This week is a big one. We have four planetary shifts happening back to back. The theme this week is big movement and change, shifts and upheavals. Be easy with yourself and others. Be intentional with your growth and be willing to diligently face your shadows. Use your potent creativity to manifest possibility and don’t forget to keep hope alive!
Monday, October 13th
Today's Intention: Nourish from the inside out. Beauty begins within.
Moon moves into Gemini at 7:10 am CDT and transits Mirgashisha nakshatra today. Soma (another name for Chandra, the Moon) and also Mars are activated. Nourishment from the divine nectar of Soma is life giving. It lubricates the inner channels of our body and keeps us alive and youthful. Soma is lunar energy, but can be cultivated through the right foods and lifestyle practices. Vaidya Rama Kant Mishra speaks readily about "somagenic" qualities in order to enhance our well being. His lineage, the Shaka Vansya Ayurvedic tradition is a wealth of knowledge for increasing Soma within our bodies, mind and emotions. If you are a Moon child like me, and extra sensitive, you will want to educate yourself on this vital health science.
The Moon is a creative and charismatic planet. It's sociable and loves to adorn and be adorned. Moon loves beauty, comfort and nourishment. That is why it is connected to Soma. Build soma within you today with self care, creativity and inviting in the Moon; fill your cup of resiliency.
Venus moves to Chitra nakshatra today, as it continues to chase the Sun. Close in degrees again, now Sun and Venus are back in the same Nakshatra. Rahu and Mercury are also in Chitra right now. Expressing the close proximity of shadow and mind, soul and creativity. With intention, this is a powerful time to work directly with our shadows as I’ve mentioned in my Full Moon Eclipse Wisdom article. Chitra is Vishvakarma’s domain, the celestial architect who creates elaborate beauty through his artistry. He is a planner, using conscious action steps to reach his goals and materialize his visions. This is the intention for the coming weeks: thoughtful planning, through dreaming and visualizations. Concrete action steps that lead you towards manifesting your dreams into reality. Use your powerful creativity as your guide. Use relationships, connecting, as a way to strengthen your action steps.
Moon moves into Ardra nakshatra at 19:52 CDT.
Tuesday, October 14th
Today’s Intention: Let the emotional body wisdom be your compass.
Moon transits Gemini and Ardra nakshatra, Rudra’s domain. Moon receives drishti from Mars. This is a powerful day, one that provides movement and change, momentum and destructive capabilities. Notice if there is something returning to you. It will be in the mental body, the mind- perhaps through stories and the imaginal realms. Some re-calling, re-collecting is possible. Let this motivate you and also let it draw attention to what you need to address more consciously in your life.
Ardra provides ample emotional upheaval in order for us to gain more conscious awareness about our emotional body. The emotional body awareness that needs our attention and intention. What is the outpouring today? What are you stuffing and keeping locked away in the shadows of your being? Let Rudra help you unleash what is begging you to look and listen- whether through quiet whispers or shouting. A three level check-in will help you name it. Then take the emotional body into a dance and drawing exploration for further harvesting. Re-visit my Creative Ritual for guidance.
Moon moves to Punarvasu nakshatra at 21:46 CDT.
Wednesday, October 15th
Today’s Intention: Suttyam Eva Jayate. Truth alone Triumphs.
Moon transits Punarvasu nakshatra and Aditi arrives with her compassionate wisdom and understanding. Let her wash over you. Let gentleness and softness become the balm that soothes you. Let yesterday’s churning be the opening in order to find some answers and solutions today. Today, the dust settles and now that we’ve created more space in our beings from yesterdays tilling, we can expand and open to possibility. Invite in the possibilities, the dreams, with open arms. Truth reveals itself today. Pay attention to the invitation Aditi is offering.
Four planets are sandhi right now. Retrograde Mercury is less than a degree and will jump back into its exaltation sign Virgo tomorrow. Sun becomes sandhi, at the edge of Virgo in the 28 degree range today. Mars is sandhi as well, at the edge of Scorpio. Saturn is also sandhi at the edge of Libra. Though sandhi planets are considered “weak” by many astrologers, they symbolize the netherworlds, the in-between realms, and are very ethereal in expression. There is strength in this as imagination increases and becomes more tangible, more real and potent for us. This is the strength a planet can offer as it leaves a sign and intensifies its expression. Sandhi is a junction point, the gap between here and there. This is a powerful time for us to be very intentional with our dreams and desires. Be sure to use your physical body, mind/imagination, soul desires, and clear action steps to embody your dreams. Don’t get stuck in the netherworlds; use them intentionally.
