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The battle between good and evil has continued since ancient times. There was a moment when the gods, weakened by durvasa’s curse, needed something to make them immortal.

Vishnu had a plan. He said that to get back their powers the gods would have to churn the oceans and bring out the magical nectar-amrita, the potion of immortality. This would give them back their powers. This great churning is known as samudra manthan. But as the gods were powerless now, they sought the help of the demons to accomplish this huge task. The deal was they would share Amrita between them.

The gods and demons got together for the herculean task. The huge mountain, Mandara, was used as the pole to stir the waters. But as the pole entered the water it kept sliding into depths of the ocean. To stop this, Vishnu quickly transformed himself into a tortoise and placed the mountain on his back. This image of Vishnu as the tortoise was his second avatar called ‘Kurma’.
Once the pole was balanced, it was tied to the gigantic snake, Vasuki, and the gods and demons started pulling it from either side. As the churning began and the massive waves whirled, an extremely poisonous drink called halahal came to the surface. The gods became scared because this deadly blue drink could destroy creation.

They all got together and prayed to the all-powerful Shiva to help him them. Shiva appeared before all and gulped the entire poison. But, he did not swallow it. He kept the poison in his throat, and squeezed his throat with help of a snake around his neck. Since then, Shiva’s throat became blue, and he became known as Neelkantha or the blue-throated one.

The churning continued and poured forth a number of gifts and treasures. They included Kamdhenu, the wish-fulfilling cow; the goddess of wealth, Laxmi; the wish-fulfilling tree, Kalpavriksha; and finally, came Dhanvantari carrying the pot of amrita and a book of medicine called Ayurveda.

Today our human minds continue this churning of science, and science has also gifted us with beautiful unimaginable gifts, but with these gifts is also the catastrophic danger of the poison. We live in an age where at the press of a button we can destroy the world, killing millions. Science has tremendous potential, tremendous energy, what it lacks; is direction. This guidance will be inspired by Shiva, and the Shivaic consciousness.

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So here we are the at the end of the astrology cycle, we have been through it all and finally arrived at the sign which is the most mature, sensitive, kind and loving. this month we have our fourth year Tantra student Natalie to give us an insight into the world of the Pisceans.

Pisces value human relations the most and put the people they care about above everything else. Though like all other signs they are still human beings 😊 and have positive and negative traits.

Positive traits

Kind, gentle and will treat others as they wish to be treated

Compassionate, always in a helpful mood

Intuitive, they have a deep understanding of the emotions and rely on them

Sensitive, affectionate and gentle

Selfless, will go out of their way to help others

 

Negative traits

Escapist, they avoid dealing with things directly

Pedantic, they are fussy about how things should be

Weak willed, they get hurt very easily

Over sensitive, they take everything to heart and become emotional to extremes

Pessimistic, they tend to look at the negative side if things don’t turn out as expected

Lazy, their enthusiasm and energy only last for short time if they have no interest

 

Tell us about the world of Pisces. Do you resonate with the brief description above? If not, have we missed something? 😊

I definitely resonate with valuing deeply human connection, being sensitive, affectionate, kind, intuitive, feeling deeply, taking things personally, being idealistic/perfectionist and sometimes lazy!

But some areas don’t resonate – for example, I prefer to deal with problems straight-on and not shy away from this. I honour ruthless honesty very highly. I’m also not a pessimist – quite the opposite! I have to remind myself to see the down-side as I will often only focus on the positives.

I have also learned to pay close attention to my intention when I desire to help another, as often this comes from a space of “Rescuer” archetype, which is rooted in an assumption of disempowerment of the other. Also, in the past, I’ve given far too much of myself in a subconscious bid to “secure” friendships or relationships, so I try now to always check-in with myself, my needs and my intention. My deepest aspiration is to live a fully authentic existence.

Would you say that you are a typical Pisces?

No! I am influenced by my Scorpio ascendant and moon and also my childhood wounding (as we all are).

A childhood trauma caused me to build huge emotional defences and kept my painful emotions locked away behind walls of anger and aggression for most of my teenage years and 20s.

It’s only since I started doing deep healing work throughout my 30s that I have been able to let these defences down and now I am starting, possibly for the first time, to embrace the soft and gentle qualities of my Piscean sun. I heard that our sun sign is the sign of our soul and that we often only discover it as we mature – this is definitely true for me.

