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Ashwini The Horse Head

Ashwini (00.00-13.20 Aries) signifies commencement, particularly the energies of Ketu. It is marked by a pair of bright stars in the constellation of Aries. Ashwini is translated into Born of a Female Horse or Horse Lady. As an alternative, Ashwini is also known as Asvayuj or she who yokes horses. The constellation is symbolized by the head of a horse reflecting commencement (of a journey). While the horse itself is a symbol of power, strength, courage and vitality, its head indicates swift action. Behavioral Characteristics Ashwini denotes spontaneity and hence this nakshatra is marked by vitality as well as initiative. In fact, Ashwini is different from the other nakshatras in its initiating aspect. A native of this nakshatra is fast and agile. The core principle of Ashwini is concerned with rapidity and pace, to achieve which one needs to be concise and direct. People born on this nakshatra, demonstrate a straightforward and no nonsense approach in their transactions. If you are a person whose birth chart shows a prominent Ashwini, you dont waste time in translating your impulses into thought and thought into deed, which is why your behavior may be regarded as impulsive. This is at times good, although in negative manifestation, it may be rash. Hence, in all their hurry, they may be wasting their time. Full of life, the natives of this nakshatra are intelligent, happy go lucky creatures who are highly intelligent. They look youthful and enthusiastic, and age scarcely shows in their appearance as it shows in those born under other nakshatras. With a rising Ashwini in your ascendant, you are likely to be short, sportive, strong, appealing and innocent. It is true that these natives can be sorted from the crowd by their innocent appearance and childlike disposition. The ruling deities of this nakshatra, the Ashwini Kumaras, are attributed with charisma, style, sophistication and lavishness which are prominent in physical and mental nature of the natives. They also have a strong and adventurous spirit that is blindly attracted to the challenges posed by the unknown. An exploratory spirit is marked with courage and Ashwini has an abundance of it. This daring nakshatra has a chivalric facet to it that derives pleasure from pursuits of heroism. For instance, a 90 year old rock climber could be none other than an Ashwini native. On the flip side, overdone chivalry is apparent in lack of prudence or eagerness to learn from past mistakes and absence of contemplation. These natives are marked with a distinct sense of humor that is jovial and innocent. Ashwini born persons have this need for movement which makes them failures at activities that require patience. They are helpful and sensitive to the needs of others. Their energetic disposition makes them acquire short term, instead of enduring wisdom. Generally, these people love to stay well dressed and hence splurge on clothes and accessories. Ashwini natives are straightforward people who love others with similar characteristics. Unique in their pursuits, these natives feel that they are different from others, which is translated in their pioneering spirit. Resourceful and independent, the natives of Ashwini are competent and enduring. Quarters or Padas

Aries Navamsa (00.003.20 Aries): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by physical activity, courage, impulse and initiative. Taurus Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Aries): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by rationality, inventiveness, grace of the Ashwini Kumaras and materialization of imagination. Gemini Navamsa (6.40-10.00 Aries): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by humor, communication, comprehensive ability and mental agility. Cancer Navamsa (10.00-13.20 Aries): This quarter is ruled by Moon. It is characterized by collective consciousness, emotion and empathy. Gana: Ashwini is a deva/godly nakshatra, since its presiding deities have godlike dispositions.
Favorable Activities

Auspicious for beginnings like learning new things, laying foundation, taking medicines, rejuvenation and healing, self/physical improvements, brisk thought/action, equestrian activities, buying/selling, traveling, vehicle repair, wearing jewelry/clothes, occultism, law, sacred installations, renaming Unfavorable Activities

Marriage, conclusions, emotional and sexual activity, actions requiring patience, intoxication
Measures for Remedy Ashwini natives should worship Lord Ganesha and chant the root mantra Om Am and Om Im 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing bright colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Ashwini pleasant appearance, manners and intelligence. Ashwini loves accessorizing themselves and excel in their field. Rock star Jim Morrison is a typical Ashwini native, if his public outbursts are ignored.

Bharani The Elephant


Bharani (13.20-26.40 Aries) is denoted by a triad of faint stars, also known as the Bearing Star or Star of Restraint. Bharani is said to behold the energy of Venus and according to Vedic astrologers, Bharani represented the female sexual organ. The indications of the name Bharani primarily relates to the feminine aspect of nature and its potential to receive, bear, foster and annihilate. Often understood as the doorway to another world, Bharani stands for catharsis, forbearance, jealousy and sacrifice. Behavioral Characteristics The functional representation of Bharani can be bets summed up by its nature to tend towards extremities. In fact, this is a constellation that oscillates between polar contradictions like the bohemian and the puritan, wisdom and naivet, maturity and immaturity, and finally life and death. Bharani stands for desire, which can be summarized as a lust for life and fear of death. It is looked upon as a 16 year old girl on the verge of deflowering, a baby borne in the womb or someone facing the Yamadutas or celestial angels who guide human beings to afterlife. The childlike aspect of this nakshatra makes Bharani one of the most willing constellations. They are marked by the desire to explore their surroundings to the fullest, and often have a primeval innocence in their experience of people and places. Often instinctive than reasonable, Bharani is engulfed by overwhelming emotions and desires that can rarely be contained, making the evolutionary nature of the soul prominent. Those who exhibit the more evolved nature of Bharani steer their energy into fruitful pursuits, whereas the lesser evolved persons hop from one source of light to the other. In todays world of chaos and confusion, it may be very difficult to restrain a Bharani. It is parallel to the mental and physical contradictions teenagers experience after puberty. If not guided, these natives are likely to plunge into everything that comes their way. Bharani people are accustomed to deal with lifes upheavals and hence they are strong characters. They might be crushed and crumpled at times, crying after a loss, but nothing can contain them for long. Due to their desire for extremes, these people seem to go through radical transformations throughout their life. Once they have embarked on a new path, they explore all its possibilities to the point of exhaustion when they have no choice but to look for something new. The Bharani universe is boundless. The creative impulse of Bharani is represented in childbearing in females and manifestation of creative energy in males. The interplay of the masculine and the feminine makes Bharani a very sexual nakshatra. Driven by the force that draws opposites, Bharani experience, engage in, fall prey to and try to recognize it in every way possible. Sigmund Freud had a prominent Bharani in his native chart and thus he analyzed every activity on the sexual plane. Evolved Bharani natives, however, are more concerned with love, harmony and unity. Natives of Bharani are characterized by expressive eyes, a large head, medium sized lips and a death-like smile, which denotes their sexual urge, inscrutability and the process of life and death. They have a calm disposition despite a tormenting mind. Energetic Bharani natives can encounter success when under wiser guidance.

Quarters or Padas

Leo Navamsa (13.20-16.40 Aries): This quarter is ruled by Sun. It is characterized by creativity, self-centeredness, determination Virgo Navamsa (16.40-20.00 Aries): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by service, perseverance, altruism, organization Libra Navamsa (20.00-23.20 Aries): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by synchronization, limitlessness (in love and sexuality), and fulfillment of desires Scorpio Navamsa (23.20-26.40 Aries): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by extreme energy, lack of inhibition Gana: Bharani is a human/manusha nakshatra and summarizes the significance of birth/death like spouse, resources and family.
Favorable Activities Creative and martial activities, sexual, amorous, procreative, agriculture, beginnings/endings, acts involving fire, neglected activities, asceticism, kids Unfavorable Activities Travel, patience, initiations, conclusions Measures for Remedy Bharani natives meditate on death and hence may worship Yama, the death god, or Kali, the dark goddess. Worship of fertility goddesses is also auspicious. Chanting the root mantra Om Eem 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra alleviates afflictions. Wearing red, white, black and dark colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Bharani resourcefulness, honesty, health and happiness. Bob Dylan is a typical Bharani native.

Krittika The Razor


Krittika (26.40 Aries-10.00 Taurus) is the root source of solar energy, represented by a group of 7 stars, the Pleiades. This constellation was seen by Vedic astrologers to represent a necklace and hence its galactic importance was significant. Ruled by the god of fire, Agni, Krittika is the storehouse of the passive agent that nurtures power. Krittika denotes the Cutters, which has more to do with femininity than male power. Just like a cutting instrument, Krittika symbolizes construction as well as destruction of mental and emotional impulses. Behavioral Characteristics Krittika is said to be the Sanskrit root for the word critical. Hence, the basic nature and function of this constellation can be easily surmised. The critical and fault finding aspect of Krittika can be accounted for as this nakshatra aims to penetrate the underlying cause of all kinds of imperfections between appearance and reality. Krittika cannot withstand imperfections which impedes achievement. If your planet is on Krittika, you have a fiery energetic aspect that is also straightforward. Your penetrating and blunt manners are intimidating, although this is not the case every time. Krittika natives are socially graceful as well. Their extreme temper, although short-lived, is demonstrated only when roused.

The rage of Krittika is that of the Sun, rather than that of Mars, which is enduring and vengeful. The King/Sun does not need to have sustaining anger, while the Soldiers/Mars need it to sustain them for fighting battles. The feminine, caring and nurturing facet of Krittika is often concealed beneath their stern exteriors. Despite the destructive element, we require fire for warmth and cooking, which is essential for life. This prospect makes Krittika sustain the social sphere. They channel their warmth, determination and independence to support others. Krittika can even eliminate others by their sharp tongue unintended. In its cosmic configuration, Krittika relates to dahana shakti which refers to its power to sever ties with the corporal. The heat and light symbolism relates this nakshatra to all functions related to fire like cooking, purification, molding and melting. The creative urge of Krittika also relates to that of the Moon, which unfolds the presence of the sun. It acts when it has a direction in mind and hence those with a prominent Krittika in their charts have a sudden way of demonstrating their energy. The nakshatra is spiritually aware which makes it undergo extreme purification. Krittika is determined to chart its way towards developing its innate nature and hence it will not hesitate it eliminating any impediment along the way. There are sudden ups and downs as well. Quarters or Padas

Sagittarius Navamsa (26.4030.00 Aries): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by altruism, generosity, willpower, stamina, military pursuits Capricorn Navamsa (00.003.20 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by morality, ethics, material vision, maternal aspect Aquarius Navamsa (3.206.40 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by humanitarianism, futuristic and ancient wisdom, duty, knowledge Pisces Navamsa (6.40-10.00 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by sensitivity, benevolence, creativity Gana: Krittika is a rakshasa/demonic nakshatra that is cold blooded and merciless, as well as unforgiving
Favorable Activities Fire worship/purification, leaders, executives, cooking, embroidery, sewing, shaving, cutting, honesty, frankness, drumming, and debates, extracurricular activities Unfavorable Activities Social interactions, diplomacy, relaxation, rest, activities involving water Measures for Remedy The natives of Krittika should indulge in the worship of Kartikeya, the Sun and must chant the Gayatri mantra. They must also be respectful towards the 7 wives of the Pleiades. The root mantra Om Im and Om Oo should be chanted 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing bright colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the lunar course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Krittika pleasant appearance, fondness for others spouses, appetite and fame.

