Shravana | The Listener
Moon in Shravana + Krishna Panchami (5th lunar day after full moon)
Today the Moon transits Shravana, fully in Capricorn.
Shravana is represented by the symbol of an ear or three footprints. This is pointing to that there is listening and there is receiving and in between is the connection. Ears synthesize knowledge (where eyes dissect it). When we learn or receive through the ears, through hearing, we are able to connect to something higher. This is also why the yoga tradition is an aural tradition, it isn’t about the teacher speaking it orally, it is about the receiving in the aural way.
The shakti bestowed to Shravana people is the power to connect and tune into a higher source (through listening).
The teachings of yoga come from the Veda which was an aural tradition preserved for millennia through call and response until in modern times when they were translated into writings.
As far as the lifecycle goes, Shravana is bringing a type of maturity that happens when we realize that we have a lot to learn by listening to others. In the act of listening, we learn about that connection to something higher. Shravana also wants to preserve this for the future descendants that come after. Shravana is an ancestor working in present time for the descendants. They are very much about preservation of what has been manifested in present time.
Of this trilogy of nakshatras ruled by the Moon, Rohini was the creative one, Hasta is the manifestation and Shravana is preservation and connection. All are gentle and all have this quality of endurance and I might stay, sturdiness. You can be upfront with these nakshatras and don’t have to beat around the bush if you have something to share with them.
When Moon transits Shravana, like it is doing today, singing or chanting, you might find yourself having coffee with that friend and listening to their wisdom so it can be preserved through your connection, or possibly you have an earache showing up or are starting some gossip. Put on that Audible book and choose to learn through the aural tradition today. See how you retain that knowledge vs. reading a book.
A song for Shravana - in honoring the energy of call and response, I’ve chosen one of my favorite mantra songs, the Gayatri Mantra, which honors the Sun as opposed to the Moon, but the intention is that Love Belongs to Everyone:
Would love to hear if this resonated for you, and how.