“We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”
Astrology is an art, science, and most of all, a practice. It reflects the old adage, “As above, so below.” Astrology does not predict the future. Nor does it determine our lives’ circumstances. Rather, astrology gives us a way of reflecting upon and more deeply understanding our personal and collective experiences.
Astrology is svadhyaya, self-study. It empowers us to make more informed choices. As we do, we no longer see ourselves as victims of circumstances. Rather, we step into our role as co-creators with the Universe.
The New Moon in Pisces.
The new moon is traditionally a time for planting seeds. When we plant seeds, we do not necessarily know that those seeds will sprout. Planting seeds is an act of faith.
Likewise, we plant seeds of intention or set goals at the new moon. We won’t know which seeds the soil of our life is ready to receive until they begin to grow. However, the sign that the moon is in gives us a clue.
Pisces is primarily concerned with unity and transcendence. It is motivated by its desire for oneness. Pisces is the part of ourselves that seeks communion with others and the Numinous.
When we feel disconnected, our inner Pisces becomes unsettled. Pisces is like a sponge. It absorbs whatever we surround it with. Therefore, it is critical that we care for this aspect of our psyche by keeping our inner Pisces saturated. One of the best ways we can do that is through our spiritual practice!
The Sun in Aries.
Astronomically, the sun is the center of our solar system. It is the what all of the other planets orbit! Likewise, the sun in astrology is the center of our inner solar system. It gives us a point of reference that all of the other planets revolve around.
The sun in Aries is the first day of spring and the first day of the astrological year. Aries is an energetic fire sign. It is the energy we need to initiate a project, start working towards a goal, or otherwise bring something new into being. If we were confused about what intentions to work towards at the new moon, the sun in Aries may be just what we need to shine light onto those intentions and give us the energy to get going!
The Full Moon in Libra.
The full moon is traditionally a time of releasing. At the new moon we imagined what we would like to bring into our lives. At this point in the lunar cycle we’ve gained clarity, perspective, and more-than-likely come up against a few obstacles. What are the things that we cling to that do not help us get from where we are to where we would like to be? Are these things we are able and willing to let go?
Libra is a friendly, artistically-inclined sign associated with balance and fairness. When the full moon is in Libra, it shines its light on the ways we are out-of-balance. The Libra full moon is an opportunity to get creative as we consider how to bring balance and harmony into our personal and collective lives. Gratitude and appreciation are great places for our inner kind-hearted Libra to begin!
Astrologically-informed yoga practices for March.
- The new moon in Pisces is a wonderful time for us to reflect on our yoga practice. Has it gotten a bit more routine than we’d like? Is it time to freshen things up? Maybe we need to spend more time in meditation and less in asana practice, or vice-versa. What does our spiritual practice need at this moment in time?
- This month the sun moves from water-sign Pisces to fire-sign Aries. In Sanskrit, tapas means heat or discipline. In what ways do we need to apply tapas to our yoga practice? Do we make time to practice regularly? Are the practices we are doing the practices we need most?
- Consider the eight limbs of yoga…. Practicing yoga means more than doing yoga poses. What is our uplifted intention for doing yoga practice? Is it in alignment with our values? Does our personal practice feed us in such a way that we are better able to be of service in the creation of a fair, just, loving world?