March begins with Rahu in Aries, Mars in Taurus, Moon in Gemini, Ketu in Libra, Mercury, Saturn and Sun conjunct Aquarius, Venus exalted in Pisces with Jupiter in his own sign of Pisces.
Jupiter and Venus in Pisces while in exact degrees on March 1st to March 3rd Lakshmi Jayanti on March 6th Holi celebration on March 8th Venus in Aries on March 11th Mars in Gemini on March 12th Sun in Pisces on March 14th Mercury debilitated in Pisces on March 15th Vernal Equinox on March 20th Chaitra Navaratri begins on March 22nd Ram Navami + Chaitra Navaratri ends on March 30th Mercury in Aries on March 31st
Full Moon in Leo and PurvaPhalguni Nakshatra On March 7th @ 05:40 am MT
At the time of the full Moon, high tide gets extra charged by multiple planets giving drishti, or gaze, to the Moon. Mercury, Sun, and Saturn look directly at the Moon, causing heat and pressure. Mars and Rahu give their gaze as well, adding intense emotion. This full Moon requests patience, however, the impulse will be to move swiftly with the big waves. There is a very strong creativity activating at this time- so be intentional with your focus.
Purvaphalguni invites increased creativity and sensuality in the cycle ahead. There is strong desire, empowerment and attention to relationships surfacing. Clear away emotional debris and make space for gains and advancements in your feeling center, the heart. As you clarify goals and intentions, make sure you are also being diligent with the action steps necessary to accomplish them. Watch for overdoing, pushing, and forcing- as well as imbalance with action and rest. Allow for leisure, increased pleasure, nourishment and ease, but be mindful of overindulgence. Cravings are rooted in the shadow.
What darkness is not being attended to with honesty and courage? Where can you let go and find more surrender? Where are you pushing and forcing, creating imbalance and incongruence?
Purvaphalguni nakshatra is ruled by Bhaga, the god of pleasure, comforts and commodities. He gives excess, abundance and juiciness. Sensuality and sexuality come naturally as a result of his gifts and influence. Manifestation is enlivened with his life force energy.
This constellation is like the nectar that bees flock to, expressing a spring-like quality with plenty of blossoms. The sap is flowing, the bees are buzzing and the flowers are blooming! Can you feel it? Beauty and potential comes alive within this portion of the sky. Relationships are energized and strengthened with the influences of this constellation. Plant your seeds of desire, expand your dreams and focus on the bigger picture.
Maybe it's time to ask for what you really want and need? Where are you receiving less than what you deserve? What is keeping you from rising and growing? Where are you resisting your power and greater purpose?
Don't settle for less than the best. Ask Nature to support your clarity and vision. Think bigger and be clear about your desires. Get focused and expand your reach. Use creative resources to awaken your life force energy. Make art! Dance and sing! Celebrate yourself!
Meet new people, start new relationships, enliven the ones you already have. Allow more sensuality and sexuality into your life and let your life force energy flow more fully. Spend time receiving and remember your gratitude.
Where do you feel abundant already? Where do you need more? Remember that getting the support you need and being able to receive, will strengthen your results. We don't succeed alone- ever! Gather who and what you need for growth.
The Vedic celebration of Holi often roughly coincides with the vernal equinox and the arrival of spring (for the Northern Hemisphere and fall for the Southern Hemisphere). Holi arrives with the full Moon this year, while the Vernal Equinox will close out the month on March 30th. Holi is a Vedic fertility celebration which sparks immense creative life force energy. Potential, possibility and creative power are enlivening. Step into your Divine Feminine power! Ask your ancestors to guide you with the process of creating and manifesting your desires.
"On the equinox, night and day are nearly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. This is the reason it's called an “equinox”, derived from Latin, meaning “equal night.” However, in reality, equinoxes don't have exactly 12 hours of daylight. Earth's axis is tilted at an angle of about 23.4° in relation to the ecliptic plane, the imaginary plane created by the Earth's path around the Sun. On any other day of the year, either the Southern Hemisphere or the Northern Hemisphere tilts a little towards the Sun. But on the two equinoxes, the tilt of the Earth's axis is perpendicular to the Sun's rays."- Time and Date
No matter the hemisphere you are in, both spring and fall are considered "sandhi" times of year- or in between seasons. These are sacred times, when the veil is thin and sensitivity is heightened. From an Ayurvedic perspective, we attend to necessary physical rituals that help the body cleanse and purify.
Holi comes at this sacred junction and is a time to "plant seeds" so to speak. It is a celebration of fertility, abundance and the awakening of Shakti within Nature. The full enlivening of the Divine Feminine, is celebrated during Chaitra Navaratri- the nine days of Mother Divine- which begins on March 22nd this year. Consider Holi the "kick off" fertility celebration. Use this time to plant your seeds of desire. Honor the sense of spring and possibility, hope and awakening. Divine abundance abounds!
New Moon in Pisces and UttaraBhadra Nakshatra On March 21st @ 11:24 MT
Moon collides with Sun, Jupiter and Mercury during the new Moon. Jupiter is closing out his year long transit through his most balanced sign- which we won't see again for another twelve years. Debilitated Mercury requests deep introspection and insight with communication, creativity, money and connection. Rahu and Venus are in exact degrees in Aries at the time of this new Moon, creating potential for wild excess or ungrounded confusion in the realms of wealth, vitality, love, and relationship.
