ASTROLOGIC // SACRED RIVER OF THE SKY & THE MYSTIC WATERS BELOW 

- Vedic Astrology by Eve - 

FEBRUARY 26th, 2017 NEW MOON 

We are gearing for a deeply magical new Moon on February 26th at 6:58am PST.  Our Moon will be receiving an intimate embrace from Varuna & Varuni, the god and goddess of the mystic waters above and below.  They will whisper forbidden secrets in her ear and she will receive the intoxicating wine of their enchanted realm.  The sign of Shatabhishaka is the home of Varuna and Varuni.  Shatabhishaka translates to 100 healers, 100 doctors and sometimes 100 flowers.  This is in reference to the profound alchemy and healing that is possible through this sign. 
  
Varuna is a god of the night.  He conceals the world in darkness so that we can see the ocean of stars.  If we observe the day, the Sun’s light is so overpowering that the stars disappear.  But the cloak of night reveals the sacred river of the sky, the galaxies and stars.  Mysteries awaken at night and the Moon expresses herself in all of her glory.  She becomes the Queen of the circle of the stars.  Astrologers and astronomers could not ask for a more romantic Moon! I am not referring to ‘romance’ as the word is typically defined, as this Moon is said to not be good for interpersonal social relationships or marriage, but it is the best sign for the romance between our inner-self and the cosmos, the marriage of our receptive mind and the mysteries of the universe. 
 
Varuna is also a god of the cosmic law or ऋतं ṛtaṃ that keeps the rhythm of time in order and holds everything in place.  The empty circle of space or Aakash is another symbol for the sign of Shatabhishaka, the circle of the ceremony and of the commitments we make with life through our actions, or the outcome of karma which is part and parcel of the inner law that governs life.  Varuni, the goddess of intoxication and concealment, also comes into play here as mother of secrets and knowledge which is dangerous and potentially off limits. 
 
During this new Moon, we can observe that our Moon will have a lot of company including Ketu (the South node or ‘the liberator’) and Mercury, ‘the messenger’.   She will have an exalted Venus in her view along with Mars.  I usually write about how important it is to observe the company of the Moon as each Planet has such an impact on her mood, stability and adaptability.  When she finds herself surrounded by company, being receptive, she takes the energy within her and expresses it. 
 
Many spies, inventors, healers and researchers have prominent Shatabhishaka in their horoscope.  This is also a common star for mystics, spiritualists, meditators, yogis and shamans.  People who can go deep into the heart of the earth, below the surface, to the hidden recesses of the oceans and into the abyss of the night sky.  People who can wear the mask of invisibility and cloak themselves in mystery. 
 
This is a time to seek that which is normally concealed and out of sight; to allow the plant world to work with us and guide us into expanded states of consciousness.  For those of you who work with plant medicine, those plants which are prepared as liquids will be very potent at the moment of this new Moon. The medicines of spirit will be awake and ready to work with you.  It is a time to see that which illusion has masked and hidden from sight.  The elements of water and space will merge so this moment will be fertile for psychic activity, inner sight and the peering into the potential of the future.  In Shatabhishaka, past and future merge in the circular rhythm of time.  Varuna asks us to forget our linear, square thinking and to realize time has more of a circular pattern, swirling and linking past, present and future.  Seductive Varuni takes our hands and leads us into the abstract mind, where creative thought is intoxicated with it’s inventive nature.  She helps us look beyond the confines of the logic.  Together, Varuna and Varuni are a perfect synthesis of cosmic law and abstract, creative thought, just as all life is weaving in and out of these two concepts.
  
Because of the circular nature of this sign, we can also observe a humanitarian connection and primal energies that link us all to the march of time.  This new Moon could cause stirs within the collective psyche, pulling the truth forward.  It could also bring extreme, moody weather, environmental eruptions, a ripple of the cosmic waters in all directions.  There is a link to law, the courts, politics and government as well as rebellion and the challenging of the established order.  We can expect more earthquakes and outbreaks within the collective consciousness in the next two weeks as Varuna and Varuni will be stirring the ethers.    
  
The female horse is the sacred animal of this star sign.  Her swift medicine is readily available for all who invoke her and ask for her guidance.  Caring for horses, connecting with them, rescuing those who are abused or are in need of care pleases Varuna and Varuni.  We can also care for our skies and oceans, and all of our wild brothers and sisters that swim within them that depend on us to keep their homes clean and safe.   As Varuna has a direct link to the Nagas or elemental serpent spirits we discussed for the previous Ashlesha full Moon, we can also honor the Nagas who are the protectors of our beautiful Earth. 
  
I would like to close now with a prayer that we can all see through the illusion of divisiveness and the thick veil of time which conceals all, understanding that all is interconnected and that every action locks us into the cosmic law which pervades our existence.  May we all sit at the feet of Varuna and Varuni in humility, seeking to understand that which is best for the circle of life. 
 
