February 12th: Sun in Aquarius
February 18th: Saturn at 2 degrees in Sagittarius
February 22nd: Mercury in Aquarius
February 24th: Maha Shivaratri
February 26th: New Moon in Aquarius and Satabisha Nakshatra + Annual Solar Eclipse
March 1st: Mars in Aries (own sign)
March 3rd: Venus Retrograde
March 12th: Full Moon in Leo and Purvaphalguni nakshatra + Holi
March 14th: Sun in Pisces
Sun in Aquarius
Sun moves to Aquarius at 07:46 am MST today, joining the restructuring planet, Ketu here. This is a healing transit, if you choose to look closely at your challenges, setbacks and obstacles. Resistance to your darkness will provoke more challenges, so best to surrender and lean in. The soul and the ego are going through a transformation in the cycle to come, which lasts until March 14th.
Allow yourself to be stripped, shredded and release illusions that are keeping you in the dark.
Mercury in Aquarius
February 22nd, mid morning, swift moving Mercury arrives in Aquarius- joining Sun and Ketu here. This marks the last planet that will conjunct Ketu after months of all planets being hemmed in between Rahu and Ketu during the Kala Sarpa Yoga. Though this malefic yoga technically ended once Mars shifted into Pisces weeks ago, the conjunction of Sun and now Mercury with Ketu, is significant. There is closure taking place and certain death to old mental behaviors and patterns. The mind will be disconnected, restructured and transformed. Think of this like an internal re-boot.
Shivaratri arrives just before the new Moon (Amavasya) on February 24th. 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.
New Moon in Aquarius
On February 26th, the new Moon takes place in Aquarius at 07:59 am MST with the annual solar eclipse and four planets transiting the medicine star, Satabisha. Amavasya is the empty Moon, or new Moon- ripe with potential, fertility and possibility. It is always connected to Pitr, the god of the ancestors, particularly the father's lineage.
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Mars in Aries
On March 1st at 13:38 MST, Mars moves through the challenging gandanta (gap) of endings and leaps into a new beginning. He will be burning off the past two years of karma (action) as he steps through this portal. There are three of these poignant gandantas in the zodiac- all marked by the gap between water and fire signs.
At 07:21 am on January 27th, Venus arrives in its exaltation sign, Pisces, joining Mars here. This will be an extended stay for Venus in its most powerful sign. Normally Venus transits are about one months long, but Venus will be here until May 31st. Part of this transit, Venus will be retrograde (from March 3rd to April 15th) rendering her effects debilitated. Expect highs (exalted) and lows (retrograde) with all things Venus during this transit.
Full Moon in Leo
The March full Moon is on the 12th at 08:54 am MST, while Moon is at the edge of Leo. Moon will be conjunct shadow node Rahu at this time and moving through Aryaman's domain in Uttaraphalguni. Aryaman is one of the 12 Adityas, meaning he brings resources, support and abundance on the material plane of existence. He is also known as the chief of the ancestors and that which pleases them- particularly through marriage, children and anything that continues the lineage. The Phalguni stars relate to love, sexuality and relationship. Perfectly timed, as the Vedic fertility festival Holi is taking place simultaneously.
Mercury in Pisces
As Mercury settles into its debilitation sign, Pisces, on March 10th, a mental body depression arrives. This impacts life path, purpose and a sense of progress. This depression with hopes, dreams and aspirations is impacted by the inner critic and past failures. Part of you doesn't trust your ability to succeed, so subconsciously there's a refusal to step forward. At the same time, this is powerful opportunity to look more closely at the mental thought patterns that are hindering your success, momentum and achievements.
Sun in Pisces
On March 14th, Sun moves to the final sign of the zodiac, Pisces, at 05:40am MST. He joins Mercury and Venus here. Retrograde Jupiter gives his gaze, bringing expansion and integrity. This is a cycle of increasing courage, strength and empowerment by activating creativity and inner power. It's vital that you step into your creative intelligence with gusto and tenacity! Where are you slacking, playing small and refusing to increase the vibrancy of your life? What does it look like to upgrade your relationships, purpose and inner power?
Horoscopes are based on your Vedic 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” 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.
Here we go again
You're dancing with the fire
You're dancing with the Beast
You're still hungry-
I'll take you to the feast.
Here we go again
The rage is a craving
The thunder is your song
The power is misfortune
The misery is strong
Here we go again
The spirals and the chaos
The torment and the chains
No steps to the mirror
Oh! The Beast lives on.
Here we go again
I'm waiting with my palms
I watch you burn and writhe
I sing your laments
Still waiting for your dawn.
