Sun and the Black Moon (Friday 30 September 6:11 pm MDT) in Libra

 Fair, Balanced and Equal is CONTEXTUAL and the measure is LOVE (which is a unifying PROCESS).
Old paradigms of Conflict, Greed and Dominance ARE changing.  How we ACT now matters, immensely.  This HAS TO BE A CONTROLLED BURN. 
The 25th, Monday, had Jupiter conjunct the sun and Pluto FINALLY stationing direct.  Anything cool happen for you?~L 
The moon was almost exactly at last quarter when Jenney Disimon in Sabah, North Borneo captured this photo on July 27, 2016 (5:30 a.m. local time, or July 26 at 21:30 UTC).
“May I learn all the ways in which I do not really see you. All the ways I rush through you, past you, over you. May I learn to pause in your presence. May I learn that witnessing you is witnessing myself. The more I do one, the more I can do another.

May I learn all the ways in which my self-obsession inhibits me from being able to experience you as you are, not as I think you should be. May I look for all of the assumptions that I have created. All of the prejudices I have been handed and that I consciously and unconsciously perpetuate. All of the limited understandings of you that I project on to you everyday. May I commit to rewiring my mind to be humble enough to know that I don’t know you but that I am willing to learn about you. May I remember that getting to know you is an honor and a blessing.”

                                                   2016-sept-28-moon-and-mercuryThe bow of the waning crescent moon points toward Mercury's place over the sunrise point on the horizon. Mercury is more easily viewed in the Northern Hemisphere.

“A Black Moon (in some parts of the world)

From the Western Hemisphere, the new moon occurring on Friday, Sept. 30, is a Black Moon.

September 2016 is host to a somewhat unusual lunar event: a second new moon in a single month, an event some people call a “Black Moon.”

While a full moon refers to the moment when the moon’s Earth-facing side is fully illuminated by sunlight, a new moon refers to the moment when the moon’s Earth-facing side is fully in shadow. (Unfortunately, that means the Black Moon will be more or less invisible, even if the moon is high in the sky).”

This composite image shows suspected plumes of water vapor erupting at the 7 o'clock position off the limb of Jupiter's moon Europa. The plumes, photographed by NASA's Hubble's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, were seen in silhouette as the moon passed in front of Jupiter. Hubble's ultraviolet sensitivity allowed for the features, rising over 100 miles above Europa's icy surface, to be discerned. The water is believed to come from a subsurface ocean on Europa. The Hubble data were taken on January 26, 2014. Image via NASA.

This composite image shows suspected plumes of water vapor erupting at the 7 o’clock position off the limb of Jupiter’s moon Europa. The plumes, photographed by NASA’s Hubble’s Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, were seen in silhouette as the moon passed in front of Jupiter. Hubble’s ultraviolet sensitivity allowed for the features, rising over 100 miles (160 km) above Europa’s icy surface, to be discerned. The water is believed to come from a subsurface ocean on Europa. ~earthsky.orgImage result for Savitur

“The new moon will fall in the area of the sky known as Hasta nakshatra – “the hand of god.” Hasta channels the brilliant light of Savitur, the Hindu deity of the dawn.  Each morning, as the sun rises, Savitur breaks the darkness of night.  His solar energy awakens consciousness on our planet and impels us into action. The power of the rising sun is beaming through the haze of the subconscious night on this new moon, offering inner clarity and radiating insight for all those who inquire.

The close proximity of expansive Jupiter in sidereal Virgo gives this new moon an extra dose of healing inspiration. It promotes interest in changing diet and lifestyle and opens opportunities for supportive self-care.   Feeling depleted of energy is entirely possible; and for some, this new moon could trigger the deceptive and untrusting dark side of Hasta’s influence. 

Listening to, or chanting the gayatri mantra is a great way to empower the sun’s positive light on your life at this time.  Also, spending time in the warm rays of the sun and watching sunrises and sunsets can help remove uncertainty and increase your self-confidence.  Warm ginger or cinnamon teas, and foods spiced with saffron or turmeric also balance solar energy.

