Mercury is transiting opposite Jupiter today: Mercury in Aries and Jupiter in Libra. While there are challenges to Mercury's transit in Aries, sparking heated debates, Jupiter's influence creates a balanced, temperate approach. The Moon is in Purva Phalguni and Uttara Phalguni today, representing the head and foot of a bed; symbolic of sensual pleasure and a need to bond with those we enjoy life with.
Venus is in a playful mood in Gemini, but getting caught up in intense situations in Ardra, opposite Saturn and Pluto. The intense transits in Sagittarius and Capricorn are never far from our mind, as we experience our shadow and our light.
The Moon transits sidereal Leo today, in the lunar signs Magha and Purva Phalguni. These signs represent two flavours of the mighty Leo; Magha, the power of privilege and leadership; Purva Phalguni, the enjoyment of these privileges.
The Sun is currently transiting sidereal Taurus, connecting it strongly to Venus in Gemini, with a strong influence from Jupiter in Libra. These enjoyable placements are a stark contrast to what's happening on the other side of the zodiac: Saturn and Pluto retrograde in Sagittarius is testing, while the intense conjunction of Mars and Ketu in Capricorn is hard work. Sometimes we just need to take a break!
The Moon transits Ashlesha today and through the juncture between watery Cancer and fiery Leo, or Gandanta, where we experience an undoing in some sense or other. The yogic sage Patanjali is connected to this lunar sign, representative of the regenerative power of kundalini, which can be equally as dreadful!
Here we experience poisons which can either be used to heal or to manipulate others to gain power. It is interesting that today I am just finding out about the abuse suffered by students of K. Pattabhi Jois, who popularized the vinyasa style of yoga in the west. Ashlesha reminds us that power can be used for good or ill.
The Moon transits opposite Mars and Ketu in Capricorn, joining Rahu in the auspicious sign Pushya today. This reduces the auspiciousness somewhat, as Mars and the nodes create stress. Pushya represents nourishment, so watch for tantrums if you do not get what you want!
Once the Moon moves into the next lunar sign, Ashlesha later today, the mood changes, bringing out Cancer's clingy, secretive side.
The Moon transits sidereal Cancer today and tomorrow, in the lunar signs, Punarvasu, Pushya and Ashlesha. Each offer a distinct flavour to Cancer. Punarvasu, meaning 'light again', brings renewed hope, while Pushya is one of the most auspicious signs, representing nourishment.
Punarvasu and Pushya give Cancer its light and nourishing nature, creating an environment for community and care, while that sense of care starts to get clingy by Ashlesha.
The Moon transits sidereal Gemini today, in the lunar sign, Ardra, meaning 'moist'. Oftentimes, moistness can be experienced through rains that cleanse or tears that eventually bring clarity.
Venus is close to the Moon, entering Ardra in a couple of days, bringing some enjoyment despite the need to 'rock the boat'. Ardra is the domain of Rudra, a fierce form of Siva, while the sign is sharp, sometimes removing blocks with extreme force.
This brings sorrow, but also courage, as we make efforts to say goodbye to something.
The mood is inquisitive, excited and nervous in the soft lunar sign, Mrigashira, today, which literally means 'deer head'; a symbol of the mind's ability to roam around freely. This can lead us down dark avenues or wondrous new terrains, or both!
We have a contrasting situation building in intensity with planets moving into opposition. On one side, we have the playful and relaxing Gemini and Cancer, while on the other, asking the bigger questions and working hard is Sagittarius and Capricorn. We may end up exhausted from playing hard and working hard.
The Moon transits sidereal Taurus today, in the lunar mansion, Rohini, the 'red one', a passionate place. Venus and the Moon represent sensual enjoyment which offers a counterbalance to the violence and fear experienced on the other end of the zodiac. Mars is moving closer to the south node, increasing violence and instability, and a greater need for a sense of fun to lighten the mood.
The new Moon occurs at 12.47 UT today, in the lunar mansion, Krittika, just within sidereal Taurus. This is the section of the zodiac where the Moon is exalted, as we tune into the things which give us a sense of comfort and security. Krittika is symbolized by a blade or knife, representing the benefit of cutting out distractions, focusing our mind in the moment, easily accessed through the senses at the Taurus stage.
The Sun has just entered Taurus for this new Moon, while Venus, the sign's ruler, has just moved into sidereal Gemini and is in a more playful mood. These transits offer a counterbalance to the intensity that is going on with Mars and Ketu coming closer together in Capricorn, building in intensity as this conjunction becomes more exact.
The Moon continues to wane, into the new Moon phase today in the lunar mansion, Bharani. This lunar sign is ruled over by Yama, the god of death, and yet is a creative sign, symbolized by a vagina. The dark Moon's transit in this sign is a chance to remove something that is blocking creativity. As the saying goes, 'you can't make an omelet without breaking eggs'.
