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Ashlesha Nakshatra

9. Ashlesha

Medusa – Caravaggio

Ruled by Mercury (16° 40’ – 30° 00’ Cancer)

The Clinging star. Power to inflict poison.

Snake king, Shesha, The Remainder

Naaga, Coiled Serpent, Kundalini Shakti

 Caduceus, The Staff of Aesculapius

Trimurtri: Shiva/DissolutioinElement: Water
Lineage: Sage VashisthaDosha: Kapha
Tribe: Rakshasa/DemonGuna: Sattvic
Caste: MlecchaSex/Gender: Female
Motivation: CharmaDownward Facing
Nature: Sharp/DreadfulDirection: South

Sexual-Creative Expression: Male Cat

Body Parts: Joints, Nails, Ears

Secondary Gods: Garuda, Laxman, Balarama

Western Myths: The Hydra, Hermes, 

Tree – Insence: Nagkesar (Nag Champa)

Words for the Classics

Rulership:: Pure silver, mercury, quicksilver, sugar candy, artificial things, green grass, juicy vegetables, insects, water animals, reptiles, snakes. Bulbs, roots, fruits, poisons, hunt-grain (hunting or fishing bait), cereals. Robbers, counterfeiters and all classes of physicians.

Hora Sara: The native who has moon in Ashlesha will be cruel with malefic tendencies, fickle-minded, eloquent. They will have income from various sources, allowing them to accumulate wealth. They will lead others, be bestowed with wisdom (and cunning), and will have sons.

Jataka Parijata: The person born when the moon is in Ashlesha will be silly, ungrateful, depraved and of hasty temper.

Sage Narada: One born in Ashlesha will be mischievous, cruel, fond of others’ wives, crafty, straight in form (i.e. will not be crooked-bodied), addicted to vices and self-restrained.

Brihat Samhita: Ashlesha makes one insincere, inclined to eat everything (poor diet), sinful, ungrateful and deceitful.

Brihat Samhita: When Saturn transits Ashlesha, aquatic objects or animals, as well as snakes are destroyed.

Varahamihira: Moon here causes people to not see the work of others, the have promiscuous hunger, are sinful, ungrateful, and skilled in deceiving others. 

Modern Pijan: Bound to rhythmic repetitive patterns, soothed by restraining embrace, guards the ethno cultural environment, needs familiar folk narratives. “Won’t let go.”

Key Themes

  • Cold-blooded, forked-tongue, hypnotic, manipulative, sneaky, deceptive, suspicious, promiscuous, chameleon, penetrating gaze, strong will, mind control,
  • Entwine, embrace, entangle, drunkenness, squeeze, asphyxiate, suffocate, 
  • Poison, serum, medicine, petrochemicals, underground, trenching, agriculture, blue-collar
  • Kundalini energy, vibration from the ground, the remainder, trenching, the devourer, 
  • Rhetoric, eloquence, artifice and cunning and living by your wits, deceit, disguise, promotes intercourse between people & nations, the art of the argument, striking, wrestling, graceful dexterity, 
  • Ambassadors, business men, politicians, elder siblings, step-siblings, side-kick, travellers, thieves, chaperones, lost and wary wayfarer.
  • Commerce, coinage/currency, streets, roads, unexpected strokes of good fortune, playing innocent, good humour, feigning innocence, bribery, avarice, stone pillars (lumps of black stone)
  • String of shiva’s bow, rope for churning, string instruments
  • Ketu was born under this star.

Qualities of Ashlesha

Dissolution / Destruction: A destructive nakshatra, A day to bring things to an end, tear things down, break things and generally take part in destructive activities. Planets placed here will also bring destruction. This is a very strong Shiva nakshatra. 

Sage Vashistha, his wife Anudhati, and Kamadenu.

Sage Vashishta: He and his wife Arundhati are an example of the closeness, intimacy and blessing that marriage brings into a couples life. Her star, Alcor, is the 8th sister who stays in the handle of the Big Dipper with her husband (a star called Mizar) instead of with her seven sisters. This star is sometimes worshiped by married women in thanks for the blessings of married life. Their seven sons all became great sages themselves. He was the keeper of Kamadhenu.

One of his main teachings was that we must overcome our prejudice, bigotry and stereotypes and seek to work in cooperation and harmony with our rivals. Ashlesha teaches us that this strategy can even be used in pursuit of our own selfish desires. Ashlesha people are often entwined in various kinds of relationships, but they only become successful once they learn this important lesson. He believed there was a common spiritual core between even the worst rivals. 

Sage Parashara was one of his sons, suggesting this lineage has something to do with astrology.  Vashistha Samhita is about electional astrology which is used to select favourable timing for events such as marriage or war.  Vashistha typically highlights the importance of the means we use to achieve our desired outcome.

Some of his hymns in the Rig Veda discuss family life, and much emphasis is put on his hymns extolling Indra & Varuna on equal terms. The power of Indra was needed to destroy enemies and Varuna was there to uphold social & ethical norms of society.

Vashistha also has a famous section in the Ramayana where he answers Rama’s questions about nature of life, human suffering, free will, creativity, & spiritual liberation. He is considered the Adi Guru of Vedanta Philosophy. He taught that the powers of the deities arose from within ourselves and that our fate was not determined by external gods. We must make an effort to live in harmony with nature and with others. He was devoted to righteous action and worked for the welfare of the world. 

He was involved in a famous feud with a king who wanted to steal Kamadenu but he warded off all attacks by the king and his men. In a final attempt to  get the cow, Vishwamitra did severe penance, however, by the end of his tapas he decided to reconcile with the sage. Vashistha teaches us to defend nature and many of those who are descendants of Vashistha find various ways to act as custodians of nature. . 

Mleccha: Mleccha: Outcast, barbarian, uncultured foreigner, not part of society but capable of mixing with all parts of society, adaptable, oftentimes doing piece-work, cash jobs or travelling for their career. They like the subterranean world, underground jobs related to trenching, piping or stringing cables. They relate with themes and places dealing with alcohol, drugs, chemicals, toxins, pollutants and other impure substances. They may be involved with inflicting poison or cleaning it up: sewer work, toxic spills, fertiliser, using chemicals to clean chemicals. They tend to be nomadic in life and work and they may take any kind of job to achieve their goals.  

Dharma: Despite being rather wicked people, Ashlesha is often taking actions that will help them reach their spiritual potential, but they normally have an unorthodox path that may include the 5 M’s or these days we might find them taking drugs in search of a spiritual psychedelic spiritual experience. They are usually seeking out these shocking paths that are meant to arouse the sleeping kundalini. 

Rakshasa / Demon: Mostly seeking selfish ends. Seeking only for the pleasure and comfort of their own bodies. They are more likely to follow their intuition, or seek out the beauty of life rather than following the status quo. They can be violent or aggressive both to defend what they have and to get what they want. 

Sattwic: Tendency towards purity, harmony, truthfulness, sincerity, peacefulness. They tend to have a positive attitude and seek constructive dialogue. The activity of planets in this asterism act as an instrument of the divine. Rajas – Sattva – Sattva 

Tikshna / Daruna – Sharp / Hard: Maiming killing, hypnotising, distracting. dreadful, ferocious, bitter. Skilled at acts of aggression, torture, cruelty, murder, punishment, mesmerising, tearing things apart, getting stabbed in the back, performing illegal activities, acts of war. Really hard training can be started or practiced when the moon is here: training dogs or breaking horses, doing really intense tantric sadhanas or more intense and difficult Hatha yoga practices meant to break our will or or perhaps kill something inside of ourselves. All kinds of incantation can be auspicious on these days: tantra, black magic, hypnotism, casting out demons (literal and metaphorical ones). more intense and difficult Hatha yoga practices. But also surgeries, or treatments like chemotherapy, initiating a difficult divorce or walking away from your kids, all these things that make up a really tough cookie. Ardra, Ashlesha, Jyeshta, Moola are all hard people with potentially sharp tongues. They often find themselves in tight places where they have to make really difficult choices, often life or death. Mars and Saturn combining energy in one of these nakshatras can be very dangerous in transit as well as in someones personality.

Kapha: Water + Earth = Cool, oily, heavy, stable, slow, soft, gross, sticky/cloudy, smooth

  • Stable, slow, methodical, greedy
  • Disturbed by sweet (Jupiter), salty (Moon), sour (Venus). 
  • Pacified by pungent (Sun) and astringent (Saturn)

Adho Mukha – Downward Facing: Relates with research, containment, underground activity, digging wells or mines, drilling for oil, digging up the garden or other trenching activities. It may also relate with shame, pessimism or low self worth that causes you to keep your eyes cast downward. Bharani, Krittika, Ashlesha, Magha, Purva Phalguni, Vishakha, Mula, Purva Ashadha, and Purva Bhadra. Planets like Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu share this nature. 

Active: Planets here will actively pursue their interests. and people may be more active in the creation of meaning and knowledge in their lives. With the snake-like movement here wraiths like a snake, due to the teachings of Vashistha they make an effort for everything they have in life. They can be very independent doing much on their own without asking for help. Mars here can make a person very aggressive and angry. The moon here can make an active mind. Ashlesha natives are often either alert and ready to strike or scheming and calculating. 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: This can feminize the live karakas of planets placed here. It also relates to the chaos of the universe.  

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

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

Male Cat / Tom Cat: (pairs with Punarvasu). Male cats are self-going, polygamous, highly fertile most of the time, sexually active throughout the year, and they will fight to defend their territory. They mate loudly. frequently and indiscriminately. They have a unique barbed penis to stimulate ovulation in the females. And of course we cannot forget to mention their urine spray that makes so many cat lovers reconsider their love. Toms like to prowl around at night and will spend hours stalking and fighting as a kind of courtship ritual. The sex itself is over in a few seconds and the male runs away.

South: The events related to this nakshatra often happen in the southern direction. One can also face the south when worshipping this nakshatra. 

Auspicious Activities: 

Auspicious activities should be postponed when the moon transits Ashlesha. Clean up, detoxify, use sharp, hard practices to achieve altered mental states.  We should instead focus on the kinds of things most of us dread doing, like filing lawsuits, facing enemies, deceiving others, lying, taking care of insect or rodent infestations, laying out poison, meeting with unfavourable peers, tearing things down, breaking contracts and putting ourselves in all kinds of uncomfortable situations. 

Gods & Symbols of Ashlesha

Charmed by the snakes of Varanasi

Coiled snake: Kundalini Shakti, Nagaloka

All the evil and demonic forces are seen in the form of a snake. All our fears and secret desires and the really deep dark manipulative ways that we go about satisfying them are represented by snakes. The secrets that slowly poison the well, the hidden dangers and unexpected attacks striking suddenly as if from nowhere. They are so quiet, sneaky, reclusive and self reliant; they could lurk anywhere. They have divine wisdom of the universe and support its continued functioning the sex, passion and procreation. 

Their connection to the world comes primarily through their forked tongue which is very sensitive to the chemical composition of the air, and through their bodies which are in constant contact with the earth: they are very sensitive to vibrations coming through the ground. They have a strong connection to the earth, and what is underground. Their eyes are said to be able to see into the soul, they can penetrate the depths, and hypnotise their prey. A coiled snake also represents the kundalini energy at the base of the spine. 

They are celebrated on Nag Panchami, in the month of Shravan on the 5th day of shukla paksha (July or August) during the rainy season when they all come out from their burrows. They are worshiped by offerings of milk as well as in the temples and before idols in the home. A fast is typically maintained for the day. Celebration of this annual festival can be a good remedy for kal shapa yoga. 

Kundalini Shakti in Practice

Venus is the only planet that does not have a more obviously dedicated practitioners of Kundalini Tantra in some form. Even Mars makes for a very aggressive form of tantra for destroying ones enemies and the list could include other boxers and elite special forces people, but I tried to keep the list to those focused on some kind of spiritual path in their tantra though i n honesty it’s just as likely that someone at the highest ranks of special forces practices meditation.

Masutatsu Oyama

The focus of Ashlesha is mind control. Mars is most likes to weaponise their mind control powers to crank up the pressure until the other person snaps. They can keep their cool in any situation.  There are many other yoga teachers and spiritualist not on this list, a few other astrologers can also be found with planets here.  This is the Shiva of the most fierce tantric warriors and there are war hawks in politics who have placements here as well. It’s also a popular nakshatra for psychologists like Jordan Peterson, Tolle and Piaget. They understand the tension between their own light and dark side; between heaven and hell. Ashlesha introduces people to the evils of life and they often come to recognise the beast which lies within themselves. A great deal of their life is spent feeding the beast and making it stronger, while at the same time learning to control that beast. They seek the balance a peaceful equinamious poise with the ability to strike and sieze what you want at the right moment.

Pattabhi Jois

A list of Kundalini masters and practicioners: Baba Ramdev, Sri Aurobindo, Masutatsu Oyama, Steven Seagal, Edward Smyth-Osbourn, Muhammed Ali, Pattabhi Jois, Shiv Code, Pranal Baba, Jordan Peterson, Shivananda, Mike Holliday, Robert Boustany, Michael Dordaro, Saint Francis Asssisi, Eckhart Tolle, Krishnamachaya, Osho, Mercury, Jupiter, Morihei Ueshiba, Bepin Behari, Gandhi, Alice Bailey.

Caduceus was originally a symbol of immunity related to commerce and diplomatic ambassadors

Caduceus

Staff of Hermes (also known as Mercury to the Romans) has two snakes coiled around it with a set of wings near the handle. When it was given to him by his elder brother he was told it had the power to “unite in love all being divided by hate.” With this new power he became the messenger or ambassador of the gods capable of travelling freely through all worlds. The caduceus provides the bearer with a kind of diplomatic immunity that allows safe passage anywhere, including the underworld. The three parts of the staff, the rod, the snakes, and the wings symbolise the power, wisdom, and quickness necessary for journeys to far away lands.  Alternately the wings symbolise heaven and the snakes symbols hell. The staff in the middle is the earth.   

Hermes was well known as the god of commerce, travelling salesmen, foreign diplomats, and thieves and those lying on their deathbed. He was famous for his eloquence and rhetoric as he was capable of speaking from both sides of his mouth and convincing people that what is unworthy is worthy. This connects him also with modern law, politics, marketing, police in general and activism. It’s likely that he has some rulership over coinage, especially in the modern day where bills are rarely worth the paper they’re printed on. 

This symbol has also been used by publishers and printers and relates to the immunity we give to media that allows them to print both sides of a story without penalty. Postal carriers, and customs offices also use this symbol. In modern times it has come to be used as a symbol for the medical profession but there is some controversy over this due to the commercial implications of the symbol. However, it would remain a fitting symbol for organisation’s like the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders who commonly seek safe passage in foreign lands. The symbol of healing and medicine is actually the Staff of Aesculapius which only had a single snake wrapped around it. 

Aesculapius’ the healer with a single serpent on his staff and a faithful dog nearby.

The Staff of Aesculapius

single snake coiled around a cypress branch. Aesculapius was Apollo’s son who was born from the mother who Apollo had just killed for being unfaithful. He had Hermes deliver the child while the mother was on the funeral pyre. Chiron was tasked with teaching the boy who eventually grew up to become the god of medicine. Hypocrites was the 20 generation member of the Cult of Aesculapius. It’s said that Aesculapius’ healing temples were filled with non-poisonous snakes. There were special chambers where patients could sleep and report on their dreams in order to direct the kind of treatments they would receive. Many of the healers of this lineage were wandering itinerant healers. 

Bowl of Hygieia (hygiene)

This cup or chalice with a snake wrapped around it was representative of Aeculapius’ wife or associate (or nurse). Hygieia was the goddess of health and hygiene. The image is used by pharmacists and has since merged with the image of the mortar and pestle used for blending ingredients. She was, however, most commonly worshiped for the prevention of illness in relation to hygiene. Her name has also been given to an asteroid belt, Hygiea, considered to be a dwarf planet, which incidentally suffered a major collision in 2019.

Vishnu reclining on Shesha nag
Shesha 

Adi Ananta Shesh Naag is the king of all snakes. He is the snake upon which Vishnu sits floating on the Ocean of MIlk. He is the servant, supporter and protector of Lord Vishnu. He is also called Sankarshana, the tamasic dark energy of Lord Narayana. It is he who creates the 11 Rudras who bring about ultimate destruction. Shesha means “the remainder” and he is all that is left after dissolution. This term is also used in mathematics referring to what is left over. He is said to hold all the planets of the universe in the hoods of his many heads. When he uncoils time moves forward and creation takes place. When he coils back up the universe ceases 

He is the eldest brother of the snakes born in the union between Kashyap and Kadru: Shesha, Vasuki, Airavata and Takshaka. Garuda is his step-brother. Shesha eventually left his family disheartened by their duplicity. After years of penance Brahma offered him a boon: he wanted only to keep his mind under control so that he could continue with his ascetic penances. Brahma then asked him to go beneath the earth and stabilise it.

Incarnated three times: as Laxman, as Balarama & as Ramanujacharya, a proponent of Vishishtadvaita school of vedanta He represents the peaceable sattvic aspect of snakes.  

Vasuki 

As an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva he took the place around Shiva’s neck and he allowed himself to be used as the string of the bow used by Shiva to destroy the three cities called: Tripura Dahanam 

He wrapped himself around Mount Mandara so that it could be used as a churning rope to get the Amrita from the ocean of milk. It was he who vomited the poison that threatened to destroy the universe during the churning of the ocean. The churning brought great strain to him and he almost died. It was Shiva who drank the poison to save everyone. He represents the rajasic-active aspect of snakes.

Nagadev

Tankshka

When Arjuna and the Pandavas conquered Khandavprastha they disturbed the nearby forest where the snakes were dwelling. Takshaka was greatly angered by this and attacked the army of the Pandavas, killing the whole army leaving only the Pandava brothers and their wife Draupadi. Arjuna then set fire to the Nagaloca forest. Takshaka vowed to kill one of the descendants of the Pandava lineage. 

The great king Parikshit, a grandson of Yudhisthira from the Mahabharata and thus a descendant of the famous Pandava brother, had resumed ruling Hastinapur under the Pandava name. He was greatly loved by his people. But one day he made the mistake of disrespecting the great Rishi Shamika whose son witnessed the event and cursed the king to die by snake bite within 7 days. Of course this was the fulfilment of a vow that was uttered two generations earlier. Takshaka bribed the only man who could cure snake bites to leave town, and then he stealthily snuck into the safe space king Parikshit had made for himself with hopes of surviving the stipulated period and killed him with a single venomous bite. 

The king’s son, Janamejaya, in turn vowed revenge and began performance of the Sarpamedha yagna which caused the snakes of the whole universe to fall into the havan kund. Takshaka, however, got himself caught up in the wheel of the chariot of Surya and the whole chariot was being dragged into the sacrificial fire along with the snake. The gods intervened to save Surya’s chariot, and in the process saved Takshaka, allowing him to continue the serpent lineage. 

Takshaka represents the tamasic-poisonous aspect of snakes. Some other significant snakes are Padma, Kambala, Karkotaka, Ashvatara, Dhritarashtra, Kaliya, Pingala, Vritra, Vala. But some of these might more rightly be attributed to Jyeshta (serpent eating its own tail) or Uttara Bhadrapada (the serpent of the deep).  

Garuda 

Known also as the devourer (of snakes), the king of birds, the golden bodied one with the most beautiful feathers. 

The snakes had worked out a truce with Garuda where he would get to eat one snake per day, but would have to leave them otherwise alone. The exiled Gandharva prince wanted to help the snakes so he decided to offer himself as Garuda’s food for one day. While he was on his way to the sacrificial site he came across a young woman weeping for the fate of her son, Shankhachur (king Cobra) whose day it was to be eaten. And though he offered himself, she didn’t feel it was right for a Gandharva Prince to take the place of a lowly serpent in the sacrifice. But he insisted, when Garuda came for a snake he picked up the prince and began to carry him off. But the serpent that was supposed to be eaten, calls out to Garuda and tells him of the mistake. Of course Garuda does not want to cause harm to the Gandharva prince so he releases him with little harm. But everyone is so impressed with the sacrificial enthusiasm that the snakes are given a greater boon to not be eaten at all. 

Laxman

Incarnation of Shesha who was born to protect and support his brother Rama. 

Balarama

Balarama

The god of agriculture and strength was an incarnation of Shesha, Krishna’s elder brother, and son of Vasudeva and Rohini. He carried a mace and a plough. The was a straightforward, simple, honourable soul who was stronger than a whole herd of elephants but did not always understand the complex thinking of his younger brother. The two of them are always together in their youth. For every avatar of Vishnu that came to earth and avatar of Shesha also came to continue supporting and protecting his lord. Parallels are commonly made between Ram and his brother Laxman. It’s said they were born as a boon from Vishnu to Lord Indra to defeat the demon king Kamsa, king of Mathura. Vishnu took one white and one black hair from his head and promised they would complete the mission. The two brothers had contrasting complexions: Balarama was pale and white while Krishna was dark, black. Balarama dresses in blue garments which were given to him by Laxmi after he changed the course of the Yamuna river. 

