Rohini Nakshatra

  1. Rohini Nakshatra: (10° 00’ – 23° 20’ Taurus)

Star of ascent with the power to grow. Well known as the favourite wife of Chandra she is known as the Reddish One and her main symbols are an ox cart pulled by two oxen, or a fish, but the banyan tree, temples, and a pre-pubescent girl all represent different sides of this nakshatra. Brahma is taken as the ruling deity but this is typically extended to include all the Prajapati’s (the great fathers or lineage creators of this universe) including Daksha and the other great sages. Krishna is also represented here and it’s believed he had both his Ascendant and Moon exalted here The Moon is the planetary ruler here making it a sensitive and parental nakshatra. She is the muse who stokes our creative fires. From Rohini perspective Brahma is any new thing that rises from within us after some incubation period.

Rohini is the good daughter who becomes the perfect wife: fair skinned like Gauri, attractive, beautiful, fertile, passionate, and sexual. (But also like any new development is should serve us.) The Reddish One can often be found in pink collar jobs typically reserved for women: nursing, teaching, social services, personal care and service attendant, entertainment, fashion, beauty, wellness. She is the archetypical beautiful woman who needs attention; she need to feel appreciated for her gentle caring beautiful nature. And if they are not getting the attention they feel they deserve, they will find it elsewhere. Rohini women are typically beautiful with large breasts and wide hips, but both sexes usually have desirable features, a seductive voice, emotional speech, beautiful eyes.

There can be some tension in Rohini between freedom and boundaries just as a young girl seeks greater freedom from the protective boundaries of her father or family. Unless they feel protected they might not go too far from home. Being the favourite of the moon, Rohini natives are often privileged in some way. They are a special breed who are afforded allowances that the rest of us don’t get. This can be the privilege of the rich and famous, it can be diplomatic privilege, a privilege of who you know, Rohini’s typically know who to use any kind of privilege to their advantage. They can also be good at making other feel as though they are privileged as well. And of course they typically have some kind of special privileges to offer.

Rohini is also a very creative nakshatra, but compare to Krittika it’s a more reflective creativity. Instead of creating something new and unique, Rohini is more reflective of the collective consciousness. They reflect what is going on around them. They are the proper conditions needed for growth and development. They can be very grounded people; free to move around, but only within certain boundaries. They typically stay within the box. This can make them a come off as a bit rigid when you come up against their boundaries. They may also have to deal with issues of emotional attachment, not only in relationships but to certain comforts and luxuries. They don’t like to leave their comfort zones. This also comes up in a variety of ways where people have their zones they have to cover. This can relate with a variety of look-out jobs, watchmen, travelling salesmen, product reps, or servers who divide up a space with each of them taking care of their zone; their area.

Children are strong themes with this Nakshatra. A mix of legitimate and illegitimate children seems to be normal with people who have this nakshatra. Generally more girls than boys, but many of the charts I’ve seen to have at least one male child. The wife of a male who has this position is often a homemaker and women with this are often themselves taking care of home and children. Other caretaking duties are possible as well with this placement: high end houses-sitters, building and landscapers, agriculturists.

Herbal medicines and other food stores are strongly represented here. As agriculturalists, Rohini are not usually the unskilled help, but rather the ones who know how to use, mix and preserve the bounty of the land and forests. They are usually skilled in food preparation or preservation, growing crops and raising animals, bartending, making natural soaps and a variety of such crafts. Martha Stewart’s 3rd and 6th lord Jupiter Rohini 8th house transformed the modern kitchen and kept her hands busy on national television.

They may also have an interest in following the natural rhythm of the seasons. they may also have an interest farmer’s almanac type astrology offered by the Tropical astrology to track seasonal changes. This can relate with all kinds of seasonal occupations: fishing season, hunting season, construction season, television seasons, sports season, agriculture… everything that only happens when the season is right.

The herbal medicines aspect of this nakshatra is where they often get into trouble. Comfort and luxury, pleasant feelings are necessary with this placement. This can lead to self medication via numerous feel good drugs or pain killers. Addiction problems are not uncommon. And for some Rohini’s people their insistence on drawing attention to themselves can become cheap and sexually self depreciating.

Rohini natives can play numerous roles with children aiding in their growth and development of skills, fostering their natural abilities. Rohini people are not usually agents of change (though other placements in a persons chart can bring this out), they grow and develop what is at hand wether they a coach or a land developer. They are like Kamadenu, the wish-fulfilling cow, they can nurture and develop anything to bring prosperity.

The materialistic side of this nakshatra makes people good with handling money and working in banks or commercial fields, making deals, sales, and advertising. Again it’s all about growth of ones portfolio, storing valuable, seeding the market, investing.

Pride & vanity are the dangers of growth and development; as we get better, we get cockier and more prone to mistakes. And as much as Bharani talks about responsibilities, here in Rohini we find our rights. Any of the emotions that swell and then burst can be felt with Rohini placements: sadness, excitement, shyness, pride, vanity. And what happens when pride or vanity burst? One goes away with their head hung in shame and they find a quiet place to lick their wounds. But any excuse for a luxury resort near water will usually do. There can also be a lot of jealousy surrounding Rohini people though they can be oblivious to it.


Planets in Rohini

Moon is exalted and Vargottama when it’s in the 2nd pada of Rohini. If Sun happens to be in Scorpio then we find one of the most powerful moon’s of Vedic Astrology. Frank Sinatra and Karl Benz have this in their charts. Two men that were swollen with pride and sought the best in everything. It’s a fairly rare combination. Frank Sinatra had three legitimate children but there’s good reason to suspect he had several illegitimate children as well. Married several time to the most beautiful young women. Frank was sometimes called “The Voice” which reminds us of the unique contribution that the sanskrit word vac has to this nakshatra. (See the section on Brahma for more about vac.

We can easily imagine the kinds of privileges that might be given to the planets placed here. Moon & Venus do best with privilege. Think of the privileges we give to mother figures and young girls. They are the most protected groups of society. Many people feel this is paternalistic and needs to end, but others say that the breakdown of the family unit and the vilification of father figures and the protective instinct puts women and children and the least aggressive people at risk.
Moon & Venus conjunct here makes a very pampered princess. Ghee (Moon) and honey (Venus) are two of the healthiest foods we can eat, but the Vedic tradition teaches us that they can be toxic when mixed together in equal parts. Moon and Venus are lovely when they are apart, but together they can be too much of a good thing.

The Sun can give good results here, he gives elite privilege and a voice of authority but there can be a lack of tact or diplomacy and abuse of power & privilege. Mars is not comfortable here, he offers only the kinds of privileges we offer our competitors and those given to athletes and warriors. Mars will get what he can take or manipulate out of others. Sun and Mars are planets that have to earn their place to give best result. People with Mars or Sun her might have hard shells, they can be a little soft because of their privileged position of authority or command didn’t offer the competition necessary to be deserving.

Mars or Sun placed here bring a smouldering heat that can swell and burst. It’s the infamous anger of the bull. It can cause infections that can swell and burst. Injuries that are swollen and inflamed. For men there can be premature ejaculation, impotence, or infertility can be there for both genders. This does not disqualify children in a chart as it may be periodic or fixable. Mars gives roaming results.

It seems reasonable that Mars or Sun may also increase the stress hormones (Cortisol, Glucagon, Prolactin, and the sex hormones oestrogen, testosterone, progesterone). Almost any time we see any relationship between Ketu and Mars we find some part of our body being cut away in surgery.

Jupiter gives mixed results here. Jupiter is afforded the allowances of dreamers, travellers, professors, priests, and the global elite. From a material perspective Jupiter does does very well in Rohini. This can be a very productive placement but ones wisdom may be shallow as one is often preaching to the choir.

Jupiter is a planet we need to pay more attention to in regards to Rohini. Jupiter is integral for growth and development. I n the Same way that Saturn is the Natural Karaka for Bharani, Jupiter is clearly the natural Karaka for Rohini. Jupiter can do harm to the sensual Venusian side of this Nakshatra via over abundance. Diabetes and other problems due to excess can occur with Jupiter here. This can also be hormonal, especially when paired with another planet: Moon Jupiter can bring problems of obesity related either to comfort eating of hormonal excess. Jupiter and Sun here can cause calcification and tumour growth. Jupiter and Mars is where I would expect to see the body builder type

Mercury gets special privileges in the library and those allowances afforded to students, media, adolescents, and repair men. Venus give those privileges we offer to beautiful people, artists, lovers, gentle agreeable people.

Saturn gets some privileges due to their old age or handicap. These people have to earn their privilege.

Rahu in Rohini can give someone unusual collections. Irregular eating habits and increase the likelihood of food poisoning or other problems related to poor diet. Rahu with Jupiter or 5th lord one may have illegitimate or unusual children, or perhaps unfounded of cloudy heritage claims. The body is likely to have difficulty burning fat her a person may be addicted to fat or sugar. Rahu and Venus can give collections of fake art and drug use is likely. Rahu and moon is sure to give some kind of hormone problem giving a negative effect to the natural tides of the body. Rahu and Sun will give a self-entitled brat. Combinations like Rahu Venus Moon or Rahu Mars Venus will be excessively strong sensuality.

  • Malefic planets like Saturn, Mars or Rahu in Rohini bring difficulties, poverty and hunger. It’s said that once every 30 years when Saturn transits over Rohini that kingdoms fall. If you have this in your chart you might find the Dashartha Shani Stotram to be remedial.
  • 5th lord connected with rohini can give many children
  • Underlying theme of wanting to protect preserve what is beautiful fresh and innocent.
  • Brahma’s daughter & Chandra’s favorite wife & Related to Jupiter’s wife Tara

Qualities of Rohini

Shudra, Moksha, Human, Rajas – Tamas – Rajas, Fixed, Kapha, Upward, Balanced, Female, Earth element, Creative energy, Sage Atri, East
Shudra: They are servants to the land, to the seasons, to their families. They are service orientated, they seek to please and fullfill peoples needs.
Moksha: The goal here is to accept and let go, to release, liberate oneself and others. They are most known for the swelling and growing, but at the end of the incubation period comes the release. They raise their children so they can be free, they grow the crop so that they can harvest, and they learn all the rules so that they can break them. Their attachment to comfort and luxury can bring high expenditure and great loss as well.
Human: Human nakshatra’s seek balance between righteousness and sin. They appreciate material pleasures but seek to use them for good. They are not saints or sinners, they are just humans doing the best they can while still occasionally letting themselves and others down. These nakshatra’s generally look out for the welfare of all, but easily succumb to the human condition of chasing after fulfilment thru material comforts.

Rajas – Tamas – Rajas: Growth and development is pure rajas, but Rohini natives often experience and “off season” when the tamasic inert energy becomes strong. This is common in seasonal jobs where people expend huge amounts of energy only to sleep for a couple weeks when it’s all done.
Fixed: Once the seed is planted there is no turning back, though you could say that they tend to “wade” into the water rather than “dive.” Rohini people can be very stubborn. Many of the bullish signification we attribute to Taurus can be found in Rohini. Classcally they say fixed nakshatra’s are good for performing activities that are meant to last a long time: construction, laying foundations, clearing land, starting community programs. Doing things “once and for all.”
Upward Facing: They are typically upward and forward looking people with hope and optimism for the future.
Kapha: This is a very wet earthy nakshatra. Kapha attributes are: cool, oily, heavy, stable, slow, soft, gross, sticky/cloudy, smooth. The effects of planets in this nakshatra are likey to display these features. Wayne Gretzky has his moon in 5th house Rohini and his stage was the ice rink: cold, stable, cloudy, etc.
Balanced: Here we find the balanced approach. Allows free will and fate to meet in the middle. But sometimes even balance can come at the cost of rigidity.
Female: This is one of the most feminine of the moons wives. Planets here are likely to impart female characteristics to the karakas planets placed here. Both to their natural significations as well as to those they gain by house ownership. Mars (a masculine plant) doesn’t not do well here because one seeks to compete for appreciation like the body builder who’s muscles are all for show. Things like steroid use can be found with Mars here and fertility can be burnt out in some way. Rohini is famous for the creative heat produced here, but they have to keep their cool. Mars in Rohini often acts too quick.
Earth element: Grounded, stable, heavy, supportive: you can rely on Rohini.
Creative Energy: A very creative, productive nakshatra that is focused growth using the materials at hand. The moon ownership of this nakshatra provides a boundary or a frame for Taurus’s beauty.
Sage Atri: He was a Brahma Rishi who wrote many of the hymns and mantras in the Vedas. He was famed for his power for detachment. Author of the Atri Samhita & Atri Smriti. His wife, Anusuya was known as the embodiment of chastity. To test her purity the trinity (Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva) show up at her home as sadhus and demand that she serve them without clothing. She immediately agreed to this and then had the three gods transformed into infants. She then stripped naked and fed each of the babies from her own breast. The great gods were so overwhelmed by this that they took her for their own mother and blessed her family by being born of her womb as: Soma who was an incarnation of Brahma, Dattatreya who was an incarnation of Vishnu and Durvasa, an incarnation of Shiva. In his second life he had two more children: Aryaman (nobility) and Amala (purity). Mercury was one of his notable grandsons.
Dattatreya is notable today for his connection to tantra and devotional practice through the Natha lineage of India. For Nathas Dattatreya is an incarnation of Shiva and their first guru. He is known as the “Lord of Yoga.” He has numerous temples along the North bank of the Narmada river where pilgrims can get food, shelter and rest. He is often depicted with a dog to show his loyalty and caring nature towards even the lowest dogs of this world.
Durvasa seemed to gain spiritual power whenever he cursed someone, which he did often, but it didn’t always work out good for him. He once cursed a righteous king with a frightful demon that sprouted from a single strand of hair. The power of the king’s moral standing easily defended him by raising a more powerful beast who chased Durvasa around until he finally went back to the king to ask pardon. Another time he cursed a young maiden to be forgotten by her lover and she was. There is much in Rohini to suggest that they make up a large part of the SJW and “Karens” of this world.
Drona, the mad leader of the Kaurava family was a disciple of Atri. Right around the time Yudishthra announced the death of Drona’s son, Atri came to counsel him to give up the bloody war and stop the destruction that had come from his actions which went against dharma. Drona heeds this advice and goes into a completely detached meditation in the middle of the battle field until he was killed. Atri also crossed paths with the Pandavas during their exile. By Krishna’s blessing Drupati was able to satisfy his hunger with a single grain of rice to avoid the wrath of his curse.
East: planets here are likely to give their results in the east. When this asterism in placed in the easter quadrant of the chart in gains extra strength to give results


Stories & Symbols of Rohini

Many of the stories that relate with the father – daughter relationship or the perfect wife relate with with Rohini.

Rohini: The favourite wife of Chandra

Chandra was marries to 27 daughters of Daksha, the 27 Nakshatras, and he promises their father that he would treat them all equally. But he had a favourite, Rohini. Then one day out of his infatuation for her he decided to stay in her house and stopped visiting his other wives. This angered Daksha and he cursed Chandra with a wasting disease like tuberculosis. Chandra appealed to Lord Shiva and out of mercy Shiva allowed him wax and wane.
Brahma
Brahma, the creator and father of all wanted to begin the process of creation and fell in love with his own daughter Usha (or Shatrupa or Saraswati depending on which version we’re following). He was so captivated by his daughter’s beauty that four heads sprouted to allow him to face every direction and track her every movement. When she fled to the heavens a fifth head looked upwards. She changed into a doe deer to escape him but he changed into a buck and chased her down in order to produce earthy beings. Shiva, outraged at the incest, is said to have either chopped off one of Brahma’s heads (or shot him in the thigh with an arrow from his mighty bow).

“We are what we think.All that we are arises in our thoughts and with our thought we make the world.” Dhamnapada

Brahmas children are all born of the mind like ideas we get that just won’t leave us alone. His ten male children who were Prajapatis just like him did not attract his attention, but his 11th child, the daughter who takes on so many forms captivated him like a muse and stoked his creative fires. This is what happens to an idea in our own minds when we start to get excited about carrying into reality. This is Maya, so beautiful and so seductive, and it’s so easy to get carried away with her.
Brahman kept sprouting heads so he could keep watching her. Each head represents one of the five elements. The first four elements (earth, water, fire, air) are terrestrial elements. His fifth head represents space, spirit, heaven. All he could see was the external form and lost sight of the spiritual truth. When he begins to see So-Many-Forms (Shatrupa) in heaven then gods get angry and their collective anger creates Rudra who severs the idea at it’s source. Sometime we get so carried away with an idea that we cannot see the impending doom that’s just around the corner. Now Brahmans four heads are continually reciting the four Vedas in penance.

There are deeper lessons in this story about attraction and desire. Our senses to seek out what is beautiful and pleasant. All Brahma sees is a beautiful creature taking on so many forms. He’s inspired to create and does not see that she is already his own creation. He forgets that she is a part of him, she is but a reflection of his own creative fires, creative potential. For this he must look past he external forms and see her for who she is inside. Rohini people may feel like no one sees them for who they are inside, they just see the external form of things.

The lessons of this story reverberate through Mrigrashira which takes the perspective of the young girl who changes herself into a deer. We will then see Rudra’s perspective with Ardra. There are other stories about the Brahma’s pride clouding him from truly seeing others.

Brahma’s Pride

Pride can easily devolve into self centres conceit, arrogance, and superiority. Brahma once went to visit Shiva and completely ignored Kartikeya while coming and going so Kartikeya decided to teach him a lesson. Brahma was his teacher at the time so Kartikeya asked him if he knew the Vedas, which he did, and then asked him if he knew the meaning of “Om,” which he did not. Kartikeya asked him how he could know the Vedas if he did not know the meaning of “Om.” Some say that he put Brahma in prison for his pride.