Tell us a story when you used your super Pisces powers?

Hahaha! I’m not sure I have one! Although…thinking about it…probably it’s my ability to create space for others to open up and feel safe in. This isn’t something I am always conscious of, it just happens, and rather surprisingly I’ve had some quite closed and shy people completely open up and tell me things they say they’ve never told anyone in their life! It’s such a deep honour to gift that safety to another and witness them feel able to share parts of themselves they have previously hidden away.

How do you relate to other signs, favourite ones, for friends and lovers?

Being astrologically-aware has only come into my life in the last couple of years – through being at Tara! – So this is still developing. I’ve noticed many of my friends seem to be Piscean also and both my parents were Pisces. And I can say my most deeply loving relationship was with an Aquarian, my most challenging relationship (although also very rewarding) was with a Virgo and my most fiery relationship has been with another Piscean, but I think that is mostly our past wounding playing out rather than a true reflection of our signs.

I read that Pisces have a very close relationship with God, how is your connection with God?

I prefer to use the term “universe” or “divine”, as God carries a masculine connotation, which for me taps into the Patriarchy, and doesn’t align with my belief of the Divine being gender-less.

I feel very supported by and connected to the universe. I see miracles and synchronicities everywhere, and I ask for support and guidance frequently, and mostly these requests are met beyond my desires. I understand in the moments where they are not met that, whatever the outcome, it’s always for my highest good and likely there’s a lesson I need to learn 😊

When and how did you find Tara yoga centre?

I found Tara through the website Meetup, when Kieran posted about the open day in 2015. I’ll never forget that day – it changed my life! The open day was on Valentine’s Day and I was carrying a broken heart from a recent relationship ending. I walked in and Bogdan was giving the “Love through the chakras” talk, which instantly captured my full attention. I sat mesmerised as Bogdan explained exactly why my relationship had broken up: we had simply been loving from different chakras and unable to meet each other in a way that we could both feel loved! It filled me with so much sadness to understand our break-up had been such a simple misalignment of expressions of love and tears ran down my face as Bogdan continued his talk. Straight after the talk, I signed up to join the tantra course and haven’t looked back!

What is your favourite thing about Tara?

The beautiful warm and loving energy here. I always come away from the centre feeling so filled up with love and I could literally spend hours here, just bathing in the energy that everyone emits. It’s so yummy!

Were you always interested in spirituality or religion?

Definitely not! In fact, I was quite anti-both and I struggled a lot in the first year with all the references in the teachings to the word “God”. I have since learned to replace that word with universe or divine so that it feels aligned for me.

What is the most transforming event that has changed your life?

The relationship I had with the Aquarian was the single most transformative event so far, although I’m constantly transforming so more will likely come! But this relationship offered me, for the first time ever, truly unconditional love and, as a result, helped me heal so deeply some of my childhood wounds. It has irrevocably changed the way I view relating, love-making and myself!

If you could give one piece of advice to people who read this article what would it be?

If you feel a calling that maybe life could be better than how it currently is for you, listen to it; trust it! I had that calling at age 28 and started to have counselling sessions remove layers and layers of conditioning from my past and start to discover who I actually was. That journey eventually lead me into tantra, which lead me to Tara. My healing has been a long journey but so deeply worth it. The level of comfort I feel in myself and happiness I now experience as a result in life is far greater than I ever could have imagined – and it just keeps getting better and better!

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It is a common notion that science and spirituality are mutually opposed – either we rely on science to provide all the answers to the nature of things, or on spiritual or religious beliefs.

But can these two paths work together? Can we be spiritual and scientific, or are the two paths mutually exclusive? Before going deeper into that, let’s first define what we mean by these terms.

The word science comes from the Latin scientia, meaning ‘knowledge’. Science is the activity of building and organising knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the universe. It involves the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment, in order to come to a complete understanding of the fundamental principles underlying the physical universe.