Rohini The Chariot


Rohini (10.00-23.20 Taurus) is a bright pale rose star the Aldebaran. Rohini is ruled by Brahma, Prajapati, or the Creator. Rohini is the wife of the Moon. Aldebaran happens to be one of the brightest stars in the celestial firmament, and was thought of as the abode of Brahma.

Rohini signifies a growing or reddish celestial woman and the color red evokes warmth, liveliness and passion. The symbol of Rohini is a cart pulled by two oxen, which stands for fertility. Behavioral Characteristics Rohini heralds fertility, agriculture and hence civilization. This is a productive nakshatra that lays the foundation stone for every kind of growth like the growth of a plant from a seedling. Rohini is responsible for all kinds of production, and on a higher consciousness, it relates to products that are solely derived from nature. These people are environmentalists and naturalists. On a lower plane, Rohini involves itself in synthetic and man made products. They are more involved with the cosmetic industry. The natives have large expressive eyes with enhanced feminine features like full lips and a pleasant disposition. Their stability gives them a patient exterior, much like the cow. Rohini reveals itself only in perfectly intimate situations and is thus at times stubborn. In spite of their external serenity, Rohini expresses itself with its gestures and tone. With apparent gentleness, they can at times seem seductive as well. Rohini seeks attention, and gets it. They use charm to manipulate situations, although this is often a disadvantage since they are self-serving. Despite their sexual appeal, they are simple personalities whom natives of complex nakshatras find dull. In the Kali Yuga, they pursue sensual and material goals. They concentrate on the community, home and world and are often successful. Rohini assists in the realization of thoughts and ideas and hence it is a creative nakshatra. They are patrons of arts and in the modern day world they can be seen as functioning through the baser expressions for self-expression. These natives have a fixed and persevering nature with strong family ties. People outside the family circle cannot hold their attention for long, unless they are weak towards them. They are usually sociable, although baser natures can make them self-serving and opportunistic. Rohini may be a conservative nakshatra, but they are open to new influences. The conservative aspect stems from the presence of the life fore within Rohini. They are extremely cautious about their health and live long, as they have an inherent fear of death. Rohini looks for enjoying the pleasantries of life and hence makes the most of everything that life has to offer. The rohana shakti or capability to make things grow refers to the fertility aspect, engaging in the realization of the astral impulses. Quarters or Padas

Aries Navamsa (10.0013.20 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by carnality, overindulgence, spiritual fighter Taurus Navamsa (13.20-16.40 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by abundance in crisis, materialism, fulfillment of desires Gemini Navamsa (16.40-20.00 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by commerce, creativity, science, flexibility, shrewdness, pursuit of wealth Cancer Navamsa (20.00-23.20 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Moon. It is characterized by material security, maternal aspect, possessiveness Gana: Rohini is a manushya/human nakshatra, characterized by earthly qualities, civilization and agriculture.
Favorable Activities Initiation of activities, agriculture, trade, finance, marriage, healing, self-improvement, exploration and travel, commencing construction, romance and sexuality, purchasing jewelry, vehicles, garments Unfavorable Activities Those relating to demolition, destruction, death Measures for Remedy Rohini natives should show respect towards cows and the varied manifestations of nature for positive energy. Worship of Lord Brahma is not recommended by Vedic texts, though since Brahma was the curse of Shiva. Chanting the root mantra Om Rm and Om Lrm 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra helps alleviate afflictions. Wearing bright and pastel shades is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results.

Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, Rohini natives are pure, beautiful, and honest and have a constant mind and power of speech. It is true for Lord Krishna and Queen Victoria.

Mrigasira The Deer Head


Mrigasira (23.20 Taurus-6.40 Gemini) is ruled by Soma, the Moon god who personifies the immortal nectar. Mrigasira is the initiator of Martian energy who is represented in the celestial firmament by a bright star and 3 relatively paler stars in the constellation Orion. Mrigasira can be translated as the deer head due to the shape that this constellation forms. The other names for this nakshatra are Saumya which means benevolent, Chandra or Udupa which mean moon, and Arghayani or commencement of the year. Behavioral Characteristics Quest: this is the word that best describes the natives of Mrigasira which can be traced to its ruling deity Parvati. She is seen as looking for the ideal spouse, true knowledge or physical/mental experiences. As the most curious nakshatra, Mrigasira resembles the planet Rahu and its search brings fulfillment and enlightenment. In lesser pursuits, Mrigasira brings temporary contentment, disillusionment and sorrow. The seeking quality makes Mrigasira good at creativity. It transits like the deer from one experience to the next. On a negative note, this is identical to a person following the mirage and it gives rise to duplicity, superficiality and fickleness. As the mind is the focus of Mrigasira, their mental dexterity gives them the power to grasp complex things easily. However, the tendency to overexert themselves leads to nervousness and mental exhaustion. The physical build of Mrigasira natives is delicate with a jovial face and gentle manners. They are restless and convey nervousness in their appearance. They are also spontaneous, enthusiastic and love socializing. Their soul is creative which enjoys oral and written communication. Their sense of satire makes them good humorists, and despite their sociability, they are naturally shy. Mrigasira has this inherent love for life and their whimsicality prevents them from relating to others for no apparent reason. Mrigasira natives have a highly suspicious, with the ability to sense danger. This can be troublesome especially in marriage and domestic bickering. Strong influences of this nakshatra generate marital disharmony which can be cured if the partners give each other ample space. The arrival of Mercurial energy sows seeds of discrimination. Despite its lightness, Mrigasira is fixed in terms of its attitudes and opinions. Mrigasira makes one conscious of their life path by undergoing a variety of experiences in pursuit of a singular purpose. However, for less developed souls, Mrigasira goes through an endless maze without a final destination to arrive at. This constellation refers to pirana shakti which refers to the power of fulfillment. The symbolism refers to weaving through the labyrinth of life to consummate creativity out of confusion. Quarters or Padas

Leo Navamsa (23.20-26.40 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by the Sun. It is characterized by fixedness and selfexpression through creativity. Virgo Navamsa (26.40-30.00 Taurus): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by calculation, discrimination, humor, satire Libra Navamsa (00.00-3.20 Gemini): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by mental exploration in relationships, sociability Scorpio Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Gemini): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by intellect, argument, suspicion, spiritual evolution Gana: Mrigasira is a deva/divine nakshatra that identifies with the astral rather than human plane, which makes Mrigasira a refined constellation.
Favorable Activities

Lighthearted actions, travel, exploration, sexual activity, arts, healing and rejuvenation, education, socializing, shifting home, communication, religion and spirituality, sales and advertisement, taking new name Unfavorable Activities Marriage, harsh activities, confrontations Measures for Remedy Mrigasira natives should worship Parvati and the Moon. They should also chant the root mantra Om Em 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing bright colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Mrigasira a fickle, shrewd, joyful and wealthy aspect. Parvati herself has her moon in Taurus Mrigasira, and hence she can assume various incarnations of entirely differing attributes.

Ardra The Head


Ardra (6.40-20.00 Gemini) is the seed of the Rahus energy and contains a single bright star in the Orion constellation. It has a visual magnitude of 0.57 and appears as a red giant, one of the brightest stars in the night sky. In modern astronomy, Orion is known as Betelguese which exerts a strong influence on planets. Ardra is ruled by Rudra, the fierce incarnation of Lord Shiva, who emblematizes thunder. This nakshatra is translated as green, moist or fresh. Moisture is the aspect that endows the earth with life. Behavioral Characteristics Ardra is said to stand for the behavior of a child, and hence the Ardra natives experience extremes of happiness and sorrow, or the in between stage in a matter of minutes. This nakshatra makes the natives undergo transformation, producing knowledge or confusion in its wake. They try to relate to maya on an intellectual level. It is characterized by the birth of the intellect which harmonizes the wanderings of the previous nakshatra, Mrigashira. Ardra rather likes to analyze the cause behind the function. Ardra natives have a probing aspect to their personality which is voiced quite prominently even in kids. In the cosmic nature of things, Ardra represents yatna shakti, the power to make efforts by seeking for the desired goal. This energy is often answered with accomplishment. In fact, Ardra is the root word for ardent and arduous. It is the nakshatra where impressions and sensitivity find place to make the mind active as well as reactive. It is also something that makes these natives helpful and empathetic. This nakshatra struggles to balance the mental with the emotional. Ardra natives have a large face, curly hair and sullen expression. Their instant memory allows them to respond easily to facts and figures. Their lives are characterized by changes and U-turns. Unrelenting observation makes Ardra natives impolite and critical, which can make them sarcastic as well. Generally, softer people are easily scared. The elusive facets of Rahu make Ardra a confusing nakshatra which whiles away in fruitless pursuits. However, these dont evolve their spirituality, which is required for them. Ardra natives have a chance to better their lives, although this is not easy to achieve in todays world. Quarters or Padas

Sagittarius Navamsa (6.4010.00 Gemini): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by exploration, materialism, pleasantness Capricorn Navamsa (10.00-13.20 Gemini): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by materialism, frustration, trouble Aquarius Navamsa (13.20-16.40 Gemini): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by science, research, inspiration, mental activity

Pisces Navamsa (16.40-20.00 Gemini): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by sensitivity, compassion, peacefulness Gana: Ardra is a manushya/human nakshatra whose relation with mercury connects the higher and lower worlds, relating to struggle and illusion.
Favorable Activities Demolition, destruction, discarding objects and habits, confrontations, research, creativity, propitiating fierce deities Unfavorable Activities Beginnings, travel, marriage, giving/receiving honors, religion Measures for Remedy Ardra natives should worship Lord Shiva in his fierce form of Rudra and chant the root mantra Om Aeem 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing red, metallic, green, silver, black and dark grey colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Ardra wickedness, ingratitude, and vanity. Janis Joplin, the musician, represents the forces of Ardra in its creative and higher mental plane.

