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~Full Moon~

In the context of yoga, the full moon lunar phase represents the end of the inhalation, completion, and expanding prana (energy). New and full moons create polar energies; physical and mental energy is strongest when the moon is full.

In traditional yogic practices, the yogi takes rest on new and full moons (“moon days”) so they do not make themselves vulnerable to injuries, due to too much or too little energy.

Chandra Namaskara (Moon Salutation) is a sequence of poses that are practiced to quiet the mind and/or on days when the practitioner is feeling physically weak, stressed and/or overstimulated. It is best to practice Chandra Namaskara in the evening, in the light of the moon as it has a calming effect, preparing the practitioner for rest.

In Hatha yoga, lunar energy is considered calming, cooling and introspective.

Astrology {9} ~ Astrocartography

“If you’ve ever had to face the decision of figuring out where you should move or even simply travel where you will have the best opportunities for life or career success, then you will absolutely love to know about the amazing tool that is Astrocartography.

You may already know that your exact date, time, and location of birth has the power to unlock endless insights into your soul purpose and even your ideal career if you’ve been following along with me for any length of time, but did you know that your birth information is also a key that can unlock a treasure map of the best places for you to be in the world?

Astrocartography is the study of energetic influences and how they specifically apply to you based on your geographic location. 

If you’ve been looking for a good place to live, travel, or even hold a retreat or go on a speaking tour for your career, then astrocartography is an amazing way to find out which areas are going to be best for you and which are best to be avoided. You can also use astrocartography to figure out how your current location has been affecting you.

Here is an example of what an astrocartography map may look like ~

The red lines show where there is challenging energy and the green lines show where the energy is favorable. The yellow areas simply show how far out the energy of the line is likely to extend outward. Any areas that do not have red, green, or yellow covering them are considered neutral; not good or bad, they just are. These are areas where you will need to create your own opportunities for success, but like I said, this is not a negative or positive thing, and it can actually be quite calming (and/or boring, depending on how you look at it).

It can also be interesting to look at places you have already traveled to or lived and see how the energy was effecting you there.

For example, I remembered when I was on a road trip through Nebraska of all places that I suddenly had this amazing feeling of joy and unlimited possibilities pass over me. I was literally driving through flat, endless fields in the middle of nowhere at the time and I couldn’t understand what my deal was! For some crazy reason, I was incredibly excited about life more than I had ever felt, and no, it wasn’t because of caffeine. Later, I found out that I had been driving through my Jupiter line. Jupiter is the planet of joy, expansion, growth, prosperity, and good fortune. I don’t know if I could actually handle living in that head space all the time, but it sure opened my eyes to the accuracy of astrocartography.

I also used to live on the Big Island of Hawaii and that is where I learned most of what I know about astrology. My time living there was amazing, of course, and also incredibly challenging, but it ultimately gave me the life experiences that have allowed me to grow into the (way better) person I am today. Despite how beautiful it was living in paradise, it got to the point where I no longer knew if I should keep living there because so many things were going wrong all the time. Using astrocartography, I was able to see that where I was living was indeed very challenging for me because it was on a Venus square Rising Sign line which essentially meant that the energy there challenged me to give up part of who I was to get what I wanted. Challenges obviously help us grow, but I could see that this was a place where I would never stop facing insurmountable challenges in my life, and it was making me physically sick to the point where I actually had more than one near-death experience!

I’m NOT saying this to scare you, but to show you how helpful astrocartography can be in making super difficult life decisions. Eventually, I did choose to move back to my hometown of Minneapolis which is a neutral area for me, before eventually moving back to Hawaii (but on a different island). As soon as I got back, I remember feeling so much more peaceful and like all of the intensity in the air had been lifted. It was a huge relief!

The last story I want to share about my personal experience with astrocartography has to do with the Career Map. Everyone’s maps are completely different, but for me, there is only one super positive line in the U.S. for my career and it happens to be in San Jose, CA. This is a place I have never even been to, but time and time again, people from San Jose will get in touch to collaborate with me and tell me they’ve fallen in love with my work. At one point, I had 5 people in a row reach out to me, and when they ALL told me they were from San Jose, CA, it had gotten so ridiculous that I couldn’t help but laugh.

Astrocartography is really real, people! I have to admit I don’t quite understand exactly how it works or who in the world figured out that this is something we can even have the power to do (similarly to the question I often get asked of how in the world we even figured out how to use astrology in the first place), but I do know that it works and, time and time again, my clients also agree in the amazing power of both astrology and astrocartography as a tool for gaining insights to help us live the magical lives we dream of.”

Source ~ https://www.soulshineastrology.com/what-is-astrocartography/

Astrology {8} ~ Chinese

Chinese astrology, or Sheng Xiao (生肖), is an ancient astrological practice that can be traced back to the Han Dynasty. This kind of astrology is founded on the concepts of yin and yang, with significant elemental, natural, and lunar influences.

