Introduction to Nakshatras (Constellations)

T he Zodiac is divided in to 27 equal parts of 13"20' each known as Asterisms beginning with Ashwini etc. and ending with Revathi.
The 27 Nakshatras represent the various parts of the human body as under:

1

 

Ashwini

Upper Feet

2

 

Bharani

Lower Feet

3

  

Krittika

Head

4

 

Rohini

Forehead

5

 

Mrigasira

Eye-brows

6

 

Aridra

Eyes

7

 

Punarvasu

Nose

8

 

Pushyami

Chest

9

 

Ashlesha

Ears

10

 

Makha

Lips

11

 

Purva Phalguni

Right Hand

12

 

Uttara Phalguni

Left Hand

13

 

Hasta

Fingers

14

 

Chitra

Neck

    

15

 

Swati

Chest-Upper

16

  

Vishakha 

Chest-proper

17

 

Anuradha             

Belly

18

 

Jyeshta               

Digestive Sys

19

 

Moola   

Loins

20

 

Purvashada     

Back

21

 

Uttarashadha

Spinal Chord

22

 

Sravanam

Waist

23

 

Dhanistha          

Rectum

24

 

Sathabhisham          

Right Leg

25

 

Purva Bhadra

Left Leg

26

 

Uttara Bhadra

Lower Leg

27

 

Revathi

Ankles

Nakshatras are divided on the basis of sex as males, females and no-gender, which are given as under:

Male Nakshatras

 

Female Nakshatras

 

No-gender Nakshatras

Ashwini

Punarvasu

Pushyami

Hasta

Anuradha

Sravanam

Purva Bhadra

UttaraBhadra

   

Bharani

Krittika

Rohini

Aridra

Ashlesha

Makha

PurvaPhalguni

Uttara Phalguni

Chitra

Swati

Vishakha

Jyeshta

Purvashada

Uttarashadha

Dhanistha

Revathi

   

Mrigasira

Moola

Sathabhisham

The Nakshatras have been classified Satvic, Rajas and Tamas and thus, they serve to determine the good and bad points of nature. Their classification along with their lords is as under:

Satvic Nakshatras

 

Rajas Nakshatras

 

Tamas Nakshatras

Punarvasu

 Jupiter

Vishakha

 Jupiter

Purva Bhadra

 Jupiter

Ashlesha

 Mercury

Jyeshta

 Mercury

Revathi

 Mercury

  

Krittika   

 Sun

Uttara Phalguni

 Sun

Uttarashadha

 Sun

Rohini

 Moon

Hasta

 Moon

Sravanam

 Moon

Bharani

 Venus

PurvaPhalguni

 Venus

Purvashada

 Venus

  

Ashwini 

 Ketu

Makha  

 Ketu

Moola   

 Ketu

Aridra     

 Rahu

Swati     

 Rahu

Sathabhisham

 Rahu

Mrigasira

 Mars

Chitra

 Mars

Dhanistha

 Mars

Pushyami 

 Saturn

Anuradha

 Saturn

UttaraBhadra

 Saturn

The nine Planets have lordship over the Nakshatras. The ruling Mahardasa at birth is always of the planet that is the lord of the Nakshatras occupied by Moon at birth. The Lordship of these Nakshatras and their Dasha is as under:

Name of Nakshatras

Lord of Nakshatra

Dasha Period

Ashwini, Makha & Moola

Kethu

7 Years

Bharani, Purva Phalguni & Purvashada

Venus

20 Years

Krittika, Uttara Phalguni & Uttarashadha

Sun

6 Years

Rohini, Hasta & Sravanam

Moon

10 Years

Mrigasira, Chitra & Dhanistha

Mars

7 Years

Aridra, Swati & Sathabhisham

Rahu

18 Years

Punarvasu, Vishakha & Purva Bhadra

Jupiter

16 Years

Pushyami, Anuradha & Uttara Bhadra

Saturn

15 Years

Ashlesha, Jyeshta & Revathi

Mercury

17 Years

The characteristics of these Nakshatras are visible in the lives of people. The traits are given below according to the Nakshatras:

Ashwini - (Aries 000' to 1320'):

This represents a person with a happy, carefree disposition, very intelligent, infact rather an above-average person in this respect. Thinker, scholar, teacher, modest, suffers from boils. He will be quite successful and his financial status will be such that he will seldom have to worry about money matters. Inspite of his ability to achieve success, he will be modest concerning himself and his achievements. He will sometimes engage in domestic quarrels.

