This Week's Intention: Play big or go home. Rise up and step towards your self.
Distractions are your resistance in disguise.
A new Moon in Gemini and the harsh nakshatra, Ardra, jump start the week. There is a powerful force moving through you. Can you feel the intense surge of energy? How do you channel this potency of life? Venus moves to Cancer later in the week, which brings an increased focus on comfort and heart wisdom. Listen for the messages of your inner wisdom helping you align with clearer boundaries, and actions that feel more aligned with your need for nourishment.
There's still so much distraction and refusal to see your abundant nourishment and power right now. Rahu is creating a lot of shadow and procrastination with inner work. Much of this story is connected to your father, so look closely at this relationship- as this is a key for making inner change. Transforming this old paradigm takes work, steady steps and new choices. Gather resources and support, guidance and wisdom- then dedicate yourself to this journey.
Monday, July 4th
Moon in 15th and 1st tithi
Amavasya to Pratipad
New Moon is on July 4th at 05:02 am. Metaphorically this is a day of independence in the US, which suits this new Moon and waxing cycle to come very well. How much freedom will you feel? That depends on your willingness to show up for yourself and break open the shadow you are clinging to.
At the time of the New Moon, four connections to Ardra nakshatra occur. The new Moon is in Ardra as well as the Sun. The sign on the horizon is Gemini, placed acutely in Ardra. Gemini's ruling planet, Mercury is in this constellation as well. The ruling planet of this star pattern is Rahu, insuring that shadow will be encountered. Rudra owns this part of the sky and as the storm god, he is sure to deliver. He especially offers emotional outbursts connected to anger and rage. Big waves of tears, grief and pain can be moved as well, which is an important next step for all of us- after just finishing up a Mula Nakshatra waning cycle that certainly tilled the inner soil.
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By late morning, Moon shifts into Punarvasu nakshatra, Aditi's domain. She brings her resources and her abundant goodness to those that accept and receive her gifts. She is the mother of the Adityas (resource givers) as well as 33 devas. Like a mother to a child, she supports and offers her unlimited abundance to those awake enough to accept all that she offers. How are you showing up for your abundance? Where does your story of scarcity rob you of your ability to feel well fed by life? Notice your thoughts, words and actions. Is your story of lack keeping you locked in to this old paradigm of depletion?
Tuesday, July 5th
Moon in 2nd tithi
As Tuesday begins, Moon jumps into its own sign, Cancer. It feels at home here, and magnifies the heart center, sacred home space, mother and all things connected to land. Once late morning arrives, Moon shifts to Pushya nakshatra and Brihaspati brings his nourishment through wisdom. He is the guru to the devas (the gods) and offers vast knowledge and brilliance- shining light on darkness and ignorance. He is a priest and uses ritual to align with the sacred. It is Brihaspati who will support increasing good thoughts and releasing negative ones. This is a process of bringing your darkness in front of the light, pulling up the unconscious thoughts to the surface of your mind. As your consciousness increases, so does your sattva, your purity in thought. Where are you resisting this work? Pushya supports increased wisdom and guidance- seek out the guru. The guru within and the gurus ready and willing to usher in your change process.
Just before noon, Sun moves out of Ardra nakshatra after more than two weeks in this very challenging constellation. It is arguably the most challenging constellation of the zodiac and brings with it extremes of all kinds. Mercury will move out of Ardra Wednesday morning as well. The multiple planets that have been moving through Rudra's domain- including a new Moon in Ardra- have instigated violence, attacks and increasingly difficult emotional landscapes for many. These transits through Ardra, have certainly been responsible for the recent bombings around the world that have claimed hundreds of lives. As Sun and Mercury move into Punarvasu nakshatra now, it completes the cycle of planets through Ardra. Expect a softening to arrive and a deeper desire for inner growth and wisdom. The distractions and resistance through numbness and avoidance will start to transform. Step towards yourself and strengthen your commitment to your dharmic path and purpose. This is how we heal ourselves and how we heal our world family.
Wednesday, July 6th
Moon in 3rd tithi
Early morning, Moon moves to the final constellation within Cancer. Ashlesha nakshatra is ruled by Sarpa, a serpent responsible for his occult and mystical prowess. Although he can lack integrity and use his power for the dark arts, overall transformation and healing can take place on a very deep level. This healing is especially connected to the mental body and changing old stories and limiting beliefs that keep you locked into your shadow parts. Where are you resisting creating something new and more powerful for yourself? What story is derailing you and keeping you in lack?
Thursday, July 7th
Moon in 4th tithi
Mid morning, the lunar tides shift as the Moon jumps from water (Cancer) into fire (Leo). Anytime a planet jumps into a contradictory element, it can cause challenges and vulnerability. For the sensitive, emotional body, this is especially true. Your inner Moon will require your gentleness today so honor the needs arriving. As Moon lands in Leo, it enters Magha nakshatra. The ancestral domain of Pitr enlivens and father issues come to the surface. Father issues are especially activated right now with Jupiter and Rahu moving through Leo as well. Notice the support arriving. Acknowledge the challenges. How is this story with your father mirroring your challenges and resources?
