7. Punarvasu Nakshatra

“The Bow and Zen are One.”

Aditi: Mother of the Gods; Womb of the Universe

Ruled by Jupiter. (20° 00’ Gemini – 3° 20’ Cancer.) Castor & Pollux (Alpha & Beta Gerinorium).

The star of Renewal. The power to Achieve the Objective.

Main deity: Aditi – Great Mother – Womb of the Universe, the Unbound – Mother of the 33 Devas.

Main symbols:  Bow & Quiver of Arrows.

Meaning: “Return to the Light,” Good Again, to Dwell Again, to become ‘vasu” again 

Associations: Punctual, punitive, pun, puny

Secondary deities/myths: Bhishma, Twins: Aditi & Diti; The 8 Punarvasu Devas. Lord Rama has Punarvasu as his Ascendant

Western Deities: Artemis & Apolo; Luv & Kush; Castor & Pollux; Romulus & Remus; Jacob & Esau.

Secondary symbols: House, Home & Shelter; 

Tree – Incense: Bamboo

Body parts: Fingers & Nose

Sexual – creative animal: Female cat

Trimurti: Brahma/Creation

Gotra/Clan: Sage Kratu

Gana/Race: Deva/Godly

Varna/Caste: Vaishya/Merchant

Motivation/Goal: Artha

Nature: Movable/Changeable

Activity: Passive

Place: 

Guna: Sattvic

Element: Water

Tridosha: Vata

Sex/Gender: Male

Facing Forward/Level

Direction: North

Colour: Lead

Animal: Female Cat

Classical References

Rulerships: Rules over people who are honest and truthful, generous, pure (clean), high-born, handsome, intelligent, famous, the rich, best varieties of cereal, merchants, servants, and artisans.

Hora Sara:The native born in Punarvasu will be liberal in charity, happy, of good qualities, a dunce, sick, and suffer from thirst. He will be satisfied with a small income and will have little wisdom. 

Jataka Parijata: Who has moon in Punarvasu will be dull-witted, strong in wealth, famed, learned and lusting for women.

Sage Narada: One born in Punarvasu will be mean minded, charming in appearance, patient in disposition, be happy with little and will walk fast.

Brihat Samhita: One born under the star Punarvasu will be self-controlled, happy, of good character, dull-witted, ailing, very thirsty and easily satisfied.

Brihat Samhita: When Saturn transits Punarvasu, the people of the Punjab,Saurashtra, Sind and Sauvira as well as cave-dwellers are harmed.

Varahamihira: They will be easily contented, self-controlled, slow-witted, fortunate, and of good character.

Auspicious Activities 

This a good day to make changes or multi-task. It’s not a good day for marriage (punarvasu and pushya are both considered inauspicious for marriage. Begin the kinds of things that once begun will have a momentum of their own. Movement and change are the themes of the day along with recycling, reusing, repurposing. Change the way you see the world, the way you do things; be open to the other side of the coin. It’s mostly an auspicious day for ceremonies, health and healing. It’s an excellent day for setting a goal or taking a vow to achieve some objective. Plants seeds for the future. Create and be creative, mentally spar with your friends, debate the topics of the day. Nothing too serious, but be open to seeing things differently. Perhaps heading north from your home will help you find something lost or left behind. An interesting remedy for this nakshatra is to plant seeds on the north side of your home which suggests plants that don’t like direct sunlight. This might be especially beneficial to Punarvasu natives who can benefit by getting in touch with their alter ego hiding in the shadows. Keep in mind the Pushkara amsha in the 2nd pada.

Special Considerations

  • Pushkara amsha 24º Gemini. Nourishing point. Moons transit brings auspicious and nourishing results. Good time to plan auspicious events.
  • Pushkara Navamsha: 23º20′ to 26º40′ Gemini (Pada 2 – Taurus Navamsha). 
  • Pushkara Navamsha: 0º to 3º20′ Cancer (Pada 4 – Cancer Navamsha)

Qualities of Punarvasu

Brahma – Creative energy: The energy of this nakshatra can be very creative introducing new things to society, such as communications devices and turns of phrase. 

Sage Kratu: “The one who inspires.” Live in two time periods. He had 60 000 children in his first life, a species of human no bigger than the joint of the thumb. In his second life he became an unmarried sanyas; adopting only the son of sage Agastya.

Deva: They are naturally a little bit above everyone else and they may hold themselves to a somewhat higher standard than the rest of us.  This is very much a “holier than thou” kind of nakshatra. The position of Jupiter will say much about the person’s actual level of enlightenment. This kind of thinking often pushes them to be better and do better; they are always trying to reach some goal. The planets relating to the Devas will promote more refined and righteous behaviour; but may struggle with pride and entitlement. They are more capable of understanding the subtitles of life. 

This is also used in chart matching. They say it’s best if both parties belong to the same tribe (8 points). However, they say that a deva and a rakshasa will get one point for the attraction of opposites). This is a very important classification suggesting that the way these three tribes (devas, humans & rakshasa) live is so different as to have a major effect on marriage compatibility and living together. 

Vaishya: Merchant caste, traders, negotiators, networkers. Punarvasu is like the Brahmin of the Vaishya caste. They are often of the educated class: managers, educators, advisors, lecturers. They are usually comfortable in teacher-student, superior-subordinate relationships. They facilitate the movement of knowledge from one generation to the next. They like to see progress and they are not comfortable unless they can see some hope for the future. Education fields, community organising, health, wellness or spiritual advisors or coaches are common but I will go more into careers below.

Artha: They are motivated to make money; perhaps because this is a very clear cut and dry goal. But it’s not just money but the safety, security, and stability money provides for their family. They want to create things that will last, grow and gain in value. Money is also a means of long term happiness. Accounting and accountability are important to them. A strong Moon, Jupiter, Mercury or Venus will all do well here. 

Chara – Movable: Ephemeral. Moving and making changes to home & garden, career, relationship. Good for exercise, travel, vehicles or anything with moving parts. Many of the same kinds of activities as you’ll find in quick-light nakshatras may be performed here..  Punarvasu, Swati, Shravana, Dhanishta and Shatabhisha are all movable. Mondays have this kind of energy as we get moving again after the weekend. 

Passive: Planets here will be more passive about achieving their goals: allowing things to happen rather than “forcing” things. The moon is said to persuade through temptation so she does well here. Venus draws us in by her promises of beauty so she also does well. Saturn is the master of patience so he also does well. The active planets can cause a bit of trouble in trying to force things that we should just allow to happen naturally. 

Sattwic: Punarvasu natives are instruments of the divine. Their inspiration ultimately comes from the soul. They usually recognise that purity needs to be achieved within ourselves which somehow sets them up for a struggle between the ideal and the reality. There are also a lot of Rajas in this Nakshatra which keeps them ever striving. Rajas – Sattva – Rajas

Water: heavy, cold, movable, fluid, moist, liquid, soft & hard, clear

  • Earth + Water = Cooperation
  • Water does not cooperate with Air and impedes Fire
  • Fire does not cooperate with Earth and impedes Water
  • Air does not cooperate with Water and impedes Earth 

Vata: Air + Ether = Cold, dry, light, moving, subtle, clear, hard, pervasive, rough

  • Flighty, spiritual, thin
  • Disturbed by bitter (Mars), astringent (Saturn), pungent (Sun). 
  • Pacified by sweet (Jupiter) & sour (Venus)

Male: Provides masculine energy to planets placed here. The 5th owner, for example,  increases the likelihood of having a male child. 

Triyanga Mukha – Facing Straight Ahead (Level): This is a level-headed and forward looking position. It’s good for mundane, everyday tasks that allows us to prepare for the future. This nakshatra promotes an honest, realistic assessment. It marks a good time to level with others or yourself, to ensure that the playfield and the ground are all level. It can be a good time to start surveying, building, laying pipe, or sticking a level on anything. Mercury and Venus share this perspective. Ashwini, Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Hasta, Chitra, Swati, Anuradha, Jyeshta and Revati are all forward looking.  

North: Plants transiting here will tend to manifest their energies in a northern direction.

Female Cat (pairs with Ashlesha) Female cats are sexually aggressive and loud. 

They typically mate with various partners and can give birth to a single litter of kittens that have different fathers. They do not typically begin to ovulate until the sexual act begins. Female kittens can have their first heat at about 4.5 months old. Once the first heat comes it will continue until she is fixed or gets pregnant. She will do anything to get outside to find a male to mate with. Once they give birth they can be fiercely protective of her kittens who she watches over for about one month. The ability of cats to see in the dark as they roam around at night relates them with black magic (along with the owl).

