Punarvasu Nakshatra – 20″ 00′ Gemini to 3° 20′ Cancer

The seventh lunar mansion is named Punarvasu. This auspicious nakshatra resides primarily in the constellation of Gemini, the Twins. In consists of five stars, including Castor and Pollux. The last pada of Punarvasu is placed in Cancer, the Crab. The ruling planet is Jupiter, although a strong Mercury influence is experienced in the first three padas, which are placed in the sign of Gemini. The combination of Mercury and Jupiter can produce great intellectual and spiritual wisdom. The Indian saint Ramana Maharshi had his natal Moon placed in Punarvasu. The … Continue reading

Ardra Nakshatra – 6° 40’to 20° 00’Gemini

The sixth nakshatra is named Ardra. It resides entirely within the sign of Gemini, the Twins. Ardra is the bright star Betelgeuse in the constellation of Orion. It is also associated with the fixed star Sirius. Ardra is symbolized by a human head, reflecting the emphasis on the mind or thinking capacity. Although its ruling planet is Rahu, Mercury’s rulership of Gemini is also prominent throughout this lunar mansion. Thus, a deep feeling nature combined with passionate thinking may be experienced in Ardra. The presiding deity is Rudra, the lord … Continue reading

Mrigashira Nakshatra – 23° 20′ Taurus to 6° 40′ Gemini

The fifth nakshatra, Mrigashira, is evenly divided within the constellations of Taurus and Gemini. It consists of three faint stars near the head of Orion. This lunar mansion is called “the searching star,” marking the “beginning of a search.” The ruling planet is Mars, reflecting the spiritual warrior searching for truth. The great Vedic astrologer from India Dr. B.V. Raman and his astrologer son Niranjan Babu both have their natal Moons placed in this auspicious asterism. Spiritual intelligence and research abilities are refined here. Mrigashira is considered devic or god-like … Continue reading

Rohini Nakshatra – J0“ 001 to 23° 20′ Taurus

The fourth nakshatra is named Rohini. It is placed entirely within the constellation of Taurus the Bull. The Moon is in its mulatrikona sign in Rohini and also rules this lunar mansion. Beauty, sensuality, charisma and charm can be reflected here. Its primary motivation, though, is moksha or spiritual liberation. According to Dr. B.V. Raman, Sri Krishna had both his Lagna (Ascendant) and natal Moon residing in Rohini.1 The ruling deity is Brahma, the creator of the universe. Thus, tremendous creativity and gifts in the fine arts can result with planets … Continue reading

Krittika Nakshatra – 26° 40′ Aries to 10° 00′ Taurus

The third nakshatra, Krittika, resides in the constellations of the Ram and the Bull. The first pada (3° 20’J is in Aries, with the remaining ten degrees in Taurus. The Sun is the ruling planet of this lunar mansion. Thus, in the first pada, a Sun/Mars dynamic is experienced due to the waning Aries influence. Leadership, authority, and power may result. President Bill Clinton’s natal Moon is placed here. The astronomical location of this lunar mansion is in the constellation of the Pleiades. The six brightest stars of the Pleiades … Continue reading

Bharani Nakshatra – 13° 20′ to 26° 40′ Aries

The second of the 27 nakshatras is named Bharani, which also resides entirely within the sign of Aries the Ram, ruled by Mars. The lunar mansion itself is ruled by Venus. Thus, a Mars/Venus interaction of energy is experienced by planets which inhabit or transit this asterism. The union of the feminine (Venus) and masculine (Mars) reflects the creative potential which is experienced here. Bharani is a conduit or channel for artistic gifts and talents. The symbol for this nakshatra is a yoni, the organ of female reproduction. A vessel … Continue reading

Ashwini Nakshatra – 0° to 13″ 20′ Aries

The first of the 27 lunar mansions is called Ashwini, which resides entirely with the sign of Aries the Ram, ruled by Mars. The nakshatra itself is ruled by Ketu. the South Node of the Moon. Thus, a Mars/Ketu mixture of energy is experienced by planets which inhabit it. Dynamism, tenacity, fierce activity and a thirst for life are reflected by this combination of forces. Activation of primordial energies with the awakening of consciousness is associated with this asterism. The symbol of this nakshatra is a horse’s head. It consists … Continue reading