Punarvasu The Bow


Punarvasu (20.00 Gemini-3.20 Cancer) is ruled by the Mother Goddess, Aditi. This nakshatra constitutes the root of the energy of Jupiter and translates into the reappearance of goodness. Punarvasu is signified by abode, homecoming, residence, recurrence etc. The idea of visible infinity is also conveyed by Punarvasu and it has all the desirable qualities. It gives one an impression of a positive renovation from darkness to light. In fact, the interplay of opposites is the essence of this nakshatra. Behavioral Characteristics Punarvasu relates to vastuva prapana shakti which refers to the power of retrieving objectives or objects. Triumph, renewal and return are indicated by the reference to the regenerative capacity of rain. Punarvasu loves to nurture and harmonize when after a shower, the earth rejuvenates. Hence, the natives of Punarvasu are satisfied people who believe in getting rid of negative energies through hard work. They believe in overcoming obstacles through self-confidence. The fascinating function of the emotional and mental is something from which Punarvasu derives its strength. The natives are characterized with reason and it represents a state when a child grows out of its mischief to become aware of others needs. They are good natured and friendly and the age 9-12 is also ideal for all kinds of spiritual introductions. In fact, Punarvasu relates to spirituality that engenders self-realization. Natives with Punarvasu in the ascendant have an average build and look serene and benevolent. They are pleasant, amiable, and noble. The simplicity of their views prevents Punarvasu natives from understanding complications, although they succeed in emerging unscathed from accidents, diseases and physical malfunctions. They are homesick, but are willing to travel. On the flip side, natives of this nakshatra tend to stagnate. On the brighter side, Punarvasu loves challenges and almost always succeeds. The opposing nature of Pollux and Castor give them a duality that gives them a contradictory character. While Castor results in losses, Pollux is responsible for retrieving them and thus the insinuation at recycling and regeneration. Punarvasu is the root word for pun, puny, and punitive and punctual, all of which signify the aspects of this nakshatra. Quarters or Padas

Aries Navamsa (20.0023.20 Gemini): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by movement, adventure, pioneering spirit, and friendship

Taurus Navamsa (23.20-26.40 Gemini): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by materialism, fixedness, travel Gemini Navamsa (26.40-30.00 Gemini): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by imaginativeness, mental focus, and science Cancer Navamsa (00.00-3.20 Cancer): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by maternity, expansion, nurturing Gana: Punarvasu is a deva/godly nakshatra that is benign and compassionate. It is related to the divine.
Favorable Activities Travel, exploration, pilgrimage, imagination, innovation, installation of altars, worshipping the Mother Goddess, child care, buying homes and cars, agriculture, gardening, starting work in a building, marriage, education, meditation Unfavorable Activities Lending, borrowing, law, conflict Measures for Remedy Punarvasu natives should worship any goddess figure like Lakshmi, Durga or Saraswati and chant the root mantra Om or Aum 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing colors like green, white and yellow is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Punarvasu contentment, slow learners and decent people. Lord Rama is a typical Punarvasu native, with all the ideal attributes.

Pushya The Flower


Pushya (3.20 Cancer-16.40 Cancer) is a constellation of 3 stars that are not very bright. Pushya is derived from the Sanskrit root pushti or nourishment. The nakshatra is ruled by Jupiter, the God of Divine Wisdom. The stars of the Pushya nakshatra were said to resemble a cows udder. The name Pushya also signifies yielding or nurturing. According to one school of thought, Pushya also denotes the gentleness of a flower or prosperity and auspiciousness. Behavioral Characteristics The primary quality of Pushya is that it represents a phase in our life when we rest in peace in the absence of fear. Nourishment takes the native back to the infant stage where it rests in the mothers arms and hence it is attributed with qualities of helpfulness, generousness and protection. The nakshatra relates to breasts and in a larger context to the milk of human kindness. As the most loved of all the nakshatras, Pushya is contented on the material plane, unlike its predecessor Purnavasu, due to the saturnine influence. Wherever its energies are directed, Pushya is featured with expansion, whether the field is material, or spiritual or creative. The natives also display an affinity for home, family and community. Lesser evolved Pushya nakshatras may not see the benevolence of the larger vista of the family, whereas higher Pushyas concentrate on nourishment and care towards the earth. A negative aspect of this nakshatra is that it may become too closeted in their worldly needs, which makes them narrow minded. This may lead to suspicion, prejudice, protectiveness and orthodox. Correspondence to the number of Saturn 4 makes Pushya a balanced nakshatra helping it to react sanely to situations and assist others. These productive natives work patiently towards their goals, which are marked by containment and safety. The 4th influence makes Pushya respect its roots and have a conservative approach. Their strong sense of ethics makes them decent, hospitable and courteous. They are never vulgar. Their features are fleshy, but Pushya natives are prone to bronchial disorders and prefer good food and sociability.

Generally, as shining examples as mother figures, Pushya identifies with brahmavarchasa shakti or priestly qualities that enable celestial blessings. Quarters or Padas

Leo Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Cancer): This quarter is ruled by the Sun. It is characterized by affinity to the limelight, achievement, wealth, ancestral pride, positivism Virgo Navamsa (6.40-10.00 Cancer): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by perseverance, benefits of all planets except Venus Libra Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Cancer): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by comfort, sociability, conformity, superficiality Scorpio Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Cancer): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by celestial awareness, dependence, and victimization
Gana: Pushya is a deva/godly nakshatra, comprising the benevolent aspects of the presiding deities. Favorable Activities Party, celebration, creativity, travel, tackling enemies, legal aid, fiscal processes, cooking, gardening, religion, pets, kids, spending time with their mothers, laying foundations, construction Unfavorable Activities Marriage, activities involving cruelty and harshness Measures for Remedy Pushya natives should worship the Mother Goddess and chant the root mantra Om Kam 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra during the month of Pausha to alleviate afflictions. Wearing golden, yellow, white and orange colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Pushya a peaceful, esoteric and favorable nature. Jimmy Hendrix is a typical Pushya native.

Aslesha The Serpent


Aslesha (16.40 Cancer-30.00 Cancer) is ruled by the Serpent God and identifies with the heraldry of Mercurial energy. It is where Ketu is born. Aslesha is also known by the name Naga, which relates to the serpent deity. The nakshatra indicates serpentine qualities like clinging, entwining or embracing. The primary symbol of this asterism is the coiled snake which can even be found in all the ancient civilizations of the world. All civilizations have a cold blooded and deceptive aspect to them, while at the same time they are also insightful, semi divine and carnal.

Behavioral Characteristics Various words in English use the alphabets of Aslesha (da, di,do): demon, deceit, debauchery, delusion, darkness, desperation, devil, danger and the like. You can find them out yourself. The common feature however that binds these words is that it is not possible for Aslesha to function benevolently while working on the mundane plane. It is extremely difficult to cope with the energies of this nakshatra or handle it appropriately. The Vedic astrologers identified this constellation with the esoteric and the occult.

The marked features of Aslesha natives are square faces, parallel, wide and thin lips, beady eyes, suspicious looks, a pale complexion, lack of attractiveness and sexual appeal. Their snake-like movement makes others attracted to them. Adept at social graces, Aslesha natives flatter others with courteous approaches. To rise up the social ladder, they are often deceitful, ruthless and plotting. Anyone with above average perceptiveness can spot their scheming nature. Additionally, they are always worried and cautious.

The suspicious nature of Aslesha makes them good observers and intuitive individuals. They function best in situations where there is lurking danger. Sometimes, the suspicion can make them paranoid and schizophrenic. Presence of the Aslesha energy breeds social suspicion and fear. This makes the natives lurk behind genuine thoughts and feelings. It also makes them miserly and when deceiving others, they are also deceived in return. Their natural affinity towards poison is complemented with mental games like strategy. Aslesha nakshatra has a natural affinity for cooking and in business, they often employ deceptive methods. The visasleshana shakti attribute to them the power of inflicting poison on others. Quarters or Padas Sagittarius Navamsa (16.4020.00 Cancer): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by disease and enmity Capricorn Navamsa (20.00-23.20 Cancer): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by dealing with people, ambition, swindling, possession-oriented, and financially backward Aquarius Navamsa (23.2026.40 Cancer): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by secrecy, concealment, plotting and adverse effects on their mothers health Pisces Navamsa (26.4030.00 Cancer): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by illusions, moral struggle (as here the serpent is slain), extremely deceptive, putting up faades and have adverse effects on their fathers health Gana: Aslesha is a rakshasa/demonic nakshatra, its celestial representation, Hydra, is considered the most dangerous of all demons, which makes the natives cruel, selfish and wicked. Favorable Activities Harsh measures like filing lawsuits, poisoning, scheming against enemies, carnality, short term prospects, Kundalini yoga Unfavorable Activities Beginnings, lying in the background, business, dealing with money Measures for Remedy Aslesha natives should worship the Snake God by performing all kinds of serpent rituals like Sarpa Homaand Naga Panchami by feeding milk to snakes, and chant the root mantra Om Kham and Om Gam 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing dark colors like red or black is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Aslesha gluttonous and crafty natures. Indira Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi is a typical Aslesha native.

Magha The Palanquin


Magha (0.00-13.20 Leo) is ruled by the Ancestors. It is the 10th nakshatra governed by Ketu, which is ruled by the Sun. Magha refers to Maghaban which is the cause of light and brightness. Magha is also referred to as the Little King/Sun, and is denoted by the words benevolent, bountiful, magnificent or mighty. This constellation is symbolized by the throne which is indicated by royalty, power, status and prestige.

