The fourth of the 27 Nakshatras is Rohini, which spans from 10° to 23°20′ in Taurus. Rohini रोहिणी, meaning red, refers to the red giant star known today as Aldebaran, the brightest star in Taurus. “Red” aptly symbolizes the passion, sensuality, worldly pleasures, and desires when under the impulse of this Nakshatra, which is reinforced by material and sensual Venus, the ruler of Taurus.
The ruling planet of Rohini is the Moon, in Hindu mythology called Chandra or Soma, a male deity. The Moon is married to the 27 Nakshatras, and Rohini is his favorite. However, the other wives became jealous and complained, so Brahma cursed the Moon so that he would lose his power (waning cycle), but be allowed to regain it (waxing cycle) repeatedly. When the Moon is bright and full, he is showing his attachment to matter, infatuation, and earthly pleasures and illusions.
Material pleasures, sensual attachments, earthly desires, and illusions are also an influence of Rohini’s main Guna: Tamas, however those born under its influence need to experience engagement in the material and worldly life as part the soul’s growth process. Rohini’s main Purushaartha is Moksha, which can drive one to be attached to or highly passionate towards a spiritual quest or transcendental experience. The ruling deity for Rohini is Brahma the Creator, and the symbol is the chariot, which carries the seeds of creative potential. Rohini’s influence gives a quality of newness to all experiences with a desire to experience ever more. Much of this Nakshatra is concerned with the material matters of life, but with the intention to provide experiences and potential for the soul to grow.
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