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24. Shatabhisha Nakshatra

“A woman who wears high heels is very different, I think, than a woman who wears sandals.” — Winona Ryder
6º 40’ Aquarius – 20º 00’ Aquarius
Sadachbia (Gamma-Aquarii)

Ruled by Rahu
The Veiling Star. The Power to Heal.

Meaning: 100 physicians, 100 medicines, 100 healers, 100 petals
Main symbols: An empty circle. 

Main deity: Varuna – Dark Sun – Chief of the Asuras.
Secondary deities: Kadamba is Krishna’s favourite tree; Durga is “she who dwells in the Kadamba forest;” Uranus.

Secondary symbols: Crop circles, geometric magic. The one who struggles with truth. Accountability, takes responsibility & blame.

Rulership: Snarers, anglers, aquatic products, dealers in fish etc., boar hunters, washer men, distillers and fowlers.

Brihat Samhita: When Saturn transits Shatabhisha and Purva Bhadrapada, physicians, poets, drunkards, traders and politicians are afflicted.

Trimurti: Shiva/Dissolution

Gotra/Clan: Sage Atri

Gana/Tribe: Rakshasa

Varna/Caste: Butcher

Motivation/Goal: Dharma

Nature: Moveable/Changeable

Activity: Active

Place: Street

Tree – incense: Kadamba Tree: 1000 star blossoms.

Guna: Tamasic

Element: Ether

Dosha: Vata

Sex/Gender: Neutral/Eunuch

Upward Facing

Direction: South

Colour: Blue Green

Animal: Female Horse – Mare (pairs with Ashwini)

Body part: Jaw, Right Thigh.

Qualities of Shatabhisha

Shiva – Destructive energy: Shatabhisha bring change, transformation, destruction, and marks the end of an era.

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

Dharma: focused on following dharma; reaching for one’s own highest spiritual potential. Planets which support dharma will support a person on their soul path to the highest order. Dharma positions seek to rise up, expand and illuminate their righteous actions. Planets belonging to the other castes will result in a mix of the castes. The energy of the planet in a dharma position will also help one find their purpose in life.

Rakshasa: The clan of the Rakshasas means they are not particularly concerned with doing he right thing.

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

Tamasic: Activities take part on the gross physical plane: dark, depressed, dull, inert activities that obscure reality and keep us in the dark. Some kind of gross suffering is usually felt here and there’s a lazy sort of laissez-faire sort of laziness of lethargy. The energy here typically pulls a person down as it represents neither change or purity. There is typically some suffering and darkness of mind experienced here. Tamasic has no nutrients and the prana is not moving; it’s stale or dead.

Space: fully pervasive, stable, subtle, light. Space cooperates with all.

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)

Urdhva Mukha – Facing Upward: All these things that cause us to look upwards: mountains, church spires, temples, trees, birds, high places, and tall buildings. The intention might also be in building upwards or climbing the corporate ladder, or just looking to the future with hope and optimism. This can also be a good day for climbing ladders, flying in airplanes, launching rockets or missiles or investing, and all other things that will move you up the social ladder. Sun, Moon & Jupiter generally do well in the upward-facing nakshatras: Rohini, Ardra, Pushya, U. Phalguni, U. Ashadha, Sravana, Dhanista, Satabisha, U.Bhadra.

Neuter – Not Male or Female. Unisex.

South: The events related to this nakshatra often happen in the southern direction, or one may have some duties south from the home in this period. One can also face the south when worshipping this nakshatra or the deities related to it. When this asterism is placed in the southern quadrant of the chart it gains extra strength to give results.

Sage Atri

He was a Brahma Rishi who wrote many of the hymns and mantras in the Vedas. He was famed for his power for detachment. Author of the Atri Samhita & Atri Smriti. His wife, Anusuya was known as the embodiment of chastity. To test her purity the trinity (Brahma, Vishnu & Shiva) show up at her home as sadhus and demand that she serve them without clothing. She immediately agreed to this and then had the three gods transformed into infants. She then stripped naked and fed each of the babies from her own breast. The great gods were so overwhelmed by this that they took her for their own mother and blessed her family by being born in her womb as Soma, who was an incarnation of Brahma, Dattatreya who was an incarnation of Vishnu and Durvasa, an incarnation of Shiva. In his second life he had two more children: Aryaman (nobility) and Amala (purity). Mercury was one of his notable grandsons.

Dattatreya is notable today for his connection to tantra and devotional practice through the Natha lineage of India. For Nathas, Dattatreya is an incarnation of Shiva and their first guru. He is known as the “Lord of Yoga.” He has numerous temples along the North bank of the Narmada river where pilgrims can get food, shelter and rest. He is often depicted with a dog to show his loyalty and caring nature towards even the lowest dogs of this world.

Durvasa seemed to gain spiritual power whenever he cursed someone, which he did often, but it didn’t always work out good for him. He once cursed a righteous king with a frightful demon that sprouted from a single strand of hair. The power of the king’s moral standing easily defended him by raising a more powerful beast who chased Durvasa around until he finally went back to the king to ask pardon. Another time he cursed a young maiden to be forgotten by her lover and she was.

Drona, the mad leader of the Kaurava family was a disciple of Atri. Right around the time Yudhishthra announced the death of Drona’s son, Atri came to counsel him to give up the bloody war and stop the destruction that had come from his actions which went against dharma. Drona heeds this advice and goes into a completely detached meditation in the middle of the battlefield until he is killed. Atri also crossed paths with the Pandavas during their exile. By Krishna’s blessing Drupati was able to satisfy his hunger with a single grain of rice to avoid the wrath of his curse.

Female Horse (Pairs with male horse Ashwini)

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

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

Kadamba Tree:

Krishna’s favourite. Durga is “she who dwells in the Kadamba forest.” It was a Kacdamba tree that Krishna climbed after stealing the clothes of the bathing gopis. Varuna is the one who forbid nude bathing so it’s seems Krishna was merely redeeming their karma for breaking Varuna’s injunction. Later in life, Radha & Krishna would hide under the kadmba tree for love play as it covers the lovers just as the night sky covers the sun. The kadamba tree is also associated with a tree deity called Kadambariyamman.

The flower of the Kadamba Tree is known as a 1000 star blossom. It’s round, with thoguhsand petals. From a distance it looks like a fruit, but it’s a flower. They are commonly grown as an ornamental tree. The flowers have a slight fragrance and it’s sometimes mixed with Sandalwood. Both trees are plentiful around Madurai. It also gets used for lumber and pulp & paper. As lumber it’s fairly soft and easy to work with and it doesn’t warp.

Planing the Transit: Auspicious Activities
Muhurtha – Electional Astrology

Making or purchasing vehicles including those used on water, horses, elephants and the rest. Changing or building anew home, camping, setting up tent, dealing with land, leases, contracts. Warfare actions involving silver or bamboo.

Special Considerations

  • Saturn is moolatrikona for the first 20º of Aquarius.
  • Pushkara Navamsha: 16º40′ to 20º Aquarius (Pisces Navamsha).

Gods & Symbols of Shatabhisha

Varuna

Son of Kashyap and Aditya. Father of Laxmi. He has a fair complexion with 2 or 4 hands riding a makara (mythical crocodile). As God of the oceans (like Neptune) he is responsible for magical, awe inspiring acts of creation and destruction. With his 1000 eyes he see the whole world. The stars are said to be his eyes which watch over the movement of humans. He is the patron deity of physicians. He is the one who has a hundred, or one thousand remedies (many remedies) and carries a noose.

