69 | VISHAKA NAKSHATRA

Vishaka Nakshatra

Unifying Opposites



The Moon will be in the Nakshatra (lunar house) known as Vishaka Nakshatra.

This lunar constellation is notable as it brings great potential for resolution of old karmic patterns.

Rebirth is sometimes needed to go on living.

The living dead patterns that are etched in the echoes of Karmic resonance sometimes require death.

Rebirth holds the hand of Death!


Vishaka is a profound agent for bringing healing change.

Vishaka Nakshatra indeed offers this, but at the same time, asks us to carefully and honestly look at the patterns we are repeating a d the things we are joining together.

The outer resonance of our lives events start as a sound in our psychic world and then becomes the medley which rules the rhythm of our being.


This coming Moon brings with it the blessing.

A blessed time for looking at inner beliefs and programs that keep a living death in place of rebirth.

The blessing and the curse ride together, both are looked at in the Tantric perspective, for the poison is part of the medicine.

Drinking the medicine without honouring and acknowledging the power of poison is tantamount to blindness.

The gods who dwell on the star constellation of Vishaka are thirsty indeed. They are full of the wish for Soma and the experience of fulfilling desire.

Desire is sacred if it is channeled, but desire can lead to ruin if it is unfocussed.

Yogic practices could actually be defied as the art of channeling desire.

Desire might have been bastardized as the culprit for leading us into delusions.. and that might be the case. But the suppression of desire and the attempt to kill it leads to war. Desire comes from the goddess, it is too powerful-a-force to kill.

Acknowledging the sacredness of desire is the lesson of Vishaka Nakshatra.

Focused desire is Tantra and Tantra is focused desire.


The Karmic Mirror


It is not easy to see reality when we ourselves are reflected in the mirror of distorted desire in which we watch the world. To turn around and break the curse of the mirror, and see a reality without our Karmic visions and smears… is a task most Tantric.

Tantra is a most practical subject that can help resolve the Karmic footprints that we might be stepping into.

Sometimes we find we are stepping back into painful cycles that we thought we had long since outgrown. We sometimes find ourselves back in inner situations we thought were long past.

Maybe we thought we would never indulge them back to life again, but insidiously, like unseen shadows, erecting themselves back to life, they might have come upon us.

Such experiences indeed may feel like times to lament, but equally they are times of celebration.

If one can acknowledge the psychic knots that have bound us back to the footprints of old Karma, then healing happens.


Vishaka is Shakti, the divine feminine power principle.

Shakti who is the very energy of life is able to ‘shock us awake’ from the most stagnant, comfortable and familiar Karmic dreams.

This ‘Shakti shock’ is the healing jolt of transformation.

It may be painful and unwanted to wake up with a shock from the poison of past pacts.

But more slowly painful it be to be dictated to by the reflections of unresolved Karma.


Vishaka heralds in a time for healing practices of forgiving self, forgiving other, and the one that we are together.

May there be success in the healing pursuit!

Like a dentist who takes out the rotten tooth with a painful jolt,

sometimes it must be so.

May the Mother that is Shakti, hold our trembling hand in such instances.

The only teaching in Tantra is to ‘Have courage’

May the profound agent of change who goes by the name of Vishaka

bring us to the cave where we may receive the electric Shakti Shock, right into our dead Karmic dreams, so we may wake alive in Love.


Arching desire



Another name for this star constellation is Radha- Radha is the spacious beauty of Tantric lore. This is a sister constellation of the following Constellation of Anuradha.

Anuradha literally means that which follows Radha.

Vishaka Shares the symbol of an archway with Anuradha.

The archway is very significant in understanding the energy of Vishaka Nakshatra.

Let us ask ourselves:

What is an archway?

Is it not an attempt between two lovers to join?

How many archways have fallen in our lives?

Radha is the great Ghori. Ghori implies the bright, clear and spacious Moon woman.

She is the lover of Krishna.

Krishna is the dark night sky which nothing can penetrate. Only Radha can meet the darkness of the night sky of Krishna with her Moonlit rays of love.