Shashti Devi

Devi Shashti rides on a cat. She is depicted as a motherly figure with one child sucking her breast and the other holding her hand. She is worshiped to produce and protect children. Her father is Brahma and her husband is Subramanya. 

Once upon a time one of the step daughters from the house found herself strongly craving for more food. Unable to stop herself so took some extra morsels for the family kitchen. In time, this missing food was noticed and became a topic of conversation in the household. While they were talking about who could be taking the food, the culprit noticed a black cat moving past the kitchen and latched upon the opportunity pointing out that perhaps the cat had taken the food. The next time the cat came near the kitchen it received a solid beating. But the food kept going missing. And eventually the real culprit lied saying she had seen the cat taking choice piece of food. The poor creature received several beatings after this, but there was no effect on the missing food. Of course the cat knew what was going on and had complained to Devi Shashtri but the devi just told the cat that its time would come. And eventually that time did come when the woman gave birth to a fine baby boy. The whole family was jubilant. But the next day morning the child was gone. The cat had taken it to Ma Shashtri to care for as revenge for all the beatings I took due to the mothers lies. The cat kept this up every year for several years snatching away each baby that the woman had. Eventually the woman stayed up watching her new born child when she saw the cat come in and snatch it away. She followed the cat to Devi Shashtri’s abode and was astonished to see all her children there. Well, you can imagine, there was a big row over this, but eventually her children were returned to her and she promised to never tell a lie or falsely accuse another person again; also that she would maintain worship to Devi Shashtri in the proscribed method on the sixth day of each lunar month as well as on the sixth day after a child’s birth.

Divine Myths Related to Punarvasu

Aditi: 

She is Devamata, mother of the Gods; mother of the universe. She had 33 children and most of them exceptionally famous like the 11 Rudra’s, the 12 Adityas, the Ashwini Kumaras, and Lord Indra himself, but here we will focus on the 8 Vasus.  

She is a personification of the boundless sky; she is free from all bonds; limitless. She rides on a rooster and holds a trishul and a sword; which she used to protect her children.  She is a symbol of hope, strength and encouragement. Like seeing the porch light on at the end of the land.

The mother of the demons is her counterpart. Without light there is no shadow, so the solar deities typically have a shadow projection like the shadows on Plato’s Cave.

As Devamata she nourishes her children by keeping them safe and satisfied. She is the great mother in service to the needs, demands and wants of her children. She is the source of power for others. Her job is to prepare the ground for healthy seeds. She is known as “visible infinity,” indivisible, unsplit, eternal, endless mother of the demi-gods. She teaches the next generation as a way to prepare for the future. 

Eight Vasus: the bright ones

One of the Vasus living at a temple in Khajuraho.
  1. Antariksha or Aha: Space or pervading
  2. Dhruva: the motionless pole star protected by the seven brothers or seven sages.
  3. Apa or Soma: Water or the lord of the vegetation who inspires with emotion
  4. Prithvi or Dhara: Earth, fertility, reproduction or support
  5. Vayu or Anila: wind
  6. Agni or Anala: fire or living
  7. Aditya or Pratyusha: Eternal light or the bright dawn
  8. Dyaus or Prabhasa: sky or light

One day the 8 Vasus were walking through the forest with their wives when suddenly Dyaus’ wife spots a lovely cow and convinces her husband to steal it. He convinces his seven brothers to help him. Of course it turned out to be Vashishta’s prize cow Kamadenu, and he knew right away what was happening. He quickly caught up with them and sentenced them to be born as mortal humans on earth. They pleaded with him for leniency so he allowed seven of them to live less than one year on earth; only Dyaus would have to live out the full span. They requested that Ganga-ma be their mother and this led to her affair with King Shantanu where she killed the first seven children she bore to him without allowing him to ask any questions. The eighth child grew up to be the powerful Bhishma.

This doesn’t seem like much but this momentary lapse of judgement by the Vasu’s when Dyaus gives into his emotional nature is considered to be the start of the whole Mahabharata war. This is how addiction and bad habits get us: we just give into the once and the next thing we know we have a war on our hands. The ultimate lesson is: don’t give your power away.

But there is also something deeper to these 8 Vasus. The pole star is often compared to the spinal cord and the other seven Vasus relate with the 7 chakra which are the ultimate power source of the body. In order to harness this energy we are told over and over again not to be a slave to our emotions and our desires.

(We should note that the Vasus are the lords of Dhanishta nakshatra which has a female lion as it’s sexual symbol both suggesting a strong connection between these two planets.) 

Bhishma

Bhishma, the great Archer dying on a bed of arrows.

Each of the seven Vasus offered the best part of themselves to their eighth brother Bhisma whose karma it was to live a full span of life on earth as a human. His mother was Ganga-ma who spared him at the desperate request from her husband, King Shantanu , after having drowned the first seven of their children to full-fill a karmic curse which they had earned. But due to the king’s protest, which went against their marriage agreement, she took the child with her to heaven to be taught kingmanship and the vedas. He flourished there learning directly from the greatest masters and he became the ideal Prince in every way. One day he was on earth frolicking with his bow when he decided to use his arrows to dam a river so he could cross. The king saw this spectacle and just as he wondered by whose hand such a thing was possible, Ganga-ma appeared with their son to offer an introduction.

The boy went with his father to Hastinapur to prepare to one day take over the kingdom and he was beloved by all; especially his father, the king. But then one day as the King was walking by the river he met a beautiful woman and quickly fell in love and she agreed to marry him with her fathers permission. The father agreed on the condition that their first born child inherit the kingdom. This is where the tension comes into the story. The father could not make such a promise that would harm mighty son so he went home without his freshly beloved. And he suffered from his broken heart like any man. He stopped eating and sleeping and became weak. His devoted son eventually discovered the reason for his fathers decline in power.

Bhishma took it upon himself to meet with the chief fisherman to try to persuade him to change his mind but he helped firm. Bhishma promised him that he would make no claim, but the fish chief had no way to ensure that Bhishma’s children might not make a claim. Eventually Bhisma agreed to remain celibate for the rest of his life. Upon this vow the fisher-chief agreed and the Gods rejoiced.  This is when he became known as Bhishma and was praised for his devotion to his father. The people of the kingdom didn’t like this arrangement much though. They had been looking forward to the reign of such an enlightened as Bhishma promised to be. But Bhisma made an agreement with them too that he would always serve whoever was king of the land and thus he would remain in service to the people as well. Of course such a vow foreshadows trouble.

Satyavati mother of Vyasa with Sage Parashara

Eventually King Shantanu and his fish woman bride Satyavati had two children together: Chitrangada & Vichitravirya. Bhishma was like a father to them and had retained a place in the hearts of everyone. After his father died and the older step-brother was crowned King, Bhisma continued to support the new ruling dynasty. It was until Chitrangad was killed and the younger step-brother took the throne that problems began.

Bhishma was sent to Kashi to retrieve the three daughters for the young king to marry. He was an invincible warrior so he had little problem fighting off their suitors. But he began to feel bad for Amba who was deeply in love with a man in Kashi so he let her go back to him. The problem is that his ego was bruised and he would no longer have anything to do with her. She then went back to Bhisham and insisted he marry her, but he was living under a vow of celibacy so he could not marry her. She was now a scorned woman who went to Narashima to request that he defend her honour and kill Bhishma; but it was not possible as Narashima already knew that his student Bhishama could defeat him. Amba then completed rigorous tapas to get Lord Shiva’s attention and requested a boon to be reborn as a great warrior who would kill Bhishma.

The youngest brother Vichitravirya went ahead and married the two sisters from Kashi, but he fell ill and died before impregnating either of them. Satyavati asked Bhishma to do so for the family lineage, but he could not due to his vow. Satyavati had had an illustrious son out of wedlock with the great Sage Parashara. This son was the great Vyasa who recorded many of these epics, he agreed to father a child with his step brothers, widowed wives and he impregnated the head maid just to be sure. The three children from this union are well known in the Bhagavad Gita: the blind Dhritarashtra, Pandu, the head of the Pandavas and Vidur. Bhishma once again found himself in a mentoring role taking care of the kingdom while teaching these child kings and princes the wisdom of stagecraft.

Pandu went on to father 5 children with his two wives. These five became known as “The Pandavas,” while Dhritarashtra’s 100 children, once again with the help of Vyasa, became known as the Kauravas. Bhishma taught them all he knew, but he had a special place in his heart for the Pandavas, especially Arjuna who was his prize student in archery. But when war was declared between the two clans, Bhishma was bound by his vow to support whoever was in charge of the kingdom, which in this case meant supporting the Kauravas.