Another time when Brahmawas in the ecstatic of meditation the beautiful Apsara, Mohini, came along and wanted to marry him. He was furious with her for taking him out of meditation. He was rude to her and sent her away, but she did not go away without uttering a curse that he would not be worshiped by anyone because of his pride. When he went to Vishnu to complain about the curse he say so many other creators who looked just like him only with more and more heads. He only had four and some of the other Brahmas had hundreds. Vishnu had to explain to his that although he was the creator of his own universe, there were many universes in this world.

“Within each head lies an entire universe, and there are a lot of heads in this universe.” Unknown

Brahma doesn’t care what he creates, he can’t see anyone else but himself. He is blinded by his own desire to create, he doesn’t think of good and evil. But creation is as much of a responsibility as it is a form of power. Once when he lied to Shiva about finding the end to his great jyoti lingam, Shiva chopped off one of his heads and restricted his worship to a single temple in Pushkar. When Shiva chops of heads he takes on his fierce Bhairava and consequentially must complete a gruelling penance for the sin of killing a Brahmin. Brahma’s head attached to Bhairava’s hand and he spent 12 years walking the four corners of India as a naga baba before coming back to Varanasi where his past sins were washed away.

It should be noted that in the Shiva Purana, Lord Bhairava is afflicted with Brahmahatya dosha in his astrology chart. This typically a curse of Brahmins from your past life that will cause you to suffer in this life. Even lord Rama’s ancestry has to suffer the effects of this curse for killing Ravana who was a brahmin and devotee of Lord Shiva. The most common manifestation in the chart is when Jupiter in in close conjunction or mutual aspect with Jupiter. The remedies are to worship Lord Shiva thru fire ceremony or Abhishek & feed Brahmins; also one must be good to cows.

Of interest to my Kashmiri Shaiva friends is the story of Brahma merging with his mind born daughter Vac in order to create living beings. Vac is sound or word and it connects this nakshatra to Pratybhijana philosophy, the power or the syllables, the mothers, Matrika, Malini, and Saraswati. From this perspective creation begins when a vowel (a mother) and a consonant (a father) come together. (this is sometimes described the other way). The mass of these syllabic combinations makes up the chaotic shabdarashi (mass of sound). From this are selected the most desirable ones to form words and thoughts and from here all creation begins. From this perspective vibration is the basis of energy. Astrology can be seen from this kind of energetic perspective with each planet in the chart representing a crossing point of all the energies like chakra

There is a distinct sensitivity to sound that is good for music and dance, but also for creating an atmosphere.
Prajapati: Lord & Protector of Creation
Prajapati represents a category of gods that point to the heat or desire of the mind to create something. Prajna means creative and procreative powers. Pati means lord. The “Lord of procreation.” Even Shiva is considered a Prajapati since he is head of is own lineage of ghosts and devils and these sots of things. Lists of of 7, 10, 16 or 21 prajapatis are common. Prajapati is the spiritual teacher that is inside each of us; the wandering eternal soul, our procreative sexual powers, and knower of the individual soul.
The original prajapati was born from a golden egg in the primeval sea. “His sound became the sky, the earth, the seasons. His inhalation created the Devas, fire and light; his exhale created the Asuras and darkness. Then, by combining with the goddess of language (Vac), he made all of space and time. He endows all his children with sexual desire so they will reproduce, and with anger so they cannot challenge the gods.

Brahma came from a lotus that grew out of Vishnu’s belly button while he was reclining on a five headed snake while they floated upon the depths of Shivas abyss. From Brahma came the 10 Great Sages, and the one daughter, including Marichi and Daksha. Marichi’s son Kashyap (the father of all living beings) married 13 daughter of Daksha. Kashyap and his wife Aditi had numerous children, but their child Vishvan had two important children: Manu (the first man) & Yama (the first mortal; the first to die). Manu had 10 son and from them comes the human species.

Parjanya:

A few characters of mythology carry this name: the 8th Aditya, a Rishi, a Gandharva, and the guardian of the month of Krittika. Parjanya & Prithvi sometimes called the mother and father of all beings. He is the lord of rain who fertilises the germination of seeds. A rain bull controlled by Indra: thunder is his roar, lightening his strike. Also considered the udder of the rain cow; the rain being compared to mothers milk.

“Lift up the mights vessel, pour down water and let the liberated streams rush forward. Saturate both the earth and the heavens with fatness and let the drink be abundant for the cows.” (a prayer to Parjanya)

Daksha:

Daksha was born from the thumb of Brahma. His name means “the able one,” “the dexterous one,” “the honest one.” He’s the father Sati, Shiva’s first wife, and he’s most famous for his distain for Shiva. This makes him a strong symbol of order in the face of chaos. But his ultimate downfall reminds us that we cannot organise chaos out of the system off life. Which is ultimately why we have to protect the weak by giving them certain rights and privileges. For example, nobody complains about women’s carriages on Indian trains. We have to honour the great unknown. It was during Daksha’s Yagya (worship) that Sati immolated herself and subsequently ended up scattered across India as the 51 Shakti Peeths.

It’s said that Daksha first tried to populate the world with his mind, but that wasn’t effective for increasing the physical numbers. So we started putting masculine and feminine pairs together in his Yagya. This may also relate to atomic theory of putting positive and negative ions together. but that’s a study for another day. I tend to see the planetary owners Venus and Moon as the spern and the egg. Which brings us back to the beginning when Brahma was born from the golden egg.

Krishna:

It’s said that Krishna had both his Moon and Ascendant in Rohini. Rohini people often like the song and dance and sensuality of the Hare Krishna path. (Note that there are numerous charts for Krishna but they all have three placements in common: Moon & ascendant in Rohini and the Sun in Leo.) He was known as the ideal lover as well as the ideal diplomat. It’s also been suggested that the Mahabharata war started because of him. This makes me wonder if perhaps Helen of Troy also had some strong Rohini placements.

Banyan Tree
Known as Kalpavriksha, the tree that fulfills one’s wishes and provides material wealth. It is the holiest tree in India, considered immortal. It gives longevity to Lord Brahma himself. It’s a large tree with large leaves and spreading branches to offer protective shade and shelter. It is sometimes called Bahupada, the one with several feet, because of the way the roots extend down from the branches to create a new root base. A Shiva lingam is often found at its base and these trees act as a resting place for wandering Sadhus who will stay under the banyan at the edge of town rather than entering the town itself. Shiva also looks to the North which is the direction of death. He is the one who helps us face death without fear. This also connects the Banyan to Lord Yama and one is often found near cremation grounds. Grass does not grow under a Banyan.
Since it’s not a tree that allows for renewal or rebirth it is avoided for purposes of marriage or fertility though the leaves are often used in other rituals. A paste of bark and leaves can be used to stop excessive bleeding. The sap of the tree can be used for piles, pain, lumbago. Chewing on the ariel root is a good astringent for cleaning the teeth. It’s also used for treatments for leukorrhea, female sterility & diabetes.

Pre-pubescent girl: I believe this relates to the daughter” energy of young girls as well as their procreative and incubative potential. Rohini reminds us that the naturally the passive and agreeable nature of young girls is why we offer them privileges and protection. Like all children in some form of other, we seek to protect them from their own naivety. The combination of Moon and Venus energy can be very seductive and tempting, and since they are practically defenceless they are easy prey for those who do not have control over their desires. They are not completely defenceless though: beauty and innocence are a form of defence in themselves since people generally don’t like to harm beautiful people of things that pose no threat to anyone. Such no threatening traits also inspire others to stand in their defence.

I have heard from many women over the years that they can sometimes be scared to say no to a man. There seems to be this subconscious fear of violence from men which is really just a reflection of their own defencelessness. How do they deal with this? They become agreeable. They say “yes” even when they want to say “no.” It’s completely irrational and many women are aware of this. This is very much a Rohini trait. And this is also why traditional societies put so much effort into protecting young girls and woman. Modern woman call it repression and complain about sexual assault, harassment and date rape. Traditional women complain about their mother in law. Rohini is the most valuable and vulnerable jewel in the community: Take care of it!

It can also be noted that between the ages of 10 – 12 young girls go through a remarkable growth spurt that usually sees them towering over boys. I suspect this might also be one of natures defence mechanisms that help keep them safe through some of their tenderest years as they change from little girls to young women. Their hight grows very quickly and fat deposits usually begins to form in their hips and breasts a couple years before mensuration begins. (see the stories of Brahma and Prajapati)

Reddish one: Just “reddish” not quite red; the colour of a blushing young girls cheeks. Embarrassment or passion are two of the main reasons for this, but we will explore some medical in the section on health that may be related with Rohini.

Growing one: Swelling, growing relating to fertility, agriculture, pregnancy, water build up, high tide, balloons. Anything that swells like excitement, suspense. Natural disasters like volcanoes and tsunamis have occurred when moon is passing thru Rohini. All this talk about stock market bubbles and housing bubbles is all related to Rohini.

Fish: A Christian symbol. It’s actually a symbol for a Greek Acronym: “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Our Saviour.” When this is written in Greek, the first letter of each word makes up the Greek word for fish, so many temples just put a simple fish symbol. It also acted as a symbol to show those who had been baptised in water and thus re-born into he life of Christ. It’s often a symbol of faith since Christ was able to feed thousands of people with just a few fish.

The shape of a fish in the lines of your hand at he bottom of your life line is auspicious for wealth and spirituality, but it brings fear or water and gives a person the sniffles.

Fertility and abundance due to the number of eggs they lay and their similarities with the sperm. They are also practically defenceless and also silent creatures.

Ox cart pulled by two oxen: This was all they had to move large loads. They are still used by farmers in India and many other parts of the world to haul their crops.


Health:

Shins, calves, ankles, forehead. Rahu in Rohini can bring some kind of disfugurment or unusual mark to the shins, calves, ankles, or forehead. Mars can give scars to those parts of the body and Saturn can bring stiffness. Mercury will leave marks and moles

Kapha Problems: Rohini people can have a sensitive constitution despite being Kapha. They have a low thresh-hold for pain and typical kapha complaints relating to sinusitis, congestion, water retention, oedema or other watery problems relating with kidney and bladder are all common with Rohini natives. Hormone imbalance, emotion issues, and conditions relating to what we call women’s health are all common. Men with Rohini placement might find that they have to indirectly deal with a lot of women problems.

Oily skin and acne iso a common occurrence with the moon here, especially in their developmental phase. Saturn or Ketu here can bring paralysis or hearing problems.

Dietary health problems related to comfort eating, over eating and the resulting obesity is common. For obesity check the fullness of the Moon and the heft of Jupiter.

Swelling: Rohini relates with all kinds of problems related to swelling. Swelling of any part of the body depending on placement. The tropical swelling of the limbs, swelling of the brain, of the blood vessels, of the pregnant belly, of the penis. Also the swelling of the breath.

Breathing problems are also common for Rohini. Congestion of the lungs, wheezing,

Addiction: Many of their health problems may be due to over-indulgence or addiction to comfort and pleasure. Food, drugs, Pharma, sex, alcohol and smoking addictions each come with their own problems, but the addictive tendencies of Rohini is usually the underlaying cause.

Hormonal Issues: Oestrogen is strongly represented in Rohini. In both men and women oestrogen and testosterone work together to create a hormonal balance; if one goes up, the other goes down.

Oestrogen is responsable for the female sexual development between the ages of 8 – 14 and for the continued heath of the reproductive organs and the monthly menstrual cycle. The fall in oestrogen levels after menopause is related to osteoporosis. Risk of heart disease increases since oestrogen helps control cholesterol and reduces inflammation. Mood is also affected. When oestrogen levels decrease so does serotonin production which contributes to depression in both sexes and postpartum in women.

Monthly oestrogen levels. Note the temperature rise for the incubation period.

High oestrogen increases the risk of hormonal cancers, auto-immune disease. yeast infection, Hashimoto disease & thyroid dysfunction.
In men, high oestrogen is related low testosterone, weight gain and type 2 diabetes, man boobs, erectile dysfunction, urinary tract problems, decreased libido, depression and/or exhaustion. Thickening of the arteries and the chance of strokes, blood clots or heart attacks is increased.

Stars of Rohini

Aldebaran is the brightest star in Taurus and is positioned as the red eye of the bull in the ‘V’ shaped face of the bull known as Hyades. A winter star that rises after the pleiades, it was known as one of the stars that marked the seasons (back when Taurus was the sign of the spring equinox). They accounted for the beginning of the rainy season in many parts of the world. The others were Regulus in Leo, Antares in Scorpio, and Fomalhaut in Pisces. It lies along the ecliptic where the Sun and Moon often cover it.
Hyades were the water nymphs who brought rain, considered to be sisters of the Pleiades who also brought rain. When one of their sisters was killed in a hunting accident, the others wept so sincerely that they were honoured with a place of significance in the night sky.

Tree of Rohini

Jambu Tree: Jambula, Black plum, Syzygium Cumini
An evergreen that grows up to 30m tall and can live for more than 100 years. It grows rapidly and is often considered an invasive species, especially on small islands. The wood can easily be made water resistant which makes it valuable for building homes (door and window frames), making tools for the farm, wheels for the bullock carts and furniture. It’s considered too hard for common use. Villagers like to make durable furniture from it. It’s a beautiful tree with dense foliage which provides good shade. Flowers bloom in March / April and provide a nIce fragrance. Fruit (rather large berries) are ready May / June and are eaten mostly by small animals, mammals and birds. Most of the fruit goes from green to blood red. But there is a variety which produces white fruit. The fruit is sweet, mildly sour, astringent and eating it leaves the tongue red. Leaves smell like turpentine and provide good nutrition for livestock.


Humans typically eat the fruit raw or make it into jams. Raw fruit is 83% water, 16% carbs, 1% protein, hardly any fat, about 60 calories, some vitamin C and almost no other nutrient source. It’s very good for diabetics. The leaves are used to decorate the marriage tent. Krishna is said to have had a symbol of jambu fruit on his right foot.
Some say the sandal wood tree or indian fig also have some relation with Rohini.

Sexual Animal of Rohini

Male Cobra:
Cobras like to live in uninhabited places near water, like abandoned gardens or garbage heaps. Males are larger than females (which is rare for snakes). Males get up to 18 feet long and weigh 44Lbs, while females have only been seen to get as large as 12 feet long. Females will build a nest for their eggs and lay about 20 – 30 eggs and then spend the next 2 months defending the nest, until the eggs hatch, and then she leaves. Only one or two survive until adulthood. The males will rub up against the female and if she is agreeable they will entwine themselves for up to several hours. Although the male does not stick around afterwards, it’s believed that he comes back to the same female every year. If there is any competition with other males it typically remains non-violent
Male snakes have two penises but only use one at a time. The second penis is only used if they meet another partner shortly after the first one since the sperm from the first one would be used up. The male will occasionally kill a female after having sex, even if they have spent weeks together in a kind of courtship. After killing her he will swallow her and throw her up. (It’s not uncommon for king cobras to eat other snakes). When king cobras feel threatened they will usually raise their bodies and spit venom (up to 6 feet) before attacking.
If the female has been fertilized by many males, she can store the sperm for up to a year and possibly even choose the sperm she wants.

Auspicious Activities:

This is the most auspicious star for weddings or any other kind of auspicious ceremonial beginning: self improvement, being spiritual practice or installing religious icons or objects. Even wearing new clothes can impart them with auspiciousness. Creative and procreative ventures can be begun here. It’s good for the beginning of any incubation period. Beginning a new routine that will last for a certain length of time. Great day for sex if you want a baby or a relationship; maybe a good day to try something new if you’ve been a relationship for a long time. Things started when the moon is in Rohini may be fixed.

Planetary Rulers of Rohini

Moon: Emotional response, protective, follows natural rhythms. Caretaking of land, buildings, homes, people, children, ones own self. Defence, boundaries walls, mothers, teachers, parents, folk culture, grass roots, habits, routine, the natural tides of the body, the rhythm of the seasons, the growing cycle of plants. The position of the Moon will greatly affect the function of this nakshatra. mind, emotions,

Taurus: Practical, dependable, stable, creative, sensual beauty, indulgence, the senses, the face, hair, eyes, mouth. Stored values, family values, stored karma, material wealth and storage containers. Diet, food storage, banking and wealth, verbal expression, voice, languages, history, DNA, memory. The house that Taurus is in and position of Venus will also affect Rohini Nakshatra.

Taurus + Moon:

Practical, dependable beautiful mother figures and caretakers, Pleasure & comfort, pleasure of being protected. Strong stable family with an abundance (with full moon) of culture: music, dance and the arts. Diet wealth and savings can wax and wane. Dependable rhythms, desirable voice.

Comfort, protection and sensual pleasure all come into play with Rohini. It’s that part of Taurus where the most sensitive and desirable valuables are kept. This is where we strike a balance between over-protection which can smother growth and under protection will destroy the value. There can also be some friction between the desire for enjoyment and the need for comfort.

Pada 1 (Taurus + Moon + Aries):

Sun & Mars like this pada but Saturn does not. Athletic, sexy, flirty, popular, well liked, good for competitive business, executive decision making, police or security. Help to promote direct action being taken for their protection and privilege. They can be most active in indulging their privilege. Aries is also where the head swells. These people can be larger than life.

