December 2023 Astrology

A polarity exists between those who have completed their spiritual work and those who need to weave their ceremonial blanket. Fecundity and fulfilment are achieved through spiritual truth which is abundant, joyous and peaceful. Those still working experience grief and despair - despair being the first phase of the journey. 

December begins with the sun travelling in the sky with Mars, in the 8th and 4th degrees of Sagittarius, also conjunct Ceres - the asteroid representing the Goddess of Agriculture. Food sovereignty is absolutely the most pressing issue not being talked about. This requires law and so far no law protects life on earth.

December 10 is Human Rights Day celebrated across the globe. This is the 75th year since the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948 -one of the, “world’s most ground-breaking global pledges.” 

The declaration was proclaimed by UNGA in Paris on December 10, 1948, and set out, for the first time, the fundamental human rights to be universally protected. This Declaration is available in more than 500 languages and is the most translated document in the world, enshrining the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. This year’s theme is interestingly Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All.

December 12 is the New moon -17:00 Sun and Moon at 20º Sagittarius.

December 26 is the Full moon -17:00 hr - Sun (4º Capricorn) -tightly conjunct asteroid Pholus opposes Moon (4º Cancer) with retrograde Mercury in tight conjunct to Mars (25º and 23º respectively.

Mercury retrograde: December 13, 2024 - January 1, 2024: 8º Capricorn —> 22º Sagittarius: What needs to be re-addressed is up for reassessment and required communication will occur towards the end of January 2024. Watch the themes of this on a global scale! 

It’s a powerful time on earth. Arjuna warriors are rising in their teachings and some teach.

As long as one does not inquire about the spiritual values of life, one is defeated and subjected to miseries arising from 
ignorance (avidyā).

Āsana, Prānāyāma and Pratyāhāra are remedies for soul revival/Chitta (consciousness). As without, as within.

Consciousness is the source of thinking/thought, understanding and action at the level of the Purusa (Person). It consists of the mind (manas), intellect (buddhi) and ego (ahamkāra).

The sādhaka develops understanding of own self through the eight stages of Yoga: from the body to the mind to the intellect to the will (samkalpa) to discrimination of consciousness (viveka-khyāti/prajñā) to conscientious (against being of knowingness/skiln) and lastly: the Self (Ātmā).

Raja yoga means “Royal” yoga and is based on the Eight Limbs taught in the Yoga Sutras. A Raja Yogi sees the self as central and thus all external reality becomes a compass. Align self (internal) to align the external.

Yama is a collective name for the universal moral commandments: ahimsa, or non-violence; aatya, or truthfulness; asteya, or non-stealing; brahmacharya, or continence; and aparigraha, or non-greed. The Yamas are “universal, not limited by class, place, time or circumstance.”

The yogi is truthful and honest with self and what he/she thinks or speaks turns out to be true!

The five niyamas ask us to embrace cleanliness and contentment, to purify ourselves through heat, to continually study and observe our habits, and to surrender to something greater than ourselves. Birthday blessings!

Purity is of two kinds: internal and external, and both must be cultivated. Inner purity includes behaviour, habits, cleanliness of body and surroundings. External purity requires the rooting of 
six evils: passion, anger, greed, infatuation, pride, malice/envy - this is done by occupying the mind with divine thought and practice of the Niyamas (see Sag.). Birthday blessings!

All existence revolves around Purusa (Person) and Prakrti (Producer). Purusa and Prakrti act together to stir the material world to activity. Prakrti is made of five elements: earth, water, fire, air, ether and five subtle counterparts: smell, taste, form, touch, sound which merge to three qualities and evolutionary powers: Illumination (sattva), Activity (rajas), Dormancy (tamas) to form the cosmic intellect (Mahat). Chitta is the individual counterpart of mahat. Mahat is the productive principle by which all phenomena of the material world are developed. There are twenty -five basic elements (Tattvas) of Sāmkhya Philosophy.

Man has four aims in life: dharma, artha, kāma, moksa. Dharma: duty: without this ethical discipline, spiritual attainment is not possible. Artha: acquisition of wealth for independence and higher pursuits of life. It cannot give lasting joy however a poorly nourished body leads to disease. Kāma: pleasures of life, which require a healthy body. Moksa: liberation.