Bharani nakshatra is the second of the 27 lunar mansions and is located in Aries (13º20’ - 26º40’ Aries).
Bharani is ruled by Venus, while the sign Aries is ruled by Mars. So we have a Venus/Mars combination here. This makes Bharani a nakshatra of deep passion. It is also a nakshatra of dharma and transformation.
Venus holds the potential for new life. It carries the seeds of creation. This is reflected in the symbol of Bharani – a yoni, the female sex organ, representing fertility and rebirth.
Bharani is the creative force in action. Creativity needs a vehicle, and a potential new life needs to be carried and protected. Giving birth involves struggle and pain, which are also themes of this nakshatra.
Actualizing thoughts, ideas and ideals can be a struggle too. Their manifestation often takes self-sacrifice and discipline. This nakshatra is also referred to as “the star of restraint.”
Interestingly, the deity of Bharani is Lord Yama, the God of Death. Venus attracts the soul to earth but Lord Yama guides the soul back to the astral plane. In this way, Bharani tells us of birth, death, and rebirth.
A negative side of Bharani is the experience of struggle, confinement, anger, imprisonment and suffering. There can be impatience and restlessness. A moralistic and judgemental attitude can be found, but also the opposite; an indulgence in sexuality.
Bharani is also about discipline and dharma, as we have to face the consequences of our actions in the cycles of karma and reincarnation.
Lord Yama therefore also refers to yogic disciplines. He is both the God of death as well as the God of dharma.
Patanjali's 8 limbs of Yoga talks about Yama (restraint). Yama tells us that we need to control our negative and destructive tendencies. Niyama (observances) tells us of the things we should do.
Bharani nakshatra can express the qualities of truthfulness, self-sacrifice, cleansing, virtue and dharma.
Bharani can be a fighter in the cause of social justice and can be fierce when perceiving an injustice.
The Sun (Surya) represents both the ego and the Soul in an individual's chart.