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7/29/2019 Nakshatra Vidya 1/45 Nakshatra Vidya The Real Secret of Nakshatra In the Vedic (Hindu) system of Astrology, known in Sanskrit as Jyotish, the 27 constellations and not the 12 star-signs are the key to understanding celestial influences on our planet. These 27 constellations are known as the 27 Nakshatras, which are 300 to 400 light years away from earth. Based on a person’s moon Nakshatra at the time of birth, Jyotish offers a most powerful predictive technique compared to other forms of astrology. The term “Nakshatra,” when broken down into its constituent parts: “naks” meaning “sky” and “shetra” meaning “region”, translate into “Sky Map.” Another translation is arrived at using a different dissection: “naksha” is “map” and “tara” is “star” and so Nakshatra is “Star Map.” Both meanings clearly show that in the eyes of the ancient Vedic (Indian) seers the 27 Nakshatras (constellations) and not the 12 zodiacal star- signs map the sky. It was the Moon that ancient people first looked to for calculating time and connecting to the stars. ‘Nakshatras’ is the name given to the constellations or mansions of the Moon, as the Moon resides in each of these constellations for one day. The system of constellations is very ancient, dating back more than 5,000 years as they were referred to in the oldest Veda (Hindu’s scripture). These lunar mansions appear in Chinese and Arabic astrology but have not received much attention in Western or European astrology. Each of the 27 Nakshatras consists of 13º and 20 minutes of the zodiac. Multiplying this length by 27 equals the entire zodiacal belt of 360 degrees. The Nakshatras are classified in various ways, according to basic attribute, primary motivation (Kama  – sensual desires; Artha – material desires; Dharma – living life based on spiritual principles; Moksha – liberation from birth and death), sex, caste, species and so on. They are particularly revealed by their presiding deities, ruling planets and their symbolic form. The Nakshatra and the signs of the zodiac both begin from the same point. The beginning of the first Nakshatra, or constellation of  Ashwini, the first Nakshatra, is the same as that of the first sign of Aries. Each sign contains the combined influence of the Nakshatras falling with it. Compared to the signs, the Nakshatra or Nakshatras possess a deeper effect. The signs are merely “a heap, mass, or collection” of influences as their Sanskrit name suggests. The planets are the cosmic creative powers. Each planet radiates certain specialized forces. The planet make their impact on the zodiacal field. This specialized circle divided by the signs and Nakshatras is the negative or passive field of influences, while the planets are the positive or active fields. The signs and Nakshatras create the necessary environment, while the planets are the precipitating forces. Prakriti (the female creative impulse) is the force that sustains the general background of the zodiac. Prakriti produces the basic conditions on which the

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Nakshatra Vidya

The Real Secret of Nakshatra

In the Vedic (Hindu) system of Astrology, known in Sanskrit as Jyotish, the 27constellations and not the 12 star-signs are the key to understanding celestialinfluences on our planet. These 27 constellations are known as the 27Nakshatras, which are 300 to 400 light years away from earth. Based on aperson’s moon Nakshatra at the time of birth, Jyotish offers a most powerfulpredictive technique compared to other forms of astrology. The term “Nakshatra,”when broken down into its constituent parts: “naks” meaning “sky” and “shetra”meaning “region”, translate into “Sky Map.” Another translation is arrived at usinga different dissection: “naksha” is “map” and “tara” is “star” and so Nakshatra is“Star Map.” Both meanings clearly show that in the eyes of the ancient Vedic(Indian) seers the 27 Nakshatras (constellations) and not the 12 zodiacal star-signs map the sky.

It was the Moon that ancient people first looked to for calculating time andconnecting to the stars. ‘Nakshatras’ is the name given to the constellationsor mansions of the Moon, as the Moon resides in each of these constellations for one day. The system of constellations is very ancient, dating back more than5,000 years as they were referred to in the oldest Veda (Hindu’s scripture).These lunar mansions appear in Chinese and Arabic astrology but havenot received much attention in Western or European astrology. Each of the 27Nakshatras consists of 13º and 20 minutes of the zodiac. Multiplying this lengthby 27 equals the entire zodiacal belt of 360 degrees. The Nakshatras are

classified in various ways, according to basic attribute, primary motivation (Kama – sensual desires; Artha – material desires; Dharma – living life based onspiritual principles; Moksha – liberation from birth and death), sex, caste, speciesand so on. They are particularly revealed by their presiding deities, ruling planetsand their symbolic form. The Nakshatra and the signs of the zodiac both beginfrom the same point. The beginning of the first Nakshatra, or constellation of 

 Ashwini, the first Nakshatra, is the same as that of the first sign of Aries. Eachsign contains the combined influence of the Nakshatras falling with it. Comparedto the signs, the Nakshatra or Nakshatras possess a deeper effect. The signs aremerely “a heap, mass, or collection” of influences as their Sanskrit namesuggests. The planets are the cosmic creative powers. Each planet radiates

certain specialized forces. The planet make their impact on the zodiacal field.This specialized circle divided by the signs and Nakshatras is the negative or passive field of influences, while the planets are the positive or active fields. Thesigns and Nakshatras create the necessary environment, while the planets arethe precipitating forces.

Prakriti (the female creative impulse) is the force that sustains the generalbackground of the zodiac. Prakriti produces the basic conditions on which the

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seeds sprinkled by Purusha (the male consciousness factor) fructify and grow.The Nakshatras and signs of the zodiac are the passive creative potencywhereas the planets are the creative or generating forces. The planets are activecauses whereas the signs and Nakshatras are the material layer of the action.The Nakshatras and signs constitute the horizontal arm, while the planets

represent the vertical arm in the cross of cosmic creation. In Vedic astrology, thepersonality traits are read more through the birth star (Nakshatra of the Moon)than by the Sun sign. Nakshatra positions of planets are examined in the birthchart as well. The use of Nakshatra is very important in Vedic astrology, muchmore than with zodiac signs.

Indian seers say that the Nakshatras represent the abodes into which the fruits of our labor (our Karma) is transferred and stored. The Nakshatras dispense thefruits of Karma, the highest of which is the fruit of our worship and meditation, our spiritual labor of life. Vedic astrology uses a system of planetary periods calledDasha (Major Period) of various planets based on the Moon Nakshatra at the

time of birth. Most important is Vimshottari Dasha, a 120-year-long cycle of planetary positions based upon the birth Nakshatra, stars. The planetary periodsof Vedic astrology provide an easy and comprehensive system for judging theeffects of planets throughout out our lives. The planetary periods are the mostaccurate system of how the planets distribute their effects through time anddifferent stages of our lives. The major seven planets plus two lunar nodes areassigned periods ranging from 6 to 20 years. With the help of this Dasha (Major Period system) a Vedic astrologer can predict future events very accurately.However, Western and other strological systems do not have predictivecapabilities as Vedic astrology.

The Nakshatras of Vedic Astrology


“In these twenty-eight mansions do lye hid many secrets of the wisdom of the ancientsby which they wrought wonders on all things which are under the circle of the Moon”.Cornelius Agrippa- Alchemist/Magician (1500 CE)

Historical Origins of the Lunar Mansions

Before the ecliptic was divided into the twelve zodiac signs, the ancient Indianastronomers recognized 27 divisions called nakshatras. The primary usage of the

nakshatras is a fundamental difference between Western and Vedic astrology. One mustdeeply encounter and explore the nakshatras to appreciate the diversity and richness of Vedic astrology.

The Moon takes about 27.3 days to complete its sojourn around the ecliptic. Thenakshatras represent the average daily movement of the Moon against the fixed stars.Each daily segment is identified by a small constellation or a single star. Originally thelength of each nakshatra varied, but by the time the Surya Siddhanta was written (c. 500

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CE), a classical astronomy text, the segments were fixed to a length of 13 degrees 20minutes of arc.

The Sanskrit term nakshatra translates as “that which does not decay” (na –not andkshatra – destructible). Naksh can also indicate approaching, to worship, to guard or protect. Tra is a suffix implies a tool or instrument. Thus, the nakshatras are themselves

a means of worship. 1

Each nakshatra has a symbol that emphasizes its meaning. Unlike the zodiac or “circleof animals” the nakshatras are symbolized by inanimate objects. Swati is shown as ablade of grass blowing in the wind, Chitra is shown as a pearl, and Anuradha issymbolized by a lotus flower. Each nakshatra is governed by a Vedic deity. So we find

 Ashwini ruled by the Ashwin twins, the physicians of the gods, and Hasta governed bySavitar the creative force of the Sun.

The Rig Veda is a compilation of hymns to the gods and the first known composition inan Indo-European language. Historians agree that the Rig Veda was originallytransmitted through an oral tradition, and that it was written down, or codified no later than 1500 BCE. Several nakshatras are mentioned by name in theRig Veda. New academic research by Dr. David Frawley2 and B.N. Narahari Acher3suggests that all of the nakshatras are to be found in the Rig Veda where they arereferenced by their associated deity.

