First Quarter Moon Thursday Navratri Ends Saturday. YOU ARE NOT LATE. YOU HAVE ARRIVED.

Moon Mind

Calendar
{April 11th to 17th}
 
This Week’s Intention: Allow the divine feminine to move you, shape you and re-create you. Open, respond, awaken and surrender. Where is your rigidity keeping you resistant to receiving? Where are you saying ‘no’ to more nourishment and abundance from life?
 
Moon is waxing as the Navaratri celebrations continue. The Vedic New Year continues to unfold with the wisdom of the Divine Mothers, Lakshmi and goddess Saraswati offer nourishment through health and wisdom, abundance and creative power.  Sun jump starts a new cycle this week as it moves into its sign of exaltation, Aries. Mars goes retrograde, inviting in a new way of working with your inner warrior.
April 13th: Sun moves to Aries, its sign of exaltation + new Solar Cycle begins!  

 

April 15th: Vasant Navaratri Ends + Raam Navami.
April 16th: Mars Retrograde.
April 21st: Full Moon in Libra + Swati Nakshatra. 
In the spring, Navaratri marks the “waking up” of the devis or the goddesses, of Shakti; the aspects of Natural Law that enliven growth, abundance, prosperity, learning, well being, change and transformation. In the fall, Navaratri invites in destruction, removal, change, transformation and healing. The goddessesDurga, Saraswati and Lakshmi symbolize these parts of life and Nature, while also being parts of our own innate beingThe three of them together represent our wholeness, the trinity of life, alive in and around usThese three goddesses also connect to Shakti, the goddess who gives the spark of life to every being, to Nature, and to existence.
Life is full of polarities.
What emerges when two opposing forces merge and co-create? 
In the Expressive Art Therapy realm, we call this “the Third”. Some know it as the Transcendent, or simply the emergentThe Masculine and Feminine energies are intimately related to how well you can receive nourishment in your life.  The Masculine wants containment and structure. The Feminine needs expansion and fluidity. 
 
How can these opposing forces find harmony? 
(Maybe like this?~L)

 
And, in other news, the sun is sporting a giant bindi for Navratri. Way to support your goddess, Surya.
Bernie McGee in Scotland caught this image at sunset on April 11, 2016. He wrote: Bernie McGee in Scotland caught this image at sunset on April 11, 2016. He wrote: “Didn’t realize when I took this that I’d captured a massive sunspot! :))”~earthsky.com

The sun is now moving toward a minimum in the 11-year solar cycle, and spots on the sun’s surface have been few and far between. But, in recent days, a giant spot has come into view on the sun. Dubbed Active Region 2529, it is many times the size of Earth.~earthsky.com  This showed up on the 6th day or Goddess Katyayani’s day of worship. In Hindu traditions like Yoga and the Tantra, she is ascribed to the sixth Ajna Chakra or the ‘Third eye chakra’, and her blessings are invoked by concentrating on this point.[1]~wikipedia.com  

You can’t make this stuff up.

View larger. | Eliot Herman in Tucson caught Aldebaran and the moon in daylight, just as the star was about to disappear behind the moon's disk.

Eliot Herman in Tucson was struggling with incoming clouds when caught Aldebaran and the moon in daylight, just as the star was about to disappear behind the moon’s disk. The star can be seen in the lower right of the photo.~earthsky.com (Aldebaran is my bindi.~L)

Just to sum up; that’s the Sun and the Moon wearing bindis. (sort of)~L

Happy Navratri, yo.

Mars, known to the Romans as the god of war (in Greece he was Aries~L), goes retrograde on April 17 and remains so until June 29. Historically, those who draw a sword or attempt to expand power during these periods eventually find it turned against themselves.   In our personal lives we are well advised to avoid extending our boundaries or initiating “war” on any front. The defendant, not the aggressor, will win in any conflict as long as the god of war moves backward and it doesn’t matter how big or right the initiator may be. When Mars is retrograde we are well advised against filing suit, hunting for game or opting for elective surgery (a different type of sword.) ~horoscopesbyvivian.com

Artist’s rendition of a solar storm hitting Mars and stripping ions from the upper atmosphere.  (Interesting to note that the planet of war has been so embattled with the sun and other objects that it has lost it’s atmosphere, water and habitable terrain.~L)
Credit: NASA/GSFC


 Mars partners with older brother Pluto, who will be retrograde as well the following day, and together they work in tandem to facilitate your growth moving forward, not superficially but deeply, and with serious evolution in mind. Pluto tells Mars exactly what you need at each juncture, and then it is Mars’ job to put it all in motion. Allow yourself to slow down and cruise for a while, integrating all that is illuminating those vital honest pathways.  If you tune in, an expansion of your awareness will occur, and from there, you will be able to activate a solid way  forward into your desired future! ~kristinfontana.com
Mars Retrograde Happens Every Two Years
The two planets are like race cars on an oval track. Earth has the inside lane and moves faster than Mars — so much faster, in fact, that it makes two laps around the course in about as much time as it takes Mars to go around once.

