* I will not be silenced, by Swati J
Late morning Friday, September 30th, Moon shifts into Hasta nakshatra, joining both Sun and Jupiter in this lunar constellation. Savitr is enlivened on multiple levels, bringing the possibility of awakening to the soul and emotional body. The new Moon is at 18:12 MDT, while Moon moves through Virgo and Hasta nakshatra. This constellation is ruled by the Moon, so the emotional body will be a primary resource in the coming waxing cycle. Your relationship with the Moon will directly impact the effects of your awakening process. Do not neglect, avoid or resist your inner waves. In fact, your enlightenment is intimately connected to your emotional body relationship. Do you lean in closer and ride the waves? Or do you push past these important inner messengers?
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As the Moon shifts into the first tithi (phase) on October 1st, the sacred ten day and night celebration of Shardiya Maha Navaratri begins.
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This Week's Intention: Changes are happening within you and around you.
Use your creative powers within to strengthen your steps and purpose.
Allow vulnerability to create possibility- rather than defeat and fear. Integrate and
unify opposing forces and let harmony be your guide.
The week begins with a waxing Moon and Venus just arriving in Gemini, a friendly sign. The heated war between Sun and Venus pauses as Venus shifts to Gemini on June 12th. The previous weeks have purified, clarified and helped you simplify life, relationships and needs. This trend continues once Sun hops into Gemini on the 14th.
Monday, June 13th
Moon in 9th tithi
The mental body is activated today as Moon moves through Mercury's sign, Virgo. Just as Monday begins, Moon shifts to Hasta nakshatra- insight and awakening arrive. Savitr rules this constellation, ensuring that light, wisdom and truth will be present within you. What are you not seeing? What have you been refusing to acknowledge or accept? Today, the vision will be bright, your sight will be illuminated.
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This Week's Intention: Opposing forces within you are forcing you to
address your inner pain, challenges and torments directly. Your only job is to find a way to honor all your parts, pieces, stories and conflicts. Resistance will only intensify these battles. Instead, try leaning in closer, listening, honoring the needs of both sides.
What does it mean to show up for yourself fully?
Moon continues to wax this week, expanding and growing into fullness later this week. Venus moves to its own sign, Taurus, just before the full Moon this weekend. As Venus lands in Taurus, it joins Sun here. These enemy planets will be combust for nearly a month, causing tension, turmoil and challenges with relationships, comforts, nourishment and money. Moon will be in its debilitation sign during the full Moon, causing an unusually inward experience for the externally charged full Moon energy.
Monday, May 16th
Moon in 11th tithi
Moon continue through Virgo today, outside of the gaze of the other planets. Aryaman still brings his physical and ancestral support, which strengthens today as a result of the Sun moving into stronger degrees. What is your relationship with your inner Sun? This will determine the results you feel- either nourishment or challenge.
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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.
~ Ellen Bass
Renewal, awakenings and beginnings arrive with the Vernal equinox on March 19th at 21:00 PDT. The length of light and darkness is almost equal on this day, which marks a turning point. For the northern hemisphere, days will be getting lighter (longer) as we move into spring and summer. This is the beginning of more light, more life. Shakti is stirring, inviting in more creativity in the coming days and months. This sense of opening moves us towards completion as the eclipse portal closes.
Fertility and creativity are enlivened with this full Moon, as it coincides with the Vedic Holi festival, also known as "the festival of colors". Holika Dahan (the night before Holi when the fires are lit) is on the 22nd this year, followed by the Holi on the 23rd. This celebration in the Vedic calendar which roughly coincides with the vernal equinox and the arrival of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, sparks creative potential, increased love, beauty and creativity. It takes place with the Phalguni Purnima as the Phalguni stars are ripe with sensuality, love, beauty and abundant resources.
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, sensitivity is heightened. In Ayurveda, 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. It is the marking of the gap, which is ripe with potential and possibility.
The full enlivening of Ma is celebrated during Vasant Navaratri- the nine days of Mother Divine, beginning on the 7th of April this year. Consider Holi the "kick off" celebration in many ways- a time to plant your desires and create your fruits for the coming year. Let this Full Moon enliven a sense of spring and possibility. Use this week's Creative Engagement activity (below) for your cultivation process.
The full Moon is March 23rd at 05:00 PDT while Moon is in Virgo and Uttaraphalguni. This full Moon coincides with a penumbral lunar eclipse, closing the two week eclipse portal that has been invoking challenging shadow work for many. The eclipse begins at 02:39 PDT, with the maximum eclipse being at 04:47 PDT, and ending at 06:54 PDT.
My Creative Rituals are intended to support your transformation and healing process in the cycle to come. Each ritual is in alignment with the cosmic tides- in order to help you adjust, shift and move more fluidly in balance with Nature's rhythms. Recycle this ritual more than once for added benefits.
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