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Nakshatra Vidya

The Real Secret of Nakshatra


In the Vedic (Hindu) system of Astrology, known in Sanskrit as Jyotish, the 27
constellations and not the 12 star-signs are the key to understanding celestial
influences on our planet. These 27 constellations are known as the 27
Nakshatras, which are 300 to 400 light years away from earth. Based on a
person’s moon Nakshatra at the time of birth, Jyotish offers a most powerful
predictive technique compared to other forms of astrology. The term “Nakshatra,”
when broken down into its constituent parts: “naks” meaning “sky” and “shetra”
meaning “region”, translate into “Sky Map.” Another translation is arrived at using
a different dissection: “naksha” is “map” and “tara” is “star” and so Nakshatra is
“Star Map.” Both meanings clearly show that in the eyes of the ancient Vedic
(Indian) seers the 27 Nakshatras (constellations) and not the 12 zodiacal star-
signs map the sky.

It was the Moon that ancient people first looked to for calculating time and
connecting to the stars. ‘Nakshatras’ is the name given to the constellations
or mansions of the Moon, as the Moon resides in each of these constellations for
one day. The system of constellations is very ancient, dating back more than
5,000 years as they were referred to in the oldest Veda (Hindu’s scripture).
These lunar mansions appear in Chinese and Arabic astrology but have
not received much attention in Western or European astrology. Each of the 27
Nakshatras consists of 13º and 20 minutes of the zodiac. Multiplying this length
by 27 equals the entire zodiacal belt of 360 degrees. The Nakshatras are
classified in various ways, according to basic attribute, primary motivation (Kama
– sensual desires; Artha – material desires; Dharma – living life based on
spiritual principles; Moksha – liberation from birth and death), sex, caste, species
and so on. They are particularly revealed by their presiding deities, ruling planets
and their symbolic form. The Nakshatra and the signs of the zodiac both begin
from the same point. The beginning of the first Nakshatra, or constellation of
Ashwini, the first Nakshatra, is the same as that of the first sign of Aries. Each
sign contains the combined influence of the Nakshatras falling with it. Compared
to the signs, the Nakshatra or Nakshatras possess a deeper effect. The signs are
merely “a heap, mass, or collection” of influences as their Sanskrit name
suggests. The planets are the cosmic creative powers. Each planet radiates
certain specialized forces. The planet make their impact on the zodiacal field.
This specialized circle divided by the signs and Nakshatras is the negative or
passive field of influences, while the planets are the positive or active fields. The
signs and Nakshatras create the necessary environment, while the planets are
the precipitating forces.

Prakriti (the female creative impulse) is the force that sustains the general
background of the zodiac. Prakriti produces the basic conditions on which the
seeds sprinkled by Purusha (the male consciousness factor) fructify and grow.
The Nakshatras and signs of the zodiac are the passive creative potency
whereas the planets are the creative or generating forces. The planets are active
causes whereas the signs and Nakshatras are the material layer of the action.
The Nakshatras and signs constitute the horizontal arm, while the planets
represent the vertical arm in the cross of cosmic creation. In Vedic astrology, the
personality traits are read more through the birth star (Nakshatra of the Moon)
than by the Sun sign. Nakshatra positions of planets are examined in the birth
chart as well. The use of Nakshatra is very important in Vedic astrology, much
more than with zodiac signs.

Indian seers say that the Nakshatras represent the abodes into which the fruits of
our labor (our Karma) is transferred and stored. The Nakshatras dispense the
fruits of Karma, the highest of which is the fruit of our worship and meditation, our
spiritual labor of life. Vedic astrology uses a system of planetary periods called
Dasha (Major Period) of various planets based on the Moon Nakshatra at the
time of birth. Most important is Vimshottari Dasha, a 120-year-long cycle of
planetary positions based upon the birth Nakshatra, stars. The planetary periods
of Vedic astrology provide an easy and comprehensive system for judging the
effects of planets throughout out our lives. The planetary periods are the most
accurate system of how the planets distribute their effects through time and
different stages of our lives. The major seven planets plus two lunar nodes are
assigned periods ranging from 6 to 20 years. With the help of this Dasha (Major
Period system) a Vedic astrologer can predict future events very accurately.
However, Western and other strological systems do not have predictive
capabilities as Vedic astrology.

The Nakshatras of Vedic Astrology

“In these twenty-eight mansions do lye hid many secrets of the wisdom of the ancients
by which they wrought wonders on all things which are under the circle of the Moon”.
Cornelius Agrippa- Alchemist/Magician (1500 CE)

Historical Origins of the Lunar Mansions

Before the ecliptic was divided into the twelve zodiac signs, the ancient Indian
astronomers recognized 27 divisions called nakshatras. The primary usage of the
nakshatras is a fundamental difference between Western and Vedic astrology. One must
deeply encounter and explore the nakshatras to appreciate the diversity and richness of
Vedic astrology.

The Moon takes about 27.3 days to complete its sojourn around the ecliptic. The
nakshatras represent the average daily movement of the Moon against the fixed stars.
Each daily segment is identified by a small constellation or a single star. Originally the
length of each nakshatra varied, but by the time the Surya Siddhanta was written (c. 500
CE), a classical astronomy text, the segments were fixed to a length of 13 degrees 20
minutes of arc.

The Sanskrit term nakshatra translates as “that which does not decay” (na –not and
kshatra – destructible). Naksh can also indicate approaching, to worship, to guard or
protect. Tra is a suffix implies a tool or instrument. Thus, the nakshatras are themselves
a means of worship. 1

Each nakshatra has a symbol that emphasizes its meaning. Unlike the zodiac or “circle
of animals” the nakshatras are symbolized by inanimate objects. Swati is shown as a
blade of grass blowing in the wind, Chitra is shown as a pearl, and Anuradha is
symbolized by a lotus flower. Each nakshatra is governed by a Vedic deity. So we find
Ashwini ruled by the Ashwin twins, the physicians of the gods, and Hasta governed by
Savitar the creative force of the Sun.

The Rig Veda is a compilation of hymns to the gods and the first known composition in
an Indo-European language. Historians agree that the Rig Veda was originally
transmitted through an oral tradition, and that it was written down, or codified no later
than 1500 BCE. Several nakshatras are mentioned by name in the
Rig Veda. New academic research by Dr. David Frawley2 and B.N. Narahari Acher3
suggests that all of the nakshatras are to be found in the Rig Veda where they are
referenced by their associated deity.

The earliest reference to the complete solar zodiac based on 12 sign divisions is found
in Mesopotamia c. 450 BCE, 4 yet the Indian astrologers were using the 27 divisions of
the nakshatras far earlier. The original lists of the nakshatras always start with Krittika
which is associated with the Pleiades. There has been much speculation about why the
nakshatra order would start with what we now consider the third in the list. The earliest
Indian star calendars were based on the 27 nakshatras, and some scholars believe that
the nakshatra system was developed during the time when the vernal equinox occurred
in the asterism of the Pleiades.
The period when the Pleiades heliacally rose at the vernal equinox was 2720-1760
BCE.5

1 Harness, Dennis M. The Nakshatras (Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 1999) Introduction
by David Frawley. 2 Frawley, David The Rig Veda and the History of India (Dehli: Aditya
Prakashan, 2001) Pg. 7. Frawley believes the main Vedic period ended by 2500 BCE, a
substantially earlier date than is commonly accepted. John Keay gives the time span of
1700-900 BCE to the Vedic culture, however this is surely to change with future
archeological work.
3 Achar, B.N. Narahari Searching for Nakshatra in the Rgveda (Electronic Journal of
Vedic Studies, vol. 6 2000, editor Michael Wizel, Harvard University)
4 North, John. The Norton history of Astronomy and Cosmology. New York: Norton &
Co., 1995. Pg. 39.
5 Parpola, Asko. Deciphering the Indus Script (New York: Cambridge University Press,
1994) Pg. 204

Historical and Contemporary Use of Nakshatras


The primary use of the nakshatras in ancient Indian culture was to determine when
religious rituals were conducted. The position of the Moon was critical to the successful
outcome of any ritual or sacrifice. Nakshatras were also used in the naming of children.
Each nakshatra is associated with a particular syllable or sound and these would be the
basis of the religious name given to a child.

In addition to their traditional usage, contemporary usages of the nakshatras include:

1. Muhurta or Electional Astrology: The nakshatras are classified by quality. Some


lunar mansion are “light” or “sharp” while others are “moveable” or “fixed.” These
categories are used primarily in muhurta, or electional astrology.6

2. Mundane Astrology: The Moon’s location can be used in mundane astrology, as the
Moon nakshatra reflects the social behavior patterns due to its reflection of the general
public.

3. Vedic Synastry: The nakshatras are used extensively for relationship compatibility,
even in contemporary India. Certain nakshatras are considered more compatible than
others. Vedic astrologers have developed an elaborate point system that measures
Moon compatibility (kuta point system). 7

4. Navamsha Harmonic Chart: The nakshatras are connected to the navamsha, or 9th
harmonic chart as each nakshatra is divided into four equal parts which correspond to
the 108 divisions used to calculate the navamsha chart. (The Navamsha chart is used
extensively in Vedic astrology to reflect one’s marital karma and one’s deeper spiritual
tendencies.)

5. Vedic Dasha System: Perhaps the most well known use of the nakshatras is the
basis of calculating the vimshottari dasa system. The dasas are planetary periods which
reflect developmental cycles. The full cycle is 120 years which is the theoretical natural
length of a human life. Where an individual starts in the cycle is determined by the ruling
planet of their birth nakshatra of their natal Moon.

