Bharani Nakshatra – 13° 20′ to 26° 40′ Aries

The second of the 27 nakshatras is named Bharani, which also resides entirely within the sign of Aries the Ram, ruled by Mars. The lunar mansion itself is ruled by Venus. Thus, a Mars/Venus interaction of energy is experienced by planets which inhabit or transit this asterism. The union of the feminine (Venus) and masculine (Mars) reflects the creative potential which is experienced here. Bharani is a conduit or channel for artistic gifts and talents. The symbol for this nakshatra is a yoni, the organ of female reproduction. A vessel made of clay (earthen ware) which serves to hold the creative forces is also depicted. The energy of Shiva’s wife, Shakti, resides here.

Bharani is formed by three faint stars in the sign of the Ram. Called Musca Borealis, it consists of the stars 35, 39, and 41 Arietis, which form a triangle. These stars are found north of the ecliptic above the tail of the Ram.

This lunar mansion is called “the star of restraint,” which reflects the sense of being entangled in the world of desires and illusions. Strong sexual desires may be experienced here due to the Venus/Mars influence. Bharani also means “bearing” or “she who bears,” which indicates the need -for forbearance, hard work and discipline. The animal symbol for this nakshatra is a male elephant, which reflects the ability to carry the burden of humanity. The social activist and philosopher Karl Marx had his natal Moon placed here.

The deity connected with this asterism is Yama, the god of death. He is the agent of lord Shiva. Yama means “the binder” and also refers to various yogic disciplines such as breath control, hatha yoga and meditation. Yama guides the soul to the astral plane, where it can experience the result of its karma from the present life and prepare for the life to come. Yama is a deity of sacrifice and discipline. Qualities of truthfulness, self-sacrifice, virtue and dharma are also present. Spiritual depth and yogic practices may be experienced through Bharani’s influence. Austerities may be needed to harness the primal creativity of this nakshatra. Bharani has the power to cleanse and remove impurities (apabharani shakti)1.

The Sun is in its exaltation sign of Aries when it is in this lunar mansion. If the Sun is placed in Bharani, it confers the qualities of leadership, authority and .power. The founder of psychoanalysis, SigmuncTTreud, had his Sun placed in this nakshatra. The person will have an active, pioneering and explorative nature. The primary motivation is artha (wealth, prosperity). Thus, the Sun abiding here can bring fame, success and riches.

The shadow side of Bharani is experienced as a sense of struggle and suffering. As mentioned previously, this is the “star of restraint.” It is a kmru (fierce or severe) nakshatra which can relate to imprisonment and other forms of confinement. A restless, irritable and impatient nature may be present. The person may be a moralist, judgmental, and carry everything to an extreme. Saddam Hussein has his Sun in Bharani. Pride, arrogance and resentment may be experienced. Indulgence in sexuality, vanity and narcissism can be observed here. Jack Nicholson has his Sun and Madonna her Mars in this asterism.

Bharani at a Glance .

Range: 13* 20′- 26’40’Aries
Symbol: Yoni (female sex organ)
Ruling Planet: Venus
Nature: Manushya (human)
Primary Motivation: Artha (wealth)
Animal Symbol: Male Elephant
Direction: West
Sounds: Li, Lu, Ley, Lo
Qualities: Rajas/Rajas/Tamas
Deities: Yama, the God of Death, Shakti
Ascendant in Bharani Famous People
Courageous, pioneering spirit George Lucas
Proud, confident, famous John Denver
Good health, vibrant Swami Muktananda
Help their friends and family Mia Farrow
Fond of family, but few Joe Pesci
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Moon in Bharani a t/i Famous People
Attractive, charismatic C.G. Jung, Karl Marx
Leadership, shine well in public life Elton John
Healthy, free from disease , oJ’w Li- Oliver Stone
Clever in doing their work, dutiful Edgar Cayce
Investigation into occult studies James Braha
Success through writing and publishing Carlos Castaneda
General betterment after 33 years of age Tonya Harding
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Sun in Bharani Famous People
Intelligent, tactful Sigmund Freud
Fame, respected Jack Nicholson
Wealth, creative nature Orson Welles, W.R. Hearst
Issues with anger and pride Saddam Hussein
Militant nature Rudolph Hess
Bharani Career Interests Health Issues
Publishers, writers Problems with
Film and music industry reproductive organs
Occultists, psychics, hypnotists Venereal disease
Astrologers, psychologists Face and eyesight problems
Entrepreneurs, business people Head injuries
Financial consultants
Lawyers
Building Contractors
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