With the regal influence of Leo, today’s super full moon eclipse is especially potent and has the potential to create major ripples in our lives. This eclipse invites us to use our resources and influence to manifest major change. This is the time to find our inner courage and to speak up in support of issues of social justice, in particular to support women in their struggle for respect and equality in the workplace and in society in general.
The symbolism of Durga is similar to that of Leo and the Strength card in tarot. She is depicted as a regal queen riding on a lion. Durga’s mission is to protect the community from the negative forces of prejudice, hatred, greed, selfishness and anger. She is that aspect of our nature which is compelled to act out fearlessly and to make a positive difference in the world. No challenge is too big for this magnificent goddess as she rides her lion into battle to eliminate the demons of self-doubt.
In yoga we evoke the powerful energy of Durga to remind us of our own inner strength. During asana practice this helps us to dig deep and find our inner courage as we flow through challenging poses. This leaves us feeling fearless and boosts our confidence.
Another powerful way to invoke the power of Durga is to chant the mantra “Om Dum Durgayei Namaha” which translates as “Salutations to the feminine energy that protects from all negative influences”. Chanting this mantra helps us to overcome fear and transform the limiting destructive forces in our lives, chanting with this intent helps us to stimulate and awaken the energy of change.
Durga represents the Cosmic Mother and the remover of obstacles. She teaches us to believe in ourselves, to live in our truth and to respect ourselves.
Durga’s key teachings are to never doubt our own power, to stand firmly in our truth, and to call forth our fearless heart.