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Nakshatras – The Sky Map

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Introduction:

The term “nakshatras” holds a fascinating essence, as it derives from two components: “naks,” signifying “sky,” and “shetra,” meaning “region.” Together, they form “sky map.” In the realm of Vedic astrology, nakshatras are an integral facet. These 27 nakshatras essentially map our voyage from birth to the inevitable moment of departure.

In antiquity, people first turned to the moon to measure time and connect with the stars. “Nakshatras” designates the constellations or “mansions” of the moon, as the moon resides within each of these constellations for a day.

Nakshatras are the glittering stars that adorn the night sky, the constellations that grace our galaxy. Sage Parashara eloquently put it, “God has adorned the heavens with constellations like pearls on a dark sheet. The light of the sun hides during the day, revealing all knowledge in the darkness of the night.”

Rulers of Nakshatras:

Governed by the moon, nakshatras exclusively grace the night sky. These stars are the foundation of astrology, for zodiac signs or “Rashis” emerge from nakshatras, and the two remain inseparable. Nakshatras effortlessly integrate into the Rashis.

Astrologically, there are 27 nakshatras that yield diverse astrological outcomes. These nakshatras are divided into three segments based on elemental signs: fire, earth, air, and water. The demarcations manifest at the “gandanta break,” where fire and earth elements converge.

Fire Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius:

ASHWINI (4), BHARNI (4), KRITIKA (1) – Aries

MAGHA (4), PURVA PHALGUNI (4), UTTAR PHALGUNI (1) – Leo

MOOLA (4), PURV ASHADA (4), UTTAR ASHADA (1) – Sagittarius

Earth Signs: Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn:

KRITIKA (3), ROHINI (4), MRIGSHIRA (2) – Taurus

UTTAR PHALGUNI (3), HASTA (4), CHITRA (2) – Virgo

UTTAR ASHADA (3), SHRAVANA (4), DHANISHTHA (2) – Capricorn

Air Signs: Gemini, Libra, Aquarius:

MRIGSHIRA (2), ARDRA (4), PUNARVASU (3) – Gemini

CHITRA (2), SWATI (4), VISHAKHA (3) – Libra

DHANISHTHA (2), SHATBHISHA (4), PURVA BHADRAPADA (3) – Aquarius

Water Signs: Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces:

PUNARVANSU (1), PUSHYA (4), ASHLESHA (4) – Cancer

VISHAKHA (1), ANURADHA (4), JYESHTHA (4) – Scorpio

PURVA BHADRAPADA (1), UTTAR BHADRAPADA (4), REVATI (4) – Pisces

The Significance of Birth Nakshatra:

The birth moon’s presence in Ashwini / Magha / Moola / Ashlesha / Jyestha / Revati indicates a “gand moola” dosh, signifying a transition from fire to water or vice versa. The birth nakshatra, reflecting the moon’s nakshatra at birth, is pivotal, determining life’s trajectory. Auspicious ceremonies like weddings, land purchases, and housewarmings are scheduled based on the moon’s position in favorable nakshatras, aligned with their nature.

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Fixed constellations like Rohini, Uttara Phalguni, Uttarashada, and Uttara Bhadrapada are propitious for enduring effects, such as laying foundations, planting trees, or celebrations. Gentle constellations like Mrigshira, Chitra, Anuradha, and Revati favor arts, friendships, marriages, and journeys.

Swift nakshatras, such as Ashwini, Pushya, and Hasta, are conducive to sports, luxury, education, and loans. Dreadful stars like Ardra, Ashlesha, Jyestha, and Mula align with battles, separations, and destruction. Temporary stars, including Punarvasu, Swati, Shravana, Dhanishta, and Shatbhisha, are suited for travel, gardening, and temporary endeavors. Fierce constellations like Bharani, Magha, Purva Phalguni, and Purva Bhadrapada are associated with conflicts and cruelty.

Mixed constellations like Kritika and Vishakha suit routine duties and professional responsibilities.

By understanding the interplay of these nakshatras, we can decode the celestial tapestry that shapes our lives.

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