Aspects to this new moon offer fantastic flashes of insight that aid you in knowing your purpose and bringing your truth to bear. Your work at this time is to listen to these flashes and heed them. During the new moon, we are meant to cultivate what we want to flourish, and who doesn’t want dreams to become reality? It takes work, and the work may prove challenging with a square from Mars, but the diligence and fortitude will prove worth it. As you work toward cultivating your individual path to freedom, beware of burnout and tunnel vision that keeps you from bringing love-filled intentions with you.
One of the most interesting elements of the night sky during this new moon is the conjunction of Venus and Pluto, giving us the energy to penetrate deeply into the heart of our intimate relationships either to reveal new levels of commitment, or to allow the relationship to fall away. The Aquarian influence here wants you to communicate your needs, but don’t fall pray to the tendency for shock-factor or callousness, rather, speak with high intentions and love in your heart, so that the message you share is heard, respected and cherished. How we deepen relationships, or how we end them, determines the karmic bond we either release ourselves from, or bind ourselves to. Above all things, Aquarian energy demand freedom, and so we earn it by maintaining an open heart.
Use this new moon energy to move toward an open-hearted expression of your own truth, fueled by insights from without and love from within. Don’t be afraid to explore the unconscious at this time, for what you discover may be the kernel of life that resurrects your passion and purpose. The ritual below is designed to bring you into accord with opposing elements—like the old alchemical precept, “As above, so below”—so that like the great magician of the tarot deck, you can create seemingly out of nothing, a life that manifests your personal destiny.
Alchemical Ritual for Aquarian New Moon:
As an air sign, Aquarius often has lofty ideas and difficulty keeping its feet on the ground. This ritual allows you to capture the insights that come to you, while giving you the strength to manifest them in the real world, which is real magic.
If it is possible to do this ritual outside where both earth and air are present, this will super-charge your efforts. Gather an element of air (feathers are a good choice, a cotton-ball stand in for a cloud also works!), and an element of earth (dark colored crystals work well such as onyx, muldovite or kyanite). Build your ritual space by placing your elements at the center of a designated circle—perhaps outlined with chalk, salt, or a ring of candles. Use sage, sweet grass or palo santo to cleanse yourself and the space by casting the smoke over yourself and encircling your own body three times. Bring into the circle a pen and paper, and as you sit quietly inside the circle, write at the top of the page the date, and the statement: “This new moon allows me to manifest my deepest truth in the following ways…” Take some time to freely write about how you call your intentions into being. End the writing with the karma-free clause, “…if it is in the highest good of all."
Spend some time in quiet contemplation, feeling the earth beneath you. As you do, allow yourself to become a conduit for flashes of insight to arise about how you will manifest your new reality. When you are done with your silent contemplation, say aloud the following invocation:
Allow Venus to fill my heart with love, Pluto to guide my journey inward, and the strength of Saturn to manifest my deepest truth.
Meditate for a short time so that the power of this invocation takes hold. When complete, chant Om three times, and snuff the candles. Place your writing somewhere you can see it and be reminded of it daily as you do the work required to make your life’s purpose your reality.
By Alanna Kaivalya
Alanna believes Yoga is for everyone and each student can develop the self-empowerment needed to embark on a personal journey to meaningful transformation. On this principle she founded The Kaivalya Yoga Method, a fresh take on yoga emphasizing the individual path while honoring tradition. Teaching students since 2001, teachers since 2003, Alanna has written and developed teacher trainings worldwide for top studios and independently. In January she debuted a comprehensive 200hr-online teacher training with YogaDownload. She holds a Ph.D. in Mythological Studies with an Emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, has authored numerous articles and two books: Myths of the Asanas, an accessible practitioner’s guide to stories behind beloved poses; Sacred Sound, a yoga “hymnal,” illustrating the role of chant and mantra in modern practice. Look for her third book, Yoga Beyond the Mat, in Autumn 2016.She lives in New York City with Roxy the Wonderdog.
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