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The Nakshatras: The 27 Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology

By: Laura Barat

The Nakshatras
Imagine if you will, that you are an ancient, living in a tribe with no electricity, or clock or any of
the comforts of modernity. The Moon would be the most visible and practical method to tell time
because of its motion and differing appearance each day. Each evening it is in a new place and a
new state (waning, waxing, new, full) and after 27 or 28 days it returns to its original position.
Now, as you are imagining that you are one of these ancients, and the position of the Moon tells
days, and after the days events, looking up into the sky and regarding the Moons position, you
note what happened that day, what kind of activities and whether they were fruitful or a failure
and what kind of emotions came into play amongst your tribe and then you would notice the
Moons position and it would become evident to you that a pattern is forming. The pattern is that
when the Moon is in certain positions in the nights sky, particular situations are encountered and
these situations are readily visible to anyone.
The human beings upon the earth then began to recognize that the gods were revealing their
characters through the Moon. When the Moon was in particular Nakshatras it was better to
perform marriages, business, medical treatment, harvesting, and so on. The Nakshatras would
actually support or hinder these activities. A complex mythological system began to be built
around the Nakshatras. And this was not just in India, although India has the most complete and
uninterrupted system. In China, the Nakshatras are called mansions. In Arabic astrology, they are
called houses. Even in the West, Nakshatras were used frequently and associated with magic.
Giordano Bruno was the last man to develop a complex system of training the mind according to
the Nakshatras and the drekkanas during the Renaissance. He was burnt at the stake for heresy in
1600. Since the Catholic Church wanted complete control of the hearts and minds of its subjects
and since Nakshatras are lunar based and associated with magic and the night, is it presumptuous
to assume that the Church would have none of it? Knowledge of the Nakshatras was then
subsequently lost in the West, but they continued to flourish uninterruptedly in India to the
present day.
The Nakshatras are 27 constellations in the sky measuring 13 degrees 20 minutes each. This is
the most ancient of zodiacs, mentioned in texts long before mention of Rasis.
Nakshatras and Growth:
Mythologically, the Nakshatras represent the wives of the Moon. The wives are the shakti or
power of the Moon. When the Moon is traversing certain Nakshatras, the characteristics of that
particular Nakshatra will manifest itself in the world. That Nakshatras shakti can be used
effectively. This is why Nakshatras are so important in Muhurta (electional astrology). Certain
Nakshatras will facilitate the growth of a new marriage or the growth of a successful business or
the growth of successful medical treatment. As a side note, in the West, Nakshatras were used for
performing spells and also for beginning certain ventures much like they are used in India today.
The Church associated the Nakshatras with witchcraft and consequently, knowledge and their
use was lost. A persons natal Moon in a Nakshatra will give them a particular power that will
give birth to situations, attitudes and circumstances. The Moon, being mind and consciousness, is

so important in determining the attitude and general characteristics of a person as well as their
strength and weaknesses.
The Sun as the Atma, the Moon as the Jiva:
The Sun is the Soul, its light is self-perpetuating. Without it, there would be no life. The Moon
takes the Suns light and waxes and wanes; it grows bright and it grows dim. The Moon,
therefore, represents the individual consciousness, the jiva, reflecting the Atma in manifested
creation. Because individuality is determined by a mind, without mind there would be no
individuality, the Moon rules the mind. The gods presiding over each Nakshatra and their myths
will give a general theme to the life of the individual.
Basis Above and Basis Below:
The basis above is what is in the mind of the deity of the Nakshatra when thinking about life
upon earth. The basis below is the natural consequence, or how that mindset manifests when
living upon earth. It is not what is consciously in the mind of a person, it is the natural
predisposition and what grows from this natural predisposition.
Shakti is the power inherent in the Nakshatra and the power in the mind of the individual. This
power is innate and does not need conscious interference or will power. It is as innate as the
color of ones eyes even if the native is not aware of it.
The Nakshatras
Owning horses
0 - 1320 Aries
Deities: Ashwini Kumaras
Symbol: the horses head
Shakti: power to reach things quickly (shidhra vyapani shakti)
Basis Above: creatures to be healed
Basis Below: healing therapies
Result: freedom from disease
Ashwini natives are swift and are able to travel at high speeds. They are natural healers and
being in their presence in soothing. They are good listeners and will make excellent therapists
and psychologists. This is an animal Nakshatra so there is an affinity for animals, especially
horses. They also have an affinity for vehicles. Ashwini people usually reach lofty heights in
their chosen profession but not though ambition. Others recognize their efficient ways and
natural soothing presence and they move up because of these qualities. Roy Rogers, the cowboy
actor, has his natal Moon here and he was featured in over one hundred movies with his
Palamino and German Shepherd. Peter Fonda, the lead in Easy Rider, also is an Ashwini
native. The chopper was his metal stallion carrying him swiftly across the United States.
To bear

