The new moon of March 17, 2018 teeters on the threshold of endings and new beginnings. This is a time to turn within, centre, and step beyond doubt and fear to a higher level of wisdom and self-awareness.
Falling close to the Equinox on March 20 this new moon is also celebrated as the Vedic New Year which means this new moon ushers in rebirth and initiation and is an auspicious time to begin new endeavors.
The Vedic New Year begins with Chaitra Navaratri – 9 nights of offering prayers to Goddess Durga – who is seated on a lion, a symbol of power and victory.
Use this auspicious new moon and the Vedic New Year to take stock on who you are and what you would like to become in the future. Try to hear and acknowledge the doubts and fears within yourself and those around you, then offer what is no longer needed onto the fire of Purva Bhadrapada.
Om Dum Durgayai Namaha
Mantra is a bridge between the unseen and the seen world. Sounds can so easily move between different dimensions of manifestation. We can ride on the sound into a more expanded and resourceful sense of self.
- Om is the primordial sound that starts and sparks everything into motion.
- Dum is the bija mantra, the “seed” mantra of Durga. It is her Shakti—her quality—condensed into sound.
- Durgayai means “victory to Durga”, victory to that Durga Shakti, that place of integrity, leadership and clarity of vision within us. Victory to that place of love in our hearts, and to the willingness to take a stand and not compromise that which we are here to lead.
- Yai means victory to That.
- Namaha means “I offer it to you, I give it to you and so it is”.
Watch this inspirational video from the beautiful Chameli Ardagh, and read the instructions below it before sitting and chanting this powerful mantra.
Light a candle to symbolically release all you no longer need into and light your incense. Set the stage to release all you no longer need to move into the new year open t all that is available to you.