The Self-Going Star (Libra 06 40’ to 20 00’) Ruled by Rahu
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 of 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 Career Interests:
Independent profession, positions of leadership.
Business skill, sales, transportation and travel industry.
Yoga and meditation teachers, priests.
Legal professions, judges.
Stock brokers, traders in drugs and alcohol.
The Star of Purpose (Libra 20 00’ to Scorpio 03 20’) Ruled by Jupiter
The symbols associated with Vishakha are an archway and a potter’s wheel. The archway is a symbol of moving through thresholds of spiritual initiation. Jupiter is the ruling planet of this nakshatra, reflecting a deep connection with one’s heart 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. Its 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 Career Interests:
Teachers, public speaking, writers, literature.
Military leaders, dictators or ambassadors for humanitarian causes.
Vishakha is formed by four stars of the Northern Scales.
The Star of Success (Scorpio 03 20’ to 16 40’) Ruled by Saturn
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 Career Interests:
Organizational skills, business management.
Travel industry, conference planners.
Actors, musicians, public speakers.
Dentists, surgeons and medical technicians.
Mining Engineers, plumbers.
Criminal lawyers and political leaders.
Anuradha contains three stars in the body of the Scorpion including Alpha Centauri, the closest star to our solar system.
The Chief or Elder Star (Scorpio 16 40’ to 30 00’) Ruled by Mercury
The symbols for Jyeshtha are an earring and an umbrella. The earring is a symbol of Vishnu’s discus, and the umbrella symbolizes protection and status. 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, conquer, and gain courage in battle”. The ruling planet, Mercury, reflects the troubled, yet creative genius of this lunar mansion. Albert Einstein, Howard Hughes and Vincent Van Gogh all had their natal Moons in this nakshatra. It is the nakshatra of the creative eccentric.
Jyeshtha Career Interests:
Self-employed, business managers.
Intellectuals, philosophers, researchers.
Musicians, dancers, modeling.
Military leaders, police detectives
Engineering , mining and exploration.
Jyeshtha is reflected through the fixed star Antares, which is located in the heart of the Scorpion.
The Foundation Star (Sagittarius 00 00’ to 13 20’) Ruled by ketu
Moola 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 to 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. Moola has a rakshasa temperament with a primary motivation of kama.
Moola Career Interests:
Public speaking, writing.
Philosophers, spiritual teachers, ministers.
Business people, sales.
Doctors, healers and pharmacists.
Mula is formed by a group of stars around the tail of the Scorpion.
20. Purva Ashadha:
The Invincible Star (Sagittarius 13 30’ to 26 40’) Ruled by Venus
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.
Purva Ashadha Career Interests:
Teachers, writers, debaters, public speaking.
Shipping industry, boating.
Travel industry, foreign traders.
Actors, film work, directors.
Political work, lawyers.
21. Uttara Ashadha:
The Universal Star (Sagittarius 26 40’ to Capricorn 10 00’) Ruled by Sun
Uttara Ashadha translates as “later victory”. The symbols are an elephant’s tusk. The elephant tusk is associated with Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. Another symbol is planks of a bed signifying security, rest, and peace. 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 Career Interests:
Government jobs, social workers.
Pioneers, researchers, scientists, healers.
Military work, hunters.
Boxers, fighters for a cause.
Uttara Ashadha is formed by two stars in the breast of the Archer.
The Star of Learning (Capricorn 10 00’ to 23 20’) Ruled by Moon
Shravana translates as “the hearing”, with its 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, and 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. 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 Career Interests:
Teachers, speech therapists, linguists.
Astrologers, religious scholars, priests.
Politicians, business skill, recording industry.
Professors, researchers, travel industry.
Shravana is formed by three stars in the head of the Eagle constellation, Aquilla.
The Star of Symphony (Capricorn 23 20’ to Aquarius 06 40’) Ruled by Mars
The symbol for 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).
Dhanistha Career Interests:
Musicians, drummers, poets.
Doctors and surgeons.
Real estate, property management.
Scientists, research work.
Charitable projects and humanitarian work.
The Hundred Stars (Aquarius 06 40’ to 20 00’) Ruled by Rahu
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 through this lunar mansion. This nakshatra can also be a challenging birth star for early marriage. Rahu, as the ruling planet of this asterism indicates a love for travel and adventure. It has a rakshasa temperament with the primary motivation being dharma or right action.
Shatabisha Career Interests:
Physicians, nurses, healers.
Writers, research work, nuclear scientists.
Clerical work, secretaries, editors.
Engineers and electricians.
Organizational development, business skill.
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 03 20’) Ruled by Jupiter
The symbols for this unique nakshatra are a sword, the first two legs of a funeral cot, and a two faced man. The sword represents the ability to cut through 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. These natives are often successful in the business world due to their manushya, or human temperament, with a primary motivation toward artha, or prosperity.
Purva Bhadra Career Interests:
Administrative planners, business skills.
Research skills, statisticians.
Priests, ascetics, utopian visionaries.
Astrologers, occultists, tantrics, black magicians.
Hospice work, geriatrics, nursing.
26. Uttara Bhadrapada:
The Warrior Star (Pisces 03 20’ to 16 40’) Ruled by Saturn
The symbols for Uttara Bhadrapada are the last two legs of a funeral cot, or twins. Bhradrapada translates as the “scorching” or “burning pair” related to the twin nakshatras of Purva and Uttara Bhadrapada. A woman born with Uttara Bhadrapada as her birth star is considered blessed by 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. 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 Career Interests:
Charitable work, non-profit organizations.
Import and exports, travel industry.
Religious work, priests, saints, astrologers, mystics.
Writers, philosophers, teachers, researchers.
The Wealthy (Pisces 16 40’ to 30 00’) Ruled by Mercury
The symbols for Revati are a fish and a drum. The fish is a symbol of deep spirituality as well as 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.
Revati Career Interests:
Psychics, mystical or religious work.
Humanitarian projects, charitable activities.
Veterinarian, animal trainers.
Urban planners, government positions, social work.
Film actors, comedians, performers.
Journalists, editors, publishers.
Travel agents, flight attendants.
Revati is formed by thirty-two faint stars at the tail of the Fish constellation.
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.