A Unifying Image
I may have re-discovered an original unifying image-concept that ties together the descending nakshatras represented by GV20-Abhijit, GV21-Shravana, GV22-Dhanistha/Shravistha, GV23-Shatabishta, GV24-Purva Bhadrapada, and GV25-Uttara Bhadrapada.
Shiva-Nataraja in the mystical sense represents Consciousness emanating out of potentiality into activity as Energy (Shakti). Here is an image with some traditional interpretations of the iconography for this:
"[The head region] is the Siva region and Siva is the one who is able to discriminate, who is able to be detached, so you see him as a yogi. He is able to begin the creation, he starts with the first spanda or vibration to create the creation, so he becomes the dynamic Siva that you see here – the dynamic Siva when he starts the creation. And you see the Siva is there dominating the lower part, - you see him stepping on this little demonic creature there so he’s always keeping the lower area under control. That’s the Siva Consciousness and attendant to that will be the female deities, the Durga, the Kali – when you look at them they are more strong, firm, discriminating, fierce, fearless. When we come into this region those are the qualities we begin to embrace as our consciousness opens up."
When I look at this image of Shiva-Nataraja I see GV20-Abhijit, GV21-Shravana, GV22-Dhanistha/Shravistha, GV23-Shatabishta, GV24-Purva Bhadrapada, and GV25-Uttara Bhadrapada implied in it. What follows is my own interpretation of the nakshatras based on my research so far:
The five cosmic powers
- Shrishti (creation, evolution) by GV21-Shravana, the primordeal creation of sound
- Sthiti (preservation, support) by GV22-Dhanistha, the ananda-tandava dance itself
- Samhara (destruction, evolution) by GV23-Shatabhisha, the healing power of the purifying flames of sadhanna (spiritual practice)
- Tirobhava (illusion) by GV24-Purvabhadrapada, the ignorance of the embodied Conscious as a soul in a human experience (or any form)
- Anugraha (release, emancipation, grace) by GV25-Uttarabhadrapada