About every 26 months, Earth comes up from behind and overtakes Mars. While we’re passing by the red planet this year, it will look to us as though Mars is moving up and down. Then, as we move farther along our curved orbit and see the planet from a different angle, the illusion will disappear and we will once again see Mars move in a straight line.

This apparent erratic movement is called “retrograde motion.” The illusion also happens with Jupiter and the other planets that orbit farther from the sun.

Just to make things a little more odd, the orbits that Earth and Mars follow don’t quite lie in the same plane. It’s as if the two planets were on separate tracks that are a little tilted with respect to each other. This causes another strange illusion.~nasa.gov

 

Under any Pluto transit, we feel pressured to eliminate and release the old, outworn, outdated and obsolete in our lives. When Pluto is transiting retrograde, we are urged to let go of attitudes, thinking or communication patterns, security drives, rigid emotions; a time to undergo an internal form of house cleaning.  The powers of regeneration are far greater when retrograde. People with a natal retrograde Pluto have a tremendous ability to overcome major illnesses that might otherwise cause permanent disability. Remember, retrograde motion is always directed toward inner activity such as the psyche or psychological patterns that affect the physical body. Direct motion, on the other hand, is directed towards external circumstances.
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Pluto retrograde marks a time wherein we should seek to gain greater control over our personal life; Pluto direct is better for gaining control over professional and financial areas.~lynnkoiner.com
 
Venus and Mars conjunct in Aries: All's Fair in Love and War
 
Dissonance is resolved with consonance (well, really it’s resolution~L) in both music and life, and we continually flow from one to other in the evolutionary process.   Pain and suffering result when we resist that flowing, so let’s keep moving that energy!  Whenever we exclude an aspect of ourselves, society, or humanity, it grows angry and returns to force us into looking at ourselves to find the fear that pushed us to create that separation, hence, discord!  The more we accept and include all of creation the less discord we have….. wow….. now that’s a BIG job (but could be fun). ~Kaypacha (Tom Lescher) at new paradigmastrology.com 
Metatrons Cube
Aries Sun squares the Moon in Cancer 13 April 2016
The week between the first quarter and full moon (Apr 14–22) is the most potent of the lunar cycle. This is when we need to think long and hard about how we are conducting our life.  From Aries we learn to be dynamic and fearless, and from Cancer the importance of compassion.  Aries is bursting with physical and sexual energy. With Venus in Aries, nothing comes fast enough. We stamp our little sheep hooves and demand MORE. In her natural habitat, Venus is calm, balanced and thoroughly feminine, but Aries is impulsive, reckless and undeniably masculine. Venus represents our relationship to others, Aries to the Self.  The purpose of this quarter moon is healthy and open emotional expression (Cancer) concerning plans and intentions of an active/masculine nature (Aries).~astroyogalove.com

April, number 13 and the Moon

April: 4th month of the year = 4
Year: 2016 (2 + 0 + 1 + 6) = 9
Universal Energy for April 2016: (4 + 9) 13 = 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                             The number 13 (through the 13 spheres of Metatron’s Cube)
In 2016 April is a 13 Universal Month of genius, breakthroughs, transformation and empowerment. 13 governs the divine feminine, the Moon’s cycles and awakens the internal power you have for spiritual catharsis.
  • There are 13 weeks in any season, which make up the 4 x 13 = 52 weeks in the year.
  • The lunar calendar was based on these 13 weeks.
  • The 52 card deck was created to track the lunar calendar – an ancient card deck comprised of 4 suits representing the 4 seasons, with 13 cards each, representing the 13 weeks in each season, and 52 cards total – each representing one week in the year.
  • There are 13 lunations in one year.
  • The Moon covers approximately 13 degrees in one day.
  • 13 adds up to the root number 4, manifesting and grounding ideas into reality.

    By merging the number 13 into important historical narrative, the feminine was included into the storyline – even when women were excluded from power:

    • Jesus plus 12 apostles = 13
    • 12 Knights at the Round Table plus King Arthur =13.
    • The original colonies in that formed the United States numbered 13.

    The month of April in 2016 is a 13 Universal Month in numerology, so you’ll be guided to embrace your sensitive, intuitive nature – your instincts, your gut feelings, to let go and TRUST.~taniagabrielle.com

 13. The archetype of the Olympian of Obstacles.

It’s known as a number of transformation because – if you are focused enough to not fall for the trap of the short cut – you can become an alchemist; turning ordinary and frustrating hardship into something absolutely magnificent.  In crisis, I became obsessed with the elephant-God Ganesh. I remember thinking, ‘There is nothing more powerful than Ganesh. He is strong. He is persevering. He can remove and bust through any blockage or boulder that comes in my way and turn it into gold.’

