The new moon is in the section of Capricorn called Shravana Nakshatra in Vedic Astrology. Shravana is symbolized by an ear and is called the “star of learning.” This new moon heightens powers of observation, listening skills and communication. On this new moon, subtle messages from the spirit world can also be heard.
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Keep your words simple and your speech brief. In India, Shravana new moon is celebrated as Mauni Amavasya, “the dark moon of silence.” A vow of silence is kept on this day, to make space in the mind and heart for the sacred to enter.
It’s also the most auspicious bathing day at the Kumbh Mela, a massive Hindu pilgrimage that began on Jan 15. Hundreds of millions of people are currently bathing at the meeting point of three holy rivers, the Ganges, Yamuna, and the mythical Saraswati river.
The ancient Saraswati river disappeared long ago, but its nourishing waters still flow in the subtle realms of the intellect. Goddess Saraswati dwells in Shravana new moon. She is the mother of music, sound, and language, and (like her river) she births words and ideas that flow invisibly from our hearts and minds.
The goddess Saraswati will be honored on Feb 9 in the auspicious Saraswati Puja (Vasant Panchami).
Venus, the goddess of love, has entered visionary Sagittarius where she is joining the hard-nosed influence of Saturn until Feb 24. This may come as a reality check in matters of love and money, especially if you’ve been sweeping issues under the rug. Seize this time to work toward clarifying your vision of long-term plans in relationship and business alliances.
If possible, hold off on important decisions and definitive actions until a few days after the new moon. Fiery Mars will enter enthusiastic Aries by Feb 5, igniting a strong momentum forward and burning away the stagation of the past.
A silent river of knowledge flows from this Shravana new moon. Drop into your heart now and listen. Words may have great power to shape the future, but silence holds the key to your inner awakening.
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