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The Nakshatras

Imagine if you will, that you are an ancient, living in a tribe with no electricity, or clock
or any of the comforts of modernity. The Moon would be the most visible and practical
method to tell time because of its motion and differing appearance each day. Each
evening it is in a new place and a new state (waning, waxing, new, full) and after 27 or 28
days it returns to its original position. Now, as you are imagining that you are one of
these ancients, and the position of the Moon tells days, and after the day’s events, looking
up into the sky and regarding the Moon’s position, you note what happened that day,
what kind of activities and whether they were fruitful or a failure and what kind of
emotions came into play amongst your tribe and then you would notice the Moon’s
position and it would become evident to you that a pattern is forming. The pattern is that
when the Moon is in certain positions in the night’s sky, particular situations are
encountered and these situations are readily visible to anyone.

The human beings upon the earth then began to recognize that the gods were revealing
their characters through the Moon. When the Moon was in particular Nakshatras it was
better to perform marriages, business, medical treatment, harvesting, and so on. The
Nakshatras would actually support or hinder these activities. A complex mythological
system began to be built around the Nakshatras. And this was not just in India, although
India has the most complete and uninterrupted system. In China, the Nakshatras are
called mansions. In Arabic astrology, they are called houses. Even in the West,
Nakshatras were used frequently and associated with magic. Giordano Bruno was the last
man to develop a complex system of training the mind according to the Nakshatras and
the drekkanas during the Renaissance. He was burnt at the stake for heresy in 1600. Since
the Catholic Church wanted complete control of the hearts and minds of its subjects and
since Nakshatras are lunar based and associated with magic and the night, is it
presumptuous to assume that the Church would have none of it? Knowledge of the
Nakshatras was then subsequently lost in the West, but they continued to flourish
uninterruptedly in India to the present day.

The Nakshatras are 27 constellations in the sky measuring 13 degrees 20 minutes each.
This is the most ancient of zodiacs, mentioned in texts long before mention of Rasis.

Nakshatras and Growth:


Mythologically, the Nakshatras represent the wives of the Moon. The wives are the
“shakti” or power of the Moon. When the Moon is traversing certain Nakshatras, the
characteristics of that particular Nakshatra will manifest itself in the world. That
Nakshatra’s shakti can be used effectively. This is why Nakshatras are so important in
Muhurta (electional astrology). Certain Nakshatras will facilitate the growth of a new
marriage or the growth of a successful business or the growth of successful medical
treatment. As a side note, in the West, Nakshatras were used for performing spells and
also for beginning certain ventures much like they are used in India today. The Church
associated the Nakshatras with witchcraft and consequently, knowledge and their use was
lost. A person’s natal Moon in a Nakshatra will give them a particular power that will
give birth to situations, attitudes and circumstances. The Moon, being mind and
consciousness, is so important in determining the attitude and general characteristics of a
person as well as their strength and weaknesses.

The Sun as the Atma, the Moon as the Jiva:


The Sun is the Soul, its light is self-perpetuating. Without it, there would be no life. The
Moon takes the Sun’s light and waxes and wanes; it grows bright and it grows dim. The
Moon, therefore, represents the individual consciousness, the jiva, reflecting the Atma in
manifested creation. Because individuality is determined by a mind, without mind there
would be no individuality, the Moon rules the mind. The gods presiding over each
Nakshatra and their myths will give a general theme to the life of the individual.

Basis Above and Basis Below:


The basis above is what is in the mind of the deity of the Nakshatra when thinking about
life upon earth. The basis below is the natural consequence, or how that mindset
manifests when living upon earth. It is not what is consciously in the mind of a person, it
is the natural predisposition and what grows from this natural predisposition.

Shakti:
Shakti is the power inherent in the Nakshatra and the power in the mind of the individual.
This power is innate and does not need conscious interference or will power. It is as
innate as the color of one’s eyes even if the native is not aware of it.

