Here’s wishing you all a Happy Maha-Shivratri (The Great Night of Lord Shiva).
Maha-Shivratri is celebrated on Krishna Paksha (Waning Moon) Chaturdashi (14th tithi) in the month of Maagha (according to Amanta reckoning) or Phalguna (Purnimanta reckoning). Two different naming conventions for months, however it is celebrated on the same day irrespective of the calendar followed.
There are many legends associated with Maha-Shivratri. Let us look at one of them in relation to Astrology.
Wedding of Lord Shiva and Parvati (Mother Goddess/Shakti)
According to one legend wedding of Shiva and Shakti was solemnised on this auspicious day. Lord Shiva is the Primordial Male and Goddess Shakti is the Primordial Female. If one were to look at planets symbolising similar energies in Astrology, then off the top of the head one can think of the Sun and the Moon. The day after Shivratri is Amavasya ( Conjunction of Sun and Moon) . This conjunction can be likened to the Union of Universal Masculine Principle and the Universal Feminine Principle.
Why specifically the month of Maagha or Phalguna ?
Richard Julian makes it easier for me to explain
“Hush now baby, don’t you pout Spring is just around the corner You may be down but you’re not out Spring is just around the bend”
“Well, all the lake is frozen and the well is empty We’re staring into the abyss There’s that old turner phrase That my grandmother lent me Goes something like this The darkest part of the night Always comes before the light”
Just some thoughts.
May Shiva and Shakti bless us all