MAY 19, 2023 - NEW MOON
The New Moon is on Friday, May 19, 2023 at 10:53 a.m. in 28° Taurus, a fertile sign, good for planting whether actual flora or the seeds of a new idea or venture. Mercury went direct on Monday 5/15, so seeds already planted (symbolically or actually) will begin to sprout, too.
Jupiter in Taurus is square to Pluto in the chart of the New Moon. Jupiter is our urge for expansion and freedom. Pluto, especially in Aquarius, has a lot to do with the pressures of our larger culture or a larger peer group. It can help to examine our lives right now to see if we are being held back from our objectives by what others might think of us.
Looking at the square from the Pluto perspective, we can think about if we are being too greedy (Jupiter in its less positive mode). In other words, as we seek our goals are we giving enough thought to the common good?
Goswami Kriyananda's text "Wisdom and Way of Astrology" is now available as a Kindle ebook.
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MAY 5, 2023 - LUNAR ECLIPSE
The Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse is on Friday, May 5, 2023 at 12:33 pm CDT in 14° Scorpio. It's always good to keep in mind that emotions run high at full moons and a lunar eclipse is a super full moon. Emotional content at a lunar eclipse in Scorpio often has to do with strong desires and passions. Uranus at 18° Taurus is opposed the Moon adding a jolt of hyperactivity to the mix. It may be just the right energy to use to make progress on your creative masterwork. But not really that great for impulse shopping. And especially not good for jumping into an argument or reacting to a perceived offense - wait a few days after the eclipse to more carefully judge your potential actions and reactions.
It can help to have a variety of methods for dealing with high emotional energy, hyperactivity, or just plain stress. Sometimes a sitting meditation isn't possible in that moment. Listening to a recording of a mantra and singing along is a more active method that helps to restore breathing patterns to normal. Singing/chanting is a type of breath control or 'pranayama' as we say in yoga. Alternatively, listening to and singing along to sixties rock and roll (or insert your generations favorite music here) is a perfectly valid technique to deepen your breathing and burn off adrenaline.
Here's the recording of the Temple of Kriya Yoga's Babaji Festival from April 23. It includes music, chanting, meditation, and more. My astrology talk is toward the end:
Ray Grasse wrote an excellent article called "Saturn as the Key 'Karmic' Challenge of the Horoscope" giving a delineation of Saturn in each sign. You can find it here:
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Marcia Sacks is an astrologer in the Kriya Yoga tradition.