Vedic Lunar Horoscope for Monday September 19th, 2011

The Moon continues its stay in Taurus, conjunct the south node Ketu, and is thus being influenced heavily by Venus in Virgo. The Moon will be nine houses or signs from Venus, and thus Venus’s effect will be characteristic of the ninth house energy: pursuits of spirituality, finding purpose, seeking truth, establishment of order, and doing what is right in your life. There will be a hue of beauty shining as well, as Venus is currently conjunct the Sun, and this is perfectly balanced by the dark and constricted Saturn, which will give a realistic and down-to-earth approach to the process of beautification and adjustment to what is right for you at this time. Along with this, Venus will be five houses or signs away from the Moon, and thus the chaotic lunar energy, which is due to the conjunction with Ketu, will be expressed through friendships, hobbies, interests, and creative pursuits. One would do well with planning on Monday, but also leaving space and time for spontaneity.

Monday September 19th will be the seventh night of the waning lunar phase, known as the krishna paksha, the “dark wing” of the Moon. The Kali nitya, or “dark goddess” that presides over this night is known in Sanskrit as Ugra, translating as “powerful, violent, mighty, impetuous, strong, huge, formidable, terrible,” but also as “high, noble, angry, passionate, wrathful.” Its potential etymology is from vaj, “to be hard or strong,” and is thus correlated with the Sanskrit words vajra, “the hard or mighty one, the thunderbolt of Indra, a diamond, the absolute strength of the soul,” and ojas, “bodily strength, vigor, energy, ability, power.” Thus, the goddess of this lunar night bestows a force that on the surface appears horrible and something to fear, but in reality gives the mind its strength. The connection between passionate emotions and states of consciousness and the refinement of the spirit and mind should be duly noted. This goddess teaches us that to assert one’s power, even to the extent of terror, can induce and reveal real spiritual fortitude. This energy can be aptly used to combat fears, laziness, or other obstacles on whatever path you are on – by confronting them directly and overpowering their lower, base nature with the “formidable, passionate, noble” spirit within.

The Nakshatra on Monday is known as mrigashirsha, which is from the two Sanskrit words, mriga, “ranger, a forest animal or wild beast, deer, stag, the antelope in the Moon,” and shirsha, “the head or highest point of anything.” The devata or “deity” of this star is Chandra or Soma, the Moon herself. The energy of this lunar mansion is known as prinana shakti, which is the “power to give fulfillment” through searching, as in a quest, and to enjoy the fruits thereof – it is the wanderer in the forest, who discovers their own truth by losing themselves in what the forest has to offer, under the light of the “animated Moon.” This lunar asterism gives us positive, fulfilling attitudes and fruits of action, and thus adds a perfect touch to the above mentioned planetary weather. Enjoy the day, and don’t sweat it if you get lost on your own journey.

Vedic Lunar Horoscope for Sunday September 18th, 2011

To my readers: this is a daily blog that focuses on what I have called before as the “lunarscope”, or the daily understanding of the Moon’s influences on us. I will publish these two days in advance, every day. So, for example, today is Friday September 16th, and this post is for Sunday September 18th. Enjoy and subscribe as you will.

On Sunday September 18th, 2011 we see the Moon conjunct Ketu in Taurus, the earthy sign of Venus. This conjunction facilitates an absence of mind, and repressed emotions and desires could surface in the light of this emptiness. Sudden or foreign visitors can be encountered – possibly those that you haven’t seen for some time, or were not expecting. It will be pleasurable, however, as the influence of Venus on the Moon and Ketu produces a certain and perceptible “gleam”, illuminating even the darkest of experiences.

Because the Moon is in its waning phase, the Goddesses that rule each waning lunar night are known as the Kali Nityas. This is the sixth night of the waning Moon, and the Nitya presiding over this phase is known as Vipracitta – which can be broken down to two Sanskrit words: vipra, “stirred or excited inwardly, inspired, wise, a sage” and citta, “aim, perception, fixing the mind upon, attentive, observation, notice”. This Nitya embodies the mind in its inward gaze, coming to realization of itself through inner contemplation, stirring the bottom of its depths to reveal all that it contains. This is work, to be sure: it takes conscious effort to bring up what is hiding beneath the surface, to shed light into the dark and hidden pathways, to wander in the labyrinth of the mind. Losing oneself in this exploration, facing the monsters that dwell there, and holding your attention onto them is the secret of this lunar night. Contemplate this, and do not let the opportunity for “stirring the mind” escape you.

The Nakshatra, or lunar mansion, on Sunday is known as Rohini. There is a brilliant tale that I have written about before that I would like to share here, which illuminates the meaning of this star:

The importance of this takes on another perspective, because the Moon is exalted in the sign of Taurus, which is where Rohini is placed.

So, we will have the potent eighth night of the waxing Moon, the Moon’s exaltation, and another special situation – Rohini is the Moon’s favorite star. A strange and exotic tale comes down to us from Vedic lore, which describes Rohini’s importance:

For many millions of years, the Moon circled the Earth and regulated its balance and harmony. From the rise and fall of the ocean’s tides, to the impulses of desire in creatures, to the cycles of birth, the Moon helped to bring these natural forces in and out, up and down. Each day, the Moon met with one of its consorts – one of the twenty seven prominent stars in the sky. The Moon’s favorite was Rohini, whose beauty is known through all the three worlds.

One day, the Moon met with Rohini, and instead of continuing on his normal journey, day by day, regulating the harmony of nature and creatures, he decided to stay with Rohini, fixed with her forever. He would not leave, even after the gods from all worlds pleaded. “Please, Moon, our worlds are no longer in balance. Everything is out of place. The oceans do not fall, and our desires are no longer.” The Moon paid no attention, however, and the balance of the world fell into chaos.

This continued until, without any choice left, a retinue of gods approached the forest hermit and magician, Daksha. They asked what could be done. Daksha advised that he will lay a curse on the Moon, that he will lose his brightness.

As the Moon enjoyed the pleasures with Rohini, his luster soon diminished. The bright orb became dark, unable even to be seen. Rohini wept, and even the Moon’s other consorts wept. And even all the creatures and worlds wept, even though they were imbalanced and in chaos.

With the new dilemma of the Moon losing his brightness due to the curse, the gods approached Daksha again to relieve the situation. Daksha advised that he could not remove a curse completely, as that would go contrary to the natural order. But he could lift its effects partially, under the condition that the Moon would agree to continue his journey through the zodiac like he used to.

Upon hearing this, the Moon agreed. While the Moon got his luster back, he was always destined to eventually lose it and become dark again. Thus, we have our lunar phases.

The story depicts the power of Rohini – a cluster of stars in the latter part of Taurus. This night will be magical.

Certainly one may find some meaning in Sunday’s Moon. May all beings be happy!