Gayatri Mantra

Om bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
tát savitúr váreṇ(i)yaṃ
bhárgo devásya dhīmahi
dhíyo yó naḥ prachodayāt
– Rigveda 3.62.10

We meditate on the glory of that being who has produced this universe;
may its light shine into our minds.

New moons are portals (this world of riddled with holes!~L) to the inner world and the subconscious realm, and for this reason they can trigger anxiety and doubt.  This upcoming lunar cycle has a special power to combat this.”
As the moon begins to wax again on Oct 1, Navaratri, the 10-day Hindu festival of the goddess will begin.
These powerful waxing moon days are celebrated for their exceptional ability to accelerate spiritual growth and healing.
Navaratri (Nava=nine/ Ratri=nightsalways begins the day after the new moon and is celebrated five times a year. The most important and widely celebrated is the Maha Navaratri – the Navaratri of Autumn (Sharadiya Navaratri) which falls in October this year.

                               Nine ways to call in the Goddess for Navaratri

John Ashley, who often shots in Glacier National Park in Montana, caught this meteor on July 31, 2016, over the park's Hidden Lake. Thank you, John. Visit John Ashley Fine Art.John Ashley, who often shots in Glacier National Park in Montana, caught this meteor on July 31, 2016. Thank you, John. Visit John Ashley Fine Art.

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“The Libra Black New Moon will conjunct Jupiter at 4 degrees Libra. It will also sextile Saturn at 11 degrees Sagittarius and inconjunct/quincunx Neptune retrograde at 9 degrees Pisces, thus triggering the waning Saturn-Neptune squares. It will also square Mars and Pluto in Capricorn (2 and 14 degrees, respectively.)

The New Moon in Libra will be the first lunation after the eclipse season of September. The first lunations after eclipses are always bursting with energy, as they express things often overshadowed or “eclipsed” at the actual eclipses but that now come out full force. So, a very energetic Libra New Moon! The aspects definitely support an electric charge to the atmosphere, though there’s conflicting information in what will actually go down. It’s complicated…

On the one hand, it’s conjunct Jupiter in Libra! Woo-hoo! Throw some confetti in the air, a New Moon conjunct Jupiter is a party waiting to happen. It’s just easier to find joy, and Libra being a social sign, the Libra New Moon conjunct Jupiter is going to be about finding joy with others. You stay at home alone, you lose out. At least try to invite people over if you’re staying in. The sextile to Saturn in Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius gives a nice opportunity to turn new friends or flirts or acquaintances into long lasting ones.

It’s a Friday night/Saturday morning, take a chance on love here. I’m not saying you’ll fall in love; hell, it might turn out a bit nasty with the squares to Mars and Pluto. Some of the hard transits of recent memory have either left certain folks lonely, or killed their mojo. Closed off to even entertaining the idea of fun love.  (My hand is raised.~L) But, what is more likely is that you’ll be faced with a part of your dark psyche (Pluto) that forces you (Mars) to grow in positive ways (Jupiter) in your expectations of relationships (Libra). This growth can only be forced through interacting with others, there is no other way to grow in relationships other than, well, relating. (Well, dammit~L)

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“The New Moon often represents the planting of a seed, and the darkness that seed experiences before it begins to bloom.To have two New Moons in one month signifies a very powerful blossoming process and one that has probably been in the works for some time.  September’s Black Moon is filled with positive aspects and plenty of opportunities. In fact, the entire week leading up to the Black Moon and the days that follow it, are going to be extremely positive and peaceful.  The energy of this Black Moon is so supported by the other planets and it is very likely we will all be experiencing great epiphanies, opportunities and even, miracles.”

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Cal Garrison, people!  Mother of SKYE, yo!  Laying it down on the hungover day after her 68th solar return!

