Thursday, July 28, 2011

Nakshatra Devata VI: The Phalgunis

The Phalgunis:

After Magha the next two nakshatras appear in pair and also known as the Phalgunis - Purvaphalguni and Uttaraphalguni. They are among the three pair of nakshatras, the Ashadhas and the Bhadrapadas being the other two. Being a pair, they share some common characteristics which will be mentioned below. The Phalgunis are ruled by two Adityas Bhaga and Aryama. While Bhaga represent marital bliss and prosperity, Aryama represent a dependable friend. They are symbolised by bed or swinging hammock - representing relaxation and pleasure. While Purva phalguni rules the head (top) part of the bed, Uttara phalguni rules the leg (bottom) part - thus Purva rules getting into relaxation while Uttara rules the ending moment when the native is ready to rise and get into action.

The Purvaphalguni:
Purva-phalguni means the 1st part of the Phalguni nakshatra and is lorded by Bhaga aditya and symbolised by bed or swinging hammock. This nakshatra falls immediately after Magha, the nakshatra of victory and achievements. Thus this represent the next phase- time of relaxation and enjoyment of victory and achievements.

The lord Bhaga aditya stands for marital bliss and prosperity. This suggests that the natives of this nskashatra value relationship, albeit that is not only restricted to marital relationships. They are social and feel comfortable to be in company of their friends, kith and kin. They are very amicable and easily approachable people and are affectionate, loving, caring and compassionate. They are moved by sorrow in the world and like to extend their helping hand when needed. In addition, they intuitively know when people around them are in need and are eager to help them. Thus they naturally attract many friends in life and others think good about such natives.

They are pleasure seeking people and attracted to events such as partying with friends, especially those of opposite sex. Their attractive demeanour and amicable speech also encourage others to join them. Males of this nakshatra are handsome and females are beautiful and both have an attractive charm on their face. They are sensual and actively seek sensual pleasure. Although most are bound by the societal norms, there are many don’t care much and have many sexual partners. Thus many have extra marital affairs to fulfil their carnal desires. Those who have learnt to control their sexual passion, channelize their energy towards charity and larger social good. They also need to control their propensity to indulgence and their drive to stimulation by praise and sex. They also have the propensity to get addicted to psychotropic drugs which can take one to alternate realities and give unbridled pleasure.

They are artistic in nature and thus are interested in various forms of art such as music, fine arts, literature, photography, fashion etc. Thus they are attracted towards events and career where they can give expression to their creative potencies. Thus there is high propensity for them to pick up activities related to art, writing, film or fashion. Even if they are engaged in other professions, they will be known for their creative bent of mind and will be engaged in innovations and thinking out of the box.

They are timid and shy away from direct confrontation and conflict. They do not believe that war can resolve the problems in the world, which they think can be resolved by having proper dialogue and negotiations. They make up their inability to confront by having a polished and suave behaviour. They are good in negotiations, dialogue and reaching common ground with conflicting parties. They naturally learn the art of influencing others using persuasion and dialogue. Due to their mentioned way of working many think that they are coward, however, they are not. They are forthright and straight in whatever they believe and do not hesitate to put forth their stand, but they do it in a pleasing manner, something, which does not hurt the opposite party out rightly.

They are honest, sincere and have high integrity in their work. They are hard worker and driven by the need of affiliation and recognition rather than tangible monetary rewards. Thus they are motivated when people around them recognise their contributions and think high of them. The negative side is, they get de-motivated, self-defeating when they are not able to make their presence felt. The notable aspect of their work life is that they are pragmatic and do not believe in day-dreaming. They jump to work based on whatever resources they have at their disposal instead of making big plans which can't be executed. They have high concerns for their fame and recognition hence they do not do things which can potentially ruin their name and honour. They are dignified and also treat others with dignity.

