It’s been a while since I posted here. A long while.
As I’ve written in many different posts ( here, here & here) the balsamic phase of a cycle is a time when we turn away from worldly concerns ( 1st chakra ‘stuff’) and redirect our energy inward ( or upward) towards the spiritual/cosmic/ethereal, either voluntarily…….or not.
I have found that it’s best to just go with the flow of this time period rather than try to force anything . Regardless of the local weather, you’re traveling thru some dense fog and smokey waters. Meditation/Prayer is the best activity to engage in. If you can find an ashram or retreat center near by, go.
I live at the sea. It helps.
The Lunar Balsamic phase lasts 3.5 days. That’s a pretty easy time frame to work with for pulling out of the rat race. However, the days of the week may prevent some challenges if you’re on some one else’s schedule and not your own.
Every planet in the solar system goes through a balsamic phase at some point-in-time. The solar balsamic phase occurs for the 6-week period every year before your birthday. ( The Solar Return occurs when the sun reaches the exact place it was in at the moment of your birth.
The Balsamic phase for Mars lasts approximately 16 weeks. Jupiter’s balsamic phase lasts about 18 months and Saturn’s balsamic phase is approximately 3.5 years! Few of us live long enough to experience a balsamic phase for the outer planets…..except perhaps Uranus.
In addition, any planet transiting thru the 12th House would also initiate the same kind of energy as a balsamic phase.
All that said, I am currently experiencing a 12th house Sun transit, a balsamic Mars, Jupiter, AND Saturn………………all at the same time. It’s a miracle I can function! For those of you versed in Vedic Astrology I have just completed the Sade Sati which is a 3 year period of Saturn aspecting the Moon, also similar to the balsamic phase. Whew. It’s exhausting for no apparent reason. What keeps me positive is the absolute knowledge that when this period is over I will be poised for a creative cycle beyond that which I have experienced for quite some time.
Teaching yoga is a gift. Spiritual practice and practices are highly recommended during balsamic periods. Yoga helps to create a global awareness of body, mind, emotions, and spirit. For me, yoga helps me to be in the world and in-spirit at the same time.
Today is a First Quarter Phase in my lunar cycle, a time for action, ergo this post.
For the past few months I have been busy working on a private blog which I hope to publish soon, perhaps as an E-Book.
The subject is Astrology for Yoga Teachers/Therapists. If you’re interested in being contacted upon publication please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.