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Nakshatras :: Lunar Mansions

Nakshatras :: The Fixed Stars of Destiny

—Komilla Sutton

Nakshatras or lunar mansions have a very special place in Vedic astrology. They are the axis on which Vedic astrology revolves. Moon stays in one Nakshatra for one day. They are mentioned in the ancient Indian Texts- the  Artharva and Yajur Veda which lists all 27 of them. Kalaprakashika is the standard ancient text which forms the base of the study of Nakshatras,

In mythology the Nakshatras are considered to be the 27 daughters of Daksha Prajipat, the Cosmic Helper charged by the creator of the universe Brahma to help him in the evolution of the whole cosmos. These 27 daughter of Daksha married the Moon and became special repositories of  astrological influences. Which is why the Nakshatra are feminine impulse which need the positive- male impulses of the planets to complete their polarity.

In India, the lunar calender is decided by the nakshatras. The rising nakshatra at the time of the new moon decides the rulership of the lunar month. 12 nakshatras rule the lunar months.

Naksha- means to approach and Tra means to guard. Each Nakshatras has a mythological god whose duty it to guard and guide the cosmic evolution. The  location of the planets  in specific nakshatras completely alters their signifcations. The zodiac comprises of 360 degrees. The twelve zodiac signs rule 30 degrees each. There are 27 Nakshatras, each Zodiac sign comprimising 2 1/2 Nakshatras. Though the  Zodiac has been divided into 27 groups of Nakshtras. These are only the principle members of several groups of fixed stars.

Beginning at 0'  Aries, each Nakshatra compromises 13' 20" of the ecliptic.-the degrees covered by the Moon in a 24 hour Day. Each Nakshatra is further divided into four parts known as 'padas' or feet.  The 27 nakshatras are divided in to 3 groups, known as paryaya which means cycle. The seven planets and the nodes of the moon have the rulership assigned to each Nakshatra. They repeat themselves in the same sequence.

The start of each paryaya (one cycle of 9 nakshatras) is always ruled by Ketu the mystical south node. Planets positioned in Sandhi areas- the junction points of the paryaya, the last quarters (padas) of  Pisces- Aries. Cancer- Leo. Scorpio- Sagittarius are specially powerful in  giving Karmic effects. They are known as Gandanta. The belief is when life crystallises at a certain point then we journey towards the higher manifestation of the soul and the consciousness. We have to go through a particularly trying time to prepare our minds for the next step in the journey of our soul.

 Moon has a special relationship with the Nakshatras. The Nakshatras give 108 positions for the placement of the Moon. The Moon first comes under the influence of the zodiac sign where it is placed, then the influence of the nakshatra ruler and lastly it is influence by the lord of the pada. The triplicity of varying planetary influences alter the signification of the Moon. It is from the location of the Moon in a specific nakshatra that we can decided the start of our life cycles  - the Dasha system which is unique to the Vedic astrology. The ruler of the nakshatra at the time of our birth is the ruler of the first dasha of our life and  ruler of the pada is the first antar dasha of our life.

The Nakshatra position of the Moon plays an important part in Muhurtha- election astrology. In India where timing of important functions in life are very important, the placement of the transiting Moon in specific Nakshatra is considered very auspicious. Marriages, education, house building, agriculture, farming, travel, starting new businesses etc. all should be started on the correct day and the astrologers look to the fixed stars to find that auspicious time so that the best possible cosmic help is available in whatever you are starting.

Nakshatras with their cosmic powers rule and direct life towards its karmic path, subtly influencing to bring about changes in the psyche. The power of Nakshatras should never be underestimated. Their capacity of changing our life patterns is of prime importance in the Vedic astrology.  For predictive and election purposes the knowledge of  the Nakshatras is very important.

Although it is significant to know of the lunar placement in Nakshatra, others planets change under the influence of Nakshatras. It is important for those trying to look into deeper meaning of life  to look into the nakshatra placements of key planets and you will have a much  better understanding of the inner motivations of planets in your chart. When studying the dashas, one should look at the ruler of the dasha as well as the placement of the ruler of the Nakshatra of the Dasha ruler. That makes all the difference in finding how the Dasha will effect us.

In India, most Vedic astrologer will put the number of the Nakshatra by the planet on the chart. That way they can see immediately what degree of the Zodiac the planet is placed.

 According to the ancient Vedic Philosophy,  our consciousness is effected by three  different qualities or gunas. The cosmic energies that radiate around us give us the predominance of one of these gunas. These are very important in Yoga and in astrology it is important to understand the impulses (gunas) of the planets and their Nakshatras which give them their unique behaviour patterns.  These gunas are:

1. Sattva - the illuminating, pure or good quality. Truth, purity of purpose and self righteousness and the path towards eternal consciousness is important to Sattvic people.  They are fearless, generous and self- controlled. They are tranquil, charitable and generally have an open mind. Sattvics find it hard to hurt others. Water is pure Sattva. Vegetarians are sattvic by nature- choosing to eat what is provided by nature rather than killing to fulfil their appetites.

2. Rajas - the quality of mobility or activity.  They have great inner thirst. They are passionate and ambitious. They want to achieve. They are restless and insecure. They  want everything.  They are active, want recognition and respect but are never satisfied. They find themselves clinging to pleasant tasks but  avoiding the difficult situations. They can be fickle, easily distracted and unsteady.                   

3. Tamas - the dark restraining quality.  They are generally sensuous, in love with all the good things in life which restrain them from higher learning and knowledge. They are materialistic in nature. Maya -the illusionary world of self gratification and sensual living ties them to their desires. Tamasic people have to try very hard to get out of the  ignorance that surrounds them. They are held down by their own needs. Yoga and meditation is required to strengthen their inner being  if they want to move towards  higher consciousness.