Bharani - (Aries 1320' to 2640'):

A very vital character, a quality which quite often leads this individual in to all sorts of trouble because other people are apt to be jealous, resentful and antagonistic towards him. He is powerful, attacks enemies suddenly, takes interest in religious affairs and is a good photographer. The morals of this man are not above approach. He will be distinguished, in many cases, by some slight physical defect on the lower part of the body, i.e.; below the waist. He performs low actions and is very cunning.

Krittika (Aries 2640' to Taurus 1000'):

Desirous of knowledge, lover of animals, unhealthy, given to enjoyment, a proud, dignified and honorable person - an executive. He is very ambitious and eager for power and has the ability to achieve his desires. He has an innate sense of the importance of his destiny. He expects everything to come to him as his due and usually gets what he sets out to obtain. He is a spiritual sadhak having faith in Saints and Sadhus. Interested in picking up quarrels, is a lawyer and is conservative in religion.

Rohini (Taurus 1000' to Taurus 2320'):

This describes a thin person, decidedly under weight, who has a critical and analytical bent of mind. His critical attitude towards everything and everybody develops, unless checked, into a disposition to find fault continually. Loves purity, liar, interested in music, social worker, happy, believes in spirits, desirous of name and honour, enhances the interest of honest and truthful people. He is inordinately fond of the opposite sex, but although he may, at first, be blind to the faults of the object of his devotion, a time will come eventually when his fault finding propensities will exert themselves even in this direction.

Mrigasira (Taurus 2320' to Gemini 640'):

Unless other testimonies in the chart predominate to modify the effect of Mrigasira rising, these people may be very unpleasant characters. They are inclined to be misanthropic in their attitude towards life and people. Wealthy, earns be illegitimate means, has little trust, progressive, interested in speculation and gambling, trader, executive, efficient thinker, influential, occasionally exhibits false pomp and show at festivals. He seems always to see the worst side of people and conditions. He can be quite dangerous to people whom he dislikes. Possibly, this attitude is caused and aggravated by some permanent organic disability, which is usually the lot of those who are born with Mrigasira rising.

Aridra (Gemini 640' to Gemini 2000'):

Corresponds into a healthy, robust body and nature. The attitude and outlook of this individual is entirely physical. Mental effort is foreign to him. Sweet tongued, pure hearted, regretful, badly sick, weak hearted, of ordinary financial status, does dishonorable deeds, clashes with relatives, leads a vile and aggressive life. Depends entirely on his muscles and his body to meet the demands of existence. Such being the case, labourers, professional athletes and other persons, whose occupations are wholly physical may be found to have Aridra rising. In fact poverty is predominant among them.

Punarvasu (Gemini 2000' to Cancer 320'):

A change of 1320' in the rising point from Aridra to Punarvasu brings with it a mental development. In Punarvasu, the native is possessed of profound intelligence, capable of developing into and understanding all manner of philosophical and metaphysical postulates. Has a lively and profound imagination, suffers from dental troubles, gets money from in-laws, happy in old age, loves white dress, angry, proud, ambitious, attains high and important office, immoral, indolent, suffers from pain in hands and feet, may be a poet of high attainment expressing a fire and vitality in his verse, which is the result of an unusual temperament, He will, however, be only moderately successful by world standards during his lifetime. He will not experience poverty unlike Aridra native.

Pushyami (Cancer 320' to Cancer 1640') :

An earnest, thoughtful character, intelligent and quite religious in his outlook. Quite often a regular attendant at Church/religious services and a supporter of religious activities. He possesses such qualities which make him succeed in the material world and has the ability to rise in position and to command the respect of his associates. He will fill a position of executive requirements and will be admired and respected by his immediate family. He also possesses the following traits: Unhealthy, efficient, devoted to Shiva, profits by machinery, quarrels unnecessarily with friends, business minded, loves relatives, mentally worried, has ordinary financial status and is blunt.

