This Week's Intention: Harmonize extremes, find balance within.
Where are your inner conflicts keeping you from the nourishment you crave?
What external mirrors are showing you where your internal disharmony is?
Seek unity, seek yoga.
Moon continues to wax this week, filling and becoming full on Thursday. As the Moon moves towards Purnima, a swelling of the inner tides will be felt. Ride the waves and feel the emotional body increase its wisdom. Are you listening? With three major planets now retrograde (Saturn, Mars and Jupiter) you are being asked to make multiple returns. Expect to be revisiting physical and spiritual bodies in new ways, though the emotional body will be your most potent guide. Inner conflicts may increase as Sun and Venus are exalted simultaneously, however this will be mirrored to you through external conflicts. Who are you blaming or accusing? These battles are within you. Seeking integration with your polarities is the only path for unity.
Monday, April 18th
Moon in 12th and 13th tithi
Dvadasi to Trayodasi
Moon continues through Leo, but enters Uttaraphalguni around 11 am MDT. This is the latter half of the Phalguni constellation, which is ruled by Aryaman and the Sun. The ancestors provide the nourishment and support in this constellation and they do so through integrity and sustainability. They also support those actions that align with long term vision, goals and steadfast connection and relationship. Think sustainably today. What do you need to do in order for lasting strength and connection? What is working? What isn't? What needs do you have moving forward? Your power source is strong right now- and amplified today with this Sun ruled nakshatra. Say yes to your inner power and align with its strength, wisdom and right-action. Gather resources, support and guidance to strengthen your journey.
Early evening, Moon moves to Virgo, the territory of Mercury and the Maiden with a water pot. She seeks to be filled, to contain and flow, to harmonize masculine and feminine energies. Moon will be out of the gaze of the other planets in the coming days, which will support the emotional body. However, Moon is transiting the territory of the mind, so expect a conscious dance between the two. Tame the mind. Listen to the emotions. Land in the body.
Tuesday, April 19th
Moon in 13th tithi
Moon continues through Uttaraphalguni nakshatra the majority of the day. Sun and the deity Arayaman rule this domain. Arayman rules over marriage and blesses couples with lasting unity. Fruits are available to those who seek the light and honor integrity, consistent action steps and their dharma. Sun is strong, powerful and committed to action right now as it continues to move through its sign of exaltation, Aries. Cut away that which is keeping you dis-empowered and in the dark. Who and what are you blaming for your own misery? These challenges are a mirror to you. They are a gift in disguise. The only way to freedom is to harmonize inner conflicts, to seek resolution with your inner battles. This is the path of yoga. The way to be in relationship with the self- through loving kindness.
Early afternoon, Moon shifts to Hasta nakshatra and Savitr brings his light, his dawn. Brahmins worship Savitr as he determines all births, including the lagna, or rising sign. Savitr creates life, as he is light. What is life without light? Move towards the light, move towards life. Let the light awaken you. Pay attention to insights and new awareness that arrive today. You'll have to be present in order to catch the wisdom, but Savitr promises great truth if you pause and listen.
Wednesday, April 20th
Moon in 14th tithi
Moon continues through Savitr's domain the majority of the day, bringing more support with awakening. The emotional body brings the wisdom. Being in touch with your emotional body, having emotional body literacy, is essential for connecting with the depth and awareness arriving. The feminine wisdom is connected to this feeling level. Allow Her into your life. Allow Her abundance to bless you. Be open to receive. Increasing your receptivity is the fast path to awakening.
Early evening Moon shifts to Chitra, Vishvakarma's constellation. He is a worker, a doer, a creator and a builder. He does not sit idle. As his name expresses, he is full of Karma, action. As an incarnation of Lord Brhama, he support the manifestation process. It's your consistent actions that support your creative power. Mars is the planetary ruler of this star. As he retrogrades back through Scorpio, it's an opportunity to retrace your steps, to improve on steps you missed previously. Anger and frustration are a reminder that you are not in right-relationship with your actions. Retrograde Saturn is driving this point home for you. Harmonize these polarities. The doing, vs. the being.
Thursday, April 21st
Moon in 15th tithi
Mid morning, Moon moves to Libra, receiving drishti (gaze) from Ketu, exalted Sun and Mercury. It's a full Moon day! Which means the emotional body is full and your cup will be running over. Moon continues through Chitra nakshatra, increasing the energy of Mars today. Anger and frustration may be felt in the emotional body, as well as the opposite expression- which is the feminine wisdom of divine universal love. Expansion vs. contraction. Which energy are you aligned with? What can your inner conflicts share with you about your need for safety and certainty?
As Moon shifts into Swati nakshatra in the evening, Vayu's powerful movement arrives. Full Moon is in Libra and Swati nakshatra at 23:23 MDT. It is also the celebrated birth day of Lord Hanuman, the beloved monkey god that saved Sita from the wrath of the demon Ravana and brought her home safely to Ayodhya and Lord Raam. Hanuman is a Rudra, meaning he has immense strength, power and sheer force available to him. This strength was given to him by Vayu, the wind god, and father of both Bhima and Hanuman. Hanuman reminds us of righteous action, using our power and strength for conquering evil and restoring balance, while always upholding dharma.