They are extremely cautious in decision making and have a tendency to delay until they have all the facts at their disposal. They are often restless and have a vacillating mind. To be successful in life, they need to put reins on their mind and steady it. Having said that, they are steady in their demeanor and have strong inner strength and firm trust on self. They can't be pushed around by others and resist such actions. They are usually calm and resolved and not easily agitated.

They are independent and seek freedom in life. Thus they can't be constrained with tasks which they receive strict orders on what is to be done. Work which gives good amount of space for thinking and creativity are well suited to them. They can be given broader responsibilities where they can plan, organise and execute on their own. Thus they are do well senior management role which need one to work with vagueness, leading people and be persuasive. They also do well as diplomats where one need to be good in persuasion and be calm under conflicts and threat.

In summary, they are good natured, amicable and dignified people who are artistic in nature and seek pleasure and recognition from work.

Notable personalities:
(Barbara Pijan Lama)

  • Margaret Thatcher
  • Madonna
  • J. K. Rowling
  • Anne Windsor
  • Julia Roberts
  • Shirley MacLaine

  • Dalai Lama
  • Rajiv Gandhi
  • John F. Kennedy
  • Edward "Teddy" Kennedy
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson
  • Winston Churchill
  • Rudolf Steiner
  • Jack Welch
  • William Randolph Hearst

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The Uttaraphalguni:

The latter half of the Phalguni pair is ruled by Aryama and symbolized by the back (lower) legs of the cot. Among the dvadas-adityas, Aryama represents a patron whom one can depend on at time of need. He represents a trustworthy friend who is ever there to help when approached.

The first pada of this nakshatra falls in Leo and the next 3 pada falls in Virgo. Thus this carries a combination of traits signified by the rulers of the mentioned sign, Sun and Mercury respectively. Natives of this nakshatra have very high self-esteem something which is seen in the other two nakshatras in Leo- however, in this case, it is towards the extreme. They believe that they are always right and others must have full faith on them and their belief/ opinion - this makes them arrogant and have lesser regards for other's opinions.

Due to high opinion about their self, they have a strong propensity of egotism and they think that others must serve them. Thus when they receive help from others they are ungracious and ungrateful. Although the chances are high, most fall under the milder category of arrogance and may not display it in their behaviour. Thus although they may think that they are better than the rest, they would not openly say so due to societal norms. They are tactful, thus they compensate their arrogance with tact and ensure that people think high about them and they are socially acceptable.

Being one of the phalguni, they have a pleasant and happy disposition. They are amicable, have a pleasant voice and full of fun and humour. Others like to have such people around them who make the surrounding cheerful and bubbly. They are social people who like to mingle around with others in social gathering, however, they are careful in choosing their friend among those who are artistic and have refined taste. They like to have people around them who can be called the elites- or from high society- something which gives a sense of pomp and aura.

They are principled and do not deviate easily. Given with their self-esteem and self-confidence, this gives them a sense of pride in their actions and they carry a royal and authoritative demeanour. They are dignified and do not easily involve in activities which spoil their name and reputation. On the brighter side, like the former Phalguni, they are compassionate and charitable- they have a big heart when it comes to giving for social cause. In return, they seek recognition for their actions and are motivated when people praise them.

They are ambitious and want to rise to high position and authority. This is in line with their other traits of first self-belief and convictions. When they attain leadership position, they have great strength to mobilise people and resources. However, due to their egotistic temperament, they tend to become autocratic and moved by self-praise. Something, if not controlled can bring their ruin by spoiling their social reputation and affect their approachability. They are independent and hence usually take up career which encourages independent thinking and creativity. This coupled with their sharp intelligence make them a compelling force for senior leadership positions.

Due to their social affiliations and need for recognition they feel comfortable with family and friends. They can be regarded a family person as they have high regards for marriage and family and they do their best to keep it intact. It is important for them to have a loving and caring family for them to be motivated and be successful in life.

On the darker side, they may get depressed, de-motivated and demoralised when they are not in meaningful relationship. They will feel a void within them and they constantly search for ways to fill it and be satisfied. They need a family and circle of friends to have a meaningful life. They may suffer due to resentment due to lack of recognition and become more defensive when comes to giving and gratitude for good done by others.

