“Hanuman” by Susan Seddon Boulet, 1989
“Hanuman illuminates the infinite strength and courage we hold within us when we are resolved in faith, love, and devotion, and in many parts of India, this Full Moon will be celebrated as his birthday. On this Full Moon of Hanuman, Swati (the area of the sky – or Nakshatra of this full moon ~L) challenges us to hold fast to our decisions, and to elevate the “monkey mind” (that craves distraction) to the one pointed devotion of Hanuman.
Ask yourself the questions that Swati, also known as the star of self-inquiry, illuminates: Who are you and what really stirs your heart? What gets your blood pumping? Where do you belong? This Full Moon challenges us to dive headfirst into our personal power—often a daunting task—and to stand firm in our truth.
Vayu, the Vedic God of Wind, rules over the Nakshatra of Swati, blowing his creative life force, or prana, through everything on earth. The power he wields is beyond measure, for he is the animator that inspires our very hearts to beat and our blood to flow. He fuels our devotion, strength, and courage, and his son, the monkey god, Hanuman, is considered to be the embodiment of perfect devotion, surrender and selfless service.
On this Full Moon, call on the son of the spring winds – Hanuman – to help you harness your power and courage. If you’re flexible and determined, this Full Moon can reinvigorate your soul’s purpose and carry you in the direction of your dreams.”~anandaastrology.com
“Newsflash: the only obstacles between you and your desire are ones you can effectively address with honesty, kindness and a brave heart.”~by Katt at 12listen.com
Obstruction by Eugenia Loli
“This month, Mars and Pluto seemingly ‘stand still’ in the sky at the same time. The challenge in that is to conquer a fear of being beaten by a bigger power”.~cainer.com
(I have decided to remember that the only power others have over me is that which I have given them. I am consciously choosing not to fight, become attached or struggle. I am choosing to calmly, quietly and with deep gratitude, accept my power back. I’m not gonna stand there in my underwear looking at the train wreck any longer. Imana stretch under the rainbow.~L)
In this photo, the shadow of the photographer’s head – bottom, center – marks the center of the rainbow circle. This double rainbow was captured in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska. Image via Eric Rolph at Wikimedia Commons~earthsky.org
“Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter and Mars are all retrograde (looks like they are moving backwards)… To give you a quick idea, if you consider
Pluto deals with things like transformation…
Saturn deals with establishing order and value…
Jupiter’s energy is there to bring new understanding and justice…
and Mars just wants action… hehe…
So when all of these planets are retrograde, it’s like the rules are suspended and many will start to act in some rather strange ways… And ways they may regret later on. This week’s chart is one that is based more upon our own choices and attitudes… The tension aspects are there to help show us what is wrong and the harmony aspects are there to show us how to fix them… So we have the best of both worlds workin’ for us right now…”~Daniel Dowd of weeklyhoroscope.com
While on the way to a heroic quest, the impetuous Hanuman catches a bit of strange. (in most tales Hanuman is celibate, but in one he is loved by a beautiful mermaid. I think he deserves every happiness~L)
“There is certainly no
clear simple solution now.
Anyone who presents one
is either naive
or full of it.
It is often unwise
to act impulsively
during a retrograde station of Mars,
mainly because there is often
an irresistible urge to push forward.
People with a low impulse control
panic that they’re going to be left behind
that they’ve been to compliant,
and too easy-going.
Others seem to act
more decisively and effectively.
They know when to speak
and when to shut up.
They’ve learned when to speed up
and when to slow down.
Those who jump the gun
are desperate to confront,
prove themselves, make their mark,
and regain some position of dominance,
however untimely or inappropriate
their aggression may be.
It is all too easy to twist a current situation,
even if your perceptions are correct,
and distort it and rationalize acting out
to assert some sort of
cockeyed dominance over a situation
that has nothing to do
with the internal process you are experiencing.”~michaellutin.com
(Seems like a good time to SLOW DOWN.~L)
“The cosmos is currently rallying (slapping us around~L) for us to wake and to live as if our stories have never been told. That we might look to each new day with wonder for what lies ahead so that our Souls can be free. Free from fear, skepticism, and hate. Free of stalemates that keep us un-integrated within. Free from the pain we inflict on ourselves, and each other. Free from our self-defeating ways (this is the knuckle–the crucial shadow work, I think~L). Go deep with your investigation, dear reader, and be brave. Know that what you find, no matter how scary or undesirable, is just another gem in the dark caverns of your imperfect self to be revered. Take a look at all that you are with a fresh set of loving eyes, and hold the world at large with that same loving gaze. Unravel, and be humble. Your life was meant to be lived. Live it uninhibited.”~traceylrogers.com
“There are only two Gods with the power to control the nine planets, especially the influence of Saturn. Lord Hanuman is one of them. His powers are so great that even Saturn fears to influence him or his devotees. Those who pray to Hanuman are not troubled by the planets, as all nine planets are deeply indebted to Hanuman.