His story mimics the biblical story of Sirius killing the children in order to avoid the curse of being killed by one of them. In this case, his mother’s brother was told he would be killed by her 8th child. He had smashed the first 6 newborns on the stone when Vishnu intervened and moved the foetus to the belly of Vasudeva’s first wife, Rohini. Balarama is sometimes called Sankarshana: the one who was dragged away. In the Bhagavata Purana, the great Lord says, “The whole of Shesha, which is my abode, will become the embryo in Devenki’s womb which will be transplanted in Rohini’s womb.” He grew up with his step mother and her family, including his younger brother, Krishna, caring for the cow. Farmers follow his instructions. Krishna cared for the livestock and Balarama ploughed the land. 

He killed Dhenuka: an asura sent by his fearful uncle intent on provoking his fate. 

He killed Pralamba who joined in a jumping contest with the condition that the loser would have to carry the winner on his back. Pralamba lost and started to carry Balarama around before reverting back to his true form as a much larger Asura and tried to run off with Balarama. Krishna stopped him and challenged him to suspend his powers to give a fair fight. Balaram, still holding onto his back bashed his head in. 

Chanura & Mushtika were two wrestlers sent by King Kamsa to kill the two brothers. Krishna defeated Chanura and Balarama defeated Mushtika. Then Krishna fulfilled the prophecy by killing Kamsa. Kamsa’s brother was upset by this and attacked but Balarama easily finished him. He was with Kishna through many of his adventures: they defeated Panchjana at the bottom of the ocean and Yama in his underworld to get their guru, Sage Sandipani’s son back to the world of the living. 

He once drunkenly insisted that Yamuna come to him so that he could take a holy dip in her waters. When she refused he became angry and used his plough to cut a course for Vrindavan with the goddess following along behind pleading for mercy.  

Defeated demons: He used his plough to lead the Yamuna past Vrindavan to pull the capital Hastinapur into Ganga. 

In the Mahabharata he taught Duryodhana & Bhima the art of using the mace. He remained neutral when war broke out. He instead went on pilgrimage with his nephew Pradtumna and some other farmers. He returned only on the last day to witness the fight between his two students. He threatened to kill Bhima when he won by striking Duryodhana in the thigh which he had exposed to Draupadi.  

He was later involved in the Yadava civil war in which they were all destroyed. He sat near a tree, went into meditation and died. A white snake came out of his mouth and returned to the underworld.

He appears on coins dated from 185 – 170 BCE with Vasudeva-Krishna on the other side. 

Harmes

Hermes

was this day that President Nixon announced various measures to combat inflation & unemployment. He announced price and wage freezes as well as a suspension of the ability for investors to convert American dollars into gold. This “temporary” measure has never been reversed.

Ashlesha Association

We find the Mercury rulership heavily referenced here. Ashlesha is associated with rhetoric, and meeting with the enemy to negotiate a common goal, a peace, a truce in which the parties do not necessarily agree or even like each other, but on the face of things there is peace. But there may also be backstabbing and treachery at every opportunity. 

Stars of Ashlesha

Hydra: 

Six stars that make up a circle in the constellation of Cancer. A female water snake monster that Hercules was sent to kill. A small fresh water organism with regenerative potential that makes it seem as if it does not die of old age. Impervious to ageing. 

Hercules had to undergo 12 Labours as penance for killing his own family. He went crazy for a while first. The 2nd labour was to kill the Hydra, the two-headed, two-tailed water snake living in a lake at the entrance to the underworld. Her breath and blood and odour were toxic and poisonous.  Hercules covered his mouth and nose to protect himself from the toxic fumes. Hydra had regenerative potential, allowing two heads to grow back every time one was chopped off. Hercules had to use the flaming sword to chop the head and burn the neck in order to kill the Hydra. Hercules may have had help from his cousin Lolaus who cauterised the neck after Hercules chopped off the head. He may have used a golden sword gifted to him by Athena to cut off the last head. Hera, who had created the Hydra to kill Hercules, sent the crab to help Hydra but Hercules killed both beasts. After he killed the Hydra he put the body under a rock that still spews toxic gas till this day. He dipped his arrows in the blood to make them poison and used that poison to kill later foes. One river is said to still be polluted from the poison on Hercules’ arrow. 

The moral of this story relates with our unquenchable desires, when one is satisfied two grow up in its place. We need to put limits on our desires. There is also the hopelessness of falling back two steps for every one gained. 

Much of the Hercules story is driven by his step mother Hera who was angry over the many infidelities of her husband. She was especially jealous of Hercules, whose name means: the great gift of Hera. She had sent two snakes to kill him when he was a baby but he caught them and crushed them in his hands. She sent many beasts to kill him but was always unable. There’s a sense that the hero has become a hero because a lifetime of heroics was offered up to him from early in his life. He later got married and settled down, but Hera was still jealous of his happy life. She made him go crazy and he killed his wife and family while he was in an inebriated state. When he came to his senses he went to the Oracle of Delphi to ask what penance he might complete to earn redemption. He was told to see the king to get the ten labours. His victory over Hydra was considered null and void because he did not do it alone but was helped by his cousin. 

When he later used the Hydra poisoned arrows to kill the Centaur, a robe was dipped in the centaurs blood believing it to be love potions. But after some time the poison started to burn and fused the robe to his skin so that when he tore off the robe, he tore off his own skin. He eventually threw himself in a funeral fire to escape the pain and torment of the poison. 

Trees of Ashlesha

Nagkesar Tree: Mesua Ferrea

A slow growing tree that grows up to 30 meters tall and 2 m in diameter. It’s a hard and heavy wood. The flowers are bisexual and the fruit will usually contains one or two seeds. Nagkesar oil is used for haemorrhoids and piles. Ayurveda classifies it as astringent, bitter; light, dry. It promotes coldness and its post digestive effect is pungent.

Nag Champa:

Michelia champa, yellow champa, golden champa

Beautiful fragrant flowers that bloom May – October. They are easy to grow and maintain. A shallow root system allows them to be grown in pots, though in ideal situations they can grow to 30 metres. They love light and  They will only bloom once in two or three years unless the flower is removed before going to fruit as they use excessive energy to grow seeds.

Oil can be extracted from the flowers which is good for rheumatism, eye trouble and gout. Burning nag champa can be a good general remedy for Ashlesha people. The wood is good for cabinets and for burning.

Health: 

Joints, nails, ears

  • Stomach problems, food poisoning, worms, obesity, poor diet, 
  • Liver problems related to addiction or poisoning from chemical or natural  pollution from air, land, and water. 
  • STD due to promiscuity
  • Arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis 
  • Platelets and blood clotting
  • nervous disordersNo peace of mind, active mind
  • Organic mercury (ruled by Ashlesha) can trigger autoimmune disease 
  • Blockage, clots, bi-polar.
  • Antibodies & antibiotics
  • Bacteria (See Sahtabhisha for the 1000 star blossoms and viruses. See also the shape of white blood cells).
  • Bacteria, worms, magots. Infection
Close up of bacteria

Snake Venom

Snake venom is a complex mix of proteins, enzymes, peptides, carbohydrates, lipids, metal ions, and organic compounds.

  • Cytotoxins, which cause necrosis, a complete breakdown of organic tissue, cells, and organs. Different types of cytotoxin target different cells in the body, meaning that while some target the heart, others target muscular tissue.
  • Neurotoxins, which disrupt and block neurotransmitters, lead to organs shutting down, paralysis, and respiratory distress. Different neurotoxins block different neurotransmitters.
  • Hemotoxins, which target the red blood cells and cause organ damage and tissue death via either causing blood to clot and prevent blood circulation in the body or by causing internal bleeding and haemorrhaging.

Immunity is usually developed after a long time of repeated exposure to small but increasing quantities of poison.  We can use a similar method for overcoming traumas a fears by allowing ourselves to be subjected to our triggers while in a safe space where we can practice non-reactivity.  

Remedies

Due to the high stress nature of these people’s lives it will do them well to practice somewhat more intense and stressful yogic or self improvement techniques. The trick is to use breathing or other relatively safe methods to induce a stress response throughout which we try to remain at peace. Polar bear swims do this when the ice cold water shocks the body but we remain calm and controlled. Many of the Wim Hof practices work with the stress response in this way.  

This works in much the same way as the immune system. As we are introduced to our enemies more and more and in relatively benign circumstances we are more capable of defending ourselves in the case of an attack. 

Exposition

Like a snake they can be sensual and seductive using their underground knowledge in deceptive, cold-blooded ways to lure people in in order to feel safe and comfortable.  They will use people to carry out an agenda, emotionally entwining them until their goals are achieved, at which point they will coldly walk away; until their next victim comes along completely unaware of what is lurking in the grass..

They do well in any field related to drugs and medicines and they can often blur the line between the two using poison and medicine and medicine as poison. Doctors, pharmacists, drug dealers, chemists all relate to the poisonous qualities of Ashlesha, but so do petrochemicals, cigarettes, and many of the other poisons we use on a daily basis. 

Their connection to the underground can just as easily relate them with criminal organisations, prostitution, sexuality, and gambling as it can to astrology, tantra, occult and black magic. They will like to move in the dark or undercover or in deceptive ways which makes them suited for spying, or other kinds of undercover work. 

They can be suspicious bordering on paranoia. Heavy afflicting in Ashlesha can bring on Schizophrenic episodes. Lots of emotional manipulation is usually present in a person’s life and they can be very selfish and sexually promiscuous.

They may have a connection with snakes or reptiles themselves: owning them, selling them, catching them, caring for them.  They may be snake charmers both figuratively and literally. A forked tongue, hypnotic eyes and emotional manipulation can be very effective in many fields where fakes and cheaters are common: law and politics, occultists, channellers, fake psychics and even yoga teachers may all be happy to gain from the suffering and misfortune of others. They can be vicious opportunists.  

Pada’s of Ashlesha

Mercury 

Communicative, analytical, logical, quick, youthful, students, teammates, adolescents,  learning ability, speaking, writing, gesturing, messaging, media, counting, accounting, measuring, narrative, calculating.

Cancer + Mercury

Intelligent, teaching, writing, measuring out the land and the home. Emotional narratives, emotionally calculating, rhythmic speech, analytical caretaking, logical boundaries, well reasoned emotions, duplexes, defensive gestures, versatile habits. Will do well in any kind of educational or training atmosphere.

Pada 1 (Cancer + Mercury + Sagittarius):  

Usually belonging to the educated classes of doctors, pharmacists, healers or lawyers generously working through the imbalances of the world. They could be involved in local policy initiatives and it’s likely they will be very private about their personal life. Sun: Martin Sheen (1), Lance Alworth (1), Martha Stewart (1),  Knut Hamsun (1). Moon: Johnny Michael Spann (CIA (1)), King Louis XIV France (1), Lucy London (1), Marilyn Manson (1),Tymm Poolsland (1), Mao (1), Bepin Behari (1), Jaime Brewer, Daria Bali (1), Bhairava Anuttara (1), Christano Ronaldo (1). Mars: Diane Keaton (1), Chetna Boyd (1), Komilla Sutton (1), Emmanuel Macron (1), William Butler Yeats (1), Jacque Fresco (1), Alexei Navalny (1), Sara Quin (1), Tegan Quin (1). Mercury: Sylvester Stallone (1), Cheryl Crane (1), Castro (1), George Bush Jr (1), Jenn-Child (1). Jupiter: Robert De Nero (1), Stock Crash 1907 (1), Joel Cran (1). Venus: WW I (1), King Francis I France (1), Tracy Head (1), Whitney Houston (1), Doc Holliday (1), Peter Smith (AI, Comp. Science, Mathematics (1)). Saturn: Arnold Schwarzenegger (1), James Boswell (1), Duane Gadd (1), Dana Black (1), Chris Martin (1). Rahu: John Walker Lindh (American Jihadist(1)), Lizette (1), Paris Hilton (1), Pranaal Baba (1), Dene (1), Daniel Balabane (1), Joslin West (1), John Milton (1), Pam Gadd (1), Jordan Peterson (1). Ketu: 

Pada 2 (Cancer + Mercury + Capricorn): 

The most manipulative pada, they can be very cunning and cruel in their quest for power and status. They will not hesitate to deceive others to get what they want. They can be very possessive in their relationship and their things. “What’s mine is mine” (and sometimes what’s yours is mine too if they can find a loop hole. 

Mars is in a debilitated nakshatra but in exalted Navamsha in this pada . 

Sun: Hiroshima (2), Keya D. (2), Moon: Martin Sheen (2), Samasati (2), Hugh Laurie (House MD (2)), Shakiyamaan (2), Jean Piaget (2), Sydney Biddle Barrow (Stripper (2)), Frederick II of Prussia (2) Mars: Serena Williams (2), Hillary Clinton (2), Maxine Waters (2), Michael Green (quantum Physics (2)), Jet Li (2), Leonard Cohen (2), Shakiyamaan (2)

Hiroshima

Pada 3 (Cancer + Mercury + Aquarius): 

Ghandanta pada. They are excellent at connecting the dots and make very good diagnosticians working in health care fields. Negative influences to this pada can be deadly for the mother; possibly filling her with poison in some way. 

Pada 4 (Cancer + Mercury + Pisces) 

Mars is debilitated at 28 degrees here. Ghandanta pada.  Watery moon does well in Jupiter’s pada. They may be involved with private schools or private tutors. They are less likely to be the manipulative one in relationships and they may end up as therapists or advisors in some capacity. They often do well in providing safe private space for others, possibly in the hotel or resort business, in drug rehabilitation, or perhaps even studio, office or lab space, 

Planets In Ashlesha

Ascendant:
Energy Body by Alice Bailey

For the most part this Ascendant gives thin lithe bodies like a snake, quick movements and coordination thru most of their lives.  There seems to be a pattern of weight gain later in life (often related with stomach or intestinal problems. They are good fighters, dancers and athletes. They are deadly diplomates and very good politicians. They excel and deception, baiting the enemy and deception. Some of them are directly associated with magic, black magic, kundalini and at least a few that are not directly connected with this kind of thing tend to at least keep some kind of lucky charm or believe in superstition and astrology. 

As the ascendant lord we see the snake like characteristics most clearly in their body and personality. They do well in high pressure situations and often live high stress lifestyles. Several NHL goaltenders appear on this list. I’m sure this speaks for their coordination as well as reminding us of the function of the immune system defending against attack.

Many of these people have a knack for using peoples words or actions against them in the way the Stephen Seagal uses an opponents momentum against him in Aikido.

Otto von Bismark’s Walking Stick

Edward Smyth-Osbourn is a highly trained NATO commander who will receive the Golden Stick (Hermes staff) from the queen upon retirement marking him as one of the most trusted and capable royal guards. It’s interesting that the goaltenders also hold a kind of stick that makes them immune from much the violent side of hockey as well. Hitler had a walking stick that he used to climb 13 mountains in Europe. Marylin Monroe was famous for her lip stick. Thomas Jefferson used an ivory walking stick and Otto von Bismark also carried a lovely walking stick with him. IO’m siure there are more examples

“Dance like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” ~ Mohammad Ali

There are a couple of exceptions to the rule of thinness with this nakshatra. Many Ashlesha natives tend to put on weight later in life which may be the result of stomach/digestive problems. Michael Moore has Moon, Mars and Rahu together in 6th house with Saturn aspecting so severe stomach problems and probably surgical procedures are likely.  Anita Dzus likewise has stomach problems which seem to be hereditary.

Susan Strasberg, Alice Bailey, Chelsea, Texas Girl, Pelosi, JK Rowling, Tracy Head, Tanya Tucker, Marilyn Monroe, Anita Dzus, Gabriella, Indra Gandhi, Otto von Bismark, Christopher Columbus, Charlemagne, Hitler, Thomas Jefferson, Nehru, Ralph Klein, Baba Ramdev, Sri Aurobindo, Masutatsu Oyama, Steven Seagal, Edward Smyth-Osbourn, Muhammed Ali, Hulk Hogan, Johnny Depp, Ed Belfour, Martin Brodeur, Jaroslav Halak, Curtis Joseph, Buster Keaton, Marilyn Manson, Micheal Moore, Zack Hanson, Denton Cooley (Surgeon, 1st heart implant), Robert Hand, Fifth Business Snow Ball (fiction), George Carlin, Frederick Engels

Jean Piaget’s Theory of Cognitive Development
Sun

They spot light puts them in a tight position and they tend to express themselves in a do or die fashion. Many of these folks have either been in trouble from the law or have had to undergo detox and/or rehab. Martin Sheen, Martha Stewart, Doc Holliday, Larry Nassar. They are for the most part manipulative and insincere. George Soros uses slogans of democracy and freedom to cause regime change that is typically worse than what was there before. Maxine Waters is famous for race-baiting.  India has the threat of riot and war hanging over its head since independence agreements poisoned the well of unity. Castro faced numerous assassination attempts from America.  They all seem to have some imminent threat hanging over them. 

Martin Sheen (1), Lance Alworth (1), Martha Stewart (1),  Knut Hamsun (1), Hiroshima (2), Keya D (2), Hulk Hogan (3), Joe Rogan (3), Whitney Houston (3), Julius Caesar (3), Jean Piaget (3), Herbert Hoover (3), George Soros (3), Robert William Johnstone (3), Castro (4), India (4), Josef Haller (4), Maxine Waters (4), Komilla Sutton (4), Erwin Schrodinger (Quantum Mechanics (4)), Doc Holliday (4), Larry Nassar (4), Nixon’s 1971 Address (dollar decoupled from gold (4)),

“As far as the game of marbles is concerned, there is therefore no contradiction between the egocentric practice of games and the mystical respect entertained for rules. This respect is the mark of a mentality fashioned, not by free cooperation between equals, but by adult constraint.” ~Jean Piaget ~

King Louis XIV of France – “The Sun King”
Moon

Johnny Michael Spann (CIA (1)), King Louis XIV France (1), Lucy London (1), Marilyn Manson (1), Tymm Poolsland (1), Mao (1), Bepin Behari (1), Jaime Brewer, Daria Bali (1), Bhairava Anuttara (1), Christano Ronaldo (1), Martin Sheen (2), Samasati (2), Hugh Laurie (House MD (2)), Shakiyamaan (2), Jean Piaget (2), Sydney Biddle Barrow (Stripper (2)), Frederick II of Prussia (2), Lance Alworth (3), Simone de Beauvoir (3), Larry Flynt (3), Kris Kristofferson (3), Teah Field (3), Pierre Trudeau (4),  Robert Yeats (4), Jane Fonda (4), Gandhi (4),  Margaux Hemingway,  Nehru, 

Mars

Mars is debilitated in Ashlesha. Mars typically weaponises the emotional manipulation in Ashlesha. It can be good for activism, environmental protection and occasionally for police officers and military who do a lot of dirty work, but this Mars usually causes many problems in a person’s personal life. 

This position reminds me of the stories of baby Hermes when he went out to steal his brother’s cattle. You used every kind of deceit and trickery along the way in order to avoid being caught, he even bribed an old shepherd to keep quiet and then, knowing that deceit lies everywhere, returned in disguise to test the power of his original bribe with a new one. He killed the greedy old man knowing that the same greed was in his own heart. When he was caught by the divine vision of his family he continued to plead his innocence appealing to his state as an infant he is said to have naively inquired: “What are cows?” It’s very difficult to trust these people because the will time and again weaponise emotions, and resort to the worst kinds of deceit and trickery to cover up their original sin.

It’s interesting that Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido has his moon here while and his most famous student, Steven Seagal has his ascendant here. much of the training they do involves working with the force of the opponent. The role of Mars is to weaponise whatever he touches and in this case we find them weaponising whatever differences already exist. Language and rhetoric can be quite vicious with this placement as they seek to manipulate whatever they can for their own advantage. They never want to let go of anything that they believe is theirs.