Many times over Bhishma ignores what he knows in his heart to be justice but does not follow the correct course because he is so tightly bound by his rigid orthodoxy and narrow interpretation of his vows. These impulsively taken oaths, for an unworthy cause, coloured his judgment and decisions throughout his life.

On the other hand he was greatly praised for his willingness to sacrifice everything in order to keep his promise. Bhisma had made one other vow which would be the death of him. He swore to nave take up weapons against a woman or transgender person. This when Shikhandi, the reincarnation of Amba walks into he picture forcing Bhisham to lay down his arms just as Arjuna is mounting and attack with his bow. He is pierced so many times that when his body falls, it remains suspended on the arrows.

He had the boon to choose his time of death and so wanted to wait for an auspicious time, when the moon is on its northern course. Krishna takes pity on him and takes away Bhishma’s pain the the duration of his life. This allows Bhishma to share all he had for knowledge with the young warriors who had gathered around.

Of course Drona, Arjuna and Eklavya were all formidable archers as well so there might be something in their stories as well, but we will leave them for now.

Bow and Quiver of Arrows: 

Elastic potential energy.

The bow is essentially a spring that stores mechanical potential energy when the string is pulled back, increasing the curve in the bow. The “draw weight” is a calculation of the amount of force on the bow that will go into the arrow when the string is pulled.. This is also known as elastic potential energy. The bow was a devastating invention of war and hunting. It’s almost exclusively an offensive weapon  used in the early stages of battle when the two sides are still at a distance; though of course there are exceptions for crossbow use which the Mongols mastered.  

The arrow is the projectile that does the damage. The bow and arrow are in some sense inseparable, they are each pretty much useless without the other. The power of the arrow is just a reflection of the power of the bow. The arrow projects the power of the bow into the world. The arrow also symbolises any other kind of projectile that flies through the air: airplanes, bullets, missiles, foot balls. It also seems to connect with just about anything else that needs to go into a straight line like pens or road building equipment, or race horses. 

The string also seems to be an important consideration here too, the tightness of the string, but also just for the string itself. Musical string instruments can be found in their hands, especially since it goes so well with finger dexterity. But even string theorists have placements here, as do some others working with spools of electrical cables. There are two main actions with the bow: 1. There is the build up of potential energy with the drawback, and then there is the release, the trigger, which, through the snap back, fires the projectile. The feathers on the arrows allow it to fly straight by giving it some spin. This spin that Punarvasu are able to put on things is part of their magic. They can be great storytellers who may be prone to embellishments.

 In 1363 by kings proclamation: “every man in the same country, if he be able-bodied, shall, upon holidays, make use, in his games, of bows and arrows… and so learn and practise archery.” “The skeleton of an archer reveals he was in his early 20s and 178cm (5ft 10in). He was taller than many of the crew and well built, with strong legs. The middle of his spine is twisted, making one shoulder lower than the other – a feature is seen on other skeletons found with archery equipment. One of his right finger bones has grooves on the inside, forming a ridge. This could have been made by repeatedly pulling a longbow string.”

Arrows

Refers to the astral weapons which returned after fulfilling their mission. On the other hand, arrows, once released will continue straight until they hit the target or theri power expires. They shoot straight. Eros’s Arrow? Linear movement.

The Twins Stars

“The Two, Sun-child and Moon-child, antagonistic yet cooperative, represent a single cosmic force, polarised, split and turned against itself in mutually supplementary portions.  The life-supporting power, mysterious in the lunar rhythm of its tides, growing and decaying at a time, counters and tempers the solar fire of the zenith, life desiccating in its brilliance, yet by whose heat all lives.” ~ Joseph Campbell ~

Castor and Pollux: 

Castor & Pollux

Two brightest stars of Gemini: Pollux, known as Beta Geminorum, is the brighter twin. It’s the closest giant star to the sun being only 34 light years away. It’s also 2x the mass and 9x the diameter, and 30x the brightness of the sun. It creates non-visible infrared radiation and sends it into space; some comparisons suggest that it’s 43x more energetic than the sun. A large planet, 2.3x the mass of Jupiter, orbits Pollux every 590 days. Castor is the dim brother known as Alpha Geminorum.

Castor & Pollux

Castor and Pollux are said to have the same mother but different fathers. Castor’s father was the king of Sparta. Pollux’s father was Zeus from the time Zeus disguised himself as a swan to seduce their mother, Leda. Helen of Troy was their famous sister. Clytemnestra was also a sister

They were the patron saints of sailors who prayed for favourable winds; to whom they appeared as St Elmo’s fire. Travellers in general sought safe passage from them.. Boxers and athletes would pray to them to intervene at moments of crisis in order to get a second wind. They were also associated with horsemanship and the horse twins (See Ashwini). They would get involved with breaking or taming horses as well as tending flocks. They were excellent hunters who joined Jason on his ship the Argo. They are also known as twin gardeners whose job it is to restore, rehabilitate and renew lost knowledge.

Jacob & Esau: Biblical Sons of Isaac 

Esau, the elder brother, was coerced into giving away his birthright for a morsel of food. His hunger was uncontrollable. This story highlights the problems we get from lack of self-control, envy, greed or uncaring attitude. In haste we can make choices which may relieve a temporary problem, but have long term consequences. In addiction we forget about the consequences as our mind focuses on satisfying immediate desire. There is a loss of perspective as forbidden or taboo desires create inner turmoil.

Jacob & Esau

The necessary sacrifice of the short term desire for the long term goal does not take place in this nakshatra. The thinking here can be a very single track playing over and over again. Samskara are found here, grooves, habitual thinking, obsessive thinking. There is some relationship with brain plasticity and the work of meditation, focus and conscious repetition that it takes to break us of our bad habits. 

Jacob & Esau

Romulus and Remus

The twin founders of Rome. Usually depicted as twin children suckling from their she-wolf mother. The two brothers dispute the exact locations where the city should be and by death or some other method Remus gets put out of the picture.  Romulus is credited with founding Rome’s armies, its system of rights and laws, its state religion and government, and the system of patronage that underpinned all social, political and military activity. The god Mars is sometimes cited as their father, which sets them up  as helpers on the way to war. But Punarvasu are not likely to get in the middle of a war, but like the archers, snipers, drone-warrior they might take part from a safe distance. In many way we find that the nosy people who are just trying to help are usually causing more harm than good. Their humanitarian drive might not flow so much from the heart as from a need to check off the right box. 

“He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster, when you gaze long into the abyss the abyss also gazes into you.” 

~ Nietzsche `~

Health: 

Fingers and nose are the primary body parts represented by Punarvasu 

[It should be noted that much of this is merely theoretical with some quick research to back me up.  I still have many birth times to rectify or confirm before I go over all of this some more. I will of course be happy for any comments as well.]

  • Neurological symptoms, neurotransmitters, memory, 
  • Impulse control diseases like drug, alcohol, or sex addiction as well as the rehabilitation program to help people over come these urges.
  • Conditions that arise due to issues of  impulse control, like diabetes, liver problems, venereal disease, or short and long term mental problems.
  • Injection medicines like insulin or other intravenous drugs. 
  • Hand/finger dexterity: Fine motor skill,

Memory storage, processing, recall. Temporal Lobe:  Hippocampus, Amygdala, Anticholinergic, Acetylcholine, neurotransmitters generally, the Central Nervous System, fine motor function, olfactory, breathing, lungs.  

Temporal lobe: 

This vital structure helps process sensory input, including pain and auditory stimuli. It also helps you understand language, retain visual memories, and both process and remember emotions. The left temporal lobe is associated with understanding language, learning, memorising, forming speech and remembering verbal information. The right temporal lobe is associated with learning and memorising non-verbal information (e.g. drawings and music), recognising information, and determining facial expressions. vital for declarative memory and long-term memory, as well as making us good at selective hearing.

Loss of short term memory can be a symptom of:  brain injuries and diseases, epilepsy, neurological disorders, schizophrenia, thyroid disorders, diabetes, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic fatigue syndrome, hypertension, menopause, stroke, a side effect of surgery, or from substance abuse (alcohol and drugs).

The neurotransmitter acetylcholine turns short term memories into long term ones. It’s one of the main neurotransmitters for learning, memory, arousal, attention and reward. Relates with unconscious and involuntary activities of the body. There is also some relations between acetylcholine and the memory loss experience in  Alzheimer’s and dementia memory loss. Neuromuscular disorders, Polio, multiple sclerosis. Seizures might also be caused by problems in the temporal lobe.  

