Feeling the pressure? A big collective shift is around the corner, and the new moon of March 2 marks the end of an era. All visible planets are aligning closely on this new moon, and an insightful (and sobering) wisdom is dawning.  If you’re ready to step out of your comfort zone and heal the wounds of the past, this new moon’s got the perfect medicine.

The new moon (9:35 am PT) joins expansive Jupiter in the Vedic nakshatra of Shatabhisha, the “star of 100 healers.”  This new moon supports healing, hope and regeneration after illness and loss.

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The new moon also has the blessings of ancient Vedic god of the sea, Varuna, and mystic Neptune. This is a potent time to dive into the ocean of your inner world, and to access power through positive affirmation and guided meditation.  The healing power of dreams and visualizations is particularly strong now.

In India, the night leading up to the new moon (Feb 28 US/Mar 1 Europe, Asia), is called Maha Shivaratri, the sacred night of Lord Shiva – an all-night vigil of fasting, ritual and singing of sacred mantras.

In the Hindu trinity, Brahma is the Creator, Vishnu the sustainer, and Shiva is the destroyer. It’s said that Lord Shiva dances in cremation grounds and cemeteries, where he smears his body with the ashes of the dead, and liberates the souls of the departed.

Lord Shiva is the liberator of karmic entanglements (both personal and collective) and can reduce the bonds of negative actions and self-beliefs into ashes. On Maha Shivarati, prayers, intention-setting, as well as chanting the mantra Om Namah Shivaya can alter your destiny and break stubborn karmic ties.

Take heed, since Feb 10, the war-like energy of Venus and Mars in a rare graha yuddha (planetary war) has been amping conflict, tension and anxiety world-wide.  This highly-pressurized combination is joining explosive Pluto on March 3, pushing for decisive action and forcing hands to be dealt.  This is an especially important time to pray for peace in the ongoing Russian/Ukraine conflict.

An astrological formation called Kala Sarpa Yoga (Serpent of Time) continues to accelerate the pace of collective karma, change and evolution until April. It’s said that Lord Shiva has the power to hold the serpent’s venom in his throat, and keep the threat of war, disease, and chaos under control.

Take a moment to sit quietly, and try to imagine what it feels like when disharmony and conflict dissolve into peace and love.  Visualize fragrant white flowers of peace showering onto your head, and onto the world.

Mantra for destroying negativity and creating inner peace – “Om Namah Shivaya”

How these planetary transits affect you depends on your birth chart.  Book a Vedic Astrology reading to find out more.