Behavioral Characteristics Magha refers to the words magnificent, master, mayor, magnanimous and magic. All of them indicate the functioning of Magha at one point or another. Magha aims at shaping the present with the help of the past. If a native has Magha in their astrological chart, they are bound to experience positive karma. It may translate into favors from those in positions of power, although the nature of the favors is sudden and impulsive. The fierce element of Magha corresponds to Ketu that relates to the fierceness of the sun. As a ferocious planet, Ketu can be as violent in its intensity as the desert sun. On another plane, the sun is also associated with authority which can engender magnanimity and humility, or mercilessness and tyranny, leading to the natives being blinded by power. Magha is in fact a human asterism that fosters the humaneness of the esoteric Ketu. In fact, Ketu is a planet that is known to detach one from earthly ties, although in this context, Ketu allows one to fulfill worldly duties. The native is hence conscious of their social standing, eminence and performance of duty, and in a negative context, it can lead to over ambition. On a higher reality, Magha displays a high capacity for idealism, even when it is surrounded by material wealth. Magha helps in maintenance of nature through civilization and tradition. They have a royal demeanor and have lion-like appearances. Magha represents tyaga shepani shakti which refers to the ability to sever ties with the object. Quarters or Padas

Aries Navamsa (00.003.20 Leo): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by power, slaying of the serpent Ashlesha, assertion, chivalry, ideology, leadership Taurus Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Leo): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by image consciousness, duty, organization, receiving favor Gemini Navamsa (6.4010.00 Leo): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by intellect, creativity, and quest Cancer Navamsa (10.0013.20 Leo): This quarter is ruled by the Moon. It is characterized by ritual, ancestry, well being, charity, and un-doings
Favorable Activities Ceremonies requiring pompousness and grandness, public performances, parades, award functions, researching lineage, career strategies, past practices, upgrading to higher status and possessions, ancient knowledge, religious activities, settling disputes, seeking favors from people in authority Unfavorable Activities Lending, servile activities, planning for the future, technological processes Measures for Remedy Magha natives are respectful towards elders. These natives should perform the shradha ceremony for their ancestors in the corresponding suitable tithi for receiving the blessings of their predecessors. They must worship the Goddess Kali or Lord Shiva and chant the root mantra Om Gham and Om Ngam 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing royal colors like gold, red and yellow is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Magha wealth and luxury. They are also persevering and spiritual.

Poorvaphalguni The Marriage Bed

Poorvaphalguni (13.20 Leo-26.40 Leo) is ruled by Aryaman in the Vedic order, and Aryaman is the god of unions and contracts. It is ruled by Venus, the planet of love and arts. Poorvaphalguni is also known as the Bhagadaivata star which stands for development and creation. Poorvaphalguni is responsible for union and creation, and symbolizes good luck and fortune. This nakshatra resembles the back legs of a cot and it translates into the former, the former reddish one or the fig tree. Behavioral Characteristics The intense battles of Magha end in Poorvaphalguni where there is naturalness, relaxation and pleasure. There is calmness after the storm. The most recreational of all nakshatras, Poorvaphalguni offers shelter from the travails of life. The sense of self has been firmly established and now is the time for self-absorption to attain its climactic stage. The focus is solely on the self and with the influence of Leo, and Poorvaphalguni becomes the most theatrical of the nakshatras. The natives of Poorvaphalguni display a strong penchant towards being liked and noticed by others and desire accomplishment in their respective fields. Hence, most of them fall prey to pretension. For these natives, it is hard to acquire new learning as they cannot look beyond their existing scope. They have a self-indulgent eccentric nature that performs within the existing social standards. Poorvaphalguni by nature is a cruel nakshatra and is capable of ruthlessness, especially when an external force interferes with its relaxation. It is true when they are deprived of the amount of attention they deserve. Despite their ego and vindictiveness, Poorvaphalguni natives are delighted at appreciating the subtle benevolences of life. Poorvaphalguni radiates leonine warmth, with a laid back attitude and patrons of lifes pleasures even when luxury to them is unaffordable. A lot of their time is devoted towards self-exploration and making themselves comfortable. Poorvaphalguni relates to prajanana shakti or the power to procreate, symbolized the male above and the female below. The macrocosmic/microcosmic union of the polar opposites stands for family and procreation. Quarters or Padas

Leo Navamsa (13.20-16.40 Leo): This quarter is ruled by the Sun. It is characterized by the self, dignity, and splendor Virgo Navamsa (16.40-20.00 Leo): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by perseverance, sobriety, enterprise, trade Libra Navamsa (20.00-23.20 Leo): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by creativity, relaxation, harmony, travel, refinement, appreciation, counseling Scorpio Navamsa (23.20-26.40 Leo): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by passion, valor, and complexity Gana: Poorvaphalguni is a manusha/human nakshatra, with strong involvement in social duties like relationships and procreation, for sustaining the drama of life.
Favorable Activities Authority, persuasion, romance, marriage, sex, resolving disputes, rest, relaxation, art, singing, painting, charisma, property, construction Unfavorable Activities Reduction of ego, beginnings, curing diseases, illness Measures for Remedy Poorvaphalguni natives should worship the goddess Lakshmi and those related to wealth and procreation, or Lord Shiva through his lingam. They should chant the root mantra Om Cham 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing various light colors like yellow, white, pink and pastel shades is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results.

Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Poorvaphalguni pleasant appearance, manners, wandering and serves the government. Madonna is a typical Poorvaphalguni native used by the people in power for determining popular trends.

Uttharaphalguni The Marriage Bed


Uttharaphalguni (26.40 Leo-10.00 Virgo) is ruled by Bhaga, the God of Happiness. It is the 12th asterism and is presided over by the Sun. Uttharaphalguni indicates the desire for union, and organization through the ends achieved by doing so. Uttharaphalguni identifies with the Hindu month of phalguna, or spring and hence evokes all the characteristics of the season. This nakshatra resembles the back legs of a bed and it translates into the latter, the latter reddish one or the latter fig tree. Behavioral Characteristics On an average, the nature of Purvaphalguni applies to Uttharaphalguni as well. To know more, it is best to understand the behavioral patterns of the Sun or the king of the planets. The names that are traditionally given to the Sun, illuminator, the intense one, the cruel and the sharp one, one who bestows prosperity are milestones in indicating the functionality of Uttharaphalguni. The Sun is a sattwic planet which refers to its evolutionary aspect. It is the aspect of goodness that is basically helpful, charitable and philanthropic. The Sun is the only graha that generates light of its own, thus being the most independent of all. This characteristic is embodied by Uttharaphalguni which rather maintains its individuality instead of associating itself with the crowd. Rising above mass consciousness, the benevolent aspect of Uttharaphalguni is compounded with a stern side. It is thus pompous and also despotic. The common warlike qualities shared by the Sun and Uttharaphalguni are fearlessness, aggression, valor and wrath. Uttharaphalguni is the point of blending of the energies of the Sun and Mercury, and hence the natives are endowed with discrimination and judgmental faculties. Unhesitating in its dealings, Uttharaphalguni assists the native in self-expression and creative pursuits. Other solar traits take in dignity, nobility and even megalomania, in its negative connotation. Considering the devious aspect of the solar energy, Uttharaphalguni like Mercury is a trickster. In fact, when in the wrong, they may appear perfectly innocent of the error with a calm disposition that often makes the contender think twice. Uttharaphalguni stands for kindness towards friends and represents chayani shakti which refers to the power to accumulate and prosper. They are flexible and nimble in appearance. Quarters or Padas

Sagittarius Navamsa (26.4030.00 Leo): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by ethics, advisory aspect, fortune, material expansion Capricorn Navamsa (0.00 Leo-3.20 Virgo): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by organization, material success Aquarius Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Virgo): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by intellect, philanthropy, servitude, social responsibility Pisces Navamsa (6.4010.00 Virgo): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by intellect, wider horizon, spiritual and material success Gana: Uttharaphalguni is a manushya/human nakshatra, involved in material affairs, the focus being on friendship, family, culture and society.
Favorable Activities Beginnings, dealing with people in power, property acquisition, marriage and sexual activity, pledges, rituals, career, paternal actions, tact and diplomatic activities Unfavorable Activities

Endings, confrontations, retaliation, money lending Measures for Remedy Uttharaphalguni natives should worship the Sun and chant the Gayatri mantra. They may also peactice chanting the root mantra Om Chham and Om Im 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing red, white and golden colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Uttharaphalguni a knowledge seeking power, which endows them with a comfortable living. Warren Beatty and George Washington are typical Uttharaphalguni natives.

Hastha The Hand


Hastha (10.00-23.20 Virgo) represents the creativity of the Sun. The word Hastha translates into the hand or it may be alternatively transcribed as laughter. The significance of the latter is that Hastha is often associated with punning. The symbol of the closed fist gives Hastha the ability to achieve goals and good manners. In fact, Hastha is often associated with the sun and the solar principle, as it is related to the Sun and its rays. Behavioral Characteristics The common English words like hand, handy, hassle, haggle, haste, hard, harness etc are said to be derived from Hastha. The relation to the well known greeting Hastha Maniana symbolizes the jovial aspect of the Hastha personality and its relation with endings of all types. Once the family in Uttaraphalguni has been established, Hastha seeks to get the household going. It makes advocacy of civilized living, by making excellent householders, with apparent seriousness and joviality beneath. The Hastha nakshatra may betray a staright faced expression, and their supple build can handle various kinds of manual jobs. Their sharp minds make for instant solutions along lines of practicality, which makes them disregard extreme romantic attitudes. Their mischievous smiles are complemented by the lack of ability to sit still and hence the natives are somewhat fidgety. Often obsessed with staying busy, this asterism likes to complicate apparently simple tasks, but with a very high amount of attention to detail. Hastha born individuals expect others to be as meticulous as they are and are highly critical when their ends are not met, or expectations not realized. When related with the progeny in the 5th house, Hastha born individuals are likely to develop tension with their children. In accordance with the universal scheme of things, Hastha born persons are associated with the Sanskrit phrase Hastha sthapaniya agama shakti. This means, the nakshatra has the power to put the object of their desire within their hands or power. The symbolism of Hastha is a representation of attainment of the end or material object over the procedure of the attainment. In fact, the very symbol refers to the fact that Hastha holds the promise of immediate acquisition of the desired object by dint of sheer skill. Quarters or Padas

Aries Navamsa (10.0013.20 Virgo): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by abundance of energy, expert at underhand dealings, skills like math, surgery, military, with the focus being on a well-placed Mars Taurus Navamsa (13.20-16.40 Virgo): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by practicality, earthiness, perfection, material wealth, honesty, art, morality Gemini Navamsa (16.4020.00 Virgo): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by merchant, trade and business skills, career, dexterity, cleverness, intelligence, extraordinary sense of perception Cancer Navamsa (20.0023.20 Virgo): This quarter is ruled by the Moon. It is characterized by sense of family and community, material security, xenophobia, manifestation of the best and the worst, possibility of having a good progeny by a well-placed Jupiter Gana: Hastha is a deva/godly nakshatra, ruled by Savitar the benevolent deity that never possesses negative facets.

