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Planetary Transits Report for the Waning Moon Cycle {April 15th to 29th}

by Saraswati J. Miller April 15, 2014 12:11 AM EST
Planetary Transits Report for the Waning Moon Cycle {April 15th to 29th}
Moon begins to wane (Krishna Paksha) on April 15th after the full moon and the lunar eclipse. It will transit through Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces and into Aries during this Moon phase which culminates with a Solar eclipse on the 29th.

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Lunar and Solar Eclipses

On Tuesday 4.15, Moon enters Libra just after midnight, joining Rahu and retrograde Saturn there as well. Moon reaches its peak fullness at 2:41 am CDT while in Chitra nakshatra. The lunar eclipse begins at 11:55 pm CDT as Moon crosses paths with Earth's shadow. The lunar eclipse reaches its maximum at 02:46am CDT and continues until 05:36 am CDT.

With the direct gaze of Sun and Ketu in Aries, and Jupiter in Gemini, as well as an eclipse, this full Moon is one of intensity and a great collision of energies. It is a good time to evaluate where we are using sheer physical strength and stamina and where we are not effectively using beneficial mental strategy to help us achieve our long term goals and objectives. Become aware of how to do less, while maximizing your efforts. In other words, the mantra "less is more", is still pertinent to the day and to the weeks ahead. This is certainly a time of pruning and cutting out all that is unnecessary.

Simultaneously, this Full Moon is the celebration of Hanuman Jayanti, the birthday of Hanuman. As a Rudra (a god of intense strength and power), Hanuman is inherently strong and powerful, with great stamina- exemplified by his successful "leap to Lanka" where he found goddess Sita and returned her safely home to Ayodhya. He overcame many obstacles and opponents (the rakshasa/demon Ravana and his army) out of love, devotion and service to Lord Raam and goddess Sita. May he serve as a reminder to us of what odds can be overcome, what power we each posses, and what love and devotion can accomplish- and don't forget he called on a powerful group of monkeys for support and assistance!

This "triple power" Full Moon serves as a forceful reminder to each of us. We must work smarter not harder or the physical body will most certainly feel the effects. Wherever we are feeling the pinches and pruning from the planets, we are getting a reminder to pause, listen, and do things more effectively, more in harmony with the Laws of Nature. The emotional and mental pressures are being felt from all sides by many right now. It's time to get radical and very structured about doing life differently and in the coming weeks the messages will begin to clarify or intensify depending on the "size of the job". Where can you ask for help? Where can you find more support? Where do you need to start vocalizing your needs? What are you clinging to and afraid of losing? What rubble of the past needs to be cleared in order for you to walk your Path more harmoniously? The planets are calling for us to make some very big personal changes, but be forewarned, and it might feel more like an ultimatum.

The lunar eclipse marks a delicate two week period until the solar eclipse on the 29th. In the Vedic tradition, this is not a time to take risks, start new endeavors, or to over-exert. It is a time, however, of turning inward, of meditation and contemplation, and a time to take extra care of the physical body with good routine etc. The closing of this "eclipse portal" comes with the new Moon and solar eclipse on the 29th. The solar eclipse will begin on the 28th at 10:53 PM CDT and conclude at 3:15 AM CDT on April 29th.

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In the midst of the solar eclipse there will of course be a new Moon which is at 1:13 am CDT on April 29th while Moon is in Aries and Bharani nakshatra. The intensity felt weeks prior as Moon transited Libra, is now felt from the opposite lens, the Aries lens, where Moon joins exalted Sun, Mercury and Ketu there as well- all in Bharani nakshatra. This is when the final "pruning" or purification will take place, when we finally get the awareness we've been waiting for and life offers us more clarity to act with greater harmony moving forward. Don't push or force the ripening phase during the eclipses, it will be a waste of effort. Trust that the answers will arrive on time, with a sense of purpose and transformation. The amount of pain felt during this ripening and transformation period will be a direct result of how much resistance you are using to thwart change. Surrender is the safest bet and requires much less energy. When there is some suffering felt, this is a perfect opportunity for self tracking, looking at the pieces that need to shift within the Self and within life, and to take a new direction. See the pain as an opportunity. Take this into your creative ritual and art processes.

In light of the myriad of ways we feel the effects of the planets and their shifts, I've created a new virtual workshop series. Read more about my four part series, the Cosmic and Creative Self workshops.

Planetary Movements and Changes

On Sunday, 4.20 Mercury moves to Aries at 6:56 am CDT, joining exalted Sun and Ketu there as well. This transit continues the theme of cleansing, purifying and change but Mercury offers this to our mental body, communication and our connectivity. Where is the resistance to movement, change, growth and new possibilities? Focus your efforts and attention on abundance, life giving support and your own vitality. Right now it is all about self care and defragging the system.

Venus moves to Pisces, its sign of exaltation on 4.27 and out of the gaze (drishti) of Rahu, but picks up direct drishti from retrograde Mars transiting Virgo. This transit intensifies our demand for increase, abundance and more flow of the life giving qualities that Venus offers like money, sweetness, creativity, love and passion. Mars isn't exactly the diplomat though, so watch where there is a forceful or demanding agenda and attitude this month in regard to relationships, life balance, harmony with Self and others, and with needs and priorities.

The outcome and trends move towards the positive after the solar eclipse on the 29th. The noteworthy change of Jupiter from Ardra nakshatra back into Punarvasu nakshatra on 4.24 helps this trend immensely. The sweetness of Jupiter and the awareness offered by Aditi, who rules Punarvasu, will offer a softer and gentler approach to change, growth and knowledge than the Ardra/Rudra approach of the past months where excessive Rahu has overwhelmed the planets, nakshatras and our cravings. More on the Jupiter transit here.

Look out for an impressive day on the 30th when Moon, Sun, Venus and Saturn will all be exalted simultaneously. I'll be sure to post about this in my weekly Moon Mind Calendar. Don't miss these updates, be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter.

It is a big year with multiple {major} planetary changes. We will experience the changes of Jupiter, Rahu and Ketu, Saturn and unusual movements of Mars all in the next eleven months. Big changes are in store for each of us! Feeling uncertain about your action steps? What needs to change in order for growth? What kind of support you need? Schedule a yearly progression with me in order to make your New Year a truly transformational year.
 
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