Varuna means to bind or to drip. “Binds the oceans,” “he who covers” like the sky covers the earth. He keeps the natural order of things (divine law) like day separate from night, the “here” apart from the “there.” Often called Varuna-Mirta to refer to lordship over oaths and societal affairs. The close relationship with Mitra also connects this nakshatra to Anuradha. They create a vengeful-merciful pairing referring to the morning and evening Sun. He is the great equaliser and the principle guardian of ‘rta,’ truth, justice and order, punishing liars and those who do not honour contracts. Aryaman of Purva Phalguni, who represents the contract or the vow, was also invoked with these other two.

Varuna used to be the god of everything, as the great overseer everyone worshiped him. But with time, his importance diminished and he was left with the oceans. He has a lot do do with similar rises and falls in stature. He’s well known to be related with truth and justice. He’s the one watching when no one is watching. He rules the western quarter.

In Ramayana: After Rama prays to Varuna for three days and then, enraged at no response, starts sending his arrows to dry up the ocean. Varuna comes to him and says that “He himself did not know how to help Rama because the sea is deep, vast and he cannot change the nature of the sea.”

Mitra – Varuna – Aryman

They are both solar deities, protectors of the Law: truth and order. Dharma is the Law, Karma is our activity. Varuna weighs these things against each other and whatever be the outcome, that is the fruit we will receive.

Varuna is praised as having the form of Rta. Rta is the concept of cosmic order that typically combines three energies: 1. Gati – Mirta: the continuous movement or change. 2. Samghatna – Aryaman: a system based on interdependent parts. 3. Niyati – Varuna: causal necessity, an inherent order of interdependence and movement.

Brihaspati has “a bow with Rta as its string,” and he prepared to mount the chariot of Rta.

Aryaman is the Vow. Mitra is the friend who helps you keep the vow. Varuna is the watchman, and the one who redeems our good and bad Karmas. Agi was “desirous of Rta,” Ushas was “placed at the root of Rta,” Mitra – Varuna destroy their foes with Rta and both are down to possess Rta. Sacrificial offerings are the food of Rta, Varuna gauges the quality of these offerings. The Gods are just as much under the sway of Rta, the cosmic order, as anyone. There roll of the gods is not to regulate the the cosmic order, but to act as it’s agents and executors. Instruments of the cosmic order ensuring that each person gets their just reward or punishment. Acts done in this world will be rewarded in this world, acts done in Gods name will be rewarded in heaven. It doesn’t matter how filthy we are on the outside, it’s what we have inside that counts.

The idea of Rta is basically this: We have to fulfil our destiny in order to realise our true nature. It’s not exactly clear, but if we are astute watchers of reality then we can understand the signs. It’s not good enough to just follow the rules laid out in the books, we have to apply ourselves to understand the rules of Karma. If we fail to follow the law in our actions, we will have to suffer some kind of consequence. Following Dharma then becomes imperative for your own well being, even it it doesn’t seem like it at the time.

Why is it imperative that we follow the Dharma? Because of the causal relationship between what we reap and what we’ve sowed. Every past action leave some kind of residue, some kind of pollution; like a black cloud hanging over good intentions. The thing about karma is that we generally want to blame it on the gods; but they are merely returning to us what we have given to them. Have we helped to uphold dharma? Or have we sought to undermine it at every turn? Thus we will be punished or rewarded.

Varuna is considered as the “universal Power par excellence maintaining Ṛta” and is celebrated as having “separated and established heaven and earth, spreading them out as the upper and lower firmaments, himself enthroned above them as the universal king, ordering the immutable moral law, exercising his rule by the sovereignty of Ṛta.

HYMN CXXXVI. Mitra-Varuṇa.

1. BRING adoration ample and most excellent, hymn, offerings, to the watchful Twain, the bountiful, your sweetest to the bounteous Ones. Sovereigns adored with streams of oil and praised at every sacrifice. Their high imperial might may nowhere be assailed, ne’er may their Godhead be assailed.
2 For the broad Sun was seen a path more widely laid, the path of holy law hath been maintained with rays, the eye with Bhaga’s rays of light.
Firm-set in heaven is Mitra’s home, and Aryaman’s and Varuṇa’s. Thence they give forth great vital strength which merits praise, high power of life that men shall praise.
3 With Aditi the luminous, the celestial, upholder of the people, come ye day by day, ye who watch sleepless, day by day. Resplendent might have ye obtained, Ādityas, Lords of liberal gifts.
Movers of men, mild both, are Mitra, Varuṇa, mover of men is Aryaman.
4 This Soma be most sweet to Mitra, Varuṇa: he in the drinking-feasts, shall have a share thereof, sharing, a God, among the Gods. May all the Gods of one accord accept it joyfully to-day. Therefore do ye, O Kings, accomplish what we ask, ye Righteous Ones, whate’er we ask.
5 Whoso, with worship serves Mitra and Varuṇa, him guard ye carefully, uninjured, from distress, guard from distress the liberal man. Aryaman guards him well who acts uprightly following his law, Who beautifies their service with his lauds, who makes it beautiful with songs of praise.
6 Worship will I profess to lofty Dyaus, to Heaven and Earth, to Mitra and to bounteous Varuṇa, the Bounteous, the Compassionate. Praise Indra, praise thou Agni, praise Bhaga and heavenly Aryaman. Long may we live and have attendant progeny, have progeny with Soma’s help.
7 With the Gods’ help, with Indra still beside us, may we be held self-splendid with the Maruts. May Agni, Mitra, Varuṇa give us shelter this may we gain, we and our wealthy princes.

HYMN CXXXVII. Mitra-Varuṇa.

1. WITH stones have we pressed out: O come; these gladdening drops are blent with milk, these Soma-drops which gladden you.Come to us, Kings who reach to heaven, approach us, coming hitherward. These milky drops are yours, Mitra and Varuṇa, bright Soma juices blent with milk.
2 Here are the droppings; come ye nigh the Soma-droppings blent with curd, juices expressed and blent with curd. Now for the wakening of your Dawn together with the Sun-God’s rays, juice waits for Mitra and for Varuṇa to drink, fair juice for drink, for sacrifice.
3 As ’twere a radiant-coloured cow, they milk with stones the stalk for you, with stones they milk the Soma-plant. May ye come nigh us, may ye turn hither to drink the Soma juice.
The men pressed out this juice, Mitra and Varuṇa, pressed out this Soma for your drink.

Vala

Vritra’s brother. A personification of a cave where thieves and greedy merchants hide the cows they have stolen. Of course in those days cows were the same as currency. Note the similarities with the Story of Hermes who, as an infant, steals his brother’s cattle, hides them in a cave, and goes to great lengths to cover up his crime.

It has been noted that Vritra, Vala & Varuna share a similar root definition relating to veiling, covering things up, cloaking, or enclosing. This suggests some connection with Shatabhisha nakshatra as well.

Central verses of the Rig Veda (trans. Griffith):

2.12.3 Who slew the Dragon, freed the Seven Rivers, and drove the kine forth from the cave of Vala, Begat the fire between two stones, the spoiler in warriors’ battle, He, O men, is Indra.

2.15.8 Praised by the Angirases he slaughtered Vala, and burst apart the bulwarks of the mountain. He tore away their deftly-built defences. These things did Indra in the Soma’s rapture.