Diane Keaton (1), Chetna Boyd (1), Komilla Sutton (1), Emmanuel Macron (1), William Butler Yeats (1), Jacque Fresco (1), Alexei Navalny (1), Sara Quin (1), Tegan Quin (1), Serena Williams (2), Hillary Clinton (2), Maxine Waters (2), Michael Green (quantum Physics (2)), Jet Li (2), Leonard Cohen (2), Shakiyamaan (2), Maxmillian Robespierre (3), Anne Frank (3), Harrison Ford (3), Al Gore (3), Buddy Holly (3),, Lance Alworth (4), Martin Sheen (4), Joseph Pilates (4), Caravaggio (4), Robert Boustany (4), Morihei Ueshiba (founder of Aikido (4)), Kamala Harris (4), Thomas Jefferson (4), Arthur Schlesinger Jr (Liberal intellectual (4)) ,Alice Bailey, Bridgette Bardot, Lauren Haris, Calamity Jane, Ray Kroc, Sophia Loren, Demi Moore, Boy George O’Dowd, Joseph Lilates, Sara/Tegan Quin, Kenny Rogers, Arthur Schlesinger Jr,   Sigourney Weaver, Jane West,

Mercury

Mercury does daily well in this position, he becomes the master of disguise, but they remain somewhat adolescent 

WW II was marked by the use of the gas chamber on the one hand but also by the fact that nobody used deadly gases on the battlefield like they did in WW I. 

Sylvester Stallone (1), Cheryl Crane (1), Castro (1), George Bush Jr (1), Jenn-Child (1), Patrick Swayze (2), Cheech Martin (2), Josep Rhodes (2), Stephen Wolfram (Mathematics (3)),  Robertson Davies (3), Swami Paramananda Saraswati (3), Robin Williams (4), Josef Haller (4), Baghdad, Usain Bolt, Dave Chappelle, Cheryl Crane, Gerald Ford, Vitali Klitschko, Jorge Paulo Lemann, Kevin Spacey, Shania Twain, Natalie Wood

Jupiter

Robert De Nero (1), Stock Crash 1907 (1), Joel Cran (1), Joe Rogan (2), Sonny Liston (2), Pierre Trudeau (2), Roger Waters (2), Rabindranath Tagore (3), Keya D. (3), Jean Piaget (4), Sri Aurobindo, Friedrich Bayer, Jean Beliveau, Johnny Cash, Stephane Charbonnier, Stock Crash (banker’s panic), Robert Curry, Wild Bill Hickok, Teddy Kennedy, Osho, Bob Saget, Elizabeth Taylor, Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Greta Thunberg, 

King Francis I France gifted this pillar to the Ottoman Turks as a symbol of good faith diplomacy. The salamander was his personal emblem along with the motto Nutrisco et extinguo (“Nourish and extinguish.”)

Venus: They see the beauty or are capable in Ashlesha in the way George Orwell describes the totalitarian control of the future. Edward Snowden has also gained mass appeal by uncovering mass undercover surveillance programs. They might use pleasure. 

Conspiracy theories seems to be the thread that runs thru most of the people and events listed here: 9/11 is a massive conspiracy theory.  The mysteries and rumours that swirled around Micheal Jackson. Alan Pinkerton was the first private detective agency in the USA quite literally defined conspiracy via the Pinkerton Liability doctrine that defined the scope of liability in a crimes of conspiracy.

WW I (1), King Francis I France (1), Tracy Head (1), Whitney Houston (1), Doc Holliday (1), Peter Smith (AI, Comp. Science, Mathematics (1)), Joslin West (2), India (2), Edward Snowden (2), Nixon’s 1971 Address (dollar decoupled from gold (3)), George Orwell (3), Michael Jackson (3), Larry Nassar (3), 9/11 (3), George Bush Jr (4), Sylvester Stallone (4), Dawn Doell (4), Alan Pinkerton (Detective (4)), Gwyneth Paltrow (4),  

Saturn:

Duty to teach, nurture, heal by removing the poison or using poison as a means of healing. They are often self medicated in some way, tactless and may not take criticism well. They may work underground, possibly in the sewers and also have underground knowledge of astrology, tantra or the occult. Saturn in Ashlesha in 9th house with aspects from Venus is good for astrology, underground guru (not a popular one). Malefic influence can cause misuse of the knowledge. Saturn with malefic influence can make the mother poison somehow.  Saturn with Venus or Jupiter can make a medicine man.

I can speak of my own experience with Saturn in Ashlesha 9th house. This Saturn rules my 4th house so I’ve always been nomadic and may home has often been supplied by my employer, I’ve mostly lived near water. My higher education was delayed for work and my work involved trenching and piping. My stick in those days would have been a seven foot steel crowbar and perhaps the shovel. I’ve worked in sewer, washed dished, and don’t some fishing in my life; many dangerous jobs, underground and sometimes under the table. I grew up fishing; baiting hooks and baiting traps. This Saturn is 2nd from my moon so my mothers family is fairly solid working class family and mother was also a bit older. I eventually went to university and studied languages, communications logic and rhetoric; and all those topics so beloved by Mercury.  This calculating mind eventually turned to astrology. Then there’s the spiritual aspect of this placement in 9th house which has turned my beliefs very conservative and old fashioned. I live mostly in Varanasi now which provides the wet filth of Saturn in Ashlesha while the 9th house gives me a spiritual of philosophical setting; it’s kinda like living in a big ashram with no rules. Moon, the ruler of my 9th house goes into the 8th house highlighting research and Tantra; while Mercury, the ruler of Ashlesha goes into Sagitarius highlighting my humanistic philosophical side. I have also studied several holistic healing methods. It could be mentioned that my mother was a forensic psych. nurse and I grew up studying her text books. All of which has a strong influence of Ashlesha.  This Saturn in 12th gives strong powers of renunciations, sacrifice, and fortitude; cold comforts.

Saturn in Ashlesha reflects the simple blue collar working class culture and rhythms. people get a lot of experience being in a tight spot. 

House is usually old and there may be water problems, leaks, humidity , black mould, sewer blockage. They have to spend considerable time and effort for upkeep and maintenance. They are caretakers of the home and the land in so many ways.

 

Frederick the Great inspects the potato harvest

Frederick the Great who has Saturn in Ashlesha with the Moon conjunct and Mars aspecting set out to tame or conquer nature. He set upon a massive project of land reclamation, draining swamps and building canals   once told Voltaire that, “Whoever improves the soil, cultivates land lying waste and drains swamps, is making conquests from barbarism.” Although this had a huge tole on the natural landscape (which puts me in mind of the story Rama war against Taksha the serpent mother) he also had a great love for nature, plants and animals. He didn’t like hunting and set up the first veterinary hospital; he didn’t even wears because he saw it the same as having someone stick a fork in your belly. He was very much a man of two natures who could care for his home while destroying his enemies. It should be noted that he was also known as the “Potato King” for introducing them to the region. The other things we find with Ashlesha placements is architecture. Louis XIV with Venus in Ashlesha built grand and beautiful palaces while Frederick the Great with Saturn here saw the home and the land in a much more pragmatic way. Though culture was important to him and he also revived the Opera, the libraries, sculpture, and the fine arts, as well as the sciences and mathematics.

He became increasingly solitary later in life preferring to spend time with animals than people. By his late 60’s he was suffering from asthma, gout and other ailments but he continued to rise before dawn, drank six to eight cups of coffee a day, “laced with mustard and peppercorns”, and attended to the affairs of the nation. 

They can be immune to fear and hard living and be very self controlled.  They have simple habits, but they can become very set in those habits; this can of course include addictive habits.  This Saturn in Ashlesha also contributes to kidney problems  and hearing deficiency.  

Charlie Chaplin played the working man and Schwarzenegger appeals to the working class masses. Connection with the 4th house will give a spartan home. Saint Francis Assisi exemplified this with his ascendant lord Saturn in Ashlesha; and we need to consider what the working class community was like. Hearing trouble is common with this placement though it may not come until later in life. “Thick skin.” It may also be related to kidney trouble, as it hardens and dries some of the watery cavities; which is a dictum that we can extend to the other body parts depending on the placement of this. This Saturn in the 12th house might make them dream of a simple life and possibly take long trips to watery places . In the 9th house he might create a work to live scenario offering some kind of service for a place to live. I’ve seen this even in the charts of wealthy people. They are very likely to take a long pilgrimage to watery places or places associated with snakes. 

Arnold Schwarzenegger (1), James Boswell (1), Duane Gadd (1), Dana Black (1), Chris Martin (1), Charlie Chaplin (2), Mike Holliday (2), Al Gore (2), Anita Dzus (2), Liv Tyler (2), Dominic Monagha (2), Camillo Wiethe (dermatologist (2)), Indra Gandhi (2), Robert Boustany (2), MIchael Dodaro (2), Arthur Schlesinger Jr (Liberal intellectual (2)), Hitler (2), India (2), J.J. Rousseau (2), Alicia Machado (actress, singer, model (2)), Frederick II Prussia (2), Martina Klein (model, television, comedian (2)), Mark Duplas (2), Indra Gandhi (2), Israel (2), Jack Dorsey (2), Knut Hamsun (3), Jerome Deschamps (3),   Thomas Clarence (3), Stephen King (3), Ludwig von Beethoven (3),  Chester Arthur, Saint Francis of Assisi (3), Eckhart Tolle (3), Hillary Clinton (4), Krishnamacharya (4), Ionannis Pallikaris (founder of LASIK (4)), Leon Festinger (Psychologist (4)), John Burge (4), 

Rahu:

Jupiter & Rahu in Ashlesha is excellent for healers, but Rahu alone or with malefic influence can make an intense, greedy, manipulative, black magician who will use poison like a snake. May strike suddenly.  

John Walker Lindh (American Jihadist(1)), Lizette (1), Paris Hilton (1), Pranaal Baba (1), Dene (1), Daniel Balabane (1), Joslin West (1), John Milton (1), Pam Gadd (1), Jordan Peterson (1), Andreanne (2), Georgia O’Keeffe (2), Bernard Montgomery (WWII Commander (2)), Bepin Behari (2), Ranabir (2), Roger Waters (2), Caravaggio (2), Cheryl Crane (2), Robert De Nero (2), Jann Arden (2), Paul Newman (2), Clint Black (3), Garth Brooks (3), James Garfield (3), Sivananda (3), Oxford (3), Cheryl Crow (3), Jim Carrey (3), Steve Irwin (3), Howard Hughes (4), Hunter Schafer (model, actress, LGBTQ activist (4)), Erwin Schrodinger (Quantum Mechanics (4)), Bugsy Siegel (4), 

Ketu

Emma Watson (1), Night of the Long Knives (1), Nixon’s 1971 Address (dollar decoupled from gold (2)), Almas (2), Elon Musk (2), Julian Assange (2), Pattabhi Jois (3), Ingrid Bergman (3), Knut Hamsun (4), Patrick Swayze (4), Putin (4), Clive Barker (4), Dan Aykroyd, Baghdad,  Roseanna Barr, Ranjan Bose, Jean Chretien, Shiv Code, Jefferey Epstein, King Louis XVII of France, Yuri Gagarin, Glasgow, Rutherford Hayes, Andrew Jackson, Vitali Klitschko, Rue McClanahan,  Robert B. Neller, Princess Maxima of Netherlands, Ma Huateng Pony, Christopher Reeve, Winona Ryder, Adam Segwick, Gloria Steinem, Lev Simkhovich Vygodsky

Case Studies

Cheryl Crow (Rahu Ashlesha): sleep  paralysis.

Elon Musk – Ketu in Ashlehsa

Elon Musk’s Vedic Astrology chart

Elon Musk has this Ketu in his 2nd house highlighting the volatility of his liquid assets. During his Mars-Ketu period in 2010 he put up all the cash he had ($36 million) to keep Tesla afloat. Although he’s one of the richest people in the world he had to take personal loans from friends so that he would have some liquid cash for day to day living.  Ashlesha ensured that although he’s rich all his money is tied up in stocks and investments. Actually, his second house is completely destroyed from aspects by Saturn and Mars as well. This is not what one would expect from one of the richest people in the world, but I get the sense that if him I and I went for coffee that I would have to buy it for him. This is the strange manipulation of reality caused by Ketu in Ashlesha.  He is also a well known proponent of crypto-currenty and block-chain technology both of which are strongly tied with both Ketu and Ashlesha. He was also co founder of PayPal. Ketu really broke all the boundaries of currency and accounting for the movement of money around the world. Part of the reason for this extra-ordinary influence in this regard is that the lord of Ashlesha is powerfully situated in Punarvasu/Gemini in the first house.  In many ways he is Hermes/Mercury/Buddha Incarnate. 

His speech is also very unique. He speaks very quickly stringing his words together without proper intonation. Some have called it cluttered speech. It’s just like his brain is moving too fast. He has also been accused of saying inappropriate things, and his words have a strong effect on the stock prices of crypto and tesla. He has also been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome

Asperger’s in a genetic disorder 2nd house. The Man it’s named after, Hans Asperger, had Rahu in Ashlesha and possibly in his ascendant but rectification work needs to be done.  One of the interesting things we find with Asperger’s is that they love animals including the creepy-crawly one. They just don’t have the same fear mechanisms the rest of us do.

Much of his focus in life and the technology that he pursues is to protect the environment with a focus on reducing the carbon foot print. He has invested and supported solar power, Tesla is focused on electric cars, other projects focus on high speed rail tubes. And then there are his projects in Artificial Intelligence, Space travel and rockets. Mercury is in Punarvasu and Ketu has taken away his limits in regard to reaching other worlds with rockets.

And the connection is not clear to me, but it seems reasonable that Ketu in Ashlesha may have had something to do with the death of his first child at 10 weeks old by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and this seems so much like a snake getting into the crib (which of course a western reference to parts of the Hydra asterism).

Caravaggio (Mars & Rahu in Ashlesha)

The Grace of Madonna – Madonna-dei-Palafrenieri – Caravaggio 1605-1606

Many of Caravaggio’s painting were controversial for brutality and gore. Heads being chopped off with realistic emotional impact. And of course these kinds of things will get highlighted with vicious planets like Mars and Rahu here.  But he offers us a glimpse of another side of Ashlesha thru his paintings of Saint Matthew, the patron saint of accountants, moneychangers, tax collectors and customs officers. He was also invoked to help alcoholics with their habits.  It’s interesting how the wings of the angel are evocative of the Caduceus as well as the other symbols of Hermes.

Emotionally he was a violent, quarrelsome man. He was forced to flee his home and go underground in 1606 after killing a man an a duel over a romantic interest. Despite little being known about him it’s said that he was always fighting. There is much mystery over his death but it’s believed that he may have died from an infection from a wound received in one of these fights.  One of the dangers of being an artist during the renaissance is toxic exposure to the lead in the paint. The effect of this was a kind of madness or raving lunacy in sever cases.

Saint Matthew and the Angel – Caravaggio

His underground sex life has been the subject of much speculation. He never settled down or got married or had any children that are known of. He was known to have frequent prostitutes and and there is much speculation about homosexuality in a culture and time when sodomy was considered a capital offence. He never painted a single nude of a woman but did paint various voluptuous and sensual young men.

In1606 he was sentenced to beheading and had a bounty put on his head for the castration and killing of a mafia pimp.  He travelled around for several years sequin protection under powerful patrons, but by July 1610, at the age of 38, he was dead.

Hillary Clinton (Mars & Saturn in Ashlesha)

Saturn is yoga karaka planet in a powerful mutual exchange with the Moon and forming a Raja yoga in the 10th house of career with Mars. All of this is very good for her career and likely gave her diplomatic immunity, but her career house is also 6th from the moon  highlighting wars, criminal conspiracies and coverups.

Most of her career has been based on fear campaigns: weapons of mass destruction, chemical weapons, biological weapons. But as she instills fear from these things she is also involved in the greatest proliferations of weapons of mass destruction anywhere. the most toxic aspect of this is perhaps the weaponisation of culture itself. Some might even say that she has led in the destruction of the nuclear family while claiming to be a nuclear family themselves. Her appeal was mostly for the middle class and blue collar workers and she’s well known for these kinds of roots. She lives in a $2.5 million house that’s almost 200 years old; oddly enough the address is #15 Old House Lane which is so Ashlesha. 

Early in her career she was involved in a cattle trading scandal (which again relates directly with the infant Hermes’ cattle thefts). Not much later she was involved in the Whitewater Controversy involving dodgy investments in land development. And then campaign donations being funneled thru the law firm she was working with. and the people close to the Clintons started dying in mysterious ways (and this hasn’t stopped, I think there are 16 names on the list now).  She has always been involved in the empowerment of young women and mothers working for gender equality and advocating education reform. Much of what America is facing today in their schools and universities; the free pass reforms to the criminal justice system all stem from Hillary Clinton’s early initiatives in these ares. Now that women’s rights or equality has basically been accomplished, she has moved to the next level of gender equality in the 21st century. All of this has been weaponised for power and control.  This is the aim of Ashlesha. Those on the spiritual path gain great inner power while those on the material plane can quickly become toxic as long term stability is sacrificed for short term goals.

June 1980 – June 1981 (Mercury / Mars): Whitewater controversy over banking and land fraud had just happened and during this period some of her enemies died in mysterious circumstances.

April 86 – Dec 88 (Mercury / Saturn): She was listed among 100  of the most influential lawyers. She sat on the board of the bar association to advocate for more women in law.  She was bring in wealthy corporate clients to the law firm. Her husband was governor and there was some controversy about some of the clients using the Law firm to give illegal political donation.

June 91 – Nov 91 (Ketu / Mars): She had just stepped down from practicing law and sat on the board of several companies learning about supply lines and unsuccessfully advocating for more environmentally friendly practices and more women at the corporate management level.  She had been considering running for Governor but the poles were not in her favour.

Nov 93 – Dec 94 (Ketu / Sat):  She became first lady.

Dec 2001 – Feb 2003 (Ven / Mars): She had just been elected tot he New York Senate after moving there the year before. She joined five senate committees all with some relations to Mars in Ashlesha:  budget; armed services; environment and public works; education, labour and pensions; ageing; and, security and cooperation with Europe. September 11  had just happened and in October she voted for the patriot act and the War against terrorism began with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan (and about half a dozen other countries that got no notice).  By December she was already busy with war and weapons sales and by Oct 2001 she voted to go to war against Iraq after carrying on about fake WMD for the past year.  These campaigns have, of course, faced heavy criticism and the whole of 9/11 has become one of the grand conspiracy theories perhaps even greater than the assassination of JFK. Her husband also took 26 trips on Lolita express in this period.

Oct 2008 – Dec 2011 (Ven / Sat): The financial crisis of 2008. She supported the bailouts of the banks. In 2009 She became Secretary of State under Obama. She warned about possibly biological weapons coming out of the Wuhan Lab that year. It was also in this period when the personal email account was set up that caused her so much trouble latter.  But most of this period was spent on international diplomacy trying to “fix” relations with many countries which had been isolated by the Bush administration. She even offer a “great reset” in relationship with Russia (that quickly hit a snag when Putin returned to power). During this time she was also looking to allies to isolate Iraq with sanctions. while from one side of her mouth she was championing the case of women around the world, her policies were killing these same women. An interesting point with some relation to Saturn and Mars in Ashlesha was the biomass cook stoves she was seeking to install in the kitchen of the developed world as she was concerned about both the lack of affordable cooking fuel and the smoke inhalation that the poor underdeveloped women had to face.  She often tries to appear as an environmentalist and steward of the land while being heavily involved with the oil business as well as chemical and low yield nuclear weapons. By the end of this Saturn antardasha she went to Haiti after the earthquake there to ensure her man won the election. The Clinton Foundation has received heavy criticism for treating Haiti like a slave colony as well as for accepting donations from foreign countries while she was Secretary of State. Speaking of slaves, the Clintons are also involved in a program of hiring convicts as personal helpers and they are known to be very strict their servants; any small mistake will have them sent back tp prison.  Some have liked their treatment to these people as a form of indentured slavery.  Oh, and the Arab Spring protest also began in this period are are widely believed to be masterminded in a conspiracy between Clinton, Gates and Obama. And who can forget the Libyan civil war of 2011 which ended with Clinton saying: “We came, we saw, he died,” followed by her infamous cackling laugh.  The war in Syria was also just getting going in this year. By this point she seems to have become a James Bond Villain. At he very end of this period she began to campaign for gay rights saying: “Gay rights are human rights.” Western astrologers might note that she also has Pluto in Ashlesha assuring us that she is a force of revolution for the home culture.  Some others might consider that the Saturn Mars conjunction marks her as a toxic influence on the home culture and on government leadership.

Oct 2016 – Feb 2017 (Sun / Mars): Clinton’s aids who had been in charge of cleaning and deleting the files related to sending top secret e-mail from a private server all received immunity from prosecution.  This was a big controversy in the run up to the 2016 election which she lost. This would have also been the period when the fake Steele dossier against trump was being put together. A very cloak and dagger kind of time for her.  And just as it seemed this was all going to be behind her, the announcement came just before the election that there was a new investigation opening up over another set of emails that had been found.  This investigation continued until the Sun Saturn period when they announced that would not be pressing charges.

