Wisdom Teachings

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo

New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Leo - August 21, 2017

As many of you already know, we are having a Solar Eclipse TODAY which will be visible from 9 am until 1 pm from coast to coast in the USA.... something that doesn't happen very often!   In fact, the last one was in 1918 - 99 years ago. While there is a lot of excitement about actually "seeing the eclipse" my teaching today is about the internal processes that eclipse cycles activate and how to work within them.

Solar eclipse cycles can bring the promise of change, and the growth that real change activates.  This kind of change can be both positive and negative, and it is usually an unexpected type of change - which is why there can be an inordinate amount of psychological fear connected with an eclipse cycle.

In Western Astrology, the eclipse will be in 28 degrees of Leo, and in Vedic Astrology, the eclipse is at 4 degrees of Leo and located in the Nakshastra -  Magha.  Which literally means "the mighty one" or "the great."   Magha is ruled by the shadowy spiritual planet Ketu which can bring in a tremendous amount of spiritual and mystical leadership. 

Read more: New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo

The Wisdom of the Full Moon & Celebrating the New Year

 

Full Moon Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Happy New Year!  Mercury went direct this past week, and a Full Moon happens Thursday, January 12th, I feel really excited about 2017 and all it will bring!

As I have written in many of my teachings, Full Moon Cycles are Power cycles! This means that whatever you have been focused on these past two weeks is coming to fruition. It is time to feel the "fullness" with what you have been doing!

The Full Moon will be in the sign Cancer. This sign helps to remind us how to nurture and protect ourselves through the realm of feeling!  You may find yourself "feeling" a lot in these next few days.  That is awesome!  This is a very powerful cycle to ask yourself what you "really need."   So..... what do you NEED?? 

Read more: The Wisdom of the Full Moon & Celebrating the New Year

The Wisdom of Obstacles

 ganeshAre you going through a tough time right now?  Do you have an obstacle that seems hard and difficult?  Today's Teaching is on the "Wisdom of Obstacles."

What is an Obstacle and why do we need them?

An obstacle is something that obstructs or hinders any type of anticipated progress.  An obstacle is the perception that something must be overcome and moved through.

Our society supports and rewards achievement and success. In order to feel that we have achieved, we must have an obstacle to overcome. Overcoming an obstacle builds character, strength, wisdom, and integrity. These are very profound qualities and very important, as well as essential to self-development.

Read more: The Wisdom of Obstacles

Wisdom Teaching: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse August 18th, 2016

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This morning (at 2:26 am PST) we had a Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius.  If you have planets in Aquarius or Leo this Eclipse will activate you.  Aquarius is the astrological sign associated with humanity, brotherhood, friendship, rebellion, freedom, unconventionality and being a visionary. Leo is the sign of generosity, leadership, creativity, drama, play, enthusiasm, love and loyalty.

Today the Full Moon brings with it a Lunar Eclipse. Eclipse's are shadow cycles that help provide information about what is  happening right now, in the shadow.  The definition of an Eclipse is "dim or hide and conceal", or to render invisible by the elimination of light.   So during an eclipse cycles many things can be brought to light, or may actually be revealed. Also be aware that some things can remain hidden, in the shadows. It is our responsibility to bring to awareness what shadow issues exist in our lives, and work to create more balance in our lives.

Read more: Wisdom Teaching: Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius

Wisdom Teaching: Mercury Retrograde In the Sign of Gemini

Mercury Retrograde In the Sign of Gemini ~ Monday May 17th, 2015   Mercury Direct Thursday June 11, 2015

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Mercury, is going Retrograde in the Sign of Gemini on Monday, May 18th (6:50 PM PST) until Thursday, June 11th. Mercury is the planet that is associated with all types of communication, networking, thinking and socializing. It is primarily associated with the mind and everyday mental activity and the more subtle movements within our thoughts as they arise from our feelings.

What is a Retrograde Cycle?

It is a cycle is when any planet that (when viewed from the earth) "appears" to have stopped and is moving backward through the sky. After some time the planet then goes "direct" and is back onto it's normal path. Every planet retrogrades except the Sun and the Moon.  There are about three Mercury retrograde cycles per year.