6. Vedic Mythology and Spirituality: The mythological and spiritual depth of the
nakshatra material and its application is coming to fruition in the West. Exploring the rich
mythology of the nakshatras offers both spiritual and psychological insight. According to
the Taittiriya Brahmana 1.5.2, “One who offers worship here reaches the world of
heaven beyond. That is the nakshatrahood of the nakshatras.” Thus, the nakshatras
create a cosmic bridge between the human mind and the universal mind. They are the
lunar mansions of the Vedic gods and goddesses, the celestial palaces of these divine
beings. According to Dr. David Frawley, “the ancient Vedic sages looked to the origins of
the human soul, the eternal or light part of our nature, in the heavens, among the stars,
in the realms of light and eternity ruled by the creator or cosmic lord”. 8 To the ancient
seers, the nakshatras and planets in the sky were spiritual forces dispensing divine
blessings on humanity. The heavenly lights reward us with the fruits of our karma
according to our spiritual efforts made thru worship, prayer and meditation.

6 For further information on choosing an auspicious lunar nakshatra, see The


Nakshatras (pp. 113-116) by Dennis Harness.
7 DeFouw, Hart & Svoboda, Robert. Light On Relationships: An Introduction to the
Astrology of India. York Beach, ME: Samuel Wieser, 2000. Sekhar, K. Jaya. The Best
Bet: Forming the right Relationships. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2002. Both
DeFouw/Svoboda and Sekhar provide an excellent overview of the
kuta point system for compatibility.
8 Harness, Dennis M. The Nakshatras (Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 1999) Introduction
by David Frawley.

7. Personality Analysis: The 27 nakshatras offer a deeper analysis of


personality, character and temperament than the twelve zodiac signs. They
reflect the most intimate aspects of one’s mental, emotional and spiritual nature.
The nakshatras are an important tool for self-discovery.

The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology


The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology

“Dawn is the head of the sacrificial horse. Heaven is his eye. The year is his soul. His
form are the nakshatras and the stars are his bones”. Taittiriya Samhita of Yajur Veda
VII 5.25

The following brief descriptions of the lunar mansions provide basic information in regard
to temperament, motivation, symbols, deities and the shakti or power of each nakshatra.
The astronomical correlation with the fixed stars and sign constellations is also
presented. Remember to subtract approximately 23 degrees from your tropical natal
chart planets if you have not already calculated your sidereal Vedic horoscope.

1. Ashwini: The Star of Transport – (Aries 0-13 20’)

The symbol for Ashwini is a horse’s head representing a dauntless spirit of adventure
and a head-strong nature. The ruling deities are the Ashwin twins who ride in a golden
chariot and shower healing energy down to the earth plane. They are the “Physicians of
the Gods”. Their shakti 9 is the power to quickly heal
and reach what they desire. This is a nakshatra of initiation, revitalization and
transformational healing. The Ashwini natives have a deva or godly temperament and
their primary motivation is dharma. The ruling
planet is Ketu (South Node of the Moon) which gives a mystical and mysterious bent to
their life journey.
Ashwini is formed by three stars in the head of the constellation of the Ram (horse).
“Our ancestors fashioned heaven as a dark horse with pearls. They placed darkness in
the night and light in the day. Brahaspati (Jupiter) broke the rock and released the rays”.
Rig Veda X. 68.11

2. Bharani: The Star of Restraint – (Aries 13 20’ to 26 40’)


The symbol for Bharani is a clay vessel or yoni, reflecting the potent creative energy that
is contained in this lunar mansion. The ruling deity is Yama (the binder), the God of
Death. According to Atharva Veda, Bharani is the final nakshatra listed revealing its
connection with the end of life. Another name for this asterism is Apabharani which
translates as “the waters that carry things away”. The shakti is the “power to cleanse and
remove impurities”. Bharani has a manushya or human temperament and the primary
motivation is artha or prosperity. The ruling planet is Venus reflecting the creative nature
and strong sexual desires of this nakshatra. Bharani is formed by three stars above the
tail of the Ram.

3. Krittika: The Star of Fire – (Aries 26 40’ to Taurus 10 00’)

The primordial flame is the primary symbol of this nakshatra, representing the
purification by the sacred
fire (yagna). The ruling planet is Sun with the Agni, the God of Fire as the residing deity.
The shakti of this lunar mansion is ‘the power to burn away the negativity to get to the
truth”. According to the Atharva
Veda, Krittika is the first nakshatra reflecting the stars rising at the spring vernal equinox
during the height of the Indus Valley civilization (2720-1760 BCE.) Interestingly, the
Moon is exalted in this powerful nakshatra. It has a rakshasa or demon nature with a
primary motivation of kama or desire. The other
symbol for this asterism is a razor reflecting the cutting activity of this nakshatra which
can heal or destroy.
Krittika is formed by the star cluster of the Pleiades, the seven stars residing in the upper
torso of the Bull.

Note: An ancient seal from the Indus Valley region depicts a six-headed deity
surrounded by goddesses. This could reflect the connection of the god Mars (Karttikeya,
Skandha, or Subramaniya in Sanskrit) with the Pleiades.

4. Rohini: The Star of Ascent – (Taurus 10 00’ to 23 20’)

9 According to Frawley the shakti is “the power of the devata or the deities ruling the
lunar mansion.”
The symbols of this asterism are a chariot, a temple and a banyan tree. Rohini provides
movement toward the divine as well as a place of worship. The sacred banyan tree is
the home of the Goddess of the ancient Indus Valley civilization. It has a manushya or
human temperament with a primary motivation of moksha or spiritual liberation. The
divine Krishna is said to have had both his Moon and Ascendant in this lunar mansion.
The primary deities are Brahma and Prajapati, the creators of the universe. The shakti
experienced here is the ability to “foster growth and creation”. Rohini, “the red one”
correlates with the rose star Aldeberan, the red eye of the Bull.

5. Mrigashira: The Searching Star – (Taurus 23 20’ to Gemini 6 40’)

The symbol for Mrigishira is an antelope’s head. People born with this nakshatra
prominent often have the face of a deer. It has a deva temperament and moksha or
spiritual liberation as it’s primary motivation. It is a excellent asterism for research of
religious or philosophical truths. The ruling planet Mars, reflects the energy of the
spiritual warrior. The primary deity is Soma, the Moon God who imparts the divine nectar
of ever-new bliss. The shakti of Mrigishira is the “power to give fulfillment”. It is formed
by three faint stars at the head of the constellation of Orion.

6. Ardra: The Star of Sorrow – (Gemini 6 40’ to 20 00’)

The primary symbols for Ardra are a human head (thinking) and a teardrop which
represents overcoming suffering. It is an excellent rising nakshatra reflecting brilliant
mental abilities (Albert Einstein, Robert Hand). Rudra, the Lord of the Storms is the deity
of this lunar mansion. The ruling planet is Rahu, the North Node of the Moon denoting
the sharp, fierce activity of this asterism. Ardra can represent the clarity and emotional
cleansing that occurs after the storms of the soul recede. The temperament in manushya
and primary motivation is artha or wealth. The shakti of Ardra is “the power to make
gains in life thru greater effort”. The fixed star Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion
and Sirius, the Dog star are associated with this lunar mansion.

7. Punarvasu: The Star of Renewal – (Gemini 20 00’ to Cancer 3 20’)

The primary symbols of this illuminating nakshatra are a bow and a quiver of arrows.
The sky is the limit with this nakshatra. Punarvasu means “the return of the light” and
has the divine ability to bring spiritual light into darkness. Punarvasu reflects purity, satya
(truth) and strong moral values. It is a deva nakshatra with the primary motivation of
artha or material prosperity. It’s shakti or power is “the ability to gain wealth or
abundance”. The main deity is Aditi, the Cosmic Mother who bestows her creative
abundance on all who seek her blessings. This lunar mansion is ruled by the planet
Jupiter, the great benefic. Punarvasu is reflected by the Gemini twins, Castor and Pollox.

8. Pushya: The Star of Nourishment – (Cancer 3 20’ to 16 40’)

Pushya is considered to be the most auspicious of the twenty-seven lunar mansions.


The symbols for this asterism are a lotus, circle, arrow and the udder of the sacred cow.
The ancient name of Pushya in the Rig Veda was Tishya, the Celestial Archer. It has a
deva temperament with the primary motivation of dharma or right action. The ruling
planet is Shani or Saturn which grounds the energy of this powerful nakshatra. The chief
deity is Brahaspati, the High Priest of the Gods. The shakti of Pushya is “the ability to
create
spiritual energy”. It is formed by North and South Aselli, the two donkeys which reflect
the manger and the birth of the Christ child that occurs under the spiritual energy of this
benefic lunar mansion.

“O wise Maruts, let us carry off the wealth of food whichyou have bestowed on us; give
us, O Maruts, such thousand fold wealth as never fails, like the star Tishya (Pushya_
from heaven” Rig Veda, V.55.13

9. Ashlesha: The Clinging Star – (Cancer 16 40’ to 30 00’)

The symbol for this intense nakshatra is the coiled serpent at the base of the spine
reflecting the potent kundalini energy that resides here. Ashlesha means “the entwiner”
and denotes the challenges of our
addictions to sensory attachments. It is a very mental asterism ruled by Mercury and
located in the sign of Cancer ruled by Moon. The main deities are the Nagas, the
Serpent Kings. The shakti revealed here is “power to inflict poisonous venom”.
Ashleshans have a rakshasa temperament with a primary motivation of dharma. Great
mystical talents and enlightenment can be experienced if the primordial energy of this
lunar asterism is harnessed. The Buddha had this nakshatra rising under a benefic full
Moon during his blessed birth. The King Cobra protected the Buddha from the storms of
life as performed his tapas (spiritual austerities) under the bodhi tree. The nakshatra,
Ashlesha is formed by six stars in the constellation of Hydra, the Water Snake.

