Moon Mindfulness ::: Mind Your Moon
Moon has entered Taurus, its sign of exaltation, and transits Krittika nakshatra. Moon near its new moon phase and is in the 14th tithi currently in Chaturdasi (a tithi ruled by Venus). Krittika nakshatra is ruled by the deity Agni and also the Sun. He is known for burning, cutting, clarifying and purifying. The translation from Sanskrit is "razor" while the symbol here is of an axe, scalpel or flame.
Agni is literally the fire of life, the sacred fire god. He is instrumental in the process of alchemy, digestion, connecting us to consciousness and the higher realms, and helps us to "cook" and assimilate life. My beloved Vaidya, Rama Kant Mishra, once described stomach agni to me as the "pilot light" that ignites the stomach fires. It's possible to have a lot of heat and fire in the body, but without the delicate agni being fueled properly, we literally "burn up" from the inside out.
Agni is the pilot light that fuels all of our digestive processes. Not just in the gut. Building a proper fire requires a delicate balance of items. We must start with tinder, then kindling and only after a small flame starts these, do we slowly add the big logs. (Dousing the wood with gasoline is never recommended nor can we use wet wood.) Agni makes this entire process of alchemy possible. Every good bonfire starts with agni and a slow build- whether literal or metaphoric. Agni is instrumental in a clear consciousness and powerful insight. Without it, there is dullness, laziness, excess heat, getting scorched, unnecessary anger and emotion, an undigested or overly-digested life.
Today is that reminder of building the fire within and using it properly. How are you building and what are you burning? Moon is exalted in Taurus but is there with Mars and Sun- two fire planets. Your emotions may be extra hot today and a certain discomfort may be present. Fan the flames and stay cool. Don't get burned up in the process. Be constructive with your anger.