A Crisis of Confidence | Full Moon in Leo | Vedic Astrology Forecast for February 21, 2016
As the current lunar cycle hits its midpoint around 1:20pm EST on February 21st, 2016, the Full Moon with reach its peak in the sign of Sidereal Leo. The New Moon Cycle began in Capricorn, inviting us to focus on unwavering success. To connect to our public reputation, and to create the discipline and responsibility to create long term projects. This also means, in a practical way, the need to become aware of and manage our fears in doing so. And then connecting to that vision, we take that energy into Aquarius, where we expand it into our highest ambitions. We ask, how can I use my skills, my reputation and my status in the world for higher levels of success? How can I use what I have achieved in service of others and to benefit the collective?
Around February 13, the Sun moved into Aquarius. The Sun shows were our Power is focused. It reflects our deeper soul nature. And in Aquarius, our power wishes to express through a higher lens of humanitarian awareness. To nourish others with the waters of wisdom and lift them up. But Ketu is also in Aquarius. And Ketu creates a sense of dissatisfaction and confusion, and is said to have the power to block the Sun. While not yet the correct degrees, we are moving towards a Solar eclipse in a couple weeks. The energy is being setup with the Sun and Ketu both sharing the sign of Aquarius.
It is said that the Sun trembles with fear as in nears Ketu. This conjuction negates or casts a shadow on the light within, creating self-doubt and lack of confidence. It can even create a reaction of self-aggrandizement as an ego defense from feeling the inner doubts of appearing weak. But the nodes help bring out our subconscious fears and desires. Ketu, in this case, helps to reveal where we are critical of ourselves and others around power and confidence. It forces us to see our inner doubt and places of low self-esteem so that we may bring them into the light of awareness and cast them off.
This process is evolving in Aquarius, which is often associated with serving others. There is an interesting configuration with Rahu in Leo with the Full Moon, along with the still retrograde Jupiter. Rahu brings obsessions and confusion to the Mind (Moon). It pulls us towards something in a way that we don’t feel rationally in control.
All of this is happening along the Nodal axis of Aquarius/Leo, which alone brings out a strong inner Karmic conflict. The conflict here is one of “Should I serve other people, or should I seek to develop my own creative power?”. And with Sun conjunct Aquarius and the Moon with Rahu, we add to that “Am I even good enough to do either of these things?”
The current placement of Rahu and Ketu has us focusing on our own power, and wishing to reject or be critical of the needs of others. Yet, adding to this conflict now we have the Sun, which rules Leo, with Ketu in Aquarius. The Power is trying to operate through the balanced place of serving others, but there also sits Ketu creating doubt and a lack of confidence.
The Moon, meanwhile is with Rahu and Jupiter in Leo, connecting our Mind (the Moon), with our higher teachings and principles (Jupiter) and reflecting upon them (retrograde). And Rahu is amplifying our desire to connect to our creative power (Leo), in connection to our Mind and Principles. All of this energy pulling us towards a finding and expressing what is most true in our hearts, in a rather obsessive, confusing way. And yet, our Power (the Sun) is trying to find a way to serve others through the pursuit, but feeling unable, unworthy, and under confident.
The inner struggle is magnified. And the Axis of the nodes gains deeper nuance. How can I serve others if I feel that what I have to share with the world is not valuable? Or that I myself am not qualified to share it? The struggle to be “all I can be”, and at the same time lacking the confidence to do it. The power and confidence instead feeling critical and low, which could potentially have us feeling the negative side of Aquarius which cause us to serve from a feeling of being “less than” others. Instead of serving others to lift them up, one serves from a feeling of worthlessness because of the false assumption that the happiness of others is more important than ones own happiness.
This Karmic collective inner conflict will touch each of us differently, of course. But at a deeper level, it is activating the need to find balance between our own Creative power and the service of others. We can’t serve others if we ourselves feel empty. We can’t empower others if we don’t feel Self-Empowered. The happiness, hope and dreams of others is not more important than our own. What we wish to offer to others, we must learn to also offer to ourselves as well. And, in fact, in most cases we must find our own self worth and confidence before we are able to lift others up.
On February 20th, Mars moved into Scorpio where it joins Saturn. Mars is comfortable in its own Sign. Here our strength and Courage (Mars) is allowed to dive deep into the emotional realm, where we learn to strengthen out emotional capacity. Scorpio is the sign where we learn to face our fears and insecurities, and transform them into strengths and confidence. It is a sign of deep psychological transformation, and in many ways marks the beginning point of the True intentions of Tantra Yoga.
Saturn is still here, forcing us to deal with fears. It’s putting pressure into the area. And Saturn itself can have a nervous disposition. But as it develops and evolves us, it also helps us to rise above and detach. It invites us to commit and create determination to succeed. With both Saturn and Mars here, it is a good time to face any fears and insecurities arising. And, of course, the current placements of the Nodes with the Sun, Moon and Jupiter along that axis is likely to invite much to work with. It may be uncomfortable to see what lurks beneath the surface of our awareness, but bringing it up into awareness and finding ways to grow and evolve IS the core process of transformation. We can’t grow if we don’t step beyond our current understanding of self and life.
The Full Moon is encouraging the balance. Our Power (Sun) is serving others. Our mind and feeling nature (Moon) is focusing on developing our own power and creative expressions. And the Nodes are bringing and interesting opportunity to peak behind our normal way of thinking and see what lurks in the subconscious around our own levels of confidence, self-esteem, and ability to serve other from a place of balanced self-power.
Explore these themes in your own life. Observe for yourself what is happening around your own self-confidence. Are you being more self critical? Are you wanting to puff out your chest to appear more confident that you really feel? Are you experiencing feelings of weakness or wanting to just give up? Are you wanting to isolate and withdraw? And how are you feeling about your own creative genius? What do you want to share with the world? How does your soul want to radiate in the world? And how can that fill you up, and at the same time serve others?
Use these energies to invite greater awareness, face your fears and take action towards your deeper desires of sharing your gifts with the world as a means of empowering yourself and others. Take action in spite of any fear that may exist. Be willing to find the courage to continue even if you are feeling less than confident.
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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.