The Nakshatras

Ashwini
“Owning horses”
0 - 13°20 Aries
Deities: Ashwini Kumaras
Symbol: the horse’s head
Shakti: power to reach things quickly (shidhra vyapani shakti)
Basis Above: creatures to be healed
Basis Below: healing therapies
Result: freedom from disease

Ashwini natives are swift and are able to travel at high speeds. They are natural healers
and being in their presence in soothing. They are good listeners and will make excellent
therapists and psychologists. This is an animal Nakshatra so there is an affinity for
animals, especially horses. They also have an affinity for vehicles. Ashwini people
usually reach lofty heights in their chosen profession but not though ambition. Others
recognize their efficient ways and natural soothing presence and they move up because of
these qualities. Roy Rogers, the cowboy actor, has his natal Moon here and he was
featured in over one hundred movies with his Palamino and German Shepherd. Peter
Fonda, the lead in “Easy Rider”, also is an Ashwini native. The chopper was his metal
stallion carrying him swiftly across the United States.
Bharani
“To bear”
13°20 - 26°40 Aries
Deity: Yama, the god of death
Symbol: vagina
Shakti: power to take things away (apabharani shakti)
Basis Above: removal of life from the body
Basis Below: carry the soul to the realm of the ancestors
Result: Moving on to the next world

Bharani people are obsessed with death and/or transformation. Their power lies in taking
things away. As long as the things taken away are negative or counterproductive, then the
Bharani person works in line with the universe. For example, if one has a brain tumor, a
Bharani surgeon will effectively be able to take it away. Garbage needs to be taken away.
Psychologically, negative attitudes and self-defeating habits need to be taken away so
that the person can better themselves. The vagina, as the symbol of Bharani, takes away
the semen to produce another life, it takes away the vital essence of one being to create
another. It also rips the fetus away from its contemplative, peaceful womb atmosphere
and thrusts it into the noisy world. As a side note, Jim Morrison had his Moon in Bharani.
Did you see the movie, “The Doors”? Throughout the entire movie, he spoke about and
was obsessed with the subject of death. Many of his songs were about death.

Krittika
“Razor/cutter”
26°40 Aries - 10°00 Taurus
Deity: Agni, the god of fire
Symbol: A razor or sharp blade
Shakti: To burn
Basis Above: Heat
Basis Below: Light
Result: Burning and purification

Krittika is also a transformative Nakshatra. Fire is the most purifying substance known.
Krittika people are fiery, courageous and able to cut away the unnecessary to achieve
their goals. Frida Kahlo had her Moon in Krittika and her art is filled with images of cut
flesh and even a self-portrait of cutting her own hair. There are myths associated with
Agni, the god of fire that tell of high sexual passion and illicit affairs with other married
individuals, note that Katherine Hepburn’s Moon is also under the sway of Krittika and
her 25 year affair with the married Spencer Tracy was hardly a secret.

Rohini
“The growing” or “the red”
10°00 - 23°20 Taurus
Deity: Prajapati, lord of creation
Symbol: an ox cart
Shakti: growth
Basis Above: plants
Basis Below: waters
Result: creation

Rohini is a soft, tender nakshatra. This was the favorite wife of the Moon. The deity,
Prajapati is a creative deity, presiding over theatrical art, dancing and music and all
growth. Rohini, as the favorite wife of the Moon, was highly talented in these arts as well
as highly skilled in making love. In Vedic myth, the Moon stayed with Rohini to the
detriment of his other wives because of her beauty grace and charm. The father of the
brides, Daksha, cursed the Moon, so now he waxes and wanes as he visits all of his
wives. Rohini people make wonderful dancers, Fred Astaire has his natal Moon here.
Rohini people are concerned with growth, note that Sigmund Freud, doing research into
the growing mind of the individual from babyhood, through toddler years, revolved an
entire thesis around how the perceptual mind grows in psychology.