Ascendant:

Sun: Bob Dylan

Moon: Putin, Mussolini, Frank Sinatra, Rossanna Barr,

Mars: Joel Cran, Adi Bachan, Denis Hopper, John Wayne Gacy

Mercury: Prince, Karl Marx, Jeffery Dahmer

Jupiter: Trent Reznor

Venus: Artistic license, appreciation for their working for the value of their work. They are likely to have an appreciation for their privileges and those who protect them. Paul Gauguin, Salman Rushdie, Trent Reznor

Saturn: Gaddafi, John Gottselig, Winona Ryder, The Rock, BV Raman, Winona Ryder

Rahu: Mark Zuckerberg

Ketu: Karl Benz, Drew Barrymore, Jane Fonda

Pada 2 (Taurus + Moon + Taurus):

Pushkara Navamsha Pada. 14° is Pushkara Bhagya. Vargottama.
Moon likes it here. An auspicious position for involvement with luxury, plants or food: agriculture, hotel, hospitality, music and fine arts, fashion, style, offering pleasant and desirable image. This pada typically brings wealth, beauty and style but addictive tendencies can be strong and they can be very stuck in their ways. They benefit from being around people why can lead them to fresh pastures and help them recognise that there is more to life than what meets the eyes. Unless they learn to deal with the secrets in their relationships they will be very unstable. They are also prone to secrete or guilty pleasures

Ascendant:

Sun: Rob Ford, John F Kennedy

Moon: Wayne Gretzky, Alejandro Jodorowsky

Mars: Keith Richards, Meryl Streep

Mercury: Marilyn Monroe, Jordan Peterson, Kris Kristofferson, William of Cambridge,

Jupiter: Betty Ford, Thomas Edison, Indra Gandhi, Candace Owens

Venus: Alexi Navalny,

Saturn: Bobby Fischer, Benito Mussolini,

Rahu:Greta Thunberg

Ketu: King Henry VIII, Nietzsche, Virginia Woolf,

Pada 3 (Taurus + Moon + Gemini):

This can also be a somewhat superficial personality. Messaging, marketing the right image. They may be known for the comforts of the bedroom, preparing nourishing resort environments or getaways. They are likely to be a member of a small tribe or clique of like-minded friends, but they will appreciate partners who can offer them a broader vision of life.

Ascendant: Virginian Woolf (birth time unconfirmed), Meryl Streep (birth time unconfirmed)

Sun: Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe, Allen Ginsberg, Angelina Jolie

Moon: Rudyard Kipling, William Burroughs, Dostoyevsky, Gwyneth Paltrow, Buddy Holly, Davey Crocket, Russel Brand

Mars:

Mercury: Allen Ginsberg, George Orwell, Meryl Streep

Jupiter: Muhammed Ali, George Floyd, Stepher Hawking

Venus: Bob Dylan, Johnathan Luckhurst, Rembrandt, Shakespeare

Saturn: William Burroughs, Joe Biden, Amitabh Bachan, Ralph Klein,

Rahu: Steven Spielberg. JK Rowling, Mr Fred Rogers,

Ketu: Dustin Hoffman, Picasso,

Pada 4 (Taurus + Moon + Cancer):

Moon and Jupiter like it in this moony pada but Mars does not. Strong tidal flows of emotions offer the privilege we give to caretakers, parental figured, landlords. Gives farming, agriculture, aquatic and watery works, shipping. But despite the gentle nature they show with those close to them they can be deadly competitive to attain top rank. They are likely to follow (and teach) some kind of exercise routine to keep the body physically attractive. Inside they will long to be thought of as innovative or to be breaking some kind of glass ceiling. They do well with a more disciplined responsible partner to keep them from spreading themselves out too thin

Ascendant:

Sun: Gaddafi, Alexei Navalny

Moon: Sgmund Freud, Karl Benz

Mars: Tamara Dawn, Neil Armstrong. Courtney Love, Al Pacino

Mercury: Dennis Hopper

Jupiter: John Wayne Gacy, John Travolta

Venus:

Saturn: 9/11, Cheryl, Jeff Holliday, Alyssa Milano, Frank Sinatra

Rahu: Trent Reznor

Ketu: George Carlin, Billy Graham, Jack Nicholson, Johnny Rotten


Chart Examples

Paul Gauguin (Venus in Rohini)

Two Tahitian Women – Paul Gauguin (1899)

The great artist Paul Gauguin with his Venus in Rohini is an interesting case study since his paintings leave a record of his love for Rohini themed beauty. Much of his later work was burned as pornographic before it ever saw the light of day what’s left was an expression for the publics desire for exotic art and the fascination for indigenous people around the world at that time. He was one of the fathers of primitivism and synthesistism, a post impressionistic style that “aimed to synthesize three features: 1. The outward appearance of natural forms. 2, The artist’s feelings about their subject. 3. The purity of the aesthetic considerations of line, colour and form. It’s not hard to see how this relates with this moony nakshatra.” (wiki)

Paul Gauguin’s Astrology Chart

Gauguin has Venus conjunct with his ascendant lord Sun to form a raja yoga in his 10th house. For historical research we have to pay special attention to the 3rd house because it represents the story of who they were. We see him getting special privileges as famous foreign artist. One short letter he received a few years before his death highlights a number of theme’s. In the letter he is warned not to return to Europe too so as he would rush the incubation period that had been swelling the appreciation for his art. Furthermore, the privilege due to his reputation as a great artist would protect him from his enemies. All the great themes of Rohini are here: incubation, growth, swelling, appreciation and special privilege. He also had numerous children and though he managed to outlive most of his legitimate children, it’s believed he has illegitimate children scattered all over the world.


Gretzky with Moon in Rohini 5th house gives advice on how to plant ones seed.

Wayne Gretzky (Moon in Rohini)

The moons transit thru Rohini is considered favourable unless it happens to be Thursday, which is said to be inauspicious. Of course it’s not uncommon to see famous people with inauspicious placements and difficult lives. William Burroughs was on a Thursday with his moon in Rohini. Wayne Gretzky (see his chart below) also has this placement. He and his father were infamously close, his mother was a house wife who was said to be the hardest one in the family. He was pushed to practice hard from parents coaches teachers in general.

In an exercise to discover what is inauspicious about this moon we will have to consider his chart from a more traditional perspective that does not have such a favourable view of of the sexual revolution or female empowerment and might consider his wife and daughters to be a bit of. a head-ache du to their lifestyle. There’s an old dictum that rings true in many cultures: “If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life, never make a beautiful woman your wife.” The same could be said of his daughters. Anyone can see that he is greatly blessed by progeny; but it’s equally clear that he must suffer greatly for this. His first child was a breech baby so they were all born by caesarian, which is considered inauspicious by classical perspective. He was also implicated in a mafia driven illegal gambling ring while he was coach of a Major NHL team. His family has generated no shortage of scandal. Again from a classical perspective Gretzky himself has been known to cause controversy with his drinking and night life, The Championship Oilers team he belonged to was infamous for their coke fuelled parties in the 1980’s. His mother died of pneumonia (a moony illness) at age 64.

Wayne & Janet Gretzky with their 3 children.

On the other hand, this moon was incredibly productive: points, assists, goals, championships… at some point he broke almost every second in hockey. From humble middle class beginnings “The Great One,” lift his family line to the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Moon ruling his fifth house gave him perfect wife and children from a modern perspective. Of course the moon is also isolated with only Mars in 6th (the competition) to look forward too.

Wayne Gretzky’s Astrology Chart

One other point about Gretzky’s chart. He was a great player throughout the season, but come play-off time the atmosphere and excitement surrounding Gretzky grew and grew and grew, the stadiums and the excitement in the stand would grow with every goal.


Krittika Nakshatra

 

  1. Krittika Nakshatra: (26° 40’ Aries – 10° 00’ Taurus) 

The star of fire offers the power to burn away or cut away what doesn’t belong. The symbols are an ax, a razor and a flame. Kartikeya, the commander in chief of the army of the gods, the great champion, is the presiding deity. He is strongly supported by Agni (the God of Fire) and Sun who is the planetary ruler of Krittika.

This is an upward rising energy, masculine, powerful, decisive, sharp minded and critical. It’s a sharp cutting energy with a strong sense of purpose. Good placements here will often see them stand for principle, insist on a respectful atmosphere and represent the honourable qualities of an enlightened man. This can be a high stress position for any planet. One will certainly champion the cause related to the house and planets involved, but one will also be the champion in some way. They take a stand and are ready to face the consequences; they are ready to be challenged.

Male Sexual Development

Just as Bharani relates with female sexuality and sexual development, Krittika relates with male sexuality and sexual development. Natives with placements here will often times show masculine traits, looks, instincts. Male empowerment, assertiveness training, anger management all fall under the command of Krittika. The neanderthal, the  man & the boy (brutishness, rugged masculinity and boyish charm) are all represented here.

Since testosterone is the main hormone in male sexual development we are likely find traits related to high or low testosterone: low testosterone is related with low confidence, anxiety, depression, mood swings, weakness, weight gain, low energy, and impotency. High testosterone is connected with aggression, social dominance, muscle mass, power and protective instincts. People with high testosterone command respect and get it due to their inner power. Low testosterone people tend to command respect thru coercion and physical treats and respect will only flow from peoples actions induced thru fear; they will never command respect from the hearts of their followers. The fire in prana is represented in Krittika so these people usually shine as their internal life force radiates outward. (See below for more health related information.)

Careers

Krittika people are critical thinkers have and have a distinct sense of purpose; they can be powerful executives, commanders, managers, coaches as their fiery, critical nature destroys all enemies all competition. They’re the winners and champions of society: fiercely competitive, taking direct action and doing what needs to be done to command respect and achieve the top spot. They often do this to champion some cause, They are willing to put themselves forward, challenge others, step up and fight for what they believe is right.

The cutting energy of Krittika is good for anyone using sharp instruments: cooks, tree or pet groomers, barbers and air stylists often have some placements here. The construction trades and careers that are overwhelmingly completed by groups of high testosterone men are all related top Krittika. There can be a strong sense of brotherhood here as men pit themselves against men in a battle for the fittest.

Krittika cuts away whatever is not useful. Editors of all kinds can be found here cutting & pasting music, video or books to improve them. Any position that highlights critical judgement, critical thinking, or criticism in general in order to improve things. Krittika is also that inner critic who wants you to do better and be better. It’s an upward moving force; Krittika wants to lift you up. There can be big problems when the criticism is not fair, called for, or constructive.

They can be trusted with the most critical missions in military and law enforcement. Fighters and athletes often have placements here. They are take charge kind of people (other things will determine their capability at taking charge). Krittika wants to make you strong. Beneficial placements bring success in competition and examination and allow people to pass the test.

Relationships

Relationships can be difficult with this placement due to the critical nature. The relationship could follow a pattern of unending “tests” or the stream of criticism. These natives also need a lot of attention and reassurance that they have passed the test which can be exhausting if someone is a chronic under achiever. They can be moody which can take different forms depending on testosterone levels. They may pout like a little boy, or roar like an ape, but one way or another they will take charge. Both sexes can be passionate and make good lovers, but may be prone to indiscretion.

Krittika Women

The masculine energy of Krittika can be more disruptive in a woman as society is not as accepting of a woman in command. They come off as overly assertive to make their own choices. They can be very intelligent and gain the admiration of many men by competing in a “man’s world,” but it will never be easy. Marriage is often disturbed unless she is given independence and admiration. She will be very jealous, critical and difficult to please.

Aries women typically have a male figure with no hips and small breasts. The first pada of Krittika highlights these masculine traits and gives her a commanding presence. Poorly placed planets or aspects here can easily create some imbalance which for woman usually means too much testosterone causing the growth of body or facial hair and other masculine feature. Women are more comfortable in the last three pada’s in Taurus. And though there can still be testosterone imbalances here, they typically more attractive with better style and more likely to seek appreciation rather than induce fear. Depending on the chart we might see things like a woman with man hands or other body parts The Taurus part of this nakshatra is great for celebrity; the Sun – Venus combination can bring a lot of sparkle and shine along with a natural, quick thinking creativity. They love to be the centre of attention and gain admiration. Everything to do with celebrity culture is represented here: the hospitality and entertainment sectors in general.

 

Food is also important for Krittika natives since they often have a healthy appetite and a strong digestion. They need to eat a lot of food and can be famous for the anger that comes with hunger. It’s often joked that the bigger more powerful the man, the more like a big baby he can be. This is the great trick for men, to become a commanding beast without killing the little boy inside. They need to focus on balancing inner agni through diet and lifestyle.

Qualities of Krittika

Brahmin, Kama, Rakshasa, Rajas – Rajas – Satvic, Sharp & Soft, Movable, Kapha, Active, Downward, Female, Earth element, Destructive energy, North, Sage Angirasa, Female Sheep

Brahmin: The priestly educated caste. As the commander in chief they are typically one of the most trusted advisors to the king and can easily take the seat of a righteous warrior king or spiritual warrior. Krittika seeks to use his cutting, critical nature to stand on principle, defend honour, and protect ehe weak.

Kama: Kittika is motivated by his desire to enjoy the object of the senses and of perception. One also seeks to make oneself desirable. It’s for this reason that Krittikas are required to control their senses and their mind and find one pointed focus; otherwise they run the risk of never enjoying any depth to their satisfaction. They can be very self-entitled and self-indulgent sensualists without proper discipline. They want to enjoy life and love, making friends and social connections, doing what they can to work their way to the top of the social hierarchy. Planets that have some natural social talent will do well here while the others will show their awkwardness. Sun and Mars can be aggressive while Moon and Venus are more likely to attract aggression.

Rakshasa / Demon: The aggressive and sensualist side of this nakshatra makes it somewhat demonic even though it belongs to the brahmin caste. It’s concern with status also puts it on the side of the demons. Venus is the guru of the demons. One may be challenging someone on principle, but the challenge itself I like a small war with as much potential for good as for evil. These people like very much to metaphorically (and perhaps literally) play with fire.

Rajas – Rajas – Sattva

Mixed: Multi-tasking is common fo these folk. They like to be in high stress positions with a lot of critical information communing in moment by moment. They think on their feet, take charge and take care of business. They like to mix thing up to keep themselves sharp.

Kapha: This reminds us that Kittika is ultimately a stabilising protective force. Kapha is a cool, oily, heavy, stable, slow, soft, gross, sticky/cloudy, smooth. Ultimately a warrior embraces the principles of kapha: be cool and smooth, take your time, remain sable and flow like oil, keep yourself together. 

Downward: Research, containment, underground activity, digging wells or laying a foundation, gambling, pessimism.

Active: Planets here will actively pursue their interests. This is one of the key points of Krittika and hardly needs further discussion here. Active planets like Mars and Sun will have their activity enhanced. If afflicted here it can make a person very aggressive and commanding. More passive planets will struggle in an active field. Venus’s image does not typically command the same respect as a great leader, but a positive full moon can do good here since the whole rhythm of their life is based on gaining the appreciation of others. The moon here can make an active mind, but we need active and alert minds to nourish and protect the weak. Saturn will be like putting an old man jogging; he can still do well, but may follow the “slow and steady wins the race” mantra.

Female: Krittika is mostly in Taurus which relates with the beauty of the world as an object of the senses. It’s a place of great unique creativity where new things are born into this world.

Earth element: The creative and productive energy of is nakshatra seeks solid results. But people with this nakshatra often stand for something; it may be a principle, a system, a social cause,

Destructive Energy: Krittika is a very creative energy, but it creates thru destruction, breaking things apart so that something better can grow. It represents the aggressive aspects of sexual union, the force used to give birth birth, and the championship of the sperm that succeeds in fertilising the egg. There can’t be a winner in a world without losers. Krittika will often seek to knock others down. These people can also burn a lot of bridges in their life and leave a lot of general destruction in their wake. 

Sage Angirasa:  his name means, he who has “sprung from the coals,” “shines like fire,” or “the radiant one.” He is associated with many beautiful hymns, especially in the Artha Veda and Rig Veda. He was a teacher of yagya (fire worship) and soma practices which he acquired from Bhrigu. He’s closely connected with concepts of oblation and memory.  His intense contemplation on Para-Brahma produced great tejas. His followers seek vast open natural spaces for contemplation and the knowledge seeking. Hymns and mantras are mostly pleasant but he also has mantras for harming others relating him to black magic. Brihaspati and Prana are his most famous children. Dirghatamas was Anghiras’ blind grandson and father of Gautama Maharishi

North: planets here are likely to give their results in the north. When this asterism in placed in the northern quadrant of the chart it gains extra strength to give results. North is also to direction of death

Health:

Hips, loins, upper and back of head

Krittika people can be very active and need to eat a lot of food to satisfy their quick digestion, otherwise stomach acid builds up and the get angry. The tend to push themselves hard to go beyond their limits and may suffer many injuries along the way (Mars is famous for giving many scars on the face when he’s placed here). Accidents, inflammation, cuts, burn along with the kinds of illnesses that come with high fevers are all fairly common for these folks. They like to put themselves in high stress situations. Otherwise each of the dosa will mix with krittika’s effects in their own way.

Agni – Fire

Prana is the force of life, it brings to life our body, our mind, our senses and connects us to the beyond. This prana is carrying fire, the life force, vitality, Agni has to do with cellular intelligence and awareness. Ayurveda lists as many as 40 types of agni in the body, but there are 13 main ones separated into three categories:

      1. Krittika typically has a strong fast digestion and need to eat a lot of food. But this also puts their digestive fire at risk. Ayurveda recognises four digestive Agnis. Each of them will disturb the nourishment we get from food in their own way.
          • Vishamagni is too much wind in the stomach making the inner fires erratic causing gas, wandering cravings and eating patterns.
          • Tikshagni: too much fire, digestion is too quick. Diarrhoea, stomach ulcers
          • Mandagni is slow sluggish smouldering fire in the belly causing indigestion or and inability to absorb certain nutrients.
          • Otherwise we recognise a balanced and stable Agni of normal digestion; which for a Krittika native can be quite a strong appetite, especially in their early years.
      1. Five Bhutagni: They take over from the digestive fires and do their work mostly in the liver metabolising chyle into elemental components; breaking down molecules to atoms so that the fires of the bodily tissues can then work with it. This is where amino acids get turned into fat or proteins, glucose into glycogen or fat. It’s at this stare that our sense organs are also nourished. How mush fire awareness our senses have is also related to this metabolic stage. All of this suggests Krittika may be prone to lived problems.
          • Prithvi Agni nourishes our sense of smell.
          • Apa Agni nourishes to tongue and the sense of taste
          • Tejas Agni radiates heat, light and energy nourishing the eyes and the sense of sight. This fire is particularly important for Kittika 
          • Vayu Agni nourishes our nervous system and our sense of touch.
          • Akash or Nabhasa Agni; nourishes the era and the sense of hearing. (I like the second name because it relates space with the belly butting to eh umbilical cord which is also the site of samana prana which spirals outward to connect us, to make us aware of, the universe around us.)
      1. Dhatus are tissues in the body. Ayurveda lists seven tissues, each with their own fire to metabolise nutrients:
          • Rasagni (water) in the blood plasma circulates nutrients, hormones and proteins throughout the body.
          • Raktagni (fire) in the red blood cells transports oxygen and nutrients to t he blood.
          • Mamsagni relates with the skin and the tissues covering the body and relates with strength and stability.
          • Medhagn (water & earth elements) relates with fat in the body, energy storage & retrieval
          • Asthyagni in the bones providing structure and stability to the body.
          • Majjagni in the bone marrow and nerve tissues and governs the metabolic activity of the brain and spinal cord.
          • Shukragni is the metabolic activity in sperm and reproductive fluids. The essence of all seven tissues. Life, vitality and energy are provides here.

