The October full Moon arrives Wednesday, October 24th at 10:44 am MT while Moon transits Aries and Ashwini nakshatra. Beginnings and rejuvenation arrive. This is a powerful cycle for healing and transformation. Release, make space, and open to the new. Moon feels energized and enlivened at the time of the full Moon. Direct this energy towards self care, healing resources and creativity.
As Moon awakens Ashwini nakshatra during this full Moon, the constellation of healing supports greater inner wisdom to arrive. Clear space for this wisdom by releasing and letting go of stagnation, undigested emotions and mental clutter. This is an ideal cycle to attend to the physical body and wellness practices. Start your fall or spring cleanse at the time of the full Moon and jump start your healing process in the weeks ahead.
The Ashwini Kumara twins rule the first constellation of the zodiac, Ashwini. This dynamic duo are brothers- both Ayurvedic doctors who can support powerful healing within the body. They awaken creativity, spark new life and enliven rejuvenation so new life can arrive. They rule over all the healing arts- resources that support increased life force energy. The more life force within, the more vitality and strength experienced within the physiology. Allow the support of the Ashwini Kumaras to help you restore balance, integration and wellness in the cycle ahead.
The symbol of Ashwini is a horse head. Horses represent power, strength, endurance and vitality. Working with horses and riding horses requires clarity, focus and a strong will, as well as willingness to be touched by horse medicine. Ashwini expresses the ability to strengthen ourselves and heal like the mighty horse. Horses are known to create an anti-venom which literally and metaphorically expresses the ability to ward off evil, poison and snakes. The coming cycle can support greater strength and vitality- in body, mind, emotions and spirit. Spend time with horses and watch them carefully for healing insights.
Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, while Ashwini is the first constellation of all twenty seven nakshatras. The arrival of this full Moon brings beginnings with it. As with all openings, there is also closing, release and letting go. Are you attending to losses and release? Are you allowing for the letting go? What grief needs to be purged and has yet to be honored? Where are you skipping over your closing ritual?
There has been so much trauma confronted over the past many weeks as a result of Mars and Ketu in tight conjunction and the recent transition of Jupiter shifting into Scorpio has intensified shadow work and grief. So many have felt old trauma and grief aggressively forced to the surface. It's been a painful process for many and has created destabilization and lack of safety in body and life.
It's time to come back to ground and deepen your self trust. Use resources to support more nourishment, rest and gentleness, Re-center yourself and use your body as the tuning fork. What does your body say it needs? Ask your body to give you messages and listen carefully. Keep showing up.
Sun has shifted to its debilitation sign, Libra, for the coming month. This is a low point in the year for the Sun. Until November 16th, Sun will be in hiding, asking for rest and silence.
All debilitated planets turn their energy inwards. The Sun's light and energy will turn inward in the coming weeks, asking you to look within. The light within will strengthen which means that we may see ourselves and our shadows more clearly. This may feel helpful or painful for some.
Honor this inward shift with extra self care. This is not a time to push or force or be visible. This is a powerful time for introspection, retreat and more silence. Do less and honor this still point in the season.
When the Sun's light dims, it can be challenging for the physical body, however it can often be helpful for the spiritual body. Take extra care of the body, get more rest, eat in harmony with the seasons and use an Ayurvedic diet. Abhyanga (warm oil massage) is a great grounding resource. Spend time in nature and stay close to the body. It may feel easier to lose connection with the body in the coming days and disconnect. Use somatic resources to reconnect.
Where are you bypassing the needs of your body? Where are you disconnected with your physical body? Are you spiritual bypassing and avoiding your grief? What relationship challenges are keeping you disconnected from your body, pelvis and sexuality, feminine wisdom?
Notice where Libra lives in your chart. This house placement will give further insights into themes emerging for this coming cycle.
If you are a Scorpio rising, Sun will be marana in your 12th house. This is the least happy place for Sun and will require extra care and attention. More spiritual focus and less material focus is vital. Attend to losses and grief that needs your attention.
For Aries ascendant, Sun dips into your 8th house which is a hidden place for Sun. It is a low point for your year and extra care and caution must be taken. Vigilance with body is needed. Don't take risks and mind your vulnerability.
Create a list of self care activities that nourish and support your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies.
1) 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) 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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