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Nakshatras


(CONSTELLATIONS)

Constellations or Nakshatras is an important aspect of Astrology. The zodiac, which is already divided into 12 signs, is further divided into 27 sections. A particular fixed star or Nakshatra marks each section. The starting point of the first Nakshatra, Ashwini coincides with the zero point of the Aries rasi (the first sign of the Zodiac). On the Zodiac belt, each of the Nakshatra occupies 13 degrees 20 minutes. This is further divided into four quarters each measuring 3 degrees 20 minutes and each known as a Pada. In a particular rasi, which occupies 30 degrees, there would be 2 ¼ Nakshatras. Hence there will be some Nakshatras that will have all 4 padas in a rasi, while others would have one, two or three padas in one and the rest in the next or previous rasi. The Nakshatra, which is occupied by Moon at the time of birth, is known as the Janam Nakshatra or Natal Star.

The 27 Nakshatras have been classified into three Gunas to determine the good and bad points of the native. The three Gunas are Deva (divine), Manushya (human), Rakshas (demonical). Each of the Nakshatra has also been assigned a sex and properties such as Vibrate, Passive and Attract.

Natal Stars are a very useful tool in the predictive astrology. It is used to check the compatibility of two persons for the purpose of marriage, partnership and personal relationship etc. Asterism is also employed in ascertaining the right or auspicious moment to undertake important tasks, or what is known in Indian Astrology as Muhuruta Astrology. Effects of Janam Nakshatra on the native are general in nature and a more accurate prediction is only possible when the structure of the native’s horoscope is taken into consideration.

The 27 Nakshatras are:

1.

Ashwini

14.

Chitra

2.

Bharini

15.

Swati

3.

Krittika

16.

Vishakha

4.

Rohini

17.

Anuradha

5.

Mrigasira

18.

Jyestha

6.

Aridra

19.

Moola

7.

Punarvasu

20.

Poorva Ashada

8.

Pushyami

21.

Uttara Ashada

9.

Aslesha

22.

Shravan

10.

Magha

23.

Dhanishta

11.

Poorva phalguni

24.

Satabhisha

12.

Uttara phalguni

25.

Poorava bhadra

13.

Hasta

26.

Uttara bhadra

27.

Revati

ASHWINI
Ashwini the first of the 27 constellations is known as Arietis in the western world. The zero point of this asterism coincides with the zero point of Aries. It extends to 13 degrees 20 minutes of the zodiac belt. All the four padas lie in this zodiac sign. Ketu, the dragon’s tail is the lord of this Nakshatra, which belong to the Rakshas gana. This masculine Nakshatra is considered to be passive in nature. People born under Ashwini asterism, are said to have a beautiful appearance and love to adorn themselves. They are generally intelligent, popular and wealthy.

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BHARINI
41 Arietis or Bharini is the next Constellation in the Zodiac belt. It occupies the arc starting at 13 degree 20 minutes up to 26 degree 40 minutes; hence all its four padas lie in the Aries sign. The planet Venus rules this Nakshatra. Assigned to the Deva gana, Bharini is considered to be a feminine Nakshatra. Bharini imparts to the native a steady and honest nature. They are also learned, healthy, wealthy and believe in enjoying life.

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KRITTIKA
The third Nakshatra is Krittika also known as Aycyone. It covers the region of the zodiac belt starting at 26 degrees 40 minutes extending up to 40 degrees. Of this the first pada, from 26 degrees 40 minutes to 30 degrees, lies in Aries and the remaining 10 degrees, corresponding to the other three padas, lies in Taurus. A feminine constellation, Krittika belongs to the Deva gana like Bharini. It is ruled by Sun and natives born under this Nakshatra are believed to have a forceful nature and are positive and famous people. They may be however deceitful, gluttonous and at the same time misers.

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ROHINI
The region from 40 degrees to 53 degrees 20 minutes of the zodiac belt is occupied by the constellation Rohini or Aldebaran. Taurus houses all the 4 padas or quadrants of this constellation, which is ruled by Moon. Rohini, which is a feminine Nakshatra is categorized as one belonging to the Deva gana and said to be "attract" by nature. People with Rohini as their birth Nakshatra are honest, soft spoken and charitable by nature. A striking physical feature of the natives of this constellation is that they have exceptionally large eyes. Intelligent people, they have every chance of attaining a good position in life as long as other planets are favorably placed.

