Navaratri means nine nights, from navam, नवम्, nine, and ratri, रात्रि, night, in Sanskrit. This festival is celebrated twice each year, in the Autumn and the Spring. In Spring Navaratri begins when the Moon enters the Nakshatra Ashwini at 0° in Mesha/Aries in the Sidereal Zodiac (Vedic Astrology/Jyotisha). Autumn Navararti begins when the Moon enters the Nakshatra Chitra at 23°20′ in Virgo/Kanya. For my location on the west coast of the US, this transit of the Moon occurs at 7:11 am tomorrow September 25th.
Navaratri is a celebration to honor the Divine Mother/Shakti. The nine nights can be broken down to honor the nine names of the Divine Mother in the form of Durga, but more commonly Navaratri is celebrated by breaking down the nine nights into three nights of devotion to the three emanations of Shakti – Kali/Durga, the fierce goddess of time, death, and destruction; Lakshmi –…
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