Oṃ Vaṃ Varuṇāya Namaḥ

ASTROLOGIC // RIDING ON THE STORM OF HEALING POISON

- Vedic Astrology by Eve - 

FEBRUARY 10th, 2017 FULL MOON 

Our Moon will be full at 4:33pm PST on Friday, February 10th 2017.   This is no ordinary full Moon as not only will she be in a special placement referred to as gandanta in Sanskrit, but she will also be partially eclipsed (close proximity to Rahu, the north node) while forming a Chandra Yoga.  She will be aligned with the sign of Ashlesha

Before I translate this, I would like to draw our attention once more to the fact that Chandra or Moon is so incredibly important in Vedic astrology.  In short, Chandra reveals a lot about what will grow in any given moment, the potential fertility of that moment or lack thereof for any given activity.  The Moon marks the present moment like no other Graha (Planet).  She has an intimate relationship with Earth and our Earth’s cycles. In sidereal astrology, she is placed in the heart of every Earth Sign.  This means that in the middle of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, there is a nakshatra (star sign) that aligns to the midpoint of that sign associated with our Moon.  Our ancient ancestors clearly understood the beautiful dance between our Earth and Moon.  She is also considered to be in an exalted state when she is transiting Taurus, one of the most fertile and sensual signs.  By examining the condition of the Moon in our horoscope, we can get an eagle’s eye view of what our consciousness is pregnant with in this lifetime.  The same is true for examining the current cycle of the Moon in relation to our Earth, Sun and other Planets.

Ashlesha will be influencing our full Moon on Friday, the star of the Nagas, the star of entwining, embracing and clinging.  Ashlesha is also the sign where most of the hidden poisons rests.  A gandanta (knot) point lies in the junction between Ashlesha and the next star sign Magha (the star of the Throne, empowerment and government).  The sign of Ashlesha has great alchemical and transformational power, this will be amplified by the gandanta degree, the loosening of the knot of karma.
Ashlesha also has the power to destroy and completely annihilate.  The basis above is the approaching serpent, the foundation below is fear or trembling and the desire is to defeat enemies.  The result of all three is said to be the destruction of the intended victim.  This sign possesses the ability to unleash a volatile power (such as in the case of President Truman’s disastrous decision to unleash this force on Hiroshima and Nagasaki) as well as the ability to rise up in conflict without fear and bring great spiritual medicine to the masses. We must remember, where there is poison, there is also medicine.  Where there is injury there is potential to heal. This great churning of energy is illuminated in the sign of Ashlesha.   Mahatma Gandhi is a good example of the incredible strength and influence of the medicine demonstrated here. 

The throat chakra is the active chakra for this Moon.  Responsibility is the key word.  Responsibility with actions and words; restraining the impulse to strike unless completely necessary for protection of the weak, for protection of the vulnerable or exploited.  The poisons unleash when we act out against or speak negatively of others, when we wish others harm, when we pass harsh judgement, when our envy or cruelty overcomes us, all of this is represented here.  When we do not speak up for the exploited, for those in bondage or suffering injustice, we also poison ourselves.  Objectifying speech, limiting speech, constricting labels and categories we place on each other. 
Ashlesha nakshatra can reveal the path to medicine by speaking healing words, by releasing the voice to defend the rights of those who do not have one. 

Moon will have Rahu in front of her, in her clear view. Whoever is in front of her, she pays a lot of attention to.  Without getting political, I can only say that this potentially reveals much more tension in the collective about the governmental decisions.   Due to Rahu’s presence in Magha, the star of the Throne, our Moon will be looking to direct the energies of Ashlesha, the serpent, towards him.  This is a time to release the voice in prayer, to release the voice in truth, to take active participation in calling in the medicine for all.  Great healing potential lies hidden in the poison.  Ashlesha is best approached in humility and meditation, requesting the powers of life to allow the medicines of the natural and hidden worlds to pour over all of us. 

Classically this is a time to recite the Hanuman Chalisa or mantras to Lord Shiva, who can digest the poisons of the mind, of heart and of the Earth without being harmed. It is a day to avoid eating meat if possible or any action that advocates violence or lack of compassion. 

 Transformation, purification and healing often comes after stagnation and illness.  We can honor the illness for showing us the path to rejuvenation.  Illness gives us the appreciation for good health.  Darkness gives us the appreciation for light.  Sadness gives us the appreciation Joy.  Isolation gives us the appreciation for others. 

I close with a mantra to Lord Shiva and pray that we all metabolize the poisons within to birth new health and flush out stagnation.
 
त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात
 
tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam
urvārukamiva bandhanānmṛtyormukṣīya mā'mṛtāt

ASTROLOGIC // OPENING THE DOORS OF PERCEPTION 

- Vedic Astrology by Eve - 

JANUARY 27th, 2017 NEW MOON 

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NON DIGITAL IMAGE BY BUNNI 

Our Moon will be beginning her new cycle this month on Friday, January 27th at 4:07pm PDT.  She will be aligned with the Nakshatra (star sign) of Shravana, the star of hearing, learning, listening and connection.  Saturn and Mercury will be behind her and Ketu (the south node of the Moon) will be in front of her.  In Vedic Astrology, we consider planets that are behind and in front of Chandra (Moon) as significantly influencing her mood and stability.  Our Moon is the indicator of growth and adaptability in the horoscope.  She reveals what circumstances will grow in any given moment of time.  She also shows us what we may need to adapt to or become comfortable with during a specific period. 

