The 27 Nakshatras

Lunar Mansions

The Nakshatras, also known as Lunar Mansions in Vedic Astrology, are the 27 mansions of the Moon. These Nakshatras are divided into 27 equal parts of 13°-20′ starting from 0° Aries and ending at 30° Pisces. Each Nakshatra has a distinct meaning and is associated with a particular deity. The meanings of the Nakshatras are derived from the Constellations, and each one has a specific purpose. The 27 Lunar Mansions (Nakshatras) are an integral part of Vedic astrology because they are used when making predictions and to determine the outcome and auspiciousness of a particular day, event, or life cycle.

1. Ashwini Nakshatra

The first of the 27 Nakshatras is called Ashwini. It extends from 0°-00 to 13°-20′ in the Aries Rashi and is ruled by the Ashwins, also known as Ashwini Kumaras. The symbol for this Nakshatra is a horse’s head. And The Ashwins are known as the horse-headed twin doctors of the gods who travel very fast. The main characteristic of this Nakshatra is speed. Those born under this lunar mansion are quick in thought and action. Endlessly active and always on the go, Ashwini natives can barely sit still for a moment and are usually up to something. This is also considered a very auspicious Nakshatra and it is said that anything begun under Ashwini will be successful.

2. Bharani Nakshatra

Bharani is the second Nakshatra in Vedic astrology, and it spans from 13°-20′ to 26°-40′ in the Aries Rashi. Its ruling deity is Yama, the god of death and Dharma. Its symbol is the Yoni, which represents the birthing process. One of the main themes of this lunar mansion is transformation. Bharani can be a powerful and auspicious Nakshatra indicating personal breakthroughs known to bestow good fortune, prosperity, and success onto its natives. In contrast, it can denote struggles and obstacles, but with the strength and courage to overcome them. Many people born under this Nakshatra can also be excessive, over-indulgent, and sexually uninhibited.

3. Krittika Nakshatra

Krittika Nakshatra is partially located in the sign of Aries with the other 2/3 of this lunar mansion located in Taurus. This is the third of the 27 Nakshatras in Vedic astrology, spanning from 26°-40′ Aries to 10°-00′ in Taurus Rashi. It is presided over by Agni, the deity of fire. Krittika means “to cut” and it is associated with various sharp objects such as knives, blades, and needles. It indicates new beginnings and is an ideal Nakshatra for starting new projects, undertaking new ventures, and taking new initiatives. Krittika is also known as “the star of fire,” and people born under this lunar mansion are sharp, witty, passionate, ambitious, and assertive.

4. Rohini Nakshatra

The fourth Nakshatra in Vedic astrology is Rohini. Known as “the red one” in Sanskrit, it extends from 10°-00′ to 23°-20′ in the Taurus Rashi. Its ruling deity is Brahma, or Prajapati, the creator. According to Vedic mythology, Rohini is the Moon’s favorite and loves spending time in this lunar mansion. Rohini indicates wealth, beauty, love, and material desires. It is excellent for any type of creative activity, due to its association with the arts. People with Rohini Nakshatra are attractive, passionate, and sensual. They often have high standards with an appreciation for luxury and the finer things in life.

5. Mrigashira Nakshatra

Mrigashira Nakshatra is symbolized by a deer’s head and is ruled by Soma, the Moon god. Spanning from 23°-20′ Taurus to 6°-40′ Gemini, it is the 5th out of the 27 Nakshatras in Vedic astrology. It is associated with deer hunting, and just like a deer, many Mrigashira individuals have big doe-like eyes with a peaceful and gentle nature. They are highly intelligent and love investigating and searching for things. Shopping for good deals and collecting items are also associated with this Nakshatra. In addition, Mrigashira natives are known for their keen intuition and are quite good at astrology, numerology, and other forms of divination.

6. Ardra Nakshatra

Ardra is the sixth Nakshatra extending from 6°-40′ to 20°-00′ in Gemini Rashi. Rudra, the storm god is the governing deity and its symbol is a diamond or a teardrop. Ardra Nakshatra is often considered a star of major transformation and new beginnings. Yet, there is a bit of sadness within this Nakshatra as the teardrop symbol suggests. It deals with destruction and experiencing the dark night of the soul. However, after the darkness comes daylight. Diamonds are formed under extreme pressure, and hence the reason why the diamond is also a symbol of Ardra Nakshatra.

