The Nakshatra (star cluster) where yesterday’s New Moon sits is called Vishakha — which, like all things, has a light and a shadow. On one side, Vishakha can mean “to enter the heavens.” On the flipside, Vishakha can represent “the manifestation of poison.” Not literal poison — consider “poison” like the drama of life. The grudges, heavy emotions, and suffering we carry.
Imagine that between these two opposing forces stands an archway… 🌈 one where we can get a glimpse of heaven on Earth, and where we can choose to enter the threshold on our spiritual path. If we walk through that archway of wisdom, we can leave behind our burdens and understand how to heal ourselves — and know ourselves — from the inside out. Vishakha represents a distinct opportunity to move in this direction.
Vishakha is ruled by Jupiter — the planet of expansion, gifts and great wisdom. Wherever Jupiter goes, he helps his students (if they’re listening!) see how to release their grip on “material gains” and focus on spiritual gains as a more sustainable and fulfilling way to live.
In my own life, I’ve been contemplating the battles I fight in my mind — the ways I think I should or shouldn’t be, the things I should or shouldn’t do. Who am I trying to appease? Am I trying to impress the voice in my head, aka- my ego-personality? Usually if I have to ask myself this question, my ego is involved 😝 My true self doesn’t require validation.
In those scenarios, I visualized her (yes, my ego has an entire persona!) leaving my body, and I mentally place her somewhere at a distance from where I am… perhaps on the opposing side of Vishakha’s archway. It’s as if she’s kicked out of my “office” and into the waiting room. She sits there, acknowledged but placated. Sometimes she sneaks back into my mind, but I calmly usher her back out to the waiting room so my true self can continue walking my path in ease.
Is there something you’re able to leave behind at the threshold of this season of life? Perhaps your ego, your stories, or another burden you’ve been carrying? Offer it up. See what happens when you let go, and walk through 🥰
Originally hailing from Wisconsin, Mollie is a cheesehead transplant to Northwest Montana, with degrees in Retail and Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, she lives off the grid, half the year in a Tiny House & half the year in a yurt — both of which she and her husband, Sean, built by hand. Nonprofit Executive Director by day, Mollie also owns and teaches at Yoga Hive — a chain of community yoga studios in the valley.