Astrology & Sacred Sites: Shakti Peetha Shrines

Astrology & Sacred Sites: Shakti Peetha Shrines. On the astrogeography of the important Shakti Peetha Shrines in India places of female deities dedicated to healing, worship, self-finding, fullfillment and reconnection with the highest aspects of spirituality

Shakti Peethas are places of worship of consecrated ashes of the goddess Shakti or Sati, the female principal of Hinduism and the main deity of the Shakta sect. They can be found all over the indican subcontinent.

In geomancy the Shakti Peethas are  known for their energetically intense, healing and animating  impacts.  Shakti is usually defined as the  “female” aspect of Shiva.  Its polarity with the male aspect symbolized by the lingams is defined in such a way that shakti is the formless life energy that brings the “form” (lingam) to life.

The origin of the Shakti Peethas is decribed in the legend about the burning of Shivas`wife Sati.

The legend about the burning of Shiva`s wife Sati

The father of Shiva`s wife Sati was a son of Brahma named Daksha. Daksha hated Shiva for his superiority to Brahma or in other versions for being a yogi and outcast of society.  With a desire to take revenge on Lord Shiva Daksha planned to performa high hinduistic ritual inviting all the deities to the ritual except Shiva . The fact that Shiva was not invited enraged Sati. She expressed her desire to attend the yagna to Shiva, who tried his best to dissuade her from going. Shiva eventually relented and Sati went to the yagna. Sati, being an uninvited guest, was not given any respect at the yagna. Furthermore, Daksha insulted Shiva. Sati enraged and unable to bear her father’s insults toward her husband jumped into the sacred sacrificial fire and was burnt to death. 

Shiva Carrying Sati on His Trident, circa 1800
Shiva Carrying Sati on His Trident, circa 1800

Seeing this Shiva was so struck with pain and rage that he appeared at the site of the sacrifice in the form of the Virabhadra avatar destroyed the fire place and cut off Daksha `s head. Shiva was so furious that he didn’t stop fighting until the gods prayed to Vishnu for help.  Shiva picked up the remains of Sati’s body and performed the Tandava, the celestial dance of destruction, across all creation. In order to stop the destruction Vishnu used his weapon named the Sudarshana Chakra, which cut Sati’s corpse into pieces so that. the various parts of the body fell at several spots all through the Indian subcontinent and formed sites which are known as Shakti Peethas today. (read the wikipedia article)

The Site of the Daksha Yagna in Gemini with Scorpio

The site of Daksha Yagna the place chosen for the ritual  which ended in  the tragical suicide of Shiva`s wife Shakti  is called Ammarakkallu and identified as the Kottiyoor or Vadakkeshwaram Temple in Kerala,  South India.  The Kottiyoor Temple consists of two twin temples only separated by a river: Akkare Kottiyoor and Ikkare Kottiyoor. The main festival here is the Vysakha pilgrimage that lasts for 27 days.

The  Astrogeographic position of the site for morphogenetic field level 4 brings together practical air sign Gemini the  sign of twins, technology, practical magic, manipulation, spying , bridges and functionality. Gemini is the  12th sign and as such the 12 house sign from Shiva`s as well as Shakti`s own sign Cancer, indicating a site of the loss of control, exile and of one`s rights being neglected. The second coordinate lies in highly alert, defensive, hierarchical water sign Scorpio the sign of demons a sign which would normally be evaluated as naturally positive and supportive for Shiva.

The combination of air sign Gemini the sign of non belief and the thief and liar castes with Scorpio the sign of the robber castes and the realms of demons can be read here as the constellation of planned action or manipulation and also of a trap or ambush laid out for Shiva. The combination appears to be highly problematic for a particular type of gods anyway. Another god who seems to have suffered severely at a place in this constellation was greek god Uranus the greek god of the sky: The site of Uranus` castration at Petra Tou Romiou on the island of Cypros is located in the same constellation. The parallel between Uranus and Shiva lies in the role of being treated as outcasts here.

The Shakti Peetha Shrines in astrogeography

List of the astrogeographic positions of the more than 1200 year old 18 Maha Shakti Peetha Shrines from the Ashta Dasa Shakthi Peetha Stotram by Adi Shankara who lived between 788-820 CE.

The 18 Maha Shakti Peetha Shrines in Astrology
The astrogeographic positions of the 18 Maha Shakti Peetha Shrines 

The list of the astrogeographic positions of the Maha Shakti Peetha Shrines shows the two water signs Cancer and Pisces as their most frequent astrogeographic resonators.  The role of Cancer as the sign of motherhood, conception, pregnancy, the uterus, the vagina, caves, the moon, emotional roots, feeling at home and family life is an indicator for the important role of the Shakti Peetha shrines as sites of the worship and prayer to the earth mother for fertility and the support of family life and having children. At the same time Cancer represented also the most important resonator for the shrines of the male aspect of Hindu God Shiva the 12 Jyiotirlinga shrines. Read my blog about the Jyiotirlinga Shrines.