Relationships are volatile and require patience and care at this time. Highs and lows are activated. Overwhelm and confusion arrive in full force. Do not make long term decisions at this time. Wait until the waters calm down and mind is stronger after April 1st.
Pisces represents a closing door, and an opening door, as the the final sign of the zodiac. Here, endings and closure take place, while potential and the new are enlivened. Correlating with the 12th house, Pisces also aligns with the ancestors, the portion of the chart that connects us to the spirit world and those who are not in a body.
Uttarabhadrapada is ruled by Ahirbudhnya and symbolized by the back legs of a funeral cot. Endings are provoked and release is inevitable. The bridge between material and spirit worlds is being burned. Deep transformation of life and death is taking place. What are you releasing once and for all? What is dying in your self and your life? What seeds are you planting for new growth?
Ahirbudhnya is the serpent of the underworld. As a Naga (a positive snake, as opposed to the Sarpas which often bring deception) there is great potential for deep, inner work and lasting inner wisdom to arrive. Nagas bring resources and Ahirbudhnya offers a wealth of inner knowledge to arrive- for those who are willing to dive deeply into unconscious and subconscious terrain. You must go beyond the surface to harvest these pearls of wisdom!
The coming waxing cycle provides momentum, yet tension between forward movement and transformation. Desire and determination are strong, but the mental body will feel frustrated, stuck and overwhelmed in the process. Keep moving anyway. Your consistent action steps are vital for progress to be made. Don't get stuck in the "how" and the minutia of details. Find clear, doable action steps and keep going. Are you getting stuck in the overwhelm and inner drama which sabotages your success?
Healing can take place in this cycle with creativity and digestion. Your creative process is the key to your transformation and change. Staying stagnant, stuck and resistant to change is not conducive to life force, Shakti, and new growth. Though we are still in a powerful uprooting process, you can ease this by surrendering to the release. Resisting will only intensify the pain, hardship and challenges that are surfacing.
When a challenge arrives, confront it head on. It's vital that you stay alert and awake to what needs to be released, removed and let go of right now. Your ability to digest, transform and release consistently and fully, provides a powerful foundation for new seeds to take root and a deeper harvest to arrive in the coming days and months (and even years) ahead. Seek balance- inner and outer- as you move into the new, and as you let go of the old.
Relationships are a big part of this journey of transformation so allow them to be your mirror for growth and change. Some healing is possible with self and with "other" through the cycles ahead. With willingness you can uproot resistance and challenges that have kept you stuck in lack and malnourishment. Get clear on your needs and make these declarations known. Speak clearly and with effectiveness. Your inner clarity will determine the clarity within your relationships, and how you get your needs met on much deeper levels. What do you really need in order to feel safe, grounded, stable and supported? Communicate your deeper needs and vulnerabilities. Let others in and speak your truth.
With this new Moon, the spring celebration of Navaratri arrives, opening the deep transformation process taking place within Nature. This celebration of the Divine Mothers ends with Ram Navami, the birth date of Lord Rama. Chaitra Navaratri begins on March 22nd and will end on March 30th.
During the nine day and night Navaratri celebration, the battle between light and dark forces enlivens. This battle between light and dark, good and bad, masculine and feminine, transformation and healing, is taking place within all beings at this sacred junction point. It is a time to heal and integrate polarities within.
The Navaratri celebration is an expression of what is taking place within Nature, through the Laws that govern Nature, marking an important transition within our own bodies. These important junction points (know as a gap, or sandhi in Sanskrit) happen multiple times a year, however, Chaitra Navaratri is considered one of the most powerful. This is an awakening of life for the Northern Hemisphere.
Align with Nature and Her powerful energy of change and transformation during Navaratri. Ritualize your connections with Nature- in order to land more closely into your own inner wisdom, to Her wisdom. Strengthen your connection to Self and Spirit.
February begins with Rahu in Aries, Mars and Moon in Taurus, Ketu in Libra, Mercury in Sagittarius, Sun in Capricorn, Saturn in his own sign of Aquarius, Venus in Aquarius, and Jupiter in his own sign of Pisces.
February Transits: Mercury in Capricorn on the 6th Sun in Aquarius on the 13th Venus exalted in Pisces on the 15th Maha Shivaratri on the 18th
Full Moon in Cancer and Ashlesha Nakshatra On February 5th at 11:28 MT
The nature of this full Moon is shedding and releasing. Transformation comes swiftly with the big lunar energy of this Cancer full Moon. Emotions are strong and extra big so ride the waves with intention. You may feel extra clear, focused, and inspired to change your relationships at this time. Follow through and be intentional. New beginnings are yours, but you'll need to let something heavy go. It's time to make space for your deep nourishment.
The Cancer full Moon will surely pull you closer to your heart center, emotional body, and all fourth house matters such as home, heart, land, and mother. The ribcase, lungs, and heart are connected to Cancer and the 4th house. Take deep breaths and linger in your open and close, inhale and exhale.
Ashlesha nakshatra is ruled by Sarpa, the mystical serpent. Sarpa is notorious for his black magic and deceptive ways. He is illusion and confusion at his worst. At his best, he brings mystical wisdom and occult awareness. Snake medicine is indicative of Kundalini energy and the spinal column, as well as sexual potency. The lunar nodes Rahu and Ketu are expressions of serpent energy. First of all, they are not real, only shadows on the Moon, which is your inner wisdom and intelligence. Just as the nodes cause intensification, uncertainty, confusion and extremes, so does the energy of Sarpa. Highs and lows appear, as shadow merges into light and light moves back to darkness. What you see is not always what you get, or what you wanted.