Ashlesha (Cancer 1640' to Leo 000') :

The outstanding characteristic of these people is their rather unpleasant and unsociable disposition. They are awkward and gauche in their manners and are not quick to profit by their mistakes because of their inability to adapt themselves to their surroundings and their apparent reluctance to be gracious or kind to others. This attitude militates against success in life and is a barrier to progress. These people should live less introspectively and learn to appreciate the good in other people. They should cultivate the habit of doing things for others. These people also possess the following qualities: Wealthy, love their spouses, sexually weak, selfish, love food, get hurt suddenly, steal occasionally, lazy, friend of low people, suffer from trouble to spouse, truthful and always smiling.

Makha (Leo 000' to Leo 1320') :

A proud but not an arrogant nature, poised, self contained and dignified. This man will command respect because of his quiet dignity of manner and bearing. His position in his community will be secure and his financial standing sound. His weakness, however, is his susceptibility to the blandishments of the opposite sex and he must avoid entanglements which might lead to a loss of dignity, since to this man, such a loss would be a tragedy. The important characteristics of such a man are - interested in secret acts, angry, suffers sudden losses, has trouble in ears, has free voice, highly sexual, grabs other's wealth, faces obstacles constantly for progress, unhappy, suffers from skin disease, worried, low salaried.

Purva Phalguni (Leo 1320' to Leo 2640') :

A physical rather than a mental type. A healthy constitution not given to worry or anxiety regarding the problems of living. He must guard against impulsiveness since he is apt to act without sufficient thought and as a result he makes many mistakes which are difficult to rectify and which may be disastrous. He is very active physically and will be proficient at various sports, raveling in the joy of mere action, even purposeless action. These people seem never to rest and are constantly in motion. As soon as they have finished one thing they start on another frequently doing several things at a time. This native is also characterized by the following traits: expert at weapons, lover of animals, business minded, works in religious institutions, suffers losses in sale and purchase, unsuccessful in efforts towards rise, loves name and honour, suffers venerably, has no faith in his own religion, has scar on head, worried and courageous.

Uttara Phalguni (Leo 2640' to Virgo 1000') :

A proud and arrogant disposition, with a tendency to ride rough shod over other people's opinions. Uttara natives are extremely intelligent but because of their inordinate pride they accept favours ungraciously even when in need and are ungrateful to those from whom they receive these favours.

Hasta (Virgo 1000' to Virgo 2320') :

These people are clever, witty and entertaining. They like social contacts and are particularly fond of the company of the opposite sex. When in trouble, go to Hasta people but do not try to pull the wool over their eyes as they are extremely clever and will see through any deceit. They are very likeable and are good company, but never very attractive physically.

Chitra (Virgo 2320' to Libra 640') :

Chitra natives are quiet, thoughtful and profound, very slow in movement and of great dignity in bearing and manner. They like to read books on serious and philosophical subjects and make good students in their youth. They are also extremely clever with their hands, which are strong, supple and dexterous. The like to do things or fashion things with their hands and could be sculptors or artists or even surgeons.

Swati (Libra 640' to Libra 2000') :

Indicative of a slow and deliberative character, almost ponderous in thought and action yet intelligent and logical. While they may be slower at arriving at conclusions than most people, on final analysis their reasoning is sound and their conclusions more accurate than others who may be more intelligent. They are very religious, somewhat orthodox and their environment permitting, will attend regular religious services. Many priests or ministers of church are found to have Swati on the Rising Point.

Vishakha (Libra 2000' to Scorpio 320') :

The keynote of this asterism is aggressiveness and impatience. These people are overbearing in their desire to get things done. They are very active but not popular, since their manner causes people to actively dislike them and to resent their extreme aggressiveness. They are very proud and because of this, they take offence easily at some fancied slight and their anger makes enemies of people who might co-operate with them if treated differently. They will overcome their enemies through sheer force of character but such people will still remain enemies. Tact and kindness are qualities, which they should try to develop.

Anuradha (Scorpio 320' to Scorpio 1640') :

Usually robust and healthy, yet the native of Anuradha gets very little enjoyment out of life. Probably because he consciously strives after happiness but with continual discontent and bitterness in his heart. He has a deep secretive nature and because of his attitude and outlook on life he is somewhat unscrupulous. "A sweet tongue but poison in the heart," aptly characterizes him.

