“I am rooted but I flow.” — Virginia Woolf
10º00’ Capricorn – 23º 20’ Capricorn
The Eagle: Alpha Aquila (Altair), Beta Aquila (Alshain), Gamma Aquila (Tarazed)
Ruled by the Moon.
Star of Learning.
Power to make connections.
Main symbols: an Ear, Three Uneven Footprints, a Trident.
Meaning: The one who limps, the Lame One, to Hear or Listen.
Main deity: Vishnu.
Secondary deities: Saraswati.
Western Deities: Apollo?
Secondary symbols: An arrow. Ashvattha, the sacred Peepal tree under which the Buddha was enlightened. The number 3. Conservative, uniform, governance, assembly line, cookie cutter.
Myths: King Bali, with preceptor Shukra, is approached by a dwarf who asks for three steps of land.
Shravana rules over jugglers, the ever-active, the efficient, the energetic, the righteous, devotees of Lord Vishnu and the truthful.
The Great Lesson: Remain open, flow.
Gotra/Clan: Sage Vashistha
Place: Battle Field
Body Part: Knees, Sex Organs & Ears.
Colour: Light Blue
Animal: Female Monkey
Tree: Arka tree – Swallow Wort Milkweed.
Qualities of Sravana
Brahma / Creative energy: A creative energy that brings something new and fresh into the world. They want to make something, bring something new into the world. This is farmer creativity here, making tools to get the job done; finding creative way to maintain things and keep them doing their job. Between a combination of a farmers work and the transformation over time, their land becomes a work of art.
Mleccha: Outcaste, all-castes, mixing, misfits of society. This can relate with informal learning. Learning from experience. They may be outside the of the mainstream society and out of touch with their rhythms but they will likely be connected to some natural rhythms none the less. I get a sense that the symbol of the ear also related to such rhythms: Moon rulership also.
Artha: They are often motivated by material abundance and the security it brings. They often build things to last buy inserting them into the cycles of creation: like per-annuals that die every autumn and come back to life even spring. Wealth is created and energy is preserved when we follow the cycles of the Moon and match our activity with the cycles of nature. Shravana is like the creative cycle of Vishnu that maintains the universe. Time last forever when it moves in cycles: the beginning, the middle and the end are not well defined. Wealth placements can do well here, but one will always have to take some responsibility and work for it. Moon transits can be good for career, wealth, learning or experiences that can build wealth or value.
Chara – Movable: Ephemeral. Who ones work matched the seasonal cycles there is always something different to do and perhaps even a new place to do it. If career planets are here, there can be changes to the career but ones job, though essentially the same might move around, or you might have to proverbially wear many hats. When the Moon transits here it can be good for making such shifts. Movement generally can be auspicious: exercise, travel, vehicles or working with anything that has moving parts. Punarvasu, Swati, Shravana, Dhanishta and Shatabhisha are all movable. Mondays have this kind of energy as we get moving again after the weekend.
Rajasic: function through the mind, emotions, intellect in a spiritually active way. The energy produced and experienced here can be very rajasic in a materialistic or practical way. Perhaps this rajasic energy connects with the life force they see in even the ground and the rocks and things that are otherwise “dead.”
Air: Air is changeable, subtle, cold, pervasive, movable, clear. Fire & Air are cooperative. Earth does not cooperate with Fire and impedes Air. Water does not cooperate with Air and impedes Fire. Air does not cooperate with Water and impedes Earth. This brings some intellectual faculties to this otherwise outcaste rajasic nakshatra. It goes well with the movable qualities. When we work within the realm of air we can easily change things, it’s a more subtle realm that can easily carry people to the realm of space, the spirit.
Urdhva Mukha – Facing Upward: Shravana is that upward movement of the plants the structure and form that the whole field takes. In some ways this is also the this highest point of the Sun in the noon day sky; the peak of the arch. The Arka flower is related to worship of the Sun. The air and mobility qualities might relate with air travel, birds, clouds, the course of the Sun the Moon and the stars. These people are usually look for some upward mobility, movement and change in the areas of life signified by planets that are placed here. Rohini, Ardra, Pushya, U.Phalguni, U.Ashadha, Sravana, Dhanista, Satabisha, U.Bhadra.
Balanced: Here we find the balanced approach. Allows free will and fate to meet in the middle. But sometimes even balance can come at the cost of rigidity.
Deva: The planets relating with the Devas will promote more refined and righteous behaviour; but may struggle with pride and entitlement. They are more capable of understanding the subtitles of life. This is also used in chart matching. They say it’s best if both parties belong to the same tribe (8 points). However, they say that a deva and a rakshasa will get one point for the attraction of opposites). This is a very important classification suggesting that the way these three tribes (devas, humans & rakshasa) live is so different as to have a major effect on marriage compatibility and living together. This almost puts Shravana in a difficult position because he is otherwise rajasic, mleccha,
Kapha: Water + Earth = Cool, oily, heavy, stable, slow, soft, gross, sticky/cloudy, smooth. Stable, slow, methodical, greedy. Disturbed by sweet (Jupiter), salty (Moon), sour (Venus). Pacified by pungent (Sun) and astringent (Saturn)
Passive: Planets here will be more passive about achieving its goals: allowing things to happen rather than “forcing” things. The Moon is said to persuade thru temptation so she does well here. Venus draws us in by her promises of beauty so she also does well. Saturn is the master of patience so he also does well. The active planets can cause a bit of trouble in trying to force things that we should just allow to happen naturally.
Male: They are more active, assertive, and dynamic. They are associated with qualities like leadership, ambition, and action-oriented tendencies.
North: The north represents progress, growth, and advancement. It is considered a favorable direction for seeking knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual development. The north is also associated with guidance and the pursuit of higher goals. Being connected with the north direction, Shravana Nakshatra is believed to bring opportunities for personal and spiritual growth and can be favorable for acquiring knowledge and wisdom.
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 7th sister who stays in the handle of the Big Dipper with her husband (a star called Mizar) instead of with her six sisters in Pleiades (the Vedic seers only recognise 6 stars in Pleiades). The star Mizar is sometimes worshiped by married women in thanks for the blessings of married life. The seven sons of Vashishta and Arundhati all became great sages themselves. Vashishta was the keeper of the wish fulfilling cow, 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. 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.
(a kind of milkweed offered to Shiva). Crown Flower. Calotropis Gigantea.
Arka means “ray of light” and is one of the 21 leaves offered for Ganesha puja. A Garland of flowers from the Arka plant are also used for Hanuman worship. It grows to a maximum of about 5 metres and like dry wasteland. While offering the leaves to Ganesha, (especially during Ganesha Chaturthi) the mantra “Om kapilaaya namah, Arka patram samarpayaami” is chanted. When the flowers are offered, the mantra changes ever so slightly to: “Om kapilaaya namah, Arka pushpam samarpayaami.” These flowers are also used in Shiva worship to bring great courage. A small Ganesha may be carved from them. Arka is also one of the 108 names of the Sun god. In fact, the plant itself is said to have originated while the gods were worshiping the Sun and accidentally spilled some milk from which the Arka arose. For the festival Rathasapthami, Arka leaves are placed on ones head when one goes for a bath in a holy river. The word arka is sometimes used to mean spirit or essence, extract or essential oil; quintessence, just like the Sun. The product of distillations. “Fit to be worshiped.” Another name for Indra. A celestial wish fulfilling tree.
