THE 27 ASTERISMS (Nakshatras) and their attributes in Indian Astrology
The alternate zodiac (called nakshatra or constellation or star) system developed by Indians; - The main difference between the two systems of classification is summarized below: The western system (rashi) divides the entire circle (360 degrees) into 12 units (zodiac signs or rashis) of 30 degrees each. As a result, the full year of 365 days is divided into 12 zodiac months of 30.5 days each. The Indian system divides the circle (year) into 27 (not 12) parts each. Each part is, therefore, only 13.2 degrees of arc (360/27). As a result, instead of 12 months of 30.5 days each, under the Indian system of nakshatras, the year is divided into 27 nakshatras of 13.5 days each. NOTES ON USAGE (also see the chart below for translating 12-sign zodiac into 27-sign nakshatra system) Please note that below, I have not given the calendar dates between which each nakshatra falls. I have, instead, opted to chart each on the zodiac calendar, that too, in degrees. This has been done so that the chart can be used on the basis of both the western and the Indian zodiac calendar, according to the reader's preference. (For the record, the western zodiac calendar makes adjustments for the tilt of earth's axis and the Indian system does not. As a result, there is a 24-day lag in the Indian zodiac calendar, compared to the Western one.) Also note that instead of 'first 13.5 days of Aries month', I have written 'first 13.2 degrees of Aries'. It means practically the same thing. Each traditional zodiac month can be taken as 30 degrees, for the calculations below. Therefore, when a nakshatra extends from 25 degrees Virgo to 8.5 degrees Libra, what that means is that the first 5 degrees (roughly, the first 5 days) of that nakshatra lies towards the end of Virgo and the last 8.5 degrees (roughly the last 9 days) lies towards the beginning of Libra. In other words, the Nakshatra is made of the last 5 days of Virgo and the first 9 days of Libra (traditional) zodiac month. So, someone born on September 23 would fall in this Nakshatra (if you follow the western zodiac calendar) and someone born on October 15, according to the Indian calendar. CHART MAPPING WESTERN AND INDIAN ZODIAC SYSTEMS (RAASI AND NAKSHATRA)
A NOTE ABOUT THE SOURCE FOR THE FOLLOWING: The following is a translation from a document which in turn claims to be a translation of a Sanskrit text. While there are many Sanskrit texts that discuss the characteristics of those born under each nakshatra, and many translations thereof, this one seemed to be a good mid-way assessment. All rights to original authors and translators. Ashwini (0 ° 00 '- 13 ° 20' Aries) [Day 1 to Day 13.5 of Aries] General Characteristics: Good looking appearance; gentle personable manners; intelligent; skilled in work Translation: Possessing horses, the horsewoman Symbol: A horse's head Animal Symbol: A male horse Ruling Planet: Ketu Nature: Deva (god-like) Presiding deity - Ashvini Kumaras, the golden armored horse headed twins of ancient Vedic lore who performed many miracles as physicians of the celestial gods. Favorable: Competent worker who performs above average on the job; intelligent; self sufficient; natural healer; helps others; moderate habits; dresses well; good finances; attractive; powerful; intuitive; idealistic; spiritually inclined; adventurous; independent; strong; powerful; charming; playful nature; nurturer; traveler; loves family.
Unfavorable: Hastiness in action compromises efficiency; impulsiveness; desire to pursue new experiences in life causes a weakness in finishing things; aggressive; stubborn; wants to do things their own way; disappointed when things do not go as planned; dissatisfied; arrogant; lack of mental quietude; over passionate.
Bharani (13°20' - 26°40' Aries) General Characteristics: Success in work, capable, truthful, and free from diseases & grief. Translation: Cherishing, supporting, & nurturing Symbol: A Yoni, the organ of female reproduction Animal Symbol: The Elephant Ruling Planet: Venus Nature: Manushya (human) Presiding deity: Yama - the god of death
Favorable: Clever and able to do tasks fast; desires new experiences; spontaneous; dutiful; loyal to family and friends; courageous attitude; good health/longevity; talented in career; satisfied; leader - does well in public life; creative; artistic; materialistic.
