This Week's Intention: Part of you is ready to awaken, the other part of you is resisting. Part of you is moving forward, while the rest of you is moving in reverse. Where are you in conflict with opening and closing? Seek to unite these opposing forces within.
The week begins with a debilitated Moon sandwiched in between retrograde Saturn and Mars. This puts pressure on the emotional body and stirs conflicting feelings. Transformation is afoot. Can you feel it? By the end of the week there will be four of the nine planets in retrograde motion (six, counting the always retrograde nodes, Rahu and Ketu). Returns are inevitable. Wherever transiting Jupiter, Saturn, Mars and Mercury are moving through your personal jyotish chart, you can expect returns in these areas of your life.
Monday, April 25th
Moon in 4th tithi
Moon continues through Anuradha nakshatra until midmorning when it shifts into Jyeshtha nakshatra. Moon is neatly sandwiched in between two challenging planets- Mars and Saturn- both retrograde. There is pressure, heat and conflict being provoked. Saturn and Mars represent opposing forces, while Scorpio increases the symbol of polarities and seeking transformation. The mental body will be your most potent resource for change today. How are the inner conflicts keeping you locked in old programming, stories and limiting beliefs?
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Seven Steps to Creating Inner Harmony (Yoga) ~ On the Four Levels of Your Being.
Whatever you're calling into your life- wanting, desiring, creating- there are guaranteed obstacles in your way. This may sound pessimistic, but the simple truth is, if there weren't obstacles keeping you from having what you want, what you desire, you'd already have your goal accomplished.
These obstacles and challenges that are keeping you away from your desired goal or outcome are necessary change agents- if you know how to work with them directly. I often speak about being grateful for challenges and obstacles for this very reason. If you didn't have these challenges, you wouldn't grow very much in this lifetime.
That said, too often people do not know how to work with their challenges effectively. They don't continue to gather new resources, they don't reach out for guidance and support, and they don't keep up the consistent work it takes for sustainable results. Getting a new resource here and there, some guidance and support periodically, but not taking consistent, daily measures to create inner change, will not get you the outcome you desire. And certainly not quickly.
There are many reasons people don't take consistent, effective action steps for creating life change. Reasons why people don't change, why life never gets better, smoother, more harmonious and nourishing. The most common factors are resistance, avoidance, self sabotage, chaos addiction, high pain tolerance (usually connected to pain addiction).
The reality is that life could be radically different tomorrow, just by making different choices today. We all have this option. I find it curious why so often we don't. Why so many people keep choosing ill health, bad relationships, being poor, malnourishment, disempowered, etc. over and over and over again. Why stay in the lack? When these stories can change?
I am fascinated by the process of creating life change, and what the factors are that necessitate the change process. Truthfully, every human being on the planet is a powerful creator. Each of us is here to create the most powerful life we can imagine. And yet the grande majority of humans do not. They choose not to live their full potential- or even a small percentage of it. I've never been satisfied with this story, when I know that every human is capable of so much more!
Herein lies the biggest part of the change process: potential. It's here. Like a seed. It just needs the right conditions in order for the growth process to take place. That's where you come in. That's where your seed tending requires willingness and diligence.
Each one of us gets to decide what types of seeds we choose to grow- more weeds or something more brilliant, more fruitful. As the theory of epigenetics states- conditions, choices, environment and behavior have more to do with a person's life experiences, than genetics. Quite simply, it's your choices that determine what genes are turned on and which ones are turned off.
What you choose to turn on and off is solely determined by your choices. This is the free will expressed in your jyotish chart. The reason why a chart expresses the karmas you've arrived with (that which can't be changed), yet the rest is an expression of tendencies, not precise outcomes.
Thankfully, you can change much of your chart, your karmas, and create very different results for yourself. I am passionate about helping my clients see the possibilities they have karmically and supporting their change process. After all, being alive in a human body means there is potential for growth, evolution, change, awareness and expansion of consciousness. Why be here on the planet if you have no ability to change your life circumstances?
I continue to study the change process, which in my eyes is the healing process. Healing is not a linear process, neither is change. The resources I use for creating change, support the Four Pathways of Healing, in order for well-rounded, fully integrated healing to take place. But all healing starts with identification. Which is why I love jyotish so much. It is the ideal resource for identifying blockages, challenges, obstacles. Remember these factors are the change agents that support your healing process. This is truly step number one.
