Saturday, 23 May 2020

Full Moon in Sagittarius on Friday 5 June 2020, Affecting the Pericardium (Heart Protector)

Friday 5 June 2020 - which happens to be the day of my own 41st birthday :) - will bring us a full moon in Sagittarius that will affect the Pericardium meridian, also known as the meridian of the 'Heart Protector' , 'Heart Helper', 'Spirit Protector' or - very poetically - 'the King's Bodyguard'. The pericardium is the protective sheath or sac that surrounds the heart organ. Together with the heart and the blood vessels, the pericardium runs the circulatory system. Energetically its function is to protect the heart from damage and disruption caused by excessive emotions from other organs and/or external sources. In the Chinese 5 element system, as in the Ayurvedic system, extreme emotional outbursts are seen as powerful disruptors of balance and a major cause of disease. Without the pericardium to protect it, the Heart could be gravely injured by every-day emotional commotion. 

   


The Pericardium meridian is a yin meridian of the Fire Element (in the Chinese 5 element system) and is paired with the (yang) Triple Burner meridian. It runs on both sides of the body out from the pericardium, horizontally across the chest, surfacing at the ribs and then runs around the armpit, along the arm and finishes in the tip of the middle finger, with one small side branch finishing in the tip of the ring finger where it connects to its paired Triple Burner meridian. A last branch of this meridian runs down from the pericardium connecting the 3 burners that give their name to the Triple Burner (San Jiao) meridian.

The Pericardium meridian is the mediator between the water tattva and the fire (agnitattva if we look from the Ayurvedic point of view -- between our emotions in the second chakra and our passion in the third chakra, then rising up into the Heart. The fire tattva is purifying and transforming - its energy is not bound by gravity but rises up towards the heavens.

The Pericardium protects the Heart from emotional trauma, constricts the chest to protect the Heart, and helps to express the Joy of the Heart. It rules our relationships and the emotional issues around them. Emotionally, pericardium energy is related to the loving feelings associated with sexuality, thereby linking the physical and emotional aspects of sexual activity. It does so by moderating the raw sexual energy of the  2nd chakra/kidneys with the all embracing love generated by the 4th chakra/heart. 

A balanced Pericardium meridian allows us to be generous, warm, kindhearted, loving and compassionate to those around us, and allows us to be able to receive both criticism and love from others. An imbalanced Pericardium meridian makes us feel unprotected in the heart center and will cause us to look for other ways to protect the heart (e.g. by rounding off the shoulders, keeping our distance from others, building protective walls around us which are meant to keep others out but only end up making us feel separated and isolated within that fortress we have built).

Physical symptoms of a blocked or imbalanced Pericardium meridian:
  • chronic damaging relationship patterns
  • relationship fears
  • excessive vulnerability
  • problems around self-acceptance, self-love, self-expression and the relationship with oneself 
  • the inability to smile
  • guarded behaviour
  • problems with or pain/soreness in the hips
  • stiff neck
  • cold extremities (hands and feet) due to poor blood circulation
  • poor circulation in itself
  • low sexual joy or sexual perversion
  • inappropriate intimacy or fear of intimacy
  • profound sadness or even depression
  • too much joy and/or incessant laughter or giggling in inappropriate circumstances
  • rounding off the shoulders to try and protect the heart
  • armoring
  • many stress-related problems
  • pain in the heart area & chest discomfort due to inflammation or liquid build-up around the heart
  • stomach problems
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • mental disturbances
  • phobias
  • vertigo

Things that are good to eat & drink for this meridian:
  • oatmeal (contains silica which is good for the pericardium)
  • a drink of boiled oatmeal. Recipe: boil 1 cup of oats in 3 litres of water for 20 minutes. Strain. Drink 4 cups a day.
  • red and/or bitter foods: beetroot, Brussels sprouts, kale, karelay (bitter gourd), bitter melon, radicchio, rucola, rosemary, oregano, basil, paprika, turmeric, grapefruit, watermelon, quinoa, rye, buckwheat, dandelion leaves
  • dark chocolate, green tea (washed first), matcha tea, Yano or another grain coffee.

Yoga postures for the Pericardium meridian:

  • Any hip opening exercises
  • Sit in butterfly pose


Do some butterfly stretches first (bouncing the knees up and down for a few minutes) to stretch the hips open. Then bend the torso and head slowly all the way down, leading from the navel, with long deep breathing.


Slowly allow the hips to open up.


  • Alternate leg stretches.

  • Archer pose is the best posture for this meridian. It helps to develop a clear and powerful vision. Do 3 to 11 mins on either side with long deep breathing or breath of fire. Chanting can also help to keep up.

Kundalini Yoga meditations for the Pericardium(with links):

Monday, 4 May 2020

Full moon in Scorpio on May 7th 2020, affecting the kidney meridian

On Thursday 7 May, we'll encounter a full moon in Scorpio which will affect our kidney meridian and second chakra.

Scorpio is known to have a nasty sting, But the kidney energy in fact can be used to either soar like an eagle or indeed crawl like the scorpion. Balancing and strengthening the kidney meridian will enable us to do the former. A balanced second chakra and corresponding water element give us access to our creative energy. To uplift oneself and others is an expression of our creative spirit.
A blocked creative energy on the other hand can manifest as self-gratification and destruction. Emotions as fearfulness, anxiety, confusion, frustration and the need for perfection can rule, even a vengeful attitude is characteristic for a blocked second chakra and kidney meridian.

The kidney energy is also responsible for, amongst others, how we age, the quality of our bones, the process of pulling prana (life force) from the lungs, our hearing, and our motivation.

Our kidneys are easily damaged through overdoing life with thrills, stress, drugs and other stimulants like coffee, black tea, green tea, etc., so now would be an excellent time to reduce or eliminate these from you life. Do you know it takes between 5 to even 8 liters of water to rebalance the kidneys after just one cup of coffee or black tea??

You can read more about the kidneys from a Kundalini Yoga perspective on this page.

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Physical symptoms
•  Dizziness upon standing
•  Sweaty hands & feet
•  Bloating
•  Bone & ear problems
•  Cold in extremities
•  Muscle tightness in the low & mid back, diaphragm, or upper shoulders
•  Urinary or reproduction problems
•  Tinnitus
•  Puffy face

Things to eat & drink
•  Drink cucumber juice
•  Turmeric, added to meals, juiced or taken in Golden Milk
•  Eat black foods: eggplant (aubergine), beans, seaweed, licorice, black olives. Not black coffee or tea!
•  Eat naturally salty foods: olives, seaweed, ginger, cinnamon.

Tips
•  Hold and massage the index finger of each hand for 2 minutes
•  Wear a silk or cotton cummerbund around the waist

Yoga for the kidneys
•  Camel pose (begin in celibate pose)

•  Baby pose

•  In butterfly pose, exhale the head down, inhale up.
•  Life nerve stretch

 

•  Chant - Chatr Chakra Varti (Last 4 lines of Jaap Sahib). Increase the effect by holding the left hand on the right knee and right hand and index finger up at shoulder level making small circles with the index finger.

Kriyas for the kidneys: