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January Full Moon 2021


The January full moon occurs in the sidereal solar constellation of Cancer and the lunar constellation of Pushya. AEST 29/02 0616. MST 28/02 1216pm. GMT 28/02 1916pm

This full moon’s light expresses Cancer’s amplified emotional nature placed in the Nakshatra or lunar mansion of the auspicious Vedic star Pushya. Pushya represents the star of nourishment, influencing all domains of our lives; physical, material, emotional, spirirtual.

There is a storm of light directly opposite the Moon this month, with three planets combust with the Sun, shining like shook foil. Jupiter Saturn and Venus are all conjunct with the Sun in the lunar chart’s seventh house of relationship, in the star of Sravana, the star of listening. A strong Mars in Aries aspects the Moon, activating Pushya, and even possibly agitating or unsettling this most sensitive of full moons. In the reflection of this dazzling light, of the Sun's power, the spiritual grace of Pushya with Moon in Cancer, this full moon is an intense and sweet moment of realignment to our hearts.

Pushya also translates as “to flower” or “to cause to flourish “ reminds us seek alignment to the way that carrys our hearts into our fullest expression. This most spiritual of nakshatras is represented by the image of a cow’s udder. Pushya offers us nourishment, replenishment, and nutrient dense clarity, dear astropeeps, about how the soul, which is represented by the Sun expresses in our lives.

What nourishes you? Who, or what in your life represents love, safety, sanctuary?

Who, or what, is medicine to you?

What practice stops the war?

Moon in this water sign of Cancer is motivated by deep feeling and the need for stability and security. The primary tenant of trauma informed care is safety and sanctaury, grounding our attention in ourselves, in an environment that supports us, which must be established before healing and recovery can take place. After a year of shedding our skin, after so many months of struggle and pain, this first most auspiscious full moon of the year offers us, with the blessing force of Brihaspati, the preceptor of the Gods, the way forward.


A way forward which must be embedded in daily practice and self care that embodies deep nourishment and love.

Go slow, be still. Go deep.

The source of all things, the luminescence, has more forms than heaven’s stars, sure. And one good thought is all it takes to make it shine. But a single mistake can burn down a forest in your heart, hiding all the stars, in all the skies. And while a mistake’s still burning, ruined love or lost faith can make you think you are done, and you can’t go on. But its not true. Its never true. No matter what you do, no matter where you lost, the luminescence never leaves you. …. And if you stay there, in that shine within yourself, that new place for the light, forgiving everything and never giving up, sooner or later you’ll always find yourself right back there where love and beauty made the world. At the beginning. The beginning. The beginning.

~ The Mountain Shadow. 2015 Gregory David Roberts

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