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    Guru Purnima eclipsed

    The Lunar (Full Moon) eclipse on July 27th is quite special for a number of reasons. First, it happens to be the annual celebration of one’s most important teachers, known as Guru Purnima. Teachers come in many forms, and though you might feel you don’t have a special teacher, we can think of ourselves as the only student in the universe, and everyone else as our teacher. Honour the energy of everything you learn from. Secondly, this eclipse coincides with Mars, which is now closer to Earth than it has been in 15 years, conjunct the moon and the Moon’s South Node (Ketu). An eclipse on the South Node is…

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    Total Lunar Eclipse – Where were you last summer?

    Today’s Full Moon is also a lunar eclipse, and because the moon is also at perigee (the closest it gets relative to the centre of the Earth) it’s a bit bigger than usual, which is why it’s also being called a super moon. Plus, being the second full moon in a calendar month (we started this year with a full moon), it is also traditionally known as a blue moon. Let’s see how this breaks down: Full Moon = strong astrological interest; Lunar Eclipse =  significant astrological interest; Super Moon = dubious astrological interest; Blue Moon = zero astrological interest. As much as some of you might roll your eyes…

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    Healing and growing through service

    “The underlying sense of uneasiness that we have now is actually a good thing: it is the expression of our sensitivity. Those who go through life without feeling ill at ease are unconscious. The uneasy feeling caused by our awareness holds tremendous potential for transformation. It is a treasure of energy that we can grasp with both hands and use to build something better. Indifference doesn’t lead anywhere.” ~ Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche Dear students and friends in yoga, What a remarkable time we are living in! Information of all kinds seeps in through every crack, even if we try to avoid it. Mental toxins are as disruptive to our well-being…