Oct 2018 – Oct 2019 (Sun / Saturn): Her immunity from prosecution over the e-mail scandal was confirmed. She was mostly campaigning against Trump calling him a threat to national security, a racist, misogynist, a white supremacist and an illegitimate president. Of course this was all going on while she had the FBI surveilling Donald Trumps election team and her democratic allies in the state department were investigating everything they could find or make up about Trump and his associates.

Oct 2022 – May 2023 (Moon / Mars): this could turn in to a war and the attack against Republicans could begin at this time. Mars typically bring her difficulties and powerful enemies. She may have to face a lawsuit and more accusations. Mars is also not very good for her health and surgical procedure might also be necessary (though this might be for her husband Bill). Jan 2023 looks like the date to remember for the fructification of these 10th house yoga’s and exchanges. It will likely be good for her, but not for anyone else.

These Mars periods never just happen on their own. The moon period that occurs before Mars typically opens the door to some shocking revelation in her career, Mars then is when she seeks to destroy her enemies by any means necessary. Which this kind of chart I do not doubt the Clinton kill list. In any case, after Mars comes Rahu who she has in her 8th house. This actually gives some similar results as Mars in Ashlesha: shady undercover work. This Rahu is also in the very elite 1st pada of Kritika anding up with an exalted Mars in her Navamsha giving her an incredibly powerful result for underground work and foreign wars.

March 2026 – Oct 2027 (Moon Saturn): I have heard speculation that Clinton might become leader in this period, but she will be 80 years old. Of course it’s not impossible, but considering that this yoga involves her 5th house, it might be more likely that her daughter enters politics or takes on a leadership position. But one thing is clear: the Saturn is deeply entrenched in politics.

Hillary Clinton health (keep in mind these are the official versions, she is very secretive about this).

Blood clots (she has been on blood thiners most of her life): 1998 (behind her right knee) & 2009 (leg) & dec 31, 2012 (behind her right ear).

1 feb 2005 she fainted due to the weakness caused by stomach issues.

June 17 2009: broken elbow. successful surgery.

Jan 2013: after the concussion she had to wear special glasses to keep her from having double vision

15 dec 2015: disclosure of more stomach problems, but this time she sustained a concussion when she fainted. Also disclosed that she had hypothyroidism and allergies. She was taking Armour Thyroid, a hormone replacement therapy.

July 21 2016: it’s speculated that she had a seizure on stage. She was diagnosed with pneumonia shortly after which it’s speculated she had been suffering with for almost a year.

 

 

 

7. Punarvasu

Punarvasu (20° 00’ Gemini – 3° 20’ Cancer)

 

“The Bow and Zen are One.”

The star of renewal gives us the power to achieve the objective. Punarvasu is often translated as “return to the light,” becoming good again, to dwell again. The name also refers to the 8 Punarvasu devas, the gods of the natural elements. The main symbol is the bow & arrows, but house, home and shelter is considered a secondary symbol. Aditi, the great mother of the 33 devas (including the Punarvasus) and the womb of the universe is the presiding deity. Jupiter is the ruling planet. From western wisdom we can also include Castor & Pollux and the powerful imagery of twin brothers which reminds us that Aditi also had a shadowy counter part in the Diti the mother of the demons. The sexual-creativity capacity of Punarvasu is represented by a female cat

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

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

Key Themes

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

Qualities of Punarvasu

Vaishya, Artha, Divine, Sattvic, Vata, Moveable, Level, Passive, Male, Water element, Creative energy, Sage Kratu, Female Cat, North

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

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

Deva: They are naturally a little bit above everyone else ad they may hold themselves to a somewhat higher standard than the rest of us.  This is very much a “holier than thou” kind of nakshatra. The position of Jupiter will say much about the person’s actual level of enlightenment. This kind of thinking often pushes them to be better and do better; they are always trying to reach some goal.  

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

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

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

Chara: movable, ephemeral. Moving and making changes to home & garden, career, relationship, travel or exercise. They also make things move on the value scale.

Level / Facing Straight Ahead: Level headed position, real straight shooter. Good time for making purchases, dealing with topics where we want people to level with us. Honest and realistic expectations. Also good for making things level: leveling ground, buildings, plumbing, building roads. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shashti Devi

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

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

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

Auspicious Activities: This is a good nakshatra for self-improvement or seeking health & wellness advice. It’s excellent time to come together as a group to learn something new or take part in spiritual gatherings. It’s a good day to find forgiveness in your heart or seek forgiveness from others. Travel or making any kind of changes meant for growth are well started under this asterism. It’s a good day for levering ground, smoothing things over, laying foundation stones or opening a business. If you’re looking for any day to plant some kind of seed for the future then this is your day. New projects started here will grow and expand.  It’s also a good day to return to projects that you had started earlier, return items to the shop, go back over old notes.

Divine Myths Related to Punarvasu

Aditi

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

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

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

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

Eight Vasus: the bright ones

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

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

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

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

Bhishma

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

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

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

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

Satyavati mother of Vyasa with Sage Parashara

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bow and Quiver of Arrows: 

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

Elastic potential energy.

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

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

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

The Twins Stars

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

Castor and Pollux:

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

Castor & Pollux

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

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

Jacob & Esau: Biblical Sons of Issac 

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

Jacob & Esau

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

Romulus and Remus

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

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

~ Nietzsche `~

Health: 

Fingers and nose are the primary body parts represented by Punarvasu 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tree of Punarvasu

Bamboo is incredibly versatile.
Bamboo

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

Vanshlochan

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

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

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

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

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

Exposition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pada of Punarvasu

JupiterExpansive, permissive, philosophical, provides gravity, ideology, dogma, globalism, travel, doctrine, optimism, generosity, humanism, permissive, can be heavy and prideful, beliefs, the big picture, husband, father figures, gurus, theory, insp[iration, 

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

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

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

Pada 1 (Gemini + Jupiter + Aries)

Good coaches and others who inspire action. They can be very direct in the way they express themselves.  Makes good yoga teachers, very active, athletic and capable of multitasking. 

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

Pada 2 (Gemini + Jupiter + Taurus) 

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

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

Pada 3 (Gemini + Jupiter + Gemini) 

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

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

Pada 4 (Cancer + Jupiter + Cancer) 

Pushkara Navamsha Pada – (It should be noted here that Mars is debilitated at 28 degrees Cancer so he is still far from his debilitation point in Punarvasu.)

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

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

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

Planets In Punarvasu

Sun:

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

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

Moon:

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

It’s interesting to note that Qasem Soleimani was killed by missile with this moon in his 8th house; and there is now a missile named after him. Hiroshima is also synonymous with missiles. Shakespeare has also become a name for a company specialising in archery. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Don McLean (1), Oliver Cromwell (1), David Gilmour (1), Picasso (1), Rossano (2), Anthony Kennedy (2), Marie Antoinette (2), Richard Baldwin (2), Paul Bernardo (2), Julius Caesar (3), Albert Camus (3), Erwin Schrodinger (3), Karl Marx (3), Audrey Hepburn (4), Gaddafi (4), Stephen King (4), Sara Aldrete (4), Henry Ford II (4), Patsy Cline (4),

Mercury:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Venus:

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

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

Jupiter

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

Warren Buffett’s Astrology Chart

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

Mark Twain’s Astrology Chart

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

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

Saturn:  

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

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

“I feel as lit by fire a cold countenance
That burns me from afar and keeps itself ice-chill;
A strength I feel two shapely arms to fill
Which without motion moves every balance.” 
 ~A rather apt description of Saturn in Punarvasu by Michelangelo ~

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

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

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

Rahu:

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

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

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

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

Ketu:

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

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

 

6. Ardra Nakshatra

6. Ardra Nakshatra: (6° 40’ – 20° 00’ Gemini)

Star of sorrow with the power to make gains through effort. Rudra is the presiding deity and Rahu is the ruling planet. The main symbols are a diamond, a teardrop and a human head. The female dog is the sexual creative animal of Ardra.

Key Themes

Ardra people are hard, cutting, stormy, expansive, moist, wet, fresh, green living. They like to live in the jungle, the forest, surrounded by wilderness and wild animals; this could be the urban jungle. They won’t be comfortable with suburban life unless it gives them plenty of opportunity to walk on the wild side. They have very sharp animalistic instincts; all their senses are sharp; almost primitive. They will likely have strong tribal or group affiliations with Rahu characters: outcastes, criminals, shadowy, foreign and unusual people.


They like to be in nature, they often have pets or work with animals. Hunters, foragers, trappers, trainers, rodeo cowboys are often found with placements in Ardra. But any kind of job that offers field work: biologists, field engineers, weather experts, trekking guides, survivalists, storm chasers…. In the city it could make police officers (doing undercover or investigative work), social workers, medical response, or other humanistic work in areas where things can quickly get out of hand. They are often connected to the drug scene somehow. They like it when their animalistic instincts get triggered and seem to put themselves into some extreme and intense situations and they may be prone to addiction.. They might be adrenaline junkies, thrill seekers, provocateurs, who love to feel the rush of adrenaline and other intense hormones.
Music and dance (especially trance or tribal) are usually important to Ardra people. They love instinctive physical body based behaviours; swaying, surging, gyrating, pulsating movement. They mesmerize others with seductive gestures and animal magnetism. They can draw people into walking the wild side. Their lifestyle typically keeps them very physically fit even if sometimes malnourished and they do not participate directly in any kind of exercise regime (though they often will). Their careers are often physically intensive and demand sharp instincts: manual labourers, dancers, acrobats, dare devils, always living on the edge.
Ardra natives are often involved in things that are socially taboo. They tend to have a strong hunger for sex, drugs and rock’n’roll and will not hesitate to break the bounds of decency. They can be very provocative, wild, (self) destructive people: drug dealers, bartenders, cheats, thieves, or any kind of illicit sales or service. Poverty, rough living, and some kind of exploitation are common with this placement.


Tribalistic beliefs involving animal spirits like shamanism, tantra, Wicca, witchcraft or blood sacrifice can be practiced or taught here. Sex, drugs and alcohol can be used in a ritualistic way as well. They may practice some kind of touch healing, may administer drugs (or poisons) for healing purposes, such as homeopaths or allopaths, and they will often espouse some kind of tribal philosophy. They are sometimes found as teachers, instructors, counsellors or writers. As is common for all the Gemini placements, they often enjoy mental gymnastics, word games, card games, strategy games. Ardra may also have an affinity for electricity, technology, science fiction and on-line gaming.
They are often not easy people to be around and they are known to be irritable, ungrateful troublemakers. They might be easily excited and easily carried away. They will take on any appearance to get what they want. They tend to lack sincerity; except intensity, their intensity is sincere.
They need some kind of release. It’s imperative that they don’t try to restrain the beast. They need some outlet to lose themselves, to lose their mind. This nakshatra puts me in mind of the lady followers of Bacchus who would lose themselves in ecstasy, drink and dance. Not only that, but the whole thing was cloaked so that no man, no husband would know what they were up to. and since the ladies themselves were so inebriated, they could not themselves clearly remember what happened. Rahu’s ownership throws his dark smoky oily cloak over this person.
There is a sense not only of storms, but drafts, rough drafts, winds, that kind of unexpected windiness that seizes an epileptic. The chill you get walking through a cemetery at night or living on the cremation grounds. Ardra is the shiver that runs down your spine. He represents the loop-hole. He may allow his people to cheat death, but he will leave his mark mentally or physically. In a similar manner, they are likely to be “free-will” advocates to who will in the end be forced to submit to a higher power (this also relates with them being represented by the female dog who might go out looking for it, but ultimately she has to submit). There can be a strong current or repentance, but this is likely to flow in circles rather than affecting any kind of meaningful change. They seek personal empowerment, but in some way God reminds them who is ultimately in control.


Ardra can be deeply spiritual in a tribalistic way. Tantra is represented throughout, but aghori tantra, left hand path, sex tantra, black magic, dark devil worship, heterodox practices involving drugs, alcohol, sex, and other forbidden substances, ayahuasca, magic mushrooms, trance drumming or chanting, vision questing all come under the purview of Ardra. Many Ardra natives are left-handed or ambidextrous.

Planets in Ardra

Ascendant (birth times may not be confirmed): Madonna (1), Sex Pistols (1), Sarah Bernhardt (1), Hannah Arendt

Sun: They draw everyone’s attention to their wild nature. They’re proud of it and express themselves in a unique or unusual way. Theri father may have been isolated. They have this peculiar way of shining a light on everything that’s wrong with society. They might be accused of following conspiracy theories. The “official version” of events might differ from the truth. The Sun, representing ultimate truth, is immersed in the dark story clouds of Gemini where he makes things even more hot and steamy. And they like it this way, such climates, whether natural or artificial will trigger their creativity. Ardra will diminish and diffuse their light, they are truely diamonds in the rough.
George Orwell (1), Clarence Thomas (1), Johnny Gottselig (1), Kris Kristofferson (1), Meryl Streep (1), Carol Hemingway (1), Jean-Paul Sartre (1), Korean War (1), WW I (2), Hermann Oberth (2), Princess Diana (3), Pamala Anderson (3), Joel Cran (3), Liv Tyler (3), Night of the Long Knives (3), Herman Hesse (4), Allysa Koch (4), Julian Assange (4), King Henry VIII (4), Canada (4)

Moon: This whole article offers a description of the moon here. Ardra and the storm is a fairly regular and almost predictable event for these natives. Their mother was likely unsettled and they experienced gaps in their care as children. They may feel somewhat undeserving and for this reason tend towards self sabotage to prove themselves correct.
George Orwell (1), Boy George (1), Turkey (1), Frank Costello (1), Bhimrao Ambedkar (1), Pence (2), William of Cambridge (2), Almas (2), Kenny Rogers (2), Kurt Cobain (2), Canada (3), Tom Waits (3), John D Rockefeller (3), Michael Jordan (3), Jian Ghomeshi (3), Stephen Wolfram (3) (mathematician), Sai Baba (3), Willie Nelson (4), Dave Chappelle (4), Issac Newton (4)

Mars: They will move like a beast, they will use covert and unusual means to attack. They may disguise themselves to cross borders. They can be very aggressive and will stand up and fight for what they believe in. They usually know how to use a gun, but perhaps they have chosen fire juggling instead; and more broadly speaking they find an unusual use of fire and steel. This is not a great position for Mars though because Ardra is too humid; Mars and Sun both just add heat to the humidity. They might use their body to make smoke signals. Some of the hockey players on the list would use fake moves to outwit the defence. Their action might be at odds with their intent. Or perhaps what they are doing is not actually what it looks like.
Wayne Gretzky (1), Derek Chauvin (1), Cicero (1), Warren Buffet (1), India (1), Sid Vicious (2), Sex Pistols (1), Brett Hull (2), Osama Bin Laden (2) William Burroughs (3), Shakespeare (3), John Calvin (3), Ingrid Bergman (3), Malcom X (3), Mikhail Bakunin (4), Jean-Claude Van Damme (4), Jiddu Krishnamurti (4), Arther Schopenhauer (4), Robin Williams (4)

Mercury: Communication about chaotic events, rogues, plots. There will be some kind of life narrative of things getting out of hand. Good position for surveillance and security, therapeutics dealing with post traumatic stress disorders or the ardent paparazzi. They will have really wild stories and take time to analyse and study unusual and violent events. They are usually good with their hands and may be able to perform some “slight of hand” tricks, card tricks, and other various circus of parlour games.
Princess Diana (1), Thomas Clarence (1), Harrison Ford (1), Conor McGregor (1), Johnny Gottselig (1) (Hockey player/coach), Wilber Cohen (1), Natalie Portman (2), Steven Crowder (3), Trump (3), Angela Merkel (3), Paul Gauguin (3), Rembrandt (3), Boy George (4), Liv Tyler (4), Woody Harrelson (4), Alice Bailey (4), Jian Ghomeshi (4)

Venus: They all love the image of the lone wolf. They have a love for the unusual. They are often a one man show, or perhaps they merely project such an image: tough and wild. They usually value the wilderness and wild animals and seek some kind of compromise with it. They might love hunting, tracking and they might like to role play with their partners. Or maybe it’s just them who like to play the “wild-man” role. Men will often have a wife on the wildside, and both sexes may seek dangerous methods to gain pleasure. They might get off on adrenaline to such a degree as to seem suicidal. They will choose to dissent or stand alone based on their values. .
Hiroshima (1), Brett Hull (1), Martin Sheen (1), Steven Crowder (1), Barack Obama (1), King Carl Gustaf XVI (1), Dave Toschi (1), Mick Foley (1), USA (2), Israel (2), Thomas Clarence (2), Edward Smyth-Osbourn (2) (NATO Commander), Natalie Partman (2), Dustin Hoffman (2), Elizabeth Hurley (2), Clint Eastwood (3), Napoleon Bonaparte (3), Josef Haller (3), Karl Wolff (3), Jean-Paul Palomeros (4), Oonagh Shanley – Toffolo (4) (Princess Diana’s healer)

Jupiter: Will experience a lot of intense moments. Allows us to surrender to the forces that are beyond our control. Guru and teacher figures may have a tribal background or come from a marginalized community. Children may run wild or have some Ardra type debilitation; the same goes for a woman’s husband. It can be a good placement for a busy executive with lots of different meetings, appointments. Strange signals seem to be permissive. This is very much the brahma checking out his own daughter. They will likely change their beliefs several times in their life and theri principles will be inconsistently applied.
Mario Lemieux (1), Patrick Roy (1), J Edgar Hoover (1), Emmanuel Macron (1), Almas (2), Neil Armstrong (3), Jiddu Krishnamurti (2), Harrison Ford (3), USA (3), Jackie Robertson (3), Ramakrishna (3), Wyatt Earp (4), Marcel Proust (4), 9/11 (4), Rupert Murdoch (4), Angela Merkel (4), Ram Das (4), George Soros (4), William Shatner (4), Maidan Revolution Ukraine (4), Hannah Arendt (4) Robert Yeats (4) (Geologist working on earthquakes)

Saturn: Not good for the eldest brother. Some kind of obsessive compulsive behaviour is common. This can be a pretty brutal placement. This Saturn can give a feeling of responsibility for animals or animalistic behaviour and wilderness. It suggests dementia in old age, possibly a mad scientist figure. They may be afraid of boogie men waiting to jump out from every shadow. They will likely belong to some kind of extremist group, somewhat dangerous fringe group, forbidden sex organization, religious cult, black magic, militia, or gang, They will work closely with the wildlife wether human or animal. The wild animal inside of themselves may be repressed or held back (though Mars, Rahu or Ketu influence can release it with explosive, toxic, or deadly results. You could say that they take it upon themselves to be Rudra in defense of the innocent, of course such a role also involves the 12 years of penance that Rudra Aghore Bhairava had to complete.

When Ketu influences Saturn in Ardra he brings in a sense of randomness and an apathy for the jungle. They can be good at mantra or repetition that brings trance. They typically practice and train the same movements over and over again. They can be good at meditation and spend much time alone. They are more akin to a survivalist than a yogi but they might be very good at using the body. They will typically use hard work and effort to get what they want, but what they want might not be possible so they have to keep up the pressure and resort to cruelty or deceit. This is very much the lone wolf whose responsibility and commitments might never be known; a ghost.
On the other hand, it’s a combination that, in an otherwise “civilized chart,” can cause a person to suddenly get lost in the wilderness, take a wrong turn downtown and end up in the wrong neighbourhood, or perhaps they have a whole period of life where they had taken a wrong turn. Likewise, wildlife might just show up at the door, criminals might come out of nowhere. There may be fear of the dark.

Saturn Ardra 1st house (Saturn rules 8th & 9th): They are associated with some kind of social revolution. They represent the underrepresented and seek change for the masses. They espouse innovative revolutionary theories. These people are often tall, dark and mysterious. They may not maintain their health or appearance. DH Lawrence became known as the “Savage Pilgrim” in the later part of life. They tend to make a lot of enemies and experience persecution. They are themselves the underdog; the whipping boy. They are hard workers capable of enduring hardship. They are usually working class or farm labourers. Jacques Fresco also has this placement. Although both of these fellows had to face great hardship in life, Mercury’s strong placement in both cases kept them from the obscurity one would expect from such difficult circumstances. Fresco’s exchange between Mercury and Saturn has given him the wisdom of numbers in order to come up with an economic theory to help those less fortunate.

Saturn in Ardra 3rd house (Saturn rules 10th & 11th): We can usually see third house placements fairly clearly in a person since it relates to their personal narrative. They are usually a wild child, shameless mentality and will sink to any depth to get what they want. They might engineer a killer storm or some kind or commotion that quickly gets out of hand. There can be an autistic effect with this placement, somewhat antisocial or stunted in their ability to deal with the public. Their communication often comes across as harsh, cruel and out of place. Working and hobbies involving technology, communications, media, electricity, messaging, signalling. Nerve damage in the upper spine affecting the arms cannot be ruled out here either. They could be a butcher, someone working with dangerous implements. This position has a negative effect on the elder brother who may get caught up in some kind of storm and killed and the native with this placement may live feeling some guilt for the event. One’s own achievements are likely to be attributed to another (though one might also kick up a storm over this. Might be known for their cold stormy mentality, especially when they don’t get what they want.

