The New Moon of March 10 will closely follow the sacred night of Night of Lord Shiva–Shivaratri, which falls on March 8, 2024. Profound shifts in karmic patterns are possible now, especially with focused attention, and it’s said that prayers are amplified a thousandfold on this night.

According to Vedic astrology, this new moon is in the area of the sky called Purva Bhadrapada, a star that symbolizes the fire of a cremation pyre that burns at the end of life.

Among these stars dwells an ancient fire dragon, a naga (kundalini snake) that breathes fire through body, heart, and mind, and sets the spirit free to depart from this earth.

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Purva Bhadrapada new moon demands that you connect to what is of true value in your life, and how you could become a more authentic version of yourself. This stoking of the inner fire and burning away of untruth is called tapasya.

On the evening of Shivaratri, devotees perform tapasya in night-long vigils which include fasting, singing, and the recitation of sacred mantras to Lord Shiva, the destroyer of fear and attachment.  Lord Shiva is often depicted in a wild dance of creation and destruction, but also as the consummate yogi seated in meditation, high in the Himalayan Mountains.

When Lord shiva comes down from Mt. Kailash, it’s said he visits the cremation grounds, where he anoints himself with the ashes of the dead. Lord Shiva is the bringer of profound peace, liberation, and spiritual wisdom, and he gives refuge to all who seek it, without judgment. Even ghosts that haunt the graveyards and regrets that plague the mind can be transformed on this sacred night into pure light of consciousness.

The austere and introspective influence of this new moon is intensified by an alignment of the strict and serious planet Saturn. Perhaps you’ve felt the weighty influence of Saturn’s combustion in the last weeks as exhaustion, tough obstacles, or stress.  While it is hard work, Saturn’s alignment on this sacred night allows for important steps in long-term spiritual growth.  Practices like yoga or meditation are especially powerful.

A faint and thin crescent moon, called the Shiva Moon, can sometimes be spotted in the early morning sky at this time.  This is the waning moon that Lord Shiva wears in his knotted hair and is symbolic of the refuge that he gives to the mind.

Lord Shiva is also depicted with the river goddess Ganga in his hair. He holds this raging and destructive river (as well as the balance of all nature) under his tempering control.  The water that flows over him and through his hair is gentle, nourishing, and life-giving.

By saying the mantra, “Om Namaha Shivaya,” on this night, negativity is dissolved, and inner peace and clarity takes its place.

How these planetary transits affect you personally depends on your birth chart.  Book a Vedic Astrology reading to learn more.