GV12 Chitra

Point of contact with the akashic element

...and then you open up the throat space – akasha/ether/"first element" – and you keep that mental quality there of opening up to the akasha, opening up to the Divine, offering all your thoughts into the akasha that the mind may be rendered silent and you may become more intuitive.  And here you can connect with the masters of the knowledge space.  When these masters feed you through grace, thoughts appear in the mind, Divine thoughts, uplifting thoughts.  And even if you bring your mind to masters who you know are above duality you will experience their subtle presence.  So here you are purifying the akasha element, submitting the pranas there through the breath.
Sri Vasudeva from a guided meditation, 2015 40 Days' Observance

The quality I associate most with Chitra is the ability to download information from the akashic field.  This is the chitta storage field of the soul's deep memory experiences of its lifetimes in the cosmos.  The more the sense of "I"ness expands into collective "I" consciousness, the more we become telepathic and the closer we get to our spiritual truth as Higher Self, the more we begin to tap into even the causal (chitti) storage space of the collective "I".   [chitta=individual memory; chitti=collective memory; chit=consciousness ultimate] This bring deep insights, even prophetic powers.  This produces scientific breakthroughs or artistic genius.   Leonardo Da Vinci had his Saturn in Chitra during the years when he was most prolific - but he preferred to be an inventor than an artist so that was Saturn's influence.  J.K. Rowling has her Mars in Chitra - she is driven to write mysteries because this Chitra energy brings so many insights from the collective consciousness (the akasha). The throat chakra has to do with communication - both listening and expressing.  In the Chitra nakshatra this listening becomes heightened and the expression also more refined.  All of this going in an upward direction or inward direction towards spiritual enlightenment, brings greater clarity and insight and inspiration that can take the meditating soul to greater depths.  We can also go in the opposite direction, bringing its gifts into the material world, as with the example of Da Vinci and Rowling.

Akasha is an element of "space" or "ether" not to be confused with the Source of our being:

Sadguru Sri Vasudeva has given a marvellous mystical re-interpretation of the account of God's creation of the world in six "days" in Genesis of the Bible, one that beautifully and simply explains Akasha's role in conjunction with the other elements:

In the Bible it is said that God created the world in six days and rested on the seventh.  I want to show you, using the model of the human body and the idea of the energy system, how this body was created in six stages and God rested on the seventh.  I’m going to show you how creation takes place, using this model of the human body and the chakras. 
If you look at the first centre at the top of the head (and we call this one "first" now) this is where the pure consciousness exists.  When you go into deep meditation and you go really deep and this centre becomes energized, all you are aware of...is just consciousness, just wonderful consciousness, the mind is still.  This is the first step in our existence, the pure consciousness.  It is at the level of the head. 
Vedic model of the 5 elements
The chakra at the eyebrow is the centre of the mind.  The principle here is mind, so this is where mind is created.  If you think in terms of creation and God creating life, the first step in His creation would have been the thought to create (the mind).  This represents the second stage in creation, "the thought to create" so this centre here is associated with the mind.  The third centre at the throat, represents space, the feeling of immense space [akasha/ether].  After thinking of creating, God created this space that exists in the universe [as] the very first step in creation after thinking...and after space comes the next centre where He creates air to fill the space.  [The heart chakra] is the centre of air and where there is air there is motion, so this is a centre associated with air and motion.  And with the presence of air and motion comes friction, heat, so the next centre [/navel chakra] is fire.  After fire and heat comes condensation, water so the next centre represents water and after water comes the most gross element, earth and that’s the last centre [at the root chakra].
After creating the physical universe (the last centre [root chakra]) the energy that has been involved in creation now, this mother element that created mind, created space, created air, created fire, created water, created earth – this element now begins to sleep in Her creation.  According to the theory of Kundalini, after creating the entire universe, including man, this energy now in its seventh stage, after six levels of creation, in its seventh stage now it sleeps.  At the base of the spine and at the heart of all things is this energy that created life. After creating life it remains dormant in sleeping....in the human being it sleeps at the base of the spine, there is a sleeping power there.
paraphrased from Sri Vasudeva's Kundalini meditation CD, 2002

To his credit, Karl J. Calleman figured this out as well, in that the 7 days and 6 nights = 13 heavens is what he calls God equation for creation and the wave pattern of the great Cycle in the Mayan calendar:

"The seven odd-numbered Heavens and the six even-numbered Heavens of the Maya are none other than the seven Days and six Nights, respectively, of God's creation.  These are described in the Book of Genesis…"

As in us so in the heavens.  With Sri Vasudeva's profound and simple explanation/decoding of Genesis, it now makes perfect sense why the rishis chose Tvastar as Chitra's deity.  As Dr. Arjun Pai explains:  Tvastar in Puruksha Shutra (a hymn), is the first born creator of the Universe - he's the visible form of creativity who came from Vishvakarma, associated with the first human beings (or Vedic Adam and Eve) who are Yama and Yami (see link).   This is the cosmos understood from the lens of mysticism.

mystic William Blake's God the Architect
The soul who has this nakshatra animated in their chart is therefore associated with the fine arts, anything to do with creative intelligence that is inspired by the collective consciousness, the one who can see the big picture, the one who can command (to the degree their soul evolution allows) the elements below to manifest as highly imaginative and even prophetic visions and ideas in whatever they do.

