THE HEALING CIRCLE
Shatabishakh Nakshatra is symbolised by a circle with a dark centre. This circle is the circle of the Tantric Ritual.
when we look into the origins of spiritual practices from all over the world, we see that the circle is a central principle from which they all came. The circle is a wheel that links diverse forces and contains a ritualistic focus within itself.
The centripetal force of the ritual circle is created by those who join in the circle. This force moves inwards towards the space in the center of the circle.
The contained space within the circle becomes a vortex of energy that echoes the received resonance of energy and sends it out as centrifugal force.
The space within the circle is the mystery at the center of the nucleus. The eye of the storm is a mystery to those spinning in the tornadoes of existence.
The central place within the circle is the mystery. The mystery is the unknown and unseen place. The unseen place is the dark mystery, that just like the colour black, contains all shades within it.
The center within the circle becomes the altar that absorbs, contains and births all diversities and encases, or rather encircles them.
THE WATERY NIGHT FORCES
The god that lives on the star constellation of Shatabishakh is Varuna. Varuna is the god of the deep dark. Varuna rules the night and the deep dark seas.
Varuna rides upon Makara the crocodile. The crocodile is the animal associated with the water ruled sexual Chakra. Makara is also the name given by Yogins to the zodiacal sign of Capricorn. The crocodile of Varuna implies the deep Saturnian energy that is required to protect the creative feminine essence of the watery Shakti Chakra.
The Shakti Chakra, as illustrated below, shows the crocodile and the six petals of the lotus. Six is the number of Shukra (Venus) Venus rules sensuality and the sexual function, Shukra literally means sexual juice.
Varuna dwells in the West. The sun setting in the West is an indicator of Varuna coming into his power as the sun sets and the night forces take over.
Varuna has a best friend named Mitra, who is his opposite. Mitra rules the daytime where Varuna rules the night.
Varuna and Mitra are bound together in sacred oath of friendship. Their friendship is so deep that it keeps the universe in equilibrium.
Varuna translates as the one who covers and conceals. He covers the sun as it sets and brings darkness by his concealing power of nightfall.
Mitra on the other hand, causes the sun to rise. Mitra uncovers and reveals as the root ‘Mi’ in his name implies, Mitra is said to never close his eyes.
Mitra is the deity who assists the activating of the solar forces, and Varuna assists in activating the lunar forces.
These two opposite forces are tied together in deepest friendship as they keep the cosmological order of Rtta. Rtta is the rhythmical, regulating principle of cosmological order.
Varuna is the deity of the depths and the waters that cover the earth and move with the dance of the Moon. Varuna rules the creatures of the deep subterranean watery underworlds. Much of the depth of sea is a yet unexplored territory for most humans. Varuna is the initiator who reveals the depths.
Out of interest, we find that Shatabishakh Nakshatra is within the zodiacal sign of Aquarius, Aquarius being the water bearer of of Western astrology bears a fluid relation to the watery Varuna. In the Yogic language, this is the sign called Kumbh, this means the pot that pours the fluid of healing upon all beings.
RAHU THE HEALER
The ruling planet of Shatabishakh is none other than Rahu, the solar eclipsing North node of Moon.
Rahu is the head without a body. Rahu has no fear because nothing can poison him, he can consume whatever he wishes and it simply passes through him.
In Shatabishakh, Rahu brings the power and courage to drink anything, both medicine and poison.
Though Rahu is often considered a negative force, it must be seen that he be a powerhouse of force. Rahu magnifies whatever he touches and the energy of wherever he is gets magnified and multiplied. Just like Shatabishakh Nakshatra, Rahu has the power to cover the sun.
His endless appetite calls in more and more. Rahu squeezes out the very last drop by his will for consumption, even if there is seemingly nothing there, Rahu will squeeze out that which can’t be seen.
This force can be creative or destructive depending on how it is applied and approached.
Rahu is connected to the master healer that is the Crow. The Crow can take anything and transform it into nourishment. Crows are often connected with and fed in the rituals of the potent dark shadow casting planets and deities such as Saturn, Rahu and Ketu.
A common remedy to balance the forces of Rahu, Saturn and Ketu is to feed Crows and pay attention to their teachings.
The Crow is not afraid to get its beak dirty, the Crow has no fear. This is a quality needed to reach the depths of healing.
When we resist, block and fear things, we end up denying our power is we turn away.
The Crow is the great healing spirit on account of its lack of fear. The crow will ever turn away, and will eat everything. Crow puts its beak where others fear to peck.
Let us now consider the meaning of the name Shatabishakh and get a a further insight of the energy that it transports.
The word Shatabishakh is an amalgamation of two words. Shata means a hundred, or hundreds, and Bishakh means healer. This is the constellation of healing power, as well as the remedies and tools of effecting healing.
This constellation is the hundred healers or the hundredfold healer. The hundred healers of Shatabishakh can just as well bring on a hundred ills, as they can a hundred healings. This Nakshatra can trigger the underworld shadows of the deep sedimentary emotional waters and cause them to surface.
Varuna is a good who holds the noose in his hand and captures the parts of us that escape vision. Varuna has the ability to see in the dark and encircle that which is out of sight. He has the power to teach us the mysteries of the sacred night forces by revealing the dark that lives within his darker skies.
When we come to healing, it is not always a sweet and joyful affair. The dental surgeon might lead to healthy teeth, but the iron implements might fist scour upon flesh and nerve!
Now let us conclude by considering that Varuna is described as the master healer who has hundreds of remedies at his disposal.
Tantra is healing, and healing is Tantra.