it’s friday, january 3, & moon is in the starspace called revati, which occupies the last sky-slice of pisces. pisces invites creativity and inspiration, but we have to make sure that that inspiration doesn’t stem from an overactive imagination, ie, unrealistic fantasies. good time to ponder the difference between dreams & fantasies & which are or are not at play in our life.
revati is ruled by pushan, the one who guards the paths of the living & the dead, the one who makes sure we get where we’re supposed to go, who guides our souls like a shepherd does a flock. the place we are ultimately supposed to arrive at is home, that merging of the individual into all that is, enlightenment, which is what the practices of yoga are designed to do: yoga = union. one of the seminal texts of yoga is the yoga sutras of patanjali. the first sutra, atha yoga-anuśasanam, is usually translated as, “now this is yoga.” there are no punctuation marks in sanskrit, so we don’t know if we should infer a comma after “now.” without a comma, the purport is usually that we’re about to hear all about yoga in the 200 sutras that follow, that this first sutra is the sort of drumroll for what follows. with the comma, there is an appositional sense: “now” = “this is yoga,” the implication being that to be fully in the now, to be fully present in the moment—”now!”—is to be enlightened. also, one of my sanskrit teachers taught that the first word of any sutra is the most important, in which case atha/now holds the key: if you get that, then you are enlightened; otherwise, keep reading!
ram das, the great seeker & guru, who just left his earthly form on the winter solstice, famously wrote “be here now,” giving us the same magical key as the first word in patanjali’s sutras. how many times do we have to hear it before we get it??? ram das also famously said that we are all just walking each other home. atha. now. we are all one another’s shepherds.
it’s the ninth lunar day, which is related to serpent energy & challenges us to transform the toxic into the elixir of wisdom.
friday is owned by venus, planet of earthly pleasures, so fridays are always a good excuse to get your earthly pleasures on, to balance all that meditation & seva with a glass of wine or a game of scrabble with friends or a candlelit dinner or moonlight hike. you get the idea, right?
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! ~.~