Unfavorable: Over burdened; has too much to do; restless; amoral; fickle; too clever; resists control and restraint; stubborn; childlike; vulnerable; vigor bothers others; don't pace themselves; needs discipline; irritable; impatient; potential to burnout; sexually indulgent; vane; moralist; judgmental.
Krittika (26°40' Aries to 10° Taurus) General Characteristics: Determined and tenacious will to achieve greatness; sharp; cutting and penetrating by nature. Translation: The Cutter Symbol: Axe, sharp edge, or flame, razor Animal Symbol: Female Sheep Ruling Planet: Sun Nature: Rakshasa (demon) Presiding deity: Agni - the god of fire
Favorable: Famous within their group; handsome appearance; self motivated; determined achiever; materialistic - acquires many possessions; bright; strong appetites - likes food; goal oriented; goes for what they want; dignified; takes pride in what they do; good leader; honors commitments; confident; courageous; straightforward; peaceful nature; ambitious.
Unfavorable: Unstable mind; changeable; vacillating; stubborn; dissatisfied; impatient; responds too strongly to challenges; sets goals or expectations too high; burns out their health by constant activity; nervous; excitable; aggressive; passive-aggressive; fighting nature; difficulties with food and eating; gluttonous; motivated by desire; child-like nature.
Rohini (10° Taurus to 23°20' Taurus) General Characteristics: Emphasis on spiritual liberation, truthful, not covetous, clean in habits, sweet of speech, firm of views, good looking Translation: The red one Symbol: An ox cart / chariot Animal Symbol: A male serpent - spiritual power and wisdom Ruling Planet: The Moon Ruling Planet: The Moon Nature: Manushya (human) Presiding deity: Brahma - creator of the universe
Favorable: Lovely appearance; charismatic; good communicator and listener; attractive; inner strength; affects others; strong public life; gentle manner; comforting; truthful; moral orientation; smooth talker; sharp; balanced mind; fixed in purpose; well educated; does well financially; dutiful to the family; responsible; helps others; gifted in the arts; healthy; non-envious.
Unfavorable: Indulgent; materialistic; takes advantage of others through manipulation and deception; sexually or sensually indulgent; critical of others; possessive of individuals or ideology; jealous; overly sensitive; changeable; addictive; indecisive. Mrigashira (23°20 Taurus to 6°40' Gemini) General Characteristics: Spiritual intelligence and research abilities - primary motivation spiritual liberation, lack firm or fixed views, capable yet timid, good speech, active habits. Translation: Having the face of a deer Symbol: Antelope's head Animal Symbol: Female serpent - sensual seductive nature Ruling Planet: Mars Nature: Deva (god-like) Presiding deity: Soma the moon god
Favorable: Strong individuality; sharp intelligence; natural leader; action oriented; witty; curious; seeks new knowledge; perceptive and sensitive; likes good clothing and accessories; gains many pleasures in life; enjoys singing, writing, talking, and speaking; creative; articulate in a number of subjects - enjoys debates and arguments; enthusiastic; youthful; clever; curious; hopeful; rapid learning ability; focus is more mental than physical; friendly; fun; have a number of friends and romantic interests; sensual; hard workers; affluent.
Unfavorable: Impulsive; flirtatious; fickle; needs constant attention; multiple partnerships; craves sensation; not committed; burns out from seeking too much excitement; bores easily; scattered; critical; biting
Ardra (6°40 to 20°00' Gemini) General Characteristics: Emphasis on the mind or thinking capacity - deep feeling along with passionate thinking - motivated by desire. Translation: The moist one Symbol: The human head Animal Symbol: Female Ruling Planet: Rahu Nature: Manushya (human) Presiding deity: Rudra the god of the storm and destruction
Favorable: Curious mind; hunger for knowledge; quick in action; good memory; prefers physical work or work involving the body; good at getting support from the government or authorities; great communicator; truthful; have a transformative point in life at which point they drop many of their bad traits; compassionate towards those in pain.