Astrohgeographic position of the 12 Jyotirlinga for morphogenetic field level 4
Astrogeographic position of the 12 Jyotirlinga for morphogenetic field level 4

The role of water sign Cancer

The Kamakhaya Mother Goddess Temple (Kamarupa Peetham) in Guwahati

For the relationship of temples of the mother godess located in Cancer with Scorpio to the topic of female sexuality and the vagina compare: Utroba Cave 3000 – year old Vagina or Womb Cave Temple.

The Kamakhaya Mother Goddess Temple or Karamurapa Peetham in Guwahati, Assam is one of the oldest, most famous and most important of the Shakti Peetha Shrines.

Kamakhya Temple Guwahati located in Cancer with Scorpio - only a small part of the west photo: Kunal Dalui, ccbysa3.0
Kamakhya Temple Guwahati located in Cancer with Scorpio – only a small part of the west  chamber of the temple is located in  Gemin photo: Kunal Dalui, ccbysa3.0

The Kamakhaya Mother Goddess Temple in Guwahati, Assam, India is considered to be one of the oldest of the Shakti Peethas. The main annual temple festival called Ambubachi Mela  is celebrated for one full lunar cycle of 28 days from around the middle of the month of June “as the celebration of the yearly menstruation course of goddess Kamakhya. It is believed that the presiding goddess of the temple, Devi Kamakhya, worshipped as the Mother Shakti, goes through her annual cycle of menstruation during this period of the year. It is also believed that during the monsoon rains the creative and nurturing power of the ‘menses’ of Mother Earth  becomes accessible to devotees at this site during the festival. There is no idol of the presiding deity in the temple but she is worshipped in the form of a yoni-like stone instead over which a natural spring flows”. (source: wikipedia article)

Astrogeographic position for morphogenetic field level 4 which describes the atmosphere of the temple itself: the shrine is located in female, emotional water sign Cancer together with highly defensive, mental water sign Scorpio. Cancer appears here as the sign of motherhood, conception, pregnancy, the uterus, vagina, caves, moon, emotional roots, feeling at home and family life.
Together with Cancer  Scorpio is on of the two most important indicators for caves in general.  Apart from that Scorpio suggests an emphasis on ritualistic worship and could  stand for the important role of sacrifice at the site particularly in ancient times. As the most important astrological indicator for death, demons, trauma, pain and revenge it also stands for the resonance with the topics of the intensely negative experiences of women in society through suppression, exploitation, rape, ritualistic burning and disrespect of their rights.  In this way Scorpio is the plausible indicator of the darker forms of the Mother Goddess here which are represented by Kali Devi and Tara Devi and others at the site (see the text below about the Mahavidyas).
At the Kamakhaya Mother Temple a large number of elements of the water sign Cancer can be observed: all elements of a temple for the earth mother, the caves below the temple building as the site of the sanctum sanctorum, the yoni (vagina) form of the shrine and the natural water spring. And the importance of the position of this particular temple in Cancer is of course further emphasized by its role among the 18 Maha Peetha Shrines as the yoni of the Mother Goddess Shakti.
At the same time the combination of Cancer with Scorpio is also a frequent astrogeographical constellation at important sites of resonance for the male aspetcs of Shiva like for example the source of the River Ganges or the site of the Kailashnath Mahadev Statue in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

Astrogeographic position for field level 3 which describes the larger area in which the Kamakhaya Mother Temple along with the other surrounding temples for the 10 Mahvidyas and other temples is embedded: solid, conservative, history-orientated earth sign Capricorn stands for the position on a mountain and movable air sign Gemini sign of learning, diversity, neutrality and road crossings stands for bringing all kinds of different aspects even conflicting ones together.

The 10 Mahavidyas Kali, Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshvari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi, and Kamala
The 10 Mahavidyas Kali, Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshvari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi, and Kamala

The 10 Mahavidyas are a group of ten aspects of the Goddess Shakti or Parvati the female aspect of Shiva in Hinduism. They are seen as Wisdom Goddesses representing a spectrum of feminine divinity, from the horrific goddesses at one end, to the gentle at the other. Their names are: Kali, Tara, Shodashi, Bhuvaneshvari, Bhairavi, Chhinnamasta, Dhumavati, Bagalamukhi, Matangi, and Kamala.

The role of water sign Pisces

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