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New Moon in Gemini: June 19, 2012
by Julene Packer-Louis

New Moon occurs in Mrigashira Nakshatra at 11:02 a.m. EDT
Tropical Zodiac Position: 28 Gem 43
Sidereal Zodiac Position Lahiri Ayanamsha: 04 Gem 41

The interplay between the Nakshatra of the New Moon and the planetary lord of Mrigashira tell me that new moon is about new beginnings that come from an inner change, struggling and preserving to see goals to fruition that have the best interest of humanity in mind and take into consideration right action in accord with your dharma. Prosperity on both the material and spiritual levels is indicated as well as profound spiritual growth through the intellectual understanding of physical and sensory experience, providing we focus not on satisfying our cravings, but rather how we can evolve and serve humanity from the heart through right action.

Also there are Anapha & Vosi Yogas formed by both benefics, Jupiter & Venus in the New Moon Chart. These Yogas herald an auspicious New Moon since both benefic planets are rising in the sidereal sign ahead of the new moon. The more we tune into the Venus-Jupiter energy of creating and sharing beauty, being generous with our love and grace, honoring the sacred feminine and our teachers, while seeking to broaden our perceptions and philosophy through sharing openly with others, the more we will succeed in this cycle. Plant the seeds of expanding love, beauty, and grace in the world. Seek out others who share your vision and network with them. Realize that it isn't all about you and what you can get this month. These two planets rising before the new moon can increase the tendency to search after ways to satisfy cravings for sensory or earthly pleasures. Instead see the bigger picture, focus on what you are grateful for, what you have to offer to others, to the world, and share graciously from the heart. This new moon cycle should show you that giving open heartedly and freely brings rewards in far greater proportion than focusing on how to get what you want by simply satisfying a craving. The prosperity indicated by these two benefics can be either or both material and spiritual.

Mrigashira Nakshatra
Sidereal Degrees: 23:20:00 Taurus - 6:39:59 Gemini
Planetary Ruler: Mars
Diety: Soma (Moon) "the god of mystic nectar that imparts great sensitivity and gives enlightenment" [Behari, Bepin Myths & Symbols of Vedic Astrology p 184]
Symbol: Deer's or Antelope's head
Guna: Rajas - Tamas - Tamas [Behari]
Gana: Deva
Disposition: soft 'indicates a tendency to indulge in pleasures and enjoyments" [Levacy, Bill Beneath a Vedic Sky p 203]
Animal: female serpent
Shakti: Prinana (giving fulfillment)
Primary Motivation: moksha (spiritual liberation)
Main Star: Bellatrix (in Orion)
Keynote: Searching

Mrigashira is auspiscious for marriage since the birth of Uma, Shiva's consort, took place under this nakshatra, as did their marriage. It is also relates to the global scale since the current age, the Kali Yuga, began when the vernal equinox was in Mrigashira.

Mrigashira is an excellent nakshatra for new beginnings, making this an important New Moon to take the initiative as indicated by its ruling planet, Mars and its rajasic quality. In animal lore the deer is also associated with new life and new beginnings. The depth and richness of this nakshatra comes via several combined themes. Mrigashira indicates the search and craving for sensory pleasure (soft disposition & Prinana shakti), a fickleness in nature due to the thrill of the chase (the search being emphasized than the acquisition), life-giving impulse, new & different momentum to life, out of the Moon the Mind was born (Moon as lord), and the curious outward directed intelligence for spiritual evolution. The New Moon in Mrigashira can indicate a quest to acquire material things or a spiritual quest. It is about seeking on both the physical and intellectual levels (spans across Taurus & Gemini). While there seems to be a contrast here with between primary goal being moksha with the deity being Soma whose elixir can impart enlightenment, and the pleasure seeking on the material or sensory plane we can reconcile this by seeing the bigger picture of Mrigashira which is "the beginning of the creative impulse resulting in concrete manifestation. [...] Mrigashira stands for a search, either inward or outward, under which the spirit penetrates the outer crust of materiality with a view to ultimately reveal its own reality and the illusory nature of matter." [Behari p186]

