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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.
September begins with the Sun already into nakshatra #11, Purva Phalguni. Surya transits here every year from around August 30 – September 12, covering from 13 degrees 20 minutes – 26 degrees 40 minutes of Leo rasi. Epsilon Leonis, and Zosma, are marker stars. The symbol for Purva Phalguni (Poorva Puh Hal’ goony, not Poorva Fal goony!) is two legs of a bed. As you may rightly suppose, this symbol is connected to its adjacent constellation, which provides the complementary pair of legs for this bed, or platform. It implies ease, and restoration, and then taking aim and moving outward. This is an ambitious nakshatra. And sexy, like Venus.
Purva means East, or former, or first. Phalguni means good fruit from previous benevolent actions. So this is a quite comfortable star, ensuring pleasure and passion, good fortune, and growth of family. Children and marriage and creativity thrive here. All this is contributed by Shukra, Venus, the planetary lord. Lord Shiva began his marriage procession under this star. Since “PPH” is part of a marriage bed – we could consider this nakshatra’s area as “her side of the bed.”
One of the several names of manifestations of the Sun, is the deity Bhaga. Bhaga is one of the 12 Adityas, solar sons of the Universal Mother Aditi, who has the shakti to provide bliss, and success, or fame, and good relationships, and material support. Bhaga was also a bit blind (he was blinded by Venus) to some things. So self-reflection and accountability help manage the desire nature here.
Motivated by Kama, desire. Pitta is their ayurvedic dosha.
Star #12, Uttara (oot’ ara) Phalguni, runs from 26 degrees Leo to 10 degrees of Virgo, containing the marker star, Al Sarfah. The Sun transits here from around September 13 – September 26.
Its symbol is the other 2 feet of the bed/couch. These four legs of the complete bed symbolize the four “sheaths” (physical, etheric, astral, and mental sheaths) in which the Soul becomes attached to this planet. Uttara means north, in this case, and claims “his side of the bed.” The name Phalguni here has the same beneficial connotations of good fruit and good results. But ambitions here are directed with a bit more attention to the instinct to develop UPH’s spiritual nature.
Massive, authoritative, powerful Sun is the planetary ruler. Aryaman, famous for fights and leadership, and another of Aditi s 12 solar sons, is the deity who presides nobly in this star. Insight and foresight are his super powers. Lord Aryaman has high regard for principles and traditions; honor, religious rituals; and he requires proper behavior. Komilla says that the best qualities of UPH people are being able to maintain a good standard of living, while living according to spiritual principles in a material world.
UPH’s aim is for moksha – liberation. Its ayurvedic dosha is airy Vata.
Lucky #13 nakshatra is Hasta, (Hoss’ tuh) “the hand.” Spanning from 10 degrees – 23 degrees 20 minutes of Virgo, its marker star is Al-Auwa. Surya, our Sun, transits here September 26 – October 10 of most years. Consistent with the interests and abilities of Virgo, Hasta’s symbol of the hand represents the power to achieve goals through its own training and skill and effort in the material world. Self-reliance and quiet self-confidence in its own faculties are re-enforced by the fact that Mercury is exalted in this nakshatra.
Vedic Astrologer Bepin Behari expands on the symbolic meanings and qualities of the right and left hand, the number of fingers, and the finger joints, etc. He says that all the different images in the hand, and in the palm of the hand, represent all aspects of both individual expression, and of universal existence. He states that “Hasta is said to represent Duration - Time itself.”
The changeable Moon is Hasta’s planetary ruler, implying the fluctuations in consciousness, and potential for moodiness here.
Savitar, another aspect of the Sun, and yet another of Aditi’s sons, is the deity of this asterism. Savitar is the form of the Sun’s creative rays, at sunrise. This morning light represents the ability to access the inner, spiritual light. Chanting the Gayatri mantra invokes this deity to provide the light of the spiritual Sun, and to manage the mind. This is important to Hasta’s peace of mind, since both its sign ruler, Mercury, and its nakshatra ruler, the Moon, are mental influences. As in the previous nakshatra, the motivation is towards moksha, and the ayurvedic dosha is also Vata.