10. Magha: The Star of Power (Leo 0-13 20’)

Magha means “the mighty one”, reflecting strength and spiritual leadership. The great
Indian saint, Paramahansa Yogananda had both his Moon and rising sign in this
powerful nakshatra. The symbol is the king’s chamber or palequin. The deities are the
Pitris, the great protectors and fathers of humanity. Magha people have a fiery rakshasa
temperament with a primary motivation or artha or material prosperity. The ruling planet
is Ketu which reveals the mystical nature of this asterism. Their shakti is “the power to
leave the body”. Magha is correlated with the bright fixed star Regulus, the kingly star
located in the heart of the Lion.

11. Purva Phalguni: The Fruit of the Tree (Leo 13 20’ to 26 40’)

This creative nakshatra is ruled by the planet Venus denoting brilliant skills in the fine
arts and a love of pleasure. The sensual singer Madonna has both her Ascendant and
Moon residing here. The symbols associated with this asterism are a swinging
hammock, a couch and two legs of a bed reflecting a place of rest and enjoyment. The
primary motivation experienced here is kama or pleasure. Their shakti is “the power of
creative procreation”. The deity is Bhaga, the God of Prosperity, who protects marital
happiness and bestows family inheritance. They have a human or manushya
temperament. Purva Phalguni is formed by two stars, Leonis and Zosma which are
found at the rear flank of the Lion.

12. Uttara Phalguni: The Star of Patronage (Leo 26 40’ to Virgo 10 00’)

The symbol for this service oriented lunar mansion is a healing bed or two legs of a cot.
This is the “social worker” nakshatra who is always helping the friend in need. They
possess great skills in the healing arts and counseling fields. These natives have a
manushya or human temperament, while their primary motivation is moksha or spiritual
liberation. The deity is Aryaman, the God of Patronage and son of Aditi, the Cosmic
Mother. The shakti associated with this asterism is “the power of giving prosperity thru
marriage”. The ruling planet is Sun reflecting their ability to shine their helaing light on
those they come into contact with. Uttara Phalaguni is formed by two stars at the tail of
the Lion.
“Straight be the paths and thornless on which are friends will travel to present our suit.
May Aryaman and Bhaga lead us together! May heaven grant us a stable marriage! Rig
Veda X.85.23

13. Hasta: The Hand (Virgo 10 00’ to 23 20’)


The symbol for this nakshatra is the palm of the hand. The primary deity is Savitar, the
Sun God who promotes creativity. He is called “the golden handed one”. The shakti of
Hasta is “the power to manifest what one seeks and place it in their hands”. Hasta
natives can have great dexterity and skilled with hands in healing arts in with handicrafts.
Hasta is ruled by the Moon and in the sign of Virgo ruled by Mercury reflecting the very
mental, intellectual nature of this lunar mansion. It has a deva temperament with a
primary motivation of moksha or spiritual liberation. Hasta is formed by five stars
(fingers) in the constellation of Corvus, the crow.

14. Chitra: The Star of Opportunity (Virgo 23 20’ to Libra 6 40’)

The symbol for the brilliant Chitra nakshatra is a bright jewel or pearl. Chitra translates
as “the beautiful one” or “pretty pictures” which reflects its ability to arrange things nicely
with an artistic fashion. The deity

is Tvashtar, the divine celestial architect. The creator of Astro*Carto*Graphy, Jim Lewis,
had his natal Moon placed here. They are often successful artisan types. The shakti is
“the ability to accumulate merit in this life”. Chitra has a rakshasa temperament with a
primary motivation of kama or desire. The animal associated with this nakshatra is a
female tiger which reveals the passionate, sensual nature experienced here. Mars is the
ruling planet of this asterism. Chitra is represented by the beautiful, high magnitude,
fixed star Spica at the beginning of sidereal Libra.

“The Universe is uncaused, like a net of jewels in which each is only the reflection of all
others in a fantastic interrelated harmony without end”. – The Upanishads

15. Swati: The Self-Going Star (Libra 6 40’ to 20 00’)

The symbol for Swati is a single blade of grass blowing in the wind reflecting the
independent and autonomous nature of this asterism. It has a chara or moveable nature
and is ruled by restless Rahu, the North Node of the Moon. A love for educational travel
and the need for positive change is often experienced here. The primary deity is Vayu,
the God of the Wind and Prana. The shakti is “the power to scatter like the wind”. Other
symbols for this lunar mansion are a sword (discrimination) and a priest or priestess.
Swati is of deva temperament with a primary motivation of artha or attainment of wealth.
Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning is the female deity associated with Swati. This is a
very intellectual nakshatra that demonstrates excellent communication skills. It has the
capacity to achieve justice (Libra) thru personal power. Swati is located by the bright
star, Arcturus in the constellation of Bootis.

16. Vishakha: The Star of Purpose (Libra 20 00’ to Scorpio 3 20’)

The symbols associated with Vishakha are an archway and a potter’s wheel. The
archway is a symbol of moving thru thresholds of spiritual initiation. Jupiter is the ruling
planet of this nakshatra reflecting the deep connection with one’s soul purpose. The
potter’s wheel symbolizes the patience that must be developed in order to progress on
the spiritual path. Vishakha has a rakshasa temperament with a primary
motivation of dharma. The animal symbol is a male tiger. The main deities are Radha,
the divine consort of Sri Krishna and Indra/Agni. The shakti is the power to achieve
many and various fruits in life. Vishakha is formed by four stars of the Northern Scales.
17. Anuradha: The Star of Success (Scorpio 3 20’ to 16 40’)

Anuradha is symbolized by a lotus flower, reflecting the ability to blossom in any life
situation. The primary deity is Mitra, the God of Friendship and Partnership. Anuradha
individuals have the great ability to gather people together for social and spiritual
activities. The spiritual teacher, Ram Dass has his natal Moon in this nakshatra.
Anuradha has a deva temperament with the primary motivation of dharma or right action.
The shakti is “the power of worship”. The ruling planet is Sani or Saturn, which gives
tenacity and discipline when needed. Anuradha contains three stars in the body of the
Scorpion including Alpha Centauri, the closest star to our solar system.

18. Jyeshtha: The Chief or Elder Star (Scorpio 16 40 to 30 00’)

The symbols for Jyeshtha are an earring and an umbrella. The earring is a symbol of
Vishnu’s discus. Jyeshtha also translates as the “eldest” or “seniormost”. It is related to
the eldest sister Alakshmi, who is in the opposition constellation to Rohini, her beautiful
sister located in Taurus. Issues with jealously and betrayal can be experienced here.
Jyeshtha has a rakshasa nature with artha as the primary motivation. The chief deity is
Indra, the King of the Gods. He is the spiritual warrior and “dragon slayer”. The shakti of
this asterism is “the power to rise and conquer and gain courage in battle”. The ruling
planet Mercury reflects the troubled, yet creative genius of this lunar mansion. Albert
Einstein, Friedrich Nietzsche, Howard Hughes and Vincent Van Gogh all had their natal
Moons in this nakshatra. It is the nakshatra of the “creative eccentric”. The sharp Mars-
like nature of Jyeshtha is reflected thru the fixed star Antares which is located in the
heart of the Scorpion.

Note: An interesting seal was found in the Indus Valley area dated 2400 BCE. It depicted
a pair of scorpions on one side and an antelope with an arrow thru it on the other side.
The antelope/arrow is a symbol of the nakshatra Mrigishira, which is opposite the sign of
the Scorpion.

19. Mula: The Foundation Star (Sagittarius 00 00’ to 13 20’)

Mula translates as the “root” or original star which is symbolized as a tied bunch of roots.
It is located around the galactic center of our universe. The ruling planetary deity is Ketu,
the South Node of the Moon which reflects the mystical nature of this asterism. The
primary deity is Nirritti, the Goddess of Destruction. She lives in the Kingdom of the
Dead and is associated with the powerful goddess, Kali. The shakti
revealed here is “the power to ruin, destroy, and break things apart. The 9/11 tragedy
occurred when Mars and Ketu were conjoined near the point of the galactic center in the
middle of this intense nakshatra. Mula has a rakshasa temperament with a primary
motivation of kama. Mula is formed by a group of stars around the tail of the Scorpion.

20. Purva Ashadha: The Invinceable Star (Sagittarius 13 30’ to 26 40”)

Purva Ashadha means “early victory” or the “undefeated, the unsubdued”. The symbol is
a fan or a winnowing basket, which rids corn of the husks. The fan can signify popularity
as their name is fanned around a lot by the public. The popular talk show host Johnny
Carson as well as the infamous Adolph Hitler have their natal Moon in this asterism. The
primary deity is Apas, the Cosmic Waters. Varuna, the God of the Waters is considered
a secondary deity for this naksahtra. The shakti experienced here is “the power of
invigoration”. Purva Ashadha has a human or manushya temperament with a primary
motivation
of moksha or spiritual liberation. It is formed by the stars Kaus Borealis and Kaus
Australis in the Archer’s bow.

21. Uttara Ashadha: The Universal Star (Sagittarius 26 40’ to Capricorn 10 00’)

Uttara Ashadha translates as “later victory”. The symbols are an elephant’s tusk and the
planks of a bed. The elephant tusk is associated with Ganesha, the remover of
obstacles. The main deities are the ten Vishvadevas such as Vasu (goodness), Satya
(truth), Kratru (will power), Kama (desire) and Kala (time). This nakshatra is ruled by the
powerful Sun. The shakti is “the power for unchallengeable victory”. These natives have
the humanitarian vision to see all races as equal. Abraham Lincoln’s Moon resided in
this lunar mansion. This asterism has a manushya or human temperament with a
primary motivation toward moksha or spiritual liberation. The animal symbol is a male
mongoose, which has no female counterpart reflecting the independence and
sometimes loneliness associated with this nakshatra. Uttara Ashadha is formed by two
stars in the breast of the Archer.
Note: A twenty-eighth nakshatra called Abhijit is sometimes in the last five degrees of
Uttara Ashadha (Capricorn 5 to 10 degrees). This asterism is usually used for muhurtha
or electional astrology and not for natal chart analysis. Abhijit is considered a laghu or
light nakshatra which is auspicious for healing, travel or starting a business.