Moon is reflecting the energy of its enemy sign, Libra at this time. Libra's constant quest for balance is too unstable for the Moon, which prefers equanimity. The constant fluctuations with Libra are overwhelming for the emotional body and at times this induces a sense of "crazy making". The root of the Libra nature is to explore all sides, all territory, in order to draw a conclusion, a resounding yes- to find truth. Until all paths are explored, all possibilities acknowledged, there is not certainty.
This full Moon, offers great possibility, though it may increase ambiguity in the process. If you can harness this "unknown" territory and use it as a resource for trusting the process, for being nourished by potential, then you have a recipe for success. Far too often, the lack of certainty pushes people into resistance, avoidance, delusion, rather than confronting the unknown head on. The cycle ahead will force this need. The need to stay in the gray, the back and forth. Harvest your inner knowing by moving in between the range of options. Stay in the realm of all possibilities. Stay open to the yes and the no.
The need for openness will become extra important (and thus extra challenging) in the cycle to come because of the nature of the current transits. Exalted Sun can force conclusions and stubbornness that do not leave you open to receive. Three retrograde planets (four once Mercury goes retro on the 28th) will increase the challenges with receptivity. Polarities are increasing. Do you resist their invitation to address inner conflicts? Or do you invite in the ambiguity that they force upon you? Lean into the uncertainty. There is great wisdom here in the unknown. The emotional body will lead the way, showing you with discomfort or ease, where to look more deeply.
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Friday, April 22nd
Moon in 1st tithi
Moon continues through Swati nakshatra today, inviting in strong movement- either gentle or fierce. How do you work with the winds- inner and outer? Do you get blown away, or harness the power? Channel the pranic winds with intelligence and you will get a lot accomplished. Moon is still full and the emotional body will be stimulated and awake, potent and alive. Flow with the currents, not against. Strength is available today, but outcomes can change quickly. Go for inner stability.
Just before midnight, Moon shifts to Vishaka nakshatra. The duality of Indra and Agni will carry through tomorrow. Integrate polarities and harmonized extremes.
Saturday, April 23rd
Moon in 2nd tithi
Duality is strong today as Moon moves through Libra (balancing opposing forces) and the mixed nakshatra Vishaka which symbolizes two forces- king and priest. The reality is that both king and priest are inter-dependent upon each other and if they work together a lot can be accomplished. Seek unity between duality, between your polarities. Find the middle ground where they come together. Seek harmony. What does each part of you want? What are the needs? Lean in and listen to each side. The power is in the honoring of the needs, your inner diversity.
Early evening, Moon moves to Scorpio, joining retrograde Saturn and Mars here. Moon will feel heat and pressure in the coming days. Go slow, seek steady steps. Don't push or force.
Venus is at the very edge of Pisces, leaving its exaltation sign for Aries. Ending are present as Venus moves from the final sign of the zodiac, to the beginning. Notice where you need to find release with relationships, money, comforts, health and love. What needs to be let go of so you can invite in the new? Where are you gripping or holding too tightly?
Sunday, April 24th
Moon in 3rd tithi
Moon transits Scorpio, its debilitation sign for the next 2.5 days, conjunct retrograde Saturn and Mars. The heat and pressure on the Moon from Saturn and Mars will increase frustrations and delays. Surrender to slow, inward and receptive needs. Pushing or forcing will increase challenges and obstacles. Get embodied and seek inner balance between opposing forces. As Moon moves into Anuradha nakshatra early am, the physical body becomes even more important. Sensitivity is high and over stimulation will happen quickly. Protect yourself in the coming days and find ways to gather yourself with sacred pause and deep listening.
Moon is in exact conjunction with retrograde Mars around midnight. Watch for sudden outbursts of anger, frustration or heat. Find ways to channel this energy effectively so that it isn't suppressed or displaced. Strong devotional qualities can also emerge. Let the emotions move and flow. Touch your power.
At 23:02, Venus moves from its harmonious sign of exaltation, where it received no gaze from the other planets, and crossed the tricky gandanta (gap) into the first sign of the zodiac, Aries. This is a challenging gap because of the endings and beginnings that it provokes, while also being the change between a water sign and fire sign. Inner polarities may intensify as a result. What are you identifying? Aries is an enemy to Venus because its watery wisdom does not care for the fiery, one-pointed nature of Aries, Sun's most potent sign. Sun and Venus are not fond of each other for the same reason- water and fire don't mix. As these opposing forces conjunct with Mercury, changes take place within all four bodies- physical, spirit, mind and emotions. Allow release and letting go to take place, in order for the new to arrive with more clarity.
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Monday, April 25th
Moon in 4th tithi
Moon continues through Anuradha nakshatra until midmorning when it shifts into Jyeshtha nakshatra. Moon is neatly sandwiched in between two challenging planets- Mars and Saturn- both retrograde. There is pressure, heat and conflict being provoked. Saturn and Mars represent opposing forces, while Scorpio increases the symbol of polarities and seeking transformation. The mental body will be your most potent resource for change today. How are the inner conflicts keeping you locked in old programming, stories and limiting beliefs? How do they zap you of your power, focus, clarity and ease? Seek harmony with these extremes, the yes and the no. What do they really need for deep surrender?
* All timing is in Mountain Daylight Time- one hour ahead of Pacific Time, one hour behind Central Time and two hours behind Eastern Time.
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