Happy Groundhogs’ Day!

2016 Chinese Monkey Year
Groundhog Day in various cultures. In the ancient Celtic calendar, the year is also divided into quarter days (equinoxes and solstices) and cross-quarter days on a great neopagan wheel of the year. Thus, just as February 2 is marked by the celebration of Candlemas by some Christians, such as the Roman Catholics, in contemporary paganism, this day is called Imbolc and is considered a traditional time for initiations.
In general, the Yang Fire Monkey year, with fire on top and metal below, is symbol of optimism and flexibility and progress. There is still conflict and disharmony in international relationships and this may not be a peaceful year, but people are optimistic, open-minded, confident and innovative in bringing solutions to obstacles. ~ www.raymond-lo.com  (The rest of this post is hilarious, but not on purpose.  Had to do some heavy editing for you, especially when he got to the Flying Monkey business about drones and computers.~L)
“February 8th: New Moon in Capricorn and Dhanishta Nakshatra (In Jyotiṣa, Dhanishta is ruled by Mangala (the planet Mars)).
February 9th: Mercury moves to Capricorn once again.

February 12th: Venus moves to Capricorn.

February 13th: Sun moves to Aquarius.

February 20th: Mars moves to its own sign, Scorpio.

February 22nd: Full Moon in Leo and Magha nakshatra (The ruling planer for this nakshatra (A nakshatra is one of 27 (sometimes also 28) sectors, or lunar mansions, along the ecliptic) is Ketu (the south lunar node in Vedic, or Hindu astrology) and it spans through the constellations Leo and Virgo)”.

(The above calendar is from www.swatijrjyotish.com, the parenthesis are mine from various sources. ~L)
Sidereal (as in Vedic Lunar Astrology) and tropical (based on the orientation of the Earth relative to the Sun and planets of the solar system) are astrological terms used to describe two different definitions of a “year”. They are also used as terms for two systems of ecliptic coordinates used in astrology. Both divide the ecliptic into a number of “signs” named after constellations, but while the sidereal system defines the signs based on the fixed stars, the tropical system defines it based on the position of vernal equinox (i.e., the intersection of the ecliptic with the celestial equator). Because of the precession of the equinoxes, the two systems do not remain fixed relative to each other but drift apart by about 1.4 arc degrees per century.
While classical tropical astrology is based on the orientation of the Earth relative to the Sun and planets of the solar systemsidereal astrology deals with the position of the Earth relative to both of these as well as the stars of the celestial sphere. The actual positions of certain fixed stars as well as their constellations is an additional consideration in the horoscope.  (I love you, Wikipedia. ~L)
 This and preceding lunar artwork from swatijrjyotish.com.
The Nodes of the Moon point us to these specific qualities: the South Node (Ketu) suggests our overdeveloped character traits that are easy for us to fall back on, but that may undermine our lives if we hold on to these traits for security; while the North Node (Rahu) suggests the qualities that we need to develop in order to find inner balance.  The North Node and South Node points are directly opposite each other. They are not planetary bodies; rather, they are points that take into account the relationship between the Sun, Moon, and Earth at the specific moment in consideration. ~ www.cafeastrology.com
Will there be a roar or a howl as Rahu and Ketu move into Leo and Aquarius for the coming year and half?
Move towards the darkness within, and bring it to the light. Rahu and Ketu are here to insure this process takes place.  The collision of Jupiter and Rahu in Leo will provoke an interesting dance between the god-self and human-self.
This is a time for your inner god to meet your inner demon, your light to meet your darkness.  Even spirit wants you to evolve as a human being (*Gasp* IN THE BODY?~L). It’s time to be a fully integrated human. Gather the resources you need for this process. s
(And you thought the Flying Monkey reference was random!  Silly angel~demon~monkey~god! ~L)


Now, you know I like to joke, but this is actually the main vein of our Vedic Lunar focus.  How do we unite the opposites?  Reconcile the past and future?  Love the shadow and the light?  Bring together our spiritual work and our material needs?
Remember that personal vision?  How are you going to bring it HERE, NOW?  “The One”, however you define it (god, source, divinity), is asking for your truest expression of YOU, stripped clean of all the ideology, politics and generational neurosis.  Well, what have you got?  I bet it’s pretty flowering fantastic.  I bet it will be even more so if you pour all of your attention, appreciation, acceptance and affection into YOU and YOUR bliss.  Do it like these two:
Or as the Artist currently known as the Artist formerly known as Prince said; “I got two sides, and they both friends”.  Before the quote was all me, can’t deny.~L
At least bring some nourishment to that roped up part of yourself.
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Heraclitus (fl. c. 500 B.C.E.)

