How to Manifest With Lunar Tithis
Note: In 2013, Lalitha Donatella Riback wrote this article with the original title “Tithis and Why They Are Crucial for Your Happiness,” and it was first published as a guest post by the American Academy of Vedic Art and Science of Sam Geppi.
Have you ever wondered why for some people actions or prayers immediately reap good fortune and success, while for others positive results come at a slower pace? According to Vedic astrology, the answers can be found in time & karma.
The Sun, the Moon and the planets create time on Earth. According to Vedic lore, the foremost reason for the inequality we see in the lives of human beings is taking action at the wrong time. For example, think of an individual who was born when the planets—the source of our consciousness—promised struggles in finances, or difficult relationships. Or you can think of people who were born during auspicious planetary alignments that supported good luck, wealth and love.
So time is connected with the planets, stars and other celestial bodies that bring you thoughts of sorrow or happiness.
According to the ancient intuitive Indian seers, the Rishis, time is everything. An action started during an auspicious time window will most likely bring you desired results, even if you were born in a difficult planetary period.
Conversely, starting the exact same action during difficult astrological conditions will most likely bring failure, even when this individual was born during auspicious times.
So following the wisdom of the Vedic seers, astronomers and astrologers by using astrologically positive periods can help us manifest the success, happiness and joy we seek.
“Millionaires don’t use Astrology, billionaires do.”
–J. P. Morgan
American billionaire financier
Karma is made of habitual thoughts, and staying with this particular mindset can sometimes result in delays in career, relationship and finances. So our wealth, health and relationships depend on our mindset.
Vedic astrology is the science of light or Jyotisha, which shows how your thinking process originated in your past lives that resulted in karmic imprints.
In fact, our mindset creates the events we experience in life, and how we act or react in each situation.
For example — if an individual’s karmic imprints support material comforts, than he or she will intuitively make the right decisions at the right time.
So karma and time are interrelated.
Again, time is very important as right action initiated at the right time can deliver positive experiences, success and happiness.
Among the innumerable tools and techniques for studying and understanding time,
Vedic astrology offers the study of Tithis – or Moon days — and their influence on human consciousness.
All lunar phases have been divided according to the actual position of the Moon in relation to the Sun and the Earth. This cycle repeats once a month for 29.5 days.
How Tithis Influence Your Life
Vedic Astrology includes the study of constellations and planetary movements. These movements are believed to influence every aspect of people’s lives on Earth, based on the principle of interconnectedness of everything in the universe.
So the radiations from celestial bodies can have a ripple effect on your body-mind and life. And the study of Tithis or lunar phases constitutes an important part of Vedic astrology, and every phase is called a lunar day.
Tithis include 15 waxing lunar phases (or Shukla Paksha), and 15 waning lunar phases (or Krishna Paksha).
The Moon plays a dominant role in our moods, emotions and perceptions. Our minds tend to be more lively and positive during the brighter, waxing cycle. And beginning new projects is recommended at this time.
But when the moonlight gradually diminishes during its waning cycle, our minds become more introverted and we tend to indulge in self-analysis, meditation and contemplation.
The waning cycle is a favorable time for self-analysis and eliminating all that no longer benefits our lives.
Most Auspicious and Least Auspicious
In the Indian evolutionary systems of yoga and Jyotisha, there’s no separation between our spiritual lives and material happiness. In other words, you can work on becoming enlightened, help humanity and drive a luxury car all at the same time. “God is not poor,” says my spiritual teacher Dr. Pillai, Tamil Siddha yogi and phenomenologist of religion.
Through yoga and studying the stars, you can find union of body, mind and soul, end suffering, acquire wealth, loving relationships, and evolve to a state of union with the Divine, which you can experience as bliss and supernormal powers.
So as we’ve seen, one of the best ways for understanding the effects of the Moon on the mind, is studying the nature of the Moon phases.
Usually the 10th and 11th Moon phases are considered highly auspicious for both your material and spiritual gains. But the 8th and the 9th Moon phases can create hurdles and sometimes failure.
