CHANTING FOR TRANSFORMATION
Date: July 12 – July 13, July 27, August 11, 2018
Time: 8 – 8:45 AM
Location: Ayurvedic Health Center & Wellness Shop
The summer of 2018 features three eclipses: two in July (12th/13th and 27th) and one in August (11th). The total lunar eclipse which will take place on July 27th is particularly interesting because it falls very close to Ketu and retrograde Mars, which are transiting the Capricorn/Cancer axis.
Mars is a planet of the warrior, of vigor and vitality. Mars like to get things done—preferably yesterday. Mars signifies assertiveness, competition, leadership, and ambition. Mars runs hot and is a Pitta planet. Ketu (aka the south node of the moon) is also a very hot planet. It signifies philosophy, spirituality and religion. Ketu is also one of the planets of warfare. When you put Mars and Ketu together, you can get an incendiary combination.
Fortunately, there is a positive side to a Mars-Ketu combination. This pairing favors anything that promotes the flow of subtle energy: yoga, tai chi, meditation, pranayama, acupuncture, vastu shastra, walking in nature, and chanting mantra.
We will chant the Gāyatrī mantra, which is a mantra that by its very meter and rhythm lends protection and promotes the flow of subtle energy. The Vedas say “To chant the Gāyatrī mantra purifies the chanter. To listen to the Gāyatrī mantra purifies the listener.”