22. Shravana: The Star of Learning (Capricorn 10 00’ to 23 20’)

Shravana translates as “the hearing” with the primary symbol being an ear. It is a deva
or godly nakshatra that has the capacity to hear the astral sounds of Krishna’s flute, the
celestial bells or the cosmic Om. The natives of this asterism usually have brilliant minds
and the capacity to study other cultures and spiritual dimensions. The movie director,
George Lucas and Vedic scholar, David Frawley both have their natal Moons in this
auspicious nakshatra. The Moon is also strengthened by being in a nakshatra that is
ruled by the Moon. Material success is a result of the primary motivation of this asterism
being artha or wealth. The primary deity is Vishnu, the Preserver of the Universe.
Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning, is considered to be the female deity associated
with Shravana. The shakti is “the power to provide connection with others”. Shravana is
formed by three stars in the head of the Eagle, Aquilla.

23. Dhanishtha: The Star of Symphony (Capricorn 23 20’ to Aquarius 6 40’)

The symbol for the Dhanishtha is the drum indicating a love of music. It is sometimes
called “the kingly star” due to the fame and wealth that can occur under the influence of
this lunar mansion. Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana both had their natal Moons in
this nakshatra. The shakti is “the power to give abundance and fame”. Marital difficulties
and a fiery temper are observed here due to the rakshasa temperament, the animal
totem of a female lion and the ruling planet Mars. The primary motivation of Dhanishtha
is dharma. The deities are the eight Vasus such as Soma (water), Dhara (earth), Anala
(fire), Apa (space) and Dhruva (nakshatras). Dhanishtha is formed by four stars located
in the head of Delphinus, the Dolphin.
24. Shatabisha: The Hundred Stars (Aquarius 6 40’ to 20 00’)

Shatabisha also translates as “the hundred healers” or “the hundred flowers”. The
primary deity is Varuna, the God of Medicine and the Cosmic Waters, which provides the
natives with a strong connection to the healings arts. Varuna is the Cosmic Man pouring
his healing waters unto humanity. Astrologer, Ronnie Gale Dreyer and author of Healing
Signs has her natal Moon in this powerful nakshatra. The shakti of Shatabisha is “the
power of healing”. The symbol for Shatabisha is an empty circle reflecting the
independent nature and autonomy experienced thru this lunar mansion. This lunar
mansion can also be a challenging birth star for early marriage. It has a rakshasa
temperament with the primary motivation being dharma or right action. Rahu as the
ruling planet of this asterism indicates a love for travel and adventure. Shatabisha is
formed by a large group of faint stars in Aquarius, the Water Bearer.

25. Purva Bhadrapada: The Burning Pair (Aquarius 20 00’ to Pisces 3 20’)

The symbols for this unique nakshatra are a sword, two legs of a bed and a two faced
man. The sword represents the ability to cut thru the negativity to get to the truth. The
two faced man indicates the ability to see both sides of an issue. The deity is Aja
Ekapada, a one-footed goat that is the vehicle for the fiery god, Agni. The shakti is “the
power to raise a spiritual person up in life”. This nakshatra is ruled by the benefic Jupiter,
which reflects the high idealism of this asterism. Martin Luther King had his natal Moon
in this lunar mansion. They are often successful in the business world due to their
human or manushya temperament with a primary motivation toward artha or prosperity.
Purva Bhadrapada is associated with two stars, Markab and Scheat located in the body
of Pegasus, the Winged Horse.

26. Uttara Bhadrapada: The Warrior Star (Pisces 3 20’ to 16 40’)

The symbols for Uttara Bhadrapada are two legs of a bed or twins. Bhradrapada
translates as the “scorching” or “buring pair” related to these “twin” nakshatras. A woman
born with this birth star is considered associated with the goddess Lakshmi and is
considered “the gem of her family”. The animal symbol is the sacred female cow of India.
The deity is Ahir Budhnya, the Serpent of the Deep Sea and part of Lord Shiva’s army
which reflects the warrior nature of this lunar mansion when needed. Uttara Bhadrapada
has a human or manushya temperament with a primary motivation of kama or healthy
pleasures. The ruling planet Saturn provides great depth and spiritual discipline. The
shakti is “the bringing of the cosmic rain”. Uttara Bhadrapada is associated with Pegasi
and Andromedae which complete the square of Pegasus.

27. Revati: The Wealthy (Pisces 16 40’ to 30 00’)

The symbols for Revati are a fish and a drum. The fish is a symbol of deep spirituality
and the twelfth sign of Pisces. The drum is a marker of time reflecting the final lunar
mansion according to the constellations. This auspicious nakshatra has a deva
temperament with a primary motivation of moksha or spiritual enlightenment. The deity is
Pushan, the nurturer and protector of travelers and animals. Revati is ruled by the
intellectual planet Mercury, residing in a constellation ruled by benefic Jupiter. The
animal symbol is a female elephant. The shakti is “the power of nourishment symbolized
by milk”. Revati is one of the most benefic nakshatras for spiritual growth and
development of psychic abilities. It is formed by thirty-two faint stars at the tail of the
Fish.
The Nakshatras

Ashwini-Deva: 0° Aries 00’ to l3° Aries 20’

Ketu (South Node) – horsehead – healer

Bharani-Human: 13° Aries 20’ to 26° Aries 40’

Venus – male elephant – writer

Krittika-Demon: 26° Aries 40’ to 10° Taurus 00’

Sun – female sheep – indulgent


Rohini-Human: l0° Taurus 00’ to 23° Taurus 20’

Moon – love of travel

Mrigahsira-Deva: 23° Taurus 20’ to 6° Gemini 40’

Mars – female serpent – writers – good for astrology

Ardra-Human: 6° Gemini 40’ to 20° Gemini 00’

Rahu (north node)


Punarvasu-Deva : 20° Gemini 00’ to 3° Cancer 20’

Jupiter – female cat – bringing light into darkness

Pushva-Deva: 3° Cancer 20’ to l6° Cancer 40’

Saturn – nourishes societ

Ashlesha-Demon: l6° Cancer 40’ to 29° Cancer 59’

Mercury – male cat – ommunicator


Magha-Demon: 0° Leo 00’ to l3° Leo 20’

Ketu (south node) – male rat – spiritual leadership

Purva Phalguni-Human: l3° Leo 20’ to 26° Leo 40’

Venus – female rat

Uttara Phalguni-Human: 26° Leo 40’ to 10° Virgo 00’

Sun –social worker


Hasta-Deva: 10° Virgo 00’ to 23° Virgo 20’

Moon – healer

Chittra-Demon: 23° Virgo 20’ to 6° Libra 40’

Mars – female tiger

Swati-Deva: 6° Libra 40’ to 20° Libra 00’

Rahu (north node) –priest or priestess


Vishakha-Demon: 20° Libra 00’ to 3° Scorpio 20’

Jupiter – hydra

Anuradha-Deva: 3° Scorpio 20’ to l6° Scorpio 40’

Saturn – lotus

Jyeshta-Demon: l6° Scorpio 40’ to 29° Scorpio 59’

Mercury – male hare or rabbit

Mula-Demon: 0° Sagittarius 00’ to l3° Sagittarius 20’

Ketu (south node) – death – rebirth


Purvashadha-Human: 13° Sagittarius 20’ to 26° Sag. 40’

Venus – early victory

Uttarashadha-Human: 26° Sagittarius 40 to 10° Cap. 00’

Sun – male mongoose – later victory

Shravana-Deva: 10° Capricorn 00’ to 23° Capricorn 20’

Moon – monkey – diet and nutrition


Dhanishta-Demon: 23° Capricorn 20’ to 6° Aquarius 40’

Mars – female lion

Shatabhishak-Demon: 6° Aquarius 40’ to 20° Aquanus 00’

Rahu (North Node) – female horse

Purva Bhadra-Human 20° Aquarius 00’ to 3° Pisces 20’

Jupiter – male lion


Uttara Bhadra-Human: 3° Pisces 20’ to l6° Pisces 40’

Saturn – female cow

Revati-Deva: l6° Pisces 40’ to 29° Pisces 59’

Mercury – most spiritua

Tithis & Nakshatra Lords: Bhavishya Puarana


Astrology is a Shastra & while learning a Shastra a true learner reads
and remembers the subject as per textual references so that when he wishes
to refer back to it or pass on that knowledge to others he does so with
textual reference. Apart from this, in order to avoid personal injunctions and
personal mtheories to creep into astrology one needs to stick to the classics &
authorities. It is generally observed in the net world that we students of astrology
& even modern day scholars are not aware of the rich knowledge the Puranas
have in terms of astrological knowledge and it is for these readers we have from
the start brought out the astrological & remedial scriptural knowledge contained
in the Puranas often ignored. Some modern day astrologers pass this as
parampara or secret knowledge but all this is available in texts if one searches
for it. Below are specific remedies the village astrologers in India have used from
time immemorial knowing its true significance whereas the city breed astrologers
ignore it due to lack of parampara. Until now, this has not been revealed in the
net world hence it is deemed fit that it occupies space in the E Mag ‐
Saptarishis Astrology Magazine for the benefit of all.

