Monday, September 15th
Today's Intention: Reach out and connect. Offer nourishment to yourself and also to those who need it.
Moon is waning and transits its mulitrikona sign, Taurus, while in Mrigashirsha nakshatra. Moon receives drishtri from Mars (who is looking directly at the Moon from its own sign of Scorpio) and also from Rahu. This can intensify and agitate the internal waters. Let the indications of Mrigashirsha remind you to give yourself nourishment and care.
Mrigashirsha is ruled by both Mars and also the Moon- deified as Soma. Soma is also divine nectar that brings nourishment and healing. This nakshatra is related to comfort and providing comfort to others- just as the ancient Soma plant would offer its healing and nourishment. There is a fickle nature to this nakshatra. Not only is it ruled by Chandra/Soma, the fastest moving of the nine planets, the symbol here is a deer head with antlers. The antlers keep growing, even after they fall off- like branches reaching in many directions. The antlers can also be used medicinally and correlate the crown chakra.
Today, nourish your self. Tend to self care and be mindful of your emotional body wisdom.
Moon moves to Gemini at 22:49 CDT. Sun is at the edge of Leo and prepares to move towards Virgo.
Tuesday, September 16th
Today's Intention: Move your pranic winds and work with your inner storms consciously.
Moon transits Gemini, still receiving gaze from Mars, and moves into Ardra nakshatra at 11:47 am CDT. Ardra is ruled by both Rudra and Rahu and is known for his intense emotional upheavals, stormy weather and ability for intense power. Rudra is the father of the Maruts (winds) which can manifest externally in the weather as storm gods, or internally as the five types of internal Prana in the body. Proper pranic flow is what keeps the body healthy and well balanced. Using pranayama is helpful today as well as moving the prana within in order to increase circulation. Do a three level check-in to identify you internal weather conditions. Need a reminder about the 3 levels?
Rahu and Mercury are in close conjunction right now. You may be noticing an extra level of intensity in your mental body as a result. Is your critic high? Is anxiety and worry increasing? Is there a sense of shadow in your mind? These are likely a result of this conjunction. Be diligent with your mental body awareness and use my recent creative ritual for tending to your inner needs.
Sun jumps into Virgo at 19:17 CDT, joining Rahu and exalted Mercury there. The mental heat is on! This Sun transit may offer some shadowed self experiences as well as greater attention to detail. Catch your self in moments of low self esteem, shadowed thinking and uncertainty. Be aware of anxiety and mental turmoil, as well as binary thinking. Don't get stuck in details and mind your communications. Some may also feel a grandeur sense of possibility and motivation this month with diligence, direction and clarity in worldly actions. Mind your mental body right now and don't let it overrule you! Additionally, mind your gut. Both are essential for sharp intuitive guidance. Meditation may be extra helpful this month when the mental body feels overwhelming.
Wednesday, September 17th
Today's Intention: Be intentional with your imagination. Work consciously with your mental body and let the wisdom of the emotional and physical bodies inform your needs.
Mercury and Rahu are in exact conjunction today. Use yesterday's reminders and be diligent with taming your mental body. Let the 3 levels of awareness inform you needs. It may help to get out of excess details. Zoom out.
Moon moves to Punarvasu at 14:08 CDT where Aditi and Jupiter offer a more gentle approach to us. Can we soften and listen to their guidance? Aditi and Jupiter bring expansion, wisdom and insight. Their thoughtful universality may help us smooth out the previous days of tension and mental agitation. Still, the mental body is wound a bit tight right now and needs to be reminded to relax. Expect that you will be needing to do this consciously. When you pick up the mental body awareness and bring presence to the thoughts that are coming, keep the reminder alive that the mental body is also the imaginal realm. We get to create whatever we want here. Pay attention, however, to the response of the emotional body and the physical body. Harvest the sensations and awareness that comes to you and take it into movement, art and songs. Get your stories moving and get embodied!
Thursday, September 18th
Today's Intention: Seek nourishment through the dance of open and close dynamics. What are you inviting in and what are closing off to? Sync with the rhythm of your heart and your breath.
Moon moves from Gemini into its own sign, Cancer, at 10:10 am CDT and then moves into Pushya nakshatra at 16:53 CDT. In Cancer, Moon conjuncts exalted Jupiter and receives drishti (gaze) from both Ketu and Saturn. This increases the expansion/contraction themes at play as well as insights into our attachments.