The earliest reference to the complete solar zodiac based on 12 sign divisions is foundin Mesopotamia c. 450 BCE, 4 yet the Indian astrologers were using the 27 divisions of the nakshatras far earlier. The original lists of the nakshatras always start with Krittikawhich is associated with the Pleiades. There has been much speculation about why thenakshatra order would start with what we now consider the third in the list. The earliestIndian star calendars were based on the 27 nakshatras, and some scholars believe thatthe nakshatra system was developed during the time when the vernal equinox occurredin the asterism of the Pleiades.The period when the Pleiades heliacally rose at the vernal equinox was 2720-1760BCE.5

1 Harness, Dennis M. The Nakshatras (Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 1999) Introductionby David Frawley. 2 Frawley, David The Rig Veda and the History of India (Dehli: AdityaPrakashan, 2001) Pg. 7. Frawley believes the main Vedic period ended by 2500 BCE, asubstantially earlier date than is commonly accepted. John Keay gives the time span of 1700-900 BCE to the Vedic culture, however this is surely to change with futurearcheological work.3 Achar, B.N. Narahari Searching for Nakshatra in the Rgveda (Electronic Journal of Vedic Studies, vol. 6 2000, editor Michael Wizel, Harvard University)4 North, John. The Norton history of Astronomy and Cosmology. New York: Norton &Co., 1995. Pg. 39.5 Parpola, Asko. Deciphering the Indus Script (New York: Cambridge University Press,1994) Pg. 204

Historical and Contemporary Use of Nakshatras

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The primary use of the nakshatras in ancient Indian culture was to determine whenreligious rituals were conducted. The position of the Moon was critical to the successfuloutcome of any ritual or sacrifice. Nakshatras were also used in the naming of children.Each nakshatra is associated with a particular syllable or sound and these would be thebasis of the religious name given to a child.

In addition to their traditional usage, contemporary usages of the nakshatras include:

1. Muhurta or Electional Astrology: The nakshatras are classified by quality. Somelunar mansion are “light” or “sharp” while others are “moveable” or “fixed.” Thesecategories are used primarily in muhurta, or electional astrology.6

2. Mundane Astrology: The Moon’s location can be used in mundane astrology, as theMoon nakshatra reflects the social behavior patterns due to its reflection of the generalpublic.

3. Vedic Synastry: The nakshatras are used extensively for relationship compatibility,even in contemporary India. Certain nakshatras are considered more compatible thanothers. Vedic astrologers have developed an elaborate point system that measuresMoon compatibility (kuta point system). 7

4. Navamsha Harmonic Chart: The nakshatras are connected to the navamsha, or 9thharmonic chart as each nakshatra is divided into four equal parts which correspond tothe 108 divisions used to calculate the navamsha chart. (The Navamsha chart is usedextensively in Vedic astrology to reflect one’s marital karma and one’s deeper spiritualtendencies.)

5. Vedic Dasha System: Perhaps the most well known use of the nakshatras is thebasis of calculating the vimshottari dasa system. The dasas are planetary periods which

reflect developmental cycles. The full cycle is 120 years which is the theoretical naturallength of a human life. Where an individual starts in the cycle is determined by the rulingplanet of their birth nakshatra of their natal Moon.

6. Vedic Mythology and Spirituality: The mythological and spiritual depth of thenakshatra material and its application is coming to fruition in the West. Exploring the richmythology of the nakshatras offers both spiritual and psychological insight. According tothe Taittiriya Brahmana 1.5.2, “One who offers worship here reaches the world of heaven beyond. That is the nakshatrahood of the nakshatras.” Thus, the nakshatrascreate a cosmic bridge between the human mind and the universal mind. They are thelunar mansions of the Vedic gods and goddesses, the celestial palaces of these divinebeings. According to Dr. David Frawley, “the ancient Vedic sages looked to the origins of 

the human soul, the eternal or light part of our nature, in the heavens, among the stars,in the realms of light and eternity ruled by the creator or cosmic lord”. 8 To the ancientseers, the nakshatras and planets in the sky were spiritual forces dispensing divineblessings on humanity. The heavenly lights reward us with the fruits of our karmaaccording to our spiritual efforts made thru worship, prayer and meditation.

6 For further information on choosing an auspicious lunar nakshatra, see TheNakshatras (pp. 113-116) by Dennis Harness.7 DeFouw, Hart & Svoboda, Robert. Light On Relationships: An Introduction to the

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 Astrology of India. York Beach, ME: Samuel Wieser, 2000. Sekhar, K. Jaya. The BestBet: Forming the right Relationships. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2002. BothDeFouw/Svoboda and Sekhar provide an excellent overview of thekuta point system for compatibility.8 Harness, Dennis M. The Nakshatras (Twin Lakes, WI: Lotus Press, 1999) Introductionby David Frawley.

7. Personality Analysis: The 27 nakshatras offer a deeper analysis of personality, character and temperament than the twelve zodiac signs. Theyreflect the most intimate aspects of one’s mental, emotional and spiritual nature.The nakshatras are an important tool for self-discovery.

The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology

The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology“Dawn is the head of the sacrificial horse. Heaven is his eye. The year is his soul. Hisform are the nakshatras and the stars are his bones”. Taittiriya Samhita of Yajur VedaVII 5.25

The following brief descriptions of the lunar mansions provide basic information in regardto temperament, motivation, symbols, deities and the shakti or power of each nakshatra.The astronomical correlation with the fixed stars and sign constellations is alsopresented. Remember to subtract approximately 23 degrees from your tropical natalchart planets if you have not already calculated your sidereal Vedic horoscope.


1. Ashwini: The Star of Transport – (Aries 0-13 20’)

The symbol for Ashwini is a horse’s head representing a dauntless spirit of adventureand a head-strong nature. The ruling deities are the Ashwin twins who ride in a goldenchariot and shower healing energy down to the earth plane. They are the “Physicians of the Gods”. Their shakti 9 is the power to quickly healand reach what they desire. This is a nakshatra of initiation, revitalization andtransformational healing. The Ashwini natives have a deva or godly temperament andtheir primary motivation is dharma. The rulingplanet is Ketu (South Node of the Moon) which gives a mystical and mysterious bent totheir life journey.

 Ashwini is formed by three stars in the head of the constellation of the Ram (horse).“Our ancestors fashioned heaven as a dark horse with pearls. They placed darkness inthe night and light in the day. Brahaspati (Jupiter) broke the rock and released the rays”.Rig Veda X. 68.11

2. Bharani: The Star of Restraint – (Aries 13 20’ to 26 40’)

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The symbol for Bharani is a clay vessel or yoni, reflecting the potent creative energy thatis contained in this lunar mansion. The ruling deity is Yama (the binder), the God of Death. According to Atharva Veda, Bharani is the final nakshatra listed revealing itsconnection with the end of life. Another name for this asterism is Apabharani whichtranslates as “the waters that carry things away”. The shakti is the “power to cleanse andremove impurities”. Bharani has a manushya or human temperament and the primary

motivation is artha or prosperity. The ruling planet is Venus reflecting the creative natureand strong sexual desires of this nakshatra. Bharani is formed by three stars above thetail of the Ram.

3. Krittika: The Star of Fire – (Aries 26 40’ to Taurus 10 00’)

The primordial flame is the primary symbol of this nakshatra, representing thepurification by the sacredfire (yagna). The ruling planet is Sun with the Agni, the God of Fire as the residing deity.The shakti of this lunar mansion is ‘the power to burn away the negativity to get to thetruth”. According to the AtharvaVeda, Krittika is the first nakshatra reflecting the stars rising at the spring vernal equinox

during the height of the Indus Valley civilization (2720-1760 BCE.) Interestingly, theMoon is exalted in this powerful nakshatra. It has a rakshasa or demon nature with aprimary motivation of kama or desire. The other symbol for this asterism is a razor reflecting the cutting activity of this nakshatra whichcan heal or destroy.Krittika is formed by the star cluster of the Pleiades, the seven stars residing in the upper torso of the Bull.

Note: An ancient seal from the Indus Valley region depicts a six-headed deitysurrounded by goddesses. This could reflect the connection of the god Mars (Karttikeya,Skandha, or Subramaniya in Sanskrit) with the Pleiades.

4. Rohini: The Star of Ascent – (Taurus 10 00’ to 23 20’)

9 According to Frawley the shakti is “the power of the devata or the deities ruling thelunar mansion.”The symbols of this asterism are a chariot, a temple and a banyan tree. Rohini providesmovement toward the divine as well as a place of worship. The sacred banyan tree isthe home of the Goddess of the ancient Indus Valley civilization. It has a manushya or human temperament with a primary motivation of moksha or spiritual liberation. Thedivine Krishna is said to have had both his Moon and Ascendant in this lunar mansion.The primary deities are Brahma and Prajapati, the creators of the universe. The shaktiexperienced here is the ability to “foster growth and creation”. Rohini, “the red one”correlates with the rose star Aldeberan, the red eye of the Bull.

5. Mrigashira: The Searching Star – (Taurus 23 20’ to Gemini 6 40’)

The symbol for Mrigishira is an antelope’s head. People born with this nakshatraprominent often have the face of a deer. It has a deva temperament and moksha or spiritual liberation as it’s primary motivation. It is a excellent asterism for research of religious or philosophical truths. The ruling planet Mars, reflects the energy of thespiritual warrior. The primary deity is Soma, the Moon God who imparts the divine nectar 

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of ever-new bliss. The shakti of Mrigishira is the “power to give fulfillment”. It is formedby three faint stars at the head of the constellation of Orion.

6. Ardra: The Star of Sorrow – (Gemini 6 40’ to 20 00’)

The primary symbols for Ardra are a human head (thinking) and a teardrop whichrepresents overcoming suffering. It is an excellent rising nakshatra reflecting brilliantmental abilities (Albert Einstein, Robert Hand). Rudra, the Lord of the Storms is the deityof this lunar mansion. The ruling planet is Rahu, the North Node of the Moon denotingthe sharp, fierce activity of this asterism. Ardra can represent the clarity and emotionalcleansing that occurs after the storms of the soul recede. The temperament in manushyaand primary motivation is artha or wealth. The shakti of Ardra is “the power to makegains in life thru greater effort”. The fixed star Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orionand Sirius, the Dog star are associated with this lunar mansion.