Spirituality is perhaps a little harder to define, but it generally implies a focus not on the material level, but on the subtle or transcendent dimension within human experience. It includes the recognition of a supernatural or transcendent reality, i.e. one that exists beyond the perceivable or knowable realm. Spirituality also implies a certain focus on our emotional and inner subjective experience, how we relate to each other and to the world. While there are many spiritual traditions, they all seem to point to the same universal truth, and each religion provides its own interpretation of the universal truth based on its historical and cultural context. This is a perspective on spirituality known as perennial wisdom – that each of the world’s religious traditions share a single, metaphysical truth or origin from which all their doctrine has emerged, and following each tradition will lead the aspirant to that same universal truth.

Both science and spirituality share the same goal – seeking truth and understanding the essential nature of reality. At this fundamental level they complement each other. So why the apparent conflict between science and spirituality? Firstly, this has to do with dogma. Dogma is an attachment to a fixed set of beliefs or core assumptions that go unchallenged.

Within spirituality, this has led to more conflict between different traditions, religions and sects than within all of science.

Dogma is when a person follows a certain law that is an expression of a universal truth without fully understanding the truth on which that law is based. We find this happening a great deal in religion. For example, the Catholic Church believes that artificial contraception is sinful and immoral and so it’s a rule that in order to be faithful to the church one must not use contraception; a rule, along with others, that governs sexual behaviour. But what is the real reason for that? What could be the more essential truth behind that stance? In the yogic tradition we also find guidelines to using our sexual energy in a concept known as brahmacharya. Brahmacharya actually translates as ‘behaviour which leads to Brahman’ Brahman is the creator or ultimate reality, the understanding here is that our sexual energy is our most fundamental creative power, and as such it is considered sacred, and when preserved can be used as a force to empower our spiritual growth, to bring us closer to the creator or ultimate reality. This understanding could be put into various rules – no sex, no sex before marriage, sex but without ejaculation, etc. but what’s important is to understand the principle behind these indications of behaviour. If we don’t then we end up following them blindly, rigidly, dogmatically, and we become intolerant of other views, simply because we don’t understand the reason behind them.

This phenomenon might historically be more connected to religion, but science too has its dogmas. One of the biggest misunderstandings about science is that it provides us with proof. Contrary to popular belief, there is no such thing as a scientific proof. Proofs exist only in mathematics and logic, not in science. What science does provide us with evidence – evidence based on observation, to support theories. A theory is an attempt to explain the observations, and to predict further phenomena. Theories are models of reality, not reality itself, and all science is merely the current best model and therefore must always be considered essentially provisional – ready to be replaced by the next more accurate model.

Perhaps the biggest mistake made here is the confusion between scientific inquiry, which consists of hypotheses, evidence and verification, and the prevailing scientific worldview, which is mechanistic and materialistic. This world view of scientific materialism, is the most simplistic explanation of reality: the belief that the only reality that exists is physical. Everything that is not physical, not measurable, or deducible from observation, is considered unreal. Life is explained in purely mechanical terms, and phenomena such as mind and consciousness are considered nothing but epiphenomena – by-products of the workings of the physical brain. No higher realities or spiritual truths independent from the physical world exist.

So to be clear, although this is the predominant scientific paradigm we find today, and it does an excellent job of explaining physical reality, it is not correct to say that this is the proven reality; it is a world-view, a belief system like all others. Scientific Materialism is the belief that only that which can be observed and measured through the method of scientific inquiry is real, and everything else is unreal. This is basically the same dogmatic attitude as that taken by the religious fundamentalist, who claims that only their interpretation of the truth is real and all others are false.

Another of the base assumptions of science is that all truths can be comprehended by reason alone. I recently viewed the first episode of the scientific television series Cosmos, in which the story of Giordano Bruno was told. Bruno was an Italian friar who was burned at the stake in 1600 by the Roman Inquisition for heresy. Bruno was presented as a martyr to the cause of modern astronomy. In a fantastic vision he saw that our Sun is a star and the stars are other suns with their own planets. This idea was completely new at that time and contradicted the current accepted view of reality, which was that the Earth was the centre of the universe and the Sun and all other planets revolved around it. In the episode, Bruno was somehow painted in the light of a true scientist – one who dares to challenge the currently accepted world-view in the search for a deeper understanding of reality.

What struck me as interesting, was the little attention given to how this knowledge was obtained, described by the presenter as just a ‘lucky guess’. Here we have arguably the greatest idea in the history of astronomy which came through a mystical vision, a revelation, and that process of acquiring knowledge was dismissed and not given any value because it does not fit into the scientific paradigm.