Because of the strong influence of Saturn and Mercury in the 12th house (hidden placement) from Chandra (behind her), and Ketu in the 2nd house from her (in front of her, visible to her) this is not a time to make decisions regarding investment, financial contracts or large exchanges for most of us.  We should be mindful of potential financial loss or debt-creating contracts that may seem solid at first.  New professional opportunities may present themselves, yet for the first few weeks expect loss of energy along with your exciting new developments. Investing in land, minerals or herbs is different however and is welcome. 

This will be a period of questioning, seeking answers and searching for the missing piece of the puzzle. The next two weeks will most likely be full of exposure, new information and a heightened desire to connect to those we can trust or rely on.  We may also find ourselves traveling or in movement. 

We may hear things that have previously been concealed, secrets may surface and any attempt to suppress these things may fail.  As Mercury and Saturn tend to deal with hidden intelligence when combined, and they are behind our Moon at her moment of renewal, it is advisable to navigate the next two weeks with respect to our own inner knowing.  It is a very powerful moment to speak out, to connect, to reveal, to expose and to bring our energy forward.  At the same time, be cautious of hidden enemies and agendas.

This is also an incredible time for research, for uncovering secrets that were lost or out of sight.   Shravana faces upward (Urdhva Mukha or ‘upward faced’) and seeks to establish connection.  Our Moon will be starting her growth cycle looking above and beyond.  She will be reaching to establish new, powerful connections.  This means that in our daily lives for the next two weeks, we may experience ourselves touching new talents, gifts or forms of knowledge that we previously did not associate with our personality or natural gifts.  We may get involved in new activities that seek to elevate education, higher knowledge, life skills, practicality and resourcefulness.      

The monkey, an animal associated with wit, cleverness and mischief is said to be Shravana’s ‘womb’ or yoni (the animal-nature of this star-sign mainly consulted for match making and personality traits).  Shravana is also linked with the Arka flower which is a star-shaped flower with potent medicinal properties, specifically for the heart and the treatment of seizures and epilepsy.   Auspicious activities include studying, research, listening to others who need to be heard, giving a voice to the those in need of one, listening to sacred sound, listening to lectures on higher philosophy or increasing our awareness of practical, useful forms of knowledge that enhance our life skills and abilities.  Providing charity to schools, activism related to education, women’s rights, caste division and healing racial tension are all auspicious during this time.  Speaking our truth and hearing the truth of others, granting a platform for all to be heard and promoting unity will flourish during this time. 

I close this with a Mantra to Devi  Saraswati, Goddess of Learning, Knowledge and the Arts, and a prayer that we all rise together in the deeper truth of life during this cycle, creating a greater sense of unity.

“Om Aim Saraswatye Namah” 

FATHER TIME ISN'T WHAT IT USED TO BE...

Recognizing and Living With "Natural" Time

As we begin a "New Year" on January 1st, we start anew! That is, according to the Gregorian Calendar, the system by which we all live by. ...well, 'we all' except for indigenous people connected to the earth.

However, contrary to popular acceptance, for many of us this just doesn't feel right. Why is that? Well, this is because January 1st is NOT the beginning of a New Year in "Natural Time" and it never was until the Roman Calendar was implemented in 46BCE. How could Winter, the time of rest, hibernation, and death where very little life exists be the great time of renewal and new beginnings? Doesn't 'A New Year' naturally resonate as the first day of Spring, The Vernal Equinox, where life begins again. Doesn't this make the most sense? Well that's what is was before Gregorian calendars. Know that this is unnatural and we empathize with all of you. However, we must work within the constraints of modern society and still use this time for setting intentions but with the awareness that this is a true time of resting and restoration.

    Time is the fundamental framework of which we live our lives, but our true nature "feels" something different than what is forced upon. The Sun and Earth’s interaction gives us a yearly cycle, the phases of the Moon give us our monthly cycle, and the constant rising and falling of the Sun and Moon gives us our daily cycle.  All other delineations of time, like the calendar system and the system of time (seconds, minutes, hours, 24 hour cycles, 5 day work/school weeks, the 7 days of of a week) are all arbitrary, man made, and have been augmented many many times since their origin for the convenience of that current ruler.

One of the most obvious aspects of being out of synch is the '13th Moon'. There are 13 moon cycles in a year and the gregorian calendar squeezed it into 12 months. Looking at the names of the months reveal that the numbers and months don't even synch anymore. September (7), October (8) are now the 9th and 10th month just because Julius Cesar wanted his own month (July) and so did his son Augustus (August).  Continuing in this manner is a fundamental reason humans are struggling to connect to nature and live "naturally".

As much as we'd love to tell everyone to stop looking at their watch/phone and calendars and simply look to the sky and follow the earth's natural rhythm, we know that isn't feasible (yet) with every aspect of our lives enmeshed in the gregorian calendar. But alas.....our solution is (drum roll) DO BOTH!!! 
By beginning the practice of living in tune with natural rhythms: the "start of the day" - sunrise,  to the end of the day "sunset", to the moon cycle by simply noticing if the moon is waxing or waning, to when it's full or new. Just these bits of observation will reawaken our natural and ancient wisdom within us all, as this "was" the way we all lived prior to organized religions, governments, financial institutions and industrialism that fit very neatly into the Gregorian Calendar. 