“I have always pooh-poohed Libra as way too superficial and boring. It’s anything but. From a cosmic perspective this is the horizon line where Earth and Sky connect, and what happens at this interface is absolutely awesome. By the Fall Equinox whatever we’ve been dreaming about, along with everyone else’s visions have reached their highest mode of expression. And none of us can grow any further if we don’t figure out how to weave what we’ve created into the universal matrix. What’s “out there” is dying to embrace us the same way Father Sky embraces Mother Earth at the horizon line.  At the bottom line the need for “other” and the burning desire to see ourselves reflected in the eyes of another person comes from a yearning to experience our own divinity and be reminded that we are loved unconditionally by whatever is at the source.

In order for that to happen we have to surrender all of who we are, and all of what we’ve become as a result of this dream process, to something outside of ourselves. What good would it do to keep it all inside? How would it benefit anyone if we didn’t know enough to take our show on the road and see where we fit in to the greater whole?

The horizon line is the point where every vision falls in love with its larger purpose. And we can only find out what that is by sharing what’s inside us with the world. There are a million ways to do this. Since all of us exist in relation to everything, the possibilities and the points through which we can connect are infinite.
The whole point of being here in 3D is to remember our own divinity.

If all of us understood this, life on planet earth would be so different — because we would know that we are all one and that we come from the same source. Use the next few weeks to find out as much as you can about where you connect with what’s “out there.” Relinquish your separateness. Let the divine in you shine through. I have a feeling when you do you will see it reflected in the eyes of everyone you meet and in everything you do.” – See more at: –  (This is the absolute LAST thing I feel like doing right now.  But I know she is right.~L)
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“I was just listening to a science guy (I’ve done my share of science in my day though I much prefer art) explaining how there are (Warning: I won’t check my numbers) a kachillion brain bits interacting in bazillions of ways and we have really no clue about how this all works and Yet- we are Doing it! Never underestimate the power of what You have, its already yours- so Tune In.”  ~Dawn Exton (and so it may be with soul.~L)
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(If nothing is impossible and there is be a spiritual battle going on for my soul, I want my choices to be based in MY truth.  If angels and demons are whispering, I want to listen to MY angels and demons.  If there is such a thing as soul, then I will find mine FIRST, and learn to protect it while it makes this journey into matter. The whole of creation may be in the balance.  If anything is possible, then anything can change. Even soul. Even god.  Even truth.  Even the hearts and minds of humans.
My journey is my body and my soul on this Earth.  Now and now and now.  Nothing is yet decided.  None of this is done.  Be protected beyond your wildest imagining.  Imagine that there is grace and forgiveness and mercy for all of us.  Know you are blessed despite your sorrow.  Choose the best you can for unity, wholeness, love and good.  You are forging the vessel that becomes a chariot for the divine.  Please keep going.  Please trust who you are in your best moments.~L)
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“The days are getting shorter. Plants and trees are winding down their cycle of growth. Sadness – and courage – are natural emotions as these changes are taking place.

That’s part of what the Chinese philosophy of the five phases or five elements is trying to convey: for example, sadness is part of the autumn season. Sadness isn’t an emotion to be avoided at all costs. Instead, sadness is simply part of nature.

So to celebrate the autumn equinox as the Chinese philosophers did, you might …

Stand facing west, considered the direction of autumn in ancient Chinese philosophy. Just stand for a few moments and honor the “westness” of autumn. Consider your dreams and visions, and the path on which you’re moving forward through your life.

Light white candles against the growing darkness of the season. Or place white flowers on your table. White is the color of autumn in the Chinese tradition.

Allow yourself to weep for things you have lost. Weeping is the sound of this season, according to Chinese philosophy.

Find the courage to face what’s ahead.”

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“Pluto stations direct on the 26th, and brings to light all of that which is broken, which is deteriorating and no longer working because the bottom is falling out.  Things like racism and misogyny, are so often deeply entrenched within a society, we don’t even realize our complicit participation. So it is at these Pluto times we are told, Look at this, Look at this. And at these times we must not look away.
The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery each day. ~ Albert Einstein
Mercury and Pluto have been ‘trine’ one another as they both came to stand still. When planets appear to station, and stand still in this way, they are much more powerful. Through this window, we are being given the opportunity to discover, to get to the bottom, to reveal. One of the other things that Pluto can bring to the surface as it stations, are things such as ancient relics, beautiful gems, and buried treasure.  Truth. It cannot be hidden forever.

