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2. Bharani Nakshatra

Ruled by Venus. (13° 20’ – 26° 40’ Aries) The Bee (the Fly) #35, #39, #41 Arietis.

The star of Restraint. Power to Clean and Remove Impurity

Meaning: She who Bears 

Main deity: Yami & Yama – Gods of Life & Death.

Main symbols: A Vagina; a Doorway or Cave (the gatekeeper),

Associations: Bondage of time and karma, how we make choices. Yamas and Niyama of Patanjali. 

Secondary deities: Ganesha, Kali, Saturn and sacrifice. Radha – Krishna and the moon. Hades and Persephone (Pluto and Proserpina).

Secondary symbols:  a Triangle, a Boat (which carries you to the other side), and an elephant. 

Tree – incense: Amla – Indian Gooseberry 

Body parts: Top of the Head & Bottom of the Feet

Sexual – creative animal: Male Elephant – Musth 

Trimurti: Vishnu/Preservation

Gotra/Clan: Sage Vashishta

Gana/Race: Manushya/Human

Varna/Caste: Mleccha

Motivation/Goal: Artha

Nature: Fierce /Severe

Activity: Balanced


Guna: Rajasic

Element: Earth

Tridosha: Pitta

Sex/Gender: Female

Downward Facing

Direction: West

Colour: Blood Red

Animal: Male Elephant


Guernica – Picasso

Classical References

Moon in Bharani: 

Brihat Samhita Rulership: Those who feed on blood and flesh, cruel men, those that are engaged in killing, imprisonment and beating others, low-born persons, and those who are devoid of courage (character or nobility).

Hora Sara: They will have a quietly disposed mind, will be unsteady in their thinking, they will chase after women, be dear to their brothers, self-respected, courageous, helpful to friends, and long lived. They will have fewer sons.

Jataka Parijata: They will have a defective limb, be addicted to another’s wife, be cruel and ungrateful but will possess wealth.

Sage Narada: They will be skilful in sexual acts, be truthful, resolute in their undertakings, bereft of sickness, fortunate and will eat limited food.

Brihat Samhita: They will be determined and carry out what they set out to do. They will be truthful, free from ill health, efficient and happy.

Varahamihira: They are resolute, honest, healthy and happy.

Brihat Samhita: When Saturn transits Bharani, dancers, actors, musicians or singers, those who play on musical instruments, the wicked and hunters will all come to harm. 

Auspicious Activities

Bharani is a fierce, severe nakshatra so it’s not good for auspicious activities. Marriage, travel, and ceremonial events should not be undertaken when the Moon transits Bharani. The classics suggest that we destroy our enemies, administer poison, or work with fire for this transit. The energy of Bharani is works for preservation and to establish order; despite it’s fierceness, it’s not really a destructive nakshatra. Bharani like’s to impose harsh discipline to maintain order. This can be alright if we are on the side of imposition rather than the one being imposed upon, but it’s ultimately nasty business for both parties. This logic generally extends to the marketplace to make this a “sellers day;” which is not so good for the buyer. Unorthodox tantric practices that demand discipline and harsh austerities can proceed in Bharani. 

Special Considerations

  • Pushkara Amsha: 21º Aries. Nourishing part of the sign. Transiting planets give auspicious results when they cross this point.
  • Saturn is debilitated at 20º Aries.
  • Pushkara Navamsha is between 20º – 23º 20’ (Libra navamsha).

Qualities of Bharani

Vishnu – Sustaining, Maintaining, Organising principle: Focus is to maintain order in the universe, in society and life. Their focus is to maintain what is here and keep things going. It primarily does this through organisation of the available resources. 

Sage Vashishta with Arundhati

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.

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

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

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

Fierce / Severe: A provocative placement for starting fights, arguments, litigation, quitting your job, bringing an end to things or taking care of things once and for all. Serving justice or carrying out a crime, killing things, cheating, poisoning, surgery, buying or using guns and other weapons, destroying your enemies or obstacles in a harsh way. It’s good for harvesting, tearing down the old, clearing land for development, activities that once done cannot be undone. It can be great for cutting off toxic relationships, giving up bad habits, starting a tough detox, or going into rehab, completing some act of penance like self-flagellation. Magha, P. Phalguni, P. Ashadha, P. Bhadra are the other fierce Nakshatras. Tuesdays carry this energy which is why they say not to initiate travel on this day. 

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

Rajasic: Spiritually active location. This energy usually seeks to gain or change something: changing state, passionate, accusative.

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

Male Elephant 

Elephants mating

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

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

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

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

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

Notice the elephants supporting the world when they churn the Ocean of Milk

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

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

Airavata was given to Indra. Airavata’s death was used as anexcuse by Yudishtra to say that a soldier of the sam name had died. Yudhishtra’s only lie. His feet came back to earth immediately.

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

Bharani – Ashwini Comparison

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

Gods & Symbols of Bharani

Yama & Yami 

Yamraj – Dharmaraj

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

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

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

Yama & Yami

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sage Markandeya used Trayambakum mantra to keep Yama from taking him.

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

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

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

Yama Gayatri Mantra

“Om surya puthraya vidhmahe maha kalaya

Dheemahi thanno yamaha prachodayath”

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

Oh great Lord of time, give me higher intellect, 

And let the God of death illuminate my mind”

The five Yamas
Patanjali’s Yama & Niyama

The five restraints of Patanjali yoga

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

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

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

La Vie – Picasso

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

Hades & Persephone (Goddess of Nature)

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

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

Pirithous tries to kidnap Persephone

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

Hercules & Cerberus
Hercules’ final labour to steal Hades’ dog

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


  • Top of the head (brain) and bottom of feet
    • Genetic Inherited illness

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

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

Evolutionary Biology

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

Deficiency in Serotonin, GABA, and endorphins is usually correlated and expressed through addictive behaviour, stress, anxiety, depression, self-destructive behaviour, pain in the body, Fibromyalgia, emotional sensitivity, pleasure seeking behaviour, taboo breaking behaviour. A well placed Mars is likely to be familiar with the endorphin rush of exercise and sudden bursts of activity; but if Rahu Ketu or Saturn are disrupting this energy in Bharani they can develop a self destructive streak.

