Today, I've made a video discussing the archetypal combination of Venus and Saturn, just as Venus is conjoining Saturn in the sign of Capricorn
Today I have made a video introducing you to my new name, and its meaning, along with a little bit of an introduction to Bhakti Yoga, which you can check out below. I will be starting a private channel devoted to the marriage of Bhakti yoga and astrology, which will only be for my newsletter subscribers, and I will be launching that channel in January. Any revenue intentionally associated with the content of this particular channel or with Bhakti yoga content in the future will be donated to several non-profits that I have chosen. The new Bhakti content will only show up in your newsletters, alongside my regularly produced astrology content and will not reduce the volume of the astrology content I produce at all. This is obviously just completely optional bonus content I am creating in order to share at a deeper and more direct level the philosophy and practice of Bhakti Yoga, which I feel that many people might benefit from. One of the vows I took during my initiation ceremony last night was also to intentionally share Bhakti Yoga with others, or whoever may be suffering and who might find some help from the practices of Bhakti!
My new name given to me by my Guru is Acyuta-bhava Das. It means emotional love for Krishna, who is infallible. It is pronounced like Ah-chew-ta, and "baaa" like a sheep, "va." And Dasa means servant. You could also say I am a servant of the emotional love for the infallible lord...infallible meaning that the lord makes no mistakes and never falls down! So from today forward I will be asking everyone to call me by my devotional name. You can call me Acyuta-bhava or Acyuta for short. A big thanks to all of your support as I make this transition, and truly hope you enjoy the video presentation I made giving you a deeper explanation of the name, and some of the basics of Bhakti yoga.
Today, I receive initiation from my spiritual teacher on the path of Krishna Bhakti. It is easily one of the happiest days of my life today, and so I reach to ask for your prayers and blessings.
Initiation isn't the end of anything, of course...it's just the beginning. Today, I wonder with hope and holy fear if I'm capable of living up to a devotional name, the practices I will be vowing to keep and the regulative principles of spiritual life that come with it? I wonder how and when and why my faith will be tested because it always is! And I pray that I will keep my faith no matter what.
The essence of Bhakti yoga is the cultivation of devotional practices, in order to gradually awaken the dormant love of God that dwells in the heart (some people prefer the word "divinity"). Throughout my entire life, I have been in love with this idea, that loving God is what it's all about, that all love flows from the cultivation of this first and last love, and yet until I found the path of Bhakti, the cultivation of the love of God was abstract and intangible. For me, and I can only speak for myself, the path of Bhakti has been the only thing that I have ever done that has surpassed the temporary highs of all the "peaks" I've ever experienced, from drugs, sex, rock n roll, to intense psychedelics, charismatic Christian experiences, intellectual adventures, art, and even the physical practice of yoga or meditation.
For me, Bhakti has been like a very slowly, very subtly, produced spark. By chanting the names of God each day for several years, by reading the glorification of God in the shastras, singing kirtan with devotees, worshipping the deities and keeping home altars, the feeling that I am in love with God, actually thinking of God, missing God, and feeling God's presence, has grown more acute than ever before in my life. And yet, it is but a tiny tiny spark of what I now understand is the potential of this love. Because even though I feel drawn to God in my heart and emotions more than ever, when I objectively survey my life, I recognize that I am still just a beggar at the gates of this infinite love.
My greatest revelation has been that there is no high that grants us love, there is no instant wisdom or idea, or medicine, that delivers its reality into the heart. We love so very little compared to how much we like the idea of love. This is the first realization I can share with people on the day of my initiation. Until I started practicing love of God consistently, I only liked the idea of the love of God...which IS something, it's not nothing...but now, it's just a tiny little something more than a nice idea...and if I have any good fortune and continue doing my best to practice Bhakti yoga for the rest of my life, come what may, then maybe this tiny little spark will be fanned into a fire! Who knows. Even if it doesn't, it is my prayer that I will continue chanting, singing, and serving until the causeless mercy of Krishna descends into my heart. No matter how many lifetimes I have to sing because it already feels better to sing this song than anything else.
So, I'm sharing this with all of you because so many of you have been such dear spiritual friends to me over the years. We've shared so many stories and so many ups and downs with astrology and with spiritual life in general. I ask for your prayer and blessing over this ceremony, and I also ask for your blessing in receiving a new devotional name, which I know will take time for some to adjust to...but it will make my heart really happy if you will accept the change along with me!
Thanks, everyone! Hare Krishna! :)
– The astrologer formerly known as "Adam."
Today I've posted a short video exploring this weekend's lunar movements. I'm calling it the tale of two weekends due to the sharp contrast between the start of the weekend and the end of the weekend, so be sure to check it out and let me know how it goes!
Today I've made the first of a series of talks that I will be doing on Saturn's upcoming conjunction to Pluto in January.
In this talk I answer a question I get quite often, which is, "What is the difference between modern and ancient or traditional forms of astrology?"
I discuss the differences both philosophically and practically, dispelling a few misconceptions along the way, and then demonstrating some of the techniques of both ancient and modern astrology in a birth chart, which I was given permission to use from a recent client.
December 2nd – Jupiter enters Capricorn to stay for a year.
Here’s what to watch for: Expansion by virtue of saying no, setting new limitations, doubting something, or become more focused, contained or committed. Waves of expansion and contraction in alternation. Trying to make something bad into something noble, righteous, or heroic. The expansion of the negative. Serious moral authority. The challenging of an old system, or a new system facing an immediate setback. The old order and the new way. A glorification of the old, the conservative. Authoritarian thinking. Growth through limitation, focus, adherence to moral or spiritual authority, tradition, the past, etc.