8.14.7 In Soma’s ecstasy Indra spread the firmament and realms of light, when he cleft Vala limb from limb. (compare to this description the Purusha sukta)

10.68.6 Brihaspati, when he with fiery lightnings cleft through the weapon of reviling Vala, Consumed him as tongues eat what teeth have compassed: he threw the prisons of the red cows open.

1.11.5 Lord of the thunder, thou didst burst the cave of Vala rich in cows. The Gods came pressing to thy side, and free from terror aided thee,

1.62.4 Mid shout, loud shout, and roar, with the Navagvas, seven singers, hast thou, heavenly, rent the mountain; Thou hast, with speeders, with Dasagvas, Indra, Shakra, with thunder rent obstructive Vala.

Black Sun

Like several ancient symbols, the Black Sun was hijacked by the confused Nazi ideology that believed the Black Sun symbolised a source of mystic power and renewal for the “Aryan” race. The ‘Sil Negre’ refers to the process of ‘nigredo’, the process of decay and putrefaction. Mystics tell us this points to a dark night of the soul, the dissolution of the self that we must go through in order to gain spiritual realisation or personal insight into reality; alchemist called this the philosophers stone. This is where the spirit dies, the realm of beings that are easily crushed under the foot of the king like worms or insects. In some sense, you could say that the Ubermench is born here, there greater man, but he is just born here, he has to progress through the zodiac to Leo and Magha to actually become this superior man.

The Black Sun is often connected with Saturn. In the previous nakshatra, Dhanishta, we saw the connection the battle field, the freshly cut crops that left nothing but destruction. In Shatabhisha whatever is left laying around is beginning to rot. New life begins to arise from the death. We might note the heat and smell that is produced the the alchemical reaction.

We can visualise the Black Sun in a few different ways. From one perspective it’s like a black spot on a white canvas. From another perspective, it’s the shadows we see when things are backlit; when we’re looking into the sun. And third in the crowd of onlookers sitting in the dark while the star stand in the spotlight.

Saturn is also called the Sun of the Night. He is the black son of the Sun; possibly the illegitimate son. In the old days a king might have a handful of legitimate children while having numerous illegitimate children with servants and the like. These are the ones who have been caste out of the castle, they live in the shadows. From this perspective it gets connected to the dark arts and secret cults that try to remain in the shadows and not draw any attention to themselves. Mahakali, the God of the Great Wheel of Time is represented here; Saturn himself rules over this. Kali also wears black. A black is also the favoured colour for funerals, and in some cultures, elderly women who cannot procreate will also wear black. The crow, the black dog, the fly on the wall, all the blackness and is faced here.

Many cultures have revered the Dark Sun, the Sun of the Night. It’s sometimes seen as a kind of sin eater. In some sense, it also reminds us that there is always some light int he darkness. A light at the end of the tunnel. This is the dark underbelly of life.

This was traditionally the beginning of the winter solstice, the rarest day, the darkest hour, the bottom of the barrel, in the depths of the well, invisible, forgotten, the castaway. This is the story of Lucifer, thrown out of heaven by his own brother, but each of them Kings of their own realm. He was the rival to the throan in heaven, but was juvenile the throat in hell.  Lucifer, the horned god of the wikkans, was considered the “God of the Old Religion.” We will discuss Lucifer in greater context, this is just his fall, he well take on his diabolical names in the next nakshatra.

We cannot ignore the nazi and neo-nazi use of this symbol, even if scholars tell us the symbolism is all wrong. But this kind of collateral damage teaches us something about the energy of this nakshatra. It has a way of getting caught up in things that it really has nothing to do with. In many cases these neo-Nazi battalions are filled with recruits would didn’t make the cut for the regular forces. These groups work in the shadows

Sin Eater

“Men who undertook so daring an imposture must all have been infidels, willing, apparently, like Esau, to sell their birthright for a mess of pottage.” — Anonymous

Those who consume the ritual mean of the deceased will take on the sins of the deceased. These people were considered polluted and impure and were shunned by society. IN many cases it would only be eaten by the poorest and most desperate people of society; it’s rarely done out of a sense of altruism. It’s rather led by fear. But many of the darker Sadhus (Nathan, and aghoris) are sin eaters. This is the great sacrifice made by the dark babas be both fear and adore. From this perspective it might be anyone who takes on the karmas of others. They take on the problems of others and they might be destroyed by this, or redeemed when we do realise that even the samples person matters. Last confession is also an opportunity to have our sins forgiven.

In some cases it might be the family and friends of the deceased who eat a ritual mean for this purpose at the funeral. The children take on the sin of their parents. Poor people might also be hired for this purpose or grand meals offered to anyone who would take one.

The Aztec goddess, Tlazolteotl (meaning sacred filth), ruled over of vice, purification, steam baths, lust and filth. She was the patroness of adulterers and had a redemptive role in religious practices. At the end of life, and individual could confess their misdeeds to this deity, and she would cleanse the soul by “eating its filth.”

In modern times I have heard social media content moderators compared to sin-eaters since its a bottom of the barrel job; they get paid noting to consume the worst that humanity has to offer.

“But the one who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.” — Roman 14:23

Birth of Jesus

The Scape Goat is born. Fruit of the womb ,Jesus sacrificed himself for our sin.

Day of Atonement & The Scapegoat (Yom Kipper)

This is an annual celebration (around mid-September) for the believers to cover the karmic debts of the years that’s past. When sacrifice could no longer be observed, a day of repentance, self-denial, charitable works, prayer, and fasting was instituted. The Book of Jonah in read on this day to remind people of Gods mercy and forgiveness. In some sense this day is meant as a reminder that all the daily, weekly, and monthly ritual sacrifices and offerings were not sufficient to permanently atone for sin. This is the only day of the year that the high priest would enter the inner sanctum of the temple, the tabernacle, in order to permanently atone of sin. We might take this as a suggestion that we have to clean the dirt from our innermost recess in order to gain forgiveness for our sins.

The priest would remove his priestly robes, bath and put on pure white linens as a symbol both of coming down to the lowest level and then being reborn.

As I write this, Saturn is transiting Shatabhisha and the Palestinian’s have declared war on Israel, mounting a daring attack on the 50th annaveraty of the Yom Kipper war. This Saturn transit spells dark days for the kings of this works. The year of Attonment is upon us. If we believe the mystics, all we have to do is repent and we shall be saved.

Atonement is closely associated with forgiveness, reconciliation, sorrow, remorse, guilt, repentance, and reparations as they are all part of the path to redemption.

Redemption: Recovery of something pawned or merged. Patient of an obligation. As wiki says, the term implies that something has been paid for or bought back, “like a slave who has been set free through the payment of a ransom. This is why Christ died on the cross, to redeem us of the consequences of our sins.

The Story of Paul – A Story of Redemption

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” — Galatians 6:7-8

The Apostle Paul started his life persecuting Christians, delighting in their death and what he hoped would be the end of them. He was not so different from our vision of a Nazi general sending the cockroaches to their death. But, as the story goes, when he was on his way to Damascus a bright light appeared, he fell to the ground, and a voice resounded asking, “why are you persecuting me?” When Paul demanded to know who he was talking to the voice in the light replied, “I am Jesus, it is me who you are prosecuting.” Jesus picked him up and reassured him that everything would be ok if he followed his instructions.

Paul was just outside of the city when this happened. They Jew had taken the Saint Stephen, the great and persuasive preacher who had been converting even the Rabbinical priests to Christianity, outside of the city to stone him to death. While they were doing so, Saint Stephen forgave them, much as Jesus forgave those who trespassed against him (see the section on Matthew). This act of forgiveness was the magic that turned everything around; the realisation that it’s our own hate that drags us down to hell.

