Happy Maha Shivaratri!

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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,


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Mrinmoyee Prajna

Mrinmoyee is in a long term love affair with Mother India, the land of her spiritual birth. She has lived primarily in India for the last 2 decades, and while she appreciates most all aspects of the culture, Vedic Astrology, Meditation, and Devotional pactices have been her primary focus.

Having grown up on the East coast of the United States, she deeply sees the need for the Vedic sciences in the modern Western life. She lived for 10 years in an Indian Buddhist spiritual community in North India where meditation and seva (service) were the foundations of her practice. Here she experienced the traditional teachings passed down through a lineage that is customary in India. As her interest in Vedic Astrology grew it took her to different regions and teachers of India and the US. She has studied Vedic Astrology for the last 10 years, and has given hundreds of readings to people all over the world in the last 5 years.

She offers introductory workshops on Vedic Astrology, and retreats in India. But the main focus of her work is personalized birth chart consultations. She has studied with both traditional and modern teachers, and gives a traditional analysis of the chart combined with a modern, applicable interpretation. While Vedic Astrology is Hindu in its origins, a person need not be following that path to benefit from her readings. Advice on career, relationships, finances, ideal living locations, and spirituality are just some of the areas of life that can be covered in a session.