7. Punarvasu: The Star of Renewal – (Gemini 20 00’ to Cancer 3 20’)

The primary symbols of this illuminating nakshatra are a bow and a quiver of arrows.The sky is the limit with this nakshatra. Punarvasu means “the return of the light” andhas the divine ability to bring spiritual light into darkness. Punarvasu reflects purity, satya(truth) and strong moral values. It is a deva nakshatra with the primary motivation of artha or material prosperity. It’s shakti or power is “the ability to gain wealth or abundance”. The main deity is Aditi, the Cosmic Mother who bestows her creativeabundance on all who seek her blessings. This lunar mansion is ruled by the planetJupiter, the great benefic. Punarvasu is reflected by the Gemini twins, Castor and Pollox.

8. Pushya: The Star of Nourishment – (Cancer 3 20’ to 16 40’)

Pushya is considered to be the most auspicious of the twenty-seven lunar mansions.

The symbols for this asterism are a lotus, circle, arrow and the udder of the sacred cow.The ancient name of Pushya in the Rig Veda was Tishya, the Celestial Archer. It has adeva temperament with the primary motivation of dharma or right action. The rulingplanet is Shani or Saturn which grounds the energy of this powerful nakshatra. The chief deity is Brahaspati, the High Priest of the Gods. The shakti of Pushya is “the ability tocreatespiritual energy”. It is formed by North and South Aselli, the two donkeys which reflectthe manger and the birth of the Christ child that occurs under the spiritual energy of thisbenefic lunar mansion.

“O wise Maruts, let us carry off the wealth of food whichyou have bestowed on us; giveus, O Maruts, such thousand fold wealth as never fails, like the star Tishya (Pushya_ 

from heaven” Rig Veda, V.55.13

9. Ashlesha: The Clinging Star – (Cancer 16 40’ to 30 00’)

The symbol for this intense nakshatra is the coiled serpent at the base of the spinereflecting the potent kundalini energy that resides here. Ashlesha means “the entwiner”and denotes the challenges of our 

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addictions to sensory attachments. It is a very mental asterism ruled by Mercury andlocated in the sign of Cancer ruled by Moon. The main deities are the Nagas, theSerpent Kings. The shakti revealed here is “power to inflict poisonous venom”.

 Ashleshans have a rakshasa temperament with a primary motivation of dharma. Greatmystical talents and enlightenment can be experienced if the primordial energy of thislunar asterism is harnessed. The Buddha had this nakshatra rising under a benefic full

Moon during his blessed birth. The King Cobra protected the Buddha from the storms of life as performed his tapas (spiritual austerities) under the bodhi tree. The nakshatra,

 Ashlesha is formed by six stars in the constellation of Hydra, the Water Snake.

10. Magha: The Star of Power (Leo 0-13 20’)

Magha means “the mighty one”, reflecting strength and spiritual leadership. The greatIndian saint, Paramahansa Yogananda had both his Moon and rising sign in thispowerful nakshatra. The symbol is the king’s chamber or palequin. The deities are thePitris, the great protectors and fathers of humanity. Magha people have a fiery rakshasatemperament with a primary motivation or artha or material prosperity. The ruling planetis Ketu which reveals the mystical nature of this asterism. Their shakti is “the power to

leave the body”. Magha is correlated with the bright fixed star Regulus, the kingly star located in the heart of the Lion.

11. Purva Phalguni: The Fruit of the Tree (Leo 13 20’ to 26 40’)

This creative nakshatra is ruled by the planet Venus denoting brilliant skills in the finearts and a love of pleasure. The sensual singer Madonna has both her Ascendant andMoon residing here. The symbols associated with this asterism are a swinginghammock, a couch and two legs of a bed reflecting a place of rest and enjoyment. Theprimary motivation experienced here is kama or pleasure. Their shakti is “the power of creative procreation”. The deity is Bhaga, the God of Prosperity, who protects maritalhappiness and bestows family inheritance. They have a human or manushyatemperament. Purva Phalguni is formed by two stars, Leonis and Zosma which arefound at the rear flank of the Lion.

12. Uttara Phalguni: The Star of Patronage (Leo 26 40’ to Virgo 10 00’)

The symbol for this service oriented lunar mansion is a healing bed or two legs of a cot.This is the “social worker” nakshatra who is always helping the friend in need. Theypossess great skills in the healing arts and counseling fields. These natives have amanushya or human temperament, while their primary motivation is moksha or spiritualliberation. The deity is Aryaman, the God of Patronage and son of Aditi, the CosmicMother. The shakti associated with this asterism is “the power of giving prosperity thru

marriage”. The ruling planet is Sun reflecting their ability to shine their helaing light onthose they come into contact with. Uttara Phalaguni is formed by two stars at the tail of the Lion.“Straight be the paths and thornless on which are friends will travel to present our suit.May Aryaman and Bhaga lead us together! May heaven grant us a stable marriage! RigVeda X.85.23

13. Hasta: The Hand (Virgo 10 00’ to 23 20’)

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The symbol for this nakshatra is the palm of the hand. The primary deity is Savitar, theSun God who promotes creativity. He is called “the golden handed one”. The shakti of Hasta is “the power to manifest what one seeks and place it in their hands”. Hastanatives can have great dexterity and skilled with hands in healing arts in with handicrafts.Hasta is ruled by the Moon and in the sign of Virgo ruled by Mercury reflecting the verymental, intellectual nature of this lunar mansion. It has a deva temperament with a

primary motivation of moksha or spiritual liberation. Hasta is formed by five stars(fingers) in the constellation of Corvus, the crow.

14. Chitra: The Star of Opportunity (Virgo 23 20’ to Libra 6 40’)

The symbol for the brilliant Chitra nakshatra is a bright jewel or pearl. Chitra translatesas “the beautiful one” or “pretty pictures” which reflects its ability to arrange things nicelywith an artistic fashion. The deity

is Tvashtar, the divine celestial architect. The creator of Astro*Carto*Graphy, Jim Lewis,had his natal Moon placed here. They are often successful artisan types. The shakti is“the ability to accumulate merit in this life”. Chitra has a rakshasa temperament with aprimary motivation of kama or desire. The animal associated with this nakshatra is afemale tiger which reveals the passionate, sensual nature experienced here. Mars is theruling planet of this asterism. Chitra is represented by the beautiful, high magnitude,fixed star Spica at the beginning of sidereal Libra.

“The Universe is uncaused, like a net of jewels in which each is only the reflection of allothers in a fantastic interrelated harmony without end”. – The Upanishads

15. Swati: The Self-Going Star (Libra 6 40’ to 20 00’)

The symbol for Swati is a single blade of grass blowing in the wind reflecting the

independent and autonomous nature of this asterism. It has a chara or moveable natureand is ruled by restless Rahu, the North Node of the Moon. A love for educational traveland the need for positive change is often experienced here. The primary deity is Vayu,the God of the Wind and Prana. The shakti is “the power to scatter like the wind”. Other symbols for this lunar mansion are a sword (discrimination) and a priest or priestess.Swati is of deva temperament with a primary motivation of artha or attainment of wealth.Saraswati, the Goddess of Learning is the female deity associated with Swati. This is avery intellectual nakshatra that demonstrates excellent communication skills. It has thecapacity to achieve justice (Libra) thru personal power. Swati is located by the brightstar, Arcturus in the constellation of Bootis.

16. Vishakha: The Star of Purpose (Libra 20 00’ to Scorpio 3 20’)

The symbols associated with Vishakha are an archway and a potter’s wheel. Thearchway is a symbol of moving thru thresholds of spiritual initiation. Jupiter is the rulingplanet of this nakshatra reflecting the deep connection with one’s soul purpose. Thepotter’s wheel symbolizes the patience that must be developed in order to progress onthe spiritual path. Vishakha has a rakshasa temperament with a primarymotivation of dharma. The animal symbol is a male tiger. The main deities are Radha,the divine consort of Sri Krishna and Indra/Agni. The shakti is the power to achievemany and various fruits in life. Vishakha is formed by four stars of the Northern Scales.

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17. Anuradha: The Star of Success (Scorpio 3 20’ to 16 40’)

 Anuradha is symbolized by a lotus flower, reflecting the ability to blossom in any lifesituation. The primary deity is Mitra, the God of Friendship and Partnership. Anuradhaindividuals have the great ability to gather people together for social and spiritualactivities. 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 givestenacity and discipline when needed. Anuradha contains three stars in the body of theScorpion 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. Jyeshtha also translates as the “eldest” or “seniormost”. It is related tothe eldest sister Alakshmi, who is in the opposition constellation to Rohini, her beautifulsister 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 isIndra, the King of the Gods. He is the spiritual warrior and “dragon slayer”. The shakti of this asterism is “the power to rise and conquer and gain courage in battle”. The rulingplanet Mercury reflects the troubled, yet creative genius of this lunar mansion. AlbertEinstein, Friedrich Nietzsche, Howard Hughes and Vincent Van Gogh all had their natalMoons in this nakshatra. It is the nakshatra of the “creative eccentric”. The sharp Mars-like nature of Jyeshtha is reflected thru the fixed star Antares which is located in theheart of the Scorpion.

