Honoring Ancestors when Moon transits Magha Nakshatra

Ancestral worship is an integral part of many cultures in the east. We inherit not just our physical characteristics and behavioral traits from our ancestors, but our consciousness as well.

We are forever indebted to our ancestors. We owe our very own life to them. Our unique life experiences including fortune and misfortune somehow connect deeply with that of our ancestors.

According to various schools of Indian philosophy, every action, intent or preparation by an individual leaves a samskara (impression, impact, imprint) in the deeper structure of the person’s mind. These impressions then await volitional fruition in that individual’s future, in the form of hidden expectations, circumstances or a subconscious sense of self-worth. These Samskaras manifest as tendencies, karmic impulses, subliminal impressions, habitual potencies or innate dispositions. In ancient Indian texts, the theory of Samskara explains how and why human beings remember things, and the effect that memories have on people’s suffering, happiness and contentment. You will be surprised to know that we even inherit our samskaras from our ancestors. Positive Samskaras brings positive effects and negative samskaras bring negative effects.  Have you ever wondered why someone who is so undeserving is blessed with power and prosperity while someone else who is extremely sincere, devoted and deserving is going through suffering! The answer lies hidden in Samskaras inherited from our ancestral lineage. 

It is said that the placement of Jupiter in a person’s chart can say a lot about the karma inherited from our ancestors because our life philosophy (represented by Jupiter) is something we inherit from our ancestral lineage. 

Magha Nakshatra has a special connection with the ancestor lineage, as the ruling deities of Magha Nakshatra are The Pitrs (ancestors or forefathers).

So today as Moon transits Magha Nakshatra during Pitru Paksha it is extremely auspicious and important to remember and honor our ancestors and express our gratitude to them. The spiritual practices that you do help your ancestors to find mukti or liberation and in return they send you blessings in abundance.

You can chant this simple mantra – “Om Gham” 108 times today. A simple practical remedy for Magha Nakshatra is to draw/trace your family tree. You may also worship Nritya Ganapathi who is the 15th of the 32 forms of Lord Ganesha and is related to the Magha Nakshatra. It is interesting to note that Lord Ganesha is the deity of Ketu and Ketu is the planet that rules Magha Nakshatra. 

You can learn more about Pitru Paksha here

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