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.