April 2, 2014

Jyotish Transits & Horoscopes for the Waxing Moon Cycle of April {3.30 to 4.15}


Dear readers, I have made a shift to my content. My planetary transit reports + horoscopes will now be written bimonthly, with the waxing and waning cycles of the Moon in mind. These cycles are both relevant and poignant for our internal/external experiences, and I feel they more accurately represent my work, the connection I have with the Moon, and the way I can serve you in a meaningful way.

Creative Engagement Activities will also be posted twice monthly with these Moon cycles in mind. Additionally, I will now be posting a Seven Day Moon Mind Calendar at the top of each week, which will help you maximize the expression of each day, the knowledge of the nakshatras, and will serve as a fine tuning portion of my other offerings. I welcome your feedback and hope to hear how this new cycle of offerings works for you. Namaste.

Moon is now waxing (Shukla Paksha) and transits Pisces to Libra during the next two weeks.

Moon is exalted and in its mulatrikona sign of Taurus from 4.02 to 4.04. In its own sign of Cancer from the 7th to the 9th. And enters Libra on the 15th, joining Rahu and Saturn, priming us for a full Lunar eclipse shortly there after.

Get my daily Moon Mind calendar for each week via my blog and FaceBook.

Vasant Navaratri begins on the 31st and continues for nine days and nights, ending on the 8th. The first three days are dedicated to Durga, The second third is for honoring Lakshmi, and the final three days for Saraswati.

Moon will be transiting Aries for the majority of Durga’s days- offering cutting, clearing and healing. Moon transits Taurus and then into Gemini during Lakshmi’s days, creating a greater sense of creativity, as well as inner and outer expansion. For the final three days of Navaratri, dedicated to goddess Saraswati, Moon will be transiting Gemini and into Cancer, offering comfort, support and a sense of wholeness. Use this time to self track; note your experiences- both inner and outer. This is a sacred time with no coincidences, so pay attention. Read more about Vasant Navaratri and how to connect with the goddesses.

Venus moves to Aquarius on 3.30 at 23:11 CDT, joining Mercury there for a few short days. In Aquarius, he receives drishti from both Rahu and Jupiter from this position. At the top of the week, he is still young in degrees, so still delicate and in transition.

The next month will offer some rise, some raises, but only through seemingly impossible feats. Pieces that you are holding firmly to, will need to be let go of and burned, purified and released, in order for advancement. The tethers that are binding you and the intense dance you’ve been doing to “make it all happen” need to shift and change for greater sustainability. What are you clinging to? What old manure do you keep stepping in?

This month (as Mercury’s shift to Pisces dictates as well) is about upgrading the way you do business. The business of life, of relationships, communication, creativity, work and joy. Let the shift come- even if it begins with crumbling, rubble, and chaos. You will be offered tools, choices and options for how you want to rebuild with more stability.

Mercury moves to Pisces on the 3rd at 20:48 CDT, which is its sign of debilitation. He joins Sun here and gets direct drishti from retrograde Mars.

This transit, though relatively short in duration (a little over two weeks) may bring a feeling of being pulled in too many directions. Retrograde Mars will force the issue and request that all things Mercury get pierced, pushed into action, and at the least, force you to put some attention and focus on these issues. The Mercury Mars tension can bring a “too many irons in the fire” experiences- where every iron gets hot and requires your attention.

Simultaneously, there is an exchange between Mercury in Pisces and Jupiter in Gemini which insures growth in the process. To maximize this, turn everything into a smaller, more bite sized morsel if possible. Prioritize everything. Only the most time sensitive details should get your top focus in the coming weeks. See this time as a way to clean up and upgrade your actions, abilities and purpose. The positives can be more mental acuity, precise and clear agendas if you laser focus on details that matter most. Overall, some expansion is likely from your efforts if you can avoid mental drain.

DurgaSun moves to its position of exaltation on 4.13 at 20:42 CDT where it joins Ketu, receives drishti from a retrograde and compromised Saturn, as well as Rahu.

Mars gives his drishti from Virgo, bringing an extra level of heat and pressure. Despite the challenging combinations at play, there is clearly moksha in the works from this configuration and the nakshatras involved.

The coming weeks of Sun in Aries, bring surprises, pressures and awakenings that insure liberation on multiple levels. This transit occurs right before the full lunar eclipse on the 15th.

Exalted Sun is a time when Sun is the “fullest” in his experience of life; his energy is maximized and feeling its own power. With power comes great responsibility, a need for purpose and a request of intention—in order for maximum alignment with dharma. His cohabitation with Ketu at this time indicates cleansing, restructuring and purification of our soul, our sense of dharma, purpose and power. Ketu’s extraction process is usually not fun and often comes quickly. Prepare to feel naked and vulnerable. You may also feel stripped at times and uncertain who and what to trust.

Though many dire and dramatic predictions are circulating about this year’s set of eclipses, it’s important to remember that with any bout of chaos, a restructuring of power is inevitable—both with our own inner, personal power, and our experience with it. I will share more about the lunar eclipse in my next post, but suffice it to say, the theme of “cleaning and clearing” from the inside out, is relevant and potent for this month, for the eclipses, and for the delicate time between the lunar and solar eclipses.

It is a big year with multiple {major} planetary changes.

