The New Moon/Solar Eclipse is on Wednesday, April 19 at 11:12 pm CDT in 29° 50' Aries. An eclipse is like a super new moon which can be auspicious for new beginnings. It helps to know what you want to begin, to know your most important goal. That way you can use tools like affirmation and visualization to energize each step toward your objective.
Solar eclipses have a longer effect, too. A new moon has a one month surge of energy for a new beginning. A Solar Eclipse is considered to have a one year effect. Consider choosing an overarching goal along with a material one. I think of those type of goals as "capital letter words" like Love, Peace, Compassion or Wisdom. These overarching goals imbue your everyday aspirations with a spiritual intention.
The Sun, Moon, and Jupiter are conjunct in Aries in the eclipse chart. There's a sense of adventure and an optimistic view of life. You may feel it's all about you, but everyone else is off on their own adventure too. No need for a crossing of swords. Just (mentally) say "hello friend, well met!" like two knights of the Round Table passing each other on the road. With the Sun and Moon in the 29th degree of Aries take a look at whether you have mastered what Aries is all about. Can you be assertive without being aggressive? Can you take all that life force from the Aries eclipse and channel it toward your goal without the energy draining into trivial activities?
The eclipse is also square to Pluto at 0° Aquarius. The eclipse will trigger Pluto's urge for revolution and transformation. if you are trying to transform or improve yourself that can be very good. If your plan is to transform others to your way of believing or thinking, remember that Pluto can skew even the best of intentions toward the dictatorial or autocratic.
Mercury is conjunct Uranus at 15° Taurus as it goes retrograde on April 21st. Try to listen attentively to others and not respond too quickly. In other words, be very careful about what you say and how you say it. Watch for some brilliant ideas that spring to mind or that you come across in the media. Write them down but don't act on them until after Mercury goes direct on May 15th.
My astrology talk will be part of this year's Babaji Festival from The Temple of Kriya Yoga:
Sunday, April 23, 2023 - Annual Babaji Festival - The Living Tradition of Kriya Yoga
Beginning at 11:45 central with music and mantra
Meeting ID: 879 7744 1971
Join us as we celebrate the Living Tradition of Kriya Yoga. And honor Sri Babaji, the fountain head of the Kriya Yoga Lineage, and the Kriya tradition.
Kriya Yoga remains a vital and living tradition that enables you to find an even happier everyday life. All are invited and welcome.
(If you miss it, the recording will be posted on the Temple's website.)
Are you trying for lucid dreaming? Here's a recent article from the BBC with some tips:
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The Full Moon is on Wednesday, April 5 at 11:34 pm CDT in 16° Libra, a sign of balance and diplomacy. Libra brings the ability to talk through issues in relationships without antagonizing the other person. Social occasions and meet-ups with friends create good conversations. If there are friends or family you haven't contacted in a long time, this could be a good astrologically indicated opportunity. Professional networking can open up new possibilities.
The Sun in Aries in the Full Moon's chart is conjunct Jupiter expanding the natural Libra good will. Allow an attitude of gratitude to guide you. Try this affirmation:
I am open and receptive to all the good and abundance in the Universe.
What is Astrology?
Goswami Kriyananda's guru Shelly Trimmer framed everything with a mystic's point of view. Here is his definition of astrology:
"What is astrology? Basically speaking, astrology is the language of the soul, an expression of the spirit, the law of the Self. Each night, as you sleep, your dreams are composed of its language. It is You, and the basic laws of the You applied to this sector of time and space, on this planet Earth, in this solar system of soul, with this Sun."
This quote is from Ray Grasse's book When the Stars Align. A whole chapter in this book is a transcript of a rare lecture on astrology by Sri Shellyji. Ray also wrote a whole book about Shelly: An Infinity of Gods: Conversations with an Unconventional Mystic.
I really liked this Philip Goldberg article about the commonality across various religions as looked at through the lens of the four traditional yogic pathways:
Philip Goldberg is the author of the book "The Life of Yogananda".
The Temple of Kriya Yoga has an updated website at a new URL:
This main page has a lot of good content including talks by Goswami Kriyananda and Sri Shellyji. Be sure to scroll down.
The Professional Astrology Course has an updated page, too:
If you have any questions about the course, please feel free to contact me. I'd be happy to do a Zoom with you and give you a tour of the learning website.
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Marcia Sacks is an astrologer in the Kriya Yoga tradition.