There are 27 Lunar Signs in total (they relate to that portion of the heavens that the Moon traverses in one day) as the Moon orbits the heavens. The three Vedic Lunar Signs, called Nakshatras, that lie behind the western sign of Scorpio are as follows:
Swati (23 October -6 November)
Vishakha (6 November – 19) November)
Anuradha (19 November -2 December)
For analysis of the western sign of Scorpio which these three lunar signs relate to, please see: The Truth about Scorpios! – the November 2013 Starwheel Newsletter from Michael Conneely, due out any moment.
And – Did you know that there is a Solar Eclipse in Scorpio on Sunday November 3rd 2013 at 12.50 GMT? See my Blog posting on this.
The First of these three Vedic lunar Signs behind Scorpio is Sign No 15. Swati
6°40’ – 20° of the Vedic sign of Libra
Power animal: Male Buffalo – strength, patience, overrunning.
Ruled by Rahu, the North Node of the Moon
The Sun is debilitated in Swati: This is a weak Sun individual, like the preceding sign of Chitra.
Symbols: a young, fresh plant in the wind, or a sword
Deity: Vayu, god of the winds.
Keywords: eager to learn, restless, sensitive (fragile), doing business.
Swati is related to Sattva – motivated to do good things or seek truth, and they are mainly concerned with the pursuit of artha – wealth and worldly comfort.
The temperament of Svati is Deva, or angelic, loving and accommodating.
Each Nakshatra has a special power or Shakti, the power of Svati allows for scattering like the wind. Its heavenly basis emanantes for moving in various directions, which results in change of form, through which there is transformation. “When the mind is concentrated then it scatters righteousness in all directions.” When our mind is gathered around a strong intention and an uplifting intention, then it just permeates all of creation, the word spreads, the good word scatters. It is about initiating ideas, initiating powerful thoughts into the world.
Translation: The Good Goer (named after the lead goat in a herd)
Favorable: Gentle; thinks of the needs of others; thinks before acting; much more intelligent than they appear; accurate; reduces things to their simplest components; uncorrupted; friendly; positive expectations; seeks harmony in all things; active in spiritual organizations or humanitarian causes; likes to be around holy or well-integrated people; interested in scientific and philosophical thought; modest; business skills
Unfavorable: Not alert about their debt level; lives with too many expenses; ponderous; doesn’t care that much about their family members; shy, monastic, or self-isolating; secretive; hides their passions and sexual urges; gives too much away; creative thinking becomes preposterous or too far ahead of their peers; people will take advantage of them
Swati is a very sensitive and fragile constellation. It bends with the winds and adjusts itself easily to varying situations. Some people say that because of this willingness to adapt, Swati’s morals are not very high. Above everything else he will choose the position that is most profitable for him (from a commercial point of view). He is very eager to learn.
Swati wants to know everything about various philosophies and religious ideas, and it is a constellation of the merchant. He can identify himself with the motives of the buyer and will strongly recommend his product. He will run the risk of attaching too much value to material gain. Another risk might be that he loses sight of the long-term goals, because he adapts himself too easily (he sets his sail to every wind). The studious Swati can find support in a philosophy that appeals to him.
Swati’s spiritual path is a path to a philosophy that will give him enough security and that will offer him the possibilities to use his flexibly operating brain for spiritual goals.
The second Lunar Sign behind western Scorpio is No 16. Vishakha
Power Animal: Male Tiger – aggression, ruthlessness.
Ruled by Jupiter
In Vedic sign 20° Libra – 3°20′
Symbol: a triumphal arch.
Deities: Indra, king of the gods and Agni the god of fire.
Keywords: the conquest of enemies, goal-oriented, courage, ambitious.
Translation: the fork-shaped.
Vishakha is one of the most vehement constellations. It is more or less the opposite of Swati, because Vishakha does have clearly defined goals and is prepared to fight for them. Indra, one of its deities, is known for his heroic acts, especially killing demons. This constellation is eager to fight. After the battle is won, there is the triumphal arch, the symbol of the constellation of Vishakha.