Interestingly, many great scientific discoveries have come through dreams and visions, and science itself is deeply rooted in ancient western mystical traditions, such as Alchemy and Kabbalah. In spiritual traditions, in addition to knowledge through reason, we find the idea of knowledge through revelation or direct experience. Indeed, this notion is somehow central, especially to the mystical traditions, that reality requires more than reason to be understood; it requires intuition and higher mental or spiritual faculties. The ultimate reality is not something that can be known or observed through the senses, only by direct experience, by becoming one with that reality.

So how do we reconcile these apparent differences between science and spirituality? One perspective is to view the whole process of understanding reality as undergoing its own evolution. That is to say that our world-views, our models of reality, evolve over time, reflecting the current cultural, social and intellectual level of our societies. This is the kind of notion explored in evolutionary psychology – that human development follows a set course of stages of development. This is a complex approach, and there are several systems, each with their own terminology and descriptions of the various stages, but put very simply, this is the idea that we will move from a more primitive and literal view of the world, to a more rational one, and eventually to a more integral, holistic one.

In the primitive stage, our world-view would rely on myths, imagination, symbols, stories, relying on the literal appearance of things. At this stage the world was literally created by God in seven days and the Earth is 6000 years old. The next stage of development is a move to a more rational approach, where the faculty of reason is given utmost importance. The world is understood by extracting laws from physical observation, and a firm and rational distinction is made between the inner world of feeling and the external world. At this stage the Earth must be older than 6000 years according to the physical laws we know. An evolution from there would be what we can call an integral or holistic worldview, in that it integrates the previous levels and transcends them. An integral or holistic vision would not dismiss reason but include reason as a valid way of acquiring correct knowledge of the world. However, this vision would also not dismiss the value of the inner, subjective experience. In this way the contemplative, mystical or meditative, transpersonal perspective would be included.

One of the benefits of this approach is that it provides us with a way to be less hasty in judging a certain perspective, labelling it as wrong, but rather seeing it as a stage of development that is necessary – in the way that we don’t say that a baby crawling is ‘wrong’, it is simply a stage of development leading to one that is higher and more complex. And this could be seen as one of the conflicts today between these different perspectives – each is trying to prove the other wrong rather than seeing them all as stages of development in a much bigger picture. Often these days, we hear the expression, “I’m spiritual, but not religious”, this is actually a recognition of moving from the primitive, mythic and literal view of spirituality to a more rational one.

In conclusion, it seems that indeed, science and spirituality can work harmoniously together, when neither are taken dogmatically, but rather both used as ways of exploring the nature of reality. The scientific method can even be used to explore supernatural phenomenon and mystical experience. While the cause of such experiences might be beyond the natural world and therefore outside the realm of science, the effects are in the natural world and therefore can be measured and observed. And much has already been investigated, including the efficacy of prayer, the phenomenon of telepathy, near-death experiences and precognition.

In scientific and mystical literature, we can also find amazing parallels between science and mysticism in their descriptions of the most fundamental nature of reality, more evidence to hint that they are uncovering the same fundamental truths. It’s clear that a more integrated approach of science and spirituality is needed in our world, where they can work together to deepen our understanding of the world and our place in it, and support the peaceful evolution of humanity. So let’s use all the methods at our disposal, and keep our minds and hearts open to explore this magnificent creation of which we are a part.

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Sun in Pisces

 

The Sun enters Pisces on 18th February 2018 and remains in the sign until the 20th March 2018, where the circle of the zodiac year comes to an end, before being reborn in spring. What can we expect to notice by the awakening of this energy?

The Sun, as a symbol of our consciousness, will direct the subtle astral energies of the zodiac sign of Pisces and will offer the possibility of entering into resonance with specific qualities of this water sign; it will help us awaken the power of sacrifice, a superior sensitivity and a superior receptivity, generosity, creative imagination, compassion, wisdom, awakens spiritual states, deep sense of fusion with God and allows the transcendence of all kinds of limitations. The key phrase associated with the sign of Pisces is “I Believe”.