Saul went blind for three days, going without food & water. God then instructed one of his disciples to place his hand over Pauls eyes to restore his vision. He spent time with the Christians, sought their forgiveness and the grace of God and began to preach the Word of God and redemption. And now he himself was among the persecuted.

What he realised is that Jew and Gentiles weer alike, under the power of sin. In Shatabhisha we are all the same, we are all in the same boat, about to be eaten by the same beast, and by the time we realise it it’s too late. But it’s not!

“There is no one righteous, not even one;
there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.

All have turned away,
they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.

Their throats are open graves;
their tongues practice deceit.
The poison of vipers is on their lips.
Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.

“Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know.

There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

There is some realisation in Satabishaka that even though we’ve followed the Law, followed all the rules, somehow it’s still not enough. The Law starts to break down no matter how hard you have tried to maintain it. The truth just seems to get lost in the myriad of details, but it’s all connected. What you have given, you will receive.

It’s a story about how grace dawn upon us at our lowed moment: dirty, filthy, tired, having committed the worst sins filled with guilt and remorse. Shatabhisha is really that point in life where we maybe start to feel like we’ve already gone too far and seen too much. The life of Paul reminds up that it’s never too late for redemption and gods grace.

For Paul, Jesus brought deliverance from “the curse of the law.”

The Advice of Matthew

This is a good summary of what we learn from our darkest hour, what we learn from Shatabhisha, the power of the secret, of humility, forgiveness. God sees everything so there is no need for us to announce our virtues, it’s better that we seek forgiveness for our sin. This is about the different rewards that are available from this world and the new.

Giving to the Needy

“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honoured by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Prayer

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

This, then, is how you should pray:

“‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.”

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Fasting

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Treasures in Heaven

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!. No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Do Not Worry

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

Saint Stephen

The patron Saint of Deacons and Stonemasons. He forgave his attackers even as he was being stoned to death, much like Jesus did when he was on the cross.

Nietzsche

Nietzsche believed that after the death of god (the ultimate sin or catastrophe) two thing would happen: 1. Dissent into counter productive nihilism, loss of all values, psychological disorientation. 2. A replacement totalitarian certainty coming from radical elements of society. While we’re discussing Nietzsche, it seems pertinent to discuss his theory of “Eternal Return.” The idea that the universe is an infinite cycle of time and matter transforming over time. This seems almost blasé from our perspective, but it’s a big shift for many people see time as anything other than linear.

“What, if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more; and there will be nothing new in it, but every pain and every joy and every thought and sigh and everything unutterably small or great in your life will have to return to you, all in the same succession and sequence—even this spider and this moonlight between the trees, and even this moment and I myself. The eternal hourglass of existence is turned upside down again and again, and you with it, speck of dust!’

“Would you not throw yourself down and gnash your teeth and curse the demon who spoke thus? Or have you once experienced a tremendous moment when you would have answered him: ‘You are a god and never have I heard anything more divine.’ If this thought gained possession of you, it would change you as you are or perhaps crush you. The question in each and every thing, ‘Do you desire this once more and innumerable times more?’ would lie upon your actions as the greatest weight. Or how well disposed would you have to become to yourself and to life?” — Nietzsche

The Tao Te Ching

“God (the great everlasting infinite First Cause from whom all things in heaven and earth proceed) can neither be defined nor named.

For the God which can be defined or named is but the Creator, the Great Mother of all those things of which our senses have cognisance.

Now he who would gain a knowledge of the nature and attributes of the nameless and undefinable God, must first set himself free from all earthly desires, for unless he can do this, he will be unable to penetrate the material veil which interposes between him and those spiritual conditions into which he would obtain an insight.

Yet the spiritual and the material, though known to us under different names, are similar in origin, and issue from the same source, and the same obscurity belongs to both, for deep indeed is the darkness which enshrouds the portals through which we have to pass, in order to gain a knowledge of these mysteries.” — Translated by G.G. Alexander (1895)

The Yellow Emperor

“Regulating heart within brings order outside.” — The Yellow Emperor

(Also see the story of the Three Sovereigns and Five Emperors.)

He may have lived 3000 years ago. He was portrayed as the originator of the centralised state, as a cosmic ruler, and as a patron of esoteric arts. He is credited with the esoteric medical text that is considered the origin of Traditional Chinese Medicine, other books on the season or hidden signs of the universe, as well as a political treatises connected with Taoism. In China he is probably given more credit for the ordination of Taoism then Lao Zi. Some scholars have translated his name to mean, “The Burnt Shaman,” or “Rainmaking Shaman.” It’s been argued that he was a part of the rainmaker tribes and his main rival was the Yan Emperor who stood for fire and drought. There is little doubt that he was a shaman rather than a priest.

The myth of the Yellow Emperor says he was conceived while his mother was walking in the country. She was struck baby a bolt of lightening from the Big Dipper. He was born in the hills and growing up with his tribe before becoming a farmer and taming the six beasts: a bear, a brown bear, a pi, a xiu (which later became a pixiu), a chu, and a tiger.

He is still a powerful symbol within Chinese nationalism. Nobody really knows if he lived, who he was or what he did. We just have from fragments to go by. He is credited with numerous inventions and innovations: He reformed the Chinese calendar, initiated Taoism, and showed his tribes-people how to build wooden houses, boats, carts, the compass needle. He introduced the earliest forms of writing, civilisation and its benefits, and/or an early form of football – the Yellow Emperor is now regarded as the initiator of Han culture; modern Chinese culture.

In the late Warring States period, the Yellow Emperor was integrated into the cosmological scheme of the Five Phases, in which the colour yellow represents the earth phase, the Yellow Dragon, and the centre. The Classic of Mountains and Seas mentions a Xuanyuan nation whose inhabitants have human faces, snake bodies, and tails twisting above their heads; Yuan Ke, a contemporary scholar of early Chinese mythology, “noted that the appearance of these people is characteristic of gods and suggested that they may reflect the form of the Yellow Thearch himself.” Xuanyuan is also the name of the star Regulus in Chinese, the star being associated with Huangdi in traditional astronomy.

A few hundred years ago Chinese intellectuals started to look back to the Yellow Emperor for the national essence. Much of it started with the clash between the most civilised and the most backwards local tribes (the yin & the yang). The Yellow emperor transmuted the combined energies to make China into the great nation of the nationalist vision.

In modern times there has been nationalist revision of history that lead to a desire to recover the lost glory of the nation, to return again to the Golden Age of Civilisation; a return to the glory of the Yellow Emperor They went on to teach that the people of the Yellow Emperor were the Master Race. They emphasised filial piety, honouring one parents, grandparents and the ancestral line; with particular emphasis of coming from a common patriarchal ancestor: The Yellow Emperor. In a sense, this relates with the understanding that the fruit we get in the end depends on the seeds that were planets and with quality of nutrients we fed it with. Of course this brought on a rise in the idea of ancestral debt so that national identity becomes a battle of the good and the pure versus the evil and darkness. Eventually they were able to change this vision of divided races and clans into a unified vision with the Yellow Emperor as the common ancestor. He was banned for several decades during China’s Cultural Revolution, but picked up again as a unifying figure.