They tend to gravitate toward career which gives then the space for independence and creativity such as writers, actors, media personalities etc. They also like to pick up career which give them the room to work with people influence others such as sales and marketing. They are also involved in charitable and social work and can take up social activism- fighting for a social cause. They are often seen to pick up trades which involve heavy number crunching such as trading and investment, stock market analysis etc.

Notable personalities:
(Barbara Pijan Lama)

  • Niels Bohr- physicist(quantum mechanics)
  • Deepak Chopra- educator-physician MD
  • Martin Heidegger- philosopher(phenomenology)
  • Jack Nicholson- actor-director
  • Donald Rumsfeld- USA sec. of defense
  • William Quan Judge- Theosophist
  • Hirohito- Emperor of Japan (b. 1901)

  • Alice Bailey- writer and theosophist
  • Carla Bruni Sarkozy- Songwriter, singer, actress
  • Agatha Christie- Writer
  • Mileva Marić- one of the first women to study mathematics and physics in Europe

Monday, February 28, 2011

Nakshatra Devata V


Magha is associated with the Sanskrit word “Maha” which signifies anything that is grand, generous and beyond the limits. Great personalities are often addressed as Mahatma which means Maha + Atma or great personality, someone who has immensurable contributions to the world, mankind and the society at large. Magha means a gift or reward or something which is bountiful/ resourceful or powerful. It also stands for brightness, brilliance and light, something which eliminates all ignorance or poverty (of resources or knowledge). The devata for Magha nakshatra is Pitrigan or Pitris or the forefathers. As we have seen so far all the nakshatras imbibe the qualities of the devata, this nakshatra imbibe the qualities of the forefathers. Now what is meant by that? Forefathers represent the collective consciousness that has been carried forward from generations to generations, something which leads to the development of consciousness in each subsequent generation. What happens if each generation re-invents the knowledge again and again? This will lead to a vicious endless circle without much progress in the knowledge in the society. Thus the Pitris represent the unbroken chain of lineage in which knowledge flows and progresses with time. This is why this nakshatra is so important for the existence and development of our society, mankind and the world at large.

The symbol for this nakshatra is royal throne, which signifies the power and authority to rule over its subjects. This gels well with the fact that this nakshatra initiates the fifth sign of the zodiac which represents power and authority and ruled by Leo, the Lion who is the king of the jungle. The jungle represents something chaotic, unless otherwise governed by a strong king who maintains the order. The king of the jungle represents the forces which brings law and order to the chaos and make a place hospitable. Similarly this nakshatra has a strong bearing of law and order of the world and hence it is symbolized by the throne. We are aware that with power comes responsibility, thus this nakshatra also represent the tremendous burden of responsibility to maintain order. This also means that iron hand with which the king governs his kingdom and the punishment that is given when there are any deviations from the established code of governance.

The natives of this nakshatra are royal in bearing. They are both tough and generous like a king. Under benefic influences, they possess the noble qualities of a king and they are engaged in glorious deeds, which help in progress of the society and upliftment of the fallen ones. They are confident, self-assured, courageous, strong-willed and have a sharp intellect. They are capable of doing extra-ordinary acts with their sheer will power and determination. They have a good foresight and a keen ability to strategize and plan for the future. Like a king, they always protect their kingdom from external forces- which means that these natives are always protective of what they consider belonging to them. Thus friends, relatives and anyone who seek affiliations to these natives, they feel a strong protection and assurance. Hence, these natives end up earning a lot of respect from his peers and are naturally prone to be chosen for a leadership or advisor’s positions. They earn the trust of others with their deeds and try their best not to fail the trust placed on them by others. They are true to their words and try to fulfil their commitments to the best of their abilities. They are highly principles and idealistic in nature and at many times that amount to being a perfectionist. Thus they are intolerant towards those he considers as deviation from the norm or for that matter different ideology. It is akin to the fact that no two lions can live in a place or no two kings can occupy a throne. He has a strong self-identification and he believes that whatever he thinks or does is right; while this works in majority of the circumstances, this can also cause indifferences and enmity in some factions who do not support his beliefs and ideas. They often seek respect from others and recognition of their abilities in their communities- which can be frustrating if they do not get that.