Favorable: Clever; has respect for intelligent and spiritual people; enterprising; self-satisfied; determined; gets things done; can appear soft but is very powerful underneath; sexually alluring; a good mate in marriage; benefits through marriage, traveling, and through change; mathematical talent.
Unfavorable: Overly talkative; nice until they get what they want; negative, speaks negatively about others, fault-finding; not open to advice; offensive and not easy to like; greedy, deceitful, aggressive, domineering, quick to take offense, militant, suspicious, possessive, envious; feels obstructed and taken advantage of by others
For someone in whose horoscope Vishakha plays an important role, much depends on the goals he sets for himself. If these objectives are self-centred, he may become unbearable for other people and may head towards the wrong direction. Vishaka is related to Rajas – motivated to fulfill desires or reach personal goals, but mainly concerned with the pursuit of dharma – right action and duty.
The temperament of Vishaka is Rakshasa – demon, eccentric and individualistic.
The path suitable to Vishakha is the way of the warrior, like that of Krittika. The Vishakha has to find out for himself whether his goals actually serve all of humanity or solely his own good. The outcome of this will determine how this constellation will manifest itself: it will manifest as either a curse or as a blessing!
The thrid Vedic Lunar Sign behind western Scorpio is No 17. Anuradha
Power animal: The Female Deer
Orientation: Deva – to the Divine
In the Vedic sign 3°20′ – 16°40′ Scorpio
Symbol: a lotus flower
Deity: Mitra, god of friendship and daylight
Keywords: leadership, moving from one place to another, courage, inspiring, amicable
Translation: disciple (anu) of the (divine) spark (radha)
Ruling Planet: Saturn
Favorable: Outwardly buoyant and fun-loving; attractive, hearty, popular; spiritual seeker, interested in ancient knowledge; capacity for astrology; devoted; enjoys social life and organizations; brave; benefits more if they live away from their place of birth.
Unfavorable: Tries too hard to get enlightened; grieves; secretive, isolated, ethical according to the circumstances, dishonest; obstructed by envious people; doesn’t understand their impact on others—especially their marriage partners who may eventually ask for a divorce; needs constant nourishment—both in terms of food and drink and in terms of their emotions; defiant; progress is hurt by submitting to bad advice.
It is the task of Mitra, the god of daylight, to reveal everything what has remained in the dark. During the night forms fade away, but the daylight makes everything visible again. Mitra turns the unconscious into consciousness. Our true origin can no longer be ignored.
Mitra reveals to us that we all carry divine sparks within us which are mutually connected and which form part of the entire cosmos. This is why friendship can develop. You and I form part of the same cosmos, so we can only feel friendship and love for each other – everything in the Universe is connected. It is understood that this consciousness does not just originate by itself. It takes lots of effort before one can actually feel this. Unfortunately, life is not just about friendship and love.
The lotus, the symbol of the constellation of Anuradha, is a plant that grows in the swamp. The seed of the lotus is rooted in the mud that forms the bottom of a small lake. The mud represents the unconscious mind. Subsequently, the lotus finds its way through the water (water symbolises the emotional life and the feelings of a person) and finally reaches the surface. Influenced by the sun’s rays, which represent the True Self, the lotus grows into a magnificent flower. The flower greets the sun and thus the True Self.
People whose horoscope is dominated by this constellation are courageous people who dare to face things that once were unconscious and bring them into the light of awareness. They live intensively and they often make spiritual and physical travels in order to discover themselves.
The spiritual path of Anuradha is practising dynamic meditations. In the first stage of these meditations, everything that is unconscious is brought to the surface and expressed. The subsequent stages are serene stages in which the unconscious can cherish itself in the light of silence. When the mud has been left behind and the emotions have calmed down, it is possible to reach the True Self. In addition to dynamic meditations, psychotherapy goes well with this constellation. Psychotherapy brings the unconscious to the surface, so it can melt away, cherished by the sun (consciousness).
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