He introduced humility to true leadership. The idea that one must ‘reduce himself’ abandoning emotions, ‘drying up like a corpse,’ never allowing oneself to be carried away. This practice is said to create an internal void where all the vital forces of creation gather, and the more indeterminate they remain and the more powerful they will be. We could call it the Law of Subtlety. The internal void is a central point of its own universe in itself, with its own cosmos with various relationships to the external universe. By going into our personal void, and understanding the intimate connecting between Heaven, Earth and Man.

Esoteric Scripture of the Yellow Emperor

The original scripture on what we call Chinese Medicine today. He introduced the idea of yin & yang along with the growth and control cycles of the five elements that connects all things through a variety of different relationship dynamics between the microcosmos and macrocosmos, from the individual spirit to the universal spirit. By getting the the essence of environmental factors he was able to bring new understanding to the older shamanic superstitions about ghosts and demonic forces entering the body. At the centre point that determined both the quality and quantity of health and good luck in life was the virtues. The virtues flow though everything, connect everything and effect everything. The Chinese concept of the virtues is similar the Indian concept of Rta connecting dharma and karma. Satabhshaka reminds us that every little thing matters, and every connection we have should be managed in a virtuous way. We reap what we sow and here we are in Satabhishka getting our just deserts and realising it all too late. It’s not just about following the law, there’s more to it than that, it’s about how we follow it, what we put into life, what we give, how much of ourselves we put into it.

Hurricane

This is like the spiral or tail spin we go into immediately preceding the commission of a crime. We take on the identity of our worst sins believing, for example, that “I am a murder. I am a sinner.” It’s already happened nothing more can be done, the trap of hopelessness is set. In some sense, this releases the hoard of demons we have inside. All this connects us to  those “radical elements” of Purve Bhadrapada.

An Empty Circle

Shatabhishaha is like when you’r coming around the final curve on your way home and you can now see the end. It’s that realisation that the end in neigh. It hasn’t ended yet, but you can see that it’s coming. One starts to look back on their life and take stock of their own good or bad deeds. The mind has a tendency to focus on the negative, so, no matter how much good you have done in life, it just takes a few small sins to tilt the scale.

In some sense, it seems to late to do anything about it, what’s done is done, we can’t change the past. But the past is in the past, the guilt is in the now so we can still do something about it: the magic of forgiveness.

When Rahu covers the Sun there always remains a ring of fire around the edges of his shadow. He is the black Sun. We don’t see Rahu, we just see his edges, his roundness, his silhouette. Like a black spot on a white canvas, but even more than that for his edges are illuminated by the Sun.

Laxman once drew a line around the hut and told Sita not to cross it otherwise she might meet danger. She fucked around and found out.

Veils – Coverings – Coatings – Insulators

Coverage comes in many forms. We can cover things up to keep them hidden, or a journalist can cover s story to reveal it. In this case, they will try to cover every angle, see everything, miss nothing. We might cover sorting to protect in the way a nameless security agent might cover the king when he’s in danger. But if the king has full coverage, he will have hidden agents in the crowd as well. It’s always good to have eyes on the ground.

Veiling in a little bit different than covering, t’s not as complete, it’s not hidden, it’s just a disguise.

Spacers – The Void – Invisible

Space, emptiness, the element most forgotten and ignored by our senses. The invisible ones, all that we don’t see

House of the Rising Sun?

House of the Rising Sun is a popular name for pubs and old school whore-houses.

There is a house in New Orleans
They call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I’m one

(Alternate opening: There is a house in New Orleans, it’s called the Rising Sun

It’s been the ruin of many poor girl
Great God, and I for one.)
My mother was a tailor
She sewed my new blue jeans

My father was a gamblin’ man
Down in New Orleans
Now the only thing a gambler needs
Is a suitcase and a trunk
And the only time he’ll be satisfied
Is when he’s on a trump

Oh, mother, tell your children
Not to do what I have done

Spend your lives in sin and misery
In the House of the Rising Sun
Well, I got one foot on the platform
The other foot on the train

I’m goin’ back to New Orleans
To wear that ball and chain
Well, there is a house in New Orleans

They call the Rising Sun
And it’s been the ruin of many a poor boy
And God, I know I’m one

Trapping – Luring

1000 Physician — 1000 Needles — 1000 Pedals

A million to one. You need 1000 physicians before you find a good one. There can be but one king out of the whole populous. They king gets all the credit

Working Class Hero

Lilith

The first wife of Adam and supposedly made at the same time and from the same clay he was. She was “banished” from the Garden of Eden for not complying with and obeying Adam. Others say she left on her own because she refused to be subservient. Then she had sex with the Archangel Samael (Gods Accuser). Her name is translated as “night creatures”, “night monster”, “night hag”, or “screech owl.” She is a whanton, lustful demon of the night that steals babies while we sleep. The Dead Sea Scrolls list her name with the monsters. The main thrust of her punishment for leaving Eden was that 1000 of her children would die every day. She was ok with this. One could speculate that she knew this would bring balance against the one of Adams children who was King of the World.

Lilith had the power to transform into a woman’s physical features, seduce her husband, and conceive a child. But she was hateful toward children born of the husband and wife and would try to kill them. The male version, Lilit would transform into the husband, seduce the wife, she would give birth to a child. It would become evident that the child was not fathered by the husband, and the child would be looked down on. Lilit would seek revenge on the family by killing the natural children born to the husband and wife. This seems like a curse against infidelity as a man can drain his resources fathering another mans child.

“Thou liliths, male lili and female lilith, hag and ghool, I adjure you by the Strong One of Abraham, by the Rock of Isaac, by the Shaddai of Jacob, by Yah Ha-Shem by Yah his memorial, to turn away from this Rashnoi b. M. and from Geyonai b. M. her husband. [Here is] your divorce and writ and letter of separation, sent through holy angels. Amen, Amen, Selah, Halleluyah!” —Excerpt from translation in Aramaic Incantation Texts from Nippur.

“Her nobles shall be no more, nor shall kings be proclaimed there; all her princes are gone. Her castles shall be overgrown with thorns, her fortresses with thistles and briers. She shall become an abode for jackals and a haunt for ostriches. Wildcats shall meet with desert beasts, satyrs shall call to one another; There shall the Lilith repose, and find for herself a place to rest. There the hoot owl shall nest and lay eggs, hatch them out and gather them in her shadow; There shall the kites assemble, none shall be missing its mate. (Look in the book of the LORD and read: No one of these shall be lacking, For the mouth of the LORD has ordered it, and His spirit shall gather them there. It is He who casts the lot for them, and with His hands He marks off their shares of her; They shall possess her forever, and dwell there from generation to generation.” — Isaiah 34 

And I, the Instructor, proclaim His glorious splendour so as to frighten and to te[rrify] all the spirits of the destroying angels, spirits of the bastards, demons, Lilith, howlers, and [desert dwellers] … and those which fall upon men without warning to lead them astray from a spirit of understanding and to make their heart and their … desolate during the present dominion of wickedness and predetermined time of humiliations for the sons of lig[ht], by the guilt of the ages of [those] smitten by iniquity – not for eternal destruction, [bu]t for an era of humiliation for transgression.” — Dead Sea Scrolls

“If an abortion had the likeness of Lilith, its mother is unclean by reason of the birth, for it is a child even if it has wings.” “ Women grow long hair like Lilith, sit when urinating like a beast, and serve as a bolster for her husband.” “One may not sleep in a house alone [in a lonely house], and whoever sleeps in a house alone is seized by Lilith.” — Babylonian Talmud

Lilith seems to be connected with miscarriages, infertility, sudden infant death syndrome, what we might call, unexplained crib deaths. The ashen blue-purple of death, lack of oxygen, goulish to inspire fear, guilt, shame, and highlight all of our imperfections. The Kabbala links her with fornication that is not fro the purpose of procreation. Intentionally wasted or accidentally spilled ejaculate. The one in a million chance of a sperm at the beginning of it’s life cycle. The millions of eggs that a woman passes through her monthly menstruation. The blotch of blood on the tampex, the abortion. Jewish midwives used to draw a circle around the newborn to protect it from Lilith add the evil-eye. A knife or sword was used to make the circle; probably the same one that was used to cut the umbilical cord.