Nature will forever keep perfect time, it's up to us if we want to synchronize with her. The benefits could be life changing. 

BIODYNAMIC CALENDAR // January

 BIODYNAMIC CALENDER 
JANUARY

Each month the moon moves through all twelve constellations of the zodiac in turn. This is referred to as the moon’s sidereal cycle and forms the basis of the biodynamic calendar. Although the waxing and waning (synodic) cycle is the most well known lunar rhythm, it plays a small part in this calendar. Since ancient times the twelve zodiac constellations have been associated with the each of the four elements: earth, water, air, and light. Three constellations are connected to each element, and each element is related to a part of the plant: thus, Earth – root; water – leaf; air – flower; fire – fruit. For example, for sowing or harvesting carrots an earth – root day should be chosen; for lettuce – a water – leaf day; for beans and apples – a fire – fruit day; and for cut flowers and broccoli – an air – flower day. The influences have most effect when the soil is disturbed and /or when the biodynamic preparations have been used. Choosing suitable times for cultivation, as well as for sowing and harvesting, is therefore important.    

 -Biodynamic Association of UK

ASTROLOGIC // RETURNING TO THE CENTER OF THE WHEEL

- Vedic Astrology by Eve - 

JANUARY 12th, 2017 FULL MOON 

Feet of Buddha - Kathmandu Nepal NONDIGITAL IMAGE BY BUNNI

Feet of Buddha - Kathmandu Nepal

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Our Moon will be fully illumined at 3:34am PST on January 12th bringing in the restorative, elemental winds of the star sign Punarvasu. 

Punarvasu is a special and mysterious star sign of the Mother of the gods, great goddess Aditi. One of her aspects is said to be Prithvi Mata or Earth-Mother in Sanskrit literature, but even our Grandmother Earth is only one of her attributes.  She is flowing with abundance; repetitively restoring all of the elements to balance, replenishing the cycle of life.   She is said to be infinite, inconceivable and all pervading.  All mysteries that will and will never be discovered exist within her womb. 

Her children the Vasus are sometimes listed as (Apa water, Dhruva the Pole-star, Soma Moon {but also a reference to an alchemical potion of sorts in Vedic times}, Dhara flowing water, Anila or Vayu Wind without “blue color”, Anala, Pavaka or Agni Fire, Pratyusha  the Dawn andPrabhasa Light and other times Indra the King of the gods and Vishnu theSavior of the worlds are included. 

Punarvasu is also the star sign that is most associated with Sri Rama, or the hero of the epic Ramayana.  Sri Rama surrenders himself to an unjust ordeal which results in his banishment to the Forest for 14 years, along with his wife Sita and brother Lakshmana.  During this exile, however, he finds his life’s mission both spiritually and materially.  Without the exile, without the seemingly horrific events that followed this exile, Sri Rama would not have realized his own divine attributes.  From his realization, so many other beings were rescued from an oppressive force that was enveloping the world at that time.  In other words, this immense and incomprehensible hardship became the medium for great self-knowledge, mastery, the awakening of compassion and the vehicle for that compassion to be expressed and accepted by life.

Due to the deeply spiritual and incomprehensible nature of this star sign, Punarvasu is not always an easy energy to digest.  Though it is a star sign that promotes all virtues and energetic replenishment, we first have to pass through the storm (the star before which is named Ardra, or the tear-drop) to appreciate the natural gifts of Mother Aditi.  If we are not thirsty we may not appreciate water, if we are not hot we may not appreciate wind.  Before the gifts of Mother Aditi can be realized, we often have to take a long journey away from her, seemingly losing her support until we return to her embrace and recognize who she is. 

The graces of Punarvasu are strengthened by practices of compassion and surrender but we often have to repeat or return to square one to realize what we have taken for granted or what we may have approached without due recognition.  If we are born into a golden charmed life, we often can’t appreciate it until we leave it and long to return. 

We should be prepared this year, 2017, for world events to create this thirst, this longing to return to a golden time.  This being the first full Moon of the new year, we will all need to unite in the great light that Mother Aditi intrinsically is, the unified field of consciousness that connects all life, the great circle, the infinite oneness that witnesses all. It is the biggest illusion that we are separate, that we are divided, as one infinite breath unites us all.  

Punarvasu encourages us to leave "home" and possibly even believe in a delusion so that we can appreciate our roots in the highest reality.  Through the trials of this abundant star, we are nourished and wake up to the true meaning of wealth, healing and wellness.  If we return to the same spot, we will not be the same person.  

It is a perfect time to promote compassion, to work towards unified goals, to observe the great cycles of time and meditate on our place within them, to re-examine our connection to time, to home, to comfort and ask ourselves what we can sacrifice in order to bring others to a safe place, to help them find their way back home.  It is also a good time to retreat, to reflect, to go on a much needed journey or to revisit a long forgotten place (physically or emotionally.)

