Happy New Year 2011!
2011 begins with a waning Moon in Scorpio, its sign of debilitation. Under the influence of this emotional Moon, New Years celebrations may have been volatile as issues of anger, control,and jealousy may have bubbled to the surface. Or the bubbly might have triggered relationship drama, or unexpected and impulsive intimacy. However, quiet moments of deep reflection may have been more powerful than expected. It was a great night to reflect and perform ritual. Scorpio is ruled by Mars which gives courage, drive and great devotion to the Moon, especially in the 17th nakshatra of Anuradha. The symbol of this nakshatra is the lotus flower.
Just as the roots of a lotus are buried in the mud, they must grow and push the stem up through the water, in order to release the delicately scented flower above the water to bask in the sunlight. This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment. Thus Anuradha promises to bring the flowering of consciousness out of the challenges of the murky material world.
Anuradha is comprised of a group of stars that resembles a staff or row of offerings to the Gods. Symbolism of the staff dates all the way back to ancient times in which a staff was used by shepherds to guide their flock. It is a symbol of authority and in some cultures of travel. A row of offerings speaks to this nakshatra's ability to inspire deep devotion and worship, radhana shakti. Anuradha is called the "star of success" and grants success especially in foreign lands. The residing deity is Mitra who is the god of contracts, friendship, and cooperation. He is one of the Adityas or 12 Solar deities and is thematically related to Mithra, Christ, the future Buddha, and the Maitreya. In the Vedic hymns, Mitra is often invoked together with Varuna, the lord of the cosmic rhythm of the celestial spheres. Mitra brings forth the light at dawn. Another deity associated with Anuradha is Radha, the consort of Krishna who represents the feminine manifestation of the divine. It is believed that Krishna enchants the world, but Radha enchants him and is thus the supreme goddess of all.
This "star of success" has the ability to create and maintain friendships, and recognition can be attained through cooperation with others. This power of manifestation and group effort may be connected to the ruling planet of this nakshatra, Saturn. At the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve Saturn was rising on the horizon in the sign of Virgo. New Years charts always have Virgo rising at midnight, and Saturn has been transiting there for the past two years casting a somber glance during that time period. But Virgo may also be the location of the Grand Universal Center or Universal Tree which appears to be located in a plane perpendicular to our Milky Way home.
Mayan Calendar scholars like Carl Calleman suggest that a universal alignment is in process caused by evolutionary waves emanating from the center of the universe. Saturn may also be acting as a gate keeper for these energy waves streaming from this central axis. This New Years chart is intriguing as Saturn is the planet of manifestation and completion; and its presence on the horizon at our secular New Year is may indeed be signaling the last step in this evolutionary pyramid. Saturn aspects the Moon in Anuradha which falls in the third house of the New Year chart along with Mercury, the planet that rules communication. Thus we may see some communication come in from a variety of extraterrestrial, galactic, or universal sources.
Anurada contains three stars in the body of Scorpio near the closest known star to our solar system, Alpha Centauri which has been the focus of a lot of recent astronomical research for an earth-like planet. Back in 1999 scientists began sending detailed interstellar messages from earth out into stars. Some believe the Chilbolton crop circle was an early response.
In April 2007 the discovery of first exoplanet, Gliese 581 was announced. Since then hundreds more have been found. During 2010 scientists found more than 100 new planets — more than ever before. And a few of the planets look enticingly like our own warm and comfortable Earth. The public interest in finding a new Earth has grown due to programs like Planet Hunters that recruit ordinary citizens and their computers to crunch numbers on a massive scale processing stellar data for NASA.
In October 2008, members of the networking website Bebo beamed A Message From Earth, a high-power transmission at Gliese 581 c, using the RT-70 radio telescope belonging to the National Space Agency of Ukraine. Some folks believe the Norway Spiral was a spectacular response to that message, and the nakshatra Anuradha was a powerful theme also involved in that phenomenon.
The Russians appear to be first in line for extraterrestrial contact. There has been a lot of speculation that the Russians have been communicating and working with aliens already. As Alfred Lambremont Webre discussed in his latest article in the Seattle Examiner UFOs are appearing in Russia skies and may confirm Stanley A Fulham’s predicted UFO wave for the end of January 2011? The 2011 New Years chart confirms this possibility.
According to Vedic astrologer Prash Trivedi Anuradha is also the nakshatra presiding over numerology and is known as the decoder of the secrets of the universe. Thus the 17th nakshatra provides a key to unlocking mysteries. In tarot the 17th major arcana card is the Star card which is connected to the sign of Aquarius, and like Anuradha is ruled by Saturn.
The Star is a card that looks to the future. It suggests clarity of vision and spiritual insight. With cosmic waters to quench the Querent's thirst, it provides a guiding light to the future.
May this New Year bring clarity and insight to all, so we may ride the celestial wave into the future with hope and love.