Note: An interesting seal was found in the Indus Valley area dated 2400 BCE. It depicteda 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. Theprimary deity is Nirritti, the Goddess of Destruction. She lives in the Kingdom of theDead and is associated with the powerful goddess, Kali. The shaktirevealed here is “the power to ruin, destroy, and break things apart. The 9/11 tragedyoccurred when Mars and Ketu were conjoined near the point of the galactic center in themiddle of this intense nakshatra. Mula has a rakshasa temperament with a primary

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

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

Purva Ashadha means “early victory” or the “undefeated, the unsubdued”. The symbol isa fan or a winnowing basket, which rids corn of the husks. The fan can signify popularityas their name is fanned around a lot by the public. The popular talk show host JohnnyCarson as well as the infamous Adolph Hitler have their natal Moon in this asterism. Theprimary deity is Apas, the Cosmic Waters. Varuna, the God of the Waters is considered

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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 primarymotivationof moksha or spiritual liberation. It is formed by the stars Kaus Borealis and Kaus

 Australis in the Archer’s bow.

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 and theplanks of a bed. The elephant tusk is associated with Ganesha, the remover of obstacles. 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 thepowerful Sun. The shakti is “the power for unchallengeable victory”. These natives havethe humanitarian vision to see all races as equal. Abraham Lincoln’s Moon resided inthis lunar mansion. This asterism has a manushya or human temperament with aprimary motivation toward moksha or spiritual liberation. The animal symbol is a malemongoose, which has no female counterpart reflecting the independence andsometimes loneliness associated with this nakshatra. 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 muhurthaor 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 the primary symbol being an ear. It is a devaor godly nakshatra that has the capacity to hear the astral sounds of Krishna’s flute, thecelestial bells or the cosmic Om. The natives of this asterism usually have brilliant mindsand 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 thisauspicious nakshatra. The Moon is also strengthened by being in a nakshatra that isruled by the Moon. Material success is a result of the primary motivation of this asterismbeing 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 associatedwith Shravana. The shakti is “the power to provide connection with others”. Shravana isformed by three stars in the head of the Eagle, Aquilla.

23. Dhanishtha: The Star of Symphony (Capricorn 23 20’ to Aquarius 6 40’)

The symbol for the 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 inthis nakshatra. The shakti is “the power to give abundance and fame”. Marital difficultiesand a fiery temper are observed here due to the rakshasa temperament, the animaltotem of a female lion and the ruling planet Mars. The primary motivation of Dhanishthais dharma. The deities are the eight Vasus such as Soma (water), Dhara (earth), Anala(fire), Apa (space) and Dhruva (nakshatras). Dhanishtha is formed by four stars locatedin the head of Delphinus, the Dolphin.

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24. Shatabisha: The Hundred Stars (Aquarius 6 40’ to 20 00’)


Shatabisha also translates as “the hundred healers” or “the hundred flowers”. Theprimary deity is Varuna, the God of Medicine and the Cosmic Waters, which provides thenatives with a strong connection to the healings arts. Varuna is the Cosmic Man pouringhis healing waters unto humanity. Astrologer, Ronnie Gale Dreyer and author of HealingSigns has her natal Moon in this powerful nakshatra. The shakti of Shatabisha is “thepower of healing”. The symbol for Shatabisha is an empty circle reflecting theindependent nature and autonomy experienced thru this lunar mansion. This lunar mansion can also be a challenging birth star for early marriage. It has a rakshasatemperament with the primary motivation being dharma or right action. Rahu as theruling planet of this asterism indicates a love for travel and adventure. Shatabisha isformed by a large group of faint stars in Aquarius, the Water Bearer.

25. Purva Bhadrapada: The Burning Pair (Aquarius 20 00’ to Pisces 3 20’)

The symbols for this unique nakshatra are a sword, two legs of a bed and a two facedman. The sword represents the ability to cut thru the negativity to get to the truth. Thetwo faced man indicates the ability to see both sides of an issue. The deity is AjaEkapada, a one-footed goat that is the vehicle for the fiery god, Agni. The shakti is “thepower to raise a spiritual person up in life”. This nakshatra is ruled by the benefic Jupiter,which reflects the high idealism of this asterism. Martin Luther King had his natal Moonin this lunar mansion. They are often successful in the business world due to their human or manushya temperament with a primary motivation toward artha or prosperity.Purva Bhadrapada is associated with two stars, Markab and Scheat located in the bodyof Pegasus, the Winged Horse.

26. Uttara Bhadrapada: The Warrior Star (Pisces 3 20’ to 16 40’)

The symbols for Uttara Bhadrapada are two legs of a bed or twins. Bhradrapadatranslates as the “scorching” or “buring pair” related to these “twin” nakshatras. A womanborn with this birth star is considered associated with the goddess Lakshmi and isconsidered “the gem of her family”. The animal symbol is the sacred female cow of India.The deity is Ahir Budhnya, the Serpent of the Deep Sea and part of Lord Shiva’s armywhich reflects the warrior nature of this lunar mansion when needed. Uttara Bhadrapadahas a human or manushya temperament with a primary motivation of kama or healthypleasures. The ruling planet Saturn provides great depth and spiritual discipline. Theshakti is “the bringing of the cosmic rain”. Uttara Bhadrapada is associated with Pegasiand Andromedae which complete the square of Pegasus.

27. Revati: The Wealthy (Pisces 16 40’ to 30 00’)

The symbols for Revati are a fish and a drum. The fish is a symbol of deep spiritualityand the twelfth sign of Pisces. The drum is a marker of time reflecting the final lunar mansion according to the constellations. This auspicious nakshatra has a devatemperament with a primary motivation of moksha or spiritual enlightenment. The deity isPushan, the nurturer and protector of travelers and animals. Revati is ruled by theintellectual planet Mercury, residing in a constellation ruled by benefic Jupiter. The

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animal symbol is a female elephant. The shakti is “the power of nourishment symbolizedby milk”. Revati is one of the most benefic nakshatras for spiritual growth anddevelopment of psychic abilities. It is formed by thirty-two faint stars at the tail of theFish.

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The Nakshatras

Ashwini-Deva: 0° Aries 00’ to l3° Aries 20’

Ketu (South Node) – horsehead – healer 

Bharani-Human: 13° Aries 20’ to 26° Aries 40’

Venus – male elephant – writer 

Krittika-Demon: 26° Aries 40’ to 10° Taurus 00’

Sun – female sheep – indulgent

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Rohini-Human: l0° Taurus 00’ to 23° Taurus 20’

Moon – love of travel

Mrigahsira-Deva: 23° Taurus 20’ to 6° Gemini 40’

Mars – female serpent – writers – good for astrology

Ardra-Human: 6° Gemini 40’ to 20° Gemini 00’

Rahu (north node)

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Punarvasu-Deva : 20° Gemini 00’ to 3° Cancer 20’

Jupiter – female cat – bringing light into darkness

Pushva-Deva: 3° Cancer 20’ to l6° Cancer 40’

Saturn – nourishes societ


Ashlesha-Demon: l6° Cancer 40’ to 29° Cancer 59’

Mercury – male cat – ommunicator 

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Magha-Demon: 0° Leo 00’ to l3° Leo 20’

Ketu (south node) – male rat – spiritual leadership

Purva Phalguni-Human: l3° Leo 20’ to 26° Leo 40’

Venus – female rat

Uttara Phalguni-Human: 26° Leo 40’ to 10° Virgo 00’

Sun –social worker 

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Hasta-Deva: 10° Virgo 00’ to 23° Virgo 20’

Moon – healer 

Chittra-Demon: 23° Virgo 20’ to 6° Libra 40’

Mars – female tiger 

Swati-Deva: 6° Libra 40’ to 20° Libra 00’

Rahu (north node) –priest or priestess

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Vishakha-Demon: 20° Libra 00’ to 3° Scorpio 20’

Jupiter – hydra

Anuradha-Deva: 3° Scorpio 20’ to l6° Scorpio 40’

Saturn – lotus

Jyeshta-Demon: l6° Scorpio 40’ to 29° Scorpio 59’

Mercury – male hare or rabbit

Mula-Demon: 0° Sagittarius 00’ to l3° Sagittarius 20’

Ketu (south node) – death – rebirth

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Purvashadha-Human: 13° Sagittarius 20’ to 26° Sag. 40’

Venus – early victory

Uttarashadha-Human: 26° Sagittarius 40 to 10° Cap. 00’

Sun – male mongoose – later victory

Shravana-Deva: 10° Capricorn 00’ to 23° Capricorn 20’

Moon – monkey – diet and nutrition

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Dhanishta-Demon: 23° Capricorn 20’ to 6° Aquarius 40’

Mars – female lion

Shatabhishak-Demon: 6° Aquarius 40’ to 20° Aquanus 00’

Rahu (North Node) – female horse

Purva Bhadra-Human 20° Aquarius 00’ to 3° Pisces 20’

Jupiter – male lion

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Uttara Bhadra-Human: 3° Pisces 20’ to l6° Pisces 40’

Saturn – female cow


Revati-Deva: l6° Pisces 40’ to 29° Pisces 59’

Mercury – most spiritua

Tithis & Nakshatra Lords: Bhavishya Puarana

 Astrology is a Shastra & while learning a Shastra a true learner readsand remembers the subject as per textual references so that when he wishesto refer back to it or pass on that knowledge to others he does so withtextual reference. Apart from this, in order to avoid personal injunctions andpersonal mtheories to creep into astrology one needs to stick to the classics &authorities. It is generally observed in the net world that we students of astrology& even modern day scholars are not aware of the rich knowledge the Puranashave in terms of astrological knowledge and it is for these readers we have fromthe start brought out the astrological & remedial scriptural knowledge containedin the Puranas often ignored. Some modern day astrologers pass this asparampara or secret knowledge but all this is available in texts if one searchesfor it. Below are specific remedies the village astrologers in India have used fromtime immemorial knowing its true significance whereas the city breed astrologersignore it due to lack of parampara. Until now, this has not been revealed in the

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net world hence it is deemed fit that it occupies space in the E Mag ‐ Saptarishis Astrology Magazine for the benefit of all.

