Moon Mindfulness ::: Mind Your Moon
Moon in own sign of Cancer on the 19th- the last day of Maha Saraswati and the culmination of the Navaratri festivities. Moon in Aslesha nakshatra, ruled by Sarpa, the serpent. Though Sarpas are connected to Rahu and highly unpredictable and untrustworthy, they also can perform intense study and research, and thereby be very knowledgeable. Many Sarpas are keepers of wisdom and mystic knowledge. There is a relationship to kundalini energy as well as hypnotism and trance states. Tonight is a good night for losing your self in music- but avoid drugs and alcohol- one of the dark sides of Sarpa and Aslesha.
Aslesha nakshatra is ruled by Mercury, coinciding with the last day of Navaratri and final day of Maha Saraswati. Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom, knowledge and creativity- all attributes of Mercury as well. Finding time for increasing your intelligence today is essential. With a debilitated Mercury currently in Pisces, it may feel more difficult to use your innate intelligence, but put in the extra effort and find ways to increase knowledge and wisdom today.
Saturday is the Ram Navami celebration- Lord Rama's birthday in the Vedic calendar. He was born when Sun was exalted in Aries and on the 9th lunar day of the Vedic Calendar (Navami) on a waxing moon. Navami days are ruled by the Sun. Lord Rama was an avatar, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, born in the sacred city of Ayodhya. He is said to be bright like the Sun, strong, compassionate and an immensely powerful force. His devotion and love for his wife, Sita, are among his many attributes. He used is powers to overcome the Rakshasa Ravana- who kidnapped Sita- thanks of course to a few friends and siblings (Hanuman among them!)
Moon moves from Cancer to Leo at 8:53 am and into Magha Nakshatra. Magha is ruled by Pitr and is connected to the ancestors and the father or the paternal lineage. Today is a good day to align with the wisdom "seven generations behind me, seven generations forward" and to think about legacy. What are we returning to our ancestors? What have we gained from them? What is my family gaining from my dharma? What are my gifts/offerings to my ancestors and those who will come after me?
Today we celebrate Lord Rama's strength, love, devotion, power, and his destruction of evil. Lord Ram is the reminder that good always overcomes the dark forces. Some how, some way, the light always returns and dharma is restored. Each of us has this battle of light and dark (Rama and Ravana) within us. It's through our choices and actions that we create these epic tales, stories and myths that we call life. The stories of our ancestors were gifted to us and now we must learn how to use these, change them, transform them and ultimately find the Truth within them. May each of us find ways to dance our stories, move them, shift them and heal them.