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The Sun in the Nakshatras
|By Jyoti Devi (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.
Tvashtar (later known as Vishvakarma,) the celestial architect, is the presiding deity for Chitra. This ancient deity reinforces the concept of the necessity of discarding parts of the outer covering of anything, in order to reveal the useful or beautiful object contained within. Think of a sculptor chipping away at a piece of marble, in order to reveal a heroic statue. Creating something of value, in this manner, may be difficult and arduous, but the final effect is worth the pain.
Mars is Chitra’s planetary ruler. Mars provides the strength, courage, confidence and motivation to manage confrontation. And also the desire, and leadership ability to achieve its material or intellectual mission. Chitra is known for skill in both the physical world, and in the intellectual sphere. According to Bepin Behari, Chitra is one of the most “mystical” asterisms.
Chitra is motivated by Kama – desire and need for things on a practical level. The ayurvedic dosha is Pitta. Keeping your cool during this fortnight will help manage the tendency towards pitta aggravation.
Rahu rulership of Swati nakshatra can make for an unusual experience of childhood, since it will begin that life’s dasa sequence if it is the nakshatra of your natal Moon. Rahu represents the intellectual aspect of Swati – sometimes over-thinking at the expense of intuition and emotions. Risky business, desire for wealth, and worldly success are Rahu’s distinctive contributions here.
Vayu, god of the wind, and one of the rulers of the material world, is Swati's devata. “Scattering like the wind” is the Shakti (power/methodology) of Swati. Therefore, issues of free movement of ideas, and movement in general, are important to Swati. The power of flowing life force, prana, is naturally connected to star #15.
Artha (physical actions towards material success) is Swati’s prime motivator. Kapha dosha lends calm.