Mrigashira
“the deer’s head” “hunting”
23°20 Taurus - 6°40 Gemini
Deity: Soma, god of immortality
Symbol: deer’s head
Shakti: the power to give fulfillment
Basis Above: to extend
Basis Below: weaving
Result: Making the world enjoyable

Mrigashira individuals search within the creation for satiation and usually find it. They
extend themselves into creation, weaving a pattern of karmas, but these desires to be
fulfilled are benign and the motivation behind them is to enjoy the creation. Mrigashira
individuals are charming, changeable, timid, and impulsive. They like to hunt for the
objects of their desires. The house placement of the Moon as well as any planets conjunct
the Moon in Mrigashira will give clues as to what the native is hunting. Mrigashira is an
animal Nakshatra, so there is a natural love of animals and nature unless planets are
severely afflicted here. Also, as a side note, Mrigashira people often have big, beautiful,
doe-like eyes. An example is Brooke Shields and Goldie Hawn who both have their
Moons in this asterism.

Ardra
“the moist one”
6°40 - 20°00 Gemini
Deity: Rudra, the storm-god
Symbol: a teardrop
Shakti: the power of effort
Basis Above: to hunt or search
Basis Below: reach the goal
Result: achievement
Rudra, the god of Ardra, is a form of Shiva. Shiva is very unconventional and heretical in
his actions and views, so Ardra people are inclined to be the same way. The symbol is a
teardrop, so high emotion is associated with this asterism. Often Ardra individuals will be
moved to tears, and since Shiva is the god of destruction and suffering, often Ardra
people will suffer for what they want and to achieve their goals. In order to reach the
goal, there is suffering and destruction of some sort along the way. Ardra’s planetary
ruler is Rahu, showing an obsessive, strong desire nature. Ardra natives can make their
goals their obsessions, giving a powerful impetus for success, however if they do not
have a beneficial and healthy goal, they can fall into addictions. Janis Joplin and Farrah
Fawcett have their natal Moons placed here. The sad story of Janis Joplin’s addictions
ruining her after she achieved great success is well known. Farrah Fawcett was also a
household word in the late 70’s but did have some addictive problems recently.

Punarvasu
“return to goodness and light”
20°00 Gemini - 3°20 Cancer
Deity: Aditi, mother of the gods
Symbol: a quiver of arrows
Shakti: the power of wealth or substance
Basis Above: wind, air
Basis Below: wetness, rain
Result: producing herbs and trees

Aditi, the mother goddess, is beyond form and boundless. She is goddess of space and
also of the earth. Like the goddess, Punarvasu people love freedom and expansion. The
have the natural ability to create wealth and prosperity. They have many resources from
which to draw upon, represented by the quiver of arrows. They like to store and retain
their creations and energy instead of spending it. They have a strong sense of virtue and
of right and wrong. The ability to resurrect a failing marriage or career, or regain self-
respect, prosperity or income is a natural talent among these natives. The person may
become overly enamored of material well being and use it for selfish reasons, but will
always return to the balanced, correct path. Rehabilitation is a key word here. David
Hasselhoff has his Moon here and has been through many rehabilitations for alcohol
related problems and he also knows that his actions are self-defeating and seeks out help
to renew himself.

Pushya
“nourishing” “the flower”
3°20 - 16°40 Cancer
Deity: Brihaspati, teacher of the devas (divine beings, gods)
Symbol: udder of a cow
Shakti: the power to create spiritual energy
Basis Above: sacrificial worship
Basis Below: the worshipper
Result: possessing spiritual knowledge and energy
Brihaspati as the lord of Pushya rules knowledge and Pushya natives tend to be
professionals in their field and quite knowledgeable. They will nourish anything they
come into contact with and make it grow and thrive. As a result, this Nakshatra has the
reputation of being the most auspicious Nakshatra. Luck naturally comes the way of the
Pushya person. Prosperity and wealth are also attributes that seem to bless the life of the
native of Pushya. Learning and mental energy are favored by this Nakshatra. Clint
Eastwood, Joe Montana and Gloria Steinem all have their natal Moons in Pushya. All
three of these individuals are extremely learned and fortunate in their respective fields.