Ayurveda: skin disease, digestive problems, abdominal pain, tumours, joint pain, wounds, toothaches, snake bite. The latex it used to control hairs loss and lessen edema. The flower, skin and roots are used for asthma and cough. It also gets used in alchemy with mercury. A mixture of herbs which includes Arka is said to be effective for growing ones genitals.
Krishna’s gopis approached the arka plant to inquire of Krishna’s whereabouts. Although it’s an insignificant plant, it always grows near Shiva. Arka is a word which is also translated to “copper.” Used is Shakta worship they are venerated as the most excellent kula trees that give accomplishment and liberation. They are said to be full of yoginis, siddhas, lords of heroes and host of gods and demons. Arka plant should be treated with the utmost respect. Don’t touch them with your feet, don’t urinate or deficate, sleep or have sex under them. The should be worshipped and praised regularly using their own fruits and flowers.
They typically live in groups, bands of monkeys, most females and the children with a few Males. Since the females usually mate with several male when they are in heat, they are also left to care for they young since the males would have no idea which children are theirs. There is a dominance hierarchy for resources and mates within the band. They use a variety of vocalisations, gestures, facial expressions, and body postures to communicate with other monkeys. They form social bonds, engage in affiliative behaviours, and participate in cooperative activities such as grooming and foraging together. When they go into heat their behaviour changes, they become vocal, their genitals swell, and she leaves scent markings. The females get some say in mate selection and will often mate with several males. Some few monkey species pair bond or seems to maintain a courtship, but this is rare.
- Mars is exalted at 28º Capricorn.
- Pushkara amsha 14º Capricorn. Nourishing point. Moons transit brings auspicious and nourishing results. Good time to plan auspicious events.
- Pushkara Navamsha: 13º20′ to 16º40′ Capricorn (Taurus Navamsha).
- Month of Shravana when the Sun is In Cancer in the late part of the Monsoon in July Aug.
- Brihat Samhita says that when Saturn transits Sravana, destroys king’s officers, eminent Brahmins, physicians, priests and the people of Kalinga.
- Birth star of Saraswati.
Planing the Transit: Auspicious Activities
Muhurtha – Electional Astrology
Movable nakshatra’s are good for making changes, multitasking, running around and getting things done. It’s typically a good day for spiritual practices, for learning, sharing knowledge. Attend social events or anything that kind of adjustable. Maybe done today but not tomorrow, one-offs. We should move a little more on this day, try something new, take part in physical activity, or just change things up a little bit.
Gods & Symbols of Sravana
Vishnu is the divine operator, organiser, sustainer, preserve, conserve. He is famous for the 10 avatar forms he took to restore cosmic balance. He is often depicted as reclining on the five headed snake Shesha as they float on the cosmic waters. He is marries to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth who came from the churning of the Ocean of Milk. He maintains cosmic order so that chaos does not rein.
Vishnu is known as the lord of the cycles. It’s the cyclical movement of the seasons and the generation that he sustains all things. It’s through he cycles of life and death that we live forever. One of the first things they say about Vishnu is that he is the one “who measures out the earthly regions. This connect him with land surveying and civil engineering, farmers pacing out their crops, measuring out their land. I have a couple planets that end up in Shravana in navamsha. I did land surveying when I was young. They could tall me to go 60 meters away I could walk out, put the GPS receiver in place and the engineer would say: “two inches to the left and an inch back. I would just pace it out.
Conserve: To use use something wisely and in a limited manner. This slows the depletion of stored good.
Preserve: To maintain something in its original state. Deserve:
- Matsya: the fish
- Kurma: the tortoise
- Varaaha: the boar
- Narasimha: the lion man
- Vamana: the dwarf
- Parasurama: Young rama with an ax
- Rama: the great king (like king Arthor)
- Krishna: the renaissance king
- Buddha: the heretic
- Kalkin: the avatar of the future
The avatars of Vishnu have come to earth at some of the greatest moments of history to rescue dharma and preserve the knowledge of the ancients. The avatars also represent key themes in the story of evolution of the human species.
We should note that each of these stories is told from a slightly different perspective in each of the Puranas (stories) and Itihas (histories). Although some versions are considered more definitive it’s a worthwhile task to seek out the different perspectives for the broad vision of history that they provide.
It should also be noted that these mythological histories are considered to be true in their fantastical way. There are deep layers of meaning in these ancient stories that are applicable to the reality experienced by each of our bodies. The number and description of the bodies changes depending on both the vision and message of the scripture.
Parashara tells us that Varaaha, Narashimah, Rama & Krishna are fully endowed with Paramatmamsha. They are fully aligned with the path of dharma and the vision of their soul. They are gods incarnate. All the other avatars have jeevamsha suggesting a greater degree of humanness creating further karmas in their life.
Matsya: The horned fish.
- The “law of the fishes” is India’s version of the “law of the jungle”where the big fish eats little fish.
- Manu, the first man interferes with this law by taking pity on the little fish that asks for his help. The little fish also warns of a great flood like the one faced by Noah and promises to help save him if he builds a boat The fish grows to enormous size. The flood comes. Manu loads up the seven rishis (seers) and a host of creatures into the boat, ties it to the horn of the fish and are taken to the peaks of the Himalayas that are sticking out of the water.
- Manu performs a yagya (sacrificial ceremony) to creat the first human. Some say it was a boy, others say it was a girl. But in every story the gender changes at some point before becoming a female to have three children with Mercury: Rajas, Rudra, Pururavas.
- Other stories have Matsya swimming to the bottom of the ocean to defeat various demons for Lord Indra, king of the gods, or to rescue the vedas. The demons are: Pralamba, Hayagriva (not the more famous horse headed god), Sankha, Makar
- Relates with Ursa Major and Urda Minor back when Alpha Drakonis was the pole star.
Kurma: The tortoise.
- Represents creation, firmness, support.
- It was upon his back that they placed mount Mandara in order to do the churning of the ocean of milk.
- The tortuous shell often has 27 scoots, or scales that cover the shell, like spots or regional boundaries.
- It all starts with the when lord Indra and the gods have a need of the elixir of immortality. They go to Lord Shiva and request his help, he suggests churning the ocean of milk. The potential riches that arise will be enticing enough for the demons and gods to work together. But he also suggests that they have to share everything that arises amongst each other. The mother of the Pandavas said the same thing when the five boys brought their wife Drupati home. When they announced that they brought a great treasure home with them, momma basically just said; “Thats nice boys, whatever it is make sure you share it amongst yourselves.
- Vasuki, the snake around Shiva’s neck, was used as a rope to churn the mountain.
- The first thing to arise was a great poison that threatened to destroy everything. Shiva drank it and it turned his neck blue (for which they called him NIkhalnatha: blue throated one)
- Arising from the ocean of milk were:
- Chandra: the moon
- Parijata: the beautiful, fragrant tree in Indra’s garden
- Airavata: Indra’s prized elephant
- Kamadhenu: the wish fulfilling cow of abundance
- Midira: maiden name of Varuni, the goddess of wine who married Varuna
- Kalpavriksh: The tree of life or wish fulfilling tree
- The Apsaras: the celestial dancers and singers
- Uchchaihshravas: the celestial horse
- Lakshmi: goddess of wealth who marries Vishnu
- Panchajanya: Vishnu’s conch
- Vishnu’s mace and magic bow
- Various precious gems
- Dhanvantari: the physician of the gods carrying the Amrita
- The devas and asuras fought over the amrita when it arose. Vishnu took his form as Mohini, the most beautiful enchanting woman, to bring distraction and order while everyone lined up to drink their share.
