We are moving toward the New Moon and an important Vedic Holiday of the Spring Navarati  and the start of the New Vedic year into March 17th .

Whereas western culture delights in January New Year predictions, the Vedic New Year calendar is often run for the new Moon in March after the spring solstice for the capital city of a country.  We will publish our analysis of the Vedic New Year on Saturday.  This is year, March 17, 2018 at 9:12 a.m. EDT, the chart for Washington, DC is the Year of Vilamba. You can run your capital at the new moon after the spring equinox.

My friend Juliana Swanson of Astral Harmony notes that “

In this last waning week of the old year, our life force may feel quite tired. …. Now and through this week will be a good time to rest and turn attention inward to reflect and recharge our energies.  This is an important week in which to contemplate where we’ve been and what we have accomplished in the past lunar year. Now is a great time to do some cleansing and clearing rituals. Make a gratitude list and honor your preceptors and give thanks for all your amazing experiences which have illuminated your path. Don’t forget to offer appreciation for the challenging experiences and lessons as well, since they are probably the greatest teachers of all. Then on March 18th, the energy will be ripe for establishing new intentions for your new lunar year ahead.”

So all the traditional New Year’s resolutions that one usually does Jan. 1st are really meant to happen the next few days.  My own experience has been reflecting on the maya of my existence and peeling off old skin and looking at deep patterns and relflecting on who I really am and really want to be.   The energy is up for transformation with Jupiter retrograde.   As my friend Darinka put it this way: “This is a time where the old may be falling away or you may be re – addressing many belief structures in your life. What are the foundations of your beliefs? Is it time to explore/consider new possibilities? Are your beliefs truly serving your highest potential, or are you limiting yourself? Keep questioning and investigating your basic assumptions about life. Much growth occurs out of the instability of chaos, so don’t be afraid to challenge yourself, the strength of transiting Mars can assist in diving to the roots and the source of mystery, personal and collective.”

Certainly Mars transiting through Mula Nakshatra (Sagittarius 0-13.20) is forcing us to go deep and shed our material skins and start rediscovering our spiritual essence.  I booked a meditation retreat this weekend and with three planets in Pisces, there is  a deep call of the Divine to complete what we came here for.   Honor all the Piscean energy which can get a bit cliche but is very real in pushing us to complete our spiritual journey.

I will leave you with a quote from one of the Gurus of our tradition,

I will leave you with a beautiful quote from one of the great spiritual teachers from my spiritual tradition,  Swami Brahmanada Saraswati Jagaguru Bhadvan Shankaracharaya of Jyoti Math:

To get a human body is a rare thing.  Make full use of it.  There are four million kinds of lives which a soul can gather. After that, one gets a chance to be human.  To get a human body, therefore, one should not waste the chance.  If you don’t value this, then you will be left with nothing in hand and you will weep in the end.

Because you are human, God has given you the power to think and decide good and bad.  Therefore you should never consider yourself a weak or fallen creature.  Whatever may have happened up to now may because you didn’t know, but now be careful…after getting human, if you don’t reach God, then you have sold a diamond for the price of spinach.

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