The Nakshatras radiate these qualities on primary, secondary and tertiary levels. It helps to find out on what sub-conscious level we react to this world.

Each of the Nakshatra has its own motivation.  Vedic philosophers considered 4 basic motivations which guide us. They are:

1. Artha - meaningful action. Artha relates to wealth , financial matters and the practicalities of life.

2.Dharma - righteous action. Dharma is the purpose of our life. The duty towards ourselves and others to do the right thing.

3. Kama - passionate behaviour. Kama is about passion for people, causes and living.

4. Moksha - the need for spiritual salvation. Moksha means Nirvana. The need to find the highest truths and move towards self realisation.

Each Nakshatra radiates its own quality, has its own motivation and the planets placed in them have a triplicy of influences- by the rulers of the Zodiac sign, nakshatra and finally the pada or quarter. These alter, enhance and fine tune the cosmic energies that effect us.

The 27 Nakshatras are:

1.Ashwini - ruled by Ketu -the South Node. 0'00" to 13'20" (0'00" to 13'20" Aries). The four quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon.  The motivation is Dharma. Male. Horse. Symbol- A head of horse. Deity- Ashwini Kumars. Dosha- Vata

2. Bharani - ruled by Venus. 13'20" to 26'40"( 13'20" to 26'402 Aries) The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. The Motivation is Artha. Female. Elephant. Symbol- Yoni ( female sexual organ). Deity- Yama. Dosha -Pitta

3. Krittika - ruled by Sun. 26'40" to 40'00 (26'40" Aries to 10'00" Taurus). The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter. The motivation is Kama. Female. Sheep. Symbol- a razor. Diety Agni. Dosha- Kapha.

4. Rohini -ruled by Moon. 40'00" to 53'20"(10'00" to 23'20" Taurus). The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon. The motivation is Moksha. Male. Serpent. Symbol-A chariot. Deity- Brahma. Dosha-Kapha.

5. Mrigshira -ruled by Mars. 53'20" to 66'40" (23'20 Taurus to 6'40" Gemini). The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. The motivation is Moksha. Female. Serpent. Symbol- The head of a deer. Deity- Soma. Dosha- Pitta.

6. Ardra - ruled by Rahu- the North Node. 66'40" to 80'00" (6'40" to 20'00" Gemini) The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter. The motivation is Kama. Female. Dog. Symbol- Precious stone or a human head. Deity- Rudra. Dosha- Vata.

7. Punarvasu - ruled by Jupiter. 80'00 to 93'20 (20'00" Gemini to 3'20" Cancer). The  quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon. The motivation is Artha. Female. Cat. Symbol- A bow or a house. Deity- Aditi. Dosha- Vata.

8. Pushya - ruled by Saturn. 93'20" to 106'40" (3'20" to16'20" Cancer). The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. The motivation is Dharma. Male. Sheep. Symbol- a flower, circle or an arrow. Deity- Brahaspati. Dosha- Pitta.

9. Ashlesha - ruled by Mercury. 106'40" to 120'00" (16'40 Cancer to 0'00 Leo) The  quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter. The motivation is Dharma. Male. Cat. Symbol- a serpent. Deities- Nagas. Dosha- Kapha.

1st to 9th Nakshatra operates on the Rajasic Guna on the primary level

10. Magha - ruled by Ketu. 120'00" to 132'20" (0'00"  to 13'20" Leo). The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon. The motivation is Artha. Male. Rat. Symbol- house or a palaquin. Deity- Pitris. Dosha- Kapha.

11. Purva Phalguni - ruled by Venus. 132'20 to 146'40" (13'20 to 26'40" Leo).The  quarters are ruled by  Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. The motivation is Kama. Female. Rat. Symbol- A couch, platform or fireplace. Deity- Bhaga. Dosha- Pitta.

12. Uttara Phalguni - ruled by Sun. 146'40" to 160'00" (26'40 Leo to 10'00" Virgo) The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter. The motivation is Moksha. Male. Cow. Symbol- a small bed. Deity- Aryaman. Dosha- Vata.

13. Hasta - ruled by Moon. 160'00" to 173'20" (10'00" to 23'20" Virgo). The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon. The motivation is Moksha. Female. Buffalo. Symbol- The palm. Deity- Savita. Dosha- Vata.

14. Chitra - ruled by Mars. 173'20" to 186'40" (23'20 Virgo to 6'40" Libra). The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. The motivation is Kama. Female. Tiger. Symbol- Pearl. Deity - Tvashtar. Dosha- Pitta.

15. Swati - ruled by Rahu.186'40" to 200'00" (6'40" to 20'00 Libra). The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter. The motivation is  Artha. Male. Buffalo. Symbol- Coral. Deity- Vayu. Dosha- Kapha.

16. Vishakha - ruled by Jupiter. 200'00" to 213'20"(20'00"Libra to 3'20" Scorpio).  The  quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon. The motivation is Dharma. Male. Tiger. Symbol- A potter's wheel or an archway. Deities- Indra and Agni. Dosha- Kapha.

17. Anuradha - ruled by Saturn.213'20" to 226'40" (3'20" to 16'40"Scorpio).

The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. The motivation is  Dharma. Anuradha. Female. Hare. Symbol- A Lotus flower . Deity- Mitra. Dosha- Pitta.

18. Jyeshta - ruled by Mercury. 226'40" to 240'00" (16'40" Scorpio to 0'00"Sagittarius). The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter. The motivation is Artha. Male. Hare. Symbol-An earring or an umbrella. Deity- Indra. Dosha- Vata.

