‘Nakshatras’ – Vedic Astrology

Nakshatra Astrology have always fascinated me right from the time, when I started reading about Vedic Astrology. A vedic horoscope chart has twelve houses and each house has Nakshatras. These Nakshatras are in turn divided into four padas. Each Padas is ruled by a planet. Hence the degree in which the planets are positioned also helps to understand a happening in one’s life. Out of my curiosity about the subject, I started doing my own research on the subject. Hence, I started reading many books and ancient scriptures on the same. After all these readings, I came to my own conclusion that Nakshatras play a very important part in vedic astrology. It’s through this study, one can understand an event and as to why a person acts in a particular way.

It’s a true fact that Astrology is a very ancient science preached and practiced by our saints, sages and nobles and was a divine gift to us. To me it’s a very complex mathematical calculations based on the position of the planets. It’s these calculations, which help us to understand better an event or a happening. The Ascendant which rises in the east at the time of the birth (the cusp of first house on the eastern Horizon) plays a very important part in Vedic Astrology. In Vedic Astrology, the planets Sun and other luminary Moon, plays a very important part in a life of an individual. You see the planet Sun illuminates the entire chart and it’s the light which spreads all across the zodiac. Hence, if the power of Sun is less in any individual horoscope, that may create some struggles in one’s life. Sun is the energy which is the reason for the entire creation. Hence, special importance is given to the Lord Sun in Vedic astrology.

There are so many methods of house divisions in astrology and its is said that Krishnamurti Padhdhati is very popular. There are various other methods, however I feel that Krishnamurti Padhdhati is good as I also follow the same. So, the prime requirement of making a Vedic horoscope is that we need to know the Longitude and Latitude of the place, Local Mean Time (LMT), Sidereal Time of the LMT, Table of Houses and the K.P Ephemeris. Many of you may think that what is this Sidereal Time. Well, it’s derived from the Earth’s rotation with respect to the Stars and it is measure of the Earth’s rotation with respect to Vernal Equinox, which has a retrograde motion.

All the zodiacs are divided into three types – Northern & Southern Signs, The Equinoctal Signs and the Tropical Signs. Apart from the Nine planets, I also give importance to the planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.

It was the Moon that ancient people first looked for calculating time and connecting to the stars. It was necessary to determine the month and the seasons. The Moon is the basis of the heavenly clock. It was the ancient Vedic Sages who, use to look to the origins of the human soul, the eternal part of our nature, in the heavens, amongst the stars and amongst the creator. Most ancient people or sages use to believe earlier that the soul after death use to travel to the Stars. It was also believed that some parts of the celestial sphere were regarded as more exalted than the others in the Northern Sky, the stars of the Big Dipper or the Great Bear. These were also called the Seven Sages by some cultures. It is understood through faith that the Vedic Nakshatras arose from such a spiritual perception of the cosmos. It is believed that the nakshatras represent the abodes into which the fruits of our labor, our karma is transferred and stored. In turn many says that the Nakshatras are the mansions of the Gods or Cosmic powers.

You see stars in the skies and their studies have always fascinated human beings from ages. It’s been a life time experience to watch the open sky and see the beauty of the night horizon. Sometimes, we use to think, is there an end to this concept called ‘Universe’. Billions and billions of Stars and the rocky gaseous solids occupy the empty space in this vastness. Does, these stars have some effect on humans and other living beings? The question also arises as to what effect does these astrological planets and stars have on our soul and physical body. Does situations around us changes due to the aspect of these billions of stars or it’s just a human imagination? As these questions circles around our mind, we try to analyze the happenings due to the aspect of other planets on this flying Rock.

Our Planet Earth has almost three fourth of water and our body also contains water as the most important component. These high and low tides are caused due to the gravitation effect of the planet Moon. Science has great explanations regarding the phenomenon. It is said that there are two points where the Moon through its gravitational pulls the water and these are the sub-lunar and the antipodal points. Its seen that the ocean bulging are highest right over those spots. But does that also mean that the Moon gravitation pull also has some or the other effect on the water and other liquids present in the human body, which leads to different types of effects on individuals? These need to be analysed and personally, I have felt that during Full Moon, I have a different experience than during other times. So, does the cosmic sky and its movements have different types of effects on we humans. It may be and may not be. Some practical and rational mind may contradict my thoughts but there may be researches going on, as to how these massive gaseous planets which rotates in the universe affect Earth and in turn us.

As per NASA, research on the role of gravity in space and its effects on the growth of plants, it is dedicated to systematic studies that explores the role of gravity, which plays at all stages in the life of higher plants. The research focuses on the interaction of gravity and other environmental factors with the plant systems and which uses hyper gravity, simulated hypo gravity and micro gravity as tools to advance fundamental knowledge of plant biology.

So, the concept lies, if these billions of planets in the universe has its direct effect on us. In previous times, as per Vedic Astrology, only 9 planets directly use to affect us and our events in this planet. So, based on the position of the Stars in the sky exactly during birth, the Astrologers use to make their charts to predict the happenings of the events. The same holds true today with predictions done based on those nine planets. In the Western Astrology three more planets which was discovered in the later stages is counted and these are Uranus, Pluto and Neptune. So, at times, there are events, which may not be analysed with the presence of the planets Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mercury, Venus, Rahu and Ketu. Here please note that the planet Rahu is considered to be the North Node of the Moon and Planet Ketu is known as the South Node of the Moon.

