I have been recently delving into jyotish vidya, the divine science of light, also known as Vedic astrology. Originating thousands of years ago, sages first described astronomy and astrology in the Hindu text Vedanga Jyotisha. This system is so rich in mythology and meaning as exemplified in the story of Chandra, the moon god. Chandra had married all 27 daughters of King Daksha, each of whom was named a Nakshatra (constellation aka lunar mansion). However, Chandra loved to spend time with only one, his beloved queen Rohini. The other wives complained to their father, King Daksha, who repeatedly brought this up to Chandra, unwilling to change his behavior. King Daksha got angry and cursed Chandra, causing him to diminish (wane) in size. The Devas (gods) intervened and requested King Daksha to withdraw the curse, who did upon reassurance that Chandra would visit all his wives. Since the curse could not be completely revoked, King Daksha allowed Chandra to regain his strength for half a month (wax) while transitioning all 27 nakshatras (wives) in the month thereby completing the zodiac orbit.

The 27 nakshatras complete the entire circle of 360 degrees of the zodiac as each constellation is 13 degrees and 20 minutes when measured from the fixed initial point. Each nakshatra is divided in padas of 3 degrees and 20 minutes. The 27 nakshatra, each with 4 padas, give 108, which is the number of beads in a mala. Malas are used in meditative practice where each bead is used to count the repetition of a mantra. I am now offering malas on my website each lovingly handcrafted by me. The silver white luster of the moonstones in the Lunar Love Mala is said to balance yin and yang and promote greater flexibility and flow with life.  As the moon waxes and wanes through the month, moonstone is a wonderful crystal to remind us that we too are always full, choosing what we illuminate to the world. Shine brightly yogis, Namaste.

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