The full moon is in the area of the sky called Purva Bhadrapada, the star of “spiritual fire that elevates consciousness.” This nakshatra is symbolized by a burning funeral pyre at the end of the zodiac. It holds the fiery power of death and is a doorway to transformation and new life.
The deity that dwells in Purva Bhadrapada is a tantric form of Lord Shiva called Aja Ekapada, also known as the fire serpent, or the one-footed goat. This deity is connected with the ancient power of the naga snakes who sleep coiled deep within the earth’s core. Naga snakes are the kundalini shakti that supports all life on this planet, as well as the evolution of spiritual wisdom.
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The full moon is joined by the mystical planet Neptune, an influence that can increase intuition and insight, as well as emotional sensitivity. This full moon has the power to trigger strong dreams, deep meditation, and can thin the veil that separates us from the spirit world.
Pitru Paksha, the fortnight of the ancestors (Sept 13-27), also begins on this full moon. This is an auspicious window of time to honor loved ones who have passed away, and help heal ancestral karma.
Avoid intoxicants and disempowering attitudes, like victimhood and escapism. With a fiery aspect from combust Mars, this full moon carries a courageous fire for visualizing and fighting for your dreams.
Take heed, from Sept 11-14, communicative Mercury and love-centered Venus will be in graha yuddha – planetary war. Travel delays and difficulty in expressing feelings is common. Be careful of misunderstanding in contracts and agreements.
The heavy weight of the karmic task master, Saturn, is now at a dead stop on the tail of the eclipse snake, Ketu. This volatile influence has been stirring up unrest and shifting karmic patterns on a global level. If you have been experiencing a sense of time speeding up (or slowing down), accompanied by stress or unease, stay focused on your inner world. Try meditation, mindful relaxation, or take a gentle yoga class.
Wise Saturn and liberating Ketu both facilitate spiritual breakthroughs. Saturn turns direct on Sept 18, beginning an important shift for healing, self-understanding and recovery.
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The day before the Bhadrapada full moon is celebrated as Ganesha Visarjan, when clay idols of elephant-headed god, Ganesha are immersed in rivers and lakes.
Lord Ganesha, who is the breaker of obstacles, always returns to be immersed each year. Just as clay dissolves in water, life always changes and transforms into something new, but the source of life and truth will remain the same.