Another aspect of this nakshatra is its association with the causal field or chitti, being able to pull things out of or tap into that huge reservoire of past experiences, ideas that exist in the field.  Mozart, whose Jupiter was in Chitra, once said that he didn't compose music rather that he heard it and simply wrote it down.  I think the psychic vision (or any of the sense-related intuition abilities) is really beginning to develop at this point (to a greater or more refined degree than in the chakras below).   I myself have tapped into the Akashic field on many occasions.  It's a byproduct of meditation practice.  You can also struggle with a problem staying up late nights, studying, and suddenly overnight you wake up with the solution.  It's because when you sleep your mind quiets and all that intense one-pointed focus of thinking and desiring is like an arrow or barbed fishing hook that shoots into your memory field and brings up what your more expansive self already knows or picks up from the collective field.

This divine "architect of the universe" is the consciousness that gives us the ability to accumulate merit in life (punya cayani shakti).  Punya means pure, holy - that's Vishuddha, the throat chakra, in its purifying function.  And the akasha is the purest of the five elements.  Dr. Arjun Pai (link) explains that among Tvastar's many roles in the scriptures, he is also known as Chitra Muka, the accountant of Yama (death) whose role it is to submit to Lord Pitre (who rules the sacral chakra afterlife waiting room of Pitre Loka) a full account of the soul's good and evil deeds performed on Earth.  Note this is a religious allegory.  The Divine does not judge us, it is we who judge ourselves (paraphrasing Sri Vasudeva).

The idea behind "good" or "evil" is that good deeds are those actions that raise our vibration so that we are able to live in the higher realms, while evil deeds are really those actions that make our energy field gross and heavy so that we cannot ascend.  Just imagine a brick trying to sit on a cloud!  When we live in alignment with Divine will, we are attuning to the needs of the collective field that holds us, much as Akasha holds the elements.  Wisdom is what we need to be able to attune, because even good intentions can lead to hell as the saying goes.  Wisdom is what intuition becomes when it is focused on and guided by the Inner Guru - that intelligent energy that is the fish hook of God reeling us in, back to Source consciousness.  So the "ability to accumulate merit in life" is therefore really about now being at a point in our energy and consciousness that we can purify ourselves (if we are willing to cooperate).

The name chitra must also have some connection to the chitrini nadi (the 3rd layer in the physical spine), that begins in the heart chakra (in the hrit/hrydaya chakra, GV8 Magha).  This is the one that, according to Paramahansa Yogananda, begins in the Manipura chakra.  Note that Manipura means "the City of Jewels" (for one thing because it makes the soul's vitality shine through the physical body) - and the connection is to Chitra's symbol of a jewel, that is also a meaning of the name "chitra".  As Joni Patri writes (in SaptarishisAstrology.com), Chitra represents people who shine in the world.  That shine of vitality that is coming from the solar plexus is now becoming more purified in the throat chakra through its function of listening and expressing.

GV12 身柱 (shēn zhù)

"Body Pillar"

Chinese Lunar General 斗 Dou

This constellation is located at the head of Black Tortoise / Dark Warrior:  Northern Palace; Winter; Water.
GV12 斗Dou "Dipper /A Ladle or Measure / Fight" [Chitra]

 "The ladle, used to dole out wine, oil, or broth, is symbolic of abundance, hence the name of this hexagram.  An ironic reference to this symbolism is also found in The Book of Poetry, Shi Jing, in the poem "Da Dong" where the Ladle fails to provide the promised reward..."
Derek Walters (see bibliography) 

Da Dong "Great East" poem from Shijing (source)

According to my hypothesis that GV12 represents a point of entry into the reservoir of the Akasha, I can make sense of this poem.  The Big Dipper is known in qigong from Daoist teachings as the 9 stars representing processes linking cosmic consciousness through the GV20 point, brahmarandhra chakra.  The Daoists believe that the Dipper handle is like a lightening rod, drawing qi from the stars into the Dipper bowl.  Mantak Chia's writings are all about the Big Dipper stars and their connection to GV20 Bramarandhra Chakra.  On the spiritual path the soul is getting closer and closer to the goal of nirvana.  I think this poem is saying that awareness of Akasha brings a lot of insights but doesn't take you to the final goal of liberation in the crown chakra.  As seekers know, or should know, siddhis keep us in the trap of Maya.  The abundance we receive from the Akasha is nothing compared to the abundance that comes from attaining that Krishna consciousness by transcending the Big Dipper point of the GV20.  Here I am taking great liberties in assuming that everyone is talking about the same thing.  This is based on what I can find in English about the secrets of the Xiu and the mysticism it comes from.

[to be continued]