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The Invitation to Serve Others | Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius | Vedic Astrology Forecast for August 18th, 2016

lunar eclipse in aquarius, full moon in aquariusOn August 18th, 2016 around 5:17am the height of the Full Moon occurred with the Sun in sidereal Leo and the Moon in Sidereal Aquarius. This full moon also occurs on the Eclipse axis of the Nodes.

The recent New Moon in Cancer initiated a lunar cycle of exploring the connection to our emotional hearts, our connections to others and the ways that we use our emotional energy. The invitation for our Soul to open more deeply to love and the possibility of peace had now been carried by the Sun into Leo, where we begin to express our creative nature based upon what we most love.

There is an intensity in Leo at this time, because the Sun (our Power) is joined by Venus (our capacity for Happiness) and Mercury (our intelligence, speech and communication). And to amplify all of this energy, there is also Rahu which represents our collective and personal obsessions and confusions.

Leo is ruled by the Sun, and represents the experience where our Soul shines its light into the world as an individual. It is connected to inspiration and leadership when that Soul is motivated towards good and love, and it can also become domination and overpowering energy when the Soul is motivated towards selfishness or darker influences.

And so here in Leo, Rahu and these three planets are creating a large focus on the journey of the individual soul. Rahu creates a confused obsession with understanding the nature of Leo as the individual creative power manifesting into the world. This has the potential for some to really embrace their creative power, and for others it will be like a self-absorbed actor on stage shouting “Look at me! Look how brilliant and bright I am!”.   Or worse yet, a controlling self-absorbed leader.

Rahu’s energy in Leo can be powerful in focusing us towards much needed personal power and inspired vision, but the journey to gain clarity must be sought through the fog of Rahu’s influence. Yet, the confusion can make us even more determined to figure it out. In the end it serves a positive function to help us open into new expressions and learn what needs to be discovered in order to find deeper truths and wisdom.

Meanwhile, the Full Moon is over in Aquarius with Ketu. The Moon represents the mind and our emotional feeling nature. Whereas Leo’s focus is on individual power, Aquarius forms the natural balance point opening into greater awareness of the collective, society and humanitarian expression.

The challenge to this natural balance point is that Ketu tends to create a negative or critical state of confusion. In this case a negation of the needs of the many in favor of Rahu’s obsession with discovering personal creative power. Plus, Leo has much more energy in it due to the 4 planets there.

Under simpler configurations, the invitation of the Full Moon in Aquarius would be deeper awareness of the Collective while also standing in our own personal creative power. But due to the other planets in Leo, and especially the nodes in eclipse mode, it is revealing the deep collective shadow karma of focusing more on serving individual power than the needs of the collective.

The Eclipse amplifies the energy, pointing to the need to heal the deeper imbalance. Sometimes it takes amplification of what isn’t working in order to recognize that change is needed. And this eclipse is inviting that deeper awareness. How do we get back to balance? What needs to be healed and resolved to allow us to include a deeper awareness on the needs of the many?

Of course, it’s wonderful for people to find a sense of inspired personal creative power. And this energy strongly invites the search to find and refine that aspect of our soul’s expression. But we must also be willing to consciously create the balance and honor the needs of the collective as well. Notice now how much of our current global situation have people talking about “me”, and “my needs”, and “my fears”. We all need to stop and re-invite awareness of also considering what serves all of us.

This eclipse and Full Moon is occurring with a short period of time after Jupiter moving into Virgo and Saturn going direction. While it’s true that “change is constant” and a natural part of life, major seed points of change are shown by the planets changing signs, the eclipses and the lunar cycles.

It will be interesting to see what is shaken up from the vibrational plunge into this axis, and what the fallout may be around finding the balance between individual creative power and the needs of the collective as we move through the next 3 to 6 months.

What changes are you experiencing? What is showing up for you around personal creative power in relationship to the needs of society and the global collective? What judgments, limited beliefs, selfish impulses or experiences are showing up within you and those around you that may be revealing invitations to heal and step into a higher state of consciousness in this area?

The above is a general Vedic Astrology Forecast. It discusses the shifts that are happening at the level of the Collective experience, as well as how you can use that Collective energy for your own growth and evolution.

For a detailed reading of how the Planetary cycles will impact you personally, you should schedule a private Vedic Astrology Reading.

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Hope, Determination and a Plan for Change | Jupiter to Virgo & Saturn goes Direct | Vedic Astrology Forecast for August 13th, 2016

Jupiter enters VirgoFor the past 13 Months (since July 14th, 2015), we have been experiencing Jupiter in Leo. Here, Jupiter has been dancing through various expressions of inspired principles and the motivations to act upon then. The hope is that it has connected us to a higher vision of purpose, principles and wisdom and has inspired us to take action to share those with the world, and to bring those higher principles into reality.

