The full moon of Tuesday October 11th occurs at 7:06pm PDT in the nakshatra known as Revati. Revati is the 27th and final lunar mansion ruled by Pushan, the Vedic shepherd deity who leads the flocks to greener pastures. Revati creates abundance through proper nourishment and is associated with endings, transitions and rebirth. Revati stimulates a love of fine arts and the qualities of compassion and devotion.
On Thursday October 13th the Sun makes its annual conjunction of Saturn. This is the time to bring our attention to our duties and responsibilities, particularly to those tasks that we may not want to do but feel we must do to fulfill our obligations to others. The true test here is to discern between which of these duties are real and which are imagined. Although Saturn is often associated with difficulty and the thwarting of our desires, this transit has the capacity to focus us in such a way that we can accomplish things that have more lasting significance than any other planetary combination can bring. This is a great time for professional advancement and taking on new responsibilities. We are very concerned with planning and order at this time and want to incorporate a greater degree of organization in our lives. We need to guard against the tendency to want to organize other’s lives as well because they may resent this interference and feel that we are being too controlling.
Although we may be feeling a lot of mental energy in regards to completion of the tasks at hand, typically this transit can signify a time of lower physical energy. It is important to prioritize those things that really need to be done and concentrate on them. If we allow ourselves to be overcome by physical lethargy at this time and leave these tasks undone, we are liable to be left feeling depressed and dispirited. Emotionally, we may find it harder to relate to others during this influence and to feel somewhat isolated and alone. Best not to dwell on these feelings at the present time and concentrate on getting to work and doing the things that need to be done. This is one of those “nose to the grindstone” times.
Coincidentally, on the same day of the Sun and Saturn conjunction we also have a Moon and Jupiter conjunction. This is a very pleasant, although brief, transit that can alleviate the harshness of the other conjunction by instilling optimism, generosity, tolerance, and self-confidence. Relationships with women should be good and helpful at this time, and there is a desire to explore metaphysical and spiritual insights at the level of the heart. In many ways this conjunction is the antithesis of the other and should provide some needed balance and perspective.
On a more personal note, I am just back from two weeks in Italy. It was good to have a moon day today to help with recovery from jet lag and the nine-hour time change. My wife, Carol, daughter, Leela, and I had four days in Rome, three days on the Amalfi Coast, a brief stop in Pompei, and a week in Tuscany. The weather was unseasonably warm for October. That, coupled with a lot of walking, allowed us to sweat off some of the pounds we were accumulating via large amounts of pasta, pizza, gelato, vino, etc. We absorbed as much of the history, architecture, art, and culture as we could in the time that we had. We saw works of Da Vinci, Mchelangelo, Botticelli, Raphael, Titian, and many others I’ve forgotten. The yoga retreat was just outside a small town called Figline val D’Arno, about 30 miles southeast of Florence. We had a lovely, international group of yogis—people from Sweden, Germany, Switzerland, and South Africa, as well as the States, at a retreat center called Casanouva. The food was fabulous, the weather divine, the company was exceptional, and even the yoga was good. There were a few glitches. Carol’s luggage didn’t get there until Wednesday (we arrived on Sunday), so she had to buy herself some new clothes. Also, my daughter’s homework was in Carol’s suitcase, so Leela had some catching up to do. Even with three GPS devices we managed to get lost several times driving in Rome and Tuscany. Italian drivers are crazy, but we managed to survive the autostrada as well as the narrow winding roads of the Amalfi Coast in our lumbering Volvo SUV.
For all the wonders of Italy, I must say that the best thing about traveling is coming home. I’m looking forward to working off the two kilos of bad fat I accumulated and diving back into the tacky, superficial American culture that I am accustomed to.