A Lunar Eclipse….so, between now and then we are in the Gibbous phase. Act Accordingly. Please. Best use during this 3 day period? Self-care. Self-reflection. Spiritual practices.
A Lunar Eclipse….so, between now and then we are in the Gibbous phase. Act Accordingly. Please. Best use during this 3 day period? Self-care. Self-reflection. Spiritual practices.
at 4:42 pm if you’re on the East Coast. It’s in Aquarius where nothing is ‘predictable’ except when it is. It’s a peculiar zodiac sign and points out that which always feels a little bit….off. I wonder what this next 28 days will bring. Be alert around Feb 1-3 for something ‘dramatic’.
Practice Yoga…………..with a capital Y.
Where were you in the Fall of 1982? What was going on in your personal life? What was going on in the world? How old were you?
In November of that year Pluto and Saturn made a conjunction at 27 Libra. Where is 27 Libra in your natal chart? Is anything in your natal chart at 27 degrees? Look at the cusps and angles too.
This is a good place to begin our self-discovery lessons in Saturn and Pluto. We need some data for: discussion, transforming, healing, fixing, and most importantly, understanding and seeing a big picture view. Answering those questions will help as we approach another Pluto/Saturn conjunction/cycle in January, 2020. It’s a big deal and we astrologers have been holding our breath as we watch the state of the world change (again) before our eyes. That’s where yoga helps this astrologer. B R F W A, in Kripalu talk. Breathe. Relax. Feel. Watch. Allow. All is well.
There are lots of articles floating around the internet speaking of this culture-changing time and I encourage you to read them. Every astrologer has their own specialty. The mundane astrologers are doing a great job tracking the economic/political/geographical/cultural shifts that are going on. I can recommend some good ones to read if you’re interested in the mundane.
As for me, I want to know how to live thru these cycles, with peace, serenity and reaping the best possible outcome. It isn’t easy and it’s not always fun, but the rewards are sure and deep. Bringing your chart to life and seeing the symbolism play out in your everyday life is a great way to stay connected to something that is much greater than me.
Yoga teaches us how to be present in the moment. Through practice and study we notice that how we think/feel/act in the world is always connected to some deeper cellular/tissue/muscle memory on the inside. By choosing yoga practices that reflect the symbolism of current transits we get to release, in the moment, any tensions building up unconsciously. In addition, we experience thru yoga nidra, breathwork, and meditation the release of old tensions held in the body from past lives., which is a whole different conversation having to do with spiritual beliefs.
But first, there’s more astrology to look at .
During the ’82 cycle Pluto & Saturn were alone in Libra. In 2020 the south node of the moon, Ketu in the Vedic system, is tracking with them both in Capricorn, adding an entirely different dimension to our experience of this cycle. Anytime the Lunar Nodes are involved in an aspect it increases the likelihood that an individuals karma is activated during this period. I am in my Ketu MahaDasa in the Vedic system and it’s a fascinating time to engage in self-study. More reason to use yoga for processing.
In our dharma/karma workshops we investigate our natal placement of the lunar nodes and try to discern how they show up in our lives and more importantly how to learn from them, isn’t that what it’s *all* about, anyway, to learn, grow, evolve? Otherwise what’s the point of anything? So we investigate how south node holds the information from our past lives and encourages us to take the easy way out of most situations. It feels wickedly ‘comfortable’ ,just like your old slippers.
There is no growth without conscious effort and we will be stuck in our old patterns doomed to repeat the wheel of karma without any progress, until we come to understand how the North Node leads us forward.
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Here’s the chart for the Monmouth County Shore Area….Long Branch, Asbury Park, Neptune, Belmar areas. It occurs at 10:12 am this morning. That means that we should all take advantage of the remaining hours left of the Balsamic Phase to rid ourselves of whatever toxic waste, (ama) we have collected since the last New Moon. Capishe?
more later…… review the posts on Balsamic/New Beginnings & Endings. The search bar is over there on the right….scroll down.
Yoga. Feng Shui. Well, yes….it does make sense.
Feng Shui is all about looking outside of us to see the things that usually go un-noticed. Un-noticed, not because they’re hard to see (which is possible), but un-noticed because we have probably become habituated or quite accustomed to the sight of what we’re looking at.
For instance, my garage roof is looking quite………………………….untidy.