1320 - 2640 Aries

Deity: Yama, the god of death
Symbol: vagina
Shakti: power to take things away (apabharani shakti)
Basis Above: removal of life from the body
Basis Below: carry the soul to the realm of the ancestors
Result: Moving on to the next world
Bharani people are obsessed with death and/or transformation. Their power lies in taking things
away. As long as the things taken away are negative or counterproductive, then the Bharani
person works in line with the universe. For example, if one has a brain tumor, a Bharani surgeon
will effectively be able to take it away. Garbage needs to be taken away. Psychologically,
negative attitudes and self-defeating habits need to be taken away so that the person can better
themselves. The vagina, as the symbol of Bharani, takes away the semen to produce another life,
it takes away the vital essence of one being to create another. It also rips the fetus away from its
contemplative, peaceful womb atmosphere and thrusts it into the noisy world. As a side note, Jim
Morrison had his Moon in Bharani. Did you see the movie, The Doors? Throughout the entire
movie, he spoke about and was obsessed with the subject of death. Many of his songs were about
2640 Aries - 1000 Taurus
Deity: Agni, the god of fire
Symbol: A razor or sharp blade
Shakti: To burn
Basis Above: Heat
Basis Below: Light
Result: Burning and purification
Krittika is also a transformative Nakshatra. Fire is the most purifying substance known. Krittika
people are fiery, courageous and able to cut away the unnecessary to achieve their goals. Frida
Kahlo had her Moon in Krittika and her art is filled with images of cut flesh and even a selfportrait of cutting her own hair. There are myths associated with Agni, the god of fire that tell of
high sexual passion and illicit affairs with other married individuals, note that Katherine
Hepburns Moon is also under the sway of Krittika and her 25 year affair with the married
Spencer Tracy was hardly a secret.
The growing or the red
1000 - 2320 Taurus
Deity: Prajapati, lord of creation
Symbol: an ox cart
Shakti: growth
Basis Above: plants
Basis Below: waters

Result: creation
Rohini is a soft, tender nakshatra. This was the favorite wife of the Moon. The deity, Prajapati is
a creative deity, presiding over theatrical art, dancing and music and all growth. Rohini, as the
favorite wife of the Moon, was highly talented in these arts as well as highly skilled in making
love. In Vedic myth, the Moon stayed with Rohini to the detriment of his other wives because of
her beauty grace and charm. The father of the brides, Daksha, cursed the Moon, so now he waxes
and wanes as he visits all of his wives. Rohini people make wonderful dancers, Fred Astaire has
his natal Moon here. Rohini people are concerned with growth, note that Sigmund Freud, doing
research into the growing mind of the individual from babyhood, through toddler years, revolved
an entire thesis around how the perceptual mind grows in psychology.
the deers head hunting
2320 Taurus - 640 Gemini
Deity: Soma, god of immortality
Symbol: deers head
Shakti: the power to give fulfillment
Basis Above: to extend
Basis Below: weaving
Result: Making the world enjoyable
Mrigashira individuals search within the creation for satiation and usually find it. They extend
themselves into creation, weaving a pattern of karmas, but these desires to be fulfilled are benign
and the motivation behind them is to enjoy the creation. Mrigashira individuals are charming,
changeable, timid, and impulsive. They like to hunt for the objects of their desires. The house
placement of the Moon as well as any planets conjunct the Moon in Mrigashira will give clues as
to what the native is hunting. Mrigashira is an animal Nakshatra, so there is a natural love of
animals and nature unless planets are severely afflicted here. Also, as a side note, Mrigashira
people often have big, beautiful, doe-like eyes. An example is Brooke Shields and Goldie Hawn
who both have their Moons in this asterism.
the moist one
640 - 2000 Gemini
Deity: Rudra, the storm-god
Symbol: a teardrop
Shakti: the power of effort
Basis Above: to hunt or search
Basis Below: reach the goal
Result: achievement
Rudra, the god of Ardra, is a form of Shiva. Shiva is very unconventional and heretical in his
actions and views, so Ardra people are inclined to be the same way. The symbol is a teardrop, so
high emotion is associated with this asterism. Often Ardra individuals will be moved to tears, and
since Shiva is the god of destruction and suffering, often Ardra people will suffer for what they

