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Shakunam and Nimitham

The Hidden Language of Mother Nature

“Omens are like gentle whispers from the divine, reminding us to stay aligned with our true purpose.” – Thirumoolar -Tamil saint and author of Thirumandiram.

In Astrology, Shakunam and Nimitham are believed to be the signs and omens from nature that can provide guidance and insight into our daily lives.

These signs are considered messages from Mother Nature and are said to be connected to the natural forces of the universe. Our ancestors, such as enlightened masters like siddhas and yogis, observed our nature closely and recorded these hidden messages for the benefits of mankind.

Good omens in Shakunam and Nimitham include:

  1. Hearing a cuckoo bird sing

  2. Seeing a cluster of swans or geese flying together

  3. Seeing an owl in the daytime

  4. Seeing a snake with a raised hood

  5. Seeing a white elephant

  6. Seeing a shooting star or meteor

  7. Hearing a temple bell ringing

  8. Finding a four-leaved clover

  9. Seeing a Rainbow

  10. Seeing a peacock dance

  11. Seeing a lizard entering your home

  12. Hearing the sound of a conch shell

  13. Finding a lotus flower

  14. Seeing a kite flying high in the sky

  15. Seeing a deer in the forest

  16. Seeing a red flower bloom

  17. Seeing a tortoise climbing up a tree

Bad omens include:

  1. Seeing a bat fly into your home

  2. Seeing a snake with a flat hood

  3. Hearing the sound of a dog barking at night

  4. Seeing a cat cross your path

  5. Finding a dead bird

  6. Seeing a frog jump in front of you

  7. Seeing a vulture or a crow

  8. Seeing a black cat

  9. Hearing the sound of a crow cawing

  10. Seeing a rat in the daytime

  11. Seeing a lizard fall from the ceiling

  12. Hearing the sound of a fox or jackal howling

  13. Finding a dead insect / reptiles

  14. Seeing a snake slither into your home

  15. Seeing a snake with multiple heads

It’s important to note that these signs are meant to happen naturally and should not be forced. If you encounter a bad omen, it’s not necessarily a negative sign, but rather a reminder to reconsider your actions and approach them with positive energy.

One incident from the past.. Few years back, one of our HLP member’s daughter was about to get married. She was very excited about her upcoming rituals but also had a few reservations about her fiancé.

On the morning of her wedding day, as she was getting ready, she heard the sound of a dog barking loudly outside. This was one of the signs of bad Shakunam and it made her feel uneasy. As she stepped outside, she saw a bat fly into her home, which was another bad omen.

She felt a sense of dread and unease and began to second-guess her decision to get married. She decided to put off the wedding and think through the things. After talking with her family and friends, she realized that her fiancé was not the right person for her and that the signs of bad Shakunam were warning her of the potential dangers ahead.

She ended up not getting married and found happiness with someone within 3 months, who was truly right for her.

So the nature helped to avoid making mistakes and making the wrong decisions. She learned that these signs were not just superstitions, but a real and powerful form of communication from nature to help her navigate the ups and downs of life.

In conclusion, Shakunam and Nimitham are fascinating aspects of Hindu astrology that offer insight into the hidden messages of nature. By understanding these omens and their significance, we can better align ourselves with the universe and make more informed decisions in our daily lives.

“Why did the Indians always carry a lucky charm with them. Because they didn’t want to leave anything to shakunam!”

Velu Jayaprakash

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