 

Agni also draws our attention to the two sides of metabolism; catabolism & anabolism reminding us that fire can be both destructive and creative. Our stomach does this with food and our cells with the nutrients, but the intellects of Krittika people are also putting their sharp critical minds at work in search of truth.

Testosterone sperm and male puberty comes to the forefront in Krittika. Venus is Shukracharaya in command of sperm and in Taurus we finally our stored karmas and DNA. Krittika is that one sperm that succeeds in fertilising the egg; the champion. Androgens are also important for masculine features. Testosterone is a key hormone of puberty for boys and affects hair growth, voice change, muscle build, hight, and sexual development. It continues to regulate our sex lives and vitality throughout adult hood. Testosterone typically moves on a daily rhythm rising in the morning and plating until a crash in the evening. It has a lot to do with cognitive ability, alertness, awareness.

Low testosterone: decreased strength of muscles and bones (low medagni & asthagni), drop in sex drive, low sperm count, excessive irritability, poor erections, enlarged breasts, low motivation, low self confidence. In old age this could cause osteoporosis increasing the risk of serious injury. And the lower levels of testosterone in women may be connected to higher numbers of Alzheimer’s disease (often said to be from not having any challenges in life). Low testosterone is often connected with higher cortisol and lower serotonin.

High testosterone: Acne, hyper- & hypo-tension,  body hair growth combined with early balding on the head. Sanyas or erectile dysfunction, reduced desire, irritability, anxiety, depression.

For women it’s a bit different, with high testosterone they also get more hair on their body and less on their head, muscles get bigger, periods go out of whack, and they may not be able to get pregnant, and not have interest in sex. They also get irritable and depressed. Their breast get smaller and metabolism changes.

Balanced diet, moderate exercise, occasional success or achievement and good rest are the best ways to keep testosterone levels balanced. When things do go out of balance it could also be due to glandular tumour, artificial steroids or other hormone supplement therapies. Women will also experience imbalance for similar reasons. The birth control pill is one of the primary ways to block testosterone from getting too high in woman.

((It occurred to me late in writing that adrenaline could have some involvement here, but I will look more into it when I do the third draft. I hope you’re enjoying the second draft of my nakshatra study. ))

Gods and Symbols of Krittika

Kartikeya:

As the first son of Shiva he goes by many names: Skanda, Subramanya, Murugan, Swami Natha, and sometimes merely as “the other boy.” He is the embodiment of the perfect man, a fearless leader, Commander & Chief of the Army of the Gods. He carries a spear in one hand and blesses his devotees with the other. His vehicle is the peacock with a serpent in its claws, representing the destruction sexual impulses, passion, fear and the other negative tendencies. He is a celibate. 

Birth of Kartikeya

His birth was a significant event in the mythological history of India and for the beginning of existence. The demon Taraka was given the boon that only a son of Siva could kill him. With this great power he brought chaos to heaven and earth. This was after Sati’s death while Parvati was still in the forest completing her austerities to gain the boon of marrying Shiva. Shiva, meanwhile, had finally cooled down after Sati’s death and was chilling in samadhi on top of Mount Kailash. After some adventure and turning poor Kamadeva (India’s cupid) to ash, Shiva did finally agree to marry Parvati. ((You can find a playful version of the story here.))

While Parvati and Shiva were in amorous meditation a ball of fire and sparks formed between them (you’ll find many versions of their private time together) and they summoned Agni to hold it for incubation, but it was too hot for the agent of fire. He passed the fiery foetus along to Ganga, who eventually deposited it into a pond formed by the nourishing essence his mother Parvati. When the six headed god was born he was sent to live with the six krittikas (wives of the rishis) who acted like six doting mothers.

An alternate story sees him born thru the union between Agni and Swaha which basically represents a ritual of giving life to the fire.  

The Number 6 relates to the five senses and the mind, the ability to look in every direction (the four cardinals, up and down). Suggest that a we need to be alert to the six distractions: sex (kama), anger (krodha), greed (lobha), passion (moha), or jealousy (matsarya). His six faces also represent the forces of Shiva such as Tatpurusha, Aghora, Sadyajatam, Vamadeva, Ishani & Adhomukha.

Kartikeya’s Childhood & the Meaning of Om 

As a child Lord Shiva sent Kartikeya to Lord Brahma for studies. Kartikeya asked directly the meaning of ‘Om,’ but Brahma told him he would have to learn the whole alphabet first. Kartikeya insisted until eventually refusing to learn from Brahma because maybe he did not know the meaning of ‘Om’ himself. Brahma complained that his student was impossible to teach, always arguing the opposite position. When Kartikeya complained to his father that Brahma did not know the meaning of Om, Shiva told him that even he did not know the meaning of ‘Om.’ Kartikeya said that he knew and he would tell his father only if he was elevated to Guru since only the highest Guru could impart such knowledge. Shiva did not know how else to elevate someone above even himself so he lifted the boy onto his shoulders and little Kartikeya explained the meaning of “Om:’ Everything, even the trinity, is contained within Om. “Om means that everything is love — unbroken and unshakable love is Om.” Parvati Ma replied, my dear son, “you have become Swaminatha, a Guru to my Lord.” As the guru of both Shiva and Shakti Kartikeya takes the seat of the third eye. It was Shiva’s third eye that opened turning Kamadeva to ash.

He was often outwitted by Ganesha in brotherly competition. They once competed to see who could run around the universe first. The winner would be declared the eldest brother. Kartikeya quickly set out to win but just as he was returning, Ganesha stood up, walked around their parents, Shiva and Shakti, and insisted he won. The story reminds us to be aware of loopholes in the law or changing of the rules between heaven and earth. HIs connection to Prana which is the vehicle that rides between heaven and earth highlight this journey. 

At age 7 he returned home and was given the divine weapons by his parents and prepared for war. The demon Taraka laughed at the 7 year old boy but soon suffered defeat. Kartikeya won back heaven for the gods, but Taraka’s sons sought revenge and the battle between good and evil, order and chaos, sensual pleasures and spiritual enlightenment continues.  

Kartikeyas Wives

Kartikeya was a renunciant who was essentially married to his job. First wife is called Devasena, the Army of the Devas representing action (her sister is Daityasena, army of the Demons). In the days before their marriage Devasena and her sister were enjoying a leisurely day when the demon, Keshi, kidnaped the two of them and tried to convince them to marry him. The sister, Daityasena, agreed to the proposal but Devasena stood firm representing the defeat of the army of the gods. But she calls on her father Indra to rescue her, which, as the great hero, he is able to do. In her frightened state she asks her father to find her a husband who can protect her from evil. After Kartikeya passed numerous tests he is installed as the Commander in Chief and is married to the army of the gods, Devasena, who represents his power. (Other stories have her following prescribed penance and practices in order to earn a husband of such high birth.)

Second wife Valli is not mentioned much. She was the daughter of a tribal chief, a huntress with great devotion for Kartikeya. Kartikeya is said to have appeared to her as a local hunter and made sexual advances. He tried many things until eventually he concocted a plot with her brother Ganesha who turned into an elephant and chased her down the path where Kartikeya waiting as an old man who promised to help her only if she married him. When she agreed, Kartikeya revealed himself to her and they were soon married. This relationship highlights the difference between the two wives: one represents the professional soldiers and the other represents the non-professional mercenaries. 

Random points about Kartikeya

He is said to hold a grudge against women because his mother always favoured Ganesha and even helped him cheat in the race around the universe. Despite being raised by 6 mothers it’s said that no woman was allowed to enter his garden. He even transformed the beautiful Apsara Urvashi into a tree for trespassing.

He has an affinity for the Kadamba flower (known in English as the Burflower tree) and taught man how to use it for the treatment of wounds, ulcers, diarrhoea, irritable bowl syndrome and problems in the urinary tract; many of the problems that are common to natives with placements in Krittika. It even detoxifies the male and female reproductive systems. A tropical evergreen tree native to South and Southeast Asia. It’s a beautiful red-orange flower with nice fragrance. Bitter and astringent, cold, dry, becomes pungent after digestion and in effective in balancing all three doshas. (See my article on Shatabhisha for more information about the Kadamba flower.) 

Festivals: 

Kartikeya is much more popular in South India than in the North. Thaipusam celebrates victory of good over evil, and Skanda Sashta is celebrated on the 6th day of shukra paksha in the Tamil month of Aippasi (Oct or Nov) as the day Kartikeya killed the Taraka.

Agni – The God or Agency of Fire

An alternate story of Kartikeyas birth has Agni as his father. Agni represents metabolic energy, transformative energy, and purification. He is the mouth of the gods. He cooks, eats and digests the offerings of food or knowledge that nourish the gods.

One day Agni conducted a fire ceremony. Afterwards while he was glowing with tejas and his heat was high, he looked upon the wives of the seven rishis and was immediately overcome with desire for them. He even took the form of the eternal fire so he could remain close to them, but after some time, due to the forbidden nature of his desire, he left for the forest. Swaha, who was one of Daksha’s daughters, was madly in love with him and saw him in this mixed state of dejection and arousal and hit on a plan. She took the form of each of the wives and made love to him six times but was unable to take the form of Arundhati because of the strength of character and devotion for her husband. Swaha had transformed into an eagle after each union with Agni and deposited his semen in a bush in the mountains. This happened on Pratipada of Shukra Paksha in the month of Chitra (March – April). After just four days Kartikeya was fully formed with 6 heads, 12 arms and legs, and just one body. He had immense strength. On the 6th day of his life he is said to have defeated the demon Taraka.

It later came out that he was the child of six of the wives of the rishis which caused a big scandal. It was not easy for Swaha and Vishwakarma to convince everyone of the truth. The Sage’s left their wives and the wives went to Skanda to ask for their place in the heavens. They vowed to always protect and nourish the orphan Skanda. Indra overheard the whole thing and knowing that Abhijit had gone to the forest to practice austerities in order to overpower elder sister Rohini, he gave the place to the seven wives.

Kartikeys’s Vehicle: A Peacock with a Snake in its Talons

The peacock is a symbol of male fertility & virility. The snake in its talons suggests that he has defeated his desires and has control over his sexual urges and temptations. Suggests control over all underground and occult activities as well. Kartikeya represents a person who in in command rather than being commanded by his desires and the objects of his senses. 

Shiva is represented by snakes so this image seems to suggest some dispute between father and son. But if we look at the animals from the divine royal family we quickly notice that none of them are friends: Ganesha’s mouse, Shiva’s snakes & his bull, Kartikeya’s peacock, Durga’s lion: none of these animals get along with any of the others. 


Dionysus

Dionysus is a little like Kartikeya’s western counterpart. He is known as Bacchus, Liber (the Free), Eleutherios (the Liberator). He is the son of Zeus and Prometheus, husband of Demeter. He is said to have been born from the thigh of Zeus, which is understood to mean he was sewn into his ball sac. He is known as one “with balls.” Twice born or born again. It seems reasonable that there may be some Christian symbolism that we’ll discuss later.

Zeus sent the infant Dionysus to Hermes to care for, Hermes gave him to the river nymph daughters of Lamos, but Hera made them attack him out of madness and he was rescued again by Herme. He was then given to Ino who taught him the mysteries. He was raised as a girl to hide him from Hera who eventually found him anyway. Hermes rescued him again and brought him to the mountains to be cared for by Rhea throughout his adolescence. The rain-nymphs of Nysa may have nurtured him through his childhood. Like the wives of the rishis they were rewarded by being placed as Hyades star cluster.

An alternate story has it that the seven daughters of Atlas were the nursemaids and teachers of Dionysus. One day they were being chased by the Hunter, Orion, and were turned into doves to help their escape. When they flew to the heavens they were rewarded with a position on the sky as the seven sisters.

He was a student of the centaur, Chiron, from whom he  learned the songs and dances, rites and initiations. Hera made him wander the land in madness until the goddess Cybele (or Rhea) cured him. He then went on a pilgrimage through Asia teaching grape cultivation and wine making. Dionysus loved the satyr Ampelus who became the constellation Vindemitor (the grape gatherer).

When he returns to his hometown, they disbelieve in his divine birth and denounce him. So he makes the king go mad and then go down and watch the women in their ecstatic rituals. But the women, in their ecstatic trance, mistake him for a wild beast and tear him apart with their bare hands. The women from his family all took part. The mother puts his head on a pike. The women are banished and the queen’s father is turned into a snake. Another king arrested all of his followers so he created a drought to punish the king and cause revolt. Eventually the people tear him apart and the curse is lifted from the land

Dionysus spent much time sitting in the seashore. Mistaken for a prince the sailors would capture him for ransom. But no rope could bind him and he would often transform into a bear or a lion killing anyone who tried to block his path. Those who jumped overboard were mercifully transformed into dolphins.

Dionysus is said to have descended into the underworld to retrieve his mother so that they both may go to live in heaven. Hercules held back the hell dogs for him.

He gave Midas the touch of gold. Everything he touched turned to goal including his food and then his own daughter. He prayed to be released from the boon he had requested.

He was said to be androgynous (described as a feminine man, or man-womanish) and carried a thyrsus (a staff of giant fennel wound in ivy with a pine cone on top and dipped in honey. He was the protector of those who do not belong to conventional society; those living wild, dangerous, hedonistic chaotic lives. He rules over everything that is unexpected and beyond human reason. His symbols were the grapes, wine, harvest, phallus, fig tree (which is the tree of Krittika) and the ecstatic dance. He had at various times turned into a bull or a lion and he was often associated with snakes. He taught people agriculture, herbal medicine, alchemy and how to use food for medicine. From a broader perspective he symbolised prosperity, fertility, and all the pleasures and enjoyments of life.

Bacchus mysteries were originally for men but came to celebrate the sexual changes in girls and women linking him with Hades and Persephone, who was at first saddened by the loss of her childhood and being away from her mother but eventually celebrated her feminine sexuality that was expressed thru spring growth, abundance and fertility. A kind of dark night of the soul represented by winter is followed by the fresh hopeful beauty of spring. He guides the “Cult of the Souls” through the process of reincarnation and acts as a channel of communication between the living and the dead. The Maenads offered blood to the dead and many of the religious rights similar to Orphic, Persephone, Eleusinian mystery cults. His followers often wore fox skin, or sometimes panther or leopard skins.

He provides for those who choose to live a wild life. His wine, music and dance frees his followers from self-conscious fears and subverts the repressive constraints of the powerful. Those who take part in his right become possessed and empowered by the god himself. The divine madness came from just the right balance of drink rather than in drinking excessive amounts. He was represented in weddings, sacrifice of oxen, sexuality and death. The satyrs, maenads and other human-animal varieties associated with his represent returning to our natural animalistic roots as a way of escape from the restrictive ordering principle of civilisation. God of epiphany, related with foreignness and foreign travel and the struggles for acceptance upon the return home. He was seen as a god who had to endure much suffering before triumphing over it.

Stars of Krittika

Krittikas – Pleiades – The Seven Sisters

Six brightest stars of Pleiades in the upper torso of the bull and an important star constellation for marking the sailing season in the Medeterainian. One other faint star makes up the seven sisters; the seven wives of the seven sisters. One of Kartikeya’s earlier battles was against a fierce ram that emerged from the yagna of sage Narada

The seven sisters are considered the mouth of Brahman on par with Agni. They are also considered to represent the head of Kal Purusha or Prajapati.

Deepavali, the festival of light is celebrated in the month of krittika to honour the Seven wives of the sages who cared for Kartikeya: they were his earliest nursemaids and teachers. Although Deepavali is now said to be a celebration of Laxmi, it’ roots lie in worship of the seven wives of the seven sages Their names have also been given to seven key bricks that enclose and nurture the sacrificial fire. The seven wives are also connected with the seven main rivers in India.

The Number Seven

The seven wives of the rishis are:

  1. Amba: a term used for the mother goddess and Shiva’s wife which implies that she is Karkikeya’s natural mother, Parvati. The other six stars would represent the six wives of the six sages with one wife staying in another part of the sky due to her devotion. Amba is also a mode of dress used for addressing old ladies. May also be related to the medicinal plant Ambasthā. Could even relate with the mango tree. 
  2. Dula: to swing, oscillate, shake upwards, throw up, or excite.
  3. Nitatni: a plant venerated as devi which is said to cure any illness has this same name
  4. Abhrayanti: Queen of the rainy season. Her name means “forming clouds” which brings rain. Her name relates with the sky, the atmosphere or cloudiness generally. She may relate with the aspect of Shiva which is known as the “firmament.” nAlso used to represent a blanket which is used to cover a carpet. Also represents mica, talc powder or a kind of fine dust covering. Used as a verb abhrati: to go. 
  5. Meghayanti: Her name means,  to “make cloudy.” Megha is also the name of one of the six rāgas
  6. Vasanti: Queen of the spring season, he name means “causing rain.”
  7. Cupunika: further research is needed into the unique powers of this special mothers. 