Let us discuss this planet Uranus, which is the seventh planet from the Sun and as per NASA these is the third largest in diameter in the Solar System. Being very cold and windy, its an ice giant and has 27 moons circling the planet. It takes 84 Earth years to rotate around the Sun. That means an entire generation is likely to have the same placement of Uranus in an Astrological Chart and may act in similar ways.  This has its explanation as to why we find an entire generation focused on a particular agenda and may act quite similar. This planet is 4 times larger than the Earth. So, in astrology, does the planet Saturn has some similarity with this planet Uranus? It is said that the planet Uranus has two sets of rings. The outer ring is blue just like the planet Saturn. Hence, what does it mean in terms of Astrology. Uranus do at times act like Saturn in terms of its effect as per Astrology.

The other planet which is around 3.6 billion miles from the Sun is the small planet Pluto, which is a mountainous, glacier, valley crater, very cold planet mainly composed of Nitrogen, Methane and carbon -dioxide. Planet Pluto as per NASA is only about 1,400 miles wide. Hence, it is just half the width of the United States. Pluto is full of mystery and hence in Astrology it has a special significance. Its just like a mirror as well as a mystery, where we are yet to know the unknown. Its like the unknown, which you may need to face. It takes 248 earth Hours to rotate round the planet Sun.

There is another important planet, which needs to be mentioned here is Neptune. Its very cold, dark and with super-sonic winds and is four times larger than Earth. Neptune takes about 165 Earth Years to rotate around the Sun. Neptune has 14 known moons which are named after sea gods and nymphs in Greek mythology. Neptune denotes the vastness and if it squares Moon, one can feel the vastness of the mind.

From ages, the sages use to look at these stars in the sky to predict as to what is going to happen in one’s life. They use to look and calculate through the Hindu traditions of calculating degrees through the Nakshatra’s. In a horoscope the 360 degrees are calculated into 27 Nakshatras. Actually, there were 28 Nakshatra’s and the Abhijeet Nakshtra is merged into the 27 Nakshatras.

Each of this Nakshatra has its own ruling deity and also these plays a major role in deciding and understanding the characteristics of the individuals. When a human soul takes birth, it is born in a particular Nakshatra. That determines the type of the individual and based on the position of other planets in various Nakshatras, a future is predicted. Even each of these Nakshatras are divided into various padas of 3 degree 20 minutes each, which again helps to understand the power and aspect of the planet situation in that particular degree. There are 27 Nakshatras and these are Ashwini, Bharani, Krittika, Rohini, Mrighasira, Ardra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Ashlesha, Magha, Purva Phalguni, Uttara Phalguni, Hasta, Chitra, Swati, Vishaka, Anuradha, Jyestha, Moola, Purvashada, Uttarashada, Sharavan, Dhanishta, Shatabisha, Purvabhadra, Uttarabhadra, and Revati.

The moon takes around 27 days to circle the zodiac. So each day, the Moon has to cover almost thirteen degrees. Hence, when we see the Moon each night, we see a change in the position of the Moon. In earlier times, when 28 nakshatras were calculated, the movement of the moon was less than these aforementioned degrees. Based on the placement of the Moon, one’s birth Nakshatra is determined and the predictions are done. Even the names of the individuals are given seen the birth Nakshatra, as per vedic astrology. It is said that the sky has many mysteries and one who has the gift to understand these mysteries through the mathematical calculations can predict wonders.

Have you heard about the Seven Sages or Sapta Rishis? Which stars use to symbolize them. Its really interesting that these stars were more illuminated in the night sky than any other stars. Ancient Sages, use to look into the stars in the open sky and use to predict. Many a times, they were perfect in their calculations. Even in some beliefs the pole star was symbolized as Lord Vishnu. These stars of the zodiacal belt had a tremendous influence on us and it was believed that particular movements of these Stars helped to calculate an event.

These nakshatras arose from the spiritual plane of the cosmic skies. The Nakshatras were all about connecting oneself with the cosmic powers and taking ones human thoughts to the cosmic mind. Each cosmic planets and its position in a nakshatra has a story to tell.

It is written in the Atharva Veda XIV.1.13 that ‘The bridal train of the Sun Goddess comes, with the Sun God has set in motion. In Magha (Leo), the cows are slain, in the Phalgunis (Virgo), she is wed.’ ( As per the David Frawley – Gods, Sages and Kings – Vedic Secrets of Ancient Civilization)

This is interesting and exciting. As I started my own research and thoughts on Nakshatras for years, I invite you to place your thoughts in the comment section.

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The above small brief is a general astrological prediction and my personal views which may not match with astrologers or others in the same or related sectors. I have tried to understand through my research a connection between Astronomy, Universe, Spirituality and Astrology. I look forward to your comments. The above astrology article is based on my experience of reading astrology subject and looking into the practicalities of the situation based on horoscope analysis for years.

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