- But the asura Swarbanu saw that the devas were trying to trick them by finishing the amrita before it got to them. So, he disguised himself and went into the line up with the devas
- Just as he was drinking the amrita, Sun and Moon reported him to Vishnu who swiftly cut off his head. But it was too late, the amrita had passed his throat. Both the head and body were immortal.
- They were called Rahu and Ketu and were given placements in the heavens as planets where they refuse to conform by always moving backwards (retrograde). They are eternal enemies of Sun and Moon
- They represent mathematical points in the heavens that cause and eclipse whenever the full moon or dark moon align with their axis.
- The churning of the Ocean of Milk represents the inner churning of aesthetic penance (tapas) and the firmness that is required to withdraw the senses like the limbs of a tortoise.
- Kurma vayu represents the opening and closing of the eyes
- Kurma nadi is in the upper chest just below the throat
- Has some kind of relationship with Sage Kashyap who sire the Devas, the adityas & many of the Asuras by his two wives. Vishnu’s bird Garuda is also the son of the sage.
- Some say Kurma is a symbol of the earth supported in space. The shell represents the visible half of the earth.
- Mount Mandara, a part of mount Meru, which represented the poles of the earth.
- Vasuki and the churning represents the annual motion of the earth
- Vishnu represents the sun resting upon the coiled snake
- It’s all supported by 12 pillars representing the 12 months of the year
- Four elephants represent the four directions. Ganesha is often seen as a guardian of the directions
Varaaha: the boar
- Rescues the earth from the bottom of the sea after it sank because of overpopulation
- Protects the innocent, the weak & those who hold knowledge
- Symbolizes the dharmic warrior who is willing to go deep to gain knowledge and defeat evil
- Represents the earth element and the keen sense of smell that pigs and boars are known for
- Represents the spring equinox after the sun has completed its winter course thru the nether world and then re-emerges in Orion
- Protector of Pitra Yajya, fire worship of the ancestral lineage
Narasimha: Lion headed man
- Protective deity who destroys evil and ends religious persecution
- Is created to destroy a demon who has the boon to not be killed in the day or the night, nor by man or animal, & neither inside or outside.
- The demon is the younger brother of the demon killed by Varaaha
- The demon Hiranyakashipu,
- After destroying the demon, Narasimha goes on a rampage destroying everything so Shiva sends Virabhadra to restrain him
- Virabhadra is the same power Shiva sent to destroy Daksha’s sacrifice. He joined at that time by Bhardakali
- Narasimha becomes a devotee of Lord Shiva
- Three step to take back the three worlds from king Bali and return them to Indra
- King Bali performed a yajya and offered to fulfill anyone’s wish. Vishnu comes to him as Vamana and requests 3 steps of land. Shukracharya (Venus), who is king Bali’s advisor, knows it is a trick and advises against it. He even shrinks himself to block the spout the water must pass through to declare the wish granted, but has his eye poked out when they sought to clear the obstruction.
- Vishnu’s 1st step covers the earth, the 2nd step covers the heavens, the 3rd step, with nowhere else to go, goes on Bali’s head. Some say they covered the earth, the sky (the atmosphere), and the heavens (space).
- The story of king Bali relates with Sravana nakshatra. Venus in Sravana can bring eye problems
Parasurama: Rama with an ax
- Brahmin warrior: aggression, courage, war, serenity, prudence, patience
- The kshetriya caste had become corrupt and parasurama came to clean it up
- He was guru for Bhishma, Dronacharya & Karna
- He worshiped Lord shiva in a small hill temple near Indore.
- His family had the daughter of Kamadhenu who also fulfilled all desires,
- The local king eventually came and stole it. But Parasurama challenged him to fight and went on to challenge and kill many kings and warrior.
- His Brahmin father sent him on pilgrimage for his sins but when he returned, his father had been killed by the warrior caste out of revenge
- This sent Parasurama into a rage and he went around the world killing kings and warriors. It was a rampage of revenge.
- A story about anger violence and cycles of revenge and repentance
- He is also the obedient child who kills his own mother because she had lustful thoughts. But when the father offers him a boon for having carried out the deed, he asks that his mother be brought back to life.
- The only Vishnu avatar who never dies or dissolves. He is said to live in seclusion somewhere in the himalaya. He has lived all since before the times of Rama so that he might gather the experience and wisdom necessary to be the Guru of the final incarnation, Kalkin, who while finally liberate the world from the corruption of Kali yuga
Rama: The great King.
- The protagonist of the Ramayana.
- Wife is Sita (Sita-Ram, Sita-Ram, Sita-Ram… is a popular mantra in many parts of India, especially around the Narmada river)
- Hanuman, the monkey god, was his great devotee. Hanuman is considered an incarnation of Shiva who came to worship Vishnu because of the karma created from Vishnu’s worship of Shiva.
- The Hanuman chalisa, a song about the virtues and adventures of Hanuman, is considered an excellent remedy for Mars sung on Tuesdays, and can help overcome the inertia of Saturn when sung on Saturdays
- Ravana, a great devotee of Shiva kidnaps Ram’s wife Sita and takes her to Sri Lanka. Most of the story is about Ram’s quest for justice. It’s often characterized as a quest for universal justice before individual justice, but this creates some of the tension in the story. Ravana himself is considered a man of such wisdom that the must have ten heads to hold it all. Ram’s brother runs to his side while he is dying to gain some last moments knowledge.
Krishna: Renaissance man
- Main character of the Bhagavad Gita and a highly influential character of the Mahabharata from which the Bhagavad gita is taken.
- Worshiped as innocent baby Krishna, mischievous adolescent krishna, or great lord of the universe as in Bhagavad Gita
- Playful, romantic, innocent fun, mischievous
- Universal god for the Hare-Krishnas.
- “Hare ram hare ram, ram ram hare hare, hare krishna hare krishna, krishna krishna, hare hare” is the maha mantra or krishna and can be used for the moon.
Buddha: the heretic
Teaches the diluted essence of the vedas with many of the cultural and customary injunctions remover. Heretic
Four noble truths: i) we suffer, ii) we desire, iii) we die, iv) we can be liberated from these things
Buddha’s Eightfold Path:
i) Right View: understanding of karma and rebirth
ii) Right Intention: peaceful, nono-sensual, compassionate, lovingkindness
iii) Right Speech: don’t lie, don’t gossip, don’t be rude
iv) Right Conduct: be good, act with respect, don’t kill, steal, or cross boundaries uninvited
v) Right Livelihood: work that helps rather than harms humanity
vi) Right Effort: refrained from chasing after the objects of the senses
vii) Right Mindfulness: Aware, present, sharp mind
viii) Right Meditation: one pointed concentration, equanimity, penetrating insight,
Compared to Patanjali’s 8 Limbs of Yoga:
i) Yama:Non-violence, no stealing, no lying, non-sensuousness, not greedy
ii) Niyama: clean, content, disciplines, self reflective. Surrender to God
iii) Asana: steady comfortable seat or posture
iv) Pranayama: breath control
v) Pratyahara: control of the senses
vi) Dharana: concentration
vii) Dhyana: meditation
viii) Samadhi: absorption; liberation
Kalkin: Avatar of the future
Will come at the very end of Kali yuga to destroy all sin and usher in the new beginning of Satya yuga
The Yugas: Satya: age of truth; Tretya: ended with Rama (Ramayana); Dvapara: Ended with Krishna (Mahabharata); Kali: dark age
It tells of God’s decision to return the universe to its pre-creation state of watery chaos and remake it through the microcosm of Noah’s ark.
