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This beautiful full Moon culminates on January 17th at 3:48 pm PST, in the lunar house of Pushya.  This is considered a very auspicious Full Moon, as it is a Full Moon in the sign of Cancer (the moon’s own sign), on the Moon’s day (Monday) in Pushya, the most favorable lunar house.

Pushya, which falls in the middle section of the sign of Cancer, is symbolized by a cow udder, representing the nourishment and sustenance that comes from this star.  It is ruled by Brihaspati, which is another name for Jupiter, who is considered the Guru of the Gods, and the most senior of the Elders.  Pushya is connected to prosperity and abundance as well.

The most auspicious section of this day is short- between 3:06 pm- 3:48 pm PST- but before and especially after is nice as well!  

However, it is really hard (if not impossible!) to find a perfect astrological day!  The Moon, though carrying lots of good qualities today, is also afflicted by Saturn and Mars.  Saturn can give some heaviness and feelings of limitation, and Mars can give frustration and resentment.  

Also, we are now in the dreaded Mercury retrograde cycle until February 3rd.
While Mercury retrograde can tend to get overemphasized in pop astrology, it is still a time where there can be difficulties in communication, education and learning, contracts and agreements, and travel.  Mercury retrograde, whether by transit or in our natal chart, can make us excessively verbal and makes the mind go extra fast.  Being in the sign of Capricorn, owned by Saturn, can slow it down a bit, but there are multiple malefic influences on Mercury at the moment which give it a less stable and more unsettled quality.

So while there are many supports for our emotional mind on this Full Moon, our intellectual mind is under a bit of strain for the next couple weeks.  While Mercury goes direct on February 3rd, which does make it better, the malefic energy around Mercury doesn’t really lift till the first week of March!  So until then, be slow and deliberate with your communication, back up any essential data, and leave a lot of extra time and patience for travel.

Love and Blessings,

Mrinmoyee Prajna

Mrinmoyee is in a long term love affair with Mother India, the land of her spiritual birth. She has lived primarily in India for the last 2 decades, and while she appreciates most all aspects of the culture, Vedic Astrology, Meditation, and Devotional pactices have been her primary focus.

Having grown up on the East coast of the United States, she deeply sees the need for the Vedic sciences in the modern Western life. She lived for 10 years in an Indian Buddhist spiritual community in North India where meditation and seva (service) were the foundations of her practice. Here she experienced the traditional teachings passed down through a lineage that is customary in India. As her interest in Vedic Astrology grew it took her to different regions and teachers of India and the US. She has studied Vedic Astrology for the last 10 years, and has given hundreds of readings to people all over the world in the last 5 years.

She offers introductory workshops on Vedic Astrology, and retreats in India. But the main focus of her work is personalized birth chart consultations. She has studied with both traditional and modern teachers, and gives a traditional analysis of the chart combined with a modern, applicable interpretation. While Vedic Astrology is Hindu in its origins, a person need not be following that path to benefit from her readings. Advice on career, relationships, finances, ideal living locations, and spirituality are just some of the areas of life that can be covered in a session.