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A Study Guide to Nakshatras
Part II - Chart Application

By Angela Pennington

The human mind is a complex web of conscious and unconscious thoughts, desires, emotions and sensory perceptions. A Natal Chart shows us behavior tendencies, while the Lunar Mansions allow us to look more intimately at ones psychology and personal growth lessons.

In Modern Astrology the Nakshatras are used for: Natal Astrology, Muhurtha, Mundane, Synastry and the Dasha System. For the purpose of this article, we will look at Natal and D-9 (Navamsha). Now, let us take a closer look at the Nakshatras and how to apply this information to basic chart analysis. For your reference, here is a list of the 27 Lunar Mansions:

LordDegreesRed Black White 
Ketu0 - 13° 20'AshwiniAriesMaghaLeoMulaSagittarius
Venus13°20' - 26°40'BharaniAriesPurva PhalguniLeoPurva AshadhaSagittarius
Sun26°40' - 10°00'KrittikaAries - TaurusUttara PhalguniLeo - VirgoUttara AshadhaSagittarius - Capricorn
Moon10°00' - 23°20'RohiniTaurusHastaVirgoShravanaCapricorn
Mars23°20' - 6°40'MrigashiraTaurus - GeminiChitraVirgo - LibraDhanishthaCapricorn - Aquarius
Rahu6°40' - 20°00'ArdraGeminiSwatiLibraShatabhishaAquarius
Jupiter20°00' - 3°20'PunarvasuGemini - CancerVishakhaLibra - ScorpioPurva BhadrapadaAquarius - Pisces
Saturn3°20' - 16°40'PushyaCancerAnuradhaScorpioUttara BhadrapadaPisces
Mercury16°40 - 30°00'AshleshaCancerJyeshthaScorpioRevatiPisces

Each Nakshatra is associated with a symbol, motivation, deity and myth. They convey powerful messages. In my personal experience, I am finding that the myths are wonderful to share with clients because they offer an oasis of self discovery and healing. Due to length, I will omit the corresponding myths.

For your reference, here is a list of the associated rulers, symbols, motivations and deities:

NakshatraRuler SymbolAimDeities
AshwiniKetuThe Star of TransportHorse HeadDharmaAshwin Kumars, Shiva
BharaniVenusThe Star of RestraintWombArthaYama
KrittikaSunThe Star of FireRazor, DaggerKamaAgni
RohiniMoonThe Star of AscentOx, CartMokshaBrahma, Prajapati
MrigashiraMarsThe Searching StarDeer HeadMokshaSoma
ArdraRahuThe Star of SorrowTeardrop, Human HeadKamaRudra
PunarvasuJupiterThe Star of RenewalBow and QuiverArthaAditi
PushyaSaturnThe Star of NourishmentCow Udder, Flower, CircleDharmaBrihaspati
AshleshaMercuryThe Clinging StarCoiled SerpentDharmaNagas
MaghaKetuThe Star of PowerPalanquin, CrownArthaPitris
Purva PhalguniVenusThe Fruit of the TreeFire PlaceKamaBhaga
Uttara PhalguniSunThe Star of PatronageFour Legs of a BedMokshaAryamamn
HastaMoonThe HandPalm of HandMokshaSavitar
ChitraMarsThe Star of OpportunityA PearlKamaTvashtar
SwatiRahuThe Self-Going StarCoralArthaVayu, Saraswati
VishakhaJupiterThe Star of PurposePotter's WheelDharmaIndra, Agni
AnuradhaSaturnThe Star of SuccessLotus FlowerDharmaMitra, Radha
JyeshthaMercuryThe Chief or Elder StarEarringArthaIndra
MulaKetuThe Foundation StarTale of Lion, Tide RootsKamaNirriti
Purva AshadhaVenusThe Invincible StarWinnowing BasketMokshaApas, Varuna
Uttara AshadhaSunThe Universal StarPlanks of BedMokshaThe Ten Vishwadevas
ShravanaMoonThe Star of LearningEar, Triple FootstepsArthaVishnu, Saraswati
DhanishthaMarsThe Star of SymphonyDrum or FluteDharmaThe Eight Vasus
ShatabhishaRahuThe Hundred StarsHundred PhysiciansDharmaVaruna
Purva BhadrapadaJupiterThe Burning PairSwordArthaAja Ekapada
Uttara BhadrapadaSaturnThe Warrior StarTwinsKamaAhirbudhnya
RevatiMercuryThe WealthyFishMokshaPushan

On a very basic level, a Nakshatra can lead us to a defining characteristic. For example, here is a man who is passionate about music. He plays multiple instruments with his focus being drums and percussion. The genre is ambient also known as meditation or healing sound. For him, music is a spiritual event, it calms his heart and mind.

