THE PISCES SEASON OF SURRENDER & RENUNCIATION
“I release negative thinking to give myself the gift of positivity”
The Pisces season encompasses the season of Lent observed by devout Christians all over the world. Lent this year commenced on
17 February 2021 and is defined as a period of forty days that Christians observe from Ash Wednesday to Easter, often marked by fasting, prayer and giving something up or renouncing those habits and issues that block our progress in life.
Lent is the six-week period leading up to Easter and it’s one of the most important times of year for many Christians around the world, particularly those within the Anglican, Catholic and Orthodox traditions, held at a similar level of importance to Advent – the build up to Christmas. While Advent is a celebration and a time of great anticipation, Lent is more frequently seen as a time of solemn observance and preparation for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus at Easter. From its start on Ash Wednesday until its conclusion on Easter Sunday, Lent has been a traditional time for fasting and giving something up or abstinence. Just as we carefully prepare for events in our personal lives, as a wedding, or birthday, Lent invites us to make our minds and hearts ready for remembering Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. The period urges surrender to our higher calling and renunciation of ephemeral values.
The Trimurti of Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver,
and Shiva the Destroyer of the Universe
The Pisces season also celebrates Mahashivaratri – the Great Night of Shiva, celebrated by the Hindus. Shiva is one of the Trimurti or the Trinity of the One Godhead. The word ‘trimurti’ means ‘three forms’. In the Trimurti of Brahma-Vishnu-Shiva, Brahma is the creator, Vishnu is the preserver and Shiva is the destroyer. In Hinduism, these triad of gods are the three highest manifestations of the one ultimate Reality. Christian theology also professes “one God in three divine persons” – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. In mainstream trinitarian Christianity, God the Father is regarded as the first person of the Trinity (Shiva), followed by the second person, God the Son (Jesus Christ/Vishnu), and the third person, God the Holy Spirit (Brahma). Although each of the deities has their own role and their attributes are differentiated, many Hindus believe they are manifestations of a single god with three variants; the “three forms or trinity” is the triple deity of supreme divinity in Hinduism, in which the cosmic functions of creation, maintenance, and destruction are personified as a triad of deities, typically Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer, though individual denominations may vary from that particular line-up.
Supreme Beings of Universe and Existence
The Gods of Creation, Preservation and Destruction
Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Brahma
Mahashivaratri is the festival of Shiva and it starts with an all-day fast when dancers circle a ‘Ring of Fire ‘until starlight, thereafter bathing in a river to prepare for the following New Moon. The Dance of Shiva celebrates one of the two most Balsamic Moons of the year (the Islamic Night of Power is the other). Dancers circle a ‘Ring of Fire’, symbol of Shiva, the Destroyer. It is the time to send creative thought forces and prayers into the womb of the lunar cycle. This Balsamic phase leads to the Spring Rebirth in Aries. Dancing and deep breathing release psychic tension to open the senses to subtler levels of awareness. The Dance of Shiva releases souls from the snare of illusion and the place of the dance is within the heart.
It is believed that Lord Shiva, who is also known as Nataraja performed his cosmic dance Tandav on this day. Thus, MahaShivratri is also celebrated as the birthday of Lord Shiva. This year, MahaShivratri is observed on Thursday, March 11, 2021. The celebration begins on Mar 11, 2021, and ends on Mar 12, 2021. The ‘Great Night of Lord Shiva’ is one of the most important festivals for Hindus. MahaShivratri is observed on the 13th & 14th day of the New Moon phase in the month of ‘Phalguna’ according to the Hindu calendar.
MahaShivratri is one of the largest and most significant among the sacred festival nights of India. It will be the darkest night of the year to celebrate the Grace of Shiva, who is considered the Adi Guru or the First Guru, from whom the yogic tradition originates. This festival is considered also to be the meeting of Shiva and Shakti. It is believed that on MahaShivratri, Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati and according to the Hindu calendar, Shivaratri is marked every luni-solar month. The difference between Shivratri and MahaShivratri is that whilst Shivratri occurs every month, MahaShivratri is the great night of Shiva that occurs only once a year. The term MahaShivratri means the ‘Great Night of Shiva’. It is said that Lord Shiva used to perform the tandava nritya (dance) on the night of MahaShivaratri and this is one of the most sacred festivals in India. Tandava is the divine dance performed by Lord Shiva. It is considered to be the source of the cosmic cycle of creation, preservation and dissolution.
The deep significance underlying this dance form is the personification of Lord Shiva as Nataraja or Nritya Murti. His dance is supposed to represent the five manifestations of eternal energy- Srishti (creation), Sthiti (preservation), Samhara (destruction), Tirobhava (illusion) and Anugraha (emancipation). Followers dance to free themselves from bondage and from illusions and delusions (which includes present day fake news, misinformation, conspiracy theories etc.). MahaShivaratri, the ‘Great Night of Shiva’ takes place in Pisces. Pisces is the sign of Renunciation and the Great Escape from the captivity from delusions, illusions and addictions.
MahaShivratri falls this year on Thursday, March 11
Both Hindu and Christian traditions welcome a new way of thinking and being during this season. They give thanks in this holy season which is a time of deep prayerful contemplation and faith, committing themselves for change in which they solemnly ask which habits or thought patterns are keeping them from being the higher aspect or version of themselves. Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday is a time for quiet, fasting or light meals, spring cleaning and meditation. Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness ‘ministered by angels’, and there faced the world shadow, the ‘devil’. Entering the wilderness of the unconscious, illusions can be dispelled that block the perception of the world of beauty and divinity, our human birthright. Also, for the early Saxons and other sects around the world the two weeks prior to the Vernal Equinox were a time for fasting and sexual abstinence. Shamans like Christians applied ashes to the forehead of each worshipper as preparation for spring. Ash is said to attract vital force upward to open the spiritual third eye center, enabling the seeker to see with clarity.
PRAYER FOR RELEASE
The modern esotericist would pray and meditate considering what to give up or surrender saying: “I release old thoughts and patterns of behaviour and welcome new ways of living. I release negative thinking to give myself the gift of positivity. I make a sacred commitment to the process of allowing a pure expression of my higher Self and Christ nature to shine brightly through me and as me. I affirm divine order in my life. I am grateful for the role of divine order in the perfection of my evolving soul. I say yes to life and love and to new possibilities, knowing that saying yes infuses situations with hopeful energy and a positive expectancy. Saying yes gives me abundant opportunities to shine my light in the world. I make the world a brighter place when I say yes to life. Through my thoughts, words and actions I give shape to life and I impact the world around me in positive ways. I am renewed as I attune myself to the Presence of God within, and my divine light shines brilliantly bringing into manifestation a world of opportunity for all, of fairness, peace and joy for all.’
For more on Transcending our Limitations during this season please go to:http://www.cosmostotalhealth.org/2021/03/08/the-lunations-of-pisces-2021/