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Kismat or Fate Through Hindu Vedic Ways

What is a Nakshatra?
Hindu astrology has a unique system of prediction that is based on the position of the moon in a given Nakshatra (constellation). There are twenty-seven nakshtras in all. Each one of them covers thirteen degrees and twenty minutes of the zodiac. Each Nakshatra is the head of a particular group of stars.

How does the Nakshatra affect you?
The zodiac is divided into 27 Nakshatra zones. Therefore, while traversing the zodiac, the Moon has to pass through one of the Nakshatra. When you were born, the Nakshatra in which the Moon was situated at that time is called your Janma Nakshatra (birth nakshatra). Accurate predictions can be made after ascertaining your Janma Nakshatra. You can exploit opportunities through proper interpretation of the Nakshatra. Similarly, you can ward off the negatives if you take corrective measures. Nakshatra are also associated with colours, symbols, deities, gemstones etc.

Nakshatras and the Three Worlds
According to Hindu mythology there are three worlds or \'Lokas\': Swarga (Heaven) Loka, Prithvi (Earth) Loka and Mrityu or Narakha (Hell) Loka. The Nakshtras too are divided into three groups or \'Ganas\'.

Translation: Horseman
Deity :Ashwinis (Health)
You are loyal, trustworthy and reliable. Your calm and quiet exterior hides a magnetic personality. Your inherent goodness and comforting nature draws people to you. They look to you for guidance. You are elegant and concerned about your appearance. You are as proud and self-sufficient as you are good natured and practical. You give comfort to others as well as encourage and motivate them. You move, think, act and learn quickly. Though you often enjoy starting new projects, there may be a certain lack of enthusiasm and consistency in following them through. Your movements are like that of a horse, always racing about.

Your greatest strength lies in the speed with which you can get things done. You always have a great deal of energy and stamina; that others can rarely keep pace with, and this keeps them in awe of you.

Activities and careers that will suit you are: architecture, stock broking, business, interior design, flying, driving, riding and sports. Take care to curb your stubbornness, as it may get in the way of a harmonious family life. You are predisposed to muscular injuries and those of you leading very active lives should be careful, as accidents are common to people born under this nakshatra.

Translation: Deer\'s Head
Deity: Soma
You are youthful, full of energy, and very popular. You have a sharp intellect, unbounded curiosity, and a fine sense of humour. You are elegant and concerned about your appearance. You are very knowledgeable and can hold your own in intellectual discussion. You are very creative, especially in the performing arts. You enjoy singing and public speaking. You will have no problems in attracting romantic partners, though your marital life may not be harmonious.

You often tend to overdo things, and often get overexcited about them, and as a consequence; might suffer from nervousness and exhaustion. You have to guard against becoming too critical and sarcastic as you may risk alienating a lot of people.

Careers ideally suited for you are: Sports, Advertising, Communication, Environment campaigns, travel related industry etc. You will fare well in your career when you are given creative freedom and allowed to chart your own course.

Many of you will suffer from bodily ailments and minor illnesses through out your life.

Translation: Good Again
Deity: Adita
You are a bright and enthusiastic person with handsome features. You are a simple person with not one dishonest bone in your body. You have a spiritual bent of mind and materialism does hold much attraction for you. Those born under this nakshatra will be drawn to religious professions. Whatever little material possessions you may acquire, you will share it with others. You look inward for your spiritual fulfilment.

You will tend to choose a religious or spiritual career. Even if you do not choose a religious career, you will remain deeply religious and spiritual. Other career options could be writing, acting or journalism.

Those born under this sign tend to have very happy marriages. Children born to such people feel loved and secure. Your deep-rooted faith in God and your high morals will give your family a deep sense of security.

You should take care of your health and eat healthy wholesome diets, otherwise diseases like T.B., under nourishment and pneumonia, could afflict you.

Translation: Nourishing
Deity: Brihaspati
This is considered the best nakshatra. You are intelligent, soft-spoken and spiritual. You help others, asking nothing in return. You are self-sufficient and self-reliant. You are also inclined towards intellectual activities. You have deep-seated political and humane convictions. You help others unconditionally and are a champion of the underprivileged. However you must be cautious of others trying to manipulate you for their own selfish ends. You are a fair and straightforward person and expect others to behave likewise. Medicine, Social Work, health care are ideally suited for you.

Your talent for spreading happiness and lifting the spirit and activities like comedy, party planning, event planning will be suitable. Your tendency of putting your political or social work before your self, and your family, may cause some friction. It is advisable to have a balanced approach, and be sensitive to the needs of your loved ones.

Some you could be predisposed to ailments like gall stones, gastric ulcers, skin diseases etc.

Translation: Hand
Deity: Savitri
You are generally tall and well built. You have a magnetic personality and it is impossible to remain unimpressed with you. You have a selfless and helpful nature. You are a very creative person and work very well with your hands. Your talent will bring you name and recognition. You are hard working and dedicated and this propels you towards success. You have a very competitive nature that makes you seek success, often for its own sake. You often take things to heart and can lash out at others, when hurt or neglected. You should be honest with your feelings, and discuss them rationally and calmly. You should be careful of overindulgence. Also, try to be sympathetic to others and be sensitive to their needs.

You will be successful in areas that require you to use your creativity as well as work with your hands. Those born under this nakshatra are good at organising and managing things. You will also excel at jobs, which involve a lot of travelling.

Marital life will be happy and contented.

You could be plagued by minor bodily ailments like cough and cold, Breathing trouble, asthma etc. Overindulgence may lead to high blood pressure and heart ailments.

