We, as humans, are limited by our bodies and our state of technology. The only attempts that we can successfully undertake are the ones that our bodies, our resources and our prevailing state of technology will allow us to undertake.
In Ashlesha Nakshatra, we learned that each physical being that is born must also experience death. We are not in complete control of our destiny. When we talk about creation myths–as in, when there was was nothing–and we were the first and everything was in its raw elemental form, there is a deep sense of loneliness at the heart of these stories.
Whether the first ancestor was a man or a woman–I’ve heard both versions of these stories–the gender of the first ancestor doesn’t actually matter from a storytelling perspective. Why? Because the conflict and the primal force of the issue which they faced was that they were lonely.
They were by themselves in this big environment that was in its raw elemental form and they were lonely. I see Ahir Budhnya, the ruling deity of this nakshatra, as a feminine deity. But when I first saw it in my visions, I didn’t stop to think what gender it was. In my vision, she gave me something–it was a little pearl, almost. Then I turned back to look at her and I smiled. Somehow, I didn’t want to leave. I looked at her and she looked at me.
Both of us just looking at each other thinking, “What’s that? Who’s that?”
There was a sparkle. There’s someone. There is someone. This is the crux of Ahir Budhnya as the prevailing deity of this nakshatra. If you are a creator being and you are alone; perhaps you are seeking a friend, a companion or a helper. Let’s not get too caught up in the theology or legalities of what these words actually mean. Imagine this world where there is nothing and no one. If you were born into that world, you would be seeking someone. The deity of Ahir Budhnya was seeking a someone.
But this is not the world we live in, right; where there is nothing and no one. These are mythological allegories from the creation of time, when nothing was what existed. It was a time of the nothingness.
When we talk about Ahir Budhnya and the Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra, it represents the First Ancestor or Ancestress. They were gifted the task to create when there was only nothingness.
One of the symbols associated with this nakshatra is the funeral cot. So let’s think a little bit about this whole notion of Departures. It’s referring to a way of life and a way of being dying out. This could be due to extinction or it could be due to a departure. Through this voyage of extinction or of departure, a way of life is destroyed to pave the way for creation again.
Guardian deities, saints and spirits exist in virtually all religious traditions I can think of. Their role is to protect and to stand guard.
If someone were given the task to guard something and they had to guard it with all their life because it was very important; it wouldn’t be given to someone deceptive and untrustworthy. Rather, the task would be given to someone who despite all the temptation which exists is like, “I can’t be bothered with any of this.” You would give it to that person who says, “Whatever, I am not interested.”
The funeral cot guards and protects one’s true identity up until the point that all is revealed. This star can speak to some of the secrets that are hidden from us about who we truly are and what we are meant to do till the point that we are ready. The funeral cot represents a departure, not a death. There is something else coming.
A secret that was hidden from us will begin to rear its head, emerging from the deepest of the deep sea.
When we think about time and astrology as the study of time, and in particular, the way I view astrology, which is a mythical and cyclical understanding of time; the image that comes to my mind–especially as it pertains to this nakshatra–is that whenever you look at a clan of people, you realise that either through natural law, manmade means or the time cycle; a way of life has been destroyed. Something has come to an end.
But why did it come to an end?
Another symbol for this nakshatra are the twins: two beings that are tied together from birth who share a common destiny to unite. Why do the stories speak of an ancestor or an ancestress? Perhaps they were already created together and the true task was to find one another. It wasn’t that one was created from the other, but that they were created as a pair till they found each other, discovered their other half and populated the world.
The Legend of the Twin Flames
Two little lights shimmer in the darkness. They are conjoined, yet separate. They are the Ancestor and the Ancestress–the Creator Beings who are destined to meet, unite and propagate all that is yet to be. Two tiny little flames, held together by infinity; created in a finite world. The male light emanates a flame-like blue and the female light emanates a red-orange.
A Divine-Man and a Celestial-Woman walk past. They see the two little lights. The Divine-Man’s skin is the colour of ashes that have turned blue. A coiled serpent sits on his head. You may call him Shiva. The snake reaches out and breaks the light into two parts. The venom seeps through the first Ancestor and Ancestress. They try hard to hold onto each other, but to no avail.
The two little lights realise they can no longer be together. For now.
They call out to each other. They howl in grief for the separation they experienced at death.
“One day, we shall be reunited as one again,” the little lights say in unison. They are born as toddlers with no memories and who do not recognise each other.
The male twin is granted a pair of wings, so that he may find his twin. The female twin is granted the power of foresight so that she may anticipate his arrival and be prepared for the day that they are reunited.
And so it was, is, and always will be. It is the Sanatan.