Surrender is to surrender your concept of
separateness, your ego. Surrender is to
submit your stupidness, your wickedness,
to the will of Existence. That’s all. You
must surrender like a river discharging
into the Ocean. Surrender is to discharge
your river of separateness into the Ocean
of Being, losing your limitations, and
allowing to happen what happens.

– Papaji


Lunar Eclipse

I recently watched an interview with a NASA scientist during which he explained that satellites are now able to study and observe the atmosphere of earth. He went on to speak about the earth having an electromagnetic field which serves as a protection for this planet.

It can be fun to watch modern science use terms that astrologers, psychic healers and other mystics have used for years – – the same terms which were often used as “proof” that those of us who studied metaphysics were nothing more than kooks. It’s good to keep in mind that it is positive for some of the terms to become used by the more accepted world of modern science. It is hopeful that modern day science is every day proving these ancient concepts and moving along towards the reality that we are all connected to the entire universal creation.

Scientists are learning to watch the electromagnetic field of the earth in order to learn how to keep it strong within the spectrum of changing climate as well as the constant change within the solar system itself. They are hoping that, by being able to plot these changes, science will help us to keep the earth’s “aura” strong for the protection of all who walk upon the planet.

Astrologers have done the same for thousands of years as they observed the movements and patterns within our solar system. Through their observations, they were able to study how certain planets and patterns affected the daily life on earth. They observed times of stress, ease, calamity, and good fortune. What they were looking at was the energetic radiation the planets emitted to earth. The systems of India combined the study of the planets with their knowledge of yoga which worked strongly with the “unseen” energetics of each person’s electromagnetic fields. The combination of Jyotish and yoga created a full system of being able to maintain balance and harmony by keeping the individual energetics strong.

The “prediction” part of astrology became part of the teachings because every person’s birth chart is influenced by the planetary movements, and the “house” system provides the place where mundane events will be highlighted. It, therefore, became possible to be able to warn someone that a particular planet was about to project a negative radiation in the constellation that, for instance, ruled one’s health. This knowledge would help a person take the proper steps to protect her/his health. Prediction became an important part of the science of astrology but, at least in Vedic Astrology, it was assumed that a person would become proactive because s/he knew the “planetary weather” was going to be stormy.

Unfortunately, over the years people became more passive about their own responsibility toward the cosmic weather forecasts and have looked at the predictions as a guarantee that certain planetary forecasts would bring them exactly what they desired. Predictions were easier during times when human beings had little choice in how they were going to live their lives. Today the world is more complex and the options are many which, in my opinion, renders prediction as not the most valuable of astrological insight. If the weather channel predicts rain, it doesn’t predict that you’ll not get wet or that
your significant other will not be held up in traffic because of the rain – it simply tells you it is going to rain.

Eclipse patterns tend toward having a more negative energetic effect. The eclipse of the 20th happened to be on the day of the Spring Equinox. The days of the equinoxes (as well as the solstices) seem to produce an energy of intensity which appears to be making the energetics of the solar eclipse more emotional and stress-filled than usual.

The eclipses are taking place in Pisces and Virgo. Those who have planets in either of those signs will feel this eclipse energy strongly, but each of us have areas of life affected by the eclipses since each of us have houses ruled by Pisces and Virgo. The energy of the eclipses will play out via the area of life ruled by the houses containing Pisces and Virgo. If one happens to have Pisces ruling the 10th house of career and Virgo ruling the 4th house of home, the eclipses could bring challenges between career demands and responsibilities. Rahu is currently in Virgo and, if the fourth house is ruled by Virgo, there could be surprises, stress, and extra activity on the home front while Ketu in Pisces in the house of career could result in the home-life causing one to miss days at work or other co-workers could be distant or absent. If there are no natal planets being affected, it can be a challenging time which will clear up quickly. If one has planets in those houses, it could result in bigger challenges which last a longer time.

The eclipse of the 20th was the “solar” eclipse which tends more towards emotional turmoil on an inner level. The eclipse of April 4th is the “lunar” eclipse which means it is the “full Moon” side of the eclipse.Energy and activity tends to be stronger during the times of the full moon, and the tendency for outer expression is more amplified than usual during the lunar eclipses. This expression of emotions can easily be set up by the wounds and issues which simmered during the solar eclipse.

The important thing to remember with eclipse energy is that it can be very irrational. Eclipse energy can bring up emotions and subconscious patterns within each of us. If we could all be alone and use the energy for internal healing and spiritual practices, the effects of the eclipses could be positive and even enjoyable. However, that is not the way of life, and our responsibilities need to be met, so often – – as we try to take care of our day-to-day lives – – we all have to deal with others who walk through life living through their egos and their desires which makes things even more challenging. Those who are conscious and awake have the responsibility to remember that the emotions and thoughts during this time period are highly emotional and can even border on irrational. Restraint is strongly advised until the eclipses are finished.