Translation: The lead goat in a herd
Deity: Vayu
You are a kind and caring person, who often gets involved with other\'s problems. You are an astute and intelligent person, to whom people come for guidance. Peaceful and good-natured, you cannot be corrupted or manipulated. You are single-minded and fiercely ambitious and will stop at nothing to achieve your goals. You have a strong sense of justice and harmony. You are broad-minded and attract people from diverse backgrounds. You will do well to attend to your finances or you may incur a lot of debt.

Many of those born under this nakshatra will be involved in religious or social work. You are ideally suited to work in the social sphere. You could also be involved in religious organisations and politics. Some of you will do well in professions related to medicine and drugs, chemicals, precious metals and travel industry.

You tend to focus too much on your social work and this may create friction within the family.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from ailments like pain in the joints, heart trouble, abdominal problems etc.

Translation: Success
Deity: Mitra
You are spirited, fun loving and well liked. You have an attractive personality and make a lot of friends. Strong and determined, you are also very ambitious. You achieve all your goals as you have a \"never say die\" attitude. You are spiritually inclined and may dabble in astrology and the occult. Some of you may be creative, especially in the performing arts. Many of you will shine in social and political fields.

You profession may take far away from your place of birth. Some of you may be successful in business. Careers that will suit you: Sales and marketing, Astrology, Spiritual guidance and counselling, Business etc.

You will have a satisfactory marriage but you will have to be sensitive to your partner\'s needs. Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from minor bodily ailments like asthma, breathing trouble, cough and cold and dental problems.

Translation: Ear of Hearing
Deity: The Maintainer
You are a kind and considerate person. You are neat and well ordered. You tend to walk the middle ground preferring neither extreme. You will be financially successful and lead a materially comfortable life.

Your organisational and leadership skills are well developed, and you may do well in business. You will make a good manager or project leader. You also like to spend a lot of time working for charitable organisations. You need to be careful with your finances or you may bankrupt your self.

Careers that will suit you: Engineering, management related jobs, charitable and social institutions etc. You will be happiest if you could work for charitable or social work organisations.

Your marital life will be extremely happy and blissful.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from ailments like eczema and skin diseases, T.B., Rheumatism etc.

Translation: Wealthy
Deity: Pushan
You are independent and fiercely ambitious. As the translation suggests, this is a nakshatra of wealth. Those born under it will enjoy great prosperity. Setbacks will not hold you back for long. You are attractive and sociable. People enjoy being around you, as you are extremely likeable and easy to get along with. You enjoy a robust physique and good health. You have a tendency to overburden your self with others\' problems and this could cause your health to suffer.

You should be careful with your finances or you could incur a lot of debt.

Careers that will suit you are: Counselling, Psychology, Psychiatry, Social work etc. You should also try volunteer work in your spare time.

Your marital life will be very harmonious and your spouse, very compatible.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from complaints like ulcers, intestinal disorders, orthopaedic and dental problems.

The Human group

Translation: The Bearer
Deity: Yama
You are of medium build with well-set teeth. You are intelligent, with a quick mind and ready wit, and are mentally quite flexible. You are spontaneous and optimistic, and drawn to the unknown. You are very courageous and never shy away from a fight, especially if you think it is for the right cause. Many of you will be blessed with a long life. Your Nakshatra is that of the \'The Bearer\', one who is burdened. This often makes you bitter and selfish, as you feel encumbered by responsibility. You dislike being controlled and manipulated though quite often your own behaviour can be childlike.

Some of you are very creative, especially in the visual arts, and may try your hand at painting and photography.

Careers that will suit you are: Military, Chemical industry, medicine, agriculture. You may have problems in romance and may be misunderstood by your partner. You are a connoisseur and fond of good things in life and prone to putting on weight. Obesity and skin diseases could plague many of you.

Translation: The Red One
Deity: Prajapati
Lightly built, you are soft spoken and popular. You have delicate features and a gentle nature. You admire honesty and loyalty. You are witty and intelligent and with your excellent persuasive skills, you can sway people. You can quickly gain others\' confidence but must take care not to abuse their trust. You can motivate others to work hard and achieve their goals. You may experience family problems due to being misunderstood sometimes.

Careers that will suit you are: Business, chemical engineering, civil engineering and construction, architecture, design, landscaping etc. Finance is another area where you could do very well.

You are also inclined towards intellectual activities and will continue to seek knowledge through out your life.

Your romantic and marital life will be blissful and tranquil. Some of you could suffer from nervous and stress related health problems. A turn towards spirituality and religion will prove beneficial and will bring you peace of mind.

Purva Phalguni
Translation: The Fig Tree
You are attractive and personable able to draw a large number of people towards yourself and make friends easily. You have a sophisticated and dignified bearing. You tend to be scrupulously honest and cannot stand back quietly and watch any illegal activity. You are also single minded and determined and once your mind is made up, there is no stopping you. This trait often causes you to step on a lot of toes and hurt people. It would be wise for you to plan and organise well before starting out on a project. You should be careful with your finances or you may incur a lot of debt.

You often take things to heart and can lapse into a depression when hurt or neglected. You should be honest with your feelings and discuss them rationally and calmly. You will do well in the legal field as well as in law enforcement as it is important for you to defend moral values. Your marital life will be happy though you will require constant reassurance and love from your partner. Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from ailments like asthma and related breathing troubles, dental problems and abdominal complications.