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

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

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

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

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

Musca Borealis

Stars of Bharani

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

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

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

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

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

Tree of Bharani

Amla – Indian Goose Berry

Amla: Indian Gooseberry, Amalaki, Phyllanthus Emblica:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mars & Venus

Planetary Rulers of Bharani

Venus: All of the Venus nakshatras including Bharani, Purva Phalguni & Purva Ashadha will enjoy Music and sensual pleasures. These are places that value women, women, balance, and harmony. Beauty is important to them as are their possessions. These are places where arrangements are made, agreements & contracts are signed and there’s an air of mutual interest. Venus also likes advocacy & equity, building trust & making promises; she is the peace-keeper of astrology. Alone, Venus is devoid of aggressive tendencies, she wants to make a deal and bargain; in such a setting, image becomes everything and Venus is not adverse to wearing a mask, Venus also relates with storage places and every kind of collection you can imagine.

Mars – Aries: Selfish, anger, aggression, power, courage, brothers, fire, steel, blood, direct penetration, competition, fresh, active, assertive, impatient, anticipation, impulsive, crude, daring, dominant, pioneer, sharp, cutting, kinetic energy, dynamic, direct pursuit, direct conquest, head to head, courage, first to arrive, the head 

Mars + Venus: Love becomes a weapon that can penetrate deep; it brings a lot of passion to Bharani. This can cause them to roam relationships a little bit in search of that passion. They are looking for love in all the wrong places. Anger and aggression can be used as tools of diplomacy. They might be constantly in search of some kind of new balance as they actively pursue life’s pleasure. We get some competitive beauty here; both sexes/genders will tend to aggressively try to attract attention from the other and gain the trust of others. Bargaining and agreement seeking can be competitive with both sides seeking to beat the other; to get just a little bit bigger slice of the pie. They will vigorously seek the acquisition of valuable objects. 

Pada’s of Bharani

Pada 1 (Aries + Venus + Leo): 

They value creativity and originality. They may work with children to develop their creativity, and intelligence. They make natural leaders and may be an authority of what is right and wrong which could take them into criminal justice or the realm of morals and ethics.Oddly enough this trait can make them good at choreography and getting everyone on the same page so to speak.   They can be good at dance, yoga, and sports and are not likely to have any issue with expressing themselves or their opinion. Which might just be one of their greatest hurdles: big ego, strong opinions. The Sun gets some extra power here in this regard due to being in his own Navamsha; they are typically intelligent and have a good education as well. 

Ascendant: Charles Bukowski (1), Isaac Newton (1), Mr Fred Rogers (1), Heidi Loeppky (Neo-Tantra (1)), Richard Wagner (Supreme Court Judge Canada (1)) Sun: Michell Pfeiffer (1), Candace Owens (1), Ulysses S Grant (1), Uma Thurman (1), Daven (1), Curtis Joseph (Goaltender(1)). Moon: Quentin Tarantino (1), Richard Wagner (Judge (1)), Yoichiro Nambu (Physics (1)), Jean Jacques Rousseau (1), Bret Weinsteinn (Evolutionary Biology (1)), Bill Nye (1), Reverend Jerry Farwell (1), George Floyd (Doorman (1)). Mars: Edward Smyth-Osbourn (1), Eddie Gallagher (1), Castro (1), Kate Moss (1), Henry David Thoreau (1), Rose McGowan (1),  Jupiter: Dick Cheney. Saturn: Dick Cheney, Mel Gibson

Ulysses S. Grant in vigorous pursuit of union.

Pada 2 (Aries + Venus + Virgo): Venus Debilitated in navamsha. 

Logic, rhetoric and argumentation skills essential for law and politics can be found here. They can be very critical about the value of things. This could involve them in work that involves appraisal and they might be called in to figure things out for people in a general sense. This position involves giving an opinion and supporting it; one has to take a stand. And of course this can also be controversial; they will likely face a lot of criticism. Planets here will involve them in some kind of exploitation, imbalance, crime; likely in different degrees in their both their private and professional lives: clinical settings, crime scene, courts, theatres of war, Saturn here really increases the chance of exploitation of labour. If Venus is here, pleasure, beauty, and “agreement” can be used to mask the problems or cover up the crimes. 

These people are usually pretty comfortable in their bodies but their power can be reduced due to over indulgence in pleasures. They can be good fighters, they could be ambidextrous and usually fairly agile. They usually have a pretty good idea of what hell is; either through their personal or professional lives. They will have a very strong sense of duty.  Virgo can also involve criminal enterprise: financial crime or petty crime and the story of lost innocence becomes especially potent in this pada. Sanjay Rath has stated that if the Sun is 17°-18° STD’s are possible. If the Sun is 18°-19° then serious skin diseases are indicated