Favorable Activities Generally good for all activities, art and craft, laughter-inducing activities, pottery, jewelry designing, linguistics, holistic healing procedures, magic, skills of hands, dealing with kids, travel, changing homes Unfavorable Activities Planning long term objectives and aims, sexual acts, inactivity, relaxation, executive maturity, nighttime acts Measures for Remedy Hastha natives should worship the Sun god and chant the root mantra Om Jham and Om Nyam 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing light colors like green and white is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Hastha energy, boldness, and mercilessness and thieving qualities. Swami Vivekananda is a typical Hastha native, if some of the qualities are ignored.

Chitra The Pearl


Chitra (23.20 Virgo-6.40 Libra) is represented in the astrological cosmos as a single star. It conveys the idea of universal craftsmanship through its ruling deity Twashtar. The primary objective of Chitra is to surmount illusion and maya. Known to the Vedic astrologers as the nakshatra of prosperity, Chitra stands for the big, bright, shining jewel. Just as gemstones are created under extreme conditions of intense heat and pressure; the universe too needs to progress from its initial Big Bang which is emblematized by Chitra. Behavioral Characteristics Chitra is characterized with the essence of creation and conveys the intent of the English words, varied, multihued, brilliant, magic, art and visual delight. With little capability of sitting still, Chitra harmonizes with universal functions which in the negative context can become indulgent and self-serving. Chitra natives are appearance conscious and complex, and hence it is related to maya, or glamour and illusiveness. Their aesthetic and architectural approach has a superficial desire to project external beauty and the need to harmonize their relationships. Chitra natives, on a material and spiritual plane, interplay projection and perception so much so that their dignified faade has a concealed inner layer. Under the Virgo influence, Chitra tries to seek answers for illusions, while Chitra in the Libra zodiac relates more to the form and appearance of things. While Virgo is concerned with detail, Libra has more to do with relationship and seeking admiration. The ever present element of doubt and uncertainty give Chitra a weaker aspect which is why dubiousness looms over its need for appreciation and balance. Chitra loves to understand the mechanism of things and hence to is related to the scientific, technological and creative fields. In fact, a shining example is the Japanese race. Chitra loves conjuring magic while the Libra influence gives the nakshatra the aesthetic appeal. On a higher plane, Virgo in Chitra creates the gadget, while Libra gives polish to the finished object, by understanding the universal mechanism and coating it with the illusive mantle. Natives of the Chitra asterism have well-proportioned hairless bodies, with bright eyes and impressive manners. With a twinkle to their eyes, Chitra persons are able to naturally dazzle, which makes them attract the opposite sex. They can both sport and fake passion whenever required. Their penchant for dignity often conceals their errors. Causing some angst and disappointment, Chitra may both function on a higher and lower plane. Like the oyster which displays irritation in producing the pearl, Chitra born individuals cannot easily strip themselves of maya and illusion. However, this pain itself is a manifestation of the chimera. Quarters or Padas

Leo Navamsa (23.20-26.40 Virgo): This quarter is ruled by the Sun. It is characterized by glamour, perfection, selfnegation, secretive, esoteric Virgo Navamsa (26.40-30.00 Virgo): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by maternity, duality, organization, conclusion, Puritanism Libra Navamsa (00.00-3.20 Libra): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by relationship, balance, selfabsorption, social manipulation, display, dazzling Scorpio Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Libra): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by magic, mystery, secrecy, passion, materialism Gana: Chitra is a rakshasa/demonic nakshatra, which can manipulate everyone on the plane of maya with indulgence.
Favorable Activities Health and physical improvement, arts and crafts, interior designing, spirituality, herb collection, opposite sex, decoration, elegance, charisma Unfavorable Activities Confrontation, investigation, marriage Measures for Remedy Chitra natives should worship female deities who ride the tiger like Durga, Jagdamba and Bhavani, and chant the root mantra Om Tam and Om Tham 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing bright, sparkling and varied colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Chitra pleasant and bright appearance. Mahatma Gandhi and Anna Nicole Smith are typical Chitra natives.

Swathi The Corn Sheaf


Swathi (6.40-20.00 Libra) is the central constellation ruled by Vayu, the God of the Wind. It relates to the breeze, wind, and elimination of negativity. It invokes meanings of words like good going, independence, delicate and fragile. Swathi needs to be used well for eliminating its negative influences, as it may lead to negativity. Symbolized as a young shoot blown by the wind, Swathi suggests every form of delicacy. Behavioral Characteristics Swathi indicates balance and harmony and this itself may have the dual aspects like adherence to ideals and the lack of taking a stance. Often, the asterism does not have a particular point of view, and decisive action can only be manifested in evolved Swathi individuals. Extreme procrastination is one of the worst traits of Swathi whose openness to ideas makes it ideal for learning. However, only a few receive accomplishment in their chosen field. Lower Swathi natives may signal lightness, always concerned with the need of coming to a position of stability without the need to hurry things up. This is something that makes Saturn favorable in this nakshatra. The core basis of this asterism is futuristic planning and often they ensure that their long term goals witness success. Swathi natives have proportioned and elegant looking bodies that is on the slender side. They can easily be recognized in a group having a smiling countenance. The conjoined emphasis of Rahu and Venus makes Swathi a basis of diplomacy. They love socializing and can go to any lengths to achieve that. Civilized behavior appeals to them like nothing else and they often follow mass trends blindly. In fact they often

ask themselves the question, Who am I to blow against the wind? despite a clear realization of the fact that they cannot please everyone at the same time. Swathi refers to the aspects of independence or letting go of the self. It is a constellation that advocates individuality and this is further realized with the solar influence that has optimum debilitation. The spirit of individuality is not realized here in its spiritual aspect, although the nature of the conscience is more towards the mental and the material depending often on certain acquired skill or talent on an earthly plane. A lot of rich and wealthy men of the earth have their nakshatras in Swathi. The asterism while functioning on its lower plane can lead to overindulgence and a lack of morality. A major part of this nakshatra is demarcated by law, fianc and sexuality. Quarters or Padas

Sagittarius Navamsa (6.4010.00 Libra): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by communication, writing, open mindedness Capricorn Navamsa (10.00-13.20 Libra): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by materialism, fragility, stability, growth, selfishness, commerce Aquarius Navamsa (13.20-16.40 Libra): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by intellect, creativity, cooperation, knowledge, goal-oriented Pisces Navamsa (16.4020.00 Libra): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by flexibility, adaptability, ingenuity, perseverance Gana: Swathi is a deva/godly nakshatra, conducive to all kinds of learning due to the presence of Rahu.

Vishakha The Triumph Arch


Vishakha (20.00 Libra-3.20 Scorpio) is ruled by Agni and Indra and is a constellation of four stars forming the left half of the scales of Libra. Agni and Indra stand for heat, power and authority. Vishakha is a Star of Purpose and evokes various meanings such as double-branched, forked, or poison vessel. It is also known as Radha or the delightful. Radha also happens to be the name of Lord Krishnas consort. Behavioral Characteristics The English word fixation can best describe the essence of Vishakha which is marked by concentration and single mindedness, although it can be affected by the nature of the goal it pursues. With the frequency of unwholesome goals, it is a concern to handle this impulse within this asterism, as the natives are easy preys to alcohol, drugs and sex. Vishakha natives have an urge to throng the local bar. Vishakha natives have a jubilant aspect to their personality, and this makes them love ceremony and pomp. In case they opt for the pleasure of the senses, they often tend to turn into party freaks. After the triumph of Swati, Vishakha follows the exalted state of celebration of this triumph. With the feeling of emptiness succeeding every accomplishment, Vishakha natives are affected by it throughout their lives. Like fire, they are always concerned about what they lack, instead of using that they already have. In higher Vishakha natives, the presence of the void leads to a search for a profound truth. The asterism of Vishakha is characterized by a fierce appearance with slants on their facial features. The sharp features and keen eyes are complemented by a behavior that can be jolly and courteous, or unpleasant and downright nasty. They frequently assume appearances to achieve their ends, by hiding negative feelings towards others. It is something that leaves them with no friends, as they are pried upon by envy, jealousy, etc. In fact, Vishakha born natives are obsessed with the negative feelings and thoughts and cannot give them up. Thus, the fire starts burning in them, without any real purpose. It can be said that in Vishakha natives, the consumption can vary between the insignificant and spiritually destructive to aesthetically cultivating and evolving. Once the natives have decided upon something, they can go to any lengths to achieve their ends. This is something good as it makes them take up all kinds of challenges. They are faced with twin changes of succumbing to worseness or consciously follow the right path.

Vishakha makes simple matters complex and vice versa, by achieving objectives with resistance and confrontation. Surmounting obstacles by their sense of purpose, Vishakha asterism often complaining the end as to whether it was something that they had aimed for. Quarters or Padas

Aries Navamsa (20.0023.20 Libra): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by impulse, energy, social ambitions, and commitment Taurus Navamsa (23.20-26.40 Libra): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by durability, endurance, materialism Gemini Navamsa (26.40-30.00 Libra): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by communication, religion, philosophy, conflict, open mindedness, selfishness, anxiousness, deception Cancer Navamsa (00.00-3.20 Scorpio): This quarter is ruled by the Moon. It is characterized by emotion, transformation, volatility, vindictiveness, conviction Gana: Vishakha is a rakshasa/demonic nakshatra, which is difficult to comprehend. It completely disregards others and is selfish.
Favorable Activities War, executive ability, argument, harshness, mental focus, goal oriented acts, ceremonies, parties, functions, awards, decorative acts, romance, sexuality, penance, resolving Unfavorable Activities Marriage, travel, beginnings, tact Measures for Remedy Vishakha natives should worship the 8 Vasus, and Hari Hara (half Shiva, half Vishnu). They should also practice the kundalini/raja yoga and chant the root mantra Om Yam and Om Ram 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing red, blue and golden colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Vishakha jealousy, greed. Nicole Kidman is a typical Vishakha native, with her secretive and obsessive personality