Unfavorable: Arrogant; abuses power; lusts after material attainments; ungrateful; mischievous; reckless; physically oriented jobs; anti-social; mean streak causes pain to others; self-serving; dishonest; stubborn; critical; impolite; untruthful; poor financial planning; excessive indulgences; cause pain or agony to others; violent; complaining.
Punarvasu (20° Gemini to 3°20' Cancer) General Characteristics: Intellectual and spiritual wisdom, material prosperity, good natured, quiet, patient, devout, lives in comfort. Translation: Good Again Symbol: Bow and a quiver of arrows Animal Symbol: Female Cat - sensitivity and need for independence Ruling Planet: Jupiter Nature: Deva (god-like) Presiding deity: Aditi tends the ground on which healthy seeds can bear fruit. Earth Goddess
Favorable: Caring; loving; nurturing; easily contented; friendly good natured; simplistic life; lives in the moment; generous; shares with others; religious inclinations; interested in spiritual writings and philosophies; potential in the communications field - can be good writers and inspiring speakers; profound imagination; purifies self to make spiritual progress; ability to connect with others; successful projects.
Unfavorable: Simplistic approach to life interpreted as a lack of intelligence; lack of material drive due to focus on spirituality; lack of foresight gets them into complications including frequent moving; unstable relationships; and multiple jobs/careers; fickle nature; indecisive; frequently ill; critical; over intellectualize life; gets bored too easily in life.
Pushya (3°20' to 16°40' Cancer) General Characteristics: In control of passions, well liked, learned in various subjects, rich and fond of doing charitable acts. Translation: To provide nourishment Symbol: The udder of a cow, Flower, a circle, an arrow Animal Symbol: A ram Ruling Planet: Saturn Nature: Deva (god-like) Presiding deity: Brihaspati, the planet Jupiter, lord of sacred speech and prayer
Favorable: Hard working; creative; tolerant of pain; intelligent; learned; liked by many; spiritual; intuitive wisdom; helps others; make good advisors and public servants; independent; interested in education and humanitarian causes; philanthropic; socially adept; make people feel wanted; selfless; good finances; respected; moderate; have spiritual practice; passionate and defensive about the things they believe in.
Unfavorable: Stubborn; selfish; arrogant; overly talkative; dogmatic; fundamentalist; overly sensitive; doubtful of their worth due to what others say about them; devotion can turn to victimization; get defrauded by believing in the wrong people; insecurities inhibit growth.
Aslesha (16°40' to 30°00' Cancer) General Characteristics: Motivated by dharma represents the kundalini or serpent fire located at the base of the spine. Translation: The entwiner - to embrace Symbol: coiled snake, circle, or wheel Animal Symbol: Male Cat Ruling Planet: Mercury Nature: Rakshasa (demon) Presiding deity: Ahi - the naga or serpent of wisdom
Favorable: Philosophical; intelligent; versatile; clever; independent; has a number of different jobs; entertainer; learned; leadership qualities; can accomplish much when motivated; good income; mystical; puts great energy into things that interest them; seductive nature; benefit from spiritual work.
Unfavorable: Mental instability; worrisome; depressed nature; deceitful; non caring attitude; impolite; tactless; unpopular; lacks social skills; rule breakers; hoarding mentality; possessive; secretive; talkative; lacks appreciation; scattered and unproductive; reckless; disconnected; temperamental; lie to serve their needs; vindictive; introspective; reclusive; ungrateful; blunt.
Magha (0°00 to 13°20' Leo) General Characteristics: Has numerous servants, inclination to worship gods and ancestors, engagement in important work Translation: The Mighty One Symbol: Palanquin the royal seat upon which the king was carried through his towns, royal throne room Animal Symbol: Male rat Ruling Planet: Ketu Nature: Rakshasa (demon) Presiding deity: Pitris - Fathers of Humanity guardian angels that give protection in the event of calamities.