Every challenge, obstacle or struggle in your way to changing, is a result of inner conflict- polarities that are not in harmony with each other. The outcome you desire would easily arrive, if it weren't for this inner battle. The reality is that part of you wants to change, while another part of you does not. It's vital to identify these two parts of yourself in order to heal and transform.
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So what's the fast path to healing, transforming and creating change?
Here are my six steps for creating lasting change and diffusing inner conflict:
1) Acknowledge and Identify What's Not Working.
What challenge, obstacle or struggle are you facing? What level of your being is this obstacle manifesting on? Physical, Mental, Emotional, or Spiritual? Perhaps one or more levels of your being is being effected. Take note of where and how this challenge is emerging within you. This is the first step to creating change. Using your jyotish chart to clarify how these challenges are effecting you will support swift and lasting change. For example if you are struggling with finances and lack of money, this will be apparent in your jyotish chart- possibly through Venus or the Second House. It may be an imbalance (ie: conflict between opposing forces) that is rooted in the mental body, but effecting your physical body.
2) Identify Polarities.
Once you identify what is not working, what the challenge or obstacle is, you can identify what the conflict truly is. Remember that whatever the desire, whatever you say you want to create in your life, always has another side that isn't in agreement. The conflict will always sounds something like "I want this but". Listen to the "but" because this is other side, the duality that is keeping you from creating your desire and manifesting it. Part of you wants the change. Part of you does not. You must start here in order to get somewhere else.
3) Find the Need.
Now that you have identified the challenge and the opposing forces within you, it's time to acknowledge the needs that each of these parts has. Part of you wants the change, part of you does not. Listen closely to the part of you that does not want the change. This part of you is a vital messenger- the part of you that will disclose the reason for your resistance, avoidance, self sabotage, etc. Ask this part of you what it needs. "I hear you do not want this change. What do you need from me? What are you trying to tell me?"
Imagine yourself asking a small child, a loved one, or perhaps a client. Let this part of you speak and share with you.
4) Honor Your Polarities.
So you have these two parts. One says I want this change, the other part of you says it does not. You've asked, you've listened to this part of you that says "no" and you've heard it whisper a message to you. You're leaning in. You're listening. You're honoring. Just by listening and acknowledging, you are honoring. When you honor, you are present, holding, giving space to parts of yourself that may have never been witnessed before. Honoring means offering loving kindness, compassion and on some level, acceptance, for these parts within that may not be speaking to each other, that may have never learned how to speak to you, let alone to each other.
5) Opening to Harmony and Integration.
Something begins to dissolve, loosen its grip, when it gets heard, acknowledged and spoken. When the darkness and challenges that are so often suppressed and locked away, hidden within, emerge on the surface of our being and they are honored, change can take place. As you honor your inner conflicts and their needs, a new possibility can emerge. You may even say to yourself "I am open to the possibility of finding a new way of being with these two parts of myself." As you open to new possibilities, you open the door of harmony and integration automatically. Notice how this possibility feels within you. Do you feel some softening arrive, just saying yes to possibility alone?
6) Stay Open to Possibility.
As you continue to say yes to the possibility of finding a new way of being with your inner conflict, these opposing forces within you, keep allowing the possibility to arrive. Keep saying yes to the possibility of finding a new way of being with your opposing forces- the yes and the no. Acknowledge that you don't know what this looks like, what it feels like, what this means for you and your life. But simultaneously, keep saying yes to the possibility that there is a way. There is a way to find harmony and integration with your inner conflicts, with the part that says yes to change and no to change. This is a vital step in the change and transformation process. The mental body far too often "needs to know" an outcome, which can stop you from staying open and receptive to possibility and new pathways. Try to stay out of the "how" and stay in the "I'm open and receptive to a new way".
7) Finding Unity.
Unifying polarities has a distinct feeling. It brings ease, release, softness and a certain gentleness with it. Often it is marked with a swelling of gratitude, love, joy and peace. The conflict dissolves and more fluidity takes its place. There is no force- just surrender to the flow of energy. Unifying polarities can take moments, or it can take days, weeks or months- depending on how effectively you are working with the layers of resistance. Continuing to arrive into the "possibility" of harmonizing your opposing forces, opens the door to creating more dialogue between these different parts of yourself. Continue to hold the different parts of your being and allow them to be witnessed, acknowledge and listened to. This is a process of learning how to love and accept all parts of yourself, which is essentially how inner unity takes place.
