This Week's Intention: Keep leaning in...closer to your inner light. Turn shadow into wisdom, pain into compassion and illusion into clarity. Seek the gifts within your challenges.
The week begins with a waning Moon moving through Punarvasu nakshatra transiting the final constellation of Gemini. Ruling deity, Aditi, shares her wisdom and support to usher in deeper nourishment. She brings resources and unity consciousness with her. Align with wholeness and divine flow. Let this theme carry you through Monday as you deepen and drop into greater holding and grounding. As Moon moves into its own sign, Cancer, early afternoon, we can truly land in our awakened heart more easily. Strip off the veils of illusion and saturate yourself in the purity of the emotional body.
Day of Mars, Tuesday, provides opening and closing with boundary reminders. As Moon transits Pushya nakshatra, our nourishment comes from balance, breath and heart wisdom. This is the nourishing star, a provider of support, but it often arrives after some release. Just as the exhale allows the inhale. Take time for landing in your heart today and use your breath to arrive in the now. Ketu's drishti can offer awakenings and removing illusion. What are you opening to? What are you closing to?
Just before midnight Moon moves to Ashlesha nakshatra, Sarpa's domain. Exalted retrograde Mercury (debilitated now) is tightly conjunct shadow node, Rahu, in Virgo this week. It is a time to be diligent with the mental body and to track illusions, stories and the imaginal realms within. Fears, anxieties and uncertainties are high, while truth, clarity and feelings of support may be challenging. Use this time to work directly with the mind and consciously unravel your inner darkness. The light of the Sun in Virgo, transiting through Hasta nakshatra, can bring awakening and more light. Bring in the light by transforming your darkness.
Wednesday, Mercury's day, Moon transits a Mercury ruled nakshatra, Ashlesha. This is the home of Sarpa, the serpent, a devious and mischievous deity who prefers occult and mystical knowledge to the mundane. He is an excellent resource for attending to illusions and inner darkness, then transforming it into awakening and transcendence. What needs to be unveiled? Work with the mind and mental body stories very diligently and use them to awaken from shadow and illusion.
Thursday arrives and the Moon jumps through the challenging gandanta gap between Cancer and Leo, where he joins the passionate combination of Jupiter, Mars and Venus. All receive drishti, gaze, from Saturn. Passions are being stoked by the potent trio moving through Leo and Moon illuminates their expressions. Magha nakshatra is enlivened by the Moon today, a nakshatra connected to the ancestors- especially the father's lineage. There is a lot of strength and desire here- to be seen, noticed and heard. With this lunar constellation, a royal, regal flair is often expressed. It's also a place we can deepen our relationship with the ancestors and their spirit. At this time of Pitr Paksha, the sacred 15 day celebration of the ancestors in the Vedic calendar, use today for intention setting. Who and what are you connecting with? What parts of your lineage do you wish to awaken and strengthen? What parts are you ready to leave behind and let go of? Use gratitude to soften the heart and align with the strength of your ancestors.
Early Friday morning, Moon moves to Purvaphalguni nakshatra- a fertile and creative star ruled by Bhaga and the planet Venus. Ample creativity and shakti are enlivened through this constellation. Sensuality and sexuality share their potency as well as love and pleasure. The passion of Venus, Mars and Jupiter is enlivened through the amplification of the Moon. Saturn's gaze can bring contraction and displeasure. Channel the creative energy coursing through you intentionally for maximum gain. Notice where you are resisting and refusing nourishment from joy, ease and pleasure.
Mercury goes direct at 07:54 and his exalted status will now be felt more fully. The mind is strong right now and can be used for powerful gains or disorienting set backs. How on top of your mental body are you? Focus, clarify, release. Let go of mental body toxicity and limiting beliefs that keep you in the shadows.
Mid morning on Saturday, Moon shifts to the latter half of the Phalguni constellation, Uttaraphalguni. Equally creative and potent, this star shares more sustainability and lasting results with our creative efforts. Ruling deity Aryaman and planet, Sun, desire dharma, lineage support and careful co-creation. Love, marriage and family matters are priorities- all things that please the ancestors if they bring fruitful results.
Early afternoon Moon moves to Virgo, joining exalted Mercury, Rahu and Sun here. Moon tightly conjuncts both Rahu and Mercury today and tomorrow, creating mental pressure. The magnification of mind and body is illuminated by the Moon over the next few days, with the added layer of shadow from Rahu. Take care of your physical, mental and emotional bodies and allow space and time to attend to your spiritual body as well.
Late morning Sunday, Moon arrives in Hasta nakshatra, the domain of Savitr. Use today for awakening and bringing light to your shadow. The Moon transits the 14th tithi today, helping us land more intimately into our inner depths. As we approach the new Moon and the end of Pitr Pakshu, the subtle qualities of spirit enliven. Create space for silence, listening and presence. What parts of your being need more light? What are you gathering? What are you releasing?
Monday begins with Moon in the final phase of its waning cycle, Amavasya, and moves to Chitra nakshatra early afternoon. Vishvakarma, the celestial architect, brings his support with building and planning. It's a great time to be clarifying goals and action steps, refining desires and visions. New Moon is at 17:05 with Moon in Virgo and Chitra nakshatra. This is a time of depth and harvesting from our inner resources. Navaratri begins on the 13th, inviting in transformational powers and divine blessings from the goddesses. I'll be sharing more about the new Moon and Navaratri in my next calendar post.
*All calculations given are Pacific Daylight Time.
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