Amygdala 

controls our emotional response, memory processing, and decision-making. An “amygdala hijack” is an emotional response that is immediate, overwhelming, and out of measure with the actual stimulus because it has triggered a much more significant emotional threat. Problems related to this impulse control are regularly found here. Obsessive compulsive disorders, pathological gambling, kleptomania, and Tourette’s syndrome. Other antisocial  behaviours related to drugs and alcohol or compulsive sex disorders like  pedophilia which burdens the person with repetitive thoughts and urges.

Three standard pharmacotherapy treatments can be used for this: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI), luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LHRH), and leuprolide acetate (LA). Many of the drugs of this class are essentially anti -psychotics which seek to remove the emotional impact of our memories, thus removing the internal trigger which can be effective for all kinds of impulse controls. Of course due to side effects and controversies about over-prescription and diagnosis of these kinds of diseases, treatment does remain controversial. Life time dedication to a complete and disciplined yoga practice seems to be the safest long term solution. Quick, or intensive tantric options can be dangerous for the snap back unless they have long-term support to keep them going with a more moderate program. And of course in all cases we have to be realistic and revert to the remedial treatment most suitable for the individual.

Aditi relates this asterism to the central nervous system and modern theories of brain plasticity, while the eight Vasudeva’s may relate with seven of the main neurotransmitters with the pole star acting as the Central Nervous System itself. (more research needs to be done here as there is likelihood of a strong connection with the chakras.)

  1. Acetylcholine: Found in different areas of the CNS, at the synapse of glands and in muscles. It stimulates our muscles, activating motor neurons. It promotes memory and association as well as helping us to transition from sleep to wakefulness
  2. GABA: Inhibits the action of excitatory neurotransmitters so that our reactions are not exaggerated beyond the initial fear
  3. Dopamine: Well being, pleasure, relaxation. Also helps coordinate movement. It’s also essential for the proper function of the CNS. It produces a depolarising effect in the neurons to facilitate communication between them; this helps with learning, attention & memory.
  4. Glutamate: The main excitatory neuron of the CNS. Important role in memory and other mental processes.
  5. Adrenaline: Very similar to noradrenaline in relation to our stress response to real or imagined dangers. Controls breathing and blood pressure.
  6. Noradrenaline: Serves double function as neurotransmitter and hormone. It activates the sympathetic nervous system, helps regulate heart rate in tandem with our attention and stress response.
  7. Serotonin: serves as a hormone as well. Its job is to regulate other neurotransmitters. It’s involved with digestion, regulations of stress & anxiety, body temperature, sleep, mood and appetite for food and sex.
  8. The central nervous system itself may be represented by the pole star.

Tree of Punarvasu

Bamboo is incredibly versatile.

Bamboo: 

Fast growing, strong, straight, hollow used in building and scaffolding for reaching heights. They flower only once in their lifetime. Likes moist lands. It’s actually not a tree, but very large grass similar to wheat, rice & sugarcane. It absorbs high amounts of CO2 & emits a high level of O2. It’s Stronger than oak and resists warping or rotting. It also gets used for textiles and makes an excellent source of supply for both bows and arrows. It’s an important crop for war as well as for growth.

Bamboo is incredibly versatile.

Vanshlochan: 

Vansh: bamboo + Lochan: eyes = a discharge of liquid from the “eyes” (joints) of female bamboo, found inside the hollow stems. It absorbs water, but is not easily dissolved in water. It’s released as a fluid but dries into a white solid.

Ayurveda classifies vanshlochan as a stimulant, astringent, sweet, cooling, tonic, expectorant, haemostatic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, anti-cough. It is light, sharp and dry. It’s cooling with a post digestive effect that is sweet. It pacifies vata & pitta and contains important minerals and trace elements: 

  • Silica: beauty mineral, good for bones, connective tissue, hair, skin & nails; increases mineral density. 
  • Potash & Potassium: electrolytes that regulate the transfer of nutrients in the cells, tissues, organs, muscles: an electrolyte that carries a small electric charge.
  • Iron: essential component of blood production and formation of the hemoglobin that carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues. Iron deficiency is the cause of anemia

Effective for debility, impotence, male sexual disorders, cough, asthma, bronchitis, burning sensation, diseases of the blood, TB, leprosy, fever.Genuine Vanshlochan is very rare these days but it’s often combined with other compounds for treatment of the lungs or infertility. 

Common Ayurvedic formulas that contains vanshlochan: dadimashtak churna, vilwadi churna, prabhakar vati, brahmi vati, sitopaladi churna, talisadi churna, musli pak, mandan prakash churna, chyvanprash, ashwagandhe pak, saubhagya sunthi pak, stri rasayan.

They are vocal and can be insistent but benevolent to their children. Punarvasu are descendants of Sage Kratu and they are often employed in educated trades. They are focused on making money, but usually want to do it in the right way and they like things smoothly. They may have a windy temperament and can be very changeable. They usually seek a partner, career and lifestyle that can ground them and contain them to some degree. Or perhaps someone who can give them direction. There is a real establishment of a dual identity here; the us and them division between the Devas and the Asuras. Punarvasu people usually aim to be on the right side of history. They typically try to do what’s right and they typically have high expectations of themselves; but this high expectation can also set them up for failure and disappointment (usually in themselves).  They’re goal and achievement orientated which typically keeps them from abject poverty no matter how bad things might get. At worst they will probably always have someplace from their past that they can return to. Aditi will keep the porch light on for them. They often follow the simple poetry for householders laying the foundation and preparing the ground for future generations.

“The writer must be able to revel and roll in the abundance of words; he must know not only the direct but also the secret power of a word. There are overtones and undertones to a word, and lateral echoes, too.”      ~Knut Hamsun~

Key Themes

  • Reconciliation, reunion, rehabilitation, redemption, reincarnation, virtue signals, messages of hope and optimism.
  • Memory, remember, regurgitate, regenerate, recognition, habits, mnemonic devices, transference, projection, mirroring, mentors.
  • The assembly line, production line, the straight line, the linear processes, the straight-shooters, the straight and narrow, triggers, shooters, archers, arrows, footballs, projectiles, airplanes, missiles.
  • Strings, guitars, harps, pianos, string theory, quantum physics, the tension of opposing forces, the atom, the hybrid
  • Polar opposites, split personalities, twins, step-brothers, step fathers, foster families, dual paternity.

Exposition

“The hand that stretches the bow must open like a child’s hand opens. What sometimes hinders the precision of the shot is the archer’s overactive will. He thinks: “What I fail to do will not be done”, and that’s not quite how things work. Man should always act, but he must also let other forces of the universe act in their own due time.” ~Eugen Herrigel (Punarvasu Ascendant) ~

These are very goal orientated creative people. They know where they come from and they know where they’re going. Punarvasu are usually kind, friendly, happy people who enjoy small talk and light philosophical discussion. In modern times they are often stewards of the land who believe in recycling and reusing; small things that make a statement.

They are usually cheerful, attentive, devoted parents who inspire their children and keep a nice home. A woman will show devotion to her husband and support him in his faith. Both sexes are likely to be active in the community and they will gain the respect of their peers. Health problems are likely to be due to over indulgence. 

They usually have some kind of mentor, father figure or ideal for which they are striving; some spirituality or religion is usually present. They may suffer many setbacks but are likely to stay the course, or return back to it. They are natural preachers, teachers and lecturers and they can often be found working with children in a position of trust. They might also have a habit of treating other adults also like children; the whole world might be under their care somehow.

They are creative, but not in an original way, they usually create copies or duplicates but they can build off another work. The student should, after all, surpass the master. Aditi teaches us how to regenerate from a seed; they like to be prepared for the future and ensure the ground is fertile for the next generation. It seems even the tiniest affliction here will bring difficulties bearing children, though they are likely to have several of them (though there are often tragic deaths early in the lives of their children). They tend to be sensitive to the biological rhythms of plants and make excellent gardeners and herbalists. They are happy to follow the rhythms of the seasons and the local cultural community. They are usually cheerful optimistic rule-followers who work well with others in the community to promote abundance and growth. 

They can be a bit high-strung and they are usually forward moving and goal orientated as they look to where they are going . They can be the virtue-signalling social justice warriors full of bright ideas. They may be busy bodies who stick their nose into everybody else’s business (the “Karen” of the zodiac). They like telling others how to run their lives which often leads them to advisory and education settings, coaching, spa work, life coaches, self-help gurus. This is due to their natural nourishing instinct and will expand to include caring for pets or animals, and well as the natural world in general.

