Nakshatra Series – 11 – Rohini
Rohini, the seed of lunar energy, is represented in the celestial firmament by a very bright pale rose star in the constellation of Taurus. This star is known in modern astronomy as Alpha-Tauri (Aldebaran). Aldebaran is one of the brightest stars in the night sky, with a visual magnitude of 0.99. In fact this unique pale rose star can even be spotted in the evening sky. The ancient vedic seers revered this star because this was supposed to be the abode of Brahma and the Prajapatis
“Rohini” translates into – the “Reddish One” or the “Growing One”. The “one” here carries a feminine tone and can be read as “celestial woman”. The colour ‘Red’ evokes notions of warmth, passion and liveliness. The fact that in ancient cultures it was seen as the colour of abundance and prosperity, reveals some of the essential characteristics of Rohini. Its alternative names- Vidhi and Viranchi, a name which relates to Brahma (the Creator among the Trinity) – reveal more sides of this fascinating Nakshatra
Rohini’s main symbol is an Ox-Cart pulled by Two Oxen. Oxen have been used as fertility symbols by all ancient cultures. Even Taurus, the sign representing ‘bounties of the earth’, has a bull, ox or cow as its symbol. In countries like India, where Vedic civilization flourished, an ox cart was one of the only ways to transport various earth produces like crops over large distances. They serve the same function which trucks serve in the present day and age.
Just as the ox-cart carries the harvested and ready to use produce, Rohini is supposed to be the carrier of all the fruits of creation. Its relationship with the ox cart immediately suggests that it has a lot to do with all aspects of agriculture, cattle rearing and all other activities involving material produce. The “carrier” aspect of the ox-cart relates Rohini to all kinds of conveyances. An ox-cart is a very earthy symbol and as a matter of fact, Rohini is the most materialistic amongst the nakshatras. In ancient times ox-carts were the “wheels of commerce”. Thus in the present day and age, Rohini relates to all kinds of commerce and financial dealings.
All the qualities normally associated with oxen like steadiness, fixidity and ability to romp over anything which comes in its way, find expression through Rohini. As a result of the cart symbolism, Rohini relates to the ‘development of agriculture’ and therefore ‘civilization’ itself. All the qualities normally ascribed to the sign Taurus such as – earthiness, fixity, stability, creativity, productivity, material security, acquisitiveness, refinement, accumulating, luxury loving, indulgence, idealism in love, beauty and relationships – are mostly derived from Rohini’s essential qualities.
Deity: Brahma, the creator among the governing Trinity of the universe, is the main presiding deity of Rohini. There are only three nakshatras which have one Trinity as its main presiding deity. This says a lot regarding the importance of this Nakshatra, especially in regards to the affairs of Bhuloka [earthy plane of existence].
There are a lot of legends connecting Brahma to this Nakshatra. The main legend relates to an earlier point of time in the history of the universe, when Brahma, after creating a daughter named Rohini, fell in love with her. From the Vedic point of view, every constellation is seen as a feminine goddess entity. Rohini’s extraordinary charm and magnetism is made clear by the fact that Moon, whose duty is to spend only a certain amount of time with each of these feminine figures in his monthly travel through the zodiac, at one point, refused to leave Rohini’s abode. So it is not hard to see why Brahma fell for her and pursed her, despite the stigma attached with engaging in ‘cosmic incest’! However, he was stopped short in his chase by Shiva and had to be satisfied with just having the rulership of this Nakshatra.
From this story it is clear that Rohini is the most alluring amongst all nakshatras. Just as money in the present day world spins people around, Rohini makes people and even Gods chase after it in every which way possible. Rohini relates to the wish-fulfilling creative aspect of nature, embodied by goddesses of prosperity like Laxmi, the spouse of Vishnu. Due to its association with Brahma, it has the ability to create anything which constitutes ‘prosperity’ and ‘abundance’ on any plane of existence. All Brahma does is ‘create, create and create’ and the same is the case with Rohini. It is thus not hard to see that its services are much in demand in all the lokas [planes of existence]. Rohini is that important productive aspect of Maya [illusion], which keeps the game of life worth playing for those involved.
