Moon is waning until the new Moon on April 29th and then begins to wax (shukla paksha), moving through Aries, Taurus and into Gemini this week. Moon is exalted on 5.30. A powerful week ahead in the planets + the celebration of Akshaya Tritiya on the 1st!
Monday, April 28th
The week starts with the Moon in Aries, joining Mercury, Ketu and exalted Sun there. Today Moon transits Ashwini nakshatra and there is much drive, movement and momentum palpable. Though your plate may feel piled high today and overwhelm may set in, taking time for rejuvenation, fresh air and deep breaths, is essential. Don't push too hard today and avoid the super hero complex. Hit the pause button and check in with your mental, emotional and physical bodies whenever possible. Cut out anything unnecessary and only tackle projects and tasks that are at the top of your list. Tonight, take a relaxing bath to unwind. Set intentions for your solar eclipse. Get a good night's rest and put Self care as a top priority.
Tuesday, April 29th
New Moon is April 29th at 1:14 am CDT while Moon is in Aries and Bharani Nakshatra. The annular solar eclipse will occur simultaneously. Solar eclipse begins on April 28th at 10:53 PM CDT and continues until April 29th at 3:15 AM CDT. The maximum eclipse is on April 29th at 1:04 AM CDT, though it won't be visible from the US. Read more about this new Moon and solar eclipse.
The day continues with Moon in Bharani Nakshatra and moving into waxing phase (shukla paksha). With three planets in Bharani simultaneously (Moon, Sun and Mercury) expect full transformation on the inner and outer levels of experience: mental body, physical body and emotional body. Destruction and death are inevitable. What needs to die in order for you to be reborn? Though today could bring some uncomfortable inner and outer changes, trust the process and the cycle. Yama is the king of "less is more" and he brings the restraints necessary for full self-realization.
Wednesday, April 30th
The theme of power and intensity continues. With four exalted planets expressing their fullest expression, we may feel overwhelm, energized, expansion and extreme power set in- perhaps all at once. Sun, Moon (for the first half of the day), Saturn (though exalted in Libra, it is debilitated due to its retrograde motion), and Venus all share a sense of grande momentum today. This is a day of clarity, articulation, and powerful insight. Take notes. Be intentional. Use today to prepare for Akshaya Tritiya tomorrow. What steps would help bring more comfort, support, nourishment into your life? What needs to be cut away in order for this to take place? Get brutal as you cut out the insignificant and you rise to the next level.
Thursday, May 1st
Akshaya Tritiya, the auspicious "day of lasting achievement" in the Vedic calendar, occurs on May 1st in the USA while both Sun and Moon are exalted and Moon is in the third tithi (Moon phase) of the waxing cycle. The third tithi begins at 00:53 CDT on the 1st and continues until the wee hours on the 2nd at 1:32 am CDT. Moon will be in its mulitrikona sign and in the auspicious Rohini nakshatra during the majority of this time.
Akshaya tritiya is considered to be a very powerful time- free from malefic influences of all kinds and highly auspicious for all new ventures. For lasting success and achievement, this the the day! Meditation, pujas, action steps, will all bring powerful and lasting results. Go for gold today.
Create, expand, envision your success! Write down goals and desires, but take a meaningful action step towards your goals today nonetheless; they will be multiplied.
Friday, May 2nd
Moon transits its mulitrikona sign of Taurus and Mrigashirsha nakshatra today, moving into this star at 00:43 am CDT. Midday, Moon moves to Gemini at 13:37 CDT. In Gemini, Moon joins Jupiter; both receive drishti (gaze) from Rahu nine houses away.
Let the theme of nourishment and soma bring intention to your day. Seek comfort and support while avoiding anger and agitation. If emotional outbursts arrive, check in with your Self. What do you need to change for greater support and alignment with your needs? Make sure you aren't blending with others and their whims so effortlessly that you forget about your own needs in the process.
