THE NAKSHASTRA

the 27 constellations | fixed stars

The Lunar Zodiac is divided into 27 sections called Nakshatra. Each division is 13°20'. Each day the Moon transits one nakshatra. The Nakshatra can also be called the day star. In your birth chart, the nakshatra of the moon is your birth star. The nakshatra guides the energy of the day & supports different activities. 


Understanding the birth star is essential to accurate timing and understanding the deeper meaning of your personal astrology. 


The Lunar Zodiac (nakshatra) and the Solar Zodiac (the 12 signs) align at 3 points called gandanta or knots. These 3 points are between Pisces/Aries, Cancer/Leo, Scorpio/Sagittarius. Planets in these positions are of extra significance.  

There are 4 further sub-sections of each nakshatra called padam. Each pada modulates the expression of that nakshatra further. 

27 STARS

the nakshatras & their meaning

ASHWINI

the twin healers

0-00′ – 13-20′ in Aries

The first flash of energy, Ashwini is active, creative, spirited & joyous like wild horses. Associated with innovation, the discovery of medicine & healing techniques. The Ashwini Kumara are the physicians to the gods. 

BHARANI

The Beautiful Woman

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KRITTIKA

the razor | the flame

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ROHINI

red woman

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MRIGASHIRSHA

leaping deer

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ARDRA

teardrop diamond | flexible green shoot

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PUNARVASU

A quiver of arrows

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PUSHYA

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ASHLESHA

serpent | elixir

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MAGHA

the magnificent

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PURVA PHALGUNI

generous friend | glamourous charm

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UTTARA PHALGUNI

luxurious | prosperous

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HASTA

hold fast

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CHITRA

bright | brilliant | precious pearl

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SWATI

like breath | like wind

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VISHAKHA

the doorway | the potter's wheel

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ANURADHA

the spark of success | lotus flower

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JYESTHA

dignified | courageous | virtuous

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MULA

the root & goad

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PURVA ASHADHA

triumphant | early victory

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UTTARA ASHADHA

later victory | triumphant

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SHRAVANA

the wanderer | listening

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DHANISHTA

beneficent | fame & recognition

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SHATABISHA

1000 medicines | 1000 healers

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PURVA BHADRAPADA

the unicorn | first auspicious one | water dragon

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UTTARA BHADRAPADA

later auspicious one | ray of light | dragon of air

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REVATI

nourishing | abundant | transcendence

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