Nature and functioning: Rohini is the harbinger of agriculture and consequently ‘civilization’, as we understand it. It is a very productive Nakshatra which supports all types of growth. The growing of plants when we put seeds into the earth is a Rohini process. Rohini relates to the production of all types of amenities required for civilized living. When working through its higher plane, Rohini is only interested in use of products derived directly from nature. In its low aspect it indulges in all types of chemical, synthetic and man-made products. The evolved Rohini types are usually true environmentalists and conservationists, while the lesser evolved ones promote unwholesome products like those of present day cosmetic industry.
Rohini natives usually have large, clear and expressive eyes, refined feminine features, thick lower lip and a smiling countenance. They have a stable, earthy and well balanced way about them. They are as unresponsive to external stimuli as a cow. They only open up in extremely intimate situations. Their unflinching quality often comes out as stubbornness. Despite their calm exteriors, they can be very expressive with their voice and gestures. They can act well, whenever necessary. They are smooth talkers and have gentle, seductive mannerisms.
They seek attention and more often than not are able to get it. They are extremely popular within their social circle because of their charisma. They often use their charm and social ease for manipulating situations to shit their own ends. This is obviously a good thing if their personal ends are in line with universal ends, but when this is not the case, they can be the most self-serving of all people. It is very easy for them to gain the trust of others, and in the present day and age, this is often used to derive some sort of material benefit.
They are both sexually alluring and indulgent at the same time. On the whole they have simplistic personalities. This makes them appear dull and boring to those natives who are ruled by more complex nakshatras. In Kali-yuga they often turn out to the plain materialists and sensualists. Rohini natives are always very concerned about being constructively productive in one way or the other. They want to be of use to their home, community or the world in general depending upon their level of soul functioning. The essential fertile nature of Rohini helps them achieve their goals without much fuss.
Rohini always facilitates the materialization of one’s thoughts and desires. This ability to give expression to feelings and thoughts makes it artistic. Rohini is true patron of arts; and therefore the level of artistic sensibilities at any given point of time among the collective, defines the level where Rohini is working from. These days when standards in arts have declined to really putrid or abominable levels, one can easily see that Rohini is working through its lower, baser expression in the majority of the populace.
Rohini natives have a tremendous fixity of purpose and persevere until their will is done. They usually have strong family values and tend to support those within their close circle. It is not possible for those outside their inner circle to hold their attention for long as they are very quick to spot weakness in others. Despite their naturally fixed nature, they like to quickly flit trough people when it comes to social and communal interactions. When working through their lower natures, Rohini natives are cool and suave opportunists who have a knack for extracting favors and financial support from others.
Rohini natives are usually conservative to a degree, but at the same time are open to new influences. The word ‘conservative’ is used here in all its implications. The conservation part of their nature comes out strongly when it comes to preserving the body. Rohini is very strongly related to the life force within us. Most natives with prominent Rohini are usually very careful about their health and live up to a ripe old age. In younger souls Rohini can cause a fear of death and dislike for the ageing process. The mantra of Rohini is to create, create and create. Natives with Rohini connected to the fifth house in some form like to have lots of progeny.
Common English words like ‘robust’, ‘romantic’, ‘romeo’, ‘rosy’ seem to have the same root as the word ‘Rohini’. All these terms give us clues to Rohini’s functioning at different levels, especially in regards to the matter of enjoyment. Rohini is one of the most enjoyment-oriented Nakshatra’s. It believes in making the most of the good things in life.
In the universal scheme of things, Rohini relates to ‘rohana Shakti’ or the power to make things grow. Its symbolism has plants above and water below. This is obviously a representation of the fertility aspect of nature. Rohini is the force which makes possible the materialization of the astral impulses.