He is considered the hero of heroes, as well as the servant of servants. He is totally selfless and without his own agenda. His power is so great that he seems to control Saturn with his tail, but really he controls Saturn with his love. Saturn loves and respects Hanuman so much that he cannot bring himself to harm those who are under his protection.”~astroved.com (need to mention that this site does not agree with our timing of Hanuman’s birthday. puts it at Jan 9th, also wants to sell you “power rituals to rewrite your destiny”. I’m going with the “other parts of India”.~L)
“The Venus/Uranus conjunction happens close to the Scorpio Full Moon (April 21st or 22nd, depending on your time zone). The surprise or abrupt change of priorities will be aligned with this Moon’s all or nothing culmination. In keeping with Scorpio’s uncompromising intensity, there may be a total ending or complete commitment to going further. Authenticity will be the theme. Pluto Rx amplifies the vibe of the inward journey and unavoidable truth.
Note that this Moon will make a tense inconjunct to Ceres in Aries. Ceres is about nurturing, mothering and loss, although Ceres in Aries emphasizes a new chapter. The birth of a new issue or idea will demand attention in a discordant way.”~rubyslipper.ca
“Don’t be reactive. Assert yourself from a clear sense of knowing, and if you can’t do that, at least play it cool. Breathe through your impulses, so your fears don’t run into hyperdrive.”~lovelanyadoo.com
“We are powerful beyond measure, and so deeply vulnerable at the same time. This may seem like a dichotomy, but it isn’t. We have misunderstood real power. It has been something assertive, non-surrendering, pushing on through. This is not real power. This is simply willfulness. Real power is something else – – receptivity, openness, the courage to keep your heart open on the darkest of days, the strength to feel it all even when the odds are stacked against you. Real power is showing up with your heart on your sleeve and absolutely refusing to waste one moment of your life hidden behind edginess and armor.”~Jeff Brown by way of whispy.com
“When Hanuman was just a little monkey god, he was completely enamored by the sun, because he thought the sun was, in fact, a giant mango. He bent his knees deeply and sprung from the earth toward the sun with his mouth wide open. When he made it to the sun’s height, he took the whole sun into his mouth at once. The more he tried to chew it, the more he failed and the more his mouth was burned (“Hanuman” translates as “one with the broken jaw”).
Some years later, Hanuman was considering teachers in preparation for his service to Lord Ram, and his mother brings up the possibility of Surya becoming his teacher. “I’m sure Surya has forgotten about the whole mango incident. Go to him and ask him if he will teach you the Vedas”.
Is this Hanuman who came to celebrate the birthday of his beloved Rama and who blesses those who celebrate his Master?~awakening times.com
Surya was not swayed to teach Hanuman. “I’m afraid I don’t have the time to teach you. I have to keep the universe lit. I have many things to attend to and can’t afford to slow down for the sake of your studies.” Due to the abilities Indra bestowed upon him (after breaking his jaw to get his mouth off the sun~L), Hanuman felt he was up for the task. “Well what if you didn’t have to slow down any of your activities. I’ll keep up with you.” (real power~L)
This is the mythological origin of the sun salutation. If you think about the structure of the sun salutation, there is always a sense of moving backward, as you hop or step back to chaturanga, into upward dog and then back to downward dog. There is a movement energetically from the front to the back of the mat. It is said Hanuman kept up with Surya through these Surya namaskars.
At the end of their time together, Hanuman asked Surya how he would like to be compensated for his Vedic training, but Surya refused any compensation, saying that the offering of a truly dedicated student was reward enough. Hanuman replied, “Then I give you my gratitude and my (sun) salutations”. Surya, the symbol of Hanuman’s biggest mistake (confusing the sun for a mango) turns out to be his greatest teacher.”~Jacob Kyle at Embodied Philosophy fivetattvas.com
This artist’s concept puts solar system distances in perspective. The scale bar is in astronomical units, with each set distance beyond 1 AU representing 10 times the previous distance. One AU is the distance from the sun to the Earth, which is about 93 million miles or 150 million kilometers. NASA’s Voyager 1, humankind’s most distant spacecraft, is around 125 AU. Image via NASA/JPL-Caltech.