Of the 30 Tithis:
- 15 Tithis belong to the waxing cycle of the Moon of Shukla Paksha or brighter phase that begins at Amavasya, the New Moon or No-Moon Day, and ends with Purnima (or Full Moon)
15 Tithis are part of the waning cycle of the Moon of Krishna Paksha or darker phase that begins at the end of the Full Moon or Purnima, and ends with the New Moon or Amavasya
Although Tithis are based on the interaction between the Sun and the Moon, lunar phases radiate different energies, frequencies and vibrations. As such, they influence our body-mind, decisions, and experiences.
Each Tithi has a specific name, and is connected to a ruling planet and a divine archetype. Based on these associations, Tithis can be used to calculate the auspicious time (or muhurta) for any important events, such as weddings, christenings, naming of a newborn child, inaugurations of businesses or buildings, and more.
Tithis and Their Deities
To facilitate the selection of a positive “time Shakti” (or time window) for your day-to-day life and your important activities, below you’ll find the meaning of each Tithi and its respective ruling deity (or Deva in Sanskrit).
Below you’ll find the meaning, deity, and use of each lunar phase.
Shukla Paksha – Waxing, Brighter Lunar Cycle
1st Waxing Phase – Shukla Pratipada – is ruled by Kubera, the Treasurer of the Gods, who is traditionally invoked in prayers for wealth. This lunar phase is also ruled by Brahma, the Creator God of the Vedic Trinity.
This is the first lunar phase after the No-Moon Day called in modern times New Moon—a day of darkness when the Moon is invisible. So the 1st waxing Moon is kind of dark and not very supportive for human activities.
However, this Tithi is helpful for planning and developing strategies for important projects. And it’s not considered good for auspicious ceremonies or travels.
2nd Waxing – Shukla Dwitiya – ruled by Lord Vivadeva. It’s considered auspicious for marriage, shopping wedding related articles, installation of deities. It is not auspicious for disputes or fights.
3rd Waxing – Shukla Tritiya – ruled by Shiva and his consort Shakti. It is considered an auspicious Tithi for house-warming parties, construction, and artistic endeavors. It’s not auspicious for conflicts or litigations.
4th Waxing – Shukla Chaturthi – ruled by Ganesha. Good for creating strategic plans against competitors and not good for any auspicious ceremonies. You can pray to Ganesha asking him to remove obstacles from your life.
5th Waxing – Shukla Panchami – ruled by Lalitha Tripura Sundari, the Supreme Goddess consort of Shiva. This is an auspicious Tithi that can be used for all positive events, but not good for conflicts or destructive activities.
6th Waxing – Shukla Shasti – ruled by the Pleiadian God Muruga, son of Shiva and Parvati. Good for buying real estate, precious stones and jewelry.
7th Waxing – Shukla Saptami – ruled by Surya, the Sun God. It’s considered auspicious for wedding ceremonies, creation of altars, and installations of divine statues.
8th Waxing – Shukla Ashtami – ruled by fierce aspects of the Divine Feminine, Durga, Pratyangira, and Varahi. It’s considered inauspicious for most activities, except for Tarpanam or ancestral ritual. Routine work is fine.
9th Waxing – Shukla Navami – ruled by Goddess Saraswati. Good for activities against enemies and rivals, and strategies against competitors. It is not recommended for auspicious ceremonies and travels.
10th Waxing – Shukla Dashami – ruled by Veerabhadra, the general of Shiva’s army, and the God of Dharma. It’s auspicious for all events, including religious ceremonies and house, office or business inaugurations.
11th Waxing – Shukla Ekadashi – ruled by Vishnu and is auspicious for wedding ceremonies and for fasting. This time-window allows us to align with the life-sustaining and wealth-giving energy of Vishnu. So you can pray to him to receive abundant wealth.
12th Waxing – Shukla Dwadashi – ruled by Vishnu. Good for planning, developing strategies, donations and fasting.