At 03:57 am MDT Venus moves from Gemini into Cancer, joining Moon here for a few hours. Venus separates from the Sun once again until the 16th. Once Sun moves to Cancer, their heated dance reactivates. Mercury joins Venus in Cancer on the 11th and the Venus, Sun, Mercury trio will activate again- heating mind and body, creativity and inner life force energy. Stay in and near water and use it as a resource for cleansing as well as cooling.
Nourishment of the heart becomes a central theme for this cycle as you navigate what feels supportive and what does not. Some will get complacent and even lazy in the coming weeks, mistaking the comfort zone for alignment with abundance. Just because there's no pinch, doesn't mean there isn't work to be done. You're likely avoiding something important. You'll know if you're truly aligned with your deep nourishment, if the body feels safe, grounded, supported and stable. Where do you feel this safety within?
It's your heart and home that will need your attention the most in this cycle. Your emotional body will be seeking greater nourishment and containment. Boundaries will be vital. Where are you pushing past your inner knowing? What does it feel like when you are in alignment with your boundaries? When you are out of alignment? This is an important time to learn the difference and notice the effects on your emotional body. There's a vital need for inner and outer balance being provoked. Are you awake enough to notice the inner messages arriving- or pushing past your inner wisdom? Let your heart lead the way and listen carefully to the ways it supports your need for safety, comfort and support. How do you get these needs met? Do your choices honor your true needs or are you fooling yourself? Move closer to the feeling of stability and support within your body.
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Friday, July 8th
Moon in 5th tithi
Fertility is flowing as Moon arrives in Purvaphalguni nakshatra mid morning. Both Rahu and Jupiter are here as well, instigating increased passion, creativity, life force energy and fertility. The bees are buzzing. Can you hear their sweet song or are you too busy to notice? Saturn's gaze on Leo increases the need for stability, support and structure as well as the feeling of grief, slowness and the need for patience. Things are moving, the flow is happening- are you allowing it and aligning with its power? Or are you resisting the abundance with your scarcity story and feelings of lack? The sensuality is arriving- let it tempt you into more presence and more sacred pause. Allow the creativity to activate you into being.
Saturday, July 9th
Moon in 6th tithi
Late morning, Moon moves to the latter half of the Phalguni constellation, Uttaraphalguni and the essence of Sun is invigorated as well as ancestral support through Aryaman. The mind is hotter today as is the emotional body. You may notice things heating up within as a result. What does this heat tell you about your needs? What's working? What needs to shift? How can you use the heat and pressure to create clarity?
Late afternoon, Moon moves to Virgo, increasing mental body awareness. The critic and inner judge may activate as well as a sense of perfectionism. Is this connected to your story of scarcity? Of not being enough on some level? Notice how this keeps you out of the nourishment and the alignment with abundance. Work consciously with the mind in the coming days to increase transformation.
Mars has been at the edge of Libra for days now, which does not support timely action steps. Is this your resistance or avoidance sabotaging your progress? There is an imbalance with action at this time. Are you pushing and forcing or not taking action at all? Show up for yourself.
Sunday, July 10th
Moon in 7th tithi
Late morning, Moon shifts into Hasta nakshatra, Savitr's domain. The light is increasing. Can you see what is arriving or are you blinded? Moon continues through Virgo today, ruled by the mental body and Mercury. Currently at the edge of Gemini, Mercury is vulnerable, open and provoking mental body awareness for those paying attention. The light comes on today a little brighter. Change the mind, change the stories, change the way you work with the limiting beliefs and personal mythology holding you back.
Mercury moves into the watery sign of Cancer at 22:05 MDT, joining Venus here. Outside of the gaze of any other planets, this creative duo can express itself more potently. This pair likes to be entrepreneurial, to create and co-create. Align with the flow of your abundant inner wisdom and activate resources and support to help you manifest dreams into reality. Use your feeling body to get the job done as this is the most crucial resource for manifestation that you have available to you.
This cycle is intimately connected with inner and outer balance. Personal and relational boundaries are key as you navigate internal and external influences arriving. Clarify what you need and what steps need to be taken for activation. The mirrors arriving are powerful and supportive in the coming weeks. They will help you work more harmoniously with what you are attracting if you choose to work with relationships consciously. Relationships as a whole will be very telling for you. What is being mirrored to you. Do you like what you see? The challenges are vital messengers. Everything from the outside is just a magnification of what needs to awaken more fully within you. Where are you resisting your shadow? If you want greater nourishment and support from the outside, you must be willing to uncover all the darkness within keeping you from experiencing this. It's the inner work that needs your attention.
Monday, July 11th
Moon in 8th tithi
The first half of the day Savitr continues to support great light and dawning within. He activates the hands and creativity, healing and wisdom. Something new is on the horizon, hone your vision. Your ability to be clear and align with your inner knowing, will increase the brilliance arriving. As Moon shifts into Chitra for the second half of the day, Mars is activated. He's preparing to move back into Scorpio in just a few hours, activating his vulnerability and hesitancy. Mars is usually decisive, but right now he is moving with much more trepidation. This cancels out any momentum gained by Chitra today and the creative power of Vishva Karma. You may make inner progress, but don't force outer progress. With Mercury newly arriving in Cancer as well, the mind is also vulnerable and weak today. Clarity and precision are not strong. Go slow and turn inward for best results.
* All timing is in Mountain Daylight Time. To determine the current nakshatra for your time zone, add or subtract time based on your distance to Mountain Time.
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