March 14, 2019 at 21:48 Mercury conjoins the Sun in Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra. This is the inferior conjunction when Mercury is retrograde between the Sun and Earth. All planets are always closest to Earth (same side of the Sun) when retrograde. While Mercury is combust when conjunct the sun, there is a period of “cazimi” in traditional Western Astrology that occurs when a planet is within 17 minutes of orb from the Sun. The cazimi period is when the planet is said to be “in the heart of the Sun” and at this time the energy of the Sun becomes infused in the planet, empowering it with radiant life force, rather than combusting or burning up the planet, leaving it in a weakened state. The cazimi is a powerful time for things related to the planet. Mercury’s cazimi lasts from March 14 at 6:21 pm EDT – March 15 at 1:23 am EDT which is a powerful time for things related to communications and commerce. Other than this “Sweet spot” of cazimi, Mercury is weakened for things related to communications and commerce until Mercury’s combustion ends at 8:00 am EDT on March 19th when the orb between the Sun and Mercury is 8.5 degrees.
March 16, 2019 at 4:30 am EDT Venus enters Dhansitha Nakshatra for 11 days. Dhanistha bridges Capricorn & Aquarius (two padas in each sign). It is associated with the stars Daneb Algedi of Capricorn & Sadalsuud of Aquarius. Its symbol is a drum or flute which have has associations with divine music of Shiva’s drum (cosmic dancer) & Krishna’s flute. When Krishna plays his flute, his devotees are attracted to the tune and renounce self-consciousness and personal & social considerations so the soul becomes hollow like the drum or flute in order to emerge with the Supreme and become one with the Flame. Shiva Nataraja dances in a ring of fire in his role as creator, preserver and destroyer of the universe. Dhanistha’s ruling planet is Mars and its deity is the 8 Vasus who are the personification of cosmic energy. Dhanistha is about the great silence beneath the noise of manifestation and how sound allows us to perceive the Cosmic Void at the root of manifestation where silence resounds the real nature of things. With Venus in Dhanistha it is a good time to purge ourselves from our attachments and the desires of our lower ego-nature. Whatever we heard with Venus in Shravana, when we tuned in and listened to our soul’s true and pure divine desires, can arise as our creative expression of the divine symphony. In order to tap into the Shakti Power of “wealth & fame,” we must empty ourselves and surrender the ego. Otherwise Dhanistha can bring a trial or suffering of some sort that forces the purification or surrender of a relevant portion of the ego and its attachments.
March 17, 2019 at 5:11 am EDT Mars enters Krittika Nakshatra for 21 days. Krittika bridges Aries & Taurus (one foot/pada in Aries, three in Taurus), the dynamic, creative, fiery impulse of Aries becomes purified, grounded, and focused under the fixed earthly nature of Taurus. While in the first pada of Krittika, Mars is in his own sign of Aries, and while in the three padas in Taurus Mars is Venus’s sign which slows his impulsivity. Krittika is associated with the cluster of stars called the Krittikas whom are the Seven Wives of the Seven Rishis (appearing in the sky as the Big Dipper) In the west this cluster of stars is known as Pleiades or Seven Sisters. The ruling planet is the Sun, the ruling deity is Agni and Shakti Power is to “burn or cut away negativity.” There is a story that helps to understand the sharp & dreadful nature of Krittika whose symbols are an axe, knife, razor or flame.
This story involves Kartikeya – son of Shiva & Parvati and the brother of Ganesha (also known by the name of Murugan, Skanda and Subrahmanya). When demons were destroying the world & its creatures, and seemed they would defeat the gods themselves, the gods obtained the seed of Shiva to defeat the demons. The seed of Shiva was so powerful that no ordinary womb could hold it, so it was cast in fire (Agni) and protected by water (Ganges). The Krittikas were charged with nourishing it in their collective womb. Kartikeya was born on the 7th day and defeated the demon Taraka, delivering the gods from the demons. Kartikeya by his many regional names is the Hindu god of war. Mars is the planet of war.
Krittika also is associated with Algol – the star of Medusa’s head, severed by Perseus to save Andromeda from the Kraken and demonic deeds that befall the human race. Algol is associated with losing one’s head (literally & figuratively). While Mars is in Krittika we must take care not to lose our heads and start a fire we cannot contain or a war we do not intend. The Shakti Power “to burn of cut away negativity” can be positively in regard to attachments, vices and destructive tendencies of the lower egoic forces of the mind in order to nourish higher divine qualities. Smudging (burning sage) is a common example of a fire purification to rid negative energy and invoke a higher consciousness. Smudging brings in the fire element of Aries and earth element of Taurus. When is the last time you smudged your aura, your home, your office? With the season change during Mars’s travel through Krittika, it is synchronously perfect for spring (or autumn) cleaning to include subtle energy cleaning as well.
March 18, 2019 at 4:19 am EDT Sun enters Uttara Bhadrapada for 13.5 days and moves from the influence of primordial fire (Purva Bhadrapada) to the influence of primordial water (Uttara Bhadrapada). Uttara Bhadrapada is ruled by Ahir Budhnya the auspicious serpent associated with the celestial emissaries of Shiva’s army, the vital power of kundalini gives the Shakti Power “to bring rain.” This of course both the literal and metaphorical rain that has many qualities. A soft gentle rain on the roof can lull us to sleep at night or help us enter a meditative state. A strong torrential rain can cause damage, eroding the earth. Rain can be clean and pure (like the soma) or it can be acid rain filled with toxins. Uttara Bhadrapada is contained entirely in Pisces. It has a passive, receptive energy and represents the mergence with the great deep that is the source of all creative energy. The ruling planet of Uttara Bhadrapada is Saturn which is associated with the Root Chakra, where kundalini coils at the base of the spine. The Sun transiting through Uttara Bhadra rules the Anja or Third Eye Chakra located at the intuitive brow-center (and the Moon rules it from the back of the head). This may be a good time to listen to recordings of water to help with meditation, or take time out when it rains to focus on kundalini and your chakras. With the Sun in Pisces and Uttara Bhadrapada reach into your watery emotional depth to meet your inner dreamer who knows your soul’s urge, empower it with the vital power of kundalini and dance in the rain.