March 14: SUN ENTERS PISCES
The Sun enters the Vedic sign of Pisces, marking a time when the practices of Yoga Nidra and group meditations bring special benefits.
The PISCES Sun Person
If you were born between March 14 to April 14, you are a Pisces Sun according to Vedic Astrology. People with the Sun in Pisces are kind and loving and will almost always help another. They are usually good-looking people but may be introverted, especially with strangers. They like to be near the water and enjoy a beautiful environment. These people are well liked, intelligent and have soft personalities. Sometimes they are taken advantage of. They like others but need to develop more confidence in themselves. They treat people with respect and are appreciated by the opposite gender. They have strong discretion and usually have a steady relationship that helps them go further in life. They do need to watch for tendencies toward escapism or substance abuse and losing themselves in a dreamy world.
The Piscean Yogi
The Pisces Sun Yogi is compassionate, intuitive, imaginative, adaptable, and friendly. They enjoy their yoga friends and are willing to go with the flow when it comes to spending their time in their practice. They can be easily influenced and show a lack of initiative so they sometimes do yoga that others recommend to them rather than striking out their own. They typically enjoy a flowing yoga practice that allows for creativity with mystical underpinnings, rituals, and inspirational insights. The challenge in their yoga practice is to not vacillate.
March 17 3:03 PM: Mercury Goes Stationary Direct!
Mercury ends its retrograde movement on March 17th, becoming stationary (or appearing to stand still) before it starts its direct movement again. On this day, it may feel as if things involving communications and travel are coming to a stop before they get moving again. Mercury is powerful at this time, and children born on this day may eventually become recognized for their speaking and writing abilities.
Yoga Postures and Astrology
(Excerpt from the Forthcoming Book, ASTROLOGY YOGA)
We can associate yoga asanas with the planets by understanding the basic nature and significations of each planet. An obvious example is Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana) which is associated with Mars, the planet that rules battles and warfare. Dancer Pose (Natarajasana) is associated with Venus, the planet of the arts and dance. Perhaps more subtle is the association of Child Pose with the Moon which represents the mother and nurturing.
Some poses like the Half-Moon posture (Ardhachandrasana) and Sun Salutations (Suryanamaskar) contain the Sanskrit name of the planet within the asana name.
Another approach is to consider the energetic effects of an asana and how it may be related to a planet. For example, Mercury, associated with speech, has a relationship to any asana that works with the throat. Jupiter with its association with the second chakra has a relationship with any asana that works on opening the pelvic area.
Take the major characteristic of any planet and see which asana it may indicate. For example, Mercury is quickness and a signification of Mercury is the arms. Therefore the quick flowing vinyasya “jump through” transition in the Ashtanga series that uses the arms is a Mercury asana.
In this way, every yoga posture can ultimately be tied back to one or more of the nine planets in Vedic astrology and the practice of asanas can aid in strengthening and balancing our planetary energies.