They can also become the wise sage: always there to forgive and to help lift up those who are underprivileged or going through a hard time. Sri Ramana Maharishi has his Punarvasu moon in 10th house with Ketu aspected by Jupiter to give it an extra spiritual boost. They tend to be more idealistic than realistic as they try to apply global solutions to local problems. They can also have very good memories, especially when Mercury is here, but each planet lends it’s own flavour. Afflictions here can have a negative effect on their memory and they may be prone to dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life. Post-traumatic stress and various mental disturbances from emotionally charged memories is also possible. Issues related to addictions and impulse control, not just drugs and alcohol, but gambering, sex, food or most any other addiction you can think of.. Of course these kinds of negative behaviours need harsh planets like Rahu to afflict this nakshatra as well as other difficult placements in the chart. 

They often have some tension from their past that moves them forward. Sometimes an alter ego will get triggered in certain situations and it’s quite likely they will have a few doppelgängers running around. They are often acutely aware of the devil and the angel on each shoulder. They can at times become slaves to their impulses even when they know better. If they are not dealing with the alter ego inside of themselves they will be certain to have to deal with such a character in their lives. It’s like they will have some kind of sibling figure who represents their opposite. Step brothers are also common here and there may be issues with the inheritance which is unlikely to follow the cultural norms of succession.

One way or another we often find them reconciling opposites. Isabell Myers-Briggs was born with her moon here. She was just trying to reconcile her relationship with her husband when she came up with this list of four sets of opposites that combine to represent 16 different personalities. It’s now one of the most popular personality test out there. Carl Jung also has placements here. Electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, the splitting of the atom, and string theory all came about under some influence from Punarvasu.

“And what impels him to repeat this process at every single lesson, and, with the same remorseless insistence, to make his pupils copy it without the least alteration? He sticks to this traditional custom because he knows from experience that the preparations for working put him simultaneously in the right frame of mind for creating. The meditative repose in which he performs them gives him that vital loosening and equability of all his powers, that collectedness and presence of mind, without which no right work can be done.” ~ Eugen Herrigel ~

This can make good scientists and technical people who have to keep following the same old formula (especially with Saturn influence. Some of the people with this placement may have repeated the formula for regime change as well. Just follow the rules, believe the science, do as you’re told, don’t step out of line, and everything will be ok. 

They usually are not particularly original creators but they can be magicians when it comes to restoration and reproduction. They might be masters at copying the techniques of the masters from the past. These people usually recognize on some level of awareness that we stand on the shoulders of the giants who have brought civilizations to where it is today. And I suppose since this happens to be the time we are living in, it’s way better than any other time. The Jupiter influence here tends to keep them optimistic. 

Restoration spans every field: historians and antique dealers, classic car enthusiasts, architects, builders doing renovation work, all kinds of recovery work can be performed here. The whole reuse and recycle movement rides on the back of this nakshatra. 

People who take their show on the road and are constantly setting things up and taking them down. Cover bands, theatre groups, generic arts, karaoke, formulaic dime-store book writers.

From a spiritual perspective Punarvasu is all about redemption, forgiveness, and reconciliation. They are usually acutely aware of the dark side of humanity. They can also be exceedingly judgemental, pretentious and hypocritical. They do well to find a god, guru, mentor or someone whose virtues are worthy of emulation. They are goal orientated and don’t often admit to being wrong, but when they do they will promise to change their ways and seek forgiveness. They may need some time away but they return again. This is a Vishnu ruled nakshatra so they will seek stability and do the work to maintain what they have. They usually attend and are likely active with community events, groups, celebrations, ideological or religious services. do very well with schedules and time keeping. The last pada can be especially sensitive to the natural rhythms of the days and the seasons while the other might be more focused on the calendar itself.

“The hand that stretches the bow must open like a child’s hand opens. What sometimes hinders the precision of the shot is the archer’s overactive will. He thinks: “What I fail to do will not be done”, and that’s not quite how things work. Man should always act, but he must also let other forces of the universe act in their own due time.”~Eugen Herrigel ~

The interesting thing about Punarvasu is that they appear so normal in so many ways; perhaps even models of perfection like Martha Stewart, but they often have an alter ego. Well we all do to some degree, but placements here will make this duality stand out. This is, after all, the only twin nakshatra of Gemini.  They might be the functional addict; they are not usually as off the wall or in your face like Ardra. They are usually good people who stray from the righteous path and later seek forgiveness to be welcomed back into the fold. 

How many of these people come back from the dead we will never know for sure,  but they often have some event in their life that turns things around and gives them purpose. For many it might be as simple as family. Punarvasu people are not usually very complicated. They are usually good with their fingers flipping chips and doing card tricks, good shufflers, They might also be fidgety with their hands. They are quite often good at guitar or some other string instrument (including piano). Though they may also suffer problems with their ears.

The connection with archery relates to all kinds of projectiles flying through the air. And there seems to be a fairly phalic theme to this nakshatra as well. Arrows, bullets, missiles, rockets, airplanes all seem to come up here, but so do pens, pointers, footballs, directional arrows and needles (for injection, for acupuncture, for sewing), knives, shanks, hole punches, staples. 

Aviators seem to be well represented with this nakshatra but any kind of delivery person or bus driver following a repeating route may have this. Mars here certainly seems to propel people forward as they use fire and steel to reach their goal. 

Planetary Rulers of Punarvasu

Jupiter: Expansive, permissive, philosophical, provides gravity, ideology, dogma, globalism, travel, doctrine, optimism, generosity, humanism, permissive, can be heavy and prideful, beliefs, the big picture, husband, father figures, gurus, theory, inspiration, 

Gemini: Younger siblings, teammates, band members, youth groups, rights groups, neighbours, messages, signals, media communications, mentality, short travel, commuting, associations, trade guilds, hobbies, hand crafts, calendars, itineraries, plans, lists, instruction, measurement.

Gemini + Jupiter: Philosopher-writer, religious communications, public speaker/preacher, intellectual work, spiritual teachers, professors, communicating an ideological or dogmatic vision. Explaining or describing a global humanistic perspective with expansive messages. Virtue signaller.  

Cancer + Jupiter: Teachers, homemakers, fertility experts, caring for children. The best gardeners and herbalists but can be a bit off due to some kind of persistent physical, mental or relationship imbalance in their life. They can do well in land development, real estate, property management and they make excellent caretakers of churches, temples or universities. But whatever they do will be accompanied by some kind of exploitation, imbalance or accusation. Alcohol addiction and divorce are often seen here.

Pada’s of Punarvasu

Pada 1 (Gemini + Jupiter + Aries): They are usually intelligent and enterprising. They are not afraid to take a risk and are typically capable of following through with their. They are action orientated people who may prefer less talk and more action. They can be less social than many other Gemini placements.They make good coaches capable of inspiring others. They can be very direct in the way they express themselves.  Makes good yoga teachers, very active, athletic and capable of multitasking. 

Sun: USA (1), Sylvester Stallone (1), Steven Crowder (1), Jen-Child (1), Freida Kahlo (1), George W Bush Jr (1), Candy Barr (1). Moon: Kate Duchess of Cambridge (1), Hugo Chavez (1), Jacques Fresco (1), Francisco de Goya (1). Mars: Don McLean (1), Oliver Cromwell (1), David Gilmour (1), Picasso (1). Mercury: Hugo Chavez (1), Andre-Anne (1), Carol Hemingway (1), Carl Jung (1). Venus: John Calvin (1), Nikola Tesla (1), Baghdad (1). Jupiter: Mark Twain (1), Queen Mary (Bloody Mary) (1), Warren Buffet (1), Hugo Chavez (1), Bobby Fischer (1), Billy Graham (1), Knut Hamsun (1), Jesse James (1), Judias Welty  (killed for insurance money (1)). Saturn: Ingrid Bergman (1). Rahu: Castro (1), Eric Clapton (1), Charlie Chaplin (1), Hitler (1). Ketu: Woody Allen (1), Hugo Chavez (1), Jack Welch (1), Jeff Holliday (1), Angela Merkel (1).

