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.
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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.