Bhavishya Purana

Sumantu Muni (Sages are also addressed as “Muni”) said:‐ O King! Lord
Surya (the Sun God) likes all the tithis but Saptami (the 7 th day of the lunar
month) is its favorite. Shatanik inquired: When lord Surya like all the tithis then
why charities, Yagnas done on the Saptami are specifically significant. Sumantu
Muni said: O King! In the past, Lord Vishnu has inquired on this subject to Lord
Brahma, which I now recite to you in the same way as said by Lord
Brahma. Please listen…..
Lord Brahma Said: O Vishnu! At the time of division of constellations,
Pratipada (1 st day of the lunar month) and other tithis were given to Agni (Fire
God) and other Gods respectively and Saptami was given to the Sun God.
Whoever was given the tithis became the lords of the respective tithis. Therefore,
when such lords are worshiped on their day with mantras they give desired
results. The Sun God distributed the Tithis in the following manner.
Pratipada (1 st day of the lunar month) to Agni (the Fire God)
Dwithiya (2 nd day of the lunar month) to Brahma (the Creator)
Tritiya (3 rd day of the lunar month) to Kuber (the God of Wealth)
Chaturthi (4 th day of the lunar month) to Ganesha
Panchami (5 th day of the lunar month) to Nagaraj (King of the Snakes)
Shashti (6 th day of the lunar month) to Kartikeya (the warrior god, also brother
of lord Ganesha)
Saptami (7 th day of the lunar month) for Self (Sun God)
Ashtami (8 th day of the lunar month) to Rudra (Lord Shiva)
Navami (9 th day of the lunar month) to Durga (Universal Mother)
Dashami (10 th day of the lunar month) to his own son, Yama
Ekadashi (11 th day of the lunar month) to Vishwadev (lord of the world)
Dwadashi (12 th day of the lunar month) to Vishnu
Trayodashi (13 th day of the lunar month) to Kamadev
Chaturdashi (14 th day of the lunar month) to Shiva
Poornima (15 th day of the lunar month, full moon) to Moon;
And to the Spirits, the pure and pious Amavasya (15 th day of the lunar month,
new
moon).
The 15 th tithis are of Moon. In Krishna Paksha (Waning Moon), the Gods
immerse themselves in these tithis and they rise again in the Waxing phase from
the 16 th day onward.
However, there is a phase called “shodash” (16th) which is never destroyed.
The Sun God stays in that phase. This way the enlarging and diminishing of the
tithis are managed by Sun god itself, so the Sun God is the lord of all the tithis.
Now I tell you in brief how other gods fulfill the wishes of their worshipers.
Fulfillment of Wishes

Worshiping Fire god on Pratipada followed by Havan (The ritual consisting


of prayers, chanting, offerings, etc.) gives unlimited grains and
wealth. Worshiping Brahma on the Dwitiya and feeding the celibate Brahmin
makes the person expert in all kinds of learning’s.

Worshiping Kuber on its day, Tritiya makes the person wealthy and also gets
gains and success in all commercial dealings. (Useful for businessmen & job
seekers) Worshiping Ganesha on Chaturthi destroys all obstacles. Worshiping
Nagas (snakes) on Panchami frees the person from fear of poison and also gets
spouse, sons and the supreme Laxmi (the goddess of wealth). (For those who
suffer from Sarpa Dosh) Worshiping Kartikeya on Shashti makes the person
handsome, long lived, genius, and also enhances ones own fame.
On Saptami, one should worship Suryanarayan by the name of “Chirabhanu”,
who
is the Lord and the Protector of ALL.
On Ashtami one should worship Shiva accompanied with bull, it gives
abundant knowledge and beauty. Lord Shiva gives knowledge, frees from
bonding and wins
over death.
By worshiping Durga on Navami, the person willfully passes through all the
phases of the life and also gets victory in the wars and success in dealing with
the people.
Worshiping Yama on Dashami, frees the person from all kinds of ailments,
prevents hell and death sufferings. (for individuals who are very sick & going
through extreme tough times)
Worshiping Vishwadeva on Ekadashi gives progeny, wealth and land.
Worshiping Vishnu on Dwadashi, the person becomes victorious and
becomes worshipable in the community the way Sun god is worshipable.
Worshiping Kamadeva on Trayodashi gives good look and desired spouse and
all the desires are fulfilled.
Worshiping Lord of the Lords, Sadashiva, on Chaturdashi, one is bestowed with
all the luxuries, plenty of wealth and sons.
On worshiping Moon with full devotion on Poornima (full moon), the person
rules the entire world forever and the ruling is never destroyed.
If the Pitras (departed souls of the ancestors) are worshiped on the new moon
day, the person’s wealth is protected and gets life & strength. Worshiping the
souls even without fasting also gives the same benefits. It is essential for the
person’s well‐being that the departed souls are kept happy by worshiping them.
The person should worship the lords of the respective tithis with full devotion
and with all rituals by chanting mool‐mantra, names, anshu mantra and with
japas and homa/havan. Worship done this way the person remains happy on this
planet and also on other planets. He becomes favorite of the lords representing
those tithis and is freed from all unhappiness, obstructions and he becomes
handsome, religious and like a King who destroys his enemies.
Nakshatra Lords
By worshiping the Nakshatra Lord occupying the specific nakshatras, all of
one’s wishes are fulfilled. Now I tell you about them (i.e. nakshatra).
Worshiping Ashwinikumar in Ashwini nakshatra, the person gets free from
all ailments and becomes long lived.
Worshiping Yama by blue flowers and camphor in Bharani nakshatra will
protect the person from premature death.
Worshiping Agni (Fire god) in Kritika nakshatra with the garland made of
Rakt‐ Pushpa (Red flower) and with homam gives desired fruits.
Worshiping Lord Brahma in Rohini nakshatra would fulfill all the desires.
Worshiping Moon in Mrigshira nakshatra gives knowledge and good health.
Worshiping Lord Shiva in Ardra nakshatra gives victory; the person is blessed
on worshiping lord Shiva with Lotus and other flowers.
Worshiping Aditi (wife of sage Kashyap, mother of Gods) in Punarvasu
nakshatra gives protection to the worshiper’s mother.
Worshiping Brihaspati (Jupiter) in Pushya nakshatra, then Jupiter is pleased
and the person is blessed with wisdom.
Worshiping Nagas in Ashlesha nakshatra will free one from the fears of Nagas.
Worshiping the Pitras (departed souls) in Magha nakshatra gives wealth,
sons, animals and servants.
Worshiping Pusha in PurvaPhalguni nakshatra gives, victory, desired spouse
and blesses them with good looks & wealth.
Worshiping Sun God in Hasta nakshatra by Gandha (sandalwood paste)
and flowers gives all wealth and luxuries.
Worshiping Lord Twastha (the celestial architect) in Chitra nakshatra gives
a kingdom free from enemies.
Worshiping Vayu (Air God) in Swati nakshatra gives lots of divine strength.
Worshiping Indragni in Vishaka nakshatra with red flowers, the person
begets wealth and becomes lustrous.
Worshiping Mitradev (Friend God) in Anuradha nakshatra with devotion
and rituals, the person begets Laxmi (goddess of wealth) and long life.
Worshiping the King of Gods Indra, in Jyestha nakshatra, the person gets
strength and becomes rich and superior in wealth, behaviors and karmas.
Worshiping gods and the departed souls with devotion in Moola nakshatra
the person gains heaven and gains fruits of past good deeds.
Worshiping Aap‐ Jal (water god) in Purvashad nakshatra and performing
havan, the person is freed from mental and physical stress.
Worshiping Vishawadev and Vishweshwar, in Uttarashad nakshatra with
flowers, the person begets everything.
Worshiping Lord Vishnu in Shravan nakshatra with Shvet, Pita and Neel (white,
yellow and blue) flowers the person gains wealth and victory.

Worshiping Vasu 1 by Sandalwood paste and flowers, the person is freed from
all kinds of fears.
Worshiping Indra in Satabisha nakshatra, the person becomes free from all
`ailments and the curious person begets strength, wealth and luxury. Worshiping
Lord “Ajanma” who is like a pure crystal bead, in Purvabhadrapada nakshatra,
gives supreme devotion and victory.
Worshiping Ahirburdhanki in Uttarbhadrapada nakshatra gives divine peace.
Worshiping Lord Pusha in Revati nakshatra with white flowers gives lots of
auspiciousness, non‐destroyable courage and victory.
Worshiping all these lords as per one’s capacity always gives fruits.
Before starting journey or undertaking any work, one should worship
the nakshatra lords to get success in the task, only after which the work
should be undertaken. This has been said by the Sun god itself.
Lord Brahma said: Hey Madhusudan!!
You worship the Sun god with full devotion, because worshiping the Sun with
regular puja, namaskars (bows), fasting, havan etc and by feeding Brahman the
person is freed from all sins and finally achieves the abode of the Sun god.
Thus ends the Chapter 102 of Bhavishya Purana.

Tithi

A tithi is a lunar day. There are 15 tithis in the waxing cycle of the moon (shukla
paksha), and there are 15 tithis in the waning cycle of the Moon ( Krishna paksha). The
tithi is based on a relationship between the Sun and the Moon. The first tithi is 12
degrees of the Moon away from the Sun after the new Moon (Amavasya) or full Moon
(Purnima). The second tithi is the next 12 degrees of the Moon away from the Sun, 12 to
24 degrees. A particular day is ruled by the tithi at sunrise, but the tithi can change
anytime of the day or night as it is not based on the solar day.

Tithis vary in duration from approximately 19 to 26 hours, according to the movement


of the Moon. Each tithi has a name, a ruling planet, and can be used in muhurta (picking
a proper time).

