This Full Moon precedes the departure of a well-known sovereign, who committed to serve humanity her whole life long. There is a faint hint of her departure in the Navamsa, at this Full Moon. It is a Moon that brings its challenges, and opportunities to put something down and pick up a new project, a new initiative, a new path forward. What some call liquid mental energy that takes three months to change, a Full Moon can offer the opportunity to hit the ground running with change: the energies are always strong at Full Moon.
Purva Bhadrapada nakshatra is ruled by Jupiter and has three pada in Aquarius and one foot in Pisces. Hence the dual influence of Jupiter and Saturn. It is of ugra quality, meaning fierce, aggressive thinking, impulsive and quick to anger. It is our capacity for mind management and self-discipline that may prevail and prevent these qualities from manifesting. Nonetheless, the Moon is the presiding deity of the mind, and always, we have the option to master the mind, and be a mastermind.
The Moon in 12th house seeks privacy. The Moon in 12th house is seeking engagement with the spirit world – for this placement with Purva Bhadrapada is a known placement for spiritual advance. It is a place where people are comfortable with spirit guides, and the rhythms of sanctuary, meditation, spiritual direction, private prayer. With the commencement of Pitru Paksha (the fortnight for praying for ancestors) this Moon provides and excellent motivation and drive to take up extra spiritual effort for the departed.
We tread further. Jupiter is in the First House, aspected by Saturn and Mercury. Mercury turns retrograde several hours before the Full Moon; in the 7th house of relations with one and all in our lives, opposed by a benefic Jupiter, it could well be a time of information overload, as retrograde planets are strong in their significations. Mercury is in Hasta, nakshatra of the Moon. The hand is raised in communication, signalling, messaging, totally grounded in the essence of quick and fast exchange of energy, communications, new knowledge. Jupiter opposes and expands same.
Mars is in the 3rd house, in Rohini nakshatra, Taurus. A fixed sign, earth sign, Mars the warrior may be comfortable here, but needs freedom to spring into action when Mars chooses. Rohini has the chariot as a symbol. It can also be the plough of the fields of Taurus. There can be aggression and impatience. Third house is also a house of communication so, words-as-weapons, pursuing the win, vital announcements and push to achieve.
Looking to the Navamsha
We look to the 9th division for those in their later years. Here, the Full Moon is exalted, conjunct Mercury retrograde, in the 6th house, the house of service, surgery, illness and enemies. In Krittika nakshatra, the Moon is oversighted by Agni, the God of Fire. Here, we should exercise caution with impulsive actions. Taurus is an earth sign, a sign that can provide steadiness, fixity, stability. As the planets say “Use me!” here is a situation where we can seek calm and serenity in the mind in the midst of dire external challenges.
Saturn, all duty and responsibility, aspects this Moon and so urges taking matters slowly, attending to detail. Conjunct retrograde Mercury, we can also examine the detail of our immediate past messaging to all and sundry and ensure we have not been abrasive, blunt, abrupt to others.
This time, it is the Sun in the 12th house. Used to seeking centre-stage and central personality, here, the Sun is concerned with distant worlds, some may feel a struggle due lack of recognition, and identity loss. The Sun is in a water sign; for some, these may be times of (overlooked) (ignored) emotional responses.
Full Moon Meditation
The Hierarchy have advised us that the times of the Full Moon are times when energy is magnified, and multiplied. Groups sitting together in meditation on peace, harmony, goodwill towards all have a manifold affect on the energies surrounding our planet when they do this on the Full Moon day. If it is not possible to do so on the actual day, then, we have been told, the day before or the day after will also serve as days of excellence in sending out positive harmony, peace and helpful energies to all places on our Earth.
Meditating on light can raise the level of light within the individual. Meditating on light for our home, Planet Earth, can raise the level of light in places where this is needed. For LIGHT can be, as you know when you turn on a light in a room it has different voltages in different countries – in some countries it is brighter – sometimes it is darker. In a way, the Light in each individual on this Earth is the same. Sometimes it is brighter and sometimes it is darker. Such meditation is always of help to others.
News has come forth that light is expanding and brighter from the Supermassive Black Hole of our galaxy, Sagittarius A. So for this month we will have the Black Hole Meditation:
Black Hole Meditation
Question: How do I turn within?
Reply: Go inside in any given cell. Choose any one cell and concentrate on it.
Question: Can I take a cell in my knee, for instance?
Reply: Yes, cellular consciousness is one and the same in every cell of your body and Atmic consciousness is one and the same in every cell on earth. Visualise a schematic picture of the cell. Take an ellipse form, and realise that this ellipse is infinitesimally smaller than the one you visualise. Now visualise in the cell, space as you know it – the universe with all its stars and planets. Then visualise in that space an infinitely small point, turned upon itself.
Question: A sort of black hole?
Reply: Yes, a sort of black hole, but then one which gives energy. That is the Atma-point. Visualise the Atma-point in each cell as a reversed black hole – as the source of everything.
Comment: When I close my eyes and try it, I see a black sky with stars and one tiny point from which energy gushes up as a sort of fountain.
Reply: Go now to a cell of your throat.
Question: The space there is much lighter. It is as if the sun is shining there.
Reply: You have arrived at the throat-chakra. In essence each cell in itself is a power-station of energy. But in the chakras there is a large assembly of energies.
From now on do this exercise at the end of each morning and evening meditation. That is the way to unity. Try to do it as often as possible. You can do it more often if you feel like it. It is always possible; in any place, at any time, during any activity.
It is not about your knee though, or about your throat or any other body-part. It is about each individual cell, which is enormously magnified in order to visualise it, but which you know to be infinitesimally smaller.
You may also concentrate on the atoms in the cells. For what you really concentrate on is neither cell nor atom. You use these ideas as metaphors for what it is really about. It is really about the Atma, which is in every atom, in every cell, in every being. The Atma is the all-penetrating force which cannot be expressed in an earthly substance, but which gives existence to all that is.