The Egyptian goddess Bast or Bastet can be said to share some of Aditi's qualities, specifically her more ancient descriptions.  The female cat is the sacred animal of this star sign and the sacred tree is bamboo.  To honor or rescue a mother cat and her kittens is considered highly auspicious during this time or to protect those animals and beings that thrive in bamboo forests.  If we have bamboo in our home we can celebrate her on this full Moon.  The swan is the bird associated with Punarvasu, reflecting the highly philosophical nature of this star sign or the quality of higher discernment. 

I close with a hymn to Prithvi Mata or our Mother Earth from the Artharva Veda:

सत्यं बृहदृतमुग्रं दीक्षा तपो ब्रह्म यज्ञः पृथिवीं धारयन्ति ।
सा नो भूतस्य भव्यस्य पत्न्युरुं लोकं पृथिवी नः कृणोतु ॥१॥
Satyam Brhad-Rtam-Ugram Diikssaa Tapo Brahma Yajnyah Prthiviim Dhaarayanti |
Saa No Bhuutasya Bhavayasya Patny[i]-Urum Lokam Prthivii Nah Krnnotu ||1||

Meaning:
1.1: (Salutations to Mother Earth) The Truth (Satyam), the Cosmic Divine Law (Ritam), the Spiritual Passion manifested in Mighty Initiations, Penances and dedications to the search of Truth (by the sages); these have sustained the Mother for ages (Who in turn have supported these in Her Bosom),
1.2: She, Who is to us the Consort of the Past and the Future (being its witness), May She expand our inner life in this World towards the Cosmic Life.  (For complete Bhumi Suktam please refer here: 

http://greenmesg.org/mantras_slokas/bhoomi-bhoomi_sukta.php )

ASTROLOGIC // RESURGENCE OF SACRED WATERS 

- Vedic Astrology by Eve - 

December 28th, 2016 NEW MOON 

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The final new Moon of 2016 falls on Wednesday, December 28th at 10:53pm PDT.  Chandra (our Moon) will be aligned with the star sign (Nakshatra) called Purva Ashadha.  Both Sun (Surya) and Moon (Chandra) will align with this sign, which is the sign of the Rig Vedic Goddess Apah, sometimes referred to as Apas (deified water).  

This sign of the Divine Waters operates much like the sacred element of water that we are primarily composed of.  We hydrate ourselves with her and our cells cleanse, recharge and replenish with her essence.  Water brings expansion, revitalization, purification and new flow.  Purva Ashadha is a sign connected with blessings, sanctification, energizing, reinvigorating and preserving.  It is also a sign connected with lost knowledge, ancient civilizations, forgotten technologies and journeys to foreign lands.  It is said that when the sign Purva Ashadha is activated it is an appropriate time to explore, to travel overseas or to bring foreign knowledge to our homeland.  

This sign is deeply connected with the waters of our Earth and all beings that live within these waters.  The sign of Purva Ashadha brings forward the mysteries of the hidden water spirits or beings that various cultures speak of, who are said to populate all natural bodies of water.  

Being a sign of the Oceans, we are reminded of her amazing ability to connect land masses and to transport us from one place to another. We are also reminded of her as an ancient  witness and the many civilizations that she has seen come and go. 

She is a silent observer of our history and our legacy of human folly.  The Ocean is very temperamental with her surging tides. She is the iconic emblem of emotional life and it's ability to connect us to other each other or to invite turbulence.  In ancient days, the nakshatra of  Purva Ashadha was also an omen of possible war or dispute over diplomatic treaties and contracts.

On this new Moon, I encourage us all to reinvigorate our relationship with the sacred element of water both in the physical and in the energetic realms.  Water cleanses us and is the sole support of many life forms.  Water is life!  Whether it is the waters of the oceans or the water of our tears, water keeps us free of disease, keeps our bodies hydrated and lubricated so that we can move without pain, she flushes our hearts and minds so that we can be clean of stagnancy.  She is the key to healing and maintaining happiness and health.  

I would like to bring our attention to the brave water protectors at Standing Rock and to all of those who have contributed to protecting our sacred relationship with water.  I bow to all of you and wish you many blessings on this auspicious new Moon.  

It is a good time  to be courageous, to make a statement, to follow inspiration, to move forward, to cry, to cleanse, to reconnect to ancient knowledge, for activism, to settle debts and to clean or clear out one's personal space.  It is also a good time to donate clean water, to help others less fortunate to gain access to clean water and to protect our brothers and sisters who live in the water that do not have a human voice. 

ASTROLOGIC // RIDING THE SILVER CHARIOT OF THE MEDICINE MOON 

- Vedic Astrology by Eve - 

December 13th, 2016 FULL MOON 

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"Birthplace of Buddha" - Lumbini Nepal

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On December 13th at 4:05pm PST, our Moon will be full and in alignment with the star sign Mrigashira or Mrigashirsha.  This can be translated as “Deer Head” or “Deer-Headed”.  Mrigashirsha is said to be the birth star of Goddess Parvati, the great Goddess of all Yoginis and Tapeshwinis (female Yogis), who manifests herself as the 10 forms of wisdom Goddesses, the ten Maha Vidyas.  Chandra, or the Moon, becomes extremely delighted and full of joy in this star sign as Mrigashirsha is also the star of the Amrita, or Soma,” nectar of immortality,” who is the subject of many hymns of praise in the Rig Veda. 