Ashlesha
“entwiner” “embracer”
16°40 - 30°00 Cancer
Deity: Sarpas, the deified serpents
Symbol: a coiled serpent
Shakti: the power to inflict with poison
Basis Above: the approach of the serpent
Basis Below: agitation or trembling
Result: destruction of the victim

Ashlesha natives entwine or embrace that which they desire. They have a hypnotic,
sensual, undulating quality which can metaphorically paralyze the object of their gaze.
The poison they inflict can be to destroy or an ambrosial nectar that will bring about
illusions within the recipient. They do not have the magnetic, charismatic qualities to
sway the masses, usually their hypnotic powers work best on a one to one basis. Snakes
are representative of the kundalini energy so this asterism has intense mystical power.
The sarpas inhabit the underworld, so the Ashlesha native will be fascinated by the
hidden, occult, deeply psychological areas of life. They are also akin to snakes as they
periodically shed their skin and go through many transformations in life. Examples of
Ashlesha natives are Marilyn Manson where the fascination with the dark side of life is
quite apparent. Barbara Streisand is also a native with an Ashlesha moon. It has been
rumored that she is rather difficult to work with and she has also gone through many
transformations in her long and prosperous career. As a worthy note, Ashlesha rules
fingernails; she possesses these in abundance and they are world famous.

Magha
“the great one”
0 - 13°20 Leo
Deity: The Pitris, the deified ancestors
Symbol: throne room, royal court
Shakti: the power to leave the body
Basis Above: mourning
Basis Below: leaving the body
Result: death

This Nakshatra is a very fated Nakshatra. These natives are highly relegated by what their
ancestors have done and the desires of their ancestors. This Nakshatra has as its basis
above, mourning, which above all is an awareness in the consciousness that things must
be let go of and moved past. There are several phases in life that the person will move
through and many people and situations they will be obliged to let go of. In the
mythology of this Nakshatra, the Pitris live on the Moon, which represents that the
ancestors are connected to our genetic make-up and guiding the destiny because of the
link with consciousness. Because of the connection to the “throne room” and royal court,
Magha natives often obtain a high level of success and fame in life. Winston Churchill
and Joseph Stalin have their natal Moon in this asterism.

Purva Phalguni
“the former red one”
13°20 - 26°40 Leo
Deity: Bhaga, the god of wealth, especially inherited wealth
Symbol: legs of a cot
Shakti: the power to procreate
Basis Above: the wife, female partner
Basis Below: the husband, male partner
Result: the creation of a living being

All Purva Nakshatras deal with tremendous creative and conceptual powers. The Uttara
Nakshatras are the natural follow up as they make the ideas and concepts into tangible
results. Purva Phalguni is a highly creative Nakshatra with many artists and musicians as
its natives. There is a predisposition to being overly sensual and fascinated by sexuality.
These natives seem to create something of value while in partnership, not necessarily
romantic partnership. When they create alone, it is most often unbalanced. There is a
strong thirst for direct experience and a need to have concepts recognized. At one time
the most famous woman in the world, Madonna, has her natal Moon here. Madonna’s
fascination with sexuality and artistic talents are well known. Most of her documented
life she has been one half of a partnership.

Uttara Phalguni
“the latter red one”
26°40 Leo - 10°00 Virgo
Deity: Aryaman, god of chivalry and contracts
Symbol: a bed or a cot
Shakti: the power of wealth and accumulation through partnership
Basis Above: wealth obtained through one’s family
Basis Below: wealth obtained through the partner or partner’s family
Result: accumulation of wealth

Uttara Phalguni is an asterism that will take the concepts and ideas of the previous
Nakshatra and turn them into tangible results. This is a wealth Nakshatra and the native is
able to benefit greatly from the wealth of his family and the wealth of the partner if the
Moon is unafflicted here. It does not necessarily mean that the native’s family is wealthy
or that the partner is wealthy, but that the native benefits from these avenues of wealth.
Like the deity, Aryaman who lords over proper conduct according to social mores and
correct behavior, these natives are concerned with these concepts as well. This is also a
Nakshatra where partnerships are favored and anything created in a partnership will
thrive and bring wealth. Examples of this wealth through partnership can be seen through
the natives of Barbara Bach, the wife of Ringo Starr and Eva Braun, the chere amie of
Hitler.

