The Aries to Libra Full Moon is a Lunar Eclipse at 6am March 23rd. Holi for the Vedic.

 We have reached the point where the exact degree the lunar eclipse equals that which occurred on March 23, 1996. At that time it was also at 3 degrees and it was an Aries/Libra eclipse.
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Holi, known as Phagwan in Sanskrit, Holka in some parts of India, and the festival of colors to many, was once celebrated by Vedic followers. Now Holi has spread throughout Asia and even parts of Canada and Europe. It is usually celebrated the day after the full moon in March. However, there is a deeper religious story attached to Holi which was discussed in the 7th century called Ratnaval which speaks of good v. evil and burning of the Holka. Holi has always been referred to as a festival officially welcoming spring to celebrate new life and energy with the change of season.
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Life is a balance of holding on and letting go. ~ Rumi
Last weekend, we welcomed in the Vernal Equinox, which heralds in the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere (and the first day of Autumn in the South). The Vernal Equinox is the time of Ostara, the natural Easter, when seeds of intention and resolution begin to sprout, and we approach them with a renewed conviction and enthusiasm. This is made all the more so by a penumbral Lunar Eclipse just a few days after the Equinox. Lunar Eclipses are like strong Full Moons. So strong that they have the capacity to redefine the status quo. This can indeed be a time of crisis and revelation; bringing us the consequences and fruits of seeds planted in the past.~astrologybylauren.com
Themes of the Aries/Libra axis are: War and Peace; competition and compromise; I vs. thou. And so in the light of the Lunar Eclipse, we may ask ourselves, how have we compromised our individuality, or not been assertive enough, in order to not rock the boat, or avoid confrontation; or where have we been too thoughtless of others in order to assert our own agenda? Where Aries celebrates the individual, Libra seeks fairness, balance, equality and justice.~astrologybylauren.com (And just like that life becomes one long, themed yoga class about the moon.  Thanks for providing the incentive not to give up on it.  I thought that Pisces-Virgo axis would never end.~L
 
When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you. ~ Lolly Daskal
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Vishnu, still amid the stormy seas.

We have another immense week. The Spring Equinox is 9:30 pm PDT March 19th. The Aries to Libra Full Moon is a Lunar Eclipse at 5:01 am PDT March 23rd.

The chart of the Spring Equinox holds an important Grand Trine in Fire, thanks to the fast moving Moon position. With Venus conjunct Neptune on this day, it will be a warm and wet Spring. It has the potential to be a very active and creative season.  Here we are in the middle of a pair of eclipses, which in turn are drawing us into an analysis of our belief systems.  This same day as the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse, Jupiter in Virgo is square Saturn in Sagittarius.  It is a significant marker in economic and political cycles. Markets struggle and the proud fall. There is some challenge between our beliefs and the practical execution of plans; the reaching for our personal goals. This challenge may have us feeling stuck or taking on more than we feel comfortable with. Either way, we are figuring out what is important to us.~webvictoria.ca
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 It’s like that moment in time when you are a kid and you know the tricycle that you are riding just doesn’t cut it anymore… That you have progressed and are now ready for a “two-wheeler”… weeklyhoroscope.com

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We recently had a lunar tetrad – four total lunar eclipses in a row, separated by six lunar months (full moons) – during the years 2014-2015. Now, we’re having four lunar eclipses in a row that are not total lunar eclipses.
View larger. | Left, an ordinary full moon with no eclipse.  Right, full moon in penumbral eclipse on November 20, 2002.  Master eclipse photographer Fred Espenak took this photo when the moon was 88.9%  immersed in Earth's penumbral shadow.
View larger. | Left, an ordinary full moon with no eclipse. Right, full moon in penumbral eclipse on November 20, 2002. Master eclipse photographer Fred Espenak took this photo when the moon was 88.9% immersed in Earth’s penumbral shadow. There’s no dark bite taken out of the moon. A penumbral eclipse creates only a dark shading on the moon’s face.
Observant people in North America and the Pacific will see a very, very subtle penumbral eclipse of the moon on the morning of March 23, 2016. The blazing planet Jupiter will be nearby. Western North America will see the entire eclipse. ~earthsky.org
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Holika Dahan or the lighting of bonfire takes place on the eve of Holi.

On this full moon, we might do well by lighting our own Holifires and throwing any past grievances into the flames. This is a prime time to take stock of our personal, family and work relationships, and consider whether we’ve been holding on to past resentments, or possibly giving too much of our time and energy to relationships that fail to meet our expectations.
Astrology remains an important facet of Hindu folk belief in contemporary India. Many Hindus believe that heavenly bodies, including the planets, have an influence throughout the life of a human being, and these planetary influences are the “fruit of karma.” The Navagraha, planetary deities, are considered subordinate to Ishvara, i.e., the Supreme Being, in the administration of justice. Thus, these planets can influence earthly life.[12]~wikipedia.com
                     In a lunar eclipse, Earth's shadow falls on the moon.  If the moon passes through the dark central shadow of Earth - the umbra - a partial or total lunar eclipse takes place.  If the moon only passes through the outer part of the shadow (the penumbra), a subtle penumbral eclipse occurs.  Diagram via Fred Espenak's Lunar Eclipses for Beginners.