Favorable: Clear; intelligent; many admirers; positive; conservative; balanced; respectful to others; kind; helps others; love life and parties; dependable; likes to be honored for accomplishments; respectful of traditions; enjoys ceremonies; follows chains of command; does well when praised; likes to be served and given attention.
Unfavorable: Arrogant; hot tempered; prejudiced; jealousy; severe nature; resentful; has a strong dislike for those who dislike them or who treat them with disrespect; discontented when fail to meet goals; too high standards; susceptible to flattery; cruel to those who don't show them respect; racial superiority; sensuality can create problems.
Purva Phalguni (13°20' to 26°30' Leo) General Characteristics: sweet speech, generosity, a habit of wandering, government service. Translation: The Former Red One or A Fig Tree Symbol: Swinging hammock - rest and restoration, front legs of a bed, or a post. Animal Symbol: Female Rat Ruling Planet: Venus Nature: Manushya (human) Presiding deity: Bhaga - the god of good fortune and prosperity.
Favorable: Creative; intelligent, active; charming; sincere; leadership skills; carefree; focus is on the body; physical approaches to healing; open minded; sweet speech; generous; wants fame and attention; faithful to issues and those they believe in; mystical nature; spokesperson; aristocratic; cultured; refined; gifted in the fine arts; youthful; exuberant; loving; good relationships.
Unfavorable: Vanity; indulgent; impulsive mind; severe; promiscuous nature; narcissism; reckless; focused on getting what they want; spends carelessly - creates debt; addictive personality; hates being uncomfortable; needs stimulation; becomes depressed if do not get what they want; vindictive; lack of planning; unmotivated.
Uttara Phalguni (26°40' Leo to 10°00' Virgo) General Characteristics: Emphasis on healing others. Earn money by their learning, liked by all, live a life in comfort and luxury. Translation: The latter red one or a fig tree Symbol: A bed or 2 rear legs of a cot. Animal Symbol: Male Cow (bull) Ruling Planet: Sun Nature: Manushya (human) Presiding deity: Aryaman rules leadership, honor, nobility and rules society.
Favorable: Popular; hard worker; ambitious; benefits from those in power; good communicator; successful; friendly; reliable; focused; happy nature; loves luxury and comfort; material desires are fulfilled; capacity for enjoying life; liberal yet has fixed principles; balanced leader; happy; socially adept; generally fortunate; generous; kind; compassionate; courage; endurance; spiritual and mental advancements.
Unfavorable: Promiscuous; over-giving; egotistical; restless; inconsiderate of others feelings; obstinate; disdainful; bossy; vain; arrogant; takes too much for themselves; stubborn; critical; resentful; a social climber; may be sad or angry under a happy smile; lack belief in their own power.
Hasta (10°00' to 23°20' Virgo) General Characteristics: Purity of thought and deed as well as self-control, active habits, full of resources. Translation: The hand Symbol: A hand - open hand blessing humanity. Animal Symbol: Female Buffalo Ruling Planet: Moon Nature: Deva (god-like) Presiding deity: Savitar - the sun god who imparts creative and transforming energy.
Favorable: Creative; pleasant; humorous; skilled in the arts; charming; practical; attractive; wealth late in life; many relationships; generous; unattached; intelligent; persuasive; cordial; weighs their words to avoid expressing anger; self-motivated; in control; focused on acquisition; good at defending and promoting their own interests; understands the value of social rituals and courtesies; skilled in providing service; thick-skinned; takes advantage of opportunities in new areas or in foreign lands; dexterous; determined; industrious worker; easily changes.
Unfavorable: Likes competition and conflicts; restless - want spiritual experiences; changeable; con artist; self interest; emotionally unsettled; need to control lower self; unabashed; mistrustful; overindulgence in pleasuring themselves; nasty; mechanical in dealing with those who provide them no advantage; abuse of drugs; controlling; alcohol; and/or food to cope; critical when under stress; suppressed; health issues.
