Of course I attempted to take pictures of it but my photography skills cannot possibly capture the feeling that the moon awakens in me.
It’s doubtful that anyone’s can for there is a deeper reason for this fascination.
The transition to the 13th moon, where the sliver of a moon which I’d been eyeing dissolves completely is called Maha Shivartri in the Hindu tradition. Some believe that as the moon thins to nothingness the veil that hides your truest self is also dissolved and your fullest essence of being revealed. And it is said that, no matter the religion, that the prayers, mantras, or affirmations made on this night are magnified 10,000 times. That’s a whole lot of potency. Just imagine the potential in that.
In the darkness that comes, we are invited to go within, receive inspiration, and set an intention. What personal aspect to you wish to bring forth?
In some ways, I find this Hindu tradition similar to lent. Perhaps this is because I view the “giving up” idea as more of making room. The fact that, at least this year, they are timed within days of each other also encourages me to view them similarly. As such, I’ve opted to view my giving up as similar to the thinning moon, or veil.
Once again, it is Facebook that I am pushing aside for this historically-challenging time of year. My intention is to use this time to focus on embracing the good that has filled the hole left from my husband’s death. I remember how massive that void once felt. I honestly feared that I’d never be whole again.
I have so much to be thankful for. The blessings that have fallen my way in these past 5 years has been amazing. New friendships, the deepening of long-lasting friendships, unbelievable personal growth, and a strengthening of faith.
Om Namah Shivaya. I am blessed. I am whole. I am loved.
And I wish the same, and more, to you.