Saturn in Ardra 6th house (Saturn rules 1st & 2nd): Close connections with pets and animals. In service to those who have no mind either from drugs or mental illness. With ketu they can get into some really dirty service to the least fortunate without being attached to it. They are no virtue signaller in this topic, they get in there and do the work without attachment to the outcome.

Saturn in Ardra 8th (Saturn rules 3rd & 4th) is more difficult for us to see because of the secretive nature of the 8th house it’s unlikely to be talked about or acknowledged; however we can usually intuit it. This placement can bring a a lot of guilt about sex as they seek to restrain their urge for guilty pleasures. Sex might also accompany some kind of chaos. They have a lot of fear of the unknown. They often have some belief in black magic and can easily be fooled by sorcerers and witches. They will face many hard storms. One of the parents, caretakers or elders is likely to be brutal and there is a good opportunity for a gangland or junky lifestyle. If this 8th house Saturn gets an aspect from Mars or Rahu they could become criminally dangerous. Ketu randomised everything so god only knows what these folks get into, it could be intense, or they might merely be accident prone or randomly self destructive. On the other hand, they might be completely incapable of understanding their own responsibility and inherently incapable of fulfilling their commitments.

Saturn in Ardra 10th house (Saturn rules 5th & 6th): Leader of thieves or criminals. May work in the wilderness hunting, fishing, training, providing unusual, taboo or criminal services. They typically spend a lot of their time alone in isolation for their work and way of life. They can be especially libertarian and Rahu influence can easily lead to criminality as they take the law into their own hands.
Dave Chappelle (1), Rose McGowan (1), Eric Clapton (2), Tony Esposito (2), Mia Farrow (2), Michel Arth (3) (black magic child killer), Nikola Tesla (3), D.H. Lawrence (3), Lauren Haris (3) (Group of Seven Artist), Rajiv Gandhi (3), Bill Ayers (3) (Radical Communist), Robert Hand (4) (Astrologer), David Gilbert (4) (Radical Communist), Jacque Fresco (4) (Venus Project), Drew Barrymore (4) ,George Soros (4)

Rahu: Masters of disguise. The most unusual or exotic pets, weapons or arms. Will likely often have some strange curiosity or cutting edge technology at hand (all the better if it’s a little bit dangerous or unpredictable). A unique walking stick may be seen. Ketu is likely to be in Mula oblivious to the chaos that might be caused around them or the broader effects of their actions. They can be especially selfish without thinking beyond the needs of their own kind, their group of tribal affiliation. However , they are likely to be let down by this group at certain intervals. They may put these Ardra outcasts on a pedestal only to have their illusions shattered.
Edward Smyth-Osbourn (1), Diane Keaton (1), Sandra Bullock (1), Marcel Proust (1), 9/11 (1), Brett Hull (1), Pope Benedict XVI (1), Courtney Love (1), Jawaharlal Nehru (2), Anne Hathaway (2), Nigel Farage (2), Tony Esposito (2), Sai Baba (3), Hiroshima (3), Martin Heidegger (3), William of Cambridge (4), Michelle Obama (4), Brad Pitt (4), Calamity Jane (4), Thich That Hanh (4), Julius Caesar (4), Jeff Bezos (4), Otto Von Bismark (4), Michel Arth (4) (black magic child killer)

Ketu: Impropriety knows no limits. They take it for granted that life is a wild jungle and they will certainly have some ghosts in the closet. In some ways Ardra is like the junk drawer; the only thing that holds Ardra folk together is that they don’t belong anywhere else.Since Rahu and Ketu always work together there is a good chance that Rahu will be stealing the show with the chaotic consequences while the ardra instigator along with all the details are buried in the myst. It’s hard to know who these people really are because of all the inconsistencies in their story. And a wild tale it is certain to be. You could say that they can grow numb to the lying, cheating and backbiting that goes on all around them.
Bruce Willis (1), Jen Child Tofino (1), Robert Redford (1), Buddy Holly (1), Kris Kristofferson (2), Dave Chappelle (2), Cecil Edward Bingham (2) (WW I Commander), Rose McGowan (2), Arthus Schlesinger Jr (2), Steve Jobs (2), Denis Hopper (2), Anthony Kennedy (2), Antonin Scalia (3), Adam Gorey (3), Al Capone (3), Stephanie Pierce (3), Valerie Solanas (3) (militant lesbian who killed Andy Warhol), Henry Ford II (3), Alice Bailey (3), John F Kennedy (4) Shakespeare (4), Phil Donahue (4), Stephane Abrail (4)

Qualities of Ardra

Butcher, Kama, Human, Rajas – Tamas -Satvic, Vata, Sharp, Upward, Balanced, Female, Water element, Destructive energy, Sage Pulanhu, West

Butcher: Harsh activities like, killing, cutting, working with flesh and blood, or with taboo functions of the human body.

Kama: They are motivated to fulfill their hopes & desires; to enjoy life and love, making friends and social connections, and to indulge in the pleasures of life. Planets that have some natural social talent will do well here while the others will show their awkwardness for easy enjoyment.

Human: Ardra is all too human, capable of compassion but easily succumbs to the human condition and finds it difficult to rise up and consistently do what they know to be right. They are not completely selfish and will easily defend the weak. They often know what is right, they just don’t always follow it.

Tamasic: function thru the body and material world in a spiritually dark way. Rajas – Tamas -Satvic

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

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

Tikshna/Daruna: Sharp/Hard, dreadful, ferocious, bitter. Skilled at acts of aggression, torture, cruelty, murder, punishment, mesmerising, casting out demons, tearing apart, breaking alliances, break (or train) and animal, break someones will, completing extremely difficult tasks that require planning and focus. Incantation, tantra, black magic, divorce, sadhana or hatha yoga (hard practice). Mars here with Saturn’s aspect can be very dangerous.

Upward Facing: Looking up, optimism, good for gardening, planting, growing, expanding, building upwards, looking towards the future. Planets like Jupiter and Moon can do very well here, but Saturn usually causes problems.

Functions in a Balanced Way Here we find the balanced approach.

Female: Like a teenage girl: Green, fresh, moist. Works well with feminine planets and females, but males with this placement will have a more difficult time.

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

  • Earth + Water = Cooperation
  • Water does not co-operate with Air and impedes Fire
  • Fire does not co-operate with Earth and impedes Water
  • Air does not co-operate with Water and impedes Earth .

Destructive energy: This nakshatra is focused on tearing things down, endings, and losses of all kinds. Clearing away obstacles to progress.

Sage Pulahu: Helped create the wildlife as well as many of the mythical beasts. Since his children were so poorly behaved he adopted Agastya’s son, Drudhasya. He was an ardent worshiper of Shiva. When King Bharata renounced his kingdom he went to Sage Pulahu’s ashram for refuge.

West: Things in the westerly direction can be auspicious for this nakshatra. It also trains strength when placed in the westen quadrant of the kundali.

Auspicious activities:

Physically intensive activities that allow them to connect with their animal instincts. They love to feel like part of the group even if it means declaring tribal war or conducting guerrilla warfare. It’s a good day for destructive activities, unlearning old habits, forgetting the past, seeking redemption, clearing the land, risking your life, spending time with animals or going into the wilderness. It’s a good time to get into a bad situation. Practice left-hand tantra, become more aware of your body and your senses; let go of your mind. Do intense practice, dance like a wild-man, do mantra until you fall into a trance, practice visualization meditation. All forms of pranayama can be practiced here as well.

Health:

Top and back of the head

At the top and back of the brain are located the somatosensory cortex, the parietal lobe, and the occipital lobe. These areas of the brain have a lot to do with how we perceive the world and our place in it.

A) The Somatosensory Cortex processes all the bodily tactile sensations including touch, pressure, vibration, temperature, itches, tickles and pains. Three major functions are: 1) proprioception: awareness of position and movement of the body, 2) exteroception: awareness of things other than the body, and 3) interoception: sense of the internal state of the body. The Saiva yogi’s can see how this connects with the high state of awareness sought by these individuals.

B) The Parietal lobe gives you a sense of ‘me’. It figures out the messages you receive from the five senses of sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste. This part of the brain tells you what is part of the body and what is part of the outside world; not the body). It really conjures up the duality of gemini. The two main functions are to integrate sensory information to form our perception, and, by placing ourselves in the centre of a spatial coordinate system, to understand our place in the world.
Damage to the parietal lobe may result in: “Gerstmann’s Syndrome,” right – left confusion, aphasia (difficulty writing), acalculia (difficulty with mathematics), anosognosia (deficient self awareness, they may not even be aware of a significant disability). More severe damage can cause Balint’s Syndrome where one is unable to control the gaze or integrate components of a visual scene. Damage on the left side affects verbal memory and the ability to recall strings of numbers. Damage on the right side can significantly alter a person’s personality.
A couple simple tests for parietal lobe function are the Kimura Box test (apraxia) and the Two-point Discrimination test (somatosensory test: tests one ability to distinguish two separate points of touch on the skin. Should be able to distinguish 5mm apart)

C) The Occipital Lobe interprets the information from our eyes and allows us to make sense out of it. Has some role in memory and basic conceptualization of the world around us. Facial recognition, familiarity of places and objects. When there is damage to the occipital lobe one may experience full or partial blindness, or some specific part of vision may be impaired (colour blindness, spatial relations ect). Anton’s Disease, they lose their vision without being aware of it and may not even accept proof if offered. Riddoch syndrome: they can only see moving objects. Stationary objects form and colour are not part of their perceptive field. Epilepsy relating to the occipital lobe usually involves occipital seizures, photosensitivity seizures. Flashes of light or a multiplicity of colour may trigger the seizure.
Some less dramatic effects of occipital lobe damage are difficulty recognising everyday objects; trouble understanding basic colours, shapes, sizes; difficulty recognising familiar faces; difficulty balancing, moving or standing; changes in depth perception; difficulty detection moving objects; difficulty reading or writing due to trouble recognising the words.

Dyslexia is partly related to both the parietal lobe is involved in word analysis and decoding, while the occipital lobe is related more to the ability to automatically access whole words and read skillfully and fluently.

Tears: Three Types

  1. Basal tears: protein rich antibacterial tears that moisten and maintain the eye every time we blink.
  2. Reflex tears: triggered by irritants (such as wind smoke or onions) to flush out the eye.
  3. Emotional tears: Accompanied by a release of endorphins and oxytocin which acts as a self soothing mechanism. The endorphins numb the body and the oxytocin gives us a feeling of calm, peace and security. Activates the parasympathetic nervous system helping us to relax. Not only this, it also serves as a “cry for help” to rally others to our aid. It also seems likely that crying felps to remove toxins and stress hormones from the body that also aids in stress reduction.

This kind of crying happens when we feel some kind of emotional overload and we are unable to cope: joy, sadness, surprise, hope, whatever it is is just too much for us to process. So we break down and ask the world for connection; to come and save us; have pity on us; to hug us and tell us everything is gonna be ok. It triggers short term human bonding and social connection. Like a rallying cry calling all the troops to band together. (Ardra represents the rallying cry while Mula is the troops bound together.) Tears often neutralize aggression.
After a big storm everything stays heavy and soggy for a while, it takes some time for the renewal to begin and flowers to bloom again. The endorphins numb the emotion and awareness becomes heightened and typically the oxytocin would kick in to help us feel the calm security of acceptance and connection. But for ardra acceptance doesn’t last, it’s like letting a friend sleep on the couch after they had a fight with the wife. You become a part of the family and they welcome you with open arms…. But after the third day or the third time in a month then it’s time to move on.
Those who never cry (or never cry out for help) are more isolated, withdrawn while feeling less connected to the world around them. They also typically experience more negative aggressive feelings, like rage, anger and disgust, than people who cry. Saturn is known to give particularly difficult results in Arda.

Other physical or mental distinctions related to Ardra
In more common language, we often find Ardra people get attacked by the wind in some way, something can come along and fry their nervous system at any time, they are prone to other windy diseases like coughs, colds, asthma, TB, allergies (aberrations to the immune system), skin sensitivities, addictions, compulsions, and phobias. They are prone to addiction, fighting, violence, domestic abuse and other conditions that are common to poor or marginalized people. They are known for their blood shot: hangover, lack of sleep, pink eye, ganja, trauma lines.
Several hormones related to the desire, addiction, anger, and release are represented in Ardra. Dopamine is a key hormone in addictive behaviour, Endorphins are often released when we are in pain, fear, intense moments. Their job is to numb the pain and it feels great. Oxytocin is ultimately what we crave, the feeling of connection, safety, security, comfort and acceptance. Adrenaline and norepinephrine relate with the fight or flight reactions but also act to increase the release experienced by sexual pleasure as it peaks just before ejaculation. Many people associate it with the pineal gland. There is also a cranial nerve that runs from the nasal region to the septal nucleus of the brain which is involved with the release of testosterone and Estrogen. Its involved with desire, sexual appetite.
Ardra are typically addicted to the rush of endorphins typically followed by a crash. Sex, intense excersise, extreme sports, risk taking, and the various addictions all have their associated risks and threaten different parts of the body.

Gods & Symbols of Ardra

Rudra:

A fierce form of Shiva who is sometimes said to be the son of Bhumi (earth) & Svarga (heaven). He wears a garland of skulls, his body is covered in the ash from the cremation fires, and he wanders everywhere. He is often described as a powerful archer, a hunter, the lord of beast & storms. His name translates as the Howler.
The vayus are his vehicle as he is like prana itself riding upon the forces of prana vayu (outward moving force), apana vayu (downward moving force), vyana vayu (spirals outward), samana vayu (spirals inward), udana vayu (upward rising force). And perhaps also naga, kurma, devdatta, krikalam dhananjaya.


11 Rudras are often considered to relate with the five organs of action, the 5 organs of perception and the mind which controls the others. They can also refer to the 10 prana vayus plus the vital force of prana itself. The names of the 11 Rudra’s are: Nirriti, Shambu, Aparajita, Mrigravyadha, Kapardi, Dahana, Khara, Ahirabrodhya, Kapali, Pingala, Senani.
It was Rudra who shot Prajapati in the thigh with an arrow to keep him from catching his daughter who he was lusting after. It was Rudra who chopped off Brahma’s head for lying and Ganesha’s head for opposing him at the gates of his own home,
“I bow to you Rudra, who is terrible, eminent, and extremely strong; who is the highest Lord. The one who is ever unborn and whole and has the brightness of a million suns. The one who holds a trident in his hand; the weapon that uproots the bondage of the three gunas: sattva, rajas, tamas. I bow to you, the husband of Bhavani devi, who can be attained by devotion.” (from the Rudrashtakam)

Teardrop / Raindrop:

After Sati immolated herself and Shiva was raging around India with her body and crying, the tears that fell from his eyes for the Rudraksha trees. Tears cleans our anger, our sorrow and the plain in our hearts. Storms clean away what is dead and of no use while nourishing fresh growth.

Human head:

The human head or a human skull has always been a symbol of our mortality. It’s also associated with the mind and the ego and silencing these two can be like copping off our own head.The aghori baba of modern times are descendants of the Kapalikas (the “skull carriers”). Bhairava, the fierce form of shiva who chopped the heads off Brahman and Ganesha. Two separate stories have him separating Brahma from one of his heads. Once was for a conspiracy and lie shared with the Kataki flower about the limitations of lord Shiva, and the other time was to punish him for his sexual obsession with his own daughter. He famously took Ganesha’s head at their first meeting when Shiva returned from Kailasa to find the strange boy at the door of his own house guardian Shakti ma. Indra struck Trishras with his thunderbolt and had a wood cutter chop off his three heads. Samhara Kali holds a head in her left hand and wears a mala of human head. Chinnamasta chops off her own head to feed her attendants.

Diamond:

Diamonds are very hard, sharp, cutting, & brilliant. Astrologically they are ruled over by Venus and they are said to help maintain relationship harmony, overcome weakness and control anger. Diamonds should only be purchased on Fridays when Venus is transiting Taurus, Libra or Pisces; never when Venus is in Virgo.
Early diamonds can only be cut with another diamond so it was very late before they were able to cut them into the beautiful specimens we see today. Despite their relative ugliness when uncut they were determined to have magical properties. They are formed from an intense amount of heat and pressure and time. They used to believe that diamonds were formed from lightning striking stone.
The demon Balasur defeated Indra and the gods, but due to a boon the gods were able to kill him tied to a stake as the sacrificial animal for their yajya. His arms became all the gems of the world and as the gods of so many realms fought over them, stole them and fled, the gems were scattered all over India. Indra was able to escape with the diamonds. Diamonds were set into the eyes of gods who were sculpted from stone.
Wearing a diamond brings relief from snakes, fire, poison, tigers and all kinds of enemies. A lovely refraction of light from a diamond blesses the wearer with wealth, food grain, and good children. Diamonds can even help a king conquer the world. But diamonds should not be worn by women as it will bring unhappiness and prevent them from having a son.
The five flavors are said to have come out of a diamond. Insanity could be prevented by folding a diamond loosely in the right hand. Holding it too tightly could cause seizures. Beneficial for stomach problems, depression, infections, memory loss, skin disease, & nightmares when placed in the appropriate location of the body.

Stars of Ardra:

The bow and arms of Orion
Betelgeuse: The abode of Lord Shiva (Orion is the form he took to avenge Brahma’s daughter.
Brightest star in the constellation Orion (10th brightest in the whole sky) and the largest of all the known stars; relatively cool as well. Means “shoulder of the giant.” It’s in the middle part of the constellation Orion. Having been ejected from Orion it’s moving at a speed of 30 km/sec. This creates a “bow shock” over 4 lightyears wide. It rotates fairly slowly.
Sirius: The “Dog Star”
Brightest star in the constellation Canis Major, which the Greeks considered to be the dog or the hunter Orion. It marks the dog days of summer between July 3 and August 11 when the sun rises with Sirius. He brings oppressive heat, drought, dryness to the land and to men.

Tree of Ardra

Long-pepper: Piper Longum – Pipli
A flowering vine that is somewhat hotter than black pepper. Native of India. Grows all across the hotter parts of Northern India.
According to Ayurveda its properties are pungent, very hot, sweet, light & piercing. It’s antibacterial, diuretic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anthelmintic, analgesic, carminative, expectorant, and thermogenic. It balances kapha and vata. It’s good for the respiratory system: chronic bronchitis, respiratory infections, asthma, cough and kapha complaints. It invigorates digestion and is used for stomach ache, constipation, diarrhea, cholera, chronic dysentery or worms, chronic malaria, and herpes. It slows blood clotting so not to be used in high amounts with bleeding disorders or two weeks before surgery. It has aphrodisiac and rejuvenating properties.
Some of the Ayurvedic formulas that use long pepper are: Kaas Har Churna, Digestion Support, Chandraprabha Vati, Kaishore Guggul, Mahashankh Vati

Agarwood / Eagle-wood:
A fragrant, dark resinous wood prised for the arome it gives off due to a mold that sometimes infects the heartwood of Aquilaria trees. The resin that builds up inside the tree dramatically increases in mass and density. Aquilaria trees are endangered; first grade agarwood is one of the most expensive raw materials in the world at $100 – $100 000/kg. Most aquilaria trees grow in North East India, Myanmar, Cambodia.
The oil that is extracted is commonly known as Oud (or aguru) and is highly valued for its aphrodisiac properties as well as for its spiritual cultural value. It’s especially popular in Turkey and the Arab world these days. Oud oil can be distilled from agarwood using steam. 70kg of wood yields about 20ml of oil. 150 chemical compounds are found in it.
The fragrance is “oriental-woody,” “very soft fruity floral,” the smoke has a hint of “sweet balsamic,” “shades of vanilla and musk,” and amber. Others describe it as the fat of the wood; a deep dark animalistic even manure like odour, an “exhilarating and spiritually elevating” fragrance. Myths say that Oud is like a rebellious bachelor who begins flowering after he’s married. It’s said to be astringent & bitter. Writing material is still made of its bark in some places
The Vedas tell us that the eight sought after fragrances are: agarwood, turmeric, red and white sandalwood, saffron, camphor, cow spleen, musk (from the deers musk gland).