Pisces is a water sign in its mutable aspect and is co-ruled by Jupiter, its traditional governing planet, and Neptune, its modern day governing planet. It is thus, by nature, a sign that absorbs and assimilates, and that in itself, accompanied by the feminine, receptive nature of the sign, shows very clearly why it is a sign often explained as having no boundaries, and being often away in some mysterious inner world. We can feel the presence of the subtle, astral energies of Jupiter through the wisdom, generosity and a tendency towards expansion, among other things, that the sign displays. The subtle, astral energies of Neptune are felt in the creative imagination, sacrifice, fusion with God for example.

This combination of energies gives the deep wisdom of Pisces, which comes from beyond any conventional wisdom. It is an intuitive ability to resonate with the Universal and Divine Laws and know that the end of any cycle is merely the preparation for the beginning of something new, a new cycle. Here, in Pisces, we have reached unity, everything has been absorbed and assimilated in the cycle and is in the process of being reabsorbed back into God, clearly shown by the Piscean energy of unity and being one with God.

The last two signs of the zodiac cycle, Aquarius and Pisces, show a surpassing of the individual and limited condition of humanity, with Aquarius pushing the boundaries in seeking expansion into new and undiscovered frontiers and Pisces expanding into the infinity of Creation, being present as a Part in the Whole and intuitively feeling the presence of the Whole in every Part. Indeed, the ultimate sacrifice of Pisces is to give up the final limitation that separates the individual consciousness from the supreme consciousness, knowledge itself, to fuse and merge completely and return once more into the Ocean of Beatitude.

The lesson of love that Pisces teaches others is that love is compassion, and they learn from others that love is EVERYTHING in order to finally understand that amour is eternal and Godly.

 

Upcoming Transits

Mercury enters Aries

On 6th March 2018 Mercury will enter into the zodiac sign of Aries, an aspect that allows us to manifest spontaneity and enthusiasm in our verbal expressions and ideas. We will be self-affirming and be able to express and sustain profoundly beneficial ideas. The mental capacities will be amplified and this will cause the appearance of an intense and effervescent inner focus, which will accelerate the thought processes and favour an elevated mental analysis of all phenomena.
Venus enters Aries

On 7th March 2018 Venus will also enter into the zodiac sign of Aries. This will awaken a state of elevated passion and help overcome impulsivity. There is a power of bringing things into existence in the affective sphere and remove the fake feelings and perceptions. It awakens spontaneity in showing and expressing our feelings of a beneficial, affectionate nature and it is also a favourable period for starting a new couple relationship. Love and new beginnings combined, love is truly in the stars!

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As Osho once said – “We are born with the capacity to love, but we are not born with the art of love. The art of love has to be taught, has to be imbibed”. This notion was an inspiration for the creation of the Kama Sutra. And though this knowledge is thousands of years old, it can still be applied and successfully practiced in modern times to deepen and strengthen our intimate, romantic relationships.

One of the areas the Kama Sutra puts an emphasis on is the importance of foreplay. Nowadays it’s common that one of the partners believes that their partner has to behave just like them. Therefore they give what they would like to receive themselves. In the case of a man it would be a quick and direct stimulation, combined with a sudden entry. A lot of men don’t think they’ve made love unless they had full-on sexual experience with penetration. They don’t see the value of sexual foreplay in lovemaking. As for the women, they may expect that their lover will be swiftly emotionally open, while ignoring a man’s sexual centre. Both ways usually end in frustration for both partners.

Once we understand the dynamic and the subtle anatomy of arousal and acknowledge our differences, we’ll be able to create a true intimacy, deepen our connection and love and even experience full body orgasms. The recipe is simple: if a woman is willing to worship his lingam in adoration and full respect, he will then easily and naturally open his heart. If a man is willing to honour, love and worship a woman as a goddess throughout her entire body before connecting with her yoni, she will yearn to open her body to him.