7. Punarvasu Nakshatra

Symbolized as a bow and quiver, Punarvasu is the seventh Nakshatra in Vedic astrology and it means “return of the light.” It spans from 20°-00 Gemini to 3°-20′ Cancer. The ruling deity of this lunar mansion is Aditi, the goddess of abundance and mother of the gods. Punarvasu Nakshatra is known as the “Star of Regeneration”, as it is believed to bestow the power of rebirth and renewal. It’s also associated with the ayurvedic herb Punarnava, which is used for its medicinal properties, especially for alleviating pain. In addition, Punarvasu is considered one of the most auspicious Nakshatras, with its main qualities being compassion, healing, nourishment, and prosperity.

8. Pushya Nakshatra

Spanning from 3°-20′ to 16°-40′ in the sign of Cancer is the Nakshatra, Pushya. It is the eighth of the 27 Nakshatras and it means “to nourish”. The ruling deity of this lunar mansion is Brihaspati, or Jupiter the priest of the gods. Its symbol is a cow’s udder, which is to provide nourishment. Pushya is a caring, nurturing, and protective Nakshatra. It represents people who are often healers and natural teachers. Pushya individuals are kind and compassionate, with a deep understanding of the human soul. They have a great strength of character and are often called upon to be leaders and mentors. Because they are loyal and faithful friends, Pushya Nakshatra natives make excellent partners in marriage, as well as in business.

9. Ashlesha Nakshatra

Ashlesha “the embracer” is the ninth Nakshatra in Vedic astrology. Extending from 16°-40′ to 30°-00, it’s completely in the Cancer Rashi. The ruling deities are the Nagas (deified snakes), which is very fitting since its symbol is a serpent or a coiled snake. There is great wisdom within Ashlesha Nakshatra. The serpent is associated with the Kundalini energy rising through the spine activating the chakras. This intense energy is said to unlock psychic abilities and make the native spiritually enlightened. However, its energy should not be taken lightly. Most Ashlesha natives cannot harness this power so they’ll use it for less than positive purposes and to manipulate people to get what they want.

10. Magha Nakshatra

Magha is the tenth Nakshatra and it means “the great one”. Spanning from 0°-00′ to 13°-20′ in Leo Rashi, Magha is symbolized by a royal throne and it denotes nobility, power, and prestige. The ruling deities of this lunar mansion are the Pitris or family ancestors known as “the Fathers”. This is why Magha Nakshatra people are deeply entwined with their family heritage and ancestral origins. Wealth, worldly power, and the need for recognition are strong themes associated with this lunar mansion. In addition, Magha natives have some of the biggest hearts and can be fiercely loyal to their friends and loved ones. Yet they can be pretentious and overly arrogant in contrast.

11. Purva Phalguni Nakshatra

Known as “the former reddish one” in Vedic astrology, Purva Phalguni is the eleventh Nakshatra spanning from 13°-20′ to 26°-40′ in the sign of Leo. It is symbolized by a hammock or the two front legs of a bed, and its presiding deity is Bhaga, the god of marital bliss and wealth. People with Purva Phalguni Nakshatra are usually very artistic and attracted to creative fields such as art, music, dance, and theater. These natives are rarely alone and are often found attending social gatherings and parties. They love being the center of attention, and many people with Purva Phalguni Nakshatra make great actors.

12. Uttara Phalguni Nakshatra

Uttara Phalguni is the twelfth Nakshatra extending from 26°-40′ Leo to 10°-00 Virgo and is known as “the later reddish one”. Its symbol is a hammock or two back legs of a bed. Uttara Phalguni’s governing deity is Aryaman, one of the Adityas ruling over friendship, kindness, and advocacy. With its energy focused on helping and serving others, this lunar mansion produces hard-working, dedicated, and determined people who possess great organizational skills. Uttara Phalguni is also known as a marriage Nakshatra and is said to give blessings, luck, and fortune. It bestows its natives with good health, wealth, and happiness, and these people are often surrounded by luxury and comfort.

13. Hasta Nakshatra

The thirteenth of the 27 Nakshatras is Hasta and it spans from 10°-00 to 23°-20′ in Virgo Rashi. It means “hand” in Sanskrit and its symbol is a hand or closed fist. The presiding deity of Hasta Nakshatra is Savitri or Surya, the Sun. The hand symbol indicates manual skill and craftsmanship, and many Hasta people are very talented at using their hands in the most creative ways. The downside of this lunar mansion is that some of its natives may be skilled at shoplifting or pick-pocketing. On the other hand (no pun intended), Hasta Nakshatra indicates hope and optimism and its natives enjoy assisting and serving others. These people are intelligent with clever minds and are often attracted to astrology, mysticism, and palmistry.