Chitra (23°20 Virgo to 6°40' Libra) General Characteristics: attractive, sociable, intelligent, and natural leaders. Translation: The brilliant Symbol: A bright jewel or pearl reflecting the spirit within us, or a shining light. Animal Symbol: Female tiger Ruling Planet: Mars Nature: Rakshasa (demon) Presiding deity: Tvashtar or Vishvakarma - the celestial architect of the universe.
Favorable: Attractive; artistic; great lovers; independent; natural leader who wants to make an impact on life; sociable; perceptive; high-spirited; elegant; conversant; dignified; judicious; business skills; happy; well dressed and well groomed; well read; drawn to philosophy and social thought; does well outside their place of birth or in foreign countries; handy; incline toward more physical expressions of art such as sculpture; printmaking; competent designer.
Unfavorable: Smug; conceited; easily bored; self centered; attracted to exciting yet negligent mates; quarrelsome; critical; too quick to challenge someone's point of view; corrupt; amoral; may not focus enough on saving money.
Swati (6°40 to 20°20' Libra) General Characteristics: Sweet, soft spoken, virtuous, compassionate, mild, quiet nature, controls passions and desires, skilled in trade, merciful, charitable. G Translation: The priest, the sword Symbol: Coral - strong intuitive and psychic properties - A young sprout quivering in the wind. Animal Symbol: Male Buffalo Ruling Planet: Rahu Nature: Deva (god-like) Presiding deity: Vayu the demigod of wind, air, breath, and prana.
Favorable: Tender; moral; able in business - clever in trade and commerce; truth-seeking; studious; meek; truthful; humanitarian - cares about others; thinks before acting; accurate; reduces things to their simplest components; uncorrupted; friendly; positive outlook; disciplined; seeks harmony; generous; active in spiritual organizations or humanitarian causes; likes to be around religious or well integrated people; interested in scientific or philosophical thought; independent; traveler; persuasive communication.
Unfavorable: Do not know their limitations resulting in loss of money; status; and respect; creates debt due to high expenses; discontented due to lofty goals; restless; critical; fault finding; not concerned with family; shy; monastic; self isolating; secretive; hides their passions and sexual urges; gives too much away; absurd creative thinking; vulnerable to the whims of others; hot tempered.
Vishakha (20°00 Libra to 3°20' Scorpio) General Characteristics: energy strength and potential power, bright in appearance, distinct in speaking, skilled at making money. Symbol: A large tree with spreading branches giving protection to others, potters wheel, a decorated gateway used for marriage ceremonies. Translation: Enter the heavens Animal Symbol: Male Tiger Ruling Planet: Jupiter Nature: Rakshasa (demon) Presiding deity: Indra - the god of transformation and Agni the god of fire.
Favorable: Intelligence of the highest order; bright appearance; attracts others; clever; has respect for intelligent and spiritual people; enterprising; self-satisfied; determined; gets things done; humanitarian; politically inclined; can appear soft but is very powerful underneath; excellent communicator; persuasive speech; leadership qualities; truthful; sexually alluring; a good mate in marriage; benefits through marriage; traveling and through change; mathematical talent; courageous; powerful achiever.
Unfavorable: Overly talkative; negative; militant; creates quarrels between people; restless; covetous of other's success; feels isolated; critical of others; fault finding; infidelity; too much ambition - spread too thin; manipulate others to meet their own needs; socially isolated; not open to advice; offensive; stingy; not easy to like; greedy; deceitful; aggressive; domineering; quick to take offense; argumentative; jealous; frustration and anger when goals impeded; suspicious; possessive; envious; feels suppressed and taken advantage of by others; too many interests; not satisfied by accomplishments; restlessness - change partners
Anuradha (3°20 to 16°40' Scorpio) General Characteristics: Rich, live in foreign countries, unable to bear hunger, move from place to place. Translation: A small flash of lightening, a tiny spark, success Symbol: Lotus flower - ability and perseverance to blossom in the midst of life's trials and tribulations, a row or furrow. Animal Symbol: Female Deer or Hare Ruling Planet: Saturn Nature: Deva (god-like) Presiding deity: Mitra - the God of friendship and partnership who promotes cooperation among humanity.