Foreplay dynamics of a man…

If you throw a stone into a lake, it will create ripples that move from the centre to the circumference. And so it is with the men’s sexual activation. Begin foreplay with a man by honouring his lingam first and foremost. Notice it, transfigure it, shower him with compliments if you feel inspired to. Regardless of your lover being aroused or not as yet, you could offer him a gentle tantric lingam massage. Use an oil of your choice. Warm a little oil in between your palms and spread it over his naked body. Lay his lingam on his belly and using both hands stroke it from the base to glans in a continues motion. Your hands could be flat or wrapped around the shaft. Slowly move the lingam from the 12 o’clock position to the 1 o’clock position and so on, while continuing to massage it. When you reach 4 o’clock slide off the lingam onto the side of his thigh, directing energy into his leg. Return to the lingam and continue the massage in the same way, until you reach 8 o’clock. Slide to his other thigh and back to the lingam again. Once you complete the full circle, with your left hand pull the skin back and hold the lingam at the base. With your right hand glide out from the base, along the shaft and grasp the glans. While the right hand hold the glans, your left hand grasps the shaft just behind the glans and glides from the back down to the base. Continue in a slow motion. Now link his aroused pleasure to other areas of his body. Slide off his lingam and slide toward his heart along the sides of his body. Return. Now slide down, towards his legs. You can expand the moves as you feel. This will help him to feel recognised and understood – most seen, most honoured and loved and will also help him to expand his capacity for perceiving pleasure through his whole body.

Foreplay dynamics of a woman…

Foreplay is the crucial element for a woman to awaken her sexual energies. It’s is not a preliminary for the ‘real thing’ – it is the real thing! For a woman, it is important to move towards her yoni very slowly and progressively. Touch her shoulders or knees to create a sense of trust. Kiss her. Hold her lower belly with full presence to open her up into emotional fluidity. A woman’s yoni is a place for reverence and awe. If a man can approach a woman in this way, her ecstasy and surrender with him will know no limits. Stoke her body gently with the tips of your fingers, a feather or your warm breath. Take your time, observe how she reacts, what she responds to and continue the same stroke that started to open her up. Discover her, educe and turn her into a garden of erotic delights. Then and only then, when she is long and lovingly adored approach her yoni.

Once you devote to follow this ancient tantric path of discovery together it will open for you unlimited reservoir of bliss and authentic intimacy.

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Welcome Maria, our Aquarian student & teacher of the month! So, first question we will change from “How did you find Tara Yoga Centre?” to “How did you found Tara Yoga Centre?”

I didn’t actually found Tara Yoga Centre. When I arrived in London about 9 years ago Tara had already been here for many years. At that time we had a place in Ealing plus we were hiring halls around the city for the classes. Around 6 years ago we moved to our beautiful centre in Old Street which was the beginning of a new era of the school you might say. A spiritual school, like anything in life, is in a continuous process of transformation. I am very grateful to be part of this process.

Were you always interested in spirituality?

I had experiences I didn’t understand from an early age, and did have a personal relationship to God as a child, but I wouldn’t say it was my main focus until later. I was interested in yoga and meditation, but grew up in the countryside without so many possibilities – and also other things drew my attention as a teenager 😉 But the interest and openness was there and easily kindled when the right moment came.

So how did you come to finding this school, prior to moving to London?

In university I met someone who had been studying with a sister school in India and together we attended a tantra class in Natha (Tara’s sister school in Denmark). It was as if I found what I didn’t know I was looking for and I quickly started the yoga class too. I have been with the school ever since. At that point I realised also that a lot of the longing I experienced in my life but didn’t consider ‘spiritual’ might actually be. The longing for a more fulfilling erotic experience, the longing for a life that gave a wider range of possibilities, not only as a physical experience, the longing for a sense of deeper meaning – and just the general feeling that there must be more to life.

What is the most transforming event, meditation, tapas or spiritual practice you have done since you have been in this school?

Learning what it truly means to love has been the most important and transforming practice for me – and still is. I believe it is the most important lesson we can learn and the key for so many other transformations in our being.

What is your favourite teaching/asana/technique, and why?

I don’t really do favourites…it is very hard for me to choose as I genuinely enjoy a lot of different practices. But if I have to mention some techniques that have been my most constant ‘friends’ over the past 15 years it would be nauli kriya, sirsasana and laya yoga. Nauli kriya to awaken inner fire and begin the process of inner alchemy, sirsasana to give perspective (and so often a life saver) and laya yoga as my first love for the amazing experiences of an expanded consciousness that brings increased awareness to all of your life.

Would you say that you are typical Aquarian?

I guess I am…though an Aquarian would never like to be called typical!