Relationships become a major part of this transformation process. What are you learning about yourself as you look in the mirror? Let your heart wisdom guide you and become the guru. Use devotion, Bhakti, to strengthen your path and purpose. Get devoted to your self, your path and your purpose. Make love your dharma and dharma your love. Allow passion to feed you, stir your longings and provoke action steps. Where are you playing small- in matters of love and creativity? As a new cycle arrives, nourishment, money and resources ask for your attention and intention. The pull will be towards greater nourishment in the weeks ahead, encouraging a focus on being fed, supported and comforted.
What are you eating- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? How nourished do you feel by what you are ingesting? What is working well? What is missing? Cut, clear, and delete anything that is keeping you malnourished in body and soul.
Shivaratri arrives this year on February 18th, just before the new Moon. This is a time of deep silence and strong potential. It is the marriage celebration of Shiva and Shakti, a symbolic union of wholeness- when the absolute unmanifest, conjoins with the pulse of life force energy. Masculine and feminine merge and create life- and the ability to manifest becomes amplified. From this place of union, we can ignite the power of being, the power of life. Transformations abound right now- inner and outer.
Are you paying attention to polarities in your life? What dualities are you aware of and what is needed for their integration?
This is a powerful time for meditation and reciting the Mrityunjaya Mantra: oṁ tryambakaṁ yajāmahe sugandhiṁ puṣṭi-vardhanam ǀurvārukam-iva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt ǁ
Shivaratri supports planting seeds of potential through the depth of silence. Shiva as destroyer, is at one with this awakened state of creativity. His role is to support your collapse into concentrated, focused alignment with the harmony of existence- that which is pure consciousness, deep, unaltered silence and awakening. This is where your creativity resides, your ability to manifest, create and transform- over and over again. Through the transcendence, you can easily touch this silence in its pure form. Shiva reminds us to use this silence to release, simplify and transform.
From a silent and awakened state, you can plant the seeds of life more intentionally and powerfully. Use your deep inner silence for stirring your creative desires. Next, the fertility festival of Holi, will activate your silent seeds, helping them become more fully awakened with the creative wisdom of Nature. What are you creating for your powerful life? What is your vision? Let your imagination move you into being. Create your life! New Moon in Aquarius and Satabisha Nakshatra On February 20th at 00:07 am MT
The theme of duality continues to be at play during this new Moon cycle. Prepare to meet opposition, inner conflict, and a greater need for balance. See exactly what is malnourishing you and eradicate it through harmony.
Venus is exalted in Pisces, conjunct Jupiter for three short weeks. A swelling and expansion is possible with love, money, creativity, beauty, art and all things feminine. Watch for a dynamic between spiritual and material realms that needs your attention.
Saturn is already asking for balance and equilibrium as he newly navigates Aquarius. Sun in Aquarius will provoke this need for balance, structure, and inner harmony for the coming month.
The new Moon in Aquarius is a reminder to seek integration and balance with opening and closing. A dual ruled air sign, both Saturn and Rahu provide a sense of duality and contradiction here. Aquarius correlates to the 11th house of gains, however, gains come when we allow for losses. In other words, without letting go and supporting the release process, there isn't space to acquire or receive the gains arriving. Pluses and minuses must be honored in the cycle ahead. There will be losses and inevitable letting go. Just remember you are making space for the new.
Satabisha nakshatra is a powerful constellation of healing. This full Moon brings an important junction point to our journey of change and transformation. Varuna is the ruling deity of this portion of the sky. He rules Natural Law and sustains it through seeing everything- dishing out consequences for anything that goes against the highest Laws of the Universe.
Said to have "thousands of eyes", Varuna sees all actions, choices and behaviors. This gives him great wisdom, and allows him to be a great healer as well- as he can eradicate the root cause of disease. Sometimes Varuna is considered the king of kings for this reason as he rules over Natural Law, Universal Law, or Rta. Lakshmi and Soma are Varuna's children. Both offer the blessings, healing gifts and miracles that are required to transform the disdain and displeasure of Varuna's watchful gaze.
This new Moon is an excellent beginning and fresh start- especially for healing purposes. Disease that begins under Satabisha is extremely difficult to heal, so being extra diligent with routine, diet and life style choices are nonnegotiable in the cycle ahead. This is an excellent time to prepare for a spring cleanse, follow Ayurvedic guidelines more closely, get more rest, exercise and meditate regularly.
Use self care in the days ahead and hit reset. If you've been falling far away from a healthy routine and choices, now is the time to reel it back in and realign with more structure for building immunity and inner strength. The cure for the critical gaze of this constellation is increasing nourishment, resources, support and vitality. This comes from simplicity, ease and gentleness- not force or punishment. Let this be a reminder for your healing actions and choices as you realign with your inner truth and inner knowing.
The symbol of Satabisha is a drum or a circle, which reminds us of the healing power of this constellation, as well as containment and boundaries. There is inner and outer, self and other, inside and out. The sacred drum keeps time, supports our alignment with the universal rhythm and helps call us home to our own heart beat. Use the coming cycle to recommit to yourself, your own drum beat. Keep life simple, steady and slow. Find your pulse, find your rhythm. Let nature and her wisdom support your realignment.