The numerological 13 to a tee; positive expression, towing no weapons, even in an environment of resistance.

You have already faced it so far this year I am sure; that wall of fear. A desire or yearning has brought you to its destiny-barrier where you are facing your deepest doubts of capability.

‘Should I turn back? Should I give up? Can I really do this? Did I make the wrong decision to shoot so high?

Anything but this. Anything but the pain of not being taken care of; of not being held; of feeling negativity from every angle.

Ganesh! WHERE ARE YOU?!!!!’

Don’t give up or turn back. The calling is there for one reason, and one reason only: YOU ARE DESIGNED FOR THIS.

That luminous relationship, incredible dream job, thrilling vitality or creative endeavor. It is in escrow right below the layer of fear. It is waiting for you. (IT IS YOU.~L)

Those who have come before you and succeeded simply allowed the discomfort to be there. And you can, too. Hold steadfast and the new world will emerge.~nataliepescetti.com

Chaitra Navratri is an auspicious Hindu festival which is solely dedicated to the worship of Goddess Durga. This festival holds lots of importance for the entire Gujarati, Bengali and Maharashtrian communities. Navratri itself symbolizes victory over evil.  According to some popular legends, devotees believe that Lord Shiva granted permission to his wife Goddess Durga for seeing her mother for just nine days. During that time, Goddess Durga demolished demon Mahishasura. Hence Goddess Durga aka Kali is represented as a symbol of shakti – the ultimate strength. It is also said that Maa Durga has eternal divine power, which can never be created nor destroyed.~india.com

Saraswati Awahan, Kalaratri Puja, Saptami – Thursday April 13, 2016

Sri Durga Mahaashtami, Saraswati Puja – Friday April 14, 2016

Chaitra Navratri ends – Ram Navratri Day 9 –  Saturday April 15, 2016

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Right!  SO, this is a big time (as usual) astrologically.  I think it’s best just to focus on the Sun and Moon square because of it’s potency (archetypal masculine and feminine ongoing theme) and the retrogrades, “On April 17th, Mars makes a station, turning retrograde, at 8°54′ Sagittarius. The next day, Pluto also stations, at 17°29′ Capricorn. That’s two potentially scary planets, both getting very intense at the same time.”~forrestastrology.com (by the way, this is RARE, I’m told.~L)

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I’m going to read this as if my dynamic, fearless inner warrior and my compassionate, mothering inner goddess chose to go slay a dragon together.  They have been trekking for two years and the dragon’s lair is in sight across a raging whitewater river.  The warrior wants to hie their combined asses across those white caps YESTERDAY and the goddess has blisters on her feet and thinks she might be pregnant.  Can she convince him that they need to strategize, sharpen their weapons and rest (and buy herself some time to get over her morning sickness–not to mention her mourning sickness)?
Can he appreciate all they have already achieved, fill his role as protector and strategist and haud his frickin’ wheesht for 3 months?
 
Victory is near.  Can we martial the inner battle, focus and be CRYSTAL clear about the object of our desire and patiently, CAREFULLY appreciate that THE UNIVERSE DOES NOT KEEP OUR SCHEDULES?  ‘Cause the fact is we live on ITS time and play by ITS rules.  (It might take 3 months until we can cheerfully get with that program.)  And we guess at what IT wants.  Might not be so bad to have a little slowdown to refine the plan, yo.
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Look ahead to the Sept 4 eclipse as your new launch date and for the love of all that’s holy, get your inner goddess a sandwich AND A NAP.
Navratri is victory.  Three months doesn’t seem like enough time to learn to trust, but that’s what is promised.
 
Thursday at Noon, Saturday at 10:45am, we’ll flow and then see if we cannot deeply, meaningfully relax and OPEN.
Sorry I’m so late this week, oh wait, I’m not late, I’ve ARRIVED.  Hope you can, too.
 
Mind your heart,
~L
PS.  Once every decade or so, an amazing phenomenon takes place in the sky… Mercury, elusive messenger of the gods and notoriously hard-to-spot celestial object, becomes visible in broad daylight. On May 9th it will pass slowly across the face of the Sun… symbolising a wonderful turning point.~cainer.com

PPS. Jupiter and Saturn are already retrograde.  Mars joins them on the 17th, then Pluto on the 18th.  Mercury caves to peer pressure on the 28th.  What’s your hurry?  SLOW and LOW, it seems to go . . .

 

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