Social Responsibilities in the Divine MarriageI have got this one fully figured out yet, but here is what I understand so far...
Uttaraphalguni, "the latter two feet of the marriage bed" is paired with Purvaphalguni, "the former two feet of the marriage bed", but I see these as two qualities of the heart (anahata) chakra, as I explained in my Purvaphalguni post. Its deity is also paired with the deity of Purvaphalguni in the Rigveda (the oldest known source text about the nakshatras) as noted by Sri Aurobindo.
I have two clues about Uttaraphalguni, one from Sri Aurobindo and the other from Sri Vasudeva. I believe it has to do with the social functioning of the Anahata chakra and how that plays into the teachings about awakening consciousness that is deeply embedded in these mythologies. Sri Aurobindo discovered the true meanings in the Rigveda only after his own consciousness was awakened and he was able to decode them.
We begin with a basic explanation about the deity, Aryaman (patronage and favours) - ruled by Bhaga, the God of happiness and his power to give "accumulation or prosperity (chayani shakti) through marriage or union" [cit. David Frawley]. Here is an iconographic image of Aryaman I found on internet:
Vishnu Granthis (that I equate with the second dantien in the Taoist system), is a stage in consciousness awareness and Kundalini mergence into a worshipful state of being. The self-centered individualism of the "I" in Magha, having experienced the bliss of a spiritual awakening of the heart chakra in Purvaphalguni, now wants to share this with everyone in Uttaraphalguni.
Sri Vasudeva has taught that the heart chakra, because it is associated with the jnanendriya of touch and the element air, is really about our awakening social consciousness. Our individual "I" is transforming into a "we" consciousness (see my notes on Magha) and this is a gradual thing.
I love the wisdom expressed in this little quotation from the film 10,000 B.C.:
Tic'Tic: A good man draws a circle around himself and cares for those within - his woman, his children. Other men draw a larger circle and bring within their brothers and sisters. But some men have a great destiny. They must draw around themselves a circle that includes many, many more.
The more we feel that divine inner "marriage" of our lower self with our Higher Self, the more our cup is filled and we have more to share with others. We begin to carry that Vishnu energy of sustenance, and feeling ourselves as no longer solitary creatures in the universe. The Divine becomes our companion or friend on the journey - and this is one of the meanings of "phalguni".
The true wealth or prosperity that we accumulate through that union far exceeds material wealth, for that disappears when our soul leaves the earth plane. What we get to keep is our spiritual attainment, the consciousness that we have earned through our trials and devotion. This, I believe is getting to the heart of what Uttaraphalguni is about as the last of the three "heart chakra" points in the dumai.
Association with Virgo and the 6th houseThank you to astrologer Lada Duncheva and one of her YouTube videos for explaining to me the relevance of the 6th-12th axis in spiritual development. Here it is:
In it, she explains how Christianity took the idea of the Virgin birth from astrology, in that we only get to enlightenment (Christ consciousness or Krishna consciousness or Buddha consciousness - they're the same thing) by fulfilling our duties of service to humanity in the 6th house, the house of the Virgin.
Remembering that Uttaraphalguni is entering Virgo: Leo 26°40’ Virgo10°0’
I immediately made the connection with Aryaman's role in this from this part of the Rig Vega:
VASUSHRUTA SUKTA 3
त्वम॑र्य॒मा भ॑वसि॒ यत्क॒नीनां॒ नाम॑ स्वधाव॒न्गुह्यं॑ बिभर्षि ।
अ॒ञ्जन्ति॑ मि॒त्रं सुधि॑तं॒ न गोभि॒र्यद्दम्प॑ती॒ सम॑नसा कृ॒णोषि॑ ॥२॥
tvam aryamā bhavasi yat kanīnām nāma svadhā-van guhyam bibharṣi
añjanti mitram su-dhitam na gobhiḥ yat dampatī iti dam-patī sa-manasā kṛṇoṣi
O holder of the self-law, thou becomest Aryaman when thou bearest the secret name of the Virgins; they reveal thee with the Rays as Mitra firmly founded when thou makest of one mind the Lord of the house and the Spouse.
I observe that the word for "name of the Virgins" kanīnām nāma, has the same root कनी kani "maiden" that is in कन्या kanya "Virgo" that also means "maiden" (Virgin). The Chinese counterpart lunar constellation is also a maiden.
Now I can decode this little hint in the RigVeda, knowing the role of Virgo and the 6th house in enlightenment (as Lada Duncheva explained). The first part of the verse is saying that Aryaman (the consciousness of Uttaraphalguni) bears the secret name (mantra) of the Virgins (Virgo). Marriage is the end of virginity (well not anymore, but traditionally) and it is of course the divine marriage the scriptures are always speaking of - the spiritual marriage of mergence between soul and Spirit (however you want to label it). The last part of the verse makes this clear "when thou makest of one mind the Lord of the house" (6th house) and the Spouse (12th house). One can read it other ways, but I really think this is about the same thing.
What makes it all simple to understand is this stage of the heart chakra and the opening of the Vishnu granthis (2nd dantien).
I am sure there is more to it than this - but I'm still researching, so to be continued...
GV10 霊台 (líng tái)
"Extremity of Yang"
|GV10 "Extremity of Yang"|
Second Lock - junction point for macrocosmic orbit as it enters and returns from arms
Chinese lunar constellation 女 (Nǚ)"Girl/Woman/Female"
This is the only one that is female. It's special.
|GV10 女Nu "Girl / Woman / Female" [UttaraPhalguni]|
Weaving Maiden and Ox/Cow Herder Boy in the Chart of Inner Luminosity - Nei Jing Tu
|Chart of Inner Luminosity - Nei Jing Tu|