Uttara Phalguni
Translation: The latter red one
Deity: Bhaga
By nature you are calm, composed and unwavering. You charm your way into people\'s hearts. Though you are flexible, you have very strong moral convictions. You are a cheerful person and take the trials and tribulations of life in your stride. You possess an independent frame of mind. Some of you may have some problems regarding your temper. You will need to develop more tolerance. You should guard against becoming arrogant and vain. It is important that you do not become too self-focussed. Volunteer work with social and charitable organisations will bring you good luck.

You tend to be hard working and will do well in life. You will especially be successful in careers that are associated with new beginnings like construction industry, hospitality industry, event planning, publicity management etc. You may also do well in public dealings and earn well out of commissions and royalties.

Marital life is pleasant and contented.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from ailments like dental problems, gastric problems and bodily discomforts.

Purva Ashada
Translation: The Former Unsubdued
Deity: Apa
You are caring, gentle nature and have many friends. You are a hard worker and will make an excellent manager. You are supportive and generous and go out of your way to help friends. You have a forgiving nature and do not hold grudges against others. You prefer a simple life above fame and fortune. You would make an excellent manager but would rather not take on responsibility.

Very often, people born under this nakshatra are unable to realise their full potential. The reason for this is not lack of talent or skill but a lack of ambition. You need to focus more on your career and education.

Careers and activities that will suit you: Financial planning, social work, NGO\'s volunteer work etc.

Spouse is usually compatible and married life, satisfactory.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from ailments like T.B. eosonophilia, muscular problems etc. Women could suffer from uterine problems.

Uttara Ashada
Translation: The Latter Unsubdued
Deity: Vishwadevas
You have a tall well-proportioned body and tend toward thinness. You are interested in learning and in higher education. You are just, liberal and always ready to help the needy. You have a sunny disposition and are fun to be with. Your kindness and consideration has won you many friends. People look up to you and turn to you for help and guidance. Occasionally you should attend to your own needs too.

Careers that will suit you: Research, Teaching, Counselling, Intellectual activities, banking, publishing etc.

You will be lucky in love and you will have a happy marriage. You will prove to be a devoted spouse. Some of you may have more than one marriage though.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from complaints like stomach and abdominal ailments, eye problems.

Purva Bhadrapada
Translation: Former Beautiful Foot
Deity: Aja Ekapad
You are a self sufficient and highly resourceful person. You will be very successful in attracting wealth. You will succeed in attracting a lot of friends, some of them rich and powerful. You are a risk taker and your charming personality often gets you out of tight spots. You are a very adaptable person and can change yourself as the situation warrants. You have very discriminating tastes.

Careers that will suit you: Business, Banking and finance, Industrial management, international travel, gems and precious metals etc.

Your marital life will be happy and your spouse will be a constant source of strength and encouragement to you. You understand human nature and can figure out most people.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from complaints like paralytic attacks, diabetes, gastric and abdominal problems.

Women could suffer from uterine problems.

Uttara Bhadrapada
Translation: Latter Beautiful Foot
Deity: Ahir Budhnya
You are an attractive and charming personality and will always stand out in a crowd. You have a large number of friends cutting across the social spectrum. You are loyal to your friends and always willing to come to their aid. Some of you will tend to be shy and it is important that they learn to face the world with confidence. Generally, you are intelligent and erudite, and your intellectual achievements will be a source of inspiration to others.

You are financially successful and self-sufficient. You are a loving and merciful person and always willing to reach out to others. You spend a lot of time and money on charity. You are good at solving problems. This talent lends very well to a successful career in law, professional mediation, counselling.

Your marital life will be harmonious and satisfactory and children will be a source of joy and happiness.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from minor complaints like bodily aches and pains, rheumatism etc.

Translation: Moist or Perspiring
Deity: Rudra
You tend to be healthy, vigorous and physically fit. Many of you are handsome and good-looking. You have that rare gift of compassion and empathy and are inclined to help the needy. You are more inclined towards physical activity even though you are quite intelligent. At times, you can be insensitive and impetuous. You are flexible and open to change, and often make attempts to change your negative traits.

Often you are stubborn and not easily persuaded. Some times you inadvertently cause pain to others, and are viewed as a threat by them.

Subduing of animals, people or natural forces come naturally to people born under this nakshatra.

Career best suited for you: Law enforcement, fire fighting, etc. It is important to realise that this urge to control others should not be extended to romantic and family affairs. It will have to be replaced with love, trust and respect. To always try and dominate will cause an inordinate amount of pain to your loved ones.

It is important to realise that this urge to control others should not be extended to romantic and family affairs. It will have to be replaced with love, trust and respect. To always try and dominate will cause an inordinate amount of pain to your loved ones.

Heart trouble, paralysis, and stress related ailments are some of the likely ailments that you could suffer from.

Translation: The Cutter
Deity: Agni
You have a feline grace and a magnetic personality. You are popular, especially with the opposite sex. You are powerfully built and have a commanding presence. You are hearty and vigorous with a voracious appetite. You are an overachiever and you may acquire many material possessions. You are determined and resolute and once your mind is made up, there is no stopping you. You are admired for your single mindedness, and your sense of purpose. You have the ability to cut through to the heart of the matter and tackle problems head on. Your leadership skills are highly developed though your aggressiveness often intimidates those around you. You are often misunderstood.

Normally those born under this nakshatra are placid characters, but can become very dangerous if provoked.

As the translation implies, you are good at cutting through things. Therefore you will be good at carpentry, sculpture, metal work etc.

Careers that will suit you are: Engineering, law, Military, medicine, business, interior decoration etc.

You are ideally suited to fight for the rights of the less privileged, as you are adept at getting things done.

