Magha – The Power Mansion
- Sidereal Location: 00:00°-13:20° in Leo.
- Tropical Location: 24:00° in Leo to 07:20° in Virgo.
- Corresponding Fixed Stars: Regulus, aka α Leonis.
- Ruler: Ketu, Pitris – The Forefathers\Ancestral Spirits.
- Nature: Tamasic
- Motive: Artha (livelihood)
- Activity: Active
- C\M\D: Creation
- A\P\M: Mineral
- Elements: Water, kapha
- Qualities and Direction: Fierce and cruel, downwards
- Sex, Species and Caste: Laborer, demon, rat, male
- Special Power: The ability to leave the body while still alive.
- Main themes: Social status, dynasties, legacies and inheritance, titles and nobility, funerals and wakes, ceremonies and offerings for the dead.
- Appropriate activities: Memorials, funerals and wakes, visiting cemeteries, rituals and offerings for the dead, assault and aggression, ambush and betrayal, murder and assassination, poisoning and pest control, arson and incineration, hypnosis and psychotherapy, black magick, animal training, military training, horror movies, digging ditches, trenches, foundations and wells, tunneling and mining, laying infrastructure.
The Magha (wealth, power, reward) gets its name from its symbol, the royal throne, and even in the west its corresponding star is Regulus, the star of royalty. The deities of this mansion are the Pitris, the spirits of forefathers who have yet to undergo reincarnation, and this is why this mansion is associated with everything related to heritage, dynasties, nobility and titles inherited from generation to generation.
In the mythological story of Karna, one of the heroes of the Mahabharata, it is told that when he died and went to the afterlife, he received gold and jewelry on his plate instead of food. When he asked why, he was told that all his life he gave gold and jewelry as charity to the poor, yet because he was adopted he never offered food sacrifices to his ancestors and hence must stay hungry as well. Moreover, because he was adopted he was part of the laborers caste, even though in reality he was the legitimate heir to the throne. This mythological parable emphasizes the connection of this mansion to rituals and offerings for the dead and to the preservation of the family legacy. A great example of this mansion’s symbolism can be found in the chart of Alexander III of Macedon (Alexander the Great), who had the Sun, Venus and Ketu in this mansion. However, the legacy this mansion represents doesn’t have to be familial, as can be seen in the chart of Yogananda, who had both his moon and his ascendant in this mansion, and whose legacy was bringing yoga to the west.
Purva Phalguni – The ‘Initial Blush’ Mansion
- Sidereal Location: 13:20°-26:40° in Leo.
- Tropical Location: 07:20°-20:40° in Virgo.
- Corresponding Fixed Stars: Chertan and Zosma, aka δ and θ Leonis.
- Ruler: Venus, Bhaga – The husband god\god of patronage.
- Nature: Rajasic
- Motive: Kama (Pleasure)
- Activity: Balanced
- C\M\D: Maintenance
- A\P\M: Plant
- Elements: Water, Pitta
- Qualities and Direction: Fierce and cruel, upwards
- Sex, Species and Caste: Priest, human, rat, female
- Special Power: The ability to produce through intercourse and union.
- Main themes: Partying and fun, luxury and pampering, dating and sex, playboy lifestyle, festivals and weddings, wealth and resources, egoism and selfishness, exclusivity and elites.
- Appropriate activities: Business and sales, dating and sex, making and wearing jewelry, assault and aggression, ambush and betrayal, murder and assassination, poisoning and pest control, arson and incineration, hypnosis and psychotherapy, black magick, animal training, military training, horror movies, building elevators, towers and skyscrapers, constructing aircraft and balloons, placing poles, antennae and flags.
The Purva (Initial) Phalguni (reddening\blushing\succulent) lunar mansion gets its name both from its symbol, the front part of a hammock or a bed, and from its deity Bhaga, the hindu version of the Canaanite Baal, the husband\owner\penetrator. One of the main themes of this mansion is the wedding, which includes the party, the dowry and of course the wedding night. Despite these, this mansion has quite a bit of a dark side and is even considered one of the cruel mansions. And if we look at its symbolism, that same exclusive possession of wealth requires selfishness for keeping it to ourselves, and even marriage requires selfishness and exclusivity for the partners to belong to each other and no one else.
In the mythological story of Arjuna, one of the heroes of the Mahabharata who was born under this mansion and was sometimes called Phalguna, he once refused to sleep with a beautiful nymph and in retaliation she cursed him to spend a year as a eunuch. This parable is great for reminding us that luxury and comfort subdue our courage and initiative, make us stagnate in our comfort zone and become a gilded cage.
Uttara Phalguni – The ‘Conclusive Blush’ Mansion
- Sidereal Location: 26:40° in Leo to 10:00° in Virgo.
- Tropical Location: 20:40° in Virgo to 04:00° in Libra.
- Corresponding Fixed Stars: Denebola, aka β Leonis.
- Ruler: Sun, Aryaman – The god of partnerships.
- Nature: Rajasic
- Motive: Moksha (liberation)
- Activity: Balanced
- C\M\D: Destruction
- A\P\M: Animal
- Elements: Fire, vata
- Qualities and Direction: Fixed, downwards
- Sex, Species and Caste: Warrior, human, cow, female
- Special Power: The ability to give prosperity through marriage.
- Main themes: Mediation and matchmaking, marriage and family, partnerships and agreements, friendship and support, sharing and teamwork.
- Appropriate activities: Business and sales, dating and sex, making and wearing jewelry, sowing and planting, music and art, engagements and marriage, beginning construction, digging ditches, trenches, foundations and wells, tunneling and mining, laying infrastructure.
While its predecessor, the “initial blush” mansion mainly dealt with the wedding and the wedding night, this mansion focuses on their results such as marital life, children and common property. The symbol of this mansion, the back part of a bed or a hammock, emphasize that couples share not only the bed itself, but for better or for worse everything in and around it, and that’s the main theme of Uttara Phalguni. The deity of this mansion, Aryaman, the god of partnership and marriage, further reinforces that symbolism.