Kārtika Pūrṇimā – Wild-Pranic Shakti Moon melds with Calm-Warrior Shiva 🔥

Kārtik Pūrnimā full moon
This full moon may be the second most important day for your inner Yogi to connect to Śiva consciousness (rooted in Absolute stillness, master of Prana, easily generates full power), second to Mahā Mahāśivarātri (“The Great night of Shiva”).
A special full moon, Kārtika Pūrṇimā कार्तिक पूर्णिमा , occurs during the holiest month of the Vedic calendar, the month of Kārtika (November-December).
It is also known as “Deva Diwali” (Diwali for the Gods 🪔), as on this full moon, Soma (divine flow of consciousness), is emitting from the moon with such mother-divine-warrior, wild-pranic power that it allows the celestial Beings to return “home” to Mother (the baseline of consciousness).
It is the ṇight when a 3500kg ghee lamp is lit on the top of the Shiva Lingam mountain Aruṇācalam in Tamil Nadu, (see my blog post on this).
Legend has it that on this day Lord Shiva transformed and expressed himself as a tall phallus of fire, an endless column of light bright as a billion suns.
The merging of Shiva (divine masculine, Pure intelligence) and Shakti (divine feminine, exalted dynamic creativity) on this day offers people the opportunity to allow the column of light in their spine (suṣumṇa) to flow with kuṇḍalinī (dynamic creative pranic-energy).
THIS FULL MOON is a great time for Śiva consciousness practices like yoga, pranayama, meditation, yajña, fire ceremony, light ghee lamps, mantra, honouring ancestors, silence, introvert, alone time and be in nature - generate the power to reabsorb yourself into the Oneness you and I are.
Shiva Lingam

Greater cosmic detail about this full moon

The following is my slight adaptation of Yogini Shambhavi.

It occurs on Krittika Nakṣatra, which is the constellation where the fire aspect of Shakti/Durga (Skandamātā) prevails.
This fire form of Mother Divine did Tapasyā (penance) in order to attract Shiva (the ultimate ascetic so deep in meditation and not interested in progeny), as her husband.
She won him over, and after their unification, she gave birth to a boy named Skanda in the form of Agni 🔥.
Hence her name, Skandamātā (mātā = mother).
Skanda is the youthful form of Shiva (Dakṣiṇāmūrti दक्षिणामूर्ति) who sits beneath the vaṭa (banyan) tree and through mere silence enlightens those around him, even elderly great Rishis.
Krittika is the Pleiades open star cluster in the constellation of Taurus, AKA “The Seven Sisters” in western astronomy.
In this special area of the heavens stars are born.
These seven sisters in the Vedas are said to be the wives of the seven Rishis (seers) who are associated with the seven stars of the Big Dipper.
Vedic mythos share that the wives of the seven Rishis left their husbands and took refuge in Agni or the Fire God, with the exception of one – Arundhatī. the wife of Vasiṣṭha the most powerful of the Rishis.
She remained with her husband, which is why there are only six visible stars in the Pleiades.
The seventh star is said to be Alcor (Arundhatī), the dim companion of the second star in Big Dipper, Mizar, which correlates with Vasiṣṭha.
Krittika is a Nakshatra which imbues the energy of preparing food and represents the power of agni 🔥  fire to ripen, transform or cook food for proper nourishment.
It is located in the sign of Taurus, the sign of the bull.
But Taurus can express itself as a cow in its feminine aspect.
Krittika here enhances the nourishing power of the sacred cow. It also correlates with ghee, the essence of the cow’s milk and the prime nourishing and enhancing sustenance for Agni, or the sacred fire.
It is auspicious to make ghee offerings to the fire on Kārtika Pūrṇimā.
Krittika is governed by Sūrya (Sun ☀️) - the planet providing light, warmth and prana. 
Katrika Full Moon
Krittika also means armour and is a good Nakshatra to generate protection against negativity and burn that negativity in the sacred fire.
It also refers to a razor, and offers the capability to cut through (sharp discrimination) impulses from the intellect vs. impulses from the heart (buddhi puruṣa khyati).
Illustration of Durga Goddess
Krittika marks the point of exaltation for the Moon, so the full Moon in the Krittika represents the strongest lunar energy. But this is more a fiery, martial or warrior energy of the moon or Dūrga, Mother’s protective role.
The deity of Krittika, Skanda the Fire God, is also the overriding shining being of the planet Mars.
Mars has a martial energy and power of the warrior, giving strength and endurance.
Skanda is the second son of Shiva and Parvati after Ganesha.
While Ganesha holds the power of speech, Skanda holds a kind of spear weapon which destroys demons (negativity and destructive actions that bind).

As well as yoga, pranayama, meditation, yajña, fire ceremony, light ghee lamps, mantra, silence, introvert, alone time and be in nature, Kārtika Pūrṇimā is also a good time to honour our ancestors and departed souls, the seven rishis, light ghee lamps and propitiate the planet Mars to enhance these vibrations of Infinite Pranic Silence with the potential to win a war with an effortless yawn.