Hasta
“the hand”
10°00 - 23°20 Virgo
Deity: Savitar the Sun, giver of life
Symbol: a hand or fist
Shakti: the power to gain our desire and place it in our hand
Basis Above: seeking gain
Basis Below: obtaining the desire
Result: obtainment of wish and put in one’s hand

Hasta natives can acquire the objects of the desires in their consciousness. If their Moon
is afflicted, they will be confused about what they want. The symbol is the hand, so these
natives are naturally dexterous and highly skilled. The deity, Savitar, rules over the
control of the mind that gives higher awareness and the necessary focus to obtain what
we want. Out of divine inspiration, these natives will usually unselfishly create with their
hands. Orville Wright has his natal Moon here. Savitar also rules mantras and divine
words, so the Hasta native will have a good capacity for writing and speaking. Sylvia
Plath, the tragic but incredibly talented poet, had her natal Moon here as well. Her Moon
however, was very dim and in the 8th house, hence her poems were about death and
transformation of the psyche.

Chitra
“the bright” “the distinguished”
23°20 Virgo - 6°40 Libra
Deity: Tvashtar or Vishvakarma, the celestial architect
Symbol: a shining jewel
Shakti: the power to accumulate merit
Basis Above: law
Basis Below: truth
Result: gain of honor in one’s work

Chitra natives have the brightest star on the ecliptic, Spica, illuminating their
constellation, hence their name, “the Bright”. They like to shine in what they do and do it
with a certain flair and magnetism. They also like to be completely responsible for their
creations as the deity, Vishvakarma is the divine architect. Chitra natives try to do their
best in everything they do and they are extremely motivated to follow their own Truth.
They are bright, charismatic and usually powerful. If the Moon is severely afflicted, what
they believe to be the Truth may be highly twisted, but they will still be motivated to
follow their own personal path. This is a profoundly spiritual Nakshatra. These natives
will have flashes of inspiration and will want to become self-realized. Righteous activity
will result in accumulation of merit, the shakti of Chitra. Sylvester Stallone, Ted Turner
and both George Bushes have their Moons in Chitra.

Swati
“the independent one”
6°40 - 20°00 Libra
Deity: Vayu, deified wind
Symbol: a young sprout swaying in the wind
Shakti: the power to scatter like the wind
Basis Above: movement in different directions
Basis Below: changing form
Result: transformation

Wind means change. Reflect upon the saying, “Winds of Change”. Swati natives take
something and transform it. Their lives are characterized by much movement and change.
They thrive upon this and get bored when things are stagnant. These natives have a
pioneering spirit and are very independent. Because their shakti is to scatter like the wind,
they will be adventurous and restless and love to travel. Wind governs speech and the
communicative faculty, the vocal chords, so these native will have natural talents in
speaking and singing. Vayu, the deity of this Nakshatra, is also lord of the celestial
musicians, so these natives often love music or have talent in this area. Charles Chaplin,
Miles Davis, a trumpet player of which blowing air is paramount, and Johnny Cash all
have their Moons in this asterism.