Bhavishya Purana

Sumantu Muni (Sages are also addressed as “Muni”) said:‐

O King! LordSurya (the Sun God) likes all the tithis but Saptami (the 7 th day of the lunar month) is its favorite. Shatanik inquired: When lord Surya like all the tithis thenwhy charities, Yagnas done on the Saptami are specifically significant. SumantuMuni said: O King! In the past, Lord Vishnu has inquired on this subject to LordBrahma, which I now recite to you in the same way as said by LordBrahma. Please listen…..Lord Brahma Said: O Vishnu! At the time of division of constellations,Pratipada (1 st day of the lunar month) and other tithis were given to Agni (FireGod) and other Gods respectively and Saptami was given to the Sun God.Whoever was given the tithis became the lords of the respective tithis. Therefore,

when such lords are worshiped on their day with mantras they give desiredresults. The Sun God distributed the Tithis in the following manner.Pratipada (1 st day of the lunar month) to Agni (the Fire God)Dwithiya (2 nd day of the lunar month) to Brahma (the Creator)Tritiya (3 rd day of the lunar month) to Kuber (the God of Wealth)Chaturthi (4 th day of the lunar month) to GaneshaPanchami (5 th day of the lunar month) to Nagaraj (King of the Snakes)Shashti (6 th day of the lunar month) to Kartikeya (the warrior god, also brother of lord Ganesha)Saptami (7 th day of the lunar month) for Self (Sun God)

 Ashtami (8 th day of the lunar month) to Rudra (Lord Shiva)

Navami (9 th day of the lunar month) to Durga (Universal Mother)Dashami (10 th day of the lunar month) to his own son, YamaEkadashi (11 th day of the lunar month) to Vishwadev (lord of the world)Dwadashi (12 th day of the lunar month) to VishnuTrayodashi (13 th day of the lunar month) to KamadevChaturdashi (14 th day of the lunar month) to ShivaPoornima (15 th day of the lunar month, full moon) to Moon;

 And to the Spirits, the pure and pious Amavasya (15 th day of the lunar month,newmoon).The 15 th tithis are of Moon. In Krishna Paksha (Waning Moon), the Gods

immerse themselves in these tithis and they rise again in the Waxing phase fromthe 16 th day onward.However, there is a phase called “shodash” (16th) which is never destroyed.The Sun God stays in that phase. This way the enlarging and diminishing of thetithis are managed by Sun god itself, so the Sun God is the lord of all the tithis.Now I tell you in brief how other gods fulfill the wishes of their worshipers.

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Fulfillment of Wishes

 Worshiping Fire god on Pratipada followed by Havan (The ritual consistingof prayers, chanting, offerings, etc.) gives unlimited grains andwealth. Worshiping Brahma on the Dwitiya and feeding the celibate Brahmin

makes the person expert in all kinds of learning’s. Worshiping Kuber on its day, Tritiya makes the person wealthy and also getsgains and success in all commercial dealings. (Useful for businessmen & jobseekers) Worshiping Ganesha on Chaturthi destroys all obstacles. WorshipingNagas (snakes) on Panchami frees the person from fear of poison and also getsspouse, sons and the supreme Laxmi (the goddess of wealth). (For those whosuffer from Sarpa Dosh) Worshiping Kartikeya on Shashti makes the personhandsome, long lived, genius, and also enhances ones own fame.On Saptami, one should worship Suryanarayan by the name of “Chirabhanu”,who

is the Lord and the Protector of ALL.On Ashtami one should worship Shiva accompanied with bull, it givesabundant knowledge and beauty. Lord Shiva gives knowledge, frees frombonding and winsover death.By worshiping Durga on Navami, the person willfully passes through all thephases of the life and also gets victory in the wars and success in dealing withthe people.Worshiping Yama on Dashami, frees the person from all kinds of ailments,prevents hell and death sufferings. (for individuals who are very sick & goingthrough extreme tough times)

Worshiping Vishwadeva on Ekadashi gives progeny, wealth and land.Worshiping Vishnu on Dwadashi, the person becomes victorious andbecomes worshipable in the community the way Sun god is worshipable.Worshiping Kamadeva on Trayodashi gives good look and desired spouse andall the desires are fulfilled.Worshiping Lord of the Lords, Sadashiva, on Chaturdashi, one is bestowed withall the luxuries, plenty of wealth and sons.On worshiping Moon with full devotion on Poornima (full moon), the personrules the entire world forever and the ruling is never destroyed.If the Pitras (departed souls of the ancestors) are worshiped on the new moonday, the person’s wealth is protected and gets life & strength. Worshiping the

souls even without fasting also gives the same benefits. It is essential for theperson’s well‐being that the departed souls are kept happy by worshiping them.The person should worship the lords of the respective tithis with full devotionand with all rituals by chanting mool‐mantra, names, anshu mantra and with

 japas and homa/havan. Worship done this way the person remains happy on thisplanet and also on other planets. He becomes favorite of the lords representingthose tithis and is freed from all unhappiness, obstructions and he becomeshandsome, religious and like a King who destroys his enemies.

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Nakshatra Lords

By worshiping the Nakshatra Lord occupying the specific nakshatras, all of one’s wishes are fulfilled. Now I tell you about them (i.e. nakshatra).

Worshiping Ashwinikumar in Ashwini nakshatra, the person gets free fromall ailments and becomes long lived.Worshiping Yama by blue flowers and camphor in Bharani nakshatra willprotect the person from premature death.Worshiping Agni (Fire god) in Kritika nakshatra with the garland made of Rakt‐ Pushpa (Red flower) and with homam gives desired fruits.Worshiping Lord Brahma in Rohini nakshatra would fulfill all the desires.Worshiping Moon in Mrigshira nakshatra gives knowledge and good health.Worshiping Lord Shiva in Ardra nakshatra gives victory; the person is blessedon worshiping lord Shiva with Lotus and other flowers.Worshiping Aditi (wife of sage Kashyap, mother of Gods) in Punarvasu

nakshatra gives protection to the worshiper’s mother.Worshiping Brihaspati (Jupiter) in Pushya nakshatra, then Jupiter is pleasedand the person is blessed with wisdom.Worshiping Nagas in Ashlesha nakshatra will free one from the fears of Nagas.Worshiping the Pitras (departed souls) in Magha nakshatra gives wealth,sons, animals and servants.Worshiping Pusha in PurvaPhalguni nakshatra gives, victory, desired spouseand blesses them with good looks & wealth.Worshiping Sun God in Hasta nakshatra by Gandha (sandalwood paste)and flowers gives all wealth and luxuries.Worshiping Lord Twastha (the celestial architect) in Chitra nakshatra gives

a kingdom free from enemies.Worshiping Vayu (Air God) in Swati nakshatra gives lots of divine strength.Worshiping Indragni in Vishaka nakshatra with red flowers, the personbegets wealth and becomes lustrous.Worshiping Mitradev (Friend God) in Anuradha nakshatra with devotionand rituals, the person begets Laxmi (goddess of wealth) and long life.Worshiping the King of Gods Indra, in Jyestha nakshatra, the person getsstrength and becomes rich and superior in wealth, behaviors and karmas.Worshiping gods and the departed souls with devotion in Moola nakshatrathe person gains heaven and gains fruits of past good deeds.Worshiping Aap‐ Jal (water god) in Purvashad nakshatra and performing

havan, the person is freed from mental and physical stress.Worshiping Vishawadev and Vishweshwar, in Uttarashad nakshatra withflowers, the person begets everything.Worshiping Lord Vishnu in Shravan nakshatra with Shvet, Pita and Neel (white,yellow and blue) flowers the person gains wealth and victory. Worshiping Vasu 1 by Sandalwood paste and flowers, the person is freed fromall kinds of fears.

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Worshiping Indra in Satabisha nakshatra, the person becomes free from all`ailments and the curious person begets strength, wealth and luxury. WorshipingLord “Ajanma” who is like a pure crystal bead, in Purvabhadrapada nakshatra,gives supreme devotion and victory.Worshiping Ahirburdhanki in Uttarbhadrapada nakshatra gives divine peace.

Worshiping Lord Pusha in Revati nakshatra with white flowers gives lots of auspiciousness, non‐destroyable courage and victory.Worshiping all these lords as per one’s capacity always gives fruits.Before starting journey or undertaking any work, one should worshipthe nakshatra lords to get success in the task, only after which the workshould be undertaken. This has been said by the Sun god itself.Lord Brahma said: Hey Madhusudan!!You worship the Sun god with full devotion, because worshiping the Sun withregular puja, namaskars (bows), fasting, havan etc and by feeding Brahman theperson is freed from all sins and finally achieves the abode of the Sun god.Thus ends the Chapter 102 of Bhavishya Purana.


A tithi is a lunar day. There are 15 tithis in the waxing cycle of the moon (shukla paksha), and there are 15 tithis in the waning cycle of the Moon ( Krishna paksha). Thetithi is based on a relationship between the Sun and the Moon. The first tithi is 12degrees of the Moon away from the Sun after the new Moon (Amavasya) or full Moon

(Purnima). The second tithi is the next 12 degrees of the Moon away from the Sun, 12 to24 degrees. A particular day is ruled by the tithi at sunrise, but the tithi can changeanytime of the day or night as it is not based on the solar day.