“And the Serpent, the Woman of Harlotry, incited and seduced Eve through the husks of Light which in itself is holiness. And the Serpent seduced Holy Eve, and enough said for him who understands. And all this ruination came about because Adam the first man coupled with Eve while she was in her menstrual impurity – this is the filth and the impure seed of the Serpent who mounted Eve before Adam mounted her. Behold, here it is before you: because of the sins of Adam the first man all the things mentioned came into being. For Evil Lilith, when she saw the greatness of his corruption, became strong in her husks, and came to Adam against his will, and became hot from him and bore him many demons and spirits and Lilin.” — Patai81:455f

“She roams at night, and goes all about the world and makes sport with men and causes them to emit seed. In every place where a man sleeps alone in a house, she visits him and grabs him and attaches herself to him and has her desire from him, and bears from him. And she also afflicts him with sickness, and he knows it not, and all this takes place when the moon is on the wane.” — Zohar

Stars of Shatabhisha

Gamma Aquarii (Sadachbia) is the main star of Shatabhisha, but Fomalhaut is also nearby and has significance similar to that of Varuna, the ruling diety of this nakshatra.

The Arabic asterism al Aḣbiyah, “the Tent,” consists of 1. Gamma Aquarii, 2. Zeta Aquarii, 3. Eta Aquarii and 4. Pi Aquarii: known as The Auspice of Woolen Tents. This asterism appears as a triangle of moderately bright stars with a fourth star located right in the center. It resembles the woolen tent often made with three poles that met in the middle, like atee-pee.

Gamma Aquarii (Sadachbia)

In the right arm of the water bearer. It was known as the  lucky star of hidden things. .In China they call it Fen Mu, the tomb. When the Sun rises here was considered a time when all the worms and insects come out of ground and tent dwellers can move to their Spring pasturelands. Arabic meaning lucky homes or lucky tents.

Fomalhaut

Located in the mouth of the southern fish. It’s often called the fish’s mouth, or the fish’s eye. This star is not listed among any of the nakshatra in Vedic Astrology, but as one of the brightest stars in this part of the sky and it’s connection with the four guardians it bears mentioning.

Fomalhaut is known as the Guardian of the Southern Sky and it’s connected with the  Archangel Gabriel, who served as gods messenger. He delivered annunciation to the Virgin Mary, telling her she would give birth to Jesus. In the Quran he derived Gods revelations to the Prophet Muhammad. He is essentially the divine messenger who will announce the Day of Judgement. He can help us interpret visions and offer us guidance. This is the point of the Suns transit when it crosses the winter solstice: the return of the light after the period of winter darkness.

Fomalhaut is called the loneliest star. One of the four royal architects: inspires a vision of the future for an evolved humanitarian based society. Inspires technology arts and sciences that are connected with the humanistic spirit. The flow of resources becomes connected with the upliftment of the human spirit. Defies convention and compartmentalisation, supports individuality, progress and freedom. Rules over the right heel.

Archangel Gabriel

Archangel Gabriel who has the power to announce gods will to men and explain their visions to them. He works with Michael to defend the truth. He appear a couple times too announce the birth of John the Baptist & Jesus. It was he who was sent to destroy Jerusalem. The Kabbala connects him with the sephirah of Yesod, a node near the base of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life. It gathers the vital forces from the heavens above and distributes them to the earth below. It’s like the engine room of creation or the Treasure House of Images, the sphere of Maya, Magic and Illusion. It’s likened to the Angelic choir as opposed to the demonic order ruled over by the archdeacon Lilith. The Christian connect it with the Holy Spirit of the trinity and some Christian cults think of him as the same man as  Noah.

According to Jewish mythology, in the Garden of Eden there is a tree of life or the “tree of souls” that blossoms and produces new souls, which fall into the Guf, the Treasury of Souls. Gabriel reaches into the treasury and takes out the first soul that comes into his hand. Then Lailah, the Angel of Conception, watches over the embryo until it is born.

The Angel Gabriel is believed to have revealed the first five verses of the Al-Alaq Chapter of the Quran. The very first of this revelations was the word ‘Iqra’ which means to read, to recite, to understand the inner meaning so that you may properly recite, to read in steps. It comes from the word ‘karae’ which relates to the “gathering the blessed blood in the womb and being thrown out.” It then gets used to refer the the female period. Later on it became a way to suggest “accumulating something, distributing it, transferring it to other places” in the way energy gathers in the womb as it gets carried around and is then dropped in a different place. This is important because as it’s used from a spiritual perspective it means that eh Prophet, in this case Muhammad, has the responsibility to accumulate wisdom from god and then distribute it. Reveal what is hidden. If we pay attention to this story there is deep symbolism about the axis between Magha & Shatabhisha.

The Story from Al-Alaq, Chapter 96 of the Quran

“The first thing that began happening with the Messenger of Allah from the revelation was dreams that he would see in his sleep that would come true. He would not see any dream except that it would come true just like the (clearness of) the daybreak in the morning. Then seclusion became beloved to him. So, he used to go to the cave of Hira’ and devote himself to worship there for a number of nights, and he would bring provisions for that. Then he would return to Khadijah and replenish his provisions for a similar number of nights.

“This continued until the revelation suddenly came to him while he was in the cave of Hira’. The angel came to him while he was in the cave and said, “Read!” The Messenger of Allah said, (I replied: “I am not one who reads.) Then he said, “So he (the angel) seized me and pressed me until I could no longer bear it. Then he released me and said: `Read!’ So I replied: I am not one who reads.’ So, he pressed me a second time until I could no longer bear it. Then he released me and said: “Read! Recite! Proclaim! In the Name of your Lord Who created man out of a clot of congealed blood. Read! Recite! Proclaim! your Lord is the Most Generous who taught men to recite by word and by the Pen, who taught man that which he knew not.”

“So he returned with those Ayat, and with his heart trembling until he came home to Khadijah, and he said, “Wrap me up, wrap me up!” So they wrapped him up until his fear went away. After that he told Khadijah everything that had happened and said, I fear that something may happen to me. Khadijah replied, “Never! By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you. You keep good relations with your relatives, you speak the truth, you help the poor and the destitute, you serve your guests generously, and you help the deserving, calamity afflicted people.’”

Manilius, Astronomica, 1st century AD, book 5“When the Southern Fish rises into the heavens, leaving its native waters for a foreign element, whoever at this hour takes hold of life will spend his years about sea-shore and river-bank he will capture fish as they swim poised in the hidden depths; he will cast his greedy eyes into the midst of the waters, craving to gather pellucid stones (pearls) and, immersed himself, will bring them forth together with the homes of protective shell wherein they lurk. No peril is left for man to brave, profit is sought by means of shipwreck, and the diver who has plunged into the depths becomes, like the booty, the object of recovery. And not always small is the gain to be derived from this dangerous labor (implying that a diver’s life was usually an unenviable one) pearls are worth fortunes, and because of these splendid stones there is scarcely a rich man left. Dwellers on land are burdened with the treasures of the sea. A man born to such a lot plies his skill along the shore; or he purchases at a fixed wage another’s labor and sells for a profit what it has brought him, a pedlar in the many different forms of sea products.”

