The second of the twenty-seven Nakshatras is Bharani, which spans from 13°20′ to 26°40′ in Aries. The symbol for Bharani is Yoni, the female reproductive organ. Yoni is the upside-down triangle in the Yeshi-Yoni symbol (like the Star of David), which represents the spiritual union of Shiva-Shakti. Bharani represents Shakti, female creative power and energy. This Lunar Mansion is a creative channel, linking the Source and Cosmic Consciousness with the manifestation of human birth.
Bharani is ruled by Yama, the god of death, who presides over souls in-between incarnations, and thus is responsible for the seed of new life. This Nakshatra itself as Yoni carries this seed, or egg. The Golden Egg (Hiranyagarbha), also called the Golden Womb, is the Source of all in the Universe. Yama also helps our souls let go of attachments of previous lives so that our souls can once again be reborn.
The Guna of Bharani is Rajas with some tamasic tendencies. Its main motivation is Artha. Its influence is one of much activity and drive for material gain, sensual pleasures, and comfort, often in excess. This is reinforced by Venus, who is the ruling planet of Bharani, as well as the added influence and energy of Mars as the ruler of Aries. Saturn is debilitated in this Nakshatra. Saturn is the old wise man, slow, reserved, and deeply spiritual. He does not do well in the impulsive, youthful, material-driven Bharani.
There are two selves, the separate ego and the indivisible Atman. When one rises above I and me and mine, the Atman is revealed as one’s real Self. When all desires that surge in the heart, are renounced, the mortal becomes immortal.
– Yama, god of death, Katha Upanishad
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