Tithis and Why They Are Essential for Your Happiness

By Lalitha Devi

Have you ever wondered why for some people prayers and actions immediately lead to good fortune and success, while for others positive results are slow to come?

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According to Vedic astrology there are two main answers:

1. Time

The first reason is the timing of the action. According to the ancient intuitive seers of India – the Rishis – time is everything. An action initiated during an auspicious time-window will bring positive results. Conversely, the exact same action started during difficult astrological conditions will most likely fail. Hence the immense practicality of using Vedic astrology before starting any projects and endeavors.

2.  Karma 

The second reason is our karmic heritage in the form of our particular mindset that creates our life events. Our reactions to situations are also due to our karmic impressions.

For example — some people whose karma is meant to bring them an enjoyable experience will intuitively take action at the right time. So karma and time are interrelated.

Another basic principle at work in Vedic astrology — and which constitutes the very fabric of this “science of light” — is the connection between the microcosm and the macrocosm – or as it was explained in ancient Hellenic times, “as above, so below.”

Among the hundreds of tools and techniques for studying and understanding time, Vedic astrology employs with great accuracy the study of the Tithis  – or Moon days — and their influence on human consciousness. 

All lunar phases are divided according to the actual Moon’s position in relation to the Sun and the Earth.

So the Tithis are divided as such: 15 for the waxing phases (or Shukla Paksha) and 15 for the waning phases (or Krishna Paksha).

Because the Moon exerts a strong influence on our moods, emotions and perceptions, our minds will be more upbeat and energetic during the brighter, waxing cycle. Starting new projects is recommended at this time.

But when the light gradually diminishes during the waning cycle, our minds will be more introverted and prone to self-analysis, meditation and contemplation. At this time, reevaluating our actions and decisions is more favored. And eliminating what is not working any longer in our lives is most supported.

Usually the 10th and the 11th Moon phases are highly auspicious for both worldly and spiritual practices. But the 8th and the 9th Moon will engender obstacles and sometimes failure.

Tithis and Their Deities

To help with the selection of a positive “time Shakti” (or window) for your activities, I have listed the meaning of each Tithi and its respective ruling deity (or deities). Happy creations!

Shukla Paksha – Waxing Cycle

1st Waxing ( Shukla Pratipada) ruled by Kubera, God of wealth and Brhma, the Creator God. Good for Planning and Developing Strategies for Projects. It’s not good for Any Auspicious Ceremonies or Journeys.

2nd Waxing (Shukla Dwitiya) ruled by Lord Vivadeva. Auspicious for Marriage, Viewing Moon, Buying Wedding Ring, Installation of Deities. Inauspicious for harsh activities such as disputes or conflicts.

3rd Waxing  (Shukla Trititya) ruled by Shiva and his consort Gowri.  Auspicious tithi for house warming, building a house, artistic endeavors. Inauspicious for conflicts and litigations.

4th Waxing (Shukla Chaturthi) ruled by Ganesha. Good for strategic planning against competitors and not good for any auspicious ceremonies.

5th Waxing  (Shukla Panchami) ruled by Lalitha Tripura Sundari. Auspicious for all ceremonies.

6th Waxing (Shukla Shasti) ruled by Muruga. Good for buying real estate and jewelry.

7th Waxing (Shukla Saptami) ruled by Surya, the Sun God. Auspicious for ceremonies such weddings.

8th Waxing (Shukla Ashtami) ruled by Durga. Inauspicious for most activities, except for ancestor worship.

9th Waxing (Shukla Navami) ruled by Goddess Saraswati. Goodfor activities against enemies and rivals. Inauspicious for ceremonies and journeys.

10th Waxing (Shukla Dashami) ruled by Veerabhadra, the general of Shiva’s army, and the God of Dharma. It’s auspicious for all events, including ceremonies and inaugurations of buildings.

11th Waxing (Shukla Ekadashi) ruled by Vishnu and auspicious for wedding ceremonies and for fasting. This time-window allows us to tune into the energy the wealth-giving archetypes, Vishnu.

12th Waxing (Shukla Dwadashi) ruled by Vishnu. Good for planning and developing strategies, donating money and fasting.

13th Waxing (Shukla Tryadashi) ruled by Shiva and Kamadeva. Good for writing new books, for karma removal rituals and dancing.

14th Waxing (Shukla Chaturdashi) ruled by Rudra, an ancient and fierce form of Shiva. This aggressive energy is best used for worship to this God.

15th Waxing (Poornima, or Full Moon) auspicious for worshipping Lakshmi, Saraswati and Parvati asking for manifestation of wishes. It’s an auspicious day for ceremonies and spiritual practices. 

Krishna Paksha – Waning Cycle

1st Waning (Krishna Pratipada) ruled by Durga and favors planning for projects and medical procedures. Not good for any auspicious events.

2nd Waning (Krishna Dwatiya) ruled by Vayu, God of the wind. God for construction of buildings and pilgrimage.

3rd Waning (Krishna Tritiya) ruled by Agni, God of fire. Good for construction and artistic activities.

4th Waning (Krishna Chaturthi) ruled by Ganesha. Good for removing obstacles. Not auspicious for sacred ceremonies.

5th Waning (Krishna Panchami) ruled by the Serpent deities, Nagas. It’s good for spiritual practices and pilgrimage.

6th Waning (Krishna Shasti) ruled by Mars. Good for taking medication and real estate transactions.

7th Waning (Krishna Saptami) ruled by the sages and Indra. Not auspicious for ceremonies. It’s good for planning for overcoming obstacles.

8th Waning (Krisha Ashtami) ruled by a form of Shiva, Kala Bhairava, the God of time. It’s not good for any auspicious ceremonies and activities, negotiations or medical treatments.

9th Waning (Krishna Navami) ruled by Yama and Durga. This is possibly the least auspicious of all phases. Best activities are strategic planning for future projects and overcoming obstacles from enemies and competitors.

10th Waning (Krishna Dashami) ruled by Jupiter and the God of Dharma. Auspicious for all ceremonies and events and meeting with dignitaries.

11th Waning (Krishna Ekadashi). Buying gold and jewelry and fasting to lord Vishnu.

12th Waning (Krishna Dwadashi) ruled by Venus. Good for planning donations of food and money.

13th Waning (Krishna Triodashi) ruled by Nandi, Shiva’s bull. Good for karma removal rituals, yoga and meditation.

14th Waning (Krisha Chaturdashi) ruled by Rudra. Good for spiritual practice, Shiva worship and planning for overcoming problems. Not good for marriage or auspicious ceremonies.

15th Waning (Amavasya or New Moon) also called the “no Moon day” as it’s the darkest phase. This day is ruled by Kali. Good for meditation, feeding people and animals, and ancestral rituals. Not good for marriage ceremonies or starting a new activity — but rather wait until the first waxing Moon for launching your new projects.

BIO: Italian born Lalitha Devi (Donatella Riback) is a yogini and writer. Since 1993, she has been studying Vedic Sciences, furthering her studies while living in India for five years. She is a certified yoga teacher and Reiki master and has studied Ayurveda with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon and Dr. Vasant Lad.

Lalitha is a certified Vedic astrologer by the American Academy of Vedic Arts and Sciences (AAVAS) and her Jyotish gurus include: Sam Sadasiva Geppi, founder of AAVAS, Dr. Pillai, founder of AstroVed, Dr. K S Charak, and some AstroVed astrologers. She is currently completing the astrology advanced certification program at the AAVAS led by Sam Sadasiva Geppi.