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

~ Galileo Galilei

The Libra Equinox is a time to sow peace and gratitude. Any and all positive energy sent out at this time helps to ameliorate discordant energy, both in our personal lives and in the world at large.”

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AS TO THE MATTER of NASA’S statement that your astrological sign has changed.  This is untrue and political in nature.  VIVEKA and research it.  The first such hoax occurred in 1971.~L

 “Astrologers use two zodiacs, One is sidereal and the other is tropical.  The one most in the west are familiar with is the tropical–based on earth’s seasonal changes.  Sidereal astrology is specific to the stars, Almost everyone’s sign slides backwards in Sidereal astrology by about 27 degrees when the horoscope is calculated in Sidereal time.” ~

(But then, you already knew there wer two zodiacs, dincha?  Keeping you hip.  Viveka, viveka, viveka, Yoganauts.  And then viveka some more and TRUST YOU.~L

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Jacob Kyle of Embodied Philosophy

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(for Ryan’s mother. be protected beyond what you CAN suppose.~L)

“With Pluto resuming direct motion on Monday, we are provided with the opportunity to take hold of this clarity and form a new perspective, which can last. Both Venus and Mars change signs this week. Venus moves from Libra into Scorpio and Mars moves from Sagittarius into Capricorn. This is another indicator for a shift in perspective. The Sun meets Jupiter in early Libra to make a conjunction on Monday. This is a strong indicator for positive thinking, which encourages us to make personal progress.”

~David Zunker of

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(A wise person just told me another way to embody the Divine Feminine energy that is coming forward.  Treat my emotions as if the were my children and speak up for them when they need to be heard.  The silence no longer serves.  It’s time to say what is fair, balanced and equal FOR ME. ~L) 

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“You guys may not know this, but you can twist fate into your favor by where you choose to be at the moment the Sun returns to the exact position it was in, at the moment of your birth… It’s like being able to pick where you were born to get the best possible results…” ~daniel dowd

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“This Sun/Jupiter conjunction is a time to expand our horizons, renew our faith in relationships, love, and life, and go for it!  Of course, the old adage with Jupiter is just to not be too excessive and overdo it.  Hard to manage these days, when it is all coming at us so fast and the future becomes the past in the wink of an eye.  But hey, we’re all here together and united we stand, divided we fall says Sun/Jupiter in Libra, so reach out and touch someone!” ~Kaypacha Lescher of

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“No matter how sacred, religious and utterly God/Goddessy a vibration or impulse seems – if it compels you to do things beyond your conscious control and Will, affecting your life in an adverse way – treat it as you would an addiction. There´s nothing wrong or shameful in that. But when your energy signature meets someone or something larger than itself that it cannot create a healthy relationship with – draw appropriate boundaries. Especially with Eris-Uranus conjunct tomorrow, I cannot understate the importance of spiritual and psychic boundaries – because this energy is HUGE.  (Many astrologers cite it as the background energy for WW2.  ~L)

Remember – as much as we may want to romanticize the Rising Feminine – Eris is the Goddess who basically caused the Trojan War. She threw down the Apple of Discord to a wedding party after she realized she didn´t get an invite. There are other ways to re-write and re-signify the Eris Myth, but that is the core. And at least a part of that energy will still play out in that narrative.

Coming from the Heart and striving to find a space of Detached Calmness through the Storm does not negate the need for Change nor does it invalidate the pain and suffering that so many have borne. It simply means that we will be in a better space to act upon our deeper impulses and drives in ways that do not cause unnecessary damage. You will act out passionately, in whatever way you see fit, so it is best to have a counter-point, an anchor which allows you to reflect upon what you´re doing, how and why.