Tithis vary in duration from approximately 19 to 26 hours, according to the movementof the Moon. Each tithi has a name, a ruling planet, and can be used in muhurta (pickinga proper time).

The names of the Tithis are given below:1. Pratipada2. Dwitiya

3. Tritiya4. Chaturthi5. Panchami6. Shashthi7. Saptami8. Ashtami (Half Moon)9. Navami10. Dashami

The waxing Moon is called Shukla Paksha,the waning Moon is called Krsna Paksha.Paksha is a half month or half lunar cycle.

Each Paksha has 15 Tithis, so ShuklaPratipat is the first day of the waxing Moonand Krsna Pratipat is the first day of thewaning Moon.

In the traditional Vedic calendar system thetithis are used as dates, so one’s birthdaywould be on the same tithi as they were

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11. Ekadasi12. Dwadashi13. Trayodashi14 Chaturdashi15. Purnima (Full Moon),

Amavasya (New Moon)

 born, the relationship between the Sun(Father) and Moon (Mother) would be thesame on one’s birthday as it was the day of  birth. In this way, the Gregorian dates have

no astrological relevance.

In picking a Muhurta one must understand the difference between Nakshatra and tithi, both relate to the mind. The tithi is ruled by Jala Tattva (the water element/Venus) andshows the state of the mind; whether it is excited, bored, nervous, afraid, agitated or calm. The Nakshatra is ruled by Vayu Tattva (the air element/Saturn) and shows whatthe mind will experience; whether it is going to be a pleasant or painful experience. Thetithi is used to see if an event will be successful. It also shows whether people willcooperate with the project or not.

When looking at the natal chart the tithi is ruled by Jala and connected to Venus. It

shows things related to passions and desires. One should see the birth tithi and see howthe planet lording that tithi is placed in the natal chart. If it is strong then relationshipsare smooth. If it is weak, then relationships are rough. The tithi will indicate the attitudetowards relationships

Planet Tithi Tithi

Sun 1 9

Moon 2 10

Mars 3 11

Mercury 4 12

Jupiter 5 13

Venus 6 14

Saturn 7 15

Rahu 8 0

The rulership of the tithis is based on thedays of the week; Sunday (Sun) rules the 1stday, Monday (Moon) rules the 2nd ,Tuesday (Mars) rules the 3rd tithi,Wednesday (Mercury) rules the 4th tithi,etc.

Fasting on Ekadashi will get one over anger, because Mars rules it. Krsnas fast on the11th tithi to be perfect peaceful Vaisnavas. No one will fight with the one who has donethis fast for some time. Fasting on Ashtamiwill make it so you never cheat anyone, sowill not get cheated. Fasting on the fullMoon will give you truth as it removes thenegative effects of Saturn.

These fifteen tithis are also broken down into five groups given below:

 Nanda Fire 1, 6, 11Badra Earth 2, 7, 12

Jaya Akash 3, 8, 13

Rikta Water 4, 9, 14

Purna Vayu 5, 10, 15

Trittya tithi (3rd ) is ruled by Mars but as it is Jaya(ruled by akash/Jupiter) so it will bring two peopletogether, as akash is the binding force (that keeps the jiva in the body). Ekadasi tithi (11th ) is ruled byMars and it is Nanda (ruled by fire-Mars) so thefighting is very strong. Mars is passionate, energetic,and creates conflict, it is not good for marriage,though it is good for war and leadership.

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For a person born in Nanda tithi, see what’s placed in Aries and Scorpio, look at the planets, and Arudhas. Tithi is about relationship, if Rahu is in Aries the person willhave trouble from a widow/foreigner/eccentric in relationships. It shows importantlearning experiences in life. If a person is born in Nanda tithi, and Venus is in Scorpio,then the person will be likely have relationships outside of marriage. If the A10 is there

the person will likely come from their work, A9 and it will be with Gurus, teachers,educators, if the A11 is there it will be with friends, etc. The Arudha shows where the problem will come from or where the person comes from. The house will also have aconnection.

Specifics on Muhurta:


1st day 2nd day 3rd day 4th day 5th day

6th day 7th day 8th day 9th day 10th day

11th day 12th day 13th day 14th day 15th-30th

Friday Wednesday Tuesday Saturday Thursday

When certain Tithis line upwith specific Varas (days) theyare considered auspicious andtherefore work on those days isaccomplished successfully. If 

Pratipat (1st ), Shashti (6th ),or Dwadashi (12th ) fall on aFriday, it is consideredauspicious.


DAGDHA 12th 11th 5th 3rd 6th 8th 9th

VISHA 4th 6th 7th 2nd 8th 9th 7th

HUTASHAN 12th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th

In the same waythere are certaincombinations that areinauspicious, wherethere will be hurdlesin accomplishingworks. These

inauspicious Dayshave been calledDagdha, Visha, andHutashan.

Varahamihira connects each tithi to a deity. Understanding the significations of thedeity will also give a deeper meaning to each tithi, so that it can be used better inMuhurta.

#’s Tithi Planet Ruler Division Deity

1, 16 Pratipada Sun Nanda Brahmä

2, 17 Dwitiya Moon Bhadra Vidhäöå (Hari)

3, 18 Tritiya Mars Jaya Viñëu

4, 19 Chaturthi Mercury Rikta Yama

5, 20 Panchami Jupiter Purna Chandra

6, 21 Shashthi Venus Nanda Agni (Subrahmaëya)

7, 22 Saptami Saturn Bhadra Indra

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8, 23 Ashtami Rahu Jaya Vasus

9, 24 Navami Sun Rikta Naga

10, 25 Dashami Moon Purna Dharma (Aryamä)

11, 26 Ekadasi Mars Nanda Rudra

12, 27 Dwadashi Mercury Bhadra Äditya (Savitre)

13, 28 Trayodashi Jupiter Jaya Manmatha (Bhaga)

14, 29 Chaturdashi Venus Rikta Kali

15, 0Purnima,




This is a nice visual, so one can connect the meanings with the actual phases of theMoon.

Timing Pujas with the Tithis of Kalachakra  The kalachakra is very powerful and can be very destructive as it is the dance of the

yoginis. If you follow the direction of your tenth lord in the digchakra it will bring yousuccess. If you follow the 10th lord in the kalachakra it will bring you destruction. Thereare many secrets hidden within the kalchakra.

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Pujas done to propitiate planets can be done at specific times that give them the power toovercome the problems of negative combinations, aspects and placements. Using thekalachakra one can calculate which day and tithi would be best to fast, do Pujas and other upayas.

The most powerful time to do a puja is when the vara day of a planet aligns with the tithiopposite it on the kalachakra. These certain days are very powerful for planetary propitiations. For example, worshipping the Sun on Shasti or Chaturdasi is auspicious because they are tithis ruled by its kalachakra opposite. Worshipping the Moon onPanchami and Trayodashi is auspicious because these tithis are ruled by the Moon’sopposite, Jupiter. Jupiter upaya is most powerful on a Thursday that falls on a Dvitiya or Dasami. When Thursday falls on a dasami it is called Sudasa vrata, which means the su(good) dasa (timeperiod) begins and the dur (bad) dasa ends. There are various rituals performed on that day. Worshipping a Mercury rupa is auspicious on Ashtami andAmavasya to destroy remove the evil effects of Rahu. When Wednesday falls on anAshtami it is called Buddhastami, where the Rahu deluding the memory of Mercury can be removed with appropriate rituals. So propitiations for these planets should be done onthe most powerful days. These days are used when a certain upaya like a single puja isadvised to remove the ill effects of a planet.

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Colors and the KalachakraThis same concept can be applied with colors. The ‘tantric’ color of Mercury is black as

Rahu is opposite it in the kalachakra. The ‘tantric’ color of the Sun is Saffron as Venus isopposite. The color opposite the planet will remove the negativity of the planet. Thesanyasin wears saffron to be free of the negativities of Venus. White removes thenegativities of Jupiter and yellow/gold removes the negativities of Moon. The color blueconsidered cooling by Ayurveda removes the negativities of hot planet Mars. The color red considered hot removes the negativities of the cold planet Saturn. The bright colorsof Sun remove the negativity of Venus and the Colors of Nature remove the negativitiesof Rahu. Rahu is a planet causing anxiety. The greens and earth tones of Mercury healthe mind, nervous system and prana that have been damaged by Rahu. Rahu rules citiesand stress, it is in the cities and stressful workplaces that we see the most anxiety problems arising in. In these places, there is a lack of nature and the natural colors of 

earth tones. In Ayurveda, it is believed that when you eat your pranic body opens up andabsorbs the elements in your environment. So eating with evil people increases evil inyou, eating with sages will increase your desire for knowledge. Eating in a busy citystreet is like eating Rahu himself, even if the food is sattvic, it has been destroyed by theenvironment you are absorbing as you eat. A remedy for anxiety caused by Rahu is takemeals in a green place like a park or garden. By opening to the prana of nature and thecolors of Mercury Rahu’s negativity is removed. This can be so affective people withanxiety do not need medication after some time. All the colors can be used in this way.

 Note it is important to remember that this kalachakra color system is used in theenvironment or outside of puja. When you do puja you invoke the planet or deities of the

colors you are wearing. Namah Sivaya


Worship On this Tithi for Suppression of 

its opposite

Sun Shasti, Chaturdasi Venus

Moon Panchami, Trayodasi Jupiter  

Mars Saptami, Purnima SaturnMercury Ashtami, Amavasya Rahu

Jupiter Dvitiya, Dasami, Moon

Venus Pratipad, Navami Sun

Saturn Tritiya, Ekadasi Mars

Rahu Chaturthi, Dwadasi Mercury

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The Solar zodiac consists of 12 Sun signs. The Lunar Zodiac consists of 27 Moon signscalled Nakshatras. These Lunar signs give an added ability to differentiate the effects of the solar signs as well as a deeper look into the psyche of an individual.

