Guru Purnima, the royal baby and a chance for a week of bliss

England may rise again.

I know a few folks were wondering about Guru Purnima — the full moon in July that falls on the day dedicated to the guru — as we posted around Monday’s full moon, and now Tim Miller, not surprisingly, has summed the day up in his latest blog post:

[The] full moon called Guru Purnima in the Nakshatra known as Uttarashada–the “latter invincible one—with Mars and Jupiter conjunct and a grand trine in the heavens composed of Mars/Jupiter trine Saturn and also trine Neptune. Jupiter conjunct Mars is associated with “fortunate action.” In Planets in Transit, Robert Hand says, “Mars-Jupiter has a strong effect upon muscular action. In fact, Mars transiting Jupiter or vice versa is an extremely good childbirth transit, helping to make labor easy and short and guaranteeing a successful delivery.”

Tim also notes — given he just vacationed/taught in Great Britain — that the royal baby was born on Guru Purnima:

If ever there was an auspicious day for a future king to be born, this was the day. Other notable figures to be born on the full moon in July include the great Indian Sage and writer Veda Vyasa and Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Vyasa was the author of the Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata, Bhagavatta Puranas, Guru Gita, and the Brahma Sutras. In addition, he reorganized the Vedas into four parts—hence he was called Veda Vyasa, “the divider of the Vedas.” He is a towering and brilliant figure in the realm of Indian philosophy, and perhaps the single most influential writer of spiritual texts. Guru Purnima was originally known as Vyasa Purnima. Pattabhi Jois was another powerhouse born on this day. His unflagging strength, passion, perseverance, wisdom, and charisma provided the impetus for Ashtanga Yoga to spread throughout the world and attract thousands of practitioners.

Sounds like we should keep our eye on England in about 50 years or so.

Tim adds more about Guru Purnima, including details about the guardians of all that’s good in the universe — yes, it sounds like the makings of a new superhero movie franchise. If you have any questions about the day, this post answers them.

The post also offers a surprise: there is one, king-sized bed room left for the second week of Tim’s Mt. Shasta retreat. It does have Bobbie and my name all over it, but I’m already booked solid at work the week of Aug. 10. But if you’re not, you may want to click on that link and not let the opportunity to bask in the wonder of the mountain escape. We’ve written a bit about it.

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