These particular eclipses are affecting the emotions (Pisces) and the nervous system/health (Virgo) which can “up” the emotional reactions to life. For those of us who cannot escape to an island during these times of energetic intensity, it becomes paramount to take care of our bodies and minds. Pisces tends towards escapism while Virgo tends towards stress and fear which can often cause problems with how we choose to escape – poor food, lack of exercise, or unhealthy substances can ultimately cause physical problems. It is much better to use the Pisces energy for spirituality, enjoyment of music and uplifting entertainment. Because of the inclusion of Virgo, this is an ideal time to go for massages,
acupuncture, and nutritional advice and to enjoy good food eaten at leisure and in a positive setting.

We can take charge of our own reactions, but we really cannot do that with others in our lives. During this cycle we should not be surprised when others choose to vent their frustrations in our direction.Restraint can be important to avoid big and unnecessary blow-ups. In addition to using the alternative nostril breath there are a couple of quick techniques which can be helpful. One is to silently use the mantra Om Aim (Ay-mm) as we are thinking of our response since this will help us choose our words carefully. The other is to picture a rose between your face and the face of the person to whom you
need to respond – this will help to keep the conversation positive. (Thank you, Janice Siebert, for this technique.)

There is a geometric influence in how the effects of the planets are determined.  The angles for Mars indicate that this planet influences the 4th, 7th and 8th signs forward of his constellation placement.  Currently Mars is in the sign of Aries strongly influencing the relationship sign of Libra.  Because of the intense energies of the eclipse it can be very easy for us to take out our frustrations on partners and loved ones.  Because Mars aspects both the 7th and 8th signs there is always a long stretch of time when Mars is active.  Until May 4th Mars will be influencing relationships and it can be helpful to know when Mars will be most active during this cycle.  All times are given in eastern daylight time and will have to be adjusted to your own time zone.  From approximately 1:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Mars is influencing Gemini – annoyance, heightened stress and impatience with day to day activities.  From approximately 9:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Mars will be aspecting Libra and Scorpio – the caution here is the influence on our personal relationships – it is best to practice restraint.  In some time zones it could be harder to get to sleep on some evenings.  The good news about Mars is that laughter along with physical activity are favored as a counter-balance to the fiery energy – anger is not required. 

Saturday – March 21, 2015

Today is going to be a fussy day – Moon conjunct Mars and still under the energetics of the eclipse – use a little more care in activities throughout the day.  Moon moves into Aries approximately 9:20 p.m., eastern time and the energy will become less fussy and combative.

Solar Eclipse

We are quickly approaching our first eclipse of 2015.  The Solar Eclipse takes place at approximately 4 A.M., “Eastern” time on Friday morning (3/20). The Moon moves into the sign of Pisces around 10 P.M. and the energy can feel dark and heavy. For those on the East Coast a 10 P.M. bedtime is appropriate and might just be the easiest way to experiences this eclipse.

A quick look at the news of the past week or so shows that the high emotions and confused thoughts which generally accompany eclipse patterns are active and causing even more chaos out in the world.  Until we get through both cycles of this eclipse the energy will continue to feel unstable and emotional until after April 4th.  The key for most of us is to not to give into the emotional reaction because reactions under eclipse energy seldom helps a situation improve.

If dark thoughts or moods appear it can be good to remember the illusionary nature of the nodal points and remind yourself that much of what you are worrying or stressing about is being magnified by the emotional mind and will not come to pass. Time is precious these days but we can all find a few minutes somewhere in the day to relieve ourselves of the negative thought patterns. One of the fastest and most efficient ways to shift the electromagnetic influence of the planets is through pranayama. We all have our “trigger” points and if you feel yourself beginning to focus on old thought patterns or events because of the thoughts associated with the trigger points a technique known as “alternative nostril” breathing can balance the brain very quickly. Find a quiet place for a few moments and sitting in meditative pose or on a chair keeping the back straight place the thumb of your right hand on the right nostril and the pinky of the right hand on the left nostril. Close off the right nostril while breathing deeply through the left nostril for a count of 4 seconds, then close the left nostril and hold the breath for 2 seconds, then release the thumb from the right nostril and exhale for a count of 4 seconds. Immediately begin to breathe through the “right” nostril for 4 seconds then place the thumb back on the right nostril, hold the breath for 2 seconds and release the pinky from the left nostril as you exhale for 4 seconds – you have completed one full cycle of the breath. It is suggested that this be done for 26 rounds in order to achieve the best effect. This will help bring your mind back into balance and will eliminate the growth of the negative thought patterns and/or will keep you from overreacting to others and/or situations you have encountered.
The use of this technique or any healthy technique for balance is the same as carrying an umbrella because it is raining. There is too much noise during eclipses but generally the noise turns out to be just noise and we always have the choice to react or to not react just as we have a choice to carry an umbrella or get wet.

Ramana Maharshi

Divine grace is essential for realization.
It leads one to God realisation. But such
grace is vouchsafed only to him who is a
true devotee or a yogi. It is given only
to those who have striven hard and cease-
lessly on the path towards freedom.

