The Sun, at 11 degrees Libra in Swati nakshatra, and Neptune, at 11 degrees Aquarius in Shatabhisha nakshatra, formed an exact trine this morning at 2:50am PDT. Trines are the most harmonious of all planetary aspects, occurring only when planets share a common element—in this case, Air. Sun (Self) trine Neptune (Ocean of Being) is one of the most spiritualizing of all planetary aspects. It awakens a desire to experience life at a deeper level and to unravel the mysteries of the Universe, while at the same time, on a personal level, it makes us more sensitive, empathic, and compassionate. If there is ever a time for the “urge to merge”, this is it—a time to expand our sense of self and experience the mystical state of oneness when the “I” becomes the “We”. You may be wondering how long this window will be open—probably a week, at best, and that is already more than half over, so enjoy it while you can. This is an excellent aspect for reconnecting with the more spiritual side of yoga practice—a great time for meditation, pranayama, chanting, and devotional singing. It’s also a wonderful time to devote to service oriented projects.
The Sun and Venus (just 1 degree away) both occupy the portion of the heavens known as Swati (“self going”)) nakshatra. Swati is associated with the star Arcturus--third brightest of all the stars. Vedic seers considered Arcturus to be the home of Saraswati (the goddess of learning), and attached tremendous importance to it. The presiding deity of Swati is Vayu, the god of the wind. All of Vayu’s noblest qualities are manifested through his son, Hanuman—the embodiment of strength, morality, moderation, fairness, resourcefulness, intelligence, wisdom, loyalty, and devotion. Swati’s relationship to Saraswati makes it conducive to all types of learning—material, philosophical or spiritual. Neptune in Shatabhisha (“one hundred physicians) is very much at home. The presiding deity of Shatabhisha is Varuna (lord of the oceans), who is basically the Indian equivalent of Neptune. Varuna is depicted as holding a pot filled with soma (“nectar of the gods”) in one hand and some medicinal herbs in the other, embody the energy called “bheshaja shakti”, the power of healing. Shatabhisha is located right in the middle of the constellation of Aquarius—known as Kumbha (the water pot) in sanskrit. This corresponds with the imagery of Varuna holding the pot of soma (the waters of life). Swati and Shatabhisha share the planetary ruler known as Rahu (north node of the moon). Rahu is thought to be somewhat bipolar in its effect, sometimes bringing wisdom and sometimes bringing poison. When operating through its highest aspect, Rahu attempts to break down the boundaries of race, age, status, nationality, and religion to promote a feeling of oneness of humanity, which embodies the spirit of Aquairius. When functioning in its lower aspect, Rahu stimulates the desire to indulge in food, drink, drugs, and sex, and fosters delusions about one’s self. The current positions of the Sun and Neptune support the functioning of Rahu in its higher aspect. Vayu wants us to practice pranayama and Varuna wants us to jump into the ocean—I had the good fortune to do both today.