We look to the Heart of our Planet – at the Earth Chakra location, Uluru, in Central Australia. Valerie will be participating in the Cosmic Consciousness Conference and Alcheringa, the oversighting Spirit of our planet and galaxy, will be channelled at this conference. The astrology of this conference is important as is the First Full Moon of 2018, an event linked to the New Year 2018.
We have shared – via guidance given from the Cosmic Hierarchy – that the Full Moon occasions are best days for meditations for world peace, and for sending positive energy out to those in need.
The Vedic Calendar – called Panchangam – is linked to a 60 year cycle called samvatsara. The Vedic New Year happens usually in March-April; for some it is when the Sun enters Aries, the beginning of the Zodiac; for others, it is when the Moon enters Aries. This year, that date is 18 March 2018. However, we can look to what is offered on the occasion of the New Year – and there are indications of release, of a snake shedding its old skin, of letting go of the luggage of past lives.
On this day of New Year – particularly for the over-50’s, we see Saturn in the 11th house, the place where we show our face to the world, where we relate to our peers, community groups and our social links. On this occasion, Saturn signifies old economies, old networks and old fan clubs – social networks, like this. There is fear in letting go and doing a thorough clean out. As time is speeding up all over this planet – a nod to the Fourth Dimension and Ascension – it is time to clear out all the albatrosses we have hanging around our necks by way of time spending, and to set time free. Time waste is life waste, and there is much to accomplish in these times of transformation of Planet Earth.
The Moon is benefic (good, giving, blessing, uplifting) when it is more than 60° away from the Sun. On this occasion, it is 180° from the Sun, so at full strength, benefic, in Gemini, a not entirely comfortable location for the Moon. While the Moon is benefic for this particular chart, it is in a unfriendly sign for Moon as Mercury owns Gemini and treats Moon as an enemy. The Moon will be in Ardha Nakshatra, which is owned by Rahu, shadow planet, and causes the Moon to appear if it is behind a smoky haze; the mind may not be clear as it normally is. We keep in mind that there are the physical planets, and the Deities represented by the planets. In this case, the deity is Chandra, and Chandra is the presiding deity of the mind – so we have passing clouds over the Moon. There is a need to set clear goals for the day and to stick to them, for New Year’s Day and the day after, which this Full Moon affects directly, 2nd of January 2018.
We might keep in mind the sacred teaching that we are not the mind, not the senses, not the body, and not washed over by emotional expediency. Moon in Gemini also indicates fading of emotional attachments, with apprehension of astral signals (dreams, intuitions, divinations, psychic channelling). Dreams are message-bearers, symbols sent from the helpful unconscious to garner our attention and tell us something we need to know about the path of our life at this point in time. Like the albatross of time wasting we mentioned earlier, the shedding of the old skin is also indicating that some psychic attachments or bonds with individuals may fade and have less control over us. No point feeling guilty out of misplaced obligation.
The Moon is benefic, aspecting Sun, seven houses away. The Sun – benefic – located in Sagittarius; Venus is with the Sun and due relations with Jupiter in Venus’s sign of Libra, Venus is the boss in Sagittarius – so a weak yet genteel influence of artisan craftsmanship is emanating from this sign . Moon is much stronger and sending positive energy.
The Moon is in Gemini, which belongs to Mercury. Wherever the Lord of this sign (Gemini) is, it has an important message we must heed. The location of this lord signifies a place of worship. So, Where is Mercury? Mercury is six houses away in Scorpio, in the house of selfless service. The 6th house from is the place where we need to serve our fellow man and woman. We look to what Sri Sathya Sai Baba has to tell us about selfless service in Prema Vahini:
People say that the service to man is service to God. That is a true statement. But though the service of humanity is holy, unless it is merged in the bigger ideal, men will not benefit, however huge the service. Mere repetition of the slogan is useless, if service is done without faith in the divinity of man and with an eye on name and fame and the fruits of one’s action; whatever actions one undertakes, if one has constantly as a companion the contemplation of the Lord, and if one has faith in the essential divinity of man, then, the statement about service to man being the same as service to God is justified. Without thoughts of God how can the service to man – in whom God is the inner resident – originate? All such talk is mere show. I won’t agree to that. Instead, whatever is done with the Lord in mind, along the path of truth, and according to the aspects of Right Conduct ~ Dharma, has to be considered as the Service of the Lord and whatever is done for name and fame and for the fruit thereof shall not be referred to as selfless service.
It is fulfilling and brings happiness to serve our fellow man and woman. The aged, the homeless, the children needing homework help, the inculcating of a good moral example for children, all these are forms of service to our fellow man and woman. Some visit nursing homes, some visit prisons; some help out in the welfare fields with distribution of clothing and food; others help as their skills and gifts allow. The placement of Mercury in Scorpio also tells us that this must be done quietly (Scorpio = hidden matters) as Sri Sathya Sai tells, for ostentation and self-aggrandisement are not service to our fellow man or woman. Help Ever, Hurt Never is the saying. What is mankind without kindness? What is humanity without humaneness? Service is fulfilling and makes the world a place worth living in for all.
As we progress the early days of January 2018, Mars will leave a challenging place Libra and join Jupiter quickly. While this is a favourable transit, keep in mind that Jupiter is a multiplier, and will definitely multiply all the things that Mars represents – enterprise, sexual magnetism, mathematical talent, courage, adventure. It brings dynamism, enthusiasm, and the challenge is to TAKE CARE and manage the enthusiasm and magnetism. Note, while Mars ‘passes over’ Jupiter, 6-8 January, this will be a trying time, try to keep a handle on the money going out and especially, keep the handle self-control should your Mars be confronted and turn obstreperous; nosily and stubbornly defiant describes these few days. Keep cool, then.
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.
A meditation on light is available on this website, here (opens in new window)
Another helpful form of group activity on Full Moon days is calling on the Angels, the Spirit Guides, the Star Beings of the Hierarchy, and the different Divinities – for all are but different forms of the one substance we may call GOD – and calling upon them for help. All prayers are answered; all prayers for the Good of All are responded to. It is well known that Divinity in its different names and forms takes the energies of devotion to God, the prayers, the offerings of Love, Harmony, Peace, Light and distribute this to places where it is needed around the Earth. Such meditations and prayers can also be offered on Full Moon days. Many prayers hail the Lord – or God – as a God of Mercy and Compassion. Compassion makes no difference between those who suffer and those who cause that suffering. Compassion is for all and such mercy offered in our prayers and meditation goes out for the Good of the All.
Blessings be with you and Universal love – for this year of 2018. Valerie and John.