In order to insure you get your Monday Moon Mind post in a timely manner, I'll now be giving you a Monday to Monday Calendar. Hope this helps you start your week off on the right foot!
Moon is waxing as we continue to celebrate the Divine Mothers during the auspicious Navaratri celebrations. This nine day/night festival honors the holy goddess trinity of Durga, Lakshmi and Saraswati. As Navaratri winds down, we enter the final three days/nights of the celebrations, dedicated to Maha Saraswati- a goddess who is particularly close to my heart! The festivities culminate on the 10th day (Vijayadashami) this week, which honors Durga's defeat over the demon Mahishasura. The sacredness of this time period is explained more in my Navaratri article.
In light of this transformational time, I have been offering a 10 Day Self Care Challenge on FaceBook. You can still join. See my resources and inspirational posts in the feed and let them spark your self care practice. Remember, it's never too late to begin your self care practice! Little steps really add up! Jai Ma!
Monday, September 29th
Navaratri Day 6 and final day of the Lakshmi celebrations. Have you joined my Navaratri 10 Day Self Care Challenge yet? It's never too late to start your self care practice.
Today's Intention: Mind your overwhelm by going slow and by being intentional with your steps. This is powerful!
Moon transits its debilitation sign Scorpio, while in Anuradha nakshatra. The ruling deity, Mitra, provides increased awareness of fine detail, friendship and connection, as well as travel and adventure.
Mars moves from Anuradha into Jyeshtha nakshatra at 09:45 am CDT, signaling a shift for our action steps and motivations. Indra's prominence, as well as Mercury's, increases and we get both a heightened sensitivity with the mind/mental body, as well as need for greater control of the senses. We may see this in the coming days help us hone our path, our trajectory and our actions. Don't put too many irons in the fire; get focused and use gentle, yet firm, steps to get your actions accomplished. Be mindful that over-stimulation is likely and more easily possible at this time. Less is more.
As Moon moves into Jyeshtha at 13:22 CDT, these tendencies increase and Indra provokes our day through our senses. He is strong to say the least, the king of the gods; a thunderbolt is his weapon of choice. Essentially, he is the rain king, god of the rain and the necessities that come with this part of nature's offering. In the Upanishads, he is called the god of prana- our life force. Again, the importance of Indra is paramount for our life, well being and nourishment. Let this be a reminder for us today. Attend to your inner needs, sensitivities (Indra rules our senses) and find moments for radical self care. Need some self care reminders? Here are some tips.
Tuesday, September 30th
Navaratri Day 7 and the first of three dedicated to honoring Maha Saraswati. Have you joined my Navaratri 10 Day Self Care Challenge yet? It's never too late to start your self care practice.
Today's Intention: Release the harshness. Go slow, be gentle, and only attend to what matters most.
Moon transits Jyeshtha nakshatra through midday and starts our day with a powerful presence of Indra. Working intentionally with mental and emotional body are important. We may also feel an inner struggle between "good" thoughts and "bad" thoughts emerge. A battle for peace of mind? Remember your self care practice and go slow. Be gentle and check in with the 3 levels of awareness.
As Moon jumps into Sagittarius and Mula nakshatra at 13:13 CDT, the above reminders are just as pertinent; Moon suddenly gets a dose of drishti from Saturn as well. Nirrti and her adharmic ways emerge with a side of Ketu- the restructuring planet. Nirrti disrupts and uproots and she can bring chaos with her. Overwhelm setting in? It's important to be tending to slow and nourishing actions right now during Navaratri. If you are pushing yourself too hard, it will be especially challenging right now. Clear your plate and only do to the essentials. Let guilt, shame and other negative emotions release. You are enough. Consider this practice for the weeks to come.
Wednesday, October 1st
Navaratri Day 8 and the second of three dedicated to honoring Maha Saraswati. Have you joined my Navaratri 10 Day Self Care Challenge yet? It's never too late to start your self care practice.
Today's Intention: Move and be moved. Inspire and be inspired. Flow and go with the flow.
As Moon transits through Sagittarius and Mula nakshatra, your morning may start with some chaos and confusion. Plan on extra time to get your self together and navigate your morning duties. What can we learn from the calamities? With Saturn's drishti on the Moon, we are given an open invite to slow down and only do what is absolutely necessary. See what can be simplified for your day, week, life. Clear your plate.
