Full Moon, August 2018

A full moon occurs late evening on 26 August 2018, on what is called Shravana Purnima. This full moon occurs in Shatabhisha nakshatra, the asterism of the ruler of the oceans, Varuna. This occasion also has a number of festivals: Rakhi, Raksha Bandhan, and Gayatri Jayanti (birthday of Gayatri Maa).
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Eclipses and Retrogrades


’tis a season of eclipse and retrograde planets (three inner and three outer planets all retrograde) with an eclipse on August 11 in the Northern Hemisphere and first planet out of retrograde on August 18th is Mercury going direct on that day. There is much to consider about Ascension in this season of eclipses and retrograde planets.

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A Season of Eclipses

July will see two eclipses: a partial solar eclipse on July 13 followed by an full lunar eclipse on July 28. The triad is completed with a partial solar eclipse on August 11 which is not seen in many parts of the world. However, the eclipses are an unfolding of energy on the Earth and it behoves all to pay attention to the voice of conscience in this time of disturbing energies accentuated by exalted furnace which goes by name of Mars.

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Full Moon, 28 June 2018

A full moon occurs mid-afternoon of 28 June 2018. This full moon occurs in Mula nakshatra, which is very close to the centre of the galaxy. It is known that the Grand Central Sun of our galaxy is a dark star (Sagittarius A). What is not so well known is that dark stars are expressions of the paramjyothi, the highest light. There is a meditation to this effect.

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2018 Winter Solstice

A solstice is an event occurring when the Sun appears to reach its most northerly or southerly excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere. Two solstices occur annually, around June 21 and December 21. The seasons of the year are determined by reference to both the solstices and the equinoxes. In the Southern Hemisphere, the winter solstice for 2018 will occcur at 8:07pm on the evening of June 21st.

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Full Moon, 29 May 2018

A full moon occurs on the early morn of 30 May 2018. This full moon occurs in an extra (intercalary) month by name Adhik Jyestha, and is devoted to Lord Krishna. The name Jyestha comes from the nakshatra the moon occupies at the time of full moon. It is a time of celebration (for Buddhists) and a time of emotional challenge, for some.

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A Note on Yama – Dharmaraja

There is the Hindu deity Yama, mostly known – and feared – as the God of Death: Yama, the god who judges the souls at the end of life. His other name is Dharmaraja, and he is called Lord of Justice, said to be rightly judging souls for their accumulated deeds on Earth. Said to be blue in colour, he rides a he-buffalo, and holds a rope and a stick (danda).

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Ketu and Interdependence

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Love Sub-value: Interdependence
Planet (graha) Ketu (South Node)

Kethu, Kaala, kalayitha, dhhomrakethur, vivarnaka,
Loka Ketu, maha Kethu, sarva kethur, bhaga pradha.

Ketu, he who causes death, he who makes time, smoky headed one,
One who is multi coloured, head of people, great head,
One who has only head, one who torments the Sun.

Roudhro, Rudhra priyo, rudhra, kroora karma, suganda druk,
Palala dhooma sankkhasa, chithra yagnopaveetha druk.

He who is angry, he who likes Shiva, he who is fierce,
He who does cruel deeds, He who is seen by pleasant smell,
One who resembles the smoke of husk, one who is seen wearing sacred thread.

Thara gana vimardhi cha jaimineeyo grahadhipa,
Ganesa dhevo, vignesa, visha rogarthi nasana,

One who troubles star groups, one who belongs to the clan of Jaimini,
One who is the lord of all planets, one who is God Ganesa,
One who is the lord of obstacles, one who destroys disease due to poison,

Pravrujyadho jnanadhascha theertha yathra pravarthaka,
Pancha vimsathi namani kethoryahatham padeth.

One who has forsaken everything, one who is wise,
And one who makes pilgrimages to sacred places happen.

If these twenty five names of Ketu are read,

Thasya Nasyathi badha cha sarva Kethu prasadatha,
Dhana dhanya pasoonaam cha bhaved vrudhir na samsaya.

Due to the grace of Ketu all his troubles will come to an end,
And without doubt his wealth, cereals and animals will increase.

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Shani Jayanti 2018

In year 2018 (1940 Vilambi) Shani Jayanti is marked on Tuesday 15 May 2018. Shani Jayanti is marked as birth anniversary of Lord Shani. Shani Jayanti is also known as Shani Amavasya. Lord Shani is son of Lord Surya and rules planet Saturn and Saturdays. It is believed that Lord Shani believes in fair justice and if appeased blesses His devotee with good luck and fortune. People, who don’t have blessing of Lord Shani, toil for years without getting any reward for their hard work in life. In this message on 2018 day of Shani Jayanti, we reflect on the Thunderbolt Armour of Saturn (Shani Vajra Panjarika Stotram) as remedy for the ills of Saturn.

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Vaishaka Purnima – April Full Moon

A full moon occurs in Sidereal Libra on Monday, 30 April 2018. This Vaishakha full moon day falls in the pre-winter season in India is known as Hemanta. Vaishaka Purnima is very significant day as it coincides with the festival Vesak, Buddha Poornima and Theravadin New Year, a three day celebration of the Buddhist faith.
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