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Moon Diary 6.24.15

Wednesday is associated with Mercury.

Mercury is about communication, speech, expression, the voice, intelligence and curiosity. It is considered a neutral planet and adapts to the energy around it.

Mercury can be seen in the morning and evening as a shining star – and sometimes even during the day because of its power of radiation. Mercury is the smallest planet of our solar system. It also rules self-confidence, humor, wit, astrology, mathematics, and short journeys.

Today is a Jaya day – Jaya meaning triumphant.

Today is the 8th day of the waxing Moon, Shukla Ashtami, also known as the 8th tithi or 8th lunar day. It is ruled by Shiva.

Shiva is about battle, and transforming that which no longer serves into more evolved & higher-principled action and outcomes. Shiva is the ascetic dweller of the mountains and the cosmic dancer, who with His third eye destroys evil.

The Moon is in the sign of Virgo, ruled by Mercury, and in the Nakshatra of Hasta.

The Deity for Hasta is Savitur, and the overall theme is one of manifesting beauty in our life. Hasta literally means “hand” and it brings the power into our hands so that we can manifest our heart’s desire and make a beautiful world to live in.

It is interesting that Wednesday is ruled by Mercury, and Mercury rules the Moon in Virgo today. The Moon is joined by Rahu in Virgo.

The Moon is grounded in an earth sign (Virgo), and Mercury is in Taurus today – another Earth sign – very much a day to take care of details, a day to work on anything that requires a bit of skill, a day to write or sing, or talk to your co-workers, family members, neighbors – for Mercury is the planet of expression. Be aware of Rahu in the mix, however, which can bring a never-satisfying surge or appetite in anything you do – things may seem not good enough or lacking in satisfaction – this is Rahu talking – just breathe, laugh, and come to be grateful for all moments of your day.

Traditionally not an auspicious day for ceremonies or making major decisions.

Moon Diary 2.25.15

Wednesday is associated with Mercury.

Mercury is about our ability to communicate, our intelligence, logical thinking, our curiosity.

Today is the 8th day of the waxing Moon, Shukla Ashtami, also known as the 8th tithi or 8th lunar day.

Today is a Jaya day – Jaya meaning triumphant.

The deity of Shukla Ashtami are the Vasus. In Hinduism the Vasus are attendant deities of Indra, and later Vishnu. They are eight elemental gods representing aspects of nature and cosmic natural phenomenon.

The Moon is in the sign of Taurus, exalted no less, and in the Nakshatra of Rohini, ruled by the Moon.

Rohini literally means growth, and the Moon is said to be most at home in this nest of growth, since the Moon is all about connection and loves the feeling of expansion and feeling the enjoyment of life.

Rohini has a particular emotional affinity for plants and horticultural activities.

So the Vasus are in the mix, the Moon is exalted, and Mercury rules the day.

Good day to water the plants, get seeds started for Spring, start planning a garden.

Also a great day for feeling the joy and satisfaction (Moon) of good communication and using your skills to be productive (Mercury). So by all means, organize your desk, send an email to an old friend, write that song that’s been trolling through your mind, take time to write about what you are feeling.

Also, maybe connect with your spouse, spend some time with your kids, flash a smile at everyone you meet.

Traditionally, an inauspicious day for most ceremonies.

Moon Diary 1.27.15

Tuesday is associated with Mars.

Mars is said to be a god of war, a warrior, and a ruler over courage, bravery, and leadership abilities. He also can be short-tempered and argumentative. He gives energy, drive, determination, and a strong sense of purpose.

Today is the 8th day of the waxing Moon, Shukla Ashtami, also known as the 8th tithi or 8th lunar day. It is ruled by Shiva.

Shiva is about battle, and transforming that which no longer serves into more evolved & higher-principled action and outcomes. Shiva is the ascetic dweller of the mountains and the cosmic dancer, who with His third eye destroys evil.

It also a Jaya day, a day of triumph and victory.

The Moon is in the sign of Aries, ruled by Mars, and in the nakshatra of Bharani, ruled by Venus. The deity of Bharani is Yama, the god of death. Yama is synonymous with restraint, and with the Moon in Bharani, there’s a feeling of restraint, and an awareness of consequences.

So there’s Mars energy today, with a certain amount of restraint, and an aim to transform what is no longer needed.

This is a good day for action, first and foremost, with a sense of restraint. A good day not to sit around but to spring into action, “doing” more than “contemplating.” So by all means, if you’ve made a list to get things done, this is the day to go down that list and get started. There may be a feeling of being hemmed in, or slowed down by circumstances not under your control; just breathe into it and do what you can. Maybe take a part of your house that’s a mess and transform it into a beautiful space. Or take the thoughts that no longer serve you and transform them into positive, uplifting messages.

Traditionally not an auspicious day for most ceremonies.