GV1 長強 (cháng qiáng) & 畢 Bi; कृत्तिका Krittika; أَلْزُّبْرَة \ أَلْخرَاتَان ʾAz-Zubrah / ʾAl-Kharātān; Imix'

Ego fighting with itself



Krittika as the original first nakshatra in the series of 28 corresponds to the acupuncture point GV 1

GV1 長強 (cháng qiáng)


GV1 長強 cháng qiáng "long strong" is known as the sacral pump located above the perineum and midway between tip of coccyx and anus.




Prash Trivedi, in his book The 27 Celestial Portals:   The Real Secret Behind the 12 Star-Signs Revealed:  writes that Krittika's symbol is the axe, razor or any sharp edged instrument like a blade or knife.  I think this could be a reference to the coccyx (tail bone) where the point is situated.

The Conception Vessel connects to the governor General Vessel at GV1 joining these two main channels of subtle energy:  the yang in the yin (CV) and the yin in the yang (GV) channels.  In the system of yoga these correspond to lunar and solar energies as represented by the zodiac.

David Frawley shows how the solar-based zodiac is connected to the chakras in his book Ayurvedic Astrology: Self-healing Through The Stars:




SOLAR
LUNAR
BROW
Su/Mo
Leo
Cancer
THROAT
Me
Virgo
Gemini
HEART
Ve
Libra
Taurus
NAVEL
Ma
Scorpio
Aries
SEXUAL
Ju
Sagittarius
Pisces
ROOT
Sa
Capricorn
Aquarius

It is my contention that this arrangement is based on philosophy because it is not how the nakshatras correspond to the chakra system in this model I am proposing.  It is well known that the solar-based system came later.  It's also worth noting that the stars and constellations representing the lunar mansions are different in the Chinese and Indian systems. (There is a marvellous online study about this created by Anne Wright:  Constellations of Words.)  The lunar calendar would have come first complete with its own spiritual connotations because that is visible to the human eye while's the sun's location in constellations is only known through higher mathematics.

GV1 is an important point in the Taoist Neidan practice of Microcosmic Orbit.  Here is a video by Mantak Chia explaining what the Microcosmit Orbit is all about.  He has also written many books about inner alchemy in spiritual development.

Microcosmic Orbit of yin & yang channels
Although the diagram shows the energies moving along outside the body at these minor points, in order to do this meditation exercises, you need to engage the chakras on the inside, moving prana with the breath and mind (intention power) so that it also orbits along the sushumna axis within the cerebrospinal column and brain center.  In this practice both the body and mind are revitalized and developed.  In the subtler form of the practice you no longer need to use the breathe, only the mind to move the energy.

Mantak Chia refers to the transmutation of energies that occur as it is refined by moving up the GV, from Jing to Chi to Shen.  It is analogous to yogic practices and the movement and refinement of prana.  More refined prana leads to consciousness transformation at the level of ego, "I awareness".

Chinese Lunar Mansion 畢 Bi

GV1 壁 Bi “Net” (A Hand-net or Rabbit-net).  [Krittika]


Body-identified ego fights its own spiritual being in the muladhara (root) chakra 

This point is just above the root chakra at the posterior end of the perineum.  It is edging near the area of the sacral chakra (Swadisthana) but personally I think it has more to do with the root than the sacral.  The root chakra is where Kundalini is completely asleep in a spiritual sense.  The sacral chakra is where She begins to awaken.  According to the research of acupuncturist Dr. Naoiki Kubota this point is at the sacral chakra-posterior & root chakra-inferior (this is mentioned in Cindy Dale's book, Llewellyn's Complete Book of Chakras:  Your Definitive Source of Energy Center Knowledge for Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Evolution, although I couldn't find anything by Dr. Kubota on internet).  Let us say it is at the gateway between root chakra consciousness and sacral chakra consciousness.

A basic function of the root chakra that my Guru keeps emphasizing is that it is where the soul anchors itself to the physical body.  It has the primary quality of grounding us in material existence.

Krittika nakshatra's meaning is related to "cutting" and since it is the first nakshatra in this model, I think it must have to do with cutting the ties to the body in the spiritual evolution sense in one's growing awareness that "I am not the body".

