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  • Writer's pictureDomenic Falcone

Maha Shivaratri and the Lunar cycle

     Thursday, March 8th is the beginning of Maha Shaivaratri. This a 24hr period of worship of the god Shiva, that happens a couple days before the new Moon in Aquarius every year. The new Moon this year is on March 10th. Some common practices for Maha Shivarati are fasting and staying up all night worshiping and singing praises to Shiva.

     The gods, mythology, and astrology are interwoven in an elaborate multidimensional pattern and understanding one of these subjects helps one understand the others. Some of the power of the gods and karma are manifest through the planets and readable through astrology.

     The planets are often considered forms or incarnations of the gods. Shiva is often considered to be the Sun. His sons Ganesha and Kartikeya are considered to be Jupiter and Mars respectively. His Wife, Parvati, is the Moon. Aquarius the Masculine sign ruled by Saturn and the sign opposite it is Leo ruled by the Sun. So, the full Moon corresponding to the new Moon in Aquarius happens in Leo, the only sign ruled by the Sun or Shiva. The Sun is also the center of the solar system and Saturn is also the most distant planet that is still visible with the naked eye. This is why Neptune, Uranus, Pluto are not used in Jyotish, because they can’t be seen without telescopes. So, this lunar cycle symbolically encompasses the entire solar system.

     This holiday celebrates the marriage of Shiva and Parvati, as well as the return of the light and overcoming ignorance. It is the new Moon just before the spring equinox, which is on March 19th this year. Thus, it is the Moon cycle halfway between the shortest day of the year and the longest day of the year. These are only some of the many ways Shiva and astrology are intertwined into this Moon cycles and holiday.

     To understand how these transits affect you an individual analysis is required. The interaction between your natal chart and the transits of the planets is always very individual and personal. Contact me for a reading at https://www.bluephurba.com .



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