10th to 18th Nakshatras operate on the Tamasic Guna at the Primary Level

19. Mula - ruled by Ketu. 240'00" to 253'20" (0'00" to 13'20" Sagittarius). The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon. The motivation is  Kama. Male. Dog.  Symbol- The tail of a lion or an elephant's goad. Deity- Nritta. Dosha- Vata.

20. Purvashadha - ruled by Venus. 253'20" to 266'40" (13'20" to 26'40"). The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. The motivation is Moksha. Male. Monkey. Symbol- Tust of an elephant. Deity- Apas. Dosha- Pitta.

21. Uttarashadha - ruled by Sun. 266'40" to 280'00" (26'40 Sag to 10'00" Capricorn) The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter. The motivation is Moksha. Male. Mongoose. No female Mongoose. Symbol- A small cot. Deity- Vishwadeva. Dosha- Kapha.

22. Shravana - ruled by Moon. 280'00" to 293'20" (10'00 to 23'20" Capricorn). The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon. The motivation is Artha. Female. Monkey. Symbol- Symbol - An ear or an arrow. Deity- Vishnu. Dosha- Kapha.

23. Dhanishta - ruled by Mars. 293'20" to 306'40" (23'20" cap to 6'40" Aquarius). The quarters are ruled by Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. The motivation is Dharma. Female. Lion. Symbol- A musical drum or the flute. Deity- Vasus. Dosha- Pitta.

24. Shatabhishak - ruled by Rahu. 306'40" to 320'00" (6'40" to 20'00" Aquarius) . The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter. The motivation is  Dharma. Female. Horse. Symbol- Hundred Flowers. Deity- Varuna. Dosha- Vata.

25. Purva Bhadra - ruled by Jupiter. 320'00" to 333'20 (20'00" Aquarius to 3'20" Pisces). The quarters are ruled by Mars, Venus, Mercury and Moon. The motivation is Artha. Male. Lion. Symbol- A sword. Deity- Aja Ekpada. Dosha- Vata.

26. Uttara Bhadra - ruled by Saturn. 333'20" to 346'40" (3'20"  to 16'40" Pisces). The quarters are ruled by  Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars. The motivation is Kama. Female. Cow. Symbol- The number two or a twin. Deity- Ahirbudhyana. Dosha- Pitta.

27. Revati - ruled by Mercury. 346'40" to 360'00" (16'40" to 30'00" Pisces). The quarters are ruled by Jupiter, Saturn, Saturn and Jupiter. The motivation is Moksha. Female. Elephant. Symbol- A fish. Deity- Pushan. Dosha- Kapha.

The 19th to 27th Nakshatras operate on a Sattvic Guna at the primary level.


CHRISTOPHER REEVE

3:12 AM EDT ( rectified by Komilla Sutton to 3:17 AM)

September 25, 1952  - NEW YORK  - 74W00 40N45

CHART

Planetary information

Lagna(Asc)

26Cn52 in  9 Ashlesha ruled by Mercury in Jupiter pada

Sun

08Vi58 in 12 Uttara Phalguni ruled by Sun in Jupiter pada

Moon

19Sc23 in 18 Jyeshtha ruled by Mercury in Jupiter pada

Mars

25Sc04 in 18 Jyeshtha ruled by Mercury in Saturn pada

Mercury

09Vi33 in 12 Uttara Phalguni ruled by Mercury in Jupiter pada

Jupiter Rx

27Ar23 in   3 Krittika ruled by Sun in Jupiter pada

Venus

03Li49 in 14 Chitra ruled by Mars in Mars pada

Saturn

22Vi48 in  13 Hasta ruled by Moon in Moon pada

Rahu

27Cp28 in 23 Dhanishta ruled by Mars in Mercury pada

Ketu

27Cn28 in  9 Ashlesha ruled by Mercury in Jupiter pada

Outer planets

Uranus

24Ge56 in   7  Punarvasu ruled by Jupiter in Venus pada

Neptune

27Vi32  in 14 Chitra ruled by Mars in Mercury pada

Pluto

29Cn54 in   9 Ashlesha ruled by Mercury in Jupiter pada

The chart of  Christopher Reeve illustrates the Nakshatras very well. The Birth Data available on him places his birth at 3:12 Am EDT September 25 1952 at NewYork. I have rectified the birth time using the Nakshatras. His birth was in Ashlesha Nakshatra in the 3rd Pada (quarter). I have moved it forward to 3:17 am into the 4th quarter of Ashelsha. The ascendent stays in each quarter for 15 minutes. According to all the ancient texts, if you are born at Gandanta-the junction points of the Nakshatras (The 4th quarter of Ashlesha and the 1st quarter of Magha. The last quarter of Jyeshta and the 1st Quarter of Mula and the last quarter of Revati and the 1st quarter of  Ashwini.), you face major traumas and tragedies in life. In Christopher Reeve's case we all know about his riding accident which changed his life from the actor playing Superman to a quadriplegic.

Lagna-Ascendent

The Lagna- ascendent is conjunct Ketu - the South Node in the same quarter/nakshatra. Ketu always deals with the past and is a planet of Karmic retribution. It is very obvious that Christopher Reeve had to pay debts of past actions. He was given everything materially- goods looks, health, success, fame and wealth. Then it was cruelly taken away. The presence of Ketu in the ascendent shows destiny will play an important part in life. It also foretells physical or emotional trauma in life due to your own actions. Also, Ketu is the significator for spinal problems and paralysis. Pluto at 29Cancer54 is in the same pada conjuct the ascendent and Ketu. Although outer planets are not generally looked at in Vedic Astrology, the influence of Pluto cannot be discounted.