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MRIGASHIRA
Orionis, the constellation known as Mrigashira, lies half in Taurus and half in Gemini as it extends from 53 degrees 20 minutes on the zodiac belt to 66 degrees 40 minutes. Mars is the lord of Mrigashira and it belongs to the demonical community or Rakshas gana. The other characteristics of this constellation are that it is passive by nature and is believed to be a eunuch. The natives of Mrigashira are timid by nature, temperamental and rash. They may be wealthy and love to lead an easy life. However in spite of being rich they can be of a selfish nature.

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ARIDRA
The sixth Nakshatra is Aridra, which is known as Betelguese in western astrology. All the four padas of this feminine asterism lies in the sign of Gemini. Rahu, the dragon’s head is its ruler. It is a member of the demonical community (Rakshas gana). This jewel shaped constellation imparts to its natives a proud ungrateful and insincere nature. They would be known for their temper and may indulge in wicked deeds. On the positive side they are not easily disturbed by problems that they may face.

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PUNARVASU
The next constellation that lies in the zodiac signs of Gemini and partly in Cancer is known as Punarvasu or Pollux. It occupies the region from 80 degrees to 93 degrees 20 minutes. The last pada (quadrant) of this Nakshatra lies in Cancer. Jupiter owns this masculine constellation, which is a member of the Manushya gana. A passive Nakshatra, people born under this constellation are good natured, tactful and clever. They are generally respected by one and all and love to live a life of comfort. A particular characteristic of the natives of this Nakshatra is that they feel very thirsty.

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PUSHYA
The arrow shaped constellation, which lies in Cancer is Pushya or Castor. It extends from 93 degrees 20 minutes to 106 degrees 40 minutes and all its 4 padas are located in the same sign. Saturn rules over this quardi-stared constellation. Indian astrology has assigned this as a male Nakshatra with a passive nature. Some of the general characteristics of the persons with Pushya Nakshatra are that they make dutiful children, are learned and wise. They are righteous and have a strong control over their desires. In general they are lucky.

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ASHLESHA
Ashlesha (Hydrae) the asterism that occupies the region extending from 106 degrees 40 minutes to 120 degrees of the zodiac belt. It lies totally in the sign of Cancer. This masculine Nakshatra is ruled by Mercury and is part of the Manushya (human) community. Passive in nature, this Nakshatra imparts to its natives a strong and jovial nature. However they are capable of being ungrateful and multi-tongued.

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MAGHA
The 10th Nakshatra is Magha or Regulas. A house shaped asterism like Punarvasu it has an extra star (5 stars). On the zodiac belt it extends from 120 degrees to 133 degrees 20 minutes and all its 4 padas comes under the sign Leo. Magha comes under the jurisdiction of Ketu and belongs to the Rakshas (demonical) gana. This feminine Nakshatra is vibrate in nature. People with Magha Nakshatra have a religious bent of mind and are devoted to their parents. This asterism also imparts to its natives wealth, and they may live a very comfortable life with many servants at their disposal.

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POORVA PHALGUNI
Poorva Phalguni also known as Zosma in western astrology is located in the sign of Leo. It occupies the zodiac belt from 133 degrees 20 minutes to 146 degrees 40 minutes and the whole constellation lies in this zodiac sign. Poorva Phalguni is a feminine asterism, which is ruled by Venus and it is a member of the Divine community, Deva gana. Those who have this constellation as their birth Nakshatra are considered to be sweet tongued and lucky. They make a very successful businessman and may earn a lot, however they may not be able to accumulate lot of wealth.

