Nakshatras in Vedic Astrology

Nakshatras in Vedic Astrology

Nakshatras in Vedic Astrology

The Vedic Astrology, ancient form of Astrology sees the Zodiac divided into 27 Nakshatras. Actually speaking, there are 28 Nakshatras, the 28th one being the Abhijit Nakshatra. Each Nakshatra covers 13 degrees and 20 minutes as part of zodiac spread of 360 degrees. The first in position is the Ashwini Nakshatra followed by Bharni and so on.

Each Nakshatra carries a significance in Vedic Astrology and the Vimshotri Dasha which is the 120 year long planetary transit cycle is dependent on the Birth Nakshatra, which is the Nakshatra where Moon is located at the time of birth. Now let us begin our journey to know about the various Nakshatras in detail.        


0° to 13° 20’ Aries

The first of the 27 lunar mansions is called ashwini, which resides entirely with the sign of Aries the Ram, ruled by Mars. The nakshatra itself is ruled by Ketu, the South Node of the Moon. Thus, a Mars /Ketu, mixture of energy is experienced by planets which inhabit it. Dynamism, tenacity, fierce activity and a thirst for life are reflected by this combination of forces. Consciousness is associated with this the awakening of this nakshatra is a horse’s head. It consists of three stars in the head of the Ram constellation.

The power and stamina of the horse as well its “headstrong” nature are found within this asterism. The grace and beauty of a horse in flight may be witnesses through ashwini

A playful and childlike nature can also be experienced through ashwini. A dauntless spirit that likes to explore new lands may be observed. Ashwini is an excellent constellation for the Moon to reside in when starting a journey.

The Sun is exalted in this nakshatra. There is, therefore, a thirst for leadership, authority and honor associated with Ashwini. The great Hindu deity Shiva is said to inhabit this lunar mansion. The primary motivation of this nakshatra is the principle of dharma or righteous deed and activity. Law, duty, religion, and ethical conduct are emphasized. Ashwini is considered a laghu nakshatra which is light and swift.

Ashwini has the power to quickly heal and reach thing (shidhra vyapani Shakti). The Ashwins can beinvoked to bring about healing and rejuvenation of the body, mind and spirit. They are known as the “physicians of the Gods.”

The Ashwins can assist in childbirth, restore youth to the old and even life to the dead. The Ashwins are force of prana, or life force, which is quick in its action to stimulate, help and initiate a new level or healing.

The shadow side of ashwini is impulsiveness, aggression, a stubborn and arrogant nature. Adolf Hitler had his exalted natal Sun placed in Ashwini. Passion, lust and lack of discretion may be present if afflicted planets are placed in this nakshatra. Venus placed here may bring difficulties with sexuality. Dissatisfaction, disappointment, lack of mental quietude, and fear of criticism may appear if Saturn resides in this lunar mansion.


13° 20’ to 26° 40’ Aries

The second of the 27 nakshatras is named Bharani, which also resides entirely within the sign of Aries the Ram, ruled by Mars. The lunar mansion itself is ruled by Venus. Thus, a Mars/Venus interaction of energy is experienced by planets which inhabit or transit this asterism. The union of the feminine (Venus) and masculine (Mars) reflects the creative potential which is experienced here. Bharani is a conduit or channel for artistic gifts and talents. The symbol for this nakshatra is a yoni, the organ of female reproduction. The energy of Shiva’s wife, Shakti, resides here. Strong sexual desires may be experienced here due to the Venus/Mars influence. The animal symbol for the nakshatra is a male elephant, which reflects the ability to carry the burden of humanity.

The deity connected with this asterism is Yama, the god of death. He is the agent of lord Shiva. Yama is a deity of sacrifice and discipline. Qualities of truthfulness, self- sacrifice, virtue and dharma are also present. Spiritual depth and yogic practices may be experienced through Bharani’s influence.

The Sun is in its exaltation sign of Aries when it is in this lunar mansion. If the sun is placed in Bharani, it confers the qualities of leadership, authority and power.

The person will have an active, pioneering and explorative nature. The primary motivation is artha (wealth, prosperity). Thus, the sun abiding here can bring fame, success and riches.

The shadow side of Bharani is experienced as a sense of struggle and suffering. As mentioned previously, this is the “star of restraint.” It is a krura (fierce or severe) nakshatra which can relate to imprisonment and other forms of confinement. A restless, irritable and impatient nature may be present. The person may be a moralist, judgmental, and carry everything to an extreme. Indulagence in sexuality, vanity and narcissism can be observed here.    


26° 40’ Aries to 10° 00’ Taurus

The third nakshatra, Krittika, resides in the constellations of the Ram and the Bull. The first pada (3° 20’) is in Aries, with the remaining ten degree in Taurus. The Sun is the ruling planet of this lunar mansion. Thus, in the first pada, a Sun/Mars dynamic is experienced due to the waning Aries influence. Leadership, authority, and power may result.

The Moon is exalted at three degree of Taurus in this constellation. Krittika represents the determined and tenacious will to achieve greatness. It is the fighter for a social cause, the spiritual warrior. The ruling deity is Agni, the god of fire and transformation. Krittika’s symbols are a flame, a razor, an axe or other edged weapons. This nakshatra represent the power to burn (dahana Shakti) or to cut away negativity to get to the deepest truths.

