July begins with a powerful new Moon in Ardra nakshatra and a total solar eclipse. The intensity of this combination will be felt days in advance, ushering in an emotional eclipse portal that will end mid month. Ardra nakshatra is notorious for creating big storms- internally and environmentally. Bring a rain jacket and prepare for larger than normal inner waves this eclipse cycle.
On July 2nd, the new Moon occurs at 13:17 MT while Sun and Moon collide in Gemini within the constellation of Ardra. Four planets, Sun, Moon, Rahu and venus, conjunct in Gemini, the sign of all things communication and self expression. Rahu's shadow intensifies this combination, causing confusion, uncertainty, darkness and doubt to emerge. The challenging exact conjunction of Saturn and Ketu is looking directly at these four planets from Sagittarius, causing the sense of breaking, restructuring, struggle and sudden change to arrive. This planetary dynamic is intense, but the added pressure of a total solar eclipse will increase the challenges present, inviting all of us to face internal shadows that have previously gone unnoticed or disregarded.
This is a cycle of waking up and creating new awareness. There is a dawning taking place, new light emerging, however, this light comes with facing darkness and struggle. Relationships, communication, creativity and self expression may feel blocked, uncertain or painful. Gains will come with effort, focus and restructuring. Your inner light may feel dim, so find ways to remember your power and purpose, even when frustrated or challenged by circumstances.
Eclipses intensify everything and tend to make mountains out of mole hills. We may get lost in the overwhelm and negativity during this two week cycle, so keep moving toward the light. Stay positive and look for solutions rather than focusing on the darkness, but do not bypass the necessary inner work that you are being asked to show up for. This is a powerful time to address inner shadows head on and release inner blockages that you've been overlooking.
Ardra nakshatra is ruled by the storm god, Rudra. He rules over strong storms energy, big emotions, inner and outer upheaval and undigested grief that is disguised as anger and rage. Notice your emotions and be willing to lean closer. Why might you be feeling this way? What can your emotions tell you about your deeper needs? What do your challenging emotions help you identify? What are they asking for?
Your willingness to honor your big emotions will support their release. Stay present and willing to be with your challenging parts. There is something trying to push through and come to the surface. Are you listening? What needs to change? Your emotional body waves are asking for more nourishment. Be willing to support the release so that you have space for more of what you truly want and need.
This eclipse portal begins with a total solar eclipse on July 2nd and lasts for two weeks. The July 2nd solar eclipse begins at 10:55 am MT and ends at 15:50 MT, with the maximum eclipse occurring at 13:22 MT. The solar eclipse is only visible from South America. This waxing cycle completes with full a Moon, Guru Purnima and a partial lunar eclipse on July 16th. A reminder that this two week cycle is not a time to start new projects. Finish up projects and take necessary action steps prior to the new Moon in order to prepare for the weeks ahead.
Emotions tend to intensify during eclipses and shadows are much stronger. You may feel less clear and focused so don't make sudden decisions. Challenges often intensify so we can see them more clearly and make the necessary changes that will support new growth. This can be a time of immense inner transformation if used properly.
Even though this eclipse is not visible in the Northern Hemisphere, from a Vedic perspective, it is not advised to be outside during an eclipse or to look directly at the eclipse taking place. Wear a head covering if you have to be outside so you don't absorb the shadow. Ideally, this is a time for spiritual practices such as meditation, chanting and fasting. Set intentions and honor the sensitivity of this time. It is also widely recognized that during and between eclipses, starting new endeavors will not bring positive results. No new projects, relationships or activities should start in the eclipse portal. Notice what needs are arriving, then take action after the eclipse portal closes. Best to lay low, attend to spiritual pursuits, get extra rest and work with your inner shadow very consciously during this cycle.
Use the two week Eclipse cycle for spiritual practices, rest, retreat and your dharmic path. Set intentions for the coming weeks and honor your self care. Honor you emotional body wisdom and confront your inner shadows. Make necessary changes in your actions and choices. Release negative thought patterns, behaviors and inner dialogue that is keeping you stuck in patterns and cycles of lack. Clear, release and let go so that you have even more space for your deepest nourishment.
This Creative Ritual will also help you work directly with your challenges- emotion or otherwise. Take your challenge into a creative process and see what develops!
Movement Exploration. What emotion are you feeling? Is it anger, depression, frustration, chaos, uncertainty? Start dancing this emotion. What does it feel like in your body? Do the "dance of anger" for example. What emerges as you do your anger dance?! Remember to let sounds out! Move and develop your dance for at least minutes. When you feel a sense of closure, ask yourself these questions:
I sense, I feel, I imagine.
Create an image of your emotion. What does it feel like? Put it on paper using colors, textures and shapes. Create an image that expresses your experience with this emotion and whatever emerged in your dance. Spend at least 5 to 20 minutes creating this image. I suggest using paints or craypas and a large piece of paper. Title your image. In your journal or on the back of the drawing answer this question:
If your image could speak what would it say?
Harvesting. Answer these baseline statements and questions in your journal once you have completed the previous steps.
What am I opening to?
What am I closing to?
Recycle this process whenever strong emotions emerge. Remember they arrive to give you important messages. Listen carefully and honor them with deeper listening. What is the emotion telling you? What do you need for deeper nourishment in your life?
Listen to my Podcast "How to Befriend Your Emotional Body"
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