Moon moves into its own sign, Cancer, at 17:34 CDT, joining exalted Jupiter here.
Thursday, October 16th
Today’s Intention: Open the doors and windows of your soul. Let in the light.
Moon transits Cancer, it’s own sign, with exalted Jupiter. Both receive drishti from Ketu, and a sandhi Saturn. Moon changes to Pushya nakshatra at 00:14 CDT, and the wisdom of Brihaspati arrives for us to dance with. Let the body be your gateway right now for liberation, awakening and insights. Let the wisdom of the body and the intuitive awareness of the emotional body guide you today. Polarities, opening and closing, can be a powerful reminder for the days work. What are you inviting in? What are you closing off to? Work with your boundaries intentionally and gain wisdom about your needs, wants and desires as you dance with this. Let the devas overcome your asuras today. Let the positive overcome the negative. Bring light to your shadows.
Retrograde Mercury jumps back into Virgo (its sign of exaltation) at 02:59 am CDT. He is in Chitra nakshatra right now (as are Sun, Venus and Rahu) expressing the close proximity of these four planets right now. Today, Mercury and Sun are in exact conjunction (same degrees) in Virgo while Mars is in the same 29 degree range in Scorpio simultaneously. (There is a piercing, a stabbing like experience likely in our Mind Body as a result of this, so be cautious and careful today with your endeavors. Be gentle with yourself and others as many will be experiencing challenges).
The planets are doing some big movements and elaborate dances this week. Mercury helps us rewind and review what we may have missed this past month, so pay attention for the messages returning. Mercury retrogrades until October 25th. Work consciously and creatively right now with your critic, perfectionism, excess detail, judgement and scrutiny within yourself and others. This is a perfect time to be bringing our shadows into the light of day.
Friday, October 17th
Today’s Intention: Dance with your shadows intentionally. Remove another veil that is shrouding you, holding you back from seeing your Self clearly.
Moon moves to Ashlesha nakshatra at 03:04 am CDT, where Jupiter is transiting currently, inviting in an extra layer of Sarpa’s energy to our day. Sarpa is a small snake, he’s full of deception and illusion, mysticism, and has a penchant for egoic illusions. He is connected to our shadows, as the serpents are; they represent the nodes Rahu and Ketu. Sarpa, however, is well learned, and seeks wisdom from the occult and mystical realms. He helps us grow beyond our illusion if we are willing to work directly with the shadow energy he offers. Today is yet another opportunity for us to face our shadows and bring them to the light.
Sun jumps to Libra, its sign of debilitation, at 07:16 am CDT where it joins an exalted sandhi Saturn, perched for changing signs and into Scorpio. Sun transits Libra until November 15th. This is a time of softening into ourselves, our relationships and our sense of balance. A death of the ego in many ways. Debilitated Sun, provides pause, and a greater ability for us to turn inward, introspectively, and look at the parts of ourselves that we may resist seeing, out of fear, illusion and ignorance. There may be some painful moments for our egos in the coming weeks, but use these harsh moments to see where you have been missing the messages of your soul. What illusions are you living with and how is this effecting you and your relationships? Your sense of balance and creativity? The fluidity and flow in your life, as well as stability and support? Use this month to cultivate a profound acknowledgement of your strengths and weaknesses. Use the body’s wisdom for help and answers. Exalted Saturn (until November 2nd) can help us access much wisdom in the body, so work actively with the somatic sensations of the body at this time. “Slow and steady steps” is our mantra right now.
Saturday, October 18th
Today’s Intention: Change is the only constant. Use pelvis, legs and feet as your primary resource today. Stabilize, ground and root.
Mars jumps into Sagittarius and Mula nakshatra at 02:46 am CDT, inviting in dramatic change, uprooting and a disruption of our dharmic path. He gives drishti to Ketu now, instead of the previous arrangement of Ketu giving drishti to Mars. The changes that arrive, will likely bring confusion and chaos to our path before it can affirm and confirm what we need in our lives, and how to move forward. Trust there is a clearing that must take place before greater clarity can arrive. This period of chaos lasts for 18 days. In this time period know that Nirrti and Ketu are working their dark charm on each of us, in order to help us invite in more light. Cutting and clearing out rubble and debris from our path so that we can work more intentionally and powerfully from here on out. Mars insures that actions will be powerful and with force, so be sure to use this time to clear out what is not helping you move forward on your path with power and dynamism.