Krittika is considered a misra (mixed) nakshatra which is generally good for daily activities such as cooking. Krittika also reflect the aspiration for radical change in personal and social life.

The remaining ten degree of krittika falls in the constellation of Taurus, ruled by the planet Venus. Gifts in the fine arts may be generated through the Venus/Sun influence experienced here.

The shadow side of krittika is a stubborn, aggressive nature. Destructive tendencies and issue with anger may be observed a passive – aggressive personality may be present. Fiery emotions and a combative nature can result. Illicit affairs and attractions to other’s mates can occur in Krittika. The person may have difficulties concerning his or her doet and eating habits. The primary motivation of Krittika is Kama or desire. A child – like nature may be observed here.


10° 00’ to 23° 20’ Taurus

The fourth nakshatra is named Rohini. It is placed entirely within the constellation of Taurus the Bull. The moon is in its mulatrikona sign in Rohini and also rules this lunar mansion. Beauty, sensuality, charisma and charm can be reflected here. Its primary motivation, though, is moksha a spiritual liberation.

The ruling deity is Brahma, the creator of the universe. Thus, tremendous creativity and gift in the fine arts can result with planets posited here. The sign of Taurus is ruled by the planet Venus. A Moon – Venus Creative Chemistry is the magical blend of this lunar mansion.

The symbol for this asterism is an ox cart or chariot. It is rajasic in nature and reflects the need for travel and movement. Another symbol for Rohini is a temple.

Rohini embodies the cosmic preparation needed to facilitate the growth and development of our creative potential. Taurus is an earth sign which signifies that the fruits of one’s actions can fully realized here. Fulfillment of one’s earthy desire and artistic expression can blossom in this lunar mansion. Deep devotion and faith in God can be experienced. Spiritual strength and responsibility are revealed here. The animal symbol, a male serpent, reflects the spiritual power and wisdom that can reside in Rohini

The shadow side of Rohini can involve indulgence and materialism. The person may seek luxury without considering the price. The person may “win the kingdom, but lose his soul.” Since Rohini is located in the head of Taurus the Bull, an obstinate, bull – headed nature may occur at times. Taurus is a fixed sign that is often related to a stubborn personality style. A short temper and critical nature may be seen. Issue with jealousy and possessiveness may be a theme in this asterism.

This is a prosperous lunar mansion which can create desire and sensory attachment. Rohini is that attraction which compels the Divinity in man to lose its pristine memory and become immersed in worldly gratification.


23° 20’ Taurus to 6° 40’ Gemini

The fifth nakshatra, Mrigashira, is evenly divided within the constellation ruling planet is Mars, reflecting the spiritual warrior searching for truth of Taurus and GeminiThe Spiritual intelligence and research abilities are refined hereMrigashira is considered devic or god – like in nature with its primary motivation being moksha or the urge for spiritual liberation. The deity that presides here is Soma, the Moon god, who imparts the divine nectar of bliss and enlightenment. Its power is giving fulfillment.

The first half of Mrigashira is placed in the constellation of Taurus the Bull. The creative impulse of Venus ruling Taurus can help individuals manifest their ideas into the material plane. Poetic and musical talent may be present. This nakshatra is also good for producing beautiful, creative and intelligent children and bring material affluence. The second half of Mrigashira resides in Gemini. Writing, public speaking, and persuasive speech can manifest here. The person may also be very curious, clever and research oriented.

A gentle, peaceful, sensitive, and perceptive nature is usually present. Fear of confrontation may be experienced. The other animal symbol is a female serpent, representing the sensual, seductive nature of this nakshatra

The shadow side of Mrigashira can be an indulgence in pleasure. Sensory attachments to strong earthly needs and a craving for sensation may result. A fickle nature may also be observed in this lunar mansion, particularly in the Gemini half of Mrigashira. This nakshatra is thought to be connected to the ancient civilization of lumeria.


6° 40’ to 20° 00’ Gemini

The sixth nakshatra is named Ardra. It resides entirely within the sign of Gemini. The twins. Ardra is the bright star Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion. Although its ruling planet is Rahu, Mercury’s ruler ship of Gemini is also prominent throughout this lunar mansion. Thus a deep feeling nature combined with passionate thinking may be experienced in Ardra. The presiding deity is rudra, the lord of the storm and the God of destruction. Rudra is a fierce form of Shiva who also represents thunder. If the Moon is placed in Ardra, the individual is also born in the stormy seas of Rahu’s dasa.

Ardra reflects the perception of clarity that comes after a spring rain storm of Rudra or the tears of sorrow. This asterism is connected with fierce activity, enthusiasm, and an urge for expansion. Its primary motivation is Kama or desire. Rahu, its ruling planet, reflects the strong desire nature of Ardra.

It is called a tikshna (sharp) nakshatra which can produce powerful, bold and brash activities. Ardra’s power is effort (yatna Shakti), particularly for making gains in life through greater efforts. This struggle can bring great rewards, but not without persistent determination and a certain degree of luck.

The shadow side of Ardra is the potential abuse of power and lusting after material attainments. Ardra native’s actions can cause torment or pain to others. They may also work in the helping professions, alleviating the suffering of others. A proud, egoic or violent nature may occur due to Ardra’s influence.

A critical and complaining attitude may also be present. They can appear ungrateful or haughty. A need to cultivate gratitude and appreciation can heal many wounds in Ardra. The residing deity rudra is the lord of wild animals as well as storms.