Pada 2 (Gemini + Jupiter + Taurus): Pushkara Navamsha Pada – Bhagya 24°. Pushkara navamsa typically bring higher intelligence and other natural skills that make achieving fame and success a little easier. Here we find Gemini’s coupling energy combined with the permissiveness of Jupiter and the sensual pleasure of Taurus. They will like to have fun, take small speculative risks and try to get back what was lost. Gambling and attraction to sensual pleasures can lead to addiction. They wiIll likely have several long term relationships. May be scientifically minded, practical, pragmatic, calculating risk and odds of success. They want stored wealth and good investments. They often attract partners who are into tantra, occult, underground activities in order to spice up their relatively grounded lives, but this doesn’t always work out well for them. Hospitality, tourism, storage,

Sun: Marcel Proust (2), Dave Toschi (2), Courtney Love (2), Josep Rhodes (2), Nikola Tesla (2). Moon: Shakespeare (2), Lizette (2), Robertson Davies (2) Drew Barrymore (2), Hiroshima (2), Mary Ann Polly Seguin (killed husband (2)), Rick Levine (2). Mars: Rossano (2), Anthony Kennedy (2), Marie Antoinette (2), Richard Baldwin (2), Paul Bernardo (2). Mercury: Arnold Schwarzenegger (2), Marcel Proust (2), Venus:  Paul Bernardo (2), Meryl Streep (2), George Bush Sr (2), Carol Hemingway (2), Carl Jung (2), Jennifer Lawrence (2), Edward Norton (2). Jupiter: John Gottselig (2), Bruce Willis (2), Benio Mussolini (2). Saturn: Rossano (2), Hiroshima (2), Russell Brand (2), David Gilmour (2), Angelina Jolie (2). Rahu: Astra (2), Bill Ayers (2), Marilyn Monroe (2), Miles Davis (2), Allen Ginsberg (2), Mia Farrow (2), Stock Crash 1907 (2), George Floyd (2), Che Guevera (2). Ketu: Sri Ramana Maharshi (2), Alyssa Milano (2), Rabindranath Tagore (2), Michael Moore (2). 

Pada 3 (Gemini + Jupiter + Gemini): good eaters, poets, stingy, show in action, and long-lived. They speak a lot good, capable of doing all jobs, of forgiving temperament they keep anger for themselves and look to be normal outside.

Vargottama Pada. They have a strong hunger that insists on satisfaction. These people are very attracted to the opposite sex out of a desire to have a conversation partner, and someone to bounce ideas off. They are usually clever, they like to gamble and play the odds, and they enjoy music. They make excellent writers and communicators giving clear descriptions or explanations of theoretical ideas. They would make good technical writers or writers of instructional manuals. They often become teachers or advisors in intellectual or spiritual fields and many work with or share similar work as their partners. They are friendly, neighbourly people who know little of the feelings of bitterness or anger.

Sun: Gerald Ford (3), Harrison Ford (3), Cheech Martin (3), Conor McGregor (3). Moon: Qasem Soleimani (3), John Gottselig (3), Dale Evans (3), Courtney Love (3), Harrison Ford (3), Conor McGregor (3), Roman Polanski (3), Sri Ramana Maharshi (3). Mars: Julius Caesar (3), Albert Camus (3), Erwin Schrodinger (3), Karl Marx (3). Mercury: Salman Rushdie (3), John Calvin (3), Pamala Anderson (3). Venus: Dante Alighieri (3), Benito Mussolini (3), Jenn-Child (3). Jupiter:Stephane Abrail (3), Paul Gauguin (3), Steve Jobs (3), Freida Kahlo (3), AOC (3), Ernest Rutherford (3). Saturn: Diane Keaton (3), Michael Green (Physic: String Theory(3)). Rahu: Hugh Hefner (3), Whitney Houston (3) Britney Spears (3), Johnny Depp (3), Kate Duchess of Cambridge (3), Chamunda Devi (American Aghore dead (3)). Ketu: Gerald Amirault (3), Candy Barr (3), Gwyneth Paltrow (3), Erdogan (3), Johann von Goethe (3).

Pada 4 (Cancer + Jupiter + Cancer): Pushkara Navamsha Pada & Vargottama Pada: planets are said to get more strength when they are in the same sign in both the Rashi chart and Navamsha chart. They give strong results essentially because it puts us and our partner on the same page. And our partner is just a convenient way to say “the other.” The reflection we get back from society matches. Of course this is good if the planet is in dignity, but if it’s not, then look out. The other thing that we need to keep in mind is that vargottama can suggest a bit of a bubble and due to the extra focus on one area of life, we might lack development in other areas.

The 4th pada is uniquely set in Cancer. These people are focused on the natural cycles of the day and the seasons, they are good caretakers of the home and the land. They are usually good gardeners and good parents who take part in community cultural events, especially the seasonal ones. They could be home schoolers, or preachers whose beliefs or ideologies are in conflict with the concerns of the local community. Women tend to think their identity as a mother or a caretaker of the land trumps everything. In modern terms this is “the responsibility to protect,” which is essentially the human rights excuse for war. They have a need for rhythm: Moon and Venus placed here are especially auspicious for music. They are said to be especially fond of string instruments. They make excellent housewives and their partners tend to reflect this by being more serious about their career

Sun: Angela Merkel (4), Pranaal Baba (4), Hunter S Thompson (4), Ginger Rogers (4), John Calvin (4). Moon: Marla Runyan (4), Randall Woodfield (“I5 Bandit Killer” (4)). Meredith Black (4), Michael Faraday (4), Isabel Myers-Briggs (4), Black Thursday 1929 (4). Mars: Audrey Hepburn (4), Gaddafi (4), Stephen King (4), Sara Aldrete (4), Henry Ford II (4), Patsy Cline (4). Mercury:Julian Assange (4), Lance Alworth (4), Martin Sheen (4), Martha Stewart (4), Night of the Long Knives (4), Johnathan Luckhurst (3),, Bill Cosby(4). Jupiter: Amitabh Bachhan (4), Joe Biden (4), Kurt Cobain (4), Ralph Klein (4). Venus: Jordan Peterson (4), Arnold Schwarzenegger (4), Trump (4), Castro (4), Robertson Davies (4) Saturn: Don McLean (4), Derek Chauvin (4), Michelangelo (4), Trump (4), Richard Baldwin (4). Rahu: Mikhail Bakunin (4), Ivanka Trump (4), Carlos Castaneda (4), Freida Kahlo (4), David Gilbert (4), King Henry V (4), Horatio Nelson (4). Ketu: Robert Hand (4), Margaux Hemingway (4), Robert William Johnstone (4), Tamara Dawn (4), Jim Duggan (4), Josep Rhodes (4), John Travolta (4), Oprah Winfrey (4), Christopher Columbus (4), Davy Crocket (4).

Planets in Punarvasu

Ascendant in Punarvasu   

Orest (2), Salvador Dali (3), Tucker Carlson (4), Jonathan Luckhurst (4), Bobby Hull (4),  Elie Anuttara, Ausha, Danah Blanco, Brooke, Cheryl Crane, Ram Das, Anne Frank, Mel Gibson, Johann van Goethe, Vincent van Goth, Deni Montana Harrelson, Hermann Hesse, Teddy Kennedy, Stephen King, D.H. Lawrence, Suleiman the Magnificent, Mangala, Tailor Mora, Ranabir, August Rey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sivananda, Joe Tambakis (2), Teresa de Avila, J.R.R. Tolkien, Trump Jr, Allan Watts, Shir Werbner

Sun in Punarvasu

A singular planet in a dual sign does not do so well. They might have a very adolescent way of expressing themselves. The first pada, where Sun is exalted in the navamsha, can add a very strong sense of entitlement to their ego. It can be very hard to change their mind as they tend to believe their version is the truth. They may not accept that the other side has any validity at all. 

USA (1), Sylvester Stallone (1), Steven Crowder (1), Jen-Child (1), Freida Kahlo (1), George W Bush Jr (1), Candy Barr (1), Marcel Proust (2), John Archibald Wheeler (2), Dave Toschi (2), Courtney Love (2), Phineas P Gage (2), Tom Hanks (2), Josep Rhodes (2), Nikola Tesla (2), Gerald Ford (3), Harrison Ford (3), Cheech Martin (3), Conor McGregor (3), Angela Merkel (4), Praanal Baba (4), Hunter S Thompson (4), Ginger Rogers (4), John Calvin (4) Varanasi Ghat Astrologer, 

Moon in Punarvasu

The person will keep his mind away from doing wrong, is happy, good natured, humble, of dull intellect, sickly, thirsty, and is satisfied with even a little.

They might not remember what happened, but they will certainly remember how it made them feel.  This connection with the emotional memory sets them up for addictions and trouble from various cravings. It also makes them sensitive to the needs of others and they will often do their best to fulfill those needs.  

It’s interesting to note that Qasem Soleimani was killed by a missile with this moon in his 8th house; and there is now a missile named after him. Elon Musk went to Russia to purchase an ICBM to provide the rocketry to go to the moon. When they turned him down he started SpaceX and started to build his own. Hiroshima is also synonymous with missiles. Shakespeare has also become a name for a company specialising in archery. 