Ascendant: Dick Cheney (2), Charles Arthur (2), Robert Yeats (Geologist (2)), Ron DeSantis (2), Mia Farrow (2), Al Pacino (2), Sun: Willie Nelson (2), The Rock (2), Christine Texas (2), Oliver Cromwell (2), Karla Holmolka (2), Shakespeare (2), David Backham (2), Maria Slemionow (2),Jane West (2), Moon: Carlos Castaneda (2), Baruch Spinoza (optical lenses & philosopher (2)), Meryl Streep (2), Descartes (lawyer (2)). Mars: Isaac Newton (2), Thomas Beatie (2), Cheryl Crane (2), Jordan Peterson (2), Tamerlane (2), Alena (2), Mercury: Sid Vicious. Venus: Descartes, Willie Nelson. Jupiter: Edmond James Rothchild. Saturn: Uma Thurman. Rahu: Karl Marx

Pada 3 (Aries + Venus + Libra): Pushkara Navamsha

Harmoniser of opposites. Highlights the side of Venus that actively pursues balance, harmony, trust, union and agreement. They can be quite wealthy and many of the business and deal making abilities get highlighted here. They are good yogis, dancers, musicians, Radha – Krishna types, entertainers, and influencers. They can be very caring and trust is important to them. They might even have a trust fund. They might work with relationship, sex industry, hospitality, entertainment, dance teachers, but they will have to balance two distinctly different lives somehow. This is not a good position for the Sun since he becomes debilitated in the Navamsha. No matter how high of a position they start out with they will lose everything: from a king to a pauper. Steadfast worship of the Sun in his periods is the only remedy but Savitri was successful in retrieving her husband from Yamraj using this method. Saturn typically gives good results since they are likely to have a partner to go thru hell with and those commitments will be all the firmer for it. 

Ascendant: Edmond Jamse de Rothchild (3), Dave Toschi (3), Joseph Campbell (3), Joseph Campbell (3),  Sun: Karl Max (3), Tony Blair (3), Martin Brodeur (Goaltender (3)), David Carpenter (3), Mary Ann Polly Seguin (3), Jeremy Jai Ditchwitch (3), Audrey Hepburn (3), Calamity Jane (3), Moon: Swami Sivananda (doctor (3)), Karl Marx (3), Cliana Ireland (Psychoanalyst (3)), Ronald Reagan (3), Bugsy Siegel (3), Teresa de Avila (3), Russia (3),Chamunda Devi (foreign aghori baba living in Varanasi. died Aug 2020 (3)). Mars: Meredith Black (3), Jennifer Lawrence (3), Madonna (3), Eliana Trinaistic (3), Swami Yukteshwar Giri (3),Chuck Norris (3), Jesse James (3), UK (3), Sri Ramana Maharshi (3), Jen Angosta (3), Charlie Chaplin (3), Bruce Willis (3),  Jupiter: Ulysses S Grant. Venus: Candace Owens Saturn:  Lance Alsworth (3), Robert Buell (3), Naomi Campbell (3), Winston Churchill (3), Ted Cruz (3), Martin Sheen (3), Benjamin Franklin (3), John Lennon (3), Jackson Pollock (3),

Pada 4 (Aries + Venus + Scorpio)

Sex, death and the dark side of the human psyche get highlighted here. Underground resources, mining and oil are also favoured as are war, emergency response, and dealing with catastrophe. This can be a very high energy, productive, investigative, discovery, research orientated position but it certainly has a dark and mysterious side. They often face many unexpected problems growing up and there may be an air of secrecy around many things. They can be degenerate, poor, cruel, deceptive, and far too cunning for one’s own good.  

Ascendant: Bepin Behari (4), Susan B (4), Yoichiro Nambu (4), Sun:  Stanislawa Leszczynska (incarcerated midwife (4)), Sonny Liston (Boxer – Doorman (4)),Maxmillian Robespierre (4), Rabindranath Tagore (4), Sigmund Freud (4), Sid Vicious (4), Leon Festinger (4), Ronnie Gale Dreyer (Philosopher – Astrologer (4)),. Moon: Bob Dylan (4), Mother Teresa (4), Cynthia Breazeal (robotics (4)), Joan Collins (child advocate (4)), Cheryl Crane (4),Stephen Jay Gould (pianist), Emmanuel Macron (investment banker (4)), Demi Moore (4), Mars: Timothy McVeighm (4), Jeremy Corbyn (4), JFK (4), Harvey Cushing (4), Leon Festinger (4), Thich Nhat Hanh (4), Hitler (4), Kathy Witt (4), Liv Tyler (4). Saturn: Roy Rogers. Ketu: Sid Vicious

Planets in Bharani


Statue of Bepin Behari in Kolkata

They will look like someone who is burdened by life. They will be sexy and materialistic: into business, law, and politics. They will have some kind of underground connections which could involve mafia or mining. They are likely to have a somewhat romantic frame of mind which will lead them to seek out what’s truly valuable. At some point along the road they will take a wrong turn and learn about the dark side of life. Unless they have some very difficult placements here they should come out the other side “of hell” more mature and more disciplined. This will, of course, mark a major turning point in their life. This position can turn very materialistic, but in most cases they will discover some natural talent that they will put to work for themselves. 

Charles Bukowski (1), Isaac Newton (1), Mr Fred Rogers (1), Heidi Loeppky (Neo-Tantra (1)), Richard Wagner (Supreme Court Judge Canada (1)), Dick Cheney (2), Charles Arthur (2), Robert Yeats (Geologist (2)), Ron DeSantis (2), Mia Farrow (2), Al Pacino (2), Edmond Jamse de Rothchild (3), Dave Toschi (3), Joseph Campbell (3), Bepin Behari (4), Susan B (4), Yoichiro Nambu (4),

[Note about ascendant nakshatra and to a lesser extent Moon nakshatras: I still have much rectification work to do with famous charts so this data may change.] 