This suggests a step by step approach. Logical, practical
But I also cannot help but read into these footprints, this beautiful poem that Canadian’s have hanging in their kitchens. “Footprints”….. The punchline being that when there is only on set of foot prints in the sand is when God is carrying us; it’s not that he makes us walk alone.
Footprints are also significant for tracking. It’s the clearest sign that gets left behind by humans and animals. It’s like a part of our essence, a stamp left on the ground until the wind blows or the rain falls. Taking the first steps in fresh snow can also be quite remarkable experience. It also wouldn’t surprise me if early humans began covering their feet before they covered their genitals. And did we cover or genitals for protection or shame. I would gather that the shame came much later; though it’s still suggestive of our vulnerabilities.
A centrifugal governor is a specific type of governor with a feedback system that controls the speed of an engine by regulating the flow of fuel or working fluid, so as to maintain a near-constant speed. It uses the principle of proportional control.
The Story of Vamana
Vishnu goes as a dwarf to regain rulership for the gods from King Bali. Out of pride the King offered to give any person their wish. He would not turn down a request. Vishnu came disguised as a Brahmin dwarf and asked for 3 steps of land (the amount needed to set up a dhuni fire pit). Bali’s guru, Shukrachaya knew it was a set up but Bali disregarded him and gave Vishnu what he asked. Shukracharya shrunk to incredible size to block the water spout that would cement the promise, but a blade of kush grass was used to unblock the spout and Shukra lost one eye. Once the water hit the earth Vishnu grew to enormous size to step over the heavens and the earth, but with nowhere to place his third step, the king offered his own head. Defeated but blessed by Vishnu’s grace.
Some quotes about Vishnu from the Vedas.
HYMN CLIV. Viṣṇu
1. I WILL declare the mighty deeds of Viṣṇu, of him who measured out the earthly regions, Who propped the highest place of congregation, thrice setting down his footstep, widely striding.
2 For this his mighty deed is Viṣṇu lauded, like some wild beast, dread, prowling, mountain-roaming; He within whose three wide-extended paces all living creatures have their habitation.
3 Let the hymn lift itself as strength to Viṣṇu, the Bull far-striding, dwelling on the mountains, Him who alone with triple step hath measured this common dwelling-place, long, far extended.
4 Him whose three places that are filled with sweetness, imperishable, joy as it may list them, Who verily alone upholds the threefold, the earth, the heaven, and all living creatures.
5 May I attain to that his well-loved mansion where men devoted to the Gods are happy. For there springs, close akin to the Wide-Strider, the well of meath in Viṣṇu’s highest footstep.
6 Fain would we go unto your dwelling-places where there are many-horned and nimble oxen, For mightily, there, shineth down upon us the widely-striding Bull’s sublimest mansion.
HYMN CLV. Viṣṇu-Indra.
1. To the great Hero, him who sets his mind thereon, and Viṣṇu, praise aloud in song your draught of juice,— Gods ne’er beguiled, who borne as ’twere by noble steed, have stood upon the lofty ridges of the hills.
2 Your Soma-drinker keeps afar your furious rush, Indra and Viṣṇu, when ye come with all your might. That which hath been directed well at mortal man, bow-armed Kṛśānu’s arrow, ye turn far aside.
3 These offerings increase his mighty manly strength: he brings both Parents down to share the genial flow. He lowers, though a son, the Father’s highest name; the third is that which is high in the light of heaven.
4 We laud this manly power of him the Mighty One, preserver, inoffensive, bounteous and benign; His who strode, widely pacing, with three steppings forth over the realms of earth for freedom and for life.
5 A mortal man, when he beholds two steps of him who looks upon the light, is restless with amaze. But his third step doth no one venture to approach, no, nor the feathered birds of air who fly with wings.
6 He, like a rounded wheel, hath in swift motion set his ninety racing steeds together with the four. Developed, vast in form, with those who sing forth praise, a youth, no more a child, he cometh to our call.
HYMN CLVI. Viṣṇu
1. FAR-SHINING, widely famed, going thy wonted way, fed with the oil, be helpful. Mitra-like, to us. So, Viṣṇu, e’en the wise must swell thy song of praise, and he who hath oblations pay thee solemn rites.
2 He who brings gifts to him the Ancient and the Last, to Viṣṇu who ordains, together with his Spouse, Who tells the lofty birth of him the Lofty One, shall verily surpass in glory e’en his peer.
3 Him have ye satisfied, singers, as well as ye know, primeval germ of Order even from his birth. Ye, knowing e’en his name, have told it forth: may we, Viṣṇu, enjoy the grace of thee the Mighty One.
4 The Sovran Varuṇa and both the Aśvins wait on this the will of him who guides the Marut host. Viṣṇu hath power supreme and might that finds the day, and with his Friend unbars the stable of the kine.
5 Even he the Heavenly One who came for fellowship, Viṣṇu to Indra, godly to the godlier, Who Maker, throned in three worlds, helps the Āryanman, and gives the worshipper his share of Holy Law.
Goddess of learning, knowledge, creativity, music and the arts. The sattvik consort of lord Brahma. She is dressed in pure white, sitting on a lotus flower, holding a Veena, a book and a mala. She is said to live on the tip of the tongue providing creative energy and inspiration. Sara: essence + Swati: wind. She is the essence of our breath. She give clear, articulate speech.
Listening, oral communication, attentiveness, ability to absorb knowledge. The ear allows us to listen to sound, but also helps us to maintain balance or equilibrium. Listening is a receptive, passive activity. We can never tell is someone else is hearing or listening less they also engage. I heard you, I got it, I’m picking up what you’re laying down. There is humility in listening: silence, stillness and focus on the listeners part; and this in itself is healing. Can you lend me an ear? I just need someone to listen to me. Listening is also the first line of human defence, it’s the only radar we have reaching out in every direction, reaching out even in the dark. This leads us to one of the greatest spiritual practices: just listen. Reach out with your ears to gain total awareness of all the sounds, even the faintest ones, and then listen to the silence. It might be noted that the deafness is often associated with feelings of isolation (like deaf ashlesha crawling into his hole). Sravana would be the opposite of this; they are hearing everything, listening to everything like a fly on the wall. Energetically speaking deafness coming on later in life maybe be because one did not feel they were ever picking up useful information with their ears, or worse, constant criticism that leads them to eventually block the world out.