The names of the Tithis are given below: The waxing Moon is called Shukla Paksha,
1. Pratipada the waning Moon is called Krsna Paksha.
2. Dwitiya Paksha is a half month or half lunar cycle.
3. Tritiya Each Paksha has 15 Tithis, so Shukla
4. Chaturthi Pratipat is the first day of the waxing Moon
5. Panchami and Krsna Pratipat is the first day of the
6. Shashthi waning Moon.
7. Saptami
8. Ashtami (Half Moon) In the traditional Vedic calendar system the
9. Navami tithis are used as dates, so one’s birthday
10. Dashami would be on the same tithi as they were
11. Ekadasi
12. Dwadashi born, the relationship between the Sun
13. Trayodashi (Father) and Moon (Mother) would be the
14 Chaturdashi same on one’s birthday as it was the day of
15. Purnima (Full Moon), birth. In this way, the Gregorian dates have
Amavasya (New Moon) no astrological relevance.

In picking a Muhurta one must understand the difference between Nakshatra and tithi,
both relate to the mind. The tithi is ruled by Jala Tattva (the water element/Venus) and
shows the state of the mind; whether it is excited, bored, nervous, afraid, agitated or
calm. The Nakshatra is ruled by Vayu Tattva (the air element/Saturn) and shows what
the mind will experience; whether it is going to be a pleasant or painful experience. The
tithi is used to see if an event will be successful. It also shows whether people will
cooperate with the project or not.

When looking at the natal chart the tithi is ruled by Jala and connected to Venus. It
shows things related to passions and desires. One should see the birth tithi and see how
the planet lording that tithi is placed in the natal chart. If it is strong then relationships
are smooth. If it is weak, then relationships are rough. The tithi will indicate the attitude
towards relationships

Planet Tithi Tithi The rulership of the tithis is based on the


days of the week; Sunday (Sun) rules the 1st
Sun 1 9 day, Monday (Moon) rules the 2nd ,
Moon 2 10 Tuesday (Mars) rules the 3rd tithi,
Mars 3 11 Wednesday (Mercury) rules the 4th tithi,
etc.
Mercury 4 12
Jupiter 5 13 Fasting on Ekadashi will get one over anger,
Venus 6 14 because Mars rules it. Krsnas fast on the
11th tithi to be perfect peaceful Vaisnavas.
Saturn 7 15
No one will fight with the one who has done
Rahu 8 0 this fast for some time. Fasting on Ashtami
will make it so you never cheat anyone, so
will not get cheated. Fasting on the full
Moon will give you truth as it removes the
negative effects of Saturn.
These fifteen tithis are also broken down into five groups given below:
Nanda Fire 1, 6, 11 Trittya tithi (3rd ) is ruled by Mars but as it is Jaya
(ruled by akash/Jupiter) so it will bring two people
Badra Earth 2, 7, 12 together, as akash is the binding force (that keeps the
Jaya Akash 3, 8, 13 jiva in the body). Ekadasi tithi (11th ) is ruled by
Mars and it is Nanda (ruled by fire-Mars) so the
Rikta Water 4, 9, 14
fighting is very strong. Mars is passionate, energetic,
Purna Vayu 5, 10, 15 and creates conflict, it is not good for marriage,
though it is good for war and leadership.
For a person born in Nanda tithi, see what’s placed in Aries and Scorpio, look at the
planets, and Arudhas. Tithi is about relationship, if Rahu is in Aries the person will
have trouble from a widow/foreigner/eccentric in relationships. It shows important
learning experiences in life. If a person is born in Nanda tithi, and Venus is in Scorpio,
then the person will be likely have relationships outside of marriage. If the A10 is there
the person will likely come from their work, A9 and it will be with Gurus, teachers,
educators, if the A11 is there it will be with friends, etc. The Arudha shows where the
problem will come from or where the person comes from. The house will also have a
connection.

Specifics on Muhurta:
NANDA BHADRA JAYA RIKTA PURNA When certain Tithis line up
with specific Varas (days) they
1st day 2nd day 3rd day 4th day 5th day are considered auspicious and
6th day 7th day 8th day 9th day 10th day therefore work on those days is
accomplished successfully. If
11th day 12th day 13th day 14th day 15th-30th
Pratipat (1st ), Shashti (6th ),
Friday Wednesday Tuesday Saturday Thursday or Dwadashi (12th ) fall on a
Friday, it is considered
auspicious.
SUN. MON. TUE. WED. THUR. FRI. SAT. In the same way
there are certain
DAGDHA 12th 11th 5th 3rd 6th 8th 9th combinations that are
VISHA 4th 6th 7th 2nd 8th 9th 7th inauspicious, where
there will be hurdles
HUTASHAN 12th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th
in accomplishing
works. These
inauspicious Days
have been called
Dagdha, Visha, and
Hutashan.
Varahamihira connects each tithi to a deity. Understanding the significations of the
deity will also give a deeper meaning to each tithi, so that it can be used better in
Muhurta.
#’s Tithi Planet Ruler Division Deity
1, 16 Pratipada Sun Nanda Brahmä
2, 17 Dwitiya Moon Bhadra Vidhäöå (Hari)
3, 18 Tritiya Mars Jaya Viñëu
4, 19 Chaturthi Mercury Rikta Yama
5, 20 Panchami Jupiter Purna Chandra
6, 21 Shashthi Venus Nanda Agni (Subrahmaëya)
7, 22 Saptami Saturn Bhadra Indra
8, 23 Ashtami Rahu Jaya Vasus
9, 24 Navami Sun Rikta Naga
10, 25 Dashami Moon Purna Dharma (Aryamä)
11, 26 Ekadasi Mars Nanda Rudra
12, 27 Dwadashi Mercury Bhadra Äditya (Savitre)
13, 28 Trayodashi Jupiter Jaya Manmatha (Bhaga)
14, 29 Chaturdashi Venus Rikta Kali
Vishvadevas/
Purnima, Saturn/
15, 0 Purna
Amavasya Rahu
Pitås
This is a nice visual, so one can connect the meanings with the actual phases of the
Moon.

Timing Pujas with the Tithis of Kalachakra


The kalachakra is very powerful and can be very destructive as it is the dance of the
yoginis. If you follow the direction of your tenth lord in the digchakra it will bring you
success. If you follow the 10th lord in the kalachakra it will bring you destruction. There
are many secrets hidden within the kalchakra.
Pujas done to propitiate planets can be done at specific times that give them the power to
overcome the problems of negative combinations, aspects and placements. Using the
kalachakra one can calculate which day and tithi would be best to fast, do Pujas and other
upayas.

The most powerful time to do a puja is when the vara day of a planet aligns with the tithi
opposite it on the kalachakra. These certain days are very powerful for planetary
propitiations. For example, worshipping the Sun on Shasti or Chaturdasi is auspicious
because they are tithis ruled by its kalachakra opposite. Worshipping the Moon on
Panchami and Trayodashi is auspicious because these tithis are ruled by the Moon’s
opposite, Jupiter. Jupiter upaya is most powerful on a Thursday that falls on a Dvitiya or
Dasami. When Thursday falls on a dasami it is called Sudasa vrata, which means the su
(good) dasa (timeperiod) begins and the dur (bad) dasa ends. There are various rituals
performed on that day. Worshipping a Mercury rupa is auspicious on Ashtami and
Amavasya to destroy remove the evil effects of Rahu. When Wednesday falls on an
Ashtami it is called Buddhastami, where the Rahu deluding the memory of Mercury can
be removed with appropriate rituals. So propitiations for these planets should be done on
the most powerful days. These days are used when a certain upaya like a single puja is
advised to remove the ill effects of a planet.
Worship On this Tithi for its opposite
Suppression of
Sun Shasti, Chaturdasi Venus
Moon Panchami, Trayodasi Jupiter
Mars Saptami, Purnima Saturn
Mercury Ashtami, Amavasya Rahu
Jupiter Dvitiya, Dasami, Moon
Venus Pratipad, Navami Sun
Saturn Tritiya, Ekadasi Mars
Rahu Chaturthi, Dwadasi Mercury
Colors and the Kalachakra
This same concept can be applied with colors. The ‘tantric’ color of Mercury is black as
Rahu is opposite it in the kalachakra. The ‘tantric’ color of the Sun is Saffron as Venus is
opposite. The color opposite the planet will remove the negativity of the planet. The
sanyasin wears saffron to be free of the negativities of Venus. White removes the
negativities of Jupiter and yellow/gold removes the negativities of Moon. The color blue
considered cooling by Ayurveda removes the negativities of hot planet Mars. The color
red considered hot removes the negativities of the cold planet Saturn. The bright colors
of Sun remove the negativity of Venus and the Colors of Nature remove the negativities
of Rahu. Rahu is a planet causing anxiety. The greens and earth tones of Mercury heal
the mind, nervous system and prana that have been damaged by Rahu. Rahu rules cities
and stress, it is in the cities and stressful workplaces that we see the most anxiety
problems arising in. In these places, there is a lack of nature and the natural colors of
earth tones. In Ayurveda, it is believed that when you eat your pranic body opens up and
absorbs the elements in your environment. So eating with evil people increases evil in
you, eating with sages will increase your desire for knowledge. Eating in a busy city
street is like eating Rahu himself, even if the food is sattvic, it has been destroyed by the
environment you are absorbing as you eat. A remedy for anxiety caused by Rahu is take
meals in a green place like a park or garden. By opening to the prana of nature and the
colors of Mercury Rahu’s negativity is removed. This can be so affective people with
anxiety do not need medication after some time. All the colors can be used in this way.