By the time the Moon has reached Taurus by tomorrow we experience a new birth at the new Moon at 12.47 UT on May 15, in the fiery lunar sign Krittika whose symbol is a knife; cutting away any impurities in our mind. A fiery new start indeed!
The Moon has just entered sidereal Aries and the lunar mansion, Aswhini, symbolized by a horse. Mercury is also transiting this lunar mansion, and with Mars exalted strongly influencing proceedings it is not long before heated debates ensue!
The Moon transits the end of the natural zodiac today, in the soft and nourishing lunar mansion, Revati; where our journey is completed before beginning again in Aries. This month, a new journey begins at the new Moon at the very beginning of sidereal Taurus, on May 15, but before then we have some loose ends to tidy up.
Retrograde Jupiter in Libra continues to reassess what's meaningful in our interactions, while Venus spends its last few days in Taurus, bringing some enjoyment despite Mars' strength and sometimes aggressive stance. These transits are conflicting - we want what we want because of Mars, but we are eager to please because of Venus - but while the Moon is in sidereal Pisces we can leave space for all possibilities.
The Moon transits the lunar mansion UttaraBhadra today, in sidereal Pisces, and brings us into a mysterious realm, where we can sometimes feel like we are drowning, sometimes floating, but never feeling sure-footed.
In these depths, we can see all possibilities, as we pause in space, seeing the effects our choices have on everything and on everyone.
The Moon transits PurvaBhadra today, conjunct Neptune. Neptune distorts, blends, blurs and confounds, which can either bring us to states of spiritual awareness or mental confusion, or both!
PurvaBhadra is ruled by Ajaikapada, a one-footed goat! Confused yet?! This is a form of Rudra, a fierce form of Siva, representing an ability to have a flash of insight into our divinity; cutting through all that is not who we really are.
Mercury finally leaves the confusing realms of Pisces behind in favour of a more focused approach in Aries. Although a very creative period, Mercury in Pisces gave us a sense of the never-ending options that just never really got going with any one direction.
Mercury in sidereal Aries is more focused, but perhaps a little too direct! And because of Mars' strong influence from its place of exaltation, we may overdo it and become too aggressive!
The mood changes from Capricorn to Aquarius today, as it continues to transit through the lunar mansion, Dhanistha, symbolized by a drum and flute, bringing a ceremonial feel. Interesting to see the Met Gala's theme this year: 'Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination': Venus expressing Jupiter's religious themes with its transit in Libra.
Mars continues to transit in a very strong position in Capricorn and we can see the cracks starting to appear in the Earth, and in our lives. The weak links appear more obvious over the coming weeks.
The Moon transits the end of sidereal Sagittarius today, moving from Purva to Uttara Asadha; Purva meaning 'former' and Uttara meaning 'latter'. Asadha means 'not subdued' and these lunar mansions represent the human spirit's ability to overcome; just like water inevitably makes its way to the sea, we follow our natural path towards our destiny.
The journey is complicated by Pluto, of course. This represents hidden aspects that lie deep in our subconscious which can create self-sabotaging if we are not conscious of the possibility. Even then, we must accept that in this river there is always something lurking beneath.
While the Moon in Sagittarius is usually a relief from the intense scrutiny of Scorpio, we now have Saturn and Pluto to contend with; first Saturn (today) and then Pluto (tomorrow).
The Moon/Saturn connections are always a challenge to our well-being; often defaulting to a negative state of mind. But there is also the possibility of saying to ourselves, 'hey, maybe what I'm thinking in this moment isn't true, so I won't get caught up in it'.
Jupiter is retrograde in Libra so perhaps we need to break up with certain parts of ourselves that no longer serve a higher truth.
The Moon transits the end of sidereal Scorpio and beginning of Sagittarius today, in the lunar signs, Jyestha and Mula. These are both 'sharp' lunar mansions, bridging the sensitive junction between watery Scorpio and fiery Sagittarius, known in Sanskrit as Gandanta, where we can 'come undone'. The Moon's placement today can express itself in all kinds of angst, and in destruction of all kinds; good or bad.
With Mars particularly strong at this time, destruction is unavoidable, which can be of benefit if what is being destroyed needs to be removed from our lives. The Moon moves into Mula later today and into tomorrow, where the goddess of death, Niritti expresses herself in anything from an individual overcoming personal limitations, to explosive events in our environment.
Mars moves into Capricorn today and joins Ketu. This is quite the formidable duo, in the sign of structures we build and peaks we conquer. Much like setting out on a hike, we must pace ourselves and take breaks; to be in the moment; with all the beauty around us, as we are focused on achieving our goals.
With control and patience, we can achieve a great deal during Mars' transit through Capricorn. But we must be willing to forgo any sense that we are in complete control. This is a challenge for 'Mars types' who feel like they are making it all happen, all of the time. Ketu's presence brings unforeseen circumstances and influences from the past.
Plan strategically, of course, but be prepared for the unexpected, and give yourself some time off, especially as Mars retrogrades in July and August, showing a need to recalculate a better route to the top eventually.