The one who listens is obedient. The Bible often mentions “speaking in thine ear” or “reading in the ears,” as opposed to just speaking before them. When you speak in the ear they receive the word, in this case, the Word of truth. “He who has an ear to hear, let him listen.” There is a famous story in the Bible where Jesus sticks his fingers in a mans ears, after spitting and touching his tongue, and he pronounces the word “Ephphatha,” be open. As Pope Benedict said, “There is an inner closing, which covers the deepest core of the person, what the Bible calls the ‘heart.’ That is what Jesus came to ‘open,’ to liberate, to enable us to fully live our relationship with God and with others.” “Ephphatha” also means, to connect. Right after he did his work on the deaf man “he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, ‘Ephphatha!’ Interpreters are careful to remind us that this is one of the few actual words Jesus used, and, from a literary context, is meant to bring us closer to the Protagonist, Jesus, and to show us the kind of closeness and intimacy he had with his healing clients. He is himself the link between the earth and the heavens like an eagle that soars higher and higher until it disappears into he heavens.
We might note that speakers look a little like ears. Shravana natives themselves might be amplifiers as they gather the resonance surrounding them and merely amplifies that message. This is not an original or unique position in any way. Perhaps all those rays and resonance being sent out from Uttara Ashadha gather here; a gathering place of resonance.
The constellation Aquila is known as the Eagle and it relates to the Eagle that carried zeus’ thunderbolts. This same eagle carried a young trojan boy, Ganymede, to heaven to be the cup-bearer of the gods. Ganymede is represented by the constellation Aquarius. Going in the opposite directing he is said to be guarding the Arrow of Eros signified by Sagittarius. In another myth Aphrodite takes the form of an eagle and pretends to pursue Zeus, who had taken the form of a swan, the girl he liked would give him shelter. It’s said he places the Eagle and the Swan among the stars to honour their contribution.
Half eagle, half human; Vishnu’s mount; the enemy of snakes. He is knows as the king of birds, the golden bodies one, or the devourer. He father was the great sage Kashyapa and his mother was the beautiful Vinata. Kashyapa was also married to the Queen of Snakes and these wives did not get along
Health: Knees, sex organs & ears
- Affliction to Shravan will give a limp or peculiar gate, especially if relates with 9, 10, 11, or 12th houses or owners. Afflicted Venus in Shravana is said to give eye injury.
Within the inner ear, there are structures called semicircular canals that detect head movements and provide information about spatial orientation and balance. These canals work in coordination with the brain to help us maintain posture, stability, and a sense of orientationThe outer ear collects sound waves and directs them into the ear canal. The middle ear, consisting of the eardrum and three small bones (ossicles), amplifies and transmits the sound vibrations to the inner ear. The inner ear contains the cochlea, a fluid-filled structure lined with hair cells that convert sound vibrations into electrical signals sent to the brain for interpretation.
- Hyperacusis: loss of tolerance for everyday sounds, they seem too loud, they dominate the persons space. This typically has nothing to do with actual hearing ability since even hard of hearing people can have such low tolerance. Subconsciously there is an over-attention to sound or ones surroundings in general due to ones feeling that they have to be alert to the sound around them as there could be danger.
- Hearing Aids
- Dizziness, balance
- The Arka Flower relating with Sravana treats several lines that are likely related to this placement: skin disease, digestive problems, abdominal pain, tumours, joint pain, wounds, toothaches, snake bite. The latex it used to control hairs loss and lessen edema. The flower, skin and roots are used for asthma and cough. It also gets used in alchemy with mercury. A mixture of herbs which includes Arka is said to be effective for growing ones genitals. There is also a connection with copper.
- “Power to make connections”: this suggests the connective tissues.
- Sensitive Skin
- Reproductive organs
- Connective Tissue
- Knees, rheumatism
- Urinary disease
Eyesight: Shukracharya had his eye put out by a blade of grass when he tried to stop king Baki from consecrating his promise by pouring water on the ground. Jackie Robinson, with both Sun and Moon in Shravana suffered problems in his left eye after some shards of metal went into his eye while he was practicing on the speed bag.
Stars of Sravana
Three stars in the head of an eagle: three stars Altair, Alshain, and Tarazed…….Alpha Aquila (Nesr Al Tair). These stars also show 3 foot prints of vishnu
Altair: The Eagle. Flies high, sees far, but has poor near-sight vision. Great visionaries but need their space and do not like clingy friends or people being too demanding of their time. Ptolemy said this star give great imagination, strong passions, indomitable will, a dominating character, influence over others, clairvoyance, a penetrating mind, and good chemical research. A kind of talent scout as it was Zeus in the form of an eagle who snatched a young boy to be the cup-bearer of the gods. Relates also with sexual irregularities involving young boys or old men as well as same-sex relationships. In any case, they will likely have a high libido, boldness, and unashamed of their sexuality. A mischief maker. Altair seems to be connected with space travel and there is a pervasive danger from reptiles.
There is something very insignificant about Shravana, yet it’s the foundations. The is where the debris collects, the lowest common denominator. Alone, each one in insignificant, but when you put them together they are cement. Shravana’s might be the most reliable, steady and progressive of all the nakshatras. Progressive yes, but very slow, steady progress, the average of everything where no one thing matters.
Shravana is the ordered universe. These people are themselves Vishnu: Administrative organisers, maintenance personal, law and order. These people deal with the ravages of time in the most realistic manner, the maintain things rather than trying to constantly reinvent the wheel. Shravana bends time so that energy is not destroyed; it is reborn in a new form. This points us to the prajapati energy of Shravana, the father who passes everything he has to the son; the one who practices sacrifice. It’s no accident that Virgo is 9th from Shravana: service is their religion; obedience, being quiet and listening, not drawing any undue attention to oneself, and just making sure the job gets done. They sacrifice the now for the future and themselves for others.
Shravana is the Governor, the government. And the most frustrating thing about government is that it moves so slow. All the bureaucracy and red tape, all the bullshit, one thing after another; it’s enough to drive a person crazy, most especially less mature Geminis or independent Leo’s. But the government is slow for a reason. The social contract is something like: We give up our individual freedoms and the government helps stabilise things so that we can make plans for the future. Sravana seems to be where we really recon with time; perhaps this can only really happen after we have reckoned with death and trapped with our shared humanity.
In Shravana we realize how insignificant we are in regards to the whole thing. We are just a cog in the machine. One of the gears keeping the whole thing moving. It’s not about what they want. What they want is Pisces, rest, get away, escape; but all they know is work, until work has become the escape and they don’t have a life. Even in retirement they are likely to do some kind of public service.
This is the magic of Sravana, they usually have great connections in the community, they maintain family values, preserve the old ways, they will keep doing what works and they will be very hesitant about change, but when a steady majority builds up, even government will change to preserve itself; even a rock will erode with time.
Shravana is the one you can rely on in a storm. This points to the animosity between Shiva, Ardra, and Sravana. This might be a warning for Shravana natives to never try to take anything that doesn’t belong to them. Do not break the law because there will be consequences; chaos could break out and Shravana natives cannot have that.
The battle field is a good image for this, the consequences can be very real in Shravana: follow the rules and you climb to the top. For many, it’s more like: “Work like hell and you can maybe stay afloat or keep your head above water. These folks generally know about the struggles of middle class.
Shravana takes the average of everything and amplifies it. Uttara Ashadha already took everything in from every direction; Shravana is the average of all of that, the summation. This is why many of them are so good at promotions, because they have an uncanny ability to connect with the masses, the farmers, the labourers, the servants and service people.
Listen and learn: These folks are life long learners, they are always trying to stay ahead of the curve. They are not here to express their personal opinions, they are here to follow or to give order, to maintain order, and maintain the hierarchy. This is suggestive of policing, but it’s also good for anyone running inventory or doing any kind of job where the merest laps of attention can bring down the whole thing.
