Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra
- note: descriptions of the 3 primary placements are interchangeable to an extent.
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Moon in Purva Bhadrapada
There can be a sense of insecurity and anxiety in many of these natives, almost as if in an attempt to brace themselves for the eventual ‘fires’ of this nakshatra, they decide to hoard objects such as material wealth, status and even literal body fat. They have a sense that they should be investing their time, energy and identity into something that can withstand destruction, but your common native, instead of practicing austerities and devoting themselves to a deity, may instead accumulate terrestrial abundance and pride themselves therein. They can be totally full of themselves and unashamedly express how great they believe themselves to be, but part of this, from a more abstract perspective, is the need to build the necessary courage to face impending horrors.
In the same vain, many of these individuals, like the other Jupiter ruled nakshatras, suffer from lifelong internal battles, and sometimes this can materializes as full blown opposing internal dialogues, each one contradicting the other as to where to go, what to do and how, although at its best, this is useful intellectual discourse. “Should I forgive my enemies or should I destroy them?”, “Should I give my last cent to help this poor orphan, or would I be doing more good in letting them find their own daily bread?”, “Should I smile sympathetically as I watch my fellows walk down a path that is sure to lead to misery, instructive though those experiences may be or do I hurry to lay upon them the rod and correct them even if they gain little wisdom from my lecturing than they would had they kept on walking?”
This is a human nakshatra, as opposed to angelic or demonic, the other two categories of nakshatras. The human nakshatras struggle with questions of ethics and morality and unlike others, seriously ponder as to which is ultimately the best course of action. The human nakshatras, therefore, tend to be great philosophers on such matters, offering their audience arguments for either path and why one should be chosen over the other. And of all human nakshatras, there is none that take such matters as seriously as this nakshatra, for the others make their decisions based on their circumstances, that of being trapped on earth, but this one must make decisions based on the laws that go beyond this reality.
Of course, hypocrisy is a common theme for many of these natives, sometimes owing to their own weakness in not being able to keep to a particular path, other times because they have no interest in ‘good’ as commonly understood.
Though they can be rather pragmatic, in one way or the other, it is common for these natives to be separated from the rest of the world. There are natives that can be so uncommonly, and unpractically, kind and virtuous, such that this kindness gets in the way of accomplishing earthly goals, for which a measure of ruthlessness and selfishness is necessary. There are yet others that can approach reality with such an indifference that to lie and to cheat carry with it no burden to the conscience.
It is a trope indeed that such natives are fixated on contemplating the ugly and hellish aspects of life, from dark aesthetics to black magick, not only as a way of subconsciously strengthening their minds and acclimating themselves to the final reality of the world.
Much like Chitra nakshatra, another placement that relates to self discovery and its unabashed expression, these natives can seem very confusing and hard to understand to many people. Their actions and words can be totally contradictory and they can often give themselves over to any thought or desire, whether gentle or severe. Of course, this is a placement of being less constrained by the expectation and pretensions to consistency that society places on us all — that pressure to maintain our separate masks together at all times. If say, there is a particular way that you act with your school mates, we instinctively feel that need to maintain this, to the point where even the morsel of our act that was genuine is now forced into artifice.
Some of these natives can even develop a philosophy of totally giving themselves over to any whim or desire, pursuing even the most unsavory be it deceit, vengeance and all manner of violence, but for the more intellectual among them, this is done as a means of true self discovery and figuring out what is real. Not that they do not believe in order, but this again is a way of discovering their own, true and unique order.
“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” — Aleister Crowley
All of Shiva’s nakshatras are antagonistic. Some Purva Bhadrapada natives can enjoy going out of their way to attack others, be it intellectually or otherwise, almost as a way of testing their integrity. Some of them can almost derive a sadistic pleasure in taking away these blissful fantasies people use to cradle their weaknesses and watching them fall and shatter. They can enjoy asking very difficult but obvious questions, not that they themselves have need for the answers, but because they want to watch as others pick apart their own ideas — whether their victims are liberated or end up with deep psychological wounds from the loss of a nurturing lie, the Purva Bhadrapada native is indifferent.
Unlike Mula, a nakshatra in a fire sign, they do not approach people and philosophies with the underlining sentiment that all is false and there is no worth in exploring the veracity within these fragments, instead Purva Bhadrapada natives, existing mostly in air signs, sincerely give different ideas a try, going about matters scientifically, entertaining the idea that they could either be true or false: testing them, applying them in their own lives, seeing what works, then breaking them down and exploring their faults, all in an effort to observe its integrity. Do we live in a materialistic world? Is money all that matters? In which case, lets go full speed ahead and observe our results. Is the life of a monk the only one worth living? Well, then lets march on. Does being kind and honest really have any long term value? Lets give, what others call, ‘evil’ a shot. But these pursuits are never blind but always with eyes open.
They have no issues adopting philosophies that do not match the physical world, as long as they align to an even more fundamental order — actually, the only issue is the willpower to actually stick to these fundamental ideas, even if there is every temptation to take on astray. Remain firm even in the face of violence. Peace and relaxation is not the blessing of this nakshatra.
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