This symbolism can also be found in the mythology associated with this nakshatra. The Moon (Soma) was attracted to Jupiter's wife Tara. While Jupiter was out doing his religious rituals, Soma went to his house and seduced Tara. They eloped and Jupiter returned home to find his wife missing. When he found them together Tara didn't want to return home with Jupiter. She wanted to stay with the Moon, who refused to give her back. Jupiter went to the Gods, which lead to a great war in heaven. Brahma eventually intervened and persuaded Tara to return home to her husband. However she was pregnant with the Moon's child. The child was Budha, Mercury. So literally, "out of the moon the mind was born." The story goes on that the child was so delightful, charming and intelligent that Jupiter agreed to adopt him and raise him as his own. "This Nakshatra reveals that, following turmoil, a new relationship is created to reflect the beginning of a new life between Jupiter & Tara after the birth of Mercury." [Harness, Dennis The Nakshatras - The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology p 20] This mythology also indicates an inner change due to contact with the materialization process. It is this inner change through getting dirty while reveling in the pleasures of our senses that is necessary to our spiritual evolution, we can't evolve on intellect alone. Our turmoil in the physical realm gives rise to the intellect that then seeks an inward journey through the duality of the mind, where we realize the wider significance of life and grok the illusory nature of attachments that give us fleeting pleasure. Then as a great intelligence through our experiences dawns, quick and radical changes and new beginnings can occur. Just like a deer can make quick movements and sudden leaps, so is the essence of this Nakshatra.

Mars as the ruler of this Nakshatra also comes into play fairly heavily this month. Especially when we consider Mars's Nakshatra, Uttara Phalguni, is ruled by the Sun. Not only does Mars rule the Nakshatra of the Sun & Moon in the New Moon chart, but the Sun also rules Mars's Nakshatra. The mutual exchange between Nakshatra Lords of the Sun & Mars forms a Yoga in Nadi Jyotish, similar to sign rulers being exchanged by mutual reception in modern western astrology. In Traditional Western Astrology mutual reception referred to two planets that exchanged dignity and were in also in aspect with each other. Mutual disposition is the classical term for two planets not in aspect that exchanged dignity. Whereas Modern Western Astrology uses the mutual reception more loosely when there is an exchange of dignity with or without an accompanying aspect. Nadi Jyotish requires only a mutual exchange of Nakshatra lords but is stronger if also in aspect. The Nadi Yoga between the Sun & Mars is yet another reason why Mars figures so prominently in this New Moon chart. We must take the initiative toward action, with the consciousness of taking dharmic or right action.

When we consider Mars in the Nakshatra Uttara Phalguni while considering the meaning of the new moon in Mrigishira we gain greater insight into what this month's cycle is about. Uttara Phalguni also has a primary goal of Moksha. It's disposition is fixed which of course indicates the stability through perseverance. Uttara Phalguni's keynote is patronage "for its love of humanity and caring sincere nature" [Patry, Joni Eastern Astrology for Western Minds p 80]. Its deity is Aryaman who was known for his fighting and leadership abilities as well as his honor, nobility, and helping those in need. Therefore "courage, endurance, ambition, and fighting for righteous causes may be observed." [Harnass, p 47] Its main star is the tail star or Leo, Denobla which bestows nobility, generosity and a quick mind. Its symbol is the rear legs of a cot. The front legs of the cot belonging to the preceeding Nakshatra Purva Phalguni. Together, the Phalguni's represent the four directions, four Vedas, rest (cot), and "the unity existing between various capabilities of the human individual, which during the course of his evolution are brought to fruition." [Behari, p 205]

With the Sun & Mars working at the subtler Nakshatra level for a common cause of spiritual growth, this accentuates the possibilities for good results from the seeds we sew at the New Moon, provided we are taking right action in alignment with our dharma, understand the illusory nature of chasing after fleeting sensory pleasures, and evolve to a higher spiritual awareness of our path in life through our struggles. It also indicates that it may not come easy, that we may have to fight or preserve, and the fight or struggle is internal. Consciously directed effort and giving with compassion for the good of all is important to what you receive in return.

© Julene Packer-Louis 2012