20 March 2021
“Heaven opens inward, chasms yawn,
Vast images in glimmering dawn,
Half shown, are broken and withdrawn…
Moreover, something is or seems
That touches me with mystic gleams,
Like glimpses of forgotten dreams.
Of something felt, like something here;
Of something done, I know not where;
Such as no language may declare…
So heavenly-toned, that in that hour
From out my sullen heart a power
Broke, like the rainbow from the shower,
To feel, although no tongue can prove,
That every cloud, that spreads above
And veileth love, itself is love…“
Tennyson – The Two Voices
The Nakshatra (Lunar house) at this ascending half Moon of Equinox is Rohini. She is referred to by Tantrics as the Red Woman Star. She rules fertility and the growing artistry of creative life. This deity of this star is the creator who is known as a Prajapati Brahma. This is in fact the most creative and procreative star of the zodiac.
Rohini Nakshatra brings fertility and creativity into all the areas of our organism. Physical as well as psychic fertility is transferred to us when working with Rohini. The Red Star Woman brings power and healing to both the mind and the womb. Rohini reflects the light of the rising Moon and shines it to us on earth with a creative blessing as we move into the longer days after the Equinoxital balance is traversed. Honour given to Rohini is like putting the spiritual focus and power towards the fruit and harvest of our lives.
Rohana Shakti is the root meaning in Rohini, and Rohana signifies ‘the power of growth and fertility‘. She is the astral star force that houses the creative energy of Brahma and projects the astral force to the earth in manifesting fruit.
Beauty in the Eyes
Rohini transmits a hypnotic beauty to us. When the Rohini force is received, we become alluring and magnetic. It is said that Rohini gives captivating beauty to the eyes. The animal of Rohini is the snake which is known for its mystical penetrating gaze.
is the magical power
to entice through the magnetism
of the eyes.
Rohini brings the most captivating beauty to the eyes. We see that the star of Rohin is Aldebaran, which is in fact the eye of the Bull – the brightest star in the Taurus star constellation. Kajal is traditionally a herbal remedy that is applied to the eyes to ward off the evil eye. As we shall see in the next section, Rohini raises the energies of envy and jealousy. Kajal is put on the eyes as a type of eyeliner on infants in India as a protective and beautifying measure. It draws the powers of the beauty of Rohini into the eyes of the wearer while acting as a medicinal herbal tonic to the eyesight.
Stories tell of Rohini being the Moon’s favorite amongst the 27 lunar houses. Rohini’s sisters are the 26 other Nakshatras that were jealous that the Moon preferred the red sister over them all. The Moon is in its fullest power when the beloved Rohini is closest. The Moon and Rohini mysteriously enter into union for the longest time of all the lunar houses. As the Moon’s favourite, Rohini receives the lunar rays and transmits them to those that acknowledge her on earth. She is the ultra feminine woman who transmits the powers of healing all aspects of fragmented femininity.
The story of Rohini tells of Jealousy. Jealousy is a powerful karmic theme that Rohini can bring to the surface.
Work with Rohini
is an antidote
to healing the poison
Jealousy is a potent force that poisons the womb. Jealousy can of course be blatant, but it can also be invisible, in the form of an inapparent hidden emotion – it can live in the deep unconscious recesses of the mind and express itself in many ways. The struggle for power, beauty and influence can come from deep unresolved jealousy that has been suppressed.
The influence of Rohini Nakshatra on the half rising Moon is a time when unresolved jealousy is brought to the surface. This can afford us a chance of deep healing of mind, heart and womb. Love, beauty and endless femininity is brought to us by Rohini when we resolve the Tamasic (dead) energies within the unconscious recesses of the mind.
Love and beauty can’t simply replace the dead, the dead must first be put to rest before Love can come into play. Therefore Rohini offers us a chance to work on the rotting karmas that might be spoiling the ripe fruit of being.