Where do you need to simplify and reconnect with your own inner knowing? Where are you getting lost, erratic and creating difficulty? What challenges are asking you to look more closely and reevaluate your choices and actions? How is your inner critic keeping you from the nourishment you seek? What do you need for deeper nourishment? Are you making space for what you need? What losses do you need to attend to and grieve? What gains do you need to celebrate and honor?
Use the coming cycle to come home to yourself and set the intention of healing your body, mind, emotions and spirit. Ask for guidance and seek out new resources where you see holes in your support team. Honoring your inner wisdom and truth is dharma. There is no other path.
* Image by Mikenzi Jones
The month begins with Moon and Rahu in Aries, retrograde Mars in Taurus, Ketu in Libra, Sun and retrograde Mercury in Sagittarius, Venus and Saturn in Capricorn.
January Transits Mars direct in Taurus on the 12th Sun in Capricorn on the 14th Makara Sankranti on the 14th Saturn enters his own sign of Aquarius on the 17th Mercury direct in Sagittarius on the 18th Venus in Aquarius on the 22nd Full Moon in Gemini on January 6th at 16:07 MT in Punarvasu Nakshatra
January requires a slow, steady approach to movement and momentum. This will be a delicate month for mind and body so plan accordingly. By the end of the month, all planets will be moving forward, but Saturn will be sandhi in Aquarius until the first part of February. Forward movement with Mars and Mercury will help motivation and focus. Get clear on your needs and start moving in that direction.
When Saturn is weak, it is a reminder to take extra care of the body, structure, and stability. Bones, foundation, and safety issue may be up. This is an important time for grief work so clean out the undigested emotions lingering in the corners of your psyche. Purge, digest and clear what has not been fully honored or acknowledged so you have space for the new.
This full Moon comes with a tight conjunction of retrograde Mercury and Sun in Sagittarius. You may notice the critic is high and ideals are strong. This is a good time to get active, move the body, sweat, and transform some energy. Get out of the mind and into the body.
Gemini and Punarvasu nakshatra awakens the desire for universality, new resources and support. Ruling deity, Aditi, is often referred to as the "mother of all goodness". She birthed 33 Devas. Of these children, 12 were Adityas- powerful allies for resources, material support, wisdom and guidance. She is the expression of expanded awareness, the mother in all things, the foundation of the universe and non-duality. She awakens and supports the awareness of oneness, non-difference, sama or the equinamity of the mind.
Aditi gave birth to Vishnu himself, the ultimate sustaining force that upholds dharma. The bounty and blessings of Aditi will awaken and expand possibilities and potential for you. She is limitless, formless, unbounded, non-dual abundance that is the foundation for all nourishment in this life.
Where are you in right relationship with the nourishment in your life? What is feeling supportive, nourishing and bountiful? Where are you disconnected or resisting nourishment, abundance and support? What resources and guidance are missing on your path?
Use this new Moon to crack open the parts of you in lack and malnourishment. Attend to your grief and emotional body. Honor and acknowledge the needs that are not being met in your life and your relationships. Dig deeper into your struggle and hardship. Does it really have to be so hard? Where are you making it harder than it needs to be? Only when you are truly willing to face your shadow and honor its gifts, will you be able to make space for and allow new possibilities to arrive. Ask for what you need and gather the resources and support that will make it possible. Makar Sankranti
After the January full Moon, the auspicious Vedic celebration of Makar Sankranti arrives on Saturday the 14th. This marks an important movement towards a more bountiful time of year (spring and a time of growth) in the Vedic calendar. The Sun's movement into Capricorn is called Makar Sankranti. Unlike the majority of Vedic celebrations which are calculated by the placement of the Moon, this celebration is calculated by the position of the Sun. Sun is connected to father, knowledge, power, the Soul, and the light within. Get organized and be methodical in your action steps. This is a powerful time to set intentions and goals- in order to have a rich harvest.
New Moon in Capricorn on January 21st at 13:54 MT in Abhijit Nakshatra
The first new Moon of the year comes with a highly auspicious expression of cosmic intelligence. Saturn has newly entered Aquarius and is sandhi at 0 degrees 30. Sandhi planets are extremely spiritual in nature, but are not rooted or grounded. This is an excellent time for spiritual awareness and somatic experiences, however, it requires great care and caution on a physical body level as well as material world level. Do not push or force the body, or take extreme risks. This is not a time for material world progress, but highly important for aligning with spiritual desires and intentions.
At the time of the new Moon, both Sun and Moon land in 7 degrees 30, conjunct sandhi Venus, within Capricorn. The sacred 28th nakshatra, Abhijit, falls within 6 degrees 40 and 10 degrees 53 inside the sign of Capricorn and sandwiched in the middle of Uttar Ashada and Sravana nakshatras. The ancient Jyotishis knew this to be a sacred slice of the heavens, specifically for spiritual purposes. Since Sun and Moon will be conjunct within this sacred degree range during the new Moon, I'm calling it an Abhijit new Moon.
This rare and highly auspicious new Moon is extremely important for dharmic pursuits and sacred intentions. Abhijit nakshatra is a spiritual portal that can increase divine connection with Source, spirit and Natural Law. Take time to meditate and set an intentions on this new Moon day for deeper alignment and nourishment with your dharmic path and soul purpose. This portal stays open only until early evening on the 21st when Moon shifts into Sravana nakshatra. Sun will leave this sacred portal on the evening of the 24th.
