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The Sun in the Nakshatras Punarvasu and Pushya
|By Jyotidevi (Charlotte Benson)|
Nakshatras are 13 degree and 20 minute sections of the familiar 30 degree signs of the Zodiac. This section is the area of the sky which the Moon travels over in a 24 hour period. These smaller parts of signs contain much ancient, and very specific, embedded Truth.
Nakshatras are comprised of thousands of fixed stars, and they are associated with almost as many concepts! There are deities, planets, elemental qualities, gunas, ganas, animals, doshas, symbols, myths, sounds, castes, directions, etc. associated with each nakshatra. Knowing about the nakshatras of your Lagna (rising sign), Moon, and Sun can give you much information about your own hidden abilities, and motivations.
July begins with the Sun (Surya), continuing through Rahu-ruled Ardra, until the 5th, when he enters Punarvasu, nakshatra #7. This shift signals a noticeably lighter tone, due to Jupiter’s rulership of this star pattern. The Sun is here until about July 19 of any given year.
Punarvasu (Poo nar’ vas oo) spans from 20 degrees of Gemini to 3 degrees and 20 minutes of Cancer. Brilliant Castor and Pollux, alpha and beta of the sign Gemini, are its paired marker stars. These twin stars, in the sign of “The Couple” are clearly visible in the autumn and winter sky.
Symbolized by a bow (as in “bow & arrow”), Punarvasu personifies the link between desire – being on a mission - and reaching one’s objective. Punarvasu represents a collaboration of proper use of knowledge, and then the material results. Artha (material goal achievement) is the motivating force; Vata is the Ayurvedic dosha of Punarvasu.
Surya transits through nakshatra #8, Pushya, every year between around July 19 to around August 2. (By the way -I’m not being casual about the entry dates. It’s just that these dates shift a day or so in either direction each year due to the addition of a leap day, which we did in 2016, to accommodate for precession, etc.) The nakshatra Pushya spans from 3 degrees 20 minutes – 16 degrees, 40 minutes of Cancer. Its marker star is Delta Cancri, also known by its Arabic name, Al Natharah. This section of the sky also contains an amazing fuzzy-looking cluster of galaxies called “The Beehive.”
Brihaspati, identified with Jupiter, is Dev Guru, priest and advisor, to the gods, and presides over Pushya. As the presiding deity here, Brihaspati bestows concepts of good fortune, wealth, children, respect for knowledge and for the Law, generosity, and adherence to religious practices.
Pushya is such an auspicious star that it is said to be “good for *everything* – except marriage!”
Dharma (right action/honor) motivates Pushya; their Ayurvedic dosha is pitta (action.)
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