-Swati J. Miller
THE HOUSE OF BELONGING
in the gold light
turning this way
it was one
like any other.
the veil had gone
it must have been the quiet
that filled my room,
it must have been
with which I breathed
myself to sleep,
it must have been
the prayer I said
speaking to the otherness
of the night.
this is the good day
meet your love,
this is the grey day
to you could die.
This is the day
how easily the thread
between this world
and the next…
It doesn't interest me if there is one God
or many gods.
I want to know if you belong or feel
If you know despair or can see it in others.
I want to know
if you are prepared to live in the world
with its harsh need
to change you. If you can look back
with firm eyes
saying this is where I stand. I want to know
if you know
how to melt into that fierce heat of living
the center of your longing. I want to know
if you are willing
to live, day by day, with the consequence of love
and the bitter
unwanted passion of your sure defeat.
I have heard, in that fierce embrace, even
the gods speak of God.
How do trees deal with injustice?
They grow a branch wherever they were cut.
And how do sparrows deal with grief?
They open their tiny wings and swoop at anything that glistens.
So why am I all cut & hungry?
Because I do not know the tree that is my soul and refuse the sparrow in my heart.
- from Finding Inner Courage by Mark Nepo
Everyone who terrifies you is sixty-five percent water.
And everyone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes
you cannot even breathe deeply, and
the night sky is no home, and
you have cried yourself to sleep enough times
that you are down to your last two percent, but
nothing is infinite,
not even loss.
You are made of the sea and the stars, and one day
you are going to find yourself again.
- F. Butler
"Once upon a time, when women were birds, there was the simple understanding that to sing at dawn and to sing at dusk was to heal the world through joy. The birds still remember what we have forgotten, that the world is meant to be celebrated."
-Terry Tempest Williams
You must learn one thing.
The world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet
confinement of your aloneness
anything or anyone
that does not bring you alive
is too small for you.
The Thing Is
The thing is..
to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you've held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hand,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you again.
Be taught now, among the trees and rocks,
how the discarded is woven into shelter,
learn the way things hidden and unspoken
slowly proclaim their voice in the world....
Find that far inward symmetry
to all outward appearances, apprentice
yourself to yourself, begin to welcome back
all you sent away, be a new annunciation,
make yourself a door through which
to be hospitable, even to the stranger in you.
- David Whyte
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
- Mary Oliver
It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn't
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
- Mary Oliver
What To Do In Darkness
Consent to it
But don't wallow in it
Know it as a place of germination
Remember the light
Take an outstretched hand if you find one
Exercise unused senses
Find the path by walking it
Watch for dawn
- Marilyn McEntyre
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We have passed the new Moon and have entered the waxing cycle. We are now in the delicate two week gap between solar eclipse and lunar eclipse. This week is entirely dedicated to the Divine Mothers during the Navaratri festivities. The nine day spring celebration of the Divine Mothers, Vasant Navaratri, begins Saturday March 21st with Moon in Pisces conjunct Mars, Sun and Ketu. Themes surface at this time around endings, loss, letting go and surrender. Read more about Vasant Navaratri and how to make the most of this sacred time. I'll be sharing a 10 Day Self Care Challenge in my newsletter in the coming days for some extra resources. Make sure you're on my list.
The sacred celebration of the Divine Mothers happens to occur between eclipses this year. Eclipses represent the shadowed self, our inner darkness that must come to the light. In the Vedic tradition, this is not a time to take risks, start new endeavors, or to over-exert. It is a time, however, of turning inward, of meditation and contemplation and a time to take extra care of the physical body with good routine etc. The solar eclipse on March 20th marks a delicate two week period which will end with a lunar eclipse and full Moon on April 4th. Traditionally starting new endeavors during this delicate eclipse period is not advised.
The week begins with Moon moving from the 4th to the 5th tithi (Moon phase) of the waxing cycle. Mars moves into its own sign, Aries, at 09:46 am PST. Having crossed the tricky gandanta (junction point) between Pisces and Aries early this morning, Mars jumps right into one of his favorite places, the fiery, tenacious sign of Aries. Mars in Pisces offered transformations within our warrior nature to be confronted. A placement that required surrender and letting go of agendas. Now that Mars has stepped into Aries, it's time to bring back a sense of commitment, focus and goals. The coming five weeks of Mars in Aries bring a sense of renewal, strength and agility to our warrior self. Let your courage out of hiding and bring its potency into your action steps. The ego still has a refinement process to go through right now, but working consciously with your inner warrior will help with this change.