want and to achieve their goals. In order to reach the goal, there is suffering and destruction of
some sort along the way. Ardras planetary ruler is Rahu, showing an obsessive, strong desire
nature. Ardra natives can make their goals their obsessions, giving a powerful impetus for
success, however if they do not have a beneficial and healthy goal, they can fall into addictions.
Janis Joplin and Farrah Fawcett have their natal Moons placed here. The sad story of Janis
Joplins addictions ruining her after she achieved great success is well known. Farrah Fawcett
was also a household word in the late 70s but did have some addictive problems recently.
return to goodness and light
2000 Gemini - 320 Cancer
Deity: Aditi, mother of the gods
Symbol: a quiver of arrows
Shakti: the power of wealth or substance
Basis Above: wind, air
Basis Below: wetness, rain
Result: producing herbs and trees
Aditi, the mother goddess, is beyond form and boundless. She is goddess of space and also of the
earth. Like the goddess, Punarvasu people love freedom and expansion. The have the natural
ability to create wealth and prosperity. They have many resources from which to draw upon,
represented by the quiver of arrows. They like to store and retain their creations and energy
instead of spending it. They have a strong sense of virtue and of right and wrong. The ability to
resurrect a failing marriage or career, or regain self-respect, prosperity or income is a natural
talent among these natives. The person may become overly enamored of material well being and
use it for selfish reasons, but will always return to the balanced, correct path. Rehabilitation is a
key word here. David Hasselhoff has his Moon here and has been through many rehabilitations
for alcohol related problems and he also knows that his actions are self-defeating and seeks out
help to renew himself.
nourishing the flower
320 - 1640 Cancer
Deity: Brihaspati, teacher of the devas (divine beings, gods)
Symbol: udder of a cow
Shakti: the power to create spiritual energy
Basis Above: sacrificial worship
Basis Below: the worshipper
Result: possessing spiritual knowledge and energy
Brihaspati as the lord of Pushya rules knowledge and Pushya natives tend to be professionals in
their field and quite knowledgeable. They will nourish anything they come into contact with and
make it grow and thrive. As a result, this Nakshatra has the reputation of being the most
auspicious Nakshatra. Luck naturally comes the way of the Pushya person. Prosperity and wealth
are also attributes that seem to bless the life of the native of Pushya. Learning and mental energy
are favored by this Nakshatra. Clint Eastwood, Joe Montana and Gloria Steinem all have their

natal Moons in Pushya. All three of these individuals are extremely learned and fortunate in their
respective fields.
entwiner embracer
1640 - 3000 Cancer
Deity: Sarpas, the deified serpents
Symbol: a coiled serpent
Shakti: the power to inflict with poison
Basis Above: the approach of the serpent
Basis Below: agitation or trembling
Result: destruction of the victim
Ashlesha natives entwine or embrace that which they desire. They have a hypnotic, sensual,
undulating quality which can metaphorically paralyze the object of their gaze. The poison they
inflict can be to destroy or an ambrosial nectar that will bring about illusions within the recipient.
They do not have the magnetic, charismatic qualities to sway the masses, usually their hypnotic
powers work best on a one to one basis. Snakes are representative of the kundalini energy so this
asterism has intense mystical power. The sarpas inhabit the underworld, so the Ashlesha native
will be fascinated by the hidden, occult, deeply psychological areas of life. They are also akin to
snakes as they periodically shed their skin and go through many transformations in life.
Examples of Ashlesha natives are Marilyn Manson where the fascination with the dark side of
life is quite apparent. Barbara Streisand is also a native with an Ashlesha moon. It has been
rumored that she is rather difficult to work with and she has also gone through many
transformations in her long and prosperous career. As a worthy note, Ashlesha rules fingernails;
she possesses these in abundance and they are world famous.
the great one
0 - 1320 Leo
Deity: The Pitris, the deified ancestors
Symbol: throne room, royal court
Shakti: the power to leave the body
Basis Above: mourning
Basis Below: leaving the body
Result: death
This Nakshatra is a very fated Nakshatra. These natives are highly relegated by what their
ancestors have done and the desires of their ancestors. This Nakshatra has as its basis above,
mourning, which above all is an awareness in the consciousness that things must be let go of and
moved past. There are several phases in life that the person will move through and many people
and situations they will be obliged to let go of. In the mythology of this Nakshatra, the Pitris live
on the Moon, which represents that the ancestors are connected to our genetic make-up and
guiding the destiny because of the link with consciousness. Because of the connection to the
throne room and royal court, Magha natives often obtain a high level of success and fame in
life. Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin have their natal Moon in this asterism.

