This morning at 7:05amPDT we had a New Moon with Sun/Moon conjunct at 1 degree Gemini in Mrigasiranakshatra. Only half a degree away sits Mars, which had its own conjunction of the Moon this morning at 6:06am. Mars is the planetary ruler of Mrigasira and is very strong here, but in an adventurous rather than aggressive way. The Moon is also quite strong here in the presence of Soma (the Moon), the presiding deity of Mrigasira. Mrigasira is sometimes referred to as the “Star of Searching”. Under its influence we find ourselves constantly searching for something—a new piece for our collection, the best deal on some sought after item, new music, books, esoteric teachings, etc. Mrigasira is the most curious of all the nakshatras, and under its influence we are good researchers and investigators. The conjunction of Sun/Moon/Mars that took place this morning just happened to be right on top of my Lagna (Ascendant), which also sits at 1 degree Gemini. The Lagna is the constellation rising on the eastern horizon at the time of birth. According to David Frawley, “The Ascendant shows the orientation of the Earth in the astrological chart. As such, it determines the outer domains of life and our action in the material world. We might say it represents the Earth as a planet in our chart. The Ascendant indicates our physical incarnation and how we project ourselves into the world at large.” In Vedic astrology, personality types are judged by the Ascendant rather than the Sun sign. With all of this planetary activity coinciding exactly with my Ascendant, I was wondering if today would provide some profoundlydefining moment for me—when self-knowledge (Sun) and self-expression (Mars) would come together in a magical way to provide a sense of complete emotional satisfaction (Moon). Ashtanga Yoga teachers all love moon days because we get to sleep in and don’t have to teach. I had a leisurely morning and then began a day of seeking, in honor of the Star of Searching. First I went searching for the perfect breakfast, ultimately deciding on Ki’s and the pancake combo with the buckwheat/banana and walnut option. The L.A. Times and an ocean view provided more opportunities for searching as I watched the surfers at their craft and explored the Sports and Entertainment sections, seeking to make some sense of the abrupt firing of Padre manager Bud Black and the disturbing ending of this season’s last episode of “Game of Thrones”. My next stop was Lou’s Records, where I returned a CD I had a double of and spent some time at the listening stations, searching for new music. The best thing I found was the reissue of the Rolling Stones classic—“Sticky Fingers”—so I bought that and a couple of CDs of new music as well. Just as I was beginning to lapse into a post pancake coma, I remembered that, even though it was a moon day, I had a 12-5pm commitment to teach the 40 people gathered here from throughout the world to take my annual First Series Training! The combination of the new moon and the pancakes was making me feel incredibly lazy, but luckily my friend Matias had sent me some good organic Costa Rican coffee. I made a cup that was strong enough to cut through my tamasic state and drove to the Ashtanga Yoga Center to teach my class. As I reached the top of the stairsI saw 40 eager students waiting for me. They all seemed happy to see me. It was then that I realized that my search was over—I was in exactly the right place at the right time.