Translation: The entwiner
Deity: Sarpas
You are resourceful and clever. You think and move fast. You are remarkably flexible and have the capability to transform yourself. You have diverse interests and need constant stimulation. As a result you may change careers many times in your life. Many of you are born leaders and have a fierce desire to be the best. You also want to be recognised for your achievements. You have excellent communication skills and many of you may be good orators

You should be careful regarding your investments or you may suffer heavy losses.

You are very secretive by nature and though often work in groups, you have a sense of alienation. Often you are unduly suspicious of people\'s motives. You need a lot of variety in your career. Ideally you are suited to go into politics, acting, writing or journalism.

Your family life will be harmonious and you will make your partner the focal point of your life. You could suffer from ailments like joint pains, bodily discomforts, and nervous disorders.

Translation: The Mighty One
Deity: Pitris
You are forthright and honest. You have a positive attitude and a very balanced outlook. You have a commanding personality and are very knowledgeable about various issues. People look up to you for guidance. You respect others and in turn expect respect from them. You have strong leadership skills and yearn to get to the top. You have a tendency to be arrogant, which combined with your bluntness and honesty may alienate some people. You will enjoy a harmonious marital life. However you if you are too demanding of your family you may face problems.

Your honesty and compassion makes you ideally suited to work in the social sector. Also Magha being the Nakshatra of royalty you may well be elevated to high position in life. You may do well in business or in public or private spheres. You can amass a lot of wealth. You are a brilliant planner and organiser and are always in command of a situation.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from diseases like asthma, epilepsy or cancer. Women should watch out for uterine problems.

Translation: Brilliant
Deity: Twastry
You are graceful and sophisticated. You easily stand out in a crowd. You are well dressed and well groomed. You are also courageous, astute, intuitive, ambitious and popular. You are a lover of art and all things beautiful. You have an eye for detail and can arrange things in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing. Some of you may be drawn towards intellectual endeavours. Many of you will pursue higher education and will retain a lifelong thirst for knowledge. You are extremely knowledgeable and very concerned with political and social issues. You will be able to hold your own in intellectual discussions. You have a powerful urge to be proved right and often, this makes you aggressive.

Activities and careers that will suit you are: Research, teaching and intellectual pursuits, the visual arts, interior decoration, designing, landscaping etc.

You may face problems in your marital life that will need to be tackled with sensitivity. Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from ailments like kidney and bladder troubles, psychiatric and brain disorders etc. Women should be careful about uterine problems.

Translation: Forked Branch
Deity: Indra and Agni
You have an attractive personality and are quick-witted. You are very popular, especially with members of the opposite sex. You are very intelligent, needing constant mental stimulation. You prefer the company of like-minded people. You are an excellent communicator, and you write and speak well. You attract a large number of people and make many friends. You have a strong sense of justice and harmony and when you see people being treated unfairly, you speak up.

You will have to guard against sarcasm and speaking negatively about people.

Careers that will suit you: Journalism, sales and marketing, writing.

Those born under this nakshatra are likely to have a very happy marital life and will make good marriage partners.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from ailments like paralysis, kidney and bladder trouble, hormone deficiencies etc.

Translation: Eldest
Deity: Indra
You are an attractive personality, full of vitality and energy. You are loving and generous. You are engrossed in family matters and feel responsible for the members of your family. Sometimes you feel resentful and bitter about being encumbered by responsibility. You achieve success early in life. Your attractive personality and essential good nature wins you many friends. You are an expert at working with your hands and at fashioning metals.

Success will come to you after the age of twenty-one. Careers that will suit you are: Engineering, Metallurgy, Chemical engineering, Architecture, construction, interior designing etc.

Married life is happy and you will have very supportive spouses.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from minor bodily ailments like pain in the joints, cough and cold, sleeplessness etc. Women could suffer from uterine problems.

Translation: The Root
Deity: Niritti
You have an attractive personality and ooze charm. You are therefore able to draw people towards you and influence them. You have a knack for getting to the heart of the matter and being very direct. You are flexible and unorthodox. Strong and determined, you are also very ambitious. You can sometimes be fiercely competitive and goal oriented. You are known for your direct approach and single-mindedness.

You will be financially successful and lead a materially comfortable life. Careers that will suit you: Politics, sales and marketing, finance, stock market, business, hydraulic engineering, sailing etc.

Married life is satisfactory though you will have to guard against sabotaging your relationship by getting too competitive with your mate.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from ailments like pain in the joints, Rheumatism, hip and backaches etc.

Translation: Wealth
Deity: Vasus
You are a multifaceted personality with diverse interests. You are highly intelligent and possess all round knowledge. Your interests take up a lot of your time. You are skilled in your line of work. You are passionate about the past and spend time learning about it. You generally have the upper hand in intellectual discussions. You are a glib talker, though you often end up hurting others.

You are skilled in business, music and dance, astrology etc. You will do well in scientific research etc. Activities and careers that will suit you are: History, archaeology, art-restoration, musicology etc. Some of you could do well in engineering and computer industry. Generally you will need a profession that will allow you to establish a link with the past.

Marital life will be happy and satisfactory.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from complaints like anaemia, cough and cold etc. Women may suffer from uterine problems.

Translation: 100 Physicians
Deity: Varuna
You have a noble and an aristocratic demeanour. You value truth very highly. The pursuit of knowledge is a life long quest and you may have as diverse interests as philosophy, psychology, astrology, metaphysics and mathematics. You need constant mental stimulation. Though you have control over your emotions, you are very changeable and often confuse people. You can become dangerous when provoked.

