Monday is associated with the Moon.

Moon, also known as Chandra, is about connection, unconditional love, and mother energy. Moon rules over the water element, and by extension, is also ruler of plants and the vegetable kingdom.

The Moon is an auspicious Sattvic planet – it is considered benefic and represents the energy that creates and preserves.

Today is a Rikta day – Rikta meaning stressed.

Today is the 19th lunar day, Krishna Chaturthi, the 4th day of the waning Moon, and the deity is Ganesh.

Ganesh – the elephant-headed deity – is the first son of Shiva and Parvati. Hindus pray to Ganesh before starting any new task. Among all the Hindu Deities, Ganesh is the closest to the material plane of consciousness, most easily contacted, and most able to assist us in our day-to-day life and concerns. Ganesh is the Lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. He is also worshiped as the god of education, knowledge, wisdom and wealth.

The Moon is in the sign of Libra, ruled by Venus, and in the Nakshatra of Swati, ruled by Rahu. The deity of Swati is Hanuman, the monkey god. The key lesson of Swati is to focus and channel the nature of the mind towards something that is uplifting and powerful rather than just having the mind running all over the place, as in “monkey mind.”

So the Moon is feeling the energies of Hanuman, Ganesh, and Venus – this is a good day for beginnings, to start over, to clear out the old schedule and bring in the new.

Bring order to your life by throwing out old clutter – newspapers, magazines, paperwork, old bills and bank statements – just recycle the magazines, and shred the bills and recycle the paper. Also the Moon is about the mind – so clear out old attitudes, thought patterns, prejudices, judgments – just let all of it go – open the space inside for Grace to flow in – the energy will be much clearer and your aura will shine all the brighter.

Traditionally not an auspicious day for sacred ceremonies (Moon is in waning cycle).