As the celestial fire of Kṛttikā, known as the Pleiades, dances in the night sky, it offers us an opportunity to tap into its potent energy, empowering us for our personal and collective development.

The arrival of the exalted new moon in Kṛttikā कृत्तिका (sidereal Taurus) on Friday morning, signals a time of initiation and renewal. Just as fire has the power to burn away the old and make space for the new, this lunar mansion invites us to shed our limitations and embrace the fiery essence within us.

In Vedic astrology, Kṛttikā is associated with Lord Murugan, the God of War, who wields a spear and rides a peacock, symbolizing courage, strength, and transformation. It is said that when we align ourselves with the energy of Kṛttikā, we awaken our inner warrior and tap into our hidden potential.

The Star of Fire serves as a reminder that growth often requires us to break through barriers and step out of our comfort zones. It urges us to embrace change, challenge our limiting beliefs, and embark on a journey of self-discovery. The blade symbolizes the cutting away of what no longer serves us, making space for new beginnings and expansion.

Photo courtesy of Chaya Collective: featured Krttika, represented by Lord Murugan, the God of War who holds a spear and rides a peacock.

As we bask in the radiance of the exalted new moon in Kṛttikā, we can harness its transformative energy to fuel our ambitions, ignite our passions, and unlock the doors to growth. It is a time to set powerful intentions, visualize our desired outcomes, and take bold steps towards realizing our dreams.

In this article, we will delve deeper into the celestial significance of Kṛttikā and explore practical ways to tap into its fiery energy. By understanding the essence of this lunar mansion and aligning ourselves with the energies it awakens, we can unlock our full potential and embark on a journey of growth, empowerment, and self-realization.

The Illuminating Eclipse Season

The recent eclipse season shed light on hidden aspects of our lives, and Kṛttikā awakens the precision required to pierce deeper into any lingering burdens we carry and the power to ignite their transformative release. As Mercury stations direct, it is wise to gather more information over the coming weeks until we move beyond the lingering effects of Mercury’s shadow period.

The Flame of Transformation

Kṛttikā embodies the ability to purify and incinerate the old self, paving the way for the emergence of the new. This profound transformation is facilitated by Agni, the god of fire, who governs over this celestial constellation. Many of us may be experiencing pressure and discomfort in some area of our lives, serving as catalysts for necessary shifts and personal growth.

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The Dual Nature of Fire

In the realm of transformation, the very flames that ignite and consume have the power to convert experience into wisdom and nourishment into vital energy.

Symbolizing the essence of this nakṣatra, the Goat gracefully gathers, consumes, and stores, only to later resurface and digest all that it has taken in. As we embark on this new cycle, the horizon beckons the imminent arrival of illumination, urging us to confront profound truths that lie within ourselves and along our paths.

Embracing the Fires of Purification

Purification, although not always easy or comfortable, is the inherent energy that provokes growth and transformation. We often remain oblivious to our shadows until we begin to amplify our inner light.

By increasing our inner radiance, our shadows loosen and begin to dissolve. Though this process may appear to be challenging, it is essential to recognize that any symptoms or discomfort we experience, signify that purification has already taken place.

Tending to the Inner Fire

Nurturing our inner fire requires the infusion of kindness, consistency, and steadfastness within the container of our practices. By tending to our agni and keeping it strong, we not only have the capacity to digest the food we consume but also transmute our sensory experiences into embodied wisdom.

Engaging in mindful practice allows us to stabilize our self-experience, paving the way for a deeper understanding of the self that emerges from within, flows through us, and is embraced by the self.

To harness the full potential of the potent energies associated with Kṛttikā, this particular cycle presents a favorable environment for optimizing and expanding your yoga or martial arts practices.

Moreover, it offers a perfect opportunity to declutter and release any remnants of the past, creating ample space for a fresh start and embracing a clean slate.

Śani Jayantī: Honoring the Great Timekeeper

The day preceding this new moon holds a special significance in the Vedic calendar (Śani Jayantī), as it commemorates the birth of Lord Saturn. Saturn, often referred to as the great task-master, giver of longevity, and the embodiment of justice, is the brother of Yama Dev (lord of death) and was conceived from the radiant light of the Sun and his shadowy consort, Chhaya Devi. 

His presence in our lives can manifest as a force that slows us down, humbles us, and may seemingly bring an unceasing succession of challenges and sorrows.

Despite the difficulty inherent in Saturn’s teachings, embracing his influence can also bestow upon us maturity, spiritual resilience, and the ability to reign over vast domains when we manage to appease him.

Śani may manifest as delays along our path; however, he never denies. When he gives, he bestows everything abundantly.

If you’re currently running a cycle (daśā or sub daśā) of Saturn, sāḍēsātī (seven 1/2 year transit) or are experiencing the influence of Saturn holding back your progress in life, you would experience immense benefit in observing a fast on this day (5/18 9:14 a.m.-5/19 9:54 a.m. PDT).

By honoring a fast on the day preceding this transformative new moon, it is believed that you can invite Saturn’s blessings and positive effects into your life.

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Confronting Vulnerability for Transformation

Consider embracing vulnerability and delving deeper within yourself. It is through this process that truth emerges, shedding light on our journeys while simultaneously severing ties with anything hindering our progress.

The power of Kṛttikā during this spring season calls us to embark on a journey of purification and personal transformation. As Bob Marley wisely noted, “None but ourselves can free our minds.”

To explore the deeper implications of this cosmic alignment on a personal level, I invite you to book a private consultation at Vedic Astrology. May you journey onward, evermore connected to all of your relations and your true self.