“I am not bound to please thee with my answers.” ~ Shakespeare

This is a powerful position for the Sun. His dignity has just begun to wane after crossing his exaltation in Ashwini. They still possess power and brilliance and have a lot of leadership qualities. They will at least express themselves with tact and diplomacy but they will be very much in it for themselves. They might have a very different way of expressing themselves in public and in private and are likely to face a lot of issues related to pride, entitlement & anger. If we consider the relationship between Persephone and Apollo it suggests this placement might bring extra suffering to women due to entitled men; but a friend assured me that Apollo never crossed any serious lines of sexual assault. He was merely over-bearing. Sun in Bharani has the true value of things revealed to him. We could say that Persephone revealed her true value every-time she declined Apollo’s advances. You could say that true value is knowing one’s own value and values; which Persephone obviously did. In any case, their ability to be a gatekeeper is likely to be tested. They can’t just let anybody in. Take note of the NHL goaltenders as you go through Bhairani. 

Curtis Joseph ~ NHL goaltender known as Cujo for the hound from hell painted on his helmet.

Michell Pfeiffer (1), Candace Owens (1), Ulysses S Grant (1), Uma Thurman (1), Daven (1), Curtis Joseph (Goaltender(1)), Willie Nelson (2), The Rock (2), Christine Texas (2), Oliver Cromwell (2), Karla Holmoka (2), Shakespeare (2), David Backham (2), Maria Slemionow (2),Jane West (2), Karl Max (3), Tony Blair (3), Martin Brodeur (Goaltender (3)), David Carpenter (3), Mary Ann Polly Seguin (3), Jeremy Jai Ditchwitch (3),  Audrey Hepburn (3), Calamity Jane (3), Eliana Trinaistic (3), Stanislawa Leszczynska (incarcerated midwife (4)), Sonny Liston (Boxer – Doorman (4)),Maxmillian Robespierre (4), Rabindranath Tagore (4), Sigmund Freud (4), Sid Vicious (4), Leon Festinger (4), Ronnie Gale Dreyer (Philosopher – Astrologer (4)),


Philosophical – Psychological frame of mind. They may possess valuable knowledge, secrets from the dark side. Descartes is an excellent example though I tend to think he was a little confused. He didn’t doubt the “I” in existence; he started with it and then proceeded to tell us how he knows that he exists: because he thinks; because he has self-awareness; he has doubt. It should be noted that Spinoza was a philosophical opponent of Descartes (like night and day). Ashwini is headless, but Bharani natives have to think about things. They have to confront the problem that few of us know for certain if this path we are on is the right one. Bharani’s will actively try to balance everyone’s interest. They usually have strong personalities. In one way or another these people seem to be playing “Cops & Robbers;” they seem to have a better understanding than most that actions have consequences. They might be trying to live on the boundary between two worlds and they often have a sinister side to them, but they will generally be kind natured and helpful as they actively pursue balanced agreements. It’s perhaps their sense of doubt and sense of insecurity in the world that makes them such good depositors of trust. We can typically trust them with our most prized assets, valuables or collectables. Their habit will be to carry the burden themselves. They are masters at tapping into their natural abilities and will make use of them in life and career. Many of them are involved with children & charities protecting or nurturing natural resources, stored wealth, karmic inheritance and genetic heritage.

Quentin Tarantino (1), Richard Wagner (Judge (1)), Yoichiro Nambu (Physics (1)), Jean Jacques Rousseau (1), Bret Weinsteinn (Evolutionary Biology (1)), Bill Nye (1), Reverend Jerry Farwell (1), George Floyd (Doorman (1)), Carlos Castaneda (2), Baruch Spinoza (optical lenses & philosopher (2)),  Meryl Streep (2), Descartes (lawyer (2)), Swami Sivananda (doctor (3)), Karl Marx (3), Cliana Ireland (Psychoanalyst (3)), Ronald Reagan (3), Bugsy Siegel (3), Teresa de Avila (3), Russia (3),Chamunda Devi (foreign aghori baba living in Varanasi. died Aug 2020 (3)), Bob Dylan (4), Mother Teresa (4), Cyntha Breazeal (robotics (4)), Joan Collins (child advocate (4)), Cheryl Crane (4),Stephen Jay Gould (pianist), Emmanuel Macron (investment banker (4)), Demi Moore (4), 


Swami Yukteshwar & Paramahansa Yogananda

Mars really likes to live in a world of consequences which gives them a lot of courage. They are usually strong, healthy, powerful people. They can also be very hard workers as they compete to see who can carry the heaviest load. This is good if you’re hiring farm hands, but it’s a different story if you’re a psychologist. They often face the burden of fighting when they might not want to, however they are not against meting out punishment or serving up out the retributive Karma..They often have a bit of a cruel streak and they might enjoy seeing others get what’s coming to them. They are prone to testing the resolve of others even though their own can falter if there are delays.    

Edward Smyth-Osbourn (1), Eddie Gallagher (1), Castro (1), Kate Moss (1), Henry David Thoreau (1), Rose McGowan (1), Isaac Newton (2), Thomas Beatie (2), Cheryl Crane (2), Jordan Peterson (2), Tamerlane (2), Alena (2), Meredith Black (3), Jennifer Lawrence (3), Madonna (3), Eliana Trinaistic (3), Swami Yukteshwar Giri (3),Chuck Norris (3), Jesse James (3), UK (3), Sri Ramana Maharshi (3), Jen Angosta (3), Charlie Chaplin (3), Bruce Willis (3), Timothy McVeighm (4), Jeremy Corbyn (4), JFK (4), Harvey Cushing (4), Leon Festinger (4), Thich Nhat Hanh (4), Hitler (4), Kathy Witt (4), Liv Tyler (4), 


They are energetic and passionate speakers, but they can also have speech related problems. Adolescence can be a very trying time for them and I’m told some people with this placement may be marked for an early death (and I wonder if this is why there seems to be so few people with this placement). The second pada would give good deductive capabilities and make them adept at working with logic and solving puzzles. 

