23 Apr April New Moon Ashvini
April New Moon Ashvini
The new moon falls on April 22, 2020, across the Vedic star of Asvini, in the sidereal constellation of Aries. The April new moon marks the point of a return of the Light, shaping the next two weeks. We are inside this mysterious Light, which is painting the world into being.
At a time of darkness and suffering in the world, of great possibility and beauty, the new moon here is sitting with an exalted Sun, in Aries. This is the planet representing the self, at its maximum power reflecting an increase in health and wellbeing, a resurrection of the Light. As the moon passes the exalted Sun, lighting the karaka for leadership and government promises a more dharmic response to the global crisis.
“Everyone deep in their hearts, is waiting for the end of the world to come.”
Haruki Murakami 1Q84
In the northern hemisphere spring is flowering. The solar light is returning shining through all things. In the southern hemisphere, we welcome the cool days and withdrawal into the silence of the earth after a season of fire and calamity.
The New Moon is rescued and flanked by the natural benefits of Venus and a weakened Mercury bringing a new focus upon beauty and communication that we have discovered through these weeks of isolation and quarantine. In the lunar mansion of Asvini the deities are the divine twins who are symbolic of prana and breath, known in the Vedas as the Divine Physicians and healers.
The Charaka Samhita, an ancient Vedic text, describes a time long ago of darkness and illness, a time of sickness and epidemics, when humans lived in delusion and ignored spiritual practices. The Rishis, the great saints, approached the God Brahma for help, as it seemed the world of men was doomed. It was a time of darkness, death, and fear. Brahma imparts the knowledge of Ayurveda, the Science of Life, to the Asvins. They then instruct Indra on these sacred ways, who then teach the Rishis, and these natural laws of healing are given as a remedy to the world of men.
Where the coronavirus has turned lungs to glass and broken our hearts, the new moon in Asvini promises us healing, the forceful inhalation and flow of breaths and a return to the dharma, to natural law. While the nodal axis continues to separate the heavens until May 25, and the pandemic rages around the world, the light and love of Asvin are moving planetary prana again. It’s time we turn towards the rising light and learn to breathe again.
Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower
Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,
what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.
In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.
And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.
Rainer Maria Rilke. Sonnets to Orpheus II, 29
Pranayama DVD by Dr. Vasant Lad
Disclaimer: The power and beauty of Jyotish lie in its individual expression through a natal chart, reflecting the unique influence of the stars and planets upon a personal life. Full moon and global Jyotish posts exploring cosmic influences is a broad look at how the euphoric light is expressing in the world. For a personalized astrology reading, please contact Emily.
Emily Glaser RN, BSN
Clinical Ayurveda Practitioner