Anuradha The Lotus


Anuradha (3.20-16.40 Scorpio) is governed by Mitra, the Divine Friend. It fosters balance and harmony in relationships, honor and achievement of fame. It is a destroyer of enemies and an expert in art and creativity. Anuradha translates into After Radha or Another Radha. Alternatively, it can indicate subsequent successes. Despite the lack of apparent similarity, it is seen that Anuradha forms a pair with Vishakha, like Purvaphalguni and Uttaraphalguni. Behavioral Characteristics Anuradha focuses on exploration, which is a jovial combination of community, people and energy. Thus, it can also be seen as a bridge between un-agreeable forces. Anuradha engenders communication between extremes like the youthful and old, immature and mature, highly evolved and lesser evolved, and also between races and castes. It is a universal solvent, the asterism of revolutionaries, and is able to see through the fakeness of society, politics and the economy. The very aspect of openness of Anuradha does not indicate lack of discrimination, as they can be extremely biased and cautious of allowing people into their circle. With the energies of all nakshatras being utilized to negative ends, Anuradha is an easy prey

to frivolousness. Anuradha natives happen to be driven by logic and are attracted to math, physics and the material sciences. It is a constellation that can effortlessly seam through independent thought, logic and intuition. Anuradha born persons are obsessed with numbers and this is why they are interested in numerology, statistics and the occult. The spiritual evolvement of Anuradha engenders an all-encompassing vista. They have stout and hairy bodies with a prominent chest and protruding belly as they mature in age. Their countenance is friendly and the eyes give out a hint of secrecy at times. Behaviorally, they may swing from the passive to the exuberant. Bridging people and groups is done effortlessly by Anuradha, who have a sensitive interior despite their tough faade. The uncompromising exterior makes them good leaders. They direct their energy through some deity, cause or cosmic energy. Due to the element of curiosity, Anuradha loves travel, especially to foreign lands, as they can easily adapt to foreign surroundings. Anuradha is associated with aradhana shakti or the power of worship. The ascending symbolism over the descending helps the asterism understand both higher and lower planes. Quarters or Padas

Leo Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Scorpio): This quarter is ruled by the Sun. It is characterized by inner realization, pride, career oriented approach Virgo Navamsa (6.40-10.00 Scorpio): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by intellect, discipline, learning, discrimination, organization, fulfillment, and categorization Libra Navamsa (10.00-13.20 Scorpio): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by creativity, bohemia, occultism, self-undoing, and sociability Scorpio Navamsa (13.20-16.40 Scorpio): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by struggle, passion, and esoteric approach Gana: Anuradha is a deva/godly nakshatra, with tender disposition that seeks harmony and understanding at all levels for a common cause.
Favorable Activities Groups, research, meditation, occult study, foreign affairs, healing, friendship, accounts/finances, reflective, secretiveness Unfavorable Activities Marriage, confrontation, mundane actions, inaugurations Measures for Remedy Anuradha natives should worship the 12 Adityas, primarily Mitra, and chant the root mantra Om Am and Om Im 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing moderate colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Anuradha a traveler, wealthy, and focused on satisfying their hunger as they cannot go without food for long. Friedrich Nietzsche is a typical Anuradha native

Jyeshta The Umbrella

Jyeshta (16.40-30.00 Scorpio) is ruled by the Ruler of Gods, Lord Indra. The name literally translates into the elder one or the senior one and it holds true for that which is characterized by supreme glory.

Indra is the protector of heroes and it is he who is the divine slayer and warrior. Vedic astrologers are of the opinion that at some point of time, there were 18 nakshatras used and Jyeshta happened to be the final constellation. Behavioral Characteristics Jyeshta is governed by a sense of becoming or arrival. In fact, it completes the second series of nine nakshatras starting with Magha. The latter series of nakshatras are more concerned with activities on an earthly plane. For Jyeshta, it is important to maintain an image. The natives do all they can to impress others and maintain the respect of other people. In the desire to abide by the established norms, Jyeshta is a good performer where charity, philanthropy, respect and kindness are concerned. Thus, it is said that Jyeshta in ancient times commanded the respect of society. Presently, when the world is characterized with excesses of materialism, Jyeshta at times drives its energy towards useless material pursuits that tend towards self destruction. Hence, the Jyeshta characters are manifested as corrupt politicians, stereotyped mob leaders, bureaucratic managers and the like. Persons with the Jyeshta asterism mature quickly both physically as well as mentally. Their appearances are usually well proportioned in accordance with the need for harmony. However, they cannot hold on to their youth for a long time. The best feature of their physique is their probing and penetrating eyes. Natives of Jyeshta tend to see their woes as larger than life. Hence, they are often found complaining, moaning and groaning. A strong influence of the energy of Jyeshta is the African continent, and hence it is no wonder that the musical genre of The Blues have found their roots here. Jyeshta natives are also vindictive and vengeful. Jyeshta is also protective of the weak, and can go to any lengths to protect the underprivileged, and are guided by the elite forces. Quarters or Padas Sagittarius Navamsa (16.4020.00 Scorpio): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by finance, family, extreme economic conditions Capricorn Navamsa (20.00-23.20 Scorpio): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by responsibility, protectiveness, challenge, selfishness, materialism Aquarius Navamsa (23.20-26.40 Scorpio): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by humanity, service, and bizarre sexual encounters Pisces Navamsa (26.4030.00 Scorpio): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by emotion, responsibility, liberation, materialism Gana: Jyeshta is a rakshasa/demonic nakshatra, since Indra often exceeds the demons as far as deception is concerned. Favorable Activities Harshness, spying, scheming, controlling, authoritativeness, administration, taking care, taking charge, occult, monitoring, responsibility, concern, family matters, assisting elders, discussing serious matters, large scale planning, discipline Unfavorable Activities Depression, anger, infidelity, selfishness, exploitation, marriage, recovery, recreation, tact, gentleness, traveling Measures for Remedy Jyeshta natives should worship Lord Vishnu, or fierce female deities like Durga and Kali, and chant the root mantra Om Dham 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing blue, light blue, dark green, black and red is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Jyeshta a furious appearance, lust and responsibility.Hollywood actor Al Pacino is a Jyeshta native who has donned a lot of mafia roles.

Moola The Lion

Moola (00.00-13.20 Sagittarius) is the first of the last 9 asterisms and is considered as being ruled by Nirriti, the Goddess of Destruction. The term Moola refers to the root, which is symbolized by a bunch of roots tied together. Moola is a term that also refers to the center or the innermost core. In essence, Moola is a straightforward that prefers not to beat about the bush and hence is always direct, emblematizing the natural essence. Behavioral Characteristics Moola has a fundamental approach towards life, which is getting to the core of things. In fact, the very word relentless applies to Moola as it ceases to stop at anything unless it has had its fill and will. One of the key functions of this asterism is to uproot things that to them have lost their significance. As an impulsive constellation, the natives of Moola often regret their actions. The Jupiter influence is best brought out when the will of Moola is in harmony with the Universal will. This is where individuality, in synchronizing universality, attains its apex. It is believed that the drive for individuality starts in Ashwini matures in Magha and concludes in Moola. Despite exceeding the limitations of ego and selfishness, Moola remains an arrogant nakshatra which fails to understand its potential. Sometimes, this is good though as it stops them from inflicting injustice on others in ignorance. The reason as to why Moola sometimes gets negative and dreadful is due to the influence of Ketu. It is an influence that sows the seeds of ego and vanity, as is evident from Ravanas example in the Hindu epic Ramayana. This is where power and fame climax in material accomplishment. Moola relates to the feet which can bear the weight of the entire body. Moola however also indicates non violence and protection of that which is good. The natives are characterized with a prominent nose and ears and a thick lip. In terms of behavior, Moola may be reserved, sarcastic or bold, which makes them easily noticeable in a crowd. Quarters or Padas

Aries Navamsa (00.003.20 Sagittarius): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by curiosity, spirituality, and optimism Taurus Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Sagittarius): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by perseverance, creativity, strife Gemini Navamsa (6.4010.00 Sagittarius): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by wordplay, relationships, communication Cancer Navamsa (10.0013.20 Sagittarius): This quarter is ruled by the Moon. It is characterized by emotion, obstacles in certain aspects of Jupiter
Favorable Activities Tracing of roots, singing, oration, search for knowledge, planting, gardening, herbs, medicines, construction and foundation work, sexual expression, occultism, self-exploration, meditation, death, adventure Unfavorable Activities Balance, tactfulness, marital events, diplomacy, lending or borrowing, materialism Measures for Remedy Moola natives should worship the deities of fierceness like Rudra and Kali and chant the root mantra Om Nam, Om Pham and Om Pam 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing dark, earthy colors or red and gold is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Moola an arrogant and compassionate appearance, and makes them happy and prosperous. The titan king Ravana is a typical Moola native.

Poorvashada The Hand Fan

Poorvashada (13.20-26.40 Sagittarius) is the height where Venus culminates its positive energy and is ruled by the Waters. It is the asterism which supplies us with the energy that is required for survival. Also known to many as the Invincible Star, Poorvashada is related with declarations of warfare, being ruled by the God of Wisdom. Poorvashada is denoted by the hand fan, and natives of this asterism are both confident and intelligent. Behavioral Characteristics Poorvashada has strong belief in itself and considers itself as invincible. Thus, most of the invincible qualities of the zodiac Sagittarius such as ambition, adventure, faith, exuberance and philosophy find their roots to this nakshatra. Being an optimistic constellation, Poorvashada lacks the impatience as it is prepared to follow the rules of time. Instead of being intimidated by setbacks, Poorvashada rather appears to be inspired by it, which may at times work against its favor. Sometimes, Poorvashada natives are characterized by unrealistic hopes, which can be taken care of by balancing nakshatras in their horoscope. The energy of Poorvashada indicates performing the task right away and this is sometimes insensitive of them. It makes them more warring and destructive which brings sorrow and regret. The cautious nature of the natives makes them slow in performing certain immediate tasks and this may aggravate the intensity of the situation at hand. Their fresh lookout contains the power to embed life in things that are not as fortunate as they are. Their nonchalance contributes to the joy of living every moment and overcome adversities. Hence their aim is to always get a good life. Certain kinds of the Poorvashada asterism tend to get excited once their goal is achieved and this is also a part of their inherent nature. Poorvashada is born to show them off, and they simply love it. Their creative perception is also worth mentioning as despite their somber expression, they can break into a smile any time. Honesty is a Poorvashada trait, but then they delight in secrecy to a certain extent. Poorvashada identifies with varchograhan shakti which refers to the power to instill invigoration, with their strong bonding and strength to eliminate confusion at a cosmic level. Quarters or Padas

Leo Navamsa (13.20-16.40 Sagittarius): This quarter is ruled by the Sun. It is characterized by pride, confidence, and spirituality Virgo Navamsa (16.40-20.00 Sagittarius): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by communication, intellect, perseverance, materialism Libra Navamsa (20.00-23.20 Sagittarius): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by luxury, love, partnership, materialism Scorpio Navamsa (23.20-26.40 Sagittarius): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by secrecy, mystery, arrogance, occultism, material perversity Gana: Poorvashada is a manusha/human nakshatra, and displays human qualities in all its extremes.
Favorable Activities Courageous situations, settling debts, making a statement, inspiration, inciting, warring, confrontation, revitalization, healing, visiting aquatic places, adventure, spirituality, equine actions, art, ancient sites, marriage, sexuality, confidence, water activities, worshipping female deities Unfavorable Activities Tact, diplomacy, reflection, promise, land-based journey Measures for Remedy Poorvashada natives should worship Goddess Laxmi, Lalita and Tripurasundari, and chant the root mantra Om Bam 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing ornate and varied pastel colors like white, light pink/blue is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results.

Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Poorvashada a proud disposition and makes them suitable for spousal relationships. Adolf Hitler is a typical Poorvashada native.

Uttharashada The Elephant Tusk


Uttharashada (26.40 Sagittarius-10.00 Capricorn) stands for the apex of the cosmic energy. It is symbolized by an elephants tusk, being governed by Vishwa Deva or Universal Gods, which makes it a permanent nakshatra. Uttharashada can be translated into several meanings such as the Latter Invincible One or the Latter Unconquered. It is evident from the import of the meaning that Uttharashada is more focused on the end goal. Behavioral Characteristics The asterism concentrates on tradition, elegance, courtesy and authority although Uttharashada is also featured with introspection, positivism and an enduring aura. In fact, the very essence of Uttharashada indicates someone whose opinions can be relied upon. They can be counted on to begin new ventures and enterprises and completing them as well. The energy of Uttharashada is pioneering and industrious and most of its practicality and goal oriented attributes can be found in the zodiac of Capricorn. Uttharashada as a nakshatra is concerned with order, symmetry and structural facets and this makes them adhere to the essences of respect and conformity. The association with ancestry makes them traditionalists so much so that they ingrain these values in their personal life as well. However, Saturn also prevails in this asterism and this is an influence that can make the Uttharashada natives rigid, remote, and harsh like the elephants tusk. Uttharashada is entirely intolerant of something that is not respectable. The philosophical and spiritual motivations of Uttharashada are geared towards deriving practical solutions. The sexual energy of this nakshatra is denoted by the mongoose, which happens to be one of the few animals that can defeat a snake, and hence Uttharashada is a symbol of everything Ashlesha is not. They are also positioned opposite each other in the 6th, 7th and 8th houses. These 2 nakshatras engage in frank dislike and warfare. Uttharashada hardly tolerates deception, just as the mongoose is cunning. The mongoose finds clever means to find its way ahead of tense or difficult situations. In fact, the natural energy of Uttharashada makes it take up challenging tasks that are easy for them. The spiritual basis of this constellation is that it uncovers the illusion of the soul. The Uttharashada energy is represented by apradhrishya shakti or the power to give permanent victory. The alliances with higher forces of good are represented by the victory of righteousness over unrighteousness. Quarters or Padas

Sagittarius Navamsa (26.4030.00 Sagittarius): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by communication, confidence, and expansiveness Capricorn Navamsa (00.003.20 Sagittarius): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by materialism, determination, personality, worldliness Aquarius Navamsa (3.206.40 Sagittarius): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by family, accumulation, collectiveness Pisces Navamsa (26.4030.00 Sagittarius): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by physical powerfulness, materialism, spirituality, abundant energy Gana: Uttharashada is a manusha/human nakshatra, since all the presiding deities are characterized with terrestrial affairs.
Favorable Activities Beginnings, foundations, spiritual, religion, order, discernment, promotions, contracts, art, politics, law, entering new home, judgment

Unfavorable Activities Travel, conclusions or any kind of endings, illegal activities, prevents unethical and rude behavior of any kind Measures for Remedy Uttharashada natives should worship Lord Ganesha and chant the root mantra Om Bha and Om Bham 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing colors like orange, yellow and shades such as light blue is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Uttharashada pleasant, modest and grateful appearance. Swami Vivekananda was born with Uttharashada rising on his ascendant.

Shravana The Arrow


Shravana (10.00-23.20 Capricorn) is governed by the all-pervading energy of Lord Vishnu, the Creator. It represents the climax of the lunar energy and is shown in the celestial horizon as the eagle. Shravana is ruled by the Moon, and is symbolized by triple footprints. In fact, the very term Shravana can be translated into several meanings like hearing and someone who walks by limping. The latter meaning refers to the three footprints of Vishnu. Shravana is also translates into Asvattha or the sacred pipal tree which has extraordinary Vedic significance. Behavioral Characteristics Amicability: this is the word that defines Shravana that believes in maintaining peace with the surroundings and be just in its approach. Calculation, although when developed in higher motivations, is totally unselfish. Despite being unyielding and obstinate, Shravana indicates a positive nature as well. In all its perseverance, Shravana seldom prefers leaving things midway. Thus, when any kind of activity is initiated in Shravana, it is certain that it will be completed. On the flip side, Shravana is characterized with shrewdness and this along with hard work and knowledge, is used for attaining selfish ends. The ability to listen, acquire and impart meaning is usually lost in manipulation, gossip and bad-mouthing. As a nakshatra that is oriented towards achieving what it aims at, Shravana tends to become harmful when the goals are unprincipled and not fully recognized. One commonly found disadvantage is narrow-mindedness. Here, the ego needs to be toned to a certain extent and hence there is the risk that they may not always follow the right path. Oration, organizational abilities and material pursuits are a few of the aspects that characterize this asterism. In fact, the ability to organize things has incorporated a negative connotation in recent times. The social involvement of Shravana makes it favorable for public dealings. The business-like approach to things is however very cordial. Shravana ascending can make the person crafty, alert and receptive. However, too much of generosity and modesty can often lead to their doom. The Shravana constellation is not favorable for rearing children, from whom they derive little happiness. The power of the asterism relates to apradhrishya shakti or the power to attribute final victory. Quarters or Padas

Aries Navamsa (10.0013.20 Capricorn): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by ambition, career, logic, initiative Taurus Navamsa (13.20-16.40 Capricorn): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by diplomacy, courtesy, tact, perseverance Gemini Navamsa (16.4020.00 Capricorn): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by flexibility, cunning, learning, communication Cancer Navamsa (20.0023.20 Capricorn): This quarter is ruled by the Moon. It is characterized by receptivity, massoriented approach, and sympathy

Gana: Shravana is a deva/godly nakshatra, since the presiding deity, Lord Vishnu, is a god with all the gentle qualities without being cruel.
Favorable Activities Rituals, performances, beginnings, medical, prevention, social interaction, reading, writing, music, meditation, philosophy, sexuality, peacefulness, organization, herbs, medicines, politics, clothes, items for home business, travel, charity Unfavorable Activities Aggression, risks, lawsuits, lending, war, manual labor, promises, oaths, demolishing, ending old things, marriage ceremony, adopting children Measures for Remedy Shravana natives should worship Lord Vishnu in all his incarnations and chant the root mantra Om Mam 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing white and light blue is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Shravana a scholarly appearance and a broadminded spouse. The famous boxer Mohammed Ali is a typical Shravana native.

Dhanishta The Flute


Dhanishta (23.20 Capricorn-6.40 Aquarius) is governed by Vasus, the God of the Flute. This star is known to bring symphony in the lives of others, being placed under the custody of Mars. The Dhanishta constellation is also known to be drum-shaped or dolphin-shaped. The term Dhanishta translates into the most benevolent or the wealthiest. It is also known as the Shravishta, which is Sanskrit for the famous or someone who is the most heard of. Behavioral Characteristics The inherent nature of this nakshatra is said to be derived from the influence of its eight presiding deities: Apah (musical ability, confidence, and vanity), Druva (fixedness, hard work, dependability, and obstinacy), Dhara (wisdom, charity, conversation, and talkativeness), Anila (commercial skills, resource, motivation, and worry), Anala (energy, sharpness, and bad temper), Pratyusha (radiance, joy, hope, and music), Prabhasa (good nature, purity, aspirations), and Soma (sensitivity, gentility, indulgence, deception). It is evident from the above that Dhanishta is a connoisseur of the good life and that it has a wide spectrum to its personality. As one of the most expressive nakshatras, Dhanishta is adaptable and flexible. Dhanishta rising on the charts can mean that the native will be radiant, confident and possess a disarming smile. The ability to strike conversations easily makes them adept at ensuring the comfort zone of the other person. It is generally true of natives born under Aquarius. As a social nakshatra, Dhanishta loves group activities, being aware of its dharma or aim. They also choose partners who have a personality that is different from theirs. This may lead to conflict in marital life. Dhanishta, in its ability to tune itself to its surroundings, may become susceptible to the falling standards of the media and hence act in a degenerative manner. In the cosmic cycle of constellations, Dhanishta is represented by khyapayitri shakti which refers to the power to bestow fame and abundance. Twin influences of birth and prosperity makes Dhanishta attain the pinnacle of success, something that can directly be related to Capricorn. When their achievements are made in relation to the cosmic intent, Dhanishta takes on an enduring significance. Quarters or Padas

Leo Navamsa (23.20-26.40 Capricorn): This quarter is ruled by the Sun. It is characterized by ambition, aggression, and accomplishment

Virgo Navamsa (26.40-30.00 Capricorn): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by communication, adaptability, musical and athletic skills Libra Navamsa (00.00-3.20 Aquarius): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by wit, optimism, sociability, marital bliss Scorpio Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Aquarius): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by creativity, sports prowess, and athletic skills Gana: Dhanishta is a rakshasa/demonic nakshatra, since it is lcosely related to Mars and Saturn, with the aim of bringing a change in the present.
Favorable Activities Religion, ceremonies, group work, music, dance, concerts, pomp, moveable and immoveable property, travel, proactive approaches, clothes, money lending, finance, jewelry, healing, education, fame, high tech equipments Unfavorable Activities Marriage, sexuality, giving up old habits, partnerships, household work, tact, gentleness Measures for Remedy Dhanishta natives should worship Goddess Durga, who rides the lion or the half-Vishnu/half-Shiva Hari Hara, and chant the root mantra Om Yam and Om Ram 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing red, gold and blue is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Dhanishta a liberal, wealthy and rich appearance. AR Rahman is a typical Dhanishta native.