As Mars shifts into the Ashada constellations after November 5th, we gain more nourishment and support with our action steps. Trust that the work you are willing to do during Mula nakshatra will indicate the nourishment and support you will receive. You must make space for greater nourishment to arrive. The chaos is the house cleaning that will offer greater space. Trust the process. Saturn will be changing signs during this two week period as well- moving after 2.5 years of Libra, into the sign of Scorpio- a sign of great transformation and change. This is a strong time of uprooting and change so expect some wild times! Surrender is necessary here.
In keeping with the sudden changes occurring right now, Moon jumps into Leo and Magha nakshatra at 06:04 am CDT and another layer of Ketu is enlivened. We may wake up feeling these sudden shifts within us as there is a bit of drama and excitement occurring in the planets right now. The Moon expresses our emotional body and intuitive wisdom, our creativity and our ever-changing nature. The Moon is a reflector of the Sun’s light. As a reflection, a mirror, it shares messages with us daily about our needs, our emotions, our moods and feelings.
Magha is connected to our ancestors, our lineage. There is so much upheaval and change with the planets right now, and today we get a closer look at our lineage issues. The reflection will be strong and likely open us to some parts of ourselves that we have been avoiding or overlooking. Be brave and bold as the magnification happens. Be honest and honor the awareness. Whether it feels dark and heavy or light and of gratitude, these are gifts from the ancestors arriving today. These are pieces of shadow and light to be working with intentionally in the coming weeks. These pieces may arrive as emotional turmoil, so don’t neglect this wisdom. A three level check in will help you identify what is arriving.
We have yet another planetary shift occurring today. Venus moves into Libra at 21:49 CDT, joining debilitated Sun and exalted (sandhi) Saturn here. Libra is Venus’s own sign and a place that exemplifies Venus’s creativity and the powerful stability we can gain from flow and fluidity. Creativity can be that powerful stabilizing force for us. As Saturn prepares to leave Libra, we are getting a rare opportunity to very directly work with these final pieces of Libra and what they mean for our life. Libra is the ultimate balancer of opposites and extremes. It can show up as confusion, indecisiveness and extreme actions or ideas. Positively, it can be an expression of stability, security, power and grace, with potent flexibility. Venus and its infinite creative forces joins Libra to help us invite in more of what will bring the latter- ultimate freedom through grace and flexibility. It will be our creativity that gets us there though. Look for signs in relationships, possibility and hope, creative endeavors, pelvis and hips, as well as sensuality and sexuality. Saturn can help us stabilize this energy, and the softening of the Sun can help us be honest about what’s working in our favor and what is not. Body wisdom and art are so crucial for this process. Be diligent with your explorations.
Sunday, October 19th
Today’s Intention: Thank your lucky stars today.
Moon moves to Purvaphalguni nakshatra at 09:02 am CDT and our creativity is amplified through Bhaga. His domain is sensuality, sexuality, shakti and the magical sparks of our creative life force that bring passion and power with them. He blesses us with luck and fortune, thriving through our creativity and through resources.
Today, work with the creative arts. Use your body wisdom, your imagination and your intuition for guidance and creative force. Re-visit my Full Moon Eclipse Creative Ritual for affirming and confirming your path. What do you want? What do you need? Create it into reality.
Rahu, Ketu and Jupiter are in the exact degree range, just over 24 degrees. This is a powerful time to be learning, growing and gaining insights with our shadows, illusions and our path. Don’t hide out in ignorance.
Venus and Mars are simultaneously in the same degree range of just over 1 degree right now. Creative passion is high! This is heightened as a result of Moon in the Phalguni stars. Use it!
Monday, October 20th
Today’s Intention: Dance and paint your visions into reality.
Moon moves into Uttaraphalguni, at 11:47 am CDT, inviting in Aryaman for our day, with an extra dash of Sun. Resources, creative and otherwise, are offered to us today. Stability, support and ancestral assistance arrives. This is a star that offers sustainability through relationships, partnerships and connections. It’s the work and effort we put into them that provides us with lasting nourishment. This is a time of asking for what you want and need. Be willing though to put in the necessary effort it takes for your efforts to be worth it. The work you do now, will pay off for you and your lineage in the future, so make your steps count.
Continue working intentionally with your potent creativity. Creativity is your power, your stability in this life. It is our reason for life and living. Use your creativity to affirm and confirm what you want in your life and who you want in it. Let the arts serve as the tool for awakening your sleeping creative forces. Dance and paint your dreams into reality and capture the aliveness, the potency, the shakti, of your creative life force.
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