Navaratri - 9 nights celebration of the Mother Goddess
Today marks the beginning of Navaratri, celebration & festival of nine nights dedicated to the the Mother Goddess. It is dedicated to the three aspects of Divine Shakti, the feminine form of the Divine, celebrating them and asking for their blessings in the form of their essential qualities. The first three days of Navratri are dedicated to the Warrior Goddess Durga, next three days are dedicated to the Goddess of Beauty, Wealth and Prosperity Lakshmi, and the last three days are dedicated to the Goddess Saraswati - Goddess Of Knowledge and Creativity.
This is an excellent & auspicious time for meditation, for turning to clean, pure diet or fasting, meditation practice and unclutering and beautifiying your home to prepare for the fall/winter season.
"She is so bright and glorious that you cannot look at her face or her garments for the splendor with which she shines. For she is terrible with the terror of the avenging lightning, and gentle with the goodness of the bright sun; and both her terror and her gentleness are incomprehensible to humans....But she is with everyone and in everyone, and so beautiful is her secret that no person can know the sweetness with which she sustains people, and spares them in inscrutable mercy." Hildegard of Bingen