Seven Vedic Mothers

  1. Biological Mother
  2. Wife of the guru they are sent to study with.
  3. The wives and women who help around the ashram or for ritual.
  4. The wives of authority figures, landlords wife. (Queens)
  5. Care givers: nurses,
  6. The Cow: Milk is the fruit of life
  7. The Earth: Everything we could ever want rises from the earth

The Saptamatrikas (seven mothers): 

They helped Shiva defeat the demon Andhakasura who was multiplying  with every strike and then later helped Durga defeat the Raktabija. In both cases they ate up the blood that was allowing the demons to multiply. It’s said that they represent 8 mental qualities that drag us down:

  1. Brahmani or Saraswati, the shakti of Brahma destroys pride.
    • Yellow complexion with four faces, two hands are in varada and abhaya mudras; her other two hands hold a kamandal and an akshamala. She is seated on a lotus under a palash tree, she has a swan for a vehicle, and her head is adorned with a karanda makuta.
    • Om devi Brahmani vidmahe, maha shakthiyai cha dhimahee, tanno devi prachodayat.

2.  Maheshvari or Raudrani, the shakti of Shiva destroys anger.

    • Fair complexion with 3 eyes. Two hands hold a trisula and akshamala while the other two are in mudra. She rides the bull Nandi and wears a jata makuta on her head.
    • Om vrushath vijaya vidmahe, miruga hasthaya dheemahi, tanno maheshwari prachodayat.

3.  Kaumari Karttikeyani, the shakti of Kumara or Karttikeya destroys illusion.

    • She has a yellow complexion, carries a sakti and a kukkuta while two hands remain in mudra. She rides a peacock, lives under a fig tree.
    • Om sikid vijaya vidmahe, vajra hasthaya dheemahi, tanno kowmoari prachodayat.

4.  Vaishnavi or Lakshmi, the shakti of Vishnu destroys covetousness.

    • She has a lovely face, pretty eyes, a dark complexion and wears yellow garments. On her head sits a kirita makuta. Around her neck in the vanamala. She holds a chakra and a sankha in two hands while the others are in mudras. She rides upon Garuda and sits under a Raja Vriksha tree.
    • Om tharksh yathwajaya vidmahe, chakra hasthaya dheemahi, tanno vaishnavi prachodayat.

5.  Varahi, the shakti of Varaha destroys envy.

    • She has a dark complexion with a human body and the face of a boar. She wears a karanda makuta and is adorned with corals. She holds a hala and a shakti and rests under a kalpaka tree. She also rides an elephant
    • Om varahamuhi vidmahe. Anthrashani dheemahi, tanno yamuna prachodayat.

6.  Indrani, the shakti of Indra destroys fault finding.

    • She is red in colour and has 3 eyes and 4 arms and wears a kirita makuta on her head. She carries the vajra and the sakti in two hands while the other two are in mudra. She is red, she rides an elephant and lives under a kalpaka tree.
    • Om gajah vijaya vidmahe, vajra hastaya dheemahi, tanno Indrani prachodayat.”\

7.  Chamunda destroys lying.

    • She has an emaciated body, sunken belly with all her bones showing. Her face is terrifying but smiling. She carries a skull and a trisula in two hands while the others offer mudras. She wears a garland of skulls, sits on a tiger skin under a fig tree.
    • Om pisasath vijaya vidmahe, soola hasthaya dheemahi, tanno kali prachodayat.

The seven daughters of Atlas who helped raise Dionysus

  1. Maia: the eldest sister, representative of spring and the month of May.
  2. Electra: after an amorous tryst with Zeus she was the mother of Dardanus, the founder of Troy.
  3. Taygete: lover of nature, freedom and solitude.
  4. Alcyone: married Poseidon and was the brightest and most beautiful  of the sisters.
  5. Celaeno was mother of Lycus the wolf and Chimaeras (part dragon, part goat, part lion)
  6. Sterope (or Asterope):fainter than the other stars. Had children with the god of war.
  7. Merope, the youngest sister, was wooed by Orion but married to Sisyphus The “lost sister” because she is not visible to the naked eye. (This sister is not counted amongst the six wives of the rishis who make up Krittika nakshatra).

Tree of Krittika

Ficus Racemosa: Cluster fig; Indian fig, Udumbara

The fruit only grows on mature branches keeping it away from the main trunk. This causes seeds to ripen and fall rather than be eaten and dispersed by animals near the trunk. Food plant for caterpillars of the two-brand butterfly. Monkeys and bats also eat this. In Vietnam they pickle the fruit. Fruit is called Gular.

The king’s crown could be formed with this branch and then coated in gold. The king’s throne could also be made from this wood. The leaves are indispensable for havan. Tribal people distil the fruit to make traditional liquor. The bark can be made into a paste and applied to boils and insect bites to bry the skin. In Atharva Veda this fig is useful for acquiring prosperity and defeating enemies.

This tree was created by Indra when he drank too much Soma. “From his hair thought flowed and became millet, from his skin honour flowed and became the Asvattha tree (ficus religiosa), from his flesh his force flowed and became the tree (ficus glomerata), from his bones his sweet drink flowed and became the Nyagrodha tree (ficus indica), from his marrow his drink, the Soma juice, flowed and became rice. In this way all his energy and vital force went from him.

Lord Dattatreya is worshipped living under this tree. The teaching that we must always remain open to learning from others if we wish to be teachers ourselves. This means to also learn to unlearn what has become obsolete. Dattatreya represents the trinity and is often worshiped by naga babas and other sadhus undergoing harsh austerities. Buddhism uses the  name Udumbara for these flowers as well as for the blue lotus which blooms only at night.


Sexual Animal for Krittika

Female Sheep / Ewe: 

Flock mentality with ewes maintaining their maternal group for a lifetime. The flock typically includes multiple females with one or two rams. As many of 40  – 50 ewes may be managed by a single adult ram.  Members of the flock are usually connected thru casual affiliation rather than social hierarchies like cows. They have a strong affiliation with the flock and may become stressed, aggressive and panicky when separated from the rest of the flock. They reach sexual maturity by 6 to 8 months of age and will go into heat for about 30 hours every 17 days when in season. Mating behaviour includes nudging, kicking, pawing, low stretches, and pushing. She will give off a scent and make physical displays to show the males she is ovulating. They will occasionally be born lacking functional ovaries and displaying more masculine behaviour. In pregnancy their udders and vulva will swell up and vaginal, uterine or anal prolapse is not uncommon. Although some ewes have had as many as nine lambs in a litter, it’s much more common for them to produce only one or two. They have a uniquely curved cervix unlike most mammals. Mineral and vitamin deficiencies can cause infertility. Selenium, copper vitamins A & D are key.


Additional Points of Interest

  • Rahu in Krittika has too much fiery, critical, cutting energy. Scandals are common, but can be good for business. On the Aries side this Rahu can be aggressive, develop a huge ego, and will do anything to win (even kill, but killing is usually done in the heat of passion). Good for cutthroat politics and war.
  • Vastu tells us that the kitchen should be in the South East corner of the house. Or living space

Planets in the Krittika

Mercury in Krittika makes someone a direct speaker, the kind of speaker who can get people fires up. They may speak in a comanding way or have a commanding voice. Short, direct and to the point. If venus is with Mercury, they might use very flowery language but be no less direct. Mars or Sun will of course make the speaker, the voice, or the effect very firely, impassioned. Good for a general, coach or commander. In the first part of Krittika Mercury may face difficulties and if it’s with Mars they might face a lot of misunderstandings in communication.

Venus in Kritika is good for modern female empowerment. Men with this placement often surround themselves with empowered women and women with this placement are typically empowered themselves. But if Saturn aspects this Venus those woman’s rights can be harshly curtailed as Saturn seeks to regulate the the way they express themselves. They may have a fear of women or take a path of celibacy either by choice of by necessity (impotence, lack of desire). They may have a love for little boys appreciate that boys will be boy. In some cases that may act as cheerleaders for men and masculinity.  Henry the 8th had Venus here with Ketu conjunct. His wives had a few boys, but they all died. His love for a little boy had nothing but ghost to connect with. He was unable to connect with the women in his life either. It’s was the daughters who took over after his death. Bloody Mary is famous for burning Protestants at the stake.


Planetary Rulers of Krittika

Sun: Bright, central, unique, creative, authentic, sovereign, productive, singular, celebrated, self-centred, confident, intelligence, speculations, children and father figures, romance, mantra, spiritual practice.

Aries + Sun (see pada 1)

Taurus + Sun

Some conflict between image and authenticity can be found here. Nice style, good in the arts, excellent for banking, collections, storage, and finance. Good position for self made wealth and the pursuit of value, and appreciation thru celebrity, originality, productivity, authenticity. Strong sense of value. Veracity, truth and trusts are also signified by this combination. Likes to have status symbols like land, vehicles, wealth or stored goods. Can be a really unique visual artist, singer, actor, model. There may be many reproductions of the original.

Pada 1 (Aries + Sun + Sagittarius)

You can tell how much power someone has by how powerful their critics are. These people can face harsh criticism and they can offer an equal devastating rebuttal.

This pada is usually very fortunate, global elite, celebrated position of righteous knowledgable (or idealistic) leaders or commanders. They are often driven by a sense of justice, doing what is right. They are not just competitors, they are winners; very ambitious. They can be found at the top of any competitive field: athletics, business, politics, military, finance, medicine. They can be ruthless and cruel in pursuit of victory and they can face a lot of pressure to perform.They may have masculine traits: high testosterone, hot blood, aggression, selfishness, self confident. Ashwini is the wanderer, Bharani is the sadhu completing penance. Krittika is the is looking for earns admirations.

This pada can be so original that nobody can copy them, original thinkers. This pada is full of fire. (Pushkara Navamsha. 21° Aries is Pushkara Bhagya)

Ascendant: Barak Obama, Martin Luther King, Neil Armstrong

Sun: George Carlin (Mercury conjunct in Bharani made him famous saying what isn’t supposed to be said), Che Guevara, Osama Bin Laden

Moon: Bill Ayer (learder of a militant communist revolutionary group in the USA), Bill Clinton, Barak Obama, Harry Prince of Wales

Mars: Michael Jackson, Salman Rushdie.

Venus: Jeffery Dahmer, Pelosi

Mercury: JFK (telling it like it is), Uma Thurman

Jupiter: Clive Barker, Gandhi, Christopher Reeve, Mao

Saturn: Stephen Hawking, Muhammed Ali, Bob Dylan, Bernadine Ayer (Leader of an underground, radical communist group,

Rahu: Josef Haller (Nationalist Commander of Polish Army WW I & II, militia recruitment and training, propaganda directed towards children), Priscilla Chan (Zuckerberg), John Graham Burge (Chicago Police Commander accused or torturing more then 200 suspects to gain confession)

Ketu: Qasem Soleimani (“shadow commander”), Kenny Rogers (“Coward of the County”), Maxine Waters, Tiger Woods, Pirate

Pada 2 (Taurus + Sun + Capricorn)

Moon is exalted at 3°. Mars is exalted in this pada; Jupiter is in debilitated pada of enemy sign .Ones work may take centre stage.  Good positions for cooks, hospitality work, making deals, construction of pleasing structures, making arrangements, government or corporate worker, land deals, music, status symbols. They want to appeal to the hierarchy or structure.

Ascendant:Tony Blair (unconfirmed time), Jordan Peterson (Empowerment coach, empowerment by rising up thru the hierarchy of values, his Mars in Bharani suggest that we have to activity go down into hell)

Sun: Sara Nares

Moon: Jackson Pollock, Dave Toschi (the cop Dirty Harry was modelled after)

Mars (exalted Navamsha): Qasem Soleimani (“The Shadow Commander”), Robert de Nero, Pelosi

Venus: Johnny Depp, Michael Moore, Osama bin Laden, Princess Diana

Mercury: Johnny Depp (Mercury rules 3rd house and is the natural Karaka for the hands) media roll in Nightmare on Elm Street and Edward Scissor hands), Clint Eastwood

Jupiter (debilitated Navamsha): Mike Holliday. JMW Turner (famous landscape artist. His last words were: “The Sun is God”), Picasso, Kamala Harris, Jean Paul Sartre, Jack Dorsey, JFK

Rahu: JRR Tolkien, James LeBron, Stephen King, Mother Teresa, Hilary Clinton

Ketu: Pierre Trudeau

Pada 3 (Taurus + Sun + Aquarius)

They use may create their own system that can be copied by others, or perhaps they long to reproduce the work of another. Other will be able to follow their system, plug into their networks, They may use their image or their stage for social cause or  political activism.  The system may be used for anything science, logistics, technical reproduction, systems of yoga or martial arts. Usually attractive, unique and creative but may feel like they are part or a much greater movement. They are often making an appeal to the system.

Ascendant: Jackson Pollock

Sun: Edward Smyth-Osbourn (Commander of elite NATO rapid deployment forces)

Moon: Cicero, Johnathan Luckhurst

Mars: James Blunt, Sara Nares, Andy Warhol (pop art), Johnathan Luckhurst

Mercury: Sigmund Freud, Candace Owens

Venus: Sid Vicious, Karl Marx, Al Gore, King Henry VIII, Nigel Farage

Jupiter: Bugsy Siegel, Toney Blair, Bob Dylan

Saturn: George Floyd, Berni Sanders, Richard Nixon

Rahu: Avril Lavigne, Martin Luther King, Harry Prince of Wales

Ketu: Stephen Yeats, Glenn Walters (Marine Corp General), Beethoven

Pada 4 (Taurus + Sun + Pisces)

Spiritual universal truths, dreamy images, abstract art, celebrated images of the sub-conscious mind. He we find people trying to make a dream or a universal ideal appealing. Perhaps they are themselves trying to be universally appealing  Spirituality may be all about optics, though perhaps they are merely trying to express their mysticism or inner connection to god thru form.  Goof for the foreign artist, international careers. Good sensual imagination as they try seek to express universal truths. They can also be reclusive thinkers. Criticism may only serve to propel them upward. May be an academic or scholar with big ideas. Mercury is not happy here as he becomes debilitated in Navamsha causing speech problems, dyslexia.

Sun: Jeffery Dahmer

Moon: Freida Kahlo, George Foreman

Mars: AOC, Jackson Pollock, Pirate

Mercury: Mikhail Bakunin, George Bush Sr,

Venus: Osama Bin Laden, JMW Turner (famous landscape artist. His last words were; “The sun is god.”), Uma Thurman

Saturn: Justin Trudeau, Julian Assange

Rahu: Salman Rushdie, Arnold Schwarzenegger

Ketu: Russel Brand, Samasati, Angelina Jolie

Bharani Nakshatra

Bharani Nakshatra: (13° 20’ – 26° 40’ Aries)

Star of restraint. Power to clean and remove impurity. Ruled by the god of death, Yama & and his sister Yami, “goddess of life.  ( Hades and Persephone from the western perspective). It’s about the bondage of time and karma and has a lot to do with his we make choices.

The main symbols are a vagina (childbirth and female sexuality), a doorway (the gate keeper), a boat (that which carries you to the other side), a triangle (I believe this would be a downward pointing triangle symbolising the feminine aspect of creation), an elephant (Ganesha).

Kali, Saturn and sacrifice have a strong influence on this nakshatra and the triangle brings our awareness to the chaotic, downward moving, materialistic, time aware power of the divine feminine. Kali is the one who destroys our darkest demons. She is the divinity we find when we sink to our lowest point, and by her power we raise ourselves up again. The feminine aspect also connect this nakshatra to Radha – Krishna and the moon. 

Venus is the planetary ruler of this nakshatra opening us up to a world of competing values. 

Health

  • Top of the head (brain) and bottom of feet

The brain and the endocrine system. It may deal with the entire Pituitary – Hypothalamus – Adrenal axis. The pituitary as the seat of the soul is particularly related to Bharani. Serotonin and it’s relationship with delayed pleasure is highlighted with this nakshatra while  Endorphins bring to question the relationship between pleasure and pain and offering as a reward for bear some pain or sacrifice. Oxytocin relates a lot with the sense of trust, caring, comforting. (Dopamine and Cortisol may belong more to Ashwini who is seeking reward and achievement might be relate more with Ashwini, but in this regard Bharani and Ashwini also work together as twins: the execrator and the brake.

Most of the health problems with this nakshatra are hereditary and come down to making poor lifestyle choice: smoking, drinking, drugs,  poor diet, taboo sex. Stress can be.incredibly high for people just doing their duty and they are often found in positions of trust. Though of course heavy malefic with break the trust somehow and rather than hand out the consequences one will suffer them.

Saturn is debilitated in Bharani. He has a restrictive influence on the happy hormones in some way. Drug or alcohol abuse is common among them all at some point of their lives. They’ve all dealt with the devil inside of themselves and tend to meet with the worse side of human nature. Mental illness, depression, anxiety, poor diet affecting digestion, nutrition, blood, heart, lungs, body pain and stiffness. Both extremes of sexual perversity and frigidity (or impotency) can be experienced with this placement. As levels of oxytocin, serotonin and endorphins are diminished by Saturn then we are forced to suffer the consequences possibly thru several generations.

Serotonin is related with achievement and the satisfaction of delayed pleasure. Low serotonin, gives OCD effect: obsessive thoughts, compulsive behaviours: anxiety, stress, agitation, depression, poor digestion or appetite, poor breathing, body pain, mental stagnation.

Oxytocin is the bonding hormone triggered by children, childbirth, human contact and bonding. Low Oxytocin makes a person feel disconnected, lonely, cut off from others, but anxious when they are with others.

Dopamine is the hit, the reward, yes! Low Dopamine is connected with high stress, drug use, and poor diet. They may show low levels of iron magnesium and zinc as well. Addiction, ADHD, Alziemers, Bi-polar disorder. Inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, epilepsy.  (Dopamine may relate to Ashwini more than Bharani.)