Sexual / Creative Animal

Female Dog (pairs with Mula)
The old phrase, “like a bitch in heat,” comes to mind: Ardra can be ardently passionate.
She goes into heat 1 – 3 times per year beginning when she is about 6 months old (though this varies considerably by breed). In the proestrus stage, estrogen floods her body, her vulva swells and she releases a bloody vaginal discharge. She becomes increasingly restless, she plays “bow and show” submissive behavior toward males. As ovulation approaches, urination will increase along with licking the vulva; males will become even more attracted to her. She will stand to be sniffed by them but will crouch and growl if they try to mount her. As she moves to the estrus stage, courtship and mate selection will begin. It’s believed that she will be involved in some kind of selective process, but if there are no other males around she will take any that are offered to her. She typically selects a male from her pack or one she has known. However, during her first heat she will not let other pups from her litter sniff, lick or mount her unless he persists for more than 30 minutes. She won’t let unfamiliar males mount her. Typically a dominant female will mate with a dominant male, and the submissive ones will mate amongst themselves.
Pre-mating behaviors include seeking out males, barking & howling, restlessness and wandering off. By the time estrus begins she will have as many as eight males following her. Less time will be spent eating as she will be busy sniffing the male urine. If the males don’t seem interested she will eventually begin to rub up against them and eventually lift her tail and present her vulva to him, which typically gets their attention. While the male mounts, she will stand quietly with her tail to the side. Once the sperm is deposited she will try to get away from “the tie” by pulling or throwing the male off balance, twisting and turning and even rolling over (possibly due to clitoral stimulation). Excessive salivation is also common. If “the tie” doesn’t work she can get very sexually aggressive with the male. She may want to mate once or twice a day for 2 – 5 days. Since she can have multiple litters each year she is often either pregnant or caring for pups.

Pada Rulers of Ardra

Rahu: Overreaching, inconsistent, fascination, excitable, taboo, shadowy, smoky, oily, polluted, rotten, illusions. Opportunistic, privilege seeker, imposters, those who intensify passion and desire, agents-provocateur, charlatans, masters of smoke and oil, overly ambitious, head without a body, insatiable desires, fears, phobias, serpents, grandparents, unusual, boundary breaking, Technology, outside the box, Deformity. Friend of Jupiter, Venus, Saturn.Enemy of Sun, Moon, Mars.

Gemini: Twins, neighbourly, chatty, communicative, informative, messaging, changeable, multi-tasking, adaptable, curious, youthful, quick, arms, weapons, hands, shoulders, upper chest, the way we reach out to the world, hobbies, efforts, mentality, younger siblings, groups, teams, associations, meetings, commerce, reports, scheduling, planning, short travels, the commute, the neighbourhood, advertising, announcements, hand crafts, instruction, training, trade guilds, collaborators in conversation, hearing, self narrative, courage, valour, appetite, media productions, technical training, tool use

Gemini + Rahu:
Ambitious gestures, overreach, unusual messages, taboo communications, smoky, commercial business, irregular signals, ambitious self narrative, false courage, cloudy, oily places on the edge of town, outsiders, gypsy caravans, tribal affiliations, gives ambitious communication, smoke signals, double meanings. Almost always adversarial to elite power structure.
The Rahu Mercury combination makes them good improve storytellers, they may relate to the truth underlying myths better than they do to the history of facts. They are masters of the mixed message, the innuendo, the double entendre. It suggests crossed wires somewhere bringing confusion: dyslexia, epilepsy, nervous disorder, learning disorder, vision problems, colour blindness, left-handedness.

Pada 1 (Gemini + Rahu + Sagittarius):

Puts me in mind of another roadside attraction. Broad, open-minded people, travellers, global vision, teachers, intellectuals. They cloak their wisdom in humour. They will often take a stand on principle or for the underdog.

Sun: George Orwell (1), Clarence Thomas (1), Johnny Gottselig (1), Kris Kristofferson (1), Meryl Streep (1), Carol Hemingway (1), Jean-Paul Sartre (1), Korean War (1)

Moon: George Orwell (1), Boy George (1), Turkey (1), Frank Costello (1), Bhimrao Ambedkar (1)

Mars: Wayne Gretzky (1), Derek Chauvin (1), Cicero (1), Warren Buffet (1), India (1)

Mercury: Princess Diana (1), Harrison Ford (1), Conor McGregor (1), Johnny Gottselig (1) (Hockey player/coach)

Venus: Hiroshima (1), Brett Hull (1), Martin Sheen (1), Steven Crowder (1), Barack Obama (1), King Carl Gustaf XVI (1), Dave Toschi (1), Mick Foley (1)

Jupiter: Mario Lemieux (1), Patrick Roy (1), J Edgar Hoover (1), Emmanuel Macron (1)

Saturn: Dave Chappelle (1), Rose McGowan (1)

Rahu: Edward Smyth-Osbourn (1), Diane Keaton (1), Sandra Bullock (1), Marcel Proust (1), 9/11 (1), Brett Hull (1), Pope Benedict XVI (1), Courtney Love (1)

Ketu: Bruce Willis (1), Jen Child Tofino (1), Robert Redford (1), Buddy Holly (1)

Pada 2 (Gemini + Rahu + Capricorn)

They will take the law into their own hands some way. They will go rogue. They almost always have a side job. Their main career might just be a front for the side job: the bartender who sells drugs, the labourer who uses the bosses tools for side jobs. As social workers or nurses they might cut corners to clear the red tape so they can help their clients. They can also be vigilante, . . They are typically good at cutting corners of finding the legal loopholes allowing them to work as lawyers or social workers who support taking the law into one’s own hands. They can be good at arranging music or choreographing dance. Life can be an uphill battle as luck does not often seem to be on their side.

Sun: WW I (2), Hermann Oberth (2)

Moon: Pence (2), William of Cambridge (2), Almas (2), Kenny Rogers (2), Kurt Cobain (2)

Mars: heavy drug or alcohol use. Aggressive use of arms and aggressive gestures that the purpose of which might not be clear. Provocateurs who seem to be acting against their own people
Sid Vicious (2), Sex Pistols (1), Brett Hull (2), Osama Bin Laden (2)

Mercury: Natalie Portman (2)

Venus: USA (2), Israel (2), Clarence Thomas (2), Edward Smyth-Osbourn (2) (NATO Commander), Natalie Partman (2), Dustin Hoffman (2), Elizabeth Hurley (2)

Jupiter: Almas (2), Neil Armstrong (3), Jiddu Krishnamurti (2),

Saturn: Eric Clapton (2), Tony Esposito (2), Mia Farrow (2)

Rahu: Jawaharlal Nehru (2), Anne Hathaway (2), Nigel Farage (2), Tony Esposito (2)

Ketu: Kris Kristofferson (2), Dave Chappelle (2), Cecil Edward Bingham (2) (WW I Commander), Rose McGowan (2), Arthus Schlesinger Jr (2), Steve Jobs (2), Denis Hopper (2), Anthony Kennedy (2)

Pada 3 (Gemini + Rahu + Aquarius)

A vulgar nature but are well connected and often quite intelligent. They do well in technical fields, science, and research. Regardless of how successful they might be they are still associated with the marginalized and labouring classes and will likely see many rises and falls in life as they can be unpredictable and often get in over their head. They tend to attract partners who are broad minded, creative and intelligent. The cheerful optimism they bring to Ardra’s life can be like a shining beacon of hope. Separations and break-ups can be devastating.

Sun: Princess Diana (3), Pamala Anderson (3), Joel Cran (3), Liv Tyler (3), Night of the Long Knives (3

Moon: Canada (3), Tom Waits (3), John D Rockefeller (3), Michael Jordan (3), Jian Ghomeshi (3), Stephen Wolfram (3) (mathematician), Sai Baba (3)

Mars: William Burroughs (3), Shakespeare (3), John Calvin (3), Ingrid Bergman (3), Malcom X (3)

Mercury: Steven Crowder (3), Trump (3), Angela Merkel (3), Paul Gauguin (3)

Venus: Clint Eastwood (3), Napoleon Bonaparte (3), Josef Haller (3), Karl Wolff (3)

Jupiter: Harrison Ford (3), USA (3), Jackie Robertson (3), Ramakrishna (3),

Saturn: Michel Arth (3) (black magic child killer), Nikola Tesla (3), D.H. Lawrence (3), Lauren Haris (3) (Group of Seven Artist), Rajiv Gandhi (3), Bill Ayers (3) (Radical Communist),

Rahu: Sai Baba (3), Hiroshima (3), Martin Heidegger (3),

Ketu: Antonin Scalia (3), Adam Gorey (3), Al Capone (3), Stephanie Pierce (3), Valerie Solanas (3) (militant lesbian who killed Andy Warhol), Henry Ford II (3), Alice Bailey (3)

Pada 4 (Gemini + Rahu + Pisces)

Pushkara Navamsha. Their talents go unrecognised by their own people so they find so foreign connections to help lift them up; otherwise they will spend their time alone and isolated. They retain a strong connection with the underdog and will go out of their way to support them against the odds. They are dreamers: their education is frequently disrupted, personal relationships bring much suffering. They could get involved with spirituality or healing work to help those less fortunate. Oftentimes they turn their attention to animals, street dogs, and the like.

Sun: Herman Hesse (4), Allysa Koch (4), Julian Assange (4), King Henry VIII (4), Canada (4)

Moon: Willie Nelson (4), Dave Chappelle (4), Issac Newton (4)

Mars: Mikhail Bakunin (4), Jean-Claude Van Damme (4), Jiddu Krishnamurti (4), Arther Schopenhauer (4), Robin Williams (4)

Mercury: Boy George (4), Liv Tyler (4), Woody Harrelson (4)

Venus: Jean-Paul Palomeros (4), Oonagh Shanley – Toffolo (4) (Princess Diana’s healer)

Jupiter: Wyatt Earp (4), Marcel Proust (4), 9/11 (4), Rupert Murdoch (4), Angela Merkel (4), Ram Das (4), George Soros (4), William Shatner (4), Maidan Revolution Ukraine (4), Hannah Arendt (4) Robert Yeats (4) (Geologist working on earthquakes)

Saturn: Robert Hand (4) (Astrologer), David Gilbert (4) (Radical Communist), Jacque Fresco (4) (Venus Project), Drew Barrymore (4) ,George Soros (4)

Rahu: William of Cambridge (4), Michelle Obama (4), Brad Pitt (4), Calamity Jane (4), Thich That Hanh (4), Julius Caesar (4), Jeff Bezos (4), Otto Von Bismark (4), Michel Arth (4) (black magic child killer),

Ketu: John F Kennedy (4) Shakespeare (4), Phil Donahue (4), Stephane Abrail (4)

Basic Tattva Philosophy for Vedic Astrologers

Introduction to Parashara astrology

Vedic astrology is called the supreme limb of the vedas, what are the 6 limbs of the vedas?

      1. Kalpa: (Hands) Ritual
      2. Jyotisha: (Eyes) Astrology/astronomy
      3. Nirukta: (Ears) Etymology – the roots of words
      4. Chandah: (Legs) Metre – Number of syllables in a line
      5. Sikaha (Nose) Phonetics
      6. Vyakaranam (Face) Grammar – Panini

Three main divisions of Jyotish: 

      1. Hora: movement of the planets and the meaning of that movement
      2. Samhita: Technical manuals for doing or building things in right relation to the planets. Also details how to read signs & omens. (precursor to astrology)\
      3. Ganita: Mathematics. Trigonometry, algebra, geometry, ect

Lineage of 18 Sages

Surya, Pitamahah, Vyasa, Vashishta, Atree, Parashara, Kashyapa, Narada, Garga, Marichi, Manu, Angira, Lomasha, Paulisha, Chayavan, Yavana, Bringu, Saunaka.

Parashara: Grew up with his grandfather after his father was killed by a demon. Grandfather was a great rishi named Vashishta. Parashara sought revenge for his father’s death by seeking to kill all the demons with a special worship for the purpose. Eventually he was told that it was his father’s karma to be killed that way and he was only going to make new karmas for himself if he continued his deadly worship. 

In addition to this Hora shastra, Parashara is known to have compiled several sections of the vedas. His son, Ved Vyasa, is famous for having composed the Purana which made the knowledge of the Vedas accessible to common people. Vyasa is the product of a somewhat controversial union between Parashara the daughter of a boat man (or fisherman). She was operating the ferry to cross the river. She was known as Matsyagandha (stink of fish). Parashara’s desire for her overwhelmed him. He promised to mask their union as well as allow her to retain her virginity after the union. He also took away her fragrance and gave her a divine fragrance.

There was a dispute between Parashara and Brigu which caused Parashara to curse Brigu’s method as capable of predicting the past with accuracy, but not the future.   

Qualities of a student

      1. Should be a good person, honour their teachers and elders, speak the truth and be god fearing.
      2. We should not teach an unwilling student, an atheist, or a crafty person. 

Vishnu

      1. Creator and sustainer of the universe
      2. Endowed with the 3 gunas: Sattva, rajas, tamas
      3. Creates and administers with ¼ of his body: perceptible aspect

Mahavishnu + Shri Shakti = Vishnu (the sustainer}

Mahavishnu + Bhoo Shakti = Brahma (the creator)

Mahavishnu + Neela Shakti = Shiva (the destroyer)

GOD = Generator + Operator + Destroyer

  1. ¾ of his body is filled with divine nectar: imperceptible. The aspect of Vishnu can only be known by philosophers of maturity when they know the essence of things.
  2. Jeevatma amsha: The portion (amsha) which is mostly human
  3. Paramatam amsha: The portion of reality that has a preponderance of divinity. 

Six schools of Orthodox Philosophy

      1. Sankya: Dualistic, rational, atheistic
      2. Yoga: sankya + theism
      3. Nyaya: realism, analytics, logic
      4. Vaisheshika: Nyaya + atomism + naturalism
      5. Purva Mimamsa: Ritualism
      6. Vedanta (uttar mimamasa): Upanishads. Vedanta also has six limbs.

Theistic Philosophies (Tantras & Agamas): Kashmiri Shaivism is said to bring together not only the tantra under a single system or framework of philosophy, but to also incorporate the wisdom of vedic and upanishad corpus of texts. 

      1. Pashupata: forest naturalism 
      2. Shaiva: sankya + shiva/shakti worship (theism)
      3. Pratyabhijna: recognition
      4. Panini: grammar
      5. Rasgshvara: alchemy

Maya: the material cause that brings to fruition what is waiting to manifest. It does this by putting limits on unlimited potentiality. 

      1. Raga: attachment
      2. Vidya: limits knowledge
      3. Kaala: limits time
      4. Kalaa: limits power
      5. Niyati: necesity (cause and effect)

Malas: 3 self imposed limitations

      1. Anava mala: Desire. Sense of finitude
      2. Mayiya mala: Knowledge. Ontological division
      3. Karma mala: Impurity of action. Action being the cause of transmigratory existence

Karma: four kinds of karma 

      1. Sanchita: Accumulated karma of lifetimes (most fated)
      2. Parabdha: Current life karma
      3. Kriyamana: The free will to act in the moment
      4. Agama: ability to make choices not which will affect our future (most free willed)

Also keep in mind the three divisions of karma: 

      1. Fixed: (unchangable)
      2. Fixed – Non fixed: (we have minimal power to change this)
      3. Non-fixed: (we are capable of choosing our karma in the moment or makinging long term effort in order positively affect our future karma)

The 36 Tattva of Tantra 

“The individual experient also, in whom citi or consciousness is contracted, has the universe (as his body) in a contracted form.” ~Shiva Sutra~

“The Sun is the soul of Kalapurusha; the Moon, his mind; Mars, his strength; Mercury, his speech; Jupiter, his knowledge and happiness; Venus, his sexual love; and Saturn, his misery.” ~Jataka Desh Marga. Shloka 34~

“The 12 signs beginning from Aries are respectively the head, face, arms, heart, stomach, hips, space below the navel, the private parts, thighs, knees, ankles and feet of Kalapurusha.” ~Parashara, 4/4~

Self knowledge, the equal of universal knowledge in most of India, it is one of the most prized areas of knowledge. Various sciences and systems have been created just for this purpose. One of the oldest branches of knowledge in India is called Samkya and was compiled by a sage named Kapila. This is a dualist and materialist branch of knowledge that sought to map out and empirically categorize the various elements of material existence that allow us to have this human experience. Kapila can be credited with the arrangement of the lower 25 tattva from purusha and prakriti to fire, earth, air, water, and ether. Non-dualist looked at this and thought that something was clearly missing since all this matter is inert, insentient and incapable of the complexity that we see in life. So, the sages looked deeper and eventually expanded the categories of tattvas to include several higher elements that connect us to a divine well-spring of power that infuses matter with sentience. These higher tattva reflect the lower, just as Shakti is said to be a reflection of Shiva, and yin a reflection of yang. The interplay between each of the tattva as well as that between the microcosmos and macrocosms is dynamic, relative, and eternal.     

“As the world is inside, so it is outside.” ~Manduka Upanishad~    

The tattva are the cornerstone of most of the Indian sciences and philosophies: Ayurveda, the Science of Life, or what we would consider the health sciences; Jyotish, the Science of Light, otherwise known as Vedic Astrology, which, in times not so long past would have include all of the natural sciences; as well as Yoga, Tantra and the various spiritual sciences, which we might today categorize as psychology. Of course, anyone wishing to follow any of the paths of knowledge laid out in India should have at least a cursory knowledge of these tattwa. Since maya is essentially both this world that we must deal with as well as what abilities we have to deal with it, I have given a detailed outline of maya separately below the tattva. 

The 36 Tattva:  

The Macrocosmic & Microcosmic Existence of Man and the Universe

 

“…. Then he unfolds Himself in the totality of manifestations viz., principles (tattvas), worlds (bhuvanas), entities (bhaavas) and their respective experients that are only a solidified form of Cit-rasa [the juice of universal consciousness].” ~Pratyabhijnaahrdayam, Sutra 4~

Macrocosm 

Shiva Tattvas: Pure tattva 

Divine or blessed tattva: what they call citshakti or mahamaya. 

  1. Shiva Tattva

 Shiva is infamous for the performance of five functions in a cycle. One full rotation thru this cycle constitutes a movement of spanda: 

        1. Nigraha: act of self limitation/contraction. 
        2. Srsti: act of self manifestation of the world. 
        3. Sthiti: preservation of the world. 
        4. Samhara: absorption/withdrawal of worldly manifestation. 
        5. Anugraha: revelation or dispensation of grace. 

 

  1. Shakti Tattva 

Shakti is known for her five modes of expression. Shakti is herself the power of Shiva:

        1. Cit-shakti: conscious force; works thru Shiva.
        2. Ananda-shakti: power as bliss; works thru Shakti.
        3. Iccha-shakti: power as will; works thru Sadashiva. 
        4. Jnana-shakti: power as knowledge; works thru Ishwara.
        5. Kriya-shakti: spontaneous action as power; works thru Shuddhavidya.   

3.  Sadashiva: Unity 

4.  Ishwara: Unity in division

5.  Shuddhavidya : Division

Vidya Tattvas:

The tattwas which obscure true knowledge and bind us to our bodily existence 

  1. Maya:  and her five kanchukas (klosha/coverings): 
  2. Kalaa: limits power. 
  3. Vidya: limits knowledge.
  4. Raga: limits fullness.  
  5. Kaala: experience of time/change. 
  6. Niyati: experience of cause and effect. 

Microcosmos 

Atma Tattvas: Elements of the Individual Soul 

  1. Purusha (Iccha, will. The individual soul, the subject): at the place and time of our birth, the individual soul, complete with the karmic qualities of eons of time, meets with nature (prakriti) and there is the birth of an embodied soul.
  2. Prakriti (Kriya, spontaneous activity. The creatrix, the object): Prakriti provides Purusha with everything he needs for enjoyment. The physical body along with the senses of knowledge of powers of action. Prakriti is made up of the three gunas (kapha, vatta, pitta). 

Instruments of Cognition (Chitta or Antar-karana):  

 14.  Buddhi: (Intelligence) Buddhi is the abode of vital energy prana-shakti. It is the contracted  power of jnana-shakti. From here it flows through the different parts of the body via the nadis (the  meridians, channels and collaterals). This is the locus of every human experience.

“The emergence of the vital breath marks the submergence of the blissful awareness which is the repose of consciousness enjoys of its own nature” (Stanzas on Vibration 372). “The vital breath is essentially a state of consciousness which manifests as the movement of two breaths – prana and apana.” 