Careers and activities that will suit you: Academics, Engineering, Mathematics, Accounts, Scientific research etc. As the translation indicates, you will especially do well in medicine and surgery. Some of you may explore non-traditional forms of medicine. Marital life may not be without friction.

Those born under this nakshatra could suffer from complaints like urinary tract diseases, diabetes, breathing trouble, cough and cold, pneumonia etc. Dental problems are also indicated.
   THE SIGNS OF THE PADAS AND THE RELATIONSHIP TO THE NAVAMSAThere are 27 Nakshatras. Every Nakshatra measures 13.20\' (13 degrees and 20 minutes). Each Nakshatra is divided into 4 parts of 3.20’ (3 degrees and 20 minutes). These parts are called padas. Each pada has the characteristics of a sign of the zodiac, starting with Aries.Therefore, the pada system can be seen as a system which integrates the Nakshatras with the commonly used zodiac. In each Nakshatra there are 4 padas. Therefore, in 3 Nakshatras we have 12 padas. Because each pada represents a sign of the zodiac in a group of 3 Nakshatras we find the entire zodiac in the form of padasigns.Now each sign of the zodiac covers 2 ¼ Nakshatras. That is 4 + 4 + 1 = 9 padas.The navamsa is the 1/9 division of the zodiac. Therefore, there is connection between the padas and the navamsa. The connection is simple. If a planet is in the pada of Aries then it is in the navamsa in Aries. If it is in the pada of Taurus it is in the navamsa in Taurus and so on. Therefore, the navamsasigns and the signs of the padas are the same. The navamsa is the chart of the soul. It gives information about the state of the soul and thus of the inner life of the person. Therefore, it can be said that the signs of the padas give information about the soul of a person. If the rashi contains information about in which padas planets are located, there is no need for a separate printout of the navamsa. Navamsasigns and padasigns are the same. You will find an overview of this system in the next table:TABLE: PADAS OF THE FIRST NAKSHATRAS
1. Ashwini 0-13.20 Ariespadalord
0-3.20 Ariespada of AriesMars
3.20-6.40 Ariespada of TaurusVenus
6.40-10 Ariespada of GeminiMercury
10-13.20 Ariespada of CancerMoon
2. Bharani13.20-26.40 Aries 
13.20-16.40 Ariespada of LeoSun
16.40-20.00 Aries pada of VirgoMercury
20.00-23.20 Ariespada of LibraVenus
23.20-26.40 Ariespada of ScorpioMars
3. Krittika26.40-10 Taurus 
26.40 Aries-0 Taurus pada of SagittariusJupiter
0-3.20 Tauruspada of CapricornSaturn
3.20 -6.40 Tauruspada of AquariusSaturn
6.40-10 Tauruspada of PiscesJupiter
4. Rohini10-23.20 Taurus 
10-13.20 Tauruspada of AriesMars
13.20-16.40 Tauruspada of TaurusVenus
16.40-20 Tauruspada of GeminiMercury
20-23.20 Tauruspada of CancerMoon
5. Mrigashirsha23.20 Taurus -6.40 Gemini 
23.20-26.40 Taurus pada of LeoSun
26.40 Taurus- 0 Gemini pada of VirgoMercury
0-3.20 Geminipada of LibraVenus
3.20-6.40 Gemini pada of ScorpioMars
2. THE THREE GUNASThere are three gunas or types of energy.
  1. First, there is Rajas. Rajas is the energyspark of the soul which is incarnating in the world. Rajas gives activity.
  2. Then there is Tamas. The soul, which comes into this world, immerses itself into materiality. Tamas is about materiality and the material world.
  3. After the soul has encountered materiality, it is time for the soul to liberate itself. The energy of liberation is called Sattva. Sattva is about going beyond the material world. It is about the soul wanting to return to its heavenly home.
Each Nakshatra represents certain gunas. And it does so not only on one level, but on three levels.FIRST LEVEL
  1. First, we have a group of 9 Nakshatras that represent Rajas energy on a primary level. These Nakshatras coincidence with the signs Aries, Taurus, Gemini and Cancer. Aries is the first firesign, Taurus the first earthsign, Gemini the first airsign and Cancer the first watersign.
  2. Then there comes a groups of 9 Nakshatras which represent Tamas on a primary level. These Nakshatras coincidence with the signs Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio. Leo is the second firesign, Virgo the second earthsign, Libra the second airsign and Scorpio the second watersign.
  3. Finally, we have a group of 9 Nakshatras which represent Sattva on a primary level. These Nakshatras coincidence with the signs Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. Sagittarius is the third firesign, Capricorn the third earthsign, Aquarius the third airsign and Pisces the third watersign. .
SECOND LEVELNow each group of 9 Nakshatras can be divided into 3 groups of 3 Nakshatras. This represents the gunas on a secondary level. In each groups of 9 Nakshatras the first three Nakshatras represent Rajas on a secondary level, the second three Nakshatras represent Tamas on a secondary level and the third three  Nakshatras represent Sattva on a secondary level. We see that the order of Rajas, Tamas and Sattva, which we saw at the primary level, repeats itself on this level. THIRD LEVELThere are 3 groups of 9 Nakshatras. Because each group of 9 Nakshatras has been split into 3 groups of 3 Nakshatras we have a total of 9 groups which consist of 3 Nakshatras.These groups of 3 Nakshatras represent the tertiary level. The first Nakshatra of such a group represents Rajas, the second Nakshatra Tamas and the third Sattva.THE GUNAS AT THREE LEVELSWhat we have here is a rather complicated system in which each Nakshatra represents certain gunas