Between the Heart & ThroatContinuing with the divine marriage story explained in my post on Uttaraphalguni (link) it seems as though in the Chinese system Uttaraphalguni and Hasta could be the Chinese equivalent to the two Phalgunis in the sense of the association with "marriage". I have not drawn any final conclusions about this yet but I have found in my research on mythologies, deities and powers that the sequence of the 28 lunar constellations seem sometimes out of order with the one given for the nakshatras. My only explanation for this is that spiritual experience is very subjective and the really powerful experiences are usually focused on the seven major chakras - because these drive the others. I have found that usually there are three nakshatras representing every major chakra, so it's all part of a major chakra system and then these work in unison with one another.
In Sri Aurobindo's interpretations of the Rig Veda, there is a strong linkage between Bhaga (the deity for GV9 PurvaPhalguni), Aryaman (the deity for GV10 UttaraPhalguni) and Savitri (the deity for GV11 Hasta). He evens writes ""Bhaga is Savitri himself; the All-Enjoyer is the Creator fulfilled in the divine purpose of his creation," (The Secret of the Veda). The heart chaka is also known as the solar plexus in the Chinese system. The heart is what allows us to experience the bliss or Ananda (represented by Bhaga in the Rig Veda) that comes from self-realization in the crown chakra: Sat-Chit-Ananda. Sri Aurobindo also writes "Aryaman represents the light of the divine consciousness working as Force," (The Secret of the Veda).
Staying with the GV model and my own experiences, I think of Hasta as being at a transitional point between the heart and the throat chakras. The throat chakra deals with purification, anything to do with communication (giving and receiving), and the akashic space, that causal storage space that holds all memories. I believe that the story with the throat chakra begins with the awakening of artistic or more refined creative impulses. Taking the classical view of the artist from ancient Greece, every artist drew from intuition and insight they personified as a Muse. The Muse can also be considered the divine Kundalini within in Her function as the Inner Guide.
If you google "three brains theory" or gut brain, heart brain and brain in the head, you will see that neurobiology is beginning to discover the three granthis (dantiens in the Chinese system). Intuition develops at these three levels in accordance with the chakras associated with those levels. In the gut, intuition is all about survival in a body and is associated with the evolution of the reptilian brain. In the heart area, intuition is all about mental survival - things to do with emotions, dreams, likes and dislikes. In the heart chakra we are able to enter the astral field of another person (or any form). The capacity to heal begins here - both for ourselves and others. And in the brain...well... I'm getting ahead of myself...
Astrologer Vic Dicara, in his book on nakshatras (27 Stars, 27 Gods), found an association with the Gayatri Mantra since this is a prayer to Savitur, the deity associated with Hasta who is the Divine manifesting as Suryia, the Sun of Higher Self consciousness. In astrology the Sun is that higher consciousness, in its purest expression. It also represents the solar or yang energy of the brow chakra (as the ruler of king ego Leo). Context is everything with mythology. You have to see which aspect of the divine personification is being used for it to make sense.
Sai Baba has given a lot of details into the deeper teachings behind the profound Gayatri Mantra (link) for example that that "Savitri is the master of Prana (Life Force)".
Prash Trivedi, in The Book of Nakshatras, writes that "Its alternative names "Bhanu" and "Ark" translate into "Sun" and "Sun's Ray" respectively," and ""In ancient times the outstretched hand was a symbol of the Sun, with the fingers representing its rays." He also writes that the name Savitur has two translations - "the impeller" and "the first rays of the rising Sun.
In the Rig Veda, the oldest known Vedic text gives some clues as to the deeper spiritual meanings behind the mythological deities of the nakshatras. Sri Aurobindo's commentary on the Rig Veda (see bibliography) is a decoding of its subtle hints about mysticism, based on his own personal spiritual experiences and insights. Unfortunately for me he doesn't talk about chakras, but the spiritual processes he describes are most certainly related to them. Savitur in the Rig Veda is the Divine in "His" aspect as the Creator. Creation is Vishnu's domain, so when we are talking about this aspect of divine consciousness (in the context of the nakshatras) we are in the heart and throat region (Vishnu granthis).
The spiritual journey from heart to throat chakras gradually takes us more inward. In the Vishnu granthis stage, we are still worshipping a God outside, but this God outside behinds to speak to us in all kinds of ways - such as synchronicities - receiving a telephone call from a friend you were thinking of two minutes ago, praying for guidance and receiving a book that answers your question and so on.
Both Hasta and Chitra have a lot to do with the development of artists and scientists. Astrologists have focused on the analytical qualities of Virgo. But Virgo is also the maiden, the pure one, and represents the purification process that is the domain of the throat chakra. What is being purified is our own consciousness and the energy that goes with that consciousness.
Sai Baba has spoken a great deal about the Gayatri Mantra in which this Savitur aspect of God is featured, a mantra rich with profound meaning and sound vibrations.
Hasta and the Heart Meridian
The heart chakra is associated with the sense of touch (tanmatra and tattwa). When we open the heart we can feel the energy course through to our hands - that's why we naturally hug one another when the heart is open, when we feel love. We do these things intuitively. This shows how GV11 Hasta nakshatra has a lot to do with heart chakra energy expressing through the hands - whether it is through artistic self-expression (the artisan) or healing work etc. In yoga asana (poses) we are also stretching the same meridians. These wellness exercises work at various levels of being - body, mind and spirit. That's why they are known as wholistic - because they work on the whole person, inside and out.
|yoga pose opens the heart, energy flows into the hands|
|Heart meridian (TCM)|
|8 Brocade to stretch the meridians|
GV11 神道 (shén dào)
|GV11 神道 (shén dào) "spirit path"|
Chinese lunar constellation 牛 Niu
|GV11 牛Niu "Ox / Cow" [Hasta]|
In Hinduism the bovine (as cow - Mother Nature) represents the physical body, vehicle for the soul's journey to enlightenment. Certainly in a nakshatra model that begins with Krittika (which I hypothesize was linked to or based on the GV meridian) we are still in the final degrees of Taurus and in the Yuga of Taurus that was Dwapara Yuga descending. So anything to do with the bovine was particularly relevant.
11th Mayan Day Sign: Chuwen
Monkey (Chuen, West) - at the center of the 20 Day Signs
This one represents the essence of creativity in the Mayan system.
[To be continued]