The October new Moon arrives on the 27th at 21:39 MT while Moon is transiting Libra and Swati nakshatra. This new Moon also coincides with the powerful celebration of light, Diwali, in the Vedic calendar.
Diwali (or Deepavali) is a very significant five day festival in the Vedic tradition. The most significant day of the Diwali festivities is on the new Moon.
Diwali is actually a five day celebration that honors light, Lakshmi, and the divine resources available to us. Lakshmi is the giver of health, vitality, nourishment and wealth. The festival of light spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Three of the most important days are dedicated to Dhanvantari, Hanuman, and of course the new moon being the most important of all, which is solely dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi.
Read more about Diwali and why this festival of lights is so important.
This Libra new Moon is particularly delicate as it mirrors the vulnerability and weakness of the Sun- who is currently debilitated in Libra as well. This is a inward time of year for the Sun. The source of our light is dim and the new Moon highlights this lack of light. When Sun is debilitated, the physical body is more sensitive, but the spiritual body is more awake. Use this time to go inward, pause, rest and rejuvenate. This new Moon is a particularly powerful time for inner growth, deep listening, and self care.
New Moon in Swati nakshatra brings a cycle of movement ahead. Change, travel, and wind come with this constellation. Vayu, the wind god, rules this portion of the sky and brings all kinds of movement with him. Subtle and small breezes, as well as powerful gusts, and everything in between, are all within his domain. What is your relationship with the wind right now? Vata may be particularly imbalanced in the coming weeks so be mindful of your prana. Avoid excess movement, travel and pushing to accomplish. Right now, less is more. Silence and rest are the best use of your time and energy.
Jupiter is currently at the edge of Scorpio, poised for a major shift in the coming days. On November 4th, he will move into his own sign, Sagittarius, joining Saturn and Ketu here. For the next couple months, he will be transiting through the powerful gandanta of Mula nakshatra, ruled by the dark goddess, nirrti. This gap between water and fire supports immense uprooting, transformation and change on the psycho-emotional body levels.
The awakening taking place with Jupiter in the coming months, supports the dharmic path and ushers in a whole new level of insight, wisdom and dharmic support. Right now, our relationship with support, guidance and wisdom is already shifting. Our Guru, Jupiter, is moving to a sign that he loves, which supports more balance and harmony with his natural qualities. It also means that he will not tolerate adharma, impurity, lack of wisdom and guidance on your path. Pay attention to the support and guidance showing up to support your dharmic path and start making this a priority.
I'll be sharing more about this transit in an upcoming article.
This is how the dark goddess, Nirrti, destroys your dharmic path.
Expanding your container, your capacity to hold and to release, can physically and metaphorically be done through the breath. With new Moon in Swati nakshatra, this is a good time to work closely with the breath, prana and your life force energy.
1. Breath Dance. Begin standing, lying down or sitting. Bring your awareness to your breath as it moves in and out of your body. Filling and letting go, opening and releasing, like waves moving in and out of the body. Track the movements and sensations in the body and let these guide you. The sensations will guide you into the physical body impulses, the messages of the body. As you continue to breathe and become more and more aware of the movements of the ribcase, let these movements exaggerate. These exaggerated movements are the making of your "breath dance".
Continue to move from and with the movements of the ribcase as you breath. Explore, expand and develop your breath dance for at least 10 minutes. Let it evolve and as it does, continue to self track, noticing the body parts most alive and awake as you explore your body part sensations present. As you bring your breath dance to a close, ask yourself these questions: I sense, I feel, I imagine.
2. Create an image of your ribcase. What colors, textures, shapes and images arrive on the page as you draw your ribcase? I encourage you to get your hands involved in this process whether it be through painting directly with your hands, or smudging the craypas with your fingers. Let the hands be sensitized through the process. Get messy. Let the hands and fingers fully engage in this image. (Working with clay may be an alternate medium to work with). Title your image. Take at least 15 minutes for this.
3. Harvesting. When your image is complete, use it to harvest with further inquiry by asking it these questions:
Ask your image if it has anything it would like to share with you:
If your image could speak, what would it say?
What am I opening to? What am I closing to?
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Jupiter moves to Libra for one year- as of 17:19 MDT Monday September the 11th. This transit brings a new expression of Jupiter to the surface, inviting balance and integration to the journey. This year long transit lasts until October 11th, 2018.