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UTTARA PHALGUNI
Denebola or Uttara Phalguni is the constellation that is located in the region from 146 degree 40 minutes to 160 degrees. The first quadrant of this constellation lies in Leo while the remaining three quadrants are located in the next sign, Virgo. Sun rules over this feminine asterism. Indian astrology has assigned this constellation to the Deva gana (divine community) and placed it along with the Nakshatras that are Attract in nature. People born under the Nakshatra Uttara Phalguni are liked by all, are honest, stout bodied, wealthy and intelligent. They may however be fond of the opposite sex and have a bad appetite.

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HASTA
In the sign of Virgo lies a 5 stared, hand shaped constellation known as Hasta or Corvi. It lies totally in the domain of Virgo and occupies the region of the zodiac belt from 160 degrees to 173 degrees 20 minutes. According to Indian astrology the ruler of this masculine asterism is Moon. A member of the Rajas (Deva gana) category, it is passive by nature. Hasta imparts to its native both good as well as negative characteristics. On one hand a native of Hasta Nakshatra may be learned, courageous, wealthy towards the latter part of life, the native may also be shameless, a potential thief, drunkard and a liar.
Provided the planets are favorably placed, he or she would gain after 30 to 32 years of age.

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CHITRA
Chitra, the single stared constellation can be located partly in Virgo and partly in Libra. Two of its padas are located in Virgo and two in Libra as it extends from 173 degrees 20 minutes to 186 degrees 40 minutes. Mars owns this constellation, which belongs to the Rakshas (demonical) gana. Chitra is "vibrate" by nature and is considered to be a feminine asterism. People with Chitra as their birth Nakshatra are believed to have a shapely figure and lovely eyes. They love to enhance their beauty and are fond of clothes and ornaments. Comforts from children and a comfortable life are in store for them, as long as the planets are favorably placed in the native’s horoscope.

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SWATI
The 15th Nakshatra in Indian astrology is Swati or what is known as Arcturus in the western system of astrology. This asterism falls in the sign Tula or Libra, as it occupies the region of the zodiac belt extending from 186 degrees 40 minutes to 200 degrees. A feminine constellation, it is passive in nature and belongs to the demonical community. Swati, which is owned by Rahu, imparts to its natives a mild and a well-behaved nature. God fearing, intelligent and a sweet tongue are other characteristics of people born under this constellation.

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VAISHAKHA
The four-stared constellation Zubenubi is known as Vaishakha in the Indian system of astrology. Its first three padas are located in Libra and the last in Scorpio and extends from 200 degrees to 213 degrees 20 minutes on the zodiac belt. Vaishakha, which is ruled by Jupiter, is a feminine constellation and vibrate by nature. This asterism is a member of the Manushaya (human) gana. People falling under this constellation are jealous, miserly and of bright appearance. They are skilled in earning money, thanks to their intelligence. Their distinct speech is another major plus point.

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ANURADHA
Scorpius or Anuradha, lies wholly in the sign of Scorpio and the region of the zodiac belt extending from 213 degrees 20 minutes to 226 degrees 40 minutes comes under its domain. It is a masculine constellation, which is ruled by Saturn. Anuradha by nature is passive and part of the demonic (Rakshas) group. Those who’s Nakshatra is Anuradha are learned and dutiful to relatives. They are wealthy and enjoy the comforts of conveyances. They are also people who travel a lot, especially to foreign lands.

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JYESTHA
Jyestha the 18 Nakshatra, also known as Antares occupies the region extending from 226 degrees 40 minutes to 240 degrees. It falls totally in Scorpio and has Mercury as its lord. This feminine constellation belongs to the Manushaya gana (human) and is said to possess a vibrate nature. People born when moon was passing through Jyestha asterism are cheerful, religious and clever. They are known to have a bad temper and may use harsh words, however they also possess a charitable nature.

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MOOLA
The asterism shaped as a tail of a lion located in the sign Sagittarius, is known as Moola or Shaula. This Nakshatra’s domain extends from 240 degrees to 253 degrees 20 minutes in the zodiac belt. Ruled by Ketu, the imaginary shadowy planet, it has a neutral gender. By nature Moola is vibrate and is a member of the demonic community (Rajas / Rakshas gana). Natives of this Nakshatra are haughty, harsh and short-tempered by nature. They however lead a disciplined life and are generally wealthy. Health may be a problem, so they should take proper care of themselves.

