Goddess Tvarita presides over Ashtami tithi or eighth lunar day – exactly on the half way of Moon’s journey from darkness to fullness or from fullness to re-union. If we would look at the sky on Ashtami tithi we would see exact half of the Moon. Goddess Tvarita is the form of Divine Mother, which balances the forces of darkness and light, chaos and order, creation and destruction. She doesn’t favour anybody. She is adorned both with snakes and with peacock feathers (peacocks are natural enemies of snakes). She shows us the way, how to honour both Light and Darkness. Not without a reason it is said that Shani (Saturn), the dispenser of justice, who always looks equally on everybody, was born on Ashtami tithi. This is also why the nature of this lunar day is sometimes described as dvandva or “conflicting”, as inner conflicts may awaken on this lunar day due to opposite forces coming together to confront each ther.