The April new Moon is Wednesday, the 26th at 06:17 am Mountain Time while Moon is in Aries and Ashwini nakshatra. This is a beginning, a fresh start, a release- ushering in a cycle of rejuvenation and healing.
Ashwini nakshatra is one of three gandantas in the zodiac- gaps that cause transformation and powerful change. Ketu, the planet of disconnection and liberation, rules all three of these gandantas, which indicates there will be some loss involved. The new Moon brings potential, possibility, an opening. With this new Moon and the cycle ahead, it's an important time to attend to the tilling of your inner soil, uproot, release and let go of all that is not serving you. If you don't wish to carry it forward, if it truly isn't benefiting you, it must be composted and allowed to die.
The constellation of Ashwini is a the first star of the zodiac, as Aries is the first sign- thus a fresh start, new beginning has arrived. You may be feeling the immense potential and opening- and unsteady, uncertain and vulnerable simultaneously. The Ashvini-Kumara twins rule this domain of the sky and provide healing and rejuvenation through health protocols such as Ayurveda. Their magical healing energy provide strength and power, stamina and vitality. They fight poison with skill and determination. They have life=giving powers that can restore youth and life force energy. In the Vedic tradition, the healing arts span everything from health to the arts. The understanding is that creativity is a life giving resource which supports the healing process. Creativity of all kinds are supported in this coming cycle as a result.
This waxing cycle offers gains, but not without conscious and diligent release. From your losses, gains will arrive. What are you letting go of? What are you creating space for in your life? Use your losses and grief as fertilizer. Your pain and challenges are resources for gains, new awareness and cultivating more clarity about what you need- in order for greater nourishment and life force.
There is still clean-up taking place as Mercury, Saturn and Jupiter retrograde. Mental, physical and spiritual bodies are requesting your attention and intention. Clean, clear and purge the mind so that body and spirit have more space to support you. What stories are keeping you stuck in lack? Until Mercury goes direct on May 3rd, attend to themes of clean up with communications, connection, creativity, money and commerce. The mind needs your attention and requests that you attend to outmoded personal mythology that keeps you from being nourished.
At the time of the New Moon, Sun, Moon and retrograde Mercury are on the Eastern horizon. They receive gaze from Rahu (the head of the serpent), which gives shadowed mental and emotional body experiences and strong cravings. Desires intensify. Get clear on what your goals are and where to put your energy most effectively. Nourishment is a driving force in the coming cycle, but the ultimate goal is balance. Seek more balance with masculine and feminine, action and inaction, goals and relaxation.
The next cycle brings new relationships and partnerships to the forefront. How are you preparing for more connection and creativity, more nourishment, love and harmony? Make the space for this now.
Days after the new Moon, the most auspicious day of the year arrives, Akshaya Tritiya- when Sun and Moon are exalted simultaneously. It is said that only positive outcomes can emerge on this day, that there can be no harm. All actions will be fruitful and yield positive results. As the third tithi arrives (Tritiya) of the waxing phase, with exalted Sun and Moon, the power and energy will be palpable. Luck, success and powerful results occur when you align with the strength of this day.
Akshaya Tritiya officially begins at 23:00 MDT on the 27th, once the Moon moves into the third tithi. This passage of the Moon will end as Moon shifts into the 4th tithi of the waxing cycle at 19:27 MDT on April 28th. Moon will be transiting Rohini nakshatra the majority of the time, a highly creative star- connected to manifestation and ruled by Lord Brahma. Lord Brahma and his wife Goddess Saraswati, are the ultimate united team of manifestation, since Lord Brahma created the universe from his navel. On this day, take a powerful action step towards your desires, dharma and purpose. Step forward with confidence and clarity!
Vishnu, the god of preservation in the holy trinity of Vedic gods, rules over Akshaya Tritiya. This year, Parushuram Jayanti, the celebrated birth date of the 6th incarnation of Lord Vishnu, arrives on the 27th, just before Akshaya Tritiya begins. Parushuram's role is to destroy the ignorance of those in power positions and those misusing their authority. He removes sin and exterminates those leaders who are misaligned with power and right-action.
Create a list of self care activities that nourish and support your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.
1) Align with your inner nourishment: Using craypas, paints or pencils, create an image of your nourishment. What does nourishment feel like for you? Create an image that expresses this feeling using colors, textures and shapes. Allow 20 minutes at minimum for this nourishment image. Title your image.
2) Create a relationship with your nourishment: Use your image to inspire a movement exploration. Let your body move in response to your nourishment image with an intention of "moving with your feelings of nourishment". What sensations emerge for you during your dance? What awareness? Allow 5 to 10 minutes for this movement exploration. I encourage you to extend this time frame as you recycle this process.
3) Harvesting: In your journal answer these questions:
I am, I want, I need, I sense, I feel, I imagine.
What deeply nourishes me? What no longer nourishes me?
Where do I feel support in my life? Where do I need more support?
What am I opening to? What am I closing to?
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