The New Moon is on Sunday, February 23 at 9:32 a.m. CST in 4° Pisces. Relate to the Pisces imaginative and sensitive energy by appreciating and creating beauty around you. Uplift yourself with music, chanting, art, flowers, and gentle essential oil scents. Walk along water (or imagine yourself walking by a river, lake or ocean). Drink water with gratitude.
The empathy for the feelings and situations of others is natural for people with the water signs of Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio. At this new moon it may be experienced by everyone. It's not always comfortable to feel others' feelings. You can regain balance and your sense of self through deep breathing techniques like the ones taught in yoga classes, a warm shower with the water flowing head to toe, or just taking a walk outside by yourself. People doing psychic or healing work should ensure they do their usual aura cleansing procedures after each client or session over the next week or so.
On the other hand, the bundle pattern of planets in the New Moon chart, where they are all contained in the trine between Mars and Uranus with the Sun/Moon conjunction at the sextile point, indicates that the energy you put into meditation, reflection and prayer can be very powerful at this time. As the 'last' sign in the zodiac, Pisces symbolizes transformation from one state of consciousness to another. The border between the planes - physical, astral and causal - is slightly more permeable. Attune to your personal vision of the Divine or mentally reflect on the highest life principle that guides you.
Mercury is retrograde until March 11th. Despite its well-deserved reputation as a period where you need to watch your spoken and written communications very carefully, Mercury retrograde is a good time to turn inward for meditation and/or study.
February 23 - Noon Meditation for the Temple of Kriya Yoga at Moksha Yoga Center in Chicago. Open to all. There is no charge although love offerings are appreciated.
My talk will be "Living the Spiritual Path." There are many ways to balance our spiritual journey toward wisdom and peace with our everyday life. This talk will focus on overcoming the obstacles we find in every day life as we move toward more subtle states of awareness. It will include chanting and a guided meditation.
Watch for my article "Greater Awareness, Deeper Acceptance" which will be published in the March/April 2020 issue of Yoga Chicago Magazine.
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Marcia Sacks is an astrologer in the Kriya Yoga tradition.