Please note that for the time being, I have switched from my “Monthly Newsletter” format to blog postings focusing on pertinent astrological happenings and other little tid-bits.
According to the Indian calendar, today is the first day of the Lunar Month called “Chaitra”. It can be considered, from the astronomical/astrological perspective as the beginning of a new year. To hopefully shed some light on why one might celebrate new beginnings on this day, let us consider some important parallels that Ayurveda* has to offer us in terms of understanding natural cycles:
- The beginning of each day is said to happen at Sunrise in the Vedic tradition. Ayurveda teaches that the first part of the day is when Kapha Dosha predominates (Kapha can be understood in the most simple sense as the humor of Earth). The middle part of the day, when it gets the hottest, belongs to Pitta Dosha (fire). The last part of the day, from about 2PM until sunset, belongs to Vata Dosha (Air).
- Along the same lines, the 1st part of one’s life is ruled by Kapha (this is when we have extra “baby fat”, and new growth occurs), the 2nd part is ruled by Pitta (our intelligence is at it’s peak, and generally this is the time when people are most goal driven). Lastly, the final 3rd of life is ruled by Vata (the body becomes more delicate, and we need more rest to balance the airy qualities of Vata).
- Thus, we have a theme arising: Kapha in the beginning, Pitta in the middle, and Vata at the end.
- Now consider that Ayurveda says Spring time is the season of Kapha, Summer the season of Pitta, and Autumn/Winter a season of Vata. Therefor, it is logical from this perspective to consider Spring as a kind of new year. “As in the microcosm, so in the macrocosm!”
*For more information on Ayurveda, check out a good book on the topic, such as Ayurveda for Self-Healing by Dr. Vasant Lad.
On another note, let us consider the names of some of our months, starting from March – the month when Spring begins:
Notice anything interesting? “Sept-” correlates with 7, “Oct-” with 8, “Nov-” with 9, “Dec-” with 10… and I heard recently that August used to be call “Sextillion” – relating to 6!
So yes, in ancient times, the idea of the year beginning with the Spring was common among numerous cultures. As for me, I’m happy to have more than one opportunity to celebrate a New Year, why not?
I hope you found this interesting! Feel free to leave thoughts and comments.
As always, I’m keeping myself available for readings, workshops and/or tutoring in Jyotisha (Vedic Astrology). Please feel free to be in touch if I can be of some assistance.
Very Best Wishes,