HeraclitusGreek philosopher of the late 6th century BCE, Heraclitus criticizes his predecessors and contemporaries for their failure to see the unity in experience. He claims to announce an everlasting Word (Logos) according to which all things are one, in some sense. Opposites are necessary for life, but they are unified in a system of balanced exchanges. The world itself consists of a law-like interchange of elements, symbolized by fire. Thus the world is not to be identified with any particular substance, but rather with an ongoing process governed by a law of change. The underlying law of nature also manifests itself as a moral law for human beings. Heraclitus is the first Western philosopher to go beyond physical theory in search of metaphysical foundations and moral applications.
According to both Plato and Aristotle, Heraclitus held extreme views that led to logical incoherence. For he held that (1) everything is constantly changing and (2) opposite things are identical, so that (3) everything is and is not at the same time.  (Huzzah!!  Logical incoherence!  Once you arrive there, you’re everywhere.  The trick is to keep it together!  No absolutes!~L)
 “Cultivate your emotional intelligence this week by investing in noticing your felt experience instead of being so quick to understand what it all means. Balance comes from presence, and if you’re in the present moment, you won’t be able to help but notice your feels.” www.lovelanyadoo.com (That goes double for me.~L)
 “Avoid attaching to an outcome, attach only to what is true, as Jupiter conjuncts the North Node, the symbol of destiny.  Jupiter knows what is best for you.
Soon you will know this truth, as well as this blessing, for yourself!”  www.kristinfontana.com

It’s good advice, Angie!!

Don’t resist the pull . . .

Around each new moon and full moon – when the sun, Earth, and moon are located more or less on a line in space – the range between high and low tides is greatest. These are called spring tides. Image via physicalgeography.net
Nor the push . . .
Around each first quarter moon and last quarter moon – when the sun and moon are at a right angle to Earth – the range between high and low tides is least. These are called neap tides. Image via physicalgeography.net

New Moon in Aquarius ♒ Feb 8

The New Moon in Aquarius asks us to be flexible, to transform with the winds of change. Aquarius is restless, imaginative, authentic, quick, light, nimble. He says no to tradition and yes to non-conformity, living spontaneously and breaking all the rules.  Aquarius is ruled by Uranus, the Great Awakener: rebellious, innovative, liberated. Uranus focuses on inner brilliance, future plans and all things new, alternative and groundbreaking, especially in social and creative spheres. Experiment, color outside the lines, shed your skin.
Candid and open-minded, Aquarius tends toward detachment. This is how the water bearer protects his spirit. Extreme aloofness may manifest in aggressive philosophical debates or irreconcilable personality conflicts. It is important to see Aquarian neutrality for what it is: a method to remain objective, nothing more.
The purpose of any new moon is to clear out and start over. We must enact the highest expression of who we want to be at the beginning of each lunar cycle. Luna in Aquarius is always pleased to witness fearlessness. There’s something delectably raw about the Aquarian soul. The water bearer has magical conviction.
Coinciding on the same day of this new moon is the beginning of the Chinese New Year. 2016 is the year of the Red Fire Monkey.
Mantra:  freedom 
 ~This from the beautiful Ren Tvenden of Missoula, MT currently in Thailand!!!  www.astroyogalove.com
So beautiful that Ren brings up freedom as a mantra.  While uniting opposites, marrying the polarities one must be free to arc wide and give others the same liberty or MOKSHA. (In Indian religions and Indian philosophymoksha (Sanskritमोक्ष mokṣa), also called vimokshavimukti and mukti,[1] means emancipation, liberation or release.[2] In the soteriological and eschatological sense, it connotes freedom from saṃsāra, the cycle of death and rebirth.[3] In the epistemological and psychological sense, moksha connotes freedom, self-realization and self-knowledge.Moksha – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
Guess where we’re headed THIS week yoganauts?  That’s right!  Straight up the middle, through the pituitary to the ANJA chakra.  Time to get our mystics on!!! ~L
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dammit, ellen.

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To this I would only add: I am remembering, I am exploring.  This is fun. Even if there are a few commercials.
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  allow, allow, allow 

Join me?  Thursday at noon, Saturday at 10:45am.  Skid in sideways, skip it if it serves.  Honor you.
Love abides,

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