The New Moon is on Monday, February 20, at 1:05 a.m. CST in 1° Pisces. The Sun and the Moon are coming together just after a conjunction with Saturn in the late degrees of Aquarius. This gives the New Moon a tinge of loss and limitation or maybe just nostalgia. The past is our foundation to build the future which, in the case of the New Moon, is for the two weeks to come. Look for the good things in your past, the challenges overcome, and the lessons learned.
Pisces is a water sign making the days surrounding the New Moon more open to intuitive guidance, empathy and compassion. Another Pisces keyword is 'receptive' which makes it an excellent time to surround yourself with an environment that evokes beauty and wisdom. Music and mantra are especially effective at this time. I came across this Tibetan Medicine Buddha mantra from Tinna Tinh this week:
I collect the mantras I like on youtube in a playlist: Mantra, Kirtan, Chanting
So when I'm in need of inspiration, healing, calming or whatever, I have my 'go to' chanting in a list ( plus I have a whole mp3 assortment of all the mantra and meditation music CDs I've collected, too). I recommend compiling your own playlist. It doesn't have to be mantra, just any music that uplifts, inspires, or calms.
Temple of Kriya Yoga:
The Temple of Kriya Yoga is developing a new website. They are in between the two sites at the moment. The old website is here and still has the links to the major distance learning programs like The Professional Astrology Course:
The new site is here: https://templeofkriyayoga.org/ and has the bookstore with a selection of Goswami Kriyananda's courses and seminars available.
Meditation to Creation
Ann Meara (Swami Satpatyananda) is offering a class on meditation and creativity in March in Sedona, Arizona: https://sedonaartscenter.org/product/meditation-to-creation-23-0323-am/
You can find me on:
The Full Moon is on Sunday, February 5 at 12:28 pm CST in 16° Leo. Social fun along with chance meetings and invitations out of the blue. At its best, the energy from a Leo full moon is the steady flame of devotion to the highest good. Out of balance, the influence can have some people thinking they have every right to tell other people what to do.
The Sun and Moon in the Full Moon chart are in a T-square to Uranus at 15° Taurus which can bring restlessness and sudden unexpected changes of plan. Sometimes, this aspect signifies accident proneness, so for a few days before and after the Full Moon try to move slowly and with conscious awareness (always a good mindfulness technique).
Snap decisions can create a whirlwind that puts you miles from your original goal. If you get a blast of genius from this Full Moon aspect, sketch out your ideas quickly and then revisit a few days later to see if they have merit.
Here's the chart for the Full Moon, with the time and location in the Chicago area:
My talk for the Northern Illinois Chapter of NCGR:
The Containment of Your Planets:
An introduction to the concept of planetary containments
with Marcia Sacks
Recognizing each planet as part of a containment sequence can reveal the influence planets have on each other beyond aspects. This information can help us recognize an initiating energy for life patterns and anticipate potential outcomes. Containments can also give a glimpse into past lives and where you're headed in the future. It's Valentine's Day so we'll put some focus on the containment of Venus. Bring your natal chart (and those of significant others) to this talk.
February 14, 7:30 via Zoom
NI-NCGR Members: $5.00
Non-Members : $10.00
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Marcia Sacks is an astrologer in the Kriya Yoga tradition.