Once a month moon moves through the sacred constellation of Abhijit for a few hours. Once a year, the Sun moves through this sacred constellation for a few days. It is rare to have both Sun and Moon align in this sacred constellation, marked by a new Moon. Don't go too fast or neglect this moment. Linger here and pause. Set intentions that honor your soul desires for the coming cycles. This is a powerful opportunity to really listen and hear the body and soul on a much deeper level.
What is your soul longing for and needing you to listen to? What has been neglected on a soul level for far too long? What joy and nourishment is your soul asking for in the cycles ahead? What steps move you closer to your soul wisdom?
2022 Sidereal Moon Wisdom + Transits
December begins with Rahu in Aries, Mars retrograde in Taurus, Ketu in Libra, Sun, Venus and Mercury in Scorpio, Saturn in his own sign of Capricorn, Jupiter in his own sign of Pisces. Transits This Month:
Mercury in Sagittarius on the 2nd Venus in Sagittarius on the 5th Sun in Sagittarius on the 15th Solstice December 21st Mercury in Capricorn on the 27th Venus in Capricorn on the 29th Mercury retrograde in Capricorn on the 29th Mercury retrograde back into Sagittarius on the 30th
Full Moon in Taurus and Rohini Nakshatra December 7th at 21:07 MT
"Where we think we need more self-discipline, we usually need more self love.” - Tara Mohr
This full Moon is powerfully creative and super charged with divine wisdom, as well as big emotion. Moon conjuncts retrograde Mars in Taurus, offering two possibilities: flashes of anger, or an amplified alignment with the divine feminine. The extra big energy of this Moon will no doubt move some energy. What supports your deepest nourishment? Move toward that.
The full Moon arrives in Lord Brahmas domain, Rohini nakshatra. His unification with Goddess Saraswati is the ultimate manifestation energy. Masculine and feminine creative powers align in order to bring desire into form. Through creativity, the arts, wisdom and knowledge, we can create our lives over and over again. Desire sparks actions and intentions.
With this full Moon, you have the ability to create something new for yourself and your life. This is the most powerful constellation for creation, creativity and bringing desires into tangible form. Rohini is a fixed constellation, which offers stable results and dharmic support. Now is the time to make your dreams a reality and take the necessary action steps to manifest it into form. Rohini nakshatra is a powerful portion of the sky dedicated to creativity on all levels- allowing dreams and desires to manifest. Ruler of this nakshatra, Lord Brahma, is the god of creation; he literally birthed the universe from his navel. Now is the time to bring forth your ideas, desires and creative impulses from the unseen, hidden realm. Awaken your deepest desires and allow them to take shape.
If you've been putting off action steps, expansion of ideas and desires, now is the time to get serious. There is a lot of proactive energy in the transits right now that can be put to good use. Use your energy wisely and channel it creatively. Ask for more and step up to make it happen. Manifestation occurs when we activate and align with our dreams and desires, while also taking conscious, congruent and consistent action steps to support them.
Use this coming waning cycle to birth something new. Awaken your buried passions and ignite your purpose. Where have you been playing too small? What have you neglected to fully ask for? What steps are you resisting or refusing to take?
Maximize your creative life force energy and awaken the power of your creative courage. Step into your power and potential. Restructure, release, transform and grow. Shed the old parts of you that doubt and play the victim. Uproot the stories and mental blockages that are keeping you poor and in survival. It's time to step up, expand your ability to receive the nourishment of life. Make sure that your actions and choices align with your desires. Seek congruency with your vision and your behaviors. Open the channels for more life force energy and say yes to life!
Get focused on the direction you are going in life. Make your dreams a priority and start creating a life you love! What brings you joy? What are you passionate about? What moves you closer to sustainable nourishment? Say yes to your creativity! What are you creating for your one, precious life?
Solstice occurs on December 21st. Winter Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere and Summer Solstice for the Southern Hemisphere. "It’s the astronomical moment when the Sun reaches the Tropic of Capricorn, we have our shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere in terms of daylight. Regardless of what the weather is doing outside your window, the solstice marks the official start of winter. The term “solstice” comes from the Latin words sol (Sun) and sistere (to stand still) because, during the solstice, the angle between the Sun’s rays and the plane of the Earth’s equator (called declination) appears to stand still.
So what does that mean, exactly? Upon the winter solstice, the Sun appears at its lowest in the sky, and its noontime elevation seems to stay the same for several days before and after this day. The Sun’s gradual decrease in the sky reverses upon the winter solstice, marking what many cultures believe to be a “rebirth” of the Sun as the hours of daylight become longer."
- Farmer's Almanac
As the still point arrives and the reversal of the light takes place, it is a powerful time for introspection and release. This is a time to attend to shadows, grief and undigested emotions. Clearing, purging and releasing lingering emotions from the past cycle will create space for the new, opening you to more life force in the months ahead. This is nature's request to re-balance. What are you moving towards? What are you moving away from?
What needs to be cleared and released? What is undigested from the previous year, decade? What are you making space for in your life?