The Ascendent Nakshatra Ashlesha has Naga- the snake as its presiding diety, it is ruled by Mercury and is in the area of Cancer ruled by Moon. The Serpent is  worshipped in ancient Indian Mythology. They are considered the embodiment of wisdom gained through spiritual attainment. Ashlesha people are loners, philosophical and spiritual.  The position of Ketu in Ashlesha further leads to the spiritual aspect of Christopher Reeve. This deep spirituality will come to his rescue now when he has had to go through the immense psychological transformation. Like the shedding of the serpent's skin, a person born under Aslesha sheds his old life so that new experiences can be taken on board. This experience is never easy. The process of tranformation brings with it immense pain. The mental pain Christopher Reeve must be experiencing is beyond most of our thinking.

Both Mercury and Ketu have separative influences and deal with sudden changes. Ketu always takes and Ketu's placement in Mercury's Nakshatra influences Mercury as well. Mercury is exalted but weak as it is combust by Sun. Mercury also has to deal with Saturn's influence in the same house. Being the 3rd house- Mercury takes on the power to do immense damage by your own actions.

Moon as the ascendent.

 A debilatated Moon is the ruler of  Ascendent as well as being an ascendent in its own right. Moon is in the Nakshatra of Jyeshta. Jyeshta is a Nakshatra which is at a junction point but the Moon is not in the last quarter- which would have been much worse. Moon is aspected by both Saturn and Mars. Jyeshta is again ruled by Mercury. It is located in the area of Scorpio which is ruled by Mars (Vedic Astrology uses traditional rulerships). Note Mars is also in Mercury ruled Jyeshtha. Jyeshta gives status and material wealth but it also leads you towards transformation. You understand that material fulfillment is not enough, there is an emptiness within. There needs to be a connection with the inner self. Christopher Reeve to look towards his inner strengths and the Mars rulership of  Scorpio is giving him  courage in the face of such adversity. The tragedy that touched his life has made him aware of the difference within the inner and outer self. He will need to tap into the inner wisdom and use his disabilities positively- which he is already doing. Both Jyeshta and Ashlesha make individuals who are very strong and wise within.

Mercury deals with pure intellect and detachment and the Jupiterian rulership of the quarter where the Moon is situated is not a help. Jupiter is enemy to Mercury. It is also retrograde and in a malefic Nakshatra Krittka. Also its placement at the end of Aries makes it a planet in Mrita Avastha (death like state). Jupiter, inspite of being the greatest benefic planet, has power to do great damage for Christopher Reeve.

Sun as the ascendent

The Sun is in Uttara Phalguni which is ruled by the Sun in the 4th quarter ruled by Jupiter. Sun in its own Nakshtra in the 3rd house of personal action and communications. It should have given wonderful results but that was not the case. Sun in Virgo which is ruled by Mercury. Again this Mercurian influence. Because Ketu is in the Nakshatra of Mercury it will exercise an influence on the Sun. The Sun is further weakened by Saturn's aspect.

Uttaraphalguni is the Nakshatra where we  understand  the hidden power of the cosmic law. The need to direct our actions away from selfish goals. Understand the vastness of the task ahead. The Sun,the healer in service oriented Virgo in Uttara Phalguni  is now directing him towards the universal issues. The Sun will heal him from within so that he can be a spokeperson for other disabled people. He has the inner strength to cope. It will never be easy but Christopher Reeve has immense inner resources and will use them for the greater good.

Dashas for Christopher Reeves

Mercury

September 25, 1952

Mercury in Cancer (Moon) and Ashlesha (Mercury)

Ketu

April 10, 1966

Ketu in Cancer (Moon) and Ashlesha (Mercury)

Venus

April 10, 1973

Venus in Libra (Venus) and chitra (Mars)

Sun

April 10, 1993

Sun in Virgo (Mercury) and Uttara Phalguni (Sun)

Moon

April 10, 1999

Moon in Scorpio (Mars) and Jyeshtha (Mercury)

Mars

April 10, 2009

Mars in Scorpio (Mars) and Jyeshtha (Mercury)

Rahu

April 10, 2016

Rahu in Capricorn (Saturn) and dhanishta (Mars)

Jupitar

April 10, 2034

Jupiter in Aries (Mars) and Krittika (Sun)

Saturn

April 10, 2050

Saturn in Virgo (Mercury and Hasta (Moon)

The first two Maha Dashas of Christopher Reeves life were Mercury and Ketu , both planets in his ascendent and ruled by Mercury Nakshatras. I do not know a lot about his childhood and youth but looking at the dashas I can assume that there were problems for Christopher Reeve coming to terms with himself. There has to be some unhappiness in childhood with regards to his mother and father. The start of the Venus Mahadasha brought about a wonderful 20 years of his life. Venus is powerfully situated in his chart. It is not influenced by Mercury and Jupiter in the Nakshatras. Super success awaited him during this period. Superman brought him recognision internationally, but internally he was dissatisfied. This is because of the aspect from a malefic Jupiter and hemming in of Venus by Mars and Saturn. It shows that Christpher Reeve was never at peace with himself.

Sun Dasha

Accident May 27 1995. 12 Noon Culpeper VA 38N28 077W59 49

Maha Dasha Sun, Antara Jupiter began 4-29-1995

It happened within the month of the start of Jupiter antara in the Sun Dasha. Sun is in a sign ruled by Mercury. Jupiter in the Nakshatra of Krittika ruled by Sun and the diety is Agni(fire).The symbol of Krittika is a razor. It can be a destructive influence. Jupiter's positioning in the last 6 degrees of Aries is in Mrita Avastha( Death like state) which further adds to the malefic capabilities of Jupiter. Jupiter and Mercury are inimical to each other. This brought to the fore the complete negativity of the chart.  The combined malefic influences of Mercury and Jupiter brought about the accident. Jupiter is considered a good planet for Cancer Ascendent and it was in the house owned by his friend Mars. Studying the Nakshatra position of Jupiter it is immediately  obvious that Jupiter cannot do good in Christopher Reeve's Chart.

