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The Sun in the Nakshatras - May
|By Jyotidevi (Charlotte Benson)|
Nakshatras are 13 degree and 20 minute sections of the familiar 30 degree signs of the Zodiac. This section is the area of the sky which the Moon travels over in a 24 hour period. These smaller parts of signs contain much ancient, and very specific, embedded Truth.
Nakshatras are comprised of thousands of fixed stars, and they are associated with almost as many concepts! There are deities, planets, elemental qualities, gunas, ganas, animals, doshas, symbols, myths, sounds, castes, directions, etc. associated with each nakshatra. Knowing about the nakshatras of your Lagna (rising sign), Moon, and Sun can give you much information about your own hidden abilities, and motivations.
Bharani (star #2) has a complex, turbulent, notoriously difficult reputation. Located entirely within the compact sign of Aries, between 13 degrees, 20 minutes – 26 degrees and 40 minutes of this fiery sign, Al-Bhutain is the marker star. Our radiant Sun traverses this fierce/feminine portion of the sky from April 27 – May 11.
With its innate qualities of intense physical and emotional passion, Bharani (BuhHAR un ee) naturally produces sexy, sensuous, and creative impulses. These lusty qualities are contributed by magnetic Venus, as nakshatra ruler; and symbolized by a yoni (female sexual organ.) Relationships based solely on physicality can create trauma under the influence of Bharani.
At the opposite end of the spectrum of these concepts, Lord Yama, the god of death and transformations, is its presiding deity. If self-restraint (yama) can be maintained, this star-pattern can produce an interesting blend of sensuality and asceticism.
Kenneth Johnson calls this nakshatra the “River of Souls.” Because of the patronage of Yama, Bharani is also associated with detachment, loss, and endings. When the Moon passes through this nakshatra, one day per month, it is said to be an appropriate time for “nefarious” deeds!
Bharani’s motivation is artha – the drive for material actions, and acquisition. The auspicious elephant serves as the sacred animal for Bharani. Ayurvedic dosha is pitta – fiery, quick-tempered, and passionate. It is better to maintain one’s coolness during this period!
Star #3, Krittika, “The Razor”, spans from 26 degrees and 40 minutes of Aries – 10 degrees of Taurus. This portion of the heavens is marked by the easily distinguishable, and spectacular, star cluster, The Pleiades. Our Sun is here from May 11 – May 25.
Cutting away, or transmuting, anything which impedes growth, is the power, or shakti, of fierce Krittika. Themes of passion, anger, pride are present in this constellation. Agni is the entity of the sacred fire – and is the presiding deity of Krittika ( KRIT ee ka). As the acceptor of our offerings to the divine, through the flames of the sacrificial fire, Agni acts as a messenger between the worlds of gods and men. When the fiery impulses of Krittika are contained and directed, they can produce a bold and constructive life. If not managed well, there is a tendency for volatility or self-destruction because of temper and ego.
Surya the Sun, who is exalted here, is the ruler of this nakshatra. The better attributes of the solar influence contribute strength, authority, support, and vitality to planets here.
Six of the seven wives of the rishis incubated the baby boy Karthikeya, who was born as the warrior god, Mars. This young warrior god disposed of a powerful negative being who had been harassing the world, and Heaven. Thus, Karthikeya serves as a great model for developing strength which can be used to protect and defend, rather than for being aggressive or belligerent.
Along the same war-like theme, one of the several symbols for Krittika is a flaming spear. This flaming spear cuts through ignorance, and through tamas, or darkness. Kama (desire) drives Krittika; their ayurvedic dosha is kapha.
Brahma, the god energy of creation, is the presiding deity of Rohini. Moksha motivates Rohini; its ayurvedic dosha is kapha.