14. Chitra Nakshatra

Chitra means “the bright one” in Vedic Astrology. It is the 14th Nakshatra spanning from 23°-20′ Virgo to 6°-40′ Libra, and its presiding deity is Visvakarma, the divine engineer and celestial architect. The symbol is a pearl or a bright jewel, hence the name “bright one”. Chitra natives are perfectionists who take great pride in their work. Often associated with the arts, creativity, imagination, and artistic ability, those born under Chitra Nakshatra are gifted with a sharp mind and an eye for detail. In addition, residing in this constellation is one of the brightest and most auspicious stars known as Spica. It denotes sudden fame, riches, and world renown.

15. Swati Nakshatra

Swati means “the sword” or “independence” and it’s one of the 27 Nakshatras in Vedic astrology. It is completely in the Libra Rashi spanning from 6°-40′ to 20°-00. The deity presiding over this Nakshatra is Vayu, the wind god and its symbol is coral or a young sprout swaying in the wind. People with Swati Nakshatra are known to be hard-working, independent, creative, and charming with many friends. This is an auspicious lunar mansion and very good for the businessman. Many people born under Swati Nakshatra are gifted with financial and business sense and blessed with the art of communication.

16. Vishakha Nakshatra

Extending from 20°-00 Libra to 3°-20′ Scorpio is Vishakha Nakshatra. It translates to “the forked shaped” in Sanskrit and it’s the 16th lunar mansion. A triumphal arch or potter’s wheel are the symbols associated with Vishakha. There are a pair of deities that rule over this Nakshatra – Indra, the chief of gods, and Agni is deified fire. Goal-oriented, ambitious, and full of vitality, Vishakha Nakshatra people are highly motivated to crush any obstacles that get in their way. They are extremely determined and always on the lookout for new opportunities to get ahead of the game. However, Vishakha natives may not experience success until the second part of their lives.

17. Anuradha Nakshatra

Known as “the disciple of the divine spark”, Anuradha is the seventeenth Nakshatra spanning from 3°-20′ to 16°-40′ in Scorpio Rashi. It is symbolized by a lotus flower or a triumphal archway. The presiding deity over Anuradha Nakshatra is Mitra, which is one of the Adityas representing partnership and cooperation. Mitra was the god of friendship in Vedic mythology who promoted compassion and devotion. Anuradha Nakshatra natives are very friendly and possess a special talent for dealing with others. They are great at balancing relationships and often work well in large groups. Indicated within this Nakshatra, there is a strong interest in astrology, numerology, tarot, mysticism, and other forms of divination.

18. Jyeshta Nakshatra

Jyeshta is the 18th Nakshatra in Vedic astrology and it resides in the Scorpio Rashi spanning from 16°-40′ to 30°-00. Jyeshta means “the eldest” and it is symbolized by an earring, umbrella, and circular amulet. The deity that governs this lunar mansion is Indri, the chief of the gods. Matriarchy and Patriarchy are associated with Jyeshta Nakshatra and many of its natives can be wise and experienced but they may have a superiority complex. Because of their sage-like disposition, they can appear mysterious with a keen intuition and possess hidden occult knowledge. Jyeshta is also known as a transformative Nakshatra that deals with wealth and power, and it can either be used to create or destroy.

19. Mula Nakshatra

Mula Nakshatra resides in the sign of Sagittarius extending from 0°-00′ to 13°-20′. It is the 19th Nakshatra in the zodiac belt and it means “the root” in Sanskrit. Mula is symbolized by a bunch of roots tied together and an elephant goad. The ruling deity of this lunar mansion is Nirriti, the goddess of dissolution and destruction. Mula Nakshatra is called “the Root Star” because of its association with getting to the bottom of things. People born under this lunar mansion love to research and investigate. They’re passionate about solving problems by getting to the root of the matter. Also, there’s a strong interest in herbs and homeopathic medicines used for healing that are associated with Mula Nakshatra.

20. Purva Ashadha Nakshatra

Purva Ashadha means “the undefeated” or “early victory” and it spans from 13°-20 to 26°-40′ in Sagittarius Rashi. It is the 20th of the 27 Nakshatras in Vedic astrology and it’s symbolized by several things – an elephant tusk, a hand fan, and a winnowing basket. The ruling deity of this lunar mansion is Apah, which is water deified as a god. Purva Ashadha is known as “the Invincible Star” and people born under this Nakshatra are invincible, independent, fearless, and a bit confrontational. Often possessing great speaking abilities, they want to spread their name and be popular. Many Purva Ashadha natives become successful early in life so it’s not uncommon for them to achieve a higher status.

21. Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra

Uttara Ashadha is the 21st among the 27 lunar mansions in the zodiac belt. It translates to “the latter unconquered” or “latter victory” and extends from 26°-40′ Sagittarius to 10°-00′ Capricorn. This Nakshatra is symbolized by an elephant’s tusk or a small cot and its presiding deities are the Vishvadevas, which means all gods or Universal gods. Uttara Ashadha is commonly known as “the Universal Star” and people born under this lunar mansion are patient, sincere, and truthful but may come across as a bit self-righteous. Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra natives are persistent, ambitious, and hard-working, and they also possess great leadership abilities that can lead to notoriety.

22. Shravana Nakshatra

Extending from 10°-00′ to 23°-20′ in Capricorn Rashi is the Nakshatra, Shravana. It is the 22nd lunar mansion in Vedic astrology and it translates to “the listening ear” or “to hear”. The ruling deity of Shravana Nakshatra is Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe, and it is symbolized by an ear or the three footprints in an uneven row. Shravana is commonly referred to as “the Star of Learning” and people born under this Nakshatra are intelligent and full of wisdom. They make excellent teachers and always seem to be on a quest for knowledge and higher learning. Due to its association with “the ear”, Shravana natives are intuitive with a heightened sensitivity to hearing.

23. Dhanishta Nakshatra

Dhanishta is the 23rd Nakshatra among the 27 lunar mansions in the zodiac belt. It translates to “the Richest One” and spans from 23°-20′ Capricorn to 6°-40′ Aquarius. The symbol for this Nakshatra is a drum or a flute and its ruling deities are the eight Vasus, which are the deities of Earth that give abundance on the material plane. So it’s no surprise that people born under this lunar mansion can achieve wealth, fame, success, and recognition more easily than others. Dhanishta Nakshatra is also referred to as ‘the Star of Symphony” with its natives possessing musical talents and savvy skills for being at the right place at the right time.

24. Shatabhisha Nakshatra

Shatabhisha means “a hundred healers” and its symbolized by an empty circle, or a thousand flowers or stars. Shatabhisha Nakshatra extends from 6°-40′ to 20°-00′ in Aquarius Rashi and it’s the 24th lunar mansion in Vedic astrology. The ruling deity associated with Shatabhisha is Varuna, the god of the cosmic waters, earth, and sky. Shatabhisha Nakshatra is commonly known as “the Veiling Star.” It is Maya – the illusion, our inner vision, and things hidden away from us. Many people born under this lunar mansion are secretive, reclusive, and profoundly mystical. Doctors, nurses, and Reiki practitioners have this Nakshatra prominent in their birth charts as it deals a lot with healing.

25. Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra

Purva Bhadrapada means “the former happy feet” and it’s the 25th Nakshatra in Vedic astrology. It extends from 20°-00 Aquarius to 3°-20′ in Pisces Rashi. The ruling deity of Purva Bhadrapada is Aja Ekapada, the “one-footed goat.” This lunar mansion is symbolized by several things – a sword, a man with two faces, and the two front legs of a funeral cot. Purva Bhadrapada is a very intense and transformative Nakshatra that’s linked to the Kundalini energy. It represents a person who’s fearlessly passionate with a radical nature. People born under this Nakshatra are very poetic and have incredible speaking abilities that command attention. They can be extreme and indulgent and may have a dark side that’s hidden from the world.

26. Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra

Uttara Bhadrapada is known as “the latter happy feet” and it extends from 3°-20′ to 16°40′ in Pisces Rashi. Its ruling deity is Ahir Budhyana, the Serpent, or “Dragon of the Deep.” Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra is associated with several symbols – a set of twins, a snake in the water, and the back legs of a funeral cot. This lunar mansion deals with solitude and seclusion, and shares a connection to the Kundalini energy. Uttara Bhadrapada is “the Warrior Star” and people with this Nakshatra prominent in their birth charts are full of wisdom and possess strong oratorical abilities that can sway the masses. In addition, this is the number one Nakshatra for receiving an inheritance later in life.

27. Revati Nakshatra

Revati means “The Wealthy” and it’s the 27th and the last Nakshatra in Vedic astrology. It spans from 16°-40 to 30°00 in Pisces Rashi. Its ruling deity is Pushan, the nourisher and protective deity for safe travels. Revati Nakshatra is associated with a drum to mark time and a pair of fish, which symbolizes faith. This lunar mansion represents our final journey from this life to the next and offers protection on all our travels. People born under this Nakshatra are sweet, caring, and compassionate, and they rarely have a bad bone in their body. Revati Nakshatra natives have a deep connection to God, and no matter their religion or faith, they are loyal to their beliefs. These people love and care for children and small animals and they’re always looking for ways to do good for humanity.

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