The nakshatra of Revati, like the nakshatra of Uttara Bhadrapada which comes before it, is entirely in Pisces. The planetary ruler of this lunar mansion is Mercury. And who is Mercury? He is the Messenger of the Gods. People with planets and placements in this nakshatra will experience the strong ebb and flow of both Jupiter and Mercury.

The journey begins with us receiving a message. A message from Brihaspati or Guru. But this is not just any old Guru. In Hindu cosmology, Jupiter is the Guru of the Gods.

According to evolutionary theory, the tale of the mysterious origin of mankind lays in the deep blue sea. We are all descendants of fish. This is where the cynics like to ask: well, if we descended from fish, then how come fish still exist?

If you observe the symbolism of Pisces, it shows two fishes swimming in different–but not opposite–directions.

If you look at the bottom part of the constellation, the stars are aligned in a linear fashion, which to me represents things remaining as they are. When we look at any species, there are some that have remained as they are. On the other hand, there exist species that have ‘evolved’ through the annals of time.

When we use the word evolution, we’re generally talking about reaching for a higher path, a higher goal.

If we apply this idea to a clan of people, who all hail from a common origin point, we can think of it as a Departure, something I spoke about in the previous nakshatra. Even when some choose to depart from their place of origin, others will choose to remain where they are and as they are.

It’s the same story with the fish. Some of the fish embarked on a different journey–represented by the stars on the left side of the constellation–which are ascending upwards.

It is both the Great Departure and the Great Return.

The Stars of Pisces (2022) Artwork by Author and Artist Dipa Sanatani

The Salmon

The salmon is an apt metaphor for the ascension process because you’re going against the grain. You’re going against all that you know and all that you’ve ever known in your life. But some voice–some unseen force–is propelling you forward on this path. The salmon swims upstream as it returns to its true home.

The salmon is believed to commit suicide on this mission. But really, when we think of this story of immigration–even in the history of the past few centuries–a lot of people do die while they are on the journey. When we became a seafaring people and we would be out at sea, trying to reach our destination, people would pass away. Weather conditions, illness, ships capsizing–it could have been caused by multitude of different factors. On the journey to a new destination, some people would pass on.

But does it mean that we shouldn’t attempt the journey and that we should remain as we are? Of course not.

This is where Revati nakshatra’s message really shines through. Because it is about that fork and that crossroads which gives us a definitive choice: to stay or to immigrate. Some will choose to depart. They don’t depart towards ‘The End’, but they do embark on a new journey towards a different destination.

The story of the salmon is the story of a fish returning to its origin point to give birth. And contrary to popular beliefs, not all salmon die on this journey. In fact, some manage to spawn over and over again.

So let’s think of ourselves like a school of fish–a soul group, a soul cluster, a star galaxy or a soul family that is on a journey together to this new destination. We’re swimming against the grain, against what everyone else is doing, and we’re hoping to arrive at this unknown destination.

But why do we do it? Because it’s our true home. If it wasn’t, we wouldn’t feel the urge to go there.

The Salmon Star (2022) by Dipa Sanatani

When the Sea Calls

When I was working in an office, and I had this office on a really high floor, I would gaze out at the ocean and I would wonder, “What is on the other side of the shore?”

I had these whimsical ideas, that there’s something really awesome waiting on the other end, and it’s better than what I have here. I possessed such mystical ideas of the beautiful things that would await me on the other side of the shore.

One day, a colleague of mine looked at me and said, “Why do you keep staring at the ocean?” I replied, “I’m daydreaming of what’s on the other side of the shore.” And he said, “Let me tell you… It’s Batam.”

I laughed. The joke was on me. Batam is the holiday day trip destination for many Singaporeans such as myself. And I’d already been there. It’s totally biased for me to say this, but the side of the shore that I was on, was probably a much bluer one. From that moment on, every time I would look out at the ocean, I would smile to myself and think, “It’s Batam.”

And then, one day, a thought hit me. Wait a minute, what’s beyond Batam? There’s a lot more beyond Batam. This is what the whole journey is about. It’s about onward momentum, forward momentum. It’s about moving forward. It’s not about the past anymore. It’s not about staying the same.

What is beyond Batam? And what is beyond that and beyond that and… beyond…

And that, my dear, is the quest.

The Quest

When your life is a quest, there’s always something to discover. There’s always a next journey and a next destination. I was just thinking this morning that I’ve already achieved everything I wanted to achieve in my childhood. It’s not that I didn’t encounter failures, setbacks or obstructions. A lot of it was an uphill battle. You’re going up against the grain and everyone is telling you, “Why don’t you…” Anyways, let’s not talk about everyone else. We’re talking about the fish, here.

The fish is such a small, gentle and yielding creature. It’s not a whale we’re talking about. And yet, this little fish had this big dream. From the perspective of the theory of evolution, the dream was to become human. According to theology, that’s the highest manifestation of a physical vessel. But even this vessel is temporal. We are born, we live our lives, we have our achievements and then we pass on.

The Vedic deity associated with this nakshatra is Pushan. The European equivalent is the God Pan. Many of these old Vedic deities represent the primordial elemental soup in which humanity was actually born.

Pan, the Greek God, was a child of nature. But he loved the fruits of civilisation. He’s associated with the goat, the mountain climber. The goat is sure-footed. It knows where it wants to go. Like the fish, it’s also got a destination. For the goat, it’s the top of the mountain. Goats are hard-working. Temperamental, but hard-working and dedicated to a goal.

But the difference between the goat and the fish is that the goat can see his destination–the mountain peak. The fish can’t. The fish is following the unseen force that is guiding and propelling it forward towards the next star.

The God Pan is associated with the idea of panic: a primal human emotion. Whenever we have to go on a new and different journey, we have to allow ourselves to encounter the unknown. We are overcome by a wave of intense panic. We feel a deep sense of fear. It’s completely irrational to feel these feelings, but we do. There’s no logic behind why this is the case. All we know is that there’s an untenable amount of fear associated with this journey.

The ones who undertook this journey–if we trace back, we note an ancestor or ancestress who was an immigrant. I’m sure we all have one in the family. Embedded in our genetics is that primordial, primal fear that we feel when we set out on a journey that is completely unchartered. We just don’t know what’s coming.

Fear is a part of that journey, but so is faith. Once we feel that deep sense of panic and that deep sense of fear, “Oh my God, this is scary…” To push and propel us forward, we need faith. To move past this deep primal fear, we need that faith. And how do we receive that faith? It is through Mercury and Jupiter.

The ruling planet Mercury gives us that Jupiterian message, “Have faith. Everything is going to be ok.” We don’t know that it is because we haven’t embarked on that journey. But we get that message that says, “Hey! Things are going to be okay. It’s time. It’s time to follow your soul’s calling. Because it is calling you and it is telling you to go. It is not telling you to stay the same.”

That is what the Revati nakshatra is about. It is about the departure that will lead you to a new destination.

And when you look back, at Pisces, which is the oldest–and by virtue of it being the oldest, it is also the youngest–it all started with a little fish that said, “I, little fish, shall venture forth…”

And venture forth, they did. To chart unchartered terrains. And venture forth, we will, once again.

As it was, as it is, and as it always will be. This is the Sanatan.

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