Deficiency in Serotonin, GABA, and endorphins is usually correlated and expressed thru addictive behaviour, stress, anxiety, depression, self destructive behaviour, pain in the body, Fibromyalgia, emotional sensitivity, pleasure seeking behaviour, taboo breaking behaviour. A well placed Mars is likely to be familiar with the endorphin rush of exercise and sudden bursts of activity.

Parkinson disease, brain tumours, aneurysms, epilepsy, memory problems can also be found in Bharani.

Reflexology gets some standing in Bharani by connecting the soles of the feet to the brain. It’s thru Bharani that we are able to experience the inactivity in activity & and the activity in inactivity.

Bharani – Ashwini Comparison

AshwiniBharani
Headless, random activityHierarchy of value to our activity
Aware of nowAware of past and future
DopamineSerotonin
Always looking for a fixSacrifice
Particulars in between. Universal polar opposites.
The accelerator (freedom)The brake (consequences)
Moves thru spaceMoves thru time
Looks like a ponyLooks like death

Key Themes / Careers

Bharani is the door way that we cross at the moments of birth and death. The metaphysical birth of the subject and the object and the merging of the two. This can be a powerful nakshatra for yogis practicing the restraints, binds, locks; those concerned with severing the knots that keep us bound to this limited reality. Karmic bonds are paramount to karma yogis; they know only too well that we cannot escape our karma. They can be very duty bound people no matter how distasteful the job. They know that the path of life is but the road to death.

Sex and death connects Bharani to the mystery school, esoteric, occult and tantric perspectives of the world. Bharani makes us grapple with  time, mortality and the ticking ticking clock. Since there is limited time, it matters what we do. Bharani helps give deeper meaning to our actions. Yama gathers up all our actions, thoughts, words, sense impressions and doles out our karma accordingly.

Bharani has a lot to do with regulating the headless energy of Ashwini, Yama is the one who holds the reins and teaches us to sacrifice our present for the future, and to sacrifice our innocence to a higher purpose. Yama also teaches the consequences. This leads to all kinds of jobs as police, lawyers, judges as well as all related fields. But also to fields related to disciplining children or breaking horses.

Childbirth, babies and children can all be strong themes in Bharani.  Midwives, fertility experts, early education or childhood development, They might also work at the doorway are the end of the road as well, working as hospice workers, hospitals, other positions of trust or expectation that they will do their duty.

Anything related to female sexuality can be prevalent in this makshatra making them well suited for modern hospitality and entertainment industries: yoga teachers, dances, influencers, or musicians might . They may often have a look like death; or as if something has died inside of them. 

Any careers related to genetics, heredity, agriculture, animal husbandry, fertiliser, seed germination; anyone working under the awareness of generational wealth.

They can be very good at business: gatekeepers for the transfer of value, payments, shipping, receiving, taxes, banking, trusts, loans, debts. They have a keen understanding of value

On the dark side they can be involved directly in the business of death. They may be butchers or killers, cooks or hunters, crematory or cemetery workers, soldiers or mercenaries. All of the dirtiest jobs relate with Bharani. “It’s a dirty job but someone has to do it.” It’s usually a Bharani doing it.

Underworld mafia and dark, shady underground places are represented here. Sexual exploitation, drugs, crime, addiction, terrorists, and those involved with making the tools (like guns, S & M toys, caskets, bong shops) of these dark trades. If you want to know about the consequences of bad decisions, just talk to a Bharani person.

Bharani is also involved with all kinds of literal under ground resources: oil, mining and minerals, public utilities, buried treasure. The  earthquakes, volcanoes and geology and any studies and understanding of the wealth which is buried underground.

Qualities of Bharani

Mleccha (outcaste), Artha, Human, Rajas – Rajas – Tamas, Fierce/Severe, Pitta, Balanced, Downward looking, Female, Earth element, Sustaining/Organising principle, Sage Vashishta

Outcaste: Living on the fringes of society, capable of mixing with all classes, connected with the underground communities. Dark cruel plants here will bring a person to dark cruel place. 

Artha: Bhairani is motivated to make money and provide safety & security thru material abundance while building things that will last, grow and gain in value. Bharani has much to do with natural resources and stored wealth. Planets that support wealth acquisition will do well here.

Human: Humans are the balance between the gods and the demons. While we may be blessed with compassion and higher virtues, humans are not afraid  to “dance with the devil.” Although we wish to make healthier, more meaningful choices, Bharani deals with the temptation of natural human desires.

Fierce / Severe: A provocative placement for starting fights, arguments, quitting your job, bringing and end to things or taking care of things once and for all. Serving justice, or carrying out a crime. Harvest, clearing land for development, activities that once done cannot be undone. 

Pitta: Hot, oily, light, sharp, rough. Will influence a pitta constitution to the Karaka features of the planet. Lagna here could influence pitta physical constitution. If the moon is here it will be their mind, if Mars is here the brothers and competitors and activities might have qualities of pitta. 

Balanced: Bharani people are always seeking some kind of balance. Balance between right and wrong, life and death, past and future, fate and free will. Justice, human rights, business all seek to find some balance between competing interests. 

Downward looking: Good for research, underground activity, digging wells or laying a foundation, gambling, pessimism. Planets placed here are likely to keep their karaoke signification underground. Both malice and charity might be keep underground. 

Female: This nakshatra lends feminine traits to the significations of the planets involved. 5th lord here may give a daughter, 10th lord can give a female boss, Sun may give female authority figures. Masculine plants can disturb the polarity. 

Earth element: A solid, dense, stable, grounded nakshatra dealing with the material world. Planets here show less subtlety in their results. 

Sustaining / Organising principle: Focused is to maintain order in the universe. Its fierce properties like death and destruction are usually carried out for preservation. Like trimming an apple tree to give it a longer life and increase production.

Sage Vashishta: Symbol of the closeness that marriage brings to a couple. He taught electional astrology, vedanta, and yoga philosophy to the world. All of his seven sons went on to become great sages themselves and he was dedicated to the goodness and welfare of the world. He was the owner of the wish fulfilling cow, Kamadhenu and her child Nandini. The star Mizar is known as Vashistha and the nearby Alcor star is known as Arundhati, the name of Vashishta’s virtuous wife. Alcor is sometimes worshipped by married women to remind them of the virtues of being married.

West: Planets here are likely to give their full results in the West. When this asterism in placed in the western quadrant of the chart it gains extra strength to give results

Gods & Symbols of Bharani

Yama & Yami 

Yama is the god of death, Dharmaraj, lord of the underworld, lord of the pitris (ancestors). Second child of Surya, he is the younger step brother of Saturn and the elder brother of the Ashwini Kumars. He is also known as Manu the first mortal; the person to die. Yamuna (or Yami) is his twin sister. He is considered on the of the great Agnis (fires). His relation to time connects him with Kali, Saturn and the crow. He lives in the underworld surrounded by various kinds of hell to punish the sins of man. 

He has four arms, protruding fangs, complexion of storm clouds with a wrathful expression surrounded by a garland of flames, dressed in red, yellow and blue; holding a noose, a mace, and a sword. He rides a buffalo. He’s known to inflict torture and he fills men’s hearts with great fear. He gives individuals the power to bear any path in life.

Yama means: twin, moral rule or duty, self control, forbearance, cessation, retribution, to rein in. He dispenses law and punishment to sinners, and makes them repent. He rules the southern direction, likes the Sandal tree and knows the arts of poetry and the sacred hymns.

His when his sister Yami reached puberty she famously tried to persuade him to have sex with her.  She offered many arguments why it would not be breaking dharma, but he knew that sexual intercourse with his own sister would go against dharma in the mortal world where every action provokes a reaction seen of unseen. His reward for such self control was to become the chief justice of the universe. 

Yama was the father of Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandavas, who was famous for always speaking the truth. Yama once took the form of a Yaksha (a nature spirit) to test Yudhishthira’s righteousness with a series of riddles. Pleased with his answers he brought two of the Pandava brothers back to life after they drank for the forbidden waters. This is a very famous passage of the Mahabharata called the “Yaksha Prashna.”

Yudhishthira once asked sage Markandeya if there has ever been a woman whose devotion matched Drupadi’s. Markandeya told him of a time when Yama went to take the soul of Satyavan after he died. Yama was so impressed with the dedication to dharma of Satyavan’s wife, Savitri, that he brought Satyavan back to life. 

Yama once incarnated as a shudra named Vidura after being cursed by sage Mandavya for being too harsh in his punishments. While he played this role, Krishna was forced to take Yama’s seat in dispensing justice. But Krishna didn’t take anyone. Births continued, but nobody died. After some time the extra weight caused the earth to sink into the great ocean. Varaha had to dive down and rescue earth; raising it up with his tusk.

Meanwhile, Yama personified as Vidura got kicked out of the family home by his elder brother for speaking in defence of the Pandavas. To pass the time he went on pilgrimage meeting other devotees of Krishna. Sage Maitreya told him the truth of his divine birth. Bharani natives are capable of realising deep truths about themselves while on pilgrimage. Namely that we all have a divine immortal core within us. 

Krishna and Balarama were known to have traveled to the underworld home of Yama to retrieve the son of their guru Sandipani Muni. Recognising Krishna’s true nature as Vishnu, Yama offered obeisance to the two visitors and returned the boy without hesitation. The Maha mantra “Hare Rama Hare Krishna” relates to the sun and moon, day and night aspects of Bharani.  

His mother cursed him to his father which caused his grandson, Vena, to turn his back on dharma. We are taught that sins in this life will be paid for in future generations. 

Yama was destroyed by Shiva when he came to claim the soul of Sage Markandeya, who passed the auspicious trayambakam mantra don to us. Shiva was eventually convinced by the other gods to revive him.  Kartikeya, the ruler of the next nakshatra, may have carried out the killing for Shiva.

Yama was the teacher of the Brahmin boy Nachiketa to whom he gave three boons: The first was the restoration of family bonds and values. The next was for the knowledge of fire sacrifice to attain heaven.  And the third boon was to know the mysteries of what is beyond the world of life and death and the cycles of karma. Yama tries to avoid this final boon offering wealth, pleasures, and sensual delights but Nachiketa refuses all of these showing that he had self control. 

Yama once fought with Janamejeya in hell. He lost and offered him  knowledge of emancipation. 

Yama Gayatri Mantra

“Om surya puthraya vidhmahe maha kalaya

Dheemahi thanno yamaha prachodayath”

“Om, let me meditate on the son or the Sun god

Oh great Lord of time, give me higher intellect, 

And let the God of death illuminate my mind”

The five Yamas:  the five restraints of Patanjali yoga

      1. Ahimsa: Non-violence
      2. Satya: Truthfulness
      3. Asteya: Non-covetous
      4. Brahmacharya: Self restraint
      5. Aparigraha: Non-possessiveness

Hades – Pluto

Lord of the underworld and everything under the earth. The unseen one, the one who distributes riches from below. Master of the three-headed guard dog Cerberus who protected the gates of the underworld. He is known to be cold, stern and duty driven; holding everyone equally accountable to his laws. He was intent on keeping the souls he had and keeping the schedule for departure of the earthly world. Only a handful of heroes ever dared make the journey to the underworld and survived.

When the man Asclepius became such a great physician that he was capable of bringing the dead back to life Hades had Zeus kill him with a thunderbolt. Hades is known to have left his underworld home only twice: Once to bring Persephone down to the underworld for their marriage, and another time he went to Mount Olympus to heal after Hercules shot him with an arrow. 

His underworld was a miserable place, but there were three roads: one to the Island of Blessed for the Heroes (a kind of heaven), a kind of middling (purgatory) world for those who were neither good or evil, and a kind of hell for the wicked ones. There were pools where memory could be erased and other pools for the mystery seekers where memories could be revived. The five rivers of Hades are: Acheron (the river of sorrow), Cocytus (lamentation), Phlegethon (fire), Lethe (oblivion), Styx (hate), which forms the boundary between upper and under worlds. Narcissus and cypress plants are special to Hades. Some suggest that Hades was a cover name for Dionysus to hide the mysteries of the cult; and there are certainly many mysteries related to Hades and his underworld. 

Hades & Persephone (Goddess of Nature)

When Hades fell in love with Persephone he made a plan with Zeus to kidnap her. While she was playing with her freshwater nymph friends, Zeus and Hades caused the earth beneath her feet to open up and when she fell into the underworld. Hades married her. She may also have been led away by her fascination with a yellow flower (a narcissus/by her own narcissus). Nymph Cyane tries to help her but was no match for Hades; she melted into a pool of tears to form the river of her name. 

Persephone’s mother, Demeter, went mad looking for her daughter. She cursed the nymphs to become old and fat with scaly bodies known as Sirens. She even disguised herself as an old lady with a lighted torch and roamed the earth for nine days and nights. When she found her daughter in the underworld she pleaded with them to allow her to live on the surface. She was then allowed up for 6 months and had to remain with her husband in Hades for the other six months; marking spring and winter respectively. She was not happy at first but grew to love her husband. 

Pirithous tries to kidnap Persephone

Pirithous & Theseus decided they wanted to marry the wives of the gods. They first kidnapped Helen for Theseus to marry and then they went into Hades underworld to kidnap Persephone for Pirithous to marry. Hades, knowing their intention lured them to dinner and then had them sized by snakes as they ate. Hercules saved Theseus but Pirithous has never left. Hades put him in the chair of forgetfulness.

Hercules’ final labour to steal Hades’ dog

He first had to get initiated into the Eleusinian mysteries in order to absolve his guilt for killing the centaurs. He also had to learn how to get in and out of the underworld alive. He had much help from the gods by this time and Hades agreed to let him take the dog as long as he promised to take good care of him and do him no harm. 



Stars of Bharani

Musca Borealis: Apis; the Bee, the Fly, Vespa. 

Most of this constellation remains below the northern horizon. The bee is said to provide nourishment for the next constellation, the “Chameleon” (with its tongue out to catch the bee or fly). Radiation which is emitted into space is produced through a process of positron annihilation. Stars #39 & 41 are parts of the constellation Lilii Borea (Lilium – the Lily – Fleur de Lille) of antiquity. This relates Bharani to bee’s, honey, and flying insects generally.

Star #41 Arietis: The star called Bharani.  A triple star system, shining a blue-white hue. This is the main and brightest star of Musca Borealis. There are ‘nebulous’ absorption lines in the star’s spectrum caused by the Doppler effect of rapid rotation. 

Star #39 Arietis: A giant star. It’s at the evolutionary stage known as the “red clump,” indicating that it generates energy at its core through the fusion of helium. 1.6 times the mass of the sun, 11 times the radius and shines 56 times brighter. Energy is radiated into space. Cool orange hue of a K-type star.  

Star #35 Arietis: binary star with 490 day orbit. Shines with a blue-white hue of a B-type star

Tree of Bharani

Amla: Indian Gooseberry, Amalaki, Phyllanthus Emblica:

Small to medium size tree (1 – 8 m). Flowers are greenish yellowish, Fruit is nearly perfectly round and smooth with 6 vertical stripes and is hand picked in the autumn. It’s commonly pickled with salt, oil and spices but can also be eaten raw or cooked into the food like dal or sweets. The bark is also used to impart a bitter-astringent taste to traditional fish soup called Holat in Indonesia.

All parts of the tree are used in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s classified as having sour & astringent as primary flavours, with sweet, bitter & pungent as secondary flavours. Qualities are light and dry. Post Digestive effect is sweet and cooling. A fibrous fruit that is high in vitamin C & antioxidants. Main ingredient in the rejuvenating tonic called Chyawanprash.

It’s also used in inks and textiles for colour fixing.

Sexual – Creative Animal

Male Elephant 

Males and females usually live separately, with the females forming matriarchal groups with the leader directing the route to all the others. Males usually leave the group when they are around 12 or 15 years old. They will roam alone or spend time with other males. They will often have a close friendship with an older male who they seem to learn from. Although sexually mature around 15 years old, they do not usually become sexually active until 30 years old when they become capable of asserting their dominance which is necessary in order to find a mate.  

Musth: Means ‘intoxicated’ in Hindi. This happens when the bull elephants’ testosterone spikes making them hyper-aggressive and increasing their power so that even smaller bulls can occasionally defeat larger, older males in the fight for dominance that allows them to mate with females who are in estrus. It only lasts for a few days. A gland between their eye and their ear swells and releases a sticky dark liquid with a strong smell. Their urine which dribbles from them also releases a foul hormonal fragrance. 

The male elephant penis can be up to four feet long while the female reproductive canal can be up to 8 feet long. Females are usually only fertile for a few days of their four month estrus cycle.  These are usually the later days in order to increase the chances of reproducing with the strangest and most dominant male capable of defeating all the rest. Males only mate when they are musthing which leave very small windows for natural selection to work and maintain diversity of the herds.

Males may “flirt” by offering food to the female and by probing their vulva and inspect their urine. He might even chase her around for a short time, but there is relatively little foreplay and the mounting only lasts a couple of minutes. They will hang out together afterwards swishing their tails and wrap their trunks around each other. The female will have many partners during the time she is in estrus. Estrus cycle only happen every 4-6 years. Male too have their musth periods governed by nature so that only a few have it at any given time. 

Both genders emit a variety of vocalisations throughout the mating period: predominantly described as a low growl or a rumble.

Ganesha was an elephant, and Indra, Balarama, Skanda, Aiyanar all rode elephants. 

Elephants guard and support the world in the four cardinal directions. As many as sixteen elephants. They are said to cause earthquakes when they move. They support the milky way disk which bulges in the middle from the tortoiseshell and the milky way itself swirling like snakes would around it. We find these three (elephant, tortoise, snakes) supporting the world in multiple myths. They are all in place just below the surface in the myth of the churning of the ocean. Gaja, the traditional word for Elephant relates to Gaia and the milky way. Elephants personify a number of positive attributes including  fertility and richness; boldness and strength; and wisdom and royalty.