December 7th – the Sun in Sagittarius will Square Neptune in Pisces.
Here’s what to watch for: Wisdom and miracles, teachers and transcendence, ego dissolution and visionary insights, the timeless wisdom of an inspiring leader. The dissolution of solar figures, of authority, or the “head” of an organization or institution. The deception or delusion of the omnipotent ego. False gurus or deceptive authority figures. Ungrounded inspiration, fantasies, and ideals. The desire or need to transcend or to reinvent one’s sense of self or purpose. The ailing or weakened father or ego.
December 9th – Mercury enters Sagittarius until December 29th.
Here’s what to watch for: Grandiose logic and communication, an expansion of knowledge and learning, inspiring teachers and ideas, ungrounded thoughts, thoughts that soar, exaggerated speech, inspiring personalities, fiery and dogmatic beliefs or ideas, willful but upbeat orations, explanations unchecked by careful reasoning or logic. Benefits that come through speech, written communication, notes, emails, learning, writing, teaching.
December 11th into the 12th – the Full Moon in Gemini.
Here’s what to watch for: a restless, communicative, changeable, and intelligent atmosphere, mood, or environment. Conversations and debates about ideas, faith, beliefs, and best practices. Flirtation, playfulness, and the general need for mental or intellectual stimulation. Given the presence of Mercury in the opposite sign of Sagittarius, this Full Moon could include themes of intellectual, mental, or verbal conflict, mental or emotional disturbances, mixed message or miscommunication, as well as the theme of being an alien or outsider, forced to take up or consider an opposing view, or working in a difficult or unusual environment, or dealing with a temporary inconvenience.
December 13th – Mars in Scorpio will trine Neptune in Pisces.
Here’s what to watch for: Heroism, martyrs, suffering saints, and the salvation of sinners. Deceptive and potentially violent tactics. Desire and the illusion of strength and victory. To exert one’s effort or will in service of something higher. The frustration of one’s will due to overwhelming circumstances. An effort or attempt to DO something which is aided by higher powers or allies. The desire to become stronger through immoral methods or means. The need to align one’s will or sense of purpose with something higher.
December 11th through the 14th – Venus in Capricorn conjunct Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn.
Here’s what to watch for: the death and transformation of relationships, the deepening and maturing of romantic relationships, the changing tides in friendships, older women and the wisdom of the crone, pain, loss, and hardship in love, diplomatic nightmares, manipulation, betrayal, and jealousy in relationships. The shadows of sisters, women, girls, and the goddess. The beauty that ages like a fine wine. Hurt and healing and its relation to beauty, sensuality, sexuality, friendships, and love. The death or ending of an agreement, or the binding of a new agreement forged in the midst of turmoil or difficulty.
December 20th – Mercury in Sagittarius will Square Neptune in Pisces.
Here’s what to watch for: muddled communication, deception or illusion in communication, intoxication and mental fog, inspired or otherworldly dreams and synchronicities, or the impulse to write or speak musically, poetically. The mystical teacher, the inspired idea that awakens the imagination. Channeled thoughts, stream of consciousness writing, and esoteric investigation. Also the revelation of concealed or hidden information, gossip, spying, disinformation, and the attempt to twist the facts.
December 20th – Venus will enter the sign of Aquarius and will stay there the rest of the month.
Here’s what to watch for: A high-minded concern with diplomacy, truth, and beauty. Progressive ideas inspiring new artwork, forging new alliances, or establishing new romantic connections. Falling in love with learning, ideas, artwork, and outsiders. Sexual revolution and the desire to make something more perfect or beautiful. Loving humanity but struggling to connect with people. Idealistic but somewhat detached, cold, or distant. Platonic relationships. Ideals that interfere with the ability to connect on the level of the heart or emotions.
December 21st into the 22nd – The Winter Solstice takes place as the Sun enters Capricorn, where it will stay for the rest of the month.
Here’s what to watch for: The need or desire to become more sober or serious. The setting aside of childish, frivolous or wasteful things. A hard or cold, realistic attitude. The need to set new intentions for the year ahead. A plan and the long road to get there. Brutal realism as well as the need for a fantasy or dream.
December 22nd – Venus in Aquarius will square Uranus in Taurus.
Here’s what to watch for: the need to defy conventional gender/sexual norms, to experiment or seek out radical new sexual or romantic experiences. The sudden change or revolution within a relationship, or the sudden amendment of an agreement, or even the sudden disruption of a relationship or agreement. The radical redefining of aesthetic or artistic values. The need to flaunt one’s self or one’s ideas, views, or body. The sudden, liberating impulse or desire. The potential for escapist, futuristic, egoism..the grand plan and its vanity.
December 26th – A Solar Eclipse in Capricorn conjunct Jupiter in its Fall in Capricorn.
Here’s what to watch for: An expansive new plan or development, coming from the realistic ground of a sobering or painful experience. A new vision, a new plan, utilizing lessons, lineages, or traditions from the past. A marriage of the new and the old. New teachers, old lessons. An emphasis on the long, slow, patient path of progress. An enthusiasm welling up from the ground of a more mature or serious outlook or commitment. A plan and the potential to will that plan to realization through corrupt or possibly authoritarian, or rigid means.
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Adam Elenbaas is a professional astrologer and the founder of the Nightlight Astrology School. Adam holds an MA and MFA in English and Creative Writing and is one of the founding writers at RealitySandwich. To learn more about Adam, click here.