You may find that the mind wanders easily today, the emotions shift quickly, and day dreaming is your chosen escape route. Take some time to wander away with your dreams and move towards greater nourishment. Simultaneously, there seems to be a fixed agenda and much focus possible. Is it possible to do both? Balance rigidity and flexibility.
Saturday, May 3rd
Moon moves to Ardra nakshatra at 2:36 am CDT. Dreams and desires may be mounting today. What are you forcing? Is Rahu having his way with you? Strong attachments, cravings, fears and desires may arrive with Ardra, resulting in stormy weather patterns.
Is the desire for grande expansion causing you to lose sight of what is really important for you? If emotions and exhaustion arrive today, listen intently to their messages. There's a reason for the storms that Rudra brings; if for no other reason than to clear and clean, purge and clarify. Stay out of the rubbish bin today and calm your inner storms by channeling them into creative outlets.
Sunday, May 4th
Moon moves to Punarvasu nakshatra at 4:56 am CDT. The nourishing qualities of Jupiter offer some comfort and cushion for the final day of the weekend. Find some ease and seek new awareness. Meditate and recharge your batteries. Notice Aditi offering her expansive qualities to you throughout the day and note the awareness that arrives when you slow down and create intentional space for listening and embodiment. Contemplate, let in some new learning, creative flow and allow the abundance of life to move you.
Mercury Moves to Taurus on May 4th at 11:25 pm CDT, out of the complexity of Aries and away from conjunction with Sun and Ketu + multiple aspects from Rahu, Saturn and Mars. Read more about Mercury in Taurus.
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Horoscopes for the week of 12.02 :::
Moon moves through Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn and into Aquarius this week and begins its waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) on 12.2.
Moon debilitated in Scorpio on 12.1 and 12.2 with the New Moon on 12.2 at 18:23 CST.
New Moon in Jyestha nakshatra brings with it a connection to Indra, the senses and life force. The next few weeks during the waxing phase (Shukla Paksha) will bring opportunities for each of us to cultivate awareness with sensory perceptions, our relationship to inner and outer storms, and how the mental body is connected to these experiences. Dharma and our sense of purpose will also play a part in our experiences. For some of us, our innate sensitivity will allow us to navigate the inner landscape with deeper awareness which will offer rich insights. Don’t shut down or shut off.
Venus is weak due to its transit out of Sagittarius and into Capricorn early this week. Venus moves into its friends' sign of Capricorn on 12.05 at 02:05 CST. Moon will be in the auspicious 3rd tithi (Tritiya) at this time while transiting PurvaAshada Nakshatra. Purification and change are coming. Expect a lift with money, relationships, business and romance. Self Care and methodical planning are important right now. Set goals and work backwards. Avoid putting too many iron in the fire. Dream your dreams.
Utilize my jyoti/creative arts activities as a healing & awareness tool. This week's Jyoti/Expressive Art Therapy Creative Engagement Activity is centered around support and stability and has us working with the arms and shoulders.
*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.
Aries: Take a courageous plunge into your darkness and shadows. What new insights into your Self can emerge? Can you begin to see some thing in your Self that can shift? What support do you need to move forward with this? It is a time of healing. Drop the Self criticism and uncertainty and just take an action step. Trust it's a positive direction. You will find out soon enough! More comfort is coming.
Taurus: Self care is essential this week. Establish a relationship with Self that is nurturing and gives nourishment. Move towards knowledge, learning and Self growth. Avoid temptations that are not life supporting and don't support long term health and wholeness. You are learning a lot about others. The mirror is strong right now. Self refer, Self reflect and continue to ask your Self the tough questions. Next step: What are you willing to do radically different for your Self?
Gemini: What is that piece of anger and rage stirring in your chest, your heart center? What rage has gone unidentified and unaccepted? The next few weeks will bring answers. Do your homework and actively pursue awareness. Relationships are your best mirror. Use parental dynamics for clues and don't bypass the emotional body. This is your entry point into the healing.
