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The Nakshatras of Vedic Astrology:
Ancient & Contemporary Usage

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The Nakshatras: The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology - Continued

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

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 Career Interests:

Fashion designers, models and actors.
Artists, poets, writers, musicians, and dancers.
Restaurant, hotel management and dignified positions of authority.
Agriculture, food products, herbalists and real estate.
Politicians and consultants.

Rohini, known as “the red one” correlates with the rose star Aldeberan, the red eye of the Bull constellation.

5. Mrigashira: The Searching Star – (Taurus 23 20’ to Gemini 06 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 its primary motivation. It is an 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”.

Mrigashira Career Interests:

Researchers, teachers, writers, actors and poets.
Astrologers, mystics, psychics.
Engineers, gemologists.
Veterinarians, animal trainers.
Real estate, sales, travel industry.

Mrigishira is formed by three faint stars at the head of the constellation of Orion.

6. Ardra: The Star of Sorrow – (Gemini 06 40’ to 20 00’)

The primary symbols for Ardra are a human head, representing thinking, and a teardrop, which represents overcoming suffering. It is an excellent rising nakshatra because it reflects 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, denotes 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 manushy,a and its primary motivation is artha, or wealth. The shakti of Ardra is “the power to make gains in life thru greater effort”.

Ardra Career Interests:

Hospice work, pain management and hospital work.
Writers, teachers, sales, public relations and social services.
Political and humanitarian projects.
Engineers, mathematicians and atomic research.
Butchers, thieves and drug dealers and chemists.

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 03 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 Career Interests:

Acting, drama and the entertainment industries.
Writers, publishers and directors.
Spiritual teachers, psychologists, philosophers and mystics.
Architects, civil engineers, scientists and inventors.
Politicians and social workers.

Punarvasu is reflected by the Gemini twins, Castor and Pollox.

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