Favorable: Wise; spirited; fun-loving; attractive; vigorous; well-liked; spiritual seeker; interested in ancient knowledge; hard working; capacity for astrology; devoted; brave; enjoys travel; healthy; accommodates many people; enjoys social life and organizations; benefits more if they live away from their place of birth; ability to attract and maintain friendships; cooperates with others; ability to lead and form alliances.
Unfavorable: Has remorse; guarded; cut off; deceitful; held back by others; can not cope with hunger or thirst; emotionally needy; rebellious; adheres to bad advice and suffers consequences; jealous and controlling of others; unaware of their effect on others which results in problems; may be melancholic due to a lack of maternal nurturing; anger issues; moves frequently due to dissatisfaction; tries too hard in terms of spiritual progress.
Jyeshtha (16°40' to 30°00' Scorpio) General Characteristics: Mental brilliance and analytical ability, few friends, cheerful and virtuous. Translation: Elder sister, the middle finger or the holy river Ganges, Symbol: earring or circular protective talisman that may represent Vishnu's disc. Animal Symbol: Male Deer or Hare Ruling Planet: Mercury Nature: Rakshasa (demon) Presiding deity: Indra - King of the Gods.
Favorable: Most successful of their family; keeps friends and builds a good support network; generous; self-reliant; eventually wealthy; takes charge of the family; passionate response to love; reputable; receives fame and honors; takes control; gets things done when they want to; virtuous; satisfied; talented at music; capacity for inventive design; creative genius; interested in the occult; can accomplish anything they set their minds to; want to make a difference.
Unfavorable: Angry; has family problems; too intense for others; self-important; egotism; hides their feelings and intentions; peaceful demeanor covers impatience and immorality; conniving; control freak; makes other dependent on them to gain control; possessive; dramatizes illness and troubles to gain sympathy; has many illnesses; many job changes; early troubles in life; tormented; hypocritical and secretive behavior. Mula (0°00 to 13°20' Sagittarius) General Characteristics: Possess a deep philosophical nature and an inquisitive mind that enjoys exploring the roots of any subject. Haughty, rich, happy, not inclined to injure others, Firm and fixed opinions, live in luxury. Translation: the root. Symbol: Tied bunch of roots or a lions tail. Animal Symbol: Male Dog Ruling Planet: Ketu Nature: Rakshasa (demon) Presiding deity: Nirriti - goddess of destruction who lives in the kingdom of the dead - goddess of dissolution.
Favorable: Proud; good-looking; skillful in persuading or manipulating people to serve their needs; politician; careful; clever; able to live a comfortable life; good fortune; determined to succeed; learned; public speaking skills; spiritual advisor; generous; successful; determined; fortune in foreign lands; likes to live well; peace loving; adventurous; brave; explorer; face adversity with composure.
Unfavorable: Insecure; others do not trust them; too goal-focused; does not genuinely care about others; arrogant; self-destructive; headstrong; sabotages their own achievements; has many affairs and/or marriages that don't work out; low tolerance for boredom; create own insecurities; indecisive; fickle in relationships; arrogance; selfishness; lust and anger; low boredom threshold; takes and give little back; accommodating to other people to get what they want.
Purvashada (13°20' to 26°40' Sagittarius) General Characteristics: agreeable spouse, a proud nature, strong attachment to friends. Translation: The undefeated or unsubdued. Symbol: A fan or a winnowing basket (used to separate grain from its husk), a bed or an elephant tusk. Animal Symbol: Male monkey Ruling Planet: Venus Nature: Manushya (human) Presiding deity: Apas - representing the cosmic waters deified as God.
Favorable: Artistic; good-looking; influential - influences many; well-liked; polite; faithful to friends; intelligent; good manager but prefers to be in service; valuable employee; simple life; supportive; courageous; humble; influential; wealth; loves good meals; has a enjoyable relationship with spouse; capable of having many children; truth-seeking; changeable.