Arthur Conan Doyle (1), Enzo Ferrari (1), Brooke (1), Betty Ford (1), Calamity Jane (2), Osama Bin Laden (2), Naomi Campbell (2), Michael Arth (2), Sid Vicious (2), Mr T (2), Bhimrao Ambedkar (3), Tracy Chetna (3), Swami Yukteshwar Giri (3), Bennett Cert (3), Emma Watson (3), Mary Ann Polly Seguin (3), George Carlin (4), Morgan Freeman (4), Joe Louis (4)  

Sid Vicious & Nancy Splugen


Jupiter is well placed for gathering wealth and maintaining a diverse wealth portfolio. All three of the Rothchilds whose charts I’ve made have this placement. Most of us can’t imagine the burden this must be. It typically takes a few nice combinations to make that kind of wealth, but less wealthy people might still find themselves burdened by stuff. If Rahu aspects Jupiter in Bharani they could be hoarders. Even without Rahu’s influence these folk can have a strong attachment to their possessions. Jupiter is the heaviest planet, so he can really hold us down sometimes. They often take on the burden of getting an education and serving as advisors, bureaucrats or politicians. They will recognise that beliefs have consequences. They can be passionate about their beliefs and may be persecuted for them; however they could also do the same to others. 

Underground vaults might give off a yellowing light. Maybe not quite like the Rothschild’s.

Edward Smyth-Osbourn (1), Gary Gilmore (demanded they give him the death penalty for his crimes (1)), Richard Baldwin (1), Bruce Lee (1), Dick Cheney (1), Andy Warhol (1), Edmond James Rothchild (2), Sangita Narmada (2), Frances Desroche (2), Jefferey Epstein (2), John Milton (2), Edmond James de Rothchild (2), Robert B Neller (2), Maurice de Rothchid (2), Martin Sheen (3), Alfred Adler (3), Lance Alsworth (3), Roseanne Barr (3), Ranjan Bose (3), Robert Buell (3), Winston Churchill (3), Alexei Navalny (3), Eddie Vedder (3), Dan Aykrotd (3), Argentina (3), Ulysses S Grant (3), Fraser Rudebowl (3), John Lennon (3), Courtney Love (4), Putin (4), Zoe Fleischer (4), Virginia Woolf (4), Franklin D Roosevelt (4), Tamerlane (4), Dr Dre (4), Steve Austen (4), John Leslie (4), Chris Rock (4), 


They value masculinity and direct pursuit. Women may find themselves most agreeable to this kind of strong approach, one of the small difficulties with this position for women is that it masculinises them a little bit. Quite often they are athletic, but even if they’re not they will likely have a sporty style or dress like a boy. Or they could take the other approach and use their beauty aggressively. This is a very good position for taking a balanced approach to value and they. Men with this position are usually gentle men. Johnny Gottselig coached women’s sport teams the last half of his life and received nothing but praise. George Strait is a classic cowboy gentleman; really old school courtesies towards women and their honour. And it’s likely this sense of honour will be put to really stressful real world tests. Charlie Chaplin had a reputation as a bit of a scoundrel with women; but it seems like he also did what he could to set things right or do the right thing. Sometimes there is no way out of a scandal; one can only set their resolve and do what they feel needs to be done. Love can be a burden; as can women, and beauty. Agreeability itself can become a burden in some cases: either our own agreeing to things we don’t really want, or others doing so. This is some of the difficulty that comes through the enmity between Mars (ruler of Aries) and Venus despite Venus being in her own Nakshatra. High agreeability is typically correlated with low value and low self-esteem. They can turn to indulgence in pleasures and material objects in the futile attempt to increase their value. Women might come off as a bit cheap in their attempt to sell themselves; while men can be downright ridiculous in their attempts to please others. If we compare this with the Sun in Bharani we get a sense of how a little cruelty and harshness have value in themselves. Venus in Bharani is like having a gatekeeper who always says yes. 

Anne Frank (1), Boy George O’Dowd (1), Wilbr Cohen (1), Prince (1), Carl Wernicke (1),  Descartes (2), Willie Nelson (2), Michael Straus (2), Enzo Ferrari (2), Zameen (2), Willie Nelson (2), Candace Owens (3), William Butler Yeats (3), Mark Zuckerberg (3), Jean-Paul Sartre (3), Daven (3), Rabindranath Tagore (3), Peter Frost (3), Eddie Gallagher (3), Denis Hopper (3), Peter I of Russia (3), Charlie Chaplin (4), Hitler (4), Mary Ann Polly Seguin (4), Johnny Gottselig (4), Thomas Jefferson (4), Satoshi Nakamoto (4), George Strait (4), Judias Welty (4),  

Jackson Pollock

Saturn: Debilitated in Bharani. 

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

Deficiency in Serotonin, GABA, and endorphins is usually correlated and expressed through addictive behaviour, stress, anxiety, depression, self-destructive behaviour, pain in the body, Fibromyalgia, emotional sensitivity, pleasure seeking behaviour, and taboo breaking behaviour. A well placed Mars is likely to be familiar with the endorphin rush of exercise and sudden bursts of activity; but if Rahu Ketu or Saturn are disrupting this energy in Bharani they can develop a self-destructive streak.