New Moon In Sagittarius and Mula Nakshatra December 23rd at 03:18am MT
" What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The conjunction of Mercury, Sun and Venus that has been moving through the zodiac over the past several months lands in Sagittarius for December. This is a highly creative combination, as long as you don't let it lead to burn out. Mercury will go retrograde as December closes. Interesting timing for mental body clean up as the year comes to a close. Use the end of the year to close this annual cycle. Clean up and clear out the mental body, communication and commerce. Retrograde Mercury is especially helpful for organization and orderliness. What feels undigested from the previous cycles? What mental body stories are not serving your highest potential?
Sagittarius is a fire sign known for its spiritual inclinations. As the number nine, it naturally reflects the wisdom of the 9th house of dharma. Symbolized by an archer pulling his arrow back, this sign needs to remember to take action, not just prepare. There is a tendency for "over-preparation" with this sign, rather than taking focused, right-action. Notice where you are causing delays, creating obstructions, resisting forward momentum. The support will be here for you to move forward, but you must take the steps to make it happen. This sign wants fairness and justice, as well as truth. The shadow side to this sign is dogma, puritanical beliefs and ideals.
The first constellation of Sagittarius is Mula, considered one of three gandantas in the zodiac- a gap between water and fire. Gandantas are notorious for uprooting the psycho-emotional body levels. This particular gandanta, or gap, is connected to the nakshatra, Mula. Ruled by the dark goddess, Nirrti, this constellation is often disruptive for the dharmic path. Nirrti in fact is married to adharma, that which goes against dharma, causing calamities, chaos and misfortune on the path that obstructs or delays dharma.
Expect your tap root to feel unstable at this time. A poignant uprooting is taking place physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually at this time. Grounding and stability are vital.
This is a cycle of powerful restructuring, uprooting and change. Are you making choices that move you closer to dharma or further away from it? Address self sabotage, resistance to your growth, and the neglect of your souls purpose. You may experience challenges, frustrations, obstructions, or delays on your dharmic path. Gather the support, guidance, resources and tools you need to move forward with more clarity and focus. Don't lose sight of your goals, disires and spiritual intentions.
Seek spiritual insights and wisdom, as well as deeper self trust. What needs to change once and for all- so you can finally move forward with more ease and gentleness? A clearing is taking place. Allow the release to happen, even if it's uncomfortable. You are preparing the soil for new growth. Next steps will be planting your seeds of desire and intention.
Are you making choices that move you closer to dharma or further away from it? What are you releasing, removing or uprooting right now? What needs to be cleared and eliminated so that you can move forward in a different way? What needs are surfacing as you sift and sort through the rubble? What are you making space for and how do you want to move forward differently?
November begins with Rahu in Aries, Mars retrograde in Gemini, Mercury, Sun debilitated, Venus and Ketu all in Libra, Saturn in his own sign of Capricorn, Jupiter retrograde in his own sign of Pisces.
November Transits Venus in Scorpio on the 11th Mars retrogrades back to Taurus on the 13th Mercury in Scorpio on the 13th Sun in Scorpio on the 16th Jupiter direct in Pisces on the 23rd
Full Moon in Aries and Bharani Nakshatra + Total Lunar Eclipse November 8th @ 04:01 am MT
November begins with a tight conjunction of four planets in Libra. The heat and pressure builds until mid month, dissipating the combustion of Venus and Mercury. Debilitated Sun, the eclipse portal and newly direct Saturn made for an intense October. This energy slowly dissolves as the eclipse cycle finally comes to a close with the November full Moon. Watch for big emotional body waves with this full Moon. Expect a powerful release, closure and rebirthing process in the cycle ahead.
The November Full Moon arrives early morning on the 8th, while Moon is transiting Aries and Bharani nakshatra. A re-birthing arrives with this cycle- so plan accordingly. Restraint and focus are required in the coming weeks. Clarify your needs and open to something new. This waning cycle will support the shedding and release of your old self, while supporting the arrival of a new, upgraded version of yourself. Have you cleared what needs to be released so you can make space for the new?
Bharani nakshatra is ruled by Yama, Lord of restraint. He is responsible for judging your karmas after death, determining what direction your soul goes in the after life. He can be cruel with his discernment and does not allow anyone to escape their actions, choices, or behaviors. Yama is the ultimate judge on all levels of life- reminding us that every action has a reaction and a consequence.
Interestingly, the constellation of Bharani is symbolized by the Yoni. This is a portion of the sky connected to birthing, bringing forth something new. It is both vulnerable, sensual, and sensitive, as well as immensely powerful and strong.
Bharani reminds us that we often must go through restraint, and restriction in order to clarify and align with a new path, a new direction, a new life. Notice what is being refined right now in your life. Acknowledge where you are feeling pinched, pruned, forced to clarify your needs and desires. Are you being clear about your direction and focus? Do you know where to focus your gaze? Your action steps and energy?
Use this waning cycle to clean up your path and purpose. If you are misaligned or being frivolous, Yama will put the smack down and force you to make some hard choices. He will also support ease and fluidity when you are aligned with right action, dharma. Notice what is being supported and what is not. It's time to make some choices about where you want to go, and what you want to create for your life. If you aren't getting the support of Natural Law that you want and need, you need to redirect and pivot.
Sun is still debilitated in Libra until the 16th of November. Although Saturn is finally direct, Jupiter will slowly move into forward motion late this month. Those ruled by Jupiter, in a Jupiter maha dasha, and who have Sun or Moon in Pisces will feel his changes more intimately. Slow down and listen carefully to the necessary shifts you are being asked to make. As the dharma planet, anything not aligned with your highest purpose won't be tolerated.
