Monday is ruled by the Moon. (Moon-day)

The Moon is our feelings, our mind, and represents the Mother principle – the energy that creates and preserves. Moon is the deity of the element of water, and rules over the tides of the sea.

Today is the 15th day of the Waxing Moon, Shukla Purnima – Full Moon – and the Moon will be at its fullest at 7:02 AM EDT.

Today is also the Summer Solstice (at 6:34 PM EDT) – the day with the most sunlight this year.

The Moon is in the sign of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, and in the Nakshatra of Mula, whose deity is Nirriti, who evolved into Kali – a fierce spiritual warrior goddess who violently uproots evil. She is fearless, strong and unstoppable, and her goal is ultimately noble and good  –  to remove evil by hook or crook.

So it is an unusual day, where the Sun and Moon will simultaneously be in the sky later in the later hours; where sensitivities can run high, where emotions can reflect the heightened pressures, and the mind can sense the rising tide of forces coming from all directions.

It’s an excellent day to be quiet, or have a quiet time built into the day somewhere. Also an ideal time to soothe conflicts; to have a kind word to everyone you meet; to lend a hand where it is needed.

So on your lunch time, sit in the park and be the witness. Take notice of the colors, the quality of air, the birds, insects, squirrels. Breathe. Be the witness. Practice gratitude. Integrate. Mitigate built up pressures. Chill.

So take notice of the sunlight, and how it feeds everyone and everything. This is the beginning of summer. Soak in the beginnings of everything in your life, including this very moment.

Traditionally an auspicious day for ceremonies and spiritual practices.