Kārtika Pūrnimā – The Full Moon That Ignites 🔥 Rhapsodic Calm (Shiva Energy) & Arunachalam Mountain Lingam

Man standing on a cliff with his arms stretched to his sides
- Read about the energies and meaning behind the Kārtika Pūrnimā full moon HERE -
“If you want to walk this mountain, you have to do it barefoot”
I was told by the Guru of the ashram I was staying at, as I watched from a far distance hundreds of thousands of people walking up a mountain which looked like rows of ants climbing a hill.
“This mountain (Aruṇācalam) is a Shiva Lingam. It IS Lord Śiva himself. Our shoes cannot not touch it.
Besides, I don’t recommend climbing it. It is too dangerous and people, especially their feet, are highly likely to get injured. It’s too late anyway, sunset is dawning on us and we will light our own lamps here.”
I was in an ashram where I slept on a grass mat on the floor of a room with about 40 other men, all devotees to the great seer Ramana Maharishi. I felt very safe as everyone was very to themselves and quiet. Just like Lord Shiva. There was only one other westerner, a bearded American man, perhaps a decade older than me, who like me, was also comfortable living a (partly) ascetic life.
The ashram Guru’s directive sparked a stronger motivation for me to head to the mountain ASAP.
Climbing Annamalai mountain
The Ashram where Dylan slept
I ended up in this city because my Guru sent me here on pilgrimage (yātrā यात्रा). I knew nothing about the places he sent me to, only the names and locations. And when I arrived in the city of Thiruvannamalai, it happened to be during the city's biggest festival, a 10 day full moon festival Karthika Deepam,” when the small city goes from a population of 500K locals to 3 million pilgrims.
This is why I could not find any accomodation except for sharing a room with 40 men.
I happened to be here at this auspicious time, (my Guru didn’t tell me any dates for my pilgrimage), so I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to have the “full experience.”
I asked the American if he was going to the mountain. He replied “I am going to celebrate here.”
I kicked off my chapals (sandals) and rushed out of the ashram to the mountain base.
About 50m up the mountain were police not letting anyone up. They said it was too late and the mountain was “full” (too many people). 
Me and some young men found a way around them and climbed up. 
We were about halfway up the mountain when we came to a halt. There was a big congestion of people on the track. One reason was because it was sunset, the time to light the lamps.
Firstly, the Great Lamp (Mahā Dīpam), that resides on the tip-top of the mountain is lit. This lamp contains 3500kg! of ghee that is carried up by pilgrims and offered.
Once the Mahā Dīpam is ignited, everyone in the city lights their lamps. When this occurred I couldn’t see the Mahā Dīpam from where I was, but it was stunning to see the whole city light up below.
Eventually the pilgrims started moving. I have never trekked up a mountain with so many people packed onto the track.
It was well dark and we got to another halt. This time it was thousands of people held up by police. The pilgrims and police were at tension. Typical eager Indian pilgrims pushing with force vs. Indian police screaming and hitting the pilgrims attempting to manage overwhelming crowds, all happening in a Divine way in devotion and love for God.
This big group of people wouldn’t budge. Nothing was moving.
I somehow made my way around them to the line of police standing their ground. This group of police were tough. They made it to the top of the mountain themselves. They were the strong ones. They were holding off the crowd well.
I had a little digital camera and said I was the media, and they luckily let me through (Mostly because they were surprised to see a westerner).
50m up a small hill and there was the Mahā Dīpam directly firing under the full, Ojas exuding, Shakti of Shiva, the outer of the inner, gorgeous, still, full moon, Kārtika Pūrṇimā.
The mahā fire is Shiva consciousness. The hot-blooded force that has so much mastery over Prana (life-force) that it can destroy the whole of creation with a yawn.
The full moon is Shakti consciousness. The divine feminine dynamically expresses itself with tremendous shakti (energy) that was generated in the deep inner stillness of Shiva’s fire which was bright as a billion suns.
People were having darśana (divine view) of the Mahā Dīpam from about 10 meters away - getting about 5 seconds of time to stand in front of the ghee lamp, pray and have a visual experience of unity with it.
Police and “officials” were aggressively moving people to ensure the 5 seconds were not surpassed. This is typical at any highly visited pilgrimage sites or temples where numbers are very high. And it all happens divinely.
I was again lucky enough to get special treatment to go right next to the lamp and spend as much time as I wanted.
With me were a couple men pouring the packs of ghee offered by pilgrims into the big drum, and also a yogi wrapped in cloth, continuously playing the conch shell while squatting on a boulder.
I thoroughly enjoyed soaking up the moon’s Soma and took my time.
Now I have walked barefoot a lot in my life, especially my teenage years and those days. Certainly much more than the average westerner (but nothing compared to Indians). I have tough feet. But till today, I have never had sorer feet than when I walked down that mountain that full moon night.
It was dark and most people didn’t have torches, but we were guided by the generous full moon light amongst a clear sky.
I limped back to my ashram where everyone else was asleep and lay down in silence as I shifted the wild Prana I absorbed into a more domesticated and balanced Prana to soothe my spine and bless me with a restorative sleep.

Aum Namo Śivaya

- December 2015