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Feeling More | Full Moon in Cancer | Vedic Astrology Forecast for January 23rd, 2016

FullMoonOverWaterThe Full Moon with reach its peak in Sidereal Cancer on the afternoon of January 23rd, 2016. This is the mid point of the current lunar cycle, and brings integration towards balancing our dutiful, practical and accomplishment focused impulses with our deeper feeling nature.

The Sun transitioned into Capricorn on January 14th, where we discover Power (Sun) in terms of a more ambitious, responsible expression. Capricorn is thought to be like a corporate leader, where the bigger picture can be seen and the effort and determination to reach the goals are committed to in order to accomplish them. In order to do this, one must be steadfast and determined, operating off of a structured, practical plan. This means the ability to take emotion out of the equation, because emotions can create fluctuation in mind and determination. But, when this is taken as the only side of the equation, this can lead to a disconnection from the Heart.

Cancer is the balancing point for Capricorn. In Cancer we experience the nurturing, emotional nature of the Inner Heart. In Cancer the mind softens into an intuitive space where we can be guided by our feelings, out insights and impressions from within our deeper wisdom and awareness.

The Full Moon in Cancer brings the integration of these two opposing experiences. It invites our Power (Sun), Courage and confidence to operate within the practical, committed and strategic realm of Capricorn, while the mind (Moon) stays connected to the inner Heart space of intuition and compassion. With this balance, we are able to avoid the “success by all means” mentality. And we are also able to enjoy success in our career and in the world, while also having a healthy experience of emotion to keep us thriving and feeling nurtured. It also allows us to ensure that the commitments and ambitions we take on “feel good” as well and bring us peace rather than guilt and regret.

We can also see this as the ability to balance our work with our home life.

With the Moon in its home in Cancer, a stronger emotional current is being activated for the Collective. We are all being invited deeper into feelings and the themes of love, peace and and connection to others. The emotional realm is connected with the Element of Water, and we can understand through that the ways in which our experience of emotion can nourish us like water quenches thirst. When the heart is shut down to feelings, we suffer. When we fail to connect to others in meaningful ways, we can become depressed.

The balancing point of Full Moon in Cancer reminds us that we can be healthy humans with emotional needs, while also creating success in the world through determined and practical steps. It is not “either/or”… but instead can be “Both and”. We must find the balance. Sometimes that means we are “serious and determined” at work, but are able to let our heart open in our personal life so that we can receive the rejuvenation of the emotional waters. In this case, it’s about flexibility and the ability to flow between the two experiences and choose the correct expression for the correct circumstance.

We can also learn balance here by literally allowing both to come together. We might see this with a serious and ambitious business executive that is wanting to succeed, but is also open hearted enough to be compassionate towards employees and is truly wanting to benefit the lives of the end customer.

Meanwhile, Mercury and Jupiter are still in their retrograde state. Rahu entered Leo on January 8th shortly after Jupiter in Leo went retrograde. Jupiter represent our principles, purpose and higher teachings, as well as wealth. As they have been rather close together, they have created some instability in the financial markets. Rahu creating some confusion, and the retrograde giving more internal reflection around it. Hopefully what we are seeing is a “correction”, but the stock market fell a good bit since the beginning of the year.

This connection to Jupiter and Rahu will also create confusion and instability in sense of purpose and meaning. And there has continued to be an amplification of the Presidential candidates in their approach to delivering their messages, and the debates and insults that have arisen within the process.

Mercury’s retrograde motion returned it to Sagittarius on January 14th. Here it was joined by Venus on January 18th. This position brings a reflection, or more internal dialog, around speech and communication (Mercury) in connection to happiness (Venus) operating within the realm of Principles and higher purpose (Sagittarius). It has been a time when people should really be listening more than talking, as the retrograde movement of Mercury can create miscommunication and issues with details being overlooked or connected incorrectly. Although Venus’s influence can bring a little more diplomacy and charm to the process, mindfulness around this is advised.

With the retrograde motions of Mercury and Jupiter inviting us to turn within and reflect, along with Moon in Cancer, this is a great time to take a little retreat, even if that is just making some quiet time for yourself. Time to reflect on the details of life, on your principles, and also to connect more deeply with your inner heart and intuition. And ask how can you balance your own practical, serious side with being able to move into emotional experiences with an open heart? Creating emotional boundaries, but also learning to be vulnerable in healthy ways so that the heart can open when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

How are these themes showing up in our politics as well as your life and in the lives of those around you?

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.

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Lunar Eclipse in Pisces | Vedic Astrology Forecast for September 27th, 2015

Lunar Eclipse-dreamstime_xs_40051300Today, September 27th, is the day of the Lunar Eclipse. The Window of the eclipse on the East Coast will begin a little after 9pm, reach its fullest moment around 10:50pm, and then complete around 12:30am on September 28th. Depending upon weather and cloud cover, it should be fully visible.

This lunar eclipse is the integration of the cycle that was began at the Partial Solar Eclipse on September 13th. Here the themes of our use of our creative intelligence and power began in Sidereal Leo. And the transit of the Sun into Virgo with Rahu and Mercury bring the evolution of power into managing the practical details required to manifest the Power and Vision in practical ways.

So the broader cycle of the Solar Eclipse cycle has been about managing and organizing the details into practical steps in order to bring our creative desires and power into the tangible world. Virgo is the sign where we learn to manage the detail of the “kingdom”, and to implement them in an organized, structured way in order for us to maintain and improve our situation in life. This often involves doing tasks that are not pleasant, but are necessary.

For instance, it may be more enjoyable to eat donuts than to eat a piece of fruit, but the fruit offers nutrition and health sustaining properties where as the donut is anything but. We must maintain our cars. We must get the laundry done. We must make efforts to keep our homes clean and tidy. We must care for the body, or it is more likely to experience health problems.