To understand how and when to first start looking at nakshatras I put this together for a

lecture in Washington DC, October 17, 2004:

What to look at first when looking at a chart

Beginners always ask what to look at when, dumbfounded by the plethora of techniquesof Vedic Astrology. So where and when does one look at the nakshatra. The seasonedastrologer is looking at multiple aspects of the chart simultaneously. It is not a linear method when looking at a chart. It is a multi-dimensional, multi-tasking analyzing process. This is a very generalized list of what I look at when I first see a chart andhow/where I look at the nakshatra.

Start with a Ganesh mantra and then a Surya mantra, and Parampara mantra if applicable(or diksa mantra if relative).

-Lagna and Lagnesh (placement and situation)

-Planets in houses (quickly see placements, don’t interpret-just feed the information intothe mind so you know positions)

-Planets conjunct (yogas, see degrees for how tight the conjunction)

-Look at Moon’s nakshatra (from here you put on colored shades to view the rest of the

chart. Other events will be interpreted through the color of this shade.)-Look at AK (charakarakas/charakaraka replacements ) , Arudha Lagna (placement of arudhas)

-Look for curses and blessings/uplifting yogas (curse of graha, kalasarpa, mahapurushayoga, parivartana- to get a general state of the planets and there involvements)

-Pachanga Lords: (take lord of the Moon’s nakshatra and look at it in the rasi, how is it placed to see health, see tithi for relationship, vara for energy, yoga for socialconnections, karana for works. This will give an idea of what needs to be focused on in

the chart).-Check which dasas apply in the chart and then check dasas that are running


-Look at navamsa trines (and other houses) to see bhagya.

-Make a few statements to confirm the chart, rectify if it’s not correct, don’t move

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forward until you are sure the chart is correct or you may make inaccurate predictions.Predict the past before the future.

-Assess the issues of the native from the information just scanned (and consulting if in-person, with Prasna if not in-person) and then begin to apply techniques relative to

the individual’s issues.

-Begin the real reading of the chart.

Nakshatra Translation Diety Body Part sex Guna

1 Ashwini The horse’s head The Ashwins Upper feet M RRR 

2 Bharani The bearers Yama Lower feet F RRT

3 Krittika The razor Agni Head F RRS

4 Rohini Female deer Prajapati (lord of  


Fore-head F RTR 

5 Mrigashirsha Antelope’s head Soma Eye-brows N RTT

6 Ardra The moist Rudra Eyes F RTS

7 Punarvasu Return of the light Aditi Nose M RSR 

8 Pushya The nourisher Brihaspati Face M RST

9 Ashlesha The serpent Sarpa, Nagas Ears F RSS

10 Magha The beneficient Pitris (anscestors) Lips &chin


11 P. Phalguni Earlier fig tree Bhaga (Sun of bliss) Right hand F TRT

12 U. Phalguni Later fig tree Aryaman (Sun as beloved or helper)

Left hand F TRS

13 Hasta The hand Savitar (Sun of inspiration)

Fingers M TTR 

14 Chitra The brilliant Twashtar (Vishwarkarma)

 Neck F TTT

15 Swati The sword Vayu Chest F TTS

16 Vishaka The two branches Indrangni Breast F TSR 

17 Anuradha Subsequentsuccess, followingdevotion

Mitra (divine friend) Stomach M TST

18 Jyeshta The eldest Indra (lightening/ perception)

Right side F TSS

19 Mula The root Nirriti Left side N SRR 

20 P. Shadha The earlier victory Apas Back F SRT

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21 U. Shadha The later victory Vishwadevas (all thegods combined)

Waist F SRS

22 Shravana The famous Vishnu Genitals M STR 

23 Dhanishta The most famous

or most wealthy

Vasus, (bright ones),

(gods of light)

Anus F STT

24 Satabisha Has a hundredmedicines

Varuna Right thigh N STS

25 P. Bhadra The earlier auspicious one

AjaEkapat (not bornone)

Left thigh M SSR 

26 U. Bhadra The later auspicious one

Ahir Budhnya(movement of stillness)

Shins M SST

27 Revati The rich or splendorous

Pushan (Sun asnourisher)

Ankles F SSS

Nakshatras are used for Muhurta (picking the best time):

Nakshatras and Ayurveda The use of nakshatras is integrated with other aspects of the panchanga. Below arerecommendations regarding medicine. According to Muhurta-Chinta-Mani (2.15), thetime a person first takes their medicine should be nakshatras of the qualities of Laghu,Mridu, and Chara or the nakshatra of Moola. The best ascendant is that of dual signs withthe presence of benefics like Venus, the Moon, Jupiter, and Mercury. There should be no planets in the twelfth, seventh or eighth houses from the ascendant. Friday, Monday,

Thursday, Wednesday and Sunday are auspicious days for starting new medicine [in thatorder]. Any tithi is good except rikta tithis and amavasya. It is also inauspicious to startmedicine in the nakshatra of one’s birth.

Ashwini- taking medicine, making medicine, beginning actions to improve healthBharani- hatha yoga, driving out evil influences, purification like fasting or silenceRohini- taking medicine, massage, longevity and rejuvenation practices, plantingMrigashiras- treatment of disease (convalescence), rasayana therapies, gardeningArdra- phsychological cleansing, exorcism, harsh actions like surgeryPunarvasu- taking medicines and all healing therapiesPushya- taking medicines, healing therapies, herbal baths, picking herbs

Ashlesha- inoculations, surgeryPurva Palguni- illnesses that occur here may be difficult to overcomeUttara Phalguni- healing and disease treatmentHasta- treatment of diseaseChitra- taking and making medicine, collecting herbsSwati- disease treatment, planting, gathering, making medicineVishaka- taking medicine, starting healing therapiesAnuradha- treatment of disease

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Jyeshta- harsh actions like surgery, not the last quarter of this nakshatraMula- harsh actions like surgery, gardeningPurva Shadha- preparing medicinesUttara Shadha- treatment of diseaseShravana- taking herbs, medicine and doctors presciptions

Dhanishta- learning medicine, treatment of diseaseShatabisha- curative measures started now will be more effective, rasayanaUttara Bhadra- healing and treatment of disease, planting and gardeningRevati- healing and treatment of disease

Nakshatras for putting on Gemstones and Remedial measures

Ashwini- (buying new jewelry) and putting on gemstonesRohini- wearing expensive jewelry for the first time, empowering sacred objectsPunarvasu- remedial measures, making or obtaining new jewelryPushya- remedial measures, putting on new gemsUttara Phalguni- putting on new jewelry

Hasta- putting on gemsChitra- spiritual rituals, making and putting on gemstonesSwati- sowing new seeds (physically and metaphysically), putting on new gemsVishaka- (making)Dhanishta- religious performances, putting on gemsUttara Bhadra- putting on gemsRevati- commission or buying a new piece of jewelry, putting on gems (not the lastquarter of this nakshatra)

One is advised to read Muhurta-Chinta-Mani in order to learn more about muhurta andthe use of the nakshatras.

Movement of Prana in the Kalachakra

Lecture at the SJC Washington DC Conference, October 2004

“If one wants to get there, he has to walk the true path, renouncing quickly everything. Take shelter at 

the feet of Vishvanath, burn all ego. Roam in theworld with purity. Pay attention to Kalachakra who is giving great knowledge to everybody.” -Babaji



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The Kalachakra is an elaborate system of astrology in itself and would take voluminous books to explain fully. This chapter is just introducing the subject and bringing to usecertain techniques to show the depth of the use of the nakshatras. It is important for thefuller understanding of the foundations of the nakshatra’s use and categorization.

The Kalachakra is an elaborate system of Tantric astrology. Simple uses are mentionedin common texts like Prasna Marga and Jataka Parijata, but there is an entire Tantrawritten called the “Kalachakra Tantra”. This tantra is composed of five books. The first book is on the outer Kalachakra and has the large amount of Jyotish information. TheKalachakra is a wheel of time, almost a calendar in its self. Literally, Kala means timeand Chakra means wheel. The second chapter is related to the inner Kalachakra andrelated to the nadis (energy channels) and movement of prana relative to Jyotish. Thethird book deals with tantric initiation into the Kalachakra path and the fourth and fifth books relate more to sadhana and meditation. The Tantra was translated a few hundredyears ago into Tibetan and parts of the Tibetan text have been translated into Englishwith Tibetan Buddhist commentary. There has been no direct translations from the

original Sanskrit to English as of yet (2004).There are 722 deities contained in the Kalachakra (720 plus Siva and Durga). Theserelate to the ‘72,000’ nadis mentioned in the hatha yoga texts, as well as the 720sashtiamsas of the D-60 regarded as the most important varga according to Parashara.There are 78 deities on lotuses counted twice with their consorts (78 x 2 = 156). Andwith 6 seal implanting deities there are 162 main deities in the Kalachakra that are saidto relate to 162 main channels in the body.

In the same way they also relate to astronomical aspects. In the outer level (bodymandala) there are 2 Adityas in each of the 4 directions, and 1 Aditya in each of the

intermediate directions. This adds up to the twelve months of the year. Each Aditya isembracing their consort and surrounded by 28 deities, that represent the 30 days in amonth, and all added together the 360 degrees of the zodiac and sidereal solar year.

