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Bharani Nakshatra Psychological Traits and Ancient Symbolism

Bharani Nakshatra

Meaning: “She who bears.”
Symbol: The vulva
Shakti: The power to carry things away.
Basis Above: To remove the life from the body.
Basis Below: To carry the soul to the world of the ancestors.
Desire: To be the lord of the ancestors.
Deity: Yama, the god of death.
Mode of functioning: Balanced nakshatra.
Caste: Mleccha (outcaste).
Gender: Female.
Body Parts: Head and bottom of feet.
Humor (Ayurveda): Pitta (fiery) nakshatra.
Guna (Essence): Rajasic nakshatra.
Tattwa (Element): Earth.
Gana (Type): Manusha (human) nakshatra.
Orientation: Downward looking.
Disposition: Fierce or severe nakshatra.
Tithi: Chaturtithi (4th tithi/ lunar day).
Sounds of padas: 1. “Lee,” 2. “Lu,” 3. “Lay,” 4. “Lo.”
Sexual animal: Elephant
Sexual compatibility: Revati (the other elephant nakshatra).

Meaning: “she who bears.”

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The meaning of Bharani comes from the root word “bher,” which means “to carry,” “to bring,” “to bear (something),” or “to bear children.”

The first meaning “to carry” is directly connected to the Shakti and the basis below of this nakshatra. The Shakti is “the power to carry things away,” and the basis below is “to carry the soul to the world of the ancestors.” Bharani energy likes to carry things away. Usually when we think of “carrying away” it refers to something that is taken away suddenly without notice. Examples of using this term would be someone stealing such as, “the thieves carried away the jewelry from the store,” or kidnapping such as, “they carried away the beautiful girl,” or losing something such as, “the river carried away our bag of belongings.” This is one of the reasons why the ancients considered the disposition of this nakshatra to be fierce or severe. Bharani carries things away when we least expect it, causing separation anxiety, agony, sadness, or depression. Bharani causes unexpected change and transformation that is difficult or challenging “to bear.” Just as when women have to endure the pain of childbirth through the vulva, we have to endure the metamorphosis of Bharani energy.  However, the extent of the severity of this Nashatra will have to do on whether it is afflicted by two or more planets.  If it is not, or if a planet sitting here is not afflicted, then the events related to this Nakshatra will be more of a benign nature.

Another meaning of Bharani is to “get carried away.” Bharani people tend to let themselves get carried away by things that suddenly catch their interest. They sometimes become so enthusiastic by new attractions that they can go to extremes before becoming satiated.  This also applies to a planet placed here.  A person will tend to get carried away by what the planet signifies in a chart.  If it is Venus, the person will tend to get carried away by romantic emotion or artistic pursuits, if it is Sun that person will get carried away by the way they shine and express themselves in the world, if it is Mercury they will get carried away in their communication, etcetera.

“To bear” is the ability to be able to support, to carry, or to be able to withstand. A person who has a prominent planet in Bharani tends to have the endurance and tolerance to be able to withstand the catharsis of transformation gracefully. This may also refer to the person signified by the planet placed in Bharani nakshatra.

The basis below, “to carry the soul to the world of the ancestors,” and the symbol, “the vulva,” describe the cycle of birth and death. A soul is born via the vulva, and at the end of its lifespan is carried away by Yama, the god of death.

The vulva is our gateway to the universe. Our mothers conceive us through the vulva, carry us in their wombs, and give birth to us again through the vulva. Bharani is, therefore, connected to the transition point from one stage of being to another. Transition points are very powerful and dynamic. Being in a transition point in our lives means we are growing, evolving, progressing, changing, transforming, shifting, and transmuting from one state to another. Transition points are all doorways, through which we enter or exit. They are always in a state of flux and movement. Thus, when a planet is situated in this nakshatra, it will cause change, alteration, or upheaval regarding that planet’s natural significations, or house ownership. Just like a washing machine, the turbulence of the affair itself is unsettling and can even be alarming, but it is an indispensible process for the purification of the soul. In the end, the new world we see after we cross the portal of a Bharani event in our lives will give us the satisfaction of having come out of it stronger and wiser.

A vulva is a place of pleasure. Being rajasic and earthy, Bharani is a sensual and sexual nakshatra. It is related to the private intimacy shared by both partners in the act of lovemaking. A prominent planet, such as Moon, Lagna lord, or Venus will make the person quite passionate.

A vulva is also a place of privacy. Thus, Bharani planets have a certain mysterious and obscure quality about them. Various attributes regarding their significations will be hidden from view.

“She who bears” is the meaning of Bharani. It is a Nakshatra directly connected with pregnancy and bearing children. In ancient times, Venus has been directly associated with fertility by different traditions, and Venus rules Bharani in the Vimshottari Dasha system. Not surprisingly, Bharani is a very creative Nakshatra. This will particularly be evident if Venus, third, or fifth lord reside here.

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Monica is a Vedic Astrologer since 2009. She has a B.A. in Psychology. Her deep passion for the spiritual and occult side of life has led her on a path to go deeper into the mysteries of life, and to seek the underlying causes of phenomena and events. This is what led her down the path of Vedic Astrology (Jyotish). She began by studying Western Astrology first, but it still was not enough. After about three months of studying Western Astrology she came across a book by James Braha on Western Astrology, but the back cover said he actually practiced Hindu Astrology. She became curious about this different astrology she had never heard about and immediately called him and ordered his books. He sent her her chart to study alongside her new Hindu (Vedic) Astrology books. The fateful day upon receiving the book titled, "Ancient Hindu Astrology for the Modern Western Astrologer"she became so absorbed on Vedic Astrology, that she never looked back. It explained circumstances in her life which could not be explained by Western Astrology alone. She practices the Parashara System, and stays with the traditional seven ancient planets. She has studied personally with Punditji Mahesh Shastriji of mypanchang.com, Dennis Flaherty's correspondence course, tutoring with Penny Farrow, courses by James Kelleher, and finally through hours of individual study from a set of about 40 sundry books on Vedic Astrology purchased from Dennis Flaherty a week after having received James Braha's books (back in 2009). She will always consider herself a life-long student of Jyotish, considering how vast and deep this knowledge is. She continues to learn through the courses given by James Kelleher, a wonderful Jyotish Guruji!

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