Magha Nakshatra | The Branches of The Seed

Imagine a tiny seed. The seed dreams of one day becoming a tree. The seed, the future tree, arrives from a foreign shore and plants itself in the soil. Perhaps there was a gardener who took care of the seed. Perhaps the seed was left to its own devices and the elements of Nature.

A hundred and twenty years pass. The seed is now a tree. A tree with many branches. Some of those branches have died and fallen off. Some of those branches have borne fruit. Some of the new seeds–the dormant offspring of that tree–have gone on to have more offsprings who will have more offspring.

That is the story of creation and of procreation.

Magha Nakshatra has two symbols associated with it. The house and the palanquin. In a certain respect, a house is also like a palanquin. It moves from place to place. We do not always settle into the soil of our forebears. We carry them with and within us wherever we go.

The presiding deity of the Magha lunar mansion are the Pitrus: our forebears and ancestors. Magha is ruled by the Shadow Planet Ketu, which is also known as the South Node of the Moon.

Magha nakshatra is located in the sign of Leo and is ruled by the Sun. Ketu signifies the starting point of the journey of the soul into the world of physical matter. A journey that begins through the genes of our birth parents. Our birth parents, themselves, can be viewed either as a house or a palanquin. It can either be a temporary abode or a permanent fixture in the context of our lives.

In the Western world, this nakshatra, this star, is known as Regulus. It is the brightest object in the constellation of Leo and is one of the brightest stars in the night sky, lying approximately 79 light years from the Sun. Regulus appears singular, but is actually a quadruple star system composed of four stars that are organised into two pairs. The traditional name Regulus is Latin for ‘prince’ or ‘little king’.

The mission of Magha–which is the mission of one’s forebears–is to guide their descendants onto the right path and towards their soul mission on planet earth. They will only intervene if one deviates from that path. Ancestral groups, much like any other group, possess a collective soul mission.

When the natural qualities of Ketu combine with Sun, the ruler of Leo, this will define and reinforce the birthright of a particular individual or select few individuals among all their descendants. When it comes to succession, a choice and a decision is always made regarding who will succeed and who can and should lead.

The home can be one’s castle and the palanquin can represent the movement away or the eventual return towards one’s roots. Those with planets or placements under this nakshatra can, however, be reluctant to lead or succeed their forebears.

If the archetype of the hero’s journey is anything to go by, then the hero is most likely a dark horse, someone that no one would ever have expected. It is the prodigal son or daughter who returns after exile to reclaim the birthright that was always theirs.

The word magha means power and it also means ‘gift’. The meaning of Magha is then a throne: a realisation of the potential power that one has inherited from their forebears. This word pitru means father or fathers. It specifically refers to an individual’s patrilineal lineage which goes all the way back to the dawn of time. If you have an ancestor as a spirit guide, you have most likely been chosen as the person or one of the few persons in your generation to continue the family birthright.

In addition to bestowing their blessings on ‘the chosen one’, the other role of the pitrus is to condemn. They are there to criticise, deplore and condemn descendants who have strayed from their soul mission and the contract that they made with God vis-a-vis their ancestors before they were born.

In Magha, the ancestors are mainly concerned with sustaining and carrying forward the evolutionary purpose and impulse of one’s genetics. The ancestors’ role here is thus to overcome the various obstacles that are faced to fulfil this particular dharma.

Pitrus are not Gods or God. They are often portrayed as inhabiting a world in between God, Deities and humans. Why are they selected, or why have they been chosen to be your spirit guide?

There is something in this seed that was planted a long time ago that has recreated itself inside you. And for some reason or another, the mission to be fruitful has landed on your head… Whether you wanted it or not, well, it seems it was never for us to decide…


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