The story tells how the sisters were so jealous that they complained to their father to do something about the injustice of the Moon who was showing favoritism to the bright Red Star Sister. When the father heard of this he cursed the Moon to wither away.
The dying Moon was saved by Shiva who counteracted the curse and caused the Moon to grow… but forever after the Moon had to go through the phases between waning and waxing. Shiva ever after carried the Moon in his crown as a sign of his loyalty to his lunar devotee. For this he is called Chandrashekhara (Moon crowned).
Whenever one becomes
like the moon,
they are crowned upon the head
of the infinite wisdom of Yog.
Mantras of Rohini
The Bija (seed mantras) of Rohini are sounds that relate to the womb energies of fertility, along with the rhythmical Lunar movements of the mind and the Venusian sexual chakra. These mantras are practiced in Tantric ritual When Rohini visits the Moon. Some of them are:
When intoned with a specific shape of the lips, these mantras activate the Nadis (energy lines) of the Moon ruled movements of the astral mind and the womb and Shakti chakra. The womb is the source of fertility and birth, the dark creative cave where Rohini shines brightest – for she is creativity itself.
Rohini is also a word for the maiden at her first ever menstruation. Working with the star of Rohini helps in balancing issues of fertility, sexuality, menstruation and menopause. Rohini addresses the hormonal rhythms and sexual function in both male and female on both physical and psychic levels – it is to be remembered that Rohini is the Moon’s favorite lover. She brings stability to the sensitive astral self, as she balances the Lunar forces that intersect with the mind.
Rohini Nakshatra is found in Vrishabh (Taurus). Rohini is the star Aldebaran, a star of great red radiance and the brightest star of Vrishabh… the eye of the Venusian Taurus which is the Shukracharia (Venus) ruled zodiacal constellation of the Bull. The Ox pulled cart is a symbol of Rohini that alludes to this detail.
The Bull is a virile potent force of tempestuous nature, very much the active expression of Rohini – it can run amok in our lives or it can be channeled as in the case of the agricultural Ox. Rohini is not a castrator but a boundless force of growth that can be put towards ploughing the field of our lives and reaping harvest. We find that Kamadhenu – the great wish fulfilling cow who represents the feminine aspect of Taurean force – is also another name for Rohini Nakshatra.
Between the Moon & Sun
If we consider the previous Nakshatra to Rohni we find Krittika (Pleiades) and see that it’s ruling deity is Agni, who is the god of heat and Fire. Rohini is then followed by Mrigashirsha Nakshatra (Orion) which is ruled by Soma, who is the fluidic cooling Moon god. We see that Rohini is ruled by the deity of creation Prajapati Brahma.
Rohini is quite literally balanced between the energies of heating Agni and cooling Soma. The implicit wisdom inherent here is that Rohini brings creativity through the balance of Moon and Sun. Hatha Yog is often interpreted as the union of the Moon and the Sun, or the union of Hot and Cold, Woman and Man, Earth and Sky. Ha refers to the heating solar force while Tha refers to the cooling lunar force. Rohini is the creative energy what weaves them together and is born of their union. Practices of Hatha Yog open creativity in all dimensions of our being.
Stars in Herbal Medicine
Brahmi is an Indian herb, but it the word Brahmi is also another name for Rohini Nakshatra. Brahma the creator is the deity of this Nakshatra and has as his Shakti (feminine power) Brahmi… hence this being another name for this Nakshatra. Rohini it is, above all else, the star of creativity.
The Indian herb Brahmi
is taken to improve memory
while at the same time
acting as an aphrodisiac.
This synchronicity reflects the Moon and Venus involvement of this Nakshatra. The Moon’s most beloved Nakshatra is Rohini. The Moons memory is intense in remembrance of her, and the love for her, even more so. The Moon rules the movements of the Mind, whereas Venusian energy manifests in love and sexuality. Brahmi is a good herb for balancing Rohini afflictions in the support of healing the feminine.
If you would like to join our Equinox Ritual and work with the Fertile currents of this Rohini Moon,