Jyeshta (Scorpio 1640' to Sagittarius 000') :

A dark and secretive nature is bequeathed to those who have the asterism Jyeshta rising at birth. Such people are superficially religious but are hypocrites at heart. On the surface they are respectable, law-abiding citizens, ostensible churchgoers but secretly their morals are loose and their tempers are passionate. Smooth, oily and suave to all appearances, they carry in their hearts schemes and thoughts, which might not stand the light of day.

Moola (Sagittarius 000' to Sagittarius 1320') :

Corresponds with a shrewd and capable character - an organizer, who is able to handle people and make them serve his needs through tact and diplomacy. A politician. An orator who is capable of swaying his audiences yet who is not sincere but may even be unfaithful to his constituents and ungrateful and unappreciative of favours received if the occasion arises. The type of person who, while one is still in his presence holds one spellbound but who when he leaves, also leaves a lurking distrust behind him. Extremely clever and capable.

Purvashada (Sagittarius 1320' to Sagittarius 2640') :

This asterism rising corresponds to rather a low type of character. One who does not wish for and does not get the gracious things out of life. Stupid, yet ostentatious and vulgar, with very few educational advantages. Quarrelsome and loud in appearance and manner. While he must, because of educational handicaps, go through life as a servant or at best as underling, he vainly considers himself above his station in life and will be harsh and dominating but ineffectual if put in authority.

Uttarashadha (Sagittarius 2640' to Capricorn 1000') :

A very good, honest and sincere character corresponds with this asterism on the Rising Point at birth. A peace-loving disposition, very intelligent and wise. Respected and liked by everyone who he comes in contact. Eager to live and let live. Tolerant to others, giving help where help is required. A good counselor in times of need or trouble. Such a person makes a good steady friend, whose friendship is to be valued because it will stand the tests of time and adversity.

Sravanam (Capricorn 1000' to Capricorn 2320') :

An excellent character, the key note to which is kind heartedness and generosity, particularly to those less fortunate than himself. This man will always be able to accumulate the good things of life without injuring anyone else to do so. He will be disposed to share his belongings with the poor and needy. The extent of his activities in this direction will, of course, depend on his station in life. Many social workers and philanthropists have this asterism rising. He is also very religious and will participate in church activities if his environment permits.

Dhanistha (Capricorn 2320' to Aquarius 640') :

Two entirely different types are born with Dhanistha rising. It depends on the part of this asterism, which lies, on the rising point as to which type predominates. The key notes of both are optimism and ambition. They both have thick necks and heavy thighs but, there the similarity stops.

Sathabhisham (Aquarius 640' to Aquarius 2000') :

A quiet unassuming person, thoughtful and meditative yet given to sudden outbursts of temper. Lives in the mental world rather than the physical. Prefers solitude to the company of others. Does not care for small talk and finds social contacts rather tiresome. A light eater and moderate in most things. Many astrologers and philosophers are found with Sathabhisham on the rising point.

Purva Bhadra (Aquarius 2000' to Pisces 320') :

These people are high strung and nervous in temperament. They are not very strong constitutionally. They are rather grave and serious in demeanor and are more interested in the discussion of serious topics than in trivial matters. They belong to the Mental Group and are by no means orthodox, preferring to arrive at their beliefs through a process of logical reasoning.

Uttara Bhadra (Pisces 320' to Pisces 1640') :

This asterism is a most fortunate one to have on the rising point of a birth chart. It usually indicates a man of means, well to do if not wealthy. A man who owns property and has the ability to earn money and also to spend it wisely and constructively. Being a passive type, his well being may be inherited or bequeathed to him but if he achieves his own success, he will do so without the corollary of someone else's misfortune. He is very intelligent and charitable and generous to those less fortunate than him.

Revathi (Pisces 1640' to Aries 000') :

These people are often distinguished by a birthmark on the thigh. They usually have well-formed and beautiful physiques although not necessarily not large or robust. They are fond of their family and friends and are very sociable and hospitable. They may not be born to wealth but they have the ability to accumulate the good things of life through their own efforts and usually will do so. They will know how to enjoy wisely and well the fruits of their endeavors. These people are wise and intelligent and make excellent counselors to those who are in trouble or are in a dilemma over some problem in life.