20° 00’ Gemini to  3° 20’ Cancer

The seventh lunar mansion is named punasvasu. This auspicious nakshatra resides primary in the constellation of Gemini, the twins. The last pada of punarvasu is placed in cancer, the crab. The ruling planet is Jupiter, although a strong Mercury influence is experienced in the first three padas, which are placed in the sign of Gemini. The combination of mercury and Jupiter can produce great intellectual and spiritual wisdom.

The ruling deity of this asterism is the mother Goddess Aditi, who tends the ground on which healthy seeds can eventually bear fruit. Her power is the ability to gain wealth or substance. Aditi is the earth goddess who grants all abundance and gives birth to all the Gods.

Due to the influence of Jupiter and Mercury, great potential in the communications fields can blossom here. It is considered a chara or moveable nakshatra. Punarvasu’s influence is good for making life change such as career or residential moves. This lunar mansion allows our creativity and inspiration to be renewed. The animal symbol is a female cat which reflects its sensitivity and need for independence.

Its primary motivation is artha or material prosperity. This asterism is called “the star of renewal “and represents the purification of self, change of personality, and the “return of the light.”

The shadow side of punarvasu is a tenency to over- intellectualize life experiences. Which can produce a critical nature. This is especially true in the first three padas, which fall (0-3° 20’) in both the Rasi and Navamsa (vargottama) but is weakened due to being close to the cusp of this asterism. However, this nakshatra is generally one of the most benefic of the 27 lunar mansions.

The spiritual arrow of consciousness is prepared to be launched in this constellation. Punarvasu is a powerful springboard of self- expression, encouraging the development of latent talents. The sky is the limit.


3° 20’ to 16° 40’ Cancer

The eighth nakshatra, Pushya, resides entirely within the sign of Cancer, the Crab. This lunar mansion is symbolized by the udder of a cow. The sign of Cancer, ruled by the Moon, also represents the maternal aspect of providing milk and nurturance to her children. According to many Vedic scholars, Pushya, a deva or god-like nakshatra is considered the most auspicious of the lunar mansion for spiritual maturity.

The ruling deity is wise Brihaspati, the lord of scared speech and prayer. Accordingly Jupiter becomes exalted in Pushya, reflecting intuitive wisdom, good fortune, powerful speech and purification of the psyche. Its power is the ability to create spiritual energy.

The ruling planet is Saturn, which bring stability and enables creativity to fructify new forms. A vibrant tranquility, faith in oneself and fullness of life can occur due to the interaction of Jupiter and Saturn. Pushya increases our positive efforts and good karma through hard work and discipline. It is a laghu or light nakshatra which is excellent for starting a business or opening an office.

The primary motivation is dharma. The animal symbol is a male sheep or, more accurately, a ram. The dark side of pushya can be a stubborn, selfish nature. Arrogance, pride and jealousy may be experienced at times.

They can be quickly deflated by criticism and may doubt their own worth due to opinions of other. Insecurity and strong attachment to family members can inhabit growth. Although auspicious for starting most endeavors, Pushya is not a good asterism for a wedding ceremony.


16° 40’ to 30° 00’ Cancer

The mystical ninth nakshatra, Ashlesha also resides entirely within the sign of Cancer. This lunar mansion is symbolized by a coiled snake and its deity is Ahi, the naga or serpent of wisdom. Its primary motivation is dharma. Ashlesha represents the kundalini or serpent fire that is located at the base of the spine. When activated, this energy can bring mystical power, electrifying Shakti and spiritual enlightenment.

Ashlesha people may have “snake eyes” that can penetrate to the depths of understanding and explore the steamy caverns of the soul. In Ashlesha, the serpent energy must be respected and harnessed. It has the power to inflict with poisonous venom Ashlesha has the ability to paralyze its enemies with its hypnotic gaze.

Aashlesha is ruled by the planet Mercury and inhabits the sign of the crab, ruled by the Moon. Since both of these planets are mental in nature, the creation of a deeply philosophical, thoughtful, penetrating and intelligent mind can occur. A reclusive, austere, independent and self-reliant attitude is observed. Interestingly, a male cat is the animal symbol for this nakshatra. A magnetic, sensual, seductive nature may be present.

The shadow side of Ashlesha is mental instability, worry fear, and a melancholy mind. Ashlesha is sharp in nature. Issues with anger and a hot temper may occur. It is considered a good nakshatra for creating separation such filing for a divorce or ending a business partnership, Ashlesha cannot tolerate any kind of personal humiliation. Due to the Mercury/Moon influence, a sensitive nervous system, psychic vulnerability and self-deception may be present. They are crafty, elusive and have a tendency to lie when it serve their needs. Ashlesha brings divine restlessness, but also transcendental aspirations. In this lunar mansion pain is inevitable, suffering is optional. They have difficulty controlling their diet. Ashlesha people must cultivate a sense of gratitude and courage to face reality and life exactly as it is, rather than as they would like it to be.


0° 00’ to 13° 20’ Leo

The tenth nakshatra, Magha, resides entirely within the constellation of Leo the Lion. It is composed of a sickle-shaped group of six stars. The ruling planet of Magha is Ketu with the sun ruling the sign of Leo. Thus, mystical leadership can result. Magha gives one the power to leave the body.