Moon moves into PurvaAshada at 12:32 CDT and Apas, the water goddess is enlivened, as well as Venus- the planet of jala, water. Her flowing ways remind us to sync up to the metaphors of water and its wisdom.
Today is a day for embodiment, getting physically active and getting the internal waters to flow more harmoniously. Sweat, perspire, glisten! Revive, rejuvenate and get embodied! Tend to your ojas and nourish yourself from inside out. Get creative, paint, sing, draw and dance! As our internal waters are intimately connected to our emotional body, be present to the intimate connection between physical body and emotional body today. Use a 3 level check in for harvesting your internal temperatures are.
Thursday, October 2nd
The final day and night of the Navaratri celebration! Day 9 and the final day of three dedicated to honoring Maha Saraswati. Even if you haven't joined my FB Self Care Challenge, remember that it's never too late to start your self care practice. Here are some tips to inspire your practice.
Today's Intention: Do right. Be right. Live right. Get it right. Align with your integrity.
Moon transits Sagittarius and PurvaAshada nakshatra. This is a perfect time to be attending to your self care and inner nourishment, as the ruling deity of this lunar constellation is Apas, the water goddess who offers us the ability to rejuvenate and create ojas. Start your day off with a light Ayurvedic breakfast this morning. Stewed apple or pear with five cloves is ideal. Saturn's drishti on the Moon right now requests routine, regularity and simplicity in order for increased balance.
As Moon moves to the latter half of of this constellation, UttarAshada, at 11:22 am CDT, the Vishva Devas offer their wisdom for our day. These 14 "all gods" or principles of the Universe, make up the Vishva Devas. Dharma is their father (also the father of the Vasu Devas- who offer us wealth and shining, as well as jyoti) and Vishva is their mother. Sustainable success comes to those who honor the Vishva Devas. They are goodness, truth, determination, talent, time, enjoyment, firmness, ancestors, abundance, joy, pleasantness, sight, fame, and leadership.
Moon jumps to Capricorn at 17:00 CDT and receives drishti from exalted Jupiter and Rahu.
Debilitated Venus moves into Hasta nakshatra at 21:46 CDT and provides another layer of Savitr's awakening to us. Both Sun and Venus are now in this nakshatra, which offers light, wisdom, and awakening. It also means that Sun and Venus are very close in degrees which makes Venus quite agitated and overheated. Awakenings come through and with our relationships, as well as through creativity, the feminine and abundance. Watch out for sun burn in the process though! Use the Gayatri Mantra as the balm that soothes and heals. The dawning is here. You will likely be seeing the light in new ways.
Friday, October 3rd
Today is the auspicious day of Vijayadashami. The Navaratri festivities conclude today with a day of victory- the day that Durga defeated the demon Mahishasura. Durga's defeat over darkness is a reminder that we are each alive to overcome our own demons- to transform and transcend our shadows and to work with them in new ways. We are alive and full of shakti, life giving qualities from the Divine Mother, and we are here to fulfill our dharmic purpose! Use today to celebrate your self, your path and your steps of strength, grace and power.
Today's Intention: Pause. Breathe. Check In. Take three steps to anchor into your being. Invite in expansion.
Moon transits into Sravana nakshatra at 09:45 am CDT, Vishnu's domain. The Moon is now in the 10th tithi or Moon phase of Dashami- which is in fact ruled by the deified god Dharma. Vishnu is also connected to dharma, the passing of knowledge and wisdom in order to maintain dharmic purpose and one's life path. He protects and maintains wisdom and is like akasha (space) in that he exists everywhere.
Vishnu's broad and expansive nature provides awakening of awareness and consciousness. The symbol of Sravana is three footprints, signifying Vishnus three steps as he traversed three realms- earth, sky and heaven. Use the symbol of steps to solidify your path today. Take an action step to secure your dharma and your path. Expand your thinking of what is possible. Invite in hope, gratitude and the blessings of the Divine Mothers to illuminate your path. Need some help with your steps? Re-visit my 13 Steps for Returning Home Creative Ritual for a few reminders about self care and tending to your needs gently.
Symbolically, the three level check in is another way to connect with Vishnu's three steps. Don't forget to check in!
Saturday, October 4th
Today's Intention: Re-visit, restore, re-listen. Notice what is re-emerging and re-awakening within you. These are vital messages for your journey.
