Today the first images of the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way were released over many internet outlets. We are interrupting our Saturn series to share some thoughts gleaned from various teachings and observations.
As recently as the 1920’s most astronomers believed that the galaxy encompassed the entire universe. The common acceptance of it as being part of reality beyond the solar system occurred in the late 18th century. Prior to that the sun was generally believed to mark the center of creation.
The significance of these dates for me is their relationship to the assignment of the lunar constellations by ancient sages, called Rishis, more than 5000 years ago in a region of the Himalayan foothills in the northwest part of India’s Peninsula.
These sages closely observed nature in all her aspects, seeking patterns between the movements of the elements and the behaviors of living beings. Marking the seasonal relationship of Sun and Earth, the tidal effects of the Moon as it waxed and waned, the rise and fall of rivers, life cycle of plants and animals, and on a subtler level, the coincidental and concurrent relationships between observed natural phenomena and human behavior on the individual and group level.
For millennia these observations were collected and codified, first as an oral tradition passed down through stories, myths, and legends, and eventually as texts. We know these today as the Vedas, the Upanishads, the great epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata, and the code for daily living—the Bhagavad Gita.
The Rishi Sri Parashara (teacher), collected all the teachings of astronomical concurrence in a text called Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra. Here we find the basis of modern Vedic Astrology or Jyotish.
What is particularly relevant today is the system of Lunar Constellations, 27 signs contained adjacent to or within the 12 solar signs. Each of these has a number of symbols and qualities attached that bring depth and clarity to the energetic forms attending the solar zodiac.
The Galactic Center is found in the sign of Sagittarius. This is a mutable fire sign, the fire that burns away the old world and makes way for a new one. This seems particularly appropriate for the Galactic Center, the black hole at the heart of our galaxy that annihilates all matter down to the level of bits of information under unimaginable heat and pressure, only to eject powerful energy waves back from oblivion and into the living universe for the formation of new stars and planets.
Of greater interest are the two Nakshatras closest to the center which is in the very early degrees of Sagittarius. Visually it is found in the space between the stars forming the end of Scorpio and the beginning of Sagittarius.
At the the end of Scorpio we find the 18th Nakshatra, called Jyestha. Jyestha is known as the chief or elder star, the senior, the most praiseworthy. Being so close to the seat of the greatest concentration of creative and destructive forces in the galaxy, this seems fitting. Next to it, and actually encasing Sagittarius A, massive black hole, millions of times more massive than our Sun, is Mula.
Mula is called the foundation or root Star. It has the power to destroy by breaking apart anything that it touches, as does the black hole. The purpose of this destruction is to find the source of all creation. When one considers this location was named in this manner with these qualities millennia before modern science identified even what a galaxy was, let alone located the center or even hypothesized about black holes, it brings a real sense of awe to the wisdom of the Rishis.
There is no need to force any conclusions on this. We are part of this process of creation, travel in cycles of annihilation and rebirth, and if we can learn to appreciate this miracle on a universal level as a connected community, we may receive the full bounty of our place in the universe, on a green planet filled with evolving life.