Navaratri : 9 days and nights dedicated to Shakti!
Navaratri is one of my favorite festivals to celebrate. These nine days are a time to seek blessings, begin austerities , selfless service , and connect with your own divinity and divine feminine. Depending on the individual you may fast taking only fruit and juices, or clean up your diet in general. This is a good time to transition to a vegetarian diet. I typically for the past 4 years have done fruit and a light meal after sunset which excludes all animal products, onions, garlic, and wheat.
The first three days Durga is worshipped
Durga is the fierce one creating boundaries and eliminating negative forces. You might do some Durga mantra and let go of things no longer needed or in the way. Clearing space and ending or creating boundaries in relationships. Remember ultimately you are responsible for your own experiences if you feel like you are being taking advantage of or feeling negative. You have the choice of how and who you spend your time with. Remember to treat others as you would like to be treated.
The next three are dedicated to Lakshmi
Lakshmi is the goddess of abundance and prosperity. These three days you can meditate and use Lakshmi mantra for prosperity in the material and spiritual. Abundance of health and finances. Also having gratitude and the ability to see the abundance in which you already have. Remember you have to give in order to receive and it is best to give with out any expectations.
The last three days are dedicated to Saraswati :
Saraswati is the goddess of wisdom and learning. You may place your instruments or tools of work seeking blessings for inspiration,creativity,wisdom,and talent. Meditate on your goals and needs. You may use the Sarsawati mantra for exams and tests even. School children often use the mantra or image of Sarsawati. Remember the only thing that is truly ours and permanent is spiritual knowledge everything else comes to pass.
I celebrate and give thanks for all the Divine Ma’s in my life and all their forms.