“With three major planets now retrograde (Saturn, Mars and Jupiter) you are being asked to make multiple returns. Expect to be revisiting physical and spiritual bodies in new ways, though the emotional body will be your most potent guide. Inner conflicts may increase as Sun and Venus are exalted simultaneously, however this will be mirrored to you through external conflicts. Who are you blaming or accusing? These battles are within you. Seeking integration with your polarities is the only path for unity.
April 21st: Full Moon in Libra + Swati Nakshatra.
April 24th: Venus moves to Aries. *Free* Full Moon Creative Ritual Class. Join the Class List.
April 28th: Mercury Retrograde.” ~swatijrjyotish.com
“A new chapter in your journey of self-assertion, discernment and healing.
The mantra for Scorpio moon is:
“Om Angarakaya Namaha”
(Om An-ga-ra-ka-ya Na-ma-ha)
This mantra is to call to the lord of peace and removal of any obstacles in your way.
The intention of this mantra is to keep us in balance; from losing our even nature through darkness and unfocused energy.
Please remember that I am NOT an astrologer. Rather, I am a Vedic reader, a discipline which incorporates Astronomy, Astrology and Vedic tendencies to build the most accurate readings which lead the pathway to change and self-reliance. (Just loved this–really speaks to what Vedic philosophy does for me.~L)
May the light of the moon help you discover yourself and be one with yourself.
Please remember this is a intense full moon try not to make hasty decision as you will later regret it.
Ophiuchus (standing over the Scorpion) teaches us to recognize that power is not something outside of self and gaining it is not attempting to control our external world and the people in it, but is through the art of self-mastery to claim the power within self. This requires an inversion in consciousness from being a victim of our life experience to being a creator of it. This flip in consciousness is not merely attained by changing how we think, although that can open the path to it. It is the result of doing the inner work, physiologically, emotionally and mentally that changes our vibrational resonance.~lunarplanner.com
So, this is our unique opportunity. There are trines (harmonious aspects), t-squares (challenging aspects) a full moon (illuminating, culminating energy) and more than the fair share of cosmic chaos swirling all around us. This is our time to shine what we have been practicing and see if it serves us. As a matter of fact, this is the perfect time to evaluate the utility of ANY tool. Not for judgements’ sake, but for lightening the load.
Cosmically, we are catapulted into the future while inundated with images and traumas from the past. It is time to decide how well we are letting go of the behaviors and impulses we did not intend to collect. The reactions and triggers foisted on to us by trauma and fear must be unsentimentally released. Ironic that this is best achieved by the illumination of fear and shadow, no? It will be easier now to release. That is GOOD NEWS.
We can master ourselves BEST, our lunar philosophy will argue, when we can see where we are lying to ourselves and not walking our talk. We return to trust when we question WHY we put the mask on to begin with, when we see the subtle forces that encouraged us to build the walls, to mistake false security for power. There is no need to condemn or judge here, just to question, see both sides and sink into the softness of the center: the place between head and heart where we can access BOTH.
This moon is unaspected (an unusual and subtle point) except for the sun in Taurus, as full moons are always oppositions. So this energy is given to extremes. It could go either way here. Scorpio is given to extremes as well, so it’s a good time to ask yourself: what would a relation of TRUST, LOVE and GENUINE DESIRE FOR INTIMACY look like, between any extreme polarities you may face? May you have many examples in your life to refer to, as I am grateful to have so many in mine.
Thursday and Saturday classes will center (punny) on Hanumanasana (the ultimate push – pull polarity) to celebrate his natality and his example of strength, devotion and perseverance. Jai Hanuman! Then we will engage a deep release of head, neck and shoulders to honor his bridging the gap as we prepare to take our own leap into the soft center between head and heart.
“Hanuman’s second leap (after the mango incident~L), the leap to Sri Lanka, came during his journey to find Sita. Hanuman is with a group of buddies looking for Sita, and encounters a slight obstacle in his search – the ocean. Hanuman feels defeated and believes that his mission to find Sita has failed; but, just when he wants to give up, his friend Jambavantha reminds him who he is. He sings Hanuman’s praises, and Hanuman remembers his own powers and leaps across the ocean. ~http://sopranointherealworld.blogspot.com/2012/05/leap.html (Never mind that his obstacles increased and included Sita not wanting to be rescued. Celebrate the leap!~L)
What happens when you go for the mango?