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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