unyielding love expresses the devotional qualities of this star as well. Bhakti is the balm that can soothe challenge. Where can you surrender to divine devotion more consciously? Who and what are you inviting in to support you in this process?
Tuesday, February 16th
Moon in 9th and 10th tithi
Moon continues through Rohini until midday, moving through its mulitrikona degrees. Emotional body waves are expansive, swelling. Can you feel these tides? Drishti from Mars and Saturn can give rise to frustrations, passions and excess heat. Are you channeling this energy effectively or letting it rule you? Let Lord Brahma and his creative potency come alive through you. What are you manifesting? What are you creating for your one precious life? His consort goddess Saraswati is the essential Divine Feminine counter-part which Lord Brahma contains in order to bring our desires into manifest form. How does her artistic wisdom spark you? Seek balance within the masculine and feminine in order for maximum gains. As Moon shifts to Mrigashirsha nakshatra around 13:00 PST, your creative energy can begin to move and transform. Soma rules this constellation, offering nourishment and growth. Only by reaching, extending and broadening your reach, will you be able to gather new resources. Mrigashirsha ensures that your extension will be fruitful and will bring you nourishment. What are you reaching towards? What are you reaching away from? Who and what are you inviting in to support you in this process of growth?
Wednesday, February 17th
Moon in 10th and 11th tithi
Just as Wednesday arrives, Moon moves to Gemini, Receiving Ketu’s gaze. Shifts and changes take place in the mental and emotional bodies today. Sudden insights and awareness may occur as well as stronger spiritual connections. On the mundane level, there may be frustrations and emotional outbursts. How are you using your emotions today? Are you working with them or against? Keep reaching towards nourishment and gather new resources. What is working? What do you need to prune and let go of? After noon, Moon shifts to the emotionally harsh and powerful nakshatra, Ardra. Rudra brings his tenacity and strength to the Moon suddenly. Can you feel the shift from mild and tender to forceful and overwhelming? How can you channel this emotional potency with more diligence and awareness? It can be used for good or for evil, with consciousness or without. Your ability to channel the tenacity of Rudra will make you or break you. Wield this sword with care and caution.
Mars is now at the edge of Libra moving towards the 29 degree range. The doorway is opening between Libra and Scorpio, air and water. Fire planet Mars may feel conflict as it enters this new territory. Fortunately Scorpio is in his own sign, however the conjunction of Saturn can make for a rough ride. Can you harness the hot air for soaring?
Thursday, February 18th
Moon in 12th tithi
Ardra’s strength builds until just before 13:00 PST. Use the first half of the day for actions that require force, strength and momentum. You may notice that shadows are stronger and more amplified, causing painful illusions to surface. Do you work with this or against it? Lean in closer to allow the energy to dissipate. As Moon shifts into the final nakshatra of Gemini, Punarvasu, a dramatic shift on the level of feeling will arrive. Ruling deity, Aditi, is the Mother of All Goodness and loves to shower resources on those willing to receive her gifts. Her gifts may arrive as wisdom and nourishment through knowledge. She may also provide material support and assistance. Tap into the subtle realms to enliven her messages. What do you need to re-visit in order for deeper guidance and support? Perhaps old memories, ideas, visions and teachers can remind you. Use the imagination to provoke desire and clarify what you are manifesting. Ask and you shall receive.
Moon is swelling and moving towards Purnima, complete fullness. The emotional body is enlivened and maximized. Can you surf these tides with diligence? What are your emotions and feelings sharing with you? What do you need for greater support and stability?
Friday, February 19th
Moon in 13th tithi
Late morning, Moon moves to its own sign, Cancer, where it can find balance and integration. This is a place of harmony for the emotional body, where tide pools can be creative and enlivened, without turbulence and choppy waters. Put your feet in the water today and harvest the creative forces moving through you. What can these calm waters teach you about what you need and long for at your depths? The gaze of Mercury and Venus on the Moon provide creative activation. Use it! Enter your inner waters through the portal of the ribcase, chest and lungs, as well as the breath. Integration is found through your inhale and exhale. Circulate your prana. After noon, Moon moves to Pushya nakshatra, a star of nourishment and support, symbolized by the udder of a cow. Just as the mother feeds her calf, you can receive all the nourishment you need for growth, life and thriving. What are you opening to? What are you closing to? Use the breath of life to land in your truth. How can your heart center provide deeper wisdom as you unfold?
Mars moves closer to the edge of Libra, preparing to shift into Scorpio. Actions may feel soft, ungrounded and vulnerable. Change is arriving. Surrender to these new steps.
Saturday, February 20th
Moon in 14th tithi
At 02:19 PST, Mars jumps into its owns sign, Scorpio, joining Saturn here. Normally, Mars would be excited to land in his own, familiar territory, however, an intruder also occupies his home. Right now this enemy (Saturn) is in his enemy’s sign and uncomfortable digging up the depths and subconscious territory of Scorpio. Add a fiery warrior to the mix and it could make for an uncomfortable few months ahead. The opposing energies of Mars and Saturn don’t bode well for smooth sailing. Saturn is a slow, methodical, hard working old man that is set in his ways. Mars is a young “whipper snapper” that acts more than he thinks, causing mischief and havoc in his path as a result. Can your old and young energies align, integrate and find a new sense of harmony? What can your old self teach your younger self and vice versa? Seek alignment as they both need each other on some fundamental level. Can you find that need and help them find peace within you?
