|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.
Comprised of thousands of fixed stars, 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.
|Vast Orion constellation is the star of the # 5 nakshatra, Mrigashira. This is the sprawling hero with the blazing shoulders (Betelgeuse in one), Orion’s Belt of Stars, his dangling sword, and the two stars in his brilliant knees. This arcing luminous Hero, known in the Vedic pantheon as Prajapati, dominates the top of the night sky, in the winter, in the northern hemisphere. Spanning from 23 degrees and 20 minutes of Taurus to 6 degrees and 40 minutes of Gemini, the Sun is here between June 8 and June 21 of most years.|
Mars is the planetary ruler of this star pattern, and thus Mars begins the dasha sequence for people born under this Moon.
Soma, the presiding deity of the Moon is, Mrigashira’s deity. Because the Moon is associated with the mind, this constellation can be sensitive, restless, and emotional –like the mind. You probably know that Soma is the nectar of immortality, which the gods drank to maintain their power by enhancing their mental faculties, and to control their minds.
An antelope’s (mriga) head (shira) is an ancient symbol of the Moon. An antelope will bound away from stress – and planets in this star seem to attempt to avoid confrontation at any cost. At the same time, Mars’ influence here provides the courage to debate and defend and to overcome anger through intelligence. Because the wise snake is Mrigashira’s sacred animal – there is also much interest and ability, in secret knowledge. The first yagya (Vedic homa, or sacred fire ceremony) performed was said to have been begun in Mrigashira star.
Moksha is the motivation; pitta is the ayurvedic dosha.
also prone to the potentially deranging effects of its Vata dosha. To compound this already edgy effect, Ardra’s ruling planet is the obsessive, ambitious, and unpredictable Rahu! No wonder it may seem difficult for planets in Ardra to feel that they fit in comfortably with their environment. However, there is a fierceness about Ardra nakshatra which is strong enough to survive the tough job of eliminating negativity, and a planet here can (ideally) become the master its own considerable power.
|Star #6, Ardra, often symbolized as a Tear Drop, lies entirely within the airy sign of Gemini, from 6 degrees and 40 minutes – 20 degrees even. Al Hanah, is its second magnitude marker star. The Sun transits here each year from June 21 until July 5.|
Fierce Rudra, the god of storms, is the deity who presides over this intellectually sharp star. Since Rudra’s mission, as a portion of Shiva, is to destroy ignorance, great mental tempests, running the gamut from frenzy, to enlightenment, can manifest here. Kama (desire) motivates planets in Ardra, and they are
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Charlotte Benson Biography:
Charlotte Benson (Jyoti Devi) has been a full-time consulting astrologer since 1972. She holds professional diplomas from the American Federation of Astrologers, the International Society for Astrological Research, the National Council for Geocosmic Research, as well as a certificate from the American College of Vedic Astrology. She is the President Emerita of the Arizona Society of Astrologers, currently serves on the board of the American College of Vedic Astrology, and was recently awarded the title of Jyotish Kovid from the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences and Jyotisha Choodamani from the Raman Foundation, Bangalore. She also received the 2015 Jyotish Navaratna (9 gems of Jyotish) title from ACVA (American College of Vedic Astrology).|
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