Blessings and Love ❤

Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

 The Sky Priestess

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oops.  sorry about the apple. ~L
Eris and Uranus square Vesta (23 Cancer) at this time. It is a potent, generationally defining moment for us all. We ask ourselves the question of who we truly are – and what we have, thus far, sacrificed of ourselves to fulfill some vision of service? For a woman, in particular, it is the prescription to forsake her identity, her emotions, her dreams, visions, and ideas … her wildness, her untameable, socially ´disrespectful´, sexual, irrepressible being so that a home and domestic sphere may exist for others.  (Again, 22 Cancer is my birth degree and has been the grist for my mill for a while.~L)
“We then ask, nay, realize that it is time to let go of such visions, as our most Authentic sense of Self is waiting to be birthed at this time.

Let yourself be you – as long as you do not hurt yourself or another in the process. (And no, walking out of a relationship or social arrangement of bondage and submission does not count as ´hurting another´ in this context). You don´t have to stop being a mother, a nurturer, a home-maker if you so choose – but you don´t have to be defined by those roles either. You don´t have to divorce them from the flame that is you.

Let others judge as they will. Let them walk away should your flame be too bright for them or force them to see that you can no longer be controlled.

This is your time to Roar.

Make it Loud, Proud – and from the Heart.


Priestess Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

The Sky Priestess

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The new moon in Libra initiates us into a month of forward motion, growth, action and expansion. We get to move forward after months of working with the reviews that the Mars and Mercury retrograde had us go through. 
This new moon sits with Jupiter, the planet of abundance, generosity and learning how to say yes to the goodness in our lives. Since this is the first new moon in Libra since Jupiter arrived there, it can help to unlock the potential of Jupiter’s year long transit through Libra.
Libra is the sign of relationship, peace, balance, harmony and beauty. This new moon wants to remind us of the power that inherently lies in our ability to connect with one another, the kind of peace that is possible when we work in balance with the world around us and the importance of saying yes to what will help us expand into our potential.
Because it sits with Jupiter, planet of growth and expansion and because it is in the beautifying, pleasing sign of Libra, this new moon is one that can help us to open the expansive possibility of living in a world that is based on equality, justice and peace for all. In order to strike balance, we must address what keeps us from it. The abuse of power always threatens the possibility of a peaceful existence.

This week Mars enters a new sign for the first time in 2016 (Mars spent the first 9 months of 2016 in Scorpio or Sagittarius due to its retrograde cycle). Capricorn is of the best signs it can be in. Mars in Capricorn is cool-headed, calls the shots, cuts ties with what drags it down unnecessarily and does not wonder what to do. Mars in Capricorn makes a plan and sticks to it. Mars in Capricorn reminds us that in order to win this battle we need a goal and the courage to see it through, no matter what may come.”

               Image via NASA, ESA, and K. Noll (STScI), Acknow

This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows the colorful “last hurrah” of a star like our sun.

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And so it is, Yoganauts.   Turns out the Eclipse series was my final Lunar Yoga Flow offering in Helena for a while.  I got my ticket yesterday and I leave for Prague on Saturday 8 October, without plans to return.  I am so excited I am levitating.  After repeated attempts to expand my world and visit the planet outside the US, I have found my way to launch.

 I will keep the emails and the blog updated as much as I can, but for the first month and a half I will be studying to attain my Oxford Trinity CertTESOL (certificate to Teach English as a foriegn language) so I will be BUSY.  I already have homework!  You know how I love to study and do research and it won’t be long before I can get back to teaching yoga, I hope.  Along with the certification I am applying for a Czech visa, so I will be able to teach there.

    This all came up so quickly that I may not have time to say goodbye in person, so I want you to know that I count each one of you among the things I am grateful for.  I am blessed to have known you and even though there is distance, I hope we maintain our communication.  Feel free to email me here, by clicking reply, commenting on the blog: and if I may ask your aid in this time of transition (turns out I’m not the world’s greatest financial planner–I thought having no credit cards for 10 years was a good thing, turns out the credit bureaus can’t even establish my identity!!) visiting Lunar Yoga Flow is Heading to Prague to access my crowdfunding campaign.  A very fond farewell, Yoganauts.  Till we meet again, Mind your heart. ~L

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