Moon moves into Dhanishta at 07:48 am CDT and the Vasu Devas are enlivened. The Vasu Devas bring resources to us- wealth, prosperity and the ability to shine. The Vasus originated from jyoti (light) and therefor bring us illumination. The eight Vasu Devas are born of Dharma and Vasu and they help us manifest on the material plane of existence.
Continue to use the gifts of Navaratri today and take a dharmic action step. What can you do today that furthers your path and helps you materialize your purpose?
It's a big day for Mercury! The planet of communication, creativity and commerce begins its 21 day retrograde motion today at 11:59 CDT. Contrary to much of the hype and lore around Mercury retrograde, it isn't the crisis that you might expect. Jyotish takes a milder approach to Mercury retrograde. Read more about why retrograde Mercury can be a good thing. Retrograde planets are moving like the nodes Rahu and Ketu, they are asking us to re-visit and re-evaluate details we may have jumped over. What a gift! When in life do we get a do-over or a rewind button? Mercury retrograde is our chance!
This retrograde Mercury cycle lasts until October 25th. Pay very close attention to the nuances and details that will be arriving in the coming weeks- especially because this retrograde cycle occurs during a two week lunar and solar eclipse cycle. This is a very important time to be working directly with our shadows, our illusions. This is intensified because Mercury is moving back towards Rahu (our shadows/demons) in Virgo and will return to this sign (its sign of exaltation) during this transit. Did you miss some important information last month? Look for clues around perfectionism, the critic, purity, your standards and your judgments. These details hold important clues about your shadow work. Use this to inform your action steps and make new decisions that will restore more balance and harmony in your life. This theme of balance will be more apparent as Mercury re-enters Libra on 11.04.
Moon moves to Aquarius at 18:43 CDT.
Sunday, October 5th
Today's Intention: Keep it simple. What wisdom do you gain with your simple, basic steps.
Moon moves to to Satabisha nakshatra at 05:34 am CDT, inviting in Varuna and Rahu to our day. Varuna is the ultimate critic, and with his thousands of eyes, he sees everything. He notices the wrongs of our actions and polices us. Are we aligned with Natural Law? Or are we going against these universal principles? His punishments and suffering will let you know.
Now that Mercury is retrograde, the critic is a theme for us to revisit (see yesterday's update for details) and invite into our lives for greater awareness and exploration. The critic can even arrive in binary thinking patters (is this right or wrong?) and can paralyze us from moving forward effectively and efficiently. Satabisha days remind us to keep life very simple, very aligned with nature and her rhythms, and to trust our inner wisdom. A three level check in will help you get to the here and now.
Today, cultivate a relationship with your critic and invite it to tea. What does it need and want? How does it serve you? Not serve you? Ask it to share its wisdom with you.
Monday, October 6th
Today’s Intention: Take one step at a time. Take each step with intention. Keep your commitment to grounding, while finding your balance. But keep moving.
Moon moves to Purvabhadrapada nakshatra at 03:12 am CDT, inviting in Ajaikapada and another level of Jupiter into our day. Moon is receiving drishti from Mars while it transits Aquarius, which offers charge, action and increased fire.
Purvabhadrapada is connected to tapas and penance. Ajaikapada is a form of Shiva, lord of the dance, and reminds us of our human capabilities- balancing struggles, challenges and obstacles as we move forward in life.
Pada means foot. It is essential to remember slow, simple steps again today. As Ajaikapada dances, he balances, one foot raised, and one foot firmly grounded. There is a certain purpose, a direct gaze (drishti) and a strong commitment that one must have to keep this sense of balance and grounding simultaneously. These are your reminders for today. Slow, steady steps, using great commitment and purpose as you move. Intention will be a poignant reminder as well. Since Ajaikapada is a Rudra, there is immense strength available here. At what costs are you willing to move forward? Lighten your load, it will make it easier to dance through life.
Moon moves to Pisces at 19:25 CDT, joining Ketu there. Moon receives drishti from debilitated Venus, Sun and also Rahu, as well as Jupiter from nine houses away. This will intensify our experience over the next few days leading into the full Moon. More on this in my upcoming Moon Mind Calendar and Full Moon Wisdom article.
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Taking it day by day this week... I'll be posting each day of the Moon Mind Calendar as they occur! Thanks for your patience.
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