Bharani – The Elephant
Bharani (13.20-26.40 Aries) is denoted by a triad of faint stars, also known as the ‘Bearing Star’ or ‘Star of Restraint’. Bharani is said to behold the energy of Venus and according to Vedic astrologers, Bharani represented the female sexual organ.
The indications of the name Bharani primarily relates to the feminine aspect of nature and its potential to receive, bear, foster and annihilate. Often understood as the doorway to another world, Bharani stands for catharsis, forbearance, jealousy and sacrifice.
The functional representation of Bharani can be bets summed up by its nature to tend towards extremities. In fact, this is a constellation that oscillates between polar contradictions like the bohemian and the puritan, wisdom and naiveté, maturity and immaturity, and finally life and death. Bharani stands for desire, which can be summarized as a lust for life and fear of death. It is looked upon as a 16 year old girl on the verge of deflowering, a baby borne in the womb or someone facing the Yamadutas or celestial angels who guide human beings to afterlife.
The childlike aspect of this nakshatra makes Bharani one of the most willing constellations. They are marked by the desire to explore their surroundings to the fullest, and often have a primeval innocence in their experience of people and places. Often instinctive than reasonable, Bharani is engulfed by overwhelming emotions and desires that can rarely be contained, making the evolutionary nature of the soul prominent.
Those who exhibit the more evolved nature of Bharani steer their energy into fruitful pursuits, whereas the lesser evolved persons hop from one source of light to the other. In today’s world of chaos and confusion, it may be very difficult to restrain a Bharani. It is parallel to the mental and physical contradictions teenagers experience after puberty. If not guided, these natives are likely to plunge into everything that comes their way.
Bharani people are accustomed to deal with life’s upheavals and hence they are strong characters. They might be crushed and crumpled at times, crying after a loss, but nothing can contain them for long. Due to their desire for extremes, these people seem to go through radical transformations throughout their life. Once they have embarked on a new path, they explore all its possibilities to the point of exhaustion when they have no choice but to look for something new. The Bharani universe is boundless.
The creative impulse of Bharani is represented in childbearing in females and manifestation of creative energy in males. The interplay of the masculine and the feminine makes Bharani a very sexual nakshatra. Driven by the force that draws opposites, Bharani experience, engage in, fall prey to and try to recognize it in every way possible. Sigmund Freud had a prominent Bharani in his native chart and thus he analyzed every activity on the sexual plane. Evolved Bharani natives, however, are more concerned with love, harmony and unity.
Natives of Bharani are characterized by expressive eyes, a large head, medium sized lips and a death-like smile, which denotes their sexual urge, inscrutability and the process of life and death. They have a calm disposition despite a tormenting mind. Energetic Bharani natives can encounter success when under wiser guidance.
Padas or Quarters
The first pada of Aries falls in the
Leo Navamsa which is ruled by the Sun. the main element of this quarter is self-absorption
and creativity. The planets in this pada can be highly self-centered and they often
hurt others unintentionally. The drive and willpower of the natives can be used
for attaining positive objectives if the native allows it. The strong planets
include Mars, Jupiter and Sun.
The second pada is in the Virgo
Navamsa which is governed by Mercury. The influence is on hard work and
service. The planets in this quarter function altruistically. There is an
element of organization even in the chaotic and extreme Bharani. Mars, Rah and
Mercury are appropriate for acquiring good results.
The third pada falls under the Libra
Navamsa which is governed by Venus. The individuals are able to harmonize and
identify opposites. However, there are no limits to sexuality and relationships
which can be good or bad depending on the evolutionary level of the person in
question. As it is a pushkara navamsa quarter, it helps one fulfill their
desires. Venus, Rahu and Mercury help in using the energies of the pada.
The fourth pada rests in the Scorpio Navamsa which is governed by Mars. There is extreme energy here in all
sense of the term as planets work in an uninhabited and primeval manner. This
can be a very inventive and original pada if the explosive energy can be channeled
well. Ketu, Mars and Sun are strong, although they might not always yield
beneficial results. Natural benefics like Venus and Jupiter can be best for
using the energies of the pada in a non-destructive and wise manner.
Nannies, babysitters, nursery school teachers; all
jobs including kids; professions associated with amusement, theme parks, toy
industry; midwives; gynecologists; professions related to birth and death; fertility
clinic jobs; morticians; people connected with funerals and morgues; slaughterhouse
jobs; obituary writers; coffin makers; birth and
death record officials; caterers, cooks, hoteliers; motor sports; automobile
jobs; veterinarians; fire fighters; models; photographers; jobs with a lot of
glamor and sex; strippers; exotic professions; stuntmen, motor sportsmen; prostitution;
pornographic industry jobs; tantrics and occultists using sexual energy; people
in elite jobs demanding extreme secrecy; judges; seed and fertilizer industry; microbiologists,
biologists, geophysicists; earthquake and volcanic experts.
Gana: Bharani is a human/manusha nakshatra and summarizes the significance of birth/death like spouse, resources and family.
Creative and martial activities, sexual, amorous, procreative, agriculture, beginnings/endings, acts involving fire, neglected activities, asceticism, kids
Travel, patience, initiations, conclusions
Bharani natives meditate on death and hence may worship Yama, the death god, or Kali, the dark goddess. Worship of fertility goddesses is also auspicious. Chanting the root mantra “Om Eem” 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra alleviates afflictions. Wearing red, white, black and dark colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results.
In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Bharani resourcefulness, honesty, health and happiness. Bob Dylan is a typical Bharani native.