Natal Chart Example “A”

Study Guide to Nakshatras Part 2 Chart One

Moon 27:17:52 Capricorn Nakshatra: Dhanistha (The Star of Symphony)
Sun 09:08:54 Aquarius Nakshatra: Shatabisha (Hundred Physicians)

The Ruler of Dhanistha is Mars, which is strong and favorable in this chart adding support to this Star. Saturn Lord of the 8th and 9th house is strong and favorable. Moon is conjoined Chart Lord Mercury, who is a little weak yet favorable. Through music, this well supported Moon and its Nakshatra has helped him heal wounds of an emotional nature. It’s interesting to note, all three Dharma houses are connected to the Moon and its Nakshatra whose aim is Dharma!

In Natal Chart Example “B”, we delve deeper into the psyche by utilizing the Natal and Navamsha Charts. Here we find the positive qualities of a Nakshatra are somewhat diminished by debilitation.

This chart belongs to a woman who is very loving and caring. She is beloved by her family and friends. The challenge involves an inability to speak up for herself, when she does it is a manifestation of anger. These wounds were inflicted largely by her parents (emphasis on father) and occurred in early childhood.

Natal Chart Example “B”

Study Guide to Nakshatras Part 2 Chart Two

Navamsha Chart Example “B”

Study Guide to Nakshatras Part 2 Chart Three

Mercury 13:22:45 Pisces Nakshatra: Uttara Bhadrapada (The Warrior Star)
Moon 15:41:42 Sagittarius Nakshatra: Purva Ashadha (The Invincible Star)

Mercury (karaka for communication) is debilitated in the 8th house; its Lord is strong and favorable. Mercury’s Nakshatra Ruler is Saturn, strong and favorable, however, Saturn brings difficulty. Mercury is aspected by Ketu. These influences cause her to withhold words for fear of creating a problem - it’s just “easier to not say anything”.

If we look to the corresponding Navamsha chart, Mercury and Mars are conjoined in Scorpio aspected by Jupiter. The Navamsha position adds a fiery temper to Mercury. She does not speak until she is so angry she blows a fuse or she will become extremely sarcastic, especially with men.

U. Bhadrapada is a complex Nakshatra representing duality and forming a pair with Purva Bhadrapada. An interesting twist, the Natal Sun is in P. Bhadrapada! Together, these Lunar Mansions represent a beginning and an ending, a spiritual journey. In my opinion, this journey represents a woman, whose past life karma (Jupiter in house of Poorva Punya), dictated losing her voice to her Father’s dominance. Through the maturation of Mercury and spiritual upliftment she has learned to better communicate, and remains challenged in this area.

If you review the above charts more closely, you will see that there are many more connecting threads between the Lunar Mansions and Planets. I’ll leave it up to you to read the incredible myths behind the Nakshatras. Enjoy Reading!

Brihat Jataka author Varaha Mihira
“Path of Light Volume I” author James Kelleher
“Mansions of the Moon” author Kenneth Johnson
“Indian Astrology” author Komilla Sutton

Om Ganesh!
Angela Pennington

Angela Pennington Biography:

Angela PenningtonAngela Pennington is a natural entrepenuer and over the last 20 years has owned and operated three unique and successful small businesses in the Pacific Northwest. Recently, she earned her ACVA Level I Certification and is currently working towards completion of ACVA Level II.

Angela has been a professional tarot reader and popular teacher of Goddess studies for over ten years. At present, she is developing her Vedic Astrology consulting business.

Angela was our first Student Editor, now editor, for the ACVA News and is a member of CVA ( Council Vedic Astrology )

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