In the days of yesteryear, Vega was the pole star, and Abhijit nakshatra was counted among the nakshatras for both electional astrology and timing of events. In this month, the Moon will formally transit Abhijit on 27 November.
Abhijit Nakshatra - 6°40" to 10°53"20 of Capricorn
Abhijit Nakshatra starts from the last pada (quarter) of Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra and it extends up to 1/15th part of Shravana Nakshatra. It lies between 276 degrees 40 minutes to 280 degrees 53 minutes 20 seconds. The major portion of Abhijit Nakshatra lies in Capricorn.
Abhijit means "Victorious" or "the One who cannot be defeated". In the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna said that He was Shiva among Rudras; He was Arjuna among Pandava and He was Abhijit among Nakshatras. All these statements underline the importance of Abhijit. Classical vedic texts mention Abhijit as one of the most auspicious times for commencing important activity except travel in the southern direction. The deity is Lord Brahma. Many panchangams give details of 28 minutes before and 28 minutes after 12:00 clock (a.m. and p.m. both) and call this time Abhijit Muhurta.
Rare is the child born under Abhijit Nakshatra. Ancient sources give:
One will be highly learned and famous. They are respected by the society and live like royalty. One generally acquires top most position no matter where they work or they will have an independent profession and will be among leaders. They will be inclined towards the occult. General health may not be good - particularly during childhood - and parents may suffer or worry on account of this child. Marital life is ordinary and the one with Moon in Abhijit Nakshatra generally marries between 23 to 25 years
The normal distribution of the panchangam has 27 nakshatras and every now and then, like the leap year, puts in the 28th nakshatra to make everything balance, from an astronomy point of view - calculations called "intercalary"... to make the lunar year balance and add up, properly.
So Abhijit is included in most months for about 2 - 7 hours instead of the traditional 13°20 arc of a sidereal or tropical sign as most nakshatras do possess. Abhijit is normally used for timing purposes and not for horoscope predictions.
A quick check does show that the moon will be transiting Abhijit on 27 November 2014 in many places, but what does this portend? If you want to start something new, it is a spiritual matter and you follow dharma in this matter, then you would check the yoga of the day, (Vriddhi-accomplishment), the paksha, (shukla, bright half), all looking good, and actually, quite an auspicious time for starting an important project.
It is said that all the nakshatras in the constellations are feminine in nature and "wives" of the Moon. Abhijit nakshatra is the only nakshatra told to be masculine in nature. The balance of masculine and feminine in all forms is integral, and essential. It is the very nature of our 3D reality and all higher dimensions.
On the surface, modern culture is essentially dysfunctional and it takes both creativity and courage to find balance and live from that place of balance. Modern life is faced with many influences and mass movements. Group minds, cultural influences and the techo-maya of the 21st Century has created a civilisations where minds move too fast, we never slow down and in fact, for many, the last thing they do at night and first thing in the morning is to check their smart-phone for messages. See how the modern techno-babble has taken over?
Here's proof... ...
She went to sleep with the phone under the pillow. It caught fire.
In fact, given the intense pressures of this technological age, balance is crucial to the spiritual journey for without it we cannot find our way through the maze of Maya (the illusions of this world) and more particularly, the messages of the keepers and tellers of the stories of our age, the advertisers and movie moguls. They engage us in technologically generated mass hypnosis that decides what the masses eat and drink - and where they will eat and drink - and much of this is destructive of family time and personal health. We need to find space.
Finding space in this time of hurry, worry, curry is an inner challenge. Our consciousness is trained to follow customs and procedures like clockwork and run to schedule. Schedules are necessary, yes, but they should not own us; we should own our time, our consciousness, our choices. We can turn to auspicious times like the monthly intercalary observance of Abhijit Nakshatra in order to take space, create our own paths towards consciousness, responsibility and self-determination. We can take auspicious times like this
The journey of a seeker requires a different attitude toward the world and its challenges than that of most people. If you are reading this, then you are striving to live upward in consciousness regardless of the spiritual tradition or path you have chosen.
And a central question for any spiritual seeker (i.e., you) living in the midst of such techno-babble is how do you obtain balance? How do you live upward when so much of the world seems to be meaningless chatter on social networking forums, alarums and disastrous events on the 24 hour news cycles, and a loss of intimacy as people network using their own digital devices?
conversation breaks down; personal relations are losing something ...
Sacred Time and its uses
We turn our attention to the lunar year in order to understand why there is this facilitation of Abhijit. The Moon requires 27 days 7 hrs. and 38 min to complete a transit of the sidereal zodiac. The Vedic seers devised a wonderful way to accommodate this additional time of 7 hr 38 minutes by defining an extra nakshatra called 'Abhijit', which was used to define spirituality or Vishnu. The muhurta associated with this nakshatra rules at midday and all evils are destroyed. The Sun at midday, in any sign, is in the tenth house and hence, this nakshatra was placed in Capricorn, the tenth house of the natural zodiac between the 21st Nakshatra Uttara Ashadha and the next Shravana.
The span of Abhijit was defined as comprising the last quarter (3 degrees 20') of Uttara Ashadha and the first one-fifteen the part ( 0 degrees 53'20") of Shravana. Thus, the Span is 4 degrees 13'20" from Capricorn 6 degrees 40' to 10 degrees 53'20". This gives the 28 Nakshatra. All time is sacred time; it simply depends on the use to which we put our time and our presence to whatever we apply ourselves to. Our presence may be one of integrity - that is, unity of thoughts, words and actions. Our presence may also be one of boundaries, accountability and personal responsibility to ourselves and our environment. It may be meet and fitting to use the forthcoming intercalary time of Abhijit Nakshatra profitably for the welfare of the world (loka sevanam) and perhaps, our own spiritual advance. We may make the time sacred by declining to be distracted by technology, and instead, offer a prayer for the welfare of the world and all that live in it. As all projects commenced during Abhijit Nakshatra have auspicious outcomes, we may also then add to our own progression into the 4th and 5th Dimensions by such profitable use of time.
Of course, as Cosmic Sai Baba so often says, "it is up to you, it is your choice" ... so you who read this are one such spiritual seeker, with jnanindriyas, the inner instruments of action within the mind; you may make that choice for your own progress and that of all who live on our Earth in all the dimensions.
The Sun distributes energy to all forms of life - conscious and unconscious - on this planet.