In a lunar eclipse, Earth’s shadow falls on the moon. If the moon passes through the dark central shadow of Earth – the umbra – a partial or total lunar eclipse takes place. If the moon only passes through the outer part of the shadow (the penumbra), a subtle penumbral eclipse occurs.  Lunar Eclipses for Beginners
The moon will look plenty full as it lights up the eastern sky at nightfall March 22, but it’ll actually be a waxing gibbous moon. The moon turns precisely full on March 23 at 12:01 Universal Time. At U.S. time zones, that translates to 8:01 a.m. EDT, 7:01 a.m. CDT, 6:01 a.m. MDT and 5:01 a.m. PDT. ~earthsky.org
                       
The Sun and Mercury are standing across the sky from this Full Moon, which puts a lot of emphasis on who we think we are. It’s about identity, and relationships with others and with the world around us. Wednesday is an excellent time to be having conversations about who you are and what you’re doing with your life, especially with those who you trust and can be open with.
It can be like seeing the person you are with for the first time again, in a new light, in a new way. This isn’t only reserved for romantic relationships either, it can be anyone in your life that you are connected with. This week can wake you up to your life, where others act as mirrors that show you who you are because of how you interact and relate to them. Knowing your true identity can feel like a veil is lifted.~symbolicliving.com
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“Grief and life are one and the same- dark and light. As I’ve written about extensively in my Eclipse Portal offerings, the previous new Moon in Aquarius + Solar Eclipse, is responsible for stirring the polarities within very acutely.

If you haven’t been feeling this inner conflict, noticing your challenges, leaning into your emotions, you may want to consider trying it.

Your critic may be really loud right now. Have you noticed? Clients, friends, students (and my own critic) have shared their resistance to moving towards their shadow.

Do you fear that if you lean into your darkness, it may swallow you up? You may not find the other side?

The truth is, resisting your pain can have disastrous effects on your healing process. It is impossible to release and change when you are resisting. Judgment can keep you blocked and in the dark.

If you get nothing else out of this eclipse portal, lean in. Listen. Get silent. Ask your critic what it needs. Let its messages help you soften. Notice the voices within that keep you from moving closer to your pain.

 

When you resist your inner pain, it amplifies. Healing comes when we can move closer to compassion for our own darkness.~swatijrjyotish.com
 
Lotus Mudra, a hand gesture that represents possibility and the movement from darkness to light. The Lotus flower grows out of the mud, in the same way we can transform our suffering into our strength and learn to be more compassionate and loving beings. BY ANASTASIA NEVIN, MS, RDN, RYT
 

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The real unalloyed “I” has no beginning nor end. I am neither the gross physical body, nor also the mind. I am not the emotions that change when the morning changes into noon and noon into evening. I am not the mind which is sometimes cheerful and at other times miserable. I am the self who is experiencing the physical, mental, and emotional operations of body and mind.
Therefore to differentiate between body, mind and soul, or matter and spirit, is the first step in yoga.
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Chapter 2:47 of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras goes on to say, “By lessening the natural tendency for restlessness and by meditating on the infinite, posture is mastered.” Reverend Jaganath Carrera takes us into the symbolic meaning of this sutra by translating Ananta/Infinite and pointing out that it is also the cosmic snake and symbol of power for Vishnu, the God of preservation.~melissawest.com
The foundation of Hindu astrology is the notion of bandhu of the Vedas, (scriptures), which is the connection between the microcosm and the macrocosm. Practice relies primarily on the sidereal zodiac, which is different from the tropical zodiac used in Western (Hellenistic) astrology in that an ayanāṁśa adjustment is made for the gradual precession of the vernal equinox.  Hindu astrology includes several nuanced sub-systems of interpretation and prediction with elements not found in Hellenistic astrology, such as its system of lunar mansions (Nakṣatra).~wikipedia.com
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The key to self-acceptance, according to Patanjali, is that the more connected you are with the unchanging Self, the less you suffer from the inevitable changes of the non-Self. This ability to discern what is your true Self from what is not—to connect with that true, authentic Self and to act as often as possible from that quiet, knowing place—is the key to feeling better as a result of your yoga practice.
Once you feel connected to this place where you most feel like yourself, remember that even though your body and circumstances may have changed, that same person is within you. If there’s a particular circumstance that is troubling you, try to cultivate feelings of compassion and friendliness toward yourself by imagining how a friend or loved one might comfort you.
Spend a few breaths or minutes connecting with this image and these feelings before bed, first thing in the morning, or during a break in the day. Cultivating a relationship with the Self takes time. BY KATE HOLCOMBE~YOGAJOURNAL.COM
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Yoga Sutras 2:28 “By the practice of the limbs of yoga, the impurities dwindle away and there dawns the light of wisdom leading to
discriminative discernment.” The practice of the eight limbs of yoga will not bring you anything new, they will simply remove what is unnecessary and as the impurities dwindle, the wisdom that already resides within you will emerge.~melissawest.com
Chiron represents the pain
that precedes great
life-changing transformation.
That’s why it rules Great teachers in your life,
obstetricians, midwives and morticians.
They are always present at such moments.
This week Venus approaches
the conjunction of Chiron
and the South Node of the moon in Pisces.
What does it mean?  
The rewards and consequences
of having a heart
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The excruciatingly sweet and
unbearable pain of being desperately in love 
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A spiritual union that demands sacrifice
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The Tragic or ironic separation from one you adore
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The struggle to go on
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The legend of Christ’s Passion
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The lesson of non-attachment
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Early Vedic astrology was based on the movement of planets with respect to stars but later it started including zodiac signs as well.
According to Vedic astrology, there are twenty seven constellations made up of twelve zodiac signs, nine planets and twelve Houses with each House and planet representing some aspect of human life.
Vedic Astrology has three main branches known as Siddhanta, Samhita and Hora.
Siddhanta is devoted to the astronomical study of celestial bodies. (Macro=Cosmic or really big.~L)
Samhita concentrates on ‘mundane astrology’ which is the study of earth quakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, the weather and surprisingly, economic conditions. (Earthly=We~L)
Hora deals with predicting the suitable timing of various events in our day to day lives, such as the best time to move home, start a business or get married. (Personal=Micro or me (you).~L)  Daily and Weekly Vedic Horoscopes are on the basis of transiting Vedic Moon signs.
Vedic astrology is taken very seriously in India and The University Grants Commission along with the Ministry of Human Resource Development of the Government, decided to introduce it as a discipline of study in to Indian universities in 2004.
From Indian Astrologer, Nishchal Chhaya. Nischal has TWO SILVER MEDALS for excellence in Vedic astrology. He had also got an honorary title of JYOTISH RATNA (gem of Vedic astrology) from the ALL INDIA ASTROLOGERS’ UNION.  Find his work alpatrickarundell.com
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This full moon will shine its cosmic light on our shadow selves, freeing us from relationships or binding contracts that may have been holding us back, and pushing us to expand our notions of what is possible.~anandastrology.com