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

“They were given authority over a quarter of the Earth, to kill with sword, famine and plague, and by means of the beasts of the Earth.”

They are not specifically identified, but they are said to be personifications of  death, famine, war & conquest. They herald the Last Judgment and set a divine end of time upon the world. Much of what we know about them comes from John’s revelation. It’s likely that each of these horsemen also relate with each of the four cardinal directions starting with the Archangel Michael and working their way around. Each horseman gives us a new challenge to deal with, just as each of the Archangels offer us a solution.

The First Horseman

“Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.” Revelation 6:1–2

He rides a white horse, carries a bow, and is given a crown as a figure of conquest, perhaps invoking pestilence, or the Antichrist. Some believe this may refer to Jesus who marks the beginning of the story. The white purity of holy spirit. The Holy Spirit was understood to have come upon the Apostles at Pentecost after Jesus departed Earth. The appearance of the Lion in Revelation 5 shows the triumphant arrival of Jesus in Heaven, and the first Horseman may represent the sending of the Holy Spirit by Jesus and the advance of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Second Horseman

When He broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.” And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from Earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him.”Revelation 6:3–4

They generally say that this foreman represents civil war since the first one represent general war and conquest. This is more like the slaughter of innocents. It’s ben related to the persecution of the Christians. It speaks of the division of families,  The red colour is the red of blood, or of fire and destruction.

The Third Horseman

“When He broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; but do not damage the oil and the wine.”Revelation 6:5–6

The scales connect him both to the scales of justice as well as the merchants scales. The shloka referenced food inflation which is suggestive of famine, but for the poor only since the luxury foods like wine and oil would be unaffected. It’s suggestive of imperial oppression. This is the only horseman that speaks.

The Fourth Horseman

“When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the Earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the Earth.” Revelation 6:7–8

This is the only one that was specifically named: Death. He carries no weapons or implements, but is closely followed by Hades. And it’s not just pale, but the sickly parlour of a corpse.

Astrology King Uranus with Fomalhaut: “Unstable, wasted talents, evil environment, unpractical ideas, loses friends, addicted to drugs or intoxicants, utopian schemes, afflicted marriage partner, brings misfortune to associates, fatally injured by electricity, explosion or accident. [Robson, p.167.]”

Astrology King Neptune with Fomalhaut: “Sharp, shrewd, self-seeking, analytical, detective ability, many secret enemies, connected with secret affairs or government work, occult interests, somewhat dishonest, influential friends, associated with 9th and 12th house affairs, gain through speculation, death of marriage partner, many narrow escapes, violent death through secret enemies.” (No orb): “These individuals are open telepathically to pictures. Their psychic information received through mental pictures may at times be interpreted erroneously if they do not learn how to decipher the massages correctly. Depending on how they use this ability, they can either be of great benefit to other people, or merely entertainers who have the ability while blindfolded to identify what another person is holding in their hand. The audience is in awe over the performance, but it does not bring any practical benefits to those in attendance.” 

Health: Jaw & right thigh

Health problems due to deficiency, inadequacy, impotency, infertility, incompetency, neglect. These people tend to slip between the cracks. Many of then are born with some inherent weakness of the breath or circulation; weak heart, weak lungs, low vitamin D, gothic, ashen grey, or blue-purple-grey, the colour of death or the colour of bruising.

  • Arthritis, rheumatism, dropsy
  • Heart trouble, hypertension, strokes
Strokes:

Saturn in Shatabhisha: Leonid Brezhnev had a series of strokes in the Late 1970’s. He dies of a heart attack at age

Addiction:

Saturn in Shatabhisha: Leonid Brezhnev was addicted to sedatives and sleeping pills. According to one joke, Brezhnev’s daily routine began with reanimation, followed by makeup, a banquet, an awards ceremony and concluding in clinical death. Nigel Farage: He was prescribed strong sleeping pills and anti-inflammatory tablets for severe back pain. Steve Austin: steroids and pain killers.

Fertility

Nigel Farage has claimed that the “incompetence and negligence of the NHS” almost killed him in his 20s after a tumour caused his left testicle to swell to the size of a lemon.

  • Calves, ankles
  • Jaw problems, TMJ
  • Bone fracture

Key Themes

We are all alone! We are all equal in sin! We are all made of the same earth! The are cloaked in darkness, covered in shame, the original sin of being born to this earth.

Essentially these people love responsibility; they are like a vacuums for taking on duties and responsibility. They are magnets for blame and they will get more than their fair share. The truth is always cloudy, and if they follow the conspiracy theorist approach to seeking the truth “out there” they can drive themselves crazy. They have to look deep within and see that we can either be passive participants in the natural cycles, or we can work with them by going inside and aligning ourselves with nature.

This is where the Christian guilt lies. We are all guilty before the lord. Final judgement will be made in Purva Ashada; the secret of Shatabhisha is to reserve judgement. The karma is deep here. It’s like wading though the swamp, and perhaps this is also where the river Styx is being crossed, except there is no boat man, just a big dark cloud. Depression, pessimism and loneliness are common themes.

This is the lamb that gets sacrificed. The black sheep of the herd. The one who is just born at the wrong time in the family line. If I look back at my own family history, around the time of the great depression. My grandfathers brothers were educated before the collapse, but then the whole economy fell and this my grandfather became the family burden. The one who gets blamed for all the families ills. I don’t know that my little story is true, but this is the energy of Shatabhisha; even the cloudy truth of my story.

In some sense, the truth is lost in the smoke somewhere. Shatabhisha gives us a choice, we can cover it up an live it all over again, or we can find the truth and be set free.

This can be very good energy executive positions, positions of responsibility, make decision most of us are grateful we don’t have to make. No matter what they do they will get blamed.

Satabishaka sits across from Magha. The one who disperses darkness and attracts the light. Shatabhisha draws in the darkness and repels the light. Kings don’t take responsibility for anything, they delegate their duties and responsibilities. They have someone for everything, they have all the power and Shatabhisha has none. This is the condemned man in the face of his maker and this is where we face the real reason for accusations against us; the reason behind the reason: Karma. The karma is deep, thick, heavy and complicated here; but the consequences are’m

This makes for a scientific perspective, there is something about the unbroken line here that connects everything, like in connect the dots. One of the things that really struck me here was the difference between the Pentagram and the Star of David. The Star of David sets up the world as two opposing realities: good and evil, light and dark, masculine and feminine. But the pentagram is a single unbroken line that connects light and dark; it’s the alchemical expression of symbiosis that removes any judgement from one to the other and puts all people, all castes, and all the virtues and sins on equal footing. From this perspective, it’s not so much the forces of good and evil battling it out, there is not black and white in Shatabhisha, just all the shades of grey in between. Within the sin, there is some goodness; and within our goodness there is some sin. We might then conclude that balance means that even our acts of charity should have an equal amount of selfishness. The yin and the yang is all blended together here like the witches brew; the dark magician in purple, the mystical dragon scale,