The desire of Mrigashirsha nakshatra is “to gain lordship of the plants”.  This star sign is directly linked to wild places, all flora and fauna, the vast network of green-life that we have covering our earth in visible and invisible places, forests, secluded lush natural places, plant medicines that heal the body and that alter the consciousness.   This star sign is also linked to what we call the Orion constellation and brings with it the gentleness and hypersensitivity of the deer. 

The color silver (specifically the luminescent grayish, silvery-white that our Moon graces us with), the antlers or head of the stag and the earthy scent of the forest are all indicative of the qualities of Mrigashirsha.  

This is an excellent time for travel, exploration, spending time outdoors, romance, creative pursuits, bonding with new friends (specifically those of the plant species) or acquiring new knowledge related to the natural world.  Working with soil, new plant life, crafting medicines and meditating with plants is encouraged.  

On the other side, this Moon will provide a much-needed cleanse from the previous new Moon in Anuradha nakshatra.  All that was processed and negotiated over the last month will be illumined in a new way.  Whatever peace we have been seeking may come after a flood of cleansing tears.  We may find our stability on the waves of the ocean for the next two weeks instead of the solid foundation of stone that we expect.  This is a time to remain fluid, to be alert and to truly listen.  Sometimes we try to force stability where fluidity is needed.  Just as a deer remains alert and moveable in the forest, this time may call for a sudden adjustment or change in our environment.

Adopting plants in need of care and serving others with sacred medicines is auspicious during this time.  Flirting and romance is natural but should be approached with caution more than impulsivity during this time.  The signing of contracts is generally not encouraged and the formation of long term plans should be avoided until the next new Moon.  

 I would like to close with a mantra to Goddess Parvati, whose intense devotion united her with the goal that she sought.  Mrigashirsha is called “the searching star”.  My wish for us all is that we are able to unite with that which we are truly longing or searching for.    

OM HRIM YOGINI YOGINIM YOGESHWARI YOGABHAYANKARI NAMAH  

BIODYNAMIC CALENDAR // December

 BIODYNAMIC CALENDER 
DECEMBER

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Each month the moon moves through all twelve constellations of the zodiac in turn. This is referred to as the moon’s sidereal cycle and forms the basis of the biodynamic calendar. Although the waxing and waning (synodic) cycle is the most well known lunar rhythm, it plays a small part in this calendar. Since ancient times the twelve zodiac constellations have been associated with the each of the four elements: earth, water, air, and light. Three constellations are connected to each element, and each element is related to a part of the plant: thus, Earth – root; water – leaf; air – flower; fire – fruit. For example, for sowing or harvesting carrots an earth – root day should be chosen; for lettuce – a water – leaf day; for beans and apples – a fire – fruit day; and for cut flowers and broccoli – an air – flower day. The influences have most effect when the soil is disturbed and /or when the biodynamic preparations have been used. Choosing suitable times for cultivation, as well as for sowing and harvesting, is therefore important.    

 -Biodynamic Association of UK

ASTROLOGIC // ADJUSTING OUR INNER CONTRACTS 

- Vedic Astrology by Eve - 

November 29th, 2016 NEW MOON 

Chandra, our Moon, will be New on November 29, 2016 at exactly 4:18am PDT.  There will be a special emphasis on Saturn as Saturn will be in close alignment with both Sun and Moon.  The emphasis here will have a purging and adjusting effect on the collective consciousness as we will also be within the confines of Kalasarpa Yoga once again, wrapped in the coils of the serpent of time (experiencing the result of previous life choices through escalated intensity).  This new cycle of Chandra will be full of force.  

Anuradha, the star sign that both Sun and Moon will be transiting is the residing place of the Rig Vedic god Mitra who governs honesty, right action, contracts, agreements, treaties and diplomacy.  Anuradha confronts us with the mirror of right action and the deep awareness of the result of our divisiveness with our friends, community and the world as a whole.  Any time we may have broken our word, given a false promise or had hidden selfish intentions may come to revisit us in some way.  Over all, this will have a collective effect due to the presence of Kalasarpa Yoga and Shani (Saturn) influencing the two luminaries. 

This is an excellent time to make new commitments to our truth and to realize how our word choice and speech patterns construct our daily reality.  An example of this would be to examine the word choices revolving around “it” and “that” which enables our mind to view life as impersonal.  It is easy to “use” resources if we see our Earth as “it” but if we see our Earth and define her as our Grandmother or another personal word choice, we may shift our relation to her abundant gifts such as water, soil and sustenance in all shapes and forms.  We need to examine what we are taking for granted and how comfortable we have become in this unconscious sleep.  What are our life choices supporting?  What kind of energies are we giving birth to from our habits and words?  It is also a good time to adjust our concept of how much need, what we really need, how much we waste and what in our life is out of alignment with our inner ethics. 