Purva Phalguni
the former red one
1320 - 2640 Leo
Deity: Bhaga, the god of wealth, especially inherited wealth
Symbol: legs of a cot
Shakti: the power to procreate
Basis Above: the wife, female partner
Basis Below: the husband, male partner
Result: the creation of a living being
All Purva Nakshatras deal with tremendous creative and conceptual powers. The Uttara
Nakshatras are the natural follow up as they make the ideas and concepts into tangible results.
Purva Phalguni is a highly creative Nakshatra with many artists and musicians as its natives.
There is a predisposition to being overly sensual and fascinated by sexuality. These natives seem
to create something of value while in partnership, not necessarily romantic partnership. When
they create alone, it is most often unbalanced. There is a strong thirst for direct experience and a
need to have concepts recognized. At one time the most famous woman in the world, Madonna,
has her natal Moon here. Madonnas fascination with sexuality and artistic talents are well
known. Most of her documented life she has been one half of a partnership.
Uttara Phalguni
the latter red one
2640 Leo - 1000 Virgo
Deity: Aryaman, god of chivalry and contracts
Symbol: a bed or a cot
Shakti: the power of wealth and accumulation through partnership
Basis Above: wealth obtained through ones family
Basis Below: wealth obtained through the partner or partners family
Result: accumulation of wealth
Uttara Phalguni is an asterism that will take the concepts and ideas of the previous Nakshatra and
turn them into tangible results. This is a wealth Nakshatra and the native is able to benefit greatly
from the wealth of his family and the wealth of the partner if the Moon is unafflicted here. It
does not necessarily mean that the natives family is wealthy or that the partner is wealthy, but
that the native benefits from these avenues of wealth. Like the deity, Aryaman who lords over
proper conduct according to social mores and correct behavior, these natives are concerned with
these concepts as well. This is also a Nakshatra where partnerships are favored and anything
created in a partnership will thrive and bring wealth. Examples of this wealth through partnership
can be seen through the natives of Barbara Bach, the wife of Ringo Starr and Eva Braun, the
chere amie of Hitler.
the hand
1000 - 2320 Virgo
Deity: Savitar the Sun, giver of life

Symbol: a hand or fist

Shakti: the power to gain our desire and place it in our hand
Basis Above: seeking gain
Basis Below: obtaining the desire
Result: obtainment of wish and put in ones hand
Hasta natives can acquire the objects of the desires in their consciousness. If their Moon is
afflicted, they will be confused about what they want. The symbol is the hand, so these natives
are naturally dexterous and highly skilled. The deity, Savitar, rules over the control of the mind
that gives higher awareness and the necessary focus to obtain what we want. Out of divine
inspiration, these natives will usually unselfishly create with their hands. Orville Wright has his
natal Moon here. Savitar also rules mantras and divine words, so the Hasta native will have a
good capacity for writing and speaking. Sylvia Plath, the tragic but incredibly talented poet, had
her natal Moon here as well. Her Moon however, was very dim and in the 8th house, hence her
poems were about death and transformation of the psyche.
the bright the distinguished
2320 Virgo - 640 Libra
Deity: Tvashtar or Vishvakarma, the celestial architect
Symbol: a shining jewel
Shakti: the power to accumulate merit
Basis Above: law
Basis Below: truth
Result: gain of honor in ones work
Chitra natives have the brightest star on the ecliptic, Spica, illuminating their constellation, hence
their name, the Bright. They like to shine in what they do and do it with a certain flair and
magnetism. They also like to be completely responsible for their creations as the deity,
Vishvakarma is the divine architect. Chitra natives try to do their best in everything they do and
they are extremely motivated to follow their own Truth. They are bright, charismatic and usually
powerful. If the Moon is severely afflicted, what they believe to be the Truth may be highly
twisted, but they will still be motivated to follow their own personal path. This is a profoundly
spiritual Nakshatra. These natives will have flashes of inspiration and will want to become selfrealized. Righteous activity will result in accumulation of merit, the shakti of Chitra. Sylvester
Stallone, Ted Turner and both George Bushes have their Moons in Chitra.
the independent one
640 - 2000 Libra
Deity: Vayu, deified wind
Symbol: a young sprout swaying in the wind
Shakti: the power to scatter like the wind
Basis Above: movement in different directions
Basis Below: changing form
Result: transformation

