The twentieth nakshatra, Purva Ashadha resides entirely within the constellation of Sagittarius and consists of two stars (Kaus Borealis and Kaus Australis) which form the archer’s how. The stars were thought to look like a fan or winnowing hasket which is used for ridding corn of its husks. The ruling planet is Venus, reflecting the popularity (the person’s name is fanned around a lot) of this asterism. Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius which is connected with the elephant headed God, Ganesha. Purva Ashadha means “the undefeated” or “unsubdued” and is called “the invincible star.” Its natives are very proud people with the ability to influence and empathize with the masses. Purva Ashadha usually brings fame, wealth, fertility and much wisdom.
The deity of this lunar mansion is Apas, representing the cosmic waters deified as God, depicted as the causal waters spreading in all directions and giving rise to the affairs of humanity. This also relates to the concept of spreading one’s name and reputation throughout the land. Its power is that of invigoration (varchograhana shakti).1 Varuna is also mentioned as a residing deity due to his protection of the seas and the giving of rain. He pervades all things, representing the inner law of higher truth. There can be flashes of intuition in this nakshatra which provide valuable insight into the workings of divine law.
Purva Ashadha people can reveal a deeply philosophical and spiritual nature as the the corn husks of the ego are stripped away. Their primary motivation is moksha or spiritual liberation. They usually possess a strong need to continually improve their life situation. Purva Ashadha brings about purification and regeneration through “early victories” in life. For example, the youthful golf professional Tiger Woods has his natal Sun in this nakshatra. These people have an independent nature with many friends to support their aspirations.
The shadow side of Purva Ashadha is hubris and an egoic nature. These natives can exhibit an over-expansive nature, and usually do what they like without considering others’ opinions. They are good debaters and can defeat anyone in an argument. They can become obstinate and will not submit to the demands of anyone. The infamous dictator, Adolf Hitler, had his natal Moon in this nakshatra. Mental aggression and self-deception may be present. Sometimes the native will exhibit his negative qualities to a magnified extent to help the person work through the lessons. Purification and cleansing of the pride and ego can result if the individual can surrender to God’s will.