Magha expresses itself as ambition, leadership, power, family pride and loyalty to a spiritual lineage. Magha people can be very big hearted and devoted to those they love. They are respectful toward tradition and enjoy ceremony and ritual. Magha people are great actors and performers on the stage of life. Magha represent the concretization of the soul into its individualized form. The development of a strong ego, needed for the soul to accomplish its mission, is manifested through this lunar mansion. Magha bestows brightness, prosperity, power and victory with the masses.

The shadow side of Magha is arrogance, racial superiority, prejudice and identification with class status. Since artha or wealth is the primary motivation, Magha can sometimes “win the kingdom, but lose its soul.” A divine restlessness or chronic dis-ideals of success. Self-doubt may be present, which results in needing to prove oneself to others. They may continually court the approval of others at the cost of their own work, but their efforts are not always able to hit the mark. A driven, pitta, type-A personality can result. Magha is a krura or ugra nakshatra which can be related to cruel or fierce activities.


13° 20’ to 26° 30’ Leo

The eleventh lunar mansion resides entirely within the body of Leo the Lion. Purva Phalguni means the “fruit of the tree.” It is represented by a swinging hammock representing rest recuperation. Its deity is Bhaga, the God of good fortune and prosperity. Lord Shiva started on his marriage procession under this star.

The Shiva Lingam is also a symbol of this powerful and creative nakshatra. Great wealth and gifts in the fine arts are acquired here. A youthful, carefree, exuberant nature with an incredible zest for life can be experienced through Purva Phalguni.Sensual pleasure, passion, and love and affection are often found in this asterism. Its primary motivation is Kama or healthy enjoyments. It is lunar mansion of fulfillment, good luck, well-being and pleasure that is healing and revitalizing. The animal symbol is a female rat, the vehicle of transport for lord ganesha.

Purva Phalguni usually reveals an attractive, virile person with the ability to influence other and deal sweetly with people. It expresses dynamic energy with a divine impulse to manifest its many desires, a strong thirst for direct experience and a readiness to plunge into activities. There is also a great love of music, dance and drama and a sociable nature in this asterism. Its ruling planet is Sukra or Venus, the graha of pleasure.

The shadow side of Purva Phalguni is vanity, narcissism and indulgence. An interest in black magic or left-handed tantra may occur. This nakshatra can be fierce or severe in nature if afflicted. The Pubba person may crave stimulation and sensual excitement. A promiscuous nature with an addictive personally may result. A showly image that reflects arrogance and pride can be seen here.


26° 40’ Leo to 00’ Virgo

The twelfth nakshatra, Uttara Phalguni resides in two fixed stars at the tail of the Lion but extends into the constellation of Virgo. It is ruled by the Sun and has a strong Mercury influence in its last three padas.  The first pada (3° 20’) is located in Leo, ruled by the sun. Which can bring tremendous opportunities for growth and creative expression. The remaining three padas may reveal yogic powers and encourage the exploration of life’s deep mysteries.

The symbol for Uttara Phalguni is a bed or two rear legs of a cot, which emphasizes healing others. The residing deity is Aryaman, who rules leadership, honor, nobility, and the rules of society. He helps alleviate the suffering of humanity and helps the friend in need. This lunar mansion is connected to friend-ship, helpfulness and a loving nature. Shiva and Shakti were married under this asterism.

These native are generally happy people, loved by all due to their generous disposition. They earn money and success through formal education as well as experiential learning. Courage, endurance, ambition, and fighting for righteous causes may be observed. Spiritual growth and mental expansion can take an individual to great heights with well-directed efforts here. Its primary motivation is moksha.

The shadow side for Uttara Phalguni people is a deep sense of loneliness if they are not involved in a meaningful relationship. Issue of co-dependency and over-giving may be present. Resentment and ingratitude toward signification others may result. The individual must learn to befriend aloneness instead of feeling lonely. The animal symbol for this nakshatra is a bull which can reflect a determined but stubborn nature. A critical steak may be observed.


10° 00’ to 23° 20’ Virgo

The thirteenth nakshatra is named Hasta and resides entirely within the constellation of the Virgin. The ruling planet is the Moon, with Mercury ruling the sign of Virgo. Thus, a strong mental nature resulting in creative intelligence and good speech can occur. Mercury is exalted in this lunar mansion. Purity of thought and deed with the power of self-control is experienced here. Hasta people usually have a pleasant, humorous temperament. Its natives may be skilled in arts and craftsmanship. Hasta gives the ability to achieve our goals in a complete and immediate manner. They have an industrious, hard working and service-oriented nature.

The deity of this asterism is Savitar, the Sun God who imparts creative and transforming energy. Its power is the ability to manifest what we are seeking and to place it in our hands. Virgo is the traditional sign of the zodiac associated with healing. Hasta promotes the practice of meditation, yoga and other practical methods of self-development. The primary motivation of Hasta is moksha and its temperament is deva-like. A flexible, chameleon-like quality to change and take on new shapes may be observed. The prowess and strength to withstand confrontation is also available here.

Hardship, impediments and restrainments may occur early in life. Poverty or lack of success may be experienced until the individual focuses on the spiritual path. Health issue may result due to the sensitive nature of Hasta because of the Moon/Mercury influence here. Virgo is also the most vulnerable sign of the zodiac regarding the health issues.

A critical, impatient nature results when a Hasta person is under stress. A Clever, cunning personality can develop here. A merciless, thievish mind may occur.