And what do your friends say?

You’d have to ask them…I think they would – though they might have a thing or two to say about my Scorpio ascendant…

And what is the best thing about your star sign?

An inextinguishable hope! Aquarians are the best at always maintaining hope. Also tolerance and idealistic vision.

And what’s the worst thing about your star sign?

Hmmm…a slight bit of arrogance maybe.

Do you get on with others of your sign?

Yes! No one quite understand you like an Aquarian sister or brother.

And in relation to lovers? Which star sign makes the best lover?

As I said, I don’t do favourites 😉

What is the most challenging thing you have done at Tara Yoga Centre, within the school? And do you feel being an Aquarian helped?

Being part of growing a school is not easy even if it is incredibly rewarding. Having the Aquarian qualities of hope, awareness, tolerance and vision definitely helps in being part of and giving direction to this wonderful process.

If you had a motto written on a T-shirt describing your attitude towards life, what would it say?

Love isn’t easy – but it is alive!

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The Sun in Aquarius

The Sun enters Aquarius on 20th January 2018 and remains in the sign until the 18th February 2018. What will this energy bring to us this month?

The subtle astral energies of the zodiac sign of Aquarius put us into resonance with the superior intellect, the intuitive knowledge that is accessible from the super-mental level. The key phrase associated with the sign of Aquarius is “I know”.

This period of time, when the Sun is in Aquarius, awakens inside our being originality, inspiration, inventiveness and the unlimited expansion of consciousness. It offers us impulses that give us the possibility to live states of freedom and spontaneity and also awaken superior intellect. It favours the appearance of unconditional love, purity, the awakening of intuition and the capacity of transfiguration. It also awakens altruism and the aspiration to offer the spiritual fruits we have obtained to others, to help other in often brilliant and inspired ways.

Aquarius is an air sign in its fixed aspect and is co-ruled by both Saturn and Uranus. The subtle astral energies of both of these planets are clearly felt in the characteristics of the sign. Uranus gives the brilliant insights and flashes of genius, accompanied by a humanitarian outlook and a revolutionary approach to life; often opening up new and, until now, undiscovered paths. One can see the big picture and become concerned with grand plans and ideals. Saturn on the other hand offers the social perspective, how to integrate the vision into society, how to act with perseverance in order to achieve one’s vision.

As an air sign, Aquarius is concerned about ideas and facts and is often seeking to communicate their inspired visions to others. The natural sociability of the air sign, makes them social and very capable of networking.

As a fixed sign, Aquarius is concerned about durability, there needs to a firm foundation in the approach to life. There will be a great tenacity, or even stubbornness, of holding onto their beliefs, and often this can only be changed if they are shown a logical and improved or inspired alternative.

Most often the intention behind any action of an Aquarius are impersonal, or in other words, everything is being done for the greater good and their powerful intuition and access to the super-mental allows them to be somehow ‘one step ahead of the game’, and to know the next step in any situation.

The key lesson for an Aquarius sun sign is to understand their individuality, or indeed discover their true Self (the Atman), within the context of the group or community which they are a part of. They also need to learn the difference between true detachment and indifference. To fuse emotional intelligence with intellectual intelligence.

Upcoming Transits

Mars enters Sagittarius

On 26th January 2018 Mars will enter into Sagittarius and will awaken courage and energise the capacity to make correct and just decisions that lead to the development of a new global vision of reality, offering us efficiency in action. It is a favourable moment for cultivating a sense of justice and doing godly inspired actions.

Mercury enters Aquarius

On 31st January 2018 Mercury enters into Aquarius and allows us to maintain a state of awareness when passing from the waking state to the sleeping state. It will also make us aware of the fact that any profoundly beneficial action that is taken all the way to the end is worth much more than all the brilliant ideas that just pass through our minds, and which never come to fruition because we do not act upon them. This transit offers a considerable amplification of the power of the ability to penetrate things with the mind and a mental focus can spontaneously appear that will allow a refinement of our thoughts and mental analysis. It will also awaken a curiosity and openness towards all that is new and profoundly beneficial.