We find the ten avatars, Manu, the first Man, Noah and his Arch. Ten times the world falls into chaos, and ten times Vishnu takes on one form or other to maintain the law. It begins with Manu sacrificing everything to care of the lowly fish who eventually grows to save him from the destructive floods. And then he came as a tortoise when the gods where churning the ocean of milk. One could say that the law, or the rules of the game allowed everyone to work together for a greater good. Then we find the earth abducted by demons and after a prolonged war, the boar is able to revive the truth from the mud at the bottom of the ocean. We are capable of rebuilding after complete destruction. The demon came again in a new form trying to control peoples beliefs and persecuting humans and Vishnu came as Narashimha, the lion headed one, to destroy the dictator and allow humanistic beliefs to again flourish. Then the most famous Vishnu avatar related with Shravana came along, the dwarf Vamana seems to have taught Bali a lesson in pride when he took those three strides across everything. It was only by gods grace that Bali was able to give the three worlds, everything he had, and in return, Vishnu stepped on his head and gave him the moksha he so desired. Vishnu then came as Parashurma brought justice for the stolen cow, Kamadhenu. When the kings son again retaliated, Parashrama vowed to travel around the world 21 times killing all the Kshatriya kings. You could say that he’s the one who puts an end to this whole divine right of kings things; it’s not about them, it’s about what they leave behind when they’re gone. At this point I’m starting to see the ten commandments among the ten avatars. Parashurama is said to be immortal and still walking the earth. This warrior with his ax will be the guru of the tenth avatar, Kalki who is yet to come. But Vishnu came two more times after Parashurama. He came a Rama himself, which is perhaps a nod to a enlightened king who maintains justice while himself remaining juste. We can follow much of the story about he battle between Order and Chaos through the stories of Rama as he constantly tries to subdue Shiva’s master devotee Ravana. It’s not until he himself gives worship to Shiva himself that he is able to bring full order. Shiva even takes on one of his few avatars, Hanuman, and helps Rama with his quest. Monkeys are surely one of the most disorderly creatures. Lastly Vishnu came as Krishna to help us dissolve our individuality in singing and dancing with the masses. In Krishna we find a refined man, a renaissance man capable of love and war. In some lists we find Balarama listed before Krishna. Balarama ties Ashlesha and Shravana together, the infrastructure and the workman who maintains it. Then we get Buddha, Vishnu’s 9th avatar. Buddha really did try to sum everything up in a practical way for the uneducated masses. Where Krishna brought us Bhakti, Buddha brought us compassion and service to all, regardless of caste, creed or difference. After the famous war of the Bhagavad Gita, all castes are said to be mixed anyway, so what the point in prejudice. When dharma collapses completely and only chaos reins, Kalki will come riding a white horse with sword drawn, blazing like a comet.
We might note that these avatars are also suggestive of the cycles of time both great and small. We can look to one of the greatest stories of English literature to learn more: Dante’s Divine Comedy where he takes us through each of the circles of hell. He seems to be going backwards through the avatars.
First is Buddha or Christ, a place of limbo for the pagans whoop are ignorant of the law like Hippocrates and Aristotle.
Then we get Krishna teaching us how to control our lust and desires or find yourself in the windy 2nd circle with Cleopatra.
Rama may have been responding to pride and gluttony of the 3rd circle of hell when he took down Ravana. The greedy ended up in the 4th circle of hell, but Parasurama helps teach even kings maintain some level of humility, but he also seems to be working to keep and anger and passion of the individual of the 5th circle of hell in check.Vamana dealt with a heretics; those who know the law but go against it anyways, Narasimha meets violence with violence; this is like the monopoly on violence that we give to police officers in modern times.
The 8th cycle of hell was reserved for the frauds, the seducers, the flatterers, the the Hippocrates, thieves and those who sow division. This is what the tortoise helps us avoid; he keeps us from sinking and wallowing in the much of duality and division. All the weight and pressure and friction of the churning of duality rests on a single point of the tortoise’s shell. The firmament that supports everyone is aware of how that friction between two sides is what allows everything to be. Be warned, many fortune tellers live in this hell.
Dante’s 9th circle is reserved for traitors, those who go against their own family or own people; hosts who betray their guests. This is the depths of hell that faith keep us from falling into. The fish and the first man reminding us that we are all related. We are all later droplets from the same ocean.
In many ways, Vishnu, the law, keeps us from going to hell or experiencing hell in this life, because wether we see them or not, there are consequences to our actions, our thoughts and our beliefs. Sharavana is this world where even the most insignificant things have consequence and power, which connects us to the next point about Shavana: The are able to so tap into the spirit of the thing and see the live force and the power in even the most inconsequential things like sticks and stones. Much of their own power is measured in resources, in practical terms, so savings, and stored resources becomes one of the central areas of the persons life. Sravana’s need resources to do their job.
This is what connects Shravana with shamanism which sees the spirit in everything, which goes away, alone, in silence, and listens to the forest, listens of the voice of great spirit and searching for that spirit in everything. The evolved Shravana sees the life that flows through everything and much of their job is just to keep energy flowing, keep things moving. These progressive levels of order in our life will set us free; or at least keep us out of hell.
The shaman is the one who see the significance in the least significant thing. They read the signs and follow even the subtlest rules of the universe. They will absorb the energy of their environment the way dry ground absorbs water. They maintain the what is useful and discard what is not. They resist death by connecting us with the cycles of energy. Sravanas are generally conservative and the great lesson for them is to remain open. They can easily become rigid and hard and too unmoving; they have to open to allow the emotion in, to allow their heart to be touched, to be open to the higher powers. Otherwise life is hell. In many ways, Shabana’s seek to avoid both extremes of heaven and hell; Buddha middle path is the way of shravana. There is a strong defensive side to shravana and if they don’t learn to remain open, they can easily lie to themselves to avoid uncertainty or merely to avoid standing out. They much prefer conformity.
They do well working with history, preserving ancient languages and cultures, reminding people of how things used to be. Natural scientists, engineers, physicists, physicians, chemists, people looking for practical laws that can be demonstrated. Almost the whole lower middle class has some bearing in Shravana, all the labourers and infrastructure workers, maintenance people, administrators, governors. Marketing executives and anyone who wants to amplify a message. People working with sound, engineers and musicians, inspectors, regulators, people who have to be aware of their surroundings: watch, listen and pay attention. They can be good explainers as they hear everything and them put it in plain language.They are quite partial to facts, which also puts them at odds with the wishy washy stories of Gemini. They do not like gossip. But as one of those strange twists of fate, they will have to listen to, and deal with, a lot of gossip, meetings, and the team process. The problem with this is that the team looks after the team, the boss has to think of every one, even if they are not on the same team.
Shravana regulates the flow of energy, of water, or traffic on the street, or in a venue or online traffic. I get a sense that it’s a bit of a choke point or check point. As it funnels everyone together so they all speak with one voice. This is the voice of the lowest common denominator; the average of all of it.
Hierarchy is important to them, everything and everyone has their place and their role in society. A good boss knows how to use others in such a way they they get to express and experience their own innate potential in a way that serves the whole. Shravana seem to specifically relate with karma; what goes around come around. Karma is essentially activity. The Bhagavad Gita teaches us to find the activity in inactivity, and the inactivity in the activity. When we learn this lesson, life becomes effortless. Karma yoga and Seva yoga are here.
