The oldest method of Vedic Astrology is based on Nakshatras. There are 27 Nakshatras spread across portions of the zodiac, measuring around 13 degrees and 20 minutes. Originally there were 28 Nakshatras, including Abhijeet Nakshatra, but later on, it was accounted as ‘Muhurata’. Each nakshatra is full of meaning and depth. Some of these nakshatras are flanked between two signs. These are sometimes referred to as the ‘lunar mansions’ because this astrological configuration is based on how long the moon stays in one Nakshatra.
Navamsa charts work quite beautifully. It reveals the astrological analysis based on your Nakshatra. Nakshatra helps to understand how divine energies are channelised through your life. They give a foundation to the planetary energies that are impacting your life and consciousness. You are every nakshatra in a certain situation. They work 24/7 in your life, whether in your thoughts, conversations, texts messages, actions, preferences, aversions or any interest area.
You are your Moon and Ketu Nakshatras. Moon rules your mind and Ketu your past lives. Everything that you have stored all your lives is stored in Ketu. Ketu is also your comfort zone. Rahu is actually what you are here to learn, but Ketu is your past life’s expertise. Next comes your ascendant Nakshatra. This lays out your karmic path in your current life. Ascendant Nakshatra is going first to shape your overall personality and preferences.
To find what your Nakshatra is, you can either consult an astrologer or enter your birth details in the nakshatra calculator online. There are many ‘Rasi and Nakshatra Finders’ online; however, to understand how they are playing a huge role in your life, you need proper analysis of your astrological charts such as D1, D9 and D10.
Basic Maths of Vedic Astrology
The entire zodiac is divided into 12 signs or and 27 constellations of stars. The whole zodiac, mathematically, is 360 degrees. When 360 degrees is divided by 12 signs, then each sign is 30 degrees. The 27 constellations, when divided by 360 degrees, then one constellation equals 13 degrees and 20 minutes.
The 12 signs are first divided into fire, earthy, air and water signs:
|Elements||Sign Set 1||Sign Set 2||Sign Set 3|
|Total Degrees of each set||120||120||120|
Now there are a total of 27 constellations and 9 planets. On assigning each planet with equal constellations, the number comes to 3. That means, every planet has 3 Nakshatras. But these planets do not get consecutive Nakshatras, instead they have a cycle when it comes to assignment of respective Nakshatras. And a portion of 2.25 Nakshatras.
Every nakshatra has 4 Charans or Padas with allotted degrees and minutes. The 1st Pada ranges from 0 to 3 degrees 20 minutes. The 2nd Pada ranges from 3 degrees 20 minutes to 6 degrees 40 minutes. The 3rd Pada ranges 6 degrees 40 minutes to 10 degrees. The 4th Pada ranges from 10 degrees to 13 degrees in 20 minutes.
Each Sign has 30 degrees and 9 navamsa and 4 Padas. When we divide 12 signs by 27 Nakshatras, then every sign has 2.25th of Nakshatra. The first sign Aries has 4 Charans in Ketu + 4 Charans in Venus + 1 Charan in Sun which equals to 9 charans.
Birth chart analysis based on Nakshatra is very specific. Due to its multiple subdivisions, you get detailed answers for all the aspects of your life. It tells you your key characteristics and life path. Your Ascendant Nakshatra is quite important as Mahadashas are determined by it. The kind of cycles that keep showing up in your life is due to the imprints you carry in the form of karma.
Suppose your ascendant is Gemini and the Nakshatra is Ardra, then you will be ruled by the nakshatra planet, which is Rahu in this case. The lord of Ardra nakshatra is ‘Rudra’, the storm god; and the symbols are ‘teardrop’ and ‘Diamond’. This is an extraordinary nakshatra for transformation and revolutionaries – perfect for spiritual growth and attainment. So in your life, you will face storms of grief, anger and destruction in order to rise as a highly evolved being. This will be the theme of your life.
Some Popular Notions
The 27 nakshatras are Ashvini, Bharani, Krittika, Rohini, Mrigashirsha, Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Ashlesha, Magha, Purva phalguni, Uttara Phalguni, Hasta, Chitra, Swati, Vishakha, Anuradha, Jyeshtha, Mula, Purva Ashadha, Uttara Ashadha, Sravana, Dhanishta, Shatabhisha, Purva Bhadrapada, Uttara Bhadrapada and Revati. Every nakshatra has a degree range, ruling planet, deity, symbol, element, gana, quality, colour, direction, tree, bird and animal.
Swati, Anuradha, Magha and Mrigasira are considered as Maha Nakshatras because they are blessed with immunity against some evils in comparison to other nakshatras.
The importance of a particular nakshatra is totally a relative thing. The energies of all nakshatra are important and needed because everything in your chart is there to awaken you. Still, based on a general notion, one of the most important nakshatras is ‘Pushya Nakshatra’ because it is a natural nurturer or caretaker. It completely lies in the sign of Cancer, and Saturn is the ruling planet. Saturn is the planet of karma or work. So anyone who belongs to this nakshatra will have work to nurture the world.
When we see good or bad in any nakshatra, the perception is very limited. Life as a whole is of a very inclusive nature and has all the flavours. Hence, the attributes of any person may seem to be troublesome but might be playing as a karma card unto others.
Krittika, Swati and Sravana are a few Nakshatras that are considered to be very intelligent. In terms of EQ (Emotional Quotient), Pushya and Punarvasu are extremely intelligent nakshatras.
Auspicious Nakshatra and Panchang
The Abhijeet Nakshatra, the 28th one, is the most Auspicious nakshatra, and it is considered as ‘‘Muhurata’ instead of the nakshatra. Apart from this, there are many auspicious times during the day or year. This is found out based on ‘Panchang’.
Panchang is a book where all the celestial events are recorded. It is referred by Vedic astrologers to calculate natal charts manually, determine ascendants and degrees of planets. It is extremely important in ‘Muhurta’ astrology to ascertain the auspiciousness of a particular day and time. Panchanga in Vedic Astrology literally means 5 elements of a day. These 5 elements are Tithi, Vara, Karana, Nakshatra and Yoga.
Tithi determines how a person will feel about their activity. It is the lunar day calculated by the longitude of the moon minus the longitude of the sun divided by 12. There are 30 tithis categorised as Shukla and Krushna Paksha. There are 5 types of Tithis – Nanda, Bhadra, Jaya, Rikta and Purna.
Karana literally means doing an action. These are half-tithis. There are 11 Karanas – 7 moveable and 4 fixed.
Vara brings creativity to an activity. Vara means a day. Every Vara is ruled by a lord. Sunday is ruled by Sun, Monday by Moon, Tuesday by Mars and so on.
Nakshatra is the approach and purpose of an action. It is one of the key elements of Panchang.
Yoga holds an activity together. It means union. There are 27 Yogas—the union of Sun degrees, moon degrees and 93.25 degrees.
Tithi gives wealth; the Vara increases longevity, Nakshatra removes the sin, Yoga cures diseases, and Karana gives success in deeds.
The most auspicious days are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Sunday is medium in auspiciousness. Tuesday and Saturday are not considered very conducive to start something new and important.
Knowing your nakshatra can open up a secret pandora about your life. You can easily ascertain it through a Janma Nakshatra Finder. Consulting a knowledgeable astrologer is a wiser thing to do as he or she will give you a detailed analysis of your birth chart – which is your ascendant nakshatra, how particular nakshatra is playing role in a specific house of your birth chart, your life purpose, your auspicious days and time.