The two week eclipse portal closes with a powerful Aries full Moon and total lunar eclipse. Emotions are bigger than normal, inner waves more extreme, and lunar intelligence at peak levels. The waxing cycle brought challenges to the surface for re-evaluation. Your shadows have been intensifying parts of yourself that need greater awareness. It's time for an upgrade and a change in direction. Are you ready to pivot?
The challenges surfacing are likely not new issues emerging, but rather old parts of yourself that have been ignored. Without intensification they likely won't get the attention that is required for transformation and healing. Now that your pain and discomfort has your focused attention, what needs to shift?
Have you been paying attention to your shadow parts? What do you need to shift or change in your approach? What does your pain tell you about your deeper needs?
This total lunar eclipse begins on November 8th at 1:02 am MT and will end at 06:56 am MT. The maximum eclipse occurs at 03:59 am MT. The full or partial eclipse will be visible in North/East Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica.
From a Vedic perspective, it is not advised to be outside during an eclipse or to look directly at the eclipse. 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.
On the day of the eclipse and full Moon, take time to ground, go slow and simplify your steps. This is not a time to push, force or take risks.
In the days following the eclipse, you will likely notice a release, purging and clearing taking place. Expect some break through or new awareness to emerge. The clouds will part, the veil will lift, and the shadow will lessen. This is an important time to pay attention to needs that are surfacing and refocus. It's time for a life upgrade! Where are you playing small, or allowing victim behavior to dis-empower you? Release the lack, uncertainty and resistance to change. What steps can you take to move closer to your dreams, goals and desires? It's time to start anew.
New Moon in Scorpio and Anuradha Nakshatra November 23rd @ 15:58 MT
Sun, Venus, Moon and Mercury simultaneously transit Scorpio at the time of the new Moon. Jupiter is freshly direct in his own sign of Pisces and gives his drishti to Scorpio. A noticeable upliftment may be palpable, while deep transformation is taking place. This is not a surface level new Moon. Expect to dive into your depths and feel remarkable inner shifts. How deep are you willing to go? The new Moon arrives while Moon is transiting Scorpio and Anuradha nakshatra. Sun and Moon collide in the sign of depth and transformation while the empty, dark Moon inspires possibility and potential. This is a particularly helpful cycle for turning your darkness into light. Prepare to activate something new and change old patterns and behaviors. What needs to be enlivened and awakened within you?
Anuradha nakshatra is ruled by Mitra who supports friendships and connections that support and uplift life. This constellation is also a powerful reminder of transformation and celebration. Symbolized by a triumphal gateway, this portion of the sky ushers in the arrival of improvement, upliftment and achievement. A powerful reminder that our darkness can be shifted and transformed into something life serving and empowering. Through your dharma, release and change your tragedy, pain and struggles into light, awareness and a powerful offering to the world.
Mitra’s support will bring resources and connection in the days and weeks to come. As an Aditya, Mitra’s role is to bring resources and support. He does it through connection, collaboration and relationship. Saturn rules this nakshatra, which indicates consistent, steady work is necessary for the resources to arrive. It also indicates that your steady steps will finally pay off- depending on your relationship with Saturn. As the planet of grief and sorrow, Saturn requires that you attend to your emotional body landscape diligently. With your attention to grief, he grants you more space in your heart for the joys of life. This is a cycle to pay close attention to your emotions and gather resources, support, guidance and community to weather the inner storms.
In the waxing cycle ahead, spend time with quality people, dear friends and trusted allies. Ask for support from those you love and cherish. Work towards co-creation and connection. Acknowledge the challenges you face and commit to transformation and healing. Lighten your load and turn the heaviness and sorrow into ease and gentleness. The medicine for your journey is self love and acceptance.
What needs to be reframed? How can you rewrite your story? How do you want to feel and what direction do you want to go? What steps are you committed to taking so you can finally feel successful?
October begins with Rahu in Aries, Mars in Taurus, Mercury retrograde in Virgo, Sun in Virgo, Venus debilitated in Virgo, Ketu in Libra, Moon debilitated in Scorpio, Saturn retrograde in his own sign of Capricorn, Jupiter retrograde in his own sign of Pisces.
October Transits Mercury direct on the 2nd Navaratri closes on the 4th Vijaya Dashami, Victory Day, on the 5th Mars in Gemini on the 15th Sun debilitated in Libra on the 17th Venus in own sign of Libra on the 18th Saturn direct in Capricorn on the 22nd Diwali, festival of lights, begins on the 23rd and ends on the 27th Main day of Diwali is the 24th Partial Solar Eclipse on the 25th Mercury in Libra on the 26th Mars retrograde in Gemini on the 30th
Full Moon in Pisces and Revati Nakshatra October 9th at 14:54 MT
The month begins with a vulnerable Mercury, Venus and Sun combination in Virgo. Mercury goes direct at the edge of Virgo as we step into October. Debilitated Venus is combust, feeling excess heat from the Sun. This puts pressure on body and mind. Life force energy is limited and weak this month. Go slow, keep life simple, and prevent burn out. Extra care with your body is vital.
Sun debilitated in Libra marks the lowest point of the year for the light of the soul. Inner light is dim, power is weak, and physical body strength is vulnerable. Less is more during this month long cycle. Take extra care of your body and focus on the inner realms. This is a powerful time for inner work, rest, meditation, cleanse the body and tend to the soul.