There is a definite father energy here, I’ve already discussed the connection to the Prajapatis, but it goes deeper than that. Children don’t really get punished or learn much of consequence from the mother; she will feed and nurture her children regardless of how many rules they have broken. Father has to be a little hard, he has to make it out there in the real world, he has to maintain the family reputation because when one person messes up, it impacts everyone. There has to be rules and order, otherwise there is nothing but chaos.
Shravana is more about conservation than preservation.
- The ear, listening, hearing, Intuitive shamanic listener. Passive, intuitive nakshatra. Giving your attention so something. Audio, audible. Keeping the beat.
- Lame, limping, sickness related to animals. Three foot steps. Step-wise.
- They are concerned about reputation and what people are saying about them.
- There is something of a spirit essence in Swati. Like the Prana Vayu, the most essential element.
- If 4th house is education, Shravana is the school, the infrastructure that made the 4th house possible. If cancer is the land, Capricorn in the way we organise and lay out the land. Sravana is the high ground. Shavana is progress, slow and steady; step by step.
- Shravana is like a membrane that holds water back, but the water can pass through osmosis. Like the earth when it rains: so much water is initially absorbed, but once the earth is full, the rest of the water runs away.
- Unyielding, unchanging, unmoving: Shravana makes slow but steady progress.
- Uniform, sameness, uniform service This is where we are the farthest away from our true
Planets & Pada of Shravana
Moon: Comforting, caring, protective, nurturing, parenting, caretaking, boundary making, mother, teacher, rhythmic, habits, routine, security, home based, mother figures, boundary defining, defensive, passive, intuitive, fishing, farming, agriculture, nourishing, water pond
Capricorn: government, systems, hierarchies, laws, society, leadership, authority, realism, hard work, determinations, discipline, responsibility.
Capricorn + Moon: Seems to me this would be a fairly socialist position where the government becomes the caretaker of the people. From cradle to grave.
Ascendant in Shravana
Behari General Indications: “…very good attractive physical features. Normally height will be small and have a peculiar mark on the face, may be in the form of a mole or some other mark which appears to be a kind of disfigurement. In some cases, a black mole beneath the shoulder has been noticed. You are very sweet in speech and also you maintain neatness in every work you undertake. There is a set principle for you in life. You expect your surroundings to be very clean and you dislike persons who do not have the tendency of maintaining neatness. Once you notice a person in untidy conditions you will not hesitate to open your mouth. You take pity on the condition of others and try to help others as far as possible. You like to have very neat and delicious food… a very good host. You are god fearing and have full respect for elders. You are a believer in victory for truth. You cannot expect much benefit or return from those persons whom you have helped whereas it has been noticed that you are subject to deceit from others. Even if you catch a thief, you will try to find out the truth of the circumstances which led that person to become a thief and if you are convinced you will let that person go. Your inherent quality of peaceful appearance and the knack of dealings will penetrate to the minds of the public, hence you are the fittest politician for modern times. Your smile is enough to attract and be remembered by others. Whatever may be the ups and downs in life, you will neither reach to the top or bottom. In other words, a mediocre life will be enjoyed by you. Even illiterate persons born in this Nakshatra will show complete maturity and will be eager to gather knowledge whenever they get opportunity. You are a very good adviser. Others will look to you for solving individual as well as collective problems. You are a versatile genius. You have the ability and capacity to undertake different jobs at a time. If you are installed in a seat of some power and authority, you will shine well. You are always in search of an authoritative job. Since you have to shoulder much responsibilities and spend for fulfilling responsibilities you will always be in need of money. You will not like to take revenge even on your bitterest enemies. On the other hand you will think to let God give due punishment to them. Up to 30 years of age you will undergo several changes. Between 30 to 45 years of age will mark stability in all walks of life. In case you go beyond 65 years due to beneficial planetary positions you can expect remarkable progress both economical and social. You are suitable for taking up mechanical or technical work or engineering. You may also be connected with petroleum or oil products. Married life will be filled with extra-ordinary happiness. You will have a spouse with all good qualities. That does not necessarily cause you to remain faithful however. You may suffer from ear problems, skin disease, eczema, rheumatism, tuberculosis and indigestion.”
Shil-Ponde General Indications: “Fair complexion, kind-hearted, orthodox in religion, usually attending church regularly, likes social functions and fond of family life. Will have more than two children. Has good health, likes to dress well, and mis fond of flowers. Get much enjoyment out of the company of the opposite sex; likes to travel. Will have trouble in the generative organs and possibly a surgical operation.”
Shil-Ponde Male with Shravana Ascendant: “An excellent character, the keynote of which is kind heartedness and generosity, particularly to those less fortunate than himself. This man will always be able to accumulate the good things of life without injuring anyone else to do so. He will be disposed to share his belongings with the poor and needy. The extent of his activities in this direction, will of course depend on his station in life. Many social workers and philanthropists have Śrāvaṇa rising. He will also be very religious and will participate in church activities if his environment permits.”
Shil-Ponde Female with Shravana Ascendant: “Denotes a charitable and benevolent person of strength of character and calmness of demeanour. She gives courage to others. The nervous and needy come to her for help, and get it. These women make good designers and interior decorators.”
Ascendant in Shravana Pada 1, Aries Navamsha:
Ascendant in Shravana Pada 2, Taurus Navamsha: Pushkara navamsha.
Ascendant in Shravana Pada 3, Gemini Navamsha: “You will be an expert in various higher branches of knowledge. You have many sons.” — Bepin Behari
Ascendant in Shravana Pada 4, Cancer Navamsha: “You will have respect to priests or persons doing worship, and you will have a domineering disposition. Your 20th year will be very risky.” — Bepin Behari
Celebrities with Shravana Ascendant
Francisco de Goya (1), Roy Rogers (1), Jim Carrey (1), Jack Welch (1), Alice Monroe (1), Matt Damon (1), Patricia (philosophy, aesthetics (1)), Ananda M. (1), Ranabir Son (1),
Amitabh Bachhan (2), Abraham Maslow (2), Richard Burton (2), Max Stirner? (nihilist (2)), Adam Brody (2), Rosanna Barr (2), Wyatt Earp (2?), Squire Whipple (2), Wilhelm Rontgen (physics, engineering (2)), Quentin Tarantino (2), Richard Wagner (2), William Shatner (2), Nina Simone (2), Lina Franziska Fehrmann (2), Cheryl (2), Chris C. (2), Jitendra H. (2), Liya Varanasi (2), Whitney (2),
Black Thursday Stock Crash 1929 (3), Mao (3), Confucius (3), Immanuel Kant (3), Jim Morrison (3), Rocio Canter (3), Charles T. Hunt III (gym teacher, construction, dairy farmer (3)), Kathleen O’toole Police Commissioner (3)), Heman (3), Vivek Narmada (3),
USA Peacetime Draft (4), Friedrich Bayer (4), Teenage Runaway (4), Sylvia Brown (4), Terry MacKinnell (4), Bennett Cerf (4), Nabievas Bakhar? (4), Carlos Castaneda (4), Virgin Mary (), J.K. Rowling (4), H.G. Wells (4), Julie S. (4), Monica L.B. (4),
[Many charts have not been confirmed so ascendant and even Moon nakshatras may not be correct. There may be inconsistencies regarding the house placement of the planets as well. Use your own judgement. A healthy dose of scepticism should be applied to astrological data generally.]