This New Moon cycle will help us examine our contracts with ourselves and others.  Chandra will be turning an inward eye towards hidden agreements we may have made with life.  We will be asked how much we are actively participating in creating unity, serving the whole circle, as opposed to our limited universe and self-oriented concerns.  

An Anuradha New Moon is a good time to readjust contracts, make new agreements with our inner and outer world, reconnect with old friends or partners that we were unfair with and to serve those who are not receiving the justice they deserve.  This time calls out for a complete understanding of what the collective is thirsty for, not just our immediate community and limited visions of what reality should be.  Caring for the unjustly imprisoned, those who have been forgotten, serving indigenous communities who are keepers of the contracts of our Earth and who continue to be overlooked is important at this time, working to preserve views that are holistic and uphold the great good for all life is vital, and rescuing injured animals specifically raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, hares, deer and bats is supported by Chandra at this time.  

In honor of the power of word to shape our reality, I close with a mantra to Sri Saraswati Devi, the Mother of Sound and the creative matrix of the Universe:

OM AIM SARASWATYE NAMAH

BIODYNAMIC CALENDAR // November

 BIODYNAMIC CALENDER
NOVEMBER

Virtue of the Month
Patience Becomes Insight
Its Opposite
Hurry, Loss of Temper

Each month the moon moves through all twelve constellations of the zodiac in turn. This is referred to as the moon’s sidereal cycle and forms the basis of the biodynamic calendar. Although the waxing and waning (synodic) cycle is the most well known lunar rhythm, it plays a small part in this calendar. Since ancient times the twelve zodiac constellations have been associated with the each of the four elements: earth, water, air, and light. Three constellations are connected to each element, and each element is related to a part of the plant: thus, Earth – root; water – leaf; air – flower; fire – fruit. For example, for sowing or harvesting carrots an earth – root day should be chosen; for lettuce – a water – leaf day; for beans and apples – a fire – fruit day; and for cut flowers and broccoli – an air – flower day. The influences have most effect when the soil is disturbed and /or when the biodynamic preparations have been used. Choosing suitable times for cultivation, as well as for sowing and harvesting, is therefore important.    

 -Biodynamic Association of UK

FULL MOON HERB // November

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WHITE SAGE

White Sage is Sacred and rare plant, growing heartily in only three places in the world, Coastal California , the home of ZenBunni, being one of them. We are so blessed!

White Sage is sacred in many Shamanic and Native American belief systems and is used in smudging and other ceremonies to purify the body.  It is also referred to as ceremonial sage and has used for clearing space and purification for hundreds of years across the globe. Sage is associated with wisdom, clearing, blessing, protection, easing grief, and the granting of wishes. To make a wish, write your wish on a sage leaf and sleep with it under your pillow for three days and then bury it. 
Due to it's sacred properties, scarce growing, and popularity, White Sage is now an endangered plant to be treated with the utmost reverence, please use discernment and moderation when harvesting. In fact, if you are lucky to come across a plant in the wild, please consider paying homage instead of harvesting, offering the plant water and a prayer. If you do harvest, a very little goes a long way! Our herbal teacher Marysia Miernowska of The Gaia School of Healing shared words of wisdom from Dr. Jim Adams, a Chumash Healer in Los Angeles:
The practice of burning a sage bundle is unnecessary and excessive. Instead, begin a practice of burning a single leaf instead. When smudging someone, one small leaf is all you need. Your sage bundle can last many years and the Sacred Blessing herb White Sage can live on. 
Our green witch Marysia highly recommends planting White Sage in the garden, 
"It thrives when cultivated in many different climates and growing it is a beautiful way to be surrounded by its healing energy. It has a magnificent presence in the garden and you can learn much from the spirit of White Sage by growing it or sitting with it in nature. If you grow your own White Sage, you can harvest it ethically while being a steward to this sacred plant."

Full Moon Report // November 14th, 2016

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FROST MOON

 

 

The Full (Super) Moon on November 14, 2016, will appear as the largest and brightest Moon in the sky since 1948.This moon is known as the Cold Moon, Beaver Moon, Dark Moon & Frost Moon. This moon marks the start of reflection and planning. This is the time to do at inner work to find out what it is at your core you truly wish to do with your life. Look at what has happened, what you have done until now and where you desire to go from here. Take stock on what has worked and what has not. This is not a time to start new projects, instead decide on what path you should take in the coming year.

