Planet is a Greek word meaning “wanderer”. Against the backdrop of the fixed constellations of the zodiac and in relationship to each other, you can track the movement of the planets when they are clearly visible from Earth. For the entire month of October we have some interesting planetary wandering happening in the eastern sky before sunrise. If you are an early riser like myself you’ve probably noticed four “stars” in the east around 6am. Three of these “stars” are actually the planets Venus, Mars, and Jupiter—the fourth is Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo. Venus is by far the brightest of these and highest in the sky, with Jupiter running a distant second, about a hands width below and to the left of Venus if you measure with your arm outstretched. Close to Jupiter is Mars--not nearly as bright and with a slight reddish tint. A bit brighter than Mars is Regulus, currently sitting just below and to the left of Venus. Over the next few days, the waning crescent moon will pass by all of these heavenly bodies. On Thursday morning it will be right next to Venus, and on Friday it will form a lovely triangle with Mars and Jupiter. If you stay tuned on Saturday morning, the moon will be right in the middle of Jupiter and Mercury, which has just peeked over the eastern horizon at the tail end of its retrograde. Keep tracking these wanderers over the next few weeks and you will see Mars and Jupiter come together on the 17th and then Venus and Jupiter will form a spectacular conjunction on the 25th. To complete the show, Venus and Mars will hook up one more time in 2015 on November 2nd. Venus, Mars, and Jupiter will all be in the sign of Leo for the duration of October. Leo is a sign associated with the heart, the Sun, and the quality of regeneration.
Speaking of regeneration, I could use a bit of it about now. Ever since I returned from Greece 10 days ago I’ve been recovering from jet lag and an overall sense of fatigue. Some say it takes one day of recovery for every hour of time difference. It’s a 10-hour time differential from Greece to California, so I can’t use that excuse any more. Mercury is still retrograde until Friday, so I guess I can still blame that on my current tamasic state. Generally I enjoy the quiet reflection that Mercury retrograde provides, but this one has been challenging. I’ve resorted to all my tried and true methods of recovery: naps, bodywork, chiropractic, energy work, yoga, green juice, bullet-proof coffee, dips in the ocean, rejuvenating herbal formulas—nothing has really seemed to work to this point. I even went to see one of my favorite bands, the Maverick’s, at Humphrey’s in San Diego Sunday night. They put on a great, high-energy show, but I got home really late and was not a happy camper when my alarm went off at 4:30 Monday morning. Finally I resorted to the one thing that never fails to rejuvenate me—I booked myself a weeklong Hawaiian vacation in December. Just thinking about that is making me feel better. It’s a good thing because I’m getting on another airplane on Thursday. This weekend I’ll be teaching a workshop at Ashtanga Yoga Victoria, on lovely Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I’m looking forward to some cool weather and some fall colors. I predict that I will return feeling totally rejuvenated!