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

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

Saturn in Bharani can lead to confinement. One may be confined by an illness or handicap, depression, drug addiction, or malnutrition. There may be heavy feelings of guilt possibly felt by the people signified by the houses involved. This is a very tamasic placement with harsh consequences for non-compliance which can make it very difficult for them to get into anything new. Their gatekeeper is very strict and they will be punished for any derivation from the rules; as they grow older, they are likely to become the punisher. They can be lazy and try to make money in easy ways, but this typically backfires and they end up having to do long hard work hours to pay their debts. And this placement has a lot to do with paying off Karmic debts related to your lineage. The best way to pay this off is through hard labour, farming, construction, and physically carrying heavy loads. Don’t try to take shortcuts because they will set you back again every time; don’t skip any of the steps. 

Dick Cheney (1), Mother Teresa (1), Edward Norton (1), Tracy Head (1), Mel Gibson (1), Franklin D Roosevelt (1), Gary Gilmore (1), Virginia Woolf (1), Calamity Jane (1), Olaf Kolzig (1), Bruce Lee (1), Sanjay Tripathi (1), Uma Thurman (2), Rutherford Hays (2), Andre-Anne (2), Karla Homolka (2), Picasso (2), Lance Alsworth (3), Robert Buell (3), Naomi Campbell (3), Winston Churchill (3), Ted Cruz (3), Martin Sheen (3), Benjamin Franklin (3), John Lennon (3), Jackson Pollock (3), Ginger Rogers (4), John Archiblad Wheeler (4), Patsy Willard (4), Woo (4), Roy Rogers (4), Baghdad (4), Derren Brown (4), Vincent van Goth (4),


Rahu in Bharani often breaks taboos related to sex and death. They will learn the consequences of this the hard way; usually later in life since the first half of life will go up in the smoke of craven indulgence. They may have a smoky connection with stored values, underground organisations, and unusual people. They might also have a smoky complexion.  Genetic disorders are possible; as well as the one in a million rare cases of one thing or another. They might be fascinated by The Madonna; the pure feminine figure; the mother who offers shelter and protection; the warmth of spring. They will at the very least make a big show of their nurturing and caring personality; but actually trust confuses them; they don’t really understand it. They can be very suspicious, which is often what leads them down a path which eventually breaks the agreement they had. It’s not trust if you don’t really trust me. The elephant part of this nakshatra seems to bring in some of the relationship energy of Indra with this position. Rahu will typically open the door to the impostors while baring the very people who should be there. Rahu in Bharani can relate to consequences that have to be paid for many generations into the future. I would suggest focusing on the Yamas and Niyamas while making a vow to yourself or to god to maintain these ten practices to the highest standard. 

Tins Ken (1), Ginger Rogers (1), Franco (1), Donna Holliday (Forensic Psych. Nurse (1)), Buster Keaton (1),  Tattoo Baba (1), Michael Straus (Environmental Conservation (1)), Curtis Joseph (Goaltender(1)), Kurt Cobain (1), John Archibald Wheeler (1), Sarah Yogi (1), John D. Rockefeller (2), Karl Marx (2), Clarence Thomas (Judge whose high-school sex life became a topic of national debate (2)), Joseph Mengele (2) ,Ronald Reagan (3), Al Gore (Environmental conservation (3)), Israel (3), Swami Yukteshwara Giri (3), Robert Boustany (3), Oonagh Shanley-Toffolo (former nun-midwife turned Acupuncturist(4)), Eckart Tolle (4), Genevieve Victoria (4), Jaroslav Halak (4), Mary Pickford, Gordon Ramsay,


Ketu in Bharani is not interested in sexual activities or this could simply be an inability to express one’s sensuous side or there may be more negative energies at work. At least one time in their life they will have to suffer the consequences for something they didn’t do. Justice might seem random and misapplied. If everything has consequences then nothing does. There may be no standard with which to measure value. In a strange twist, this can relate to sentimental value that we simply cannot put a price on. But they could also have odd collections, possibly ancient artefacts or UFO memorabilia, They might also be extreme minimalists who own nothing. 

Ansel Adams (1), Denton Cooley (1), Frances Ford Coppola (1), Charles Darwin (1), Michael Kirby (1), Brain Mulroney (1), Benito Mussolini (1), Alexei Navalny (2), Edgar Allan Poe (2), Richard Baldwin (2), Sangita Naramada (2), Charles Bukowski (2), Andrew Johnson (2),  Derek Chauvin (2), Frances Desroches (2), Carl Rogers (2), Sadguru (2), Walt Disney (3),Ravi Shankar (3), Larissa (3), ,Werner Heisenberg (3), Bobby Hull (3), Elsie Inglis (3), Gordon Lightfoot (4), Carla Van Ray (4), Mary Ann Polly Seguin (4), Ted Turner (4), Sid Vicious (4), Lucien Bouchard (4), Osama Bin Laden (4),


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

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

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

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

Karl Marx

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

Father of the communist underground revolutionary movement.

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

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

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

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

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


Healing from Within

I was about 9 years old when I was walking thru a frozen forest, shouldered my pellet gun, and discovered the great transformative silence of death as a chickadee fell from the branch.  In 2003, my father was killed in a work accident. Later in life I came to live and practice in a holy place between the cremation grounds of Varanasi, India; the chosen abode of Lord Shiva. When my grandfather passed away, we shared our fear of death and brought peace to the whole family. That light and purity of a new born baby also shines in the eyes of those who burn for that final release from the wheels of time. All of our lives we seek the flavour that will quench our thirst, but eventually, we thirst for the most unthinkable mystery; death.

The movement of the breath is controlled by the Great Spirit in the Sky of Consciousness and it comes and goes; starts and stops only by that ultimate grace. The power of Great Spirit is raw and pure when we go thru the great transformations of birth and death. Between these two great moments lie all the smaller cycles of the breath and the days and the seasons and so much more that we can experience fully and deeply as we experience that great birth and death of the body. This is the experience of reality.

