14 – #CHITRA
‘The Star of Opportunity’
to 6º39 #Libra)
Om Shree Chitra #Nakshatra
“Punya Cayani Shakti”
To Accumulate Merit in Life
Translated as the “bright” or “brilliant” one Chitra represents the divine spirit or spark within each of us. This illuminated brilliance brings skill and a high degree of creative ability. Having a natural eye for aesthetics and form, Chitra people have the innate ability to construct and create things of beauty and functionality. They can also be very charismatic and have dynamic personal charm as they can be excellent conversationalists constructing beautiful and attractive images with their words. They have a high degree of virtue and integrity and like to follow the righteous path and wish to create things that will do good in the world. There is a tendency to be self-centered as they believe that their way is the highest alignment with natural law and are prepared to speak out for what they think is right.
Those born with moon in Chitra begin life with mechanical and physical influence of Mars. From the early beginnings of life these people are aware there is more to life than meets the eye. The Mars influence gives them courage to express their potential at any cost allowing them to develop their skills without holding back. The outgoing nature is infused in their pyschy from early on giving an outgoing charismatic magnetic personality.
Muhurta – Day to Day
Mridu – Soft, Friendly
Auspicious Activities: Health & body improvement measures; Buying new clothes and wearing them; Fixing up the home; Home designing; Any activity related to Arts & Crafts, Creative Activity in General; Any type of mechanical activities; Good for giving Performances; Putting on gemstones and jewelry for the first time; Decorative Activities; Good for spiritual practices like visualizations; All issues relating to the opposite sex; Good for collecting herbs and preparing medicines; Good for all activities requiring Charisma, elegance & personal charm.
Inauspicious Activities: Unfavorable for direct confrontation; Marriage; Unfavorable for activities which require getting to the root of things; Bad for investigative activities as illusions are strong.
Vishvakarma ( #Tvashtar
The Celestial Architect
Indra Breaks into Tvashtar’s House
“Tvashtar kept the ambrosia of the gods, soma, in his house for the purpose of giving it to Indra. Once Indra killed Tvashtar’s son in order to take Tvashtar’s cows. Tvashtar got angry and would not let Indra enter his house to get the soma. Indra broke in to Tvashtar’s house and took the ambrosia by force. –James Kelleher, Path of Light Volume 1
This unfortunate story shows the ability of Chitra types to stand up to unlawful types. Even though Indra ruled over Tvashtar he still drew a line in the sand and would not stand for the injustice. It shows the character and integrity in their personalities to do what is right no matter the chain of command.
“Vishvakarma Curses his Daughter
“Vishvakarma’s daughter, Chitrangada, was once bathing a river, when a young and handsome prince came down to the river. It was love at first sight. So in spite of the advice of her servants, she let the prince seduce her. When Vishvakarma found out, he cursed his daughter saying, “Because you have swerved from the path of righteousness, you will hot have a husband or a child in your lifetime.” With this the Saraswati River rose up and dragged the prince a long way down the river. When this happened, Chitrangada fainted. When she awoke, she jumped into the river and was swept away. The current carried her deep into the forest. A celestial being who was traveling through the sky saw Chitrangada and asked her what she was doing in the middle of such a dangerous forest. When she told him, he told her to go to a certain temple and seek help from the presiding deity. She did this, and as soon as she was finished with her oblations, a hermit who knew the mantras of Samaveda came to her and asked her what happened. When she told him, the hermit got angry and cursed Vishvakarma saying, “Let Vishvakarma, who has behaved in such a cruel way toward his own daughter, become a monkey!” For this reason, Vishvakarma spent hundreds of years as a huge monkey, making mischief in the forests. After many adventures and a great deal of mischief, Vishvakarma was allowed to regain his original form on the condition that he first father a son by a celestial nymph name Ghrtaci. He gladly obeyed and had a son, Nala. Nala was later the monkey who built the bridge to Lanka which helped Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu) retrieve Sita and slay Ravana, thus re-establishing dharma.”
This story shows how the sense of righteousness in Chitra individuals can take the form of self-righteousness as they follow the form of right and wrong and miss the spirit of the truth.
Creating Art by Environmental Effects
In this meditation, The Architect, the mantra calls upon the Sun (Raa) and the Moon (Maa) and then alchemizes them (RaaMaa) and then projects this balanced vision into the form of the 5 elements (Panch Shabd ‘Sa Ta Na Ma’). The prayer mudra also balances the hemispheres of the brain allowing for a aesthetic yet functional creation.
Posture and Mudra – Sit cross-legged, spine straight. The palms are together in prayer pose at the heart center. Eyes are close focusing at the 3rd eye. Inhale deeply and chant on a single breath:
Raa Raa Raa Raa
Maa Maa Maa Maa
Raamaa Raamaa Raamaa Raamaa
Saa Taa Naa Maa
To Finish – Inhale deeply and hold the breath and press the palms together strongly. Exhale. Repeat 2 more times and relax
“This meditation will keep the balance of boundaries and focus as resources and recognition pour in. It keeps you centered under the polarities and vectors of contention that come with any significant project in life. It also increase creativity of the archetypal masculine/feminine mix.” –The Mind by Yogi Bhajan