- note: descriptions of the 3 primary placements are interchangeable to an extent.
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Moon in Purnarvasu
“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” — Salvador Dalí
There are, like any other asterism, many expressions of this placement and how they manifest their ‘faith’ in experience. Many of theses individuals (or rather, the half that is more fiery and forwarding moving by temperament) are spontaneous and excitable. Taking life head on, with conviction in their ideas. A few examples are:
The adventurer that is less interested in the sensorial elements of their trips but interact with new worlds with eyes wide open — they relish the novel but mostly because this offers them a newer way of perceiving reality. And no, they do not too often look before they leap.
The entrepreneur with a strange and unusual business model or product, who may be perceived as wacky or even impractical by some but, through his carpe diem attitude, launches his business anyways and creates ripples.
We have also the mystic. Very well read. When they move through the world, nothing to them is by happenstance. If you’re a millionaire, this is a result of past karma. A mother with a broken back? Surely you don’t watch where you step. Trouble breathing? Must be a blocked heart chakra. These individuals can tie anything, even the most seemingly innocuous to multiple other
“Illness is a way of expressing something. When a person cannot express it in words, then disease takes the word.” — Françoise Dolto
And we even have your regular, run-of-the-mill eccentric whom others may perceive as ‘lacking in a few screws’ and totally wild.
There is, of course, also the more sombre expressions of this placement.
Individuals, seemingly obsessed with death, violence and the generally macabre, but not for their own sake, but from a deep need to develop a philosophical understanding of their place and importance, and they may even attempt to communicate this to the world. They may even care a sort of melancholic air about them because they focus so much in developing an understanding of the sadder and crueller aspects of life. Later on, we shall find, that Ashelsha attempts to achieve directly, what Purnarvasu entertains philosophically — integration.
Other expressions include the defeated natives, the ‘arrows returning to the bows’, the ‘phoenix losing its fire’. Purnarvasu marches forward because it has faith in the cosmos, but when they feel beaten down and as if all is losing its order, that is when many retreat and curl up — going back to reflect and build up that fire again, perhaps through intellectual means (trying to figure out how to make sense of these new experiences and reorder their thinking), perhaps through emotional means (blasting their favourite tunes to build up that force) or whatever means can return to them that light that allowed them to shine forward.
But what one observes with Purnarvasu is not often a melancholic, forever stuck in the past attitude but instead, looking back and seeing it as an integral part of the present and future. Here there is always an attempt to make sense of all occurrences — even if the conclusions drawn are faulty.
As artists, many partake of randomness, confidently, and do not feel the hang up to try to consciously and intellectually tie everything to a superficial, man-given order. In fact, they actually prefer letting themselves go and not actually thinking consciously about what it is they are creating, but trusting that ultimately there will be some sort of cosmic meaning — the intellect, if engaged with too much, may add its artificial meaning to the piece, so removing this may allow for more universal truth… even if most people are simply bewildered by their abstract pieces. Many enjoy or desire the experience of giving themselves up to the divine (or any other force) to take over them.
“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.” — Frida Kahlo
Though randomness is a mode for some, others, with more placements in their chart that insist on observable order, may instead decide to make works that are still quite abstract and even superficially confusing, but again, with an underlining harmony.
These natives, of all the nakshatras, seem to revel in irony the most. Yes, irony. That figurative tool with multiple layered meanings, some that may seem utterly foolish and out of place, but others that feel holistic and cohesive. It is suffice to say that as poets, they make works that reveal more and more through constant meditations. Remember, in Purnarvasu (or rather, in its highest form) we create chaos from the understanding of inherent order.
“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” — Frida Kalho
On the other hand, Purnarvasu is a placement that can be very gullible and susceptible to manipulation. This placement is a warm embrace after difficulty and so these natives can be attracted to people or situations that require a lot of their attention, sympathy and general emotional energy. They can become a feast for energetic vampires and for all kinds of ne’er-do-wellers that seek to take relentlessly from these natives. And of course, given their deep optimism (which can hide even underneath their sullen and resentful exteriors) they may remain in negative situations for much longer than is healthy and instead they may get their ‘fix’ from complaining and lashing out and otherwise expressing their negative feelings behind the scenes.
Actually, substance abuse (as well as many other forms of escapism) can be quite common for this placement — not only because they are generally experimental (trying this and that and some of those) but also because they cannot handle actual disorder and confusion. For all of Ardra’s difficulty, we never ran from the world but angrily strived to alter it, but in Purnarvasu we may risk creating meaning where there is none.
This placement can give rise to the traditional notion of the mad genius — those rare individuals that can seemingly find meaning and patterns everywhere… or rather, they may feel as though they are capable of such and reject the idea that they could be wrong and instead presuming that others cannot see what they do. This brand of self-confidence is awesome, for many reasons, but one can quickly see where such strong convictions can take one.
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