Astrological Musings

Bikram Choudhury, the Hot Yoga guru, is in Hot Water

Bikram Choudhury astrologyBikram Choudhury is no stranger to controversy.  Founder of Bikram Yoga, the 26-posture sequence that is performed in an environment of at least 105 degrees, Choudhury has been involved in several copyright infringement lawsuits and sexual harassment complaints.  In a discipline that for thousands of years has embraced the wide sharing of knowledge, Choudhury’s attempt to claim ownership over yoga poses has been controversial even in the world of American yoga which is admittedly more material in nature than in its native India.  Choudhury first came to the US at the request of President Nixon in 1973, a very auspicious beginning to his career here.  The fact that so many adherents have achieved positive results is an admirable thing.  But over the past years his behavior has become more and more bizarre. Developing a healthy ego is an important aspect to personal development.  However, Bikram Choudhury, comparing himself to Jesus Christ and the Buddha, shamelessly exhibit the ego identification in a field that is designed to help its students transcend the shackles of ego identification.  Asmita is the Sanskrit word that translates as “I-amness” and is said to be one of the five kleshas, or hindrances, to a practice of yoga (defined by Patanjali as the “stilling of the changing states of the mind.”  I report these things to illustrate how far Choudhury has strayed from the principles of true yoga, using these examples:

  • He owns a fleet of more than 40 Rolls Royces and Bentleys and a million dollar watch.  
  • He violates most ethical standards by admitting to sex with his students.
  • He claims to dominate 98% of yoga in the world.
  • He is prone to statements like “Every top doctor […]
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By |2013-08-08T08:06:05-04:00August 8th, 2013|People|2 Comments

The Sun’s magnetic field is about to flip

Screen Shot 2013-08-06 at 8.39.15 AMBefore you panic, this is an occurrence that happens approximately every eleven years at the midpoint of the solar cycle.  We are currently in a “Solar Max” period, even though this has been a mild one.

As humans we depend on the light of the Sun.  The astrological Sun feeds our vitality and quality of being, and when there is a solar storm or a coronal mass ejection we are affected here on earth.  Cosmic rays disrupt the electrical systems on earth, and as humans we are surrounded by an elecromagnetic grid that can be affected by solar changes.

NASA has kindly made a wonderful video that even I could understand, enjoy!

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By |2018-06-11T12:12:42-04:00August 6th, 2013|Astronomy, Sun|0 Comments

New Moon in Leo – the Divine Child Comes Forth

new-moonweb Art by Vicky Stonebridge

The last couple of weeks have been marked with intensity and power, with the Grand Sextile/Star of David formation and the powerful opposition from Jupiter to Pluto.

The next few days offer an opportunity for the heart to open as the Sun and Moon align in Leo, a kiss of magic to open up the heart.  The energy of Leo encourages us to return to the simplicity of childhood – to witness and find joy in the simplest things and retreat from the day to day problems that weigh down our hearts and create stress and disease.

While the Sun represents the physical heart, the Moon represents the emotional heart.  How we protect ourselves, how we express our feelings, the level of comfort we feel with the emotions that flow through us every moment of the day – all of these things live in the realm of the Moon.  In Leo, the Moon becomes more dramatic and more easily able to find expression for the inner language of the soul.

The Sun is the most powerful force in our planetary system, and the Sun is in its own sign of Leo where it has the strongest force of radiance, illuminating the darkness and shining light into the unconscious.  It has just aligned with Uranus in a harmonious trine of sparkling energy for change and transition, and Uranus trines the Moon during the lunation.  The window of light that shines within us every moment of every day is more easily accessible now if we simply allow ourselves to Be, even for just a day.

Generosity of the heart is another hallmark of Leo – a warmth […]

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By |2019-08-26T13:06:25-04:00August 5th, 2013|Moon|6 Comments

We are the leaders now

Tina Malia’s voice and music is expansive and opens the heart and soul to the yearning for awakening and the hope that transformation is truly possible, for the planet and for all people. This video is of the beautiful song Heal this Land.

In “Leading with Vision and Trust”  Warren Bennis writes:

Why did India’s poor march to the sea with Gandhi against the salt tax? Because they trusted him. Trust is based on predictability: trusted leaders make themselves known and make their positions clear. Four leadership qualities together engender trust:

  • Vision
  • Empathy
  • Consistency
  • Integrity

Creating a vision

Leaders manage the dream: they have the capacity to create a compelling, over-arching vision that takes people to a new place.

A vision is a portrait of the future that grabs. Initially it grabs the leader, and then their magnetic intensity and commitment to it draw others in. Leaders love what they do. The passion that comes from knowing what they want, that is demonstrated by their unswerving commitment to a vision, communicates hope and inspiration.

Visions animate, inspire and transform purpose into action. Visions bring about confidence and a belief in others that they are capable of performing to their full potential.

Communicating the vision

Believing in one’s dreams is not enough. Without communication nothing can be realised.

Leadership is a transaction between leaders and followers. Neither could exist without the other. Leaders must understand their followers, and followers must understand those who lead. This interaction creates a unified focus that flows from the communication of a clear, compelling, vivid and exciting image of a desired state of affairs.

Communication creates meaning. Mismanagement of meaning and lack of clarity only lead to evasion of responsibility and guilt.

Leaders must be able to influence and organise meaning, and to focus more on thinking than “facts” or “knowing”, on the […]

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By |2013-08-03T07:56:39-04:00August 3rd, 2013|Inspiration|1 Comment

Lynn’s Skywatch: Planetary Illuminations for August 2013

astrospiralThe August Planetary Illuminations are posted now and you can read them in their entirety here.  If you are on my mailing list (and if you’re not, scroll down on the sidebar and sign up!) you will receive your report translated into English in your email box.

Meanwhile, here is the introduction to get you started:

The month of August begins with the Star of David and Grand Sextile still in effect, though it is waning. You can read more about that configuration here, but it contained an alignment of eight planets including Chiron with a variety of powerful inter aspects. Its effect has been to expand and open up the powerful energies of the bigger and more dynamic alignment (square) between Uranus (radical change) and Pluto (depth and transformation).

We still have a preponderance of the water element which gives us greater access to feelings and our inner worlds, but the air element is lacking. Air gives us perspective and helps us to communicate and process our experiences mentally, so it may be more difficult for us to reason now than at other times.

Jupiter (expansion and belief) is in opposition (180 degree) aspect to Pluto (power and destruction) and preparing to square (90 degrees) Uranus over the next few weeks. The square between Uranus and Pluto is a major cycle that will continue into 2015, and the addition of Jupiter into this planetary conflict will heighten and intensify the pressure for change and release. Its effect will vary depending on how our individual charts are affected, but for the world at large there are likely to be increased conflicts over religion and ideology with Jupiter involved.

AUGUST DETAILS

Mars and Venus come together in a harmonious sextile over the first few […]

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By |2013-08-01T09:05:59-04:00August 1st, 2013|Astrology|0 Comments
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