Wind means change. Reflect upon the saying, Winds of Change. Swati natives take something
and transform it. Their lives are characterized by much movement and change. They thrive upon
this and get bored when things are stagnant. These natives have a pioneering spirit and are very
independent. Because their shakti is to scatter like the wind, they will be adventurous and restless
and love to travel. Wind governs speech and the communicative faculty, the vocal chords, so
these native will have natural talents in speaking and singing. Vayu, the deity of this Nakshatra,
is also lord of the celestial musicians, so these natives often love music or have talent in this area.
Charles Chaplin, Miles Davis, a trumpet player of which blowing air is paramount, and Johnny
Cash all have their Moons in this asterism.
the forked one
2000 Libra - 320 Scorpio
Deities: Indra, two gods of lightning and fire
Symbol: leaf encrusted triumphal gateway
Shakti: the power to achieve many and various goals
Basis Above: to cultivate
Basis Below: the harvest
Result: fruits of the harvest
Vishakha, as a Jupiter ruled Nakshatra, is connected to divine spirit. These natives need to define
spirituality for themselves or some kind of dharmic (purposeful) path must be put into place to
guide their lives. These natives are also planners, they do not act impulsively. The inherent nature
of cultivation and then reaping the harvest takes time, so these natives are very patient and
persistent. They are multi-faceted and have many talents. They often will make good farmers and
gardeners. Vishakha natives will cultivate their ideas and creations until they have reached
perfection. The deities are ones of lightning and fire, so therefore are extremely intense and often
will disregard others in their pursuit of their desire. Jimmy Carter, who was once a farmer and
Jules Verne, who was both a writer of science fiction and a politician, both have their native
Moons here.
additional Radha
320 - 1640 Scorpio
Deity: Mitra, god of friendship, lord of compassion
Symbol: a lotus, archway
Shakti: the power of worship
Basis Above: to ascend
Basis Below: to descend
Result: Honor and abundance
Natives with Anuradha as their Nakshatra have a very fated path with regard to friends. Really
good friends are naturally fated because they usually give us help when needed and boosts in
career, finance, etc. Anuradha is also ruled by Saturn, the planet of fate. These natives usually
take longer than usual to reach their goals and must go through many adversities in early life

before they are able to come into their own as represented by the lotus. Honor and loyalty play a
major role in their life as well. They are often very devoted to something, hence their shakti as
power of worship. The worship does not have to be something spiritual, it can be a concept, a
career, a person. The god Mitra, abhors violence and disputes, so these natives usually do not like
passionate confrontations. This is a goal oriented Nakshatra and these natives reach their goals
through the alliances they maintain with others. Bob Geldof, the instigator of the LiveAid
concerts and Francis Ford Coppola have Anuradha as their Moons Nakshatra.
the eldest
1640 - 3000 Scorpio
Deity: Indra, king of gods, lord of storms
Symbol: earring, talisman
Shakti: the power to rise and conquer
Basis Above: to attack
Basis Below: to defend
Result: To gain supremacy among the gods
Jyeshtha, as all Nakshatras ruled by Mercury, is concerned with tangible results. As the eldest,
and Indra as the deity, these people are fierce fighters and love a challenge. They are very
powerful people and have the ability to rise above circumstances and become a hero. They tend
to see life as a battle. Because Jyeshtha means the eldest, these people often hold positions of
seniority and authority. There is very powerful sexual potency in this Nakshatra and these natives
have a forceful impact on people and may be prone to adultery and illicit sexual encounters.
Their sexual desire may cause them to seek fulfillment outside of their primary relationships. The
Jyeshtha person can never be held down. They will always rise again to lifes challenges. Tiger
Woods, Oprah Winfrey and Alexander the Great are some examples of Jyeshtha natives
the root
0 - 1320 Sagittarius
Deity: Nirriti, goddess of misery
Symbol: tied up bunch of roots, lions tail
Shakti: the power to destroy or damage
Basis Above: to break
Basis Below: to crush
Result: destruction
Mula people like to take things apart, literally destroy them, before they create anything. Mula
natives are focused on getting to the root of a concept, situation or thing so they inevitably must
destroy most of the thing to get at its essence. Mula is a constellation at the middle of the Milky
Way, so these natives become intensely interested in their object of study and penetrate the core
of whatever it is that they are focused upon. They like to uncover secret knowledge. Because of
the naturally difficult aspects of this Nakshatra, Mula natives are prone to experience utter loss
and disappointment at some time in their lives. As this is happening, Nirriti will give a healing
salve to those in distress. She is also protector of those people who are mentally and physically