It’s been that way ever since I’ve moved into the house. It doesn’t leak or create any problems…..it just looks a little messy. It has an old wooden roof, moss growing all over it, one shake at the top/center is missing and, the old white aluminum door is partially green from lack of sunlight. Last year I spent the entire spring/summer season cleaning out the inside which is now quite orderly, for me. My garage sits in the south east corner of my property, sometimes known as the “resource” gua. In terms of local space feng shui (astrology) the garage is on the line that represents the North Node. Hmm. That’s a tricky one to delineate.
Talented feng shui consultants are able to look at things like my garage and get a felt sense of where this untidiness or disorder is showing up in my life. It may or may not have a direct effect on those areas of my life symbolized by the placement of the garage. It’s possible that a different ‘polarity’ is being affected. It helps to have a clear mind when considering (con-sider: with the stars) all of the possibilities. HOW WE CHOOSE TO THINK about something we see affects the outcome. Yes? Of course.
Yoga is all about what is going on inside. What is present emotionally/mentally (especially on the unconscious level) when I look at my garage? Am I disturbed?
I kinda like it, actually. …….adds a bit of a rustic feeling to the plastic veneer of typical suburbia. Cleaning it out was a good thing, it created clear space for other things to happen…………and A LOT HAPPENED during that time of clean out. Perhaps I’ll tell the story someday.
For now, I think I’ll just go and pick up all the sticks and branches that have fallen around the yard over the past few windy days. It’s good to keep the clutter to a minimum. There’s a New Moon today at 18 degrees of Pisces. The sabian symbol is, “In a gigantic tent, villagers witness a spectacular performance”
Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute:
What you can do, or dream you can, begin it:
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.
Only engage and the mind grows heated;
Begin and then the work will be completed.
There are 13 lunar cycles to a calendar year of 12 months, 13 opportunities for new beginnings.
The New Phase of the Moon initiates the waxing half of the lunar cycle. Waxing means growing in light, representing formative processes. Dane Rudyhar writes that the waxing time represents the “power of instinct”. Thus, during the two-week waxing period we need to express our spontaneity and instinctive behaviors. Beginning is paramount; outcome is incidental.
At the New Moon the sky is dark. The exact time of it by direct observation is impossible. Metaphysically, the dark represents the unconscious mind, individually and collectively. It is a reflective time, a time to be open and receive clues from the Universe.
The phase begins with a gradual emergence that feels like unfinished business or something pressing to do, but, you’re not sure what it is, it’s “dark” out. If we neglected to do our mental/emotional/spiritual housecleaning during the previous phase/cycle, it requires effort to shake off the lethargy and the hovering ghosts.
The new phase also represents the passage from nothingness to the more active part of the cycle. It is the stillness behind the motion, the state of suspension before the birth, steeped with hope, possibilities, and significant beginnings.
It’s an interesting practice to investigate the space between endings and beginnings. May find that both happen at the same time, and time becomes a wheel.
During these days/months we need to express energy instinctively. Becoming attuned to ourselves and less focused on the external environment, unless you practice spiritual feng shui in your home. This period may also be experienced as a state of confusion, being completely in the dark about the “why” of our actions. Spontaneity and impulsive actions are okay to practice now. Like Nike said, Just Do It.
When the sun and the moon come together at the New Moon, our sense of purpose and our unconscious responses become one and the same, blending their energy. Yin and Yang are one, briefly.
It is a time to trust our unconscious and let it be our guide. The Universe will open the door now. Watch, listen, pay attention to what you attract.
If you are astrologically literate and familiar with your natal chart take notice of where the new moon falls. What house is it in and does it aspect any of your planets?
It seems logical to begin things during the time of the new moon. After all it does represent beginnings! However, because the unconscious element is so prevalent at this time take heed. The results you get from starting projects during a new moon may not always be the results you plan for. The unconscious is in control during this time. And, sometimes, most times, our unconscious is a mystery.
I recommend you use this phase to practice being in the moment, aware of sensations in the body, thoughts, emotions, and breath. Give your self some moments of long stillness and then give yourself permission to be (safely, responsibly) impulsive. Let it be okay to not have a goal, or make a new one. Watch what comes to you. Journal.
Later, after a few cycles have completed you can look back and see the significance of the events that began at this time.
Coming: Yoga Practices for the New Moon
Looking backwards can be a useful practice at times; especially when you’re pregnant.
We’ve all had the experience of being gestated in a womb. At least I hope so, still **. Things are changing so fast now, so much more is possible with the advances (?) of science. Things just don’t stay the same; impermanence is the nature of all things.