We will experience the changes of Jupiter, Rahu and Ketu, Saturn and unusual movements of Mars all in the next eleven months. Big changes are in store for each of us! Feeling uncertain about your action steps? What needs to change in order for growth? What kind of support you need? Schedule a yearly progression with me in order to make your New Year a truly transformational year. I still have some sessions available for the end of April and the first part of May.

*Horoscopes are based on your Vedic rising sign. You can also check your Moon and Sun signs for further insight. Do the same with your Navamsa signs for further clarity. Do not use these horoscopes with your “Western Sign” as there is likely no correlation. These horoscopes are meant to be used as a broad overview of the current transits and obviously do not address the specifics of an individual’s unique chart.

Aries: You’ve been waiting for the curtain to come up and the spotlight to shine on you. Your moment is coming as Sun moves to your first house, but in the meantime, there’s still some ripening to be done. Find clarity by prioritizing life properly. This includes making sure Self and family values are in place, while relationships are clear and in order. Who and what do you keep locking heads with? What fears are holding you back? It’s time to get what you want, but you have to do things in a new way.

Gains to losses. Outer to inner. Rise to fall. These become themes for your next two weeks. Your need for stability, comfort and support brings you some ultimatums, choices and creative action. There’s tension with alone time, silence, marriage, and relationship contracts simultaneously. Your healing work is needed like never before, and the theme of listening carefully to your gut is more important than ever. Belly dance.

This could be a challenging time for career and how you present your Self if you don’t communicate from the heart. Then again, that’s no guarantee that you will be received well; at least you will be authentic to your Self which is a worthy effort. Relationships in general may be stifling your creative forces, causing frustration and misalignment. There are strong cravings for more harmony. Achievements and gains come through your own self initiated courage once Sun moves to Aries. Be prepared to step like lightning.

Learning turns to wisdom in the coming weeks as you ingest and digest, assimilate and filter out what you need. Meditation is nourishment for the soul and an important part of this download phase that you are in. As heart and emotions go through yet another cycle of transformation, overhaul and reboot, sparks begin to fly in your career house with the transit of Sun moving to Aries. Restructuring of home and heart comes with it.

Your momentum builds over the next two weeks and moves from silent inner realms, to outer, courageous leaps. You will need to keep the inner intention, however, for the time being and not neglect your meditation practice. Use what stirs you and your inner depths to inform your outer experiences. Your ego gets a buff and shine when Sun moves to your 9th house, and comes with an emotional cleanse. The good news is your courage will strengthen once the dust settles.

Finding comfort and harmony within your life and relationships is a general theme in this waxing Moon phase. There is a renewed sense of learning from love while healing simultaneously. And yet, intense inner transformation abounds mostly through letting go- of expectations, “shoulds” and past “mistakes”. Your perfectionism gets a make over in other words. Prepare for a brighter polish as Sun moves to Aries. This will be a rest phase for you, but don’t mistake that for the amount of change this vacation will bring.

From inner to outer is the theme for the next two weeks. Scrub, polish, shine, repeat. Gut and digestion are sensitive and need your attention. Bad mental habits can creep in without you noticing- at first. Get ahead of your Self by staying true to course. Agendas, action steps and plans help set your intention, even if you get blown off course. Sparks and endings are inevitable with relationships. Try not to blow a fuse and keep your head on.

Awareness, intention, transformation and liberation rule the weeks ahead. Intuition gains depth and potency, which assists career matters greatly. You will use this wisdom for healing and refining your work with others as Sun enters Aries. Prepare for an ego scrub closer to the eclipse. This may help you clarify a piece of your work that you’ve been lax about. On the other hand, a certain laser focus regarding duty, purpose and self worth is strengthened.

Though hurdles and hoops will be required, the next two weeks help you affirm a new resolve with career. Heart and home matters turn to gains and connections for your internal and external process. Cravings to connect require your courage to act. Need for nourishment and support may be more attainable through self soothing than reaching out. Sparks fly as you get passionate about life. Cut out what is not working, and also by getting creative. This is what your career and offerings have been missing.

This waxing Moon phase has you working hard on your motivations. Who and what is driving this ship, steering you on or off course? What is the underlying need here? Get creative with your courage and start thinking about your laser focused action plan that leads to greater fulfillment, enjoyment and less work. Yes, I said, less work. Working smarter, not harder, insures that you will be rich. How rich do you want to be?

Speaking with purpose and offering wisdom and comfort to others has you thinking in new ways about how you share and who you share with. Hone in on your expert strengths and gifts and don’t be afraid to upgrade some of your marketable skills with a bit more education. Communication shifts for the coming weeks and requires you to have extra clarity. Don’t be wishy washy. Bold action steps and courage are forced upon you as Sun enters Aries. Look for the lessons; watch out for land mines.

You continue to re-visit some very old pieces of the puzzle. Some relationships return with the same old issues and concerns and yet nothing seems to have changed. Here in lies the frustration, the confusion, the disappointment and the grande discomfort. I can’t help but hear Bob Dylan playing in the background:
“Well, it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe. Even you don’t know by now. And it ain’t no use to sit and wonder why, babe. It’ll never do somehow”. It’s not the clarity you should be looking for, it’s the change agent. You are ripe and ready for transformation; relationships are shifting all around you. Get ready, you’re about to be pushed further out of your comfort zone. Trust that this is necessary for your healing process to be complete.


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