Unfavorable: Egotistical; inflexible; superiority complex; others regard them as crude or immature; angry; not open to advice; have low-paying and hardworking jobs; incompetent manager; bouts of loud and disturbing behavior; lacking in education or preparation; dictatorial; obstinate; leave behind partners when they can not keep up with their ability to change; settles for less.
Uttarashada (26°40' Sagittarius to 10°00' Capricorn) General Characteristics: a quest for the spiritual unknown, total involvement in any task and penetrate deeply into some aspect of knowledge. Obedient, learned in the rules of virtue, grateful, many friends, return favors, liked. Translation: Later victory. Symbol: Elephant's tusk; the planks of a bed - a bed. Animal Symbol: Male Mongoose Ruling Planet: Sun Nature: Manushya (human) Presiding deity: Vishvadevas the sons of the god Dharma.
Favorable: Virtuous; intelligent; fun-loving; leadership qualities - good politicians; well-liked; devoted to friends - can relate to others; grateful; idealistic with high goals; kind; modest; has some knowledge that sets them apart; interested in learning and advocating topics that concern them; enjoys reading to gain knowledge; benefits through travels; tolerant; wants fair play and justice; sympathetic ear; devoted to companions; good manners; leadership skills; appreciative of others.
Unfavorable: Multiple marriages or marriage like relationships; overly anxious; takes on too many people's problems and gets stressed out; obstinate; self centered; self indulgent; too long in a destructive relationship; changes residence many times; early adversity in life; constantly active; apathetic; fails to complete what they start.
Shravana (10°00' to 23°20' Capricorn) General Characteristics: Prosperous, learned, liberal-minded spouse, riches, wide-fame. Translation: To hear. Symbol: An ear, three footprints in an uneven row, a trident. Animal Symbol: Female Monkey Ruling Planet: Moon Nature: Deva (god like) Presiding deity: Vishnu preserver of the universe.
Favorable: Cordial in business; intelligent; success in foreign lands; lives a prosperous; balanced and modest life; ethical; studies scriptures and ancient knowledge; kind; drawn to working for social and humanitarian causes - good writers and teachers; helps others transform their lives; has a good marriage and a helpful partner; good speech; fame in the world; wealth; creative; quick learner; kind; charitable; knowledge to transcend the material world. Unfavorable: Giving nature can lead to debts and poverty; overly open-minded; unyielding nature; extreme views concerning ethics; develop opposition or even adversaries; hypersensitive; enemies due to issues with jealousy; gossips.
Dhanishtha (23°20' Capricorn to 6°40' Aquarius) General Characteristics: A liberal, rich person, brave and fond of music. Translation: Complete wealth. Symbol: Musical drum. Animal Symbol: Female lion Ruling Planet: Mars Nature: Rakshasic (demonic) Presiding deity: The eight Vasus - the solar gods of energy and light.
Favorable: Insightful; perceptive; earns a good living; charitable giving; brave; does well in foreign countries; lives on both spiritual and material levels; liberal; compassionate; bold; good conversationalist; enjoys music and dance; good organizational abilities; ambitious; concerned with accomplishments and developing their careers; likes old and mystifying things; skilled in astrology.
Unfavorable: Aggressive; ruthless; inconsiderate; worried; can hurt others; makes up stories; lies; withholds information; don't like to be told what to do; argumentative; too talkative; select incompatible companions; lusts after material; careless; sexual difficulties; delayed/denied marriage; wants everything for themselves; covetous of other's success; self absorbed; narcissistic.
Shatabhisha (6°40' to 20°00' Aquarius) General Characteristics: harsh in their speech but truthful, suffer grief but conquer enemies, thoughtlessly engage in works, independent ways. Translation: The hundred healers. Symbol: An ox cart, a circle or round charm. Animal Symbol: Female Horse Ruling Planet: Rahu Nature: Rakshasa (demon) Presiding deity: Varuna - the god of rain and cosmic waters.
Favorable: Truthful; sharp minds; perceptive; emotionally controlled; interested in getting to the bottom of things; prosperous; economical; clever; able to defend themselves; enterprising; interested in astrology and other mysterious subjects; likes to solve puzzles; provides good service; finds happiness within themselves; strong principles; charitable; writing skills; good memory; daring; bold; artistic nature; defeats enemies.