Herbs for this Moon
Verbena & Thistle

Stones for this Moon
Topaz & Lapis Lazuli

 

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Giving Thanks to our
⋆✵ Promised Land ✵⋆
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 Happy Full Moon! ◦ 

Now is a potent time to  Give Thanks and homage for the Natives of your homeland. To them it Was the 'Promise Land' and they tended to nature as the living being that nourished and protected them. We've lost our way and instead of giving thanks, we turned away and "gave our power" to those that are not respecting our "Promise Land"
One way we 'Give Thanks' is by directly connecting with the earth. We shared our experience on the New Moon about getting our hands, toes, and entire bodies into the dirt with Herbal Teacher and Biodynamic Gardener Marysia Miernowska of The Gaia School of Healing.
Another is to educate ourselves about the history of our lands and the people who made it their home and find truth around this holiday within all the misinformation.
As the holidays approach, be curious, proactive, and conscious of where and how we spend our money. Is it helping the earth or damaging it? With every purchase we can ask ourselves this simple question. As with any consciousness shifting practice, our reality will shift! Together we can evolve our world into something bountiful and healing for humanity, a shared ceremony with our Ancestors.
  Our single one vote pails compared to our daily vote; our lifestyle and choices are our Voice, our Power, that can create the change we so desperately need. Every dollar we spend will either Harm or Heal Mother Nature. 

 We are the Stewards of this 'Promise Land'.


♥ Zen&Bunni

ASTROLOGIC // Guiding the Inner Flame to the Outer World

- Vedic Astrology by Eve - 

November 14th, 2016 FULL MOON 

At exactly 5:52am PDT on Monday, November 14th, our Moon will be in perfect, illuminated fullness.  As she will be larger and more magnified than she has been in almost 70 years, emotions will be at an all time high.  We have already been feeling her stir as she is slowly approaching her peak effulgence (waxing) over the last week.  The culmination of her illumination will activate the nakshatra (star sign) of Krittika.  

Krittika corresponds to what Western astronomers call the Pleiades, and is said to be the residing place of the sacred fire, the witness of all vows, commitments and ceremonies. The sacred fire is also said to grace the kitchen and places of food preparation and to bless those who handle or cook food for the service of others.  Both the carrying of water and the preparation of food was a serious responsibility in ancient India as they were aware of the transference of mental, emotional and spiritual energy through food and water.  There was also awareness of the power of speech. The voice (sound) was not to be “wasted” and whatever word we gave we were expected to follow through. Fire was the witness to all vows and was kept in every home and temple.

Krittika also means to cut or is often associated with the blade or razor.  This nakshatra is the personal sign of Kartikey or Skanda, the General of the army of the gods.  It has a direct correlation with the power of discernment and the responsibility of right action, or action that benefits other beings.  It is a sign connected with protection of nature, wildlife and social rights.  

Chandra (our Moon) aligning with Krittika is auspicious and signifies deep nourishment even in times of disappointment, war or strife.  Prosperity, growth, correct understanding and victory of truth over falsehood are all attributes of Krittika but at the exact moment of Chandra’s fullness, there are other planetary influences indicating possible struggle and explosiveness.  Therefore, this is a time to center ourselves and nourish the attributes of honesty, sincerity and defense of sacred home or family unit.  Krittika has a nourishing and protective nature so any activity which strengthens bonds between the world-family is encouraged.  Seeking clarity for those things which we cannot understand is also granted through Krittika.  For anyone experiencing deep grief or the need for understanding, sit by a flame that has been purified by prayer or meditation and you may be surprised at the clarity that is gifted to you.  You may also want to make a point to only ingest food or water that has been prepared with love and prayers for the next two weeks.

Providing mineral rich soil and / or food to others is a good way to honor Krittika. The establishment of a ceremonial ground or fire place is also supported.  Caring for goats, peacocks and forests is said to amplify the positive attributes of this nakshatra.  Spending time with fire in a sanctified place can provide much needed insight as well as sharing insights that strengthen bonds and pave a way to peace and protection.  The next couple of weeks will be very emotional and energy will be heightened.  We can give this emotion clear direction, like a river flowing to the ocean by centering ourselves in personal prayer, ritual or ceremony.  Krittika reminds us that the foundation of truth is within and asks us to bring the inner flame to the outer world through the vocalization of correct understanding (discernment).

Biodynamic Calendar // How Does it Work

Each month the moon moves through all twelve constellations of the zodiac in turn. This is referred to as the moon’s sidereal cycle and forms the basis of the biodynamic calendar. Although the waxing and waning (synodic) cycle is the most well known lunar rhythm, it plays a small part in this calendar. Since ancient times the twelve zodiac constellations have been associated with the each of the four elements: earth, water, air, and light. Three constellations are connected to each element, and each element is related to a part of the plant: thus, Earth – root; water – leaf; air – flower; fire – fruit. For example, for sowing or harvesting carrots an earth – root day should be chosen; for lettuce – a water – leaf day; for beans and apples – a fire – fruit day; and for cut flowers and broccoli – an air – flower day. The influences have most effect when the soil is disturbed and /or when the biodynamic preparations have been used. Choosing suitable times for cultivation, as well as for sowing and harvesting, is therefore important.
-Biodynamic Association of UK

OCTOBER *NEW MOON CRYSTAL*


BLACK TOURMALINE

Grounding the Root Chakra & Protecting the Spirit

 

Ancient magicians relied upon Black Tourmaline, known as Schorl, to protect themselves from unwanted energy.

Today it is still revered as a talisman of protection, a psychic shield deflecting and dispelling negative energies, entities, or destructive forces.


It guards against radiation and environmental pollutants, and is highly useful in purifying and neutralizing one’s own negative thoughts and internal conflicts, and turning them into positive, usable energy.