Five kinds of Prana-vayu (movements of prana): (for more on this topic)

      1. Prana: exhaled breath. Vital breath moves outward from the body, rests in the external object and then returns to the body. Sun. It’s considered receptive like the sense organs.
      2. Apaana: inhaled breath. moves downward. Moon. In Ayurveda they say move downward and outward. Like for the elimination of bodily waste. 
      3. Samaana: According to Ayurveda, it moves inwards, spinning towards a centre point like meditation. In the waking and dream state, pranaapana is active, however in states of deep-sleep samaana (the Equalizing breath) balances the inhalation and exhalation. They call it” the equinox.”
      4. Udaana: The Ascending breath. According to Ayurveda, it moves outwards, like speech, sound, and the limbs of the body. 
      5. Vyaana: expansion in all directions radiating from the navel outward in all directions. Often considered as the nadis energy system similar to the meridians of Chinese Medicine.       

15. Ahamkara (Ego/ I-sense): Instrument of rationality. Supervises/controls organs of knowledge and action. This is who we generally think we are when our awareness is not wandering down with our senses.   

16. Manas: Mind the material cause of events. Whatever is in the mind will reach out to its object, rest there, and withdraw again.

These last 20 Tattva connect us with the external world. Senses of Knowledge (Tattva 17-21) Senses of Action (22-26) Subtle Elements (27-31) Gross Elements (32-36) 

The Bhuta Planetary Ruler

(not part of Tattvas)

The Tanmatra Jnana Indriyas Karma Indriyas
Earth Mercury Odour Smelling Excretion
Water Venus (Moon) Flavour Tasting Pleasure
Fire Mars (Sun) Form/Colour Seeing Locomotion
Air Saturn Feel Touching Touch
Ether Jupiter Sound Hearing Speech

Extra Notes on Maya 

“Maayaa is the lack of discernment of the principles beginning with Kalaa.” “The principles (that obscure the individual soul) form a group that ranges from Kalaa to Earth. (They are called) “principles” tattva because the entire universe is pervaded by them. Kalaa is said to be (the individual soul’s) limited power of action.”  ~Aphorisms of Shiva 3/3 ~

“The more consciousness is freed from the impurity (mala) the more the light of the self is revealed.” ~Kashmir Shaivism p 377~

“He who is deprived of his power by the forces of obscuration (kalaa), and a victim of the powers arising from the mass of sounds (shabdarashi) is called a fettered soul.”  ~Stanzas on Vibration 45~

Maya is essentially the ground beneath our feet. Many traditions debase it by calling it illusion, but this is not entirely correct. Maya is not the truth, but it’s also not different from truth. If the whole of god, the whole of this universe, is within each speck of his dust, then maya is surely divine. In any case, it’s all we have to work with, negating it is not an option and ignoring the fundamental connection we have with it on both a material and divine level is not the key to advancing beyond where we are now. The key is just the opposite, it’s in attuning our self to maya; understanding it and learning the rules before we learn how to break them. “As within, so without,” so anything we do to understand ourselves or the world will be beneficial; there are no limits to spiritual knowledge since any knowledge that helps to bring the macrocosms and microcosmos in tune is spiritual knowledge. Knowledge is vast, the purpose is one. Replacing ignorance (ajnana) with knowledge (jnana) is the main prescription of Shaivism as well as most other spiritual paths. 

The impurities are due to the five coverings (kanchukas) and two types of ignorance (ajnana): 

    1. Paurusha ajnana: the innate ignorance regarding the truth of the self. 
    2. Bauddha ajnana: ignorance of the buddhi. We consider the subtle body and the gross body to be the self on account of what they call ashuddha vikalpas (ideation or thought constructs, irrational or psychological thought). 

There are three kinds of impurities (mala) of which maya is one with five parts. Those three impurities are: 

    1.  Anava mala: The root impurity. “The impurity of individuality.” (Aphorisms p15) This occurs in the first moment after Shiva self contracts to take manifestation in (and of) the universe.  Our true power becomes obscured by the notions of subject and object and of existence and non-existence.  This occurs at Sadashiva level. There are two kinds of root impurity 
          1.  Impurity which veils knowledge of divine awareness, but leaves     freedom of action intact. This is the human condition as we know it. 
          2. Impurity which leaves knowledge of divine awareness, but veils ability    to act freely. This is the condition of those gods or energies which do not descend thru maya.
    2. Mayiya mala: The impurity of maya and the five coverings (kanchuka). This    gives us our gross and subtle bodies by measuring out or filtering the various    divine attributes. This impurity brings about the sense of duality, robs us of all    sense of divinity and makes us oblivious to our true nature. The five Kanchukas (coverings/sheaths/klesha): Kalaa: limits power; Vidya: limits knowledge; Raga: limits fullness; Kaala: experience of time and change; Niyati: experience of cause and effect.
    3. Karma Mala: provides us with our physical body which is essentially a collective of residual impressions designed to carry out certain activities. Once karma mala defiles the jiva (the limited soul before it has taken a body), embodied individuals (humans) are then created (born, made manifest). This is where the whole microcosms above comes together to give us our individual characteristics and life as we know it.

 

Mrigashirsha

Mrigashirsha Nakshatra: (23° 20’ Taurus – 6° 40’ Gemini)
The “searching star” with the power to give fulfilment. It’s represented as the head of a deer, Soma (Chandra/Moon) is the controlling deity, and Mars is the ruling planet. Other symbols are a pot full of soma and a group of lotuses. The female serpent is the sexual animal.

Key Themes:

Mrigashirsha natives are always seeking and searching for something more from life. They can be very passionate about life or at least for their chosen direction in life and they are quick to take action. The Mars rulership makes it a very active nakshatra as they seek our sensual pleasures, information and connection with others . On the Taurus side the search may be for more value (monetary or metaphysical) or for sensual beauty (in a crass or a refined way). On the Gemini side they will seek out ways to communicate their message, share information, and occasionally run with the pack.

Mrigashirsha loves maps.

They all love treasure maps, tracking and seeking, following clues. Mrigashirsha seems to get many of the qualities we might associate with the Martian qualities of being 8th from the 8th house. Soma has a mysterious quality it, a kind of drunken Sufi mysticism but with an orientation towards research; not so much to find something new, but to put what already existed together in a new way. The 4th pada of Mrigashirsha is in Scorpio navamsha so it can be especially strong for occultism, research, of underground publications, or secret societies. Placements in Mrigashirsha are generally good for prediction or anticipation of the future. Many visionaries and astrologers have planets here.

The Soma qualities of this nakshatra blur the edges between things allowing them to make connections between things where connection is not obvious. They can be very intuitive and tend to run on inspiration. They may be divinely inspired or merely inspired by drink. They are often found with some kind of addiction to drugs or alcohol. Words like distill or even still relate to this nakshatra in many ways. In addition to the connection with a still for making alcohol, we might also notice how deep will stand still when they feel they can’t get away. Think of a deer in the headlights.  They act from inspiration and thus they often inspire others.

The nose and the eyes get special attention in this nakshatra. They are especially sensitive to smell and vision and they can often be recognised by their big doe eye’s. It reminds my of the infamous eye’s of Guadalajara: the women from that part of Mexico have the most beautiful eye’s: big, wide open, almost childlike and naive as the soak in the sights and smells of the world. But all forms of light come into play here: television, lasers, cameras and other light machines. A fondness for fragrance like perfume and incense can also be found here. They often have sensitive eyes and nose.

Their zest for love, life and experience means they will often try anything once and they can be branded a bit “crazy” by their friends. Early life is often more difficult than latter life. In their early years they often don’t really know what they want so they run around with different groups of people and trying different things in search for their path. This will typically carry them thru a gauntlet of sensual pleasures without any real commitment. Mrigashirsha are more curious wanderers rather than serious researchers; they can seem to lack direction. But as they get older all those early skills and experiences of life start to come together for them and they find that they themselves are the common link and are able to forge a unique path as a jack of all trades. They are multitaskers who bring together a variety of experiences.

They are usually capable of filling every role in the workplace; they can do the whole thing by themselves if they must; and some might even prefer it this way rather than give up any control. They can be impatient and mistrustful of others.

The connection between Mars – Venus & Mars – Mercury are always fraught with some conflict. Although Mrigashirsha is well known as a very gentle nakshatra, when the passion takes hold they can be very aggressive and nothing will stand in their way.  Mars – Gemini combinations make good strategists for war or any action. Mercury measures and Mars cuts so together they benefit careers like engineering, carpentry, manufacturing, gem cutting, or even editors. They purify things by cutting away the impurities as what happens thru pasteurisation and distillation. 

The Gemini side of this nakshatra can give them a very sharp mind as it brings information intensive Mercury together with critical Mars. Of course these people always over think things. They’re out of their mind and they often live in their own little world cutting everything down and measuring everything against each other.

Mrigashirsha: Taurus - Gemini

Taurus - MrigrashirshaGemini - Mrigashirsha
Treasure hunterInformation gatherer
Image, art, sensual beauty Information, communication,
Differences between the two sides of Mrigashisha

They are wizards with information: gathering it, sorting thru it, disseminating it. The more information they collect, the better they feel about themselves. Their style of communication is good for short term neighbourly interactions, quick, small scale commercial interactions, sales, real-estate, marketing, politics. They give clear quick descriptions and explanations. They like to have a bit of sporting competition, flirty, sexual, competitive conversation and will do well working with the public

There’s something a bit animalistic about Mrigashirsha. It’s not a wild vicious animal like the beasts signified in the next nakshatra, Ardra. Nor is it a domesticated cow like the previous nakshatra. Mrigashirsha is a herbivore: a gentle, curious aimlessly wandering doe in the forest. They are skittish and shy they can be quick to signal danger: a fickle bunch of people. They can also be captivating and aggressively sensual. This nakshatra does have the sexual energy of a female snake. They can be charming and mesmerise the audience to lure them in.

They tend to have troubles in relationships for a few reasons but it essentially comes down to the thrill of the chase or the complexity of the lure is what is important to them. Once they get what they want they can easily discard it since it was never about getting the person or thing, it was about knowing that they can get it. If that’s not hard enough on a relationship their continual quest for something more will continually disturb the marriage bond.

They are nostalgic folks who love to go back and walk familiar paths noting the landmarks on the way, They make good guides and herdsmen. They typically have a good sense of direction, they like to keep moving and appreciate short trips. They can be quite routine and may even follow seasonal routes like a nomad. The Mars – Moon influence on this nakshatra suggest that they may have a strong connection to the circadian rhythms giving them extra sensitivity to daylight both daily and seasonally.

They may be involved in all kinds of seasonal jobs or activities. One of the main advantages to the biological clack is that it allows us anticipate what is coming up which is another strong trait in Mrigashirsha natives. This also makes them good at astrology since they are able to anticipate the future. Of course it’s also why they have a reputation for being fickle or paranoid. After all the deer wants to start running before the lion attacks; they have to be prepared to act all times.

Farming, working with animal herds or migratory species, veterinary medicine, animal trainers can all be found with planets in Mrigashirsha. Sitcom actors often have this, along with seasonal construction workers, sports players, tax accountants, tourist guides, or any other job that is performed in a particular season. You may even find the Santa Clause at the shopping mall with placements here.

This is a Mars nakshatra known of being gentle and doing all they can to avoid confrontation. Their curiosity can get them into trouble and if they get backed into a corner they can be vicious. Deer are gentle creatures but they have incredibly sharp hooves and horns which can be deadly. But typically they are usually able to anticipate trouble and get away before it starts.

Soma also connects Mrigashirsha with elixirs of all kinds. They might be bartenders, brew masters, or wine makers; or they might sit on the other side of the counter enjoying such beverages. But Soma also gives a strong connection with plants, herbal medicine, ganja and other naturally grown intoxicants. Many of the modern tonics like Kombucha would also fall under the domain of Mrigashirsha. 

Soma’s main task is to provide divine inspiration. This connects Mrigashirsha with many of the great thinkers and inspiring leaders throughout time: writers, musicians, teachers, mystics, adventurers, explorers, philosophers…. They can be very productive, passionate, spontaneous, inspiring leaders and some level of fame is not uncommon (almost certain to be known in their field) or the leader of their group.

Since this is a Mars ruled nakshatra Mrigashirsha natives are usually adept at handling fire and steel and they they can be very competitive. This can make them handy with kitchen implements, pins & needles, gold clubs, weapons, tools, campfire, welding, scissors, clippers, hairdryers and heating implements.

Mrigashirsha natives are usually very social and will go out of their way to help others. They are not afraid to take action, They are likely to be involved in (or leaders of) community groups, local council, church or school activities; or perhaps they merely have a loyal tribal following or a close group of friends. They lead the pack in some way. For women this is often seen in their pioneering fashion sense and quickness to get the latest gadgets for the home. Men will often lead the work crew and will likely be the first to get the latest tool or gizmo.

Men are particularly prone to seek leadership and may do so aggressively. They make good coaches and managers and will likely have some close brotherhoods, guild association, world crew, or band that they spend time with. There is no shortage of world leaders with planets here. Their limited tribal perspective can cause them to miss the bigger picture making them seem narrow minded, quaint, provincial, liken village people. Knowledge of hunting or shooting is not uncommon (especially when Mars or Sun is placed here).

“When someone seeks,” said Siddhartha, “then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”
Herman Hesse, Siddhartha

Planets in Mrigashirsha

Asc.: Candy Barr (2), Dante (2), Kamala Harris (3), Chris Griscom (4), Sandra Bullock (3)

Sun in Mrigashirsha:

Highly unique and creative intelligence. They can be very independent people who follow their own path. They are often ahead of their time in some way. They might become icons of a movement and they don’t shy away from controversy  and can get into trouble due to self indulgent nature. They shine a light on the chase, or the quest. They are the pioneers who show the rest of us the path.

Sun gets extra power in the first pada of Leo but is likely to be weak in his debilitated 4th pada. First pada can be very unique creative and artistic since Taurus brings beauty and Leo brings originality. We find a broad array of top billed artists and creative types involved with different genres: writing, painting, radio, film, and music. They can be instant on having creative control and are unlikely to sell out on their values. The 2nd pada is more likely to shine a light on and express themselves thru war, illness and imbalance seeking remedy. The 3rd pada gives a friendly neighbourly way of expressing oneself which may be a because of an inferiority complex which results in much compromise for the native in order to please others. They might even find themselves fully under the control of their partner. This position can also lead to a weakened immune system Sun in the 4th pada highlights the dark side of sex and death. They might deal in mythology or fantasy and will likely be involved in scandal of some kind. They will likely have secret communications and guilty pleasures.

Dante Alighieri (1), Gauguin (1), Jian Ghomeshi (1), Wilber Cohen (1), Johnny Depp (1)Natalie Portman (1), Prince (1), George Bush Sr (2), Anne Frank (2), Paul Hugh Laurie (House MD/Actor) (2), Trump (2), Jordan Peterson (2), Alice Bailey (3), William of Cambridge (4), Salman Rushdie (4), Boy George

Moon in Mrigashirsha:

Fickle and timid, good speakers, sensitive to seasonal changes. They are always watching for a sign that it’s time to move and then they move on instinct. They are not comfortable unless they know what’s coming next. This has certainly influenced myself and BV Raman to study astrology. We are soothed by knowing the future. They are also likely to seek positions of command since this allows them to control the situation. I’m put in mind of the lawyers dictum to never ask a question in court unless you already know the answer. Or from the Art of War: don’t go into battle unless you have already won the war.  

The moon does well in all but the 3rd pada where it finds itself in a debilitated navamsha. These are crises junkies who become addicted to shocking unexpected events. They might try to control the narrative but when the unexpected arises it could be deadly. They may try to keep their communications a secret, or they may bring a message to transformation  

Louise Pasteur (1), Jim Carry (1), BV Raman (1),, Franco (1), Donovan Bailey (2), Che Guevara (2), Steve Austin (2), George Carlin (2), Mike Holliday (3), Genghis Khan (3), Tom Thompson (3), Jeanne d’Arc (4), Franklin D Roosevelt (4), Salman Rushdie (4).

Mars in Mrigashirsha:

This is Mars’ own nakshatra so despite being an enemy of Mercury & and neutral to Venus (while they are both neutral to Mars) Mars gives good results here. Strength or quickness of arms, courage to do what everyone else is thinking but no one wants to admit. They can be divisive figures which is more likely to give them a cult-like following than mass appeal but they may be widely known in either case, Very active in seeking something more from life: more power, more control, their assault may be multi-pronged. They can be control freaks. Since Mars is also the karaka for the circadian rhythms they usually have in impeccable biological clock allowing them act in anticipation of a competitors next move. They seem to not only know what is going to happen next, they act upon this intuition (anticipation). They tend to boil things down to their essence, thin things out, or cull the herd. They are the essence of the movement they represent. It’s likely that they will have some kind of weapons training or knowledge: guns, knives, golf clubs, fire and steel generally.

Night of the Long Knives (1) (Event: Germany), George Soros (1), Tiger Woods (1), Arnold Schwarzenegger (2), Martin Luther King (2), Naomi Campbell (2), Robertson Davies (2), Tom Robbins (2), Martin Brodeur (3), The Rock (3), Tagore (3), Alejandro Jodorowsky (3), USA (3), Allan Pinkerton (3), Beethoven (3), Kris Kristofferson (4), Candace Owens (4), Franklin D Roosevelt (4), Virginia Woolf (4), Sandra Bullock (4), Descartes (4), Enzo Ferrari (4)

Mercury in Mrigashirsha:

Their inspired or inspiring media can really tap into he collective consciousness. They are excellent communicators, logical and quick minded. They are good at thinking outside of the box. They seek to capture the essence thru their writing and they can be good poets, writers and media professionals. They like talk about, analyse the hunt, the search. The diary of Anne Frank is a personal account of this. Herman Hesses characters were infamous seekers of self knowledge. Bob Dylan has numerous songs about being on the road, folk tales sung about fighters, and his “Self Portrait” albums which have numerous songs that sum up Mrigashirsha quite well. The song Copper Kettle is especially interesting in this regard for the story of the prohibition battle against excessive taxation by the mountain moon-shine makers. Take note of Dylan’s Mercury in the 2nd pada of Virgo which gave him great sympathy for the working man. Hugh Laurie played the role of House M.D. who was a fictional diagnostician and surgeon with an addiction to pain meds. Laurie’s Mercury is in 4th pada Scorpio highlighting the psychological, surgical, qualities of this nakshatra.

In the 3rd Pada Libra we find Mercury analysing and discussing relationships, yoga, unions. Astrologers, mystics and tantric are well represented here. They are very good at putting people at easy. It can be an especially flirty position, they are great talkers, chatty and friendly, but the Mars influence can bring a competitive or provocative edge to their communication. Relationships tend to be casual and remain on the light side. They might use the products of Soma (drugs or alcohol) in order to foster an agreeable atmosphere.

In Nikola Tesla, the “Father of Free Energy,” with Mercury in the 4th pada of Scorpio, we find a vast array of inventions and discoveries as well as numerous visions of the future that were far ahead of their time.  He called alcohol an elixir of life but did not use tobacco or caffeine. He believed “everything is light” and  by the end of his life lived on a diet of milk and honey.  A very high intelligence and an incredible memory which seem’s to be common with people who have Mercury in Mrigashirsha generally; as is the ability to predict (or anticipate the future.

Anne Frank (1), Russel Brand, Angelina Jolie (2), Herman Hesse (2), Pence (2), Bob Dylan (2), ZoeFleischer (3) (Western Astrologer/Mystic), Candy Barr (3), Ghat Astrologer Varanasi (3),  Gaddafi (3), Chris Griscom (3), Hugh Laurie  (4) (House MD; actor), Jean-Paul Sartre (4), Nikola Tesla (4), Argentina (4)

Venus in Mrigashirsha:

Anytime Venus is activates by Mars there are sexual overtones. These people love the chase and may play catch-and-release so that they can continue hunting. Due to this they tend to have a lot of relationships; and they tend to seek out the real stunners: young and sexy. This means they have to keep themselves groomed in a competitive manner. They love to drink, or at least the females in ones life will like it. They may prefer the fancy, colourful cocktails, dance clubs, and the finer things in life. The search for love, appreciation, balanced agreements can be a little aggressive and stocking can occur here; or the women in ones life might experience this. Venus will give them an appreciation for Soma influenced atmosphere: bars, nightclubs, waterside resorts and spas. They might like fantasy and role playing.

It’s interesting that we find a couple championship goaltenders from hockey with this placement (and it’s obviously not an exhaustive list). Venus in Mrigashirsha seems to highlight the passive nature of tracking the enemy. Of course Venus is expected to do especially well in the first two padas, though Venus does end up in her debilitation sign in the 2nd pada suggesting that Venus might be most comfortable in the 3rd pada. But regardless of where Venus sits there is likely to be some relationships with younger, possibly much younger partners. In the 2nd pada this relationship might be inappropriate due to an imbalance in power, and in the 4th pada it’s likely to be taboo and secretive and transformative. It’s been reported that Krishnamurti had a couple much younger girlfriends he met in his tours. Of course women with Venus in the 4th pada are likely to exude and alluring sexuality.