These are all the domain of Virgo. The necessary details and tasks of life that are required to keep things running smoothly.

Shortly after the Sun moved into Virgo on September 17th, Mercury went retrograde. Mercury is considered to operate most intelligently in Virgo. It rules Virgo, and Mercury’s natural inclination to explore new perspectives and enhance proper discernment and discrimination of the practical details finds its highest comfort zone here.

Mercury retrograde is notoriously associated as “bad” with technology glitches and failings, mechanical problems, as well as miscommunications. But, the Retrograde action of Mercury causes inward reflection. It is a time to reflect on ideas, concepts, details and practical needs that we may or may not be managing properly, and less a time for implementing them and acting on them. By “taking inventory” internally, we grow and evolve our understanding of what is working and what is not, and this refines our action plan. As Mercury goes direct, we potentially have new insight and even better strategies for managing our lives, our health and our projects.

With Rahu joined Mercury Retrograde and the Sun, our Power (the Sun) in conjunction with Speech and Communication (Mercury) are being amplified by the obsessive nature of Rahu. We are compelled to pay attention, compelled to reflect, compelled to seek new understanding. Rahu is associated with creating a confused obsession. And the confusion that it brings forces us to stop, and pay even more close attention in order to discriminate what is valuable and true from what doesn’t serve us and is false.

With Mercury Retrograde and Sun in Virgo, Rahus energy is really demanding that we “pay attention to details” in a very real way. Why do miscommunications happen in Mercury retrograde? Because we haven’t paid attention to details. Why to mechanical issues occur? Because we haven’t maintained them and done the work to keep them working well. Why do we experience technology issues? Because the details of software code, processing chips, Internet and/or hardware aren’t working together properly.

We experience these “problems” during Mercury retrograde because it is forcing us to pay attention to what needs to be improved, upgraded and better organized.

Likewise this may be a time when you are reminded that the way you are managing your health, your home, your vehicle, your projects, etc may be revealed to not be working as well as you would hope. What areas of your life are in need of upgrading and improving?

As the Moon Moves into Pisces for the Eclipse, this reaches the highest integration point. Under normal circumstances, this integration point between Virgo and Pisces would be learning to soften our obsession with “details”, and learning to find a balance between honoring the importance of details with letting go and being ok with more space, openness and expansion into the unknown. With Ketu here, it brings up a natural negation and rejection. So the Mind (moon), as it touches into Pisces, receives this negating effect of Ketu which may create a desire to escape from the practical details of the world.

Even so, the Moon in Pisces is reminding us to keep the “big Picture” in perspective, even while we are obsessing about the details.  Being too caught in the details can create the “can’t see the forest for the trees” mentality.  But the desire to escape from the details doesn’t help us manage the practical details either.

We are being collectively invited to REALLY pay attention to our lives and the details and implementations of Power. Not only our own individual power and creativity, but the Power of the Government, our political and spiritual leaders. The power of our bosses and CEO’s. To question how anything and anyone we give a role of Power in our lives is actually implementing that power. Are they organizing it to streamline and improve our lives, or are they disorganized and failing to focus on using their power to lift us up and serve us?

At the same time, we need to seek balance and keep the big picture in mind, and not obsess about details for the sake of details.  Finding the balance of relaxing and expanding, while also doing the work that needs to be done.

I find it interesting and wonderful that this energy is so strongly happening as Presidential candidates are campaigning. The world and our Nation are hungry for change as it becomes clearer that large corporations and political leaders, at least sometimes, fail to serve the interests of the people and instead channel their power for more self-serving ends. What values do these leaders have, and what is their practical plan to use their power and to serve the people of our nation and of the world? Are they striving for a better world? Do they have a plan?

These themes are being amplified through the cycle of the eclipses, and my hope is that this signifies much greater awareness of choosing wisely in order to give power to those who truly are serving our best interests.

On September 30th, Venus will return to Leo to join Mars and Jupiter. This combination continues to bring passion and action (Mars) in connection to our Values and Principles (Jupiter). Venus brings some charisma and charm, and greater awareness of finding happiness in connection to Values and Principles. As always, Mars can potentially bring a little hot headed conflict and debate as it uses its strength and courage to fight for what it believes is right. You will continue to see these among those campaigning, and in the world around you.

We also see with Mars and Venus here a restoration to using our strength to set stronger boundaries (Mars) in relationships (Venus) and around our highest values and principles (Jupiter).

Mercury will remain retrograde until October 9th, turning direct just 3 days before the New Moon in Virgo.

The Three planets in Leo (Mars, Venus and Jupiter) and the Three Planets in Virgo (Mercury, Sun and Rahu) are bringing a lot of energy into these 2 signs. Collectively, it shows the emphasis of the Eclipse cycle as being even more amplified. How is Power in connection with Values and Principles being manifested through practical principles and details. And especially now, we may be being forced to deal with the details that are not working.

These three planets in Leo and three in Virgo are also showing a strong influence in your personal chart natal chart by transit. This influence will be unique for you, based upon the unique configuration of your Natal chart.

The Eclipse will set up a strong vibration related to these themes that will continue to ripple for months to come.

Collectively, continue to watch the pre-election activities. Personally, notice how you are being shown areas of your life that are in need of “maintenance”.

Notice that it will be harder to “escape” and ignore these details as well, even though there may be a desire to escape. The practical will be finding ways into your awareness. What is working? What needs upgrading? What needs to be scrapped and re-organized? How are you using your own personal power? Is there a plan? What steps are you taking to implement it?  And where are you wanting to escape and dissolve into “easy” rather than take responsibility for your life.

What have YOU noticed around these themes in your own life?

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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