Monday, Moon transits Aries with Venus and Mars. Use courage and strength today, but temper it with new intentions and desires. This is the third day of Navaratri and the final of three dedicated to Ma Durga. Her ferocity is with us! Channel it consciously. What are you releasing of your old self in order to fully embrace your new inner power? Now is the time to purge and transform. You may still be in the cocoon phase, but this is a vital part of the change process. Use today to get clear on what you really want and need. Watch your temper and self track your anger. What's the underlying need?
The Moon helps us extract and refine a new clarity on Tuesday. As it moves to Taurus and becomes exalted, creativity is enlivened. This can help us create some clarity and creative waves. The gaze of Rahu and Saturn on the Moon, however, bring a harsher experience to an otherwise soft experience. Moon is in Rohini nakshatra today and its ruler, Lord Brahma, assists us with the creative process. As the clouds part and your new resolve emerges, what are your new convictions? What are you discovering about your needs? What nourishment can you assimilate today that will help you with this process? It is the fourth day of Navaratri and the first of three dedicated to Maha Lakshmi. Her abundant forces are being enlivened to help you feel the nourishment of life force moving in and around you. Let in the love.
Themes of abundance and nourishment continue on Wednesday, which give rise to new pathways of creativity. Possibility, hope, and a renewed sense of courage arrive later in the day. This results in an expression of creative courage, a desire to keep growing, branching out and achieving. Make your desires known and get your needs met. Ask and you will receive. It is the fifth day of Navaratri and the second of three dedicated to Maha Lakshmi. Her nourishing forces are here to support you and your needs. Are you making yourself available to receive her gifts?
Read more about Vasant Navaratri and how to make the most of this sacred time. I'll be sharing a 10 Day Self Care Challenge in my newsletter in the coming days for some extra resources. Make sure you're on my list.
Thursday brings powerful waves of emotion. How do you channel this passion? Mercury moves to the edge of Aquarius, intensifying the mind. Worry, anxiety and fear might be heightened today. The challenge will be transforming these mental body woes into something more hopeful. Keep possibility alive. Get creative, innovative and entrepreneurial. Gain momentum by channeling your creativity and ideas effectively. Today is the third day of Lakshmi and the sixth day of the Navaratri festivities. How can you extract some greater nourishment from your experiences today?
Themes of intense power and emotion and the storms from Rudra's energy, continue through Friday until Moon shifts into Punarvasu nakshatra late in the day. Mercury moves to Pisces, its sign of debilitation, at 12:53 PST, joining Sun and Ketu here. The trail of planets that has been passing through Pisces over the past weeks continues. As each planet passes through this sign of release and surrender, it is getting restructured by the touch of Ketu. Sun (ego and soul) is getting Ketu's transformational effects right now. Mercury is next! Our mental bodies will be going through many shifts and changes over the course of the next two weeks. Fast moving Mercury will be keeping us on our toes. Look for themes in your mental/imaginal body that connect to death, release and letting go. Using EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) with this process of release will be vital.
As we move into the final days of the Navaratri celebrations and the first day of three dedicated to Maha Saraswati, it's time to reflect on the events of the previous days. Look for themes and stories that connect to your personal mythology. The goddesses are supporting your change and transformation right now. Everything that is arriving at this time has a purpose, a meaning, a lesson for you to learn. Look carefully and take in all the messages.
Softening arrives on Saturday as Moon moves to its own sign, Cancer, midday. It joins retrograde Jupiter here which offers a gentle landing. Drishti from Mars invites in passion and power as well as a devotional quality that connects us to the Divine Mothers. We may feel a heavy sigh of relief from the week. Let your exhale be poignant and slow. Receive nourishment from wisdom and knowledge right now and absorb it deeply. Let your heart wisdom speak and share its awareness with you. Find clarity through balance. It's the second day dedicated to Maha Saraswati and the 8th day of Navaratri. On this auspicious day, Ram Navami, or Lord Rama's birthday, is also celebrated. Rejoice in the power and bravery of your dharma. Take a courageous action step on your path. Let the light of your soul lead the way.
Sunday marks the final day of Navaratri which ends with one last day in celebration of Maha Saraswati. What is the nourishing wisdom you are gathering at this time? What insights, revelations and desires have stirred you over the past nine days? These are powerful messages for your months to come. These are the stirrings of Shakti within you, the seeds of desire you must plant. Be present to your own unfolding story.
The majority of Sunday, Moon transits through Pushya nakshatra and themes of nourishment and support continue. Let your self receive wisdom, guidance and fulfillment. Let your heart be filled with hope and gladness. What do you wish to plant in your garden? Put these seeds in the ground! Let the feeling of abundance be prominent today. This is how we manifest. Late in the evening, the mental body might distract us. Stay connected to your heart wisdom, the feelings of nourishment you are cultivating in your life. Don't be swayed. Let the tenacity of your heart carry you through Monday.
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