John F Kennedy (1), Curtis Joseph (1), Alice Bailey (1), Courtney Love (2), Robert Boustany (1), Canada (1), Al Pachino (2), Sandra Bullock (3), The Rock (3), Julian Assange (3),  Argentina (3), Swami Yukteshwara Giri (3), Freida Kahlo (3), Krishnamurti (4), Kris Kristofferson (4), Tom Robbins (4), Martin Brodeur (4), Naomi Campbell (4), Zoe Fleischer (Western Astrologer/Mystic) (4)

Jupiter in Mrigashirsha:

Their ideology may be a bit cloudy but perhaps all the more inspiring for it. They find themselves on a spiritual or ideological quest through they may retain many materialistic attachment. The seek the essence (god) in everything.  If they are more ideological than spiritual their quest might involve some rights movement especially those involving guns, animals, alcohol, hunting, This can be an executive placement (jet-setters) filling their life with short travels and meetings with various groups. They often have excellent business sense: Cindy Crawford and Oprah stand out as stars (Leo pada) who have been able to use their stage to promote extensive business empires dealing in high quality house wares. Jupiter will give his best results in the first pada.

 Arther Schopenhauer (1), Liv Tyler (1), Oprah Winfrey (1), Teresa de Avila (1), Hacksaw Jim Duggan (1), Jane Austen (1), Gerald Amirault (1),  Hermann Oberth (1), David Carpenter (1) (“The Trail Side Killer), Edrogen (1), Cindy Crawford (2), Jean-Paul Palomeros (2) (NATO commander), J.K. Rowling (2),  Stephen Jay Gould (2), Berni Sanders (2), Clint Eastwood (3), Michael Moore (3), Samantha Fox (3), Gaddafi (4), Chris Griscom (4), Billy Idol (4), Trump Jr (4), Shania Twain (4)King Henry VIII (4), Bashar Hafez Al-Assad (4),

Saturn in Mrigashirsha:

The friction between Mars and Saturn can lead to a long drawn out battle and some kind of controversy is common with this placement.

This position seem to highlight the slow trench warfare of WW I, de Nero’s “most realistic gun fight in movie history” in the movie “Heat,” and Thunberg’s stubborn battle against global warming. In any case, Saturn is exalted in the 3rd pada suggesting they really stick by their convictions. They need to deal with the world in a very straight forward legally correct manner. There is likely to be a big age difference with their partners.

The fourth pada highlights topics of repressed sexuality, abuse, and trauma. James Blunt’s Song “You’re Beautiful” epitomises the deadlier qualities of Mrigashirsha. In his own words: “‘You’re Beautiful’ is not this soft romantic fucking song. It’s about a guy who’s high as a fucking kite on drugs in the subway stalking someone else’s girlfriend when that guy is there in front of him, and he should be locked up or put in prison for being some kind of perv.” This from a guy with Ketu & Saturn conjunct in Mrigashirsha: the harshness of drugs, crime and stalking are all there thru the planets, but in a very soft Mrigasirsha way. And of course Ketu is always going to be misunderstood just as this song has been.

Swami Yukteshwara Giri (1), Joe Louis (1), Albert Camus (1), Robertson Davies (1), Kieth Richards (2), Iraq War, WW I (3), Copernicus (3), Robert De Nero (3), Greta Thunberg (3),  Alan Watts (4), Kate Moss (4), Thomas Beatie (4), James Blunt (4), Sigmund Freud (4).

Rahu in Mrigashirsha:

This is a Captain Ahab placement that causes people to become obsessed with the hunt, with research, with seeking something more from life. But unfortunately they often use intoxicants for this search. They may have an addictive personality. Steroids, pain killers, ganja or other illicit or exotic elixirs are common. Several prominent ganja  The Taurus side of this is especially prone to illicit pleasure seeking and sex. Since this nakshatra relates with fullfillment Rahu’s insatiable quest becomes all the more urgent due to the anticipatory qualities of Mrigashirsha, but no satisfaction can be found. The Gemini side is more likely to make someone obsessed with their research. This can be wasted a google scholar or keyboard warrior, or it can be more effectively used for journalism, police detective work, psychology, or science. They tend to get into peoples heads somehow. Possibly in the way that they say Trump lives in liberal minds rent free. His media witch-hunt is also a good example of Rahu in Mrigashirsha. They are likely to represent the outcaste of society (but in a way they are misfits who are accepted by society). Think of the character payed by Stallone in Rambo First Blood, or the kind of media attention given to criminal minds like Aldrete, Bernardo and Dr Dre. They are often liars who like to play mind games and manipulate people. To some extent all Mrigashira natives play some kind of mind game, but those with Rahu here are especially manipulative. 3rd pada will make all kinds of promises they can’t keep just to please people and keep the peace; but of course this often backfires and they can use the peaceful nature of others against them.

Rahu in the 4th pada can be especially deady, but they all make good public relations people capable of manipulating the masses. They tent towards excessive selfishness, indulgence, vulgarity or narcissism.  Clintons war on drugs, Bush’s war on terrorism and his hunt for Osama and Saddam. Now Harris found power in her quest against racism. These are all useful pretexts for never ending war due to the foggy nature of their quest.

 Dwight Eisenhower (1), Bill Clinton (1), Steve Austin (2), Sylvester Stallone (2), Trump (2), Eddie Vedder (2), George Bush Jr. (2), Emily Carr (2), Dr Dre (2), Brandon Lee (2), Cheech Martin (2), Chris Rock (2), Simone de Beauvoir (3), David Gilmore (3), Van Goth (3), Kamala Harris (3), Ernest Rutherford (4)Sara Aldrete (4) (smuggler/killer),  Paul Bernardo (4),

Ketu in Mrigashirsha

These people jump to conclusions, take leaps of faith and get on the band wagon. Their intuition lacks a filter and they may small a rat where there is none. They don’t want to be left behind and they may want to move others forward as well. There may be something shadowy about their search

Claude Rivière (1) (thief), Swami Vivekananda (1), Bill Gates (1), John Calvin (1), Bill Nye (1), Maurice de Rothschild (1), Warren Beatty (1), Ghat Astrologer Varanasi (3), James Blunt (3), Napoleon Bonaparte (3), Sylvia Brown (3), Betty Ford (3), Arthur Schopenhauer (3), Leo Strauss (3), AOC (4), Thomas Beatie (pregnant man) (4), 

Our individuality is all, all, that we have. There are those who barter it for security, those who repress it for what they believe is the betterment of the whole society, but blessed in the twinkle of the morning star is the one who nurtures it and rides it in, in grace and love and wit, from peculiar station to peculiar station along life’s bittersweet route.”
Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

Qualities of Mrigrashira:

Shudra, Moksha, Deva, Rajas – Tamas – Tamas, Soft/Mild, Pitta: Hot, oily, light, sharp, rough, Level, Passive, Neuter, Earth element, Sustaining/Operating principle, Sage Palasthya, South,Female Serpent

Shudra Caste: They are natural servants and hard workers. Their friendly attitude and nice looks allows them to easily win over the public and they do well in customer service. Shurda’s are also hard workers and community minded people.

Moksha: Mrigashirsha, like the gentler animals of the forest that don’t allow themselves to be domesticated, are freedom loving people. The Soma influence is comforted by divine inspiration that acts seemingly without sense. Soma also gives them some longing for something more than what the world has to offer which allows them to detach from their present circumstance and live in the future. This liberates them from the past the present as rest in a continual state of anticipation.

Deva: Being “human” is no excuse for a Mrigashirsha native. The function of these nakshatra”s is to rise above and beyond the human condition. They will tend to act for the good of the community above their own good. This also connects them with all kinds with more spiritual selfless activities.

Rajas – Tamas – Tamas: Despite the strong spiritual tendencies of Mrigashirsha they typically maintain many materialistic habits and often accumulate wealth and comforts. They are upward moving, action orientated people; Karma yogis,

Soft / Mild: Gentle like a deer in the forest; they like to relax and enjoy. The moons transit here makes it a good time for peaceful easy activities. Mrigashirsha can be flirty and enjoy dating, romance, ceremonial events like weddings and other things that bring them it touch with the group consciousness. And of course it can be great for a day at the pub or the shopping mall with your mates or a walk in the park.

Pitta: Pitta nature reminds us that this is still a Mars Nakshatra. so despite the gentle godlike nature they can also be affected by the qualities of heat, oiliness, lightness, sharpness, and roughness. They can get a little rough sometimes, even in play and of course their tempers will flare if you don’t give them any way out.

Level: They are usually fairly level headed people, honest and realistic. Moon transiting Mrigashirsha in a good time to level with people, level the playing field, keep your eyes pointed straight ahead, or even look into the future. Mundane leveling tasks related to surveying, pipe-laying, building roads and levelling ground can all be successfully performed with planets transiting here.

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.

Neuter: Neither male of female characteristics. Adrogynos, asexual. Natives might have their sexuality questioned as they are unlikely to follow traditional gender roles. My personal files have a few transgender natives with placements here. And JK Rowling who has her 6th lord Jupiter places here finds here self in an ideological war with he transgender activists. 

Earth element: Stability, grounding, solid, heavy. The earth element is ruled by Mercury and is connected to our sense of smell and our excretion. The earthiness perhaps provides a boundary for the water to pool (for Soma to become more deep). Soma also connects this nakshatra to plants and agriculture which depends on the earth. Transits here are a good time to get close to the earth.

Sustaining / Operating principle: Planets here are focused on maintaining things and keeping them going. Organizing the available resources for the tribe. They always want to stay one step ahead of the game.

Sage Palasthya: Author of the Vishnu purana which details fundamental concepts of jyotish and mythology. Originator of the Puranas: Brahma told him the stories and he passed them down to Sage Parashara. He also transmitted the knowledge of Jyotish to Parashara. Vishrava, Agastya, Kinnaras and all the Rakshasa were his children. Kubera and Ravana his grandchildren.

South: Planets here are likely to give their results in the south. When this asterism in placed in the southern quadrant of the chart it gains extra strength to give result. travelling south from their home or place of birth is typically more auspicious.

Health:

Mrigashirsha rules over the eyes & eyebrows. They are often recognised by big doe eyes and especially beautiful or shapely eyebrows or eyelashes. They can be light sensitive in various ways. Of course this also means that malefic placements like Rahu can bring unusual problems to the eyes or at minimum will some kind of “birth mark” on the eyebrows.

Being on the cusp of Taurus & Gemini relates it with the that area so malefic can also affect the nose, throat and ear. Of course there are medical specialists who combine these specialties. They may have some problems with breathing or something unique about their voice.

Soma brings issues related with blood plasma, gastric juice, urination & hormones. Afflictions can bring blood toxicity, digestive problems, kidney stones, bladder infections or other issues relating with reproduction and elimination.

Circadian rhythms (or biological clock) is our natural way of anticipating what comes next. It allows us to wake up two minutes before our alarm goes off, it sends us for food at the same time every day, it tells us when to use the toilet and even when it might be a good time to change our schedule for the season. This plays a huge role in stress reduction when we follow a set schedule; it’s even better if our internal clock matches the external clock. This is one area of medicine that everyone can agree on: modern medicine, Ayurveda and Chinese medicine

The main hormones involved in this process are melatonin & serotonin, but their effects on the thyroid, pineal and hypothalamus connects this nakshatra with the whole endocrine system. For anyone with a serious interest in healing, administering medicine, offering treatments for health, or even yoga will be wise to do their best to match their activities with natural timings. Astrology also has a complex system for understanding the periods of each day, month and year and epoch.

They might be especially sensitive or adaptive to seasonal allergies, seasonal affective disorder, and jet lag. Anything that breaks their routine can affect their whole body. And since this is a pitta Mars nakshatra they may get grouchy when meals are late or sleep is missed. Afflictions to this nakshatra will of course break up their schedule so they are unable to anticipate what will comes next; which causes cortisol related stress.

Perhaps the most common problems faced by Mrigashishra natives comes from their addiction to intoxicants: ganja, alcohol, pain medications, hallucinogenics,

Gods & Symbols of Mrigashirsha

Soma: the god and the drink
Soma the God also goes by the name Chandra (God of the Moon); Vacaspati (ruler of speech who makes an ordinary man wise). He was the son of Sage Atri and his virtuous wife Anusuya. Born from a powerful boon granted to Anusuya when the trinity came to her home demanding that she satisfy their hunger by wearing no clothes. She transformed them all into babies and fed them from her breast one after the other. Soma’s Godfather was Vishnu himself.

Soma is known as the husband of all 27 nakshatras who are daughters of Daksha. His is the lord of the stars, of flowing waters and of all plants and vegetation. He is the ruler of our hormones allowing us to experience inspiration in ecstasy as well as sacrifice and penance. He has great power over our subconscious and emotional minds and has the ability to regulate our life force through these channels.
Soma has the powers to extract, distill and sprinkle. He has knowledge of plant medicines, growing herbs, and mixing prescriptions.

Soma was held captive by an archer named Krshaanu. A falcon stole Soma and him to Manu (the first sacrificer/the first man). “He covers the naked and heals the sick. The blind man sees and the lame steps forth. Let those who seek find what they seek; let them receive the treasure. Let him find what was lost before, let him push forward the man of truth.” (Rigveda)

Soma the drink was an intoxicating and possibly hallucinogenic drink made from a now unknown mixture of mountain herbs. It’s said to be the nectar of immortality that takes away all pain. It’s stored in the moon so as the gods drink the soma, the moon wanes. Indra was exceptionally fond of Soma and drank large amounts of it before fighting the serpent demon Vritra.

The Jewelled Deer

In order to kidnap the “doe eyed” Sita, Ravan disguises himself as a jewelled deer in order to lead Rama away from here. After Rama tracks him down and shoot the deer with his bow, Ravana mimics Rama’s voice to draw the rest of here guards away ,He then circles back disguised as a monk and kidnaps the beautiful Sita. Mimicry, disgust, deceit, and abduction may all relate with the life of a Mrigashirsha native. But they also have to be careful about following their materialist side because it will often come back to cause trouble.

Brahma and His Daughter

Brahman becomes infatuated with his daughter out of a desire to populate the world with humans. As she grows more and more uncomfortable under his watch, he continues to sprout heads in each direction so that he might always gaze upon her. When at last she changes herself into a dear to run away to the heavens and Brahma grows his 5th head to look upwards Rudra grows impatient with his impudence and chops of his head.

The Divine Feminine

All the stories of Mrigashirsha highlight the feminine principle and some kind of imbalance in the relationship. Sita the doe eyed one, Saraswati who lives on the time of the tongue, Parvati, the daughter of Daksha who patiently does tapas by herself until she marries Shiva. And of course Brahma’s own daughter who takes on so many forms.

Orion:
Born from Hyrieus as a boon from the gods whom he unselfishly fed with his only ox. He was told to bury the hide of the animal and to urinate on it for nine months. Orion, the great hunter, was born from this. He was such a great hunter that he was hired by the local king to kill the ferocious beasts that terrorized the locals. He became so proud that he claimed he would kill all the beasts of the earth. This angered the great mother Gaia and she sent a giant scorpion to kill him. Orion was taught to respect wild animals. He was said to have moved to a remote island for a simple life of peace: sleeping by day and hunting at night. Orion was madly in love with Merope, daughter of king Oenopion, but he could not have her. One night he indulged in too much wine and tried to steal her but was caught by the king and blinded for his transgression. He regained his sight when he looked up at the sun. Artemis, huntress goddess of the moon and daughter of Zeus, was said to be in love with him and may have even come down from Mount Olympus to live with him, but this may have been his down fall as he may have died by her virgin hands while trying to rape her, or Apollo may have killed his out of jealousy. In the sky, he chases after the Pleiades while being chased himself by a scorpion.

Deer / Antelope head:
Deer are curious, fickle, wandering. They like to follow familiar paths, moving around predominantly at dawn or dusk. They can be hyper vigilant and twitchy but still stare frozen in the headlights of their fate. They are poligamus and compete against other males for the right to mount a female.
The demon Vritra took the form of a deer before being killed by Indra. Rohini became a deer in order to escape from her father. Sita was led away by a jewelled deer so that Ravana could capture her.

Stars of Mrigashirsha

Three, four or five stars near the left shoulder and head of Orion also form the shape of a deer head.

  • Bellatrix (Gamma orionis): Stars Pi2, Pi3, Pi4 Orionis
  • the constellation of words, is the brightest of these stars and is located on the left shoulder of Orion (Betelgeuse is on the right shoulder).
  • Means “female warrior” or “the conqueror.” Women born under this constellation will have wicked tongues. Men will be destined for great civil or military honours.

Tree of Mrigashirsha

Cutch Tree / Khadira / Acacia Catechu:
A medium sized tree that grows to about 9 – 12m, it has pale yellow flowers that become flat brown pods with 3 -10 seeds per pod. The leaves look like feathers with 50 pairs of leaflets each. It likes a variable climate. Bark, heart wood and resin is used and harvested Nov – Jan.

Ayurvedic Classifies its taste as bitter & astringent, quality is light and dry with a cooling effect, the post-digestive effect is pungent. It’s used for skin problems like itching and blood related disorders. Gread blood purifier and skin rejuvenating herb. Good for leprosy. Good for teeth problems, obesity, worms, diabetes, fever, ulcers, leucoderma. It’s used to pacify kapha disorders. Its fresh stems are used to massage the teeth and gums.It’s the main ingredient in Khadirarishta, which is used to detoxify the body of accumulations.

Sexual – Creative Animal for Mrigashirsha

Female Cobra
Snakes represent the underground, entwining, poisonous, mysterious, crafty, cunning, sneaky aspects of humanity. Their sexual habits are shrouded in mystery.

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 fertilised by many males, she can store the sperm for up to a year and possibly even choose the sperm she wants.

Planetary Rulers of Mrigashirsha

Mars: Competitive, warrior, inventive, penetrating, provocative, dynamic, active, cutting, drilling, hot, brotherhoods, athletes, innovative.

Taurus + Mars:
Sleek, sexy athletic image, competitive image based behaviours, driven to enjoy, takes action to please others, can be a good negotiator. Values activity. actively seeks pleasure. The mix of mars’ hot passion and venus’ sensual pleasure is best suited for short term relationships or relationships where the negotiated agreement can be continually renegotiated. Can be good for commercial success, but they might be better off working in the privacy of the studio or behind closed doors. They may do well hosting retreats or tours, working in secluded research environments or private clubs.

Gemini + Mars:
They often experience a mix of success and failure in commercial enterprise and group initiatives. They often have many different projects going at once. Communication can be sharp and commanding making them appear grouchy, but they may excel in communications business: teaching, instructing, describing. Gemini’s group initiatives and Mrigashira’s herd instincts come together with Mars’ quick instincts which allows them to be at once the leader of the pack while also jumping to conclusions that can lead them astray. Can be gainful for those working in therapeutic settings otherwise they may find themselves in the middle of large scale problem sets or be scandalized by secrets. May resort to crime, theft, or breaking contracts in order to gain advantage.

Pada 1 (Taurus + Mars + Leo):

Likes to recieve a lot of attention. Entertainment value. Central figures in fashion, beauty, arts, movies, music industries. One may be famous but still make less money. May be an aggressive collector or banker. Actively seeks to make things shine. Actively seeks the most unique and original side of oneself. Seeks self empowerment and authority.

Pada 2 (Taurus + Mars + Virgo):

Problems during childhood. Bring disease to the mouth or throat. Healthcare with focus on face, eyes, mouth, teeth, throat, or nose. Can be a medical writer or run a commercial business offering a writing service for hire. Traveling speakers, conferences, meetings, announcements. Actively seeks to fix things, may appreciate the value of broken things, sick people, litigation, argument, imbalance, The Mars-Virgo side of this can be very critical, always looking for mistakes of others,; though they can also be hard on themselves. And they can get lost in their work and there are usually a lot of small details that need their attention. In some instances this may delay the release of their work (possibly indefinitely as they move onto the next project). 

Pada 3 (Gemini + Mars + Libra):

Sociability and mental side of relationships. Can make a person a little flaky. Excellent explorer but too much suspicion or the motives of others. Providing balanced or harmonious communications. Can be very attractive public speakers. They often become teachers or caretakers of the herd. Often working under contract of agreement. These are peace-loving people who do well with children or in other protective caretaking environments.

Pada 4 (Gemini + Mars + Scorpio):

The moon is debilitated in this pada and Saturn and Rahu give difficult result. This is the most manipulative, dark, and sexual pada filled with secrets. It can be channelled into research, psychology, surgery, or trauma counselling, but for most people difficult placements here can bring deadly or traumic result.  They might feel the need to look into the abyss and comment on it.