The environment of the womb is not isolated or separate from the larger world, and the mother is subject to external conditions & circumstances beyond her ability to control or even process! Her emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs are transmitted loud and clear into the fetus. The watery womb is the perfect medium by which energetic, non-verbal information enters the fetus affecting not just the physical growth, but the mental and emotional growth as well. Everything that is happening outside of the womb, happens in the womb, too. As above, So below.
Astrology provides a unique insight into one’s pre-natal conditioning and can give you some important information that might have gone un-realized until right now. I am speaking of the Pre-Natal Eclipse. Astrologers locate this by looking back in the ephemeris to find the eclipse that occurred just before your birth. It could be either a solar or lunar eclipse. Where it was located in the zodiac is where the information is stored. It’ll show up in your natal chart in one of your houses (bhava).
It is a significant place in the natal chart to study, particularly if you are pregnant, have had children, or want to. It describes the cosmic weather that was and still is in effect during your own gestation.
If you are curious and determined to become more self-aware regardless of where it takes you than you might want to arrange for a consultation with a professional to talk about your personal pre-natal experiences because whether you understand astrology or not the conditions (external & internal) that were present during the ime of the pre-natal eclipse have marked you just as significantly as your personal DNA.
The more we can understand our own Birth Story/History the more we are able to understand and create optimal conditions for the future children we carry in our wombs. Yes? No?
Yoga teaches us that the time is (always) NOW. One of my teachers impressed upon me that what we feel, we heal and what better time to heal oneself? We all want what’s best for our children. Becoming a parent, a mother most especially, is such a unique experience. The more we practice yoga, on and off the mat, the more we become aware of the myriad of sensations, thoughts, feelings, and insights that occur without pause, inside of us. This is a moment of transformation, this new awareness. We can intentionally insert a “change” order, if we are so inclined. Regardless, taking one conscious breath while you continue to observe, is all that is necessary.
The whole birthing process has changed. The advances of modern science & technology are competing with the previous advances of mid-wifery and natural birth. The natural flow of intuition is being silenced by a money driven society and many women do not know what it means to ‘trust your body’. It is vitally important that we remember who we really are. It is vitally important that we care for our whole selves while we continue to pay it forward to the human race.
There’s another reason to study the pre-natal eclipse that’s very appealing to those who believe in reincarnation. There are so many ways available to tap into this incredible resource of information….your past lives, that is. shamens, Hypnotists, Psychics, Mediums, Regressionists, etc. all have powerful medicine to aid you in your search. Astrology can also point a lens at your past lives and deliver some insightful, validating, and perhaps surprising details on who you used to be. Searching the past helps one to understand Karma. Creating a ‘now’ that will support you in the future is Dharma. The pre-natal eclipse as stated above will describe the temporal environment at the time you were a fetus. (Look for workshop/event on dharma/karma if you’d like learn more.)
to be continued…………………….
An interesting debate is available here: Should we genetically engineer babies?
Om shanti, shanti, shantihi.
BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS
After studying the nature of (astrological) cycles for so many years I learned rather profoundly that it can be hard to recognize the difference between beginnings and endings. They frequently, if not always, happen at the exact same time. It is a matter of perspective. The key is to honor both equally as a significant time, showing no preference. There is an ancient teaching that goes something like, “as the beginning, so is the end”. Time constantly varies according to the way we perceive it in the moment and also according to a divine plan of which we may be quite unaware of.
I also learned, also profoundly, that there are many cycles happening at the same time, some longer than others, some shorter. And so as you begin to identify the differences between varying lengths you also begin to integrate them into a balanced way to live. Also, you begin to see the relationships that one cycle has to another. This awareness allows you to prioritize your activities in ways that feel good. When time flows you can really appreciate the utter beauty and magnificence of the universe. There is order within chaos, and there is chaos within order. Ultimately there is choiceless awareness that feels like peaceful balance.
WHY WE START WITH THE LUNAR CYCLE
The lunar cycle is long enough for you to learn about yourself deeply, and also short enough for you to experience immediate feedback to your newfound knowledge.
Cycles come in varying lengths of time. Using the orbits of the known planets around our sun as a starting point, we begin our measurements with Earth which takes exactly 365 days, 6 hours and some 14 minutes to travel its elliptical path around the sun. The speed with which the Earth travels varies according to the distance away from the sun, speeding up as it gets closer and slowing down as it travels farther away. Each planet carries with it, its own anomaly or individual orbital characteristics that set it apart from the other planets. This dance of the earth around the sun we’ll call the Solar Cycle.
