The full moon is in the area of the sky known as Krittika. Marked by the Pleiades, a star cluster in the constellation of Taurus, and known as the “star of fire.” Krittika burns quickly through stagnation, clutter and confusion. Also called the star of the spiritual warrior, Krittika is symbolized by a sharp and fiery blade that cuts to the chase, exposing hypocritical, inauthentic or even self-sabotaging behaviors.
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Agni, the Vedic god of fire, dwells in Krittika. fire has long been worshiped for its mysterious power to transforms what it touches into pure light and heat.
When out of control, fire can create terrible destruction and chaos. This malevolent side of fire is clearly being demonstrated now in the most deadly and destructive wildfire of California history - The Camp fire.
Since ancient times the two-faced power of fire to purify and destroy has been feared, and simultaneously held sacred. In a Vedic fire ceremony (homa), fire serves as the mouth of the gods and goddesses, which are fed with offerings of devotion and prayer.
Be aware that tempers could flare on this full moon, lending ample opportunity for conflicts to arise with relatives, or strained interactions around the Thanksgiving table. To avoid any unwanted holiday drama, try not to be critical of others and bring an extra dose of compassion to the table.
Take heed, Mercury Retrograde began on Nov 16, with likely delays, computer problems, and miscommunication. Now is a good time to review and revise your plans thoughtfully. Things will pick up speed after Mercury turns direct on Dec 6, which is also the next new moon.
In India, the Krittika full moon is celebrated as Kartika Purnima, the day when Lord Shiva, the destroyer, slayed the fierce demon Tripurasura. What demons (bad habits, blind spots, negativity) are you ready to be eliminated from your life?
As a full moon ritual, try writing down your hopes, prayer or troubles, then burn the paper in a fireplace. Or visualize feeding a sacred fire with any grief, frustration or negative belief that has slowed you down. Watch the flames transform your thoughts into pure energy of truth and light.
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