13th Waxing – Shukla Trayodashi – ruled by Shiva and Kamadeva. Good for writing work, for removing karma with the Pradosham rituals by cutting limes or other karma removal rituals, according to the Tamil Siddha tradition.
14th Waxing – Shukla Chaturdashi – ruled by Rudra, an ancient and fierce form of Shiva. According to my teacher, Dr. Pillai, a Tamil Siddha and scholar, you can also pray to Ganesha for the removal of obstacles.
15th Waxing – Poornima or Full Moon – it is an auspicious Tithi for the worship of the Goddess archetype. Pray to Lakshmi, Varahi, Parvati, and Saraswati, asking for wealth, happiness in relationships and wisdom. It’s an auspicious day for ceremonies and spiritual practices.
Krishna Paksha – Waning, Darker Lunar Cycle
1st Waning – Krishna Pratipada – ruled by Durga, it’s helpful for planning projects and medical treatments. Not good for any auspicious events.
2nd Waning – Krishna Dwitiya – ruled by Vayu, God of the wind. It is considered good for construction of buildings and pilgrimage.
3rd Waning – Krishna Tritiya – ruled by Agni, God of fire. Good for construction and artistic pursuits.
4th Waning – Krishna Chaturthi – ruled by Ganesha. Good for removal of obstacles. Not auspicious for any progressive or sacred activities.
5th Waning – Krishna Panchami – ruled by the Nagas, snakes of ancient wisdom. It’s good for spiritual practices and pilgrimage. This lunar phase is also associated with fierce Goddesses, such as Pratyangira and Varahi. You can pray to them for protection.
6th Waning – Krishna Shasti – ruled by Mars. It is an auspicious Tithi for medical procedures and real estate transactions.
7th Waning – Krishna Saptami – ruled by the sages and Indra. Not auspicious for ceremonies. It’s a good time for strategizing to overcome obstacles.
8th Waning – Krishna Ashtami – ruled by Kala Bhairava, the God of time and an aspect of Shiva. It’s not good for any auspicious ceremonies and activities, negotiations or medical treatments.
9th Waning – Krishna Navami – ruled by Yama, the God of death and justice, and Durga. This is definitely one of the most inauspicious of all phases. Best activities are strategic planning for future endeavors, and defeating enemies and competitors.
10th Waning – Krishna Dashami – ruled by Jupiter and the God of Dharma or Dharmaraja. It is auspicious for all ceremonies and events, and meeting with dignitaries.
11th Waning – Krishna Ekadashi – is considered good for buying gold and jewelry and also fasting in honor of Vishnu and receive his blessings for health and wealth.
12th Waning – Krishna Dwadashi – ruled by Venus. It’s great for donating food and money.
13th Waning – Krishna Trayodashi – ruled by Nandi, Shiva’s bull. Good for spiritual rituals, yoga, meditation, ancestral Tarpanam ritual, and Pradosham rituals for karma removal.
14th Waning – Krishna Chaturdashi – ruled by Rudra. This day is good for spiritual practice, Shiva worship and planning for overcoming difficulties. It’s not good for marriage or auspicious ceremonies. According to Dr. Pillai, you can also pray to Ganesha for the removal of obstacles.
15th Waning – Amavasya or New Moon – also called the “no Moon day” is the darkest phase. This day is ruled by a destructive goddess, Kali. Good for meditation, donating food to people and animals, and ancestral rituals. Not good for marriage ceremonies or starting new activities.
Important Ways of Using Tithis for Positive Transformation
According to Vedic astrology, an individual’s natal Tithi can have a major influence on his or her life and personality.
For example, if you were born on the New Moon your mood can often be subdued and you might tend to delay taking action. Or if you were born during the 10th waxing Moon you tend to easily take action to succeed, enjoy positive results in your profession or business, and can even acquire fame. A qualified Vedic Astrologer can help you acquire the right mindset to reach all your goals.