Read more: Wisdom Teaching: Mercury Retrograde In the Sign of Gemini

Wisdom Teaching: New Moon In Cancer

New Moon Wednesday, July 15, 2015

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New Moon Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm --  Full Moon Friday, July 31, 2015 at 3:43 am

Today we start a New Moon Cycle.  New Moon cycles are the beginning of an Astrological Cycle that happens once a month. New Moon cycles are a great time to "start" a new project or initiate a new behavior or activity.  This cycles occurs when the Sun and the Moon are (both) in the same Astrological Sign.  The Sun and the Moon are in the Astrological sign of Cancer.  This means the Full Moon will be in the opposite sign - Capricorn.   The Full Moon will be on Friday, July 31st.  When the Sun is in Cancer and the Moon is in Capricorn, (its opposite sign), we have a Full Moon. 

A New Moon always starts with both the Sun and the Moon in the same sign, and a Full Moon Cycle happens when the Moon is in the opposite sign of the Sun.  

What is a New Moon?

Every month we get the opportunity to feel the cycle of the Moon. The New Moon starts the cycle. The best way to work with the moons cycle is to start projects on the New Moon, and finish projects on the Full Moon.  

Read more: Wisdom Teaching: New Moon In Cancer

Wisdom Teaching: Mars Retrograde In Virgo

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Mars, our planet of desire, energy, vitality and passion went retrograde Monday, January 23rd, 2012 (Retrograde dates: January 23, 2012 - April 13, 2012).  What does this mean for you? Lets explore the energy of Mars.

Mars is our planet of power, strength, courage and aggression.  Mars measures our ability to project force, passion and personal will into our lives.  A strong Mars is necessary to give us the independence, self-confidence and motivation we need to carry out our unique ideas into the world.  On the negative side, Mars can bring out agression, competition, arguments and conflict. On this note, Mars has always been known as the God of War.  

Mars is the planetary energy connected to action.  Yet, it is not just action for actions sake, it is goal-oriented action.  Without Mars, we would just never get anything done.

Read more: Wisdom Teaching: Mars Retrograde In Virgo

Wisdom Teaching: Upcoming Eclipses in Cancer/Capricorn

The Upcoming Eclipse  -- Detoxification & Spin Cycles   July 30, 2009

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Three things cannot be long hidden;

The sun, the moon, and the truth.

~Buddha

What is an Eclipse?

An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when a planet or a celestial object moves into the shadow of another celestial object. The word “eclipse” has its origin from the ancient Greek word ekleipsis, which means, “I cease to exist,” or “I am absent.” This term is used to describe either a Solar Eclipse (when the Moon’s shadow crosses the Earth’s surface) or a Lunar Eclipse, (the Moon moves into the shadow of the Earth).

In the early days Eclipses were considered a very powerful phenomenon. They were seen as highly threatening and ominous.  People were simply terrified of a Solar Eclipse.  Can you imagine the "Light of the Sun fading to darkness in the middle of the day" when you did not know what an Eclipse was? Yikes!!   Now we are more educated about what is really happening.

Read more: Wisdom Teaching: Upcoming Eclipses in Cancer/Capricorn

Wisdom Teaching: Mercury Retrograde In Gemini

Mercury Retrograde  May 6th 2009

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The problem with communication…

Is the illusion that it has been accomplished

~George Bernard Shaw

Our fastest moving planet Mercury, is going Retrograde Wednesday, May 6th in the Sign of Gemini until May 30th, 2009. Mercury is our planet associated with communication, everyday mental activity and movement. Mercury goes Retrograde about 3 times a year. It will also move back into the sign of Taurus on May 13th giving us two planetary energies to experience.

A retrograde planet is one that (when viewed from the earth) “appears” to have stopped and is moving backward through the sky. After some time the planet then goes "direct" and is back on it's normal cyclic path. Every planet retrogrades except the Sun and the Moon.

Read more: Wisdom Teaching: Mercury Retrograde In Gemini

Wisdom Teaching: What Dasa Cycle are You in?

Wisdom Teachings   April 21, 2009

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What Dasha Cycle are You In?

 

"Like gravity,

karma is so basic

we often don't even

notice it."

~Sakyong Mipham

 

Today’s Wisdom Teaching is on the dasa system. It is one of the most important tools in Vedic Astrology. A dasa is a planetary period of time, and will show you how your karma unfolds in your life. There are many dasa systems but the most prominent is the Vimshottari Dasha system, (Vimshottari means 120 in Sanskrit). It uses 120 years as the length of your life cycle. Each planet unfolds for a certain number of years before giving way to another. 

Which Planet Cycle do I start my life with?

The start of your first planetary dasha is determined by the unique placement of your Moon at birth. The dasha's unfold in the order of the list below. See if you can determine which dasha YOU are in right now by reading the brief descriptions of the cycles listed below.

Read more: Wisdom Teaching: What Dasa Cycle are You in?

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