Tim Miller is back to what I think of as the core feature of his Tuesdays with Timji blog: making sense of the night sky for us.
As I’ve heard it, Tim got interested in Vedic Astrology as he was struggling to figure out why his Ashtanga practice could vary so much from day to day. As is clear from hearing him talk or reading his blog, he’s expanded his knowledge of the skies beyond just the Vedic perspective.
Earlier this week, we had a rare occurrence: Venus going retrograde — and something even rarer on the figurative horizon (or is it literal in this case?). Here’s Tim explaining it:
This phenomenon occurs approximately every 18 months for about six weeks at a time, so, in relation to the other planets, which turn retrograde more often and stay that way longer, this is a relatively rare occurrence. … On June 5th the Sun and Venus will be conjunct, and from some vantage points, Venus will appear as a small black dot moving across the face of the sun for about seven hours. This phenomenon (such a close conjunction of Venus and the Sun) has not occurred since 1882 and will not happen again in our lifetime. Venus will then gradually shift to the other side of the Sun, reappearing on June 13th as the “Morning Star” just above the eastern horizon before sunrise. In the Mayan culture, this transition of Venus from an “Evening Star” to a “Morning Star” symbolizes the rebirth of Venus after spending some time in the underworld.
Tim goes on to explain what you might want to avoid and what to expect during the next six weeks. He also lays forth the meaning of this weekend’s new moon:
The New Moon on Sunday May 20th occurs at 4:47pm PDT in the Nakshatra known as Krittika. Krittika means “the one who cuts”, and is related to the English word “critical”. Krittika has a piercing quality which seeks to get to the root of any situation and which can sometimes come across as perfectionism or fault finding, but is very effective in cutting through the bullshit and getting the job done.
What this means in the Confluence household, I think, is this: We need to quit dawdling and get to meditating as yet another part of our preparation for our end of the year Yatra.
In other words, it is time to cut through the bullshit reasons we have not to sit our asses down and quiet our mind. To which I say: Crap.
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