Happy new moon and second partial solar eclipse of the season! On August 11, 2018 at 1:58 am PST, we entered into our new lunar phase, this time in the sign of Cancer. And like the previous phase, the visibility of the solar eclipse will be limited to a small part of the globe—this time in the Arctic, far-northeastern Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia, and much of (north and east) Asia. But whether it be visible to us or not, we will most definitely be feeling and experiencing this eclipse energy no matter where we are on the planet (albeit in differing levels of intensity). For more details on this eclipse, please check out the always stellar Earthsky.org/11Aug2018.
August movements at a glance:
This phase has us beginning with the new moon in the sign of Cancer (i.e. the Sun and Moon are joined in Cancer), but just 4 days later, the Sun moves into the sign of Leo, Simha, where it will be for the majority of this phase. You may be hearing out there that the new moon (and eclipse) is in Leo, in which case you can know that whoever you are hearing this from is using the traditional western astrological system, whereas the calculations, interpretations, and reports that I offer will always be coming from the system of Vedic Astrology. The difference between the two systems will be detailed more specifically through a youtube video I will be releasing shortly, but until then know that the dates are different due to Vedic Astrology being a system that stays true to current astronomical placements and phenomena, while the traditional western system still uses dates that were determined nearly 2000 years ago, and has not accounted for the fact that all things are in flux and nothing in this universe ever stays the same… again, more on this to come.
As a reminder, what we are experiencing here at the beginning of the lunar phase is the same phenomenon of Sandhi, or moving through transition, as we experienced in the previous 2 phases. While experiencing Sandhi we have the opportunity to revisit the theme we were experiencing for the majority of the time in the previous phase, but with fresh insight, and renewed vigor of being at the waxing, or growing phase, of a cycle. With this feeling of newness we can reexamine the themes of Cancer—reassessing our connection to our inner sanctum, our inner world and being—how deeply am I connected to my feelings and emotional body? how do I feel and perceive my world? In essence, our emotions and feelings are our compass through life. The stronger our connection, and the depth of our personal, inner work, will determine how closely we are in-tune to our truest heart desires, needs, and original intentions for coming into this life. Without significant inner work and facing what our feelings have to show and teach us about ourselves, we are basically fumbling in the dark without a flashlight—and this becomes the feeling of our life—that we don’t know where we are going, that we don’t know what we want, and that we don’t have a purpose or a guide. And as everything goes in this universe, one thing naturally leads into another. So as we move into the natural 5th sign of the zodiac, Leo, the Sign of the King, our connection to our inner compass, our truest selves, will determine the strength of our connection to what we manifest in this world (Leo, the natural 5th sign).
So then, beginning August 15th, we enter the solar phase of Leo, and so for most of this cycle, we will have the opportunity to explore the themes of Leo. Leo, or Simha, is the only sign ruled by the Sun (just as Cancer is the only sign ruled by the Moon), and expresses the truth of our divine birth. Like a King, Leo reminds us all that we are of a royal lineage, that we are sacred, divine children. Moving more deeply into a connection to our divine lineage, and acknowledging that we are actually inter-galactic royalty, it becomes undeniable that we are the all-powerful one, that we are “the one without a second” (just like the Sun)—that there is not another being on this planet that is exactly like our singular selves, and this is because we have all come into this plane of existence to fulfill a completely unique purpose. Also as we strengthen our connection to the truth of our divine birth, we become more deeply connected to our ABILITY to create/manifest that which we have come here to do.
As Leo is the natural 5th sign of the zodiac, it carries the implications of the 5th house—the “House of Children,” or the house of bringing forth our creative intentions into this world. Thus, Leo is closely identified with artistry, creative intelligence, that inner knowingness that we are creative beings. Once we see beyond the limited scope of our socialization, and also beyond the abstractions of our language, we begin to see that an “artist” is not simply someone who puts paint to canvas, or a musician that magically puts sound vibrations to the deepest voice of her soul… The 5th house teaches us that every being in manifest creation is an artist, every being is innately a creative one, and so, really what determines what we will create into this world depends on the connection we have to our heart, our inner sanctum. Do I see myself as being powerless and unimaginative? Well then, as one is the creator of one’s life and destiny, it can be useful to notice how these thoughts have been the platform upon which we have created our life.
Interestingly, the full moon which comes in a fortnight’s time in Aquarius (exactly opposite to Leo), gives us further insight into Leo’s lessons. Through this axis of Leo-Aquarius we have the opportunity to reconcile the seeming polarity of our personal truth of divine birth with the seeming opposite—the truth of our collective identity as the DIVINE RACE. And that which I feel empowered to bring into this world (Leo), will be exactly reflected in our collective capacity to create as a race—as one being with many parts—we, each of us, being those parts. But without the balance of Aquarius, it is quite easy to see how the king can become a tyrant—living in an egocentric universe where he only is the chosen one, and all others are his subjects or minions.