These seven steps are greatly supported with resources, tools and modalities that create energetic shifts on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual body levels. You can also use these steps directly with your tapping (EFT) process, as well as embodiment and art therapy processes. The path from challenge and conflict, to inner harmony and unity, is supported with deep listening, acceptance, allowing needs to emerge, while staying open to possibility, but staying out of the "how".
Balance is achieved through a process of integrating and harmonizing inner polarities- on all four levels of your being. The true meaning of balance is unifying the opposing forces within the bodies- mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. This is the path of yoga, union, and includes the integration of masculine and feminine polarities. As you keep dipping into the unity and finding the harmony within, the energy being used to stay in battle with yourself, dissolves, releases and transforms. Suddenly this inner power unleashes your creative intelligence and you are moving swiftly towards your goals and desires- with clarity, purpose and deep inner knowing. You are a powerful force! Dissolve the inner battles and reclaim your power.
Throughout the Vedic texts, there are countless tales of good forces battling evil forces, the light always overtaking the darkness. One of the most potent example of dissolving inner conflict between opposing forces, is depicted in the Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna contemplates whether to fight his family members in order to restore dharma. It is a timeless battle between polarities, duality- one that is expressed both internally and externally for Arjuna. This battle mirrors the story each one of us faces daily- as we choose to take on inner conflict, or choose to avoid it. Avoiding does not make it go away. Lord Krishna was clear to Arjuna that he must go into battle, he must address this conflict head on. This is my philosophy for healing and transformation. By using our warrior spirit, we can make great strides quickly, and restore balance, harmony and dharma- inner and outer.
The Bhagavad Gita speaks of the path to yoga, to moksha or liberation using jnana (knowledge, especially through experience), bhakti (devotion on the heart level), karma (action), Raja Yoga (transcendence or samadhi), samkhya (philosophy). These are resources for awakening pathways of change and transformation. They also uphold and support change on the four levels of being- Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual. The steps I've outlined above are an expression of this inner change process, the process of resolution or inner harmony. Balance, peace and integration do not come from force or brutality, but from acceptance, acknowledgment, compassion and honoring. When all parts of our being feel safe, feel held and supported, then, and only then, can inner unity take place.
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The significance of this waning cycle is a strange mix of beginnings and returns. It may feel as though you are making a fresh start on some level, while multiple experiences make you feel otherwise. The pull, the desire for something new will be strong, yet with four of the nine planets retrograde (six counting the nodes), returns and retracing your steps will be forced and obligatory.
Venus in Aries
On April 24th at 23:02, Venus moves from its harmonious sign of exaltation, where it received no gaze from the other planets, and crosses the tricky gandanta (gap) into the first sign of the zodiac, Aries. This is a challenging gap because of the endings and beginnings that it provokes, while also being the change between a water sign and fire sign. Inner polarities may intensify as a result. What are you identifying within your relationships, finances, comfort and creativity?
Just as Mercury moves to the edge of Aries, it begins to retrace its steps. Mercury has been transiting this fiery and aggressive sign since April 2nd. This mental body cycle has provoked the mind to feel fragile and agitated at times. A release process is being instigated. Notice where necessary clean-up and final release must take place. Honor this process of endings and beginnings.
*Horoscopes are based on your Vedic (sidereal) rising sign. You can also check your Moon and Sun signs for further insight. Do the same with your Navamsa signs for further clarity. Do not use these horoscopes with your Western sign (Tropical) as there is likely no correlation. These horoscopes are meant to be used as a broad overview of the current transits and obviously do not address the specifics of an individual’s unique chart.
Aries: Your power is captivating- even to you! You are in an attractive cycle, work it like bees to honey. There are parts of you saying no to the pleasure, ease and increases. It's vital that you look at these limiting beliefs within, in order to maximize the potency of this time.
Taurus: Your inner Sun is being asked to bow down and renounce its thrown. As challenging as this may feel, there is great opportunity in the discomfort. Your ego is getting an overhaul in the process and a certain liberation is taking place. Surrender to the moments of release and letting go.
Gemini: Bad habits are your starting point. Where do you continue to struggle, stay in the dark and use shadow as your vice? Part of you wears your suffering as a badge, the other part of you says it wants liberation, freedom, release. There can be no ease without harmony.
Cancer: There is a certain strength, power and brilliance showing up in your work right now. Get seen, noticed and allow people hear your message. Parts of you are saying yes to more power and pleasure, more nourishment and money in life. It's time to find harmony between the yes and the no.
Leo: Polarities are working their magic on you as challenges give rise to clarity within. When you can address the conflicts within you directly, deep inner change can begin. These polarities effect your sense of strength and power, your heart wisdom and ability to give and receive love.
Virgo: Continue to shine the light on your inner darkness. Keep finding all those places where you are suppressing your strength, power and greatness. This requires consistent, courageous steps and a willingness to stay true to your course of action.
Libra: Relationships are a powerful mirror for you right now. They are showing you challenges and difficulties, places that make you feel uncomfortable in your power and strength. Are you in right-relationship with your power? Does it feel harmonious and peaceful when you use it?
Scorpio: Deep healing can take place if you allow yourself to re-trace some old, familiar steps. Cover the territory of your heart with new creativity, new courage. Step into your warrior spirit and honor your inner strength. There are parts of you that still don't trust or accept your inner power.
Sagittarius: You are working intimately with power and strength right now. Learning how to step into empowerment more clearly, while figuring out how to use this power to move you forward. Your gut intelligence is a vital part of this process. Listen carefully to the messages arriving within.
Capricorn: Your heart is teaming with power and potential. Passion and inner fires are being stoked. Reside and linger in this place of warmth and strength. Your power comes from within. Can you find its source? Deepen your relationship with this inner grounding force.
Aquarius: Your awakening continues to take shape from head to toe. Creative courage is taking place, but requires your diligent action steps and some re-programming on your part. Start with your mind and re-pattern from inside to outside. This will pave the way for new possibilities.
Pisces: Nourishment continues to play a key role in your path right now. With Venus newly in your 2nd house, conjunct exalted Sun and Mercury, watch for resistance, struggle and conflict with your needs. Part of you desires more, but part of you is saying no simultaneously.
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This Week's Intention: Harmonize extremes, find balance within.
Where are your inner conflicts keeping you from the nourishment you crave?
What external mirrors are showing you where your internal disharmony is?
Seek unity, seek yoga.
Moon continues to wax this week, filling and becoming full on Thursday. As the Moon moves towards Purnima, a swelling of the inner tides will be felt. Ride the waves and feel the emotional body increase its wisdom. Are you listening? With three major planets now retrograde (Saturn, Mars and Jupiter) you are being asked to make multiple returns. Expect to be revisiting physical and spiritual bodies in new ways, though the emotional body will be your most potent guide.
Monday, April 18th
Moon in 12th and 13th tithi
Dvadasi to Trayodasi
Moon continues through Leo, but enters Uttaraphalguni around 11 am MDT. This is the latter half of the Phalguni constellation, which is ruled by Aryaman and the Sun. The ancestors provide the nourishment and support in this constellation and they do so through integrity and sustainability. They also support those actions that align with long term vision, goals and steadfast connection and relationship. Think sustainably today. What do you need to do in order for lasting strength and connection? What is working? What isn't? What needs do you have moving forward? Your power source is strong right now- and amplified today with this Sun ruled nakshatra.
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Full Moon is in Libra and Swati nakshatra at 23:23 MDT on Thursday, April 21st. Swati nakshatra is ruled by Vayu and his powerful movement and strength. The April full Moon is also the celebrated birth day of Lord Hanuman, the beloved monkey god that saved Sita from the wrath of the demon Ravana and brought her home safely to Ayodhya and Lord Raam. Hanuman is a Rudra, meaning he has immense strength, power and sheer force available to him. This strength was given to him by Vayu, the wind god, and father of both Bhima and Hanuman. Hanuman reminds us of righteous action, using our power and strength for conquering evil and restoring balance, while always upholding dharma.
Moon is reflecting the energy of its enemy sign, Libra at the time of the full Moon. Libra's constant quest for balance is too unstable for the Moon, which prefers equanimity.
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