Friday Vibes: Embrace the Pleasures of Venus and Vedic Date Night!

Written by Jamie Epstien

It’s Friday, May 17, & Moon is in Leo, moving from the starspace or called Purvaphalguni into Uttaraphalguni this morning, which will support & transport Moon into Virgo later this afternoon. Got all that movement? The transition from Leo into Virgo is, you might say, like going from being center stage to being backstage. The only reason we can stand in our power is that someone has taken care of all the deets – designed & sewn our costume, built sets, sent out PR to fill the house for the show. So do enjoy the limelight most of the day, then start paying attention to the support structures of your life – you’ve got all weekend!

Purvaphalguni & Uttaraphalguni are the former (Purva) & latter (Uttara) fruits/results (Phalguni) of our actions: Purva is romance, Uttara marriage. Uttara is ruled by Aryaman, who blesses contracts/partnerships, based on both/all parties being delighted with one another & being concerned with what is mutually beneficial for all. This asterism guarantees prosperity (a long, happy marriage, business success) if we have done our due diligence & invites inquiry into our commitments.

It’s the tenth lunar day (tithi), the tenth day of the waxing moon, which is connected to dharma. We can define dharma as our purpose for being here, the unique gift we were born to share with the world. there’s a quote, wrongly attributed to Albert Einstein, that goes: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it’s stupid.”First of all, let’s swap our “genius” with “innate intelligence.” Then let’s get rid of worrying about anyone else’s – or our own! Judgments or expectations. Then let’s acknowledge that we’re not all fish – some of us were born to be president, others to be exemplars of kindness & compassion. This tithi supports us in embodying our true purpose, whatever that is.

Friday is ruled by Venus, planet of our earthly delights—like nature, music, food, sex, art, people, bubble baths. Friday is always a good day to do what we love with the one(s) we love, which is why it, not Saturday, ruled by stern, old man Saturn, is considered Vedic date night. What would you love to do? Who would you love to share it with? An afternoon hike with a dear friend is on my agenda today!

And that’s your daily bliss! which is a sort of lunar weather report. May it allow you to align with the day’s cosmic energy so you can find & create a little more bliss.

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