The Lunar Cycle, of course, represents the length of time it takes for the moon to orbit the earth or 29.531 days (the mean length of a lunar cycle). (Go here for a time lapse photo of the lunar cycle. http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap010218.html) Each planet cycles around the sun at its own pace in its own way.
Reconnecting with LUNAR rhythms can be an important first step in either gaining or relinquishing control in our lives and thereby reducing stress. Astrology can be an important tool in establishing this reconnection. Within the astrological body of knowledge is a clock that suggests universal time principles and also information that will help you to reconnect to the internal, intuitive clock that lies deep within.
Scientists, researchers, and astrologers have all documented the effects of the moon on life on earth. This fact is no longer disputed. All one needs to do is check the weather patterns or the records at the hospital or police station to see the effects of the full moon phase. Whether these effects are a result of gravity, electro-magnetic energy, or sunspot activity is not important for our purposes here. What is important is that we become more aware of the rhythm of the cycle that prompts our actions. Reconnection to the lunar cycle as a time-management tool will help to smooth out all of the stresses that our modern day world has created.
HOW TO USE THE LUNAR CYCLE
Even if you are new to this concept it is very easy to begin aligning yourself with lunar time. Depending on the cultural differences between different astrological systems the entire cycle (360 degrees of something) can be divided into as many pie-shaped phases as you like. For the purposes of this book I am going to use the Eight Phase division of the circle yielding time periods of 3.5 days for a 28 day lunar cycle. The Vedic astrologers using a different methodology refer to phases as nakshatras and recognize 27 of them
First check a newspaper and/or calendar to see when the next New Moon phase occurs, that’s a good time to investigate something new! Each phase lasts approximately 3 days, give or take about 10 hours. The phases that are most important at first are the new, full, and quarter points. The others will become more apparent to you after you have become familiar with the most dynamic ones. A good idea would be to mark your personal calendar or daytimer so that you are reminded what phase is current.
At first, just noticewhat is going on during each phase. You might want to make a few notes in a journal to refer back to later on. During these early stages while you are still learning the most important thing is to just become aware of what types of events are happening and how those events fit into the larger scheme of your life. One of the rewards of following the lunar cycle is the ability to discern the importance of any singular event. A seemingly insignificant event can take on added importance if it occurs during particular phases. After a couple of cycles, you might then attempt working with the phases and begin to plan your time accordingly. I often receive questions on the best time to begin new projects, and the answer to that is not a simple one.
THE BEST TIME TO BEGIN NEW PROJECTS
First you need to consider the nature of the project. Is it something that is done routinely? If so, are you very clear about the results you are looking for? If the answers to these questions were yes, then the full phase of the moon would work well. If, on the other hand, you are beginning something totally new and you’re not sure about outcome, then sometime between new and first quarter would be better. Please remember that there are other planets circling with energies that might hamper or help your plans. If you are working on something that is very important to you it would be best to consult the advice of an astrologer who can give you a bigger perspective on the timeliness of your choice. The lunar phase is best applied to things that are part of your daily life.
COMING TO COMPLETION
Not everything can become completed in a 28-day lunar cycle. Some things take a little more time! The symbolism of the phases still works. During the new phase, a project might spontaneously take a new turn. The quarter phases will continue to bring change, crisis, and challenge. The full moon brings clear perspective to everything and always signals a good time for negotiation and discussion. And, of course, no matter what we are working on one needs downtime to rejuvenate. Balsamic phases are an important part of every cycle.
The lunar cycle is visible. You can look into the night sky at any given time and see ‘what time it is”. The visible reflection of the moon is like a giant clock in the sky.
This visible cycle is what I call ‘generic’ time. When the moon is full in the sky, it is a full phase for everyone.
However, there is another cycle that is occurring at the same time and that cycle is happening on a more internal or personal level. Each of us, individually, have our own personal clock or cycles that are apparent only to ourselves. Sometimes our personal cycles coincide and complement the outer, external, generic cycle. And sometimes our personal clock conflicts with the generic, visible cycle creating a challenge for us to integrate our personal life into the whole of the population.
Here’s where Yoga enters the picture.
Stay tuned for more excepts from: A Teacher’s Manual.
Om shanti, peace to all beings.