Vishakha
“the forked one”
20°00 Libra - 3°20 Scorpio
Deities: Indra, two gods of lightning and fire
Symbol: leaf encrusted triumphal gateway
Shakti: the power to achieve many and various goals
Basis Above: to cultivate
Basis Below: the harvest
Result: fruits of the harvest

Vishakha, as a Jupiter ruled Nakshatra, is connected to divine spirit. These natives need
to define spirituality for themselves or some kind of dharmic (purposeful) path must be
put into place to guide their lives. These natives are also planners, they do not act
impulsively. The inherent nature of cultivation and then reaping the harvest takes time, so
these natives are very patient and persistent. They are multi-faceted and have many
talents. They often will make good farmers and gardeners. Vishakha natives will cultivate
their ideas and creations until they have reached perfection. The deities are ones of
lightning and fire, so therefore are extremely intense and often will disregard others in
their pursuit of their desire. Jimmy Carter, who was once a farmer and Jules Verne, who
was both a writer of science fiction and a politician, both have their native Moons here.
Anuradha
“additional Radha”
3°20 - 16°40 Scorpio
Deity: Mitra, god of friendship, lord of compassion
Symbol: a lotus, archway
Shakti: the power of worship
Basis Above: to ascend
Basis Below: to descend
Result: Honor and abundance

Natives with Anuradha as their Nakshatra have a very fated path with regard to friends.
Really good friends are naturally fated because they usually give us help when needed
and boosts in career, finance, etc. Anuradha is also ruled by Saturn, the planet of fate.
These natives usually take longer than usual to reach their goals and must go through
many adversities in early life before they are able to come into their own as represented
by the lotus. Honor and loyalty play a major role in their life as well. They are often very
devoted to something, hence their shakti as power of worship. The worship does not have
to be something spiritual, it can be a concept, a career, a person. The god Mitra, abhors
violence and disputes, so these natives usually do not like passionate confrontations. This
is a goal oriented Nakshatra and these natives reach their goals through the alliances they
maintain with others. Bob Geldof, the instigator of the LiveAid concerts and Francis Ford
Coppola have Anuradha as their Moons’ Nakshatra.

Jyeshtha
“the eldest”
16°40 - 30°00 Scorpio
Deity: Indra, king of gods, lord of storms
Symbol: earring, talisman
Shakti: the power to rise and conquer
Basis Above: to attack
Basis Below: to defend
Result: To gain supremacy among the gods

Jyeshtha, as all Nakshatras ruled by Mercury, is concerned with tangible results. As the
eldest, and Indra as the deity, these people are fierce fighters and love a challenge. They
are very powerful people and have the ability to rise above circumstances and become a
hero. They tend to see life as a battle. Because Jyeshtha means the eldest, these people
often hold positions of seniority and authority. There is very powerful sexual potency in
this Nakshatra and these natives have a forceful impact on people and may be prone to
adultery and illicit sexual encounters. Their sexual desire may cause them to seek
fulfillment outside of their primary relationships. The Jyeshtha person can never be held
down. They will always rise again to life’s challenges. Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey and
Alexander the Great are some examples of Jyeshtha natives

Mula
“the root”
0 - 13°20 Sagittarius
Deity: Nirriti, goddess of misery
Symbol: tied up bunch of roots, lion’s tail
Shakti: the power to destroy or damage
Basis Above: to break
Basis Below: to crush
Result: destruction

Mula people like to take things apart, literally destroy them, before they create anything.
Mula natives are focused on getting to the root of a concept, situation or thing so they
inevitably must destroy most of the thing to get at its essence. Mula is a constellation at
the middle of the Milky Way, so these natives become intensely interested in their object
of study and penetrate the core of whatever it is that they are focused upon. They like to
uncover secret knowledge. Because of the naturally difficult aspects of this Nakshatra,
Mula natives are prone to experience utter loss and disappointment at some time in their
lives. As this is happening, Nirriti will give a healing salve to those in distress. She is also
protector of those people who are mentally and physically disabled The Mula person will
confront fear and it will flee. A Mula person has an inner warrior that can confront
anything. Prominent Mula people are Henri Matisse and Krishnamurti.