Unfavorable: Lonesomeness; melancholic; lacks self confidence; restricted; life is duty; quiet yet will blurt things out in an unrefined manner; con artist; unstable; argumentative; uncommunicative; hides their true intentions; miser; dependent on others to meet their needs; problems in relationships; feels intensely restrained or mentally anguished; problematic relationships with children and siblings; secretive - keep weaknesses to themselves; lack self confidence; stubborn. Purva Bhadrapada (20°00 Aquarius to 3°20' Pisces) General Characteristics: scholarly intelligent, skilled at making money. Translation: Beautiful west, Former beautiful foot or Ray of Light Symbol: A sword, two font legs of a bed or a funeral cot or a two faced man. Animal Symbol: Male lion Ruling Planet: Jupiter Nature: Manushya (human) Presiding deity: Aja Ekapada - unicorn.
Favorable: Unique; eccentric; devoted to those who impress them; scholarly; witty; good logical skill; prosperity through cleverness; mystical beings; good at reading people; gets money from the government or from wealthy or executive people; economical; acts happy; lives a long life; could marry into a wealthy family or be born into one; spiritual depth; a warrior; intuition; passionate; good speakers; skilled at earning an income; visionary idealistic; universal goals; march to their own beat; fights injustice; campaigner; good writers; imaginative; self reliant; strong.
Unfavorable: Cynical; a worrier; a bit odd; gloomy; angry; impulsive; has many serious conversations; changes residence many times; poor planner; dominated by their spouse; penny pincher but still a poor financial planner; anxious; poor health; over serious; high-strung; cynical; not generous; wavering mind.
Uttara Bhadrapada (3°20' to 16°40' Pisces) General Characteristics: Happy people able speakers, children, grandchildren, conquer enemies, virtuous. Translation: The beautiful left foot or Ray of Light Symbol: Two back legs of a bed. Animal Symbol: Female cow Ruling Planet: Saturn Nature: Manushya (human) Presiding deity: Ahirbudhnya - the serpent of the deep sea - fertility, kundalini and need for seclusion.
Favorable: Attractive; good problem-solving ability; inspiring speaker; disciplined; kind; compassionate; has principles; contented; generous; submissive yet financially successful; tends to make money on their own; economical; charitable; humanitarian; merciful; smart; benefits from children or beginners; drawn to the unknown; virtuous; happy; wise; loves family; self sacrificing benefits from gifts and inheritance; overcomes enemies; satisfied; service oriented; controls anger; marital happiness; balanced; nourishes others; good advisor.
Unfavorable: withdrawn; unenthusiastic; develops a set of long-term enemies or gets into disputes that take a long time to resolve; thinks too much about their own outcomes; self-centered financial focus; gossip; lazy; addict; irresponsible; highly emotional.
Revati (16°40' to 30°00' Pisces) General Characteristics: Perfect limbs, genial manners, deep learning, riches, no desire to covet the property of others. Translation: The wealthy Symbol: A drum. Animal Symbol: Female elephant Ruling Planet: Ketu Nature: Deva (god like) Presiding deity: Pushan - the nurturer protector of flocks and herds is invoked for safe travel.
Favorable: Creative thinker; independent; lucky; liked; supportive and gets supported; gifted in the arts; nurturer; promoted quickly; brave; skilled in pleasing; sociable; good counselor; proud; stately presence; sparkling personality; loves/protects animals and pets; longevity; well groomed; good hygiene; might be born into a wealthy family; interested in ancient cultures; selflessness; compassionate; caring.
Unfavorable: Spiteful especially when hurt or jealous; overindulgent; takes on too many problems from other people which may affect their health; amoral attitudes; doubt ridden; low fertility; gives too much and resentful when not returned; feels inadequate; lack of self-esteem; overly sensitive; stubborn; volatile; codependent; easily disillusioned; lack self confidence; victims; feel unloved; insecure.