23° 20’ Virgo to 6° 40’ Libra

Chitra, the “start of opportunity.” Is beautifully reflected by the fixed star, Spica. It is symbolized by a bright jewel or pearl representing the divine spirit within us. Artistic talent and ability to arrange things creatively is observed here. Chitra people are usually attractive, charismatic and possess dynamic personal charm. They are excellent conversationalists. They usually wear bright and colorful clothing and jewelry. This nakshatra is mridu or soft in nature. Chitra’s influence is excellent for learning music, dance and drama.

This presenting deity is Tvashtar or Vishvakarma, the celestial architect of the universe. Tvashtar represent prosperity, regenerative power and longevity. Its power is the ability to accumulate merit in this life. Chitra is one of the most mystical nakshatras and has a deep spiritual depth. Sudden flashes of inspiration and the urge to realize one’s true self is encouraged here. Mars is the ruling planet, reflecting the strong desire to explore the caverns of the soul. Chitra allows us to gain the fruit of our good karma that comes through righteous activity.

The challenges of Chitra involve strong sexual desires that must be harnessed. Its animal symbol is a female tiger, and it is sometimes associated with serpents. A primary motivation of Chitra is Kama or desire. Chitra people usually have beautiful eyes and a well-proportioned body. A smug, arrogant, self-indulgent nature can also result.

Chitra’s temperament is demonic in nature Chitra can reflect the world of maya and delusory appearances. It is connected with the work of magicians and other masters of illusion. A string ego and self-centeredness can occur here. Chitra people should focus on allowing the ego to die.


6° 40’ to 20° 00’ Libra

The fifteenth makshatra is called swati, which resides entirely with the sign of Libra, the scales. The deity that rules Swati is Vayu, the demigod of wind, air breath, and prana. Vasu is the purifier and cleanser that represent the movement of pranayama that pervades the universe and sustains life. A restless and adventurous nature can result. Swati is ruled by Rahu, an airy planet, and is located in the air sign of Libra. These people are often business oriented and clever in trade and commerce.

Swati people are very eager to learn and can show intense passion toward life. They are often modest, compassionate, virtuous and communicate with sweetness. Swati’s nature is quite self-controlled and emphasizes the principals of dharma or right action. Swati people are usually generous and charitable to people doing religious work. Swati is a Deva nakshatra with the animal symbol being a male buffalo.

The shadow side of swati is self-centeredness with the primary objective being personal gain. A divine discontent and restless spirit may be experienced. Swati causes things to move and scatter. This can be destructive energy unless the individual learn how to use his or her power to remove negativity in a constructive way. Thus, Swati people may exhibit both healing as well as destructive tendencies. They are very sensitive souls and need solitude to balance their vata nature. Swati’s primary motivation is artha or material prosperity. Rahu, the ruling planet, can create a strong desire for financial success and lust for life. After these natives have found success in the world, then their spiritual journey can truly begin.


20° 00’ Libra to 3° 20’ Scorpio

The sixteenth lunar mansion is named Vishakha, the “star of purpose.” It resides primary in the constellation of Libra. The deities are Indra, the God of transformation and Agni, the God of fire. Combined they reflect the energy, strength, and potential power of this asterism. Jupiter is the ruling planet of Vishakha which gives enthusiasm, faith, optimism and hope for the future. It provides the power to achieve many and various fruits in life. It helps the individual attain his or her goals abundantly through the passage of time, like a farmer plowing his field.

This lunar mansion can gives an individual the patience, persistence and determination to accomplish any task. Its natives are courageous souls who experienced success in the second half of life. The shadow side can be an aggressive, dictatorial nature. These people can win the battle, but lose the war by pushing their agendas too strongly. A quarrelsome personality may be present here. There can be issue with suppressed anger and frustration. They may try to fulfill too many ambitions. Vishakha people can be envious or covetous of the success of others. They may lack a strong social network of friends and feel isolated and alone against the world. Bitterness and resentment may result. The Moon is debilitated in the last segment or pada (3° 20’) of this lunar mansion. Vishakha has a rakshasa temperament and a strong sexual appetite. Problems due to romantic affairs and infidelity can occur. Issue of betrayal and disappointed can occur in early marriage. Success in relationship can be experienced later in life. Vishakha does not give immediate results, but profits and gains over time.


3° 20’ to 16° 40’ Scorpio

The seventeenth nakshatra, Anuradha contains three starts in the body of the Scorpio. The ruling planet is Saturn, which reveals the spiritual challenge to be faced in Anuradha. This lunar mansion resides entirely within the constellation of Scorpio which is ruled by Mars impulse creates brave and courageous people who love to travel and move from place to place. They can reside in foreign lands and achieve success away from their homeland. Anuradha people usually possess good health and vitality. Called the “star of success,” Anuradha natives can demonstrate organizational skills and call others to activity.

The residing deity is Mitra, the God of friendship and partnership who promotes cooperation among humanity. Anuradha  gives the power of worship (radhana Shakti). This nakshatra creates balance in relationship by honoring others as well as themselves.

Anuradha has the ability to create and maintain friendship while remaining quite fixed to its aspiration and goals. Its primary motivation is dharma or right activity. Fame and recognition can be attained through friendly cooperation with other people.

