Tonight is the great night of Lord Shiva. There are several myths connected to the significance of Shivaratri, but probably the most prevalent is the marriage of Shiva and Parvati on this night. Devotees all over the world will be chanting His mantra, doing puja, fasting, bathing Shiva lingams, preforming fire ceremonies, and singing praises all night long. This is one of the most important nights for spiritual practice, so if you are at all connected with Shiva, I highly suggest doing some sort of offering to Him. Depending on your level it could be all night mantras and pujas, or a single round of a maala of “Om Namah Shivaya’ or the Maha Mritunjaya Mantra.
Shivaratri always falls on the night before the New Moon, the 14th day of the dark cycle in the Vedic month of Magha. The next night of the New Moon is in the house of Aquarius in the lunar house of Satabisha. Satabisha is considered the star of healing, especially alternative healing modalities. The name ‘Satabisha’ means ‘a hundred medicines or a hundred physicians’, which makes this cycle a good time to focus on your health. With the state of global affairs at the moment this is probably quite a good idea!
Mercury is also retrograde from February 16th- March 9th, spending most of its time in this healing nakshatra of Satabisha, reemphasizing the importance of focusing on our health routines. As usual for Mercury retrograde, it is best not to start new projects connected to the significations of Mercury- communications, writing, signing contracts, and general information processing- but it is an ideal period for editing and reviewing old written or spoken materials.
Expect the usual travel delays and breakdowns in communications that often come with this, but also don’t over focus on this as the reason for every single misunderstanding. Instead arm yourself with the astrological tool of foresight which can bring ease and grace to challenging situations.
Love and Blessings,