Yama adjudicates judgments/ duty/ dharma: May – Oct./2013
Vedic Astrology: Jyotish With Paula Blog – May 15, 2013
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Yay! The solar eclipse pattern in Bharani Nakshatra is complete and we’ve survived!
Time to celebrate, right? But, wait a moment… is this eclipse pattern really over?
It’s true – exalted Sun in Aries was eclipsed by Ketu on May 9th, then released to express a more spiritual energy for those here on earth. But, according to the wisdom of Jyotish and Vedic Astrology, we mere mortals may feel the effect of a solar eclipse for up to 6 months (some say up to two years) in our lives. A kind of aftertaste that lingers on the tongue long after the medicine is swallowed. Though it may not be noticed specifically in an individual’s life, unless you have personal planets in Bharani (sun, moon, ascendant) – the solar eclipse pattern will collectively seep its way through society.
What does this mean?
All that Bharani (which means “she who bears”) stands for in its close connection to Yama – death, duty and dharma, may be felt or quietly dominates our lives from May – October, 2013. The areas of Sun in Aries (leadership, courage, domination, accomplishment, achievements and strong personal or spiritual attainments) will come to the forefront. Political and societal transformations may happen accompanied by personal struggle – not necessarily violent in nature – but intense nonetheless.
Societal transformations may occur as the desire for freedom dominates
Very much like the birthing process, Bharani Nakshatra indicates personal struggles or confinement leading to breakthroughs – often requiring great self-control, effort, will-power and discipline. Societal transformations through idealistic beliefs with a strong desire to self-purify can result. Bharani is related to the womb, (the vulva), creativity – giving birth to ideas or beings, maternal love and nurturing. It is said that with every birth there is a death, and with every death there is a birth; celebration and sadness can accompany both. This is the feeling of Bharani at its essence – tension of extremes.
Role models will inspire us with their courage
Doing difficult things for the sake of dharma or duty, by bearing burdens for others, is also one of Bharani’s primary characteristics.
Angelina Jolie recently came forward to reveal her challenging choice to have a double mastectomy. Even though this kind of radical treatment may seem over the top to some, Angelina obviously felt it was a necessary step in her life to prevent a high risk of an early death to breast and/or ovarian cancer. (She’d recently lost her mother to ovarian cancer and her six kids worried that she could similarly die.)
Losing a part of her body to ease the fears of her family was a deeply maternal decision – and couldn’t have been an easy one. To reveal her choice publicly to help other women with similar issues was also very much in tune with the purifying influence of the solar eclipse in Bharani Nakshatra, “she who bears” [burdens for others].
Release from captivity and judgment of wrong-doers
Four principles of the purifying influence of solar eclipse in Bharani Nakshatra were shown in the release of the 3 women held captive in Cleveland: restriction, struggles, release, and justice. Their hidden confinement and difficult struggles for a decade – leading to a dramatic breakthrough (their release) around or on the solar eclipse – resulting in a cruel and negative person revealed, subject to world-wide scrutiny and brought to justice. The searing gaze of Yama – the great adjudicator of life and death, and deity of Bharani Nakshatra – is now unflinchingly turned upon the Cleveland Captor, and he will now have “to bear the burden” of the terrifying karma he’s created.
What or who is Yama?
It is said by some that Yama, as the god of death, reviews and weighs every little detail that a person has done in his life, then decides which level of heaven (or other areas of growth) the soul experiences in the after-life.
Leaders and seizers of power come under Yama’s scrutiny
Aries stands for leadership, heads of state, corporate bosses, or people in charge of any domain of life who seize power or dominate others. These people may be coming under Yama’s scrutiny at this time. This can happen through a higher power, or, as generally experienced here on earth – through the press, the people and the courts.
As individuals, we may also find that what we have done in the past now comes forward and is judged by others. Secrets long-held, inappropriate behaviors revealed, or difficult challenges that we’ve privately faced must come out.
In other words, the skeletons are taken out of the closet, given a good shake, and fully evaluated.
It’s all for our own spiritual good- and good will be the end result – but it won’t be easy…
The challenges that Bharani Nakshatra brings seem to be painful, involve a struggle and then a release from a challenging or restrictive burden. Personal resolve, integrity and truth may help to overcome the great odds necessary to triumph over adversity or illnesses experienced at this time.
Likewise there is a particularly intense desire for justice to be served and punishment meted out. So, for those who have wronged others, especially by abusing power, the next 6-months (May – October, 2013) will be an acutely difficult time. Individuals and groups may come under intense public attention or taken to public court. Nothing can be hidden or forgotten and every detail is weighed and measured before final judgments are passed.
Many events of wrongdoing will be revealed and deliberated on in detail over the next 6 months
Don’t be surprised if shocking events of wrongdoing are revealed daily or weekly and then brought to justice. Television and news casting will play a big part in this. It is all part of the balancing and spiritualizing effect of this particular eclipse pattern, as a strong light of truth is shone on the hidden under-belly of life.
Yama also rules duty and dharma – inspirational acts of heroism may result
Besides being the great judge of souls, Yama represents dharma, or duty in life.
It makes sense that those that we view as inspirational leaders, or role models, may reveal difficult secrets or challenges that they have held within to help others on life’s path. Angelina Jolie revealing her difficult choice to have a double mastectomy has been empowering to so many women undergoing similar challenges in their own lives. Her courage may serve as an inspiration to other role models and leaders to come forth to help others in the coming months.
- Maintain your equilibrium – favor your inner peace in turbulent times
- Witness the events revealed – but don’t get ensnared in them
- Know all is happening as it should – for the greater good
- If you have done something wrong – correct your actions now – make amends
- Find inspiration in the courage of others – be braver in your own life
- Become a role model – help guide others to a safe haven and calmer waters
- Reveal a challenge that has made you stronger to empower others
- Reflect deeply on the meaning of your life on earth and what you are here for
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