|This New Moon is one of the most potent of the year! |
The New Moon culminates on March 2nd at 1:07 pm PST in the sign of Aquarius and the lunar house of Satabisha. Aquarius is connected with the society and our connection with our community and the world. Satabisha is a potent lunar house with strong powers of healing. Its symbol is an empty circle which represents things that are hidden or yet to be uncovered.
Satabisha translates to ‘a hundred medicines’ which not only shows the power of healing the comes through this Nakshatra, but also the journey it may take to uncover the necessary healing. People with this sign strong may have to go through many modalities before finding their right medicine. Our New Moon here this month can symbolize this same quest as the world struggles to find the right medicine in a time of such unrest.
The night before the New Moon this month is celebrated as Maha Shivaratri, the Great night of Shiva. Though the 14th lunar cycle in the dark half of every month is dedicated to Shiva, this is the great (Maha) night of celebration. Devotees will stay up all night to chant mantras, do pujas, and sing hymns of praise.
There are various versions throughout India of why this night is so important. Some say it is the night Shiva married Parvati. Others say it is the night that Shiva performed his famous dance of Tandava, his dance of destruction, in his form as Nataraja- commonly called dancing Shiva. Still other myths talk of this night as when Shiva saved the world by drinking all of its poisons and holding them in his throat, giving him yet another name of Neelakantha, the Blue Throated One.
However you call him, tonight is the night to sing his praise!
A simple mantra you can practice tonight is OM NAMAH SHIVAAYA.
This mantra of Shiva is accessible to everyone and needs no initiation to chant.
Another potent one is the Maha Mritunjaya Mantra, which is more intricate but a very powerful mantra of Shiva that is specifically used for healing. As the Sun and the Moon for this New Moon fall into the very healing lunar house of Satabisha, chanting this mantra tonight can give potent healing medicine on both a personal and much needed global level.
Hara Har Mahadev!
Love and Blessings
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