The moon returns to darkness once again. Perhaps you can see the slightest sliver of light remaining. Sigh. We’re tired. Something inside is calling for rest, retreat, and rejuvenation. The balsamic phase is the time when we need to honor that feeling, and honor ourselves for all the work and effort we have expended during the previous cycles. This phase of the moon beckons us to turn our attention inward, to the deepest parts of ourselves. It is the time to connect with spirit and the divine energy that lies within. And, if we are not in touch with those aspects of ourselves then perhaps this is the time to search for it.
Many of the eastern philosophies speak of the light that resides within. God is to be found on the inside, deep within oneself. Our disconnection from that source of light within may indeed be part of the problem that permeates society today. Many times when I tell my clients and students to use this balsamic time for meditation, contemplation, soul-searching or prayer they look at me like I’m crazy. “I don’t have time for that” is a common response. There’s “too much to do, too much work, too many responsibilities”.
“But, I wish I could”, is a communal sad song. Well, this is the time to take the time for inward-oriented activities. And, the amazing, magical result of pursuing this inward journey at this particular time is the reduction of stress and the feeling & experience of having more time throughout the rest of the cycle.
The Balsamic Phase of the Moon is when our system is crying for psychic detoxification. It’s the perfect time to pause and reflect on all events and activities of the recent past. A ‘letting go’ time, when we acknowledge ourselves for doing the best we could. Or, if we weren’t able to do our best, we acknowledge ourselves for trying and then let it go.
What does it mean to let go of something? One hears this expression a lot these days. On one level I think it means to not worry or be concerned with outcome. Replace the energy spent on mental/emotional anguish and instead practice cultivating the energy of faith, trust and stillness. The Bhagava Gita gives very explicit instructions for how to do this and the balsamic phase is the time to practice more intently.
During the balsamic period the veil between the conscious and the unconscious is thin. Therefore, it is also a good time to pay more attention to our dreams. Dreams come from the Vijananamaya Kosha, one of our subtle bodies according to Yogic Philosophy. Our higher mind usually has some very important information and dreams are a way of communicating with ourselves. Sometimes they may even take on a prophetic tone. Our need to daydream, fantasize or simply escape our everyday realities is a natural tendency that requires attention just like any other health routine me might employ. We all need time to be alone and connect with ourselves. Long walks or drives, frequent naps, listening to music, connecting with nature, journaling, painting, dancing, practicing yoga, tai chi, chi gong, reading, or just sitting staring out a window are all befitting activities for these days.
In psychological terms this lunar phase is when we are more connected to the collective unconscious. This is a term used most frequently within the Jungian tradition of psychology. Freudians might refer to it as the unconscious or supra-conscious mind. People have created different words for the same concepts for eons. The point is that there is a part of our mind that works from a different operating system than the rest of our mind. And this ‘hidden file’ is very busy connecting to the ethereal WWW all the time.
So, perhaps the most important thing to really understand is that if you do not honor this time, if you continue your daily life and your routine without including “downtime’, then you will not feel energized and refreshed when the next cycle begins. At first the effects of this may not be apparent. However, over time, if you continue to ignore your inner world and focus only on the external the stresses will accumulate and can create obstacles, dis-ease, and crisis in your life.
Without adequate time for pause and reflection, the body/mind/spirit will rebel and hopefully send you some clear signals that things are out of balance. When that happens our lives begin to spin seemingly out of control. We find ourselves in dysfunction, dis-ease, and disarray. And as a result something may happen by which we are then forced (by some external factor?) to give up our routine. Either we land in a hospital, or we are down-sized, laid-off or fired. Either way, we are now forced to use our time to reflect because now we have no other choice. Fate or Free Will……..make your choice.
It’s so much easier to voluntarily step back from our routines then to have them forcibly removed from us. This is the gift of the Balsamic Phase of the Moon. Two days out of every 28 day cycle can go really far in preventing & healing accumulated stress.
©Time & Space Consulting. All rights reserved. This article is an excerpt of my book in progress.
Today the moon goes void-of-course at 9:54am. This ‘black-hole-of -time’ remains in place until 1:22am tomorrow.
A good definition of void-of-course can be found here.
So, here’s a tip that you won’t find anywhere else. Mail/Email your tax return during a void-of-course moon and you’ll reduce the liklihood of any repercussions, ie. audits! Please note I said “mail”, I did not say prepare. You still need to do the important part of preparing the forms when you are clear & focused. But as for the mailing date….or clicking send if you’re filing online….that’s a different story.