On August 11th, 2016 Jupiter crossed into the Sidereal Sign of Virgo. Jupiter represents our principles and sense of meaning through beliefs and the higher teachings we are connected with. It is the source of hope, optimism and inspiration that causes us to seek growth, expansion and evolution.

Virgo is ruled by Mercury, showing that it operates through intelligence, curiosity and discrimination. Virgo is also an Earth sign showing its practical nature. It is motivated towards protection, towards finding problems and averting them. It seeks to be practical and helpful in an effort to sustain comfort and safety. And it does this through creating order.

Virgo is the feminine expression of Mercury, which reveals the movements of our inner intelligence to organize and manage the details of the world. It wants to be of service and improve the world. If Leo represents the “kingdom”, then Virgo’s job is to manage the details that allow the kingdom to run efficiently and effectively.

Virgo has a dutiful, responsible attitude that is motivated to be of service. But, it can also experience worry, frustration and a critical nature when its vision of order and implementation does not match what is happening around it.

As with most sign placements, Jupiter in Virgo can have both beneficial and challenging implications. The potential positive influence of Virgo on Jupiter is that is can help to organize and create a plan for manifesting our deeper sense of purpose and meaning into the world. From this perspective the Virgo influence brings a strong sense of discrimination to assess how to organize a plan and stay on track. And this force of discrimination also knows what to avoid and how to avert danger. Our higher teachings and principles operating through healthy discrimination can help us get down to the details that really matter and do the work necessary to make it happen.

The potential challenge of Jupiter in Virgo is that Jupiter is expansive, creative, hopeful and optimistic by nature. And Virgo’s worried, dutiful nature may cause Jupiter to feel frustrated and stuck in the details when it just wants to open and express itself. So, creating the plan and implementing a higher vision may feel a little frustrated at times both due to being caught in details as well as the effort and focus needed to stay on course.

Too much focus on this challenged experience of Jupiter in Virgo can keep us collectively stuck in a feeling of hopelessness. It can also keep us focused only on our own needs and our own selfish agendas.

At the same time, Jupiter’s presence in Virgo will bring hope and optimism into the process of creating the plan, if we choose to connect to it. It will expand our awareness of the details and the effort that we need in order to improve our lives and our circumstances.

As is often said, our experiences of life reflect where we focus our attention and our intention. The invitation here is to consciously choose to focus on the opportunity to improve our circumstances. To focus on Jupiter’s expansive, hopeful nature with the intention of allowing its grace to lift up the world. And to form plans and ways of managing our lives and our world’s countries that emphasize goodness and deep wisdom.

If we just fight against what isn’t working, our attention and intention stays aligned with the experience of “there’s a problem”. Instead, we need to find practical solutions. We need to be practical and realistic while also increasing our hope and optimism that there is a path towards a better society, a better global community and a way to infuse our daily lives with hope, meaning and inspiration by doing the practical things that need to be done to make it happen. As a phrase that has been helpful for one of my clients: it is time to “do what needs to be done in order for us to get what we want” while keeping joy, love and compassion as the underlying intention.

On August 13th early in the morning, Saturn ended its long period of retrograde activity and finally turned direct. Over the next week or 2 it will build momentum moving in a forward direction. Saturn is a planet of commitment that teaches us through limitation and the pressure of time. Through it we learn the we must create determination and ambition within our self to improve our circumstances. We learn that we only have so much time to create the changes that we want. And we also learn that sometimes things take longer than we might wish they would to manifest.

Through these limitations we learn patience, practicality, and a maturity towards life. During its retrograde phase, this ambition and determination “backed up”, creating a feeling of frustration and stuckness. Whether through lack of motivation or the feeling that effort didn’t create much movement, Saturn in retrograde forces us to deal with limitation and the pressure of uncertainly.

As Saturn builds its momentum moving forward, those feelings of being stuck and frustrated should start to fade away. As it is still in Scorpio, it is still supporting a deeper transformational process of all of us. And turning direct now will allow the inner transformations that have happened below the surface to now soften and begin to show up in our lives. Through the frustration and stuckness comes clarity, and now the energy of Saturn will support us in creating determined ambition to destroy what doesn’t work and to strengthen the areas of life that need improving.

It is time to recommit to your own growth and transformation. It is time to connect your deeper principles and sense of meaning and purpose into your practical daily life. To implement a plan for improving your life that is motivated by hope, optimism and the deeper values and teachings that inspire you.

What changes and inspirations are you noticing in your own life and in the world around you? What places of stuckness are starting to free up or creating the feeling that you are “done with being stuck” and feeling the inner motivation to move forward start to build?

The above is a general Vedic Astrology Forecast. It discusses the shifts that are happening at the level of the Collective experience, as well as how you can use that Collective energy for your own growth and evolution.

For a detailed reading of how the Planetary cycles will impact you personally, you should schedule a private Vedic Astrology Reading.

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