Yoga and spirituality suggest we can experience a deeper reality  if we look at life beyond our individual experience and experience life in relation to the universal expression of consciousness; of spirit; of spanda; Shiva’s self expression thru his powers; his Shaktis. We are so much more than these limited bodies and the experiences we have in this lifetime; we are intimately connected to the whole span of time and everything that has and will exist. We are not just a part of this universe, we are this universe. The truth is so mindbogglingly beautiful and wonderful that we can only experience it as that…… astonishing beauty, dazzling amazement and wonder. We’ve all felt this as some time in our lives. This is the experience of reality,

There is little difference between letting go of our egos so that we can transform ourselves in this life, or doing so so that we can prepare for the next life. In either case, we want to turn our awareness towards the truth of who we really are here and now releasing ourselves from the past and the future; releasing ourselves from our own stories. Each time we transform ourselves we seek to reach a higher consciousness; we want that positive growth which which will benefit not only ourselves, but our families and communities and the universe as a whole. It’s that universal connection and experience of non-difference that we seek, but which remains, for most of us, just out of reach. Like a shy damsel, ultimate reality casts only the most fleeting glimpse from the corner of her eye. And this is were we must also seek out that ultimate reality: in those dark corners of our mind and along the edges of our breath and our thoughts and between all things which seem distinct.

Between you and me is some chemistry which brings us into perfect and blissful union because it allows both of us to taste the ripened fruits of our individual karma while contributing, each in our own special way, to the collective karma that ties us all together. We call activity karma when we experience it a force of limitation that separates; but when we experience activity as a force of freedom and play arising and falling away from the same place, bringing everything together, activity is then called Kriya (the spontaneous activity of one who experiences life as universal agency (the actor) and preceiving subjectivity (the witness)).  This is the experience of life; reality; divinity.  ​

We are all on this path of healing together. Together we will grow and evolve; find the courage to face our fears and overcome the false limitations we put on ourselves. To do this we practice being open and honest to the reality of the moment while applying our most sincere efforts to whatever activity is at hand. This sincerity is especially important for healing and spirituality, since it provides us with the impulse and the will to gather the necessary knowledge and put it into a meaningful action. Tapping into this personal sincerity for healing is what we mean by healing from within.

Arrival to Varanasi: Fall 2014

I was welcomed to the City of Light this year by a cycle rickshaw ride from the train station that was a nice change from the ever-frantic auto rickshaws. The familiar odors of the city rose up to greet me as well: The pungency of burning garbage, the sour of urine, and the sweetness of Ganga as her shore retreat after monsoon. These familiar smells were joined at this time by those emanating from the heaps of goat, buffalo and camel parts that were discarded following the Muslim festival of Id. The city tried to suppress the smell under white lime but to little effect in the heat and humidity.

The old man cheerfully peddling the bike stopped two other rickshaw wallas to collect money from them. He was a shrewd and demanding businessman, let there be no doubt. He collected some money from both: a sum total of 70 R’s (or about a $1.30). And although this collection happened right in front of me, he somehow had no change when it came time for me to pay the bill of 80 R’s. To his great disappointment I found some change to pay him with.

Last year when I was here, there was a week when the corps of a puppy seemed to be following me around town. I saw it first when another puppy was dragging its already rotting corps along the banks of the river. Despite his hunger and his youth he seemed to recognize that something was wrong with the picture: a puppy eating the bloated corpse of another puppy. I continued to see the same corpse sitting along side several other garbage heaps before the climactic final viewing of a bicycle stopping at a busy intersection of the alleyways only to have his back tire slid out from under him as it dragged the slippery corpse beneath it.

This year I took note of the rather fresh kitten corpse with one eye blankly fixed on the sky. As I write this, the same kitten already showed up near another alleyway garbage heap about 200m away.

Two years ago when I arrived at the alleyways from the train station with my girlfriend at the time we enter a short distance behind a group of devotees following their guru down to Ganga. Guruji had no lack of enthusiasm. When enroute to Ganga they came across a momma cow taking a pees, he took that auspicious moment to scoop the urine with his hands and throw it at his devotees who were trembling with excitement. We who were clustered with them were not quite so overjoyed. My girlfriend, whose first time it was in Varanasi, felt quite the opposite as she trembled with disgust. She later explained that coming from a Muslim culture she could not imagine a religion or culture more opposed to Muslim ways than the ways of Hinduism.

The local drug-dealing duo managed to harass me four times on my first day with such persistence that it’s already become a comedy. They have been coming to me with the same light hearted persistence every single time I have seen them over the past seven years. Our final meeting of the day culminated in a heart to heart over why I haven’t bought anything from them in six years. In his own defence he told me about how he’s changed over that time: he got married, had a child and actually gives away much of his profit to a disabled woman and her daughter. He asked for a second chance to once again acquire my trust and friendship. I told him he had a month to become a human being and not just the local drug pusher.

Amongst this backdrop were hugs and warm welcoming’s, news about friends who were missing from their usual posts, and many friendly welcoming smiles amongst the usual stares of curiosity.

My studies in Astrology continued immediately as well. Sanjay seemed as eager to get back to it as I am. I found again the spirit of astrology that seems to be getting lost in the details of my self-studies in Canada.

It feels good to back to a place that for some reason makes more sense to me. Where consumerism is on an individual level between two people rather than between a corporation and a consumer. But mostly I’m happy to be again with with people who share my passion for philosophy as a path of spirituality. Study as tapasia, conversation as satsang, mere sitting and going about town acting as asana. It all seems so easy here in isolation from my work and my car and the many other so called “conveniences” of western living.