on different levels.Let us look at the first Nakshatra of Ashwini. On a primary level Ashwini represents Rajas,because the Nakshatra of Ashwini is in the range of the signs Aries to Cancer. On a secondary level, Ashwini represents again Rajas, because it is part of the first group of 3 Nakshatras within the range of Aries to Cancer.And also, on a tertiary level Ashwini represents Rajas, because it is the first Nakshatra of the first group of 3 Nakshatras.Therefore we say that Ashwini is Rajas – Rajas – Rajas.The next Nakshatra Bharani is Rajas – Rajas – TamasOnly the tertiary level has changed.Next comes Krittika which is Rajas – Rajas – Sattva.Again only a change at the tertiary level. Then we come to a new group of three Nakshatras, which causes for a change at the secondary level. This group does not have Rajas at the secondary level but Tamas. Of course at the tertiary level, we start again with Rajas.So Rohini is Rajas – Tamas – RajasAnd Mrigashirsha is Rajas – Tamas – TamasAnd Ardra is Rajas – Tamas – Sattva.Now we come to the third group of Rajas Nakshatras at the primary level. These have Sattva on the secondary level: Punarvasu is Rajas – Sattva – RajasPushya is Rajas – Sattva – Tamasand Ashlesha is Rajas – Sattva – Sattva.Ashlesha, which is located at the end of the sign Cancer, is the last of the Rajas Nakshatras at the primary level. The next Nakshatra has Tamas at the primary level. It is the Nakshatra of Magha which is placed at the beginning of Leo. Magha is Tamas –Rajas –RajasPurva Phalguni, which is next, is Tamas –Rajas –TamasHopefully, the reader now has a certain feeling for the system and can easily finish this on his own. A list of all the Nakshatras follows in the table below. The gunas are mentioned in this scheme. The primary guna is mentioned first, then the secondary and then the tertiary. R is Rajas, T is Tamas and S is Sattva If you would like to know which gunas are emphasised in a chart you could look in which Nakshatras the ascendant and the planets are located, look at the gunas of these Nakshatras and give one point for each time you see a certain guna mentioned. For example, the first example chart in the section about interpretation is the chart of Bill Clinton He has his ascendant in Hasta, which is Tamas-Tamas-Rajas. This gives 2 points for Tamas and 1 point for Rajas. If we add to this the gunas of the planets we get the following score:
Rajas 10 points, Tamas 15 points and Sattva 5 points.  Therefore Tamas is the most important guna in the character of Mr. Clinton, then comes Rajas and last comes Sattva.
We can compare this to the chart of Al Gore (not printed here, but birth data are March 31, 1948, 12.53, Time Zone 5 West, 38.54 North, 77.02 West). We get Rajas 13 points, Tamas 3 points and Sattva 14 points. Therefore, Al Gore has a Sattva/Rajas character with almost no Tamas. Of course, this system is helpful, but to really evaluate a chart we should always look at the chart as a whole and not just at the gunas the planets and the ascendant are in. DIAGRAM: AN OUTLINE OF THE 27 MOON CONSTELLATIONS USED IN VEDIC ASTROLOGY/JYOTISH
1. Ashwini0.13.20 AriesKetuRRRD
2. Bharani13.20-26.40 AriesVenusRRTA
3. Krittika26.40 Aries-10 TaurusSunRRSK
4. Rohini10-23.20 TaurusMoonRTRM
5. Mrigashirsha23.20 Taurus-6.40 GeminiMarsRTTM
6. Ardra6.40-20 GeminiRahuRTSK
7. Punarvasu20 Gemini-3.20 CancerJupiterRSRA
8. Pushya3.20-16.40 CancerSaturnRSTD
9. Ashlesha16.40-30 CancerMercuryRSSD
10. Magha0-13.20 LeoKetuTRRA
11. Purva Phalguni13.20 Leo-26.40 LeoVenusTRTK
12. Uttara Phalguni26.40 Leo-10 VirgoSunTRSM
13. Hasta10 Virgo-23.20 Virgo MoonTTRM
14. Chitra23.20 Virgo-6.40 LibraMarsTTTK
15. Swati6.40-20 LibraRahuTTSA
16. Vishakha20 Libra-3.20 ScorpioJupiterTSRD
17. Anuradha3.20 -16.40 ScorpioSaturnTSTD
18. Jyeshta16.40-30 Scorpio MercuryTSSA
19. Mula0-13.20 SagittariusKetuSRRK
20. Purvashadha13.20- 26.40 Sagittarius VenusSRTM
21. Uttarashadha26.40 Sag.-10 CapricornSunSRSM
22. Shravana10-23.20 CapricornMoonSTRA
23. Dhanistha23.20 Cap.-6.40 AquariusMarsSTTD
24. Shatabhishak6.40-20 Aquarius RahuSTSD
25. Purva Bhadrapada20 Aquarius-3.20 Pisces  JupiterSSRA
26. Uttara Bhadrapada3.20-16.40 Pisces  SaturnSSTK
27. Ravati16.40-30 PiscesMercurySSSM
Each Nakshatra has a certain planet as its lord. Indeed, it is the lord of the Nakshatra in which the Moon at birth is placed which decides which is the first dasa of the life of the person. Therefore, these Nakshatralords are important.It is interesting to see if we can find some connection between the lordships and the gunas. And indeed the connection is there. It turns out that Ketu, the Moon and Jupiter are the lords of Nakshatras, which have Rajas
at a tertiairy level.Venus, Mars and Saturn are the lords of the Nakshatras, which have Tamas at a tertiary level. Finally, the Sun, Rahu and Mercury are the lords of the Nakshatras, which have Sattva at a tertiary level.