Airavata, who emerged from the churning of the ocean of milk was the first elephant. He became the mount of Indra and had the same name as Drona’s son, which gave Yudhisthira just enough of a loophole to say that Airavata was dead. Drona assumed it was his own son who had died and this broke his moral and he soon stopped fighting. 

Additional Points of Interest

  • Rahu in Bharani often breaks taboos related to sex and death. Smoky connection with stored values, underground organisations, and unusual people. Genetic disorders are possible. 
  • Saturn in Bharani can lead to confinement. One may be confined by an illness or handicap, depression, drug addiction, malnutrition. There may be heavy feelings of guilt possibly felt by the people signified by the houses involved. 
  • Venus, Moon or Jupiter here can be good for wealth and collections, but can weigh us down thru attachment.

Planetary Rulers of Ashwini

Venus: 

Music, enjoyment, sensual pleasures, value, women, balance, yoga, arrangements, agreements, contracts, deals, bargains, treasury from partnerships, mutual interests, equity, alliance, promises, trusts, advocacy. All Venus nakshatra may like drugs, alcohol or other pleasure stimulants. 

Aries + Venus

Innovative harmony, balanced beginnings, new balance, deathly sweet pleasures, active pursuit of trust, competitive bargaining, competitive value, beauty competition, active pleasures. Vigorously seek acquisition of valuable objects. 

Pada 1 (Aries + Venus + Leo): 

They value creativity and originality. They may work with children, development of creativity, and intelligence. They make natural leaders and may be an authority of what is right and wrong. They are good leaders and choreographers and do well in the physical arts of dance, yoga, sports. Too much ego and confidence can make them selfish to the point of narcissism. 

Ascendant: Mr Fred Rogers, Heidi Loeppky (Neo-Tantra), Richard Wagner (Supreme Court Judge Canada)

Sun: Candace Owens, Ulysses S Grant, Uma Thurman

Jupiter: Dick Cheney

Saturn: Dick Cheney, Mel Gibson

Pada 2 (Aries + Venus + Virgo): 

Excellent for lawyers and the art of argumentations or warriors and the art of strategy. They can be very critical about the value of one thing over another. Can be very good warriors or killers. They might carry out financial crime or petty crime and the story of lost innocence becomes especially potent in this pada. They might face a lot of criticism in life. They may have loose morals of someone whose been to hell and back. They may be oriented towards public or financial services. A sense of duty can be pronounced here and there may be exploitation present one their lives. They may be involved with war, crime, clinical medicine, poverty, drugs and other imbalanced aggressive situations,

Moon: Carlos Castaneda, Baruch Spinoza, Descartes

Ascendant: Dick Cheney, Robert Yeats (Geologist),

Sun: Willie Nelson, The Rock

Mercury: Sid Vicious

Venus: Descartes, Willie Nelson

Jupiter: Edmond James Rothchild

Saturn:Uma Thurman

Rahu: Karl Marx

Pada 3 (Aries + Venus + Libra): 

Pushkara Navamsha. Harmoniser of opposites. Highlights the side of Venus that actively pursues balance, harmony, trust and union agreement. They can be quite wealthy and many of the business and deal making abilities get highlighted here. They are good yogis, dancers, musicians, Radha – Krishna types, entertainers, influencers. They can be very caring and trust is important to them. They might have a trust fund.. They might work with relationship, sex industry, hospitality, entertainment, dance teachers, they may  have to balance two lives distinctly different lives somehow.  

Moon: Swami Sivananda, Karl Marx, Bugsy Siegel, Teresa de Avila, Chamunda Devi (foreign aghore baba living in Varanasi. died Aug 2020)

Ascendant: Joseph Campbell, Edmond James Rothchild

Jupiter: Ulysses S Grant

Venus: Candace Owens

Pada 4 (Aries + Venus + Scorpio): 

Sex, death and the dark side of the human psyche get highlighted here. I would think underground resources, mining and oil would get favour here. War,  emergency response, dealing with catastrophe. It can be a very high energy, productive, investigative, discovery, research orientated. Call girls, influencers using sex or deception to sell, performers; they often have loose morals and may be hypocrites. They may have hidden empowerments, mysterious and confidential drive to control, manipulate, intrude, penetrate, implode or explode secrets.

Moon: Bob Dylan, Mother Teresa

Sun: Sigmund Freud, Sid Vicious

Saturn: Roy Rogers

Ketu: Sid Vicious


Descartes:

Rulers of 4, 5, 9, 6 & 8 Venus, Mercury, Moon conjunction in 3rd house attesting to the powerful influence his writing has had on the world. Much of his writing explored the mysteries of Yama – Hades as he sought to locate the soul in the pineal gland.

He is the father of cartesian dualism and the mind-body problem and is thought to have belonged to an occult brotherhood. He kept a secret notebook written in code.

His is 5th lord Mercury in 3rd house declared, “I think, therefore I am.” A position that undoubtedly influenced a quickness with mathematics, and general speed at dealing with small detail and facts, information. Bharani is also known for doubt and spiralling into darkness. Much of his writing was also forced to go underground to avoid the inquisition. But even when he joined the army in his youth he joined with a mercenary army in Moon-Mercury period.

He died under mysterious circumstances and his remains have been scattered. His skull, is on display in one place, his body was buried in another and one finger is missing. Ketu in 8th certainly has some influence on this.


Karl Marx

Rulers of the 6th & 7th house (and part owner of the 1st house) Sun, Moon, Rahu conjunct in third house Bharani.

Father of the communist underground revolutionary movement.

It’s not hard to see Bharani in the three laws of Dialectical materialism: 1. The law of the unity and conflict of opposites. 2. The law of the passage of quantitative changes into qualitative changes. 3. The law of the negation of the negation

He wrote extensively in defence of the impoverished and exploited classes. 6th lord and 7th lord combined to create the “class struggle,” which really becomes a struggle in how to classify things in the 3rd house. Rahu has a way of clouding it all so that we can’t quite see what he’s saying. The message is inconsistent and the philosophy doesn’t stick together.  These two lords (6th & 7th) bring a lot of struggle into the 3rd house of brotherhood, teammates, group members, as well as to meetings, communications.

He joined a controversial group of provocateurs in his Moon-Rahu period around the age of eighteen called the Young Hegelians, and his insolvent with underground revolutionaries continued for the rest of his life. He championed anyone who wanted to tear down the capitalist system.

His Moon Sun period, brought fight with group members, heavy pressure from government forced him to resign from a publication he was editing. He even got married and impregnated his wife in this time. She was his childhood sweet heart, the most beautiful girl in town. She was completely devoted to him and they remained married despite his harsh criticism of the institution of marriage. There was clearly something which bound them together. The ideas of Marx and Engels have also become inseparable. And to understand Marx, one also need to understand his Guru’s version of the dialect (the way we categorise things) as applied to the mind.

Mars is not in Bharani, but he does rule the sign it’s in. This means he will show result for the three planets that are in Aries as well. He published the Communist manifesto in Moon Mercury period which was widely disseminated with some help of Ketu 9th scattering his ideas around the globe.

 

Ashwini Nakshatra

1. Ashwini Nakshatra: (0° 00’ – 13° 20’)

The star of transport. The power to initiate. The odd couple. Ruled by the Ashwini Kumar twins as an aspect of solar power. Ketu is the planetary deity. It’s represented by a horses head and can be translated as “born of a female horse” or “horse woman.”

Key Themes

Ashwini people  are innovative, impulsive individuals whose quick spontaneous activity inspires and gives energy to others. They do well in emergencies but they can also be the cause of emergencies as they often act without thinking. The energy of Ashwini can be very unstable. They are good to start things but rarely see things thru to completion.  

They do well in any field that takes a lot of initiative, they like adventure and often become leaders,  pioneers, or innovators in their field. They make good adventure guides, sales reps (especially travelling sales people), or  inventors. They love the feeling of being out on the open road and can work in any field related to transport.

They are usually nice looking and youthful even in their older years. As the  physicians of the gods they teach humans how to heal, regenerate, and maintain their youth. Strong placements here give healing powers, knowledge of the psycho-physical body and Ayurveda. Ketu’s rulership can bring healing with light or sound. Not just new age music therapies, but things like ultrasound or laser eye surgery; working with polarity, pulse and propulsion and the sciences related with these things. They are said to be sensitive to vibrational frequency and may be clairaudient. From the point of view of string theory the Ashwinis represent the wave and the particle, two completely different realities whose mutual existence is theoretically impossible.

Their helping nature can also lead them into emergency response work like police, fire department, ambulance, military. Jobs that involved a dispatcher or on call type jobs where they have to drop everything and go. Anything related to birth, rebirth, rebirthing, or being born again often relates with Ashwini. A cure initiated in Shatabisha bears fruit in Ashwini (both nakshatras relate with poisons, herbal medicines, pharmaceuticals, and drugs).

Their ability to revive and regenerate is not limited to healing or curing the psycho-physical body they are good at taking things apart and putting them back together: they like to tinker with all kinds things. This can give them a powerful technical skills making them good at mathematics, science, astrology, as well as through mechanics, repair or renovation; making the old new again.

Their impulsiveness can be disruptive to married life. They like to flirt and have fun but also have little discipline for drawing lines or respecting boundaries so they can easily get carried away. They are often sleek, sexy and powerful like a racehorse and common sayings like, “sowing your oats,” letting “wild horses run,” and “whoa there little filly” are clearly applicable. They don’t like to feel “tied down.” They often question their sense of belonging and may feel the need to prove themselves to the community, but even if they do this they still tend to feel disconnected. This can lead to a kind-of “Great Helper  Syndrome.” 

They like to work in pairs or with a partner who may be physically present, distant or even disembodied. There is often something unusual about the coupling. They need a lot of autonomy.

Ganesha can be worshiped as a remedial measure for this nakshatra. Ganesha is the first to be worshiped, representing the beginning of things. He is also the remover of obstacles, and he is the deity related to the planet Ketu, the ruler of Ashwini.

Moon in Ashwini:

Qualities of Ashwini: 

Vaishya, Dharma, Deva, Rajas – Rajas – Rajas, Light/swift, Vata, Level,  Passive, Male, Earth element, Creative energy, Sage Mirichi, Male Horse – Stallion – Stud

Vaishya: Sprang from Prajapati’s thigh as the colour yellow representing the southern direction. Sales, trade, merchandise, landlords, agriculturists, animal keepers, money lending, artisans. Life of study sacrifice and giving alms. An educated but practical people.  Planets placed here will support marketplace activity.

Dharma: Focused on following dharma; reaching for one’s own highest spiritual potential. Can bring dharma into the market place. A planet placed here will help you find your purpose in life. 

Deva: The planets relating with 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. 

Swift / Light Nakshatra: Support any kind of quick, light activity, light fun, easy amusement, enjoyable ceremonies and inaugurations. Taking a moment to appreciate the simple things in life: dating, sports, games, crafts, decorating, art, fine arts. Supports light, easy travel, healing or medical treatments that take some of the weight away. Lending or borrowing or making payments can be good here too. Light quick planets support these kinds of activities when placed here. 

Vata (air + ether): Cold, dry, light, movable, subtle, clear, hard, pervasive, rough

Level: Good for levelling things and with people. Suggestive of a more balanced perspective. 

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 thru 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. 

Male Nakshatra: Masculine planets exhibit masculine traits like strength, bravery, and protection in a balanced way; they tend to do well here, like getting a man to do a man’s job. Feminine planets here are like getting a woman to do a man’s job. More planets is masculine signs and nakshatras with give a more masculine disposition. 

Earth Element: Heavy, slow, cold, dense, stable, gross, grounded. 

Creative energy: There is a creative enthusiasm here, but the enthusiasm wanes with time and one seeks out a new project. 

Sage Mirichi: “Ray of Light” Instructs his students on dharma, especially the laws of the Brahmin caste: ceremony around food, cooking, eating, etiquette (bhojana vidhi), marriage ritual, offering of the the bride (kanyadana phalam), offering water to the ancestral lineage (tarpanam), rules of cleanliness and purity (shouchavidhi), casual acts of piety (naimittika sanani), pujas for the gods (devarchana), rules for homa, fire ritual (homa vidhi). Denounced renunciation in favour of completing worldly duties. Very harsh punishments for not following the proper rules of caste. 

South: planets here are likely to give their results in the southern direction. When this asterism is placed in the southern quadrant of the chart it gains extra strength to give results.

Ganda-Moola: A junction point in the Nakshatra that can be harmful to the mother or the child at birth. The first pada can be especially inauspicious for the live significations of planets here.

Auspicious Activities

When the moon passes thru ashwini it’s a good day to keep things moving and keep it light and easy going. A bit of travel or adventure, treasure hunts, dating, making love.Ashwini is not comfortable when things get too heavy or demanding of patience and commitment. Commerce can go well here as well and any of the arts and crafts. It’s a great day for medical treatment or just to help people out. Lending money is said to be favourable in quick nakshatras as it’s said that it will be quickly returned to you. Marriage is not said to be good during this transit.  

Health:

Knees, upper feet

Gods & Symbols of Ashwini

Ashwini Kumars:

Handsome, youthful twins in golden armour riding on a golden chariot with 3 seats. They are the physicians of the gods with the power to quickly reach their destination or objective and provide healing service and help to others. Their names are Dashra (bringing help) & Nasatya (truthfulness). 

Sons of Lord Surya and Sangya (or Sandhya). They were conceived when their parents took the form of a Mare and Stallion. Saturn is their eldest brother (Step brother) who was born from Chaaya when Sandhya went to stay at her father’s to get out of the glare of Surya. When the two got back together she soon gave birth to Yama and Yamuni, but again ran away to the Himalayas to get out of the glare of her brightly shining husband. She disguised herself as a Mare and wandered the forests. Her father, Vishwakarma, took away some of the glare from Surya and then he went to find his wife. He took the form of a Stallion, his wife swooned and soon gave birth to the Ashwini Kumars.

They worship Brahma who gave them their good looks and knowledge of Ayurveda. They later convinced sage Dadhichi to teach them Sanjeevani to revive the dead. Knowing that lord Indra would chop off the Sage’s head for imparting the secret, they replaced it with a horse’s head so that when Lord Indra took it they could easily revive him with their new knowledge and replace his own head back on the body. 

They were at first outcast from the Gods. Indra did not at first invite them to the ceremony for drinking the Soma that came out of the great churning. He said they spent too much time with humans  and perhaps they had also broken the injunction of working with the human body and touching human flesh. Brahmins are not technically permitted to be doctors and these kinds of things. They become untouchable brahmins; still brahman, but the lowest kind of brahmin; the same as those who work the death ceremony. Indra also had the idea that as physicians of the gods they were more like servants to the gods than gods themselves.

Chyavana was the son of Lord Bhrigu. He spent most of his time in meditation and practicing austerities. He was an old and feeble invalid deep in meditation at his hermitage when the king showed up. Chyavana’s body had become covered in ants (some say it was cockroaches) with just his eyes sticking out. The king, baffled by this mound of insects, poked what he thought was a hole in the mound with an arrow and blinded the great sage. He was so horrified when he discovered what he had done that he offered his beautiful daughter, Sukanya, as a bride to take care of him. 

The Ashwins, seeing this beautiful young woman with an old decrepit husband, decided to try to seduce her. She refused their advances, but suggested that she could help them gain entrance to the Soma drinking ceremony if they helped rejuvenate her husband. They agreed and used a three-part method in treating Chyavana:soaking in a mineral water hot spring, massaging a herbal oils into the body (kayakalp), and having him ingest a rejuvenation paste called Chyawanprash, an ayurvedic dietary supplement that is still used today. Amla is the main ingredient. It’s said to be the best of all the general tonics for anti aging, sexual potency, improved respiration and digestion. 

Chyavana then went to speak to Indra about allowing the Ashwinis to partake in Soma, but Indra would not change his mind. So, Chyavana created a demon called Mada to change his mind (mada is a little like hard alcohol, or toxicity that occurs in Aries when Saturn is here). Mada proved to be more than he could handle so he decided in favour of the young Ashwini twins. This is how they became immortal. 

They replaced Vispala’s leg with an iron one (prosthetics). They restored sight and power to another man. 

Nakula and Sahadev (pandava brothers) are children of the Ashwini twins. One became a great doctor and healer while the other became a great mathematician and astrologer. 

Associate with the rising of dawn, the dispellers of darkness, the light bringers, Usha, 

They restored the eyesight of a man who had been blinded by his own father for slaughtering and feeding 101 sheep to a wolf. 

Curing impotence, helping overcome the obstacles and disharmony of married life, and helping in child birth. They help other animals as well as humans.   

The Stars of Ashwini: 

First three stars of Aries located on the Head of the Ram (or horse): Gamma-Arietis (Mesarthim) 3º 11′, Beta-Arietis (Sheratan) 3º 58′ & Alpha-Arietis (Hamal) 7º 40′,

This was the vernal equinox, the point where the sun crosses the celestial equator, in 68 BCE. The point of contact between the celestial equator and the celestial meridian. This point marks the split between “western astrology”, the Tropical chart and “Vedic astrology” and the sidereal chart. This equinox position changes by about 1º every 73 years so it’s currently at about 6º Pisces. By 2597 the vernal equinox will be enter the final degrees of Aquarius. After about 26 000 years the equinox will again return to the first degree of Aries. Known as “the indicator of the reborn sun.”

Binary stars beta & gamma rotate around each other completing a cycle once every 107 days. Beta (Sheraton), a fixed star, rotates on its axis at high speeds and while generating energy through thermonuclear fusion at its core. There appears to be a ring of dust around these two, but it’s not dust, it’s chemically peculiar. Gamma (Mesarthim) is said to have seeded the world with inventions which will carry us into the future. When the moon is here is said to be a good time to buy cattle, plant crops or travel.