They are naturally drawn to various forms of knowledge and they like to absorb whatever they can. They are both intelligent and wise. With age they become even wiser and naturally people flock around them to seek their wise insights and advise. They respect their tradition and all those belonging to his tradition such as father, elders, gurus and their experiences. Being guided invisibly by the Pitris, they get guidance for the father and gurus who are the representatives of the Pitris in this life. They are attached to their heritage and ancestry and seek their origins. At a broader level they are interested in subjects such as history and anthropology and at various levels attached to the heritage of their community, group, race, country etc. They have a strong identification and attachment which they consider as their own. Their identification with a specific group of class can make them narrow minded and snobbish, which may overshadow their other good qualities. Thus, they must be aware of this weakness and improve to get wider acceptance among diverse groups. They should also open up their mind to ideas and perspectives different from their own, which will enhance their world view and their ability to contribute positively.

They are dignified in their behaviour and talk only when it’s necessary. They do not believe in casual talks and unnecessary squabbles and would rather talk when they think that it’s worth contributing their point of view. Thus many consider them as reserved, arrogant and egoistic, which is another perception to their worldly image. Being the wielder of iron hand, they are often perceived as cruel and at times rude, belligerent and are valorous. They know how to defend their ideas, people and their belongings and crush any opposition. However, they are usually not offensive in nature and fight only to defend their people and kingdom. They are so generous that even in war; they would spare the life of their enemies if they accept their mistakes and apologies- this is calls for very strong ideals and mind.

On a different side Agni which is predominant in this nakshatra also represent the creative forces. It is said that the Sun represent the creative forces and propitiated there are pro-creation issues in an individual horoscopes. The creative potential can however manifest in various ways depending on the spiritual and psychological progression of the native. This can be seen in the famous Sun temple of Konark in Puri, India. While the base portion of the temple marked with various sexual acts, the upper portion of the temple and place where the statue of the Sun god sits is pristine and pure. This shows the rise of creative potential from the base of the spine representing excessive sexuality to the top of the cranium showing the spiritual union with the almighty. The creative forces show union in different ways, physical sexual union at a basic level and spiritual union at the highest level. Depending on the spiritual progress of the native this nakshatra can represent excessive sexuality or higher spirituality. However, it is important to note that since they are highly principled, thus, even with excessive sexuality, they like express their sexual desires only with acceptable societal norms. In cultures, where it is not acceptable to have sexual acts outside marital boundaries, such natives limit themselves to their spouses. Regarding the males, this can also indicate multiple marriages. It is not a coincidence that from ancient times, the kings had a huge harem and many concubines. It’s only the righteous and the spiritual ones who limited themselves only to one wife. This is also interesting to note that the Pitris whose interest is to propagate their lineage can do it only through the means of procreation. Thus the excessive sexual urges of the natives of this nakshatra can also be attributed to that. While that is true, one must not forget that the final goal of creation to realize the spiritual nature of the self which is also called the self-realisation. Thus the Pitris and the natives of this nakshatra always seek spiritual progress and self-realisation as their goal. They are highly ambitious and are always eager to contribute to the society, get recognized for their abilities and effort and seek positions of power and authority from where they can influence and control his surroundings and community in which they thrive. They are enterprising and can often be seen as restless people ever eager to control their environment and at many times frustrated if they fail to do so. Although they are driven by selfless motives in their endeavours and not business minded, they seek recognition, power and status. They do not get complacent which may come as a barrier to their spiritual progress. As a spiritual aspirant one must know how to balance between their drive to achieve something and to let go.