Purva Ashadha
“the former undefeated”
13°20 - 26°40 Sagittarius
Deity: Apas, goddess of waters
Symbol: a basket used for separating grain from the husk
Shakti: the power to invigorate or energize
Basis Above: strength
Basis Below: connection
Result: to gain the sea upon wishing for it

Purva Nakshatras, as mentioned before, are concerned with concepts and ideas. Purva
Ashadha’s deity, Apas, is the goddess of waters. In this context it means water as
flowing. Purva Ashadha people are invigorating and inspiring. They like to feel
connected. Water is what invigorates us in the body. When we are dehydrated we feel de-
energized and uninvigorated; flowing water remedies this. These people have great luster
and charisma. They use their natural strength to bring people together for a cause. Is it no
surprise that Hitler has this Nakshatra as his Moon’s asterism. Because it is “the former
undefeated”, these people tend to succeed quickly and success and victory. This is also a
highly creative Nakshatra with a lot of sexual potency, so they tend to attract romantic
partners and friends that help them win their goals. Other prominent people with this
Nakshatra are Johnny Depp, Ernest Hemingway and Cher.

Uttara Ashadha
“the latter undefeated”
26°40 Sagittarius - 10°00 Capricorn
Deity: The Ten Vishvadevas, universal gods
Symbol: an elephant’s tusk
Shakti: the power to grant an unchallengeable victory
Basis Above: strength to win
Basis Below: the goal that one can win
Result: becomes the victor that can never lose

Uttara Ashadha also denotes victory. However, since this is “the latter undefeated”, these
people tend to succeed later and have more patience and perseverance. Since it is Uttara,
it is more concerned with tangible results than ideas and concepts. Many of these people
take on incredible odds but are able to succeed anyway. George Washington and
Abraham Lincoln have their Moons here. Uttara Ashadha people have an intense desire
behind which they throw their strong will to achieve a victory that endures. They have
leadership qualities and a natural diplomacy.

Shravana
“the ear”
10°00 - 23°20 Capricorn
Deity: Vishnu, the Pervader
Symbol: three footprints
Shakti: the power to connect
Basis Above: seeking
Basis Below: paths
Result: connection of all things

As “the ear” is representative of Shravana, hearing becomes very important for this
Nakshatra. Hearing becomes what we think. These natives want to connect things and
people, so what they hear becomes a means for connection. What they hear decides their
path. You know the saying, “That sounds good”. This determines our decision when
something sounds better than something else. These natives, when following a yogic
path, can naturally hear the sound of Om very easily. This is also the Nakshatra of
listening, so these natives make great listeners and develop a profound wisdom. Three
footprints symbolize walking and traveling, so the Shravana person will like to walk, run
and/or travel. Charles Manson has his Moon in this Nakshatra. He killed because he
heard the White Album of the Beatles and believed it was heralding a race war. Henry
Ford also has this asterism and what better way to connect people than to provide
automobiles which made travel much faster and efficient.

Dhanishtha
“the wealthiest”
23°20 Capricorn - 6°40 Aquarius
Dieties: the eight Vasus, gods of light and abundance
Symbol: a musical drum
Shakti: the power to give abundance and fame
Basis Above: birth
Basis Below: prosperity
Result: To revolve around the summit of the gods
Dhanishtha is a wealth Nakshatra. Its natives have the power to acquire immense wealth,
whatever that may be. It is usually wealth of the financial kind, but it can also be
measured in fame as well. Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana, arguably the most
famous women to have ever lived, have their Moons here. This is also a Nakshatra of
Nature. The natives enjoy spending time in the woods away from the hustle and bustle of
crowded cities. Many of these natives are born into wealth and then acquire even more as
life progresses or they are born famous or within a famous family. They have a knack for
acquiring fame and fortune if they are not born into it. They also give prosperity to things
they become involved with. Often these natives give birth to something original as that is
there basis above. Fidel Castro gave birth to Communism in Cuba. He is considered an
extremely successful leader amongst his own people. A musical drum as the symbol often
make these natives musicians or gives a good rhythm as in dancing.