– Sri Ramana Maharshi

Ram Dass Wisdom

March 8, 2015
Your ego is a set of thoughts that define your universe. It’s like a familiar room built of thoughts; you see the universe through its windows. You are secure in it, but to the extent that you are afraid to venture outside, it has become a prison. Your ego has you conned. You believe you need its specific thoughts to survive. The ego controls you through your fear of loss of identity. To give up these thoughts, it seems, would annihilate you, and so you cling to them.

There is an alternative. You needn’t destroy the ego to escape its tyranny. You can keep this familiar room to use as you wish, and you can be free to come and go. First you need to know that you are infinitely more than the ego room by which you define yourself. Once you know this, you have the power to change the ego from prison to home base.

Eclipse Season Is Here

We are approaching the first eclipses of 2015. The Solar Eclipse will take place on March 20th at approximately 4:30 a.m., EDT.  The Lunar Eclipse will take  place on  April 4th  at approximately
5:38, a.m., EDT.

The Solar Eclipse, in my opinion, can be the more difficult one (especially on a personal level)
because it is the New Moon which means that the Sun blocks light from the Moon and can be a time of lower energy.  The Lunar Eclipse can feel better because it is the Full Moon eclipse, and the Moon is  strong.  On a world-wide level, though, the Lunar Eclipse can usher in dramatic events and, for highly emotional people, this time period can be difficult.

In general, eclipse energy can be felt about four weeks before the actual eclipse, and the events prior to the eclipses are often more trying than the actual eclipses. This year the Solar Eclipse takes place in the sign of Pisces with Ketu in conjunction with the Sun, Moon and Mars. As of this writing, Ketu has been in conjunction with Mars and Venus which can account for some of the heaviness of energy and challenge in relationships that is being experienced at this time.

The two nodes  of the  Moon – Ketu, the  South Node, and Rahu, the  North Node, are known as “Chaya Grahas”  or “Shadow  Planets.”  They are known as “shadows” because they are not actually planets but are the points on the ecliptic path which mark the eclipses of the Sun and Moon. In Jyotish, the Nodal Points are considered to be important influences in a person’s life. Ketu  is very  outer-worldly  and will  be  prominent  in  the  charts of  spiritual  seekers, mystics, artists,  scientists,  engineers,  and  musicians.  As the ruler of the endocrine system and those people who walk a different  path, Ketu often plays a role in  those with brain illness as well as those who  work  to  heal  other  people.  Often Ketu can be difficult  to deal  with because his influence  is to  bring  people in  touch  with  the essence of  their  being  and,  often  it  takes  a blocking  of  mundane  fortunes to   bring  someone  to  an  awareness  of his  spirituality.  Ketu, unlike Saturn, doesn’t delay  as much as  he denies one’s  desires until those desires  match up
with the inner  truth of  the reality  of existence.  Once there is  a match-up between spirituality
and ego, Ketu can bring magic into one’s life.

When Ketu has a strong hand in the transits, it  can feel as  if someone  turned out the lights.Because Ketu works by blocking the rays of the other planets, time periods like this can feel as if we are walking through mud. At the moment, Ketu is blocking the energies of Mars and Venus which can bring about frustration as the physical energy can be low, goals can seem murky, and relationships can feel heavy. It’s not a fun and breezy time period.

Like all planetary time periods, this is temporary and Ketu, like all planetary influences, is good for something. Ketu supports introspection, meditation, artistic expression, new approaches to good health, and resting  as we end  winter and look towards spring. It is not necessary to fight this influence – all  of us need  time to slow down and contemplate our lives, and this is a good time for doing so.

Ketu does not operate alone, and the influence of Rahu is always in the picture. Rahu loves the material world and has a strong influence on our desire nature. Rahu’s reputation as the being who stole the life-giving elixir known as Amrit from the higher gods in an attempt at immortality can give the illusion that if there is enough money, enough drugs, enough stuff, or enough power, one can beat the challenges of human life. It makes sense that Ketu exists to try and balance out the desire nature – but, when the Nodes gain the upper hand, the push and pull between these influences can be difficult to handle.

At the moment, the influence of the Nodes is playing out in the signs of Virgo and Pisces. Virgo is the sign of health and has a specific influence over the nervous and intestinal systems. Rahu being in this  sign can  point strongly  to the need  to not  overdo food,  alcohol, or  drugs in an attempt to quiet  the  fire of  desires.   As long as Rahu is  in t he  sign of  Virgo, excesses will play out  in  health matters.  Currently, Ketu  is  conjunct  Venus  and  Mars  which points to a slowness in  digestion (Mars)  as well as the  body not being able to handle sugar (Venus) very well right now. Mars also rules the blood and Venus the circulation,so Ketu can block the normal flow of the blood through the body.  It is important to not ignore viruses at this time since they can settle deeper into the blood.

The  next few  weeks are going to  continue in  much  the same  pattern as you are experiencing right now.  It is easier to work with, not against, this energy.  Watch the food intake, be creative, enjoy music, breathe deeply, read uplifting books, meditate, swim, walk in nature…whatever makes you feel more at peace and less involved in the current illusions of the world.

The Lunar Eclipse of April 4th has a different type of energy, and I will post on that soon.