Om Namah Shivaya

Simple Man goes for breakfast

It was 8:57 when the young waitress held the door open for the simple man to enter. They said very little to each other as she showed him to his seat and brought him a coffee. Outside, the sun was still rising in a clear sky. Inside, the simple man was reading a book and the diner was steadily filling with people.

The simple man knew it was Sunday, and he knew what Sundays meant in the diner business, but he thought of none of this as he read his book. The place was full by the time he looked up again. Families and couples and church groups had filled the place with their presence, and the lobby was full of more waiting to take their place.

When the waitress came by again, the simple man spoke to her for a moment before she led a young, unshowered couple to his table. They were shy as they sat; shy with him and shy with each other. They’d just met the night before.

The simple man put his book down and greeted the couple warmly. They were relieved for the distraction. After their coffees arrived and introductions were made and a comfortable atmosphere established at the table, the young girl asked the simple man if he’d been to church that morning. He hadn’t, but thought it might be a good idea. He hadn’t been to more than a dozen church services in his life.

The young girl had stopped going to church about a year ago; towards the end of her first year of Uni. The young man had never been inside one, never thought much about it and didn’t really (with a shrug) care whether there was a god or not.

Although she was not fully conscious of it, the young girl felt deep pity for his spiritual ignorance. Not the sort of pity that would draw her closer to him and allow him to possibly “score” again, but the sort of pity that drew her away from him in the way a leader must stand apart from the led. From that moment of pity they knew where they stood and the possibility of becoming friends opened up.

The simple man and the young girl talked about God for a while. They had very different but satisfactory views on the matter. She saw god as a creator, he saw god as the created. Her church was a small town church and her family was friends, or at least friendly acquaintances, with the pastor – “he was nice man.”

The trio at the table all agreed that the church establishment and many of the parishers were hypocrites, but they reminded themselves that you can’t blame the teachings for the institution that disseminates them, nor for the way people choose to interpret and live by them. The teachings themselves, they agreed, are sound – if somewhat outdated.

The young man, who had been quietly listening, began to bristle. He didn’t understand very much of any of it. It’s not as if you need a book to tell you that killing is bad.

But once again, he betrayed his ignorance, for although we all know killing is bad, we don’t all agree on what killing is. We can’t even decide outright when killing another person is bad, but then we have to consider everything else we kill for food or pleasure or inattention.

The Jains cover their mouths and sweep before the walk to avoid the accidental death of even the tiniest insect. Most Christians freely eat meat without the slightest thought given to the animal that has been killed for them. So even though we might all know that killing is bad, the books and the teachings will hopefully help each of us to weigh, in our own conscience, what the meaning is of, “Thou shall not kill.”

The young man thought that this was going to far and did not understand what killing a cow had to do with morality. But this brought on a whole new conversation about the meaning of morality.

The young girl brought up the golden rule about doing unto others as you’d have done to yourself, and again mentioned the Ten Commandments. The young man added things like loyalty and honour. They all agreed that morals had to do with relationships, and, they added, the reward for a moral life was contentment and peace of mind.

But if it’s our relationships that determine our morality, what about out relationship with the cow, it can’t be very good if we’re killing and eating it without thought. Would this poor relationship not then cause us some disquiet? Many tribal societies that eat meat quell this disquiet by honoring the animal in sacrifice. The hallal meat that the Muslims eat is also duly honored upon slaughter. But considering we no longer allow humans to be honored and sacrificed to the gods, we have to further question whether honoring something is enough to quell the disquiet in our hearts and minds.

For a holy man, even the potatoes he digs from the ground feed him in sacrifice. But, he believes, the earth feeds him this bounty the way a mother feeds milk to a child. For the mother, as for the earth there is much to be gained in giving.

A deep silence overtook the table as the three of them thought about the paradox of gaining by giving. The young girl, thinking of herself as the child, wondered how much her own mother might be sacrificing for her, and how much pain she might be causing her. The young man thought of himself as the mother and wondered how he might gain by giving away, but the thought soon passed as he could thing of nothing to give. The simple man wished he was more like the mother and capable of freely and lovingly giving his all, but knew he was just a child, ignorant of the world he was in but reassuringly guided by the hand of his mother.

These thoughts faded away as the young couple collected their bill and left. The simple man, feeling the young couple now needed some space waited a few minutes before he too walked blindly into a world where anything can happen.

Routine of Danger

This morning I read that smokers wish to die at least as much as they wish to live.

I wonder about that as I sit alone in my dingy hotel room inhaling the warm rancid smoke of my cigarette. Several times this week I have woken up and gone into work and looked around at the dangers that surrounded me and thought, “today I think I will be killed, the best and the worst I can hope for is that my body will merely be broken and agonizing pain will be my life.” I see it all happen in my mind. I see myself rejecting peoples sympathies and thinking myself some kind of hero. As I work around high pressure gas lines, I see the news paper headlines announcing that a son was killed by an exploding gas line the same as the father. I see people thinking about this strange coincidence and friends, especially those few who know my father, talking about it with others and holding onto the story and treasuring it as if it were their own.

On Thursday, we were fixing a water leak. It was a wet muddy hell of a hole. The banks were crumbling everywhere. Our feet were most often stuck where we placed them until we could dig them out. I was shoveling that shit with Charlie when out of the blue he very slowly calmly said me name, “Mike.” I didn’t look. I didn’t say anything. I just slowly and calmly stepped to the side just in time for several thousands of pounds of clay to fall into the place where I was standing. I didn’t even look to watch it fall, I merely went back to shoveling as if it was routine. And guess it is.

I wonder sometimes if my embrace of life’s dangers has any connection to Freud’s “death wish”?