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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

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 the Sun and reflects the ability to shine their healing light on those with whom they come into contact.

Uttara Phalguni Career Interests:

Social workers, philanthropists, charitable work.
Healing arts, state health officials.
Writers, actors and media personalities.
Astrologers, astronomers and mathematicians.
Sales and public relations, business minded people, successful.

Uttara Phalaguni is formed by two stars at the tail of the Lion.

“Straight be the paths and thornless on which 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 are skilled with the healing arts, and 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 Career Interests:

Craftsmen, artists and painters.
Scholars, teachers, comedians, performers and writers.
Hospital and volunteer work, public relations.
Advisors, ministers, counselors and psychotherapists.
Astrologers, palm readers, healers.
Sales, communications and networking skills.
Travel industry, conference planners.

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 06 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 and in 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. Chitra natives 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 Career Interests:

Architects, interior designers, jewelers, clothing.
Lawyers, judges, priests.
Religious people who have knowledge of the scriptures.
Creative business people, artists.
Writers, publications, radio, TV and film.
Armed forces, police detective.

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 06 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 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.

Swati is located by the bright star, Arcturus, in the constellation of Bootis.

16. Vishakha: The Star of Purpose (Libra 20 00’ to Scorpio 03 20’)

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 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. 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.
Researchers, scientists.
Politicians, lawyers.
Military leaders, dictators or ambassadors for humanitarian causes.

Vishakha is formed by four stars of the Northern Scales.

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