GV24 神庭 (shén tíng), the north-eastern point above the 3rd eyeA point known as "Spirit Court" (courtyard of the spirit) / or "Seal Hall"
GV24 is located on the skin at the top of the forehead where it meets the hairline and GV25 is located on the tip of the nose. The third eye point of ajna chakra is located between them.
Soul prepares to reincarnate into a new body
"Reincarnation (renewal through death) is...a theme of the two Bhadrapada stars. The first, Purva Bhadrapada, suggests the "front" of the hearse: the beginning of the process of reincarnation..."
Kundalini moving down the Sushumna
Purvabhadrapada's deity is the first of the two bhadrapada naga dragons. Naga live in the root chakra (and lower) and Dragon is a form of Kundalini so it's a hint that the energy is now moving downwards back towards material existence. This is represented by the deity Aji-Ekapada who is worshipped as a form of Siva who is standing on one foot as the pillar of existence and original one God out of which Brahma and Vishnu emerge. This one foot is also considered to be axis mundi, and that is our sushumna nadi. This consciousness of returning to the human experience in a flesh-and-blood body is what gives the fire to raise a spiritual person up in life (yajamana udyamana shakti). As souls in heaven we are inspired to go back down there into the earth plane with all of its trials and karmic soul contracts in order to work out karmic blockages so that as spiritual beings we can rise up the sushumna channel and become more evolved than we were in the previous lifetime. This is the great blessing of life in the human experience - all the challenges that drive us crazy are what give us the opportunity to evolve and experience expanded and blissful being. Hence Ganesha is the deity of wisdom and obstacles - two sides of the same coin.
|Siva in a Bhairava form as Ekapada-Trimurti|
"The Ekapada form of Shiva originated from the Vedic deity Aja Ekapada or Ajaikapada, a name that Ekapada Bhairava still inherits. Ekapada represents the axis mundi (cosmic pillar of the universe) and portrays Shiva as the Supreme Lord, from whom Vishnu and Brahma originate."
Secrets of Aja Ekadashi
On a cosmic level Vishnu riding upon the Shesha serpent represents that Satya Yuga stage when all of humanity has attained self-realization or moksha, and all desire being spent, there is no more reason to incarnate in any of the bodies (gross, astral or causal). Everything just merges into the void, in a state of blissful oblivion - that's all egos, from every form, from every lifetime - all merged into pure consciousness.
In the Rig Veda, my number one source text about the original nakshatras, that pure consciousness is represented by the cosmic ocean of milk. Vishnu represents the sustaining power of the cosmos.
Sri Vasudeva has taught that once the ego has surrender its "I" and merged with the Guru Consciousness, then as Paramahansa Yogananda has taught that every "I" from every lifetime is also surrendered into moksha consciousness - what Sri Vasudeva calls the "I am" or cosmic "I" - this is all still in form. The gross body no longer manifests, the astral body no longer manifests, and there is just this tiny bit of causal body with the golden desire of salvation for humanity that brings the self-realized ones back into forms. But eventually even that desire will be fulfilled and then there is no more need for form. And when everyone has become an avataur and all desires of everyone are fulfilled, we all coalesce into this void of pure consciousness that is the cosmic ocean. This is also what is represented by Pisces.
The sustaining cosmic power of the universe (that's Vishnu) maintains all of those memories - so nothing is ever lost. It will take another Big Bang to bring a new universe into manifestation and the kalpa cycles of yugas will begin again. So there is a kind of memory storage or causal body in the field. And this is what is represented by Vishnu riding on the Shesha serpent (the Maha Kundali of the universe) - preserving all of those memories in an unmanifest or pre-manifest form. And this is the idea of Aja as "unborn".
One of the thousand names of Vishnu is महाशृंगः Mahashringah the Great Horned one. This is in reference to Vishnu's first reincarnation form as Matsya, the horned fish.
|Anthropomorphic representation of Vishnu as Matsya|
The story of Matsya and Manu a mythological type most of us in the West know as Noah and the Ark or Jonah and the Whale - but of course these primordeal flood stories abound around the world. I am convinced that their basis comes from this mystical understanding of Vishnu riding Shesha, that the preserving power of the Divine saves humanity from total obliteration time after time in the cosmic "waters" of Pure Consciousness.
Matsya by the way is another name for Meena (Pisces) - those are the fish, the fish of duality, maya.
This is the cosmic part of it.
The horn of ajna chakraParamahansa Yogananda's commentary on Bhagavad Gita emphasizes the connection between the third eye point of Christ/Krishna/Guru consciousness between the eyebrows (kutashtha) that is the anterior ray of energy streaming out of ajna chakra in the brain and streaming out the posterior of the head to the medulla point. Here is part of a representation of that from his book (this is from Google - someone has changed the image - in his book the third eye point is represented by the 5-pointed Kutashtha star, also known by those who see it in meditation as the blue pearl and described in depth in Swami Mutananda's Play of Consciousness):
|rough illustration connecting medulla ajna and 3rd eye|
For example the fire that streams from Shiva's third eye is that powerful focus and witness consciousness, streaming from the infinite source consciousness of sahasrara chakra that is pure witnessing, pure silence, pure intention, etc...
And this is interestingly the location of the horn for the unicorn. The stars related to Purva and Uttara Bhadrapada are in the square of the flying horse Pegasus. The unicorn is sometimes used to represent Capricorn - and by implication the GV20 point. The horn could refer to the horned Matsya that Manu's boat clings to - that keeps the memories from being permanently deleted. The horn could refer to the pillar of fire represented by the cosmic pillar axis mundi that has a connection with Ahirbudhyna (the deity associated with Uttara Bhadrapada). The horn could suggest the axis Paramahansa Yogananda refers to when the enlightened and self-realized yogi exits the body from the medulla through the ajna and out the kshetram point of the third eye.
This is what I mean by layers of complexity. And of course every culture and ever eon has taken this and shaped it and changed it and lost it and found it so we have a mess of meanings. But the consistencies do point to similar themes.
In conclusion, Purva and Uttara Bhadrapada are located at GV24 and GV25 points with the third eye point in the middle. The Guru Consciousness deepens at these points, moving into the cosmic "I am" consciousness and finally into the "no more I" consciousness of GV26 Revati. These three work together and all are within the constellation Pisces.
Jesus, the Christ Consciousness expressing in manifest form, is associated with Pisces the fish.
As many researchers have shown this is to locate His time of arrival as the avataur of the Kali Yuga (Piscean Age). It also associates Him with the fish located in the sacred geometry of the vesica pisces
Two fish shapes are formed by the two intersecting circles representing duality (Maya). I think this is also related to Vishnu as Matsya as well - the fish-ark of Vishnu-Shesha (aka Ahi naga Kundalini) - and why karma placed Him in the company of fishermen as well - just to emphasize that connection.
So much more to astrology..........
Chinese Lunar General 柳 (Liǔ)
|GV24 柳 Liu "A Willow Branch / Willow" [PurvaBhadrapada]|
[to be continued]