- Vedic Astrology by Eve - 

JUNE 23rd, 2017 NEW MOON 

Following the transitional marker of the Summer Solstice, we find our new Moon aligning with the sign of Ardra, star of the Vedic god Rudra, the howler and dissolver.  Rudra was born of the Creator’s intense burst of frustration when his plan for populating the universe was blocked by his own sons (creations) who only desired the spiritual life.  Seeing their disobedience and unwillingness to comply, his anger took birth from his forehead and became Rudra.  This nakshatra (star sign) indicates deep disappointment in the reality of some expectations.  Usually those expectations of others that are not in line with their nature.  It also invokes the realization of the effort that is needed to temper and pull constraint on inner despair that can quickly carry us away in a storm of emotion.  

Ardra is the place where disappointment meets great irritation and the spontaneous clash of energy ripples through like a storm.  With that said, Ardra is known to sculpt deeply innovative, successful and spiritual people as their rebellion against the normal demand of society leads them to great awareness of vital truths.  This quality of facing the obstructive and undesirable forces of life equips individuals born under Ardra to become fearless.  Courage blooms within their hearts. 
The moodiness of this Moon may be felt in many ways depending on what area of our life requires demolition and dissolution so we may welcome the abundance of the following star, Punarvasu, the star of the return of light.  Rudra is a fierce, wild and stormy god who has a special relationship with rebellion and challenging the established order.  Rudra is lord of all feral, untamed animals and living things, as well as events that spring forth with great force and intensity.  Through the energies of Rudra, we abolish that which needs to be released and we eliminate the obstacles of the path.  The result of this is great freedom even if there is an initial grief in the release.  The freedom that is attained through Ardra nakshatra is quality.  When we loosen our grip on false constructs, the truth of our situation can illumine our lives and awaken our true mission.  We step into integrity with our purpose.
This New Moon will not be subtle.  Our Moon will be holding a mirror so that we can clearly see what clothes we’ve covered our minds with. We will see what we are wearing and whether our minds are dressed accordingly to achieve our goal or focus.  Ardra’s energy is that of removal.  It is time to burn the old clothing that we cling to.  Sometimes we are holding something so closely and dearly that we lose sight of why we originally became so attached.  This can be an attitude, a habit, a person or anything that continuously has us shaking hands with disenchantment.  This Moon marks an excellent time to completely dispel self-perpetuated unhappiness by expecting of others that which they can never deliver.  See clearly.  The appetite of this Moon is craving for radical honesty.  She is providing us with a clear path to throw out something useless and gain that which has substance and can actually provide fulfillment. 
This star sign is associated with the Orion constellation and specifically the star or yogataara Betelgeuse.  It is referred to as wet in reference to the rain and storms.  This is also in reference to the symbol of this sign, which is the tear drop.   Ardra is associated with great turmoil and frustration at times but it is also indicative of great achievement and emotional refinement. 
My prayer for all of us during this transition is that we recognize the doors that are opening and look away from the doors that closed long ago.  May we see the path clearly and attire ourselves appropriately for the task at hand.  I pray for all to have true confidence restored from any place it has been stolen.  May hurtful poisons transmute into medicine.  May disappointment and disenchantment be dispelled and may we all send invitations to those things and people that return the light to our lives.  

Eve became a serious student of Astrology at a young age.  In 1994, she met her first Astrology teacher, who taught her how to construct charts by hand and led her to the feet of Jyotish Shastra, or more commonly known as Vedic Astrology.  Eve spent 10 years in India studying Vedic Astrology as well the sacred art of Mantra as well as Ayurveda, and under the request of her teacher began offering readings in 2010.