The full moon of Oct 20 (7:57 am PT) marks a stopping point and a shift in direction. A celestial turnabout is happening under the light of the full moon, and new horizons of possibility are opening. Now is the time to catch your breath and envision future plans.

This full moon has a special healing and nourishing influence. In Vedic tradition, it’s the auspicious full moon of Sharad Purnima, when the light of the full moon becomes saturated with the nectar of love and renewal.

Moon-bathing is especially beneficial for health and happiness, as is wearing light creamy colors, and cooking sweet creamy liquids and rice (keer).  Liquids and foods left to soak in the moonlight of Sharad Purnima are imbued with its healing powers

The full moon will be in the area of the sky called Ashwini, which is symbolized by a horse’s head.  Ashwini is the first of the 27 Vedic Nakshatras and like a horse, is filled with speed and agility.  This Ashwini full moon can break through blockages of hesitation and doubt, and help you step forward into new and uncharted territory.

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Ashwini Full moon is also connected to the healing power of the Ashwini Kumar, a pair of mythical twin brothers that served as physicians to the gods.  Ashwini has a special talent to energize the life-force called prana, and clear away the stagnation of depression and disease. The rays of this full moon can re-energize and rebalance your pranic channels, helping to restore a sense of health, well-being and vitality.

Simultaneously, 3 planets are shifting into forward motion now, and ending difficult their retrograde cycles.  Mercury and Jupiter both turn direct on Oct 18. The lord of delay and limitation, Saturn, also stationed direct on Oct 10.

You can use this celestial turnabout to take a critical and progressive view on some area of your life.  If you’ve been feeling off course, or stuck in a situation, now is the time to realign with your heart.  Positive and healing changes are emerging in the weeks to come.

How this influence will affect you depends on how these planets are transiting your birth chart, book a personal astrology reading me to learn more.

Sharad Purnima is also the full moon of Lord Krishna’s ecstatic dance, the rasa lila.  It’s said that on this night, Radha and the young village women (gopis), sneak out of their homes to blissfully dance with Lord Krishna for an evening that seems to last an eternity.