Pushya is ruled by Brihaspati (Jupiter deified) as well as Saturn. With the Cancer experience, our attention on boundaries, open and close dynamics and expansion and contraction are enlivened. Yet Pushya provides nourishment as a mother cow gives milk to her calf. Pay attention to how you are being nourished and what is providing this nourishment. Where can you feel this sensation in the body? At the same time be present to what you are inviting in and closing off to. Be conscious about your boundaries- energetic, personal and within relationships. Listen to what your needs are and attend to yourself with compassion, self care and sensitivity. Need to remember how to get back home? Use my recent creative ritual for tending to your need for comfort.
Friday, September 19th
Today's Intention: What deceptions and illusions are keeping you from your own sense of nourishment?
Themes from the previous day about boundaries, nourishment and the rhythm of the heart prevail. Work consciously with the heart rhythm, the chest and ribcase area, as well as the breath. Let your inhales and exhales move you and explore their effects on your body. This is nature's natural expression of open and close dynamics. Sync with your innate rhythm. Need a reminder about how the 3 levels of awareness can help you navigate your inner needs?
Moon moves into Ashlesha nakshatra at 19:50 CDT and Sarpa emerges. Moon joins Jupiter in this nakshatra as well so we will likely get a magnification of these nourishment and boundary concerns. Ashlesha is ruled by Mercury (mental body) and Sarpa, a snake who navigates deception and illusion. Look for mental body snags and snares and an intensity with what is being churned up inside of you. We may be questioning ourselves more today and questioning our ability to find support and comfort. Remember to come back to the sensation of nourishment in your body. Where do you feel it? How does it emerge? The body's messages will lead you to awareness.
Mercury is sandhi and moving to the edge of its sign of exaltation (Virgo), poised to move into Libra. Take this mental intensity into consideration.
As the Moon continues to empty and lose light, we may be feeling this turning inward more as well. Let this time of inner exploration be intentional. Moon is now in the 12th tithi of the waning cycle. Use this time for increased awareness.
Saturday, September 20th
Today's Intention: Life is movement, shifts and changes. The mental body is no different. Move it, help it move and be witness to its movements.
Moon continues to transit Ashlesha nakshatra today. There may be a continued sense of churning and agitation in the mental body as a result of transiting Mercury. Since Mercury is sandhi and moving to the edge of its sign of exaltation (Virgo), poised to move into Libra, a certain level of mental intensity should be taken into consideration. Continue to resource nourishment and small moments of comfort. Let these moments inform the nourishment you need, how you feel it and where you feel it in the physical body. How can this sensation of comfort be a valuable resource for you as you continue to navigate you needs? Need to remember how to get back home? Use my recent creative ritual for tending to this awareness of comfort.
Mercury moves to Libra at 15:19 CDT joining exalted Saturn here. This transit brings forward momentum and the retrograde motion of Mercury as well. Mercury moves quickly and reminds us of the constant changes of the mind. He will be in Libra now until he moves back into Virgo on 10.16. His movement into Libra helps us touch upon greater balance, our needs within our relationships, and can provide support with commerce and business. Expect swift movement and momentum. Try not to get lost and blown away in the wind.
Moon moves to Leo and jumps into Magha nakshatra at 22:51 CDT.
Sunday, September 21st
Today's Intention: Empty and release what is not yours. Invite in and hold sacred the parts you wish to keep as your own.
Moon transits Leo and Magha nakshatra, enlivening Ketu's influence as well as Pitr- the ancestors. Moon also joins Venus in Leo. Creativity and connection may be extra quick and/or harsh today. We may be influenced more by our ancestors in our thoughts and actions. Be aware of your relationship with these influences and see how they impact your needs. Do you need connection or alone time? Memories or release from the past? Take a moment at least to honor your lineage for what it is, what it has brought to you. How it has helped you arrive at this moment on your map of evolution? Find some gratitude for your roots.
Moon is slowly emptying and moves to the 14th tithi of the waning cycle late in the evening. What have you been releasing over the past few weeks and what are you ready to finally let go of now? New Moon is on the 24th as Navaratri begins. This is a very sacred time of year, so let the ancestors help you bring presence to your needs at this time.
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