Before we draw conclusions from this let us look at the secondary level.Ketu, Venus and the Sun are the lords of Nakshatras which have Rajas at the secondary level (this is the first group of nine Nakshatras).The Moon, Mars and Rahu are the lords of Nakshatras which have Tamas at the secondary level (this is the second group of nine Nakshatras).Finally, Jupiter, Saturn and Mercury are the lords of Nakshatras, which have Sattva at the secondary level (the third group of nine Nakshatras) . This is interesting because it gives us information about the gunas of the planets. If we mention the secondary level first and the tertiary level, second we can make the following summary.Ketu is Rajas- RajasVenus is Rajas-TamasSun is Rajas-SattvaMoon is Tamas-RajasMars is Tamas-TamasRahu is Tamas-SattvaJupiter is Sattva-RajasSaturn is Sattva-TamasMercury is Sattva-SattvaNow we can draw some interesting conclusions about the character of the planets.I will give some examples of this.Venus is a planet that has to do with love and lust. To get what we want we move into action (Rajas). The result of this action is that we are going deeper into material life (Tamas).The Sun is a fiery planet (Rajas), however it represents the soul in the chart and has therefore Sattva characteristics.Jupiter too is a fiery planet (Rajas), but again has Sattva characteristics because is the planet of the Guru and inner wisdom.Saturn is a spiritual planet, because it is the planet of Sannyas (renouncing the world). Nevertheless, as we all know Saturn represents matter and therefore also Tamas.Rahu has the same energies as Saturn only in a different order. It brings us deep into material life (Tamas). However, it only is doing this so we are able to outlive everything that this earth has to offer and then liberate ourselves (Sattva).It may come as a surprise to some people that Mercury turns out to be the most spiritual planet.However, one thing that distinguishes us from animals, is our capacity to think and evaluate ourselves. Mercury as an airy planet can liberate us from this earth.
It is not a planet of materiality (Tamas) and neither does it like hard work and action (Rajas). It thinks about Tamas and Rajas instead of going into it.
It is not my intention to give all the answers, but merely to give the reader a system and to represent a way of thinking, which the reader can easily apply himself. After these examples, it will probably not be too hard to meditate about the character of Ketu, Mars and the Moon. CONCLUSIONIn this paragraph I have mentioned the connection of the gunas to the Nakshatras. Out of this have emerged conclusions about the connection of the gunas to the planets. I am well aware that there are other systems, which give information about the gunas and the planets. However, this system has a thorough theoretical foundation, which cannot be said of every system. The basis of most systems is mainly what the author of a certain book ‘feels’ must be the connection of the gunas to the planets. 3. THE NAKSHATRAS AND THE FOUR AIMS OF LIFE Life has four aims:
  1. Dharma: doing what you are supposed to do. Fulfilling your soul in daily activities
  2. Artha: generating income and wealth so you can provide shelter and food for your body.
  3. Kama: going after your desires.
  4. Moksha: liberating your soul.
Every Nakshatra represents an energy in which one aim is stressed. Therefore, by looking at which planets are in which Nakshatras we can find out which aims of life are stressed in the life of a person.At first sight there seems to be a connection between these aims and the elements. It is easy to see a connection between fire and Dharma, earth and Artha, air and Kama and moskha and water. However there is another division of Nakshatras in tattvas (elements). This is a different division then the division in aims of life. The way the Nakshatras are divided among the aims of life is interesting. At first, the order of the aims is the same as the order of the signs which represents the connected elements in the zodiac.We all know that the first sign in the zodiac is Aries (fire), then Taurus (earth), Gemini (air) and Cancer (water).Now the first Nakshatra Ashwini is a Dharma Nakshatra, the second Nakshatra Bharani is a Artha Nakshatra, the third Krittika is a Kama Nakshatra and the fourth Rohini is a Moksha Nakshatra. Then however something different happens. The fifth Nakshatra Mrigashirsha is also a Moksha Nakshatra and from then, the order is going backwards. So the sixth Nakshatra Ardra is a Kama Nakshatra, the seventh Punarvasu is an Artha Nakshatra and the eighth Pushya a
Dharma Nakshatra.
Now we have returned at the ‘first aim’ Dharma again. The ninth Nakshatra Ashlesha is still a Dharma Nakshatra. From then, we go onwards: the tenth Nakshatra Magha is Artha, the eleventh Purva Phalguni is Kama, the twelfth Uttara Phalguni is Moksha.From then, the same thing happens as with Rohini. Again the next Nakshatra Hasta is a Moksha Nakshatra and from then, we go backwards: Chitra is Kama, Swati is Artha and Vishakha is Dharma. As can be expected there follows another Dharma Nakshatra which is Anuradha, then we have an Artha Nakshatra Jyeshta, a Kama Nakshatra Mula and a Moksha Nakshatra Purvashadha. At this point, something happens which may surprise us. At first what happens is very much what we would have expected. There comes another Moksha Nakshatra, which is Utturashadha, but then we  seem to skip the Kama Nakshatra and go right to an Artha Nakshatra which is Shravana and then we come to a Dharma Nakshatra which is Dhanista.Of course, it is interesting to know why we skip the Kama Nakshatra. The answer seems to be that in the past there used to be a system of 28 Nakshatras. The 28st Nakshatra is Abhijit. This Nakshatra  is located between Purvashadha and Shravana. It is the only Nakshatra of which
the main star Vega is located far away from the ecliptic. That is also why it is hard to locate it on the ecliptic and probably one reason why it is skipped.