The Start of Mercury Antardasha on 27th January 1997 followed by Ketu Antardasha on 12th March 1997 makes 1997 a difficult year for Christopher Reeve. There can be a set back in his progress.

On January 9 1997, the transitting Rahu, the north node and Mars were conjuct to the exact degree in Virgo/Uttarphalguni(Jupiter Pada) in opposition to a conjuct Ketu and Saturn in Pisces/Uttara Bhadra(Mercury pada). Again the Jupiter/ Mercury combination This intense cosmic activity was directly effecting his  natal Sun Lagna. That was be a start of an uneasy period for Christopher Reeve.

1997 will be emotionally difficult but if he can direct his activity and mind, he will move towards inner peace and be an example to others through  wise handling of this immense trial he has had to face. If he can overcome these further cosmic impediments, he may at last be at peace with himself.

In Christopher Reeves chart the Nakshatras represent the spiritual forces that rule his life. The Mercury/Jupiter connection is very strong- in his natal chart, dashas and in the transits. The Sun, Moon and the ascendent are directly connected to it through rulership of Sign/ Nakshatra/Pada. Mercury rules intellect but it also rules the nerves and severence. The accident caused the severence. The paralysis is of the nerves. and now his intellect will  have to deal with it. Mercury has caused a lot of Christopher Reeves problems but it duality now helps with its intellectualism and  detachment. Its power to change direction. It will allow Christopher Reeve to deal with his personal tragedy and move on.

Note:All planetary positions in this article refers to the sidereal Zodiac, which is currently 23 degrees 48 minutes 56 sec. behind the Tropical Zodiac. Nakshatras are fixed stars or lunar mansions. The nodes of the Moon- rahu Ketu are considered planets in Vedic astrology.

But Jyeshta born people are also considered  to have Karmic life. They need to focus on their Kundalini

Ashwini is the nature of Shiva -the active energy.

In vedic texts, Ashwins are twin sons of the Sun God. The Sun is meant to represent the parent- the root the absolute. the divine link of the sun to the first asterism means that there is an important evolutionary process taking place which the help of the sun which gives energy to the whole process. People born in ashwini are great healers and they have capability to rejuvinating the old and giving life to the dead. It is creative power in its latency. Many ignore their creativity because they do not know the strength they possess. the Rulership of Mars exerts the inflence of exernalising this power.

Sun is in exaltation in Ashwini. The spiritual planet Ketu's rulership means that the Sun can stay steadfast inspite of all the arian influence around him. Mars the ruler of Aries can take the sun towards an overtly sexual path but the nakshatra of ashwini guides the solar energy towards a more spiritual path and leads it towards Moksha which is the correct purpose of all incarnating souls.

Ashwini born can harness the power of the nakshatra and be successful on both the material and spiritual levels.

Ashwa the symbol of ashwini is connected with the number seven. Seven is a very auspicious number in Hindu philosphy- there are seven chakras- the creative energy which moves from the absolute within us, seven flames of eternal fire- the seven states of  wisdom. The horse is also a symbol of energy and vigour. There are many different creative energies which need to be harness to achieve success. There is unlimited creative powers in latency in Ashwini.

The rulership of the first four padas are under Mars, Venus Mercury and  Moon- all fast moving planets which are in a hurry to achieve their aims. They are also planets which are more concerned with the material instincts within us. With Ketu influencing the overall energy with its spiritual impact. People can go towards a very spiritual path but they will always lack patience in how to achieve it. Ashwini's as a group represent fierce enrgy, determination, dynamism, the need to externalise all capabilities. On the negative side they can be overly ambitious, passionate, impulsive and unthinking.

The rajasic guna and the Dharmic values that they project means that their lives are based on activity and they have a great need to change the world sometimes in a self righteous way not recognising the others point of view.

The symbol for Bharani is Yoni - female reproductive organ- this establishes Bharani as a channel for creation whether it is by a sexuaal act or incubation of other creative energies..

 Its basic principle is Shakti- the passive female power. Female energy has important place in vedic philosophy. It is this energy that incubates the soul and transports it from one realm of existence to another. Put in another way it takes you from a spiritual manisfestation to a more objective one. The sexual energy which is very much so the realm of Bharani is very obvious in people. it is almost the realisation of procreativity is too much for most people to resist.

 The ruling god is Yama. Yama can be interpretted in two forms. One as the god of death. Death doesn't mean physical death only. It can mean ending of one chapter of your life and then creating the new life force into new creative energy. As the god of Death Yama is also responsible for the seed of new life. He allows us to detach ourselves from previous lives so that we can look towards the future.  The other meaning of Yama is Yogic - in Yoga Yama( restraint) and Niyama (practice or observation)- these diciplines are used to channel the energies of the organs of action and the sense of perception in the right direction. Which ever indication you take you will realise that there is the belief in harnessing the inner nature of man towards its highest energy.

It is motivated by Artha- which is activity on a material plain. Poeple born in Bharani are very materialistic unless they voluntary decide to harness their inner self with yoga. The rulership of Venus within the energy of Mars makes the action very much on a material plain. The pada are ruled by Leo, Mercury, Venus and Mars. Each one helps to intensify the material process.

Bharani people believe in excess- whether they are indulging in sex or doing Yoga- they do not know when to stop. They are idealist. They want others to live upto their high expectations. There is a darker side to their nature which is symbolised by the god Yama who rules darkness. So always within the open idealism is some ununderstood depth which attracts the male energy to this passive but extremely electrifying force of Bharani.