Mesarthim and Sheraton are said to have the nature of Saturn & Mars: malicious, thieving, merciless, fiendish, repulsive and a liar. Accidents, violent death, bodily injuries, destruction war and earthquakes occur. There is a danger of acting foolish and  impulsive.  Mesarthim is more administrative and less impulsive. Said to rule the throat: Mars and Saturn are said to give throat problems when located here.

Alpha-Arietes (Hamal): the “death wound.” The brightest star of Aries, 48th brightest star in the sky. Located mid forehead of the ram. Often used for navigation. The greek built several temples that aligned with Hamal. According to Ptolemy this star is as malicious and thieving as Mesarthim & Sheraton. It causes violence, accidents, and premeditated crime. Mars of Venus here are said to give problems with romantic and/or sexual relationships. Rules over the parathyroid gland. 

Tree of Ashwini

Poison Nut Tree: Strychnos nux-vomica

A medium sized deciduous tree that grows in open habitat. Short, thick truck. Hard dense wood. Flowers are a small pale green colour with a foul odour and bloom in the cold season.

Strychnine: Tall green to orange fruit about the size of an apple contains seeds that are highly poisonous, intensely bitter source of strychnine (a poison commonly used in pesticide which causes muscular convulsions and death by asphyxia in less than 6 hours) & brucine, which is less poisonous than strychnine but still has toxic properties. Seeds are the shape of a flattened disk with hairs radiation out.

Chinese and Ayurvedic herbal concoctions for anti-inflammatory & analgesic agents. Added to alcohol (like rubbing alcohol) to make it unfit for human consumption. Herbal medicine claims strychnos to provide treatment for cancer and heart disease. 

Huda Ayurvedic concoction: seeds are soaked for 5 days in water followed by 2 days in milk and then boiled in milk with other ingredients, very minute doses are used as an antidote for alcohol and drug poisoning. Can also increase muscular activity. The wood burns nice and can be used for building.

Some say Ras Tree, Coconut, or Pomegranate also belong to this nakshatra. 

Sexual Animal (Animal Totem):

Male Horse / Stallion / Stud

Powerful & courageous with an eagerness to act and move swiftly. Their abundance of energy can sometimes make them nervous, fidgety and high strung. 

Males and females choose each other, mating is usually over in a few minutes (“arrives quickly to the destination”). Normal sexual behaviors include teasing, marking, flehmen response, erections, mounting. If the female approves she will eventually lift her tail, show off her vulva and urinate, Due to heart problems some males faint and fall over after mating.  

Pairs well with Satabisha which is ruled by the Female Horse or Mare.

Additional Points of Interest

Planetary Rulers of Ashwini

Ketu: purity, innocence, headlessness, disembodies, moksha, pilgrimage, wandering, randomness, disconnection, surrender, letting go, ghosts, spiritual saints, numb, scattered, 

Aries + KetuInnovation gets expressed in a detached way. Energy is fresh, unbound, chaotic. They are quick to initiating things, but lack follow thru.  Can be oddly detached from their own activities. No boundaries to penetration, initiation, or direct action. 

Pada 1 (Aries + Ketu + Aries)

Vargottama. Most pioneering, innovative, fresh, and physically active part of Ashwini. Fiery side that wants to compete and win. Lots of forward momentum, fiery and perhaps unpredictable. Strong upward and forward moving force like fire. Lots of energy and enthusiasm is generated here but their headless activity can be aggressive leaving a trail of destruction. Warriors, police, military, martial artists, dancers, yogis. They typically maintain a lot of activity and may be known for breaking thru traditional boundaries (the glass ceiling). 

Moon: Karla Homolka (A), Virginia Woolf, Ingrid Bergman

Sun: AOC

Ascendant Lord: Berni Sanders (Mars), Robert J. Parks (Venus)

Pada 2 (Aries + Ketu + Taurus)

Resource driven and practical, handsome, will maintain a youthful sporty-sexy style, materialistic. Image may be everything to these people since for Ashwini natives it doesn’t matter what they do as long as they do something. May have an interest super-foods, supplements, new age diets. They may have unusual or speech may be incendiary. 

Moon: Kamala Harris (1), Malcom X, Paul Bernardo (B), David Gilmore, Pamala Anderson, Chris Rock

Ascendant Lord: Vincent van Goth (Mercury),

Pada 3 (Aries + Ketu + Gemini)

Sun exalted at 8° 10’. Intelligent, good communication, neighbourly, may have deep scientific knowledge. Excellent for logistics, private practice, massage, hands on healing, group activities, night jobs, hospital work, foreign postings, travelling sales, drivers, car salesmen, trail guides. They like to “tinker” and sometimes new inventions are born. They may be absent minded in the way they fiddle with things in the hands. 

Moon: Joe Biden (2), Henry Ford, Roy Rogers, Natalie Wood, Bobby Fischer

Sun: Hitler, Jack Nicholson, Michael Moore, Timothy McVeigh

Ascendant: Salman Rushdie, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo da Vinci

Pada 4 (Aries + Ketu + Cancer)

They usually have very good knowledge of the body and make good doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, psychologists, mid-wives, birthing experts with great knowledge on how to get started and they are not afraid to try something new. They make great helpers or side-kicks. Often involved in penetrating boundaries in some way: “Going where no man has gone before,” “Be here now,” and the “Power of Now.” are all popular slogans of this Ashwini group. 

Moon: Alfred Alder, Eckhart Tolle, Carl Jung, William Shatner

Sun: Al Pacino

Ascendant: Galileo Galilei,

Ascendant Lord: Ram Das (Mercury)

Jupiter in Aquarius for each Ascendant

Aries

Aries natives will have Jupiter transiting their 11th house. Hopes and wishes are likely to be expansive, optimistic, and humanistic. Large groups and gathering may be distinguished by ideology or religion. Gain can come from these areas as well. It can bring a lot of changes to routine and home culture and it can cause some disturbance in our ability to fix problems and face our enemies because Jupiters expansiveness Saturn’s ability to make connection. Although Jupiter can bring a lot of connection, networking, and fine knowledgable friends into your circle, network of associates, he will limit those friendships by ideology, dogma, or religion. Non-the less, with all those connections with people of like-minded beliefs, one is likely to also enjoy smaller group participation and short trips to places that hold some kind of special significance. Jupiter will aspect the 5th house to open them up to more fun and romance in life. This aspect is also gives his blessing to children, marriage partners, contracts, agreements. Jupiter brings us an abundance to where ever he sits, when he’s in the Artha – Kama trine he makes us more agreeable to spend time with others in every which way. It can be quite a social time. It can be especially good for those whose career is already aligned with Jupiter as well as fro those who may be looking to peruse other avenues of income like small business or advisory work. On the flip side, one is likely to have less privacy and time alone during this period, and perhaps due tot he adherence to ideological connections, some people may see a loss of profits at this time. Large corporations have their own ways to make profits disappear to foreign lands.  

Taurus

Taurus natives will feel this Jupiter on their career thru and expansion of duties and perhaps hours that they have to work. This is likely to be good for them on the long term, but it may not yield immediate profits and will take away from their time with friends. It’s a good time to do work that you really believe in. There may be some growth in the family, but laying 6th from the 5th, ones career is often and obstacle to having children so look for that kind of material growth from some other member of the lineage family. Though if Jupiter is also making relation with moon and 5th lord in a woman’s chart then the possibility of own child is there.Younger sibling may experience a spiritual rebirth or completely change their beliefs. This can be a good time for one to seek advisors for their problems: doctors, therapists, astrologers, priests, lawyers. It’s a good time to read the Bhagavad Gita and focus on completing your karma without attachment. Sitting in the Karma trine, it brings activity and since Jupiter owns the 8th house for Taurus natives, one will have to retain a certain amount of openness, optimism and dynamism in order to weather the fast paced policy changed going on at work 

Gemini

Gemini natives find Jupiter in his most auspicious house. Luck, optimism and faith in god will be at a height. Humanistic tendencies will be strong and they are likely to come into contact with more professors, guru’s and father figures. This could mean going on pilgrimage, starting university or post graduate studies. One of the difficulties of this position is that it can be idealistic in it’s promotion for more liberal minded expansive beliefs. Of course, when we go into the world of policy, ideology or wisdom studies then our energy is pulled away from what we all “the real world” which is the hierarchy and the climb for the top. When we tinker with our beliefs there can be an unexpected change in the things we value. The 9th house also causes sudden changes to our savings. Ones family may also be greatly changed due to a death in the family. Growth in the household might also obstruct the natural home rhythms. Many might even find their home cultures negatively affected by globalism. But on the whole this should be a good transit for Gemini, health and personality will be blessed by wisdom, they will find more inspired creative involvement. Hope and optimism will be strong. This can be good for priests and professors and those seeking contract or advisory work with 9th house Aquarius topics: Shaiva philosophy, the global network, market policy. It’s also a good time for these natives to meet a suitable partner. 

Cancer

Cancer natives will find this Jupiter in their 8th house. Jupiter is like a permission slip to have more sex and learn more about all those unspeakable topics that make us feel guilt and shame. Jupiter rules 6th and 9th, so hidden indiscretions are possible, one may experience a loss a faith or father, or, they may go away from their religion and seek occult knowledge. It’s a very good position for research and it can be beneficial for partners wealth or even unexpected gains like lottery, insurance inheritance, but it can also expend ones tax liabilities tax bill. Aspect to 12th house makes a person charitable so perhaps the tax burden can be offset thru charity. Charity also helps sooth a guilty conscience (5th from 8th house). In the end, this Jupiter will bring a renewal of faith when he moves to Pisces sometime next year. Younger siblings or perhaps even some of the groups we belong to will have problems due to over expansion. We all know what can happen to a small group of close friends once outsiders are allowed in (this of course is the great danger of tribalism). Too many secrets is likely to have a negative effect on both our communication and our mentality and our own changing beliefs will be seen as a problem to our tribe. The rapid cycle of changing policy is likely to catch us off guard in various ways. Saturn is still very strong and controlling Jupiter to a certain degree thru house ownership, so we will all be feeling the ideology in the marketplace. 

Leo

Leo natives may see a recycling of relationships, hidden relationships, dating. They may be more liberal and forgiving with their spouse and with people in general. Good relations and interactions with society will help to make more friends, will likely have some health benefits and will likely involve them getting out and around the neighbourhood a little bit more; such are the benefits of having an optimistic outlook regarding others. This can be a period of transformation in the way you see the other. But this Jupiter can also make your relationships feel heavy. Your sense of family values may be challenged and you may find some kind revolutionary shift in your dreams and fantasies. Seventh house Jupiter is an excellent position for gain, profit and connectivity of ones father or guru and those Leo natives who follow this kind of life path (11th from 9th in the 11th sign, Jupiter is natural signifier of 9th house). This is really good for counsellors sin e it combines the intelligence of 5th house with the secret nature of 8th house and the one-on-one atmosphere of 7th house. Can be good for any business that maintains confidential clientele or contracts. 

Virgo

Virgo natives have the kendra owning “bad boy” Jupiter in their charts; he loses his first face as a benevolent guru and will be making some trouble in the 6th house and perhaps bringing some troublesome advisors into your life; possibly just knotty boy sort of thing. May have trouble with fat on the body, or over extension. Contracts may get broken and your partner may fall ill. Problems with landlords and an increase of debt; though perhaps it’s also a time of visiting a credit councillor. You will need to see Ketu, the dissolver, in your natal chart to see when and if your debt can be cleared. You might be more perturbed by marketplace ideology than most as you point to it as the cause of all the obstacles in life. One way of another, Virgo’s are not likely to be political fence sitters while Jupiter is in Aquarius. As you begin to feel better about your debt and problems in life you should see an increase (or at least diversified) savings. The extra expenditure on advisors to overcome your problems can be seen thru Jupiters aspect to the 12th house; this will also affect your subconscious to make you  more judicious in your approach to your problems (this alone can make a big difference). Some hope should be there that you can at least do something, about your 6th house problems. The benefits of Jupiter transiting the 6th house are often most clearly see once Jupiter moves to transit the 7th house and hope is fully restored in ones perception of the other (relationships should then flourish and grow). With Jupiter in 6th and Saturn aspecting the 2nd house, you may want to check on the eating habits of your Virgo friends. 

Libra

Libra natives might be in a time of life where they want to put their problems on stage. This may come in the way children act out in order to get attention, or it could come in a way of announcing their victimhood and putting some kind of distance between themselves and their enemies. This could be a time of avoiding ones problems. Group think could be strong now, they are likely to get a lot of attention. One may see themselves as a story teller, a brave hero of justice. Jupiter’s transit to the 5th house is good for children, but in Libra natives Jupiter rules the 6th house so those children might also become a burden, or perhaps merely the over expansion of pregnancy that is a burden. This Jupiter can also affect sleep due to the hope infused excitement of 5th house. You can expect policy changes in your job; there could be lots of big changes in that regard and you might not be fully comfortable with them. Jupiter is in a good position to bring a lot more fun and excitement to life. You may go on more dates, or just take more little risks. It’s a really good time for creative risk, to start some kind of new project and overcome any initial hurdles. 

Scorpio

Scorpio natives will enjoy more time at home. Jupiters transit to the 4h house is one of the best for children as it brings children into the home both thru Jupiter and the 5th house as well as family prosperity from Jupiters 2nd house ownership. The home expansion will be seen in many ways: children coming into the home, some family member moving in. It could be a literal expansion project on the house, expanding the boundaries. Home life should be pleasant; farmers and gardeners with this placement will do well and one s likely to fell some inner peace. Expenditures often increase, but one my be happy to spend. And although long term prosperity is benefited by this placement, it can create obstacles to making money and one may be gainful for your debtors and enemies. This Jupiter can bring a greater spiritual or religious influence into the home and bring increase in comforts, research and meditation. This is, however, a position that suggests open borders or at least a very liberal border policy and of course this can relate with our personal boundaries as well so depending on how we are naturally attuned we will have more or less appreciation for this position. 

Sagittarius

Sagittarius natives will find themselves identifying with their story, social medic, group or organization. It could be spiritual groups, ideological groups, policy task force. Communication my take on a sense of gravity and one may try to use ideology to get what they want. There could be some virtue signalling with this placement. On one hand there could be more time for hobbies and perhaps taking up some new hobbies, but small business owners with this placement can see an expansion of their business. They may find that they have more time to do what they want to do rather than what they have to do. We typically like this kind of thing, but there is not a lot of positive personal growth. They are likely to spend more time out of the home and short travels will be auspicious. This Jupiter can bring more meetings, association memberships, certifications, brotherhoods. All of these third house things can become fairly routine by the end of the transit. This Jupiter can be a message of hope. 

Capricorn

Capricorn natives will feel some heaviness over their stored income. Jupiter can offer several forms of savings here as well as bringing spirituality, religion or ideology into the family values. The difficulty with this placement is that Jupiter is not a good planet for Capricorn natives and could bring losses related to savings and stored for and resources, but it can also cause them to skip meals and generally experience some loss es due to not being very present. You might also suffer losses due to not being aware of your speech. Perhaps you just repeat some ideological trope just because it’s been repeated so much before, but in this case you loos something because of it. Your own teachers could suffer also due to an imbalanced application of policy initiatives or unfair decisions. You might make some effort to apply more wisdom to your diet or perhaps your diet becomes affected by religious or ideological considerations. You might find yourself separating yourself from your tribe/group/association. It’s could give a heavy diet and more sweet flavour is possible. It’s good time to seek advice for your problems, perhaps even marital counselling since your partner will be experiencing this in their 8th house (8th from 7th). You can see the report for Cancer to see how your partner might fare in this planetary weather. It’s a good time to learn other languages, expand your bookshelf, or collect religious artefacts. Due to Saturns aspect on this Jupiter all these collections might be old or practical.

Aquarius

Aquarius natives will have this Jupiter in their ascendant, an infamously beneficial placement of Jupiter for good health, optimistic personality, humanistic nature, and a generally expansive perspective of oneself. Aspects to 5h and 9th house bring an expansive personality, broad intellect, and better relations with gurus and father figures. Jupiter is the main planet of wealth for these people so for better or worse they may identify with their wealth, both savings and income. It’s usually a good position for gain, strong connection to ones network of connections, as well as for this whole network to gain together. One may, however, go away from their family and/or shed some of their previous family values. And this can also cause a loss of prosperity in general for the family line. That family line might itself be lost. This Jupiter is good for self improvement and our self improvement can bring unexpected obstacles to our enemies, and there can also be sudden changes to our debt. Jupiter involvement with 11th and aspect to the 5th house also aids in speculative gains which can help end debt. If you are waiting for some kind of unearned income (insurance money, welfare, inheritance) there could be some obstacles (legal or policy) to these kinds of funds. Also, planets in 1st house can be an obstacle to research or going deep since the first house lies on the surface.  

Pisces

Pisces natives will be charitable and may face heavy expenditures, but this is a really good time to just head off to the ashram, practice meditation, take peace. It’s a good position to detach from material concerns and focus on spiritual life. Pisces itself represents isolated places, combined with this Jupiter in 12 ones may find indoctrination camps in isolated places. It’s a good position for anyone who works in isolated settings in any form: in the studio, the hospital, foreign places. This Jupiter can make one more open to foreign cultures, which, by aspect, opens the door to some surprise and to crossing the bridge and exploring the mysteries of life like sex, death, occultism and astrology. Jupiter in the moksha times can bring a kind of peace. This Jupiter can influence big changes in ones children, perhaps because of spiritual or ideological reasons tied to mass movements. This Jupiter can also draw energy away from your relationships, since Jupiter rules 4th and 7th from 7th our partner may be feeling like a slave to you and her home. Parental duties of the spouse could be especially heavy. This is because the pisces native my find themselves dreaming with their head in the clouds. Good for imagination. 

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