As the planet of expansion, satwa (purity) and akasha (space), Jupiter brings knowledge and wisdom. The sanskrit name for Jupiter is guru (teacher), expressing the support he provides. As Jupiter moves around the zodiac, he sparks learning and growth through wisdom, guidance, support and resources. This transit of Jupiter in Libra requires growth through integrating polarities and opposing forces. Polarities are a normal part of Natural Law. They are alive within us and in Nature. Through integration and harmonizing differences, we find healing and peace. Identify the polarities alive in your life right now.
Opposing forces create conflicts, challenges and battles. They create tension, resistance and confusion, as well as disconnection. Identifying the opposing forces within and within your life, is vital for healing to take place. What conflicts are present within you? Inner conflict increases resistance, overwhelm and uncertainty. Are you confused, frustrated, or overly fatigued? Are you numbing out, checked out or avoidant? Feeling stuck and unproductive? These are signs that an inner conflict is taking place.
This year long Jupiter cycle will support the process of identifying and confronting polarities, as well as help to harmonize the opposing forces. Polarities such as shadow and light, masculine and feminine, love and hate, harsh and gentle, power and vulnerability, will emerge more clearly as they rise to the surface. Jupiter is the teacher, bringing wisdom, pure knowledge and resources that can help the integration and healing to take place- but you must take action steps and be receptive to the support showing up on your path.
Depending on your relationship with Jupiter (based on your natal chart placement), gathering the support from Jupiter may or may not arrive easily. Too much of Jupiter's benevolence can make you lazy and miss opportunities for change and transformation. Too little support from Jupiter can make healing impossible due to lack of resources. Seek balance and ask for help along the way. Resources, support and guidance are essential for the healing and transformation process. Are you actively allowing guidance and support into your life consistently?
September 11th, 2017 to October 13th, 2017: Jupiter in Chitra Nakshatra
Jupiter transiting Chitra nakshatra requires action, momentum and steps that honor building and creating. Gather the resources, tools and wisdom you need for creating something new, building a solid foundation for change.
Vishvakarma is the ruling deity of this constellation and is considered the "divine architect" responsible for building the zodiac. As an Aditya, he brings resources- specifically material support. As his name, and ruling planet Mars expresses, there is action involved with his expression. Karma translates as action in Sanskrit, and thus requires that action steps and movement are taken.
Use this cycle to plan, build, create, take action, and expand what you think is possible for your self and your life. Take action and set goals, step towards desires with conscious action steps.
October 13th, 2017 to December 15th, 2017: Jupiter in Swati Nakshatra
As Jupiter shifts into Swati nakshatra, he moves deeper into Libra, igniting Vayu the wind god to emerge. Vayu means air in Sanskrit which brings movement, change and increased strength. This cycle will bring changes both big and small as Vayu stirs big, forceful movement, or small and gentle stirring. Just as wind can arrive in large gusts or soft breezes, Vayu instigates a variety of weather- internally and externally.
As a Rudra, strength and power come with Vayu as well. He brings storms, upheaval and force with him. He likes to move, travel and change location. Emotional intelligence will be required in this transit as Swati nakshatra can cause detachment from feelings and the body. Breath is the connecting force that supports deeper connection with the bodies. Use it as a resource in this cycle to help you ground, land and root.
Notice where you are disconnecting and detaching. Why are you afraid of going deeper? How is your fear keeping you from creating deeper connections? Use the body as the primary resource for embodiment, connection and integration.
December 15th, 2017 to June 17th, 2018: Jupiter in Vishaka Nakshatra
Once Jupiter moves to Vishaka, integrating polarities takes top priority. Ruling deity of Vishaka is the dual god Indragni. Both Indra and Agni activate differences, yet inspire cooperation and alignment with opposing forces in more conscious ways. There is an interdependence and inter-relating that is inspired within this constellation. Both gods need each other in order to be supported, nourished and fed. Indra is the king, while Agni is the priest. They rule over the cosmic portal (the mouth) where offerings are made to the gods who sustain life. All offerings made to the divine must first pass through these gods- king and priest. This duality is a reminder that co-creation brings more support and sustenance. Together they bring transformation and transcendence.
Use this time to create alliances, connections, and gather new support, guidance and resources. Where are you resisting and refusing the support you need for growth and life? Gather new alliances, create new support systems and expand your community. Where are you saying yes to this growth and where are you saying no?
Just as Jupiter arrives at the edge of Libra, he begins his retrograde dance back through this sign as of March 8th, 2018. He retraces his steps back through Vishaka and Swati nakshatra until finally going direct on July 10th, 2018.
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