Ahoi Ashtami

Annual Half Moon of Forgiveness

Under the sacred Moon

of Ahoi Mata the Goddess

of forgiveness and protection,

may we forgive ourselves and all.

May all forgive.

The spiritual path begins and ends with forgiveness.

Forgiveness is a profound thing.
When something has energetically wounded us, we might protect the wound by holding on.
When we don’t let go and forgive, we cover the wound which then can’t heal.
To forgive is a profound thing because it requires us to take off the bandages of grief and grudge and expose the wound nakedly.
Forgiving can be a very painful to do as we have to revisit the wound. The wound may be many layers deep. But if we don’t take off the bandages that have piled upon the wound, then we cannot forgive and move on.

Without really letting go
we stay stuck in an inner
dimension of disempowerment

The Tantrics have handed down in unbroken lines since aeons, rituals that work powerfully to help us forgive and move on.
There are a range of ritual formulas that have been carefully preserved in Tantra, that work powerfully with the energetics of forgiveness.
These techniques will make up this nights ritual practice of Ahoi Ashtami: The night of forgiveness.
Forgiveness is not a sentimental or mental notion. It is a matter of energetics.
The Tantrics of yore, saw and considered how to work with the many layers of our being that are instrumental in forgiveness.
This annual ritual day is known as Ahoi Mata Ashtami.
Ahoi Mata is the Goddess of forgiveness and letting go.
There is a story of Ahoi Mata that encapsulates the ritual measures for this day. The story has an encoded meaning about the 7 Chakric layers of healing that will make up the practice of the evenings ritual.
Let us look at the story now:

The Story of Ahoi Ashtami

A long time ago, at the beginning of days on this very Ashtami (8th Lunar Day).
A mother was joyously preparing for the Festival of Lights known as Diwali.
She was happily collecting clay in the woods to make lamps for the Diwali celebrations.
As she was chopping the hard topsoil, she accidentally killed a baby Lion that was hidden, nestled into the leaves.
She felt a sense of deep remorse at what she had accidentally done.
Especially as she knew that all the feline creatures are considered sacred to the protectoress Goddess of the universe who rides upon the Lion’s back.
In remorse and guilt, the woman would not forgive herself for her action and slowly brought misery and sadness upon her heart and home.

The 7 sons of the mother all went missing, in the forest. She believed that they had been killed by lions. The Mother fell into a depressed stupor, spending her days and nights obsessed, stuck in the guilt and grief of killing the baby lion. She kept seeing its face as it lay dying looking up at her.

Her health dried up, and upon the same half Moon day a year hence, she was unrecognisable from the round, joyous woman who had gone digging in the woods a year ago.
Now bloodless and withered she was less than a fading shadow of her former self.

The wise Yogini woman of village
then took her aside and
asked her what had happened.

What Happened?”

The woman related her woes for the first time and told her miserable secret of killing the baby lion to the wise old Yogini.
She told the old Yogini, how she kept seeing the baby lion before her eyes.

The old Yogini told the woman to fast and draw an image of the baby lion and offer it to the Goddess Mata Ahoi on this half Moon night. The old Yogini told the desperate woman that Mata Ahoi is the Goddess of forgiveness and protection, and would certainly respond as she would be active on the astral plane on this half Moon night.
The miserable woman followed her instructions to the letter.
As the half Moon became visible in the sky, the woman completed the prescribed ritual, her 7 sons returned and the woman regained her previous glow and beauty.

Since that legendary day, this half Moon has been honoured in the Yogic calendar by the Tantrics for working with forgiveness.

The constellations and Moon on this night are positioned in such a way as to assist one in forgiving and moving on.

This half Moon builds up to the full Moon in Krittika Nakshatra which is the lunar house of cutting ties and moving on.

Sometimes we need to forgive and move on from familiar states of heart, mind and soul.

Let us consider some of the symbols of the story:

  • The woman had become obsessed by her vision and remorse, and had not forgiven herself for the accidental death of a sacred creature. Half of forgiveness is forgiving ourselves and relinquishing guilt.
  • The 7 sons point to the seven active energies of the Chakras that are to be engaged in order to forgive and move on.
  • The return of active power, when the sons come back to the woman is indicative of the reviving and nourishing act of really forgiving, just as the lady’s health came back.
  • The woman was advised by an elder to make a drawing of the image in her mind that haunted her, it was prescribed as a remedy to bring the poison of remorse out into the phenomenal world and into flow.

On this ritual night, we will meet for 2 hours to undertake the ritual of forgiveness.
We will attempt through ancient Tantric techniques, to heal any guilts and grudges that may weigh upon the sacred heart.
When we learn to forgive, we release many spiritual forces. Our energy and health can drastically improve. Self-sabotaging habits of our existence can even vanish, as many of our unhealthy habits are directly linked to holding on.
The spiritual path begins and ends in forgiveness.

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