37 | DHANISHTA NAKSHATRA

The Rhythm of Wealth & Fortune
in the Stars

Shiva is the one who lives
in the heart of all beings. 
On the night of Shivaratri he unifies with Shakti.
Tantric practitioner gives honour
to the the innermost Yogin
of enlivened Kundalini
upon this night of great union.

– Boonath

The great night of Shiva is upon us. Maha Shivaratri literally means ‘the great night of Shiva’. Shiva is the first and last and always Yogi. Adinath is his name that means ‘the endless origin of Yog’.

Upon this night,
Shiva unifies with Shakti
and brings the feminine & masculine forces
into equilibrium.

The annual night of Shiva presents the soul upon earth with a vortex of energies that open the Chakras to the magical and healing force of Kundalini Shakti. The Nakshatra (lunar constellation) upon the night of Shivaratri is Dhanishta. Dhan means ‘wealth, abundance’, Nishta implies rhythmic and constant flow.

This is the star of continuous, musical flow of wealth. It is indeed a star of music and has as its symbols, musical instruments. Dhanishta Nakshatra is a Mangala (Mars) ruled Nakshatra and potently brings us the lessons of wealth and fortune through the secret of rhythmic flow.

It is ruled by the Vasus, the 8  elemental deities who manifest material abundance and the ability in the arts involving tangible earthly rhythm – such as music or dance. It is a royal Nakshatra that brings abundance and fortune from the inner levels of being into manifestation.

The animals of this Nakshatra are the lion and the peacock, the lion is famously called the Jungle ruler. The peacock is a bird that is wealthy in its feathers of beauty, it can’t be denied.

Rhythm

Catching the Secret of Wealth 


The symbol of Dhanishta Nakshatra is the drum of Shiva and the flute. This is a Nakshatra that is heavily concerned with musicality and rhythm. The Dhumaru is the drum of Shiva and is the ever changing rhythmical heartbeat of creation.

The secret of wealth
on all levels of being
is rhythm.

To know one’s own particular rhythm is to know how to apply ones life forces to the best function. When we don’t acknowledge our own particular rhythm then we deplete ourselves, and so, the secret of Dhanishta is to learn to honour one’s own rhythm. When we honour our own rhythm then we are able to observe the rhythms around us and learn about the keys to wealth and musical living.

Dhanishta brings divine music to us, but obviously we have to set up a receptive rhythm to catch it. Where Shravan Nakshatra gives us listening and hearing, the following Nakshatra – Dhanishta… gives us something grand to listen to.

If we are out of tune with our own rhythm then our view of all rhythms is warped – and so the lesson that Dhanishta brings to us is to learn to pay attention to our own rhythm – so that it may become a receptive instrument to the sounds of infinity.

This is challenging because our personal rhythm is not a fixed thing and is subject to fluctuations and change, so we may not even be able to rely on our ‘own rhythm’ as a thing that is constant. This ever changing nature of rhythm relates to Shiva profoundly.

Nataraj 

Dancer of Celestial Rhythm 


The odyssey of our eternal dance of being is told through the stars in the story of Shiva and his union with Shakti. The dance of Shiva is the dance of destruction that is the secret dance of rhythm. Shiva destroys all past instances and this gives the power to face the ever changing rhythms of the drumbeat of life.

Nataraj is the name of Shiva as the celestial dancer. His dance is a dance that is so fluid and unfixed that it is ever ready and able to dance with the infinity of celestial tides in the infinite cosmology of being. Nataraj the celestial dancer is the grand overseer of this constellation. He is the lord of rhythm and dance, and is famously known for his dance of destruction. 

Shiva has the ability to match each and every move of Shakti like no other can. Shakti has an endless infinity of expressions and the power of Shiva can follow them all. The Stars of Dhanishta are clustered in the constellation Delphinus, this is the Dolphin constellation.

Dhanishta Nakshatra is a star of music and rhythm it is to be remembered. We can see that the dolphin is a creature of profound musicality. It is well known that the Dolphin communicates through incredibly subtle sound frequencies and rhythms.

Dhanishta has another name which is  Shravishtha – that which is devoted to Shravan. Shravan is the previous Nakshatra that rules subtle listening and hearing. This following Nakshatra of Dhanishta implies that one learns the art of being devoted to listening – devoted to Shravan

May we gain the ear to dance with the rhythm of nature, and learn to move with the subtlest frequencies of life.

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