Another name for Ganesha, who is lord of Jyotish and associated with with muladhara chakra, is Kārttikeya.  As Vic Dicara writes in this book (see bibliography) I believe this is mythological "code" for Krittika as Kartika "the clusters" an old name of the Pleiades, personified as the nurses of Kārttikeya, a son of Shiva.  Karttikeya is the warrior Parvati created to keep Siva out.  As a son of Parvati and Siva, Karttikeya is also Ganesha and Ganesha is the root chakra.  Parvati, Kundalini, is asleep in the root chakra.  The heavily body-identified ego is fighting with its own nature, hence the weapons associated with Krittika.


What happens when Kundalini begins to move at this level

Krittika is ruled by the deity Agni (the fire element god).  Heat is one of the basic manifestations of Kundalini manifesting as purification energy as She works to unblock the energy channels (nadis/meridians) and centers of energy and consciousness (chakras).  The power associated with Krittika (shakti of Agni) is the power to burn desires, a theme that is taken up in the mythology sequence related to the next three nakshatras Rohini, Mrigasira, and Adra (see sacral chakras).

The first time my Kundalini began to awaken powerfully in my sushumna, I got hot in meditation and my body began to sway by itself.  This is the uncoiling of the serpent power and a first glimpse into an alternate reality, one in which my sense of self is disturbed by the fact that my body is moving by some other force, something that generating a kind of fire in me.

I also read (somewhere??) that Krittika is the birth star of the Moon, although it is linked to the Pelaides.  This also suggests that it is the first of the nakshatras (even though Jyestha is the "eldest" I explain in that section why I believe "eldest" means something else entirely).

...to be continued...



Mayan Day Sign 1 Imix

Crocodile (Imix, East):  The first day of the 20-day cycle represents the day on which man begins his journey, perhaps meaning the day of conception. The Mixtec glyph is an alligator or crocodile, which might represent the embryo in the womb. The Mayan name "Imix" apparently derives from Ix, meaning "womb,"  Link to my source for this.   It is very curious to me that "imix" sounds a lot like "coccyx".  In Cyndi Dale's book she mentions a theory that is going around internet that the Mayans, Indians and Chinese may have a common origin in the Naga Maya of India although modern anthropology rejects the notion of ocean voyage dissemination of cultural traditions.  The similarities between the three systems around the same time of simultaneous and parallel development are amazing - but subject for another study.  (But here's an example anyway.)

I am indebted to Birgitte Rasine's book The Serpent and the Jaguar: Living in Sacred Time, for most of the explanations of these symbols used by Mayan day keepers, indigenous keepers of the sacred tradition.  I am also indebted to renowned Mayanist David Stuart for providing examples based on physical evidence and his decoding of the Mayan language.

2 comments:

Schon Maharaj said...

Namaste,

Do you have the link to a source which shows Krittika as the original first nakshatra? Also, do you think they've changed due to precession of the equinox?

Apart from your evidence stated above, wouldn't it also make sense that Krittika belongs closer to Manipura - Fire - Agni..?

Just some thoughts and questions.

Yvonne Keogh said...

Astrologer Ernst Wilhelm told me that nakshatra lists started at Krittika about 3,000 years ago due to Krittika being on the vernal equinox and that the tradition is to list them from the nakshatra that the vernal equinox falls on. My research suggests that the alignment of the nakshatras with the dumai meridian shows up about 3,000 years ago (a date associated with the start of Kali Yuga). I will write more about this later. Dr. Arjun Pai says that Krittika was always the first nakshatra, never Ashwini in this interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dIO7yUqVC8. Here is a link with more information about an older version of the nakshatras: http://www.indiadivine.org/content/topic/1417906-nakshatra-chakra/

Yes I think they change constantly over long periods of time, so my research is based on a moment in time when Krittika was the first nakshatra.

About the association with Manipura, I can only speak to what the acupuncture point implies in relationship to what I know about the nakshatra and my experiences with it. I have a lot to write about it. This will take time. Heat is associated with Kundalini rising also, but there will also be some meanings that won't make sense - remember that this is an older system with lots of changes made to it. I am also hoping that people will contribute to this research with their own knowledge and insights.

Thank you for your questions and interest.