Last month I was lucky enough to spend some time at an ashram in rural India (the Sri Narayani Peedam). It was something like my 10th visit there – and every time it seems to get more and more amazing!

It’s popular with westerners, but actually it’s a working Hindu temple. There are three Goddesses represented there; Lakshmi, the Goddess of love and abundance, Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge and wisdom, and Durga, the Goddess with the power to destroy ignorance and evil.

Durga – the warrior Goddess usually depicted riding a tiger – is the deity devotees turn to at the time of the monthly New Moon. This is because the New Moon is the time to start all over again, to launch new projects and forge new aims and ambitions. All that takes courage and strength – and that’s exactly what Durga is said to offer.
So this week, as the New Moon takes place, light a candle and talk to Durga. Ask for the courage and strength to pursue your dreams.

If you would rather pray to another form of the Divine, that is totally fine too, of course!

The main idea is to take time to connect with the heavens, whether you do it by traditional means, via talking to Jesus, Goddesses, angels or by chanting.

If you would like to chant, try the Sanskrit mantra “Om Namo Narayani” which means “I surrender to the Divine!” or more specifically “I surrender to the Divine Mother!”
If you would prefer to work with the angelic realm, the Archangel to speak to is one of the most famous of them all, Gabriel. Simply light a candle and ask Gabriel for help with whatever you hope to achieve in the coming four weeks.

The main thing is to connect with the Divine.

The New Moon takes place next Saturday at 12.30pm. Make a wish!