Shatabisha
“possessing or requiring one hundred physicians or medicines”
6°40 - 20°00 Aquarius
Deity: Varuna, god of rain and water
Symbol: an empty circle
Shakti: the power of healing
Basis Above: all-pervasiveness
Basis Below: support for everything
Result: Firmness in understanding

Varuna, the deity, is “the coverer” or “the binder”, thus these natives have a hidden,
secret side that they hide from the world. Varuna rules the invisible so these natives are
very unpredictable. Before Varuna was associated with water, he was the god of the “all-
encompassing sky” and he was the support for creation. He actually created the
Nakshatras, thus these natives seem to be all knowing and know things without any
methodical practice. They can assimilate diverse information and unite it into an all-
encompassing theory. Since Varuna created the Nakshatras, these natives exist to heal the
creation. Each individual jiva needs to be healed, that is the purpose of creation, to heal,
so that enlightenment can be reached. The all pervading aspect of Shatabisha shows up in
the horoscope of J. Edgar Hoover, the former head of the FBI. Elvis Presley and Prince
also have their natal Moons here.

Purva Bhadrapada
“earlier auspicious one”
20°00 Aquarius - 3°20 Pisces
Deity: Aja Ekapada, the one-footed goat
Symbol: double faced man, a sword, two front legs of a funeral bed
Shakti: the power of spiritual fire which is elevating
Basis Above: that which is good for people
Basis Below: that which is good for the gods
Result: to gain support for the entire world through spiritual knowledge
Purva Bhadrapada natives are inspired by what is good for all people. They are motivated
by supporting the world through knowledge and do not have a need to be recognized for
what they do. This is a devotional, worship centered Nakshatra. When they become
interested in something, they will revere it. Worship is really attention. That which our
attention focuses upon the most consistently and methodically is that which we worship.
Hugh Hefner has his natal Moon here and through his worship of the female form, was
able to create a publishing empire. Martin Luther King also has his Moon here and was
able to create and promote concepts and ideas of fairness and equality. He definitely had
spiritual fire which was elevating and when people act correctly (basis above) they please
the gods (basis below).

Uttara Bhadrapada
“later auspicious one”
3°20 - 16°40 Pisces
Deity: Ahir Budhya, serpent of the deep
Symbol: two joined men, the back end of a funeral bed
Shakti: the power to bring rain
Basis Above: the raining of clouds
Basis Below: the growth of plants
Result: Nourishment and balance between earth and sky

Uttara Bhadrapada natives want to bring nourishment. The world is not stable because
there is hunger and need. These natives want to bring stability by fulfilling needs. They
want to bring about peace and balance. Uttara Bhadrapada’s skakti is to bring the rain.
Rain represents a quelling of a thirsty earth, but also the condensation of ideas and
inspiration into tangible form that can do some good in a practical way. Bill Gates is an
Uttara Bhadrapada native. He answered a need for the sharing of information and
heightened communication and fulfilled that need with a concrete product. Now anyone
almost anywhere in the world can find information about any subject or find what they
want through a computer. This has brought a certain kind of nourishment to the human
race.

Revati
“wealthy”
16°40 - 30°00 Pisces
Deity: Pushan, Sun as Nourisher and finder of lost things and animals
Symbol: a drum, fish
Shakti: the power of nourishment
Basis Above: cows
Basis Below: calves
Result: Nourishment of entire world

Revati natives will go out of their way to care for someone. They instinctively know what
is needed on an immediate physical or psychological level and as a result are usually
wonderful people to have as friends. Revati natives also love traveling and usually had
great good luck while on travels. The symbol of a drum gives them good dancing and
musical ability. They also love animals. If planets are severely afflicted here, there may
come harm from animals. Angelina Jolie has her natal Moon here. She has been deeply
moved by the hunger and poverty she has seen in third world countries and has now
dedicated her life to helping those in need. She has adopted impoverished children and
given them a life they would never have dreamed of. She is also constantly globe trotting
to fulfill her new humanitarian obligations. Revati is also a Nakshatra of prosperity and
abundance.