|Michael Schneider's diagram with my additions*|
The Chinese group the twenty-eight lunar constellations into 4 animal symbols or guardians of the four outer directions:
Each of the lunar constellations represents a body area of its corresponding animal. I interpret this as the seven chakras of each "animal". So now, I divide the cosmological circle into four parts using the Vedic Astrology principle of bhavat bhavam, counting every 12th point until I come back to the originating point. This produces four seven-pointed stars. I believe that the animals are really mythological expressions of these four seven-pointed "stars" and that the original system has to do with four divisions of twenty-eight.
What is fundamental to this four-fold division could be anything. There is a minor nakshatra in the muladhara chakra (root) called the kanda chakra just below the place where the sushumna nadi begins in the sacral chakra. It is egg-shaped (probably the source of the primordeal egg mythologies) and the source** of 72,000 nadis that make up our entire soul energy body.
Connecting the dots - four axis directions
- The axis between GV16 (Jyestha) and GV28 (Bharany) makes sense because I see them as posterior and anterior points on the top of the medulla at the palette - a dimension between the gross and astral planes.
- The axis between GV24 (Purvabhadrapada) and GV8 (Magha) makes sense in terms of their mythological connection with Pitre loka. GV24 links to manas chakra (nagas) and GV8 at the hrit chakra could have some connection with the sacral chakra below it where Sri Vasudeva says Pitre Loka is located. (Remember that these lokas/chakras are interdimensional, not limited by their physical locations in the body.)
- The axis of GV8 (Magha) to GV20 (Abhijit) suggests a deeper aspect of hrit chakra related to the causal nadi (brahma nadi) leading to the causal brain (brahmarandhra chakra) that has its corresponding physical location in GV20. It suggests to me how bhakti yoga takes you all the way to nirvana, and then the transcendental step beyond that is moksha (liberation). It is at the causal level that we begin to access that potential.
(C) This one has to do with Artha (wealth). Wealth is what we treasure in life, what we value. It does not mean "money". It is all the gifts that are loaned to us during our earth-walk.
- The axis of GV2 (Rohini) and GV18 (Purvashadha) has something to with beauty, radiance, refinement. Rohini is pursued by both Brahma in the mythology, Siva (as Adra-Rudra) stops him and the sexual energy is transmuted in the second bindu posterior soma chakra point of GV18.
- The axis of GV2 (Rohini) and GV14 (Vishakha-Radha) has to do with pursuing what one treasures in life in the mythology - Rohini is Chandra's favourite and Radha is Krishna's.
- The axis of GV19(Uttarashadha) & GV3(Mrigasira) might have something to do with the transmutation of sexual energy (GV3) into the head region into ojas, bringing a kind of intoxicated feeling.
- The axis of GV3(Mrigasira) and GV15(Anuradha) in the mythology has to do with lust (Rohini being the object of Brahma's lust) becoming pure love (Radha's love for Krishna); again dealing with transmutation of sexual energy.
- The axis of GV7 (Ashlesha) and GV19 (Uttarashadha) has a mythological connection to do with overcoming attachment to the physical body (Ashlesha-Shesha) and attachment to the ego (Uttarashadha as that one-pointed focus leading to nirvana).
[to be continued - and if you have any ideas about this please comment or write to me]
*Constructing the Cosmological Circle: Symbol and Instrument for Universal Harmony (Constructing the Universe Activity Books, Vol.5)
** The Kanda is one of two centres from which all nadis originate according to Dr. Shamanthakamani Narendran's (see her slides on nadis link). The other is the Kandasthana/nabbis chakra located "a little above the navel and the heart".
*** see Cyndi Dale's book on the chakras (bibliography)