Venus enters Pisces

On 11th February 2018 Venus enters into Pisces and awakens a state of devotion to God and abandon to love, and also awakens and amplifies humbleness and compassion. It is a time when we can also be inspired by sublime artistic inspirations. This transit will help us also to understand the difference between detachment and indifference, especially in couple relationships. It will also cause the appearance of spontaneous and intense affection, empathy and superior artistic inspiration.

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Sun in Capricorn

The Sun entered Capricorn on 21st December 2017 and remains in the sign until the 20th January 2018. What will this energy bring to us this month?

Moving out of the expansion through knowledge and adventure that Sagittarius adorned us with, when the Sun enters Capricorn it awakens and amplifies the sense of responsibility to essentially put everything into practice that we have learned until now, to wisely apply the knowledge we have assimilated.

The Sun enters Capricorn on the Winter Solstice and this is a moment of solar hiatus, because from this moment the amount of day (or light) begins to increase and the amount of night (or dark) begins to decrease. This is symbolised spiritually as the subtle preparation for the celebration of the awakening of the light that leads us from the dark, which most of us are familiar with as Christmas or the birth of Christ.

The passage of the Sun through Capricorn shines the ever brightening and intense light of consciousness on the house where your natal Capricorn is found and also on any planets found in the sign of Capricorn, all being lit up by the subtle energies of the sphere of the Sun. From a certain perspective it can be said that symbolises spiritual awakening through the birth in our hearts of a “heavenly child”.

What chances will this offer us? What spiritual gifts will Capricorn offer us in this season of giving?

Capricorn is the sign that is identified by the phrase “I Use” and this particularly refers to the native capacity of Capricorn to place a “concrete” value on our mental and spiritual potential through the practical application of these gifts. It uses the talents it has been given in life, thus valuing the use of these things.

Capricorn is governed by Saturn and is thus a sign, although often incorrectly associated with the idea of the “Great Malefic”, actually requiring a practical application of the knowledge we have learned until now, in order to obtain concrete and practical results within a defined structure and create something that will last. It is the sign that aims to reach the “peaks” of achievement, working tirelessly, diligently, with perseverance to achieve its goal.

Often when compared with the seemingly free, spontaneous and fun energy often associated with Sagittarius and its governing planet Jupiter, people, especially today in a world of consumerism, wrongly consider Capricorn and Saturn as being dull, boring, workaholic concerned with stability, society and structure.

It is no accident that the zodiac sign of Capricorn is associated with being the natural ruler of the 10th house, which is the house of career or awakening to your spiritual mission. It might also make you think a little deeper if you realise that Capricorn is the sign that starts at the end of the ninth month of the zodiac year, the exact gestation period of the birth of a new life. As many will know, the appearance of a baby in our lives is a moment of great transformation, the care-free lives we may have lead until then, with all kinds of adventures and travels overseas are suddenly replaced with a need for responsibility and stability in order to give the new life that has appeared the conditions to grow and flourish.

Is it any wonder then that Capricorn represents the appearance of awakening, the appearance of increased light, new life and assuming the responsibility for our “new life”? This is symbolically the moment when we assume our spiritual mission in this life and thus responsibly assume our destiny.

These qualities of Capricorn, of a sense of duty, responsibility, decisiveness, perseverance, concentration, the ability to put their skills into practical use, tact, diplomacy, keeping calm under pressure are exactly the qualities that are needed in this moment of our life.

This is why Capricorn is associated with all social structures and civic duties, politics, government, diplomats and such like. They want to scale the peaks of life and realise that to achieve something you need to work diligently, with perseverance, facing all obstacles and overcoming them in order to reach your aim. It is true that they can lose themselves in their ambitions or desires to create structure or some lasting edifice for society.

To some this can make them seem a bit dull, the “all work and no play” type of personality, however, it should also be considered from another perspective; if their goals and ambitions are of the most sublime, spiritual nature they will work quietly and tirelessly as they truly represent the well-known saying of Gandhi: “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

The lesson in love that Capricorn teaches us is that “love is wisdom”, and the lesson they need to learn from others is that “love is altruism”.

The secret to loving Capricorn is to give it time and perseverance and understand that if a Capricorn assumes something, it does so with great responsibility and seriousness. Be this in love (Venus), in action (Mars), you can always rely on it. It just needs to learn that there is also always the right time for fun and learn to choose so! (Responsibly of course!)