This is a Very Powerful Day to Launch Successful Projects, be sure harness the Shakti (power) of PROSPERITY with the New Moon in the Nakshatra Punarvasu. Read on to understand the symbolism of the asterism of the New Moon and receive a MEDITATION for setting your intention for the new lunar month TODAY!
New Moon – July 19, 2012 at 12:25 AM EDT
Tropical Degree: 26 Cancer 55
Sidereal Degree (Lahiri): 02 Cancer 53
Punarvasu is the seventh Jyotish Lunar Mansion that spans the sidereal zodiac from 20 Gemini 00 to 03 Cancer 20. The Nakshatras are all 13 degrees and 20 minutes long, the average travel of the Moon in one day. As the moon travels through the sky in a day, she rises at the Ascendant, culminates at the Midheaven, sets at the Descendant, and anti-culminates at Imum Coeli. These four quadrants in the sky represent four steps the Moon takes, called “padas” in Sanskrit and each pada is 3 degrees and 20 minutes in length. The first three padas of Punarvasu reside in Gemini, the last pada is in Cancer. This New Moon is in the last pada of Purnarvasu. Because the Moon is so deeply tied or even responsible for the Nakshatras, knowing the New Moon’s Nakshatra can be very helpful in understanding what is being sewn at the seeds of the new moon, and also how to harness the power or “shakti” of the Nakshatra as each lunar month begins.
Punarvasu is ruled by the Planet Jupiter. The first three padas combine with Mercury the ruler of Gemini which brings intellectual knowledge and spiritual wisdom, mutability and abundance. The last pada combines the Moon as ruler of Cancer with Jupiter. So this is a very powerful New Moon as it is occurring in her sign of rulership and combining with the Jupiter as ruler of Punarvasu, combining the emotional mind with spiritual wisdom, receptivity with abundance.
The Shakti (power) of Punarvasu is prosperity. The presiding Diety is Aditi, the mother goddess who provides the fertile soil for seeds to be sewn, after all she bore the eight Adityas, one of which is our Sun. Aditya means the beginning and the end, the alpha and omega. The symbolism the presiding goddess brings to Punarvasu is the perpetual motion of the universe and time itself that is eternal. Yet as a purely feminine and receptive force, it is the uncreated potential, the fertile womb of the abundant ever expanding cosmos that needs a masculine and projective force to plant the seeds of creation that manifest abundance and prosperity in a physical form. This is one reason why this is a very important New Moon in which to sew the seeds of abundance. The Shakti Power of this Nakshatra is akin to the symbolism of the New Moon itself, where we sew the seeds of intention for the month.
The symbol of Punarvasu is a quiver of arrows. This represents the ability to aim for or launch something in the world. This is an excellent Nakshatra to begin projects with a high inherent degree of success, abundance and prosperity. It is especially powerful at the New Moon that already carries the symbolism of planting the seeds of new beginnings and the symbolism of Aditi the presiding Deity is providing the fertile soil. We’d be silly not to take a moment out of day to meditate and reflect on this power of the New Moon today. To fill our quiver with the insight it provides and the arrows to aim high and act with one pointed focus on a set intention to launch something into the universe that brings us prosperity.
While the primary motivation of Purnarvasu is artha (material prosperity) it has a secondary motivation of sattva (qualities of love, light, spiritual evolution). So not only is material prosperity something can be sewn here with today’s New Moon, but also spiritual and evolutionary prosperity can be sewn here as well. In fact when sewing the seeds of material prosperity today, do it with love and light in the spirit of personal and universal evolution for non selfish reasons and the arrows you launch will reach further because they will be lighter and full of the unconditional love of the cosmos returning to the light. Punarvasu is a Sanskrit word that combines two root roots that have more than one meaning in the English language. It translates to “repetition of light” and “again a jewel or gem.” Prosperity and Light are inherent in its very name and it implies a return to the light or the source which in turn returns it back to us in the form of prosperity.
Meditation for Today’s New Moon
Eagle Nebula image from apod.nasa.gov
Sit quietly and close your eyes. Maybe play some relaxing music or sounds of nature that include running water of some sort (water helps us connect to the spiritual aspect). Imagine you are walking upon the most fertile, rich, dark soil you have ever seen. Imagine that it is dawn and you can see the stars of the universe around you as the first rays of light return.
Peer deeper into the cosmos and imagine the fertile colorful gaseous nebula of an exploded star that gives off the elements of that are the building blocks of the manifest universe. Watch as some of these particles combine and begin to get caught in the gravitational pull of a nearby star. Watch as more and more combine to form a planet perfectly placed at just the right distance from this star with just the right combination of elements to form life. Zoom in on this planet and see the earth and water on the surface, the air above and molten fire below.
Sit for a while and imagine all of creation coming into being, including yourself. Meanwhile, breathe in and receive the potential of creation as you silently say “So” in your mind. Breathe out and project the manifestation of abundance as you silently say “Hum” in your mind.
Now imagine your breath connecting to the breath of the cosmos, at one with this infinite, ever expanding, creative principal of the universe. Set the intention of what you want to create while continuing to breathe “So” and “Hum” in tandem with the universe. Hold in your mind a visualization of you want to create, focusing on the end result alone. Continue to breathe “So” and “Hum” with the universe, co creating your vision with each breath.
Imagine that as your vision gets stronger with your strengthening connection to the cosmos, the sun is rising, blotting out the darkness and returning the light. Inhale this light “So”; breathe your intention back into it “Hum”.
Once the light has fully returned and you are fully grounded in your intention upon the rich fertile soil, reach behind you to your quiver of arrows. Pull out an arrow and breathe your vision of what you have created into the arrow. Place it in your bow. Pull back on the inhale “So”, and release it on the exhale “Hum.”
Place your hands in anjali mudra, or prayer posture at your heart chakra. Repeat “Sat Chit Ananda” and feel pure beingness, pure consciousness, pure bliss. Stay here as long as you like. When you are ready, keeping your hands in anjali mudra, raise them to your third eye chakra and repeat “Sat Chit Ananda” again. Then again back at your heart center.
When you are ready, open your eyes and carry that feeling of pure beingness, pure consciousness, and pure bliss into the rest of your day. Carry also the knowledge that you have successfully connected your vision to the cosmos who will co-create your vision with you. Then make sure you follow through and do your part, by doing at least one thing each day to help bring it into fruition.