Anuradha people may have issue with jealousy and a desire to control others. Scorpio is a fixed sign that likes to manage people and life events. However, they are rarely satisfied with their place of residence and move quite frequently. There can be pitfalls and hardships in early life. Abuse of occult powers for selfish ends may result. Low frustration tolerance and issues with anger may be part of their personality makeup.

A melancholy nature die to the lack of material nurturing may be experienced here. They need to watch their dietary habits due to an inability to bear hunger or thirst. They have a strong appetite for life in general.


16° 40’ to 30° 00’ Scorpio

The eighteenth lunar mansion is Jyeshtha which contains the brilliant red star, Antares, which is located near the heart of the Scorpion. The chief deity is Indra, the king of the Gods and protector of heroes. Indra is known for his darling nature, courage, power, and glory. He has the power to rise and conquer and gain courage in battle.

The ruling planet is Mercury, which is a reflection of Vishnu. Mental brilliance and analytical ability are experienced here. There is the capacity to achieve an elevated position in life and accomplish things skillfully. Creative genius can be experienced through Jyeshtha. 

If afflicted, Jyeshtha can cause poverty and a fall from grace. A secretive or hypocritical nature may be observed. They can be involved in religious practices while simultaneously entrenched in materialistic pursuits. The primary motivation of Jyeshtha is artha or material prosperity. Its motto is that it is much easier to meditate on material prosperity.  Internal conflicts about one’s self-image and self-esteem can result. Arrogance, pride, and egotism must be held in check. Jyeshtha allows us to reach the summit of personal power, but it requires great control and self-effort.


0° 00’ to 13° 20’ Sagittarius

The nineteenth nakshatra, Mula represnts the beginning of the last group of nakshatras, which reflect a sattwic or spiritual orientation. This star constellation is near the serpent holders or Ophiuchus which marks the galactic centre. The ruler of this lunar mansion is Ketu, the South node of the Moon. The Mula individual may possess a deep philosophical nature and an inquisitive mind that enjoys exploring the roots of any subject. The entire nakshatra resides in the sign of Sagittarius, ruled by Jupiter. The person may experience much wealth and luxury through Mula. It may also create the dissolution of fame and money.

The deity of this nakshatra is Nirriti, the goddess of destruction, who lives in the kingdom of the dead. Mula is often associated with butchers, violence and cruelty. Arrogance, egotism, lust and anger can be experienced here.

Nirriti, being the goddess of destruction, has the power to ruin, destroy and break things apart. Its reveals the necessary dissolution to proceed to a new life. Nirriti is also called Alakshmi or the denial of Lakshmi. She is also depicted as kali, the fierce goddess who wear a necklace of skulls, representing the heads of ignorance.

Mula inflicts pain, but the pain is intended to set the person on the right track toward God-realization. It leads the person to seek divine help. Mula people can be very devoted to a spiritual path and learn to transmute the animality of the ego in to spirit. Their animal symbol is a male dog and their nature is rakshasic or demon. Mula is a tikshna nakshatra which can be related to black magic, casting spells, exorcism, punishment and even murder. Powerful, bold and brash activities can occur under its influence. They must learn to control their passions. For the Mula person, Pain in inevitable, suffering is optional.


13° 20’ to 26° 40’ Sagittarius

The twentieth nakshatra, Purva Ashadha resides entirely within the constellation of Sagittarius and consists of two stars. The ruling planet is Venus, reflecting the popularity (the person’s name is fanned around a lot) of this asterism. “Its native are very proud people with the ability to influence and empathize with the masses. Purva Ashadha usually brings fame, wealth, fertility and much wisdom.

The deity of this lunar mansion is Apas, representing the cosmic waters deified as God, depicted as the causal waters spreading in all directions and giving rise to the affairs of humanity. This also relates to the concept of spreading one’s name and reputation throughout the land. He pervades all things, representing the inner law of higher truth. There can be flashes of intuition in this nakshatra which provide valuable insight into the workings of divine law.

Purva Ashadha People can reveal a deeply philosophical and spiritual nature as the corn husks of the ego are stripped away. Their primary motivation is moksha or spiritual liberation. They usually possess a strong need to continually improve their life situation.  

These people have an independent nature with many friends to support their aspirations. The shadow side of Purva Ashadha is hubris and an egoic nature. These natives can exhibit an over-expansive nature, and usually do what they like without considering others opinions. They are good debaters and can defeat anyone in an argument. They can become obstinate and will not submit to the demands of anyone.

Mental aggression and self-deception may be present. Sometimes the native will exhibit his negative qualities to a magnified extent to help the person work through the lessons. Purification and cleansing of the pride and ego can result if the individual can surrender to God’s will.


26° 40’ Sagittarius to 10° 00’ Capricorn

The twenty-first nakshatra is Uttara Ashadha, consisting of two stars in the breast of the Archer. Uttara Ashadha, has one pada in Sagittarius and three in Capricorn Ruled by the Sun, its symbol is an elephant’s tusk, reflecting Ganesha’s blessing on our activities.

Uttara Ashadha produces great insight and a more stable and less aggressive nature than the previous nakshatra, Purva Ashadha. Uttara Ashadha people get totally involved in any task and can penetrate deeply into some aspect of knowledge. They are usually blessed with affluence in life. Leadership qualities and the ability to relate to people make them good politicians. They can show a dogged persistence to succeed with any task they encounter. Uttara Ashadha represents the completely integrated manifestation of god-like power. Uttara Ashadha brings us to the summit of our power, support and recognition, not so much through our personal efforts (which is more the case in Jyeshtha), but with the appropriate alliances and support of all the gods. Its natives are usually very idealistic people with lofty goals and refined virtues. Victory depends on a righteous cause that is beneficial to all.

