Friday 30 September 2016
Tonight is the start of Navaratri a ten day festival to celebrate Shakti and the forms of feminine wisdom and virtue in our lives.
The first three nights (tonight, to Friday) are in honour of Kali, the fierce form of the goddess who destroys impurities and the things that no longer serve us. She gives us strength and motivation and empowers us towards spiritual growth.
For the second part (Saturday to Monday) of the festival the goddess is Lakshmi who is seen as the Mother and is often seen as connected to spiritual wealth. She is often depicted on a fountain of milk holding symbols of wealth and abundance. She can give us clarity.
Tuesday to Thursday nights the goddess is Saraswati who represents wisdom and knowledge. She is generally shown playing a rudra vina a stringed instrument as she is connected to music and the arts. She creates beauty and gives us wisdom.
On the tenth day (Friday 29th) all forms of the goddess are worshipped, sometimes in the form of Durga.
So, find a woman, and the goddess inside yourself (men and women) and honour her. Start with your mother, sisters, lovers. Shakti creates all life; everything we can see comes from Her!