Yoga is often defined as the union between our lower self and our Higher Self. The “higher” or transcendental Self is referred to as purusha, or pure and unchanging spirit. The lower self is generally referred to as the ego or asmita and is concerned mainly with one’s individual thoughts, body and senses, all of which are changing. It is the clinging to that which is changing that brings about suffering. Alternately, remembering who we truly are, via connection to the Self, brings about the inner peace that Yoga seeks.  Allow your physical Yoga practice to become your spiritual practice. “Spiritual” refers to how we connect to something larger than ourselves-it is the union of our lower and Higher Self.  Written by Julie Rost and Dr. Bob Butera. at yogalifeinstitute.com
Chapter 2:48 of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra’s explains that once you lessen restlessness and meditate on the infinite you will be less influenced by the dualities of the mind. Some examples of dualities that come into balance through our practice are masculine and feminine, light and dark shadow sides, intuition and logic, receptivity and creativity, yin and yang, life and death. Opposites are not really opposites, but rather two sides of the same thing and we are usually somewhere on the continuum.~melissawest.com
Lunar eclipse.  An energetic full moon in the shadow of the earth as sun and lunar orb oppose each other.  In the 3rd degree of the Aries~Libra axis.  The RELATIONSHIP of “I” to “we”, the push to balance self-love with relationship.  Relationship that does not diminish freedom or empowerment.  What needs to be brought to light or to balance in RELATIONSHIP?  Can there be justice or fairness without diminishing personal identity in relationship?  We’ll have to check back in with Vishnu, placid, safe with his trusty snake/raft Shesha, and ask for preservation.
In HinduismShesha (SanskritŚeṣa), also known as Sheshanaga (Śeṣanāga) or Adishesha (Ādi Śeṣa) is the nagaraja or king of all nāgas and one of the primal beings of creation. In the Puranas, Shesha is said to hold all the planets of the universe on his hoods and to constantly sing the glories of the god Vishnu from all his mouths. He is sometimes referred to as Ananta Shesha, which translates as endless-Shesha or Adishesha “first Shesha”. It is said that when Adishesa uncoils, time moves forward and creation takes place; when he coils back, the universe ceases to exist.  (No wonder Vishnu hangs with him.~L)
Vishnu is often depicted as resting on Shesha. Shesha is considered a servant as well as a manifestation of Vishnu. He is said to have descended to Earth in two human forms or avatars: Lakshmana, brother of RamaBalarama, brother of Krishna.
“Shesha” in Sanskrit texts, especially those relating to mathematical calculation, implies the “remainder” — that which remains when all else ceases to exist.
If you have not checked out “Sita Sings the Blues” by Nina Paley, it is free on Youtube.  It would be a good way to enhance your relationship with you.  Treat yourself.  Self care.  Other love.  Thursday noon, Saturday 10:45 am.
~L

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