Note it is important to remember that this kalachakra color system is used in the
environment or outside of puja. When you do puja you invoke the planet or deities of the
colors you are wearing.
Namah Sivaya

Nakshatras
The Solar zodiac consists of 12 Sun signs. The Lunar Zodiac consists of 27 Moon signs
called Nakshatras. These Lunar signs give an added ability to differentiate the effects of
the solar signs as well as a deeper look into the psyche of an individual.

To understand how and when to first start looking at nakshatras I put this together for a
lecture in Washington DC, October 17, 2004:

What to look at first when looking at a chart

Beginners always ask what to look at when, dumbfounded by the plethora of techniques
of Vedic Astrology. So where and when does one look at the nakshatra. The seasoned
astrologer is looking at multiple aspects of the chart simultaneously. It is not a linear
method when looking at a chart. It is a multi-dimensional, multi-tasking analyzing
process. This is a very generalized list of what I look at when I first see a chart and
how/where I look at the nakshatra.

Start with a Ganesh mantra and then a Surya mantra, and Parampara mantra if applicable
(or diksa mantra if relative).

-Lagna and Lagnesh (placement and situation)

-Planets in houses (quickly see placements, don’t interpret-just feed the information into
the mind so you know positions)

-Planets conjunct (yogas, see degrees for how tight the conjunction)

-Look at Moon’s nakshatra (from here you put on colored shades to view the rest of the
chart. Other events will be interpreted through the color of this shade.)

-Look at AK (charakarakas/charakaraka replacements ) , Arudha Lagna (placement of


arudhas)

-Look for curses and blessings/uplifting yogas (curse of graha, kalasarpa, mahapurusha
yoga, parivartana- to get a general state of the planets and there involvements)

-Pachanga Lords: (take lord of the Moon’s nakshatra and look at it in the rasi, how is it
placed to see health, see tithi for relationship, vara for energy, yoga for social
connections, karana for works. This will give an idea of what needs to be focused on in
the chart).

-Check which dasas apply in the chart and then check dasas that are running
presently.

-Look at navamsa trines (and other houses) to see bhagya.

-Make a few statements to confirm the chart, rectify if it’s not correct, don’t move
forward until you are sure the chart is correct or you may make inaccurate predictions.
Predict the past before the future.

-Assess the issues of the native from the information just scanned (and consulting if
in-person, with Prasna if not in-person) and then begin to apply techniques relative to
the individual’s issues.

-Begin the real reading of the chart.

Nakshatra Translation Diety Body Part sex Guna


1 Ashwini The horse’s head The Ashwins Upper feet M RRR
2 Bharani The bearers Yama Lower feet F RRT
3 Krittika The razor Agni Head F RRS
4 Rohini Female deer Prajapati (lord of Fore-head F RTR
creation)
5 Mrigashirsha Antelope’s head Soma Eye-brows N RTT
6 Ardra The moist Rudra Eyes F RTS
7 Punarvasu Return of the light Aditi Nose M RSR
8 Pushya The nourisher Brihaspati Face M RST
9 Ashlesha The serpent Sarpa, Nagas Ears F RSS
10 Magha The beneficient Pitris (anscestors) Lips & F TRR
chin
11 P. Phalguni Earlier fig tree Bhaga (Sun of bliss) Right hand F TRT
12 U. Phalguni Later fig tree Aryaman (Sun as Left hand F TRS
beloved or helper)
13 Hasta The hand Savitar (Sun of Fingers M TTR
inspiration)
14 Chitra The brilliant Twashtar Neck F TTT
(Vishwarkarma)
15 Swati The sword Vayu Chest F TTS
16 Vishaka The two branches Indrangni Breast F TSR
17 Anuradha Subsequent Mitra (divine friend) Stomach M TST
success, following
devotion
18 Jyeshta The eldest Indra (lightening/ Right side F TSS
perception)
19 Mula The root Nirriti Left side N SRR
20 P. Shadha The earlier victory Apas Back F SRT
21 U. Shadha The later victory Vishwadevas (all the Waist F SRS
gods combined)
22 Shravana The famous Vishnu Genitals M STR
23 Dhanishta The most famous Vasus, (bright ones), Anus F STT
or most wealthy (gods of light)
24 Satabisha Has a hundred Varuna Right thigh N STS
medicines
25 P. Bhadra The earlier AjaEkapat (not born Left thigh M SSR
auspicious one one)
26 U. Bhadra The later Ahir Budhnya Shins M SST
auspicious one (movement of
stillness)
27 Revati The rich or Pushan (Sun as Ankles F SSS
splendorous nourisher)

Nakshatras are used for Muhurta (picking the best time):

Nakshatras and Ayurveda


The use of nakshatras is integrated with other aspects of the panchanga. Below are
recommendations regarding medicine. According to Muhurta-Chinta-Mani (2.15), the
time a person first takes their medicine should be nakshatras of the qualities of Laghu,
Mridu, and Chara or the nakshatra of Moola. The best ascendant is that of dual signs with
the presence of benefics like Venus, the Moon, Jupiter, and Mercury. There should be no
planets in the twelfth, seventh or eighth houses from the ascendant. Friday, Monday,
Thursday, Wednesday and Sunday are auspicious days for starting new medicine [in that
order]. Any tithi is good except rikta tithis and amavasya. It is also inauspicious to start
medicine in the nakshatra of one’s birth.

Ashwini- taking medicine, making medicine, beginning actions to improve health


Bharani- hatha yoga, driving out evil influences, purification like fasting or silence
Rohini- taking medicine, massage, longevity and rejuvenation practices, planting
Mrigashiras- treatment of disease (convalescence), rasayana therapies, gardening
Ardra- phsychological cleansing, exorcism, harsh actions like surgery
Punarvasu- taking medicines and all healing therapies
Pushya- taking medicines, healing therapies, herbal baths, picking herbs
Ashlesha- inoculations, surgery
Purva Palguni- illnesses that occur here may be difficult to overcome
Uttara Phalguni- healing and disease treatment
Hasta- treatment of disease
Chitra- taking and making medicine, collecting herbs
Swati- disease treatment, planting, gathering, making medicine
Vishaka- taking medicine, starting healing therapies
Anuradha- treatment of disease
Jyeshta- harsh actions like surgery, not the last quarter of this nakshatra
Mula- harsh actions like surgery, gardening
Purva Shadha- preparing medicines
Uttara Shadha- treatment of disease
Shravana- taking herbs, medicine and doctors presciptions
Dhanishta- learning medicine, treatment of disease
Shatabisha- curative measures started now will be more effective, rasayana
Uttara Bhadra- healing and treatment of disease, planting and gardening
Revati- healing and treatment of disease

Nakshatras for putting on Gemstones and Remedial measures


Ashwini- (buying new jewelry) and putting on gemstones
Rohini- wearing expensive jewelry for the first time, empowering sacred objects
Punarvasu- remedial measures, making or obtaining new jewelry
Pushya- remedial measures, putting on new gems
Uttara Phalguni- putting on new jewelry
Hasta- putting on gems
Chitra- spiritual rituals, making and putting on gemstones
Swati- sowing new seeds (physically and metaphysically), putting on new gems
Vishaka- (making)
Dhanishta- religious performances, putting on gems
Uttara Bhadra- putting on gems
Revati- commission or buying a new piece of jewelry, putting on gems (not the last
quarter of this nakshatra)

One is advised to read Muhurta-Chinta-Mani in order to learn more about muhurta and
the use of the nakshatras.

Movement of Prana in the Kalachakra


Lecture at the SJC Washington DC Conference, October 2004

“If one wants to get there, he has to walk the true


path, renouncing quickly everything. Take shelter at
the feet of Vishvanath, burn all ego. Roam in the
world with purity. Pay attention to Kalachakra who is
giving great knowledge to everybody.” -Babaji
Gorakvani
The Kalachakra is an elaborate system of astrology in itself and would take voluminous
books to explain fully. This chapter is just introducing the subject and bringing to use
certain techniques to show the depth of the use of the nakshatras. It is important for the
fuller understanding of the foundations of the nakshatra’s use and categorization.

The Kalachakra is an elaborate system of Tantric astrology. Simple uses are mentioned
in common texts like Prasna Marga and Jataka Parijata, but there is an entire Tantra
written called the “Kalachakra Tantra”. This tantra is composed of five books. The first
book is on the outer Kalachakra and has the large amount of Jyotish information. The
Kalachakra is a wheel of time, almost a calendar in its self. Literally, Kala means time
and Chakra means wheel. The second chapter is related to the inner Kalachakra and
related to the nadis (energy channels) and movement of prana relative to Jyotish. The
third book deals with tantric initiation into the Kalachakra path and the fourth and fifth
books relate more to sadhana and meditation. The Tantra was translated a few hundred
years ago into Tibetan and parts of the Tibetan text have been translated into English
with Tibetan Buddhist commentary. There has been no direct translations from the
original Sanskrit to English as of yet (2004).

There are 722 deities contained in the Kalachakra (720 plus Siva and Durga). These
relate to the ‘72,000’ nadis mentioned in the hatha yoga texts, as well as the 720
sashtiamsas of the D-60 regarded as the most important varga according to Parashara.
There are 78 deities on lotuses counted twice with their consorts (78 x 2 = 156). And
with 6 seal implanting deities there are 162 main deities in the Kalachakra that are said
to relate to 162 main channels in the body.

In the same way they also relate to astronomical aspects. In the outer level (body
mandala) there are 2 Adityas in each of the 4 directions, and 1 Aditya in each of the
intermediate directions. This adds up to the twelve months of the year. Each Aditya is
embracing their consort and surrounded by 28 deities, that represent the 30 days in a
month, and all added together the 360 degrees of the zodiac and sidereal solar year.

