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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

8. Pushya: The Star of Nourishment – (Cancer 03 20’ to 16 40’)

Pushya is considered to be the most auspicious of the twenty-seven lunar mansions. The symbols for this asterism are a lotus, circle, arrow and the udder of the sacred cow. The ancient name of Pushya in the Rig Veda was Tishya, the Celestial Archer. It has a deva temperament with the primary motivation of dharma, or right action. The ruling planet is Shani, or Saturn, which grounds the energy of this powerful nakshatra. The chief deity is Brahaspati, the High Priest of the Gods. The shakti of Pushya is “the ability to create spiritual energy”.

Pushya Career Interests:

Government and political positions.
Corporate leaders and heads of state.
Military and police work, lawyers and judges.
Musicians, poets and artists.
Geologists, dairy industry and aquatic biologists.
Spiritual teachers and clergy.

Pushya is formed by North and South Aselli, the two donkeys, which reflect the manger and the birth of the Christ child which occurs under the spiritual energy of this benefic lunar mansion.

“O wise Maruts, let us carry off the wealth of food which you have bestowed on us; give us, O Maruts, such thousand fold wealth as never fails, like the star Tishya (Pushya) from heaven” Rig Veda, V.55.13

9. Ashlesha: The Clinging Star – (Cancer 16 40’ to 30 00’)

The symbol for this intense nakshatra is the coiled serpent at the base of the spine, reflecting the potent kundalini energy that resides here. Ashlesha means “the entwiner” and denotes the challenges of our addictions to sensory attachments. It is a very mental asterism ruled by Mercury and located in the sign of Cancer ruled by Moon. The main deities are the Nagas, the Serpent Kings. The shakti revealed here is the “power to inflict poisonous venom”. Ashleshans have a rakshasa temperament with a primary motivation of dharma. Great mystical talents and enlightenment can be experienced if the primordial energy of this lunar asterism is harnessed. The Buddha had this nakshatra rising under a benefic full Moon during his blessed birth. The King Cobra protected the Buddha from the storms of life as he performed his tapas (spiritual austerities) under the bodhi tree.

Ashlesha Career Interests:

Writers, teachers, lawyers.
Astrologers, psychics and mystics.
Snake charmers, zoologists.
Stock market, speculative ventures, business skills.
Drug dealers, chemists, prostitution and gambling interests.
Sex therapists, addiction counselors.

The nakshatra Ashlesha is formed by six stars in the constellation of Hydra, the Water Snake.

10. Magha: The Star of Power (Leo 00 00’-13 20’)

Magha means “the mighty one”, reflecting strength and spiritual leadership. The great Indian saint, Paramahansa Yogananda had both his Moon and rising sign in this powerful nakshatra. Its symbol is the king’s chamber or palequin. The deities are the Pitris, the great protectors and fathers of humanity. Magha people have a fiery rakshasa temperament with a primary motivation of artha, or material prosperity. The ruling planet is Ketu which reveals the mystical nature of this asterism. The shakti is “the power to leave the body”.

Magha Career Interests:

Politicians, lawyers, heads of corporations.
Self-employed, business acumen.
Historians, archaeologists, researchers.
Actors, musicians and gifts in the dramatic arts.

Magha is correlated with the bright fixed star Regulus, the kingly star located in the heart of the Lion.

11. Purva Phalguni: The Fruit of the Tree (Leo 13 20’ to 26 40’)

This creative nakshatra is ruled by the planet Venus denoting brilliant skills in the fine arts and a love of pleasure. The sensual singer Madonna has both her Ascendant and Moon residing here. The symbols associated with this asterism are a swinging hammock, a couch and two legs of a bed reflecting a place of rest and enjoyment. The primary motivation experienced here is kama or pleasure. The shakti is “the power of creative procreation”. The deity is Bhaga, the God of Prosperity, who protects marital happiness and bestows family inheritance. The temperament is manushya or human.

Purva Phalguni Career Interests:

Actors, models, artists and musicians.
Radio, television and photography.
Business managers, retail sales, travel agent.
Cosmetics, jewelry and wedding planners.
Government service, politicians.
Teachers, professors.
Sex and marital therapists.

Purva Phalguni is formed by two stars, Leonis and Zosma which are found at the rear flank of the Lion.

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