Kate Duchess of Cambridge (1), Peter I of Russia (1), Hugo Chavez (1), Jacques Fresco (1), Francisco de Goya (1), Shakespeare (2), Lizette (2), Robertson Davies (2) Drew Barrymore (2), Hiroshima (2), Mary Ann Polly Seguin (killed step-father (2)), Rick Levine (2), Qasem Soleimani (3), John Gottselig (3), Dale Evans (3), Courtney Love (3), Harrison Ford (3), Conor McGregor (3), Roman Polanski (3), The United Kingdom (3), Eddie Gallagher (3) Sri Ramana Maharshi (3), Marla Runyan (4), Orest (4), Randall Woodfield (“I5 Bandit Killer” (4)). Meredith Black (4), Michael Faraday (4), Isabel Myers-Briggs (4), Black Thursday 1929 (4),

Guernica “This picture was not made for decorating rooms. It’s an offensive and defensive instrument of war against the enemy.” ~In Pablo Picasso’s own words ~

Mars in Punarvasu

“This picture was not made for decorating rooms. It’s an offensive and defensive instrument of war against the enemy.”
Pablo Picasso’s own words about the painting.

This Mars propels people forward with fire or with passion. They might weaponise dogma, ideology, religious belief using short statements of wisdom as a means to attack or challenge others. They are likely to challenge the status quo or become figures of controversy.  Just consider Ford’s motorcar: everyone wants to drive; but nobody wants the pollution. Marxism is similar in that common property sounds ok unless we are talking about my property.  “Schrodinger’s Cat” experiment was a mental experiment that challenged the very notion of knowledge by showing us that two opposing and contradictory realities can exist at the same time. (Multi-dimensional theory is just one of the explanations for this, but there might be some relation between the eight Vasus and the other seven explanations (but this is research for another day.)

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”~ Picasso ~

Mars here brings a lot of dexterity and coordination to their fingers. People with this placement almost always play guitar or some other string instrument requiring good fingers; even Marie Antoinette played the harp. They can be very reactive and often have a kind of competitive nemesis (usually a sibling figure) in their life. David Gilmour had to deal with Roger Waters. Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn worked and fought together. Marx and Engels also had their thing going on; but Marx also offered his theories in opposition to capitalism. Mars really sets one up for a fight between black and white.

Keeping in mind that Castor (or was it Pollux???) was a horse trainer. We find Henry Ford with Mars here using the internal combustion engine to propel his carriage forward. Saturn is nearby providing a braking system as well.  & Saturn conjunct in the 4th pada Cancer Navamsha which puts his internal combustion engine in a box to make a horse, but he also kept it in a box in the home: the garage. Mars propelled it forward and Saturn operated the break. Stephen King who also has Saturn & Mars conjunct in the 4th pada found his own way to package our fears & nightmares, as we were driven to read on even though we wanted to stop. 

In the song “American Pie” Don McLean “Drove his chevy to the levee but the levee was dry.”   Stephen King had a similar assembly line of books. Both these charts show an exchange of houses between the Moon and Mars. Stephen King has the exceptionally psychological thrilling exchange between Scorpio and Cancer while Ford’s exchange involves the innovative Moon in Ashwini nakshatra. Picasso also became a kind of assembly line artist, he was the father of cubism, who painted more than 50 thousand works in his lifetime. The Saturn aspect on Mars made him very focused on his work and the vigorous action he took to reach his goals. 

Don McLean (1), Oliver Cromwell (1), Picasso (1), David Gilmour (1), Picasso (1), Isil (2), Rossano (2), Anthony Kennedy (2), Marie Antoinette (2), Carl Wernicke (2), Richard Baldwin (2), Paul Bernardo (2), Julius Caesar (3), Alexander The Great (3), Albert Camus (3), Wesley Switzer (3), Erwin Schrodinger (3), Karl Marx (3), Audrey Hepburn (4), Gaddafi (4), Stephen King (4), Sara Aldrete (4), Henry Ford II (4), Patsy Cline (4),  Andy Hug (4), Frank Sinatra (4), 

Mercury in Punarvasu

This is a very powerful position for the mass media. These people get a lot of duplicates made. Think how many times John Calvin’s proclamation was copied and pasted, or Pamala Anderson’s picture, Julian Assange’s news. And it’s not just their work which gets copied and pasted, they also have a number of imitators. They will not have any compulsion about telling you what is on their mind. 

It’s an excellent position for syndicate journalists and meme makers. In today’s world these people might go “viral.” It’s good for all kinds of communications work, printing, publishings. They might be legal secretaries or other administrators involved in reproducing media or communication projects. 

In the 1st house it makes Bhadra Yoga`which brings out Mercurial qualities to the highest degree. They are usually very intelligent,  their intelligence might be a little bit shallow but they usually have a very good mind for business. They usually retain their youthfulness throughout life. It gives them a powerful youthful physique. They are adaptable and might have multiple personalities to match with different groups they spend time with. They are friendly and easy going people who can fit in anywhere. They usually have fairly strict boundaries and may live by a fairly simple set of rules. They are typically patriots and/or environmentalists as they will feel a natural connection with the land. 

In the 3rd house can be especially good for copy-writers making them quick and efficient, but these people, regardless of their career title are engaged in adolescent groups which is good for college of high school teachers, they are doing lots of writing, printing and reproducing, [This write up on mercury assumes Mercury to be in one of the first 3 pada’s in Gemini.)

In the 5th house this Mercury can provide a stage for the 8th house deep subconscious to present itself. They are excellent researchers of the mind, and the mental processes. 

In the 6th house they can gain from publishing secret materials, this could be a journalist or a whistleblower. They might write or produce anonymous media. They could study tantra and occultism and share both sides.  They could be into bootlegging media. They are likely to have secret friends and they will have a way of cycling through these old friendships. Sex is likely to be fairly light fun hobby for them rather than anything serious. They might also find themselves going back to old sexual partners. 

In the 11th house is especially good for singers or speakers whose voice might go viral with reproduction. This is also a powerful yoga for wealth, especially cash wealth and liquid assets for recording and producing. 

This is also a good position for craftsmen who are always assembling and reassembling their products, scaffolders, cabinet makers, people building from kits like Ikea, but this could be home builders, assembly line workers. 

Elon Musk (1), Hugo Chavez (1), Pattabhi Jois (1), Andre-Anne (1), Carol Hemingway (1), Carl Jung (1), Arnold Schwarzenegger (2), Tymm Poolsland (2), Marcel Proust (2), Salman Rushdie (3), John Calvin (3), Pamala Anderson (3), Julian Assange (4), Lance Alworth (4), Martin Sheen (4), Martha Stewart (4), Night of the Long Knives (4), Johnathan Luckhurst (3),, Bill Cosby (4), , WW I, Hunter S Thompson (4)

Venus in Punarvasu

This is a position of the classical narcissists looking in the mirror and falling in love with themselves. The jilted lover also has this as they seek to be loved again, to trust again. They have to renew their vows over and over again; they keep making the same promises. But usually a solid position for a durable marriage as it is likely to become part of the faith messaging, They may have a strong attachment to their partners and they are typically willing to compromise. They might even have two marriages at the same time, They will have very flattering images of themselves and they will be popular in front of a camera. Their instagram profiles are likely to be full of pictures of themselves. And they might see their work beautifully reprinted or reproduced. They might be artists who repurpose junk piles, Nikola Tesla is likely to have built many of his inventions from scraps  

John Calvin (1), Kuntidevi (1), Tesla (1), Baghdad (1), Paul Bernardo (2), Meryl Streep (2), George Bush Sr (2), Carol Hemingway (2), Pattabhi Jois (2), Carl Jung (2), Jennifer Lawrence (2), Edward Norton (2), Dante Alighieri (3), Benito Mussolini (3), Jenn-Child (3), Woo (3), Jordan Peterson (4), Arnold Schwarzinegger (4), Trump (4), Castro (4), Robertson Davies (4),

Jupiter in Punarvasu

Jupiter here brings out something of a Robin Hood persona’; stealing from the rich and to the poor. They find a way to justify their criminal activity somehow. Jupiter has a way of throwing a warm glow over the whole scene which is being projected. This is probably where they signal their virtue to the strongest. Sean Connery and Kevin Costner actually played Robin Hood on film. Warren Buffet says he will give away his fortune to charity. Joe Biden won the election justifying the violence and riots while offering more and more free money to the masses. Jupiter is vargottama in Cancer which suggests open borders which may translate globally due to the 9th house placement. (I should note that Trump’s Saturn in the same 4th pada prefers a closed border; but we’ll talk more about borders and boundaries through the Cancer nakshatras.   Jesse James, Billy Graham, AOC could also justify anything with their ideology and belief and they were (are) the darlings of the masses.. They stick to their message. One of the problems with this placement is that it highlights the idealist perspective of how things should be while somewhat dismissing how things are.

