Eclipse Season: New Moon in Aśvinī Brings Accelerated Spiritual Growth
Eclipse season commences with the new moon the night of Wednesday, April 19 in the Vedic constellation of Aśvinī अश्विनी (Sidereal Aries), the Star of Transport. You may feel as if you’re on edge, as we step into a time outside of time, where things aren’t what they seem. This eclipse portal stimulates confrontation with the unknown, encourages rejuvenation, is ripe for accelerated spiritual growth and beckons all that has been hidden to be brought to the surface.
Aśvinī, the first of twenty-seven constellations in the Sidereal zodiac, is symbolized by the head of a horse, ruled by the Aśvinī Kumaras, the celestial doctors to the gods and is the storehouse of all creative potential. Like the horse, this lunar mansion is eager to begin the journey, express its ideas and with a swiftness in approach. We can learn from a practice used with race horses, where blinders are put on to avoid the horse from getting distracted by what’s happening on either side of them and to prevent a miss step— this is a reminder for us to stay present, not minding what anyone else thinks and to cultivate a one-pointed focus on whatever is before us.
New Beginnings: Self Inquiry & Celestial Healing
This is an important time to see into yourself. Resist any urgency to initiate projects of all kinds. Remember you’re not in charge of the outcome — loosen your grip a little and surrender into the unknown. Slow down and anchor into your inner stillness, keep your mind open and allow the eclipses to have their way with you. Welcome the rising friction to stir up duality and purify that which is no longer needed — a process which ultimately stabilizes self knowledge. Even though we’re moving into a cycle defined by action, take your time with decisions — you have more time than you think.
April 21st offers great energetic change as Mercury stations retrograde (through May 14th) in Aries, and Jupiter shifts from Pisces to Aries, initiating a new twelve year cycle. Jupiter in gandanta (karmic knot between water and fire signs) brings more uncertainty and a feeling of things being out of control (keep on eye on the weather) — this may lead to a celestial healing of sorts, especially with the financial markets. Notice what’s being exposed during this cycle. There may be similar themes from the energies of 2011 (take a moment to reflect on the timing).
Navigating the Threshold
We’re being encouraged to circle around with projects we’ve placed on the back burner — specifically around health and healing. Backup your computers, leave extra time for travel, slow down your speech and be mindful of the way in which you communicate and respond. A doorway has opened — how will you make use of this time? Reflect on what’s being revealed to you and what needs untangling in your life. Be aware of increased impulsivity and do your best to keep life simple, to stay grounded and rested. Avoid traveling and major changes on this day and around the eclipses, if possible. Expect the unexpected.
The solar eclipse on April 19th will not be visible from the US and will occur from 6:37-9:56 p.m. PST. Traditionally, it is recommended to be indoors, outside of the rays of the eclipse, fasting and inwardly focused to maximize the energy. Eclipse season will come to a close with the full moon in Viśākhā (Sidereal Libra) on the morning of May 5th. – All my Relations
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This being human is a guest house.Every morning a new arrival.A joy, a depression, a meanness,some momentary awareness comesas an unexpected visitor.Welcome and entertain them all!Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,who violently sweep your houseempty of its furniture,still, treat each guest honorably.He may be clearing you outfor some new delight.The dark thought, the shame, the malice,meet them at the door laughing,and invite them in.Be grateful for whoever comes,because each has been sentas a guide from beyond.
– Jalaluddin Rumi