They can start new enterprise and then fail to complete them. A self-centered, stubborn personality can occur when Uttara Ashadha is afflicted.

The Capricorn side of this asterism can result in loneliness or a melancholy nature if Saturn is poorly placed. Uttara Ashadha means “the latter unconquered” or “later victory” which may reflect losses in early life and more success as life progresses.

Some difficulties in early marriage or sexual incompatibility may result

Note:  A twenty-eighth nakshatra called Abhijit is sometimes inserted in the last five degrees of Uttara Ashadha (5°-10* of Capricorn).


10° 00’ to 23° 20’ Capricorn

The twenty-second nakshatra, Shravana, consists of three stars in the head of the eagle, Aquilla the stars also form the Shravana resides entirely within the sign of Capricorn and is ruled by the Moon. Called “the star of learning,” this lunar mansion is also associated with the goddess of learning, Saraswati, she is called “the flowing one” who bring knowledge, music, and eloquence to humanity.

Shravana rules positions of worship and service to humanity. A kind and charitable nature is often produced here. Fame and recognition in the world often results. Shravana people are excellent writers and teachers. They are usually very active, hard-working and devoted to seeking truth in all of their endeavors. They are usually fond of travel and may spend time living studying in foreign lands the Shravana influence makes one want to learn constantly from birth till death. Thus these natives usually have large libraries or spend their precious time. Shravana people need much solitude and alone time. They live by the motto that “seclusion is the price of greatness.”

The shadow side of Shravana can be a rigid or obstinate nature. This may be partially due to the influence of Capricorn ruled by Saturn. Shravana people may have many enemies due to issues with jealousy. Shravana people have a tendency toward gossip and listening to others gossip as well. They are sensitive and easily hurt by the opinions of others. They may experience disillusionment early in life as they explore the world of maya, their primary motivation is artha or prosperity. Once they attain their financial security, they are free to pursue the higher goals of enlightenment and spiritual liberation. They are usually wealthy by mid-life. Shravana also means “the lame” or “one who limps,” which could indicate improving one’s gait with time, experience and patience. Feelings of inferiority are usually overcome with age.


23° 20’ Capricorn to 6° 40’ Aquarius

The twenty-third lunar mansion, Dhanishtha consists of a small group of four stars located in the head of Delphinus, the Dolphin. Half of the nakshatra resides in Capricorn the Sea-goat and the remaining half in  Aquarius. There is great wealth as well as difficult marital karma found in this lunar mansion. The deities of this nakshatra are the eight Vasus, the solar gods of energy and light.

Dhanishtha people possess the gifts of insight, listening, and perception of truth. Dhanishtha can give great spiritual depth and occult knowledge. Its natives can be liberal in thought and unify others in a common cause. Universal sympathy and compassion can be experienced here. There is a strong and adventurous nature due to the ruling planet Mars, the spiritual warrior. The planet Mars is also exalted here. It can get, gains great fame and recognition. They are able to bring their resources together. In this way it builds upon the connections created in Shravana and makes them more practical. Their fortunes are usually found away from home.

The shadow side of Dhanishtha is a materialistic bent. If afflicted, Dhanishtha people can strive to acquire everything for themselves. They can become overly ambitious, greedy, stingy or covetous of other’s good fortunes. A tendency toward self-absorption and narcissism may result. Due to the Mars ruler-ship, the Dhanishtha people can be ruthless, inconsiderate, heartless and revengeful. This lunar mansion is rakshasic or demonic in nature. Trouble or delays in marriage are often seen with women with their natal Moon placed here. An aloof disposition and arrogant nature can result. Because Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn and Aquarius where this nakshatra resides. Patience and perseverance must be cultivated to help the individual through difficult trials in early life. People with their natal Moon in Dhanishtha will experience the Mars and Rahu dasas in their early childhood and adolescence.


6° 40’ to 20° 00’ Aquarius

The twenty-fourth nakshatra is called Shatabhisha and resides in a large group of faint stars in the constellation of Aquarius, the water-bearer. It is said to be the fortunate star of the king. Shatabhisa people can possess tremendous vital force and courage that will defeat their enemies and bring victory. The blossoming of inner potential and the full arousal of the life force of kundalini cab be activated here.

The deity of this lunar mansion is Varuna, the god of rain and the cosmic water. He is also the bestower of wisdom and the God of medicines. Varuna generates the power of healing. He is said to posse’s magical healing abilities and establishes, protects, and maintains natural and moral law. The primary motivation here is dharma or right activity.

He is a God of sin, debts, injury and disease who cannot only bring these calamities upon us, but can remove them from us, if we propitiate him with sincerity. Shatabhisha people are usually honest, hard-working, and ambitious.

Shatabhisha people are independent people who have a strong need for seclusion. They need space in their togetherness for any relationship to be effective. A deeply philosophical, mystical mind may be experienced here. Rahu is the ruling planet, representing the serpent energy and the extreme positive or negative life events that can occur under the influence of this asterism. Shatabhisha usually bring about a healing crisis leading to revitalization.

