it’s thursday, january 2, & moon is in the starspace called uttara bhadra, which occupies a sky-slice of pisces. pisces is where we experience a reason for being that goes beyond, way beyond, the material, by going way within. given that pisces has watery, feminine energy, that bigger-picture sense may come through our emotions, but given jupiter’s rulership of this sign it could also come from spiritual or philosophical beliefs. or, hey, both—why not? maybe we connect spiritually through our heart, like bhakti yogis, of which krishna devotees (like shri radhanath swami,* the head of ISKON, pictured), are examplars. however we get there, that embodied knowing allows us to loosen our attachment to our worldly existence, to do our thing without expectations. pisces is the last sign of the zodiac & so suggests a sense of completion, the jumping-off point for our next incarnation. in “i am that,” the maha guru nisargadatta maharaj says, “when you are no longer attached to anything you have done your share.” have you done yours or is it time for (at least) one more go ’round?
uttara bhadra sort of picks up where purva bhadra left off. we get the glimpse of our true nature, but then what? well, then we realize that while we are essentially spiritual beings, we do have bodies & all that comes with them to contend with. so we have to figure out how to balance the spiritual & the material, how to live as wholly spiritually as possible, with as much integrity as possible, while, say, going to work & taking out the garbage. maybe we stay connected to source, to god, to the intelligence of the universe, whatever you want to call it, by making everything an offering, infusing everything we do with the sacred. just a suggestion!
it’s the eighth lunar day, which encourages us to tap into our creativity by aligning with what we value & how we create value in the world.
thursday is ruled by jupiter, so we’re getting a jupiter double-dip today. jupiter is hanging out in sagittarius, which is the other sign he owns, which means he’s feeling pretty powerful & is bringing optimism so we can start the new year with good intentions to improve our lives. in sanskrit, the word for intention is “sankalpa,” & gives us the resolve to laser-focus on a particular goal. it’s a sort of sacred vow we make with our heart & mind—an upleveled new year’s resolution. got sankalpa? never too late!
jyotish, vedic astrology, is the science of light. i’d love to help you shine more light on your life but i’m taking a wee break from readings to be a support for my family. stay tuned! ~.~
*i highly recommend radhanath swami-ji’s books “the journey home” & “the journey within“!