disabled The Mula person will confront fear and it will flee. A Mula person has an inner warrior
that can confront anything. Prominent Mula people are Henri Matisse and Krishnamurti.
Purva Ashadha
the former undefeated
1320 - 2640 Sagittarius
Deity: Apas, goddess of waters
Symbol: a basket used for separating grain from the husk
Shakti: the power to invigorate or energize
Basis Above: strength
Basis Below: connection
Result: to gain the sea upon wishing for it
Purva Nakshatras, as mentioned before, are concerned with concepts and ideas. Purva Ashadhas
deity, Apas, is the goddess of waters. In this context it means water as flowing. Purva Ashadha
people are invigorating and inspiring. They like to feel connected. Water is what invigorates us in
the body. When we are dehydrated we feel de-energized and uninvigorated; flowing water
remedies this. These people have great luster and charisma. They use their natural strength to
bring people together for a cause. Is it no surprise that Hitler has this Nakshatra as his Moons
asterism. Because it is the former undefeated, these people tend to succeed quickly and success
and victory. This is also a highly creative Nakshatra with a lot of sexual potency, so they tend to
attract romantic partners and friends that help them win their goals. Other prominent people with
this Nakshatra are Johnny Depp, Ernest Hemingway and Cher.
Uttara Ashadha
the latter undefeated
2640 Sagittarius - 1000 Capricorn
Deity: The Ten Vishvadevas, universal gods
Symbol: an elephants tusk
Shakti: the power to grant an unchallengeable victory
Basis Above: strength to win
Basis Below: the goal that one can win
Result: becomes the victor that can never lose
Uttara Ashadha also denotes victory. However, since this is the latter undefeated, these people
tend to succeed later and have more patience and perseverance. Since it is Uttara, it is more
concerned with tangible results than ideas and concepts. Many of these people take on incredible
odds but are able to succeed anyway. George Washington and Abraham Lincoln have their
Moons here. Uttara Ashadha people have an intense desire behind which they throw their strong
will to achieve a victory that endures. They have leadership qualities and a natural diplomacy.
the ear
1000 - 2320 Capricorn
Deity: Vishnu, the Pervader
Symbol: three footprints

Shakti: the power to connect

Basis Above: seeking
Basis Below: paths
Result: connection of all things
As the ear is representative of Shravana, hearing becomes very important for this Nakshatra.
Hearing becomes what we think. These natives want to connect things and people, so what they
hear becomes a means for connection. What they hear decides their path. You know the saying,
That sounds good. This determines our decision when something sounds better than something
else. These natives, when following a yogic path, can naturally hear the sound of Om very easily.
This is also the Nakshatra of listening, so these natives make great listeners and develop a
profound wisdom. Three footprints symbolize walking and traveling, so the Shravana person will
like to walk, run and/or travel. Charles Manson has his Moon in this Nakshatra. He killed
because he heard the White Album of the Beatles and believed it was heralding a race war. Henry
Ford also has this asterism and what better way to connect people than to provide automobiles
which made travel much faster and efficient.
the wealthiest
2320 Capricorn - 640 Aquarius
Dieties: the eight Vasus, gods of light and abundance
Symbol: a musical drum
Shakti: the power to give abundance and fame
Basis Above: birth
Basis Below: prosperity
Result: To revolve around the summit of the gods
Dhanishtha is a wealth Nakshatra. Its natives have the power to acquire immense wealth,
whatever that may be. It is usually wealth of the financial kind, but it can also be measured in
fame as well. Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana, arguably the most famous women to have
ever lived, have their Moons here. This is also a Nakshatra of Nature. The natives enjoy spending
time in the woods away from the hustle and bustle of crowded cities. Many of these natives are
born into wealth and then acquire even more as life progresses or they are born famous or within
a famous family. They have a knack for acquiring fame and fortune if they are not born into it.
They also give prosperity to things they become involved with. Often these natives give birth to
something original as that is there basis above. Fidel Castro gave birth to Communism in Cuba.
He is considered an extremely successful leader amongst his own people. A musical drum as the
symbol often make these natives musicians or gives a good rhythm as in dancing.
possessing or requiring one hundred physicians or medicines
640 - 2000 Aquarius
Deity: Varuna, god of rain and water
Symbol: an empty circle
Shakti: the power of healing
Basis Above: all-pervasiveness

