VEDIC STUDIES – 27 NAKSHATRAS: VEDIC MONDSCHILDER
JULIAN SOLAR CALENDAR
Western astrology is a result of ancient wisdom that has traveled from India to the Far East to Greece. Just as you whisper a secret into your friend's friend's ear and tell a friend and tell her as a friend, the original message is distorted and often the core meaning is lost.
The West adopted the Julian calendar that Julius Caesar created during the Renaissance in Greece a few years ago. This period and this calendar also form the basis of western astrology.
So much was lost in the translation. Western astrology has its origins in Greece without the basic piece of astrology called Nakshatras.
The Julian calendar is based on solar energy and focuses on the sun, which moves gradually each day, a sunny day. Every month or 30 days the sun moves through a Raschi / sign.
VEDIAN MOON CALENDAR
Vedic timekeeping is based on the motion of the moon. The sidereal vedic lunar system is at least 10,000 years older than the western julian calendar system. Our ancient ancestors were well aware of the celestial motions of the heavenly bodies (planets).
Behind the mythology of astrology stand the pure sciences of astronomy and mathematics.
The moon moves 13 degrees and 20 minutes a day.
Stardate or True Stardate measures the movement against the background of the set constellations. 13.20 minutes is a lunar day.
Every lunar day is called Nakshatra.
There are 27 Nakshatras in the Moon's revolution each month.
Nakshatras form the basis of Vedic astrology.
Think of it as the primordial level of the zodiac, where we consider the deeper connections to be too ancient ancestral knowledge.
For Western astrologers this information is missing completely. For a Western astrologer entering Eastern Astrology, this information opens up a whole new world of depth and interpretation.
Nakshatras are the fine tuning of astrological knowledge and are used extensively for timing.
The Sanskrit name for the moon is Chandra. Jyotisha is a lunar-based system that sensitively calibrates energy. The moon rules the mind and manas: perception. How the mind perceives reality is basically the way your life unfolds.
Perception is everything
If we want our external environment to change, we must first change our internal environment. This refers to Manas. Our earthly heavenly environment is the Milky Way. Just as you pass the same nature views every day on your daily journey from home to work, we have our heavenly natural views as we circle the ecliptic every day.
The views are lights that we call stars. The fixed stars on our ecliptic path form the constellations that we know and love. As Westerners, we only get the story behind the constellations. India has inherently lived with this knowledge since the beginning of recorded time. It is common for a child to be named after the sound of the Nakshatra under which it was born. They would not ask for the sun sign but for the moon nakshatra of birth. Not just the moon; All of your planets will fall into one of the 27 Nakshatras.
The Vedas are rich in stories to understand the larger story going back far into the past of written records or even earthly time. What we have is probably a fraction of what exists. The story of Chandra, however, is a bit sexy and cheeky.
It is said that Daksha, the Lord of Creation, had 27 wives and would spend one night with each of them. He traveled every day and showed up with another wife every night. Each woman had a different deity, a different symbol, a different motivation, a different direction, a different sound, etc., that were different from the others. It was noted that Daksha would spend some more time in the second nakshatra of the bull called Rohini. The Moon is raised to 3 degrees in Rohini, to be exact. The qualities of Rohini are beauty, grace and wealth.
As with everything else on Earth, we have the opposite point that creates polarity. Unlike Rohini, he would spend the least amount of time. Opposite Rohini Jyestha is in the sign of Scorpio.
Jyestha is the oldest woman. The original woman who rules all the rest of the harem with the difference that only time and experience can provide. The Moon is weakened at 3 degrees Scorpio in Jyestha.
DEITIES & SYMBOLS
Each Nakshatra has one or more god or goddess associated with it. The understanding of the Ishtadevata contributes significantly to understanding the deeper meaning of each subdivision. Therein lies the underlying foundation of Vedic knowledge! We will deepen this knowledge bit by bit, as it is difficult to remember it for the budding Astrology student. In addition, each of the 27 Nakshatras has one or more symbols representing the division. These symbols are often animals as well as lifeless objects that describe the theme of the division.
Nakshatras are used for the art of planning. Astrologers were the original calendar makers and gave advice on the best planting and harvest days. In addition, there are better times to start traveling, to go to battle, to start a marriage, to start a business, or to end a relationship. Life is filled with activities that require careful execution to succeed.
Nakshatras help us align our human consciousness with the cosmos.
Nakshatras are further divided into:
Mrdutikshna Sadharana: delicately terrible
As Westerners, we often ignore the tougher realities of life. Instead of facing difficulties, we have become a nation of medically treated, half-asleep, timid sheep. A more conscious way of approaching reality is to admit that we are at least visibly living in this two-dimensional world and approaching life in a prepared way.
KARMA ACTIVATION & DASAS
Nakshatras act like a clock that activates the karmas that are present in the signs.
Based on the Nakshatra position of your Moon at birth, the cosmic clock of your life begins to click.
The concept of karma exists in Vedic thought. The nakshatra of your birth-moon plays a crucial role in your karmic unfoldment. The interaction between the Nakshatras and the characters in your diagram is the eloquent mystical dance of the planetary gods and goddesses that channel your own soul journey.
Vedic astrology is a deep and complex system of knowledge and wisdom. It is best to do one step at a time. As yoga sweeps the West and self-exploration and spiritual essence are at the heart of Vedic philosophy, I believe it's time to familiarize ourselves with Nakshatras!