Cancer: Relationships and matters of home and heart continue to move you. Your innate feeling level can offer some deep insights and learning lessons right now. What pieces in you still need some healing and attention? What is your intention with Self and others as you move forward? Think courageously about your career and connect with the right people in order for advancements.
Leo: Courage and healing begins with relationships this week. Relating in new ways can be helpful to career and also be a powerful resource. It will require action and activation on your part, but will be worth the effort in the long run. Look to friends and older siblings for awareness, but don't try to fix anything. Fixing your Self is the only worth while use of your energy. Think before you speak and watch out for your "Mr. Know-it-all" persona to emerge- even if he's right!
Virgo: Courage. Courage to look into the darkness. To shine a light into your own shadows. Courage to act and step into something new and more life supporting. Now is the time for goal setting. For working backwards. For creating a map of your future. Get support from a life coach or guide if necessary, but find ways to be both practical and to dream big. Your goals are achievable!
Libra: Vocalize your needs, desires and your new awareness which is slowly integrating into your being. Shift into a liberation mindset and continue to rip off the veils of illusion for your Self. Relationships continue to be a source of learning, growth and chaos. How might you shift into "right relationship" with the demons? Use art as a means to express your needs. You are on the road to moksha. Don't stop now.
Scorpio: Depth and insight provide career expansion and some healing. Watch for old, angry patterns to emerge. Is there a way to use this fire more effectively? Creatively? Can you channel it into a helpful and healthy tool? Relationships continue to provide you with liberation, even if the pain becomes evident as well. Keep your process mindset and step with intention. Expand with your career. Dream your dreams. Ask and yee shall receive.
Sagittarius: Continue to find ways to "be on vacation" and for resting and restoring. This is a time to hit "re-set" in some ways and yet the itch to work, to push your career, is strong. Are you pushing too hard in the wrong direction? Is there long term value in your efforts or are you acting out of fear? Find new ways to cultivate comfort and support. Be courageous with connecting, but stay in "retreat" mode for now. Hibernate. It will ultimately serve you in the long run in a very life supportive way. Lay off the sweets and alcohol.
Capricorn: The learning and growth curve amplifies, offering you a chance to collect some missing parts and pieces. Sometimes gains come in the form of losses. Muster up enough courage to see the silver lining knowing that there is more good on the way. Friends prove to bring you awareness and lessons right now as well as some healing. They may have good advice, just remember to listen to your gut above all else.
Aquarius: Part of your work is to ease up on some of your rigidity. What can loosen? What can you let go of? Can you let your tight grip relax a bit more? If you do, it will have a profound effect on you and your relationships. You're heading into a time of liberation that will help with your relationships in general. Drop ego and come out from behind the guilt and the shame.....Face the music. Freedom won't be as bad as you think.
Pisces: Relationships are bringing tests and lessons, if not some discomfort. What is the rub? The next few weeks will bring you a +/- effect. Remember, you win some, you lose some. It's a good time to do some conscious work on your "people pleasing" patterns. Why the need to have everyone like you? What if you re-focus 100% of your energy back onto your Self instead of giving so much of it away so freely?
Akshaya Tritiya :::
This is considered one of (if not the most) auspicious days in the Vedic Calendar. There have been many questions about the timing of this special day for us in the US. (Thank you Catherine for your insights!) Both Sun and Moon must be exalted with Moon in the 3rd Tithi (lunar phase) in the waxing/bright half for Akshaya Tritiya to occur. For CDT, this special timing will start on 5.11 at 23:49 and continue until 16:49 on 5.12 at which point the Moon will move to Gemini and will not longer be exalted in Taurus.
Akshaya Tritiya is a powerful day for starting new beginnings- those things that we want to last. It is said that on Akshaya Tritiya, what we offer will be returned in infinite supply. This is a day to take bold action steps with your endeavors, start your new business, make prayers, offerings of love, and anything that you wish to receive back in abundant supply. Use Sunday the 12th for these sacred acts.
There is still time to get your Akshaya Tritiya Yagya :::
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