- Vedic Astrology by Eve - 


Our Moon will be full at 4:33pm PST on Friday, February 10th 2017.   This is no ordinary full Moon as not only will she be in a special placement referred to as gandanta in Sanskrit, but she will also be partially eclipsed (close proximity to Rahu, the north node) while forming a Chandra Yoga.  She will be aligned with the sign of Ashlesha

Before I translate this, I would like to draw our attention once more to the fact that Chandra or Moon is so incredibly important in Vedic astrology.  In short, Chandra reveals a lot about what will grow in any given moment, the potential fertility of that moment or lack thereof for any given activity.  The Moon marks the present moment like no other Graha (Planet).  She has an intimate relationship with Earth and our Earth’s cycles. In sidereal astrology, she is placed in the heart of every Earth Sign.  This means that in the middle of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn, there is a nakshatra (star sign) that aligns to the midpoint of that sign associated with our Moon.  Our ancient ancestors clearly understood the beautiful dance between our Earth and Moon.  She is also considered to be in an exalted state when she is transiting Taurus, one of the most fertile and sensual signs.  By examining the condition of the Moon in our horoscope, we can get an eagle’s eye view of what our consciousness is pregnant with in this lifetime.  The same is true for examining the current cycle of the Moon in relation to our Earth, Sun and other Planets.

Ashlesha will be influencing our full Moon on Friday, the star of the Nagas, the star of entwining, embracing and clinging.  Ashlesha is also the sign where most of the hidden poisons rests.  A gandanta (knot) point lies in the junction between Ashlesha and the next star sign Magha (the star of the Throne, empowerment and government).  The sign of Ashlesha has great alchemical and transformational power, this will be amplified by the gandanta degree, the loosening of the knot of karma.
Ashlesha also has the power to destroy and completely annihilate.  The basis above is the approaching serpent, the foundation below is fear or trembling and the desire is to defeat enemies.  The result of all three is said to be the destruction of the intended victim.  This sign possesses the ability to unleash a volatile power (such as in the case of President Truman’s disastrous decision to unleash this force on Hiroshima and Nagasaki) as well as the ability to rise up in conflict without fear and bring great spiritual medicine to the masses. We must remember, where there is poison, there is also medicine.  Where there is injury there is potential to heal. This great churning of energy is illuminated in the sign of Ashlesha.   Mahatma Gandhi is a good example of the incredible strength and influence of the medicine demonstrated here. 

The throat chakra is the active chakra for this Moon.  Responsibility is the key word.  Responsibility with actions and words; restraining the impulse to strike unless completely necessary for protection of the weak, for protection of the vulnerable or exploited.  The poisons unleash when we act out against or speak negatively of others, when we wish others harm, when we pass harsh judgement, when our envy or cruelty overcomes us, all of this is represented here.  When we do not speak up for the exploited, for those in bondage or suffering injustice, we also poison ourselves.  Objectifying speech, limiting speech, constricting labels and categories we place on each other. 
Ashlesha nakshatra can reveal the path to medicine by speaking healing words, by releasing the voice to defend the rights of those who do not have one. 

Moon will have Rahu in front of her, in her clear view. Whoever is in front of her, she pays a lot of attention to.  Without getting political, I can only say that this potentially reveals much more tension in the collective about the governmental decisions.   Due to Rahu’s presence in Magha, the star of the Throne, our Moon will be looking to direct the energies of Ashlesha, the serpent, towards him.  This is a time to release the voice in prayer, to release the voice in truth, to take active participation in calling in the medicine for all.  Great healing potential lies hidden in the poison.  Ashlesha is best approached in humility and meditation, requesting the powers of life to allow the medicines of the natural and hidden worlds to pour over all of us. 

Classically this is a time to recite the Hanuman Chalisa or mantras to Lord Shiva, who can digest the poisons of the mind, of heart and of the Earth without being harmed. It is a day to avoid eating meat if possible or any action that advocates violence or lack of compassion. 

 Transformation, purification and healing often comes after stagnation and illness.  We can honor the illness for showing us the path to rejuvenation.  Illness gives us the appreciation for good health.  Darkness gives us the appreciation for light.  Sadness gives us the appreciation Joy.  Isolation gives us the appreciation for others. 

I close with a mantra to Lord Shiva and pray that we all metabolize the poisons within to birth new health and flush out stagnation.
त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात
tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanam
urvārukamiva bandhanānmṛtyormukṣīya mā'mṛtāt