The first quarter lies within Aries ruled by Mars and the other three quarters lie in Taurus ruled by Venus. Krittika is ruled by Sun. Its symbol is a razor.It presiding god is Agni- Fire. It is rajasic on both the promary and secondary level and Sattva is its inner attribute. Its prime motivation is Kama- passion.

Krittika consists of 6 visible stars and one invisible star. This is the consellation Pleiades. they are considered wives of the 7 great rishis who astronomically are the seven stars of Ursa Major. The relationship between these two is very profound. The seventh invisible star is said to be married to Dhruva- the pole star or the rishi who governs it. The relationship of Krittika and the pole star emphasises its role in the importance of central as well as invisible principle from which the laws of life derive.

Krittika is passive. It has both constructive and destructive principle. But it itself will not take action. Lijke a mother it will incubate the seed which is the planet located in this asterism. Like the razor which is the symbol of Krittika it can be used to kill by the murderer or used by a surgeon to heal. Like the mother it is Krittika has no choice regarding the seed it carries. Rahu, the north node in Krittika can lead to a person to spiriual attachement. The sun here can also lead to dissatisfaction to the material way of life. Depending on the planet within it it alters its influence. It is the instrument that causes but the act has to be done by the planet.

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Padas - 1st     0'00 to   3'20 ruled by Mars

              2nd    3'20 to   6'40 ruled by Venus

              3rd     6'40 to 10'00 ruled by  Mercury

              4th   10'00 to 13'40 ruled by  Venus              All in Aries

Guna -  Rajasic - on all three levels

Motivation - Dharma

Ashwini provides a great regenerative potential, being the first nakshatra. It also bestows unsurpassed physical stamina and power. Many athletes are born in Ashwini. Also there is strong leadership tendencies and  thirst for power. On the negative side Ashwini can make one extremely sensuous forever seeking a new thrill or sensation.

With its ruler being the mystical Ketu, there is always a Karmic side to Ashwini. It is the first Nakshatra therefore there is a great feeling of the new and fresh. also Ashwinis htruly understand the miracle of birth so for all their physical prowess and leadership quality they truly understand spirituality. The blend of the Rajasic guna and the dharmic motivation make them very committed to the right path. they will need to learn the path of satisfaction with what they achieve if they are to be truly at peace with themselves.

Ashwini is ruled by Ketu and operated in the Zodiac sign of  Aries ruled by Mars- two opposing energies greatly concerned with the spiritual connection and the physical perfection. It is dependant on which pada you are born whether you would blend these energies on a physical level or an intellectual one.

2. Bharani

13'20" to 26'40" ruled by Venus

Padas - 1st    13'20" to 16'40" ruled by Moon

             2nd   16'40" to 20'00" ruled by Sun

             3rd    20'00" to 23'20" ruled by Mercury

             4th    23'20" to 26'40" ruled by Venus

Gunas - Rajasic on the primary  and secondary levels and tamas on the tertiary level

Motivation - Artha

Bharani represents the link between the seed and the flowering, the father and the offspring. what is to be and its source. the main motivation of  Bharani is regenration through meaningful action(Artha). The creative seed passes through it, it nourishes it to the final fruit of human birth. People born under Bharani want to grow both in the spiritual and the material world.  Venus the ruler of this nakshatra works well in both extremes of this asterism. with the motivation Artha- it adds a  meaningful purpose to whatever you want to do. Bharani rest in the centre of aries therefore it adds the freshness and originality of approach of aries to  tits significations. Bharani people can be very impulsive, at times selfish and are very good leaders of society as they understand the preservative principles of life.

3. Krittika

26'40" to 40'00 (26'40" Aries to 10'00" Taurus) ruled by Sun

Padas - 1st    26'40" to  30'00"  Aries

             2nd  00'00"  to    3'20"   Taurus

             3rd     3'20" to     6'40"   Taurus

             4th      6'40" to  10'00"    Taurus

Guna -

MERCURY IN ASHVINI

GREAT HEALING TOUCH, REGENERATIVE POTENTIAL, PHYSICAL POWER, AND STAMINA. CAPACITY FOR LEADERSHIP AND THIRST FOR SENSATION

SUN IN BHARANI

guides the soul in spiritual as well as materialistic goals. originality and impulsiveness much in evidence.

ROHINI Most auspicious of the asterisms.

Rohini is the incubator of creative potential- every idea, every seed is preserved for fruitation at the correct time.

Worldly pleasures , attachments and infatuation to sensual  illusion,

deep involvement with sexual relationship which transcendent social and traditional barriers.

MARS IN MRIGASHIRA

Creative impulse of individual starts to take material form. energy, agility and inquisitive intellectual endevour. egotism

tan matras

Venus in mrigashira

MOON IN ARDRA

RULED BY RAHU

destroys material reality and soul's involvement with illusion. mind which on one hand imposes upon experiences its own version of  'reality' while at the same time mind may also be the destroyer of ignorance and illusion.

ASPECTS

PUSHYA

VIBRANT TRAQUILITY, ABSENSE OF UNDUE AGITATION, FAITH IN ONE SELF AND FULLNESS OF LIFE. MUCH PURPOSEFUL ACTIVITY UNDER THIS ASTERISM.

JUPITER IN ASHLESHA

RULED BY MERCURY PRESIDED BY NAGA

Replete with estoric significance.Aslesha is an intense energy capable of great spiritual attainment aa well as material immersion. Duality is its most important charcteristic. Persons born under this asterism are contradictory characters. deeply philosophical,, thoughtful, austere, reclusive and self reliant. can  also be selfish, treachorous venomous and immoral. cant bear humilation

Ashlesha imparts intellectual and mental development which leads to radical transformation.which occurs unexpectedly. After that a totally different conditions of living prevail.

