The eighteenth lunar mansion is Jyeshtha which contains the brilliant red star, Antares, which is located near the heart of the Scorpion. Antares literally means the rival of Mars, because they are often confused with each other. It is located in the sign of Scorpio which is also ruled by Mars. A combination of power, independence and a sense of danger are experienced here. Jyeshtha translates as the “chief’ star, “senioimosf’ or the “eldest.” Jyeshtha symbolizes that which has seniority in many ways; the oldest, the most powerful, the most praiseworthy. According to Valerie Roebuck, Jyeshtha also means the “eldest queen” of the Moon God, Soma, who was superseded in her husband’s romantic affections by his younger wives.1 Interestingly, Jyeshtha is directly opposed by the nakshatra Rohini, the favorite wife.
The chief deity is Indra, the King of the Gods and protector of heroes. He is the divine warrior and “dragon slayer.’’ He rides the mighty elephant, carries the thunderbolt and demonstrates the power of truth. Indra is known for his daring nature, courage, power, and glory. He has the power to rise and conquer and gain courage in battle (arohana shakti).2 Interestingly, Indra defeats the dragon by courage and cunning, not by the strength of arms.
Jyeshtha is symbolized by an earring or circular talisman which may represent Vishnu’s disc. The ruling planet is Mercury, which is a reflection of Vishnu. Mental brilliance and analytical ability are experienced here. There is the capacity to achieve an elevated position in life and accomplish things skillfully. Creative genius can be experienced through Jyeshtha. Albert Einstein, Mozart and Beethoven all had their natal Moons placed here. In addition, Walt Disney had his natal Sun in Jyeshtha.
If afflicted, Jyeshtha can cause poverty and a fall from grace. The eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes had his natal Moon located in Jyeshtha. These people may have few friends and desire seclusion. A secretive or hypocritical nature may be observed. They can be involved in religious practices while simultaneously entrenched in materialistic pursuits. The primary motivation of Jyeshtha is artha or material prosperity. Its motto is that it is much easier to meditate on a balanced check book. Internal conflicts about one’s self-image and self-esteem can result. Arrogance, pride, and egotism must be held in check. These natives may possess an irritable and combative nature. Jyeshtha allows us to reach the summit of personal power, but it requires great control and self-effort.