Summary of the Lunar Mansions

The First Group

This is the development of the desire to understand oneself. First one is conceived (Ashvinii), then developed with difficulty in the womb (Bharanii), then is born and cut from the mother (Krittika), then one enjoys growth (Rohini), then one starts to look for a purpose (Mrigashiirzha), which becomes confusing and chaotic (Ardra), before one finally sets a firm aim (Punarvasu), attains the goal (Pushya), and develops self-mastery (Ashlesha).

The Second Group

The previous self-mastery attained gives one access to deep and ancient powers (Magha). Initially one simply enjoys the fruits of such power (P.Phalguni), but then one enjoys sharing the fruits of power with others (U.Phalguni). One evolves further to realize that power is not merely for enjoyment but for proper direction. One begins to attempt to control and direct others (Hasta). One realizes this requires a complex and well developed blueprint (Chitra). You then set out on your own path to follow your own plan of how to best use your powers (Swati). You are extremely intent on obtaining the goal of this plan (Vishakha), but soon realize that a gentler, more devotional approach to power is far more enjoyable and effective (Anuraadhaa). You then achieve the mastery of power, and are capable of fully protecting others with it (Jyeshtha).

The Third Group

Having mastered yourself and your powers, you now seek the ultimate purpose of both. It begins with chaotic digging in search for the roots of meaning (Moola). This is soon followed by recuperation and the creation of a better strategy (P.Ashadha). You then ride out to use the improved tools of your new strategy for discovering true meaning (U.Ashadha). You learn to maintain and persevere by listening to wise advice along the way (Shravana). This brings you an early victory. As a result of discovering deep meanings you become even more powerful and wealthy – and this distracts you from your true goal (Dhanishtha). Soon you realize the emptiness of these material side effects and you abandon them, returning to your true quest for meaning (Shatabhisha). You seek to destroy your material self (P.Bhadrapaada), and then seek to understand your deep non-material self (U.Bhadrapaad). Finally you attain the true divine opulence of complete mastery of life’s meaning (Revati).

– Vic DiCara
© 2010 Vic DiCara, All Rights Reserved