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The Nine Nights Of The Goddess – Navarātri

Yoga and tantra provide maps and paths through the maze of complex existence. They aim to transform the body-mind from raw, mundane states of existence to refined, exalted states of experience and realization.

Within many yogic and tantric traditions, certain seasons, months, and times of the day are given special importance.

They are ‘auspicious’ times when cosmic energies are heightened and, as such, support psycho-spiritual practice. These auspicious moments in time assist us in achieving positive results. For example, dawn and dusk are said to be ideal times for yoga and meditation.

The festival of Navarātri or Nine Nights (‘nav’ is nine and ‘rātri’ is nights) is one of the great ceremonies in the lives of Hindus in India. The exact time of this celebration varies according to the lunar calendar. It begins on a dark moon in the Indian autumn (in the month of Ashwin, usually in October) and ends ten days after. In 2018 Navaratri started on the 8th of October (depending on which part of the world and time zone you live in).

This period of The Nine Nights is devoted to invoking The Great Mother Goddess, The Divine Creative Power, or Shakti, the creator and supporter of the universe. She is most closely identified with Durga, an exquisitely beautiful goddess who rides a lion, and who wields in her many hands’ awesome weapons, including the ‘shul’ (pike), ‘chakra’ (wheel), ‘parashu’ (ax), and ‘talvar’ (sword).

Durga is said to be the manifestation of the power of all the goddesses that, long ago, faced a terrible and irresistible demon called Mahishasura.

Mahishāsura is a mythic representation of the human ego in its demonic form

Many yogis do not see Navaratri as a religious process, but rather as a psycho-spiritual one, and a unique opportunity for yogic practice. 

They adopt certain practices and rituals to understand their psychological shadow and to confront their egos.

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The Magic Of Guru Purnima and The Total Lunar Eclipse

July 27th brings the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. It coincides with Guru Purnima; the celebration of the guru.

Seers and mystics favour eclipses for spiritual practice. It’s a time when your efforts will be amplified—seen, heard, and enjoyed by your spiritual mothers and fathers, and thereby rewarded.

Pay homage to your guru if you have one, and to your inner guru, the light and consciousness that reveals your true path.

Pray, meditate, perform mantras, or rituals, or simply practice self-awareness and reflection.

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How To Succeed In 2018 | The Year Of The Earth Dog

Time to consolidate everything you’ve achieved.
Become strategic and determined in meeting your needs.
Your deeper need is the theme of the year.
Idle indulgence will only bring tears.

Be resourceful and frugal, yet caring and kind. 
Be purposeful in how you spend your time.
Knuckle down and focus, take your life seriously.
Foster high values such as trust and loyalty.

Learn what it means to be a great friend.
Infuse your connections with joy and enthusiasm.
Count every small blessing that comes your way.
All that you take for granted won’t remain.

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How to Thrive in The Year Of The Fire Rooster

The Year Of Passion, Compassion And Confidence

The Fire Rooster Lunar Year kicks off January 28th, 2017. Fire Rooster favors passion, compassion, calmness and confidence.

The year is dominated by the fire and metal elements in Chinese astrology. Excessive fire hurts the heart and liver and causes stress, excitement and anger. Excessive metal damages the lungs bringing feelings of anxiety and difficulty in letting go of grief.

Here’s a little poetic advice to help you handle the fire and metal energies so that you thrive, fly and keep safe all year long…

Time to be determined, brave, and true,
to channel your desires into one heartfelt pursuit.
That cherished something you’ve always wanted to do,
revamp, redesign and make it totally brand new.

It’s high time to let go of anger and rage.
Let the winds of change set you free from your cage.
Drink more water, workout until you sweat.
Replenish, rejuvenate, and get profound rest.

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How to Prosper and Succeed in the Year of the Fire Monkey

2016 Year Of The Fire Monkey

The year of the Fire Monkey starts February 8, 2016. Fire Monkey rewards those who are agile, inventive, quick-witted, sociable, creative and community conscious. Here’s how you can prosper, succeed, and make the most of the natural Fire Monkey energies of 2016.

Think like a clever trickster more than a serious martyr

Work a little smarter, not a lot harder.

Resist the auto-response, “I’m so busy” when someone asks how you are. The subtext; “I’m so boring” is a conversation killer.

Tell others about your fun and freedoms even if they’re minuscule. They’re inspiring and inviting.

Bend your brain

If you’re over 40 and haven’t studied something new and challenging in the last decade your brain has seriously decayed.

Something new and challenging means more than reading a new book.

Be like a child again, trying to grasp an alien concept for the first time. Every time your brain strains, you’ll grow ten brain cells.

Find your folk

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