Health Potentials of the Nakshatras

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Nakshatra

Starting Point

Ruler

Quality

1. Ashvini

00 00 Aries

Ketu

Quick

2. Bharani

13 20 Aries

Venus

Fierce

3. Krittika

26 40 Aries

Sun

Mixed

4. Rohini

10 00 Taurus

Moon

Fixed

5. Mrigashira

23 20 Taurus

Mars

Tender

6. Ardra

06 40 Gemini

Rahu

Harsh

7. Punarvasu

20 00 Gemini

Jupiter

Changeable

8. Pushya

03 20 Cancer

Saturn

Quick

9. Aslesha

16 40 Cancer

Mercury

Harsh

10. Magha

00 00 Leo

Ketu

Fierce

11. Purva Phalguni

13 20 Leo

Venus

Fierce

12. Uttara Phalguni

26 40 Leo

Sun

Fixed

13. Hasta

10 00 Virgo

Moon

Quick

14. Chitra

23 20 Virgo

Mars

Tender

15. Svati

06 40 Libra

Rahu

Changeable

16. Vishakha

20 00 Libra

Jupiter

Mixed

Nakshatra

Starting Point

Ruler

Quality

1?. Anuradha

03 20 Scorpio

Saturn

Tender

18. Jyeshtha

16 40 Scorpio

Mercury

Harsh

19. Mula

00 00 Sagittarius

Ketu

Harsh

20. Purvashadha

13 20 Sagittarius

Venus

Fierce

21. Uttarashadha

26 40 Sagittarius

Sun

Fixed

22. Shravana

10 00 Capricorn

Moon

Changeable

23. Dhanishta

23 20 Capricorn

Mars

Changeable

24. Shatabhishak

06 40 Aquarius

Rahu

Changeable

25. Purvabhadra

20 00 Aquarius

Jupiter

Fierce

26. Uttarabhadra

03 20 Pisces

Saturn

Fixed

27. Revati

16 40 Pisces

Mercury

Tender

I will only give an introduction to the Nakshatras here as these will be the subject of a separate and more extensive study in an upcoming book. The Nakshatras are defined mainly in reference to the position of the Moon, which transits one Nakshatra a day, though they can be applied as well to the position of other planets. We can best under-stand the Nakshatras through examining them from three primary perspectives.

The first perspective is relative to the nature of the signs that they are a part of. The Nakshatras cover less than half a sign each (a total of 13 degrees 20 minutes). They reflect the portion of the signs that they constitute, adding specificity to the smaller area they cover but not contradicting the basic meaning of the signs and their ruling planets. For example, the first Nakshatra Ashvini will reflect the energies of the first section of the sign Aries in which it is located, and will further define the Aries qualities specific to this portion of the sign. This perspective is important for interpretive purposes.

The second perspective is relative to the planets ruling the Nakshatras, and this perspective is more important for predictive pur poses. The Nakshatras have their own ruling planets, which are different from the planets ruling the signs they are in and may even be inimical to them (for example, Venus ruled Nakshatras are located in fiery signs ruled by Mars, Sun and Jupiter, natural enemies of Venus). This is because the Nakshatra lord, unlike the sign lord that reflects interpretation based on location in space, reflects rather the unfold-ment of planetary energies through the movement of time. This temporal influence of the Nakshatra ruler comes out mainly during the periods of planets located in the Nakshatra in the birth chart.

The Nakshatras form the basic underlying structure of the most important Dasha or planetary period systems used in Vedic astrology, such as the most commonly used 120-year Vimshottari Dasha cycle. For predicting the timing of the unfoldment of events, the Nakshatra and Nakshatra lord of the Dasha lord (planet ruling the on-going planetary period) are most important. For example, if one is running a Venus Dasha, with Venus located at 2 degrees of Leo, in Magha, a • Nakshatra ruled by Ketu, one must carefully examine the position of Ketu as well as the Sun (lord of Leo) for determining how the Dasha is likely to unfold.