Prasna Marga of Harihara teaches some techniques of calculating death with theKalachakra and the 8 Yoginis. There are exactly 36 verses listed in Prasna Marga on theKalachakra. 36 is the maturity of Saturn, the ruler of longevity and death. The life cyclecan be broken down into 3 sections of 36 which add up to 108. When jyotish longevitycalculations give the result of short, medium or long life, they are referring to these threecycles of 36. There are five techniques for determining which third of life a person willdie. These are related to the panchatattvas (5 elements). Once the section of longevity iscalculated, the next step is to see when within that frame of time will the person meettheir death. This is done with various methods like Shoola dasa, Navtara chakra, and themovement of the Yoginis in the Kalachakra, etc.

The Kalachakra will also show the health of the native and especially times of sickness.It shows how a person uses their pranas (energy) and the directions in life this will leadthem. The natal chart is mapped into the Kalachakra to be read. Prasna Marga gives averse for the drawing of the Kalachakra diagram used in Jyotish.

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cturïiÇk< k…yaRdNtmRXye vih> ³mat!,d{fa<ñ cturStiÎkke[ga<ñ³isÏye.82.

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@v< pun> àvezae ingRmn< àae®tv½ g[nimh.84.

caturaçratrikaà kuryädantarmadhye vahiù kramät|daëòäàçva caturastaddikakeëagäàçvakrasiddhaye||82||daëòänäà pratyekaà caturaçrasamägameñu madhye ca|

äbhijidyukttastäräù sthäpyäù syuù sapta sapta gaëanäth||83||daëòägrädämadhmaà nirgatyatatontikasthadaëòena|

evaà punaù praveço nirgamanaà prokttavacca gaëanamiha||84||

Draw three squares, one inside the other and prepare a Chakra as given in the followingdiagram. Beginning from the center of the top horizontal line establish the 28 stars

(including Abhijit) in the 28 parts in the order shown in the diagram. Starting from No.1, the count should be done in the order in which the figures are shown in the Chakra.(82-84)

[Translation of Prasna Marga by BV Raman]

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The 1st nakshatra starts at the center of the top horizontal line, in the diagram there is thenumber one. The Kalachakra has multiple ways to be set up, but for primary purposesuse the janma nakshatra called the birth star, which is the natal Moon’s nakshatra. TheKalachakra is a 28 nakshatra system so add 1 to any nakshatra over 21 in the 27 chakrasystem.

The Moon takes 27 days and 7 3/4 hours to transit the 360 degree zodiac. The 27nakshatra system averages this to 27 signs each having 13 degrees and 20 minutes of arc. The 28 nakshatra system calculates the remaining 7 hours and 38 minutes into a signcalled Abhijit which is 4 degrees 14 minutes and 13 seconds of arc. Abhijit is calculatedfrom 6-40 to 10-53-20 Capricorn (or 276-40’ to 280-54’-13”). There is a diagram at theend of this article if needed.

Human beings are made of three external things: Body, Prana and Mind. This can beseen in the Kalachakra as the external layer, the middle level and the internal level. Theouter body layer is often referred to as the Exalted Body Mandala. The middle praniclevel is called the Exalted Speech Mandala. The inner Manas level is called ExaltedMind Mandala.

The innermost section of the Kalachakra is called the Fortress of Durga. It can bedivided into three main sections. There is the Mandala of Exalted Wisdom and the 16squares of the Mandala of Pristine Consciousness. Then the inner most center is the

Mandala of Great Bliss. In this center Mandala there is a green eight petalled lotuswhich is the seat of Durga as Vishvamaata who is saffron colored with 4 faces and 8hands. She is in embrace with Siva as Kaalachakra. Sri Kaalachakra has four faces andtwenty-four hands.

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What is visible is what is outside, on the outer level. The Moon is always visible, likethe conscious mind always seen. So the birth star with the Moon start the Kalachakra.The Moon is placed where you see the number one in the above diagram. Other planets

are placed in their respective nakshatras.

There are other techniques than the one I will be demonstrating that use differentconfigurations. The Moon in the East is aligned with the natural Sun and thereforeshows the pranas in the body. The moon in the North East shows the manas (as the mindis always under the influence of Rahu). Sometimes the Sun nakshatra is also usedstarting the sequence from the North East direction; this is used to see evils in the chart.There is also another system used for receiving knowledge from and about the devas. Inthis Kalachakra the Nakshatras will go in a counter clockwise order.

Software is not needed as long as one knows the planet nakshatras. For those using

Jagannath Hora software which calculates the Kalachakra with the Sun as the basenakshatra. Right click and chose [change base nakshatra]. Then select [use the followingstar as the base instead]. Then select the jamna nakshatra of the native you arecalculating.

The following is an example using the chart of the Dalai Lama.Dalai Lama

Date: July 6, 1935Time: 4:38:00 am

Time Zone: 7:00:00 (East of GMT)Place: 101 E 12′ 00″, 36 N 12′ 00″

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Body Longitude Nakshatra Pada Rasi Nava

Lagna 13 Ge 28′ 53.22″ Ardra 3 Ge Aq

Sun 19 Ge 57′ 38.48″ Ardra 4 Ge Pi

Moon 16 Le 39′ 55.11″ PPhal 1 Le Le

Mars 25 Vi 18′ 31.49″ Chitra 1 Vi Le

Mercury 2 Ge 33′ 25.32″ Mriga 3 Ge Li

Jupiter (R) 20 Li 30′ 39.83″ Visaka 1 Li Ar 

Venus 5 Le 16′ 36.18″ Magha 2 Le Ta

Saturn (R) 17 Aq 05′ 37.27″ Satabisha 4 Aq Pi

Rahu 29 Sg 26′ 48.52″ UShad 1 Sg Sg

Ketu 29 Ge 26′ 48.52″ Punarvasu 3 Ge GeMaandi 5 Ta 33′ 26.60″ Krittika 3 Ta Aq

Gulika 24 Ar 23′ 09.29″ Bharani 4 Ar Sc

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The Moon is in Purva Phalguni which is the 11th nakshatra. Therefore the Kalachakrastarts with 11 and goes from there forward. The Moon is on the top middle horizontalline in Purva Phalguni. The Sun is in Ardra nakshatra, which is the 6 th star andtherefore you see the Sun placed next to number six which represents Ardra. Mars is inChitra which is the 14 th star and so Mars is placed within the Fortress of Durga by the

number 14 representing Chitra nakshatra. Other planets and sphuta (points) are placedaccordingly.


The prana moves in the same way the nakshatras have been placed in the Kalachakra.Energy comes in the Kendras (straight lines) and energy goes out the Konas (diagonallines). Planets placed in a Kona axis are taking energy out, they need to beguarded/stopped/regulated. Mantra for planets guarding the fortress will obstruct the lossof energy. If no planet is there then the nakshatra mantra of the fortress axis can be used.If the guard is beneficial for the natal chart then a stone may be used.

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Conclusion to Introduction

 Next one needs to understand the deities that the energy is coming from or going to. For example, energy going to Agni is good as it leads to health and spirituality. Energy

going to Nivritti, the Rakshasi, is bad. It is energy being used for demonic purposes. Inthis way, by understanding the deities, the use of prana is determined.

Then one needs to integrate this with the various levels of physical, pranic, and causal bodies to understand where this prana is being generated, disturbed, lost or destroyed.

Properly source your data: Article written by Freedom ColeThis material is from a handout for the Sri Jagannath Center 

Recorded Lecture at theWashington DC Conference, Oct 2004

Aum Gurave Namah

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 Navatara Chakra

 Navatara taught in Edison NJ September 20, 2003

The Sun is the lord of the signs (the body), and the Moon is the lord of the naksatra (the

mind). The Atma is entangled to the mind, wherever the body goes the atma must go.Therefore the naksatras are very important. The Navatara is the 27 naksatras divided into3 groups of nine. This chakra is used for fine-tuning the vimshottari dasa results as wellas for making Muhurta specific to an individual chart.

Navatara Chakra (27 Stars)

 Navatara Lord Nakshtra 1 Nakshtra 2 Nakshtra 3

1 Janma

2 Sampat

3 Vipat4 Kshema

5 Pratyak 

6 Saadhana

7 Naidhana

8 Mitra

9 Parama Mitra

1. Janma - birthstar, one’s own nature, most influential naksatra.2. Sampat - wealth, it shows the kind of wealth you should possess, how your mindworks in taking the resources available.3. Vipat - danger, shows dangers to life and business, bad days.4. Kshema - well-being, cure, time to get healed, if not healed here then can cause problems in next naksatra.5. Pratyak - obstacles, bhadaka, can cause death or death-like suffering, if start anactivity on this naksatra there will be many obstacles.6. Sädhana - achievement, good for starting activities as they will succeed.7. Naidhana - death, the worst of the bad stars (3, 5, 7).8. Mitra - friend, friends who are close.9. Parama Mitra - best friend, supporters, community, friends will meet you, good for things dealing with crowds.

First cycle affects early life, second cycle affects middle life and career, the third cycleshows affects of both old age as well as the time in the womb. The 9 th nakshatra beforethe Moon shows the conception, and stages of development.

cycle 1-childhood

cycle 2- middleage

cycle 3- old age

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Source your information:This Navatara information is from a Navatara class taught at the SJC Conference inEdison NJ, September 20, 2003The Studying the Nakshatras information was taught at the SJC Conference inWashington D.C., Oct 17, 2004

Freedom Cole is Jyotisha student of Pandit Sanjay RathAum Gurave Namah