Basis Below: support for everything

Result: Firmness in understanding
Varuna, the deity, is the coverer or the binder, thus these natives have a hidden, secret side
that they hide from the world. Varuna rules the invisible so these natives are very unpredictable.
Before Varuna was associated with water, he was the god of the all-encompassing sky and he
was the support for creation. He actually created the Nakshatras, thus these natives seem to be all
knowing and know things without any methodical practice. They can assimilate diverse
information and unite it into an all-encompassing theory. Since Varuna created the Nakshatras,
these natives exist to heal the creation. Each individual jiva needs to be healed, that is the
purpose of creation, to heal, so that enlightenment can be reached. The all pervading aspect of
Shatabisha shows up in the horoscope of J. Edgar Hoover, the former head of the FBI. Elvis
Presley and Prince also have their natal Moons here.
Purva Bhadrapada
earlier auspicious one
2000 Aquarius - 320 Pisces
Deity: Aja Ekapada, the one-footed goat
Symbol: double faced man, a sword, two front legs of a funeral bed
Shakti: the power of spiritual fire which is elevating
Basis Above: that which is good for people
Basis Below: that which is good for the gods
Result: to gain support for the entire world through spiritual knowledge
Purva Bhadrapada natives are inspired by what is good for all people. They are motivated by
supporting the world through knowledge and do not have a need to be recognized for what they
do. This is a devotional, worship centered Nakshatra. When they become interested in
something, they will revere it. Worship is really attention. That which our attention focuses upon
the most consistently and methodically is that which we worship. Hugh Hefner has his natal
Moon here and through his worship of the female form, was able to create a publishing empire.
Martin Luther King also has his Moon here and was able to create and promote concepts and
ideas of fairness and equality. He definitely had spiritual fire which was elevating and when
people act correctly (basis above) they please the gods (basis below).
Uttara Bhadrapada
later auspicious one
320 - 1640 Pisces
Deity: Ahir Budhya, serpent of the deep
Symbol: two joined men, the back end of a funeral bed
Shakti: the power to bring rain
Basis Above: the raining of clouds
Basis Below: the growth of plants
Result: Nourishment and balance between earth and sky
Uttara Bhadrapada natives want to bring nourishment. The world is not stable because there is
hunger and need. These natives want to bring stability by fulfilling needs. They want to bring

about peace and balance. Uttara Bhadrapadas skakti is to bring the rain. Rain represents a
quelling of a thirsty earth, but also the condensation of ideas and inspiration into tangible form
that can do some good in a practical way. Bill Gates is an Uttara Bhadrapada native. He
answered a need for the sharing of information and heightened communication and fulfilled that
need with a concrete product. Now anyone almost anywhere in the world can find information
about any subject or find what they want through a computer. This has brought a certain kind of
nourishment to the human race.
1640 - 3000 Pisces
Deity: Pushan, Sun as Nourisher and finder of lost things and animals
Symbol: a drum, fish
Shakti: the power of nourishment
Basis Above: cows
Basis Below: calves
Result: Nourishment of entire world
Revati natives will go out of their way to care for someone. They instinctively know what is
needed on an immediate physical or psychological level and as a result are usually wonderful
people to have as friends. Revati natives also love traveling and usually had great good luck
while on travels. The symbol of a drum gives them good dancing and musical ability. They also
love animals. If planets are severely afflicted here, there may come harm from animals. Angelina
Jolie has her natal Moon here. She has been deeply moved by the hunger and poverty she has
seen in third world countries and has now dedicated her life to helping those in need. She has
adopted impoverished children and given them a life they would never have dreamed of. She is
also constantly globe trotting to fulfill her new humanitarian obligations. Revati is also a
Nakshatra of prosperity and abundance