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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

21. Uttara Ashadha: The Universal Star (Sagittarius 26 40’ to Capricorn 10 00’)

Uttara Ashadha translates as “later victory”. The symbols are an elephant’s tusk. The elephant tusk is associated with Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. Another symbol is planks of a bed signifying security, rest, and peace. The main deities are the ten Vishvadevas, such as Vasu (goodness), Satya (truth), Kratru (will power), Kama (desire) and Kala (time). This nakshatra is ruled by the powerful Sun. The shakti is “the power for unchallengeable victory”. These natives have the humanitarian vision to see all races as equal. Abraham Lincoln’s Moon resided in this lunar mansion. This asterism has a manushya, or human temperament with a primary motivation toward moksha, or spiritual liberation. The animal symbol is a male mongoose, which has no female counterpart, reflecting the independence and, sometimes, loneliness associated with this nakshatra.

Uttara Ashadha Career Interests:

Government jobs, social workers.
Pioneers, researchers, scientists, healers.
Military work, hunters.
Boxers, fighters for a cause.

Uttara Ashadha is formed by two stars in the breast of the Archer.

Note: A twenty-eighth nakshatra called Abhijit is sometimes in the last five degrees of Uttara Ashadha (Capricorn 5 to 10 degrees). This asterism is usually used for muhurtha or electional astrology and not for natal chart analysis. Abhijit is considered a laghu or light nakshatra which is auspicious for healing, travel or starting a business.

22. Shravana: The Star of Learning (Capricorn 10 00’ to 23 20’)

Shravana translates as “the hearing”, with its primary symbol being an ear. It is a deva, or godly nakshatra that has the capacity to hear the astral sounds of Krishna’s flute, and the celestial bells or the cosmic Om. The natives of this asterism usually have brilliant minds and the capacity to study other cultures and spiritual dimensions. The movie director, George Lucas and Vedic scholar, David Frawley both have their natal Moons in this auspicious nakshatra. Material success is a result of the primary motivation of this asterism being artha or wealth. The primary deity is Vishnu, the Preserver of the Universe. Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning, is considered to be the female deity associated with Shravana. The shakti is “the power to provide connection with others”.

Shravana Career Interests:

Teachers, speech therapists, linguists.
Astrologers, religious scholars, priests.
Politicians, business skill, recording industry.
Professors, researchers, travel industry.
Geologists.

Shravana is formed by three stars in the head of the Eagle constellation, Aquilla.

23. Dhanishtha: The Star of Symphony (Capricorn 23 20’ to Aquarius 06 40’)

The symbol for Dhanishtha is the drum, indicating a love of music. It is sometimes called “the kingly star” due to the fame and wealth that can occur under the influence of this lunar mansion. Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana both had their natal Moons in this nakshatra. The shakti is “the power to give abundance and fame”. Marital difficulties and a fiery temper are observed here due to the rakshasa temperament, the animal totem of a female lion and the ruling planet Mars. The primary motivation of Dhanishtha is dharma. The deities are the eight Vasus, such as Soma (water), Dhara (earth), Anala (fire), Apa (space) and Dhruva (nakshatras).

Dhanistha Career Interests:

Musicians, drummers, poets.
Doctors and surgeons.
Real estate, property management.
Engineering, mining.
Scientists, research work.
Charitable projects and humanitarian work.

Dhanishtha is formed by four stars located in the head of Delphinus, the Dolphin.

24. Shatabisha: The Hundred Stars (Aquarius 06 40’ to 20 00’)

Shatabisha also translates as “the hundred healers” or “the hundred flowers”. The primary deity is Varuna, the God of Medicine and the Cosmic Waters, which provides the natives with a strong connection to the healings arts. Varuna is the Cosmic Man pouring his healing waters unto humanity. Astrologer Ronnie Gale Dreyer and author of Healing Signs, has her natal Moon in this powerful nakshatra. The shakti of Shatabisha is “the power of healing”. The symbol for Shatabisha is an empty circle, reflecting the independent nature and autonomy experienced through this lunar mansion. This nakshatra can also be a challenging birth star for early marriage. Rahu, as the ruling planet of this asterism indicates a love for travel and adventure. It has a rakshasa temperament with the primary motivation being dharma or right action.

Shatabisha Career Interests: Astrologers, astronomers.
Physicians, nurses, healers.
Writers, research work, nuclear scientists.
Clerical work, secretaries, editors.
Engineers and electricians.
Organizational development, business skill.
Shatabisha is formed by a large group of faint stars in Aquarius, the Water Bearer.

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