August 30, 2016

New Moon & Solar Eclipse Wisdom for September.

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*Eleditor’s note: Astrology isn’t a religion. We’re not sure it’s a science, either. It’s magic, maybe. But, as with feng shui, say, things affect things. So as long as we don’t go blaming our problems on the stars, as long as we assume responsibility for our own actions…well, hell, a little auspicious coincidence and applicable wisdom can’t hurt. And so, with that grain of salt…enjoy!


*Vedic Astrology, or Jyotish, is one of the oldest sciences on the planet and considered a relative of astronomy. It is an important and valuable part of the ancient Vedic texts. This complex, logic-based and also intuitive science, has survived thousands of years in India’s Vedic tradition and is still considered a highly valuable tool of guidance and life insight. It is not a religion, but rather a philosophical understanding of human and cosmic existence. In Sanskrit, jyoti means light. Essentially, the study of jyotish is the study of light and how we interact with the cosmic light—within us and within the cosmos. Vedic astrology, or the sidereal approach to astrology, casts charts differently than Western, or Tropical astrology. The meanings, implications and purpose of jyotish is therefor different, as are the details used for prediction and the indications given below.



The moon shifts into Purvaphalguni nakshatra just before Thursday, September 1st begins, moving into the domain of Bhaga, the resource and pleasure provider.

At 03:03 a.m. MST, the New Moon officially arrives, bringing emptiness and release. The New Moon is in sidereal Leo and Purvaphalguni nakshatra, coinciding with the annual solar eclipse.

This particular solar eclipse will not be visible in North America, but will touch Southern Asia, Western Australia, much of Africa, the Atlantic, Indian Ocean and Antarctica. The eclipse will begin at 12:13 a.m. MDT on September 1st and continue until 06:00 a.m., with the maximum eclipse occurring at 03:01a.m. MDT. Eclipses are a time to meditate and do spiritual practices. From a Vedic perspective, it is not advised to be outside during an eclipse, nor start new projects during the eclipse portal (the two week gap between solar and lunar eclipses).

The New Moon day, is an inward, lunar day which will require emotional body attention. Plant seeds and attend to your creativity in gentle, intentional ways. Bhaga supports the senses—sensuality, creativity, feelings, resources and things that bring pleasure and passion. He brings resources and grants our desires into form. As an Aditya (a god who brings resources and support) Bhaga shares wealth and happiness, luck and fortune, as well as blessings from past incarnations. He brings marital unions and creates love, affection, sexuality, sensuality and pleasure. The ruling planet of this constellation is Venus, currently debilitated in Virgo. This impacts the Bhaga’s ability to support the resources he provides. Purvaphalguni is synonymous with the arts and all creative expression. What stirs your being and excites your spirit? Do that, but do it gently in the days to come.

Cancer is on the horizon at the time of the new Moon, provoking heart, tenderness and emotion. With Moon transiting Leo at the time of the new Moon, conjunct Sun and shadow node Rahu, big feelings and the need to express them will be themes for the coming weeks. The eclipse will make sure that this process feels extra challenging, however. Expect the shadow element to provoke stronger needs and desires. Are you in right-relationship with these needs or are they running away with you?

This waxing cycle provokes strong articulation of words and the need for self expression. Big feelings, emotions and inner tides will provoke and activate a new awareness of self- in relation to others. Words and thoughts may not be shared poignantly. Some people may be withholding or resisting self expression all together, creating intensity and excess challenge unnecessarily. Let the chips fall as they may. The necessity is for you to honor your need for self expression. Speak the sweet truth and know that your words are rooted in compassion.

Use this cycle to refine the art of communication and self expression. Strengthen your ability to articulate words so that you are honoring your feelings more accurately. What is being left unsaid?

This cycle requires your diligence and careful attention to health and inner resources. You may notice that relationships feel extra challenging in the coming weeks. Use your relationships as mirrors of yourself. Any discomfort from the “other” is an opportunity for you to look at places in yourself that are not fully aligned with your needs. Use this as a time for clean up and work with your shadow and grief very intentionally.

This can be a creative and fruitful time—if you work with it gently and slowly. Forcing outcomes will not provide fruitful results. There will be starts and stops with creative endeavors, sensuality, playfulness and relationships, so take this into consideration as challenges arrive. Your hands and voice become important resources to support digestion and assimilation as well as greater self power. Work intentionally with he hands and voice. Use the hands for their function of open and close, grasping and releasing to integrate and awaken.

Get innovative and think outside the box. Balance worldly and spiritual desires. Work diligently on clearing mental and emotional body blockages that negate and suppress your full creative expression. Ask for guidance and support with this process.

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Author: Saraswati J.

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Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

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