Moon Diary Thursday 5.7.15

Thursday is associated with the planet Jupiter, representing higher teachings – what we are here to learn – and the expansion of wisdom and experience in our lives. Jupiter is a sattvic and benefic planet, and is said to be a significator of luck and fortune.

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 Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter, and in the Nakshatra of Mula, ruled by Ketu. The deity of Mula is Kali, and the lesson is to uproot darkness and plant the seeds of dharma and truth.

The Moon and Venus (in Germini) are also in mutual aspect –two benefic planets in houses ruled by benefic planets – auspicious placement conducive to happiness and contentment.

So today is about Jupiter, first and foremost, along with Ganesh, Ketu, and Kali.

Jupiter is benefic and hopeful; Ganesh is benefic and removes obstacles; Ketu is considered malefic for worldly existence and auspicious for one on the bhakti path; and Kali is seen to be cruel with the motivation to purify.

Today can be filled with hope and much reason to be happy, cheerful, and productive. Jupiter is in play in a big way, both ruling the day and the Moon in Saggitarius. Good day for praying, chanting to Ganesh, and being generous. A good day to buy lunch for a friend or family member – or give money to the poor, or to a relief fund for Nepal – or generally just to think positive in thought, word, and deed.

Also a good day for clearing your desk, cleaning out the basement, reducing clutter in your living room, clearing your mind of any negativity and limiting thoughts. (Ganesh).

Traditionally not an auspicious day for sacred ceremonies.