The third perspective is relative to the individual qualities of the Nakshatras themselves, and is a significant factor for interpretation. In regards to this, there are both general and specific ways in which the Nakshatras are described in Vedic astrology. I am emphasizing the most basic and important such consideration, which divides the. Nakshatras into seven types.25

1) Fixed (Dhruva) Nakshatras grant enduring positive results for actions performed under them. In terms of the birth chart, they give strength of character and physique and are good for both physical health and emotional well-being. They are generally the best of the Nakshatras.

Dhruva Nakshatras include the three Uttaras (Uttara Phalguni, Uttarashadha and Uttara Bhadra) as well as Rohini, which is regarded as the most favorable single Nakshatra for outer actions. A well-positioned Moon in these Nakshatras (strong in brightness, in a good house and under good aspect) is a great aid to the overall well-being of a person.

2) Harsh (Tikshna) Nakshatras are good for aggressive, assertive and destructive actions, but are unfavorable for creative and constructive matters. They often bring enmity and disease to those born under them, giving harshness to the emotions and even to the body.

Tikshna Nakshatras include Aslesha, Mula and Jyeshtha, generally considered the three most inauspicious Nakshatras, and Ardra, which is also a difficult Nakshatra. A poorly placed Moon in these Nakshatras (weak in brightness, in a bad house or under malefic aspects) presents many challenges for the happiness and longevity of a person, starting with difficulties in childhood. This is particularly the case for people born with the Moon in the first quarter (three degrees twenty minutes) of Mula and the last quarter of Aslesha or Jyeshtha.26

3) Fierce (Ugra) Nakshatras are also good for aggressive and assertive actions but not to the same degree as Sharp Nakshatras. They give an edge to the character of a person and create some possibility of disease, but also make a person competitive and grant success through action.

Ugra Nakshatras include the three Purvas (Purva Phalguni, Purvashadha and Purva Bhadra) as well as Bharani and Magha. A poorly placed Moon (weak in brightness, in a bad house or under malefic aspect) augments the difficulties of these Nakshatras, but a well-placed Moon in them grants a person a good deal of strength and endurance. The placement of the Moon in the first quarter or three degrees twenty minutes of Magha is the most problematical of these.

4) Quick (Kshipra) Nakshatras are swift to bring positive results for actions performed under them but these results are not as enduring as those gained under Fixed Nakshatras. So while they are very auspicious, their results can be limited. They also afford quickness, agility and flexibility of body and mind and are good for health and movement.27

Kshipra Nakshatras consist of Ashvini, Hasta and Pushya (which, with the exception of the timing of marriage, is considered to be the best Nakshatra, particularly for spiritual matters). A well-placed Moon in a Kshipra Nakshatra grants a good deal of energy, creativity and vitality.

5) Tender (Mridu) Nakshatras are good for relationship, communication and artistic ventures. They give softness, sweetness, tenderness or sensitivity of the body and mind and are generally good for health and longevity.

Mridu Nakshatras consist of Mrigashira, Chitra, Anuradha and Revati. These Nakshatras are generally good for health although they may, in similarity to an afflicted Moon, give some degree of emotional vulnerability.

6) Mixed or Both Harsh and Tender (Mridu-Tikshna) Nakshatras combine the qualities of both groups. They consist of Krittika and Vishakha only. They give competitive strength to a person but can make one vulnerable to disease, particularly during childhood.

7) Moveable (Chara) Nakshatras grant quick positive results but are temporary or superficial in their effects. They grant speed, adaptability and quick movement for both body and mind and so are not bad for the health, but can cause psychological instability, if afflicted. They are not as favorable as Quick or Kshipra Nakshatras which they resemble, but are generally good overall. Chara Nakshatras consist of Punarvasu, Svati, Shravana, Dhanishta and Shatabhishak.

In addition to this classification, certain Nakshatras are particularly good for healing. These include Ashvini, which is good for starting healing practices and for revitalization and rejuvenation; Shatabhishak, which is good for administering medicines, for cleansing and catharsis; Mrigashira, which is good for nurturing, tonifying and rejuvenation practices; Rohini, which is good for healing of wounds and tissue growth; Pushya, which is good for nurturing and building therapies; and Shravana, which is good for counseling and psychological healing.

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    Which nakshtras are good for medical?
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