This transit- which lasts unusually long due to Mars retrograding- will spark some interesting capacity for depth and dharma. Saturn retrogrades on March 25th, strengthening his challenges and gifts. (Retrograde planets act like the nodes Rahu and Ketu who are notorious for intensification.) Mars retrogrades on April 15th for 2.5 months, provoking a powerful cycle of returns. During this transit Mercury will also be retrograde for several weeks and Jupiter will still be in retrograde motion as well. From April 28th to May 9th there will be four planets in retrograde motion, six- counting the always retrograde karmic planets, Rahu and Ketu. Many returns will take place simultaneously- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. I’ll be sharing more details about the back to back retrograde planets as we approach this cycle.
As Mars retrogrades back through Scorpio, he ends up returning to Libra on June 17th. Once he goes direct on June 30th, he must travel back through Libra once again, which will take him until July 12th when he re-enters Scorpio. As Mars moves back to Scorpio, he rejoins Saturn here, this time until September 18th. In total, Mars will march through his own sign the majority of the year. Because he must contend with Saturn as well, there is ample opportunity in the coming months to truly integrate polarities that are causing you disconnections and disassociation.
The misalignment may activate in charged, passionate and contentious ways, however, the healing that can take place within Scorpio’s territory is like no other. The nature of this sign is depth and transformation. If you are willing to lean into the hidden parts of your being and diligently dive into your subconscious and unconscious territory, you will harvest pearls undoubtedly. However, those who resist, avoid and continue to suppress their emotional body messages, will find their discomfort and challenges amplified. The soreness and pain is nothing more than a request to lean in closer, look, notice and allow the shadow to emerge. As your dark matter rises, it can find its natural way of release. Movement is the medicine. Remember that the majority of this Mars and Saturn conjunction in Scorpio, the conjunction of Jupiter and Rahu will be active as well. Your darkness is requesting more wisdom on multiple levels as a result.
Themes for this coming Mars transit strongly include unifying polarities and extremes within your being. This may be through masculine and feminine forces, authority and subordinates, shadow and light. You may identify that your force versus surrender needs more integration. Strong themes of opening and closing will emerge in forceful and dramatic ways. Be prepared to let go. Clinging will only intensify the pain. Trust this process of release as it is moving you closer to your inner truth, the purpose of your life and path. Dharmic awakening is possible as old doors will close swiftly. Are you willing to open new doors? Reach for the knob even if you’re in the dark. Work with your power authentically and consciously. Be true to your needs and move towards your strength, but notice when you are misaligned with your empowerment. True power is the harmony of masculine and feminine forces. Can you feel this within your body? Let the spine be an integration point and notice the sensations that strengthen and support this understanding. Expand what you think is possible for yourself. What are you willing to risk, to let go of, in order to receive more nourishment, truth and power? Move towards the nourishment of balance. Can you find the simplicity in the complexity?
Saturday the 20th, Moon continues through its own sign, Cancer and Pushya nakshatra, deepening the ability to nourish and be nourished. Can you feel the wisdom of Brihaspati supporting your growth and inner resiliency? What messages are arriving? Let the breath lead you to the clarity. Find simplicity. This strength through balance continues until late afternoon when Moon shifts to Ashlesha nakshatra. Ruling deity, Sarpa, brings a certain depth and mysticism with him. How can the other side of wisdom provide you with resources as well? There is a different entry point available. What does it share about your transformation process? Use the imaginal and your creative vision to activate your potential. What stories arrive to resist these possibilities? Does it feel safe to expand what you think is possible for yourself and your life? Where are you resisting?
Sunday, February 21st
Moon in 14th and 15th tithi (Purnima)
Moon enters the final tithi of the waxing phase, moving out of its comfort zone (Cancer) and leaping into fire sign Leo later afternoon. Use the morning to ground and land within your heart center, with breath and intention. Connect with the physical body and let your breath cleanse and open your channels. Once Moon arrives in Leo, it lands in Magha nakshatra, the star of the ancestors. Moon joins Rahu and retrograde Jupiter here as well. Working with your power consciously will be important at this time. Spirit is available to move you towards your truth, your essential purpose. The power of this star emerges with magnanimous force, provoking those under its influence to be seen, noticed and treated with royal support. The shadow side of this energy can provoke a strong ego, a domineering masculine force and a lack of feminine receptivity. Calling in the support of your ancestors and spirit can help you use the power available here in life-supporting ways. Step into your power with consciousness. Align with your truth and higher purpose. Ask the ancestors to help you with this.
Monday, February 22nd
Moon in 15th (Purnima) and 1st tithi
Moon continues through Leo and Magha nakshatra today, igniting a new sense of purpose and power. The full Moon today amplifies this sense of strength and inner light. Full Moon is at 10:18 am PST while Moon is in Leo and Magha nakshatra. Moon is conjunct Rahu and retrograde Jupiter, provoking a necessary awareness about strength, power and the masculine. The Moon acts like a magnifying glass as it comes into contact with other planets. The dance of Jupiter and Rahu is creating a deeper integration of light and dark forces. The Moon will show you where you need to look closer. What is supportive? What is not? Where do you need to make some adjustments with the use of your power?
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