Guru Purnima ~ Full Moon in Sagittarius

    This July Full Moon comes to us in the constellation of Sagittarius and marks a special day in the Vedic Calendar known as Guru Purnima. A day to celebrate and honour our teachers, those who have walked the path before us, worn and weathered feet beating down the brush so that we could waltz ahead, unencumbered, uninhibited. Free. In our Western culture, there can be a tendency towards independence, to me-ness and a desire to appear autonomous - a statement of individuality and separateness. While this can be very true, what is also true can be - you are who you are because of those who have gone before you - those who took chances, bucked the system, challenged and studied and taught and bled so you could have the experiences you hold so dear. An invitation beneath the light of this Full Moon to fall to your knees in reverence hangs heavy in the air, can you feel it?

 Your teachers, your guides, your ancestors - let the frequency of gratitude for them pierce your heart and connect you back to those whose path you share. 

We are all just walking each other home.
— Ram Dass

And in this reverence, can you also honour yourself? In a time when it would be so easy to close our eyes, to look away, you choose to stay awake and aware. You choose to learn and to lead - allow this Lunar energy of gratitude and humility be also given to your own heart. Guru Purnima is a threshold that can only be crossed when also acknowledging our own inner guidance system, our intuition and connection to our personal truths. Feel the flow of grace and wisdom flow over you, as you too, are someone’s teacher.

We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” 
— Ben Sweetland

   So, thank your Teachers. Send the text, write the email, make the call. Send a prayer up to those already passed and bow your head in silent awe at this auspicious Full Moon and her endless wisdom. 

 

These alignments are in accordance with Vedic Astrology, or Jyotish, which utilizes the Sidereal Zodiac to determine the placements of the planets. There is a 23.8 degree difference between the Western or Tropical Zodiac placements and what we observe from a Vedic standpoint. As each Zodiac sign is 30 degrees, this 23.8 degree difference can often create a full sign shift backwards, which is why when you look to our nightsky, you will actually see this Full Moon fall inside of the sign of Sagittarius and not Capricorn.

If you are interested in observing the planetary placements according to the Sidereal or current placements, the smartphone app SkyView is an amazing tool, allowing you to point your phone in any direction and observe the planetary placements in the constellations of our night sky.