This shadow side of Shatabhisha is loneliness and depression. Shatabhisha people can feel restrained or restricted and experience life as a duty. Apathy, suffering and a feeling of paralysis can result if the person allows himself to feel victimized. These people are born in the dasa of Rahu, which can reflect a difficult or unstable childhood experience. Saturn also rules the sign of Aquarius in which this nakshatra is placed giving obstruction and obstacle in early life. This nakshatra is rakshasic or demonic in nature. Harsh speech and a brusque, intrusive nature can be observed here.


20° 00’ Aquarius to 3° 20’ Pisces

The twenty-fifth nakshatra is named Purva Bhadrapada and is located primarily in the sign of Aquarius, with one pada in Pisces. The symbols for this lunar mansion include a sword, two front legs of funeral cot, or a two-faced man. Phurva Bhadrapada people are unique, eccentric and mystical beings. Purva Bhadrapada people are usually passionate, impetuous, and opinionated. They possess good speaking ability and are skilled in earning money. Their primary motivation is artha or material prosperity.

The animal symbol is a male lion. Purva Bhadrapada reveals a strong urge to be focused on an ideal or vision for the future. Its native likes to work for universal goals that uplift humanity. Purva Bhadrapada grants a universal view through intense internal purification. The ruling planet is Jupiter which connects this nakshatra with the Brahmans or intellectual caste. These people are very independent and self-reliant people who posses deep philosophical wisdom and originality in through. They love to escape or run away from the constraints of societal rules and norms. They like to “travel to the beat of their own drummer.”

The shadow side of Purva Bhadrapada is an angry, impulsive, anxious personality. These people can be cynical and communicate with harsh or critical speech. They may try to coerce other to conform to their idealistic principle and philosophies. Purva Bhadrapada people can become fearful, nervous, and worrisome when confronted with stressful life be stingy or miserly.

Pain, suffering, injuries from falls, accidents, or attacks can occur here. Reflecting the symbol of the two-faced man, they possess the ability to see issues from different points of view. However, they may appear “two-faced” to others in the process.


3° 20’ to 16° 40’ Pisces

The twenty-sixth lunar mansion is named Uttara Bhadrapada, which resides entirely in the constellation of Pisces, The fish. Uttara Bhadrapada people usually demonstrate more restraint and control over their anger and are less aggressive than Purva Bhadrapada. The ruling planet is Saturn, which provides these individuals with more discipline and self-control over their anger and endures pain.

These individuals are usually cheerful people who are wealthy, generous and charitable. Because of the Saturn and Jupiter influence in this nakshatra, they are Brahminic in nature and exhibit a priest-like quality that reflects their emphasis on spiritual growth. The deity of this lunar mansion is Ahirbudhnya, “ the serpent of the deep sea.”

There can be tremendous psychic ability and a snake-like quality that allows Uttara Bhadrapada people to explore all the nooks and crannies of life. Women born under this star may exhibit the wonderful qualities of the Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity and luxury. The influence of Uttara Bhadrapada brings marital happiness, children, wealth, and good health. The animal symbol is a female cow, a sacred animal in India.

 The shadow side of Uttara Bhadrapada is similar to its twin, Purva Bhadrapada. Issue with anger, passion, and aggression can be seen, but to a lesser extent. Uttara Bhadrapada people can be very secretive, cunning, with a tendency toward gossip. If affected, a lazy, careless, and irresponsible nature may develop. Their primary motivation is Kama or desire, which can cause some addiction problems with sex or drugs. They are warriors, and if angered, they can defeat and vanquish their enemies. Due to Saturn’s influence, delays in success can occur, so they must cultivate patience and thoroughness in their life projects.


16° 40’ to 30° 00’ Pisces

The final nakshatra, Revati, consists of thirty-two faints stars in the southern tail of Pisces, the fish. Being the last lunar mansion. Revati relates to endings, completion and the finality of time. Revati means “the wealthy” and is usually associated with abundance or prosperity on all leaves. It is an auspicious star for spiritual growth and produces great intuitive gifts. The primary motivation of this asterism is moksha or spiritual liberation.

The presiding deity is Pushan, “the nurturer “who is regarded as the protector of flocks and herds and invoked in the Vedas for safe travel. This nakshatra has the power of nourishment, symbolized by milk (kshiradyapani Shakti). Pushan is the keeper of the sacred cows of the gods and provides nourishment and protection to all animals. Thus a love of animal symbol is a female elephant, another sacred animal of India.

Creative intelligence is abundant in this lunar mansion. The ruling planet is Mercury, with the sign of Pisces being ruled by Jupiter. Venus is exalted in this nakshatra. Gifts in music, dance, drama and literature may blossom in Revati. Great wealth and material prosperity are discovered here. Revati helps all sincere people in their efforts through providing proper nourishment. Its native usually have no desire to covet the success and property of others. They are very empathic people and have a strong desire to alleviate the suffering of humanity. Revati has a mridru or soft nature.

The shadow side of Revati is very minimal due to its deva-like temperament. If afflicted, the person may suffer from early disappointment in life and pediatric illnesses. There may be feelings of inferiority and low self-esteem. Revati people are very sensitive by nature and become very stubborn if provoked. There is a tendency to over give and then feel depleted in the exchange. They are often co-dependent people who regard the welfare of others as more important than their own. These natives have tomorrow’s skills for today’s world. Revati protects the soul in its spiritual journey to the next world.

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