This Week's Intention: Move into the receptive, the sacred pause, the inner listening. Align with your yes- the one that accepts support, resources, new possibilities, more guidance. Drop your arms. Identify all the places within you that resist the nourishment you need.
The struggle is real, honor it, but use it to heal and transform, rather than staying stuck.
The week begins on the tail end of a full Moon weekend. Moon continues through its debilitation sign, offering remnants of the Scorpio full Moon. Deeper receptivity is available in this waning cycle, let this be an intention as the days get darker and turn more inward with the waning Moon. Mercury is now direct, though Saturn and Mars continue in retrograde motion causing challenges with stops, starts, frustrations and confusion with actions and pauses.
Monday, May 23rd
Moon in 2nd tithi
Moon continues through Jyestha until noon. Let your morning be simple and clarify what you need for mental stamina this week. Write to-do lists, clarify and organize. Let meditation and nature be your morning resources in order to set the tone for the week to come. As Moon leaps to Mula midday, Nirrti arrives with her chaos and confusion. She is adharma, against dharma, meaning she can provoke challenges that will derail your best efforts for success.
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This Week's Intention: Allow your steps to move you in a forward direction.
Unify, connect, co-create and let your actions support your desires.
Gather resources and support for greater strength and momentum. Where are you
stuck or resistant- to inner and outer movement and change?
The week begins on the heels of the most auspicious day of the year, Akshaya Tritiya, and Mother's Day for the USA. Monday arrives with Jupiter going direct- which leaves only three planets retrograde now (Mars, Saturn and Mercury). This week Sun will move to Taurus and Moon continues to wax- increasing in externalized strength. The light increases and comfort, nourishment and support become stronger themes for the weeks ahead.
Read more about Akshaya Tritya in my New Moon Wisdom article.
Monday, May 9th
Moon in 4th tithi
As Monday begins, Moon shifts to Gemini, receiving gaze from both Ketu and retrograde Mars. The week begins with a bang, literally. Watch for sudden outbursts, events and issues with heat and fire. Emotionally, you may feel overheated today or like the mind is full of hot air. Stay grounded and in your body as much as possible. Keep cool on all levels of your being.
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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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Moon is in its waxing phase now (shukla paksha) and moves through Cancer, Leo and into Virgo this week.
Moon transits Cancer, its own sign, and is in Pushya nakshatra today. Ruled by Brihaspati and the planet Saturn, there is nourishment attainable today- especially from things that are structured and established, old and enduring. Look to lineage and wisdom for guidance. Brihaspati is another name for Jupiter, priest to the gods, and wisest of the planets. The rules of Jupiter apply to Brihaspati as well. Read more about Jupiter in my Exalted Jupiter article.
From this position in Cancer, the Moon receives drishti (gaze) from Saturn ten houses away, which can make the Moon feel depressed, saddened or unable to fully experience the nourishment present. If your mood is blue or indigo today, use self care as a valuable resource. Nourish your Self from the inside out. Do a "support audit" and make a list of all the places you are getting your needs met. Then give some gratitude for what you do have. Move your physical body and let the emotional body flow as well.
Moon is still in its own sign of Cancer today, but moves to Ashlesha nakshatra at 10:32 am CDT. Serpent energy is enlivened today through Sarpa. You might find support with worldly aspirations today, but a mischievous mind needs to be tempered. Watch your appetite! Are your cravings getting the best of you? Are your desires ruling your actions? Pay attention to the pressures you are putting on your self. Financially and otherwise. Cut back where you can. Play nice. Meditate and channel your desires into transcendence.
"Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that's what makes you strong." - Sarah Dessen
Moon moves to Leo and Magha nakshatra today at 13:26 CDT. Pitr and Ketu, both rulers of Magha, can bring flashes of insight and awareness today. It is a day of Sun and shining, with some sparks and fire as well! Several layers of Sun and Ketu are enlivened today. Leo is ruled by the Sun, the Moon is in its 9th phase (tithi) today called Navami, which is ruled over by the Sun as well. Currently we have an exalted Sun transiting Aries, sitting there with Ketu. Invite in the shine and move into the power and light, but avoid getting scorched. Invite in support, ideas and awareness that bring possibility and excitement. Pay special attention to the ancestors today and give your gratitude at the altar. Curb the ego.
Keep your sunglasses on (as per yesterdays post) until 16:06 CDT, when Moon moves into Purvaphalguni, one of the most creative and fertile of the 27 nakshatras. This lunar constellation is ruled by Bhaga and Venus. Bhaga is one of the 12 Adityas, the children of goddess Aditi (Punarvasu nakshatra). Adityas rule over the resources we have in this life, the support available to us. With Venus exalted currently, this can be a day that offers a wealth of support from love, friendships and relationships, as well as through creativity and money. Luck and ample creativity are afoot on this day of Jupiter (Thursday)! Love and be loved. Create and share. "Love and you shall be loved". ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
The love continues to flow like jala (water) on this day of Venus (Friday). Moon stays in Purvaphalguni the majority of the day, moving into the latter half of the Phalguni stars at 18:21 CDT when it moves to Uttarphalguni. This star is ruled by Aryaman and the Sun. It's a place where love and partnerships, romance and sexuality, find more stability and sustainability. Aryaman is also connected to the ancestors and is pleased by things that sustain lineage (ie. marriage and children). Since ample creativity is palpable again today, channel it effectively and share the fruits of your labor with others. Create, co-create, dance and sing. Enjoy quality time with your family. Enjoy the life you are creating for your Self!
A further creative boost comes today as Mercury moves to Rohini at 12:14 CDT. The mind is moving towards creativity and connection. Inspire and be inspired! "Creativity is contagious. Pass it on." - Albert Einstein
Moon moves to Virgo just after midnight at 00:50 CDT, joining retrograde Mars here. Both planets get direct drishti (gaze) from exalted Venus seven houses away. Yesterday's themes persist today as well since the Moon stays in Uttarphalguni most of the day. At 20:02 CDT Moon moves to Hasta as it nears exact conjunction with Mars. Some may feel divine inspiration from the Universal Mother, Ma. Learn, expand and look for the support that is ever present. Give your gratitude. Take any mental/emotional tensions into art and creativity. Dancing and singing will prove valuable. Gaze at the Moon to cool your eyes tonight.
Hasta nakshatra rules the day and on into the night. Savitr and the Moon are enlivened today. Savitr offers his guiding light and helps us awaken. Use Gayatri Mantra to assist you with this. Moon crosses Mars mid morning, but their tight conjunction separates closer to noon. Watch for the emotional heat and mental tension mentioned yesterday. Don't let the mind get overheated. Sharp insights and intuitive wisdom can be found through the awakening of Savitr today. Carve out space and time to listen and be present to what arises. Give your gratitude to the divine feminine and her abundant nature. Don't suppress the urge to dance, vocalize, sing and express today. Move your body, let your artistry flow, and find insights and wisdom in subtle messages. Studying jyotish is ideal today. Join me for my Jyotish Basics workshop from 12 to 1pm CDT. Tonight: howl at the Moon.
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Three planets simultaneously in retrograde motion for the next 3 days: Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. (Jupiter goes direct on the 6th).
We are each symbolically and literally re-shuffling our own decks. Kicking up dust. Internal winds blowing back in the unsettling past. Mental, emotional and physical bodies are feeling the return to the past. Nature and her cold, blustery temps concur. Be with what is. Don't resist. Move with these tides; let them move you. Use this time to sit with the discomfort and trust that new opportunities, options, ideas, choices, opportunities will come next. And so the cycles go.
More on these transits in tomorrows report + horoscopes.