Navaratri comes to a close days into October. The sacred nine day and nine night Vedic celebration is an expression of what is taking place within Nature, through the Laws that govern Nature. This cycle marks an important transition within us and around us.
Align with Nature and Her powerful energy of change and transformation during Navaratri. Ritualize your connections with Nature and the ancestors- in order to land more closely into your own inner wisdom, to Nature's wisdom. Strengthen your connection to self and Spirit.
Navaratri is a poignant time in the Vedic Calendar. This ancient calendar is one that is dedicated to Nature and her cycles and rhythms, the planets, and most importantly the Moon. In the Vedic Calendar, time is connected to what Nature and the cosmos are doing as these elements are intimately related. The main Navaratri celebrations occur twice a year- in the "gap" seasons of spring and fall. These times are considered sandhi times; delicate times that feel like you are neither here, nor there. We might call it the netherworld. This time, though delicate, is considered sacred.
Use this time to nurture the seeds of your creations and desires. Activate and align with your dharmic path. Take steps that move you closer to your nourishment and inner wisdom. Connect with your ancestors and Spirit in intimate ways. Think big and allow your transformation to take place. Where are you resisting change?
The Divine Mothers are supporting your growth and transformation process. Nature is awakening her wisdom- within you and your life. Are you allowing this change process to take place? Are you actively engaging and participating in this awakening process? Don't keep sleeping. It's time to wake up! The full Moon occurs in Pisces and Revati nakshatra. Moon is at the edge of the zodiac, asking you to find closure, release and create a finale with the last cycle. Attending to grief, loss, and hidden emotions will be important at this time. Be willing to look at your shadow and lift the stones of illusion keeping you stuck in the darkenss.
Doors are closing. Are you honoring the process of letting go properly? Are you making space for the new? At the same time immense potential is available. Be intentional with what you are creating.
Revati nakshatra is the last constellation of the zodiac. Its ruling deity, Pushan, helps make travels prosperous and nourishing. He supports the path and allows receiving, abundance, and offers resources for greater support and guidance. As an Aditya, he is a provider of prosperity on the material plane of existence.
Pushan helps those that are lost find their purpose and he will redirect you towards your path. He is the shepherd that finds the lost sheep and brings them back to the herd. He protects and nourishes all paths and will help you find the hidden treasures on the journey. Honor his wisdom and acknowledge his support for your path. He especially likes to be fed easily digestible foods like porridge. Bring some to your altar and ask for his blessings during the full Moon. As you pause more, what is your body telling you? What feels important to your soul right now? What nourishment is arriving and what needs are surfacing? How are you tending to your undigested grief?
New Moon in Libra and Swati Nakshatra October 25th at 04:49am MT + Partial Solar Eclipse
The October new Moon coincides with a partial solar eclipse, opening a two week portal of concentrated grief and shadow work. With Sun debilitated in Libra, this cycle promises to bring challenges with power, purpose, soul work, and physical vulnerability. Inner light is dim and material world support is low. Tend to your inner work and spiritual practices.
This Libra new Moon is particularly delicate as it mirrors the vulnerability and weakness of the Sun- who is currently debilitated in Libra as well. This is an inward time of year for the Sun. The source of our light is dim and the new Moon highlights this lack of light.
When Sun is debilitated, the physical body is more sensitive, but the spiritual body is more awake. Use this time to go inward, pause, rest and rejuvenate. This new Moon is a particularly powerful time for inner growth, deep listening, and self care.
New Moon in Swati nakshatra brings a cycle of movement ahead. Change, travel, and wind come with this constellation. Vayu, the wind god, rules this portion of the sky and brings all kinds of movement with him. Subtle and small breezes, as well as powerful gusts, and everything in between, are all within his domain. What is your relationship with the wind right now? Vata may be particularly imbalanced in the coming weeks so be mindful of your prana. Avoid excess movement, travel and pushing to accomplish. Right now, less is more. Silence and rest are the best use of your time and energy.
Diwali (or Deepavali) occurs this year from October 23rd to 27th. The main night of Diwali is October 24th as the new Moon arrives. This is a very significant five day Vedic festival in the Vedic tradition. The most significant day of the Diwali festivities occurs with the new Moon.
The five day celebration of Diwali honors light, Lakshmi, and the divine resources available to us. Lakshmi is the giver of health, vitality, nourishment and wealth. The festival of light spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair. Three of the most important days are dedicated to Dhanvantari, Hanuman, and of course the new moon being the most important of all, which is solely dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi.
The partial solar eclipse will intensify the instability surfacing so pay attention to what is emerging from your depths. This eclipse opens a two week cycle that will invoke the depth of your shadows. Eclipses intensify everything and tend to make mountains out of mole hills- so we can see what we have been avoiding or negating within the unconscious realms.
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.
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 partial solar eclipse on October 25th and lasts for two weeks, ending with a total lunar eclipse and a full Moon in Aries and Bharani nakshatra on November 8th. The October partial solar eclipse begins at 02:58am MT and ends at 07:02 am MT, with the maximum eclipse occurring at 05:00am MT.
A reminder that this begins a two week cycle that is not good for starting new projects. 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 North America, 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.
Are you making choices that move you closer to dharma or further away from it? What are you moving towards? What are you moving away from? What needs to be cleared and eliminated so that you can move forward in a different way? What are you making space for and how do you want to move forward differently?
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