GV10 UttaraPhalguni

Social Responsibilities in the Divine Marriage

I 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:

Aryaman अर्यमन्‌
Notice how he is flying on what looks like Garuda, Vishnu's vehicle.  While Magha is obviously to me the Hrit Chakra, Purva and Uttara Phalguni are two parts of the Anahata Chakra, and in particular this one (because it is the ONLY female lunar constellation in the Chinese system) could well be a specific point that we call Vishnu Granthis.

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 house

Thank 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:
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.
Sri Aurobindo: Hymns to the Mystic Fire

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"

Taoist neidan

Second Lock - junction point for macrocosmic orbit as it enters and returns from arms

Chinese lunar constellation 女 (Nǚ)

This is the only one that is female.  It's special.

GV10 女Nu "Girl / Woman / Female" [UttaraPhalguni]

Chinese astrology and Feng Shui expert Derek Walters identifies her in the celestial lovers story of the cow herder [GV11] and the weaver maiden [GV10].  He suspects that they are the same pair mentioned in The Book of Change of Zhou Yi, and probably represent yin and yang in the body.  In the cosmology she represents Vega, the pole star of 6,000 years ago (Abhijit's star) while he represents Altair.  Here is a lovely animated short film about their folktale lovestory.  She is the weaver who creates the Milky Way out of silk.

I am tempted to think of Krishna-Gopala and Radha in this story, or of the story of Uma and Shiva.  There is also a sense that they are two halves of a whole.  The gylph for 女 Nǚ derives from an older ideogram representing a kneeling woman with only one breast on the left side (yin).  This reminds me of Shakti and Shiva merged in blissful union as two forms of consciousness - one witnessing (Shiva) the other active (Shakti) in the image of Ardhanarishvara.  This is a very very old story with many layers of meaning that have been adopted by different philosophies - but the energy anatomy story is the one I am interested in and for that I turn to the following explanation from the view of Qigong.

Weaving Maiden and Ox/Cow Herder Boy in the Chart of Inner Luminosity - Nei Jing Tu

Chart of Inner Luminosity - Nei Jing Tu
There is an explanation of the energy transformation process depicted in this image in a book excerpt you can read online:  Nei Jing Tu, by Jonathan Robert Kraus (Out of Mud Productions, Aug 10, 2011), pp.152-155   I marked the image with arrows the GV10 (weaver maiden) and GV11 (ox/cowherd boy) showing where they operate in the astral body, according to the monk who drew this image long ago.   Kraus writes that Nei Jing Tu literally means "The Chart of the Inner Texture of Meditation" because (presumably) it describes what that subtle energy transmutation process feels like, as it moves from the lower to the higher chakras during meditation.  I won't go into all the meanings of the iconography here (you can read those few pages yourself if you click on the link).

I find a lot of cross-over meanings when I try to connect the mythologies of India, China and the Mayans.  Here it would have made more sense to me if the weaver maiden was Hasta (the artisan) but that nakshatra is higher up in between the throat and the heart on the GV meridian, and here she is placed at the abdomen.  Nothing is exact about these things (the chakras work together) and the processes described are the same anyway.  That means the sequence needs to be understood in its entirety, because spiritual experiences will not and do not always happen the same way for everyone, or in the same order.  Kundalini moves energy up and down as well as side to side because only the liberated ones have her stabilized at the crown chakra.

So just as in the marriage story of the two Phalguni's, here again we have a celestial marriage going on.  In the mythology the star-crossed lovers are not allowed to become lazy, living only in their bliss (they are only allowed to unit on the 7th day of the 7th month - perhaps an allusion to the crown chakra).  Many a devotee gets addicted to the bliss they feel in meditation, but that is only a temporary stage.  There are higher states of samadhi, and they have to go further up the spiritual mountain or Milky Way to reach ultimate fulfillment.  I think this is getting at the root meaning of this story, from the point of view of enlightenment.