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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

17. Anuradha: The Star of Success (Scorpio 03 20’ to 16 40’)

Anuradha is symbolized by a lotus flower, reflecting the ability to blossom in any life situation. The primary deity is Mitra, the God of Friendship and Partnership. Anuradha individuals have the great ability to gather people together for social and spiritual activities. The spiritual teacher, Ram Dass has his natal Moon in this nakshatra. Anuradha has a deva temperament with the primary motivation of dharma or right action. The shakti is “the power of worship”. The ruling planet is Sani or Saturn, which gives tenacity and discipline when needed.

Anuradha Career Interests:

Organizational skills, business management.
Travel industry, conference planners.
Actors, musicians, public speakers.
Dentists, surgeons and medical technicians.
Mining Engineers, plumbers.
Criminal lawyers and political leaders.

Anuradha contains three stars in the body of the Scorpion including Alpha Centauri, the closest star to our solar system.

18. Jyeshtha: The Chief or Elder Star (Scorpio 16 40’ to 30 00’)

The symbols for Jyeshtha are an earring and an umbrella. The earring is a symbol of Vishnu’s discus, and the umbrella symbolizes protection and status. Jyeshtha also translates as the “eldest” or “seniormost”. It is related to the eldest sister Alakshmi, who is in the opposition constellation to Rohini, her beautiful sister located in Taurus. Issues with jealously and betrayal can be experienced here. Jyeshtha has a rakshasa nature with artha as the primary motivation. The chief deity is Indra, the King of the Gods. He is the spiritual warrior and “dragon slayer”. The shakti of this asterism is “the power to rise, conquer, and gain courage in battle”. The ruling planet, Mercury, reflects the troubled, yet creative genius of this lunar mansion. Albert Einstein, Friedrich Nietzsche, Howard Hughes and Vincent Van Gogh all had their natal Moons in this nakshatra. It is the nakshatra of the creative eccentric. The sharp Mars-like nature of

Jyeshtha Career Interests:

Self-employed, business managers.
Intellectuals, philosophers, researchers.
Musicians, dancers, modeling.
Military leaders, police detectives, shamans, athletes.
Engineering , mining and exploration.

Jyeshtha is reflected through the fixed star Antares, which is located in the heart of the Scorpion.

Note: An interesting seal was found in the Indus Valley area dated 2400 BCE. It depicted a pair of scorpions on one side and an antelope with an arrow thru it on the other side. The antelope/arrow is a symbol of the nakshatra Mrigishira, which is opposite the sign of the Scorpion.

19. Mula: The Foundation Star (Sagittarius 00 00’ to 13 20’)

Mula translates as the “root” or original star, which is symbolized as a tied bunch of roots. It is located around the galactic center of our universe. The ruling planetary deity is Ketu, the South Node of the Moon. which reflects the mystical nature of this asterism. The primary deity is Nirritti, the Goddess of Destruction. She lives in the Kingdom of the Dead and is associated with the powerful goddess, Kali. The shakti revealed here is “the power to ruin, destroy, and to break things apart”. The 9/11 tragedy occurred when Mars and Ketu were conjoined near the point of the galactic center in the middle of this intense nakshatra. Mula has a rakshasa temperament with a primary motivation of kama.

Mula Career Interests:

Public speaking, writing.
Philosophers, spiritual teachers, ministers.
Lawyers, politicians.
Business people, sales.
Doctors, healers and pharmacists.

Mula is formed by a group of stars around the tail of the Scorpion.

20. Purva Ashadha: The Invincible Star (Sagittarius 13 30’ to 26 40’)

Purva Ashadha means “early victory” or the “undefeated, the unsubdued”. The symbol is a fan or a winnowing basket, which rids corn of the husks. The fan can signify popularity as their name is fanned around a lot by the public. The popular talk show host Johnny Carson, as well as the infamous Adolph Hitler, have their natal Moon in this asterism. The primary deity is Apas, the Cosmic Waters. Varuna, the God of the Waters, is considered a secondary deity for this naksahtra. The shakti experienced here is “the power of invigoration”. Purva Ashadha has a human or manushya temperament with a primary motivation of moksha, or spiritual liberation.

Purva Ashadha Career Interests:

Teachers, writers, debaters, public speaking.
Shipping industry, boating.
Travel industry, foreign traders.
Actors, film work, directors.
Political work, lawyers.

Purva Ashadha is formed by the stars Kaus Borealis and Kaus Australis in the Archer’s bow.

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