ASPECTS

ALL IN PURVA PHALGUNI

RULED BY LEO

Thirst for experience is a rare quality with vast potentiality. When good fortune smiles, when ample oppurtunity of creativism is provided, the thirst for experience glows within and becomes acute within,    life force assumes new dimensions. One cannot predict where it will grow or fruitify. P . Phalguni stands for expression of dynamic energy. Readiness to plunge into any activity.

It may bestow victory and domination. or could lead to debauchery, gambling or black magic.

ASPECTS

KETU IN HASTA

OWNED BY MOON

one must struggle to express his inner vitality and potential for growth.

Hasta has the quality for individual to change, to grow new shapes and grow in different directions. It provides immense oppurtunities for growth and expansion. the inner urge is to march ahead but external forces restrict. thus conflict and different levels of crises result.

souls are guided to nvritti marg of renunciation,public service, leaders of renassance, become sustaining power in the community.

MARS IN CHITRA

OWNED BY MARS

Chitra represents a great surge of building and reaching towards new levels of achievements.

The hidden perfection of a pearl can only be externalised by great insight and great courage to fight and bear great ordeals. Mars does not accept defeat any confrontation provides it with added incentive to fight and attain its goal. When the soul reaches Chitra it has already chrstallised the goal of his mission, which requires achievement at every cost. this struggle takes place on an intellectual level. The confusion may arise from lack of clarity  and confidence of one's ideals. Fight to build a new society.

ASPECTS

ASC  AND RAHU IN UTTARA BHADRA - ruler Saturn  linked to materiality, resistence, difficulties and opposition in the beginning but harmony at the end. Not the detachment ofan enlightened mind but passionate involvement of a emotional nature.

The passivity of darkness is the mysterious source from which all forms of creation have arisen.

Uttara Bhadra becomes very powerful when associated with any planet. Though it is passive and non- active, it is also highly dynamic whenever an active force impinges upon it and the latent energy within it is vigourously activated

It enables an individual to comprehend wisdom concealed in different forms of manisfestation. Whatever happens to the individual there is growth and expansion of consiousness. There is oppurtunity to preserve, protect and co-operate with the divine plan despite hardships.

The urge towards transformation makes the individual thirst towards something better and this leads to dissatisfaction. But ultimately there arises a complete indifference to worldly relationship.

SATURN IN PURVASHADA

OWNED BY VENUS

THIS ASTERISM IS A SPIRITUAL INFLUENCE. VENUS WILL SENSITIZE THE INDIVIDUAL TO INTIUTION AND HIGHER FORCES OF NATURE

This heightened sensitivity and greater alertness though outerwardly may appear listlessness, are the most important qualifications of transformation and the dawn of spirituality.

discovery of new possibilities, externalisation of latent faculties and uncovering of one's most valuable qualities. divine wisdom may flash, hidden knowledge may be revealed, intutive faculties may be sharpened

SATURN IN PURVASHADA

OWNED BY VENUS

THIS ASTERISM IS A SPIRITUAL INFLUENCE. VENUS WILL SENSITIZE THE INDIVIDUAL TO INTIUTION AND HIGHER FORCES OF NATURE

This heightened sensitivity and greater alertness though outerwardly may appear listlessness, are the most important qualifications of transformation and the dawn of spirituality.

discovery of new possibilities, externalisation of latent faculties and uncovering of one's most valuable qualities. divine wisdom may flash, hidden knowledge may be revealed, intutive faculties may be sharpened.

Padas - 1st     0'00 to   3'20 ruled by Mars

              2nd    3'20 to   6'40 ruled by Venus

              3rd     6'40 to 10'00 ruled by  Mercury

              4th   10'00 to 13'40 ruled by  Venus              All in Aries

Guna -  Rajasic - on all three levels

Motivation- Dharma

Ashwini provides a great regenerative potential, being the first nakshatra. It also bestows unsurpassed physical stamina and power. Many athletes are born in Ashwini. Also there is strong leadership tendencies and  thirst for power. On the negative side Ashwini can make one extremely sensuous forever seeking a new thrill or sensation.

With its ruler being the mystical Ketu, there is always a Karmic side to Ashwini. It is the first Nakshatra therefore there is a great feeling of the new and fresh. also Ashwinis htruly understand the miracle of birth so for all their physical prowess and leadership quality they truly understand spirituality. The blend of the Rajasic guna and the dharmic motivation make them very committed to the right path. they will need to learn the path of satisfaction with what they achieve if they are to be truly at peace with themselves.

Ashwini is ruled by Ketu and operated in the Zodiac sign of  Aries ruled by Mars- two opposing energies greatly concerned with the spiritual connection and the physical perfection. It is dependant on which pada you are born whether you would blend these energies on a physical level or an intellectual one.

2. Bharani

13'20" to 26'40" ruled by Venus

Padas - 1st    13'20" to 16'40" ruled by Moon

             2nd   16'40" to 20'00" ruled by Sun

             3rd    20'00" to 23'20" ruled by Mercury

             4th    23'20" to 26'40" ruled by Venus

Gunas - Rajasic on the primary  and secondary levels and tamas on the tertiary level

Motivation - Artha

Bharani represents the link between the seed and the flowering, the father and the offspring. what is to be and its source. the main motivation of  Bharani is regenration through meaningful action(Artha). The creative seed passes through it, it nourishes it to the final fruit of human birth. People born under Bharani want to grow both in the spiritual and the material world.  Venus the ruler of this nakshatra works well in both extremes of this asterism. with the motivation Artha- it adds a  meaningful purpose to whatever you want to do. Bharani rest in the centre of aries therefore it adds the freshness and originality of approach of aries to  tits significations. Bharani people can be very impulsive, at times selfish and are very good leaders of society as they understand the preservative principles of life.

