Thursday, 2 March 2017

March month card and mantra

Star Tarot, C McClelland 
March's tarot card is Death:

3 + 2 + 0 + 1 + 7 = 13

You can see in the image by Cathy McClelland that death represents an ending and a beginning. There are many symbols. We have Nuit arching over the sky, the traditional faceless Grim Reaper, but he holds a glowing stone rather than a scythe. The Phoenix flies upward, and a butterfly hovers above. Ends and beginnings.

The mantra for this month that I will chant daily is:

Gobinde
mukande
udare
apare

Hariang
kariang
nirname
akame

(Sustainer
liberator
enlightener
infinite

Destroyer
creator
nameless
desireless)


My favourite version of this chant is from Mantra Girl:

Blessings for the month of March. x

8 comments:

  1. What a lovely Death card that captures well the nature of impermanence. I'm enjoying the sound videos you are sharing every month of the mantras! I had a very dark year some time ago when the kirtan chants of Krishna Das helped keep me sane.

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  2. I really enjoyed last month's chant, which I kept up with daily. Great choice of card and chant for death - both beautiful :) How was your February?

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    1. It was lovely thanks. I developed a ritual with a candle in a purple lotus votive and my amethyst mala. Some days I did not get to sit to do it, so chanted in my head on the walk to work. :)

      I am thinking on what chakra colour votive and mala to use with this chant. What do you think?

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    2. Hmm, if you want it to be a chakra colour, my first impulse is red. Creation and destruction begin at the root, in the body. Or green for the emotion involved... :)

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    3. This one has taken me a bit longer to learn, I don't think I'd ever heard it before.

      Still, really pointed out the fact we speak Indo-European languages. Nir as a negation and 'name' as in name - no name or nameless. Makes me wonder about the breakdown of Nirvana, which I just googled and it means blown out or extinguished, so, nameless as in the name has been removed, rather than that it never had one, perhaps... 'A' as in 'asexual' a term of negation - apare - 'not stopping' for infinite (parar is to stop in Spanish). Akame - without desire, as in kamasutra. Don't know if these are all real connections, but at least they helped me learn the chant and its meaning :)

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    4. Well done, I'm not a polyglot and I didn't make those connections. They sound plausible! (But then, I knew someone who tried to convince me that the word 'fuck' comes from Puritan New England when they used it as an abbreviation of punishment 'for unlawful carnal knowledge', so you know, you have to consider the source. I'm more convinced by you than I was by that person! :) (Saddest of all -- she was a teacher of English!)

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