- note: descriptions of the 3 primary placements are interchangeable to an extent.
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Moon in Hasta
“As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.” — William Shakespeare
Despite the divine attributions, many a Hasta native does not see the spark of light within matter. For some, this idea of there not being a god or higher power or greater purpose within or beyond the earthly can have a dark and deeply depressing effect. In effect, for some, their lives have no meaning and nothing has any value beyond its use.
There is a cynicism that can naturally arise — clear sight into the material can be upsetting, Hasta can clearly see the many injustices and crimes committed man against man, how the most ‘good’ among us achieve nothing tangible by virtue of our lofty ideas and proper conduct (since, for the more idealistic and empathetic, integrity is its own reward), how the dishonest and hypocritical are seemingly rewarded with power and abundance.
They can even perceive themselves to be useless and worthless since not seeing God within matter means not recognizing his glory even within oneself. From this arises a lack of motivation and joie de vivre.
Instead of seeing the merit within others (which would be equivalent to that same spark of divinity earlier referenced) they can instead take advantage of their weaknesses to mobilize and speed up their own ascension — developing a philosophy of ‘survival of the fittest’.
There are many tools generally necessary to ‘make it’: wit, a strong work ethic, self-confidence, social skills and high public regard to name a few. All of which Hasta nakshatra naturally possess and their natives are capable of cultivating. Though this social aspect, understanding other people and how to befriend them for one’s own purposes, serves as another source of suspicion for Hasta — understanding how easy it can be for them to refine themselves into poised, charming and affable social animals, they can develop a mistrust of others who may actually be doing the same but for nefarious reasons.
Hasta, much like Pushya, knows the way of the collective. But where as in Pushya, this is a process that is more subconscious and personal, where one learns the best attitudes to adopt for one’s own good, in Hasta it is more of a conscious understanding of what kinds of people others take so well to: does this society value overt masculinity? Does it value overt kindness and geniality? Do they take well to men who are poised and well-spoken? This is not necessarily to take advantage of the benefits of such attitudes but to really understand their ultimate value. this but to understand the actual merits behind these attitudes. Where as Pushya assess the merits of an act more intuitively (not needing too much external input to arrive at its conclusions & performing an act merely because it believes it to be right), Hasta needs to see them manifested externally to judge them more properly. What is ‘goodness’? What does it get me? Here is where we witness the ultimate value of any idea. Here, the physical world, to see where and what it gets you.
There are similarities between Hasta and Pushya, both of them being very much interested in self development, but where as in Pushya it is development for the purpose of a single (or collection) of ‘worthy’ goals, in Hasta it is development merely to bare witness to the awesomeness of one’s own being. Hasta at its simplest is dedication and self realization for its own sake, because it is virtuous. We are God, and by developing our hands to be as capable as possible and observing where this gets us, is a way of verifying the awesomeness of godhead in a personal way.
Their is an awareness of how easily one can go from riches to misfortune, and being a merchant nakshatra and so focused on accumulation, this placement always endeavours to achieve as much as it can through its own efforts — which could easily mean building actual competence or taking advantage of the less perceptive.
For the less abstract among them, they can have a real issue with the very academic or very theoretical. Virgo in general desires ‘real’ things; Hasta specifically desires to juggle only that which is tangible. They can be irritated by very lofty and high brow subjects and language and can in turn, go out of their way to speak in very down-to-earth, and even crass ways to appeal to the common man.
“The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.” — Nikola Tesla
The native wants to know what actually works and what doesn’t, and only in the concreteness of the material, where even gravity pulls down faulty architecture, can these natives really attest to the merits of any idea. This does not literally mean they need to see things made manifest physically in order to judge them, but it does mean that even when musing upon the theoretical, they always try to make reference to dynamics within the terrestrial.
They can be frustrated by people who come up with crazy ‘philosophies’ like claiming life is a simulation and making bad decisions based on these ideas that were not really thought through because they know when ‘life really hits’ these same ‘foolish’ and ‘childish’ people will have regretted not saved enough money or taken other measures to plan ahead. Such silly ways of thinking can turn many of the men especially away from much of the new age movement, what with their ‘all is light’ talk, making it seem as though they could actually live without iPhones and heating and the many other conveniences of modern life and exposing their weakness and vulnerabilities even to those whom wish them harm.
Even the spiritual natives of this placement tend to go about their journey with caution and practicality, even while believing that there is God within all.
Like Uttara Phalguni before it, Hasta natives can be very interested in keeping abreast with the world around them: watching the news, reading the paper, and utilizing whatever else to keep them informed on the every changing world. Others may consume such media out of boredom, but the Hasta native wants to act upon the world and know exactly what their efforts will yield, and for this, an updated mind is key. Sagittarius placement may be more concerned with ideas that are useful for the individual and his personal internal journey — building knowledge in that which may that be useful or actionable, but Hasta achieves its fulfilment and the proof of this fulfilment through the observable.
“Education is a weapon whose effects depend on who holds it in his hands and at whom it is aimed.”
— Joseph Stalin
The aspect of this placement as an ‘energizer’ can be observed in a common category for these natives as motivational speakers: men and women that live life by demonstrating to others their individual worth and value by making reference to facts of their own divinity, reassuring them in their capacity to achieve observable greatness, fattening them up with words of affirmations and giving them actual, foundational advice in how to get up and subdue the earth for their own gain. They can be an inspiration to many; people trust them because they feel like the Hasta native believes in them and looks out for them.
The self-confidence that they inspire in others is the same that is abundant within them, a trait that can make many of them quite full of themselves and secretly quite arrogant. Other nakshatras possess qualities that are less obviously perceived, but Hasta’s wit is witnessed, if not if not through persona interactions than through their achievements. Some exchange the natural devotion one would have for God to a devotion for their own selves and their own ability.
Hasta is about working with the lower, cruder, heavier aspects of ourselves to raise ourselves up higher — be it to be more competent or literally raising one self up to the divine. Making use of routine, exercises and concentration to build oneself up. Making proper use of their own selves through actual practices that result in tangible gains is a way of showing honour to their own selves and even God, for the true sin would be to waste their own potential. One must work the land, grow the tree and taste the fruit of one’s own labour, it is what we have been made manifest to do. It is an obvious purpose for us all. Pushing yourself to the limit and seeing what you as an individual are capable of, is a way of witnessing for yourself what true greatness is — you can feel and see and experience glory within you.
Of course, one can easily see how this can also lead to deep feelings of worthlessness for the Hasta native who believes themselves falling short of their own potential. Perhaps 30 years old and their career headed nowhere, stuck in the same dead end job. Perhaps a failed artist who is not as talented as their peers. Since confirmation of their awesomeness comes from what they and others can verify through its manifestation. The Hasta mindset, particularly for the males, is that one’s worth is tied to what one has achieved.
Having this understanding of the mechanics of the physical world also extends to the understanding that the mind plays in it: it affects our perceptions of it and consequently how we act upon it as well. Words, positive and negative, imagery, inspirational or depressing, are enough to completely change the colour of our lens.
“Ideas are more powerful than guns. We would not let our enemies have guns, why should we let them have ideas.” — Joseph Stalin
They can see the potential within things, people or objects. I would not call them future oriented per se, but they can foresee how something can develop because they can easily consider multiple factors operating simultaneously, and so it is in this sense that they make great predictors. They can totally dedicate themselves to an endeavour that others may not readily perceive any value in, carefully planting their seeds and pruning their branches until their work gives way to fortune. They are careful with the sort of messaging that they receive from others, lest they give way to demotivation from their lack of insight and foresight, making the Hasta native doubt whether it is gold he sees within the black coal in his hand or just coal through and through.
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