Sun in Shravana
“Be practical as well as generous in your ideals. Keep your eyes on the stars, but remember to keep your feet on the ground.” “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — Franklin D. Roosevelt
They express themselves as good listeners, they give all the cues of listening and hearing. In some cases it’s because they are actually hard of hearing so that they have to lean in and focus and turn their “good” ear to the speaker. They might be isolated due to working to much. They might work for themselves and do everything. They will be very responsible and fulfil all obligations. They typically respect tradition.
They tend to have solid working class father figures who help them learn and rise in life. These natives often achieve a high post in politics or in the diplomatic core. They are good speakers. They are usually a little dry in the way they express themselves, but several of these natives have also gone into music. They are often fond of gardening and some herbalists are represented here as well. Several mystics have this Sun as they will express themselves in a serious but somewhat emotional way, they will have a nice rhythm.
The Sun in Capricorn tends to express itself as a boss figure, an institutional manager. A little autocratic even with themselves. It’s like they’re wound a little tight. The Moony part of Sravana suggests they might also be working alone in the fields (Moon rules vegetation), running small crews, a central figure on the land, in the community, in the governing structure.
Mozart became withdrawn and depressed after loosing his hearing at age 35. His vision was also quite poor. It was the King who used the blade of grass to take out Shukadevs eye so we see this theme being played out with this Sun position. Perhaps since the King did not listen to the good advice of Shukraacharya, these people also don’t listen to others and they may even develop hearing trouble.
Bepin Behari Sun in Capricorn: “Will have a hard time making its message heard and appreciated by the individual. The voice will demand a high level of or morality and sacrifice which may seem difficult unless the individual has been prepared for it in past lives. When the personal vitality and charisma of the individual is not permitted to blossom, the individual at then physical level may feel his life is disintegrating but in this dissolution there will be the seed for fresh realignments of a permanent character.”
Chamatkar Chintamani Sun in Capricorn: “Greedy, timid, friendless, wicked, wandering, glutton, debauchee, poor, family dishonour. A good master with good servants. If the Moon aspects, the native is immoderate, irresolute, accumulating money through women. Misfortunes. If Mars aspects, the native suffers through enemies, quarrels, ill-health, accidents and sudden attacks of sickness. If Mercury aspects, he is impotent, wanting in manly qualities and a cheat. If Jupiter aspects the native has broad outlook and sound judgement, honest and genial. In a female chart, promise of successful marriage. If Venus aspects, the native gains through trade in gems and precious stones. Fortune through women and prostitutes. If Saturn aspects, the native gains through those in authority, a strong personality and successful organiser.”
Sun in Shravana Pada 1, Aries Navamsha: Exalted navamsha. These folks are serious about their work: focused and driven. But they will eventually face some defame in the workplace. They may suffer many insults and mental tension as a result. Most of these natives seem to have fairly high egos. Sun is exalted in navamsha. Adds a finely assertive energy to Shravana. They will lead though their overbearing nature. They are highly motivated and ambitious; they meet with challenges directly and can be very practical. They will likely engage in continuous personal or professional development. This can be a highly spiritual or theoretical placement of priests, popes, politicians, judges, lawyers, policy advisors, academics, interested in preserving the traditional order of things.
Sun in Shravana Pada 2, Taurus Navamsha: Pushkara navamsha. Born leaders. They often attain very powerful positions and can be intimidating to others. They will have a powerful , penetrating voice, they will speak with confidence. Eloquent and capable of articulating their thoughts. They might be good at all forms of communication: speaking, writing, or media. They will be lifelong learners and may become leaders in educational settings. They may assume positions of authority in academic institutions, research organisation, or other domains where knowledge and learning are valued. They might be preservers of traditional culture. Taurus grounding qualities will blend well with those of Capricorn to give seriousness, steadfastness, and reliability. Family values and family heritage become important part of tradition. They will always respect their elders and those who are higher than them. They will be quite capable of taking good and practical advice. They might engage in student – mentor relationships.
Sun in Shravana Pada 3, Gemini Navamsha: They can be very good with words, language, secret code like music or mathematics, grammar and etymology. This makes them fit for politics, entertainment, hospitality and the like. They can be argumentative and difficult to deal with. Slippery folks. These are the ones that lead the meetings, lead the groups. They are often the first to speak. If they’re in a band they will be the lead singer of the frontman, perhaps even the go-to guy or gal. Maybe they are just the leader of their own little tribe. Communication skills and intellectual pursuits get highlighted. Curiosity and versatility and other qualities of a Mercury or Gemini nature will be there. They will excel in fields that require effective communication, such as writing, teaching, or public speaking. They can be very social and usually like working with people. They can be inspirational and motivational.
Sun in Shravana Pada 4, Cancer Navamsha: The sympathetic ear. They are very driven on to teach tomorrows leaders. Kings of their own castle. But in other ways this is likely the weakest placement of Sun in Shravana and it may bring addictions and low living despite wealth. Father may cause trouble by being too controlling. They may possess a profound understanding on our internal spirituality. They may be the least practical of the Sravana pads
Celebrities with Sun in Shravana
Subhas Chandra Bose (1), Grigori Rasputin (mystic adviser to the king (1)), Paul Newman (Legendary Actor (1)), Wayne Gretzky (hockey (1)), Neil Diamond (pop singer (1)), Ben Underwood (blind, early death (1)), Ellen Degeneres (TV Host (1)),
Frederick II the Great of Prussia (2), Nicolas Sarkozy (2), Togo Heihachiro (Samurai Naval Officer (2)), Jan Baptist van Helmont (physician, chemist (1)), Woo-suk Hwang (2), Phil Collins (2), Jackson Pollock (abstract artist (2)), Tom Selleck (actor (2)), Daniel Bellard (highway rapist (2)), Oprah Winfrey (2), Virginia Woolf (2), Athina Onassis Roussel (equestrian show jumper, disputes over inheritance (2)), Sarah McLachlan (singer songwriter (2)),
Franklin D. Roosevelt (3), John D. Rockefeller (Founder of Standard Oil (3)), Cicero (3), Ken Wilber (transpersonal psychology & his own integral theory (3)), Dick Cheney (Vice President, Defence, Halliburton (3)), Norman Mailer (Creative Non-Fiction writer (3)), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (music composer (3)), Pierre Ramond (string theory (3)), Syed Modasser (eye surgeon, politics (3)), Clark Gable (actor (3)), Gene Hackman (actor (3)), Brandon Lee (martial arts actor (3)), Justin Timberlake (3), Nolan Ryan (baseball pitcher (3)), Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols (3)), Jackie Robinson (baseball (3)), Lisa Marie Presley (3), Rocio Perez (3),
Hunter Biden (Grifter (4)), Clint Black (country music (4)), James Joyce (Avant guard novelist, literary critic (4)), Oscar De La Hoya (boxer (4)), Charles Lindbergh (4), William Burroughs (4), Cristiano Ronaldo (soccer (4)), Christie Brinkley (4), Jamie Brewer (downs syndrome mystic actress (4)), Shakira (4), Ayn Rand (Objectivism (4)), ///27jun22. //