3. Krittika

26'40" to 40'00 (26'40" Aries to 10'00" Taurus) ruled by Sun

Padas - 1st    26'40" to  30'00"  Aries

             2nd  00'00"  to    3'20"   Taurus

             3rd     3'20" to     6'40"   Taurus

             4th      6'40" to  10'00"    Taurus

Guna -

MERCURY IN ASHVINI

GREAT HEALING TOUCH, REGENERATIVE POTENTIAL, PHYSICAL POWER, AND STAMINA. CAPACITY FOR LEADERSHIP AND THIRST FOR SENSATION

SUN IN BHARANI

guides the soul in spiritual as well as materialistic goals. originality and impulsiveness much in evidence.

ROHINI Most auspicious of the asterisms.

Rohini is the incubator of creative potential- every idea, every seed is preserved for fruitation at the correct time.

Worldly pleasures , attachments and infatuation to sensual  illusion,

deep involvement with sexual relationship which transcendent social and traditional barriers.

MARS IN MRIGASHIRA

Creative impulse of individual starts to take material form. energy, agility and inquisitive intellectual endevour. egotism

tan matras

Venus in mrigashira

MOON IN ARDRA

RULED BY RAHU

destroys material reality and soul's involvement with illusion. mind which on one hand imposes upon experiences its own version of  'reality' while at the same time mind may also be the destroyer of ignorance and illusion.

ASPECTS

PUSHYA

VIBRANT TRAQUILITY, ABSENSE OF UNDUE AGITATION, FAITH IN ONE SELF AND FULLNESS OF LIFE. MUCH PURPOSEFUL ACTIVITY UNDER THIS ASTERISM.

JUPITER IN ASHLESHA

RULED BY MERCURY PRESIDED BY NAGA

Replete with estoric significance.Aslesha is an intense energy capable of great spiritual attainment aa well as material immersion. Duality is its most important charcteristic. Persons born under this asterism are contradictory characters. deeply philosophical,, thoughtful, austere, reclusive and self reliant. can  also be selfish, treachorous venomous and immoral. cant bear humilation

Ashlesha imparts intellectual and mental development which leads to radical transformation.which occurs unexpectedly. After that a totally different conditions of living prevail.

ASPECTS

ALL IN PURVA PHALGUNI

RULED BY LEO

Thirst for experience is a rare quality with vast potentiality. When good fortune smiles, when ample oppurtunity of creativism is provided, the thirst for experience glows within and becomes acute within,    life force assumes new dimensions. One cannot predict where it will grow or fruitify. P . Phalguni stands for expression of dynamic energy. Readiness to plunge into any activity.

It may bestow victory and domination. or could lead to debauchery, gambling or black magic.

ASPECTS

KETU IN HASTA

OWNED BY MOON

one must struggle to express his inner vitality and potential for growth.

Hasta has the quality for individual to change, to grow new shapes and grow in different directions. It provides immense oppurtunities for growth and expansion. the inner urge is to march ahead but external forces restrict. thus conflict and different levels of crises result.

souls are guided to nvritti marg of renunciation,public service, leaders of renassance, become sustaining power in the community.

MARS IN CHITRA

OWNED BY MARS

Chitra represents a great surge of building and reaching towards new levels of achievements.

The hidden perfection of a pearl can only be externalised by great insight and great courage to fight and bear great ordeals. Mars does not accept defeat any confrontation provides it with added incentive to fight and attain its goal. When the soul reaches Chitra it has already chrstallised the goal of his mission, which requires achievement at every cost. this struggle takes place on an intellectual level. The confusion may arise from lack of clarity  and confidence of one's ideals. Fight to build a new society.

ASPECTS

ASC  AND RAHU IN UTTARA BHADRA - ruler Saturn  linked to materiality, resistence, difficulties and opposition in the beginning but harmony at the end. Not the detachment ofan enlightened mind but passionate involvement of a emotional nature.

The passivity of darkness is the mysterious source from which all forms of creation have arisen.

Uttara Bhadra becomes very powerful when associated with any planet. Though it is passive and non- active, it is also highly dynamic whenever an active force impinges upon it and the latent energy within it is vigourously activated

It enables an individual to comprehend wisdom concealed in different forms of manisfestation. Whatever happens to the individual there is growth and expansion of consiousness. There is oppurtunity to preserve, protect and co-operate with the divine plan despite hardships.

The urge towards transformation makes the individual thirst towards something better and this leads to dissatisfaction. But ultimately there arises a complete indifference to worldly relationship.

SATURN IN PURVASHADA

OWNED BY VENUS

THIS ASTERISM IS A SPIRITUAL INFLUENCE. VENUS WILL SENSITIZE THE INDIVIDUAL TO INTIUTION AND HIGHER FORCES OF NATURE

This heightened sensitivity and greater alertness though outerwardly may appear listlessness, are the most important qualifications of transformation and the dawn of spirituality.

discovery of new possibilities, externalisation of latent faculties and uncovering of one's most valuable qualities. divine wisdom may flash, hidden knowledge may be revealed, intutive faculties may be sharpened

SATURN IN PURVASHADA

OWNED BY VENUS

THIS ASTERISM IS A SPIRITUAL INFLUENCE. VENUS WILL SENSITIZE THE INDIVIDUAL TO INTIUTION AND HIGHER FORCES OF NATURE

This heightened sensitivity and greater alertness though outerwardly may appear listlessness, are the most important qualifications of transformation and the dawn of spirituality.

discovery of new possibilities, externalisation of latent faculties and uncovering of one's most valuable qualities. divine wisdom may flash, hidden knowledge may be revealed, intutive faculties may be sharpened.

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