Ostara/ Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse / Hanuman Jayanti : Red Shift!

How to restore equilibrium between a  Solar and Lunar Eclipse

We are navigating through two eclipses in a row, from the 20 March 2015 Spring Equinox / New Moon – Full Solar Eclipse  to the 5th April Easter/ Passover  and Hanuman Jayanti 4th April ( Birthday of Hanuman – the monkey god)  / Full Moon Lunar Eclipse! This also corresponds to an important transition from Winter to Spring. Eclipses are events of  cosmic/planetary alignment when the power of the emotional mind ( represented by the Moon ) is amplified , hence we can be affected by becoming highly sensitive and confused.  How to stay grounded in times of great activation ? By simply remaining anchored in the power of our true nature, that is essentially Prana / the inherent intelligence of all living being.

Hanuman JAyanti/ Blood Moon Lunar Eclispe/ Easter
Hanuman JAyanti/ Blood Moon Lunar Eclispe/ Easter

I have found the answer to this question by reflecting on the beautiful myth of how Hanuman ( little Anjaneya) got his name. This story is told in the epic Ramayana. Continue reading “Ostara/ Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse / Hanuman Jayanti : Red Shift!”

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Spring Full Moon – Holi Yogic Salad!

Happy Full Moon – Holi, the festival of colour, love and merriness that is celebrated at the end of the winter season on the last full moon ( Purnima) day of the lunar month Phalgun, which usually falls in March, sometimes in late February. The festival honours the arrival of spring  in the form of a carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water.

Holi - Spring Festival Of Colours
Holi – Spring Festival Of Colours

Spring is symbolic of growth and renewal and nature begins to bloom and blossom in a multitude of colours.

The spring season, during which the weather changes, is also the time where we get rid of the toxicity and lethargy accumulated in Winter, often through fevers and colds. During the Festival of Holi the playful throwing of natural coloured powders has a medicinal significance: the colours are traditionally made of medicinal herbs prescribed by Āyurvedic doctors like Neem, Kumkum ( made of Saffron or Turmeric) , Haldi ( Turmeric ) and Bilva.  Continue reading “Spring Full Moon – Holi Yogic Salad!”

Ekadasi: Auspicious time for fasting and other Vedic and Ayurvedic practices for Spring Time.

Happy Ekadasi. Twice a month in the Vedic Lunar Calendar ( and 24 times in the cycle of a solar year) is EKADASiEkadasi falls twice in a Lunation ( Lunar month , is calculated as a cycle of 30 days) and it is the perfect time of the month to embrace fasting. Normally a cycle of fasting would last for four consecutive days from Ekadasi to the day before  Full Moon or to the day of New Moon. Fasting is not recommended if you are pregnant, on your moon or you are ill. Ekadasi is an auspicious day for fasting and this is the right time of the year for cleansing to be aligned with the flow of Spring. Ekadasi means ( eka= 1 and Dasi = 10 1+10 = 11 ) the 11th day of the Calendar Month, before FULL or  to NEW MOON .

Vasanta Navaratri
Vasanta Navaratri

Fasting, in the tradition, is a sacred observance that is practiced to reclaim your state of inner balance with the cycles of Nature. It is a powerful inner medicine way of healing all diseases and rekindle Agni, your digestive power. Fasting also lightens the body, relieves toxins , cleanses and nourishes all your tissues and cells and strengthened your innate intelligence. Continue reading “Ekadasi: Auspicious time for fasting and other Vedic and Ayurvedic practices for Spring Time.”

Happy Beltane/ May Day/ Primo Maggio

Beltane is one of the four great Fire Festivals ( in the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). In the ancient Celtic calendar, Beltane is celebrated to ushering in the light half of the year, a time of fertility and abundance. In the standard calendar, Beltane is May 1. Astronomically, Beltane is May 5. Celebrations include bonfires lit to honor the solar god Belos, rites of cleansing and purification for prosperity. Also going out in the woods ( in the olden times!) to collect flowers, symbol of the richness of Spring!

Beltaine maypole

Here i include an image of the Maypole. During this festival boys and girls would dance in opposite directions holding the end of a coloured ribbon of the Maypole ( symbol of fertility) so weaving a multicoloured tapestry around the pole. Hope you will dance with your loved one(s!) and offer them flowers to honour this day of renewed abundance in Love!

Beltane used  to mark the beginning of summer and was when cattle were driven out to the summer pastures. Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth. Special bonfires were kindled, and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers. The people and their cattle would walk around the bonfire, or between two bonfires, and sometimes leap over flames or embers. All household fires would be doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire. Doors, windows, byres and the cattle themselves would be decorated with yellow May flowers, perhaps because they evoked fire. In parts of Ireland, people would make a May Bush; a thorn bush decorated with flowers, ribbons and bright shells.