Sathabhisa The Empty Circle


Sathabhisa (6.40-20.00 Aquarius) is governed by Varuna, the God of the Cosmic Waters. Also called the veiling star, Sathabhisa stands for the betterment of the human state, ruled by the node of Rahu. In fact, Sathabhisa forms the climactic state of Rahus functioning. The spelling is also Sathabhisak, which implies a hundred physicians or a hundred medicines or made of a hundred healers. Alternatively, the other term for Sathabhisa is Shatataraka or a hundred stars, as the astrologers saw the constellation as comprised of hundred stars. Behavioral Characteristics The single and most important aspect that separates Sathabhisa from other nakshatras is secrecy, although there are other nakshatras like Anuradha, Purvashadha and Jyestha can be secretive too. In fact, Sathabhisa derives its life force from the power of concealment. This asterism seeks that which is hidden and gains power from it, just as there are lots of things hidden in the chest of the ocean. Sathabhisa is concerned with the electronic media which is based on deception and secretiveness. With a suspicious perspective, Sathabhisa takes time to acclimatize itself to situations, although this makes them stay on guard, and being highly secretive, others often find it difficult to approach them. This makes Sathabhisa natives reclusive to a good extent. They are also introverts and eccentric. Solving puzzles and uncovering truths come easily to them. To get to the heart of things, Sathabhisa takes on an unflinching and silent stance. Often, they blurt the unpleasant truth at inopportune moments. Frank speech may at times hinder achievement for Sathabhisa. A strong influence of this constellation makes them lack education in their childhood. They have their own set of rules to follow and their coldness entirely suppresses their emotions. Sathabhisa marks the culminating energy of the element of air which makes them core intellectuals and philosophers.

Lack of traditional charm and beauty however hardly robs the appeal of Sathabhisa that has a shy disposition with a tendency to explode frequently. They are vulnerable, enterprising and moderate. Bheshaja shakti or power to heal embodies the call of this nakshatra. Quarters or Padas

Sagittarius Navamsa (6.4010.00 Aquarius): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by luck, optimism, and philanthropy, cause-specific Capricorn Navamsa (10.00-13.20 Aquarius): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by organization, practicality, ambition Aquarius Navamsa (13.20-16.40 Aquarius): This quarter is ruled by Saturn. It is characterized by vision, philosophy, rebelliousness, eccentricity Pisces Navamsa (16.4020.00 Aquarius): This quarter is ruled by Jupiter. It is characterized by illusion, expansiveness, compassion, holistic healing Gana: Sathabhisa is a rakshasa/demonic nakshatra, since all its presiding deity seeks secrecy and may be negative in their approach in dispelling atachments.
Favorable Activities Business dealing, contracts, real estate, education, knowledge, recreation, vehicle, biking, traveling, astronomy, astrology, medicine, rejuvenation therapy, marine, technology Unfavorable Activities Beginning, childbirth, marriage, fertility healing, lawsuit, arguments, sociability, finance, clothes and accessories, household chores Measures for Remedy Sathabhisa natives should worship Lord Shiva and chant the root mantra Om Lam 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing electric colors and neon blue is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Sathabhisa harsh and cruel speech. Independence in thought often makes them act without regarding its consequences. Rock star Elvis Presley is a typical Sathabhisa native.

Poorvabhadrapada The Front Legs of the Deathbed


Poorvabhadrapada (20.00 Aquarius-3.20 Pisces) is governed by Aja Ekapad, the one-legged snake. Symbolic of the two-faced man, the energies of Poorvabhadrapada signify enhanced spiritual aspiration. Denoted by a couple of stars, Poorvabhadrapada makes an almost perpendicular straight line to the belt of ellipsis at the intersection of Aquarius and Pisces. Poorvabhadrapada can be translated into the previous with lucky feet or the former with feet of a stool (Purvaprosthapada). Behavioral Characteristics The very nature of Poorvabhadrapada is concerned with a sense of transformation and transition. The asterism is often denoted by the term diabolical as debauchery, violence, macabre pursuits, untruths, moroseness and violence is ascribed to it. An intense nakshatra, Poorvabhadrapada manifests its negative energies through its egocentricity. Poorvabhadrapada aims to take in the understanding of things that are negative from an objective standpoint.

Poorvabhadrapada natives are persevering and sincere, despite lacking in wholesome pursuits. Often, they are prepared to scale any heights for realizing their goals. This is not very positive all the time since it indulges them in bad karma. The constellation identifies both with the persecutor and the persecuted, and hence most murderers and practitioners of homicides and genocides belong to this star. In a higher and evolved form, Poorvabhadrapada tend to seek self-mortification, and not the indignity of others. The famous sage Vishwamitra of Hindu mythology is said to have exploited the energies of this nakshatra. Hence, a lot of sages till this day are prepared to undergo extreme penance for realizing their objectives. However, the basic nature of these natives is to keep their extremities and pursuits to themselves. Their overly grave countenance is marked by severity and nervousness, confronting others at the slightest instant, and behaving extremely cordially at gatherings. Heavy metal rock concerts and the macabre attract Poorvabhadrapada. The evolved nature of this asterism teaches them to fight the bad which is demonstrated in creative artists and performers channeling the negative energies of their asterism through expression of their art. Natives of Poorvabhadrapada are often miserly and undergo phobia and perversion. Poorvabhadrapada finds expression through yajamana shakti or the power to elevate the evolutionary platform. Quarters or Padas

Aries Navamsa (20.0023.20 Aquarius): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by aggression, mental energy, violence, stern determination Taurus Navamsa (23.20-26.40 Aquarius): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by indulgence, manifestation of Poorvabhadrapada qualities Gemini Navamsa (26.40-30.00 Aquarius): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by communication, curiosity Cancer Navamsa (00.00-3.20 Pisces): This quarter is ruled by the Moon. It is characterized by diabolism, extreme benevolence or violence, sociability Gana: Poorvabhadrapada is a manusha/human nakshatra, although expectation would like us to have it as demonic. However, the Vedas say that humans are more capable of sin than demons.
Favorable Activities Dangerous, uncertainty, risk, mechanisms, technology, funerals, conclusions, death, agriculture, water Unfavorable Activities Beginnings, initiations, marriage, sexual activity, dealing with higher authorities Measures for Remedy Poorvabhadrapada natives should worship Lord Shiva, practice karma yoga and chant the root mantra Om Vam and Om Sham 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing light colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Poorvabhadrapada a financially wealthy aspect, which may be placed at the service of their partners. Rock star Michael Jackson is a typical Poorvabhadrapada native.

Uttarabhadrapada The Back Legs of the Deathbed


Uttarabhadrapada (3.20-16.40 Pisces) is governed by Ahir Budhnya, who stands for the serpent of the atmospheres underbelly. It is hence signified as a Warrior Constellation and grants prosperity to the cosmos. Uttarabhadrapada lies in the twin constellations of Pegasus and Andromeda. It can be translated into someone with lucky feet or someone possessing the feet of a stool or Uttarprosthapada.

Behavioral Characteristics The symbolism of Uttarabhadrapada stems from the fact that it is extremely unpredictable and can conveniently metamorphose itself according to the demands of the situation. Hence, Uttarabhadrapada resists being identified with archetypes. Ti is difficult to pin down the inherent motivations of this nakshatra as it is a storehouse for various energies, expressions and natures. Apparently flexible, Uttarabhadrapada is determined to accomplish its set goals which are alleviated by the imagery of the wise old man. Uttarabhadrapada is often characterized by postponement, and at the same time laziness, and physical and emotional indolence. Like the indigenous native tribes, the wisdom of Uttarabhadrapada is acquired through experience, and not knowledge. Calculation marks the apparent restraint of the natives with benevolent intentions, understanding and sympathy. As the arbiter, they are able to quash out fire. Calculation makes them good with numerology, astrology, divination, yoga etc. The disposition of Uttarabhadrapada is a serene one that remains unaffected in times of trouble. The position of Saturn goes a long way in effecting the performance of the Uttarabhadrapada natives. Hence, the serpent of the atmospheres underbelly often lies dormant. The latent inertia is overcome by the influence of complementing planets like Mars, Jupiter and the Sun. However, the wrath of Uttarabhadrapada is controlled and sublime and therefore even when it is at its worst, it is less depriving or cruel by nature. Characterized by reason and logic, Uttarabhadrapada ensures that the verdict is best for all the parties involved. It might be mentioned here that this nakshatra refers to the vana prastha stage of human life, which involves severance from all worldly and material ties. The aspects ruling this stage are secretiveness, reclusion, and respite from worldly duties. Uttarabhadrapada is hence associated with varshodyamana shakti which indicates the power to bring rainfall. This hence relates to the all-encompassing capacity of the asterism and the cosmic sea of conscience and consciousness. Quarters or Padas

Leo Navamsa (3.20-6.40 Pisces): This quarter is ruled by the Sun. It is characterized by determination, ambition, and pride Virgo Navamsa (6.40-10.00 Pisces): This quarter is ruled by Mercury. It is characterized by communication, calculation, planning Libra Navamsa (10.00-13.20 Pisces): This quarter is ruled by Venus. It is characterized by balance, objectivity, passivity Scorpio Navamsa (13.20-16.40 Pisces): This quarter is ruled by Mars. It is characterized by occultism, mystery, energy Gana: Uttarabhadrapada is a manusha/human nakshatra, with active indulgence in human matters, despite its affinity to higher existence.
Favorable Activities Serenity, research, divination, psychology, meditation, promises, marriage, beginnings and initiations, finance, healing, sexuality, naming children and firms, gardening Unfavorable Activities Travel, lawsuits, litigations, confrontation, speculation, swiftness, lending finances, movement, exertion Measures for Remedy Uttarabhadrapada natives should worship Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu or the Goddess Durga, and chant the root mantra Om Sham and Om Sam 108 times during the lunar transition of this nakshatra to alleviate afflictions. Wearing psychedelic colors is also recommended. All important actions should correspond to the course of this constellation for best results. Miscellaneous In the words of Varahamihira, the lunar influence gives Ashwini pleasant appearance, virtue and good communication prowess. Rabindranath Tagore is a typical Uttarabhadrapada native