Similar to Western astrology, Chinese astrology has 12 zodiac signs—which are represented by animals. However, in Chinese astrology, the zodiac sign seasons last all year long—as opposed to Western astrology’s four-week seasons.

In order, the Chinese zodiac signs are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. Similar to Western astrology, each zodiac sign animal is defined by certain characteristics. For example, Snake energy is known to be sensual and intelligent while Horse energy is easygoing and honest.

In Chinese astrology, each year is defined by two ongoing cycles: 1) the elemental cycle: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water (called “ten heavenly stems”), and 2) the 12 zodiac signs in their respective yin or yang influences. For example, the year 2021’s elemental cycle is Yin Metal. In the zodiac cycle, it is the year of the Ox. So, 2021 is: Yin Metal Ox.

Another difference between Western and Chinese astrology is that the zodiac sign cycle is founded on Chinese New Year—which begins its calendar based on the moon’s cycles. So, the start of the Chinese calendar year varies; it ranges from late January to early February.

For that reason, it’s possible for someone who was born before Chinese New Year to associate themselves with the zodiac symbol of the year prior. If you were born in January or early February, it’s possible you may have identified with the wrong zodiac sign.

Source ~ https://www.astrology.com/us/horoscope/index-chinese.aspx

Astrology {7} ~ Vedic Astrology

The history of Vedic astrology.
The Sanskrit word for Vedic astrology, or Hindu astrology, is jyotiṣa, loosely translating to “light/heavenly body,” and the modality seems to have first appeared in the Rigveda, an ancient Indian text (though some assert it’s been around since 10,000 B.C.).

“Vedic astrology contains within it the rich spiritual traditions and myths of ancient Indian culture,” explains founder of Moondance Vedic Astrology and author of Vedic Astrology for Beginners, Pamela McDonough. “Even today, throughout much of India, Jyotish is an accepted science and, for many, is part of their lifestyle.”

In its earliest days, Vedic astrology was used to determine important dates for sacrifices and rituals. Over time it became increasingly personalized; people started studying its planetary movements in an effort to understand their own destiny.

It’s related to other ancient Indian practices including yoga and ayurveda, and similar to Western astrology, it “offers us a guide or road map to a better understanding of our physical, emotional, spiritual, and even monetary experiences,” McDonough says.

The 12 Vedic signs.
Just like in Western astrology, there are 12 signs in the Vedic zodiac. And interestingly, the characteristics of the signs are pretty much the same, too. The difference lies in the dates. So, if you swear by the identity prescribed by your Western sun sign, prepare to have your boat rocked a little. The Vedic sign dates are as follows and here’s how to calculate your Vedic chart:

Aries: Mesha (April 13–May 14)
Taurus: Vrishaba (May 15–June 14)
Gemini: Mithuna (June 15–July 14)
Cancer: Karkata (July 15–August 14)
Leo: Simha (August 15–September 15)
Virgo: Kanya (September 16–October 15)
Libra: Tula (October 16–November 14)
Scorpio: Vrishchika (November 15–December 14)
Sagittarius: Dhanus (December 15–January 13)
Capricorn: Makara (January 14–February 11)
Aquarius: Kumbha (February 12–March 12)
Pisces: Meena (March 13–April 12)

As McDonough explains, Western astrology bases charts on the “tropical calendar” (which most of the world uses) and the four seasons, while Vedic astrology charts are calculated using something called the sidereal system, which looks at the changing, observable constellations. (Western astrology does not change in the same way and works with the planets’ fixed positions.)

Another interesting distinction is that modern Western astrology has become more psychologically oriented, where Vedic astrology is based upon one’s individual Karma, according to McDonough. “Karma is a very significant element of Jyotish,” she says, “and practicing Jyotish in the United States may take a more cross-cultural approach and a less deterministic viewpoint, to chart interpretation and predication than a traditional Indian astrologer might.”

The two modalities also have a different take on what a retrograde planet actually means and what some of the planetary aspects represent. “All planets in Western astrology share the same type of aspect, such as a square, trine, sextile, or opposition,” McDonough notes. “Vedic astrology utilizes special aspects—each planet has a specific aspect or set of aspects, along with different strengths that are applied to that specific aspect.” Not to mention, Vedic astrology views your rising sign as more important than your sun sign.

“Jyotish will provide insight to one’s dharma, or life path, and reveal our innate gifts and challenges,” McDonough says. “It can help us better understand our relationships with our family, friends, and life partners. Having this fundamental understanding really helps to ease and relieve stress and our emotional ups and downs.”

Source ~ https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.mindbodygreen.com/articles/vedic-astrology-101