Capricorns can turn fun into work faster than anyone else because we love working (aren’t you enjoying the productivity of ?) so of course one of my goals for going to was to learn as much about astrology as possible. I imagined discovering amazing rare books + listening at the feet of learned masters, + while there was some of that, my intention manifested in a completely unexpected way, as the universe does, in that I actually got in touch with the visual movement of the stars. .
Unfortunately, my understanding of does not come from watching the planets move incrementally night after night the way our ancestors learned. Living in cities my whole life, seeing stars, + sometimes even the in NYC, was special. A clear view could not be expected + was never taken for granted. The best stargazing I’ve ever done was sleeping out on a houseboat on where I could actually see the (recently found out there’s a vortex on top of !!!) + when I was camping in the Maasai Mara in + could see the . There was also a super Moon while I was there that forever changed me. .
At Amma’s ashram, I woke up at 4:30AM for the chanting of the 1000 names of the Divine Mother in mantra form, + would be bright in the sky, greeting me, Good Morning. It was still dark around 6:15AM when I’d do yoga on a roof deck, positioning my mat so I was right under Venus + could raise my arms to her. As the sky brightened, she would grow dim + I would whisper Good-bye as she slowly disappeared. Then the horizon came into view. I gained a new appreciation for the concept of the Ascendent, watching pink light spread over the land. Some time later, the Sun appeared like a glorious orange ball of incomprehensible brilliance. I felt like the universe was revealing itself to me + every morning I got to do it all again, watching for subtle shifts. Astronomy is where heaven meets earth + I feel like I learned more from spending time under the sky than I could have from any book.
1. Venus the Morning Star
2 & 3. Horizon
5, 6, & 7. Here comes the in Capricorn