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POORVA SHADA
Kaus-Aust or Poorva Shada is the constellation that is housed in the region extending from 253 degrees 20 minutes to 266 degrees 40 minutes in the sign of Sagittarius. A feminine Nakshatra, Poorva Shada is ruled by Venus. This asterism has been placed in the community of gods or the Deva gana. Attract by nature, it imparts to is natives a proud nature and foresight. In case of male naives, they may be blessed with a loving wife. People with this birth Nakshatra are caring towards their mother and are attached to their friends.

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UTTARA SHADA
Uttara shada is the constellation that lies next to Poorva Shada on the zodiac belt. It extends from 266 degrees 40 minutes to 280 degrees. While one of its pada lies in Sagittarius, the remaining three quadrants lie in Capricorn. Uttara Shada is owned by Sun. This feminine asterism is a part of the Deva gana or divine community and is of attract nature. Those born under this Nakshatra are obedient and humble in nature. They possess a clear knowledge of good and bad and would be respected by rulers and the general populace. They possess a strong muscular body and in all probability a long nose.

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SHRAVANA
The 22nd Nakshatra is Sharavana or Altair. It occupies the region under the jurisdiction of Capricorn extending from 280 degrees to 293 degrees 20 minutes. This asterism, which lies totally in Capricorn, is ruled by Moon. It is belongs to the Deva gana and a masculine Nakshatra. Passive by nature, Sharavana imparts to its natives intelligence and an enthusiastic nature. They are also blessed with a liberal wife, fame and prosperity. They may be inclined to music, astrology, and arithmetic.

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DHANISHTHA
Capricorn houses the first two padas of Dhanishtha or Delphinus, while Aquarius houses the remaining two padas. This constellation extends from 293 degrees 20 minutes to 306 degrees 40 minutes. Some of the characteristics of this asterism ruled by Mars are that, it is a feminine constellation, belonging to the Rakshas (demonic) community and has a vibrate nature. Those born under this asterism are fearless, independent and noble. They may be highly esteemed by others. They would have a great fondness for music.

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SHATABHISHA
In the zodiac sign Aquarius is the elliptic constellation Shatabhisha or Aquari. The imaginary planet, Rahu, rules this constellation whose domain extends from 306 degrees 40 minutes to 320 degrees. Shatabhisha is one of the three asterism, which are considered to be eunuchs. It belongs to the demonic community and has a vibrate nature. This Nakshatra imparts to its natives an uncompromising, courageous and honest nature. They are however harsh in speech. Victory over enemies and respect from superiors is ensured for the natives of this Nakshatra.

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POORVA BHADRA
Poorva Bhadra, the Nakshatra that is located in the region of the zodiac belt extending from 320 degrees to 333 degrees 20 minutes, is the famous Pegasus constellation. It lies partly in Aquarius, that is 3 padas, and the last pada is located in Pieces. This masculine asterism is ruled by Jupiter and has been placed in the Manushya (human) community. Poorva Bhadra, passive by nature, is an asterism whose natives are known for their gift of the tongue, however at an extreme level they may be talkative. In the case of males, they are easily influenced by women and would inherit wealth from them. They are however learned and skilled.

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UTTARA BHADRA
The penultimate constellation is Uttara Bhadra. Located in Pisces, this asterism comes under the jurisdiction of Saturn and occupies the region from 333 degrees 20 minutes to 346 degrees 40 minutes. It is a member of the demonic community and has an attract nature. Uttara Bhadra, considered to be a masculine asterism, imparts to its natives a generous and charitable nature. They may be talkative, but at the same time they are good debaters.

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REVATI
Revati, known as Piscium to the western world, occupies the remaining space of the zodiac sign Pisces, i.e. from the last point of Uttara Bhadra to 360 degrees. Mercury is the ruler of this Nakshatra. According to Indian astrology Revati is a feminine asterism, belonging to the human (Manushya) gana and is of an attract nature. People born when moon was passing through Revati, are perfect bodied, popular and heroic. They never covet the wealth of others and are rich themselves.

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