The axis of Leo-Aquarius also teaches us the interaction of the axis of the 5th and 11th houses. The 5th house, again, is what we have the power to bring into this world as an individual creative being, while the 11th house is the “House of Gains” and legacy—the abundance that I am able to acquire and create, as well as what I leave for humanity as an imprint of my being here. All axises show the interaction of one action into another. Here, we see that the strength of one’s connection to one’s unique creative intelligence determines the abundance and social impact he brings forth to his world and thus ours (Aquarius). Meaning, in order to achieve one’s greatest life success and to bring forth abundance (wealth and the many forms of fortune, as well as fame/notoriety, and social contribution), all we need to do is deepen our connection to our unique creative intelligence! Ah, so much easier said than done, aye? Well, the cosmos shows us the way… how do we deepen our connection to our unique creative intelligence? by going “straight through the anaconda’s mouth”—straight through to the inner sanctum, our inner selves, the heart of our being. Ah yes, by stepping deeply into our most uncomfortable and awkward emotional states, rather than skirting away from them…
And the fact that the eclipse is happening in the sign of Cancer (not in Leo as the western astrologers may be saying), shows that this is a time RIPE for deepening exactly this connection. Rahu and Ketu, the eclipse points known as chayagraha, or “shadow planets,” will be working hard to reveal to us those things that may have been most hidden about ourselves—that these aspects may be brought to the light of our consciousness to be reintegrated, allowing us to become more whole. And although the eclipses also mark a time full of mystery, confusion, frustration, and unpredictability, the divine knowledge of Vedic Astrology reminds us of the bigger picture of our trials and challenges. Like all things in nature, we want nothing more than to heal, learn, and to evolve into the greatest version of ourselves. And connecting to our inner sanctum can really help us to trust the depths of our nature to always be moving in the direction of our highest calling and happiness.
Strength and clarity on the powerful road ahead,
Jane Oka Kaya Shin
ps. for more info on Rahu and Ketu, check out the info below. And if you’d like to see where your Sun is according to Vedic Astrology, scroll further down as well.
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION OF RAHU AND KETU
The energy of Rahu and Ketu are considered malefic for their harsh and extreme natures. The Northern Eclipse Point, Rahu—whom we are in a dance with now—is an illusionist, and is quite skilled at crafting worlds with smoke and mirrors, so do be cautious of falling into your own mental/emotional traps! Rahu is our shadow nature that is obsessed about something in life. He is a head with no body, so his appetite is insatiable, for whatever is consumed is not digested and allowed to nourish. And this is the cruel nature of obsession. However, if we allow ourselves to examine even this aspect of ourselves—acknowledging it as another brilliant natural phenomenon—we no longer have to chastise ourselves about the innate part of us that wants to make a big impact on life, to be acknowledged for our accomplishments, and to have a life that reflect one’s magnificence. But when this energy lacks the light of consciousness, it can express itself through the shadow side of narcissism—where the most important thing is one’s singular acquisition of fame and fortune at any cost.
The equally harsh counterpart of Rahu is Ketu, the body with no head. Without the ability to think its ego into existence, Ketu remains completely nonattached to the material world, and is thus considered the indicator of spirituality (whereas Jupiter is the indicator of belief, philosophy, religion). So then, we can see that Rahu is all that we are attached to, and the impetus that thrusts us forward in this material existence, whereas Ketu is all that we are unattached to—that part of us that is all-existence itself, beyond time and space. Ketu is the monk, the vagabond, the untouchable. But in a society that is spiritually malnourished, we see a mainstream public unable to connect with people who choose to live on the street, for instance, as they have not connected to this part within themselves that acknowledges the freedom of living in this way. And so the infrastructure of such a society does not make room for such individuals, and they end up being pariahs living in utter separation—stripped of their humanity and connection. The play of Rahu-Ketu can bring varying degrees of “15 minutes of fame” that allow us to reach high levels of success, accomplishment, and wealth, only for it to be taken away stoically—reminding us of our eternal nature, beyond material existence.
As eclipses do not exist without the Sun and Moon, it reminds us that the teachings of Rahu and Ketu are the shadow sides of the Divine Couple— the Truth of our Divine Identity (Sun) has the shadow of self-obsession, and our Connection to Universal Consciousness (Moon) has the shadow of nonattachment. So special significance will be given to that which is indicated by their placement in the zodiac at the time of the eclipses.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VEDIC AND WESTERN ASTROLOGY
This and all other articles that I present, are an intimate sharing of my study and spiritual practice of VEDIC ASTROLOGY, which differs a great deal from the mainstream Western (Tropical) Astrology most of us have been exposed to since we were children. A reflection of the Western astrological system can be seen in any “Sunday newspaper horoscope” or the like, which shows the zodiac sign the Sun was in on the day we were born. However, what most people don’t know is that these dates do not coincide with what is in the sky in real time; meaning, the placements that Western astrologers are going by are not a reflection of the sky today in the 21st century, but rather, where the celestial bodies were in relation to the sky back near the 3rd century! An example of this I ran into recently, is seeing astrological articles written about the Summer Solstice happening during “Cancer season”—referring to the Sun being in Cancer at the time of the Summer Solstice. However, today in 2018, and for some centuries now, the Sun is located in the sign of Gemini, making this “Gemini season,” and not “Cancer season.”
Below is a chart comparing the dates of the Sun’s transit through the signs in both systems. For those born mid-month, the Sun sign may be the same for both systems (depending on the exact day); for everyone else, however, our Sun sign is actually one sign back from what we had in the Western system. This is due to “Precession of the Earth’s motion” around its axis.
The Earth’s axis rotates (precesses) just as a spinning top does. The period of precession is about 26,000 years. Therefore, the North Celestial Pole will not always point towards the same starfield. Precession is caused by the gravitational pull of the Sun and the Moon on the Earth, and is about ~50 arc seconds per year.
SUN SIGNS of the Vedic and Western systems: