The Magha Nakshatra

Key words: Stout, big body, heavy, prominent cheeks, big face, protruding abdomen, wealthy,
many servants, many comforts and pleasures in life, indulge in material pleasures, honour gods
and elders, enterprising, energetic, initiative, drive, irascible temper, irritable, eloquent,
leadership speech, influencing others, dignified speech, commanding, leadership qualities,
chiefdom, full of splendour, tolerant, generous, look after others, guardian mentality.
Deity: Pitrs: The forefathers, departed ancestors, blessings of the forefathers, continuation of
lineage, blessings of comforts in life, good health, offspring, success, blessings for power,
position, authority, success, connectedness to the old traditions, revival of old customs and
traditions, honour for the devas and Brahmanas and their blessings, connectedness to own origin
i.e., gotra, maharishi, the ten prajapatis (manas putra of Brahma).
Symbol: Royal Throne: Power position, command, leadership qualities, generosity,
enterprising, to lead others, to look after others, royal, kingly, guardian or people, many
attendants and servants, luxuries and comforts, irascible.
Varahamihira: Many servants (bahu-bhrtya), wealthy (dhani), enjoying pleasures (bhogi),
respect gods and elders (sura-pitr-bhakta), very enterprising (maha-udyami).
Horasara: Wise, modest, served by others, enjoy luxuries, respect Gods and father, highly
industrious.
Hora Ratnam: Stout (stula), prominent cheeks (sthulahanu), protruding abdomen (kukshi),
irascible temper (kopi), orator (vakta), (saha), chief (prabhu), honour gods and preceptors (suraguru-vachanarata), splendorous (tejasvi).
The Pitrs
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Refer to Vayu Purana, Brahmanda Purana, Matsya Purana and Padma Purana for complete
accounts about the Pitr ṛs. Another excellent text on the Pitrs is the Harivamsha. According to
these texts there are different classes of the Pitr ṛs and they have different origins, forms, grades
and abodes. A broad distinction exists between the Deva Pitr sṛ and the Manushya Pitr ṛs.
There are seven classes of the devāh ṛ pitarah ṛ (divine Pitr ṛs), three of them are amurtayah
(incorporeal) while the other four are samurtayah (corporeal).
The three amurtayah orders Pitr ṛs are Vairajas, Agnishvattas and Barhishadas. The four
samurtayah orders of the Pitr ṛs are Somapas, Havishmanas, Ajyapas and Sukalins (or Manasas).
All seven classes of the divine Pitr ṛs had each one mānasī kanyā (mind-born daughter). Mena,
the wife of Mount Himavat was the daughter of the Vairajas. Acchoda, the river was the daughter
of the Agnishvattas. Pivari, the wife of the sage Śuka was the daughter of the Barhishadas.

generous and beyond the limits. called the Prajapatis to create and operate the world. someone who has immeasurable contributions to the world. (2) Atri. which help in progress of the society and upliftment of the fallen ones. (9) Bhrigu and (10) Narada. The king of the jungle represents the forces which brings law and order to the chaos and make a place hospitable. They are confident. courageous. Viraja. mankind and the society at large. the wife of the sage Shukra was the daughter of the Manasas. The Prajapatis At the beginning Lord Brahma manifested 10 sons. Thus the Pitris represent the unbroken chain of lineage in which knowledge flows and progresses with time.Narmada. the wife of king Nahusha was the daughter of the Ajyapas and Go or Ekshringa. Great personalities are often addressed as Mahatma which means Maha + Atma or great personality. (4) Pulastya. (3) Angiras. self-assured. Yashoda was the daughter of the Havishmanas was the wife of Vishvamahat and mother of Dilipa. The devata for Magha nakshatra is Pitrigan or Pitris or the forefathers. Now what is meant by that? Forefathers represent the collective consciousness that has been carried forward from generations to generations. (8) Vasishtha. What happens if each generation re-invents the knowledge again and again? This will lead to a vicious endless circle without much progress in the knowledge in the society. This gels well with the fact that this nakshatra initiates the fifth sign of the zodiac which represents power and authority and ruled by Leo. they possess the noble qualities of a king and they are engaged in glorious deeds. We are aware that with power comes responsibility. thus this nakshatra also represent the tremendous burden of responsibility to maintain order. The jungle represents something chaotic. The 10 mind born sons or the Manasa Putra of lord Brahma are (1) Marichi. It also stands for brightness. (7) Daksha. They have a good . This also means that iron hand with which the king governs his kingdom and the punishment that is given when there are any deviations from the established code of governance. Results of Magha Nakshatra Magha is associated with the Sanskrit word “Maha” which signifies anything that is grand. They are both tough and generous like a king. (5) Pulaha. (6) Kratu. As we have seen so far all the nakshatras imbibe the qualities of the devata. Magha means a gift or reward or something which is bountiful/ resourceful or powerful. something which eliminates all ignorance or poverty (of resources or knowledge). The natives of this nakshatra are royal in bearing. mankind and the world at large. This is why this nakshatra is so important for the existence and development of our society. this nakshatra imbibe the qualities of the forefathers. the river was the daughter of the Somapas. They are the original Pitris as all creation originated from them. the Lion who is the king of the jungle. Under benefic influences. Similarly this nakshatra has a strong bearing of law and order of the world and hence it is symbolised by the throne. unless otherwise governed by a strong king who maintains the order. strong-willed and have a sharp intellect. They are capable of doing extra-ordinary acts with their sheer will power and determination. brilliance and light. something which leads to the development of consciousness in each subsequent generation. which signifies the power and authority to rule over its subjects. The symbol for this nakshatra is royal throne.

Hence. He has a strong self-identification and he believes that whatever he thinks or does is right. Thus many consider them as reserved. While the base portion of the temple marked with . Being the wielder of iron hand. They are dignified in their behaviour and talk only when it’s necessary. gurus and their experiences. elders. these natives end up earning a lot of respect from his peers and are naturally prone to be chosen for a leadership or advisor’s positions. This can be seen in the famous Sun temple of Konark in Puri. They have a strong identification and attachment which they consider as their own. country etc. It is akin to the fact that no two lions can live in a place or no two kings can occupy a throne. they would spare the life of their enemies if they accept their mistakes and apologies. Like a king. belligerent and are valorous. they get guidance for the father and gurus who are the representatives of the Pitris in this life. They are true to their words and try to fulfil their commitments to the best of their abilities. They know how to defend their ideas. However. On a different side Agni which is predominant in this nakshatra also represent the creative forces. people and their belongings and crush any opposition. which may overshadow their other good qualities. They are attached to their heritage and ancestry and seek their origins. they must be aware of this weakness and improve to get wider acceptance among diverse groups. They are both intelligent and wise. they always protect their kingdom from external forces. Thus friends. They respect their tradition and all those belonging to his tradition such as father. The creative potential can however manifest in various ways depending on the spiritual and psychological progression of the native. Thus. At a broader level they are interested in subjects such as history and anthropology and at various levels attached to the heritage of their community. relatives and anyone who seek affiliations to these natives. they are often perceived as cruel and at times rude. Thus they are intolerant towards those he considers as deviation from the norm or for that matter different ideology. Being guided invisibly by the Pitris.which means that these natives are always protective of what they consider belonging to them. They earn the trust of others with their deeds and try their best not to fail the trust placed on them by others. They are naturally drawn to various forms of knowledge and they like to absorb whatever they can. They should also open up their mind to ideas and perspectives different from their own. while this works in majority of the circumstances. which is another perception to their worldly image. It is said that the Sun represent the creative forces and propitiated there are pro-creation issues in an individual horoscopes.which can be frustrating if they do not get that. this can also cause indifferences and enmity in some factions who do not support his beliefs and ideas. They do not believe in casual talks and unnecessary squabbles and would rather talk when they think that it’s worth contributing their point of view. India. Their identification with a specific group of class can make them narrow minded and snobbish. arrogant and egoistic.this is calls for very strong ideals and mind. They often seek respect from others and recognition of their abilities in their communities. group. they are usually not offensive in nature and fight only to defend their people and kingdom. They are highly principles and idealistic in nature and at many times that amount to being a perfectionist. They are so generous that even in war. they feel a strong protection and assurance. With age they become even wiser and naturally people flock around them to seek their wise insights and advise. which will enhance their world view and their ability to contribute positively.foresight and a keen ability to strategise and plan for the future. race.

get recognised for their abilities and effort and seek positions of power and authority from where they can influence and control his surroundings and community in which they thrive. They do not get complacent which may come as a barrier to their spiritual progress. thus. Thus the Pitris and the natives of this nakshatra always seek spiritual progress and self-realisation as their goal. However. power and status. It’s only the righteous and the spiritual ones who limited themselves only to one wife. physical sexual union at a basic level and spiritual union at the highest level. They are enterprising and can often be seen as restless people ever eager to control their environment and at many times frustrated if they fail to do so. Regarding the males. It is not a coincidence that from ancient times. This is also interesting to note that the Pitris whose interest is to propagate their lineage can do it only through the means of procreation. Thus the excessive sexual urges of the natives of this nakshatra can also be attributed to that. This shows the rise of creative potential from the base of the spine representing excessive sexuality to the top of the cranium showing the spiritual union with the almighty. Depending on the spiritual progress of the native this nakshatra can represent excessive sexuality or higher spirituality. such natives limit themselves to their spouses. this can also indicate multiple marriages.various sexual acts. In cultures. Although they are driven by selfless motives in their endeavours and not business minded. they seek recognition. they like express their sexual desires only with acceptable societal norms. one must not forget that the final goal of creation to realise the spiritual nature of the self which is also called the self-realisation. They are highly ambitious and are always eager to contribute to the society. While that is true. where it is not acceptable to have sexual acts outside marital boundaries. . The creative forces show union in different ways. even with excessive sexuality. the upper portion of the temple and place where the statue of the Sun god sits is pristine and pure. it is important to note that since they are highly principled. As a spiritual aspirant one must know how to balance between their drive to achieve something and to let go. the kings had a huge harem and many concubines.