Happy Full Moon!

Man on Moon

“It’s during the darkest hours that we must focus on the light.  The full moon of April 7, (7:35 pm PT) is the closest and brightest super moon of 2020.

In Vedic Astrology, this full moon is in Chitra, a nakshatra of inner wisdom, truth, and clarity. Chitra is symbolized by a shining diamond, a jewel that’s created under tremendous pressure and heat. Chitra full moon gives solutions to our problems, and precious insight, even under the pressure of crisis and tragedy. 

 
Since the emergence of the novel Coronavirus at the beginning of 2020, Rahu, the head of the eclipse snake, has been in the stormy star of Ardra, while Ketu, the tail of the snake, has been in Mula, a fierce star of destruction in Scorpio’s stinger. 

Historically, eclipses in Mula, like a scorpion’s sting, accompany shock and upheaval. Incidentally, there was a Mula eclipse in 1918 at the beginning of the Spanish flu pandemic. Another Mula lunar eclipse occurred just 6 weeks before the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, and before the 9/11 attacks as well. The most recent eclipse in Mula occurred just last December, at the onset of the tragic COVID-19 pandemic.

Though frightening, Mula is also the star of Divine Mother Kali in her all-loving and spiritually awakened form.  Mula literally means root or foundation, and asks us to get to the root of what sustains us, to make sure it’s healthy, strong and resilient. 

It may feel like the foundation of the world is cracking now, but it’s also an opportunity to rebuild a stronger, deeper foundation from the bottom up.  Slowing down to assess your life’s path, and meditating on your root chakra is a grounding way to use this transformative time.”

 
~Kari Field, excerpt from Anandastrology.com

“Artists are prophets. We speak of a world yet to come. We bring the far things near. We create the new earth with our love, our faith and our vision. Our vision will be clearer if we do not entangle ourselves with the problems of this world. To be powerfully prophetic, we cannot give a voice to the day we live in. We must be deeply acquainted even intimate with the One who has already created our future home. When we are in that creative spirit painting, we find the vision of this future world and we make it seen, we make it known. Before anything is ever done on this earth, it was first sung, written, or painted.” ~Art and words by Elli Milan

Art by Elli Milan

“It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them. I was so preposterously serious in those days… Lightly, lightly – it’s the best advice ever given me…So throw away your baggage and go forward. There are quicksands all about you, sucking at your feet, trying to suck you down into fear and self-pity and despair. That’s why you must walk so lightly. Lightly my darling…” ~Aldous Huxley

art by katherine-smit

Art by Katherine Smit

Happy New Moon!

durga

“We’re at the dawning of something strange and transformative, and the new moon of March 24th is a powerful gateway through it.

The new moon will be in the area of the sky known as Uttara Bhadrapada, at the final degrees of watery Pisces – the last sign of the zodiac.  The stars in the constellation of Pisces are ancient symbols of the beginnings and endings of great cycles. Uttara Bhadrapada is associated with loss, death and fire, including the funeral pyre at the end of life.  This is a new moon that burns, but also calls forth the Piscean waters of rebirth.

The new moon falls just 4 days after the equinox, and is at a critical juncture that marks a whole new Vedic astrological cycle — the Vedic New year. We are now leaving behind the Year of Vikari, a word that literally translates as “Sick, ill, or diseased,” and entering the Year of Shavari, which translates as “twilight or night.”

Twilight is a mystical time, with deep spiritual potential, and this certainly is a transitional time between darkness and light. A pull toward the inner realm is growing in the year to come, especially for those who seek knowledge and self-understanding.


This new moon initiates the sacred waxing moon of Navaratri – the ‘nine nights of the Goddess’ celebrated in spring and fall.  In the waxing moon nights to come, nine different Hindu goddesses, all aspects of the divine feminine, are called on to heal and protect the world.
It’s said that whenever an overpowering force of negativity arises in the world, the goddess Durga is the one who stops it in its tracks.”
~Kari Field, excerpt from AnandaShree Vedic Astrology

“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places–and there are so many–where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.” ~Howard Zinn, the optimism of uncertainty

Art by Laura Graves

Art by Laura Graves