~ Work in Progress ~
The Nakshatra Portrait series delves into the various physiognomic expressions and manifestations that represent the 27 lunar mansions of Vedic astrology. Each lunar mansion is associated with specific physical traits, and our physical appearance is believed to be shaped by this ancient astrological system. Through this portrait series, we are able to witness the profound interconnections between our physical being and the cosmic forces that surround us. Each portrait serves as a visual representation of the unique characteristics and energies of the lunar mansions, providing a window into the intricate tapestry of our existence. This exploration of physiognomy offers a deeper understanding of ourselves and our place within the cosmic order.
At the moment of conception, all genetic inheritances that will shape our lives, such as the color of our hair or a distinctive character trait, are already present. Just like these genetic traits, there are also non-genetic inheritances that are unique to each of us and play a significant role in shaping our individual paths. These non-genetic factors, which may include our upbringing, experiences, and the environment we grow up in, contribute to the formation of our specific journey in life. They influence our perspectives, values, and beliefs, ultimately defining who we are and how we navigate the world around us. Both genetic and non-genetic inheritances intertwine to create a complex tapestry of our identity, ensuring that each individual's path is truly one of a kind. (Sapphiro, 1991)
As there are physical characteristics attributed to each nakshatra, at gestation stage, we already attract the traits of the lunar mansion we are going to be born under. "Perhaps it is not the moment of birth that selects the future, but rather the future that selects the moment of birth." (Goodman, 1982)