Krishna is the dark night sky and Radha is the bright Moon. The old tales tell of Krishna asking his mother ‘Radha kyu gori mai kyu kala,

It means ‘why am I black and Radha so bright’. This encapsulates the deep meaning of their opposites and births. Though these words come from the sacred wisdom of Yogic lore, they were put into a very beautiful song in the 1978 movie entitled Satyam Shivam Sundaram. Here is a link to the song:

https://youtu.be/Vm6Ny_Hryh4


Vishaka is the only Nakshatra that has both an exulted planet and a debilitated planet. The black planet Saturn is exulted, and the silver Moon is debilitated in Vishaka Nakshatra. Clearly the extremes at play again.

The silver Radha’s nights and days are spent in the longing for union with the dark black mystery of Krishna. She is Half of arch that longs for the other half.

Two halves make an arch for which Love can walk on through.

We also see that arches are prominent features in rites of passage. The wedding arch is a most poignant example.


Radha is a word that also signifies the soul.

The soul carries the impulse of unification!

In considering this potent phrase, we are brought to look at the colour of the soul.

We might have inherited the notion that the soul is a dead thing, something pure, exulted, detached and unfeeling like a cold dead corpse.


Take a moment to consider and ponder upon What the soul is ?

Ponder upon what your notion of the soul is?

Our notion of soul will determine our whole approach to spirituality and Yogic practice.

If our notion of the soul is something that is cold, aloof and detached, then union, magic and fascination will be replaced by depression and resignation.

Vishaka Nakshatra is an energy of Unification.


Rain & Fire



When we look at the ruling deity that lives on this constellation then we get an idea of its meaning in terms of unification.

Indragni is the god of this constellation. Indragni is a mysterious and little known deity, even scriptural references are scarce and rare. Much speculation from astrologers both modern and ancient has ensued as a result of so little availible info.

Indagni is the fusion of Indra the god of storm and Rain, and Agni the god of fire.


The fusion of these two deities and principles becomes clear when we look at the notion of the archway that is the joining of two halves to create a structure.

The idea of fusion is also apparent when we consider the tree that is assigned to Vishaka Nakshatra.

Nagkesaar is the tree that is connected to Vishnu Nakshatra. In Yogic medicine this tree is used as a remedy for treating conditions of fire and water imbalance.

Now. We can clearly see that this Nakshatra is the union of the opposites of these two elements.

Agni is the god of fire and fire feeds of air. Indra is the storm god of rain and rain feeds the earth.

When Agni and Indra are balanced in our system then we have the marriage of the four basic elements, from this marriage then, the 5th element which is called Akash starts to awaken us to the subtle world.

What is the balance of Agni and Indra exactly?


Fire ( Agni) rises and feeds upon air. This is desire, hope, reaching.

Water (Indra) descends and sinks into earth and nourishes it.

Fire is action and enthusiasm – this is Rajas.

Water descends and Sinks – this is Tamas.

The balance of Fire and Water creates Satva, the ekement that bridges the two worlds of Fire and Water.


When we are caught between the dance of hope and resignation, then we are unbalanced between the swing of opposites. In such a state of swing, there is no subtlety, in such a state Akash is diminished.

Akash is the subtle etheric spiritual element. hope and resignation are the two poles of drama that consume the subtle element of Akash.

If we have a balance between fire and water, then we develop a relation to air and earth. from which ensues birth of Akash.

Akash is the opening of the psychic door to the spirit world.

Akash opens the vision to that which lives beneath the surface layers of reality.


The Tiger



The animal of Vishaka Nakshatra is the Tiger. The Tiger skin is the Yogic blanket of Shiva. The Goddess Durga who is the Mother of everything, rides on the Tiger, Rahu rides on the Tiger and the list of Yogic references to the Tiger could go on.

The Tiger is a creature of elemental wisdom. In the Tiger we see the mastery of the elements. Like fire that creeps slowly and steadily towards its prey, the Tiger contains the fiery power and just like fire, it can snap into immediate action in a millisecond and envelop its prey.

The Tiger is profoundly fond of earthly rest and spends more than half its time in deep rest and sinking . A Tiger has the power of air and can project a roar that can be heard for many miles. The Tiger is a powerful swimmer and has command of water, being able to swim for miles at a time.

The balance and mastery of all these 4 elements, makes the Tiger the creature of the most subtle 5th element of Akash.

Since time immemorial, Yogis have lived in jungles and learned from Tigers which can transport the secrets of the etheric Akash element as no other creature on earth.