It's the Libra New Moon at 24 Degrees, and The Festival of Navaratri (aka Navratri)!
Nava = 9
Ratri = Nights
This is the way I learned it:
The First 3 Nights belong to Kali
The Second 3 Nights belong to Lakshmi
The Last 3 Nights belong to Saraswati
The 10th and Last Day belongs to the Victory of Creatrix Lalita: Liberation and Enlightenment!
Kali governs letting go; composting; becoming one with the Universe and cutting the head off your ego! (She's always standing on the corpse of your temporary nature).
You can keep it; but never let it take the Driver's Seat! Kali is like Pluto.
Lakshmi is Riches. Blessed with and bestowing Divine Love, Beauty, Generosity, Radiance; and Physical, Spiritual, Emotional Abundance. She's like Venus.
Saraswati is the Artist; she's Mercurial, writes, sings, crafts, creates, teaches, has many skills, and shares her wisdom with the world.
Lalita is The Triple Goddess; whom you may be familiar with from my work, aka The Moirae.
She is braided in every lineage.
All Goddesses are ultimately Manifestations of the One Creatrix - no matter what you call her.
She is like The Giant Mirrorball in the Sky, in the Disco of Life! Each glint, each mirror, is one of her Goddesses, one of her creations: you.
Long ago, one of my Goddess-Friends gifted this to me; today, I gift it to you!
Now, in Sanatan Dharma, there are always numerous discrepancies; most Hindus pronounce "W" as a "V" or "V" as "W" - so you may see words written as "Sarasvati, or Saraswati", or even "Laxmi" or "Lakshmi".
One planet may rule a certain day of the festival - or a different day altogether!
I looked at four different Navratri Articles, and not *one* of them had the same planetary order of Days. haha
Since there are 9 Nights, and 9 Planets, it makes sense to me, that they would Radiate out from the Order of the Sun...
However, if we are symbolically moving from Ignorance to Victorious Illumination - perhaps we begin in the darkness, and emerge in the Light.
Lalita Loves it when you play; so play and celebrate however feels right for you!
IF... Emerging from Darkness to Light, from Ignorance to Illumination, it might go in this order:
★ 1: Dark/New Moon: Moon
★ 2: Saturn
★ 3: Jupiter
★ 4: Mars
★ 5: Venus
★ 6: Mercury
★ 7: Ketu - South Node
★ 8: Rahu - North Node
★ 9: SUN
I might meditate on this some more... maybe the South Node Follows the Moon... maybe there's an order somewhere that can explain things to me in a way that makes sense.
Anyway, all of these discrepancies indicate that it's what is between the lines, and what's behind the words, that is truly important: concepts.
To many Goddess Worshippers, this Festival is aka The Festival of Durga!
Kali, Laxmi, and Saraswati are all manifestations of Her.
I am also not sure, if some lineages are more esoteric, while others are more mainstream...
None-the-less, this is how I learned it, and so this is how I celebrate ~ you are welcome to celebrate along with me, and to also bring your own gnosis!
THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED THROUGHOUT NAVARATRI!
★ New Moon Meditation Degree ★
Wishing Death to Your Ego, and Victory to your Soul!
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