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Stars and Planets | Nakshatras and their Nature

 Nakshatras and their Nature:

The 360 degrees of the Zodiac are divided into 27 parts called Nakshatras (Constellation of the stars). Each extends at 13 degrees and 20 arc minutes. The nakshatras are also ruled by planets. Rahu and Ketu are also given ownership. The names of the Nakshatras (stars), their appearance, nature and lords are given in the following table.

Si No  Star Appearance Nature Ruler
1 Aswini 3 stars resembling a horse’s face Auspicious Ketu
2 Bharani 3 stars resembling a female sexual organ. Inauspicious Venus
3 Krittika Constellation of 6 stars Inauspicious Sun
4 Rohini 5 stars resembling an ear. Auspicious Moon
5 Mrigasira 3 stars like ahead. Auspicious Mars
6 Ardra Starlike a coral head. Auspicious Rahu
7 Punarvasu 5 stars like a potter’s wheel. Semi auspicious Jupiter
8 Pushya 3 stars resembling a bloodsucker. Auspicious Saturn
9 Ashlesha 6 stars like a serpent. Inauspicious Mercury
10 Makha 5 stars like a palanquin. Destructive Ketu
11 Purvaphalguni 2 stars resembling human eyes. Fatal Venus
12 Uttaraphalguni 2 stars like eyes. Intelligent Sun
13 Hasta 5 stars like human fingers. Fortunate Moon
14 Chitra 1 star like a pearl. Auspicious Mars
15 Swati 1 star like a sapphire. Auspicious Rahu
16 Vishakha 5 stars like a potter’s wheel. Inauspicious Jupiter
17 Anuradha 3 stars resembling an umbrella. Success giving Saturn
18 Jyeshta 5 stars like a crouching lion. Destructive Mercury
19 Moola 5 stars like a crouching lion. Destructive Ketu
20 Poorvashada 2 stars each forming a square. Destructive Venus
21 Uttarashada 2 stars each forming a square. Intelligent Sun
22 Shravana 3 stars like an arrow. Happy Moon
23 Dhanishta 3 stars like a Sun’s head. Auspicious Mars
24 Satabhisha 100 stars resembling a flower. Happy Rahu
25 Poorvabhadra 2 stars each forming the legs of a cot. Fatal Jupiter
26 Uttarabhadra 2 stars each forming the legs of a cot. Fortunate Saturn
27 Revati 3 stars like a fish. Happy Mercury
Each of these constellations is divided into four quarter padas and we have 27 * 4 = 108 padas that make up the whole zodiac. Each pada gets 3 degrees 20 ‘(three degrees and twenty minutes).

9 Planets and their Names:

Planet    Different Names
Sun    Ravi, Surya, Aditya, Arka and Bhanu
Moon    Chandra, Soma and Sitamsu
Mars    Kuja, Angaraka and Bhoma or Bhumija
Mercury    Budha, Soumya, Gna, Somaja
Jupiter    Guru, Jiva, Brihaspathi, Suri
Venus    Shukra, Sita, Bhrigu and Kavya
Saturn    Sani, Ravija, Asita and Manda
Rahu    Dragons’ Head, Thama and Sarpa
Ketu    Dragon’s Tail, Sikhi

Planetary Directions:

Direction     Planet
    East     Sun
    West     Saturn
    North     Mercury
    South     Mars
    North-East     Jupiter
    South-East     Venus
    North-West     Moon
    South-West     Rahu

Planetary States:

It is said that the planets have certain states called “avastas”. The Avastas or planetary states are grouped into several heads. The ten states which describe the physical and mental conditions of the planets are:

Deeptha or Exaltation: bring long life, successful work, good family, promising children, wealth, fame, respect and transfers.

Swastika or residence in your own home: permanence, happiness, good education, good position.

Muditha or Residence in a Friendly Sign: good dress, good taste, sweet smells, flowers, women, position and happiness.

Santha or planets in Auspicious Subdivisions: opportune strength and courage, useful relationships, comfortable life, health and happiness.

Saktha or Retrograde Movement: courage, prosperity, successful position, reputation, wealth, good relations. In retrograde motion, good planets produce happiness and bad planets produce ill effects and misery.

Peedya or planets of the last quarter or Navamsa of the sign: hatred, quarrelsome relationships, family dissensions, criminal proceedings, habits of theft, expulsion from the country.

Deena or Planets in Hostile Houses: disease, pettiness, mental preoccupation, mental disorder, social degradation or ex-communication, fanatic persecution.

Vikala or Planets on Fire: mental disorders, orphanage, many risk expulsion from the country, the public shame of children, wife and friends.

Khala or Weakened Planets: constant losses, vulgar birth, problems with unexpected sources, quarrels with parents, imprisonment, disease, misery and total disregard for what is noble and sacred.

Bheetha or Acceleration: loss due to fire, enemies, kings and thieves. Persecution, torture, shameful life, vulgar habits, danger abroad. When predicting the outcome, it should be noted that the evil conjunctions and aspects add to the misery and that the right conjunctions and aspects are beneficial.