Art by Mark Duffin – Blessing

PictureLord Dattatreya

On Christmas, Dec 25, 2015 (3:11 am PT) the full moon will light up the reindeer’s path across the sky – an occurrence that hasn’t happened in 40 years and won’t happen again until 2034. This powerful full moon opens doors to new fields of possibility in our hearts.  It inspires the clearing of stagnate energy, and supports a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. The moonlight of this night energizes relationships and opens the mind to consider our family and friends from a fresh point of view; although, paradoxically it also cries for solitude.
The rare holiday full moon will certainly energize the festivities, even though the overall astrology reveals an introverted side.  The full moon will be in the Nakshatra of Ardra, an area of the sky known for its water-soaked emotions. Ardra is ruled by the “howling” god of storms, the red-faced Rudra.   Rudra – an ancient form of the god Shiva – wields the simultaneously destructive and nourishing power of rain.
The transformative nature of Ardra works through processing and releasing of attachments, just as a storm releases tension in the atmosphere. The force of this lunar nakshatra opens us to the possibility for a clearer connection to our inner needs and purifies our hearts to be able to receive true love. 
Clear and positive communication can go a long way towards improving our relationships on this day.  The full moon will be under the influence of Jupiter, the expansive planet of good will in a rare and empowering sambandha with Mercury and the sun. There will be great potential for ease and fluidity in conversation, safe and protected travel, and overall positive outcomes in every way.
However, because Ardra is known to trigger issues in the family, be especially mindful with your parents and children at this time. Be aware that you or others may be feeling a bit frustrated or overwhelmed. While the exhilaration of this moon will certainly carry us forward, for some of us there may be a spirit of Christmas past that pulls the mind back to memories of things lost.
In parallel to the celebration of the birth of Christ, in some areas of India this full moon marks the birth of Lord DattatreyaLord Dattatreya is a god that encompasses the holy trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva – the union of the Creator, Sustainer, and Destroyer.  He is said to be an avatar through which the powerful merging of this trinity was born, uniting the world under one universal god.
This is also the first full moon after the Winter Solstice – the longest night and shortest day – and a critical turning point for the year. In the Hindu calendar it is called the dawning of Uttarayana, the six brightening months that are a single day of the Gods. This is a powerful time that can assist us in re-patterning and recreating our lives. Visualizing and calling upon the positive intentions that we have for this year to come will have lasting effects.
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