 

Warren Buffett’s Astrology Chart

Warren Buffet reminds us that Punarvasu has much to do with preparing for and securing ourselves against an unknown future (planting seeds). He reminded us that “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” And to highlight the Jupiter placement he highlights how knowledge is the best seed we can plant to reduce risk. “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” He also had a couple of good reminders for those of us with involvement with astrology: “Forecasts may tell you a great deal about the forecaster; they tell you nothing about the future.” And for those of us seeking any kind of self improvement thru astrology would be wise to remember that “predicting rain doesn’t count. Building arks does.” He was certainly a man who could plant seeds for the future. He has this in his 7th house so trading, shares, trusts and of course negotiation are all meant to generate returns for a man like this.

 

Mark Twain’s Astrology Chart

Mark Twain was a printer, publisher, writer, and lecturer. Jupiter is fully exalted and vargottama in the 4 pada. They have a way of expanding or exaggerating the past. Mark Twain did this with his writing. There’s a lot of hope and optimism in their messages and they are not afraid to say, “let me get back to you on that.” They can give a lot of speeches and lectures with this position. Mark Twain was also in the printing and publishing business, but he was a failure in that regard. His characters Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn offer.a good example of the kind youthful hope and optimism exemplified by this placement,“Right is right, and wrong is wrong, and a body ain’t got no business doing wrong when he ain’t ignorant and knows better.” ― Mark Twain, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” 

Mark Twain (1), B.K.S. Iyengar (1), Sean Connery (1), Tymm Poolsland (1), Queen Mary (Bloody Mary) (1), Warren Buffet (1), Hugo Chavez (1), Bobby Fischer (1), Billy Graham (1), Knut Hamsun (1), Jesse James (1), Judias Welty  (killed for insurance money (1)), John Gottselig (2), Carl Wernicke (2), Bruce Willis (2), Benito Mussolini (2), Barron Trump (2), Stephane Abrail (3), Paul Gauguin (3), Steve Jobs (3), Freida Kahlo (3), AOC (3), Ernest Rutherford (3), Amitabh Bachhan (4), Joe Biden (4), Kurt Cobain (4), Ralph Klein (4), Tattoo Baba (4), 

Saturn in Punarvasu

Saturn causes the lighting to get darker exaggerating the contrast of this dual Nakshatra: In Ingrid Bergman’s case they used a cinematography technique to darken her features and contrast the shadows. Michelangelo also had a unique way of using sharp contrasting tones rather than blending shadows to achieve depth of field. And these days they often talk about the poor lighting conditions he had to work under compared to today. 

When Trump entered politics he provided a stark contrast to just about everything. There is certainly little middle ground left in American politics. Saturn rules 6th and 7th houses in his chart so we can see allegations (6th) of foreign (12th) collusion (7th). We can also consider the harsh light under which his comments about there being “good people on both sides” were seen and projected. So Saturn here offers a harsh replay of events. Fortunately for him this is all happening in his 12th house so it should mostly dissolve away.

“I feel as lit by fire a cold countenance

That burns me from afar and keeps itself ice-chill;

A strength I feel two shapely arms to fill

Which without motion moves every balance.” ~A rather apt description of Saturn in Punarvasu by Michelangelo ~

Punarvasu Saturn in the 1st house can give some level of bipolar or split personality; even if it’s just in the way of seasonal affective disorders. This sense of confinement or stone wall seem to be a theme with this placement as well. Heavily afflicted it could mean a noose. 

Saturn goes into a debilitated navamsha in the first pada. They have a very strong sense of resolve which they have to renew from time to time. Goals are delayed, returns are delayed.  They might have a very strict calendar. The same tired old thing might come up again and again. These are the people who dust off the old hat to be worn again. The revert to the same tires old cliches, they repeat old news,

David Beckham (1), Ingrid Bergman (1), Martin Poolsland (1), Rossano (2), Hiroshima (2), Russell Brand (2), David Gilmour (2),Tasmin (2), Angelina Jolie (2), Diane Keaton (3), Michael Green (Physic: String Theory(3)), Don McLean (4), Derek Chauvin (4), Michelangelo (4), Trump (4), Richard Baldwin (4), Peter Jossa,, Sunil, Tsunami,

Rahu in Punarvasu

Rahu in Punarvasu is typically a more difficult placement as it clouds the memories and implants false or exaggerated memories which is sometimes described as Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a mental condition characterised by unstable relationships, seeing things all good or all bad, drastic switches between euphoria and desperation, fear of abandonment and possible usage of drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism. In modern times they can often be found coming in and out of rehab or possibly prison or some other form of forced confinement if Saturn is involved. All of this does however also lend to their unique intellect which often goes against the social norm of the day. They might have fascinating fingers, something unusual about them; they may be broken or bent, double jointed. 

They often don’t know where they’re going and their goals might be mixed up and their actions at odds with themselves. They might desperately want to be “straight shooters,” and they might even disguise themselves as one, but quite often they return again. Needle injections are common with this placement; this could also be for diabetes or some other injection medical treatments as well as for the more obvious heroin and other self-medications.  Coherent belief is not important to these people, the belief underlying their message doesn’t really matter so their messaging can become confusing. 

Cocaine, heroin or pharmaceuticals are common addictions for this placement. Eric Clapton was addicted to Heroin and alcohol for almost 20 years. He now helps others get sober. Marylin Monroe was addicted to pharmaceuticals. Horatio Nelson took a daily dose of Laudanum. Hitler is said to have been on everything: Barbiturates meth, cocaine, opiates, steroids and even some kind of hormone injection. Charlie Chaplin’s wives were all in their early teens and he had several paternity battles with families of young daughters practically until he died. Castro facilitated cocaine traffic to the USA. Miles Davis was into heroin and cocaine. Mia Farrow was into drugs and a couple of her children died by drug overdose. Mia also had polio when she was young suggesting this could be related to deeper neuromuscular disorders. George Floyd was also a known addict, Allen Ginsberg was a heavy drug user. They might have a very shady double life. Obsessive compulsive thoughts and phobias may all be there for natives with this placement, 

Castro (1), Eric Clapton (1), Charlie Chaplin (1), Hitler (1), Astra (2), Bill Ayers (2), Marilyn Monroe (2), Miles Davis (2), Allen Ginsberg (2), Mia Farrow (2), Stock Crash 1907 (2), George Floyd (2), Che Guevara (2), Hugh Hefner (3), Whitney Houston (3) Britney Spears (3), Johnny Depp (3), Kate Duchess of Cambridge (3), Chamunda Devi (American Aghore dead (3)), Mikhail Bakunin (4), Ivanka Trump (4), Carlos Castaneda (4), Freida Kahlo (4), David Gilbert (4), King Henry V (4), Horatio Nelson (4), Krishnamacharya (4),

Ketu in Punarvasu 

Non-linear thinkers. Shatter shot like grape shot; ambivalence about where the shot goes, they don’t care. Shooting from the hip, they don’t really care where it goes, they don’t aim, they just shoot. Ancient narrative running through the mind. Rahu and ketu here can both give a person a strong shadow side. Those shadow sides are heavily cloaked. They might even black out so that parts of their memory are just missing. The counterpart for these people may be an ancient civilisation like it was for Columbus, or a saint, an alien or a refugee. They might be accompanied by memories of abandonment, non-linear (of scattered memories), memories of messages or signals that seem completely random. Alyssa Milano has certainly made a name for herself with random messages online. People with this position are so fascinated by the ideological image that they don’t even notice the message they are sending out.  They will often experience some kind of numbness or tingling due to neurological issues.

Woody Allen (1), Hugo Chavez (1), Tymm Poolsland (1), Jack Welch (1), Jeff Holliday (1), Angela Merkel (1), Sri Ramana Maharshi (2), Alyssa Milano (2), Rabindranath Tagore (2), Michael Moore (2), Gerald Amirault (3), Candy Barr (3), Gwyneth Paltrow (3), Erdogan (3), Johann von Goethe (3), Kirk Douglas, Robert Hand (4), Margaux Hemingway (4), Robert William Johnstone (4), Tamara Dawn (4), Jim Duggan (4), Josep Rhodes (4), John Travolta (4), Oprah Winfrey (4), Christopher Columbus (4), Davy Crocket (4)

 

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