Professions: Electricians and all those who work with electricity, Technology Experts, Radar and X-ray Experts, Chemotherapists, Astronauts, Astronomers and Astrologers, Space Research, Pilots, Radio Operators, Martial Arts Instructors and Martial Artists, Aeronautical, Rocket or Space Engineers,Aeronautical Industry, Those who work in the Film and Television Industry, Trendsetters, Photographers, Science Fiction Writers and Enthusiasts, Nuclear Physicists and Physicists in general, Those working in the Drug & Pharmaceutical Industry, Physicians & Surgeons; Professions connected with the Production & Distribution of Alcohol, Drug Dealers, Waste Disposal and Recycling Industry, Those who work in the Production of Plastics, Petroleum and associated Industries, Bikers and Motor Sports, Automobile Industry, Seafaring Professions, Detectives, Puzzle Experts, Explorers, Hunters and Inventors, Yoga and Meditation gurus, Zen Experts

  • New age, space, ailments, counter-culture, conspiracy theorists. They are sensitive to drug addiction, drinking, fluids and serums. Niche, retro, undercover, disguised, wearing black, herion.
  • Urge to rush things can be counter productive. 
  • The overseer
  • The tabernacle, the tent, the radiant radio, the ark; enormous root splitting systems, breaks taboo against connection to the greater systems; mass consciousness & mixed systems
  • They prefer tropical jungle, diversity, mixed masses,

Planets & Pada of Shatabhisha

Rahu: Fascination, in over our head, drowning, intense, hunger, uncontrollable urges.

Aquarius + Rahu: Mixed marketplace, melting-pod, shadowy marketplace practices, niche markets,

Ascendant in Shatabhisha

“I, myself, am strange and unusual.” “You can’t pay enough money to… cure that feeling of being broken and confused.” “Dear Diary: My teen angst bullshit now has a body count.”— Winona Ryder

Bepin Behari General Indications: ”You will have a soft body, excellent memory power, wide forehead, attractive eyes, bright countenance, prominent nose and bulged abdomen. You would appear to belong to an aristocratic family at first sight. You will not hesitate to sacrifice your own life for upholding the truth. As you were born with certain principles, you have to quite often confront with others as you cannot deviate from your principles of life. Selfless service is your motto. You insist on following religious traditions. You are also of the adamant type. Once you make a decision it is not easy for others to change your mind. While you are very intelligent and efficient in most walks of life, your are very soft at heart. You are a mixture of good and bad. When provoked, you will rise like a bulldog, but that anger is soon subsided. As you do not believe in pomp and show, you have a feeling of shyness to exhibit your talents. However, your talents will be unearthed due to your interesting and attractive conversation, which will be highly instructive and educational. Up to 34 years of age will be many trials in your professional field. After 34 years will be constant progress. You are highly suited for the practice of astrology, psychology and healing arts. Your literary capacity and greatness will come to limelight even when you are very young. You are capable of acquiring a very fine and high education. This Nakshatra has produced eminent doctors and researchers in medicines. Generally you have to face a lot of problems from dear and near ones. Even then, you always extend a helping hand to your family even without being asked. It has been noticed that you have to undergo maximum mental agony due to your brothers. You cannot enjoy much benefit from your father, whereas full love and affection is derived from your mother. It has also been found that you are not capable of leading a happy married life. While on the one hand you do not enjoy happy married life, yet, your spouse will have all the good qualities that are expected of a companion. Outwardly you may appear to have very good health but it is not so. You cannot tolerate even the slightest affliction to the body. You are prone to urinary diseases, breathing trouble and diabetes. As you are too much inclined for sexual pleasures, you may have sexually transmitted diseases. Even though you may keep illicit relationship, it will be kept a secret from all. You may have problems with your jaws. You are also liable to suffer from colic troubles and must take precautions to protect yourself from the diseases incidental to exposure to cold weather. You will have a lean constitution, but in appearance only, and be bold in speech. You will be obstinate and this character will create much mental problems. You are not ready to listen to anybody on any matter. Whatever you think and do are only correct. You will meet with some accident before 33 years of age. You should not become involved in unnecessary quarrels. Prone to injury inflicted by others. Your outward expression is mischievous but not inwardly. In other words, you think one thing but do another. You may have two marriages. You will be wealthy, self-respecting, respectful to elders, particularly your parents. There is danger from water at age 5, mental affliction at 22 years of age. You will leave your homeland for employment when you are 24 year old and go toward the Eastern direction. You will live for 90 years and will meet with death in the month of October.”

General Indications Shil-Ponde: “Dark complexion but not particularly prepossessing. Will be an inventor or a lawyer. Usually has a small family. Is a good provider, truthful, frank, and independent. Loves wife and children, but gets very little happiness in return from wife, and separation is usually the result. Likes educational travel in foreign countries, and has expensive tastes. Talks very little, is easily angered, and is not popular socially. Has great respect for older people.”

Astrology King: Ascendant conjunct Fomalhaut: “Great and lasting honors, an immortal name. [4] On the Ascendant and in good aspect, tradition has it that this star will make for fame and a name remembered forever. [5] Very eloquent and good-looking. May only have a few children or only belatedly or have only girls or none. Well-known, famous, resourceful, very learned, fond of philosophical dissertations, eloquent, creative, insightful, ingenious, fond of music and the arts, kind-hearted, agreeable and with a delicate life, happy, sensible and thoughtful, skillful and fortunate. Self-taught, esteemed for reasoning ability, a propensity for what is virtuous, well-spoken and pleasant to talk to, amiable and well-tempered manners, solicitous, possesses the art of judgment, and generous. A splendid and illustrious life; glorious, mighty and commanding nature; fame, busy with many activities, bountiful resources, well known or feared in cities and regions, prosperity from youth and in own city.”

Shil-Ponde Male with Shatabhisha Ascendant: “A quite unassuming person: thoughtful and meditative, but give to sudden outbursts of temper. Lives in the mental world rather than the physical. Prefers solitude to the company of others. They don’t like small-talk and find social contact tiresome. Many Astrologers and Philosophers have Shatabhisha rising. They are light eaters and moderate in most things.”

Shil-Ponde Female with Shatabhisha Ascendant: “She controls her emotions. Is not easily angered. Respected by other women. Attached to her relatives and beloved by her elders. She will maintain a good and respectable position in society.”

Commentary: Unique, exotic, exciting, opportunistic, usually an upright social life with a very unusual private life. Wealthy, popular, they are very good at gaming the system, finding the loop-holes in business. They often work with large systems relating with mathematics, science, cosmology.

Celebrities with Shatabhisha Ascendant

Karl Marx (counter culture activist (1)), Martin Brodeur (1), Phil Donahue (writer, tabloid talk show host (1)), Greta Thunberg (1), BV Raman (2), Descartes (2), Maxmillian Robespierre (2), Pier Paolo Pasolini (2), Federico Garcia Lorca (surrealist poet, playwright, theatre director (2)), Ionannis Pallikaris (founder of LASIK (2)), Salman Khan (2), Robert Wadlow (Giant (2)), Marla Runyan? (2), Tattoo Baba (1000 needles (2)),  Baruch Spinoza (3), Frank Gehry (3), Eckhart Tolle (wellness (3)), Robin Di Angelo (White Fragility (3)), Dale Evans (3), Gwyneth Paltrow (wellness (3)), Ellen Degeneres (3),  Christiaan Barnard (heart surgeon (4)), Jason Alexander (4),  Frank Abbandando (4), Melinda Gates (4), Brittany Dahl (4),  Argentine (), Catherine the Great (), August Lumiere (), Patsy Willard (),