Prasna Marga of Harihara teaches some techniques of calculating death with the
Kalachakra and the 8 Yoginis. There are exactly 36 verses listed in Prasna Marga on the
Kalachakra. 36 is the maturity of Saturn, the ruler of longevity and death. The life cycle
can be broken down into 3 sections of 36 which add up to 108. When jyotish longevity
calculations give the result of short, medium or long life, they are referring to these three
cycles of 36. There are five techniques for determining which third of life a person will
die. These are related to the panchatattvas (5 elements). Once the section of longevity is
calculated, the next step is to see when within that frame of time will the person meet
their death. This is done with various methods like Shoola dasa, Navtara chakra, and the
movement of the Yoginis in the Kalachakra, etc.

The Kalachakra will also show the health of the native and especially times of sickness.
It shows how a person uses their pranas (energy) and the directions in life this will lead
them. The natal chart is mapped into the Kalachakra to be read. Prasna Marga gives a
verse for the drawing of the Kalachakra diagram used in Jyotish.
cturïiÇk< k…yaRdNtmRXye vih> ³mat!,
d{fa<ñ cturStiÎkke[ga<ñ³isÏye.82.
d{fana< àTyek< cturïsmagme;u mXye c,
AaiÉij*u®tStara> SwaPya> Syu> sÝ sÝ g[naw!.83.
d{fa¢adamXm< ingRTyttaeiNtkSwd{fen,
@v< pun> àvezae ingRmn< àae®tv½ g[nimh.84.

caturaçratrikaà kuryädantarmadhye vahiù kramät|


daëòäàçva caturastaddikakeëagäàçvakrasiddhaye||82||
daëòänäà pratyekaà caturaçrasamägameñu madhye ca|
äbhijidyukttastäräù sthäpyäù syuù sapta sapta gaëanäth||83||
daëòägrädämadhmaà nirgatyatatontikasthadaëòena|
evaà punaù praveço nirgamanaà prokttavacca gaëanamiha||84||

Draw three squares, one inside the other and prepare a Chakra as given in the following
diagram. Beginning from the center of the top horizontal line establish the 28 stars
(including Abhijit) in the 28 parts in the order shown in the diagram. Starting from No.
1, the count should be done in the order in which the figures are shown in the Chakra.
(82-84)

[Translation of Prasna Marga by BV Raman]


The 1st nakshatra starts at the center of the top horizontal line, in the diagram there is the
number one. The Kalachakra has multiple ways to be set up, but for primary purposes
use the janma nakshatra called the birth star, which is the natal Moon’s nakshatra. The
Kalachakra is a 28 nakshatra system so add 1 to any nakshatra over 21 in the 27 chakra
system.

The Moon takes 27 days and 7 3/4 hours to transit the 360 degree zodiac. The 27
nakshatra system averages this to 27 signs each having 13 degrees and 20 minutes of
arc. The 28 nakshatra system calculates the remaining 7 hours and 38 minutes into a sign
called Abhijit which is 4 degrees 14 minutes and 13 seconds of arc. Abhijit is calculated
from 6-40 to 10-53-20 Capricorn (or 276-40’ to 280-54’-13”). There is a diagram at the
end of this article if needed.

Human beings are made of three external things: Body, Prana and Mind. This can be
seen in the Kalachakra as the external layer, the middle level and the internal level. The
outer body layer is often referred to as the Exalted Body Mandala. The middle pranic
level is called the Exalted Speech Mandala. The inner Manas level is called Exalted
Mind Mandala.

The innermost section of the Kalachakra is called the Fortress of Durga. It can be
divided into three main sections. There is the Mandala of Exalted Wisdom and the 16
squares of the Mandala of Pristine Consciousness. Then the inner most center is the
Mandala of Great Bliss. In this center Mandala there is a green eight petalled lotus
which is the seat of Durga as Vishvamaata who is saffron colored with 4 faces and 8
hands. She is in embrace with Siva as Kaalachakra. Sri Kaalachakra has four faces and
twenty-four hands.
What is visible is what is outside, on the outer level. The Moon is always visible, like
the conscious mind always seen. So the birth star with the Moon start the Kalachakra.
The Moon is placed where you see the number one in the above diagram. Other planets
are placed in their respective nakshatras.

There are other techniques than the one I will be demonstrating that use different
configurations. The Moon in the East is aligned with the natural Sun and therefore
shows the pranas in the body. The moon in the North East shows the manas (as the mind
is always under the influence of Rahu). Sometimes the Sun nakshatra is also used
starting the sequence from the North East direction; this is used to see evils in the chart.
There is also another system used for receiving knowledge from and about the devas. In
this Kalachakra the Nakshatras will go in a counter clockwise order.

Software is not needed as long as one knows the planet nakshatras. For those using
Jagannath Hora software which calculates the Kalachakra with the Sun as the base
nakshatra. Right click and chose [change base nakshatra]. Then select [use the following
star as the base instead]. Then select the jamna nakshatra of the native you are
calculating.

The following is an example using the chart of the Dalai Lama.


Dalai Lama
Date: July 6, 1935
Time: 4:38:00 am
Time Zone: 7:00:00 (East of GMT)
Place: 101 E 12′ 00″, 36 N 12′ 00″
Body Longitude Nakshatra Pada Rasi Nava
Lagna 13 Ge 28′ 53.22″ Ardra 3 Ge Aq
Sun 19 Ge 57′ 38.48″ Ardra 4 Ge Pi
Moon 16 Le 39′ 55.11″ PPhal 1 Le Le
Mars 25 Vi 18′ 31.49″ Chitra 1 Vi Le
Mercury 2 Ge 33′ 25.32″ Mriga 3 Ge Li
Jupiter (R) 20 Li 30′ 39.83″ Visaka 1 Li Ar
Venus 5 Le 16′ 36.18″ Magha 2 Le Ta
Saturn (R) 17 Aq 05′ 37.27″ Satabisha 4 Aq Pi
Rahu 29 Sg 26′ 48.52″ UShad 1 Sg Sg
Ketu 29 Ge 26′ 48.52″ Punarvasu 3 Ge Ge
Maandi 5 Ta 33′ 26.60″ Krittika 3 Ta Aq
Gulika 24 Ar 23′ 09.29″ Bharani 4 Ar Sc
The Moon is in Purva Phalguni which is the 11th nakshatra. Therefore the Kalachakra
starts with 11 and goes from there forward. The Moon is on the top middle horizontal
line in Purva Phalguni. The Sun is in Ardra nakshatra, which is the 6 th star and
therefore you see the Sun placed next to number six which represents Ardra. Mars is in
Chitra which is the 14 th star and so Mars is placed within the Fortress of Durga by the
number 14 representing Chitra nakshatra. Other planets and sphuta (points) are placed
accordingly.

Direction

The prana moves in the same way the nakshatras have been placed in the Kalachakra.
Energy comes in the Kendras (straight lines) and energy goes out the Konas (diagonal
lines). Planets placed in a Kona axis are taking energy out, they need to be
guarded/stopped/regulated. Mantra for planets guarding the fortress will obstruct the loss
of energy. If no planet is there then the nakshatra mantra of the fortress axis can be used.
If the guard is beneficial for the natal chart then a stone may be used.
Conclusion to Introduction

Next one needs to understand the deities that the energy is coming from or going to. For
example, energy going to Agni is good as it leads to health and spirituality. Energy
going to Nivritti, the Rakshasi, is bad. It is energy being used for demonic purposes. In
this way, by understanding the deities, the use of prana is determined.

Then one needs to integrate this with the various levels of physical, pranic, and causal
bodies to understand where this prana is being generated, disturbed, lost or destroyed.

Properly source your data: Article written by Freedom Cole


This material is from a handout for the Sri Jagannath Center
Recorded Lecture at the
Washington DC Conference, Oct 2004

Aum Gurave Namah


Navatara Chakra
Navatara taught in Edison NJ September 20, 2003

The Sun is the lord of the signs (the body), and the Moon is the lord of the naksatra (the
mind). The Atma is entangled to the mind, wherever the body goes the atma must go.
Therefore the naksatras are very important. The Navatara is the 27 naksatras divided into
3 groups of nine. This chakra is used for fine-tuning the vimshottari dasa results as well
as for making Muhurta specific to an individual chart.

Navatara Chakra (27 Stars)


Navatara Lord Nakshtra 1 Nakshtra 2 Nakshtra 3
1 Janma
2 Sampat
3 Vipat
4 Kshema
5 Pratyak
6 Saadhana
7 Naidhana
8 Mitra
9 Parama Mitra

1. Janma - birthstar, one’s own nature, most influential naksatra.


2. Sampat - wealth, it shows the kind of wealth you should possess, how your mind
works in taking the resources available.
3. Vipat - danger, shows dangers to life and business, bad days.
4. Kshema - well-being, cure, time to get healed, if not healed here then can cause
problems in next naksatra.
5. Pratyak - obstacles, bhadaka, can cause death or death-like suffering, if start an
activity on this naksatra there will be many obstacles.
6. Sädhana - achievement, good for starting activities as they will succeed.
7. Naidhana - death, the worst of the bad stars (3, 5, 7).
8. Mitra - friend, friends who are close.
9. Parama Mitra - best friend, supporters, community, friends will meet you, good for
things dealing with crowds.

First cycle affects early life, second cycle affects middle life and career, the third cycle
shows affects of both old age as well as the time in the womb. The 9 th nakshatra before
the Moon shows the conception, and stages of development.

cycle 1- cycle 2- middle cycle 3- old age


childhood age
Source your information:
This Navatara information is from a Navatara class taught at the SJC Conference in
Edison NJ, September 20, 2003
The Studying the Nakshatras information was taught at the SJC Conference in
Washington D.C., Oct 17, 2004

Freedom Cole is Jyotisha student of Pandit Sanjay Rath


Aum Gurave Namah