108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #28

Moon - a royal planet

Om kaladharaya namaha, Salutations to the One who has digits (phases).

dhara: holding, bearing, carrying; wearing; possessing, having, possessed of, containing, keeping, sustaining, preserving, observing, (often compounded with its object)
Kalādhara: (कलाधर):—[=kalā-dhara] [from kalā] mfn. bearing or skilled in an art
Kalādhara: m. ‘having digits’, the moon
Kalādhara: ‘bearing a digit of the moon’, Name of Śiva.

The Moon is not stationary. It follows its own rotation, and moves through our skies, from new moon to full moon (waxing) and full moon to no moon (waning). These two periods show the moon increases in size (digits) and decreases in size, every lunar month. Let’s look to the method in this.

Paksha means the side or half of something. In astrology, Paksha refers to half of a lunar month. There are two Pakshas: Shukla Paksha
and Krishna Paksha.

Shukla Paksha: The waxing period of the Moon, which is from new Moon to full Moon, is Shukla Paksha, the bright half of the month. Shukla Paksha is the active half of the month, more favourable for productive acts and for those things that are expected to grow, increase and prosper.

Krishna Paksha: The waning period of the Moon, which is from full Moon to new Moon, is Krishna Paksha, the dark half of the month. Krishna Paksha is the receptive half of the month, more favourable for acts of completion, releasing and letting go.

A Tithi is a lunar day, of which there are 30 in a lunar month. The first 15 of the 30 Tithis of the month belong to the Shukla Paksha; the remaining 15 Tithis belong to the Krishna Paksha. The Tithis are numbered from one through fifteen, starting from the beginning of the Paksha to which they belong.

Indicative proofs are temporary signs by which one can identify some other thing or person one desires to know. For example, when the moon is just a little arc in the sky and one desires to see it, a person indicates it with his finger pointed towards it. Or, when one desires to look at a particular star, a person says, “there, just above that branch of this tree.” The moon is far away, and the star is much farther. At the moment when one expresses his yearning, it could be seen just above the branch, but that is only a temporary location. Soon, the location changes. The finger can no longer be correct, for the star or moon moves across the sky.

Om kaladharaya namaha, Salutations to the One who has digits (phases).



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