However, some fifteen thousand years ago Vega used to be the polestar. In the past, this Nakshatra could be very important. The fact that the deity which belongs to this Nakshatra is Brahma, the creator, seems to underline this. Today, this Nakshatra is sometimes used for religious purposes,but is not a standard part of the system. However, let us go back to the order of Nakshatras. We have arrived at Dhanistha, which is a Dharma Nakshatra. Now we will find as expected another Dharma Nakshatra, which is Shatabhishak. Then comes an Artha Nakshatra Purva Bhadrapada, a Kama Nakshatra Uttara Bhadrapada and we end with a Moksha Nakshatra Revati.It is interesting that we start the sequence of Nakshatras with the Nakshatra Ashwini which is a Dharma Nakshatra (that has to do with finding our purpose in life) and end with a Moksha Nakshatra which is about spiritual liberation. In the diagram of the Nakshatras, which you can see above (in the paragraph about the gunas),
you will also find a column which gives information of which purpose of life belongs to which
Nakshatra. D = Dharma, A = Artha, K=Kama and M = Moksha.
There is something, which strikes me if I look at the table of the Nakshatras. The first Nakshatra Ashwini is Rajas-Rajas-Rajas and is a Dharma Nakshatra.The Nakshatra Chitra is Tamas-Tamas-Tamas and is a Kama Nakshatra. The last Nakshatra Revati is Sattva-Sattva-Sattva and is a Moksha Nakshatra.Therefore, there seems to be a connection between Rajas and Dharma, Tamas and Kama and Sattva and Moksha. This connection is logical if you look at the characteristics of the gunas and the purposes of life. 4. OTHER CHARACTERISTICS OF THE NAKSHATRASThe symbolism of the Nakshatras is rich indeed. In addition to a planet, deity, symbol, aim of life and guna each Nakshatra also corresponds with a certain animal, animal type, caste, sex, temperament, dosha, tattva (element) and even winddirection. Deities, planets and symbols are mentioned in my booklet the Hindu lunar zodiac, aims of life and gunas in the above paragraphs. I will now give a quick overview of the sexes, temperaments and animals. When interpreting Nakshatras I sometimes make use of these.There is no real orderly system like with aims of life and gunas when dividing the Nakshatras among the sexes, temperaments and animals. SEXESMale nakshatras are: Ashwini, Bharani, Pushya, Ashlesha, Magha, Uttara Phalguni, Swati, Jyeshta, Mula, Purvashadha, Uttarashadha, Shravana and Purva Bhadrapada.Female Nakshatras are: Krittika, Rohini, Mrigashirsha, Ardra, Punarvasu, Purva Phalguni, Hasta, Chitra, Vishakha, Anuradha, Dhanistha, Shatabhishak, Uttara Bhadrapada and Revati. Male Nakshatras are more active than female Nakshatras. It is notable that sometimes male Nakshatras are governed by female deities and the other way around. TEMPERAMENTSDeva (godly) nakshatras are Ashwini, Mrigashirsha, Punarvasu, Pushya, Hasta, Swati, Anuradha, Revati. Human nakshatras are Bharani, Rohini, Ardra, Shravana and all the Purva and Uttara Nakshatras.Rakshasa (demon) nakshatras are Krittika, Ashlesha, Magha, Chitra, Vishakha, Jyestha, Mula, Dhanistha, Shatabhishak. People who have many planets in demon Nakshatras maybe more harsh then those who have planets in the deva Nakshatras which are mostly soft. However we have to keep in mind that devas are not necessarily good and demons are not necessarily bad. In fact they both have their role in creation to play and are equally important. If there were no demons, it would be impossible to deal with our karmic problems. In that case, we would probably be playing harp all-day and enjoying the sunshine. Not much spiritual growth  would result out of that. ANIMALSThere is a connection between certain animal species and the Nakshatras. This is something that can be interesting to know about. You can look in which Nakshatra you have your ascendant, Moon or Sun and look at the corresponding animals. You may choose one (or more) of these as your ‘totem animal’. You can meditate on this animal. When you see it, you can look at its characteristics. You can read books about the way it lives. When you see a program about this animal do not miss it because by watching the program you will learn more about yourself. Personally, I think it is funny and revealing to learn about yourself just by watching a certain animal. Here comes the list. First I mention an animal and after that the Nakshatras which according to Indian tradition correspond with this animal.As with most connections at first the reason why a certain animal belongs to a certain Nakshatra may not be clear. However, the reason is always there. Rather than writing a long essay about  what might be the reasons I would ask you to think about this yourself. There are several
books in which you will find descriptions of the Nakshatras like my booklet the Hindu lunar zodiac.
With these descriptions at your proposal, it may not be too difficult to find out the rational for these connections. If you feel it is difficult, just meditate on it. If things get tough, you can see it as a Zen koan.
AnimalCorresponding Nakshatras
Horse:Ashwini (the horsewoman), Shatabhishak
Elephant:Bharani (the bearer), Revati
Goat:Krittika, Pushya
Serpent:Rohini, Mrigashirsha
Dog:Ardra, Mula
Cat:Punarvasu, Ashlesha
Rat:Magha, Purva Phalguni
Cow:Utter Phalguni, Uttara Bhadrapada
Buffalo:Hasta, Swati
Tiger:Chitra, Vishakha
Deer:Anuradha, Jyeshta
Monkey:Purvashadha, Shravana
LionDhanistha, Purva Bhadrapada

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